The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Summer of '68

July 13, 2008

Enid area residents, former residents wax reminiscent about their 1968 experiences

Couple had easy wedding date to remember

Jim and I will always remember that summer, because we got married on June 6, 1968 ... making our anniversary — 6/8/68!

Betsy Mabry,


Lady Wildcats basketball team were champions

The Covington-Douglas Wildcat girls basketball team won the state class C championship on March 9, 1968. (Back then, all students regardless of gender were Wildcats.)

The team was coached by Jim Hurd. He coached for 29 years — four at Lahoma and 25 at Covington-Douglas. With a record of 787 wins and 475 losses, he we inducted into the Oklahoma High School Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988. Coach Hurd had five All-Staters.

The road to victory started with the district tournament — winning three games. The regional tournament also brought three wins. And then to the state tournament. At that time, there was no area tournament and no losers bracket. If there was a loss, you were out.

At that time, there were 211 class C basketball teams. Advancing to the state tournament was quite an accomplishment itself. The Wildcats opened with a 57-49 win over Southside of Elmer, who held a 27-0 record before the loss. Then they defeated Alex, who boasted a 26-2 record at the time. The championship game was played against LeFlore (30-1 record) and won by a score of 50-47.

The team was so well balanced that the opposition could not afford to double team any player. The forwards were all in double digits on scoring. The guards played the whole and none fouled out.

Forwards were: Rhonda Rucker (Hanyka), Harla Boepple (Eslick), Linda Schweer (Pattrick), Debbie Inselman, Janie Fincher (Roland), Berlene Dillingham (Sharp) and Becky Snyder (Kruger). Guards were: Melody Hise (Smith), Barbara Snyder (Bryant), Nancy Gragert (Nelson), Claudia Miller (Finnegan) and Jennifer Henderson (Hart).

Not sure of these notes. I think this was the first state championship for Covington-Douglas and the last year there was class C.

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