Enid’s Trevin Ray made his way to the World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa Thursday where he will compete as part of Team USA’s golf contingent with a good shot at winning a medal.
Ray, the recipient of a life-changing pancreas transplant, earned his spot on Team USA by winning a gold medal in golf this past summer at the Transplant Games of America in Grand Rapids, Mich. He competed there as part of Team Oklahoma and the 25-year-old EHS grad took home an individual gold in his age division (19-29) with a two-day total of 162 (82-80).
The World Transplant Games bring together athletes from around the world who are not just top-tier performers, but organ donor recipients. The Games run through Aug. 4. Ray’s trip was subsidized through donations of supporters.
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Gage McNeill, who played baseball this season for the Enid Rookies and then later in the season moved up to the Enid Minors, made one of the more impressive catches you will see by a fan when he made a leaping one-handed grab of a home run hit by Baltimore Orioles superstar Manny Machado.
McNeill was in the left field stands, taking in the July 23 contest in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium between the Royals and Orioles when Machado lifted his round-tripper into the stands. McNeill, 15, sprang to his feet from his front-row seat, and reached high to snare the homer in front of several other fans.
His catch was a featured video at MLB.com and can still be viewed by going to www.mlb.com and typing “Machado’s solo homer” in the search field.
No word on whether Royals fans tried to pressure the Orioles cap-wearing McNeill into tossing the souvenir back.
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