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SHS alumni are inducted Friday

Sunday, September 7, 2003

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Larry Bohannon
SIKESTON -- Sikeston Senior High School graduates will be recognized for their accomplishments as they are inducted into the Sikeston Public Schools Hall of Fame and Honor Wall during the Sikeston/Charleston football game Friday.

In addition to Terry, Bill, Dan and John Ruby, 1959 graduate Larry Bohannon and 1966 graduate Jacqueline "Jane" Merrick will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The late Charles Reaves, a 1966 graduate, will be inducted into the Honor Wall.

Those added to the Hall of Fame are individuals and/or teams who made outstanding and lasting contributions to the Sikeston Public Schools in athletics and school activities. Merrick taught physical education for 30-plus years at SHS before retiring at the end of the 2001-2002 school year. Merrick was the coach when girls track was first initiated as a competitive sport. She was also the only coach for the girls volleyball team from the time it first became a competitive sport until her retirement. In 1975, Merrick was named Sikeston's Jaycee Teacher of the Year and was recognized as the women's physical education teacher of the year by her professional peers in 1990.

Bohannon earned 10 varsity letters in three sports -- baseball, football and basketball. In 1958, he helped the SHS baseball team win fourth place at state. He went on to pitch for the University of Missouri Tigers baseball team from 1959-1963. On April 7, 1962, he pitched a no-hitter against Iowa State. He remains in fourth place on MU's career ERA chart with a 1.87 mark from 1961-1963. In addition, he was named to the All-Big Seven in 1962. During MU's 1962-1963 season, they advanced to the NCAA College World Series.

Bohannon, who currently works for MacMillan/McGraw-Hill in Ohio, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1963 and placed on the Twins AAA roster in the fall of 1963. He was then drafted by the Colts 45s onto their Major League roster and went to spring training with a Major League Baseball team and pitched against Hall of Fame's Brooks Robinson and Al Kaline. After being sent to the AAA Club in Oklahoma City, Okla., Bohannon developed serious rotator cuff problems in his pitching shoulder. He finished his career in Orlando, Fla., from 1966-1968.

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Charles Reaves
Honor Wall inductees are recognized for their meritorious service to the Sikeston R-6 School District. This year, the only person being inducted into the Honor Wall of Fame is the Reaves who died Aug. 26, 2003.

Reaves served as principal at the Morehouse Elementary school from 1984-2001. Sharon Turner, secretary at Morehouse Elementary, said her former co-worker was very devoted to the staff and students.

"Mr. Reaves' philosophy of the family unit carried through to his students and staff. His passion was to serve not only the students and staff, but their families, too," Turner said.

An officer with the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals for many years, Reaves was nominated for principal of the year through the state association. He also led Morehouse Elementary in a Christmas project by delivering toys and food to needy families for many years.

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