Class of 2012
Alaina McKinley (Olds)
Alaina was a student athlete at Kingsley high school from 1995 to 1999. She earned 11 varsity letters. She played varsity sports every year except her freshman of Volleyball. During those 11 varsity seasons, Alaina was part of 7 conference championships. In 1996, her volleyball team brought home the first district title in school history. They then proceeded to win it the next 2 years. She was also an important part of the 1997 and 98 track teams that brought home State Championships. During her playing days, Alaina earned all-conference honors 20 times (3 in bbal, 3 in vball, and 14 in track). She was academic all-conference on 6 occasions. She was named all state 14 times (3 in volleyball, 3 in basketball and 8 times in track). In four years of varsity track, she set and broke school records every year she participated. She still holds six school records in track; three individual and three in relays. She was also voted the sixth best athlete of our region for the century.
Coach Wooer came to Kingsley in 1970. He started his coaching career as the junior high basketball coach. He also spent many years coaching football including three years as the varsity coach. In 1973 he took over as the head coach of the track program. He was the head track coach for 36 years “retiring” in 2008. In 36 years Kingsley won 21 conference championships, that included 11 in a row from 1975-85. They won 12 Regional track championships, including 6 in a row from 1976-81. If there would have been team state championships in the late 70’s like there is now, Coach Wooer would have probably had a few state championships in the trophy case. From 1975 to 1986, Kingsley held the state record for dual meet wins in a row at 104. Coach Wooer’s overall dual meet record for his career was 269 wins-26 losses and one tie. Impressive.
In 1976, with the help of Glen Roop and Dan Newmarch, Coach Wooer started a track invitational to be held at Kingsley. It would be called Rodes Relays to honor Don Rodes, the man that maintained our athletic complex. These three came up with a special format as all individual events were based on the top three finishers. Coach Wooer took great pride in building depth in track and this was a way to showcase it. The format and schedule of events has never changed in Rodes Relays and Kingsley has won this event 25 out of the 36 years it has been held.
In 2008, Coach Wooer’s career culminated with his induction into the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame for his achievements.
1970 Boys Basketball Team
In 1970 Basketball was King in town. 1970 was the culmination of many successful years in our basketball program. Kingsley had won the district basketball title 7 years in a row.
In 1970, the basketball team set a record for wins in a season at 24. In those 24 wins, they averaged almost 80 points while giving up only 53. The excitement of Kingsley basketball forced some games to be moved to Traverse City high School to accommodate the ticket demand. Just imagine being in the middle school gym, the stands are packed to the rafters, the stage had bleachers that are packed and people are standing 5 -6 deep along the baseline. That was what it was like for the 1970 basketball team everywhere they went.
The 1970 boys basketball season ended in the state championship game. The Stags fell to Flint Holy Redeemer 60-62 on a final second shot.