Tributes: Robert LeGrande helped Central State win two national titles

LeGrande was a heavyweight wrestler that helped the Bronchos dominate the NAIA.
by Scott Munn Published: October 15, 2012

*Bill Helean was a Shawnee native who raced motorcycles as a youngster. He was a hot-air balloon pilot who also enjoyed hunting and fishing. The retired construction manager for Benham-Holway Engineering Co. died at age 74.

*Linda Pickard played basketball for the Deer Creek Antlers in the 1970s, when high school girls still played six-on-six. She earned a degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993 and married Kyle Slabotsky a year later. A family obituary said Linda was a dedicated mom who was always the loudest fan during her children's athletic events. Linda Slabotsky was an Edmond resident when she died at age 54.

*Wanda Porter died at age 88 in Iowa City, Iowa. The former Midwest City resident was an avid golfer and served as president of the Twin Hills Women's Golf Association.

*Edmond resident Glenn Hamilton was a member of the Oklahoma City Bowling Hall of Fame's skills division. He also liked to golf and watch all sports — except hockey. The native Texan died at age 86.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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It figures

1: No pressure on coach Todd Nelson and the boys, but No. 1 is where the Oklahoma City Barons are ranked by ESPN in its first American Hockey League Power Poll for the season. No one can blame ESPN hockey writer Craig Custance for choosing the Barons to sit atop poll; OKC has five of the Edmonton Oilers' No. 1 draft picks and seven No. 2 selections on the roster.

6-5: Bol Bol is a 6-foot-5 seventh-grade basketball player in Kansas City, Mo. He's already rated as a top-five prospect for the Class of 2018, according to a scouting report obtained by Geoff James of Bol has good genes — he's the son of the late Manute Bol, a 7-foot-7 shot blocker who played 10 NBA seasons. USA Today writer Reid Cherner said Bol Bol “seems to have some really good basketball skills.” Manute Bol died in 2010 at age 47 from a kidney-related illness. He totaled 2,086 blocked shots.

Birthday club

Born on Oct. 16 were these babies who would someday have a role in Oklahoma sports:

*20 — Although he spent a brief time playing summer-league baseball in Oklahoma City, former Westmoore slugger and rising Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper turns 20.

*46 — Gerry Fleming is the 6-foot-5 guy who stands next to Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson on the bench. Fleming is a former Montreal Canadiens enforcer who is teaching lessons in different manner these days as one of Nelson's assistant coaches. Fleming celebrates No. 46.

*63 — An Oklahoma Sooners football treasure. The late, great Jack Mildren would have turned 63.

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