Calumet High School names Athletic Hall of Fame for 2018

Calumet High School is excited to announce that it will induct the Class of 2018 into the Calumet High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The event will start at 11:00 a.m. with a coffee social in the CLK Schools Commons. The hall of fame induction ceremony is free of charge and open to the public.

This year’s induction class consists of: Chuck Boorman, Shannon (Helminen) Koski, Dan Mattson, Katie (Twardzik) Bonacorsi, Lisa Twardzik, and Rudy Zunich.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Boorman

Earned eight letters while playing football, basketball and track at Calumet High School (1963-1967). He participated in football for three years, including his senior season when he received a varsity letter as an offensive end (1966).

Chuck won four varsity letters in track and field where he competed in the high and low hurdles, high jump and shotput (1964-1967). He was awarded three varsity letters in basketball where he became a dominant scorer and rebounder at the center/forward positions (1963-1967). Chuck scored 95 points and pulled down 93 rebounds during his sophomore season (1964-65).

He set three single season school records during his junior season by scoring 444 points with a 24.7 points per game average and 249 rebounds. Those totals also topped the Copper Country Conference which led to his All-Conference First Team selection.

He was All-U.P. 1st team (Class B) and All-State Honorable Mention (Class B) in 1965-66. During his senior year, while serving as team captain, Chuck scored 359 points to go along with a new school record of 260 rebounds. He was selected to the All-Conference First Team and All-U.P. First Team for the second consecutive year (1966-67).

Chuck finished his career with then school records of 898 points and 602 rebounds to go along with single season records of 444 points and 260 rebounds. His record of 24.7 points per game average is still a single season school record. Chuck was selected to receive the George Gipp Award as the outstanding senior athlete in his class (1967). He is considered one of the most outstanding athletes in CHS basketball history.

Shannon (Helminen) Koski

Earned twelve letters in volleyball, basketball, and track while attending CHS (2002-2006). During her freshman year, she was selected WestPAC All-Conference honorable mention in basketball, Second Team All-Conference in volleyball and qualified for the U.P. track finals in the hurdle and relay events (2002-2003).

In basketball as a sophomore, Shannon made the All-Conference First team, All-U.P. First team, All-State honorable mention and served as team captain. She was named to the All-Conference 1st team while helping to lead the CHS volleyball squad to District and Regional championships. She qualified for the U.P. track finals by setting regional records in the 100 meter hurdles (16.69) and 300 meter hurdles (48.93) (2003-2004).

In her junior year, Shannon was captain of the basketball team, selected First Team All-Conference and MVP, named to the All-U.P. First Team and All-State special mention. She served as team captain while helping to lead the volleyball team to a conference title. She was named to the All-Conference First Team.

Shannon was chosen as a captain on the track team, selected All-Conference and MVP, set school records in the 300 meter hurdles (47.20) and as a member of the 1600 meter relay team. As a senior (2005-06), she captained the basketball team, was voted to the All-Conference First Team and MVP, selected to the All-U.P. Dream Team, named Class ABC U.P. Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-State. Her final senior year stats per game were 14.1 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Other honors were the TV6 Academic Athlete of the Month and the MHSAA Detroit Free Press Scholar Athlete Award. She was named to the Michigan Class C All-Star Team and was voted the MVP of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame All-Star game by scoring 16 points for the North squad. In volleyball, Shannon was a team captain, named 1st Team All-Conference and All-State honorable mention.

She set season records with 243 digs, 310 perfect passes, 92 aces and a Pass Rating of 2.469. She set the school career record with a total of 292 aces and helped lead the Copper Kings to the conference, district and regional championships. On the track team she served again as a captain in helping to lead her team to the conference, regional, and U.P. titles, while being named WestPAC MVP.

She set school records in the 300 meter hurdles (46.50) and as a member of the 800 meter (1:49.10) and 1600 meter (4:06.89) relay teams (2005-2006). She was selected to receive the Outstanding Female Athlete Award in 2006. Shannon earned a varsity letter by playing one year of basketball with NMU (2009-10). One of Calumet High School’s greatest female athletes who received All-State honors in three different sports.

Dan Mattson

Earned nine letters in football, basketball, and track while attending CHS (1994-1998). He helped lead the Copper Kings to consecutive WestPAC football championships in 1996 & 1997. Dan was voted the WestPAC Most Valuable Defensive Football Player in 1996 & 1997, and was selected to the All-U.P. Class ABC Defensive Team as a linebacker in 1996 & 1997.

Dan was named to the All-U.P. Class ABC Defensive Dream Team (1997). He played two years of varsity basketball on CHS teams which combined for a won-loss record of 33-10 (1996-97 & 1997-98). Dan was named to the Class C All-State track team as a junior by winning the discus (153′-0“) and placing second in the shot put (47′-8”) at the U.P. Finals (1997). He set a U.P. Class C record in the discus (159′-0“) and also won the shot put (53′-6”) which earned him a second straight position on the Class C All-State track team. (1998) He set a school record by throwing the discus (167′-11″) in 1998.

He was the field event captain on both CHS track teams that won back-to-back U.P. Class C championships (1997 & 1998). Dan won the George Gipp Award as the most outstanding senior male athlete (1998).

He was recruited to play football and track by Michigan Tech (1998). He lettered as a defensive lineman with the Huskies (1998) and earned two letters in track while competing in the discus, shot put, hammer throw and javelin (1999 & 2000).

An outstanding athlete at CHS who earned All-U.P. and All-State honors in two sports.

Katie (Twardzik) Bonacorsi

Earned twelve letters in volleyball, basketball, and track while attending CHS (2003-2007). She was voted to the WestPAC All-Conference volleyball 1st team for three consecutive seasons and was selected as the unanimous choice for conference MVP honors after her senior volleyball season. Katie was named to the All-Region team, Michigan Class C All-State 3rd team, Academic All-State team and received the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award (2006-07).

She helped lead the Copper Kings volleyball team to a four year won lost record of 118-15-15, along with three conference, three district and two regional championships. Set career volleyball records with 269 solo blocks and 1,151 kills (2003-2007).

As a sophomore, she averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the CHS basketball team. In her junior year, she scored 261 points for a 13.1 per game pace and averaged 14.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per year as a senior. She was twice selected to the All-WestPAC Second Team and once to the First Team. Katie competed on the track team in the discus and high jump events (2003-2007). She finished 4th in the discus to help CHS win the U.P. Class C Championship (2006), while earning all-state honors.

She was selected to receive the CHS Outstanding Female Athlete Award (2007).

Katie was recruited to play volleyball at Northern Michigan University where she lettered all four (4) years. She played in 103 career matches and 345 games in which she compiled 342 kills, 193 assists, 148 digs, 185 blocks, 55 block assists and 5 service aces (2007-2010). During her career at NMU, the Wildcat’s won-loss record was 81-43 (.653) which included three second place conference finishes and three NCAA D-2 Regional Tournament appearances (2007-2010). She was selected to the GLIAC All-Academic team as a sophomore and junior, plus the All-Academic Excellence team as a senior (2008-2011).

Katie was honored by receiving NMU’s Gildo Canale Award which is given to the senior athlete who has exhibited outstanding character and academic accomplishment (2011).

Served as the head JV coach at Houghton High School (2012-2018). An excellent athlete at CHS who went on to a four-year volleyball career at NMU.

Lisa Twardzik

Earned eleven varsity letters while attending DeTour High School, three in basketball, two in volleyball, four in track and two in competitive cheer.

Lisa coached one year each of freshman and JV basketball at Calumet High School. She served twenty years as the head volleyball coach at CHS (1997-2016). During that time her teams won 10 conference championships, 11 district championships, and 10 regional championships.

Her Copper Kings made three MHSAA Final-Four appearances (2007, 2008, 2016). Lisa led her team to the 2008 Class C State Championship match where they finished runner-up to the state champion, Schoolcraft Eagles.

She had numerous Academic All-State teams, individual Academic All-State players and a number of players who have received all-state awards. Her teams won 82.2% of the games they have played with a won-loss record of 656-142-50 (1997-2016). Lisa was named WestPAC Coach of the Year 11 times.

She was an outstanding teacher and coach who built a volleyball program in Calumet that has gained the respect of rival coaches and players throughout the state of Michigan. Moreover, she accomplished this while being an advocate and role model for the young women of our community. She taught her players the importance of goal setting, hard work, dedication, commitment, and that believing in yourself and your teammates leads to success as a team and in life.

Rudolph (Rudy) Zunich

Excelled in hockey while attending Calumet High School (1926 & 1927).

He was recruited to play with the Tamarack Falcons, one of the strongest intermediate senior hockey teams in the Upper Peninsula. Rudy developed into a stellar defenseman for the Falcons when they won the U.P. championship (1931). He played with the powerful Baby Ruth semi-pro team out of Chicago (1932) and a year later was a member of the Eagle River team that won the Wisconsin state senior championship (1933).

Rudy moved to Detroit to work for the Ford Motor Company and play for the Holzbaugh Ford V-8’s, the most dominant franchise in the semi-pro Michigan-Ontario Hockey League (1934).

He became a key player and leader who helped the team win several league championships along with the United States senior championship (1938). Over an eight-year career with the V-8’s, he was selected to a number of MOHL all-star teams and one season he won the prestigious Abar Trophy as the league’s most popular and respected player. In 199 regular season games with the Ford Holzbaugh team he tallied 81 goals, 92 assists, 173 points and 221 penalty minutes. During play-off competition he played in 51 games with 18 goals, 13 assists, 31 points and 30 minutes in penalties (1934-1942).

During the following season, Rudy was signed to a two-game tryout contract by Jack Adams, the head coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Although offered a pro contract to join the Red Wing’s top farm team, he could not accept because of a war-time deferment at the Ford Rouge Plant. His occupational skills were considered vital to war time production (1943-44).

At the age of 37, he was signed to a pro contract with the Detroit Auto Club, a Red Wing farm team in the International Hockey League (1947). Rudy retired in 1972 after 38 years with Ford where he also served in his country’s war effort during World War II. A fine hockey player who truly played for the love of the game.


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