VIDEO: Induction Ceremony Tonight for Sports Hall of Fame
It's a big night for the sports community as nine people and two teams will be inducted into the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2019 induction class includes five athletes -- baseball player Pat Dumouchelle, bowler Dan MacLelland, Paralympian Virginia McLaughlin, golfer Richard Scott and former NHL player and Windsor Spitfire Kyle Wellwood.
There are also four builders being inducted -- Eddi Chittaro, Linda Micelli, Mike Morencie and Mary Ann Pinsonneault.
Morencie -- a former football coach for the University of Windsor Lancers and AKO Fratman -- tells CTV Windsor he is honoured to be join the 235 current inductees.
"Coached a couple thousand kids in baseball and football over the years so if I'm worthy of Hall of Fame induction it's because of those great kids and great people I've had the tremendous fortune to work with," says Morencie.
The historic Windsor Curling Club and the Windsor Stars Baseball team are also being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ron Smith, a member of the Stars, is thrilled their team is being recognized for their great run between 2008 and 2013.
"Some great years. Those six years, our records were like unbelievable, 257 wins. 64 losses. In the eliminations, we were 30 and 2," remembers Smith.
At the Canadian Championships, the Stars brought home two bronze, one silver and two gold medals during that six-year stretch.
Another member of the Stars, Keith Sanford, says it truly is an honour.
"I'm fortunate enough to know 50 per cent of the people in there now, so it's going to be fun to rub elbows and see a lot of the people i haven't seen in a long time," says Sanford. "The Stars are very fortunate and appreciative of us going in."
The 39th induction ceremony for the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ciociaro Club.