Turosky inducted into U.P. Sports Hall of Fame
HARRIS—The late Victor Turosky, who starred for Iron River High School and later played in the National Football League in its early days, was one of 10 inductees to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame at its 48th annual induction banquet held recently at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris.
According to a press release from the UPSHF, Turosky was a four-year player for Iron River High School who returned the opening kickoff of his first game more than 100 yards for a touchdown. He turned down a chance to play football at Notre Dame to work on his grandfather’s farm. Then at age 19, Turosky joined the Kansas City Cowboys and played several seasons in the early days of the National Football League, becoming perhaps the first “Yooper” to play professional football. He then played semi-pro football for the Stambaugh All-Stars before he became recreational director in Iron River and officiated football games.
Turosky will be inducted with the 2020 class. The banquet is scheduled for May 9, 2020 at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris.
Other inductees of the 2020 class include:
- John Barnes (Escanaba) - Currently women’s basketball coach at Youngstown State University, Barnes has an overall 260-142 record, including 104-87 with the Division I Horizon League Penguins since 2013. He was 156-55 at Michigan Tech (2003-10) while building the Huskies into one of the premier programs in NCAA Division II.
- Jennifer Kangas-Brody (L’Anse) - After a three-sport career at L’Anse High School, Kangas played golf at Michigan State University (team captain for two years) and professional golf for seven years (one on the LPGA Tour).
- Todd Dagenais (Escanaba) - Head volleyball coach at NCAA Division I University of Central Florida since 2008, Dagenais is also a staple with the USA Volleyball program.
- Dewey Lane (Wakefield) - A three-sport athlete at Wakefield High School, the 1949 graduate inaugurated the football program at Ashley High School in 1960, then two years later returned home. Lane spent 22 years as Wakefield’s head football coach, twice becoming U.P. coach of the year.