1999 Hall of Honor
An outstanding athlete from Chicago’s Westinghouse Area High School, Alonzo Jackson came to Beloit to play for Coach Bill Knapton and became an invaluable part of a great tradition. “A.J.” played in every game during his four years and totaled 804 points and 332 rebounds. Coach Knapton has said that Jackson was “probably the best athlete I’ve coached in any sport.” Co-captain as a junior and a senior, he was recipient of the Dawson Award given to a senior for outstanding athletic ability, scholarship and leadership. Named MVP in 1980 when the team went 19-5, then the best record in Knapton’s years as coach, he was a second-team selection in the NCAA Division III Midwest District and all Midwest Conference. The team compiled a 69-26 overall record during the years Jackson played. He was the top percentage shooter (54.7) as a senior, when the Bucs were second in the Midwest Conference and received an NCAA tournament at-large bid and won consolation honors. Known for his lightning quickness, tenacious defense and outstanding ball handling, he earned the respect and admiration of his teammates, his coach, his opponents and his fans. Since graduation Jackson has served on the Chicago police force where he is a detective.
A two-year letterman in swimming who came to Beloit from Menasha, Wisconsin to play basketball but was sidelined by a knee injury, Mark Pawlowski turned to swimming for rehabilitation. As a freshman he was MVP of the basketball team and was co-captain of the 1965 baseball team-earning Honorable Mention All Conference honors. He joined the swim team as a junior and held all Beloit College records in 50 and 100 yard free style and the 100 and 200 butterfly. His times in the 100 (:53.4) and 200 (2:16.9) butterfly are still Beloit college records and his time in the 100 would have placed him second in the 1998 Midwest Conference swim meet-some thirty years later. At a time when there were only two NCAA Divisions, his time in the 100 yard butterfly earned him All American College Division honors in 1968. Team captain in his senior year, he also was conference champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly. In addition to his individual times, Pawlowski was a member of record setting 400 medley and freestyle relay teams. An avid runner until recent injuries returned him to swimming, Pawlowski is a Presbyterian minister who is now Executive Director and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan.