May 7, 2018

Six athletes set for induction into Badin Athletic Hall of Fame


Six athletes are slated to be inducted into the Badin High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 12, in what should be another outstanding program, according to Dean Wright, chair of the school’s HOF committee.

“These are not just outstanding athletes, but outstanding people, too,” Wright said. “It’s always an enjoyable and rewarding evening as we recognize the year’s recipients. They are proud of what they accomplished, and so are we.”

The Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner will take place in Badin’s Pfirman Family Activity Center. It will begin with a Mass at 5:15 p.m., refreshments at 6, dinner at 7 and the induction program at 7:45 p.m.

Those who will be inducted include the late Celeste Broermann, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame High, the all-girls predecessor school to Badin. Celeste, who passed away in May of 2016, had a memorable career as a volleyball and track coach at Highlands High in Fort Thomas, Ky. She was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Others set for induction include Dr. Pete Scheidler ’88, an excellent offensive lineman at Badin who went on to start for a national championship football team at the University of Dayton. Brian Giesting ’93 was a standout centerfielder for Badin’s 1991 Division III state baseball champions, and graduated as the third-leading scorer in the history of the boys’ basketball program. Ben Helmers ’98 started for two Badin boys’ basketball teams that reached the state Division II Final Four in 1997 and 1998, then was the freshman of the year on a Miami University basketball squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1999.

Katie Rains Sullivan ’03 pitched the Badin softball program into the area spotlight, earning first team Girls Greater Cincinnati League honors for three straight years as well as league and city Player of the Year honors as a senior. Dan Purcell directed the Badin girls basketball program to 215 wins in 13 seasons from 1995-2008, including three trips to the Division II state championship game and the 1998 state title, the Badin girls athletic program’s first state crown. This will be his fourth Hall of Fame induction.

In addition, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Terry McGuff will be honored as the Legacy Family for all they have contributed to the school’s athletic program. Terry was the head baseball and head basketball coach at Hamilton Catholic, the all-boys predecessor school of Badin. His wife, the former Ann Slovisky, is a 1957 graduate of Notre Dame High. Their five children are all Badin grads, and Terry was inducted into the Badin Hall of Fame in 2007. Their son Kevin ‘88, the head women’s basketball coach at Ohio State University, is also a member of the Badin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Four Badin students from the incoming senior Class of 2019 will be awarded the Terry and Betty Malone Scholarship to recognize their spirit and dedication to the athletic program at Badin – Gianna DeCello, Andrea Schlabach, Davon Starks and Luke Tabler.

“This is always one of my favorite nights of the year, because the people being inducted all made such important contributions through their athletic efforts,” Wright said. “So many people return to reminisce and share their appreciation of the inductees – it makes for a very special few hours.”

Reservations are $35 and may be made online through the Badin web site at badinhs.org. Children 12-and-under are admitted for $20.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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