Following Friday night’s victories over White Cloud the Kent City Hall Fame ceremony was conducted in the High School Auditorium. The Hall of Fame Committee met in early January and decided on four inductees to make up the class of 2018: 1933 Boys Basketball Team, Troy Pelak, Christine (Wolter) Dunnuck, and Walt Elliott. With this year’s inductees, the Kent City Athletics Hall of Fame currently houses 21 individuals and two teams. Prior to introducing our 2018 inductees, we took a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our student-athletes during 2017, including our 2017 All-State recipients. Their pictures that will hang in the hallways of Kent City were revealed. In 2017, we had eight student athletes earn All-State recognition:
- Kaitlyn Geers — Basketball
- Kassidy Heeringa — Softball
- Giovanni Weeks — Football
- Hunter Nelson — Cross Country
- Denny Carr — Wrestling
- Jace Dailey — Football
- Fraser Wilson — XC & Track and Field
- Lauren Freeland — XC & Track and Field
As has become customary, we used our current student-athletes to present each inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame. Here is a quick run-down of each of our four inductees.
Christine (Wolter) Dunnuck — Class of 1979:
A standout for Kent City in basketball and track and field, Christine (Wolter) Dunnuck scored 1,000 points in high school and in college at Grand Valley State University.
Christine mentioned that she was thankful for the education she received while at Kent City Community Schools. She noted that she actually went to Grand Valley State on a track and field scholarship, but was able to work out a deal with the GVSU Athletic Director to earn a scholarship as a basketball player since it was her first love. She also talked about the importance of outworking opponents, especially at the collegiate level.
1933 Boys Basketball Team — Class D State Runner-Up
The 1933 Boys Basketball Team fell in the state finals by one point in overtime, 17-16. Coached by C.B. Leaver, Kent City won 29 out of 32 games over a two year span.
Rick Stockhill spoke on behalf of the team because his grandfather Wayne Speese was on the squad. Rick said his Grandfather often reminisced about the team and its members, saying he made a number of lifelong friendships on the team. He also highlighted the coach, C.B. Leaver and how he would scout opponents to determine where on the floor they took their set shots from. Coach Leaver was far ahead of his time. Rick concluded his speech thanking the committee for keeping the memory of this team alive forever.
Walt Elliott — Class of 1965
A three sport athlete at Kent City, Walt Elliott earned state wide recognition in basketball and track & field.
Walt thanked his teammates for always pushing him to get better. Elliott mentioned that Kent City had a very good 1/4 miler who helped to make Elliott better at the 880 yard dash because they would push each other in practice. Elliott felt the same way about basketball, mentioning each member of the team.
Troy Pelak — Class of 1987
Troy Pelak excelled at every sport played. An All-State golfer, Kent City finished as state runner up in both his junior and senior seasons. In basketball, Pelak was also All-State, scoring over 1,000 points in his career and leading the team in rebounds during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In the spring, Pelak earned All-State status as a pitcher. Pelak played two seasons of basketball and two seasons of golf at Aquinas College.
Troy stated that there was no better place to grow up than Kent City. He talked about developing a strong work ethic here because of the support of the staff and community. Pelak also discussed learning to use his failures to come back even stronger.