Ben Helmers

Badin set to induct its 25th Athletic Hall of Fame class Saturday

Six individuals will join the Hall, which is designed to honor high-level athletic contributors from Badin, Hamilton Catholic and Notre Dame Academy.

“These are not just outstanding athletes, but outstanding people too,” said Dean Wright, chair of the Hall of Fame committee. “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.”

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The evening’s events will include mass at 5:15 p.m., refreshments at 6, dinner at 7 and the induction program at 7:45. Reservations are $35 and can be made online through the Badin website at www.badinhs.org. Children 12-and-under will be admitted for $20.

The induction class is:

• The late Celeste Broermann (Class of 1966, Notre Dame) — Broermann, who passed away in May of 2016, had a memorable career as a volleyball and track coach at Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky., and was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

• Brian Giesting (Class of 1993, Badin) — Giesting was a standout center fielder for the school’s Division III state championship baseball squad in 1991 and graduated as the third-leading scorer in BHS boys basketball history.

• Ben Helmers (Class of 1998, Badin) — Helmers was among the top players for the Rams’ Division II Final Four boys basketball teams in 1997 and 1998, then was the Freshman of the Year on a Miami University squad that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1999.

• Dan Purcell — Purcell directed the Badin girls basketball program to 215 wins in 13 years (1995-96 to 2007-08) and three trips to the Division II state championship game, winning the 1998 title. This will be his fourth Hall of Fame induction.

• Katie Rains Sullivan (Class of 2003, Badin) — Sullivan pitched the Badin fast-pitch softball program into the area spotlight. She was a first-team Girls Greater Cincinnati League selection for three consecutive years and Greater Cincinnati Player of the Year as a senior.

• Dr. Pete Scheidler (Class of 1988, Badin) — Scheidler was a standout offensive lineman at Badin who went on to start for a national championship football team at the University of Dayton.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Terry McGuff will be honored as the Legacy Family. Terry was the head baseball and basketball coach at Hamilton Catholic, and he was inducted into the Badin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. His wife, the former Ann Slovisky, is a 1957 Notre Dame graduate.

All five of their children are Badin graduates. Kevin McGuff (Class of 1988) is the head women’s basketball coach at Ohio State University and a member of the Badin Athletic Hall of Fame.

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

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