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Jerry Sutterfield '75 - Hall of Fame Inductee

Jerry Sutterfield - 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee - Texas Girls Coaches Association.
 

In the course of his 36-year career—30 of them at Highland Park Independent School District—he has coached more than 10,000 student athletes, and has mentored another 20,000 non-athletes. In his coach’s notebook, all of them are winners.
 

Under Coach Sutterfield, the Girls Cross-Country Teams at Highland Park High School won a record nine UIL 4A State Championships, including three in a row, twice —1997, 1998, 1999, and 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

In 1999, Jerry was named the National High School Girls Cross Country Coach of The Year. In all, Coach Sutterfield has been recognized as a “Coach of the Year” by various groups 14 times.

Beth Peterson-Trizza '78 - "Stroke of Health"

Available on Amazon.com

Never in her wildest dreams did Beth Peterson-Trizza, Class of ’78, an avid athlete and health coach, ever imagine that she would become a victim of stroke, at 54 years old. Live through this experience with her as she delivers a candid account of each and every moment encountered while suffering a stroke. Follow her through her recovery and find out how this event changed her life.

Click photo for a link to her book.

David Vickers '83, inducted into 2017 TPS Athletic Hall of Fame

Congrats to DAVID VICKERS ’83 as he is inducted into the TPS Athletics Hall of Fame!  David was the 1982 state football player of the year in his only season as a quarterback at Hale. He accounted for 1,979 yards and 18 touchdowns, as he became one of the nation’s top recruits. Vickers was a three-year starter at Hale, also playing at receiver, running back and safety. He was a starting defensive back on Oklahoma’s 1985 national title team, a captain in 1987, was an All-Big Eight selection in ’86 and ’87, and had eight career interceptions for the Sooners.

Jermaine Watkins '02 - Impactful Teacher

Since becoming a teacher at Gilcrease Elementary, Jermaine Watkins, Class of 2002, has started a basketball program for the kids and even took out a personal loan to pay for some of his students to go to basketball camp.  He was picked by Channel 6 and Bob Hurley Ford as an "Impactful Tulsa Teacher." 

Watkins says he's going to use his $250 check for things like field trips or even new basketballs.  "I'm just giving them life experiences, things that I got to experience as a child that I know made a big difference in my development as a person. I just want to give that back to them."

Stow Family nearly 50 years later

One of Tulsa’s most tragic stories of the Vietnam War will never be forgotten by the children of Lilburn and Norma Stow - including Skip and Vickie Stow, Class of '71.  But the compassion and spirit of community among Tulsans helped write a much more joyful ending for five children.

Another Ranger Author - Jane Bray-Moughon, Class of '64

A newly released book by Jane Bray-Moughon ’64 – “35 Silent Business Killers: How to Stop Them Before They Kill Your Business”.
 

Author, speaker and certified business coach, Jane Moughon holds a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management. Her company, RETAINAbility specializes in employee engagement, the millennial generation and the profitability of all companies.

Click on photo to go to book listing on Amazon.com

Stan Irvine, Class of '67 Receives National Honor

Inola's Stan Irvine was honored as the 2016 National Softball Coach of the Year at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's convention Wednesday in Louisville.

Irvine has won four high school state titles and coached six state runners-up. He started Broken Arrow's softball program in 1977 and won a title there in '79.  The honor is based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning percentage.

 

Irvine also has coached at Collinsville, Oologah, Bixby, Booker T. Washington, Mannford, Sapulpa, Berryhill, Mounds, Sand Springs and Carl Albert State. He also has coached baseball and basketball.

Young Artist Spotlight: Stephen Clark, Class of 2006

JUST OPERA Article:  This week our young artist spotlight is on bass-baritone, Stephen Clark. When I first met Stephen Clark I was taken aback by how down to earth this guy was. I was fairly new to opera and was convinced that every opera singer was a prima donna. He and I would frequent an Irish pub in McNellie’s in Oklahoma City and talk about life, opera and most importantly Chicago Cubs baseball. Now his career is beginning to take off and I thought this was a perfect time to catch up with him about all of it...

Goodwill's Employee of the Year, Jimmy Rainwater, Class of ‘98

Channel 8's Kristin Dickerson takes us to Goodwill's awards ceremony to introduce us to Jimmy Rainwater, a Goodwill employee who has a special connection to Tulsa's Channel 8.  Kristin Dickerson, announces, "This is our final award, it will be presented to our Employee of the Year."

 

Jimmy Rainwater has been working toward this moment for 16 years. Here's one example of his work ethic: The day of the awards ceremony he was offered the chance to skip work that morning and start his day at the banquet, but he insisted on going to work.

 

He works for Goodwill, and his job duties include collecting and baling all of the cardboard boxes at Hillcrest Medical Center. "It's a huge job, huge," said Loretta Block, coordinator of Goodwill group work sites. Block said everyone at Hillcrest knows Jimmy and what he loves.

 

"I love food," he said while putting on his work gloves.  He also loves teasing his co-workers, sports and especially cheerleaders.

 

The crowd of Goodwill supporters rises as Jimmy's long-time friend Bill helps read Jimmy's acceptance speech, "I love my job and try very hard to stay out of trouble," Bill says for Jimmy, who quickly agrees, "Amen".

Deborah, Found

Available on Amazon.com, the poetry of Deborah Davis-Brown, Class of ‘67.

 

Discovered after her death, these poems were written over 30 years ago and are presented in the order in which they were written. They are a fascinating insight into the inner life and development of a uniquely talented artist.

 

Click on photo for link to the book.

Lynn Seaton, Class of ’75, a 2016 Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee.

Over his career, he has worked with jazz greats, including Mel Torme, the Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson and MANY others.  He has performed in over 35 countries and 49 of the 50 United States. He has also performed on television broadcasts including CBS Sunday Morning, and radio broadcasts including NPR and several European stations.  Lynn has also participated in over 125 recording sessions.
 

Lynn has several critically acclaimed recordings under his own name: "Bassman's Basement" is available on Timeless Records, “Solo Bass Flights” on Omnitone, “Live!!!” on ISB, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” on Nagel Heyer and “Zoom Blewz” on Armored Records. Kendor Press has published his book "Jazz Solos for Bass". Lynn was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, honored as a Sammons Artist of the year, named a Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate, and selected to be a Fulbright Scholar to teach and perform in Riga, Latvia.

 

He is currently living in Highland Village, Texas, working and recording with many great jazz artists, and leading his own trio.

Ranger Best of 2016

Tulsa People/Tulsa Voice has announced the results of their 2016 BEST OF TULSA vote.  Here’s the list of Rangers who were top Finalists this year.

 

Best Bakery – Ann’s Bakery  Kelli Stogner-Angell ’83 & Shannon Stogner ‘87

Best Local Politician – Blake Ewing, Class of ‘97

Best Bullshit Caller - Blake Ewing, Class of ‘97

Best Thai – KEO  Zahidah Keo-Hyman, Class of '87

Best Place to Make Something – PURPLE GLAZE  Jeff Stunkard, Class of '87

Best Trivia Night – JOE MOMMA'S  Blake Ewing, Class of ‘97

 

Find links to these, and many other great Ranger-owned businesses on the NETWORK page, on this website.

Nathan Proffitt, Class of '80, Man of Distinction

Nathan Proffitt loves his family, is a great employee and serves his community in whatever way that he can. That makes him a Man of Distinction.

 

Tulsa Business & Legal News presented Nathan a 2015 Men of Distinction Award.  Since 2011, they have been recognizing men for their professional, civic and personal efforts and the way in which these men have significantly impacted our community.

Mindy Plake-Huett, Class of '69, featured on Explore Tulsa

Mindy creates beautiful, custom Arabian riding costumes, used in horse shows and parades.  Her Almost Ranch business was featured on a recent episode of the Explore Tulsa TV Show.

Rick Couri, Class of '77, making waves

We all know Rick Couri as our favorite radio personality on KRMG, but did you know he has an alter ego - Scuba Man?!?

 

Rick is the founder of OkieScuba.com and has been a scuba diving instructor for nearly 20 years.

Lori Hightower-Montag, Class of '78, wins Global Innovation Award

Lori Hightower-Montag won the 2016 Global Innovation Award for best new product at the International Home And Housewares Show in Chicago!!  There were 2,200 products in the show.

 

Lots of hard work for the last 2 years have gone into this product. Can't wait for BRUNO SMARTCAN to launch.

Tim Fitzer, Class of 79, featured on Discovery Channel “Venom Hunters”

Tim “Wild Man” Fitzer, a Haskell taxidermist, a guy who doesn’t even have cable television in his home, is about to play a big role in a new cable television series, believe it or not.
 

Producers of a new show “Venom Hunters,” which premieres at 9 p.m. CST Feb. 17 on the Discovery Channel, saw Fitzer handling a large diamondback rattlesnake in a Tulsa World video and decided to give him a call. The first season is six shows long, and each episode will feature three of the four venom-hunting teams. The Oklahoma crew gets plenty of airtime, Weaver said.

Julee Thomas-March, Class of '79 opens downtown Boutique

Julee Thomas-March has brought fashion and flair to downtown Tulsa’s Deco District with the opening of JULES BOUTIQUE at 525 S. Main St.  The new shop includes women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, gifts and much more, including a personalized executive shopping service and fresh flowers by Toni.

Bruce Humphrey, Class of '75, inducted into 2016 TPS Hall of Fame

Bruce Humphrey was a 1975 All-State first baseman for Hale as the Rangers won a baseball state title. He was the 134th player chosen in the major league draft that year, a sixth-round selection by Minnesota. But he signed with the University of Tulsa instead and batted .335 over the next three seasons before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in ’78.

Clay Patterson, Class of '99, new head football coach at NEO

Trinity Valley Community College offensive coordinator Clay Patterson has accepted the head coaching job at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

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