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Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame banquet delayed from May to August

Jerry Racine, right, works with incoming Ishpeming High School athletic director Terry Roberts after Racine announced he was stepping down from the position in 2010. Racine is one of 10 inductees in this year’s Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. (Journal file photo)

HARRIS — The annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame banquet that is usually held in the spring has been postponed until August due to concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 inductee class includes Al Mitchell of Marquette, Jerry Racine of Ishpeming, Jennifer (Kangas) Brody of L’Anse, John Barnes originally of Escanaba, Todd Dagenais originally of Escanaba, the late Dewey Lane of Wakefield, William Mannisto of Bessemer, the late Victor Turosky of Iron River, the late Mickey Valesano of Wakefield and Julie (Heldt) Wonders of Iron Mountain.

The UPSHF council is still seeking two replacements, for former Mining Journal sports writer and sports editor Craig Remsburg, who has moved from Marquette to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and for Fred DuVuono of Sault Ste. Marie, who died last year.

Anyone from those areas interested in joining the council should call UPSHF secretary Dennis Grall at 906-789-9005 or 906-280-3277.

The banquet will be held at the Island Resort & Casino at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 21. Tickets are $30 and must be reserved by Aug. 1 by calling Grall, UPSHF executive director Cathy Shamion at 906-885-5739, treasurer Suzanne Sanregret at 906-281-1206, or council members Mike Caruso at 906-774-1918, Don Gustafson at 906-298-0174 or Dave Lahtinen 906-786-8561.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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