A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Mike Arnold quarterbacked Enid High School to its first state football championship, in 1964, with a 28-20 victory over previously unbeaten Tulsa Rogers. He threw two touchdown passes during that game despite a cut on his hand that required 11 stitches. The senior threw for 1,207 yards and 16 touchdowns that season, earning a spot on the All-State team. He held the school's career record for passing TDs at 27 until Austin Box tied it in 2006. Arnold earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he was a part-time starter. The Vietnam veteran and retired Kerr McGee employee founded the Dolphin Swim Team, a club for people with special needs. He died at age 66 after an extended illness.
*Byron Harp, 55, was a running back for Lawton High, helping the Wolverines to 17 wins and one playoff appearance over the 1974-76 seasons. Harp was a big-play back, often collecting more than 100 yards rushing on Friday nights. The Oklahoman selected Harp as honorable mention All-State as a junior and senior. He would go on to play for Cameron University. Injury ended his playing career — and a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys — and Harp went to work in the oil fields. Harp, who also owned a landscaping business, was an Okmulgee resident at the time of death.
*Bob Garner played high school football and basketball at Stratford High School. A love for both sports carried over into college and the military. Garner played basketball at Murray State Junior College in Tishomingo; he played semipro football while in the Air Force. The Gulf War veteran was an Oklahoma City resident when he died at age 52.
*Graphic artist Margene Lang was a competitive bowler. Lang participated for women's and mixed-league teams; she also competed in national tournaments. Lang's personal-best game was a 291. The Oklahoma City resident died a month after celebrating her 99th birthday.
*Robert Threlkeld, known by students as Coach T, died at age 65. Threlkeld spent 25 years as a coach or athletic director at Moore Highland West Junior High School.
*Edna Johnson Sherrell was a bookkeeper for Hoytuck Corp in Midwest City for 15 years. The Arkansas native played high school basketball for the Rogers Mounties. She was also named homecoming football queen as a senior in 1936. The Midwest City resident died at age 93.
*Betty Binyon Lewis was president of the Women's Athletic Association while attending Oklahoma State. The softball and field hockey player went on to teach at Vinita and Blanchard. She coached basketball, softball and volleyball during a 37-year career. Binyon-Lewis died at age 79.
*Attorney Charles Casey coached YMCA flag football and girls softball at Roosevelt Elementary School in Ponca City. Casey was a civic leader who raised funds for several organizations, including the Y. The Korean War veteran died at age 80.
*Michael Heggen, 51, lost a battle with cancer. The Oklahoma City resident once excelled in gymnastics — performing the iron cross on rings — and boxing.
*Nancy Morton, a coach's wife, died at age 60 after a battle with breast cancer. Morton, whose husband David built track and cross country powerhouses at Bishop McGuinness High School, once worked at Pacer Health and Fitness Center.
Happy Birthday on Tuesday to these athletes with Oklahoma ties:
*St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and former Oklahoma State and Stillwater High star Matt Holliday turns 33.
*Cam Severson, who played for the Oklahoma City Blazers during the 1998-99 season, celebrates No. 35.
*Former Haskell High and NFL player LeShon Johnson turns 42.
*Local trading card dealer Mike DeGarmo has scheduled a card and memorabilia show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S. Meridian. Detroit Lions receiver and former Sooner Ryan Broyles will sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. for $15. There is no admission charge to attend the show.
*An auction house expects six-figure bids when it sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine.
Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford says a man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought in Baileyville, on the Canadian border. It's not the same as a modern baseball card. Instead, it's a photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card.
Saco River manager Troy Thibodeau says he's aware of only two such cards in existence, the other at the Library of Congress. Saco River sold a rare 1888 card of Hall of Fame baseball player Michael “King” Kelly last summer for $72,000. Thibodeau expects the Brooklyn Atlantics card to fetch at least $100,000 at its Feb. 6 auction.