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May 13, 2014

Four await Duncan Sports Hall induction

DUNCAN — Four new members of the Duncan Sports Hall of Fame will be introduced by four other hall of fame members, when the 2014 DHS All-Sports Assembly is held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the high school auditorium.

Football standout Chris Fancher, softball all-stater Julie Smith, tennis star Linda Shields and tennis coach and supporter Gene Aldridge are the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, who will be featured at a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on May 19, at the DHS gymnasium.

Fancher played on two state champion football teams and a state semifinalist club before graduating in 1985. A Blue Chip recruit, he was a starting offensive lineman at the University of Tulsa before going into coaching at the college and high school levels.

During the induction, he will be presented by former Demons head coach Charles Lynch, the program’s winningest skipper and a member of the Duncan Sports Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame member and former softball coach Mary Leyrer will introduce Smith as a new inductee. Smith was an all-state softball player and three-time Duncan Banner Player of the Year before graduating in 1997 and becoming the first DHS softball player to receive a scholarship to an NCAA Div. I school.

After playing on two Duncan state championship teams before graduating in 1977, Shields went on to be an All-Big 8 Conference singles champion and a four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma. She will be presented at the assembly by former OU women’s tennis coach Rick Lashley, who was named to the Oklahoma District Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

A standout athlete at Velma-Alma High and Oklahoma State University, Aldridge became a booster of Duncan’s tennis program in the 1980s and eventually became both a paid and volunteer coach for the Duncan Middle School girls team.

Phil Barnes, the most successful tennis coach in school history and a member of the DHS Sports Hall of Fame, will introduce Aldridge at the All-Sports Assembly.

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