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April 16, 2013

EOSC donations night, banquet upcoming

WILBURTON — A family night of fun and baseball is planned Saturday at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Eastern will host “A Night at the Ballpark” beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Wilburton. The Mountaineers will host conference rival Connors State College, and fans can bring a canned food donation for free admission. Fans can also enjoy free hot dogs and entertaining games in between innings.

Prior to the first pitch of the game, EOSC will recognize the businesses, organizations and private donors who helped with renovations and the installation of stadium lights this year. Eastern had been one of the only colleges in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference without stadium lights. The new lights allow EOSC to schedule more games at night so that student athletes can remain in class during the day.

In other news at EOSC, the school will honor its student athletes during the 45th annual Larry Stone All-Sports Banquet on April 29 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton.

Student athletes from basketball, baseball, softball and cheerleading will be honored for their participation in athletics this year. The Larry Stone Award will also be presented to a male and female athlete based on overall contributions to the spirit of athletics and demonstration of teamwork, determination, unselfishness and citizenship.

The award is named after the late Larry Stone, of Jay, who played football and baseball at EOSC in the early 1960s. Marine Lt. Stone was killed in combat while on patrol in Vietnam. Friends of the athlete established a fund and created the award in memory of their friend.

The featured speaker for the event is Bill Wilson, a former women’s basketball coach at EOSC and retired superintendent at Stigler.

Tickets for the event are $20 and include dinner. Limited seating is available and reservations are needed by April 22. To purchase a ticket, contact Lindy Morgan at 918-465-1732.

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