Former referee Randy Marsh is the guest speaker at the NKY Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday

Written by Andy Foreman
NKyTribune reporter

Randy Marsh, a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from 1981 to 1999 and throughout the major leagues from 2000 to 2009, will be the guest speaker for the January induction meeting at the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on January 18 at Park Hills Gardens (1622 Dixie Highway, Park Hills) and is free and open to the public. Five new members are scheduled to enter the hall.

Marsh, a Covington native and member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, has officiated the World Series in 1990, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2006, serving as crew chief for the last three series, and in the All-Star Game in 1985 and 1988, 1996 and 2006, calling balls and strikes for the 1996 match. He is the tenth referee in history to serve as crew chief for three world championships.

Randy Marsh

He has also officiated in nine league championship series (1989, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and in five series (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2006). He was crew chief from the 1998 season until his retirement after the 2009 season.

As of 2018, Marsh—a board member and senior vice president of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame—serves as the director of the Umpiring, as well as an assessor and supervisor of Major League Baseball.

January recruits:

• Mike Lewis He started football as a four-time quarterback and captain at Ludlow High School, and was also a four-time NKAC All-Star. In 2004, he was named NKY Class A Player of the Year, as well as District Player of the Year.

He passed with 96 touchdowns during his career, finished leading all major passing categories—and was the first Ludlow player to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a single season. Lewis was named the NKY All-Star Game MVP, and his 2003 “Hail-Mary” pass snapped a 32-game losing streak—and made him the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Player of the Decade.

As a basketball player, Lewis was also a four-year starter, three-time NKAC All-Star, and team captain. A three-time All-Tournament Classic selection, he was District IX Defensive Player of the Year and District IX All-Star Game Player of the Year.
He was awarded a scholarship to Georgetown College where he was a three-year starter at quarterback, four-time South Midfielder of the Week, and a two-time team captain. He finished his career in the top five or top ten in 10 different success categories.

• Alan (Sonny) Sullivan – “Sonny” has been coaching in some capacity for over 50 years – he started out in Knothole Baseball and Girls Softball. For 18 years, he helped the Conner Girls Softball Team. He began umpiring Knothole Baseball at the age of 14 – and continued until his 65th birthday. In addition, for 10 years he was a basketball referee in the Boone County Leagues.

At Boone County High School, he ran the scoreboard or clock for 20 years and did the same for five years at Conner High School. For 15 years, he worked Thomas More football games.

• Greg Meintree – The Campbell County High School graduate finished his football career at the school holding eight different school records. He was named All-Conference in 1973 and again in 1974. He was named Honorable Mention All-State in 1973, and named second team the following year. Running still holds the school mark of 14.7 yards per carry.

As a pitcher, he has thrown two hitters, and four one-ball games. And in track, Mentree has run all the sprint events—the 100, 200, and 400. He coached eight years at Campbell County earning 13 varsity letters in four sports and was named to the Campbell High School Hall of Fame and NKFL Hall of Fame.

• Mike (Coty) Kreutzinger – Ludlow High School Sports Athlete – Football and Basketball – “Cootie” was named a 1966-1967 Defensive Honoree at Northern Kentucky. That same year he was named Athlete of the Year at Ludlow High School. From 1972 he taught and coached until 2007 at Finetown High School. After a year off, he coached from 2009-13 at Mason High School and from 2015-2019 coached at Mosheim Middle School.

• C. Weibrink – A football coach at Dayton High School, he began his career in 1968 coaching linebackers for a team that reached the state semi-finals.

He coached freshmen at Purcell for two years as the team was the GCL Freshmen.

Dixie Heights was his next stop as a squash coach (2 years) – his team finished 3rd in the region. He was head track coach at Lima Catholic as well as assistant football coach – holding the same titles at Forest Park High School.

He returned to Kentucky in 1977 as a track and cross country coach at Boone County High School – he stayed with the Renegades for 20 years. He has been named NKAC Coach of the Year on four different occasions.

His combined coaching record: Boys’ 825 wins, 496 losses (68%) Girls’ 733 wins, 564 losses (57%). His track and field record was 1,302 wins and 399 losses (77%).

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame was initiated in October 1982 with the purpose of honoring and honoring individuals for their outstanding athletic achievements and overall contributions to the Northern Kentucky sports scene.

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