OKEMOS – On Monday, Okemos High School announced the inaugural class of the newly-formed Okemos High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inaugural class was selected by the hall of fame’s committee and recognizes various teams and individuals that have contributed to the success of the school’s athletic program.
The inductees include: Ron Bacon, the late Dr. John Pudliner, Keith Froelich, the late Al Inkala, Ron Mott, Jim Powers, George Reynolds, the late Pete Schmidt, Dan Stolz, Stanley Stolz, the 1965-1967 wrestling teams, Amy Alcini, Jessica Beech-Bograkos, Bob Fossum, Jonathon Jones, Melissa Magee, Paul Quantrill, Kristen Rasmussen, Keri Reynolds-Ross, Sue Tucker, Mike Witherill, Lauren Wolfe-Lamb and John Quiring.
“I want to thank the Hall of Fame committee for their diligence in selecting an exceptional inaugural class,” Okemos athletic director Ira Childress said in a press release. “It was a tough task with so many deserving nominees, but we look forward to enshrining this class and many more in the future.”
The inaugural class will be inducted into the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame on October 1, as part of the school’s homecoming week. The inductees will also be recognized at the homecoming football game on October 2.
Tickets for the induction ceremony will go on sale on August 10 through the Okemos athletic office.
Information on the inductees below (provided by Okemos athletics):
Ron Bacon: Instrumental in starting the OAKS youth sports programs and longtime supporter of Okemos athletics
John Pudliner: Longtime team doctor for multiple sports at OHS and known as the “Father of Sports Medicine in Lansing”
Keith Froelich: Former football coach and athletic director; 21-year head football coach at OHS; teams won eight league championships and had five playoff appearances; athletic director from 1995-2010
Al Inkala: Former girls tennis coach; coach of six state championship teams (’94, ’95, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01) and four girls state runner-up teams (’97, ’02, ’03, ’04)
Ron Mott: Former girls and boys basketball coach; coached 1981 girls basketball state championship team and 1986 girls basketball state runner-up team
Jim Powers: Former boys tennis coach; eight state championship team titles (’86, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’95, ’97, ’99, ’00) and two state runner-up team titles (’84, ’88)
George Reynolds: Former wrestling coach; coached three state championship teams (’65, ’66, ’67)
Pete Schmidt: Former football coach; coached two state championship runner-up teams (’76, ’80)
Dan Stolz: Current boys and girls golf coach; former coach of multiple sports at OHS; won state titles as head coach of girls tennis (’93) and softball (’99); coach of state runner-up teams in boys basketball (’06) and girls golf (’13); All-State basketball student-athlete at OHS (’75)
Stanley Stolz: Former boys basketball coach and athletic director; coached two boys basketball state championship teams (’81, ’82); served as athletic director at OHS for 23 years
John Quiring: Former boys and girls cross country and track coach, led the boys cross country team to a state championship in 1986, won 29 league titles and 20 regional titles in 30-plus years
1965-67 wrestling teams: Won three consecutive team state championships
Amy Alcini (girls tennis): Two-time state champion (’83, ’84) and professional tennis player; 1987 OHS grad
Jessica Beech-Bograkos (softball): State championship team member (’99) and All-State honors; Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year (’00); All-American at Michigan State University; 2000 OHS grad
Bob Fossum (boys golf, basketball): Individual state champion (’79); All-State basketball player (’80); 1980 OHS grad
Jonathon Jones (boys basketball): Two-time All-State; Mr. Basketball Finalist (’06); four-year starter at Oakland University; led NCAA in assists during ’08-’09 season; professional basketball player; 2006 OHS grad
Melissa Magee (girls tennis): Girls sports pioneer at OHS; nationally acclaimed player, coach, and official in field hockey and lacrosse at the collegiate at Team USA levels; 1972 OHS grad
Paul Quantrill (baseball): Major League Baseball player for 13 seasons; 2001 MLB All-Star; 1986 OHS grad
Kristen Rasmussen (girls basketball): Played at MSU and nine years in WNBA; 1996 OHS grad
Keri Reynolds-Ross (girls swimming): Six-time individual state champion (’87, ’88, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’90); 4-year All-American at Auburn; 1991 OHS grad
Sue Tucker (girls basketball): State championship team member (’81); 1982 Michigan Miss Basketball; 1982 OHS grad
Mike Witherill (football, basketball): Received football scholarship to Arizona State; All-State basketball student-athlete (’80); 1980 OHS grad
Lauren Wolfe-Lamb (wrestling): Six-time US National Individual Champion (’91, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’02); 1997 Pan American Games Champion; 1995 OHS grad
Note: This story was updated to add recent addition John Quiring.
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