The long, sometimes rocky, road to Division I basketball has taken former Ardmore star Nino Jackson to Loyola Marymount University.
The 6-foot-2 guard signed with the school on Tuesday, he announced on Twitter.
Jackson, who played his freshman season at Northwest Classen, spent two years at Ardmore, where he developed into one of the most highly recruited players in the country, with offers from Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and a slew of others.
But off-court issues led him to Kingdom Prep outside Atlanta, Ga., where he spent the 2012-13 season, helping them to the NACA Division III national championship.
PRICE, NAULT RECOGNIZED AFTER COMBINE
Putnam City North tight end Logan Price and Kingfisher running back Landon Nault were two of the standout performers at the National Underclassmen Combine's Southwest Five-Star event in Duncanville, Texas.
Price (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) was named one of the outstanding performers at tight end/wide receiver, earning sophomore Most Valuable Player honors at tight end.
Nault, who will be a senior next season, earned running back MVP honors. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Nault stood tall against bigger linebackers.
Oklahoma Christian School quarterback Will McKinnis was also named one of the top performers in the camp.
CHARGERS COMPLETE PERFECT REGULAR SEASON
Heritage Hall's boys' soccer team capped an unbeaten regular season for only the second time in school history on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over defending state champion Northwest Classen.
The Chargers only other unbeaten regular season was in 2005 when they lost in the state championship game to Bishop Kelley.
The third-ranked Chargers have outscored opponents 75-7 this season as 11 different players have scored goals.
Connor McGinnis leads the team with 21 goals, and Austin Gordon has 15. Brothers Garrett and Matthew McLaughlin each have a dozen goals.
Heritage Hall will host El Reno in a playoff game Tuesday night. The Chargers just missed making the playoffs last year, losing in a shootout in the final regular season game to Deer Creek.
“These boys have been hungry for success since missing out on the playoffs,” Chargers' coach Tommy Riley said. “They leave everything on the field every single game. It's probably one of the best teams I have coached at Heritage Hall in my 14 years there.”
LADY BEARS HAVE DOMINATED FOES
In the first time in Larry Worden's 12 years as soccer coach at Noble, the Lady Bears have finished the regular season unblemished.
Noble was dominant this season, outscoring their opponents 56-1 to finish the regular season at 13-0.
“I have a core group of juniors that have been starting since freshmen,” Worden said. “I have a veteran group. Usually, we control the tempo of the game and control the ball.”
Julie Anne Williamson and Jesse Goodner, both juniors, lead the team offensively while senior Sidney David is Noble's best defender.
“She (David) basically plays like a free safety for us,” Worden said. “She zones the whole field in the back end while everybody else plays man. If anyone makes us a mistake, she cleans it up. She is pretty fast, pretty quick.”
Noble will host Northwest Classen in a first-round playoff game on Tuesday night.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, RYAN ABER AND ED GODFREY