FAIRFAX TACKLE WAS OBVIOUS CHOICE IN 1919
Big Mauldin of Fairfax was an easy selection to the 1919 All-State team, The Oklahoman reported.
“An interesting thing about the good natured tackle is that every team watching him play throughout the season picked him for the all state team,” The Oklahoma reported.
WEWOKA END WAS IMPRESSIVE IN 1929
Sports writers at The Oklahoman were impressed with Wewoka receiver Willie Goetting in 1929, calling the 6-3 player the most outstanding end in the state.
“Goetting stood out like a beacon on the receiving end in forward pass attacks,” The Oklahoma reported.
He also punted for Wewoka and averaged “more than 40 yards to the boot,” the newspaper reported.
1939 TEAM HEAVY ON BLOCKERS
After the 1938 All-State game ended in a scoreless draw, The Oklahoman placed a special emphasis on selecting linemen for the 1939 All-State team.
The 1938 squad “had hipper-dipper backs galore, boys who were full of mischief, but heavens! No one had remembered to invite the blockers,” according to the newspaper.
The 1939 team “is well-fortified in that respect,” The Oklahoman claimed.
QUARTERBACKS HIGHLIGHT 1949 TEAM
The 1949 All-State roster had a plethora of good quarterbacks, especially for the North squad, with “three brilliant passing quarterbacks in Billy Bledsoe of Cushing, Leo Canaday of Blackwell and Jack Ging of Alva,” The Oklahoman reported.
Jack Van Pool of Capitol Hill was “the only fulltime T quarterback on the Southern squad.” But running backs Chuck Kelly of Shawnee and Charles Murdock of Central “both have spent considerable time under center,” The Oklahoman reported.
BUD'S BOY ON 1959 SQUAD
Jay Wilkinson, son of University of Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson, was a member of the 1959 All-State team.
Wilkinson guided Norman to the state Class AA finals against Northwest that season.
“He is a 190-pounder who excels as a runner and defensive performer with the best of them,” The Oklahoman reported.
Another famous coach's son also was on the 1959 team, C.B. Speegle III of Capitol Hill. C.B. Speegle II was a longtime Capitol Hill coach and the man for which Speegle Stadium is named.
CARL ALBERT COACH ON 1969 ALL-STATE TEAM
Carl Albert coach Gary Rose was an All-State lineman from Shawnee in 1969, even though he weighed only about 185 pounds.
During All-State practices, Rose got to try and block Lucious Selmon of Eufaula and Barry Price of Midwest City.
“I wasn't very successful,” Rose said.
The late Darrell Porter, who played Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, was an All-State quarterback from Southeast that year.
Porter skipped the football game, but Rose's Shawnee team lost to Southeast, 9-7, that season.
“He kicked the field goal and scored the touchdown,” Rose said of Porter. “He was unbelievable. Porter was an all-stater in three sports. He could have been a big time college player in football and baseball.”
SOONER STARS ON 1979 SQUAD
The 1979 All-State team had two linebackers who would later start side by side for the University of Oklahoma: Stillwater's Jackie Shipp, now a coach for the Sooners, and Thomas Benson of Ardmore.
Another legendary Sooner also was on the 1979 squad: the late Ricky Bryan of Coweta.
GUNDY, BRADY, GILDON ON 1989 TEAM
Headlining the 1989 All-State team was current University of Oklahoma coach Cale Gundy, who was named Back of the Year by The Oklahoman.
Gundy threw for 7,060 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career at Midwest City.
One of Gundy's favorite targets at Oklahoma was the All-State tight end that year: Rickey Brady of Putnam City West.
Oklahoma State also had a future star on the 1989 All-State squad in Jason Gildon of Altus.
HERITAGE HALL WELL REPRESENTED ON 1999 SQUAD
Wes Welker of Heritage Hall was The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 because he did almost everything for the Chargers.
The future New England Patriot rushed for 1,243 yards that season and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 805 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Welker also returned three punts for touchdowns and kicked a 57-yard field goal that season.
Another famous Heritage Hall alum was on the 1999 All-State team, but he went to Nashville to gain celebrity.
Musician Graham Colton was the quarterback for Heritage Hall that season. He was officially named to the All-State team as a punter, although it was the passing records that he set that landed him on the team.
OU AND OSU STARTERS ON 2009 TEAM
The 2009 All-State team featured two players currently starting at the University of Oklahoma and one for Oklahoma State.
Offensive lineman Bronson Irwin of Mustang and cornerback Aaron Colvin of Owasso are playing for the Sooners, while Calvin Barnett of Tulsa Washington was the Big 12 newcomer of the year for the Cowboys after transferring from Navarro Community College in Texas.