Game of life: Former UNLV player Earl Evans had brief NBA career

Evans, an Edmond resident, played under legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, then played 36 games for the Pistons. He died on Christmas Eve.
by Scott Munn Published: January 7, 2013
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*Before Larry Adair started a career in the mattress and upholstery business, he was a three-time Oklahoma Collegiate Conference pick at defensive line for the University of Central Oklahoma. Adair lettered for coach Dale Hamilton's teams in 1955, 1956 and 1958; Adair helped the Bronchos to a pair of OCC championships. He taught briefly at Harding High after earning an industrial arts teaching degree. Adair died Dec. 28 at age 80.

*Charles Frizzell was a horse enthusiast who participated in team roping. The Midwest City resident was 77 at the time of death.

*Bob Klopfenstein was a chemist for Kerr-McGee Corp. for 24 years. He managed the company softball teams, the Kerr-McGee Whites and Reds. Klopfenstein was an official scorekeeper for the 1996 Olympic Games' softball tournament in Atlanta. The Norman resident died at age 82.

*Boyd Bartley, 92, had part of his professional baseball career interrupted by World War II. When he returned, the Brooklyn Dodgers' shortstop prospect played and managed the Ponca City Dodgers of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League. He also managed the Shawnee Hawks of the Sooner State League. The Hyde Park, Ill., native only played nine games in the big leagues, that in 1943.

Milestones

*The Baseball Hall of Fame veterans committee voted in Deacon White, a career .312 hitter who played from 1877 to 1890. White was a two-time batting champion and helped the Detroit Wolverines to the National League championship in 1887. He played catcher at a time when backstops caught the ball barehanded. White had an Oklahoma connection — after retiring as a player, he managed the McAlester Miners of the Oklahoma-Arkansas-Kansas League in 1907 and the Tulsa Oilers of the Oklahoma-Kansas League in 1908. White died in 1939 at age 91.

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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10-20-30

Looking back 10, 20 and 30 years ago at what happened in sports on Jan. 8.

2003: Joe Burton, Hardy Sauter and Blair Manning of the Oklahoma City Blazers were named to the Northern Conference team for the Central Hockey League All-Star Game.

1993: Scott Brooks scored 15 points during the Houston Rockets' 115-90 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Brooks, now the Oklahoma City Thunder coach, was 5 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line coming off the Rockets bench. Denver snapped a franchise-record 14-game losing streak and sent Houston to its seventh consecutive loss.

*1983: Two-time NCAA champion Mark Schultz, recovered from a back injury, hammered Jim Waliga 17-5 at 177 pounds to help the Oklahoma wrestling team whip Kentucky 31-12 at Lloyd Noble Center. Schultz improved to 13-0. “That guy wasn't very good so I didn't have to use everything to beat him,” Schultz said after the match.

It figures

16: The Cameron University men's basketball team splashed 16 3-pointers Wednesday in its 92-72 victory over Angelo State (Texas). The Aggies still fell short of single-game school record (19) set in 2009. During Wednesday's win, Craig Foster, a junior guard out of Lawton High School, was a team-best 6 of 10 from behind the arc. Foster finished with a game-high 21 points.

Three questions

The Oklahoman asked Mustang High forward Geoffrey Hightower three questions during its recent Photo Day for winter sports. Hightower is a 6-foot-5, 224-pound sophomore who will turn 17 next May.

*List one person you want to trade places with for a day: “Kevin Durant, my favorite player.”

*List five items that are your absolute favorite things: “My car, basketball, phone, money and computer.”

*What player on your team inspires you and why? “Chandler Garrett, because even though he has asthma, he still gives everything he has.”

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