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Johns Hopkins To Add Five To Athletic Hall of Fame

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Johns Hopkins University will induct five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2000. The class includes Andy Bernstein (Class of 1990/Baseball), Alice Collins Margraff (Class of 1989/Lacrosse, Squash, Field Hockey), Mike Leonhardt (Class of 1984/Swimming), Dave Pietramala (Class of 1989/Lacrosse), and Church Yearley (Class of 1934/Football, Lacrosse, Basketball). The five-member class is the seventh since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 60.

Below is a short profile of each of the five inductees:

Andy Bernstein (Montville, NJ/Montville HS) -- Baseball
Bernstein etched his name throughout the Johns Hopkins baseball record book during his career and still ranks among Hopkins' all-time leaders in numerous categories. The only two-time First Team All-American in school history, Bernstein finished his career as Hopkins' all-time leader in hits (183), doubles (36), and RBIs (120) and among the all-time leaders in runs scored (144), stolen bases (80), walks (72), and at bats (464).

In addition, he set then single-season school records for hits (69/1989), RBIs (49/1989), and stolen bases (35/1990). His 31-game hitting streak from May 7, 1989 through April 8, 1990 was a JHU record and ranked as the third-longest in NCAA III history at the time. He still ranks among the top 10 in school history in eight categories.

Bernstein's individual success translated into success on the field for the Blue Jays, who posted a 109-42 (.722) record during his career, won four MAC Southeast Championships, two UAA Championships, one MAC Championship, and one NCAA South Region Championship (1989). The 1989 team placed third at the NCAA III College World Series in what remains Hopkins' only trip to the World Series. After graduating from Johns Hopkins, Bernstein went on to graduate from Law School at Hofstra University and is currently an attorney with Amerada Hess Corporation. He and his wife, Michele (JHU Class of 1991) reside in East Brunswick, NJ.

Alice Collins Margraff (Baltimore, MD/Friends School) -- Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Squash
One of the finest three-sport athletes in Johns Hopkins history, Alice Collins Margraff holds the distinction of being the first women's lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins to earn All-America honors three times. She earned Second Team All-America honors in 1987 and 1988 as a standout on attack before moving to defense as a senior in 1989 and garnering Second Team honors there as well. Despite playing her final season at the defensive end of the field, she finished her career as Hopkins' all-time leading goal scorer (151) and ranked second in career points (183) and fourth in assists (32). She still ranks among the all-time leaders in all three categories.

In addition to her career records, Collins Margraff was the first player in school history to score 50 or more goals in a season twice (58/1987 & 50/1988) and stills holds JHU's single-game records for goals (12) and points (14) in a game (vs. Widener/April 11, 1987). She led JHU to the NCAA Tournament in each of her last three years and served as a team captain as a senior. The NCAA Tournament appearances were the first in program history.

In addition to her exploits on the lacrosse field, she was a four-year standout on the Hopkins' squash team and a two-year letterwinner on the Blue Jay field hockey team.

Collins Margraff has served as the Co-Director of College Counseling at nearby McDonogh for the last seven years and resides in Timonium, MD with her husband, Jim, and children Megan (5), James (3), and Will (6 months). Jim Margraff (JHU Class of 1982) is currently entering his 11th season as the head coach of the Johns Hopkins Football team and was inducted into the Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He ranks as the all-time leading passer in school history. In addition, Collins Margraff's father, Emmett Collins, graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1959 after earning All-America honors as a goalie for the Blue Jay lacrosse team.

Mike Leonhardt (Glenview, IL/New Trier West HS) -- Swimming
One of Johns Hopkins' most successful, yet under-publicized, athletic programs is swimming. It was in the pool at the Newton H. White Athletic Center that Mike Leonhardt established his legacy as one of Hopkins' all-time greats. It was at the NCAA Championships that he established his legacy on the national level. Leonhardt won three individual national titles and earned All-America honors 22 times in his career as he led the Blue Jays to four straight top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. He won the 500 free and the 1650 free as a freshman at the 1981 NCAA Championships and won the 1650 free again as a junior in 1983. In all, he counts 11 top six finishes among his accomplishments at the national championships. Leonhardt also set a school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.49 at the NCAA Championships in 1984. He placed third in the event and the record is the third oldest standing swimming record at Johns Hopkins today.

A standout at New Trier West High School, Leonhardt was being recruited by Harvard and Brown, but contacted Hopkins on his own and ended his illustrious career by earning the Department of Athletics' C. Gardner Mallonee Award as the senior who made the most outstanding contribution to Johns Hopkins athletics.

Leonhardt and his wife of nine years, Sherry, currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas with their children Paul (8) and Melissa (6). He is employed by Andersen Consulting Strategic Services Group as a Senior Manager. He holds an MBA and an MS in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University.

Dave Pietramala (Hicksville, NY/St. Mary's) -- Lacrosse
Considered by many to be one of the greatest defensemen in the history of college lacrosse, Dave Pietramala helped lead Johns Hopkins to the 1987 NCAA Championship and an appearance in the 1989 title game. After a successful three-year run as the head lacrosse coach at Cornell, Pietramala returned to Homewood in June to become the head coach at Johns Hopkins.

Pietramala was the recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's outstanding defensman in 1988 and 1989 and earned the Enners Awards as the nation's most outstanding player in 1989 as well. In addition, he was one of 10 Johns Hopkins players named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team in 1995 and he was selected to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the end of his career. Pietramala is one of just 19 players in school history to earn First Team All-America honors three times. He is one of just five defensemen to earn the honor three times and concluded his career by earning the C. Gardner Mallonee Award as Johns Hopkins' outstanding senior male athlete.

Pietramala continued his outstanding playing career after graduating from Johns Hopkins as he led the United States to the World Championship in 1990 and 1994. He added yet another distinction to his already impressive resume last season when he was named the USILA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. In the process, he became the first person in college lacrosse history to earn Division I Coach of the Year honors after garnering Division I Player of the Year honors.

Pietramala and his wife, Colleen, reside in nearby Timonium.

Church Yearley (Baltimore, MD/City College) -- Lacrosse, Football, Basketball
A native of Baltimore, Church Yearley distinguished himself as a standout in lacrosse and football while also participating in basketball during his four-year career at Homewood. In addition to excelling on the field, Yearley also served as Varsity Club President as a senior.

A three-year starter in lacrosse, Yearley garnered First Team All-America honors as a junior (1933) and senior (1934). At the time, he was just the seventh player (and just the second defensemen) to earn First Team All-America honors twice. In addition he was named to the prestigious All-Time Johns Hopkins Team in 1934 and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1971. He was also a member of Hopkins' gold-medal-winning team at the 1932 Olympics. During his three years as a starter at Hopkins, the Blue Jays posted a record of 26-1, won three USILA National Championships and did not lose a game to a collegiate opponent. In addition, with Yearley anchoring the defense, JHU allowed more than six goals in a game just once in his three seasons as a starter.

In football, Yearley was a four-year starter and helped the Blue Jays post impressive records of 6-2 (1931) and 5-3 (1932) as a sophomore and junior. He also played one season on the Hopkins basketball team.

Doug Turnbull, a member of the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, helped get Yearley started in lacrosse as he gave him his first lacrosse stick as a prize in Sunday School when Yearley was 12 years old.

Yearley retired as the Vice Chairman of First National Bank in Atlanta in 1974. He and his wife, Marion, have two daughters and two grandsons.

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