by: Scott McCaulley
Two people with connections to the Lakes Region are among those honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in their “Diamond 9” Group, honoring accomplishments of Missouri High School and College Baseball and Softball Players during their awards luncheon on Wednesday.
Willy Morgan is a Lake Area Native who attended school in Kirbyville before attending Branson High School and helping the Pirate Baseball program to success in finishing second in 1989 and 92. Morgan’s 33 Stolen Bases in 1992 is still a school record. After attending junior college in Texas for a year, Morgan returned to the Lakes Region finishing his playing career at College of the Ozarks, where is received several honors during this three years playing for the Bobcats. After graduation, Morgan started teaching and coaching, spending 16 years in Kirbyville and this year, will wrap-up an eight year stint coaching and teaching in Hollister. Morgan will head back to Kirbyville in the fall and assume the role as the school’s Activities Director.
Justin McMillin is a Springfield Hillcrest graduate that signed at Missouri State then after College, spent six years as a Pitching Coach at William Jewell College, then had stints as High School Pitching Coach at Hillcrest, Nixa, and Rogersville. For the past six years, McMillin has been the Pitching Coach at College of the Ozarks and helped the Bobcats to the NCCAA World Series semi-finals in 2019. After Wednesday’s ceremonies, McMillin flew out to South Carolina to join the Bobcats as they get set for this year’s NCCAA World Series beginning Friday.