Two Former C of O Players Honored by Missouri Sports H of F

Photos of Katie Howard Clopton Family and Wes Culver courtesy of C of O Sports Information

by: Dori Rapinchuk, C of O Sports Information

Former College of the Ozarks Basketball Players Katie Howard Clopton and Wes Culver, who were recognized on December 13, 2017 by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as Filbert Five award recipients.

Katie Howard Clopton played women’s basketball for Reeds Spring High School and College of the Ozarks. She was an All-State selection in 2001 at Reeds Spring High School, as she led the Lady Wolves to the state tournament quarterfinals her senior year. Howard then went on to play at College of the Ozarks from 2002 to 2005, becoming a three-time NAIA All-American and helping the Lady Bobcats reach the NAIA Division II Tournament all four years. Howard has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at both Reeds Spring High School and College of the Ozarks.

Wes Culver played for Hartville High School and College of the Ozarks. A shooting guard, Culver was a Class 2 All-State selection in 1997 and 1998 for Hartville High School, helping the teams to state semifinals and third-place finishes at the state tournament with a combined record of 59-6. Culver, who averaged 17 points a game both seasons, also helped Hartville win the Blue & Gold Tournament in 1997 and played in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in 1998. He was a 1,000-point scorer at Hartville as well as at College of the Ozarks, where the team finished as the NAIA Division II Tournament runner-up in 1998.

Filbert Five recipients annually feature a group of former high school, college, and pro standouts who have made positive impacts in the sport. The awards are named after the late Gary Filbert, a successful high school basketball coach who was the founder of the Show-Me State Games as well as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. Filbert is a Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee and in 2011 was honored as a Missouri Sports Legend by the Hall of Fame.