by: Scott McCaulley

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Annual Football Luncheon earlier this week included the announcement of the Elite 11 featured two former Lakes Area High School Football Standouts and a former Administrator.

1998 Branson High Graduate Beau Jackson along with 1982 Reeds Spring High Graduate Lanny Curnes and former Branson Activities Director Tony Berry were honored for their play in High School and College.

Jackson was a member of two Steve Hancock’s top Pirate teams during the 90’s, being a part of two teams that made the Class 3 State Semi-finals and was the Central Ozark Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1997. Jackson played at both Missouri State and Evangel during his college career.

Curnes was a member of John Emmons’ 1980 Reeds Spring team as the Wolves went all the way to the Class 2A State Semi-finals and the following year won All-Conference and District honors. He played college football at the University of Central Missouri and still holds the school record for tackles in a single season.

Berry played football for Steve Hancock at Stockton High School and also played for Southwest Baptist University. He later was the Head Football Coach at Warsaw High School before serving as Branson High School Activities Director from 2007-2014. Berry now is Superintendent of Schools at Bolivar.