*Paul Barbee Jr. was a 205-pound center for the Northwest Classen football team, back in the day when the Knights were coached by Dean Choate. Barbee would play briefly for the University of Houston, before going on to make a name for himself as a championship weightlifter. Barbee was a national collegiate champ in 1972, a Texas state champion and three-time Gulf States titlist. He served as coach for the U.S. team that competed at the Goodwill Games in Russia. Barbee also trained fellow lifters; pro boxers; high school and college football players; track and field athletes — and even beauty pageant contestants. A man who was once ranked No. 4 in the world, squatted 804 pounds and benched 615 was a Corpus Christi, Texas, resident when he died at age 62 from heart disease.
*Barney Limes was an honorable mention All-State center for the Maud football team in 1947. He earned a football scholarship to Oklahoma City University. OCU dropped football two years later, and Limes transferred to Oklahoma. Although Limes did not play football for the Sooners, he did begin an education that eventually led to a successful career as urologist in the Oklahoma City area. The Navy veteran was a resident of Sun City, Texas, when he died at age 82.
*Jim Stroup was a football and basketball standout at Woodward High School in the early 1940s. He was a teenage sailor during World War II, and after the Allied victory, Stroup joined the Oklahoma State basketball program as a walk-on. Stroup was a 6-foot, 170-pound guard who helped the Henry Iba-coached Aggies to the national championship for the 1945-46 season.
Stroup went into coaching as a career; he spent 11 years at Enid High School, including six as head basketball coach. Stroup guided the Plainsmen to two state championships and one runner-up finish. He later served as physical director at the YMCA in Muskogee. Stroup returned to coaching one last time, at Phillips University in Enid.
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