Jacob Unruh
Sports Reporter

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the Tahlequah Daily Press and the Tulsa World. From there, Unruh spent three years at the Lawton Constitution covering prep sports and Oklahoma football before joining The Oklahoman sports staff.


  • Bridge Creek's Raegan Rogers dealing with hamstring injury

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    As the spring sports season officially opens this week, Bridge Creek will be without its star softball player Raegan Rogers. Rogers, who has signed with Oklahoma, recently hurt her hamstring during a workout. She will miss the first four games of the season and return following spring break. It’s a tough blow for a player […]

  • Collected Wisdom: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky

    INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Dave Dravecky grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, with a huge passion for baseball and dream of being the next Sandy Koufax. The road to the major leagues was far from easy.

  • High school basketball roundup: All Saturday games postponed

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The basketball playoffs in all seven classes will get a couple unexpected days off. All of Saturday’s games — including some that had been rescheduled from Friday night — have been postponed until either Monday or Tuesday, depending on site availability. Half of the area championship games to determine state tournament teams in Class A and B were among those postponed, meaning the fields for next weekend’s tournaments won’t be fully decided until Tuesday night. All but two first-round games in the Class 5A and 6A boys playoffs were postponed as well.

  • Weatherford hits long buzzer-beater to edge short-handed Classen SAS

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The season came to an abrupt and odd end Friday for Classen SAS. The 15th-ranked Comets lost 83-82 to Weatherford in a Class 4A regional tournament consolation game on a buzzer-beating shot beyond halfcourt from Alexa Harvey while also having just four players on the court the final portion of the game. Classen SAS had […]

  • Winter weather forces some basketball playoff postponements

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Potential for winter weather across the state has already wreaked havoc on the high school basketball playoffs with a plethora of postponements for Friday’s games. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association also bumped the start time for Saturday’s state wrestling championships to 4:30 p.m. Here is a list of postponements across the state in basketball, […]

  • Girls basketball roundup: Putnam West gets first playoff win in a decade

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The 13th-ranked Patriots beat rival and 16th-ranked Putnam North 68-54 in the opening game of a Class 6A regional playoff to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.

  • High school basketball: Tyritta Dixon has nothing to hide anymore

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The truth that Dixon could not bear to share was featured in a Sports Illustrated article on homeless athletes, the publication of which brought to life her struggles to the nation, her community and her father, who had not known the depth of her situation until reading it.

  • Arapaho-Butler, Calumet fans unite in playoffs

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The students at Arapaho-Butler and Calumet have taken the basketball playoffs and made them a little more fun. The two schools have combined to cheer each other on throughout the playoffs, even creating T-shirts for this weekend’s area tournament in Enid. “We have great kids and I’m sure they do too,” Arapaho-Butler superintendent Jay Edelen […]

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Nathan Christmon to walk on at OSU

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A three-year starter at Carl Albert and one of the most reliable linebackers in the Oklahoma City metro area, Nathan Christmon III has accepted an invitation to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State.

  • Girls high school basketball: Makayla Foy has Yukon playing good basketball

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Foy averaged 26 points in two wins last week, pushing Yukon’s record to 12-11 and completing a rare season sweep of rival Mustang to earn The Oklahoman’s Girls Basketball Player of the Week honors.

  • High school notebook: Sterling's Rick Wilson wins 800th game

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Wilson has made 23 appearances in the state tournament, winning the championship seven times and finishing as runner-up four.

  • Sterling's Rick Wilson earns career win No. 800

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Longtime coach Rick Wilson likes to think his seat in the gym is the best in house. He should know after winning his 800th career game in Sterling’s 70-46 win over Stuart on Thursday in a Class A regional girls basketball tournament. “The first things I thought about were all the players who worked so […]

  • State swimming notebook: Stillwater girls, Altus boys win Class 5A titles

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Stillwater girls ran away from Heritage Hall 314-182 and Altus’ boys outdid Fort Gibson 349-223.

  • Class 6A state swim meet: Injured shoulder doesn't stop Norman North's Justin Wu from winning more gold medals

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Harvard signee Justin Wu overcame a shoulder injury that will require surgery to win two individual gold medals and lead the Timberwolves to their third straight Class 6A state swim championship Saturday at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center.

  • Girls basketball roundup: Mina Iyaye dominates in Piedmont's win over Carl Albert

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The senior center delivered one of her best performances of the season for the fourth-ranked Wildcats, restoring some confidence to a talented but struggling team in a 46-35 win over No. 6 Carl Albert.

  • Carl Albert's Tarah Cain surprised by return of Army father

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Carl Albert senior Tarah Cain was talking on the phone just a few days ago and reminiscing about her senior year and wishing he could make Friday’s Senior Night. At halftime of the Titans’ game against Piedmont, Army Staff Sgt. Odes Cain walked onto the court and surprised his daughter, who then leaped into his […]

  • High school swimming: Heritage Hall's Avery Niemann dedicated to improving her sport

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Niemann is one of Oklahoma’s representatives with USA Swimming and the founder of a leadership group to give active swimmers more voice in the sport.

  • NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Breaking down the 2016 Super 30

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and […]

  • High school notebook: OKC Storm hosting major prospects at weekend festival

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The Storm, the two-time defending national homeschool champion, will host nationally known teams like Prime Prep and Pro Vision, both from Texas, as well as Sunrise Christian from Kansas and Southwest Christian from Arkansas.

  • Casady's T'Quan Wallace, Timothy Giddings to sign with Emporia State

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Casady seniors T’Quan Wallace and Timothy Giddings will sign their National Letter of Intent on Thursday with Emporia State University for football. Wallace and Giddings grew up together and will be joined by other childhood friends and teammates Gary Woods II and Camren Proby at the Division II University. Wallace, a quarterback, played in just […]




Jacob Unruh Today at 2:32 PM Bridge Creek's Raegan Rogers dealing with hamstring injury LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 11:25 AM Former MLB pitcher Dave Dravecky, a devout Christian, regrets not spending more time in bars. His Collected Wisdom: LINK
Jacob Unruh Today at 10:07 AM #OKPreps “@NewsOKPhoto: OSSAA wrestling championships last night. Photos by Bryan Terry LINK LINK
Jacob Unruh Sat, Feb. 28 2015 04:44:15 PM CST Collected Wisdom: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Feb. 28 2015 03:41:08 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Westbrook underwent a surgical procedure on a fracture to his zygomatic arch bone. He will miss Sunday's game. Will be…
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 11:27:53 PM CST High school basketball roundup: All Saturday games postponed LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:06:29 PM CST Weatherford hits long buzzer-beater to edge short-handed Classen SAS LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:00:26 PM CST RT @bookerblakley: Okarche 27 - Woodland 13 at half Area championship @OKGirlsBBall #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 06:49:48 PM CST RT @CoyoteSports: Did you miss "The Shot"? here's the radio call! Wford Girls beat #15 SAS 83-82 on this fantastic play: https://t.co/dmAu…
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 06:28:17 PM CST RT @hhchargerstv: One #okpreps playoff game that's NOT postponed: @hhladychargers vs Prague. Min away from tip! Watch live at LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 02:19:07 PM CST RT @MBakerTBTimes: I wrote a complicated piece about the insanity and viciousness of reporting the Jameis Winston case: LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 02:17:52 PM CST RT @HSVarsity: Updated list of postponed #okpreps basketball playoff games (via @jacobunruh): LINK LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 02:10:50 PM CST RT @Piedmont_Sports: The 5A girls regional game between Lawton Ike and Piedmont set for Saturday has been postponed. Makeup date pending. #…
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 02:07:32 PM CST RT @OSSAAOnline: The night games ONLY at the Class 3A Regional Basketball Tournament at Verdigris High School have been postponed #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 02:07:00 PM CST RT @OSSAAOnline: The night games ONLY at the Class 3A Regional Basketball Tournament at Okemah High School have been postponed #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 01:25:24 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: As of now, the boys basketball regional at Midwest City (MWC-Bixby and Union-Muskogee) is still on as scheduled #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 01:25:08 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: At PC West boys regional, PC West and Del City plan to play at 6:30. PC North vs. Lawton moved to Monday at 7. Final on …
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:52:16 PM CST RT @BMIrishHoops: Our regional games today and tomorrow at Edmond have been cancelled and are being moved to Monday and Tuesday next week. …
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:52:04 PM CST RT @JeffFletcherOCR: This slow mo vine of Albert Pujols took me about 10 tries #Angels https://t.co/8VJeVDs2uN
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:44:36 PM CST RT @OSSAAOnline: Class 3A Regional Basketball Tournament at Muskogee Civic Center for Friday has been postponed - rescheduled for Saturday …

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