Baraka is a Portage kid.
Baraka is a Portage kid.
but I grew up playing with and against those guys so I thought I'd give 'em some love.
Yeah I'm still bitter because Portage Northern used to crush Norrix back when I was in highschool... and the fact he was so good but blew his chance at Michigan.
Sweetest game I ever played in was us vs. Portage Northern Jennings senior year and we won 45-27, Greg had two TDs and Harrison had 300 yards and 3 TDs, Baraka also went off with 300 yards and 4 TDs. The Sorantos brothers were also playing for PN
Didn't Jennings lead you guys to a state championship in basketball that same year?
Althoug we are defending back to back champs currently. Jennings was also the 4x1 and 4x2 state champ along wirh Harrison
Kzoo (portage central hs) guy here. Pete Metzelaars went to pc. I ran the 100 lined up next to tj duckett my freshman year. Tico duckett was an advisor guy at our school too. Nice guy. Some guys I ran track with played at gvsu when they won titles, but not sure of their contributions there.
Ohh only one LeBron James
I went to the same grade school as Earvin. Heck, my older brother used to get schooled on the playground by him even though my brother was a year older than Earvin. I'm a Sexton alum though, not Everett so different HS... Same home town though (Lansing for the younger readers here)
Everett alum here. I was at the homecoming game against Sexton when they renamed the gym after him. He was there too, and we won by a last second shot. Everybody stormed the court including him, which I thought was cool.
Who went to school at Waverly I believe...
Fritz Crisler invented the winged helmet while the head coach at Princeton.
BONUS POINTS: Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Montgomery Clift, Gerald Ford, Buddy Miles, Nick Nolte, Malcolm X
Shani Davis graduated from Marquette Senior High School. He moved up to train with the United States Olympic Education Center when he was still in high school. Probably can't consider him to be "from" Marquette but he did at least attended our high school.
Iman Shumpert, Evan Turner, Mike Shanahan, Ellis Coleman
And Hannah Storm, the ESPN anchor.
Enumclaw WA pop >10000. Weent to HS with Kasy Kahne and the White Mamba lives about 3 blocks from me. super cool guy.
Gary Moeller, is the most notable. also have had a couple buckeye b-ball players and a sparty.
I grew up in Chicago. Here are a few:
so I'll claim my whole high school. Only few on the list I've heard of are Clay Matthews (sr. ) and Bruce Matthews (didn't graduate, but attended).
Also Tommy Wingels (dirty mullet from Miami, OH) of the San Jose Sharks and I used to play hockey together.
Had a lot more famous alumni when it comes to not sports, including Charlton Heston, Ann Margaret, Rainn Wilson, Donald Rumsfeld and Rahm Emanuel
I live down the street from where Madona used to live and played high school football with Pipkins for a year, also with Joe Reynolds. Other than that the whole Vanderkay swimming family went to the same high school as me.
Mark Ingram. Went to gb his whole life until he transferred before his senior year
Gerald Mother f***ing Ford, bitches.
Also, Dell and Connie Sweeris are in the Table Tennis Hall of Fame. True story.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. should get a shoutout, but he's a douche for ducking Pacquiao.
Dave Rosema. Buster Mathis?
Stanley Ketchum was from GR, long considered one of the greatest pound for pound fighters ever. Was killed in his bad by his wife I think.
GR could also claim Mark Knuble.
I guess the only person that would even be remotely famous or great is Brent Cummings who lead Belding to back to back state championship appearances in 96 and 97. We won the championship in 97 and he was the states all time leading rusher for a few years. He signed with UM and spent his career on the bench mostly. He switched to CB and saw a few minutes in games that we already decided.
Those were some good Belding teams from 94-98. In the few games I watched, I always thought Paul Cummings was better, but I'm not a football expert.
Paul was definitely not better than Brent. Paul was good, Brent was great. Paul ran more East West and had a tendency to dance too much. Brent was straight down hill even though he was fast and could juke.
Becky Hammon (voted as one of the top 15 WNBA players of all time; my brother's high school classmate)
Randy Lewis (2-time NCAA wrestling champ; Olympic gold medalist)
Adam Vinatieri (kicked two Super Bowl-winning field goals)
Cathy Bachmann (AKA Catherine Bach, AKA Daisy Duke, professional Roscoe P. Coletrane heartbreaker)
We just moved back to Belding, MI from Kyle, SD which is on the Pine Ridge Reservation and about 88 miles Southeast of Rapid City. We loved it there and wish we could have stayed! No family though and with a newborn it was important to move back.
South Dakota is a great state though!
And while SoDak is my home state, I'm full-on smitten with the Mitten.
Muhammed Ali. Met him, and he is as great a person as he was an athlete.
I was going to say absolutely nobody of any note ever out of G.P. but then I remembered Kevin Lynch and Jeff Rohrkemper, so there's that.
Besides Rohrkemper, other GP North alumni include: Carly Piper, 2004 Olympic gold medalist in 4 x 200m freestyle swimming; hockey players David Legwand (Nashville Predators) & Andy Miele (Miami Redhawks, Portland Pirates, affiliate of Phoenix Coyotes).
Ugh, also a Sparty whom I shall call "Slashes Downed Opponents" (Rochester Americans, affiliate of Buffalo Sabres).
Chris Getz, baseball, GP South, U-M (KC Royals).
Aaron Krickstein, tennis, went to University Liggett.
Also, I once played neighborhood club tee ball on the same team as prince fielder...he was much better than I was
No one from my hometown but Glen Steele is from a town thats about ten miles away.
We have had a fair amount of notable athletes but off the top of my head:
Bob Chappius, Kevin Koger, Willis Berringer, Chris Wormley (in a couple years),Jimmy Jackson, Dennis Hopson, Greg Wojciechowski (wrestling). Dane Sanzenbacher, Jon Amaechi (first openly gay NBA player)
From my time: JoJuan Armour (Great MAC player, made NFL but is a headcase), Also can't remember his name but played Bball for OSU then Cincy also went to Central Catholic
Rodney Holman, Eric Ball, Kris and Cullen Jenkins, the Ofilis, Carolyn King (broke little leagues gender barrier)
Rebecca Soni by far is our best, (2x Olympic gold medalist swimmer)
Andrew Bynum's a clear second. We're not an old town, a suburb of Trenton that really only got developed in the 1980s, so I'm pretty confident in saying those two are our best.
Jon Runyan from Carmen-Ainworth, Rick Leach Southwestern, Sam Webb Central, the Byrd Family Hamady my Alma Meter, Shaun Smith Northern, Quintin Patilla Carmen-Ainworth, Leval Lucus-Perry Powers, Tweety Nolan Northern, Eric Turner Central, also down the road at Grand Blanc Justice Hayes the number two back of the Genesee County Backfield.
Also former Wolverines Pat Moons and Gene Lawson.
I used to coach him in minor hockey.
Travis Conlan, yo.
Played pickup hoops with him once or twice when he was in high school. Made the rest of us scrawny white kids look like scrawny white kids.
My area has produced.
Greg Skrepenak ( Former Michigan and NFL O lineman)
Jim Crowley 1/4 of the Notre Dame 4 horseman
I was born in Detroit, but did most of my growing up in Solon. Mad Dog was before my time but I believe his "kick ass and take names" quote in Bo's book comes from a HS coach of his who was still around when I was in school...the youth minister at my Catholic parish btw.
I now live in Mentor, OH, home of former Baldwin-Wallace QB Jim Tressel. When Lee Tressel coached at Mentor High he encouraged his player Bill Kolesar to attend Michigan because Lee didn't like Woody Hayes. So we have Lee Tressel to thank for Bill's son John.
MLB Pitcher Roy Parmelee
Has a park by my house named after him and his grandson and great grandson taught at my high school.
Lyle Alzado...NFL DL and all around crazy man.