Inductee Class of 1979
Clifford "Kip" Crase
the 1969 National Wheelchair Athlete of the Year. He won 65 medals in national and international competition, was the Outstanding Athlete in the 1967 Pan American Games, captained the 1969 U.S. team, and is a member of the National Wheelchair Hall of Fame.
a standout athlete at Stambaugh High, he was a four sport athlete at Toledo, a three-year cager, and a member of the 1942 NIT runner-up team at Madison Square Garden. A long-time amateur cager in the U.P., he coached at Stambaugh and West Iron County high schools.
the first 12-letter athlete at Northern Michigan and an inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame. A member of Newberry High's 1943 U.P. champion cage team, he coached at three high schools, in college at NMU and Wyoming, and in the pros with the Green Bay Packers.
a pro football player and coach at Wayne State. He played college football at Western Michigan, in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay where he was the "other end" on Don Hutson Packer teams, and coached Wayne State to the 1956 NCAA basketball tourney.
Americao "Mertz" Mortorelli
coach and director of athletics at Wisconsin-Superior. He coached Ironwood High to the state's #1 football ranking in 1953, had dozens of All-American football players and wrestlers at UWS, and is in the NAIA Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
a 1977 inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. A 10- year pro player, he was the two-time AHL scoring leader and the 1953 MVP. One of the rinks at the Marquette Lakeview Arena is named for the Olson family which included nine brothers active in sports.
a college and pro football player in the 1920s. A three-sport athlete at Norway High who played at Western Michigan, North Dakota State and Michigan, where he was on the 1922 championship team, and in the NFL with Green Bay and the New York Giants.
the first American born player on a Stanley Cup hockey team. He played four years on Calumet High's undefeated teams, at Michigan in 1932-33-34 where he set a league scoring record, with the NHL champion Detroit Red Wings in 1935-36, and with the New York Rangers.
Vincent "Sleepy" Yatchak
an all-around Wakefield High athlete and a three-year gridder at Moorhead (Minn.) State. He played pro rugby in Canada and in the old American Football League prior to his death in World War II. The annual Yatchak Award goes to Moorhead's football MVP.