Inductee Class of 1996

 
Paul Bietila
Paul Bietila
(Ishpeming)

a member of the "Flying Bietilas" who was inducted into the U.S.  National Ski Hall of Fame in 1970.  He was the 1938 International Collegiate Ski Meet champion and died in 1939 at the age of 21 of injuries suffered in a fall during a meet.

Sam Dubow
Sam Dubow
(Ironwood/Sault Ste. Marie)

honored by the Samsons of Gogebic Community College being named after him.  He coached football, basketball and track at GCC from 1946-52, compiling a .667 winning percentage.  Coached football at Kaukauna (Wis.) High School and Sault Ste.  Marie, and was also athletic director at Sault.  A Sault school administrator from 1960-79 and was named to the Michigan Education Hall of Fame.  He died December 12, 1992.

Frank Fazi
Frank Fazi
(Sault Ste. Marie)

had an athletic career that spanned nearly 40 years in basketball, baseball and fastpitch softball.  Earned All-U.P. and All-State honors as a cager at Sault Loretto High and was a two-time MVP at Michigan Tech-Sault Branch.  Picked up eight straight all-star berths in the Inter-City Baseball League and played on three U.P. championship softball teams.  He is a member of the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame.

Bob Giannunzio
Bob Giannunzio
(Norway)

led the Norway Knights to state Class D high school football championships in 1979 and 1980.  Earned state Coach of the Year accolades in 1976 and 1979 and similar U.P. honors in 1975 and 1976.  His squads gained U.P. Team of the Year honors in 1975 and 1976, and the Knights were the Class C Team of the Year in Michigan in 1976.

Bob Landsee
Bob Landsee
(Iron Mountain)

earned All-State honors in football and basketball at Iron Mountain High School.  At the University of Wisconsin, copped All-Big Ten and All-American first team (UPI) honors as a senior in 1985.  A sixth round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986, played three seasons in the NFL.

John Ludlow
John Ludlow
(Newberry)

excelled in football, basketball, golf and track at Newberry High School before heading to the U.S.  Military Academy at West Point.  Was a member of the 1944 National Championship team, and made the Service Bowl as a defensive back in 1948.  Ludlow took fourth in the high hurdles at the Penn Relays.  Became an Athletic Council member at Northern Michigan University and a faculty representative to the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference and the GLIAC.

Steve Mariucci
Steve Mariucci
(Iron Mountain)

earned All-U.P. honors in football and basketball at Iron Mountain High School.  Was a three-time football MVP at Northern Michigan University and quarterbacked the 1975 team to the NCAA Division II championship.  He was a Division II All-America quarterback in 1976 and 1977 and finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1976.  Mariucci then coached at NMU, Cal-State Fullerton, University of Louisville, Orlando Renegades of the USFL, Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, Southern California University, California and the Green Bay Packers.  He became head coach at California in 1995, Coach of the San Francisco 49er's in 1997, and coached the Detroit Lions in 2003-2005. He became an analyst with the NFL network in 2007.

Edwin Olds
Edwin "Speed" Olds
(Ishpeming)

a standout football/basketball player at Ishpeming High School and Northern Michigan University.  Earned three letters in football, four in basketball and one in track at NMU, setting basketball game, season and career (1938-42) scoring records.  Tried out for the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 1946 and played for the San Diego Bombers of the Pacific Coast League.  Played on three state championship softball teams.

Paul Polfus
Paul Polfus
(Carney)

coached Carney-Nadeau High School girls basketball dynasty, to a 295-93 record (166-6 from 1987-93) in 17 years - through 1995.  He led his 1989 and 1990 teams to Class D state championships while setting an all-time Michigan consecutive win streak of 78 games and a state-record 127 regular season victories in a row.  His Wolves have earned five U.P. Class D Team of the Year awards and he has been named U.P. Class D Coach of the Year four times.

John Ricci
John "Topper" Ricci
(Hancock)

regarded as one of the premier hockey officials in the country, working 1,300 games including more than 600 NCAA hockey games.  Refereed five NCAA hockey championship tournaments and the WCHA playoffs for 15 years.  Won three U.P. track titles and earned All-U.P. honors in football at Hancock High School.  Played fastpitch softball for 18 years and holds the Copper Country record with 376 home runs while sporting a .382 lifetime batting average.