Alpena Sports Wall of Fame to welcome six new members

Alpena High School will honor six inductees during halftime of Friday’s boys basketball game against Traverse City Central.

Liz Klemens, Emily Ferguson, Bryan Neiman, Luke Cordes, Brenna Bourdage and Matt Muszynski make up this years class.

Klemens was a member of the varsity cheer team and also coached at Alpena High. During Klemens’ time as a Wildcat, she was apart of several MCCA Regional Championship teams, 1979 and 1985-1993. Klemens was also a state champion in 1979, 1987 and 1988. Klemens greatest achievements came in 1989-90 when she won both and national championship and was a world champion.

Ferguson was a standout on Alpena’s track and field team, throwing the discus. Ferguson was a two time Big North Conference champion, a three time Alpena News Meet champ, was also a regional champion, placed seventh at the state finals and was named all-state for throwing the discus.

Neiman was a four-year varsity starter on the soccer field at Alpena High from 1986-1989. Neiman earned Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Coaches Association first team all-district and all region honors, and also earned honorable mention all-state in 1989. Neiman captained the Wildcats and was Player of the Year in 1989 and was a member of Alpena’s first district championship team in 1986. Neiman held school records for games played, wins, winning percentage and assists.

Cordes was a stud on the basketball court during his time as a Wildcat. Cordes was named to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) academic all-state team and earned BCAM’s best all-state basketball Class A honors. Cordes was also a Big North Conference basketball Most Valuable Player and went on to continue his basketball career at Michigan Tech where he earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) all-academic team honors.

Bourdage enjoyed a successful high school career at Alpena on the diamond. Bourdage was an all-state scholar athlete in volleyball and softball. During her softball career at Alpena, Bourdage earned first team all-Big North Conference honors and also earned first team all-district, all-region and all-state honors at first base. Bourdage holds multiple school records and went onto Saginaw Valley State University where she was an all-American scholar athlete recipient.

Musynzski earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball and track during his time wearing the green and white. Muszynski earned all-state honorable mention recognition in basketball. His work on the football field was impressive as Muszynski was Big North Conference MVP and was an all-state special mention on the gridiron. Muszynski set school records for most receiving yards in a game, a season and career and was named to the Michigan East/West All-Star football game.

The six members will be honored during halftime of Friday’s Alpena boys varsity basketball game beginning at 6 p.m. in the Alpena High School gymnasium.


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