Landon Nault led Kingfisher to its first state football title in a decade and won just about every major offensive player of the year award in the state. He also carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was one of six boys selected as a national finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman.
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Landon Nault makes impact on and off the field in Kingfisher
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jun 29, 2014
KINGFISHER — Pretty much every school day, Landon Nault made the one-minute drive to the elementary school.
His destination: Kristi Hyatt’s third grade class.
Even though he had a full schedule — football, AP tests, college apps — he spent his one open hour with a bunch of 8-year-olds. He’d read with them or do math with them or go over spelling words with them.
It wasn’t something he had to do.
“But I really wanted to be able to go out there and be around them,” he said.
He remembers, after all, what it meant to be around high schoolers when he was in that very same third grade class. They became role models. They set high standards.
Safe to say, Landon did the same for the kids of Kingfisher.
He led Kingfisher to its first state football title in a decade and won just about every major offensive player of the year award in the state. He also carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was one of six boys selected as a national finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Add one more honor to the list — the Bob Colon Scholarship presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the top male high school scholar-athlete in the Oklahoma City area.
Yet talk to those who know Landon best, and they’ll tell you that the individual accolades were never a goal.
“It almost seemed as if he was a little uncomfortable receiving the awards,” Kingfisher football coach Jeff Myers said. “He never thought of himself as an ‘I’ guy.”
Building up people around him is a common thread running through the fabric of Landon Nault’s life.
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Francis and Sabrina Nault moved from Okeene to Kingfisher when Landon was 2 and his brother Logan was 5. Someone mentioned youth soccer sign-ups, and Sabrina and Francis figured going to practices and games would be a good way to meet people.
It became a way of life.
“That never stopped,” Sabrina said. “We were going constantly.”
Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Golf. Even some wrestling. The boys played whatever was in season in the small town 45 minutes northwest of Oklahoma City.
But when Landon got to play football for the first time in fifth grade, he found his passion. Even at a young age, Landon felt drawn to the teamwork. The cooperation. The camaraderie.
He gravitated toward the sport, so he jumped when good buddy Dylan Blundell asked if he wanted to be a high school ball boy.
Dylan’s dad, Stan, was an assistant, and Landon held onto the ball boy job as long as possible.
“It was like going to the Super Bowl every Friday night,” Landon said. “Being there with all the guys. Being in the locker room. It was cool to be around them.”
Landon wanted to be the best in the classroom, too. Someone scored a 98? He wanted a 99. He was internally driven that way — but it didn’t hurt that his mom was a teacher.
And in school, they were expected to do their best.
“When you’re capable of straight As,” their parents said, “we expect nothing less.”
Landon said, “Anything less than a low A, you’re pushing the line.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- The quadruplets — Scott, Mikey, Jamie and Shelby — are a big part of Friday night football. Scott is the quarterback and free safety, Mikey plays cornerback, Jamie is a lineman, and Shelby is a cheerleader.
All four Dobrinski quadruplets star under the Friday night lights at Okeene
BY JACOB UNRUH | Oct 16, 2013
OKEENE — Mike Dobrinski used to joke about how great it would be to announce his kids' names during an Okeene football game.
“Dobrinski gets a good block and Dobrinski throws to Dobrinski for the touchdown,” rushed through his head.
That joke is now reality for the Whippets' public address announcer.
Friday nights in the small farming community have become a big night for the Dobrinski clan.
Mike and Ginny Dobrinski were already prominent members of the community, but then Ginny gave birth to a set of quadruplets — three boys and one girl — in 1995.
Their lives were forever changed.
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“It is a short window of opportunity,” Mike said. “You don't want to miss anything.
“I'm like every other parent. The only difference is four of them are mine, so most of the time I'm nominated to carry the ball and my wife is (a teacher) at school there in the middle of everything they're doing. It's a lot of fun and it's almost over.”
The three brothers — Scott, Mikey and Jamie — all start and play both sides of the football for the No. 7-ranked Whippets, who host Oklahoma Bible on Thursday, while Shelby is a cheerleader at each game.
Each looks different and acts different, but when it's football time they are one.
“(On) the football field, there's always us,” Jamie said. “We can stick together and all of that stuff. It's just cool to know that we're a big part of the town.”
The quadruplets comprise nearly one-sixth of the senior class and more than one-third of the seniors on the football team.
So it was no surprise when Scott and Shelby were named Homecoming king and queen two weeks ago.
There was just that awkward issue of the traditional kiss, which resulted in a special handshake and kiss on the forehead.
“I didn't know what to do,” Scott said. “I was supposedly a kissing captain. There was no way I was going to kiss her, but my mom kind of talked me into giving her a kiss on the cheek. I was just like, ‘The forehead is good.'”
The family has become the epicenter of Okeene, with its five-bedroom house rarely empty — and not just because of the family. There always seems to be someone there visiting.
Mike also has a prominent role in the community as the owner of a car dealership, member of the Pioneer Telephone Co-Op board of directors and a church youth director. Ginny is also the speech and drama teacher at the high school.
But nothing is as unique as the situation at football games.
“They just each have their own personality and you treat them that way,” longtime Okeene coach Jeff Wardlaw said. “It's special in that they can be together, play together and be a part of a team together every year.”
Scott, at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, is the Whippets' quarterback and free safety who has accounted for 14 touchdowns this season.
Mikey, as he put it, is the tall, lanky one at 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. He's caught 14 passes for 101 yards and made 20 tackles at cornerback.
Jamie, though, is the lineman of the clan, coming in at 6-foot, 225 pounds. He even protects the blind side of Scott.
“He makes me mad, I get him hit,” Jamie joked. “I won't do that, that's just how I threaten him sometimes when I want him to make me a sandwich or something.”
There are only two sets of quadruplets in the state, but to the Dobrinskis it's just the norm.
Each one, though, has found individuality and will get to explore that even more when they all attend Oklahoma State together next year.
“Since we have been pushed together as a group since we were born, we all had to find our little niche,” said Shelby, who competes in pageants. “That's why we're all so different, because the fact if we weren't we'd lose our individuality.”
And each was essentially an individual from the beginning.
The quadruplets are a product of Mike and Ginny trying for seven long years to have a baby. Eventually, they turned to an assisted reproductive procedure known as gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT).
Ginny said she was told the success rate at the time was 1 in 30,000. She had four eggs placed and the odds were 1 in 700,000 that all four would take.
She sometimes thought early in their relationship at OSU that she one day wanted twins.
Sometimes the odds are just in your favor.
“Since then we decided that we should have bought a lottery ticket on that day too since we beat the odds on that one,” Ginny joked.