Alpena Sports Hall Of Fame Announces Inductees
Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:45:16 EST
The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 30th annual ballot inductees.
The 4 include 1958 Alpena High School graduate Dick Behning in the old timers category, along with John Geddert, Andy Rohn, and Mike Kollien, all Alpena High School graduates from 1976, 1983 and 89 respectively.
The Board of Directors previously made their final 16 selections from 48 resumes submitted and those were sent to around 600 association members who selected three nominee’s.
The old-timers committee selected their candidate from a list of nominee’s that were 60 years of age or older.
The four selections will be honored at the 30th Annual Alpena Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at the Aplex on Saturday May 4th.
Currently, there are 149 persons who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including 132 males and 17 females.
For a full list of candidates and bio's, along with banquet information, check out this story on our news and sports pages at WATZ dot Com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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