Calumet selects 2013 Hall of Fame class

CALUMET – The Calumet High School Athletic Hall of Fame has selected a star-studded second induction class, released Monday, for induction on the weekend of the Copper Kings’ first 2013 home game, Sept. 14.

The 10-member class includes eight members of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. They are:

William ‘Fred’ Barry

Barry lettered in football, track and starred on local hockey, baseball and softball teams. In 1953, he set a CHS school record for points (33) and rush yards (308) in a game, earning All-U.P. and All-State honors. He was one of the finest senior hockey players in the Upper Midwest for decades, playing in the United States Hockey League with three teams, including the Copper Country Chiefs. He was inducted into the UPSHF in 2004.

George Brunet

The New Allouez native spent parts of 15 seasons as a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, playing for nine teams and compiling a career total of 69 wins (including double-digit win totals from 1966-68), a 3.62 ERA, 921 strikeouts and 1,431 2/3 innings pitched over 324 Major League appearances. After his MLB career, Brunet spent 13 seasons in the Mexican League until age 50 and had a record 3,175 minor-league strikeouts. He was inducted into the UPSHF in 1993 and the Mexican baseball Salon de la Fama (Hall of Fame) in 1999.

Bev (Rouse) Lewis

Lettering in track before many sports were available to female athletes, Rouse set a school record in the mile of 5:50.4 in 1975, one of several accomplishments that earned her a scholarship to Central Michigan University. She coached nationally-ranked track and cross country at the University of Arkansas from 1981-90. Appointed Arkansas’s Director of Women’s Athletics in 1989, she served in that capacity for nearly two decades before the departments were merged in 2007-08 and has served on numerous NCAA and conference committees. Her service to the university has been commemorated by the naming of U of A’s women’s athletic center after her and a 1998 induction into the Arkansas Hall of Honor. She is currently the executive associate athletic director and associate vice-chancellor.

Don McClelland

A letterman in both football and basketball, McClelland was selected to the 1945 All-U.P. football team and was the 1946 George Gipp Award winner. He walked on to the football squad at the University of Michigan, earning three letters and consecutive Big 10 championships in 1947, 48 and 49, playing in Michigan’s 49-0 win over USC in the ’48 Rose Bowl and starting as a two-way lineman in 1949. He was inducted into the UPSHF in 1980.

Joe Mishica

A football letterman at both CHS and Kalamazoo College (1917-20), he was named the Hornets’ outstanding defensive player in 1920 and made the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-conference teams in 1919 and 1920. He was later inducted into K College’s all-time football team as a defensive lineman. Mishica coached three sports at CHS from 1926-1949 and was inducted into the UPSHF in 1988.

Jack Mugford

A 2012 UPSHF inductee, Mugford can lay claim to be one of the finest all-around athletes in Copper Country history. He letter in basketball and track, leading the Copper Kings to a regional basketball title over Ishpeming in 1936, setting a long jump record (20 feet, six inches) that lasted for 33 years, playing minor league baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies system in the 1940s and also excelling in fast-pitch softball, hockey, bowling and golf (where he shot his age for 18 holes).

John Sherf

Sherf lettered and was captain of the CHS hockey team from 1926-30 and went on to the University of Michigan, leading the Wolverines in scoring in his last two seasons and captaining the team in the 1935-36 campaign. He played five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, including winning the Stanley Cup in 1937, where he was the first American citizen to have his name engraved on hockey’s Holy Grail. In 1976, he donated the John Sherf Trophy, which he presented in person until his death in 1991, to the winner of the Copper Island Classic hockey series between CHS and Hancock. In 2011, the new CHS hockey locker room at Calumet Colosseum was named in his honor.

Raymond Tiberg

Tiberg won 11 letters in football, basketball and track at CHS, winning the George Gipp Award in 1963. An avid distance runner, Tiberg participated in races throughout the country, including seven runs of the Boston Marathon. Tiberg served the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw from 1973-2004, retiring as superintendent. He was instrumental in the creation of the Calumet All-Sports Booster Club in 1982 and continues to support the district and its athletic programs.

Charles Uksila

A hockey player, figure skater and speed skater during his time at CHS, he played with three teams in the Pacific Coast Professional Hockey League, playing with the Portland Rosebuds in the 1916 Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal won the series 3-2, the first of the Canadiens’ 24 Stanley Cup championships, but the Rosebuds were the first American team to play for the cup and Uksila the first American player. After his hockey career ended, he became a renowned speed skater, barrel jumper and skating performer. He was inducted into the UPSHF in 1974.

Johnny Whittaker

One of the finest hockey players to come from CHS, he played on several minor pro teams throughout the country and played on MacNaughton and Gibson Cup winning-squads. He was inducted into the UPHSF in 1998. He also starred on local baseball and softball teams.