Alpena Sports Hall of Fame unveils 2019 inductees
The Alpena Sports Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2019 inductees.
The seven selections will be inducted on May 2 during the Hall of Fame’s annual Enshrinement Dinner at the APlex.
The Class of 2019 is:
∫ Eric Puls
∫ Bruce Vanderwall
∫ Tom LaVoie and
∫ Shannon (Domrase) Woloszyk
∫ Bob Kelley
∫ Jim Hubert
Puls, Vanderwall, LaVoie and Thomas and Woloszyk were all selected on the general ballot by the members of the Hall of Fame voting association. Hubert and Kelley were selected by members of the Hall of Fame’s senior committee.
Puls, a 2007 Alpena graduate, had a decorated career on the court for the Wildcats before going on to play under John Beilein at the University of Michigan.
As a Wildcat, Puls was a three-year varsity player who finished with 937 career points, good for sixth on the all-time scoring list. As a senior, he was named offensive MVP of the Big North Conference and a first-team all-conference pick. He helped the Wildcats win a district championship in 2007 and averaged 16.2 points for his career. At Michigan, he appeared in 13 games between 2008 and 2010.
Woloszyk, a 1993 Alpena graduate, was a standout in Huron Shore softball before earning three varsity letters on the Alpena High softball team. She became the Wildcats’ starting catcher as a sophomore and won multiple awards, including team MVP as a junior and the Coaches Award as a senior.
She went on to play at Alma College and became the starting catcher there as well. During the 1994 season, Woloszyk was part of a team that won a school-record 36 games and won MIAA league and tournament titles to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Scots won their regional, but lost in the national round. The 1994 team was inducted into the Alpena College Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
LaVoie and Thomas co-coached the Alpena High girls basketball team and built up the program, winning 147 games, a conference title and two districts as well as making two regional appearances.
Vanderwall, a 1967 Alpena graduate, was a star on the hardwood and the baseball diamond. As a basketball player, Vanderwall earned all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press and UPI as a senior and graduated as the No. 2 scorer in program history behind Harvey Marlatt. He averaged 16.2 points per game for his career and scored 711 career points. As a senior, Vanderwall averaged 19.6 points per game. During his career, he was part of two district title teams and a regional championship team.
Kelley, a 1954 Alpena graduate, earned eight letters as a Wildcat–three in football, three in baseball and two in basketball. A multisport star, Kelley was a star pitcher who went on to play at Alpena Community College. He was also a local speedskating champion and slow pitch softball star. He went on to coach football and baseball in Michigan, eventually winning a Michigan High School Football Coach of the Year award.
Hubert, a 1957 graduate, was a basketball star for the Thunderbolts, but made his name locally as a star catcher on the teams he played on. Nicknamed Yogi, after New York Yankees star Yogi Berra, Hubert was renowned for his strong throwing arm, which kept runners honest on the base paths. Hubert was also a coach, who coached basketball and baseball at several levels.
A Team of the Year and two Boosters of the Year will be selected in the coming months and will also be honored at the banquet.