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High school notebook: State officials to be honored

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: July 30, 2013

The Oklahoma Officials Association will induct four sports officials into its Hall of Fame at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Southmoore High School.

Seminole's Bill Allensworth, Piedmont's Royce Pennington, Durant's Mike Lawson and Tahlequah's Jack Crittenden will be honored.

Allensworth spent 33 years as a basketball official, working 24 state tournaments and more than 4,000 games.

Pennington retired in 2003 after a 33-year football and wrestling officiating career. He was a college football official for more than 15 years in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Football Conference. He was also involved in four state championships and two wrestling championships.

Lawson spent 30 years as a basketball, baseball and softball official. He work 10 different state tournaments and five state championship games.

Crittenden spent 25 years as a football and basketball official for high school and college games in Oklahoma and Missouri.


State Representative Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, who is one of the state congressmen behind the interim study into the OSSAA's practices and procedures, spoke to a room full of high school football coaches Tuesday during the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.

Cleveland and Rep. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, requested the interim study of the organization in May, and it was announced earlier this month that it was on the House of Representatives' 2013 Interim Studies Proposals list.

According to coaches who attended the meeting — which included several items in addition to Cleveland's presentation — Cleveland spoke about the pursuit for transparency from the OSSAA primarily regarding eligibility and hardship issues, as well as financial concerns.


Fifteen-year-old Brad Dalke shot a 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Junior PGA Championship Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.

Dalke, who finished tied for fourth in the event last year, has been verbally committed to Oklahoma since he was 12 years old. His family recently relocated to Hobart from Texas when his father, Bill Dalke, was hired as Hobart's high school football coach.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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