The nominees have been submitted and the selections are in for the first class of the Claremore Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.
Eleven members will be inducted during homecoming weekend, Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6.
On Friday, the HOF inductees will ride in the homecoming parade, followed by a reception from 5-6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium hospitality room. The group will also be introduced at halftime of the homecoming game against Tulsa Rogers.
On Saturday, the Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Sept. 10 at a cost of $20 (meal is included). You may purchase your tickets at the Claremore Athletic Office inside the new gym. A table of eight is $150. For more information, contact the Claremore Athletic Office at (918) 923-4282.
A 1982 graduate, a standout in both football and basketball during his career at Claremore High School. Recognized for these accomplishments by being named an All-Stater in both sports. Signed to play football with the University of Tulsa, where he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1983. Named the 1985 UPI Offensive Player of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference. Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1987 and in 1988 was a member of the Washington Redskins Super Bowl champion team. A member of the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame.
Laura (Rushing) Jacobsen
A 1986 graduate, competed in basketball, softball, track and golf. Selected to All-State teams in softball, basketball and track. Honorable mention All-American in basketball. The 1986 OCA Region 3 Athlete of the Year. Earned 15 varsity letters in her high school career. Awarded a basketball scholarship at the University of Oklahoma and lettered four years. Continued in athletics as an Academic and Career Counselor for Kansas University Athletics.
Brandi (Swan) Redman
A 1991 graduate, during her high school career, the tennis team won three state championships in 1988, 1989 and 1991. Also a state champion in doubles during this time. Was selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State tennis team. She continued her tennis career at the University of Oklahoma and was selected as an All-American tennis player.
Coached for 33 years in boys and girls basketball, accumulating 865 wins. Spent 17 years at Claremore from 1995 to 2012. Led the Lady Zebras basketball team to the state tournament 14 out of 17 years, including three state championships in 2003, through 2005. Also led the softball team to three state championships in 1995, 1999 and 2000. Twice selected the Tulsa World Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and one time the Daily Oklahoman Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Elected to the OGBCA Hall of Fame in 2013, OCA Hall of Fame in 2013, Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 and the TPS Tournament of Champions Hall of Fame in 2011.
A 1978 graduate of Claremore High School and as a community member has continued his support for Claremore athletics by attending and supporting the Zebras year in and year out. He is a fixture at home events and has developed a relationship with coaches and players, as well as fans since his graduation. You could argue that Doug is the No. 1 fan and would get lots of support from others in making this statement. If you attend Claremore athletic events, you know Doug Mosier.
Graduated in 1980, was a three-sport standout at Claremore High School and received All-State honors in football and basketball. Considered an outstanding football player and recognized as the 1979 Tulsa World Co-Player of the Year in football with Ricky Bryan, but chose to play baseball as he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the first pick in the second round in 1980. Kenny spend nine years in the Minor Leagues, advancing to Triple-A before retiring.
Graduated in 1950, he lettered in football and baseball for four years and in basketball for three. He was Claremore's first baseball and second All-State athlete in 1950. He continued his playing career in football and baseball and NEO A&M and then baseball at Northeastern State University. Served in the military and then started coaching at Foyil and took the Panthers to the baseball state finals two consecutive years. In 1960, he became a teacher, basketball and football coach at Will Rogers Junior High. He would lead the eighth and ninth grade Zebra Colts to a 147-45 record, including eight undefeated seasons. He retired in 1987.
Lester "Bear" Jensen
Began his coaching career in Claremore in 1954 and is the winningest football coach in school history with 76 wins. In his 10 seasons, he turned Claremore into a football town. Businesses would close early on Fridays to follow the team. He guided the Zebras to four conference championships and their first five state playoff games. Jensen turned out 10 All-State players during his tenure. His 1959 and 1963 squads are the only two regular-season 10-0 teams in school history. He still has the highest winning percentage of any football coach in school history with a .762 mark.
Graduated from Claremore Lincoln High School in the first graduating class in 1923. Attended Langston University and then returned to Lincoln as a teacher and coach in 1928. Morris later served as principal until the high school closed in 1954. He coached the Lincoln Lions basketball team for 26 years. He won three district championships in 1951 through 1953 and many tournaments in a three-state region. His team won the Class C 1952 state championship and was state runner-up in 1953. During those 1951-53 years, the Lions were 82-10. After Lincoln integrated in 1954, Morris taught history at Claremore High School. He was the first African American to teach at Claremore High School. Morris passed away in 1965.
Grew up in Chelsea where he was the catcher for future Major League All-Star Ralph Terry. Riley transferred to Claremore's Lincoln High School. He played for Coach James Morris on three district championship teams and was a starter for the 1952 Class C state champions, and the 1953 state runners-up. Graduated from Lincoln in 1953. Served in the U.S. Marines, then returned to Claremore and played baseball for the Claremore Clowns. Riley retired after 37 years of service to Phillips Petroleum Company. Riley has a long history of helping his community learn about Africa-American history in Rogers County.
RCB Bank has been a valued supporter of Claremore athletics for many years. Their commitment to helping out, not only the athletic programs, but the entire school system is very evident and very much appreciated. They are willing to support all sports and take the lead in supporting and sponsoring the homecoming football game. They are a true community supporter and Claremore Public Schools is very fortunate to have them as a partner and we the district is very much thankful for their involvement in the athletics and schools.