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Wenderoth inducted into 8th Region Hall of Fame

By Ryan Naus

Carl Wenderoth and Hall of Fame go together like basketball and Kentucky.

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Wenderoth, the former basketball coach at Grant County High School, was inducted into the 8th region Hall of Fame in between region semifinal games on March 8. This was the second inductee class from the 8th region.

“I don’t know what to say because it came up this past weekend and caught me by surprise,” Wenderoth said.

“To be inducted in the second year, it had to be an inside job,” Wenderoth joked. “There have been some super teams, players and coaches that have been in the 8th region.”

The 8th region coaches association committee selected Wenderoth based off of nominations.

“Coach Wenderoth coached for many years in the 8th region and was a leader within the region,” Scott Shipp, GCHS athletic director and a former player under Wenderoth said. “Coach always had teams that were competitive. He was not only respected locally, but all along the state of Kentucky and touched a lot of people.”

Wenderoth is already a member of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches “Court of Honor,” along with being a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Scott High School Hall of Fame, the Grant County Basketball Hall of Fame and the Grant County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wenderoth coached the 1979 GCHS boys’ basketball team to the region title and also made it to the region championship game in 1969, coaching against Adolph Rupp’s son, Adolph Rupp II, who coached Shelby County.

“We had a chance for state that year and at halftime, it was a ballgame,” Wenderoth said. “Our dressing room was next to the official’s dressing room. Adolph Rupp came in to the official’s room at halftime reprimanding the refs on their officiating. It got everyone’s attention in our locker room. Coming out of the locker room, we had eight straight calls against us.”

Each year, Wenderoth had to plan for a different group of players, but that was what kept him coming back year after year.

“Every team was special with their own strengths and weaknesses,” Wenderoth said. “That was the thrill of coaching that you could reach their minds and bodies and manipulate and sculpt a team.”

Despite this being one of many Hall of Fame accolades, this new honor means a lot to Wenderoth, who was unable to attend the event.

“I’m thrilled to death,” Wenderoth said. “It’s nice not to be forgotten. I don’t know how else to explain it. I’m appreciative. I wish I could have been there. I would have liked to walk out on the floor one more time.”