Twenty to be Inducted Into Covington Schools Athletic Hall of Fame
Twenty former athletes and coaches from Holmes High School and the former William Grant High School will be honored for their accomplishments at the third annual Covington Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, March 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront, Covington.
The ceremony is unique in that it will honor the greatest from the city's former African American school—William Grant—as well as the city's public high school – Holmes.
Four individuals will be inducted as coaches. Those inductees include former Holmes basketball coach Dave Henley who led the Bulldogs to the 2009 State Championship, former Holmes athletic director Ron Madrick, cheerleading coach Linda Sullivan, soccer and track coach Mike Young.
That leaves 16 athletes that will be honored as well at the ceremony on Saturday and they are: Joyce Baker (1971) for basketball, volleyball and softball, Guy Robinson (1974) for football, Robert Burns (1968) for basketball, Ron Bird (1961) for basketball, Lou Herndon (1966) for basketball, Bill Blackburn (1965) for football, baseball and basketball, Carl Franklin (1966) for baseball, Bill Schwarberg (1931) for football, Jimmy Ryle (1952) for golf, Jim Owens (1997) for soccer and baseball, Jerry McCullough (Grant), Ricardo Johnson (2010) for basketball, Natalie Westkamp (2001) for soccer, Mark Moeves (1978) for baseball and basketball, Lee Stewart (Grant) for basketball, and Joslyn Grant (1973) for basketball.
“This event helps recognize the finest athletics that Covington has produced over many, many decades,” said current Holmes Athletic Director Stan Steidel. “It also helps to connect our current student-athletes and coaches with the proud tradition our school system has in sports.”
The event is sponsored by the Tom Ellis Athletic Memorial (TEAM) Foundation, which assists Covington Independent Public Schools by supporting district athletic activities, providing scholarships and promoting excellence in education, discipline and sportsmanship.
Cost for the event is $50 a person which includes dinner, cash bar and silent auction.
- Story by Bryan Burke, associate editor/Photo: Lincoln-Grant School (Kenton County Public Library)