A pair of former professional baseball players are among a class of five individuals that will be inducted into the St. Johns High School Athletic Hall of Fame next month.
Gary C. Boyce, who played in the Texas Rangers organization, and Luke Wilcox, who spent seven years playing professionally, are part of this year’s class that will be inducted on Aug. 25. They are joined in this year’s class by Amanda E. Becker, Andy Schmitt and Al Werbish.
“The Hall of Fame proudly recognizes these five individuals for their exemplary accomplishments, contributions and service to St. Johns High School athletics,” Director of Athletics Chris Ervin said. “We look forward to enshrining this impressive class on Aug. 25 to continue celebrating the history and tradition of St. Johns athletics.”
Becker was an all-state volleyball and softball player that was named the school’s top female athlete in 1996. She went on to play softball at Northwood University and Ashland where she earned All-GLIAC honors.
Boyce, a 1967 graduate, was an all-state football performer at St. Johns before continuing his athletic career at Michigan State. He played football and baseball at MSU and was an All-Big Ten performer on the diamond and earned All-American honors in 1971. Boyce was drafted by the Washington Senators in 1971 before spending a few years playing professionally.
Schmitt quarterbacked the Redwings to the Division 3 state championship game in 2004 and was an all-state football performer. The 2005 graduate continued his football career at Eastern Michigan where he was a three-year captain and set five school and a pair of NCAA passing records.
Werbish was an all-state basketball player at St. Johns before going on to Adrian College…