• Former Oklahoma State, Grant standout Royce Jeffries fatally shot Sunday morning

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State and Grant basketball standout Royce Jeffries was killed early Sunday morning at a Kansas City bar, where he worked security. A gunman opened fire after a fight broke out at Bob's N Motion, killing Jeffries and wounding two others, according to a report in the Kansas City Star. Jeffries was 46. Jeffries was The Oklahoman's 1986 Small School Player of the Year and a member of the paper's Super 5 All-State team. Recruited to OSU by Leonard Hamilton, Jeffries played four seasons (1986-90) for the Cowboys. He averaged 13.1 points as a senior and his 56.9 career shooting percentage ranks third on the school's all-time list. Jeffries finished his career with 1,032 points and a career 9.1 scoring

  • High school notebook: Luke Ring leads Duncan to upset win over Guthrie

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Duncan coach Craig Benson got more than he expected this offseason when he hired Glennis Ring as his defensive coordinator. Ring brought along his son Luke, whose big night Friday has already raised expectations for Duncan's season. Ring passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Collin Klingensmith with 1:31 left for a 28-27 upset of No. 4 Guthrie. “Both of them equally have brought a lot to the table,” Benson said. “Glennis has added a mindset to not only our defense, but to our weight room. He's very good in both of those areas. That was the attraction to find a defensive coordinator to help build this program. “I hadn't seen his kid play.

  • High school sports: Capitol Hill, U.S. Grant bumped up in new OSSAA ADM

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A change in the average daily membership Tuesday bumped Capitol Hill to Class 6A and also bumped U.S. Grant up a class in football for the next two years. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the official ADM after a near month-long delay due to an appeal from Claremore based on the participation of Emerson High School student-athletes at other Oklahoma City schools in the past. Now settled, Capitol Hill moves to Class 6A and U.S. Grant moves to Class 6A Division I for football while Claremore drops to Class 5A and Enid remains in Class 6A Division II in football. Football and baseball districts will not be approved until next week's board meeting.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • High school notebook: Oklahoma State offers John Marshall's Tramonda Moore

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

    Tramonda Moore has been a little-known name on the recruiting scene up to this point. But that’s probably the last time you’ll see Moore’s name and “little” in the same sentence. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from John Marshall got his first big scholarship offer on Sunday night, and there are likely more to come. Oklahoma State offered Moore, who will be a senior in the fall. He previously had offers from Grambling State and Kilgore College.   WASHINGTON PICKS SCHOLZ AS BASKETBALL COACH Deer Creek assistant T.J. Scholz has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Washington, a move that became official on Monday. Scholz, who last served as a head coach at Enid,

  • John Marshall hires former Star Spencer coach Patrick Cudjoe to lead its basketball program

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL -- After 15 seasons at Star Spencer, Patrick Cudjoe is headed across Oklahoma City to become John Marshall's boys basketball coach.

  • High school basketball: Rosters announced for Little All-City basketball games

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The rosters Little All-City boys and girls basketball games have been finalized. The girls game is set to tip off at 6:30 p.m., with the boys game to follow at Redlands Community College in El Reno. Free-throw and 3-point contests will be held at halftime. Here are the rosters: West Boys: Asher Baade, Minco; Antonio Fortune, Millwood; Brandon Gambrell, Bethany; Matthew Johnson, Centennial; Tyler Lester, Tuttle; Jake McAfee, Lexington; Cory Morgan, Centennial; Kyle Mazza, Mount St. Mary; Kole Talbott, OKC Storm; Trysten Thompson, Tuttle.

  • Capitol Hill High School announces new mascot

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    After 88 years as Redskins, Capitol Hill High students have spoken: From now on the school mascot will be known as the Red Wolves.

  • Super 5: Glencoe's Ty Lazenby piles up an impressive list of accomplishments

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Make a list of Oklahoma’s best small-school basketball players of all time, and it’s going to be hard to find one with the list of accomplishments Ty Lazenby has compiled the last four years at Glencoe.