Lake Linden honors first hall of fame class

Norway’s Ron Warner, Kingsford’s Dan Short enshrined

Submitted Photos Norway’s Ron Warner, left, and Kingsford’s Dan Short recently entered the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Short played on Lake Linden football teams coached by Warner.

LAKE LINDEN — Several of the first inductees to the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame have ties to Dickinson and Iron counties.

Norway High School graduate Ron Warner, former Kingsford High School coach Dan Short and his sister Barb Short Radeka, and former Crystal Falls administrator and coach Harry Trainor were among the selections to the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It was a very humbling experience being inducted to the Lake Linden-Hubbell Hall of Fame with my former teachers, coaches and other athletes including my sister,” said Dan Short, a former Kingsford head boys basketball coach and football assistant.

Dan Short lettered in football, basketball and track from 1973 to 1977. He also participated in American Legion baseball as an all-league centerfielder.

He earned all-conference football honors three years and was named on the All-U.P. team as a senior in football. His basketball honors included conference team selections for three years and all-state honorable mention as a senior.

He still ranks among the best of LLH basketball — first in career two-point field goals, 418; second in career scoring, 1211 points; second in single-game scoring, 39 points (1976-77); and fifth in career free throws made,148.

In track, he earned a total of 262.5 points. Short was named the LLH Outstanding Male Athlete in 1977.

After high school, Short played on the Gogebic Community College men’s basketball team.

He became an industrial arts teacher and coach in Kingsford, retiring in 2014. During that time he was a youth and high school basketball coach for 25 years.

He coached freshmen, junior varsity and varsity basketball at Kingsford. As varsity basketball coach, he won the district championships and regional championship leading to the Class B state quarterfinals in 1992.

He coached Kingsford football at various levels for 20 years.

Barb Short Radeka participated basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics and track from 1972 to 1976. The 1976 Lake Linden-Hubbell Outstanding Female Athlete holds school long jump (16-17) and 100-yard dash records (11.8 seconds).

Ron Warner was a LLH coach, athletic director and teacher from 1972 to 2000.

The Norway High School graduate participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Upon graduation, he became a teacher and coach at Pewamo-Westphalia for two years.

He moved to Lake Linden in 1972, coaching football for 29 years and posting an overall record of 229-61-1.

His teams compiled 16 conference championships, 14 playoff appearances, nine regional championships, six state final appearances and two state championships.

Both state championship teams were undefeated. He retired from teaching in 1999 and coaching in 2000.

The 25th anniversary of Lake Linden-Hubbell’s first state football championship was celebrated during the induction weekend.

Warner said that the community always embraced the football team.

“This a close-knit community and they always supported the football team, and athletics, here,” Warner told Paul Peterson of The Mining Gazette. “I never had any complaints about the backing we received.”

The 1992 Lakes posted a perfect 13-0 record and defeated Sand Creek in the Class DD title game.

When asked what was the main strength of the 1992 team, Warner was quick to answer.

“Quickness (was the main strength of the team),” Warner said. “That was the quickest team I coached here. And they were quick on both sides of the ball.”

Warner was selected as Michigan Class D Coach of the Year five times, was inducted into the UP Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, is a member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, received the Lake Linden-Hubbell Outstanding Employee Award and the school’s athletic field is named in his honor.

Warner and his wife Kathy live in Norway.

Harry Trainor was a LLH coach and teacher from 1918 to 1923 and administrator from 1927 to 1954.

Trainor took a principal and coaching job at Crystal Falls in 1923. He returned to Lake Linden in 1927 as superintendent.

The other Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are Russ Laurin, Wayne Nester, Barb Sickler and Angela Guisfredi Van Wagner

The induction ceremony took place last month.