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Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
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From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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High school basketball results for Friday, February 5.
High school basketball: Results for Friday, February 5
Feb 6, 2016Friday's Results Boys City Area Agra 58, Coyle 51 Bethany 51, Blanchard 50 Calumet 62, Gracemont 51 Carl Albert 71, Shawnee 59 Casady 59, Cistercian, Texas 55 Cashion 55, Ripley 40 Centennial 72, Heritage Hall 66, OT Chickasha 61, Guthrie 52 Community Chr. 82, Elmore City 38 Crossings Christian 58, Watonga 44 Dale 56, Bethel 39 Davenport 87, Oilton 48 Depew 69, Wellston 67 Destiny Christian 69, Lawton Christian 42 Dibble 61, Paoli 39 Edmond Memorial 71, Deer Creek 45 Edmond North 83, Moore 31 Harrah 77, McLoud 36 Hennessey 75, Perry 48 John Marshall 59, Millwood 58 Jones 65, Crooked Oak 57 Kingfisher 57, Bridge Creek 40 Lawton Ike 52, OKC Storm 49 Luther 65, Chandler 62 McGuinness 59, Putnam City 52 Mustang 90, Yukon 63 Noble 60, Western Heights 40 Norman North 84, Edmond Santa Fe 74 Northeast 46, Douglass 38 Northwest 73, Capitol Hill 56 Okarche 47, Amber-Pocasset 38, OT Okla. Christian Aca. 57, OKC Knights 56 Oklahoma Christian 67, Chisholm 45 Pauls Valley 66, Washington 63 Piedmont 72, El Reno 67 Purcell 80, Little Axe 49 Putnam North 77, Enid 49 Putnam West 93, Choctaw 60 Riverside 84, Chr. Heritage 63 Southmoore 60, Norman 42 Star Spencer 76, Mount St. Mary 56 Stroud 71, Meeker 56 Tecumseh 47, Prague 40 Tuttle 55, Newcastle 52, OT U.S. Grant 69, Classen 41 Wayne 59, Wynnewood 56 Westmoore 87, Stillwater 53 State Ada 64, Durant 50 Adair 59, Dewey 47 Afton 67, Bluejacket 64 Anadarko 64, Elk City 33 Arapaho 62, Erick 25 Barnsdall 56, Copan 48 Beaver 83, Balko 43 Berryhill 59, Cushing 44 Big Pasture 53, Empire 47 Boise City 69, Springfield, Colo. 27 Broken Arrow 51, Tulsa Kelley 48 Cache 55, Clinton 44 Caddo 67, Caney 48 Calera 42, Rattan 41 Canute 63, Mt. View-Gotebo 31 Carnegie 63, Sayre 35 Catoosa 61, Locust Grove 58 Central Sallisaw 83, Hulbert 75 Checotah 82, Haskell 68 Chouteau 83, Sperry 79 Cimarron 54, Kremlin-Hillsdale 49 Claremore 53, Glenpool 45 Cleveland 66, Bristow 35 Colbert 64, Antlers 37 Coweta 47, Grove 36 Crowder 52, Savanna 45 Depew 69, Wellston 67 Duke 45, Hammon 41 Duncan 63, Altus 51 Earlsboro 85, Mason 82, OT Eufaula 63, Kellyville 62 Fairland 55, Commerce 47 Fort Cobb-Broxton 83, Cyril 50 Fort Gibson 96, Inola 37 Frontier 52, Yale 40 Garber 66, Covington-Douglas 27 Glencoe 77, Morrison 40 Goodwell 66, Felt 36 Guymon 53, Garden City, Kan. 47 Henryetta 66, Morris 40 Holdenville 58, Coalgate 55 Hooker 56, Forgan 48 Hugo 63, Idabel 53 Hydro-Eakly 44, Lookeba-Sickles 42 Kansas 58, Chelsea 42 Ketchum 52, Wyandotte 51 Kingston 56, Comanche 52 Kinta 70, Graham-Dustin 36 Latta 51, Konawa 40 Laverne 67, Texhoma 59 Liberty 63, Caney Valley 56 Lone Grove 87, Tishomingo 76 Marlow 49, Lindsay 41 Merritt 73, Sentinel 13 Miami 55, Seq. Claremore 38 Mounds 66, Dewar 36 Muldrow 56, Poteau 50 Muskogee 57, Jenks 56 Navajo 45, Cordell 40 New Lima 91, Maud 60 Ninnekah 62, Alex 60 Oaks 72, Porum 42 Okemah 70, Seminole 42 Oklahoma Bible 47, Okeene 40 Oklahoma Union 79, Welch 50 Okmulgee 63, Beggs 61 Oktaha 53, Weleetka 46 Oologah 61, Vinita 45 Paden 77, Butner 37 Pawnee 77, Newkirk 52 Plainview 60, Davis 52 Ponca City 53, Blackwell 37 Pond Creek-Hunter 68, Drummond 30 Porter 62, Gore 37 Preston 55, Kiefer 52 Prue 59, Woodland 45 Pryor 58, Collinsville 54 Quapaw 44, Foyil 41 Quinton 68, Panama 54 Red Oak 99, Howe 60 Regent Prep 57, Wright Christian 35 Ringwood 72, Mooreland 67 Roff 56, Asher 20 Salina 62, Nowata 59 Sand Springs 59, Bixby 45 Sapulpa 49, Bartlesville 46 Seiling 83, Cheyenne 31 Seq. Tahlequah 73, Cascia Hall 37 Smithville 59, Buffalo Valley 37 Snyder 71, Burns Flat-Dill City 58 Sterling 42, Rush Springs 33 Stilwell 41, Sallisaw 36 Strother 68, Bowlegs 42 Sulphur 52, Marietta 48 Summit Christian 49, Lincoln Christian 47 Talihina 41, Heavener 25 Temple 62, Ryan 59 Timberlake 62, Lomega 46 Tonkawa 54, DC-Lamont 42 Tulsa East Central 53, Tulsa Edison 45 Tulsa Memorial 64, Tulsa Hale 52 Tulsa Union 69, Owasso 48 Tulsa Webster 82, Tulsa Central 77 Tyrone 72, Hardesty 7 Verdigris 100, Jay 40 Valliant 69, Fort Towson 60 Victory Christian 54, Rejoice Christian 31 Wagoner 52, Hilldale 51 Walters 55, Velma-Alma 44 Waynoka 73, Medford 37 Webbers Falls 76, Gans 56 Westville 61, Warner 50 Wilburton 51, Hartshorne 32 Wilson 59, Waurika 50 Wister 72, Keota 70 Woodward 54, Elgin 51 Wright City 81, Whitesboro 53 Girls City Area Blanchard 68, Bethany 41 Carl Albert 39, Shawnee 37, OT Cashion 45, Ripley 25 Chandler 39, Luther 37 Chickasha 46, Guthrie 42 Chisholm 57, Oklahoma Christian 33 Choctaw 58, Putnam West 52 Chr. Heritage 57, Riverside 30 Classen 83, U.S. Grant 22 Community Chr. 71, Elmore City 49 Dale 58, Bethel 49 Deer Creek 52, Edmond Memorial 42 Dibble 75, Paoli 29 Edmond Santa Fe 47, Norman North 34 El Reno 53, Piedmont 38 Harrah 81, McLoud 35 Hennessey 63, Perry 50 Heritage Hall 71, Centennial 53 Jones 61, Crooked Oak 6 Kingfisher 65, Bridge Creek 34 Lawton Ike 65, OKC Storm 50 Meeker 44, Stroud 25 Millwood 67, John Marshall 26 Moore 50, Edmond North 40 Mulhall-Orlando 61, Crescent 56 Mustang 55, Yukon 35 Newcastle 68, Tuttle 35 Noble 59, Western Heights 46 Northeast 39, Douglass 21 Northwest 64, Capitol Hill 44 Okarche 59, Amber-Pocasset 19 Okla. Christian Aca. 61, OKC Knights 21 Perkins 60, Mannford 39 Prague 53, Tecumseh 18 Purcell 46, Little Axe 38 Putnam City 68, McGuinness 52 Putnam North 49, Enid 43 Southmoore 42, Norman 30 Star Spencer 56, Mount St. Mary 48 SW Covenant 59, Santa Fe South 47 Washington 60, Pauls Valley 34 Watonga 57, Crossings Christian 43 Wellston 64, Depew 40 Westmoore 58, Stillwater 28 Wewoka 63, SeeWorth Aca. 25 State Ada 61, Durant 42 Adair 71, Dewey 30 Afton 43, Bluejacket 34 Altus 50, Duncan 34 Anadarko 52, Elk City 50, OT Asher 48, Roff 33 Barnsdall 71, Copan 37 Beaver 52, Balko 37 Beggs 60, Okmulgee 9 Boise City 50, Springfield, Colo. 36 Bokoshe 63, McCurtain 40 Bowlegs 56, Strother 46 Bristow 67, Cleveland 66, OT Broken Arrow 77, Tulsa Kelley 43 Burns Flat-Dill City 38, Snyder 35 Cache 41, Clinton 25 Caddo 57, Caney 43 Canute 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 36 Chouteau 86, Sperry 45 Claremore 74, Glenpool 45 Collinsville 52, Pryor 38 Comanche 75, Kingston 25 Cordell 38, Navajo 20 Coweta 37, Grove 34 Cushing 29, Berryhill 21 Cyril 56, Fort Cobb-Broxton 37 DC-Lamont 39, Tonkawa 35 Empire 68, Big Pasture 52 Erick 55, Arapaho 24 Fairland 43, Commerce 32 Felt 49, Goodwell 30 Forgan 51, Hooker 49 Fort Gibson 79, Inola 35 Geary 38, Corn Bible 35 Granite 47, Tipton 46 Hammon 44, Duke 32 Haskell 58, Checotah 51 Hilldale 63, Wagoner 26 Holland Hall 69, All Saints 20 Howe 55, Red Oak 44 Hulbert 65, Central Sallisaw 42 Idabel 60, Hugo 54 Kansas 51, Chelsea 38 Kellyville 41, Eufaula 38 Keota 42, Wister 35 Ketchum 48, Wyandotte 29 Kinta 47, Graham-Dustin 20 Latta 40, Konawa 24 Lawton 58, Lawton Mac 51 Liberty 50, Caney Valley 38 Locust Grove 54, Catoosa 33 Lomega 79, Timberlake 49 Lone Grove 52, Tishomingo 29 Mangum 53, Hollis 35 Marlow 49, Lindsay 32 Mason 48, Earlsboro 41 Medford 32, Waynoka 27 Merritt 43, Sentinel 31 Morris 65, Henryetta 22 Mounds 89, Dewar 54 Muldrow 55, Poteau 36 Mulhall-Orlando 61, Crescent 56 Muskogee 63, Jenks 41 Newkirk 42, Pawnee 26 New Lima 70, Maud 40 Oklahoma Bible 49, Okeene 33 Oklahoma Union 53, Welch 48 Olive 44, Tulsa Dove Science 21 Owasso 56, Tulsa Union 43 Paden 61, Butner 39 Plainview 52, Davis 46 Pocola 53, Stigler 32 Ponca City 46, Blackwell 34 Porter 40, Gore 29 Preston 49, Kiefer 40 Quinton 57, Panama 28 Regent Prep 69, Wright Christian 24 Ringwood 63, Mooreland 37 Salina 70, Nowata 29 Sand Springs 60, Bixby 48 Sapulpa 45, Bartlesville 29 Savanna 46, Crowder 42 Sayre 37, Carnegie 20 Seiling 74, Cheyenne 37 Seminole 48, Okemah 44 Seq. Claremore 51, Miami 38 Seq. Tahlequah 61, Cascia Hall 47 Smithville 47, Buffalo Valley 31 Spiro 38, Roland 36 Stilwell 64, Sallisaw 57 Stonewall 57, Allen 48 Stratford 53, Maysville 15 Stuart 64, Haileyville 43 Temple 58, Ryan 34 Texhoma 58, Laverne 28 Thomas 58, Hinton 23 Tulsa East Central 85, Tulsa Edison 41 Tulsa Rogers 62, Tulsa McLain 44 Tulsa Memorial 65, Tulsa Hale 30 Tulsa Webster 66, Tulsa Central 51 Tyrone 48, Hardesty 33 Valliant 59, Fort Towson 45 Velma-Alma 48, Walters 33 Verdigris 38, Jay 34 Victory Christian 44, Rejoice Christian 22 Vinita 48, Oologah 46 Webbers Falls 59, Gans 27 Westville 59, Warner 49 Wilburton 52, Hartshorne 41 Wilson 39, Waurika 35 Woodland 50, Prue 36 Woodward 44, Elgin 41 Wright City 82, Whitesboro 51 Tournaments 270 Conference At Buffalo Vici 61, Sharon-Mutual 30 Shattuck 65, Fargo 46 Sharon-Mutual 54, Fargo 34 (girls) Vici 53, Leedey 36 (girls) --Compiled by Darla Smith
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — With graduate transfer Dakota Prukop set to take over at quarterback this fall for his final season of eligibility, Oregon added a few prospects at the position for the future.Former Nebraska recruit Terry Wilson, who changed his mind and decided to go with the Ducks, and Justin Herbert, a local prospect from Sheldon High School, were among those who signed on Wednesday to...
Oregon already landed Prukop, fills out other spots
By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — With graduate transfer Dakota Prukop set to take over at quarterback this fall for his final season of eligibility, Oregon added a few prospects at the position for the future. Former Nebraska recruit Terry Wilson, who changed his mind and decided to go with the Ducks, and Justin Herbert, a local prospect from Sheldon High School, were among those who signed on Wednesday to play for Oregon. Four-star dual quarterback Tristan Wallace, who also signed, is likely to play at receiver. Prukop, a standout at Montana State, announced he was headed to Eugene in December and is already on campus. It is expected that he'll take over for Vernon Adams, also a transfer who played for the Ducks last season. Asked if he was confronted on the recruiting trail about using two straight graduate transfers at the position, coach Mark Helfrich said the only negative feedback he hears is from the media, and that recruits rarely mention transfers or attrition. On the eve of signing day, quarterback Morgan Mahalak, who was on the scout team last season as a redshirt freshman, announced he would be leaving the Ducks. Other things to consider about Oregon's 2016 recruiting class: Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double-up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years after two straight seasons of graduate transfers. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ For the full list: http://www.goducks.com/
Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams:___ARIZONATop 25 Class: No.Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense.Best of...
Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: ___ ARIZONA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense. Best of the rest: OL Michael Eletise. The 4-star recruit from Hawaii is considered one of the best guards in the country. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Eletise should give the Wildcats some much-needed depth on the offensive line. Late addition: WR Shawn Poindexter. Arizona got a last-second flip on this one. Poindexter, of Glendale Community College, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, but changed his mind a day later and signed with the Wildcats. One that got away: QB Victor Viramontes whittled his decision down to Arizona and California, ultimately signing with the Bears on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: Arizona has had one of the Pac-12's worst defenses over the past few years and the new recruits should help provide the Wildcats with some size and depth. The Wildcats also signed receiver Devaughn Cooper and running back J.J. Taylor, adding to their cache of offensive playmakers. ___ ARIZONA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy," coach Todd Graham said. Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame — 6-foot, 170 pounds — Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler High School. Late addition: none. One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary. ___ CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: No Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California. One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA. How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Three-star signee Victor Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including Luke Rubenzer who was Jared Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015. ___ COLORADO Top 25 class: No Best in class: Beau Bisharat, RB, Sacramento, California. Best of the rest: WR Johnny Huntley III, Plantation, Florida; Anthony Julmisse, WR, Plantation, Florida; Ronnie Blackmon, DB, Atlanta; Drew Lewis, LB, Coffeyville; Juwann Winfree, WR, Coffeyville One that got away: Craig Watts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Signed with South Florida. How they'll fit in: Bisharat and Winfree could step in and start right away. A three-year starter in high school, Bisharat rushed for 4,130 yards along with 43 TDs. Winfree had 55 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Coffeyville. ___ OREGON Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Tristan Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Coach Mark Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ OREGON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Shurod Thompson, a safety out of Brentwood, California, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, the speedy Thompson was considered among the top 10 players in the nation at his position. Best of the rest: Christian Wallace, a cornerback out of Sealy, Texas, was considered among the top 25 prospects out of Texas. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and Andersen said he will also carry for the Beavers. Late addition: Defensive tackle David Fangupo, a 350-pound JC transfer from Cerritos College who signed with the Beavers after earlier committing to Utah. One that got away: Four-star offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa, who decided to go to Washington State. How they'll fit in: Coach Gary Andersen addressed his needs on defense, but the Beavers remain short at quarterback after both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer. Marcus McMaryion will return and Andersen announced Wednesday that Utah State transfer Darell Garrettson, who had to sit out last year under NCAA rules, had earned a scholarship. The only quarterback in the recruiting class is Mason Moran out of Arizona's Chandler High School, who was recruited as a defensive player by other schools. Andersen said that the Beavers may have to bring in a walk-on at the position. ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena, California. The Trojans plugged a hole on their line with the commitment of a powerful prospect joining the pipeline of talent running a few miles north from Serra High School to USC. Best of the rest: Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente, California, and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Westlake Village, California. USC landed two of the top receiving prospects in the country to bolster their enviable depth at the skill positions for the next starting quarterback. Late addition: Jack Jones, WR/CB, Long Beach, California. The Trojans' next possible two-way star chose to stay close to home on decision day, announcing it with a video featuring fellow LBC denizen Snoop Dogg. "I thought it was absolutely awesome," coach Clay Helton said. "I'm amazed how creative it gets every year." One that got away: Jonathan Kongbo, DT, Arizona Western College. The junior college standout passed on a chance to contribute immediately for the Trojans, choosing Tennessee instead. How they'll fit in: USC has rarely hesitated to play freshmen during Helton's six seasons in the program, and this class should be no exception. The Trojans are flush with speedy juniors at their skill positions, but the new recruits will help out until it's their turn to shine in 2017. ___ STANFORD Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Curtis Robinson, OLB, Irvine, Calif. Best of the rest: K.J. Costello, QB, Coto de Caza, California; Clark Yarbrough, OT, Rumson, New Jersey; Kaden Smith, TE, Flower Mound, Texas; Scooter Harrington, TE, Riverside, Connecticut.; Andrew Pryts, S, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.; Treyjohn Butler, CB/S, Rancho Cucamonga, California; Obi Eboh, CB, Southlake, Texas; Richard McNitzky, LS, San Antonio. Late addition: Jet Toner, P/K, Honolulu One that got away: OLB Jeffrey McCulloch. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen signed Wednesday have termed themselves the 'Phat Five,' and several of them will have a chance to help remake the line in their first years. Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett was the last true freshman to start at Stanford. Cardinal coach David Shaw also stressed the importance of signing four defensive linemen. That was Stanford's most worrisome position after losing Harrison Phillips to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and having to convert offensive players to fill in. Shaw also expects Costello to have an impact. Stanford will carry three scholarship quarterbacks next year, none of whom have ever started a game. ___ UCLA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Coach Jim Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. ___ UTAH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Garett Bolles, OL, Snow College, Lehi, Utah Best of the rest: Troy Williams, QB, Santa Monica College, Carson, California Late addition: David Luafatasaga, LB, Arizona Western, Honolulu, Hawaii One that got away: Wayne Kirby, DT, Pocatello, Idaho How they'll fit in: All eyes are on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Travis Wilson and running back Devontae Booker gone. As junior college transfers, both Williams and Bolles are expected to contribute immediately. But coach Kyle Whittingham is all about defense and the linebacker corps got an infusion with Luafatasaga, Davir Hamilton, Snow College transfer Kurtis Taufa and Donovan Thompson. Luafatasaga "is exceptional at rushing the passer," Whittingham said. "He can also play inside linebacker. His real strength is coming off the edge." ___ WASHINGTON Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a four-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career. Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds. Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4x100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver. One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia. How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016. ___ WASHINGTON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Receiver Isaiah Johnson of Belle Glade, Florida, was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, and among the top 20 receivers in the state. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound product of Dwyer High School caught 44 passes for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Best of the rest: Running back Romello Harris rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior, and is rated the No. 57 running back prospect in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder totaled 7,311 rushing yards in his prep career at Tulare Union High in California. Late addition: Linebacker Suli Tamaivena of Kirkland, Washington. His father, Levi, was a national rugby star in Fiji. One that got away: Athlete Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, California, who chose San Diego State. How they'll fit in: Washington State has plenty of returning veterans from a nine-win season that was the best in more than a decade. The new players should have time to learn the system and earn playing time without being rushed into the breach. With three quarterbacks on the roster, the Cougars apparently did not feel the need to sign a top passer this year to run the Air Raid down the road.
Feb 3, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama's still the unquestioned king of Southeastern Conference recruiting.That doesn't mean the competition isn't closing the gap.The Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban closed with a flourish on Wednesday during national signing day, receiving letters of intent from several top prospects, including linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson.The rest of the...
Alabama leads another strong recruiting class for the SEC
By DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama's still the unquestioned king of Southeastern Conference recruiting. That doesn't mean the competition isn't closing the gap. The Crimson Tide and coach Nick Saban closed with a flourish on Wednesday during national signing day, receiving letters of intent from several top prospects, including linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson. The rest of the Southeastern Conference was well-represented among the nation's top classes. LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M were all ranked among the top 20 in 247Sports Composite rankings. Alabama has always recruited well under Saban, so the Tide's ability to land top prospects isn't necessarily a surprise. Still, the late success was impressive. The Tide's eventful signing day once again produced one the highest-rated class in the country according to 247Sports, but the understated Saban wasn't ready to crown them champions of anything just yet. "Until these guys sort of grow and develop, you really don't know what kind of class you had," Saban said. "It's everybody's guesstimate at this point as to what kind of class that we really had. We're excited about them, we're pleased with them but you can't make predictions with these kind of things." Ole Miss landed a class heavy on potential offensive stars, including quarterback Shea Patterson, offensive tackle Greg Little and receiver A.J. Brown. All three were among the most highly-regarded prospects at their respective positions. Georgia also secured an impressive class under first-year coach Kirby Smart, landing quarterback Jason Eason, athlete Mercole Hardman Jr. and tight end Isaac Nauta. ___ Some notable developments from across the Southeastern Conference on national signing day: BIELEMA BACKTRACKS Arkansas coach Bret Bielema ended up making two phone calls that had nothing to do with his recruiting class. Bielema called Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze and Florida's Jim McElwain to explain what he meant Wednesday when he said on ESPN2 that "Florida (is) kind of the new Ole Miss. They're doing some things recruiting that kind of shocks you a little bit." The Rebels have been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball and track and field programs. McElwain said he "does it right" in recruiting. Bielema said he was trying to pay Florida a compliment: "We've seen them kind of pop up everywhere." BAD TIMING FOR OLE MISS Ole Miss hit a snag in its recruiting last week when the school acknowledged that it was aware of a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that alleged rule violations in three sports, including football. Freeze said the news "didn't help" as the Rebels tried to close with several high-profile national prospects. Freeze was critical of the timing of the news, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. "The timing and the way it was put out is quite peculiar," the coach said. "I wasn't crazy about that." LSU EFFORTS 'REMARKABLE' LSU nearly fired coach Les Miles after this season, but it didn't seem to hurt recruiting much. The Tigers didn't get everyone they wanted, but still closed with a potential top-5 class. Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247Sports, is impressed. "I think what LSU did and what Les Miles did in this class was pretty remarkable," Simmons said. "Miles put his foot down in the state of Louisiana." RAZORBACK RB REPLACEMENT Arkansas might have grabbed its latest star running back by landing Texas prospect Devwah Whaley. Whaley rushed for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in high school. The Razorbacks are trying to fill the void left by the departed Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams. Whaley also had offers from Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford. VOLS HIT INTO DOUBLE-PLAY Tennessee closed with success on signing day. Safety Nigel Warrior and junior-college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo — two of Tennessee's highest-rated recruits — didn't finalize their college decisions until Wednesday. Said coach Butch Jones: "We still felt there was room for more speed, more athleticism and we were going to swing the bat. It wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision by these individuals." ___ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP
Tuesday's high school basketball results.
High school basketball: Results for Tuesday, February 2
Feb 3, 2016Tuesday's Results Boys City Area Bethany 41, Kingfisher 34 Bethel 48, McLoud 43 Blanchard 44, Tuttle 42, OT Bridge Creek 50, Newcastle 46 Calumet 89, Lomega 64 Carl Albert 85, Guthrie 77, 2OT Casady 64, Holland Hall 45 Cashion 90, Dover 30 Chickasha 69, Noble 64 Community Chr. 55, Wayne 30 Crossings Christian 45, Oklahoma Bible 34 Dale 76, Chr. Heritage 70 Deer Creek 67, Yukon 66 Del City 61, Choctaw 58 Edmond Memorial 55, Southmoore 36 Edmond North 91, Norman 68 Edmond Santa Fe 68, Westmoore 62 El Reno 61, Shawnee 54 Glencoe 69, Okla. Christian Aca. 67 Hennessey 67, Chisholm 56 Heritage Hall 56, Mount St. Mary 55 Hydro-Eakly 57, Minco 48 John Marshall 61, Classen 54 Lindsay 78, Little Axe 23 Luther 91, Wellston 71 Marlow 55, Pauls Valley 52 Midwest City 67, Lawton Ike 64 Millwood 50, Capitol Hill 40 Mustang 106, Stillwater 74 Norman North 98, Moore 39 Northeast 58, U.S. Grant 36 Northwest 66, Star Spencer 63 Okarche 62, Crescent 56 Oklahoma Christian 58, Crooked Oak 40 Perkins 55, Bristow 24 Purcell 58, Washington 50 Putnam North 75, Lawton 47 Ripley 69, Davenport 55 Riverside 86, Lexington 38 Southeast 78, Centennial 54 SW Covenant 59, Medford 50 Tecumseh 62, Seminole 60 Wynnewood 56, Dibble 43 State Ada 63, McAlester 61 Adair 89, Kansas 53 Agra 91, Carney 60 Alex 55, Chattanooga 54 Aline-Cleo 58, Geary 34 Anadarko 51, Elgin 50 Atoka 86, Silo 61 Beggs 54, Eufaula 49 Bixby 58, Bartlesville 48 Blair 51, Erick 47 Boise City 73, Balko 31 Boswell 64, Antlers 35 Cache 60, Elk City 54 Caddo 38, Kiowa 34 Canute 42, Hammon 34 Carnegie 76, Burns Flat-Dill City 55 Catoosa 66, Wagoner 50 Cherokee 63, Waukomis 58 Chouteau 51, Salina 48 Claremore 52, Pryor 49 Cleveland 57, Okemah 56 Coalgate 46, Tushka 39 Comanche 58, Plainview 48 Commerce 47, Bluejacket 33 Copan 65, Woodland 63 Cordell 46, Snyder 39 Coweta 60, Skiatook 46 Cyril 60, Sterling 54 Drummond 39, Covington-Douglas 18 Duke 68, Granite 63 Durant 63, Hugo 53 Earlsboro 76, Bowlegs 38 Elmore City 89, Stratford 76 Fort Cobb-Broxton 81, Apache 35 Fort Gibson 60, Hilldale 28 Fort Supply 79, Hardesty 18 Goodwell 75, Beaver 68 Gracemont 64, Verden 35 Grove 59, Glenpool 39 Guymon 63, Southwestern Heights, Kan. 53 Haskell 77, Kellyville 68 Henryetta 62, Oktaha 57 Hobart 83, Frederick 46 Hollis 45, Sayre 31 Hominy 44, Barnsdall 27 Jay 67, Vinita 50 Keota 68, Warner 61 Ketchum 79, Welch 41 Kiefer 66, Depew 48 Kingston 77, Tishomingo 34 Kremlin-Hillsdale 44, Burlington 38 Laverne 69, Fargo-Gage 54 Lawton MacArthur 77, Altus 45 Leedey 58, Arapaho 54 Liberty 63, Drumright 38 Locust Grove 90, Inola 64 Lone Grove 57, Sulphur 55 Lookeba-Sickles 56, Hinton 46 Madill 44, Davis 40 Mangum 57, Navajo 56 Mannford 55, Berryhill 40 Merritt 71, Cheyenne 32 Miami 69, Oologah 43 Mounds 48, Caney Valley 37 Moyers 65, Achille 60 New Lima 73, Strother 38 Nowata 62, Dewey 38 Oaks 98, Cookson Hills Christian 38 Okay 77, Gore 53 Oklahoma Union 72, South Coffeyville 50 Okmulgee 70, Checotah 59 Owasso 63, Jenks 53 Pawnee 87, Perry 56 Pioneer 64, Garber 49 Poteau 51, Spiro 35 Quapaw 62, Afton 59 Rattan 83, Battiest 46 Regent Prep 36, Summit Christian 27 Rejoice Christian 60, Metro Christian 38 Rock Creek 78, Coleman 34 Roland 80, Sallisaw 53 Ryan 36, Geronimo 29 Sand Springs 51, Muskogee 48 Sapulpa 57, Broken Arrow 56 Seiling 73, Vici 56 Sharon-Mutual 71, Buffalo 59 Shattuck 64, Arnett 25 Sperry 97, Chelsea 47 Stilwell 53, Muldrow 47 Stroud 63, Prague 57 Sweetwater 47, Sentinel 33 Temple 62, Empire 56 Texhoma 48, Forgan 37 Thomas 41, Fairview 28 Tulsa East Central 57, Tulsa Memorial 55 Tulsa Edison 66, Tulsa Rogers 56 Tulsa Union 80, Tulsa Kelley 47 Tulsa Washington 72, Tulsa Central 65 Tulsa Webster 74, Tulsa Hale 37 Tyrone 82, Yarbrough 41 Vanoss 88, Maud 71 Varnum 69, Sasakwa 53 Velma-Alma 57, Waurika 44 Verdigris 86, Seq. Claremore 36 Victory Christian 51, Lincoln Christian 42 Watonga 52, Okeene 45 Waynoka 64, Ringwood 63 Weatherford 74, Clinton 55 Weleetka 55, Porum 41 Wilburton 55, Heavener 49 Wilson 49, Healdton 42 Wister 56, Cameron 42 Woodward 54, Alva 51 Girls City Area Bethel 71, McLoud 36 Blanchard 47, Tuttle 46 Carl Albert 43, Guthrie 39 Cashion 70, Dover 12 Centennial 57, Southeast 27 Chickasha 89, Noble 37 Chisholm 64, Hennessey 42 Choctaw 71, Del City 46 Classen 73, John Marshall 38 Community Chr. 68, Wayne 31 Cushing 37, Chandler 33 Dale 53, Chr. Heritage 38 Deer Creek 51, Yukon 50, OT Dibble 50, Wynnewood 39 Edmond Memorial 46, Southmoore 25 Edmond North 58, Norman 50 Glencoe 64, Okla. Christian Aca. 35 Heritage Hall 55, Mount St. Mary 51 Holland Hall 72, Casady 18 Hydro-Eakly 56, Minco 54 Kingfisher 46, Bethany 42, OT Lindsay 56, Little Axe 16 Luther 62, Wellston 54 Marlow 36, Pauls Valley 28 Midwest City 50, Lawton Ike 29 Millwood 47, Capitol Hill 41 Mustang 58, Stillwater 42 Newcastle 80, Bridge Creek 44 Norman North 58, Moore 34 Northeast 51, U.S. Grant 20 Okarche 86, Crescent 35 Oklahoma Bible 48, Crossings Chr. 30 Oklahoma Christian 70, Crooked Oak 11 Perkins 75, Bristow 47 Piedmont 68, Western Heights 51 Ponca City 62, Harding Prep 29 Putnam City 66, Enid 48 Putnam North 52, Lawton 40 Riverside 54, Lexington 46 Seminole 66, Tecumseh 37 Shawnee 43, El Reno 21 Star Spencer 49, Northwest 43 SW Covenant 51, Medford 48 Washington 58, Purcell 47 Westmoore 63, Edmond Santa Fe 57 State Ada 55, McAlester 41 Adair 53, Kansas 31 Afton 42, Quapaw 22 Altus 55, Lawton MacArthur 52 Antlers 43, Boswell 42 Barnsdall 42, Hominy 33 Beggs 51, Eufaula 44, OT Berryhill 59, mannford 41 Bixby 42, Bartlesville 37 Bluejacket 58, Commerce 21 Boise City 42, Balko 18 Bowlegs 62, Earlsboro 28 Broken Arrow 60, Sapulpa 47 Broken Bow 71, Haworth 39 Burlington 52, Kremlin-Hillsdale 50 Cache 55, Elk City 43 Caddo 46, Kiowa 41 Carnegie 59, Burns Flat-Dill City 32 Catoosa 56, Wagoner 41 Cement 49, Ninnekah 42 Checotah 58, Okmulgee 23 Chelsea 79, Sperry 48 Cheyenne 57, Merritt 37 Claremore 42, Pryor 38 Cordell 57, Snyder 29 Cushing 37, Chandler 33 Cyril 66, Sterling 27 Davis 69, Madill 39 Dewar 64, Wilson (Henryetta) 41 Duke 31, Granite 23 Elgin 58, Anadarko 41 Elmore City 52, Stratford 48 Erick 63, Blair 12 Fairview 60, Thomas 39 Fargo 39, Laverne 33 Forgan 45, Texhoma 40 Fort Cobb-Broxton 54, Apache 44 Fort Gibson 61, Hilldale 43 Fort Supply 60, Hardesty 35 Garber 47, Pioneer 34 Geary 64, Aline-Cleo 31 Geronimo 50, Ryan 24 Goodwell 60, Beaver 54 Gracemont 53, Verden 27 Grove 58, Glenpool 37 Guymon 68, Southwestern Heights, Kan. 43 Hammon 44, Canute 37 Heavener 55, Wilburton 32 Hobart 70, Frederick 46 Hugo 60, Durant 35 Keota 68, Warner 61 Kellyville 43, Haskell 35 Ketchum 64, Welch 39 Kiefer 66, Depew 27 Liberty 34, Drumright 33 Lincoln Christian 29, Victory Christian 27 Locust Grove 58, Inola 47 Lookeba-Sickles 55, Hinton 22 Mangum 52, Navajo 37 Metro Christian 58, Rejoice Christian 33 Mill Creek 49, Milburn 30 Mounds 67, Caney Valley 45 Muldrow 88, Stilwell 83 Muskogee 50, Sand Springs 38 Newkirk 55, Frontier 50 Nowata 48, Dewey 34 Okemah 59, Cleveland 53 Oklahoma Union 58, South Coffeyville 22 Olive 39, Prue 28 Oologah 75, Miami 36 Owasso 53, Jenks 41 Panama 62, Arkoma 20 Paoli 32, Maysville 27 Plainview 49, Comanche 45 Porter 52, Gans 41 Porum 61, Weleetka 32 Prague 56, Stroud 33 Ringwood 69, Waynoka 35 Roland 57, Sallisaw 43 Salina 73, Chouteau 57 Sayre 51, Hollis 32 Seiling 76, Vici 34 Sharon-Mutual 52, Buffalo 23 Shattuck 53, Arnett 49 Skiatook 43, Coweta 26 Smithville 53, Clayton 40 Spiro 46, Poteau 34 Stigler 62, Hartshorne 45 Stonewall 59, Konawa 30 Strother 49, New Lima 43 Stuart 55, Roff 53 Summit Christian 41, Regent Prep 31 Temple 56, Empire 37 Timberlake 61, Cimarron 31 Tipton 62, Eldorado 36 Tishomingo 47, Kingston 42 Tulsa East Central 93, Tulsa Memorial 52 Tulsa Union 45, Tulsa Kelley 36 Tulsa Webster 47, Tulsa Hale 39 Tulsa Washington 48, Tulsa Central 26 Vanoss 53, Maud 39 Varnum 47, Sasakwa 44 Velma-Alma 49, Waurika 38 Verdigris 23, Seq. Claremore 20 Vian 49, Hulbert 30 Vinita 40, Jay 23 Watonga 70, Okeene 29 Weatherford 54, Clinton 31 Whitesboro 49, LeFlore 42 Wilson 47, Healdton 35 Woodward 49, Alva 47 Wyandotte 45, Foyil 38 --Compiled by Darla Smith
Jan 31, 2016
Signing day is Wednesday, and plenty of Oklahoma recruits are undecided where they want to play college football.
The Oklahoman's Super 30: State's top two prospects still uncommitted
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 31, 2016National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday, and with more than 60 Oklahoma players holding Division I scholarship offers, it looks to be one of the busiest signing days the state has seen. Here is The Oklahoman's fifth and final edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, OL, John Marshall, 6-5, 350 Likely to announce his decision on signing day, Moore is looking hardest at OU and OSU, with Alabama and maybe a couple others still in the picture as well. 2. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 200 Bundage has taken all of his visits and said his top five — OSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon — but Arkansas also remains heavily involved. 3. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Wilson signed a financial aid agreement with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll when their spring semester begins in March. 4. Joshua Jacobs, RB, Tulsa McLain, 5-10, 200 The most intriguing prospect on this list the last month, Jacobs exploded after rushing for 2,700 yards as a senior. He has offers from OU, Alabama, Missouri and a few others, and was expected to make trips to Missouri and Alabama over the weekend. 5. Tyler Brown, OL, Lexington, 6-6, 315 The former TCU commitment remains firmly committed to OSU, a place he said he prefers due to having friends already there attending school. 6. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 OU was the first to offer him nearly a year ago, and he promptly committed. His prospects for early playing time are intriguing with the Sooners' vacancies at LB. 7. Dillon Stoner, WR, Jenks, 6-0; 180 A player who simply made plays on offense, defense or special teams, Stoner could excel once he's locked into one role on the Cowboys' receiving corps. 8. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 Roberson signed a financial aid agreement with OU in December and has already enrolled in Norman, looking to make an early impact up front. 9. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 A long-time Boise State commitment, Wilson recently flipped to Missouri, where his father, Curtis, played in the 1980s. 10. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 OSU snagged Hill early, and held onto him, despite pursuit from Houston and others. His versatile style is well-suited for the Cowboys' offense. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 His powerful lower body makes the Texas Tech commit an intriguing prospect once he gets to Lubbock. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 A linebacker at Jenks, Quillen shifts to a more natural defensive back spot at Vanderbilt. Also had offers from Iowa, Arizona, Washington State and others. 13. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 Decommitted from Arkansas State last month and says he's looking hardest at Nebraska, Memphis and Tulsa as he takes his decision down to the wire. 14. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 The big man remains committed to Tulsa, where he was scheduled to visit over the weekend. 15. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 230 Ideally built to be a middle linebacker, McKinney is Kansas State's only Okie commit in this year's class. 16. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-2, 230 The big, powerful back turned heads with a strong senior season, and ultimately flipped his commitment from SMU to Louisville. 17. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 Opponents avoided him much of the season, and he could have a chance for early playing time at Kansas. 18. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-4, 310 A powerful run blocker in the Hollis offense that keeps the ball almost exclusively on the ground, but his athleticism will help him adapt to pass blocking at Wyoming. 19. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 Previously committed to Tulane, Criddle flipped to Purdue in December. 20. Jackson Winrow, WR, Shawnee, 6-2, 180 Winrow makes his debut on the list after a breakout senior season with more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. He recently committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville. 21. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown remains committed to Tulsa despite offers from Arkansas State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 The playmaker recently became Oklahoma-native Seth Littrell's first Oklahoma commitment at North Texas since he took the job. 23. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 210 One of three Oklahoma players committed to Wyoming, Garrett is currently the only quarterback in the Cowboys' signing class. 24. Taven Birdow, RB, Altus, 6-1, 215 The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year has narrowed his choices down to Air Force and Navy. 25. Blake Williams, TE, Mustang, 6-5, 225 Sidelined much of his career by illness, Williams earned offers from North Carolina and Illinois, while drawing attention from several other schools this season. 26. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 220 Hogan has mostly remained quiet about his recruiting, though he quit basketball to focus on getting prepared for the future. Has offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas State and Colorado State. 27. K.J. Wells, ATH, Idabel, 6-4, 185 A prolific playmaker, Wells had verbally committed to Wyoming over seven other Division I offers — including OSU and TCU — but recently switched to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. 28. Chandler Anthony, OL, Tuttle, 6-7, 285 After missing his junior season with an injury, Anthony returned and garnered five Division I offers. He recently committed to Illinois State. 29. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 The Highlanders' leader verbally committed to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, choosing the Warhawks over Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. 30. Nyc Burns, QB, Berryhill, 6-5, 180 Burns burst onto the scene this season — his only as a starting quarterback — and plans to be a preferred walk-on at OSU, turning down multiple Division I scholarship offers.
Jan 30, 2016
With National Signing Day fast approaching, high school players have been making their college decisions at a rapid rate lately.
High school notebook: Mustang's Roberts, Del City's Talley announce college choices
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 30, 2016With National Signing Day fast approaching, high school players have been making their college decisions at a rapid rate lately. After taking official visits to Rhode Island and New Mexico State, Mustang tight end Bryce Roberts settled on the latter to continue his football career. And Del City receiver Sean Talley has committed to Emporia State in Kansas. Roberts, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior, is a prototypical tight end with the ability to be used as a pass-catcher or blocker. Talley, 6 feet, 180 pounds, has a good mix of speed and elusiveness. He joins Emporia State as it is coming off its best season in school history, reaching the Division II quarterfinals, with several Oklahomans playing key roles. DEER CREEK'S KADEN POLCOVICH COMMITS TO OU BASEBALL Deer Creek infielder Kaden Polcovich grew up a Florida fan, but he recently found a better fit for his future. The junior switch-hitting middle infielder verbally committed to play baseball at Oklahoma this week. “It just felt right,” Polcovich said. “I love the coaching staff and all of the improvements they're making. I saw a place I could come in right away and help the program.” Polcovich's parents Kevin and Lisa were both athletes at Florida. Kevin played baseball and was drafted in the 30th round of the MLB Draft in 1992. He played 165 games over two seasons with Pittsburgh. Kaden said he's ready to take the next step to follow his father. “It's really awesome because I have someone to look up to and teach me the game the right way,” he said. “That's really what I want to do is make him proud and also do it for myself because that's a dream of mine.” Lisa played volleyball for the Gators and is now Deer Creek's volleyball coach. Kaden had a strong sophomore season in which he batted .306 with three home runs, eight doubles, two triples and 24 RBIs. He also had interest from Arizona and West Virginia. NFHS NAMES STATE, REGIONAL COACHING AWARDS The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Seven state award winners also won regional awards. They are: Baseball: Todd Boyer, Shawnee; Boys soccer: Zach Stephens, Deer Creek; Boys cross country: Jim Coleman, Chisholm; Boys tennis: Brian Bogert, Heritage Hall; Girls tennis: Ronnie Acebo, Jenks; Girls swimming: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville; Girls basketball: Totsy Manning, Deer Creek The additional state winnners: Boys basketball: Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower; Football: Jared McCoy, Metro Christian; Wrestling: Weston Harding, Collinsville; Spirit: Jill Folsom, Newcastle; Girls golf: Mike Gowens, Purcell; Boys golf: Kelly Parsons, Shawnee; Volleyball: Tanna Smith, Jenks; Softball: Lindsey Mudgett, Choctaw; Girls cross country: Matthew Appleman, Marietta; Boys track and field: Steve Hickman, Cherokee; Girls track and field: Scott Reed, Vinita; Girls soccer: Michael Wilson, Glenpool.
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas,...
NFHS names Oklahoma, regional coaches of the year
Jacob Unruh | Jan 29, 2016The National Federation of State High School Associations recently announced the 2015 Coach of the Year Award winners for Oklahoma and regionally. The coach of the year awards are given for appreciation of outstanding service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic activities. The regional awards are part of Section 6 Awards. The Southwest Section is made up of Oklahoman, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Here are the regional winners: Baseball: Todd Boyer, Shawnee Boys soccer: Zach Stephens, Deer Creek Boys cross country: Jim Coleman, Chisholm Boys tennis: Brian Bogert, Heritage Hall Girls tennis: Ronnie Acebo, Jenks Girls swimming: Chad Englehart, Bartlesville Girls basketball: Totsy Manning, Deer Creek Here are the state winnners: Boys basketball: Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower Football: Jared McCoy, Metro Christian Wrestling: Weston Harding, Collinsville Spirit: Jill Folsom, Newcastle Girls golf: Mike Gowens, Purcell Boys golf: Kelly Parsons, Shawnee Volleyball: Tanna Smith, Jenks Softball: Lindsey Mudgett, Choctaw Girls cross country: Matthew Appelman, Marietta Boys track and field: Steve Hickman, Cherokee Girls track and field: Scott Reed, Vinita Girls soccer: Michael Wilson
Jan 27, 2016
Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center.
Prep Parade: Joshua Jacobs is an 11th-hour recruiting name to know
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 27, 2016National Signing Day for football players is Wednesday, less than a week away, and at this point in the process, you don't see a lot of new scholarship offers going out to seniors. Most of that has been done by now, and college coaches are just making their final pitches to uncommitted kids. But Tulsa McLain running back prospect Joshua Jacobs is one of the exceptions to that rule. Jacobs' recruiting has exploded in recent weeks, most notably with Oklahoma and Missouri offering him on Tuesday. Oklahoma State brought him up for a visit last weekend and Alabama has been sniffing around. Jacobs is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back with speed, power and elusiveness. He played quarterback for McLain this past season, but that was mostly just a title, because he was the guy taking the snap from center. It was more of a full-time Wildcat offense, designed to put the ball in Jacobs' hands and letting him work his magic. In doing so, he turned in a spectacular season, rushing for 2,704 — second-most in the state in any class — with 31 touchdowns on just 179 carries, for an average of 15.1 per rush. As a high school player, he was a virtual unknown across the state in September. From a recruiting perspective, he didn't really begin to emerge until late November. But over the next six days, recruiting followers will want to keep an eye on him, and if you haven't seen his highlight reel, it's worth a Google. COACHING CAROUSEL BEGINNING TO TURN? Most football teams have been finished for more than two months now, and it's been relatively quiet on the coaching change front. Last year, it was the big-school ranks of Class 6A Division I that saw some of the more notable coaching changes, at places like Norman North, Edmond Santa Fe, Yukon and Putnam City. So far, Class 5A looks to be the intriguing class to watch this offseason. Del City is the biggest local opening out there, following Nick Warehime's resignation last month. The Eagles are losing a couple of Division I players in quarterback Terry Wilson and lineman Walter Watson, but there is some young talent in the stable. There are two other job openings that become more interesting because both schools were in 6A-II last fall, but will be dropping down to 5A for the next two years. Lawton Eisenhower has been open since mid-November, and Claremore came open three weeks ago. Both jobs should draw good applicants, considering the schools have had solid athletic success, and should be playoff contenders at the 5A level. Lawton Ike has been mired in 6A for a while, but Claremore won 17 games in 2012-13 the last time it was a 5A program. YUKON CELEBRATING ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS' Yukon will recognize its past state champion boys basketball teams, and their coach at a special Night of Champions Friday when the Millers host Edmond Memorial. Players from the 1974 and 1979 state title teams are returning to honor their coach, Leroy Estes, who retired one day after winning the last title because of health reasons. He died of Leukemia in 1982. Estes won 171 games at Yukon and 378 in his career, also winning a Class B state title at Deer Creek in 1970. The girls game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at 7:30. UNIQUE TWO-SPORT ACHIEVEMENT Earlier this month, Victory Christian senior Keats Calhoon reached the 1,000-point mark for his basketball career, which is a significant mark. Last fall, Calhoon surpassed the 10,000-yard mark for his career as a quarterback — and that's quite a bit more significant. He's only the third player in state history to reach that mark, and stands second on the state's all-time list for passing yards behind Locust Grove's Mason Fine. When you put his two milestone marks together, Calhoon stands alone as the only player in state history to throw for 10,000 yards and score 1,000 points. OSSAA CONDUCTING BASEBALL UMPIRE CLINICS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is conducting two baseball umpire clinics in February. Each session includes classroom and on-field instruction for beginning umpire fundamental skills and veteran umpire three-man mechanics. Each clinic costs $10 for OSSAA-enrolled umpires and $30 for all others enrolled by Feb. 1. The price increases $5 for each umpire for registration after Feb. 1. Enrollment is at www.ossaa.com on the officials page. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Tulsa Union from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Sexton at 918-916-9960 or Gene Lewellen at 918-758-8222. The second clinic is Saturday, Feb. 27, at Heritage Hall from 9.a.m-2 p.m. For more information, contact Roger Adair at 405-613-5477 or Doug McClure at 405-414-0293. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
High school girls basketball roundup: Edmond Memorial wins Bruce Gray Invitational for second straight yearJan 23, 2016
The Bulldogs claimed the Bruce Gray Invitational championship for a second straight season.
High school girls basketball roundup: Edmond Memorial wins Bruce Gray Invitational for second straight year
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 23, 2016EDMOND — With upstart Mustang rallying to tie the game midway through the second quarter, Edmond Memorial coach Dandy Peeler turned to a freshman for a spark. Taylor Norman certainly delivered, scoring 10 points in the quarter. She later made two key free throws in the final seconds of overtime Saturday to lift the Bulldogs to a 55-48 win to claim the Bruce Gray Invitational championship for a second straight season. “She's actually been consistent for us,” Peeler said. “She's been an outstanding player as a freshman stepping up and getting great minutes and really being confident with the basketball.” Norman finished with 17 points, making three 3-pointers. “I just try to make the most out of whatever minutes I get, whether that's a couple quarters or most of the game,” Norman said. “I got the shot. They had their big girl on me and it's harder to drive, but I was looking for my shot. Fortunately, I got it.” Mustang's Mia Brown forced overtime by making a 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining after Memorial senior Avery Ogle made just one of her two free throws that would have made it a two-possession game. But the Bulldogs opened the extra period on a 7-0 run behind seniors Syndney Webb and Paige Serup, who was named tournament MVP after she finished with 11 points. Memorial (11-5) had beaten Mustang on Tuesday. The Bulldogs have won seven straight. “We knew that they obviously know us,” Serup said. “So we had to make minor adjustments.” Tytianna Mustin led Mustang ith 13 points. NEWCASTLE UPSETS CLASS 6A NO. 1 WESTMOORE Class 6A No. 1 Westmoore had good reason to focus on Newcastle sharpshooter Caitlynne Weatherly. It just didn't pay off. Class 4A No. 3 Newcastle had six different players hit 3-pointers as it pulled off a major 65-59 upset to win its own Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational title. Junior Katie Mayo led the way with 14 points, while tournament MVP Aailyah Endsley scored 13. Weatherly finished with 12 points after having scored 17 straight points in the first quarter of Friday's semifinal win over Class 4A No. 2 Chickasha. Westmoore sophomore Jessi Murcer led the way with 16 points and Ashley Gomez scored 15. MIMS LEADS NO. 6 MUSKOGEE PAST NO. 5 SANTA FE Muskogee star Aaliyah Wilson was named the MVP of the John Nobles Invitational Tournament in Moore following a 62-59 win over No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe, but she didn't feel deserving of the honor. That honor, she believed, belonged to junior Trena Mims, and Wilson made sure to give her the award in the locker room afterwards. “She saved us yesterday, today, even the first game she held us up,” Wilson said. “I felt like she was the real MVP. Yesterday, we were in a real slump, nobody could hit a shot but Trena came in third quarter and finished it. I felt like she deserved it.” Mims was the catalyst Saturday, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. In the semifinal win over host Moore, she scored 20 points. Wilson, meanwhile, struggled the entire tournament just days after being named a McDonald's All-American. The Arkansas signee scored just five points — shooting 2 of 13 — and dealt with foul trouble. Mims said Wilson giving her the award meant more than if the coaches had voted in her favor. “That was very special coming from her, not just the tournament but my teammate,” she said. “It means a lot because she's a senior, she's committed to Arkansas.” Muskogee led by as much as 11 in the second half, but had to fight off a spirited rally by Santa Fe, which tied the game but could never take the lead. Santa Fe junior point guard Jo'Nah Johnson led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds and two assists. NO. 1 DALE TOPS NO. 4 CASHION Class 2A's top-ranked team showed why it has that ranking. Dale powered past No. 4 Cashion in the fourth quarter for a 52-47 in Cashion's County Line Tournament championship game. The Pirates used a burst in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory. Their defense allowed Cashion to score in double figures just one quarter, a 20-point outburst in the second that tied the game at 29. Dani Manning led the way with 13 points and Shelby Savage added 12 for Dale. Karson Maple scored 11 for the Wildcats. ANADARKO'S WHITE SCORES 46 IN WIN OVER PURCELL Anadarko senior center Aliyah White delivered another monster performance for the 11th-ranked Warriors, this time scoring 46 points in an overtime in over Purcell for the championship in the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament. White scored 32 points in the second half, pulling Anadarko from a 25-21 halftime deficit. She also had a big game two weeks ago, scoring 30 points in a win over Deer Creek to clinch the Warriors' own tournament title.
Jan 23, 2016
Newcastle plays Class 6A No. 1 Westmoore in the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday.
High school girls basketball roundup: No. 3 Newcastle knocks off No. 2 Chickasha
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Jan 23, 2016NEWCASTLE — Caitlynne Weatherly carried Newcastle early, and Katie Mayo carried it late. The juniors each provided huge sparks in key moments for No. 3 Newcastle to knock off undefeated No. 2 Chickasha 49-43 Friday night in the semifinals of the Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Newcastle Invitational. Weatherly started the game on fire, scoring the Racers' first 17 points in the first quarter behind five 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. “I was feeling it,” said Weatherly, who finished with 20 points. “I was ready to play, focused on making my shots. I had been in a slump, so now I'm ready. It was great. The crowd goes crazy and it was really fun. I think it helped get everyone going.” Added Newcastle coach Brett Sanders: “It was beautiful wasn't it? It was beautiful, but the thing is Caitlynne's got a pure beautiful shot along with four others out there. It's pick your poison. If they decide to back off of one it generally pays off for another. Tonight, it paid off for Caitlynne.” The 6-foot Mayo shook off a shaky game to score 10 points in the fourth quarter, including the final eight of the game with two baskets and six free throws. “I realized that our team needed it and that every one of us mattered,” said Mayo, who finished with 14 points. “I figured maybe I should start playing now.” Newcastle plays Class 6A No. 1 Westmoore in the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Racers (13-2) looked out of sorts early, falling behind 8-3. But Chickasha point guard Tandra King was called for an intentional foul that led to five points. Newcastle then went on a 20-4 run into the second quarter. Chickasha (12-1) recovered with a 9-2 run to end the half and a 15-5 run to open the second half to take a 36-35 lead. The Fightin' Chicks even led 43-41 with 2:30 remaining until Mayo's burst. King led Chickasha with 10 points. Abilene Christian signee Dominique Golightly was held to eight points while dealing with foul trouble. DEL CITY'S FREEMAN WITH GAME-WINNING STEAL, LAYUP Del City sophomore Aubri Freeman knocked the ball away from a Bartlesville player near midcourt as the clock ticked under five seconds and she glided to the basket for a game-winning layup as time expired for a 59-57 victory in overtime of the Carl Albert Titan Classic semifinals. “I almost called timeout when she got the ball. That was my first instinct, but I let her go,” Del City coach Karri Sears said. “She's a little left-hander, and she put it up softly with the right hand. “It's exciting, because these kids work hard.” Breail Goodlow scored a game-high 18 points, and Ossyana Ozoani had 16 for the Eagles, who will face Collinsville at 7 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. WESTMOORE SHOWS MATURITY IN WIN OVER ADA A double-digit lead dwindling to single digits late would have been a problem for Westmoore last season. The top-ranked Jaguars instead showed growth by holding off Class 4A No. 14 Ada 46-37 in the semifinals of the Newcastle tournament. Sophomore Jessi Murcer scored 16 points — seven in the fourth — to help Westmoore close out the game despite a 9-2 run by Ada. “I feel like we started out on fire and then they tried to slow us down a little bit, but I think we got into it and executed pretty well,” Murcer said. McKenzie Dean scored 12 points for Ada (9-5). MUSTANG UPSETS DEER CREEK A week after stunning a ranked team, Mustang did it again in the Bruce Gray Invitational Tournament in Deer Creek. The Broncos knocked off No. 10 Deer Creek 59-40 to advance to Saturday's championship at 4 p.m. against No. 14 Edmond Memorial, which beat Mustang on Tuesday. Mustang (5-9) dominated from start to finish, grabbing a 32-21 lead at the half. CurTiera Haywood led the way with 20 points and Addy Lawson added 13 for Mustang. OKARCHE SURVIVES CHEYENNE/REYDON Okarche's Ally Taylor made the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds remaining to help the top-ranked Warriors hold off No. 7 Cheyenne/Reydon 43-42 in the Bi-County Tournament in Elk City. The win sets up a small-school heavyweight matchup against No. 2 Seiling in the championship. BIG CLASS 2A MATCHUP SET A highly anticipated matchup between Class 2A No. 1 Dale and No. 4 Cashion is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the championship of Cashion's County Line Tournament. Dale rolled past Watonga 64-39 behind Hannah Ash's 15 points. The Pirates led 31-11 at halftime. Cashion, meanwhile, handled Class B No. 6 Coyle 46-34 thanks to a fast start. Presley Payahsape scored 23 points. MUSKOGEE, SANTA FE TO MEET A potential Class 6A state tournament matchup is set for the championship of the John Nobles Invitational in Moore. No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe will meet No. 6 Muskogee after both teams advanced past Friday's semifinals. Muskogee, which features McDonald's All-American Aaliyah Wilson, edged Moore 35-29, while Edmond Santa Fe cruised past Norman North 59-40.
Jan 23, 2016
Class 6A No. 1 Edmond North (15-0) will meet 5A No. 1 Carl Albert (14-0) for the tournament title at 8:30.
High school boys basketball roundup: Undefeated No. 1 teams to square off at Carl Albert
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 23, 2016MIDWEST CITY — The No. 1 teams in the state's two largest classes are set to face off in the finals of the Carl Albert Titan Classic on Saturday night. Class 6A No. 1 Edmond North (15-0) will meet 5A No. 1 Carl Albert (14-0) for the tournament title at 8:30. Carl Albert advanced with a 64-55 win over Muskogee in Friday's semifinals, getting 28 points from Mason Harrell and 18 from Trey Hopkins. The pair of sophomore guards were particularly strong late, when Muskogee cut into what had been a 20-point Titan lead. “We've got kids who are returning starters, but they're still 15- or 16-year-old kids,” Carl Albert coach Jay Price said. “They're still going to make some 15-year-old-kid mistakes. “They're growing to where they're not making as many of those mistakes. When they do, you have to accept those and know that they'll make two or three really good plays right after that.” Edmond North faced less adversity, jumping to a 21-4 lead and coasting to a 95-52 win over McAlester. Tre Evans scored 19 points, all in the first half, and the Huskies' starters played only a couple of minutes into the third quarter before giving way to the reserves. Tyson Anderson had 15 points, and Marques Wilson had 12 for Edmond North. KINGFISHER UPSETS NO. 1 HARRAH Kingfisher rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter, then defeated Class 4A No. 1 Harrah 59-57 in overtime at the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament. Marco Charqueno scored 15 points to lead Kingfisher. Harrah, which has been without senior forward Kellen Manek for multiple games, got nine points each from Garrett Pearson and Jake Pearson. The win moves Kingfisher to the championship game against yet another No. 1 team, Class 3A's top-ranked Heritage Hall, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Chargers used 14 points from Sayvon Milton in a 60-31 rout of Weatherford. TUTTLE'S PAUL MEUSER GETS WIN NO. 600 Tuttle coach Paul Meuser was being so quiet Friday afternoon, friends began to ask him if something was wrong. There wasn't a problem. Meuser had just won his 600th game in 36 seasons as a high school basketball coach, 42-37 over Sulphur in the loser's bracket semifinals at Purcell's Heart of Oklahoma Tournament. With a cancer scare that turned his life upside down a couple years ago, the milestone victory was brought on some different feelings. “It's been very emotional,” Meuser said Friday evening. “I've been a lot of places, and I just really love coaching at Tuttle. The great kids I've had, and the great ones I have now, the school, the community support — it's all been so amazing. “My daughter and son-in-law and grandson were at the game. I just feel very blessed.” Meuser has coached at six different schools and has taken four of them to the state tournament. He won four state championships at Preston and played for another at Norman. UPSETS REIGN AT DEER CREEK Deer Creek senior guard Elyjah Clark made two late free throws to seal the 15th-ranked Antlers' 48-46 upset of No. 10 Edmond Memorial, earning a spot in the finals of their own Bruce Gray Invitational. Clark continued his strong play of late, finishing with 22 points. No. 17 Westmoore followed that up with a 53-51 win over No. 4 Putnam City North, pitting the Jaguars against the host Antlers at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. Damoriea Vick had 13 points and Kody Gilliland had 12 for Westmoore, which held PC North to its second-lowest scoring total of the season. EL RENO SURVIVES IN OT El Reno edged Shawnee 84-81 in overtime to advance to the finals of the Shawnee Invitational at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Indians will face Norman North, which defeated Southeast 100-71 behind 35 points from Trae Young.
Prep Parade: Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays deserves a 'thanks' from the state's basketball community
EDMOND — I've probably been in the same gym with Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays a couple dozen times or more.What's odd about that is the fact that I've only covered maybe three of Hays' OC games in my 10 years at The Oklahoman, and none since 2006, when I was briefly on the state college beat.I have no specific recollection of ever interviewing Hays, though I probably have....
Prep Parade: Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays deserves a 'thanks' from the state's basketball community
Scott Wright, Associated Press | Jan 20, 2016EDMOND — I've probably been in the same gym with Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays a couple dozen times or more. What's odd about that is the fact that I've only covered maybe three of Hays' OC games in my 10 years at The Oklahoman, and none since 2006, when I was briefly on the state college beat. I have no specific recollection of ever interviewing Hays, though I probably have. Yet I can remember multiple conversations with the legendary coach. Why? Because Hays is a basketball junkie. He's always in a gym somewhere, and willing to talk basketball with whoever is around. Hays is stepping down as OC's coach after this season, his 33rd coaching the Eagles, as one of the winningest coaches at any level of college basketball. It's sad news for Oklahoma Christian, and sad for basketball in Oklahoma. There have been several times I've crossed paths with Hays in a high school gym when he was there to recruit a player, and some when he was just there to watch a good game, or check in on one of his several former players now in the coaching ranks. Whatever the reason, any other coaches in the gym seemed to gravitate toward him to talk hoops. I don't know if I've met anyone who cares more about basketball in Oklahoma than Hays. Whether it's putting on camps or speaking at coaching clinics, he's done decades of work for the betterment of the sport in our state. He currently has nine players on his roster who came from Oklahoma high schools, and I'd bet that's about an average number for most of his 33 seasons with the Eagles. At 69 years old, Hays says he's resigning, not retiring. Says he'll stay in basketball “in some form or another.” That's the silver lining here. At this point in his life, Hays deserves to do whatever he wants with his time. If he wants to keep working in basketball, the sport will be better for it. So if you happen to see him in a gym — and you probably will — tell him thanks. ‘IF A COLLEGE NEEDS GUARDS, COME TO OKLAHOMA CITY' A high school basketball coach said something Tuesday night that really got me thinking. “If a college needs guards, come to Oklahoma City,” he said. Sometimes you don't realize the size of something until you pile it all up and look at it. So let's do that with the available senior guards colleges could be pursuing. Obviously, you can't have a conversation about guard play without mentioning Trae Young at Norman North. But let's leave Young and other underclassmen for another conversation, and just focus on the current senior guards. A few are already off the market. Mustang's Jakolby Long, who recently returned to the top 100 of ESPN's national recruit rankings, has already signed with Iowa State. Edmond North's Tre Evans (Old Dominion) and Southeast's Dashawn McDowell (SMU) have signed as well. But the well is far from dry in the 2016 class. On Tuesday night, Putnam City West's Marquis Johnson dueled with Putnam City North's Micah Speight. Johnson scored 31 despite foul trouble and cramping calves, leading the Patriots to the 94-88 victory. Speight scored 40 — including 15 in the final 2:40 — and nearly brought PC North back from a 21-point deficit. I've seen both of them play multiple times, and you're not going to convince me that they're not Division I-caliber simply because they're not tall enough. Though they're both 5-foot-9ish, their skills and intangibles are next-level-worthy. The list goes on. Mustang's 6-foot-5 wing Curtis Haywood has some low-level offers, but his long body and smooth shot should keep bringing more eyes his way. Midwest City's Richard Anderson has quietly put together an impressive career. He knows how to score and, more importantly, how to defend. While Young gets tons of deserved attention at Norman North, his senior running-mate Marcus Dickinson has D-I speed and skills. Deer Creek's Elyjah Clark is playing on a different level this season, too. And that doesn't even dip into the talent below the Class 5A level. With most of these guys in action at tournaments around the OKC metro area the next three days, it's a good chance to get out and see them play. Maybe some recruiters will do the same. MUSKOGEE'S WILSON NAMED MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN Muskogee star basketball player Aaliyah Wilson was selected this week to play in the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago. Wilson was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as the Roughers made the Class 6A title game. She signed her National Letter of Intent in November with Arkansas, choosing the SEC school from a list of 25 Division I scholarship offers. Wilson is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN's 2016 Hoopgurlz rankings. The 5-foot-9 senior is the lone Oklahoman on the roster for the March 30 game that will be televised on ESPN2. Basketball fans have one last chance to watch Wilson play in Oklahoma City this weekend. Muskogee is in the John Nobles Tournament at Moore High School beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday against Durant. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000362661,g000065603,g000066164
Prep Parade: Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays deserves a 'thanks' from the state's basketball communityJan 20, 2016
Hays is stepping down as OC’s coach after this season, his 33rd coaching the Eagles, as one of the winningest coaches at any level of college basketball.
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 20, 2016EDMOND — I've probably been in the same gym with Oklahoma Christian men's basketball coach Dan Hays a couple dozen times or more. What's odd about that is the fact that I've only covered maybe three of Hays' OC games in my 10 years at The Oklahoman, and none since 2006, when I was briefly on the state college beat. I have no specific recollection of ever interviewing Hays, though I probably have. Yet I can remember multiple conversations with the legendary coach. Why? Because Hays is a basketball junkie. He's always in a gym somewhere, and willing to talk basketball with whoever is around. Hays is stepping down as OC's coach after this season, his 33rd coaching the Eagles, as one of the winningest coaches at any level of college basketball. It's sad news for Oklahoma Christian, and sad for basketball in Oklahoma. There have been several times I've crossed paths with Hays in a high school gym when he was there to recruit a player, and some when he was just there to watch a good game, or check in on one of his several former players now in the coaching ranks. Whatever the reason, any other coaches in the gym seemed to gravitate toward him to talk hoops. I don't know if I've met anyone who cares more about basketball in Oklahoma than Hays. Whether it's putting on camps or speaking at coaching clinics, he's done decades of work for the betterment of the sport in our state. He currently has nine players on his roster who came from Oklahoma high schools, and I'd bet that's about an average number for most of his 33 seasons with the Eagles. At 69 years old, Hays says he's resigning, not retiring. Says he'll stay in basketball “in some form or another.” That's the silver lining here. At this point in his life, Hays deserves to do whatever he wants with his time. If he wants to keep working in basketball, the sport will be better for it. So if you happen to see him in a gym — and you probably will — tell him thanks. ‘IF A COLLEGE NEEDS GUARDS, COME TO OKLAHOMA CITY' A high school basketball coach said something Tuesday night that really got me thinking. “If a college needs guards, come to Oklahoma City,” he said. Sometimes you don't realize the size of something until you pile it all up and look at it. So let's do that with the available senior guards colleges could be pursuing. Obviously, you can't have a conversation about guard play without mentioning Trae Young at Norman North. But let's leave Young and other underclassmen for another conversation, and just focus on the current senior guards. A few are already off the market. Mustang's Jakolby Long, who recently returned to the top 100 of ESPN's national recruit rankings, has already signed with Iowa State. Edmond North's Tre Evans (Old Dominion) and Southeast's Dashawn McDowell (SMU) have signed as well. But the well is far from dry in the 2016 class. On Tuesday night, Putnam City West's Marquis Johnson dueled with Putnam City North's Micah Speight. Johnson scored 31 despite foul trouble and cramping calves, leading the Patriots to the 94-88 victory. Speight scored 40 — including 15 in the final 2:40 — and nearly brought PC North back from a 21-point deficit. I've seen both of them play multiple times, and you're not going to convince me that they're not Division I-caliber simply because they're not tall enough. Though they're both 5-foot-9ish, their skills and intangibles are next-level-worthy. The list goes on. Mustang's 6-foot-5 wing Curtis Haywood has some low-level offers, but his long body and smooth shot should keep bringing more eyes his way. Midwest City's Richard Anderson has quietly put together an impressive career. He knows how to score and, more importantly, how to defend. While Young gets tons of deserved attention at Norman North, his senior running-mate Marcus Dickinson has D-I speed and skills. Deer Creek's Elyjah Clark is playing on a different level this season, too. And that doesn't even dip into the talent below the Class 5A level. With most of these guys in action at tournaments around the OKC metro area the next three days, it's a good chance to get out and see them play. Maybe some recruiters will do the same. MUSKOGEE'S WILSON NAMED MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN Muskogee star basketball player Aaliyah Wilson was selected this week to play in the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago. Wilson was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as the Roughers made the Class 6A title game. She signed her National Letter of Intent in November with Arkansas, choosing the SEC school from a list of 25 Division I scholarship offers. Wilson is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN's 2016 Hoopgurlz rankings. The 5-foot-9 senior is the lone Oklahoman on the roster for the March 30 game that will be televised on ESPN2. Basketball fans have one last chance to watch Wilson play in Oklahoma City this weekend. Muskogee is in the John Nobles Tournament at Moore High School beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday against Durant. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
Jan 20, 2016
Muskogee star basketball player Aaliyah Wilson was selected this week to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. Wilson was The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as the Roughers made the Class 6A title game. She signed her National Letter of Intent in November with Arkansas, choosing the SEC school from a list of 25...
Muskogee's Aaliyah Wilson named McDonald's All-American
Jacob Unruh | Jan 20, 2016Muskogee star basketball player Aaliyah Wilson was selected this week to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. Wilson was The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds as the Roughers made the Class 6A title game. She signed her National Letter of Intent in November with Arkansas, choosing the SEC school from a list of 25 Division I scholarship offers. Wilson is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN’s 2016 Hoopgurlz rankings. The 5-foot-9 senior is the lone Oklahoman on the roster for the March 30 game that will be televised on ESPN2. Basketball fans in Oklahoma City have one last chance to watch Wilson play this weekend. Muskogee is in the John Nobles Tournament at Moore High School beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday against Durant.
Jan 18, 2016
BOYS BASKETBALL TRAE YOUNG, NORMAN NORTH Emphatically making his case as the best player in the state, the Norman North junior guard turned in three 40-point games in a seven-day span. The 6-foot-1 point guard had 43 in the finals of the McGuinness Classic on Jan. 10, then 44 against Deer Creek on Tuesday. And he capped the week with his most impressive performance of all, a career-high 48 —...
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By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 18, 2016BOYS BASKETBALL TRAE YOUNG, NORMAN NORTH Emphatically making his case as the best player in the state, the Norman North junior guard turned in three 40-point games in a seven-day span. The 6-foot-1 point guard had 43 in the finals of the McGuinness Classic on Jan. 10, then 44 against Deer Creek on Tuesday. And he capped the week with his most impressive performance of all, a career-high 48 — with 35 coming in the second half — as the Timberwolves rallied to defeat defending Class 6A champ Mustang 83-77 on Friday. Young's 19 fourth-quarter points were more than Mustang could manage as a team in the period. Norman North coach Bryan Merritt set out three goals for his team when the season began. One was winning the McGuinness Classic, and another was beating Mustang. The third, of course, was winning the state title. “We haven't beaten Mustang since I've been here,” Merritt said. “We've had a lot of stuff happen to us at the beginning of the year — guys hurt, other things. We were down to eight guys practicing there for a while. “Trae just stayed with it, and went and made plays. He played a tremendous game.” WRESTLING RODRICK MOSLEY, HERITAGE HALL The Charger freshman defeated Catoosa's Andrew DeArmand by a 7-0 decision in the 126-pound finals of the Port City Classic at Catoosa on Saturday. The three points were crucial for Heritage Hall, which edged Catoosa by eight points for the team title in a tournament that included several larger schools. In all, Heritage Hall sent six wrestlers to the finals, winning four of them. SWIMMING JAMES DYER, NORMAN NORTH The junior had a big meet when Norman schools faced Yukon and Newcastle last week, winning both individual events and helping the third-ranked Timberwolves win two relays ahead of No. 5 Norman. Dyer won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.76 and the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.19, nearly 10 seconds ahead of teammate Scott Wilson's second-place finish. Dyer also swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that beat Norman and the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay that also beat Norman.
1972 — The longest winning streak in major professional sports is snapped when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Lakers had won 33 straight, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39 points gave Los Angeles its first loss since Oct. 31.1980 — Goaltender Jim Stewart, playing in his first and only game with the Boston Bruins, gives up three goals in the first four minutes of the...
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jan 9, 20161972 — The longest winning streak in major professional sports is snapped when the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104. The Lakers had won 33 straight, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39 points gave Los Angeles its first loss since Oct. 31. 1980 — Goaltender Jim Stewart, playing in his first and only game with the Boston Bruins, gives up three goals in the first four minutes of the game and a total of five in the first period. He's replaced and never plays in the NHL again. 1982 — Joe Montana's third touchdown pass of the game, a 6-yarder to Dwight Clark, with 51 seconds remaining, lifts the San Francisco 49ers to 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game. 1998 — Michelle Kwan receives eight perfect 6.0s out of nine marks for artistry in the free skate to win her second U.S. Figure Skating Championship in three years. 2002 — Todd Eldredge wins his sixth U.S. Figure Skating Championships title. After skipping two seasons of competition, Eldredge edges defending champion Tim Goebel. 2004 — Michelle Kwan wins her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Only one of the sport's greats, Maribel Vinson, has more U.S. championships, with nine. 2009 — Arizona, the lone NFC team not to make it to a conference championship game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, gets to host its' first NFC championship game after a stunning 33-13 win at Carolina. 2010 — Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown in overtime gives the Arizona Cardinals a 51-45 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history. 2011 — Top-ranked Auburn beats No. 2 Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game. Wes Byrum's 19-yard field goal with no time left — his sixth career game-winning field goal — caps off a perfect, 14-0 season. 2015 — North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz runs five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run puts Illinois State ahead, and the Bison became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory. 2015 — Tom Brady sets a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady breaks Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reaches their fourth straight AFC championship game. 1970 — The AFL wins its second straight Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud's three field goals. 1973 — The American League adopts the designated hitter rule. 1981 — Jim Plunkett completes 14 of 18 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Oakland Raiders to 34-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers for the AFC title. The Raiders are the first AFC wild-card team to advance to the Super Bowl. 1984 — The Denver Nuggets beats the San Antonio Spurs 163-155 in the highest scoring regulation-length NBA game. 1987 — Denver's John Elway leads the Broncos to a 23-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns to win the AFC Championship. Elway caps a 15-play, 98-yard march with a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Jackson to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining. Rich Karlis kicks a 33-yard field goal in overtime to give Denver the win. 1992 — Kristi Yamaguchi, runner-up the previous three years, wins her first title in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Christopher Bowman, the 1989 U.S. champion, wins the men's title. 1998 — Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian high school student ranked 550th, wins the Australian Men's Hardcourt Championship to become the lowest-ranked player to win an ATP Tour event. 2004 — Detroit allows 100 points for the first time this season, but the Pistons were still able to outlast Dallas 115-102. Detroit has its NBA-record streak of not allowing 100 points snapped at 38 games, including 36 this season. 2009 — Philadelphia, led by Donovan McNabb, eliminates the New York Giants 23-11 to reach the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight seasons. This is the first game in NFL history to finish 23-11. 2014 — LeGarrette Blount rushes for 166 yards and four touchdown as the New England beats Indianapolis 43-22 to advance to their third consecutive AFC championship game. Blount joins Ricky Watters, who had five touchdowns for San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994, as the only players with four or more in a playoff game. 2014 — Gracie Gold wins her first U.S. figure skating title and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds finishes second. Charlie White and Meryl Davis win a record sixth straight U.S. ice dance title — one more than American ice dance pioneers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. 2014 — Alex Rodriguez is dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement when arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. The decision cuts the suspension issued Aug. 5, 2013 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games. 2015 — Roger Federer beats the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Federer is the third player to win 1,000 times on the men's professional tour' joining Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071). 2015 — Green Bay rallies from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers throws two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers, helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining, go undefeated at Lambeau Field this season. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 is reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenges. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball goes to the Packers. 1951 — Ezzard Charles knocks out Lee Oma in the 10th round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the heavyweight title. 1958 — Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals sets an NBA record for career points in a 135-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Schayes scores 23 points to bring his career mark to 11,770, breaking the record of 11,764 held by George Mikan. 1958 — The NCAA rules committee makes the first change in football scoring rules since 1912 by adding the two-point conversion. 1960 — Syracuse's Dolph Schayes becomes the first player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points. 1969 — New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guarantees" a victory before the game against the 17-point favorite Baltimore Colts, then leads the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory, a 16-7 triumph over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season. 1975 — The Pittsburgh Steelers totally shut down Minnesota's offense, handing the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat, 16-6. Franco Harris, the game's MVP, sets a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards. 1986 — Chicago's Denis Savard ties an NHL record for the fastest goal to start a period by scoring four seconds into the third period of the Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Hartford Whalers. 1991 — Princeton beats Cornell 164-71 in an unusual swimming meet. The schools agree to compete by telephone due to a blizzard making transportation to Ithaca, N.Y. a problem. Both teams swim in their owns pools and the results are exchanged by FAX. 2007 — Tadd Fujikawa, just shy of his 16th birthday, steals the show at the Sony Open. Fujikawa shoots a 4-under 66, making him the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour. 2008 — Tom Brady completes all but two of his 28 passes to lead New England to its second straight AFC championship game with a 31-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots improve to 17-0, matching the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team to go unbeaten from the first game of the season through the Super Bowl. 2008 — The Green Bay Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 42-20 to reach the NFC championship game. Ryan Grant recovers from two fumbles that put the Packers down 14-0 after only four minutes. Grant sets a team postseason record by running for 201 yards, and scores three times. 2009 — Boston sets a club record with 22 points in overtime. Paul Pierce scores nine of his season-high 39 points in the overtime of the 115-109 win over Toronto. The Celtics better the mark set on Jan. 2, 1963, when it outscored the San Francisco Warriors 21-6 in a 135-120 win. 2012 — Dwight Howard breaks Wilt Chamberlain's nearly 50-year-old NBA record for most free throw attempts in a game, making 21 of 39 in the Orlando Magic's 117-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Chamberlain shot 34 for the Philadelphia Warriors against St. Louis on Feb. 22, 1962. 2013 — Colin Kaepernick rushes for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and throws two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay. 2013 — Joe Flacco throws a 70-yard game-tying touchdown to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, helping send it into overtime and Baltimore beats Denver in the second extra period, 38-35. Trindon Holliday of the Broncos scores on a 90-yard punt return the first time Denver touches the ball and returns the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game. Both are playoff records for longest returns, as is the 248 total return yards he had. 2014 — Jeremy Abbott wins his fourth U.S. figure skating title. Teenager Jason Brown finishes second and defending champion Max Aaron places third. 2015 — Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State wins the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain scores an NBA regulation-game record 73 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 135-117 triumph over the Chicago Packers. 1971 — Lenny Wilkens of the Seattle Supersonics, at 33, becomes the oldest All-Star MVP as he scores 21 points to give the West a 108-107 victory over the East. 1974 — The Miami Dolphins win their second straight Super Bowl in their third straight appearance with a 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Larry Csonka, the game's MVP, gains 145 yards on 33 carries and scores a touchdown. 1986 — NCAA schools vote overwhelmingly in favor of adopting the controversial Proposition 48. The rule requires that incoming freshman maintain 2.0 grade point averages and score 700 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or a 15 on the American College Testing program. 1987 — Lewis Lloyd and Mitchell Wiggins of the Houston Rockets become the third and fourth National Basketball Association players to be banned from the league for using cocaine. 1991 — Phil Mickelson overcomes an 8 on the 14th hole to become the second amateur since 1954 to win a PGA Tour event as he posts a one-shot victory over Bob Tway and Tom Purtzer in the Northern Telecom Open. 1995 — America3, the first all-women's team in the 144-year history of America's Cup, wins the first race of the America's Cup defender trials, beating Team Dennis Conner by 1 minute, 9 seconds. 1997 — Spain's Carlos Moya becomes the first man to knock out the defending champion in the opening round of a Grand Slam event in 20 years. After 3 1-2 hours of brutal heat, Moya beats Boris Becker 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the Australian Open. 2003 — Jennifer Capriati becomes the first women's Australian Open defending champion to lose in the first round in the Open era. Capriati, seeded third, loses 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to 90th-ranked Marlene Weingartner of Germany. 2006 — Larry Brown becomes the fourth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 regular-season games as New York beats Atlanta 105-94. Brown, 1,000-762 in 23 seasons in the NBA, joins Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Pat Riley in the 1,000-win club. 2010 — Kobe Bryant nails a game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-95 victory over Dallas. The Lakers become the first NBA team to reach 3,000 wins. 2013 — Matt Bryant kicks a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounce back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Seattle 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game. The Falcons lead 27-7 at the start of the final quarter before rookie quarterback Russell Wilson leads the Seahawks to three fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left. 2013 — Tom Brady becomes the winningest quarterback in postseason play, throwing for three touchdowns to beat Houston 41-28 and lift the New England Patriots into the AFC championship game. Brady gets his 17th victory, surpassing Joe Montana, by throwing for 344 yards. 1943 — Montreal's Alex Smart scores three goals in his first NHL game and leads the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Black Hawks. 1962 — Margaret Smith wins her third straight Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jan Lehane. 1968 — The Green Bay Packers win their second straight Super Bowl. The game draws the first $3 million gate in football history. Bart Starr, the game's MVP, completes 13 of 24 passes for 202-yards. 1973 — The Miami Dolphins, who went 14-0 in the regular season and won two playoff games, beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl to become the only undefeated team in NFL history. 1990 — Joe Montana sets an NFL record when he tosses his 30th and 31st postseason touchdown passes as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-3 in the NFC championship game. Terry Bradshaw had thrown 30. 1990 — John Elway passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns as the Denver Broncos advance to their fourth Super Bowl with a 37-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Championship. 2001 — Led by Kerry Collins' five touchdown passes, the New York Giants reach their first Super Bowl in a decade with a 41-0 romp past the hapless Minnesota Vikings — the biggest rout in NFC championship history. 2003 — Pat Summitt becomes the first women's college basketball coach to win 800 Division I games when her Tennessee Lady Vols beat DePaul 76-57. 2006 — Johnny Weir win's his third straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Sasha Cohen takes the women's division. 2007 — In Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Kildow captures the top two places in a World Cup super-combi and Resi Stiegler just misses making it an American sweep. The 1-2-4 finish is a first for American women in a World Cup alpine skiing event. 2012 — Tom Brady throws for a record-tying six touchdown passes, five in the first half and three to Rob Gronkowski, to lead the New England Patriots to a 45-10 win over Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. 2012 — Alex Smith completes a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalize on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory. 1965 — In one of the most notable trades in NBA history, the San Francisco Warriors deal Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash. 1967 — The NFL's Green Bay Packers open the Super Bowl series by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL, 35-10. 1972 — Joe Frazier knocks out Terry Daniels in the fourth round at New Orleans to retain the world heavyweight title. 1978 — The Dallas Cowboys take advantage of eight Denver turnovers en route to a 27-10 victory over the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Butch Johnson's diving catch in the end zone completes a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach and puts the Cowboys ahead 20-3 in the third quarter. 1990 — Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes the second man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games as a player and coach as the Warriors dropped a 144-105 decision to the Indiana Pacers. Lenny Wilkens was the first to accomplish the feat. 1994 — Ricky Watters of San Francisco scores an NFL postseason-record five touchdowns as the 49ers beat the New York Giants 44-3. 1995 — San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson twice knocks down passes in the end zone — the last one on fourth down — to preserve the Chargers' biggest NFL victory, a 17-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship. 1997 — Patrick Lalime becomes the first goalie since NHL expansion in 1967 to open his career with a 15-game unbeaten streak as Pittsburgh beats Hartford 3-0. 2000 — The Jacksonville Jaguars steamroll their way into the history books and the AFC championship game. In the second-most overpowering playoff performance ever, the Jaguars rout the Miami Dolphins 62-7. The 55-point margin is the second-largest in playoff history. 2001 — Peace College beats Bennett College 98-3 in women's college basketball as Bennett sets an NCAA Division III women's record for fewest points scored. 2004 — Michelle Wie shoots a respectable round of 2-over 72, leaving her nine strokes behind the leader after one round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. Wie, 14, is believed to be the youngest player ever on the PGA Tour. 2005 — Michelle Kwan wins her ninth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, tying Maribel Vinson for the all-time record. 2006 — Italian Giorgio Rocca wins his fifth consecutive slalom race, joining Alberto Tomba, Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli as the only men to accomplish the feat in a single season. 2007 — Gilbert Arenas makes a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 51-point performance in Washington's 114-111 victory over Utah. 2011 — Kyle Kuric's lay-up with 4 seconds remaining caps a furious rally by No. 18 Louisville and the Cardinals stun Marquette 71-70. Louisville trails by 18 with 5:44 to go but close the game on a 24-5 run fueled by guard Preston Knowles. 2011 — Sixth-seeded Green Bay routs the Falcons 48-21 in Atlanta as Aaron Rodgers throws for three touchdowns and runs for one. The 48 points are the most for the Packers in a postseason game. 2012 — New York's Eli Manning throws three touchdown passes and the Giants shock the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in an NFC divisional playoff game. The Packers, 15-1 in the regular season, become the seventh consecutive Super Bowl champ not to advance to the Super Bowl the next year. 2014 — Anaheim steamrolls Vancouver 9-1 for its 18th victory in 19 games. The Ducks join the 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens as the only teams in league history to win 18 times in a 19-game span. 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 42 points and grabs 24 rebounds as he won MVP honors even though his East team lost to the West 150-130 in the NBA All-Star game. The West's Bob Pettit pulls down an All-Star record 27 rebounds. 1972 — The Dallas Cowboys dominate the Miami Dolphins, setting a Super Bowl record of 252 yards rushing en route to a 24-3 victory. 1974 — Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mantle is elected in his first year of eligibility and Ford in his second year. 1988 — Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, the CBS NFL Today tout for 12 years, is fired for his racial comments during an interview the previous day with WRC-TV in Washington. 1993 — Kansas beats Louisville 98-77 for its 1,500th win in school history. 1993 — Michael Jordan scores 64 points, but Chicago is upended in overtime by visiting Orlando 128-124. The Magic are led by rookie center Shaquille O'Neal, who has 29 points and 24 rebounds. 1995 — Palm Beach millionaire Malcolm Glazer buys the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an estimated $192 million. 2000 — In the first home playoff game in St. Louis' 33-season NFL history, the Rams show their entire awesome repertoire in routing the Minnesota Vikings 49-37. Kurt Warner finishes 27-for-33 and sets team playoff records for yards passing (391) and TD throws (5). The Vikings score three desperate touchdowns in the dying moments, making it the second-highest scoring playoff game in NFL history. 2008 — Bob Knight becomes the first men's Division I coach with 900 wins when Texas Tech beats No. 10 Texas A&M 68-53. 2011 — New York Jets stun the New England Patriots 28-21. The Patriots — who had the league's best record during the regular season — suffer their third straight postseason loss. Mark Sanchez throws three touchdown passes, Tom Brady is sacked five times and the Jets advance to their second straight AFC championship game. 2012 — Top-ranked Syracuse beats Pittsburgh 71-63 to open the season with 20 straight wins, to set a school record for most consecutive victories to start a season. Boeheim extends his Division I record for most 20-win seasons to 34. 2015 — The NCAA restores 112 football wins it stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and reinstates the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announces the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. END ADV
Mapping the holiday travel routes for University of Northern Colorado student-athletes can be like vacation suicide.Except, there’s nobody to ask the proverbial question “Are we there yet?”Dreaming of a White Christmas? Really? Whatever.Dreaming of being at the right airport gate, on the right plane at the right time is more like it.Forget about the Beats By Dre headphones that Aunt Millie...
UNC athletes frequent the skies for holiday travel
Samuel G. Mustari, Associated Press | Jan 1, 2016Mapping the holiday travel routes for University of Northern Colorado student-athletes can be like vacation suicide. Except, there’s nobody to ask the proverbial question “Are we there yet?” Dreaming of a White Christmas? Really? Whatever. Dreaming of being at the right airport gate, on the right plane at the right time is more like it. Forget about the Beats By Dre headphones that Aunt Millie sprung for as a Christmas gift. The $50 gift certificate for Qdoba that Grandma was so thoughtful to buy will come in handy, but it won’t help a bit if your flight is delayed. Traveling from Greeley to ports from coast to coast and back again is a strategy that parallels any zone defense, can be tougher than avoiding a tilt or finding a passing lane. The UNC men’s basketball team finished its pre-Christmas schedule last Wednesday at Mississippi State University in Jackson, Miss. The Bears resumed play Thursday at home against Eastern Washington University. The women’s basketball team wrapped up with a loss at Grand Canyon University this past Monday. It also resumed play on Thursday at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., losing its Big Sky Conference opener, 59-55. The Bears’ wrestling team has been off since the first weekend in December, but has been in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Southern Scuffle this weekend, avoiding connecting flights over the holidays. UNC men’s coach B.J. Hill, who saw his team scatter last week, set a deadline to be back in Greeley on Dec. 26 to start preparing for this weekend’s Big Sky Conference games against Eastern Washington University — a 96-90 win Thursday — and this afternoon’s game at 2 against the University of Idaho at Bank of Colorado Arena. In between, the Bears were flying the friendly skies from Mississippi to California and everywhere in between. Miss a connecting flight — without a legitimate excuse — and pay the price. UNC junior guard Dallas Anglin experienced travel hell trying to get from Jackson, Miss., to north New Jersey and then eventually back to Greeley. “Oh man,” Anglin laughed, looking back on his short stay of residency in the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) International Airport. Anglin’s route from Jackson, Miss., went through Atlanta, where he was delayed for four hours. “Then I get to New Jersey and I had to renew my driver’s license so my mom went and stood in line for me for three hours while I was on my way,” Anglin said. “Finally, I got to go home.” Christmas dinner, by request, included macaroni and cheese and a horde of homemade food. “There’s three families that get together so there was a lot of food,” Anglin said. “My aunts who are single make their own biscuits, and they’re really good. I ate good.” Anglin attended the first half of his cousin’s high school game in East Rutherford on Dec. 26 before catching his return flight to Greeley, which went through Dallas. “I said my goodbyes and headed to Dallas-Fort Worth, but then when I got there, they told me my flight to Denver was canceled because there were tornadoes outside of Dallas,” Anglin said. “The next flight was the next day at 1:30 in the afternoon.” Sleeping on the floor at the DFW Airport and eating McDonald’s hamburgers wasn’t how Anglin envisioned spending part of his Christmas break. “I took little three-minute naps, laying on my arms and it didn’t do much for my back,” Anglin said. “And I’m not a big McDonald’s guy, either.” Anglin’s eventual flight from Dallas took him to Aspen and was also delayed, which caused him to miss the shuttle bus at Denver’s International Airport to take him back to Greeley. “When I finally got to Denver (on Dec. 27), it was 7 p.m, and the next shuttle didn’t leave until 9 p.m.,” Anglin said. “That was two more hours of delay. I got to Greeley at 11 p.m. The coaches understood.” If a player misses a flight for any reason, the procedure is to check in with the proper personnel in the UNC athletic department. “Dallas (Anglin) got stuck in the Dallas airport because of tornadoes,” Hill said. “There was nothing he could do about it.” Anglin missed a day of practice because of the travel difficulties. If the missed connections are the players’ fault, there’s a price to pay, including the possibility of losing a starting position. “It depends on the situation,” Hill said. “It also depends on the kid, whether he’s a repeat offender or not or how late he is. Everything is built into it.” Several years ago, then-UNC guard Tevin Svihovec was late returning from Dallas and lost his starting spot for the first few weeks of the regular season, but became a key contributor off the bench. UNC junior guard Jordan Wilson’s travel plans went like clockwork — from Jackson, Miss., to Atlanta to Denver and back to Greeley. “I’m used to it,” said Wilson, who hails from Los Angeles but hooked up with his family for Christmas dinner in Atlanta. “I wish we had more time for family, but we’re here for a reason,” Wilson added. “We needed to get back here and get to work, get better and be ready for tonight (against EWU).” Wilson also looks at the quick turnaround as a way to close the door on pre-conference games and re-focus on BSC opponents. “You clear your head, see your loved ones and then get right back to work,” said Wilson. Minus the cost of a return flight to Greeley, UNC players are on their own dime. Wilson’s Christmas dinner included “a lot of soul food, Collard greens, fried chicken, candied yams ... you name it.” Anglin wouldn’t trade his family time for anything, but conceded that hooking up was “draining,” adding “it took a little toll on me. “My sleeping schedule was off for a day or two,” Anglin added. “I’m good now, though.” ——— ©2016 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000141113,t000029726,t000002537,t000002707,t000419554,t000410581,t000002925,t000032885,t000038454,t000040464,t000032881,t000003060,t000155449,t000008056,t000003183,g000065596,g000362661,g000066164,g000218128,g000065558,g000222692,g000065619
Former Bartlesville High School basketball legend Hailey Tucker continues to provide fuel to the Southwestern Oklahoma State women’s hoops team.Following a break of more than two weeks, the SWOSU Lady Bulldogs knocked off bitter rival Northeastern State, 77-75, in Weatherford.Tucker — a starting freshman forward — canned 17 points and grabbed three rebounds to help the Lady Bulldogs improve to...
Tucker cans 17 points
Mike Tupa, Associated Press | Jan 1, 2016Former Bartlesville High School basketball legend Hailey Tucker continues to provide fuel to the Southwestern Oklahoma State women’s hoops team. Following a break of more than two weeks, the SWOSU Lady Bulldogs knocked off bitter rival Northeastern State, 77-75, in Weatherford. Tucker — a starting freshman forward — canned 17 points and grabbed three rebounds to help the Lady Bulldogs improve to 4-5 on the season and 3-4 at home. NSU surged to a 30-19 lead in the first period, but SWOSU surged back to grab the lead at halftime, 37-36. Through three quarters, Tucker and her Lady Bulldog teammates led by four, 59-55. NSU won the second quarter by two points, 20-18, to come up just short. Tucker buried 6-of-12 shots from the field — including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc. She also put in 1-of-2 free throws, dished out three assists, blocked a shot and recorded a steal. Jessica Penner buried 19 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs’ scoring sheet. Paige Wilson Tucker’s former Lady Bruin teammate Paige Wilson made a strong contribution to the Drury University women’s basketball team, during Wednesday’s 81-73 victory against Florida Tech. Wilson came off the bench to play 17 minutes and scored seven points. She nailed 3-of-5 shots from the field, including a three-pointer. Wilson — who is a junior on the team — also made an assist and a steal for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 10-1 on the season. Wilson has appeared in every game (no starts) and his averaging 15.5 minutes and 4.6 points. She has accumulated seven assists and six steals. Mason McCauley Mason McCauley is seeing some pool time his freshman season at William Jewell. The former Bartlesville High School/Phillips 66 Splash Club standout swam the men’s 200 individual medley in 2:17.74 during the teams’ most recent competition and the 100 butterfly in :57.74. ——— ©2016 the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) Visit the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) at www.examiner-enterprise.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There is unknown and undiscovered greatness in sports. Greatness that never makes it onto the shiny, wooden court of an NBA arena. That never makes a highlight on ESPN.Standing almost 5-10 in a white No. 3 jersey and black shorts, weighing 165 pounds, C.J. Jordan is a glimpse at that greatness.He's 56 years old. He works third shift at an Indianapolis factory that makes...
EXCHANGE: 56-year-old Indianapolis man is basketball phenom
By DANA HUNSINGER BENBOW, Associated Press | Dec 28, 2015INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There is unknown and undiscovered greatness in sports. Greatness that never makes it onto the shiny, wooden court of an NBA arena. That never makes a highlight on ESPN. Standing almost 5-10 in a white No. 3 jersey and black shorts, weighing 165 pounds, C.J. Jordan is a glimpse at that greatness. He's 56 years old. He works third shift at an Indianapolis factory that makes Reddi-wip cream topping and Blue Bonnet margarine. He leaves work in the morning, after a long night of toiling on the line, and sleeps while the sun shines. Then, he gets up and does what he loves most. He plays basketball. He plays ball while NBA players make millions. While their stats are splashed across ESPN. He plays because — even though he never reached that shiny NBA court — basketball is his life. Only now, decades after what-could-have-been has passed, is Jordan getting his due. He's an elite player on the USA masters basketball circuit, better known as the "old man's circuit." He will play in the FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championships this year. And for now, at this moment in his life, he is finally great. (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) It's a dreary, chilly winter afternoon. Jordan is at a gym playing in a league for men 40 years and older at Washington Park. A police station sits nearby, in a seedy area of tiny, rundown houses. It's a league where the hint of a player fighting gets him thrown out for the year. Where a curse word to a referee results in a $25 fine. He's taking on a team called Second Chance. And he's killing it. This is his second chance. Jordan is quick. So quick, he's called a freak by teammates. Agile. So agile, no one who watches him believes he's 56. He drains 3-pointers. "Damn, that guy is cash money," says an onlooker, speaking to no one in particular as Jordan swishes his third 3-pointer in a row. Jordan does other great things on the court, too. He gets assists. Double-digit assists. "I've got what you call point guard savvy," he says. His team wins in overtime 80-77. Jordan finishes with 31 points. It's a typical game for him now. And it was a typical game for him then, back when he was younger. "C.J., I tell you what, he's one of the best point guards I've ever had the opportunity to play with," said Kevin Figaro, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 1981 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Figaro played college ball with Jordan at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. "He had one of these scoop shots that nobody could get. It didn't matter how big you were, you could not stop that shot." Without a doubt, Figaro said from his Louisiana home, Jordan was a basketball great. But no one took the chance on Jordan. A chance that might have made him an NBA player, might have made this story a very different one. (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) Jordan grew up on Harding Street and went to IPS School 44. His dad was a truck driver and his mom stayed at home. She had to. Jordan was one of 11 kids, six sisters, four brothers. His first recollection of playing basketball was at age 5 or 6. "They noticed then I was quick," he said. "I had talent." They were the neighborhood kids and their parents. As Jordan got older, those kids hung around his house just to play with him. His mom put a basketball goal in their fenced-in backyard. Neighborhood kids would wait outside the fence after school to play with the Jordan crew. And wait. All the Jordan kids had chores to do first — ironing clothes, vacuuming, washing dishes. And until those were done, there was no basketball. "All the kids would be standing around the fence," Jordan said. "We were doing our chores. When mom threw the ball out in the yard, that meant we could play." And play he did. Played so much, so often, every waking hour. Played until he became great. He went to Northwest High School and was the team's point guard. His senior year, with plenty of help from Jordan, the team won the city championship. Northwest made it to the final eight of the high school tournament and played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The team lost. But Jordan had caught a coach's eye. The basketball coach at Lindsey Wilson College, a two-year school in Columbia, Kentucky, had heard about Jordan. He came to watch Jordan play, then made Jordan an offer he will never forget. "He said, 'I heard you are one of the best players in Indiana and I want you to play for me,' " Jordan recalls. Playing at Lindsey Wilson came with a full-ride scholarship. Jordan said yes. It was the only way he would have been able to go to college. Lindsey Wilson was a junior college, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Today, it's a 4-year-college. Jordan majored in physical education and played basketball. After his freshman year there, the coach at Indiana State wanted to bring Jordan back to his home state. "Coach (Bill Hodges) recruited me heavy," Jordan said, adding that the offer came with a scholarship. "They wanted me bad." Accepting that offer in 1978 would have made Jordan a teammate of a guy named Larry Bird. But Jordan declined. He was loyal, and, to be honest, he said he didn't realize just how good Bird was. Bird helped Indiana State reach the NCAA tournament for the first time, leading it to the legendary championship game against Michigan State in 1979. Jordan could have been there for that. But he wasn't. A missed chance. After his two years at the junior college, it was off to the University of Southwestern Louisiana where Jordan led the team in assists both years, averaging 7.5 as a senior. That more than doubled the next best guy on his team. That guy was Andrew Toney, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and played from 1980-88. The pro coaches noticed Toney. They didn't notice Jordan. Another missed chance. Jordan wasn't deterred. He knew he was good. People told him he was good. Media wrote about him. In one article, a writer said that Jordan was so quick he could flip the light switch and make it into bed before the lights went out. After college, Jordan tried out for the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets, to no avail. "Everyone was, 'Oh. He's just so short,' " Jordan said. The rejection was tough. Jordan and those who watched him play thought he had a shot at the NBA. His brother Charlie Jordan, older by four years, had made the Indiana Pacers for a year. But he was 6-9. "I didn't get the height," Jordan says with a smile, but a sadness shows in his eyes. Jordan was overlooked, but deserving, says Jim Sweeney, the 1980 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the country's top collegiate basketball player under six feet tall. He played for Boston College, during the infamous point-shaving scandal. He will play on Jordan's team at the FIMBA championships in August at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. "But sometimes it's just got to be the right situation," Sweeney said. "The right place and the right time." The right people watching. "I think it was a size thing," said Figaro. "Just the size." Because, he said, Jordan definitely didn't lack skill, talent or heart. Jordan doesn't dwell on what could have been. He has made his own basketball life. And that brings us to today. (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) "In the old man's basketball circuit, everybody knows C.J.," said Sweeney, also 56, who lives in Florida. "They just know him as C.J. — fast as the wind." Jordan plays in masters tournaments in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Florida. Opponents know him for his grit. His heart. His utter and unmistakable love of the game. "He is one of the most memorable, noticeable, most recognized and likable people on the circuit," Sweeney said. "And it's a pretty big circuit." Finally, the recognition. In 2014, nearing senior citizenship, with three grown sons, 38, 30, 27. Finally, Jordan is getting recognized for the sport he loves. "To be C.J.'s age?" says Michael Nowlin, a 48-year-old teammate on Jordan's Indy Saturday league squad. "C.J. can play. He can play, man." Nowlin is sitting on the court in front of the bench, stretching while the team plays. "I'm a shooting guard like him," he says. "Probably why I'm over here and he's out there." One of Jordan's sisters is in the stands, beaming. She tells yet another story of why Jordan's basketball trek is a remarkable one. "C.J. wasn't supposed to play basketball," says Dorothy Jordan-Brown, who is six years older than her brother. "He wasn't supposed to play." At about 5 years old, Jordan had bad legs. Jordan-Brown can't remember exactly what the problem was. But she does remember her brother in the hospital, his legs in traction. "He was told he wouldn't run, walk or play sports," she recalls. But this is Jordan we're talking about. "When he came out of the hospital he would sneak and do it anyway," she said. And what he has lacked in size his entire life, he has made up in aggression. Jordan-Brown knows. She has followed her brother for decades watching him play. Not in the NBA, but playing as if he were. "C.J. is a good defender," she said. "You can knock him down 10 times and he'll get up 12." Knocked down, Jordan has been. No Division I college offers. No chances at the NBA. But he has gotten up. And proven himself, even if it's not exactly how he'd always dreamed of doing it. "Basketball is my comfort zone," he said. "Always has been. No regrets. I just play basketball." ___ Source: Indianapolis Star, http://indy.st/1VmfsSl ___ Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
2015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAMPLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, WestlakeWestlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP...
2015 All-Central Texas football team
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Dec 26, 20152015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, Westlake Westlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP — was backed up by a stat line that included an area-high 3,833 yards passing, 1,419 yards rushing and 71 total touchdowns, one of which was a reception. Ehlinger led Westlake to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A, Division I championship game. His whirlwind year also featured a commitment to the University of Texas, a championship at the state 7-on-7 tournament in July and his surpassing of Nick Foles and Drew Brees on Westlake's all-time passing chart. Also in the mix: Vandegrift RB Travis Brannan; Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer; La Grange RB JK Dobbins; Vista Ridge QB Matt Snow NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Herman, jr., QB, Georgetown Herman completed 13 of 17 passes in his varsity debut, and he totaled four touchdowns in his second start. En route to leading Georgetown back into the postseason, Herman threw for 2,719 yards on 222-of-334 passing and eight of his 24 TD passes were compiled over the Eagles' two playoff games. This probably isn't the last time that you'll hear about Herman during the 2015-16 school year. The Georgetown basketball team's leading scorer as a sophomore, Herman is averaging 7.4 points per game this season. Also in the mix: Lake Travis K Cameron Dicker; Hendrickson RB DJ Jackson; Liberty Hill DB Dyllon Joiner; Cedar Park QB Mak Sexton COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Abseck, Cedar Park Under their first-time head coach, Cedar Park knocked off Aledo, Class 5A's top-ranked team, in Abseck's debut, and the Timberwolves then held the No. 1 ranking throughout an undefeated season. Cedar Park's 16 victories came by an average of 31.9 points and included a triumph in the Class 5A, Division II championship game. Formerly the Timberwolves' offensive coordinator, Abseck took charge of a team that lost five offensive starters in the off-season — including the 2014 All-Central Texas player of the year plus the team's starting quarterback — but Cedar Park showcased its depth while averaging 45.8 points per game. Also in the mix: Hank Carter, Lake Travis; Todd Dodge, Westlake; Chris Jones, Gidding; Rodney Vincent, Vista Ridge FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB: Sam Ehlinger, jr., Westlake All-Central Texas MVP led Chaps to title game with 5,257 total yards, 71 TDs. RB: JK Dobbins, jr., La Grange Put together area's second-best rushing season in only 11 games (2,740 yards). RB: Travis Brannan, sr., Vandegrift Navy pledge scored 47 times, topped 2,600 rushing yards for second straight year. WR: Josh Wainwright, sr., Bowie Deep threat averaged 18.6 yards per catch and scored on 16 of his 57 receptions. WR: Steven Gallardo, jr., Burnet Turned 84 catches into 1,212 yards, and scored 12 of his 16 TDs through the air. WR: Paxton Segina, sr., Vandegrift Rice recruit played in only eight games this season but recorded 48 catches, 16 TDs. OL: Holton Greenfield, jr., Vandegrift APSE all-state honoree recorded 105 knockdowns and a 94 percent grade. OL: Shea Baker, jr., Cedar Ridge Top lineman in District 13-6A helped Raiders to share of district championship. OL: Harper Geracci, sr., Vista Ridge Repeat All-Centex pick blocked for two 1,800-yard rushers from his center position. OL: Jack Merrill, sr., Cedar Park Returning starter earned all-district nod and state title with offense that averaged 45.8 PPG. OL: Brycen Foreman, sr., Westlake All-state honoree helped keep Ehlinger upright for much of this past season. K: Cameron Dicker, soph., Lake Travis Varsity-debut season included 11 FGs, 74 PATs and APSE all-state honors. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL: Anthony Ekpe, sr., Hendrickson Rice recruit recorded 15 sacks and blocked three punts during all-state campaign. DL: Denton Meiske, sr., Thrall Small-school standout posted huge numbers in 2015 (123 tackles, 13 sacks). DL: Elias Garcia, sr., Westlake Had nine sacks and recorded 11 of his 87 tackles in 6A-I championship game. LB: Mac McCaskill, sr., Cedar Park Defensive MVP of 5A-II title game finished year with 130 tackles, 16.5 sacks. LB: RJ Phillips, sr., Vista Ridge District 25-5A defensive MVP in hoops was a force in football, too (162 tackles). LB: Chris Sanders, jr., LBJ Piled up 16 sacks on way to winning 26-5A's defensive MVP award. LB: Aidan Estrada, jr., Lake Travis Recorded 162 tackles, forced seven fumbles for unit that allowed 13.4 PPG. DB: Jordan Williams, sr., Hendrickson Future Toledo Rocket was tabbed 13-6 MVP after a 101-tackle season. DB: Dyllon Joiner, jr., Liberty Hill Newcomer was district MVP after debut season included nine INTs, 13 PBUs. DB: Austin Hiller, jr., Lake Travis Blocked three kicks and had six INTs as Cavs allowed two passing TDs in playoffs. DB: Jav Guidry, jr., Cedar Park Rushed for 707 yards, but did most damage as champ's shutdown CB (12 PBUs). P: Smith Carlton, soph., St. Michael's Preseason All-Centex pick delivered with average of 38.6 yards over 47 punts. UTIL: Mulbah Car, sr., Reagan City's all-time leading rusher scored 34 times, had 70 tackles as 7-4 Raiders' LB. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matt Snow, sr., Vista Ridge Topped 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing while accounting for 47 TDs. RB: Isaiah Vilaire, sr., Vista Ridge Other half of 5A-I semifinalist's 1-2 punch had 1,856 yards, 25 TDs on 173 attempts. RB: DJ Ellison, sr., Lockhart Rushed 238 times while leading area finalist's Slot-T offense with 1,754 yards, 22 TDs. WR: Jo'Vonta Grimble, sr., Georgetown Area leader in receptions (87) added 1,229 yards, 14 TDs to All-Centex rèsumè. WR: Chase Cokley, sr., Westlake Explosive North Texas recruit converted 67 catches into 1,281 yards, 17 TDs. WR: Kadarius Daniels, sr., Cedar Ridge Led Raiders to a share of 13-6A title with 84 catches, 1,112 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Travis Arroyo, sr., Hendrickson Contributed 107 knockdown blocks as Hendrickson rushed to postseason's second round. OL: Jacob Seggern, sr., Thrall Earned a 94.2 percent grade and all-state honors as Thrall qualified for playoffs. OL: Ian Burnette, soph., Wimberley Second-year starter led Texans to a surprising third-round playoff appearance. OL: Justin Wilson, sr., Liberty Hill Had 46 pancake blocks and a 90 percent grade as Panthers rushed for 4,624 yards. OL: Fabian Becerra, sr., Giddings Turned in a blocking grade of 96 percent on a line that allowed 11 sacks in 13 games. K: Luiz Diaz, jr., Georgetown Kicked three of his 10 FGs in the bi-district round, and had 32 touchbacks in 2015. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL: Tevin Paul, sr., Lake Travis Cal pledge posted eight sacks, 68 tackles for 6A-II finalist's dominating defense. DL: James Lynch, jr., Round Rock District 13-6A's defensive lineman of the year had six sacks, 24 QB pressures. DL: Corbin Truslow, sr., East View Had 82 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 17 QB pressures during a down year at East View. LB: Keith Bazzle, sr., Cedar Ridge 6A-I area finalist received 120 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT from all-district honoree. LB: Darien Townsend, sr., St. Michael's Led Crusaders' defense with 108 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. LB: Augustine Tambe, sr., Cedar Park Injury ended year in Cedar Park's 11th game, but 21 of 88 tackles were for a loss. LB: Adrian Hunter, sr., Manor Defensive MVP of 17-5A had 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries for 7-4 Mustangs. DB: Deon Collins, soph., LBJ Emerged as a threat to opposing QBs (six INTs) and punters (two punt-return TDs). DB: Matthew Wright, sr., McNeil Offensive duties didn't hinder defensive production in 2015 (152 tackles, 4 PBUs). DB: Alex Shillow, sr., Pflugerville APSE all-state honoree recorded five interceptions, 14 PBUs, two defensive TDs. DB: Damarcus Fields, sr., Taylor Texas Tech recruit led Ducks' defense with 96 tackles, four INTs, five forced fumbles. P: Culver Sumner, sr., Vandegrift All-district honoree at DB, WR positions landed 13 of his 23 punts inside the 20. UTIL: Tony Brown, sr., Jarrell Cougars QB rushed for 2,363 yards, accounted for 44 TDs and had 5 INTs on defense. THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Charlie Brewer, jr., Lake Travis Threw for 3,426 yards, 42 TDs while completing 68.4 percent of passes for 6A-II finalist. RB: Cole Baker, sr., St. Andrew's Crusaders posted an 8-1 record as Baker ran for 1,574 yards, 25 TDs on 174 attempts. RB: Jon Shannon, sr., Liberty Hill Top Centex newcomer in 2014 missed three games this fall, but ran for 1,399 yards, 19 TDs. WR: Cade Green, jr., Lake Travis Led Cavaliers in receptions (72), receiving yards (1,172) and TD catches (16). WR: Tommy Lavine, sr., Cedar Park Topped 1,000 receiving yards in run-first offense and scored in each of team's final 10 games. WR: Reed Klubnik, sr., Westlake Ehlinger's top target had 75 receptions, and he also contributed 1,228 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Jake Helton, jr., Vandegrift Had 103 knockdowns and 41 pancake blocks as Vipers averaged 46.1 PPG this fall. OL: Ryan Becker, sr., Marble Falls After winning bronze in the Class 5A discus in May, SMU recruit had 74 pancake blocks. OL: Dan Babyak, jr., Lago Vista Vikings offense received a 91 percent grade and 83 knockdown blocks from its top lineman in 2015. OL: Ian Moore, sr., Lockhart Had 105 knockdown blocks as 5A-I area finalists exceeded 4,500 rushing yards. OL: Kade Clapper, sr., Georgetown All-district honoree allowed only one sack and exited his senior season with 92 percent grade. K: Chris Orocio, sr., Giddings Buffaloes kicker made six of his eight FG attempts as team reached postseason's third round. THIRD TEAM DL: Dylan Hudson, jr., Vandegrift Unanimous all-district honoree had 74 tackles and eight sacks for the Vipers this year. DL: Carter Ware, jr., Liberty Hill Fourteen of his 60 tackles were for a loss, and he also scored once for the Panthers. DL: Tim Douglas, jr., Stony Point Coin-toss result thwarted Tigers' playoff plans, but Douglas contributed 77 tackles, 5 sacks. LB: Elijah Lewis, sr., Giddings Buffaloes' leading rusher also anchored the regional qualifier's defense with 120 tackles. LB: Joseph Wilburn, sr., San Marcos Had 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries as Rattlers reached playoffs for first time since 2007. LB: John Garza, jr., La Grange Returns to All-Central Texas team after recordeding 123 tackles, 2 sacks during 2015 season. LB: Matthew Long, sr., Leander Had 68 tackles and a defensive TD to complement offensive work (seven TDs, 6.9 YPC). DB: Dawson Solis, sr., Thrall Scored 10 times on offense, but his 106 tackles, 3 INTs also boosted the Tigers this fall. DB: Mack Kelley, sr., Westlake Piled up 101 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns as Chaps reached 6A-I finale. DB: Peyton Tuggle, jr., Cedar Creek First-time playoff qualifiers received four interceptions, 12 PBUs from cornerback. DB: Brian Bullock, sr., Round Rock Had 81 tackles and three INTs as Dragons grabbed a share of 13-6A championship. P: Josh Marini, sr., Bowie Bulldogs' all-district punter also earned first-team honors as a kicker. UTIL: Ethan Fernea, sr., Dripping Springs First-team all-district pick at WR, DB positions also returned three kickoffs for TDs. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007241,t000007235,t000007060,t000007261,t000046469,t000003183,t000040517,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year.The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015.Instead of...
Rank the top Wichita and Kansas sports stories of 2015
Joshua Wood, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year. The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015. Instead of just choosing one top moment, we’re asking Eagle readers to rank their top three selections at Kansas.com/sports. We want to find out why you selected the stories you did and what you’ll remember the most. As with previous years we include stories about the Royals and Chiefs as they are the most popular teams in their leagues within Kansas. Leave a comment in the form online and we’ll run some of the best ones in a later story. Did we miss a big moment? Let us know that as well. Here are the nominees in chronological order: January Jim Mora Jr.-Bill Snyder handshake takes surreal turn at Alamo Bowl – Remember UCLA’s 40-35 victory over Kansas State? Not likely. A video of the terse postgame handshake went viral online and through social media. Some questioned K-State’s play at the end of the game. Others questioned Mora’s sportsmanship. Mourning high school coaches – Beginning with the Jan. 7 death of Carl Taylor, the City League’s winningest basketball coach, Wichita and Kansas lost many influential coaches in 2015, including Kapaun’s Alan Shepherd, Carroll’s Roger Robben, East’s Bob Timmons and Lawrence’s Bill Freeman. Two other Kansans made their mark in college: Emporia’s Dean Smith and Parsons’ Bill Guthridge. NCAA hands down WSU baseball sanctions – Players utilizing improper discounts on non-baseball merchandise led to big sanctions by the NCAA, including vacating 69 victories in 2012 and 2013 and the 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance. Former coach Gene Stephenson, whose appeal was denied by the NCAA, slipped to third in career coaching victories due to the penalties. February K-State basketball tops KU in Manhattan; highlight of dismal season – In the midst of the Wildcats’ first losing season in 12 years, K-State came up with its best game against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The 70-63 win over No. 8 KU added a chapter to the rivalry and the national debate on courtstorming. College GameDay comes to Wichita as Shockers clinch MVC title – Wichita State’s sports management class got its message out on social media with #GameDayinWichita. The ESPN crew was on hand for the Shockers’ 74-60 win over No. 10 Northern Iowa in the de facto MVC title game. March KU wins 11th straight Big 12 title – A season after losing the players picked No. 1 and 3 in the NBA Draft, the Jayhawks did what they seemingly always do under Bill Self – win another Big 12 title. Their streak is tied for the second-longest streak in any conference in NCAA history. KU is two titles short of UCLA’s record set in the ’60s and ’70s. WSU women win third straight MVC title; cheerleading squad picks up opponent – The Shockers reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, but the Shocker cheerleaders and yell leaders received national attention at the women’s MVC tournament as they invited Loyola’s lone cheer squad representative to join them. In December the team received a Musial Award for their sportsmanship. Wichita-area teams win state basketball titles – The Wichita East and Heights boys took the Class 6A and 5A crowns, while McPherson won 4A-Division I. The Wichita South girls won their third straight 6A championship. The Hesston girls captured 3A. Hoxie girls, St. John boys set state records – In winning their fourth straight Class 1A-Division I title under coach Shelly Hoyt the Hoxie girls broke Little River’s record of 91 straight wins set in the 1990s. Hoxie has pushed the streak to 100 to begin the 2015-16 season. In December the St. John boys under Clint Kinnamon took down Wichita Heights’ record of 62 straight. Hutch women reach NJCAA final again; sanctions wipe out team's record – The Blue Dragons have reached basketball’s final game three of the past four seasons, but an NJCAA investigation and its fallout marred the 2015 season. Excess benefits cost Hutch all of its victories from 2014-15 and some scholarships. Shockers defeat KU to reach Sweet 16 – Wichita State fans finally got their wish – a shot at the state’s perennial power. Thirty-four years after their last NCAA Tournament meeting, the Jayhawks and Shockers met again with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. The Shockers took the game and bragging rights for the foreseeable future with the 78-65 win. April Gregg Marshall stays at WSU after serious push by Alabama – The Crimson Tide led this year’s edition of the The Annual Courting of Marshall. He decided again to remain with the Shockers, receiving a pay bump to $3 million annually before bonuses. That continuity helped Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet postpone pro careers for their senior seasons. Players desert WSU women's basketball, leading to president-ordered investigation – Four players who left the Shockers were critical of Jody Adams’ coaching style and treatment of players. The university’s investigation brought about some promised changes by Adams. Parents of the players asked the NCAA to step in. May Kansans in the NFL Draft – The Miami Dolphins selected Circle’s Jordan Phillips in the second round, kicking off a flurry of Wichita-area picks including Carroll’s Blake Bell, Hutchinson’s Geneo Grissom and Blake Heeney. Seattle drafted K-State’s Tyler Lockett in the third round. Lockett was named to the Pro Bowl as a returner. FC Wichita’s inaugural season – Complete with a logo adorned with the city’s flag and stalks of wheat, Wichita began its most organized chapter of outdoor soccer yet. With names familiar to the soccer community such as Larry Inlow and Kevin Ten Eyck the team had a successful debut, capturing its conference of the NPSL. The team frequently sold out its games at Stryker Soccer Complex. July KU-lead Team USA wins World University Games gold; Ron Baker plays on Pan Am team – Team USA won its first gold medal at the World University Games since 2005 with a team made up nearly exclusively by Jayhawks. In the Pan American Games, WSU’s Ron Baker impressed scouts, helping lead the team to a bronze medal. Four Royals voted to start All-Star Game; KC goes all-in with trades – After a month of hand-wringing by some in the baseball world bemoaning the possibility of an entire All-Star lineup of Kansas City players, fans ultimately selected four Royals to start the game. Later in the month KC showed another sign of its dominance by being buyers at the trade deadline to acquire Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. August Bat boy Kaiser Carlile dies after accident at NBC World Series – Struck in the head by a practice swing in the on-deck circle, the Liberal Bee Jay’s 9-year-old bat boy died from his injuries a day later. The Bee Jays, other teams at the NBC World Series and strangers from across the country mourned the child who was called the team’s spark plug. September St. John teen tags world-class Kansas whitetail buck – Clayton Brummer, 16, bagged a non-typical buck in Stafford County. Initial measurements placed the buck’s gross score at more than 230 inches. K-State sanctions marching band director after halftime show – Everyone agrees the marching band performed a “Star Trek”-themed show at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against South Dakota. Everyone agrees there was a Jayhawk involved. After that, disagreement. Some saw the Starship Enterprise, some saw a sex act. Band director Frank Tracz was fined and suspended for the KU game two months later. Sporting KC wins U.S. Open Cup – Sporting Kansas City became the fourth franchise in MLS history to win the tournament for a third time. It was Sporting’s third major trophy in the past four seasons, the 2012 Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup. November Royals win the World Series on yet another comeback – Coming up 90 feet short of a possible title the year before, the Royals left no doubt about their resilancy en route to the team’s first World Series title since 1985. Comeback after comeback sank the Astros, Blue Jays and Mets to take the crown. In Game 5 of the World Series the Royals faced a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning before Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain from first on a double. Hosmer then scored when Lucas Duda failed to throw him out on Perez’s groundout. The Royals scored five times in the 12th to guarantee a victory parade and rally witnessed by hundreds of thousands in KC. Wallace County football player Luke Schemm dies after collapsing in game – A standout in football, basketball and track and field, the senior from Sharon Springs collapsed in a playoff game against Otis-Bison. Larry O’Connor, the school’s athletic director: “He had time for everybody. … He was a friend to everybody. The little kids looked up to him. He spent time with them.” KU finishes football season at 0-12 – The expectations weren’t high for David Beaty’s first season as KU’s coach, but even Turner Gill and Charlie Weis had won a game in their first year. The possibility of the Jayhawks’ first winless season since 1954 became real after an opening-day loss to FCS opponent South Dakota State. The team balanced close calls against Texas Tech and TCU with drubbings by OU, Baylor, West Virginia and K-State. Emporia State wins first NCAA playoff football games – Behind quarterback Brent Wilson’s season that earned him a spot as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, the Hornets reached the NCAA Division II playoffs, winning games in that tournament for the first time. Emporia State defeated Minnesota State and Henderson State before falling to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals. Derby wins Class 6A football title – Derby quarterback Brady Rust rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 27-14 championship game victory over Blue Valley. It was the Panthers’ third title in school history and second in three seasons. December KU volleyball reaches Final Four – All three Kansas schools made the NCAA volleyball tournament – with the Shockers beating the Wildcats in the first round – but it was the Jayhawks who had the staying power. KU upset top-ranked Southern California in San Diego before longtime Big Eight/Big 12 nemesis Nebraska beat the Jayhawks in a national semifinal in Omaha. Bill Snyder inducted in College Football Hall of Fame – The author of the “greatest turnaround in college football history” became the fourth active coach to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Snyder received the honor in New York days after the Wildcats won their third straight game to clinch another bowl bid, this time to the Liberty Bowl. Eric Berry returns from cancer treatment to have Pro Bowl season – Nearly a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Chiefs safety Berry was back at the top of the NFL, earning another Pro Bowl selection. In addition to surviving cancer, Berry helped the Chiefs to eight straight wins. WSU reopens discussion of football, conference affiliation – President John Bardo announced the university would re-examine all aspects of the school’s athletic department, including the 30-year absence of a football program. “Everything is on the table. The sports we offer, facilities, conferences,” Bardo said. Joshua Wood: , ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000008056,t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000046469,t000003194,t000003195,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000404736,t000404471,t000405348,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867,g000065627,g000065659
Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics.Jan. 1 — Connor...
2015 At A Glance
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics. Jan. 1 — Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in No. 7 Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans, who trailed 41-21 after three quarters, got the winning touchdown after Marcus Rush blocked a Baylor field goal with just more than a minute left. Jan. 1 — Marcus Mariota and Oregon rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout. Jan. 1 — Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff. Jan. 2 — Greg Ward threw three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars beat Pittsburgh 35-34. Pitt led 31-6 with 14 minutes left in the game when Houston went on to the biggest comeback in an FBS game this season, and the third-largest in a bowl game. Jan. 3 — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game. Jan. 6 — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Jan. 6 — Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000 NHL points, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1. The goal was the 399th for Elias. Jan. 7 — Golde State's Klay Thompson scored 40 points and Stephen Curry added 21 points and a season-high-tying 15 assists to put away the Indiana Pacers 117-102. Curry became the fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3-pointers. It was Curry's 369th game, 88 fewer than it took Dennis Scott (457 games) to reach the milestone. Jan. 10 — North Dakota State became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory over Illinois State. Bison quarterback Carson Wentz ran five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run put Illinois State ahead. Jan. 10 — Tom Brady set a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady broke Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reached their fourth straight AFC championship game. Jan. 11 — Roger Federer beat the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Jan. 11 — Green Bay rallied from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers were helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 was reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenged. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball went over to the Packers. Jan. 12 — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. Jan. 13 — Minnesota's Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points and the Timberwolves Minnesota snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 win over Indiana. Jan. 16 — Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks was suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games for violating terms of the NBA's anti-drug program. The Bucks later waived Sanders on Feb. 21. Jan. 16 — The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. Jan. 18 — Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Outplayed much of the game and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks trailed 16-7 with 2:09 remaining. That's when Wilson ran 1 yard for a TD. Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Marshawn Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson's desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19. But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go. Jan. 18 — Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jan. 19 — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G for her record 63rd World Cup victory. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Jan. 20 — Southern Mississippi administered a self-imposed a postseason ban for the current basketball season because of an ongoing NCAA inquiry into the program. The university did not play in the Conference USA postseason tournament or made itself eligible for NCAA tournament consideration. Jan. 20 — Claude Giroux scored 3:57 into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a fight-filled game. The throwback clash featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes. Heated rivals for years, the teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Jan. 21 — Max Scherzer was introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract. Jan. 21 — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists in Detroit's 128-118 victory over Orlando, the NBA's first 20-point, 20-assist performance since Steve Nash on Nov. 9, 2009. Jan. 22 — Pau and Marc Gasol were voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game. Pau of Chicago was elected to start up front for the East and Memphis' Marc for the West frontcourt. Jan. 23 — Roger Federer was ousted from the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5). This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001, when he also lost in the third round. Jan. 23 — Klay Thompson set an NBA record for the most points in a quarter, a thrilling 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Thompson made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from 3-point range, in the quarter and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span. He finished with a career-high 52 points on 16-for-25 shooting, including 11 for 15 on 3-pointers. Jan. 24 — Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. Figure Skating title. Her 148.98 points for the free skate and 221.02 overall were records for the event, beating defending champ Gracie Gold by a whopping 15.48. Jan. 25 — Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden. Krzyzewski reached four figures on his first try. He improved to 1,000-308 in a 40-year coaching career that began in 1975 at his alma mater, Army. Jan. 25 — Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. It marked the 15th time since the 1973-74 season — when blocked shots were first tracked in the NBA — in which a player recorded a "triple-dozen" in points/rebounds/blocks. Jan. 25 — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game. The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001. Jan. 25 — Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Aussie to reach the final eight in Melbourne Park men's draw since 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Jan. 25 — A capacity crowd of 63,225 in at Glendale, Ariz., watched Team Irvin beat Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl. The NFL tried new rules for the game. No kickoffs, no blitzing, alternate possessions to start each quarter, two-minute warnings for each quarter and stopping the clock when a running play doesn't gain a yard in the final two minutes. Jan. 25 — Jason Brown won his first U.S. men's figure skating title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Brown finished with 274.98 points to beat Rippon by 2.5. Rippon won the free skate with 187.77. Jan. 27 — Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin, becoming the first Russian to get a World Cup victory in more than three decades. Khoroshilov finished in a total time of 1:46.39, 1.44 ahead of second-place Stefano Gross of Italy. Russia's last victory came from Alexander Zhirov in a giant slalom in 1981. Jan. 28 — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as LeBron James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jan. 30 — The Phoenix Open continued without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The biggest shock was Woods, who made bogey on his last hole for an 82, the worst score in his two decades as a pro. Mickelson shot 76 and missed the cut by two shots. Jan. 31 — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Jan. 31 — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final. Jan. 31 — Teen star Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking. The 17-year-old blew a late lead and settled for a share of second place at the LPGA Tour's season opener, where she finished a shot behind Na Yeon Choi in the Coates Golf Championship. Jan. 31 — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also included a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. Jan. 31 — Aaron Rodgers won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions. He threw 512 passes at home without a pick and led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury. Jan. 31 — Bibb County defeated Brookwood 2-0 in an Alabama high school basketball game, with the only score came in the opening 15 seconds. After two passes, Bibb County's Brandon Rutledge scored after rebounding a missed 3-pointer. It was the lowest scoring game since Durham Hillside (N.C.) defeated Roxboro Person (N.C.), 2-0, in 1977. MORE
Dec 17, 2015
“It took a little getting used to being back at the high school level,” Evans said. “But this team is pretty mature. They’re like the freshmen I had in college. It’s really been fun."
High school basketball: Edmond North excelling in Terry Evans' return to high school coaching
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 17, 2015EDMOND — Following a successful run at Midwest City that ended in 2001, Terry Evans spent 14 years away from high school basketball. Yet in five games in his return from the college ranks at Central Oklahoma, it's like Evans never left. His new team, Edmond North, has won five its first five games, all over top-10 opponents and four of them against teams that made the state tournament last year. With his son, Old Dominion signee Tre Evans at point guard, Terry Evans has melded quickly with the rest of the Huskies' talented lineup. But it hasn't been as easy as it looked. “It took a little getting used to being back at the high school level,” Evans said. “But this team is pretty mature. They're like the freshmen I had in college. It's really been fun. “Watching some of their tape from last year, I knew we had a chance to be pretty good. They only won 10 games, but they were ahead of almost everyone they played.” If Evans needed any further proof that he made the right decision to come back to high school ball, last weekend provided it. With wins over Edmond Memorial, Jenks and Edmond Santa Fe by an average of 16.7 points, the Huskies won the Edmond Open title. While they were doing that, Evans' former UCO team was in Missouri playing the first of a two-game road trip. Instead of getting text updates regarding his son's games, Evans was on the sidelines coaching him. “It's been great to coach him every day and help him improve his game,” Evans said. “I don't know if I would've wanted to do it when he was younger, but it's been a blessing to be out there with him.” It's been a new experience for Tre as well, but it's been worth it. “He's real hard on me — probably tougher than everybody else, because he wants me to be great, not just as a basketball player but as a young man,” Tre said. “He's helping me for the future to become a better leader and a better basketball player.” Tre Evans had 14 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in the 80-61 win over Edmond Santa Fe in the Edmond Open finals. He played primarily shooting guard at Putnam City West last season, but his transition to the point has been smooth, particularly with the talent around him. Guard Marques Wilson has turned in a couple of 20-point games, while Harrison Stoddart and Tyson Anderson have each been in double-figures multiple times as well. “We've had to work a lot harder than we were accustomed to, but overall it's been great,” Wilson said. “It doesn't feel like this is his first year as our head coach. It's like he's been part of the family for a while. “We probably have higher expectations for ourselves than most people in the state have for us, but we really believe we can do some good things this year.”
Finally, the University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team can exhale.The Bears can thank York College, an NAIA-Division II liberal arts college, for providing a needed reprieve from a six-game losing streak Wednesday night.UNC can take credit for its execution in a 91-58 victory at Bank of Colorado Arena before 1,052 fans, but the Bears know full well that the competition hardly lives...
UNC men's basketball team takes out frustration on tiny York College
Samuel G. Mustari, Associated Press | Dec 9, 2015Finally, the University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team can exhale. The Bears can thank York College, an NAIA-Division II liberal arts college, for providing a needed reprieve from a six-game losing streak Wednesday night. UNC can take credit for its execution in a 91-58 victory at Bank of Colorado Arena before 1,052 fans, but the Bears know full well that the competition hardly lives up to what they’ve seen so far or what they’ll see down the road, ramping up again at 5 Sunday afternoon against Colorado State University. The victory improves UNC’s record to 2-6 while the Panthers drop to 8-7. Life was good all night long for the Bears, who hadn’t won in nearly three weeks while absorbing losses to the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado, among others. How good? UNC coach B.J. Hill emptied the bench early on in the second half. “This helps us gain confidence,” said UNC junior guard Anthony Johnson, who had a few web-gems, including a baseline dunk and a two-handed reverse dunk off a rebound, a move he hasn’t displayed since his junior year at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis. “I was having fun,” Johnson said. Hill was enjoying watching Johnson execute the Bears’ game plan, a facet he was unable to do a week ago on the road at California-Riverside. “He didn’t come to play (last week),” Hill said. “Tonight, he was completely dialed in. He followed to a ‘T’ what we’ve talked to him about ... how to be successful. He executed and had a good game because of it.” Johnson finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, a pair of assists, a blocked shot and two steals. The Bears won every statistical battle, but the most obvious was on the boards where they had a 55-28 advantage, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second-chance points and 42 points in the paint. “We’ve preached to not play down to the competition and I think we went through our (game plan) as usual,” Johnson said. “We went hard and we executed better. We went over a lot more offense this week in practice. We’ve gotten better.” The Bears were all dialed in early going on a 24-4 run over 7 minutes, 5 seconds that featured four howitzers — two from Jordan Wilson (16 points, six rebounds, four assists) — and a three-point play from Johnson. The spurt put the Bears ahead 33-10. It got better from there, and Hill used all nine players on the bench, receiving 25 points from the non-starters, including a career-high 16 from freshman Miles Seward. “Coach has given me time to work on things in practice,” said Seward, a 6-foot-3 freshman forward from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “I was making sure I was running the offense (correctly). It gave me confidence leading to the next game.” Seward was good for four 3-pointers, helping the Bears shoot 48.6 percent from the field while limiting the Panthers to a 35.5 clip and just 18 first-half points. York, which fired up 26 from 3-point range, was led by 17 points from Cameron Coleman. Former University High standout Eric Smith was good for eight points, hitting 3 for 7 from the field. “I was pleased with the sense of urgency we had to start the game,” Hill said. “They prepared mentally at a much higher level than they have the last four games. We talked about it. We saw that tonight.” The Bears stopped short of putting it in cruise control, but stretched the lead to 36 points early in the second half as Hill mixed and matched the lineup. The Bears’ two big men — 6-foot-7 Spencer Marthis and 6-foot-10 Jeremy Verhagen — combined for 14 points and 13 rebounds, eight at the offensive end. “Yeah, I’ll take that every night,” Hill said. “Especially the 13 rebounds. Jeremy (Verhagen) needs to do that every night. I thought we got second-chance opportunities and followed the game plan. We had success because of it.” Best Individual Performance UNC’s Anthony Johnson poured in 23 points on 10 for 15 shooting, pulled down nine rebounds, had two assists, a blocked shot and two steals. Turning point The Bears went on a 24-4 run in the first half to open up a 23-point lead and the Panthers never threatened after that. What It Means The Bears can gain some confidence despite playing a lesser opponent but will have to pick up their game at 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon against Colorado State University (6-3) at Bank of Colorado Arena. YC 18 40 — 58 UNC 52 39 — 91 YC — Marcus Price 1 1-2 3, Cameron Coleman 7 0-0 17, Tervor Lenear 3 0-0 7, Johnny Cooksey 1 0-0 3, Chris Smith 1 0-0 2, Tre’ Howe 1 0-1 2, Terrance Michael Cole 1 2-2 5, Michael Johson 1 0-0 2, Karbhari Namaan 0 0-0 0, Eric Smith 3 0-0 8, Shaphan Gross 0 0-0 0, Austin Beene 2 0-0 6, Marquis Jackson 1 0-0 3. Totals 22-62 3-5 58. UNC — Spencer Mathis 3 1-3 7, Jeremy Verhagen 2 3-4 7, Jordan Davis 6 0-0 13, Anthony Johnson 10 1-1 23, Jordan Wilson 7 0-0 16, Tyler Loose 0 0-0 0, Jamal Evans 1 0-0 3, Miles Seward 5 2-2 16, Tanner Morgan 2 2-2 6. Totals 36-74 9-12 55. 3-point field goals — YC 11-26 (Coleman 3, E. Smith 2). UNC 10-18 (Seward 4, Johnson 2, Wilson 2). Total fouls — YC 11, UNC 12. Rebounds — YC 28 (Jackson 6, Price 4, Lenear 4). UNC 55 (Johnson 9, Morgan 7, Verhagen 7). Assists — YC 14 (Lenear 3, Cooksey 3). UNC Wilson 4, Loose 4). Turnovers — YC 13 (C. Smith 3, Price 2, Howe). UNC 11 (Johnson 2, Wilson 2, Evans 2, Morgan 2). Steals — YC 5 (Johnson 2, Jackson 2). UNC 6 (Loose 3, Johnson 2, Wilson). Blocks — YC 3 (Johnson 3). UNC 2 (Johnson, Evans). Points in paint — YC 16, UNC 42. Points off turnovers — YC 3, UNC 18. Second-chance points — YC 6, UNC 21. Fast-break points — YC 12, UNC 4. Bench points — YC 26, UNC 25. Attendance — 1,052. ——— ©2015 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000003183,t000169045,t000404814,t000413239,t000140878,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000140967,g000065978,g000362661,g000065724
Dec 9, 2015
Class 6A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Areanna Combs, Putnam West;5-11;Sr. Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa;5-10;Sr. Alexis Gaulden, Broken Arrow;5-7;Sr. Ana Llanusa, Choctaw;5-11;Jr. Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee;5-11;Sr. Class 5A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Micayla Haynes, Guthrie;Sr.;5-5;Sr. Hillary Hurst, Woodward;5-11;Sr. Mikayla Shulanberger, Skiatook;5-9;Sr. Mallory Vaughn, Collinsville;6-4;Jr. Mariah...
The Oklahoman's high school girls basketball preseason All-State teams
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 9, 2015Class 6A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Areanna Combs, Putnam West;5-11;Sr. Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa;5-10;Sr. Alexis Gaulden, Broken Arrow;5-7;Sr. Ana Llanusa, Choctaw;5-11;Jr. Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee;5-11;Sr. Class 5A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Micayla Haynes, Guthrie;Sr.;5-5;Sr. Hillary Hurst, Woodward;5-11;Sr. Mikayla Shulanberger, Skiatook;5-9;Sr. Mallory Vaughn, Collinsville;6-4;Jr. Mariah Watson, Altus;5-7;Jr. Class 4A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Dominique Golightly, Chickasha;5-11;Sr. Katie Mayo, Newcastle;6-0;Jr. Taylor Roberts, Classen SAS;5-11;Jr. Carsyn Spurgeon, Vinita;5-10;Sr. Shanna Visnieski, Harrah;5-8;Sr. Class 3A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Cenia Hayes, Sequoyah-Tahlequah;5-10;Jr. Jaden Hobbs, Alva;5-8;Sr. Kelsey Johnson, Washington;6-3;Sr. Keni Jo Lippe, Adair;5-9;Jr. Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall;5-10;Sr. Class 2A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Claire Chastain, Dale;6-0;So. Jacie Engler, Wright City;5-8;Jr. Kensi Laughlin, Mangum;6-0;Sr. Presley Payahsape, Cashion;5-9;So. Ki-Essence Shields, Preston;6-0;Jr. Class A Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Tiarra Davis, Pond Creek-Hunter;5-6;Sr. Taylor Hedrick, Seiling;5-9;Sr. Chelsea Lazenby, Glencoe;5-8;Jr. Andi Pierce, Garber;5-10;Sr. Bailey Vogt, Okarche;5-6;Jr. Class B Player, School;Ht.;Cl. Destiny Alston, Forgan;5-11;So. Tyra Aska, Coyle;5-8;Sr. Sarah Garvie, Burlington;5-7;Sr. MaKenzie Janz, Erick;5-8;Sr. McKenzi Lamer, Lomega;5-7;So.
Dec 3, 2015
Fine just completed his career in which he set the state’s career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories.
High school notebook: Locust Grove's Mason Fine named state's Gatorade Player of the Year
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 3, 2015For the second straight year, Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year. Fine just completed his career in which he set the state's career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories. He finished this season with 4,232 passing yards and 53 touchdowns with seven interceptions, completing 65.4 percent of his passes while leading the Pirates to the Class 3A quarterfinals. A 6-foot, 170-pound senior, Fine also rushed for 631 yards and nine touchdowns. He maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class. ALTUS' BENWAY WINS FAN POLL Altus quarterback Jayden Benway rallied the final day in The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week fan poll to edge Prague's Calvin Boyce by nearly 200 votes. Benway won with a vote total of 6,690, the largest total for any player this season. Boyce finished with 6,492. A season-high total of 15,199 votes were cast for eight different players. Benway led Altus to its first state championship game appearance since 2001 with 215 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 49-35 win over McGuinness in the Class 5A state semifinals Monday. He also threw a touchdown pass. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Sunday for next week's poll. Here are the results from this week's poll: Jayden Benway, Altus: 6,690 votes (44.02 pct.) Calvin Boyce, Prague: 6,492 votes (42.71 pct.) Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove: 631 votes (4.15 pct.) B.J. Bradbury, Adair: 497 votes (3.27 pct.) Jared Weathers, Coyle: 291 votes (1.91 pct.) Jordan West, Davenport: 253 votes (1.66 pct.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: 250 votes (1.64 pct.) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah: 95 votes (0.63 pct.) Total: 15,199 votes PONCA CITY GRAD BRENT WILSON UP FOR HILL TROPHY Ponca City native Brent Wilson is one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, NCAA Division II football's equivalent of the Heisman. Wilson has thrown for 3,920 yards and 39 touchdowns, averaging 347.7 total yards per game while leading Emporia State (Kan.) to an 11-2 record heading into this week's quarterfinal matchup against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. National voting for the award concludes on Dec. 12 and the winner will be announced Dec. 18. Recent winners of the award include current NFL running backs Danny Woodhead and Joique Bell. Emporia State, coached by Oklahoma native Garin Higgins, defeated Henderson State (Ark.) 29-3 in last week's playoff matchup. Kingfisher grad Landon Nault had a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. PC NORTH'S SPEIGHT SCORES 21 IN UPSET OF PC WEST Putnam City North opened its basketball season with a big rivalry win, knocking off fifth-ranked Putnam City West 70-67 on Tuesday. Micah Speight scored 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers, for the 14th-ranked Panthers. Speight had 10 of his points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Tyshawn Abernathy added 11 points, and freshman point guard Micah Thomas hit a pair of 3s and finished with eight points. MIDWEST CITY'S EVAN FIELDS OFFERED BY TULSA Following a junior season in which he racked up 126 tackles and four interceptions, Midwest City safety Evan Fields received his second scholarship offer. Tulsa offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Fields this week, joining Arkansas State in pursuit of the talented Bomber defensive back. Arkansas State has also offered Fields' teammate in the secondary, Demontre Gatewood, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety.
Terry Evans’ return to high school basketball coaching got off to a hot start Tuesday night. Evans’ 10th-ranked Edmond North team upset No. 2 Norman North 92-84 on the road. Edmond North was without Evans’ son, Tre Evans, a senior guard who has signed with Old Dominion, because of injury. Marques Wilson led the Huskies with 23 points, while Harrison Stoddart added 19 and Tyson Anderson 18....
Edmond North upsets Norman North in coach Terry Evans' debut
scott wright | Dec 2, 2015Terry Evans’ return to high school basketball coaching got off to a hot start Tuesday night. Evans’ 10th-ranked Edmond North team upset No. 2 Norman North 92-84 on the road. Edmond North was without Evans’ son, Tre Evans, a senior guard who has signed with Old Dominion, because of injury. Marques Wilson led the Huskies with 23 points, while Harrison Stoddart added 19 and Tyson Anderson 18. Brock Butler scored 13 and Mason Turner had 10 as five of Edmond North’s six scorers reached double-figures. Edmond North outscored Norman North 21-12 in the fourth quarter to put the game away, overcoming a 32-point effort from Norman North star Trae Young. Cameron Martin added 22 for the Timberwolves. Terry Evans spent the last 13 seasons as the head coach at Central Oklahoma, becoming the winningest coach at the NCAA Division II school. Prior to UCO, he was a successful high school coach at Midwest City.