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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  • Oklahoman 2013-14 All-City girls soccer first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    GIA NELLIUS, EDMOND NORTH Class: Sophomore Position: Forward The story: Nellius had a breakout season, scoring 18 goals with four assists to help the Huskies reach the Class 6A state quarterfinals. PLAYER OF THE YEAR MIKAYLA LOWERY, DEER CREEK Class: Senior Position: Forward The story: The Oklahoma Baptist signee was electric, scoring 19 goals to go along with eight assists. She had two goals and an assist in the Class 5A title game to help the Antlers win their third straight championship. BROOKLYN SPEIS, CARL ALBERT Class: Sophomore Position: Forward The story: Led the Titans to their second straight Class 5A championship match with 21 goals in a breakout season.

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley signs with Cincinnati Reds

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    LaValley signs with Reds Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn't go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped. The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He earlier had signed to play baseball at OU. The state's Gatorade Player of the Year confirmed via text message Tuesday that he had already reported to the Reds days after telling MLB.com he intended to sign with the team. MLB.com reports that LaValley signed for $525,000, well over the slot assignment of $411,900. He hit .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs last season. The Reds picked him at No. 125 overall.

  • The Oklahoman's All-City girls tennis first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR JORDAN HENRY, SOUTHMOORE Class: Junior Position: No. 1 singles The story: Henry was spectacular this season, losing only twice en route to a Class 6A runner-up finish. She dealt eventual champion and Southern California signee Madison Westby of Tulsa Kelley her lone loss of the season in regionals before losing the rematch. KAT ALLEN, HERITAGE HALL Class: Junior Position: No. 1 singles The story: Topped Deer Creek’s Kelsi Williams for third place in Class 5A, while helping the Chargers to a third place finish in the team scoring. KELSI WILLIAMS, DEER CREEK Class: Senior Position: No.

  • Gavin LaValley signs with Cincinnati Reds

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn’t go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped. The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year confirmed via text […]

  • The Oklahoman's All-City Girls Tennis teams

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    FIRST TEAM No. 1 singles: Jordan Henry, Jr., Southmoore No. 1 singles: Kat Allen, Jr., Heritage Hall No. 1 singles: Kelsi Williams, Sr., Deer Creek No. 2 singles: Jaci Smith, Jr., Edmond North No. 2 doubles: Katie Liszewski, Jr., Edmond North No. 2 doubles: Hayley Morgan, Fr., Edmond North Player of the Year: Jordan Henry, Southmoore Coach of the Year: DeeAnn Wallar, Edmond North SECOND TEAM No. 2 singles: Kaitlyn Huelskamp, Sr., McGuinness No. 1 doubles: Libby Hillis, Sr., Edmond North No. 1 doubles: Rylee Tucker, So., Edmond North No. 2 singles: Erin Holsted, Jr., Heritage Hall No. 2 doubles: Rachel Ngo, Sr., Mount St. Mary No. 2 doubles: Peggy

  • High schools: Westmoore's Destinie Lookout took game to a new level

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    This season, she had a batting average mostly seen in video games at .732, while hitting 31 home runs and driving in 86 to earn The Oklahoman’s All-City Player of the Year honors.

  • High schools: All-City slowpitch softball roster

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    First team P: Destinie Lookout, Sr., Westmoore C: Allison Wells, Sr., Washington IF: Rachel Copus, Sr., Southmoore IF: Bry Flanagan, Jr., Bethel IF: Brece Hamman, Sr., Purcell IF: Arielle James, So., Southmoore OF: Katelyn Brown, Sr., Southmoore OF: Jaelin Flewallen, Sr., Dale OF: Caitlin Hall, Sr., Moore OF: Rylee Steward, Jr., Bethel Player of the Year: Destinie Lookout, Sr., Westmoore Coach of the Year: Jason Lingo, Southmoore Second team P: Chastyn Spruill, Jr., Chandler C: Annie Waters, So., Davenport IF: Hilary Babbit, Sr., Tecumseh IF: Halle Melone, So., Moore IF: Montana Price, So., Bethel IF: Sydnee Ramsey, Fr.,

  • High schools: All-City slowpitch softball capsules

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR DESTINIE LOOKOUT, WESTMOORE Position: Pitcher Class: Senior The story: The Oklahoma signee was the most prolific hitter across the state, hitting an incredible .732 with 31 home runs, 86 RBIs and 70 runs. She was also 29-7 in the circle as the Jaguars made the Class 6A state semifinals. ALLISON WELLS, WASHINGTON Position: Catcher Class: Senior The story: The Warriors’ lone senior and The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Player of the Year in fastpitch, Wells led Washington to the Class 4A championship after winning the Class 3A title in the fall. The Cowley County signee hit .505 and drove in 41 runs.

  • High school notebook: Moore to name new football coach Monday

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Amid many changes in the district, Moore High School is expected to name its new football coach at a school board meeting on Monday.

  • Major League Baseball Draft notebook: Fourth-round pick Gavin LaValley of Carl Albert excited about Reds' ballpark, opportunity

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    The Carl Albert senior was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 20th pick in the fourth round and 125th overall of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday, possibly finding a home in one of the majors’ top ballparks for hitters.

  • Southmoore's Katelyn Brown named Gatorade Oklahoma Softball Player of the Year

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Southmoore pitcher Katelyn Brown was named Gatorade’s Oklahoma Softball Player of the Year on Thursday, capping a strong senior season in which she helped the SaberCats win two state championships. Brown, who was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year, went 22-2 with a 0.37 ERA in the fall. She recorded 212 strikeouts. She […]

  • High school notebook: Westmoore's Hunter Southerland commits to OU

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Southerland, who just finished his junior season, joins right-hander Kyle Tyler as a Sooner commitment.

  • 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.




Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 10:14:44 PM CST All-State baseball notebook: Binger-Oney's Austin Green doesn't play after near-death accident LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 10:14:43 PM CST OCA All-State baseball: Harrah's Kyle Roberts makes most of return to the field LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:10:37 PM CST @Brettcase No, those awards are now given out at the banquet earlier in the summer in OKC.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:57:25 PM CST East beats West 3-0 in large-school All-State baseball game. East pitching completely dominant. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:54:46 PM CST Down to the final out, Deer Creek's Alex Forget doubles to left off Dewey's Carson LaRue. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:50:24 PM CST @garykennemer Haha, no kidding!
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:47:02 PM CST @garykennemer Well, I wrote one down to start the game. It started out well, too. Now, it's just whoever wants to hit.
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:44:48 PM CST The batting order means nothing to these coaches in the All-State game. Nothing. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:29:08 PM CST After allowing a leadoff single to Guthrie's Jacob Chappell in the first, the East has retired 15 straight and lead 3-0 in sixth. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:28:13 PM CST Tulsa Washington's Darian Abram with a great diving catch in center to rob Clinton's Blake Clanton of a hit off Carson LaRue. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:23:58 PM CST Deer Creek's Alex Forget grounds out on first pitch. As dominant as Carson LaRue was in the spring, might as well swing away. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:22:08 PM CST Here comes Dewey's Carson LaRue for the East. Another #OKState signee. See a pattern here? #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:18:38 PM CST Stillwater's Jon Littell, an #OKState signee as well, doubles off Tuttle's Connor Litterell. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:00:53 PM CST #OKState signee Reid Wall immediately strikes out #Sooners signee Quin Walbergh. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 07:59:27 PM CST #OKState signee Reid Wall coming into the game for the East. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 07:56:48 PM CST Verdigris' Ryan Skalnik with a two-run single to center in the third. East up 3-0. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 07:33:17 PM CST Owasso's Jeb Bargfeldt is impressive. Leadoff single by Guthrie's Jacob Chappell and then three ground balls. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 07:26:18 PM CST Stillwater's Michael Higgins puts East up 1-0 in first with a bases-loaded fielder's choice. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 07:20:12 PM CST We have started the large-school All-State baseball game. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Tue, Jul. 29 2014 06:26:47 PM CST East beats West 6-4 in small school All-State baseball game. #OKPreps