There is an annual tradition in Duncan of honoring the past elite Duncan Demon athletes and this year eight have been selected to be Hall of Fame Bound to represent the Class of 2019 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame.
Last year, the Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame got over the century mark of inductees and with the eight added this year the Hall of Fame numbers grow to 109 inductees.
Beginning in 1978, the Duncan High School Athletic Hall of Fame was formed by members of the Duncan Booster Club and the school athletic director at the time.
The eight inductees for the 2019 Class are: John Herndon, Jimmy Ilseng, Richard “Randy” Hoover, Dan Hammond, Bill Green, Sherri “Atchison” Whyte, Jennifer Payne and Brad Fleetwood.
Herndon is a 1967 graduate and is being honored for playing basketball for the Duncan Demons. He was the president of his junior and senior classes and was awarded the Crossman Award in his senior year.
On the court, Herndon’s team in his senior year qualified for the State Tournament and advanced to the semi-finals in that year.
He also played baseball for the Demons where he was a first team all conference member as a second baseman and had a full ride scholarship to the University of Tulsa for basketball.
Jimmy D. Ilseng will be inducted posthumously at the ceremony as he passed away in March of 1976 after graduating from Duncan High School in 1970.
Ilseng played football, wrestling and baseball for the Demons and was one of two athletes to start at quarterback for three years for Duncan High School.
He accepted a football scholarship to the Air Force Academy but then transferred his scholarship to play baseball for the academy.
In 1973, he was voted as baseball MVP for the Air Force and finished his college career in 1974 before enlisting for active duty.
He was medically retired from the Air Froce in May of 1975 and passed away almost a year later in March of 1976.
Hoover was a wrestler for the Duncan Demons and a graduate of Duncan High School in 1975 before becoming a prominent donor for the Duncan High School wrestling team.
Starting in wrestling in 1962 at Horace Mann Elementary, he wrestled for the Demons and was a three year letterman and placed fourth in state his junior and senior years.
He was part of the 1975 team that placed second in state. Hoover is now active in the Duncan community by spearheading the Hoover Family Wrestling Center which was dedicated in 2018.
Hammond was a 1977 graduate of Duncan High School and was a football and wrestling star for the Duncan Demons in his time at the school.
He also played baseball and the Demons football team went to semi-finals both in his junior and senior year with Hammond being named All-State and an Oil Bowl linebacker.
Hammond played for OSU for two years as a linebacker and long snapper and officiated high school football for 16 years calling two state championship games.
He was also a regional champion in wrestling and placed fourth in state in one of his years with the Demons.
Coach Green has spent 50 consecutive years involved with the game of football and is a 1979 graduate of Duncan High School.
Starting his playing days as an Irving Rebel, he was part of the Duncan Demons perfect 14-0 season that won the state championship over the Jenks Trojans.
Green has been a coach at several spots and has said that football has created a way of life and has spent many years on the field in several capacities in the sport.
Whyte is the next inductee. She was a graduate of Duncan High School in 1986 and was part of the Lady Demons golf team.
At the age of 12, she entered her first state tournament of her career.
Playing in several prestigious tournaments, Whyte during her senior year at Duncan High School won an individual state title in 1986 before playing golf for the University of Kansas after getting many scholarship opportunities.
Payne is a 1994 graduate of Duncan High School and played Tennis for the Lady Demons.
She was a four year letter in cross country as well as helping contribute to a state trip all four years of her high school career and was part of two state championship tennis teams.
Playing in 1992 and 1994, Payne was a three time All-Star and named All-State honors before attending UT-Dallas and was an assistant coach at Cascia Hall in Tulsa before becoming a vice president in banking.
The last inductee for 2019 is Fleetwood who is the current coach at SWOSU for the golf teams in Weatherford.
He was a 4A State Oklahoma runner up in 1998 and an Oklahoma All-State selection in 2000 while appearing in several amateur championships in his career.
Being a letterman at Northeastern State in Oklahoma, he was ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA Division II level and won many awards while at the college.
Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Oct. 5 at the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club banquet room with tickets on sale at Duncan High School.
Patrons wishing to purchase tickets can contact Duncan High School Athletics secretary Carrie Ridley at 580-255-4366.
The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 with the inductees also being recognized at the homecoming game on Oct. 4 at Duncan High School.