Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

July 31, 2013

Local official going into Hall of Fame

A local basketball and football official will be inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame on Saturday at Southmoore High School.

Jack Crittenden, a one-time presiding officer of the Tahlequah Officials Association, will be one of four officials enshrined this weekend. Joining him will be Seminole’s Bill Allensworth, Piedmont’s Royce Pennington and Mike Lawson of Durant.

Crittenden spent 25 years as a football and basketball official, working high school and college games in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Lawson, Pennington and Allensworth each have logged at least 30 years of officiating.

Lawson called games in basketball, baseball and softball, and he has called in 10 different state tournaments and five state championship games.

Pennington, before retiring in 2003, officiated both football and wrestling while also putting in time as an official for more than 15 years in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Football Conference. He was also the president of the Oklahoma City Metro Officials Association.

Allensworth worked as a basketball official while calling most of his games in the Seminole and Shawnee areas. He worked 24 state tournaments and more than 4,000 games.

It was recently announced that Southmoore would host the Oklahoma Officials Association Summer Meeting after it was discovered that Westmoore High School was already slated to accommodate FEMA officials.

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