Two Byng men were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last week. Bill Koller, veteran boys’ coach and later Byng High School principal, was inducted along with four other coaches at OBU, Shawnee on June 9.

Bill Koller left the coaching profession in 1982 to become high school principal. Over his 25 years as a coach he recorded 522 games won, and he had three state championships to his teams’ credit.

Koller, who now makes his home in Dallas, was nominated by a former Byng basketball coach, Alan Simpson, who was also inducted into the same Oklahoma Basketball Coach’s Hall of Fame two years ago.

Koller is now 88 and lives near his daughter and son-in-law John and Karen Kay Hallmark. He opted not to make the trip to Shawnee for the presentation , and Jerry Maloy, Koller’s successor as high school principal, accepted the honor for him.

Because Koller was not present, his plaque took a rather circuitous route to reach him. Jerry Maloy passed it on to Alan Simpson who gave it to his son Zach, who is now practicing law in Austin. He, in turn, passed the plaque to Aleecha Kay Hallmark, Koller’s granddaughter, who will take it to the honoree.

Jeff Maloy, a Byng alumnus and current Byng resident, was inducted into the girls’ basketball coach’s Hall of Fame at Weatherford last week. Maloy’s daughter, Molly, was honored as an All-Stater.

Jeff Maloy has an equally impressive record as a girls’ basketball coach. In his 20 years of coaching, he racked up 373 wins and 126 losses. His last 15 years of coaching were at Ada High where he started the girls’ basketball program. During those 15 years he won on a state level three years. Several of his students went on to win honors; eleven became All-Staters; 16 played college ball. La’Neishea Caufield played with a girls’ professional basketball team. Caton Hill and Teo Grant were outstanding players at OU. Grant is the daughter of a Byng alumnus, Walter Grant.

Maloy is now assistant principal at Ada High School, and he is just as enthusiastic about that job as he was about coaching.

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Byng High School class of 1982 is trying very hard to locate a number of students to invite them to the class reunion of July 7 at Fossil Creek Ranch. Cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple; this cost includes the evening dinner. For more information, contact Kyra Childers at 580-320-2239 , Cissy Nemecek Winton at 580-421-5791 or e-mail Robin Gregory Rollins at robinrollins@cableone.net.

Following is the list of alumni for whom the committee has no address. Anyone knowing whereabouts of any of these, please pass on this information. Tawana Bailey, Connie Brady, Mary Brumbelow, James Bruno, Jeannie Casey, Tim Clark, Doug Coats, Debbie Fisher, Brenda Forehand, Gracie Frye, Penny Griffith, Joyce Hamilton, LaVonna Harris, Dale Hester, Mark Hinderliter, Roger Holman, Stege Jaggers, Renee James, Krystal Kelley, Gina Maloy, Matthew Mclarty, Shirley Miller.

Also Sabrina Nelson, June Nickell, Mike and Jimmy Parker, Kim Perru, Terry Pogue, Stacy Price, Michelle Reeder, Steve Scates, Jerry Sellers, Tammy Shelton, Redonna Shumard, Cindy Simpson, Ramona Smith, Colby Stroud, Cynthia Thomas, Tim Underwood, Mike Warman, Lanada Watson and Monica Wilmoth.

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Vanessa Aldrich underwent surgery for a thyroid tumor at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston last Tuesday.

Though the family expected the tumor to be benign, it was nevertheless a great relief to have it finally confirmed as cancer-free.

She is a student at Oklahoma State University. Her parents are Calvin and Serena Aldrich.

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Abby Barron returned Monday from a visit to Baltimore, Md., where she was a guest of her daughter, Dawna Michele Milligan. They, along with Dawna’s friend, Tom Reeves and his mother, attended a game of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Lots of visitors were in church Sunday paying honor to their fathers and grandfathers. Visitors coming the greatest distance were David Jackson Jr. and wife Dawn, and their five children. (Superior, Wis.) They were here to attend the fiftieth wedding anniversary reception for their parents, Dave and Jodi Jackson.

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Tex and Helen Seymour celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last Thursday, June 14.

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