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Southeastern celebrates spectacular Homecoming with spectacular football comeback

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates  Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates Homecoming King Tristin Lackey and Queen Katie Webb.

DURANT, Okla. – Austin Skinner’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Drake White provided a happy ending to a three-day homecoming celebration Saturday afternoon at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Skinner’s pass – with just 25 seconds remaining on the clock — lifted the undefeated Savage Storm to a come-from-behind 31-24 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. Heading into the Oct. 14 game against Henderson State, the 6-0 Savage Storm are nationally ranked and in sole possession of first place in the Great American Conference.

During halftime festivities, Katie Webb of Melissa, Texas, was crowned

 

Homecoming Queen, and Tristin Lackey of Coleman, Oklahoma, was named Homecoming King. Nate Hodson from Durant earned the title of Big Man on Campus.

 

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

Thursday night’s parade downtown parade featured both Southeastern and Durant High School.

The fun-filled homecoming celebration was over three days (Oct. 5-7).

One notable change in the schedule this year was the traditional Saturday Homecoming parade was moved to Thursday night in downtown Durant.  Durant High School was also celebrating homecoming last week and the two schools collaborated on one big parade.

Traditional activities included the 31st annual Whang Bang Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday at Chickasaw Pointe.

The Distinguished Awards Banquet recognizing Distinguished Alumni, Former Faculty and the Benefactor honoree was held Friday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees were Joy Culbreath, Director of Education Special Projects for The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Charles McCall, Sr., owner of AmeriState Bank, an Oklahoma Banking corporation,

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

Senior receiver Codey McElroy and teammates celebrate a touchdown during Southeastern’s 31-24 victory.

and the AtokaState Bancorporation; and Mark Hughes, civil war historian/author.

This year’s Distinguished Former Faculty award went to  Dr. Jerry Polson.

The Benefactor Award was presented to Dr. James O. Young and the Young family.

 

 

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished  Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage congratulates the honorees at Friday night’s Distinguished Awards Banquet: Charles McCall, Dr. James O. Young, Joy Culbreath, Mark Hughes, and Dr. Jerry Polson.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

The alumni golf tournament was held Friday at scenic Chickasaw Pointe.

Record-setting receiver excels on-and-off the playing field

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

DURANT, Okla. – During his time at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Kaymon Farmer excelled both on and off the playing field.

On the field, the Savage Storm wide receiver set a Great American Conference (GAC) and school record for most career receptions with 236, completing his eligibility at the end of the 2016 season. He was also named to the GAC All-Conference team. In addition, the 5-5, 150-pound former walk-on also holds the Southeastern single-season reception record with 77 catches in 2013 (his freshman season).

After redshirting in 2012, Farmer played four seasons at Southeastern, the last three under head coach Bo Atterberry. In addition to his 236 receptions, Farmer scored 21 touchdowns during his Savage Storm career.

Off the field, the Pittsburg (Texas) High School graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety & health in May 2016. More recently, he was one of 24 college football players in the nation (all levels) recognized at the Sugar Bowl for being selected to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Good Works Team honors college football players who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others.  Leadership, character, and academic standing are among the attributes considered for selection to the team.

Among the other honorees was Deshaun Watson, quarterback of the national champion Clemson Tigers.

Farmer is one of just three Oklahoma players selected for the recognition, with the others being Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Oklahoma Baptist University offensive lineman Zach Clark.

Mark Richt of the University of Miami was selected as honorary coach of the team, which was honored at anumber of events at the Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

In the local community, Farmer has been active in Imagine Durant, Families Feeding Families, Boys and Girls Club, church, and participated in a mission trip to Haiti.

At Pittsburg, located in east Texas, Farmer excelled in both basketball and football, where he played for coach Robert Manley, who played football at Southeastern in the early 1980s.

Pittsburg, a community of 4,500 residents, has produced two outstanding NFL receivers in Kendall Wright (currently with the Tennessee Titans) and Homer Jones (New York Giants receiver in the 1960s).  Jones, who still lives in Pittsburg, is also famous for introducing the “spike’’ as a touchdown celebration.

“Coach (Ray) Richards (former SE head coach) believed in me and gave me a tryout,’’ Farmer said.  “Sean Cooper (former SE running back and director of sports performance at his alma mater and who is also from Pittsburg) is my first cousin and he has always been like a big brother androle model to me. ‘’

Farmer noted that he will always have fond memories of Southeastern.

“This is a place for growth, a place to find yourself and be part of something bigger than yourself.  Coach Atterberry is the real deal; he sets high standards and holds players and coaches accountable. Great things are going to happen here with this football program.’’

“Kaymon is an exceptional kid,’’ Atterberry said. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving (of receiving recognition). He has worked around the clock, on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community.’’

And while Farmer certainly has dreams of playing at the next level, he also plans on being a success at any endeavor he chooses.

“I’m a self-motived guy – I want to be the best at whatever I do. That’s just my mindset.  Football doesn’t define me. If that (football career) doesn’t work out, I’ll be involved in the community working with kids and trying to make the world a better place.’’

BBQ, Charlie Robison concert highlight game day events on Sept. 13

DURANT, Okla. – Barbecue and music are on the game day menu Saturday, Sept. 13, as Southeastern Oklahoma State University opens its home football season.

Arkansas-Monticello will visit Paul Laird Field that evening for a 6 o’clock kickoff.

Prior to that, the True Blue BBQ Cook-off and SE Tailgate Party will be held. Charlie Robison, with special guest the Chase Sanford Band, will liven up the festivities with a free concert in Tailgate Alley (University Blvd. and 2nd Street across from Paul Laird Field). The Sanford Band will take the stage at 2 p.m. followed by

Robison at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the second-annual True Blue BBQ Cook-Off, sponsored by the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, will be in full swing from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Tailgate Alley.

Homecoming scheduled for October 24-25

DURANT, Okla. – All alumni and friends of Southeastern Oklahoma State University are invited to celebrate Homecoming on October 24-25, 2014.

That means the entire weekend, October 24-25, will be filled with activities for Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and fans.

The weekend will start off with the 28th-annual Whang Bang Golf Tournament. Alums will have the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and professors at reunions of academic departments and student groups.

Also, Distinguished Alumni will be honored, tailgating in Alumni Alley will be going strong, and Southeastern royalty will be crowned at the football game.

The Savage Storm will battle Northwestern Saturday afternoon and it will be the first Homecoming as head football coach for former player Bo Atterberry.

For details about Homecoming 2014 and to schedule your reunion, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 580-745-2875 or visit the alumni website, alumni.SE.edu.

Mark your calendars now and save the date for Southeastern Homecoming 2014.

True Blue Chili Cook-off set for Nov. 16

TailgatingDURANT, Okla. – Don’t miss the True Blue Chili Cook-off and Southeastern Tailgate Party when the Savage Storm play host to East Central in the final football game of the season. The chili cook-off has been added to spice things up a bit and determine the top lip-blistering chef in the Southeastern and Durant communities.

The Southeastern-East Central game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, and the Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. with all chili cookers on-site in Tailgate Alley.

Chili must be ready for the judges by  noon. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and free chili will be available for everyone in attendance.

The judges’ decision will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

How do you beat a deal like that?

Chili cookers and eaters, along with other tailgaters, will enjoy listening to live music by the Classic Rock Band, Strongwood, and then take part in “The Walk” to the stadium at 1:45 p.m. with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

The True Blue Chili Cook-off is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.

Early registration deadline is Thursday, November 14, but you may register on-site the day of the cook-off. To register or for more information, contact the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce at 580-924-0848 or alumni@se.edu.

Southeastern kicks off football season with new tailgating tradition

Southeastern kicks off football season with new tailgating tradition

Press Release Date: 09-01-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Storm fans, start your grills!

September 10 will be the start of a new tradition as Southeastern opens the 2011 football season as a member of the Great American Conference, the newest conference in NCAA Division II.

Mark Webb, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association, is spearheading a new tailgating tradition for the Blue and Gold.

Webb, (’90) said, “Southeastern has a great history, a great tradition in athletics. I’m anxious to make this ‘5 Saturdays Campaign’ a great new tradition.

“Football and tailgating go hand in hand and this is going to be a great tailgate for all Savage Storm fans. I hope everyone will plan on coming out to support the team and we want them to show up early.

“We’ve worked hard to make this first tailgate adventure a roaring success. We want to have the absolute finest tailgating venue in the Great American Conference.

“We’re inviting all Storm fans to come out and join us. Have a great time tailgating with us, listening to some good music from Front Porch Mercy, and getting ready to move across the street and help the Storm defeat Central Oklahoma in the first football game of the season.”

Kickoff for the UCO game is set for 6 p.m.

Storm fans will recognize Webb as the public address voice of Storm athletics. He has been handling those duties for football and basketball for several years.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and live music will be featured for the first home game. The food and fun will begin three hours before game time and resume after the game for another two hours.

University Boulevard will be barricaded between North 2nd and North 3rd Avenues on all Southeastern game days.

Tailgating will be allowed on the grassy area at the southwest corner of North 2nd and University and on the new parking lot at the corner of North 1st and University.

Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Retail activity is discouraged.

Tailgating participants are expected to clean up their areas and dispose of trash in the provided receptacles.

The purpose of the tailgating area is to provide a friendly and safe environment for alumni, students, friends, and families to socialize and enjoy Game Day at Southeastern.

Grills will be permitted, but burn-ban status will be considered.

Plans include some interaction with Southeastern players and coaches. Southeastern’s marching band, cheerleaders and Sparks dance team will participate in the festivities.

For more information, call Stephanie Davison, Director of Alumni Relations, at 580-745-2875.