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.

  • All-State baseball: Blanchard coach Josh Raney broke mold to become Coach of Year

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Josh Raney had to be different this season. He had to be a different coach, a different leader. That started at fall meetings with his coaching staff at Blanchard. Raney had visited with Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday about what makes a championship team. Holliday’s advice was team chemistry. Raney then met with his staff and ultimately the players. They had the players write down a list of things they each needed to do to become better baseball players, better people and better students. He also had a points system on a board that ranked players on how good of teammates they were. It was a new concept for Blanchard, which had not been to the state tournament since 2009. But one that proved successful.

  • All-State baseball: How Corey Zangari became a power hitter people will tell stories about

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    From his early high school home runs to his final three at this season’s state tournament that captivated fans, Zangari’s home runs are already going further and further with each person and his bat flips are getting more epic with each tale.

  • Scott Boras has gone from farming to baseball super agent

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Scott Boras grew up on a farm in California hearing about the faraway land his grandmother owned in Ada always wondering what it was like. “We lived on a ranch so I only knew from geography it was far away,” Boras said. “I’ve went and seen the land. It’s not pretty, but we do have an Oklahoma heritage. “Whenever I played in the Texas League, we played in Tulsa and I played in Little Rock and at Midland. So whenever we came into Tulsa, I would always think about my grandmother.” Boras has developed in a mega agent for baseball players and founder, owner and president of Boras Corporation, where he has advocated for higher salaries for star players and higher draft bonuses, ultimately changing the game.

  • Former Cache, Fresno State star Taylor Thompson joins Elgin staff with father

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Former Cache basketball star Taylor Thompson is coming home, but she’s joining her high school rival to coach with her father. Thompson was named an assistant girls basketball coach at Elgin on Thursday, the same day her father Miles was named head coach, the Lawton Constitution reports. “We are thrilled with our new basketball staff, […]

  • Fastpitch All-State games Saturday

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    The Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association’s annual All-State games are scheduled for Saturday – weather pending – at Oklahoma Christian University. The small school game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with the middle school game to follow at 1 p.m. and the large school game to follow at 3:30.

  • Multiple Oklahomans named to Louisville Slugger High School All-America team

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Multiple players from across the state were recently named to the annual Louisville Slugger High School All-America team, including The Oklahoman‘s Big All-City Player of the Year Corey Zangari. You can see the entire team here. Zangari, who was recently drafted by the Chicago White Sox, was among a group of catchers on the first […]

  • Big All-City baseball roster

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    FIRST TEAM Pos.;Player,school;Cl.;Avg.;HR;RBI C;Hunter Southerland, Westmoore;Sr.;.379;9;37 1B;Corey Zangari, Carl Albert;Sr.;.490;19;64 2B;T.J. Black, Stillwater;Sr.;.442;0;26 3B;Josh Rolette, Shawnee;Sr.;.495;9;54 SS;Thomas Hughes, Norman North;Sr.;.380;1;16 OF;Keegan Meyn, Yukon;Sr.;.324;2;18 OF;Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial;Sr.;.452;10;52 OF;Connor Uselton, Southmoore;So.;.462;5;46 DH;Brooks Zimmerman, Stillwater;Sr.;.460;11;60 PITCHERS Pos.;Player, school;Cl.;Rec.;ERA;IP;K LHP;Eli Davis, Shawnee;So.;.9-1;1.07;65;102 RHP;Kyle Tyler, Westmoore;Sr.;8-0;0.70;60;102 Player of the Year: Corey Zangari, Carl ALbert Coach of the Year: Todd Boyer,

  • Big All-City baseball: Shawnee's Todd Boyer finally gets title he's chased entire career

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    A coach at the school since 1991 and the head coach of the baseball team for nine years, Boyer finally won the state championship that’s slipped the fingers of the program each previous season in school history, earning The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Coach of the Year honor.

  • Big All-City baseball: Breaking down the first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    HUNTER SOUTHERLAND, WESTMOORE Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: The Oklahoma signee was a steady presence for Westmoore’s Class 6A state runner-up finish. He hit .379 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs. He was his best late in the season, hitting two homers in regionals and one in the state quarterfinals.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT Class: Senior Position: First base The story: Zangari put on a power display with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs while leading Carl Albert to a Class 5A state runner-up finish that was highlighted by three homers — two of which were grand slams — in the state tournament. The Oklahoma State signee was drafted in the sixth round

  • Little All-City baseball roster

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    FIRST TEAM Pos. Player, school Cl. Avg. HR RBI C Colten Kiker, Blanchard Sr. .486 10 62 1B Alex Fisher, H.H. Jr. .567 3 54 2B Jack Blumenthal, H.H. Sr. .407 1 29 3B Lane Cox, Dale Sr. .440 7 35 SS Cale Smith, Tuttle Jr. .421 8 40 OF Noah Boeckman, M.S.M. Jr. .519 0 13 OF Haddon McIntosh, C.C. Jr. .485 0 23 OF Josh McMinn, U.C./S.W.C. Sr. .570 7 64 DH Gabe LittleJim, C.H.A. Sr. .411 7 40 PITCHERS Pos. Player, school Cl. Rec. ERA IP K RHP Jesus Gamez, Dover Sr. 6-2 0.27 51.1 99 RHP Bryce Milligan, Blanchard Jr. 9-0 1.19 53 88 Player of the Year: Alex Fisher, Heritage Hall Coach of the Year: Josh Raney, Blanchard SECOND TEAM Pos.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Dodgers end home skid

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Former Broken Arrow standout Andy Wilkins delivered the big three-run homer in the sixth off former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over Nashville in front of 5,537 fans.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Veterans Barry Zito, Scott Baker finally cross paths

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Baker came out victorious in a pitchers' duel in which each pitcher made one mistake — Zito’s proving more costly — in Oklahoma City’s 3-2 victory to end a five-game losing streak at home.

  • Little All-City baseball: Heritage Hall's Alex Fisher delivers record-setting season

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Fisher not only broke that record, he also set the school mark for batting average in a season as part of one of the most dominant seasons in Heritage Hall’s history. He hit 20 doubles — passing the mark of 17 — and hit .567 while leading Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state championship for the first time in 16 years.

  • Little All-City baseball: Breaking down the first team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    COLTEN KIKER, BLANCHARD Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: A four-year starter, Kiker led the Lions to the Class 4A state championship this season with a .486 batting average, 10 home runs and 62 RBIs. The Barton Community College (Kan.) signee holds the school record for games started with 143 and is fourth all-time in RBIs.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR ALEX FISHER, HERITAGE HALL Class: Junior Position: First base The story: Fisher has developed into Heritage Hall’s best player in his three years as a starter, and he proved it this season with a .567 average, 20 doubles and 54 RBIs. He was also dominant on the mound with a 7-0 record and 1.28 ERA as Heritage Hall won the Class 3A

  • MLB draft notebook: Nine Sooners picked on final day of MLB Draft

    By Ryan Aber and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    After two OU players were picked in Tuesday’s second day of the draft, nine more went Wednesday in rounds 11-40.

  • Shawnee's Josh Rolette drafted by St. Louis Cardinals

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Shawnee’s Josh Rolette has always been a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. It turns out, they are a fan of him as well — so much so that they went after him twice in the MLB Draft. He was selected by the storied organization at No. 551 overall in the 18th round despite initially […]

  • Carl Albert star, Oklahoma State signee Zangari likely headed pro after draft

    BY JACOB UNRUH, RYAN ABER AND ERIK HORNE   | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma State signee was selected by the organization Tuesday in the sixth round and No. 172 overall of the MLB Draft as a first baseman, and he said he is bypassing his collegiate opportunity.

  • High school notebook: OSSAA raises ticket prices for football, soccer playoff games

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

      The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is raising ticket prices once again. The board of directors approved a $2 raise for football and soccer playoff games leading up to the semifinals and championships. Earlier this year, the OSSAA raised ticket prices the same amount for all state tournaments and both semifinals and championship games in football and soccer. “One of the things is that we’ve held our ticket prices very, what I would say, conservative over the last several years,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. Sheakley said the OSSAA reimbursed schools around $683,000 this school year for travel. He also told the board that the organization faced a financial deficit for the

  • High schools: OSSAA adopts policy regarding transgender athletes

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The policy comes eight days after a Vanity Fair article spotlighted the recent transition of former Olympic gold medal decathlete Bruce Jenner to the transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner.

  • Chicago White Sox draft Carl Albert's Corey Zangari

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari was always on the Chicago White Sox’s radar. He had worked out in Florida with them and they had been to multiple games to scout him. The Oklahoma State signee was selected by the organization Tuesday in the sixth round and No. 172 overall of the MLB Draft as a […]

Jacob Unruh Today at 7:08 PM RT @kikehndez: Always good catching up with former teammates #Marlins #Dodgers #TradeBuddies http://t.co/kUrJqdiOJS
Jacob Unruh Today at 5:17 PM Breaking down Oklahoma players involved in MLB trade deadline http://t.co/UioSBuT4rR #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 4:39 PM WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?! This isn't fantasy baseball. https://t.co/0HYxgSRTQ8
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Jacob Unruh Today at 1:21 PM Didn't Cliff Lee's wife think Philly traffic was better than DFW's? https://t.co/MX8jTA8XB0
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:56 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Del City heading east in Class 5A districts for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/I8vcxlzl5e #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:54 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Geography favored in Class 6A Division II districts for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/O21YFeT7cR #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Thu, Jul. 30 2015 06:14:52 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Class 6A Division I districts set for 2016-17 seasons http://t.co/kVdDChfFUH #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 10:55:16 PM CST All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback http://t.co/wCqulgZert #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 10:10:36 PM CST All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center http://t.co/IatHGGSkIs #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:38:42 PM CST West wins large-school game 88-59. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 09:19:24 PM CST Three-point play by Norman North's Tia Williams gives West a 56-46 lead after three quarters. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:55:30 PM CST East leads West 37-34 at halftime. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:41:14 PM CST RT @Sullivan_Ranger: Rangers are getting close to getting Hamels.... Sources are say two sides are almost there to a deal.... Not tonight b…
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:40:44 PM CST Harrah's Blake Blessington makes layup before buzzer to give Large West 18-17 lead after one quarter. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:09:10 PM CST What I've learned about the Dodgers' new front office: It's a bunch of ninjas.
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:03:48 PM CST Kiowa's Addy Clift hits one of many 3s on the night to end game. East beats West 80-50. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:02:19 PM CST WHOA! https://t.co/iyyhIYEwJJ
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 07:50:26 PM CST East girls lead West 63-40 after three quarters in small OCA All-State game. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Wed, Jul. 29 2015 07:48:33 PM CST Well, now I'm really interested to see who Dodgers trade from minor leagues. Alex Wood is very good. Worth some good prospects.