Hectic summer ending for Mustang's Taylor
Brandon Taylor's summer had a little bit of everything — some baseball, a little football, a taste of big-time recruiting and some minor surgery.
The Mustang junior quarterback had some cartilage cleaned out of his right knee after injuring it in baseball, but the 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-hander is back to full health for fall camp.
"I got my knee all fixed up and I'm ready to go now," said Taylor, who has received recruiting interest from Missouri, Tulsa and Oklahoma State. "The recruiting wasn't anything real big, but anything like that, with (NCAA Division I teams) talking to me — I was just happy to get that. That was such a big shock to me.
"Hopefully this year I can go out and do what I've got to do, and hopefully they'll come after me."
Tkach coming on strong for Heritage
The passing game won't be the No. 1 option for Heritage Hall as long as junior running back Barry Sanders is around.
However, when the Chargers do elect to pass, they're going to have some very good options.
Senior Cooper Cloud and junior Sterling Shepard will alternate at quarterback and wide receiver, but the Chargers also have junior Cale Courtney and now Shaun Tkach.
"He's (Tkach) someone who really started to step up last year," coach Andy Bogert said. "I can't remember in all of our 7-on-7 competitions seeing Shaun drop a pass."
Oklahoma reps win Area Code challenge
Whether it was Broken Arrow's Dylan Delso at the plate or Deer Creek's Michael Fulmer on the mound, the Oklahoma representatives fared well in the Area Code challenge this week in Long Beach, Calif.
Eight Oklahomans were on the Chicago White Sox roster that went 4-1 in the six days and earned the challenge championship.
In the team's final win, a 9-1 whipping of the Texas Rangers, Delso drove in two runs while Fulmer, Edmond Santa Fe's Kyle Shaw and Broken Arrow's Mason Hope combined to pitch five scoreless innings and struck out nine.
The White Sox roster had players from 11 different states, and Oklahoma had representatives from Deer Creek (Fulmer and Brian Anderson), Santa Fe (Shaw, Ty Hensley and Clayton Blackburn), Norman North (Caleb Simpson) and Broken Arrow (Delso, Hope).
Wilson commits to Princeton
Lincoln Christian's Clay Wilson committed to Princeton on Monday night to play basketball.
Wilson averaged more than 22 points and four assists per game as the Bulldogs advanced to the Class 2A state tournament.
Wilson got a lot of attention playing on the heralded Athletes First team that includes such stars as Bridge Creek's Ryan Spangler.
Grove AD adds basketball duties
Grove athletic director Will Jones has taken over the boys basketball head coaching job at the school as well, according to the Joplin Globe.
Jones has been a head coach at Pawhuska and Enid, and spent four years helping out at the college level — two as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State and two as a volunteer assistant for Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State.
Jones, a Skiatook native, replaces Doug Winters, who left for Glenpool.