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Linden High School Athletic Hall of Fame
HONORING THE PAST TO ENHANCE THE FUTURE
 

​In 1988 Mr. Pete Maas founded the Linden High School Sports Hall of Fame with the induction of four individuals whose athletic achievements helped establish Linden High School's competitive and successful contribution to interscholastic athletics. 
 
The first inductees were John W. Bishop, who as Linden's Superintendent and Athletic Director, coached the football and basketball teams to numerous championships; Larry Moore, a fine athlete in the late 50's who went on to play with the Green Bay Packers; Claude Cranston, who was a teacher, coach and Athletic Director for over thirty years; and Bob Annis, an outstanding athlete in the 30's who went on to pitch for the University of Michigan and the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  Currently, the "Hall" permanently displays and honors 84 individuals and six teams for their athletic achievements and contributions to Linden Athletics.


Construction of the Hall of Fame was started in March of 1988.  (photo below) The Hall of Fame also includes a collection of historical information and Linden sports memorabilia from the past 100+ years. 
 



 


THE INDUCTION PROCESS

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The selection committee comprised of five to eight individuals, will determine through research and a nomination and voting process, who will be inducted in the "Hall."  Anyone in the community has an opportunity to nominate an individual or a team.  All nominations must be made on official L.A.H.O.F. "candidate forms".  These forms can be obtained in the Linden High School Main Office, Linden Community Education Office, or Linden Athletic Office.  Printable candidate forms can also be accessed at www.lindenschools.org.  The nominee must meet certain criteria outlined in the Linden High School Athletic Hall of Fame By-laws. 

​From its inception, it has been the intent to add a maximum of four individuals into the Hall of Fame every year. (dependent upon eligible candidates)  All nominees must have outstanding achievements and/or contributions to the field of athletics within the Linden Community Schools:  This includes  Multiple All-Conference, All-State, All-American, State Championship, International Competition, Olympics.  Any nominee that is currently employed as a professional athlete on a team is NOT eligible for the L.A.H.O.F. until they have been retired for a minimum of  three (3) years.  Anyone who currently serves on the L.A.H.O.F. Committee is NOT eligible for induction.

In 2009, the committee voted to start adding teams to the Hall, as well as individuals other than athletes, who have contributed their time and effort to promote and improve Linden Athletics, including leadership roles and program development.  This includes coaches, volunteers, administrators, teachers, etc.  Each individual, team or special service inductee into the L.A.H.O.F. will be honored with an appropriate plaque displayed at the Linden High School.  Approved candidates are formally inducted into the L.A.H.O.F. at a banquet held in October or November.

There were no new inductees in 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2015.  Currently, the induction into the Hall of Fame will be every two years.  Following are all the inductees into the Linden High School Athletic Hall of Fame beginning with 1989.




1989 Inductees


JOHN BISHOP 1935-41- John Bishop came to Linden to serve as Superintendent of Schools in 1933, a position he held until his retirement in 1941.  He coached baseball and basketball which at this time were the only sports offered.  His basketball teams had seven undefeated season.  They won six District Titles and two Regional Championships.  In 1937, his squad advanced to the State quarter finals.  In 1938, Bishop started the "Modern Era" football program, which he coached until 1941.  He lost his first two games, but won the next 25.  His 1940 team was 7 - 0 and unscored upon.  The John Bishop Memorial Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in football was named in
his honor.  


BOB ANNIS 1933-1936 ​-  While at Linden High School, Bob participated in basketball and baseball.  He was captain and leading scorer of the 1935-36 basketball team which captured a District Championship.  In baseball, he was one of the best pitchers in the state.  In his senior year, he pitched six shut-outs which included two no-hitters.  In his entire high school career, he never allowed more than 3 runs in any game.  Bob went on to be a standout pitcher at the University of Michigan and was drafted into the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

CLAUDE M. CRANSTON 1934-1979  ​- Claude graduated from Linden High School in 1937 as Salutatarian of his class.  In addition to being an excellent student, he also was an outstanding baseball player and was a member of the championship basketball teams of the 1930's.  Claude went on to attend Kalamazoo College where he was a member of the track and football teams.  After graduating from K College, Claude returned to Linden and was hired as a teacher and coach.  Following a few years away from education, Claude began a long and productive career with the Linden Community Schools.  He coached the Eagle Baseball Teams for 15 years.  He also coached Varsity Football.  In 1964, he became Linden's athletic director, a position he filled with dignity and respect.  He also served as assistant principal of the high school and middle school.  A life-long member of the Linden community, Claude retired in 1979.  Linden's athletic complex has been named in his honor. 

LARRY MOORE 1957-1960 - Larry participated in football, baseball track and basketball while a student at Linden High School.  After graduation, Larry, a 5'11", 170 pound halfback attended Central Michigan University where he excelled in football.  He played both offense and defense and was the Chippewa's punter.  During his three years of varsity football at CMU, he punted 170 times without having a kick blocked and averaged 39.5 yards per kick.  His longest punt of 79 yards broke the M.A.C. record.  He led the Chips in scoring in 1962 and 1963.  After college, Larry was drafted by the Green Bay Packers as a punter. 
 
 

1990 Inductees


RICHARD "DICK" ADAMS 1945-1948 -  Richard "Dick" Adams competed in football, baseball and basketball at the Varsity level for four years (1945-1948).  As a speedy halfback, he earned First Team All-County for three years and was a member of the All-State Team in his senior year.  In baseball, Dick was flashy second baseman and was named to the All-County Team in both his junior and senior year.  He continued to be involved in athletics beyond high school as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director and administrator at neighboring Lake Fenton High School.  Dick was also a very successful businessman in the community.


BILL HALL 1971-1974 ​ - While a student at Linden High School, Bill competed in Cross Country and Track for four years.  He was captain of both teams in his senior year and led by example.  He helped Linden to a State runner-up in both cross country and track and earned all-state honors in track in 1974.  He was Regional Champion in the 880 yard run in his senior year.  Bill also competed in the 220, 440, and mile as well as the 880 and mile relays.  He still holds the school record for the 800 Meter Run.  He went on to compete at Ferris State University.   A week after graduating from FSU, Bill was tragically killed in an automobile accident.  A continuing scholarship was established by his family which has helped a Linden track athlete with financial support for nearly 40 years.

KEITH LITTLE 1972-1975 ​ - Keith participated in three sports while at Linden High:  wrestling, football and track & field.  He was a member of Linden's first wrestling team in 1972.  Keith was the Conference Heavyweight Champion in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  He went on to become Linden's first State Champion in wrestling in 1975.  He compiled a career record of 78-14.  In football, he played on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive tackle earning first team All-Conference in 1974.  In track & field, Keith competed in the shot put.

​BARBARA LUNDY 1960-1968 - Barbara was Linden's only girls coach from 1960 through 1968.   She coached softball, track & field, basketball and speedball.  During her eight-year tenure, she never had a losing season.  Her basketball teams compiled an impressive record of 55 wins and 2 losses, including six undefeated seasons and a Conference Title in every year she coached.  Her speedball teams had a record of 45 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.  Barbara was equally successful as a softball coach with a record of 25-11-1.  She also coached a number of girls to individual league champions in track & field.  During her eight years at Linden, Barbara coached her teams to 17 Conference titles.


RODERICK "ROD" BOWLES 1939-1942 - Rod participated in football and baseball during his years at Linden High School.  A 195 pound halfback, Rod led the team in scoring for three years.  In 1941, he helped Linden's football team outscore its opposition 118 to 19.  He also punted for a 43 yard average.  He was named to the All-State team in 1941.  It was said that "If Rod could not outrun a defender, he simply ran over him."  Rod also lettered for four years in baseball where as a catcher he had four successful years.  After high school, Rod continued his athletic career at Albion College.  He was heavily recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
 

​​1991 Inductees


​GARY "RED" COLE  1949-1952 - Gary was a twelve-letter winner while a student athlete at LHS.  He played at the varsity level for four years in Baseball, football and basketball.  For two years, he earned All-State Honorable Mention in basketball.  Upon graduation, he received an Athletic Scholarship to Michigan State University.  Gary remained active in high school athletics as he became a successful football coach at Ainsworth High School in Flint.  He was named MHSAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977.  His 1975 team reached the State Semi-finals. 


RALPH KIMBLE 1935-1938 -  Ralph was a member of Linden's Varsity Baseball and basketball teams for four years.  During those four years, (the John Bishop era) the basketball team was undefeated in regular season play.  He helped Linden win four District Championships and one Regional Title.  Three of those four years, Linden won the Genesee County Baseball Championship as well.  Not to be outdone in the classroom, Ralph was also a member of the Debate Team in his senior year.  Ralph and his brother Ray were the first set of twins to graduate from Linden High School.  Ralph became a very successful businessman in the community and was very active with Kiwanis and was instrumental in Linden's change from a village to a city. 

RAY "MIKE" KIMBLE 1935-1938  - Ray, like his twin brother Ralph, competed at the varsity level in both baseball and basketball.  He played a vital role in Linden's four year undefeated basketball streak and in winning four straight District Titles.  Ray was co-captain of the basketball team in his senior year.  Ray helped organize the school's Athletic Association and served at its first president.  This organization later became better known as the Linden Varsity Club.  Ray continued to be active in athletics as he captured the bronze medal in the 200 meter dash in the Senior Olympics Finals in 1985 held in Tempe, Arizona at age 65. 

R​AY MOREY 1927-1930 - Ray was one of Linden's great athletes in the late 1920's.  He excelled in both baseball and basketball.  Although Ray never had a chance to play in a "real" gymnasium, he was the leading scorer for three straight years.  (Linden did not have a gymnasium until 1933) Linden High School had only two sports to offer at this time.  However, his natural ability would have allowed him to play any sport well.  He proved this by becoming an excellent golfer and bowler after graduation.  Ray continued to be involved with athletics as a MHSAA basketball and football official for many years.  

JAMES "JIM BOB" LAMB 1976-1979  - Jim Bob participated in football, wrestling and track & field while at Linden High School.  He excelled in all three sports.  His hard work and dedication paid off as he became a state champion in the shot put with an effort of 56'10" in his senior year.  He also placed 4th in the state in the discus.  In wrestling, Jim Bob finished his career with a won/lost record of 44-2.  He was a three-time Conference Champion and finished 3rd in the State.  He was a standout on the gridiron playing both offense and defense.  After high school, he went on to compete at the collegiate level.  He attended Independence Junior College where he earned All-American honors.  He then transferred to Michigan State University where he played on the offensive line.  At the conclusion of his senior year, Jim Bob received the President's Award for Outstanding Senior Lineman.  Jim went on to play professional football with the now defunct U.S.F.L.  He played for the Oklahoma Outlaws and the Oakland Invaders.
 
 

1992 Inductees

TRACY ARION-MENOSKY 1976-1979  - Tracy is Linden's first female athlete to be inducted into the Linden High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  She competed in track and volleyball.  Tracy was also a member of Linden's first girls cross country team in 1978.  She earned All-Conference 2nd Team in volleyball in her senior year.  In cross country, Tracy finished third in the State Finals and was unbeaten in all dual and invitational meets.  In track, she made her strongest impact as she was All-State in the mile run in her sophomore year.  That same year, she finished first in the Detroit Free Press Invitational Mile.  Tracy broke a total of seven school records during her four years of competition.  Five of those records still stand today (1992).  Her records:  3200 run (11:31.8); 200 m. dash(26.4); 800 m. run (2:18.6); 1600 m. run (5:15.3).  She also was a member of the record setting 1600 meter relay in 1977. 


CHRIS JOSLIN 1997-1980 - Chris participated in three sports while at Linden High School:   Football, basketball and baseball.  He earned All-conference honors in all three sports.  He scored 37 points in the District Finals to help Linden to a District basketball championship in 1980.  In football, Chris played on the varsity squad for three years as a quarterback.  In baseball, Chris was one of premier pitchers in the state.  He still holds LHS records (1992) for most wins (25) and most strikeouts (271).  He also had a fine ERA (Earned Run Average) of 0.91 in three years of varsity competition.  After high school, Chris received a baseball scholarship to the University of Western Kentucky.  In 1982, he was drafted in the first round by the Texas Rangers. 


GERALD "JERRY" JOSLIN 1957-1960 - Jerry competed in four sports while attending Linden High School.  He was one of a select few 13 + Letter Winners in the school's history.  He was a member of the 1958 Linden Football Team scoring a record 18 touchdowns.  One of Genesee County's finest halfbacks, he earned All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention.  In baseball, Jerry was an all-conference pitcher.  With a clocking of 10.7 in the 100 yard dash, he was one of the top sprinters in the area.  He also was one of the area's top basketball players.  In 1986 and 1987, Jerry was Linden's assistant baseball coach.  In football, he served as an assistant coach under Lake Fenton's Dick Adams in 1960 and 1961.  He also worked as an assistant coach under Claude Cranston. 


​ED SHEA 1951-1954 - While attending Linden High School, Ed was a four-sport varsity athlete and earned 11 letters.  He competed in baseball, football, basketball and track.  He earned All-County Honors in football both his junior and senior years.  In baseball he was a fine pitcher having a no-hitter to his credit.  He batted over .300 every season.  His most memorable accomplishments occurred on the track where he was one of Genesee County's top sprinters.  His time of 10.1 in the 100 yard dash (on a cinder track) still ranks as one of the top times in LHS history. 


JEFF ROWE 1975-1978  - Jeff competed at the varsity level in football, basketball and track while at Linden High School.  In football, he earned All-conference as a running back in his senior year.  In basketball, as a guard, he also earned All-Conference in his senior year and was the Eagles' leading scorer.  Jeff also competed at the varsity level in track & field for four years.  In 1978, Jeff almost single handedly earned Linden a State Runner-up trophy as he won the long jump with an effort of 22'2", took second in the 220 yard dash with a time of 22.0, and anchored the 440 yard relay team to a second place finish.  Jeff still holds the shool record (1992) in the long jump and the 440 and 880 yard relays.  During the four years Jeff competed, Linden's track teams compiled a record of 54 wins and 2 losses. 

 

1993 Inductees
 

KELLI HINTZ-PEDERSON 1979-1982 - Kelli competed in three sports while a student at Linden High School  A fine all-around athlete, she competed in volleyball, track and basketball.  Kelli was a member of the 1980-81 volleyball team which went all the way to the State Semi-finals.  This was the best finish by any girls athletic team up to this point in the school's history.  Kelli earned All-state honors in both her junior and senior year.  She was also named to the All-conference team three years in a row, and was selected as the Flint Exchange Club Athlete of the Month in her senior year.  In basketball, Kelli was a varsity standout for four years.  She received Conference Honorable Mention in her freshman year, and First Team All-conference for the next three years.  She also competed in track & field in the hurdles and high jump.


COLIN CIESIELSKI  1944-47​ -   Colin competed in football, basketball and baseball while a student at Linden High School.  In football, Colin lettered four years and earned All-County Honors in 1945 and 1946.  He also was a four-year varsity letter winner in baseball.  In 1947, he earned All-State Honorable Mention.  Colin competed for three years on the basketball team as well.  His football accomplishments rank high as do those of all the fine athletes who were members of those great teams of the 40's.  Who will ever forget the great team of 1946, which finished the season 9-0, and outscored their opponents by a margin of 146 to 13. 

HOMER  P. ADAMS JR. 1938-1941 - While a student at Linden High School in the late 1930's and early 1940's, Homer competed in three sports:  football, basketball and baseball.   In football, a sport which was relatively new to Linden, Homer, like many of his team members played both offense and defense.  He was the quarterback of the 1940 team which was undefeated and unscored upon.  He played safety on defense.  He was a standout on the basketball court, playing for three years.  During this time, Linden never lost a regular season game.  In 1939, the Eagles advanced all the way to the Regional Finals before losing to Dryden by 2 points in overtime.  Dryden went on to win the State Championship. 


TOM SZCODRONSKI 1965-1968 - Tom competed in four sports at Linden High School and earned a toaal of 13 varsity letters.  In football, he set a school rushing record in his junior year of 1132 yards and 28 touchdowns.  He was named as Linden's MVP three years in a row.  He was the first Linden athlete to be named to the First Team All-conference three years in a row, and during those three years, he also earned All-state Honorable Mention.  Tom also was a star athlete in baseball, basketball and track and earned All-conference honors in those sports as well.  He continued to be active in education as a teacher and coach at Elk Rapids High School, where he coached football, basketball and track. 
 

PAT STARRS 1967-1970  - Pat competed in football, basketball and track while a student at Linden High School.  He was a key member of six conference winning teams.  In football, he was one of the best receivers in school history.  His efforts earned him All-conference in both his junior and senior year.  As a senior, he was the recipient of the John W. Bishop Award (Team MVP).  In basketball, Pat achieved All-conference 1st Team two years in a row.  He also was name Most Valuable Player in his senior year.  In track, Pat competed in his freshman year only. 


​1994 Inductee

JOE PIWOWARCZYK 1969-1993 -  Joe was Linden's only Hall of Fame inductee in 1994.  This was due mainly to emphasize his importance to Linden athletics and also in respect to his loyalty and dedication to Linden Schools.  Joe, while at Linden Community Schools, served as a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal over a span of 24 years.  He was responsible for starting Linden's wrestling program and served six years as its first coach.  He also coached baseball and football.  He was a middle school and high school physical education instructor.  In 1976 he became Linden's athletic director, a position he held until his untimely death in 1993.  During Joe's reign as A.D., Linden added girls cross country, boys' and girls' soccer and volleyball to its sports programs.  Joe was an excellent and respected wrestling and track & field official.  He was tournament manager for 97 M.H.S.A.A. events covering every sport at every level from districts, regionals, quarter-finals, semifinals and state finals.

 

1995 Inductees


​RANDY MORRIS 1969-1972 -   Randy competed in four sports while at Linden High School and earned a total of nine varsity letters. He is the only Linden athlete to earn First-Team All-Conference in four different sports. He accomplished this feat in his junior year. Randy was on the varsity basketball team as a Freshman. In track, Randy was one of the finest sprinters in Linden sports history and was a member of the famous 1972 track team which averaged over 100 points per meet. Randy also was quarterback on the football team and played baseball in his sophomore and junior years.
 
ALFRED “AL” LOOSE 1950-1953   - Alfred Loose competed for four seasons in baseball, basketball, and for three seasons in cross country, earning varsity letters in all three sports. In basketball, Al earned All-Conference honors in his Junior and Senior years. Al was named Kiwanis Athlete of the Year in 1953. In baseball, he pitched two no-hitters and helped the Eagles to an 8-0 season and a league title. He earned a baseball scholarship to Western Michigan University. In cross country, Al had his biggest accomplishments, but is often overlooked due to the fact that cross country was a new M.H.S.A.A. sport. Al finished eighth in the state as a Sophomore, fifth as a Junior, and third as a Senior. 
 
DEBBIE JOHNSON -WARD 1979-1982 Debbie competed in four sports while at Linden. She was the only female athlete to earn 12 varsity letters. Volleyball was Debbie's specialty; she was voted Most Valuable Player in both her junior and senior years. In her senior year, she helped the eagles to a Conference, District, and Regional Championship. Linden made it to the Quarter-Finals that year, the highest finish of any volleyball team in Linden's history. Debbie earned First Team All-State in 1982. She also competed for four years in basketball, for three years in softball, and for one season in track, earning varsity letters in all four sports.
 
​ROGER WELSHANS 1965-1968 - Roger was a four-sport athlete competing in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He earned 12 varsity letters. He was selected for the All-County Team in his junior year in both football and baseball. His greatest accomplishments were achieved in basketball, where he earned All-County 3 years in a row and All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year. Roger helped the Eagles with League Basketball Championships in his junior and senior years, and a football title in his junior year.
 

1996 Inductees


​BRYCE LANGLEY 1940-1943  - Bryce competed in football, basketball, and baseball while attending Linden High School in the early 1940's. He earned varsity letters in all three sports for three years. His greatest accomplishments were in baseball where he was one of the best infielders in Genesee county.  Not only was Bryce a great fielder, but he also was nicknamed "Slugger" for his powerful bat.  Although many of his statistics have long been forgotten, his nickname has stayed with him until this day.  Linden did not compete in a "league" during this time and most of the teams were from larger schools.
 
WILLIAM LANNING SR.  1931-1934  -
William participated in baseball and in basketball during the early 1930's. At that time those were the only sports offered to Linden High School boys. He played during an era in which team goal were more important that individual statistics. Bill earned a varsity letter all four years in basketball and helped lead his team to the 1933 regional championship. He also pitched for the varsity baseball team. One of his greatest individual accomplishments was tossing a one hitter vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary in 1933. That victory was particularly impressive since at the time Linden was a Class D and St. Mary's was a Class B school.
 
LEE WOLVERTON 1974-1977  - A great all-around athlete, Lee competed in football, basketball, and track while at Linden High School. He was a three-year varsity athlete in basketball earning Honorable Mention in his senior year. In track, Lee competed in the shot-put, discus and sprints. In the shot-put, he broke every class record from the seventh grade through his senior year. As a Junior, Lee finished second in the State. In his Senior year he won the Class B State Title and was named to represent Michigan at the Midwest Meet of Champions. His 57' 2 1/4" effort is a school and league record to this day.
 
VICKY ORR-HOLEC 1967-1970  - Vicky started her High School athletic career by playing freshman basketball. Her natural speed and athletic ability prompted her to try out for track in the spring. It was not long before she was recognized as one of the top sprinters in the Suburban C Conference.  Her greatest achievement came in her senior year when she cleared the high jump with a leap of 5’1/4” which set a new school and league record.  Her record held up for 16 years. She also broke the schools long jump record and competed in the 100 and 220 yard dash. Vicky also competed in the CANUSA Games in basketball and was a varsity cheerleader for 3 years

 

1998 Inductees

​MAX MOREY 1933-1936  - A very talented athlete, Max was a two-sport varsity athlete while attending Linden High School in the mid-30's. (the only sports offered at Linden at that time)  He was a vital member of the very successful basketball teams of the era helping the Eagles capture a District and Regional Title in 1936.  He was the catcher of the famous 1936 baseball team and battery mate of Hall-Of-Famer Bob Annis.
 


BRUCE LEITKAM  1961-1964  - Bruce was a four-sport Varsity athlete at Linden High School competing at the varsity level in track and football for two years and baseball and basketball for three years. In basketball, he won the League Scoring Title in 1964 and earned First Team All-Conference. In baseball, he earned Second Team All-Conference in his Sophomore year, and First Team in his Junior and Senior years. In track, Bruce had an outstanding Junior season as he took first in the Conference in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. He was also on the, Conference Champion 880 Yard Relay Team.
 

JOHN STIFF 1944-1947  - John participated in three sports. He was All-League in football for two years. He also was an excellent baseball player earning varsity letters all four years and making All-Conference two years. John's greatest athletic accomplishments came on the basketball court, where he lettered four years and earned All-Conference three times. He was Second Team All-State in his junior year. He was the league scoring leader for three seasons. In a game vs. Montrose in 1947, John scored 53 points (a record until this day). After graduation John spent a short time playing professional baseball with the Atlanta Crackers.
 

DWIGHT STEELE 1938-1941  - Dwight competed in three sports while a student at Linden High School: basketball, football, and baseball. These were the only sports offered at the time. In football, Dwight was an outstanding receiver, and was a member of the 1940 football team that was undefeated and unscored upon. He was the recipient of many passes from Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Homer Adams. Dwight also played four years of baseball, where he was one of the top rated first basemen in Genesee County.  During the three years that he played basketball, Linden never lost a regular season game.
 

1999 Inductees


​BRUCE BRETZKE 1984-1987  - Bruce participated in football, basketball, and track at the varsity level for Linden High School. He was selected first team All-Metro League in each sport. Furthermore, Bruce went on the be named second team All-State tailback in the 1986 football season. During that season, as team captain, he scored 18 touchdowns and led Linden to its first Metro League football title. Bruce was also captain of the 1987 basketball team (Metro co-champions) and track teams.  He was a key factor in Linden's Conference Championships in track & field, competing in the sprints and sprint relays.
 

​STEVE BUERKEL 1985-1988  - Steve was a remarkable three sport athlete (football, baseball, and basketball). He was a four year starter on the varsity basketball team, earning first team All-League, All-District, and All-Region honors in the 1986, 1987, and 1988 seasons. He was also selected first team All-State following his Junior and Senior seasons. He was a member of Metro-League champion teams in football, baseball, and basketball. Steve went on to play baseball for the University of Michigan, where he was a four year letter winner. He is currently sixth on the all-time hit list and fifth on the stolen bases list.
 
BURTON COON 1938-1941  - Burton competed in football, baseball, and basketball at the Varsity level for three years (1938-1941). His most important contribution was the role played in establishing Linden High School's first football team under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach John Bishop.  As a senior, Burton led a defense that held all of Linden's opponents scoreless. He also competed on the County and District Champion Basketball teams of the late 1930's.  Burton captained the 1940-1941 varsity basketball team.
 

​AMY WARNER-IRWIN 1985-1988  - Amy competed in basketball, track, and volleyball at the varsity level for four years (1984-1988).  She earned all-state honors for performance in volleyball (1987, 1988) and track (1987-1988).  At the state track meet in 1987, Amy tied the state record in the high jump with a leap of 5'9".  In addition, Amy finished 3rd. In the nation at the High School Indoor Championships at Yale University.  This accomplishment earned her High School All-American.  She went on after high school to play volleyball for Purdue University where she holds the all-time record for blocks.  Amy was also captain of the women's 1988 USAV-AA team which won the gold medal. 
 


2000 Inductees

MICHAEL RYAN 1980-1983  -  Mike played football, basketball, and baseball while attending Linden High School. He was named to numerous all league, all county, and all area teams for the three sports. Additionally, he was the first player in Linden High School history to be selected All Metro League. While these honors were nice, earning all state honorable mention in basketball and football during his senior year were his most impressive individual accomplishments. Mike could have gone on to play any of the three sports at the collegiate level, but he chose to play football for CMU. He earned a scholarship and became the starting outside linebacker for his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Seven years after graduation the local media selected Mike to be a member of the All Decade football team for area high schools.


STEVE HALL 1985-1988  -  Steve competed in basketball and track for 4 years earning 4 varsity letters in track. He currently holds the High School pole vault record at 13’ 7”. After High School Steve earned All-American honors at Southern Michigan College and currently holds the indoor pole vault record at SMC. Steve’s success continued when he transferred to Saginaw Valley State University where he was team captain and placed 7th in the pole vault at Division II National Track Meet. Steve still holds the outdoor record at SVSU with a vault of 16’ 9”.
 

THOMAS “TOM” KELLY 1966-1969 - Tom was an outstanding four sport athlete for Linden. He participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track. It was on the grid iron where his greatest accomplishments occurred. During the 1967 season, Tom scored 20 touchdowns on his way to rushing for 1158 yards and an astonishing 9.2 yards/carry average. As a result of statistics such as these, Tom was named all league for 3 straight years. Of course Tom didn't just run over people, he outran them. His combination of speed and strength allowed him to compete in the 100, 220, shot-put, and long jump in track. He scored 20 team points several times over the course of his track career by earning 4 first places in just one meet.
 

DAVID “LUKE” LUCAS  1954-1957  - Dave competed in football, basketball, and baseball. He was one of the select few athletes in Linden High School history who started in all three sports as a freshman. His junior year, Dave became the starting quarterback and led the team to consecutive County Championships. Over the course of his football career, he was selected All-League, All-County, and All-State. Dave also earned varsity letters starting at the shortstop for the baseball team and as a guard for the basketball team.
 

2001 Inductees


​GEORGE HUOT  1965-1968  - An outstanding four-sport athlete, George earned 15 varsity letters while competing in football, basketball, baseball, and track. As a freshman, he pitched a no-hitter on the varsity baseball team and in football was a starting varsity quarterback and also was a defensive standout. George earned first team all-league honors in football his junior and senior years helping to lead Linden to an 8-1 record in 1967, including a 27-13 win over a previously undefeated South Lyon team in the final game of the season.  He was a member of the varsity basketball team for four years and also was a four-year letter winner in track & field.
 

VERONICA HUOT-MCTAGGART 1962-1966  - Veronica “Ronni” competed in speedball, basketball, track & field, softball, and cheerleading, earning a total of 13 varsity letters.  Under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Barb Lundy, Veronica excelled on the court and contributed to Linden's five-year record of 34-1, including five championship titles. A four-year letter winner in softball, Ronni went on to play in the Northeastern Softball League after high school.  Her team won five straight league titles, and was selected to play on the all-star team five times at short stop. While at Linden Ronni competed in five different sports which to that point had never been accomplished by any girl in the school’s history.  According to Coach Lundy in 1965, Veronica Huot was, "the best female player in Linden history".


VINCE TATA 1980-1984  - Vince participated in football, baseball, and track while a student at Linden High School. Over his four-year career he earned numerous first team all-league and all-county awards. Although he only participated in track & field for one year, his shot put effort of 48'10" ranks fifth on the LHS all-time list.  As a senior, he was named to the all-state first team and the Dream Team (top 24 players in the state). Following high school Vince attended Michigan State University on a full scholarship for football and earned four varsity letters.  He started at offensive right guard for three years helping to lead the Spartans to the 1985 All-American bowl, the 1988 Rose Bowl, and the 1989 Gator Bowl.
 

2002 Inductees


SUZANNE FOWLER-WARNER 1959-1963  -  While a student at Linden High School in the early 1960’s, Suzanne competed in speedball, basketball, softball, and track at the varsity level from 1959-1963 earning 16 varsity letters. She was also a four-year varsity football and basketball cheerleader. Although girls could not earn individual honors at this time, Sue was an all-league caliber athlete. She set records in both the high jump and 70 yard hurdles at the Flint Olympian games.  Sue was on the 1961 Genesee County Class C Championship basketball and track teams She was also a member of the 1962 Championship Speedball team which went the entire season without a loss.


FRANK KELLY JR.  1956-1959 (Special Service)  -  Frank coached football, track and basketball (assistant) during his time at Linden. Though he was here only a short period of time he had a tremendous impact on Linden athletics. He coached current Hall of Fame members Larry Moore, Gerald Joslin, and Dave Lucas. His 1958 football team (7-0-1) was according to Coach Kelly, “The most balanced team I ever coached.” That team boasted the county’s number one ranked defense, holding teams to an average of 7 points per game. The ’58 team included one all-state player, six all-league players, averaged 25 points per game and has the distinction of being the only undefeated football team in LHS history. 
 

LAURA L. PARKER 1947-1951  - Laura earned varsity letters in basketball (4), softball (4), and track and field (2). As a senior, Laura was an exemplary student-athlete.  She was the captain of the softball team, a member of Linden’s first varsity club and the class salutatorian.  She was never too busy to help some of her fellow teammates who were struggling academically. After high school Laura played Women’s Professional Softball for the Flint I.M.A. team and spent two years in the army. Her motto in the 1951 Linden Legend was, “If you want a thing well done, you’ll find Laura there to do it.” 


S
USAN BAUER 1962-1966  - Susan was another 16-letter winner while a student at Linden High School.  She competed in four sports: speedball, softball, basketball and track & field.  All four years and all four sports were under one coach; Hall of Famer Barbara Lundy.  Susan contributed to the five-year basketball record of 34 wins and one loss in County League play.  Although there were not many individual honors for girls in that era, Susan earned the Sportsmanship Award as a senior in 1966.  After high school, she went on to participate in collegiate athletics at Michigan State University.


2003 Inductees


TAMARA “TAMMY” EVANS 1987-1991  In four years of competition while a student at LHS, Tamara earned a total of nine varsity letters. She competed in varsity basketball for two years and was an all-county selection as she led the Lady Eagles to a district championship her senior year. During three years of varsity volleyball she earned all-league honorable mention twice and led the team in serving percentage (96.7%) as a sophomore. On the softball diamond Tamara was a four-year varsity letter winner. She made the all-league team four straight years and was named all-state honorable mention her senior year.  Her outstanding play helped her obtain an athletic scholarship to play softball for Michigan State University. At her time of graduation, the two-time Spartan captain was listed on MSU’s top ten list for at-bats, hits, batting average and doubles.
 

PETER MAAS 1970-2000 (Special Service)  - For 31 years Pete served the Linden community as a teacher, coach and athletic director. His success as a coach in both track & field and cross-country set the standard for all those who follow in his footsteps. His varsity cross-country teams combined for a record of 204-46-1 while his track teams were 209-86. He even had a string of 55 straight dual meet wins (boys) from 1975-1978. Coach Maas won 30 league titles, 6 regional titles and finished as state runner-up twice in both track and cross-country. He was voted Track Coach of the Year for the state of Michigan three times. While his win-loss record and titles speak for themselves, Pete’s real success involves a different set of numbers: the thousands of students whose lives he helped shape throughout his career at Linden.
 

​CHARLES “CHUCK” MENOSKY 1972-1976  - An outstanding four-sport athlete, Chuck competed in football, basketball, baseball and track at the varsity level earning a total of 12 letters. He was an all-league selection in all four sports making first team football both his junior and senior year. As a freshman, Chuck was the starting linebacker for the 1972 football team that finished as league co-champions. His success transferred to baseball where he led the league in hitting in 1973. On the court, Chuck averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding for three straight years in varsity basketball.  During his last two years at Linden High School, Chuck decided to compete on the track. In 1976 he ran the 440 yard dash in 50.8 seconds. That school record still stands today (2003).


2005 Inductee


CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” HAMILTON 1960-1964  - While a student at Linden High School, Chris competed in four sports and earned 14 varsity letters.  He was standout football and basketball player and also competed in Track & field and baseball.  He earned All-Conference in football and basketball.  After high school, Chris attended Purdue University where he played football on an athletic and academic scholarship.  He was a member of the 1967 Rose Bowl Championship Football team.
 
 

2009 Inductees

RYAN BUCKLER 1989-1993  -   Ryan was a standout football, basketball and track & field athlete graduating from Linden High School in 1993.  Ryan lettered in football 3 years, basketball 3 years and track 4 years.  He earned  Flint Metro League honors and honorable mention all-state honors during his basketball career.  He was also an all-conference athlete in football.  Ryan led the Eagle basketball team to one leage championship, 2 district championships, and 2 regional titles.  He also earned All-metro League honors in track & field.  He was the Metro League Champion in the 100 meter dash in 1992.  He also was Metro League Champion in the 100 and 200 meters in 1993.

CHARLENE CARTER-NESTER 1987-1991  -  Char earned 11 varsity letters in her four year athletic career at Linden High School.  Char was All-Conference and All-County in basketball.  Shi still holds the LHS record for most points in a single game.  (as of 2009) She earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-state honors in volleyball.  In addition, Char was a standout on the track as well.  She competed in the long jump, sprints and sprint relays.  She finished in the top 3 in the league in at least one event four years in a row.  After high school, Char played volleyball at Mott Community College where she earned All-American Honors.  She finished her career at Saginaw Valley State College where she received her degree.  Char returned to Linden to teach and coach.

MATTHEW “MATT” FREEMAN 1973-1977   -  Matt earned 11 varsity letters before graduating from Linden High School in 1977.  He was a member of the All-conference football team for three years, a member of the State Runner-up track team in 1974 and a two-time Suburban Conference wrestling champion.  Matt also was district wrestling champion and twice qualified for the State finals in wrestling.



ROY RAYMOND 1965-2006  - Roy retired from the Linden Community Schools in 2009.  As an athlete at Linden in the late 1960’s, Roy competed in several sports but made his mark as an excellent golfer as he was a member of the state-runner-up golf team in 1969.  After college,  Roy returned to his alma mater as a Business Ed. Teacher.  He coached at all levels including middle school track, high school track, Junior Varsity Baseball, Junior Varsity Boys Basketball for 19 years and Girls Varsity Basketball for 22 years.  Coach Raymond amassed over 190 career and 130 Flint Metro League Girls Varsity Basketball victories.  His 2003 team finished with a 12-0 record and captured the Metro Conference Championship.
 

1981 VOLLEYBALL TEAM  -  Coached by Cathy Findlater-North, the 1981 Linden Volleyball Team was the first Team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  The team finished the season with a 29-4 overall record.  The 29 victories set a school record which stood for 25 years.  The ‘81 Team also won the GEC Conference, Class B District and Regional Title and was State Class B Semi-finalist.  Members include:  Teri Johnson (Co Capt) Cheri Alexander (Co Capt), Sue Udry-Hughey, Cathy Buxton-DuBois, Shelly Urban-Fendert, Marshella Cluckey-Hoendervanger, Nobue Shibusawa, Debbie Johnson, Kelli Hintz-Pedersen, Denise Ludwig, Kay Carnes-Prince, Gina Jenkins-McWilliams, Anne Barron-Caylor, Cathy Findlater-North (Coach) 
 

2010 Inductees

LAUREN SIMPSON-NEWSOM 1997-2001 -  Lauren was one of the finest female athletes to have walked the halls of Linden High School.  She competed for AGA Gymnastics since Linden did not offer gymnastics.  She was an Elite All-American and All-State gymnast.  As a senior, in 2001, Lauren was the All-Around State Champion.  She was also a four-year letter winner in track & field.  She earned first team All-state and Academic All-state as a senior in the 100 meter hurdles and set school records in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.  Lauren went on to compete for the Michigan State University gymnastics team where she earned All-Big Ten honors, Academic All Big Ten and All-American Academic Honors. 

DENNIS HOLSINGER 1987-1991 ​ - A three-sport athlete while at Linden High School, Dennis excelled in football, basketball, and baseball.  He was an All-Conference running back and defensive back in football his senior year, as well as team captain.  He was also All-League in basketball and captain in his senior year.  Dennis was a standout baseball player, earning All-conference as a junior and senior.  He was also a member of the District championship teams in basketball and baseball. 

DENNIS STEELE 1959-1963  -  Dennis was a four-sport athlete while a student at Linden High School during the early 1960's.  He earned 11 letters as he competed in football, basketball, baseball and track & field.  He played an important role in two league championships in basketball and one track championship.  His biggest accomplishments occurred on the gridiron.  During this era, Linden, like most high schools was not a passing team, but he made up by becoming one of the best receivers in the MIAA while playing for Kalamazoo College.  He was part of the MIAA Conference Championship in 1963, and is still recognized today in their record books for single game receiving yardage.  While at K College, Dennis was also a letterman in track & Field.  

FRANK SOKOLOWSKI 1955-1959  -  Frank was a four-sport letter winner. He earned 13 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track & field.  He earned all-league honors in all four sports and also received All-county recognition in basketball and baseball.  Frank distinguished himself on the track.  He was Regional Champion in the 880 yard run in 1958 and was the half-mile State Champion in 1959.  Frank transferred his success to Central Michigan University as a member of the Chippewa Track Program.  

1974 440-YARD RELAY TEAM  ​  Linden's 1974 440-yard relay team was one of the fastest sprint relay teams in the entire state in all classes.  The team of Mark Bradley, Dallas Parks, Bruce Szcodronsdki and Randy Rife were League Champions, Regional Class B Champions and Class B. State Runners-up.  They were edged out by two-tenths of a second.  Their school record time of 43.2 held up for over 30 years.


2011 Inductees


​MELISSA “MISSY” WARD (2001-2004) - The most accomplished female golfer in LHS history.  She was first team All-Metro from 2001-04, each year earning medalist honors.  She was first team All-state her sophomore, junior and senior years.  She still holds the MHSAA Division II Championship scoring record of 138.  While a member of the Ferris State University Women’s Golf Team, Missy was first team all-GLIAC from 2005-2007 and finished her collegiate career with the sixth best scoring average in Ferris State University history.


KYLE HOPKINS (1995-1998) - Kyle was a three-sport athlete earning nine straight varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball.  He earned first-team All-Metro and honorable mention All-state in football in 1997 and 1998.  Also in his junior and senior years, he earned first team All-Metro and Honorable Mention All State in basketball; first team All-Metro League in baseball 1996-1998; as well as first team Class B All-State in baseball in 1998.  After high school, Kyle went on to play football at Saginaw Valley State University.


​DAN CHAMPAGNE (1993-1996) – Dan was a football and basketball standout at Linden from 1993-1996.  He earned All-Metro Football honors from 1994 to 1996.  He was also first team All-State in 1996.  In basketball, the 6 ft 7 in. forward earned first team All-Metro League honors for three straight years, earning fourth team All-State in his senior year.  He continued his basketball career as a member of the Oakland University basketball team from 1997-2002.  He is still recognized in the Grizzlies record books in single season and career categories of field goal percentage, minutes played, free throws attempts, rebounds, points, and blocked shots.


J​ON CHAMPAGNE (1993-1996) – Jon, like his twin brother was a football and basketball standout at Linden from 1993-1996.  He earned first team offense and defense All-Metro League football honors during his junior and senior years and earned first Team All-State during the 1995 season.  Jon earned All-Metro League Basketball honors from 1994-1996.  He earned third Team All- State 1995-1996.  Like his twin brother, Jon continued his basketball career as a member of the Oakland University Men’s Basketball Team from 1997-2001.  The Champagne twins, aka the “Twin Towers” provided Linden fans some of the most exciting basketball in the school’s history.

​JAMES STARRS  (Special Service) – Jim’s association with Linden High School spanned over 50 years as a student-athlete, coach, and teacher.  As a student-athlete, Jim participated in track & field and football.  He was a member of the 1958 undefeated football team.  As a coach, he led the Linden track & field and cross country programs.  His 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1973 track teams won the Suburban ‘C’ Conference championship.  The 1973 track team also won the Class B Regional Championship and finished sixth in the State.  His 1972 cross country team finished with a 10-0 record, won the Class B Regional Championship, and finished runner-up in the State.  Jim was also a chemistry and physics teacher at LHS for 34 years.


1​987 BASEBALL TEAM – The 1987 Baseball Team was one of the most prolific teams in school history.  They compiled an overall record of 34-6.  The 34 victories is still a single season school record.  They were Metro League Champions with a 13-2 record.  They also won the first Class B District Baseball Championship in school history.  Team members consisted of:  Coach Denny Hopkins, Rob Wise, Greg Conn, Bill Owens, Rod Amos, Scott Draper, Joe O’Brien, Jeff Warner, Jeff Williams, Dylan Raymond, Steve Buerkel, Todd Cheladyn, Steve Spencer and Derek Smitz.
 

2012 Inductees


STEPHANIE SMETHWICK 1983-1987  -  Stephanie was a three-sport athlete while a student at Linden High School, participating in volleyball, basketball and softball, earning 10 varsity letters.  She was First Team All-Sate in volleyball and twice selected as All-Region.  She was First Team All-Conference in volleyball and twice in softball and basketball.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and in 1987 Stephanie was the Tri-county Athlete of the Year runner-up.  She received a full scholarship to Mott Community College to play volleyball, basketball and softball.  She came back to Linden to coach the Freshman and Junior Varsity  Volleyball teams in 1988 and 1989.


D​ESI MAYNER  2000-2004  -  A 2004 Linden High School graduate, Desi was a three sport athlete, competing in football, basketball and baseball, earning 10 varsity letters.  In football, Desi earned First Team All-Metro League Offense twice, First Team Defense and Second Team Defense.  He was All-State in basketball and a member of the 2002 Division II baseball State Runner-Up Team.  He participated in power lifting for four years and earned fourth in the state.  Desi went on to play football at Eastern Michigan University where one of his highlights was being named Player of the Week in a game vs. University of Michigan.  He also played at Saginaw Valley State University on a full scholarship.

KATE DOLATA 1999-2003  -  Kate is a 2003 graduate of Linden High School.  She earned 8 varsity letters competing in soccer  and track & field (both sports were contested during the same season)  Kate was First Team All-League 3 years in soccer and 4 years in track.  She was Metro Conference and Regional Champion in the 100 and 200 meters twice and qualified for the State Finals 3 times.  She earned All-State honors in soccer three years.  She earned All-State Academic in Track & Field, earned medals at the state meet in the 100 meters twice.  Kate still holds the school record in the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of the record setting 400 meter relay.  She was named the Tri-County Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.  She went on to play soccer at Central Michigan University.

RYAN NORMAN 1999-2003  - Ryan is a 2003 graduate who earned 8 varsity letters in track and soccer during his 4 years at Linden High School.  Ryan holds the all-time scoring record in soccer and earned First and Second Team All-Conference honors.  He medaled in four relays at the State Track Meet in his Junior and senior seasons, and was a member of the 2003 State Champion 800 meter relay team.  Ryan was also a part of setting 4 school records in the 2003 State Finals.  He was All-Academic for 3 years and Regional champion in the 300 Meter Hurdles, 400 Relay, 800 Relay and 1600 Relay.  He currently holds the school record in the 300 meter hurdles, 800 meter relay and 1600 meter relay.  Ryan went on to compete in track & field and soccer at Saginaw Valley State University, where he earned a full academic scholarship.

BILL LANDREM  - (Special Service)  - Bill was Linden’s Boys Golf Coach for 31 years.  During that span, he guided his teams to four Metro League Titles.  He was also instrumental in developing the Linden High School Wrestling program along with Hall of Famer, the late Joe Piwowarczyk.  He was inducted into the Michigan Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.





1936-1937 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM  -  Coming off an undefeated regular season, the 1937 basketball team under Hall of Fame Coach, John Bishop, the squad traveled to Milford where they defeated Big Beaver and New Hudson High Schools to win the District Championship.  They went on to win the regional by defeating Dryden and Eastland High Schools.  They finally bowed out at the State Semi-Finals held in Flint.  Team members were:  Eldred Bowles, Stewart Wykes, Wilfred Lobb, Claude Polley, Richard Singer, Mert Aldrich, Fred Johnson, Dwight Steele, Don Hummerichouse, Bill O’Dell, Don Cox, Don Graves, Harry Wykes, David Jepson, Ralph Kimble (Capt.) Raymond Kimble, Claude Cranston and Albert Hall. 
 

2013 Inductees


KRYSTN FREEMAN-CARRIGER 1997-2001  - Krystn was one of the most decorated female soccer players in Linden High School history.  During her career from 1997-2001, she scored 110 goals and recorded 52 assists, was All-District and All-Region for four consecutive years, and was the first girl soccer player to earn the distinction of All-Metro Conference and All-State honors for four consecutive years.  Krystn continued her soccer career playing at Schoolcraft College in 2002 and Rochester College from 2002-2005.  While at Rochester, she earned All-American honors in both her junior and senior years. 

DEREK BRODY 1996-2000  - Derek was a four-year letter winner during his distinguished golf career while a student at Linden High School.  He was a six time tournament medalist, led his team to three consecutive Metro League Championships. Derek had a third place finish at the 1997 State Finals, and was honored as All-State in his junior and senior years.  After graduation, Derek spent time as Assistant Golf Professional at the famous Augusta National Golf Club, and as the Head Professional at Iverness Golf Club.  


SCOTT DRAPER  1983-1987  - Scott was a four-sport athlete while a student at Linden High School.  He was a three year All-Metro League football standout, earning First Team in 1986.  That same year, he was a member of the Metro Conference Championship Team.  Scott also excelled in basketball, earning All-League for three years and was selected to the First Team in 1987.  He also earned a varsity letter in track & field, and in baseball was part of the 1987 Metro League Championship Team.  After his time at LHS, Scott spent time as the Director of Football Operations at the University of Michigan, and as the Associate Director of Athletics and Director of Athletic Development at Albion College.  

JUDY STOERI  (Special Service) -  Judy retired from the Linden Community Schools in 2004 after dedicating more than 35 years of service.  She was a highly respected and knowledgeable mathematics teacher.  In addition, she also was Linden's girls track coach in the early 1970's.  She also served as National Honor Society Advisor as well as Class Sponsor.  Judy volunteered to assist with track and cross country teams, volleyball teams and basketball teams.  She served as head judge at many League, Regional, and Final Track and Cross Country meets.  Her dedication to the Linden Community and the students of Linden High School is unprecedented. 


1958 FOOTBALL TEAM  -  The 1958 Linden High School Football Team won the Genesee County Class C Championship as they compiled a record of 7-0-1.  The 1958 Team was the last Linden High School Football Team to have an undefeated record prior to the 2004 season, a span of 46 years.  A football used during that season is currently in the Hall of Fame and is signed by all team members and coaching staff.  Following are the members of the 1958 team:  Eric Axel, Bill Downer, Jim Fowler, Jeffrey Gholson, Theodore Harvey, Howard Morton, James Hudson, Harold Johnson, Jerry Joslin, Stanley Krusina, Vernon Lovejoy, Larry Moore, Keith Morgan, Clifton Orr, Donald Peterson, David Rosetter, Thomas Shannon, Daniel Smith, Jim Starrs, William Stiff, Keith Woodruff, Robert Haley (Co-captain), Frank Sokolowski (Co-captain), Frank Kelley (Head Coach), Bob Dimet (Assistant Coach)  


 

2014 Inductees
 

JOE O'BRIEN 1983-1987 ​- Joe was a three-sport standout who, after graduation, went on to play football at Kalamazoo College.  Joe a two-year starting quarterback on the football team.  He led the Eagles to a Metro League Championship in 1987.  That same year, he earned First Team All Conference.  He was also a three-year starter in basketball and baseball, earning All-Metro League in both sports.  Joe was also a member of the 1987 Linden Varsity Baseball Team which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012


JONI R. CASTRO 1973-1977​  -  The late Joni Castro was a three-sport standout during a time when there were few accolades and post-season awards for female student-athletes.  Joni was a member of the very first volleyball team at Linden High School in 1975, helping set the bar high for the future of the Linden Volleyball program.  As a basketball player, Joni was an outstanding shooter and passer, leading the Lady Eagles in assists each of her four years on the varsity team.  Joni's best sport, by far, was softball where she played incredible defense as an outfielder.  In 1978, as a result of Title IX, Joni was named First Team All Conference, All County, and Most Valuable Player.  She continued her playing career at Jackson Community College signing the first athletic scholarship ever offered to a Linden student-athlete.


ARNOLD "ARNIE" CARNES (Special Service)  -  Arnold was a 1955 Linden High School graduate.  He was an accomplished student-athlete; however, his accolade came after high school.  Arnie was the definition of "volunteer".  For many years, he was the "voice of the Eagles" as an announcer of baseball, football, and basketball games.  He drove a tractor around the old cinder track pulling a roller, after which he lined the track.  He also lined the football and baseball fields.  He served as a scorer and timer and a member of the chain gang.  Not only was Arnie a fixture around the athletic events, he was also very active in the Athletic Boosters and a member of the Linden Board of Education.  Arnie will be remembered for bringing Little League Baseball to Linden and living be their code.  "I trust in God. I love my country and will respect its laws.  I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best." 


2003 SPRINT RELAY TEAM  -  Team members: Jeff Krause, Jordan Norman, Matt Keenan, and Ryan Norman led the Boys Track & Field Team to a runner-up finish at the MITCA Team State Finals and a third place finish at the MHSAA State Finals.  In the 4 x 100 meter relay they set an outdoor school record of 43.30, were Flint Metro League Champions, Regional Champions, MITCA Team State Champions and finished third at the MHSAA Team State Finals.  In the 4 x 200 meter relay, they set an indoor school record (1:34.9), set an outdoor school record (1:30.0), were Metro League Champions, Regional Champions and Division II State Champions.


 

2016 Inductee


MICHAEL J. KERNER  (Special Service) -  Mike spent 29 years with the Linden Community Schools in the capacity of teacher, principal and coach. (1965-1994)  He was involved with Linden's football program from 1966 to 1974 (5 years as head coach).  Mike was Linden's golf coach in the late 1960's.  His 1967-68 team captured the Runner-up trophy at the State Finals.  He also served as head cheerleading coach and assistant track and basketball coach.  After 10 years in the classroom, Mike turned to the administrative sector of education serving as Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Curriculum, and Staff Specialist.  He also served on the LCS School Board.  he has made a lasting positive impact on many students who attended the Linden Community Schools.






 

TEAMS INDUCTED INTO THE LINDEN HALL OF FAME
 


1981 Volleyball

Left to right, top row:  Coach Cathy Findlater-North, Teri Johnson, Cheri Alexander, Cathy Buxton, Kelli Hintz, Denise Ludwig, Kay Carnes, Sheryl Urban, manager  front row:  Debbie Johnson, Nobue Shibusawa, Marshella Cluckey, Shelly Urban, Sue Udry.

1987 Baseball

Left to right, top row:  Coach Dennis Hopkins Rob Wise, Greg Conn, Bill Owens, Rod Amos, Scott Draper, Joe O’Brien, front row:  Jeff Warner, Jeff Williams, Dylan Raymond, Steve Buerkel, Todd Cheladyn, Steve Spencer and Derek Smitz.



 
           2003 Sprint Relay Team
Ryan Norman, Matt Keenan, Jeff Krause, Jordan Norman



1936-37 Basketball Team

Back Row, Left to right:  Eldred Bowles, Mgr., Stuart Wykes, Bill Lobb, Claude Polley, Richard Singer, Mert Aldrich, Fred Johnson, Dwight Steele, Harold Humerickhouse, Bill O'Dell, Don Cox.    Front Row, left to right:  Don Graves, Harry Wykes, Dave Jepson, Ralph Kimble, Raymond Kimble, Claude Cranston, Albert Hall, John Bishop, Coach

 

 

 

1974   4 x 100 Relay        
         Randy Rife, Mark Bradley, Bruce Szcodronski, Dallas Parks




1958 Football Team 

Eric Axel, Bill Downer, Jim Fowler, Jeffrey Gholson, Theodore Harvey, Howard Morton, James Hudson, Harold Johnson, Jerry Joslin, Stanley Krusina, Vernon Lovejoy, Larry Moore, Keith Morgan, Clifton Orr, Donald Peterson, David Rosetter, Thomas Shannon, Daniel Smith, Jim Starrs, William Stiff, Keith Woodruff, Robert Haley (Co-captain), Frank Sokolowski (Co-captain), Frank Kelley (Head Coach), Bob Dimet (Assistant Coach)









 


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