Courtesy: Dennis Grall
HARRIS - The Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet moves to a different location as 10 new inductees will be enshrined May 11.
Island Resort & Casino will host the 42nd annual banquet for the first time, starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Previous inductions were held in Marquette, Iron Mountain and Escanaba. Tickets are available from UPSHF council members (see list at story end) throughout the U.P. and must be purchased or reserved by May 8.
Among the inductees are six men who gained admission as coaches in four different sports. Four of them directed their teams to either national or state championships.
Heading the list is Rick Comley of Marquette, who led Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University to NCAA hockey championships and Lake Superior State University to an NAIA hockey title.
Two coaches led their high school teams to state basketball championships. Paul Miller of Escanaba directed Stephenson to a Class C title in 1980 and Bob Whitens of Hermansville piloted the North Central Jets to the Class D crown in 1984.
Ron (Satch) Englund of Menominee was an assistant coach as Menominee High School won three state prep football titles. He was also head coach of six girls basketball state championship teams at Marinette, Wis. Catholic Central.
Joining them on the podium May 11 will be Bob King of Manistique and Deke Routheaux of Ironwood. King spent 45 years coaching high school track and cross country in California (Mira Loma and Fair Oaks Del Campo) and Routheaux was head coach of the men's and women's basketball teams at Gogebic Community College, for 24 and six seasons, respectively.
Also to be inducted will be basketball All-Americans Pat Groleau of Nahma and Deanna (Sutton) Kreski of Rudyard, hockey notable John Vasseau of Marquette and the late Ron Nettell of Hancock, a hockey and football standout at Michigan Tech.
Groleau, who lives in Escanaba, was an NAIA All-American at Lake Superior State University. He just concluded his first season as head boys basketball coach at Big Bay de Noc High School, which is a consolidation of Nahma, Garden and Cooks high schools from his prep days.
Kreski, who is a volunteer coach for four-time girls basketball state champion St. Ignace LaSalle High School, played at LSSU and NMU and was a Division II NCAA All-American at NMU.
To obtain tickets, contact
Escanaba: Dennis Grall (789-9005), Dave Lahtinen (786-8561).
Gladstone: Wayne Marshall (428-4719).
Hermansville: Frank Rodman (498-2421).
Manistique: Seb Rubick (341-2400).
Menominee: Bob Krysiak (863-9679)
Iron Mountain: Duane Tirschel (774-4023), Mike Caruso (774-1918), Rex Terwilliger (774-6818).
Bessemer: Jim Partanen (663-4031).
Wakefield: Nancy Osier (229-5176), Gene Maki (224-6741).
Ontonagon: Cathy Shamion (885-5739).
Hancock: Suzanne Sanregret (482-9548).
Calumet: Bob Erkkila (337-4935).
Negaunee: Rod Guizzetti (475-4055), Dave Hallgren (475-6546).
Ishpeming: Steve Swanson (485-1316).
Marquette: Craig Remsburg (249-9301 or 228-2500).
Munising: DeeJay Paquette (387-4673).
St. Ignace: Dave Latva (643-8886).
Sault Ste. Marie: Bill Crawford (632-3769), Fred DeVuono (635-5380).