A Northern Kentucky high school, college and minor league umpire and a Northern Kentucky high school baseball coach will be honored before Sunday’s Reds-Milwaukee Brewers game at Great American Ballpark.
Umpire Lyle Travis will be presented the inaugural Max McLeary Umpire Excellence Award, while Covington Catholic baseball coach Bill Krumpelbeck, who has 884 career wins heading into Friday, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
It’s tied into the Reds Futures High School Showcase games, which were played in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati over the past five weeks. Teams that participated will march on the field before the game.
The award Travis is receiving was created in honor of Max McLeary, who was a veteran amateur baseball umpire and assignor. McLeary dedicated his life to baseball and umpiring and passed away earlier this spring. He also was involved with the Reds Community Fund, which was a major part of the Reds Futures High School Showcase.
CAMPBELL HIRES GIRLS’ BASKETBALL COACH: Campbell County athletic director Steve Hensley said on Friday that Beau Menefee has been hired as girls’ head basketball coach.
He was head boys’ basketball coach at Bellevue from 2009-11 and compiled a 16-35 record in his two seasons and has been an assistant boys’ coach at Highlands the last couple of seasons, first as freshman coach, then as junior varsity coach.
FORMER BOONE, TMC STANDOUT HIRED AT UK: Christian Stefanopoulos, who was a standout basketball player at Boone County High School and then eventually at Thomas More College, was hired on Thursday as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team.
She was McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior at Boone County in 2002, then played at Austin Peay for two seasons, both of which the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and then played her last two seasons at Thomas More.
She was a graduate assistant under current UK head coach Matthew Mitchell at Morehead State in the 2006-07 season, then served as video coordinator at UK from 2007-10, was an assistant coach at Morehead State from 2010-12 and at Bucknell the past two seasons.
RYLE HALL OF FAME: Ryle inducted six new members into its athletic Hall of Fame this past Tuesday at the Ryle SportsFest.
Those inducted were: Kirsten Allen (Class of 2008 – softball and volleyball); Cory Chitwood (Class of 2007 – swimming); Vince Murray (Class of 2007 – football, baseball and basketball); Christina Steiner (Class of 2004 – volleyball and basketball) and Gary and Barbara Christian (soccer public address announcer/spotter since 1997).
NKY EAST-WEST FOOTBALL GAME: The Snappy Tomato Pizza East-West All-Star Game presented by UC Health / NovaCare has been scheduled for June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie Heights.
The game features seniors from this past high school football season.
Bellevue’s Johnny Poynter and Newport Central Catholic’s Dan Wagner are the head coaches for the East, while Beechwood’s Noel Rash and Simon Kenton’s Jeff Marksberry are head coaches for the West.
SIGNINGS AND COMMITMENTS: The following area high school athletes signed or made college commitments this past week:
– Holmes senior basketball forwards Marcus Hill and Quinton Chames signed with Cincinnati State on Thursday afternoon. Chames was a second-team Enquirer All-Star selection from this past season and Hill was an honorable mention selection.
– Notre Dame senior basketball player Carlee Clemons committed to Transylvania. She was an honorable mention Enquirer All-Star pick and helped the Pandas to a state runner-up finish in 2013 and a Ninth Region runner-up finish this recently completed season.
– Conner senior catcher Blake Hart has committed to Transylvania, according to Conner coach Brad Arlinghaus, and will hold a signing ceremony at the school this coming Friday. Hart had school-record 17-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday against Campbell County, but it set a school record. He batting .411 with a .515 on-base percentage with six doubles, a homer and 18 RBI, and has thrown out 12 of 22 base runners this year as well.
– Ludlow senior baseball played Geoffrey Thornsburg has committed to Pikeville College, according to Ludlow coach Kevin Gray. Thornsburg has helped Ludlow to a 9-5 record as a pitcher and shortstop and center fielder and is being recruited to play center field, according to Gray. He has a team-high .400 batting average.
– Lloyd senior girls’ basketball players Victoria Stagge and Kaitlin Sheppard recently signed with Olney Central College, a junior college in Olney, Illinois.
NOTEWORTHY: Covington Catholic senior Drew Rensing has earned the $5,000 Williams Fund Scholarship named in honor of brothers Kenny and Brian Williams. Kenny died in 1994 after falling from a Cincinnati skywalk. Brian died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Both were CovCath alums. Rensing, who played football at CovCath, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall to study aerospace engineering. … Simon Kenton’s Kaitlin Murray (Region 8), Dixie Heights’ Brittany Turner (Region 9), Boone County’s Evan O’Hara (Region 9) and Scott’s Amber Robinson (Region 10) were among the 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ regional winners of the 2014 Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS (Citizenship, Leadership, Athletics, Sportsmanship, Scholarship) Awards Recognition Program. The 32 regional winners will each receive a $350 scholarship and an invitation to the awards banquet this Sunday. One male and one female from the pool of regional honorees will be selected as the statewide winner, with each individual receiving a $3,000 scholarship.