Basketball HoF induction set for Friday
Four local legends of the hardwood will be inducted Friday into the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame.
Included in the latest Hall-of-Fame class are Lisa Burd Chamberlin, a former star of the Pawhuska High School Lady Huskies, and a trio of ex-standout players for the PHS Huskies — Ron Brown, Harrison Shackelford and Philip Rogers.
The HOF banquet begins at 5 p.m. in the community room of Calvary Baptist Church. Tickets for the event cost $10 and are available at all Pawhuska banks, as well as at the high school office. Induction ceremonies will be conducted at the banquet.
Later, the new Hall-of-Fame members will be introduced to the public at Oren Terrill Field House during Friday’s high school basketball games between Pawhuska and Hominy.
Started in 2006, the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame is comprised of players, coaches and teams from the community’s storied hoops’ past. PHS won state championships (in 1961, 1970, 1971 and 1973) and produced several other top contenders.
This year’s class will give the Hall 20 male-player honorees, while boosting its Lady Huskie membership to seven. Other previous inductees include the four state champion teams, plus seven former PHS coaches and Terrill — the late Pawhuska school superintendent (who also had coached).
“The Hall of Fame Committee seeks to recognize those who made outstanding contributions to the Pawhuska basketball program,” said Dale Christenson, a former PHS player/coach who organizes the annual event.
Christenson said ex-Huskie and Lady Huskie hoopsters “who have brought honor to the program through their athletic career accomplishments” are also considered for HOF membership. Left-over proceeds from the banquet are donated to local basketball programs, he said.
Newly-named members of the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame are:
The fact that he is the fourth selection off the 1970 state championship team to gain individual membership serves as an explanation about why Pawhuska has a basketball hall of fame. After graduating from PHS, Brown received All-American recognition at Northern Oklahoma College before transferring to Oklahoma City University where he was reunited with ex-Huskies (and HOF inductees) Herbert Gilkey and Burnus Boylan. OCU squads of 1972 and ‘73 earned consecutive NCAA tournament berths under coaching legend Abe Lemon. As a senior, Brown was selected as an NCAA district all-star and he went on to represent successful U.S. teams in international competition. He later served as head basketball coach at NOC-Tonkawa before becoming a nationally-recognized counselor/consultant for student athletes.
A 1998 PHS graduate, Rogers helped the Huskies compile 50 varsity victories in three years. He went on to play as a collegian and also coached basketball at both the high school and college levels. During his senior season at PHS, Rogers earned most-valuable player honors in the Verdigris Valley Conference.
Lisa Burd Chamberlin
After starring on Lady Huskie teams of the early 1980s, Burd continued her basketball career — first as a standout college player and later through coaching. She still holds the career scoring record for Rogers State College and she also was named Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. As a Lady Huskie, Burd once scored 51 points in a playoff game.
Shakelford played in the 1973 state championship game as well as in the state tournaments of 1974 and 1975. As a PHS senior, he was named to the all-state tournament team. Shackelford also was an All-Verdigris Valley Conference selection.