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.
The Chicks are 10-4 in games decided by seven points or less, partly a product of an experienced lineup.
Coach Bryan Merritt starts five seniors, led by E.J. Golightly and Joey Sylvester.
Golightly, a 6-foot-2 guard, averages 23.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists, while the 6-4 Sylvester adds 16.2 points and 11.2 boards inside.
PERFECT PERKINS-TRYON TAKING SIMPLE APPROACH
Longtime Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett hadn't been paying much attention to the Demons' record.
And then they won their second tournament this season. That's when he realized a perfect regular season was possible for the first time in school history.
“It's something we don't talk about very much, but we're happy to be undefeated,” Burnett said.
Perkins-Tryon (26-0) opens the Class 3A state tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Hugo (19-8) at State Fair Arena.
The Demons, though, know that their record doesn't necessarily mean much starting Thursday.
“If you look at the big picture: state tournament, playing at the fairgrounds, it can become overwhelming,” Burnett said. “We're going to focus on it's just another game and we need to come out and play like we always do.”
Perkins-Tryon is led by 6-foot seniors Jordan Gorham and McKenzie Stanford. They combine for nearly 30 points and 17 rebounds per game.
“They control the boards every night,” Burnett said. “Obviously, they're a big reason for our success and when our outside game is on, we're pretty tough to beat.”
KETCHUM ONE WIN FROM RECORD
No. 2 Ketchum, which knocked off No. 1 Northeast 52-51 in the area finals, will set a school record for most victories in a season with one win in the state tournament.
Ketchum coach Grant Callison said the Warriors are unbeaten (26-0) partly because they play with three point guards on the floor.
The team's leading scorer — 6-4 senior Jeylyn Sharpe who averages 23 points and 11 rebounds per game — was the club's starting point guard two years ago.
“He grew about five inches over that summer and we moved him inside,” Callison said.
Tanner Mouse, a 6-2 guard who is averaging four steals per game, played the point last season but moved to the No. 2 guard this year when 6-1 senior Trae Fairchild transferred from Liberty. Fairchild is the son of the new girls' coach at Ketchum.
“We have three guys who are used to running our offense,” Callison said.