The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, based in Springfield, welcomed its nine newest inductees in a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Truman State University in Kirksville.
Among the inductees were the 1969, ’70 and ’71 Northeast Missouri State University football teams.
A total of 13 players from Washington, 11 from Washington High School and two from St. Francis Borgia, played on the Northeast team during that period of time.
The Bulldogs won the conference MIAA championship three consecutive years from 1969-71 under the leadership of Russ Sloan.
Borgia players were Dale Gildehaus and Joe Feltmann.
Washington players were Ken Bebermeyer, Jim Gephardt, Deon Johaning, Dave Fleer, Steve Wilmesher, Tom Bueker, Tim Hayes, Mike Curran, Bill Harman, Dave Hoffmann and Rodney Ford.
Also on those teams was Greg Wilson, former Washington School District superintendent.
Here’s how those Northeast teams were described by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame:
“If any three teams epitomized the spirit of a “Bulldog” it was the three football teams of Northeast Missouri State College, now Truman State University, who garnered MIAA conference championships in three consecutive seasons. (Co-champions 1969 and 1970 and undefeated conference champions in 1971).
In each season, the Bulldogs were picked to finish no higher than fourth. They were coached by Missouri Sports Hall of Famer, Russ Sloan.”
Other inductees were Dr. John D. Bailey, Shane Cavanah, Bill Clark, Gary “Skip” Grossnickle, Gerald “Shag” Grossnickle, Darold Knowles, Ben Pitney and Bob Roberts.