April 17, 2019

Six athletes set for induction into Badin High Hall of Fame


Six athletes are slated to be inducted into the Badin High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27, in what should be another outstanding program, according to Dean Wright, chair of the school’s HOF committee.

“This is a celebration of some quality people,” Wright said. “They made such a great contribution to athletics, and have gone on to make a difference in the world around them. We truly enjoy the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments.”

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 Rick Kunkel ’67, Joe Vogt ’72, Fred Hesse ’74, Janice Vogt Brown ’78, Aimee Hurst Tokarczyk ‘98, and Dr. Nathan Bunce ’01.

In addition, the family of the late William and Mary Margaret Brand Hogan ’40 will be honored as the Legacy Family.

Kunkel graduated in Badin’s initial graduating class in 1967, and quarterbacked the Rams’ first football team to an undefeated 9-0 season in 1966. As the head baseball coach for 11 years from 2001 through 2011, he guided the Rams to a 234-89 record, winning 11 consecutive Greater Catholic League titles, 11 straight sectional tournament championships, and taking four teams to the state Final Four, with runner-up finishes in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Vogt was a standout first baseman for two years at Badin, then went on to start for four seasons at Marietta College. He was a first team all-league selection all four years at Marietta, still holds the school record for put-outs in a career, and was named to the all-World Series team after Marietta finished as the Small College World Series runner-up in 1975. He was inducted into the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Hesse was an assistant boys’ basketball coach for Badin’s 1988 undefeated Division III state champions, and still on staff when Badin returned to the Final Four in 1997 and 1998. Named head coach of the Rams for the 1999-2000 season, he directed the team to its most recent district championship and Elite Eight appearance in 2002. An assistant basketball coach at Moeller High for the past 14 seasons, he has helped guide the Crusaders to 10 district titles and three state championships.

Vogt Brownwas a champion swimmer starting at the age of six. Once Ohio sanctioned state high school swim championships in 1977, Vogt Brown had five top-six state placings in the next two years. She competed in the finals of the AAU Junior Olympics and reached the AAU Nationals as a member of the Cincinnati Marlins. She received a four-year swim scholarship to Purdue University, where she was team captain as a senior and a top swimmer in the Big Ten.

Hurst Tokarczyk was a two-sport standout at Badin, appearing in three state championship games as a goaltender on the girls’ soccer team, and starting on Badin’s first-ever girls state champion when the 1998 squad won the Division II state basketball title. With Hurst as the starting goaltender, Badin went 49-11-7 with 45 shutouts, finishing as the state runner-up in 1995, 1996 and 1997. A three-year starter in basketball as well, she was a co-captain and leading scorer on the state championship team as a senior, being named to the all-tournament team after Badin’s 50-31 triumph over Dover, as well as being first-team Butler County and a District 15 all-star.

Bunce was an outstanding lineman at Badin and then at Miami University. A tight end and defensive lineman, he helped the Rams to the state semifinals as a sophomore and return visits to the playoffs each of the next two seasons. He then turned in four memorable seasons at Miami, where as an offensive lineman he was named to the school’s all-decade team of the 2000s. With Bunce anchoring the line, Miami was a Mid-American Conference powerhouse and made two bowl appearances, defeating Louisville in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., during his sophomore season. He is now a chiropractor working in Lebanon.

The Hogan family had six children go through Hamilton Catholic and Badin, with one of five Hogan boys playing basketball for the Rams every night from 1958-1974. Pat ’62, Mike ’64, Peggy ’66, Tim ’68, Bill ’70 and the late Terry ’74 carried the Hogan name over the years, leading former JournalNews sports editor Bill Moeller to write in 1978, “The Hogans are a Ram legend. No family has contributed more to Ram basketball … and few families have collected so many degrees.” Bill Hogan was inducted into the Badin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, and as a Badin coach guided the baseball team into the school’s first state championship game appearance in 1975.

In addition to the induction ceremony, four Badin juniors in the Class of 2020 will be honored for receiving the Terry and Betty Malone Scholarship, recognizing their spirit and dedication to the athletic program at Badin – Keegan Gormley, Zoe Hargis, Emari Smiley and Jillian Smith.

“This is always a great night,” Wright said. “You’re honoring deserving people, and so many others want to come back and 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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