Weatherford names Kurtenbach football coach
Edmond Memorial assistant coach Dan Kurtenbach was named the head coach at Weatherford earlier this week.
Kurtenbach has been an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for the last four seasons. He was the head coach at Casady in 2007 and 2008. Before that, he held assistant coaching jobs at Broken Arrow, Shawnee and Midwest City.
Kurtenbach replaces Mickey Seifried, who took the job as the technology director of Weatherford Public Schools.
Seifried went 30-26 in five seasons as the head coach at Weatherford, including a 12-1 season in 2009. The Eagles went 7-5 in 2012.
Before becoming the head coach, Seifried spent eight seasons as an assistant at the school.
ENID GOLFER RECOVERS FROM COPPERHEAD BITE
Enid golfer Scott Phillips was released from the hospital Wednesday, two days after being bitten by a copperhead snake during a golf tournament.
Phillips was bitten twice on the calf during the second round of the Class 6A east regional tournament Monday at Emerald Falls in Broken Arrow.
“When it bit him the second time, he looked down and it was still on his leg, so he yanked it off and threw it,” Enid athletic coordinator Steve Chard said. “He didn't show any of the usual symptoms until late that night. He got pretty sick and his leg was red and swollen, so they gave him two or three doses of anti-venom.”
Multiple bites from a copperhead at one time can be extremely dangerous, though generally not fatal. Chard said Phillips was significantly improved when he got out of the hospital Wednesday.
Several players and coaches, including those from Bixby, Jenks and other schools, called or visited Phillips in the hospital.
ALL-STATERS SIGN WITH OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS
A pair of Oklahoman All-State selections recently signed letters of intent with in-state college basketball programs.
Plainview star Deric Shelton, a Class 3A All-State selection by The Oklahoman, recently signed with coach Dan Hays' Oklahoma Christian program.
The 6-foot-3 Shelton averaged 24.0 points and 10.1 rebounds, shooting 50.4 percent from the field.
Shelton is the third in-state player to sign with the Eagles, along with Coweta's Zach Norris and 6-foot-11 Crescent standout John Moon.
Achille's Austin Beene, a 6-foot-3 guard, signed with Panhandle State in Goodwell. An Oklahoman All-State selection in Class A, Beene led the class in scoring at 27.0 points per game.
TAYLOR MOORE NAMED SEC FRESHMAN GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Edmond Memorial product and two-time Class 6A state champion Taylor Moore made the quick jump to success at the next level.
The Arkansas golfer was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year on Wednesday.
Moore had four top-25 finishes in six tournaments and finished under par in two events. He had two top-10 finishes and a season stroke average of 73.87.
He was 27th recently at the SEC Tournament, thanks to a strong finish, playing the course in 2-under-par over the final 36 holes.
PC NORTH PRODUCT MCCRACKEN EARNS HONOR
Former Putnam City North golfer Logan McCracken and Enid product Chris Worrell were named All-Conference USA second-team golfers for Tulsa University.
McCracken, a junior who transferred from Texas Tech, had four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. Worrell was in the top 25 in six of Tulsa's 11 tournaments and was runner-up at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge.
Both players led the team with a 73.2 stroke average over 31 rounds.
BY RYAN ABER AND SCOTT WRIGHT