Westville alumnus, coach archives history of school’s football program

BY JOSH FOURKILLER
Multimedia Specialist
05/22/2020 10:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Westville alumnus, coach archives history of school’s football program
WESTVILLE – Brendal Rector, an alumnus of Westville Public School, has taken it upon himself to research and archive a complete history of Westville football from the very beginning to present day. When Rector was younger, he was inspired by a website that had archived sports history for another public school, and, at 17, the Cherokee Nation citizen decided to make it his mission to compile as much Westville football history as he could.

“When I first started this I thought, you know, I just want to do this. I just want to write down the games,” Rector said. “Each time I thought about it, it got bigger and bigger and bigger. I think the coolest thing about this whole thing now that I’ve done it is when I talk to somebody that I’ve never met that’s 7o, 80 years old, and maybe their dad or their grandpa played, and I show them something that they’ve never seen before. That’s something that I really enjoy.”

Rector has documented history of the football program as far back as 1924, and has gathered many interesting things, such as photos, hand written playbooks, helmets, jerseys and other memorabilia along the way.

“Brendal is passionate about Westville. He always has been. We’re proud of him, we’re proud he’s a Westville grad and that he wants to do this. He’s doing a really good job,” said Westville Superintendent Terry Heustis.

Rector has completed the written history of the school’s football program but does not intend to stop archiving. After every football game, Rector adds every statistic and game information into his already impressive catalog of football history, and he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“I think it’s cool for Westville because there’s a lot of places and a lot of schools that don’t have things like this. There’s not a lot of schools that have fielded a team from 1924 until now. Even through World War II we had a team, the fact that that’s documented and people know it and it’s easy to find, I think that’s pretty cool,” he said.

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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...
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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...

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