St. Charles Sports Hall of Fame

The St. Charles Sports Hall of Fame inducted eight new members on Saturday, October 18 at the Rustic Inn. This year’s inductees are athletes Tracy Bruno, Lisa (Adams) McNeme, Nick Pumford, Mark Rusz and Dale Tribfelner; coaches Pat Rusz and Bob Welzein; and distinguished service honoree Bob Spectre 2015 movie now

Mark Rusz 1998 Graduate: Mark played football, wrestled, and baseball earning 10 varsity letters at St. Charles High School. In football, during his career, he passed for 1,263 yards in 1998.  Mark posted a career record 213 – 4 in wrestling. He was a three time state champion at 103, 112, and 119 weight classes in the MHSAA tournament. He was a state runner-up at 103 his freshman year. He set the national record for career falls at 167. He holds the school record for wins at 213, season wins 56, consecutive wins 123, season pins 45, and career pins at 140. In 1998, Mark went through the entire MHSAA tourney pinning all opponents and giving up no points while being named the Division 4 Outstanding Wrestler. Mark was a four time conference, district, county, and regional champion. He wrestled for four years at CMU helping his team win the MAC title each year. Mark was also a medalist at the Olympic Trials. He is the first wrestler and St. Charles athlete to be inducted into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.

Tracy Bruno 1989 Graduate: Tracy played volleyball, basketball, and softball at St. Charles. She was a team member on a district championship in softball, selected to the All-Area Dream Team in volleyball, and recognized as a top basketball player. She was selected Female Athlete of the Year in 1989 for St. Charles Schools. During her prep career Tracy was an all conference, all district, and all area team player as a junior and senior. She earned All-State Honorable Mention her senior year in basketball. She was part of three conference championships in basketball and one in volleyball. Tracy walked on in basketball at Saginaw Valley State  University. After a few early season games as a freshman she became a starter for the rest of her college career. She earned a scholarship after a highly successful freshman season. Tracy went on after graduation to be a head coach at the college level.

Nick Pumford 2005 Graduate: Nick played golf, basketball, and baseball earning many varsity letters at St. Charles High School. In golf, he holds school records for 9-hole and 18-hole low scores. He was a two time conference medalist, regional medalist, county medalist, and making the All-County Team three times. Nick was a four time TVC All-Conference member. At the state meet he placed 6th as a sophomore and 2nd place as a junior and senior. He was a two time All-State golfer. Nick won four varsity letters in basketball.  He scored 1,242 career points from 2002 through the 2005 seasons. Nick hold the school record for three pointers in made in a game at nine. In baseball, he was an all-district pitcher and honorable mention outfielder winning a conference and district title. Nick earned a golf scholarship to the University of Michigan. While at Michigan he earned four varsity letters in golf and in 2009 his team played the NCAA Golf Final Four. After graduating from Michigan, Nick coached golf at Georgia State University for two years and returned to Michigan as an assistant golf coach.

Lisa (Adams) McNeme 1989 Graduate: Lisa played basketball, volleyball and track earning numerous varsity letters at St. Charles High School. She was the first female athlete to win an individual state championship. Lisa set school records in the 100m, 200m, 100m/300m hurdles, and 400m. She qualified for the state track meet all four years and earned 13 CML championship titles. Lisa was the 100m hurdle champion at the 1989 state meet. She was a member of CML championship teams for basketball and volleyball and earned various accolades. Lisa walked on to the University of Michigan track team for three years and earned a scholarship her fourth year. She placed third in the Heptathlon at the 1993 Big 10 championships and set multiple University of Michigan records in the triple jump. After earning a Bachelor and Master’s degree she went on to military service achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. She earned her flying wings in a C-21 transport and B-52 bomber and soon became the first female commander of a B-52. Besides her military career she coaches high school and middle school track.

Dale Tribfelner 1955 Graduate: Dale played basketball, baseball, and football at St. Charles High School. In basketball he was first team All-Conference, All Area, and First Team All State in 1955. His team completed the regular season 16 – 0 in 1955.  Dale led his team in scoring  with 312 points for an average of 19.5 points per game setting a new school record. In baseball, he was a four time varsity player and a member of the 1954 Baseball State Champions.  After high school, Dale continued to live in the St. Charles area working as the chief of security at a local business. Since his retirement it is common to see him at sporting events rooting for the Bulldogs.

Coach Dr. Pat Rusz 1969 Graduate:  Pat played football for four years, baseball for two years, and ran track for one year.  He was a member of the Delta College wrestling team for two years, being named a Junior College Academic All-American Wrestler in 1970 and 1971.   After Delta College, Pat attended Michigan State University and was a member of the 1972 wrestling team that was national runner-up and Big Ten team champion. Pat coached wrestling, football, and softball at St. Charles High School. His wrestling dual-meet record was 346-111-3 over 22 seasons. His teams won 11 conference, 12 district, and 4 county championships. His teams had a record 39 straight TVC dual meet wins. Four of his St. Charles wrestlers went on to wrestle at the NCAA Division 1 level. As a varsity assistant football coach, he was on the coaching staff of the team that won the 1999 State Championship in Division 6.

Coach Robert Welzein 1968 Arthur Hill Graduate: Bob played football, basketball, and track at Arthur Hill High School. He attended Central Michigan University playing football and basketball. Following his graduation from CMU, Bob was hired to teach math at St. Charles High School. He played semi-pro football for one season early in his teaching career. Bob spent 35 years coaching football at St. Charles with 24 of those as the varsity head coach.  His teams won several conference championships and made the playoffs many times.  Bob’s 1999 team went 14 – 0 winning the Division 6 State Championship. The 1999 team was the first in the state to win a state championship with a perfect 14-0 record.  Bob also served as track coach, his 1986 track team finished third at the state meet. As Bob finished his teaching and coaching career he also served as athletic director the final three years before his retirement.

Mr. Robert Scherzer:  Bob taught history at St. Charles High School for 30 years. He was the first cross-country coach at the high school. Bob also coached J.V. boys basketball, junior high boys basketball, and middle school track. During his teaching and coaching career he became the “Voice of the Bulldogs.” For 50 years his resonating voice is recognized by many throughout the county at home sporting events. No other individual has been as steadfast in their devotion to St. Charles athletics. Bob’s solid demeanor in announcing has earned him a conference wide reputation as being the best. He was given the honor by the MHSAA to announce the state football championship and the Coach’s All-Star Football Game at the Silverdome. Bob will long be remembered as the “Voice of the Bulldogs” by many generations.