The Petoskey Humane Society announced it would be sponsoring an upcoming professional wrestling event at the Petoskey Central Elementary School gym, formerly the Petoskey High School gym.
The featured main event would be a match between Leaping Larry Chene, “The People’s Choice,” and “The Crusher” Cortez.
Leaping Larry — a Michigander — thrilled hundreds of thousands of “matt buff” fans coast-to-coast with his pattened flying head scissors, flying drop kick and leap frog drop, all of which were done from the top rope and against his larger opponents.
Chene endured himself to the many fans across the nation and especially looked forward to many return benefit engagements to his home state.
The event also included eight other well-known wrestlers.
Petoskey High School track coach Dwayne Swenor returned from the Michigan High School Track Coaches Clinic to report two underclassmen — freshman Tom Splan and sophomore Bruce Hilton — were the talk of the Alpena clinic.
Splan, a pole vaulter, placed fourth with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches; while Hilton, a high jumper, fell three-quarters of a inch short of breaking a school record while making a jump at 5-11.
Charlevoix High School football coach Don Carey was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame as part of the first group of 30 non-founders.
Carey completed his 27th year during the fall of 1962 at the Radyer helm with a overall record of 152-65-11. He served as the Charlevoix basketball coach from 1956-1971.
As part of the requirements to enter the Hall — located at the University of Michigan — a coach had to earn 100 wins and/or serve 20 years in the head coach position.
“It’s quite an honor to be associated with the men who have accomplished the fete,” Carey said.
— John Tunison set a Charlevoix High School school record in the mile run as the Rayders fell to Traverse City, 130-30, in the track and field opener.
Tunison finished the mile in 4 minutes, 29.6 seconds. The previous mark of 4:32.3 was set by Jeff Landon.
Ray Kipke, 91, was inducted in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
From Lansing, Kipke attended Michigan State University where he was credited with scoring the first touchdown in what would become Spartan Stadium.