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Eight to Be Inducted to NKY Sports Hall of Fame

A record number of eight people are set to be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 16.

Joe Brennan, president of the organization, made the announcement on Sunday. Tom Gamble, founder and CEO of In-Game Sports, former Cincinnati Post sportswriter, and a member of the Hall, will be the guest speaker at the Villa Hills Civic Club.

The event starts at 1 p.m.

The induction of eight new members will bring the total number of inductees to nearly 1,600 for the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1982 and supports local athletes with scholarship opportunities.

The inductees include:

Ed Allmoslecher: Allmoslecher, a Newport Catholic grad (1963) has spent over 45 years either playing, coaching or directing softball and softball facilities in the Northern Kentucky region.

As a coach, his team won the Tullahoma, Tenn. Invitational and earned a bid to Long Beach, N.Y. to play in the World Tournament. That team placed 12th out of 78 teams in the country.

Jerry and Del Brophy: Jerry and Del have owned and operated the Chevron Car and Truck Rental Center in Florence for over 43 years, and during that time, they’ve sponsored local teams in knothole, softball and bowling.

The 5K Loops for Lana run was organized to raise money for cancer research. Lana was Jerry and Del’s granddaughter whom they lost to cancer.

Each year both men provide scholarship money to Covington Catholic High School and St. Pius School, in addition to contributions to Children’s Hospital for cancer research.

Scott Bibbins: Bibbins scored 1,469 points, averaging 20 points-per-game as a senior at Holy Cross High School.

At Northern Kentucky University he led the conference in free-throw percentage (92%) in the 2007-08 season. The following season, he averaged 46% shooting from three-point range, while starting 31 games.

He served as captain for the Norse in the 09-10 season, averaging 8.2 points-per-game, and started 28 of 30 games. After graduation, he played professionally in Cordoba, Spain.

Ron Michael: Michael was a member of the first Covington Catholic track team (1962). As a Colonel senior, he went undefeated in the 440 event at every meet except for the state finals where he placed fourth. He also won the all-Catholic Schools event in Cleveland.

In addition, Michael was a four-year basketball performer at Covington Catholic and was selected to the 9th Region all-star squad. He earned a basketball scholarship to Villa Madonna College, now Thomas More University

Nick Rabe: A 1990 Covington Catholic graduate, Rabe played football for the Colonels from 1986-1990. That team went 36-4 and won two state, two regional and one conference championships during his time. He was first-team Coaches’ Association linebacker in 1989.

John Reynolds: Reynolds is a 1994 graduate of Highlands High School where he excelled as a running back, defensive back and punter for the Bluebirds. His 1992 Highlands team won the Class AAA State Championship. He was named team MVP in the 1993 season.

Reynolds tossed two one-hitters as a pitcher for the Bluebirds – one against Simon Kenton, the other against Campbell County.

Presently, he serves as the assistant baseball coach for the Bluebirds. His teams have won four regional championships and two state runner-up finishes.

Rob Sanders: Sanders is the longest tenured baseball coach in Bellevue High School history – he’s in season 16 in 2021. He’s also the winningest Bellevue baseball coach with 162 wins and was named the 9th Region Coach of the Year twice.

The Holmes High School graduate founded the Bluegrass Baseball Club in 1962 and also serves as the assistant athletic director at Bellevue High School.

-Staff report

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