Stillwater's Noah Gade was named Thursday as the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Gade won the 6A state championship this season. He was the top Oklahoma finisher at the 2012 Foot Locker South Region championships, placing eighth.
Gade became the first boys runner since 1996 from Oklahoma to qualify for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships, where he finished 36th.
Gade will run cross country for Oklahoma State University in the fall.
HAYDEN WOOD BOUND FOR OSU
Hayden Wood still has two seasons of high school golf ahead of him, but the Edmond North junior will follow in his father's footsteps after that.
The son of Champions Tour player Willie Wood, Hayden Wood has verbally committed to Oklahoma State, where his father played collegiate golf.
Wood was a conference and regional champion as a sophomore, and finished fourth in the Class 6A state tournament last spring. He was named a Rolex Junior All-American in the summer, along with Jenks' Brendon Jelley, another OSU commit.
DALE'S ANDERSON HEATING UP
Since losing twice at the Tournament of Champions, the Dale boys basketball team has won five straight games, and forward Evan Anderson is a big reason why.
The 6-foot-5 senior is averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game for the season, but he really picked up the pace lately.
In leading the Pirates to three wins and the Konawa Tournament title last week, Anderson averaged 27 points and had at least 15 rebounds in each contest.
Ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, Dale visits 4A McLoud Friday night, then gets back into tournament play at the Pottawatomie County Tournament in Shawnee Monday.
FORMER PC NORTH DIVER HONORED
Former Putnam City North diver Amy Kilby of San Jose State was recently named Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week for the third time this season.
The senior had two top-10 finishes in last weekend's Bruin Diving Invitational hosted by UCLA to earn the award for the second straight week.
Competing against several top divers, some of whom took part in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships or the U.S. Olympic Team trials last year, Kilby finished wighth in the one-meter and fifth in the three-meter diving events.
YUKON TOURNAMENT ATTRACTS TOP TEAMS
Edmond North is the new No. 1 team in Class 6A and will be one of 23 schools wrestling this weekend in the 36th annual Jay Hancock Memorial Tournament in Yukon.
In addition to the Huskies, other top 6A teams competing include third-ranked Muskogee, seventh-ranked Sand Springs and No. 11 Yukon. Perennial power Allen, Texas, also is entered along with Deer Creek, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A.
Mustang, Edmond Santa Fe, Putnam City North, Putnam City and Midwest City are also part of the field.
“With the amount of teams and who is competing, it's going to be a dogfight for every team and every individual,” Yukon coach Joe Schneider said. “Every weight class is going to be tough.”
Headlining host Yukon's lineup is 138-pounder Parker Bohannan and 120-pounder Boo Lewallen, who was named the most outstanding wrestler at both the Perry tournament and the Lone Star Duals in South Grand Prairie, Texas.
Wrestling begins at noon on Friday at Yukon High School. The consolation rounds are scheduled to begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with the placing rounds following at 3 p.m.
The brackets and tournament results will be posted on www.trackwrestling.com. The tournament is named after longtime Yukon wrestling coach Jay Hancock.
OCCC TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL MEET
The annual Casady, McGuinness Swim Invitational will be held Saturday at Oklahoma City Community College.
Eighteen teams from Oklahoma and Texas are scheduled to compete in the swim meet, including Norman North, widely considered the favorite to win the boys state title this season.
Swimming begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey