ST. JOHNS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2016
Jim Makarauskas: Former swim and dive coach who coached the boys for 25 seasons and the girls for 16 seasons; coached a combined 49 seasons as head coach and assistant coach over a 40 year stretch; honored with MISCA’s Matt Mann Award (’98); inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame (’09).
Paul Sternburgh: Former golf coach who coached the boys for 37 seasons winning the '16 and '17 Division II State Championships and earning a 405-215 overall record; inducted into Michigan Intercollegiate Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame (’11); previously coached softball for 19 years earning a 363-140 overall record.
Beth Swears: Former basketball coach who coached the girls for 26 seasons earning a 380-199 overall record; Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coach of the Year (’90); inducted into the BCAM Hall of Fame (’07).
1949, ’50 & ’51 Football Teams: Completed three consecutive undefeated seasons with a 26 game winning streak; inducted into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame (’06). Team was coached by Terry Carey.
1978-79 Boys Swim Team: Completed 11-1 season and earned first conference championship in school history; outscored its opponents by average of 42 points per meet; finished in 7th place in the state. Team was coached by Jim Makarauskas.
Dale Knight (Football, Basketball,Track & Field): Earned 13 varsity letters during high school; four-year starter in football; member of the 1952 Michigan State University Football national championship team; member of the 1953 MSU Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team; 1950 SJHS graduate.
Gina Mazzolini (Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field): First ever SJHS Female Athlete of the Year (’74); four-year letter winner at Central Michigan University in basketball and volleyball; inducted into the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame (’92); 1974 SJHS graduate.
Anne (Brocker) Pierson (Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Track and Field): SJHS Female Athlete of the Year (’89); All-State basketball player (’88); four-year letter winner at Canisius College; inducted into the Canisius Athletic Hall of Fame (’05); 1989 SJHS graduate.
Jenny (Poff) Pruett (Basketball, Softball): SJHS Female Athlete of the Year (’05); Current SJHS record holder in assists, steals, 3-point field goals, free throw percentage and second in points scored; Runner up in Miss Basketball Award (’04); two-time All-State in softball; played basketball collegiately at Michigan State University and Ohio University; 2005 SJHS graduate.
Levi Rost (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball): Basketball standout who played two years at Lansing Community College and earned junior college All-American honors; played two years at Western Michigan University earning All-MAC honors; played professionally in Europe for 10 seasons; 2001 SJHS graduate.