Alpena Sports Hall Of Fame Offers Up 2013 Nominees
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:51:58 EST
The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 30th annual ballot nominees.
The Board of Directors made their final 16 selections from 48 resumes submitted and now the ballot will be sent to around 600 association members who will select three nominee’s.
The old-timers committee will select one candidate from a list of nominee’s that are 60 years of age or older. These four selections will be honored at the 30th Annual Alpena Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Aplex on Saturday May 4th.
Once ballots are mailed to members and returned, Hall of Fame President Gary Mischley and the Board of Directors will announce selections in January.
Currently, there are 149 persons who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including 132 males and 17 female's.
For a full list of candidates and bio's, check out this story on our news and sports pages at WATZ dot Com.
KEN BAUER (AHS 1978)
One of Alpena’s premier all-around athlete’s. He was awarded 5 letters at Alpena High School, (Baseball 3, Basketball 2). In independent baseball he was a star on 10 championship teams. In Alpena Little League Minor Division he was a star pitcher & hitter winning two team titles.He likewise led his Major Division Volunteer’s to 3 first place finishes. In Babe Ruth (13-15) he was a 3-time All-Star, a top pitcher & shortstop hitting about .414 winning ; plus 3 championships in Babe Ruth senior division he was again a 3-time All-Star.
For the Wildcats of AHS he was captain of the baseball team, won the Don Damoth Award as MVP, & committed only one error for the entire season at shortstop. In the AHS basketball program he was a 2-year starter averaging near 10 points a game after having been the leading scorer on the JV team. - A quarterback in the JV football program he quit to spend more time in baseball. - Playing independent baseball for the Harvest Table in 1981, he was awarded the Jim Wiley MVP award, hitting .371, with a 5 - 0 pitching record and earned run average of 1.15 …
DICK BEHNING (AHS 1958)
A multi-sport athlete, he earned 9 letters at Alpena High School, in football, track, and basketball. He was selected 1st team All-Arrowhead Conference and Honorable Mention All-State Class A in football. Received a full scholarship for football at the University of Wyoming. He started his sophomore year in the backfield, and the team won 3 straight Skyline Conference Championships for Coach Bob Devaney. Set kick off record with a 97 yard touchdown run, and was invited to try out with pro NFL Denver Broncos and New York Giants.
DICK DENNIS (CARSON CITY HIGH 1957)
Renowned Alpena High School Basketball Coach (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 1961-62 team was undefeated , then lost to the number one rated team in the state, Saginaw High. (Saginaw went on to win the Class A state championship finishing with a perfect undefeated recorded). His 1964-65 & 1965-66 teams recorded 1 loss each year. Coach Dick Dennis one of the all-time basketball coaches for the Wildcats.
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 she began her career at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as head golf professional. Winning numerous amateur tournaments, four collegiate tournaments, and nine professional tournaments, in 1996, she finished in the top 20 on the mini-tour money 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 woman to be named a head golf professional at a private country club in the state of Ohio. Faith holds a lifetime achievement award from the PGA.
JOHN GEDDERT (AHS 1976)
As a AHS Wildcat, he was awarded 3 letters in gymnastics and was co-captain his senior year. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to Central Michigan University & served as co-captain his junior year. His accomplishments are in coaching, and after CMU he moved to Maryland to enhance his coaching career. Returning to Michigan he managed a top gymnastic club that grew to national prominence. He has been selected Region 5 Coach of the Year, the 1st ever USA National Coach of the Year, 7-time Michigan Gymnastic Coach of the Year, Region 5 USA Gymnastics Contributor of the Year, and has coached 40 National Champions. He has represented the U.S. as a coach in international competition in over 15 countries. He is the most decorated women’s gymnastic coach in Michigan history. His 25 year won loss record in state competition is 1998 wins, 58 defeats. His teams have compiled more state championship titles than ALL other Michigan teams combined, (112 State Team Titles). He coached an athlete to the gold medal winning 1996 Olympic team. In 2011, he was the head coach of the USA Women’s Gymnastics World Championship team that secured the gold medal in Japan. This secured them a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Team member, Jordyn Wieber, was crowned as the best All-around gymnast in the world. The highlight of a great coaching career, was his selection as HEAD GIRLS GYMNASTIC COACH of the 2012 UNITED STATES OLYMPIC GYMNASTIC TEAM.
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, 2 in Basketball, and 4 in Baseball. His senior year on the hardcourt, he scored 368 points for a 23 point per game average. He was the only “unanimous selection” to the Arrowhead All-Conference team. Of the five people on the Class A All-State team, he was the smallest at 5 feet 11 inches. Among 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. He was awarded 4 letters in baseball, starring 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 back to Alpena to play for Alpena Community College Lumberjacks where he was a stand-out. He served as team co-captain with Hall of Famer Mike Misak.
LOWELL KOLLIEN (AHS 1972)
He earned his reputation as a hard throwing baseball pitcher. Many times at various levels of competition he struck out 13 batters plus in games.His Huron Shore Little League team won the 1967 league championship. He likewise starred on the tournament team as they won the 1967 LL State Championship. He pitched a no-hitter over Midland and hit a home run to win the game. In junior Babe Ruth he was a member of the 1970 State Championship team. He again pitched a no-hitter with 13 strike outs. For Alpena High School he earned 3 letters in baseball and batted .454 his senior year.
MIKE KOLLIEN (AHS 1989)
Mike won 5 letters while competing at Alpena High School. Four letters in basketball and one in track. He possessed the skills to do it all; score points, rebound, and play defense. When he completed his Wildcat career, he was 3rd all-time highest scorer finishing with 945 points. On the Alpena News All-Area team, he was named to the 2nd team once, and a 1st team selection twice. Three times he was team MVP. At Alpena Community College he earned 2 letters. His freshman year he was 3rd team all-conference, and his 2nd year he was a 2nd team selection. He was selected team MVP and finished his career among the top ten scorers in Lumberjack history. He completed his college career at Concordia College winning 2 letters in basketball. His senior year he averaged 16 points per game, setting a school record making 63% of his shots, and finished in the top 10 in the country. He was team MVP, won the Spirit and Hustle Award, and College Male Athlete of the Year, in all sports.
JIM KURTZ (AHS 1962)
For the Alpena High School Wildcats, he won 9 letters; 3 in each sport, Football, Basketball, and Track. He was MVP his senior year in Football; Co-Captain of an undefeated basketball team. His coach was Dick Dennis.
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 graduating 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
Cats, he was head coach in baseball, and an assistant in football.
GREGG MATTISON (AHS 1957)
One of Alpena’s “Best Gymnastic Competitors” in the schools history. Won State High School Championship four times; (9th-10th-11th-12th ). Won 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. Considered be the best All-Around gymnast in Alpena’s rich gymnastic history in his time.
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 fished his senior year as the 5th leading scorer in Alpena. His presence on the basketball court resulted in three conference championships. On the baseball field he proved again to be a team leader and star catcher. Handling pitcher’s led by Bob Kelley and Roger Smith, they became outstanding chuckers. Alpena was always the top rated team, and Phil Oles was always a team leader.
WES ROCKETT (ALCONA HIGH SCHOOL 1981)
Wes Rockett enjoyed boxing. State championships and professional competition. He participated in the boxing program at the Alpena Boys Club. Boxing in the 125 lb bracket (14-15 year old) in 1977, he won the State Boxing Title during an Olympic boxing tournament in Waterford Michigan. As a 16 year old he began fighting Golden Gloves under the management of Bruno Hirzel. As a light-middle-weight, fighting at 156 lbs., Wes won the 1980 Golden Gloves State Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wes was selected as “Boxer of the Year”, winning the coveted “JULIUS PIAZZA AWARD” as the best armature boxer. In 1981 defending his State Title, he lost his regional bout. He ended his amateur career with a 22 - 2 record. He then turned Professional, making his debut on Oct. 17, 1981, in Alpena, winning a split decision over Tom McGoady of Akron, Ohio. He competed in four professional fights winning three. Moving to Colorado he fought 3 non-sanctioned fights winning them all.
He loved football, excelling as a linebacker and tailback. He was 1st team, Class C ALL-STATE in football his senior year, and honorable mention the previous years, and won the “Golden Helmet Award” for the Player of the Week; in track he excelled on the 440 and 880 relay teams setting school records..
ANDY ROHN (1983)
A member of the 1977 Huron Shore All- Star Little League team that won the State Championship; a
member of the 1979 Babe Ruth team that won the State Championship; and a member of the 1982 Babe Ruth senior team that won the Babe Ruth World Series. At Alpena High School he earned 3 letters, competing in Baseball and Football. At Central Michigan University; he earned 4 letters in Division One baseball, the highest level of college competition; he earned 1st Team honors in the Mid-American Conference twice, in 1986 & 1987; he was likewise MVP in 1986; He was a star performer on the 4-Time Mid-American Conference Championship Teams. He was drafted in the 27th round by the San Francisco Giants in 1987, and played “A” ball until injuries shortened his career.
RAY TIMM (AHS 1965)
Won letters in Track and Gymnastics at AHS
For the Wildcats he finished 3rd on the Horizontal Bars at the Michigan State Gymnastics Championships . He spent 3 years on the University of Michigan Gymnastic team.
He coached for many 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 AHS Wildcats for the years 1978-1983 (5 years)
2 of his teams finished as Runner-up for the State Championship
3 of his teams WON the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
He coached 12 Individual State Champions and 13 All-American Gymnasts. Coach Timm’s teaching position was eliminated, due to lack of school students enrollment (numbers were down), 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 High School. Excellent athlete for the Thunderbolts in all sports. He is a Professional Archery performer, finished 1st thirteen times in State sanctioned shoots. Shot 5 perfect scores at Outdoor Nationals, setting 3 State records. Finished in the top 20 in the Outdoor Nationals for 10 consecutive years. 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.
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