Roles change, but dedication the same

Roles change, but dedication the same


Roles change, but dedication the same


Change is an inevitable part of life, and starting a week from Monday I will be making a change in what I cover here at The Enquirer, while at the same time still helping shape our Northern Kentucky coverage.

I have been asked to join the Bengals beat along with Paul Dehner Jr., and it’s an exciting opportunity to cover the most popular sport in America. That means I won’t be covering Northern Kentucky sports on a daily basis, but I have also been named Enquirer Kentucky sports director, which means I will get a chance to have a hand in what we cover and how we cover sports in Northern Kentucky.

I have lived in this community for four decades, worked here in various media platforms (Cincinnati/Kentucky Post, WKRC-TV, sports talk radio) for almost 25 years and am raising my family here, because I truly love Northern Kentucky.

When I was hired by the Enquirer about 16 months ago to provide full-time coverage in Northern Kentucky, I jumped at the chance and worked hard along with contributor Marc Hardin to provide that coverage on a consistent, daily basis.

No media platform in this area covers Northern Kentucky sports like The Enquirer does, and even though I won’t be part of that coverage until after the Bengals season ends, The Enquirer will continue to provide that.

We have added Rick Broering as a regular contributor after he built a successful website,, and both he and Marc Hardin will provide the daily coverage of Northern Kentucky sports.

We have also added the resources of our sister papers from the Community Recorders and their work can be found on a regular basis not only in those products, but on our website as well, helping us add even more depth to our Northern Kentucky coverage.

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NDA HIRES SOCCER COACH: Notre Dame Academy filled its vacant head soccer coaching position on Friday when recently hired athletic director Myanna Webster announced that David Gronotte will replace Sara McSorley, who resigned in early April to spend more time with her family.

Gronotte has coached club soccer and assisted with Covington Catholic’s freshman team.

He graduated from CovCath in 1993 after playing soccer, basketball and baseball and played club soccer at the University of Kentucky, where he graduated in 1997.

McSorley had been head coach at Notre Dame since 2004 and compiled a 195-40-19 record, led three teams to state titles (2004, 2011 and 2013) and two others to state runner-up finishes (2009 and 2012).

BROSSART FOOTBALL COACH: A tumultuous offseason for the Bishop Brossart football program had one more twist when athletic director Adam Franzen issued an email to the Brossart community on Friday saying that Paul Wiggins has been hired as head coach after Rob Howard, who had been announced as head coach, decided not to take the position.

Wiggins has coached Brossart’s middle school program the last five years. Brossart almost didn’t have a program this season due to low participation numbers and Lee Teegarden, who served as head coach this past season, resigned last month.

Brossart decided to go ahead with the season when it got 20 students to commit to play.

NKU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Northern Kentucky University made official on Wednesday what The Enquirer reported last month, that former Xavier University player and graduate assistant Dante Jackson had been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach and on Thursday announced that former NKU point guard Ethan Faulkner had also been hired as an assistant men’s coach.

Faulkner, who played 117 games for NKU from 2009-13, served as a student assistant at NKU last season.

Kevin Schappell is the lone full-time returnee on head coach Dave Bezold’s staff.

COVCATH ADDS ASSISTANT AD; HOOPS TEAM HONORED: Covington Catholic has named assistant boys’ basketball Tony Bacigalupo as assistant athletic director.

The basketball team, which won the state championship this past season, was honored Saturday night during the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Elizabethtown and will receive their state championship rings on Aug. 6.

NKY CLIPPERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE: The Northern Kentucky Clippers won their third consecutive Open Water Championship on June 25 at Hueston Woods State Park’s Acton Lake in College Corner, Ohio.

The event requires the swimmers to swim anywhere from 0.5-2 miles depending on the age group.

Joey Novak won the boys’ ages 13-14 group, while Calvin Scheper finished second. Other Clippers top finishers per age group were: Brooke Spritzky (second in the girls’ ages 10-11 group); Seth Young (second in the boys’ ages 10-11 group); Elizabeth Smith (second in the girls’ ages 10 and under group); David Lanham (fourth in the boys’ ages 10 and under group); Sophie Skinner (third in the girls’ ages 13-14 group); Brendan Meyer (third in the boys’ ages 15 and over group); and Mikayla Herich (fourth in the girls’ ages 15 and over group).

DIXIE GRAD YEAGER IN TENNIS HALL: Former Dixie Heights tennis standout Jason Yeager will be inducted into the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame on Aug. 10 in a ceremony that will be held at Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason during the Western & Southern Open’s Opening Night.

Yeager, a 1991 Dixie grad, won the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state singles title in 1989 and 1990 before playing at the University of Kentucky. He won two singles titles, one doubles title and one mixed doubles title in the Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championships. ⬛


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