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Game of life: Bert Cole went missing in action, but returned to help Oklahoma A&M win Sugar Bowl

Cole became a B-24 pilot during World War II, where his plane was shot down and he was missing for six months. He returned after the war to help Oklahoma A&M.
by Scott Munn Published: June 10, 2013

*George Dickey, a retired coach and teacher for the El Reno schools, died at age 84. Dickey played football at Southwestern Oklahoma State in the 1950s. The native Texan was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1985.

*Deborah Tisdale, 82, mother of late Oklahoma and Tulsa Washington basketball star Wayman Tisdale. ... Gary Keith, 59, wrestled for Perry High School. ... Madison Watts, 19, four-year starter for the Putnam City North volleyball team. ... Earl Newsom, 94, former sports writer for the Drumright Journal. ... Rik Christie, 53, played football at Madill High School and rode bulls at local rodeos. ... Micah Turner, 32, an Ada resident who umpired baseball and softball and refereed basketball. ... Edmond resident Richard Reed played high school football and hockey in his native Minnesota. A jogger for more than 35 years. ... Muskogee resident Junior Garner, 78, raced stock cars and dragsters in the 1960s. ... Gary Horton, 66, played baseball at Stonewall High. ... Dub Clark, 68, of Ardmore made the varsity basketball team as an eighth-grader at old Dundee High School. ... Matt Dillard, 33, of Norman was a race car driver who won the National Championship of Legend Road Racing title in 1997.

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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By the numbers

4: First-round draft choices in the Major League Baseball Draft from the University of Oklahoma since 2004. Pitcher Jonathan Gray was chosen Thursday by the Colorado Rockies; pitcher Garrett Richards was picked in 2009 by the Los Angeles Angels; catcher Jackson Williams was selected in 2007 by San Francisco; and pitcher David Purcey was picked in '04 by Toronto. Before Purcey, though, the Sooners had not had a first-round player since 1995, when pitcher Mark Redman was picked by Minnesota.

18: Age of new American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region competition director Terry Mattox. The ASCS said despite Mattox's age, the Drumright resident has “worked in racing for the past three years as a scorer, flagman, announcer and general official” for the rival Oil Capital Racing Series. The youngster has also served as competition director and public relations director at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa.

50: Wins, including three rounds of playoffs, this season for the Oklahoma City Barons.

56: Yards on Gerald Jones' catch-and-run touchdown Saturday night during the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters' semi-pro football game at Putnam City Stadium. Jones caught a screen pass from Beau Ranck, juked one defender and outraced two more to the end zone. Jones is a former Oklahoman All-State Offensive Player of the Year from Millwood. He played college football at Tennessee.

Small talk

The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: What are the top-two things on your bucket list?

Gavin Hale, soccer, Yukon:

“Go far in soccer. Live to 100.”

Alexa Baldini, tennis, Edmond Santa Fe:

“Meet Johnny Depp and go to Europe.”

Shaquan Burris, track, Edmond Memorial:

“Graduate from college, make it to the Olympics.”


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