MARINETTE — Three coaching legends, a former NFL player, an ex-Wisconsin Badger and a track and field dynasty will grace the Marinette High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2018 has plenty of star power, starting with Joe Kresky (MHS Class of 1925). The class also includes coaches Bruce Basler, John Sitek and Mike Leanes, Dan Messenger and the state championship girls’ track and field teams of 1992, ‘93 and ‘94.

They will be inducted at a banquet on Oct. 13 at Little River Country Club. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6, and the induction ceremony will follow. Tickets are on sale for $25 each at Marinette High School.

Kresky was considered one of the all-time great running backs when the Marines competed in the original Fox Valley Conference. He went on to play for the Wisconsin Badgers, then joined the Green Bay Packers in 1930, when he was converted from back to guard. Kresky went on to play on the Boston Braves (1932) and Philadelphia Eagles (1933) during their inaugural seasons. Before joining the Packers he played with the Ashland, Ky., professional football team.

Bruce Basler was synonymous with Marine basketball in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1983. In his 15-year coaching career, Basler posted a 176-111 record. His teams advanced to nine regional finals and two sectional finals.

The oldest of Pete and Marge Messenger’’s three sons, Dan Messenger was a legendary wishbone quarterback for the Marines on some outstanding teams in the late-1970s. Messenger went on to play defensive back for the Badgers in 1979 and 1980, and he had an interception.

Mention the words “Marinette Marine track and field,” and one name quickly comes to mind — John Sitek. His Marine girls’ teams won every Bay Conference title in the 1990s, and they three-peated as state champions. A 2004 Wisconsin Track and Field Hall of Fame member, Sitek no longer serves as head coach but he coaches Marinette’s shot putters and discus throwers. Since 1980, he has coached 19 state qualifiers in the throws.

Leanes coached a Marine girls’ cross country dynasty in the 1980s and ‘90s. His boys’ teams were always good; his girls’ teams were consistently outstanding. He coached one state champion (Janet Westphal in 1990), and the state runner-up Division 1 team that year. Leanes was the Pied Piper of cross country coaches, with uncommonly large rosters of runners at Marinette.

Speaking of dynasties, that’s the legacy that Marinette girls’ track carved out from 1992-’94, when it three-peated as Division 1 team state champion. The 1993 team scored 86 points, a team score record which stood for 17 years. With Missy Oleson dominating the throws, twins Jenni and Janet Westphal winning all of their events, Missy Peterson excelling in the sprints and long jump, and record-setting relay teams, the Marines were simply unbeatable.

MHS Hall of Fame organizers are seeking help contacting members of the Kresky and Basler families. Anyone with knowledge of any of their family members is asked to contact Marinette activities director Dean Furton at