Four standouts set for MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame induction

Four standouts who played in a total of five sports will be inducted into the Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.

The class consists of baseball player Bryce Darnell, pole vaulter Seth Isringhausen, football player Yancy McKnight and softball-volleyball player Stacy Harter Smith.

Hall of Fame activities begin tonight with a social at the Holiday Inn.

On Saturday they will be honored at a brunch at 10 a.m. at the Billingsly Student Center Ballroom, and they will be introduced at halftime of the Lions’ football game against Lincoln.

Darnell was the Lions’ catcher from 1994-96, compiling a .366 career batting average with 100 runs scored, 169 hits, 40 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 111 runs batted in. He coached baseball at Webb City, directing the Cardinals to two state championships before succeeding Warren Turner as the Lions’ coach  in 2008.

Darnell and his wife Pamela have a daughter, Darcy, and a son, Cy.

Isringhausen earned 15 all-MIAA honors as a pole vaulter and sprinter for the Lions from 2000-03. He won the MIAA pole vault championship twice, and in seven appearances at the national indoor and outdoor meet, he was a five-time All-American, highlighted by the indoor national championship in 2003 and a second place indoors in 2002.

Isringhausen, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, lives in Forsyth with his wife Krystal and children Kyshin, Ryzen and Zayden.

McKnight was a three-year starter at offensive guard for the Lions from 1993-95, earning all-MIAA honors all three years and All-America honors his senior year. McKnight, now the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Iowa State, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and a USA weightlifting Level 1 certified coach.

McKnight and his wife Lynn have two sons, Brock and Brody. They live in Ames, Iowa.

The former Stacy Harter was the first baseman on Missouri Southern’s 1992 softball national championship team. Her .392 career average ranks second in school history, and she is fifth with 43 career stolen bases. As a volleyball player, Harter played from 1991-94, helping the Lions to an 89-55 record in those four seasons.

Smith is co-owner of Wildcat Siding in Blue Springs, Mo. She and her husband Ron Smith have three children, Luke, C.K. and Katie.



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