Ponca City’s Travaughn Tipton – Blake Shepard Athlete of the Month Presented by Darren Dyer OK Farm Bureau

Ponca City High School senior and starting defensive back for the Wildcats, Travaughn Tipton, has worked hard this offseason in preparation for his final year as a Wildcat. Tipton has played football since the second grade and he remembers what it is like to be the youth player watching the high school players at PoHi. 

“I think it’s a good thing to be a great role model because it will cause an effect on the younger ones to work hard and do the extra and turn them into good people in the long run for life to,” said Tipton. 

A three-sport athlete at Ponca City, Tipton runs track and plays basketball for the Wildcats. Growing up, he looked up to his cousin who became a source of inspiration for Tipton.

“My role model growing up had to be my cousin because she got her life together and graduated college and is living a good life now,” said Tipton. 

Tipton was selected as this months Blake Shepard Award winner thanks to his dedication to his team, school and his desire to be a role model for the youth of Ponca City. The award for Tipton means the hard work is paying off. 

“It means a lot actually and it shows some of the hard work I put it in on a regular day basis is paying off, but there’s much more to come,” said Tipton. 

Sportsmanship on the field is another reason Tipton is a respected player. 

“Sportsmanship means a lot to me personally because you have to give respect to get it,” said Tipton. 

His immediate plans include hanging out with friends and getting better is every sport he plays. 

“I love the process and that’s what makes me different,” said Tipton. “I plan on taking sports to the next level and becoming something bigger than just high school ball and I also plan on getting my degree in business.”