Meet the new class

Five chosen to be inducted into Alpena Sports Hall of Fame

Melissa (Brousseau) O'Dell

An eclectic and talented group of athletes will soon be taking their place in the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame’s board of directors has announced its selections for its 2018 class of inductees and those inductees are:

∫ Bill Romstadt Sr.

∫ Melissa (Brousseau)


Wayne Christopherson

∫ Wayne Christopherson

∫ Don Deadman

∫ Rachel (Gebauer)


The quintet comprise the 2018 class and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 4 at the APlex.

Don Deadman

O’Dell, a 1997 Alpena High graduate, was a multi-sport star, winning seven letters while participating in track and field and playing basketball. She won the Class A state title in the shot put in both 1996 and 1997 and also earned all-state honors in the discus both years. O’Dell earned academic all-state honors in 1997 and competed in the Midwest Meet of Champions, where she won the championship in the shot put.

O’Dell went on to compete in track at Central Michigan University and had a decorated career. While at Central, O’Dell was a three-time Mid-American Conference champion in the shot put and an NCAA qualifier in 2002. O’Dell’s other honors at Central include academic All-MAC first team; outdoor all-MAC in 1998 and 2002; indoor all-MAC in 1998, 1999 and 2001 and CMU’s Most Improved Athlete in 1999.

Christopherson, a 1966 Alpena High graduate, is an avid distance runner who has run more than 200 marathons in a running career that has spanned more than 30 years.

He was qualified for the Boston Marathon more than 30 times and competed in nine of them. He has competed in more than 30 Detroit Free Press Marathons and had a personal high finish of seventh in his age group in 2011. He has also competed in marathons in Colorado, Pennsylvania, California and Vermont among other spots.

Deadman, a 1956 Alpena High graduate, was a pioneer in Alpena’s gymnastics program. Under coach Vic Krumdick, Deadman competed and excelled in several events including floor exercise, high bar, parallel bars, still rings and flying rings. During the 1954 AAU State Championships in Ann Arbor, Deadman finished second in five events, finishing behind his teammate Don Schuelke in all five. At the 1955 AAU State Championships in East Lansing, Deadman won in floor exercise and parallel bars and took second on the flying rings.

Rachel (Gebauer) Garant

Garant, a 2008 graduate of Alpena High, is one of Alpena’s most decorated multi-sport athletes. During her high school career, she earned 15 letters while playing softball, volleyball and basketball and also competed in track.

Garant is only one of six pitchers to win more than 40 games for Alpena in softball and set numerous records during her career. In 2008, she helped Alpena reach the Class A state championship game and earned all-state honors.

In basketball, Garant was a consistent scorer and rebounder and earned all-state honors in that sport as well.

In track, Gebauer excelled as well and competed in the shot put, discus and relays. She went on to compete collegiately at Air Force and competed in the hammer throw and shot put while earning seven letters and numerous honors.

Romstadt, a 1953 graduate of Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio, was an all-conference football and baseball player in high school. As a three-year starter at quarterback, Romstadt was part of two conference championship teams and as a baseball player he was part of three conference championship teams.

Bill Romstadt Sr.

After high school he played collegiately at Findlay University as a quarterback in football and as an outfielder in baseball. After college he enlisted in the Marine Corps and when he graduated college he got into coaching. Romstadt coached wrestling and football before moving to Alpena.

The Sports Hall of Fame started in 1982 under the direction of Gary Mischley and former Alpena News sports editor Dick Higgs. In 35 years, 177 people have been inducted for their athletic accomplishments.