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Friday, 4/18/2014

The Legends

Coach Roy Kees, legendary varsity coach of football, basketball and baseball 1924-1940
For 17 years every boy at Rochester High who participated in any of the three sports had Roy Kees as his coach.  With Tri-County League championship teams and individual All Stars, Coach Kees was a postiive influence on the youth of Rochester and the community for nearly two decades, a true Hall of Fame original.

The Miller Brothers - Cyril and Cecil - Class of 1925 and Emery - Class of 1927
The three Brothers are All-School selections as footballlinemen - Cecil (left guard), Emery (center and Cyril (right guard).  Each lettereed for three varsity years with Emery another trhee in basketball and baseball.

Graham Shinnick - Class of 1927
A talented and versatile athlete, Graham earned 12 varsity letters, 3 years each in football, basketball, baseball and track.  All-School fullback, star second baseman and Oakland County Meet track champion as a record setter in the pole vault and high scorer with 13 points in all-around events.

William "Bill" Fenner - Class of 1929
Four-time letter winner in basketball, baseball, track and two in football for a historic 14 varsity letters.  All-School and All-Tri County fullback on Rochester High's first league championship football team in 1928.  Bill also was the first RHS athlete to win an individual state title as Class C Champion in the 220-yard dash (23.3) in 1929. 

Lyle "Red" Knapp - Class of 1931
Three year letter winner in football and baseball.  An All-School award winneras a two way lineman, Red was All Tri-County at left tackle on Rochester High's first league championship football in 1928.  Acknowledged as the strongest athlete on the newly named 1929 Falcons, he was a much feared lineman by opposing players.

Gerald "Jerry" Griffith - Class of 1931
Unbeaten in sprints and points winner in broad jump and ple vault, Jerry led the Falcons to their first Tri-County League track championship and earned All-State honors in 1931.  He set a school record 10.2 in the 100-yard dash and was State Class B Champion in the 220-yard dash (24.0), the second RHS athlete to win the state title in that event.

Jim Ball - Class of 1967 (Football)

"He's one of the best kids we've ever had, as good as anyone", said Rochester High Schools's 27 year head football coach, Gene Konley.  Jim, a 5'11 quarterback, was chosen team captain his senior year and earned the team's MVP award.  He passed for a season record high of 1,477 yards.  In the first half of an Oakland A conference football game with Warren Cousino, Jim passed for an outstanding record of five touchdowns and set a school record of 374 yards.  He did not play in the second half of the game.

In post season awards, Jim was chosen as first team quarterback for the All-County team and was presented the Thom McAnn bronze football shoe award as Oakland County's MVP.  He was also elected to the State of Michigan's All-State Class A First Team.  Topping off his awards, Jim was chosen to be a member of the high scool All-AmericanFootballsquad.  Jim also received athletic scholarships to the University of Houston and the University of Tampa.

Jim also lettered in basketball and baseball as a student at Rochester High School.

Since his high school days, Jim has become an entrepreneur, founding Advanced Sports Training.  He has given back to the community by volunteering to coach youth football since 1992, and AAU and RARA youth basketball.

Paige Harris - Class of 2000 (Basketball and Softball)

Bringing Rochester High School into the new millennium, the class of 2000 was very special.  Paige harris was no exception.  Paige was one of those athletes who only come around once in a coach'e career.  She was a sual threat on both the basketball court and the softball field.

Paige began her athletic career in the fall of 1996 on the varsity basketball court and never looked back.  She was a two year captain, a two time MVP, and two time All League selection.  By her senior year in 1999, Paige was a member of the All county Dream Team, was named second team All State and finished sixth in the voting for Miss Basketball.  Paige still holds five school records today.  As a tribute to her versatility, her records include 47 three pointers in one season, 114 threee pointers in hter high school career, 110 assists in one season, 10 steals in one game, and a 76 percent free throw average for a season.

On the softball field Paige was just as successful.  Her softball career began as a member of the JV team where she played only four games before being summoned to varsity.  Paige remained on varsity for the next four years.  She was named team captain in 2000 and also earned the team MVP award.  Paige was a two time All League selection, a two time member of the All County Dream Team, and capped off her softball career by being named 1st Team All State as a third baseman both her junior and senior seasons.  Paige was also votd Female Athlete of the Year for the class of 2000.

Paige earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Massachusetts.  After an outstanding career at Rochester High School, Paige continued her basketball endeavors at UMass for the next two season before transferring to Loyola of Chicago where se would finish her final two years of basektball and earn a degree in Elementary Education.

Paul Karas - Class of 1973 (Swimming)

Paul Karas comes from a swimming family that includes his older brother Mike and sister's Peggy and Martha, all Rochester High grads during the 60's, 70's and 80's.  With tremendous support from parents George and Trudy, Paul's high school career includes such highlights:  3 x team MVP (1971-1973), Tri-Captain (1973), All State 2nd team in 200 meter freestyle (1972), 5 x State Finalist in 200 and 400 freestyle, 4 x RHS record holder in the 200 meter freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke along with 2 x HRS record holder in medley and freestyle relays.

Paul received a swim scholarship to Oakland University which was a long time NCAA Division II swim power.  While at OU, Paul attained an engineering degree in four years.  During Paul's four years of swimming at OU he managed to become Oakland's first National Champion in the 500 freestyle in 1974.  Paul went on to garner another National Championship in 1976 swimming the 200 meter butterfly.  Paul was a 20x Division II All American, holding school records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley along with records in two relay events.  Paul was named tri-captain in 1977 and was an original inductee in Oakland University's Inagugural Hall of Fame ceremony.

Since his college days Paul has remained active in master's swimming holding the oldest record on the books for the 200 meter butterfly.  Paul set a state meet record in the 1000 meter freestyle for the 50-54 age group and won four individual State Champinships in the 50-55 age group.  Paul's greatest swimming highlight was being on the same All American relay with his older brother Mike in Long Beach, California in 1974. 

Paul is now retired from Ford Motor Company and enjoys, with his wife Bonnie, watching their daughters participate in sports.  Paul is also in his 1st season as Head Coach of the Rochester High Girls Swim Team.

Mike Moscato - Class of 1989 (Football and Basketball)

Mike Moscato was a student athlete at Rochester High from 1986-89.  During that time Mike played football and basketball.  As a quarterback on the football team Mike led his team to a 9-0 record and a playoff appearance during his senior year.  The Detroit News named the 25-24 win over Hazel Park that season , the "Most Exciting Game of the Year."

Mike's varsity basketball career began his sophomore year and he was named team MVP, MSAA All League and All Oakland County all three years.  Mike has the distinction of making the first three point shot in RHS history during the 1987-88 season.  Mike was named to the Oakland County Dream Team and All State Team during his senior season.  Mike led his team during his junior year to the Regional Finals with a 19-5 record.  During his senior year, Mike helped lead his team to a perfect 20-0 record before losing to Pontiac Northern in the district final.  That game is still viewed as one of the most exciting RHS basketball games ever played.

Mike attended Macomb Community College and was the Co-MVP for the 1990-91 season.  Mike then transferred to Wayne St. University where, in his junior year, he led his team to a NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearance with a 23-8 record.  Mike's senior year was very special when he continued his excellent point guard play by leading his team to a 22-10 record and a Final Four appearance in the Division II NCAA Tournament.  Mike currently teaches in the Utica Community School system and has coached both football and basketball at the middle school and high school levels.

William "Bill" Mitzelfeld - Class of 1947 (Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track)

When William Mitzelfeld graduated from Rochester High in 1947 he passed up an athletic scholarship to Michigan College to remain in his home town to live and work.  He married his high school sweetheart, Diana Eggleston, and entered into business with a Main Street dry goods and yarn shop.  Over the years Bill guided the business through phenomenal growth to make ti one of the leading department stroes in Oakland county.  Mitzefeld's was the anchor store for downtown Rochester, and the very familiar name drew shoppers from throughout the area.

Anyone who knew Bill at RHS is not suprised at his success.  Hewas voted the most athletic, most versatile, and most popular by his classmates.  Bill earned eight varsity letters in four sports - football, basketball, baseball and track.  As fullback, he was named two successive years to the All-Tri County League Team.  He also played quarterback, halfback and end when needed and was a regular defensive back.  The team's leading scorer as a junior and senior, his touchdowns came on long runs, short dives, pass catches and interceptions.  In turn, he passed for TD's and extra points.

Bill was Mr. clutch in basketball, often scoring the winning points in the final minutes.  A third baseman and good hitter, batting over .400 his senior year, he lead the Falcons to three straight Tri-County League baseball championships and was an All-Star selection

Track as a sport was returned to RHS in 1946 after a 15-year absence.  Bill ran sprints and won the 100-yard dash at the league meet that sprint.

Outside sports he was one of RHS's best and brightest.  Valedictorian, NHS member and leading actor and singer with the Foolights Club.  Bill was the students' choice and belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Susan (McVeigh) Wood - 1976 (Competitive Cheerleading, Coach 1981 - Present)

Susan Wood graduated from Rochester High School in 1976 and returned later to her ala matter to build a cheerleading dynasty.  In 28 years of coaching Susan has established herself as a coaching legend in the state of Michigan and the cheerleading Community.  Through 2009, Susan has won an unprecedented 17 State Championships and 6 State Runner-up titles.  She has won more Conference, District and Regional titles than one can count.  She has been honored as the 1996 MHSCA Coach of the Year, was the recipient of the 2002 Michigan Cheerleading Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award, was the 2005 Competitive Cheer Coaches Association Micihgan Coach of the Year, was selected as the 2007 Michigan Cheerleading Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and in 2008, was honored as one of the inaugural inductees in the CCCAM Hall of Fame.  Susan is, literally, the most successful competitive cheer coach in Michigan's history and has won more state titles than any other Rochester Community Schools varsity coach.

Susan cheered at RHS and at Central Michigan University, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1981.  She returned to Rochester after graduation and was hired as the physical education teacher at Long Meadow Elementary School, a position she still holds.  She also coached middle school track prior to being named as the RHS sideline and competitive cheer coach.

Despite her legacy of coaching success, undoubtedly Susan's greates contribution has been her role in teaching life lessons and developing the character of hundreds of successful young woment.  Susan's incredible success is built on one foundation principle - she absolutely refuses to allow young athletes to settle for anything less than their very best effort.  Susan Wood continues to bring great credit and recognition to Rochester High School.