ESCANABA - U.P. Sports Hall of Fame 2000 inductee Ken Myllyla has received another award in a long and storied career of athletic service.
Myllyla recently received the Michigan Sports Sages E.J. Rynearson Sage of the Year award.
Myllyla was presented the award at the Michigan Sports Sages 58th Annual Summer Meeting at Boyne Mountain Lodge on July 31. He is the first U.P. native to win the award, which is named after Elton Rynearson - a former football, basketball, baseball and track coach, as well as athletic director at Michigan State University from 1918-1963. The award has existed since 1954.
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Ken?Myllyla displays his Sage of the Year plaque Thursday morning in Escanaba.
Myllyla was an active official in basketball, football, track and cross country for 50 years and has also worked the state finals in each of those sports. He worked for 32 years as a teacher and elementary principal in Escanaba.
Myllyla was inducted into the Sages in 1994 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2002. He served as the president for the 2008-09 year.