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BMX Hires Marketing Officer

USA BMX, the largest sanctioning body of BMX racing in the world, named Rob Gardenhire as its new chief marketing officer. As a Tulsan and the first employee of USA BMX based in Tulsa, site of the new $16 million USA BMX headquarters, Gardenhire comes to USA BMX after 10 years with the Tulsa Drillers and the Tulsa Roughnecks. In this role, among other things, Gardenhire will focus on strategic sponsorship planning for both the new Tulsa venue and USA BMX sanctioned events, marketing of the USA BMX Foundation and growing memberships.

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Flying Tee Supports Special Olympics

FlyingTee in Jenks is holding a fundraiser for Special Olympics. The object is to hit the car, pictured above, with a golf shot drive. Bob Hurley Ford and River Spirit Casino Resort have teamed up with FlyingTee to hit the 2009 Ford 500. The event is held Mondays throughout winter and early spring. Please call 918-528-7717 for details.

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Football Thunder Predates Basketball Version

By GLENN HIBDON

Tulsa’s most successful professional sports franchise receives no love. There are no hugs. No kisses. No bouquets.

 With only seven losses in nine years and six national championships, the team bearing a familiar name knows how to win unnoticed. The Oklahoma (not the City) Thunder travel from town to town and field to field searching for a place to call home.

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Terrell Lester Among 14 Inducted Into TPS Hall

Terrell Lester, editor at large for GTR Newspapers, is one of 14 individuals who were inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame on Jan. 25. He is the first member of the media to be selected for the Hall of Fame, which honors individuals from each of the nine TPS high schools.

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Luke Murphy a Winning Runner for Lincoln Christian

By MIKE MOGUIN

After finishing runner-up one year earlier, senior Luke Murphy of Lincoln Christian won top individual medalist honors in the Class 4A boys state cross country championship in October in Shawnee. Murphy won it with a time of 3:17.94, edging Michael Gates of Weatherford by less than three seconds (3:20.53).  

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Chris Lincoln Inducted into Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall

HALL OF FAME PRESENTATION: Broadcaster Chris Lincoln was honored with inclusion to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame in December at Remington Park. In the photo are, from left, Becky Lincoln, Chris Lincoln, Remington Park president and general manager Scott Wells and Remington Park racing analyst Chris Kotulak.

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Regent Student Wins 3rd Cross Country Title

By MIKE MOGUIN

Ellie Gilbreath won her third straight Class 2A state championship in girls’ cross country in October in Shawnee. But this one was special compared to the others.
Gilbreath, a junior at Regent Preparatory, did not have to persevere through nagging pain as she had to the previous seasons.

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Heisman Winner Baker Mayfield Awaits Georgia in the Rose Bowl

HEISMAN POSE: Baker Mayfield, a walk-on transfer from Texas Tech, became the sixth University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner in December, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008). In the photo above, Mayfield gives a true Heisman pose as he runs past an Oklahoma State player in this year’s Bedlam game, which OU won 62-52.

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TU's D’Angelo Brewer Is TU's, AAC's All Time Leading Rusher

D’Angelo Brewer joined the Tulsa football team in 2014 after graduating from Tulsa Central High School. As a senior, he gained 262 rushing yards against Louisiana–Lafayette on Sept. 9. During the 2017 regular season, Brewer ranked fifth among all Division I FBS players with 1,517 rushing yards.

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ROUTE 66 MARATHON:

The 2017 Williams Route 66 Marathon, held Nov. 17-18 in Tulsa, was another success. More than 10,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 10 countries swarmed the streets of Tulsa for the nationally-known event.

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Area Table Tennis Club Forming For All Skill Levels

By BRAD BALMER

Looking for something to do this winter? Join us in playing the second most popular participant sport in the world and the most popular racket sport—ping pong.

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Adam Pleskach, Dennis Brown at Home in Tulsa

By GLENN HIBDON

They say “home is where the heart is.” If that’s the case, then both Adam Pleskach and Dennis Brown belong squarely in Tulsa.

 Both are familiar faces of Tulsa Oilers fans. Both have established permanent residences in T-Town and both want to bring their adopted city an ECHL championship.

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Victory Christian Celebrates Volleyball Title

By MIKE MOGUIN

Victory Christian overcame adversity to capture a state championship in volleyball back on Oct. 17 in Sapulpa.  The Lady Conquerors were one point away from defeat three times and prevented it by scoring the point they needed. Eventually, they would score the points that would win the match.

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TU Soccer an Underrated Commodity in Tulsa

By GLENN HIBDON

Sometimes unappreciated by the public and overlooked by the media, there is nothing wrong with the University of Tulsa men’s soccer program that winning the NCAA championship won’t cure.

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Boxer Eddie Oakes Turns Injury Into Opportunity

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

After close to a decade on the rugby field, Eddie Oakes knows a thing or two about the downside of contact sports. In fact, it was a torn ACL from a match in Memphis that first landed this 30-year old Tulsan in the boxing gym three years ago. What started out as a way to rehabilitate his knee post surgery has now turned into a serious pursuit of the “sweet science.”

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