|Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2014
JESSICA (BEECH) BOGRAKOS
A 2000 graduate of Okemos High School (MI), Jessica (Beech) Bograkos was an All-State performer in
Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. In 2000, she led the Chiefs to their first MHSAA Division I State Softball
Championship and was honored with the State of Michigan's Miss Softball (Pitcher) Award. She finished her high
school career with a then state record 57 consecutive victories and an ERA of 0.57. Jessica is listed in the MHSAA
State Record Book a total of twelve times, five times in pitching categories and seven times in hitting categories.
Jessica continued her softball career at Michigan State University where she became a two-time National Fastpitch
Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American in 2003 and 2004. Bograkos holds the MSU career pitching records for
No-Hitters (4), Wins (72), Shutouts (24) and Strikeouts (659). In addition, she holds single-season records for
Wins (29), Innings Pitched (283.1), Appearances (53), Shutouts (13) and the top two spots in Strikeouts (264,
235). As a senior at MSU, Jessica was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection, as she not only posted 29 wins as a
pitcher but also led the Big Ten in batting in conference games with a .406 batting average. Jessica is currently in
her seventh year as an Assistant Coach with the MSU softball team and resides in Lansing, MI with her husband
Tim, a former MSU basketball player.
A graduate of Waverly High School (MI), Lynn Capen has become one of the most accomplished female open
water kayakers in the United States. Lynn's first adventure came in 1976, when at the age of 22, she paddled
her 17 and 1/2 foot kayak 2,135 miles from Onset, Massachusetts to Cairo, Illinois. Legendary canoeists Verlen
Kruger and Steve Lanndick had prepared Capen for the three month trip. Lynn began training for Olympic style
open water kayaking events and participated in nine National/Olympic Sports Festivals between 1978-1995. She
had eleven podium finishes, winning five gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. In 1984, Capen
was a finalist in the United States Olympic Flatwater Canoe/Kayak Team Trials. She was a member of two United
States Pan American Canoe/Kayak Teams in 1981, winning one gold and one bronze medal, and 1985. Lynn won
three gold medals in the American Canoe Association (ACA) National Championships in 1981 and two gold medals
along with one silver medal in 1982. Capen attended Northern Michigan University from 1985-1987 and was a
varsity cross-country skier. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1990. Currently residing in
Boulder, CO, Lynn has continued her paddling career in various formats and venues. She has become a highly
respected ambassador for the sport of kayaking and open water paddling.
JODI (EVERY) PARKER
A 1999 graduate of Lansing Catholic High School (MI), Jodi (Every) Parker was a four year varsity volleyball and
softball player. As a softball player (Outfield, Infield & Pitcher), Jodi was a two-time All-State selection, three-time
Lansing State Journal Dream Team member and in 1999 was named a High School All-American. She is listed in
the MHSAA State Record Book fifteen times in various hitting categories, more than any other Greater Lansing
Area softball player in history. She is also the National Record Holder for Career Triples (48) for a high school
player as listed by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Jodi attended Lansing Community
College and played softball for her Hall of Fame coach/father Bob Every. She played in consecutive National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship games in 2000 and 2001, hitting a home run in each game.
Jodi was a two-time 1st team NJCAA All-American and also a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association
(NFCA) 1st Team All-American. She is listed in virtually every hitting catergory in the Lansing Community College
Record Book. Jodi graduated from Michigan State University and currently resides in Lansing, MI with her
husband Kelly and their two daughters.
CHARLES "CHARLIE" GORMAN, JR.
A graduate of Lansing Resurrection High School (MI), Charles "Charlie" Gorman, Jr. was an outstanding prep
football and baseball player. Charlie went on to attend Michigan State University and played on the varsity
baseball team as a pitcher under the tutelage of Head Coach John Kobs, who also was Charlie's uncle. Charlie
was a member of MSU's 1954 Big Ten Championship Team that also finished in 3rd place at the NCAA College
World Series. During his undergraduate days, Charlie lived with Henry Bullough, former head coach of the NFL
Buffalo Bills and had many friends, including George Perles. His association with people such as these would have
a positive effect later in his coaching career. Gorman was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1953 and after a
stint in the armed forces was offered a contract by the New York Yankees. Charlie played baseball for a short
time in the minor leagues and then returned to the Lansing area. He began his coaching career at Grand Ledge
High School in 1959 by starting their wrestling program. He would also go on to coach the football and baseball
teams. In all, Gorman's record in wrestling was 34-20-1 (1959-60 thru 1965-66), football 28-10-4 (1962-1966)
and baseball 85-27 (1961-1966) including two Diamond Classic Championships. Tragically, Charlie was killed in an
auto accident in November, 1966, one day after the football team's banquet, at the age of 36. The memory of
this tough-minded coach has never left the Grand Ledge community. He taught Grand Ledge athletes how to
win. It has been written that "Grand Ledge will always be associated with historical foundation of stratified stone
and a young Catholic coach, who's coaching solidified Grand Ledge's place in the hierarchy of Michigan high school
A 1966 graduate of Okemos High School (MI), Pat Karslake was a three-time individual MHSAA Class B State
Wrestling Champion (1964@165lbs, 1965@165lbs, 1966@180lbs). Pat was also a member of the Okemos 1965
and 1966 MHSAA Class B State Team Wrestling Champions. Pat continued his wrestling career at Michigan State
University where he was a three-time letter winner (1968, 1969, 1970). Karslake was a starting member of three
Big Ten Championship teams (1968, 1969, 1970) and the MSU team that was NCAA National Runner-Up in 1970.
As an individual, Karslake was recognized as an All-American in 1970 by finishing 3rd at the NCAA Championships.
As a life-long resident and businessman in the Lansing area, Pat has worked with countless young athletes as a
coach and advisor.
A 1995 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School (MI), Cameron Mull excelled as a swimmer. He won one
individual MHSAA Class A State Championship in 1993 (200yd Individual Medley), two State Championships in
1994 (100yd Butterfly, 200yd Individual Medley) and two State Championships in 1995 (100yd Butterfly, 200yd
Freestyle). His 1995 winning time of 1:38.63 in the 200yd Freestyle set a pool record for the Michigan State
University pool where the State Finals were held and was the fastest high school time in the nation for that year.
Cameron was twice named the State Class A Swimmer of the Year (1994, 1995), set a then state record in the
100yd Butterfly and was recognized as a five-time high school All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim
Coaches Association (NISCA). He was inducted into the Lansing Eastern Hall of Fame in 2013. Mull attended
Ohio State University where he was Captain of the OSU swim team, set five school records and was a Big Ten
finalist. He was also an MVP on the Ohio State Water Polo team. Cameron was a semi-finalist in the 2000 United
States Olympic Trials (200m Freestyle) and also competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials. He has attended
approximately twenty U.S. National Championships, with six top-8 finishes, and has been on two U.S. National
Teams (1995, 1998).
A graduate of Durand High School (MI), Jerry West was an outstanding performer in both football and wrestling.
Jerry won the 1963 MHSAA Class B Individual State Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. West went on to
attend Michigan State University and played football (Offensive Tackle) on the rugged MSU teams of the mid '60s
(1964, 1965, 1966). At 5'11", 218 lbs, Jerry was a key member of the legendary 1966 Spartan football team
coached by Duffy Daugherty. In addition to playing in the "Greatest Game in College Football History", the 10-10
tie with Notre Dame University, Jerry was recognized as an All-American for his stellar season of play by the
Newspaper Enterprise Association along with his fellow All-American teammates Robert Apisa, Clinton Jones,
Charles "Bubba" Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster. In addition to his individual accolades, West was
a member of two NCAA National Championship Spartan football teams in 1965 and 1966. Jerry played
professional football for one season (1967) with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
1980 LANSING EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
MHSAA Class A State Champions
Season Record, 26-1
Head Coach - Paul Cook
Team Members - Sam Vincent, Eric Jones, Jeff Lynch, Clarence James, Jack McEntee, Shannon Love,
Gerald Potter, Jim Lynch, Robert Henderson, Jim Keyton, Herb Robinson, Ervin James, Tom Baraberio
1995 LANSING CATHOLIC CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
MHSAA Class C State Champions
Season Record, 19-1
Head Coach - Paul Cook
Team Members - Sarah Grill, Katie Thelen, Havilah Cunningham, Kim McKenna, Julie Stowers, Kelly
Czuback, Andrea Phillips, Theresa Dinn, Christel Rocha, Roxanne Damerow, Megan Stowers, Maryellen
2014 RICHARD LETTS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS