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September 14, 2012

Brendle reflects on McBroom's passing fancy

Ada — The walls of senior counselor Ronnie Brendle's office speak of many honors, but many more are momentos of those years now referred to as 'back in the day.'

They, the Class of 1971, dubbed The Super Seniors due to their success in all sports, had moved into the new high school only a year earlier, in the fall of 1969. Some older Adans still call it 'the new high school' even as the current Ada High School moves toward a half century celebration.

One momento stands out,  a slightly yellowing copy of the newspaper then called The Ada Evening News. Much larger than today's Ada News, it is Brendle's 'senior football page', a large, staged picture in uniform, possibly larger than his much-exaggerated 160-pound roster playing weight. In those days each senior was so-honored during the season.

It was presented to him just a few years ago an old teammate of that hallowed, championship year, 1970, Hicks Smith. Brendle and Smith, flanker and tight end, respectively, were the leading receivers for Larry McBroom's record setting passes that year. The 3,320 yards amassed by McBroom & Co. 1968-70 is the oldest of Ada's team records, standing most of a half-century.

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