Inductee Class of 2018
A pioneer in women's sports and a champion golfer and skier, Ingrid Gallo won the 1973 Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championship after finishing second in 1972. She played on the University of Minnesota women's golf team (1974-76), won the women's Big Ten title in 1974 and the Minnesota Invitational in 1974 and 1975. After spending four years on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and qualifying for the 1978 U.S. Open, she became a golf teacher and is among the top instructors in Minnesota. She earned four letters as a skier at Ironwood Luther L. Wright High School and won the U.P. slalom in 1972. She helped lead the fight for the University of Minnesota to establish the Patty Berg Scholarship for female athletes and the school later established a women's athletic department.
The native of Oconto Falls, Wis. was defensive line coach for Northern Michigan University's NCAA Division 2 championship football team in 1975. Grenke was NMU's head coach from 1983-90 and compiled a school-best 53-28-1 record. He coached in all 12 of NMU's NCAA playoff games. In 1987, Grenke was GLIAC coach of the year and Region 3 Kodak College Football Coach of the Year. After serving in the Marine Corps with the elite 1st Marine Brigade amphibious recon platoon, Grenke played football at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a two-time all-conference selection and two-time team captain. He also coached at UW-Platteville and Northern Illinois.
An all-around athlete while growing up in East Jordan, Jack Ingalls spent 14 seasons as Gladstone High School's boys basketball coach and seven years at Vestaburg, compiling a 263-159 record. He was U.P. Class A-B coach of the year four times and directed Gladstone to two Class B quarterfinals. He was also interim girls head basketball coach at Gladstone in 1997. Ingalls also coached track, football and Little League baseball, and has served as a volunteer coach for the five-time state champion St. Ignace LaSalle High School girls basketball teams. He helped the Petoskey Eagles win the Class C state fastpitch softball championshhip and Bremeyer-Bain win a Class D state title and was a 14-year fastpitch standout hitter-outfielder.
After earning 11 varsity letters in four sports at Marquette Graveraet High School, Jim Karabetsos earned a basketball scholarship to Northern Michigan University and was a four-year letterman. He helped NMU finish third in the NAIA tournament with an overall school-best 24-3 record in 1960-61. He was the team's captain in 1961-62. He then became head basketball coach at Ashland, Wis. High School, then was an assistant at Mankato (Minn.) State and Kansas University. After one season as an assistant at Denver University, he spent two seasons as Denver's head coach and was head coach at Regis College in Denver from 1973-77. He was also assistant athletic director at University of North Dakota from 1982-86 and his final 13 years were spent as professor of sport management at Western Illinois University.
Despite serious health issues (four kidney transplants and one liver transplant), Rich McCarthy was a successful athlete and high school coach for 32 years before he died in 2003. He earned 11 letters in four sports at Kingsford High School, was a three-year starting quarterback at Northern Michigan University, where he owned 10 school records and was MVP of the 1969 team. He was head football coach at Muskegon Oakridge High School for five years and was an assistant football coach at Muskegon Orchard View and Muskegon Reeths-Puffer for 21 years. He was also girls track coach for 12 years at Reeths-Puffer. He was Michigan's assistant football coach of the year in 1997 and was selected to the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007.
Perhaps the best football player in L'Anse High School history, Don Michaelson was also a top performer in basketball and track. He was U.P. Back of the Year and Class C all-state in 1970, then helped the Purple Hornets win the U.P. Class C track title in 1971 by winning shot put and going unbeaten for three years in the 440-yard dash. He played two football seasons at Mesabi, Minn. State Junior College, helping the team win the state J.C. title while earning Junior College All-America laurels in 1972. He then played football for two years at Eastern Michigan University. He joined the Mesabi Range College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Walfred "Mike" Mickelson
Despite a lack of basketball facilities at Eben and track facilities at Munising high schools, he directed Eben to Class D district titles in 1946 and 1947 and Munising to U.P. track titles in 1957 and 1958. His Eben cross country teams won four U.P. crowns. He worked tirelessly to generate funds for a new gymnasium at Eben in 1950 and led the fund-raising campaign for an all-weather track at Munising Memorial Field when it opened in 1977. A 1936 graduate of Eben High School, Mickelson set track records in high and low hurdles and broad jump. He had a 55-year career officiating high school athletic events. He was a member of the Army's elite “Black Devils Brigade” during World War II. He died in 2002.
An All-U.P. basketball player at Iron Mountain High School, Pete Pericolosi spent 30 years as head basketball coach at Menominee High School and also officiated for 40 years. Pericolosi was 366-253 as the Maroons' coach, winning one Class B regional title and a state quarter-final and six district crowns to go with 11 Great Northern Conference championships. He was a two-time U.P. Class A-B-C coach of the year and the Maroons were Class A-B team of the year 13 times.
A three-sport high school coach over four decades, Karen Plaisier was also a standout golfer during that same period. She won the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championship in 2015 at age 65 after finishing second six times, and won five UPLGA senior titles. Plaisier also won two Great Lakes Senior Championships and 20 Ishpeming Wawonowin Country Club women's titles and won more than 100 tournaments in the U.P. and northern lower Michigan. She coached the Negaunee boys and girls golf teams from 1990-2011, with the boys winning U.P. Class A-B in 1993 and Class C in 2000. She also coached Negaunee girls track from 1975-84, winning four U.P. Class C titles and finishing second three times by a total of seven points. Plaisier was Negaunee's girls basketball coach from 1975-84 and won the 1979 U.P. Class C title.
Sarah (Stream) Stanek
Despite two serious knee injuries, Sarah Stream ranks as one of the Upper Peninsula's premier basketball players. She led Ishpeming Westwood to the 2003 Class C state championship, was U.P. Class A-B-C player of the year and earned all-state. She is the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,842 points and holds the Mid-Peninsula Conference single-season scoring record of 373 points. She then started a program-record 126 games at Michigan Tech University despite knee injuries in 2005 and 2007 and twice helped the Huskies reach the Division II Elite Eight. She holds Tech's career assist record (459) and is sixth with 1,464 points. She was a three-time team captain and MVP in 2006-7, GLIAC freshman of the year and three-time GLIAC first-team all-star winner. She was also an assistant coach at Tech for two years.