January 6, 2011
NWOSU Foundation Release
The 2011 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall of Fame class will be honored at a luncheon in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, and formally inducted at halftime of the Ranger men’s basketball game against Rogers State University that afternoon in Percefull Fieldhouse. The women’s game will tip off at 2 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The 2011 inductees include Jason Bryant, of Alva, Stockton Graves, of Newkirk, Margo (Dobson) Hamilton, of Alva, and Drew Phillips, of Owasso.
The luncheon is open to the public, but reservations are required by Jan. 20. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Lizabeth Richey, Northwestern Alumni Association director, at 580-327-8594 or email@example.com.
A Moore native, Bryant graduated from Northwestern with a degree in criminal justice in 1995. The record-setting Ranger wide receiver played football at Northwestern from 1991 to 1994 and participated in track from 1994 to 1995.
Bryant said his greatest success was competing in the best NAIA football conference of the 1980s and 1990s, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference. His performances against conference opponents included 28 career receptions, 426 yards and three touchdowns vs. East Central University, the 1993 NAIA National Champions; 22 career receptions, 311 yards and two touchdowns against Northeastern State University, the 1994 NAIA National Champions; and 20 career receptions, 232 yards and one touchdown vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, the 1995 NAIA National Champions. He was selected All-OIC in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Bryant had 1,904 career yards, 14 career touchdowns and is third in career receptions for Northwestern with 136. His first reception of his senior year was not only his 100th career catch but also a Northwestern and national record 99-yard touchdown reception vs. Missouri Valley College in 1994, his greatest memory of playing at Northwestern, he said. Until the 2010 football season, he also held Northwestern records for most receptions in a game, 12 vs. East Central in 1992, and most receptions in a season, 62 in 1992. He was named Honorable Mention NAIA All-American in 1992, received the Tom McDaniel Scholar/Athlete Award in 1994 and was listed on the Vice President’s Honor Roll from 1992 to 1995.
Bryant is a case manager coordinator and program director at Bill Johnson Correctional Center and has been a high school football official with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for 14 years. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Alva with their daughters, Riley and Dru.
Originally from Ponca City, Graves graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in agri-business. While at Northwestern, he participated in rodeo from 1997 to 2002.
He has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times. His other accomplishments include being a three-time College National Finals qualifier, a two-time Central Plains Regional Champion, a two-time Prairie Circuit Champion, a two-time Dodge National Circuit Finals qualifier and a Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion – all in steer wrestling. He holds the College National Finals arena record of 3.4 seconds.
Graves, who lives in Newkirk, joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1997. Currently a professional steer wrestler, he has also competed in team roping and tie-down roping. He finished 2008 ranked eighth in the world standings and finished ninth in 2009. Qualifying for his first National Finals Rodeo has been the highlight of his career thus far, he said.
Margo (Dobson) Hamilton
Hamilton, a graduate of Canute High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2000 and her master’s in education in 2009, both from Northwestern. She played on the Lady Rangers basketball team from 1993 to 1997 and ran cross country from 1995 to 1996.
Hamilton’s 17 free throws vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1997 tied the Northwestern record for the most free throws in a game. A member of the 1,000 Point Club and fifth in career points with 1,251, she scored 41 vs. rival Southwestern her senior year, a highlight of her career. Beating Southwestern her junior year in front of a packed Percefull Fieldhouse and getting a bid and playing in the NAIA National Tournament in 1996 are her greatest memories of basketball at Northwestern, she said.
Hamilton, who averaged 14.3 points per game and scored 415 points her senior year, was named second team All-OIC and KALV Player of the Year for the 1996-1997 season. She also received the Marge Bohlen Women’s Athletic Award in 1995.
The Lady Rangers assistant basketball coach since 2004, Hamilton has also coached junior high and high school basketball at Norwich Schools in Kansas and basketball and softball at Kremlin-Hillsdale Schools. She currently lives in Alva with her husband, Paul, a 1998 Northwestern grad, and children Hallie and Trace.
A Bartlesville native and Copan High School grad, Phillips studied physical education at Northwestern while playing baseball from 2001 to 2004. He holds seven career records at Northwestern including games played, 217; at bats, 762; runs scored, 250; hits, 317; runs batted in, 220; doubles, 77; and total bases, 540.
Hitting .495, Phillips had a record-setting 2001 season at Northwestern with the most runs scored in a season, 81; the most hits in a season, 106; and the most total bases in a season, 189; and tied for the most games played in a season, 61. For his efforts, he was named 2001 Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American in 2001. He also leads Northwestern in doubles in a single game with four against Austin College in 2003.
A shortstop and outfielder, Phillips received RRAC All-Conference honors in 2001 and was selected Sooner Athletic Conference All-Conference in 2002 and 2004. He was also listed on the National Dean’s List Honoring America’s Outstanding College Students from 1999 to 2000.
At the time Phillips was drafted in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, he held 13 Northwestern records. After playing two years of minor league baseball, he began a career in medical and surgical sales in 2006. He and his wife, Janna, a 2005 Northwestern alumna, live in Owasso with their children Taylor and Bryce.