Each week, Oklahoma Sports Milestones will recognize athletes, coaches, support staff, fans — the people it takes to produce game day experiences.
*INDUCTED: To the University of Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame, Heather Rice. The multisport star at Heritage Hall played field hockey at Richmond, where she set the school's career record for goals (61) and finished second for career points (133). As a senior in 2001, Rice scored 29 goals and was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. After Rice's senior season of field hockey, she joined the basketball team and played 23 games in a reserve role.
*DIED: At age 47 in a plane crash, former Moore High School football and baseball player Dale “Scooter” Phillips. After three years out of football, Phillips joined the Abilene Christian University team for the 1984 and 1985 seasons. As a senior, Phillips set a single-game school record with four touchdown catches as the Wildcats beat Northern Colorado, 45-23. Scooter had a physical therapy business at the time of death.
*DEDICATED: The basketball season to the late Corbin Edmisson, the Oklahoma City University women's team. The son of OCU coach Rob Edmisson died in his sleep last spring. Coach Edmisson said the team has been so supportive that “they're like an extra set of daughters. It's been such a hard year for everybody, and they've really helped us get through this.” After OCU played its final home game Feb. 25, Edmisson carried a blue towel to midcourt to greet players on Senior Day. The coach wiped away tears as he embraced six seniors and their parents. “They weren't tears because we were saying goodbye; they were tears of a relationship. They have been a special bunch,” he said. OCU (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the NAIA Championships, which begin March 14 in Frankfort, Ky.
*HELD OFF: NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart, Broken Arrow driver Brady Bacon at the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series race Saturday night in Peoria, Ariz. Jason Johnson of Eunice, La., won the 30-lap dirt race at Canyon Speedway Park, but Bacon maintained the series points lead by finishing second and Stewart third. On Sunday, Stewart finished 22nd in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
*DIED: From a heart attack at age 47, former Oklahoma City 89ers and RedHawks baseball player Terry Mathews. The right-handed pitcher played for the 89ers over the 1990-92 seasons and briefly for the RedHawks in 2000. In between those OKC stops, Mathews spent time with the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. He had 22-21 record with a 4.25 earned run average over eight seasons in the majors. Mathews helped the Orioles to the American League playoffs twice. After retiring from baseball, Mathews worked for the Rapides Parish Sherriff's Department as a school resource officer in his native Alexandria, La.
*DIED: At age 28, All-State football player Brandon Kincannon. The defensive back at Moore High School earned Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State honors after collecting 137 tackles and four interceptions as a senior in 2001. He helped the Lions to a 28-7 record during a prep career that was capped when he signed to play football at Northeastern A&M Junior College. Kincannon was an oil field technician at the time of death.
11: Sports Illustrated received 137 responses in a recent survey of NBA players: “If you were starting a team from scratch, which player would you choose first?” Thunder star Kevin Durant received 11 percent of the vote, finishing third behind LeBron James of the Heat (37 percent) and Dwight Howard of the Magic (19 percent). KD did finish ahead of the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Bulls' Derrick Rose, who each received 10 percent of the vote.
“I love it down here. This weather is great, and the people are friendly and awesome. I've never lived in any other cities in the States besides this one, but I wouldn't go anywhere else.” — Oklahoma City Barons forward Philippe Cornet on NHL.com