Shawnee High School graduates Don Sumner and Blaire Bowers were inducted into the Shawnee Basketball Hall of Fame during Shawnee’s Feb. 8 games against Carl Albert at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
Sumner was the leading scorer of Shawnee’s 1952-53 “B” team, averaging more than 15 points per game. He was the varsity team’s second-leading scorer during his senior year, and was named Mid-State Conference all-star second team.
Sumner then played at Oklahoma Baptist University. He was second-leading scorer and was named honorable mention to the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference all-star team during his sophomore year, and he was leading scorer for the Bison during his junior year. He was named first-team all-conference that year, and he finished second in the nation in free throw percentage.
Sumner was OBU’s second-leading scorer during his senior season, and he was again named all-conference. It was the first year the Bison reached the NAIA National Tournament.
He currently holds a career free throw percentage record at OBU.
Sumner served as golf coach at Shawnee High School after graduating from OBU, and his team won the Mid-State Conference crown three years in a row. He coached the eighth-grade basketball team in 1958-59, and was the junior varsity coach under Jerrell Chesney from 1959 to 1961.
Sumner was assistant football coach at Shawnee Junior High from 1958 to 1961, and he then taught and coached at St. Gregory’s from 1961 to 1995.
Sumner was inducted into the OBU Sports Hall of Fame in 1967, and into the SGU Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.
Bowers, a 2002 Shawnee graduate, played for the Lady Wolves from 1998 to 2001. She played under coaches Marion Reimers and Debra Arvin.
Her accomplishments at SHS include being part of the Third Team High School All-American USA Junior Nationals; being named All-State by the Tulsa World and Daily Oklahoman; being named to the Suburban All-Conference Team; being named Big All-City; and earning team most valuable player honors.
Bowers represented Shawnee in the All-State game in 2002 in Tulsa, as well as the Big All-City game and Big All-City Three-Point Competition. She was ranked first in Class 5A for free throw percentage and fifth in overall scoring percentage.
After graduating from SHS, Bowers was recruited as a walk-on with the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2002.
Page 2 of 2 - Bowers is currently a graduate periodontics resident at the OU College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. She graduated from OU in 2006 and OU Dental School in 2010, and she currently lives in Edmond where she plans to practice dentistry once she graduates from residency.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.