The grandmother of Cascia Hall senior Hunter Hart died Saturday after falling in the stands at the Class 3A state championship game in Stillwater the previous night, the Tulsa World reported.
Charlotte Mayfield, 66, fell backward down a set of stadium steps and hit her head during the first quarter of Cascia Hall's 35-18 loss to Anadarko.
Mayfield suffered severe head trauma and was taken by ambulance to Stillwater Medical Center. She was later flown to Tulsa's St. Francis Hospital, where she died the next day.
Hart is a standout defensive lineman and fullback for the Commandos. He sustained a knee injury in the first quarter but returned to record 14 tackles.
Coach Joe Medina said Hart wasn't told of his grandmother's condition until after the game.
“This accident puts the game into perspective,” Medina told the World. “It just goes to show you how precious life is, and you've just got to enjoy every moment you have with your loved ones.”
Mayfield's memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harvard Avenue Baptist Church.
BUNDAGE STILL HEADED TO ARIZONA
Douglass lineman Cayman Bundage still had some reservations about his verbal commitment to Arizona, but a trip to the campus and a meeting with new coach Rich Rodriguez gave him all the information he needed to reaffirm his decision to stick with the Wildcats.
“You can tell he's a good coach from his record,” Bundage said. “Then when I met him, he's a people person. We bonded real well, and that was a plus. I think he's gonna be good. We're gonna have a productive season, I can tell.”
Bundage committed to Arizona in the summer and remained committed after Mike Stoops was let go in October. But Bundage was looking at other options until his trip to Tucson last weekend.
“There were some questions I had, and I got them answered,” said Bundage, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound interior lineman. “The O-line coach (Robert Anae) stayed on the staff, so I'll still be playing for the same line coach.”
HERITAGE HALL SWEEPS 3A-3 AWARDS
Heritage Hall swept coaches' all-district honors for District 3A-3, led by receiver Sterling Shepard as the Most Valuable Player.
Running back Barry J. Sanders was named Offensive Player of the Year, and lineman Markus Wakefield was Defensive Player of the Year. Andy Bogert was selected as Coach of the Year.
DAVENPORT BROTHERS TOP B-2 HONORS
Davenport brother Mike and Matt Miller earned two of the top three honors on District B-2's All-District team.
Mike Miller was named the district's Most Valuable Player, rushing for 1,960 yards and 29 touchdowns; he posted 462 yards and six touchdowns receiving for the Class B runners-up. He also had 64 tackles and eight interceptions.
Junior quarterback Matt Miller was named the district's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,120 yards and 22 touchdowns and throwing for 1,507 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Fox's Justin Cornelius earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Davenport's John Greenfield was named the district's Coach of the Year.
FRESHMAN LESTER IMPRESSIVE IN CHOCTAW LOSS
Choctaw's boys basketball team lost a tough home game, 55-42, to No. 3-ranked Edmond Santa Fe on Tuesday.
But if freshman point guard Tyler Lester is any indication, the future could be bright in Choctaw.
Lester led all scorers with 18, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter.
The winless Yellow Jackets only trailed by three points heading into the fourth quarter and gave Santa Fe fits all night.
Choctaw plays again Friday at Mustang.
TULSA KELLEY'S AJANAKU HONORED
Tulsa Bishop Kelley's Inky Ajanaku was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Volleyball Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
Ajanaku, a 6-foot-4 senior middle blocker, helped the Comets to a 32-3 record and their fifth consecutive state championship (first in Class 6A).
Ajanaku had 537 kills, 127 blocks and 29 digs with a kill percentage of .634. She was the state tournament MVP and a first-team All-America selection of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.