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George Rapp

 George Rapp has been a fixture in Midland softball since 1945, having been involved with the Midland Softball Association for over 70 years. Besides a long and storied playing career, Rapp contributed to the sport locally by founding the 50 and over league, then later founding [...]

Pat Riepma

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 [...]

Bob Ribble

Bob Ribble has performed at an elite level as a coach, as an official, and as an athlete. Ribbled coached the 1982 Dow High School girls’ basketball team to its first Saginaw Valley League championship. He won two Class A State Coach of the Year awards in girls’ [...]

Tom Roberts

At the time of his induction, Tom Roberts had won more high school baseball games than any other high school coach in the state of Michigan. Born and raised in Midland, Roberts became the varsity baseball coach at H. H. Dow High School when the school opened in 1969. He has [...]

Midland Redcoats

The Midland Redcoats are a group of volunteers organized to promote the Midland community through national and international softball events. The group was organized in 1975 and in 1977 hosted the Amateur Softball Association Men’s Major Fastpitch Tournament – the first [...]

Vern Ruhle

Vern Ruhle was an outstanding baseball pitcher at Coleman High School. It was not uncommon for him to pitch every game of his team’s 14-16 game schedule and he once struck out 22 batters in one seven inning game. Ruhle went on to star at Olivet College and was a seventeenth round [...]

David Russell

David Russell was director of the Midland Community Center for thirty-two years. Russell supervised the first outdoor pool in Midland and served on construction committees for such recreational facilities as Currie Stadium, the Midland Civic Arena and the swimming pools in the [...]