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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Oakes going in Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

  • Rolla native will be inducted Jan. 26 in Springfield.
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  • Rolla native Becky (Geers) Oakes, longtime executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and current Director of Sports National Federation of State High School Associations, will be among the Class of 2014 inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
    The induction ceremony and banquet will begin at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield.
    A graduate of Rolla High School, Oaks went on to become a three-sport athlete at Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, where she attended from 1972-76. She was one of the finest field hockey players in school history and also started for the Lady Bears' volleyball and softball teams. She was a member of the Lady Bears' AIAW national champion softball team in 1974. In 1987 she was included into the SMS Sports Hall of Fame.
    Oakes later coached and taught at Waynesville High School, where her volleyball and track teams excelled.
    In 1982 Oakes joined the staff of MSHSAA, where she remained for 25 years, the final 15 as executive director.
    She is currently the Director of Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., and oversees six sports.
    Oakes has also served on the board of directors for USA Volleyball, USA Gymnastics and is in her second term as a member of the USA Track and Field Board of Directors.
    Joining Oakes in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Class are former St. Louis Cardinal standout Willie McGee, former KC Chiefs running back Ed Podolak, former KC Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane, pro bull rider Luke Snyder, Mizzou announcer Gary Link, senior associate commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference Patty Viverito, Mizzou football coach Andy Hill, two-time USA track Olympian Jason Pyrah, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick, collegiate swimming coach Jack Steck, Mizzou team physician Dr. Mark Adams, basketball coach Tom Smith, baseball coach Warren Turner and football coach Robert Penn.

    Ridenhour Sets Mark
    Former St. James High School all-state sprinter Shelby Ridenhour set the women's 60-meter dash school record for the William Jewell University track team earlier this month at the Bob Timmons Challenge indoor track and field meet at the University of Kansas.
    Ridenhour finished with a time of :08.05 to set the record.
    Actually, three William Jewell sprinters surpassed the old school 60-meter mark, with Ridenhour holding the new record. Finishing behind Ridenhour at the Timmons Challenge were teammates Gretchen Mayes (:08.11) and Kothney-Issa Guillaume (:08.13).

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