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Valley grad to be inducted into MSHOF

Friday, December 16, 2011

SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri Valley College graduate Jim Pearson will be one of 15 new members inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame next month.

Pearson is a member of the MVC Athletic Hall of Fame, having played football for the Vikings under head coach Volney Ashford from 1951 to '55. He was the first head coach named for the football program when Kickapoo High School opened in Springfield in 1971 and remained at the helm for 20 years, posting a 135-66 record.

Pearson passed away on Feb. 12, 2007. He is also a member of the Missouri Football Coaches Association and Ozarks Golf Hall of Fames, having also coached golf at Kickapoo and other schools in Missouri and Illinois during his long career.

Others of prominence scheduled for induction are Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds, Kansas City Chiefs Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Emmitt Thomas, Missouri head football coach Al Onofrio -- along with two Tiger athletes, basketball's Jon Sunvold and football's Mel Gray -- Kansas City Royals catcher Jamie Quirk and major league catcher and former Greene County sheriff Mickey Owen.

The induction ceremony will be held Jan. 29 at the University Plaza and Hotel Convention Center in Springfield.



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