WARNER,OK – Connors State College has a long and proud athletic history. From beginning in Oklahoma just after statehood and traveling in wagons to away games, to winning national championships in more recent years, the story of Connors Athletics is one of achievement.
To honor those achievements, Connors State College will induct a new class of Hall of Fame members this Saturday, October 14th. This year’s class of inductees features: Kristin Reasnor, Teresa Dorsett, Jerry McPeak, Cyrus Jones, Mark Calvert, and David Holloway.
Kristin Reasnor, known as “Red,” excelled in softball from high school through college, earning numerous awards and records. Her standout career included a .568 batting average, Marucci Elite Hitter Award, and NJCAA All-American honors at Connors State. She continued her success at Oklahoma State University, setting records and earning academic honors. After college, she returned to Connors State as an assistant coach before pursuing a new career with her degree in mathematics.
Teresa’s journey began at Geary High School in 1985, leading her to join the Connors State Cowgirls Basketball team, setting the stage for an athletic career spanning over three decades. Beyond sports, she earned degrees in Social Work and Education. Teresa served the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes for over 25 years, now as Chief of Staff. Her dedication extends to addressing mental health issues and uplifting native youth. She’s a devoted mother to six children and a leader in various educational and community organizations.
Jerry McPeak’s life is a remarkable tale of dedication and achievement. Despite his humble demeanor, his extensive accomplishments speak volumes. From a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University to service in the United States Navy, he instilled duty and discipline. His educational journey continued with a master’s degree from Northeastern State University and Administrator Certification from Oklahoma State. He held significant roles in agriculture, public service, and education, including serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and roles at Connors State College. Jerry’s impact extended to national and tribal levels, and he founded educational programs.
Cyrus Sr. began his basketball journey at Paul Laurence Dunbar High, achieving multiple championships and an impressive 84-5 overall record. Despite SAT score challenges, he excelled at Connors State College, becoming their all-time scoring leader and an All-American. He continued his collegiate career at West Virginia University and briefly played professionally in the Dominican Republic. Cyrus Sr. later transitioned into a career in the Baltimore City Public Schools System and became a successful basketball coach, winning multiple championships.
Mark, a multi-talented athlete, shone at Coweta High School, excelling in football, wrestling, and baseball. His remarkable senior year pitching record included 12 wins, no losses, and a perfect game. His baseball journey continued at Connors State College, where he earned honors before moving on to the University of Tulsa. Despite shoulder injuries, Mark reached the Major Leagues with the San Francisco Giants.
David Holloway, born in Wagoner, Oklahoma, had a deep love for sports and an impressive coaching career. He played football at Connors State College and earned All-American recognition. Later, he became the Athletic Director and Head Coach at Murfreesboro High School. His football teams enjoyed great success, and he even led the Rattler Track Team to a State Championship. Holloway made significant contributions to the Arkansas Activities Association in the 1970s.
The event will begin with a reception at 5pm leading up to a 6pm dinner and induction. The events will be taking place at the Connors State Warner Campus, and invitations are $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased by contacting CSC Athletic Director, Bill Muse at (918) 463-6231.
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