Back in the early 2000s, Sara (Bos) Barnhart helped put the Billings High School girls basketball program on the map, and then went on to help the Drury Lady Panthers enjoy success. Now her efforts are being recognized by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in its upcoming Basketball Tipoff Luncheon presented by Mercy. Barnhart… Read more »
Steven Hill became a well-known name in southwest Missouri basketball in the early 2000s, as the 7-foot center emerged as a fearsome shot-blocker before going on to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Now Hill’s efforts are being recognized by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in its upcoming Basketball Tipoff Luncheon presented by Mercy. Hill… Read more »
To hear the old-timers tell it now, it sounds almost too good to be true. And former standout guard Bill Thomas says as much. He’s speaking of the then-Southwest Missouri State Bears, who won the 1952 and 1953 NAIA national championships in men’s basketball. In the ’52 national semifinals, the Bears forged a tie at… Read more »
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will re-open for tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The annual holiday sale of polos, pullovers, T-shirts, shell pouches, pint glasses and more also is under way… Read more »
Before they would ever be nicknamed “The Jolly Green Giants” and long before they would ever tower over high school boys basketball in Missouri, the Parkview High School Vikings had to learn expectations. Players such Gail Fredrick will never forget the scene: New coach Bill Harding, who put aside running a Dairy Queen in the… Read more »
The recruiting letter still remains a favorite memory all these years later — the motivational words written by then-Missouri State Lady Bears assistant coach Cheryl Burnett, the envelope postmarked in the summer of her high school freshman year. Certainly, it changed Karen Rapier’s life – and arguably the direction of Lady Bears basketball program –… Read more »
Talk about getting some air time. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame was mentioned on ESPN during the Mizzou Tigers’ Sunday broadcast, in which the Hall’s newest Missouri Sports Legend, Jon Sundvold, was the TV analyst. ESPN wrote a nice story and be sure to check out the video.
COLUMBIA – The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday honored former Mizzou basketball standout Jon Sundvold as a Missouri Sports Legend and inducted 15 individuals in the Enshrinement ceremonies held in Columbia and sponsored by Great Southern Bank and presented by Miller’s Mpix. Associate sponsors were The Insurance Group and MFA Oil. Jerald Andrews,… Read more »
Parkview High School’s famed Jolly Green Giants, Missouri State’s 1952 and 1953 NAIA national championship teams and two notable basketball figures – coach Gary Stanfield and former Lady Bear Karen Rapier — will soon be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. All will be honored during the annual Basketball Tipoff Luncheon sponsored by… Read more »
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is proud to salute our service members and is offering free admission to U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day. The Hall is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in southeast Springfield, about a mile east of the 60-65 interchange.