• High school softball players to watch

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    In addition to Piedmont's Kassidy Scott, here are 10 softball players around the Oklahoma City area to watch this season:   Emily Cerny, Newcastle: Last year's Little All-City Player of the Year, Cerny is back following a season in which she struck out 337 batters to lead Newcastle to the Class 4A title. Kylie Dodson, Mustang: Tasked with the unenviable duty of following OU pitcher Jayden Chestnut, Dodson is a talented pitcher who got a lot of experience last year in preparation for this season. Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel: A speedster committed to Tulsa, Eropkin has been a big reason for Bethel's recent run of success. Last season, she stole 32 bases and scored 51 runs.

  • High school football: Southmoore impresses with big plays against Carl Albert

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    With each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose.

  • Former Carl Albert star J.T. Realmuto putting together record-breaking rookie season with the Miami Marlins

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Realmuto began this season as the Marlins third-string catcher behind veterans Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis. Since taking over as the primary backstop in April, Realmuto quickly began rewriting the record books.

  • Ex-Carl Albert star J.T. Realmuto drives in 6 runs to spark Marlins

    By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    MIAMI — Former Carl Albert High School star J.T. Realmuto drove in six runs, including five in a franchise record-tying 10-run sixth inning, which helped the Miami Marlins complete a two-game sweep in a series between last-place teams by beating the Boston Red Sox 14-6 Wednesday. Realmuto hit an RBI single in the sixth to put the Marlins ahead 5-4, and then hit his first career grand slam later in the inning to make the score 14-4. He's the first Marlins player to drive in five runs in an inning. It was the second time the Marlins reached double figures in runs in an inning — they scored 10 times at Arizona in 2009.

  • District 5A-2 preview: Deer Creek's defense looking to move forward

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Deer Creek watched almost helplessly in the first round of the playoffs last season as Del City quarterback Terry Wilson orchestrated a game-winning drive with 12 seconds remaining. The Antlers are using that final drive as motivation entering this season. “It is,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said about the motivation. “Our focus no matter when it is (in the game) is to go win the next game no matter who the opponent is. That’s probably in the back of their minds, but in reality it comes down to whoever the next opponent and we’ll get after whoever that is.” Deer Creek, which is vying for its second straight district title, returns eight starters on that defensive unit.

  • Sporting News names Carl Albert's Realmuto as best NL catcher under 25

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Sporting News compiled the best players age 25 and younger at each position in the National League and ended up with an impressive lineup. The catcher on the list was none other than Miami's J.T. Realmuto, who was born in Del City and attended Carl Albert High School before being drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Realmuto has been the Marlins' starting catcher for a majority of the season after getting a brief taste of the majors in 2014. In 2015, the 24-year-old is batting .247 with three home runs and 18 RBIs. Sporting News gave its the reasoning behind the selection of Realmuto, who won't even turn 25 until next March: "Realmuto was rated as a top-100 prospect by most services heading into this season, and he's done a solid job as Miami's primary catcher. And he's showing improvement at the plate; after batting .213 in the season's first two months, Realmuto batted .316 in June, with a .342 on-base percentage."

  • 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.

  • All-State baseball: Breaking down the first team

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

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR COREY ZANGARI, CARL ALBERT Class: Senior Position: Catcher The story: Zangari followed the footsteps of some great Carl Albert players, becoming the team leader during a state runner-up finish. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs, including a masterful state tournament that saw three homers. He had signed with Oklahoma State, but instead has chosen to begin his professional career with the Chicago White Sox.

  • The Oklahoman's All-State baseball roster

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

    FIRST TEAM Pos.;Player,school;Cl.;Avg.;HR;RBI C;Corey Zangari, Carl Albert;Sr.;.490;19;64 1B;Dalton Reed, Roff;Jr.;.581;19;55 2B;T.J. Black, Stillwater;Sr.;.442;0;26 3B;Josh Rolette, Shawnee;Sr.;.495;9;54 SS;Kamen Lounsbury, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale;Sr.;.504;7;58 OF;Trevor McCutchin, Owasso;Sr.;.370;5;28 OF;Josh McMinn, Union City/Southwest Covenant;Sr.;.570;7;64 OF;Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial;Sr.;.452;10;52 DH;Alex Fisher, Heritage Hall;Jr.;.567;3;54 PITCHERS Pos.;Player, school;Cl.;Rec.;ERA;IP;K RHP;Jesus Gamez, Dover;Sr.;6-2;0.27;51.1;99 RHP;Kyle Tyler, Westmoore;Sr.;8-0;0.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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