Chick­a­saw park rangers hon­ored for valor

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Two Chick­a­saw Na­tional Recre­ation Area rangers have been hon­ored for their hero­ism in help­ing res­cue a fam­ily and their pets from flood­wa­ters.

Chief Ranger Aaron Shan­dor and Su­per­vi­sory Park Ranger Kane Seitz re­ceived the Valor Award from the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior on July 4 at a cer­e­mony in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The award is pre­sented to U.S. Na­tional Park Ser­vice em­ploy­ees who have demon­strated un­usual courage in the face of dan­ger.

Dur­ing the spring and sum­mer of 2015, heavy rain­fall and ris­ing wa­ter lev­els threat­ened the com­mu­ni­ties around the Chick­a­saw Na­tional Recre­ation Area in Sul­phur.

On June 18, 2015, Shan­dor and Seitz used a NPS boat to help res­cue a mother, her two small chil­dren and their fam­ily dogs, all who were trapped in their home by ris­ing flood­wa­ters.

The Davis Fire De­part­ment and Chick­a­saw Lighthorse Po­lice also as­sisted in the res­cue.

Bass­mas­ters still like Grand Lake

The Bass­mas­ter Tour re­turns to Ok­la­homa in 2018.

B.A.S.S. re­leased its 2018 Elite Se­ries sched­ule last week, and Grand Lake will be the third stop on the tour. The Elite Se­ries pros, the top tour­na­ment level of B.A.S.S., will be com­pet­ing April 26-29 at Grand Lake.

Grand Lake has be­come a peren­nial tour­na­ment stop for B.A.S.S. Grand Lake hosted two Elite Se­ries tour­na­ments in 2006 and 2007, events won by Mike McCel­land and

Kevin VanDam.

The north­east­ern Ok­la­homa lake also was the site of pro­fes­sional bass fish­ing’s big­gest event, the Bass­mas­ter Clas­sic, in 2013 and 2016.

Cliff Pace of Mis­sis­sippi won the 2013 Bass­mas­ter Clas­sic and Ok­la­homa’s

Ed­win Evers cap­tured the 2016 ti­tle.

NWTF to hold state call­ing con­test

The Na­tional Wild Turkey Fed­er­a­tion will spon­sor the Ok­la­homa State Call­ing Con­test Aug. 12 at Ca­bela’s in Ok­la­homa City.

There will be com­pe­ti­tion in youth, am­a­teur, owl hoot­ing, fric­tion, state and open di­vi­sions.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be from 9 a.m. un­til 10 a.m. at the store with call­ing be­gin­ning at 11 a.m.

Ap­pear­ing at the event will be Michael Wad­dell, a for­mer na­tional call­ing cham­pion and tele­vi­sion host of Michael Wad­dell’s Bone Col­lec­tor and Real­tree Road Trips.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call TJ Good­pas­ture at 903-253-1593 or email tgood­pas­

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