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High school notebook: Noble football coach Steve Barrett steps down

Steve Barrett, who was serving his second stint as the Bears' head coach, led the team to a 4-6 record this past season.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 16, 2014

Noble High School is searching for its next football coach after Steve Barrett stepped down, according to sources.

Barrett, who was serving his second stint as the Bears' head coach, led the team to a 4-6 record this past season. In 2012, the Bears finished 5-5 and narrowly missed the playoffs, being eliminated on the final week of the regular season.

The Class 5A school has been working recently to renovate its athletic facilities, which included a new turf playing surface and other improvements at the football stadium.

MaxPreps recognizes Nault, Kingfisher

MaxPreps has named Kingfisher running back Landon Nault a small-school All-American, it announced Thursday.

A Wendy's High School Heisman national finalist and The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year, Nault finished with 2,304 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns in leading Kingfisher to the Class 3A state championship. For his career, Nault had 8,255 combined rushing and receiving yards with 132 total touchdowns.

The website will also recognize Kingfisher on its upcoming Tour of Champions next Tuesday. Kingfisher is one of 50 schools being recognized on the tour.

Norman North's Ben Barrett wins top award

Norman North junior Ben Barrett was honored Thursday as the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Also named The Oklahoman All-City Runner of the Year, Barrett qualified for two national events this winter, the Foot Locker Championships and Nike National Finals.

Barrett won the Class 6A state meet with a time of 15:30.76 and has a 3.95 grade-point average.

“Ben Barrett is incredibly talented,” said Scott Monnard, head coach of rival Norman High. “Watching him emerge the last few years in the same town, he demonstrated a work ethic that equaled his talent, and that's why he's running at such a high level.”

by Scott Wright
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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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