The Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame inducted his Class of 2017 Tuesday at the Oasis Convention Center. The five-person class showcased the diversity of sports in Springfield.
Mary Phyl Dwight was a five-sport athlete at Missouri State from 1970-74 and was an Olympian in team handball in 1984.
The late Sean Swanson was one of Springfield’s premiere pro bowlers.
Amanda Newton Plotner was a three-sport athlete at republic high school, then a three-time all-american basketball player at Drury.
George Wilson coached high school boys basketball for 31 years, then the College of the Ozarks women’s team for 16 more.
Finally, Lyndal Scranton covered all these inductees as a sportswriter for the News-Leader for 36 years.
“The only reason that I have any accomplishments at all is what these people did,” Scranton said. ” People who are being inducted tonight along with me. And many others that have gone before in this hall of fame. They’re the ones. I’ve just told their stories.”
“It’s pretty overwhelming, honestly. It’s very humbling and such an honor to be a part,” Amanda Newton Plotner said. “If you look at the list of people, I think I don’t belong here. It’s very humbling and it makes my heart happy.”
“I grew up around Springfield, but never did work here,” Wilson said. “But I did work in the towns surrounding here. To me, it’s a big honor.”
“When I went to SMS, I was just passionate about sports,” Dwight said. “I had not been able to play in high school, because at that time, there were not organized sports for girls. When I got here, it was like, ‘What do you got?'”