The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 features five with St. Louis ties: former Cardinals closer Lee Smith, former Football Cardinals fullback Jim Otis, former Southwest High School & Mizzou grad Howard Richards and former Parkway Central QB & Colorado Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett and Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin. Now they have announced the honoring of top area college athletes.

First Team All-Americans & National Champions to receive Special Achievement Awards
as part of 2018 Enshrinement presented by Killian Construction on Sunday in Springfield

A combined 60 athletes and coaches from the St. Louis area will be recognized as Special Achievement Award winners on Sunday by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. They represent teams from Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist, the University of Missouri, St. John-Vianney High School, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis Community College, Washington University and Webster University.

The awards are part of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement presented by Killian Construction in Springfield. In 2017, there were 110 First Team All-American honors, national champions or other national award recipients on Missouri-based teams. Each attending SAA winner will be recognized individually on stage.

Enshrinement events feature an 11 a.m. reception presented by Meek’s The Builder’s Choice at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive, a 4 p.m. reception at the University Plaza Convention Center in downtown Springfield and then a 5 p.m. dinner and ceremony at the convention center. A sponsorship table is $1,500, and an individual ticket is $150. Call 417-889-3100.

The Class of 2018 features: Mike Garrett (Kansas City Chiefs), Lee Smith (St. Louis Cardinals), Howard Richards (University of Missouri football), Jim Otis (St. Louis Football Cardinals & Kansas City Chiefs), Martin Mac Donald (Conservationist, Outdoorsman, Runner), football coach Gary Barnett (Northwestern University & University of Colorado), softball coach Holly Hesse (Missouri State University), Doug Elgin (Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner), Dr. Brian Mahaffey (Missouri State University, St. Louis Cardinals), shot putter Christian Cantwell (Eldon High School/University of Missouri/Olympics), basketball standout Kerensa Barr Cassis (West Plains High School/Mizzou), Dan Lucy (KOLR 10 TV Sports Director), Rockhurst High School football coach Tony Severino, basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer (Northwest Missouri State University, UMSL), Rick Grayson (PGA teaching professional), Learfield, the Lamar High School Football Program, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Independent Printing – John Q. Hammons Founders Award, Rick Todd of Herschend Family Entertainment – President’s Award.

Those who earned national recognition in 2017 included:

Lindenwood: lacrosse’s Erin Abbott, weightlifters Darrel Barnes, Darren Barnes and Muhammed Begaliev, lacrosse’s Rachel Benzing, basketball’s Kallie Bildner, lacrosse’s Sophie Buelow, synchronized swimming coach Lori Eaton, ruby’s Nick Feakes, cylist Hannah Finchamp, wrestler Victoria Francis, swimmer Serghei Golban, sporting clays shooter Matt Griffiths, synchronized swimmer Alyson Haylor, cyclist Evan Hartig, rugby’s McKenzie Hawkins, sporting clays shooter Shawn Kemeter, weightlifter Chelsey McMichael, cyclist Jonathan Mead-Vancort, billiards champion Brianna Miller, weightlifter Matthew Montgomery, skeet shooter Nic Moschetti, rugby’s Tiffany Person, billiards champ Chris Robinson, weightlifter Austin Rodriguez, rugby’s Cristian Rodriguez, gymnast Kierstin Sokolwski, water polo’s Tony Storic, trap shooter Jason Varozza, sporting clays shooter Chase Walter, rugby’s Chance Wenglewski and Lindenwood’s national championship teams in cheerleading, dance, Olympic weightlifting, roller hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, shotgun sports and synchronized swimming.

Missouri Baptist: race walker Natalia Alfonzo and volleyball players Kyle Foley and Mico Janicijevic

Mizzou: wrestler J’Den Cox, baseball’s Kameron Misner and T.J. Sikkema, track and field’s Karissa Schweizer, wrestling coach Brian Smith

Rockwood Summit High School: soccer’s Billy Hency

St. John Vianney High School: soccer’s Steven Bibas

St. Joseph’s Academy: volleyball’s Gabby Blossom

St. Louis Community College: basketball’s Chrishana Wilson

Washington University: assistant track coach Lane Lohr, swimmer Brandon Lum, baseball’s Brad Margolin, track and field’s Deko Ricketts, track and field’s Rebecca Ridderhoff, track and field coach Jeff Stiles and the Washington University women’s national championship Indoor and Outdoor track and field teams and its women’s distance medley relay team.

Webster University: baseball’s Josh Fleming


How to get tickets

Call 417-889-3100  or go tot their website:

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is open to the public. Festivities begin with an 11 a.m. reception presented by Meek’s The Builder’s Choice at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 E. Stan Musial Drive in Springfield. The remainder of events will be held at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in downtown Springfield, with a 4 p.m. reception followed by the 5 p.m. dinner and ceremony.

Sponsorship tables of 10 are $1,500 and include an autographed poster (a rendering by renowned artist Dayne Dudley), recognition in the printed program and at the table. Individual tickets are $150. Numerous opportunities are available, including congratulatory ads, trading cards and 20-month calendars. Call the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.