BILL WHIPKEY -
Bill Whipkey was one of the finest amateur boxers to come out of the four-state region. Raised in northeastern Oklahoma, Whipkey was known as the “Picher Puncher.”
Although he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Picher High School, his real claim to fame occurred in the ring.
At a slender 106 pounds, Whipkey won his first of many Joplin Golden Gloves titles in 1947. He would later win four more Joplin Golden Glove championships in the 135 pound, 147 pound, 160 pound weight divisions as well as the heavyweight class.
DR. JOEL TUPPER -
Persistence and hard work paid off for Joel Tupper as he worked his way up from a walk-on to a starter and eventual E. O. Humphrey award winner at Missouri Southern State University.
While attending Parkwood High School, Tupper lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball. During his senior year, he qualified for the Missouri State Championship in wrestling.
Following graduation, Tupper chose to attend Missouri Southern State University. With no athletic scholarship in hand, he walked on as a football player.
By his sophomore season he was moved to stating weak side tackle and started at the position during his junior season. After the second game of the season as a junior, Tupper was moved to the center position. He received the prestigious 1983 E.O. Humphrey award.
LEONARD DOSS -
When Doss reached Joplin High School he lettered three years in golf for coaches Floyd Belk and Russ Kaminsky.
News of this up and coming young fireball pitcher spread around the city, and Doss was approached by Gene Bassman, to join the ASA Open League at Ewert Park the next season.
In 1971, Doss pitched nine consecutive shutouts and won 20 games in a row. He also batted .308 that season.
His tremendous pitching feats included numerous perfect games, no-hitters and shutouts. Tom Murray of The Joplin Globe penned a headline giving the star pitcher the nickname of “Ho-Hum”. The headline read “Ho-Hum … Doss Pitches Another No-Hitter.” Leonard Doss was one of the most feared and respected fast pitch, softball pitchers to ever play in this region.
PHIL SCHLEGEL -
Phil Schlegel excelled on the basketball court at every level. He was rewarded for his excellent play by being recognized as the best in his field, garnering All-American player status in high school and All Conference honors at college.
Schlegel played high school basketball for the Parkwood Bears. During his 1980 junior season he was recognized for his outstanding play by being selected to many All Star teams. Schlegel was chosen to the All State, All District, and All Conference teams.