*Rick Kirkendall was all about golf. He played plenty of it and sold equipment at his golf shops in Nichols Hills and Midwest City. The Edmond native also loved to hunt and fish. Kirkendall, who often played in fourball golf tournaments and The Oklahoman Open, died at age 51.
*Longtime Jones resident and veteran jockey Cliff Berry reached 4,000 wins in thoroughbred racing. Berry, who rode Brown Okie for the milestone win Saturday at Remington Park, is the 65th jockey in North America to reach the mark. He has won the leading jockey championship at Remington Park 14 times. Berry was inducted into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011.
“I felt the pressure in the gate. I guess it was because I knew this one could be the one,” Berry said in a statement about win No. 4,000. “It felt like I was riding in a million dollar race.”
*Oklahoma Baptist University is the place to be for high school swimmers and divers who want to remain close to home. The second-year program is seriously good under coach Sam Freas, a legend in the sport. The Bison, in its season-opening meet Friday at the Hendrix (Ark.) Classic, set seven Bob Courtway Pool records. Senior Dennys Noyles set two marks, a 296.8 score in the 1-meter dive and a 300.75 in the 3-meter dive. The men's team won the national championship last season, while the women's squad finished runner up.
OK, so we don't have pop up video on NewsOK.com. If we did, though, hear are a few tidbits about our sports staff that you would see in the quote bubble:
*Columnist Berry Tramel often asked wait staff for extra barbecue sauce at the old County Line for bread dunking.
*Page designer Kendall Matthews has a collection of minor league baseball hats from the Chicago Cubs organization.
*High school beat writer Ryan Aber has two daughters, one a cancer survivor.
*Trent Shadid, who compiles statistics for the scoreboard page, was a wrestler at Weatherford High School.
*Assistant sports editor Darla Smith, who is in charge of overseeing the high school writers, has a son, Josh, in the U.S. Marines.
Here are a few factoids about The Oklahoman sports crew, some of who are no longer with us, where names will be withheld to avoid further grief than they've already received:
*One of our current writers' parents has season tickets to Notre Dame home football games.
*A former staff member, who is now a schoolteacher, said Sam Bradford would never throw a pass for the University of Oklahoma.
*Several current writers have had to call police on game night — because they were usually the last to leave the stadium and were locked in.