Coach Ray Brown (1971-2003) Silver Grove native, but adopted son of Newport. A coach and teacher who truly bleed black and red. He wore the red and black every day, even after he retired, and was Proud to be a Newport Wildcat. Northern Kentucky is an area filled with sports icons. There are few people in our area that don’t recognize names like Tom Ellis, Bill Jones, “Frenchy” Demoisey, Ken Shields and countless others. In Newport, the long storied history of the sports program has a huge list itself. James Cobb, Stan Arnzen, and Blue Foster immediately come up in breakfast stories. When it comes to both icons and legends in the sport of baseball Ray Brown always comes to mind. There are few people in the 9th Region that don’t have a fond Ray Brown story to tell about the popular Wildcat Coach. Ray Brown’s “calling” was as a high school baseball coach where he did as well as anyone ever has at Newport High School for an incredible 30 years. He compiled a 470-270 record in baseball from 1974-2003 as the head coach and also served as an assistant basketball coach for the Wildcats. He was selected “Coach of the Year” in baseball in 1982, 1983, and again in 1990. The Small School Coaches Award is now named the Ray Brown Baseball Coaching Award. Coach Brown led his team to the Regional Championship in 1982. They won their first game against Shelby County and lost to Madison Central in the next round of the State Tournament. Ray’s teams were also Regional runner-ups two other times. Over 40 players played college baseball, two players were drafted, coached in the Regional Tournament 25 out of 30 years, District winners 14 times and runner-ups 11 times, coached the State All-Star Team, Coached in the 9th Region Junior/Senior All Star Game 10 times, Past President of the Northern Kentucky Baseball Coaches Association (NKBCA), Math teacher, belongs to numerous Hall of Fames around Kentucky. In 2013 the Newport Baseball Field was named the Ray and Grady Brown Baseball Field. In 2014 Coach Ray Brown’s Baseball jersey was retired. Coach Grady Brown (1972-2010) A Silver Grove native, but like his brother Coach Ray Brown also an adopted son of Newport. “ I have been one of the luckiest men on earth to have spent my whole career in the Newport School District. To the students I have taught, the players I have coached and to their parents thanks for everything. I have truly been blessed.”Grady’s whole career has been in the Newport School District. He was a Science Teacher, Baseball coach, Basketball coach, and volleyball coach (78 seasons of coaching sports in Newport). He ran Summer programs, was Head of the Science Department, acting Athletic Director, still the Energy Manager, On the Board of Directors for the KSTA, Who’s Who of Teachers, and in 2006 Voted A Teacher That Made a Difference In Kentucky. A long coaching career has brought Grady the greatest recognition. He has been involved in over 1,000 victories in Newport as either a head coach or assistant. Coach Brown was his brother’s assistance baseball coach for 29 years and head coach for 7 after his brother retired. Between the Brown’s they accumulated over 550 wins in baseball, played in the regional baseball tournament 29 out of 36 years (district champs 15 times and runner-ups 14 times). Coached the 9th Region Junior/Senior All game 11 times, Coached the State All Star Game, A member of the NKAD Hall of Fame. In 2013 the Newport Baseball Field was named after Ray and Grady. David Schlosser (1974-1978) During David’s high school career he played basketball and baseball. He lettered 4 times in each sport for a total of 8 varsity letters. David was a member of the 1977 Wildcat basketball team that many consider to be one of the best to ever play in Northern Kentucky. That team was ranked number one in the 9th region, was the NKAC Champions, and Regional Finalist. The Wildcats lost in the final game to a Holmes team they had beaten twice during the regular season. He was Co-MVP on a talented team and was All Region for the Wildcats coached by Bob Vanderpool. During 1978 David was All NKAC, All region, All State, and MVP of his team. He finished second in the Mr. Kentucky Basketball. His senior year playing against the BEST teams in the state , he averaged 23 points per game and 14 rebounds per game. He scored over 1,000 points in his Newport career. David was always one of the leading hitters and pitchers on the Wildcat baseball team. He was named All District, All Regional and All State Honorable mention in baseball his senior year. After high school David attended Georgetown College and as a senior captain of the team led them to a 26-3 record. They were the NKIAC Champions and the Tournament Champions. He scored over 1,000 points at Georgetown. He was also voted the Best pitcher on Georgetown’s baseball team his senior year.
Jim Cutter (1974-1978) Coach Ray Brown would always tell the kids that Jimmy Cutter was the best hitter we ever had. Coach Brown would then say let’s see if you can break Jimmy’s records for batting averages from his junior and senior years. We never had a player hit higher than Jimmy in over 30 years of the Brown brothers coaching baseball in Newport. Jim’s junior year he hit .598 and his senior year .693. Jimmy attacked the ball like no other, he didn’t make many outs and carried his team on many days. In a game against Campbell County Jimmy hit a grandslam homerun, a 3 run homerun, a 2 run homerun and drove in 2 other runs with a double. We won the game 11-0. Jim played football, baseball, and basketball for the Wildcats. He lettered 11 times on the varsity level in those sports. His senior year he was the captain of the football and baseball teams. Jim signed a scholarship with NKU to play baseball and started his career there in 1979 with an injury that limited him to only 6 games. As a sophomore Jim was the captain of the baseball team at NKU. His sophomore through senior years provided NKU with the player Coach Aker was looking for when he became healthy. From his sophomore through senior years Jim was one of NKU’s leading hitters and players. Jim was Drafted by the Montreal Expos. He graduated from NKU with a degree in Construction Technology. He is the Owner and President of Cutter Construction, current President of the NKU Alumni Association, and Past President of the State Home Builders Association. Member of numerous Hall of Fames.
Ron Perry (1962-1966) The Wildcat standout played 3 sports at Newport excelling in football, basketball, and baseball. Overall Ron earned 11 varsity letters- baseball 5, football 3, and basketball 3. Ron was a standout in the sport of football earning All NKAC as a junior and senior. His exploits on the gridiron enabled him to be recognized as a second team All State Player for the Wildcats. His senior season he was named MVP. In basketball he played 3 seasons and started his junior year. Baseball was a great sport for Ron in high school, he started and lettered for 5 straight years. He hit over .400 both his junior and senior seasons and his play earned him All NKAC honors those same two years. Ron left Newport and went on to play College football at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He earned All OVC Honorable Mention honors as a junior and senior. He in an attorney in Covington, Ky. He is a former President of the American Bd. Of Trial Advocates, Kentucky Chapter.
Robbie Shearer (1962-1967) A standout Newport Athlete during the 1960’s. Robbie played baseball and basketball for the Wildcats. He receive 8 varsity letters at Newport 4 in each sport. Robbie once pitched 10 innings against Campbell County and struck out 27 of the 30 batters he faced. It is still a record in Kentucky for strikeouts in one game. Rob was a superb hitter in high school hitting over .400 all 4 years. He was All NKAC in baseball both his junior and senior seasons. He was drafted out of high school by the New York Mets but didn’t sign. Instead he attended Indian River Junior College in Fort Pierce, Florida. He played baseball there for 2 years playing for a team that was the Florida Junior College State runner up both years. He was named All-State in 1968 as well as being his team’s MVP. Rob set school records both seasons by hitting over .400 with the team. He signed with the Houston Astros and played professional baseball in the Minor Leagues for 2 years. The first year in the Minors he hit .325 and in his final year he played at Cocoa Beach in the Florida State League. Following College and Professional baseball Rob worked for the Steel Plant in Newport and he recently retired from there.
Donald "Hoppy" Baglien, (1962-1965) Baglien earned 12 letters as a standout member of the Newport football, baseball and basketball teams. In baseball he was a top hitter, RBI leader and pitcher, being named to the All-District and All-Region baseball teams in 1964 and 1965. He was voted the Most Athletic Boy in the Class of 1965. Following high school, Baglien went to prep school in Virginia for a year before accepting a full athletic scholarship to Duke University to play football and baseball. He lettered six times - three in football, three in baseball - became a consistent RBI producer and with time running out scored the winning touchdown in a 13 to 6 victory over South Carolina. Baglien enjoyed a long career in education as teacher, principal and coach, including stints at Newport Central Catholic, Silver Grove High School, Newport Middle School, The University of Cincinnati and the Sylvan Learning Center. Gary Vories (1961-1965) Received 11 varsity letters at Newport High School. Football 3, baseball 5, and basketball 3. Played quarterback and safety on the freshmen team that tied with Highlands and Holmes for the League Championship with identical 9-1 records. As a baseball player Gary started from his 8th grade thru his senior year. He played second base and had his best year his senior year when he hit .380, had 5 homeruns, and knocked in 28 runs leading his wildcat team to a 16-3 record and making the All Region Baseball team. As a basketball player his freshmen and reserve teams went undefeated and was a member of the 1962 state Tournament Team. He was All region in Basketball his senior year. Gary attended Georgetown College where he played both baseball and basketball. He lettered 4 years in both and was a member of the Gold medal winning basketball team at the Hopiel Games 1967. He scored a personal career high 28 points in a college game in 1968.
Richard "Dick" Vories (1954-1958) Coached by the legendary Stan Arnzen. Dick developed into one of the Greatest shooters in Kentucky high school basketball history. It was said that Dick Vories could take and make a shot from any angle on the court. He scored 1, 873 points in his high school career. Dick played 4 years of varsity basketball but got hurt early in his senior season ending his high school basketball career. Dick was also an outstanding baseball player at Newport High school. He started as a regular varsity player on the Wildcat baseball team as an 8th grader. Dick earned a total of 10 varsity letters at Newport, 1 in football, 4 basketball, and 5 baseball. As a varsity starter in basketball he helped Newport High School win 38 straight conference games from 55-57. He earned district, regional,, NKAC, and Kentucky All State Honors and was the captain of his basketball team his senior year. Dick was recruited by Coach Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky for a basketball scholarship. After signing a letter of intent he could not accept because of the shoulder injury he suffered during his senior season. The injury kept Dick inactive for almost two years, ending his chances of signing with either UK for basketball or the Detroit Tigers for baseball. Dick finally healed enough to sign with Georgetown College to play basketball. At Georgetown he became a 3 time All American in Basketball, NAIA Tournament MVP, received the Stevenson Hustle award, made The Stetson All Tournament Team, Stars of Stars At the Stetson Tournament, Most Valuable Player award at the Shelbyville Tournament, All Tournament KIAC 3 times, All KIAC 4 years, Most Valuable KIAC 2 years, All Conference 4 years, Williamson All Tournament, KIAC Scoring Champ 2 years, WHAS leadership award, College Player of the Year and Academic Award 1964, United States All Star Team World Tournament, NAIA US Olympic alternate Basketball 1964, played in 125 regular season, tournament, and post season games at Georgetown. Belongs to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Dick scored 2,968 points for an average of 25 points per game while at Georgetown College. Dick’s Basketball jersey was retired at Newport High school in 2014.
Norman "Youtz" Youtsey (1953-1956) Youtsey earned 10 letters in four sports: Football, four; baseball, three; basketball, two; and track, one. He hit .378 in 1955, leading the Wildcat baseball team to a 17-3 record and the NKAC, District (beating Newport Catholic 2-0) and Regional championships. He was named defensive captain and co-captain his senior year on the football team, leading the Wildcats to an 8-2 record and a 28-7 victory over Newport Catholic in the Pension Bowl. After graduating, Youtsey enrolled in to Centre College, where he lettered four years in baseball and football. He was a .300 hitter on the baseball team and as a pitcher posted a 1.84 ERA, the lowest in Centre history. In 2010, Youtsey was also inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jim Conner (1936-1940) Jim graduated from Newport High School in 1940. He played basketball and baseball for Newport. He lettered 4 years in basketball and 4 years in baseball. He liked basketball but baseball was by far his favorite. One of the leading hitters on the Newport baseball teams all 4 years he was the fire behind the team. Jim is considered one of the most knowledgeable baseball players and coaches to have ever worn a uniform in Kentucky. He led the baseball team to District championships, Regional championships, and State Tournament appearances. He attended St. Bernard Junior college in Alabama and (Villa Madonna) now Thomas More College. He played baseball and basketball at both colleges. Coach Conner coached basketball and baseball at Newcath and produced many outstanding teams while coaching there. He also coached at Bellarmine College and Boone County high school.
Elmer “Fitz” Fitzenberger (1934-38) Was one of Newport High School’s Great athletes during the late 1930’s. He was an outstanding athlete, competing in football, basketball and baseball, while playing under the legendary Blue Foster. Following his graduation he had many college scholarship offers but circumstances prevented him from attending. After high school he played semi-pro baseball for many years with the Wiedemann Beer Team. Elmer was an umpire with the Queen city Umpires association.
Stan Arnzen (Player 1931-1935) (Coach 1948-1970) A Native of Newport. He was one of the finest players to ever wear the red and black. He was the leading hitter on the baseball team. A 4 year starter in baseball. After high school he attended Morehead State College where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Stan played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. He received the prestigious Spaulding award as baseball’s outstanding rookie in 1937. Arnzen led the minor leagues in hitting with a .387 average. At that time there were 32 Minor leagues in operation which made his accomplishment even more remarkable. Stan returned to Newport as a teacher and coach (basketball and baseball) in 1948. Besides building quality teams, Stan was also an excellent teacher. He leaves as his legacy the large number of fine people, whom he coached and taught, and are now leaders in their respective communities. Newport’s gymnasium is named after Coach Stan Arnzen. Tom Reis (1929-1933) Coached by Blue Foster. Played baseball and basketball. In 1932 Tom was selected to the All State Basketball Tournament Team. Was All State in Baseball and Basketball during 1933. Leading scorer and captain on the 1933 basketball team. Lead the team in scoring at 13 points per game at a time when teams didn’t score many points. Basketball record his senior year was an outstanding 14 and 5. He went on to play Major League baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies.