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Highlands Grad, Three Others to be Inducted into Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Tammy Schlarman Freihofer.

Highlands High grad Tammy Schlarman Freihofer, who lettered in five different sports, is one of three former student athletes and a high school athletic trainer who will be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony Wednesday, January 19 at the Villa Hills Civic Club.

Other inductees include Mike Setters, who lettered in football, baseball and track at Covington Catholic High School; Elizabeth Blackburn Huff, who excelled at basketball, track and volleyball at Ludlow High School and Tom Burns, a high school sports trainer with a distinguished 45-year career, the last 30 at Boone County High School. 

Dick Murgatroyd will be guest speaker at the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Dick Murgatroyd, a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives who also served as Kenton County judge executive, will be the guest speaker at the event. The event is free and open to the public.

From 1967-80, Murgatroyd also was the producer-director for the Bob Braun Show on WLW-T (Channel 5) and won numerous awards including an Emmy, Community Leadership Award, Volunteer of The Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He is also a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

He has served on numerous boards including the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame, Northern Kentucky Heritage League, Social Venture Partners of Cincinnati, Bluegrass Buckeye Charity High School Basketball Classic and was former president of The Point/Arc. 

A lifetime resident of Northern Kentucky, he serves as the director of finance, operations and marketing for Visiting Angels of Southwest Ohio. 



Tammy Schlarman Freihofer

A 1990 grad of Highlands High, Schlarman Freihofer lettered in basketball, volleyball, softball, track and tennis. 

In volleyball, her Bluebirds won three District tournaments, and she was named First-Team, All-State (1988 and 1989). She was First-Team All-Region (1987, 1988 and 1989) and was regional MVBP (1989). That same year she was named Northern Kentucky Player of the Year.

A member of basketball’s 1,000-point and rebound club — the first Highlands player to do so — her teams won three District crowns and she was named to the All-District Team twice (1989, 1990). She was named MVP in 1990.

In college, she played for Nancy Winstel at Northern Kentucky University.

Mike Setters

A 1970 graduate of Covington Catholic High School, Setters lettered in football, baseball and track for three years. He has the distinction of never caught stealing in any of his high school games

A member of the first football team for the Colonels in 1968, he was a starting defensive back — and voted Best Defensive Back in each of this three varsity seasons with a career mark of 21 interceptions.

His play earned him a football scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University.

Elizabeth Blackburn Huff

A 2003 graduate of Ludlow High School, she was a Class A champion in the shot put for three consecutive seasons (2001-03). She also qualified for the state championship in the discus throw during the same period.

Blackburn-Huff was an All-State selection, as well as All-Region, First Team Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star, Coach’s First-Team All-Star, and was a Kentucky Post Honor Roll member. From 1999 through 2003 she was named field events Most Valuable Player.

In addition, she was a varsity soccer player – four years – earning All-District honors in 1999, and an All-District Team member in 2002.

In basketball, she served as team captain her junior and senior seasons and made All Conference (2001) and was team leading rebounder in 2002-03.

A member of the Ludlow Hall of Fame, she attended Ball State University and graduated from Northern Kentucky University.

Tom Burns

A 1980 graduate of Reading High School, Burns enters the Hall as an Athletic Trainer.

The 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, he spent a year at Elder High School before moving to Campbell County High.

A trainer for over 45 years — including his stint as a student trainer at Reading on the 1980 Class AA State Baseball Championship Team — he’s been at Boone County High School the past 30 years.

He’s been a member of two state football runner-up finishes, seven football Regional champion teams, five volleyball Regional champions, three softball regional championships and one soccer Regional championship.

"Working with the exceptional athletes at Boone County, like Shaun Alexander, Cory Farris, Michelle Cottrell, and Sydney Moss has been one of the greatest thrills of my life," he said.

He captured the Northern Kentucky Football Coach’s Award in 2017 and the Skyline Chili Football Classic Award.

"I never got into athletic training for the awards," he said, "but this one is very special."

The January 19 Induction Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at The Villa Hills Civic Club located at 729 Road.

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