CLAYTON — Northmont High School will hold its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, January 25 at 7:15 p.m. (approximate time) at the end of the boys junior varsity basketball game.
Prior to the induction, a Hall of Fame introduction lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, which is open to the public. A Hall of Fame dinner, by reservation only, will follow at 5 p.m. in the auditorium lobby.
The following individuals will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Michael Barrow - Team Physician
Dr. Michael Barrow has devoted 27 years to Northmont Athletes as the current, longest serving, Team Physician and School’s Medical Consultant. Starting his rookie season in the fall of 1986, Doc Barrow has added an expertise to the overall safety of Northmont Athletics, by working side by side with our Athletic Trainers to return injured athletes quickly, yet safely, to the court or field of play. He has been at the leading edge of concussion management related not only to the sports world but also its impact in the classroom. Serving Northmont Schools has been done in conjunction with his job as the Medical Director for the Sports Medicine Center at Good Samaritan North and his private practice with Samaritan North Family Physicians. Mike also serves as an Assistant Team Physician for the University of Dayton Flyers as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Barrow received the 1997 Public Health Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians, was a 2003 inductee into the Northmont Roll of Recognition and was the 2004 Ohio High School Team Physician of the Year Award Winner presented by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association and the Cleveland Clinic. Doc Barrow and wife Sandy are proud parents of two Northmont High School graduates, and continue to invest in the Northmont Community.
Brad Burbage - Athlete
After his dad took him golfing. Brad Burbage developed a smooth swing, playing on his own during his freshman year. He then earned three varsity letters his sophomore through senior year and became the first Northmont golfer to qualify for the state tournament. Always soft spoken and understated, Brad simply grew to love the game. Known for his calmness and consistency, Brad didn’t get rattled easily. That plus great putting, helped him to win the Eaton CC Junior Open, the Dayton City Junior Tournament, and then finish 4th in the Midwest National Jr. Championship during the summer of ‘91. During his senior year, Brad won the Troy Invitational, the GMVC Conference Tournament, qualified out of the Dayton Sectional Tournament, qualified out of the Southwest Ohio District Tournament (part of a three man playoff) and participated in the Ohio State Tournament. Brad was the ‘91 MVP of the Northmont Golf Team with a school record average of 39.5, named to the GMVC 1st Team, as well as the GMVC Player of the Year. Brad continues to list Golfing as an interest of his while working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine.
Jeannie Koester Krueger - Athlete
For Jeannie Koester, there was no off-season, nor was it about her needs; but more about what the Volleyball Team needed. As a freshman, the team needed a setter, so the coaches developed her into that position and she was named Rookie of the Year and awarded the first of four Varsity Letters in Volleyball. As a sophomore, she transitioned into an outside hitter and was named Most Consistent Team Player and District 15 Honorable Mention. As a junior and a team captain, she played a true outside hitter position earning her team MVP, GWOC 2nd Team and District 15 2nd Team Honors. As a senior team captain, the team won 15 games and made it to the Sectional Finals for the first time in 24 years. Jeannie was again named the team’s MVP, 1st Team all GWOC, District 15 - 1st Team, District Co-Player of the Year, All Area 1st Team, and All State Honorable Mention. Jeannie then became a four-year letter winner at Ohio Dominican College, playing in the most games in a season (172) and career (603); while helping her team to record the most kills in a season in school history (2,544). She was named to the All AMC Freshman team, All AMC 2nd Team for two years, and finished on the All AMC 1st Team. Jeannie continues to give back to the game while working as a teacher and volleyball coach in the Columbus, Ohio area.
Dr. Gale Mabry - Teacher, Coach, Principal, Superintendent
Dr. Gale Mabry began 41 years of service to Northmont City Schools when he was hired to be a Physical Education Teacher/Coach at the Junior High in 1967. He always emphasized athletics as a forum to build teamwork, self-esteem, respect, and a lifetime of healthy physical activity. He truly understood the importance of discipline, hard work and determination as he gained the respect of his students, parents, and fellow educators. He never forgot this emphasis as he moved from teacher, to assistant principal, to principal, to assistant superintendent and finally to Superintendent of Northmont City Schools. Dr. Mabry was always a team player in efforts to secure funding to build and improve Northmont’s Athletic Complex. A true visionary, he served as Co-Chairman of the capital campaign to build the Kleptz Family YMCA that now stands down the road from the High School and next door to the new Kleptz Early Learning Center. His vision, support, and encouragement of athletics as an integral part of the total educational program; has led to a well-rounded school experience for countless students and community members and has made “Northmont” synonymous with “Excellence.” This is a truly special honor because Dr. Mabry is also a charter and current committee member for the Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and is so humble that he will spend more time shaking hands and congratulating the other inductees, working hard to get the spotlight off of him. No matter how hard he may try; the spotlight has always been on him making “Gale Mabry” synonymous with “Northmont.”
Dayne Palsgrove - Athlete
Dayne Palsgrove, Class of ‘79, was the quarterback for 23 games of a 30 game win streak that stretched from the 1976 through 1978 football seasons. An outstanding student athlete, he was known for being extremely tough on Rollout and Bootleg plays where he could run or pass. In a 1978 game vs. Sidney (who were also undefeated at the time) and with several college coaches in attendance, Dayne’s running and passing controlled the game as he threw for three touch- downs. His senior season, Dayne passed for a total of 1,532 yards out of 2,108 total yards for Hall of Fame Head Coach Ned Booher; whose teams were not known for passing but more for Rip and Liz running plays. Dayne shared the backfield and would give most of his credit to five Northmont Football Hall of Fame members: Mark Lucas, Steve Smith, Garth Dickey, Dave Fellers, and Doug Swafford. However, he was given credit he deserved when he was named the All MCC Quarterback for 1978. Dayne also was a successful basketball and baseball player during his high school career making him a three sport/nine time varsity letter winner for his sophomore through senior years. Upon graduation, Dayne accepted a Football Grant-In-Aid to Bowling Green State University where he played quarterback and then switched to wide receiver on a MAC Championship team that played in the California Bowl. Dayne joins his father, 2006 Inductee Coach Dave Palsgrove (deceased) in the Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill Snyder - Athlete*
There is character in life and then there are characters in life. Bill “Snipper” Snyder was one such character. Members of the Class of ‘67 wrote, “Bill was a great guy!” “He loved basketball and was one of the best, natural all around players of his time.” “He added excitement to the game before the 3 point line, but was never selfish with the ball.” “He was a team player, leader, and great person both on the court as well as in the hallways of the school.” Bill played college basketball for Lindsey Wilson Junior College and Lincoln Memorial University where he earned his degree. Bill taught mathematics and industrial arts for over a decade in Ohio and Florida before landing a job working as head of security for the country and western, Grammy Award-winning duo, “The Judds.” During those remaining years, Bill traveled to Europe three times, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Bob Hope’s USO tour, and to all 50 states. Bill personally met three U.S. Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, Bill passed away prematurely; yet when his many friends get together to reminisce about “Snipper,” it always brings a smile to everyone’s face. Bill Snyder was truly an unforgettable character.