*SIGNED: By Oklahoma State, Jordan Rogers, regarded by many wrestling publications and websites as the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the U.S. at 182 pounds. Rogers, who is a senior at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., won ASCIC national championships in Greco and freestyle. He beat every opponent by fall or technical fall. The Cowboys also added Case Garrison, a 135-pounder from St. Paris, Ohio. Garrison is the grandson of former OSU and Dallas Cowboys fullback Walt Garrison.
*NAMED: To the All-Lone Star Conference Football second team, former Oklahoma high school players Mitch Gale and Roderick Benman. Gale, a junior quarterback from Alva, passed for 3,823 yards and 28 touchdowns this season for Abilene Christian. Benman, a senior defensive end from Tulsa Rogers, had 28 tackles and 10 sacks for minus-46 yards for Texas A&M-Kingsville.
*663: Career wins as a men's college basketball coach for Dan Hays, who moved past Southeastern State legend Bloomer Sullivan to become the leader in Oklahoma for all four-year schools. Hays, who spent five seasons at Northwestern State and is in his 29th year at Oklahoma Christian, was honored by peers and former players on a video after the Eagles beat Central Bible (Mo.), 75-48 on Nov. 5. A “flash mob” of students danced around Hays to one of his favorite songs — “My Girl” by the Temptations. The NAIA Hall of Famer also received a jukebox full of old Motown records.
*DIED: At age 81, Oklahoma City resident John Barritt Jr., who authored three books on fishing. The retired postal worker held a patent on a fishing lure.
*DIED: Nine days shy of her 40th birthday, Jeanie Weve. The former Jeanie Ryan played softball and basketball for Choctaw High School. She starred in softball at Sterling College (Kan.), where coaches selected her to the NAIA All-District 10 team. Ryan was an Academic All-American in 1994. She taught elementary-age youngsters in Kansas for 18 years. Jeanie, who died from injuries sustained after falling 20 feet from a zip line, is survived by her husband Mark Weve and children Carlee (age 13), Alex (9) and Macy (5 weeks).
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