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Livingston County History
Celebrating 150 Years, 1821-1981

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After the turn of the century, Wheeling produced some fine amateur baseball players. Herman Shiflet was an excellent baseball player and track athlete. He once won 9 firsts and 2 seconds in a Livingston County track meet. Leon Norman developed into an outstanding left-handed pitcher. In 1918 he pitched for the Kirksville Teacher’s College. At about this same time he was offered a professional contract to pitch in the Western League, but turned down the offer to stay at home to help with the farm work. He continued to pitch in North Missouri for many different teams. Another Wheeling young man, Joel Ralston, was an outstanding baseball outfielder in this era.

In the early years of the century R. Warren Roberts was playing football for the University of Missouri at Columbia. Earl Steele lettered in track at M.U. in 1908-9-10 and set records in the two mile that stood for many years. In 1914 Horace Scruby began a collegiate track career at Rolla School of Mines. Joseph J. Shy, Sr. was a member of the Missouri Tiger football team beginning in 1916.

Bertram Clark, a very dedicated athlete, was graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1922 and that fall went to Principia College near St. Louis where he played football two years. He then transferred to Missouri University for his final two years of football and was a starting back.

The early years of the 20th century also found a super baseball pitcher in another part of Livingston County by the name of Maurice Hatchitt from Ludlow. “Hatch” pitched for St. Joseph in the professional Western League at the age of 17. In 1930, at Lincoln, Nebraska, he pitched in the first night game ever played in the State of Nebraska. When the new game of softball came along in the early 1930’s Hatchitt turned to the new game and was an immediate success. He was the first pitcher to ever use the “windmill” wind-up and led Chillicothe to the State Softball Championship in 1934.

During the 1920’s several Chillicothe High School graduates developed some fine athletic skills and played at the collegiate level. No less than four Chillicothe young men were playing at colleges in the 1926-27 school year. Nolan Bruce was playing football and running track at Maryville Teacher’s College. Brothers, Arthur Norman and Ralph Norman were at Culver-Stockton College in Canton where Ralph played football and basketball and “Art” played basketball and baseball. Russell White was in his first of three outstanding football seasons at Westminster College in Fulton. Charles Steele lettered in track at M.U. in 1924-5-6 and brother Francis followed suit in 1928-9-30-31. In 1927 and 1928 Ralph Norman played with Kirksville Osteopath’s Football Team. Arthur Norman continued to play for four years at Culver-Stockton.

Football became well known at Chillicothe Business College in the early part of the 20th century. Two athletes who became nationally known played with the C.B.C. Ducks. Although neither Cal Hubbard nor John Levi were native Livingston County young men, they both played for the local college team and later became All-American Football player’s when chosen to Grantland Rice’s Dream Team. John Levi went from Chillicothe to Haskell Institute and Cal Hubbard became a starting tackle with the professional Green Bay Packers. Hubbard later became an American League Baseball umpire for many years.

S. Taylor Dowell began his teaching and coaching career in Livingston County in 1920 at Utica. He coached the first Junior High basketball team in this area at Chillicothe in 1926 and continued to coach the Junior High team for more than 25 years. Mr. Dowell originated the idea of forming a softball league in the early 1930’s and was the Softball commissioner for three years. Beginning in 1924, he officiated at basketball and football games throughout North Missouri until 1951. His influence and good work with young people in Livingston County has been evident since the 1920’s.

Owsley Welch, a 1927 graduate of Chillicothe High School, after attending William Jewell College one year, went to Missouri University where he was an outstanding track athlete. He broke the record in the low hurdles running on the curve in the Big Six Conference and he was a member of the University Short Relay teams that placed first at the K.U. and Drake Relays.

Edgerton Welch won football numerals at Missouri University in 1927.

Harry Hayden was a semi-pro pool and baseball player through the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Chas. L. (Chuck) Morse from Ludlow played on the Missouri University Polo team in 1926-7-8.

1929 was the first year of American Legion Baseball for teenage young men in Chillicothe and the first was one of the best. Under the leadership of H. S. “Hal” Beardsley, the 1929 Legion team finished second in the state to St. Louis. Team members included Leland Anderson, Dryden Dowell, C. R. “Buck” Gatson, Gordon Jenkins, Bob Ludwig, Richard McDowell, Clarence Potts, Joe Rensch, Preston Rensch, Ross Simmons, and John White.

The dawning of the 1930’s brought new sporting activities as well as renewed interest in some old sports.

Duane Barnett of Wheeling was playing college football at Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron without the benefit of any prep school football experience.

Simpson Park had become a beautiful and functional recreational area for the people of Chillicothe, Livingston County, and the surrounding area. Manuel Drumm was president of the Park Board for many years from the 1930’s to the early 1950’s. He was very instrumental in the development of the Simpson Park ball field. A new game of softball came along at this time and S. Taylor Dowell, Bolis Campbell, and Mr. Drumm were-some of the people who were active in organizing the first Softball League in the County in the early 1930’s. The softball league doubleheaders were very popular with Livingston County citizens and these games attracted large crowds that paid 50 each to see two softball games on the Simpson Park diamond.

James Stubbs enrolled at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in the fall of 1930 and was a member of the track team there.

Missouri Valley College, beginning in 1931, had Chillicothe’s Jimmy Runkles playing as one of their fine football linemen.

Bob Ludwig of Avalon began playing professional baseball in Arkansas in 1930 and continued to play with several teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans of the Texas League, through the 1941 season. He was selected to All Star Teams several times.

An old game took on a new look with some tense and competitive croquet games at Wheeling in 1933. A smooth sand covered court built within solid bankboards was used regularly six nights a week. Wickets of solid steel rod, hard rubber balls, and custom home made short handled mallets were the equipment used. Only one-handed shooting was allowed. Some of the most active members and best shooters were Claude Albertson, Frank Arthaud, Lawrence Arthaud, Chris Glamser, Dora Kimmis, Richard Kimmis, and Jack Love.

It was in Chillicothe in the early 1930’s that Gus Karras began a long career of promoting boxing and wrestling matches.

Chillicothe held the first Golden Glove Tournament in the state of Missouri in 1935. Charles “Buck” Thompson became the first boxer, from the state of Missouri, to be successful in boxing his way to the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Chicago. He accomplished this in 1935 in the 126 pound class. Woody Vinson of Wheeling and George and Kenneth Riddle were also outstanding boxers at this time.

James M. Smith, Jr. known as “Junior”, went to Westminster College in Fulton in the fall of 1930 where he played football two years. Westminster discontinued football after the 1931 season and “Junior” transferred to George Washington University where he played football during the 1932 season. It was back to the “Show-Me” State the next year to Cape Girardeau where he completed his college football in the fall of 1934. He was an assistant coach at Cape during the 1935 season and then coached high school football for five years at Chaffee, Missouri.

Ray Saale was active in Livingston County sports beginning in the mid-30’s. He worked with the softball league and helped promote Golden Glove Boxing through the late 1930’s and 1940’s.

In 1933 Elton Norman went to Culver-Stockton College at Canton, Missouri, where he participated in football and basketball for two years.

Two 1936 Chillicothe High graduates went on to college to have fine football years and later became excellent coaches. Charles “Dutch” Moser became an all conference center at the University of Missouri in 1939. He coached the Abilene, Texas, High School football team to state Championships in 1954, ‘55, and ‘56. Later he became an assistant coach at Texas A and M University where he coached until retiring in 1980. Elgie Posey was the other 1936 graduate who played, and later coached, at Culver-Stockton College. He also coached at Chillicothe High School in the late 1940’s before going to Illinois to coach.

Dick Gale of Chillicothe went to Missouri University in 1937 where he was an outstanding football running back.

The late 1930’s saw the beginning of Joe Shy, Jr’s fine track career. He was an all-state track man for three years in high school, 1937-39. In 1939 he won the state 60 yard low hurdles, 220 yard dash, long jump, and was a member of the winning 880 yard relay team. He led the Chillicothe Hornets to the state indoor and outdoor championships in 1939. Other members of this championship team were Robert Babb, Junior Darr, Jim Fish, Gary Fordyce, Bill Franklin, B. Jones, Robert Perry, Claude Trammell, Bill Vorbeck, Dick West, Max Williams, and Joe Zweifel. The coach was J. E. Bradshaw.

Ted Adams was the best golfer to come from Livingston County. In 1939 he won the Canadian open championship and later won the Missouri and Arizona State Amateur Golf Championships.

The 1939 Chillicothe Post 25 Legion Baseball Team finished fourth in the state under the guidance of H. Earl Barnes and Oscar Case.

One of the county strong men, Lee Steen, wrestled professionally through the 1930’s.

Charlie Fisher of Sampsel became the wrestling coach at Missouri University in the late 1930’s.

The decade of 1940 had been open only a few short weeks when the Chillicothe High School track team brought a state championship trophy home. Team members were: Art Bloss, Dick Broadclus, Jim Bucher, Junior Darr, Leland Fair, Gary Fordyce, Paul Freed, Robert Lewis, Allen Moore III, Jack Saale, Jim Stewart, Vic Walker, Jim Walley, Joe Zweifel, and Coach J. E. Bradshaw.

Leland Fair won the state 165 pound wrestling championship in 1940.

Among Livingston County graduates in college and professional athletics in the early 40’s were: Junior Darr (football) at Missouri University and Baltimore; Allen Moore III (football and tennis) at Wentworth Military in 1941-1943; James Walley (football and basketball) at Central College; Dick West (football and track) at Chillicothe Business College; and Bill Franklin (track) at William Jewell.

In 1943 Joe Shy, Jr. again made track headlines up to the national and international level. He became a world record holder in the 60 yard low hurdles, ran on the Missouri University 440 yard and 880 yard relay teams that finished first in the National N.C.A.A. meet. In addition, he was the Big 8 Conference winner in the 100 yard, 220 yard and low hurdle races.

The 1941 American Legion Baseball team, coached by Oscar Case, finished second in the state to St. Louis. Team members from Livingston County were Bill Coleman, Meredith Dowell, Steve Eastman, Roger Englert, Leonard Fair, Charles Frizzell, Earl Gibson, Charles Hughes, and Jay McCully.

A novelty athlete playing football and running track at Chillicothe Business College was non-native Hamp Potts from Mississippi who always participated bare-footed. He ran on the cinder track, kicked and punted the football without footwear.

Linnie Phillips, a local baseball enthusiast, organized the Chillicothe “Big Red” Semi-Pro Baseball team immediately after World War II. He personally sacrificed much of his own money and time promoting and sustaining the team with “Buck” Thompson assisting him; many traveling teams and Kansas City teams were brought to Chillicothe for well attended games during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Max Lanier and Hall of Famer, Satchel Paige, were among those coming to Chillicothe to play.

In the late 40s and 1950s an intense rivalry developed between baseball teams captained by Mike Clark, Utica and Sam Bowe, Chula.

In the late 1940’s the following native Livingston County young men were participating in college athletics: Charles Frizzell (football) at William Jewell College; Roger Englert (baseball) at University of Missouri at Columbia; Paul Danclovic (football and track) at Central College, Fayette; Fred Stephens (basketball) at Central College, Fayette 1948-50 and Springfield Teachers College 1950-52. Fred Stephens was a member of the 1950 Central College team that finished third in the National N.A.I.B. Basketball Tournament. In 1952 the Springfield team, of which he was a member, were the National Champions.

Through the efforts of Edgerton Welch, a Summer Playground baseball program was organized in the spring of 1949. Bill Coleman, teacher and assistant coach at Chillicothe High School, was hired as the first supervisor.

As the 1950’s became a reality, Jack Patchett and Bob Frederking were playing baseball at Missouri University. Patchitt was a regular on the Missouri National Championship team.

Larry James was one of Chillicothe High School’s most versatile and outstanding athletes. He was graduated in 1950 and then played basketball at Chillicothe Business College. Bob Fairchild, also a 1950 graduate, delayed attending college until 1956 when he went to Tarkio College and played football. In 1958 he was at Maryville State College and was a strong tennis player on the college team.

Charlene Coleman was selected supervisior of the new Chillicothe Girls Summer Playground in 1955.

Countians attending colleges and participating in various athletics during the 1950 decade included: Albert Runge (basketball) at William Jewell in 1952; Ron O’Dell, a high school All State football player at C.H.S. in 1952, played football and baseball at Maryville State College 1952-56; Dale Cramer, basketball and baseball at Westminster and Maryville; Larry Plumb, High School All-State football player in 1953, was at Missouri University playing football beginning in 1954; Richard Fairchild, (basketball) Tarkio College 1956-60; Jack Hanson, (football) William Jewell College 1957-61; Hugh Allen Carlin, (football) William Jewell College 1957; James D. Lemon, (basketball) Rolla School of Mines 1958-62; Jody Conrad, (freshman basketball) Notre Dame 1959-60; and Bill Welch, (baseball) University of Arizona 1959-63.

Cliff McKiddy, a 1957 graduate of Wheeling High School, was an outstanding prep track athlete who did not attend college. Ray Davenport of Avalon achieved All State basketball honors in 1953 playing for Chillicothe High School.

Vince Turner began four years of football at Missouri University in 1960 and played for the professional New York Titans following his career with the M. U. Tigers.

Other college participants in the 1960’s included: Jerry Parrish (High School All-State basketball player in 1960) played his sport at Memphis State; Edwin “Butch” Clark, (football) Missouri Valley 1960-64; David Austin, (wrestling one year, football four years) at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa 1961-65; Larry Hamilton, (football and track) William Jewell 1965-69; John “Butch” Davis, (All-State football player 1965) went to Missouri University and was a starting defensive back; he also played professionally with the Chicago Bears. The Willard boys, cousins Melton and Phil, both played football for Missouri Valley, Melton beginning in 1967 and Phil in 1969. Another William Jewell player beginning in 1967 was All-State football player (1966) Jay Simmons.

A croquet club was organized in 1966 with regular summer playing dates and an annual tournament every Labor Day weekend with players from Wheeling, Chula, Utica, Chillicothe, and the Pleasant Grove area participating. The first championship in 1966 was won by Lawrence Arthaud of Wheeling. Winners through 1980 included: Clarence Arthaud, Bill Coleman, Glenn Coleman, Voyle Grothe, Bill Gutshall, Harry Hayen, Bill King, Johnnie Marnmen, and John Ed Yeomans.

The 1970’s could be termed “Super Seventies Sports” years for our county athletes. The Chillicothe High School football team won State Championships in 1970, 72, and 78. All three teams were coached by Bob Fairchild, a county native. The Wheeling girls basketball team, in 1975, won the state title and a 13-15 year old Chillicothe girls’ softball team won first in the state and second in the national tournament the same year.

The 1970 football Hornets of Chillicothe High won 11 and lost none as they easily won the state championship. Starting team members were Brent Anderson, Mark Putnam, Ardell Johnson, Steve Bruce, Gehrig Coleman, Larry Shields, Scott Lindley, Sherm Smith, Jr., Mike Fair, Don Murrell, David Grouse, Pat Ellison, Sam Metz, John Parks, James Carr, and David Moore. Anderson, Smith, Fair, and Johnson were selected to the All-State team.

The 1972 High School football champion team starting members were David Baker, Troy Cranmer, Ron Neely, Steve Coult, Doug Gutshall, Chad Glover, Larry Clarke, David Neal, Steve Gastineau, Chip Vanlandingham, Jim Lionberger, Mike Wood, Billy Keith, Scott Morts, Steve Koehly, David Ginther, Ben Willard, and Mark Putnam. The state championship game was in Chillicothe against St. Louis Chaminade on a rainy, dreary day in the mud. Chip Vanlandingham’s two successive super punts, late in the contest, saved the game for the Hornets against the much bigger St. Louis team. Kicking from his own end zone in the fourth quarter with the Hornets ahead 12 ‘to 8, Vanlandingharn got off a 71 yard kick in the mud with no return. A few minutes later he kicked again for 55 yards, backing the visitors near their own goal line and they had inadequate time to mount a final drive under the miserable field conditions giving the lighter Hornet team the championship. All-State players on the squad were Putnam, Koehly, Vanlandingham, Neely (1972 and 1973), Cranmer (1973). Team members of the championship 1978 team were Tim Lightner, Dan Ross, Dennis Gutshall, Rick Benson, Mark Hanan, Buddy Logan, Scott Stephens, David DeVaul, David Macoubrie, Bill Bouziden, Allen Heck, Mark Fitchett, Gary Case, Rich Young, Doug Switzer, Rick Craighead, and Scott Durham. All-State players were Benson, DeVaul, Switzer, Macoubrie, Young, and Lightner.

The Wheeling High School girls’ basketball team finished second in state play in 1963, third in 1974, and won the class A State Championship in 1975. Wheeling had the second smallest enrollment in the state in 1975. The team was coached to first place by Dick Halterman and went undefeated with a 32-0 record. Team members were: Teresa Albertson, Marilee Buckner, Patty Buckner, Laurie Littrell, Paula Littrell, Debbie Ishmael, Cathy Seuell, Mary Smiley, Debbie Stith, Alice Thomas, Mary Timmons, Julie Waite, and Susan Lowe. Julie Waite, Paula Littrell and Mary Timmons were selected to the All-State team.

A 13-15 year old girls’ softball team from Chillicothe won the Missouri State championship in 1976 and went to the National tournament where they took second place. Delbert Thompson was the coach. Team players were: Lori Stoll, Natalie Zachary, Missy East, Lisa Gabel, Jonie Powers, Thresa Schuler, Sherry Powers, Chris Wilson, Jackie Cooper, Debbie Newbrough, and Barbara Headrick.

Horseshoe pitching became a popular sport in Livingston County in the early 1970’s. Donald Plowman and Gilbert Cox organized a club composed of several teams. Lighted courts with concrete approaches were built at Clay Street Park. Leroy Dominique, Minor Gibson, Rick Gibson, Virgil Nibarger, Jerry Griffin, and Jerry Wooden are among those who have pitched regularly. Jerry Wooden has been a state champion.

1970 Wheeling graduate, Dennis Littrell, won the State Class A High Jump at the 1969 and 1970 Indoor Track meet as well as the 1970 State Outdoor meet. His 6’5” jump at the 1970 outdoor was a record at that time.

Shawn Benson of Chillicothe won the eight year old National Football Punt, Pass, and Kick Championship in 1974. Joe Shy was a 1974 member of the U.S. Masters track team.

In May 1976, Terry Cox of Chillicothe won the State Class 3A High Jump.

Bob Conrad and Jim Fairley coached the Chillicothe 10-12 year old Little League All Star team to a super successful season in 1976. The team won the Little League tournaments at Brookfield, Trenton, and St. Joseph. The players were: Kelly Mason, Bill Graham, Rob Coleman, Tim East, Charlie Fairley, Vince Hayes, John McCall, Kirk Peterson, Randy Riddell, Neil Surber, and Danny Thompson.

In the Bicentennial year of 1976, Bill and Charlene Coleman served as County Sports Chairmen. Many sports activities were held in July 1976. A partial list of winners of the various sports events were as follows:

Archery - Charlie Marriott, Chillicothe, Men’s limited freestyle; Eugene Ishmael, Wheeling, Pinsight Bowhunter; Mike Ewing, Chillicothe, Bowhunter; Steve Spears, Chillicothe, Young Adult.

Croquet - Johnnie Mammen, Chillicothe, Singles Play; Bill Coleman, Chillicothe, and Howard Hawkins, Utica, Doubles Play.

Horseshoes - Jerry Wooden, Dawn, A Class; John Stoll, Chillicothe, C Class; Jack Dickerson, Chillicothe, D Class; Ruth Jones, Chillicothe, Women’s; Scott Dominique, Chillicothe, Jr. Boys; Marilyn Plowman, Chillicothe, Jr. Girls.

Track and Field for School Age Only - Girls Softball Throw - Natalie Zachary, Chillicothe; Girls High Jump - Mary Nan Chapman, Chillicothe; Boys High Jump - Ron Williams, Chillicothe; Girls Shot Put - Mary Smiley, Wheeling; Boys Shot Put - Steve Riley, Chillicothe; Boys Running Long Jump - Wayne Marriott, Chillicothe; Girls Running Long Jump - Anne Gates, Chillicothe; Boys Football Punt - Allen Heck, Chillicothe; Girls Standing Long Jump - Jan Marlay, Chillicothe; Boys Standing Long Jump - Wayne Marriott, Chillicothe; Girls 50-yard Dash - Anne Gates, Chillicothe; Boys 50-yard Dash - Neil Surber, Chillicothe; Girls 100-yard Dash - Dana Symmonds, Chillicothe; Boys 100-yard Dash - Allen Heck, Chillicothe; Girls 200-yard Dash - Anne Gates, Chillicothe; Boys 200-yard Dash - Allen Heck, Chillicothe; Girls 440-yard Dash - Paula Coleman, Chillicothe; Boys 880-yard Dash - Wayne Marriott, Chillicothe.

Old Fashioned Races (Partial List of Winners) Boys Quartet Pole Race - Gary Agee, Delvin Jackson, Mark Sanson, and Kevin Wooden; Girls Quartet Pole Race - Louann Agee, Tammy Geist, Karina Kerr, and Angela Lyman; High School Boys 3 Legged Race Mark Miller and Greg Streiff; High School Girls 3 Legged Race - Paula Coleman and Natalie Zachary; 7th and 8th Grade Boys 3 Legged Race - Rick Craighead and Mark Hibner; 7th and 8th Grade Girls 3 Legged Race - Sheri Stoll and Lori Stoll; 5th and 6th Grade Boys Wheelbarrow Race - Robby Coleman and Neil Surber; 5th and 6th Grade Girls Wheelbarrow Race - Peggy Buckner and Joyce Sanson; 3rd and 4th Grade Boys Sack Race - John Marshall; 3rd and 4th Grade Girls Sack Race - Camille Clark; 1st and 2nd Grade Boys Sack Race - Travis Clark; 1st and 2nd Grade Girls Sack Race - Amy Dickinson; Girls Rope Skipping - Valerie Atwell; Women’s Egg Race - Judy Lyman and Jean Simmer; Women’s 3 Legged Race - Gloria Gabel and Melody Gabel; Women’s Sack Race - Laura Taylor; Women’s Pole Race - Julia Hecke, Francine Skinner, Laura Taylor, and Joan Parrish; Men’s Bowling on the Green - Jerry Parrish.

Swimming events were also held at the Simpson Park Pool.

Ted Hicks was graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1971. In the summer of 1976 he played on the State Softball Championship Roto-Rooter team from St. Joseph. Playing in the National Softball tournament in 1978, Ted had the highest batting average of any player and was selected the Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Hicks was then chosen to play on the U.S. Softball team which played in the Pan American games in 1979.

Chillicothe Student, Tracy Allen, placed third in the State High School Rodeo Cutting Contest in 1978 and in 1979 he won the State championship in that event. He competed in the National High School Rodeo both years.

Girls Track and Field has been a revived sport in Missouri during the 1970’s. Chillicothe’s Mary Nan Chapman won the State Girls High Jump in 1979 and Angie Rupp won first in the 400 Meter Run in 1980.

The Chillicothe High School Boys Golf team won the State Championship in 1980. Steve Arnold, Matt Arnold, Mark Ratliff, Dan Minnis and Kevin Whitworth were the team members. Lynn Leopard was the coach.

Neil Surber and David Brookshire advanced to State play in 1980 High School Tennis Doubles.

Other All-State and College athletes through the 1970’s included the following: Julie Waite, (basketball) Maryville 1975-76; Paul Littrell, (basketball) University of Missouri 1975-76; Mary Timmons, (Softball and Basketball) Mount Saint Scholastica 1975-77 and Maryville 1977-79; Mary Smiley, (basketball) Moberly Jr. College 1977-79; Debbie Stith, (basketball) Moberly Jr. College 1977-79; Laurie Littrell, (basketball) Moberly Jr. College 1978-80 (All-State 1976-78) and Kirksville 1980; Chuck Hinchey, (All-State 1978) (basketball) Washington State 1978-79; Lori Stoll, (softball) Texas A and M 1979-80; Sherm Smith Jr., (football) Notre Dame 1971-75; Mike Fair, (football) University of Missouri 1971; Brent Anderson, (football) University of Kansas 1971; Ardell Johnson, (football) University of Nebraska 1971-75; Chip VanLandingham, (football) Central Methodist; Ed Ashlock, (All-State football 1976-77) Maryville 1978; David Macoubrie, (All-State football 1976-77-78) University of Missouri 1.979-80; Kelly Smith, (All-State football) 1976; Mark Conway, (All-State football) 1977; Dana Macoubrie, (All-State football) 1976; Ron Keith, (All-State football) 1975, played tennis at Missouri Western; Rich Young, (football) Warrensburg 1979-80; Rick Benson, (football) University of Texas 1979-80; David DeVaul, (baseball) Maryville 1980; Doug Switzer, (football) William Jewell 1979-80; Dennis Gutshall (All-State football 1979) Missouri Western 1980; Scott Stephens (All-State football 1979) University of Missouri at Rolla 1980; Mitch Parrish, (All-State basketball 1980); Dan Ross, (All-State wrestling 1980) third in State 1980 in 175 pound class.

Joe Shy continues his amazing track career in 1980 at age 59. He was the Master National Indoor Triple Jump Champion and the International Triple Jump and High Jump Champion in the spring of 1980. He has now competed in track and field in six decades from the late 1930’s through 1980. Having won championships from the local to the international level, Joe Shy should be awarded the title of “Livingston County’s outstanding athlete of the twentieth century”. -- Bill Coleman

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