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October 28, 2013

Roff plans first Athletic Hall of Fame banquet

Roff —

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.

SAM TAYLOR

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.

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