• Putnam City soccer coach Eddie Wright named school's athletic director

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Putnam City stayed within the family to fill one of the voids left by A.D. Burtschi's retirement. PC boys soccer coach Eddie Wright was promoted to the position of athletic director, the school district announced Thursday. “It's a dream come true to be named as the athletic director at a place that I have called home for so long,” Wright said. “I appreciate the confidence administrators have shown in me. I look forward to maintaining and enhancing our commitment to our student-athletes and pushing along with other coaches toward excellence in everything that we do.” Wright will remain in his role as soccer coach, leading a program that has seen participation numbers nearly triple since he took over.

  • Prep Parade: New concussion legislation reaches final step

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 1164 by a vote of 70-14, and the bill now must make only one more stop before heading to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Mustang's York Benjamin signs with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

    scott wright | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Oklahoma boys are making news at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi lately. The top two stories on the school’s men’s basketball web page focus on local players. Mustang forward York Benjamin, a 6-foot-8 senior, recently signed his letter of intent with the Islanders following a season in which he averaged 12.2 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game. He will join fellow Okie Rashawn Thomas on the roster — and Thomas recently made news of his own following a stellar junior season with the Islanders. The 6-foot-8 Thomas, from Southeast High School, was named to the 2016 Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team, announced by CollegeInsider.com.

  • High school basketball: Former Midwest City coach Rodney Dindy to take over Norman boys program

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NORMAN — Rodney Dindy had been contemplating a return to a head coaching job, but hadn't seen the ideal spot pop up. That changed when the Norman High boys basketball job came open last month. Once a state champion coach at Midwest City, Dindy will take over the downtrodden Tiger program following his approval by school board members Monday night. “I've been wanting to find a head coaching job for a minute,” Dindy said. “The main thing was waiting for the right job and right situation. I definitely think Norman is a great place to coach and work. Their tradition in basketball is great in Oklahoma.” Dindy, 48, replaces Matt Thornton, who stepped down in March after a 3-21 season.

  • High school basketball: The Oklahoman’s Super 5 and All-State rosters

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Here is a complete look at The Oklahoman's 2015-16 Super 5 and All-State rosters: --------------- SUPER 5 Player, School — Ht. — Pos. — Cl. — Pts. Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial — 6-7 — F — Sr. — 24.0 Tre Evans, Edmond North — 6-2 — G — Sr. — 19.6 Jakolby Long, Mustang — 6-5 — G — Sr. — 24.6 Dashawn McDowell, Southeast — 6-5 — G — Sr — 30.1 Trae Young, Norman North — 6-2 — G — Jr. — 33.6 Player of the Year: Trae Young, Norman North Coach of the Year: Lenny Bert, Putnam City West --------------- ALL-STATE SECOND TEAM Player, School — Ht. — Pos. — Cl. — Pts. Mason Harrell, Carl Albert — 5-8 —

  • Super 5 boys basketball: Kristian Doolittle passes some big names on Edmond Memorial's all-time best list

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    KRISTIAN DOOLITTLE, EDMOND MEMORIAL Height: 6-7 Class: Senior Position: Forward College choice: Oklahoma The story: Five years younger than brother Kameron, Kristian Doolittle took his little brother lumps on the basketball court in the park where the two would go play. “He beat me every single time we played, because he was stronger than me,” Kristian said. “But last summer, we played a for-real game of one-on-one and I beat him for the first time. It was like payback for all those times he used to beat me down in the park.” While Kameron chose football in college, recently finishing up his career at Oklahoma State, Kristian and his strong 6-foot-7 frame were destined for the basketball

  • Super 5 boys basketball: Move, shift to point guard makes all the difference for Edmond North's Tre Evans

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    TRE EVANS, EDMOND NORTH Height: 6-2 Class: Senior Position: Guard College choice: Undecided The story: Tre Evans' career needed a launching pad. Fighting to find his role through his first three years of high school, everything finally clicked at Edmond North this year. He moved there after his father was hired as the Huskies' new coach in the offseason, quickly bonding with his new teammates. His father, Terry, shifted him from shooting guard to point guard, and Tre's game finally took off. Evans led the Huskies to a 27-1 record, with their only loss coming in the Class 6A state semifinals. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

  • Super 5 boys basketball: Southeast's Dashawn McDowell leads young team back to the state tournament

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    DASHAWN McDOWELL, SOUTHEAST Height: 6-5 Class: Senior Position: Guard College choice: SMU The story: As a freshman on a team full of seniors, Southeast's Dashawn McDowell got to experience the state tournament. And he spent the next three years trying to get back. Finally in his senior year, McDowell and the Spartans returned, capping a season in which the 6-foot-5 point guard averaged 30.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists. He signed in November with SMU, where he'll play for legendary coach Larry Brown — a man McDowell simply calls "a winner."  "Our team is gonna do a lot of shocking next year, so it's gonna be fun," McDowell said.

  • Super 5 boys basketball: Iowa State-bound Jakolby Long spent four years getting himself ready for Division I basketball

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    JAKOLBY LONG, MUSTANG Height: 6-5 Class: Senior Position: Guard College choice: Iowa State The story: From the moment he walked onto the court for his first high school game as a freshman at Mustang, you could see that Jakolby Long had the body for college basketball. He spent the next four years proving himself — while consistently improving himself — as a Division I prospect. Dozens of offers rolled in, and he ultimately settled on Iowa State, signing his letter of intent last November. He followed that up with the best statistical season of his career, flashing all the skills he spent the previous three years mastering. A well-rounded player with a strong build, Long averaged

  • Super 5 Coach of the Year: PC West's Lenny Bert led underrated Patriots to 6A title

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Three teams were at the center of the discussion about Class 6A favorites when the state tournament began last month in Tulsa. Putnam City West wasn't one of them. Edmond North, Norman North and Mustang were the teams drawing the most attention, yet PC West beat two of them on its way to the school's first-ever boys basketball state title. Bert relied heavily on point guard Marquis Johnson, a naturally gifted and instinctive 5-foot-9 senior, throughout the season. But on those three crucial nights in March, the coach needed just about every player on his roster. Q: What was the week of the state tournament like for you and your team? A: It was more of just getting ready for that moment, whoever we played.

  • Super 5 Player of the Year: Decision on senior year looming for Norman North's Trae Young

    By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    NORMAN — When a 17-year-old is involved, decisions about basketball life generally end up being less about basketball, more about life. Norman North star point guard Trae Young, with the help of his family, now finds himself trying to weigh that balance. This isn't about college, though Young will have to make that decision soon enough, with many of the country's top college coaches anxiously awaiting his choice. The more pressing decision for The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year is where to play his senior year of high school basketball. Young averaged 33.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game while leading Norman North to the Class 6A finals this past season.

  • Little All-City boys basketball: Getting to know Christian Heritage's Caleb LittleJim

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Caleb LittleJim, Christian Heritage As he watched all the players around him graduate over the previous couple of seasons, Caleb LittleJim realized his senior year at Christian Heritage was going to look a lot different. His job as a distributor turned to that of a scorer — and he filled that role magnificently. LittleJim nearly doubled his scoring average, posting 27.6 points per game, to go with 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while helping CHA to a 19-8 record.   Q: What changed for you as a player this year? A: "In previous years, we had a lot of scorers around me. This year, I had to take the lead as a scorer. In past years, it seemed like all the guys on the team would score about the same every

  • Little All-City boys basketball: Getting to know Cashion's Vaughn Raney

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Vaughn Raney, Cashion When Vaughn Raney began his freshman season at Cashion, he and his coach — John Hardaway, then in his first season with the Wildcats as well — were focused on turning the program around. They didn't reach the pinnacle of the state tournament, but each year, their win total went up, culminating with a 19-7 mark this season. Likewise, Raney's scoring average went up each season, leading to this year's mark of 21.3, with 8.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.   Q: Your season and career ended in the area tournament. What was the journey like this year? A: "This year was really good. It was the best season we've had in a very long time, as far as Cashion boys basketball.

  • Little All-City boys basketball: Getting to know Patrick McKaufman of Douglass

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Patrick McKaufman, Douglass Patrick McKaufman came into basketball season off the heels of his fourth year as Douglass' starting quarterback. He was banged up, and didn't know how effective he'd be — if he could play at all. But he played, and he was a star, averaging 20.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game while leading the Trojans to their sixth Class 4A state championship in the last seven years. His future is on the football field at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, but coaches have told him he might get to mix in a little basketball, too.   Q: You guys came into this season as a contender, but not necessarily a favorite in Class 4A. What was the experience like, turning this team

  • Little All-City boys basketball: Getting to know Coach of the Year Kendal Cudjoe of Douglass

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Little All-City Coach of the Year: Kendal Cudjoe, Douglass Just over a year ago, Douglass' state-record streak of state championships ended at five, and with that, this year's Trojans had slipped out of their nearly permanent spot as a favorite to win the Class 4A title. Easily considered a top 10 team, Douglass forged ahead, piling up victories in the challenging All-City Athletic Conference. Then the Trojans reached the state tournament, where they knocked off No. 3 Victory Christian, No. 5 Ada, and the week's Cinderella team, No. 9 Fort Gibson, in the 4A finals. Little All-City Coach of the Year Kendal Cudjoe has won two state championships in his first three seasons at Douglass, and the Trojans have won six in

  • Little All-City boys basketball: Getting to know Harrah's Kellen Manek

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Kellen Manek, Harrah  Now that he has distanced himself from the disappointment of losing in the first round of the state tournament last month, Harrah senior Kellen Manek can count the blessings of his high school basketball career. He got to experience the big stage of the state tournament and play basketball with his closest friends — as well as his younger brother, Brady. Kellen averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 rebounds as a senior, closing his career without ever losing a game at home. While the 6-foot-7 Oral Roberts signee might not have a gold ball, his high school career gave him plenty of memorable moments.

  • Getting to know Little All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year Brady Manek of Harrah

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    When Brady Manek came in as a freshman, he was a tall player with some good basketball skills. Two years later, he's a skilled basketball player, who also happens to be tall. Harrah coach Bryan Jennings describes Manek's game as “much improved. He can score inside and out, and rebounds with the best.” The numbers would agree. The 6-foot-9 Manek averaged 18.8 points and 9.9 rebounds as a junior, and took his game to another level — flashing the talent Oklahoma coaches visualized when they offered him a scholarship last year. He shot 53.3 percent from the floor, while attempting 113 3-pointers. He made 42 of them, at 37.6 percent.

  • The Oklahoman's Little All-City boys basketball roster

    Selections by Scott Wright | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Little All-City boys basketball roster   First team Player, School; Ht.; Pos.; Cl.; Pts. Caleb LittleJim, Christian Heritage; 6-2; G; Sr.; 27.6 Brady Manek, Harrah; 6-9; F; Jr.; 18.8 Kellen Manek, Harrah; 6-7; F; Sr.; 17.2 Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; 6-7; F; Sr.; 20.6 Vaughn Raney, Cashion; 6-2; G; Sr.; 21.3 Player of the Year: Brady Manek, Harrah Coach of the Year: Kendal Cudjoe, Douglass   Second team Player, School; Ht.; Pos.; Cl.; Pts. Patrick Atkins, Centennial; 5-10; G; Sr.; 16.7 Omar Boone, Casady; 5-9; G; Jr.; 23.9 Marquis Edwards, Northeast; 6-2; G; Sr.; 13.5 George Price, Harding Charter Prep; 6-1; G; Jr.;

  • Big All-City Player of the Year: Getting to know Norman North's Trae Young

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    His coach, Bryan Merritt, called it “probably one of the best individual seasons in the history of Class 6A basketball in Oklahoma.”

  • Big All-City Q&A: Getting to know Edmond North's Tre Evans

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Evans led the Huskies to a 27-1 record, with their only loss coming in the Class 6A state semifinals. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists.




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