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  • 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

  • Bethany's Chris Chamberlain, Mustang's Josh Cooper come back home to coach

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Chris Chamberlain hasn’t completely given up on an NFL playing career, but after missing the last two years with a knee injury, he knows his chances are dwindling. Chamberlain played four years with the St. Louis Rams, then was signed by the New Orleans Saints but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth preseason game of the 2012 season.

  • High school football: Putnam City's Chris Pogi a key part of defense

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Nephew of former OSU quarterback Aso Pogi had to sit out last season after moving from Lawton.

  • Putnam City football: Pirates focusing on building a strong offensive line to go with gifted playmakers

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Chris Pogi, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior — and nephew of former Oklahoma State quarterback Aso Pogi — is playing a variety of roles for PC, including running back and H-back, to make use of his size and athleticism.

  • Putnam City North football: Veteran offensive standouts Chase Sparks and Logan Price will be key for PC North

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    A former high school quarterback himself, first-year Putnam City North coach Rod Richardson knows the value of having an experienced quarterback running the offense. And Richardson hopes that his returning starter, Chase Sparks, will help the Panthers find success against a challenging schedule in Class 6A-I. “It’s huge, because he’s seen all the stunts and understands what’s going on,” Richardson said. “He understands what you’re thinking and can make some decisions on his own. He can get you in and out of certain plays. There are no great plays, but he can get you out of the really bad ones. “He’s an extension of the coaches on the field, and that’s where it’ll really help.

  • New Arbor Grove Elementary is a hit for Putnam City teachers, students

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    New Arbor Grove Elementary opens in Putnam City School District in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Former Putnam City, OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney regrouping in Triple-A after struggling in Miami Marlins debut

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Andrew Heaney knows there is plenty for him to work on, and he knows Triple-A is the best place to do that. The Putnam City and Oklahoma State product was sent back to New Orleans by the Miami Marlins last weekend after what he called a disappointing Major League Baseball debut.

  • High school notebook: Londaryl Perry named Putnam City North girls basketball coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Londaryl Perry felt it was time for a fresh start after three years at Northeast. Perry was officially named the new girls basketball coach at Putnam North on Monday, bringing him to the same school as his children. “I honestly missed most of my son’s basketball career because I’m always at a different school, so at least I’ll be able to there with him his senior year,” Perry said. His son Drake is on the Panthers’ basketball team, while his daughter Dru will be a freshman this year. She plays basketball and swims. Londaryl Perry spent the past three seasons at Northeast, leading it to the state tournament twice and winning the Class 2A title in 2013 behind an undefeated season.

  • Andrew Heaney's big league debut is a photographic memory for family

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Thursday night, when the scoreboard at Marlins Park in Miami rolled the starting pitchers and her son’s name appeared, Chris Kenney was quick to grab her cell phone and snap a photo. The image is a bit blurry, and you can’t really make out ANDREW HEANEY, but she considers it a keepsake. Your son doesn’t make his Major League debut every day.

  • Tulsa Washington's Kevin Sims, Putnam City West's Omega Harris among Faith 7 Basketball Bowl's stars

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Tulsa Washington guard Kevin Sims scored 27 points for the Oklahoma All-Stars in a 116-112 overtime loss to Texas in the 49th annual Faith 7 game. Putnam City West’s Omega Harris added 21 points, while Del City’s Brett Cannon had 18 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma.

  • High school basketball: Rick Harris steps down as Putnam City North boys coach

    By Scott Wright | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    With a daughter almost finished with college, and a son going in, Rick Harris decided it was time to step away from coaching and watch his kids play. The Putnam City North boys basketball coach informed the school that he would step down from his position, though he plans to stay at the school and continue coaching boys golf. “My daughter is playing softball in South Carolina and my son is going to be playing basketball in Missouri,” Harris said. “I want to be able to see them play ball. “It was a tough call, but it was the right thing for me to do.” Harris had been the Panthers’ head coach since 2008. The boys basketball vacancy makes for the fourth coaching change in a prominent sport at PC

  • High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring football

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • High school notebook: Putnam City North's Brett McGee resigns

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Fresh off guiding Putnam North to the Class 6A girls basketball state tournament, coach Brett McGee has resigned. McGee said he is pursuing other career opportunities.

  • OGBCA All-State rosters, awards announced

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    The Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association announced the rosters for this summer’s All-State games Friday along with coaches awards and the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Putnam City's Schuyler Wood gains extra motivation from last year's fall

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Schuyler Wood is a two-time champion in the long jump, and was the only girl in the state to go over 19 feet last year. And she’s a two-time runner-up in the high jump. She thought she might be able to grab gold in the high jump last year, but after her fall in the hurdles on the first day of the meet, the injuries held her back in the high jump on the final day.

  • Metro Athletic Conference Girls Basketball All-Conference team

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Metro Athletic Conference recently announced its conference awards for this past season with Choctaw’s star freshman Ana Llanusa taking home top honors with the MVP.