Trojans honor 2nd Athletic Hall of Fame class

Class includes 2001 state runner-up football team
Matt DeYoung
Mar 22, 2014

One team, two staff/community members and four athletes were a part of the Fruitport Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

The class was inducted at a ceremony held on March 7.

Here’s a closer look at those included into the second Fruitport Athletics Hall of Fame class:

TEAM

2001 State Runner-Up Football Team

The Trojans’ varsity football team captivated the community in the fall of 2001, going 9-0 during a regular season in which they outscored their opponents, 388-54.

The Trojans earned a home playoff berth, where they needed some late-game heroics to defeat Ogemaw Heights, 18-12.

Another home playoff game, this one a dominating 35-6 victory over Cadillac, set up a highly-anticipated matchup against perennial power East Grand Rapids. The Trojans were underdogs in this contest, but scored a 42-30 victory, advancing to the state semifinals. There, Fruitport knocked off East Lansing in the regional final, 21-18.

In the state championship game at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Trojans finally met their match as they suffered a 28-6 loss to another unbeaten squad, Farmington Hills Harrison. That team featured future NFL quarterback Drew Stanton.

STAFF/COMMUNITY

Steve Wilson — Football Coach, 1989-2011

The man on the sidelines for that run to the state finals in 2001 — and countless other games — was Steve Wilson.

Wilson spent 23 years coaching Trojans’ football, compiling a tremendous 148-79 record. He was named Coach of the Year in 2001, and guided the Trojans to seven conference championships.

Wilson, still a Fruitport resident, was known as much for his dedication to the sport and his athletes as for his wins on the football field.

Robert Zorn — The Voice of Trojan Football

Bob Zorn served Fruitport football for 38 years in various capacities. He’s best known, however, as the Voice of Trojan Football as he spent 21 years — from 1981 through 2002 — announcing Trojans’ football games.

Zorn, who lives in Muskegon, announced the East-West High School All-Star Game at Michigan State University in 1997, and served as the announcer for Fruitport track and field and volleyball during the 1990s.

ATHLETES

Doug Lee — Wrestling (1969)

Lee was Fruitport’s first-ever state champion in any sport. In 1969, he won the 112-pound MHSAA state championship. He also claimed city, district and regional crowns.

Lee went on to have a successful wrestling career at Muskegon Community College, where he was National Junior College runner-up as a freshman and won a national championship as a sophomore.

Lee, who currently lives in Palm Bay, Fla., was inducted into the Muskegon Community College Hall of Fame in 2000.

Jared Olson — Basketball, Football (1997)

Olson is best known for his contributions on the basketball court, where he became the only Fruitport basketball player ever to earn all-state honors as he was named Class A All-State in 1997. He’s the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,421 points, averaging 21.5 points per game throughout his three-year varsity career. He poured in 24 points per game as a senior.

In football, Olson earned all-conference honors at four different positions, including honorable mention all-state accolades as a wide receiver and defensive back his senior year. He was the school’s Scholar Athlete and Citizenship Award winner in 1996-97.

Olson, who lives in Norton Shores, returned to his alma mater and coached the Trojans from 2003-08, guiding the program to three 10-plus win seasons.

Christie Serniak — Basketball, softball (1995)

During her sophomore season, Serniak led the Trojans’ girls basketball program to its first and only district championship to date. She finished with a career-high 36 points in a win over Muskegon Heights and scored 1,040 points in her four-year career.

Serniak, who now lives in Mt. Pleasant, was honorable mention all-state in basketball and earned all-area, all-district and all-regional honors in softball in 1995.

Scott Six — Wrestling (1981)

Six was a four-year wrestler for the Trojans from 1977-81, despite having his leg amputated when he was just 2 years old. Despite the loss of his leg, Six played baseball and football in his early school days before concentrating on wrestling in high school.

He posted a combined 38-19 record his junior and senior seasons.

Six, who still lives in Fruitport, served as the Trojans’ varsity wrestling coach from 1983-86, and has also coached youth football, baseball and softball teams. 

The above group joins the 2013 class in the Hall of Fame. That class included the 1937-38 boys basketball team and the 2005 state championship girls volleyball team; staff/community members Dr. Robert Pierce and wrestling coach Dan Brink; and athletes Matt Brink (wrestling, football; 1996), Tom Chorny (cross country, track; 1995), Mark Langlois (track, football; 2002), Karla Link (track; 1981), Jack Spencer (baseball, football, basketball, track; 1965), and Mike Teeter (football, track; 1985).

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