The basketball court at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan. is set to be named after late Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke. City commissioners voted unanimously Monday to qualify the center as a naming facility.
Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in November, was a Salina native and a graduate of Salina Sacred Heart High School. Budke's parents still live in the city.
The action means the court can be named in Budke's honor before the Junior College Women's National Championship Tournament, which will be held at the Bi-Center from March 20-24. Budke is a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame after winning four championships at Trinity Valley College (Texas) in the 1990s.
OILERS CALL FOR PAAJARVI
The Edmonton Oilers recalled forward Mangus Paajarvi on Tuesday from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Paajarvi returns to the National Hockey League team to replace Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is expected to miss two weeks with an undisclosed injury. Paajarvi has a goal and 10 points in 14 games for the Barons, who have the best record (30-12-2-3) in the AHL.
Paajarvi is expected to join the Oilers in time for Wednesday night's game at Detroit.
The Barons announced Tuesday that forward Cameron Abney has been assigned to Stockton of the Double-A East Coast Hockey League. Defenseman Ryan Lowery, who has played 26 games this season for Oklahoma City, has been loaned to Stockton.
Oklahoma City's next game is 8 p.m. Thursday against West Division rival Abbotsford in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The teams will play at the Scotiabank Saddledome, which is home to the NHL's Calgary Flames. The Flames are the parent team for Abbotsford.
BRONCHOS, STARS CANCEL
A potentially good college baseball matchup scheduled for Wednesday between Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City has been canceled due to predicted bad weather. Central Oklahoma (3-0) was hosting the NAIA's No. 1-ranked team in OCU (4-0) in a single nine-inning game. The game was supposed to be the home opener for UCO. No makeup date has been announced.
OCU TO HOST CLINIC
Former Oklahoma City University track and field coach Jack Daniels will host a cross country/track clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Devon Boathouse. Daniels coached at OCU from 1961-65. He has since coached five Olympians, 30 individual national champions and 130 All-Americans during a 35-year career. He was named the World's Best Coach by Runner's World Magazine.
The clinic will include a session from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with an emphasis on high school coaches and athletes. A 1 to 3 p.m. clinic will be geared toward marathon runners. For registration information, call (405) 208-5319 or email OCU coach Conor Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Devon Boathouse is located at 725 S. Lincoln in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma gymnast Megan Ferguson was named Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week. The native Kansan won five of six events during the Sooners' two competitions last week. She had five scores of 9.9 or higher. The senior tied a career-high on the floor (9.95), won the bars (9.9) and the beam (9.925) to help OU upset No. 2-ranked Arkansas in Fayetteville.