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Landon Nault, Briana Kuestersteffen win state High School Heisman awards

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: November 5, 2013
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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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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