Springfield Sports Hall of Fame announces class



The Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Board is pleased to announce its class of inductees for 2013:

EMRY DILDAY
Emry officiated high school football for 43 years and college football for 36 years before retiring in 2006.  He continues to officiate track and field, now in his 29th year.  Dilday was considered the top football referee in Missouri as he officiated some 50 state playoff games, including nine state championship games.  He has been football rules interpreter for the Missouri State High School Activities Association since 1982.  Emry was a charter member of the National High School Football Officials Association and served as president in 1999-2000.

He has been executive director and game assigner for the Southwest Missouri Football Association for 41 years, and is currently the girls track coach at Springfield Catholic High School.  Emry was inducted into the National Federation of High School Associations Hall of Fame in 2011.

WINSTON GARLAND
Winston was the centerpiece of the first two SMS Division I post-season basketball teams, leading the Bears to the quarter-finals of the 1986 NIT and the second round of the 1987 NCAA tournament.  A native of Gary, Ind. who came to (Missouri State) after two seasons at Southeastern Iowa Community College, Garland was the Bears’ leading scorer in both of his seasons, averaging 16.5 as a junior and 21.2 as a senior.  The Bears of coach Charlie Spoonhour were 24-8 in 1986 and a school-record 28-6 his senior year.  A two-time Mid-Continent Conference player of the year, Garland set a school record with 720 points in 1987, a record that still stands.  His 1,248 points is the best two-year total in school history.

The 1987 Bears went 13-1 for the league title, and with Garland as MVP, won the Mid-Continent Conference tournament as well.   In the NCAA tournament in Atlanta, the 13th-seeded Bears upset 4th-seeded Clemson, for their first-ever NCAA Division I tournament win.  Winston’s junior year, the Bears got an NIT bid and knocked off both Pittsburgh and Marquette before losing a one-point decision at Florida.  Garland went on to play six seasons in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets.  His uniform number is retired at MSU and he was a 2002 inductee of the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame.

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
Stephanie served as head basketball coach at Kickapoo High School from 2001-10, leading the Lady Chiefs to a record of 214-38 in nine seasons.  Her teams made three Final Four appearances, winning state championships in 2003 and 2005 and finishing third in 2010.  Since her passing in July of 2010, Stephanie was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.  In addition, the “Stephanie Phillips Courage Award” has been established annually by the Women’s Intersport Network.

Stephanie was a three-sport athlete at Springfield Catholic High School, earning all-state honors in each of the three sports.  She was a member of state championship teams in both volleyball and basketball.  She played three seasons for the Missouri State Lady Bears before transferring to Southwest Baptist for her senior year.   Stephanie went on to serve one year as a graduate assistant at SBU and three years as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri.

JASON PYRAH
Jason was one of the top distance runners to ever come out of southwest Missouri.  He was a six-time state track champion running for Willard, winning the 3200 meters at state three times, the 1600 twice, and the 800 once.  His time in the 1600 in 1987 is still the state high school record for all classes in Missouri.  His 3200 meter time that year still stands as the state 3A record, and his 800 meter mark stood for 25 years.  His 1987 time in the high school mile was best in the nation that year.  He was a 5-time high school track All-American.
Continuing his running career at Brigham Young University, he was a four-time NCAA track All-American and a two-time cross country All-American.  He placed fourth in the 1500 meters at the 1994 World Cup in London, was bronze medalist in the 1995 Pan American Games, was the USA indoor mile champion in 1997 and 2000 and in 2000, represented his country in the Sydney Olympic games, placing 10th in the 1500 meters.  During his career, Jason has run over 30 sub-4-minute miles, competing on six continents in more than 20 countries.  He is a member of the Willard High School Hall of Fame, the BYU Hall of Fame and the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He currently officiates both track and cross country and is sports medicine coordinator for Cox Health in Springfield.

JACK ROBERTS
Jack played high school basketball at Buffalo, then continued his playing career at Drury College in Springfield.  During World War II, he served in the Army, earning five battle stars and a distinguished unit badge.  He began his coaching career at Camdenton High, finishing with a record of 135-95 in eight years there.  His legacy at the school was leading the change of mascot and school colors, asking the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA for permission to use their nickname and colors of purple and gold.
Moving to Springfield, he served as coach Jim Ball’s assistant at Central High from 1956 until being hired as head coach when Glendale High School opened in 1963.  Jack never had a losing season with the Falcons in 21 years as coach, guiding the team to five Ozark Conference championships and seven district or regional titles.  His overall record in 29 seasons as a high school varsity head coach was 499-246.  His Glendale teams won 21 in-season tournament championships, and Roberts’ post-season record was 31-22.  He also coached the Glendale boys tennis team to a state championship in 1983.  In 1993, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He is also a member of the Drury University Athletics Hall of Fame.

This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Tuesday, September 24 at University Plaza Convention Center.  Tickets are $40 and include a pre-dinner reception for the inductees.  Tickets may be ordered by calling 417-869-4848.  In the first 26 years of the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame, nearly $260,000 has been raised from the annual banquets to support local youth sports organizations.  This year’s five inductees will bring to 101 the total number of sports personalities enshrined in the Hall.

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