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  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys embrace challenge of facing Seminoles

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy called Florida State “as good a team as we’ve ever played.” During Gundy’s tenure, the list of opponents has included some hefty foes, including 2005 national champion Texas. FSU, of course, won the BCS title a year ago and is ranked No. 1 as the strong favorite to repeat, with 15 starters returning, including Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston. Cowboys defensive tackle James Castleman hasn’t been around as long as Gundy, yet he shares the high praise for the Seminoles. “I think that this team as a whole will probably be one of the better teams we will ever face,” Castleman said. “I also think this team offensively, their O-line and receiver corps, will be probably the best we

  • Class 3A football: Communities like Kingfisher, Bethany, Seminole provide the backing to create contenders

    BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Successful football programs in Class 3A often come with a special bond between the school and town. Talent and coaching still trumps all factors in winning, but community support can help turn a program into a yearly contender. Here’s a look at how three of the schools in the preseason top 10 have benefited from that type of backing. Kingfisher: A winning mindset In Kingfisher, the defending Class 3A state champions are surrounded by an expectation for success that goes beyond football. The community and school administration has placed an emphasis on fostering the winning mindset. “Kingfisher, I think, is a unique community in the sense that the people expect to do well and succeed in

  • Class 3A football: Preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings

    BY TRENT SHADID | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    1. Kingfisher (15-0): The defending champions are primed for another title run with a strong defense and championship game star Nick Smith at RB. 2. Douglass (11-2): One of Class 4A’s top teams could be a powerhouse with the move down to 3A. 3. Victory Christian (11-1): Junior QB Keats Calhoon led the state as a sophomore last season with 3,350 yards through the air. 4. Seminole (13-1): Senior QB Doc Harvey is one of just two returning starters on an offense that must replace star RB Papi White. 5. Locust Grove (12-1): QB Mason Fine returns after leading the Pirates to one of their most successful seasons. 6. Blanchard (13-1): Replacing RB Braden Stringer won’t be easy, but the Lions return most of their

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops explains Julian Wilson's move to cornerback

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said senior Julian Wilson’s move to cornerback “went as good as I could have ever hoped for.” So what took so long? Wilson, who was recruited as a cornerback out of Southmoore in 2010, started all 13 of Oklahoma’s games at nickelback last season. Stoops said Wilson was rushing the quarterback more last year than he was dropping into coverage, and OU coaches want junior linebacker Eric Striker — one of the nation’s elite pass rushers — to do more of that this season. “We started thinking — Mike (Stoops, the defensive coordinator) and the defensive coaches — who would you rather have rushing, Eric or Julian? It’s pretty evident it wouldn’t be (Wilson),” Stoops

  • Ratings watch: Little League World Series U.S. Championship shares first place in OKC sports ratings

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    NFL preseason ratings down from last year

  • Oklahoma State football: Is Mike Gundy having quarterback commitment issues again?

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OSU FOOTBALL — Listen to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy talk and you’d think J.W. Walsh is easily the Cowboys’ starter. So why hasn’t Gundy committed and named Walsh the man? It’s just not what Mike Gundy does.

  • Class 4A preseason All-State football team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class 4A preseason All-State team.

  • Class 3A preseason All-State football team

    By Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class 3A preseason All-State team.

  • Class 5A preseason All-State football team

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class 5A preseason All-State team.

  • Class A preseason All-State football team

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class A preseason All-State team.

  • Class B and C preseason All-State football team

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s eight-man football preseason All-State team.

  • Class 2A preseason All-State football team

    By Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class 2A preseason All-State team.

  • Class B preseason Oklahoma football rankings

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    1. Laverne (14-0): The two-time defending state champions are riding a 28-game winning streak. 2. Pond Creek-Hunter (12-2): The team’s strength is its offensive and defensive lines, which are led by senior T.J. Krittenbrink 3. Davenport (9-3): The Bulldogs return seven starters on defense, five on offense and are led by junior QB Hunter Reed, who ran and passed for more than 2,500 yards last season. 4. Alex (12-1): The Longhorns have four starters back on each side of the ball. 5. Dewar (7-4): The Dragons’ season finale against preseason No. 8 Keota should be for district title 6. Seiling (5-5): QB Ehric Young tallied 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards last season rushing and passing. 7.

  • Class C preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    1. Cherokee (12-0): The defending state champs return four starters on offense and five on defense from unbeaten team. 2. Tipton (11-1): The Tigers are seeking a fourth consecutive appearance in the state championship game. 3. Shattuck (10-2): The Indians get top-ranked and defending champ Cherokee at home on Oct. 3. 4. Fox (10-2): Looking for fourth straight season of 10 or more wins. 5. Coyle (8-2): Seeking fourth straight playoff appearance, the Bluejackets have no seniors and are competing in Class C again after two years in Class B. 6. Balko (8-3): Junior Owen Creason (6-3, 225 pounds) anchors the defense. 7. Thackerville (10-1): Junior QB/DB Justice Buckaloo is the Wildcats’ top

  • Oklahoman 2014 Super 30

    Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    As we unveil the fourth edition of The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2015, the list is becoming more difficult to manage. Nearly 40 players have Division I scholarship offers already, with more on the fringe, ready to break through. This is the second straight year that Oklahoma has produced a class of college prospects with multiple elite-level players at the top and a deep talent pool that comes from all parts of the state. Here is our final preseason version of the Super 30: 1. Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady OL, 6-3, 310 Uncommitted Wariboko-Alali recently added his 24th offer with the addition of Cal, but the Sooners also recently re-entered the picture despite

  • Class 6A preseason All-State football team

    Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s Class 6A preseason All-State team.

  • Oklahoman Preseason All-State football team

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Find out who made The Oklahoman’s preseason All-State team.

  • Oklahoma State football: Can Tyreek Hill's versatility – and speed – flip the switch for OSU?

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    David Glidden recognizes one thing in what he’s seen from Tyreek Hill: “an unbelievable talent.” Yet describing Hill, providing details on those talents… well, that’s something different, and seemingly difficult, more challenging even than trying to catch the proven track star.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks beat Albuquerque, close in on division-leading Omaha

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Asher Wojciechowski won a pitchers’ duel to lead the RedHawks to a 3-0 win over Albuquerque on Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks pitcher Alex White working his way back to old form

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    White is trying to regain his arm strength after being sidelined the entire 2013 season soon after the Astros obtained the North Carolina University product in a December 2012 trade.