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High school notebook: Norman's Patrick Ahearn remains critical

Cross country standout remains in critical condition after jet ski accident on Sunday
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 7, 2012

Justin Jones said before practice started that he expected his team to be on the field until around 10 p.m.

The Irish plan on practicing at around 6:45 p.m. every night this week, with a Friday morning workout mixed in.

With Jones now in his second year, he said the installation of his system is much smoother than it was a year ago.

“It's night and day,” Jones said. “We talked about our install schedules with the coaches and they don't even look the same as they did last year.

“It allows us to add wrinkles to what we do earlier instead of working on the basics.”


Though football and other sports began their seasons on Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Public Schools will hold an official season kickoff on Aug. 22 at an event headlined by Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger.

Kruger, in his second year at OU, will serve as the keynote speaker of the annual OKCPS coaches' dinner, sharing from his experiences as a college and NBA head coach and answering questions from those in attendance.


Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said Phillip Sumpter will move from a defensive back to linebacker this season and also will play tailback.

“I can't say enough about Phillip Sumpter,” Manning said. “He just had a great offseason. I feel like he is a Division I talent. He is going to land somewhere.”


Most high school football coaches have ended the old tradition of two-a-day practices, Manning said.

“You would find very few high schools that do that,” he said.

Manning prefers one long morning workout with several breaks for the players until school meetings dictate moving practice to the afternoon. That allows players the rest of the day to rest and recover.

“It's got to be where it's a better deal for the coaches, the players and the families themselves,” he said.

With the emphasis on offseason conditioning and seven-on-seven passing leagues in the summer, most players show up on the opening day of practice in excellent shape.

“There is never really a down time in football anymore,” Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen said. “We got workouts all summer.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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