Press Releases from College of the Ozarks and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Three of the Players on the 2019 Edition of the Diamond 9 from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame have connections to the Lakes Region. Each year the Diamond 9 award is presented to nine former high school, college, or professional athletes who were known as standouts on the baseball or softball field.

Colby Hughes and older brother Logan Hughes, both of Branson High School, are two of the honorees. Colby Hughes, a 2001 Branson graduate, was selected as a First Team All-State outfielder by the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association. He was drafted in the 42nd round by the Colorado Rockies that June but chose to play at Meramec Community College in St. Louis followed by the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, he was a two-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pitcher and infielder and is now a regional representative for The Armamentarium, Inc. in southwest Missouri.

Logan Hughes, a 1999 Branson High School graduate and All-State selection, was a Juco All-American at North Arkansas, where he hit .511 with 15 home runs and had 76 RBI. At UMSL, he was all-conference and all-region as a third baseman and also earned the Richard Scharf Paragon Award from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2004 – the league’s highest honor and given to the overall student-athlete of the year. Since college, he has been an assistant at UMSL, spent five seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Wayne State (Mich.) and now is in his sixth season at Drury University.

Former College of the Ozarks Baseball Bobcat Trent Oxenreider was named as a recipient of the 2019 Diamond 9 Award.

Oxenreider came to College of the Ozarks from Strafford High School, where he  was a First Team All-State selection in 2007 by the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association and a second team selection by the Missouri Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association.

Trent went on to be a four-year starting catcher for College of the Ozarks (2007-2011) and, as a senior, had 38 RBIs and the team’s second-best batting average (.311). As a catcher, he threw out 71 percent of base runners (58 of 142). He graduated in Fall 2012 with a BS in Physical Education K-12 and a minor in coaching.

Oxenreider has given back to the game as a coach, first at Norwood High School, and he now leads the Hollister High School baseball program, who just completed a very successful season.