Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

March 12, 2014

Tribute to Trinton

Sequoyah players honor fallen teammate during current season

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

It was going to be a typical summer afternoon in Tahlequah. A group of teenagers heading to the Illinois River to do some swimming to cool off.

Those plans changed in one tragic second.

Trinton Herron, transitioning from his sophomore to junior year at Sequoyah High School, was killed in a car crash on West Choctaw Street.

Caisen Green didn’t believe it when he got the news.

“B.J. (Leach) called me and told me that Trinton passed away,” Green recalled. “I thought he was joking; I didn’t think he was serious.”

The sobering news was in fact true. Yet, for Green, it didn’t sink for quite some time.

“For a couple of weeks, it didn’t hit me,” Green said. “But after the funeral, it really got me hard.”

Some of Herron’s football and basketball teammates helped lay his body to rest at the grave site. And Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said that was a tough moment for himself and his players.

“Everybody was there and our kids were pallbearers,” Herrin said, “and our whole team was there. It was tough but we addressed it then.”

Now nearly nine months after Herron’s passing, his basketball teammates are still paying homage to their fallen teammate. The Indians are wearing socks and shirts under their jerseys that include Herron’s initials and his number, 21.

“He’s in the back of our minds all the time, because he was a big part of building our success,” Herrin said. “And we never will forget that.”

It was during the playoffs last season that Herron helped pave the way for Sequoyah to make the Class 3A state tournament. In the regional semifinals at Beggs, Herron drained a free throw with two-tenths of a second left to send Sequoyah to a 57-56 win over Beggs. The Indians went on to claim regional and area championships and made it to the state semifinals before a season-ending loss to Okemah.

“Chances are we wouldn’t be where we are today without him hitting that shot,” Herrin said. “That was the boost that pushed us on our playoff run last year, because if we drop that game who knows if we make the state tournament. That was a huge moment in Sequoyah basketball.”

Now Green and Co. want to add to Sequoyah basketball lore, especially after Herron’s prognostication last year.

“He told us all that we were going to win state this upcoming year,” Green said. “We just want to try and do that for him.”

Text Only
Sports
  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Stocks