Class A notebook: Ringling's Tracy Gandy carries on family tradition

Toby Keith watches from Ringling sideline.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 8, 2012
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KEITH CELEBRATES WITH RINGLING

A week after watching his son's Norman North team fall in the Class 6A state title game, country music star Toby Keith watched the Class A game from the Ringling sidelines.

As the clock ticked off the final seconds, Gandy came over and thanked him for coming, and Keith congratulated him on the championship win.

“I've got a hunting and fishing ranch down there so I know a lot of the families of these guys,” Keith, wearing a Ringling hoodie, said. “It's a great bunch of small-town kids.”

DOUBLE-DUTY HARBIN

It's not unusual to see a player participate with the band during halftime performances, but it's not necessarily something you expect at a state championship game.

Ringling sophomore lineman Cole Harbin got the best of both worlds Saturday. Not only did his team win the state championship, but he also got to play his trombone with the Ringling band on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf at halftime.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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