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High school notebook: Washington hires former MLB pitcher Nick Blackburn

Blackburn, 32, replaces David Vallerand, who resigned earlier this spring to move to an administrative position at Okarche.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: May 21, 2014

Washington High School has hired a baseball coach, and it's a well-known name in former Major League Baseball pitcher Nick Blackburn, The Oklahoman has confirmed through the school.

Blackburn, 32, replaces David Vallerand, who resigned earlier this spring to move to an administrative position at Okarche.

Blackburn starred at Del City and Seminole State College before being picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round of the 2001 draft.

During his six years in the majors, Blackburn went 43-55 with a 4.85 ERA with the Twins. He was granted his free agency in November.

Blackburn will also be an assistant softball coach for the Warriors.


The Big All-City and Little All-City boys and girls basketball games will be played on consecutive nights next week.

The Little All-City games will kick it off on Wednesday night at Redlands Community College in El Reno. The Big All-City games will follow on Thursday night at Del City.

Rosters for the games will be released later this week.


Millwood’s Josh Little is suddenly one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting market, picking up three scholarship offers Wednesday and six in the last week.

Tulsa, Washington State and Western Illinois all offered the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end.

Kansas State and SMU both had coaches in attendance at Millwood’s spring practice on Wednesday.


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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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