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2016 Hall of Fame

2016 MBU HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Sinn played volleyball for MBU from 1997 to 2001. She was a standout all four years, earning multiple All-Conference and All-Region honors. In 2000, under Head Coach Jay Potter, the Spartan Star was named NAIA First-Team All-American.

As one of the top players in the country, along with playing a vital role in bringing Spartan Volleyball to the forefront of the NAIA (which now is a dynasty by the way), Jennifer was named Missouri Baptist Female Athlete of the Year in 2001. During her tenure at MBU, Jennifer had over 30 kills three times in her career and totaled 711 kills in her senior season alone. Coach Potter had this to say about Jennifer. "Jen's progress was absolutely phenomenal. I have and will continue to use her example of work ethic and mind-set for years to come."

Since graduating in 2001 with an education degree, Jennifer married her husband Patrick (an MBU Graduate in Business Administration). They have three children; Aubrey (9), Michael (7), and Hunter (2). Jennifer is employed as a science teacher at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District.

John was a tremendous student-athlete in both basketball and baseball at what was then known as Missouri Baptist College. In basketball, Hartin accumulated double digit scoring in each season he played. In the 1976-1977 season, he averaged over 20 points a game, but his skills on the baseball field are unmatched in the history of Spartan Baseball.

As a freshman, John batted .400 and pitched a no-hitter. In his senior year, John hit .328 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs, and 56 RBI's and helped lead his team to finish as runner-up in the Little College World Series. As a result, he was recognized as an All-American. Consequently, John was drafted in 1977 by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round, a few hours shy of earning his degree.

Admittedly, John struggled for many years, but was able to overcome tremendous adversity, using those struggles and his victory over them as a platform to share his faith on the Montel Williams Show and the 700 Club.

John returned to MBU in 2013 and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in History in 2014, making him eligible to be nominated for the MBU Spartan Hall of Fame. According to Dr. Smith, "John has definitely earned his place among the Spartan Best!"

Mr. Hartin has been married to Liesa (Class of 1980) for over 30 years. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren with one more grandchild on the way. John is employed with H.R. Block as an office manager and also officiates for the Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires, and has been assigned to umpire at the NCAA Division I and II levels.

Although Joe originally planned to join the Cadet Program for the St. Louis City Police Department, the Lord had other plans. When the Police Department terminated the Cadet Program the summer after his senior year in high school, Coach Art Siebels recruited Myers to play both basketball and baseball for the Spartans. As a result, Joe played basketball for Coach Siebels (Hall of Fame Recipient 2005) from 1972-1974, and baseball for Coach Chuck Brown (Hall of Fame, Class of 2004) for his first year at Missouri Baptist College,

Joe, who played on the same team with such Spartan greats as Travis Brown and Mike Winkleman (both Hall of Fame recipients), averaged 10 points and nearly 20 assists per game. Overall, in his two years, he recorded over 250 career assists and led the team in minutes played in the 1973-1974 season. Mr. Myers received his BA in Management, and returned to complete a Master's Degree in Education in 2009.

Joe was a successful student-athlete at MBC, but his contribution after his playing days makes him a standout. Myers was instrumental in the development of a sports program for all ages at Tower Grove Baptist Church and the surrounding community. He was also commissioned to head up the high school athletic program, as well as coach the Boy's Varsity Basketball program for 15 years, winning numerous conference titles and three state championships. In 2008, they finished second in the National Basketball Tournament. He was voted by his peers "Coach of the Year" five times. While volunteering for Tower Grove, he coordinated a movement to raise funds and begin a baseball program which saw immediate success, winning conference titles and eventually a State Championship.

Despite a 40-year distinguished career in law enforcement, Joe has selflessly volunteered and coached numerous student-ahletes, inlcuding four years of volunteering to coach the Spartan Men's Junior Varsity Basketball Team (under Coach Ray Farrell).

Presently, Joe is a Group Supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Administration's Diversion Group. Over his career, he has been recognized with honors and achievements, such as Police Chief letters of Commendation, Citations for Exceptional Performance, Meritorious Citation Medal; U.S. Attorney Award for Distinguihsed Service, U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Award, and Drug Enforcement Administration Exceptional Performace Award. 

Coach Myers has been married to his lovely wife Linda since 1979. They have two children (Joshua and JoHannah).

 

2016 MBU CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER HONOREES

Aliyah Reams, a resident of Waukegan, Illinois, is a senior majoring in Exercise Science. She is the daughter of Darren and Larissa and presently holds an overall GPA of 3.27. While participating on the Women's Track and Field program, Aliyah has been a leader to her teammates in every way, both on and off the track. Coach Cline stated, "Not only does Aliyah have a strong work ethic, but she is humble and leads by example. Her actions speak for themselves." Her fellow teammates have described her as demonstrating "excellence in every aspect aspect of her life, both a devoted student as well as a true friend and teammate." 

Ms. Reams is currently involved in the MBU Institute for Leadership Program, a member of the Association of Black Collegiate Group (where she participates in several discussion panels), and has served the community in many ways; including assisting with a youth track program, volunteering at Para-Olympics Track practices, and helping through working at the home MBU Football games. Dr. Smith (Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics) said this, "I am so impressed with Aliyah. She has embodied the spirit of Spartan Athletics and is well deserving of this honor."

Andrew Mahone, a native of Sterling, Illinois, is the son of DeShawn and Crystal Johnson. He is a junior, majoring in Business Administration, and is a member of the Spartan Wrestling Team. In addition to being a two-time National Qualifier, Mr. Mahone currently holds a 3.7 GPA.

Andrew is a leader in the community. Additionally, he is an integral member of Enactus (a nationwide business and leadership organization) and was a finalist for the NAIA Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award in 2016. Most recently, Andrew served on a mission trip with the Salvation Army in Hungary for several weeks this past summer assisting churches, children's organization, and rebuilding gypsy communities. He is a leader both on and off the mat and has modeled his faith. Coach Brian Jackson commented, "Andrew truly is a committed follower of Christ. He not only lives out the Champion of Character values of the NAIA, but he personifies the quality and spirit of a Christian student-athlete. He has been the perfect example and I would trust him with my sons."


2016 MBU SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONOREES

Lauren Krebs, the daughter of Dennis and Mary Jo Krebs, is a senior Exercise Science major who transferred from Kaskaskia College in Illinois. This is her second season with the MBU Women's Soccer Team, and presently carries a perfect 4.0 GPA

Ms. Krebs is a model student-athlete in every way. She has volunteered in numerous ways, as well as supporting non-profit organizations and events, including providing weekly swimming lessons to children with disabilities, assists with the Disabled Athletes Sports Association; works with Leaps and Bounds (a program providing activity therapy programs for children), volunteers in the Gateway Games (multi-sport competition for athletes with physical or visual disabilities), "Camp-We-Can" for children with disabilities, and the St. Louis KT82 Trail Relay.

Clearly, Lauren puts others ahead of herself. Coach Merrick described her as "always the first to arrive and last to leave and she is dedicated to her academic pursuits and puts in the hours required to perfect her soccer skills."

Brian Poupore received his degree in Accounting last spring (2016). He is the son of Barry and Kathy Poupore. A transfer from the University of Kansas, Brian started with the Spartan Baseball Team his last two years, and served as the Captain of the program in 2016. He earned a 3.96 GPA.

He was named 2015-2016 Academic All-Conference, 2016 NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete, 2016 First-Team All-Conference, and 2016 Honorable Mention All-American. Further, during his athletic career at MBU, Mr. Poupore participated in educating student athletes from Vashon High School and Miller Gateway Tech regarding the NAIA Champions of Character Core Values- Live 5 Initiative. Coach Uschold reflected on Brian stating, "He is an impressive young man. I watched him work through a major personal tragedy while striving in the classroom and on the field. His leadership was evident to his teammates, and is regarded as a true Spartan."