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.


  • Live coverage: High School Football Friday, Week 2

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The Oklahoman's high school writers and others provide coverage of Friday's games, including Clinton-Heritage Hall, Edmond Memorial-Edmond North and Southmoore-Westmoore.

  • Darran Williams leads Edmond Santa Fe past Moore

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Thursday night was his second straight impressive performance as he found the end zone four times to lead No. 10 Santa Fe past Moore 49-21 at Wantland Stadium.

  • Washington football: How the town of Washington turned the Bellers' dream of a top-notch sports facility into reality

    By Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS — Before being killed in a 2011 plane crash, Rocky and Scott Beller dreamed of providing Washington with a top-notch multipurpose athletics facility. The community raised enough money to make the $4 million facility a reality.

  • Live coverage: High School Football Thursday, Week 2

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The Oklahoman's writers and others provide coverage of Thursday's games, which include Moore-Edmond Santa Fe and Yukon-Norman North.

  • Guide to Moore at No. 10 Edmond Santa Fe

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N. University Drive Records: Moore 0-1; Edmond Santa Fe 0-1 Last week: Westmoore 49, Moore 20 — Westmoore quarterback Bryson Lee proved too much for the Lions as he accounted for four touchdowns in the rout. Edmond North 27, Edmond Santa Fe 24 — Edmond North quarterback […]

  • Edmond Memorial softball pitchers throwing well

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Last week was a really good week for Edmond Memorial’s softball team. The Bulldogs went undefeated, then on Tuesday ran their winning streak to nine games with two routs of Lawton. During that span, Memorial has hit the ball extremely well, but coach Janet Chartney said it’s been the pitching that has been impressive, with starter Kayla Eichler and relievers Makayla White and Coren Davis. “I’ve got pitchers that are complementing each other,” she said. Memorial sits in second place behind Southmoore in District 6A-2 entering Thursday’s district matchup with Yukon. “I think that’s going to really determine where we land,” Chartney said.

  • OSSAA to discuss private-school classification with member schools

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The meetings come on the heels of Bishop McGuinness High School filing a lawsuit this week against the OSSAA regarding Rule 14, which forces private schools to play one classification above their normal classification if they meet certain requirements.

  • Putnam City High School denied appeal to host playoff events

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Putnam City High School athletic director A.D. Burtschi lost an emphatic plea to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors on Wednesday to reverse a rule that leaves the Pirates ineligible to host any playoff event. An administrator from Putnam City failed to attend one of the OSSAA’s mandatory eligibility workshops this summer. By rule, the school is not allowed to host a playoff contest. “I understand that there needs to be consequences,” Burtschi told the board. “At the end of the day, I ask for those consequences to be on me.” The appeal was ultimately denied 11-1 by the board. Putnam City was 1 of 16 schools to break the rule this year, a number that was more than

  • High School Athletes of the Week

    By Trent Shadid, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Boys cross country Malique Lytle, Shawnee The senior was first in the boys varsity 5K at the Putnam City West Invitational last Friday with a time of 16:03.45. Girls cross country Ashton England, Deer Creek England, only a sophomore, helped lead a strong Deer Creek team to a win at the Desert Hills Classic in Piedmont with a first-place finish in the girls 5K. Volleyball Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe The 6-foot-1 senior helped Edmond Santa Fe remain unbeaten through five tough matches at the Wolves’ own tournament, the Heather Harkness Invitational, last weekend. She had 52 kills in the tournament and was named Most Valuable Player.

  • High school notebook: Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game featured in series

    BY TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36 different states. The winner will receive a trophy, presented by the Marines, and the Most Valuable Player of the game along with the top student-athlete from each school will also be recognized. The series has also teamed up with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to help educate teens on the dangers of texting and driving.

  • Blanchard's Kanon Kirchner wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    An early deficit in The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll didn’t deter fans in Blanchard. They rallied Tuesday to name Lions quarterback Kanon Kirchner the Week 1 player of the week 544 of the 1,578 votes. Kirchner had three touchdown passes and rushed for more than 100 yards to lift the Lions […]

  • Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore honored by Conference USA

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore was honored by Conference USA on Monday after tying a North Texas University record and nearly setting an NCAA freshman record. Moore made five field goals, which tied North Texas’ record for field goals in one game and fell one shy of breaking the NCAA record for total field […]

  • High school notebook: Blanchard used scrimmage against Kingfisher to prepare for Tuttle

    BY TRENT SHADID AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Blanchard’s Aug. 28 scrimmage with Kingfisher was billed as a competitive rematch of the past two Class 3A title games. The scrimmage served as a wake-up call for Blanchard, and the Lions refocused for an impressive 39-27 win over Class 4A Tuttle last Friday.

  • Southmoore's Serithia Hawkins commits to Houston

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    One of the state’s top girls basketball players determined where she will play basketball following next season. Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins verbally committed to Houston over the weekend, her coach Britney Kannady-Sayes confirmed to The Oklahoman via text message. Hawkins missed the majority of last season with an elbow injury, but averaged 19.2 points per game […]

  • Bishop McGuinness files lawsuit against OSSAA

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    PRIVATE SCHOOLS — Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Seconday School Activities Association regarding rules governing private schools, their success rate and their classification.

  • High school football notebook: Moore's Josh Detweiler impressive in first start

    BY TRENT SHADID, SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20.

  • Jenks-Tulsa Union tops list of Week 2's top 10 high school football games

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Here are The Oklahoman’s picks for the top 10 games of Week 2 of the high school football season: No. 1: Jenks (1-0) at Tulsa Union (0-1) No. 2: Lawton MacArthur (1-0) at Lawton (1-0) No. 3: Millwood (1-0) at Douglass (1-0), 1 p.m. Saturday No. 4: Midwest City (0-1) at Carl Albert (1-0) No. 5: Edmond Memorial (1-0) at Edmond North (1-0) No. 6: Kingfisher (1-0) at Hennessey (1-0) No. 7: Pryor (1-0) at Wagoner (1-0) No. 8: Clinton (0-1) at Heritage Hall (1-0) No. 9: Oklahoma Christian (1-0) at Metro Christian (1-0) No. 10: Idabel (1-0) at Broken Bow (1-0) *-All games Friday unless noted.

  • Why Newcastle's sharp performance against Pauls Valley could be a sign of good things to come

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Newcastle plays rival Tuttle this week in a chance to really show what it can do on offense as it moves to Class 4A. The Racers’ offense is highly regarded with talented players like Freeman and running back Zach Bergt who went on the national 7-on-7 circuit this summer.

  • Keats Calhoon leads Victory Christian past Jones

    BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, junruh@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Keats Calhoon, a junior who is regarded as one of the state’s top passers, completed 18 of 26 passes and threw a touchdown. He also rushed for one that sealed the game with 3:26 remaining.

  • Prep notebook: Children's Center Bowl between Bethany, Marlow sets fundraising record

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writers | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    The fifth-annual Children’s Center Bowl turned out to be the best so far. In addition to the competitive game, with Bethany defeating Marlow 32-26 Friday night at SNU/Bethany Stadium, the game raised $12,715.51 for The Children’s Center, the most raised in the five-year history of the game. The money was raised by each school competing in a Penny War throughout the week, to go along with other donations at the stadium during the game. The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany is a private, nonprofit pediatric hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities. Patients from the hospital were in attendance Friday night, taking part in the pregame coin toss, the halftime




Jacob Unruh Today at 11:59 AM .@CHACrusaders QB Spencer Lindsey (@slindsey237) has been steadily improving. He's our Player of the Week. #OKpreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Today at 11:58 AM Westmoore WR Dahu Green (@Dahu_Green18) made a spectacular catch that made SportsCenter. (via @Shadid13) #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Today at 11:00 AM There's only 5 hours left to vote in the Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Hurry! #OKPreps LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 08:58:34 PM CST High school football: CHA's Spencer Lindsey is The Oklahoman's Player of the Week LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 08:22:07 PM CST RT @_Aahliyah_: Just committed to the university of Arizona! ❤️💙🏀
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 07:45:47 PM CST High school notebook: J.P. Lewis, Gerard Giles guiding Western Heights' turnaround LINK #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 04:09:48 PM CST @ericwbolin @BenJohnsonTUL I definitely wasn't a fan, but it has made some great matchups every week to cover.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 04:07:33 PM CST @ericwbolin @BenJohnsonTUL my point is how do you rank teams when they don't play others in the split?
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 03:52:23 PM CST @BenJohnsonTUL that doesn't make sense.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 03:50:37 PM CST @BenJohnsonTUL AP doesn't acknowledge the split?
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 03:49:57 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Report: Former Oklahoma high school star to get second shot at managing in the big-leagues. LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 03:49:20 PM CST The Astros are no longer in OKC with the RedHawks, but hire Midwest City grad AJ Hinch as manager. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 03:46:17 PM CST Midwest City grad. #OKPreps “@JonHeymanCBS: AJ Hinch hired as astros manager”
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:34:53 PM CST This is a slimmer version of Perk. Said reason he and other players are trimming down is "because we're getting older."
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:31:31 PM CST Last but not least, Kendrick Perkins talking at Thunder Media Day. LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:15:03 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: Steven Adams HBO comedy special coming soon. On playing style/physicality: "They should blame the coach. He just says 'Ste…
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 02:05:05 PM CST Steven Adams is rocking an amazing mustache at Thunder Media Day. He says he wanted people to open… LINK
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 01:43:45 PM CST Reggie Jackson says he wants to be a starter because "he wants to be great."
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 01:37:29 PM CST Jeremy Lamb keeps popping in on Reggie Jackson's news conference. Reggie: "What's up, Lamb?" each time.
Jacob Unruh Mon, Sep. 29 2014 01:36:07 PM CST Reggie Jackson speaking at Thunder Media Day. Said he only had 1 minute. Was told he has 10 instead. LINK