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  • Quan Hogan, Mason Volk fire Norman North past Yukon

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Hogan’s 78-yard score gave Norman North an early lead it wouldn’t surrender as Volk added three rushing touchdowns for the No. 3 Timberwolves in a 42-28 win over Yukon on Thursday night at Harve Collins Field.

  • 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.

  • Christian Heritage volleyball team's 'The Event, Part 4' is a smashing success

    By Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Fans of CHA and Mount St. Mary turned out strong to support the cause Thursday night at Christian Heritage, and the volleyball players capped the night with a thrilling match between the top two teams in the Class 4A rankings.

  • Oklahoma football: A look at the recruits expected to visit for Saturday's game against Tennesseee

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops and staff ready for a big recruiting weekend

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Six players in the Rivals 250 ranking of the nation’s top recruits for 2015 are expected to make official visits to Norman for Saturday’s game. Several others will take unofficials, as will a group of 2016 players who include a pair of quarterbacks the Sooners have offered.

  • Oklahoma State football: For UTSA coaches, it's old home week — sort of

    By John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Stillwater brings back a lot of great memories for Roadrunner coaches Eric Roark and Neal Neathery.

  • Why Pat Haden must be removed from the College Football Playoff committee

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The College Football Playoff committee can have neither spot nor wrinkle. Which is why Pat Haden must be removed from the football committee. His actions last Saturday at Stanford call into question Haden’s decision-making, which is what the committee is all about.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Sterling Shepard asked to do more

    By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Shepard played exceptionally well in the Sooners’ 52-7 win at Tulsa last weekend — catching eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown — but co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said there are still things he needs to work on.

  • The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks

    By Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark.

  • Oklahoma football: Willie Martinez returns to face Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach.

  • Oklahoma State football: Former QB Clint Chelf on constantly battling for a starting role: “That's something I wouldn't wish on anybody that plays quarterback.”

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Chelf talked about his playing days, the 2014 Cowboys and his future plans in a Q&A with The Oklahoman on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Norman cross country: OK Runner Classic set for Friday

    By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    The ninth annual OK Runner Classic, hosted by Norman High, is set for Friday at the NHS Soccer Complex. Over 50 schools are slated to compete in what is considered one of the top competitions of the cross country season. “It’s really exploded the last four or five years and I think that has directly played a role in us becoming a regional host,” said Norman coach Scott Monnard. “People want to come run the regional course, and we put on a pretty good meet. We have a fairly big coaching staff, a very helpful booster club, and the running apparel store OK Runner has employees come out and help as well. “We also have a very viewer-friendly course.

  • 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.

  • Christian Heritage vs. Mount St. Mary volleyball match more than a game

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Nicknamed “The Event,” the match will also serve as a fundraiser for a family at each school that has been impacted by cancer.

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez says he'll play vs. Tennessee

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said after Tuesday’s practice that his injured shoulder is getting better by the day, and that he will be ready to play Saturday against Tennessee. Sanchez injured the shoulder during last weekend’s 52-7 rout of Tulsa. He, OU safety Quentin Hayes and Tulsa wideout Keevan Lucas collided on Lucas’ catch early in the second quarter. The sophomore left the game and didn’t return. X-rays taken Saturday came back negative, and Sanchez has been able to practice this week. “I got a helmet right to the top of my shoulder, where the most padding is on my shoulder pad,” Sanchez said Tuesday. “It’s kind of a freak thing. I got a little sprain in my

  • Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer waiting for 'breakthrough'

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Glenn Spencer studies his young defenders, conjuring up an image of a baby bird, or maybe something more fierce — a reptile? — working to break through. “Every week, it’s like some of them are just pecking out of their egg,” said the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator. “Every shell, every day “It’s like, ‘Wow, here we go again.’ Wanting that to hurry up; wanting that to happen faster … that’s the frustrating part.” Spencer was asked if this season, with a two-deep overflowing with 14 freshmen or sophomores, requires his hardest coaching job? “You’re always a pessimist as a coach,” he said. “You’re trying to find out the issues and attack the issues.