MIAMI — Not only is it fun being able to say “I am a state champion” but it brings a lot of pride to the respective towns.
Tipton’s Hunter Elliott and Owen Crites have been part of Tiger teams that have won Class C state championships in three of their four years (freshman, junior and senior)
“It’s a great honor representing the town,” Hunter Elliott said during a press conference leading up to Saturday’s Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game Saturday, June 16 at Red Robertson Field.
“The younger kids look up to you like you are heroes or something,” Elliott said.
“You bring pride to your town and let your town get noticed,” said former teammate Dillon Schmidt.
Elliott, Schmidt, Andrew Lechuga and Owen Crites will play together one final time as members of the White all-star team in the game, which has been staged in northeastern Oklahoma since 2003.
The game originated in Alva in 1973.
Gabe Satterwhite will represent Bluejacket in the game.
The game will kick off at 6 p.m. at Red Robertson Field. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person.
An awards and hall of fame banquet will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the Calcagno Family Ballroom of the Carter Student Union.
Tim Allen, who retired in 2015 after guiding Laverne to two Class B state titles and winning 100 games, will be inducted into the OEMFCA Hall of Fame.
He also will be recognized at the halftime of the football game.
Scholarships totaling $11,000 will be awarded during the banquet. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to players and there also will be two $500 scholarships presented to all-star cheerleaders.
The Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the OEMFCA and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College team up to stage the event.
Corporate sponsors are Touchstone Energy, Miami CVB, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, Midwest Sports, Adidas and the Oklahoma Center for Orthopedics/Dr. Sean O’Brien.
Additional sponsors include PlayLand Lanes, City of Miami, Miami News-Record, Coleman Theatre, Miami Friends Church, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami Rotary Club, Miami Public Schools, Tote Along, Gary Crow, Dr. Mark Folks, The Coleman House Restaurant/Buffalo Run Casino and Alert Services.