Free Soil High School

Fabian Knizacky

2014
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Race Walking

Fabian Knizacky was a great race-walker, finishing ninth in the 1984 Olympic trials for the 50-kilometer race walk. The four-year varsity letterwinner from Free Soil in cross country went on to Aquinas College where he really excelled. At Aquinas, he was the first three-time all-American for the school and was the first person to win All-American honors in indoor track. In all, he is a five-time a ...Read More...

Ken Papes

2012
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Baseball, Basketball, Fast-Pitch Softball, Track & Field

Ken Papes was a stand out all-around prep athlete at Free Soil, being a state-class sprinter, long-jumper and shot-putter in track and field. In hoops, he averaged more than 25 points per game as a senior and had 1,459 points for his career for Free Soil, tops for the school's history. In baseball he was a part of the Free Soil baseball team that won 54 consecutive games, primarily working as the ...Read More...

1961 Basketball Team Free Soil Pirates

2011
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Basketball

On the 50th anniversary year of its Class D state runnerup season, the 1961 Free Soil High boys basketball team went 25-1 and finished second in the state. Called "Carey's Comets," the team won its first 25 games, most by wide margins, before losing to Marquette Pierce, 68-61, in the Class D State championship game. Led by Jim Jackoviak (20.9 points per game), Norm Clausen (17.9), and Mel Carey (1 ...Read More...

Ed Papes

2011
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Baseball, Basketball, Fast-Pitch Softball, Track & Field

Ed Papes was a three-sport star for Free Soil High School, graduating in 1967. In track and field, he held the school record in the 100-yard dash (10.4 seconds) and also helped set school records in the 880- and mile relays. As a basketball player, Papes was a key member on Pirate teams that advanced to the Class D state semifinals in 1966 and 1967. He led the latter squad in scoring at 18.2 point ...Read More...

Helen (Shereda) Smith

2006
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Basketball, Fast-Pitch Softball

In the early 1970s when girls' athletics in Michigan were just getting their legs, Free Soil's Helen Shereda was off and flying. With her long arms and legs flapping, she flew like a giant, unstoppable bird across the basketball courts and softball diamonds of West Michigan. At 6-foot, 1 1/2 inches and 150 pounds, she was a dominating force on the inside in basketball. But she was also the best ba ...Read More...

Steve Papes

2006
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Baseball, Basketball, Fast-Pitch Softball, Track & Field

The oldest of three baseball-playing brothers from Free Soil who competed for Central Michigan University, Steve Papes earned All-America honors in 1970, when he was the most valuable player and captain on a 36-4 Chippewa squad. "A great deal of the success we had this season was due to Steve's leadership on and off the field," said his coach, Waldo Sauter. Papes set CMU single-season records for ...Read More...

Max Carey

2005
Free Soil High School - Inductee

Baseball, Basketball, Coach

Free Soil was a small community, but the success of its basketball program under the tutelage of Max Carey was large. In Carey's 26 years as their coach, the Pirates won or shared 15 Western Michigan D League championships, 11 Class D district titles and five regional championships. His record in the state quarterfinals was 3-1 and his overall record was 476-177. His 1961 and 1971 Free Soil teams ...Read More...