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Game of life: George Miskovsky Jr. was all-around athlete

by Scott Munn Published: June 3, 2013

A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*George Miskovsky Jr. was an all-around athlete. He played Little League baseball for the Taft Explorers; started at quarterback as a Classen High School senior; was an All-City swimming champion; and played polo at New Mexico Military Institute. As an adult, Miskovsky raced yachts on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. An attorney by trade, he held offices with several clubs, including senior yacht racing judge. Miskovsky, an Oklahoma City native, died at age 77.

*Peter Fryer played for Tulsa Central's state championship basketball teams in 1938 and 1939. A little more than six years after celebrating the Braves' '39 title victory, Fryer was liberated from a German prisoner of war camp. The bomber navigator was shot down over France and spent 2½ years as a POW. He died recently at age 91.

*Former Edmond Memorial High School baseball standout Damon Edelen died at age 35. Edelen was a member of The Oklahoman's All-City second team and All-State honorable mention after batting .317 with seven homers and 30 RBIs as a senior. The infielder played ball at Northeastern A&M and then Southwestern Oklahoma State. He later coached football and baseball in Cripple Creek, Colo. Edelen returned to Oklahoma to begin a career as a petroleum land man.

*John Lauderdale, 80, played baseball at Tulsa Rogers. He received a scholarship from Tulsa and lettered three years for the Golden Hurricane. Lauderdale had an opportunity to play for the Baltimore Orioles organization, but he opted to put an engineering degree to use. Off time was spent coaching youth baseball as well as girls basketball and softball.

*Bethany resident Marie Brandt, 90, competed in the Senior Olympic Games from 2000-2008. The retired schoolteacher and realtor won six gold medals and two silver medals in swimming.

*George Seminoff of Oklahoma City served on the Red Bud Classic board. He also competed in the annual event through Nichols Hills, winning the 1K race in 1986. The renowned architect and World War II veteran died at age 86.

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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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Truth be told

The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: Name someone you want to trade places with for a day and why:

Audrianna Morgan, track, Centennial:

“My mother to see what she goes through everyday with us.”

Tyler Kelpine, golf, Carl Albert:

“Tiger Woods just to see how nice it is to be that good.”

Sam Wert, tennis, Casady:

“I would not like to trade places with anyone. I like who I am and what I do.”


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