The Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2017. Nine individuals, two teams and our Dick Letts Community Service Award winner will be honored at our 42nd annual Induction Dinner to be held at the Lansing Center on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
We look forward to you joining us for this eventful evening as we honor this year’s group of outstanding inductees.
Class of 2017
Marcelle Carruthers – A graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, Marcelle excelled in Football, Track and Basketball. After his senior football season, Carruthers was named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team, the Detroit News Dream Team where he was named the top quarterback in the state, and was an AP All-State selection. During the season, he rushed for 1,387 yards and passed for 1,728 yards. After receiving a football scholarship to Central Michigan University, Marcelle was a two year starter. He was inducted into the Lansing Eastern Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and has coached at Ferris State (Assistant), Lansing Eastern (Assistant) and Lansing Everett (Head Coach).
Charles Joblonski – Originally from Rochester, New Hampshire, Charles was an All-State Football player while attending Spaulding High School in 1943 and was a member of the 1944 Spaulding State Championship Baseball Team. He was selected to the Rochester, NH Hall of Fame in 1999. Charles attended Michigan State University and played varsity baseball from 1948-1952. Joblonski dedicated his life after college to coaching football, basketball and baseball, mentoring hundreds of young athletes in the Lansing area. He coached at Pattengill Middle School from 1956-1982 and Bath High School from 1954-1955. Currently in his 90’s, Charles still lives in his adopted home town of Lansing.
James Keyton, Jr. – A graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, James was a multi-sport athlete excelling in Football, Basketball and Baseball. After several high school honors, Keyton went on to Arizona State University where he played both football and baseball.
Andy Marsh – A 2000 graduate of Grand Ledge High School, Andy was an honored Cross Country and Track performer. Marsh was a three-time All-State cross country runner and an All-State distance runner in track. He was twice the Greater Lansing Invitational (Cross Country) Individual Champion and won consecutive Lansing State Journal Cross Country Runner of the Year honors. Andy competed for Michigan State University where he earned four varsity letters in both cross country and track, made three trips to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships, and was a two-time captain of both the MSU cross country and track teams. Marsh continues to be active in the local running community while employed at Playmakers in Okemos, serving as a liaison to numerous local road race activities.
Leah Nilsson-Kareti – A 1996 graduate of Williamston High School, Leah was a four-time All-State athlete in Cross Country and set the school record. In Track, Leah was also All-State and set school records in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and the 3200m relay. She attended Michigan State University, where she competed on both the cross country and track teams all four years, captaining cross country three times and track twice. In addition to her athletic prowess, Leah was named NCAA Academic All-American, Academic All-Big Ten and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee.
Robert Roop – A 1960 graduate of East Lansing High School, Bob was an outstanding wrestler. Roop won the 1960 MHSAA State Heavyweight Championship while going 27-0. Bob entered Michigan State University after high school but left during his sophomore year to enter the Army. After a three year stint in the military, Roop returned to college at Southern Illinois University on a wrestling scholarship where he was 16-3 his senior year. After college, Bob continued wrestling in the AAU ranks and after several high national finishes, qualified for the USA Olympic Greco-Roman team that competed in the 1968 Olympics. Roop finished eighth in the heavyweight division at the Mexico City Olympics. Bob went on tho become a professional wrestler, touring the world, and was selected to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
Steve Shipps – A 1988 graduate of DeWitt High School, Steve was a ten-time MHSAA All-State performer in Swimming. Steve won five individual MHSAA state championships, was the Class B State Swimmer of the Year three times, and a two-time High School All-American in both the 100y Freestyle and the 200y Freestyle. He set four Class B state records and was a four-time member of the Lansing State Journal Dream Team. Shipps was selected to the DeWitt High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. At Michigan State University, Shipps won All-Big Ten and All-American honors in the 200y Freestyle Relay in 1991. He captained the MSU Swim Team in 1991 and 1992.
Dan Stolz – A 1975 graduate of Okemos High School, Dan was an outstanding All-State athlete in both Basketball and Baseball. Dan went on to attend Alma College where he was a three-time All-League performer in basketball and the MIAA MVP in 1978. He was inducted into the Alma College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. As a multi-sport high school coach, Dan’s record is superb. As a boys basketball coach, Dan spent five years at Williamston HS (90-21) and was the 1983
Lansing State Journal and MHSAA Class C Coach of the Year. In 18 seasons at Okemos HS (338-78), Dan won 16 league titles, 12 district titles, 2 regional titles, and was the 2006 State Runner-Up in Class A in addition to being the 2006 Class A Coach of the Year. In 20 years (485-109) coaching softball at Okemos HS, Stolz won 16 league titles, 3 regional titles, and the 1999 MHSAA Division I State Championship while again being named Coach of the Year. As girls tennis coach at Okemos HS for 10 years, Dan’s teams won 10 league titles, 8 regional titles, 1 state championship in 1993, and had 3 state runner-up finishes. Dan was named Class A Coach of the Year in 1993. Dan has also coached Boys & Girls Golf at Okemos HS and won league titles in both.
Marcus Taylor – A 2000 graduate of Waverly High School, Marcus was an All-State Basketball player who led his Waverly team to the 2000 MHSAA Class A State Championship. Marcus was selected as Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2000 after being a three-time All-State selection. He was also selected to the McDonalds All-American team and was a member of the 2000 USA Junior Select National Team. Marcus attended Michigan State University from 2000-2002 where he became an All-Big Ten and All-American performer. He was a 2nd round draft pick of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves in 2002 and played professionally both in the U.S. and overseas until 2011.
1973 East Lansing Football – The 1973 East Lansing Football team went 9-0, outscoring their opponents by an average of 32 points per game. Led by Hall of Fame Coach Jeff Smith, nine Trojans were selected to the All-City Team and the team was ranked second in Michigan’s final poll for Class A teams behind Saginaw Arthur Hill.
2002 Lansing Community College Softball – After winning Conference, State, and Regional championships, the 2002 LCC Softball Team traveled to Phoenix, AZ where they won the 2002 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship with a final season record of 49-7. Led by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Every, the Stars team was overwhelmingly comprised of local area athletes. LCC had five All-American athletes, including Jennifer Olds who went on to play at the University of Michigan and Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Famer Mary Mauro.
Dick Letts Community Service Award:
James Keyton, Sr.