Wynn Award: Joplin’s Melissa Hoffmeister Sanders

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Her home away from home was any tennis court in and around Joplin, with her grandparents, parents and sisters shaping her career. To Melissa Hoffmeister Sanders, they collectively put her in position to dominate for Joplin High School as she won 132 matches and a state title in the early 2000s. “Each of them played… Read more »

Free admission for students on spring break

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is offering free admission to all students while they are on spring break this month. The Hall of Fame is located at 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive, or about a mile east of the U.S. 60-65 interchange in southeast Springfield. Adults are $5, seniors are $3 and a family… Read more »

Inductee spotlight: All American Red Heads

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Decades before a push to add women’s sports in colleges and high schools – and long before Title IX would pave the way for so many – an idea born in the southwest Missouri community of Cassville actually may have set the eventual stage. There, in 1936, businessman C.M. “Ole” Olson started a barnstorming women’s… Read more »

Join our Fan Club, receive cool merchandise

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Join our Fan Club and assist us in our mission to build and add to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization. The operation of the Hall of Fame is dependent upon attendance, gift shop sales, activities and events, contributions and donations. The Fan Club was established to allow all sports enthusiasts… Read more »

Hall of Fame announces Women’s Sports Luncheon for March 30

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will soon induct the All American Red Heads Basketball Program, former Missouri Southern State University Athletic Director Sallie Beard as well as two women’s basketball coaches – Evangel University’s Leon Neal and the University of Missouri’s Joann Rutherford – along with former Lockwood High School volleyball coach Cheryl Shores…. Read more »

Hall of Fame mourns passing of Drury swimmer

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame joins with Drury University in mourning the sudden passing of Ariel Wen Xu, one of the college’s standout swimmers. She was 22. According to the university, Xu passed away after a practice on Thursday. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame recognized Xu on Sunday night during the Enshrinement in… Read more »

Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2017

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday night inducted former St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney, plus 13 other individuals as well as a college baseball program and a high school baseball program and its late coach. Jack Henry & Associates also were honored with the John… Read more »