Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tribute to a Heavener Star

In the past couple of weeks I have attended two Oklahoma High School Basketball "All State" games. The first was held on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University at Shawnee and was sponsored by the Oklahoma High School Coaches Association and the second was played at Oklahoma Wesleyan Univesity at Bartlesville and was the Oklahoma Indian "All-State" Game. I attended these games because our grandson Josh Stevens had been selected to play in both games but I new from reading the Ledger that a student athlete from Heavener named Michael Moholt had also been selected to play in the games. When we arived at the gym for the game at Shawnee my Grandson pointed out a young man there that was wearing a "t-shirt" with Heavener Wolves on the front of it. I assumed that it was Michael Moholt and introduced myself to him and that is who it was. He was very polite and said that he was glad to meet me. Later as I sat in the stands waiting for the game to start a man came up to me at said "Michael Moholt " pointed you out to me and said you attended school at Heavener. This man was Bobby "Jelly" Mead. Jelly pointed out to me someother Heavnerites seated just down the way a bit and told me that they were Chock Manley and his family and that Chock was Michael's grandfather. Attending the game with me were my wife Peggy and her sister Judy and their brother Terry and his wife Cindy (all from Heavener too, of course), so we had our own little re-union and then settled in to watch the game. Michael is a very good basketball player (of course he is or he would not be playing in the "All-State" game. He played well on both offense and defence. He is only a little over six foot tall but held is own amongst the much taller players


At June 14, 2009 at 10:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colin, you only had this in as a draft, tho you wrote it earlier in the afternoon. Good to know someone from Heavener has a promising future as a roundballer. Good blog. It's always good to hear from you again.

At June 14, 2009 at 11:27 PM , Blogger colin said...

Sorry about the draft getting published. The computer went dead on me before I could finish the blog. I didn't know it got published. I coulda cleaned it up a little and I intended to brag on Michael a little more. He played very well at the Shawnee game but even better at the game in Bartlesville. Although he has the ability to "hog" the ball and dominate a game, he is an outstanding team player and displays great sportsmanship. Wolf fans should be rightly proud of this young man. I also learned how come Chock is called Chock. It is because he is part Choctaw Indian being a decendant of the Heavener family of Choctaws. (not just a choctaw from Heavener but a decendant of the early family of Choctaws that Heavener was named for.) by the way, out grandson also played well in the games and in the Indian game both Josh and Michael scored in double figures. There was also a kid from Red Oak who played. His name is Lane Adams. He may be have been the best high school player in the state this year. He was just drafted by a major league baseball team and might not play college ball though.

At June 14, 2009 at 11:29 PM , Blogger colin said...

maybe someday, I'll learn to use "spell check" before I publish something. Oh well, y'all probably figgered out what I meant to say.

At June 15, 2009 at 6:47 AM , Blogger Glen Lazalier said...

Thanks for the blog, Colin. Chock Manley is from my era in Heavener, as are some other members of the "Heavener" Choctaws. Leroy Heavener was a year or so older and was known affectionately as "Chief".

At June 15, 2009 at 5:18 PM , Blogger Bill Hinds said...

Leroy Heavener and Chock Manley were both in my class, we all graduated in 1958.

Chock's dad was the frist Chock Manley.


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