By Andy Furman
Randy Marsh, a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1981 to 1999 and in all leagues from 2000 to 2009, will be the guest speaker at the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame’s January induction meeting.
The meeting is set for January 18th at 1:00 PM at Park Hills Gardens (1622 Dixie Highway, Park Hills) and is free and open to the public. Five new members will be inducted into the hall.
Marsh, a native of Covington and a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, umpired in the World Series in 1990, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2006, serving as the crew chief in the final three Series and the All-Star Game. 1985, 1988, 1996 and 2006, calling balls and strikes for the 1996 game. He is the tenth umpire in history to serve as a crew chief in three World Series.
He also officiated in nine league championships (1989, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and five division series (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003). He was the crew chief from the 1998 season until his retirement following the 2009 season.
As of 2018, Marsh, a Board Member and First Vice President of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, has served as the Director of Umpiring as well as an evaluator and supervisor for Major League Baseball.
• Mike Lewis – A four-year football starter and senior at Ludlow High School, he was also a four-time NKAC All-Star. In 2004, he was named the NKY Class A Player of the Year, as well as the District Player of the Year.
He passed for 96 touchdowns and finished in every major passing category in his career, and he was the first player from Ludlow to rush for 1,000 yards and 2,000 yards in a season. Lewis was named MVP in the NKY All-Star Game, and his Hail-Mary pass in 2003 snapped a 32-game losing streak and earned him the Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Decade.
As a basketball player, Lewis was also a four-year starter, three-time NKAC All-Star and team captain. A three-time All-Tournament Classic selection, he was the Ninth Region Defensive Player of the Year and the Ninth Region All-Star Game MVP.
He earned a scholarship to Georgetown College, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback and a four-time Mid-South Player of the Week and two-time team captain. He finished his career in the top five or top 10 in 10 different passing categories.
• Alan (Sonny) Sullivan – “Sonny” has been coaching for nearly 50+ years starting with Knothole Baseball and Girls Softball. For 18 years she helped the Conner Girls Softball team. He started Knothole Baseball at age 14 and continued until he was 65 years old. In addition, he was a basketball referee in Boone County leagues for 10 years.
He ran the scoreboard or clock for 20 years at Boone County High School and did the same for five years at Conner High School. He worked at Thomas More football games for 15 years.
• Greg Menetray – The Campbell County High School graduate finished his football career at the school holding eight different school records. He was called to the Assembly in 1973 and again in 1974. He was named Honorable Mention All-State in 1973 and was named Second Team All-State the following year. The running back still holds the school mark for 14.7 yards per carry.
As a pitcher, he threw two no-hitters and four one-hit ball games. And on the track, Menetrei ran all the sprint events, the 100, 200 and 400. He coached eight years at Campbell County, where he earned 13 varsity letters in four sports and was named to the Campbell County High School Hall of Fame and NKFL. Hall of Fame.
• Mike (Cootie) Creutzinger – A Ludlow High School two-athlete in football and basketball, “Cootie” earned Northern Kentucky’s 1966-1967 honorable mention defense. In the same year, he was named the athlete of the year at Ludlow High School. From 1972, he taught and coached until 2007 at Finneytown High School. After taking a year off, he coached at Mason High School from 2009-13 and Mosheim High School from 2015-2019.
• Jim Wiehbrink – A football coach at Dayton (Ky.) High School, he began his career in 1968 coaching linebackers on a team that reached the state semifinals.
He coached freshman track at Purcell for two years where the team was the GCL Frosh Champions.
Dixie Heights was his next stop as varsity track coach (two years) and his team finished third in the region. He was the head coach at Lima Catholic as well as an assistant football coach. he held the same titles at Forest Park High School.
He returned to Kentucky in 1977 as the Boone County High School Track and Cross Country coach; he stayed with the rebels for 20 years. He has been named NKAC Coach of the Year on four separate occasions.
His overall coaching record: Boys: 825 wins, 496 losses (68%) Girls: 733 wins, 564 losses (57%). His track and field record was 1,302 wins and 399 losses (77%).
The Northern Kentucky Hall of Fame was inaugurated in October 1982 with the purpose of recognizing and honoring individuals for outstanding athletic achievement and general contributions to the Northern Kentucky sports scene.
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