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Erle Bennett, Barry Koeneke headed to hall of fame

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

Bennett- Centralia football, Koeneke – Hallsville baseball, 

to be enshrined November 3.

A pair of local high school sports coaches who have dedicated their lives to their student-athletes and school districts are scheduled to be honored with membership in the Missouri Sports Hall of fame.

Erle Bennett

Erle Bennett

The enshrinement will occur 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at Columbia’s Holiday Inn Executive Center.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame President & Executive Director Jerald Andrews said in a news release: “All of our honorees enjoyed great success in their respective sports and certainly deserve recognition,” Andrews said. “We hope the community will throw its collective support behind the Enshrinement.”

Bennett is being honored for his football coaching and Koeneke for his baseball coaching, with the Hallsville baseball program also being honored.

Barry Koeneke

Bennett spoke with he Fireside Guard regarding the announcement; “How did that happen,” he said and laughed. “Actually when a coach has any success, enough to come near something like this, it can be directly attributed to the talents and commitment of the players they had, the hard work and commitment of the coaches they work with, the parents who did and do so much on the front end to give us so many good kids and then the support and the support of the community and the people that I work with. It’s a team effort and I happened to be the beneficiary.”

For the complete article see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.