Jones and Walker honored for contributions to Eastern Athletics at 47th Annual Larry Stone Awards Banquet
WILBURTON, OK (May 2, 2014) – The late Larry Stone of Jay was a popular two-sport athlete at Eastern Oklahoma State College in the early 1960s. He played football and basketball for the Wilburton community college and was known for his unselfish attitude and commitment to his team. It is this lasting impression that has prompted a group of his former college teammates and classmates to honor his legacy for the past 47 years.
Since 1967, a group of Eastern alumni and friends have gathered at the college to present the Larry Stone Award to a male and female student athlete who exemplifies the same characteristics Stone was known for. Stone, a Marine lieutenant, was killed in combat while on patrol in Vietnam.
Eastern sophomores Ashley Jones of Midwest City and Nick Walker of Sallisaw were selected for the 2014 Larry Stone Award on the basis of their overall contributions to the spirit of athletics and their demonstration of teamwork, determination, unselfishness and citizenship. Stone’s brother, Terry Stone, and sister, Sherri Stone Frederick, helped Eastern alumnus and former teammate, Dr. Henry Migliore, present the awards.
Jones will graduate this spring with a degree in general studies and an overall grade point average of 3.97. She has played softball for the Lady Mountaineers for two years and was named to First Team All-Region after hitting 24 home runs last season, a new Eastern record. During her time at Eastern, Jones has been named to the President’s Honor Roll every semester, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and currently serves as president of the Honors Program. She has served on the planning committee for the recent Danish student exchange program, the Recycling Carnival, Halloween Carnival and Book Parade. She also serves as a math tutor. Jones plans to continue her education and play softball at the university level next year.
Walker will also graduate this spring with a degree in math and a 4.0 grade point average. He has played baseball for the Mountaineers for the past two years. He has consistently been named to the President’s Honor Roll and is in the Honors Program, where he also helped plan the Danish student exchange program. Walker is also involved with programs at his home church in Sallisaw. He plans to attend a four-year institution in the fall to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Eastern sophomores Ashley Jones and Nick Walker (center) received the Larry Stone Award for their overall contributions, teamwork and citizenship. The award is named after the late Larry Stone who played football and baseball at Eastern in the early 1960s. Presenting the award are Stone’s siblings Sherri Stone Frederick (far left) and Terry Stone (far right) and Eastern alumnus and former teammate Dr. Henry Migliore (back).