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: Austin Barnes succeeds wherever he's played on the field

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    He could be at second base. He could be at third base. But it’s likely he’ll be at catcher, the position he’s converted to full-time

  • OKC Dodgers split doubleheader with Omaha

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City is hitting the ball hard, but oftentimes it’s been right at people. That was the case at times Tuesday as the Dodgers split a doubleheader with Omaha in front of 9,553 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Oklahoma City dropped the opener 3-2 and won the finale 3-1 to win the four-games series 3-1. “We didn’t go out and bang the ball around by any means, but we came up with some timely hits when needed,” Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said. “If we start turning (the hard-hit balls) around a bit, we’ll open up some innings.” The Dodgers (15-5) closed out the day using a three-run third inning in which they only had one hit for the win.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers' Mike Thomas hopes order is restored in Baltimore

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Oklahoma City reliever Mike Thomas has been watching the rioting in Baltimore this week with an eye on his family. Thomas was born in Baltimore and raised nearby. He spoke following Tuesday’s doubleheader about the riots that broke out Monday following unrest regarding the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who died […]

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Timers speed up Dodgers games by 15 minutes

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    MLB implemented the timer in Triple A and Double A this season to begin ushering in a new era of baseball, one that’s faster and more fan friendly. The results of the initial phase are staggering for Oklahoma City.

  • Dodgers' Scott Baker named PCL Pitcher of the Week

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The Pacific Coast League honored an Oklahoma City Dodgers pitcher for the second straight week Monday, naming former Oklahoma State right-hander Scott Baker the Pitcher of the Week after he nearly threw a perfect game against Iowa. Baker came one out shy of a seven-inning perfect game last Monday in Iowa. Cubs prospect Addison Russell […]

  • Norman coach Scott Downard wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    With about 10 miles left to the finish line Sunday, Scott Downard’s breathing spasms nearly took over. Fortunately, he had his red and white inhaler with him every step of the way using it nearly every mile. And when the finish line came into view, he wasn’t about to take it for granted. A cramp […]

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Three marathons, three weeks — no problem

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Erik Horne and Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Larry Qualls of Durant had put some serious miles on his legs in a short period of time. Serious mileage as in three marathons in three weeks.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Camille Herron wins third marathon for women's division

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Herron finished the race in 2 hours, 54 minutes and 55 seconds, becoming the first ever runner to win the marathon three times. It’s also her 18th career marathon victory and fourth in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: Norman coach Scott Downard wins 15th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Downard cross the finish line at 2 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • Camille Herron wins Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for record third time

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Camille Herron and Conor Holt have turned the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon into a power struggle between family members. Herron now has firm control. She won the annual marathon for the second straight year and third time overall Sunday, giving her and her husband a total of five titles and both course records in the […]

  • Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon review

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Review the full transcript from Sunday's coverage of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

  • High school baseball: A look at some notable former MLB and minor league players across the metro who are coaches

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A growing trend A growing trend is happening across the Oklahoma City metro with former professional baseball players becoming coaches of high school baseball teams. Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn, who is from Del City, is the most recent to return, taking over the program at Washington. Here’s a look at some other notable former MLB and minor league players across the metro: Brian Aylor, Norman North Aylor is another former standout at Midwest City and OSU. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent four seasons in the organization before an injury derailed his career. He’s been the coach at Norman North since 2005.

  • High school baseball: Former MLB pitcher Nick Blackburn giving back to baseball

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Nick Blackburn has gone from the rotation for the Minnesota Twins to high school baseball coach at Washington High School, choosing to give back to the game he is likely no longer able to play due to a surgically-repaired knee but from which he can’t entirely let go.

  • High school notebook: Northwest Classen's Tyritta Dixon signs with Brown Mackie

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Dixon signed her National Letter of Intent at Northwest Classen on Friday with Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan., to play basketball, adding another positive step in her journey from homelessness.

  • Reports have Los Angeles Dodgers promoting Scott Baker or Joe Wieland

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Confusion may be the only way to describe who will start Sunday for the Los Angeles Dodgers — Scott Baker or Joe Wieland. A report from the Orange County Register has the organization promoting Baker to start in San Diego. The Los Angeles Times reports it will be Joe Wieland and an early indicator could […]

  • Northwest Classen's Tyritta Dixon signs with Brown Mackie College

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The journey Tyritta Dixon will continue at the collegiate level. Dixon signed her National Letter of Intent at Northwest Classen on Friday with Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan., to play basketball, adding another positive step in her journey from homelessness. “I feel like this is just another step of me becoming a great person […]

  • Dodgers release Freddy Garcia among flurry of moves

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Freddy Garcia experiment is over. The Los Angeles Dodgers released the veteran right-hander Tuesday among a series of moves that put on display the organization’s depth. Garcia pitched in four games for Oklahoma City, allowing six earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Most of his appearances came from the bullpen and he was effective […]

  • High schools: John Marshall's Lenard Leviston III had a major impact on C.J. Davis

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Davis would turn away from unhealthy foods, telling his mother Lisa Roberts he couldn’t partake simply because Leviston — the Bears’ star quarterback — said otherwise.

  • High school notebook: Colorado the latest to extend offer Del City's Terry Wilson

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program.

  • High School Athletes of the Week: Shawnee's Malique Lytle, Dibble's Brooke James among week's best

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Lytle won the 800 in a pair of the week’s biggest events, OU’s John Jacobs Invitational and the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist.




Jacob Unruh Today at 4:08 PM @jjhelsley ha! Ashley disagrees
Jacob Unruh Today at 4:08 PM @michaelswisher so far so good.
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:33 PM My first IKEA trip. I have no idea what ashleyrkeeling is getting me in to. https://t.co/Wx5aBMg8Xo
Jacob Unruh Today at 11:59 AM boulevardbeer was everything I dreamed of! https://t.co/cS70l2VSVm
Jacob Unruh Today at 9:29 AM We made it to boulevardbeer! https://t.co/A36RP3ws3I
Jacob Unruh Today at 8:45 AM This is incredible. Take a few minutes and read this. https://t.co/8MR0hxIbYR
Jacob Unruh Sat, May. 23 2015 08:55:12 PM CST @BenJohnsonTUL no, just breweries and food tomorrow.
Jacob Unruh Sat, May. 23 2015 08:44:05 PM CST @BenJohnsonTUL yeah, we just bailed.
Jacob Unruh Sat, May. 23 2015 08:37:49 PM CST Of course the rain follows me and ruins the game. It's just like state tournaments.
Jacob Unruh Sat, May. 23 2015 04:17:48 PM CST I'm a little divided for this game. I enjoy both teams and Ashley is a Cardinals fan. https://t.co/7ZN3U93rWz
Jacob Unruh Sat, May. 23 2015 03:45:09 PM CST Hello, I-70 Series. https://t.co/tRigEoNKB6
Jacob Unruh Fri, May. 22 2015 03:39:02 PM CST First stop in Kansas City is @martincitybrew. Totally worth every penny. Great beer and pizza.
Jacob Unruh Thu, May. 21 2015 06:44:03 PM CST My sister graduates high school tonight at Caney Valley. She's also valedictorian and way smarter… https://t.co/vjWkrAAkvt
Jacob Unruh Thu, May. 21 2015 04:35:49 PM CST @OKenergybeat oh man. She's a long way from that, fortunately. I'm not ready to be in my 50s.
Jacob Unruh Thu, May. 21 2015 04:34:15 PM CST My sister graduates high school tonight at Caney Valley. I'm incredibly proud of her, but also feeling a tad old.
Jacob Unruh Thu, May. 21 2015 10:15:34 AM CST This is great. https://t.co/2eNpMok68v
Jacob Unruh Wed, May. 20 2015 11:47:50 PM CST @ericwbolin man ... My vacation isn't off to a great start already. Adding that doesn't sound like an improvement
Jacob Unruh Wed, May. 20 2015 11:45:37 PM CST Haha! Um, no. I'm already in town for graduation. Tomorrow will be interesting. https://t.co/xQosF5nWLv
Jacob Unruh Wed, May. 20 2015 11:43:30 PM CST Congrats to Adalyn, my sister! https://t.co/8lmpTlBbtR
Jacob Unruh Wed, May. 20 2015 08:12:06 PM CST High school notebook: Little All-City basketball games set for Wednesday LINK #OKPreps

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