Sunday, May 02, 1999

Selby honored for success at Western Hills




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Commitment and dedication are what former Western Hills baseball coach Ken Selby was all about.

        It was a clear understanding of these words that drove Selby to retire from coaching five years ago after compiling a 351-187 record (.652 winning percentage).

        In an emotional ceremony Saturday at Western Hills Stadium, Selby's No.21 jersey was retired between the first and second games of the Best of the West Classic.

        The father of three (Vickie, Holly and Jeff), Selby based his decision on taking care of his wife, Mary, who was ill, and putting the children through college.

        Selby also will retire from teaching at the end of the present school year, having spent his first three years at Hughes and the final 27 at Western Hills.

        “I'm very appreciative, but there's so many others who deserve this honor,” Selby said Saturday. “My number is the first to be retired, and I hope this is just the start of a tradition.”

        Western Hills is known as a baseball school, with such graduates as Pete Rose, Eddie Brinkman, Russ and Roy Nixon, Dave and Ray Hornbach and a host of others.

        During Selby's tenure, the Mustangs won nine league titles, five sectional crowns, four district championships, two regional titles and two state championships (1977 and 1986) and went over the 20-win mark 10 times.

        Selby also served as president of the Cincinnati Baseball Coaches Asso ciation and was on the board of directors of the Ohio Baseball Coaches Association.

        He was inducted into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame in January.

        ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAMES: Four Cincinnati players have been named to the Ohio team for the annual Big 33 football game against Pennsylvania in Hershey, Pa., on July 24.

        Wyoming running back Richard Hall heads the list along with Leon Bell (Moeller), Austin King (Purcell Marian) and B.J. Sander (Roger Bacon).

        The Ohio North-South game June 26 at Paul Brown Stadium in Massillon also will have a Cincinnati flavor.

        Wyoming coach Bernie Barre has been named head coach of the South team that includes 10 Cincinnati-area players, including Hall, King, Bell and Sander.

        The others invited to play are Matt Mefford (Wyoming), Dan Ryan (Moeller), B.J. Kemen (LaSalle), Andy Mignery (Hamilton) James Smith (Edgewood) and Kelton Lindsay (Lebanon).

        Lockland Stadium will be the site for the East-West All-Star game at 7:30p.m. June 10. GAME NEEDED: Withrow is looking for a football game the first week of the 1999 season. Contact Waymon Wallace at 533-5700.

        COACH QUITS: Troy Green, Withrow's football coach the past two years, has resigned for personal reasons.

        “I'm a single parent, and this is the best thing for the kids,” Green said. “I will stay in coaching as a defensive coordinator at Springfield North.”

        OHSAA MOVES: A request by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association to use shoulder pads during the four-day conditioning period was denied by the Board of Control of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

        But the Board of Control agreed to consider the expansion of girls' soccer from two to three divisions within the next two seasons.

        Under OHSAA guidelines, a sport must have at least 500 schools fielding teams to go to a third division. There are 475 girls' soccer teams in Ohio with the number expected to go over 500 in 1999. MAKING THE GRADE: Two of Cincinnati's top basketball players, Harrison's Erika Schmitt and Todd Schlensker of Madeira, have won another prestigious award.

        Both all-state performers, Schmitt and Schlensker have been named to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-Ohio Team.

        A center/forward, Schmitt had a 4.0 grade-point average, while Schlensker, a shooting guard, compiled a 3.5 GPA.

        VIKINGS VS. CAMELS?: Princeton versus Campbell County in football?

        That idea surfaced when Scott Miltenberger was hired as football coach at Princeton in March.

        “I seriously doubt it,” Campbell County coach Mike Corson said. “It would be too tough on both of us. Scott's my best friend, and if we played, I told him I get to pick the players he uses.”

        Miltenberger and Corson developed the friendship while serving as assistant coaches under Pat Mancuso for nearly 20 years at Princeton.

       



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