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: Opening-day starter Zach Lee aiming to build off 2015 to return to majors

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Lee battled throughout spring training for Los Angeles’ fifth spot in the starting rotation, even after the 6-foot-4 right-hander was optioned to minor league camp in late March. He ultimately came up short, but was named Oklahoma City’s starter for Thursday’s 6:35 p.m. season opener in Nashville.

  • OKC Dodgers roster set for opening day

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ opening-day roster features four of the organization’s top pitching prospects and former Oklahoma State star Corey Brown. Left-hander Julio Urias headlines the Dodgers’ rotation, though he is not expected to pitch until the fifth game of the year. He is 19 years old and ranked the second-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America behind Los Angeles starting shortstop Corey Seager. Right-hander Zach Lee starts Thursday and is No. 14 on the organization’s prospect rankings. Jharel Cotton is also in the rotation and ranked No. 9. Carlos Frias and Jeremy Kehrt round out the rotation. Reliever Jacob Rhame is also ranked No. 20 in the organization by Baseball

  • OKC Dodgers: Adjustments propel pitching prospect Jharel Cotton

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Cotton, 24, spoke with The Oklahoman at Tuesday’s media day about making adjustments, growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and more.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Top prospect Julio Urias throws simulated game

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Urias, baseball’s top pitching prospect, dealt with a minor groin injury in spring training, but after throwing a simulated game Tuesday for the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark he said he felt good and ready for the season.

  • Putnam West's Gabrielle Johnson commits to UCO

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Putnam West post Gabrielle Johnson found a collegiate home despite tearing her anterior cruciate ligament late in the season. Johnson verbally committed to Central Oklahoma last week, she told The Oklahoman. Johnson, who is 6 foot 1, averaged 17 points and 11.3 rebounds for Putnam West as a senior. She played multiple games on her torn ACL in the playoffs, electing to have surgery after the season. Putnam West was ravaged by injuries this season. Star point guard and Oklahoma State signee Areanna Combs suffered a torn ACL early in the season and shooting guard Asia Cowen dealt with the effects of a torn ACL she suffered in the offseason. The Patriots advanced to the area tournament consolation

  • OKC Dodgers honored by Department of Rehabilitation Services

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services awarded the Oklahoma City Dodgers with the 2015 Business of the Year award Tuesday afternoon at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The award is given annually to an organization that has demonstrated service excellence at Oklahoma DRS agency clients, divisions or students in a courteous and ethical manner, according to a release. “We named the OKC Dodgers DRS’ Business of the Year because they have the same high expectations for our clients with disabilities that they do for all their employees,” DRS interim director Noel Tyler said in a release. “We can’t ask employers for any more than that. It’s all about opportunity to succeed.

  • Zach Lee named OKC Dodgers' opening-day starter

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    A familiar face will take the mound first for Oklahoma City during Thursday’s season opener in Nashville. The Dodgers named right-hander Zach Lee the opening-day starter after he fell just short of winning the fifth spot in Los Angeles’ rotation. “Anytime you get to start opening day and open the season it’s always an honor to do that,” Lee said. “Hopefully we go out there, have a win and be able to start the season off well.” Lee, 24, was OKC’s rotation anchor last season, going 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 starts. He battled to the final week for a spot in the major league rotation, but ultimately lost out to rookie Ross Stripling. His work and

  • High school athletes of the week

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    Baseball Quinn Costello, Edmond Santa Fe When Costello gets on base, good things happen for Edmond Santa Fe, and that was the case last week. The senior left-handed pitcher and outfielder hit .470 with three doubles and three bunt hits. He also picked up a win on the mound as Santa Fe rolled to seven wins — including a district sweep of Southmoore — and won the Choctaw tournament. “He sets the tone,” Santa Fe coach Ryan Phillips said.   Boys soccer Christian Hernandez, Putnam City One of the most prolific scorers in the area, Hernandez put his skills on full display with four goals in two matches for the Pirates. The senior had two goals in a rout of Madill and then two more

  • High school girls soccer: Community Christian's Kyleigh Gibson leading improved team

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    The sophomore didn’t score a goal other than an overtime placekick, but her three assists and leadership were enough to propel CCS to two wins to earn The Oklahoman’s Girls Soccer Player of the Week honor.

  • High school baseball: 6-foot-9 pitcher Mitchell Stone rapidly developing for Deer Creek

    By Jacob Unruh, Staff Writer, junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    Stone is only a junior at Deer Creek, but he’s a rarity in baseball as a tall left-hander with advanced skills that continue to raise his stock with scouts.

  • Oklahoma Coaches Association boys basketball All-State rosters announced

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced the rosters for the annual All-State boys basketball games this summer in Tulsa. The games are scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at Oral Roberts' Mabee Center. The small-school game begins at 7 p.m. with the large-school game to follow.

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State to name Pond Creek-Hunter's Tasha Diesselhorst new coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Northwestern Oklahoma State will announce the hiring of Pond Creek-Hunter girls basketball coach Tasha Diesselhorst as its new women's basketball coach Thursday during a news conference, her father Randy Turney told The Oklahoman in an email. Diesselhorst, who was an All-American at Oklahoma Christian, just completed her ninth season at Pond Creek-Hunter. She guided the team to the Class A state championship game, where it lost to Seiling. Pond Creek-Hunter won the title in 2014. The Enid News & Eagle first reported that Diesselhorst was expected to be named the new coach at the Division II university. She replaces Brent Vana, who was dismissed on Feb. 29. He coached one season at NWOSU and went 2-26,

  • Harrah does not renew contract for girls basketball coach Curt Knox

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Longtime Harrah girls basketball coach Curt Knox will not return next season after his contract was not renewed. Knox told The Oklahoman that administrators chose not to bring him back for a 23rd season with his alma mater by citing an inability to cooperate with them. “I was totally taken off guard, quite frankly,” Knox said. “I’m just really mixed emotionally right now. It makes it hard to grasp. I’m proud of what we accomplished; I thought we had a lot of good kids. It’s hard to put it in words right now.” Knox guided Harrah to the Class 4A state championship game this season, where it lost to Newcastle.

  • OKC Dodgers expand protective netting at Bricktown Ballpark

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers are extending the protective netting behind home plate at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to a 100-foot radius this season to provide more protection to fans. With the extension, most seats behind the dugout of each team will be protected. Netting will extend from Section 106 to Section 114 and will be 37 feet high, which matches the current netting that was updated in 2008. The expansion begins next week and is expected to be complete by the Dodgers' home opener Friday, April 15, against the Nashville Sounds.

  • OCA All-State boys basketball rosters announced

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced the rosters for the annual All-State boys basketball games this summer in Tulsa. The games are scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center. The small-school game begins at 7 p.m. with the large-school game to follow.

  • Annual OGBCA All-State rosters, games set

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Mar 29, 2016

    The rosters for the annual Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State teams were recently released for the games scheduled Saturday, June 4, at Westmoore High School. The large-school game will kick off the action at 1 p.m. with the middle and small games to follow.

  • High school athletes of the week

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    Baseball Kostner Ingraham, Harrah Harrah's senior leadoff hitter was scorching hot last week, going 13 for 16 in the Ardmore Tournament with three RBIs, three doubles, a triple and nine runs. He reached base safely the first nine at-bats of the tournament; Ingraham fell a home run shy of the cycle against Broken Bow. For the week, he went 16 for 21 with 11 runs and four doubles.   Boys Soccer Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall McLaughlin, a senior who has signed with SMU, had an incredible week with nine goals in four victories. He was particularly impressive Friday with seven goals in two games — four against Piedmont and three against Duncan.

  • High school baseball: Players to watch around Oklahoma City metro

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Mar 28, 2016

    Here are some high school baseball players to watch from the Oklahoma City metro area this spring: Eli Davis, Jr., Shawnee: A Kansas commitment, Davis became a star during Shawnee's title run last spring on the mound and in left field. A left-hander, he had more than 100 strikeouts and a 1.07 ERA as a sophomore. Alex Fisher, Sr., Heritage Hall: Last year's Little All-City Player of the Year, Fisher has signed with Columbia. The shortstop leads a talented team making the jump to Class 4A. DeShawn Lookout, Sr., Westmoore: Lookout has signed with Oklahoma. He's a power-hitting outfielder with good speed. Bryce Milligan, Sr. Blanchard: He won both the semifinals and championship games last season and went

  • High school notebook: Putnam City North's Speight, Choctaw's Llanusa named MVPs of Oklahoma Big 10 Conference

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Sparking Putnam City North's first state tournament appearance since 2008, senior guard Micah Speight was named the Most Valuable Player of the Oklahoma Big 10 Conference. Choctaw junior star Ana Llanusa earned the girls MVP honor. Putnam City West's Marquis Johnson was named the boys Offensive Player of the Year, and Midwest City swept the rest of the boys honors. Richard Anderson was named Defensive Player of the Year, Keyshawn Embrey was Newcomer of the Year and Dewayne Bradley was named the conference's top coach. The Bombers grabbed a couple other honors on the girls side as well. Chinna Fair was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year and Katie Tompson was the Coach of the Year.

  • Collected Wisdom: Manny Mota, Dodgers broadcaster, pinch-hitter extraordinaire

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    Manny Mota has lived what some would consider a charmed life. A 20-year career in Major League Baseball has turned into a lifetime around the game he loves. He played with Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. He was even the focus of a joke in the 1980 movie “Airplane!” when the character Ted Striker thought to himself, “Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon … Manny Mota … Mota … Mota …” “Oh, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,” Mota said laughing. “I was surprised. Nobody told me and then I hear, ‘now hitting for Pedro Borbon is Manny Mota.' That was fun.” Mota, 78, has been having fun since he made his first glove in the Dominican Republic.

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Jacob Unruh Thu, Apr. 28 2016 01:47:04 PM CST Deer Creek's Michael Fulmer to make MLB debut https://t.co/lK0B5qi8af #OKPreps
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Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:44:30 PM CST Former Sooner Dillon Overton named PCL Pitcher of Week https://t.co/A2ptD3uniA #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 10:29:55 PM CST He's just the best. https://t.co/gkHf5shMyD
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 09:19:57 PM CST The OKC Dodgers' Food Truck Triple Play event Friday has been postponed due to weather forecast. https://t.co/WqvlQNj6sq
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 05:26:25 PM CST McGuinness OL Owen Condon's recruitment taking off https://t.co/bQt4ASkHeG #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 04:14:15 PM CST McGuinness OL Owen Condon's (@owen_condon) recruitment is taking off. #OKPreps https://t.co/dXGhjs3hNI
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 04:13:26 PM CST Where was this in the preseason food tastings?!?! https://t.co/IVNYBhQABS
Jacob Unruh Wed, Apr. 27 2016 01:14:10 PM CST Manaea pitched in OKC recently and was fantastic. Looked ready for majors. https://t.co/4LmTYOjKdA
Jacob Unruh Tue, Apr. 26 2016 11:24:04 PM CST Harold Reynolds just said Danny Duffy reminds him of Cliff Lee. Appropriate action from someone on set: Really?!
Jacob Unruh Tue, Apr. 26 2016 07:39:25 PM CST High school baseball: Mount St. Mary's Noah Boeckman delivers special moment on Senior Night https://t.co/xUmbYZtrIQ #OKPreps