Two of the state's top junior football prospects continue to pick up national attention.
Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen's recruiting profile continues to skyrocket as he recently picked up his third Division I offer when Arizona State joined the mix, according to Santa Fe coach Lance Manning. Hansen already had offers from Missouri and Arkansas.
Hansen also recently was invited to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game in Florida. As a junior, Hansen threw for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He also ran for 773 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, received a scholarship offer from Texas on Wednesday as his offer count nears 20, with the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and LSU on the list.
Clark had 22 sacks and 99 tackles as a junior for the Trojans.
MOUNT ST. MARY'S BODA WINS REGIONAL AWARD
Mount St. Mary boys soccer coach Francois Boda was named the Southwest Sectional Coach of the Year, the school learned this week.
The award was given by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Boda was also in the running for the organization's National Coach of the Year award for boys soccer, which was given to Shawn Brower of Tennessee.
The Southwest Sectional award includes the states of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“Coach Boda's tireless energy, professionalism, mentoring and leadership of our young student-athletes has been recognized big-time and Rockets everywhere are so proud,” Mount St. Mary athletic director John Keilty said.
Last year, Boda coached the Rockets to the Class 4A state championship. He also serves as head coach of the girls team.
‘HOOPS 4 HOPE' ON FRIDAY
Bishop McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham wants to encourage all basketball fans — regardless of whether they're Catholic or not — to attend this weekend's “Hoops 4 Hope” event at Mount St. Mary.
“It's not just a Catholic school festival,” Durham said. “It's for a good cause, with the proceeds going to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City and we hope everybody comes out.”
The event is in its second year. Last year's inaugural event was hosted by Cascia Hall in Tulsa.
McGuinness and Cascia Hall kick off the event with a girls game Friday at 1 p.m. followed by the boys game. Mount St. Mary will play Tulsa Kelley at 5 followed by the boys at 7.
Saturday's games begin at 11 a.m. with McGuinness and Kelley girls then boys, then Mount St. Mary and Cascia Hall at 3 p.m. and 5.
Admission to the games is free, though fans are asked to bring items that can be donated to Catholic Charities. Items include nonperishable food, baby items, laundry supplies and children's clothing.
All games will be streamed at NewsOK.com/Varsity.
PIEDMONT REACHES DUAL STATE
Piedmont qualified for the wrestling duals state tournament for the first time in school history Tuesday night with dominant performances over perennial power Cushing (47-15), Mannford (58-15) and Tecumseh (72-4).
“This is a big step for our program,” said third-year Piedmont coach Erik Ford. “We have a young group of kids, only one senior on our roster.”
The Wildcats' lone senior is 145-pounder Shelby Miller, who is 14-3 on the season. Junior Blaine Cult has been Piedmont's most successful wrestler, going 19-1 on the season with the lone loss coming in the first round of the Cushing tournament.
Cult lost that bout when he was called for an illegal slam and his opponent could not continue, Ford said. The 152-pounder rallied to win six consecutive matches to finish third in the tournament.
Cult finished fourth in the state tournament last year and is seeking to become Piedmont's fourth state wrestling champion in school history.
“He is a contender,” Ford said. “I definitely think he is one of those kids in the mix.”
No. 7 Piedmont is 7-1 in duals, losing only to Yukon in the first dual of the season. The Wildcats will join top-ranked Tuttle at the 4A duals state tournament in Cushing on Feb. 7.
Tuttle also won its district Tuesday night to qualify to state. Eight teams advance in each class to the duals state tournaments.
Before the 4A duals state tourney, the Tigers and Piedmont will meet in a dual in Tuttle on Jan. 31. On Friday and Saturday, the Wildcats are wrestling in the 35th annual Piedmont Invitational, which includes Del City, Ardmore, Bristow, Blanchard, Lexington, Heritage Hall, Davis and other teams.
By Scott Wright, Ryan Aber and Ed Godfrey