KJEL’s Sports Director Kevin Stubblefield was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday during a special event at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Stubblefield began his career as a sportscaster in 1981 and has been the voice for sports across the Regional Radio KJEL listening area and beyond. During the ceremony, he talked about the early days of his career.
Stubblefield thanked those who have supported him throughout the years, including his family and fellow broadcasters.
Also inducted into the Halls Elite 11 was Lebanon’s, Casey Shadel. The Elite 11 recognizes former high school standouts who have made a positive contribution to football. Shadel was humbled to be selected.
Shadel reflected on what he believes got him into the elite.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame vice president of operations and administration, Marty Willadsen, said the selection committee works hard to find qualified candidates for the hall.
Willadsen said Shadel was well qualified for the selection into the Elite 11.
Shadel was among the top players for Lebanon High School in the late 1990s and went on to play for the University of Central Missouri. From 2001 to 2005, he was the starting long snapper, missing only one snap his entire career. He lettered all four years and was a part of two teams that have been inducted into the UCM Athletics Hall of Fame. Casey and his father, Rusty, are the only father and son duo in the hall.