The finalists for Oklahoma's Wendy's High School Heisman award, which honors student-athletes for hard work and dedication through outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community and school leadership.
The following 20 finalists were selected out of the 552 applicants from the state.
The 10 female finalists are: Briana Kuestersteffen, Norman North; Andi McGill, Turner; Kaleigh Cox, Claremore; Romy Fawaz, Lawton Christian; Hailey Gillispie, Henryetta; Keyoni Mbroh, Putnam City North; Ashley Pruitt, Westville; Wendy Ramirez, Southeast; Jade Mitchell, Broken Bow; and Taylor Ely, Norman.
The 10 male finalists are: Landon Nault, Kingfisher; Weslie Howard, Guthrie; Colton Jackson, Skiatook; Samuel Blankenship, Tulsa Union; William Estes, Hollis; Chandler Miller, Bixby; Keedric Emerson, Wilson; Montana McNeal, Broken Bow; George Coffman, Marlow; Chandler Puckett, Hilldale.
On Nov. 4, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named, and of the state winners, 12 will be chosen as national finalists. Those 12 will go on to compete for the national award on Dec. 13 in New York City. National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on an ESPN network and will receive gold medals, along with $2,000 awards for their high schools.
One male and one female winner will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy and a $500 Wendy's gift certificate. Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's high school, and the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy announcement on ESPN, Dec. 14.
KINGFISHER WILL TEST NEWCASTLE DEFENSE
The biggest key to Newcastle's 4-0 record in District 3A-3 has been its defense.
The Racers haven't allowed more than 14 points in a district game, and have only given up more than 14 twice in all eight games. That includes last week's 26-3 win over John Marshall, which was averaging 30.1 points per game up to that point.