Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor

Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant shoe gets the 'What the' treatment by Nike

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Nike is continuing its “What The” line of shoes by putting out absolutely crazy versions the signature sneaker of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

  • OU football pulls a Blake Bell April Fools' prank

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    You may have thought Blake Bell was switching back to quarterback after the OU twitter page made the following announcement Tuesday morning.

  • Archie Bradley reassigned to D-Backs minor league camp

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Broken Arrow product Archie Bradley won't start the year in the Arizona Diamondbacks' major league lineup, but he's close. The Diamondbacks' Twitter account announced Thursday that Bradley will be reassigned to the team's minor league camp, with manager Kirk Gibson adding that Bradley is on the cusp of the bigs. "He's close," Gibson said. "He's someone who can help us this year." This year may be sooner rather than later, as the Diamondbacks will be without ace Patrick Corbin, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Bradley, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound right-hander, was 2-1 with a 4.32 earned run average, 10 strikeouts and six walks in 8 1/3 innings in spring training.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: How is Marcus Smart's stock affected by Tyler Ennis going pro?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    On Thursday, Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis officially declared for the NBA Draft. Ennis, a freshman, averaged 12.9 points, 34. rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season for the Orange. He's highly regarded as one of the top point guards prospects in the upcoming draft. So, how does that affect Marcus Smart? The Oklahoma State guard has been touted as one of the top two point guards in the upcoming draft, along with 6-foot-6 Australian Dante Exum. Ennis has been in the top point guard discussion at times, but may have hurt his stock a little after a so-so NCAA Tournament performance. Syracuse was bounced in the second round by Dayton, a game in which Ennis was only 7-of-21 from the field and 0-of-5 from 3-point range. As of Thursday, ESPN's Chad Ford had Smart as his No. 8 overall player in the draft, and Ennis right behind him at No. 9, saying that Ennis' struggles to finish at the rim worry scouts. Smart is 6-4. Ennis is 6-2. Advantage: Smart. Both Smart and Ennis have questions about the consistency of their perimeter shooting, so whoever comes out of the pre-draft process with more questions answered about their jump shot may have the edge. Both should be lottery picks.

  • Johnny Manziel: What they’re saying about the Johnny Football pro day

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    If you didn’t hear, former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had his pro day on Thursday.

  • Report: No dunk contest for Oklahoma State's Markel Brown

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown is arguably the best dunker in college basketball, but the senior won't be participating in the annual dunk contest. Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World says Brown is recovering from the season and wants to avoid injury following OSU's 85-77 loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. According to Hines, Brown declined an invite to the dunk contest, which will be April 3 at Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Ran into Markel Brown, who's recovering from the season and to avoid injury declined an invite to next week's college dunk contest. #okstate — Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) March 26, 2014 It's a shame, but understandable. If Brown would have competed, he would have been the second Oklahoma-based player to win a dunk competition this postseason, joining Tyler Inman of Southwestern Christian University. Inman won the NAIA dunk contest last week in Kansas City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder players on opposite ends of interesting FG distance chart

    Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    OK, anyone who watches Thunder games knows Kevin Durant is taking longer shots than Steven Adams, but what about how their average distances compare to other NBA players? Ed Kupfer of the Houston Rockets created a chart that plots the average field goal distance (on a play-by-play basis) against shots taken per game. He did this for players with a minimum of 100 field goal attempts and this is what he came up with. NBA Average distance on all field goal attempts by players with 100+ FGAs. Big version here: http://t.co/C6eyEWzuqv pic.twitter.com/GOrfgPzR5q — Ed Kupfer (@EdKupfer) March 26, 2014 Here's a larger, expandable version of the chart. Some of the names stack up on top of each other, but you can clearly see some of the Thunder players emerging on the fringes on each end. Kevin Durant, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Carmelo Anthony are each sitting on the extreme end of shot attempts per game, but are in between 10-15 feet when it comes to average field goal distance. Russell Westbrook is in the same range, along with Reggie Jackson. Adams is on the opposite end of the spectrum, with a lower average field goal distance on fewer attempts per game, doing most of his work around the rim. On the other hand, veteran Derek Fisher is grouped at the northern region of the chart with the league's most frequent 3-point shooters. Only four players in the NBA (min. 100 attempts) are taking longer shots on average than Fisher.

  • Collected Wisdom: Kate Hansen, Olympic luger

    Interviewed by Erik Horne, ehorne@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    She went to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as a relative unknown, but Kate Hansen came back as an viral video sensation. Hansen placed 10th in the women’s singles luge, but won the Internet with her pre-race dance routine and for playing part in a hoax put on by the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: What they're saying about the Cowboys' loss to Gonzaga

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    One and done for the Cowboys. In an 85-77 loss to Gonzaga in their first round of the NCAA Tournament, the talk in the second half reverted to the officiating.

  • WATCH: Mercer players go crazy after upseting Duke in NCAA Tournament

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Oklahoma native Bob Hoffman guided No. 14 seed Mercer to a stunning upset of No.

  • NCAA Tournament: Former Okla. coach Bob Hoffman leads Mercer to upset of Duke

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    An Oklahoman has provided the biggest bracket buster of the NCAA Tournament so far.

  • NCAA Tournament: The Day 1 recap

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Missed any NCAA Tournament games Thursday? Let’s get you up to speed.

  • The NewsOK Sports staff's NCAA Tournament brackets

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    If you want to laugh a little, included below are some of our staff bracket predictions.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys choose AstroTurf for Boone Pickens Stadium resurfacing

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium will be resurfaced with AstroTurf, as announced by the company Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma State-Gonzaga Game Notes

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

    Game notes for the Oklahoma State-Gonzaga NCAA Tournament West Regional game in San Diego: Game notes: Oklahoma State vs.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Digger Phelps picks Cowboys to make National Championship game

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Oklahoma State is a nine-seed with the backing of an ESPN analyst.

  • Class 4A boys: Stilwell holds off Mannford for berth into state final

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    YUKON – One of the first things Ron Dunaway told his team in the locker room was that he was proud of them.

  • Small school notebook: St. Mary seniors leave a legacy, put basketball program on the map

    By Jacob Unruh, Erik Horne and Trent Shadid | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The Rockets made the state tournament three consecutive years.

  • Class 4A boys: Fourth-quarter surge pushes Douglass past Elk City in semifinals

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    YUKON – A new coach. A new collection of starters. Same result.

  • Blake Griffin throwing his name in the MVP race

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    It’s something that’s rarely, if ever, come up in the midst of KD vs.