Revisiting the local highlights from 1969

Mike Tupa

College High School’s football team hit Sapulpa square between the eyes in an ambush at Custer Stadium on Oct. 17, 1969.

The visiting Chieftains limped out of Bartlesville on the wrong end of a 49-8 win. Col Hi piled up 441 yards of total offense.

The Wildcat defense also did its part, taking the ball away six times from Sapulpa on four fumbles and two interceptions.

Mark Smith was the first Wildcat to crash his way into six-point land on a two-yard plunge in the first quarter.

Kent Martindale scored the next Wildcat TD, on a drive which included a 40-yard pass play from quarterback Bill Berryhill to Smith.

Jay Henton cracked through the Sapulpa defense for a seven-yard touchdown run for another Wildcat score.

Finally, Smith returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown just before halftime to help put Bartlesville ahead, 38-0.

Bill Bandy’s third-quarter interception set up Col Hi’s first score of the second half.

Col Hi coach Don Derrick then pulled his starters and gave his reserves a chance to get in on the spoils.

Bill Mitchell passed nine yards to Mike Podhurcak for Col Hi’s final touchdown of the evening.

October 1969: Virgie Shockley stunned the rest of the field with her consistent play to win the Examiner-Enterprise Ladies City Golf Tournament, played in mid-October at Adams Municipal Golf Course.

Shockley led from start to finish. She posted a first-round 89 and finished with an impressive 85 for a 174 total.

Jean Cole was runner-up at 10 strokes back with a 184. Bev Gardner, an accomplished area golfer, steamed into third at 185.

Rounding out the championship flight were Lois May at 190, Jeannette Brown at 191, Florence Bailey at 196, Barbara Christensen at 198 and Lois Hudson at 209.

Evalee Rogers won the ‘A’ Flight by one strike with a 202. Liz Proctor took the nine-hole competition at 87.

— Bev Gardner did get in the winner’s circle this month, winning the Hillcrest Ladies Club Championship.

She posted a 272 for three rounds, beating out Lois Mayo at 278.

Katheren Cossey fired a 314 to win the Presidents Flight. Dorothy Leverett won the ‘A’ Flight with a 328. Shirley Scott grabbed the nine-hole championship with a 171.

— At Sunset Country Club, Frenchie Hines won the Guest Day tournament while Mildred Banks had the low putts.

Mary Lou Grove was the guest winner for the nine-hole division.

— College High’s football team took a 2-1 advantage in its series with Sooner. The Wildcats beat the Spartans on the last Friday in October, 28-8, at Custer Stadium.

Mark Smith piled up 109 yards of total offense, including 97 on the ground, to spark the Wildcat attack.

Col Hi quarterback Bill Berryhill hit 5-of-7 passes, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Smith off a fake field goal.

Mark Lynn recovered a Sooner fumble to set up Col Hi’s third score of the game. After Berryhill had a touchdown pass nullified on the first play following Lynn’s recovery, he connected with Jay Henton for a 40-yard pass to the Sooner one-yard line. Berryhill sneaked over for the score.

Kirk Martindale’s extra point put Col Hi ahead, 20-0.

The Wildcats would eventually go ahead, 28-0.

Rusty Brown scored Sooner’s only touchdown on a 25-yard scamper in the third period. Quarterback Bill Thomas, playing with an injured thumb, hit Bill Belnap for the two-point conversion.

Col Hi improved to 5-2 while Sooner was 4-3. Both teams were ranked in the top 15 at the same time in Class AAA this season.

— Three former Bartlesville-area football products were helping Northeastern Oklahoma A&M be ranked number one in the nation.

Ben Wasson and Barry Korner of College High and Bill Yocum from Sooner represented Bartlesville on the high-powered Norsemen team, which was 5-0 in late October.

Wasson, a sophomore, was a starting tackle for the Norseman at 223 pounds.

Yocum was second on the depth chart at safety and performed regularly with the special teams.

He led the kick-off team in tackles.

Korner, a freshman, was a 170-pound flanker who had seen little action but was expected to challenge for a starting spot his sophomore year.

— Central Junior High footballers doused Stillwater, 22-6. Kenny Burgess connected with Paul Ortiz for a six-yard touchdown.

for Central’s first score.

Jim Riley completed the two-point conversion to Duane Waller.

Rick Jackson ran in from 10 yards out for Central’s second score.

— Sooner dropped a close football game to East Central in mid-October, 13-6. Rusty Brown had a fumble recovery for Sooner.

Spartan quarterback Bill Thomas hit Nate Bonham for a 17-yard touchdown pass for Sooner’s lone score.

— Dewey’s football team had its way with Nowata, 34-13, at Bulldogger Stadium. The Ironmen, however, scored first when H.L. Ivie plunged in from two yards out on the handoff from Dee Paige.

Dewey answered quickly with a touchdown by Myliam Rogers one a one-yard dive.

Dewey’s John Marshall returned a Nowata fumble 20 yards for a touchdown.

A little more than a minute later, Dewey’s Jeff Starr picked up another Nowata fumble and raced 30 yards for the score.

Non-sports, 1969

Mary Pat Myers had been named as the Nowata Ironmen Football Queen and was to be coronated in a game against OMA of Claremore.

Her escort was to be tam captain Terry Covey.

Debbie Rider and Janice Yirsa were the senior attendants.