By Mike Tupa
One of Dewey High School’s most enduring brother athletics legacies is drawing to a close.
The graduation of Blake Timmons and Brendon Timmons will leave a major crater of talent, experience, ability, toughness and resiliency to be filled.
Timmons started for three years at quarterback for Dewey’s football team — helping to guide the squad to a playoff season in 2016.
He also contributed to Dewey’s basketball and baseball successes.
Brendon contributed mightily through his junior year to the football program and played an invaluable role during the baseball team’s amazing 10-game winning streak.
Brendon plans to take his diamond skills to the college level; he currently is in communication with some coaches on that level.
Regardless of where he lands, he’ll miss playing on the same team with his brother.
“Blake was a really good catcher,” Brendon said. “He was probably the best catcher I’ve ever had. … He’s fast, he can play any position on the field, in any sport really.”
More than that, Brendon said he’ll miss the day-to-day contact on the playing field with Blake.
“Not matter what team we were playing for, I always had him with me,” Timmons said. “He’s someone on the field I could always talk to.”
“I think he’s an awesome person,” Blake said about Brendon. “He’s always been there for me. We’ve grown up together, we’re pretty much best friends. It’s been awesome to play with him every year since we were eight years old.”
Blake praised Brendon as “a great pitcher and a great hitter. I think he’ll be all to play well in college.”
Brendon hoisted up some big stats while helping the Dogger baseball team recover from a 5-12 start to finish at 15-14 and win a district title.
He batted .412, fashioned a .650 slugging percentage, smashed 14 doubles, drove in 37 runs (in 29 games) and average only one strikeout every 10 plate appearances.
As a pitcher, Brendon led the Doggers in innings pitched (49.1) and strikeouts (94). He accumulated a 3.83 earned run average and posted a 3-4 record.
Brendon recorded his final pitching win in a district playoff game against Newkirk — a glowing outing in which he struck out 11 batters in 4.1 innings and didn’t allow a run.
But, his favorite baseball memory is tossing a no-hitter — his sophomore season — against Sperry. He credited the movement of his change-up as a key component in that signature performance.
Blake didn’t have as much opportunity to contribute, due to battling injury the entire season.
Even so, his numbers were impressive — a .453 average (in 25 games), five doubles, 14 RBI’s, only six strikeouts in 84 plate appearances and 15 walks (tying him with Brendon for the team lead).
Blake threw only two innings for the year.
Injury shadowed him like a stalking dinosaur throughout his senior year, starting back in the football campaign. But, he still contributed, especially on the defensive side, to help Dewey challenge for a playoff spot.
During his junior season on the gridiron Blake led a Dogger program that had struggled the previous two years back into the playoffs — with a combination of his passing and running — as well as historic wins against Nowata and Vinita.
Blake also played on one of the most successful Dewey boys’ basketball teams in a dozen years. The Doggers finished at 17-8 — including a 14-3 mark going into the final eight games.
The end of the hoops season led to baseball.
The Doggers stumbled out of the gate; the team was nearly 10 games below .500 at one point.
Then, the Doggers made a major U-turn to win 10 in a row.
“We just started buying into what the coach was telling us and to believe in each other,” said Brendon. “We started getting our bats working and started hitting better.”
“I think it was feeling out our new coach and knocking some rust off,” Blake said about the laggard season beginning.
In addition, Blake and Gunner — one of the elite pitchers from the previous season — were not able to contribute fully throughout the year.
“It helped when I came back,” said Blake, who suffered with an elbow injury. “The coach got us in the right places and figuring us out. …Just being my senior year, I tried to play and to help the team as much as possible.”
Blake recalled his highlight game as being a 5-for-5 day at the plate at Caney Valley.
As far as hobbies, Brendon appreciates hunting and fishing with his friends, while Blake likes to cook for his family — particularly his specialty of Quesadillas.
Blake also finds enjoyment playing ping-pong.
He said after he leaves for college he will miss his friends and family.
“I have a lot of memories here,” he explained. “I’ll miss being with my family here.”
Meanwhile, Dewey’s sports program will miss the talent and sparkling personalities of the Timmons brothers.
Time marches on — but leaves in its wake the glow of happy memories of golden childhood.