Landon Nault of Kingfisher and Briana Kuestersteffen of Norman North were selected as Oklahoma's winners of the Wendy's High School Heisman, the organization announced this week.
The award recognizes student-athletes for their hard work and dedication in athletics, academics and community leadership.
Nault and Kuestersteffen will now be in the running to be among 12 finalists invited to New York City on Dec. 13, where the national winners will be announced during a televised ceremony on an ESPN network.
National finalists receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools, while the national winners receive a trophy, $500 Wendy's gift card and a donation of $10,000 to their high schools. They will also be recognized during the college football Heisman Trophy announcement on Dec. 14.
TATE TO HAVE SURGERY
Edmond North senior running back Lindell Tate has a big day Wednesday.
He will finally have surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament Wednesday morning at OU Medical Center, then he will get to meet former NFL receiver Johnny Knox, who is in town to see Tate and start a foundation to help athletes like him.
Tate, who suffered the injury in an August scrimmage, had been unable to receive the surgery since he no longer had insurance when he turned 19 in August. OU Medical Center is covering the cost of nearly everything.
THOMAS DECOMMITS FROM TEXAS TECH
Lawton defensive lineman Ivan Thomas decommitted from Texas Tech late Monday night, announcing his decision via Twitter.
“It's official to say that I will be opening up my recruitment again,” he tweeted, ending a longtime commitment with the university.
Thomas, who is No. 21 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, also has an offer from Kansas State.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound lineman has five sacks and 36 tackles this season. He's also rushed for three touchdowns.
ALTUS' BIRDOW SETS MARK
Altus sophomore running back Taven Birdow continued his stellar season during Friday's 35-34 loss to Ardmore, rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns to set the school's single-season rushing record.
Birdow, the son of former Oklahoma State standout Jermaine Birdow, now has 1,622 yards on the season. Altus (2-7, 2-6 District 5A-1) finishes its season at Capitol Hill on Friday.
APACHE'S MCCOMBS OK
Apache sophomore Willie McCombs returned to school Tuesday after suffering an injury that temporarily left him without movement in his legs during the Warriors' 34-14 loss to Hollis.
McCombs was diagnosed with a fracture in his C6 vertebrae, but is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season, Apache coach Larry McDaniel said.
“He was pretty down and out about being out this week and the rest of the season, but in the end, when you can walk, that's what it's really about,” McDaniel said. “He was fortunate he came off the field before he took any more hits on it. He said he played a few plays while it hurt.”
McCombs will not require surgery for the injury, though he may be required to wear a special collar when he plays football in the future.
He suffered the injury while playing cornerback, but reported a crick in his neck a few plays later. Once he was on the sideline being attended to, his arms and legs went numb before he lost feeling and movement in his legs.
He regained that movement Saturday, though.
LITTELL, CARTER HIGHLY RANKED BY PERFECT GAME
Stillwater outfielder/third baseman Jon Littell and Cascia Hall catcher Bryce Carter were included in Perfect Game's rankings for the 2014 high school baseball class after strong showings at the Perfect Game National Showcase.
Littell was ranked No. 30, while Carter came in at No. 40.
Littell, the son of Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell, was clocked at 92 mph on his throws from the outfield and also displayed huge power potential. Carter, meanwhile, was clocked at 79 mph from behind the plate.
Both players were on the roster for the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Littell is verbally committed to OSU, and Carter is verbally committed to Stanford.