Tomberlin Brothers Make Mark On Ryan Athletics This Year


Sibling rivalry is a real thing

 Just ask Ryan High School athletes Dawson and Grayson Tomberlin.

 However, when siblings play on the same team, that rivalry tends to go out the window.

 Dawson, who graduated from Ryan High School last weekend, and Grayson, who just completed his freshman year in high school were starters on all three athletic squads this past year at Ryan.

 Both student-athletes, who are the sons of Tony and Mandy Tomberlin, competed in football, basketball and baseball. And, they did not just compete, but they excelled for most of the season in all three sports.

 “It was pretty exciting to play together,” said Dawson in a recent phone interview. “It was really a pretty good feeling.”

 Grayson echoed the sentiments of his older brother, “It was a pretty cool experience to be playing on the same team all season.”

 And while the outstanding pair of athletes enjoyed the experience of playing together for the Cowboys during the past nine months, it has not always been that way.

 Growing up in the Tomberlin home the two boys often engaged in backyard or driveway competition.

 “It (competing against each other at home) was pretty intense,” said Grayson.

 “A few times we ended up in a fight,” said Dawson, who admitted they spent a lot of time playing against each other growing up.

 While Dawson was winding up his high school athletic career at Ryan and Grayson’s high school career was just getting started this past year, both played key roles for the Cowboys in each of the sports.

 The most successful sport this past year for the Cowboys was on the gridiron. The Tomberlin brothers were a big part of leading the Cowboys to their first playoff berth since 2014.

 Dawson, a running back and linebacker, was named the co-most valuable player in District B-4 and was selected along with Tate Kimbro, to represent Ryan at the upcoming Eight-Man All-Star game in June.

 Dawson, who admits football is his favorite sport, was the third leading rusher for the Cowboys and caught five passes for 160 yards. He was also a defensive stalwart and was counted on to provide overall leadership to the team by veteran mentor Stan Mueggenborg.

 As a freshman, Grayson started at the quarterback spot for the Cowboys and was the leading rusher with 638 yards and he passed for another 731 yards. He was also the fourth leading tackler from the defensive backfield.

 Both brothers point to the football season for their most memorable moments of the 2017-2018 sports year.

 “My favorite moment of the year was when I caught a pass over my shoulder against Waurika,” said Dawson.

 It was the play that put the Cowboys in position for Skyler Parkhill to snag a 15-yard touchdown pass from Grayson with 14 seconds left in the game that sent the contest into overtime.

 The Cowboys went on to defeat Waurika, 44-36, in a come-from-behind, double overtime thriller. Grayson points to the entire game as his highlight of his freshman athletic year.

 On the hardwood, Grayson was counted on to direct the Cowboy offense from his point guard position and he led the team in scoring in seven contests during the season.

 Dawson was also a starter on the basketball squad and played in the Southern Eight senior all-star game. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Southern Eight conference for participation in athletics, academics and completing an essay.

 In the recently completed baseball season, which Grayson admitted was by far his favorite sport, the younger Tomberlin was the catalyst for the Cowboys’ run production. He set a school mark for most runs batted in during a single game with six against Grandfield.

 The brothers would be quick to recognize the contributions of their teammates. Both were somewhat reluctant to talk about their achievements in the phone interview.

 There was one incident during the football season that exemplifies what can happen when two brothers that spend years growing up together get to play on the same team in high school.

 In a key district football contest with Central High that decided the district title, the two brothers took matters in their own hands on a fourth down during the game.

 Coach Mueggenborg had directed the team to punt the football, but as the Cowboys approached the line of scrimmage, Grayson, who was slated to punt the ball, gave some hand signals to Dawson that he would look for him to complete a pass on a fake punt attempt.

 The play did not end well as the pass fell incomplete and Central High took over on downs. Both coaches, including assistant coach and dad, Tony, reacted strongly to the antics by the brothers.

 After a cool down period, the two brothers and dad were able to find some humor in what happened.

 Some people would call it a foolish thing. Others might label it a freshman mistake. More than likely it was just two brothers who had spent lots of time together in the yard just trying to make a play to help their team rally in an important contest.

 It has not been a unique experience for the Tomberlin boys to have their dad on the sideline or the dugout over the past football and baseball seasons. The elder Tomberlin serves as assistant coach for both sports and is also the principal at RHS.

 “It has been an awesome experience having dad coach us,” said Grayson about his father who has been involved with both boys’ teams since T-ball days.

 “It was great,” added Dawson, “it might have been a little tough at home after the game and it was harder, but it was cool to have him with us.”

Grayson looks forward to furthering his athletic career at Ryan. He is not only an outstanding athlete, but is also active in Future Farmers of America and Beta Club.

 “At the first of the season it (playing with all upper classmen) was a bit intimidating, but after a while I was comfortable,” said Grayson of taking on the quarterback role as a freshman. “It was pretty much the same way with basketball.”

 Grayson will spend the summer working on improving his skills particularly in football and baseball. He will participate in the team football camp at Shattuck in a few weeks and has a baseball opportunity for the summer. He also plans to work at the school for the summer.

 Dawson plans to further his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and is set to major in Occupational Health and Safety. He was also active at Ryan in FFA and Beta Club.

 Dawson’s summer plans include working around the school. He is also looking forward to the eight-man all-star game in Miami.

 “Coach Mueggenborg told me it will be the most fun week of my life and I’m ready for it.”

 While there have been many sibling combinations through the years compete for the Cowboys and Cowgirls through the decades, these two boys have represented their school and their family well in being teammates at RHS.

Waurika Gets Track Season Started at Velma-Alma Meet


It has been a slow start to the track season for coach Joe Masoner and the Eagle and Lady Eagle thinclads.

Waurika competed in the Velma-Alma Invitational on March 8 and the Lady Eagles were able to tie for fourth place in the meet that was won by the host school.

Waurika finished in a tie with Maysville and each school had 42 points in the meet.

The Waurika boys did not score at the meet.

Lexie Streeter and Asia Smith each picked up gold medals for the Lady Eagles.

Streeter topped the field in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:50.68.

In the 800 meter run, Smith picked up first place with a time of 2:43.72.

The 3,200-meter relay team for the Lady Eagles finished in fourth place in the race. The squad posted a time of 11:59.78. The Lady Eagles did not place in this event in any meet last season.

The 1,600-meter relay team for the Lady Eagles finished in sixth place with a time of 5:17.85. In 2017, the Lady Eagles did not place in this event.

Rounding out the placers for the Lady Eagles was a silver medal performance by Madison Roberson in the shot put. Her best toss was measured at 32-10.

Waurika will be back in action on the track on Tuesday when they travel to Alex for competition with other eight-man football schools.

The Waurika thinclads will return to Alex on April 5 for the Alex Invitational which will feature schools of various size.

Cowgirl Standout Honored by State Publication

Juliet Spangler Photo by Shannon McCord

Ryan High School track and cross country stand out, Juliet Spangler, has been named the Chickasha-Duncan Area Girls Spring Sports Athlete of the Month by VYPE magazine.

The award is sponsored by Arvest Bank.

The honor was determined by on line voting and Spangler received 11,509 votes – well ahead of Bridge Creek soccer star Skyli Lassiter who garnered 8,475 votes.

Spangler was one of four Cowgirls that participated in track this spring and she qualified for state in the 3,200-meters and helped anchor the 3,200-meter relay team that also qualified for the state meet.

Not only was Spangler a key participant on the Cowgirl track squad this past spring, but she also was a member of the Ryan cross country team last fall that became the first team from Ryan to qualify for state in the sport. The Cowgirls were regional runner up in cross country last fall.

Spangler is a four-sport participant for Ryan as she was a starter on the Cowgirl basketball team and the fast-pitch softball squad.

In all four sports, her dad, Steve, is the coach. The Cowgirl athlete credits her family’s support for helping spur her improvement over the course of this past track season in particular.

Spangler is not only an outstanding athlete, but she is also active in academic and other extra-curricular activities. She is a member of the Beta Club, FCCLA club and was an officer for her sophomore class.

“She always puts team ahead of self,” her dad, Steve, told VYPE magazine.

Spangler will be a junior for the Cowgirls next fall.

One More Go-Around For Three Jefferson County Grid Stars


Two Ryan graduates and one Waurika graduate are set to compete in the annual Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Association’s all-star game in Miami which will feature nearly 80 of the top eight-man seniors from all parts of Oklahoma.

 The contest kicks off Saturday at 6 p.m. at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s Red Robertson Field. Game tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate. Concessions and game day merchandise will be available for purchase.

 This annual event was designed to recognize and honor the finest eight-man football players throughout Oklahoma. Around 3,000 fans from across Oklahoma are expected to attend the game.

 Dawson Tomberlin and Tate Kimbro of Ryan along with Waurika’s Seth Cathey will be competing for the Gold team in the annual showcase of eight-man football talent in Oklahoma.

 In addition two Ryan cheerleaders, Holland Carter and Laken DeBoard will be part of the cheerleader squads for the game.

 Serving as a counselor for the week-long all-star game preparation is Ryan assistant coach Tony Tomberlin.

Coaches for the Gold team include Tipton’s Travis White, Shane Weathers of Coyle, Gus Overstreet of Pioneer, Josh Been of Dewar and Cave Springs’ coach Tom Osburn.

The other participants from District B-4 of which Ryan and Waurika competed this past season are district champ Central High’s T.J. Birdwell and Hayden Cooper.

The Gold team is made up of all-stars from the even numbered districts in both Class B and C, while the Green team is comprised of players from the odd numbered districts in the two eight-man classifications.

This is the 16th year for the city of Miami to host the game. Prior to 2003, the game had been held in Alva since its inception in 1973. The first state champion for eight-man football was crowned in 1959.

Sponsors of the game include the City of Miami, the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and the Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Coaches Association (OEMFCA).

The players and coaches from around the state arrived in Miami on Tuesday and participated in a full schedule of activities that will lead up to Saturday’s game.

Those activities include a night at the night at the Historic Coleman Theatre, a cook-out in Riverview Park and swimming at the state’s largest municipal pool as well as an evening with hypnotist Joe Comet. The players will team up with the Ottawa County Boys & Girls Club on Friday for an afternoon of bowling at PlayLand Lanes.

Tomorrow night (Friday), the players, coaches and cheerleaders will participate in the annual awards banquet. The OEMFCA and the local organizing committee will award some $11,000 in scholarships for 10 players. The OEMFCA awards an additional $1,000 in scholarships for two of the all-star cheerleaders.

Awards Given To Ryan Athletes At All-Sports Banquet

Ryan Seniors

Cowboy and Cowgirl high school athletes were feted Monday night at the annual All-Sports Banquet held at the Ryan High School cafeteria.

 Two senior athletes were named overall outstanding athletes for the school year – Mackenzie Lewis and Dawson Tomberlin.

 These two awards are voted on by each sport’s head coach and are based on athletic and academic achievement in the 2017-18 school year.

 Several awards from each sports were also handed out during the evening.

Boys Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 Tomberlin was selected as the most valuable player for the Cowboy football squad for the past season. He was a valuable asset on both sides of the ball and provided leadership to coach Stan Mueggenborg’s team that finished 6-5 and advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

Part of the Ryan Football Team Photo By Sheree Hanson
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 Tomberlin also set a school record for the longest interception return – a 94-yard return against Bray-Doyle.

 Two of Ryan’s top cross country runners were honored during the banquet. Juliet Spangler and Holland Carter were selected as co-most valuable players.

Ryan Girls Track Team Photo By Sheree Hanson

Holland, a junior, set several school marks in various meets during the season and Spangler has been a two-year state qualifier for the Cowgirls in cross country.

 Both runners were instrumental in the Cowgirls’ first meet championship for coach Steve Spangler last fall at the Waurika Invitational.

 Rounding out the awards for the fall sports season came in fast-pitch softball.

Fast Pitch Softball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 The Cowgirls, coached by S. Spangler had their most successful season in school history as they recorded 16 wins on the season.

 For her efforts on the diamond, Emilee Martin was selected as the team’s most valuable player. Abbie Bolin was named the offensive player of the year for the Cowgirls, while Sadie Guzman came away with the defensive player of the year.

 It was a tough season on the hardwood for the Cowboys as they managed only five wins on the season for coach Judd Matthes.

 Skyler Parkhill, a junior for the Cowboys, was honored as the defensive player of the year, while first-year varsity standout Grayson Tomberlin was named the offensive player of the year.

Boys Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 The Cowgirl basketball team showed marked improvement in the 2018 season despite having only seven players most of the year and only one senior on the squad.

The Cowgirls won only eight games, but it was the most wins by a Cowgirl squad since 2014.

Girls Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

Lily York was the top scorer on Coach Spangler’s squad and for her performance over the season she was named the most valuable player.

 Also honored for the Cowgirl basketball team were Samantha Good as the offensive player of the year and J. Spangler as the defensive player of the year.

Ryan competed in three spring sports – baseball, slow-pitch softball and girls’ track. All the squads recently completed their seasons.

The slow-pitch team coached by Mueggenborg struggled to get games in because of weather and cancellations and finished with a 4-8 mark.

Slow Pitch Softball Photo By Sheree Hanson

Leading the way was Lewis, who was selected as the most valuable player on the team.

Bolin also snagged the offensive player of the year award for the slow-pitch team. Good was named as the defensive player of the year.

Coach Matthes’ baseball squad also had a tough year finishing with a 4-13 mark.

The offensive player of the year honors when to G. Tomberlin who set the school record for most runs batted in during a game with Grandfield. He was the leading hitter for the team.

Camron Villerreal was tabbed as the defensive player of the year and Trey Bryant was named the most improved player for the Cowboy nine.

Coach Spangler’s girls’ track squad was a small one – only four competitors. However, the Cowgirls had a memorable season setting new school marks in the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay.

Two of the keys to the success of the team – J. Spangler and Carter – were honored at the banquet. J. Spangler was named the most valuable player, while Carter was awarded the teammate of the year award.

County Baseball Players in Tournament


Three athletes of Jefferson County will compete in the Heartland Classic AllStar Game. 

They will be playing this Friday through Sunday at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma.

(l-r) Grayson Tomberlin Ryan High School & Hunter Wesberry and Austin Dyer Waurika HS.

Photo by Steph Wesberry

New Ryan Boys’ Basketball Coach Knows The Territory


Being familiar with your surroundings makes anyone a little more comfortable – even if it is your first job.

 Such is the case for the newly named Ryan boys’ basketball coach, Austin Masoner.

 If that last name sounds familiar, it should because Austin is a 2014 Waurika High School graduate.

 His father, Joe, has served on the coaching staff at Waurika for over 20 years, so he has been involved in plenty of competition between Ryan and Waurika.

 But, the coaching name doesn’t stop there. Austin’s grandfather, Roy, coached at Temple, Walters and Tipton.

 Roy Masoner actually coached a couple of years with Ryan graduate Doug Cathey when the former All-Big Eight defensive end was the head coach at Temple.

 So the territory which Austin Masoner enters with his first paid coaching job will be familiar. He grew up competing against Ryan as an outstanding athlete at Waurika.

 Masoner, who just graduated earlier this month with a bachelor of science degree in sports and exercise science from nearby Cameron University in Lawton.

 Last month, he was named the new junior high and high school boys’ basketball coach at Ryan.

 “I really am excited,” said the younger Masoner. “When they first called me and told me they would be meeting, I was really anxious.

 “But, they called me back late the night of the meeting and offered me the job,” Masoner noted.

 “It was surprising to get this job,” said Masoner. “I didn’t expect to be hired as a head coach right off, but it was a great experience.”

 Austin has hit the ground running as he met with potential basketball players for the 2019 season last Monday night.

 “It (the meeting) went well,” said Masoner. “It was kind of a last-second deal, so I am not sure the word got out to everyone.”

 Masoner will face a tough situation in his first year of coaching as he inherits a Cowboy squad that counted only four wins during the 2018 campaign. Two starters from that team are expected to return in 2019.

 Masoner’s expectations are realistic. “If they buy in and put fort the effort with the schedule we have I think we can be a .500 team,” Masoner commented. “I want to be competitive every night.”

 On that schedule will be Ryan’s long-time rival and Masoner’s former school – Waurika. And, the current boys coach at Waurika just happens to be his dad.

 “It will be real interesting,” said Masoner when asked about the unique experience of coaching against his dad who is a graduate of Walters High School. “We didn’t always see eye-to-eye when I was playing so it will be good to see who comes out on top.

 “I know he won’t let me hear the end of it if he beats me,” Masoner noted with some laughter.

 As Austin begins his coaching career he can draw on a varied number of experiences from his high school days competing in football, basketball, track and baseball.

 Masoner was all-area all four years in basketball for the Eagles and was also an Oil Field Conference and Southern Eight Conference all-star all four years. In his freshman season he was selected as the defensive MVP in the Southern Eight.

 In football, he was all-area for three years and possibly could have been his senior year, but a knee surgery forced him to forego his senior year on the gridiron.

 Masoner will likely try to employ a high-tempo, fast-paced offense as he takes the reins of the Cowboys.

 “I hope we can get up and down the floor because that is what I like to do,” Masoner commented.

 The first-year coach will try to experiment a great deal on defense hoping to switch defenses on nearly every possession.

 Not only will Masoner be in his first year of coaching, but he should enjoy the new improvements slated to get under way soon for the Ryan gymnasium.

 The nearly 60-year-old facility will be undergoing a face lift with a new concession area, new entry, new home locker rooms for both boys and girls and additional seating on the south side of the gym.

 It will be the first major renovations since the gym was built.

 “It will be a great thing and it can also be seen as starting something new – both with the building and with the team,” said Masoner. “The job is always a little easier with new facilities.”

 So Masoner has his work cut out for him, but knowing the area and no doubt some of the people will be an asset as he launches what surely will be a fruitful and long coaching career.

Cowgirl Thinclads Set School Marks in Tough Konowa Meet


Three new school records were set by the Ryan Cowgirl track squad, but it resulted in no medals and no points in the tough Konowa Invitational Track Meet last Thursday at Konowa.

 The Cowgirls were to have competed at Velma-Alma on Tuesday before action in the Class A Regional Track Meet at Alex on Saturday.

 Field events get under way at 9:30 a.m. with the running events scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.

 The regional meet determines the participants in the Class A State Track Meet on May 4-5 at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City.

 At Konowa, the 3,200-meter relay team of Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Holland Carter and Juliet Spangler managed an eighth place finish, but set a school mark with a time of 11:39.68.

The time was an improvement over the school record set just the week before at the Waurika Eight-Man Invitational.

The new school record was the third time this season this squad has set a new standard in the 3,200 meter relay.

Spangler also set a new school record in the 3,200 meter run. She was eighth among 30 competitors in the event with a time of 13:37.68.

This broke her school record of 13:38.16 that was set last season at the Waurika Invitational meet. Spangler holds the five best times in the 3,200 meters in school history.

Carter set a personal best time in the 800 meters with a mark of 2:47.5, but did not place among the field of competitors from mostly Class 2A and Class 3A schools.

In the final event of the day for the Cowgirls, the 1,600-meter relay team of Harmon, York, Carter and Spangler recorded a time of 5:03.63 to best the school mark set earlier this year at Elgin.

The 1,600 meter relay team for 2018 owns four of the five best times in school history for the event.

Waurika Track Squads Claim Third Place At Regionals

Lexie Streeter & Asia Smith

...Both Squads Qualify Several Competitors for State Track Meet

It was an outstanding day for the Waurika High School track teams at the Class A Regional Track Meet last Saturday at Alex.

Cache Arellano

 The Eagles finished in third place with 61 points – while behind meet champion Snyder’s 97 points and Lomega’s 92 points.

 The Lady Eagles also claimed third place with 50 points. Velma-Alma won the regional team title with 144 points.

Nic Alvarado

 Waurika will send nine male thinclads to the state meet this weekend, while the Lady Eagles will have six competing in the state track meet.

 The Class A State Track Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. on both days and the running events begin at 12 noon on both days.

Landry Forsyth

 The top three competitors in each event automatically qualify for a spot in the state meet.

 Leading the way for the Eagles was the first-place finish by the 1,600-meter relay squad of Seth Cathey, Turner Mora, Colton Bryant and Cache Arellano.

Seth Cathey

 It was the best time posted in the event by Waurika this season and the second year in a row Waurika claimed the regional title in the 1,600-meter relay.

 The 800-meter relay team of Mora, Bryant, Nicolas Alvarado and Kevin Garcia earned a silver medal in the meet with a time of 1:36.10, which was also a season’s best mark.

 The 3,200-meter relay team of Bryant, Bryson Hernandez, Octavio Gomez and Arelleno earned a bronze medal in the regional meet with a time of 9:21.28. This was the second best time posted by the Eagles in this event.

Bryson Hernandez

 In the individual events, Mora earned a third-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 53.37, which was just ahead of teammate Seth Cathey’s time of 53.57.

 Mora also scored in the long jump. His leap of 19-8 was good enough for sixth place.

Turner Mora

 Hernandez also placed in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters. His time of 5:19.75 in the 1,600 meters was good enough for sixth, while his time of 12:19.01 in the 3,200 meters also earned sixth place.

 The Eagles send the three relay teams to state, while Mora will be competing at state in the 400 meters and as an additional qualifier in the long jump. Cathey’s finish in the 400 meters earned a berth at state in the event as an additional qualifier.

Colton Bryant

 The Lady Eagles claimed one regional title in the shot put as Madison Roberson won the event with a toss of 35.7.5.

 Roberson also finished second in the discus with a throw of 93-9.

 In the 3,200 meters, Asia Smith earned the silver medal with a time of 12:55.52, while teammate Lexie Streeter finished fourth in the event with a time of 13:47.28. Streeter’s time was among the best among finishers at regional meets and she qualified as an additional qualifier.

Lexie Streeter

 Smith and Streeter also scored for the Lady Eagles in the 1,600 meters. Smith was fourth with a time of 6:07.01, which was good enough to qualify for state as an additional qualifier. Streeter finished fifth with a time of 6:12.44.

 Sara Ballard was fourth in the long jump at Alex with a leap of 15-2.75 and that put her among the best finishers at regional meets across the state and earned her a berth at the state meet.

Kaci Reynolds

 The other state meet qualifier was the 3,200-meter relay squad of Kaci Reynolds, Streeter, Smith and Dallas Fristoe. The time of 11:30.66 was just good enough to qualify the team as an additional qualifier.

 Waurika did manage to score in the 1,600-meter relay with a sixth place finish. The team of Ballard, Smith, Kameron Ziecek and Reynolds recorded a time of 4:53.95, which was by far the best time of the season in the event for the Lady Eagles.

 Other competitors for the Lady Eagles at regionals included Olivia Ralls, Brooke Williams and Madison Christian.

 Waurika Readies for Regional at Duncan Meet

Madison Roberson

The Waurika track squads prepared for the regional with some tough competition at the Quanah Cox Invitational at Duncan last Thursday – just two days before the regional meet.

 The Waurika boys scored 10 points to finish 12th among a large field that featured mainly Class 6A and Class 5A teams.

Kevin Garcia & Nic Alvarado

 The Lady Eagles finished in a tie for 10th place with Altus with 14 points. The girls’ division also featured Class 6A and 5A squads.

 On the boys’ side, the relays again led the way and accounted for all the team scoring.

Octavio Gomez

 The 3,200-meter relay team posted a time of 9:21.04 and while it was the top time of the season, it was sixth among the stiff competition.

 The 1,600-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:40.04, while the 800-meter relay team was also fifth with a time of 1:37.61.

 The Lady Eagles were led by Roberson’s fourth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 37-4.5.

Asia Smith

 Smith earned fourth place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:36.14.

 The 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams added to the point totals for the Lady Eagles. The 1,600-meter relay team was fifth with a time of 5:01.93, while the 3,200-meter relay squad was sixth with a time of 11:31.87.

Jim Thorpe Award February 8, 2018


(l-r) Jon Waid, Minkah Fitzpatrick (this year’s Jim Thorpe award winner), and Richard Thorpe – son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe.

Jon Waid and Richard Thorpe attend this year’s Jim Thorpe award ceremony in Oklahoma City Tuesday evening.

Photo by Curtis L. Plant

 Oklahoma City – Richard Thorpe, Jon Waid, Curtis and Kimberly Plant traveled to Oklahoma City to take part of the annual Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Ceremony.

Before the ceremony began, Jon Waid had a chance to visit with this year’s winner Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back for the Univeristy of Alabama.

During their visit Fitzpatrick expressed that he was glad he didn’t have to face Oklahoma University’s potent offense in the title game.

During the ceremony, Oklahoma’s All State team was recognized by the Daily Oklahoman.

(l-r) Bill Thorpe, Gov. George Nigh, Richard Thorpe

Former Governor George Nigh recognized Richard Thorpe, of Waurika and his brother and thanked them for keeping the memory of their father alive.


Abe Lemons, a respected coach who was born in Ryan, Oklahoma was mentioned during the ceremony.

The Jim Thorpe Award has been given to outstanding defensive backs since 1986.


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