Hall of Fame mourns Kirksville’s Shag Grossnickle

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame joins with the family of Gerald “Shag” Grossnickle in mourning the recent passing of one of the state’s great conservationists who also championed amateur sports in the Kirksville area. Grossnickle, 100, passed away on April 25 in Kirksville. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in… Read more »

Diamond 9: Bolivar pitching standout Tom Wilson

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In the years before Major League Baseball selected players through an amateur draft, players had to do everything they could to pique the interest of scouts – especially to attract them to rural communities. Former Bolivar High School pitching standout Tom Wilson did just that, as he turned several successful seasons into a contract offer… Read more »

Winners announced in St. Louis Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Hillyard, Inc.

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EUREKA – A team featuring former basketball standout Bud Stallworth took home top honors in the St. Louis Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Hillyard, Inc., on Thursday at The Legends. Stallworth’s group featured Harley Owens, Logan Mayfield and Tim Clubb and fired a 60 in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s first celebrity golf tournament… Read more »

Diamond 9: Strafford’s Sophia Alexander Denning

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Years before she would become a standout softball player at tradition-rich Stafford High School, Sophia (Alexander) Denning would head over to a coach’s backyard and learn how to pitch. “There’s no telling how many tomato plants I killed in his garden,” Denning said with a smile, “by throwing wild pitches over the fence.” Denning, however,… Read more »

Diamond 9: Ozark’s Marin (Whorton) Cooney

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When she first moved to southwest Missouri, Marin (Whorton) Cooney learned to pitch by throwing against the side of her house. By the mid-1990s, the Ozark High School standout was one of the area’s top arms, helping the program win 67 games in four years. Now Cooney’s career is being remembered again as the Missouri… Read more »

Diamond 9: Nixa-MSU standout Christian Overstreet

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Nixa native Christian Overstreet is one of the few southwest Missouri multi-sport athletes who can say he was a preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, played four seasons of NCAA Division I baseball and that every one of his high school and college coaches were inducted into various halls of fame. Now his career will soon be… Read more »