With another year wrapped up for Duncan Public Schools Athletics, the committee for Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame has announced seven new people to be put into the list of over 100 past athletes, coaches and boosters.
The seven inductees will grow the Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame list from 109 to 116. A lot of this year’s inductees are multi-star athletes and a booster who helped outfit these athletes.
Randy Lawrence, a 1969 graduate of Duncan High School, will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2003 and played four sports while with the Demons.
His biggest sport was football. He will be inducted for his contributions on the football field as a three year starter on the defensive and offensive line for Duncan High School.
Lawrence, in his junior and senior seasons, was chosen as an all-conference lineman at offensive tackle and earned All-State honors in 1967 at his offensive tackle position.
Playing in the Oil Bowl, Lawrence then went on to Southern Methodist University to play college football where he played for two years, including on the 1969 team that beat the Sooners in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl game in the Astrodome.
He transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University for his junior and senior season and earned several honors including All-American honors for the NAIA.
Graduating from SWOSU, Lawrence went into coaching for over 30 years with stops at Crooked Oak, Del City, Velma-Alma, Newcastle, Choctawa and Jones before retiring in 2001.
The next inductee for the Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame is Troy Stevenson, who has the claim as the only person to have an individual state title and a team state title for Duncan’s Wrestling program.
Stevenson excelled in three sports and had three state championship team titles in two of his three sports as a two time champion in football and one time in wrestling.
During his senior season, Stevenson took home the Class 3A Individual State Championship in the 136 weight class and was named to the All-State team and competed in the All-State Tournament.
Winning the All-State Tournament, Stevenson earned a wrestling scholarship to Central State University during the years they were national champion contenders and came home to work and raise his family.
Shannon Atkinson is the third inductee for the Class of 2020 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame. Atkinson was a three sport athlete with his best sport being track and field where he was a four year letterman.
Playing basketball and football as well, Atkinson became a state runner-up in football as the starting quarterback. He won state titles in track and field for the Demons.
Atkinson was part of the back-to-back state champion teams in 1991 and 1992. He was a state qualifier his freshman year in long jump and is the school record holder in several events.
He was a state champion in the4x100 relay and 4x400 relay, was a state runner-up in long jump and was heavily recruited by 10 schools for track and football.
Choosing Oklahoma State University, he became an all-conference member his freshman year and then transferred to the University of Oklahoma to finish out his collegiate career.
Ranked on OU’s All-Time Top Ten list for track and field in the 200 meter and 4x400 relay race, he graduated with a bachelors in sociology in 1996.
He ended up back at Oklahoma State for a year in 1998 but he spent most of his collegiate coaching career at OU where he was part of two national champions and also coached OU’s first women’s track and field Olympian.
Atkinson coached in two olympics for Team USA in 2004 and 2008 and coached 14 all-americans before taking the head coaching job at Southmoore High School.
As the current coach of Southmoore, Atkinson has coached 13 High School 6A State Champions and was named COAC Coach of the Year recently.
Dr. Leslie Elliott Underwood, a 1995 graduate of Duncan High School, is the next inductee. She was part of history in the golfing world in several different tournaments and accolades.
Playing golf since the age of eight, Underwood started playing tournaments at the age of nine. She became the first girl to play in the Darren HoedebckJunior Golf Tournament and finish in the top third of the field.
Playing on the junior high boys team because the girls didn’t have a team, Underwood competed in numerous national tournaments and AJGA Tournaments.
Nominated for the Crossman award, Underwood received the Jim Thorpe Academic and Athletic Award her senior year while also being honored as a member of the All-State golf team.
Finishing as a medalist in the All-State Golf Tournament in 1995, she signed to play collegiate golf at the University of Oklahoma and played all four years under Coach Carol Ludvigson.
Being accepted in 2002 to the OU school of medicine, she graduated in 2006 and took her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Jamie Graham, formerly Jamie Battles, is the fifth inductee who was a 1995 graduate of Duncan High School and played four different sports including softball, basketball, track and cheerleading.
Softball was the sport she excelled in all four years as an All-State selection. She also became a Crossman Award winner and was a state champion in track and a runner-up in basketball.
Graduating with the honors, Graham went to Oklahoma State University and was part of the President’s Leadership Council, student government, Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature team, Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She was in college cheerleading and participated on a NCA Collegiate National Champion runner-up team.
The most recent graduate is Cameron University Tennis coach and 2001 graduate Josh Cobble, who was a four year starter for the Demons tennis program.
Cobble was a four time All-Star team member and made All-State his senior season. He took home three regional titles and finished third at state three years in a row.
Two of those years finishing third, Cobble was on the one doubles team. In his senior year, he finished third at one singles competition and was part of the 2001 State Championship team.
Receiving a scholarship to play tennis at Cowley County Junior College, Cobble’s team finished in the top five both years and made All-American status while playing there.
Finishing his degree, Cobble returned to Cowley to coach and was named national coach of the year before getting the job at Cameron University where he was most recently named Division 2 Coach of the Year.
The final inductee of the class for this year is Ray Maier who has been in the sporting goods industry for 65 years and has helped many athletes in Duncan and Stephens County.
Maier graduated from Ahpeatone High School in 1945 and went to Cameron College, a two year school at the time, before he transferred to Oklahoma State to finish with a degree in PE and coaching.
He was the football coach at Yukon High School before being drafted to the U.S. Army in 1951. Maier served two years before heading back to be a coach and teacher at Comanche.
On March 1, 1955, Maier purchased a sporting goods store from Jess Welch which started as a small strip center on Oak Avenue in Duncan and moved to their current location on 914 Main in Duncan.
His store originally carried a full assortment of sporting goods and equipment. Later, Maier would expand to become a Red Wing Shoe Store, which is still open to this day.
Maier sponsored a men’s softball team and assisted at All City Track meet. He also provided stop watches and many other equipment needs for Duncan Public Schools.
These seven inductees will be honored in September at the football game against MacArthur. Then the full ceremony will take place Sept. 26 at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club with time to be determined.