Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene.

He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, writing about athletes like Blake Griffin, Sam Bradford, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant and Brandon Pettigrew before they moved on to outstanding professional careers.

He also has covered small college athletics, minor league sports and NASCAR. Currently, he specializes in high school sports, football and basketball recruiting, and coverage of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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  • Class 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules

    By Scott Wright | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Thursday’s games at Carl Albert Sperry vs. Sequoyah-Tahlequah, 2 p.m. Sperry •Coach: Lance Kight •Record: 24-5 •Ranking: No. 7 •Tournament history: Third appearance (0-2). … Lost to Sequoyah-Tahlequah in last year’s first round. Starting lineup No. Player Ht. Cl. Pts. 11 Peyton Pratt 6-1 Jr. 20.6 22 Casey Cole 6-7 Sr. 19.1 40 Colton Ketcherside 6-3 Sr. 10.6 23 Logan Mullins 6-1 So. 9.3 5 Wyatt Brooks 5-10 Sr. 8.4 •This season: Cole

  • Class 4A boys basketball state tournament team capsules

    By Scott Wright | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Thursday’s games at Yukon Douglass vs. Tulsa McLain, 2 p.m. Douglass •Coach: Kendal Cudjoe •Record: 19-4 •Ranking: No. 5 •Tournament history: 42nd appearance (46-34) and ninth consecutive. … Won titles in 1984, 1986, 1989, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. … Runner-up in 1957, 1967, 1973, 1977, 1981, 2000 and 2006. Starting lineup •This season: The four-time defending champs came into the season with an entirely new coaching staff and only one returning starter. … Shaputis averages 10 rebounds per game, and Sanders adds seven… Wilson leads the team with eight assists per game. No. Player Ht. Cl.

  • Class 2A boys basketball: Breaking down the state tournament teams

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Find out more about the teams in the Class 2A boys basketball tournament.

  • Class A and B boys all-tournament teams

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Class A All-Tournament team MVP: Ty Lazenby, Glencoe The junior continually found ways to score, pouring in 37 points in the title game and averaging 31.0 for the tournament to lead the Panthers to their second straight gold ball. The team Ty Lazenby, Jr., Glencoe, 31.0 Jake Lazenby, Sr., Glencoe, Brice Smith, Jr., Kiowa, 10.3 Tristian McBath, Jr., Kiowa, 10.3 Shaun Bencoma, Sr., Weleetka, 14.0 Class B All-Tournament team MVP: Jace Kerr, Forgan The 6-foot-6 swingman showed his outside shooting range, ability to get to the rim, and toughness inside while leading Forgan to its third gold ball in four seasons. The team Jace Kerr, Sr., Forgan, 19.3 Chandler

  • Oklahoma state basketball tournaments: The Oklahoman's staff picks for classes 2A-6A

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s writers make their

  • Class 5A boys state basketball notes: With move to 6A looming, McGuinness chases title

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    This could be Bishop McGuinness’ last shot at a Class 5A state championship, at least in the near future.

  • Class 5A girls state basketball notes: Carl Albert prepping for Collinsville's 6-4 freshman

    Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Some basketball coaches have been known to stretch the truth a little when listing their players’ heights on the roster. But Carl Albert coach Tim Price says that’s not the case with Collinsville 6-foot-4 freshman Mallory Vaughn.

  • Class 6A boys state basketball notes: Midwest City opens with top-3 showdown

    Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    No team in the Class 6A boys bracket knows better than Midwest City what it takes to get to the title game. When the current seniors were freshmen, they saw Bombers make the finals, and most of the current rotation played a major role in getting to the title game last year. Coach Dewayne Bradley hopes that experience pays off Thursday when his second-ranked Bombers open tournament play against No. 3 Owasso at 7 p.m. in Catoosa. “Owasso has been there, too, so they have some experience,” Bradley said. “But I think experience made a big difference for us in our area championship game. And this week, knowing how to prepare and how we’re going to handle practice, and just the trust in knowing what we need to do to

  • Class 6A girls state basketball notes: Choctaw combining talented youth, experience

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney has three seniors in his starting lineup, but don’t be fooled into thinking the Yellowjackets are a veteran team.

  • Class 5A and 6A state pairings released

    Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    The Class 5A and 6A boys and girls state tournament brackets were released Sunday afternoon.

  • High school basketball: Mustang boys headed to state tournament

    By Scott Wright | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    For the first time since 1996, Mustang is headed to the state tournament. The fifth-ranked Broncos pulled away for a 61-49 win over Moore in a Class 6A boys basksetball west area consolation game Saturday night at Choctaw. Mustang trailed at one point in the third quarter, but outscored the Lions 20-9 in the fourth to put the game away. Mustang got 18 points from junior guard Terrell Williams, while sophomore forward Austin Meyer added 16 and another sophomore, Jakolby Long, had 13. Diontre Cutliff had 17 points to lead Moore, which made a strong late-season run, but fell one win short of the state tournament. Mustang will face Bixby in the first round of the state tournament next Thursday at a location and

  • Class B boys: Forgan defeats Lookeba-Sickles for third title in four years

    Scott Wright | Updated: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    In the Forgan pregame locker room, coach Todd Kerr looked around and saw the past, present and future of Bulldog basketball.

  • State tournament notebook: Leaky roof plagues Big House

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    State Fair Arena didn’t have its best week. The Big House was hit with a pair of power surges that knocked out the lights on Friday, once for 10 minutes, and once for 15 minutes. On Saturday, a roof leak caused water to drip onto the floor near mid-court throughout the day.

  • Class A boys: Glencoe finishes perfect season with win over Kiowa in title game

    Scott Wright | Updated: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    This time, Glencoe got to start celebrating a little early.

  • Collected Wisdom: Butch Vietta, longtime high school basketball referee

    Interviewed by Scott Wright | Published: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    When “Oklahoma” began to play over the State Fair Arena loudspeakers before the Class A boys basketball championship game Saturday, Butch Vietta started to feel his heart race. Vietta doesn’t know how many small-school state championship games he has officiated at the Big House. He’s had the opportunity to call state tournaments in 15 or 16 seasons of the 35 he’s been a referee. And Saturday’s Glencoe victory over Kiowa was his last. He’ll still ref some regular-season games next year, and he’ll continue to mentor young officials as he tries to get more of them into the profession. The milkman from Atoka doesn’t try to hide his emotion when he talks about his passion for his job as a small-school

  • Prep Hoops Live: Class A-B State Tournament

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Mar 8, 2014

    It's championship Saturday at The Big House. Follow our live coverage of the Class A and B State Tournament with Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh, Trent Shadid, Ed Godfrey and more from Twitter.

  • Friday's Class 2A-6A state basketball qualifiers

    Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    CLASS 6A BOYS •No. 1 Putnam City West (24-2): Holding the top ranking for the last two months, the Patriots are chasing their first gold ball. •No. 2 Midwest City (22-2): The Bombers have finished runner-up three times in the last four years, but hope to finish the job this year. •No. 3 Tulsa Union (24-2): Making its fourth straight appearance, Union was the preseason favorite. •No. 10 Bixby (18-8): The Spartans are led by one of the state’s best big me, 6-foot-9 Oklahoma State signee Mitch Solomon. CLASS 5A BOYS •No. 2 Tulsa Memorial (18-7): The defending champion and preseason No. 1 has battled a tough schedule to get back to state. •No.

  • Class B boys: Forgan outlasts Arnett in overtime

    Scott Wright | Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    In a showdown fitting of No. 1 vs. No. 2, top-ranked Forgan edged Arnett to advance to its third state championship game in four years.

  • State basketball tournament notebook: Lights go out in State Fair Arena — twice

    By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Two power surges caused the lights in State Fair Arena to go out twice Friday during the Class A and Class B semifinals. Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association officials said OG&E was unable to explain the first outage, and they believe the delay is due to the lights cooling and then restarting.

  • Class B boys: Lookeba-Sickles rallies past Okeene for first finals appearance in school history

    Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    Lookeba-Sickles coach Landon Scales watched his father, Daryl, take a lot of good teams to the state tournament.

Scott Wright Today at 6:08 PM High schools: Former sportscaster Van Shea Iven named to OSSAA staff LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Today at 5:04 PM High school sports: Concussion bill voted down in Oklahoma House LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Today at 4:32 PM RT @jacobunruh: .@oksportsexpress host Van Shea Iven has accepted a position with the OSSAA. Will start in July once show is finished. #OKP…
Scott Wright Today at 3:03 PM Tuttle football coach resigns; Former players offer support LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Today at 2:40 PM Stilwell has hired JT Cobble, the son of Hall of Fame coach Tom Cobble, as its new head coach. JT was Tom's OC at Chickasha #okpreps
Scott Wright Today at 4:02 AM Former players offer support for former coach Phil Koons LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Tue, Apr. 15 2014 07:20:31 PM CST Prep notebook: Midwest City DB Will Sunderland gets scholarship offer from Ohio State LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Tue, Apr. 15 2014 04:39:54 PM CST Ringling left tackle Riley Daniel (6-6, 310) says he received a scholarship offer from Tulsa during a visit today #okpreps
Scott Wright Mon, Apr. 14 2014 11:23:01 PM CST Son says Tuttle's Philip Koons has resigned LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Mon, Apr. 14 2014 08:39:25 PM CST High school notebook: OSSAA looking at contract extension with State Fairgrounds LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Mon, Apr. 14 2014 06:44:33 PM CST RT @michaelswisher: According to his son @tannerkoons account and other sources, longtime Tuttle football coach Phil Koons has resigned. #…
Scott Wright Mon, Apr. 14 2014 05:49:30 PM CST @RealChuckP thanks Chuck, appreciate it
Scott Wright Mon, Apr. 14 2014 04:01:38 PM CST ICYMI: Chauncey Collins' journey from high school dropout to Super 5 Player of the Year LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 07:45:48 PM CST High school notebook: Classen's Jetta Smith makes school history LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 07:45:48 PM CST High schools: Heritage Hall's other Shepard headed to ORU for track and field LINK #okpreps
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 12:37:24 AM CST Super 5 team member Omega Harris says he was born to play point guard LINK
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 12:37:24 AM CST Super 5 team member and Oklahoma State signee Mitchell Solomon added outside shot to set himself apart LINK
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 12:37:24 AM CST Pepperdine finally gives Super 5 team member Shawn Olden a chance to play Division I basketball LINK
Scott Wright Sun, Apr. 13 2014 12:37:23 AM CST How Super 5 team member Shake Milton got his nickname LINK
Scott Wright Sat, Apr. 12 2014 10:41:02 PM CST High school boys basketball: Fun facts about the Super 5 from 5, 15 and 25 years ago LINK