MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 15, 2013

Three with local ties honored


Phoenix Staff Reports

— A pair of former Muskogeeans and a Tahlequah resident were recently inducted into the Oklahoma District Tennis Association Hall of Fame as part of the Jim Thorpe Association awards in Oklahoma City.

Rick Lashley was a two-time undefeated No. 1 singles champion at Muskogee and holds the OU record for victories in a single season with 27 and the career wins record with 95. A career as  head tennis pro at various clubs in Oklahoma and Missouri ended with that position at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, where he designed the 74,000-square foot indoor tennis complex. Lashley currently lives in Edmond.

Vince McSpadden graduated from Muskogee in 1962 and was state doubles chanpion as a junior and singles semifinalists as a senior. He also went on to OU on scholarship and was the Big Eight champion in No. 1 doubles as a junior and as a senior, the No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles titles. McSpadden lives in Oklahoma City.

Ron Cox, former NSU tennis coach, was state doubles champion at Tahlequah High in 1959 and became a four-year letterman in both basketball and tennis. He along with McSpadden were a multi-time No. 1 ranked doubles team in both Oklahoma and Missouri Valley Men’s 35, 45 and 55 doubles. In 2006, they were national seniors doubles champions. Cox, who lives in Tahlequah, compiled a 405-62 record at NSU.