1997 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: MULTIPLE SPORTS
Parents: Leanders and Berry Wells
Daughters: Marcy, Belinda
Sons: Lionel Jr., Albert
Lionel a native of Flint, attended Jefferson Elementary, Emerson Jr. High and Central High School. He also attended Western Michigan University and graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint. Because of his hustle and natural leadership, Lonnie was known as the best all around back in the Saginaw Valley. Lonnie inherited his natural ability for sports from his father who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. His Uncle Gus Wells was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. Lonnie is employed at Consumers Energy in Flint.
1961 All-Valley Quarterback
Flint Central M.V.P.
Flint’s first Black All-State Quarterback
Central’s longest Quarterback scoring run – 72 yards
Team’s most total yards – 1,071
Led team rushing – 530 yards
First Quarterback to lead team in rushing – 530 yards season.
Second team scoring – 30 points
First Quarterback to have over 5 yards rushing
Second-passing in one season
Most yards quarterback rushing – single game-134 yards
28 punts – averaging 39 yards
Passing-90 attempts, completed 33 – 541 total yards
1960 Batting average – 333
1961 Batting average – 263
1959-62 Earned six letters
Baseball Scholarship – Western Michigan University