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2012 HOF INDUCTEES -- (Row 1) Dale Asel, Jim & Jay Fox, Mike Gaken and Bill Herrera. (Row 2) Bob Arsenault, Bob Irwin, Tom Merkle, Roy Robb and Jeff Szczepanski.

400+ Attend 2012 Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony

22nd Annual Bay County Event Held at Doubletree Hotel

October 21, 2012       1 Comments
By: O. J. Cunningham

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"This is the biggest crowd we've ever had at the Doubletree," said Bay County Sports Hall of Fame Vice-President Bob Darbee as the crowd continued to fill the tables on Sunday afternoon, October 7, 2012.

BC TIMES SPORTS -- Lee Thompson
(Sports Editor, Left) and his wife
were in attendance at the 22nd Annual
Bay County Sports Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony. Thompson and
Times' writer Cory Butzin both
contributed numerous articles and
research to the Hall of Fame effort.

BOB & BOB -- former HOF Board Member
Bob Heinz (Left) and current HOF V-P
Bob Darbee are all smiles after a
successful Induction Banquet
on October 7, 2012 at Doubletree
Hotel and Conference Center.
Darbee and Heinz have both also been
inducted into the Sports HOF. (Right)

The Double tree Hotel in downtown Bay City was the host for the 22nd Annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. Inductees for 2012 were Bob Arsenault, Dale Asel, Jim & Jay Fox, Bob Irwin, Mike Gaken, Tom Merkle, Roy Robb and Jeff Szczepanski.

In addition, the Bay City Central High School Football State Champions from 1972 were also inducted. The 1972 team was the last of the Elmer Engle dynasty teams to win state titles. Rod Adams, Art Nixon and various team members spoke for the team.

The 1960 & 1962 Kiwanis Club American Legion Baseball (Ages 15-18) teams were also honored for their State Championship and Legion World Series "run" during the 1960's. Bob Baughman accepted the award for the teams and introduced team members who were on hand. Baughman played for both the 1960 & 1962 teams.

Bill Herrera was named the 2012 winner of the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame "President's Award for his two-decades of service as the Treasurer of the local HOF group.

Click Here for more information on each inductee.

Six (6) scholarships were also awarded to one student from each High School in Bay County. This is the 19th consecutive year, the Hall of Fame has awarded scholarships to local student-athletes who excelled in their sports and their studies. Six have been selected to earn the $750 scholarship for 2012. Bay City Central's Lindsey Martin, Essexville Garber's Darci Asel-Templin, Bangor John Glenn's Jackson Frederick, Bay City All Saints' Michelle Kleinau, Bay City Western's John Costello and Pinconning's Collin Lorenz. Over $100,000 in scholarships has been distributed to local student athletes. Click Here to see pictures of the scholarship student athletes.

Wrestling Coach Mike Gaken (Center) enjoys some time with former student wrestlers during HOF ceremony.

2012 Bay County Sports Hall of Fame

Thelma Robb proudly displays Roy Robb's Hall of Fame Plaque. Mrs. Robb, age 98, accepted her deceased son's honor during the induction ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel.

FOX FAN CLUB -- River Roar friends and family joined in the celebration with Jim and Jay Fox at the 22nd Annual Bay County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on October 7, 2012.

Arsenault Family -- 2012 Inductee Bob Arsenault was surrounded by family members on his big night at 2012 Bay County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at Doubletree Hotel.

BIG TIME BOXERS & FRIENDS -- Monte Oswald (Left) and Dean Oswald (Right) pose with 2012 HOF Inductee Bob Arsenault at the Doubletree Hotel. All three boxers are now members of the Hall of Fame.

MAIN STAGE -- HOF President O.J. Cunningham welcomes a crowd of over 400 to the 2012 Bay County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet held October 7, 2012 at Doubletree Hotel in Bay City, Michigan. It was the 22nd Annual Induction Banquet which had its start in 1990.

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Dale Asel Family says:       On October 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM

A big thank you to you and all the behind the scenes people that put on a great Bay County Sports Hall of Fame, October 7th. To be part of that, to attend that wonderful occasion is just so unbelievable. We want to tell you what an honor that is for a husband, father, grandfather and friend to be an inductee into a great part of Bay County. The generous scholarship money for Darci, is very much appreciated by the family also. Everything from the tables, to the dinner, the booklet (wow, that is a piece of work), to the after dinner program, everything was just perfect.

Thank you again for a great afternoon and evening and we will be looking forward to next year's HOF dinner in October 2013.

The Dale Asel Family
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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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