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Click to link to the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame: Nomination InformationState Journal article 2015 OAHOF BanquetU-Tube Video of the 2016 OAHOF Banquet


Great Stories of Okemos High School Athletes

and Their Life Beyond High School

Histories.Memoirs.Stories.Nominations    for our

Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Website  


If you have a Story, Memoir or Nomination for Athletics, contact: Jay Guertin '65 or Mike Baker '65            Click the article to read it!



 

Class of 1964

Fred Stehman

The First State Champion Wrestler in OHS History

Twice High School State Wrestling Champ and Top Ten Academics

Big Ten College Wrestling Champ

National reputation for Medical practice and research

by Bob Bratzler '64, Sherrie Paty '66 and Rod Ellis '65


Class of 1965

Mike McGilliard

"The 95 pound State Champ"     by Jay Guertin 

<Nominated to the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame>

NCAA and Four Times Big 10 Championship Team

College Professor and A lifetime of achievements



Class of 1963

Hans Wiegand   

 "The German Exchange Student: Track Superstar"              by Rod Ellis    


Class of 1953      Dick  Ewing

Okemos Alumni Association Publishes a Book

The Okemos Sprint King, Dick Ewing 1953

Our First Nomination for the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame

Okemos Athletic Director, Ira Childress receiving the Nomination for the OAHOF from Rod Ellis.  Since the book is a (very) limited edition, you can read it on-line at this website. 

 

 "The Okemos Sprint King" story

       1951 Rising Star
                                                 Written and compiled by Rod Ellis  


 

                                     The 1966 Football Team

 

  "The Story of Champions, an Adventure in 9 parts."

                                                   published by the Towne Courier               by Tim Staudt               

 



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The 1967 Football Team

 



Class of 1957

Max Creaser

Basketball Scoring Record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Class of 1953

Judy Haga

International Swimming Star

Judy set the stage for Syncronized Swimming as an Olympic sport

Lansing State Journal, April 21, 1957, page 49:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Class of 1959 

Elizabeth Gwynne "Betsy" Fox

 

 

Building on the work of Judy Haga '53, Betsy performed in the 1960 Olympics in Syncronized Swimming as a demonstration event.  The sport is now a competitive sport in the Olympics.

Also in 1960, she won an international championship in Barcelona, Spain.

Miss Fox graduated with honors from Michigan State University, where she was affiliated with Sigma Kappa social sorority and Delta Phi Alpha honorary.

 

 



Class of 1925   Eugene Williams

The First Celebrated Athlete of Okemos Consolidated School

Triple silver medal winner at the 3rd Annual Field Day Meet of the Rural Agricultural Consolidated League at Michigan State College

Valedictorian of his graduating Class at age 16                                                                           

  Compiled and Written by Sherrie Paty

Lettered in Track and Championship Cross-Country Team at Michigan State College                                         


Class of 1930

Cleo Beaumont

Member of the 1929 and 1930 State Championship Track and Field Team

and the Two time State Champion in the Javelin Throw 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Class of 1937
Starr Keesler

from Track Star to the Board of Education

Record Holder for High Hurdles and Broad Jump lasted into the 1950's


 

Lansing State Journal, May 6, 1937; Lansing State Journal, May 8, 1936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The 1986 Cross Country Team

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The First OHS State Champions

(and their coach)

John Quiring, Coach Track and Cross-Country

 

Coach John Quiring nominated for the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame

I nominate, John Quiring an accomplished teacher, track and cross country coach to the Alumni Hall of Fame. In my freshman year in the fall of 1978, John started coaching cross country at Okemos. Coach Q (as we know him) taught us lessons in the class room, on the track and the cross country courses of lower Michigan that I will never forget. He made "learning easy" and instilled in many of us the love of running and teamwork. A small number of us ran all four years with the cross county team. Although the awards in those years where limited, our time together and lessons from Coach Q stay with us today. Coach Q touched the lives of many over his thirty plus years at Okemos. Those who were coached by "Q" know of his disciplined approach to personal development and his generous spirit.
 
Notable coaching accomplishments include; his cross country teams won 29 league titles, 20 regional titles and the 1986 Boys' State Championship. Coach Q was a member of the Okemos Community Church, past president of the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association, and a devoted member of his community.
 
Jeff Preston - Class of 1982


Class of 1969

Charlie Campbell

One for the record books...and 17 more years!

For 2 years, Charlie set and reset the 2 mile record.  His incredible time was posted on the wall for over a decade and a half.

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  Compiled by Rod Ellis '65