North Muskegon Norsemen: 10. History: Life After NM

Beyond NM

When I began this journey through time to see where former Norsemen baseball players took their athletic skills after NM, I had no idea what this would encompass. At first, I was just going to research those who played baseball, but the historical lunatic in me said, “Hey, why don’t you find stuff on any baseball player who played any sport beyond high school?” I should have duct taped that lunatic’s mouth. Well, needless to say, that lunatic won out, and here are, so far, the 29 NM baseball players who played a sport beyond NM at either the college or professional level. As of 2018, 13 players played baseball at the next level while 16 other players played another sport or sports. Jordan Fairbanks played both baseball (1 year) and golf (four years) at Kalamazoo College, and Charlie Langeland played both football (3 years) and baseball (2 years) at Hope College. Each entry begins with the players name followed by the years he played for NM baseball. After that is the info I compiled from the Internet. If anything needs to be changed or added, please send Coach Warren Kent III an email at kentw@monashores.net. Enjoy!

BASEBALL
Pete Sheldon (1956-57)

  • 1960 (Dartmouth): Team went 14-14…
Charlie Langeland (1960-63)
  • 1966 (Hope College): Played shortstop… posted a .265 average (9-for-34) with six runs and eight RBI… team went 17-8 and won the MIAA... 
  • 1967 (Hope): Played third base… MVP of team… batted .304 (24-for-79) with 10 RBI.... won the MIAA batting title… named MVP of MIAA… team went 13-10-1 and won the MIAA…
Ron Matthews (1960-63)
  • 1965 (Hope College): Team went 12-10... 
  • 1966 (Hope): Team went 17-8 and won the MIAA... 

Larry Williams (1972-75)

  • 1976 (Central Michigan University): Redshirted… 
  • 1977 (CMU): Team went 44-14… 
  • 1978 (CMU): Second Team All-MAC… team went 31-14-2… 
  • 1979 (CMU): Tossed three one-hitters… Second Team All-MAC… Academic All-MAC First Team… team went 39-15… 
  • 1979 (Kansas City Royals/San Francisco Giants): Chosen in the 23rd round (590 overall) by the Kansas City Royals… went 22-29 over four seasons with a 3.68 ERA… started in rookie league, where he was 5-2… made the rookie league All-Star team… spent time at Single-A, where he was 11-13… threw a no-hitter in 1980 (Single-A Ft. Myers) against the West Palm Beach Expos… finished with two seasons in Double-A, where he was 6-14… finished career Double-A Shreveport in San Francisco Giant organization…
Justin Visconti (1992-95)
  • 1996 (Grand Rapids Community College): Helped lead GRCC to national championship… 
  • 1997 (GRCC): Again helped lead GRCC to national championship… held opponents to a .048 batting average at the NJCAA Division II World Series… 
Mike Wasiura (2000-01)
  • 2002 (Muskegon Community College): Pitcher… 
Jordan Fairbanks (2004, 2006-07)
  • 2008 (Kalamazoo College): Catcher… team finished 12-20… 
Troy Forton (2006-07)
  • 2008 (Western Michigan University): Redshirted… 
  • 2009 (WMU): Pitcher… Appeared in 18 games, all in relief... made second most appearances on team... tallied a 2-2 record with a 8.26 ERA... struck out 33 in 44.2 innings pitched... picked up victory in a 5-4 win vs. Michigan State (4/8), allowing two runs on four hits in two innings... second win was in a 14-13 contest at Buffalo (4/12), throwing a season long 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out three... fanned a season-high six batters in 3.0 innings at Michigan (5/5)... team went 14-35… 
  • 2010 (WMU): Pitcher/First Base… Made 19 appearances on the mound, second most on team, and started two contests... also played 16 games in the field, starting nine at first base and one as designated hitter... went 1-5 on mound with a 5.60 ERA and one save... struck out 32 batters in 54.2 innings pitched... one of only two Bronco pitchers to throw a complete game... carried a .235 batting average at the plate… team went 12-42… 
  • 2011 (WMU): First Base/Pitcher… Started all but one game at first base... also made 14 appearances on the mound in relief, going 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA and three saves... struck out 18 batters in 23.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a team-low .213 batting average against... batted .255 with eight doubles, two home runs, 31 RBIs, 32 runs scored and was 6-for-8 in stolen bases... had 15 multi-hit games and 6 multi RBI games... hit first career home run in MAC Tournament game against Miami (5/26) and followed with second career HR in following game of tournament against Central Michigan (5/27), going 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs... on mound, did not allow a run in 11 of 14 appearances... did not allow a run and just two hits to earn the win at Ball State, setting season high for innings pitched with five and career high for strikeouts with seven… team went 26-31… 
  • 2012 (WMU): First Base/Pitcher… Played and started in 37 games, primarily at first base... led Western Michigan with a .346 batting average, collecting 46 hits in 133 at bats... improved batting average to .368 during MAC games... also had a team-best .404 on-base percentage... hit two home runs, six doubles, one triple and drove in 23 runs... had a .451 slugging percentage (.526 during MAC games) and a .989 fielding percentage... rattled off an 11-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 16 consecutive games... also appeared on the mound in five contests, striking out eight batters in 15.1 innings pitched... missed 18 games with injury and was a vital part of WMU's success: the Broncos went 12-3 during MAC play with Forton in the lineup and 2-9 during the 11 conference games he missed... maintained highest GPA on the WMU baseball team (3.53 GPA)... 2012 WMU Scholar-Athlete recipient… team went 26-29… 
Ryan Buter (2005-08)
  • 2009 (Kellogg Community College): Catcher… Played in 27 games and batted .257 with 16 RBI… team went 28-21… 
  • 2010 (KCC): Tied for national lead in NJCAA Division II with 28 doubles… batted .431 with seven home runs in 49 games… led Bruins with 52 RBI and 49 runs… had a .503 on-base percentage… selected all-region and all-conference… was an Academic All-American… team went 41-17… 
  • 2011 (Wayne State): Played in 39 games, started 32 (20 1B, 12 DH)… batted .320 with 23 RBI and 23 runs scored… led team (tied for third in conference) with five home runs… homered in first two games of season… went 10-for-21 (.476) with 11 RBI and eight runs scored during a six-game hitting streak April 16-20… homered twice and drove in five runs April 17 versus Ohio Dominican… hit a two-run homer in an elimination game vs. Southern Indiana in the NCAA Midwest Regional… had a hit in each game of Midwest Regional and seven altogether (.438), while driving in four runs and scoring five… was named to All-Tournament Team... 2010-11 recipient of DII ADA Academic Achievement Award… team went 35-21… 
  • 2012 (WSU): Played in 17 games, started 10 (8 DH, 2 1B)… had three hits in 30 at bats… also drew four walks… named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team... recipient of DII ADA Academic Achievement Award… team went 34-21… 
Mark Picard (2005-08) 
  • 2010 (Trine [Ind] University): Appeared in one game, tossing 1 2/3 innings… team went 22-17…
  • 2011 (TU): Appeared in just two games, tossing 3 1/3 innings, striking out 3… also scored one run as a pinch runner… team went 15-24… 
Adrian Anderson (2011-13)
  • 2014 (Muskegon Community College): Team went 35-18… 
  • 2015 (Muskegon Community College): Played a team-high 43 games… led team with a .351 batting average on a team best 52 hits on a team high 148 at bats… also led team with 8 doubles and 25 RBI… second on team with 30 runs, 19 walks, and 15 stolen bases… team went 28-19… 
Rogan McEvoy (2011-13)
  • 2014 (Muskegon Community College): Team went 35-18… 
  • 2015 (Muskegon Community College): Played one game and had one stolen base… team went 28-19… 
Brighton Schofield (2018-) 
  • 2018 (Goshen College): Played 36 games, posting a .170 batting average (9-for-53)... also pitched 2 innings...Team went 22-29...
SOCCER
Trae Pitts (2009-11)
  • 2011 (Alma College): Team went 5-12-2… 
  • 2012 (Alma College): Scored his first career goal in team’s 2-0 win over University of Michigan-Dearborn… team went 7-12-1… 
  • 2013 (Alma College): Team went 9-8-1… 
  • 2014 (Alma College): Named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's All-Central Region second team… In 15 starts for Scots, finished second on team with three goals, despite playing exclusively on the defensive side of the ball... led an Alma defense that finished the year ranked third in the MIAA in fewest goals allowed (1.21), while collecting the fourth most shutouts with six… named to the 2014 All-MIAA First Team, becoming the first Scot to garner the award since 2006.. team went 8-8-3… for his career, he leaves Alma having started 68 of 70 games… collected four goals and three assists for 11 points in his four years... 

BASKETBALL  

Mike Schalk (1971-72)

  • 1972-73 (Muskegon Community College) 
  • 1973-74 (MCC) 
  • 1974-75 (Aquinas) 
  • 1975-76 (Aquinas)  

Jeff Cooke (1981) 

  • 1981-82 (Muskegon Community College): Season ended with a knee injury...
  • 1982-83 (MCC): Played full season...

Cam Balash (1991-93)

  • 1993-94 (Albion College): Team went 16-10, finishing third in the MIAA (7-5)...
  • 1994-95 (Albion): Team went 12-14, finishing fifth in the MIAA (5-7)...
  • 1995-96 (Albion): Played eight games, scoring 8 points... team went 16-9, finishing third in the MIAA (7-5)...
  • 1996-97 (Albion): Played 10 games, scoring 8 points... team went 13-12, finishing fourth in the MIAA (5-7)... 

Drew Naymick (2000-03)

  • 2003-04 (Michigan State University): Appeared in 22 contests as a reserve... scored in seven different games, including six games of two points or more, scoring his first points on a pair of free throws against Kansas, while also grabbing a season-best five rebounds... recorded his first field goal against UCLA, playing a season-high 17 minutes and notching his first blocked shot… Spartans lost to Nevada in first round of NCAA tournament… team finished 18-12… 
  • 2004-05 (Michigan State University): Played in 29 games, averaging 7.8 minutes… had 56 rebounds and 44 points (1.5 average)... ranked second on the squad with 16 blocked shots... scored a season-high five points against both Stanford and Iowa... Academic All-Big Ten... shared MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award with Chris Hill… team went 26-17, losing to North Carolina in Final Four… 
  • 2005-06 (Michigan State University): Started first seven games of year... sat out rest of season due to a shoulder injury, earning a medical redshirt… recipient of MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award… team went 22-12, losing to George Mason in first round of NCAA tournament… 
  • 2006-07 (Michigan State University): Appeared in 35 games, starting the final 11 contests of the season... voted MSU’s Unsung Player by teammates... led Spartans with 55 blocked shots, the second-greatest single-season total in MSU history... ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 1.57 blocks per game, including tied for fourth in league games (1.44 bpg)... scored a career-high 14 points against Youngstown State... led the Spartans in rebounding in five games… shared MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award with teammate Jake Hannon... Academic All-Big Ten… team went 23-12, losing to North Carolina in second round of NCAA tournament… 
  • 2007-08 (Michigan State University): Appeared in 36 games, starting 23, including the final 22 contests of the season... ranked third in the Big Ten in blocked shots (1.67 bpg) overall and second in league games (2.11 bpg)... recipient of MSU’s Unsung Player Award and tri-recipient of Scholar-Athlete Award... averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game... blocked 60 shots, second-best single-season total in MSU history... blocked a career-best six shots against Northwestern... grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at Bradley... scored a season-high 12 points at Illinois... shot a team-best .650 from the field, connecting on 65-of-100 attempts... ranked third on team with 25 dunks... Academic All-Big Ten... team went 27-9, losing to Memphis in Sweet Sixteen of NCAA tournament… ended career as Michigan State’s leader in blocked shots with 134 (he is now third)...
  • 2008-09 (Kotwica Kolobrzeg): Played in Poland... team won the Polish Cup in 2009... won defensive player of the year award... averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds...
  • 2009 (Indiana Pacers): Played in the NBA Summer League... 
  • 2009-10 (Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto): Played in Spain... averaged 8.8 points and 6.4 rebounds...
  • 2010 (Indiana Pacers/Los Angeles Lakers): Played in NBA Summer League...
  • 2010 (Los Angeles Lakers): Went to training camp... waived at end of training camp...
  • 2010-11 (Bakersfield Jam): Played in NBA Development League... started 33 of 48 games, averaging 28.5 minutes... averaged 8.8 points and 7.8 rebounds... team lost in first round of playoffs...
  • 2011-13 (CEZ Nymburk): Played in Czech Republic...
  • 2014 (Sole de Mexicali): Played in Mexico...
  • 2014 (Atleticos de San German): Played in Puerto Rico... 
  • 2014-15 (Aris Thessaloniki): Played in the Greek Basket League... played in 29 games, averaging 20.8 minutes... averaged 7.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game... team went 19-16...
Eric Kravako (2002-03)
  • 2003-04 (Muskegon Community College): Played all 28 games… averaged 7.9 points… team went 11-17… 
  • 2004-05 (Muskegon Community College): Played all 28 games… averaged 10.0 points… team went 16-12… 

FOOTBALL

Paul Bos (1950-51)

  • 1954 (Western Michigan University): Played defensive end… team went 4-5... 
  • 1955 (WMU): Played defensive end… team went 1-7-1...  

Charlie Langeland (1960-63)

  • 1963 (Hope College): Played fullback and linebacker… team went 5-4 and won the MIAA with a 4-1 record... 
  • 1965 (Hope): Played fullback and linebacker… team went 4-4... 
  • 1966 (Hope): MVP of team… selected captain... named to the All-MIAA team as a defensive back… team went 3-4...

Pete Speier (1966-68)

  • 1971 (Northern Michigan University): Quarterback... team went 7-3...
  • 1972 (NMU): Quarterback (backup was former University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr)... team went 2-8...  

Steve Preston (1978-80) 

  • 1980 (Northern Michigan University): Redshirted… 
  • 1981 (NMU): Quarterback (No. 2 on depth chart)… team, which was ranked No. 1 heading into the playoffs, went 11-1, losing in the D-2 semifinals to Southwest Texas in a game that he started because the No. 1 QB was sick… 
  • 1982 (NMU): Quarterback (No. 2 on depth chart)… did not play after third game of season… team went 8-3, losing in the D-2 quarterfinals to Cal-Davis… 
  • 1983 (Concordia in Montreal, Canada): 
  • 1984 (Concordia in Montreal, Canada): 
  • 1985 (Concordia in Montreal, Canada): 
Mario Ferretti (1979-81)
  • 1981 (Northern Michigan University): Kicker… had four field goals vs. Elizabeth City in the opening game of playoffs… was named outstanding freshman after 1981 year… team, which was ranked No. 1 heading into the playoffs, went 11-1, losing in the D-2 semifinals to Southwest Texas… 
  • 1982 (NMU): Kicker… had school record 10 PAT’s in a game vs. Ferris State University… made 16-of-18 field goals in his two years at NMU… longest field goal for NMU was 49 yards vs. Michigan Tech… team went 8-3, losing in the D-2 quarterfinals to Cal-Davis… 
  • 1984 (Eastern Michigan University): Kicker… was 15-for-16 on PAT’s… made 11-of-15 field goals… selected MAC player of the week three times… selected second team All-MAC… team went 2-7-2… 
  • 1985 (EMU): Kicker… was 12-for-12 on PAT’s… made 5-of-7 field goals… blew ACL vs. Ohio University in fifth game of season, ending his career… team went 4-7… 
Greg Cooke (1980-82)
  • 1982 (Northern Michigan University): Running back… team went 8-3, losing in the D-2 quarterfinals to Cal-Davis…
  • 1983 (NMU): Defensive back/wide receiver… Team went 8-2… 
  • 1984 (NMU): Defensive back/wide receiver… Team went 6-4… 
  • 1985 (NMU): Defensive back/wide receiver… Team went 6-3… 

Sam Parker (1979-1982)

  • 1982 (Northern Michigan University): Defensive lineman… team went 8-3, losing in the D-2 quarterfinals to Cal-Davis… 
  • 1983 (NMU): Defensive lineman… Team went 8-2… 
  • 1984 (NMU): Defensive lineman… Team went 6-4… 
  • 1985 (NMU): Defensive lineman… Team went 6-3… 
Nick Marietti (1999-2001)
  • 2003 (Brown University): Team went 5-5… 
  • 2004 (BU): Team went 6-4… 

 Mike Boyle (1993-95)

  • 1995 (Albion College): Team went 8-1 and was MIAA champs... 
  • 1996 (Albion): Team went 9-1 and was MIAA champs... team lost in first round of D-3 playoffs...
  • 1997 (Albion): Team went 6-3...
  • 1998 (Albion): Team went 8-2 and was MIAA champs... team lost in first round of D-3 playoffs...

Jon Ackley (2011-12)

  • 2012 (Albion College): Offensive Lineman… started nine games at right guard… received the Britons' Rookie of the Year award… team went 6-4… 
  • 2013 (Albion): Offensive Lineman… moved to left tackle and achieved first team all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team status… team went 8-3, losing in first round of D-3 tournament to North Central (Ill.)... Brits were 6-0 in the MIAA, capturing the title… 
  • 2014 (Albion): Offensive Lineman… started seven games at tackle… team went 6-4… 
  • 2015 (Albion): Offensive Lineman… designated as a starter at right guard... career ended due to back injury...
GOLF
J.J. Beckstrom (1999)
  • 1999 (Michigan State University): Redshirted… 
  • 2000 (MSU): Did not see tournament action… 
  • 2001 (MSU): Selected best first-year player on the team… participated in five of six spring tournaments, including 2001 Big Ten Championship… finished with a 76.20 stroke average and earned a letter… fired a season low round of 69 at the 2001 Bruce Fossum/TeamGearOnline.com Invitational where he shot (73-74-69=216) and tied for 12th-place… shot (72-75-77-74=298) at the 2001 Big Ten Championship… team placed 6th in Big Ten... 
  • 2002 (MSU): Emerged as one of the team’s top contributors… named most improved player… competed in 11 tournaments, including the 2002 Big Ten Championship and the NCAA East Regional… his 74.56 stroke average was the third best on the team… compiled three top-five, four top-10 and five top-20 finishes… fired a career-low and season-low round of 67 at the District Challenge… also recorded a career-best and season-best tournament score of 212 (67-71-74) and tied for ninth place at the District Challenge… shot round of 69 at the Big Ten Championship… team placed 5th in Big Ten... 
  • 2003 (MSU): Shot career-low 65 at the Northern Invitational… ended career with 55th-place finish at Big Ten championships… team placed 7th in Big Ten… finished career with a 75.76 average over 68 rounds... 

Jordan Fairbanks (2004, 2006-07)

  • 2007 (Kalamazoo College): Averaged 82.0… team placed 8th in MIAA… 
  • 2008 (K-College): Averaged 82.0… team placed 7th in MIAA… 
  • 2009 (K-College): Averaged 78.4, sixth best in school history… team placed 8th in MIAA… 
  • 2010 (K-College): Averaged 79.0, seventh best in school history… ended career with an 80.3 average, which is fourth best in school history… team placed 8th in MIAA…