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Honors scheduled for teams, individuals

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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Kevin Keller
SIKESTON -- Four baseball teams, a cheerleading squad and six individuals will be inducted into the Sikeston R-6 Honor Wall/Hall of Fame Friday night during halftime of the Sikeston/Jackson football game.

Each honoree will receive a certificate, and a permanent plaque will be placed in the Field House foyer.

To be eligible for the Honor Wall, individuals -- usually a former teacher, administrator or school board member -- must have provided years of service to Sikeston R-6 schools.

This year's Honor Wall recipients are Nora Springs and the late Joe Munger.

Springs served three terms on the R-6 Board of Education and as president. In nominating her, Roger Sherman said Springs was probably the person who almost single-handedly started girls softball as part of the summer recreation program in Sikeston.

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Justin Lowes
"Nora Springs was always willing and able to serve on the various advisory committees in the school system. She was and still is a very supportive and devoted school and community citizen," Sherman wrote.

Munger, who died Sept. 2, was nominated by former R-6 athletic director and coach Charlie Vickery for his devotion to team sports. For 25 years Munger operated the time clock at football and basketball games. He also started track meets at the high school for the same time period.

"As an athletic director, my mind was always at ease knowing that Joe would be there to work the basketball and football games as well as the track meets," Vickery said in his June 12 nomination letter. "Joe was always humble and did an excellent job."

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and teams that have made outstanding and lasting contributions in the field of athletics or school activities. They cannot be nominated until at least five years after graduation.

Individual Hall of Fame inductees are Bryan Ellitt, Kevin Keller, Andrew Lambert and Justin Lowes.

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Joe Munger
A 2000 graduate, Ellitt received first team All-State honors for boys basketball his junior and senior years. He also helped lead the boys basketball team to back-to-back district championships in 1999 and 2000. Ellitt also received Southeast Missouri (large school) Player of the Year.

Lettering three years in football, track and academics, Keller received All-

Conference and All-State honors for shotput in 2001 and 2002 when his team also won the conference championship.

Keller made the All-Conference, All-Region and All-State teams in football several times throughout his high school career and served as team captain in 2001. He went on to play football from 2002-2004 at the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering in 2007.

A 2002 graduate, Lambert will be acknowledged for his accomplishments in football and track and field. He received All-Conference, All-District first and second team honors as a place kicker, defensive back and receiver in football. He is Sikeston's second all-time field goal kicker for both single season and career. During his senior year, he placed fourth in the long jump and triple jump at the state level.

Lambert went on to participate in track and field for four years at Southeast Missouri State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in sports management this summer.

Also a member of the 2002 class, Lowes lettered three times in football and track and once in basketball. He received first and second football All-

Conference honors for team defense and was the football captain in 2001. In track, Lambert was a three-time state track and field qualifier for shot put. He also received All-Conference and All-State honors for shot put. He, too, was a member of the 2001 and 2002 All-Conference team champions.

From 2002-2006, Lowes played football for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where he earned a Bachelor of Science in recreation in May. Along with the 2001-2002 cheerleading squad, team inductees are the 1957-1958, 1975-1976, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 baseball teams.

Members of the 1957-1958 baseball team played in the state semifinals at Busch Stadium, where they lost to Cleveland.

The 1975-1976 baseball team returned to the state final four competition, which was held in Ste. Genevieve. The Bulldogs lost to Glendale; a third place game wasn't played.

Some players will be acknowledged twice for their back-to-back state final four appearances in boys baseball -- a first for the school. The 2000-2001 team made the school's first state appearance since the 1975-1976 team. They took second place after losing to Helias. The following year the 2001-2002 team took fourth place at the state level after being defeated by St. Mary's and Ozark.

A tailgate party for new inductees as well as past honorees and their families will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.