Inductees With Very Impressive Credentials Will Join The Upper Peninsula Sports Hall Of Fame In 2011

A former major league baseball pitcher, two former Big 10 football players and a Big 10 baseball player, perhaps the most accomplished golfer in U.P. history, and two former women's college basketball standouts are among the 10 selections.

The choices were made recently by the UPSHF executive council at Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace, the first time the 23-member group has met at the peninsula's eastern entrance.

The 40th annual induction banquet is April 23, 2011 at The Danforth Place in Escanaba.

Inductees include: late baseball pitcher William Denton (Dolly) Gray of Houghton; football tight ends Alan Kimichik of Norway and Jeff Nault of Escanaba; baseball Academic All-American Scott Weaver of Sault Ste. Marie; basketball players Sara Boyer of Rapid River and Kris (Bullock) Dunbar of Sault Ste. Marie; golf standout Scott Hebert of Escanaba; football coach Jan Quarless of Iron River; the late Dave Freeman of Iron Mountain and Marquette was a ski jump champion and football player-coach; and figure skater and ice show producer-director John Flanagan of Escanaba.

Dunbar's father, Tim Bullock, joined the Hall of Fame in 1997.

SARA BOYER (Rapid River) - After earning 12 varsity letters in three sports at Rapid River High School and helping the Rockets to a pair of Class D state tourney runner-up finishes in basketball, Sara Boyer played four seasons of basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She scored 1,758 points for Rapid River and 1,115 for UWGB, helping the Phoenix to a 95-29 record in NCAA Division 1. She was the U.P. Class D player of the year and Class D all-state in 1998. In 1999 she was named the top female scholar-athlete in Michigan by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Winner of five U.P. hurdles titles in track, she spent two years as an assistant basketball coach for UWGB.

KRIS (BULLOCK) DUNBAR (Sault Ste. Marie) - A player, coach and administrator, Kris (Bullock) Dunbar has filled many roles in Sault Ste. Marie athletics. She was an All-U.P. and all-state basketball player at Sault High while scoring 1,127 points, was a three-year basketball co-captain and four-year starting guard at Lake Superior State and then coached LSSU's women's team to a 154-72 mark and five NCAA Division 2 tournament appearances in eight seasons. She became LSSU's athletic director in 2006 and oversees 15 varsity sports.

JOHN FLANAGAN (Escanaba) - The Upper Peninsula's ice skating champion in 1940 and 1941 went on to star in several major ice shows throughout the country. John Flanagan was the star comedian in Sonja Henie's 1943 "Hollywood Ice Revue" and with "Ice Capades" before joining with his wife Karen to form their own company and produce and direct "Stars On Ice" which appeared throughout the country and the world. He performed until age 65 in 1988, then produced shows before retiring at age 81. He performed at Disney World, Trump Castle, The Breakers, The Lido in Paris and in several countries.

DAVE FREEMAN (Marquette) - A record-setting ski jumper at age 18 (281 feet at Pine Mountain) and Class B national ski jump champion in 1950, Dave Freeman was selected as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic ski team in 1952. He was also a four-year starter at quarterback for Northern Michigan University's football team (1948-51) and was an American Legion baseball outfielder for the Iron Mountain state runner-up in 1948. He was also a high school football and baseball coach at Waterford Township, was a part-time assistant football coach at NMU, served as a radio football analyst for NMU broadcasts and was a ski instructor in Marquette. He died in 2004.

WILLIAM DENTON (Dolly) GRAY (Houghton) - A member of the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame, William "Dolly" Gray spent 1909-11 as a pitcher for the American League's Washington Nationals. He was 15-51 with a 3.52 ERA and was the winning pitcher in the debut of Washington's Griffith Stadium in 1911. He won 155 games and had 1,021 strikeouts in nine seasons in the PCL, regarded as the top minor league in professional baseball. He pitched 19 complete games as a 30-year-old major league rookie in 1909. He died in 1956.

SCOTT HEBERT (Escanaba) - A six-time Michigan Open golf champion, Scott Hebert won the PGA Professional National Championship in 2008 and led the United States team to the PGA Cup championship in Loch Lomond, Scotland in 2009 by winning all five of his matches. He is a four-time qualifier for the PGA Championship, one of golf's four major tournaments, and is playing this week at the event at Whistling Straits, Wis. Hebert won the Michigan Tournament of Champions in 2009 and the Michigan Pro-Pro title in 2007. He is currently head golf professional at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City. Hebert also played golf and basketball at Escanaba High School and American Legion baseball for the Escanaba Cubs and played golf at Ferris State University.

ALAN KIMICHIK (Norway) - A two-sport Upper Peninsula all-star at Norway High School, Alan Kimichik was a three-year football letterman as a tight end at Michigan State University. He earned All-Big 10 honors in 1981 and is MSU's record holder with 40 catches at tight end. He was drafted by the USFL's Michigan Panthers and traded to the Philadelphia Stars, where he helped them win the title in 1983. He was all-state in football and basketball at Norway.

JEFF NAULT (Escanaba) - An all-state and All-American (Adidas and Parade Magazine) football player at Escanaba High School, Jeff Nault was a four-year football starter at tight end for the University of Wisconsin. A three-year football letterman and two-year basketball letterman at Escanaba, he also played American Legion baseball for three years in Escanaba. After a brief tryout with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Nault turned to coaching football, as an assistant at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and head coach at Hortonville, Wis. High School. He is now an assistant coach at Neenah High School.

JAN QUARLESS (Iron River) - For 27 years, Jan Quarless was a college football coach at seven NCAA Division 1 schools, serving as head coach at Eastern Michigan University and Southern Illinois University and offensive coodinator at New Mexico and Wake Forest. He was offensive line coach for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 2005. Quarless was an All-U.P. football player at Iron River High School in 1969 and a four-year football letterman at Northern Michigan University, and is a 2000 inductee in NMU's Sports Hall of Fame. He earned his PhD and became a school administrator after he left coaching and is now superintendent at Dollar Bay Schools.

SCOTT WEAVER (Sault Ste. Marie) - A two-time Academic All-American and third-team All-American baseball player (1995) at University of Michigan, Scott Weaver was also an NCAA Division 1 recruit in hockey out of Sault Ste. Marie High School. He played three years in the minor leagues for the Detroit Tigers, who drafted him in the eighth round in 1995. He was Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 1993 and Big Ten Player of the Year in 1995. Weaver played for a Sault PeeWee AA hockey team which won state and national titles in 1987 and a Bantam AA state title in 1989 and was rookie of the year for the Minot, N.D. Americans in Junior A in 1992.


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