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.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Trevor Cahill taking steps in effort to regain old form

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Once a young right-hander armed with a powerful sinker, Cahill has fallen from grace after two poor seasons in Arizona and an abysmal first half in Atlanta this season.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Dodgers use 9-run inning to rout Round Rock

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    The Dodgers’ offense scored a season-high nine runs in the seventh inning to put away Round Rock 11-5 in front of 10,845 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Minor League Baseball: Round Rock's Joey Gallo learned ups and downs of majors

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    A quick-riser through the minor leagues for the Texas Rangers, the 21-year-old slugger spent 29 games in the majors in June and went from hero the first two weeks to what he described as a player who people hated.

  • Super 30: How Lexington's Tyler Brown overcame tragedy to become highly recruited lineman

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Brown is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman at Lexington who has verbally committed to TCU and is ranked No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top recruits. Those accomplishments are remarkable considering he will be the first of his immediate family to attend college and the death of his father near the end of his freshman year nearly sent him into a downward spiral.

  • Report: Oklahoma City on MLB's radar

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    First the NBA and now perhaps Major League Baseball could eventually make its way to Oklahoma City, according to a report from ESPN.com. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Baseball Writers Association of America luncheon at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday and revealed a list of cities that could be on MLB's radar should the league expand or relocate teams. Oklahoma City was on the list of nine cities - three of which were out of the United States. Other cities on the list are Montreal, Charlotte, N.C., San Antonio, Portland, Ore., Las Vegas, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey, Mexico. You can read ESPN's story here. "Maybe one of the reasons I got this job is, I'm bullish on this

  • OKC Dodgers coach Johnny Washington part of Home Run Derby

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City Dodgers coach Johnny Washington wasn't swinging a bat in Monday's Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, but he was still a huge part of the show. Awesome seeing OKC Dodgers bench coach Johnny Washington as the HR derby pitcher for @yungjoc650! #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/0G58Nz5RZ7 — OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) July 14, 2015 Washington pitched to Los Angeles center fielder Joc Pederson, who finished as the runner-up behind the Reds' Todd Frazier. Pederson hit a total of 39 homers in the contest at the hands of Washington, who Pederson credits for rebuilding his swing early in his professional career. But that wasn't the only craziness Washington dealt with on Monday.

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage named to Butkus Award watch list

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe senior Calvin Bundage was named to the annual Butkus Award watch list for the high school award given to the nation's top linebacker on Tuesday. You can view the full list here. Bundage, who played safety for Edmond Santa Fe last season, is regarded as one of the state's top recruiting prospects. It's likely he will play linebacker at the college level. He has a total of 14 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon. He also has an offer from Arizone, where his older brother Cayman is an offensive lineman. In nine games as a junior, Calvin Bundage recorded 81 tackles and a sack.

  • Super 30: Stillwater's Jordan Brown has humble personality, big talent

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    STILLWATER — Jordan Brown is not the stereotypical star receiver roaming the sidelines demonstratively demanding the ball. He’s certainly had opportunities throughout his high school career at Stillwater to demand the ball be thrown his way. Each season, the Pioneers have lost their starting quarterback to a season-ending injury. Each time, the passing game has suffered and so has Brown, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound nearly unstoppable force. But Brown hasn’t voiced a negative opinion as he’s shown a remarkable humbleness along with his big-time talent that has propelled him to No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top college recruits.

  • Super 30: Casady's Max Wariboko-Alali making own way with commitment to Iowa

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Wariboko-Alali is most certainly his own man now around Casady after watching Josh go through a strenuous recruiting process that resulted in him signing with UCLA in February.

  • Super 30: Lincoln Christian's Micah Wilson adding to family's football legacy

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Wilson has turned into one of the state’s top quarterback prospects entering his third year as a starter at Lincoln Christian, where he’s become the cornerstone of a very successful program that’s made the state quarterfinals each year.

  • Carl Albert's Corey Zangari named MaxPreps All-American

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The accolades continue to roll in for former Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari. He was named to MaxPreps' All-American team on Wednesday as one of three catchers. Zangari, who was The Oklahoman's All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the MLB Draft in June as a first baseman. He has already signed and joined the organization. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs while leading the Titans to a Class 5A state runner-up finish.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers notebook: Omaha pounds Dodgers pitching for second straight night

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Omaha changed its original lineup twice before Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, but it ultimately didn’t matter who was in the lineup. The Storm Chasers pounded Oklahoma City pitching for the second straight night, this time for 16 hits in an 8-2 win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Omaha has 28 hits in two games and is now nine games behind the Dodgers in the American Northern Division. “Bottom line is the last two nights we didn’t show up to play and get ready for a good team behind us trying to catch us,” Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said. “We need to wake up a little bit and get after it.” Oklahoma City starter Rudy Owens never had much of a chance to get prepared.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Carl Crawford eats words regarding his football recruitment by Oklahoma

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A two-sport star at Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Crawford was recruited by the Sooners entering his senior year in 1999, only to choose to sign with Nebraska.

  • OKC Dodgers notebook: Omaha’s Lamb stifles Dodgers in front of home crowd

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Lamb limited the Oklahoma City Dodgers to one run and four hits over six innings in the Storm Chasers’ 7-4 win Saturday in front of a season-high 11,920 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • OKC Dodgers: Darnell Sweeney has caught fire atop Dodgers' lineup

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Darnell Sweeney cracked a holiday joke when asked how well he is seeing the baseball at the plate right now. “For the Fourth of July theme, it’s a beach ball right now,” he said. Sweeney, a 24-year-old super utility player, has been the offensive catalyst for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, particularly the past two weeks. He entered Saturday’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on a six-game hitting streak in which he is 12 for 24 with seven extra-base hits — including three home runs — to raise his average to .295 in the same week he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star starter at second base. Not bad for a guy who struggled at times early in the year.

  • Super 30: Lawton Eisenhower's Rico Bussey is heart of rebuild

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Bussey did what was expected last season, accounting for 1,200 yards despite Lawton Eisenhower turning to the Wildcat formation for four games when quarterback Bentley Bross was injured.

  • Super 30: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris trimming weight in effort to further career

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Harris was up to almost 390 pounds following offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. As a freshman, he was playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle at 330 pounds.

  • High school sports: Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier resigns

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.

  • Stillwater's Jordan Brown commits to Tulsa

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Stillwater receiver Jordan Brown verbally committed to Tulsa on Thursday, announcing his decision on Twitter. "I'm truly bless(ed) to say that I have committed to the University of Tulsa," Brown wrote. "I will like to thank my family and coaches for me be the student-athlete that I am today! My dreams have come true. God is good." Brown chose the Golden Hurricane over Arkansas State, Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. He was ranked No. 19 on The Oklahoman's initial Super 30 list for the Class of 2016 top recruits in the state released in February. A 6-foot-2, 198-pound receiver, Brown is one of the most dynamic players in the senior class. He can also play running back.

  • Super 30: How Lawton MacArthur's T.J. Fiailoa went from hotel floor to big recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LAWTON — T.J. Fiailoa felt trapped in a hotel room. It was small with only two beds for the five-member family. Fiailoa was a sophomore and already too big for that tiny space at 6 foot 3 and 300 pounds. So, he started finding ways to pass the time. Pushups. Situps. Then he picked up the hotel television and started bench pressing it. Then he picked up his youngest sister, Sauaso, and benched her. Before long, he was squatting his brother, Chris, and sister, Lama. “You ain’t got nothing else,” Fiailoa said. "They liked it, too, so it was pretty fun to them.

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Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 29 2015 06:10:06 PM CST High school cross country: Deer Creek girls fitting right in with Class 6A http://t.co/ZaMBAVjmtr #OKPreps
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Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:10:10 PM CST Also, want to keep up with #OKPreps football on your smart phone? We have an app for that! https://t.co/j74dzQJDUC
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:08:09 PM CST .@ScottWrightOK wrote how Hassan Lawton's two interceptions helped Bethany hold off Lone Grove. #OKpreps http://t.co/o7c7pQggRP
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 29 2015 02:05:29 PM CST ICYMI: @TuttleFootball's defense was huge last night in stopping @DavisHSWolves's winning streak. #OKpreps http://t.co/F7TrJWwtrd
Jacob Unruh Sat, Aug. 29 2015 01:46:59 PM CST I'll be talking #OKPreps football on @sportsanimal around 2:20. You should check it out.
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Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 11:50:22 PM CST High school football: Tuttle's defense steps up, helps end Davis' 30-game winning streak http://t.co/TrX9ZE921m #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 10:40:29 PM CST RT @ScottWrightOK: Bethany 34, Lone Grove 29 FINAL #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 10:05:33 PM CST Tuttle beats Davis 31-14. #okpreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:56:55 PM CST Tuttle's Blake Berryhill with a pick-six. Tuttle up 31-14 on Davis with 13.1 left. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:52:44 PM CST Run fails. Tuttle leads Davis 24-14 with 1:35 left. Davis' 30-game win streak on the line. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:51:36 PM CST Tuttle's Jason Biddy breaks free for 52-yard TD run. Tuttle leads Davis 24-14 with 1:35 left. PAT pending. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:50:21 PM CST Davis calls timeout with 1:45 left after Jason Biddy runs for 9 yards on first down. Tuttle up 18-14 and Davis out of timeouts. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:49:13 PM CST Wow. Rhett Boles keeps it for big gain. Tuttle gets personal foul after so keeps first down. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:47:34 PM CST Tuttle's Jason Biddy stuffed at line for no gain. Fourth-and-1. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:46:22 PM CST Tuttle has third-and-1 from own 45 with 2:58 left. Brad Ballard calls timeout. Each team has one remaining. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:44:26 PM CST Huge stop by Tuttle defense to force three and out. Huge. Takes over on own 36 with 4:05 left. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:41:50 PM CST Davis takes over on own 38 down 18-14 with 6:07 remaining. #OKPreps