As a young basketball player for the Pawhuska Huskies 40-plus years ago, Harrison Shackelford did not need to look far to find heroes he could emulate.
“I didn’t want to be like Michael Jordan,” Shackelford said during recent induction ceremonies for the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame. “I wanted to be like Donnie Martin, Herb Gilkey, Burnus Boylan and that guy right there.”
By “that guy,” Shackelford (a 1975 Pawhuska High School graduate) was referring to fellow HOF Class of 2014 inductee, Ron Brown, who was a senior member of the Huskies’ 1970 state-champion team.
In addition to Brown and Shackelford, newly-honored members of the local hoops Hall include Lisa Burd (Chamberlin), a legendary scorer for the Lady Huskies of the 1980s, and Phillip Rogers, the 1998 Most-Valuable Player in the Verdigris Valley Conference as a PHS senior.
A hall-of-fame banquet was held Dec. 20 at Calvary Baptist Church. The four new HOFers were introduced later in the evening at Oren Terrill Field House during the high school basketball games between Pawhuska and Hominy .
The Pawhuska basketball hall is comprised of legendary high school players, teams and coaches from a storied hoops’ past — which included state title-winning PHS squads in 1961, 1970, 1971 and 1973. Huskie teams also finished as state runners-up in 1960 and 1962.
As a sophomore, Shackelford helped bring the school its last championship. He was selected to the all-State Tournament team in his senior year. The two-year starter also was earned all-conference honors and received the Pawhuska Huskie Spark Plug Award.
Shackelford began playing organized basketball as a fourth-grader at Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Induction into the local hall “show that dreams do come true,” he said. He acknowledged the help of his Pawhuska coaches — HOFers Don ‘Spider’ Caldwell, Jim Javellas and Max Shuck, as well as Harold Huffman and A.D. James.
At one point in the ceremony, Shackelford was overcome by emotion after being handed the ‘73 Class 2A state champions’ trophy (with the goal netting still attached from the Huskies finals’ victory over Checotah).
In accepting induction to the hall, Shackelford quoted another Major League Baseball’s Cal Ripken Jr., who, when asked how he would prefer to be remembered, stated: “To be remembered at all is an honor.”
Shackelford said he played at a time when Pawhuska was known to have a great basketball tradition and for the players, it really meant something to walk into the gym wearing orange.”
“God bless, and go Huskies,” Shackelford concluded.
Following the 1970 championship run with PHS, Brown went on to earn All-American status at Northern Oklahoma College. He then transferred to Oklahoma City University, where he was a member of the OCU squad that made the 1973 NCAA Tournament under hall-of-fame coach Abe Lemons. (Also on the team were the former Huskies, Gilkey and Boylan.)
Brown earned all-star recognition in his senior season under a new OCU coach, Paul Hansen, who later served as a longtime head coach at Oklahoma State University. He then spent three years playing with successful international squads for the U.S. Air Force, earning a spot on All-World All Star team in the 1978 championships.
Later, while head basketball coach at NOC-Tonkawa, Brown recruited and mentored future NBA star John Starks. As a member of the OSU athletic staff from 1985-1988, he counseled students including Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Mike Gundy and Bill Self. During his next stop at the University of Pittsburgh, he worked with future NFL greats Curtis Martin and Larry Fitzgerald, and NBAer DeJuan Blair.
Now in his 32nd year involved with college athletic, Brown serves as an assistant vice president at Alabama State University. He also serves as a national consultant in secondary and post-secondary education. He and his wife also operate a Pittsburgh-based company called Fifth Quarter Enterprises. Over the past decade, the company has helped more than 200,000 Pittsburgh-area youth and young adults in educational matters, as well as with life skills and talent development.
“I’m totally blown away by this,” said Dr. Brown, whose brother (another former Huskie hoops standout, Gaylan Brown) also is a Ph.D. recipient. “This really does it for me. I consider it the biggest honor I’ve ever received.”
Brown said being taught a small-town value system and receiving community support played big roles in PHS’s court success. He said he was fortunate to have learned things in high school that prepared him for what he would later face at the college level.
“We had some great teams back then,” Brown said, adding that Huskie basketball games were considered big events. “And, we tried to make sure the people we played knew how to spell Pawhuska.”
Rogers was a three-year member of Huskies’ varsity squads that won 50 games from 1996-1998. In his standout senior season, he averaged 21 points, six rebounds and five assists per game.
Following graduation, Rogers played as a freshman at Northern Oklahoma before transferring to Oklahoma State and concentrating on academics. He graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in education and went on to earn a masters in Education-Sports Administration from East Central Oklahoma, where he served as a graduate assistant for the ECU basketball team.
After teaching geometry and coaching basketball for two years at Deer Creek High School, Rogers switched professions and now works as a landman. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and family .
Lisa Burd Chamberlin
A 1984 PHS graduate, Burd (whose married name is Chamberlin) continued her basketball career — first as a standout collegiate player and later as a coach.
Burd holds the career scoring record for Rogers State College and she also was named Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. With a degree in education from NSU, Chamberlin now teaches physical education at Union High School in Tulsa.
She was a Pawhuska student from kindergarten through high school, where she played for coach Fred Ferguson. During her Lady Huskie career, girls played basketball using a six-on-six format. Burd once scored 51 points in a playoff game.
“It was just half court, so I didn’t have to do a whole lot of running,” Chamberlin said, responding to remarks about her scoring feat made by the banquet’s master of ceremonies, Travis Finley. (Rev. Finley is a member of the HOF Class of 2007.)
New inductees Rogers and Chamberlin played their Pawhuska home games in the current field house, where their names will soon be added to the PHS wall of fame. Brown and Shackelford performed their hall-worthy feats at the former gymnasium, which still remains in use.
A few hours after the banquet, the HOF Class of 2014 was introduced during the high school games between Pawhuska and Hominy. The Lady Huskies started the evening by crushing the visiting squad, 59-17, and the Huskies completed the sweep with a 54-36 triumph over the Bucks.
Chamberlin became the seventh female inductee in the Pawhuska Hall of Fame. There are now 20 male HOF players, plus seven coaches — Jim Killingsworth, Max Shuck, Everett Baucom, Frank Lucas, Don Caldwell, Jim Javellas and Doug Dugger — and Terrill, the former Pawhuska school superintendent for whom the local field house is named.
Sadly, this past year saw the passing of HOF coach Dugger, as well as player-member Dick Dickson.
“The Hall of Fame Committee seeks to recognize those who made outstanding contributions to the Pawhuska basketball program as well as former Huskies who have brought honor to the program through their athletic career accomplishments,” said Dale Christenson, a former PHS player/coach who started the HOF in 2006 and still serves as a primary organizer for the annual ceremonies.
Proceeds from the events go to benefit local basketball programs in the community, said Christenson. He added that another goal of the hall committee is “to inspire current and future Huskies.”