Last spring, Dale's Evan Anderson came through with a breakout performance in the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
Anderson belted three home runs in the first round as Dale finished as runners up. Last fall, Anderson played a key part in helping the Pirates to the Class A championship.
Wednesday, Anderson made his college decision, committing to Ole Miss.
“It's the SEC, the coaches were really cool and the campus was really nice,” Anderson said of picking the Rebels over Nebraska.
The tall left-handed pitcher is the second state player to commit to Ole Miss, joining Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Ty Hensley, a senior, who signed with the Rebels in November.
CARL ALBERT'S JACKSON TO VISIT STETSON
Carl Albert defensive back Trez Jackson is being presented with a unique opportunity.
The senior is heading to Florida on Thursday for an official recruiting visit to Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.
The football program at Stetson was disbanded in 1956, and the school announced the return of the sport early in 2011.
Jackson will be among the first official visitors in the recruiting efforts of new coach Roger Hughes, formerly the head coach at Princeton. The Stetson football team will not begin play until the fall of 2013.
STATE PLAYERS PARTICIPATE IN ALL-AMERICA TOURNEY
Eleven baseball players from around the state traveled to Tucson, Ariz., last weekend to participate in the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament.
Two players each from Deer Creek, Edmond Santa Fe and Yukon were named to the rosters.
Greg Bruno of Midwest City and Gage Parker from Yukon were the state seniors selected. They were joined by juniors Dawson Floyd of Muldrow and Cody Ziegler of Broken Arrow.
Six sophomores were picked: Garrett Benge of Yukon, Harrison Cornforth of Stillwater, Caleb Eldridge and Patton Collie of Deer Creek, Luke Reynolds of Edmond North and Quin Walbergh of Edmond Santa Fe.
Edmond Santa Fe's Zackery Bycko was one of only six freshmen nationally to compete in the event.
Six of the players — Benge, Bycko, Patton, Eldridge, Reynolds and Walbergh play together during the summer on the Oklahoma Fuel 17-under traveling team.
The 20-team wooden bat tournament featuring some of the top players from around the country is used in part to evaluate players for the annual Under Armour All-America Game, which was held at Wrigley Field last year.
MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The nominees for the 2012 McDonald's All-American Games were announced Wednesday, with 26 Oklahoma girls making the list and four boys.
The nominees will be cut down to 24 boys and girls in an announcement of the All-American Teams at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 on ESPNU.
This year's games will be held March 28 in Chicago, with the girls game tipping off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:30.
Shawnee led the way with three nominees — Taylor Cooper, Kelsey Grovey and Caitlyn Ramirez.
Seven teams had two nominees: Edmond Memorial (Alie Decker and Sydney Hill), Edmond Santa Fe (Daisha Gonzaque and Courtney Walker), Kansas (Kelsey Barnwell and Courtney Cowan), McGuinness (Kate Andrews and Elyse Hight), Midwest City (Ashley Clark and Adriana White), Tulsa East Central (U'Knique Gaines and Bria Pitts) and Wayne (Shelley Knight and Deena Manning).
Other nominees were Quira Demery of Millwood, Mariah Gilliam of Tulsa Washington, LaShanda Green of McAlester, Madison Mercado of Stillwater, Toni Smith of Del City, Caitlyn Spurgeon of Vinita, Jordynn VanPelt of Snyder and Antoinet Webster of Western Heights.
On the boys side, Edmond Memorial's James Woodard and Terrell Savala were nominated, as were Ardmore's Nino Jackson and Cheyenne's Austin Thrash. Jackson hasn't played this season.
EDMOND NORTH WRESTLING TAKES DISTRICT
Edmond North earned its fourth consecutive trip to Dual State, beating Del City, Lawton Eisenhower and Putnam North to earn the District 6A-1 title.
The Huskies had little trouble with any of the opponents, as Del City (57-12) was the closest of the three matches.
Edmond North will host Putnam City on Thursday in their final home dual.
In other west-side districts, Edmond Memorial won 6A-3, while Choctaw took 6A-4.
Edmond Memorial edged Moore 33-30 before beating Norman North 52-23 to take the district.
The 6A-2 meet between Yukon, Southmoore and U.S. Grant will take place Jan. 24.
Dual State is Feb. 11 at Yukon for 6A and 5A and at Cushing for 4A and 3A.
OSSAA PLANNING EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS
In hopes of improving administrators' knowledge of the eligibility rules, the OSSAA is planning to offer workshops over the summer for school principals and other administrators, along with coaches and athletic directors.
The workshops will be held regionally around the state during June and July, with one large one to be held at the Oklahoma Coaches Association Convention in Tulsa during All-State week.
In August, the OSSAA will offer a makeup session for any administrator who was not able to attend the previous workshops.
The goal of the workshops is to better educate the member schools of the eligibility guidelines, particularly regarding transfer and move-in student-athletes.