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1 Plainwell High School Athletic Hall of Fame
By Michael Parr, Library Director Joe Sparks class of 2001 And student library aides present

2 Brian Arehart ‘77 Brian earned 9 varsity letters 2 football
3 basketball 4 track. Basketball honors … Co-captain Most Valuable Player All-Conference All-State, third team WOTV All-Stars, second team Career Scoring Mark

3 Brian Arehart ‘77 Track honors …
Holding the school high jump record at 6'7“ Undefeated all four years in dual meets Conference championships After PHS … Attended KVCC Qualified for the Junior College National Track Meet in the high jump with a jump of 6'8".

4 Erin Ascherman ‘94 Erin earned 11 varsity letters 4 Volleyball
4 Soccer 3 Basketball Soccer accomplishments … All-Conference, 4 years All-County, 4 years All-State, 2 years Team captain

5 Erin Ascherman ‘94 Vollyball accomplishments All-Conference, 3 years
All-County, 3 years All-Region, twice All-State Senior All-Academic Team MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award Basketball accomplishments All-Conference All-County, twice MHSAA Scholar Athete

6 Erin Ascherman ‘94 Won the PHS Female Athlete of the year award, 1994
Beyond PHS … Played collegiate soccer at Kalamazoo College Soccer team captain at K College, 2 years Defensive Most Valuable Player Name to MIAA Conference team, twice Coached soccer at Loy Norrix Officiated high school volleyball

7 Lisa Ashton ‘90 Lisa earned 7 varsity letters 4 soccer 3 basketball.
PHS honors … Most Valuable Player, basketball, ‘89 MVP, soccer, ’88 & ‘90

8 Lisa Ashton ‘90 Recognition beyond PHS …
MVP Wolverine Conference, soccer, ’88, ’89 & ‘90 All-Conference, soccer, ’88, ’89 & ‘90 All State, soccer, ’88, ‘89 & ’90 Soccer Player of the Year, class B-C-D, ‘90

9 Lisa Ashton ‘90 Lisa set many of the PHS women's soccer records …
Leading goal scorer, four years Most goals in a career, 103 Most goals in a single game, 7 Most goals in a season, 37 in both ‘89 & ‘90 1990 state of Michigan's leading  scorer, 62 goals and assists.

10 Lisa Ashton ‘90 After PHS … Graduate of the University of Michigan
Started all four years on the UM soccer team  Leading scorer for the UM team in ‘91, ‘92 & ‘93  Holds five records at UM including the most goals and assists in a career with 110 Assistant soccer coach at Marshall High School

11 Don Aukerman ‘56 Don earned 7 varsity letters: 2 football 1 basketball
3 baseball 1  track Achievements include: Co-captain the football team  All-Opponent Team 23 points in the district basketball game. First male to earn varsity letters in four sports in one year   Athlete of the Year

12 Don Aukerman ‘56 Coaches persuaded Don, a ninth grader, not to quit school to work After graduating from PHS … Turned down a full-ride football scholarship to Dartmouth Played baseball the Kalamazoo City League Built a baseball Diamond on his farm in Delton for local church & little league teams The diamond is still know as Aukerman's field

13 Bob Bailey ‘42 Bob earned 7 varsity letters: 3 football 3 basketball
1  baseball which was only offered his senior year Honors … Captain, football, basketball and baseball Batted .500 Held leading basketball scorer to two points

14 Bob Bailey ‘42 After PHS … Turned down a baseball scholarship at WMU to join World War II effort Serve in Army three years Wounded in action Coached & umpired area baseball & softball teams after the war

15 Ben Blake ‘96 Ben earned 10 varsity letters 3 Football 3 Basketball
4 Track and Field Football accomplishments ... All-Conference, twice Most Valuable Player, 1995 Team captain, 1995 Member of first PHS team to qualify for the state playoffs Selected to play in the 1996 state East – West All-Star game

16 Ben Blake ‘96 Basketball achievements … All-Conference, twice
All-State, twice Most Valuaable Player, twice Academic All-State, twice 36 points, with seven, 3 point shots vs K Christian Set two PHS records: for most 3 point shots in a game and in a season

17 Ben Blake ‘96 Track and Field achievements …
Member of four conference championship teams Four individual Conference Champions: high jump, 400 meter dash, 800 meter relay and 1600 meter relay Member of the State Champion 1600 meter relay team Set two school records: 400 dash and meter relay

18 Ben Blake ‘96 After PHS … Earned four varsity letters in football at Yale University Member of Yale’s Ivy League Championship team, 1999 Set Yale record of 30 consecutive football starts Yale career stats of: 188 tackles 9 interceptions

19 Phil Buffenbarger ‘49 Phillip earned 11 varsity letters: 2 football
3 basketball 3 baseball 3 track Awards included: All-Conference, basketball & baseball, ‘49 Detroit Free Basketball All State Team, Honorable Mention, ‘49 Captain, basketball, twice & baseball once

20 Phil Buffenbarger ‘49 Basketball accomplishments included …
Season top scorer twice Scoring 26 points in a tough game against Zeeland. Track achievements included … Conference & Regional Dash Champion in ‘49 Third in the 220 yard dash at the State Meet, ‘49 Fifth in the 100 yard dash at the State Meet, ‘49

21 Tom Dreier ‘57 Tom earned 11 varsitv letters 3 football 3 basketball
3 baseball 2 track

22 Tom Dreier ‘57 Achievements include …
All Conference, football, basketball & baseball All-Southwestem Michigan, basketball Captain, football After PHS … 1961 graduate of Western Michigan University Three-year varsity letter winner in basketball, WMU Coached league baseball

23 Malen Earl ‘93 Malen earned 15 varsity letters 4 soccer 4 tennis
4 basketball 2 football 1 track and field Soccer achievements … All-Conference, 3 years All-County, 4 years All-State, 1992 Team captain, 1992

24 Malen Earl ‘93 More accomplishments … All-County, basketball, 4 years
All-Conference, basketball All-State, basketball All-Region, tennis Team captain, basketball, 3 seasons Team captain, soccer After PHS … Earn a letter in soccer at Western Michigan University All MAC Conference Honorable mention Runner-up MAC Rookie of the Year

25 Staci Hendershott ‘87 Staci earned 8 varsity letters 4 basketball
4 soccer Basketball achievements at PHS Captain, ’86 & ‘87 All-Conference, ‘87 Most valuable player, ‘87

26 Staci Hendershott 1987 Soccer achievements at PHS
Captain, all four years All-Conference all four years All-State Team, ‘87 Class B-C-D Player of the Year, ‘87

27 Staci Hendershott ‘87 After PHS … Played soccer at MSU
Captain of MSU soccer team, two years Named All-Central Region Team twice Most Valuable Player her senior year at MSU Assistant Women’s soccer coach, MSU Established the women’s soccer program and coached at the University of Nevada, Los Vegas

28 Jeff Hess ‘76 Jeff earned 8 varsity letters 4 cross country 4 track
PHS records in track … two-mile relay one-mile relay 440 yard dash mile run 880 yard run

29 Jeff Hess ‘76 Jeff’s finest performances
Conference, regional, and state meets Wolverine Conference 880 yard run sophomore, junior, and senior years (still the Wolverine Conference Meet record) Conference 440 yard dash junior and senior years Anchor leg on mile relay team that won league meet all four years

30 Jeff Hess ‘76 Jeff’s senior year all-state in track
placed 2nd in mile run at state meet (another school record) named to 1976 High School All-American Track Team individual Wolverine Conference champion individual regional winner After graduation … ran cross country and track for Western Michigan University Jeff later died in spring of 1981 at age of twenty-three from injuries sustained in motorcycle accident

31 Rand Hogarth ‘ 73 Rand earned 8 varsity letters 3 football
3 track and field 2 basketball Football accomplishments … All-Conference, twice Member of a team that amassed a 22 –5 record Member of a team with a 8 game winning streak and 17 consecutive wins Set a record of 22 tackles against Portage Central

32 Rand Hogarth ‘ 73 Honors and awards …
Co Most Valuable Player, football All-State, football, 1972 After PHS … Full scholarship to WMU for football Coached freshman and sophomore football in Colorado

33 Steve Hope ‘91 Steve earned 4 varsity letters in swimming Highlights …
Set records in five events: 200 medley relay 200 freestyle 500 freestyle 200 freestyle relay 400 freestyle relay

34 Steve Hope ‘91 Swimming Honor and Awards …
Earned All-Conference award in 16 events All-State in 4 events Set the state record in 500 freestyle State Champion in 3 events State of Michigan Swimmer of the year, 1991 All-American, 1991 Most Valuable Team Member, ’90 and ‘91

35 Steve Hope ‘91 After PHS … Member of Hope College swim team
Won Conference Championship Won National Championship Selected to the All-Conference team NCAA Division III All-American

36 Ron Howrigon ‘59 Ron earned 12 varsity letters
Football accomplishments … Member of the Conference Co-Championship team, ‘56 Co-Most Valuable Player, ‘twice All-State Honorable mention Basketball accomplishments … Member of the only team to make it to the State Semi-Final game All-State, fourth team

37 Ron Howrigon ‘59 Tennis … Team captain Most Valuable player, twice
Runner up at State finals President of Varsity club Co-Athlete of the year, ‘59

38 Walt Kaechele ‘62 Walt earned 9 varsity letters 4 track 3 basketball
2  football As a sophomore… 440 conference and regional champion Placed 5th at the state track meet.

39 Walt Kaechele ‘62 His junior year…
Named area football player of the week after first game, but a knee injury sidelined him the remainder of the season Member of the District Championship basketball team Set the school and conference track record in the 440 run.  Member of the record setting 880 relay team Set the pole vault record at 11'3'‘ Track team captain

40 Walt Kaechele ‘62 After PHS… Walt's senior year…
Teacher and coach of boys and girls basketball, tennis, track and football at Allegan Schools, 30 plus years First recipient of the Michigan Assistant Tennis Coach of the Year Award Walt's senior year… Seven pass receptions - all for touchdowns, an unofficial record Member of Plainwell‘s first Wolverine Conference football championship All-conference, basketball, second team Track team captain School record in the 220 dash at 22.3, still standing Terry Berry Award for Athletic Excellence

41 Anita Kesteris ‘86 Anita earned 6 varsity letters 2 basketball
2 volleyball 2 track Basketball achievements … Member of the Wolverine Conference and District Championship teams, ’85 & ’86 The ’86 team compiled an outstanding record of 22-1.

42 Anita Kesteris ‘86 Volleyball accomplishments
Member of ‘86 team that posted a record The ’86 team was ranked 5th in the state Member of the ‘85 USA-Kalamazoo Junior Olympic volleyball team.

43 Anita Kesteris ‘86 Her 1985 track Track achievements
Set the PHS high jump record, 5'2" Set the PHS mile relay record at 4:13.5 All-Conference honors in the high jump, the 440-yard dash and the mile relay. Qualified for the State Track Meet in four events: the high jump, 880 relay, 400 dash and the mile relay The 880-relay team placed 5th in the state Her 1985 track

44 Anita Kesteris ‘86 After PHS …
Four year volleyball letter winner at Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work Member of NIU volleyball team that won the North Star Conference Tournament Ranked 15th in the nation for service aces Assistant women’s track coach at PHS ‘92 Coached varsity volleyball at Paw Paw and Allegan Continues to play volleyball on area teams.

45 Roxanne Munch ‘86 Roxanne earned six varsity letters 3 basketball
3 volleyball. Basketball Achievements include All-Conference, ’85 & ‘86 Member of the ‘84 District Championship team Member of the 1985 undefeated (regular season) team

46 Roxanne Munch ‘86 Her Volleyball accomplishments … Team captain
All-Conference, twice All-State team Athlete of the Year, 1986 Member Jr. Olympic Volleyball team 4 years, placing second at the ‘85 Jr. Nationals After PHS … Named to Top 50 National Recruits in volleyball Full volleyball scholarship to Eastern Michigan University All-MAC, ’87,’88, ’89 & ‘90 All-Midwest Region ‘90 Captain of the EMU team ’89 & ‘90 EMU female Academic Athlete of the Year, ‘90

47 Ruddy O'Boyle ‘62 Ruddy earned 8 varsity letters 3 football
2 basketball 3 track Football accomplishments … All-State, ’61 & ‘62 WOOD-TV All-Stars , ’61 & ’62 All-Conference, ‘62 Parade All-American team, ‘62 Co-captain, 62

48 Ruddy O'Boyle ‘62 All-Conference, basketball
Shot Put accomplishments are impressive … Set the school record in shot put, and as of ‘99 this record still stands at 55' 5-3/4'‘ First at the Conference Track Meet, ‘62 Second at the State Track Meet, ‘62 First at the Champions Track Meet Member of the 440 relay team 

49 Dan Pell ‘59 Dan earned 8 varsity letters 2 football 3 basketball
3 track Off the field … President of his class freshman, sophomore and junior years Member of varsity club Member of the National Honor Society.

50 Dan Pell ‘59 Athletic honors …
Honorable mention All-State basketball & football Placed first in Wolverine Conference in high jump Part of twenty game win streak in basketball Member of 1959 basketball team that reached state-final game

51 Dan Pell ‘59 After PHS … Received athletic an academic scholarship at K College Played football at Kalamazoo College K College leading receiver for two seasons

52 Mike Schiffer ‘74 Mike earned 8 varsity letters 2 football
2 basketball 4 track Mike’s basketball … Captain four years Best field goal percentage Most Valuable Player, ‘73

53 Mike Schiffer ‘74 Football achievements … Tri-captain, ‘73
Continued 17 game winning streak- finishing the season undefeated (first in27 yrs.) 26 receptions for 449 yards, 1973 season 80 points 8 punts for touchdowns Selected all-conference for offense and defense Most Valuable player All-state honorable mention honors, ‘72 All-state second team honors at end position ‘73

54 Mike Schiffer ‘74 Mike’s track achievements Served as tri-captain
Placed first in high hurdles and high jump Placed second in low hurdles at regional track meet , ‘73 helped team to it's regional championship. Senior year included 23 straight team wins held Plainwell school records for 880 yard relay at 1 minute-33.5 seconds and 440 yards relay at 45.5 seconds held the individual record for high hurdles at 14.9 seconds

55 Ian Smith '87 Ian earned 10 varsity letters 2 swimming 4cross country
4 track Cross country accomplishments … Most Valuable runner, four years All-Conference, four years Placed in top four at regional meet, four years All-State honors, three years Team captain,

56 Ian Smith '87 Track achievements … Most Valuable member three years
All-Conference honors, four years First place finishes in 1600 meter run, 3200 meter run, 800 meter run and 3200 meter relay, 1987 Conference Meet State Champion, 1600 Meter & four other top five finishes, 1987 Named Outstanding Conference Meet Performer, 1987 Held PHS school record in 3200 Meter run at 9:20

57 Ian Smith '87 At Michigan State University …
Cross Country team, four varsity letters Earned four varsity letters, indoor & outdoor track Held MSU school record for indoor 3000-meter run Academic All-Big Ten, four years, Outdoor Track team

58 Ian Smith '87 Academic All-Big Ten, four years
Division I All-American honors and Division I Academic All-American honors, ‘91 All-Big Ten, ‘91 Earned team's Leadership Award, ‘90 & ‘91 Team Captain, ‘90 & ‘91

59 Jack Streidl 1945 -1985 Jack Streidl’s career
38 year teaching & coaching career at PHS, interrupted briefly for Naval service during the Korean War Coached football, basketball, and track, Athletic director Taught biology and physical education

60 Jack Streidl 1945 -1985 Striedl’s track accomplishments …
Fifty-five straight dual meet victories After one loss, 35 more consecutive victories were recorded Career record of 90-1

61 Jack Streidl 1945 -1985 His football achievements
Career record of First high school football coach in Michigan to win 200 games at one school Dedication to Plainwell football is evident in renaming of PHS athletic field to "Streidl Field" in 1975  

62 Jack Streidl 1945 -1985 High Honors …
Selected to Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, ‘80 Coached West Team All-Star football game, ‘82 Named to Detroit Free Press Hall of Fame, ’82 Named to Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, ‘83 Western Michigan University WMU Hall of Fame member

63 Mike Swope ‘82 Mike earned 9 varsity letters 2 football 3 basketball
4 track On the Football field … Two-way starter Team captain Selected to the all conference team,1981 Made two crucial pass interceptions to help beat Otsego, the 17th straight

64 Mike Swope ‘82 Basketball accomplishments …
Most Valuable player, ’80 & ‘82 Leading scorer for two seasons Captain both his junior and senior year.

65 Mike Swope ‘82 Track & Field …
Won the Wayne Falan Award for the Outstanding Athlete of the Wolverine Conference Meet,1982 Set two conference & PHS records,  14.6 in the 110 meter high hurdles & 37.9 in the 300 meter low hurdles, ,82 All-State Track honors, ‘82 Team captain, ‘82 After PHS … Played football and lightweight football at Princeton University Member of Princeton Tigers indoor and outdoor track teams, two years Coached football at Rocky Mount, (North Carolina) Senior High School.  Coaches AYSO soccer

66 Chelle Thomas ‘81 Chelle earned 6 varsity letters: 2 basketball
4 track Basketball achievements … Selected all-conference first team, ‘81 Most Valuable Player, ‘81 Team captain Helped lead team to the regional final game 

67 Chelle Thomas ‘81 Chelle’s track career … Team captain four years
Held the record for 110 yard low hurdles at 15.1 and 220 yard low hurdle record at 28.6 Member of Conference championship team, ‘81 Competed in events at state track meet 3 years Winner of All-Sports award, ‘81

68 Chelle Thomas ‘81 After graduation … Member of KVCC basketball team
All-state, basketball, KVCC Basketball team captain, KVCC MVP, basketball, KVCC Highest basketball scoring average in the state, KVCC, ’83 All Region honors, basketball, KVCC

69 Chelle Thomas ‘81 Beyond KVCC …
Member of Western Michigan University track team and competing in Heptathlon and Pentathlon Awarded Dale B. Lake Award for student-athlete with highest grade point average Now teaches in Special Education Department at Otsego High School Assistant Girls’ Track coach at Otsego

70 Gary Vanderweele ‘84 Gary earned 8 varsity letters: 3 basketball
3 football 2 track During basketball season Co-captain of team senior year Name to the All-conference team team held 17 game winning streak Wolverine Conference Champions after going undefeated

71 Gary Vanderweele ‘84 Football achievements …
Leading tackles junior and senior years  Selected all-conference offense & defense,1984 All-state, second team, 1984 Selected to play in Michigan East-West All-star game, 1984 selected Athlete of Year, 1984

72 Gary Vanderweele ‘84 After graduation …
Lettered in football at Western Michigan University four years Played and started in every WMU football game from Earned numerous Offensive Lineman-of- the-Week honors Played on Mid-American Conference Championship team Played in the California Bowl

73 Bob Weller '63 Bob earned 9 varsity letters 3 basketball 3 baseball
2 in football 1 track Football achievements include All-Conference, ‘63 All-State honorable mention, ‘63 Most Valuable player, ‘63 Team Co-Captain, ‘63

74 Bob Weller '63 Other accomplishments … All-Conference, basketball, ‘63
All-Conference 2nd team, basketball, ‘62 Conference High scorer, basketball, ‘63 Highest batting average, baseball, ’62 Most Valuable Pitcher, ’62

75 Bob Weller '63 After PHS … Teacher at Middleville/Thornapple Kellogg schools from Coached varsity golf, varsity softball, freshman boy's basketball, 7th & 8th grade girl's and boy's basketball and Middle School wrestling in his school district.

76 Brad Whitmore ‘71 Brad earned 6 varsity letters 2 Football
2 Basketball 2 Track and Field Football career … All-Conference, twice All-State Honorable Mention, 1971 Team Tri-Captain Scored 4 touchdowns in a single game against Three Rivers

77 Brad Whitmore ‘71 Track accomplishments …
Placed third in the State Track Finals in the high jump Set the two school records: high jump, 6’ 4” long jump, 21’ 4 ½” Senior Senior Athlete of the Year, 1971

78 Brad Whitmore ‘71 After graduation …
Played rugby at University of Michigan Won the National Orienteering Championship in ’94 and ‘97 Earn a Ph. D. in Astronomy, U-M ‘80 Employed at Space Telescope Science Institute, where he works with the Hubble Space Telescope

79 Norm Young ‘59 Norm earned ten varsity letters at PHS 2 football
2 basketball 3 baseball 3 track Football accmplishments … Most Valuable player All Conference, All state, Honorable Mention Wolverine Conference record for longest run from scrimmage, 97 yards

80 Norm Young ‘59 Basketball … All-Conference team, ‘59
All-State team, ’59 1959 team held a 20 game win streak, losing only to the eventual Class C State champions in overtime Baseball & track … Batted over .300 three years Track team captain Held the 100 yard dash record. Selected The Kalamazoo Gazette Southwest Michigan Athlete of the Year, ‘59


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