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The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: What has been your most life-changing event so far?
Taja Jones, track, Centennial:
“Meeting my father.”
Tyler Dang, tennis, Classen
“Joining the Chesapeake junior crew.”
John-Crawford Counts, golf, Southmoore
“When my mom got breast cancer. I realized how fragile life is.”
The local sports scene 10, 20 and 30 years ago Tuesday.
Huston Street worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth inning, then struck out two in the ninth inning for his ninth save as Texas trimmed Oklahoma State 10-7 in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark. ... Texas A&M's Justin Ruggiano was 3 for 5 with three RBIs helping the Aggies rip Oklahoma 11-2 in the tournament. Editor's note: Street currently pitches for the San Diego Padres. Ruggiano plays for the Miami Marlins.
Phillip Barker, a 9-year-old hearing-impaired boy, was struck by pole from a chain-link fence that separates State Fair Speedway's dirt racing surface and the spectators' area. The incident occurred on the fourth lap of the sprint car division's A feature race. Gary Flatt spun on the front straightaway, and his disabled car collected those driven by Ken Whitehouse and Stan Constant. Whitehouse's car was thrown into the fence, and although the 1,600-pound racer was cradled inside the barricade, an attachment pole fell inward and hit Barker. He was released from the hospital four days later.
An Oklahoma City travel agency advertised a pair of OU football packages for the upcoming 1983 season. One was a trip to San Francisco to watch the Sooners play Stanford. The other was an excursion to Hawaii to see OU take on the Rainbow Warriors. Cost for the Stanford trip, which included hotel, was $174 per person. Football tickets were $13 extra. Cost for the Hawaii package was $198 per person — with an extra $8 for a ticket to the game. Editor's note: OU would beat Stanford 27-14 and Hawaii 21-17.