Jacob Unruh

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.

Top Stories

  • MLB Draft: Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley trims down as draft stock rises

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Once a 270-pound kid limited to first base, LaValley has turned into a 6-foot-3, 220-pound hard hitting corner infielder who is likely to be the highest pick from Oklahoma in this weekend’s MLB First-Year Player Draft that begins Thursday night at 6.

  • OCA All-State baseball rosters set

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters and details of the annual All-State baseball game Monday morning. The games are set for Tuesday, July 29, at Oral Roberts University. The small schools begin the day at 4:30 p.m., with the large schools set to follow at 7 p.m. Here’s the complete look at the rosters: […]

  • High school notebook: Faith 7 game set for Saturday at OBU; J.T. Realmuto called up to Marlins

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    Six Division I players highlight the Oklahoma roster this season, led by Oklahoman Super 5 selections Omega Harris and Mitchell Solomon.

  • High school football: New coach, same formula for Guthrie

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    After winning the Class 5A football championship, the Bluejays have gone through changes on the field with a massive group of seniors graduating and a coaching change. Still, things are close to the same under new coach Kelly Beeby, and that was evident during the spring practice period.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Game 6

    staff reports | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Here’s what folks are saying about the Thunder’s season-ending Game 6 loss to San Antonio.

  • WCWS notebook: OU's Callie Parsons enters history book

    By Scott Wright, Trent Shadid, and Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Before Saturday, there had only been one in-the-park homer in the WCWS, by UCLA’s Andrea Duran against Texas on June 3, 2006. Now Oklahoma center fielder Callie Parsons has added her name to the list.

  • WCWS: Baylor eliminates Florida State

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Heather Sterns threw nearly five innings Saturday and got plenty of run support from the Bears’ previously dormant offense in a 7-2 victory over Florida State in the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

  • High school football: Deer Creek's new addition Clayton Sims competing for quarterback job

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Sims threw for more than 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore at Jones last season.

  • Collected Wisdom: Van Shea Iven, owner and host of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express

    INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    The Oklahoma High School Sports Express ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox.

  • Women's College World Series: Facemask just part of the uniform for Kentucky pitcher Kelsey Nunley

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Now on the national stage at the Women’s College World Series, Nunley is the perfect example of the movement to protect pitchers in both softball and baseball. And she hopes she can jumpstart the movement.

  • High school basketball: East sweeps boys and girls All-City games

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Some of the city’s star players had a chance to play with — and against — each other.

  • NCAA: Women's College World Series to stay in Oklahoma City

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    The NCAA announced Thursday morning a long-term agreement that will keep Oklahoma City as the top destination for softball. The Women’s College World Series will remain at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium through 2020 and likely through 2035, becoming the third long-term agreement the NCAA has with a city to host a championship event. “I think Oklahoma City is the mecca of softball and it stands certainly on its own two feet,” NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances Mark Lewis said. “What we do in Omaha for the College World Series in Division and what we do here for Division I Women’s College World Series, they’re our longest standing agreements. When you look at the nature of the event, baseball and

  • High school notebook: Chauncey Collins scores 45 points in Little All-City game

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City Storm star Chauncey Collins had one more dazzling performance in a high school uniform saved up. The TCU signee and The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year scored 45 points and ended his high school career with a demonstrative dunk in a 108-102 West victory over East in the Little All-City game at Redlands Community College in El Reno. “My last home school game for the national championship I had 56, and this game it felt great to have 45,” Collins said. “Getting coached by my coach (Kurt Talbott) one last time, I wanted to send him out with a bang as well as myself.” The final play came on a free throw with 5.1 seconds remaining in the game. Collins tossed the ball off the backboard and flew

  • WCWS notebook: OU'S Shelby Pendley among first-team All-Americans

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH, and TRENT SHADID | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Pendley among first-team All-Americans Fifty-four players from 32 schools were selected to the first three teams of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America teams released Wednesday. Oklahoma third baseman Shelby Pendley was a first-team selection and first baseman Lauren Chamberlain was named to the third team. Tulsa shortstop Jill Barrett was a second-team choice and pitcher Aimee Creger was on the third team. In all, nine first-team selections were from teams competing in the Women’s College World Series, set to begin Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. OU coach Patty Gasso thinks Pendley will be a different player in her second WCWS. The coach saw Pendley putting some added pressure on

  • Mount St. Mary names Nichole Copeland girls basketball coach

    jacob unruh | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    After a three-year stint at Norman, Nichole Copeland was named the Mount St. Mary girls basketball coach Wednesday. “This is an exciting moment for the Mount St. Mary girls basketball program and we are proud to welcome Coach Copeland as part of our Rocket family,” principal Talita DeNegri said in a release from the school. […]

  • Choctaw baseball coach Mark Craft retires

    jacob unruh | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    For the first time in 27 years, Choctaw is looking for a new baseball coach. Last week longtime coach Mark Craft announced his retirement at the school’s sports banquet, ending a run that began in 1987. “I was only with him for nine months, but I know he’s been here, been to the state tournament […]

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley wins Gatorade baseball award

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, collected 19 home runs and 75 RBIs this season while helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A championship.

  • Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley named Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year

    jacob unruh | Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Carl Albert senior Gavin LaValley was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday, becoming a finalist for national player of the year honors. LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, hit 19 home runs and drove in 75 runs this season helping the Titans win their third straight Class […]

  • High schools: Mason Overstreet, Lexi Armon win Oklahoma's Best Classic

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Mon, May 26, 2014

    The golf gathering was open to players who finished in the top 15 at the high school state tournaments.

  • Casady's Josh Wariboko-Alali enjoying recruiting process

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    After de-committing in April from his verbal commitment to Oklahoma, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman said the Sooners are still in the mix but he will have a better idea of his top choices after making official visits.

Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:46:31 PM CST @Rusty_Olson I'm for it. Let's get #WeirdBaseball soon.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:42:51 PM CST Well, I wanted to see 14 innings.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:18:25 PM CST The Band Perry 1, Yankees 0.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:11:57 PM CST Adrian Beltre, you beautiful defender you.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:10:31 PM CST Did the Rangers trade Soria and not tell anybody? No reason Scott Baker should be in right now.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 07:56:47 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Super 30: Dahu Green dominated his JR yr. Now he's taller & stronger (via @Shadid13): LINK #okpreps htt…
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 07:20:56 PM CST @Drap11 tell me about it!
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:23:42 PM CST @Drap11 it just uncovered the problem. Not a result.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 05:52:45 PM CST I absolutely love the new Blackhawk album.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 04:21:09 PM CST Buying a house is fun ... until plumbing and HVAC go wrong. #ThisSucks
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:15:51 AM CST @BenJohnsonTDP hope so, man.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 10:32:24 PM CST @BenJohnsonTDP @alicia_gowdy Good luck and congrats!
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:45:36 PM CST @jonogreco13 Yeah, should be lots of runs. Or it'll be 1-0.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:43:46 PM CST @jonogreco13 That's more than likely correct.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 08:27:18 PM CST @jonogreco13 This is no longer bad baseball ...
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:57:10 PM CST RT @azfreedman: Austin Wates stays hot with a grand slam to tie the game 5-5. His first HR since April 7. First GS by OKC since Springer di…
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:34:07 PM CST @jonogreco13 Haha, that's fair.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 06:00:52 PM CST RT @Shadid13: #OKState QB commit John Kolar (@john_kolar7) of Norman North is No. 6 in The Oklahoman's recruiting rankings... LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:35:20 AM CST My wife has been wanting to re-tile our guest shower since we bought the house. Today, she started. I'm nervous as she tears the wall apart.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:32:02 AM CST RT @ryaber: If you’re an OSU fan (or want to keep up w/ the Cowboys), be sure to follow @kylefredrickson, making his debut as our OSU beat …