Another year, another crop of former Lansing and Greater Lansing-area athletes, teams and media members heading to the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame recently announced its 2016 class, and it includes 10 individuals and two teams. All of the honorees will be inducted on July 28 at the award ceremony dinner at the Lansing Center.
Below is a list of the soon-to-be inductees (name/high school) and a breakdown of their accomplishments:
Jim Brandstatter (East Lansing): After graduating from East Lansing High School, Brandstatter went on to play offensive tackle for the University Michigan during Bo Schembechler’s first three seasons as coach (1969-71). He made the all-Big Ten team in 1971 and played in the Rose Bowl in 1970 and 1972. He is currently in the midst of a successful broadcasting career as the play-by-play voice of U of M football and the color analyst of the Detroit Lions.
Jeff Callard (Sexton/East Lansing): In 1970, as a junior at Sexton High School, Callard won the Class A state wrestling championship at 137 pounds. A year later, after transferring to East Lansing, he won the state title at 145 pounds. Callard, who also played football at both schools, continued his wrestling career at the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Sooners’ national championship team in 1974. He was a three-time All-American.
Mike Creaser (Eastern): The former swimming standout captured a total of four state championships before graduating from Eastern High School in 1984. Creaser went on to swim at U of M and was a Big Ten champion and four-time All-American. He was also a finalist at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Cliff Foster (Sexton): As a multi-sport competitor at Sexton High School, Foster was an all-state football and baseball selection in the mid-1960s. After playing baseball at Lansing Community College, Foster was a secondary draft pick of the MLB draft. He had a four-year stint with the Minnesota Twins’ minor league system.
Alan Haller (Sexton): Haller excelled in football and track at Sexton High School in the mid-1980s. He attended Michigan State University and was a four-year letterman for football coach George Perles from 1988-91. As a cornerback, he twice earned all-Big Ten honors and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haller played three seasons in the NFL with the Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.
Kristin Haynie (Mason): The four-year varsity basketball starter was named Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year and was runner-up for Miss Basketball as a senior at Mason High School in 2001. Haynie, who was also all-state in soccer as well as hoops, played college basketball at Michigan State and was a part of the 2005 team that lost in the national championship game to Baylor. She was drafted by the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs and won a championship title her rookie season.
Mary Mauro (DeWitt): After graduating from DeWitt High School in 1998, where she was a two-sport athletes, Mauro played softball at St. Joseph’s College (Ind.) for one season before transferring to Lansing Community College. She became an All-American and was a member of the Stars’ team that won the 2002 NJCAA national title. Mauro left the LCC program for Cornerstone University where she was named the WHAC Pitcher of the Year in 2004.
Craig Teft (East Lansing): Teft was an all-state running back at East Lansing High School and, in 1964, led the state in rushing yards (1,254) while helping the Trojans to an undefeated, state-championship season. Teft played football at Central Michigan University for five seasons (1965-69) and was an all-conference selection in 1967-68 (led the conference in rushing both years).
Jordyn Wieber (DeWitt): Wieber was a part of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She was a finalist for the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. That same year, Wieber, who won numerous titles as a junior competitor, became a World Champion as a member of the U.S. team, as well as individually in the all-around and floor exercise.
DeWitt boys cross country (1977): The Panthers’ 1977 boys cross country team breezed through the competition on its way to a Class C state title. That year, DeWitt went undefeated in the Capital Circuit Conference, won every invitational it entered and had three runners grab a top-five finish at the state meet, which included co-champs Dave Wilson and Ron Hensley.
Waverly boys basketball (2000): With a 25-2 record, the Warriors’ boys basketball team ended the 2000 season hoisting the class A state championship. Coached by Phil Odlum, Waverly defeated Detroit Pershing in the title game, 75-63. Former MSU guard Marcus Taylor along with Courtney Scott (Iowa/Oakland) and Melvin White (LCC/Grand Valley State) were a part of the championship squad.
Bob Gross: Longtime sportswriter for the Lansing State Journal.
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Want to go
What: 2016 Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame ceremony
When: July 28 (Time TBD)
Where: Lansing Center
Price: $35 (Reserved seating only, no ticket sales at door)
For more information visit the Hall of Fame’s website.
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