Earlier this year on Valentine’s Day, tragedy struck the communities of Altus and Navajo when three teenagers perished in a single vehicle car accident.
The teenagers were 18-year-old Kyle Miller, 16-year-old Ethan Powers, and 15-year-old Adam Wootton, all taken long before their time.
Miller was an Eagle Scout and last August, he led a beautification project of Missile Park and the skate park where he frequently went to skate. He also enjoyed diving, soccer and riding dirt bikes and won the Eagle Scout Project of the Year for the Last Frontier Council.
Powers was scheduled to swim in the 5A State Championship swim meet at the Jenks Trojans Aquatic Center. In his memory, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association did not remove his name from preliminary list and even left his lane open during the butterfly and 100-meter breaststroke.
For Wootton, his mother and baseball were his absolute favorite things in the world. He was a starter on the baseball team as a freshman and would have been a sophomore this year.
Because of his love for baseball and what he meant to his teammates, coach and the entire school, Navajo is hosting the Adam Wootton Memorial Tournament on Aug. 18-20.
The tournament will feature 10 teams with Chattanooga playing Duke to kick off the tournament 10 a.m. Aug. 18.
Following that game, the winner of Chattanooga versus Duke will play Fletcher at noon.
Ninnekah will play Olustee at 2 p.m., followed by Sterling and Big Pasture at 4 p.m., Geronimo and Riverside at 6 p.m., and Navajo will play the winner of Geronimo versus Riverside at 8 p.m.
The losers of each game on day one will face off in the consolation bracket that begins 10 a.m. Aug. 19. The winners’ bracket play is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. the same day.
The finals are scheduled for Aug. 20, and Wootton’s mother Angela Wootton will throw out the first pitch to start the game.
“Adam had a great attitude and a great work ethic,” Head Coach Weston Winters said. “He had tons of heart and hustle and he was the perfect kid that you want a baseball player to be these days. It is the toughest situation that I have ever had to deal with as a coach. It was a very sad day.”
Teams in the winners’ bracket will play seven innings, while teams in the consolation bracket will play just five with the exception of the third-place game. There will be a run-rule in effect with 12 runs after three innings, ten runs after four innings and eight runs after five innings the limit.
At the conclusion of play, the most valuable player will be honored with an award.
For more information, contact Navajo Public Schools at 580-482-7742.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.