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 WINS 800TH GAME
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'S JENNINGS COMMITS TO UMKC
Harrah basketball player Collin Jennings verbally committed to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his father confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday.
Jennings, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 17.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game as a junior while leading the Panthers to the Class 4A state tournament. He was a first-team selection to The Oklahoman's Little All-City team.
With an experienced group of players around Jennings, Harrah is expected to be one of 4A's top teams this season.
YUKON COUNTING ON SOMERVILLE
Coming off its fourth consecutive playoff appearance, Yukon will once again be expecting a lot of quarterback Hayden Somerville.
Somerville was among Class 6A's top passers last year, his first as a starter. He threw for 2,314 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and he comes into his senior season with even higher expectations.
Yukon coach Todd Wilson, who returns to guiding the offense after one season coordinating the defense, has been pleased with Somerville's leadership early in camp.
“He's looking really good so far, and he's working hard to bring our inexperienced receivers along,” Wilson said. “And it helps a lot that we're returning most of our offensive line. That group works really well together.”
Wilson had called plays and coached quarterbacks every season at Yukon until last year. Now, he hands over the defensive controls to co-coordinators Chad Marchino and Adam Jewell.
PC NORTH TURNING TO YOUTH
If you understand Putnam City North coach Bob Wilson's sense of humor, you know he'd probably tell you that his age and failing memory are the reasons he can't name very many of his returning starters.
But the truth is, the Panthers just don't have that many starters coming back.
Hit hard by graduation, PC North will turn to several young players to try to get them back to the 6A playoffs again after last year's 6-5 campaign.
“We're gonna be pretty young,” Wilson said. “Kaedyn Fuller is a returning guy at receiver, and one lineman, Nathan Lowery, and those are the only real offensive returners we have. Defensively, we've got part of our secondary back and a linebacker or two, but that's about it.”
Wilson will turn to junior Chase Sparks at quarterback to lead an offense coordinated by Rod Richardson, who fills the void of Scott Burger, now the head coach at Edmond North.