Lora Trimmer has been looking forward to Monday night’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Musem in Oklahoma City — where her son, Jason, will be honored as one of two FCA All-State selections from the Ada area — for weeks.
But even a great dinner, all-state recognition and a speech by Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy can’t compete with a baseball state championship game.
Jason Trimmer is a second baseman/shortstop/left fielder/pitcher on Roff’s top-ranked baseball team, and, if the Tigers beat Pioneer in Monday’s rain-delayed semifinal (at 12 noon), they will play Sentinel at 5 p.m. for the Class A state title. So much for the FCA banquet.
“I was really looking forward to (the banquet),” said Lora Trimmer, whose older son, Mitchell, was an FCA All-State selection last spring and also missed the banquet because of a baseball game. “We’ll have to see what happens. It could rain again Monday, so there’s not anything for sure yet.
“We’ll just take it one day and one game at a time,” she added, “but I wouldn’t miss the game.”
Jason Trimmer and Ada High’s Kayli Edwards were chosen as representatives to the FCA banquet from the Southeast Oklahoma region, and Todd Thompson, the area director for the FCA, said that, although Trimmer deserves to be recognized Monday night, he hopes he isn’t able to attend.
“I hope he misses it,” Thompson said. “That means they’re in the state championship game.”
Thompson said selection as an all-stater places Trimmer and Edwards in a select group of high school seniors who combine the qualities that are most important to the FCA.
“To be a candidate, they have to participate in FCA and certain activities within FCA, and they have to be involved in their church as well,” Thompson said. “Beyond that, it’s based on recommendations of coaches and faculty, because those people know the character of the kids.
“When people say something about Jason or Kayli, it’s always something positive,” he added. “And it’s always character-based and faith-based-type stuff.”
In addition to being a three-year starter on Roff teams that have been to six straight (fall and spring) state baseball tournaments (with a state title in the spring of 2004) and three straight state basketball tournaments (with runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2006), Trimmer has also been involved in the FCA’s summer youth camp for several years.
Edwards, meanwhile, was a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award this school year, and she is also president of the student council and editor of the school paper at Ada High. Athletically, she has teamed with Whitney Spears to win two straight state tennis doubles titles, and was working on a third Saturday during a rain-delayed final round at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
“The fortunate thing is that I know these kids personally, and I know what kind of people they are,” Thompson said of Trimmer and Edwards. “As for Kayli, this award is for what she’s all about. She’s just a great person.
“I’ve known Jason for several years, and he’s a great example for younger kids,” Thompson added. “When (Roff basketball) Coach (Darrick) Farriell submitted Jason’s name, he said he was one of the greatest kids he’s ever even been around — and he didn’t mean just as an athlete.”
Thompson said Dungy’s appearance has made Monday’s banquet one of the hottest tickets in the state, with over 1,1000 having already been sold at $50 apiece.
“This will be the most attended banquet we’ve ever had,” he noted. “Coach Dungy goes to FCA camp almost every year, and he’s been a longtime participant in FCA. It’s been a two-year process to get him scheduled, and it just so happened that we got him scheduled with all the circumstances that have gone on in his life in the past year (Dungy’s 18-year-old son, James, committed suicide in December).
“The way people talked about Coach Dungy when his son committed suicide, it was all positive,” Thompson added. “A lot of people say they’re solid Christians, but his actions match his words. He’s the real deal on and off the field.”