LSSU’s Gonyeau Calls Last Game of 39 Year Career
SAULT STE MARIE – Saturday’s doubleheader of men’s and women’s basketball at Lake Superior State was about more than basketball.
They honored their long-time public address announcer, Dave Gonyeau. He has been apart of Laker basketball for almost four decades.
“Well he’s like a permanent fixture you know,” said men’s basketball coach Steve Hettinga. “We’re just used to Dave being the voice of the Lakers. You come out and it’s the same voice, it’s something that’s synonymous with Laker basketball is having him at the table and calling all of our games.”
After announcing high school games during his teaching and administrative days to becoming the voice of Lake State, Gonyeau decided it was time to pass the torch.
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Gonyeau said. “But everything has to come to an end at a certain time and it’s never sometimes pleasant. All the jobs I’ve ever had I’ve loved and had to move on and it’s time now to let someone else do it.”
Even if he will no longer be the one on the mic, the legend will live on in the memories of his calls.
“He loves the rhyme,” added Hettinga. “He always tried to make a little rhyme for people especially on three pointers that was his go to that was always unique. To have his voice there… he’s legendary. So he’s going to be greatly missed by the Laker basketball program.”
LSSU men and women played Michigan Tech on Saturday, with the final scores being 75-61 and 69-63, Huskies.