2019 Mason County Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced.
The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame has announced the 2019 inductees. The seven inductees will be honored on Saturday, June 29 during two ceremonies. The unveiling of inductee plaques will take place at noon at Historic White Pine Village in Pere Marquette Township. An induction banquet will then take place later that day at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Hamlin Township. Banquet tickets can be purchased from the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 231-845-0324. The cost is $35 per person. The annual recognition of the MCSHF male and female high school athlete of the year will also take place.
Dr. Bill Anderson
Dr. William M. Anderson is one of the foremost historians on the Detroit Tigers, writing The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tiger History, The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers, 1920-1950, and The View from the Dugout: The Journals of Red Rolfe. He co-authored Rick Ferrell: Knuckleball Catcher with the former Tigers coach and vice-president, and four articles on the club for Michigan History Magazine. He has been invited several times by the club for speeches including to re-dedicate a commemorative plaque to Ty Cobb in 2005 at Comerica Park. Two of his books received award recognition within the state, region, and nationally. Instrumental in the success of the MCSHF.
Rebecca (Jensen) Dilanni
Rebecca (Jensen) Dilanni was All-State as freshman at Ludington High School, winning all matches 6-0, 6-0, garnered top 10 rankings as a youth, and eventually turned professional. She, and twin sister Rachel (Jensen) Faucett, were ranked in the top five nationally in doubles play and won national tournaments in their teenage years. Dilanni earned a scholarship at Kansas University where she was one half of a doubles national championship in 1994. Rebecca was twice an All-American. Inducted into University of Kansas Hall of Fame 1994. She played in many Grand Slam tournaments as a professional.
Rachel (Jensen) Faucett
Rachel (Jensen) Faucett as a freshman at LHS, was All-State and #1 Singles in Michigan, and #1 in state all four years of high school in Georgia. She was one of the top individual tennis players for her respective age as a youth, garnering top 10 rankings in singles and doubles, and eventually turning professional. Paired with twin sister Rebecca (Jensen) Dilanni, they were ranked in the top five nationally in doubles play through their teenage years winning national tournaments. Faucett experienced high WTA singles ranking, won many professional tournaments. Rachel played in many Grand Slam tournaments. Represented USA in Maureen Connolly Cup vs. Great Britain.
Jeff Henry is a 1977 graduate of Mason County Central, and he is Mason County’s first ever state champion in the sport of wrestling. Henry won the title at 138 pounds with an undefeated record of 32-0 during his senior year. Henry was a four-time state tournament qualifier, a first for a Mason County wrestler. He was the state runner-up in 1976 at 132 pounds with a 32-1 record. He finished his career with a 108-21 mark, and he was the first to win 100 matches in Mason County. He held the record for most career pins, most team points, and most career wins. He went on to wrestle for the University of Michigan;
Erica (Bieniek) Reed
Erica (Bieniek) Reed, a 1999 graduate of Mason County Central, golfed four years for Mason County Central’s boys’ team, and was the team most valuable player her senior year. She went on to play four seasons at Western Michigan University where she was a three-year captain and was voted the most valuable player three years. She earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors while setting records for a low 18-hold round, a 36-hole event and a 54-hole event. Eric holds the record for most wins in season (5), and most overall wins with eight.. After college, Reed went pro, playing on the Futures Tour of the LPGA. She is now the director of golf at Lincoln Hills Golf Club.
Steve Schoenherr is a 1958 graduate of Ludington where he earned all-conference honors twice, scored 705 total points, in only two seasons with the Orioles. He set a single high game point total of 42 for a team and league record. He was a winning middle-distance runner at LHS. He was named first team All-State by both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in 1958 in basketball. He went on to the University of Michigan where lettered for three seasons. Steve was a talented middle-distance runner, and anchored a state qualifying relay team in high school. He has run numerous marathons including the Boston Marathon.
Harrie Volkers is a 1960 graduate of Ludington where he played football, basketball, baseball and track. He was voted Most Athletic his senior year at Ludington. He earned All-Conference and All-State honors during his senior year in basketball, and he amassed 937 career points. Harrie was considered one of LHS’s best “big men” during the golden years of Ludington High School basketball. He went on to play for the freshman team at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Western Michigan University and playing two years there. Post college he played on many local, regional, and state adult league championship teams.