MBU to induct two into Spartan Hall of Fame

In just over one month’s time, Missouri Baptist University Athletics’ Hall of Fame will expand by two. Alums Keith Joseph and Jon Kars will be inducted in the annual ceremony, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex.

Keith Joseph, a former basketball player at Missouri Baptist from 1990-1992, averaged 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game. He was an All-Conference First Team selection and named team captain in his time at MBU. Joseph recorded 844 career points in two seasons in addition to posting 270 career assists.

In his professional career, Joseph began his career with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in 1996 as a State Trooper where he rose to the level of Master Sergeant. Joseph currently serves as Safety Investigator/Inspector in the Motor Carrier Division with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. In 2010, he was awarded the Purple Knights of America Inc., Outstanding Mentor Award.

Jon Kars was a member of the Missouri Baptist baseball team from the fall of 2000 through the spring of 2005 and was one of the most dominating pitchers in Spartan history. Kars was a three-time All-Conference pitcher and was named the 2003 AMC Pitcher of the Year.

In 2002 and 2003, Kars was named an NAIA All-American and was fourth in the nation in wins in 2004. To this day, he is the All-Time wins record holder with 33 over the course of his career.

After his time with the Spartans, Kars played professionally with both the Pensacola Pelicans and the River City Rascals. Currently, Kars works at Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods as a sales representative where he is the sole representative for both Lindenwood University-Belleville and Benedictine-Springfield Athletics Departments.

The Spartan Hall of Fame banquet will be hosted on Nov. 9, 2013 and will honor several Missouri Baptist national All-Americans, Scholar-Athletes and Champions of Character Recipients. Currently, there are 39 members of the Spartan Hall of Fame.