Inductee Class of 1975

Tony Bukovich

Tony Bukovich

(Painesdale)

a colorful ice hockey player in the Northern Michigan-Ontario League, he played pro with Indianapolis and the Detroit Red Wings.  As an amateur baseball player, he led Detroit Auto Club to the 1942 World and St.  Joseph to the 1948 U.S.  Baseball Congress titles.

F.L. Ferzacca

F.L. "Frosty" Ferzacca

(Iron Mountain)

an Iron Mountain High athlete and a charter member of the Lake Forest and Northern Michigan Halls of Fame. He coached high school and college football and was director of athletics at Northern Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

William Girard

William Girard Sr.

(Gladstone)

the World Log Birling Champion in 1926 and 1929 and the Old Timers champion in 1951, 1952 and 1953.  A log birler from 1915 to 1954 when he retired as world champion in trick and fancy competition, he is in the Log Rolling Association Hall of Fame.

Ed Helakoski

Ed Helakoski

(Greenland/Chassell/White Pine)

who coached Chassell High to consecutive state basketball titles and a state record 65 straight wins in 1956-57-58.  The first cage coach at White Pine High where the athletic field is named in his memory.

Peter Kutches

Peter Kutches

(Escanaba)

the first U.P. athlete named all-state in both football and basketball while at Escanaba St.  Joseph High.  He was in the 1952 All-American North-South basketball game and was a two-way football player at Wyoming on their 1956 Sun Bowl championship team.

Martin Mahlberg

Martin "Mubby" Mahlberg

(Stambaugh)

football and basketball coach at Stambaugh High 15 years in the 1920s and 1930s whose teams won U.P. cage titles three times and grid titles in 1927 and 1933.  He was also the coach and quarterback of the Stambaugh All-Stars semi-pro football team.

Carl Nystrom

Carl "Buck" Nystrom Jr.

(Marquette)

an all-state football player at Marquette High who was the MVP and captain of Michigan State's 1956 Rose Bowl title team.  He was a long-time college football coach at Colorado, North Dakota State, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Northern Michigan.

Mel Peterson

Mel Peterson

(Wallace)

who scored records of 63 points in one and 849 in one season while leading Stephenson High to a 1956 state cage title.  A two-time All-American at Wheaton (Ill.), he played for the U.S.  Pan American team and in the pros with Baltimore, Oakland and Los Angeles.

Dewey Urquhart

Dewey "Butch" Urquhart

(Ishpeming)

who played on Ishpeming High's 1916 team in a national basketball tournament and a football and basketball player at NMU and Michigan State.  A semi-pro football and baseball player in the U.P., he was a high school official for 20 years.

George Weingartner

George Weingartner

(Rock)

the coach of all sports at Rock High whose 1928 grid team was undefeated and unscored upon.  His cage teams were state runners-up in 1930 and semi-finalists in 1931.  He chaired the U.P. Athletic Committee and served on the MHSAA Representative Council 20 years.

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