Recognizing the people with state ties that make game days special no matter what they do:
*FUTURE: Oklahoma City University Athletics Hall of Famer, softball pitcher Lily LaVelle. The former Bridge Creek High School star finished a four-year OCU career as the school- and NAIA-record holder in several categories. LaVelle set NAIA career marks for strikeouts (1,411) and appearances (169) as well as the single-season record for strikeouts (540). The three-time All-American established school records for career wins (122) and innings pitched (916). LaVelle was selected as the NAIA Pitcher of the Year this season, only the second time an OCU hurler has been honored. She was pretty good with the stick, too. LaVelle batted .384 with 61 homers, 214 RBIs and 71 steals over four years.
*AGE: Is only a number for jockey Roy Brooks. The 70-year-old Blanchard resident won a second consecutive Heritage Place Derby at Remington Park. Brooks guided Priceless Feature to a tight victory over Texasindependencegal in the 400-yard, Grade 2, $247,800 race. Brooks said in a statement, “I may have to come back and win this one again next year.”
*SET: The 24-hour world rowing record for his age group, Steven Price, the associate vice president for technology development at Oklahoma State. Price rowed from 6 a.m. May 18 to 6 a.m. May 19. He covered a distance of 200,740 meters on a machine that simulates the same results as rowing. Price already holds the world record for most pullups (3,175) in a 24-hour period, set in April 2009.
*SELECTED: As Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year, Oklahoma State softball shortstop Chelsea Garcia. The award honors undergraduate students of color who excel on the field and in the classroom. The former Moore High School standout was one of 350 nominees this academic year. Garcia is the second OSU student-athlete to win the national honor since it was established in 2009. Former soccer star Yolanda Odenyo was selected in 2009.
*FIVE: Multi-homer games for Oklahoma City RedHawks slugger Mike Hessman this season. Hessman, a 1996 draft choice by the Atlanta Braves, is second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 total home runs; he is the career leader in homers for active minor league players with 346.