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High school notebook: Broken Arrow coach's 3-month old daughter out of hospital, tumor benign

Tatum Dunn is the daughter of Broken Arrow assistant and former Carl Albert player Steve Dunn.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: August 19, 2013

photo - Tatum Dunn, daughter of Broken Arrow High School football assistant coach Steve Dunn       ORG XMIT: 1308062217410089
Tatum Dunn, daughter of Broken Arrow High School football assistant coach Steve Dunn ORG XMIT: 1308062217410089

The 3-month-old baby who inspired a prayer campaign on Twitter has been released from the hospital less than two weeks after surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Tatum Dunn, the daughter of Broken Arrow assistant football coach and former Carl Albert player Steve Dunn, was released from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. She and her family were scheduled to return home on Monday, according to a Facebook post by the family.

Tatum Dunn had surgery to remove a brain tumor on Aug. 8. The tumor was desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma, according to the family's Facebook message. It was benign and believed to have been completely removed.

Over the last two weeks, the Twitter movement known by the hashtag #PrayForTatum swept the state and reached several other parts of the country.


Newcastle softball coach Mike Crossley picked up career win No. 800 Friday in the Racers' 4-0 win against Chandler, and he remained in awe Monday about the accomplishment.

“I didn't envision that many wins, but it's been a fun ride,” he said. “I love it here at Newcastle, this is where I started and this is probably where I'll finish up.”

Crossley, 52, was named the softball and baseball coach at Newcastle in 1988, even winning The Oklahoman's Little All-City Baseball Coach of the Year his first season.

But something has eluded Crossley each year — a state championship. The Racers have finished as state runner-up six times in softball while making the state tournament 21 of his 25 seasons.

“We just can't seem to get that elusive title, but it's been fun,” Crossley said.

And Friday was certainly one of those fun days.

“The girls didn't know,” he said. “The girls were excited because we won the game and then my wife came down and told the girls about it. So they were excited and the fans were excited.

“It was a great night. The girls are real proud they got to be a part of it.”


Harrah basketball player Collin Jennings verbally committed to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his father confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday.

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by Scott Wright
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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by Jacob Unruh
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...
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