In the fall of 2020, Ogilvie High School will be enshrining its inaugural athletic hall of fame class. What began as just talk has turned into a committee of eight consisting of Mike Bitz, Art Sanbeck, Sandie Thompson, Gene Stritesky, Ken Van Driel, Brian Hickerson, Gerry DeBoer and Dave Nickles, working on details of the nomination process, banquet and display at the school.
Long time Ogilvie teacher and coach, Mike Bitz, has been the point person in the process. Bitz is well qualified as he is in his 29th year at Ogilvie High School. In his tenure he was head boys’ basketball coach for 10 years, head baseball coach for 10 years, and junior varsity girls’ basketball coach for 14 years. Bitz is continuing to give back to the community coaching youth baseball and basketball.
“Many people have been talking about the beginning of a hall of fame, so I just ran with it,” said Bitz. Committee member Art Sanbeck said, “Mike and I have worked and coached together for a long time. We have very similar philosophies and viewpoints, so I’m pleased to be helping him and the committee. I think it’s a great idea and will help build school and community spirit.”
The deadline to nominate people is May 1, 2020. Applications can be found outside the high school office at Ogilvie Public Schools and on the Ogilvie website under Ogilvie Athletic Hall of Fame. Candidates must be a graduate of Ogilvie High School or have been a coach at OHS. Up to five candidates can be elected in a given year. The committee is accepting former players, coaches, teams or contributors.
A banquet will be planned for the fall in conjunction with homecoming week. There will be a hall of fame display outside the gymnasium consisting of a plaque with a picture and their achievements. Flyers will be hanging up at local businesses to help advertise as well as the school website and the school district’s “Lions Tales” publication.
Mike Bitz can be contacted with questions in regard to the Ogilvie High School athletic hall of fame at 320-980-3159 or at firstname.lastname@example.org