Inductee Class of 1989
an all-state football and basketball player who pitched on Escanaba High's baseball team that set a state record of 42 straight wins in the 1950s. A basketball player at Northern Michigan University, he is a long-time prep basketball coach and athletic official.
who coached men's basketball teams at Northern Michigan University to five NCAA-II tournament appearances and 300 wins. A member of the Bradley University and NMU Sports Halls of Fame, he had a lifetime high school and college coaching record of 526-290.
Edmond J. Holderman
an All-American cross-country runner at Purdue in 1939 and 1941. He set U.P. (4:32.2) and state (4:34.3) records in the mile run at Escanaba High in 1936, the state AAU mile record (4:13.2) in 1940, and was the Big Ten two mile champion in 1940.
a professor of physical education at Ferris State University for 34 years where he was Director of Intramural Athletics. An Escanaba High and Michigan State University gridder, he also coached high school sports and at FSU.
a town baseball pitcher and a basketball official for 26 years. He played on the 1937 U.P. championship basketball team at Trout Creek High, was awarded the Bronze Star as a medical corpsman in World War II, and returned to sports despite the loss of a leg from his wounds.
led Chassell High to a state record 65 straight wins and consecutive Class D state basketball titles in 1956, 1957 and 1958. A two-time all-state player, he was named to the 1958 five-man all-state Dream Team and played in the prep All-American World Series.
former director of athletics at Marquette High and a 30-year official. He played on Stambaugh High's undefeated 1949 football team, was a football and track man at Northern Michigan University, and is a member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.
an all-state cager at Marinette (Wis.) Catholic Central High, an all-star baseball shortstop, and a four-year player at NMU where he was on two national tournament basketball teams. He is a member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.
Irving "Bing" Soderlund
served on the MHSAA Representative Council for 12 years and the U.P. Athletic Committee for 21 years. A coach at Powers-Spalding and Norway Highs, he was athletic director, principal and superintendent at Norway, and an athletic official for 17 years.
a high school and semi-pro football player who competed until age 43. He played at Iron River High in 1929 and 1930, was at Wayne State University one season and played semi-pro with the Caspian Red Helmets, the Stambaugh All-Stars and the Iron County Steelers.