Chris Brannick
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Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.

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  • High school football: District B-1 preview

    By Chris Brannick and Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Position battles taking palce at Pond Creek-Hunter. Panthers hope to knock off defending state champion Laverne.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy FC Releases Paul Wyatt

    Chris Brannick | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC has released forward Paul Wyatt, the team announced on Wednesday. Energy FC General Manager Jason Hawkins said it was a mutual agreement. “He had an opportunity to return home,” Hawkins said. “His contract wasn’t going to be renewed. It was kind of a mutual agreement at that point.” The move comes […]

  • High school football: District A-6 preview

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Morrison returns veteran quarterback and offensive line.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy closes home season with loss to Charleston

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    A record-crowd of 4,722 watches Oklahoma City fall to 12th place in the standings, but the Energy still remain in the playoff hunt.

  • Five Joules for Energy FC’s match with Charleston

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts Charleston at 7 p.m. in the last home match of the season for Energy FC. What an inaugural season it’s been too. Energy FC lost its first three home games before winning four of the next five. The first game in team history, a preseason contest in Norman, was played in temperatures below freezing. Forecasts say tonight’s temperature will be around 99 degrees. With that, here are my Five Joules of Energy for tonight’s contest. No. 1, Kevin Ellis is back. Sporting Kansas City loaned Ellis to Energy FC in April and recalled him in May and following a 3-0 loss to DC United last night in which Ellis did not play, Sporting KC loaned Ellis back to Energy FC just in time for the playoff

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC gets Christian Duke back for final home game

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    It’s been tough sledding of late for Energy FC (8-12-5) with four straight losses. The slump has put the expansion franchise in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC heads to Arizona

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC takes on Arizona United at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Peoria, Ariz., in a crucial match for playoff positioning. Energy FC is in a free-fall after losing three matches in a row, including at home against Arizona last Thursday. Arizona meanwhile, has been hot, winning two straight while climbing into 10th place in the United Soccer League Pro division’s latest table. Arizona is two standings points behind Energy FC for ninth place, and a win for Arizona puts them ahead of Jimmy Nielsen’s Energy FC club. When asked about the playoffs, Nielsen said he hasn’t used that word one time this week. “I’ve on purpose not spoken playoffs all week.

  • High school football: District 2A-8 preview

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Nowata is favored to win district.

  • High school football: District 2A-5 preview

    Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    District favorite Okemah is reloading this season.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy captain Michael Thomas suspended for excessive yellow cards

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    The loss of Thomas carries a heavy weight. In an April match with Arizona, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Thomas received a red card in the first half, which is an automatic ejection, and Energy FC eventually lost. Saturday night in Oklahoma City, Thomas did not play because of a foot injury, and Energy FC lost again.

  • Energy FC can't rally, falls to L.A.Galaxy II

    By Chris Brannick | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC dropped its third straight match on Saturday night at Pribil Stadium, 1-0 to Los Angeles Galaxy II, before 4,089 fans. An early goal gave the visiting side all it needed to win the USL Pro game. Daniel Steres, a Galaxy II defender, tapped in a goal in the 19th minute off a corner kick sent in from Andre Auras. Energy FC never recovered. “Not the result we wanted. We started too slow again,” Energy FC coach Jimmy Nielsen said. “It took us a long time to get in the game and I feel like L.A. was in control. What I was missing was that fire in the eyes from my guys from the beginning. I saw that in the last 15 minutes, but I didn’t see it from the beginning.

  • Five Joules for Energy FC vs. L.A. Galaxy II

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts L.A. Galaxy II at 7 p.m. at Pribil Stadium. It’s the 24th match of the season for Energy FC, here are my Five Joules: Michael Thomas will not play. The team captain did not practice on Friday, nursing a left foot injury and was a game time decision for Saturday. Jimmy Nielsen said he met with Thomas early on Saturday to do a fitness test and determine Thomas’ eligibility. Nielsen said Thomas wasn’t ready for action and will rest. The playoff picture. Energy FC (8-10-5) is in eighth place in the USLPRO table with 29 standings points. Galaxy II (12-7-4) is in fourth with 40 points. A win for the home side puts Energy FC in a tie for sixth place, and just one point behind

  • Q&A: Nate Polack arrives with Energy FC

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced on Thursday that it has acquired Nate Polack on loan from Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League. The 24-year-old is a native of Lincoln, Neb., and has been with Minnesota since 2012. Polack played his college ball at Hastings College and won an NAIA Championship in 2010. Polack sat down with The Oklahoman after practice on Friday to talk about the differences between Minnesota and Oklahoma as well as the NASL and USLPRO. Q: How’s it feel to be here and get to play? A: Good. I got the call on Monday you know, I had this opportunity and was excited. I made the 12-hour drive the next day. That was kind of tough.

  • Energy FC fights to keep playoff hopes alive

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC hosts L.A. Galaxy II at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pribil Stadium, and the game is an important one for the home team. Defender Peabo Doue says it’s a must win, and the United Soccer Leagues Pro standings bear that out. Energy FC has slipped after two straight losses, and with only five matches remaining until the playoffs start, Energy FC sits alone in the last spot, eighth place. “I think every game is a must win,” Doue said. “Our mentality is we’re starting the playoffs right now. We lose, we have the mentality that we’re out. It may not mean if we lose we’re not going to make the playoffs, but that’s how we’re thinking. We want to put everything on the field like it’s our last game. And

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Nate Shiffman has simply 'stepped on the field and done my job'

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Energy FC midfielder is back in the starting lineup after some time on the bench.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy FC releases forward Pete Caringi III

    Chris Brannick | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Oklahoma City Energy FC has released forward Pete Caringi III, the team announced on Monday. Caringi hasn’t appeared in a match for Energy FC since June 22, missing the last seven matches dealing with a foot injury but General Manager Jason Hawkins said the roster move was not performance related. Caringi is heading back to […]

  • High school football: District 3A-5 preview

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Berryhill is the early favorite to win the district championship.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: Samir Badr and Energy FC ready for big challenge in Sacramento

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    A big part of Sacramento’ home-field advantage is the size of its field. Bonney Field is 100 yards long by 80 yards wide.

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: David Leichty and Max Gunderson make United Soccer League Team of the Week

    Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The United Soccer League announced its Team of the Week for the Pro division for week 20 and two members from Oklahoma City Energy FC made the roster. David Leichty scored the game-winning goal in Energy FC’s 1-0 win over Orange County on Saturday, a win that moved the expansion side into fifth place in […]

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC: David Leichty lifts Energy FC over Orange County

    BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    David Leichty lifted Oklahoma City Energy FC over Orange County (Calif.) 1-0 before 3,351 fans at Pribil Stadium in a thrilling match. The 19-year-old scored the only goal of the match in the 88th minute after Michael Thomas sent in a corner kick.




Chris Brannick Today at 9:10 PM I second this. RT @jonogreco13: @Ryan_M_Sharp You truly are raising your son right, sir.
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 08:23:35 PM CST .@USLPRO: Oklahoma City @EnergyFC releases forward Paul Wyatt. LINK /5336424 LINK
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 07:19:15 PM CST Yanks with 9 straight hits, six runs, against David Price.
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 05:04:34 PM CST @SamPhilbeck25 So am I crazy for thinking Winston repeats? Who do you got?
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 04:58:40 PM CST @SamPhilbeck25 That's OK. OU is really good. So who wins it all?
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 04:48:15 PM CST @SamPhilbeck25 Auburn def. Stanford in the Ship. Before we talk Heisman though, you got to give your Four.
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 04:46:09 PM CST @SamPhilbeck25 Probably Bedlam winner again. OU is pretty good and OSU will be fine after week 1.
Chris Brannick Wed, Aug. 27 2014 04:30:42 PM CST @SamPhilbeck25 Let's Go! No need to do Conf. winners though because they'll be the Final Four, which are FSU, Auburn, Mich. St. & Stanford.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 11:27:02 PM CST Oklahoma City Energy FC: Energy closes home season with loss to Charleston LINK
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 09:00:18 PM CST That's it for home games until next season. Went by quick. See you at Taft in 2015.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:59:16 PM CST RT @USLPRO: F/T: @EnergyFC 0, @Chas_Battery 2 (Sanyang 79’, Cordoves 90’) #USLPRO #UseYourEnergy #CHS
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:58:49 PM CST F/T: Charleston 2, Energy FC 0.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:57:19 PM CST Sorry, 35 points.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:57:10 PM CST With two games remaining, Energy FC can finish with a best 36 points. Seems like that won't be enough in the end.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:56:42 PM CST Looks like Energy FC folks will be watching the playoffs on YouTube like the rest of us.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:56:22 PM CST After Wilmington tied and Pittsburgh won, Energy FC slid to 12th place in the USLPRO table.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:55:30 PM CST That last goal from Charleston looked like Energy FC players were standing around.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:55:00 PM CST #WhatsTheHeadline for Energy FC? NO ENERGY
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:54:19 PM CST 4 minutes of stoppage time added on.
Chris Brannick Sun, Aug. 24 2014 08:53:38 PM CST GOAL. Charleston goes up 2-0 on a goal. Fans exit the stadium. Charleston's Sanyang gets his 2nd Yellow. PHEW!