A tribute to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Robert LeGrande earned a bachelor's degree in safety engineering and a master's in adult education, both at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Edmond school was known as Central State in a time when the Bronchos dominated NAIA wrestling. LeGrande was a heavyweight who helped the Eddie Griffin-coached Bronchos win two national championships. Before college, LeGrande wrestled for Del City High School. He also played on the offensive line for the Eagles' state championship football team in 1976. LeGrande, 53, was a Shawnee resident at the time of death.
*Norman resident Stacy Wehrenberg died at age 52 from a rare form of breast cancer. The former Stacy Thrailkill graduated from Norman High School and then played for the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, which was directed by her father, Gene Thrailkill. Stacy, who worked 25 years for the university, was the sister of Sooners assistant women's basketball coach Chad Thrailkill.
*Bob Forrest was a longtime sports writer who was working for The Ada News at the time of death at age 59. Forrest had been in Oklahoma City recently to cover the fall state baseball tournaments. He covered horse racing for more than 15 years for the Tulsa World. The Ada News said Forrest apparently died in his sleep on Sept. 6 at his Konawa residence.
*The former Teresa Anderson was the 1962 football homecoming queen at Pond Creek High School. She earned an academic scholarship to Northwestern State in Alva and later married James Day. The mother of three died at age 65 while living in Houston.
*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.
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 csnbayarea.com. 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.
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.