Edmond North standout Carlbe Ervin signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Connors State on Monday, according to the college located in Warner.
Ervin, who was a first-team selection to The Oklahoman's Big All-City team, and a Class 6A All-State honorable mention, averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists as a senior after moving from Carl Albert.
Ervin picked Connors over Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
“I want to go to a junior-college to get my grades better and get some bigger Division I offers, because that's where I want to play,” Ervin said.
BETHANY'S BROWN STEPS AWAY FROM BASKETBALL
Bethany's Phil Brown has decided to step away from his role as the Bronchos' boys basketball coach. He will remain as the school's athletic director, and he'll continue to teach.
“The last five years, I've been trying to do three jobs — teacher, basketball coach and athletic director,” Brown said. “I got burned out. I've got one son in India and another son moving to Atlanta for a job. I want to be able to do some other things.”
Brown, who kept the Bronchos as a regular top-10 program during most of his tenure, said he has offered his input on the next coach, but the decision will primarily be made by superintendent Kent Schellenberger.
Brown has been assisted by Aaron Toler, the brother of Oklahoma Christian coach Trent Toler. Both brothers played at Bethany. Aaron Toler was on the 2001 state championship team.
The Bronchos are also looking for their next baseball coach after Ryan Morgan decided that he will leave coaching to enter private business.
TIMBERWOLVES REACH FINALS OF ALABAMA TOURNEY
Norman North soccer coach Geo Claros said the Timberwolves played well in reaching the finals of the Southern Soccer Challenge in Huntsville, Ala., last weekend.
The Timberwolves defeated Huntsville 1-0 in the first game of the tournament and Collierville, Tenn., 2-0 in the semifinals.
Norman North met the Memphis University Prep School in the championship game and lost on penalty kicks after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. Claros praised the Timberwolves' defense, especially center backs Curtis McRae and Ashton Bray, both Central Arkansas signees.
“Losing on penalty kicks for the third time this year kind of stinks,” Claros said. “But we got a lot out of the trip. Every year we have done something like this and we've always come back stronger than before.”
Norman North, the defending state and national champion, defeated U.S. Grant 4-0 in a makeup game on Monday night. The Timberwolves are 5-3 on the season entering Tuesday's night scheduled game against Lawton.
BILL TIPTON TOURNAMENT
Carl Albert's annual Bill Tipton Tournament will begin play Thursday at four sites.
Eight of the 14 baseball teams involved are in the top 10 in one of the state's top three classes, led by Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert and 6A No. 2 Yukon.
The tournament also features 6A No. 10 Westmoore, 5A No. 3 Chickasha, 5A No. 6 Bishop McGuinness, 5A No. 8 McAlester, 4A No. 5 Weatherford and 4A No. 8 Blanchard. Shawnee (5A No. 11), Duncan (5A No. 14), Lawton MacArthur (5A No. 17), Altus (5A No. 19), Clinton and the OKC Broncos are also playing in the tournament.
Pool play the first two days is set for four sites — Carl Albert, Bishop McGuinness, Shawnee and Yukon.
Carl Albert will play McAlester at 11 a.m. Thursday to start the tournament.
Carl Albert and Shawnee will host the final day of play Saturday.