Noble High School will be the site of the boys' Class 6A state soccer championship game and the girls Class 5A state title game.
Edmond North and Norman North will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. for the 6A boys crown. Carl Albert and Deer Creek will play Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the 5A girls state championship.
Both state championship games were originally scheduled for Broken Arrow this year, but since two Oklahoma City area teams are in the finals the games were moved to Noble.
The Norman North boys are the defending 6A state champions as are the Deer Creek girls in 5A.
ANADARKO'S ZINN TAKES CUSHING JOB
Anadarko girls basketball coach Jeff Zinn is looking forward to a new challenge.
Zinn said on Wednesday that he has been named the girls basketball coach at Cushing, leaving one of the top programs in Class 4A looking for its third coach since 2009.
“I'm kind of anxious,” Zinn said. “I'm ready to go in there and even though they had success last year, they lose all five starters off last year's team.”
Cushing made the Class 4A semifinals last season before losing to eventual champion Fort Gibson.
Anadarko also made the semifinals one year after winning the state title in Zinn's first season.
The success he had at Anadarko made the decision tough, he said, but it ultimately came down to what was best for his family.
“It's very hard, not only the relationship with the kids, but also with the kids we have returning and the vast amount of potential with those kids that we have,” Zinn said. “But more than anything it's not as much of a professional move as it is a family thing.”
MWC PLAYERS HEADED TO NOC-ENID
Midwest City teammates Cornell Neal and Daryck Jones will continue their basketball careers together, having recently signed letters of intent with Northern Oklahoma College of Enid.
Neal and Jones were crucial in helping the Bombers garner a national ranking this past season and reach the state finals for the third time in four years.
FORMER PC GOLFER SPARKS HONORED
Wichita State golfer Hunter Sparks, a Putnam City graduate, was recently named the Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Year.
Last week, Sparks led the Shockers to a 32-stroke victory at the conference tournament, finishing second individually.
With a season stroke average of 71.7, Sparks was named to the all-conference team for a fourth straight year.
Sparks finished in the top 25 in all 10 tournaments this year, with four top-five finishes.
PC NORTH PRODUCT EARNS AWARD
Former Putnam City North standout Jarrod Jameson, now a junior at Tennessee Wesleyan, was named the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the year last week.
After playing his first two seasons at Pratt (Kan.) Community College, Jameson joined Tennessee Wesleyan, which was coming off the 2012 NAIA national championship. The team is currently competing in the postseason after winning the conference's regular-season championship with a 20-3 record.
Jameson went 12-0 with a 2.61 earned-run average. He struck out 57 patters and walked 19 in 72 1/3 innings.
CASADY GIRLS GOLF FINISHES STRONG
Powered by a young roster, the Casady girls golf team recently won the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament at Woodforest Golf Club near Houston.
Freshman Pauline Nguyen shot a two-round total of 162, with junior Nicole Nguyen at 163 and sophomore Elizabeth Freeman at 170.
This was the team's first conference title since 2002.