Yukon catcher Jonathan Denney and Carl Albert first baseman Gavin LaValley are among four state players who were recently named Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-Americans.
Denney and LaValley were joined by Broken Arrow pitcher Trey Cobb and Owasso shortstop Andrew Rosa.
LaValley is the fourth Titans player in recent years to earn preseason All-America honors, joining J.T. Realmuto, Taylor Hawkins and Alex Polston.
Four state players made the honorable mention list — Jenks' Thomas Hatch and Trey Michalczewski, Owasso's Jeb Bargfeldt and Sterling's Dillon White.
BEARD, DOLAN SHOOTING FOR FOURTH TITLE
A dozen high school wrestlers will be seeking to repeat as champions when the state wrestling tournament begins Friday at State Fair Arena.
Seniors Zachary Beard of Tuttle and Davey Dolan of Berryhill will be trying to become four-time state champs.
Seniors Keilan Torres of Altus and Jon Townsend of Comanche will be looking to become three-time champs, as will junior Gary Wayne Harding of Collinsville.
Also seeking to become two-time champs will be seniors Jacoby Brown of Chickasha and Gunner Laffoon of Tuttle; juniors Cole Pacheco of Deer Creek, Braden Ruth of Davis and Nathan Marek of Southmoore; and sophomores Joe Smith of Stillwater and Marcus Simmons of Broken Arrow.
Advance tickets for the event are on sale by phone at (405) 948-6800. Tickets are $5 for each session. The event features two sessions each day, with Saturday's championship session beginning at 4 p.m.
STORM BRINGING TOP FIELD TO OKC
The Oklahoma City Storm homeschool team is bringing several of the region's top basketball programs to the city for a two-day festival to be held at Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College in Moore Friday and Saturday.
In addition to the OKC Storm boys and girls teams, the event will also include Sunrise Christian from Wichita, Kan., which is led by Oklahoma commit Jacob Hammond. A 6-foot-10 junior forward, Hammond played last season for the Storm.
Prime Prep Academy, the Dallas-area school started by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, will participate as well. Both Prime Prep and Sunrise are ranked in most national polls.
Other teams participating include Planet Academy from Phoenix, Word of Life boys and girls from Wichita, God's Academy boys and girls from Dallas and the St. Louis Patriettes girls team.
Friday's games will begin at noon, with the first game Saturday to tip off at 9 a.m.
FOUR STATE BASEBALL TEAMS RANKED
Jenks is the top-ranked state high school baseball team in the MaxPreps preseason top 100 released Tuesday. The Trojans come in at No. 31.
Yukon (No. 36), Owasso (43) and Broken Arrow (52) also are ranked in the top 100.
Spruce Creek High School of Port Orange, Fla., is atop the rankings.
The site's first regular-season poll, featuring the top 25 teams, will be released Feb. 26.
The regular season for 6A-2A teams begins March 1. Class A and B schools begin play this week.
OKMULGEE TRACK MEET CANCELED
The track meet at Okmulgee, scheduled March 29 through April 2, has been canceled.
The meet was to have included Okmulgee, Douglass, Northwest, Midwest City, Star Spencer, Millwood, Ponca City, Muskogee and Glenpool.
Track season opens March 1.