• NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Previewing Week 1

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 9-2-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh review Week Zero along with Tuttle coach Brad Ballard, discuss the OSSAA's handling of the ADM issue and preview Week 1. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season.

  • High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.

  • District C-4 Preview: Everyone is chasing Fox

    BY ED GODFREY | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Fox, which went unbeaten in the district last season and finished 11-2 overall, returns starting quarterback Seth Argo, who rushed for 1,109 yards last season and passed for 732 more.

  • High school volleyball: Norman North volleyball young but ready to contend

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Despite suffering its first in-state loss on Tuesday night to No. 3 Edmond North, Norman North has made itself known as a legitimate contender in 6A this season.

  • Cross country notebook: Norman girls make early statement

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    In what stands to be an intriguing year in Class 6A girls cross country, Norman put the rest of the class on notice with an impressive early victory last Saturday at Deer Creek.

  • District C-3 preview: Coyle heavy favorite to win district

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Jared Weathers accounted for 32 touchdowns last year — 22 rushing — and nearly 2,000 total yards. LaShay Johnson scored 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,071 yards.

  • Lawton native Rico Noel called up by Yankees as brother awaits new heart

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lawton native Rico Noel was promoted Tuesday to the New York Yankees as part of the roster expansion, but he has other things on his mind. Noel's 24-year-old brother Orlandus is currently in Dallas waiting on a new heart, according to NJ.com. "Twenty-four [years old]," Noel told the paper. "Young. Came out of nowhere. But he'll be all good once he gets that new heart...It shouldn't be too long of a wait. A lot of people think it's a lot longer, which I thought when I first heard the news, but once you get on the list it's pretty quick for the most part." Noel was called up strictly for his speed. Across six minor league seasons, he has 283 stolen bases. Here's a story from last summer on Noel when he played against Oklahoma City.

  • 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football

    Richard Hall | Yesterday

    We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she also found her attitude toward the sport had changed. So, what changed it? Here are 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football. No.

  • District C-2 preview: Terence Rushing lone returner for Tipton

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    There's no denying that Terence Rushing played a key role in Tipton's 14-0 season and Class C state championship last fall. But every other starter that joined him on that team is gone, leaving second-year coach Travis White looking to fill some holes. Rushing, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, averaged 12 yards per carry at running back and also starts at linebacker for Tipton, which opens its title defense against Fox Friday night at Tipton. GRANDFIELD LOOKING TO LOPEZ AGAIN A year ago, Jahred Lopez accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns. Tied with Tipton as the coaches' favorite to win District C-2, Grandfield will be expecting the same type of production once again.

  • District C-1 Preview

    By Chris Brannick | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Rusty Thomas has a young team in Balko this season and will be led by a young quarterback trying to duplicate the success of a playoff run from a year ago.

  • High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • 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.

  • Seven former local standouts named OBU football captains

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OCU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding

  • Tuttle, Davis to split admission from Week Zero game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Last week’s Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school’s turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we’re not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn’t repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis’ 30-game win streak.

  • Tucker Halstead, Minco get off to fast start

    scott wright | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Brock Wardlaw’s first game as the Minco head coach went about as smooth as it could have. The coach opened with a 60-12 road victory over Watonga in Week Zero last Friday, behind a breakout performance from running back Tucker Halstead. The junior had touchdown runs of 19 and 25 yards in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Hunter Jones was 8-of-12 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Shannon Williams added a pair of big plays for Minco as well, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then going 64 yards for a rushing score.

  • District B-3 preview: Davenport back in favorite's role

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Bulldogs bring back a strong nucleus of experienced players, particularly on offense, where they graduated just one starter.

  • High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul Hix

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jordan Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore.

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools meets OSSAA deadline; ADM likely coming Tuesday

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The proper average daily attendance numbers for Emerson High School were delivered to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by Monday’s deadline, executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City Public Schools was required to determine from the ADM how many students apply to each OKCPS school based on their previous school or if they never attended an OKCPS school in what district they reside. Eleven students from Emerson competed with other OKCPS schools last year, but were not applied properly to the ADM, an issue Claremore raised in August in an effort to move to Class 5A. Under the new ADM, it’s likely that Capitol Hill will move to Class 6A and Claremore will move to Class 5A.

  • District B-4 preview: Keota's Jace Welch a star

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Welch is a four-year starter who totaled 19 touchdowns as a junior. He rushed for 482 yards and passed for 893.

  • High school notebook: Del City QB Terry Wilson invited to Semper Fidelis All-America Game

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.