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Calumet to hold Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday

CALUMET — The Calumet High School 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the CLK Commons.

Calumet will induct 10 people to its Hall. The 10 include Jim Crawford, Shane Jacques, Mary Lynn (Langley) Saurino, Julie (Hoxie) Langseth, Kevin Manninen, Gordie Lassila, Brian Poshak, Don Poshak, Jasen Rintala and Jeff Twardzik.

The event is free and open to the public.

More information about the inductees:

Jim Crawford excelled at hockey in his hometown of Lindsay, Ontario. He began his junior hockey career with the Lindsay Junior C Merchants, where he led the league in scoring during the 1969-70 season. Crawford was a member of the Petrolia Jets Junior B team that won the league and playoff championship during the 1970-71 season. He was then drafted to play Junior A with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey Association. In 1971, he signed a professional tryout contract with the California Golden Seals of the National Hockey League. He was recruited by the Copper Country Chiefs to play in the United States Hockey League where he played for both the CC Chiefs and the Marquette Iron Rangers from 1973-1976.

Crawford then played senior hockey with the Calumet Wolverines and led them to multiple Gibson Cup championships. In 1984, Crawford was hired to be the varsity hockey coach at Calumet High School where he coached for 31 years until his retirement in 2015. During his tenure, Calumet High School won 12 conference championships, 15 regional championships and made 10 appearances in the state finals, finishing as state runner-up three times. Calumet won six MHSAA state championships under Crawford in 1992, ’93, ’96, ’98, ’03 and ’08. Crawford finished with a career conference record of 248-81-10, an MHSAA playoff record of 77-25-0 and an overall record of 533-270-20 (.660). Those 533 wins were third-most in Cichigan high school history in 2015. He was inducted in to the Lindsay Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. No other UP high school coach has won six state championships in any sport.

Shane Jacques earned 10 letters in cross country, track and hockey while attending Calumet High School from 1985-1988. In cross country, he was a three time All-State selection. In track, he competed in the 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200-meter runs, as well as the 1600 and 3200 meter relay throughout his high school career. He set a school record as a member of the 3200 meter relay team with a time of 8:24.44 in 1986. This record stands at the time of induction. Jacques was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that set a school record in 1988. He ran a 1:57.30 in the 800 run during his senior year, a school record that still stands. Jacques was a six time All-State selection in track, including a UP Finals first place finish in the 800 run with a time of 1:59.3 in 1988. Jacques also excelled in hockey as a member of the varisty team his junior and senior years. He won league championships in 1987 and 1988, as well as a regional championship in 1988. He scored 25 goals and added 31 assists for a career total of 56 points in 50 games. Jacques received the George Gipp All-American Award as the outstanding senior male athlete in the class of 1988. After high school, he ran the 800 meter run and 3200 meter relay in track while attending Michigan Tech before injuries shortened his collegiate career. He served as a volunteer assistant track coach at Calumet High School in 1989. He coached both house and travel hockey and was a referee for the Calumet Hockey Association for many years. Jacques served four terms on the Calumet All-Sports Booster Club board including two terms as president (2009-13).

Mary Lynn (Langley) Saurino earned 9 letters in basketball, track and gymnastics while attending Calumet High School from 1974-1978. In gymnastics, she finished in first place in the trampoline at the UP Finals in 1974. In track Saurino participated in the high jump, long jump, 440 yard dash, mile relay and hurdles. She set a school record at the time in the high jump at 5 feet, 3 inches and finished first in the UP finals in 1978. Saurino set the school record at the time as a member of the mile relay team in 1978. She earned All-Conference 2nd Team honors in basketball in 1975, All-Conference First Team honors in basketball in 1977 and All-UP 2nd Team honors in basketball for Class A-B in 1977. Saurino served as the team captain during her senior year. She set the following school records at the time: most field goals in a game with 13 (1977), most field goals in a season with 126 (1977), most field goals in a career with 236 (1977), most points in a game with 27 (1977), most points in a season with 272, with an average of 13.6 points per game (1977) and most points in a career with 520, with an average of 11.3 points per game (1977). Saurino received the CHS Senior Female Athlete Award, now the Holly Jean McCullah Award, as the outstanding female athlete with the class of 1978.

Julie (Hoxie) Langseth earned 10 letters in gymnastics, track, basketball and cross country while attending Calumet High School from 1981-1985. She received the CHS Senior Female Athlete Award, now the Holly Jean McCullah Award, as the outstanding senior female athlete in the class of 1985. Langseth was the head gymnastics coach at Negaunee High School from 1988-1990, where her team won an MHSAA Upper Peninsula state championship in 1989. Langseth serves as the varsity gymnastics coach in Antigo, Wisconsin where she started in 1992. She has led Antigo High School to six conference championships, 14 WIAA state tournament appearances resulting in four sectional championships and 10 sectional runner-up finishes. Langseth was named the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year in 2003. She led Antigo High School to the 2008 WIAA Division 2 State Championship. In addition, she coached middle school track from 1992-1995 and 2009-2017. She is the co-founder and coach of a gymnastics program in Antigo that serves both recreational and competitive gymnasts.

Kevin Manninen earned nine letters in cross country, hockey and track while attending Calumet High School from 1983-1987. In track, he qualified for the UP Finals in 1984 and 1986 in the 1600-meter run and the 3200 meter relay. He was named First Team All-Conference and Most Valuable Player of the Lake Superior Hockey Conference as both a junior (1986) and senior (1987). He served as the team captain and was named to the All-State First Team as a senior in 1987. Manninen set the all-time Calumet scoring record with 85 goals, 101 assists for a total of 186 points in only 76 games. This record stood for 22 years before being broken in 2019 in 107 games. He holds the following school records in hockey at the time of induction: most points in a game: 10 (1985-86), most assists in a game: six (1985-86), most hat tricks in a season: seven (1986-87), most hat tricks in a career: 12 (1984-87) and most goals in a season: 42 (1986-87).

Manninen played two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Waterloo Blackhawks from 1987-89, where he scored 46 goals and recorded 59 assists, a total of 105 points in 88 games. He served as team captain in Waterloo and played in the USHL All-Star Game in 1989. Manninen was selected as a member of the USHL All-Star Team that played in Switzerland in 1989. He played in Finland with HIFK Helsinki in the Liiga, Finland’s Elite League, during the 1989-1990 season, scoring 31 goals and 51 assists in 50 games. He played 48 games at MTU in the WCHA during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, scoring eight goals and 14 assists. He later competed in golf at Oakland University during the 1995-1996 season, winning two individual tournament titles, while being selected to the All-GLIAC Second Team.

Gordie Lassila lettered in football while attending CHS from 1946-1950. In football, he played tailback, linebacker and punter while serving as team captain his senior year. He earned All-UP Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 1949. Lassila played senior hockey and was an outstanding defenseman with the CLK Radars. He excelled as a ball player while playing Legion baseball, the Twi-Light League and fast-pitch softball league. Lassila attended Michigan State Universtiy, where he lettered in hockey during the 1955-56 season. He went on to coach varsity hockey at Calumet High School for 8 years from 1970-77 and 1980-81 where his teams earned a record of 106-61-1 (.634). During that time, Calumet won two conference championships, 2 regional championships, finished as state runner-up in in 1976 and made a final-four appearance in 1977.

Lassila coached in the longest Calumet High School hockey game ever recorded, a six-overtime win against Houghton in the regional championship in 1975.

Brian Poshak earned 10 letters in football, hockey and track while attending Calumet High School from 1988-1992. He was selected to serve as team captain in all three sports his senior year. He earned All-Conference First team in football as a defensive back in 1991. He also earned All-UP Honorable Mention honors as a defensive back in 1991. In hockey, Brian won three league championships and two regional championships (1990-1992). He was named to the hockey All-Conference First team as a senior in 1992.

Poshak was a member of the 1990-1991 hockey team that finished as state runner-up and was also a member of the 1991-1992 hockey team that won Calumet’s first state championship. He was named All-State First team in hockey as a senior in 1992. During his career, he scored 45 goals and 69 assists for 114 points in 79 games. In track, Poshak ran the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs and the 1600 meter relay, where he qualified for the UP Track Finals three consecutive years. He was a member of the conference and regional championship track team in 1989. Poshak received the George Gipp All-American Award as the outstanding senior male athlete in the class of 1992.

Don Poshak earned 6 letters in football and track while attending Calumet High School from 1964-1968, where he was a captain on both the football and track teams his senior year. He earned Copper Country All-Conference football 2nd team honors and All-UP honorable mention honors as a quarterback in Class AB football as a senior in 1967. Don pole vaulted and placed in three consecutive UP Track and Field Finals in 1966, ’67 and ’68. In 1967 he tied the outdoor school record at a height of 11 feet, 6 inches.

In hockey, Poshak played with the CLK Wolverines senior hockey team and was a member of three Gibson Cup championships in 1968, ’71 and ’72. He also played with the Marquette Iron Rangers in 1971 in the USHL. Poshak graduated from Northern Michigan University with a BS degree in Education with a mathematics major in 1972 followed by a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. He began a teaching and coaching career with CLK Schools in 1972, where he served as an assistant coach in football, hockey and track and would later become the varsity head coach in football, hockey and track (1973-91).

Poshak was the Calumet High School athletic director from 1992-97 and 2003-05 where he was a member of multiple local, regional and state-wide committees, served as a conference officer and was a member of the UP Athletic Committee. As a district administrator, Poshak served as assistant principal at both Calumet High School and Washington Middle School (1993-96), as well as curriculum director (2003-05). He served as Calumet High School Principal from 1996-03. During this time, CHS earned the distinguished Governor’s Cup for Academic Excellence (2000, 2001).

Poshak was named Upper Peninsula Secondary School Principal of the Year in 2003. He is a member of the CHS/SHHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Poshak is a lifelong Copper King that served CLK Schools for over 35 years.

Jasen Rintala earned 7 letters in football, hockey and track while attending Calumet High School from 1988-1992. In track, he competed in the 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter relay and 3200 meter relay and was a member of the conference and regional championship track team in 1989. In football, Rintala earned All-Conference Honorable Mention as a senior in 1991. He was named to the All-Conference Elite Team and was named league MVP in hockey as a junior in 1991. Rintala served as team captain, while being named to the All-Conference First team and All-State First team as a senior in 1992. He won three league championships and two regional championships in hockey (1990-1992). Rintala participated on the 1990-1991 hockey team that finished as State Runner-Up and was a member of the 1991-1992 hockey team that won Calumet’s first State Championship. He compiled career hockey scoring totals of 72 goals and 74 assists for a total of 146 points in 79 games.

Rintala was selected to participate in the 1992 Chicago Showcase as a member of Team Michigan, finishing as the tournament runner-up. He played two seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League, scoring 24 goals and 24 assists for a total of 48 points. Rintala was a member of the Junior “A” National Championship team in 1993. He went on to play four years at Minnesota State-Mankato, playing in a total of 137 games, scoring 29 goals and 47 assists for a total of 76 points, while serving as a team captain for three seasons (1994-1998).

Rintala was awarded the Team Hustle/Hardest Worker Award all four years at Minnesota State-Mankato. During the 1997-98 season, Rintala had the most 3 star performances on the team. He would go on to play in 252 professional games from 1997-2006 with the Nashville Ice Flyers, Oklahoma City Blazers, Fayetteville Force in the Canadian Hockey League, Greensboro Generals in the ECHL, Cape Fear Fire Antz (ACHL). He recorded professional hockey scoring totals of 40 goals and 56 assists for a total of 96 points and 373 penalty minutes. Rintala played in 467 consecutive hockey games during his Junior “A”, collegiate career and professional hockey career without being injured or left out of the lineup.

 

Jeff Twardzik earned 12 letters in football, basketball and track while attending Calumet High School from 1985-1989. He earned 2nd team All-Conference honors in basketball during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons and First team All-Conference honors in basketball during the 1988-89 season.

In track, Twardzik competed in the 1600 meter and 3200-meter relay, as well as the 800 meter run, long jump and high jump. He was named all-state in track in the 1600-meter relay in 1988. Twardzik received the George Gipp All-American Award as the outstanding senior male athlete in the class of 1989. He would later serve on the Calumet All-Sports Booster Club board for eight years, including four years as president (2003-11). Twardzik coached JV girls’ basketball at Calumet High School from 2011-14 with a final record of 53-3 including two 19-0 undefeated seasons.

He coached the girls’ varsity basketball team from 2014-18 compiling an overall record of 73-19. Twardzik led Calumet High School to the 2015 district championship, 2015 regional championship and it’s first-ever MHSAA basketball state championship during the 2014-15 season while compiling a 24-2 record and earning UP Class C Team of the Year honors.

In 2015, he earned the following coaching honors: 2015 Detroit Free Press Dream Team Coach of the Year, 2015 All-UP Class ABC Coach of the Year, 2015 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Region 16 Coach of the Year, 2015 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Class C Coach of the Year.

Twardzik led Calumet High School to the its first undefeated regular season, first conference championship and second consecutive district championship in 2016 while being named conference coach of the year and Associated Press Class C Second Team All-State Coach of the Year while compiling a 23-1 record. He led Calumet High School to its third consecutive district championship in 2017, while posting a 16-6 record. He retired from coaching after the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 126-22 (.851).

Twardzik is in an exclusive group of athletes that earned 12 varsity letters.

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