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Tulsa Defensive Coordinator Bill Young Retires

Courtesy DON TOMKALSKI

A coaching career that has spanned 50 years came to an end as University of Tulsa defensive coordinator Bill Young announced his retirement. Young will be replaced by TU linebacker coach Joseph Gillespie.

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Hockey Fan Preserves Oilers History

By GLENN HIBDON

There are Tulsa Oilers souvenirs everywhere, decorating Tim Pannell’s home in Broken Arrow. Of course he has jerseys, programs, photos and scrapbooks. Then his collection is topped off with one of a kinds, including the Sam Avery Trophy, inscribed with the name of each season’s Oilers MVP through the early 1980s.

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TPS Inducts 14 at January Hall of Fame Event

By TERRELL LESTER
A class of 14 was enshrined in the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame in January at the Marriott Southern Hills. All nine TPS high schools were represented, as has been the case in each of the previous six induction ceremonies. The honorees have left their footprints in the TPS athletics landscape either as a student-athlete or as a coach-administrator. Their names have become synonymous with success in fields as diverse as rodeo and golf, tennis and track. A father-son tandem is being honored along with a coach who taught thousands of Tulsans to swim over more than a half-century. Hall of Fame honorees are selected by a committee, chaired by TPS Director of Athletics Gil Cloud. Committee members include past Hall of Fame inductees, retired coaches and administrators, and representatives of the Tulsa media. Plaques of all honorees are permanently displayed in the Athletics Department Hall of Fame gallery, Education Service Center, 3027 S. New Haven Ave. The 2019 inductees (* denotes posthumous honorees)

Ken Bays,* longtime TPS administrator and one-time coach. Principal at Memorial and assistant superintendent in two administrations. Bays is a 1968 Memorial grad who earned eight varsity letters in three sports before becoming a three-year starter at the Air Force Academy and an Air Force pilot for eight years.

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Holland Hall’s Gabby Gregory Signs with Sooners

By MIKE MOGUIN

Playing basketball at OU has been a life-long dream for Gabby Gregory.

It came true on Nov. 14 when she signed at a ceremony before family, friends, coaches and administrators at Holland Hall, where she currently stars on the court.

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Tulsa to Host Big 12 Wrestling Finals Through 2024

The Big 12 Conference and the Tulsa Sports Commission announced a partnership to host the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at Tulsa’s BOK Center through 2024.

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Determined Spartans Capture 4th Gold Ball

By RON HOLT

The 2018 Bixby Spartan football team “Finished The Chase.”

Tied 13-all at halftime, Bixby’s focused defense dominated the second half and the Spartan offense scored 21 second half points in handing previously unbeaten Stillwater a 34-13 setback in the Class 6A-II State Championship game on a stormy Friday night/Saturday morning at Owasso Stadium. Nov.30 and into Dec. 1.

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Regent and Bishop Kelley Runners Win Championships

By MIKE MOGUIN

A senior became a four-time state champion and a freshman got started on what she hopes to be a similar journey.

Regent Preparatory School senior Ellie Gilbreath won her fourth state championship with a time of 11:37 at the Class 2A meet on Oct. 20 in Shawnee. Her sophomore teammate, Natalie Cleveland was just 41 seconds behind her in a runner-up finish. The Rams took fourth as a team with 134 points.

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Fuqua Father-Son Team Embedded in ORU History

By GLENN HIBDON

High above the Mabee Center floor hangs a small banner bearing a special number. Perhaps its significance is lost in time to many, but a young man sits beneath the rafters today recalling where he would be without the man who wore “24.’’ 

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Tulsa Private Schools Show Up Big at State Volleyball Championships

Three Tulsa area private schools capped off a memorable year on the volleyball court by capturing state championships in each of their respective classes. One school was victorious for a second straight year, one added to its legacy and another won for the first time in seven years.

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Miller Swim School Opens Jenks Location

By KAYLEY FORSHEY

With a friendly “Come on in, the water’s fine,” Miller Swim School is expanding to the city of Jenks. A few years in the making, Miller Swim School will be ready to open their second location in the spring of 2019, located on 91st and Elwood Ave.

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Mayberry Household Divided Over TU, ORU

By GLENN HIBDON

Sunday dinners for the Mayberry household can prove to be adventuresome. The routine is nearly always the same. First, there’s church. Then, the clan meets at grandmother’s house for a sumptuous midday meal. Finally, the chit chat turns toward a heated discussion over women’s college basketball recruiting.

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Nine Band Brewing Named Beer Sponsor Of Upcoming Williams Route 66 Marathon

The Williams Route 66 Marathon presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is excited to announce a new, local partnership for the weekend-long race event. Nine Band Brewing Co. has signed on as the official beer sponsor for the 26.2-mile-long event, known as “Oklahoma’s biggest block party.”

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Tulsa Oilers Hope for Strong 2018-19 Season

By GLENN HIBDON

 There seems to be an unwelcome trend developing for the Tulsa Oilers. In recent seasons the ECHL team has started fast, gone into a mid-year slump and then fought like crazy to reach the playoffs, only to come up one or two points short.

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Sportscene Is Going Weekly

The Oklahoma Sportscene TV Show, which was first broadcast on August 23, 2017 as a bi-weekly format, has announced that beginning October 3 the show will be on a weekly format. The co-hosts for the show are Chris Lincoln, JV Haney and Gil Cloud. With a combined over 150 years of experience in sports and sport reporting, the viewer gets an in-depth look at sporting events in and around the state of Oklahoma.

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Victory Christian Starts Strong Under Dub Maddox

By MIKE MOGUIN

It has been a smooth transition for Dub Maddox since he took over the rein of Victory Christian football in the spring.

Having taken over after the resignation of Ron Smith, Maddox came with a plan that had to be done in a short amount of time. It was well received.

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