Inductee Class of 1995

Don Benzie

Don Benzie

(Channing/North Dickinson)

compiled a 405-218 record in 28 years as a boys basketball coach.  He was 113-52 at Channing High School from 1963-71, then was 292- 166 at North Dickinson High School from 1971-91.  He also started girls basketball at North Dickinson in 1977, compiling a 64-71 record in six seasons.

Pat Cvengros

Pat Cvengros

(Ironwood)

received 16 varsity letters at Ironwood High School and also excelled on the American Legion baseball diamond.  He landed all-state football honors in 1953, then became the first U.P. player to receive the prestigious Kiki Cuyler Award as the outstanding baseball player in Michigan in 1954.  He played football and baseball at the University of Wisconsin.

Harvey Ekdahl

Harvey Ekdahl

(Manistique)

earned 12 varsity letters at Manistique High School.  He was an all-state gridder in 1931 and 1932 at quarterback and linebacker.  He was a triple threat halfback at Menominee Jordan College and played on the school's crack basketball team.  He was also regarded as one of the finest catchers and outfielders in semi-pro baseball and softball in the U.P.

Morley Fraser

Morley Fraser

(Newberry)

is the winningest coach in the history of Albion College football (81-41-1).  He directed Newberry High School to three consecutive unbeaten seasons in 1949-51 and led the Indians to the mythical Class B state championship in 1951.  He was Michigan's Small College Football Coach of the Year in 1961 and won five MIAA football titles in 14 years at Albion.

Ted Kearly

Ted Kearly

(Alpena)

had an outstanding career in football and baseball at Alpena High School and Michigan State University.  He was the winner of the Biggie Munn Baseball Award at MSU.  As football coach at Michigan Tech, he had a 29-7 record in four seasons.  Kearly then served Michigan Tech as Athletic Director for 17 years and remains as the Head of Physical Education.

Phyllis Laurila

Phyllis Laurila

(Iron Mountain)

ranked as high as fifth nationally as a junior tennis player in Hamtramck.  She played in the U.S.  Open in 1959 and won the NCAA doubles championship for Central Michigan University in 1959.  She directed the Iron Mountain High School boys tennis team to 13 straight Mid-Peninsula Conference titles, nine U.P. Class C-D boys titles and eight girls crowns.

Mike Mileski

Mike Mileski

(Escanaba)

earned a dozen varsity letters in four sports at Escanaba High School and was a four-year football letterman at NMU .  He led NMU with 22 catches for 318 yards to land All-American honorable mention in 1961 and is a charter member of NMU's Sports Hall of Fame.  He was 76-49-1 in 14 years as football coach at Ishpeming and Marquette high schools.  He coached Ishpeming to the first Class C state championship in 1975.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

(Manistique)

four-sport letterman at Manistique High School, then earned 11 varsity letters at Western Normal (now Western Michigan University) in football, basketball and baseball.  Compiled a 284-88-3 record as Muskegon High School's baseball coach (1936-66) and was 57-24-8 in 10 years as football coach.  Muskegon won mythical 1951 Class A state football title.

Rob Rubick

Rob Rubick

(Newberry)

spent seven years with the NFL's Detroit Lions, catching 44 passes for 511 yards and three touchdowns.  The Newberry native was a 10th round draft choice of the Lions out of Grand Valley State College, where he set records for receptions and yards receiving.  He was inducted into Grand Valley's Hall of Fame in 1991.

Butch Wedin

Butch Wedin

(Iron Mountain)

was a member of the 1960 U.S.  Olympic ski jump team after winning the national championships and setting two consecutive North American distance records of 294 and 312 feet.  In 1957, at age 16, he was the North American Junior champion.  He was a member of the U.S.  Ski team (1958-64).

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