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5 to Be Inducted Into Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Five more names will be added to the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame this month.

At the event, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning will be the guest speaker.

Randy Borchers, graduate of Newport Central Catholic and coach at Ludlow

Borchers played football for four years and was a varsity lettermen in three of them. The Thoroughbreds squad in his sophomore year was district champion.

He began his coaching career at Ludlow, serving as an assistant for seven years and then taking over as head coach for two years. He also spent two years as athletic director at Ludlow. 

He has been head coach and athletic director at Cooper High School since 2010.

In 2010 and 2011 he received the Northern Kentucky Owen Hauck Award. In 2011 he was Class 5A coach of the year.
In 2012 his team was the regional champ, 5A state runner-up, and he was selected as the Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year. In 2014 he was again selected as coach of the year in Class 5A. In 2015 his team was placed in Class 6A and he was selected as coach of the year.
In 2015, Borchers was selected as the 9 th Region Athletic Director of the year.
Gerald Rob Dixon, graduate of Holmes, organizer of Softball City
Dixon played in sports for three years as a Bulldog, transferring to Holmes from Covington Catholic.
After graduating from Holmes, Rob continued his football career playing for Marshall’s Café in the semi-pro league, from 1974-1978.
One of Dixon's greatest sports memories was in 1983 when he found a site for Softball City, which was built and opened for league and tournament play in 1984.
Dixon had 125 teams in one of the D State Tournaments hosted at Softball City. He credits Bill Cappel for making Softball City happen.
John "Johnny" Franklin, graduate of Covington Catholic, coach
Franklin played soccer for ten years, winning the state championship for his age group each year from 1973 to 1983.
He was a three-year varsity soccer player at Covington Catholic, which finished third in the 1987 state tournament. His teams won four conference and regional titles.
Franklin also ran track from 1984 to 1987 and holds the long jump record, set in 1985, at 26 ft. and 6.5 in. He finished fifth in the state meet in 1987.
He has coached youth select baseball for sixteen years.
Franklin is also an umpire.
Linda Moore, coach at Scott High School
Linda Moore was head coach of the girls basketball team at Scott High School from its opening in 1978 until her retirement from teaching in 1999. State rules did not allow her to continue as head coach after retiring from teaching, so she stayed on for eight years as an assistant.
Her career record at Scott is 322-243.
The Eagles won six district championships, and were regional runners-up twice while Moore was head coach.
Her teams were Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference champs in 1995, and co-champions in 1996.

Moore also served as an assistant coach at Wyoming (Oh.) and Conner.

She was 1980 Kentucky Enquirer Coach of the Year and Northern Kentucky High School Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
She received awards of achievement from Kenton Co. School District and in 1999 and received the Northern Kentucky High School Girls Coaches Association Award of
Linda’s coaching career spans 44 years and fifteen of her players went on to play college basketball.

Ken Spurlock, coach at Holmes High School

Ken Spurlock was an athlete at Richmond Madison High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend Eastern Kentucky University where he was active in numerous organizations and was a two-time intramural tennis champion.

He began his teaching and coaching career at Holmes High School in 1971.

During his sixteen years as the boys tennis coach he compiled a record of 169 wins and 89 losses. His boys tennis teams had three of the best seasons ever at Holmes in 1978, 1979, and 1980. 

He relaunched the girls tennis program in 1976.

Sprulock was also junior varsity basketball coach from 1971 to 1988 during which time his teams were unbeaten in three seasons and claimed six NKCAC championships and three 9th Region titles.

He was the assistant varsity coach under Coach Reynolds Flynn.
-Staff report
Photo: Linda Moore coaches Scott High School from the bench in this undated photo (via Kenton Co. Public Library)