• Sea Scouts program at Lake Thunderbird offers opportunities to sail

    By Scott Amundson For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    Lake Thunderbird in Norman provides many opportunities for people who want to learn to sail, including the Sea Scouts program for boys and girls ages 13 to 18.

  • Norman native Christopher Bell gets full-time ride in NASCAR Truck Series for 2016

    scott wright | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Christopher Bell’s first experience with the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series has gone well, with a win and a top-five finish among his first three starts. Now, Kyle Busch Motorsports is rewarding the 20-year-old Norman native with a full-time spot for the 2016 season. The organization announced Bell as one of two full-time drivers in their three-team operation for next season. Bell won his third career start, at Eldora Speedway in Ohio earlier this year. He earned a top-five finish at Iowa Speedway in his Truck Series debut in July. Growing up racing on Oklahoma dirt tracks like the I-44 Speedway, Bell began making his transition to pavement racing late last year, recording six victories in 19

  • High school football: Putnam City stops Norman in overtime

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    On senior night at Putnam City, it was only fitting that a pair of seniors were in on the game-winning tackle that preserved the Pirates’ 28-21 overtime victory Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium, while also keeping their playoff hopes alive.

  • Judge orders bond in University of Oklahoma stadium expansion lawsuit

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman says steel construction work on the University of Oklahoma's stadium expansion must be halted. A Kansas steel manufacturer, who sued because its lower bid was not accepted, plans to post an injunction bond of $178,770.

  • Norman's Dillon Dougherty wins Fans' Choice Player of Week poll

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Norman junior running back Dillon Dougherty dominated The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll for Week 8 to easily win the honor. Dougherty finished with 723 votes, a total well above Deer Creek’s Clayton Sims’ 510. A total of 2,141 votes were cast for eight players. Dougherty rushed for 362 yards and five touchdowns in Norman’s 56-28 win over Yukon. He was also The Oklahoman’s staff pick for player of the week. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the Week 9 poll. Here are the results from the Week 8 poll: Dillon Dougherty, Norman: 723 votes (33.77 pct.) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek: 510 votes (23.82 pct.) Jarod Andrews, Washington: 284

  • Red rules at the University of Oklahoma's homecoming parade in Norman

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The University of Oklahoma's annual homecoming parade was Saturday in Norman.

  • High school football: Norman's Dillon Dougherty provides spark in first win to earn Player of Week honors

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Dougherty finished with 362 yards and five touchdowns on 42 carries to earn The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week.

  • Judge flags steel bid award for OU's Gaylord Family stadium expansion

    By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    District Judge Thad Balkman ruled in favor of HME Inc., a Kansas-based steel manufacturer that is suing the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, construction project manager Flintco Inc. and W&W Steel Inc. for the right to the contract to provide the steel substructure for the stadium expansion.

  • VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Updated: Sat, Oct 24, 2015

    Week 8 of the high school football season was wild with some major upsets that featured some clutch performances around the Oklahoma City area. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Jarod Andrews, Washington: The running back had a banner night for the second straight week, this time in a 35-7

  • Norman plans Mix on Main event

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Oct 17, 2015

    Mix on Main, an inaugural event planned by merchants along the Main Street corridor between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes Drive, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    FROM  STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City-area community briefs

  • OU football: Jay Norvell's play-calling, Red River experience serves Longhorns well in upset of OU

    BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    DALLAS — Tyrone Swoopes threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as Texas found relief in the Red River rivalry yet again, upsetting No. 10 Oklahoma 24-17 on Saturday. Coach Charlie Strong's Longhorns (2-4, 1-2 Big 12) came to Dallas in the midst of the program's worst start in 59 years and as two-touchdown underdog to the Sooners (4-1, 1-1). It's been nothing but turmoil and excruciating losses for the Longhorns so far, but Strong's defense harassed Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and the offense made just enough plays to show Texas fans that better times might not be so far away. Jerrod Heard mostly guided the Texas offense with 168 total yards and Swoopes played finisher near the goal line.

  • Bill Snyder 'wasn't aware' of Big 12 officiating mistake in K-State loss at OSU

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

      Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he “wasn't aware” of the officiating mistake that gave Oklahoma State a first down late in the second quarter of Saturday's 36-34 Cowboys victory. On a third-and-23 play, Oklahoma State needed to reach the Kansas State 35-yard line for a first down. Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph completed a 19-yard pass to Marcell Ateman and officials incorrectly awarded OSU with a first down. Five plays later, Rudolph hit Ateman for an 11-yard touchdown pass. “When the situation took place, it didn't seem as though they had made enough yardage to make the first down,” Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. “I certainly didn't question it and had no idea.

  • With Hope, all things seem possible

    By Henry Dolive For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    Bethel Acres third-grader Hope Smith doesn't let prosthetic leg slow her down

  • High school football: Moore beats Norman 19-6 to end 18-game losing streak

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Moore’s last victory came on Sept. 27, 2013, against U.S. Grant, a downtrodden program no longer competing in Class 6A football.

  • The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 Etiquette: The Men Answer: Gametime for Children? How about obscenities?

    By Adam Kemp, Ford Sanger, Brad McNeill, Scott Kinnaird, Berry Tramel and Ron James | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Oklahoma men columnists answer a question about taking children to a college football game where you know there will be an obnoxious fan cursing excessively nearby.

  • Guide to Norman at Class 5A No. 3 Deer Creek

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Deer Creek High School, 6101 N.W. 206th, Edmond Radio: Now 92.9 FM Online: www.normansports.tv Records: Norman 0-1; Deer Creek 1-0 Last week: Norman North 56, Norman 13 — Norman North’s Cameron Hardesty had a monster debut at quarterback with 283 yards and four touchdowns while the Timberwolves defense stifled rival Norman. Deer Creek 31, Stillwater 7 — Quarterback Clayton Sims picked up where he left off last season with three touchdown passes and finishing with 256 yards as Deer Creek cruised past its first Class 6A foe this season. Players to watch: Norman — Ryan Peoples, QB.

  • High school football: Norman North rolls in QB Cameron Hardesty's first start

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    He led the Timberwolves to touchdowns on two of their first three drives, sparking a 56-13 rout of Norman at Owen Field.

  • Live Coverage: Prep Football Week 1

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Join Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh as they bring you updates from Norman North vs. Norman, Edmond Memorial vs. Southmoore, and more games on Week 1 of prep football.

  • Getting to OU stadium might take new game plan

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Both the Lindsey Street and State Highway 9 exits off Interstate 35 in Norman, Oklahoma, are under construction, and there is additional roadwork on both streets after you exit.