Lansing Sexton High School’s second athletic hall of fame class features legendary swimming and football coaches among the seven individuals and four teams to be inducted this Friday.
Longtime swimming and diving coach Matt Mann and two-time state champion football coach Russ Maples will be honored at 6 p.m. Friday at a ceremony in the Sexton foyer.
Inducted with them are: former basketball standout Brian Ferguson, who played on the 1959 and ’60 state championship teams; fullback Richard (Dick) Allen, from the 1961 state champion football team; and wrestlers Fritz Kellerman (1955-58) and Emerson Boles (1958-61).
Allen, Ross, Kellerman and Boles are scheduled to be in attendance. Mann, who coached a Sexton diver to the state championships 10 straight years, passed away last summer. Maples, who coached Sexton football to state titles in the pre-playoff era in 1961 and ’63, and Ferguson are also deceased.
The 1958-59 and 1959-60 boys state championship basketball teams, and the 1958-59 and 1959-60 wrestling state champions are also being inducted. According to Sexton historian, alum, former teacher and HOF committee member Dick Bates, Sexton is the only school in Michigan with back-to-back champions in two sports in the same years.
Sexton began its sports hall of fame last fall, inducting Clayton Kowalk, Iggy Konrad, Lyle McFadden, David Porter, Richard (Dickie) Abraham, David Crego, Doug Herner and Chris Ferguson, along with the 1945 state championship basketball team and 1963 state championship football team.
Bates said the third class will be inducted this fall — with athletes up to 1985 — and then annually after that, up to 1995 and then 2005.
The banquet begins Friday with a buffet at 5 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6, before the newest inductees are recognized between the Sexton boys and girls basketball games.
The cost to attend the buffet is $15. Those seeking more information can call Bates at 517-490-2657.