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.
*Sydney Angle died in the Moore tornado at age 9. She first played softball at age 4; this season, Angle played for a team called “Bring It.”
*Christopher Legg, 9, also died in the Moore tornado. An all-around athlete who played football for the Red Eagles and Rough Riders, baseball for the Mad Dogs and basketball for the Moore Community Center.
*Keith Landers, 49, coached Little League baseball in Elgin. Served as league president. ... Becky Uzzel Thompson, 53, starred in basketball and track at Wilson High School. Also played basketball and volleyball at Southeastern Oklahoma State. ... Gene Latimer, 96, was a Sallisaw High School graduate who played baseball at Connors State. ... Ken Jenkins, 65, a former Guymon resident who raced stock cars and later designed sprint car chassis. ... Wayne Albright, 86, Little League coach in Tyrone.
*Tulsa's Aimee Creger, the Conference-USA Pitcher of the Year, was invited to try out for the U.S. National Team. The Mustang product was 24-5 with a 1.00 earned run average during the regular season. Creger's ERA was third-best in the nation.
*A record 151 student-athletes received diplomas at the University of Oklahoma. The group included 20 master's degree candidates and 15 former student-athletes who returned to OU to finish bachelor's degrees. Kelly Garrison-Funderburk, a four-time national champion in gymnastics, earned a degree in multidisciplinary studies 25 years after competing for the Sooners. Former softball player Stacia Aleman-Dowell received a professional degree in dentistry, and another former gymnast, Gina Lesko, is now a medical doctor.
*Texas Royal Snow set a Remington Park record for Paints and Appaloosas, winning a 330-yard race in 16.746 seconds. The 9-year-old Appaloosa gelding is owned by Jimmy Maddux of Weatherford and trained by Mollie Devereaux. The previous record was 16.751 seconds, set in 2010 by Ooh Shez Special.
*Marco Carvajal was named first-team NAIA All-American, which is a first for Oklahoma Baptist University. The sophomore from Mallorca, Spain, tied a school record for wins (21) in a season.
*Amy Madden of Southern Nazarene University was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II softball. The senior from Bethany is a biology/chemistry major who maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. She has already been accepted to the University of Oklahoma Medical School and will begin classes in the fall.
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.”