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Chuck Salisbury (seated), standout Beaver High School athlete, has committed to playing basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.  Attending the signing are (from left): Scott Richerson (family friend/summer coach), Jacque Salisbury, Charlie Salisbury, BHS basketball coach Brian Stalder and BHS football coach Mike McVay. - Brent Lansden photo

 

This article, written by Brent Lansden, appeared in the April 17, 2006 issue of the Beaver Herald-Democrat and is used here with permission.

 

Beaver’s Chuck Salisbury Commits to Play for OPSU

 

by BRENT LANSDEN

The Beaver Herald-Democrat

The basketball career for Beaver High School All-Stater Chuck Salisbury will continue close to home.

Salisbury, a 6-1 point guard, signed a letter-of-intent last week with Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. During his junior and senior years at Beaver, Salisbury helped lead the Dusters to a combined 52-4 record and back-to-back berths in the Class A State Basketball Tournament.

"He is an immediate impact player at the Division 2 level. He will be a major contributor," OPSU head coach Curt Connor said. "When I say contributor, I mean he will play over 25 minutes per game.

"The biggest thing that impressed me was the whole culture in Beaver. I went to the Duster Dome during the Texhoma game in the playoffs. I think he is a product of the whole sports culture and community. It stems from his family first. From his family to the community, I was impressed was everything. Beaver does a tremendous job bringing up the kids in school. I am the benefit of that for the next four years."

Salisbury, who averaged 11 points and five assists per game this past season, was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team and will participate in the All-State game on July 27 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. He was also named as the Co-MVP of the Panhandle Conference in 2006 and was an honorable mention selection in the Daily Oklahoman.

Beaver High School coach Brian Stalder called Salisbury the best defensive player he has ever coached. Salisbury averaged nearly four steals per game this past season for the Dusters.

"I have never seen anyone as tenacious as him as an on-ball defender," Stalder said. "He will pressure the ball and work extremely hard. I’ve coached for 17 years and have never seen anyone as tenacious as Chuck."

Getting a scholarship to play basketball on the collegiate level is a dream-come-true for Salisbury, Stalder said.

"I am excited for Chuck. Playing college basketball has been a dream of his for many years," Stalder said. "To do that on a full ride is exciting for him and us. I haven’t had any ties to OPSU in a long time. With Chuck there, I am sure we will have some interest to go to some games. And that hasn’t happened in a long time.

"If they want someone to come in and run the show as a point guard, be tough-minded and set the tone of how hard they are going to play, he will make a great impact. He is a tough-minded kid and a great leader. He is a traditional point guard who doesn’t care what he does. He just wants his team to succeed, and if that means he doesn’t get a shot all night that’s fine with him."

Not only did Salisbury have success in the gym, but he also received several gridiron honors during the 2005-06 season. He was the District A-1 Most Valuable Player, was named to the K101 Classic bowl, was on the Oklahoma Coaches’ Association’s All-Star team and was the KGYN Player of the Year.

The senior class president, Salisbury is also a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate in May with a GPA of over 3.6.

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