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a hall of fame plaque is presented to an inductee

The 2024 class of Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the the 12th annual ceremony this month. The inductees included:

William Snoddy, Jr., Hale High School

William won three gold medals at the 1975 Class 4A meet as the Rangers won their first track and field state championship. He finished first in the 200-yard dash and was the anchor on the winning 4x100 and mile relay teams. As a senior in 1976, he was the champion in the 100, 220, and 440 and earned the Jim Thorpe Award as the state's best in track and field. At the University of Oklahoma, he was an NCAA champion in the 200 meters and set a world record in the 300-yard dash.

Steve Austin, Booker T Washington High School

Steve was the Tulsa Tribune's 1979 All-City Basketball Player of the Year as he averaged 27.1 points and 11 rebounds per game. He helped the Hornets win a state championship in 1977. He played college basketball at the University of Central Oklahoma where he was a four-year starting power forward/center and team captain. He scored more than 1,000 career points at UCO.

Gene Parrish, Booker T Washington High School

As a wrestler, Gene helped the Hornets win their first Magic Empire Conference title. While attending Lamar Junior College in Colorado, he won a National Junior College Athletic Association wrestling championship. At Arizona State, he was a Western Athletic Conference wrestling champion.

Reuben Jones, McLain High School

As quarterback, Reuben led McLain to their first state football title in 1978. He was the Tulsa World and Oklahoman's state player of the year, Jim Thorpe Award top player, and was named to the Carnation Prep All-American team. He was also a standout basketball player who helped McLain win the All-City Championship in 1977 and Tournament of Champions in 1979. He was first Black starting quarterback at Texas Christian University.

Alesha Peel Hill, Central High School

Alesha was the four-time Class 4A state champion in the 100-meter hurdles from 1994-1997. She helped Central finish as the state runner-up in 1997. She also lettered for four years in basketball. She was featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" in August 1997. She was selected to The Oklahoman's All-Century Track Team. She was an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American in 1998 and 1999 at Southern Nazarene University. She holds the SNU records in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. After transferring to the University of Oklahoma, she set the school record in the indoor 60-meter hurdles at 8.19 seconds and held the outdoor 100-meter hurdles record for seven years at 13.27.

Jono Helmerich, Edison High School

Jono was selected as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' state high school player of the year as a senior and was the 1977 All-City football selection as lineman in his only season on the Eagles' football team. He helped the Edison basketball team reach the 1977 class 4A state final and the 1978 state tournament. At Princeton, he was the MVP of the freshman football team before playing three varsity seasons. He was the captain his senior year and helped Princeton have three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the mid-60s.

Beau DeArmon, East Central High School

Beau was selected as the Tulsa World's Ted Pierce Award winner in 2001 as the state's outstanding wrestler. He was a two-time state champion and finished as the runner-up twice. He had a 119-9 career record, tying the school mark for victories. As a winner of the Cadet World Team Trials, he earned a spot on Team USA and won all ten of his matches on a tour of Russia. He also competed four years in soccer and two years in cross country. He became East Central's first Cadet All-American and ranked fourth nationally in junior freestyle at 132 pounds. He wrestled for three years at the University of Oklahoma and helped the Sooners win the 2002 Big 12 title.

Clifford Criddle, Will Rogers and Webster High Schools

The former University of Tulsa football lineman's "passion has always been to work with kids" wand it has shown in more than 40 years on Team Tulsa. During his 29 years at Rogers he spent time as head coach for boys and girls basketball, football, and tennis. He was the first Black head coach at Rogers. For his last nine years at Rogers, he served as the athletic director. He led the Ropers to the Class 5A boys basketball state title in 1988 and was named the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune Coach of the Year. He was the Tulsa Tribune's Girls Coach of the Year in 1986 as Rogers reached the state tournament for the first time. He was the athletic director at Webster High School for eight years. Clifford and Jonita Ford Criddle are the first husband and wife inductees into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame. Jonita was inducted in 2018.

Nicole Ledbetter Brannon, Will Rogers High School

As a three-year starting guard, Nicole helped Rogers reach the state basketball tournament in 1994 and 1996. She also participated four four years on the track and field team. She was inducted in 2013 into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame for her track and field feats. She was the two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American in 1997 and 1998 and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Most Valuable Performer from 1997 to 1999. Nicole set school records in the 100- and 200-meter dash and was a member of two record-setting relay teams. She also broke the KCAC meet record in the 200-meter dash. She has officiated college basketball for more than a decade, as well as NAIA and NJCAA national tournaments.

Alan Axley, Webster High School

Alan was an All-State and Tulsa All-City basketball selection in 1962 as he helped lead the Warriors to the state tournament. He lettered three years in basketball and two years in track in long jump. he was a two-year basketball letterman at the University of Oklahoma. As head coach at Mason, he lead the Patriots to a state berth in their second year. He was named as the Oklahoma Coaches Association's and Tulsa Tribune's All-City 1975 Basketball Coach of the Year. 

Mick Wilson, East Central and Will Rogers High Schools

Mick coached the East Central Cardinals to the Oklahoma 5A state basketball tournament in 1998. In the same year, he led the team to a third place finish in the Tournament of Champions. During the '98-'99 season, Wilson guided East Central to the conference championship and was named coach of the year. Mick coached men's basketball at Henderson State University, Sterling College, and Independence Community College. While at Henderson, he helped the team reach two NCAA division II basketball tournaments while winning the Gulf South Conference Championship. At Independence, he led the team to the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI tournament. Mick has served as athletic director at Independence Community College, Oologah High School, and Tulsa Public Schools. Since his return to Tulsa Public Schools in 2011, he has been part of 18 state championships in various sports. He has been director of the Tournament of Champions for over 12 years and was instrumental in moving it to the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

Memorial High School 1974 Boys Basketball Team, OSSAA State Champions

Coach Terry West's team finished 25-3 and won the Chargers' first basketball state title. Memorial also won its first Indian Nations and Tournament of Champions titles that year. Joey Robinson was Tulsa World's Metro Player of the Year. Memorial's roster also included Bruce Morton, Kenny Hayes, Bill Smith, Doug Hill, Bill Patterson, Tom Hobbs, Wade Seyfried, Don Vincent, Bob Olinger, Randy Edwards, Bob Garrett, Steve Landis, and Steve Bagnall. Assistant coaches were Grover Quinn and Waldo Eichling. Trainers were Doug Goyer and Jim Loerke.

Athletics Hall of Fame - June 2024