Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 24, 2018
Collinsville Athletic Hall Of Fame
Inaugural Group Of Former Athletes And Coaches To Be Honored Jan. 19th

Eight former athletes and two former coaches are to be honored in Collinsville High School Athletic Department's initial Sports Hall of Fame Class:

* Coach Oliver Hodge (CHS 1921) -- Football & Basketball -- deceased
* Coach Howard Ray -- Girls Sports
* Ish Pilkington (CHS 1928) -- deceased
* Don Payne (CHS 1951)
* Jerry Evans (CHS 1953)
* Melanie Jones (CHS 1983)
* Kim Dixon (CHS 1985) - now Sallee
* Amy Hopkins (CHS 1991) - now Pennington
* Tyler Howard (CHS 2004)
* David Chester (CHS 2007)

The inaugural Collinsville High School Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 2019) athletes and coaches will be inducted at a Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 6:00 PM in the Collinsville High School Commons.

Tickets for the banquet will be $20 (or $25 at the door) and will be available starting January 3, 2019 at Collinsville High School, American Bank of Oklahoma and Farmers Insurance in Collinsville. The banquet will be catered by Big John's Catering and Megan Sheehan will sing. Each inductee will be individually recognized and honored for their athletic contributions and accomplishments during and after high school. Plaques for each honoree will be placed at the high school following the event.

Many other deserving candidates will appear in following years during this annual event. The HOF selection committee members set a limit of ten (2 coaches and 8 athletes) for this initial class. The class size in following years will likely be 4 to 8 inductees. The committee has guidelines with two being coaches must no longer be coaching and athletes must have been out of high school for at least 10 years.
The following is a very condensed list of the many accomplishments of the 2019 Collinsville Athletic Hall of Fame members. Please attend the banquet to learn more about each honoree.

Coach Oliver Hodge (CHS 1921)

Oliver taught and coached football and basketball at Collinsville HS and was principal. He was later an assistant football, basketball & baseball coach (& played football there in 1928) at Tulsa University (1929-32). He was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma .(1934-37). He was the State Superintendent of Oklahoma Schools for 21 years.

Coach Howard Ray ( Empire HS)

Howard coached at Addington and Burbank, OK, before being hired at Collinsville in 1966. He coached here until 1990. His softball record was 531-169 with one state title (1973). His volleyball record was 345-121 with one state title (1973). His basketball record was 518-126 with a state title (1984). He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches HOF in 2002.

Ishmael Pilkington (CHS 1928)

Ish played football and basketball all four years at CHS. He played football at the University of Tulsa on both offense and defense. He was selected to the All-Oklahoma football teams of 1930 and 1931. He became the first Tulsa athlete to be invited to the Shrine All Star game in San Francisco. He is in Tulsa University's Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 1983).

Donald Payne (CHS 1951)

Donald was Collinsville's first modern day All-State football player. At that time only one 24 man team was named for each North and South as opposed to current one team per class. Don played the center position. He attended Oklahoma A&M University and graduated with a degree in Agriculture. He wrote a book on raising Kerry Blue terriers.

Jerry Evans (CHS 1953)

Jerry was the first All-State basketball player for Collinsville and the all-time leading scorer with more than 1800 points in his 4 years. He also played CHS football but attended Tulsa University on a basketball scholarship playing for 4 years. He became an assistant basketball coach at TU after graduation. He began the basketball program at Oklahoma Military Academy (now RSU).

Melanie Jones (CHS 1983)

Melanie is the leading basketball scorer in Collinsville history. In 1983 she was All-State and the leading scoring in Oklahoma with a 45.1 average. She also played softball & volleyball. She is a former coach and currently school administrator in Amarillo, Texas

Kim (Dixon) Sallee (CHS 1985)

Kim was an All-State basketball player in 1985. Her 1984 team won the state championship and was runner up for 2 years. Her 3 year basketball point total was 2,234 with a 33.7 average. She holds the state tournament scoring record with 294 points. She also played softball and volleyball and was also an Academic All-American. Kim is an OSU graduate.

Amy (Hopkins) Pennington (CHS 1991)

Amy was All-State in volleyball and state tournament MVP. She was an All-State first baseman in softball. She was an alternate basketball All-Stater. She qualified for state in shot put. She later taught in Tulsa Public Schools and was also an assistant principal and track / cross country coach.

Tyler Howard (CHS 2004)

Tyler was the first Cardinal to win three wrestling state championships (he finished 3rd his freshman year) and was undefeated his Junior and Senior years. He finished with a four year record of 144 wins and 4 losses. Tyler attended the US Military Academy, before OCU and RSU where he received his accounting degree.

David Chester (CHS 2007)

David played CHS football, basketball & baseball and was All-Conference in each. He played college baseball at Seminole State and Pittsburgh before playing 5 years in the Boston Red Sox minor league organization.


Megan Sheehan
(a relative of Ish Pilkington)
Megan Sheehan will be singing at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet. Megan is a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, a former Miss Broken Arrow and won the talent competition in the Miss Oklahoma pageant that year. She is a former Texas Entertainer of theYear (16 and under--twice) at the famed Johnny High Review in Fort Worth (beating out Lee Ann Rimes). She presently lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she works and sings in various entertainment venues. She has recorded many albums and has recorded in Reba McIntyre's studio as well as others. She has appeared with many country western stars at the Fan Fare celebrations each summer.

Also attached is the front of the program for the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet. It was designed by Cindy Reed, Collinsville freelance graphic artist and Chamber of Commerce member. Cindy has donated her work to the event.

-- Ron Evans 12/31/2018

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