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The Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame announced its 'Class of 2016' on Sunday afternoon during the all-class reunion at Wright Park.

In all four new inductees were announced to bring the running total of Hall of Famers to 47.

The 'Class of 2016' will be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Oct. 15 at Pine River Country Club.

Tickets for this annual event are available at the Alma High School Athletic Department and at J&J Giles Tire Service. You can also purchase tickets by calling the Alma Schools Athletic Hall of Fame at 989-463-8584.

Thus without further ado here's the 'Class of 2016.'

Eric Smith - Class of 1984

Smith was a four-sport athlete for the Panthers who made a name for himself on the football field and basketball court.

In 1983 he was named 'Team MVP' after leading Alma to a record of 7-2 as its quarterback.

Smith also earned first-team All-Mid-Michigan B Conference honors twice and was an All-State Special Mention honoree as a senior.

On the court he earned all-conference honors twice and was All-State Special Mention as a senior.

Smith scored in double figures in 39 of his 41 career varsity games and averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior.

He went on to play football at Bowling Green and was a starter at quarterback in 1986 and 1988.

During his tenure with the Falcons he earned All-MAC Academic honors three times and was the 'MAC Player of the Week' in 1988.

"A great leader on and off the field of play, an example for many up and coming Panther athletes, and a wonderful representative for his family, school and community," said Alma Hall of Fame Vice President Doug Yarnell. "To have participated in four varsity sports, to have averaged a double-double in basketball and to have been a Division I football quarterback speaks well of his ability."

Zach Wood - Class of 2003

Alma's swimming program has had its share of stars over the years but Wood might be the best in program history.

A four-year letterwinner and three-time 'MVP' Wood established school records in five events. He also helped the Panthers win three-straight state titles from 2001 through 2003 and won eight individual state titles.

As a senior Wood was named the Michigan High School 'Swimmer of the Year' and he earned NISCA All-American honors eight time.

Wood went on to swim at the University of Minnesota and was named its 'Most Improved Swimmer' in 2004.

While with the Golden Gophers they won three Big Ten Conference titles.

In 2007 Wood, a two-time NCAA Division I championship qualifier, earned All-American honors.

Wood was also a four-time USA Swimming National Championship qualifier and competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier in three events.

"One of the key members of the traditionally strong Alma High School swimming program. A truly dominant performer," said Hall of Fame President Mike Miller. "His star has shown brightly as the highest levels of competition and he has done so with dedication, with excellence and with humility."

Stacey Jackson - Class of 2004

Jackson was a three-sport star for the Panthers in basketball, volleyball and track and field.

On the basketball court she was a four-year starter and three-time All-MMB selection.

Jackson, who was Valedictorian in 1984, was the team captain as a senior and earned All-State honorable mention honors from the Detroit Free Press.

She earned All-State honors in 2003 and 2004 in volleyball and established the school record for kills with 716. Jackson also competed in the High School All-Star Volleyball game in 2004.

In the spring she was one of the most dominant athletes to ever compete for the Panthers as she earned All-Conference honors 11 times and qualified for the state finals 12 times.

Jackson would earn All-State track and field honors four times via top-eight finishes in the finals.

She was also a member of the school-record holding 800 relay team and was named the 'Team MVP' in 2004.

Jackson went on to run track and Taylor University where she won a conference title in the 400 hurdles and was an indoor and outdoor NAIA National Qualifier.

"When you look at the fact that Stacey Jackson didn't receive All-State mention in just one or two sports but in all three sports she competed in, it really solidifies her status as one of the great athletes in Alma history," said former Alma track coach Chris Brown. "Add to the fact that she competed in both volleyball and track and field at Taylor University and her inclusion in the Hall of Fame couldn't be more deserved."

Coach Randy Lark

Lark was the face of the Alma football program from 1996 through 2013 where he compiled a record of 74-60 and led the Panthers into the postseason seven times.

His 2007 team ran the table to a conference title and a perfect regular season and finished the campaign with an 11-1 record.

Lark was named 'Regional Coach of the Year' in 1997 and 2007 and was the head coach for the West team in the annual East-West All-Star game in 2009.

He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Lark also worked with throwers on the Alma track team for six years.

Between the two sports he helped the Panthers to 141 victories.

"Randy was the right man at the right time for Alma High School," said Hall of Fame President Mike Miller. "He not only resurrected our football program, but he changed the culture and dynamics of Alma High School athletics. Randy led by example, he mentored other coaches and he reached our players and students. He raised the bar of expectation and he restored Panther Pride."

Last Updated: 8/21/2016 4:58:29 PM EST