Jeff Johnston Brag Board
“Jeff made Hartner and Wolfe look like they knew what they were doing on the basketball floor. Anybody who can make those two guys look good should be a first ballot inductee every time. Oh, and as the off guard playing with Jeff, it was a relief having a guy next to me who could dribble, pass, and shoot better than anybody the other team could throw out there. Helped me to focus on my strengths: setting picks and falling down. :)”
– Jim French
“Jeff, congratulations on a well-deserved recognition.”
– Dick Govitz, Jr.
“Thanks for the hard work and dedication that made it a thrill for those of us who were fans to watch you lead some of the greatest Beaverton teams to victory and to Chrysler Arena. Congratulations my friend!”
– Scott Govitz
The John Stockton of the Jack Pine, The floor general of ‘84, The Man, Mr. Clutch, #20, JJ. These are just a few things that come to mind when thinking about the best Beaverton High School basketball player to ever put on that red and white uniform. Jeff Johnson, the only point guard to ever take the Beavers to the Michigan State Semi-Finals says it all. That doesn’t happen without being the ultimate competitor, team player, ball distributer and game manager this towns ever seen. Not to mention JJ could put the ball in the hole any time he wanted, he had one of those shots that as soon as the ball left his hand you knew it was good. And I was there to witness it all, a 4th grade little kid in the stands, screaming my guts out with the rest of the Bleacher Creatures, cheering on my favorite team and player.
– Brandon Calhoon
Jeff Johnston is one of the most successful basketball players in Beaverton’s history. He went on to have an outstanding college career and Michigan Tech. University. Most importantly, after college, Jeff decided to come back to Beaverton and raise a family. His support for Beaverton Rural Schools and the community is one of the reasons this is a great place to live. Congratulations Jeff! It is well deserved.
– Mike Bassage, Beaverton Elementary Principal
It was a pleasure playing 3 years of basketball with Jeff. He was an unselfish teammate on the court always looking for the open man, for the better shot. Helping lead the team to a phenomenal season with many great memories.
– Dave Hartner
I was 7 years old when our team went to Crisler Arena in 1984. I’ll never forget listening to that game with my family in my Grandparent’s basement. I remember hearing the name, Jeff Johnston, over and over and again. Even at 7 years old I figured this guy must be important! I’ve always thought it was cool that my first memory of Beaverton Basketball was the name, Jeff Johnston. Now, over 30 years later, it has been a privilege to get to know Jeff as a friend, and have the opportunity to coach all three of his boys. Jeff’s style of unselfish play, leadership and winning attitude set a standard of success in Beaverton Basketball that holds true today and is something I try to instill in my players as well.
Thanks Jeff, Congratulations!
– Shad Woodruff
Jeff was one of the best point guards in the state. He is a gifted athlete and a great leader. What set him apart is his intelligence. He was always the smartest player on the court.
– Tom Longcore, Gladwin Class of 84
Jeff Johnston moved up and down the basketball court with ease and grace! He made the pass to his teammates many times that only he could see. Jeff could out shoot just about anybody and was a terrific leader on the court. He made his teams complete and very successful!
They were so much fun to watch. Congratulations on your induction into the Beaverton HOF!
– Mike Brown
“Jeff was the first local player who made us believe small town kids could play college basketball. If we had a dream to play at the next level, Jeff was the roadmap that we knew we could follow, because not only did he play college ball, he was incredibly successful and left his mark on the GLIAC that is still talked about to this day. What is most admirable about Jeff is that he proved that anyone with a dream, passion and drive to be great can fulfill that dream. Jeff was often never the biggest or strongest player in the gym, but he was always the TOUGHEST. That toughness, both mentally and physically, is unparalleled and will never be forgotten. When Jeff entered the gym, you knew you were in for a “dog-fight” and that intangible quality, was contagious to his teammates and now to his own sons. It’s that mentality and mindset that took a small town on the ride of its life in 1984 that it will never forget!
Additionally, and maybe most importantly, Jeff truly models what being a man of character is and how to live your life selflessly. That foundation and those qualities have propelled him to great success on the court and in life. Those qualities made him a winner regardless of his endeavor. I am fortunate to know Jeff. The legacy he left as a player, father and person will always be one I will teach my own son. Congratulations on your Hall of Fame Induction, JJ and most importantly, thank you!”
– Billy Shellenbarger
“Practicing in the backyard as a kid growing up in Beaverton, you were always “Jeff Johnston” trying to beat those damn Kalamazoo Christian Comets in the Semis as the clock counted down to zero.”
– Jason Brown
“Glad that I could help with your assist total! 🙂 Really, Jeff, those were great years and I offer my congratulations. Good Job….”
– Chris Evans