40th annual induction ceremonies set for weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Standout student-athletes from six different sports whose careers were dotted with All-America recognition and NCAA championship competition comprise a six-member induction class for 2014 into the Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will take the stage as the shrine’s 40th annual induction unfolds the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014.
The 2014 MSU Hall of Fame induction class includes volleyball player Sabrina Apker Scifres (2002-05), baseball player Matt Cepicky (1997-99), football player Michael Fox (1989-90), track and field athlete Yves-Rose Jerome Stewart (1992-96), basketball player Tara Mitchem Glassgold (1998-01) and soccer player Mark Modersohn (1997-00). All six honorees will be in attendance for their inductions.
The new inductees will be enshrined at a ceremony to be held Saturday, Feb.1, in an 11:00 a.m. brunch in the main arena of Hammons Student Center. Inductees will also be recognized in halftime ceremonies in that weekend’s Missouri State basketball games in JQH Arena. The Lady Bears will host Evansville Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:05 p.m., and the Bears will meet Bradley Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2:05 p.m.
The 2014 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame induction brunch is open to the public and reservations may be made through Monday, Jan. 27, by calling Missouri State Athletics Development (417) 836-4143. Tickets are $25 per person.
The six new inductees will bring the total membership in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame to 353. The original Hall of Fame for men’s sports was established in 1975 by Director of Athletics Aldo Sebben with 179 people enshrined in the first 22 induction classes. Director of Women’s Athletics Dr. Mary Jo Wynn established in 1981 a shrine to honor participants in women’s sports, and the 18 subsequent induction classes into that Hall of Fame saw 76 people enshrined. The two previous groups were combined into a single shrine in 1999 and this year’s induction will be the 16th for the combined hall.
The new induction class into the shrine joins all previous honorees in the sixth year of permanent public recognition of the Athletics Hall of Fame. An interactive video listing of the entire membership of the Hall of Fame is a part of the Legacy of Competition which opened in 2008 in the east entry lobby of JQH Arena. Photos and profiles of all Hall of Fame members are now on permanent display and the 2014 shrine class will be added to the display for Hall of Fame weekend.
2014 Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class:
Sabrina Apker Scifres, volleyball, 2002-05 (Kenosha, Wis.): Apker earned American Volleyball Coaches Association all-region and All-America honorable mention in 2004 for the Bears of coach Melissa Stokes. She came to Missouri State from Kenosha, Wis., also received all-Missouri Valley Conference first team honors as both a junior and senior as well as academic all-conference honors two seasons. A standout middle blocker, she logged spots in the top five in Missouri State blocks, block assists and blocks per game, and is the MSU career leader in blocks per game. She ranked sixth in NCAA blocks/set in 2005 while setting a school record in that category. She also ranks second all-time in MSU hitting percentage at .338. She helped MSU to a first, two seconds and a third in regular season MVC competition with one MVC tourney title and two NCAA tournament appearances in her four seasons playing for MSU. She is also a 2013 Kenosha Sports Hall of Fame honoree.
Matt Cepicky, baseball, 1997-99 (St. Louis, Mo.): Cepicky was a slugging outfielder whose spectacular junior season in 1999 for the Bears of coach Keith Guttin brought Cepicky consensus All-America selection when he slammed 30 homers, drove home a school record 100 runs and batted .414. A St. Louis native, he was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as he led NCAA Division I in home runs, runs batted in and runs scored. The MSU 1997 Rookie of the Year, he was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1999 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Tournament despite the fact the Bears didn’t win the tournament. Cepicky finished his three-season Missouri State career with 51 home runs and 183 RBI’s. He was drafted and signed by the Montreal Expos after his junior season at MSU and reached the major leagues with the Expos in 2002. Cepicky played parts of five seasons in the organizations of the Expos/Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins.
Michael Fox, football, 1989-90 (Meridian, Miss.): Fox was a two-year starting defensive end for the Bears of coach Jesse Branch in 1989 and 1990 on Missouri State’s only two NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff teams. The Bears also claimed the school’s only two Missouri Valley Football Conference titles with season records of 10-3 in 1989 and 9-3 in 1990, and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs 1989. A native of Meridian, Miss., who came to the Bears after two seasons at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, Fox earned MVFC all-conference first team selection both his seasons at MSU. He equaled the Missouri State single season record in sacks as a junior with 16 and finished his MSU days tied for third in career sacks. He also led the Bears in forced fumbles and blocked kicks as a junior and in forced fumbles as a senior, and was second among the Bears’ defensive linemen in total tackles both his Missouri State seasons.
Yves-Rose Jerome Stewart, track & field, 1992-96 (Chicago, Ill.): Jerome was a star sprinter for Coach Ron Boyce’s Bears for four seasons and Jerome won all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in league indoor championship meets three times and captured all-league laurels four times in the MVC outdoor championships. She was a seven-time MVC championship event winner and was named to the Valley All-Centennial team in 2007. Jerome qualified for the NCAA indoor national meet three times and the NCAA outdoor meet four times. Jerome set school records in the 55 and 200-meter dashes indoors and the 100 and 200-meter dashes outdoors, as well as running on a pair of record-setting relay teams. She captured Valley championships in all four of her individual events in the league indoor and outdoor meets her senior season. A native of Chicago, Ill., Jerome reached the semifinals of the 100-meter dash in the NCAA outdoor championship in 1996.
Tara Mitchem Glassgold, basketball, 1998-01 (Springfield, Mo.): Mitchem transferred to Missouri State from Ohio State as sophomore and played on three straight NCAA tournament teams for the Lady Bears of Coach Cheryl Burnett, including the memorable Final Four team Mitchem’s senior season in 2001 as MSU posted a 29-6 record. A native of Springfield, Mitchem was a two-time all-Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete with all-league first team playing honors as a junior and all-MVC honorable mention her senior season. She finished with 1,139 points over the course of her 99 MSU career games to become the first Lady Bear to top a thousand points in a three-year career. Mitchem was an 83% career free throw shooter who scored 40 points vs. Toledo in ’01 NCAA opener, a point total which was fourth-best in NCAA Tournament history at the time of her accomplishment. Mitchem averaged 13.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game in 2001, scoring in double figures in 27 of 35 games.
Mark Modersohn, soccer, 1997-00 (Des Moines, Iowa): Modersohn was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the soccer Bears of coachJon Leamy. Modersohn ended his MSU playing days with school career records in games (81), saves (290), shutouts (26), goals against average (0.88), goalkeeper wins (51) and minutes in goal (7,730). A product of Des Moines (Iowa) Roosevelt High, he was a four-year all-Missouri Valley Conference selection, the 1997 MVC Newcomer of the Year, 1999 MVC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time all-region selection from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Modersohn’s goalkeeping helped Missouri State to MVC regular season championships and NCAA tournament berths in both 1997 and 1999 and the Bears were a combined 52-20-10 in Modersohn’s four seasons in goal. He logged the four best single season averages on record at MSU for fewest goals against, and had the Bears’ two best single-season totals for shutouts.