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U.P. Sports Hall of Fame notes

April 30, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Notes from the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, April 28, from Danforth Place in Escanaba:

— Norway High School senior Megan Kangas, a U.P. Sports Hall of Fame scholarship recipient, is class valedictorian with perfect attendance. UPSHF received 43 applicants (four selected) for the scholarships ...

— You would think sitting at the same table with Beth and Butch Wedin (U.P. Sports Hall of Fame ski jumper from 1995) and broadcasting great Leon (Leader) Waitrovich would have got us to the buffet line faster. Took a long time but worth the wait ...

— Iron Mountain’s Larry Barkle, a Little League administrator and coach for more than 40 years, died in 2001. Rob Barkle, Larry’s son, believes his dad would still be active in Little League if his health had held up. Former college football star and National Football League coach Steve Mariucci said “Larry Barkle was as important to my career as any coach.” ...

— Barb Perry, who coached Norway to the girls basketball state finals twice, cited her Northern Michigan University field hockey coach Barb Patrick. “Barb taught us to play the game just for the love of the game,” she said ...

— DeTour High School and Lake Superior State basketball great Erica Ledy was “sad” that she can no longer practice for those teams. She thrived on two-hour, all-out sessions ...

— Joell (Johnson) Krejcarek of Carlshend (near Gwinn) launched the girls basketball program at downstate Lincoln Alcona High School. In the early days, they played with six girls at a time (three on each side of the court) with the number of dribbles limited. “Looking back you thought girls were pretty wimpy,” she said ...

— If it’s possible, Iron Mountain’s Mike Caruso did a better job of emceeing the banquet this year than last ...

— Carl Mattson of Hancock was responsible for Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe wearing No. 9. Mattson, head trainer with the Wings, suggested “Mr. Hockey” forget about putting on No. 17 and go with No. 9 because he would get a lower berth on the train with that number. Mattson was also responsible for providing tea during intermission, a tradition that continues today ...

— Munising’s Terry Sayen coached Munising to the 1980 Class C state title. He noted the difficulty of even qualifying for the postseason with Norway going unbeaten twice and not getting in. “I’m up here because of my coaches and kids,” Sayen said. Sayen, now part of the St. Norbert College staff, saw head coach Jim Purtill and several of his assistants in the audience. The gathering included at least one of his former SNC players — Ry Lobeck of Iron Mountain.

 
 

 

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