Serving as player ambassadors for USA Football's Heads Up Football initiative, Northeast High School head coach and former Philadelphia Eagle Kenny Blair and former Oklahoma star Roy Williams are working with the NFL Foundation to help a Moore-area youth league replace equipment lost in the May tornado.
The NFL Foundation sent more than 1,000 pieces of new equipment to replace what was lost when the Oklahoma Elite Football League's storage facility in Moore was destroyed. The donation included everything from helmets and shoulder pads to blocking dummies.
Two of the teams in the league — the Moore Pirates and OKC Wolfpack — are part of the 103 Heads Up Football pilot programs funded by the NFL Foundation.
Charlotte Jones Anderson, who heads up the NFL Foundation, will visit the Oklahoma Elite Football League's practice Monday to watch different teams and speak with the players and parents before announcing the NFL Foundation's equipment donation. Blair, Williams and league president Charles Thompson will also appear at the event.
NORMAN NORTH'S KINSEY COMMITS TO WICHITA STATE
Norman North left-handed pitcher Bradley Kinsey verbally committed to Wichita State on Friday, becoming the second player from the Oklahoma City metro to pick the Shockers.
Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer verbally committed in July.
Kinsey, a 6-foot, 150-pound senior, helped the Timberwolves advance to the Class 6A state championship game against Owasso last season.
Owasso left-hander Jeb Bargfeldt has also committed to Wichita State.
VOLLEYBALL STATE SITES ANNOUNCED
Bixby, Sand Spring and Westmoore will host the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's high school volleyball state tournaments.
Bixby will host all of the Class 6A matches, set for Oct. 18-19. The Class 5A quarterfinal matches will be held in Sand Springs on Oct. 18 before moving to Bixby for the semifinals and finals on Oct. 19.
The Class 4A tournament will be held Oct. 11-12 at Westmoore.
OSSAARANKINGS.COM NOW ONLINE
The OSSAA's coaches' rankings system is online. It has been updated with the first rankings of the season for volleyball and fast-pitch softball.
The weekly rankings can be found at OSSAARankings.com and will be available each Monday at 4 p.m.
The site will manage rankings for basketball, fall baseball, volleyball, swimming, slowpitch softball, and Class 4A-B spring baseball and fast-pitch softball.
Spring baseball and fast-pitch softball teams in Class 6A and 5A play within districts, and those standings can also be found on the site.
In addition, district standings for football, dual team wrestling and soccer can be found on the site.
Teams in all sports can post scores, schedules, rosters and photos to the site.