*Perhaps one of the finest athletes in Choctaw High School history, Rick Goodman was an All-State selection in football and baseball. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback helped Choctaw to a 23-3 record and two Class B state semifinal appearances over the 1961 and 1962 seasons. As a senior, Goodman completed 90 of 135 passes for 1,276 yards and 18 touchdowns; he was selected that season as The Oklahoman's All-City Offensive Player of the Year.
As a senior pitcher on the baseball team, Goodman finished the '63 season with a 13-1 record, 158 strikeouts and a 1.00 earned run average. He threw three no-hitters and two one-hitters. Goodman bypassed playing in the All-State football game to participate in the American Legion State Baseball Tournament. Goodman played industrial league baseball, too, once throwing all 17 innings of a loss. He struck out 22 in that game.
Oklahoma State recruited Goodman as a football player. He chose to play baseball for Bacone, then a junior college power. A brick mason by trade, Goodman died recently at his Midwest City home.
*Garland Thomas helped the Tecumseh High football team to an 11-1-1 record in 1953. The 192-pound defensive end was All-District player for a team that suffered its only loss in the Class B playoffs to Cleveland. Thomas also played basketball and ran track for the Savages. As an adult, he worked in the Alaskan oil fields; as a barber in the OU student union; and in the wholesale grocery business. Thomas died at age 76 from liver cancer. He donated his body to the OU Health Sciences Center.
*David Whitehead of Midwest City worked with special needs patients at the Reliant Living Center and participated in Special Olympics. He died at age 54.
*Larry Pribble spent 28 years as a state game warden. The Chandler resident died at age 69.
*Former University of Central Oklahoma football great Bobby Williams died at age 70 in Oklahoma City. A native of Geiger, Ala., Williams was a four-year starter at halfback for the Bronchos over the 1962-65 seasons. He totaled 1,572 career rushing yards, helping then-Central State College to a 25-11 record and the NAIA championship in '62. The UCO Athletics Hall of Famer still holds school records for kick returns, including career yards (1,063). Williams played six seasons in the NFL, specializing in kick returns for the St. Louis Cardinals or Detroit Lions.
*Yujeong Son, an 11-year-old from Norman, won the U.S. Kids World Championship Girls Golf Tournament at Southern Pines in Pinehurst, N.C. Yujeong finished the three-day tournament with a 5-under-par 211, trimming runner-up Isabella Fierro Saul of Ciudad de Carmen, Mexico, by one stroke. Yujeong was three shots behind the leader after the first round, but she rallied with a 68 and 69 over the last two days.
*Jeff Richter defeated Josh Evans for the Open Division championship at the Oklahoma Left-handed Golfers Association tournament at the John Conrad course in Midwest City. Richter, a Navy pilot stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, finished with a two-round 147, which was six strokes better than Evans.
The Oklahoma City-area southpaws also hooked up for the title in 2010, when Richter trimmed Evans in a nine-hole playoff, also at John Conrad. Evans, the director of communications for the Oklahoma City Barons, is a four-time left-handers tournament champion.
Other division winners at this year's tournament were Steve Chapman (148) in seniors and Ken Barnes (152) in super seniors.
The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions has scheduled an Oklahoma City stop for Thursday, Oct. 4, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. A news release said members of the U.S. women's gold medal Olympic team will participate. The 2008 Olympic all-around champion, Nastia Liuken, is coming to OKC, which will set up a nice competition provided U.S. hero Gabby Douglas joins the field. Douglas was the all-around gold medalist at the London Games.
Call (405) 602-8512 for ticket reservations.
Michael Phelps established himself as an Olympic swimming legend long before the 2012 Games in London.
The 19-time gold medalist — 22 overall — appears to have invested some of his sponsorship coin in real estate, and he's ready to sell a lavish bachelor pad in Baltimore.
Toptenrealestatedeals.com has photos and a description of amenities that come with Phelps' 4,080-square-foot home that overlooks the Inner Harbor. The five-story abode has three bedrooms, three full baths and stainless steel appliances to complement granite countertops.
This deal of the day is priced at $1.42 million.