Five to be inducted in the Whiteford Athletic Hall of Fame

Five Whiteford seniors will be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame Friday at halftime of the boys basketball game. 

Berlynn Keller, Ambrelle Billau, Noah Bauman, Cole Giesige and Levi Hillard will be inducted after earning All-State honors in softball, football and baseball.  

Billau and Keller helped the Bobcat softball team go 32-4 and reach the Division 4 quarterfinal last year and were named first team All-State. Billau hit .486 while Keller hit .478 and led the team in RBIs with 50.  

Bauman, who recently committed to playing college football at Grand Valley State University, was named first team all-state in football for three consecutive years, the first player in Monroe County history to do so.  

Giesige will join the Whiteford hall of fame for being named all-state in two sports. He was second team all-state in baseball last year and was first team all-state in football this past season. Giesige announced last week that he will play baseball at Albion College. 

Hillard will go into the hall of fame for winning all-state baseball honors. He capped a strong regular season with a tremendous post-season run last year, getting the winning hit in the district semifinals, throwing a no-hitter in the district championship game then hitting a homerun in the regional semifinal victory. 

The hall of fame at Whiteford was started in the late 1980s by then athletic director John Flynn and honors student-athletes who have been named first or second team all-state in football, baseball, softball and basketball; first, second or third team in volleyball or who have met certain criteria for placing at state meets in golf, track and cross country. Coaches who have won statewide coach of the year honors are also inducted and the school occasionally inducts at-large members. 

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