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High school notebook: Sterling Shepard, Alex Ross to play in Thursday's All-American game

Future OU teammates Alex Ross and Sterling Shepard will be on opposite sides Thursday in the Under Armour All-American football game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
BY JASON KERSEY, SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER Published: January 4, 2012
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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.

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