High school notebook: Tom Cobble, Charley North headed to Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 4, 2013

photo - El Reno High School football coach Tom Cobble watches as the El Reno football team practices at Yukon High School on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in Yukon, Okla. El Reno was getting some practice time on the artificial turf before playing this week's semifinal playoff game at Mustang High School.   STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER  ORG XMIT: KOD
El Reno High School football coach Tom Cobble watches as the El Reno football team practices at Yukon High School on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in Yukon, Okla. El Reno was getting some practice time on the artificial turf before playing this week's semifinal playoff game at Mustang High School. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER ORG XMIT: KOD

Chickasha football coach Tom Cobble, former Dibble head coach and University of Oklahoma assistant Charley North and former Edmond and Tulsa Union football coach Rick Jones were among 10 inductees into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Coaches Association announced Monday.

Cobble has taken three different teams to state championship games, most recently Enid in 2006.

North, currently an assistant at Norman, coached at Wagoner, McAlester, Tecumseh and Dibble. He also spent time at OU, Arkansas, TCU and Alabama.

Jones, who now coaches in Greenwood, Ark., coached at Edmond from 1985-89 before moving to Union. He also spent time as the head coach at Broken Arrow.

Other inductees include Ronnie Asbill of Sallisaw, Larry Bookout of Morris, Dan Bradberry of Talihina, Mark Campbell of Claremore, Jim Coleman of Watonga, Blaine Stone of Watonga and T.J. “Sonny” Vermillion of Blanchard.

Asbill spent his entire career at Sallisaw, joining the Black Diamonds as an assistant in 1972. He stayed there until stepping down in 2011 due to health concerns.

He was Sallisaw's head coach from 1988-1995.

Asbill died last month at 62.

The induction ceremony will be held July 28 at the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa at the start of the OCA All-State Games.

HARRAH HONORS ROGERS

After the death of teammate Sara Rogers last April, the Harrah girls basketball team made it a point to honor her throughout this season.

Rogers, 16, died from injuries sustained in a car wreck on April 17. Her memory, though, lives on with the Panthers (19-9).

Eight different players wore her No. 22 jersey at the eight home game this season. And during this week's Class 4A state tournament, the players will wear T-shirts featuring her shoes during warm-ups.

“The kids are so emotional and happy,” Harrah coach Curt Knox said. “It was like she was in the gym the other night, you know in a divine way, when we clinched it.”

Knox said the jersey is unlikely to be used during the tournament. “It would be just too tough for me to pick which one to wear 22,” he said.

Harrah opens Thursday at 2 p.m. against Cushing (24-1) at Southern Nazarene University.

GOLIGHTLY, SYLVESTER LEADING CHICKASHA

One of the key components to Chickasha's run to the Class 5A boys state tournament has been its ability to come out on top in tight games.

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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
Reporter
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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