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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Newest NKY Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Gary Simon, new NKY Sports Hall of Famer, gives a presentation to Fort Thomas Schools students at the Charters of Freedom in Tower Park. 
The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will add three new members on Wednesday, December 18. Former Highlands teacher and coach, Gary Simon, is among those inductees.

Simon, Sr. will be inducted for playing and coaching baseball and softball at Newport High School from where he graduated in 1966.

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He started his playing career in knothole leagues before playing two years at Campbell County High School and two more at Newport High School.

He played baseball at Northern Kentucky University where he started as a left-fielder.

Simon served in the U.S. Air Force where he played fast-pitch softball on two base championship squads.

In slow-pitch softball competition, Simon played professionally for the Cincinnati Suds and at the amateur level competed with many top local teams. He has won numerous awards and is still an active player.

Simon also coached baseball, golf, and soccer at Highlands and Newport high schools.

He won the state racquetball championship in Tennessee in 1984.

Also joining Simon is Emily (Culbertson) Tracy, a standout golfer at Dixie Heights High School (2003) and the University of Kentucky.

Tracy's career included being honored as Ms. Kentucky Golf 2002, Enquirer and Kentucky Post player of the year four times, Wendy's High School Heisman nominee, all-region five times, sportswoman of the year in golf (2003), Colonel Award (2002-03), Larosa's Female Athlete nomination (2003), Outstanding Senior Players in Kentucky, and most valuable player at Dixie five years in a row.

She attended UK on scholarship.

Wayne "Weiner Dog" Troxel will be also inducted for playing football, basketball, and baseball at Ludlow High School. He graduated in 1976.

Troxel played four years of football and basketball, and three years of baseball for the Panthers. He lettered in all three sports.

Troxel led the region in 1975 with ten interceptions, a record that would stand for ten seasons. One interception led to a Ludlow upset of Conner High School and the Panthers went on to win the state championship that year.

In baseball, Troxel pitched a one-hit shutout against Highlands in a game in which the first Bluebird batter got on base before Troxel retired the next twenty-one.

He was inducted into the Ludlow High School Hall of Fame.

In other business at the hall of fame ceremony, Ludlow High School's Buddy Waite will be honored with the Bill Cappel Lifetime Achievement Award, Holmes High School's Joan Mitchell will receive the Pat Scott Award, and Behringer-Crawford Museum curator Jason French will receive a certificate of appreciation.

The event is set for 1 p.m. at the Villa Hills Civic Club on December 18. Former Major League Baseball umpire Randy Marsh will be the guest speaker.

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