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Sundvold, Onofrio, Gray among 15 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 5:26 p.m. CST; updated 10:51 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Former Missouri basketball player Jon Sundvold, former Missouri football coach Al Onofrio and former Missouri and St. Lois Cardinals football player Mel Gray will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January.

Sundvold, Onofrio and Gray are three of 15 people to be inducted. The Columbia College volleyball program will also be honored.

One of only two players in Big Eight history to play on four consecutive league championship teams, Sundvold played on Missouri teams that had a cumulative record of 100-28.

A guard from Blue Springs, he twice won all-conference, all-district and all-Big Eight Tournament honors, and was an all-American in 1983. Sundvold is one of only four players to have his jersey, No. 20, retired. He played professionally for the Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.

He was a second-team choice on the Big Eight's all-decade team and was named the MVP of Missouri's own all-decade team in the 1980s. Sundvold was a 1990 University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.

He owns Sundvold Capital Management in Columbia and often serves as a color commentator on Missouri basketball broadcasts.

In 1971, after spending 12 years as an assistant coach, Albert Joseph Onofrio was named the head football coach at Missouri, a post he held until 1977. While his record hovered at the .500 level, he was noted for having pulled upsets, mainly on the road.

He coached four All-Americans and 30 NFL players. He led Missouri to two bowl games, in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl, a loss to Arizona State in Tempe, and in the 1973 Sun Bowl, a win over Auburn in El Paso, Texas. A 1993 inductee to the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, Onofrio died Nov. 5, 2004.

Gray lettered in football and track from 1968-70 at Missouri, earning All-American honors three times in track and All-Big Eight honors in football in 1969, when he caught 25 passes for 705 yards and a school-record nine touchdowns.

Gray was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, and was an all-pro receiver during a career that lasted from 1971-82.  He was chosen to Missouri's all-century team in 1990.

The Columbia College volleyball team had a record of 167-2 from 1998-2001. Columbia College participated in four straight NAIA National Volleyball championship matches, winning three. Columbia College holds the NAIA record for consecutive home court wins with 126.

Other inductees include: Jim Edmonds, outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals; Emmitt Thomas, cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs; Jamie Quirk, catcher, Kansas City Royals; Mickey Owen, catcher, St. Louis Cardinals; Richard Lehman, sports medicine, St. Louis; Rex Sinquefield, chess, St. Louis; Lawrence Walls, football coach, Sumner High School, St. Louis; Jim Pearson, golf/football coach, Kickapoo High School, Springfield; Richard Hantak, NFL official, St. Louis; Ellen Port, golf, St. Louis; Clyde Lear, sports media, Jefferson City; Gene Ruble, basketball, Missouri State University; New Haven High School basketball; St. John's, Springfield.


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