TICKETS AVAILABLE: 2019 Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Induction is Sept. 24
Joan Boand, Jack Doles, Steve Honderd, Margo Jonker, Mike Phelps, Joe Warren Celebrated
GRAND RAPIDS – The 2019 Induction Class for the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Van Andel Arena with the celebration starting at 6 p.m.
Tickets at $50 for adults, $25 age 12-and-under, and information on ticket and table packages as well as sponsorships are available at grshof.com.
The 2019 class includes Joan Boand, Grand Valley State University coaching pioneer, Jack Doles, 24 Hour News 8 sports director, Steve Honderd, Calvin College basketball star, Margo Jonker, Central Michigan University softball coach, Mike Phelps, East Kentwood and Holland Christian basketball coach, and Joe Warren, East Kentwood’s world champion in wrestling and MMA.
Boand pioneered women’s sports at Grand Valley, first reacting to student requests in 1968. She went on to serve as head coach in basketball, volleyball, softball and track and field with more than 500 wins and six conference titles in volleyball and four conference titles in basketball. A tireless advocate for women’s sports, she served on several NCAA committees and was GVSU’s associate athletic director.
Doles is being inducted as the 2019 Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. He has covered multiple major sports events, including the Olympic Games 10 times, since joining 24 Hour News 8 in 1990. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting and first worked for Reynolds, who preceded him as sports director at TV 8.
Honderd first starred in basketball at Grand Rapids Christian and then led Calvin College’s basketball team to the 1992 Division III national championship. He had the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 top scoring seasons for Calvin during his career, was named Division III Player of the Year in 1993, and was the Final Four MVP in 1992.
Jonker, from Holland, was a softball star for Boand at Grand Valley and recently retired after 40 seasons as the head softball coach at Central Michigan. She won 1,268 games, which is ninth all-time in Division I. Her 1982 team set a Mid-American Conference record with 51 wins, and her 1987 team finished fifth at the Women’s College World Series.
Phelps, first a standout basketball and baseball player at Grand Rapids Christian High School and Calvin College, won 568 games in 35 seasons as a high school basketball coach, including 13 seasons at East Kentwood and 21 seasons at Holland Christian. His 568-239 overall record currently places him No. 12 all-time in boys basketball coaching wins. He was never whistled for a technical foul.
Warren was a 1995 state high school champion wrestler at East Kentwood, an All-American at the University of Michigan, won three Greco-Roman U.S. national titles and was a gold medalist in the FILA World Championships, World Cup and Pan American Championships. An MMA world champion, as well, he was the first fighter to hold championships in multiple weight classes.
The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame honors prominent West Michigan athletes and those who have contributed greatly to sports on a local, state or national level, and presents annual events in support of local youth organizations and charities. Plaques commemorate the current 163 members of the Hall of Fame at Van Andel Arena.
Interested sponsors and those needing more information can contact Gretchen Flemming, GRSHOF trustee, at 616-228-6714 or Gretchen.firstname.lastname@example.org. The GRSHOF mailing address is 561 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, 49503.
Media contact: Greg Johnson, GRSHOF trustee, 616-560-8995, email@example.com; photos available of the inductees.