A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Former University of Tulsa football player Roy Stuart Jr. died at age 92. The Shawnee native played professional ball as an offensive lineman/linebacker for the Cleveland Rams, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bisons. Stuart spent the 1944-45 seasons aboard the Bunker Hill, a U.S. aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during World War II. Survived a double kamikaze attack in '45, one of the deadliest in U.S. Naval history. Worked in petroleum business after football. Inducted into the TU Hall of Fame in 1993.
*Railroad transportation inspector Loren Lockhart played basketball for a record-setting Carl Albert Junior College team in the 1948. Owned season tickets for OU basketball and football games for many years. A World War II veteran who served in the Marines — only after the Allied victory did he returned to Howe High School to finish his senior year. The Oklahoma City resident died at age 87.
*Lanny Anderson was a state tennis champion at Wewoka High School. He played tennis and basketball for the University of Oklahoma, lettering in hoops for the 1956 season. A thoracic and vascular surgeon by trade. Anderson died at age 77.
*Former high school basketball coach Jay Dee Zehr died at age 81. Zehr coached at several schools, including Carmen-Dacoma, Cyril, Hydro, Boise City, Crescent, Pond Creek and Dover. He was an All-State coach for the Small West in 1987. Before coaching, Zehr ran track for three-time conference champion Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He also ran track and played basketball while in the Navy.
*Other Oklahomans with sports backgrounds who died recently include: Nancy Ballard O'Neill, 65, drum majorette at Ada High School. ... Marcia Sharry, 55, a 17-year breast cancer survivor. Each year, she walked the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure. ... John Daw, 59, was a certified personal trainer who died from ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ... Lola Willis Ashmore, 96, basketball player at Mangum High School. ... Doris Stepp Blassingame, 70, basketball player at Ringling High School. ... Ronald Swarb, 78, helped Harjo High reach the boys state basketball playoffs in 1951. ... Sally Ritcheson-Burks, 75, baton twirler and drum majorette at Pauls Valley High School. ... Gary Smith, 55, football and baseball player at Crooked Oak High School. Drag racing enthusiast.
4: Home runs for Oklahoma Baptist's Matt Page during a recent doubleheader sweep. The junior first baseman tied a school record with three homers in one game.
7: Runs batted in for Oklahoma State softball player Tarah Ettinger during Sunday's 10-1 rout over Cleveland State.
17: 3-pointers made by Central Oklahoma during a men's basketball win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament. UCO set a single-game school record by shooting 65.4 percent from behind the arc.
63-0.75: Feet and inches that Oklahoma senior Tia Brooks threw the shot put on Saturday during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Meet. Brooks is the first woman in NCAA history to surpass the 63-foot mark; the previous record holder was North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty, who threw 62-4.00 during the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships.
*Online bidding has opened for equipment used during the American Hockey League All-Star Game. Player gloves ($75 starting bid), helmets ($75) and sweaters ($250) are on the block. The helmet worn by Oklahoma City Barons forward Mark Arcobello has been listed. And one of the more “trivial” items is the helmet of Bridgeport Sound defenseman Matt Donovan. The New York Islanders prospect is the only Oklahoma-born and trained professional hockey player in history. Donovan is an Edmond native. Go to www.theahl.com and click on the auction link.
*Recently saw a Johnny Bench autographed baseball with a certificate of authenticity selling for $150. ... The 2013 Topps Baseball Cards are on store shelves. ... Hard to find at local retail stores: McFarlane action figures of Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Edmonton Oilers and former Barons forward Jordan Eberle. Hint: Go to www.clarktoys.com. Order Westbrook for $12.99 and Eberle for $7.99. Clark Toys is also taking pre-orders for the first James Harden figurine.