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.

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  • Putnam City High School denied appeal to host playoff events

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Putnam City High School athletic director A.D. Burtschi lost an emphatic plea to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors on Wednesday to reverse a rule that leaves the Pirates ineligible to host any playoff event. An administrator from Putnam City failed to attend one of the OSSAA’s mandatory eligibility workshops this summer. By rule, the school is not allowed to host a playoff contest. “I understand that there needs to be consequences,” Burtschi told the board. “At the end of the day, I ask for those consequences to be on me.” The appeal was ultimately denied 11-1 by the board. Putnam City was 1 of 16 schools to break the rule this year, a number that was more than

  • High School Athletes of the Week

    By Trent Shadid, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Boys cross country Malique Lytle, Shawnee The senior was first in the boys varsity 5K at the Putnam City West Invitational last Friday with a time of 16:03.45. Girls cross country Ashton England, Deer Creek England, only a sophomore, helped lead a strong Deer Creek team to a win at the Desert Hills Classic in Piedmont with a first-place finish in the girls 5K. Volleyball Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe The 6-foot-1 senior helped Edmond Santa Fe remain unbeaten through five tough matches at the Wolves’ own tournament, the Heather Harkness Invitational, last weekend. She had 52 kills in the tournament and was named Most Valuable Player.

  • High school notebook: Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game featured in series

    BY TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36 different states. The winner will receive a trophy, presented by the Marines, and the Most Valuable Player of the game along with the top student-athlete from each school will also be recognized. The series has also teamed up with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to help educate teens on the dangers of texting and driving.

  • Blanchard's Kanon Kirchner wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    An early deficit in The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll didn’t deter fans in Blanchard. They rallied Tuesday to name Lions quarterback Kanon Kirchner the Week 1 player of the week 544 of the 1,578 votes. Kirchner had three touchdown passes and rushed for more than 100 yards to lift the Lions […]

  • Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore honored by Conference USA

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore was honored by Conference USA on Monday after tying a North Texas University record and nearly setting an NCAA freshman record. Moore made five field goals, which tied North Texas’ record for field goals in one game and fell one shy of breaking the NCAA record for total field […]

  • High school notebook: Blanchard used scrimmage against Kingfisher to prepare for Tuttle

    BY TRENT SHADID AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Blanchard’s Aug. 28 scrimmage with Kingfisher was billed as a competitive rematch of the past two Class 3A title games. The scrimmage served as a wake-up call for Blanchard, and the Lions refocused for an impressive 39-27 win over Class 4A Tuttle last Friday.

  • Southmoore's Serithia Hawkins commits to Houston

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    One of the state’s top girls basketball players determined where she will play basketball following next season. Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins verbally committed to Houston over the weekend, her coach Britney Kannady-Sayes confirmed to The Oklahoman via text message. Hawkins missed the majority of last season with an elbow injury, but averaged 19.2 points per game […]

  • Bishop McGuinness files lawsuit against OSSAA

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    PRIVATE SCHOOLS — Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Seconday School Activities Association regarding rules governing private schools, their success rate and their classification.

  • High school football notebook: Moore's Josh Detweiler impressive in first start

    BY TRENT SHADID, SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20.

  • Jenks-Tulsa Union tops list of Week 2's top 10 high school football games

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Here are The Oklahoman’s picks for the top 10 games of Week 2 of the high school football season: No. 1: Jenks (1-0) at Tulsa Union (0-1) No. 2: Lawton MacArthur (1-0) at Lawton (1-0) No. 3: Millwood (1-0) at Douglass (1-0), 1 p.m. Saturday No. 4: Midwest City (0-1) at Carl Albert (1-0) No. 5: Edmond Memorial (1-0) at Edmond North (1-0) No. 6: Kingfisher (1-0) at Hennessey (1-0) No. 7: Pryor (1-0) at Wagoner (1-0) No. 8: Clinton (0-1) at Heritage Hall (1-0) No. 9: Oklahoma Christian (1-0) at Metro Christian (1-0) No. 10: Idabel (1-0) at Broken Bow (1-0) *-All games Friday unless noted.

  • Why Newcastle's sharp performance against Pauls Valley could be a sign of good things to come

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Newcastle plays rival Tuttle this week in a chance to really show what it can do on offense as it moves to Class 4A. The Racers’ offense is highly regarded with talented players like Freeman and running back Zach Bergt who went on the national 7-on-7 circuit this summer.

  • Keats Calhoon leads Victory Christian past Jones

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Keats Calhoon, a junior who is regarded as one of the state’s top passers, completed 18 of 26 passes and threw a touchdown. He also rushed for one that sealed the game with 3:26 remaining.

  • Prep notebook: Children's Center Bowl between Bethany, Marlow sets fundraising record

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The fifth-annual Children’s Center Bowl turned out to be the best so far. In addition to the competitive game, with Bethany defeating Marlow 32-26 Friday night at SNU/Bethany Stadium, the game raised $12,715.51 for The Children’s Center, the most raised in the five-year history of the game. The money was raised by each school competing in a Penny War throughout the week, to go along with other donations at the stadium during the game. The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany is a private, nonprofit pediatric hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities. Patients from the hospital were in attendance Friday night, taking part in the pregame coin toss, the halftime

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

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The high school football season opened with some strong performances across the Oklahoma City metro, with six highlighting this week’s top performances. Fans now have a chance to make their voice heard about who had the top performance. The weekly Oklahoma City-area Player of the Week fan poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one […]

  • Anadarko defense shines in win over Chickasha

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Anadarko coach Kent Jackson isn’t taking the Warriors’ sixth straight win over Chickasha for granted. “When I was a senior that was the 10th year in a row that Chickasha had beat us,” Jackson said while pointing out the streak reached 13 straight before 2007. “The overall series is lopsided to say the least.” But […]

  • Stephen McCLernon leads game-winning drive as Edmond North defeats Edmond Santa Fe

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Stephen McClernon led the game-winning drive for Edmond North in the final minute Friday night to upset No. 7-ranked rival Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 at Wantland Stadium.

  • Live Coverage: High School Football Friday, Week 1

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    The Oklahoman's staff and others provide up-to-date coverage of Friday's Week 1 high school football games.

  • Guide to Edlam: No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe at Edmond North

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N. University Drive 2013 records: Edmond Santa Fe 6-5; Edmond North 7-5 Last meeting: Edmond Santa Fe 38, Edmond North 31, 2OT — Quarterback Justice Hansen was at the top of his game, accounting for four touchdowns. Running back Ke’Marrie Carter-Hartfield scored the winning TD in double […]

  • Guide to Class 5A No. 10 Deer Creek at Class 6A-II No. 6 Stillwater

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Pioneer Stadium 2013 records: Deer Creek 6-5; Stillwater 2-8 Players to watch: Deer Creek — Tony Rayburn, WR/DB. The Antlers have their hands full in the secondary against the Pioneers and quarterback Braxton Noble, and Rayburn’s play will be huge along with Kyle Sander and Bryson Bowers. Stillwater — Brandon […]

  • Guide to Duncan at No. 4 Guthrie

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Jelsma Stadium, 108 E. Harrison 2013 records: Duncan 3-6; Guthrie 14-0 Last meeting: Guthrie 46, Duncan 6 — Guthrie started its season-long dominance with a rout behind Kai Callins and a stout defense, leaving Duncan with little answer. Players to watch: Duncan — Mason Hightower, QB. The senior won the […]




Jacob Unruh Today at 6:19 PM Piedmont's Lucas Richert to play this week against Deer Creek LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 5:44 PM RT @mcnutt_bryan: @okhsscores @jacobunruh @OSSAAOnline @oksportsexpress Idabel 3 Antlers 0 first game of 3A Fastpitch softball.
Jacob Unruh Today at 5:42 PM Jones' Ty Hughes named The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:55 PM Casady running back/safety Gary Woods is walking around in a boot. Says it's precautionary and will practice today. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:52 PM Casady's Josh Wariboko-Alali just arrived looking sharp to receive his Under Armour All-America jersey. #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:38 PM Heritage Hall learns lesson in loss to Davis LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:14 PM Just 45 minutes remain to vote in the Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. #OKPreps LINK
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Jacob Unruh Today at 11:00 AM There's only five hours left to vote in the Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Hurry and vote! #OKPreps LINK
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Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 11:35:09 PM CST Half hour into Gotham and we've met Catwoman, The Joker, Penguin and Poison Ivy. Awesome.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 10:40:04 PM CST RT @Shadid13: Westmoore's Bryson Lee (@brysonmlee) is our Player of the Week. Here's the story on his progression as a QB: LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 07:23:15 PM CST High school notebook: Edmond North loses QB Stephen McClernon LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 07:13:04 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Kingfisher's Kaden Jackson verbally commits to Wyoming LINK #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 12:03:24 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: The Oklahoman's Class 4A rankings: Fort Gibson on the rise LINK #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 11:29:34 AM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: The Oklahoman's Class 5A rankings: A new No. 1, and McGuinness enters the poll LINK #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 10:18:49 AM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: The Oklahoman's Class 6A-II rankings: Stillwater moves up, Ponca City moves in LINK #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 22 2014 10:18:47 AM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Owasso, Westmoore make statements, Putnam City North debuts in poll LINK