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Gilbert's dedication, passion inspire players

Updated: May 15, 2009, 11:49 AM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNRISE.com

BARNSDALL, Okla. -- Bob Kelley dutifully lined up with senior teammates like Tim Scully and Ralph Brown for the basketball team picture to be printed in the 1966 Echo yearbook at little Barnsdall (Okla.) Next to the team was coach Joe Gilbert.

Linda Gross graduated from Barnsdall in 1968 (and later married Kelley) after playing on the girls' basketball team. She and teammates like Linda Hope and Sandy McLaughlin are in the team picture in the '68 Echo. With their coach, Joe Gilbert.

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