• NCAA's elimination of hardship waivers devastating news for Khari Harding's family

    BY JASON KERSEY | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Former Edmond Santa Fe star Khari Harding transferred from Auburn to Tulsa to be closer to his father, who is fighting cancer, and maximize his dad’s chances to watch him play live next fall. Under a new NCAA amendment ratified this week, the latter apparently won’t be possible. The NCAA eliminated immediate eligibility hardship waivers for Football Bowl Subdivision transfers — effective immediately.

  • High school notebook: Del City's Terry Wilson among football players to receive offers

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately.

  • High school football: Kyle White promoted to head football coach at Edmond Santa Fe

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    White replaces his close friend and longtime mentor Lance Manning, who resigned last month. The two were on the same coaching staff together the past 14 years.

  • Transfer to Tulsa brings former Edmond Santa Fe star Khari Harding closer to father

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    After learning in late December that his dad Corie was battling cancer for the second time, Khari Harding made the difficult decision to transfer from Auburn to Tulsa.

  • Readers share their letter jacket stories

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Numerous stories about letters and letter jackets came to The Oklahoman after a story last month about a lost letter jacket that had been found. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • How Val Gokey lost his Pawnee High letter jacket and found a path in life

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Val Gokey still remembers many details about the January afternoon that his letter jacket was swiped. A senior at Pawnee High School, he was working part-time for the school’s custodian. It had been snowing in the small town half an hour northeast of Stillwater, and Gokey helped shovel and sand the sidewalks. When he came back inside, he left his letter jacket on the back of a chair in the auditorium. He put it there often.

  • High school notebook: Carl Albert's Nathan Christmon to walk on at OSU

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A three-year starter at Carl Albert and one of the most reliable linebackers in the Oklahoma City metro area, Nathan Christmon III has accepted an invitation to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State.

  • High school football: Wade Standley leaves Norman North for Ada

    By Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Norman North athletic director Eddie Paul confirmed to The Oklahoman that Standley was leaving, and that the search for the Timberwolves’ next coach will begin as soon as possible.

  • High school football: Douglass' Willis Alexander suspended for spring practice, first 4 games

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Douglass football coach Willis Alexander will miss spring practice and the first four games of the 2015 season as punishment for his behavior during and after the Trojans’ controversial loss to Locust Grove in the Class 3A playoffs last November. Alexander came to an agreement with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association on sanctions to reprimand Alexander for his conduct and comments surrounding the game. Alexander must sit out of spring practice in May, and will not be allowed to coach in the Trojans’ two preseason scrimmages, or the first four games. In addition, Alexander must prepare a written apology for his inappropriate language and comments made during and after the game.

  • Del City quarterback Terry Wilson breaking the dual-threat mold and drawing recruiters' attention

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The Cougars’ new offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite, extended an offer to Del City’s quarterback two weeks ago, and having his talent recognized by someone like Major Applewhite meant a lot to Terry Wilson.

  • The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of top football recruits for the Class of 2016

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Here is The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s class of 2016.

  • How Edmond Santa Fe star Calvin Bundage's recruiting stock skyrocketed

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Calvin Bundage has already picking up 12 Division I scholarship offers to enter The Oklahoman’s first 2016 Super 30 list of top college recruits as the No. 1 prospect. He holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa State, Michigan, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

  • High schools: John Marshall alums working toward on-campus football stadium

    By Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Bob West and Ken Davidson have already put more than $600,000 into the area John Marshall currently uses as its practice field, and by the fall of 2016, West hopes the Bears are playing home games there, too.

  • High schools: Edmond Santa Fe looks forward to new football stadium

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Edmond voters overwhelmingly approved a school bond Tuesday that funds a new stadium at the high school, the first step toward each Edmond high school having its own stadium and moving away from playing at Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.

  • High school football: Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning resigns

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigned from his position Monday morning to go into private business and spend more time with his three daughters, he told The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma high school athletes college signing list: Saturday, Feb. 7

    COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    A look at the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports.

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Ashton Preston turns dream into reality by signing with North Texas

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Ashton Preston, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, is a lockdown corner who is known for his physicality. Last season, he recorded 34 tackles and one interception in nine games for the Wolves.

  • National Signing Day notebook: Lawton's Patterson says, 'The next four years I'm there, we're going to beat OU'

    By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Ed Godfrey | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Lawton stars Jalin Barnett and Darreyl Patterson are out to prove something moving forward. Barnett signed his National Letter of Intent with Nebraska, and Patterson signed with Kansas State on Wednesday, closing an odd and frustrating recruiting process for both players, who saw some options dissolve late.

  • Oklahoma high school athlete signing list: Feb. 4, 2015

    Compiled by Scott Wright | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    BASEBALL Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah

  • No one means more to Josh Wariboko-Alali than the man always by his side

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    On the day he made his college intentions known, pulling a baby blue hat from out of his backpack and picking UCLA over Oklahoma and Ohio State — who the offensive lineman would pick was the biggest National Signing Day suspense in our state — no one was more important to Wariboko-Alali than the man by his side. That’s where his father was Wednesday. That’s where Benson Wariboko-Alali has always been.