Kyle Dake receiving his bronze medal at the Olympics. (Photo by USA Today's Mandi Wright)

LANSING, N.Y.—The Lansing Central School District celebrated its new inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame at an event on Saturday, Nov. 26.

The inductees are Class of 2007 golfer John Duthie, Class of 2009 wrestler Kyle Dake, baseball, football and coach Stuart Dean, and the 1963–65 men’s baseball teams from Lansing High School, where the Hall of Fame is located.

The 1963–65 baseball team. (Photo provided by Lansing Central School District.)

Dale Christopher accepted the honor on behalf of the full 1963–65 baseball teams. “All of us, we loved the game. We learned it when we were playing little league. […] There’s a lot of stories, but I think what made our teams the teams we were was that we knew the game. It was a team effort.

Duthie won the New York State Public High School Individual Championship twice in 2005 and 2007 under the guidance of coach John Kotmel. Interstate Athletic Conference individual championship, overall Section 4 Class C and overall Section 4 champion with all classes combined, he did not lose a dual meet during his senior year.

John Duthie (Photo provided by Lansing Central School District)

Duthie made golf history as the first golfer to win the New York State Men’s Amateur Championship and the New York State Public High School Individual Championship in the same year.

“I have so many great memories, […] one of the most important things [Coach Kotmel] taught me was that it’s okay to take a day off and rest. Thank you for the great years and so many great memories,” Duthie said during his acceptance speech.

During his high school career, Dake had 212 wins and 14 losses, was a two-time New York State Wrestling Champion and the first wrestling state champion from Lansing, New York. In 2009, Dake won a second state title, the Senior National High School title and made the United States Junior World Championship Greco team.

Kyle Dake (Photo provided by Lansing Central School District)

“As Kyle’s high school coach, I would say that he couldn’t have been a better role model,” coach and father Doug Dake said.

During his time at Cornell University, Dake became the only wrestler in NCAA history to win four consecutive NCAA titles at four different weight classes over four years. In 2013, Dake won the Hodge Trophy and finished his collegiate career at 137-4. Dake is a four-time member of the World Wrestling Championship team, winning in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, and made the 2020 U.S. Olympic team and brought home bronze in 2021.

“I’m really excited to represent the United States, representing Cornell University and also represent you guys, the community, it would be impossible to do it without you guys,” Dake said in his speech.

During his senior year at Ithaca College, Dean began coaching JV basketball at Lansing in 1978, leading the team to 3 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) titles. Dean went on as the head softball coach, head coach for modified football for two years, spent one season coaching modified track and field, and coached the Ladycats varsity basketball team for 30 years, with a total 503 wins, 129 losses, 11 IAC overall championships and made the Section 4 finals nine times with two wins.

Coach Stuart Dean (Photo provided by Lansing Central School District)

The 2001 girls basketball team became the first team in the history of Lansing athletics to win a New York State Championship.

“Mr. Dean helped shape each of us to who we are today,” former athlete Jackie Murphy said.

Dean thanked several of his former coaches who helped shape his abilities as a coach, as well as his athletes who worked hard and stayed passionate about their sports.

“Of course course, most importantly, to any coaches’ success is the players,” Dean said. “I was really lucky to coach a lot of great student-athletes.”

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...