The Pennfield Schools Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome it’s fourth class of inductees into this select group of former Pennfield High School student-athletes, coaches, and community members this weekend. The newest group of Panther inductees include former coach and athletic director Larry Boyer, former athlete and coach Jim Ledbetter, and former student-athletes Karen (O’Neil) Myers, Mary Kay (Jenkins) Pessetti, and Shelley (Vonk) Toren.
The Hall of Fame weekend activities begin with a reception before the varsity football game on Friday evening, September 21st at 5:30pm at Dunlap Elementary School. The HOF inductees will then be recognized at halftime of the football game against Harper Creek High School. On Saturday evening, September 22nd they will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a dinner banquet to be held at Cedar Creek Golf Course beginning at 6:00pm.
Larry Boyer was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Pennfield Schools for more than 30 years. He coached wrestling and football primarily at Pennfield High School and served as the district athletic director from 1999-2013. He led the varsity wrestling team to the MHSAA state championship in 1992 and was named MHSAA Coach of the Year. His teams won 9 conference championships and 8 district titles during his tenure. He wa also an assistant football coach for 18 years and named MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 1993.
Jim Ledbetter graduated from Pennfield High School in 1960 and earned 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He then came back to Pennfield and coached the varsity baseball team from 1969-1981 and the varsity boys’ basketball team from 1972-1981. He was named City Coach of the Year four times in baseball and three times in basketball. He led the baseball team to three district titles and led the varsity boys’ basketball team to the MHSAA Regional championship in 1972. In the process, he accumulated over 300 total victories as a varsity coach.
Karen (O’Neil) Myers graduated in 1982. She earned 5 letters in track and cross country during high school. She set 5 school records in track & field as a senior. She was named All-State in track & field in 1982. She continued her career at Western Michigan University and was a member of the 1985 MAC championship team. She was the indoor MAC champion in the pentathlon in 1985 and the runner-up in the heptathlon.
Mary Kay (Jenkins) Pessetti graduated in 1983. She earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, volleyball, softball and track. She was named All-State in volleyball three times. She was a member of the volleyball team that won the MHSAA state championship in 1981 and a member of the girls basketball team that won the MHSAA state championship in 1980. She was also a member of two other volleyball teams that finished as state runner-up.
Shelley (Vonk) Toren graduated in 1982. She earned 6 letters in volleyball and basketball at Pennfield. She was the recipient of the Hugh O’Brian outstanding sophomore award and was a member of the MHSAA state championship teams in both girls basketball in 1980 and volleyball in 1981. She was also a member of the state runner-up volleyball team in 1982. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. She also graduated from Hope College in 1986.
Congratulations to the newest members of the Pennfield Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.