The Norman Transcript

Local news

May 27, 2013

Southmoore athletes, coaches work through tragedy

Despite loss of homes, SaberCats looking to future

MOORE — Brandon Dicks’ life is all about football. The Southmoore High School junior safety says he lives and breathes it.

So when Dicks’ house was leveled during the EF-5 tornado that carved its way through Moore for 50 minutes May 20, he reverted back to his gridiron lessons to help him endure the tragedy

“When you get out on the football field, you have to face adversity every single down,” Dicks said. “If you can’t adjust to that adversity, you are never going to win a game. In order to win this game, this tragedy, we have to adjust to adversity. We have to adapt and overcome. That’s exactly what we are doing.”

The homes of several Southmoore coaches and athletes were hit especially hard by the tornadic event. He was one of 38 SaberCats players and coaches who no longer have a home due to one of the worst natural disaster to ever hit Oklahoma.

Yet, Dicks, who was inside a closet at school when the tornado struck, didn’t believe right away the news he was getting about the destruction.

“My stepmom, she sent me a texted message that said ‘the house is gone. Go to your mom’s.’” Dicks said. “That was the last I talked to her for the next four hours. My phone died. Just the way my family is, we are kind of jokesters. I thought she was messing with me. I don’t know why. I guess I didn’t want to believe it. Then I started seeing people getting bad news and crying.”

It finally set in for Dicks when he was allowed to leave school and go home.

“I didn’t know how severe it was until I entered the neighborhood,” Dicks said. “I couldn’t see my street. I didn’t recognize anything in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know where I was in my own neighborhood. When I looked down the road, where my house was supposed to be, it was just flat. That’s when I realized my house was gone.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma’s superintendent attracts opponents

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi....

    April 17, 2014

  • Human Rights Artist, activist-in-residence uses art to enlighten society

    La Puerta del Mileno, the Millennium Door, attempts to beckon travelers into the city walls of Ciudad Juarez, but the steel beams are abruptly interrupted as they reach for the sky by the eye of a child who sees the underlying message: the ...

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Ducks Unlimited night set

    Cleveland County’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual “Sportsman Night” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Optimist Club Gym in Norman....

    April 17, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Fed says no to business help

    LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River....

    April 17, 2014

  • History group to host local book signing event

    Mae Davenport Cox will sign copies of “Red Dirt, River and Rails: Early-Day Settlers to Southern Cleveland County” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center during ‘89er Day festivities....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU Staff Week to include daily activities

    The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Staff Week, set April 21-25, will feature many activities. The theme is “OU Staff: The Real Superheroes.” Donations of canned food for Food and Shelter may be brought to all activities except the ...

    April 17, 2014