Another dynamic duo.
The Petoskey High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 is comprised of just two members, but the pair undoubtedly made their respective marks as Northmen.
The pair, Harry Compton and Erin (Fralick) Luckhardt, take a backseat to a few who’ve roamed the halls, fields and courts at Petoskey High School when all is said and done. They will enter the hall as athletes during an induction ceremony at halftime of the Petoskey-Traverse City West boys’ basketball game on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Petoskey High School gym.
Compton and Luckhardt become the 32nd and 33rd members of the hall, joining a group of the very best to ever come through the school.
Both Luckhardt and Compton put together stellar careers during their playing days at Petoskey in a variety of sports.
Compton, a 1952 graduate, earned 13 letters in track, tennis, football and basketball before receiving a scholarship to Michigan State University, where he played freshman football as a quarterback in 1952.
Still Petoskey’s current male letterman record holder, Compton was named All-State as quarterback for Petoskey in 1951 and guided the Northmen to an undefeated record in 1951 at 9-0.
Also in Compton’s senior season, he helped the Northmen to a record team win, 88-0, over Rogers City while his team received the Best Team award from the Grand Rapids Herald.
In track, Compton ran the 100 yard, 220 yard, high hurdles, low hurdles, high jump, long jump and relays, but was only allowed to participate in four events during any meet.
Compton was a one-time school record holder in the high jump, and in his senior season in basketball helped Petoskey to a regional championship.
After college, Compton joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and was head football coach and quarterback for the Army Team at Clark AFB, a league consisting of five Air Force teams and one Army team.
He then went on to become a math teacher at Sparta High School from 1960-64 where he also became the first wrestling coach, JV Football coach and varsity tennis coach.
Compton is currently a proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and retired teacher.
Luckhardt, a 2001 graduate, earned 10 letters in track, basketball and volleyball and also was named Class B All-State in all three sports.
Luckhardt at one time school held records in all three sports and is still the Petoskey girls’ basketball record-holder for a single-game with 34 points.
In volleyball, Luckhardt finished with 1,446 career kills, 365 career solo blocks.
Luckhardt went on to play college volleyball at Alma College and as a senior in 2005 become the first AVCA first-team All-American in the history of volleyball at Alma College and the first player to earn first team All-American honors in any sport since softball’s Danielle Pease in 2001.
A middle blocker for the Scots, Luckhardt swept up post-season awards her senior season as she was named the MIAA Most Valuable Player and earned first-team All-MIAA honors. She was also named to the AVCA Great Lakes All-Region Team for two consecutive seasons and as a senior was ranked 10th in the nation in hitting percentage with a .422 overall mark.
Luckhardt ended her career with the Scots as one of Alma’s best-ever as she led the MIAA in hitting percentage at .481 and was fourth in the league in blocks per game with an average of 1.09 per contest.
For her career, Luckhardt ranked in the top 10 in nearly every statistical category in Alma history.
Luckhardt is now an eighth-grade social studies and computers teacher at the Boyne City Middle School.
Between now and induction night, the accomplishments of Compton and Luckhardt will be profiled in detail in individual feature stories to be published in the News-Review.