Alan Green had a special bond with Matt Scott that went beyond the typical player-coach relationship. Green, the former Mustang basketball coach, had known Scott for nearly nine years and coached him for the last two on the varsity basketball team, but the two shared a love of the outdoors.
Scott, 19, died on Dec. 30 when the pickup he was riding in was struck by a tractor-trailer that ran a stop sign, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports. Scott, riding in the passenger seat, died instantly.
The accident happened on Highway 64, just east of Boise City in the Oklahoma Panhandle early that morning.
Two others who were riding in the pickup remain hospitalized. Nine people, all either recent graduates or current students at Mustang, were traveling in two cars on their way to Colorado for a skiing trip.
“We had Matt's funeral at the school last Friday, and almost 1,000 people were here,” Green said. “Matt was an outstanding kid, just an unbelievable young man. He was an easygoing, quiet kid with lots of friends. He was a country boy who loved to hunt and fish.
“That was a personal bond he and I shared. We related on a personal level because we had so much of that stuff in common.”
A 2012 Mustang graduate, Scott played both basketball and baseball during his time at the school. He had just completed his first semester studying mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University.
PCI GAMES TO AIR ON NEWSOK
Eight games from the Putnam City Invitational boys basketball tournament will be webcast live on NewsOK.com in conjunction with Zpreps.com.
All four of Thursday's first-round games will be carried from Putnam City North, as well as Friday's semifinals and the third-place and championship game on Saturday.
A field that includes all ranked teams, and represents nine of the last 13 Class 6A state champions will tip off Thursday with defending champ Tulsa Union vs. Lawton Eisenhower at 2:30 p.m.
No. 1 Midwest City will face Lawton at 4 p.m., followed by Putnam City vs. John Marshall at 5:30 and Putnam City North vs. Putnam City West at 7.
LAWRENCE EXPECTED TO VISIT OREGON STATE
Del City's Corey Lawrence is expected to take a weekend visit to Oregon State.
Lawrence (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) has offers that include Arkansas State, Indiana, Kansas State, Tulsa and New Mexico.
Lawrence was primarily a wide receiver/running back for the Eagles this season, though he also saw time in the secondary.
Lawrence had 27 catches for 553 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 852 yards and 11 touchdowns.
SOUTHMOORE'S EARP SCHEDULES VISIT
Southmoore linebacker Cody Earp will take a visit to South Dakota State this weekend.
Earp has an offer from Colorado State-Pueblo and has drawn attention from Wyoming, Indiana State, Southeast Missouri State and Pittsburg State.
He had 70 tackles this season.
Also, SaberCats fullback/tight end/defensive end Jackson Stallings is expected to make his decision Monday.
Stallings has taken visits to several Ivy League schools and his offers include Air Force, Harvard and Yale.
Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Yale do not award athletic scholarships but grant need-based financial aid for athletes.
5A, 6A STATE BASEBALL SITES UNSETTLED
The Class 5A and 6A state baseball championships will likely be played in the Oklahoma City area for the first time in more than a decade, but the exact sites are still unknown.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association continues to search for a college field to play the title games on May 11, but nothing has surfaced yet.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts all have conflicts, either with their field being used or other events on campus. Games are scheduled for both the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and OneOK Field in Tulsa.
The OSSAA has checked with several Division II and NAIA schools, but none of those fields will work, because of availability or other issues, like lighting, seating or parking.
The Class 2A-4A state tournaments will continue to be held in the OKC area as well.
The OSSAA hopes to have the 5A and 6A sites worked out in the coming weeks.
HELKER COMMITS TO OC
Edmond Memorial goaltender Evan Helker recently committed to Oklahoma Christian University.
Helker was also being recruited by Oral Roberts, Missouri State, Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene.
As a junior, Helker had nine shutouts and allowed just eight goals while stopping 71 shots.
He was also and all-District 6A-4 punter for the Bulldogs this year.
EDMOND SWIM TEAMS HEAD TO JENKS
Edmond's three swim programs will head to Jenks on Thursday for a meet against the Trojans at the Jenks Aquatic Center.
The pool will host the state meet this year for the first time.
On the girls side, the meet will feature Class 6A No. 1 Edmond North, No. 2 Jenks, No. 6 Edmond Memorial and No. 10 Edmond Santa Fe.
In boys, Edmond North is ranked No. 4, Memorial No. 5, Jenks No. 7 and Santa Fe No. 9.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber