ADA — The 2006 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic is loaded with some of the best girls talent in Oklahoma. What else is new?
Every year we take a look at some of the players that are expected to make headlines during the prestigious three-day after-Christmas event.
The teams that travel to the Mid-American bring more than athletic talent. They also bring along some of their history.
For example, Fort Cobb Schools consolidated with Broxton Schools in 1991 to form Fort Cobb-Broxton. Located about a mile east of the present townsite was old Fort Cobb, which was established in 1859 and was garrisoned until the Union evacuation of Indian Territory in May 1861.
The present post office of Fort Cobb was established as Cobb in 1899 and changed to Fort Cobb in 1902. The fort was named for Howell Cobb of Georgia, secretary of the Treasury under President Buchanan. The community of Broxton had a post office from 1903 to 1906.
“We’re very proud of our school district,” said Fort Cobb-Broxton Superintendent Dennis Klugh. “We’ve won six academic state championships in the last six years in softball, boy’s basketball and baseball.”
Fort Cobb has some pretty famous alums. Former OCU and NBA star Gary Gray was Fort Cobb star. So was Wendy Willits who played in the Mid-America Classic a few years ago, then set records at Arkansas University before earning a WNBA championship ring with the Los Angeles Sparks. And Reggie Willits now plays for the Los Angeles Angels in the Major Leagues.
Oklahoma Bible Academy is located in Enid.
Enid is the county seat of Garfield County. The city was established after the opening of the Cherokee Strip during the Land Run of 1893.
It sits on the historic Chisholm Trail, where millions of Texas longhorn cattle were driven north through Indian Territory to Kansas railheads during the 1870s. Each September locals host the Cherokee Strip Land Run Celebration.
One of its natives, Dr. Owen Garriott, an electrical engineer and astronaut, was a member of hte Spacelab I crew, spending 59 days in space and almost 14 hours on three space walks.
How did Enid receive its name?
While there are several versions, its name probably came from Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King.”
Each school in the Mid-America classic brings along some history and a whole lotta basketball talent.