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Hickman Mills High School Girls Basketball Era of 1977-1980 Honored at Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement

HMMS GIrls Basketball Era 1977-1980The illustrious legacy of the Hickman Mills High School girls' basketball teams from 1977 to 1980 will be exalted at the esteemed Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Kansas City Enshrinement, a pinnacle of recognition in the sports world, on Sunday, May 19, at Union Station. This grand event will also honor sports legend Tom Watson, Class of 2024 inductees Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals, Casey Wiegmann of the Kansas City Chiefs, and other notable local individual athletes and teams.

Under the exceptional leadership of coach Clyde Cozard, who joined the school's coaching staff in 1975, Hickman Mills' girls' basketball teams soared to remarkable heights, securing state championships in 1977, 1979, and 1980. Over the course of four years, the teams amassed an impressive combined record of 105 wins and only ten losses.

The 1977 team, culminating with a remarkable 26-1 record, claimed their championship title after a hard-fought victory over Bishop DeBourg with a score of 40-34 in the finals. Notably, all five starters from this team continued their basketball journey at the collegiate level: Doris Woolery at Harvard University, Kathy Kunkler at William Woods College, Carol Hudgins at Iowa State, and Barb Gudde and Stephanie Miller at Missouri Western State University.

Following a setback in 1978, the team rallied in 1979 to clinch another state championship, defeating Lee's Summit 50-40 in the finals and boasting a stellar 27-2 record. Laura Williams, Carol Bates, and Carrie Bates earned all-conference selections, with Williams and Carrie Bates receiving All-State honors.

The 1980 team continued its winning streak, triumphing over McCluer North with a score of 50-48 in the championship game and finishing the season with a commendable 27-4 record. Carrie Bates, Brenda Howell, and Karnie Wilkie were recognized with all-conference honors, and Bates and Howell also received All-State accolades.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement provides a fitting platform to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Hickman Mills High School Girls Basketball Era team of 1977-1980. For more information about the event, visit