*American hero Johnny Lee Prichard will be inducted posthumously into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. The three sport (football, basketball and track) standout at Southeast High School received more than 50 scholarship offers for athletics or academics. The Oklahoma City native was accepted into the Naval Academy, where he played receiver for the Midshipmen, lettering for the 1960 football season.
He and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino helped Navy finish with a 9-2 record, which included a 21-14 loss to Missouri in the Orange Bowl. Missouri held Bellino to just four yards on eight carries, but Prichard took up some slack. He caught four passes for a team-best 69 yards and carried the ball once for a team-high nine yards.
Prichard's real heroics came on the battlefields of Vietnam. According to MilitaryTimes, in January 1968, the Marine captain's unit was suffering heavy casualties against a numerically superior North Vietnamese force. To try and gain momentum against the enemy, Prichard needed to reach the front line so he could direct his men. Prichard sacrificed his life by running through a spray of bullets while shooting his rifle and throwing hand grenades. The act of courage rallied his men, who defeated the enemy that day. Prichard died at age 29. He was awarded the Silver and Bronze stars for heroism.
The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame is located at Enterprise Square on the Oklahoma Christian University campus.
*The Oklahoma Baptist University men's golf team had an incredible start to its fall season. The Bison set several school records while winning the Southwestern Christian Fall Invitational at Lake Hefner. As a team, OBU shot a record 23-under par in the second round; it finished with a two-day-record-total 31-under-par 545; and individually, junior Todd Balkin shot a school-record 10-under 62 during the second round, which helped him win the tournament with a record 14-under 130.
“Overall, we played outstanding,” understated OBU coach Kenny Lindsey.
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Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox NFL studio analyst Terry Bradshaw has put his 744-acre ranch in Thackerville on the market.
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