These 5 Guys will Be Inducted into the NKY Sports Hall of Fame
The newest batch of inductees for the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame is set and the ceremony is scheduled for January 20 at the Villa Hills Civic Club at 1 p.m.
Andrew Neagle began his sports career at 11th District School in Covington before moving to Ludlow in the 7th grade where he became Ludlow Middle School's leading rebounder and team MVP. In his freshman year, Neagle was co-captain of the basketball team and again led the school in rebounding. He lettered in three sports during his time at Ludlow High School and continued to be tops in rebounding on the hardwood. After high school, he continued to play basketball in intramural league at Northern Kentucky University, and hooped 18 years in the YMCA league.
Neagle helped coach Villa Madonna Academy basketball and tennis programs, and the girls basketball program from 1983-85. In 1982, the tennis team won the 9th Region Championship and qualified for the state tennis tournament. In '85, the doubles team won the 9th Region Championship and qualified for the state in that area too.
Holmes graduate Bradford Carr is to be inducted for his contributions in five different sports: football, basketball, softball, tennis, and golf. He lettered for three years in each of those sports while at Holmes. Carr was selected to the All-Conference and All-Region teams in basketball in the 1986-87 season when he averaged 15.8 points per game, 3 rebounds, six assists and 2 steals per game. He helped lead Holmes to their first winning season since the Dicky Beal era. In baseball, Carr led the Bulldogs in hitting and home runs from 1984-87. After graduating from NKU, he began to coach high school sports, and was named the freshman coach and varsity assistant at Newport High School. During that time, Newport advanced to the regional tournament for the first time in many years.
Coach and athletic director Fred Hester goes into the Hall of Fame for his quality instruction in various sports including golf and basketball. As a player, Hester was named honorable mention to the All-State team by the (Louisville) Courier-Journal. In 1967, he was a member of the Mason County golf team that won the state title. Later, he coached varsity basketball for Ripley High School (Oh.), where he accumulated a 58-27 record and won two sectional championships. In golf, he coached University of Kentucky "Unforgettable" Deron Feldhaus to a state runner-up trophy in 1987. He also coached basketball as a head coach in 1992 and went 127-32 and won three regional championships. During a three-year period in the 1990's, his teams won 72 straight games over 10th Region competition. After coaching, he worked as athletic director for 22 years and was a finalist for the Kentucky High School Athletic Director Award in 2008.
Tim “Pee Wee” Reese graduated from Covington Catholic in 1981 where he ran track for four years to keep himself in shape for football which he also played for four years. After his time at Cov Cath, he enrolled at Georgetown College where he played college football in 1982-83. After that, he transferred to the University of Kentucky where he played football for two more seasons. As his nickname may suggest, Reese coached Pee Wee Football for 10 years and also youth baseball for eight years.
Robbie Shearer hails from Newport High School where he graduated in 1967. There, Shearer played varsity baseball and basketball. During his senior year, he struck out 27 of 30 hitters in an extra-inning game against Campbell County. He was named to the All-NKAC in his senior year as a pitcher and shortstop. Due to his baseball talent, he was drafted by the New York Mets but did not sign. Instead, he chose to play for the Indian River Junior College (Fla.) baseball team where he was selected team MVP during his sophomore season. He ended up playing minor league baseball in the Houston Astros system in 1969 and 1970.
The guest speaker at the induction ceremony in Villa Hills on January 20 is scheduled to be local sportscaster John Popovich.
-Bryan Burke, associate editor