Yukon’s James named All-AmericanYukon pitcher Chad James was named third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American last week. James was selected 18th overall by the Florida Marlins in the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this summer. He has yet to sign. James was 8-2 with a 1.28 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings as a senior and earned Oklahoman All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year honors.
Cavs’ Jackson to host basketball campFormer Midwest City and Kansas standout Darnell Jackson, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Athletes First will host a basketball camp later this month for boys and girls ages 8-17. The camp, which will be held Aug. 22-23, will take place at Santa Fe Family Life Center at 6300 N. Santa Fe in Oklahoma City. It will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration is $100 if received before Aug. 19 and $125 after. For more information, contact Gary Vick at 476-5072. Each camper will receive an autographed T-shirt from Jackson and a certificate of participation.
Moore, Westmoore with new softball coachesIt’s been tough adjustment for Robert Wakefield. Though no longer Moore’s fastpitch softball coach, he knows the program is in good hands with Stephanie Riley, who had been an assistant coach since 2002. Wakefield, as well as Westmoore’s Steve Schwarz and Southmoore’s Jeff Small, each had to make a decision about which softball team they wanted to coach. Wakefield and Schwarz have chosen to coach slowpitch. Small has elected to remain the fastpitch coach. Former assistant Jenny Rollins has taken over as the fastpitch coach for Westmoore. Schwarz and Wakefield will remain as assistants. Wakefield said the coaches were put in the position because of a Title IX amendment complaint from the parents of two Westmoore softball players last year. "It’s led to a lot of good things, but we still don’t fully understand why we had to choose between what job we wanted to keep,” Wakefield said. There have been renovations to both the Moore and Westmoore softball facilities and an upgrade to the Southmoore field, among other things. Moore superintendent Deborah Arato could not be reached for comment. The fastpitch season starts Tuesday.
Huskies loaded defensivelyThere is a lot of talk about the offensive talent returning for Edmond North’s football team, but the Huskies are also returning nine starters defensively. "We know how good we can be. The key for us is to focus on believing in each other,” said senior cornerback Xavier Smith. "It started early in the weight room, and we have that trust.” Smith, who orally committed to Missouri last month, said the secondary has gone through some changes but will be one of the strong points for Edmond North.
Yukon’s James named All-American