Alex Ross and Sterling Shepard will be teammates next season at Oklahoma, but will wear different uniforms in Thursday's Under Armour All-American football game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be televised by ESPN (Cox 29).
Shepard will play on the Black team, which will be coached by former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards. Ross will be on the White team, coached by former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci.
Shepard won the Good Hands Skills Challenge on Tuesday.
Ross will be joined on the White team by DeVante Harris of Mesquite, Texas, a four-star defensive back who committed to the Sooners last April.
COACH: MIDWEST CITY NEEDS WORK ON TRANSITION D
Class 6A No. 2 Midwest City forced 30 turnovers in its 68-45 win at Norman on Tuesday, but coach Art Bode was left unsatisfied because of the Tigers' transition points.
“I'm happy with the turnovers and how aggressive we were, but I thought we could've done better at stopping those transition baskets,” Bode said.
“It was a problem early in the season and we worked on it, and it was getting better. But I guess we'll have to go back and work some more on it.”
The Bombers are 10-0 and play again on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Moore before a rematch three days later with rival Del City, ranked first in Class 5A. The Bombers beat Del City 40-31 in the finals of the Midwest City/Del City Holiday Invitational on Dec. 30.
68TH GEARY WRESTLING TOURNEY SET
The 68th Geary Invitational Tournament, the oldest high school wrestling tournament in the country, begins Friday at the Stegall-Long Fieldhouse.
Among the top teams featured in the event will be Class 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow and No. 2 Tulsa Union as well as Edmond North, Westmoore, Norman North and Edmond Memorial.
Class 5A Altus, Lawton MacArthur and Del City and 4A No. 1 Tuttle will also wrestle in the tournament.
CARL ALBERT READY TO BOUNCE BACK
Carl Albert is hoping to get back on the winning track at the Ada Tournament after a tough loss to Putnam City West in the finals of the Ardmore Holiday Festival last Friday.
The loss to PC West was the Titans' first of the season in six games. They moved up in the Class 5A rankings to No. 2, behind neighborhood rival Del City, in this week's rankings and will open play at Ada against Choctaw on Thursday.
Defense has been key for the Titans thus far, allowing more than 47 points only once, that coming in the 56-47 loss to PC West.
“We work hard defensively,” coach Jay Price said. “We're pretty savvy, as far as knowing when to do this or do that.
“Offensively, we push the ball well and share the ball well. If we can get to where we can get to the basket and shoot the ball well, that's the best of both worlds.”
PC RIVALRY HIGHLIGHTS FIRST ROUND
The Putnam City Invitational will open with the possibility for high excitement in the first round Thursday at Putnam City High School.
Aside from an intriguing matchup between No. 12 Lawton Eisenhower and No. 8 Putnam City West, the Ardmore Holiday Festival champion, at 6:30 p.m., the first round concludes a PC rivalry showdown.
Seventh-ranked Putnam City, idle since winning the Wildcat Holiday Invitational in Pensacola, Fla., on Dec. 21, takes on No. 10 Putnam City North in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
PC North finished third at the competitive Del City/Midwest City Holiday Invitational last week.
MCGUINNESS CLASSIC STARTS THURSDAY
The 52nd Annual McGuinness Classic tips off Thursday, featuring four of the top 12 teams in Class 5A and four 6A teams, highlighted by No. 13 Norman.
No. 8 Northwest Classen and No. 9 Guthrie open the tournament 1:30 p.m., followed by No. 12 Deer Creek and Norman North at 3 p.m.
McGuinness, No. 5 in 5A, will play Yukon at 6 p.m. followed by Edmond North and Norman at 7:30 p.m.
The Irish (5-2) finished in fourth place at the recent Tournament of Champions in Tulsa.
The championship for the event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.