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 pitcher Ryan Buchter developing into a reliable reliever

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Ryan Buchter watched his parents work blue-collar jobs nearly every day of his childhood only to find himself bringing that same attitude to the mound. A 6-foot-3 left-hander armed with an overpowering fastball, Buchter has turned into the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ most reliable reliever with a 0.67 ERA in 21 appearances. He credits his upbringing, where players play in shortened seasons because of the cold weather and a lot of families are blue collar. “I think that’s the mentality that I like to have in this game,” Buchter said. “I always say to these guys, ‘You’d never last in New Jersey,’ because it’s not an easy life.

  • OKC Dodgers place Cuban infielder Hector Olivera on DL

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Cuban infielder Hector Olivera's tenure with the Oklahoma City Dodgers has been placed on hold. The organization placed Olivera on the 7-day disabled list Tuesday retroactive to Sunday and he returned to the Dodgers' spring training facility in Arizona. Olivera injured his hamstring during Saturday night's game while running on a groundout in the sixth inning. He was batting .387 in seven games with the Dodgers. On Friday, he fell a double shy of the cycle and said after the game he felt ready for the majors. No timetable has been set on his recovery.

  • OSSAA issues statement regarding prayer policy

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the recent update of its policy regarding prayer at events. The OSSAA's policy does not allow public prayer to be offered over the public address system at OSSAA playoff or championship events. The policy was adopted in 1992 by the organization. Earlier this month, the organization's board of directors updated the policy but did not change the meaning, but some did not view it that way. Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said he believes the OSSAA should allow prayer at playoff events.

  • OKC Dodgers' Scott Schebler named PCL Player of the Week

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Oklahoma City Dodgers outfielder Scott Schebler was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week on M0nday following a strong six-game stretch. Schebler reached base safely in all six games and batted .579. He drove in eight runs behind 11 hits and three walks. He was also hit by a pitch twice. He finished the week with a .640 on-base percentage and 1.535 OPS. The 24-year-old outfielder had a walk-off home run and the game-tying single in Thursday's win over Memphis. I wrote over the weekend about how a quick trip to Los Angeles restored his confidence. You can read that here. Also, former Oklahoma City RedHawj Asher Wojciechowski was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He had a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings for

  • OKC Dodgers to hold moment of silence for Bob Barry Jr.

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers will hold a moment of silence before Sunday's game for Bob Barry Jr., the longtime KFOR-TV sportscaster who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash.  The Dodgers will hold the moment of silence at 6 p.m. before they host the Memphis Redbirds at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.  The organization also released the following statement Sunday morning: “The Oklahoma City Dodgers were stunned and saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely passing of Bob Barry, Jr. Bob was a pillar of the Oklahoma City sports community, and his devotion to covering sports throughout the state was unmatched. We will miss seeing him at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, but his spirit will always be

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Hector Olivera finishes double shy of cycle in 6-3 win over Memphis

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND JOHN WALKER | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    With each at-bat, Cuban infielder Hector Olivera looks more and more like a major leaguer.

  • OKC Dodgers: Scott Schebler has restored confidence following brief promotion

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Scott Schebler's mom, Deb, didn't get the chance to see her son play in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago. That's because Schebler was only in the major leagues for one day. While Deb's flight was landing in Los Angeles the day after her son's major league debut, Schebler was already back on a flight returning to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Schebler's call-up was just one day because the Dodgers activated Yasiel Puig from the disabled list the next day. “(My family) has seen me play a million times, .... never at that stage,” Schebler said. “They were all watching (on television). It would have been nice to have them there, but then again they got to see it so it’s fine.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Scott Schebler hits walk-off home run in win over Memphis

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND JOHN WALKER | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Nearly the entire season, Oklahoma City outfielder Scott Schebler hit eighth in the Dodgers’ lineup, but Thursday night he found himself hitting cleanup. It turned out to be a brilliant move by manager Damon Berryhill as Schebler provided the game-tying hit and walk-off home run in Oklahoma City’s 6-5 comeback against Memphis at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. “He must have known something we didn’t know,” Schebler said. “I would say I feel like I’ve been putting good at bats together, and I think finally it showed a little bit tonight.” Schebler hit the first pitch from Memphis’ Tyler Waldron into the left-field Budweiser Deck with two outs in the ninth. It was his ninth homer of the year and third in

  • OKC Dodgers: Cuban infielder Hector Olivera’s journey to majors takes him through OKC

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Hector Olivera didn’t quite grimace when asked what the journey from Cuba was like, but he was close. “The journey from Cuba to where I went first to Haiti was very dangerous, but thank God I’m here right now,” Olivera said through a translator. Olivera played his fifth game with Oklahoma City on Thursday and just 11th in America as he continued his journey from Cuba to Major League Baseball after more than one year away from baseball. He’s traveled from Cuba to Haiti to the Dominican Republic to Arizona to Oklahoma in just a few months, a daunting trip for anybody, especially for someone who initially left his family behind. “I’m so grateful for the Dodgers for signing me, and I did everything I can

  • OKC Dodgers hitting coach Franklin Stubbs named to PCL All-Star staff

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Oklahoma City Dodgers hitting coach Franklin Stubbs has been named the Pacific Coast League hitting coach for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Stubbs has been Los Angeles' Triple-A hitting coach for three seasons. A former first baseman and outfielder for Los Angeles has been a coach with the organization for seven seasons. Stubbs will join Omaha manager Brian Poldberg and Colorado Springs pitching coach Fred Dabney on the PCL All-Star staff. The game is scheduled for July 15 at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb.

  • Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions

    By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports

  • Oklahoma's Ty Darlington ready to cast aside distractions

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.

  • Connor McGinnis meets Barry Switzer; working on throwing motion

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis had a chance to meet legendary coach Barry Switzer and was surprised to learn Switzer remembered him from a high school game two years ago. “That was really cool,” McGinnis said. “He said a few really nice things about me. I guess he came to watch one of our games — the Casady game two years ago. “Just the fact that he came and he took his time to come out and watch one of our games and to remember me two years later that means a lot.” McGinnis is a 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback who is walking on for the Sooners. He was honored at a luncheon Tuesday as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year and also a runner-up in The Oklahoman’s

  • All-City boys soccer: Breaking down the first team

    BY JACOB UNRURH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    CARSON CACCIATORE, NORMAN NORTH Class: Senior Position: Forward The story: Cacciatore was huge for Norman North’s Class 6A title run, scoring a total of 13 goals and dishing out 12 assists. He has signed with Central Arkansas.   JACOB JERLES, NORMAN NORTH Class: Senior Position: Forward The story: Another Central Arkansas signee for the Timberwolves, Jerles was spectacular in the postseason. He scored a goal in each game. He finished the year with 20 goals and four assists.

  • All-City boys soccer roster

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    FIRST TEAM F: Carson Cacciatore, Sr., Norman North F: Jacob Jerles, Sr., Norman North F: Garrett McLaughlin, Jr., Heritage Hall F: Matt Puig, Jr., Deer Creek MF: Jesus Andrade, Sr., Santa Fe South MF: Matthew McLaughlin, Sr., Heritage Hall MF: Tristan Tippeconnic, Sr., Edmond Memorial D: Lamar Batista, Jr., Heritage Hall D: Matthew Lepak, Sr., Deer Creek D: Myles Moore, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe G: Austen Parker, Sr.

  • All-City boys soccer: Heritage Hall's Garrett McLaughlin was most dynamic scorer on talented team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Garrett McLaughlin is quick to point to his teammates when asked about his 30 goals this spring. “My teammates are really to credit because they just set me up for easy finishes, tap-ins,” McLaughlin said. The junior was part of a talented Heritage Hall team that finished as the Class 5A state runner-up after winning two straight titles. He scored a whopping 30 goals and dished out 14 assists, showing why he is The Oklahoman’s All-City Soccer Player of the Year. “There’s really no key,” McLaughlin said. “You just need to be in the right place, the right movement and I guess you’ve got to be good at finishing. That’s

  • All-City girls soccer roster

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    FIRST TEAM F: Laramie Hall, Jr., Edmond Memorial F: Baillie Miller, Sr., Heritage Hall F: Haley Woodard, Sr., Norman North MF: Lauren Haivala, Jr., Deer Creek MF: Jaci Jones, Jr., Mustang MF: Luka Joyner, Sr., Norman North MF: Morgan Meacham, Jr., Heritage Hall D: Madi Motil, Sr., Deer Creek D: Yazmeen Ryan, So., Norman North D: Lauren Smitherman, Jr., Heritage Hall G: Brandi Hutchison, Sr.

  • All-City girls soccer: Breaking down the first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    LARAMIE HALL, EDMOND MEMORIAL Class: Junior Position: Forward The story: A talented scorer, Hall finished with 18 goals on the season while leading Edmond Memorial into the second round of the postseason. She has verbally committed to Kansas State.   BAILLIE MILLER, HERITAGE HALL Class: Senior Position: Forward The story: Miller was incredible her entire career, especially her senior season with 30 goals and 14 assists. She holds the school record for career goals with 114.

  • All-City soccer: Norman North's Haley Woodard thrived as a one-sport athlete

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    NORMAN -- Haley Woodard had the senior year she always dreamed of, and it wasn’t just on the soccer field. She gave up a few things she loved — basketball and track — to become a normal student. She enjoyed time with friends. She took pictures. She joined student sections at games. “I just had so much more free time,” Woodard said. “It was actually really refreshing.” Woodard was still dominant on the field, leading a talent-heavy Norman North team into the postseason to earn The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Soccer Player of the Year honors.

  • All-State baseball: Breaking down the first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: Zangari followed the footsteps of some great Carl Albert players, becoming the team leader during a state runner-up finish. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs, including a masterful state tournament that saw three homers. He had signed with Oklahoma State, but instead has chosen to begin his professional career with the Chicago White Sox.




Jacob Unruh Today at 10:30 AM Former RedHawk made history last night. Also, he remains @ash_rk's favorite OKC player. https://t.co/uXvU8374cS
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:19 AM Hey @music_a_l_, check this out. A lot of great advice for you to cover the next year and beyond. https://t.co/0pxLEsOL7Z
Jacob Unruh Sun, Aug. 02 2015 06:28:34 PM CST District 6A-I-1 preview: Edmond Memorial working to replace Wand http://t.co/TqZSV33YcU #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sun, Aug. 02 2015 03:47:44 PM CST RT @azfreedman: New Orleans starting pitcher Blake Logan hails from Roff, Okla. Essentially the entire town is on hand to watch him today.
Jacob Unruh Sun, Aug. 02 2015 12:29:38 AM CST Periscope is great. Saw all 35 seconds.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 01 2015 02:44:37 PM CST @ColinDeaver you could tell he was slowing things down and not getting too amped up. So fun to watch.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 01 2015 02:42:24 PM CST @ColinDeaver 10 pitches from Holland as a pinch hitter is just impressive. Tulo only pinch hit 18 times before that too.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 01 2015 02:34:18 PM CST Incredible at-bat by Tulo against Greg Holland.
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 31 2015 07:08:08 PM CST RT @kikehndez: Always good catching up with former teammates #Marlins #Dodgers #TradeBuddies http://t.co/kUrJqdiOJS
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 31 2015 05:17:33 PM CST Breaking down Oklahoma players involved in MLB trade deadline http://t.co/UioSBuT4rR #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 31 2015 04:39:02 PM CST WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?! This isn't fantasy baseball. https://t.co/0HYxgSRTQ8
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 31 2015 02:21:51 PM CST RT @cowboyvoice: Prayer POSSE you did it... Pet scan showed no cancer!! I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB #blessed #downgoescancer http://t.c
Jacob Unruh Fri, Jul. 31 2015 01:21:55 PM CST Didn't Cliff Lee's wife think Philly traffic was better than DFW's? https://t.co/MX8jTA8XB0
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:56 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Del City heading east in Class 5A districts for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/I8vcxlzl5e #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:54 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Geography favored in Class 6A Division II districts for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/O21YFeT7cR #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:52 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Class 6A Division I districts set for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/kVdDChfFUH #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 10:55:16 PM CST All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback http://t.co/wCqulgZert #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 10:10:36 PM CST All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center http://t.co/IatHGGSkIs #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:38:42 PM CST West wins large-school game 88-59. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:19:24 PM CST Three-point play by Norman North's Tia Williams gives West a 56-46 lead after three quarters. #OKPreps

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