Ken Kot, Michael LaFleur, Kevin Kissane, Kirk Kissane and Mike Ennis represented the 1977 Capac cross country team that earned a spot among this year’s Hall of Fame honorees.

CAPAC — Capac High School announced the recipients of this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame honors last Friday night.

The ceremony took place at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball between Capac and Ubly.

Matthew Burgess, a 2010 graduate, was recognized for his prowess on the basketball court.

His list of accomplishments there is an impressive one indeed. They include honorable mention All-State accolades during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, All-Blue Water Area Conference first team honors twice, Tri-City Times All-Area first team honors two times, All-Tournament honors at the Harry Moore Tournament twice and Times Herald Player of the Year honors for the 2009-2010 season.

Burgess is a past season school record holder for blocks (81) and also participated for Team Michigan at the USA Junior Nationals in 2010.

After graduating high school, Burgess continued his basketball playing days at Saginaw Valley State University where he won two letters.

He has served as the Capac varsity boys’ basketball coach since 2015, helping direct them to district titles in 2018 and 2019.

His athletic skills also spilled over to the football field where Burgess landed a spot on the Tri-City Times All-Area football first team lineup.

That year he was chosen as his team’s Defensive MVP, helping his team finish with a 7-4 mark.

Burgess also earned Tri-City Times All-Area second team honors and landed a spot on the honorable mention portion of the All-Blue Water Area Conference baseball lineup in 2010.

The 1977 Capac boys’ cross country team earned a spot in this year’s Hall of Fame class as well.

Their list of accomplishments is an impressive one to say the least.

The talented squad went unbeaten in dual meets that year. They knocked off Algonac (19-40), Imlay City (15-(15-48), Marysville (16-47), Algonac (18-41), Imlay City (18-45), Yale (15-50), Cros-Lex (15-50), Port Huron Central (20-47) and Yale (1550)along the way.

The team placed first at the Ann Arbor and Yale Invitationals; took second at the Holly Invitational and Fennville Invitational and Thumb Championship; generated thirds at the Mattawan Invitational and Unionville Invitational; obtained fourths at the Saginaw Invitational and Niles Invitational; plus pulled up 12th at the West Bloomfield Invitational.

Capac also claimed a second-place regional finish and earned a seventh at the Class C state finals.

Michael LaFleur, Robert Lipa, Tim Brooks, Raymond Lipa, Mike Ennis, Tom Wik, Randy Deaton, Kirk Kissane, Tim Dodd, Kevin Kissane, Ken Kot, Aaron Vigil, Ron Ennis, Andy Smith and Randy Ott comprised Capac’s squad. They were coached by Fred Hunt.

Longtime Band Director Jack Seidler was also recognized for his many contributions to Capac High School and the band’s contributions as “sixth man” for many big victories.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.