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High school coaches know instilling pride is key to turning around a program

by Scott Wright Published: August 22, 2011
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During a recent conversation, new Western Heights coach Ed Polly started listing off a number of former Jets players who had gone on to become starters — not at colleges, but at other high schools around the Oklahoma City area.

As he looks at the...
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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...
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Centennial forges ahead without coach

Centennial High School in faces many of the same challenges of other Oklahoma City Public Schools, but those issues are on the back burner right now.

Head coach Mark Ryan has not been able to coach the team this month because of an illness, leaving assistant Michael Baldwin and a group of volunteer assistants to run practices.

“We're not well-staffed, but we've had some coaches volunteer their services for the sake of the kids,” Baldwin said. “It doesn't pay money, but they're out here anyway, and we appreciate all the help we can get.”

Ryan had to step away the week before camp opened Aug. 9, and there is no timetable for when he could return.

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