A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:
•Roy Randall, 81, of Willits, Calif., starred in football at Capitol Hill High School. The halfback was on the Redskins’ unbeaten state championship team in 1949, and then earned All-State honors in 1950 after helping his squad to a 10-2 record. The Oklahoman said the 5-foot-10, 174-pounder “can do almost anything a coach would like to have a backfield performer do. He runs hard and fast, passes and punts and backs up the right side of the line on defense.” Randall attended OU and North Texas State, before joining the Army during the early years of the Cold War. He eventually moved to Seal Bay, Alaska, and built the Afognak Wilderness Lodge, where sportsmen could bed down during hunting and fishing expeditions. He was an expert tracker of bear, elk and deer.
•Former high school basketball coach Joe Shoulders died at age 88. Shoulders’ coached boys teams at Tulsa McLain and Collinsville to more than 300 victories. He was a member of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules committee for several years. Shoulders was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Oklahoma Basketball Association All-Star Hall of Fame in 1995.
•Gladys Tefertiller Going, 99, of Choctaw played basketball for old Quay High School, which was located northeast of Oklahoma City. She and husband Raymond were longtime owners of Oklahoma State basketball season tickets.
•James Riley, 85, of Tulsa was a University of Oklahoma graduate who worked in the oil business. He also taught marketing classes at Oklahoma State, Langston, Northeastern State and Oral Roberts. Despite the change of school colors and mascots over the years, he remained a died-in-the-wool OU Sooners sports fan. Riley often called Owen Field the “Sooner Hall of Worship” and once found a way into the empty stadium just so he could walk down the ramp where the OU football team entered the field.
•Kaden Robinson, 23, died in an automobile accident. He played football at Wayne High School. Robinson enjoyed hunting and noodling.
•Baley Sechrist, 14, of Moore was a baseball and football player who recently left the athletic fields to devote his life to giving back to others.
•Mike Doughty, 66, was a Grandfield High and Oklahoma State graduate who spent his working career in Perry. He was a teacher and coach at Perry High School, and although he eventually left education for the insurance business, he remained an avid Maroons sports fan. Doughty was the public address announcer for the school’s baseball games and worked on radio broadcasts on football Friday nights. Served 26 years with the Oklahoma Army National Guard.