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Alma Schools names newest Hall of Fame Class

On Sunday afternoon during the all-class reunion in Alma’s Wright Park the Alma School’s Athletic Hall of Fame announced its 2015 induction class.

This year’s class will be the ninth class to be enshrined and brings the running total to 45 total members.

The Alma School’s Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 2007 and spans nearly 100 years from 1923 through 2012.

This year’s class includes three inductees and spans 40 years of Alma history.

The Class of 2015 will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at Pine River Country Club. Tickets for the event are available at the Alma High School Athletic Department and at J&J Giles Tire Service. You can also get tickets through the Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame by calling 989-463-8584.

Thus, without further ado, here’s a look at the Class of 2015.

Pete Rittenger – Class of 1982 (Athlete)

One of the best distance runners in school history Rittenger still holds the school record in the 1,600 (4:21.3) and 3,200 (9:35.7).

This three-sport athlete was named MVP of the cross country team four times and earned all-conference honors four times. He won two conference championships and was All-State as a junior as he finished eighth overall at the Class B state cross country championships in Oxford with a time of 16:29.

In track and field he also excelled, earning two MVP honors and the Flying ‘A’ Award.

Rittenger earned six all-conference honors and was a five-time conference champion. He also was all-region five times and a three-time regional champion.

After high school he ran at Ferris State University. While in Big Rapids he earned two MVP honors in cross country and earned All-GLIAC honors three times.

He also won a conference championship and was a Division II All-American in 1985.

In track he also garnered all-conference honors.

Bryan Jackson – Class of 2001 (Athlete)

Jackson earned All-State honors six times during his phenomenal career in track and field.

In 2001 he won Division 2 state title in the 300 hurdles, setting a new MHSAA State Finals record with a time of 37.84, besting the previous standard of 38.28.

He was also fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.37) as a senior and placed fourth in the state finals in the 300 hurdles as a junior (39.86) and sophomore (39.89).

This three-sport athlete earned track and field MVP honors three times and set the school record for all-time points. He also earned the Flying ‘A’ Award and competed for Team Michigan at the Midwest Meet of Champions.

Jackson went on to run at Taylor University where he had a great career. He was a nine-time NCCAA Outdoor All-American; a five-time NCCAA Indoor All-American and a six-time NAIA Outdoor All-American. He also earned all-conference honors in track four times and was named the Gates Howard Award winner for top male senior athlete in 2005.

David Peters – 1961-1994 (Coach)

Peters coached numerous sports during his three-decade run as a teacher and coach at Alma High School.

The Rochester native was an assistant varsity football coach for 23 years and the head varsity boys basketball coach for eight years. His basketball teams won district titles in 1962 and 1967.

But his bread and butter was boys track and field as he coached it for 33 years and won league championships in 1967, 1980 and 1981. He also won regional titles in 1962, 1967 and 1980.

He also coached girls track and field for four years and won a regional title in 1994.

Peters was named Alma Community Educator of the Year in 1987.

Prior to arriving at Alma High School he earned 16 varsity letters at Alma College in four sports and was inducted into the Alma College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Last Updated: 8/17/2015 2:46:50 PM EST