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Listed are the young ladies I had the privilege of coaching at Manistee High.  My long-range goal is to have some information telling about “Where They Are Now” and how they are doing in life.  I am missing a LOT of information and if anyone who visits this website can help fill in some voids: please email me at mikemunro@mikemunro.net  Any family pictures are welcomed and I will publish them on this website. I will not publish telephone numbers but will put in email addresses (unless requested not to).  Thanks for any help provided.

Basic information at to: College Attended (& year). Married to (year). Living where (city only is fine). Occupation. Email Address: And any additional interesting comments.


Last name:


Leah Abla (3) 78, 79, 80; Graduated from the University of Dayton.  Living in Cincinnati, Ohio.  President of the Cincinnati branch of The Ferguson’s Corporation. 

Amy Alexander (2) 91, 92; 93; Living in Manistee.

Lisa Anderson (0) 84;

Christy Bigalke (2) 80, 81; Attended Central Michigan University. High School Teacher in the Traverse City area.

Laurie Bigalke (3) 82, 83, 84; Attended Michigan Tech University.

Michele Brandt (3) 84, 85, 86; Living in Manistee.

Missy Brandt (2) 80, 81; Living in Manistee

Cathy Carter (3) 85, 86, 87;

Amanda Cote (2) 86, 88, 89;

Candace Cote (0) 88;

Janelle Cushing (1) 80, 81;

Suzie Dietz (1) 87; Passed away in a tragic auto accident fall 1987.  We who knew you well miss you dearly.

LeAnne (Bialik) Edmondson (2) 85, 86, 87; Athletic Director and Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Manistee Catholic High School.  Graduated from Ferris State (Medical Laboratory Technology) in 1993.  Have 2 boys, Zack & Alex.  We will be adding to our family through adoption, Mariah Hope, from China, finalized in September 2005.  Married to Jacob Bialik and live in Manistee.  Email Address:  bialik5@charter.net   

Tina (Edmondson) Poirier (3) 87, 88, 89, 90; Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Hasting High School, Hasting, Michigan.  Email Address: poirierx3@chartermi.net

Tracy (Erdman) Schuette (2) 93, 94; Attended Central Michigan University and Ohio Wesleyan College, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan College with a degree in Psychology.  Married in Sep 2003 to Ben Schuette.  Email Address: tje43@yahoo.com

Brenda (Faubert) Tiefenthal (3) 78, 79, 80; Living in Manistee with husband David and their three children.  Brenda works for the Boyer Ins Company.

Sandy Faubert (1) 80, 81;

Lynn Fragomeli (0) 82:  Sadly has passed away, we will miss her.

Michelle Garrish (3) 82, 83, 84;  Michelle is married with one daughter living in Grand Rapids.

Cindy Gielczyk (3) 78, 79, 80;

Becky Gilbert (0) 88;

Kim Gorley (3) 92; 93, 94; Lives in Manistee and works at West Shore Hospital.  Email Address: gorleyk@hotmail.com

Janel Grabowski (0) 84;

Janine Gregorski (1) 83, 84;

Dawn (Greve) Stefanski (1) 83, 84, 85; Married 11 years.  Three children (9,6,6).  Graduated from Western Michigan Univeristy with degrees in psychology and criminal justice.  Employed as a therapist in Manistee.

Cathy Gustad (2) 77, 78;

Cindy Gustad (0) 81;

Jodie Heiss (2) 82, 83;

Becky Hilliard (1) 80, 81;

Ellen (Hogan) LaTulip (3) 83, 84, 85; Living in Kingsley, MI with husband Rich and their three children, Eden Phoebe and Beau.  Ellen is a stay at home mom.

Heather (Hogan) Jones (3) 80, 81, 82; Graduated from Lake Superior State College.  Living in Mt. Pleasant, MI with husband Darcy and daughter Mikayla.                                                                      
Amy Horvat (0) 88; Married with children and lives in California.

Melissa Horvat (0) 84; Married with children and lives in Manistee.

Amy Howells (3) 78, 79, 80;

Sarah Howells (3) 77, 78, 79;

LeeAnn (Huffman) Wise (3) 77, 78, 79; Graduated from Lake Superior State College.  Teaches and Coaches in Minnesota.  Married Tim Wise (Traverse City) and has 3 sons.  LeeAnn.Wise@richfield.k12.mn.us

Alissa (Hutson) Chmielewski (2) 86, 87, 88; Graduated from Ferris State University. 

Amanda Hutson (2) 92; 93;

Heather Johnson (0) 87; Moved to Traverse and graduated from Traverse City High School 1990

Tammy Jones (4) 74, 75, 76, 77; Graduated from Grand Valley State College

Wendy Kaap (1) 82;

Andi Kelly (0) 84;

Kendra Kott (2) 88, 89, 90;

Kim Kott (4) 85, 86, 87; 88;

Michele Kruty (3) 81, 82, 83; Graduated from the University of Dayton.  Now living in the Cincinnati, Ohio area

Kelly Kruwell (4) 85, 86, 87, 88; Lives in Manistee.

Lisa Lindeman (2) 90, 91, 92; 

Lori Lindeman (3) 80, 81, 82; Graduated from Northwood University.  Coaches Manistee Girls Junior Varsity has. Lives in Manistee with daughter Frankie and son Vinnie.

Roxie Lindeman (2) 73, 74;

Kim Lloyd (1) 80, 81;

Cathy (Majchrzak) Witucki (0) 86; Lives in Manistee

Kristy Majchrzak (1) 93, 94; Lives in Manistee

Annette (Martz) Daniel (2) 81, 82, 83; Email Address: aldmo2@aol.com

Carrie McCarthy (0) 86, 87;

Renee (McCary) Solberg (3) 79, 80, 81; Attended Lansing Community College and Grand Valley State College.  Living in Manistee with husband Scott and three children, Sonya, Sara and Andrew.  Email Address: ssolberg@manistee.org

Stacey Miller (1) 88;

Kelly Minster (1) 82;

Kim Minster (1) 74, 76, 77;

Jana Mitchell (2) 82, 83, 84;

Jennine Munson (1) 84;

Lynette (Munson) Stensgard (3) 81, 82, 83; Graduated from Lake Superior State College.  Married and with children. Email Address: mark@lynmark.com

Troice Nezki (2) 89, 90, 91;

Cindy Pachesny (1) 79;

Lindsey (Payne) Heliminski (1) 93, 94; Graduated from Western Michigan University.  Married James Heliminski (Manistee) fall 2004.  Email Address: lindsey.payne@phoenix.edu  Lives in Grand Rapids

Carol (Pierson) Knapp (2) 85, 86, 87;  Graduated from college.  Elementary Principal at Evart, Michigan.  Married and has one daughter. Email Address: Knappc@evart.k12.mi.us

Amy Plamondon (1) 90, 91;

Chris Rakowski (1) 79;

Candace Rhodea (3) 89, 90, 91; Lives in Big Rapids.

Brenda (Rutowski) Heckman ,  Graduated from GVSU in 82 with a BS in psychology.  Married 1988 to Steve Heckman. Two sons Nathan 18 and Jacob 15.   Living in Montague, Michigan (Go WILDCATS).  Employed by Michigan State Department of Corrections, Muskegon, Michigan        GEE8CH98@aol.com 

Dursa Rutowski (1) 93;

Leshia (Sadler) Rybicki (4) 85, 86, 87, 88; Graduated from Oakland University.  Varsity Girls Basketball Coach FreeSoil High School. Married and has two children.  Email Address: rybicki@Jackpine.net

Stefanie Schimke (2) 85, 86, 87;

Peggy Schmeling (1) 80;

Shelly (Schultz) Kott (4) 83, 84, 85, 86; Lives in Manistee. Married Kenn Kott 1996 they have four children Kenny, Kevin, Emilee and Natalee.  Add one more fall 2006.  Graduated from Central Michigan University with a BA Degree in Applied Arts and Management 1991.  Certified Insurance Agent from Michigan State University 1993.  Vice-President of Duchon Insurance Agency.  J.V. Girls Basketball coach at Manistee High School 1994 and 1995.  Varsity Assistant coach 1996 till present with husband Kenn Kott, Head Varsity coach.  shellykott@sbcglobal.net  

Renee (Schultz) Yorton  (1) 85, 86;  Living in Grand Haven with husband Garvin and their three children, Branda, Olivia and Garrett.

Kristina Schubert (2) 93, 94; Graduated from Grand Valley State University. Email Address: KSchubert03@yahoo.com

Becky Sedlar (2) 87, 88, 89;

Sally Sedlar (4) 90, 91, 92, 93; Graduated from Central Michigan University.  Sally has been with Pungo Personal Training since 2001. She is a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of IDEA and CPR certified. Sally graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and a minor in Public Health from Central Michigan University in 1999. While there, she was a 3-year letter winner in Women's Basketball. Before moving to Virginia Beach, Sally spent 2 years as an Assistant Basketball Coach at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Email Address: Sedlar22@hotmail.com

Tiphannie Six (1) 94;

Heidi Skocelas (0) 93; Heidi is living in Manistee with her husband Scott Mikula(married may 2000) and son Brady (3yrs old).  Attended Olivet College playing basketball for 3 years.  (knee surgury 5 times ended her career).  Degree in Nursing and almost finished with a Biology degree but is currently working as an administrator for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and coaches AAU Basketball for the Manistee Magic (age 13-14).

Janel Skory (2) 88, 89, 90;

Missy Smith (2) 91, 92; 93; Living in Manistee

Kristen Snyder (2) 89, 90, 91;

Hope Sonnenberg (1) 82, 83;

Forrie Sovereign (3) 82, 83, 84;

Heather Spencer (2) 91, 92; 

Louise Stapleton (3) 80, 81, 82; Graduated from Western Michigan University.  Now living in the Virgin islands and is an avid Marathon runner.

Jaime Sundbeck (1) 93;

Jill Swathwood (0) 87;

Jessica (Toelle) Scharp (2) 89, 90, 91; Married and living in Manistee.

Shana (Toelle) Ambrose (2) 92; 93, 94; Graduated from Alma College.  Elementary teacher in Alpena.  Email Address: stoelle77@yahoo.com 

Brooke Tomaszewski (2) 89, 90, 91;

Kristen Townsend (0) 84;

Julie Vadeboncoeur (3) 89, 90, 91;

Nikki Vadeboncoeur (2) 87, 88, 89;

Amanda (Vasquez) Mikula (2) 90, 91, 92; Email address: amandavas@yahoo.com

Missy Vasquez (3) 92; 93, 94;

Kristen Ware (2) 92; 93, 94;

Caroline White (0) 85;

Chris White (0) 83;

Julie (White) Griffis (3) 89, 90, 91; Married and living in Bear Lake, Michigan
Graduated from Davenport with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and currently working at Manistee-Benzie Community Mental Health Services in Human Resources.  Married in 2002 and has a 10 month old son Jake (2004).  Email Address:  jgriffis@mbcmh.org

Suzy Wilkosz (2) 82, 83;

Angie Wolfe (2) 85, 86; Attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonais,Illinois.  Married Craig Pullen in 1989 and they have 2 children, Tyler (12) and Kelli (10).  They have lived in Cadillac, Michigan for the past 16 years.  Angie currently works as a Paraprofessional in special education for the Cadillac Area Public Schools. Email catkpullen@net4kids.us

Kari Youngberg (1) 92;

Kristen Zaiger (0) 81;

Tracy Zimmerman (2) 89, 90, 91;  Graduated from Ferris State University.  Elementary Teacher and Basketball Coach at Onekama Area School.  Married to Greg Bennett (Manistee).  Expecting first child early 2005.

Jim Anderson and wife Janet live in Manistee.  Jim teaches at Manistee High School.

Barb Bartosiewicz has retired from Manistee High School and still lives in Manistee.

Jerry Brown and wife Bonnie live in Onekama.  Jerry teaches at Manistee Junior High School and Coaches Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball at Onekama.  Bonnie teaches and coaches Track at Onekama.  They have three children, Ryan, Danny and Jaylee. Jerry’s Email Address: jbrown@manistee.org Website www.onekamagirlsbasketball.com 

Kenn Kott and wife Shelly live in Manistee.  Kenn is the Athletic Director and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Manistee High School.  Principal of Kennedy Elementary School. kksports@Manistee.org The have 2 sons Kenny & Kevin and 2 daughters Emilee & Natalee. Kenn’s Email Address: kennkott@jackpine.com  Shelly’s Email Address: shellykott@sbcglobal.net

Dave Peterson and his wife live in Manistee.  Dave still helps all the coaches in the area.

Mike Schubert and wife live in Monroe, Ohio.

Kevin Taylor sadly has passed away…he will be missed by all.

Mike Welsh and wife live in Manistee

Dave Masengarb and Wife Virginia live in Merrillville, IN.  Virginia is a 1st Grade Teacher of 19 students at Trinty - Crown Point, IN; also teaching Sunday morning Bible study.  Masengarbs have three children: David - Director of Stewardship at Luther East High School, Lansing, MI.  Jennifer - Education Specialist at Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL. and Eric - attending Concordia University, WI in Mequon, WI. dmasengarb@hotmail.com  vmasengarb@hotmail.com

Associate Coach Bob Blohm (Plymouth Canton High School) Email Address: rblohm@comcast.net


April 15, 2003 Manistee News AdvocateDown to the wireMHS alumni basketball games close, excitingBy GREG GIELCZTK

Sports Editor

MANISTEE — For some, it had been over 20 years since they'd played basketball.

Others were used to a smaller court than the one at Manistee High School, which easily rivals that of a small college.

      But there was one constant through the second annual Chippewa 350 Club alumni basketball games and prime rib dinner ... good fun.

Upwards of 150 fans were treated to a pair of close, exciting games Saturday. The women tipped things off in the morning, and it proved to be an omen as the Blue pulled out a thrilling 39-37 victory over the Gold.

      Michelle "Shelly" (Schultz) Kott learned that her body lagged behind her brain.

"I kept telling it what to do, where to move ... but it always seemed to be a second or two behind," she said later. "My legs are pretty sore, too. I'm going to have to train before next years game."

      Schultz, a 1987 graduate, played the low post but was denied easy access to the basket by an aggressive Blue team defense.

The age differences might have been a factor as well, with the Blue team roster filled with more recent graduates.

      Tina (Edmondson) Poirier was the oldest player, having received her diploma in 1991 and Mandy Sullivan the youngest, only one year removed from her prep career.

Player-coach      Leeann (Huffman) Wise the other half of Manistee’s famed “Thunder and Lighting” duo back in the mid-70’s, proved she can still light it up from downtown with a couple of three-point baskets.

      Lynette (Munson) Stensgard and Lori (Lindeman) Tabaczka were part of the 1982 Class B state championship team and showed they can still play the game with their old flair.

      The men's game saw a little scoring, and the Blue squad – comprised largely of the 1999 district champions - prevailed in overtime, 67-65.

But the White team, behind the shrewd coaching of Ron Nurnberger (class of 1963) proved a pesky opponent.

      The White squad opened the game with an 8-0 run, but soon tired and the Blue team came back to narrow the deficit to 34-33 at the half.

Catching their breath during the intermission, the White regrouped and gained a 45-38 lead at the 15:58 mark of the second half.

      But the Blue came storming back, Jason Larson (2000) putting them ahead, 55-51, with 7:02 remaining.

      Tim Bottrell (1992) brought the White back, however, tying the score at 60-60 with 55.8 seconds left in regulation.

      Joe Hendges (1995) came up with a big defensive stop at the other end for the White when he Eric Erdman's (1999) shot. But the White couldn’t score.

In the overtime, the White took a 65-60 lead on baskets by Dan Gustad (1981) and three points from Bottrell.

      The Blue ended the game on a 7-0 run on baskets by Erdman, Jeff Veach (2000) and Pat Makowski (2001) free throws.

      The Chippewa 350 Club sponsored the Manistee Alumni games.


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. 

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. 
We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. 
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. 
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all, mean it. 
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. 
Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. 

Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. 

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's. 
Enjoy the simple things. 
Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. 
The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 
Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 
Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 
Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. 
Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 


























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