Posted April 17, 2017
NOTE: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Plymouth Comprehensive High School this year, we're sharing images of objects in and around the school. If you know more about these artifacts, please contact Jamie Piontkowski at email@example.com or 892-5068. This article appeared in the March 2017 edition of the Plymouth High School newspaper, Hi-Lights. Look for a copy in the high school office.
By Izzy Kastelic
of the Hi-Lights staff
In 2013, athletic director and history teacher Gale Grahn received the honor of having the PHS softball diamonds named after him.
“I was humbled by the naming of the fields,” Coach Grahn said.
In 1990, Grahn introduced girls’ softball as a PHS sport and coached the team for 25 years. “I played a lot of baseball and softball, so it was natural to want to coach the sport,” he said.
Many people helped build the softball program over the years. Assistant coaches Dawn Krebsbach and Paul Krzyzaniak were a large part in creating the program. “We had the help of many community people as well,” Coach Grahn said. “I consider the fields ‘our’ fields.”
The softball program may have started slow, but teams were formed. Back in 2006, the girls’ softball team made it to the WDAA state tournament. Later on, in 2012, the team made it back to the tournament.
Coach Grahn is proud of building a strong softball program at PHS, and so is the Plymouth community, which is why the fields are entitled with his name. “This program has won a lot of games and titles over the years, but more importantly it gave hundreds of girls the opportunity to play the sport,” he said.
Many people wonder why Coach Grahn stopped coaching. “I stopped coaching so I could have a little more time to do some other things in my life,” he said.
Although he doesn’t coach softball anymore, Coach Grahn has been coaching football at PHS for 29 years. Throughout all of the coaching, his schedule gets booked quickly, but he still manages time to support the other PHS sports.
Citizens of Plymouth agree that Coach Grahn deserves the honor of having the fields named after him more than anyone else. “The fields may be named after me, but they are really ‘community’ fields because many people played a role in building the softball program,” he said.
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