, Muskogee, OK


March 19, 2014

Bacone Hall of Fame opens doors for new members

Five former student-athletes, one former coach, one former administrator and one team were inducted into the Ken Hayes-Enos Semore Athletic Hall of Fame at Bacone College on Saturday.

Bill Kusleika was the first All-American at Bacone Junior College in 1962 and was also an All-Conference A4 Region II first-team selection in 1961 and 1962. Kusleika finished his playing career at the University of Tulsa where he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection from 1963-64.

Kusleika was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the 10th round of the 1964 NBA draft and was inducted into the TU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.

Brooks Tolbert was a pitcher for the Bacone Junior College baseball teams in 1963 and 1964. Brooks helped Bacone earn two NJCAA World Series appearances and also an All-District, All-Region and All-American during that time. He was a member of the San Francisco Giants minor league system and pitched with the Dectaur (Ill.) Commodores.

Bob Thomason taught Industrial Arts at Bacone Junior College from 1955 until his retirement in 1974. Prior to his arrival at Bacone, Thomason was a World War II veteran, “B-24 Flyboy” with the 9th Air Corps serving in Europe in 1943 and 1944. He would pilot a Mooney Super 21 to allow recruiters to visit various Indian schools in the United States.

Thomason was an avid supporter of Bacone athletics. While teaching at Bacone he would produce game day programs, sell tickets to Bacone home contests and promote the athletic department in many ways.

James Ingram was the first baseball All-American at Bacone Junior College in 1960. During that same year, he was also honored with All-Conference and All-Region II first-team selections. Ingram is also in the National American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jackson Barnett was a member of the Bacone Junior College track & field state championship teams in 1955 and 1956. In 1956 Barnett along with Bill Barnett, Bill Rainey and John King broke their own school record in the mile relay with a time of 3:30.5 at the state championship.

Barnett also set a personal best in the 880-yard run at 2:00.5 in the state championship meet. He also played basketball at Bacone.

George Hauser coached the men’s basketball team at Bacone Junior College from 1969 until 1974 and compiled a record of 132-42 during that span. During his tenure, his teams won the Region II championship twice and won the junior college scoring titles three consecutive years.

After Bacone, Hauser coached at American Christian College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He retired in 2003 with 792 career victories as a head coach.

Stephen Reagor was a member of the Bacone Rodeo team from 2002-2007. Reagor won the 2003 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s calf-roping title.

The 1964 Bacone men’s basketball finished third at the National Finals Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Members of the team included Harry Lett, Dale Dishman, Tommy Davis, Andrew Balog, Roosevelt Milton, Dennis Touchette, Bobby Joe Marshall, Emerson Baker, Harold Aldridge and Walter Soap and were coached by Hayes, a 2013 inductee.

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