Inductee Class of 1987

James Alford

James Alford

(Sault Ste. Marie)

an all-state football and basketball player at Sault High, he coached Sault Loretto High to four district titles and a 1951 U.P. cage championship.  A sports broadcaster for 18 years, he was Sault's Citizen of the Year in 1981 and Sportsman of the Year in 1982.

Ralph Bietila

Ralph Bietila

(Ishpeming)

A U.S.  Olympic ski jumper in 1948 and 1952 and a 1950 FIS World Championship jumper, he was the youngest brother in the "Flying Bietila" family.  The 1941 Junior National Champion and the Veterans National Champion in 1963.

Gildo Canale

Gildo Canale

(Crystal Falls/Marquette)

a long-time athletic trainer and official, and former director of athletics at Northern Michigan University.  A 30-year official, he directed all MHSAA events on the NMU campus, is a member of the NMU Sports Hall of Fame, and was an organizer of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame.

John Cavosie

John "Cutz" Cavosie

(Ironwood)

a triple threat halfback on three undefeated Ironwood High grid teams, including the 1925 state champions, he once drop-kicked a 55-yard field goal.  He played at Butler and was a charter member of the Portsmouth Spartans who became the Detroit Lions.

Ken Hofer

Ken Hofer

(Stephenson/Menominee)

who has coached Menominee High football teams to 128 wins in 20 seasons and state playoff berths in 1982-86-87-88.  An all-state athlete at Stephenson High, he was a football and track letterman at Wisconsin.

Charles Polich

Charles Polich

(Caspian)

a premier bowler who began his career in 1930 at age 16.  A regular in the Peterson Classic in Chicago and runner-up in the 1951 ABC tourney in St.  Paul, he was ranked 12th nationally by the National Bowling Writers Association.  He rolled a 716 series at age 74.

Ray Ranguette

Ray "Dude" Ranguette

(Nahma)

who earned 10 varsity letters at NMU and is said to have officiated more U.P. high school basketball and football games than anyone in history.  An official for 35 years, he is a member of Northern's Sports Hall of Fame.

Johnny Revolta

Johnny Revolta

(Menominee)

a pro golfer who won 41 major tournaments and was golf's leading money winner in 1935 when he was the PGA national champion.  He also reached the PGA semi-finals three times and the quarter finals four times, and was named to the PGA Hall of Fame in 1963.

Stu Smith

Stu Smith

(Crystal Falls)

the long-time coach at Vulcan and Crystal Falls high schools whose teams won U.P. championships in three sports.  In 32 seasons, his cage squads won 372 games, eight district and two regional titles, and were state finalists in 1981.

George Zorich

George Zorich

(Wakefield)

a standout Wakefield High athlete in the 1930s, he played college football at Northwestern and in the 1942 College All-Star game.  He was a starting guard for the 1946 world champion Chicago Bears of the NFL and also played for the Miami Seahawks and Baltimore Colts.

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