In his first competition of 2011, Edmond Santa Fe's Gunnar Nixon showed he has started right where he left off in 2010.
Nixon had an impressive showing at the Arkansas Invitational, bringing home two individual championships.
The Wolves star won the high jump by eight inches and also posted a personal best time of 7.99 in the 60-meter hurdles to claim the gold.
Edmond Memorial's Chase Sammons won the shot put competition by more than eight feet.
Memorial boys relay teams fared well, winning the 800 relay and placing second in the 3,200 relay. Santa Fe won the 3,200. Memorial also received a second-place finish from Isaiah Duke in the 400.
Guthrie's Emmanuel Robinson was second in the 60-meter dash and third in the 60-meter hurdles.
MILLWOOD PAIR TO VISIT HOUSTON
With just over two weeks left until National Signing Day, Millwood standouts Brandon Swindall and Kevonte Richardson are working hard to finalize college plans.
The two NCAA Division I prospects plan to make an official visit to Houston Jan. 28, the final weekend before Signing Day on Feb. 2.
Richardson has eight Division I scholarship offers already, either to play quarterback, receiver or defensive back. Neither he nor Swindall have an offer from Houston yet, but Richardson finds the school intriguing because coach Kevin Sumlin is his cousin.
Swindall, who was named a MaxPreps All-American, has currently narrowed his focus to New Mexico and Houston, and might schedule a visit Arkansas as well. He visited New Mexico in late December.
“It was nice. I liked it,” Swindall said. “It was a real cool environment.”
SANTA FE BUILDING MOMENTUM
After a couple December losses raised questions as to whether Edmond Santa Fe would be among Class 6A's elite boys basketball teams again this season, the Wolves have re-established themselves since the return of 6-foot-7 power forward Michael Onuoha.
Santa Fe was 4-2 following a 16-point loss to No. 1 Edmond Memorial, but since then, the Wolves have had four straight double-digit victories, including wins of 34 and 41 points in Onuoha's first two games back from injury.
“We're a lot different with him in there,” senior guard Aaron Anderson said. “We don't have to worry when a guy drives past us, because he's probably gonna block the shot.”
Coming off a 14-point win over No. 5 Putnam City, the Wolves have a challenging week ahead, hosting Yukon tonight before heading into action at the Bartlesville Tournament starting Thursday.
Aside from seventh-ranked Bartlesville, the field includes Putnam City West — which beat the Wolves earlier in the year — Ardmore and Broken Arrow.
LAWTON DUO COMMITS TO ECU
Entering the season, Lawton quarterback Cody Miller was among the state's most sought after recruits at the position.
However, a torn ACL in Week 3 made Division I schools a little timid to go after the Wolverines' signal caller.
But Miller will be playing college ball. Miller and linebacker Carter Grigg have each committed to East Central University in Ada.
Grigg was one of the leaders of the defense and big reason why Lawton went 12-1 and reached the state semifinals. He was also a second-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman.
HARRAH MAKES STATEMENT
State swimming coaches placed the Harrah boys as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A, but the Panthers still had to prove they belonged there.
They don't have to do that anymore. Harrah was impressive this weekend at the McGuinness/Casady meet at the Aquatic Center at Oklahoma City Community College.
Not only did Guy Worth's club best Altus, Harrah's top competition and reigning 5A champ, but the Panthers also beat out two of the area's best teams in Norman and Norman North.