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  • Chrisman inducts new Hall of Famers

  • The William Chrisman High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducted a new class in September, during half-time of the Homecoming football game.

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  • The William Chrisman High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducted a new class in September, during half-time of the Homecoming football game.
    The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 featured Richard Mueller (Class of 1962), Richard Peery (Class of 1968), Shelly Lowery (Class of 1990), former coach Harry Lee (1927-1934) and benefactor and former principal Tom Herrick. The ceremony also included a tour of the school and participation in the Homecoming Parade.
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    Shelly Lowery, a 1990 Chrisman graduate, excelled on both the basketball and volleyball courts for the Bears and was a key, three-year letter winner for the volleyball team.
    Lowery earned All-State, All-Region, All-Conference and All-Metro honors after her senior year and set records (at the time) for kills in a season and kills in a match. She was also a member of the 1990 Missouri Junior Olympic Team.
    After high school, Lowery spent two years playing volleyball at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a two-year starter at Middle Hitter and still is on the record lists in several categories. She played her final two seasons at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. After college, Lowery played for the Kansas City Lightning in the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association.
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    Richard “Dick” Mueller, a 1962 Chrisman grad, was a standout on the basketball squad that won Conference Titles in 1961 and 1962. In 1962, the Bears advanced to the State Tournament. He also made the Independence Examiner’s All-Area team and was also First Team All-Pony Express Conference. Mueller also competed in track for the Bears.
    After a successful basketball career at Chrisman, Mueller earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the basketball team for five years and earned a degree in business administration.
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    Richard Peery, a 1968 William Chrisman graduate, was a left-handed standout pitcher who was picked in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves in 1968. He pitched several no-hitters during his Chrisman career and was a member of the 1966 Bears team that won a District Title and the 1968 team that won a Suburban Conference title. He still holds school records for strikeouts in a season with 97 and is tied for the school record for wins in a season with seven.
    Peery was a multiple letter winner in both baseball and football. He was captain of the football team as a senior as well as being named the team’s Outstanding Player of the Year for defense.
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    Harry Lee (1927-34) made his mark during an era where the same person coached both the basketball and football teams. Lee succeeded in both sports, putting together possibly the finest seven-season spans in both sports in Chrisman history.
    On the gridiron, the Bears were 48-6-6 during Lee’s tenure. They won four Conference Championships (1928, 1929, 1931, 1932) and posted the final of seven undefeated seasons in Chrisman history with an 8-0-1 record in 1932.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Bears matched the success in basketball, going 126-35 with Lee in charge. The team won four Conference Champions (1929, 1030, 1931, 1932) and five District Titles (1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933). The Bears posted the best season in school history in 1929-1930, going 25-1 and finishing third at State. The Bears also finished fourth in 1931 and fifth in 1933.
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    Tom Herrick was a dedicated professional and longtime Chrisman principal, at the school’s helm from 1978 to 1994. He spent 33 years in education, including 21 at Chrisman.
    Among his many educational honors, Herrick was named the Principal of the Year by the Missouri Press Association, nominated by the Independence School District for National Principal of the Year and also received the “Spirit of KC” Award.
    – Kelly Evenson
     

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