A tribute to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Janie Anderson Robinson spent 40 years teaching and coaching in Aberdeen, Md. The Shawnee native graduated from St. Benedict's High School in 1964, and then worked as a volleyball and basketball referee while earning a physical education degree at East Central University in Ada. She and college roommate Margaret Millholen traveled east in search of work, and Anderson Robinson was hired as a coach at Aberdeen High School.
She guided the Eagles' softball program to a 300-182 record with two state championships, three county titles and five regional championships in 25 years. Anderson Robinson spent 31 total years at Aberdeen High, including a tenure as girls basketball coach, volleyball coach and athletic director. In the classroom, her pupils included four Ripken kids — Ellen, Fred, Billy and Cal Jr., the latter who would become a Hall of Fame infielder and baseball ironman while playing for the Baltimore Orioles.
After Anderson Robinson was inducted into the Harford County Public Schools' Educator Hall of Fame, she returned to Oklahoma for good in 2008. She died Oct. 15 at age 66.
*Jim Gentry was a well-educated man who earned chemical engineering degrees at Oklahoma State (bachelor's), the University of Birmingham in England (master's) and Texas (Ph.D). He spent 33 years as a chemical engineering professor at the University of Maryland. The 1957 Hobart High School graduate often returned to Oklahoma to join hometown friends for the annual Super Bowl of Sports Trivia in Norman. Team Hobart won the championship five times and finished runner-up twice with Gentry as its star pupil. He remained a faithful fan of the OSU Cowboys, though he attended OU athletic events after he retired to Norman. Gentry continued to keep abreast of Hobart Bearcats sports teams until his death at age 72.
*Rex Dunn, a Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame bullfighter, died at age 56 from cancer. The Waurika native was chosen as the PRCA Clown of the Year in 1985, and he was selected to work the National Finals Rodeo three times. Dunn was a six-time qualifier for the Bullfighting Championships. He was reserve world champion twice. After retiring from competition in 1992, Dunn held bullfighting schools and raised bulls through his company, Coyote Hills Rodeo.
*The former Margie Hunter was an award-winning basketball player in the late 1960s for McLish High School. She married, raised three children and then studied nursing at East Central University. Margie Hunter-Short spent several years as an emergency room nurse. The Ada resident died at age 60.
*Leon Thompson was a career high school coach who served in the Pleasant Grove and Sasakwa school districts. Thompson's baseball teams won 400 games, and his successful girls basketball teams led to several Little River Conference Coach of the Year awards. The 1954 Byng High School graduate was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan who always had an ear next to the radio, listening to legendary announcers Jack Buck and Harry Caray describe the action. Coach Thompson was an Ada resident at the time of death at age 76.
*The Oklahoma City University women's wrestling team has a 75-0-1 record in its last 76 duals. The four-time national champion improved to 6-0 this season after beating No. 1-ranked King (Tenn.) on Saturday for the Cliff Keen Duals championship at Abe Lemons Arena.
*Tulsa driver Chris Andrews had a big payday Saturday at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City. Andrews won $3,500 for winning two feature races at the inaugural Non-Wing Showdown for mini sprint cars. He collected $2,500 for winning the Stock division, then another $1,000 for the Outlaw class. Andrews was an iron man. Both races were 30 laps on a sixth-mile dirt track.