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May 6, 2023

Badin High holds Athletic Hall of Fame event

Six outstanding athletes and a Legacy Family were honored at Badin High School’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday, May 6.

“It was another great night – well-deserving athletes being recognized for their outstanding efforts,” said committee co-chair Dirk Q. Allen of the event, which was held in the Pfirman Family Activity Center at BHS. “We always enjoy the opportunity to recognize the achievements of these talented individuals.”

Athletes inducted into the Badin-Hamilton Catholic-Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame include Ed Mignery ’67, Dan Scheffel ’75, Ryan Pogozalski ’96, Brion Treadway ’97, Lisa Sutton Gurr ’98, and longtime athletic director Sally Kocher.

In addition, the family of Kevin and Kathy Hinkel Pater, both from the Class of 1968, were honored as the Legacy Family. They had excellent careers at Badin and then sent five children through the BHS hallways.

Four members of Badin’s Class of 2024 received the Terry and Betty Malone Scholarship as well.

Some highlights of the inductees include:

  • Ed Mignery ’67 was a standout prep football player on teams that went 29-0 during his varsity career, which included the very first season at Badin High. He was first team all-conference and second team All-American as a football senior at Morehead (Ky.) State University. Ed went on to be an outstanding high school football coach, including 14 years at Hamilton High that included three trips to the Division I playoffs and two Greater Miami Conference championships, highlighted by a perfect 10-0 regular season in 1997.
  • Dan Scheffel ’75 was an outstanding pitcher at Badin High and then Marietta College. He pitched Badin into its first-ever state championship game when he delivered a 4-0 win over Columbus St. Charles in the 1975 Class AA semifinals. His overall record as a pitcher in high school and college was 49-11, including two trips to the Division III NCAA College World Series in 1977 and 1978.
  • Ryan Pogozalski ’96 was the starting pitcher for Badin in the 1996 state championship game, a 7-5 win over Tallmadge. He won big games throughout his Badin career, and also played football for the BHS team that won the 300th game for head coach Terry Malone ’52. Ryan went on to be a successful college pitcher with two years at Vincennes University and two at Tiffin University.
  • Brion Treadway ’97 was the winning pitcher in both games as Badin captured the 1996 Division II state baseball championship, a two-hitter in a 3-1 verdict over Avon Lake in the state semifinals, and 1.2 innings of hitless relief in the 7-5 win over Tallmadge in the finals. He went 21-2 during his Badin career, then 18-11 in 70 career appearances at the University of North Carolina/Charlotte. A Pre-Season All-American in 2000, Brion was selected in the third round of the MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, and pitched six years in the Minor Leagues. He has been the head coach at Badin since 2012, with a 222-88 record heading into the 2023 season, including four trips to the state Final Four and a state runner-up finish in 2016.
  • Lisa Sutton Gurr ’98 started in four state championship games for the Rams – three runner-up finishes in girls soccer (1995, 1996 and 1997) and the 1998 Division II girls basketball state title, 50-31 over Dover. She went on to an excellent soccer career at the College of Mount St. Joseph, where she was a first team all-league selection for four seasons, and named the Heartland Collegiate Conference Player of the Year as a junior. She was also a Verizon Academic All-American and a member of the National College Athletic Honor Society.
  • Sally Kocher had a trailblazing career at Badin for four decades – phys ed and health teacher; coach of nearly every girls sport in the school; girls athletic director; and finally the first female athletic director in the Greater Catholic League for her final 14 years before retiring in June of 2013. Sally was Badin’s first girls basketball coach in 1978-79, and was the head volleyball coach for 18 seasons. It was at Sally’s impetus that Badin joined the GCL in the early 1990s, which jump-started more high-profile athletic success for the Rams.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, or (513) 869-4490

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