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.

  • Putnam West's Areanna Combs' position change leads to signing with OSU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    When Areanna Combs moved to Putnam West before last season, she had little future on the basketball court. The 5-foot-10 Combs was previously playing post for Western Heights. But new Putnam West coach Carlos Adamson noticed her athleticism and thought point guard might be a better fit. Flash forward to Wednesday and that move looks brilliant. Combs signed her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State as a guard. “When I was a post player, I never got the ball,” Combs said. “A lot of stuff changed. People started to notice me, my ability to score and pass and get people involved in the game.” Combs averaged 17.

  • OSSAA board unanimously approves changes to prayer policy, allows moment of silence

    By Jacob Unruh, reporter, junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors approved Wednesday an update to its controversial prayer policy that allows schools to offer a moment of silence before playoff events.

  • High school notebook: OSSAA to discuss public prayer policy

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. “I can't say anything as of right now.” The OSSAA's policy — which was adopted in 1992 — prohibits publicly recited prayers at playoff games and championship events. The OSSAA revised the policy in June to comply with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • High school softball: Longtime Piedmont coach Rick Scott's resignation accepted despite second thoughts

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Scott’s resignation was officially accepted at Monday’s school board meeting despite his desire to take back his resignation and remain the coach.

  • Deer Creek's Zach Kerstetter wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    In a tight race, Deer Creek receiver Zach Kerstetter edged Southmoore kicker Chris Nemecek to win The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll. Kerstetter won the vote 1,203-1,152. The junior receiver caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Antlers’ 27-20 win over Guthrie last week to clinch a home playoff game. The Oklahoman’s staff choice for player of the week, Braden Hudson of Putnam City, finished third with 243 votes. A total of 2,956 votes were cast for seven players. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for this week’s poll from the first round of the playoffs. Here are this week’s results: Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek:

  • Fight between Morris, Okmulgee football teams under investigation

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    A fight between Morris and Okmulgee players early in the second half Friday that led to officials ending the game is under investigation by both schools and the OSSAA. Early in the third quarter a fight broke out between two players and led to other players joining in the fight sparked officials to meet with school administrators and end the game with around 11 minutes remaining in the quarter. Morris won the game 30-0. An officials report has been filed to the OSSAA, which has sent the report to both schools and requested an internal investigation. “My official told me he collaborated with administration from both schools and it was a mutual agreement to stop the game at that point,” OSSAA assistant

  • High school notebook: Bethany's Hudson Haws heads to Colorado, next fundraiser planned

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Haws, who remains paralyzed below the chest following an injury in a game on Oct. 23, was flown from Oklahoma City to Colorado, where he was admitted to Craig Hospital in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. Craig Hospital is one of the world’s elite facilities for treatment of spinal cord injuries.

  • Yukon's Cheyenne Factor named COAC Player of the Year

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Yukon’s Cheyenne Factor was named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Monday by the conference softball coaches. Factor helped lead Yukon to the Class 6A state tournament last month. Norman’s Marissa Fleck was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while both Southmoore stars Trenity Edwards and Lindsey Stoeckel were named the defensive player and pitcher of the year. Deer Creek coach JP Holman was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Antlers to the Class 5A state semifinals.

  • OSSAA offers free admission to veterans for first-round playoff games

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is honoring veterans a second straight year for the opening week of the playoffs. The organization will allow free admission to veterans and one guest at any first-round game this week across the state. The veteran must show a driver’s license displaying a seal indicating the person is a veteran, a veteran ID card or any other form of verification.  "It is our initiative to encourage Oklahoma high schools to recognize veterans in conjunction with any school activities in the next couple of weeks," the OSSAA said in a release. "This is a great way to recognize those who have served our country and reinforce the importance of their sacrifices and

  • Former Sooner Lane Johnson on Greg Hardy: 'I faced better'

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Oklahoma star Lane Johnson wasn't impressed with Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy on Sunday. Johnson moved to left tackle for the Eagles' 33-27 overtime win at AT&T Stadium, opposite the controversial Hardy throughout most of the game. Following the game, he told reporters his thoughts on Hardy. “I felt like I faced better than him,” Johnson told the Philadelphia Daily News. “He's a guy who, when things are going good, he's great. When things aren't going good, he'll shut it down. “Anytime I got a chance to put a little extra mustard on a block, I tried. He wasn't all that emotional in the game. I don't know if the stuff got to him on the news, but he seemed out of it a

  • OSSAA updates more playoff time changes

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association approved more kickoff time changes Monday for Friday's first-round playoff games. The changes are in addition to Lawton hosting Bixby at 2 p.m. Saturday and multiple games being moved Friday to a 7 p.m. kickoff. Here is a complete list of Friday's 7 p.m.

  • High school football: The Oklahoman's championship picks for Classes 3A through C

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Here is a look at the state championship picks for Class 3A through Class C from The Oklahoman's Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh: CLASS 3A Wright: Heritage Hall: Could this Charger team be better than last year's state champs? Maybe. Unruh: Heritage Hall. The defending champions again look nearly unstoppable, averaging 53.6 points per game and allowing just 10.7. CLASS 2A Wright: Adair. Aside from a Week 2 loss to 3A Locust Grove, Adair has been dominant on both sides of the ball. Unruh: Chisholm. The defense has allowed more than six points just once — a seven-point outburst in Friday's win over Hennessey. CLASS A Wright: Stratford.

  • Westmoore's Sydney Chastain, Locust Grove's Mason Fine named Wendy's Heisman state winners

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Westmoore’s Sydney Chastain and Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine were named the Oklahoma winners Monday for the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman awards. Chastain is a standout on the basketball court for the Jaguars while she also competes in cross country and track. Fine is the state’s most recognized quarterback. He holds the career passing record with 12,221 yards entering the first round of the playoffs this week. He also holds the record for career touchdowns. Last week, a group of 20 state finalists were announced.

  • Victory Christian's Keats Calhoon moves into second on all-time passing list

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Make it two quarterbacks to pass former Atoka star L.T. Pfaff in the record book. Victory Christian’s Keats Calhoon became the latest to pass the previous state record for career passing yards of 11,357 by Pfaff. Calhoon threw for 325 yards in a 48-14 win Friday over Stigler. He passed Pfaff with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hicks on the game’s opening possession. Calhoon now has 11,707 yards. Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine continued extending his lead with the record by throwing for 325 yards in a 54-27 win over Jay. He became the first passer in Oklahoma history to pass 12,000 yards. Fine enters the playoffs with 12,221 career yards. Each week, The Oklahoman will update the chase between

  • High school football playoffs: Championship picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    The Oklahoman's high school sports writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, offer their championship picks for Class 6A-4A.

  • High school football: Ada, Clinton to meet in battle of state's winningest programs

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships and both are proud communities,” Standley said.” It'll be a lot of fun playing in the playoffs for both of us and being able to play against each other again.” Clinton owns the state record with 784 wins, which is just one ahead of Ada. Only two other programs in the state have more than 700 wins — Lawton and Tulsa Washington.

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

    Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Updated: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    The regular season came to a close this week with some big performances across the Oklahoma City area. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Chandler Garrett, Mustang: The Wyoming commitment was incredibly efficient in Thursday’s 56-9 rout of Moore to clinch a playoff spot.

  • Lawton-Bixby playoff opener scheduled for Saturday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    The scheduled playoff opener and 2014 championship rematch between Lawton and Bixby will be a marquee game next week. Now, it gets a boost being the lone game not being played Friday Lawton coach Randy Breeze told The Oklahoman that the Class 6A-II state championship rematch will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cameron Stadium. Lawton MacArthur hosts Carl Albert in the Class 5A playoffs on Friday.  Breeze said Bixby did not want to play Thursday.  Also, while the majority of games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, some schools are already changing to a 7 p.m. kickoff.

  • High school football playoff pairings

    Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Updated: Sat, Nov 7, 2015

    Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m.

  • High school football: Deer Creek's passing game too much for Guthrie

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Deer Creek’s dynamic receiver combination was at full strength for the first time all season around quarterback Clayton Sims, and it made a huge difference Friday as the Antlers knocked off rival Guthrie 27-20 at Jelsma Stadium to finish second in District 5A-2.

Jacob Unruh Today at 1:44 PM Tonight, I head to Lawton for Class 5A semifinal between @ahsbrotherhood & @BMIrishFootball. My quick guide #OKPreps https://t.co/192NGVlLSb
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:36 PM UNT considering former #OKState coach Doug Meacham or former #Sooner, Muskogee standout Seth Littrell. #OKPreps https://t.co/iHz6MhH37O
Jacob Unruh Sun, Nov. 29 2015 01:12:16 AM CST #OKPreps https://t.co/FHmiRqrYbo
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 08:36:14 PM CST Wife and I were just talking about that! Not a good look. https://t.co/NZPPxsH50e
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 07:55:02 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: Going to hospital. Got knocked over by another camera guy and broke my leg on monopod. I'm okay
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 07:46:51 PM CST Oh man. Thoughts with her. https://t.co/5Q0pd2T4NG
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 03:07:30 PM CST Former OKC RedHawk and @ash_rk's favorite player. https://t.co/jTuTkvSt2R
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:32:35 PM CST OSSAA announces Class 5A championship site among other neutral sites https://t.co/M9dawX7W2q #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:16:52 PM CST @garrettmj97 It's crazy. I'll be rooting for Penn State this afternoon.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:13:18 PM CST @garrettmj97 This just shows how dominant they could have been all season. So disappointing.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:12:52 PM CST @MikeBoogie74 You also have to consider quality of the site, price for OSSAA, etc. And they work with the schools during selection as well
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:11:28 PM CST @garrettmj97 That would be the one!
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:07:49 PM CST Class A semifinal between Cashion and Ringling is 7 p.m. Friday at Noble. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:02:44 PM CST @cowboywinders and in Class 5A and 6A, odd-numbered year means OSSAA picks site on west side of state in OKC area.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:00:58 PM CST @cowboywinders @MikeBoogie74 Just checked the OSSAA football manual. Says nothing about equal distance. Only says semifinals at neutral site
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:58:46 PM CST Class B state championship between Davenport and Keota is 7 p.m. Friday at Muskogee. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:57:41 PM CST Class 2A semifinal between Haskell and Prague is 7 p.m. Friday at Beggs. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:57:04 PM CST Class 4A state championship between Wagoner and Oologah is 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso High School. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:56:25 PM CST Class 5A state championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon. Collinsville awaits winner of Altus-McGuinness. #OKPreps