Erik Horne
Digital News 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.

  • PHOTOS: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan vacation in Cabo

    erik horne | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets in the second round, losing a 3-to-1 lead in the series. That's not stopping Blake Griffin and Co. from enjoying themselves in the offseason. Griffin and teammate DeAndre Jordan (and what looks like Clippers big man Spencer Hawes as well) have been photographed down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Poolside. In the club. Enjoying some R&R. Check out all the photos here (via

  • Marcus Smart voted to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was one of 10 players to earn NBA All-Rookie honors for the 2014-15 season. The former Oklahoma State guard was voted to the All-Rookie Second Team, receiving the sixth-most voting points among first-year players (142 total points; 28 first-team votes, 86 second-team with first-team votes worth two points each). Smart […]

  • Class 5A state soccer tournament: Deer Creek dominates Heritage Hall for fourth-consecutive girls soccer state title

    By Erik Horne | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Antlers finish 15-2, win fourth consecutive state championship.

  • OSSAA postpones Class 5A boys soccer state championship

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association postponed the Class 5A boys state soccer final between Deer Creek and Heritage Hall due to the impending threat of inclement weather. The OSSAA made the announcement at halftime of the 5A girls final between Deer Creek and Heritage Hall. An OSSAA spokesman said the organization monitored the National […]

  • Deer Creek wins fourth consecutive girls 5A state soccer title on quick goals from May, Orange

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Deer Creek was down but not for long. In less than a minute, the Antlers put away their fourth consecutive state championship in 5A girls soccer. Trailing 1-0 after dominating play for 24 minutes, Deer Creek scored two goals in a stretch of one minute, and added another goal in the second half to defeat […]

  • Brian Bosworth, Bo Jackson reunite after 27 years, talk to ESPN about iconic Monday Night Football showdown

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    It was an iconic night in the careers of both men. Nov. 30, 1987: The night Bo Jackson ran past and over Brian Bosworth on Monday Night Football to 221 rushing yards.’s David Fleming had a chance to catch up with both Jackson and Bosworth on May 1 during the fourth annual Bo Bikes […]

  • Jerry Jones says Cowboys running game better in 2015

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Is Jerry Jones crazy? That's been asked several times in the past 25 years, but the Dallas Cowboys owner/president/general manager continues to merit the question being asked. This time, it's about the state of the Cowboys running game. Despite losing 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray in free agency to the rival Eagles, Jones said Tuesday that the Cowboys' running game as a collective can be even better than in 2014. "And you say the entire running game, that would be including our tight ends and including fullback, and again, the entire game, we're better," Jones told the media. "(DeMarco) Murray is certainly in that thought, but what we've got a chance to do with our depth, what we've got a chance to do with the talent, the competition that we have ... assuming we can protect (quarterback Tony) Romo - standing here last year, the concern about his surgeries were more so than today, so if Romo can have the kind of year he had last year, our running game will benefit from that." Here's the thing: It can't be forgotten that Romo had the kind of year he had last year (69.9 completion percentage, 34-9 TDs-to-INTs, No. 1 in NFL with 113.2 passer rating) in large part because Murray had the best season of his career (1,845 yards rushing). So, does Jones truly believe that the Cowboys can make up for Murray's production with Darren McFadden, former Oklahoma State star Joseph Randle, Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar? Jones is banking on an offensive line comprised of three 2014 Pro Bowlers (LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Fredrick, RG Zack Martin), and what amounts to a first-round pick in free-agent signee La'el Collins , making him look smart for letting Murray walk.

  • VIDEO: Johanna Quaas, 89, the world's oldest active gymnast, to be honored in Oklahoma City

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    What do you hope to be doing at 89 years old? Personally, I’d just like to be breathing, let alone doing parallel bars. That’s what 89-year-old Johanna Quaas can pull off. On Saturday, Quaas – who in 2012 made her way into Guinness World Record book as the world’s oldest active gymnast – will be […]

  • PHOTOS: The Thunder's leaked NBA Christmas jersey looks fantastic

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    The NBA has caught a lot of criticism for its Christmas jerseys over the past few years. Well, if the photos which leaked on Wednesday (courtesy of Paul Lukas at Uni Watch, via an industry source), are the actual Christmas jerseys to come, the NBA got it right this time. Check out the Thunder unis. […]

  • Class 2A-A track notebook: Cordell girls rally past Alva for three-point win

    By Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    You want to talk about pressure? In three relays leading up to the finale of the Class 2A girls state championship, Alva had placed no lower than second. But Cordell was up to the challenge, winning the relay and holding off Alva by three points to take home the 2A title.

  • Class 2A-A state track meets: Hooker's crawl to victory highlights thrilling finishes at 2A-A state meet

    By Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Class A girls champion Texhoma was the only team with a lead entering the final race of the day to finish on top. Cordell’s girls jumped Alva to win 2A 104-101, and Cherokee’s boys went from third overall to state champion with a win in the 1,600 relay, edging Turpin 82-74. Barrios’ finish was the best of them all, every ounce of his effort needed to get Hooker past Hollis for the 2A boys crown. Hooker trailed Hollis 66.5-60 entering its heat of the 1,600 relay.

  • Class 2A-A state meet notebook: Hollis boys run to record in 800 relay

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Hollis’ relay team of Kahlil Johnson, Holden Gollihare, Malic Johnson and Keegan Macias teamed up to break the year-old record set by Frederick in 2014. Hollis ran a 1:31.24, topping Frederick’s 1:31.53.

  • Class 2A-A state track meet: Ringwood's Isai Rodriguez could have limped to a win, but he ran to a record

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    He finished almost 8 seconds better than a record that stood 30 years at the Class A state meet. Rodriguez’s 9-minute, 37.52-second run relegated former Gotebo standout Robert Tippy’s two-mile Class A state benchmark of 9:45.33 to second-best.

  • Former OU, Kingfisher standout Curtis Lofton gets married

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Former Kingfisher High standout and Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton got married over the weekend. He wed Jenny Nichols in New Orleans, where he played for the Saints for the past three seasons. The Saints released Lofton in March as part of a salary-cutting move. The Raiders quickly claimed the 28-year-old, who was a captain and […]

  • Eric Striker, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kentrell Brothers each first-rounders in way-too-early 2016 NFL mock draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Who doesn’t love a good mock draft? The 2015 NFL Draft isn’t even a week old and already we have 2016 mocks making the rounds. On Rob Rang’s 2016 mock draft for The Sports XChange/ (which you can read in its entirety here), he has Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma LB Eric Striker and […]

  • Rick Pitino explains why Billy Donovan's jump to the NBA is different than his with Knicks, Celtics

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Newly-hired Thunder coach Billy Donovan was coached back in the 1980s by now-Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Back then, Pitino was a young up-and-comer at Providence, and Donovan was “Billy the Kid.” Pitino went on the Jim Rome Show this week to talk about his former pupil and had plenty of praise for Donovan. Pitino also […]

  • Bob Bowlsby 'doesn't sense a conference title game' coming to Big 12

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    So, is the Big 12 title game coming back or not? Not even Bob Bowlsby seems to know the exact direction of the league at this moment. Back in March, the Big 12 commissioner said the league’s commissioners were in favor of ending the conference’s co-champion policy in football via the implementation of the head-to-head […]

  • Billy Donovan on possible return to UF: 'I know I have a history, of that, but 'no''

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    In a classy move, new Thunder coach Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville, Fla., for a farewell press conference with the Florida media. Last week, Donovan said “they deserve the chance to ask me questions,” referring to the media that covered him in his 19 seasons at UF. His final question of the presser was about […]

  • Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in NBA MVP voting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Despite missing 15 regular season games, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was still one of the top finishers in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player voting for 2014-15. Westbrook finished fourth behind a slew of the best players in the game. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat Houston Rockets (and former Thunder) guard James Harden for […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.