PC West expanding offense
With several returning starters on offense, Putnam City West is looking to broaden the playbook during the preseason, and hopefully work at a faster pace.
With quarterback Ray Young and a solid group of receivers, including Tevin Berry, Anthony Thomas and Ryan Cooper, the Pats can work on adding to the offense instead of spending most of their time teaching.
"The base is in offensively, and we hope to add," head coach John Jensen said. "We've never been to the point where we can add stuff this early. I hope we're adding some wrinkles, some tricks, some fun stuff."
Running back could be a position of strength for Jensen, with Corey Thomas, Hassian Williams and D.J. Barnett at the forefront, and there's an opportunity for other players to get involved.
Corey Thomas is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered midway through the 2009 season.
"Rehab was a struggle. It was hard," he said. "But it was something I really had to get through to get ready for the season, so I can do what I want to do — trying to get a championship and help my team win.
"(The injury) brought more hunger into my system. I'm more hungry than I was. Things happen for a reason."
Memorial DE Crislip breaks leg
In less than an hour into its first practice, Edmond Memorial was already having to scramble.
Defensive end Alex Crislip, slated to be a starter, broke his leg during special teams drills.
"That second hour (of the first day) was tough, but we've rallied around him and rallied around his replacement, Will Hale," running back Cale Olbert said.
Olbert also had to battle some problems of his own. He wasn't able to participate in any 7-on-7 camps this summer because of a broken hand. Olbert said his hand is 100 percent now.
Shanbour back for Irish
Bishop McGuinness junior Quinn Shanbour earned the starting nod at quarterback last season in a three-man battle.
But it wasn't long before Shanbour was on the sideline and Camden Tharp took over. Shanbour broke his ankle in the fourth quarter of Week 2 and didn't play again until the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
"I learned a lot from watching Camden and getting a different perspective on things," Shanbour said. "I feel great, and I'm just excited to be back out here."
Shanbour and Tharp are battling for the starting spot, though coach Kenny Young said both may start in the offense regardless of who is the starter.
Bombers don't mind the heat
A lot of football teams practiced early in the morning or in the evening to beat the heat, but not Midwest City.
The Bombers practiced every day this week, starting at 2 p.m.
"You practice hard now because that's the type of mentality you're going to need to win a gold ball," defensive back Ricky Reeves said.
Midwest City lost a lot of defensive stars from last year's team, but with Reeves, Trevon Lewis and Kamron Highshaw, the Bombers shouldn't drop off.
Tulsa Union's Pearson commits to Air Force
It didn't take long for Tulsa Union quarterback Kale Pearson to make up his mind. The senior received an offer from Air Force recently and has committed to the Falcons.
Pearson, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, was a wide receiver for last year's state championship team and is moving to quarterback this season.
He also had interest from Houston, Rice and Tulsa.
Young Huskies ready to compete
Losing six seniors is a big hit for a volleyball team, but Tanna Smith's Edmond North Huskies are reloaded with youngsters after reaching the Class 6A semifinals last year.
Senior Rebecca Powers anchors the starting lineup at setter, with several sophomores and juniors around her.
Outside hitters Kristen Nashert, a junior, and Mallory Fox, a sophomore, give the Huskies some firepower along with sophomore Allison Barr in the middle.
And though the team had six seniors last year, all of these players got to experience the state tournament, which has paid dividends.
"Getting to state provided a huge incentive for these girls to make it back," Smith said. "They all want it more than before, and now they know what to expect."