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Tributes: Wiley Bell kept 66 Bowl open 24/7 in its early years

Two years after bowling alley closed, Bell died at age 95.
by Scott Munn Published: October 1, 2012

Bond died Sept. 24 in Oklahoma City at age 73.

*Thomas Whitaker worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools. As a young man, he played minor league baseball in the New York Giants organization. Whitaker and son Larry made a formidable duo in bowling. Thomas Whitaker was an Oklahoma City resident at time of death at age 85.

*Jack Welsh of Oklahoma City was a gastroenterologist by trade. He also authored books on medical practices during the Civil War. Sandwiched between research, he raced Hobie Cat catamarans throughout the U.S. Welsh died of cancer at age 83.

*Austin Hunter was an award-winning Little League Baseball player in Midwest City. He had a brief stay in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he won two medals as a wrestler. Hunter, who planned to join the Marine Corps after graduation, was a Carl Albert High School student at the time of death at age 15.

*Viola McDougal was an accomplished bowler who participated in local and traveling leagues. She was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. McDougal also played softball and tennis — she met her husband, Richard, on the tennis court at Huron College in South Dakota. Viola was a registered nurse by trade at St. Anthony and South Community hospitals. The Oklahoma City resident and mother of six died at age 87.

*Adam Steele was a land surveyor who recently married Jennifer, an Oklahoma City police officer. Adam excelled in academics and athletics at Antlers High School, where he was an honorable mention All-State defensive lineman. Adam stayed in shape through running, which included a love for marathons. He died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Adam, 34, was an organ donor.

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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*Former Oklahoma City Blazers star Marty Standish has decided to play a 14th season. The 34-year-old center signed with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Standish, who will be in his fourth season with the Oilers, had 36 points last season. He's become more of a defensive player compared to his days with the Blazers, where he often skated on a line with the great Joe Burton. During the Blazers' 2000-2001 championship season, Standish and Burton were a nasty 1-2 punch. Burton had 110 points in 69 games, and Standish added 87 points in 63 games. During the offseason, Standish remains an Oklahoma City resident who flips houses.

It figures

0: The Seiling High School football team struggled in its Class B district game Friday against No. 5-ranked Garber, losing 46-0. The week before, on Sept. 21, the Wildcats' offense mimicked a runaway train. Seiling scored 90 points in its victory over Waukomis.


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