Ada — The tote board of state championships won by Ada High School teams now boasts 112. Two coaches who put their marks on the board at the entrance to AHS will be honored posthumously as the school hosts the Fifth Annual Ada Cougar All-Sports Golf Tournament on Monday, July 14, at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club.
Hugh Warren (1914-1994) and Albert Bare (1942-1989) are two of the coaches most instrumental in the development of the Ada High athletic program.
Atop the stacks of trophies and awards garnered by Warren in his lifetime is one for which he is best remembered — the very first of those 112 state championships.
The 1939-40 season would be one to remember as the Cougars would win 22 straight at the end of the season en route to the 26-2 Cougars’ first-ever state championship. Sonny West and Harley Day were named first team all-state and Warren Hughey and Blockie Anderson were named second team.
Albert Bare, maybe the most versatile of all Ada mentors, coached just about every sport. An outstanding tennis player, Bare coached both girls and boys Cougar netters.
But perhaps he is most remembered for taking over the high school golf team in 1977 and promptly guiding state champion Mark Brooks and teammates Kevin Kroeker, John Herndon and Russell and Rodney Lowry to a state championship.
For over 70 years, Hugh Warren was one of the most familiar faces around Ada. The co-owner of Service Chevrolet, Warren was known for many things around Ada and in Oklahoma.
He officiated basketball and football from the time he was in college until he was in his seventies. He was the head tennis coach at East Central for many years, taught sports officiating to generations and was a successful businessman in Ada. But it is the first ‘gold ball’ for which he is best remembered.