For years, the Roff Educational Enrichment Foundation sponsored a dinner theater to help raise funds for student scholarships.
The Roff Masonic Lodge always jumped on board and would match up to $2,500 of the funds raised at the dinner. But due to declining interest in that fundraiser, REEF board members decide it was time to go in another direction.
“Last year, we didn’t even raise the $2,500,” said REEF spokesperson and former Roff Atheltic Director Bubba Tidwell. “It was the first time we didn’t meet that goal.”
So the REEF board looked into starting a Roff Athletic Hall of Fame. After contacting other high schools to see what guidelines they used for their halls of fame, the board adopted its own set of rules and regulations. The inaugural Roff Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.
“It will always be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving,” Tidwell said.
Tickets to the BBQ banquet are $20 for adults and $15 for students. The Roff Masonic Lodge once again has agreed to match up to $2,500 of funds raised at the event.
“We hope this is going on 100 years from now,” Tidwell said. “It’s a great way to honor former Roff coaches and players.”
Following are the seven 2013 Roff Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:
LEROY “BONEY” MATTHEWS
Matthews holds a national record for scoring 100 points by himself in a football game. He also scored an undocumented 70 points in a basketball game. Matthews, who is deceased, coached at Purcell High School for 28 years and is a member of numerous halls of fame.
Taylor graduated from Roff in 1950. He is a veteran of both the Navy and the Army. Taylor is a charter member of the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association. He had coach stops (mostly in girls basketball) at Hickory, Westville, Roff, Tushka and Wilburton, where he now resides. Taylor is a member of numerous halls of fame and coached the first two All-Staters from Roff in 1964.
MARY LOU STEPHENS
Stephens graduated from Roff in 1955. She played both basketball and softball before a knee injury forced her to miss her senior season. Stephens has been a loyal fan at all Roff sporting events since her playing days ended, which spans 58-plus years. While in attendance at Roff athletic events, Stephens has been able to watch younger siblings, children and great grandchildren play. The well-known Roff resident can now be seen at Roff games holding great grandchildren.
Hoover, an Ada High graduate, coached the Roff Tigers from 1966 to 1971. He was the coach of the first two state championship teams at Roff in 1968. Hoover is believed to be the only coach (or at least one of the select few) who have won state championships in basketball and baseball during the same year. He later became a school administrator at Butner, Burlington and Latta. Hoover has received numerous honors as both a coach and school administrator. He is now retired and still lives in Ada.
Scroggins graduated from Roff in 1964. She played basketball for Jimmy Freeman and Sam Taylor and was on the state tournament team of 1963. She was named an All-State forward and played in the inaugural girls basketball All-State game at Lindsay. Scroggins has the honor of being one of the first All-Staters in the history of Roff school. Scroggins resides in Oklahoma City.
Teel also graduated from Roff in 1964 and played for Jimmy Freeman and Sam Taylor. Teel joined Scroggins on the 1963 state tournament team. Teel, who resides in Pauls Valley, was an All-State guard and also played in the first-ever All-State girls basketball game at Lindsay. She has the honor of being one of the first All-Staters in the history of Roff school.
Fairchild graduated from Roff in 1968 and played for Gene Cobb and Don Hoover. He holds the honor of being the first male All-State at Roff, as he was named to the All-State baseball team. He was a first-team member of the Ada Evening News All-Area basketball team and was the Player of the Year in the Ada All-Area baseball team. Fairchild later attended East Central University and played both basketball and baseball for Jerry Anderson and Ken Turner. An automobile accident cut his basketball career short, but he continued to play baseball and was named an Oklahoma Intercollegiate All-Conference pitcher as a member of ECU’s OIC championship team in 1972. He is also a member of the ECU Athletic Hall of Fame. Fairchild retired from the banking industry and now lives in Dallas.