As one of Northern Kentucky’s winningest athletic programs, NCC takes pride in the ongoing successes of the student-athletes, their coaches, and families.
Year after year, students bring home team and individual trophies that reflect years of hard work and athletic excellence. Not only in a single sport, our student-athletes achieve success across the board. The athletic department’s philosophy, though, emphasizes that our young men and women are students, first, and then competitors in their sports. The values of teamwork, hard work, and discipline our students are learning through practice and competition are the perfect complement to everything we teach in our Catholic faith and in every classroom.
While NCC is proud of the dozens of regional and state championships our athletes have brought home through the years, we are continuously encouraged by the fact that student participation in our athletic programs remains high. More than two-thirds of our students compete in varsity-level sports, not to mention the many involved at the freshman and junior varsity levels. And, on average, all our student-athletes participate in about 1.5 sports per student.
Please click on the images below to learn about each of our sports programs or contact Jim Ryan, the Athletic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
hall of fame
About the Hall of Fame
The athletic Hall of Fame at Newport Central Catholic High School was established to honor the achievements of outstanding student-athlete alumni and teams, as well as the coaches, faculty/staff, and community members who have relentlessly supported them through the years. The Hall of Fame inaugurated its first class in the 2001 induction ceremony. Since that time, a new class of inductees, award recipients, and teams of distinction have been honored every February at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
To download the Hall of Fame nomination form for completion and submission, visit this link for a PDF.
Inductees, Award Recipients, and Other Honorees
Apart from individual alumni who, as student-athletes at OLP, NC, or NCC, exemplified excellence in their high school athletic careers, college, personal, professional, and later athletic careers, various award recipients are honored at the ceremony.
The Coach Jim Connor Award is bestowed on an individual who mirrors the values and character of Coach Connor—the values of the family atmosphere NCC strives to live and teach. Coach Connor influenced the lives of athletes and students who made their journey through Newport Catholic during the 1950s and 1960s. Anyone from that era of sports and education mentions Coach Connor as a coach who affected the lives of many. He stands tall in NCC history as a man who dedicated his life to education, athletics, and service to others.
The Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated commitment to his community and to the family values that NCC strives to impart to its students. The award honors the memory of Fr. Hegenauer who was a dedicated priest of the Diocese of Covington from 1940 to his death in 1998. He governed NC as principal from 1947 until 1964, during which time he accomplished much as a vicar of education. He was an innovator and instilled great wisdom and pride in the students of NC through scholastic and athletic achievement. His commitment to Catholic education was a reflection of his life and dedication to his faith. His legacy to NCC is reflected in his love for people who returned their love and respect for him as a priest and educator.
Additionally, every year an outstanding group of men and women are honored at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony as the Team of Distinction. Recognized for exceptional athletic achievement while at OLP, NC, or NCC, each team ranks as one of the most remarkable that has ever graced the Hill.
Below are the inductees and honorees of each year’s Hall of Fame class, organized by induction year.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Jenny Prigge Collopy ’04, Rick Goff ’68, Mike Kelly ’84, Tessy Bankemper Krebs ’87, Jack Macke ’49, and Ben Williams ’00
Coach Jim Connor Award: Tom Gerrein '59
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: John Enzweiler
Team of Distinction: 2005 State Champion Football Team
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Jeff Brady ’86, Stan Gish ’54, Doug Losey ’81, Kyra Macke Pangallo ’06, John Wischer ’71, Erica Ziegler Lanham ’01
Coach Jim Connor Award: Michael "Mick" Dorgan '59
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Greg Turner '75
Team of Distinction: 2000 Boys All A State Champs
2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Jayme Thiem, ’05, Jeff Brauley, ’83, Scott Wiggins, ’94, Amy Meyers, ’01, Don Plummer, ’59, Jim Wissman, ’53
Coach Jim Connor Award: Jeff Schulkens, ’85
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Dave Schneider, ’83
Teams of Distinction: 1999, 2000, and 2001 Kentucky State Championship Softball Teams
2014 Hall of fame inductees:
Nicole Chiodi, ’04, Eddie Eviston, ’97, Lori Kevill Stammen, ’98, Quinn McMurtry, ’86, Keith Ruschell, ’73 (posthumously), Dan Shea, ’56
Coach Jim Connor Award: Ralph Meyer
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Roger Wagenlander
Team of Distinction: 1997 Kentucky State Championship Softball Team
2013 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Steve Battershell, ’88, Lisa L. Brewer, ’84, Greg Kremer, ’85, Jim Minshall, ’66, Rick Muench, ’68, Tom Ryan, ’46
Coach Jim Connor Award: Bill Morgan
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: James T. Bilbo, MD
Team of Distinction: 1984 Kentucky State Championship Football Team
2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Mark Camm, ’78, Michael Crusham, ’68, Jamey Neltner, ’90, Phil Popp, ’63, Richard Ziegler, ’46, Shanna Ziegler Rauen, ’95
Coach Jim Connor Award: Paul Devoto, ’70
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Rev. Robert J. Urlage
2011 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Ronny Dawn, ’01, Frank Emmerich, ’58, Steve Kroger, ’83, Nick Pangallo, ’88, Margie Ruschman Barth, ’77, Tony Sandfoss, ’79
Coach Jim Connor Award: Chuck Faust, ’62
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Mike Desmond
2010 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Bruce Carusi, ’70, Ron Kenning, ’50, Coach Mary Matthews, Tim O’Hara, ’77, Hank Schmidt, ’49, Andy Zimmerman, ’88
Coach Jim Connor Award: Tom Seither, ’58
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Steve Halpin, ’67
Team of Distinction: 1967 Kentucky State Championship Track Team
2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Jim Briede, ’54, Stephanie Desmond, ’95, Gary Devoto, ’75, Mike Kiernan, ’81, Mike Nolan, ’71, Dan Tombragel, ’69
Coach Jim Connor Award: Ron Albrinck
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Carl Heck, ’68
Team of Distinction: 1967 Kentucky State Championship Wrestling Team
2008 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Ted Bacigalupo, ’63, Earl Devoto, ’68, Paul Meyer, ’73, Jim Pangallo, ’84, Kristy Ruscher Jones, ’93, Bill Vogt, ’79
Coach Jim Connor Award: Jack Kaelin, ’55
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Dennis Schierer, ’59
Team of Distinction: 1956 Kentucky State Championship Baseball Team
2007 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Tom Bankemper, ’49, John Brannen, ’92, Gary Gabbard, ’87, Kenneth J. Gallichio, ’71, Jody Klare Rodriguez, ’93, Mark Krebs, ’73, John Wehage, ’73
Coach Jim Connor Award: Paul Devoto, ’70
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Bob Steffen, ’55
Team of Distinction: 1954 Kentucky State Championship Baseball Team
2006 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Jim Albrinck, ’82, Elmo A. Bezold, ’47, Ralph Carr, ’54, Dave Chalk, ’77, Dave Faust, ’77, Craig Risheberger, ’70, Coach David Ueding, Ken Wilfong, ’76
Coach Jim Connor Award: James E. Lalley, ’50
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Anthony Neltner, Sr.
Team of Distinction: 1950 Kentucky State Championship Baseball Team
2005 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Ron Dawn, ’74, Donna Fuchs, ’79, Art Greene, ’65, John Gross, ’59, Tommy Matthews, ’47 (posthumously), Mike McMannon, ’68, Joe Nadicksbernd, ’67
Coach Jim Connor Award: Brother Joe Wilhelm, ’40
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Paul Buemi, Jr., ’50
Team of Distinction: 1946 Kentucky State Championship Baseball Team
2004 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Molly Albrinck Hemmeter, ’85, Tom Freppon, ’60, Steve Mason, ’70, Tom Potter, ’67 (posthumously), Mike Robinson, ’83, Terry Sandfoss, Jr., ’87, Dick Urlage, ’51
Coach Jim Connor Award: Jim Weyer, ’54
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Jim Callahan, ’57
2003 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Rick Barker, ’75, Rick Batsche, ’71, Joe Beck, ’46, Steve Gallichio, ’67, Rev. John V. Hegenauer (posthumously), Bob Heim, ’49, Coach Jenny Mertle, Patti Noll, ’79
Coach Jim Connor Award: Coach Ken Shields
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Wayne Carlisle, ’58
2002 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Jayne Brueggen Knox, ’80, Jim Caldwell, ’53, Coach Bob Kehoe, John Rapp, ’67, John A. Riedinger, ’49, Terry Sandfoss, Sr., ’66, Coach Bob Schneider, ’55
Coach Jim Connor Award: George Schneider, ’54
Fr. John Hegenauer Community Service Award: Donald “Buddy” LaRosa
2001 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Coach Jim Connor (posthumously), Dave Cowens, ’66, Jenny Fleissner Schulte, ’82, Carl Foster, ’64, Christie Freppon McDonald, ’87, Leo Groeschen, ’46, Coach Moe Grosser Carper, ’72, Coach Al Howe, Frank Jacobs, ’87, Frank Pangallo, Sr., ’55 (posthumously), Jim Sandfoss, Sr., ’63, Ed Ziegler, ’66
Coach Jim Connor Award: Andy Furman