Inductee Class of 2000
Debbie (Debacker) Chase
spent 22 years as girls basketball coach at Perkins and Mid Peninsula high schools compiling a 339 - 141 record, which ranked second among U.P. girls coaches when she retired in 1996. She directed Mid Pen to the class D state championship in 1977, and won nine conference titles, nine district titles, and four regional titles.
spent 25 years officiating as a field judge in the National Football League, working Super Bowl IX between Minnesota and Pittsburgh.He was inducted into the Muskegon Area Hall of Fame in 1994 and became the first official to join the Minor Pro Football League Hall of Fame in 1987.
a high school and college football coach for 43 years, he had an overall 219 - 122 - 8 record. Spent 20 years as athletic director at Northwood Institute, serving 18 years in the dual capacity as football coach, winning three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. Won three state track titles and two mythical football titles at Battle Creek High School. and in 1968, was state high school coach of the year in football and track.
Harold "Babe" Kleiman
won 12 letters at Ferris State, playing baseball, basketball and football and received the Jack Dempsey Award as the outstanding athlete at Ferris State in 1947. A standout town team baseball player in Bark River.
Ernest "Ike" Klingbeil
recognized as an iron-man hockey player, often playing entire games, he was with the NHL's Chicago Black Hawks in 1938, with all four players on his line hailing from the United States. He died in 1995.
spent 50 years as an official at Upper Peninsula high school and college events in football, basketball, track, and cross country. He received the Vern Norris Award from the Michigan High School Athletic Association for his tireless efforts officiating and helping instruct younger officials. He worked state championship games in football and basketball.
earned 15 letters at Farwell High School before becoming two - sport MVP at Northern Michigan University in football and track. Was named to the NMU the Hall of Fame in 1992. Spent 17 seasons as head football coach at Kingsford High School, compiling an 80 - 65 - 1. His coaching career has spanned six decades.
captured two state football championships at Lake Linden - Hubbell High School, brought the Lakes to the state playoffs 12 times, reached the finals six times, and won 16 conference titles while compiling a 211-57-1 record in 27 seasons. He received a total of five state Coach of the Year Awards and was the Lakes' athletic director for 25 years.
Admiral Rintoul Whitney
captain of three Escanaba High School football teams, including the 1907 unbeaten state championship team, played at Carroll College in Wisconsin, for Navy teams during World War I, and one season of professional football. He coached at Jefferson College, Louisiana and also worked as a major college referee. Whitney died in 1964.