All four Dobrinski quadruplets star under the Friday night lights at Okeene

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- The quadruplets — Scott, Mikey, Jamie and Shelby — are a big part of Friday night football. Scott is the quarterback and free safety, Mikey plays cornerback, Jamie is a lineman, and Shelby is a cheerleader.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 16, 2013

photo - Okeene quadruplets, from left, Mikey, Jamie and Scott Dobrinski hold their sister Shelby in Okeene, Wednesday October 16, 2013. Shelby is a cheerleader and her brothers play football. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Okeene quadruplets, from left, Mikey, Jamie and Scott Dobrinski hold their sister Shelby in Okeene, Wednesday October 16, 2013. Shelby is a cheerleader and her brothers play football. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

OKEENE — Mike Dobrinski used to joke about how great it would be to announce his kids' names during an Okeene football game.

“Dobrinski gets a good block and Dobrinski throws to Dobrinski for the touchdown,” rushed through his head.

That joke is now reality for the Whippets' public address announcer.

Friday nights in the small farming community have become a big night for the Dobrinski clan.

Mike and Ginny Dobrinski were already prominent members of the community, but then Ginny gave birth to a set of quadruplets — three boys and one girl — in 1995.

Their lives were forever changed.

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“It is a short window of opportunity,” Mike said. “You don't want to miss anything.

“I'm like every other parent. The only difference is four of them are mine, so most of the time I'm nominated to carry the ball and my wife is (a teacher) at school there in the middle of everything they're doing. It's a lot of fun and it's almost over.”

The three brothers — Scott, Mikey and Jamie — all start and play both sides of the football for the No. 7-ranked Whippets, who host Oklahoma Bible on Thursday, while Shelby is a cheerleader at each game.

Each looks different and acts different, but when it's football time they are one.

“(On) the football field, there's always us,” Jamie said. “We can stick together and all of that stuff. It's just cool to know that we're a big part of the town.”

The quadruplets comprise nearly one-sixth of the senior class and more than one-third of the seniors on the football team.

So it was no surprise when Scott and Shelby were named Homecoming king and queen two weeks ago.

There was just that awkward issue of the traditional kiss, which resulted in a special handshake and kiss on the forehead.

“I didn't know what to do,” Scott said. “I was supposedly a kissing captain. There was no way I was going to kiss her, but my mom kind of talked me into giving her a kiss on the cheek. I was just like, ‘The forehead is good.'”

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by Jacob Unruh
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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...
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