The Oklahoma Officials Association will induct four sports officials into its Hall of Fame at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Southmoore High School.
Seminole's Bill Allensworth, Piedmont's Royce Pennington, Durant's Mike Lawson and Tahlequah's Jack Crittenden will be honored.
Allensworth spent 33 years as a basketball official, working 24 state tournaments and more than 4,000 games.
Pennington retired in 2003 after a 33-year football and wrestling officiating career. He was a college football official for more than 15 years in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Football Conference. He was also involved in four state championships and two wrestling championships.
Lawson spent 30 years as a basketball, baseball and softball official. He work 10 different state tournaments and five state championship games.
Crittenden spent 25 years as a football and basketball official for high school and college games in Oklahoma and Missouri.
CLEVELAND ADDRESSES FOOTBALL COACHES
State Representative Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, who is one of the state congressmen behind the interim study into the OSSAA's practices and procedures, spoke to a room full of high school football coaches Tuesday during the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.
Cleveland and Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, requested the interim study of the organization in May, and it was announced earlier this month that it was on the House of Representatives' 2013 Interim Studies Proposals list.
According to coaches who attended the meeting — which included several items in addition to Cleveland's presentation — Cleveland spoke about the pursuit for transparency from the OSSAA primarily regarding eligibility and hardship issues, as well as financial concerns.
DALKE TAKES LEAD AT JUNIOR PGA
Fifteen-year-old Brad Dalke shot a 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Junior PGA Championship Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
Dalke, who finished tied for fourth in the event last year, has been verbally committed to Oklahoma since he was 12 years old. His family recently relocated to Hobart from Texas when his father, Bill Dalke, was hired as Hobart's high school football coach.
Edmond North's Sam Humphreys and Norman North's Thomas Johnson each shot 70 in the first round and are part of a group tied for seventh in the 72-hole event.
DIBBLE'S JEVONS TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH
Sometimes it can be hard for a small-school talent to prove his worth to major college football coaches, but Dibble senior Tazden Jevons is working hard to break down that wall.
Already with offers from Division II programs like Pittsburg State, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jevons is trying to keep the interest of some D-I schools. Oklahoma State and Kansas State have continued to show interest, and New Mexico has given a verbal offer.
“Sometimes it's hard to be discovered in a small town,” Dibble coach J.R. Conrad said. “He does everything right. Academics are in order. He works out religiously.
“Somebody's gonna get a really good football player.”
Jevons was among Class 2A's top rushers last season with 1,918 yards and 27 touchdowns, but his college future is more likely on the defensive side, perhaps as an outside linebacker, Conrad said.
DEER CREEK'S NOBLE HAS BUSY SUMMER
Deer Creek kicker Dillon Noble has had a full summer of recruiting.
He spent a weekend at Harvard and Yale, and performed well, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said.
Representatives from Harvard also attended spring practices at Deer Creek to see Noble, who made eight of 12 field goals and also made a 58-yard field goal during the Class 5A playoffs last season.
“It was kind of funny, we were in the weight room just this last week and he was going through some weight stuff and one of our coaches said to him, ‘How many kickers are going to be able to lift what you're doing right now?'” Gower said. “He's had a good summer and I'm really pleased with him.”
Noble is also receiving interest from Central Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State, among others.