By Mike Phillips
The inaugural classes of the Smith-Cotton Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted Friday night between Court Warming games at the S-C gym.
Libby Howard, a 1994 grad of Smith-Cotton and a two-time individual state golf champion; 1956 grad Norris Kelley, a standout athlete in both football and track and field at S-C; and Charles Van Dyne, a 1919 S-C grad, who starred in several sports at S-C, then played college football at Missouri and in the NFL, was inducted posthumously with his son Van accepting the accolades Friday night.
Howard, who also played softball and basketball at S-C, was a four-time All State selection on the golf course, won the state individual title both her junior and senior year and led the Lady Tiger golf team to four consecutive state team titles. That feat has never been repeated in MSHSAA history.
Howard went to the University of South Carolina and led the Lady Gamecocks to four straight NCAA Golf Tournaments. Howard made Academic All American at USC and during the summers while she was in college, Howard played in several U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships and Amateur Junior Golf Association events
Howard now lives in Springfield.
Kelley was a two-time All Conference selection in football at S-C. He was captain of the All Conference tam as a senior. He was a first-team All District pick and a unanimous first-team All State selection.
As a senior at S-C, he was named to Scholastic Magazine High School All American Football Team and to the Wigwam National High School All American Football Team.
In track, Kelley once held the school records in both shot put and discus events His junior year, he made All State in both.
Kelley played for the legendary Don Faurot at Mizzou in college. Injuries cut his career short, but he took on a student-coaching role on the MU staff. He later coached college football at Missouri Southern until 1972 when he came home to take over the Tigers at his alma mater.
Kelley coached the Tigers until 1996 when he retired and he still lives in Sedalia.
Van Dyne, an NFL Hall of Famer, graduated from S–C in 1919.
Van Dyne played three years at Mizzou and was known as one of the best football players in the country. He made several All Conference and Al American teams. He was named to two All American teams in 1924, selected by coaching legends Knute Rockne and Amos Alonzo Stagg.
A year later, Van Dyne signed a contract to play with the Buffalo Bisons of the NFL. He played one year and retired to return to Sedalia where he became ea community leader for several years
Van Dyne passed away in 1962. He is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Radke of Dallas, Tex., and two sons, Van and Vic Van Dyne, both of Sedalia. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.