For the players, Parkview’s season opening tournament marks the start of basketball season. For six honorees, it’s a toast to years of work.
The second Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Classic opens Thursday afternoon at Parkview. The Lafayette Lancers look to defend last season’s tournament in the three-day event that honors retired coaches and opens the season for Parkview, Kickapoo and Glendale high schools.
Parkview coach Landon Cornish said he is excited for hall-of-famers to watch the games from courtside seats of honor.
“Bringing those guys back and having them sit on the sidelines, I think, is exciting for kids. It’s exciting for basketball fans alike,” Cornish said. “The (coaches) that I’ve contacted were very receptive and they’re very excited about it.”
Former Vikings coach Bill Brown came up with the idea to involve the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and to invite teams associated with legendary coaches, and the coaches themselves, to the tournament.
Kickapoo was the only one of five Springfield Public Schools high school teams not to take part in the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic last year. Coach Dick Rippee said he wanted to get the Chiefs in this year’s field in order to honor former Kickapoo coach Roy Green.
“We really wanted to take the opportunity to recognize Coach Green, because he deserves to be recognized for being in the hall of fame and for all the things he’s done for Kickapoo basketball,” Rippee said.
The tournament will not be the season opener for the Central Bulldogs (1-0).
Central opened the season Saturday with a 64-56 win at Willard.
Cornish is in his first season at Parkview after moving to Springfield from Webb City in the offseason.
“It’s exciting. It’s a lot to take on in the first year, to deal with a tournament and everything that goes on with it,” Cornish said.
MBCA Hall of Fame Classic 2015 honorees
- Roy Green retired in 2009 with a 588-231 record. He made stops at Miller and Willow Springs, then spent 12 years assisting Jack Roberts at Glendale, then coached Kickapoo for 22 seasons. Green’s Chiefs won two state championships and 14 conference championships.
- Mike Keltner averaged 20 wins per season in 15 years with Glendale for a career record of 311-131. His teams won eight Ozark Conference Championships and competed in the 1986 and 1990 final fours.
- Bill Hogue served as varsity coach at St. Agnes, Rogersville and Central and is a 2004 MBCA Hall of Fame inductee. His Rogersville Wildcats finished second in the Class 3 state tournament in 1986, and his Central teams won two Blue and Gold Tournament championships. Hogue finished his career with nine years as the freshman coach at Kickapoo.
- Eight-time MBCA coach of the year Doug Light coached 30 all-state players in his career at Union, Borgia, Jefferson City and Helias Catholic. Light retired with a career record of 502-218 and coached four different final four teams.
- Former Hillcrest coach Ryan Shaw died unexpectedly Aug. 21 of an aneurism. He was 43. Shaw coached Hillcrest for three seasons from 2003 to 2006. Shaw’s coaching career included stops in Fulton, Warrenton and Potosi. He also served as president of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
- Longtime assistant coach Bob Crawford started with Parkview and closed his career with nine seasons at College of the Ozarks. Crawford is a 2012 MBCA “Filbert Five” honoree.
MBCA Hall of Fame Classic schedule
Thursday, Dec. 3
4 p.m. Glendale vs. Oak Park
5:30 p.m. Central vs. DeSmet
7 p.m. Parkview vs. Lafayette (Wildwood)
8:30 p.m. Kickapoo vs. Helias Catholic
Friday, Dec. 4
4 p.m. Consolation KPoo/Helias vs. Central/DeSmet
5:30 p.m. Consolation Gdale/OP vs. Laf./Pview
7 p.m. semifinal KPoo/Helias vs. Central/DeSmet
8:30 a.m. semifinal Gdale/OP vs. Laf./Pview
Saturday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. Seventh place game
2 p.m. Fifth place game
3:30 p.m. Third place game
5 p.m. Championship final