The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 21, 2013

4 named to MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame


From staff reports

— Four former athletes — football player Yancy McKnight, pole vaulter Seth Isringhausen, baseball player Bryce Darnell and volleyball-softball player Stacy Harter Smith — comprise the 2013 class for the Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday.

They will be inducted during Hall of Fame weekend on Sept. 20-21. Activities include a social on Sept. 20, a brunch the next day and introduction at halftime of the Lions’ football game against Lincoln.

McKnight was a three-year starter at offensive guard for the Lions from 1993-95, earning all-MIAA honors all three years and All-America honors his senior year. He played in the 1995 Snow Ball (Division II all-star game) after his senior year.

McKnight, now the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Iowa State, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and a USA weightlifting Level 1 certified coach. He also worked as a strength coach at Oklahoma State from 2003-05, Louisiana Tech from 2005-06 and Rice from 2006-09 before accepting the job at Iowa State.

McKnight and his wife Lynn have two sons, Brock and Brody. They live in Ames, Iowa.

Isringhausen earned 15 all-MIAA honors as a pole vaulter for the Lions from 2000-03, winning the league championship twice. In seven appearances at the national indoor and outdoor meet, he was a five-time All-American, highlighted by the indoor national championship in 2003 and a second place indoors 2002. In addition, he was a nine-time all-MIAA pick in the sprints (55 meters, 100, 200).

Isringhausen, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and his wife Krystal and children Kyshin, Ryzen and Zayden live in Forsyth.

Darnell was the Lions’ catcher from 1994-96, compiling a .366 career batting average with 100 runs scored, 169 hits, 40 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 111 runs batted in. His .436 average in his first season with the Lions ranks sixth in school history, and his career average is 10th. He was drafted by the Cardinals after his junior season and by the Diamondbacks after his senior year and played one year in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system.

He coached baseball at Webb City, directing the Cardinals to two state championships before succeeding Warren Turner as the Lions’ coach  in 2008. The Lions won the MIAA Postseason Tournament this year.

Darnell and his wife Pamela have a daughter, Darcy, and a son, Cy.

The former Stacy Harter was the first baseman on Missouri Southern’s 1992 softball national championship team. The Lions went 50-7 that year and 124-27 with two conference titles during her three-year career. Her .392 career average ranks second in school history, and she is fifth with 43 career stolen bases.

As a volleyball player, Harter ranks sixth in total games played in Southern history. She played from 1991-94, helping the Lions to an 89-55 record in those four seasons. After graduation, she coached softball at Olathe South and volleyball at Basehor-Linwood.

Currently she is co-owner of Wildcat Siding in Blue Springs, Mo. She and her husband Ron Smith have three children, Luke, C.K. and Katie, and they live in Blue Springs.

With the addition of the 2013 class, the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame now has 105 members and two teams.