Mason County Sports Hall of Fame

Welcome to the page of the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame. Our vision to Recognize outstanding athletes & contributors. Share memories, preserve legacies, instill life lessons, and add value to our community in unique ways.

The hall of fame’s Class of 2020 will induct Robert Ayers, Adam Johnson, Dave Killips, Kelly Smith, Annie (Tewel) Sadosty and the 2006-07 Mason County Central volleyball team.

“The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame is proud to recognize, honor and enshrine these outstanding athletes for the Class of 2020,” stated Hall President Vic Burwell. “We honor the first individual member of our rich soccer heritage, a softball player that tossed a perfect game in a state tournament, a world champion, arguably the best male amateur tennis player of our area, a multi all-state female basketball and track athlete and the best volleyball team of our area.”

Class of 2020 Inductees:

Robert Ayers

2020
Ludington High School - Inductee

Fast-Pitch Softball

Kelly Smith

2020
Mason County Central - Inductee

Motocross

Annie (Tewel) Sadosty

2020
Ludington High School - Inductee

Basketball

Dave Killips

2020
Ludington High School - Inductee

Tennis

Adam Johnson

2020
Ludington High School - Inductee

Soccer

2007 MCC Volleyball Team

2020
Mason County Central - Inductee

Volleyball

Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Announces the postponement of the Class of 2020 Induction Events scheduled for June 27, 2020

The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame board of directors announced that it was necessary to postpone the Class of 2020 MCSHOF Induction events scheduled for June 27, 2020.  The ceremonies will be rescheduled for June 26, 2021.  Same locations.

 

It was decided at the April 15 board meeting that due to the many uncertainties related to the Covid-19 virus, and the related social distancing and the overall concerns for the wellness and safety of all individuals and groups supporting this event, that it would be in the best interest of all people who would be involved to cancel this year’s unveiling and induction banquet until June of 2021.  This will allow appropriate time for life and activities to regain a level of normality.

“This is a major disappointment for our board of directors and to our honored athletes that were being inducted into the Class of 2020,” explained MCSHOF President Vic Burwell.  “There have been countless hours of preparation and many plans established for travel, and reconnecting with family, friends, and community, that occur during this wonderful event that honors those who have achieved so much in their athletic participation in Mason County and to share memories and relive this amazing accomplishments.” Our area’s athletic legacy will continue to be remembered and honored by the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2020 is comprised of the following: Bob Ayers (Fast Pitch Softball); Adam Johnson (Soccer); David Killips (Tennis); Annie (Tewel) Sadosty (Basketball/Track); Kelly Smith (Motor Cross); and the MCC 2007 Girls Volleyball State Runner-up team.

 

However, the MCSHOF decided that it would honor an area High School male and female athlete of the year and provide the associated scholarships that accompany that recognition.  “It was such a disappointing athletic year for many senior students, and the board wanted to select two deserving student athletes to continue this tradition,” quipped Burwell.  “in a year in which athletes have experienced great disappointment in not being able to complete in spring sports and advanced competition.  These outstanding athletes will be selected in June of 2020 and will receive their scholarships and appropriate recognition, even without the annual banquet event.”

 

In addition, the MCSHOF board decided that it would continue to establish their new venue, as restrictions allow with the virus social distancing and shut down regulations, of “Beyond the Game: The Value of Sports!” in collaboration with the Mason County Historical Society, under the leadership of consultant Valerie VanHeest.   The opening celebration of this wonderful venue of inspiration at Historic White Pine Village, will be announced once public gatherings are permitted.

 

Mason County Sports HOF Updates Building

MCSHF VISION Statement

“Recognize outstanding athletes & contributors.  Share memories, preserve legacies, instill life lessons, and add value to our community in unique ways.”

The MCSHF is proud to introduce the 2020 opening (TBD July of 2020) of our new H of F. It is a venue that will make all inductees proud, and honored, to be a formal part of this new sports venue in Mason County, in cooperation with the Mason County Historical Society, and in collaboration with Van Heest & Associates Exhibit Designers.
The venue will be called: “Beyond the game: The value of sports”

Overview of inside of the building with lessons “Beyond the Game”

Overview of the back of the building with simulation screens of lessons to be learned from the value of the sports.

Each value will be assigned to a local athlete and a professional athlete so they can share their story.

The board of directors of the MCSHF, with museum consultant Valerie VanHeest, and in cooperation with the Mason County Historical Society, will unveil its new look entitled “Beyond the game:  The value of sports!”  This will take place in July of 2020. Specific date to be determined.

In addition to honoring and recognizing our area’s outstanding athletes, contributors, and teams, the hall will focus on, and feature exhibits that reflect the six significant life lessons that athletics can teach.  Leadership, respect, embracing teamwork, overcoming adversity, understanding perseverance, and developing character.  In addition, there will be five areas of emphasis that have contributed greatly to the legacy of Mason County Sports.  These legacy exhibits will focus on the MacPhail family; the five consecutive MHSAA state girls gymnastics championships;  the Mason County Eastern girls softball dominance of 32 consecutive years of winning at least the state MHSAA District softball championship, among many other championships; the Jensens family sports legacy; and, the legacy of Mason County Fast-Pitch softball.  Five decades of 50 plus male and female teams that won countless district, regional, state, and national championships. Also featured in the renovated MCSHF exhibits will be nine local hall of fame athletes and their respective stories on the values learned from sports that have contributed to their life success after sports. 

Also, the renovated hall of fame will have interactive touch screens for viewing the achievements and stories of the 86 inductees into the MCSHF, and the high school male and female athletes of the year.  There will be opportunities to engage with other interactive exhibits, and photo ops with some of the world’s most famous athletes next to life size images.  It is the goal of the MCSHF to continue to recognize outstanding athletes & contributors.  Share memories, preserve legacies, instill life lessons, and add value to our community in unique ways.  Watch for this sports venue unveiling in July of 2020.