As the Gregg Williams Tiger Classic nears, the committee is preparing for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony held at Excelsior Springs High School. The public has nominated four deserving Tiger athletes and one team to be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame. Over the past several issues The Standard has covered individuals Cindy Todd and Tim Jarman, as well as the 2003 state championship Tiger golf team coached by Bill Greim. This week’s Hall of Fame athlete is DeWitt Phillips, a 1967 ESHS graduate, athlete and coach.
Phillips was nominated based on his Tiger athleticism, commitment to community, coaching ability and accomplishments both on and off the field. During his four-year career as a Tiger at ESHS, from 1963-1967, Phillips laid claim to several awards, titles and was a member of many extracurricular clubs.
Phillips was a four-year letterman for the Tiger wrestling team and was co-captain; he was also a three-year letterman for the Tiger football team where he was tri-captain. In 1966 Phillips won the title of Regional Wrestling Champ, the same year he was MRVC Wrestling Champion, a title he also captured in 1967. In the year 1966 Phillips’ high school athletic career was on fire. He helped lead his team to an All-Conference Football Team award, and was All-District First Team Football and All State Second Team Football. Phillips was also recognized as Excelsior Springs High School All Time Greatest Team (Defensive End, Offensive Lineman).
More information about DeWitt Phillips can be found in the July 1 edition of The Standard.
By Jae Juarez • email@example.com