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Class of 2001
  ImageJerry Hunter 
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Class of 1955

Jerry was a standout football, basketball, baseball and track athlete in the early 1950’s…the only sports offered at that time. He earned 15 varsity letters. His best sport was football. In 1954, he rushed for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns on 122 carries (9.3 yards per carry) thus landing a sport on the Class B All-State first team.
He also helped lead the Bronchos’ 1953 baseball team to a co-championship of the Wayne-Oakland League and the 1952 track team to both the Wayne-Oakland League and Class C regional championships. 

After graduation, Jerry worked at a Chevrolet assembly plant in Flint. He also served in the military, being stationed in Korea for 16 months. Jerry married high school sweetheart, Nancy Sworthwood, in the fall of 1957. They have a daughter, a son and several grandchildren.

ImageBill McDaniel
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Tennis Coach 1975-2005

The numbers are nothing short of astonishing. Under Bill McDaniel’s guidance, Holly tennis players captured 39 Flint Metro League Championships. The boys won 16…12 straight, while the girls won 23 consecutive titles. Bill coached tennis for 30 years. He began coaching the boys in 1975 and the girls in 1981. During his tenure the Bronchos took home 13 regional trophies and played in 30 state tournaments. They were victorious in over 350 dual meets. But it wasn’t always this way. It took Bill ten years of hard work before he celebrated his first boys league title. In the fall of 1981, his first as girls coach, the team mounted a 10-5 record, finishing 3rd in the league and 9th in the regional. The very next year, the squad started its win streak.  

In 1999, the “new” Holly High School was built and the 12 court state of the art tennis facility were constructed. In 2003, the school board approved a proposal, initiated by tennis players, to name the facility The William C. McDaniel Center.
The Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association inducted Bill inducted their Hall of Fame on February 7, 2003. Two thirds of the banquet hall was filled with Holly tennis players, former players, alumni, friends, and school staff to honor Bill, his accomplishments and his dedication to the advancement of tennis.

ImageReese Protz
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Coach

During his eight seasons as football coach (1949-56), Protz guided the Bronchos to a 38-29-2 (.565) mark. His teams won 13 straight games from 1951-53. His best team was his 1952 squad which posted a 9-0 record…the school’s first undefeated season since 1932. That team won the Wayne-Oakland League championship and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class B.

Karl Richter
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Class of 1960

Karl was a member of the Bronchos basketball and football teams, including Holly’s 1959 basketball team that advanced to the Class B state championship before losing 52-47 to River Rouge.

Karl gained the admiration of people all over the world when he served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War.  On July 28, 1967, during his 199th mission, he was killed in action.

His portrait hangs in the Karl W. Richter Hall at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The academy’s class of 2008 is honoring Karl by wearing arm patches on their uniforms (see other displays in Hall of Fame hallway).  The Holly Area School district named the old Holly HS the Richter Intermediate School in 2004.

ImageMel Taylor
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Class of 1933

The 1933 graduate captured 12 varsity letters - four each in football, basketball and baseball. As the quarterback on the football team, Taylor directed the Bronchos to back-to-back 9-0 seasons in 1931 and ‘32. He was a guard on the school’s basketball team and saw time at second base, shortshop and pitcher in baseball.

ImageSeeley Tinsman
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 16, 2001
HHS Class of 1928

Seeley was the captain of the Bronchos’ 1928 baseball team. The pitcher/left fielder was one of the founders of the Holly Little League baseball program. He also served as many years.
Seeley, who was a farmer, had a very successful political career in Holly. He served as Holly’s Township Supervisor from 1958-1979 and he sat on the Oakland County Board of Supervisors from 1958-1968.

Class of 2002

ImageRoger Downing
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Class of 1970

AS a 1970 graduate of Holly High School, Roger was the MHSAA Track and Field 120 yard hurdle runner up in Class B.  In his high school track and field career, Roger won three Flint Metro League Championships and captured three MSHAA Regional Championships in the hurdles.  In addition to having two All-State performance years, Roger also held the Greater Flint Area hurdle record of 14.5 seconds for over 20 years.  Roger ran track and field for four years at Eastern Michigan University and served as the Huron captain his senior year.  Roger has worked for IBM for many years.  He resides in Okemos with his wife Jodi (the former Jodi Mitchell).


Gary Elmer
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Teacher and Coach

After graduating from Central Michigan University in 1958, Gary taught and coached in Ovid for four years.  He moved to Holly in 1962 with his wife Jean and taught MS math and coached MS football and boys' basketball.  Gary assisted the varsity football and basketball coaches.  He had many opportunities to be teh varsity coach, but he was a fundamentalist...he knew he wanted to make certain that young athletes knew the basics of a sport before getting to high school.  Gary loved working with young adults.

He had three children, all of whom graduated from Holly High School.  Jeff and Dave each participated in three sport seasons, cross county, basketball, and track, during their high school careers.  Leigh Ann was involved in other school activities, and like her mom, she was a great fan of Holly sports.  She graduated from CMU.

Gary passed away in 1988 before retiring.  His daughter Leigh Ann accepted his plaque.


Jeff Lewis
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Class of 1979

In 1978, Jeff captured the MHSAA State championship in the 880-yard run. In that same year, he defeated the Class A champion at the Oakland County meet with a still standing record time of 1:52.8.  Jeff won four Flint Metro League titles in the 440-yard and 880-yard races, setting league record times in both. His time of 1:54.9 in the 880-yard record still stands in the league.
In only two years of running cross country, Jeff lead the team to back to back state championships with a 4th

place finish in 1979. He was an All-State selection in both track and field and cross country two years in a row.
Jeff attended Michigan State University on a partial track scholarship and represented the Spartans for four years. Jeff graduated with a degree in civil engineering and has worked for Ford Motor Company since his graduation.

ImageEd Lumm
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Class of 1982
Ed was a track, cross country and football star for Holly High School. He graduated in 1982. Ed gained most of his recognition as a pole vaulter, winning the Flint Metro League championship as both a junior and senior. In 1981, he won the MHSAA Class B state championship and was also runner-up in 1982.  Ed was a two time All-American at Southwest Community College and a two time All-American (Division II) at Northwood Institute. He graduated with a degree in computer science.  Ed is now a supervisor in industry and resides in Ortonville with his wife and two children.

ImageJay “Bud” Parker
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
Distinguished Service Award

Jay “Bud” Parker was a life-long resident of Holly. He was born on February 4, 1929 and passed away at the age of 72 on November 21, 2001. As a Class of 1947 Holly graduate, Bud never stopped being a “Broncho”. Bud served for a time as president of the Holly Athletic Booster Club. He continued to attend both girls’ and boys’ contests even after his children, Jaye and Bobby, graduated. It didn’t matter what the sport…if it was soccer, basketball, football, tennis, etc. Bud was there. For five decades Bud supported the Holly athletic teams, often bringing treats or buying pizza for the players. He became a fixture at the home games. Seeing Bud on the sidelines cheering and supporting the youth of Holly was quite and inspiration. For all the support that Jay “Bud” Parker gave to the Bronchos over the years, we honor his “school spirit” by entering him into our Holly High School Broncho Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Service award.

ImageMark Phalen
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Class of 1966
Mark is a 1966 graduate of Holly High School. Mark played three years of varsity football, gaining over 3500 yards in his career. During his junior year, Mark scored 23 touchdowns and was named to the All-Conference and All-Oakland County team. As a senior he was All-Conference, All-Oakland County and All-State Class B. Mark was co-captain of the football team and was voted MVP both his junior and senior years. His touchdown career total was 51. In 1965, Mark led Holly to the MHSAA District Championship and to the MHSAA Regional finals.  Mark also played baseball. He was named to the All-Conference team his senior year. In addition to football and baseball, Mark ran track his freshman and sophomore years.

After graduation Mark played tailback at Western Michigan University. A severe knee injury ended his collegiate playing career. Mark is the only Holly HS football player to have his jersey retired.  Mark now lives in Clarkston with his wife Diane. He is employed by General Motors as a safety analyst.

ImageDuane Raffin
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Coach

Duane coached at Holly for 38 years in track and field and cross country. Along with numerous league championships in track & field and in cross country, Duane led four different teams to state championships. Those state championships went to his 1971 boys’ track & field team, his 1977 and 78 boys’ cross country teams (back to back state titles) and to his 1990 girls’ cross country team. Duane is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches’ Hall of Fame, a member of the Michigan High School Track Coaches’ Hall of Fame, and a two time National Coach of the Year.

ImageBill Taylor
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 15, 2002
HHS Class of 1966

Bill, a 1966 graduate of Holly High School, participated in football, basketball, and golf. He made all-conference in every sport. In 1966, Bill was the co-caption of the basketball team, leading scorer, leading rebounder, and he led this team to the MHSAA District Championship. Bill went on to Central Michigan University as a golfer and led the golf team to two league championships. He graduated from CMU and went on to teach and coach at Hartland High School. In 26 years as golf coach at Hartland HS, Bill’s teams won nine league championships, placed in the top six in the state tournament seven times and won the Class A State Championship in 1997. In his tenure at Hartland, Bill coached six all-state golfers and was named the Michigan High School Golf Coach of the year.
Class of 2003


Tim Dode
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Teacher, Coach and Director of Athletics
Tim graduated from Fenton High School in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1971 and a Masters of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan in 1975.
Tim began his career in education at Holly High School in the fall of 1971, after spending the previous spring as an Assistant Track and Field coach at Carman High School.
During his first 25 and ½ years at Holly Tim taught Physical Education and English and coached numerous sports; Football (8 years as an assistant and 3 years as a head coach), JV Baseball, Freshmen Boys Basketball, Wrestling (2 years as an assistant and 4 as a head coach), softball, and girls basketball. In 1993, the Holly Girls Basketball team tied for the Flint Metro League Championship, won the District crown, and advanced to the Regional finals. Tim was named Oakland County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year at the end of the ’93 season.
During his tenure at Holly, Tim also officiated numerous contests throughout the state as a high school official for 12 years in football, girls and boy’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball, working numerous MHSAA District and Regional contests.  He also umpired in the Holly Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League for many years.
In the spring of 1997, Tim was an Athletic Director intern under George Lovich, and then he was appointed Athletic Director for the Holly Area Schools in June of 1997. He served in this capacity until his retirement in June of 2002—after 31 years in education (all at Holly). In his 5 years as Athletic Director, Holly hosted numerous MHSAA Tournaments in several sports. Tim also served on several committees of the MHSAA and the MIAAA (Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association).



Marva (Fuller) Hanks
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1983
Marva was a three-year basketball starter for the Bronchos from 1981-83. She led Holly to the Flint Metro League championship in 1983 with a 14-0 record. Marva shot 50 percent from the floor, grabbed 339 rebounds and blocked 126 shots.
The Bronchos’ co-captain was a first team All-Metro and Class A All-State pick. After graduating from Holly, Marva competed at the University of Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner from 1984-88. Her senior year, the Blackhawks claimed their first solo Big Ten Title when they defeated Wisconsin 98-50.
While in college, Marva met the U of I football star, Jerry Hanks. Jerry went on to play professionally for the San Francisco 49ers. They have two children. Marva is extremely involved nationwide raising money to benefit the autism research.

ImageChuck Keefer
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Teacher and Coach

Chuck Keefer graduated from Holly High School in 1968.  Football, basketball and baseball were his sports and he earned a combined eight varsity letters.  At that time, HHS had a Letterman's Club and Chuck served as president.  Upon graduation, Chuck attended Eastern Michigan University where he played football.  Unfortunately, his playing days ended after two seasons due to injury.  After he earned his bachelors degree in teaching, he returned to Holly HS in 1981.

Immediately, he took the reins of the varsity football program and served in that capacity longer than any other coach in our school history.  In 15 seasons (1981-95), Coach Keefer led the Bronchos' football team to a school record 42 victories.  He ranks ninth on the Flint Metro League's all-time win list with 36 wins.  His 1984 team posted a 6-3 record, which represents the school's best single mark since an 8-1 record in 1964.  Holly had quite a long losing streak and in Keefer's first year, his team broke that streak with a 20-14 win over arch rival Fenton.  Keefer had several players go on to play NCAA college football, five of which went on to captain their college team.  (See Alumni portion of this website for player information.)

In addition to football, Keefer coached basketball and track.  Throughout his 30+ years in education, Keefer touched the lives of thousands of student-athletes, always making a positive impact on their life.  "His kids" are better people and citizens because of his influence in their life.

All three of Coach Keefer's children attended Holly HS, were three sport athletes, and continued their playing career at the college level.  Colby, class of 1995, played football at the University of Michigan.  While there, the Wolverines won a Rose Bowl and the National title.  Kyle, class of 1997, played football for Hillsdale College and was their starting quarterback all four years.  Kourtney, class of 1999, won the prestigious Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Year and played volleyball for Eastern Michigan University.  Chuck and his wife Lori still reside in Holly. 


Julie (Brooks) Lusk
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1982

Julie was a four-year letterwinner in track from 1979-82. She won six Flint Metro League championships, three in the 100, two in the 400 and one in the 200, while leading the Bronchos to team championships in 1980 and 81. She set the 100 school record at 12.9 in 1981. Julie earned All- Region and All-State recognition in 1982. Julie earned All-American honors in the 400 hurdles at Southwest Michigan College in 1984.
In cross country, Julie was a three year letterwinner from 1979-81. She earned All-Region and All-League honors her senior year while also qualifying for the Class A state Meet.
Julie continued her academic and athletic career at Southwest Michigan Community College. In 1984, Julie earned All-American honors in the 400 hurdles. Julie transferred to Auburn University.

ImageThe Rev. Bill McKenney
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1977
Distinguished Service Award
Rev. Bill McKenney was a three-sport athlete at Holly in football, basketball, and track from 1974-77. He was elected to the student council and the student representative to the district’s board of education. In 1977, he enrolled at Marquette University in Mikwaukee, Wisconsin. McKenney graduated with a degree in journalism in 1981 and began working for the Milwaukee Journal. The next year he joined the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit Order of Catholic preiests and was ordained a priest in June 1994. He spent the next four years as the president of the Red Cloud Indian School at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. McKenney died January 30, 1998 at the age of 39.


Larry Reese
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1967 

Larry earned four varsity letters in cross country and in track. Larry was named all-league twice. He earned two regional crowns and qualified for the state championships four times. Larry was the first Holly runner to win an individual state track championship. He won the Class B state championship in the 880 in 1967 at the University of Michigan Ferry Field with a time of 1:58.2. Larry attended college at Northern Michigan University.


Eugene (Gene) Rodgers
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1951

Gene played football at HHS earning four varsity letters. He was the left halfback and defensive  safety on the teams from 1947 - 1950. He was selected all conference 2nd team twice, and MVP twice. Gene was also captain of the football team.  Track was also a specialty of Gene’s. In his junior and senior seasons he ran the 100 and 220 yard dash, and was the anchor on the 440 and 880 yard relay teams.  Gene was the valediction of his senior class.
Upon graduation, Gene went into military service during the Korean conflict. He served from April 1952 until February 1955. Once Gene returned to the states he entered General Motors Institute…GMI, now called Kettering University from which he graduated in 1959. In 1972, Gene received a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.
Gene worked for General Motors, in various sales and marketing positions, for 32 years. His jobs included marketing manager for AC oil filters, senior district sales manager in Pittsburg, and sales promotion manager for the Detroit region. He retired in 1988.  Gene resides with his wife, Lucille, in Fenton. He has four children and seven grandchildren.


Matt Stack
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1981

Matt lettered and excelled in track and field and cross country while at HHS.  He won six Flint Metro League track and field titles in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races. Matt won three regional track and field championships in the 1600 and 3200 races. He earned All-State honors in both of those events in 1980 and 1981.
Matt was a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) 1979 state championship team in 1979. He earned All-State honors three straight years. Matt was the first Holly cross country runner to win an MHSAA championship. He won the Class A race in 1980.  Matt continued his education and athletic career at Southwest Michigan Community College as a junior college competitor and then transferred to Southern Florida University. He was an All-American in cross country.
Matt earned a degree in Parks and Recreation from Central Michigan University. He is employed by the City of Dowagiac and lives on a centennial farm with his wife and two children.

ImageCottrell Williams
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
HHS Class of 1971
Cottrell was a stand out track athlete at HHS. He won six Flint Metro League titles from 1969-71 and lead the team to FML titles three straight years. During his career, Cottrell won every 100 and 220 yard races and anchored every winning 880 yard relay. As a senior, Cottrell led the Bronchos to their first Michigan High School Athletic Association state track and field championship when he placed fifth in the 100 yard dash, third in the 200 yard dash, and anchored the 880 yard relay team to a third place finish. He was the captain of that championship team. His FML records lasted for over a dozen years.
Cottrell works at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford and still lives in Holly.
Class of 2004

Wayne “Squeaky” Beckley
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Jan. 16, 2004
HHS Class of 1943

Wayne graduated from Holly High School in 1943. He was president of both his sophomore and senior class. He also earned 12 varsity letters during his career. Wayne was the quarterback of the football team, guard and co-captain of the basketball team, and played 2nd base for the baseball team.
After high school and during World War II, Wayne enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and served our country for two years as a tail-gunner on a B-24, stationed in Manduria, Italy.
Upon his return from the armed forces, he attended Eastern Michigan University. There he played intramural basketball, softball and tennis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and later earned his Master’s degree in Counseling.
Wayne taught science and physical education for 31 years at Highland Jr. High in the Huron Valley School district. Throughout the course of his teaching career he coached basketball, baseball and golf. He retired in 1982. Upon retirement, his school honored him by setting up “The Wayne Beckley Award”. This award is given annually to the highest achieving boy and girl in physical education. In 2000, for his many years of teaching and coaching, he was initiated into the Highland Jr. High “Wall of Honor”. 
Wayne married his college sweetheart, Jessie. She was an elementary school teacher. They have two children, Pamela and Mark, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Wayne currently lives in Fenton.


Thomas Fagan
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Jan. 16, 2004
HHS Class of 1965

Tom graduated from Holly High School in 1965. He was so-valedictorian of his class. He played football, basketball and baseball…each for three years. Tom made the All-County team in all three sports. In 1965 basketball teams MVP. In a game against Brighton he a record breaking 38 points…and this was before the three point shot.
Upon graduation he received scholarships to all three military academies. He chose West Point and while there lettered in baseball. In 1969 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Tom was honored as a Star Cadet which meant he was in the top 10% of his class. He then earned his Master’s degree at Princeton University.
Tom served in Vietnam where he earned several citations including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. Upon return from Vietnam, he became an economics professor at West Point. He retired as a full coronal in 1993. In business, he was executive assistant to the chairman and CEO of Tenneco and a senior vice president at Washington Mutual. He currently owns and serves as President of MKRT Associates, Inc., which advises corporations on banking and real estate.
Tom is married to the former Katie Engle of Fenton and they reside in Honolulu, Hawaii. They have one daughter, Mollie, who lives in New York City.


Jack Gmelich
Induction “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Jan. 16, 2004
HHS Class of 1953

Jack graduated from Holly High School in 1953. He was sophomore class vice president and the president of the Varsity Club his senior year. He earned three varsity letters in football, three in basketball, and four in baseball….ten varsity letters in all. Jack was co-captain of the football team his junior and senior years and MVP his senior year. He was an offensive and defensive tackle and called the defensive signals; he was also the place kicker for the undefeated 1952 team. Jack earned Detroit Free Press All-State Honorable Mention his senior year. In 2001, the undefeated team was inducted into the “Broncho” Hall of Fame. His senior year he lead the team in scoring and was named MVP. When baseball season rolled around he played 1st base. He threw right handed but batted left handed. Over the four years his batting average was over .300.
Upon graduation he served two years in the United States Army and then attended Central Michigan University. He retired from the General Motors Proving Ground after 36 ½ years of service as a supervisor with the Human Resources Group.
Jack and his wife live in Holly. There have three married daughters and six grandchildren…four of whom attend Holly Area Schools. All of his grandkids are involved in athletics. While attending Sherman Middle School, his grandson and namesake, Jack Coleman, was given the assignment of nominating someone they thought would be worthy of participating in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Jack chose his grandfather. The closing paragraph of the essay reads, “my grandpa has inspired and encouraged me that it is not about winning or losing the game but how you play the game. He tells me to give all of myself and learn a little more each time I play. To compete in a sport or anything in life should be an honor to you and to whom you represent. My grandpa reflects the Olympic theme ‘Light the Fire Within’”.


Kenneth “Virgil” Keener
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Jan. 16, 2004
HHS Class of 1940

Virgil graduated from High School in 1940. He earned eight varsity letters...two in football, four in basketball, and two in baseball. He was an end, guard and punter for the football team. In 1939, he was awarded Honorable Mention All-State in football. Virgil was the center on the varsity basketball team all four years. He was a pitcher on the baseball team. His senior year the team was undefeated and won the league championship.
Upon graduation, Virgil has an interview with the Detroit Tigers and a workout with the Cleveland Indians farm club, the Flint Indians…but Uncle Sam called and he joined the United States Air Force. He was in the service from February of 1942 until October of 1946.
Upon his return from the Pacific theater, he married Barb Wingelmire. They have one daughter and one grandson. In 1983, after more than 30 years as a salesman, he retired from the Automobile Club of Michigan.

Class of 2005

ImageLM Thomas
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
Class of 2005

L.M. Thomas was an outstanding Holly High School athlete in the sports of basketball and track and field.  LM was a four-year varsity basketball player. Two of those years he earned all league honors; his senior year he was all county.  In regards to his accomplishments in track and field, LM was league champion both his junior and senior years in the high jump and the long jump.  In the 1971, at the MHSAA state finals LM placed in four events (high jump, long jump, the 880 and the mile relay), thus leading his team to it’s first state team title. According to Holly’s Hall of Fame coach Duane Raffin, “LM was the best athlete in the class of 71”.
LM earned his Associate’s degree while playing basketball at Oakland Community College. He was not only an honor student but also voted All-American. Upon graduation from OCC, LM continued his education and basketball career at Northern Michigan University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, again, with honors.
LM was invited to attend the Piston’s rookie camp after college. He had, however, subluxated his shoulder and therefore unable to make the team. LM moved to Europe and played basketball all over the continent for two years.  LM is employed at GM where he is a supervisor in the Truck and Coach Plant. He also owns LM Thomas International Construction in Birmingham and travels all over Europe.  LM currently resides in Southfield. He has a 26 year old son, Nicholas and 17 year old daughter, Stefani.



Mark Zauel
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 21, 2003
Class of 2005


Mark was a Class A All-State cross country runner in 1984 and 1985. During his senior year the team won league, county and regional championships and was ranked #1 in the state. Mark was the captain of the cross country team, he was a two-time FML champion, and Oakland County champion. He placed second at the regional meet, and he was a three-time first team all-league runner.   Mark finished 5th at the AAU National cross country championships. Mark was selected as the Tri County News – High School Athlete of the year in 1986.
Mark graduated third in the HHS class of 1986 with a 3.91 GPA. He was a member of the National Honor Society and senior class president. Mark also received the Carl Richter Memorial Award.
After graduation, Mark received a congressional nomination and attended the US Naval Academy. In 1990 he graduated from the academy with engineering degree and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy.   While at the academy he lettered three years in cross country and qualified for the NCAA championships – Div I.
Mark served as an officer in the Navy for six years as a nuclear engineer. Upon leaving the military, he accepted a position as a project engineer for a Michigan based company in 1986.   Currently, Mark resides in Ann Arbor with his wife Dianne. His children are Victoria, Phillip and Brendan. 
Class of 2006


Stan Boyd
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 10, 2006
HHS Class of 1989

Stan played varsity football for 2 ½ years and was a varsity wrestler for four years at Holly HS. In the sport of football he earned all league honors for both his offensive and defensive play. He was a running back and a defensive end. At the end of his senior year in football, he held the school record for sacks.
Stan was an outstanding wrestler for Holly HS. During his sophomore year he was a Flint Metro League champion, an Oakland County champion and qualified for the MHSAA State Championships. His junior year he earned even more titles. He was again a league champion, an Oakland County champion and the MHSAA Regional champion. This year he not only qualified for the MHSAA state championships…he finished the year as the state runner-up. Each year got better. 
Stan’s senior year he was a league champion, an Oakland County champion and the MHSAA Regional champion and last but not least…the 189 pound state champion! Upon graduation, Stan held the record for career wins with 169.
Stan received a partial scholarship to play football at Ferris State University. After one semester he quit college to pursue a career in auto racing…a sport he had also competed in throughout his youth. 
Stan’s racing career began in 1991. He won several Midwest track championships in super-late model racing. Stan started his own NASCAR truck team in 1998. He also raced in the NASCAR Busch series and has made several attempts to qualify in the Winston Cup series.


Richard (Dick) Ebert
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 10, 2006
Basketball Coach 1975-1986

Dick played three sports, football, basketball and baseball while in high school. He continued playing baseball after graduation. At 17, he had a tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played class C semi-pro baseball in Roscommon, he played while in the Air Force and as a freshman at Central Michigan University.
His coaching career began in 1955 in the small town of Frederic. Dick coached basketball for four years, started the school’s baseball team. Three of those years he was the school superintendent.  In 1959 he headed to Sebewaing. He remained there for six years…all the while coaching football, basketball and baseball while working as the school’s athletics director.  In 1965, Flint (now Burton) Bendle hired Dick. He coached basketball and football for six years.  Dick spent the next four years in Mancelona where he continued coaching basketball and baseball.
Holly was fortunate to hire Dick in 1975. Here he served as head varsity basketball and JV football coach. He was named Oakland County Class B Coach of the Year in 1977 and in 1987 was inducted into the Michigan High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  An amazing statistic Dick has to his credit is that in 30 years of coaching, he had only one losing season. His record is 368-127.
Dick married Beverly in 1951 and have five children…all have been active in sport. Over the years, Beverly missed only one game that Dick coached. At this time, Dick and his wife are on a cruise. Accepting this award today for him is his daughter Lorri Glidden, the athletic director for Marlette Schools.



LeRoy Millis
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 10, 2006
Coach and Athletic Director 1965-1992

LeRoy Millis was a four-year, three sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) at Lapeer High School. He earned all league, region and state honors in baseball.  Roy enlisted in the Air Force. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Central Michigan University. While there, he pitched for the university’s baseball team and earned a Bachelors degree in Education. In 1962 he earned Masters in Education.
In 1965, Roy Millis arrived on the scene in Holly. This was after a three-year career of teaching and coaching at Flint (now Burton) Bendle. His first year here he guided the team to a wining record in the Wayne-Oakland League Conference and a district title.  A year later he served as Holly’s athletic director and was instrumental in the creation of the Flint Metro League. The league originally included: Fenton, Holly, Lapeer, Swartz Creek, Ainsworth, and Carman high schools.
In 1969, Millis accepted an assistant basketball position at Central Michigan University, where he remained for two years. At this time he was named head basketball coach at Albion College. In 1976, he was asked to return to Holly as athletic director. He served in this position, except for two years, until his retirement in the early 1990’s. 
Roy married his high school sweetheart Betsy in 1956. On August 25th of this year, they will celebrate their 50th anniversary. They have four children and six grandchildren.


Molly (Hugan) Selan
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 10, 2006
HHS Class of 1995
Molly was a three-sport athlete who earned 10 varsity letters in her tenure at Holly HS…four in basketball, three in volleyball and three in softball. Molly excelled athletically and was named the Tri-County Times athlete of the week 10 times…once during each of her varsity sport seasons.
Basketball stats for Molly her senior year spotlight an average of 16.6 points per game, 10.3 rebound average per game, 66 season steals, a free throw shooting average of 70% and 27 three-point shots. Each of these stats put her on the FML all time leader board. During her four-year career Molly scored 1,044 points!

Her basketball career highlights also include being named:
            2nd team FML once
            1st team FML twice
            2nd team All Area twice
            1st team All Area twice
Molly also earned FML honors in volleyball being named once 2nd team all league and once 1st team all league.
Now for Molly’s main sport…softball.   Molly led the FML for batting all three years. Her junior year she average 0.621 and her career average is an amazing 0.534. 
Her softball career highlights also include being named:
            1st team FML three times
            1st team All Area three times
            All District three times
            All Region three times
            Honorable Mention All State once and
            All State one time
The local Kiwanis Club sponsors a renowned Athlete of the Month program and an Athlete of the Year program. Molly was name Athlete of the Month her senior year and in May was named the Kiwanis Club of Flint Female Athlete of the Year. 
Molly also excelled in the classroom. She graduated with a 3.94 gpa earning her a spot in the top ten of 1995. She was a member of the student council, NHS, and French NHS. Molly served her classmates as their class secretary and was the treasurer of the NHS. Molly was the homecoming queen. She was recognized in the Who’s Who Among American High School Students, won the Daughter’s of the American Revolution Award and won the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Scholarship. 
This is not the end to Molly’s athletic career. She went on to Michigan State University where she excelled as a catcher…starting in that position for the Spartans three of her four years. She played in two Big Ten tournaments and 2 NCAA Regional tournaments. Molly was a Big Ten Scholar Athlete twice and was chosen as a Big Ten 3rd team athlete. As of 2005, Molly was still listed in the Spartan record books five times.  Molly graduated from State with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1999. She then earned her master’s degree in Engineering Science from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in NY in 2002.
Molly married Matt Selan of Ohio in 2000 and they have a one year old son Matthew. Molly is currently an engineer for Whirlpool.
Molly’s HS basketball and softball coach, Holly HS Hall of Famer himself, Tim Dode will present the plate to Molly.
Class of 2008

ImageKen Osmun
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 22, 2008
Athlete 1982-1986

Ken Osmun didn’t begin his athletic career at Holly High School until his junior year. He ran track his junior and then both cross country and track his senior year.  Ken worked diligently that first track season, but was not quite able to break the five minute mile. He worked tirelessly that summer, logged many miles and had a fantastic first and only cross country season. He earned 1st team Flint Metro League, All-Region and All-County honors and was a member of the state’s number one rated team.  As a senior in track, Ken got faster every week and qualified for the state meet in the 1600 and 3200 runs and earned 1st team FML in both events. At the state meet he ran the 1600 in 4:20.8 which is the second fastest mile recorded in Holly HS history.  Outside of running, Ken could usually be found skiing or bicycling during his years at Holly. He was senior class historian, member of the National Honor Society and student council.
He enrolled at Oakland University where he would compete in cross country. He was a four year varsity runner and continued getting faster with each competition. Ken won several collegiate races including the Conference Championship. As a senior he qualified for the NCAA championship meet where he ran the hilly 10,000 meter course in 30:14 and placed 11th overall, earning NCAA All-American honors.  Ken graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then went on to serve our country as a Naval Officer. He spent 10 years in the Navy with specialties including nuclear power, facility management and engineering.
Running is still a passion of Ken’s. He has competed in several marathons and is a top ranked age-group triathlete where he has earned All American Honorable Mention Honors for USA Triathlon. He recently competed in an Ironman, a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by 26.2 mile run, finishing among the top amateurs.
Currently, Ken is the President of the construction group at Wight & Company, a Chicago based design and construction firm. He is married to the former Adrienne Zauel, a former Broncho runner and the sister of Mark, a Holly Hall of Fame member. Ken and Adrienne live in Naperville, IL with their two children Collin and Elyse. 



Don Pluta
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 22, 2008
Athlete 1969-1973; Teacher and Coach 1978 - present

Don Pluta attended Holly HS and competed year round earning 1st team FML All-League honors each season. Don was captain of the football team his senior year and set a school record of 5.8 yards per carry. He was voted second team all county. In the winter, Don could be found in the wrestling room. His record his senior year was 38-6. To his credit he added one district title, a second place regional finish and was a state meet qualifier. He was selected to the Genesse county all-star class B team. Baseball was his spring sport. Don finished his career with a .322 batting average. He had a golden glove at 2nd base…he committed no errors 78 chances during the 26 games the team played. His senior year he was awarded the prestigious Livings Brother Award that is given to the top senior scholar-athlete.
Don attended Western Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and English. Holly was never far from his heart and he returned as soon as he graduated. He began his successful teaching career the following year. In 1997 he was honored as the Michigan Alternative Education Teacher of the Year. 
Coaching has always been a passion for Coach Pluta. He has coached football for 23 years, softball for six years and baseball for four years. He took the helm of our varsity wrestling program in 1983, after serving three years as the assistant coach. Over the course of his tremendous 25 year career as varsity coach, his teams have achieved three Flint Metro League titles, six MHSAA district titles and one MHSAA regional title. In 2005, his team qualified for the MHSAA state finals. His teams are not only good, but they are good sports. Voted on by the other FML coaches, our team has been given the FML sportsmanship award 10 times. This exemplifies that Coach teaches his athletes to win with class.   Additionally, many of Coach Pluta’s wrestlers have earned individual honors. Holly HS has produced three state champions and 22 state placers.
At the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, Coach Pluta had already compiled 402 career victories. He has been named the Michigan Wrestling Coaches Association regional coach of the year five times. In 1998, he was honored when the Oakland County Referees Association named him Sportsman of the Year. In 2005, he was named the Oakland County coach of the year. Don has served the coaches in Oakland County during his tenure (1995-1998) as the President of the Oakland County Coaches Association. 
Don is very proud of his family. He has two sons, both of whom graduated from Holly HS. Dustin is a 2002 graduate and is currently working on this PhD in math at Cal-Davis where he received a full ride scholarship. Danny is a 2005 graduate and is currently attending Grand Valley State University. This spring will mark Danny’s second year as one of our middle school track coaches. And finally, Patty Shadden is Don’s lovely wife. They are newlyweds…they were married last summer.

ImageH. Douglas Shepherd IV
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 22, 2008
Athlete 1990-1994

Doug Shepherd was a tremendous athlete during his days at Holly HS. During his tenure he earned 7 varsity letters, 3 in basketball and 4 in soccer. During his senior year, Doug was named the Tri-County Athlete of the Year. Doug also was honored with the prestigious Karl Richter Award during the Memorial Day Celebration.  As a soccer player, Doug served the team as captain and was the team MVP his senior year. His career stats include 52 goals and 32 assists. Honors Doug received during his soccer career include: 3-time – 1st team Flint Metro League, 3-time 1st team Tri-County Area; 2-time – 1st team Flint All-Area team. Doug was named to the Academic All-State team his senior year.  Although he loved both sports, Doug excelled in basketball. He was named the Varsity basketball team’s MVP as a sophomore, Junior and Senior. He accumulated impressive stats in his three varsity basketball campaigns, eclipsing the 1,000 point mark with a total of 1,095 total points (currently 3rd on the all time scorers list). For his career Doug averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game.   He was the FML leading scorer his senior year and that same year finished second in assists. The Oakland Press named him the Most Underrated Player in Oakland County. Honors Doug received during his basketball career include: 2nd team FML honors his sophomore year, 1st team FML his junior and senior years. Doug was also 1st team All Tri-County Area; 1st team All-County Class A (Oakland Press), as well as receiving All-State mention by the Detroit News and Free Press. His senior year, Doug was named to the Oakland County All-Star team and won the Kiwanis Club of Flint student-athlete of the month,. Doug was named to the Academic All-State team his senior year. 
Doug’s stellar performance was not limited to the athletic playing field. He was the class president and served on the student council. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. The Optimist Club of Holly recognized him with their Outstanding Leadership Award. To top it off, Doug was elected Homecoming King his senior year.
At Albion College, Doug played four years of varsity basketball, starting and serving as team captain his junior and senior years. A highlight of his college career was winning the MIAA Tournament Championship and receiving a bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Again, Doug earned Academic All-League honors and was Honorable Mention All-League. While at Albion, Doug also served as president of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. In 1998, Doug graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management. Doug currently serves on the Albion College Alumni Board of Directors. Doug continued his education after Albion and in 2002 he graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor Degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
Along with his wife, Mary Ann, and their two children, Allee and Harrison, Doug resides in Traverse City, where he is an attorney with the law firm of Brandt, Fisher, Alward & Roy. As an entrepreneur, Doug is also president and founding member of E.M.L. Property Group, a real estate investment company.
Doug would like to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to those who made this honor possible, especially his wife, Mary Ann (the real athlete in the family), his parents, Harold and Lurae, his best friend and brother, David, his sister Stacey, his lifelong teammate and cousin, Steve, as well thanking all of his teammates, the Holly teachers and coaches, including Ken Opoka, Chuck Keafer, Scott Baker, Nick Ochoa and Joe Blakely. Finally, he would also like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful fans of Holly athletics, especially the legendary “Holly Super Fans” as they were known in the 90’s. 


Bob Varner
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame - Feb. 22, 2008
Coach 1969-1973

Bob Varner deserves the credit for starting the Broncho wrestling program in 1969. With a used mat for practice and meets, and a handful of kids who had no idea what they were doing, Coach Varner instilled pride in the Holly program. His assistant coach was Don Pluta.   Coach Pluta remembers most that Bob Varner was extremely tough on the kids, yet had a very kind heart. He truly cared about his wrestlers and developed a sense of family in the program. Most importantly, the wrestlers were inspired by Coach Varner. 
The first years were difficult as inexperienced wrestlers were out matched. However, the goal remained the same…respect. By the 1972-73 school year, the young team had grown and become one of the better teams in the area. That season a goal was realized, the Bronchos upset the defending Flint Metro League and state champion Fenton. At the end of that season, four short years after the program started, Bob Varner was named the Michigan Wrestling Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year. In those four years, he had seven state qualifiers and numerous regional qualifiers. The Holly wrestling program had become established and was a respected program.
In the fall of 1973, Coach Varner tragically died of a heart attack. His dream of having a state champion was never realized, but his legacy lives on. Holly hosts the Bob Varner Memorial Wrestling Tournament each year. Every time a Holly wrestler takes the mat, it is with that same pride and dedication that he instilled in the 1969 team.
Class of 2009

ImageJoe Blakely
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame – January 23, 2009
Coach 1973-1996

Joe Blakely graduated from Kalamazoo Central HS in 1967 where he played tennis, basketball and baseball. Majoring in physical education he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University in 1971. His first year as a Chippewa, Joe played basketball.
Holly Area Schools hired Blakely in 1973 to teach middle school physical education and geography. He wasted no time before jumping into the coaching ranks. For six years, from 1973-79, Joe coached 7th and 8th grade basketball. The next three years he coached the freshman team. Finally, in 1983, Coach Blakely took over the reigns of the varsity boys’ basketball team. During his 15 year tenure, the longest serving varsity basketball coach in over 60 years, he amassed a record of 163 – 138…10 winning seasons. His teams won a district title and competed in a regional final.   When asked about additional accomplishments, Joe simply states, “it’s all about the kids”. This attitude is why the “kids”…both students and athletes…love Coach Blakely.
After a fantastic and fulfilling teaching and coaching career, Coach Blakely retired from Holly in 2004.  Barbara, Joe’s wife of 39 years, and their children, Mike and Sarah, have been very supportive over the years. Joe and Barbara reside in Clearwater, Florida.

Jackie (Bucholz) Fisher
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame – January 23, 2009
Athlete 1993-1997
Jackie was an outstanding cross country and track athlete and earned eight varsity letters. In cross country, she earned the honor of being the 1st ever four-time Flint Metro League champion. Additionally, she was a MHSAA regional champion, was named two times 1st team All-Oakland County and her junior and senior year was named to the All-State team. The United States Association of Track and Field named her to the All-American cross country team…twice! During her four year career, Jackie NEVER lost a cross country meet to a league foe. Jackie’s teammates chose her their MVP three times. Jackie also excelled in the classroom (10th in her class) and was named to the All-State academic team three times. 
During the spring you could find Jackie on the track. Throughout middle school and high school, Jackie NEVER lost a 3200 meter run to another FML runner. She was the 3200 meter run Flint Metro League champion four times and was a three-time regional champion in the same event and was the team MVP all four years. Michigan was represented by Jackie when she competed as one of ten team members in the Mid-East Meet of Champions which includes teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
Additional highlights and honors she garnished in HS include:
          1996 Homecoming Queen
          Eight-time Tri-County/State Bank Athlete of the Week
          Eight-time All-League
          Two-time Flint Journal Athlete of the Month
          Flint Metro League Female Athlete of the Month
          Kiwanis Club of Flint Athlete of the Month
          Tri-County Runner of the Year
          Holly Kiwanis Female Athlete of the Year
          State Bank Female Athlete of the Year
          Holly HS Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Jackie’s stellar career continued at Hillsdale College where, in cross country, she was named 1st team All-GLIAC, 2nd team All-Region and NAIA All American. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Education. Her family, including husband Matt and infant son Jacob, live in Swanee, Georgia.


Deborah (Barton) Kay
Inducted “Broncho” Hall of Fame – January 23, 2009
Athlete 1990-1994

Debbie Barton ran cross-country and track for four years at Holly HS. She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 of her class. Her greatest achievements were in cross-country where she was the Flint Metro League champion twice. In 1990, she finished 30th at the MHSAA state finals meet and helped the win the state championship. She was a four-time 1st team FML runner, a three time All-Regional runner, and in her junior and senior seasons, she was All-State in Class A. Debbie excelled at track too. She was an FML champion twice and for eight years, until recently, Debbie held the school record for the 1600 run. Michigan was represented by Debbie, when she competed as one of ten team members in the Mid-East Meet of Champions which includes teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
After high school graduation, Debbie ran two seasons of cross-country and one season of track at Cornell University. She “retired” from the team midway during her sophomore track season due to illness. She did win one big race…the heptagonal JV cross-country race at New York’s Cortland Park.
Debbie, the first Michigan resident to be accepted in the Agriculture and Life Sciences program at Cornell University, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and works as a fisheries biologist for an Indian tribe in Kingston, Washington.   Her husband, Tom, is a fisherman off the coast of Alaska and she has two-step sons.


ImageDave Brochu
Inducted "Broncho" Hall of Fame - February 19, 2010 
Athlete 1975-1979

If there was ever any doubt as to what would become ‘his’ game, it ended early in his high school career when he shot a nine hole record 33. As a freshman, Dave Brochu led Holly to the 1st golf Flint Metro League title. He captained the golf team in both his junior and senior seasons and along the way earned first team FML honors and All-state recognition. Dave wasn’t just a ‘one-sport guy’ and in his senior season he skated with the Holly hockey team.
Mr. Brochu played collegiate golf for the University of South Florida in Tampa and at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. During those years he played against future PGA greats like Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen.  Dave graduated from UCF in 1984 with a degree in Business Management and Marketing…acquiring skills that he would put to great use back here in Michigan.
Following his collegiate years, he became a teaching professional at Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills. Four years later he relocated to Fenton and worked at Harroun Enterprises. Eventually the entrepreneurial spirit surfaced as Dave and associates began Sterling Edge…a company that manufactures machine cutting tools for tool and die shops. 
While a member of Spring Meadows County Club in Linden, Dave won five club championships and continues to hold the course record 64. He has won the Genesee All Star, the Flint City Amateur and is a three-time winner of the Flint City Best Ball tournament. In 2007 he teamed with Flushing’s Rob Bensik to set the two-day tournament record of 17 under par. Additionally, Dave has had five holes-in-one!
During his amateur career, Dave played in two U.S. Amateur events and once was paired with a young man from Stanford University named Eldrick Woods…who we know better as “Tiger”.  
Dave and his wife Arika have two lovely children, 5-year old Charlize and 3-year old Shayla.
As a student, as an athlete, as a businessman…Dave Brochu has brought great honor to his family, his profession and to himself. We are extremely proud to claim Dave Brochu as a true Holly Broncho.

George McDaniel
Inducted "Broncho" Hall of Fame - February 19, 2010

Athlete 1955-1959

His yearbook picture of 50 years ago features the caption, ‘grant me the mind to conceive; the understanding to direct; the hand to succeed’.   Without a doubt, the man we honor today, George McDaniel, has had his 1959 prayer answered. His professional successes, his responsibility to community, his devotion to his family…remain hallmarks of his life.
Mr. McDaniel’s exploits as a high school athlete and nine-time letterman are legendary. Although he played baseball and was the leading scorer on the Broncho football team, it was on the basketball court that he especially excelled. George McDaniel became a four-year starter on the boys’ varsity team after only two games on the freshman squad…a spot he never relinquished throughout his high school years. Before his high school career ended, he had amassed 1,066 points and established a senior record of better than 24 points a game.
The highlight of his senior season was a trip to the state Class B finals at old Jenison Fieldhouse in East Lansing. Along the tournament trail, the Bronchos corralled Flushing as George hit for 30. They edged Romeo and clobbered Sault Ste. Marie. Then, in front of 12,000 fans, George dropped in 28 before losing to perennial power River Rouge in the final. Detroit sportswriters named him tournament MVP and awarded him a spot on the All-tournament team. His tournament final game record of 21 rebounds remains in the MHSAA record book having been surpassed only twice in fifty years.
George McDaniel wasn’t ‘just an athlete’ at Holly High. His success in the Bronchos band, his tenure in student government and as senior class president was an early predictor of the success that would mark his professional career.
After Holly High, George earned a scholarship to the University of Detroit. At U of D he played on a team that featured future New York Knicks star and later world champion Dave DeBusshere. McDaniel captained the men’s team in his senior year. In 1963 he earned his degree in business.
Mr. McDaniel began as an advertising salesman at the Detroit News and eventually became part of the management team. In 1980 he became the national advertising manager at the Orlando Sentinel. In 1987 he was named Vice-President and Director of Advertising for the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia. Professionally, he was recognized with numerous awards. Never one to shirk civic responsibility, George routinely served with charitable organizations…including working for US service men and women as part of the USO. While in Newport News, he served as chairman of the capital fund campaign to build Peninsula Catholic High School which opened in ’94.
In 2000 George retired and with his one-time high school sweetheart…now wife of 48 years…Sandy (Mackenzie), moved to Florida. They have been blessed with five children…Mary, Darren, David, Susan and Brian and super-blessed with 16 grandchildren.
Success doesn’t ‘just happen’. It is fostered and nurtured in a strong family, in classrooms and band rooms, as well as on dirt fields and hardwood floors. George McDaniel is living proof. He did indeed possess the ‘mind to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to succeed’. The community of Holly is fortunate to call George McDaniel one of its very own.


Wesley 'Buzz' Tyler
Inducted "Broncho" Hall of Fame - February 19, 2010
Athlete 1967-1971

He began his high school career as a three-sport athlete…football, basketball and track. But then, what would become a lifelong passion for hunting forced a tough decision and, his basketball career was left by the wayside. 
Wesley “Buzz” Tyler began to concentrate all of his efforts upon football in the fall and track in the spring. His coaches and teammates recognized his leadership and athletic prowess and he was chosen as ‘captain’ for both squads. Each football season, the Hamady Brother trophy is presented to the outstanding player in the Holly-Fenton football game. In 1970, Buzz Tyler was selected trophy recipient for his stellar performance. 
In the 1971 MHSAA regional meet at Oxford High, Buzz set the Holly High shot put record with a heave of 56’3 1/2”…a record that has stood the test of time and now, 39 years later, still rests at the top of our record board.  
On May 23rd of 1971, Tyler’s track team won the MHSAA Class B state title. It was the epitome of a TEAM effort. The title was earned without any individual first place finishes, but rather with strong performances in all events. For its’ efforts, the ’71 track team was awarded a spot in the Broncho Hall of Fame in 2001.
Buzz Tyler excelled in both of his chosen sports and earned All-league, All-county and All-state recognition in both football, as tackle and defensive end, and in track as a shot putter.
Following graduation, Buzz moved to Rapid River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where he worked as a carpenter and construction mason until his retirement six years ago. For many years he has been avid outdoorsman and has pursued the passion for hunting and fishing that began as a young man in Holly. There is little doubt that “Buzz” has engendered that same passion in his sons…William, Robert and Jonathan.

At Holly High we remain proud of Wesley Tyler 40 years after he made his last big tackle and threw his last long-distance shot. We are honored to count Wesley “Buzz” Tyler as one of Holly’s finest athletes. 

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