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.


  • OKC Dodgers: Coaching staff finalized with addition of three former MLB players

    By Jacob Unruh, Staff Writer, junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The Los Angeles Dodgers finalized the Oklahoma City coaching staff Thursday, promoting three former major league players from lower levels in the system. Shawn Wooten will be the Dodgers' hitting coach, Matt Herges will be the pitching coach and Luis Matos will be a coach. Wooten and Herges were both in the same position for Double-A Tulsa last season. Matos was the Class-A Great Lakes manager. They are joined by former major league catcher Bill Haselman, who was named manager in December. Oklahoma City posted the best regular season record in the Pacific Coast League last season. But the team has had a complete makeover. Manager Damon Berryhill and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs were not retained.

  • High school girls basketball: Rivalry between Cache and Elgin continues without incident

    By Jacob Unruh, Staff Writer, junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Cache coach Kenny White remains under investigation for allegedly designing a play intended to hurt former Elgin star Jentry Holt. He took a leave of absence before the season.

  • Chickasha's Tandra King remains eligible after fifth OSSAA appearance

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Senior point guard Tandra King will remain on the court for Chickasha. The former Anadarko standout went in front of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors for the third straight month Wednesday after new evidence was revealed that changed her initial hardship appeal that was approved last month. The board voted to take no action regarding the new information and allow her to continue playing. “I’m happy with the decision,” King’s attorney Rodney Fergason said. “I’m glad it’s final, this has been a long process and I’m glad for Tandra’s sake. This was starting to wear on her. She now has a final decision and we can finish the

  • High School Athletes of the Week

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Girls basketball Gabrielle Johnson, Putnam City West Putnam City West's offense was struggling during Friday's semifinal game against Tulsa Union in the Putnam City Invitational, yet Gabrielle Johnson continued pushing. She pushed herself and she pushed her teammates to find some rhythm without star point guard Areanna Combs, an Oklahoma State signee who recently suffered a torn ACL. That resulted in one of the best individual performances of the season with 38 points and 20 rebounds. “If everybody quits, then what's the point of us being out there?” Johnson said. “I feel like if I work hard, they'll say, ‘Hey, Gabby's working. Maybe we should work with her.' And it actually worked.

  • High school girls basketball: Cache investigation to linger into February

    By Jacob Unruh, Staff Writer, junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    A third investigation into allegations the Cache High School girls basketball coach designed an inbounds play last season to injure an opponent will linger into February. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will not discuss the investigation at this week's monthly meeting. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman the report has not been finalized and the case remains in the investigative stage. He said he expects it to be on the agenda for February's monthly meeting. “I want to make sure everything is accurate and there are some questions on some things,” Sheakley said. “It's in the attorney's hands, to be honest with you, as far as the report. It's not official

  • High school girls basketball roundup: Oklahoma signee Chelsea Dungee leads No. 3 Sapulpa past No. 1 Westmoore

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Dungee ultimately finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Sapulpa knocked off No. 1 Westmoore 65-58 to win the Lady Jaguar Classic at Westmoore.

  • Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel commits to Air Force

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel didn’t have discussions with a Division I program outside of Air Force the entire season, and that’s turned into the Falcons’ gain. McDaniel verbally committed to Air Force late Saturday while on an official visit to the academy in Colorado. “It’s my No. 1 choice, that’s for sure,” McDaniel said in a phone interview. “The other ones are just some D-II schools, and I just think the football, the benefits you have afterwards and being able to graduate from the academy are too good of opportunities to pass up.

  • High school girls basketball roundup: Putnam West's Gabrielle Johnson proves unstoppable against Tulsa Union

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    She scored 38 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a dominating performance to push her team to Saturday’s Putnam City Invitational championship game against rival Putnam North.

  • Oklahoma City baseball coaches hosting free little league coaches clinic

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association is holding its second annual little league coaches clinic Wednesday at Heritage Hall High School. The clinic is free and is focused toward little league coaches in the extended metro area. Local coaches speaking at the clinic are Edmond North’s Karl King, Heritage Hall’s Breck Draper, Jones’ Mike Lowe, El Reno’s Keanon Simon, Edmond Santa Fe’s Ryan Phillips, Chickasha’s Erik Hughes and Southmoore’s Craig Troxell. For more information, contact Jason Pickard at jmpickard@cox.

  • High school girls basketball: Piedmont rolls past McLoud to snap losing streak

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Piedmont (2-6) started the year 1-6, with its only win coming Dec. 4 at Lawton MacArthur.

  • High school girls basketball: Harrah coach Curt Knox earns 500th win in drubbing of Crooked Oak

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, rolled to a crazy 86-7 win over Crooked Oak in the opening round Thursday of the Bethany Invitational — a milestone for the veteran coach, but not in the normal fashion.

  • Heritage Hall infielder Alex Fisher commits to Columbia

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Heritage Hall star infielder Alex Fisher recently verbally committed to Columbia University, winner of three straight Ivy League Championships. Chargers coach Breck Draper confirmed the commitment. Fisher was The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Player of the Year last spring and a member of the All-State team. He set a school record with 20 doubles and batted .567 as Heritage Hall won the Class 3A state championship. Fisher also pitched for the Chargers, going 7-0 with a 1.28 ERA. Draper also said that seniors Brendan Ezell and Joe Buckendorff have verbally committed to junior colleges. Ezell will go to Seminole State and Buckendorff will go to Dodge City Community College (Kan.).

  • Altus' Taven Birdow offered by Navy

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    Altus star running back Taven Birdow received his fifth scholarship offer Wednesday, this one coming from Navy. Birdow announced the offer on his Twitter page. He now holds offers from all three service academies along with Richmond and Southern Mississippi. The son of former Oklahoma State and Lawton standout Jermaine Birdow, Taven was The Oklahoman’s All-State Offensive Player of the Year after leading Altus to the Class 5A state championship for the first time since 1971. He rushed for 2,472 yards and 30 touchdowns after spending his junior season at IMG Academy in Florida.

  • Heritage Hall's Terrell Love commits to Texas Southern

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love has found a college home. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound bruiser known as “Tank” by his teammates verbally committed to Texas Southern, a Division I FCS school, on Tuesday. Love confirmed his commitment to The Oklahoman along with Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert. The offer was the first from a Division I university. Love, who was on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City football team, rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns while helping the Chargers win a second straight Class 3A state championship. He rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. For his career, he rushed for 3,548 yards and 67 scores.

  • Boys basketball roundup: No. 2 Edmond North storms past No. 1 Mustang

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    EDMOND — Check another big name off the list for Edmond North. The second-ranked Huskies toppled No. 1 Mustang 87-69 Tuesday night to improve to 7-0 against a schedule that included six teams ranked in the top 10. Yet for all the big wins in coach Terry Evans' first season with the Huskies, this is the biggest yet, posting a lopsided victory over a team that hadn't lost to an Oklahoma opponent since March 2014. Tre Evans scored a career-high 33 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and a 17-of-21 showing at the free throw line. Marques Wilson added 22, and Brock Butler had 11 for the Huskies. “This gives us a lot of confidence,” Wilson said. “It legitimizes what we thought we could do the whole time. We

  • High school girls basketball roundup: Harrah rallies past Heritage Hall in fourth quarter

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    For the first time this season, people got a glimpse of what Harrah is truly like. With a plethora of injuries to open the season ranging from a concussion to sprained ankles to even an hematoma, the Panthers haven't looked like themselves. They didn't even look right the first half Tuesday night against Class 3A No. 11 Heritage Hall. But in the second half, things clicked and Class 4A No. 4 Harrah rallied for a 46-36 victory with a suffocating defense and senior Shanna Visnieski coming alive late in front of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. “We all fought back, and we're all healthy now,” Visnieski said. “I thought that we all played together, and now we're showing everybody what we're all about.

  • The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel emerges from father's shadow to win Offensive Player of the Year honor

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Tevin delivered a remarkable season for the Chargers as they rolled to an undefeated season and second straight Class 3A state championship.

  • Little All-City Football: Breaking down the first-team selections

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    First Team Offense Matt Harman, Cashion Junior quarterback Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 195 This season: Harman guided the Wildcats' high-powered offense, throwing for 3,710 yards and 54 touchdowns while completing 70.1 percent of his passes, all of which were among the top three in the state. Also had 137 tackles at linebacker.   Terrell Love, Heritage Hall Senior running back Ht./Wt.: 5-9, 230 College choice: Undecided This season: A powerful running back known as “Tank,” Love finished with 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns as he helped lead the Chargers to a second-straight Class 3A title. He rushed for more than 200 yards and three TDs in the championship game. He also played

  • Little All-City football roster

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    First Team Offense Pos.: Player, Cl., School, Ht., Wt. QB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-1, 195 RB: Terrell Love, Sr., Heritage Hall, 5-9, 230 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 RB: Jake Standlee, Sr., Meeker, 6-1, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 200 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 OL: Ry Schneider, Sr., Minco, 6-3, 310 Defense DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Tristan Wilbanks,

  • High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School,




Jacob Unruh Today at 12:02 AM High school girls basketball roundup: Balanced No. 5 Choctaw gets past No. 7 Putnam West https://t.co/jYfRg2L9TA #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:42:21 PM CST RT @CBlakeColston: FINAL: Piedmont 83, El Reno 76. Wildcats upset Class 5A's No. 4 team. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:16:51 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Centennial with a 70-66 lead on Heritage Hall with 16 seconds to play. HH ball out of a timeout #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:12:20 PM CST OSSAA's Ed Sheakley to update board regarding Cache investigation https://t.co/oF02D8LSEZ #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:01:04 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Feature on Steph Curry for tomorrow's @TheOklahoman with some perspective from childhood teammate Anthony Morrow: https
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:00:55 PM CST RT @John_McKelvey: Edmond Santa Fe boys lead No. 2 Norman North 41-38 at half #okpreps @OKBoysBBall
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:00:23 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Heading OT between Heritage Hall and Centennial, tied at 61 #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:07:43 PM CST Updated blog regarding OSSAA providing update to board regarding Cache investigation. No action planned. #OKpreps https://t.co/gPnFFH2U6Z
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:57:48 PM CST RT @CBlakeColston: FINAL: El Reno 53, Piedmont 38. Massey Beard of El Reno 17 to lead all scorers. Maddie Sperle 12 for PHS. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:36:55 PM CST RT @cowboywinders: @jacobunruh final: Collinsville girls 52 Pryor 38
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:24:25 PM CST RT @MWC_Beacon: Shawnee girls take the lead in third against Carl Albert. Wolves up 27-24 heading to the fourth. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:23:50 PM CST RT @akennedy41: FINAL: Eisenhower 65, OKC Storm 50. Girls. #okpreps https://t.co/OYH3Ie5mav
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:23:16 PM CST RT @colemooredaily: FINAL: @MooreGBB beats EdN, 50-40. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:22:57 PM CST RT @TreyHunter87: FINAL: Mustang girls defeat No. 19 Yukon, 55-35. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:22:51 PM CST RT @cowboywinders: @jacobunruh collinsville girls up on Pryor 44-31 3:20 remaining.
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:20:08 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Heritage Hall girls pull away for a 71-53 win at Centennial. Boys game up next, top-5 matchup in 3A #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:20:01 PM CST No. 5 Choctaw girls beat No. 7 Putnam West 58-52. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 07:10:18 PM CST Choctaw girls lead Putnam West 52-47 with 3:09 left. Choctaw ball. #OKpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:58:58 PM CST Choctaw girls lead Putnam West 42-39 after three quarters. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:49:04 PM CST Putnam West girls come out on fire in third. Tie Choctaw at 18 with 6:09 left in quarter. #OKPreps

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