2019 BA Athletic Hall of Fame Class announced
A state championship coach, a pair of state champion basketball players and two individuals who had an impact on their respective diamonds make up the class of the 2019 Broken Arrow Athletic Hall of Fame.
Steve Allen, a current Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education member, coached the Tigers to Dual State and State Tournament championship in 2002. Ramon Richardson (1997) and Toree Thompson (2014) were instrumental in leading their basketball teams to state titles. Megan Sullivan, All-State softball player, and Jacob Evans, Louisville Slugger All-American baseball player, round out the list of the five players who will be inducted into the BA Athletic Hall of Fame at the Broken Arrow Tigers home football opener on Sept. 13 against Owasso.
Allen, a 1989 graduate, lettered in football and wrestling. He was All Conference in football and Regional Champion and State Runner Up in wrestling. Allen was a Missouri Valley College NAIA All American, Regional Champion and National Champion. His success on the mat translated well to coaching, as he led BA to the twin state championships in 2002.
Richardson, a 1997 graduate, lettered in football and basketball and was a member of the 1997 Basketball State Championship team, the Tigers first in that sport. He played football at NEO A&M, where he was named All Conference and a member of the 1998 SWC Football Championship team. He was a member of the University of Oklahoma's 2001 BCS National Championship. Later that year he helped the Tulsa Talons win the AF2 Arena Bowl Championship.
Sullivan, a 2010 graduate, was an All-State softball player, the Tulsa World Player of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and was nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year. She was a standout at NEO and Lubbock Christian University. Sullivan was selected for First Team NAIA All American at Lubbock Christian University.
Thompson graduated in 2014, leading her team to the Class 6A State Championship her senior year. She averaged 22 points per game and was named Tulsa World Player of the Year, All-State Player of the Year, Super 5 Player of the Year, Jim Thorpe Female Player of the Year and Miss Basketball Oklahoma. Thompson went on to have an outstanding basketball career at Texas Christian University.
Evans, a 2012 graduate, lettered four years in baseball and was a member of the 2011 Tigers State/National Championship team. He led the team with a .425 batting average, five home runs and 38 RBIs his senior year. He was named a Louisville Slugger All American and winner of the Jim Thorpe award honoring the state’s top player. Evans attended the University of Oklahoma where he compiled a record of 16-8 and a 3.27 ERA. He was drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Cardinals after playing at OU.