PC North promotes Richardson
Rod Richardson was named Putnam City North’s new head football coach on Friday, succeeding his former boss, Bob Wilson, who retired from coaching last month.
Richardson has been on the PC North football staff for the last decade, and has been the school’s head baseball coach for the last five years. He will relinquish his baseball duties at the end of the season, having won more than 100 games with two trips to the state tournament.
Richardson was the Panthers’ receivers coach, then became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season.
“I’ve been lucky to learn under some of the best coaches our state has ever had,” Richardson said. “They taught me so much about building character and responsibility in young men and how to prepare them to succeed on the field. Now the challenge is mine. I’m thrilled and humbled to be trusted to run such a storied 6A football program.”
Richardson takes over an impressive coaching lineage, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Wilson, who held the job the last 22 seasons.
“Rod Richardson is someone with passion, excitement and unlimited energy who will build upon Putnam City North’s tradition of excellence,” PC North principal Dr. Brian Chastain said. “He knows our players, families and community and has proven that he knows how to lead a team and run an athletic program.”
MWC’S SUNDERLAND EARNS ALL-AMERICA INVITATION
Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland received his Semper Fidelis All-America game invitation on Thursday, capping an already big week for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound safety.
Sunderland picked up scholarship offers from Nebraska and Kansas, following up an offer from Ohio State late last month as well. He now has eight offers on the table, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Sunderland, a first-team selection to The Oklahoman's All-State squad, had 98 tackles and five interceptions last season. He is ranked No. 4 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings.
•In other recruiting news, Westmoore receiver Dahu Green (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is up to 14 scholarship offers, with North Texas and Toledo the latest to come on board.
•Kingfisher offensive lineman Kaden Jackson (6-2, 265) recently picked up his first two offers, from North Texas and New Mexico.
•The Shawnee duo of QB John Jacobs (6-2, 220) and OL Tristan Wyatt (6-5, 290) both got on the board with recent offers. Jacobs was offered by Troy, while Wyatt's first offer came from Tulsa.
OSSAA RELEASES SLOWPITCH STATE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the brackets for all six classes of the slowpitch softball tournament on Friday.
Classes 4A-6A will play Tuesday in Shawnee at The Ballfields at Firelake, while classes A-3A will play at the same location Wednesday.
The schedule for each class can be found on Page 8B.
EDMOND SANTA FE’S JACKSON PICKS UP FIRST OFFERS
Edmond Santa Fe sophomore Aahliyah Jackson picked up her first two scholarship offers earlier this week.
Jackson, a 5-foot-11 forward who averaged nearly 11 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, was offered by both Arizona and Tulsa on the same day.
She was also recently selected to participate in 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.