Inductee Class of 1984

Peter Bugni

Peter Bugni

(Wakefield/Houghton)

a teacher and coach for 40 years at Houghton High.  His teams won 15 U.P. championships and 10 league titles in four sports, including a state title in skiing, and the Houghton High Recreational Complex is named in his honor.

Frank Kopenski

Frank Kopenski

(Iron River)

an all-state high school football player in the 1940s, the starting fullback three years at Marquette University, and the leading ground gainer as a junior.  He was Man-of-the-year in the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association in 1977 as a prep coach.

John Krznarich

John Krznarich

(Ironwood)

whose coaching career spanned 40 years.  Krznarich was an outstanding football player and basketball team captain in 1938 at Gogebic Community College.  He began coaching at Ironwood in 1940 and the City of Ironwood named its Little League field in his honor.  He also serves as a member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame Council.

Duane Lord

Duane Guss Lord

(Ontonagon/Stephenson)

who coached Stephenson High to a 1956 state basketball championship.  He coached three sports seven years at Ontonagon High with a combined 160-61 record and his cage teams won five district titles at Stephenson where he also was director of athletics.

Weldon Olson

Weldon "Weldy" Olson

(Marquette)

a Silver Medal winner in 1956 and a Gold Medal winner in 1960 on U.S.  Olympic ice hockey teams and the first hockey player named to the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.  He was a long-time amateur hockey coach, official, and administrator.

Paul Perrault

Paul "Joe" Perrault

(Ishpeming)

one of the nation's premier ski jumpers in the 1940s and 1950s and a two-time member of the U.S.  Olympic team.  Recipient of the Silver Star with the 10th Mountain Division in World War II, he set a North American distance record of 297 feet in 1949.

Edmund Thomas

Edmund J. Thomas

(Ishpeming)

a three-year football and four-year basketball player who was the co-captain of Ishpeming High's 1935 undefeated U.P. championship cage team.  He played three seasons at Michigan where he is a Law School graduate.

Willie Thomsen

Willie Thomsen

(Menominee)

who was a 1936-37-38-39 member of the Iowa golf team where he was captain and undefeated in Big Ten match play his final two years and was a distance runner on the track team.  He won numerous amateur golf tournaments and was a four-time U.P. champion.

Oscar Wassberg

Oscar Wassberg

(Negaunee)

a founder of the U.P. All-Star football game and a member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame where he won 11 varsity letters.  A member of Negaunee High's 1924 U.P. champion cage team and NMU's undefeated 1929 football team, he was a long time coach.

Roman Yatchak

Roman Yatchak

(Wakefield)

the coach of all sports at Wakefield High for 16 years.  His football teams won 90 games and the 1960 U.P. title, his cage teams won three districts and one regional title, his track teams won 35 meet titles, and he also coached baseball.

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