JOPLIN — The Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Joplin Sports Authority Board of Directors, and the Joplin Sports Authority are pleased to announce the 2019 Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
The 2019 induction class includes four individuals:
• Andrew Lewis — A 2005 graduate of Joplin High School, Lewis was a standout offensive and defensive lineman for the Eagles earning all-conference and all-state honors. Also was a standout thrower on the track and field team. He continued his football career at Oklahoma State where he started at left guard the first three games of the season and the final nine at center of his sophomore year in 2007, started at left guard his entire junior year of 2008, and was the starting center his senior year in 2009. He appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated College Football Preview with quarterback Zac Robinson on August 17, 2009.
• Melissa (Hoffmeister) Sanders — A 2006 graduate of Joplin High School, she won four Ozark Conference and District Singles Championships and a Class 2 state championship in 2005 posting career record of 132-13. She continued her tennis career at Arkansas and earned three letters helping the Razorbacks to the 2008 SEC West Division title and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. She has coached at Evangel University and served as United States Tennis Association District Administrator.
• Danny Powers — A 2001 graduate from Carl Junction, Powers guided the Bulldogs to a Class 3 runner-up trophy as a senior. He pitched his freshman year at Crowder College before transferring to Central Missouri State where he was the winning pitcher for the Mules in 2003 NCAA Division II National Championship game. In 2005, he earned MIAA, Central Region and NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-American honors. He set UCM records for single-season strikeouts (129), career strikeouts (277), and still ranks in the top 10 in career wins with 31. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He is now the head baseball coach at Neosho High School.
• Fred Tullis Sr. — A Joplin native, Tullis started racing in 1959 and raced until 1980 on dirt and asphalt tracks throughout Southwest Missouri earning multiple points championships and feature races. He raced at Joplin’s Ozark Speedway, Springfield Fairgrounds Speedway, Rogers, Ark., Beaver Lake Speedway, Nevada Speedway, and 71 Speedway in Neosho. He was inducted into the Ozarks Area Racers Association Hall of Fame in 2006. He passed away in 1994.
The 2019 Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 17 at the Butchers Block Banquet Center, 499 West Fountain Road, Joplin, Mo., 64801. Tickets are available for $20. RSVPs are required by Tuesday, May 14. For tickets and to RSVP, please contact Brittnie Harter with the Joplin Sports Authority, (417)625-1006 phone or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information, contact the Joplin Sports Authority at (417) 625-1006 or online at www.joplinsports.org. The Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame is located inside the Joplin Museum Complex, 504 South Schifferdecker, inside Schifferdecker Park. Museum hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. — 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.