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Class of 2013
Pat Bojcun
Mark Braman
Dan Cronkright
Mike Eddy
George Mallery
1998 Midland Chemics Baseball


Bio References Notations:
Lloyd Osborne Award - Memorializes the qualities of dedication and service to sports and community exemplified by the late Lloyd Osborn, long-time coach and teacher at Northeast Intermediate School.
MHSAA - Michigan High School Athletic Association
ASA - American Softball Association
GLIAC - Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association
DHS, MHS, BCHS, MHS, CHS - H.H. Dow, Midland, Bullock Creek, Meridian, Coleman respective High Schools
Midland County Sports Hall of Fame Members
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Class of 2012
Brad Craig
Paul Emmel
Brett Haring
Gary Strickler
Nadine Crowl Sworthwood
2009 Berryhill Post 165

Class of 2011
Billy Joe Haskins
Tom Miller
Bob Moe
Kay Purves
Pat Riepma
MCTV Volunteers

Class of 2010
Bob Cole
Susan Hemingway-Forbes
Mike Kozuch
Marguerite & Doug Leng
Mike Murphy
William Stavropoulos
2003 Northeast Little League
Class of 2009
Dave Coffey
Tom Hursey
Gary Francis
Roger Karr
Scott Winchester
Class of 2008
Mary Adams
Bruce Dickey
Joe Harper
Erine Sirrine
Terry Wilczek
1987 Meridian High School
Lady Mustangs Softball Team

Class of 2007
Darryl Crabb
LaVon Crowl
Bob Hartley
Dan McShannock
Sarah (Sargent) Plaxton
1982 Midland High School
Baseball Team

Class of 2006
Doug Anderson
John Dauer
Gary Edwards
Don Kasper
Roger Markell
1982 Meridian High School
Mustangs Baseball Team

Class of 2005
Zane Colestock
Bob Jennings
Brian Leigeb
Anne Elizabeth Miller
Ernie Malzahn
1973 Midland High School
Chemics Baseball Team

Class of 2004
Terry Batch
Mike “Boj” Bojcun
Ernie Carter
Rich Juday
1993 Coleman High School
Comets Baseball Team

Class of 2003
Joe Albaugh
Frank Altimore
Beth Bedford
Norm Betts
1962, 1963, 1964 Nick’s Fastpitch Softball Team
Class of 2002
Byron “By” Chanter
J. Daniel ‘Dan’ Cline
Bill Grebe
Andy Skalnican
Jim Wright
1968 Midland High School Chemics Football Team
Class of 2001
Jimmy Adamick
Dave Arnold
Tom Beale
Hal Cook
Thad Stanford
Class of 2000
Bob Ribble
Max Griggs
Ed Wilson
Stephanie Purdy
Jerry Hanson
Gary Gerould
Class of 1999
Marty McGuire
Herb Scogg
Bill “Hunky” McGuff
Ann Swayze
Don Winger
Dick Blasy
Class of 1998
Lefty Bartos
Bill Mick
Ann Hanson
John Shaffer
Dave MacDonald
Dan Smick
Class of 1997
Nels Cronkright
Craig Kressler
Oscar Hahn
James D. “Pete” Marsh
Tom Roberts
Class of 1996
Kristin Heydanek
Tom Kanary
Andy Maschino
Jackie Goulet McGee
Jim Simpson
Midland Redcoats
Class of 1995
Murl Bond
Steve Marsh
Forrest “Gabby” Mills
Gerald “Bud” Townsend
Richie Waite
1976 H.H. Dow High School Football Team
Class of 1994
Charlie Berry
Harry Demski
Jerry Hoffman
Larry Piper
R. Gary Stauffer
1957 Midland High School
Football Team

Class of 1993
Mary Byers Becker
Ron Fillmore
Gary Jozwiak
Robert W. McMillen
Al Quick
Vern Ruhle
Terrel G. Stanton
1951 Dow AC’s Softball Team
1979-80 McArdle Pontiac
Cadillac Softball Team

Class of 1992
Larry Brown
Loren Dinkel
Jack Finn
Bill Humphrey
Don Traxler
Patrick Weiler
Class of 1991
Julius Blasy
Dick Dudzik
Dave Keilitz
Jim Kern
Jack Kett
Gene Kline
Dick Lange
Dr. Lewis Lloyd
Meredith McGrath
Eino Pulkiner
Class of 1990
Terry Collins
Gilbert Currie
Clyde Dexter
Larry Jaster
Al Linde
Charles Moss
Howard Mudd
Lloyd Osborn
David Russell
Kayla Skelly
Bob Stoppert
Jimmy Walsh
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Pat Bojcun - Pro Baseball / Coach - Class of 2013

Pat Bojcun has spent his life competing and trying to improve the sport of baseball in the mid-Michigan area. As a young boy, Bojcun began playing in the Midland Fraternal Little League and sequentially advanced through the high school, college, and professional ranks. After earning All-Saginaw Valley honors at Midland High, Bojcun enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Central Michigan University. Bojcun was twice named All-Conference and led the Chippewas to two Mid-American Conference Championships. He still holds positions in at least 12 CMU individual pitching records and four team records, having appeared in more games as a pitcher then any other Chippewa. In addition, he was recognized as the Pitcher of the Year in the Adray Collegiate League, and was an All-Star in the Great Lakes Collegiate League. While at CMU, Bojcun was drafted in 1990 by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round, but chose to return to the Chippewas for his senior season.

In 1991, Bojcun signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies after being selected in the 16th round. After playing in the professional ranks, he competed in amateur baseball with Lansing Ramont in the Stan Musial World Series, Grand Rapids Sullivans in the United Baseball League and with the Midlothian Midsox, which won the most prestigious honor in amateur baseball, the National Baseball Congress World Series. He also went on to play with the Kitchener Panthers of the Western Ontario Professional League winning its World Series.

After returning permanently to the Mid-Michigan area, Bojcun spent eight years assisting the Midland’s Berryhill American Legion program, assisted under three baseball coaches at Northwood University, and contributed as an assistant coach to the 1998 Midland Chemic State Champion Baseball Team. He also served as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 1997, Bojcun opened the Mid-Michigan School of Baseball. Bojcun’s mantra is to provide and improve the athletic experience for baseball and softball players in the Mid-Michigan area.
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Mark Braman - Football - Class of 2013

Mark Braman is a 1975 graduate from Midland High School, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. While at MHS, he was named to the First Team All-Saginaw Valley in football in 1973 and 1974. He was co-captain of the 1974 MHS football team and that season received the Midland Daily News Leadership Award. Braman was the conference, regional and state Class A High Jump Champion in 1975. He held the Midland High School high jump record for several years. In 2010 the Midland Daily News recognized Braman as one of the All-Time Top Ten Male Athletes from Midland.

Braman attended the University of Michigan on a full football scholarship from 1975-1980. After red-shirting his freshman year, he was a three year letter winner, starting at defensive back for 24 consecutive games throughout the 1978 and 1979 seasons. Braman was named to the Big Ten First Team All-Academic Football Team in 1979. He made the University of Michigan Victors Club for outstanding play in the 1978 and 1979 seasons. During Braman’s career at Michigan, the team won three Big Ten Championships and played in the Orange Bowl, three Rose Bowls, and the Gator Bowl. Braman was selected to play in the 1980 Japan Bowl and started for the East All-Star team. In 1979 while at U of M, Braman was inducted into Michigamua, the senior men’s honorary organization for student leaders, and served as their Sachem, the highest honor bestowed within the organization.

Following graduation from the University of Michigan, Braman became a volunteer coach at both the youth and high school levels. Over the span of 25 years, he coached 12 Division I athletes.

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Dan Cronkright - Pro Baseball / Coach - Class of 2013

Dan Cronkright attended H.H. Dow High School and was a three sport letter winner. He was a member of the 1979 Midland Berryhill baseball team which won the American Legion State Championship and continued to play for Berryhill in 1980 and 1981. In addition, he played on the 1980 Means Stamping baseball team that won the Connie Mack World Series which was inducted into the Saginaw County Hall of Fame in 2013.

During his collegiate career at Central Michigan University, he was a four-year letter winner in baseball and was named the MVP for CMU’s Mid-American Conference championship teams in 1984 and 1985. That same year he was selected as First Team All-MAC and First Team All-Mideast Region. He still ranks in CMU’s top ten for career doubles (38), extra base hits (62), slugging percentage (.639), plus holds season records for doubles (20) and extra base hits (31). He also successfully posted a 19-game hitting streak.

Cronkright played four years in the Chicago White Sox organization and in 1986 was named MVP of the Chicago White Sox Spring Training season. He also played six years for the Midland Explorers in Men’s Major Fastpitch softball and held Midland Explorer career records for triples (32), stolen bases (63), and second in doubles (65), home runs (45) and RBIs (235). He was named three times to the ISC All-World Tournament First Team and once to the Second Team. Cronkright still holds ISC World Tournament record of three homeruns in one game. In 1993, he played for the USA National Fastpitch Team in the Pan-American Games in Argentina. The team earned a Silver Medal.

After his playing days Cronkright turned to coaching and has been with Midland’s Berryhill American Legion Baseball Team for over 15 years. The team played in several World Series placing 5th in 2008, winning the World Championship in 2009, and placing 4th in 2012. Cronkright was inducted into the Central Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a life time member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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Mike Eddy - Auto Racing - Class of 2013

Mike Eddy of Midland is one of Michigan’s most successful Late Model race car drivers. Mike began his career at age 17 at the Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn. In his first year of racing he had wins at Tri-City and at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. He went on to be named the 1970 Midwest Association for Race Cars Times’ Rookie of the Year.

After only a couple of years of racing Eddy started touring with the American Speed Association. He won over 50 American Speed Association (ASA) events and an unprecedented seven ASA championships. He was the ASA titlist in 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1991, and again in 1992. During this time he garnered sponsorship from General Motors and their Goodwrench Service Plus Racing Division. He remains the series’ all-time lap leader with an amazing 16,729 laps led. Over his career Eddy amassed over 300 wins.

Eddy was known as a tough competitor and wielded his short-track prowess week in, and week out with his characteristic hard charging style of racing. A deep knowledge of car preparation has aided Eddy throughout his career. Besides his ASA wins, he has won some of the most prestigious short track Late Model races in the country. Eddy’s storied career was recognized when he was inducted in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

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George Mallery - Umpire / Official / Athlete - Class of 2013

George Mallery, a tough but fair umpire, has contributed a lifetime of officiating to various Midland County schools and sport organizations. He is a member of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) National Indicator Fraternity, has worked as a District Umpire-in-Chief for 10 years, and served as a board member of the Midland Umpire Association. In recognition of his dedication, the Michigan Amateur Softball Association inducted Mallery into their Hall of Fame in 1992.

A highly regarded umpire, Mallery served over 18 years with the ASA and was selected to officiate four National tournaments - the 1978 and 1980 Women’s Class A Slow Pitch Championships, and the 1982 and 1989 Men’s Major Fast Pitch Championships. In addition, Mallery has worked numerous District, Regional, and State tournaments including five State Special Olympics tournaments, seven ASA National tournaments (hosted by the Midland Redcoats), and two MASA Hall of Fame Classic tournaments.

Mallery attributes his umpiring success to his mentors Bob Rooker, Pete Marsh, Jerry Hanson and Bill Humphrey whose recommendation lead to his officiating the ASA National tournament games.

He also officiated other sports including; high school football, volleyball, softball and baseball. At Bullock Creek High School, Mallery has been the official scorer for the boy’s varsity basketball team for over 25 years and has kept the official clock for varsity football since 1998. He also volunteered to Special Olympics and Little League, including sponsoring a Southtown Little League Baseball team, Mallery’s Barber Shop.

In addition to officiating Mallery has been involved with the Midland Senior Softball Leagues for 25 years as a player and manager. His teams won multiple city championships. He also bowled for 47 years and served as the president of the Midland A.B.C. Board the year before they merged with the U.S.B.C. Mallery served as Secretary-Treasurer of several other leagues as well. In 2005 he was inducted in the Midland County Bowling Hall of Fame.
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Team Members in alpha order: Dave Beach, Chris Cohoon, Justin Davis, Kurt Hansen, Ryan Johnson, Adam Kastl, Trey Lee, Joe Linde, Ben Ludwig, Kevin Mahar, Ben Martin, Tyson Martin, Andy Munch, Simon Murley, Pat Murphy, Scott Plachta, Jon Ryder, Denny Sian, Brian Sutter, Matt Widenmier, Mike Worsley, Statistician: David Flick, Head Coach: Terry Wilczek, Assistant Coaches: Eric Albright, Pat Bojcun, Dave Jenkins, Tom Messinger, Steve Poole
1998 Midland High School Chemics
- Baseball MHSAA Division 1 State Champions
Class of 2013


The 1998 Midland Chemic Baseball team captured the third state title in program history by winning the Division 1 championship. The Chemics finished the season ranked #11 nationally by setting a new school mark for wins with an overall record of 37-5.

The 1998 Chemics used a well-balanced team approach which featured great pitching, excellent defense, and timely hitting. Combining talent, teamwork, and exceptional spirit, they were characterized as a team that made 2 + 2 = 5.

Midland had a successful 7 game state championship run, which featured wins over talent-laden, and heavily favored opponents. The Chemics defeated Saginaw Valley League rival and regular season champion Bay City Western in the district championship game as well as defending State Champion Rochester High School in the quarterfinals.

Midland would face two future major leaguers when their post-season run reached Battle Creek. The Chemics topped #1 Ranked Brighton 3-1 in the semifinals and capped off their improbable state-championship with a 2-1 win over Saline.
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Brad Craig - Swimming - Class of 2012

Brad Craig began his swimming career with the Midland Dolphins in 1996. As a natural breaststroker, he enjoyed tremendous success at both the state and national level. Craig won numerous United States Swimming Michigan championships representing the Midland Barracudas USS swim team. Craig also won USS Zone, USS Sectional, and in 2006, won the 200m breaststroke national championship at the USS Junior National meet, and was second in the 100m breaststroke.

Of note, Craig represented the United States at the 2007 Junior Pan American games. He also qualified and competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials.

As a member of the Dow High swim team, Craig was a five-time Michigan High School Division II state champion winning three 100 yard breaststroke championships and two 200 yard Individual Medley championships, as well as several top three finishes in relays during his high school career. Craig contributed significantly to Dow High’s 2nd place team finish at the 2006 Division II state meet.

Craig successfully continued his swimming career at the University of Tennessee and was a seven-time NCAA All-American and had five top ten finishes at the NCAA Championships. At the conference level, Craig was a two-time SEC 200m breaststroke champion, had 15 top ten finishes, and was Freshman and Athlete of the Week three times each.

Craig concluded his career by holding the Tennessee school record in the 200 yard breaststroke. He earned multiple team honors including Most Outstanding Swimmer and was nominated as Tennessee’s Most Valuable Male Athlete. He also won the 2008 Mr. Clutch Award and Tennessee fans voted Craig’s SEC Swimming and Diving Championships as their favorite moment of 2011 Tennessee athletics.
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Paul Emmel - Major League Umpire - Class of 2012

In the spring of 1989, at the age of 19, Paul Emmel began umpiring adult league softball games for the Midland Parks and Recreation Department. During the three seasons that followed, Emmel umpired high school baseball games, all levels of slow pitch, modified pitch, and fast pitch softball games. These competitions were followed with an assignment to umpire the 1991 Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship games hosted by the City of Midland.

After graduating from Central Michigan University in December of 1991, Emmel attended a professional baseball umpire school instructed by Major and Minor league umpires. Emmel finished in the top of his class and in the spring of 1992 was hired as a Minor League Umpire by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. During his eight and a half seasons in the Minor Leagues, Emmel umpired in the New York Penn League (A), the South Atlantic League (A), the California League (A), the Florida State League (A), the Eastern League (AA), and the International League (AAA).

On July 26, 1999 Emmel was hired by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as a full time Major League Umpire. A position he currently holds. Over the last 13 seasons Emmel worked his way to being regularly assigned to umpire in the post season. To date he has worked eight post season assignments and the 2002 All-Star Game.

Emmel serves as an instructor at umpire clinics throughout the country and as an activist in the World Umpire’s Association striving for better working conditions for umpires worldwide.

“We are of the greatest service to “the game” if we can drive our profession, on and off the field, to the highest level possible for our fellow umpires and all those who follow.” ~ Paul Emmel

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Brett Haring - Pro Baseball / Coach - Class of 2012

Brett Haring’s career began in Coleman, MI where he had an exemplary high school sports career. He was named to the Midland Daily News’ “Dream Team” for football, basketball and baseball. As a football quarterback he helped lead the Comets to their first ever trip to the state semi-finals. Then as a basketball point guard, his team captured a regional title. His top sport was baseball where he helped lead Coleman to its first ever State Championship. He was also selected as a Detroit Free Press Dream Team member as an outfielder after hitting over .500 with 63 stolen bases, which ranks 3rd in MHSAA history. Of his high school career, Haring’s first start on the mound was during the state semi-final game where he threw a two-hit shutout to propel the Comets to the State Championship.

At Central Michigan University Haring’s baseball career excelled. He lettered all four years and twice earned both Honorable Mention All-MAC honors and Academic All-MAC honors. He helped the Chippewas to a pair of MAC Tournament titles in 1994 and 1995, securing a pair of bids to the NCAA Tournament. Haring was selected to the Regional All-Tournament team in 1995 after hitting .600 during CMU’s postseason run.

From 1997-2002, Haring played professional baseball in three different organizations. First with the Cincinnati Reds where he put together a couple outstanding seasons that included a 1997 Pioneer League Championship. In 1999, he was named the Reds minor league “Left-Handed Pitcher of the Year” by the Sporting News after posting a record of 12-4 with a 3.42 ERA between Class A Rockford and Double A Chattanooga. He also posted the third-best ERA in the Reds organization in both 1998 and 1999. He then spent 2001 splitting time between Long Island of the Atlantic League and playing with the Texas Rangers Organization before ending his career in the spring of 2002. In his five seasons of professional baseball, Haring compiled a career record of 25-29 with an overall ERA of 3.63.

Haring served as Northwood University pitching coach for six years before moving on to a similar role at Central Michigan University.
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Gary Strickler - Swimming / Soccer Coach - Class of 2012

Since being named head boys’ swim coach at Dow High in 2001, then subsequently taking over the girls’ swim program and girls’ soccer programs, Gary Strickler and his teams have won 21 Saginaw Valley League (SVL) Championships. His boys’ swim teams captured eleven consecutive championships from 2003-13; his girls’ swim teams won seven titles between 2006-2012; and his girls’ soccer teams won three SVL and district titles, going undefeated in the SVL from 2010-2012.

Strickler attributes the success of his teams to athletes who have a passion for excellence. His philosophy for team dynamics is: “Get everyone involved with the team’s success.” This goal includes not just the best athletes, but the beginners, parents, and anyone else willing to help.

In 1987, Strickler started coaching with the Midland Soccer Club. He joined the club’s board of directors in 1988 and later became vice-president for the travel program. From 1987-2006, Strickler coached over 30 recreational and travel soccer teams. He became the Dow High girls’ freshman soccer coach in 2006 and the varsity coach in 2010.

Strickler became involved with the Midland Dolphin’s in 1991 and served as president for six years. He was a Dolphin assistant coach prior to accepting the position as head coach of the Dow High boys team in 2001 and girls’ team coach in 2004. In 2010, he formed Kronos Aquatics, a senior-level swim program, to meet the competitive needs of the area’s high school and college swimmers.

He believes sports should teach athletes how to succeed through the following principles: excellence is not the result of talent, rather talent is the result of the passion to achieve excellence; the ability to train trumps athleticism; and team and individual success comes when individuals strive for excellence, and use it for the good of the team.

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Nadine Crowl Sworthwood - Softball - Class of 2012

Nadine Crowl Sworthwood began her stellar softball career at Coleman High School where she pitched from 1992 to 1995. As a Comet, her four-year high school pitching record was 104-11 with a 0.16 ERA was 0.16 and 656 strike-outs. Sworthwood earned All-State and All-Conference honors during each of her last three seasons of high school.

After high school, Sworthwood attended Ferris State University where she led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II tournament in 1998 and 1999, placing 3rd and 7th in the nation, respectively.

In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Sworthwood received Most Valuable Player honors at Ferris State. In the summer of 1998, Sworthwood played for the Lady Explorers, where at the National Tournament, she earned ASA Fast Pitch Class B First Team All-American honors.

Currently, Sworthwood still holds the following Ferris State pitching records:
Most wins – 64
Most games started – 103
Most complete games – 84
Most shutouts – 20
Most innings pitched – 684
Most strikeouts – 481
Most batters faced – 2,684

Sworthwood follows her father’s footsteps (LaVon Crowl) as a Midland County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, as he was so honored in 2007.
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Left to right, back row:
Steve Cronkright, Kenny Babinski, Chad Mayle, Cole Martin, Dan Cronkright, Jordan Herman, Ben Singer, and Pat Dawson.

Middle row: Fargo Legion Rep., Eric Dawson, Kyle O’Byle, Lars Cronkright, Nate Kuehne, Jake Enszer, Eric Peterson, Alex Rapanos and Max Yatch.

Front row kneeling: Ryan Longstreth, Jordon Dean, Garrett Yatch, Matt Cresswell, Sean Hartman, Kenton San Miguel and Fargo Bat Boy.
2009 American Legion Berryhill Post 165 - Baseball
- Class of 2012


Midland Berryhill Post 165 made history by winning the 2009 American Legion Baseball World Series in Fargo, North Dakota – becoming the first Berryhill team to ever capture the title, and the first Michigan team to do so in 50 years.

The team, guided by longtime Berryhill manager Steve Cronkright, beat Medford, Oregon, 11-4 in the championship game on Aug. 18, completing an undefeated five-game run through the World Series after winning district, state, and regional titles.

Berryhill finished 54-7 for the season, and Berryhill shortstop Jordan Dean was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series.

The last Michigan team before Berryhill to win the World Series was Detroit’s Edison Post 187 in 1959.

In addition to Dean, the other players on the team were Kyle O’Boyle, Lars Cronkright, Garrett Yatch, Eric Dawson, Jake Enszer, Kenny Babinski, Cole Martin, Matt Cresswell, Ryan Longstreth, Ben Singer, Alex Rapanos, Max Yatch, Jordan Herman, Nate Kuehne, Sean Hartman, Kenton San Miguel, Eric Peterson, and Chad Mayle. Dan Cronkright and Pat Dawson assisted Steve Cronkright as coaches.

As a reward for winning the title, the Berryhill team was sent to watch a 2009 World Series game at Yankee Stadium between the eventual champion Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Berryhill was recognized on the field that night for its accomplishment.

Almost every player on the roster has gone on to play college sports. On top of that, Dean a shortstop, and Longstreth, a pitcher, were drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
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Billy Joe Haskins - Tennis Coach - Class of 2011

Billy Joe Haskins was born in Missouri but moved to Midland at a very young age. He attended Midland Public Schools where his enthusiasm for tennis began. In the 1950s he played under the award winning tennis coach, Al Bushman.

Haskins graduated from Central Michigan University where he received both his BA and MA degrees. He continued tennis and won various awards, playing both doubles and singles. He finished as CMU’s #1 singles player. Following graduation Haskins returned to Midland to teach Building Trades at Midland High School, and he eventually became Bushman’s assistant coach, taking over the position as head coach in 1964. He coached the Chemic Boy’s Tennis teams to a 166-31 record from 1964-79. For eight years during the 70s his teams were undefeated. His squads finished second in the state twice. Much of the thriving interest in tennis generated from this time came out of his efforts in the community summer tennis program and the tournaments he ran. In addition to coaching tennis, Haskins also coached Boys Cross Country from 1966-73, finishing with a 111-14 record.

In 1980 Haskins moved to Dow High where he continued his winning record. He coached the Dow High Boys Tennis team on to win the MHSAA State Championship in 1984 with a season record of 13 wins and 2 losses. He also coached the Dow High Girls Tennis team for five years and led them to a 72-14 record.

In 1984 he was voted Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association, and five years later he was inducted into the Michigan Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

Haskins retired in 1991 after 31 years of teaching and coaching. His legacy includes helping to ensure a strong tennis program for the city and county of Midland.
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Tom Miller - MPS Coach - Class of 2011

Tom Miller’s involvement in sports began as accomplished swim team diver and track team pole vaulter for Lansing Sexton High School and Central Michigan University. At CMU, Miller achieved All-American honors and placed second at the Nationals in pole vaulting his senior year.

In 1970 Miller started as the assistant swim team coach at Midland High School for one year and then as varsity coach for both the boys and girls programs until 1979. During this same time period he volunteered with the Northeast Middle School’s track program and later served as its junior varsity football coach and girls volleyball coach.

In 1986 Miller became the boy’s varsity soccer coach at H.H. Dow High School which he continued until 2003. He also coached the girls varsity soccer program from 1989 until 2010. During his tenure as soccer coach his teams won over 560 games. Both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won a number of Saginaw Valley championships, and in state level play-offs, won district and regional titles. On two occasions his girls teams advanced to the state semi-finals. Miller also was active in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association and served on many committees and as their president in 1999.

During his tenure as a soccer coach Miller received the Coach of the Year award several times for the Saginaw Valley League and again at the district and regional level by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. In 2000 the National Federation of High School Coaches Association plus the Michigan High School Coaches Association named him Michigan Soccer Coach of the Year. Miller was a finalist for National Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000 as well. In 2006 Miller became the first high school soccer coach to be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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Bob Moe - Softball - Class of 2011

In 1933 Bob Moe started playing softball in grade school. He was only eight years old at the time. From that moment forward he never put the bat or mitt down and has demonstrated an enthusiasm for softball unlike most.

Moe attended Midland High School in the early 1940s and played softball in the city league for the Midland Daily News team. After graduating in 1943, Moe joined the U.S. Army and spent his free time playing with his 3019th company’s ball team. Upon returning to Midland in 1946, he played on the Foster Roofing team in the Midland city’s A league. In the following years he would play fast-pitch softball and manage several teams including Midland Taxi, Main Abstract, and Pizza Sam’s. In 1959 Moe switched to slow-pitch where he played on and managed two teams: Dow Corning and Spud’s Barber Shop. He did not give fast-pitch up entirely however, as he umpired for Midland for 25 years. A highlight of his umpiring career was a game between the Midland All-Star team and ‘Eddie Feigner, The King and his Court’.

In 1960 Moe became involved with the Southtown Little League organization, and since then Moe has demonstrated a commitment to the organization and its young athletes. He stepped in to help when a new coach was needed during the middle of a season. He could be found in the park, serving as an umpire or giving a young athlete tips on hitting or fielding. Moe often spent many days and evenings making sure the grounds were ready to play ball. In 1989 the Southtown Little League honored Moe by renaming the park the Bob Moe Little League Park.

In 2011 Moe, still with a bat and mitt in hand, manages and plays for the Midland Township Fire Department team, formally Dirk Waltz in the sixty-and-over league.
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Kay Purves - Softball - Class of 2011

Kay Purves began her softball career in Midland in 1945 when she lied about her age in order to join a city recreation team. The team captured the MASA Class ‘C’ State Championship that year and went on to win the Class ‘B’ title the following year. By 1959 they had won a total of eight state crowns. Purves moved to Lansing in 1949 to attend nursing school, but continued to travel back and forth to Midland to play ball.

In 1960 Purves became player/manager of a women’s fast pitch team in Lansing, later known as the Lansing Laurels. She was the catcher for the team until 1980 and continued to manage them until 1987. During this time she was named to many all-star teams and received several Most Valuable Player and Batting Championship Awards. Purves was player/manager in eight national ASA tournaments and managed in a ninth. The Laurels finished eighth in the 1974 ASA Women’s Major National Tournament and fifth in 1975. Purves was named to the second All-American Team in 1974 and to the first All-American Team in 1975.

In 1979 and 1983 Purves was a member of the coaching staff of the Pam American team. From 1980-1982 she was ASA delegate to the United States Olympic Committee and was head coach of the U.S. team in the 1983 Tri-Nation Friendship Series. In 1976 she was inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame and in 1984 she was elected to the Michigan ASA Hall of Fame. In 1986 she was honored for her contributions to women’s softball, receiving the Richard Pollak Memorial Award presented by the J. deBeer Company. In 1991, Purves was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.

Purves played Senior Softball in the 1990s through 2005, participating on senior slow pitch teams that won both the Senior Olympics and the Senior Softball World Series. Purves finally hung up her glove in 2005.
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Pat Riepma - Northwood University Football Coach/Athletic Director
Class of 2011


Pat Riepma spent 15 years (1993-2007) as the head football coach at Northwood University turning the Timberwolves into one of the elite programs in the nation. A four-time GLIAC Coach of the Year, Riepma is the all-time winningest coach in Northwood history, having registered a 90-68-2 career record. Riepma passed Hall of Fame coach Jack Finn’s record of 87 career wins during the 2007 campaign. Riepma won three GLIAC Championships (1999, 2000, and 2004) and reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs four times (2000, 2004-06). After leading the Timberwolves to the GLIAC Championship and NCAA Playoffs in the 2000 season, Riepma was named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. His teams won a school record 10 games during each of the 2000, 2004, and 2005 seasons. With the innovative “Woodbone” offense, Northwood was consistently among the NCAA Division II leaders in both rushing and scoring.

Following the 2000 season Riepma assumed the duties as Northwood’s Director of Athletics and remained director after stepping down as head football coach in 2007. In this role he was a leader, visionary and fund-raiser. Besides guiding the Timberwolves athletics programs to unprecedented success on the field, Riepma was the driving force in bringing major improvements to the athletic facilities on campus. These improvements include an indoor practice facility and academic center, renovations to the Bennett Sports Center, a new weight room, new training room and new tennis courts. Riepma was also active in the NCAA as a member of the NCAA Football Rules Committee and the NCAA Football Regional Ranking Committee.
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Volunteers Shown:
Back Row (L-R): Dale Robbins, Blair Patty, Greg Sauve, Randy Boynton

2nd Row from Back: Paul Schultz, Alan Huntress, Tom Bell, Charlie Beacom, Carissa Foura, Brett Nowak, Dan Goodell

Center Row: Roy Green, John McPeak, Dave Marsh, Frank Altimore, Bob Hartley, Dennis Caney, Deeva Massey

2nd Row from Front: Wilbur McLaren, Sue McLaren, Keith Everett, Dave Ziettlow, Jerry Vance, Rick Worden

Front Row: Don Winger, Jim Malek, Joe Harper, Jason Harper, Bob Granstra, John Wolters, Terry Hanley
MCTV Volunteers - Community Sports Broadcasting
- Class of 2011


MCTV’s “team” of volunteers has contributed countless hours to produce coverage of athletic events since Midland Community Television was formed in 1984. Viewers get to watch an entire event, not just 30 seconds of highlights on the 11 o’clock news. These programs give athletes the opportunity to watch themselves and the community the ability to again see a game’s more thrilling plays or view a contest for the first time. The coverage is shown on the City of Midland’s community access cable TV channels.

Crews have videotaped many sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, hockey, figure & speed skating, soccer, swimming, tennis, and wrestling. These efforts have been led by several MCTV volunteers primarily Bob Granstra, Jason & Joe Harper, John Wolters, and Jim Malek, with support from MCTV’s staff. It’s the responsibility of these producers to schedule equipment, make arrangements with the host site, recruit announcers, and the many volunteers who operate the cameras, video switcher, audio, graphics, and replay system. Crews range in size from three to 20 members while the volunteers range in age from teens to senior citizens.

Highlights include capturing the Midland Chemics exciting come from behind win in the football semi-finals in 2007; a second was “live” regional coverage of the Midwest League All-Star Game at Dow Diamond in 2008 when MCTV partnered with WNEM-TV 5.

MCTV’s sports programming helped MCTV win the title of Best Cable Access Center in the 2010 Philo T. Farnsworth Video Awards, which cover a four-state region. MCTV’s presentation of the Midland/Dow Track Meet in 2011 won for Best Sports Event Coverage. Several sports volunteers have been recognized with MCTV’s highest individual honor, the Community Award, for their outstanding efforts.
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Bob Cole - Track & Field Coach- Class of 2010

Bob Cole’s coaching career spans over four decades at Meridian High School. Beginning in 1971, Cole first served as the school’s assistant track and field coach. Then in 1984, he was named the women’s track and field head coach. When the men’s team was added to the program, Cole was named their leader. Over the years the Mustang athletes’ earned several league titles and invitational wins. Of which 13 individuals earned All-State honors. Proudly, Meridian has had two state track and field champions and several state runners-up.

Foreseeing a need Cole also formed a Meridian school district Cross Country Club in 1984. The following year, cross country became a varsity sport and since then the Mustangs have earned several league and county titles. For over 20 years, Cole’s Mustangs have competed at the state finals with several top ten team and individual finishes. Eight individuals earned All-State cross country honors and three individuals were named to the All-State first team.

Cole believes that the sport is all about the kids. His coaching influence is listening, teaching, encouraging, mentoring, and assisting hundreds of young people to reach for and accomplish both individual and collective goals. His athletes have continue to participate at the collegiate level in both track and field and cross country in Divisions I, II, III.

Cole has always been active and enjoys running, weight lifting, biking and being outdoors.

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Susan Hemingway-Forbes - Softball Athlete - Class of 2010

Sue Hemingway-Forbes has been playing softball in Midland for 35 years. Hemingway-Forbes’ career began at the age of 13 at Central Intermediate school where she was named MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player. While playing for Midland High School (1978-80), she was named to the Saginaw Valley All-League team each year. In 1980, she was named MVP of Saginaw Valley All-League softball team, and received the Midland Daily News Award for the area’s leading hitter and was named Second Team All State.

Hemingway-Forbes played travel softball with Girl Friday and the Midland Reds. In 1982, while playing for Girl Friday, she was named First Team All American at the national tourney held in Grand Junction, Colorado. While with the Midland Reds in 1986, she was privileged to play in a national tourney held in Midland, where she received Second Team All American honors. Some of the highlights of Hemingway-Forbes’ fast-pitch career were playing against the U.S. Women’s Pan American Team as well as the Japanese Women’s All Star Team.

Hemingway-Forbes was a member of the 1999 Class D State Championship Team, where she batted .821. She has played in six co-ed national tournaments and participated in a 35+ National Women’s team.

In 2003, Hemingway-Forbes was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Softball Association (MASA) Hall of Fame.
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Mike Kozuch - Softball Coach - Class of 2010

Mike Kozuch was asked to play intramural slow pitch softball in the spring of 1971 at Ferris State University by his fraternity. From that time on his love of the game grew. 

Kozuch participated in both the Bay City and Midland softball leagues. At Bay City he was a player and manager of the powerhouse team, Scientific Brake, which won 10 league and eight district championships. In Midland, Kozuch played on the KJP Sales Lofters’ co-ed slow pitch team which won eight consecutive league titles and Class A State Championships in 1993 and 1995. The Lofters’ also participated in five national tournaments and were ranked in the top 20 three times. Kozuch also played on a 35-and-over travel team, and the KJP Sales 50-and-over team which won ASA National Championships in 2006 and 2007. During the 2007 tournament, Kozuch was named All American for batting .650. As a player and manager of teams in both Midland and Bay City Kozuch accumulated over 500 career wins.

Coaching since 1987, Kozuch has accumulated close to 400 wins through various softball leagues and age brackets. In 2000 and 2001, he sponsored the KJP Sales Women’s Modified team that won back-to-back state titles and three Midland league titles. In 2002, Kozuch served as the assistant coach of the Midland Lady Explorers that won the Class B Women’s ASA National Championship. Then in 2010, Kozuch served as the Lady Explorer's head coach and the Lady Explorers won the NSA Women’s World Series under his direction.

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Marguerite & Doug Leng - Curling Visionaries - Class of 2010

Marguerite and Doug Leng, both native Canadians, moved to Midland in 1956. Wanting to bring traditional Canadian winter sports to Midland, the Lengs and a committee of eight Canadians, two Americans and an Irishman formed a curling club. With determination the committee built a single, outdoor sheet of curling ice at the former Central Park skating facility.

Later during Doug's leadership as the Curling Club president (1964-66), the board decided to build a two sheet natural ice facility on donated land at the end of Gerald Court in Midland. As club membership grew the facility expanded to four sheets. Both Lengs were active in out-of-town bonspiels (tournaments), recruiting new members, as well as participating in leagues. In 1987, the Gerald Court facility was donated to the Midland Community Center and remained on Gerald Court until 2007.

  Fortunately, the Midland Community Center Campus expansion included plans for a new curling facility. Doug served on the organizing committee making sure the proper curling requirements were met for the new building. Fund raising was a huge challenge and a big part of the project. Local foundations were generous but user members needed to make a significant financial contribution. With little hesitation and being devoted to curling, Doug and Marguerite Leng, along with Craig and Pam Murchison decided to take on this challenge to ensure success. Their donations plus the hard work of John Zimmerman and the fund raising committee earned the additional money and the new Midland Curling Facility was built. Proudly, all donors are recognized on a plaque inside in the facility.
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Mike Murphy - Track & Field Athlete - Class of 2010

Mike Murphy attended Midland High School and earned six Varsity Letters plus MVP Honors in cross-country and track from 1967 thru graduation in 1969. He also earned the 1969 Gilbert A. Currie Award for Outstanding Contributions to MHS athletics.

As a MHS senior, Murphy set the all-time (high school or college) Finch Fieldhouse 440 Yd. Dash record of 49.7 at the CMU Indoor Invitational. At the prestigious Mansfield Ohio Relays meet, he anchored the Chemic Mile Relay team to victory over 296 schools from six states and Canada. He went on to set the MHS and Saginaw Valley League meet records in the 400 Yd. Dash with a time of 48.0. He also anchored MHS’ record 880 Yd. Relay and Mile Relay teams with record times which still stand to this day. Murphy was All-State (2nd) in the 440 Yd. Dash at the 1969 MHSAA State Class "A" Meet.

Murphy received a scholarship to run Track at Michigan State University. While at MSU from 1970 thru 1973, Murphy earned four Varsity Letters and was a Co-Captain his senior year. He was a member of six MSU Big-10 Conference Champion Mile Relay teams. At the 1971 Big-10 Indoor Championships at Wisconsin, his MSU Mile Relay team set a World Record time of 3:12.9 for a 220 Yd. unbanked surface distance. Murphy also achieved All-American Honors at the 1971 NCAA Indoor National Championships where the MSU Mile Relay team placed 3rd.

Murphy's former Midland Track Coaches include Don Kasper, Ernie Malzahn and Gary Jozwiak---all Members of the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame.

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William Stavropoulos - Professional Baseball Visionary - Class of 2010

William Stavropoulos had a dream and vision for Midland and the Great Lakes Bay Region. In 2005, he founded the Michigan Baseball Foundation (MBF) that was the driving force behind the Great Lakes Loons and the Dow Diamond stadium. Under Stavropoulos's leadership, the MBF broke ground on Dow Diamond in early 2006. Later that year, MBF acquired a Midwest League franchise, which is now the Great Lakes Loons.

Since opening day April 13, 2007, MBF and the Great Lakes Loons have been a major economic, charitable, and social asset for our region. MBF is one of the nation's only non-profit, charitable professional sports facilities and franchises. MBF has assisted numerous local non-profit organizations in generating thousands of dollars in donations for their groups, making a significant impact to our community. Stavropoulos created a business model unique to professional sports, while delivering professional baseball and affordable family entertainment for thousands of fans.

Stavropoulos's efforts also assisted in the purchase of the radio station ESPN 100.9 FM. Now all Great Lakes Loons games are broadcast live, as are national programs and local sports.

Stavropoulos, chairman emeritus of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, was its former CEO and chairman.

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Team Roster:
Top Row: Head Coach Todd Rivard, Assistant Coach Max Griggs, Assistant Coach Ed Wilson, Middle Row: Thomas Gartner, Geoff LaGoe, Cameron Hall, Andrew Maxwell, Wes LaCourt, Kasey Kennett, Quintin Reisinger,

Bottom Row: Ryan Ohle, Charlie Kramer, Drew Moulton, Eric Dawson, Connor Gagnon, Brent Smith, and Robby Leser.
2003 Midland Northeast Little League
- 11-12 year old All-Stars - Class of 2010


The 2003 Midland Northeast 11-12 year old All-Stars accomplished a feat no Little League team from Midland had ever accomplished. After winning the District 1 Championship, they proceeded to the State Tournament hosted by Union Township Little League in Mt. Pleasant. After reaching the title game with only one loss to Grand Rapids, they fought back from a 5-1 deficit to the same Grand Rapids team with a late rally and thrilling finish to win the Michigan State Championship 6-5 and advanced to the Central States Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, they defeated state champions from Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana. After a loss to the Ohio State Champion, they bounced back with a semi-final win over Kentucky earning the right to play for the Great Lakes championship with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Northeast All-Stars lost the Great Lakes Regional championship game to Ohio, ending a season of dreams with a 13-3 overall state and regional tournament record.

The Northeast players demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, representing all of Midland with great pride and class.
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Dave Coffey - Administrator/Athlete - Class of 2009

As Director of Athletics at Northwood University, Dave Coffey led the athletic program to membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Coffey administered improvements to all of NU's athletic facilities including the construction of new facilities in baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and intramural sports. He was also responsible for changing the athletic nickname to "Timberwolves". He served on numerous conference and national committees, including the NCAA Division II Management Council, and was First Vice-President of the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association.

Coffey served as a member of the Midland Area Amateur Sports Committee for 20 years. He created the "Midland Sports Boosters" luncheons to bring together college, high school, recreational, and professional athletes, coaches, administrators, and sports fans in the local community. He originated the annual "Circle of Health" charity football game, and the "Chemoil Cup" competition between the Midland Country Club and the Mt. Pleasant Country Club. Coffey served for over 30 seasons as a volunteer youth sports coach (baseball and basketball), including the last twelve in Midland.

As a senior athlete, Coffey was the shortstop and manager on four ASA Senior Slow Pitch Softball National Championship teams. The "KJP Sales" team won titles in the 50 and over tournaments in 2006 and 2007. The "Great Lakes Financial Services" team won the 60 and over titles in 2008 and 2009. He was selected to the All-Tournament Teams in 2008 and 2009 and was the tournament batting champion in 2008.

In 2008, Coffey and partner Don Traxler won the National Paddleball Association's national doubles championship in the platinum division (65 and over). He also won city championships in racquetball and golf (match play). Throughout his career, Coffey strongly believed in the value of keen competition, and enjoyed the great camaraderie that such competition fosters.

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Gary Francis - Coach/Official - Class of 2009

Gary Francis was an outstanding student athlete on the baseball and swimming teams of Midland High School. Known for the “Francis Finish” in the pool, his efforts qualified him for the state swim meet in both his junior and senior years at MHS. Francis continued to swim competitively at Central Michigan University while earning a degree in teaching.

In 1965, Francis was hired to teach swimming and physical education at Jefferson Intermediate School, as well as the assistant swimming coach at Midland High School. He also coached and helped administer the Sanford Little League Baseball program and coached the Blue-Level development program of the Midland Dolphins.

In 1969, Francis became the MHS head swimming coach with much success. He then coached swimming and softball at Central Intermediate School for many years. Many of his athletes went onto collegiate swimming and softball careers. Being a coach and role model to many, Francis credits the lessons he learned from his teachers and coaches: a person has to prepare to do their best; compete with their best attitude and effort; and believe in themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. This dedication and outstanding contributions to his students earned Francis the Lloyd Osborn Award in 1990.

Francis also enjoyed playing in the Midland Parks and Recreation Fastpitch Softball League for 21 years and modified fastpitch with his sons after his retirement. He is currently an American Softball Association umpire and has been recognized for being a registered Michigan High School Athletic Association official for swimming, baseball and softball for 45 years. He currently lives in Boyne City and devotes many hours to the Boyne City Garden Club and Little Traverse Bay Hospice.

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Tom Hursey - Coach - Class of 2009

Tom Hursey began teaching and coaching at H. H. Dow High School in 1968. He coached Dow’s J. V. basketball and Varsity golf teams for four years and was then named Varsity basketball coach at Midland High School in 1972. He led the Chemics to one Valley, four District, and two Regional championships. His teams won 228 games during his 21 years as Varsity coach.

Hursey started the girl’s softball program at Midland High, and in his nine years, coached them to five Valley and five District champ-ionships with an overall record of 168 wins, 41 losses (80.4%). His Valley record was 79 wins and 11 losses including 33 consecutive league wins. His 1976 team was undefeated during the regular season.

Hursey’s golf coaching career included three years at Dow High winning their first Valley championship. In eight years at Midland High, his teams won four Valley championships, including 100 duel match victories.

Hursey was involved in starting the Midland Public School Summer Basketball Camp and the Midland Summer Golf Program for youth. He served as the PA announcer for the Chemic’s football team for 25 years, never missing a game.

Hursey was honored in 1996 with the Lloyd Osborn Award. In 1997, he entered the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was also honored in 1999 with the MHSCA Distinguished Service Award.

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan was co-founded by Hursey, and he has been their Executive Director for 34 years. BCAM named him the first Distinguished Service Award recipient. In 2006, Hursey also helped found the National High School Basketball Coaches and Directors Association and is currently Vice-President.
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Roger Karr - Coach - Class of 2009

Roger Karr began his teaching and coaching career in 1969 with the Bullock Creek School District. In a span of nearly 32 years, he served in numerous coaching positions and as Bullock Creek’s Athletic Director. During his tenure with Bullock Creek Schools, Karr coached: Varsity Boy’s Basketball, J. V. Boy’s Basketball, Eighth-Grade Boy’s Basketball, Varsity Golf, Varsity Girl’s Basketball, J. V. Golf, J. V. Girl’s Basketball, Assistant Varsity Football, Eighth-Grade Girl’s Basketball, and J. V. Football.

Throughout Karr’s coaching career, his athletes represented them-selves, their school, parents, and their community in a positive manner.

As Athletic Director, Karr was instrumental in reshaping and strengthening the very competitive Tri-Valley Athletic Conference. In conjunction with the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center, Karr was responsible for providing athletic trainer services for the school’s athletes.

Professionals in education do more than just their assigned duties to benefit “kids”, and Karr was no exception. He was the head timer for the Bullock Creek Track Team for over 20 years. He has also volunteered his time as a Varsity football statistician, South Town Little League Coach, and helped provide the opportunity for Bullock Creek kids to participate in Midland’s youth soccer program. Karr has reached out to the Midland community by serving as a director in the Midland City Junior Golf program for over 15 years. He also is a member of the Midland Amateur Sports Capital Committee.

Karr was named the 1999 recipient of the Lloyd Osborn Award.

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Scott Winchester - Athlete/Professional Baseball - Class of 2009

Scott Winchester graduated from Dow High School in 1991 where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He then went on to Clemson University where he played both football and baseball his freshman year. His junior season he became the Captain of the baseball team, as a relief pitcher, where he still holds the career saves record (34), and single season record ERA (0.60). Throughout Winchester’s college career, he earned several awards including: First Team All-ACC, Collegiate Baseball All American, American Baseball Coaches Association All-American and was a four time ACC Champion (1991 Football, 1993-95 Baseball). Winchester graduated in 1996 from Clemson with a degree in Business Administration.

Winchester’s professional career began in 1995, when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 14th round. He began with the Watertown Indians winning the 1995 New York/Penn League Championship. In 1996, he played with the Columbus RedStixx, and in 1997, Winchester tied for 3rd among all minor leaguers with 33 saves and was named a Carolina League All-Star and best relief pitcher. After being traded to the Cincinnati Reds on July 31, 1997, he was called up to their major league team on September 8 and retired the first batter he faced, Sammy Sosa. In 1998, Cincinnati converted Winchester to a starting pitcher where he compiled a record of 3-6 with a 5.81 ERA prior to season ending shoulder surgery. Some of Winchester’s highlights during his major league career include striking out Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds, his 1st win at Montreal, collecting his first hit off Brad Radke, and meeting Ernie Harwell when the Reds played at Tiger Stadium. Winchester’s nine year professional career, 1995-2003, includes four Major League seasons with the Reds totaling 38 games, 116.1 innings pitched with a 5.42 ERA.

Winchester has continued to enjoy competition in other ways – 2004 Chicago Marathon and 2006 Fort Desoto Beach Triathlon plus softball, tennis and mountain biking. He remains active with Major League Baseball Alumni Association, various charities and teaching youth baseball clinics.
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Mary Adams - Coach/Volunteer Director - Class of 2008

   Mary Adams has been involved in Special Olympics for the past 29 years. Special Olympics provides year-round athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Adams is the volunteer Area Director for Midland County Special Olympics and is responsible for the management of the program. She ensures that the needs of the ever-changing population of Special Olympic athletes are being met. Her care and compassion for individuals with intellectual disabilities has lead to her long-term volunteer involvement with Special Olympics both at the local and state level. Throughout the years, Adams has unselfishly volunteered over 21,000 hours to this cause.

   In recognition of her accomplishments, Adams has received various awards from the community of Midland and the state of Michigan. She has received ten coaching certifications from the International Special Olympics office and has served as the International Coach for the Michigan Athletics Team at the 1999 World Games held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Adams demonstrates the true spirit of a volunteer coach.

   Special Olympics offer unique opportunities for the intellectually disabled to compete with their peers. Without Special Olympics, many of these athletes would not have a forum to showcase their abilities. This program opens the door for them. Under Adams’ leadership, both as a coach and a director, the Midland County Special Olympics program has prospered.

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Bruce Dickey - Coach - Class of 2008

    Bruce Dickey coached baseball at a Bullock Creek High School from 1984 to 2007. In 1992, Dickey left coaching for two years and served as Athletic Director and Assistant High School Principal. During his 22 year career at Bullock Creek, the Lancer baseball teams compiled an impressive 591- 212 record.

    Dickey’s teams won 11 Tri-Valley Conference Championships, five District Titles, five Regional Titles and played in four MHSAA semi-final contests. In 1991, his baseball team was the Class B State Final runner-up. During that season, the Lancers hit 57 home runs which ranked them 6th in the nation for home runs hit in one season.

    Throughout his tenure, Dickey personally organized and conducted many baseball and softball clinics. These programs where held to benefit both coaches and players. Under his leadership, the baseball and softball facilities at Bullock Creek High School were expanded and up-graded. A highlight of this expansion was a unique “in-door” practice arena which has been used by both high school and community teams. Dickey’s time and effort has left a lasting imprint on the Bullock Creek community and its schools.

    Dickey was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Joe Harper - Volunteer - Class of 2008

   Joe Harper was a volunteer extraordinarie who was known for his Santa-like appearance and unmatchable dedication to Midland County sporting events. Harper was a longtime volunteer in Midland, spending thousands of hours at the softball park in the summer and the hockey rink in the winter.

   Harper began scorekeeping for softball in 1971, volunteering his time for many local recreational teams as well as being involved with several ASA, ISF, National and World Softball Tournaments. He also served as a scorekeeper for the Gabby Mills American Legion Baseball Tournament(s) and the Bullock Creek High School Softball Team.

   Harper was best known for his love of hockey. At the Midland Civic Arena, he was the timekeeper for games involving players of all ages, mini-mites to college. He worked countless tournaments as well as serving as timekeeper for Midland High School, H.H. Dow High School, and Northwood University hockey contests. In 1985, the Midland Amateur Hockey League renamed a Squirt “B” hockey tournament in Harper’s name to honor his dedication and contributions to the sport of hockey. The MAHL also established a scholarship in his name to assist needy families with hockey expenses. Harper passed away on November 26, 1989.
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Ernie Sirrine - Softball/Baseball - Class of 2008

   Ernie Sirrine began his softball career in 1947, playing with Berry’s Kids of Midland. Sirrine pitched seven no-hitters that year and his team placed third in the National V.F.W. Softball Tournament. The following year, the team placed second in the same tournament.

   In 1949, Sirrine’s interest turned to baseball. He played for Midland High School and batted an even 500 average for the season. He later signed with the Detroit Tigers and played in the Minor Leagues for two years. In 1952, Sirrine joined the United States Army and played on the Army baseball team in Japan.

   Sirrine returned to Midland in 1954 and over the years played for numerous local softball teams. He proved to be an outstanding pitcher and one of the most powerful hitters in the game. His teams won a combined total of 23 championships in League, District and Invitational competitions. Sirrine also played on seven state championship teams. He pitched a perfect game in the 1965 Michigan Amateur Softball Association State Finals.

   Sirrine retired from the game of softball in 1975 and took up the sport of golf. He was inducted into the MASA Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Terry Wilczek - Coach - Class of 2008

   Terry Wilczek was an educator and a coach at Midland High School. He coached two sports, football for 35 years and baseball for 29 years.

   In his football coaching career at Midland High, Wilczek served as an assistant for 26 years, starting under Bob Stoppert as a Junior Varsity coach, then under Gary Jozwiak as Defensive Coordinator for 17 years. During this notable time, the Chemics recorded eight league championships, ten playoff appearances, a record of 129-39 with 40 shutout wins, and two State runner-up finishes. Wilczek was named head football coach at Midland High in 1999. While under Wilczek’s guidance, the football teams record was 71-28. They were the Saginaw Valley League Champions four times, had eight playoff appearances, two regional championships, and were named to the Academic All State team 10 times. In 2007, the Chemics were the Division 2 State runner-up.

   Wilczek was the JV baseball coach for 10 years at Midland High School and achieved a record of 169-60 during that span. In 1984, he took over as Midland High School’s head baseball coach compiling a record of 509-180 over 19 years before retiring from baseball in 2002. During that time, Midland High School won the Class A Division 1 State Championship in 1998, three district championships and three league championships. Wilczek was recognized by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches by being named the High School All Star Game head Coach in 2001 and was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Team Roster:
Front Row: Jonna Thomas, Carin Krenzke, Karen Smith,
Cari Hildebrandt, Wendy Grice;

Middle Row, Pam Renshaw, Renee Plude, Kara Herkner,
Keri Becker, Jennifer Reed, Cindy Pauley

Back Row, Head Coach Gary Edwards,
Manager Kevin Verbrugge, Kelly Anderson, Laura Kastl,
Paula Renshaw, Manager Dave Pavlick, Manager Jeff Webb,
Asst. Coach Wayne Anderson.
1987 Meridian High School Lady Mustangs Softball Team - Class of 2008

On June 13, 1987 Meridian High School defeated Richland Gull Lake, 4-1 to capture the Class B State Softball Championship at Lansing's Ranney Park. The Lady Mustangs ended the season with a 32-2 record and ranked 1st in the final Class B poll. One loss was to Bay City All Saints who won the Class D State Championships. Meridian and All Saints split a doubleheader during the season.

The Lady Mustangs won the most improbable State Championship in interscholastic history. After finishing 15-20 in 1986, player and coaching changes led to the greatest sports turnaround in Michigan High School Athletic Association History.

Eight players from this team were selected All Conference and All District. Six received All Region and All State honors. Four played college softball, one for Saginaw Valley State University that won a NCAA National Championship. Two became college softball coaches.

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Darryl Crabb - Coach/Official - Class of 2007

Darryl Crabb is a lifelong resident of Midland. He graduated from Midland High School in 1956 and from Central Michigan University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He started his 35-year career with the Midland Public Schools teaching Elementary Physical Education. He then transferred to Jefferson and Northeast Intermediate Schools where he taught physical education, history, and geography. Crabb coached for 30 years of his teaching career encompassing 40 total seasons. He coached baseball for 21 years, football for eight years, track for seven years, and boy's and girl's tennis for two years each. Many of the teams were city champions with undefeated records. During his ten years as Athletic Director at Jefferson, Crabb helped to initiate “The Huskie Award” which recognizes 9th grade students who demonstrate superior athletic and scholastic achievements. He retired in 1995.

As a youth, Crabb participated in organized baseball, basketball, football, paddleball, volleyball, and wrestling. He was a member of the first Little League team in the state, making the first hit in the inaugural game. As a youth and young adult, he umpired baseball and softball. He was a member of the Midland American Legion junior baseball team that won the Zone championship. He was a member of the baseball and wrestling teams at CMU.

Crabb is a registered official with the MHSAA in girl's volleyball and has officiated high school football, girl's basketball, and volleyball for over 30 years.

Having made an indelible impact on the lives of many young athletes in Midland, he will be forever known as “Coach Crabb.” His devotion and dedication to his coaching duties was remarkable. The admiration and respect he received from his players was outstanding. His motto was, “Do your best and the rest will fall into place.”

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LaVon E. Crowl - Coach - Class of 2007

LaVon E. Crowl was born in Gladwin and in his formative years he lived near Coleman and attended Beaverton schools until the 10th grade before moving to Standish-Sterling schools. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, eventually becoming a member of the Underwater Demolition Team Twenty One, now known as the U.S. Navy Seals. He moved to Coleman and while working full-time he attended Delta College and Central Michigan University where he attained his teaching degree. He taught at Coleman High School for twenty-nine years.

Crowl coached both varsity softball and volleyball at Coleman. His softball teams won five Jack Pine Conference titles, three district titles, and two regional titles. His record was 104-11, a .904 winning percentage.

During his ten years as volleyball coach, his teams won six Jack Pine Conference titles, one Mid-State Activities Conference title, and four MHSAA district titles. In 2000, he was named the Midland Daily News Volleyball Coach of the Year.

His coaching philosophy, which he passed on to his players, is the dedication to hard work, the power of positive thinking, and that belief in yourself can get you anywhere. Crowl passed away in February 2007.

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Bob Hartley - Volunteer - Class of 2007

Bob Hartley attended Bay City Central High School where he lettered in cross-country, track, football, and basketball. He competed in the MHSAA State Finals in track his senior year. Later, while serving in the Armed Services, Hartley competed in the 4th Army Track Finals in Texas.

Hartley umpired in the Midland Softball Association for several years. He was a scorer and announcer for Silver Sticks Hockey tournaments and Midland High School hockey contests. He also served as a softball announcer for Northwood University, Delta College, and local, state, national, and world-class tournaments. Hartley has worked as a volunteer for Midland High School track meets, and he has been a member of the “chain gang” for Midland High School football contests.

Hartley has been involved with the Midland Community Television (MCTV) Network for years. As the producer of Northwood’s football and basketball talk shows, he was a five-time finalist for the Philo Farnsworth Television Award, and his talk shows have been ranked number one in the Midwest three times. Hartley was honored with MCTV’s highest award, the Community Award in 2003.
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Dan McShannock - Coach/Adminstrator - Class of 2007

Dan McShannock has been an educator, coach, and athletic administrator since 1972. He is a graduate of Muskegon High School and Western Michigan University. He was an All-State football player in high school and a three-year letter winner at WMU.

McShannock coached football, track, wrestling, golf, and served as the Athletic Director at Saginaw Arthur Hill High School. He was the Athletic Director at H. H. Dow High School from 1992 until his retirement in July 2007.

McShannock has been active in many professional organizations and has received many awards for his dedication to education and athletics. Among his awards were the Allen W. Bush Award and the Charles E. Forsythe Award presented by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. He received the Dedicated Service Award for 20 years of service to the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In addition, he was awarded the MIAAA State Award of Merit. McShannock also served as the president of the MIAAA and the National Federation Coaches Association. He was named the MIAAA State Athletic Director of the year in 2001.

Among his contributions to education is serving as a trustee of the WBA Ruster Foundation that is dedicated to offering programs in promoting a healthful lifestyle for high school students.

McShannock’s contributions include community service where he has been an American Red Cross volunteer and event chairman for the Michigan Police Olympics.

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Sarah (Sargent) Plaxton - Cross-Country/Track - Class of 2007

Sarah (Sargent) Plaxton attended Bullock Creek High School where she participated in cross-country and track. She set school records in the 1-mile run and 2-mile run in track and the 5k in cross-country. She qualified for the MHSAA State Meet in both cross-country and track each of the four years she ran in high school. In addition, she received All-State recognition several times.

Plaxton received a cross-country and track scholarship to attend Central Michigan University where she earned a varsity Letter in cross-country as a freshman.

After college, Plaxton continued to compete in road races and at age 26 ran her first marathon. She nurtured her gift for running long distances and began to participate in marathons as an elite runner. She has run 39 marathons and placed in the top five in 20 of these races. Plaxton has won the Traverse City Bayshore Marathon six times. She also qualified and competed in the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials which was a highlight of her running career.

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Team Roster:
Marty Bala, Chris Carter, Steve Choate, Ken Haut, Tom Helvey,
John Hemingway, Brian Kuehne, Rick Leppien, Greg Money, Blair Patty, John Peterson, Scott Pretzer, Greg Rapp, Eric Rivard, Mark Sayad, Matt Sayad, Mark Schroeder, Steve Smith, Scott Spitnale,
Pat Tetreau.

Bat Girls: Lori Ager, Cathy Choate, Jan Meyers, Cathy Cook, Cindy Keisling, Laura Mutcher. Head Coach: Frank Altimore, Assistant Coach: Terry Wilczek, Team Manager: Jaakko Lehto,
Principal: Calvin Miller.
1982 Midland High School Chemics Baseball Team
- Class of 2007


The 1982 Midland High School Chemics Baseball Team won the 1982 MHSAA State Class A Championship defeating Plymouth Canton 5-4 in the championship final played at Central Michigan University’s Alumni Field.

Midland High School finished with a final season record of 35-5. The team was ranked 1st in the Final Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Class A poll and ranked 5th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Chemics had a combined batting average of .358 and a pitching staff earned run average of 1.41. Several players received All-Conference, All-Area, All-District, All-Regional, and All-State recognition.

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Doug Anderson - Golf - Class of 2006

Doug Anderson is one of the most highly decorated golfers in Midland history. He is the only golfer to capture nine Midland City Championships. Anderson also registered nine Sandy Ridge Club titles in his career. In addition, his local accomplishments include a pair of Cardinal Classic Championships (1999 and 2001) and one Bay County Championship.

On the state level Anderson was a quarterfinalist at the Michigan Amateur in 2001 and reached the round of 32 in that event in 2002. In 2001, he also finished fourth in the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Championships, earning a spot on the GAM Honor Roll. Anderson took third place at the Michigan Mid-Amateur in 1999, while finishing fourth in the event in 2003. He also has three top ten finishes at the Horton Smith-Michigan Medal Play Championships.

Anderson’s individual success carried over to numerous impressive team play invitations. In 2001, 2002 and 2004, he was an Atlas Trophy Matches team member, pitting the state’s top twelve private club players against the top twelve public club players. In 2002, he earned a spot on the Fuller Cup Matches team, a competition between Michigan’s top twelve amateurs against the top twelve professionals. His USGA team, comprised of Michigan’s top three players, took 14th out of 52 teams from across the country in 2001.

Anderson, who has posted five career holes in one, has a lifetime low round of 59.

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John Dauer - Softball - Class of 2006

John Dauer managed fastpitch softball in Midland for more than fifteen years after a distinguished playing career.

Dauer was the assistant manager and player for the Midland Taxi team which won the 1953 Class B State Championship. He then began building his own team, which would become a dynasty of sorts in Michigan’s softball circles.

In the 1960’s, Dauer’s Nick’s Bar teams won three consecutive state championships in Class A and finished second on one occasion and third on another.

In addition to his softball managing, Dauer managed youth baseball teams for more than ten years and came out of retirement in the mid-seventies to manage his son’s teams, leading Dick Blasy Sport & Bike to the Class B State Finals in 1975 and assisting with the Valley Mechanical teams in 1979.

John Dauer was renowned for his aggressive style of play and has long been regarded as one of the finest softball managers ever in the Midland area. His style is still remembered and copied today and is regarded as “Johnny Dauer Softball”.

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Gary Edwards - Coach - Class of 2006

Gary Edwards coached at Meridian High School for 20 years, most notably as head softball coach for 14 seasons with a record of 369-143-3 – a winning percentage of .721.

In 1987, his team won one of the most improbable state championships in interscholastic history. After finishing 15-20 in 1986, Edwards took over as head coach and led Meridian to a 32-2 record and won the Michigan Class B State Championship. This effort stands as the greatest sports turnaround in MHSAA history.

Edwards’ Mustangs won nine Jack Pine Conference champion-ships, plus three District and Regional titles, and made the state quarterfinals and the state semifinals twice. Eight of his teams were ranked in the top ten in the state with ten players making First-team All-State and 14 players going on to compete in collegiate softball.

Edwards was District Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year three times. He was also named Michigan Class B Coach of the Year and was the first recipient of the Larry Honaman Sportsmanship Award. In 2002, he was inducted into the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

After retiring from Meridian High School, Edwards joined Northwood University in 2003 as the assistant softball coach. In 2005, the Timberwolves won their first ever GLIAC Championship to complete an amazing, worst-to-first turnaround. The team then advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game, Northwood’s first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Before Edwards retired in 2006, Northwood won the GLIAC regular season crown for the second straight year and posted a school-record of 37 wins.
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Don Kasper - Coach - Class of 2006

Don Kasper coached track and football for over 25 years as a volunteer assistant at Midland and Dow High Schools. He taught Physical Education at Central and Jefferson Intermediate Schools. He started the junior high track program at Central Intermediate and was the first Athletic Director at Jefferson Intermediate.

He was the recipient of the “Lloyd Osborn Award” in 1989 and the Exchange Club’s “Book of Golden Deeds Award” for his contributions to Midland’s sports and it’s young people. Kasper was a registered official for 20 years with the MHSAA in swimming and track and also officiated college track. He was recognized by the American Red Cross swim program and by Midland County Special Olympics. Kasper served as a board member for the Midland Parks and Recreation Commission and on the Midland Amateur Hockey Association’s Board of Director’s as their president.

Kasper’s proudest accomplishment was his association with the Midland Red Coats that lasted for 20 years. He was their first president and enjoyed bringing national and international teams to Midland. His compassionate presentation to the A.S.A. Council brought the 1984 World Championships to Midland.

Kasper was the owner of Al’s Sport Shop that proudly sponsored over 120 adults and kid’s teams through the years. He also enjoyed participating in sports in Midland and played softball, basketball, football, and volleyball in various leagues.

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Roger Markell - Administrator - Class of 2006

Roger Markell graduated from Michigan State College with a recreation administration degree. He then joined the Midland Community Center. He was promoted to assistant director, then acting director before becoming executive director - a career that spanned 40 years (1952-1992). During this time he was administratively responsible for the expansion of the MCC’s formal fitness programs that included the popular Nautilus equipment workout room and boys and men’s sports programs.

In the early 1950’s Markell assisted then executive director, Dave Russell, in the planning of the first phase of the current George Street facility that was completed in 1955. Later Markell was heavily involved in the research, funding, and construction of the building’s East Wing and the large indoor leisure pool. Markell noted, “This is a true community center because it serves people from all walks of life.”

Markell is a former president of the Midland Social Service Club and the Adult Education Advisory Council. He has been active in Boy Scouts and the Midland Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow award for outstanding service contributions in his vocation. Markell also served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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Team Photo:
Front Row: Dennis Laplow, Mike Hoon, Ron Fillmore, Kirk Shauger, Matt Tucker, Jim Bailey,

Back Row: Head Coach Tom Axtell, Scott Crosby, Keith Grandsen, Dave Walters, Brian Garner, Bill Bacon, Geoff Francis, Assistant Coach Tom Berthiaume.
1982 Meridian High School Mustangs Baseball Team - Class of 2006

The 1982 Meridian High School Baseball Team won the 1982 MHSAA State Class C Baseball Championship defeating Buchanan 6-4 in the championship final played at Central Michigan University.

The team finished with a final season record of 29-1 and was ranked 1st in the final Class C poll. Meridian’s only loss was against Class A State Champion Midland High School during a regular season invitational tournament. Several players received All-Conference, All-Area, All-District, All-Regional and All-State recognition.

Team members Bill Bacon, Jim Bailey, Scott Crosby, Ron Fillmore, Geoff Francis, Brian Garner, Keith Grandsen, Mike Hoon, Dennis Laplow, Kirk Shauger, Matt Tucker, Dave Walters, and team manager, Mark Novak.

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Zane Colestock - Coach - Class of 2005

In over three decades as the tennis coach at Northwood University, Zane Colestock established his program as being among the best in the nation. Under his direction the Timberwolves men’s and women’s teams annually ranked in the top twenty in the nation, posting a winning percentage over .770.

As of 2005, Colestock led his mens’ team to eleven straight GLIAC Championships, earning NCAA Division II regional and national tournament bids each of those years. During that time he was named GLIAC Coach of the Year nine times. In 1998, he led the Timberwolves to the school’s first Final Four appearance, and then topped that achievement in 2002 by placing third in the country. Overall, the Northwood men posted thirty-two straight winning seasons and Colestock has guided them to twenty-five national tournaments.

In his first six years as the Northwood women’s tennis coach, the Timberwolves won three GLIAC titles and earned three trips to the NCAA national tournament. He was also named GLIAC Women’s Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Prior to joining the NCAA, Northwood was a member of the NAIA. Under Colestock’s direction the men’s tennis program recorded thirteen NAIA District 23 championships and he was named District 23 Coach of the Year thirteen times.

His players have enjoyed great individual success with numerous All-Americans, All-GLIAC performers and GLIAC Players of the Year. Two players, Marek Kolar and Carina Kaempfer, earned National Player of the Year honors.

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Bob Jennings - Swimming - Class of 2005

Bob Jennings, a 1984 graduate of H.H. Dow High School, became the first swimmer in the Saginaw Valley League to win six individual championships in three years. The former team captain (1983-84) held varsity records in the 50- yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke and was a three-year State Meet qualifier, placing 5th and 8th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

While at Eastern Michigan University (1984-88), Jennings was a six-time MAC individual champion, winning both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke championships and a three-time MAC champion as a member of the 400-yard medley relay (1986-88). The former EMU (100 and 200-yard breaststroke) and MAC (100-yard breaststroke) record holder was a member of four MAC team championships and was selected captain, Most Valuable Swimmer and MAC Senior of the Year in 1988. For his outstanding collegiate efforts, he was inducted into EMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Swimming for the Midland Masters, Jennings won numerous National YMCA and United States Masters National titles in both breaststroke and the individual medley. In 1996, he won the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke titles at the V FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada, setting a national record in the 200-meter breaststroke. Jennings received the Lawrence Award the same year for outstanding lifetime swimming achievement as well as being voted one of the “Top 25 Male Swimmers of the Twentieth Century” by the Michigan Masters.

Jennings has also coached swimmers at H. H. Dow High School (1990-95), Northeast Intermediate (1994), Midland Dolphins (1991-95), Midland Country Club (1982-87), and mentored swimmers from the Midland Masters.

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Brian Leigeb - Football _ Class of 2005

Brian Leigeb attended H. H. Dow High School where he participated in basketball and football earning All League honors twice in football and once in basketball. As a senior, he was named The Midland Daily News Football Defensive Player of the Year.

Leigeb received a football scholarship to attend Central Michigan University where he started in forty-two games. He led the team in tackles in each of the four years that he played and holds the CMU record for career tackles (487). In his senior year, Leigeb was captain of the football team, was named Most Valuable Player, and received the Kurt Dobrowski Leadership Award.

Leigeb started his professional career with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League. While there he signed with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

During the 2001 NFL season, Leigeb was signed by the Indianapolis Colts and was assigned to their practice squad for the remainder of the 2001 season. He made the Colts final roster during the 2002 season. Leigeb played in fifteen games with the Colts during the regular season and one AFC playoff game against the New York Jets.
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Anne Elizabeth Miller - Tennis - Class of 2005

In 1991, Anne Miller ranked first in the nation for 16-year-old girls and won the U.S. National Claycourts and Hardcourts G-16s (16-year-old girls). In 1992, Miller ranked 2nd in the nation G-18s, won the Easter Bowl G-18s and was selected for the Clairol/World Tennis Association scholarship. Miller was a member of the U.S. National Team between 1991 and 1993. She received the Helen Shockley Award in 1993 that recognized the 16 - 18 year age division female player for the highest standard of tennis accomplishment, character, conduct, sportsmanship, appearance and amateurism.

In 1994, Miller was selected as a member of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Team (USA vs. UK) and received the international Tennis Hall of Fame Junior Award for sportsmanship.

In 1995, Miller was selected as a member of the United States Tennis Association Touring Pro program. In this program she won the 25K Challengers in Peachtree City, GA and Darmstadt, Germany as well as the 75K Challenger in Indian Wells, CA in 1996. Miller was a quarter finalist in Strasbourg, France and Philadelphia, PA in 1996 and a quarter finalist in Hilton Head, SC in 1998. She reached her career high WTA ranking by being ranked 43rd in the world in 1998.

Miller experienced many wins throughout her career, but her most memorable and proudest pro wins were over such WTA stars as Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresno and Kimiko Date.

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Ernest (Ernie) Malzahn - Coach - Class of 2005

Ernie Malzahn attended Utica High School where in 1954-55 he was an All-Conference back in football on both offense and defense. He was a state champion high hurdler in track in 1955 and 1956 and also played guard on the basketball team.

While at Bowling Green State University, Malzahn earned four letters in track and three letters in cross-country. He was the Mid-American Conference low hurdle champion in 1959 and 1960.

Malzahn came to Midland as a physical education teacher in 1962. During his thirty-four years in the Midland Public Schools he served as an assistant football coach at Central Intermediate for five years and as an assistant football coach at H. H. Dow High School for twenty-seven years. The Michigan Football Coaches Association named Malzahn the Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 1982. He also coached track at Northeast Intermediate for one year and was an assistant track coach at Midland High School for four years. Malzahn was named Varsity Head Track Coach at H. H. Dow High School in 1996 and served in that capacity for twenty-eight years. During his tenure as track coach, Malzahn coached a state champion record holder in the pole vault and a runner up in the 800 meter.

In 1998, Malzahn was elected to the Utica High School Hall of Fame as a high hurdler and a member of the 880-yard relay team. Malzahn was also elected to the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Team Photo:
Front Row: Fred Braman, Bill Wright, Kurt Yockey, Mike Ballard, Mike Bonnell, Rod Ballard, Rick Moore

Middle Row: Paul Perry, Lee Byers Mgr., Jeff Parker, Charlie Rippee, Mark Groulx, Mike Moore, Tim Reigler, back row Steve Gehrls, Bill Wolcott, Shawn Tracy, Ron Woodward, Dan Huey, Scott Sovereen, Doug Higgins.
1973 Midland High School Chemics Baseball Team - Class of 2005

The 1973 Midland High School Chemics Baseball Team won the 1973 MHSAA State Class A Baseball Championships defeating the defending champion Royal Oak Kimball 1-0 with a ‘Suicide Squeeze Play’ in the final inning. Earlier that day the Chemics defeated Detroit Henry Ford 3-0 in a semi-final game.

The team finished with a final season record of 25-5 and was ranked fifth in the final Class A Poll. The team had six batters hitting .350 or better entering the state final tournament and several players received All-Conference and All-State recognition.

Team Members were:
Mike Ballard, Rod Ballard, Mike Bonnell, Fred Braman, Steve Gehrls, Mark Groulx, Doug Higgins, Dan Huey, Mike Moore, Rick Moore, Jeff Parker, Paul Perry, Tim Reigler, Charlie Rippee, Scott Sovereen, Shawn Tracy, Bill Wolcott, Ron Woodward, Bill Wright, Kurt Yockey, and team manager Lee Byers.

Varsity Head Coach: Frank Altimore, Varsity Assistant Coach: Terry Wilczek.
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Terry Batch - Taekwon Do Master Instructor - Class of 2004

Terry Batch has been a leader in bringing Taekwon Do to our community and many others. He began teaching Taekwon Do in 1972 at the Midland Community Center and founded Tae Kwon Do Training Centers, the first martial art instruction offered in the city of Midland.

In 1984, Batch obtained his 4th Degree Black Belt, Master Instructor title; only the 66th person to do so in the International Taekwon Do Federation. He also holds Black Belt ranks with Chang Moo Kwon, Taekwon Do Training Centers, United States Taekwon Do, and World Taekwon Do federations. Presently, he holds a 6th Degree Black Belt and an International Instructor title.

As a master martial artist, Batch is best known for his innovative board breaking demonstrations, often showcasing unprecedented new breaks. He is also an award-winning performer of both patterns and sparring, exhibiting speed, agility, grace and power.

Master Batch received personal invitations from Grand Master, General Choi Hong Hi, “The Father of Taekwon Do”, training with him, an honor few experience.

Most significantly, Batch is an outstanding instructor, sharing his love of Taekwon Do with thousands of students over the past 33 years. He has produced ninety-five 1st degree black belts, seven which have advanced to Master rank. Batch also teaches women’s self defense and demonstrates to schools, Boy Scouts, senior citizens, and women’s groups. His enthusiastic teaching style and dedication to students of all ages has inspired many to be their best in every area of their lives.

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Mike “Boj” Bojcun - Baseball/Facility Manager - Class of 2004

Mike Bojcun, a graduate of Flint Saint Michaels in 1961, went on to play baseball at Eastern Michigan University. In Midland, he participated in city league basketball, touch football with the “Rat Brothers,” and slow pitch softball for over 30 years with Howard’s Arco, Blasy Sport & Bike, Normal Wood, Great Lakes Financial Services, LLC, and Budweiser.

The Bojcun family is known for advancing youth baseball in the Midland community. Bojcun coached and umpired at every level of Little League, including a World Series appearance in Senior Little League. He also served as coach at Northeast Intermediate, Midland High, and for the Berryhill American Legion.

Bojcun could be found preparing the facilities for the daily tournament or game by either running a tractor, laying sod, or dragging the diamond dry. It was his belief that “only God could postpone a ball game.” Youth baseball in the Midland community would not be the same without Bojcun’s commitment to the Midland Fraternal fields, the Midland High School diamonds, and the Mid-Michigan School of Baseball.

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Ernest Carter - Athlete/Coach - Class of 2004

Ernest Carter is from the small town of Bentonia, Mississippi, where he played basketball, football and ran track then continued to compete at Alcorn State University. He received his Master’s Degree from Miami of Ohio and served as a graduate assistant with the track program.

Carter started his teaching and coaching career in Midland in 1972. In 1973, he became the assistant track coach at Midland High School; in 1979, was named head coach of the boy’s cross-country team; and in 1982, added the girl’s cross-country team to his coaching assignment. In 1997, he became the head track coach at MHS. Carter has been named Coach of the Year 11 times in the Saginaw Valley League. His teams have won over 13 Valley Championships.

Carter has received the Lloyd Osborn Award for excellence in coaching, the Gerstacker Teaching Proficiency Award for excellence in teaching, and the Saginaw Daily News Apple Award.

Carter is committed to Midland youth fitness and has organized “Jump Rope for Heart,” the elementary “Fun Run,” “Top Gun,” and other fitness programs. He co-organized elementary track meets and has run a cross-country camp in Traverse City for 11 years. He also meets with students throughout the summer for pliometrics training. His hope is to provide youth an opportunity to improve their overall physical fitness and the love of a life-long sport.

Carter is also an avid tennis player and golfer as well as an active community volunteer.
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Rich Juday - Athlete/Coach - Class of 2004

Rich Juday was an eight-time letter winner for H. H. Dow High School, earning letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He was elected to the All-Conference Football team twice. In 1986, the Dow High Charger’s won the first Football Conference Championship. On the baseball field, Juday was named to the 1986 All-State team as a shortstop and earned a spot that year on the United States Olympic Festival Baseball Team. The Chargers compiled a record of 119 wins and 16 losses during his three years of varsity play.

Juday went on to be an outstanding baseball player at Michigan State University. As a four-year letterman for the Spartans, he was the Big Ten Batting Champion for the 1990 season with an average of .405. He was named to the All-Conference and All-Mideast Regional teams and was MSU’s team captain for the 1991 season. Juday is the only player in Spartan history to lead the team in batting for three straight seasons (1989-91).

After his career at MSU, Juday played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He then captured the 1991 Minor League Batting Championship for the Erie Sailors of the New York-Penn league, batting .338. Juday completed his professional career as a hitting instructor in the Oakland Athletics minor league system for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Juday returned to Midland to become the Athletic Development Director for Northwood University and assisted with their baseball program. He later moved to Eastern Michigan University to become the Director of Athletic Development for the Eagles.

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Name/Position:
Brock Holsinger OF, Chan Owens IF, Chad Helm IF, Josh Tigner P, Kyle Tigner IF, Kelly McNett P, Brett Haring OF-P, Simon Lorenc OF-P, Bill Stephenson IF, Joe Acker IF, Kirk Lewis P-OF, Bart Longworth OF-P,; Bryan Sysak OF, Paul Dunn OF, Bruce Morrison C-OF, Bryan Dole C-OF, Jeff Tuck P-OF, Bob Phillips P-IF; Kyle Shelby IF.
Coach: Joe Albaugh, Assistant Coaches: Jim Simpson, Dave Mammel, Manager: Ryan O’Dell
1993 Coleman High School Baseball Team - 2004

The 1993 Coleman High School Comets Baseball Team won the Jack Pine Conference with a 14-0 win/loss record. During that year they also won the Coleman, Breckenridge, and Valley Lutheran tournaments.

The Comets won the State Class C Baseball Championship defeating Detroit Country Day. Their overall win/loss record for the season was 41-2.

Coach Joe Albaugh was named the Class C District, Regional, and State Coach of the Year. Several players received recognition for All-State Dream Team, 1st, and 2nd team awards. Some continued to play collegiate and professional baseball.

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Joe Albaugh - Coach - Class of 2003

Joe Albaugh began his teaching and coaching career at Coleman High School in 1984. As head football coach, Albaugh inherited a program that had not experienced a winning season for 17 years. In 1986, the football team enjoyed a winning season and in 1990 became the Jack Pine Conference champions for the first time. In 1992, the football team advanced to the semi-finals in the MHSAA State Tournament. After a leave of absence from coaching, Albaugh began coaching football again in the fall of 2000. Under his leadership, the team ended a 29 game losing streak in 2001, and in 2002 was named Mid-State Athletic Conference champs.

Albaugh coached baseball at Coleman from 1987 - 93 and led the baseball team to five Jack Pine Conference Championships. His teams won several MHSAA District and Regional Championships and they were a State runner-up in 1987. In 1993, Coleman won the MHSAA Class C State Baseball Championship. Albaugh also coached a summer Pony League team that was National champ and World runner-up champion in 1994.

Beginning in 2000, Albaugh coached softball at Coleman. His teams won the Jack Pine Conference Championship in 2000 and 2001, as well as being named Mid-State Athletic Conference champs in 2003. His softball teams also won MHSAA District Championships in 2001 and 2002 and a Regional Championship in 2001.

Albaugh’s many honors include being named 1993 District, Regional and State Coach of the Year in baseball. In 2002, he was recognized as District Coach of the Year and the Midland Daily News Coach of the Year in softball. In addition, Albaugh received the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun Football Coach of the Year Award for 2002.

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Frank Altimore - Coach - Class of 2003

Frank Altimore began his teaching and coaching career in the Midland Public Schools in 1967. Altimore coached for 16 years at Midland High School where he served as an assistant varsity football coach, J.V. baseball coach and in 1977 was appointed the varsity baseball coach. During his tenure as baseball coach, the Chemics compiled an impressive record of 229-79 and won Class A State Baseball titles in 1973 and 1982.

In the fall of 1983, Altimore was named head varsity football coach at H. H. Dow High School, a position he held for 20 years before retiring in 2003. Under his direction, the Chargers won two Saginaw Valley Championships, four play-off berths, one District title, one Regional title, and a State runner-up finish in 1997. Altimore also serves as the Charger girls’ golf coach. His teams have compiled a 59-25 record. Under his tutelage, the golf team won the Saginaw Valley Conference title and qualified for the State Finals in Division 1 in 2003.

Altimore’s many honors include being named Baseball Class A Coach of the Year as well as Midwest Finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1982. In 1977, he was named Football Class A Coach of the Year and he has been Saginaw Valley Conference Coach of the Year in three different sports – football, baseball, and girls’ golf.

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Beth Bedford - Athlete - Class of 2003

Beth (Huff) Bedford is an outstanding runner and ice speed skater. As a young girl she started running for the Midland Fleet Feet Track Club from 1970 - 74 and won more than 12 state age group championships while competing in the AAU.

During her high school years the Huff family moved several times. While running for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1978, she won the Division 1 Michigan Cross-Country State Championship. This was the first MHSAA sanctioned XC championship held for women after the passage of the Title IX Amendment. In 1979, Bedford moved to Janesville, Wisconsin where she attended Craig High School and won the Division 1 Wisconsin Two-Mile State Championship.

As an avid collegiate track and cross country competitor, Bedford ran for the University of Tennessee, was an All-South Eastern Conference runner and set a new school record in the 10,000 meter run in 1982. This allowed her to compete in the finals of the Division 1 NCAA 10,000 meter race that same year. She was a three year varsity member of the U of T Track and Field, and Cross-Country teams.

Bedford started skating for the Midland Speed Skating Club and later in high school for the Detroit based Wolverine Speed Skating Club. After moving back to Midland in 1991, Bedford renewed her skating career and has achieved numerous national and state titles and championships spanning from 1992 - 2003. She holds seven national short track records: two in the 3,000 meter; and one each for the 1,500 meter; the 1,000 meter; and the 500 meter races. In long track racing, Bedford is the reigning national champion and record holder in the 25K and 50K marathon competitions. She also won the International Master Women’s Championship in 2000.

Bedford is the coach of the Midland Speed Skating Club. Under her direction and dedication she has helped produce many National and North American speed skating champions.
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Norm Betts - Athlete - Class of 2003

Norm Betts attended Midland High School from 1975 - 78. He was a three-sport athlete – playing football, hockey, and baseball during all three years of his high school career. Betts was named All-Saginaw Valley Conference and Detroit News All-State in football in 1977. In hockey he earned All-Saginaw Valley Conference recognition for two years and was a member of the Detroit News All-State Team his senior year. In addition, he received the 1977 - 78 Saginaw Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award in hockey.

Betts attended the University of Michigan from 1978 - 82 where he played football for four years. Betts was the starting tight end from 1980 - 82. He played in two Rose Bowls (‘79 and ‘81), the Gator Bowl (‘79) and the Bluebonnet Bowl (‘81). Betts was named to the Big Ten First Team All-Academic Football Team for three years. In addition, he was a member of the Second Team Academic All-American Football Team in 1980, and in 1981 was named a First Team Academic All-American. Betts was a three term Angell Scholar, a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete, and awarded a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Betts attended the U of M School of Dentistry from1982 - 86, graduating as valedictorian of his class. In 1999, he received the Gerald R. Ford Award that is presented annually to a former U of M student athlete who epitomizes excellence in scholarship, sports, and society. Betts served as chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the U of M from 1999 - 2002. He is currently in private practice.

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1962, 1963, 1964 Nick's Fastpitch Baseball Teams - 2003

Nick’s Fastpitch Softball Team was the Michigan Softball Association Class A Fastpitch Softball champ three years in a row – 1962, 1963, and 1964. In 1962, the team went undefeated in four consecutive games to win the tournament over six other teams. In 1963, Nick’s won their second straight championship coming out of the loser’s bracket to beat Sault Ste. Marie twice for the state crown. In 1964, Nick’s defeated Benton Harbor 3-2 in eight innings to win the championship for the third straight year.

1962 Roster

Mick Barber
Gene Engle
Jerry Hoffman
Larry Kennedy
Nelson Kennedy
Huey Larson
Pete Marsh
Oren Mieske
Dale Phillips
Stan Short
Russ Sugar
Pat Tracy
Wilbur Tucker
Dave Winslow
1963 Roster

George Barber
Mick Barber
Jay Dauer
Gene Engle
Jerry Hoffman
Huey Larson
Ray Love
Newt Mapes
Oren Mieske
Larry McCann
Dale Phillips
Norm Short
Stan Short
Russ Sugar
Dutch Varner
Dave Winslow
1964 Roster

George Barber
Mick Barber
Les Barnes
Ray Bissell
Butch Carr
Tom Cronkright
Jay Dauer
Gene Engle
Keith Fultz
Don Hingston
Jerry Hoffman
Tom Kloha
Ray Love
Larry McCann
Arlan Norton
Dale Phillips
Stan Short
Russ Sugar
Bob Wallace
Dave Winslow


Manager - John Dauer Sponsor - Nick Sarantos
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Byron ‘By’ Chanter - Athlete/Coach - Class of 2002

In 1942, Byron Chanter came to Midland following his retirement from the U.S. Navy and established himself as one of Midland’s premier amateur athletes. Chanter joined the Dow Chemical AC Basketball Team and played with the AC’s until his assignments with The Dow Chemical Company prevented active play and travel.

Chanter later was the coach and manager for a leading independent basketball team in the City of Midland’s Recreational Leagues. This team was a perennial contender for the Midland City Championship. In 1948, the team went on to win the State of Michigan’s Recreation Championship. Chanter’s team also defeated the Midland American Legion team in a 2-out-of-3 series after the legion team had won the National American Legion Championship. In the early 1950’s, Chanter served as a leading developer of the Midland Athletic Association Basketball Team that won the State of Michigan’s Independent Amateur Athletic Union Championship.

Being one of Midland’s leading golfers since 1943, Chanter is considered a true golf addict with achievements spanning over 50 years. He won The Dow Chemical Company’s Golf Championship six times and was the leading player and captain on Dow’s Industrial travel team. Chanter also won the City of Midland’s Golf Championship two times and the Midland Country Club’s Championship five times between 1959 and 1979.

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J. Daniel ‘Dan’ Cline - Athlete/Physician - Class of 2002
Dan Cline has lived in Midland for most of his life. He attended high school in Midland and in upstate New York. He played football, basketball, baseball, and track for all four years earning 15 letters. He earned all conference honors in football, basketball, and baseball and was the conference champion in the high jump and the long jump.

Cline attended the University of Michigan from 1951-1955. He played football and baseball, receiving three letters in each sport. He was safety and tailback in football and first string safety for 3 years and first string halfback his junior and senior years, often playing the entire game on both offense and defense. He led the Big Ten in kickoff returns in 1954 and led Michigan in total offense running, passing yardage, and all purpose yards, which includes pass receptions and kick returns. He was All Big Ten and All Midwest Honorable Mention in 1954.

Cline was captain of Michigan’s baseball team in 1955. Previously, he led Michigan in hitting in 1954 and led the Big Ten in slugging (total bases). He hit .500 (7 for 14) in the 1953 NCAA Championship Series that Michigan won in Omaha, Nebraska. Cline drove in the winning run in the final game against Texas.

Cline received the Fielding Yost Award in 1953-1954 and in 1955 for scholarship and athletic ability. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor as Michigan’s best student athlete in 1955 for scholarship and athletic prowess.

Cline attended Medical School at Michigan from 1955-1959, during which time he coached the freshman football team’s backfield. He did his residency in Family Practice at Michigan and at the Midland Hospital from 1959-1961.

Cline has practiced medicine in Midland since 1961. He was the team physician for Midland High School for 14 years and for Northwood University for several years. He served as an advisor to Little League and Pee Wee football. Cline received the Midland Citizen of the Year Award in 1968 for work with young people and promotion of excellence in athletics. Along with his Family Practice, Cline is the chief Medical Examiner, Midland County Jail Physician, and Physician for the Midland Juvenile Center.

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Bill Grebe - Athlete/Coach - Class of 2002

Bill Grebe is a Midland native and a 1959 graduate of Midland High School. He was a member of the Chemic’s Cross Country Team that placed ninth in the 1958 state finals.

Grebe attended Central Michigan University where he was the Chippewas top long distance runner for three years. He earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American honors in 1962. While completing his master’s degree in Education, he placed 79th in the Boston Marathon. As a Master’s runner, Bill posted times in three distances, which ranked him among the top three runners in Michigan.

Grebe is in his 35th year of coaching cross country and track and field at Bullock Creek High School. He also coached three years at Northwood University as head coach in cross country and assistant coach in track and field. He has been director of the BCHS Lancer Invitational for 34 years, the Lancer Relays for over 25 years, and a regional track and field manager. Grebe has coached state champions in four events and 22 of his athletes received All-State recognition. His teams have won 23 conference championships and ten regional championships. During the 1969-1970 school year, Grebe coached conference championship teams in cross country, wrestling, and track and field. While coaching at Northwood the track and field team won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. He coached six athletes who were national qualifiers.

Grebe is a recent recipient of the Lloyd Osborn Award and has been honored three times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Despite all the championships and successes, Grebe places greater emphasis on “personal bests” rather than winning. He is best known for his individual impact on students.
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Andy Skalnican - Athlete - Class of 2002

Andy Skalnican played softball for Howard’s Arco, Blasy Sport and Bike, Normal Wood (Case Systems), and Blackhurst Realty for over two decades. His teams participated in eleven consecutive Michigan Amateur Softball Association Men’s Class A Slow Pitch State Tournaments.

Although Skalnican’s teams never finished first, his Blackhurst Realty team finished as runner-up in 1984 and went on to finish 17th in the country in the Amateur Softball Association Men’s Class A National Championship in Duluth, Minnesota.

Skalnican’s teams, who were managed by MASA Hall of Famer, Bryce Alexander, averaged over 100 games a season. He carried a life-time batting average of .657, averaged 29 home runs, and 100 RBI’s a season.

Skalnican continues to play slow pitch softball in Midland’s senior recreational leagues.

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Jim Wright - Athlete - Class of 2002

Jim Wright earned seven varsity letters at Midland High School in three sports. He was quarterback of the 1968 State Champion Football team.

Wright joined the McArdle Pontiac Cadillac softball team in 1972 and played with them until they disbanded in 1980. He was a member of the McArdle team that won the National Championship in 1979 and World Championship in 1980. He then moved on to play for the Midland Explorers and Nothdorft Tool of Detroit. Wright was selected to the US National Team in 1983 that won a silver medal at the Pan-Am games in Caracas, Venezuela. He was an Amateur Softball Association All-American in 1982 and holds a lifetime World and National Tournament batting average of .358 in over 150 at bats.

Wright was a member of the Midland Red Coats and a three-time president of the Midland Softball Association.

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1968 Midland High School Chemics Football Team - 2002

The 1968 Midland High Chemics Football Team finished the season with a perfect 9-0 record. The team won the Saginaw Valley League and was named Mythical State Champions by the Associated Press in an era when there was no state playoff.

Name/Position:
Ken Anderson FL, Pete Aseritis G-LB, Bill Brown DE, Bob Brown C, Mike Brown T, Duane Burtch G, Jamie Dacus LB, Kim Dagenais E, Joe Dissette HB, Gary Dorrien QB, Chris Dowling DB, Tom Drake HB-QB, Mark Edmonds T, Mack Fake DT, Mike Freer HB, Pat Gagliardi G, Terry Gorton G, Don Griffin DB, Steve Hearn DB, Jack Hedlund HB, George Hoyle T, John Jackson E, Barry Jacobs E, Larry Kastle T, Wendell LaFever DHB, Mike LaFlure DC, Randy Leigeb HB, Roger Markell T, Ed Marshall DB, Robin Merrill DB, Steve Messinger DB, Doug Palmer G, Doug Peterson E, Dave Piegols HB, Tom Pruss E, Gary Recktin G, Brian Roberson T, Phil Robinson E, John Roberts E, Wayne Sapyak FL, Henry Schneider HB, Tom Schneider C, John Sinclair E, Doug Van Meter T, Rex Wolfe C, Jim Wright QB, Brian Zimmermann FL

Managers: Jim Davey, Steve Davey, Mike Murphy, Dave Pfruender, Don Quehl, Luther Sherriff

Head Coach: Bob Stoppert, Team Physician: Dr. Dan Cline, Principal: William Wang, Assistant Coaches: Frank Altimore, Dave Arnold, Oscar Hahn, Jeff Hartman, Gary Jozwiak
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Jimmy Adamick - "The Midland Mauler" Boxing - Class of 2001

Jimmy Adamick, also known in the professional boxing circuit during the 1930s as "The Midland Mauler" was ranked No. 6 heavyweight boxer in the world by Ring magazine in 1937. Adamick registered a record 32 straight knockouts and a 49-2-2 reord within his five-year career.

Adamick started boxing unexpectedly in high school when he and a fellow student decided to settle a disagreement by boxing each other in the gymnasium under the supervision of a school athletic official. He won the match in four rounds and impressed the official who encouraged Adamick to try amateur boxing. Soon after, Adamick advanced to the progressional ring and won his first bout at age 18.

In 1935, Adamick knocked out six of his nine opponents and in 1936 began his remarkable streak of 32 straight knockouts. notable opponents included Edgar Boyd, John Henry Lewis, and "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom. Adamick lost his first bout with Rosenbloom in a 10-round decsion, but came back two months later to knockout Rosenbloom in the second round of a rematch. Adamick's trainer, Jack Kearns also managed the great Jack Dempsey.

Plans were made for Adamick to fight Joe Louis but his career prematurely ended on Sept. 28, 1938, when he was knocked out in a match with Roscoe Toles and suffered a coma. He never fought in the ring again, but did return as a referee. Jimmy Adamick died on April 5, 1992.

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Dave Arnold - Coach - Class of 2001

Dave Arnold, a 1963 graduate of Midland High School has forged an impressive career as a football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

Arnold started his career in 1968 as an assistant coach for his alma mater, the MHS Chemics football team and helped lead them to the 1968 Class A State Championship. He then went onto serve as head coach for Alma High School and won three leagues titles within six years.

In 1980, Arnold started coaching collegiate football at Michigan State University and served as an assistant coach for the Spartans. From Michigan, he moved to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and guided the Bobcats to the 1984 Division I-AA National Championships. Arnold was selected as the 1984 National Coach of the Year.

1n 1987, Arnold became a assistant coach for the Washington State University Cougars in Pullman, Washington for two years, and then moved onto the University of Miami Hurricanes in Miami, Florida as an assistanct coach for the next six years. These teams played in a total of eight bowl games and the University of Miami won two national championships during Arnold's tenture.

Arnold began a three year position in 1995 coaching the special teams of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He recently was the offensive line coach at Albion College. The Britons were MIAA co-champions in 1999.

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Tom Beale - Softbal - Class of 2001

Tom Beale, a left-handed pitcher played fastpitch softbal for 26 years and then served the Midland community as the "Voice of Currie Stadium" for various softball contests.

In 1948 through the Dow Junior Athletic Club program, Beale traveled and pitched in a youth national tournament in Arkansa. in 1952, Beale pitched the Bartlett and Asch softball team to the Class C City Championship. He then moved onto Michigan State University and helped win two intramural championships. In 1954, he pitched for the Midland 702 Club team and helped win the state Class A championship.

While serving a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Beale continued to play softball for an Army team and won several tournaments championships in Japan and Korea. Returning to MSU and summer softball in Midland, Beale played for the Midland Moving and Brown Derby teams and was a top pitcher for the Midland McArdle Pontiac-Cadillac fastpitch team which won the 1972 ASA State Championship. Beale retired from active play in 1973.
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Harold 'Hal' Cook - Tennis - Class of 2001

Hal Cook has been a competitive tennis player all of his life and has shared his love for tennis by co-founding the Midland Tennis Center in the early 1970s. Cook was instrumental in the development and design of the Center, and served as the first director of operations from its opening day in 1974 until he retired in 1985.

Cook attended Midland High School in the 1930s and reigned as the number one tennis player in the school for three straight years. By graduation, he had earned eight letters in tennis, football and basketball, and Honorable Mention All-State in football and basketball. During this time he also won several city tennis and table tennis championships. Later, Cook went onto play tennis and basketball for Central Michigan University. After serving a tour of duty in World War II, Cook played tennis for the University of Michigan. Cook holds several state, regional, and national rankings.

Cook twice won the Michigan Open 45 and over singles title and won a 55 and over title. He is a three-time Michigan Open Doubles Champion and a North Carloina 65 and over champion. He also played in the national 75 and over tournament.

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Thad Stanford - Basketball/Football/Gof/Sports Medicine - Class of 2001

Thad Stanford distinguished himself as a Midalnd High School athlete in the late 1940s by earing 10 varsity letters, and later in the 1950s, as a three-letter winner in football and two in golf at the University of Michigan.

As a golfer, Stanford helped the MHS team win three Class A state titles between his sophomore and senior years. He also qualified and played in the first USGA Junior Golf tournament in 1948. When he wasn't golfing, Stanford was playing basketball and football. He earned honors on the All-State Second Teams as a junior in both sports and on the football All-State First Team his senior year. After graduation he went onto play golf and football for the Univeristy of Michigan.

Stanford carried his love of sports over into his career as an orthopedic surgeon. He helped pioneers sports medicine by founding a sports medicine advisory committee for the Oregon School Athletic Association in 1967. In 1977, Stanford earned a law degree and used his combined knowledge of sports, medicine and law to serve on numerous sports ethics, sports medicine and other committees. he has received a number of distinguished service awards in sports medicine from national and state high school athletic associations and currently serves as chair of the Sports Medicine Committee of the National Fedreration of State High School Associations.
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Gary Gerould - Sports Broadcaster - Class of 2000

Gary Gerould, a 1958 graduate of Midland High School, advanced his early love for radio into a professional sports broadcasting career.

While attending high school Gerould started his radio career by working at the Midland radio station WMDN, now WMPX. His responsibilities included working music, news and sports which he continued to do during his summer breaks from college and for a year after graduation. In 1963, Gerould moved to Chico, California to work as a sports play-by-play announcer in radio and television, moving two years later to his current home in Sacramento.

During his career Gerould has been involved in over 900 network television sports programs on ABC, NBC, ESPN, ESPN2 and TNN. His broadcast versatility has spanned a wide spectrum of events ranging from play-by-play coverage of the National Football League to sumo wrestling. He has covered many international events including the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, Korea and the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, but currently concentrates primarily on motorsports and basketball. His longtime involvement in motorsports includes 10 years as a pit reporter for ABC Sports coverage of the Indianapolis 500.

Additionally, Gerould is currently in his 16th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He also has responsibilities as a commercial spokesperson.

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Max Griggs - Coach - Class of 2000

Max Griggs is a volunteer Little League coach that sees positive developments in the growth of his young players as people as well as athletes.

Griggs has coached baseball for 35 years in Midland’s Northeast Little League. In that time, he has lead many players to achieve success on and off the field.

During Griggs’ coaching tenure his teams have earned honors as league and district champions. Griggs has often been selected to coach the All Stars, and his teams have done well in State All Star play.

Griggs is still an active volunteer coach for the Northeast Little League and continues to help kids learn and enjoy the sport of baseball.

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Jerry Hanson - Umpire - Class of 2000

Jerry Hanson was an active softball umpire for 35 years.

As one of the top Midland and surrounding area umpires, Hanson’s unbiased and fair work at countless state softball tournaments, five Men’s Major National tournaments, plus a National Sports Festival and two Men’s World Championships have earned him honor in the sporting community.

Hanson has served as both the local Umpire-in-Chief and the State Umpire-in-Chief. Since his retirement from active umpiring in 1989, Hanson has served as a member of the Amateur Softball Association National Umpire Staff. He has organized clinics and taught umpire schools throughout the United States and in 1995 was invited to teach umpires in South Africa.

In recognition of his work, Hanson was elected to the Michigan Amateur Softball Hall of Fame in 1991 and appointed Commissioner for the Amateur Softball Association and Executive Director for the Michigan Amateur Softball Association in 2000.
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Stephanie Purdy- Coach - Class of 2000

Stephanie Purdy has been a Midland Figure Skating Club coach for the past 23 years as well as a figure skating medal winner.

Purdy began her career with MFSC in 1977, and has coached all levels of skaters from Learn-to-Skate “Snowplow Sams” to senior level national medalists.

Purdy is a dedicated coach, often working at odd hours to accommodate students and parents hectic schedules. Her great love of teaching figure skating and her enjoyment in watching her students learn and develop is a characteristic that stands out in the performances of her students. Many of her students have won Regional, Sectional and National recognition championships representing the MFSC at competitions throughout the United States and Canada.

Purdy has been instrumental in the tremendous growth of the MFSC. She has brought world-renowned skaters to Midland to give seminars, has been the director of numerous Regional Championships, and served as the Artistic Director of several ice skating shows.

Purdy’s highest personal skating achievements include Regional and Sectional medals in pairs skating.

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Bob Ribble - Coach/Athlete/Official - Class of 2000

Bob Ribble has distinguished himself as a coach, an athlete and as an official.

Beginning in the late 1960’s, Ribble started coaching at both the intermediate and high school levels. His coaching talents were broad and included basketball, baseball, softball and tennis.

Of his many accomplishments those most noted include Ribble’s help in leading the 1982 Dow High School Girl’s Varsity Basketball Team to win the school’s first Saginaw Valley League Championship. He is also credited with two Associated Press awards for the Michigan Class A Basketball Coach of the Year in both 1978 and 1982, and as the Saginaw News Dream Team Coach of the Year in 1984.

Ribble has shown he is an excellent athlete. During his high school and college years he enjoyed a successful basketball career. His love for pitching softball, for over 27 years, has helped win two district championships and earned him the honor to be twice invited to participate in The National Softball Championships.

As an official, Ribble oversees many volleyball, softball, baseball and basketball games. In 1978, he was selected to officiate both the boys and girls state basketball finals. Ribble can still be seen on the courts today keeping a sharp eye on the play.

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Ed Wilson - Coach - Class of 2000

As a volunteer assistant coach in the Midland Circle Merchants Little League, Ed Wilson began coaching in 1965, and since 1967 has served as a team manager and a board of directors member in the organization that became Midland Northeast Little League.

During the 36 years, Coach Wilson has managed teams in over 500 games, including regular season and All Star Tournament play. With enthusiastic hard working players and their supportive parents, and outstanding assistant coaches, the teams have won numerous league championships, a city championship, and many thrilling All Star games. The players have created many exciting memories, from first home runs to no hit games for pitchers. Coach Wilson has proudly watched hundreds of young players develop and succeed as athletes and people, with many advancing to school sports teams and outstanding Midland High School baseball programs.

Wilson also has contributed to the successful operation of the Midland Northeast Little League working as a volunteer on field maintenance and board of directors’ issues. He keeps historical records for the league and assists in providing procedures and protocols for new board members and coaches.

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