INTRODUCING THE GREATER FLINT AREA SPORTS
Three great area basketball players, a very successful college coach, an outstanding hockey player and a multi-sport prep coach will be inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame on December 7, 2013 at the Genesys Athletic Club.
Mateen Cleaves, Terence Greene, Larry Hackett, Pete Hanson, Bobby Reynolds and Al Sigman will be introduced on December 7, 2013, as the latest individual inductees into the GFASHOF. Famed Flint Northern Coach and Athletic Director, Jim Fowler will receive the Special Services Award.
Three teams will also receive recognition. The 1980-81 Borden's Softabll teams will enter in the non-scholastic team category. The 1961 Flint Junior College Cross Country team and the 1984-85 Mt. Morris Girls Softball teams fill the scholastic team category.
Mateen Cleaves was a dominating athlete at Flint Northern 1993-96 with All-City and All-State recognition in both football and basketball leading Northern to a State Championship in basketball in 1995. At Michigan State University 1996-2000 Mateen was a (3) time MSU captain and led the Spartans to the 2000 National Championship. He was named the Most Outsanding Player in the Final Four. A three-time All-American basketball player and Big Ten Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, Mateen was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 14th pick in 2000. His pro career covered 9 years with major stops in Detroit, Sacramento and Seattle.
Pete Hanson's volleyball career was restricted to the college level due to absence of high school volleyball in Flint. He more than made up for that with a stellar college playing career and an even better coaching career. Pete was a National Junior College All American in 1976 and a member of the National Junior College Championship teams at Kellogg Community College in 1976 and 1977. He then enrolled at Ball State University where from 1978 to 1979 he was an all-conference player and MVP. Pete's greatest accomplishments, however, have been at Ohio State University. From 1985 to present, he has coached the men's volleyball team. In 2011, he guided the Buckeyes to the school's first NCAA volleyball championship. He has taken the school to 10 NCAA Final Fours. Pete was the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Coach of the year in 2000 and 2011.
Bobby Reynolds was an outstanding hockey and baseball player at Flint Powers High School in 1984 and 1985, but he made his mark in hockey at the college and professional levels. At Michigan State University, Bobby was a 4-year letter winner from 1986-1989. He led the NCAA in goals in 1988, in scoring in 1989 and was a member of the 1986 National Championship Team. Bobby was a Hobey Baker finalist (the Heisman of Hockey) in 1988 and 1989 and was MSU's Athlete of the Year (all sports) in 1989. On the professional level, Bobby was an 8-time All Star in three leagues below the National Hockey League level. He was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. Bobby played 5 seasons with the Flint Generals, was their head coach/GM for 2 seasons, led the league in scoring 2 years and finished his career in the top 5 in all-time scoring in Generals history.
1961 Flint Junior College Cross Country Team won the 1961 National Junior College Cross Country Championship. Coached by Fred Schuette, the team broke the national record for consecutive dual meet wins over a period of four years, capped by the 1961 team finishing their season with a record 31st straight dual win. The magical season included the Michigan Junior College Athletic Conference Championship, the Region VII Championship, and , of course, the Naional Championship. Don Sleeman and Jim Austin captained the team.
1984-1985 Mt. Morris Girls Softball Teams won 76 games over two years. Coached by Tom Stasik, they won two straight Metro League championships with the 1985 team being the only Flint Metro League team to go undefeated. The 1984 team was the Class B State Championship, the only team in Mt. Morris history to win a State Championship. The 1985 team featured three first team All-Staters and on second team selection.
Terence Greene was a two-time All-American in football and basketball at Flint Central. Terence led the Indians to their third consecutive Class A State Championship as a sophomore. Recruited by legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer he helped the Blue Demons to four (4) NCAA Tournament appearances. Terence was captain of the 1988-89 team and was inducted into the DePaul University Athletic Hall of Fame this past January. Terence played professional basketball overseas in Mexico and France.
Larry Hackett was captain of the St. Matthews basketball and baseball teams in the early 1950's, and All-League and All-City in both sports. Larry was a record-setting scorer at Flint Junior College, once scoring 55 points in a junior college game. He was All-Conference and captain at FJC in basketball and a member of the 1951 and 1952 baseball teams. As a Class AA basketball player, he set the single game record of 67 points in 1961. From 1961 to 1981 Larry was Co-Director of the Michigan Open Basketball Tournament that brought outstanding college players and teams to Flint.
Al Sigman was a highly successful coach in multiple sports at Flint Central, Flint Northern, Grand Blanc and Carman-Ainsworth. Al was a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Michigan Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He was Flint Northern co-coach of the Girls Track Teams that were State Champions Class A 1979, 1980, and 1981. Al was a graduate of University of Michigan, a 2-year varsity starter as a catcher on U of M's baseball team and a 2-year starter on their football team as tackle. He played in the Blue-Grey football game and also in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Roughriders. Coach Sigman passed away in March of 2008.
Jim Fowler is the Special Service Award winner for contributions to Flint area tennis programs and almost 40 years in education as Athletic Director and Coach. Jim was the driving force to expand and upgrade the sport of tennis in the greater Flint area during the sixties, seventies and eighties. He was the Tennis Professional/Owner of the Genesee Valley Tennis Club and Director/Head Professional of the Flint Swim & Racquet Club. Jim was the Tournament Director of the Michigan High School Tennis Regionals for 37 years and was inducted into the Michigan Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.
Borden's Drugs 1980-1981 Fastpitch Softball was sponsored by Hall of Famer Bernie Borden and managed by Frank Glynn. The 1980 and 1981 squads established themselves as one of the area's all-time best. The teams won the Michigan Class C State Title in 1980 and the Class B Championship in 1981. They had excellent defense, terrific pitching, and superior hitting. During the 1980 and 1981 seasons, the teams won numerous tournaments around Michigan and dominated other teams in the Flint area.
GREATER FLINT AREA SPORTS HALL OF FAME BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER EMERITUS RECOGNITION 2013
Since 2011 the Board of Directors has honored seven former members for their meritorious service during their years with the Hall of Fame. The seven former members receiving EMERITUS recognition include: Dick Daly, Joan LeVeque, Jim Massar, Ernie Myers, Jim Rutherford, Cathy Snyder and Tom Yeotis.
This year the Board of Directors has voted to accord EMERITUS status to FRED BRIGGS. His extraordinary leadership, over a twenty-five year period, in a variety of capacities, has enabled the organization to successfully continue their mission of honoring outstanding individuals and teams for their remarkable achievements and contributions in the field of athletics.
MR. BRIGGS became a member of the organization in 1984 and faithfully served until 2008. During that period he served as Treasurer for four years, Vice President for a three year period and led the organization as President for a full two year term.
EMERITUS status is granted to former members of the GFASHOF Board of Directors recognizing their active participation and contributions in the activities and leadership of the organization that exceed what may be considered normal and traditional.
Initially, as noted, five individuals were selected and each year thereafter two may be chosen. Formal recognition will be held each year at the GFASHOF Press Party held in October. All of the names of the EMERITUS selections will be permanently listed in the annual souvenir banquet booklet and on the GFASHOF website (www.GFASHOF.org).
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