Oklahoma Sports – County by County: Cimarron

Photo provided by Cimarron Heritage Center.

Photo provided by Cimarron Heritage Center.

CIMARRON COUNTY

County by County pres. Stuteville

County by County pres. Stuteville

County seat: Boise City
Population: 2,500
High schools (3): Boise City Wildcats, Felt Bulldogs, Keyes Pirates
Universities: None
State championships (16): This county knows how to train high schoolers to run. All 16 state titles have come in either track or cross country. Boise City has 14 state championships – seven in girls track, six in boys track (with the first for the county coming in 1969) and one in girls cross country. Keyes has one in boys cross country. And in 2010, the two schools combined to form a girls track team that won a title.

Famous sports figures from Cimarron County:

• Lance DeSpain: Ran track at Boise City (Class of 2002), earned four gold medals in 2001 state track meet, winning 110 and 300 hurdles and 400 and 1,600 relays.

• Melvin Begley: Played football and baseball at Boise City (Class of 1956), and was named to the NewsOK All-Century Baseball team, having a state record and national record batting average of .804 in a single season (1954); Played football for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

Memorable sports moments:

• Keyes vs. Freedom
In 1959, Keyes put up points in a big way, averaging 70 points per game. The biggest output was a 122-84 victory over Freedom.

*Note: Cimarron County has the only settlement in the state that observes the Mountain Time Zone – Kenton.

How do you get to Cimmaron County?  It is a long drive from just about anywhere in Oklahoma as it is the westernmost county in the state, bordering Texas, Colorado and Kansas on the panhandle, but you can get there and to any county in Oklahoma in a vehicle from the Stuteville Automotive Group, with locations in Atoka, Durant and Tahlequah.

Contributions by: C. F. David, iwasatthegame.com

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