Beyond the Scoreboard names it 2012 champions
Arizona Interscholastic Association executive director Harold Slemmer is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Beyond the Scoreboard Champions of Character banquet on June 11 in Petoskey. (courtesy photo / May 4, 2012)
WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, June 11.
WHERE: Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center,
TICKETS $20 and may be purchased at www.beyondthescoreboard.org or by calling Beyond the Scoreboard executive director Ron Goodman, (231) 622-2223.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Harold Slemmer, executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, that state’s equivalent of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Those who pursue victory with honor will be honored themselves on what has grown to become a special evening.
The eighth annual Beyond the Scoreboard Champions of Character Awards Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Center, where the local organization will recognize area individuals, coaches, athletes, officials sport leaders and others who through their actions have demonstrated, educated, lead or encouraged good sportsmanship through youth or interscholastic sports.
This year’s keynote speaker is Harold Slemmer, an innovative educator and renowned public speaker.
Slemmer is the executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, he position he assumed in 1999 after an extensive career in coaching, curriculum development, high school administration and instruction at the high school and university level.
Slemmer received his Bathelor of Arts in 1975, Master of Arts in pysical education and adminstration in 1976 and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 1986 from Arizona State Unversity, where he also competed in football under legendary coach Frank Kush. Slemmer played on two top 10 ranked teams nationally.
Slemmer is the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Arizonan Award in 2001, and the North Central Association’s Circle of Excellence. He championed Arizona’s Pursuing Victory with Honor initiative among its high schools and has provided the vision and leadership needed to implement character education and healthy lifestyles to all involved in interscholastic and youth sports.
Prior to Slemmer’s speech, a number of area athletes, coaches, fans, parents, officials and leaders will be recognized.
The 2012 recipients include Gary Roberts and Mary Ann Roberts, fantastic fans; Dennis Mikus, parent; Charlevoix girls’ cross country team, team of character; Harold Koviak, official; Kerry VanOrman, high school coach; Al Gooch, youth Sports Leader; Hanna Loesch, female high school athlete; Luke Hawley, male high school athlete; Mitchell Hoffman, boys youth sports athlete; Sophia Thompson, girl youth sport athlete.
— Gary and Mary Ann Roberts are a retired couple who have not slowed down around the community of East Jordan. Whether it is school, community or regional they are usually found active in one capacity or another. Both are deeply involved with school and community activities, along with service clubs, and always willing to lend a hand or support an event. They are role models for the community youth and adults and display first class leadership skills in all their actions.
— Mikus has been a longtime follower/backer of Pellston athletics with three children coming through the system and, when available, drove the team bus. Now that his children have moved on he is still dedicated to the athletic programs and is an interested fan for both most home and away events. For several years, Mikus was a volunteer pole vault coach for the middle school on up and showed a knack for patience and praise.
— The Charlevoix High School Girls cross country team and coach Mary Plude prided themselves in building character and this past season’s team just seemed to take it one step further. This was a special group who truly “walk the walk” as role models for exemplary character. Besides being leaders within the school the team showed a knack for being compassionate, thoughtful, dedicated and organized.
— Koviak has been a high school official for more than 30 years in Northern Michigan and has worked many of the so called “biggest games,” whether it be basketball, football, or softball. During those three decades of carrying a whistle, Koviak has earned the respect of athletic directors, coaches, players and fans.
— VanOrman has been Petoskey’s head football coach for the past nine years and over the past four years has produced more wins (34-8) and more playoff appearances (4) than any coach in Northern Michigan area. However, those victories take a backseat to the program VanOrman has built through good old fashion respect. His influence and spirit extends outside the school to include community, region and the Big North Conference coaching fraternity.
— Gooch has had more than 39 years of competitive swim coaching and has done it with dignity and class. He came to Charlevoix as pool director in 1998 and immediately started the Charlevoix Stingray Swim Club. That first year Gooch had just five swimmers, but used his dedication and faith to bring the team to an elite level. Last season, the Stingrays hit the 100-swimmer mark and sent 25 entrants to the state meet.
— Loesch has used her chosen sport to set high goals, one of which she will obtain this fall. As a seven-year member of the Harbor Springs Hammerhead Swim Club, she holds 15 club records and four more as a relay team member. She also owns two Michigan Team Swim League records and this year won two individual state championships for USA Swimming, a statewide event that drew more than 300 participants. Loesch became the first Hammerheads member to win an athletic/academic full ride scholarship when she enters Wayne State University this fall.
— Hawley has been a four-year veteran in cross country and track and during that time has always represented East Jordan Schools with the highest integrity, win or lose. He has proven himself to be reliable, responsible, trustworthy and willing to assume any task given him. His quiet leadership qualities standout and his many athletic honors are taken in stride, never in a boastful manner.
Last fall, Hawley won six of seven cross county individual runs and was second in the conference.
— Hoffman is an eighth-grader at Petoskey St. Francis who has caught the eye of all his coaches and teachers from kindergarten up. He has played three years of basketball at St. Francis, making the seventh-grade team as a sixth-grader. He has also played Pop Warner football in Harbor Springs for six years, played two years of winter recreation basketball and recreation soccer for one year. Not only has he shown a skilled and competitive side, but he also respects his coaches, referees along with opposing coaches and players.
— Thompson is just completing fifth-grade at Charlevoix St. Mary’s School and already knows the meaning of hard work. A member of the Charlevoix Stingrays Swim Club, she has used her passion and dedication to set a great example for her teammates. In Sophia’s three years with the club she has qualified for the Michigan Team Swim League state finals each year, won the Stingrays coach’s award for 2010-11, and was giving the most outstanding swimmer award for 2011-12.
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