RAY SOLDAN (1929- ) is considered the state’s foremost historian of high school sports. At The Oklahoman, from 1952 to 1985 he covered more than 1,000 football games in 40 years and created the first rating system for basketball and track. He interviewed almost every sports figure in our recent history. He graduated in journalism at the University of Kansas in 1951, where he was sports editor of the University of Kansas Daily Kansan. After graduation, he worked at the Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Sun and was sports editor at the Lawton Morning Press. He was named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year in 1959, the first year of the award. He was one of the first inductees in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and is in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.