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Oklahoma Officials Association announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

by Jacob Unruh Modified: June 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014

The Oklahoma Officials Association announced Friday morning five inductees to the OOA Hall of Fame, including the late Rick Roop, a former Western Heights football coach and basketball official.

The inductees include Dick Adams of Lawton, Gene Lewellen of Okmulgee, Dave Diesselhorst of Kingfisher and Kenny Heitzman of Del City.

The induction will take place Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9:30 a.m. in conjunction with the OOA Summer Conference at Westmoore.

Roop will be inducted posthumously. He died in April 2013 in an accident at Tillman Producers Co-Op in Frederick. He was the assistant principal at Altus Intermediate School at the time of his death.

Heitzman worked as a basketball and football official for 24 years, and is currently serving as the football crew assignor for Oklahoma City.

Adams, Diesselhorst and Roop worked as basketball officials. They called in several state tournaments and All-State contests.

Lewellen worked in baseball and baseball. He called a total of 22 state championship games.

The induction will bring the total of OOA Hall of Fame members to 111. Selections, which began in 1987, are made by the OOA Executive Board each spring.

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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