• High school notebook: Harrah's Kellen Manek commits to Oral Roberts

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Manek was a first-team selection on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City team last season. An inside-outside threat, Manek led the Panthers in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6) to go with 123 assists and 62 blocked shots in 28 games.

  • High school notebook: Oklahoman Media Day is Wednesday

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    The event will be held in the lobby of the McGuinness High School gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City.

  • You might want Norman North's Trae Young to stay, but you can't fault him for wanting to leave

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Sounds like Trae Young isn’t long for our fair state. Not to say the hoops hotshot won’t come back — folks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sure hope so — but all signs point to him playing his junior season at Norman North, then going to prep school for his senior season. In a story first reported by the Norman Transcript, Young said he is considering Findlay Prep in Las Vegas and Montverde Christian Academy in Orlando. Findlay and Montverde are two of the nation’s best prep teams. They play all over the country. They feature rosters packed with future collegians. They are to basketball what Juilliard is to music. Hard to fault Young for wanting to go. Would it be great if he stayed

  • High school notebook: The Oklahoman's fall media day Aug. 19

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND ERIK HORNE | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.

  • PC West's Tyson Jolly headed to Florida prep school

    By Scott Wright | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Tyson Jolly’s college career will have to wait one more year to get started. The former Putnam City West star, who signed with California in the spring, learned over the summer that his high school transcript was half an elective credit short of meeting Cal’s admission standards. Jolly’s ACT score and grade-point average well-exceeded NCAA standards, and his transcript met the requirements at several other universities, some of which reached out to Putnam City West coach Lenny Bert. Rather than attend another school, Jolly decided to maintain his commitment to Cal. He will spend the next year at Elev-8 Prep Academy in Delray Beach, Fla.

  • Kentucky the latest to offer Norman North PG Trae Young

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, after the summer Norman North junior point guard Trae Young has had, but Kentucky coach John Calipari extended a scholarship offer on Sunday. This comes a few weeks after Duke offered the 6-foot-1 Young. Programs like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were on Young early during his sophomore season in which he averaged 24.0 points per game. The nation’s most elite programs started showing up early in the summer, seeing his performance with MOKAN Elite, the Kansas City-based AAU team he’s playing with. That’s where Kansas, Duke and now Kentucky saw his exceptional ball-handling and shooting skills in action. Young reported the Kentucky offer on Twitter

  • Centennial's Matthew Johnson goes from quitter to All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Matthew Johnson will never forget how it felt to watch Centennial win the Class 3A state basketball championship in 2012, his freshman year at the school.

  • All-State boys basketball notebook: Hamilton follows father as All-Stater

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Heritage Hall’s Chris Hamilton II made two free throws with 10 seconds to go in a tie game, boosting the Small West squad to a 70-68 victory over the Small East at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Thursday night.

  • All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Blessington fueled the West’s rally in an 88-59 win over the East at the Mabee Center on Wednesday with 14 of her 21 points in the second half despite having three fouls at halftime.

  • All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    At 5-foot-4, Scheffler was the small but tenacious spark for the Antlers during their last two title runs. She was the unsung hero, and she got a chance to show why in Wednesday’s annual Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.

  • High school basketball: Londaryl Perry named Millwood girls basketball coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@opubco.com | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Former Putnam North girls basketball coach Londaryl Perry has landed on his feet with one of the state’s most established programs. Perry has been named the girls coach at Millwood. Millwood athletic director Shannon Hayes told The Oklahoman on Monday that Perry was officially named his replacement atop the Falcons’ girls basketball program, completing a turnaround from an incident that could have soured Perry's career. “It just shows you that I had a lot of people praying for me,” Perry told The Oklahoman. “It just shows you that God does work things out. Sometimes God puts you in different places to learn lessons. If you learn from it, you can move forward in life. If not, you’ll always walk around with

  • With Henry Iba's help, Jumpin' Jack McCracken became a giant in the game

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Jumpin’ Jack died 57 years ago. But the man who rarely talked about himself still is being talked about. McCracken, a 1929 Classen High School graduate and Henry Iba’s first basketball star, next week will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • OSU basketball: Walk-on Codey McElroy trading minor league baseball for court burns

    BY TYLER PALMATEER The Lawton Constitution | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAWTON — Fiercely guarding the post, Codey McElroy reached out and slapped his hand on the basketball, just before his body hit the flat surface of Eddie Sutton Court inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. He proceeded to make two more fully-extended dives for the ball, the last of which was at least 10-feet out of bounds. This is McElroy's new life. The former two-sport Chattanooga standout, who played bigtime college and minor league baseball, became an Oklahoma State men's basketball walk-on earlier this month.

  • High school notebook: Ringling names Steve Justus football coach

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons.

  • Edmond North’s Tre Evans decommits from OSU

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Evans, one of the state’s top basketball recruits in the upcoming senior class, announced on his Twitter page that he was no longer committed to the Cowboys, a school he once said fit his up-tempo style of play.

  • After running from basketball, former Oklahoma State standout Obi Muonelo hopes to give back through the sport

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    EDMOND — Obi Muonelo kicked his left leg out from under the table and proudly showed the scar that changed his life. "You wanna check it out?" he said. It starts just above his outside ankle and runs five or six inches straight up his leg, the aftermath of a complete fibula fracture and resulting surgery during his freshman season at Oklahoma State. Up until that point, he had his career mapped out. Spend a couple years in Stillwater. Jump to the league. Make millions. But after the injury, he knew basketball wasn't his future. These last couple years, Muonelo not only built up a thriving business that helps people market and brand themselves better but also pushed away from the sport he long loved.

  • High school basketball: Terry Evans named Edmond North boys coach

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Terry Evans explored a variety of options for his next coaching job, and as it turns out, the former Central Oklahoma men’s coach is staying in Edmond. Evans was officially named the Edmond North boys coach on Tuesday night. “We’re very excited,” Edmond Public Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “His success and experience are unmatched.” Evans spent 13 seasons at UCO, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach with eight 20-win seasons and seven NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, while compiling a 263-124 record. He’s no stranger to the high school ranks, having coached Midwest City to three state championships and a 100-11 record over four years there.

  • NBA Draft: Former Edmond Santa Fe, Tennessee star Josh Richardson selected by the Miami Heat

    Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Richardson rose on draft boards over the past month as he showed off his strong perimeter defense in workouts.

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari signs with White Sox

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a contract with former Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari last week, and it appears they paid more than his slot value. Zangari was awarded a $510,000 signing bonus, which is well above the slot value for pick No. 172, according to MLB.com. The normal value for that pick in the sixth round is $284,800.  Zangari was named The Oklahoman's All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year over the weekend after he hit 19 home runs and drove in 64 runs to lead Carl Albert to a Class 5A state runner-up finish after winning three straight titles.

  • The Oklahoman's top scholar-athletes will be honored Tuesday

    BY JENNI CARLSON   | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Jaci Smith and Justin Wu strive to be the best in everything they do. And throughout their high school athletic careers, they were. Smith, a three-sport standout at Edmond North, and Wu, a swimming star at Norman North, were also top notch in the classroom. All of that combined to earn them the Bob Colon Scholarships presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the top male and female high school scholar-athletes in the Oklahoma City area. Smith and Wu will be honored along with six runners-up during the All Sports Award Luncheon on Tuesday at the hall of fame.