The Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2018. Nine individuals, three teams and our Dick Letts Community Service Award winners will be honored at our 43rd annual Induction Dinner to be held at the Lansing Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
We look forward to you joining us for this eventful evening as we honor this year’s group of outstanding inductees.
Class of 2018
Larry Bates – A graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, Larry was the first three-time State Individual Wrestling Champion in Michigan in 1953, 1954, 1955. He served as team captain his Senior year. During his three years on the Varsity Team, he lost only one match and he later defeated that opponent in a rematch. Following graduation, Larry worked for GM and later its subsidiary EDS where he became a supervisor. He retired after a 38-year tenure.
Larry started the Middle School Wrestling program in DeWitt and his teams were undefeated during his 3-year wrestling coaching career. Larry moved on to Assistant Coach at DeWitt High school when his sons went there. Several of the wrestlers Larry coached in middle school went on to win State Championships, including his two sons who each won two individual State Championships.
Lindsay Bowen – A four-time Class C All-State choice from Dansville High School, Lindsay was the third leading scorer in Michigan High School Basketball history with 2,577 points, runner-up to MSU teammate Liz Shimek for 2002 Michigan Miss Basketball after averaging 31.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6 assists as a senior. She led her team to district and regional championships and to the state quarterfinals as a junior averaging 32.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 steals. Dansville won the district and regional titles and they reached state quarterfinals Lindsay’s sophomore season during which she averaged 21.3 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Lindsay served as the two-time captain of her basketball team and also captained a softball squad as a senior. She received the Softball Player and Female Athlete of the Year awards from the Lansing State Journal.
One of the top shooters in Big Ten history, Bowen is MSU’s all-time leaders in 3-pointers with 294 made, which is tied for 19th in NCAA history. She was one of 30 players named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list, named top shooter by Beth Mowins of ESPN, one of 11 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award which is given to the nation’s top point guiard, selected to participate in the SBCA All-Star Challenge game and the ESPN 3-point shooting contest.
Jean Robinson-Clum – A graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, Jean participated in five sports, Swimming, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball during her career. She was a three year member and officer of the Girls Athletic Association, spending 3 years as the volleyball team captain, a 3 year member of Lansing Eastern’s swim team and a 3 year member of the Mermaids (synchronized swim club). Jean started (3 years) on MSU’s Field Hockey team, 4 years on MSU’s Basketball team and played on MSU’s Softball team for 1 year. She was an All-Region Field Hockey team member and an Honor Society member who received the Hi Y Award.
As a coach, Jean’s teams excelled in their various sports. From 1973-1978, her volleyball teams had a record of 70-1 and were 1st in the League all five years. Her overall Softball record from 1975-1983 was 148-27 and in the League 100-12. Championships included 1975 and 1976-League and District, 1977-District, 1980-Softball Classic, 1981-State Championship and Softball Classic, 1982-League Co-Champions and District, 1983-League and Softball Classic. In 1981 and 1983, Jean was named Softball Coach of the Year.
Tom Jakovac – A 1966 graduate of Lansing Gabriel High School, Tom was an outstanding Football and Track athlete. He was named All-City Quarterback and let the Shamrocks to an undefeated 9-0 season and a #2 ranking in Class B.
At Alma College, Tom was a 4 time All-M.I.A.A. quarterback, MVP, Team MVP and League MVP. He also took All-State and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Tom ran Track for three years on the 440 relay team, helping the Scots to the MIAA Championship in 1970.
Randy Kinder – Randy first donned a helmet in the summer before his freshman year, (before the Junior Trojan program) and learned the East Lansing system as an underclassman under Coaches Holcomb and Gibbs. As a Junior on legendary Coach Jeff Smith’s 1991 Class A Championship team, Randy led the team as part of a offensive backfield that included Ken Tyson and Tommy Sudduth. As a Senior, Randy served as a tri-Captain with Rufus Jackson and Nathaniel Eyde and the trio led the team back into the MHSAA playoffs falling just short of the Silverdome in the Class A Semi-Final. His Senior rushing total of 2,464 yards stood as an ELHS record until broken by Isaac Harper in 2007. Randy proudly received consensus All-Area, All-State, and All-American recognition after the season on behalf of the team’s success and his individual accomplishments.
Randy accepted a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame and played four years of college for Football Hall of Fame Coach Lou Holtz. He had the great fortune to play as a freshman on a team that finished consensus #2 in the country (pre-BCS) and twice led his team in rushing (1994, 1995). Randy still stands as Notre Dame’s #10 all-time career rusher with 2,295 yards. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in American Studies.
After college, Randy had a brief but exciting carer with the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Randy had the opportunity to play for legendary coaches Mike Holmgren, Fritz Shurmur and Ray Rhodes and played with Hall of Famer Reggie White and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre among many other great players. In recognition of his Special Teams play he was named to The Sporting News’ All Rookie Team.
Ernest J. Pasteur, Jr. (E.J.) – A 1987 graduate of Lansing J.W. Sexton High School, E.J. wrestling team won the 1987 State Wrestling Tournament, and defeated the then #1 ranked Detroit Catholic Central. In football, E.J. was the starting Fullback and Linebacker for Sexton’s football team. In a 27-20 overtime victory against rival Lansing Eastern, E.J. gained 58 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. E.J was also a Gold Medalist in the Pan Am Games.
After graduation, E.J. received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. While at West Point, E.J. walked on to the wrestling team and became a 4-year letter winner.
Bob Straiger – A multi-sport athlete at Lansing Eastern High School from 1951-1953, Bob earned seven varsity letters, two in football, two in basketball and three in baseball. In football, Bob scored the winning touchdown against Lansing Sexton during the 1952 season. As team captain of the basketball team, Bob was the second leading scorer in the old Five A League (Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Lansing Eastern, Jackson and Lansing Sexton) and named to the second team Lansing State Journal All Five-A basketball team. During his three years as the Captain of the Baseball team, Bob lost only two games as a left-handed pitcher. Bob signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 setting a minor league record of 17 wins against 7 losses.
Jeff Tropf– A 1974 Holt High School graduate, Jeff was a career scoring leader with 1,550 points and a 23.5 average. His high game was 46 points in 1973. Jeff was a member of the 1977 and 1979 Central Michigan University MAC Championship basketball teams. He made 1st team All MAC with 17.3 points per game and also led the MAC in rebounds per game (11). In 1978, Jeff was voted 2nd for the Player of the Year award as well as the team MVP. He received an Honorable Mention in 1979 and led his team with 9 rebounds per game. In 2008, Jeff was inducted into the Central Michigan University Hall of Fame.
DeMond Winston – A 1985 graduate of Lansing Catholic Central High School, DeMond (linebacker) led the Cougars to the Class C State Championship defeating St. Ignace-LaSalle 33-6. At Vanderbilt, DeMond led the team in tackles. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 4th round.
1970 Lansing All-Star Footballl – The 1970 Lansing All-Star Football team went 10-0 during the regular season. Over two seasons (1969 & 1970), their record was 28-0. The team averaged 35 points per game and held their opponents to an average of 8 points. A major accomplishment was winning the Midwest Football League Championship.
1976 Williamston Girls Track – Class C State Champions
2000 Grand Ledge Football – Record 13-1. Lost the second game of the season to Grand Rapids East Kentwood 30-39. Won 12 straight games. Offense averaged – 31.0 point per game, defense gave up 7.3 point per game. Grand Ledge had to defeat the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked teams in the state to win the championship. They won the district, regional, semi final and finals by a total of 12 combined points. With less than 4 minutes remaining, Grand Ledge went for 2 points. They recovered the onside kick. Two plays later Grand Ledge scored and took the lead at 19-14. With 1.46 minutes left, Grand Ledge held on to defeat Utica Eisenhower to win the State Championship.
Dick Letts Community Service Award:
Russ Sanches and Bob Bouck