There is a baseball star and a legendary wrestling coach.

A banker, another coach and a free spirit.

The accomplishments of five — inside and outside the athletic arena — will be honored Saturday at the 12th Stillwater Pioneer Athlete Memorial ceremony.

Bruce Andrew, Tommy Chesbro, Richard Hume, Jim Shields and Willie Welch — all Stillwater High graduates — will be inducted on Saturday at 10 a.m. inside the SHS Student Center.

Former Pioneer football coach Jim Harris came up with the idea in 1995 and a scholarship began being presented to a graduating senior in 2000.

The Class of 2007 includes:

• Bruce Andrew, who died last May after a lengthy illness, was a three-sport lettermen with baseball as his first love. The 1957 graduate was senior class president and All-State in baseball, leading SHS to the state title.

He was part of Oklahoma State’s 1959 NCAA champion as a second basemen. He had a short MLB career in the White Sox organization before becoming a scout. He joined the Colorado Rockies’ organization prior to the 1993 season and retired in 1997 after vision problems forced him off the road.

Andrew had two hole-in-ones, the second coming at Lakeside in 2000 when he quipped “at least he got to see the first one.”

• Tommy Chesbro died Sept. 1, 2006.

He moved to Stillwater with his family when he was in the sixth grade and eventually won a state wrestling title at 130 pounds in 1957. He wrestled on two NCAA championship teams at Oklahoma State.

After a five-year coaching stint at Blackwell, Chesbro returned to Stillwater where he would lead the Pioneers to the 1969 state wrestling title. At the age of 29, Chesbro was named head wrestling coach at Oklahoma State. In 1971, OSU won the NCAA title and over his 15-year career he would compile a 227-26 dual meet record.

• Richard Hume died March 2, 2001.

A member of the Class of 1966, Hume excelled in a number of sports, including wrestling. Also an Oklahoma State graduate, he began a banking career at Stillwater National Bank before moving to Texas to work for a bank holding company.

• Jim Shields died July 15, 2006.

A 1967 SHS graduate and 1971 Oklahoma State graduate, Shields coached football, baseball, wrestling and basketball at Cushing High. He later took over Cushing Public School’s physical plants where he would eventually oversee the building of the current Cushing High Activities Center.

A CHS wrestler receives the Jim Shields Wrestling Scholarship annually in his honor.

• Willie Welch was a wrestler and an athlete who died May 14, 2006.

A three-year lettermen for head coach Doug Chesbro, Welch graduated from SHS in 2003. A free-spirited young man, Welch experienced everything from riding a bull, to snow skiing to surfing waves in Hawaii. When he wasn’t attending wrestling camp, Welch spent summers fishing or riding his bike, earning a yellow belt in karate or playing baseball.

All five will be remembered for much more than wins and losses on Saturday.

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