• Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signs with Chargers

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers following last week’s NFL Draft. McDonald tweeted following the draft a picture of the Chargers’ logo with the words “Thankful for a new opportunity!” The Chargers announced his signing along with 19 other players. Thankful for a new opportunity! pic.twitter.com/MQC6TdSJOn — Adrian McDonald (@aday_mac11) April 30, 2016 McDonald played quarterback for Lawton Eisenhower, but starred as a defensive back for Houston. He set a school career record with 17 interceptions. Last season, he started every game at safety and was second on the team with 92

  • Tulsa Memorial's Isaiah Thomas offered by Alabama

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    An in-state target for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State added a big scholarship offer to his impressive list over the weekend. Tulsa Memorial defensive end Isaiah Thomas was offered by defending national champion Alabama.  Thomas, who is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior, tweeted news of the offer. Thomas now has 16 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Missouri. Thomas could follow the path of another local product. Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs signed with Alabama on National Signing Day in February as a running back, choosing the Crimson Tide over the Sooners.

  • Prep Parade: Remembering Oklahoma's forgotten state record holders

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Names like Larry Rose of U.S. Grant — one of the state’s greatest 1-mile runners ever — or Glen Long of Douglass, who is part of two such forgotten records, or Nina Thompson of John Marshall, who had a hand (foot?) in four of them.

  • McGuinness OL Owen Condon's recruitment taking off

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Michigan became the latest school to visit McGuinness sophomore offensive lineman Owen Condon as he continues his rapid rise on the recruiting circuit. Irish coach Justin Jones confirmed Michigan’s visit Wednesday to see the 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle who recently picked up three scholarship offers from Ohio, SMU and Tulsa. “It’s hard to find a guy that is that big that moves as well as he does,” Jones said. “Not only does he move he’s a bender who has flexibility and he moves his feet really well, which makes him a perfect tackle at the next level. I think he’ll be recruited by a lot of guys across the nations just because of that.

  • Purcell expected to name John Higbee new football coach

    scott wright | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Purcell is expected to name Clinton assistant coach John Higbee as its new head football coach, sources told The Oklahoman on Tuesday. The Purcell school board is set to vote on the recommendation of Higbee’s hiring at a Tuesday night school board meeting. The meeting was not expected to be postponed by weather concerns, sources said. Higbee has been a long-time assistant coach under some well-known coaches. He spent 13 seasons at Ada, where he worked under Larry McBroom. He has been at Clinton for the last five years, working under Mike Lee and Phil Koons. He also coached at Noble and Halton City (Texas) High School. Higbee, a native of Dewey, is Purcell’s fifth coach in the last six years.

  • Four to be inducted into Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame

    Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    The Oklahoma Officials Association announced four new inductees for its Hall of Fame this summer, including a basketball official from the final girls 6-on-6 basketball game in state history. The inductees include Phil Anderson of Lawton, Tom Clayton of Muskogee, Jerry Smith of Yuma, Ariz., and Paul Wilson of Norman. They will be inducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23 during the OOA Summer Conference at Westmoore High School. Each member selected was chosen by the OOA Executive Board. Anderson officiated the final 6-on-6 game, a 63-37 win by Stigler over Meeker in the 1995 state tournament. Anderson worked 17 state championship games in his career. Clayton officiated football, basketball, baseball and

  • 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.

  • High school spring football changes going to school vote

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Last month, the OSSAA Board of Directors voted to make multiple safety changes to spring football, including reducing the number of full-contact practices.  But the OSSAA staff since learned that vote should have not taken place. The board voted Wednesday to correct that by electing to send a ballot to schools to vote for the changes. The board voted on the changes under the belief that they were policy in the football manual, which can be changed by a board vote. Instead, they are OSSAA rules, which have to be voted on by schools. “It’s still not official,” OSSAA associate director David Jackson said. “It wasn’t going to be effective until the spring of 2017 anyway.

  • Putnam City's Travis DeGrate to join Canadian Prep Football Academy

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    Putnam City linebacker Travis DeGrate announced late Tuesday evening that he is heading to the Canadian Prep Football Academy to reclassify and join the 2017 recruiting class. DeGrate had signed with Victor Valley Community College (Calif.). “I really like the coaching staff,” DeGrate told The Oklahoman in a message on Twitter. “I believe they can get me to where I want to be.” He isn’t the first 2016 recruit from Oklahoma to join the academy. Mustang tight end Blake Williams is also heading to the prep academy. The program is coached by former Cal receiver Greg McArthur, who caught passes from Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.

  • High school football: Deer Creek names Jay Wilkinson new coach

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    The former Central Oklahoma offensive coordinator was named the Antlers’ new football coach Tuesday night after gaining approval from the school’s board of education.

  • Westmoore names former Midwest City, Mizzou standout Lorenzo Williams football coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Westmoore named former Missouri defensive tackle and Midwest City product Lorenzo Williams as its new football coach Monday night after a unanimous vote by the Moore Board of Education. Williams replaces Adam Gaylor, who coached Westmoore for the past two seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator at Mustang. Williams spent the past four years coaching at Central High School in Springfield, Mo., including two as the head coach. According to the Springfield News-Leader, he tendered his resignation from Springfield Public Schools last week. “You always want to leave places better than they were when you got there, and I feel like I did that at Central. I feel like I gave them everything we

  • Deer Creek offensive coordinator Jonathan Keathly named Watonga coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Deer Creek offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Keathly was officially named the new football coach at Watonga on Monday. Keathly was approved by the school’s board of education. He spent the past seven years with Deer Creek, four of which he was the offensive coordinator of a high-powered spread offense. He also served as a valuable assistant to the girls basketball team. He has never been a head coach. “I just found it to be a great community, school, and football program with a great tradition,” Keathly said. Deer Creek is going through changes on its football coaching staff. Head coach Grant Gower resigned in February after he was named the offensive coordinator at

  • Prep Parade: In football coaching, give youth a chance

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    On the high school football calendar, this is hiring season. Between now and the start of spring practice in a little more than a month, athletic directors with head coaching vacancies to fill are sifting through resumes with the hope that their next great coach is somewhere in the pile. A few programs with a good amount of tradition — places like Westmoore, Deer Creek, Purcell, Tulsa East Central and others — are in the hunt for a coach. Many of them want someone with previous head coaching experience. Some even state it in the job announcement. But why? Throughout the course of a school year, I interact with more coaches than I can count, head or assistant. I come across several head coaches who I