Inductee Class of 2012
A youth baseball coach and official over a span of four decades, Larry Barkle was known as "Mr. Little League" in Dickinson County. He was president of the Michigan-Wisconsin Little League from 1970-2000, devoted more than 8,500 hours to the program, compiled a coaching record of 416-199 and the East Side Field is named in his honor. He was manager of the 1994 Little League team which won the state baseball championship. The Felch native also was a recruiter for Michigan State University. He died in 2001.
Shari (Ahola) Byerly
A three-time All-American skier, Shari (Ahola) Byerly helped the University of Wyoming women's team win the NCAA ski championship in 1985. She was the school's outstanding female athlete in 1986 and received the Admiral Land Award. She also competed in the World University Games in Cortina, Italy. She was Junior National slalom champion in 1981 and won the 1983 Junior Olympics slalom and giant slalom championships. She raced on the Women's Professional Tour in 1987-88 and was a ski coach at Jackson Hole Ski Club for nine years.
Cheryl (Dorais) DePuydt
A member of Michigan Tech University's Sports Hall of Fame, Cheryl (Dorais) DePuydt was the first female coach at Michigan Tech. She was head womens coach in basketball (1975-78). volleyball (1975-80) and cheerleading (1975-2006). She also led formation of the Marquette Figure Skating Club, directed annual ice shows in Marquette and Houghton and taught power skating to numerous Tech hockey players. She died in 2005.
Joell (Johnson) Krejcarek
Growing up before girls sports were part of high school programs, Joell (Johnson) Krejcarek turned to coaching and started the girls' basketball program at Alcona High School in Lincoln, Mich. in 1966. She was head coach until 1997 and compiled a 392-215 record. She was a five-time National Coach of the Year nominee and state coach of the year in 1994. She also started girls softball (1973), track (1968) and volleyball (1990) at Alcona. She also coached Alcona's jayvee and grade 7-9 boys basketball teams.
A one-time professional dancer and ice skater in Dallas, LeCaptain moved to Escanaba in 1946 and was an ice show director and coach of skaters and dancers for seven decades. She performed for Holiday On Ice and for Ice Capades. Several of her pupils went on to skate professionally for ice skating shows. She also trained the River Kids of Escanaba, a trick and fancy log-rolling quartet that won three world championships (1975-77).
A two-time all-state basketball player at DeTour High School, Erica Ledy was on the Detroit Free Press Team of the Decade for the 1980s. She scored 1,506 points in her four-year career and led the Raiders to the Class D state title in 1983. She was a fourtime GLIAC all-star (first-team 1984-85, second team the next three seasons) at Lake Superior State University. She also was LSSU's head women's coach (1990-97), also coached at Northwood University and is now coaching at New England College.
A member of the Detroit Red Wings' Hall of Fame, Carl Mattson was the team's head trainer (1947-58) and assistant trainer (1935-47), retiring with the longest tenure in the team's history. He was also the visiting team's locker room attendant (1929-35). During his time tending to some of the NHL's top players, the Red Wings reached the Stanley Cup finals 13 times, winning seven titles. He died in 1985.
An all-around athlete from the home (Laurium) of three other UPSHF standouts, Jack Mugford excelled in baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, fastpitch softball and track. He played briefly in the minor leagues after signing a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, owned Calumet High School's long-jump mark (20-feet-6) for 33 years, averaged 39.7 in a men's golf league, helped Calumet snap Ishpeming's 23-game basketball winning streak in 1936, played intermediate hockey and independent basketball for several years, bowled a triplicate of 223, had a high series of 745 and averaged 195 over 45 years of bowling. "Hunk" Anderson, George Gipp and Lyman Frimodig are also from Laurium. He died in 1993.
Barb Perry started the girls basketball and track teams at Norway High School. She directed the Knights to the Class C state basketball championship in 1979 and spent 15 years as head coach (256-72 record). She was the 1978 Class C state basketball coach of the year. Perry was a member of Northern Michigan University's first field hockey team and a team captain and played women's fastpitch and slowpitch softball, volleyball and basketball for many years.
A coach of four sports at Munising High School, Terry Sayen directed the football team to the Class C state championship in 1980 and compiled a 137-72 record in 26 seasons. He also coached basketball, track and golf. He was a four-year standout in basketball and track at Gwinn High School and set long jump and high jump school records. He also played fastpitch softball and basketball for 30 years in Munising and was the school's athletic director for 12 years. Sayen served in the U.S. Marine Corps (1962-66) and joined the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He has been assistant football coach at St. Norbert College since 1998.
An all-state basketball player at Escanaba Holy Name High School, Con Yagodzinski played basketball for one year at Marquette University and at Northern Michigan University (1964-67). He had 1,098 points at NMU and 647 rebounds and was the team's MVP in 1966-67. He is a 1983 inductee in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a standout fastpitch softball player.