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The Covington Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize those individuals and teams who have had a significant impact on athletics at Covington High School.


Dale “Blackie” Brant is a 1944 Covington graduate who excelled in basketball and baseball for the Buccaneers during one of the most historic times in the history of our country - World War II.

He played three years of baseball for the Buccaneers and was a member of the basketball team during all four years of high school where he earned varsity letters during his junior and senior seasons. He was on two of the most legendary teams in the history of the program - as a freshman on the 1940-41 team that finished 20-2 under coach Burr Simpson and then as a senior on the 1943-44 team that finished 18-1 and earned a Stillwater Valley League Championship under coach Everett Snyder. The .947 winning percentage in the 1943-44 season was the highest winning percentage for any Covington basketball team in school history until the Buccaneers finished 24-1 in 1980-81 for a .960 winning percentage. Throughout Blackie’s high school career from 1940 to 1944 the Buccaneers won 77.6 percent of their games to compile an overall record of 59-17.

Individually, Blackie was a Co-Captain his senior year where he led the team in scoring with 232 points and was a First-Team Stillwater Valley League Selection.

After his graduation in 1944, Blackie served in Okinawa, Japan as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. He married June Holsinger and had eleven children.


Fred Davis is a 1960 Covington graduate who excelled in baseball, basketball, football and track where he earned a combined 10 varsity letters.

In baseball, Fred lettered all four years of high school - three under coach Bob Wion and then in his senior season under coach Frank Dunn where he was a team captain. He led the team in on-base percentage, most stolen bases and most runs scored.

On the basketball court, Fred played varsity all four seasons and lettered as a sophomore, junior and senior. At the time varsity letters were not awarded to freshmen. He was a senior captain in the 1959-60 season under coach Frank Dunn where he helped lead the Buccaneers to a Non-County Tournament Championship with wins over Sidney Holy Angles and Bradford.

Fred also was a standout in football where he earned varsity letters in 1958 and 1959 under coach Blair Irvin. As a senior in 1959, Fred was a key contributor on a team that finished 8-1 and were the top ranked team in the state until the final game of the season against West Milton - a game where Covington had three touchdowns negated in a 14-6 defeat. Still, the 1959 team established new school records with 386 points scored and just 42 points surrendered on the entire season.

Fred took to the track for the first time in his senior season and qualified for the state meet in the high jump on his way to earning a varsity letter. He placed first in the High Jump at the Covington Invitational and medaled at the the Miami University Track & Field Meet.

Fred continues to reside in Covington with his wife of 60 years, Linda Yeamans Davis. They have three children, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Donna Kay has been a staple in the Covington school system and in the Covington community for over 60 years. She was a Physical Education teacher at Covington from 1960 until her retirement in 2009, served on the Village Council for 26 years spanning from 1982 to 2009, and served as Mayor for six months after the unfortunate passing of Gary Bell.

In regards to her contribution to Covington Athletics, Donna Kay was a pioneer for women’s sports as she served as intramural coach in volleyball, basketball and track from 1960 until the OHSAA began recognizing girls athletics as part of Title IX in 1972. Covington’s first year of participating as official members of the OHSAA began in the 1974-75 school year, but in years prior the athletic teams competed as part of the Girls Athletic Association.

As the athletic programs took off for female sports, Donna Kay took her passion of teaching athletics to the junior high level where she coached volleyball and track for several years from 1982 through 1993.

Donna Kay graduated high school in 1955 at Marshall High School, which is now a part of the Hillsboro school district. She earned her Bachelors Degree in 1959 at Wilmington College and her Masters Degree in 1982 at the University of Dayton.

Donna Kay and her late husband Lewis Dewey arrived in Covington in the late 1950s and raised two children in the heart of Buccaneer Country - Lisa Dewey McCord (a 1977 Covington Graduate) and Mary Elizabeth Nasal (a 1984 Covington Graduate). She also has many grandchildren who have been blessed to wear the black and white as Covington Buccaneers.


Covington has a rich tradition of success in football and it all started in the modern era with the 1947 football team coached by Burr Simpson. Football had originally started in 1904, but was disbanded when a Covington player was seriously injured during a game against Troy on October 28, 1910. The sport was brought back to life in 1946 due to a group of supporters; Keith Langston, Merrit Burk, Russel Johnson, Howard Buchanan, Kermit Stade, Burr Simpson, Dr. Wehr and Professor J.L. Baker. After a season of practice games and attending games at neighboring schools, the Covington football program played its first game in nearly 37 years on Friday, September 12, 1947, a 12-0 defeat at Maria Stein St. Johns.

Two weeks later on September 26, 1947 the Buccaneers played their first ever game on the friendly confines of Smith Field against Piqua Central Catholic. Midway through the first quarter, David Beard went 30 yards around right end for the first touchdown. Dick Supinger booted the extra point as Covington put their first seven points on the scoreboard. Late in the third period, Beard and Supinger duplicated the feat in the same manner and the Buccaneers had their first triumph, a 14-0 victory.

It was the start of a long-standing tradition for the Covington community - a tradition that has led to 523 wins, 222 losses and 13 ties in 74 years of football.

The starting line-up for the 1947 Buccaneers was: Jack Farling, left end; Keith Langston, left tackle; Bill Trembly, left guard; Tom Finfrock, center; George Brandt, right guard; Frank Hemm, right tackle; Charles Phillis, right end; Dean Finfrock, left halfback; Junior Deal, quarterback; Don Via, fullback; and David Beard, right halfback.

1947 Football Team
Dick O'Roark*, Tom Hill*, Dale Garman, Bill Langston*, Eddie Nolan*, Dick Hemm*, Don Whitman*, Junior Deal*, Dave Beard*, Leroy Anderson, Don Via*, George Brant*, Charlie Phillis*, Bill Collins*, Dean Finfrock*, Tom Finfrock*, John Fletcher*, Bill Wills*, Dave Mote*, Joel Phillips, Frank Hemm*, Jack Farling*, Joe Bosserman*, Henry Anderson*, Bill Trembly, Keith Langston*, Dick Supinger*, Jim Ellis*. Managers Charlie Wright* and Carl Reck. Head Coach Burr Simpson* and Assistant Coaches Louis Apwisch* and Charles Watson*.

• Indicates Deceased.

Linus Grilliot
Class of 1941
Bob Hartley
Class of 1961
Gene Laughman
Class of 1964
Kent Thompson
Class of 1965
Tom Dunn
Class of 1972
Tim Vogler
Class of 1975
Dave Beard
Class of 1950
Tom Finfrock
Class of 1950
Bob Johnston
Class of 1953
Larry Warner
Class of 1962
Jay Meyer
Class of 1977
Dave Tobias
Class of 1980
Rodney Sampson
Class of 1958
Terry Vogler
Class of 1975
Kevin Finfrock
Class of 1981
Leonard Wood
Class of 1952
Ed Hartley
Class of 1971
Joe Schmidt
Class of 1980
Gary Carder
Class of 1959
Judy Miller
Class of 1980
Fred Flory
Class of 1945
Bob Tobias
Class of 1954
Kelly Deeter
Class of 1984
Kenny Shefbuch
Class of 1954
Jim Sampson
Class of 1960
Harold Minnich
Class of 1933
Denny Cain
Class of 1972
Brad Barker
Class of 1969
Brian Olson
Class of 1987
Cindy Byers
Class of 1984
Lawrence Deal
Class of 1928
Rex Huffman
Class of 1971
John Flory
Class of 1966
Lane Evans
Class of 1988
Jodi Miller
Class of 1989
Ryan Stover
Class of 1989
Jim Meyer
Class of 1974
Ed Barger
Class of 1981
Lynnette Roeth
Class of 1992
Ron Leach
Class of 1971
Tori Hartley
Class of 1993
Bill Apple
Class of 1970
Dave Doseck
Class of 1974
Craig Vanderhorst
Class of 1984
Bill Flick
Class of 1941
Mike Schmidt
Class of 1979
Erica Bowman
Class of 1996
Staci Short
Class of 1996
Richard Via
Class of 1954
Doug Swartz
Class of 1976
Becky Sink-Weldy
Class of 1997
Matt Weikert
Class of 1997
Carolyn Deneke
Class of 1990
David Larson
Class of 1998
Shelli Manson
Class of 1998
Ronald Rhoades
Class of 1952
Bill Frey
Class of 1953
Emily Enderle
Class of 1999
Nate Gibson
Class of 1999
Jason Kingrey
Class of 1984
Doug Swartz
Class of 1974
Libby McMaken
Class of 2000
Lauren Boggs
Class of 2002
Jason Meyer
Class of 2002
Holly Irvin
Class of 1982
Ted Peacock
Class of 1967
Bert Roeth
Class of 2002
Josh Burelison
Class of 2002
Pam Sowers
Class of 1992
Jon Sampson
Class of 2003
Michelle Meyer
Class of 2006
Logan Brown
Class of 2006
Scott Fisher
Class of 1985
Sue Schwamberger
Class of 2002
Heather Fields
Class of 2004
Ashley Johnson
Class of 2007
Jenny McMaken
Class of 1983
Alex Christian
Class of 2007
Renee Otte
Class of 2009
Jarod Meyer
Class of 2002
Andrew Dehart
Class of 2011
Meredith Tobias
Class of 2007
Gene Studebaker
Class of 2007
Gale Long
Class of 1973
Chloe Shell
Class of 2011
A.J. Ouellette
Class of 2014
Jaclyn Siefring
Class of 2014
Lane White
Class of 2014
Dale "Blackie" Brant
Class of 1944
Fred Davis
Class of 1960

1973 Football Team: Steve Burelison, Randy Miller, David Dull, Ron Phillis, Al Grise, Steve Bordelon, Tim Wise, Bill Lyle, Gary Robinson, Rick Hollopeter, Doug Meyer, Steve Pennington, Calvin Yingst, Mike Leonard, Terry Vogler, Tim Shafer, Tim Vogler, Greg Dennings, Whitey Forsythe, Mike Apwisch, John Montgomery, Joe Davis, Dean Fields, Roger Finfrock, Dave Doty, Rod Victor, David Nicodemus, Mike Zimmer, Richard Girouard, Bob Flora, Galen Mullennix, Doug Swartz, Don Anthony, Rusty Kimmel, Randy Besecker, Dave Doseck, Greg Reynolds

1960 Football Team: Dave Beeman, Larry McKenzie, Thomas Fenner, Larry Warner, Michael Hart, Robert Byers, Bob Hartley, Mike Hudson, Doug Murray, James Ruhl, Warren Smith, Larry Wise, Terry Byers, Gordon McMaken, Tim Hudson, John Laughman, Larry Caldwell, Gene Laughman, Steve Wells, Roger Looker, George Yingst, Gary Maier, Sam Bashore, Mike Miller, Jerry Fessler, Donald Weer III, John Holsinger, David Wimmer, Kay Hunt, Arthur Jennings, Thomas Iddings, Mark Smith, Wayne Ingle, Tom Kimmel, Coach Jim Beisner

1973 Men's Golf Team: Dan Mutzner, Tim Wise, Larry Minnich, Robert Tobias, Ted Brumbaugh, Dave Barnhart, Mike Bordelon, Coach Ron Schultz
1979 Football Team: Ted Fields, Brian Bitner, Mike Girouard, Rob Girouard, Kevin Finfrock, Pat Thomas, Chris Rench, Mark Williams, Mark Landis, Jim Smith, Phil Reck, Mike Grilliot, Kirk Tisdale, Jeff Lauber, Joe Schmidt, Scott Manson, Jeff Ryan, Dan Westfall, Joe Richard, Chuck Yingst, Ryan Kimmel, Bryan Reames, Glenn Musgrave, Marc Cain, Dave DeMoss, Chris Locker, John Broughman, Greg Rench, Doug Pond, Chris Yingst, Don Fosnight, Todd Fields, Jeff Cain, Dave Tobias, Jim Rench, Dale Barger, Travis Brannon, Tom Manson, Rick Schmidt, Coach Larrie Tisdale, Coach Steve Fisher, Coach Ed McCord, Coach Bob Huelsman

1995 Volleyball Team: Sitting (L-R) - Angie Millhouse, Tiana Powell, Whitney Bell, and Jessica Bishop. Standing (L-R) - Head Coach Lonnie Cain, Nikki Simon, Stacy Weldy, Becky Sink, Staci Short, Erica Bowman, Richelle Finfrock and Stacey Fields. (Not Pictured: Coach Niki Simon, Coach Maureen Amirault)

1980-81 Boys Basketball Team: CENTER: Coach Bob Huelsman. TEAM (L-R): John Hackett, Ed Barger, Steve Simon, Rick Schmidt, Scott Manson, Jeff Ryan, Jerry Minnich, Dale Barger, Jim Tobias, Don Fosnight, Phil Reck, Kevin Finfrock.

1947 Football Team: Row 1 - Coach Louis Apwisch, Dick O'Roark, Tom Hill, Bill Langston, Eddie Nolan, Dale Garman, Head Coach Burr Simpson, Dick Hemm, Don Whitman, Junior Deal, Coach Charles Watson. Row 2 - Manager Charlie Wright, Dave Beard, Leroy Anderson, Don Via, George Brandt, Charlie Phillis, Bill Collins, Dean Finfrock, John Fletcher, Bill Wills. Row 3 - Manager Carl Reck, Dave Mote, Joel Phillips, Frank Hemm, Jack Farling, Joe Bosserman, Henry Anderson, Bill Trembly, Keith Langston, Dick Supinger, Jim Ellis.

Les Zimmerman Burr Simpson Harold Deeter Richard Minnich
Blair Irvin Dave Murray Frank Dunn Dr. Robert Girouard
Bob Huelsman Larrie Tisdale Paul Devine Ron Schultz
Dr. John Molesky Robert (Bob) Phillis Tom Barbee Lou Apwisch
Forrest Miller Tebba Cain Scott Johnson Chris Besecker
Lonnie Cain Roger Craft Harold Frantz John Beeman
Glen Hollopeter Ben Wolfe Ben Robinson Rob Kiser
Dennis "Scooby" Willoughby Gretchen Schmidt Doug Foster Jack Schwamberger
Steve Dunn Donna Kay Dewey