High school notebook: J.W. Mashburn, Jim Bolding headline 2019 OKCPS Hall of Fame class
Former Olympic gold medalist J.W. Mashburn and world-record holder Jim Bolding headlines this year’s class for the Oklahoma City Public Schools Hall of Fame.
Mashburn, a Capitol Hill graduate, and Bolding, a U.S. Grant graduate, will be joined by John Marshall’s Bob West, Northwest Classen’s Dean Choate, Southeast’s Johnny Lee Pritchard and Douglass’ Tommy Griffin.
The inductees will be honored at the OKCPS Spring Awards Banquet on May 14 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. For ticket information, email email@example.com.
Mashburn was a four-time All-American at Oklahoma State, winning the 400-meter championship twice. He was a member of the Olympic track team twice, winning gold in the 4x400 relay.
Bolding was a star track athlete at OSU as well, where he won two NCAA championships in the hurdles. He was a two-time All-American and seven-time Big Eight Conference champion. In 1974, he set the world record for 440-yard hurdles.
West was a member of The Daily Oklahoman’s 1956 All-State football team and Big All-City Player of the Year. He then went on to play at the University of Tulsa before becoming an oil man.
Choate was a longtime football coach at Southeast, Northwest Classen and U.S. Grant. At Northwest Classen, he took the 1968 team to the playoffs, the last time the Knights made the postseason. Known as an offensive innovator, he brought multiple formations at each stop and developed the alley-oop two-point conversion pass.
Pritchard was a star at Southeast before playing football and competing in track at Navy. A member of the 1960 team that played in the Orange Bowl, Pritchard graduated a Second Lieutenant in the Marines. He served in Vietnam, where he died in 1968. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V and the Purple Heart.
Griffin was a dominant athlete in multiple sports at Douglass before becoming one of the state’s most successful boys basketball coaches. At Douglass, he played football, basketball and was a superb swimmer. He played football and basketball at Northern Junior College. He was a longtime head basketball coach in the metro, winning eight state championships at Classen SAS, John Marshall and Oklahoma Christian School. Known to some as the father of NBA star Blake Griffin, he’s now an assistant at Del City.
Edmond Memorial boys and girls win COAC track meet
Edmond Memorial's boys and girls track teams are finding their stride as the postseason nears.
Both teams captured Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference track titles Thursday during the COAC Track & Field Championships at Moore High School. The boys tallied 105 points, edging Norman's 99. The girls amassed 182 points and were one of two teams, along with Edmond North (161), to tally more than 50 points.
The Edmond Memorial girls 4x200 clocked a 1 minute, 42.88 seconds, edging Edmond North's 1:44.58. On the boys side, Edmond Memorial's Dakari Charlton captured gold in the 100-and 200-meter dash.
Southmoore's Analya Miller continued her stellar season in the hurdles, winning the 100 in 14.77, besting Mustang's Rachel Hamel and Edmond Memorial's Mary McKey.
During field events, Yukon's Kyla Davis won pole vault with a 12-foot, 6-inch jump. On the boys side, Norman's Gabe Ferguson won that event with a 14-foot attempt. Westmoore's Layne Grantham won the shot put with a 54-9 throw.
Edmond Memorial's Erin Talbott and Crislyn Cole tied in the girls discus with tosses of 135-2. Westmoore's Anthony Riley continued his domination in the long jump, winning with a leap of 23-8½.
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›
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