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Game of life: Col. Jack Van Pool was first player in state to make All-State in three sports

Van Pool, a former Capitol Hill standout, went on to play football and baseball for Oklahoma before starting a 28-year career in the Army.
by Scott Munn Modified: January 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

*Horseman Ronnie Horn was involved in racing and team roping for many years. Horn's race horses won at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw; he later became involved performance competition, which led to an American Quarter Horse Association world championship. As a boy, he and a friend performed roping tricks at rodeos. The Holdenville native died at age 75.

*William Watts, 79, played football for Kingfisher High School. Graduated from Oklahoma and Southern Methodist law schools and worked for the federal prosecutor in Dallas and the Andrews-Davis law firm in Oklahoma City. Retired in 1999 to play golf and watch OU football.

*Coy Wynn was an award-winning trackster at Cheyenne High School. A family obituary said Wynn had plenty of practice, running to catch the bus each morning. The retired grocer and truck driver died at age Jan. 5, four days before his 83rd birthday.

*Betty Wells Baker graduated from Dickson High School at age 16. The valedictorian complemented her studies by starting on the girls' basketball team. She died at age 82.

*James Crofford joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 — less than a year after playing football and basketball for the Northeast Vikings. The World War II veteran was an avid hunter. Crofford retired from Sun Oil Co. after 39 years. The Cement native died at age 90.

*Del City resident Floyd Deaton died at age 87. He was a four-year letterman in baseball at Norman High School. Deaton also played ball, as a catcher, while in the Army in the 1940s. Retired from Mobil Oil after 36½ years.

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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Three cheers

Hip, hip hooray for these deeds:

*In the rush to get back to Edmonton, Taylor Hall packed the necessities: clothes, skates and sticks. What the former Oklahoma City Barons star left behind was a new $100 bicycle he used to ride from his apartment to the Cox Center for practice. Hall donated the bike.

“I didn't know what to do with it,” Hall told The Edmonton Journal in one of his first interviews since reporting to the NHL team. “So I left it there and, hopefully, some homeless guy can use it.”

*Edmond native Matt Donovan was selected for the American Hockey League All-Star Game. The first Oklahoma born and trained professional hockey player is a defenseman for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The AHL All-Star Classic is scheduled Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. The 22-year-old has six goals and 19 points in 37 games. Bridgeport Sound is the afilliate of the New York Islanders.


No. 1 overall draft picks in the four major sports 10, 20 and 30 years ago:


MLB: Tim Belcher, Minnesota Twins

NBA: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets

NFL: John Elway, Baltimore Colts

NHL: Brian Lawton, Minnesota North Stars


MLB: Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners

NBA: Chris Webber, Orlando Magic

NFL: Drew Bledsoe, New England Patriots

NHL: Alexandre Daigle, Ottawa Senators


MLB: Delmon Young, Tampa Bay Rays

NBA: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

NFL: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals

NHL: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins


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