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High school notebook: David Cornwell, Justin Hansen head ESPN150

Next year's quarterback class is strong in Oklahoma. Further evidence of that came Thursday when David Cornwell and Justice Hansen were named in the ESPN150 ranking of the country's top prospects for the 2014 class.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: April 18, 2013
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photo - Jones quarterback David Cornwell during a high school football scrimmage between Bethany and Jones at Bethany Bronco Stadium, Thursday, August 22, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman.
Jones quarterback David Cornwell during a high school football scrimmage between Bethany and Jones at Bethany Bronco Stadium, Thursday, August 22, 2012. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman.

Roberts led the Timberwolves to the state tournament in 2010.

For now, Roberts' plan is to remain as a teacher at Norman North until he decides he's ready to coach again.

Norman North will be an attractive job, with a young roster of returning starters, including freshmen Marcus Dickson and Lindy Waters III.

This is the second Class 6A boys basketball job to come open since the season ended. Yukon hired Scott Raper to replace Ralph Nigro earlier this month.

There are also attractive boys openings at Centennial and Douglass.

LEEDEY'S WARD SIGNS WITH OU

Oklahoma was a natural fit for Leedey shortstop Drew Ward.

His father, Gregg, his grandfather, uncle and two cousins played baseball for the Sooners.

His mom, Susan, was a track and field athlete at OU.

So when Ward decided to reclassify to graduate in 2013, there was little doubt where he was going to sign.

Ward made it official Wednesday, signing with the Sooners.

“We are very excited to have Drew and his family joining our family here at Oklahoma baseball,” Sooners coach Sunny Golloway said in a statement. “Drew's outstanding talent speaks for itself on the diamond, but what is even more impressive is the character of this young man. We are honored he will be a Sooner for life.”

Will Ward be a Sooner next year though?

That remains to be seen, as Ward is widely considered a high pick in June's draft.

Ward, 18, could have played for Leedey next fall and spring but chose instead to move his graduation up a year so that he could sign and be drafted this year.

Ward is hitting .565 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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