Lee Schoenherr - Inductee - 2017
Lee Schoenherr went from having an impact on various athletic fields to helping to provide so many opportunities for those in and around Mason County. Schoenherr, a 1953 graduate of Ludington, was a member of the Orioles' 1953 state runner-up team. In 1959, he was still listed as the fifth-highest scoring player in school history. He earned all-North Central Conference honors for his play He went on to play for three years at Western Michigan University, and he continued to play when he was in the U.S. Army. He and his Third Division teammates won titles in 1958 and 1959 in what was then West Germany as well as fastpitch softball titles in both years. He was a player/coach in 1959, leading his 15th Infantry basketball team to a regimental title and the Third Division championship. Once he returned home and began working at Floracraft as well with his own Schoenherr Investment, he helped to fund athletics in a variety of ways. The Schoenherr Investment and FloraCraft fastpitch softball teams were elite, including winning Michigan's International Softball Congress championship in 1990. That team went to the World ISC tournament. A FloraCraft-sponsored team won a 1991 state title in the ISC, and it, too, went to the World ISC tournament. It was a part of a Michigan Amateur Softball Association Class A state championship season. Beyond the teams Schoenherr helped to sponsor, he gave to the student center at West Shore Community College, COVE, the Schoenherr Tennis Center in Ludington, the West Shore Community Ice Arena, various improvements at Oriole Field including the all-weather track and video scoreboard, the skate park in Ludington, the sculpture at Waterfront Park and send the Ludington boys basketball team to China.