The Lakeview Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 17th class in festivities surrounding the Niles vs. Lakeview football game on Friday.
Lakeview will have a six-member class, adding to its policy of naming five Hall of Famers each year, to include the late Nate Huffman, who died last October.
Being inducted into the Lakeview Hall of Fame in 2016 include Mark Harris, Devan Kline, David Mills, Jake Tabor, John Thawnghmung and Huffman.
Mark Harris – Class of 2006: Harris was a standout wrestler at Lakeview, becoming a three-time state champion for the Spartans. He was also a four-time All-City champ, four-time conference champ and won district titles and regional titles three times. Harris set school records for wins in a season (54), career wins (171), pins in a season (40) and career pins (112). Harris was also ranked 12th in the country at Senior Nationals.
Devan Kline – Class of 2006: Kline was a three-sport star at Lakeview, having standout seasons in baseball, basketball and football. In baseball, Kline was All-State and a member of the Detroit Free Press Dream Team his senior year as the pitcher set the school record for ERA in a season at .045.
Kline was also All-City and all-conference three times. He went on to pitch at Central Michigan University and became a part of the San Francisco Giants farm system as a professional. In basketball, Kline is Lakeview’s second leading career scorer all-time with 1,105 points. Kline also earned All-City honors in football.
David Mills – Class of 2006: Mills was a standout baseball player at Lakeview, later becoming one of the top players in the Notre Dame baseball program at the college level. In high school, Mills was All-State twice and was named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team his senior year. He set Lakeview records for hits in a season (51), runs in a season (51), strikeouts in a season (103) and career wins (28).
At Notre Dame, Mills was a four-year varsity player and earned First-Team All-Big East honors in 2008. He is listed in the top three in three pitching categories in the Notre Dame record book.
Jake Tabor – Class of 2000: Tabor was an outstanding swimmer in the Lakeview program, before starring at Hope College. Tabor was a two-time state champ and two-time NISCA All-American in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. He was a part of two Lakeview school records in relay events and was a six-time All-City champ and three-time all-conference champ.
At Hope College, he was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and set school and conference records in the 200 free relay.
Tabor also played baseball for Lakeview and was all-conference in soccer. Tabor has been a conference championship coach at Olivet College and is currently the head coach at Albion College.
John Thawnghmung – Class of 1988: Only spending two years at Lakeview, Thawnghmung made the most of it as a standout in football and track.
Thawnghmung was a state champ in the discus in 1988 and finished fifth in the shot put at the state meet. He was also a city and conference champ in both events, setting school records. In football, he was All-City and all-conference and earned All-State special mention honors as he was named team MVP his senior year.
Nate Huffman – Class of 1992: Huffman played on Lakeview’s most successful basketball team ever, which went 22-2 as he had 60 blocked shots his senior season. It was after high school that the 7-foot-1 center really blossomed. Huffman was a standout at Lansing Community College and earned a scholarship to play at Central Michigan University, where he was an All-Mid-American Conference basketball player, finishing in the top 10 of many of that school’s single-season records.
From there he became an international basketball star and was named the ‘Best Player in Europe’ in 2000 and 2001 while playing professionally in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Late in his career he reached his dream goal of signing with an NBA team, joining the Toronto Raptors before injuries cut short his pro career.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee inducted Nate in October, 2015 in a private moment prior to his tragic passing.
The Lakeview Hall of Fame athletes will be introduced at the football game on Friday. There will also be an induction ceremony at 5 p.m. at the high school on Friday.