Former Rattan baseball player Brandon Jones received his Class A state championship medal last week when his parents delivered it to him at his Army basic training graduation in Fort Jackson, S.C., KXII.com reported.
Jones was unable to play with the Rams due to the lengthy postponement of the tournament after Wright City's appeal to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He had to report to the Army a week before the tournament concluded.
Rattan players dedicated the win to Jones, who now reports to Fort Lee, Va.
JENKS NO. 42 IN NATIONAL POLL
The FAB 50 national high school football rankings placed Jenks at No. 42 in its preseason poll, released this week.
The Trojans started last season 0-2 but won 12 straight to take the Class 6A state title. They open the season Sept. 7 in Texas against Euless Trinity, which comes in at No. 22 on the FAB 50.
Tulsa Union's season-opening opponent, DeSoto, Texas, is No. 9 in the poll, with Miami (Fla.) Central at No. 1.
McGUINNESS' MIDNIGHT SCRIMMAGE OFFERS GLIMPSE OF WR BATTLE
McGuinness players couldn't wait to hit somebody Friday.
They started the day with the Oklahoma Drill, and then ended it with their annual midnight scrimmage in front of a few hundred fans.
Irish coach Justin Jones said the scrimmage gives the chance for some position battles to clear up, specifically wide receiver.
McGuinness is rebuilding its receiver corps, and 6-foot-6 senior Carl West is the only player locked in at a starting spot as he looks to replace Cody Chancellor, who is now at the University of Oklahoma.
“In our offense, we know we can run the ball, so we want to be able to stretch the field vertically at times,” Jones said. “Carl's nice, but it's nice to have two guys that can go and do that.”
Jones said seniors John Ditmars, Kyle Cummings and Cameron Branum are all battling for playing time, and the fifth spot remains a battle between multiple players.
LAWTON'S WARREN SETTLING IN
A year ago, Michael Warren was Lawton's fourth-team running back.
But after the Wolverines lost eight starters in a five-game span midway through the season, Warren was elevated into a leading role.
Over the last five games, Warren rushed for 100 yards three times and performed well at defensive end.
This season, Lawton coach Randy Breeze is expecting big things from the senior, who is expected to play exclusively on offense.
“He finally had a good summer,” Breeze said. “He moved in as a sophomore and didn't have a good summer that year and was buried. But he went out for track last year and that really helped him a great deal.”
Breeze said Warren was timed at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Texas A&M this offseason.