Sports Commission Awards announces fall, winter finalists

Nearly 200 student-athletes and 10 teams from southwest Missouri high schools will be honored this summer during the 11h annual Sports Commission Awards. Sponsored by Elliott Lodging, the ceremony is set for Tuesday, June 20 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the awards show to begin at 7 p.m.

The Springfield Sports Commission and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame announced finalists for fall and winter sports on Wednesday, with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame assisting for a sixth consecutive year. Additionally, the SCAs continue seeking associate sponsors for an event that annually draws a crowd of nearly 1,000.

Here’s a rundown:

  • A total of 34 categories will feature the top athletes and teams from across southwest Missouri during the 2022-2023 school year, with each nominee chosen by a selection committee.
  • A video celebrating the success of each athlete in each sport will be shown during the evening, with finalists introduced on stage and a winner of that category announced shortly thereafter.
  • The printed program will include athletes’ bios detailing their accomplishments of the past school year.
  • Each individual finalist in attendance will be given a commemorative keepsake, a two-sided, personalized coin for display in a special box that features the athlete’s name.
  • Each winner in the various categories will receive a trophy honoring their achievements.

Athletes will be recognized in tennis, golf, swimming and diving, cross country, softball, soccer, volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, track and field, and baseball. Sports offered to girls and boys are split into their respective categories.

Football has finalists for offensive skill positions, defense and linemen. Wrestling will include lower weights and upper weights.

New this year will be an Emerging Sports category featuring bass fishing, bowling, boys volleyball, Esports and target shooting. A Spirit category of cheerleading, dance and marching band also will be recognized. In both categories, one winner will be chosen.

Additionally, the Sports Commission Awards also will feature finalists for boys and girls Teams of the Year and Athletes of the Year, along with Performance of the Year. The SCAs also will highlight Inspiration Awards.

All finalists for fall and winter sports can now be found at, and spring sports will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sponsorship tables of eight are $350, while individual tickets are $50 in advance, or $60 at the door. Numerous sponsorships also are available, as well as congratulatory ads for the event program. Call the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.

“We are excited to once again celebrate the outstanding achievements of our area athletes,” said Lance Kettering, Executive Director of the Springfield Sports Commission. “The event has become a staple in the area as we celebrate our 11th year of honoring the great accomplishments of our athletes in southwest Missouri. It would not be possible without the generous support of our title sponsor, Elliott Lodging, who is also celebrating 11 years of title sponsorship!”

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame CEO & Executive Director Byron Shive expressed excitement about the ceremony, too.

“I know I’m not alone in thinking back fondly about my own experience playing high school sports. There are so many life lessons that can be learned playing high school sports and so many lifelong friendships are formed by playing on these teams,” Shive said. “Working with the Springfield Sports Commission to host the Sports Commission Awards is a great way for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame to showcase the many great student-athletes that are playing here in the Ozarks. It has become one of our staff’s favorite events of the year, and it is a fun and enjoyable evening for everyone who attends.”




Brett Boney, Central High School

Brynley Brotherton, Kickapoo High School

McKylie Cox, Willow Springs High School

Olivia Edwards, Glendale High School

Isabella Mosley, Mount Vernon High School

Alison Schubert, Mount Vernon High School

Liliana Strang, Glendale High School

Emma Watts, Joplin High School

Sophia Vestal, Bolivar High School


Kai Brownlee, Nixa High School

Graham Eisenmann, Ozark High School

Bryce Ruder, Kickapoo High School

Brett Smith, Kickapoo High School

Dakota Windsor, Lebanon High School

Ethan Vance, Camdenton High School


Page Bowman, Glendale High School

Emree Dawn Cameron, Nevada High School

Marlene Edgeman, Marshfield High School

Lyla Louderbaugh, Springfield Catholic High School

Catherine Rhoads, Glendale High School

Josey Roberts, Ozark High School

Savannah Thessing, New Covenant Academy


Klarie Brown, Kickapoo High School

Kopelyn Delong, Ozark High School

Kiersten Potter, Lamar High School

Abigail Street, Webb City High School

Gracie Troester, Republic High School

Ellie Webb, Camdenton High School


Hobbs Campbell, Joplin High School

Tyler Harris, Kickapoo High School

Ian Horton, Joplin High School

Kyle Keltner, Kickapoo High School

Grant Musick, Kickapoo High School

Evan Stevens, Webb City High School

Sean Walker, Buffalo High School


Corbin Clay, Kickapoo High School

Miles Elliot, Kickapoo High School

Alex Flores, Webb City High School

Adrian Ortega, Ozark High School

Gage Vehr, Springfield Catholic High School

Cole Vincel, Glendale High School


Taylor Akers, Kickapoo High School

Emmalee Essary, Republic High School

Jordan Foley, Ozark High School

Zoe Lockhart, Camdenton High School

Neveah Dodson, McDonald County High School


Abby Chadwell, Strafford High School

Emma Conrad, Nixa High School

Bella Faria, Kickapoo High School

Logan Jones, Carl Junction High School

Grace O’Reilly, Springfield Catholic High School


Danen Conrad, Lebanon High School

Garrett Davidson, Nixa High School

Dontrell Holt, Joplin High School

Micah Lindsey, Carthage High School

Andrew Link, Kickapoo High School

Drew Musche, Carthage High School


Luke Gall, Carthage High School

Davion King, Carthage High School

Adam Lewis, Reeds Spring High School

Draven VanGilder, Joplin High School

Spencer Ward, Nixa High School

Austin Wilkerson, Lamar High School


Joel Beshore, Lamar High School

Luke Gall, Carthage High School

Isaiah Green, Neosho High School

Ramone Green, Jr., Nixa High School

Cole Feuerbacher, Glendale High School

Cade Muscia, Lebanon High School

Bear Shore, Camdenton High School


Chloe Miller, Carl Junction High School

Missy Mitzell, Lebanon High School

Addy Moore, Kickapoo High School

Madison Riley, Carthage High School

Paige Sheridan, West Plains High School

Skyler Sundy, Carl Junction High School


Halea Bartel, Lebanon High School

Abigail Fuglsang, Camdenton High School

Addison Harkins, Nixa High School

Jessa Joiner, Lebanon High School

Annie Moore, Cassville High School


Mariyah Brumley, Lebanon High School

Brenya Crahan, Nixa High School

Catherine Dutton, Willard High School

Elizabeth Henderson, El Dorado Springs High School

Isabella Renfro, Seneca High School


Zan Fugitt, Nixa High School

Caleb Caldwell, Willard High School

Canon Roark, Lebanon High School

Brady Roark, Seneca High School

Braxton Strick, Ozark High School


Trey Brewer, Bolivar High School

Cade Grimm, Branson High School

Jayce Hitt, McDonald County High School

Samuel Murphy, McDonald County High School

Gary Walker, Willard High School

Eli Zar, Neosho High School


Kaemyn Bekemeier, Republic High School

Destiny Buerge, Carl Junction High School

Norah Clark, Nixa High School

Grace Frazier, Diamond High School

Kameron Green, Fair Grove High School

Breona Hurd, Waynesville High School

Macie Mays, El Dorado Springs High School

Reagan McCowan, Lebanon High School

Sara Mendel, Ava High School


Ahlante Askew, Republic High School

Aidan Burns, Thayer High School

Wil Carlton, Marionville High School

Kael Combs, Nixa High School

Gage Johnson, Weaubleau High School

Jacob Lafferty, Sparta High School

Kyle Pock, Bolivar High School

Brayden Shorter, Kickapoo High School

Curry Sutherland, Logan-Rogersville High School