Lansing at Large: Lansing High Athletic Hall of Fame announces 2018 Class


By Matt Montague


Lansing High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2018 class will include: Thomas Colt, Class of 2003; Shawn Costello, class of 2000; Shane Wolf, class of 2004; the 2000 Girls Volleyball Team; and the 2006 Boys Golf Team.

Colt starred in cross country, indoor track, and baseball. He was a member of the 2002 Cross-Country Team that finished third in the state (all divisions, Class A, B, C, and D). In indoor track, he was a Section IV champion in three events and was named Section IV’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete of 2003. Finally, Colt was a career .389 hitter on the baseball team. He was named the Senior Class Male Athlete of the Year in 2003 and played collegiate baseball at Oneonta State.

Costello was a five-year letter winner on the golf team. He led Lansing to a dual meet record of 53-9 in those years (the team going undefeated his junior and senior years), winning three consecutive IAC League titles and three consecutive Section IV titles. Costello won the New York State Public High School Championship in 2000.

Because of his golf skills, he was invited to compete in several high-level international golf tournaments representing the U.S. He played in Mexico and Columbia, South America, and played collegiately at Western Carolina.

Wolf was a six-time letter winner at Lansing, and a league all-star in football, basketball, and baseball. He finished his baseball career with an 18-3 pitching record and a .403 career batting average. Wolf attended Ithaca College to play baseball where he was an Empire 8 league All-Star at two positions - pitcher and designated hitter. He was a first team “” All American selection. Wolf was drafted by the Houston Astros and played three seasons in professional baseball.

The 2000 Girls Volleyball team finished with a 17-1 regular season dual meet record and went on to win the IAC League Title, Section IV championship, and two Regional Championship wins. The LadyCats were the first team in Lansing School history to advance to New York State Championship finals, falling to Eden in the finals. Steve Dunn was the head coach and Lisa LiVigne assistant coach.

The 2006 Boys Golf Team went undefeated in dual meets and easily won the IAC Championship and Section IV titles. John Duthie was the top golfer, winning two New York State High School Golf Championships in 2005 and 2007. Duthie won All-State honors, and he, Ed Herzog, and Alex Park were named All-State golfers. Head Coach of the golf team was John Kotmel.

The induction ceremony will be Nov. 24 at The LakeWatch Inn. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Lansing

Recreation Office, 29 Auburn Road in Lansing. You may reserve tickets by calling the Recreation Department at 533-7388.


Carnival Slated for Set. 7-8

Lansing’s 2018 carnival is scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 at the Lansing Central Fire Station, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and going until 10 p.m. and wrapping up Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. A parade will be held Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Lansing Events Committee’s plans include rides, carnival food, vendor booths, a 50/50 raffle, and food by the Lansing Fire Department. “Bad Alibi” will play Friday evening, “DJ KDawg” will provide music Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m., and “Raised on Radio” will play that evening from 7 to 10 p.m.


Lansing Schools Top State Rankings

Lansing Central School District has landed in the top tier of schools in recent rankings. ranked the school 13th among the 50 safest schools in upstate New York. The scoring was based on factors such as area crime rates, student suspensions, and school-related arrests. Lansing was given a rating of A+ for safety, with an overall grade of A.

Lansing teachers were ranked third among the 40 top schools in upstate New York by the website These scores were based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with student and parent reviews. Lansing was ranked 22nd among all schools in the state.

And, the school itself was ranked among the top 50 in upstate, also by Among the top schools, Lansing was 27th, with a score based on ratings in reading and math proficiency, SAT scores, and graduation rate.


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