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  • Gavin LaValley signs with Cincinnati Reds

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn’t go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped. The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The state’s Gatorade Player...

  • Oklahoma Officials Association announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    The Oklahoma Officials Association announced Friday morning five inductees to the OOA Hall of Fame, including the late Rick Roop, a former Western Heights football coach and basketball official. The inductees include Dick Adams of Lawton, Gene Lewellen of Okmulgee, Dave Diesselhorst of Kingfisher...

  • Southmoore's Katelyn Brown named Gatorade Oklahoma Softball Player of the Year

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Southmoore pitcher Katelyn Brown was named Gatorade’s Oklahoma Softball Player of the Year on Thursday, capping a strong senior season in which she helped the SaberCats win two state championships. Brown, who was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year, went 22-2 with a 0.37 ERA in the...

  • OCA All-State baseball rosters set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters and details of the annual All-State baseball game Monday morning. The games are set for Tuesday, July 29, at Oral Roberts University. The small schools begin the day at 4:30 p.m., with the large schools set to follow at 7 p.m. Here’s the...

  • Mount St. Mary names Nichole Copeland girls basketball coach

    jacob unruh | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    After a three-year stint at Norman, Nichole Copeland was named the Mount St. Mary girls basketball coach Wednesday. “This is an exciting moment for the Mount St. Mary girls basketball program and we are proud to welcome Coach Copeland as part of our Rocket family,” principal Talita DeNegri said...

  • Choctaw baseball coach Mark Craft retires

    jacob unruh | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    For the first time in 27 years, Choctaw is looking for a new baseball coach. Last week longtime coach Mark Craft announced his retirement at the school’s sports banquet, ending a run that began in 1987. “I was only with him for nine months, but I know he’s been here, been to the state tournament […]

  • Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley named Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year

    jacob unruh | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Carl Albert senior Gavin LaValley was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday, becoming a finalist for national player of the year honors. LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, hit 19 home runs and drove in 75 runs this season helping the Titans win their...

  • Edmond North hires Papahronis as girls basketball coach

    scott wright | Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Edmond North hired Guthrie’s Pete Papahronis as its new girls basketball coach at a special school board meeting on Friday morning. Papahronis guided the Guthrie boys team to multiple state tournaments, including back-to-back Class 5A titles in 2008-09, before moving over to coach the girls...

  • Washington hires former MLB pitcher Nick Blackburn as baseball coach

    jacob unruh | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Washington High School has hired a new baseball coach, and it's a well-known name in former Major League Baseball pitcher Nick Blackburn, The Oklahoman has confirmed through the school.

  • $60 million Texas HS football stadium closed for 2014 season

    Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Remember that $60 million monster high school football stadium in Allen, Texas? Well, it's shutting down for at least this football season. An analysis commissioned by the Allen ISD shows engineers have found design deficiencies at the concourse level, according to documents released to The...

  • Alva's Jaden Hobbs commits to Oklahoma State

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    ALVA — Alva sophomore guard Jaden Hobbs didn’t have a scholarship offer in March.

  • Mount St. Mary hires Kellen McCoy as new boys basketball coach

    Scott Wright | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Mount St. Mary plucked its new boys basketball coach from the college ranks, naming Weber State assistant Kellen McCoy to the position on Wednesday.

  • Class 3A state baseball tournament bracket set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association completed the brackets Tuesday for the Class 3A state baseball tournament this weekend.

  • Class 2A state baseball tournament bracket set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association completed the brackets Tuesday for the Class 2A state baseball tournament this weekend.

  • Norman North's Mauro Cichero wins state's Gatorade soccer award

    Scott Wright | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    Norman North soccer standout Mauro Cichero was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday.

  • Tuttle picks Lincoln Christian assistant Brad Ballard to be new head coach

    Scott Wright | Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night.

  • Class 6A state baseball tournament bracket set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association began releasing the brackets for the state baseball tournaments this weekend across the Oklahoma City metro.

  • Class 5A state baseball tournament bracket set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association began releasing the brackets for the state baseball tournaments this weekend across the Oklahoma City metro.

  • District 6A-1 All-District slowpitch softball team announced

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The All-District team for District 6A-1 in slowpitch softball was announced Monday, with champion Southmoore taking three spots alongside coach Jason Lingo being named coach of the year.

  • Class 4A state baseball tournament bracket set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has released the bracket for the Class 4A state baseball tournament this weekend.



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Scott Wright


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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene.

He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, writing about athletes like Blake Griffin, Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant and Brandon Pettigrew before they moved on to outstanding professional careers.

He also has covered small college athletics, minor league sports and NASCAR. Currently, he specializes in high school sports, football and basketball recruiting, and coverage of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Jacob Unruh


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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the Tahlequah Daily Press and the Tulsa World. From there, Unruh spent three years at the Lawton Constitution covering prep sports and Oklahoma football before joining The Oklahoman sports staff.

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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High School.



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