The pursuit for the Big House in Class A and B has gone well for some metro-area boys basketball teams so far.
In Class A, unranked Cashion defeated Oklahoma Christian Academy and Cimarron to win its district and advance to the regional winner's bracket this weekend, where it will host No. 11 Okarche. The Warriors easily won their district title 75-29 over Ringwood on Saturday.
Southwest Covenant posted a pair of victories to win its district, and Calumet advanced into the regional loser's bracket.
In Class B, Crossings Christian defeated Dover for a district title, and Coyle blasted Claremore Christian as it seeks its first state tournament appearance since 2008.
EARP THRILLED TO HEAD TO PUEBLO
Southmoore linebacker Copy Earp didn't know anything about Colorado State-Pueblo when the school reached out to him.
Earp was recruited by ThunderWolves' running backs coach Steve Sewell, who played for Oklahoma from 1981 to 1984 and for the Denver Broncos for seven seasons.
“He told me where he was from and asked if I knew anything about the program,” Earp said. “He asked me to give them a look and call him back. I did and told him I was very interested.”
It didn't take long for Earp to make a trip to Pueblo and commit.
Colorado State-Pueblo went 12-1 last season, making the NCAA Division II semifinals.
“I feel like I'm going there to win three national championships when I'm there,” Earp said. “They're doing big things there and I wanted to be a part of it.”
PRINCE LOOKING BEYOND FOOTBALL
Norman North junior tight end Payton Prince figures to sign with a Division I program next year.
Prince recently took a trip to the University of Tulsa and received his first Division I offer from the Golden Hurricanes.
While the offer was significant for what it means for his football career, Prince stressed that his decision will be based on much more.
“I can't play football forever,” Prince said. “I know that. I was really impressed with the school there and the chances that could give me after I finished playing football.
“It's really something special to get an offer from a school like that.”