By Lisa Schlichtman
Rod and Tina Hemphill, of Cassville, were inducted into the Reeds Spring High School Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held Feb. 6. Both husband and wife were honored for their sports achievements, Rod as a coach and Tina as a player.
Tina, whose maiden name was Beck, graduated from Reeds Spring High School in 1979 and was a member of one of the most successful girls basketball teams in the school's history. She was a four-year starter for the Lady Wolves and earned a reputation as an outstanding outside shooter and a tenacious rebounder.
During Tina's tenure on the team, Reeds Spring made two trips to the Class 2A State Final Four between 1977 and 1979. In her senior season, the Lady Wolves were the state champion runners-up, falling to Visitation Academy of St. Louis in a very close game. Tina received all-conference honors and helped guide her team to a Greene County League Championship.
Rod was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his involvement with the 1995 varsity baseball team, which made it to the state quarterfinals. He was serving as the team's assistant coach when it made its most successful post-season run in Reeds Spring High School history. The 1995 baseball squad finished the regular season with an impressive 11-2 record.
Both Tina and Rod are now employed as teachers by the Cassville R-IV School District. Rod currently serves as the Cassville Wildcats' head baseball coach.