2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Members

2017 Athletic Hall of FameLeo "Buck" Knoll, Class of 1950
Knoll earned three varsity football letters from 1947 to 1950 and was a 1949 All-State Honorable Mention. He captained the 1949 team that defeated Newport Catholic 14-0 and Highlands 27-0 and finished the season at 7-2. Knoll earned a full football scholarship to Xavier University, where he earned three letters and was a key member of the only undefeated team in school history in 1951. After earning a degree from Xavier, Knoll joined the U.S. Air Force where he played for the Bolling Air Force Generals, a team that included many pro and college players. While Knoll played for the Generals, the team won 34 straight games and the 1956 National Service Champions. Knoll is recognized  in the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky as one of the region's most notable athletes.

Norman "Youtz" Youtsey, Class of 1956
Youtsey earned 10 letters in four sports: Football, four; baseball, three; basketball, two; and track, one. He hit .378 in 1955, leading the Wildcat baseball team to a 17-3 record and the NKAC, District (beating Newport Catholic 2-0) and Regional championships. He was named defensive captain and co-captain his senior year on the football team, leading the Wildcats to an 8-2 record and a 28-7 victory over Newport Catholic in the Pension Bowl. After graduating, Youtsey enrolled in to Centre College, where he lettered four years in baseball and football. He was a .300 hitter on the baseball team and as a pitcher posted a 1.84 ERA, the lowest in Centre history. In 2010, Youtsey was also inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Warren "Stony" Harden, Class of 1957
Harden lettered four times in football and track. During his senior year he led the Wildcats to an 8-3 record, scoring 20 touchdowns including seven on punt returns. He played in the state championship his junior and senior seasons and led Newport to its first NKAC title in 1957. A two-year all conference selection who was named All-State in 1957, Harden received a full football scholarship to Western Kentucky University where he played for one season. As a member of the Newport track team, Harden won 10 conference and regional medals in the 880- and mile-relays. Harden coached high school softball at Pittsford Sutherland High School for 13 years. He was an all-U.S. Army fast pitch softball all-star in 1962-63 and is a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Patsy Kidney Lang, Class of 1965
Kidney Lang is being honored with a Special Recognition Award not only for her athletic abilities but also her role as a pioneer in women's high school sports. Kidney Lang, who was voted Most Athletic Girl in the Class of 1965, excelled in softball, basketball, golf and swimming. But baseball was her first love and she made national news when Newport baseball coach Stan Arnzen wanted to keep her on the boy's varsity baseball team. But state officials barred her from playing. "The Newport High School baseball team has to play the season without one of its best outfielders - because she's a girl," reported a local newspaper at the time. But Kidney Lang left a powerful and lasting legacy. As a pioneering athlete, she helped pave the way for the state of Kentucky sanctioning girls high school sports.

Donald "Hoppy" Baglien, Class of 1965
Baglien earned 12 letters as a standout member of the Newport football, baseball and basketball teams. During his senior season he scored more than 70 percent of the football team's points by scoring touchdowns and kicking field goals and extra points. Baglien was named to the All-Northern Kentucky Football Team in 1964 and 1965 and All-State Honorable Mention in 1965. In baseball he was a top hitter, RBI leader and pitcher, being named to the All-District and All-Region baseball teams in 1964 and 1965. He was voted the Most Athletic Boy in the Class of 1965. Following high school, Baglien went to prep school in Virginia for a year before accepting a full athletic scholarship to Duke University to play football and baseball. He lettered six times - three in football, three in baseball - became a consistent RBI producer and with time running out scored the winning touchdown in a 13 to 6 victory over South Carolina. Baglien enjoyed a long career in education as teacher, principal and coach, including stints at Newport Central Catholic, Silver Grove High School, Newport Middle School, The University of Cincinnati and the Sylvan Learning Center.

Leonard Slaughter, Class of 1977
Slaughter achieved one of the most notable accomplishments in the history of Newport athletics when, as a student at Newport Junior High School, he was featured in the Faces of the Crowd section of the Oct. 8, 1973 edition of Sports Illustrated, which featured a picture of Slaughter and the following caption: "Leonard Slaughter, 14, of Fourth Street Junior High in Newport, Ky., was named MVP in a Junior-Pro basketball tournament, batted .400 in Little League, won three Junior Olympic events, a football skills contest and his division in wrestling." At just 5-feet 6- inches tall, Slaughter scored 22 touchdowns and averaged almost 26 points a game for the junior high football and basketball teams. While at Newport High School, Slaughter lettered 15 times: Track, four; football, four; basketball, four; and baseball, three. He was All-District in football and basketball, All-Region  in track and All-State Honorable Mention in track.

Mark Switzer, Class of 1983
Switzer began playing high school football as an eighth grader and recorded more than 400 tackles during his career. He received interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky. Known as a tremendous blocker, Switzer was a member of the undefeated 1980 NKAC Championship team and received several awards and and honors including: Three time All-Conference and All-State performer (1981-83); team MVP, 1983; Famous Recipe Star of the Week, 1983; Cincinnati Enquirer's Player of the Week, 1982; member of the Kentucky Post, Kentucky Enquirer and Louisville Courier-Journal All-State teams. While at Newport Switzer earned 11 letters in four sports: Football, 5; track, 4; and basketball, two.

Karyn Stubbs, Class of 1987
Stubbs was an accomplished and highly-awarded swimmer who began swimming for Newport in the fifth grade. Coached by her parents, Bob and Betty Stubbs, she was a two-time state champion in the 100-yard backstroke (1985, 1987) and All-Region and All-State for four straight years, 1984-87. She was a multiple winner of the Newport swim team MVP award and was the team's high point leader many times. Stubbs received a swimming scholarship to Wright State University, where she was a member of the swim team for four years.

Jack Patterson, Distinguished Coach
A successful coach of multiple sports, Patterson is a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and a Newport Alumni Association Lifetime Member. He coached 27 years: boys’ basketball, twelve; boys’ baseball, seven; girls’ basketball, four; girls’ softball, four.       Patterson coached two boys basketball District championship teams in 1977 and 1985 and was Ninth Region runner-up in 1985. In girls’ softball, Patterson coached the1993 District and Ninth Region runner-up and from 1990 to 1992 his teams were district runner-ups.  After retiring from coaching he became the principal at Newport High School.

Bob and Betty Stubbs, Distinguished Athletic Service
Bob and Betty Stubbs were 1958 graduates of Newport High School. All three of their children - Bob, Steve and Karyn - also graduated from Newport. Betty worked in the school's business office and the couple ran the Newport Boosters Club for 30 years, making sure every athlete received a letter jacket.  They also worked the concession stand at football and basketball games. As coach of the Newport swim team from 1978 to 1987, Bob coached all three of his children, including Newport Hall of Fame inductee Karyn Stubbs. Bob and Betty are being honored for their contributions to students athletes and their long service to Newport High School. 

2017 Hall of Fame- Team of Distinction1982 Newport Baseball Team, Team of Distinction
The 1982 Newport High School baseball team is often referred to as the best team that longtime Newport head baseball coach Ray Brown ever coached. The team included four players who hit better than .400 (including sophomore Angelo Dant who hit .456), two of the winningest pitchers in Newport history (Joey Stamm and Ricky Atkins), and seven players who went on to play college baseball. Among the team's accomplishments:

  • Won more than 100 games over four years
  • Four Ninth Regional tournament appearances
  • 1982 Ninth Regional champions
  • Boone County Invitational champion
  • Newport Catholic Invitational champion
  • NKAC Championship
  • Ranked as high as #2 in the state
  • Coach Ray Brown Ninth Region Coach of the Year
  • Stamm Ninth Region MVP
  • Atkins Ninth Regional Tournament MVP

In addition to Stamm, Atkins and Dant, players included Jobby Blevins, Kenny Ball, Jeff Byrd, Kevin Ewing, Ricky Webb, Jimmy Ruschman, Terry Widmeyer, Gerald Combs, Kenny Bell, Kenny Griffin, Tom Murray, Eddie Parrott, Kenny Ball and Ronnie Bickers. Joining Brown as coaches were Grady Brown and Bob Bruno. Stats were kept by April Turner and Natlee Hardagree. The manager was Kelly Griffin. Team trainer was John "Doc" Bloomfield.

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