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.


  • Bethel's Bry Flanagan signs with Creighton

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Bethel shortstop Bry Flanagan made history Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent with Creighton. She became the first softball player from Bethel to sign with a Division I university. Flanagan helped Bethel finish as the state runner-up in 2013 and led the team to a state championship last spring in slowpitch softball. […]

  • NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Previewing the playoffs

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    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 11-12-14 <—CLICK THERE: We take a look at […]

  • Mustang's Jayden Chestnut, Wayne's Caleigh Clifton sign with Oklahoma

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Both Jayden Chestnut of Mustang and Caleigh Clifton of Wayne have been committed to OU since their sophomore season. Now the softball standouts are officially signed with the Sooners, having signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Chestnut, who led Mustang to the Class 6A state championship last month, is one of two pitchers […]

  • High school football: Ineligible player forces changes to Class 4A playoff bracket

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    District champion Oologah was forced for forfeit three games just two days before opening the playoffs due to playing an ineligible player, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has confirmed to The Oklahoman. As a result, Oologah is no longer the District 4A-3 champion. Wagoner now takes the title and will host Sallisaw. Oologah drops to second and will host last year’s state runner-up Poteau. Both games will remain on Friday despite the OSSAA offering to move them to Saturday. “They reported it themselves that they inadvertanly allowed a student who was academically ineligible to participate,” OSSAA assistant director David Jackson said. “You pretty much, by this time, have

  • Former Midwest City standout Joel Davis signs with Texas A&M

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Former Midwest City standout Joel Davis’ comeback story continued Wednesday when he signed to play baseball at Texas A&M. Davis was a standout for the Bombers on the football and baseball fields before graduating in 2013, but he missed his senior football season due to tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John surgery […]

  • High school notebook: Locust Grove's Mason Fine on verge of breaking single-season passing record

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Last week, Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine broke the state’s single-season passing touchdown record, and this week, he could break the passing yardage mark as well.

  • Hennessey gets one last test before playoffs

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen was pleased to see his players get tested by Chisholm last week. The Eagles won 34-15, clinching their fourth straight district championship and showing signs of being ready to start the playoffs this week against Luther. “It forced our kids to play the whole game and that’s good because we’ve had […]

  • U.S. Grant's Roland Pichardo named Fans' Choice Player of the Week

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    After his strong performance completed U.S. Grant’s most successful season since 2003, the fans voted Roland Pichardo The Oklahoman’s Fan’s Choice Player of the Week on Tuesday. Pichardo, a sophomore backup quarterback, accounted for five touchdowns in the Generals’ 46-35 win over rival Capitol Hill. He did most of his damage on the ground, rushing […]

  • Deer Creek's Dakota Vann to sign with Loyola

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Deer Creek senior basketball player Dakota Vann will sign her National Letter of Intent with Loyola University in Chicago on Wednesday. Vann, a 5-foot-11 forward, was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City First Team last season and helped led the Antlers to their second straight Class 5A state championship. She was the team’s leading scorer, averaging […]

  • Winter Sports Media Day set for Nov. 19

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s annual Winter Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 N.W. 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in basketball, wrestling and swimming are encouraged to bring […]

  • High school football: Harrah's Grant Martin takes advantage of opportunity

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Martin took control of the starting position in Week 3 and has become the state’s leading rusher and huge reason Harrah won its first district title since 1971 with an upset of Ada last week.

  • High school notebook: Warren Wand's versatility shines as he moves to slot for Edmond Memorial

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Wand, who is verbally committed to Arkansas State, had to change things up a little to surpass 5,500 total yards for his career by moving to the slot as a receiver the past two weeks. He still remains 2 yards shy of 5,000 rushing yards for his career.

  • Big Pasture's Taran Knox, Locust Grove's Rylie Torrey named Wendy's Heisman state winners

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program announced the Oklahoma winners Monday, with Big Pasture’s Taran Knox and Locust Grove’s Rylie Torrey taking home the honors. Torrey, who helped lead Weatherford to the state basketball tournament last season, will sign her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play at Oral Roberts. She moved to Locust […]

  • Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class A bracket

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Team to watch Cashion: It seems like the Wildcats have flown under the radar this season, being one of four undefeated teams in the class. They have the makeup to make a run at the championship, especially behind a talented offense led by quarterback Matt Harmon. Toughest road Apache: Despite being the top-ranked team, the […]

  • Oklahoma high school football playoff picks

    Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Here’s a look at The Oklahoman high school writers’ picks for each class.

  • Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 2A bracket

    Scott Wright | Published: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Darkhorse Oklahoma Christian: Nobody expected the Saints to go undefeated with their grueling schedule, but they did. Now, not many expect them to win a second championship in three years, which would possibly include taking down favorite Davis. Best first-round matchup Millwood at Chisholm: It’s the second straight year Chisholm has hosted a playoff game […]

  • Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 5A bracket

    Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Team to watch Lawton MacArthur: Viewed by many opposing coaches as the best team in the class, Lawton MacArthur features a ton of talent around Louisiana-Monroe commitment Will Collins. The Highlanders’ defense, which is improved from teams of the past, will also factor into their run. Toughest road Deer Creek: The Antlers, fresh off upsetting […]

  • Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 4A bracket

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    A rash of injuries doesn’t keep Anadarko from being the favorite to win its second straight championship and third since 2011.

  • Casady falls to Episcopal School of Dallas in Southwest Preparatory Conference championship game

    COMPILED BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    From the opening play, things went bad for Casady. The Cyclones failed to tackle Episcopal School of Dallas receiver Winston Guillory and he scampered 83 yards for a score, setting off a string of touchdowns that proved insurmountable as the Cyclones fell to ESD 42-14 in the SPC championship game Saturday.

  • Vote: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    The regular season ended in a big way, especially with some impressive performances across the Oklahoma City metro. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance in Week 9. The weekly Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll for the Oklahoma City-area is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the […]




Jacob Unruh Today at 10:32 AM .@ScottWrightOK takes a good look at two unknown heroes for Douglass' football team #OKpreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Today at 10:03 AM Guide to No. 3 McAlester vs. No. 1 Lawton MacArthur LINK #OKPreps
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Jacob Unruh Today at 9:13 AM Guide to No. 4 Ardmore vs. No. 2 Skiatook LINK #OKPreps
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Jacob Unruh Wed, Nov. 26 2014 04:16:39 PM CST Washington football: Warriors' defensive switch has led to unprecedented results LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Nov. 26 2014 11:19:11 AM CST Carl Albert's Audrie LaValley commits to Oklahoma LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:05:54 AM CST Just confirmed that Carl Albert freshman softball player Audrie LaValley has verbally committed to #Sooners. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:30:06 PM CST Deer Creek's Wyatt Bradbury receives special honor LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:56:14 PM CST Kingfisher's offense opens up in Nick Smith's absence LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:56:13 PM CST Heritage Hall secondary on hot streak LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:26:19 PM CST Washington's Jarod Andrews wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:14:49 PM CST #OKPreps “@BerryTramel: Deer Creek runner an example of what a teammate should be LINK
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:14:15 PM CST RT @HHallFootball: Thanks to our friends @sf_wolves for letting us use their turf field to prepare for our QF game @ Beggs. #okpreps http:/…
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 02:38:15 PM CST RT @HSVarsity: Still time to vote in @TheOklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Poll closes at 4 p.m.: LINK #o…
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:28:18 PM CST Have you voted in the Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll? It closes at 4 p.m. #OKpreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 11:19:23 AM CST Great read: @JenniCarlson_OK on Crossings Christian's @agoldball & Christian Osterhout on football as family #OKpreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:57:04 AM CST Great stuff. “@SamGannon87: My story from tonight on Langston football player De'Von Bailey. LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Nov. 24 2014 07:26:03 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Choctaw's Jonah Llanusa recovering well from surgery LINK #okpreps