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  • Johnny Bench Tournament is not like any other; it's for Caleb Spady

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The tournament is not played because of its namesake. Not because of its history. No, the three-day tournament that starts Monday is special because of a relationship forged between a pro ball player and a kid with brain cancer, a friendship that defied age and sickness and even death.

  • Oklahoman/Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes: Past winners

    Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    2013: Noah Gade, Stillwater, and Jasmine Robinson, Shawnee 2012: Ty Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe, and Elyse Hight, McGuinness 2011: David Glidden, Carl Albert, and Carissa Villaflor, Heritage Hall 2010: J.T.

  • 2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 5

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    PIEDMONT: KASEY REIN Athletics: State swimming champion in the 200 individual medley, state runner-up in the 100 backstroke as a senior. Won 500 freestyle and 100 back as a junior, 200 IM and 100 back as a sophomore. Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. Four-time second-team All-City. State...

  • 2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 4

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society....

  • 2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 3

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade...

  • 2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 2

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    CHOCTAW: ALEXANDER THELIN Athletics: Three-time state qualifier in wrestling. Two-time all-conference selection. All-district and all-conference in football as a senior. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. National...

  • 2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 1

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    ASTEC CHARTER: GREGGORY BAILEY Athletics: Team captain in basketball. Comet of the Year award. Four-year letterwinner. Two-year starter. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. Most outstanding physics student. Activities: Junior Rotarian. ASTEC student ambassador. Homecoming king. ASTEC...

  • 2014 Scholar-Athlete runner-up scholarship winners

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    MOORE: BRIANNA McARTHUR Athletics: First-team Big-All-City softball as a senior. Member of two state runner-up teams. Honorable mention Big All-City track in the 300 hurdles. Will play softball at Central Arkansas. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society....

  • 2014 Scholar-Athlete: Determination, competitiveness set Hayley Redwine apart

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Hayley Redwine was a two-time first-team All-City selection in cross country and led Norman to a state runner-up finish as a senior, and in track, she medaled in every individual event that she ran at state as a junior and senior.

  • How the Oklahoman/Oklahoma Spots Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes are chosen

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    The search for the best scholar-athletes began with a mailing to every high school in the Oklahoma City area.


Jenni Carlson


Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport. They passed along that passion to Carlson and her two younger brothers.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism. It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.

Her first big story was a profile on Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams for the yearbook, and Carlson has enjoyed interviewing sports figures and sharing their stories every since.
Carlson is a 1997 graduate of Kansas. She and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2009 and live in Oklahoma City. They welcomed their first child, Millie, in June 2012. Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008-10 and chair of the board from 2010-12.

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