Douglass defensive end and LSU commit Deondre Clark continues to make national headlines, being selected for the Semper Fidelis All-America game and the Team USA International Bowl roster, Douglass coach Willis Alexander said.
Clark joins Tulsa Union tight end and Oklahoma commit Carson Meier in the Semper Fidelis All-America game, which will be played Jan. 5 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., outside Los Angeles. It will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
The International Bowl, pitting Team USA against Team Canada in five different age groups, will be held Feb. 7-8 in Arlington, Texas. Clark was selected for the oldest group, for high school seniors.
Clark, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, recently surpassed the 50-sack mark for his career and has 11 so far this season. He also has rushed for 505 yards and nine touchdowns on 56 carries in five games as a tailback.
NORMAN-CHOCTAW GAME MOVED TO FRIDAY
Some confusion about the dates of fall break led to this week's game between Norman and Choctaw originally being scheduled as a Thursday night game, but it has been switched to Friday at Choctaw.
Last year's meeting occurred on Thursday during the week of fall break at Norman, but this year's game did not align with Choctaw's fall break, so the date of the game was switched.
The District 6A-4 matchup will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in Choctaw.
WAYNE AIMING FOR ANOTHER TITLE
After winning the Class 2A state championship last season, the Wayne softball team returns to the state tournament this week. It just isn't as the favorite to repeat.
That falls to top-ranked Dale, which opens with No. 18 Hinton on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The third-ranked Bulldogs, meanwhile, open against No. 9 Drumright at 11 a.m.
The Class 3A-B tournaments, which have normally been held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, will begin Thursday at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee.
In Class 3A, No. 3 Washington also begins play at 11 a.m. against Meeker.
Regionals in Classes 4A-6A are also this week, with the winners advancing to next week's state tournament.
DALE, RED OAK LOOKING TO REPEAT
Both Dale and Red Oak are back in the Class A state baseball tournament as the top seed and looking for it second straight fall title.
Dale, which is ranked No. 2 in Class A, is 18-4 this season. The Pirates are the top seed due to No. 1 Byng being upset by Tushka in regionals.
Dale opens Thursday with Binger-Oney at 11.a.m at Edmond Santa Fe.
Class B No. 1 Red Oak is aiming for its fourth fall title since 2008 and will open with Olustee on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Edmond North.
Friday's semifinals will all be at Edmond Santa Fe, while the championship games will be Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
SHAWNEE NATIVE BRAYLE BROWN MAKES FIRST COLLEGE START
Former Shawnee quarterback Brayle Brown is expected to make his second start as a college quarterback this weekend for the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Brown, a redshirt sophomore, was thrown into action for his first start last Thursday, just days after four-year starter Kolton Browning broke his foot.
Brown was 21-of-40 for 275 yards with one interception in a 31-10 loss to Western Kentucky last Thursday. His 69-yard completion to Kenzee Jackson was UL-Monroe's longest play of the season.
“I thought he moved around in the pocket well,” coach Todd Berry told the Monroe (La.) News Star. “He found open receivers — all the things that I've seen him do.
“I think we're going to have a very good quarterback.”
EDMOND MEMORIAL GRAD JAMES WOODARD ON C-USA WATCH LIST
Tulsa sophomore basketball player James Woodard was named to the Conference USA Preseason Player to Watch list selected by the league's coaches.
Woodard, the older brother of Oklahoma freshman Jordan Woodard, averaged team highs of 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, while adding 2.0 assists per game. He started 29 of 32 contests for the Golden Hurricane of coach Danny Manning.
Woodard recorded four 20-point games, leading Tulsa in scoring 10 times and rebounding 12 times. His 383 total points was the second-most ever by a Tulsa freshman.