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Volleyball

  • Amy Gruszynski (Geer)

    Amy Gruszynski

    Career
    Highlights

    • Four-Year Starting Setter and Four-time Team Captain with Northwood University Volleyball
    • Three Time NCAA Division II Volleyball All American at Northwood
    • Four-time First Team all GLIAC performer
    • GLIAC Player of the Year as a Senior (Also - Top Three Finalist in Voting All 4our Years at Northwood)
    • Pinconning High School Volleyball -- Four-Year Class B All-State Setter
      -- Three-Time Most Valuable Player
      -- Three-Time Team Captain
    • Pinconning High School Basketball
      -- A Dream Team Basketball Player leading Pinconning to a district title in 1998.
    • Guiding Force Behind Successful Teams in High School, College, and AAU. Click HERE To Read MLive Article.
    • Beth Pawlak

      Inducted 2005

      Career
      Highlights

      • BC Central High School - Volleyball, Basketball & Softball
      • Captain & Catcher BCC Softball Team
      • Division 1 Softball Player at CMU
      • Projected All American Catcher at CMU
      • Named All District, All Region & All State
      • Died at the age of 20

    • Emily Engel

      Inducted 2005

      Career
      Highlights

      • The First BC Central High School 12 Varsity Letter Winner
      • Won 1st Team All Valley & Honorable Mention All State Honors
      • Named Athlete of the Year 1998
      • Four-year Letter Winner at MSU
      • Captain of the Volleyball Team at MSU
      • Won the Academic All Big Ten Athlete Award at MSU


    • Irene Green

      Inducted 2008

      Career
      Highlights

      • 1971 Graduate Bay City Central - 1975 Graduate CMU
      • Member of 1976, 1977 State Champion Cubby's Bar Fastpitch Softball
      • Coached over 50 High School Volleyball Invitational Tournament Victories
      • Combined 539-143 Volleyball Coaching Record with Nine District Titles & Three Regional Championships
      • Coached 1988 State Softball Championship Team at Bay City Handy
      • 1988 Class B Softball High School Coach of The Year

    • Jeff Williams

      Inducted 2009

      Career
      Highlights

      • Six Years Head Football Coach Pinconning High School - 37 Wins, 3 NEMC Titles
      • Ten Years Head Volleyball Coach Pinconning H.S. - 536 Wins, 9 NEMC, 10 District, 8 Regional Titles
      • MHSAA Volleyball State Champions 1992, Second Place 1989, Third Place 1988
      • Twelve Years Head Volleyball Coach Northwood University - 305 Wins, 3 GLIAC & 4 NAIA Titles
      • Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Class B Regional
      • Coach of The Year 1981
      • National High School Coaches Federation Michigan Coach of The Year 1992
      Click HERE To Read MLive Article.
    • Katherine Blumenstein

      Inducted 2004

      Career
      Highlights

      • Bay City Central High School - 1985-1989
      • Volleyball - 4 Years Varsity Team
      • 1989 Senior Woman Athlete of the Year Award
      • Western Michigan University - 1989-1993
      • Attended 1989 NCAA Volleyball Tournament
      • Attended 1991 Olympic Sports Festival
    • Maxine Barker

      Inducted 2006

      Career
      Highlights

      • 1st Bay City Woman to Bowl 300 Game
      • Played Semi-pro Fast Pitch Softball
      • 9 City Championship Bowling Teams. 1941-83
      • Bay City Women's Bowling
      • First Team All Star Squad 1963-64 & 1964-65
      • Top Performer - Golf, Tennis, Basketball, & Volleyball
    • Melissa Petty David

      Melissa Petty David

      The heart and soul of the Bay City Central volleyball teams that won back-to-back league, district and regional championships, she went on to become one of the all-time greats at Ferris State University. A four-year setter at FSU, she still ranks third in program history with 204 service aces and fifth with 3,443 assists. She was a two-time all-GLIAC honoree and earned all-Great Lakes Region honors in 1994, when she led the Bulldogs in assists and attack percentage.

      Holder of her optometry degree, she twice earned academic all-GLIAC honors. She was one of the state’s premier players during her days as a four-year varsity setter and middle hitter at Central. She was named to the all-state Dream Team as a senior in 1991, when she was selected Saginaw Valley League MVP. She led the Wolves to a 101-15 record over her final two seasons. She now serves as head volleyball coach at Bay City Western.

    • Pinconning '92 State Volleyball Champs

      Inducted 2008

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    • Susan M. Blumenstein-Smigiel

      Inducted 2006

      Career
      Highlights

      • Starred in Basketball, Volleyball & Track - BC Central (1983-87)
      • All Region & Senior Woman Athlete of the Year 1987
      • Volleyball starter 4 years Northwood University (1987-1992)
      • Conference District, Regional Champs all 4 years
      • Played 4 National Tournaments, Top Ten 3 times
      • High School Volleyball Coach
    • Traci Morin

      Traci Morin

      Few area players have taken their volleyball talents further than Morin, who starred at John Glenn and Western Michigan University then delivered a successful professional career. The 1996 Glenn grad was a three-time all-NEMC first-teamer and earned all-state as a senior.

      The 6-foot-1 middle blocker left a legacy at WMU, where she still ranks among the program’s top-10 in seven career stats, including 3.38 kills per set, 4.39 points per set, 406 total blocks and a .345 attack percentage. She garnered all-MAC honors three times, including first-team accolades as a senior in 2000. She earned invites to join the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Pan-Am Games training team. She went on to play professionally in Austria for two years before competing in the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association and on the Extreme Volleyball Professional Tour.

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