2016

Bud Dodson

2016
Other - Inductee

Coach, Variety of Sports

Thirty years ago, Bud Dodson became involved in Special Olympics. In the span of 10 years, he became the Area 24 Special Olympics Director. In that span, and beyond, he guided the group from a $6,000 a year budget to one that has $34,000 for more than 115 athletes. Dodson's teams played in three seasons in a variety of sports: cycling, poly hockey, cross country skiing, basketball, aquatics, track ...Read More...

George Cartier

2016
Other - Inductee

Baseball, Football

One game. The first for the University of Notre Dame. Ludington native George Cartier was the quarterback for the Fighting Irish on Nov. 23, 1887 in the school's very first football game and it happened to be against Michigan. The Fighting Irish lost the game, 8-0, but Cartier went on to be involved in sports in one fashion or another later on in his life.His brother, Warren Cartier, was a Notre D ...Read More...

Jenny (Irwin) Every

2016
Mason County Central - Inductee

Track & Field

Jenny (Irwin) Every set several Ferris State University track records after an outstanding high school career at Mason County Central. At MCC, she qualified for the state meet four times running in the 800-meter and 1,600 as well as the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Irwin set six Ferris State records and made appearances three consecutive years at the NCAA Division II meet, was named the 2006 GLIAC Most ...Read More...

Mason County Central 1986 Boys Track Team

2016
Mason County Central - Inductee

Track & Field

The 1986 Mason County Central Boys Track and Field Team won the MHSAA Class C state championship, defeating Detroit St. Martin dePorres by two points in the state meet. The Spartans started the season after finishing as the state runner-up in 1985. MCC went on to win the 17-team Fremont Invitational, the East Grand Rapids Invitational, the Traverse City Relays and the West Michigan Conference titl ...Read More...

Mike Benedict

2016
Ludington High School - Inductee

Bowling, Cross Country, Fast-Pitch Softball, Track & Field

Mike Benedict ran to the 1981 Class B state cross country championship in his senior year at Ludington High School. It was set up by a 19th place finish the year before. In both seasons, Benedict was all-region and all-Seaway Conference. In track, Benedict was a three-time all-Seaway Conference athlete and was the conference champion in the two-mile his senior year. Benedict eventually ran for Sag ...Read More...

Ross Donley

2016
Ludington High School - Inductee

Coach, Cross Country, Track & Field

Ross Donley coached the Ludington High School track teams for 37 years and cross country for 26 years. His track teams won 16 league titles, four regional titles and three times were in the top 10 at the state meet. Donley's cross country teams won six league titles and four regional titles. He is a four-time regional cross country coach of the year and the 1983 track coach of the year. Donley is ...Read More...

Kylie Mount

2016
Mason County Central - HS Honoree

Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball

The 2015-16 Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Female Student-Athlete of the Year is Mason County Central's Kylie Mount. She earned four letters each in basketball and track and field while also earning three letters in volleyball. She set the Mason County Central school record in the high jump while being all-state twice in the 100-meter hurdles and once in the long jump. In 2016 alone, she was ...Read More...

Spencer Knizacky

2016
Mason County Central - HS Honoree

Baseball, Football, Wrestling

The 2015-16 Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Male Student-Athlete of the Year is Mason County Central's Spencer Knizacky. He competed all four of his high school years on the wrestling and baseball teams and for three seasons on the varsity football team. He is a two-time West Michigan Conference, district and regional champion in wrestling and he placed three years at the state meet, including ...Read More...