Induction ceremony set Feb. 1

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Pawhuska High School has a rich championship tradition in basketball. The Basketball Hall of Fame has been created to honor that tradition. Sharon Holloway/Pawhuska High School

The annual induction banquet for the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame is scheduled for Feb. 1, at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dale Christenson said the doors will open for the event at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and the banquet will begin at 5 p.m. Admission will be $10 per head at the door, he said. No tickets will be sold. Any proceeds from the event, over and beyond what is needed to meet expenses, will be deposited in the local school district’s accounts for boys and girls basketball, Christenson said.

Christenson, who played basketball at Pawhuska High School as a youth and later coached both the girls and boys teams, said there will be four honorees at the banquet this year. The honorees are to include Donnie Martin Jefferson, Bill Palmer, Jim Rowland and B.J. Smith.

Donnie Martin Jefferson played basketball at Pawhuska from 1970-72. He was a member of the 1970 and 1971 state championship teams under the tutelage of Coach Max Shuck. Jefferson served as a team captain.

Bill Palmer for many years contributed to the Huskies basketball program by keeping game statistics.

Jim Rowland was a 1986 graduate of Pawhuska High School, where he lettered in four sports, including basketball. He has gone on to coach women’s basketball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where he is in his 14th year. His record during his first 13 years of service was 312-96.

B.J. Smith lettered in four sports at Pawhuska High School, including basketball. He was a member of two district championship teams, an area championship team and played on the 1980 state qualifying team. Smith played college basketball at Northern Oklahoma College and at Southwestern Kansas, where he was selected in his senior year to play in the District 3 All-Star Game. He has gone on to a successful coaching career. As a community college head coach, Smith has five national tournament appearances and two national runner-up finishes. His career record is 335-49 and his teams have been ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll for 14 weeks.

Christenson explained the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame would like to invite all previous honorees to attend the banquet and the girls and boys basketball games to follow that evening, versus Newkirk. He said that he hopes previous honorees will at least be able to attend the ball games, if not the banquet, so that they can be introduced to the fans in attendance that night. The girls game is to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the boys game will be at 8 p.m.

Introductions of Hall of Fame honorees will take place between the ball games the night of Feb. 1, Christenson said.

He said the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor the proud heritage that Pawhuska has in the sport of basketball. That tradition includes state championships in 1961, 1970, 1971 and 1973, Christenson said. The Huskies were also state runners-up in 1960 and 1962, he said.

According to a mission statement for the Hall of Fame, its committee seeks to honor “those who have made outstanding contributions to Pawhuska basketball as well as former Huskies who have brought honor to the program through their accomplishments.” The Hall of Fame also seeks to inspire current and future Pawhuska basketball players.

See next week’s Pawhuska Journal-Capital, on Jan. 30, for additional material about the banquet and the honorees.