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  • Women's College World Series notebook: Familiar foes reunite at Series

    By John Walker, Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    With the tournament sporting five SEC schools and two from the Pac-12, this year’s matchups will feature familiar faces for the opposition. Each team in the WCWS has previously played against one of the other teams during the regular season. Oregon and UCLA played its conference series in...

  • Football has everything to do with the success of SEC softball

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    SEC football money has built glittering softball stadiums and hired big-time coaches and created unparalleled exposure on the SEC Network.

  • Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about LSU

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WCWS — LSU arrives in Oklahoma City with a squad featuring four members of the 14-player All-SEC softball team.

  • Alabama coach has driven down Billy Donovan Boulevard

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy is in the new town of Billy Donovan. They are kindred spirits. The Women’s College World Series begins Thursday, and Bama is one of the favorites. The Crimson Tide won the 2012 NCAA championship and returned to OKC last season. Donovan now calls Oklahoma City...

  • You won't believe who is complaining about college football's lack of a level playing field

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A conference is complaining that the playing field is not level in college football. That conference is the SEC. We are not making this up. At the SEC meetings this week, two major points of contention are 1) the SEC rules that prohibit their coaches from appearing at football camps off their...

  • Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Eastern Conference Finals are over. Let us all give thanks. Not for what we had. Our long national nightmare is over. The short-handed Cavaliers mercifully swept the top-seeded but outmanned Hawks, finishing off Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday night in a game I can’t tell you a lot about. I turned it...

  • St. John's trip to Stillwater revives memories of a great day at the ballpark

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    St. John’s baseball team is coming to Stillwater. Our man John Helsley wrote about the Johnnies for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Any talk about St. John’s baseball immediately made me think of Roger Angell. There was a time when 75 percent of what I read was baseball-related....

  • NBA Playoffs: Officials waffling on flagrant foul calls

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Rule assessment on Dwight Howard makes no sense after what we saw Sunday night and what we saw in the Thunder-Grizzlies series last spring.


Berry Tramel


Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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