The Moore American

Sports

April 30, 2014

Baskeyfield overcomes all obstacles

MOORE — On Haley Baskeyfield’s first visit to an Oklahoma City Thunder game, the 9-year-old from Noble exchanged high five’s with Kevin Durant.

It took place before the March 24 game when the Thunder took on the Denver Nuggets. Baskeyfield was in the Thunder’s high-five line with several other children as Durant and the rest of the team ran through.

Even though Baskeyfield is blind, she knew who Durant was right away.

“The (game) was not so good except the high-five tunnel,” Baskeyfield said with a growing smile. “It was good because we mostly high-fived the players. I’m going to tell you something really good. I high-fived Kevin Durant. It was great. He has a huge hand.”

The fact that Baskeyfield is around to hand out high fives to super star athletes is against all odds. According to her grandparents, Eddie and Tammy Baskeyfield, she was not supposed to make it to her first birthday.

“When she was born, they told her she wasn’t going to make it through the night,” Eddie said. “She’s been fighting a battle for 10 years. Well, not for 10 years because after the first three years, she beat the battle.”

Baskeyfield’s battle has been far from easy. She has two separate conditions: one that causes blindness and another that causes malformations in her skeletal system. They include a 90-degree turn in her spine, partial vertebrae missing in her spine and ribs missing on one side; an entire portion of her chest cavity has no skeletal protection.

Part of her chest plate is missing. The rest of the ribs are fused and twisted to the right side. On the left side, they are flat and they point downward.

“After she made it through the first night, they said she wouldn’t make it through young infancy,” Tammy said. “When she made it through young infancy, they said she wouldn’t make it past 3 years old, that she would never walk, that she would never sit up due to the curvature in her spine.

Text Only
Sports
  • Bell built to be tight end

    The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity? “T

    July 30, 2014

  • Preliminary ADM released

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and no

    July 30, 2014

  • OU deals with appeals, uniforms and Alabama

    DALLAS — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said an appeal is in the works to try to get wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham eligible this season.

    July 30, 2014

  • What’s coming up

    Brown has qualified: Freshman offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Jr., has qualified academically and is on his way to Norman.

    July 30, 2014

  • Redskins not only nickname to cause stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The franchise has been called the Redskins since 1933.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lawyer says athlete who hit woman in face acted in self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial f

    July 30, 2014

  • Castiglione takes over chairman

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione has been named chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2015-16 academic year.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sooners top preseason poll

    Oklahoma will start the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Major storylines heading into new season

    The Big 12 Conference Media Days took place Monday and Tuesday at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The two day event elicited far more questi

    July 23, 2014

  • Working to get back

    The high school fast pitch season is set to kick-off in the next few weeks. While all three area teams head into the year with designs on winning the state title, Moore may have the most motivation.

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide