Jacob Unruh
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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.

Top Stories


  • Newcastle coach says Racers' 7-on-7 performance a blessing for his team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The Racers have advanced to the NFL National 7-on-7 Tournament starting Monday in Indianapolis as 1 of 32 teams.

  • Former Carl Albert wrestling coach Malcolm Wade dies

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday to honor Wade in the Carl Albert High School Auditorium at 10 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Zephyrs win final game of OKC homestand

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    After taking an early lead, the RedHawks ultimately ended their seven-game homestand on a sour note with a 10-8 loss.

  • Former Putnam City, OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney regrouping in Triple-A after struggling in Miami Marlins debut

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Andrew Heaney knows there is plenty for him to work on, and he knows Triple-A is the best place to do that. The Putnam City and Oklahoma State product was sent back to New Orleans by the Miami Marlins last weekend after what he called a disappointing Major League Baseball debut.

  • Meet the OKC RedHawks' guitar man

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Outfielder Austin Wates taught himself to play the instrument, and takes it along on road trips.

  • OKC RedHawks down New Orleans

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Oklahoma City right-hander Jake Buchanan was going to start on short rest Wednesday. Instead, he started even a day earlier when he was forced to take the mound in place of Brett Oberholtzer at the last minute on Tuesday. But Buchanan held strong in the RedHawks’ 6-5 win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. “That’s part of pitching in Triple-A,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “Sometimes you make adjustments and do the best you can. (Buchanan) sucked it up today and the bullpen did a good job.” Oberholtzer was held back due to an organizational decision. Buchanan (7-5) allowed four runs over six innings, allowing nine hits, walking two and striking out one.

  • Soldier reunited with his family at RedHawks game

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    National Guard staff sergeant Jason Bellar returned from a nine-month tour in Afghanistan and surprised his children at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

  • Owasso's Brian Flynn working on changeup

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    After a one-day stint with the Marlins, New Orleans lefty will start against RedHawks on Wednesday night.

  • High school notebook: Londaryl Perry named Putnam City North girls basketball coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Londaryl Perry felt it was time for a fresh start after three years at Northeast. Perry was officially named the new girls basketball coach at Putnam North on Monday, bringing him to the same school as his children. “I honestly missed most of my son’s basketball career because I’m always at a different school, so at least I’ll be able to there with him his senior year,” Perry said. His son Drake is on the Panthers’ basketball team, while his daughter Dru will be a freshman this year. She plays basketball and swims. Londaryl Perry spent the past three seasons at Northeast, leading it to the state tournament twice and winning the Class 2A title in 2013 behind an undefeated season.

  • Londaryl Perry named Putnam North girls basketball coach

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Londaryl Perry felt it was time for a fresh start after three years at Northeast. The girls basketball coach was officially named the new coach at Putnam North on Monday, bringing him to the same school as his children. “I honestly missed most of my son’s basketball career because I’m always at a different school, […]

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: New Orleans Zephyrs rout RedHawks

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Mike Foltynewicz (6-6) lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and six walks.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: OKC's Robbie Grossman having fun, says he's not focusing on hitting streak

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    In a season filled with promotions and demotions, Grossman hasn’t always had fun. But he’s trying to make the most of his second stint with the team this season as he works to return to his hometown Houston, a place that hasn’t been too kind to him this season.

  • Super 30: No sport too tough for Heritage Hall's Connor McGinnis

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Connor McGinnis can be found competing in nearly every sporting event at Heritage Hall. But all of that may be hurting his recruitment in football, where he’s not getting a lot of interest from colleges.

  • Q&A: Iowa Cubs' Dallas Beeler talks major league debut, keeping up with Jenks

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Dallas Beeler sat down with The Oklahoman and talked about his MLB debut, his improvement and his time at Jenks.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: OKC holds off Iowa Cubs

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The RedHawks beat the Iowa Cubs 3-2 with the aid of two double steals that resulted in runs as they moved within one game of first place in the American Northern Division standings.

  • Lou Gehrig still resonates with modern baseball players

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    RedHawks share their thoughts on the legendary Yankee 75 years after he proclaimed himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

  • Collected Wisdom: Wally Backman, Las Vegas 51s manager and former major league player

    Interviewed by Jacob Unruh, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Wally Backman has seen every level of professional baseball, from rookie to independent ball. A first-round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1977, Backman worked his way through the minor leagues before debuting with the Mets in 1980. He had a successful 14-year career in which he hit .275 and won one World Series with the infamous 1986 Mets. Now, Backman is the manager of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, working his way back to the majors after he lost his chance with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a controversial period 10 years ago that saw him hired and fired within a week. Backman recently sat down with The Oklahoman and talked about his career, influences and managing philosophy.

  • Super 30: Edmond Memorial's Robert Charlton known for his speed

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Corner back has offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Jonathan Villar comes through in OKC's victory over Iowa Cubs

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City shortstop came up with a game-winning two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the RedHawks past the Iowa Cubs 4-3 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, snapping a three-game losing streak.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Manny Ramirez embracing player/coach role with Iowa Cubs, says it's 'awesome'

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    With little expectation of significant playing time, Manny Ramirez is enjoying the role of mentor for young, talented prospects like third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Javier Baez.




Jacob Unruh Sun, Jul. 13 2014 06:59:59 PM CST RT @keithlaw: MLB Network just put up a graphic that says Gallo has 75 power. Okay, I'll bite: what the hell does 80 power look like?
Jacob Unruh Sun, Jul. 13 2014 06:41:41 PM CST Newcastle will represent the @dallascowboys this week in the NFL National 7-on-7 Tournament #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Sun, Jul. 13 2014 06:33:42 PM CST Anadarko's Tramayne Wauahdooah is making most of his second chance. He's No. 15 on Super 30. #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Sat, Jul. 12 2014 10:58:18 PM CST RT @StevensonFWST: Longtime #Rangers' broadcaster and Hall-of-Famer @Nadeler honored in pregame ceremony on Saturday. LINK
Jacob Unruh Sat, Jul. 12 2014 04:08:34 PM CST Newcastle coach says Racers' 7-on-7 performance a blessing for his team LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Jul. 12 2014 11:49:29 AM CST RT @MLBRosterMoves: The @astros recall LHP Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A Oklahoma City; place RHP Collin McHugh on 15-day DL, retro to 7/…
Jacob Unruh Sat, Jul. 12 2014 11:49:06 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Super 30: Ringling offensive tackle Riley Daniel a star in Class A (via @scottwrightok): LINK #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 08:15:01 PM CST RT @StevensonFWST: Here's the @Nadeler bobblehead the 1st 15k get on Saturday. #Rangers LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 07:56:07 PM CST Just toured @mustangbrewing and celebrated their fifth anniversary! Great time and great beer!
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 05:58:16 PM CST Former Carl Albert wrestling coach Malcolm Wade dies LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 04:09:26 PM CST Looks like the Astros are calling up Brett Oberholtzer from the RedHawks to start tomorrow. Obie was held back since Tuesday in OKC.
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 03:13:38 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: How did Sports Illustrated land the LeBron James story?: LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 12:54:04 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Lawton OL Jalin Barnett to decide between #sooners and Arkansas (via @ryaber): LINK #okpreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:39:56 AM CST Man, I'm all for LeBron going back to Cleveland now. His essay with SI was great. Showing more maturity and leadership.
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:30:17 AM CST RT @SInow: "I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home." - @KingJames LINK LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:06:53 AM CST Tulsa Edison's Akylen Mayfield (@AKYLEN4MAYOR) says he's deadly weapon w/the ball. He's No. 17 on Super 30 #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 11 2014 10:03:40 AM CST RT @Ryan_M_Sharp: Spectator using a cut-out copy of @TheOklahoman to follow tee times at the #USSeniorOpen. LINK
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 10 2014 11:41:32 PM CST Oklahoma City RedHawks: Zephyrs win final game of OKC homestand LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:45:51 PM CST The New Orleans Zephyrs beat the OKC RedHawks 10-8 to take the four-game series 3-1. Took 3 hours, 38 minutes.
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:44:35 PM CST Matt Duffy singles with two outs to extend the game.