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High school football back with something to prove

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Published: July 3, 2011

Football is still king in Oklahoma, make no mistake about it. But high school football in 2011 has something to prove.

It's not too often a classic Tulsa Union-Jenks championship game can be upstaged, but you wouldn't be out of line to say it was last season. And though the Redskins' win was another chapter in an already fantastic rivalry, football took a backseat to some other impressive Oklahoma accomplishments.

National perception might still see Oklahoma as a football market, but other sports are beginning to catch up.

It certainly didn't hurt that Oklahoma was blessed to have some of the most special athletes around.

Need proof? Just take a look at Owasso graduate Dylan Bundy and Edmond Santa Fe graduate Gunnar Nixon.

The two were named the Gatorade players of the year in their respective sport with Bundy in baseball and Nixon in track and field. But it didn't stop there as the two were also earned the National Gatorade honors in both sports.

And Bundy is a more peculiar case because you could make a real argument that Bundy won't end up being the best Oklahoma baseball product of last year's class. Broken Arrow's Archie Bradley stated his case by helping the Tigers to the state championship and a mythical national championship by

Bundy was selected with the fourth overall selection by the Baltimore Orioles in last month's Major League Baseball Draft, while Bradley was chosen seventh by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As for Nixon, we're going to have to wait a while to see his results. Nixon has stated he won't try to make a run at next year's Summer Olympics. However, the Arkansas signee should become a name to remember in 2016 assuming he can stay healthy.

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