Former Lincoln standout Anita Rank Oplotnik will be honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. She has been named to the Filbert Five team, selected by the MSHF n connection with its Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon.
The 1984 Lincoln graduate helped the Cardinals reach the Class 1 state final her senior year and the quarterfinal in her junior year. As a senior, she was named All-State and third-team All-American. She was the first Lincoln girls player to reach the 1,000 career point milestone.
“I am humbled and honored to receive the Filbert Five award for doing something that I have had such a huge passion for since I was in the fourth grade – playing basketball,” Oplotnik said in a press release. “The basketball court, for me, was always the most peaceful and best place that I could imagine. I was blessed to have great teammates and wonderful coaches throughout my playing years and parents who supported me along the way.”
She played college basketball at Missouri Southern State and was a two-time All-American and two-time first-team NAIA All-District player. She is still the Lady Lions’ all-time leading scorer
Oplotnik is joined on the Filbert Five womens team by Laura Granzow Buetow of Kickapoo, Sara Bos Barnhart of Billings, Alyson Young Hooten of Rogersville and Terianne Wolford Brown of Nixa.
The Filbert Five mens team includes Chris Harville of Rogersville, Steven Hill of Branson, Sam Singh of Ozark, Mark Sparks of Neosho and Kevin Williams of Nevada.