Local basketball Hall inducts five members
Proud achievements from more than a half century of local hardwoods’ history were recalled Friday during the 2016 induction ceremonies for the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame.
Five new members gained entry into the Hall, which added its 10th group of honorees following the HOF’s inaugural Class of 2006.
The HOF’s original class included Pawhuska High School’s four state champion teams, two ex-coaches — Jim Killingsworth and Max Shuck — and former longtime school superintendent Oren Terrill, for whom the current PHS field house is named.
Two of this year’s honorees were unable to attend the ceremony.
— The late Charley Bighorse, an All-State guard on PHS’s first championship team in 1961, was inducted posthumously. On hand to accept Bigheart’s induction plaque, however, was his grandson, J.K. Hadlock. A true basketball legacy, Hadlock played on the Glencoe Panthers’ team that went 29-0 ?and won Oklahoma’s 2014 Class A championship. Tommy Maddux, a ‘62 PHS grad who was a 2011 HOF inductee, spoke at the ceremony about his former teammate.
“Charley was so fast — just as quick as lightning,” Maddux said. “He was our team leader and a heck of a competitor.”
— Ernest Hobart (Hoby) Muller, who graduated from Pawhuska High in 1948, was a three-year letterman in three sports for the Huskies. He earned All-State recognition in baseball and honorable mentions for football and basketball. Muller continued his three-sport career continued at Northwestern Oklahoma State University before being drafted into the Air Force. While in the military, he played baseball and worked as a physical trainer. Later, Muller graduated from UCLA and worked in the U.S. space program. He also taught mathematics. Muller is still living but was not able to come for the induction. A last-minute illness prevented Muller’s brother — 2008 HOF inductee Fred Muller — from attending and accepting the honor on his behalf.
— PHS grad Gayla Boone became the seventh former Lady Huskie to be inducted to the Hall. She was a member of local teams from 1985-88 that played in the six-on-six, double-half court format. Boone resides in Tulsa with her two teenage children — Trevor, 18, and Rylie, 14, who are both accomplished athletes. Boone’s classmate, Matt Roberts, provided her introduction. He said “she could light it up from outside and was a “double-double” player in points and rebounds who had great hands and was an excellent pass.Roberts said he remembered seeing Boone make game-winning shots and hearing her recite a speech as Pawhuska homecoming queen. “I’m looking forward to hearing her induction speech now.”
— Retired local educator Harold Huffman coached several successful Pawhuska youth-league teams of the 1960s and ’70s. His 16-and-under squads won AAU state titles in 1967 and ‘68. Huffman, who also coached football, went on to serve 37 years as the director of Youth Services of Osage County. Introducing Huffman was another local coaching legend, Richard DeMoss. The former PHS wrestling coach said Huffman became a student of the sports he coached. He said Huffman always emphasized the importance of fundamentals, adding: “Kids don’t realize how much time he saved them.” Although he was “basically a junior high coach,” DeMoss said: “I think they (junior high coaches) are the most important coaches.” He added: “I really think he (Huffman) could have coached at any level.”
— Pat Carter, a 1969 PHS graduate, played three seasons for the Huskies and, as a senior, helped his team reach the state semifinals. He received a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he played for two years. Carter, who resides in Tulsa, received an accounting degree at OSU and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years. His brothers — (‘66 grad) Mike Carter and Tom Carter (PHS 1973-75) —also played for the Huskies. The introduction of Carter was by Gaylen Brown, one of his former Huskie teammates. Brown said that, although Carter was not blessed with great amounts of natural talent, he was a very hard worker — on the basketball court and in the classroom. “He was our go-to guy,” Brown said. He also recalled of Carter: “I think he was the only Caucasian on that (1969) team.”
Following the banquet, the HOF members attended Friday night’s PHS basketball home games versus Dewey, where they were introduced to the crowd between the girls’ and boys’ games.
Since it was established in 2006, the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame has worked to recognize and preserve a proud local tradition of basketball excellence — which includes high school state championships from 1961, 1970, 1971 and 1973. (The Huskies also were state runners-up in 1960 and 1962.)
“Many exceptional teams and individuals have contributed to this tradition,” said Christenson. “It is the desire of the Hall of Fame Committee to pay tribute to those who have made outstanding contributions to the program as well as former Huskies (and Lady Huskies) who have brought honor to Pawhuska basketball through their accomplishments.”
In addition to recognizing Pawhuska’s basketball stars of the past, the Hall of Fame seeks, through its programs, to inspire current and future Huskies, Christenson added.