Poplar Bluff Missouri Sports
During this week's State of the Union address, Governor Mike Parson (R) emphasized the success of Missouri's economy and took the opportunity to highlight the investments that rural Missouri cities are making. P Carson also announced that gasoline engine maker Briggs & Stratton in southeastern Missouri is creating 130 new jobs in Poplar Bluff. Briggs and Stratten is already one of the largest employers in Poplar Bluff, according to the local Chamber of Commerce.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inducted former football and basketball star Mike Ditka from Poplar Bluff High School into its first grade. The current associate sponsor is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNR) and the Missouri State Tourist Board.
Another initiator is former Poplar Bluff High School football and basketball star James Ditka. Eddie Moss was a four-year-old starter with the Bluffs, but the coaches switched him from the defensive line to the offensive backfield the next season. In 1966, he was named Conference MVP of the Missouri Football Conference, finishing 9-0 with a career 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Brian "Holiday" Fordland became the state's record holder in January with 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a game at Bull Shoals Lake. He also broke Tyler Halley's record this January and broke the Bonnots Mills of the Bryant Rackers in February, as well as the record for most touchdowns by a Poplar Bluff High School football player.
In December, the Missouri Conservation Commission gave the MDC final approval for a bear-hunting framework and restrictions in an area in southern Missouri for black bear hunting. The once native nuthatch was returned to Missouri by the MDC with the help of a partnership and extensive habitat restoration.
The first moose hunting season in Missouri ended with five Missouri hunters selected for the 12-20 December period to receive permission to harvest moose with firearms. In April, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved the MDC's request to issue permits for the state's first ever moose season, hunted by a bull.
Richmond was D-II regional coach of the year in 1987 and 1991, and the 1986 team finished its career with a school-record 40 wins. The team won the Championship of the Mineral Association in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also received recognition from the MSHSAA for 25 years of service and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri High School Athletics Association in 2005. He was the first female coach of high school football in the state and showed up for the first time as a senior in his first year as head coach. 17U Bulls ended their year with an 11-1 record, the best record in school history and the third-best mark in program history.
In addition, the Hall of Fame will award the President's Award to Genevieve Stolzer, who is a member of the Missouri High School Athletics Association's all-time coaching roster. She moved to the southeastern state of Missouri and then played at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the US Air Force Academy. After receiving a gift of $1,000, it was named Football Program of the Year 2003 by the National Football Foundation, Inc., the nation's largest professional football organization, as well as the Football Writers Association of America (FWA), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), and other organizations. He was a four-year winner at Poplar Bluff, where he played football, basketball, baseball and athletics for four years.
He returned home to support the football program, where a player encouraged him not to quit the National Football League. He put his son at the centre of Jim Lohr's football training, which persuaded Moss' parents to let their son spend a month with him for counselling.
When Bob retired from the Air Force, the family settled in Poplar Bluff, where Laverne lived for another 40 years. Since 1819, when the first white settler family moved to Popler Bluffs, almost all European settlements have been settled in the area. De Soto and his men traveled through what is now Butler County, which was just outside Poplin County on their way to St. Louis, Missouri. Her first visit to what is now Ash Hill was in 1821, just a few years before the bluffs that now house the Missouri State University football field.
Moss was the team's top scorer with 581 and 667 yards, scoring 16 touchdowns in two seasons. The results were so impressive, in fact, that Moss emerged as the Missouri State football team's second most valuable player, if you believe it. He was also the team's top pitcher during his two years at the University of Missouri, with Moss and his brother-in-law - son-in-law, former NFL star and current NFL quarterback Mike Moss - both throwing for 500 and 650 yards in their second and junior seasons, and collectively scoring 16 touchdowns in each of those two seasons.