All-State players talk about their greatest influences
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Friday, July 27, 2012
7/27/12 at 3:46 AM
All-State athletes were asked to comment on the people who have had the greatest impact in their lives:
Patrick Bartlett (Woodland football): "Probably my brother (J.T. Bartlett) because he's always been there for me. He went to a little school, just like I did, and led his team as far as he could and I've always kind of looked up to him."
Kaylee Crawford (Henryetta golf): "My parents (Jeande Spurlock and Shane Crawford), because they've pushed me to do everything I've done so far. They've always been there when I needed them."
Damian Gibson (East Central football): "My grandmother (Annette Rogers). She's like one of my biggest fans. She's a real inspirational person. She knows the game of football and she keeps me driving. She makes sure I'm on top of everything. She's like one of my coaches. After a game, she tells me everything I did, right and wrong. It might not come out right, but it's good to hear what she sees."
Hunter Hart (Cascia Hall football): "Probably my grandpa (Ron Mayfield), just because some rough stuff's happened the last couple of months, and he's shown me what it's like to be a man. He's really strong, and watching him helped me mature into becoming a man. I think it carries over into every aspect of life - not just football."
Sedrick Johnson (Union basketball): "I would say my dad (Kelly Johnson) passing away. He taught me everything I should know in life, and with him passing, it just showed me more that I needed to do."
Corben Jones (Yukon football): "It would have to be, No. 1, God, for obvious reasons. He's always there for you. And second, my dad (Terry Jones). He's been pushing me since I was born to do the things I needed to do, so definitely it would be my dad."
Hunter Long (Noble wrestler): "Probably my coach, Jason Bailey. He showed me how to wrestle and taught me everything I know."
Asa Manship (Dale baseball): "Probably my older brother (Barry) because he's taught me a whole lot of life lessons, whether baseball or just life in general. He's always been there for me and I can always count on him to be there."
Riley Nolan (Norman North football): "I'd have to say my father (Larry Nolan). He has been a role model for me from the start. I'm a real big family person and he's just a great guy. He's always helping people out and I really look up to him."
Ehron Ponds (Edison basketball): "My mother (Angela Ponds), because she's my No. 1 fan. She's always been there for me."
Original Print Headline: All-State question of the day