Comets News · 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees


We are very pleased to announce our 2018 Mackinaw City Athletic Hall of Fame class. This is the 3rd class and marks the 7th and 8th overall inductions.  This years inductees are Jim Mack and Steve Balyo. Below are short summaries of both Jim and Steve.

This years Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday, January 26th on the night of the Varsity Boys Basketball contest against Alba High School. There will once again be a dinner to celebrate the inductees from 5:00-6:30 at Audie’s Banquet Room, with the induction celebration occuring at halftime of the basketball contest. The basketball game will begin at 7pm.

If you wish to RSVP for the dinner (we have sold out in the past), the cost of dinner will be $20.00. This includes your ticket to the basketball game and you may simply pay at the door the night of; there is no need to pay ahead of time if you do not wish to. To RSVP, contact Adam Stefanski at astefanski@mackcity.k12.mi.us or 989 289 9864.

If you have interest in nominating an individual, team, contributor, or former coach/administrator, you can find nomination forms on our athletic website at: www.mackinawcitycomets.com

 

 

James “Jim” Mack – Athlete

Jim Mack graduated as the Valedictorian of the 1955 class, before moving on to major in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech University, and eventually becoming a CEO of three companies, including Sherwin Williams. Jim participated in and excelled in Varsity Basketball, Track, and Football while at MCPS, earning All conference honors in basketball and football, as well as winning the regionals in Track in the half mile two years in a row. Jim chose not to go to the state meet as he felt it would cost too much, and the individual he beat in regionals went on to win the state meet. Jim is currently residing in Westport, Connecticut.

 

Steve Balyo – Coach, Administrator

Steve Balyo served as a teacher, coach, and Athletic Director at MCPS. While coaching Varsity Boys Basketball, Coach Balyo accumulated an overall record of 263-114 and a conference record of 156-44. During this time his teams won 8 conference championships, and 4 district championships. While leading the Varsity Baseball team, Coach Balyo’s teams won 7 conference championships and 4 district championships. Coach Balyo also had our new schedule boards dedicated in his honor several years ago.