Alpena Sports Hall Of Fame Candidates Named
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:27:02 EST
The Board of Directors of The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has released names of individuals on the ballot for consideration for entry into the Hall Of Fame.
Originally, 43 persons were nominated by Members of the Association. Then research was completed on each and the board selected 15. Of those, 3 will be selected by association members by the end of the year when votes are tallied.
The Sports Hall of Fame started in 1982 and for the 31st year will honor athletes or those involved in area sports at a May 3rd banquet. Tickets for the event which usually sells out go on sale in January. 152 people have been inducted of which 90 are living.
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2013 Nominees Include:
KEN BAUER (AHS 1978)
A premier all-around athlete he won 5 letters for the Alpena High School Wildcats (3 in baseball & 2 in basketball). In Alpena Little League Minor Division, he was a star pitcher and hitter winning 2 team titles. In Major Division play (10-12) again a top pitcher & hitter for the Volunteers, they won 3 titles and he was a 2 time all-star. In Jr. Babe Ruth (13-15), he was a 3 time all-star pitcher & hit (.414). In Senior Babe Ruth (16-18) he was a member of 3 championship teams and 3-time all-star. He was a key member of the 1977 team that won the state championship. For AHS baseball, a 3 year starter, won 3 letters, and compiled .356 batting average, and was selected Captain. He helped the Cats win the Midland Invitational, won the Don Damoth award as MVP, & committed only “ 1 “ error the entire season at shortstop. He received a scholarship and played for C S Mott 1979 co-champions in the MCCAA. In The Northeastern Independent Baseball League, he played on 10 championship teams, & in 1981, was awarded the Jim Wiley MVP award, hitting .371, was 5 - 0 pitching with a earned run average of 1.15 . At AHS while playing football he was starting JV quarterback as a freshman. Playing basketball, he was a leading scorer on the JV’s, and starting Varsity point guard for 2 years, averaging near 10 pts per game while performing as the team quarterback leading them to numerous victories.
WAYNE CHRISTOPHERSON (AHS 1966 )
Primarily involved in intra-mural athletics, his career began after high school. He became interested in distance running that would continue through out his adult career. He competed in his age groups, and performed well. He has qualified for 32 consecutive Boston Marathon’s, & found time to run in 9; plus 27 Detroit Free Press Marathons, finishing 7th in his age group in 2011; The Pikes Peak race in Colorado Springs Colorado, Pittsburgh marathons, Traverse City Competitions, The Tobacco Road race in S.C. and many more. Marathons are 26.2 miles long, & in 2010, he entered 10, & won 9. In timed races, he won a 12 hour race at CMU, covering 68 ˝ miles; Ultra Marathons have been 100 miles & 50 miles. His 35 years of running include 201 marthons. He is a founding member of the Dork Brothers racing Team.
On the 1954 Alpena Catholic Central Football Team, Jim Bowen was a player who owned his area. Opponents always tried to run away from this powerful, skilled athlete.
DICK DENNIS (ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL 1949 )
Renowned Alpena High School (1957-1967). Coached Basketball and Track. Seven varsity basketball teams recorded 105 wins and 21 losses, a winning percentage of 88%. Regular seasons recorded 94 wins and 14 losses, a winning percentage of 87%. His regular season of 1961-62 was undefeated, then lost to the number one rated team in the state Saginaw High. (Saginaw High then went on to win the Class A state championship finishing with a perfect undefeated record.) His 1964-65 & 1965-66 teams recorded 1 loss each year. Coach Dick Dennis one of the all-time basketball coaches for the Wildcats.
JACK DISCHER ( Fargo Central High School, N D 1962 )
Attended high school in Fargo North Dakota. The Alpena Gymnastics program was struggling when coach Discher arrived. During his coaching career in Alpena from 1967-1977 , the program had tremendous success. 1976 Detroit News All-State Coach of the Year - 1976 Gymnastic Coach of the Year in Michigan -1977 Gymnastic Coach of the Year in Michigan - 1977 Michigan Gymnastic STATE Team Champions . --The 1977 team set a State Record for points scored, 140.9 - He was mentor & coach to John Geddert, 2012 US Olympic Coach - Kurt Golder, University of Michigan Coach - and Howard Welsh A H S Coach - some of his All-State athletes: Howard Welsh - Lynn Cousineau - Tom Nadeau - Ray Werda - Cory Golder - Ken Donakowski - Scott Mackenzie & Bill Romstadt. Alpena hosted the State Championship, and the crowd was the largest in the entire MHSAA tournament history, ever. In 1980, Coach Discher was honored as North Dakota Girls Gymnastic Coach of the Year.
FAITH EGLI ( AHS 1984 )
After a highly successful golfing career for the AHS Wildcats, she attended Michigan State University on a golfing scholarship and lettered each of four years on the Spartan team. She was nominated for MSU’s Athlete of the Decade. Graduating in 1988 from MSU,she became a professional and in 1989 played in The Womens U.S. OPEN. She has been the Northern Ohio PGA Womens Champion, and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PGA. She began her career at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as head golf professional. She holds title to several pro golf tournaments, and is a State of Michigan Womens Amateur Golf Medalist.Winning numerous amateur tournaments, four collegiate tournaments, and nine professional tournaments, in 1996, she finished in the top 20 on the mini-tour list. She is one of fewer than 50 golf professionals in the U.S. admitted to both the PGA and the LPGA. She is the 1st women to be named a head golf professional at a private country club in the state of Ohio.
RACHAEL GEBAUER ( AHS 2008 )
Earned 14 letters for the Wildcats (4 in each Softball & Track, and 3 in each volleyball & basketball). She was selected Class A All-State in Softball & Track (2008). Recognized as the #1 Class A softball pitcher in Michigan. One of 6 pitchers to win 40 plus games for Alpena. She set numerous marks during her softball pitching career to out distance pitching records of the past. “ One of a Kind “ . As a basketball player on the hardcourt, her knowledge of basketball allowed her to be a star out-court scorer, inside player, and exceptional rebounder for her size. A True All-Star Athlete. A double diget scorer she was a special player who every opponent had to gear their game to. She received a Scholarship to U.S. Air Force Academy, and earned 7 athlete letters and many honors.
JAMES GLENNIE (AHS 1960)
“Class A, ALL-STATE” - One of a handful of Wildcats awarded 1st Team All-State Basketball Honors. As a freshman quarterback, he suffered a career ending knee injury. He earned 6 letters at AHS, Two in basketball, and four in baseball. His senior year on the hardcourt, he scored 368 points for a 23 point average. He was the only “Unanimous Selection” to the Arrowhead All-Conference Team. Of the five players on the Class A, All-State Team, he was the smallest at 5 feet 11 inches tall. Amoung the members were future NBA players. He set the conference and Alpena High School record for most points in a game, 35. His rebounding and defensive skills were recognized throughout the state. Awarded 4 letters in baseball, he starred as a pitcher, catcher, and hitter. He was captain of the team his senior year. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Western Michigan University, but returned to Alpena to play for Alpena Community College, where he was a stand out. He served as team co-captain with Hall of Famer, Mike Misiak.
JIM KURTZ (AHS 1962)
For the Alpena High School Wildcats, he won 9 letters; 3 in each Football, Basketball, and Track. He was MVP his senior year in Football, Co-Captain of an undefeated basketball team. At Alpena Community College (1962-64), he lettered in basketball and track. Having led his team to an 18-6 record, he graduated in 1964, and then continued his career at Eastern Michigan University in 1966. He played football as a junior, and started his junior and senior seasons on the basketball team. He played numerous sports and excelled at all of them, and was a leader on each team.
SCOTT MACKENZIE (AHS 1975) Awarded 7 letters at Alpena High School (Gymnastics 3 - Football 2 - Baseball 2) The Wildcats did not have a conference to compete in. Junior year: placed 2nd finishing by 100th of a point behind the winner. Senior year, on the Trampoline, he was “Class A” 1st place STATE CHAMPION . For the Wildcats he was head coach in baseball, and assistant coach in football.
GREGG MATTISON (AHS 1957)
One of Alpena’s “Best Gymnastic Competitors” in Alpena High School history. He Won State High School championships four times; (9th - 10th - 11th - 12th). He won the A.A.U. All-Around title competing in; Flying Rings, Still Rings, Floor Exercise, High Bar, and Uneven Bars. This was not just in high school competition, but against Collegiate, A.A.U. and Independent House teams. He is considered to be the best All-Around gymnast in Alpena’s gymnastic history in his time.
BRUCE MISCHLEY (AHS 1980)
A premier all-around athlete in multiple sports. He earned 7 letters competing for Alpena High School in baseball, basketball, and football. In Alpena LL Minor Division he was a star pitcher & hitter helping his team wins 2 titles. In Major Division (10-12) he helped lead his Volunteer team to 3 championships as a top pitcher & hitter (.621) and was a 3-time all-star team member. In Babe Ruth Baseball: his junior division team (13-15) won 3 championships, he batted .624 and was an undefeated pitcher, and he helped lead 3 all-star teams, twice to state Championships as a leading hitter and pitcher. In Senior Babe Ruth (16-18), his team won 3 more championships. He again starred as a pitcher and hitter. Over an 11-year period, he made 11 all-star teams, & won 3 or more state titles. He has pitched No-Hitters in league and tournament competition. In state play, facing Grosse Pointe, his no-hitter included 12 strikeouts and four wins in competition. He also pitched for the Alpena Merchants, starring on the mound & hitting. For the Wildcats he was the leading and undefeated pitcher on the 1980 team that won 18 consecutive games. Receiving numerous scholarship offers he decided to play at Saginaw Valley. As a Wildcat football player, his career began as a quarterback, and he shined as a defensive back on Alpena’s great Schrotenboer teams of 1979 & the 1980, which finished with 8 - 1 records.
PHIL OLES (AHS 1952)
He won 9 letters playing for the Wildcats (Football 4, Basketball 3, Baseball 4). In football he was the star quarterback, who doubled as an offensive end, and excelled as a defensive back. Basketball was the game, playing guard and forward he was team captain and selected Arrowhead All-Conference. The team won the conference championship, and he finished his senior year as the 5th leading scorer in Alpena. His presence on the basketball court resulted in three conference championships. A leader on the baseball field, he handled pitching greats, Bob Kelley & Roger Smith and others.
TONY POKORZYNSKI (AHS 1981)
An outstanding Alpena High School athlete earning letters in Football and Track. His junior & senior years the football team under coach “Dutch” Schrotenboer had their best years, both with 8 - 1 records. Playing both O & D the Cats were the best in the north. Likewise in Track & Field, he was tremendous at heaving the Shot Put with success. Receiving a scholarship, the 1985 Grad of Albion College, competed in Football and Track. For his accomplishments in Track, he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. In Track, he was All-Conference in 1983-84-85, winning 3 Gold Medals one in each year. He saved his best for his final throw, a record toss of 51 feet, 2 ľ inches, competing for the Albion “Britons”, in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference.
RAY TIMM (AHS 1965)
Won letters in Track and Gymnastics at AHS. For the Wildcats he competed, finishing 3rd on the Horizontal Bars at the Michigan State Gymnastics Championship. He spent 3 years on the University of Michigan Gymnastic team. He coached for the years, 1973-1977 as an assistant to legendary Jack Discher, where he assisted to produce 8 All-State athletes. He became head coach for the years 1978-1983 (5 years). < 2 teams finished as Runner-up for the State Championship, and 3 teams WON the State Championship. He coached 12 individual State Champions and 13 All-American Gymnasts. Coach Timms teaching position was eliminated, due to lack of students enrollment, and he was forced to look for work elsewhere. With no coach, there was no gymnastic program.
LYLE VANWORMER (CCHS 1968)
Awarded 5 letters playing Football, Basketball, and Track for Alpena Catholic Central School Thunderbolts. An execellent athlete for the Thunderbolts in all sports, the Bolts were a team to be reckoned with. He is a Professional Archery competitor. Finishing 1st thirteen times in State sanctioned shoots. Shot 5 perfect scores at the Outdoor Nationals, setting 3 State records. Finished in the top 20 in the Outdoor Nationals for 10 consecutive years. He won team GOLD MEDAL at 70 meters at NAA Outdoor Nationals, setting a record that still stands (2001). Had 8 year average score of 300-55X’s, an outstanding performance by Alpena’s Registered Archery Professional.