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Oklahoma scene: Court in Salina, Kan., to be named after Kurt Budke

Former Oklahoma State women's basketball coach was a Salina native. He graduated from Salina Sacred Heart High School.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 7, 2012

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.


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.

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