Tributes: David Maloney an MVP on and off basketball court
A salute to people with Oklahoma sports ties who had a role in the game day experience.
*Philadelphia native David Maloney starred as a basketball player in high school and then for Mount St. Mary College in Emmitsburg, Md. Over the 1960-63 seasons, he helped the Jim Phelan-coached Mountaineers to a 63-23 record and the 1962 NCAA College Division championship. Maloney scored 1,092 points in 70 career games, and his 15.6-point average still ranks ninth in school history. Maloney scored 49 points against American University in February 1963; the point total remains third-best in a single game in school history. He would coach high school basketball in Pennsylvania, before getting the head men's job at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
*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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Maloney would move to Oklahoma in 1993 to take a position as OU's executive director of development (a similar position he also held at Carnegie Mellon) for the health sciences center. He was later promoted by OU president David Boren as vice president for development. Maloney spent 12 years in that capacity, and OU garnered more than $1.26 billion in gifts and pledges. “It is impossible to adequately describe the contribution that Dave Maloney has made to the advancement of the University of Oklahoma over the past decade,” Boren told The Oklahoman after Maloney announced his retirement in 2006.
Maloney was an Oklahoma City resident when he died recently at age 71.
*Jimmy Dean was an All-State baseball pitcher for Lawton High School in 1962. The senior left-hander helped the Wolverines beat Tulsa Hale 7-3 in the Class 2A state championship game; he was the winning pitcher that day, allowing three runs on eight hits. Dean walked none and struck out four to finish the season with an 8-4 record. A few months later, Lawton coach Orval Bowman — who was selected to guide the South team — chose his pitcher to start the All-State Game at brand new All-Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City. Dean attended Oklahoma State and Southwestern State universities. He spent 25 years with the Devoe Paint Co. The Oklahoma City resident died at age 69 from complications associated with diabetes and heart disease.