For Kim Spady, it was a way to help keep her son's memory alive.
“There's no question life has to move on, but it's a struggle not to constantly be worried about (your kid being forgotten),” she said. “That's a huge gift.”
T-shirts were sold for the tournament and players from each team wore gold ribbons on their hats and helmets.
YUKON'S DENNEY AMONG MAXPREPS ALL-AMERICANS
Yukon catcher Jon Denney and Owasso first baseman Austin O'Brien were named to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball All-American first team earlier this week.
Denney, The Oklahoman's All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year, hit .459 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs for the Millers this season. He was drafted in the third round by Boston and recently signed with the Red Sox.
O'Brien, an Oklahoma signee, hit .402 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He earned Gatorade state player of the year honors.
Also named to the first team was Colleyville (Texas) Heritage outfielder and Oklahoma football signee Cody Thomas. Thomas hit .470 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. Thomas was drafted by the Yankees but will not sign.
He has said he intends to play baseball at OU as well.
Two more with state ties were named to the second team. Carl Albert corner infielder Gavin LaValley, a junior, was one of just four underclassmen on the teams. LaValley hit .477 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs for the 5A state champions.
Joining him on the second team was former Stillwater infielder Ryder Jones. Jones played in North Carolina as a senior, hitting .461 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs and earning Gatorade state player of the year honors.
Jones was drafted by the Giants in the second round and recently signed.
SWIMMING TRIO ON ALL-AMERICA LIST
Three Oklahoma swimmers were named high school All-Americans this year after finishing among the top 100 swimmers nationally in an event.
Tomas Elder and Justin Wu of Norman North both qualified, along with Ally Robertson of Edmond North.
Robertson, a sophomore and The Oklahoman's All-City Girls Swimmer of the Year, set the state record the 200 individual medley and won four gold medals at the 6A state meet.
Elder and Wu teamed up to help Norman North win a pair of relay titles at state, and each won two individual golds as well.
MCGUINNESS' SADEGHY, EDMOND PAIR QUALIFY FOR BIG I
Alexis Sadeghy of Bishop McGuinness birdied six of her final nine holes at KickingBird Golf Club last week to win the state qualifier for the Big I National Championship, one of the nation's oldest national junior golf tournaments.
In addition, Jacob Bishop and Austin Eckroat, both of Edmond, were first and second, respectively, to qualify for the event in the boys competition.
Sadeghy's back-nine total of 29 gave her a 66 for the tournament and earn a spot in the national event, which will be held Aug. 5-8 at Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina.
Like Sadeghy, Bishop finished strong to win, firing a 64 in the second round of the 36-hole tournament.