SPRINGFIELD -- Record-setting performances and extensive individual honors are the common theme among the three men and three women who will comprise a six-member induction class for 2011 into the Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame. The group includes standouts from six different Missouri State teams as the shrine's 37th annual induction unfolds the weekend of Feb. 4-5, 2011.
The group includes two basketball players who provided inside scoring and rebounding leadership to their respective teams throughout their careers, standout starting pitchers for the softball and baseball Bears and a pair of three-time all-conference selections who were statistical record-setters in football and volleyball.
Missouri State's 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame class includes softball pitcher Nora Cagwin Whitcomb (1996-99), baseball pitcher Kirby Cannon (1977-80), basketball player La Tanya Davis (1992-96), basketball player Danny Moore (1996-99), footballer Brad St. Louis (1996-99), and volleyball player Linette White Randle (2000-03).
Of the former student-athletes, St. Louis and Cannon become the 100th and 101st Bear football players to go into the hall, Davis is the 25th women's basketball inductee, White is the 30th volleyball player, Moore is the 79th men's basketball player, Cannon is the 23rd baseball player and Cagwin is the 25th softball player.
The new inductees will go into the shrine at an induction ceremony to be held Saturday, Feb. 5, in an 11:00 a.m. brunch in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Inductees will also be recognized in halftime ceremonies in the first two of that weekend's Missouri State basketball games in JQH Arena. The Lady Bears will host Bradley University on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:05 p.m., and the Bears will host Indiana State Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2:05 p.m.
The 2011 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame induction brunch is open to the public and reservations may be made by calling Missouri State Athletics Development (417) 836-4143. Tickets are $25 per person.
The six new inductees will bring the total membership in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame to 332. The original Hall of Fame for men's sports was established in 1975 by Director of Athletics Aldo Sebben with 179 people enshrined in the first 22 induction classes. Director of Women's Athletics Dr. Mary Jo Wynn established in 1981 a shrine to honor participants in women's sports, and the 18 subsequent induction classes into that Hall of Fame saw 76 people enshrined. The two previous groups were combined into a single shrine in 1999 and this year's induction will be the 13th for the combined hall.
The new induction class into the shrine joins all previous honorees in the third year of the first permanent public recognition of the Athletics Hall of Fame. An interactive video listing of the entire membership of the Hall of Fame is a part of the Legacy of Competition which opened in 2008 in the east entry lobby of JQH Arena. Photos and write-ups of Hall of Fame members are now on permanent display and the 2011 shrine class will be added to the display in February.
Capsules of the 2011 Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class:
Nora Cagwin Whitcomb was one of the top starting pitchers in Missouri State softball history in a career which ran from 1996 to 1999 for the Bears of coach Holly Hesse. MSU won 128 of 220 games played in Cagwin's career, with four straight Missouri Valley Conference first division finishes. The Bears won the MVC tournament title and advanced to NCAA regional tourney play each of Cagwin's first three seasons. She finished second in all-time MSU mound victories with 71 and set school career marks with 148 appearances and 767 strikeouts. She also ranks second in innings pitched (706.1), complete games (69) and shutouts (29). Cagwin was a three-time all-MVC first team selection, winning that honor in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She was the league's Pitcher of the Year in both 1998 and 1999; the Valley's Most Valuable Player in 1998, a selection to the all-tourney team at the league meet in 1997, 1998 and 1999; and was on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team in 1999.
Kirby Cannon was a four-year starting right-handed pitcher and a top winner for the baseball Bears of coach Bill Rowe from 1977 to 1980. Cannon played on four straight Missouri State teams which reached NCAA Division II tournament play. Missouri State grabbed a regional tournament championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series in 1978, and the Bears won the school's final MIAA league title in 1979. When he graduated, Cannon owned school career marks of 25 wins and 236 innings pitched. He was the Bears' Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was the top winner on the mound staff with eight victories for the 1979 ballclub. Cannon was also two-year Bears' football letterman as a quarterback. He has coached college football most of the time since he graduated, including a 10-year stint as head coach at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. He is currently on the football coaching staff at Central Michigan University.
La Tanya Davis was a four-year starter for the basketball Lady Bears of coach Cheryl Burnett from 1992 to 1996 and Davis led Missouri State in scoring, field goals and rebounds once each, blocked shots twice and field goal percentage three seasons. Davis was named to Missouri Valley Conference all-league honors twice and garnered one selection to the league's all-defensive unit. She was picked for the 1993 Pan American Games and received the coveted Lady Bear Prestige Award in 1995 and 1996. Davis scored 1,344 points with 648 rebounds in 125 Lady Bears' games. More than a decade after the end of her career, her numbers rank fifth in games played, 12th in points, 12th in rebounds, ninth in field goals, 10th in field goal percentage, sixth in steals and 12th in blocked shots. The four teams on which Davis played had a combined 93-33 record and went to four straight NCAA tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1993 and the second round in 1994 and 1995.
Danny Moore transferred to Missouri State as sophomore and was the leading scorer and rebounder for three seasons for the basketball Bears of coach Steve Alford. A 6-foot-11 postman with a deft outside shooting touch, Moore set MSU career marks for free throws made and attempted (538 of 685) and blocked shots (167), and he hit .785 from the foul line and .538 from the field over the 98 games of his Bears' career. Moore wound up fifth on the MSU career scoring list with 1,691 points. He's 10th in field goal percentage, ninth in 20-point games, third in double-figure point games, 12th in rebounds and seventh in field goals. He was a Missouri Valley Conference two-time all-league first team pick and was twice voted to receive the MSU Coors Player of the Year Award. Moore capped his career by leading the Bears national tournament wins over Wisconsin and Tennessee and into the NCAA Sweet 16 as senior. MSU played in the NIT when Moore was a sophomore.
Brad St. Louis graduated as the top tight end receiver in Bears' football history as a four-year letterman and three-year starter from 1996 to 1999. He closed his playing career with 93 catches for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming the first Bears' tight end to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark and the only one to do so until Clay Harbor (2006-09). Playing for the Bears of coach Del Miller for three seasons and coach Randy Ball for one year, St. Louis earned Football Gazette Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors in 1999 to go with three Missouri Valley Football Conference all-league first team selections for his receiving and blocking skills. He was the first Bear gridder to play in two postseason all-star games, competing in East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl after his final MSU season. St. Louis had 10-year career as a deep snapper and tight end with Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League from 2000 to 2009.
Linette White Randle was a four-year standout performer for the volleyball Bears of coach Melissa Stokes from 2000 to 2003 and played for Missouri State teams with a combined 100-29 record for those four seasons. MSU was third once and second twice in in Missouri Valley Conference play in White's career and the Bears won the MVC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA tournament when she was a senior. White was a two-time all-region selection and was Missouri State's first AVCA All-America when she gained a third team spot as a senior. She was also the first MSU player to collect three selections to all-league first team, and collected MVC co-Most Valuable Player laurels as a senior. White was named to the all-tournament team at the MVC meet as both a junior and senior. She finished her career with MSU single season (.392) and career (.352) records for hitting percentage and is 11th in career kills and fifth in both blocks and block assists.