Organizers and teams from the Heartland Classic, the interstate baseball tournament that begins Tuesday in Norman and Moore, will hold a silent auction that runs through Thursday to benefit tornado victims.
Photos and a list of items will be available for viewing at Norman, Norman North and Southmoore, where the tournament is being played.
Monday night's home run derby was canceled due to rain and the opening ceremonies moved from Southmoore to Sooner Legends in Norman.
Items include a football autographed by four Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners, a Stan Musial autographed baseball, a Warren Spahn autographed baseball, an autographed Thunder baseball, an autographed Oakland A's bat donated by Team Georgia, a Todd Helton autographed baseball and several other items.
Team Maryland brought several items donated by the Baltimore Orioles and other organizations in the state, including an Adam Jones autographed bat and photos signed by Al Bumbry, Matt Wieters and Owasso graduate Dylan Bundy.
An Essex, Md., teacher is driving to the state will school supplied and a $2,000 check, according to the Baltimore Sun. Another school raised $900.
NORMAN NORTH'S PRINCE COMMITS TO TULSA
Norman North's Payton Prince felt at home at the University of Tulsa.
Sunday, the tight end decided he didn't want to wait any longer, committing to the Golden Hurricane.
“I know it's best for me and my family,” Prince said.
Prince (6-foot-4, 237 pounds) also had offers from Illinois, Memphis and New Mexico.
Prince helped the Timberwolves to the Class 6A state championship game last year with 568 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving.
Prince is the fourth in-state commit for Tulsa. He joins Tulsa Central running back D'Angelo Brewer, Tulsa McLain athlete Nigel Carter and Bixby offensive lineman Chandler Miller.
CORNWELL READY FOR BAMA
After a good trip to Virginia Tech, Norman North quarterback David Cornwell wasn't sure what to think when he traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a final trip before making his decision.
By the end of his trip, though, Cornwell was committed to Alabama.
“When I met with Coach (Nick) Saban, that's when I made my decision,” Cornwell said. “He's a great guy and that's where I felt like I fit in.”
It was the end of a whirlwind week for Cornwell, who also found out he was eligible to play his senior season with the Timberwolves a few days earlier.
Cornwell chose the Crimson Tide over the Hokies and Tennessee.
He will take a summer course and then plans on graduating in December and enrolling at Alabama in January.
HERITAGE HALL STRONG ON 7-ON-7 CIRCUIT
Trips to Kansas and Arkansas have proved productive for the Heritage Hall football team that is trying to build itself back into a state championship contender.
The Chargers recently attended a team camp at Kansas State, and won the 7-on-7 tournament on the final day of the camp. And over the weekend, Heritage Hall reached the finals of the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock, Ark.
Heritage Hall was one of the smallest schools to reach the final eight, which also included Allen, Texas, and large Arkansas schools like Fayetteville and Little Rock Central, among others.
Lake Hamilton (Pearcy, Ark.) defeated the Chargers 37-28 in the finals on Saturday.
But the performance was important for a young Heritage Hall squad that will rely on several sophomores and juniors at the skill positions. Junior Matthew McLaughlin was named the event's Outstanding Receiver, while others like junior quarterback Connor McGinnis and senior T.J. Schallner also stood out.
“We just came in and played really well,” coach Andy Bogert said. “Connor threw the ball really well, just had a great day.”
Heritage Hall beat Topeka in the finals of the Kansas State tournament.
EDMOND NORTH'S HEINEN, WOOD AT WESTERN JUNIOR
Edmond North seniors-to-be Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood are in Indianapolis this week to play in the nation's oldest national junior golf tournament, the Western Junior Championship.
Heinen and Wood are the only Oklahomans in the field, which begins play Tuesday morning and concludes Friday at Meridian Hills Country Club.
Heinen was the Class 6A state runner-up in May after losing a playoff to two-time champ Max McGreevy of Edmond Santa Fe. Wood was fifth, helping the Huskies to their ninth straight team title.
Both players have verbally committed to Oklahoma State.