Inductee Class of 2001
a member of a prestigious barnstorming women's basketball team, "The All-American Red Heads," part of the permanent exhibit in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a player, Clark averaged 16.5 ppg and scored more than 24,000 points; as a coach she led the Red Heads to a 677-91 record in four seasons. Clark was assistant coach at St. Norbert College from 1990-92.
(Sault Ste. Marie)
He played for the 1957-58-59 Michigan State University Spartans who finished second in the NCAA tourney. He coached the Sault Iroquois to the National Midget Open championship in 1962 with a 37-1-3 record. He helped to organize and later became head coach of Lake Superior State's first club hockey team. He coached high school hockey in Green Bay and organized and coached the Brown County Juvenile and Junior teams, winning state championships in each bracket and was co-coach of the Brown County Midgets, who also won a state title. He coached Sault Ste. Marie High School (1975-89) and led the Blue Devils to Class B state titles in 1984 and 1989 and had four runner-up finishes. He has a 19-year career coaching mark of 323-121-13, including 254-91-9 at Sault.
a two-time All-American skier at Northern Michigan University, and a member of the 1987 U.S. National Championship ski relay team. He competed in many World Cup, Scandinavian Cup and Europa Cup events from 1980-86 while on the U.S. Ski Team and was on the U.S. Marathon ski team from 1982-84. Was on the U.S. Olympic coaching staff at Lillehammer, Norway in 1994 and was coach of the U.S. World Championship team in 1995 and 1997. He is currently NMU's women's cross-country running coach and head men's and women's ski team coach. He won the 1983 and 1984 Midwest triathlon series and many local triathlons from 1980-87.
a three-time Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association champion, she joined the LPGA's Futures Tour in 1988 and played in the U.S. open in 1993. She is currently the golf professional at Timberstone Golf Course in Iron Mountain. She also was an outstanding skier, winning state high school titles in slalom and giant slalom in 1978 and 1979 while leading Iron Mountain to the 1979 state title.
(Sault Ste. Marie)
a 10-year professional baseball player, he appeared in four major league games in 1960 as a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He fanned future baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda back-to-back in his mound debut. He pitched in the minor leagues from 1957-62 and won 75 games and hit nine home runs. Goetz helped Vernors win the 1954 state junior hockey championship while scoring nine goals, and was an all-conference football player at center and linebacker for Sault Loretto.
a three-sport standout (football, basketball, tennis) at Marquette Graveraet High School, he played tennis and football for Northern Michigan University. He played amateur hockey from 1939-43 and semi-pro hockey from 1946-56, served as a football, basketball and tennis coach at Stambaugh High School, winning four U.P. Class C-D tennis titles. He was also a top amateur fastpitch softball hurler.
Fred "O'Jay" Larson
a three-sport letterman at Calumet High School, he joined boyhood pals George Gipp and Hunk Anderson at Notre Dame, where he earned football letters in 1918, 1920 and 1921. That trio was among just 13 lettermen on the Fighting Irish squad of 1918.
a two-time all-state selection in football and basketball at St. Ignace High School, he was the U.P. Back of the Year in 1971. St. Ignace was 24-10-1 in football games and 79-7 in basketball games during his four varsity seasons. The 1970 basketball team was Class C state runner-up and the Saints were unbeaten each of the next two seasons and reached the state semifinals. He was the starting quarterback at Northern Michigan University as a freshman in 1973. He spent 12 years as a high school and college referee in football and basketball.
Walter "Tiny" Partanen
after tryouts with two NFL teams, Green Bay (1937) and Pittsburgh (1938), Partanen helped the St. Louis Gunners win the AFL minor league championship in 1938. He also wrestled professionally in St. Louis. He was a three-year gridder and grappler at Ferris State University (1934-36), after playing fullback and tackle at Bessemer High School (1929-31), leading the Speed Boys to unbeaten seasons in 1930-31.
a four-sport athlete at Calumet High School, he made his niche in hockey at Michigan Tech University. He had a WCHA-record 28 goals as a freshman in 1970-71, had 71 goals in 61 games for the Huskies, and was drafted by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings in 1972. He helped the U.S. team win the World Championship in 1974 in Yugoslavia and was rookie of the year in the American Hockey League in 1974-75. He was an All-U.P. football player at Calumet and also played baseball and ran track, where he held school records in the 180-yard low hurdles (22.6) and long jump (20-feet, 8-inches).