Inductee Class of 2002
Christine "St. Louis" Armstrong
A record-setting track athlete at Kingsford High School (1977-81) and Michigan Tech University (1981-85). Chris (St. Louis) Armstrong also played basketball and gymnastics at Kingsford, where she set five track records. Despite knee surgery in 1981, she set six indoor track records and four outdoor track records at Tech. She was Tech's outstanding senior athlete in 1985, when she suffered her third knee injury, and also received the SISU award for exhibiting guts and determination in the face of adversity. She was selected one of the top 25 female athletes in Michigan Tech history and belongs to the school's Hall of Fame.
A pioneer in the development of girls sports at Marquette High School, Barb Crill started the basketball and track programs in 1967. She coached Marquette to the Class A state basketball championship in 1976 and compiled a 126-8 record from 1969-76. The state title team was honored at the MHSAA Legend's Program in 2001 for winning the state title. Crill also led Marquette to two U.P. titles in track and one in tennis and to four unofficial swim titles and two unofficial golf titles. She later was athletic director and coach at Detroit Dominican High School and women's basketball coach at Pittsburgh State, Kan.
Sports Editor of the Escanaba Daily Press (1970-80 and since 1984), Grall also was a sportswriter with the Green Bay Press-Gazette (1980-84). He has received numerous writing awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Press Association, and in 2001 became the first U.P. writer selected president of the Michigan Associated Press Sports Editors Association. He has been executive secretary of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame since 1992 and also served on the executive council from 1974-80. He coached youth baseball for 15 years, served as president of the Escanaba Babe Ruth League and on the Escanaba Little League board of directors. He was co-founder of a men's slowpitch softball league, organized a men's modified fastpitch league, and is a member of the Delta County Softball Hall of Fame. He also revived the Delta County Quad Club golf tournament in 1997.
A defensive lineman for the NFL's Miami Dolphins (1991-95), he recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown as coach Don Shula won his 300th game. He was selected most valuable lineman when the Saskatchewan Rough Riders won the CFL's Grey Cup in 1989. He was a four-year lineman at Northern Michigan University (1985- 88) and was a two-time pick as the outstanding defensive lineman. He played football, hockey and track at Houghton High School and earned all- state honors in hockey. He also set weight lifting records with every team he played on and won the U.P. bench press championship in 1990.
Richard "Red" Lacousiere
An outstanding softball pitcher and semi-pro baseball second baseman, he made his mark coaching youngsters in Little League, Babe Ruth League and American Legion baseball in Menominee and Marinette, Wis. for more than 50 years, winning about 70 percent, including two U.P. Legion titles. He also served as a baseball scout for several major league teams. He also coached grade school football and basketball and served as a high school assistant coach at Menominee and Marinette Catholic Central.
Although she did not learn how to play golf until nearly age 40, Lois Levine became the first woman to win four straight Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championships (1958-61). She was runner-up in 1956. She won eight Wawonowin Country Club women's titles in a 12-year span, then stopped playing in the tournament to give others an opportunity. Club pro Si Clements called Levine "the best competitive match play golfer I've ever seen." She died in 1993.
One of the premier golfers in Upper Peninsula annals, Syd (Wells) Mallgren was selected the top female golfer at Michigan State University for the 1980s decade and was named to MSU's all-decade team for female athletes. A two-time All-American selection, she helped the Spartans win the Big Ten title as a junior, was a two-time Big Ten individual runner-up and three-time All-Big Ten selection, and was medalist at five tournaments. She received the Dr. James Feurig Memorial Award at MSU in 1983 and was a three-time selection as MSU's Sports Booster Club outstanding athlete. She has won six U.P. Ladies Golf Association championships (1981, 1983 and 1998-2001). Mallgren also won five Northeast Wisconsin Women's Golf Association championships (1979, 1981, 1998-2001 and won five Brown County women's amateur titles (1991-92, 97-98, 2001) in Green Bay. She was one of the few female golfers to compete with the men on the PGA of America Club Professionals Tour. At Menominee High School she was a two-time Upper Peninsula Class A-B medalist and was match medalist in 22 of 23 events.
A football standout at Michigan State University - then known as Michigan Agricultural College - before World War I, Parnell McKenna was captain of the undefeated Spartans as a senior in 1909. He was a halfback on the MIAA all-star team in 1908 and became one of only two gridders selected to the school's football hall of fame, which was discontinued before he died in 1952. He was named an all- league halfback by the MIAA in 1908. He was a member of the championship basketball team in 1908 and was captain of the 1909 basketball team, and competed on MSU's track team in 1910. He received a distinguished service award from MSU's Alumni Varsity Club in 1936.
Paul J. Meli SR.
A native of Gwinn and a 1939 Ishpeming High School graduate, Paul Meli spent 50 years as an athlete, coach, official and administrator. He lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball at Ishpeming and earned three letters at Albion College, where he received the Fred A. Russell Scholarship Cup for academic and athletic excellence. He coached baseball and basketball at Rudyard High School before moving to Negaunee in 1947. He officiated football and basketball for more than 20 years and was Negaunee High School's athletic director from 1967-85.
Warren "Whitey" Wilson
A three-sport letterman at Northern Michigan University, Whitey Wilson spent 37 years coaching four sports at Calumet, Marquette and Frankenmuth. A two-time state basketball coach of the year, he was 546-223 in basketball, 222-97 in golf and 129-121 in baseball. He was also a junior varsity football coach. At Manistique High School, he competed in football, basketball and track and set a single-season basketball scoring record with 410 points as the Emeralds went 19-1 in 1952-53. He earned three letters each in football, basketball and track at NMU and is in the school's Sports Hall of Fame.