Oklahoma Sports Milestones recognizes people with state ties who make game days special.
*DIED: At age 92, retired Ada High School coach Paul Landrith. The native Oklahoman played basketball at Byng High School and East Central University. Landrith spent three years with the Army Air Corps during World War II before beginning a decorated coaching career at Ada. He spent the 1949-62 seasons as the boys basketball coach. Lindrith's teams had a 232-99 record with seven state tournament appearances, including the 1962 championship. He was also the first golf coach in Ada High history. Inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame and the East Central Hall of Fame.
*RETIRING: After 17 years as golf coach at Southern Nazarene University, Steve Hulsey. The two-time NAIA Women's Coach of the Year will call it quits after the upcoming national tournaments. The SNU women won national titles in 1999 and 2002 under Hulsey, and the men had six top-10 national tournament finishes. Hulsey will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in May. Former Crimson Storm golfer Derrick Taylor will replace his former coach.
*DIED: At age 59, former Clinton High School football star Ray Ennis. The 1969 All-State pick was a 6-foot-1, 195-pound pulling guard in the Red Tornadoes' power sweep. Ennis played for three consecutive Class A state championship teams that finished with a combined 38-1 record. He flirted with starting at linebacker as a sophomore and received a varsity letter that season. Ennis signed with Oklahoma State and lettered for the 1971, '72 and '74 seasons.
*FIRST: Perfect game in school history, for either softball or baseball, by Jackie Hilterbran of Mid-America Christian University. The freshman right-hander from Southmoore High is part of the building process for the relatively new NAIA softball program, and she offered a glimpse of what might be in the future. Hilterbran blanked Rogers State with just one strikeout, but she only needed 43 pitches as Mid-America Christian run-ruled the Hillcats 8-0 in five innings. She added two hits and scored twice on offense.
*WON: Five races in one day at Remington Park, defending American Quarter Horse Association champion jockey G.R. Carter. He achieved the feat Sunday, winning the first, second, fifth, eighth and 10th races. The five victories give Carter 48 for the season. He is 16 ahead of Adalberto Candanosa in the jockey title chase. Carter has won 15 riding championships at the Oklahoma City track.
*HONORED: By the College Gymnastics Association, Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton. He was selected as NCAA Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around and parallel bar titles at the NCAA Championships. Dalton had a career-best 91.000 score in the all-around, which helped the Sooners finish second in the team championship chase. Dalton earned All-America status in the all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. He is the first gymnast in OU history to achieve six-time All-America honors in one season.
*OTHER: Oklahomans with sports backgrounds who died recently: Margaret Workman, 77, a former Del City mayor who organized bowling leagues for Sunny Lanes. ... Bud Clark, 63, a Western Heights High School basketball player who earned an athletic scholarship to Northeastern A&M Junior College. ... Bryan Walters, 51, a Choctaw resident who coached youth girls basketball and softball. ... John Travis Edwards, 85, an Oklahoma City attorney who, according to a family obituary, never mastered golf but managed two aces. ... Ron Newsome, 68, former assistant football coach at Southeastern State University.
7-0: The Texas Stars defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 7-0 in each teams' first game of this American Hockey League season. An impressive beginning for the Stars. An ominous sign for the Barons. But since that October 2011 night in Cedar Park, Texas, the Stars finished last in the Western Division, and a day after the regular season ended, head coach Jeff Pyle and assistant coach Jeff Truitt were fired. For Oklahoma City, it recovered nicely. The Barons finished 45-22-9; won the division and Western Conference championships; and begin a second-round playoff series at 7 p.m. Thursday against San Antonio in the Cox Center.
Birth of a legend
Tuesday marks the 31st anniversary of Wes Welker's birth. The Oklahoma City native and New England Patriots star receiver would seem to have it all — or could buy it all — considering the nice paychecks he receives. So what do family members, such as parents Leland and Shelley Welker, give their little Pro Bowler for his birthday?
“It really is hard to get him something, because he's way up there compared to us,” Leland Welker said with a laugh. “He'll usually tell us what we can get him. Last year, I got him one of those (golf) range finders.”
And what has Wes asked for this year?
“He told us to get him a bottle of cologne,” Leland said. “I don't know what it's called, but it has a tobacco smell to it. A real heavy tobacco smell. And it's as expensive as heck, too.”
News from the ball card and sports memorabilia scene:
*Al's Sports Cards in Edmond will have its monthly in-store show, beginning 1 p.m. Saturday. Several dealers are scheduled to attend, and drawings for $10 vouchers will be held at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Al's Sports Cards is located at 116 E. 15th in the Edmond Plaza East shopping center. For more show information, call (405) 348-7583.
*McFarlane SportsPicks will release the first action figure of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in October. The figures are usually sold in retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us in the $10 to $12 range. CLARKtoys.com is probably the best guarantee to get Westbrook's debut piece in Oklahoma. The Wausau, Wisc.-based company is taking online orders at www.CLARKtoys.com. The price is $12.99 per figure. McFarlane SportsPicks has already produced Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin figures. A figure of quarterback Sam Bradford wearing a red OU jersey is scheduled for a July release.
The quote of the week comes from Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. He was asked by media about former Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis ending his college football career early because of academic issues. The Lions selected Lewis late in the NFL Draft last weekend:
“There's been plenty of players that have struggled in school that were smart football players,” Schwartz said. “This is the National Football League. We've got All-Pro. We have Pro Bowl. But we don't have Academic All-NFC North or All-Academic NFL. I think he plays smart on the field.”