University of Missouri basketball star Kim English, high school basketball coach Steve Frank, NCAA referee Buford Goddard, Missouri State’s Casey Garrison Powell and Arcadia Valley and the National Basketball Association’s Chris Carr are now inductees of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Joining them in the Class of 2022 are the Exeter High School Boys Basketball State Championship Team of 1963, the McDonald County High School Girls Basketball Era of 1980-1983 and the Logan-Rogersville Boys Basketball Era of 1982-1986.
All were inducted Tuesday during the Basketball Luncheon presented by Price Cutter, with CEO & Executive Director Byron Shive presiding over a ceremony that drew a crowd of nearly 700 to the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield.
“It’s always enjoyable to celebrate basketball in Missouri, and especially all those who have made it fun to be a fan. This induction class put in a ton of time and effort to make it that way,” Shive said. “We are proud to welcome each one of them into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.”
The Hall of Fame also bestowed the Filbert Five Awards to a group of former high school, college and professional standouts who made positive impacts on the game. The awards are named in honor of the late Gary Filbert, a Missouri Sports Legend (2011) who was a successful basketball coach before assisting legendary Missouri Tigers coach Norm Stewart and later founding the Show-Me State Games.
The women’s Filbert Five are: Andi Haney Beene (West Plains High School/Harding University), Courtney Creed (Ash Grove High School/Southwest Baptist University), Honey Scott Pickren (Forsyth High School, Moberly Area Community College/Missouri Southern State University), Katie Pritchard (Waynesville High School/Drury University) and Meghan Waggoner VanSlyke (Carthage High School/Johnson County Community College/University of Central Missouri).
The men’s Filbert Five are: Rand Chappell (Glendale High School/Missouri State University), Dr. Kirt Hartzler (Willard High School/Evangel University), Rick Pickren (Grandview High School/Valparaiso University/Eastern New Mexico University/Continental Basketball Association), Korry Tillery (Parkview High School/Drury University/Evangel University), and Sam Pugh (Branson High School/Pittsburg State University.)
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Kim English – University of Missouri
A four-year letterman at the University of Missouri from 2008-2012, English scored more than 1,500 points and averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals a game for the Tigers. He earned Third Team All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2010 and 2012, and Missouri won 107 games during his four-year career, making him and two teammates the winningest players in program history. The Tigers won a school-record 31 games while making a run to the 2009 Elite Eight in English’s freshman campaign. He averaged a career-best 14.5 points as a senior in 2011-2012 and ranked fifth in the Big 12 with 78 3-point makes, while leading Missouri to 30 wins, one of two Big 12 Tournament titles during his career and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Big 12 Tournament after averaging 23.0 points. The Detroit Pistons selected English with the 44th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he appeared in 41 games during the 2012-13 season. A native of Baltimore, Maryland and a Mizzou graduate, English is now in his second season as head coach of the George Mason University men’s basketball team.
Steve Frank – Basketball Coach
Frank was 533-117 as a high school basketball coach in Missouri. He started in 1991 coaching boys for his first nine years and then coached girls the next 19 years through 2019. Frank guided Strafford High School to four consecutive state championships (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), along with a state-record 115-game win streak. He also had a fourth-place finish, 14 district titles and was 8-2 in the Final Four. His 2018 team was No. 24 and his 2019 team No. 14 in the USA Today national rankings, and the 2019 team was No. 1 in the National Public School rankings. Strafford was 5-0 against nationally ranked teams. Frank previously coached the Seymour High School girls basketball program. In his last four seasons, his teams were 114-11, including 18-0 in the Summit Conference. In eight seasons there, his varsity girls teams won four district titles and reached the Class 3 Final Four in 2012. Frank was chosen as the National Midwest Coach of the Year in 2019. A 1985 graduate of Clopton High School, Frank played in three consecutive Final Fours (1983, 1984, 1985). He later played two years at East Central Community College and two years at College of the Ozarks, where he has served as the assistant coach the past two seasons for College of the Ozarks’ women’s basketball team.
Buford Goddard – Basketball Referee
Born in Jamesville south of Nixa and having later played for both Nixa and Ozark high schools, Goddard was a top-flight basketball referee for 25 years – especially in NCAA Division I, working numerous NCAA Tournaments. The 1952 Ozark High School graduate played on Ozark’s 1950 state championship team and was later drafted into the U.S. Army. He began his career under the guidance of officiating icons Shelby Raney, Jim Ewing, Dee Little and Bill Majors. Goddard initially worked without pay but progressed rapidly, working the Class B state championship final between Branson and Warrensburg in 1955. He was recommended for Armed Forces basketball by All-American and Olympian K.C. Jones, who later coached the Boston Celtics. Goddard’s career included working numerous high school games, including five state championships, as well as the Fifth Army Championships, and in Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Missouri Collegiate Athletic Union. He later officiated 12 years in the Big Eight Conference and three years in the Metro Conference, and in NCAA Tournaments.
Casey Garrison Powell – Bolivar High School/Missouri State University
At Bolivar High School, Powell was a four-time All-State selection, finished her career as the No. 10 scorer in Missouri girls high school basketball history and led the Lady Liberators to three state tournament berths, including a Class 4 state title in 2008. She then starred for the Missouri State Lady Bears from 2008 to 2012 and was a rare, four-time selection as a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference player. She was the Valley Freshman of the Year her first year and the league’s Player of the Year as a sophomore. She was on the Valley All-Defensive team and left school in second place on the all-time MSU list in career games (130), points (2,271), scoring average (17.5), field goals, attempts and free throws. She was in the Top 10 in several other categories. Her MSU career point total trails only former NCAA Division I all-time scoring record holder Jackie Stiles, who had 3,393 points. Powell led the Lady Bears to the 2012 Valley regular-season title. She scored in double figures in 118 games, second only to Stiles in school history. Stiles is the only other Lady Bear to win all-league honors four times. Powell set a school record with 37 consecutive free throws made and owns the fifth- and seventh-best scoring seasons in MSU history. She was a 2010 All-District selection from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Chris Carr – Arcadia Valley High School/Southern Illinois University/NBA
A native of Ironton in southeast Missouri, Carr became an All-State selection in 1992 for Arcadia Valley High School. He went on to play at Southern Illinois University and was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 1995, in addition to being named the MVP of the conference tournament that season. He finished his collegiate career with 1,251 career points and helped SIU to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Carr then played six seasons in the National Basketball Association and two seasons overseas. He was a second-round draft pick of the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns in 1995 and saw time with the Suns, Timberwolves, Nets, Warriors, Bulls and Celtics. While playing for Minnesota in 1997, he was the NBA Slam Dunk Contest runner-up as Kobe Bryant won the event that year in Cleveland. Carr has given back to the game as a coach. He was the head coach of the Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School girls basketball team from 2010 to 2015. His teams were 106-34, and eearned Class 4 state runner-up and a third-place finishes. He also founded 43 Hoops, LLC, an elite AAU program. This year marks his second as an assistant for Drury University men’s basketball, after five seasons with the Kansas State women’s program.
Exeter High School Boys Basketball 1963 State Championship Team
In southwest Missouri, on Highway 76 and an hour southeast of Joplin, you’ll find one of the neatest basketball stories in state history. The Exeter Tigers won the Class S state basketball championship in March 1963, beating South Iron 54-43. The victory ended a 35-0 season for Exeter, which was led by coach Tom Hewgley. The team featured seniors Bryon Tucker, Jimmy Cowherd, John Edie, Jim Cox and juniors Gary Hopkins, Johnny Beattie, Jr., Tim Mattingly, John McNabb, Jerry Swearingen, Terry Moore and Allen Moudy. Sherrell Cassity was a sophomore, and Perry Epperly was the student manager. That team remains the only Exeter boys basketball team to advance to the Final Four.
McDonald County High School Girls Basketball Era 1980-1983
In Anderson in the far southwest corner of the state, the girls basketball team at McDonald County High School authored quite a story in the early 1980s. The 1980 season ended with a state runner-up finish in Class 3, with the Lady Mustangs falling 40-38 to Visitation Academy. Fueled by that season, the program revved up its energy and won it all in 1981, with coach Jerry Davis guiding a squad that beat Charleston 47-34 in the finals and finished 29-1. Two years later, in 1983, the Lady Mustangs not only returned to the Final Four but seized the weekend, exacting revenge on Visitation Academy in the finals with a 52-48 victory. That McDonald County team was a whopping 31-1. The team was unbeaten in Missouri, having suffered its only loss to Springdale, Ark. In the three wins before the championship game, that team won by an average of 21.6 points. That came a year after McDonald County’s season ended in the postseason against eventual state champion Bolivar.
Logan-Rogersville High School Boys Basketball 1982-1986 Era
Coached by Gary McDaniel, the Logan-Rogersville High School boys basketball teams of the early to mid-1980s enjoyed quite a run. The Wildcats won it all in Class 3 in 1982, finishing 29-1. It also placed third in 1983 and was a state runner-up in 1986. In 1984, the team won 21 games and 23 the next year before a 29-win season played out in 1986. The state championship team beat Chillicothe 61-57 at the Hearnes Center and featured Kelly Samuel, Jeff Bass, Ronnie Swearengin, Jeff Andrews, Michael Taylor, Keith Spaulding, Kevin Jones, Mike Nichols, Chris Wallace, Mike Krause, Kelly Bradley, Kyle Jessen and Steve Greer. Assistant coaches were Carl Noyes and Larry Melton. The success was centered on McDaniel’s tough-as-nails coaching style that led the Wildcats to execute the fundamentals and show mental toughness in tight games.
FILBERT FIVE WOMEN
Andi Haney Beene – West Plains High School/Harding University
At West Plains, Beene was a three-time All-State selection (2011, 2012, 2013) and is West Plains’ all-time leading scorer, with 1,931 points. As a senior in 2013, she earned All-Ozark Conference, All-District and All-Ozark honors. That season, she averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.7 steals a game and was named the News-Leader’s Female Athlete of the Year. At Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Beene started 122 of 124 games and led the team to three NCAA Division II Tournament berths, three Great American Conference regular-season championships and two GAC Tournament championships. She also led Harding to the NCAA Division II semifinals and a No. 4 national ranking. She is Harding’s career leader in steals (267), and ranks second in assists (494) and 10th in points scored (1,268). Harding had a 100-24 record in her four seasons. Beene was All-Region in 2017, a four-year All-GAC selection and the conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
Courtney Creed – Ash Grove High School/Southwest Baptist University
Creed followed a stellar prep career at Ash Grove with a strong four years at Southwest Baptist from 2005 to 2009. In her four seasons in Bolivar, Creed averaged 10.2 points a game, including 15.1 points during her senior season. She finished her SBU career with 1,108 points in 109 career games. Her 158 career steals currently rank ninth in SBU history and was the program’s seventh-best total upon the exhaustion of her eligibility. At Ash Grove, she played for her father, Rick, and alongside her sister, Bethany, a 2016 Filbert Five honoree. Courtney earned First Team All-State honors as a senior.
Honey Scott Pickren –
Forsyth High School/Moberly Area Community College/Missouri Southern State University
Pickren was a four-year starter for Forsyth from 1987 to 1990. She averaged 24.2 points and 12.3 rebounds a game her senior year, earning First Team All-State honors in addition to First Team All-Conference and All-District. In 1991 at Moberly, she helped the team to a 30-2 record and No. 9 year-end ranking. She averaged 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds that year. At Missouri Southern, Pickren played in every game her final three seasons and led the team in rebounds, steals and field goal percentage. She helped the team win the MIAA Tournament and earn an NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen berth. Her 191 steals are second-most in program history, including a single-season record 79 in 1994.
Katie Pritchard – Waynesville High School/Drury University
Pritchard scored 1,541 career points in an illustrious basketball career at Drury University from 2008 to 2013. That point total now ranks sixth-best all-time in program history, but was third at the time of her final game. She led NCAA Division II in 3-point percentage for her final three seasons. She was a career .447 shooter from 3-point range, and that mark led the program until 2016. Her 255 career 3-pointers are second-most in Lady Panthers history. This for a player who rallied in 2012 after missing the previous season because of an injury. She was on three Division II national tournament teams, a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship team in 2010 and an NCAA D-II Sweet Sixteen run that same year. She also was on the soccer team at Drury during her time there. All this came after Pritchard starred at Waynesville High School, where she earned All-State as a senior and was a three-time All-Ozark Conference selection.
Meghan Waggoner VanSlyke
– Carthage High School/Johnson County Community College/University of Central Missouri
VanSlyke earned All-State basketball honors her senior year in 2006, three years after she and her sister, Tara, led Carthage to the Class 4 state semifinals. VanSlyke played two seasons for Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, leading the team to a No. 5 national ranking her sophomore year, when she earned All-American honors from the NJCAA. In the NJCAA Tournament that season, she scored 82 points, averaging 27.3 points a game – new records in tournament play – and also set records with field goals in a game (11) and a tournament (27). She then finished her career at the University of Central Missouri, where she was team captain in the 2009-2010 season. She is now a dietician with Freeman Dialysis in Webb City.
FILBERT FIVE MEN
Rand Chappell – Glendale High School/Missouri State University
Chappell played basketball and baseball at Glendale, earning two All-State selections in basketball. He scored more than 1,500 points and graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Falcons history. He later played both sports at Missouri State University (1981-1985) and then was a graduate assistant coach for the 1987 and 1988 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament. Currently at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., he has amassed more than 400 coaching victories with stops at Phillips University, Henderson State, Central Arkansas and Garden City Community College. He produced five consecutive 20-win seasons at Henderson State, helping the Reddies to four Gulf South Conference Tournament championships, and five NCAA Tournament appearances. At Phillips, the team was No. 1 in 1988 and played in the national tournament in 1997 and 1998, At Central Arkansas, Chappell won 104 games in seven seasons as he helped the Bears transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.
Dr. Kirt Hartzler – Willard High School/Evangel University
Hartzler earned All-State in 1981 for the Willard Tigers basketball team, months after the team won the Blue Division of the Greenwood Blue & Gold Tournament. He went on to Evangel University the next four seasons and three times was an NAIA All-District selection. He earned honorable mention in 1983, second team in 1984 and first team in 1985. Hartzler scored 1,666 points in his career. That mark is now seventh-most in program history, but stood as the record until 1992. He scored 678 points alone in the 1985 season, and that was third-best for a single-season in Evangel history at the time and now is 13th best. That came a year after he scored 556 points. Hartzler also had 116 career steals, which rank 19th best in program history. These days, Hartzler is the Superintendent of Union Public Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rick Pickren – Grandview High School/Valparaiso University/Eastern New Mexico University/CBA
Pickren was a three-year letterman for Grandview from 1981-1983. His senior year, he was not only a First Team All-State selection but also was a Converse All-American and an Honorable Mention Basketball Weekly All-American. He scored 44 points in the Lee’s Summit Tournament, eclipsing a record held by Jon Sundvold (MSHOF Legend 2015) – and that record still stands. Pickren averaged a state-best 32.2 points his senior year, along with averaging 10.2 rebounds. He played for the Missouri-Kansas All-Stars in a game against the Russian National Team. At Valparaiso, he averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 points as a freshman starter, was the Joel Oberman Rebound Award winner and was named to the Association of Mid-Continent Universities AMCU-8 All-Newcomer Team. Pickren didn’t play anywhere for three years before transferring to NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico in 1988. At ENMU, he averaged a career 21.2 points – including 27 points a game in the Lonestar Conference. He was a two-time All-Lonestar Conference selection and still holds several records there. After graduating, Pickren played in the Southern California Summer Pro League before signing with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association.
Sam Pugh – Branson High School/Pittsburg State University
Pugh was a three-year starter for the Branson Pirates before graduating in 2011. He earned All-Ozarks Conference and All-Ozarks by the News-Leader his senior year, when Pugh averaged 15 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists a game. Along the way, he set the program record for career assists. He went on to play for Pittsburg State in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, an NCAA Division II conference. In his career there, Pugh played in 76 games, starting 30. He scored 410 points, including 193 his senior year when he averaged 10.7 points, and had 21 career steals and 52 assists. Overall, he made 126 of 305 field goals, including 69 of 169 3-point attempts. He also was 34 of 37 on free throws. These days, he is a spine specialist at Globus Medical.
Korry Tillery – Parkview High School/Drury University/Evangel University
Tillery was All-State for the Parkview Vikings during his high school days. He spent a season at Drury University and then transferred to Evangel University. In 2015, he became the first Evangel player ever to be named to the first team All-American list in NAIA Division I or in the single-division era of NAIA. Four others had been First Team All-Americans in NAIA Division II. Tillery averaged 19.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season, with his rebounding average the fourth-best in NAIA, and his 678 points remain the 11th-best in a single season at Evangel. Overall, he scored 1,324 career points (20th all-time at Evangel) and snared 818 rebounds (third all-time), including 380 his senior year to break a school record that had stood for 42 years. In his senior year, Tillery had 22 double-doubles in Evangel’s 34 games, and that total led the HAAC and was tied for the highest total in the NAIA.