Covington Buccaneers Football Covington Lady Buccs Volleyball Covington Buccaneers Cross Country Covington Buccaneers Golf Covington Buccaneers Basketball Covington Buccaneers Wrestling Covington Buccaneers Baseball Covington Buccaneers Softball Covington Buccaneers Track Covington Band of Bucc Pride

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.


GALE LONG is a 1973 Covington graduate and the son of Robert and Frances Long. Throughout his four years at CHS, Gale excelled as a runner in Cross Country and Track - earning a combined eight varsity letters.

In his four years in Cross Country under coach Duane Bollenbacher, Gale ran in the state championships in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972, becoming the first athlete in Covington history to qualify for the state championships in four consecutive years of high school. Gale finished tenth at state as a senior and was also a two-time All-Ohio selection, two-time Southwest District selection and a two-time All-Mad River Valley League selection throughout his cross country career.

Gale was also a four-year letter winner in track and field under coach Don Garman and earned All-Mad River Valley League honors twice. He was a member of the Ohio River Roadrunners Club and Ohio AAU Track & Field Team.

Gale is married to his wife of 44 years, Paula (Shoup) Long, and they have three daughters; Adele (Long) Simon (CHS Class of 1992), Kara Long (CHS Class of 1995) and Stacy (Long) Gassman (CHS Class of 1997).


Chloe Shell is a 2011 graduate of Covington High School where she excelled all four years in softball and golf, as well as participated in basketball for two years.

In golf, Chloe was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Buccs and was an all-league (CCC) performer in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She helped lead the Lady Buccs to the district tournament as a junior and recorded a personal best 9-hole score of 42. She was also a team captain during her senior season under coach Ron Schultz.

But it was the sport of softball where Chloe left a legacy as one of the premier players in school history. Playing for coach Dean Denlinger, Chloe earned varsity letters in each of her four seasons, was an all-league selection in both her junior and senior seasons and earned district and state honors as a senior. In her four years as a pitcher for Covington, Chloe compiled a 44-7 career record, had 390 career strikeouts and a career ERA of 1.18. At the plate, Chloe recorded a .315 career batting average, had 83 career hits, scored 76 career runs and drove in 61 runs. After helping lead the Lady Buccs to a district runner-up trophy as a junior in 2010, Chloe put together one of the most dominating pitching performances in school history in 2011 - a season in which she help lead the Lady Buccs to the State Final Four for just the second time in school history. During her senior season Chloe recorded a 20-4 record in the circle and had an ERA of 1.61. She batted .431 on the season, recording 31 hits on 72 at bats and drove in 24 runs.

After graduating from Covington in 2011, Chloe took her talents to Bluffton University where she played four years of softball for coach Heather Bruder. Throughout her Bluffton career, Chloe established herself as one of the top pitchers in the history of the program as she stamped her name in the history books as a top-ten performer in nearly every pitching category. She is second in Bluffton history in most career games started (82), most career appearances (99),  and most career shutouts (10), third in most career wins (43), fourth in most innings pitched (460.1), sixth in most strikeouts (199) and seventh in most complete games (37). Chloe graduated from Bluffton in 2015.

Chloe is the daughter of John and Kim Shell of Covington and is currently the Athletic Director at Mississinawa Valley High School.

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

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.

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