The 2019 class of the Muskogee High School Athletic Hall of Fame will add seven to its roll of those honored.

Jacobe Smith, Bob Branan, Madison Reed, Paige Gann, Seth Condley, and brothers Richard and Jack Theimer are this year’s inductees. The group will be recognized during a football pre-game reception and halftime activities on Oct. 11 when the Roughers host Sapulpa.

A noted wrestler at MHS, Smith set a school career record with match wins with 129 and at the end of that career, was a 2014 state champion after a runner-up finish in 2013 and member of two runner-up Dual State squads. He went on to Northeastern A&M where he was a two-time national champion then from there to Oklahoma State where after a 15-0 redshirt year in open tournaments, was a member of the 2018-19 Big 12 championship team and an individual champion at the Big 12 championships. 

Smith is currently training for a possible Olympic wrestling bid and a professional career either as a wrestler or in Mixed Martial Arts. He is married and he and his wife Meagan have one son, Kendel Rey Smith.

Branan’s 19-year career as head baseball coach at Muskogee followed his hiring in 1973 as a  volunteer coach under the late John Leafer. In 1976 he became a full-time educator and assistant baseball coach and in 1977, took over the program. His record of 420-290 was highlighted by a 31-4 mark in 1982. He was instrumental in capital improvements to the baseball facility including lights and  an indoor training facility and was also active in the little league system in Muskogee, serving a stint as director of the  then-named Muskogee Knothole Association.

On two occasions, Branan was a sports writer for the Muskogee Phoenix and also worked for the Tulsa World, and also served as media relations director at Connors State. Branan, a 1963 graduate of Muskogee Central High, died in 2010 and is survived by his wife Sharon, son Michael, daughter Lori and three grandchildren.

Reed was a two-time all-state selection and three times was selected All-Phoenix as well as multiple all-academic and region honors. She sat a school record  in stolen bases with 34 in fastpitch and was a member of the slowpitch state championship squad in 2009. She was also selected to the Phoenix’s all-decade team of the 2000s. 

Reed played collegiately, first at Missouri Southern then at Northeastern State, setting a single-season record in stolen bases with 21 and career runs with 97 at NSU, and as a senior, was a captain on the first RiverHawks team to make it to a conference championship game. She is a cross-fit coach and trainer and exercise physiologist in Tulsa who also coaches youth softball.

Gann played on four state tournament teams in softball, was both all-state in fastpitch and slowpitch and a three-time All-Phoenix area team member. She went on to Northeastern State and set single season and career home run records and was the school’s RBI record holder when she graduated in 2018.  

The four-time MIAA award winner, selected first team in 2017, was voted D2’s most feared hitter in 2017 and NSU’s female athlete of the year in 2018. She currently is an assistant manager and personal trainer at a fitness facility at Prosper, Texas, near Dallas, and will be applying to dental school in December.

Condley was a three-year letterman and starter in both soccer and football. The 1996 all-state soccer selection was captain of the first Muskogee team to make the state playoffs. He was recruited by Northeastern State in that sport but chose instead to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State, where he earned a scholarship in 2000 as he was also a Lou Groza Award semifinalist as one of the nation’s top placekickers. 

Condley was a member of the Alamo Bowl team in 1997 and academic All-Big 12 in 2000-01. In football at Muskogee he was all-district, all-conference and played on two postseason teams, reaching the semifinals in 1994. He has gone on to a coaching career at Stillwater High School, boys since 2004, a stint that includes six playoff teams and a state championship in 2017. He is a three-time All-State head coach on the boys side and became girls coach in 2019.

 

Richard Theimer played tennis at MHS and was a three-time state champion, twice in doubles and once, as a senior, in No 2 singles in the 1960s. He signed with the University of Oklahoma and lettered on one Big Eight championship team. He was USTA ranked nationally for three years in singles and was a Missouri Valley Tennis Association champion in doubles.

He ran the public parks tennis program for the City of Norman and was also an assistant tennis pro at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa and later built a contracting business for construction of and resurfacing tennis courts. He lives in Princeton, Texas. His wife Cindy died in March. He has a son, Beau, who lives in Midland, Texas with his wife and son.

Jack Theimer won three state titles in the 1960s, two in  doubles and one in singles. He too went to OU on scholarship and won three Big Eight singles titles and two Big Eight doubles titles. He reached the third round of the NCAA championships in both 1969 and 1970 and had a successful run on the USTA circuit, winning the Missouri Valley doubles  and Arkansas Open doubles. He opened the Redlands Racquet Club in Norman and Shadow Mountain Racquet Club in Tulsa, both in the 1970s and in the early 80s built the Kiva Tennis Complex in Beaver Creek, Colorado, organizing and hosting both the Bank of  Oklahoma Tennis Classic at Shadow Mountain and the Kiva Tennis Classic which featured many top 10 international players. 

From 1978 to 1982 he served on the board of directors of the North American Tennis Directors Association, overseeing all ATP professional events in North America. He is presently a businessman, attorney and presidential appointee to the FDR Memorial Commission and lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.  He has a daughter, Hillary Theimer and son, Jeffrey Theimer.

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