Oh, the element of surprise.
Life is often full of them.
Peg Compton was pleasantly surprised when she was about 10-years old when her father, Harry Compton, growled on the sidelines while coaching youth football.
She then watched as her father picked up a ball and punted it the farthest and longest she’d ever see anyone do so, just to prove a point.
“I knew he was a jock as a young child,” Peg Compton said. “But I didn’t understand the full extent of what he did in high school until the past 10 or 15 years.
“Once I started asking questions, I never knew he or his teams were that awesome.”
Awesome is one way to put it.
Peg Compton’s surprising discovery is much like that for her father himself, as the Petoskey High School Athletic Hall of Fame came as a true shock to Harry Compton.
Compton, who graduated from Petoskey High School in 1952, didn’t even know the school had a Hall of Fame until a short while ago.
“My daughter (Peg) found out when she was going over the Internet and found out Bob Hitchmough was inducted,” Compton said. “He was on our football team and she informed me that she made the nomination and passed it on to me.
“She said I had to make out an athletic resume,” Compton added. “When I did that she let me know.”
He’s now happy he filled out that resume.
Compton’s athletic resume was quite a long and successful one from 1948-1952 at Petoskey High School, and as a result the 78-year-old and male record holder of 13 varsity letters will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 8, during halftime of the Petoskey boys’ basketball game against Traverse City West.
Compton, who over his stellar four-year career earned four letters in track and three letters in tennis, football and basketball, was never one to just sit around idle.
Compton grew up in an era before televisions were in every home, rock and roll music started to take off, the cold war developed and cellular phones, the Internet and iPads weren’t even on the radar.
“I had a lot of great memories,” Compton said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The ultimate letter winner, Compton always gave his best.
“It gave me stuff to do,” Compton said. “Most of the guys I hung out with, most of us were all athletes anyway and we just played team sports all the way up.”
Compton also played sports quite well, and played quite a few of them in high school and beyond.