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Jun 23, 2015
Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity.
State's football recruiting class growing at unprecedented rate
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Last week, the University of Wyoming football coaching staff held a satellite camp at Bishop McGuinness High School. More than 700 miles from their Laramie, Wyo., campus, the Cowboys’ coaches put on a camp for Oklahoma high school football players. If that’s not a sign that the crop of football talent in the state’s upcoming senior class has significant national pull, then how about this: approximately 50 players in the 2016 class have scholarship offers from Division I FBS and FCS programs — and National Signing Day is still more than seven months away. Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are going hard after the state’s top prospects, already with two commitments each, and a few other offers out. Tulsa’s emphasis on in-state players is strong, as usual. But on the national level, the interest in Oklahoma players is exploding. Programs like Michigan and Colorado, which have rarely recruited Oklahoma kids in the recent years, have offered players in this class. Oregon, just a few months removed from its appearance in the national championship game, has offered Edmond Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage and Del City’s Terry Wilson, more Oklahoma players than the Ducks have offered in the past 15 years combined. “It’s neat that guys in Oklahoma are starting to get that recognition,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “I’ve always felt there are a lot of guys in Oklahoma who can play D-I, so it’s exciting to see these big programs recognizing it. “We’ve seen Michigan coming around, and Arizona State, and programs that haven’t always recruited Oklahoma. But guys who recruited here in the past have moved to other schools and they know they’ve had success with Oklahoma kids, so they come back.” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has turned Oklahoma into one of the primary building blocks as he tries to grow his program. He signed four Okies last year and has already offered 16 in the upcoming senior class, a couple of which came after last week’s OKC camp. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett was the Cowboys’ first commitment of the class. “I’ve talked to coach Bohl and when he got the job, he looked back at the times when Wyoming was really having its most success,” said Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek, a former Wyoming quarterback himself. “Those teams had a lot of Oklahoma kids, so they immediately started looking to Oklahoma to rebuild their program.” With Tulsa native Garrick McGee running its offense, Louisville has increased its pursuit of Oklahoma players. Same for Houston, with Okies Derek Warehime and Kenith Pope on the new staff. The influx of college coaches and the improvement of technology with recruiting have helped the hidden gems come to the forefront more easily, particularly from the small schools and rural areas. Lexington’s Tyler Brown is the poster boy, going from no offers to more than a dozen in a month’s span when he committed to TCU in May. Idabel’s K.J. Wells, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete, was already picking up attention from across the country before Oklahoma State extended its offer recently. Hollis offensive lineman Jace Webb was busy helping his basketball team to the state tournament when his first offers started coming in. Mustang is by no means a rural area, but Blake Williams is the definition of a hidden gem. You could’ve watched every Bronco game the last two years and still not know who Williams is, but he has a scholarship offer from North Carolina. Williams, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end prospect, has played less than a handful of snaps the last two seasons because of a serious and rare medical condition. But he’s been able to show his athletic gifts and sure hands at camps this summer to get his name on the radar for multiple programs. Overall, the 2016 class has elite prospects at the top, and unmatched depth throughout. It’s impossible to say just how many players will end up signing D-I letters of intent, but with 11 players already committed, the number seems likely to surpass anything we’ve seen in several years. “I think we have a great 2016 class, and it’s been building,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “I don’t think a lot of these top guys are surprises. A lot of them have been playing since they were sophomores. “These kids see teams play on television and are exposed to a lot more than kids were 25 years ago, so they’re not as dependent on the state schools. These places around the country see somebody who is gifted and it may fit something you do, so why not try to get them to come to your school? “I think it’s great for the state of Oklahoma.”
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Some people just talk about the challenges of helping to develop the next generation of leaders.Others do something about it.Dr. Carol Nice Conner and Dr. Joe L. Conner are definitely doers.From a bull session two decades ago with a close friend about the lower-than-average high school graduation rates among Indian students in Oklahoma blossomed the concept of an annual all-star basketball game...
OKWU set Saturday to host 20th Indian All-State tilts
Mike Tupa, Associated Press | Jun 19, 2015Some people just talk about the challenges of helping to develop the next generation of leaders. Others do something about it. Dr. Carol Nice Conner and Dr. Joe L. Conner are definitely doers. From a bull session two decades ago with a close friend about the lower-than-average high school graduation rates among Indian students in Oklahoma blossomed the concept of an annual all-star basketball game for Native American senior graduates. On Saturday, the 20th edition of the Indian All-State Basketball Games will take place in Bartlesville, at the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Mueller Sports Center. There will be a North vs. South format for both the girls and the boys teams. The first contest is set to begin at 6 p.m.; admission is $6. Dr. Joe Conner — who is an Osage — said the conversation that served as the catalyst for the event revolved around the reality that a relatively few number of Indians went on to play at the college or pro basketball level. He and his friend — both of who had played hoops in college — wondered what had happened to some of the superior Indian athletes they had competed against. The discussion then turned to action, with the creation of the Indian All-State Game concept, sponsored by Paradox Consulting, LLC, owned by the Conners. “We said let’s try to find some way to encourage Indian kids to, number one, finish high school, and number two, to go to college. Dr. Joe Conner said the games have had that direct effect on some of the All-State selectees, who otherwise might not have graduated from high school. He recalled that during some years, after the All-State rosters came out in April, communications with the players indicated they were excited about playing in the game, but that they weren’t planning to graduate. He and his wife informed them graduation was a must in order to participate. “We’ve probably had a half dozen of those over the years,” said Dr. Joe Conner, noting that every one of the players dug in to be ready to graduate. “We nudged them that way,” he said. “Once we get them in our workshop Saturday morning, we get them with college recruiters.” Another purpose of the games is to expose scouts to some of the talented players in the smaller schools throughout the state. Some recruiters attend the games, he added. Almost synonymous with the All-State games is Oklahoma Wesleyan University as the host site. OKWU has been home for more than a decade to the games. “It’s been a nice venue,” said Dr. Joe Conner. “We would like to keep doing it there as long as we can.” He credited OKWU employee Peggy Mills for building the bridge between the games and the school. “We met with Peggy Mills and she just jumped in and said ‘This was great,’” Dr. Joe Conner recalled. “Thanks to her efforts and lots of other people, it happened. … She’s been kind of the linchpin. … She just covered a lot of bases and made our life easy.” Dr. Conner added the OKWU setting “is beautiful … and the athletic department chips in every year and helps.” OKWU drew direct benefit from its participation when former Indian All-Stater Davia Seay decided — after playing in the 2004 girls game at OKWU — to play for the Lady Eagles. All-Staters are selected by nomination of their coaches. Those who possess a U.S. Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card are eligible. After the nominations are gathered, the decision on who makes All-State is based on basketball accomplishments, how they fit into a balanced All-State team and scholastic and extra-curricular activities. From that process, 48 athletes — 24 boys and 24 girls — are chosen either First Team or Second Team All-State. Only First-Team members are invited to play in the games. In the girls games, the North has a 15-4 record; the North owns a slim 10-9 margin in the boys games. Following is a list of this year’s game rosters. First Team Girls North (Coach Richard Bassett, Grove) Karen Bassett (Grove), Taci Owens (Ketchum), Lauren Billie (Tulsa East Central), Whitney Lindsey (Mason), Raylee Conner (Woodland-Fairfax), Erin Riley (Stroud), Libby Morris (Grove), Kylie Looney (Adair), Kayla Reynolds (Clinton), Baylee Tanner (Jay), Madison Davis (Locust Grove), Jhonett Cookson (Tahlequah-Sequoyah). South (Tara Satterfield, Quinton) Starlah Cully (Hanna), Lainey Hall (Wetumka), Brooke Roberts (Indiahoma), Cynda Factor (Sasakwa), Hanna Gouge (Henryetta), Timmea Sampson (Riverside Indian School), Hannah Goines (Panama), Shelby Brennan (Quinton), Olivia Howard (Wilson), Brandi Rinaldi (Indiahoma), Tierra Brumfield (Arkoma), Kacie Pahcoddy (Apache). First Team Boys North (Coach Jay Herrin, Tahlequah-Sequoyah) Nicholas James (Agra), William Leach (Tahlequah-Sequoyah), J.K. Hadlock (Glenco), Tanner Mouse (Ketchum), George Fields (Hominy), Chase Littlejohn (Stilwell), Peyton Pratt (Sperry), Zach Parish (Tahlequah-Sequoyah), Josh Limes (Bishop Kelly), Robert Ross (Pryor), Andrew Essary (Stilwell), Dalton Cunningham (Ft. Gibson). South (Coach Jonathan Hurt (Vanoss) Justin Rose (Smithville), Jaylen Johnson (Anadarko), Dineh Bohan (Byng-Ada), Blake Cooper (Vanoss), Denver Coffee (Vian), Jacob Birdshead (Byng-Ada), Taron Carter (Dale), Bronson Burns (Rock Creek), Chase Shearwood (Canadian), William Wall (Wapanucka), Elijah Crosthwait (Washington), Jake McAfee (Lexington). ——— ©2015 the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) Visit the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) at www.examiner-enterprise.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000362661,g000065603,g000066164
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JUDE CLASSIC MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Winning the first PGA Tour title of his career at the St. Jude Classic isn't enough to earn Fabian Gomez a trip to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Being fully exempt through the 2016-17 season is more than enough. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 760 words, photos by 3 a.m. GLF--WOMEN'S PGA HARRISON, N.Y. — Inbee Park left no doubt at the Women's PGA Championship that she is the top player in women's golf and one of the best ever. The 26-year-old Park won the event for the third straight time Sunday, regained the No. 1 ranking, surpassed idol Se Ri Pak for the most majors by a South Korean player with six. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 770 words, photos by 3 a.m. AUTO RACING CAR--NASCAR-MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Larson knew the rain was coming — and wanted it to arrive as soon as possible. He didn't get his wish. Instead, the downpour that ended this Sprint Cup race in Michigan gave the victory to Kurt Busch. By Noah Trister. SENT: 730 words, photos. CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO TORONTO — Josef Newgarden took the lead on the 72nd lap and never relinquished it, finishing 1.4485 seconds ahead of teammate Luca Filippi at the Honda Indy Toronto. And the 1-2 effort in the 85-lap event over the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit was a first for CFH Racing, a team in its initial year of operation. SENT: 630 words, photos. Also: — CAR--Le Mans. SENT: 650 words. — CAR--Le Mans-Patrick Dempsey. SENT: 200 words. SOCCER: SOC--WWCUP-GOAL POSTS VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Colombia's victory over France proves no team can be underestimated at the Women's World Cup. Top-ranked Germany is certainly aware of it as the team prepares to face Thailand in its group-stage finale Monday. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 720 words, photos by 3 a.m. SOC--WWCUP-MANAGING HOPE WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Once one of the prominent faces of the U.S. women's team, promoted alongside stars like Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, Hope Solo is now largely relegated to the background while she faces continued scrutiny over a domestic assault case last year. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 885 words, photos. SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION LONDON — Sepp Blatter was warned from within FIFA not to attempt to backtrack on his pledge to quit as president. Domenico Scala, who is overseeing the presidential election, said that a leadership change is an essential component of the far-reaching reforms required to overhaul FIFA amid deepening criminal investigations into soccer corruption. By Rob Harris. SENT: 400 words. Also: — SOC--Under-20 World Cup-Serbia-USA. By Matiu Workman. SENT: 350 words. TENNIS TEN--MERCEDES CUP STUTTGART, Germany — Rafael Nadal defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3), 6-3 Sunday to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time and claim his first title on grass since Wimbledon in 2010. SENT: 250 words, photos. BOXING BOX--HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Riddick Bowe and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday. Also inducted were featherweight champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed of England, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken of Japan, manager Rafael Mendoza of Mexico, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins, and broadcaster Jim Lampley. SENT: 600 words, photos. WNBA BKL--AROUND THE WNBA There is no doubt Connecticut is the early surprise of the WNBA season. The Sun lost Katie Douglas to retirement and Chiney Ogwumike and Allie Hightower to injuries, yet they are sitting tied atop the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 record. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m. OTHER NEWS — FBN--Giants-Wilson-Triple Jump. SENT: 145 words. — RAC--Firing Line-Injury. SENT: 99 words. — Japan-Pacific Rower. SENT: 315 words. — CYC--Criterium du Dauphine. SENT: 450 words. — MOT--Catalonia GP. SENT: 400 words. ___ Monday's Time Schedule (EDT) STANLEY CUP FINAL Tampa Bay at Chicago, 8 p.m. BASEBALL Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Detroit, 7:08 p.m. Atlanta at Boston, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Colorado at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Kansas City at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Arkansas vs. Miami, 3 p.m. Virginia vs. Florida, 8 p.m.
Jun 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — His football career cut short, David Wilson found competition anywhere he could: pool, Uno, Connect Four.Now he finally gets to compete for real for the first time since his final NFL game in October 2013. The former New York Giants running back is set to make his pro debut in track and field in the triple jump at Saturday's Adidas Grand Prix.The meet is part of the Diamond...
Ex-Giants RB Wilson set to make pro debut in triple jump
By RACHEL COHEN, Associated Press | Jun 11, 2015NEW YORK (AP) — His football career cut short, David Wilson found competition anywhere he could: pool, Uno, Connect Four. Now he finally gets to compete for real for the first time since his final NFL game in October 2013. The former New York Giants running back is set to make his pro debut in track and field in the triple jump at Saturday's Adidas Grand Prix. The meet is part of the Diamond League, the sport's top series. Among the other athletes scheduled to take part in the annual event on Randall's Island, east of upper Manhattan, is Usain Bolt. While Wilson talks about getting his feet wet, his goals are anything but modest. He hopes to qualify for this summer's U.S. championships in what will be his only chance to do so. And just 14 months away, he aims to not only reach the 2016 Rio Olympics but win a medal there. A state champion triple jumper in high school, Wilson finished sixth at the NCAA meet in 2011 for Virginia Tech despite not training full time. So when a neck injury forced him to retire from the NFL at age 23 in August, Wilson quickly settled on track and field when he contemplated what else he was good at. Wilson has been working at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He practices with Will Claye, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, getting a firsthand tutorial on how to excel in the sport. Wilson's personal best is 52 feet, 6 3/4 inches. He's hoping for a jump of more than 53-9 on Saturday to get him into the U.S. championships, which start June 25. Even more ambitiously, Wilson would like to top 55 feet as a Father's Day gift to his dad. Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo has the top personal best in the field at 59-4. Wilson figures he has plenty of room to improve if he dedicates himself to triple jumping. At Virginia Tech, he would often arrive late to track workouts because of football practice. "Anybody that sees me jump, they're like, 'You muscle the whole thing.' It's not much technique to my jump," he said. Not only can he hone his technique, but simple repetition can make a massive difference. "To something as precise as triple jump, it definitely takes time to get good and to create the muscle memory," Wilson said. In high school and college, there was never any doubt football should be his first priority. A highly rated recruit, Wilson set the single-season rushing record at Virginia Tech. But he needed a challenge in the offseason and wasn't good at basketball. With the Hokies, he accepted the risk of injury and got permission from football coach Frank Beamer to become a two-sport star. "He is just that competitive," said his college jumps coach, Charles Foster. The Giants drafted him in the first round, 32nd overall, in 2012, and as a rookie, Wilson led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,533 kickoff return yards. But he was hurt only five games into his second season, when an MRI showed that Wilson had a narrowing of the spinal cord. He underwent spinal fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck. Back on the field at the start of training camp last summer, Wilson caught a pass during a drill, put his head down and ran into the back of an offensive lineman. That hit caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities. Doctors agreed it would be best for Wilson to quit football. Triple jumping poses no risk because there's no contact. He misses football, for sure. The camaraderie of teamwork can't be replicated in an individual sport. Wilson describes the ache this way: getting dumped by someone you love. Yet that won't dim his sunny disposition. "If you're living for one thing, most of the time you're not living," Wilson said. "You should have plenty of reasons you're living and plenty of reasons to wake up every day and work for something." He relishes the personal responsibility of track. No quarterback to overthrow a pass. No lineman to miss a block. No coach to call the wrong play. "It's you. You stepped up there," he said. "You laced up your shoes and you did what you had to do." The first challenge of his new sport: losing weight. Wilson played at about 210 pounds, but now he's competing against rivals in the 140-170 range. He's down to 189 and hopes to reach 180-185 pounds. Saturday will be his first track meet since 2011. He has yet to try a full 12-step approach in practice. When he recently went eight steps, jumping 51 feet, he strained his right hamstring. That left Wilson running out of time to try to qualify for the U.S. championships. This weekend is the last chance. Then he realized there is a meet in New York. What better place to open his second career than the city of his first? Giants receiver Rueben Randle is among the former teammates he expects to attend. Wilson says: "When I make the Olympic team ..." It's not an arrogant boast but the mentality required to reach the highest level of any sport.
May 27, 2015
Patrick Cudjoe’s basketball coaching career began as an assistant at John Marshall, working under legendary coaches Tommy Griffin and Charles Davis nearly 30 years ago.
High school notebook: Patrick Cudjoe takes over John Marshall basketball
By Scott Wright | May 27, 2015Patrick Cudjoe’s basketball coaching career began as an assistant at John Marshall, working under legendary coaches Tommy Griffin and Charles Davis nearly 30 years ago. When the opportunity presented itself to return there, Cudjoe decided he couldn’t pass it up. “It was the right opportunity at the right time,” said Cudjoe, who spent the last 14 years at Star Spencer. “I had been an assistant there under two legends, and when the opportunity arose, I took a close look at it and decided to make a move.” Cudjoe replaces Chad Campbell, who recently resigned. Next year will be Cudjoe’s 25th as a head coach, with 10 at Carl Albert and 14 at Star Spencer, where he won the Class 4A state championship in 2009 during a successful stint with the Bobcats. “Patrick has been with us in the school district for a long time and done a great job,” Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor said. “So we’re looking forward to him continuing that at John Marshall.” Star Spencer is set to begin the interview process to fill its head coaching vacancy soon. ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THURSDAY’S BIG ALL-CITY BASKETBALL GAMES The 22nd annual Big All-City basketball games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at Del City High School. The girls will tip off first, with the boys to follow. A 3-point contest will be held at halftime of the girls game, with 3-point and slam dunk contests at halftime of the boys game. Here are the rosters for the games: East girls: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Maci Hanson, Choctaw; Diamonde Foxworth, Del City; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Lauren Stettnisch, Stillwater; Chelsey Olds, Midwest City; Allison Rogers, Moore; Kali Holmes, U.S. Grant; Tyritta Dixon, Northwest Classen; Kaylee Martin, McGuinness; Hattie Msuya, McGuinness; Teryana Conley, Southeast; Briana Harrison, Southeast; Indica Hawkins, Southeast. Coach: Shawn Clark, McGuinness West girls: Lexus Haldred, El Reno; Sydney Gray, El Reno; Nakylia Carter, Putnam City North; Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Abbey Renner, Deer Creek; Shae Scheffler, Deer Creek; Haydon Priddy, Piedmont; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont; Bre Reid, Piedmont. Coach: Carlos Adamson, Putnam City West East boys: Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Wes Smith, Carl Albert; Breiman Alexander, Del City; Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial; Johntae Upchurch, Midwest City; Diontre Cutliff, Moore; Jaylon Wilson, Moore; Cooper Clark, Norman; Luke Laster, Shawnee; Britt Hammons, Northwest Classen; Marquan Struble, Northwest Classen; Will Lienhard, McGuinness. Coach: Matt Thornton, Norman West boys: Kejuan Lockhardt, Capitol Hill; DaQuan Jeffries, Edmond Santa Fe; DaRon Mims, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Zackery, Edmond Santa Fe; Bryon Elledge, El Reno; L’liott Curry, Guthrie; Terrell Williams, Mustang; Aubrey Johnson, Mustang; Geoffrey Hightower, Mustang; Chris Pogi, Putnam City; Drake Perry, Putnam City North; Tyson Jolly, Putnam City West; Dedrian Parmer, Putnam City West; Dante Butler, Southmoore; Gerard Giles, Western Heights; Kiahree Kerns, Western Heights; Seth Eidson, Yukon. Coach: Terry Long, Mustang
May 27, 2015
The 22nd annual Big All-City basketball games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at Del City High School. The girls will tip off first, with the boys to follow. A 3-point contest will be held at halftime of the girls game, with 3-point and slam dunk contests at halftime of the boys […]
Rosters set for 22nd annual Big All-City basketball games
Scott Wright | May 27, 2015The 22nd annual Big All-City basketball games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at Del City High School. The girls will tip off first, with the boys to follow. A 3-point contest will be held at halftime of the girls game, with 3-point and slam dunk contests at halftime of the boys game. Here are the rosters for the games: East girls: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Maci Hanson, Choctaw; Diamonde Foxworth, Del City; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Lauren Stettnisch, Stillwater; Chelsey Olds, Midwest City; Allison Rogers, Moore; Kali Holmes, U.S. Grant; Tyritta Dixon, Northwest Classen; Kaylee Martin, McGuinness; Hattie Msuya, McGuinness; Teryana Conley, Southeast; Briana Harrison, Southeast; Indica Hawkins, Southeast. Coach: Shawn Clark, McGuinness West girls: Lexus Haldred, El Reno; Sydney Gray, El Reno; Nakylia Carter, Putnam City North; Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Abbey Renner, Deer Creek; Shae Scheffler, Deer Creek; Haydon Priddy, Piedmont; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont; Bre Reid, Piedmont. Coach: Carlos Adamson, Putnam City West East boys: Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Wes Smith, Carl Albert; Breiman Alexander, Del City; Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial; Johntae Upchurch, Midwest City; Diontre Cutliff, Moore; Jaylon Wilson, Moore; Cooper Clark, Norman; Luke Laster, Shawnee; Britt Hammons, Northwest Classen; Marquan Struble, Northwest Classen; Will Lienhard, McGuinness. Coach: Matt Thornton, Norman West boys: Kejuan Lockhardt, Capitol Hill; DaQuan Jeffries, Edmond Santa Fe; DaRon Mims, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Zackery, Edmond Santa Fe; Bryon Elledge, El Reno; L'liott Curry, Guthrie; Terrell Williams, Mustang; Aubrey Johnson, Mustang; Geoffrey Hightower, Mustang; Chris Pogi, Putnam City; Drake Perry, Putnam City North; Tyson Jolly, Putnam City West; Dedrian Parmer, Putnam City West; Dante Butler, Southmoore; Gerard Giles, Western Heights; Kiahree Kerns, Western Heights; Seth Eidson, Yukon. Coach: Terry Long, Mustang
May 16, 2015
Don Rickles’ “CPO Sharkey” sitcom and “The Colbys” are on DVD for the first time, along with reissues of “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Wild Wild West.”
Vintage TV series on DVD this week
Chris Hicks, Deseret News | May 16, 2015It’s a week for vintage TV on DVD with the debut of both Don Rickles’ sitcom “CPO Sharkey” and the prime-time soap “The Colbys, ” along with complete-series reissues of “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Wild Wild West.” “CPO Sharkey: The Complete Season 1” (Time Life/DVD, 1976-77, three discs, 15 episodes, clip from “The Tonight Show”). Insult comic Don Rickles, a real-life Navy veteran, stars in this two-season sitcom as a chief petty officer at a San Diego base in charge of new recruits, whom he berates with his singular brand of ethnic wisecracks. This is obviously for Rickles fans, and the deck is stacked early on as his newbies are each from a different ethnic heritage. There’s even a warning on the box that “some of the jokes and ethnic references … would most likely not be allowed on network TV today.” Very true. But if you know Rickles, you know that’s what he does. And as such, it’s still pretty funny. “The Colbys: The Complete Series” (Shout!/CBS/DVD, 1985-87, 12 discs, 49 episodes, featurettes). A spinoff of “Dynasty,” this prime-time soap opera boasts a big budget and a cast of major stars — Charlton Heston, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Ross, Diahann Carroll, Ricardo Montalban, Michael Parks. But it was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings. There’s amnesia, secret parentage, deceit and lots of double-crosses among the rich and powerful and big stars chewing the scenery. Who could ask for anything more? “Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection” (Universal/Blu-ray, 1978-80, 34 episodes, feature film, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes). After surviving a sneak attack by the Cylon race of evil robots, the last bastion of humanity escapes in spaceships and is led by Lorne Greene to search for a new world to call home in this 1978 sci-fi series, which has elements of both “Star Wars” and the Book of Mormon (creator Glen A. Larson was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). (The show was remade as a 2004 series for the Syfy cable channel.) This is a new Blu-ray upgrade of the original series and its follow-up, “Galactica 1980,” along with the “Battlestar Galactica” movie that was taken from the show’s pilot and played in theaters a couple of months before the series debuted. The two TV shows are included here in both the original square-ish format used for late 1970s TV and in widescreen versions. (Also available is “Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection,” a smaller set with the two series in widescreen, to include bonus features.) “The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series” (CBS/Paramount/DVD, 1965-69, b/w and color, 26 discs, 104 episodes, featurettes, introductions, original openings/promos, photo gallery, blooper, commercial). Great comedy-Western series with gadgets, disguises and gimmicks as two federal agents (Robert Conrad, Ross Martin) go after bad guys. Lots of fun. (The packaging is more shelf-friendly than the earlier “Complete Series” set but the two reunion TV movies are absent.) “Mister Ed: The Final Season” (Shout!/DVD, 1965-66, b/w, two discs, 13 episodes). The sixth and final season of this silly but beloved sitcom about the titular talking horse (voiced by cowboy star Allan “Rocky” Lane) and his befuddled owner Wilbur (Alan Young). Seasons one through five each had 26 episodes, but season six was abbreviated when the show was canceled after 13 episodes due to flagging ratings. “The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show” (StarVista/Time Life, 1948-71, three discs, b/w and color, featurettes). Sullivan’s seminal variety show included every kind of act you can imagine, some bizarre, some hilarious, along with lots of familiar stars. The previously released discs here — “Unforgettable Performances,” “50th Anniversary Special,” “The All-Star Comedy Special,” “World’s Greatest Novelty Acts,” “Amazing Animal Acts” — include a little bit of everything. The most famous guests are Elvis Presley and the Beatles, but also here are snippets with Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Carol Burnett, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, the Smothers Brothers, Flip Wilson and many more. “The Midnight Special” (StarVista/Time Life/DVD, 1973-81, three discs, featurettes). These music and comedy performances from the titular TV musical/comedy series are gleaned from previously released DVD sets and include Linda Ronstadt, Heart, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, Natalie Cole, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Billy Crystal and many more. “Supercar: The Complete Series” (itv/Timeless/DVD, 1961-62, b/w, five discs, 39 episodes, audio commentary, featurettes). Mike Mercury pilots the title vehicle — more of a plane, really — with retractable wings and jet propulsion as it hovers. This is an early Supermarionation children’s series from Gerry Anderson, who also did the puppet series “Fireball XL-5,” “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons” and “The Thunderbirds.” “Texas Rangers: The Real Stories” (Lionsgate/DVD, 1991-2001, three episodes). History cable channel documentaries are “The Texas Rangers,” “The Fathers of Texas” and “The Enforcers: The Texas Rangers.” “Digimon Tamers, Volume 2” (Cinedigm/DVD, 2001, three discs, 17 episodes). Three young fans of the Digimon card game find themselves in the Digital World, where they battle evil Digimons in this anime series. “Slam Dunk: Season 1, Vol. 1” (Cinedigm/DVD, 1993-94, two discs, 14 episoes). This anime series follows a high school punk that hates basketball until he meets a girl that loves the sport and encourages him to play. “The Magic Bus: Season Two” (Scholastic/DVD, 1995, two discs, 13 episodes). More episodes from the hit children’s series that offers science education along with entertainment.
Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game
Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson
By Jason Kersey, Staff writer | May 2, 2015Paul Wilson sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game and several other college hoops games around the area, but he does an important job. Wilson, a former Southwest Conference basketball official who was on the court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Larry Bird, was OU’s director of intramural sports from 1976 until he retired in 2003, but continued teaching sports officiating classes until 2014. Today, he observes officials from press row for the Big 12 Conference at OU women’s games, and does the same job for small college men’s games. He was an Oklahoma high school official in the 1970s before graduating to big-time college hoops. Wilson played college football at Coffeyville Junior College and one season of college hoops at Oral Roberts. Between those endeavors, he served two years in Vietnam in the Air Force. Basketball was my first love. I regret that I didn’t stay off the football field and stick with basketball. I had the potential to go to college on a basketball scholarship. My original goal was to teach high school and coach basketball, and eventually become a high school principal. I made first-team All State in basketball my junior year, and I got to go on a recruiting trip to KU. Here’s how stupid I was: My senior year, I went out for football again. In the fifth game of my football senior year, I tackled a guy and separated my right shoulder. I had to miss the rest of football season, and by the time basketball started, I was still in a sling and couldn’t shoot. My point average as a junior was 25 points; my senior year it went down to 14. My shot was really gone. I was frustrated and mad at myself for letting that happen. But the football coach at Coffeyville Junior College wanted me to stay there and play football, so I got a scholarship to play football there for two years. Then I transferred up to Kansas State Teachers College, which is now Emporia State, on a football scholarship. Between the transfer, though, I was reclassifed and lost my student deferment, and within 30 days I was drafted. That was in 1966. Within a month after that, I joined the Air Force, thinking that maybe if I joined the Air Force I wouldn’t have to go to Vietnam. Well that was wrong. About 14 months into my Air Force service, I was on my way to Vietnam. I was there in 1967 and 1968. When I got back from Vietnam, I was eventually assigned to Forbes Air Force Base. I got assigned to the headquarter squadron and became the squadron on-the-job training supervisor. And I went out for the base basketball team. I would go to work in the headquarter squadron office and work from 8 to 12, go to lunch, and at 1 p.m., I went to the gym everyday because I was on the varsity basketball team. When I made the base basketball team and was walking out of the gym from practice, the coach of the team handed me a whistle and said, “All of the guys on the varsity basketball team must officiate base intramural basketball.” I said, “I don’t wanna officiate.” He said, “Sgt. Wilson, you don’t have a choice. If you want to play on the base team, you have got to blow this whistle and officiate base intramurals.” Everybody asks how I got started in officiating. I got forced into it in the military. The first couple games were a nightmare. I couldn’t believe how much they were yelling and screaming at me. My buddy and I said, “We’d better get the rule book and figure out what we’re doing.” I was discharged and moved to Tulsa with one year of collegiate eligibility for sports. I enrolled at Oral Roberts in 1969 and was there for that year and played on the varsity basketball team for Ken Trickey. I was like most players. I did not like zebras. In the mid-70s, I had gone on from high school to junior college to small college, and I was working NAIA level games. In 1981, I’m still working high school ball, and guess who are seniors in Oklahoma at that time? Wayman Tisdale and Mark Price. There were about three or four guys in the state of Oklahoma who everybody was trying to get. That year, I worked the Class 6A state championship. After I worked that championship, I was sitting in the locker room and there was a knock on the door. It was Dale Brown, who was at LSU and trying to recruit Wayman Tisdale. He said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I like the way you officiate and I want you to officiate in the Southeastern Conference.” He put me in touch with the supervisor and we got to talking, but he flat out said, “I don’t know if Dale Brown was thinking right, but do you know how difficult it would be for you to travel out of Oklahoma to get to all of the SEC schools?” He thought I was ready for Division I basketball, but couldn’t see how I could work SEC games. He also told me that because I was employed at OU graduate, I couldn’t work in the Big Eight. But fortunately, he referred me to the supervisor of the Southwest Conference. So I worked in that conference in 1981 and 1982, then I got into the Missouri Valley Conference. I was on the court with Phi Slamma Jamma, with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Larry Bird at Indiana State. You talk about having a fun career back in the 1980s with some of those guys. It was unbelievable. I worked Division I basketball until about 1992, but I had a son who was growing up. My officiating was keeping me from seeing him get to play. He was getting ready to go to high school. I gave up Division I so I could pull back and try to work close to home, working junior college and NAIA and Division II. My son became a freshman at Norman North in 2000. That’s when I really started to cut back, and officiated only a few games until he graduated high school. He got a scholarship over at OBU, and the four years he played at OBU, I made it to every game. I gave up my officiating career to follow my son through college, but I had a heck of a career. I ended up officiating for almost 35 years. I had a very blessed career. I had great opportunity. I’ve been fussin’ and cussin’ with the activities association in Oklahoma for years because they don’t try to help young officials. Texas has a program where if you officiate junior high or high school ball, you must belong to a local chapter that you attend. They help you get started as a young official. They assign you elementary games, junior high games. You don’t get to work high school games until you’ve proven yourself at those other levels. In Oklahoma, anybody who’s over 18 can register, get their card and work any high school game in the state. All they need to do is pass the open-book test at 70 percent. That crew was too young to be working (the controversial Locust Grove-Douglass football game). You know what? In that situation at the end, when the violation occurred, they came together and none of them on the crew knew the actual rule. That’s a sad scenario. They made the wrong ruling because nobody on the crew knew. That never should have happened. Oklahoma has done a disservice by not helping to train and develop young officials. I send that message out all the time.
Apr 30, 2015
Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
High school notebook: Norman North's Ben Barrett sets state record in 1,600 meters
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 30, 2015It’s been quite a year for distance runners in boys track, and Norman North’s Ben Barrett added to it with a record-setting performance Thursday. Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen. Calvin Miller of Westmoore was on the verge of yet another milestone, coming a fraction of a second away from breaking the state record in the 800 meters. Miller’s winning time of 1:51.83, just off the record time of 1:51.70, held by two runners, Justin Nobles of Elgin and Quintell Wilson of Edmond North. Balenseifen and Barrett, perhaps the most talented pair of distance runners to come through the state in several years, both competed in Thursday’s meet, but did not go head-to-head, with each running just one race. Balenseifen finished second in the 800 prior to Barrett winning the 1,600. With Barrett being in Class 6A, and Balenseifen in 5A, the two rarely cross paths on the track. But they have become friends and push each other from a distance. Earlier this year, Balenseifen set the 1,600 record at 4:11.57 and still holds the record in the 3,200 at 9:16.20. While competing in a national event in California, Barrett broke the 9-minute mark in the 3,200 at 8:57, though it does not qualify for the state record mark since it was accomplished in an out-of-state competition. Barrett is headed to North Carolina State for college, while Balenseifen will stay close at Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE OFFERS NORMAN NORTH’S LINDY WATERS III Scholarship offers for Norman North junior shooting guard Lindy Waters III have gone from a steady flow to a roaring wave over the last few days. Lower-level Division I programs like Northeastern and Loyola-Maryland helped Waters’ offer list reach double-digits, then Harvard and Yale brought an Ivy League presence to the recruiting game. Cincinnati came in as well, and on Wednesday night, the first major offer dropped. Oklahoma State entered the pursuit of the versatile 6-foot-6 Waters, who is playing on the Adidas circuit with the Oklahoma Wizards this summer. He averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. Waters becomes the third player in the state’s 2016 recruiting class with an offer from Oklahoma State. Putnam City West guard Tre Evans is already verbally committed to the Cowboys, and Mustang guard Jakolby Long has an offer as well. OFFERS POURING IN FOR DEL CITY’S WILSON, LEXINGTON’S BROWN Last week’s offers from Nebraska and Colorado were just the start for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson. Three more scholarship offers have come in this week, with two more from Power Five conferences. Arizona State and Texas Tech joined San Diego State in offering the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior over the last few days. Lexington’s Tyler Brown continues to show himself as one of the fastest rising prospects in the state’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle just received his first offer in mid-April. North Texas and Tulsa were the first to offer Brown, and now, Houston, Wyoming and Utah State have come in as well. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the bigger programs showing interest in Brown. OFFICIALS’ HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its Hall of Fame class Monday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25, at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and football officials, calling state championship games, several state tournaments and All-State contests. Barbee is a former director of officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He has worked in football, basketball, softball and baseball during his 43-year career. Campbell has officiated four state basketball tournaments and still works as a basketball official observer. IVY ADDING OFFERS Former Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy added two scholarship offers Thursday after his first season at Butler Community College. Ivy was offered by Minnesota and Arkansas State, he said on his Twitter account. As a senior in 2013, Ivy was a dominant player for the Roughers. He was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team and Super 30 with offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State. He ultimately chose Butler after failing to qualify academically. He played in six games for the Grizzlies, recording eight tackles and 21/2 sacks.
Apr 27, 2015
Young, playing this summer for MOKAN Elite out of the Kansas City area, put on an impressive showing over the weekend at a Nike AAU Tournament in Lexington, Ky., that has resulted in some of the top programs in the country joining the pursuit of the 6-foot-1 point guard.
High school notebook: Kansas offers, Duke interested in Norman North's Trae Young
By Scott Wright | Apr 27, 2015Last weekend might have been the significant reveal of Oklahoma’s biggest basketball recruiting prospect since Blake Griffin and Xavier Henry. Kansas coach Bill Self made a scholarship offer to Norman North sophomore Trae Young on Sunday, and national champion Duke has begun showing strong interest. Young, playing this summer for MOKAN Elite out of the Kansas City area, put on an impressive showing over the weekend at a Nike AAU Tournament in Lexington, Ky., that has resulted in some of the top programs in the country joining the pursuit of the 6-foot-1 point guard. Young, who is the son of former Texas Tech standout Rayford Young, had back-to-back 29-point games against top competition with coaches from all over the country in attendance. Duke assistant and former OU coach Jeff Capel was among those in the stands, and visited with the family, expressing the team’s serious interest. More than a dozen major programs have offered Young, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Houston and others. “I’ve got good relationships with Coach (Lon) Kruger at OU and Coach (Travis) Ford at OSU,” Young said. “With Kansas winning 11 straight Big 12 titles, that offer really meant a lot. It was very humbling to hear Coach Self tell me he wants me to be a Kansas Jayhawk one day. I feel truly blessed. “I can’t slow down. I feel like every time I step on the court, I have something to prove. I have to keep working.” Young averaged 24.0 points and 3.4 assists in his sophomore season at Norman North, playing with a pair of juniors who are also Division I prospects, Lindy Waters and Marcus Dickinson. Waters, a lanky shooting guard, has recently added several mid-major offers. LINCOLN CHRISTIAN’S WILSON COMMITS TO BOISE STATE Micah Wilson is the first quarterback in the state’s 2016 recruiting class to make his verbal commitment. Wilson, a 6-3, 200-pound junior, announced on Twitter Sunday that he had committed to Boise State. Wilson threw for 2,371 yards with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. He rushed for 533 yards and six touchdowns as Lincoln Christian finished 10-3. SMU PURSUING SOUTHEAST’S MCDOWELL Previously committed to the Tulsa basketball program, Dashawn McDowell is back on the open market, and he recently received a scholarship offer from SMU. McDowell, a 6-5 junior point guard at Southeast, averaged 29 points per game this past season, and was a second-team Oklahoman Big All-City selection. SMU coach Larry Brown and his staff have worked hard in recruiting of some of Oklahoma’s top prospects the last couple of years. SMU signed Owasso star Shake Milton in November and was among the teams most heavily pursuing Putnam City West’s Tyson Jolly, who signed with Cal earlier this month. PURCELL RENAMES GYM TO HONOR REIMER Lee Reimer was a staple in the Purcell basketball gym for 31 years, and even though the Dragons’ boys basketball coach has retired, Reimer’s presence is staying put. The Purcell school board recently voted to rename Purcell Fieldhouse the Reimer Center in honor of the coach who earned 485 of his 545 career victories with the Dragons. Reimer won two state championships in his career, one at Purcell in 1994 and one at Medford in 1984. Purcell continues to search for Reimer’s replacement.
Apr 21, 2015
The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Terry Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently.
High school notebook: Del City quarterback Terry Wilson gets Nebraska offer
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND STAFF REPORTS | Apr 21, 2015Nebraska’s once-strong recruiting of Oklahoma high school football players had faded in the last decade. Since signing Phillip Dillard of Jenks and Craig Roark of Ada in 2005, the Cornhuskers hadn’t landed an Oklahoma prospect until stealing Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett in February. But the Huskers’ new coaching staff under Mike Riley is looking hard at the Sooner State. Nebraska offered a scholarship to Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson on Tuesday morning, Wilson announced on Twitter. The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently. Nebraska has also offered Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, adding to a list that includes Tulsa, Ohio and Texas State. The Huskers are also looking at a pair of the state’s junior-college prospects, with offers out to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M duo of Maurice Chandler, a Lawton High product, and Chris Baccus, originally from Beggs. LEXINGTON’S BROWN GATHERING OFFERS Lexington offensive lineman Tyler Brown's recruiting is gaining momentum quickly. Tulsa extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-6, 315-pound junior on Tuesday, just days after he got his first offer from North Texas. Oklahoma and Texas Tech are among the programs also showing interest in Brown recently. FORMER DEER CREEK COACH SMITH TAKES OVER VICTORY CHRISTIAN Ron Smith didn’t expect to be a high school head football coach again when he stepped down from that position four years ago at Bartlesville. But on Monday, Victory Christian announced that Smith would be its head football coach. Smith has been an assistant the past four years at the Class 3A school, which is 29-5 over the past three seasons. Smith, 60, has a head coaching record of 93-64. He was an assistant coach for 17 years at Midwest City, working with offenses that included the Gundy brothers, Mike and Cale. He was the head coach at Deer Creek from 1997-2000, winning the 2000 Class 3A title with his son, Paul Smith, at quarterback. He also was a head coach at Owasso (2001-05) and Bartlesville (2006-10). Smith is replacing Brent Marley, who was hired as the head coach at Rejoice Christian earlier this month. ZANGARI’S HOT BAT SPARKS CARL ALBERT Carl Albert senior catcher Corey Zangari had a huge week at the plate as the Titans went 4-1. He went 11-for-17, hitting five home runs, a triple and driving in 16 runs. He had a monster game against El Reno with three home runs in the 15-6 win. Zangari is now hitting .479 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs on the year. He has signed with Oklahoma State but is considered the top draft prospect in the state. TUTTLE’S LESTER PICKS OBU The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Tuttle guard Tyler Lester, has chosen Oklahoma Baptist to continue his college career. Lester, a 5-foot-11 senior, led Tuttle to its first state tournament appearance, averaging 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game while hitting more than 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (113-of-219). “He’s the son of a coach and has a great feel for the game,” Tuttle coach Paul Meuser said. “His father, Brian, has done a great job with our girls, and he’s had a great impact on Tyler. “I never saw Tyler take a bad shot in the two years I coached him. There was never a moment when I was sitting on the bench thinking, ‘What are you doing Tyler?’ He’s a smart player and a great leader.”
John A. Logan College teammates Russell Woods and Martavian Payne committed to Missouri on Saturday during an official visit, a source confirmed to The Star.With the additions of Payne, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from St. Louis, and Woods, a 6-8 forward from Chicago, the Tigers have one available scholarship as the roster is currently constructed.Payne essentially had made up his mind before the...
Missouri basketball adds junior-college teammates Russell Woods, Martavian Payne
Tod Palmer, Associated Press | Apr 18, 2015John A. Logan College teammates Russell Woods and Martavian Payne committed to Missouri on Saturday during an official visit, a source confirmed to The Star. With the additions of Payne, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from St. Louis, and Woods, a 6-8 forward from Chicago, the Tigers have one available scholarship as the roster is currently constructed. Payne essentially had made up his mind before the visit, the only one he was scheduled to take, but Woods was more of a wild card. Woods was scheduled to visit Kansas State on Tuesday, but he will cancel that trip now that he’s committed to Missouri and coach Kim Anderson. Woods, who won an Illinois state title alongside injured Milwaukee Bucks guard Jabari Parker at Simeon High School, and Payne helped John A. Logan reach the junior college national tournament and win a Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship last season. Payne, a second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, averaged a team-best 15.7 points with 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a sophomore. Woods averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. They are the second and third players to commit to Missouri this week, joining point guard Terrence Phillips from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. The trio are expected to help Missouri rebound from a difficult 2014-15 season, which saw the Tigers go 9-23 and set records for the most losses in a single season and longest losing skid in program history (13). Missouri has signed five players in its 2015 recruiting class, including Blue Springs South forward Kevin Puryear and Pacific (Mo.) shooting guard Cullen VanLeer in November. To reach Tod Palmer, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000156678,t000002776,t000049144,t000003277,t000040506,t000003183,t000391287,t000391277,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000065560
MIDLAND Calyha Brown and Kiairah Franklin are cousins, but Brown jokingly calls Franklin “mom” because she’s two years older and protective of the ninth-grader. Brown calls Dakota Langston “sister,” and not because they’re blood related but because that’s her best friend.The three Permian High School track and field athletes resembled a happy, prideful family early Thursday afternoon at...
TRACK AND FIELD: Permian sweeps district medals in girls discus
Adam Zuvanich, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015MIDLAND Calyha Brown and Kiairah Franklin are cousins, but Brown jokingly calls Franklin “mom” because she’s two years older and protective of the ninth-grader. Brown calls Dakota Langston “sister,” and not because they’re blood related but because that’s her best friend. The three Permian High School track and field athletes resembled a happy, prideful family early Thursday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, where they teamed up to dominate the girls discus event on the first day of the District 3-6A Championships. Franklin, a junior, won the event with a throw of 119 feet, 7 inches. The freshman Brown placed second with a mark of 114-9, and a heave of 114-6 left the sophomore Langston in third place. All three marks were personal bests. “We knew we were going to do something, but this is amazing,” Brown said. “So I’m really, really happy.” The 1-2-3 finish highlighted the day for the Lady Panthers and put them on top of the team standings, with 45 points, heading into today’s running finals. It also qualified the Permian trio for next week’s area meet in Abilene, where the top four in each event from 3-6A and the top four from District 4-6A will compete for the right to advance to the Region I-6A Championships on May 1-2 in Arlington. Two other Permian girls also secured spots in the area meet. Sophomore Akor Maywin repeated as district champion in the high jump with a mark of 5-6, which matched her personal best, and placed fourth in the triple jump at 35-3.5. Maywin said she was disappointed with her triple jump results as she fell nearly 3 feet short of her personal best. She nearly set her personal record in the high jump but couldn’t quite clear 5-8, barely clipping the bar on her second attempt. “I felt like I could have done better,” Maywin said. “I hope I do better next week.” Franklin and Langston were disappointed in their performances in the shot put, in which they placed fifth and eighth, respectively. But another one of their teammates snagged a spot in the area meet as junior LaTasha Griffin placed fourth with a personal-best throw of 35-2.75. Permian’s Cassidy Reddell earned an area berth with a third-place finish in the girls 3,200 meters. Permian girls head coach Carl Chancellor said he was pleased with how the day went for his Lady Panthers, even if not all of them were. “This is the meet we’ve been training for,” Chancellor said. “I’ve been preaching to them all year, ‘Nobody cares about the other meets. Yes, it would be fun to win them all, but this is the only one that matters, the one we get to advance from.’ Doing that, I’m a happy guy.” The same could be said of the two Permian boys who qualified for the area meet, because both had been sidelined with injuries as of late. Neither Jesus Olivares nor Robert Thomas had competed since the McMurry Relays on March 21 in Abilene. Olivares, a junior who was recovering from a strained groin suffered at the state powerlifting meet, placed third in the boys discus with a throw of 149-6 to earn his first appearance in the area meet. The senior Thomas, who had been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, won the long jump with a leap of 21-5.75. It’s shaping up to be a good week for Thomas, who on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Southern Mississippi. “Can’t ask for much better than that,” Thomas said. “I guess it’s just God blessing me.” According to Permian jumping coach Eric Jonas, Thomas’ victory was a product of God-given ability, focus and competitive drive. Thomas’ appearance at the McMurry meet was his only other competition of the season before Thursday, and his best mark in Abilene was 19-11. So Jonas marveled at what Thomas accomplished Thursday. “It’s extremely impressive,” Jonas said. “It’s just natural ability. It’s talent.” Their talents in the throwing events helped Brown, Franklin and Langston enjoy a memorable accomplishment of their own. Franklin said they told Chancellor before the meet that they intended to sweep the medal stand in the discus, but she also said actually doing so was a pleasant surprise. Perhaps their camaraderie, and competitiveness with each other, helped spur them along. “We kind of push each other just trying to be better than each other,” Langston said. “Because we already know if we can beat each other, we can beat all the other schools.” >> District 3-6A Championships Thursday-Friday, Memorial Stadium, Midland (Top four in each event qualify for District 3-6A/4-6A Meet April 24 in Abilene) Thursday’s Finals >> GIRLS Team Scores 1. Permian, 51 points; 2. Abilene High, 38; 3. Midland Lee, 32; 4. San Angelo Central, 29; 5. Odessa High, 26; 6. Midland High, 10. Individual Results Field Events Discus: 1. Kiairah Franklin, Permian, 119 feet, 7 inches; 2. Calyha Brown, Permian, 114-9; 3. Dakota Langston, Permian, 114-6; 4. Shira Reece, Midland High, 112-10; 5. Maya Wood, Odessa High, 110-3; 6. Kassidy Kypfer, San Angelo Central, 99-11. High jump: 1. Akor Maywin, Permian, 5-6; 2. Kindal Gainey, Midland Lee, 5-2; 3. Kristian Ruiz, Lee, 5-2; 4. Krista Epley, Midland High, 5-2; 5. Kayle Thomason, Odessa High, 5-0; 6. Lexia Forrester, Permian, 5-0. Shot put: 1. Brilyn Daniels, Central, 38-6; 2. Larissa Arenivas, Odessa High, 36-9; 3. Tamisha Cotton, Abilene High, 36-3.5; 4. LaTasha Griffin, Permian, 35-2.75; 5. Kiairah Franklin, Permian, 34-9.5; 6. Maya Wood, Odessa High, 34-5.5. Triple jump: 1. Jasmine Brown, Odessa High, 36-4.5; 2. Bri’An Washington, Lee, 36-1; 3. Heavyn Burnett, Lee, 35-5.75; 4. Akor Maywin, Permian, 35-3.5; 5. Katrina Garcia, Odessa High, 34-4.25; 6. Allie Holdridge, Central, 34-3.5. Pole vault: 1. Myra Carrion, Abilene High, 10-7; 2. Sarah Gallaher, Central, 9-6; 3. Ally Arnold, Central, 9-0; 4. Cheyenne Vinita, Abilene High, 9-0; 5. Jazmin Diaz, Central, 8-6; 6. Abryl Olivas, Odessa High, 8-6. Running Events 3,200: 1. Ashton Endsley, Abilene High, 11 minutes, 10.16 seconds; 2. Mariah DeLeon, Abilene High, 12:38.72 3. Cassidy Reddell, Permian, 13:09.92; 4. Emily Ray, Midland Lee, 13:36.13; 5. Shannon Smith, Midland High, 13:40.81; 6. Ashlyn Starr, San Angelo Central, 13:47.24. >> BOYS Team Scores 1. Abilene High, 55 points; 2. Midland High, 39; 3. San Angelo Central, 33.5; 4. Odessa High, 27; 5. Permian, 17; 6. Midland Lee, 14.5. Individual Results Field Events Discus: 1. Ronnell Wilson, Abilene High, 155 feet, 4 inches; 2. Michael Marsh, Midland Lee, 149-7; 3. Jesus Olivares, Permian, 149-6; 4. Qua’shawn Washington, Abilene High, 148-1; 5. Dillon Springer, Midland High, 147-1; 6. David Brown, Abilene High, 125-0. High jump: 1. Courtney McMaryion, Midland High, 6-6; 2. Dwayne Amoyaw, Odessa High, 6-4; 3. Reese Childress, Abilene High, 6-4; 4. Collin McDonald, San Angelo Central, 6-4; 5. DeVaughnn Coleman, Abilene High, 6-2; 6. Denim Rogers, Lee; and Adam West, Central, 6-0. High jump: 1. Courtney McMaryion, Midland High, 6-6; 2. Dwayne Amoyaw, Odessa High, 6-4; 3. Reese Childress, Abilene High, 6-4; 4. Collin McDonald, San Angelo Central, 6-4; 5. DeVaughnn Coleman, Abilene High, 6-2; 6. Denim Rogers, Lee; and Adam West, Central, 6-0. Shot put: 1. Ronnell Wilson, Abilene High, 49-11; 2. Qua’shawn Washington, Abilene High, 48-10.25; 3. Brian McClure, Odessa High, 48-5; 4. Cameron Cross, Central, 47-11.5; 5. Paxton Heiting, Midland High, 45-6; 6. Jesus Olivares, Permian, 44-8. Pole vault: 1. Slade Harrell, Midland High, 13-0; 2. Josh Sanchez, Central, 13-0; 3. Beau Lassater, Central, 12-0; 4. Ryan Giddens, Midland High, 12-0; 5. Stephen Ford, Abilene High, 11-6; 6. Jeremy Reyes, Odessa High, 10-6. Running Events 3,200: 1. Zac Cabrera, San Angelo Central, 9 minutes, 54.45 seconds; 2. Aaron Ramirez, Odessa High, 10:00.41; 3. Ruben Guerra, Midland High, 10:03.07; 4. Kelton Reynolds, Abilene High, 10:03.89; 5. Jr. Bejarano, Odessa High, 10:11.09; 6. Chad Schmidt, Midland High, 10:12.00. Contact Adam Zuvanich on twitter @OAzuvanich, on Facebook at OA Adam Zuvanich or call 432-333-7649. ——— ©2015 the Odessa American (Odessa, Texas) Visit the Odessa American (Odessa, Texas) at www.oaoa.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately.Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most...
Timeline Ties Newspaper, Community
Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately. Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most coming from the newspaper’s own pages. 1800s 1833: Martin Warren settled on land that would become Warrensburg. 1860, May 18: James D. Eads and J. Milton Bonham edited The Western Missourian, Warrensburg. The paper carried news and advertising, including about runaway slaves. 1861-1865: No one published a paper in the city during the war years. The county clerk, having lost an election to Marsh Foster, editor of the former Western Missourian, murdered Foster at the courthouse on Main Street in February 1861. 1865, April 17: The Journal opened under J.D. Eads. • July 20: Johnson County’s county records returned after being absent during the Civil War. • Sept. 20: “The first Pacific passenger train completed a trip across the state, leaving Kansas City at 3 a.m. and arriving at St. Louis at 5 p.m. on the same day.” 1867: (circa) Vigilantes who first put to death murderers then went after other people, with guards posted at The Journal office “as threats were made against that paper for counseling the vigilantes to disband.” • The newspaper reported the organization of the first teachers college in Warrensburg. 1868: The newspaper reported the organization of the first public schools in Warrensburg. 1870: George Graham Vest eulogized a dog, Drum, marking a milestone for animals. 1871: The Democrat newspaper opened in Johnson County. 1874, Oct. 4: Wallace Crossley is born. 1876, Oct. 27: The Journal and The Democrat merged as The Journal-Democrat. • David Nation, husband of Warrensburg’s nationally infamous bar basher, Carrie Nation, at one point served as a Journal-Democrat partner. 1878, Nov. 12: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union organized to address “drunkenness in our midst, notwithstanding that there are no licensed saloons,” but also expressed a belief that druggists in town sold alcohol and thus resolved to seek “suppression of the places of dubious character.” 1883, Nov. 22: Someone robbed the Hyatt and Boyle safe at Hazel Hill. • The Johnson County Star moved from Knob Noster to Warrensburg. 1886, Nov. 6: The newspaper advertised Superior cook stoves. 1892, Jan. 1: Downhome humor would spin within the pages of the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat: “Stranger: ‘You say the editor died with his boots on?’ Printer: ‘Yes, sir. You see, he knew the town so well he wouldn’t pull ’em off for fear they’d steal his socks.” 1894: Mrs. Joseph Carmack, who would become a long-term Star-Journal employee, set type by hand. 1895: The Missouri Press Association, including Warrensburg’s newspaper, met at Pertle Springs. 1896, April 18: The newspaper reported Cora Carter, a student at St. Cecelia College, Holden, visited her relatives in Warrensburg. 1897, June 7: Fire burned the Gordon House on South Normal Avenue, the paper reported. 1898: The editor/publisher of The Journal-Democrat, Maj. Henry Reed, started raising a company to serve in the Spanish-American War. 1899: Murray Reed served as the Journal-Democrat’s news staff. 1900s 1900, Nov. 18: The newspaper quipped: “The electric fan has long since ceased to put on airs.” 1901, Feb. 3: A man and wife argued about who should get up to make the fire and the man won by slapping his wife, who then took him to court where he received a $1 fine. 1902, June 29: The newspaper reported Col. H.P. Farris owned a cycle-auto. • Dec. 30: Wallace Crossley married Erma Cheatham. 1903: Wallace Crossley acquired The Star. 1905, June 15: James C. Kirkpatrick is born. • Crossley began his first term in the Missouri House. 1911: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri House. 1912: Negotiations to combine The Journal-Democrat and The Star got under way. • Crossley won election to the Missouri Senate. 1913: Crossley bought out his Star newspaper partner, W.C. Capp. 1914: Bill Tucker is born in Fulton, Mo. • Crossley’s newspaper started a half century-stay at 108-110 W. Culton St. 1915, April 17: The staff celebrated The Journal turning 50. • The newspaper reported that only the Dockery Gym survived a fire at the State Normal School, now the University of Central Missouri. 1916: Crossley became Missouri lieutenant governor. 1917: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri Senate and began serving as lieutenant governor. 1918, Feb. 6: Crossley combined the Journal-Democrat and The Star to create a single publication, The Star-Journal. 1921: Crossley became The Star-Journal’s sole owner. • Crossley finished his tenure as lieutenant governor. 1922: Crossley served as a member of the state’s constitutional convention. 1925: Mrs. Bert Thompson began writing what became a long-time Daily Star-Journal column, New Hope. 1926: The newspaper reported completion of the first concrete parts of U.S. 50 through the county. 1927, Sept. 20: In what may be the first “Backward Glances” printed in The Daily Star-Journal, the paper stated the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce planned to meet for lunch. “This is an important meeting and the committee hopes that at least 100 men will be present,” the newspaper reported. • Sept. 21: The college achieved a record enrollment of 900. • Kirkpatrick belonged to the first journalism class at Central Missouri State College. 1929: Tom Benton Hollyman moved to Warrensburg with his father, the Rev. John Hollyman, and family. • James C. Kirkpatrick, who previously worked for The Normal Student publication at the Normal School in Warrensburg, began working in November for The Daily Star Journal. He later became The Star-Journal news editor. 1930: The newspaper reported that Gas Service Co. had 100 customers in Warrensburg. 1931, Jan. 22: The newspaper began publishing “No Hard Feelings,” a serialized version of the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Holden. He became the most decorated American in World War I. The first column in the series states stuttering almost kept Barkley out of the war. • Feb. 6: The paper stated, “Born of high ideals and by able and efficient management, the paper has become indispensable to the reading and progressive families of Warrensburg and Johnson County.” 1932, June 7: The paper reported Warrensburg City Council would discuss having all electricians licensed. 1933: Crossley served as state relief administrator. 1934: Wallace Crossley finished his term as Missouri Press Association president. • Kirkpatrick interviewed Senate candidate Harry Truman at The Star-Journal. 1935: University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded general excellence to The Star-Journal. • “… Inside the door (to The Star-Journal) was the most bustle and urgency one could find in Warrensburg in 1935,” Tom Benton Hollyman wrote. A nationally recognized photographer, Hollyman early in his career “freelanced,” with the emphasis on “free,” for The Star-Journal. 1936, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported homes without water due to freezing temperatures. 1937, Feb. 17: The newspaper reported Warrensburg’s city marshal continued to investigate why fire claimed a 1927 Essex parked on Holden Street, on the wrong side, next to a fire hydrant. 1938, Nov. 9: The Star-Journal ran a national news story about Nazi violence against Jews, which became known as Kristallnacht; crowed at the success of the newspaper’s election night party; and reported doctors disagreed about the need for a Johnson County hospital. 1939, June: Hollyman took most of the photos for The Star-Journal’s modern publication, Photo News. In the 1939 section, Gov. Lloyd C. Stark remarked, “It is in keeping with the modern trend whereby newspapers keep their readers informed of current events not only through the medium of print, but by means of pictures.” • MU School of Journalism awarded Crossley a journalism medal of honor. 1940, April 15: The Star-Journal’s diamond jubilee, marking 75 years in business, came and went with nothing about the anniversary. The issue included information about the Rev. J.C. Hollyman, Warrensburg, being named a Presbyterian commissioner at a denominational meeting in Rochester, N.Y.; news snippets about fighting in Germany; and an advice column by Dale Carnegie, who as a younger man had attended UCM. • May 10: Robert Wadlow, 22, Alton, Ill., known as the Alton Giant for standing 8-11, visited Warrensburg. The newspaper reported he wore size 37 shoes. “Mr. Wadlow asked the tallest man in the crowd to get a silver dollar off Robert’s head. Donald Martin, a freshman at the college, surprised Mr. Wadlow and the crowd as well by standing on his tip-toes, and getting the silver dollar, which was presented to him by Robert Wadlow. Martin is 6 feet 8 inches tall and played on the basketball team at the college last year.” • June 17: The Daily Star-Journal’s 1939 Photo News, a publication devoted to community photos, took first place in the National Newspaper Contest. • July: Hollyman received recognition in print for his work on Photo News. He is described in personal terms: “fine, manly character, dependable, straightforward, enthusiastic, persistent…” The publication states further, “Tommy’s pictures have won numerous prizes for their quality and originality. Many have appeared in the rotogravure sections of metropolitan newspapers.” • Bill Tucker married Avis Green. • Kirkpatrick left The Daily Star-Journal to do publicity for a St. Louis brewery. 1941, Dec. 8: The Star-Journal’s banner headline roared “U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN.” 1942, Aug. 10: Nan Carnahan Cocke born. 1943: Wallace Crossley died. 1944, March 14: The newspaper reported that while stationed in the South Pacific, Cpl. Bert Brasington, a clarinetist and son-in-law of W.M. Foster, Warrensburg, won $50 and a case of beer, in a talent contest. • June 6: The newspaper announced, “ALLIES LAND IN NORMANDY,” making a same-day announcement of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Europe, marking the beginning of the Allied drive on Berlin. 1945, May 8: President Harry Truman declared victory in Europe, or V-E Day. • Aug. 6: Truman announced the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. • Aug. 15: The newspaper, using a 3-inch tall news headline, likely the largest headline in the paper’s history, yelled ecstatically, “JAPS SURRENDER.” Warrensburg held a noisy celebration. • Nov. 18: The Star-Journal offered this observation: “Doing business used to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys but we can hardly tell the difference anymore.” 1946, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported the college would become the location for 10 temporary federal housing units. 1947: Bill and Avis Tucker bought and began to operate The Daily Star-Journal. 1948, Oct. 1: The State Historical Society of Columbia announced plans to microfilm newspapers, including The Star-Journal. The society today has microfilmed copies of the paper available for viewing. 1949, Jan. 17: The newspaper reported polio coin boxes would be in stores so people could donate to end the disease. Since then, the disease has been wiped out in this country, and thanks in large part to the work of Rotary International and individual clubs in Warrensburg, most of the world today is polio-free. 1950, Oct. 2: The newspaper carried news of fighting in Korea, including sniper fire in Seoul. 1951: The Tuckers went for a carriage ride across their Sunrise Farm. 1952: Bill Tucker’s boyhood dream came true when he could buy horses, the Missouri Press News, a news association publication, reported. 1953: KOKO radio started. 1954, July 7: The newspaper announced community plans to integrate public schools. • Sept. 23: The football field at the college became named for Vernon Kennedy. 1955, July 1: The Daily Star-Journal published an issue touting the city’s 100th anniversary. Contents including a story about Warrensburg as a railroad town, identifying then-Mayor A.G. Taubert as the Warrensburg Standard-Herald’s editor and part owner; and noting the Christian Church in Warrensburg also had turned 100 years old. 1956, March 13: Missouri Senate members considered crowding a problem at the Warrensburg college. 1957, Feb. 17: The paper reported Warrensburg leaders considered a city manager form of government. 1958: Kirkpatrick spoke to Central Missouri State University students about his journalism career. 1959: Kirkpatrick, then of the Windsor Review, served as the MPA president. 1960, Oct. 14: Future Daily Star-Journal reporter Bill Dedman is born in Chatanooga, Tenn. • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and lost to Warren Hearnes. • The Tuckers bought KOKO radio. 1961, April 17: The newspaper reported on the Bay of Pigs, which resulted in disaster for Cubans opposed to the Castro regime. 1962, Oct. 18: Keith Sproat joined the newspaper and would become the chief press operator. 1963, Nov. 22: The newspaper reported on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 1964, July 14: The youngest full-time member on The Daily Star-Journal staff, Keith Sproat, worked on a Linotype machine. • July 15: Robert C. Jones wrote for The Daily Star-Journal about the new office at 115 E. Market St.: “The new building is an elegant, svelte-looking Colonial dame with four columns in front, a recessed walkway…” • September: Rea Wilson and Jean Smith, teenage girls who had won a contest and received Daily Star-Journal press credentials, interview The Beatles in Kansas City. The girls’ report includes: “From a picture of Paul’s father, it is evident that the elder McCartney has thinning hair. … ‘It ought to be, he’s 65!’ retorted Ringo. Scratching thick black hair, Paul smiled and said, ‘Well, if it thins, it thins.’” The interview predates the release of a 1967 Beatles’ hit, “When I’m Sixty-four,” written by Paul and starting, “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now. …” • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and, helped by Hearnes, the new governor, won. • A bank, wanting the space to build, demolished the old Star-Journal office, 108-110 W. Culton St. • Cocke graduated with a degree in math from Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville. • The Tuckers built a printing plant at 135 E. Market St. 1965, Dec. 7: The Tuckers printed The Daily Star-Journal’s 100th anniversary edition. A former employee, Mrs. Joseph Carmack, recalled having once set type by hand for about $4.50 per week; President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to The Daily Star-Journal, “A tradition of responsible journalism is a cause for pride and I hope that the years to come will add continued success to the fine record of a century”; and the issue contained history about the paper and the community. • In contrast to comments about the wonders of train travel in 1865, the biggest news of the year as of Dec. 7, 1965, involved Gemini Four orbiting Earth 62 times for a total of 1.61 million miles in 98 hours. 1966: Bill Tucker died of a heart attack and Avis Tucker took over as publisher. 1967, June 7: The Six-Day War ended with victory for Israel, the newspaper reported. 1968, Jan 31: North Vietnam began the Tet offensive, an incursion into South Vietnam, which failed, ultimately, but showed U.S. vulnerability. 1969: Avis Tucker maintained control of KOKO radio after her husband’s death. 1970, Oct. 14: The newspaper reported that hope ran high among community leaders that this area would become home to ballistic missiles, and homecoming marked the start of the college centennial, “which is as significant to the town of Warrensburg as it is to the college.” 1971, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported work continued on North Park Shopping Center on Business 50 near Route 13. 1972, June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. 1973, Jan. 29: The newspaper reported the government rested in the Watergate case (which would end in the resignation in shame of President Nixon), and the last American killed in Vietnam before the peace declaration came from Michigan. 1974, April 21: The Warrensburg Heritage Collection, a set of six sketches by James Barkarth, went on sale to benefit the Johnson county Historical Society. 1975, Dec. 13: Continuing a long focus on community news, the newspaper reported on meetings by the Sunshine and Centennial clubs. 1976, July 2: The Daily Star-Journal published a bicentennial issue recognizing the nation’s 200th birthday. The cover asked why the town is called Warrensburg rather than Groversburg. • Dedman worked as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. 1977, Oct. 25: The paper, long a friend to scouting, reported on the Boy Scout Troop 400 Court of Honor. 1978, April 9: Warrensburg junior high students took first-place honors at the college science fair. • Nov. 1: Cocke, after having worked for a typesetting business in Tennessee, and as a math teacher, joined The Daily Star-Journal staff. • Dedman graduated from Baylor University. 1979, Oct. 1: Kenneth L. Amos, a Central Missouri State University graduate, began work at The Daily Star-Journal. “I am looking forward to working with a professional staff in covering the news of the area,” he said. He replaced Bruce Reynolds. 1980, Dec. 22: The Daily Star-Journal suggested in an editorial that the Reagan transition team should engage in “a big dose of silence.” 1981, Feb. 25: The Daily Star-Journal suggested the Warrensburg City Council should control “rowdyism and the frequency of fisticuffs and brawls” in downtown bars. 1981, March 20: In a letter, Kirkpatrick suggested a Warrensburg street should be named for Crossley. • April 1: The paper stated, “We remain staunch in our support,” and noted, then as now, that a levy issue for improved facilities, including a track, failed twice before and a third time might be a charm. • April 14: An article in The Daily Star-Journal introduced Dedman, then 20, to the community, with him saying of his former part-time job at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There you don’t get a chance to know everyone in the building like you do here,” adding this about reporting, “It’s just something I felt suited for. I like writing and I like the atmosphere.” • Sept. 12: The newspaper on Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 1981, accidentally published with an 1881 date. A reader brought the error to the newspaper’s attention. • Nov. 3: The Daily Star-Journal endorsed Republicans and Democrats for national and statewide offices, including Ronald Reagan for president and Thomas Eagleton for U.S. Senate. • Nov. 18: “It is young people like Warrensburg’s David Pearce who stoke the fire of hope for a bright future in this community, the state and nation,” the newspaper wrote, and congratulated him on being named an FFA national vice president. Today, Pearce chairs the Missouri Senate Education Committee. • After less than a year on the job, Dedman quit and Cocke replaced him on the police beat. 1982, Feb. 17: Star-Journal reporter Jeff Murphy photographed country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, performing at the University of Central Missouri. • June 17: Boys State honored The Daily Star-Journal with a plaque for the newspaper’s support. • Aug. 11: The newspaper referred to the Hancock Amendment as a “smorgasbord of flaws.” • Oct. 18: The newspaper held an open house. “Seemingly, most popular with the crowd was watching our offset web press run.” • Dec. 23: Under the direction of Amos, The Daily Star-Journal printed the paper’s first color image. • Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female president. 1983, Dec. 30: The newspaper stated in the year-end issue, “We renew our pledge to do our best in fulfilling our obligation to serve you as individuals and the best interests of the community.” 1984, Jan. 31: Surveys showed “a groundswell of support” for removing the city’s parking meters. • March 19: The Star-Journal crowed “A salute to champions” when the Mules and Jennies basketball teams each won an NCAA Division II crown. “Never before have teams from the same school won both the men’s and women’s title in the same year.” • March: Amos left the newspaper. • March: Cocke replaced Amos as news editor. • Dec. 13: The paper marked the county’s sesquicentennial and included a quote from the man for whom the county is named, Kentucky Col. Richard M. Johnson: “Freedom of speech and the press, the rights of conscience, the responsibility of political agents to the people and the universal education – main pillars.” 1985, May 15: The Daily Star-Journal wrote, “Every letter to the editor received is given careful consideration. Unless it is in violation of one of our guidelines, it is printed.” • June 21: An editorial challenged the sense of creating the drink, New Coke, stating “all indications are there’s considerable rebellion out there.” • Oct. 28: On the World Champion Royals: “The heart and pride with which the Royals played was something to be reckoned with, perhaps underestimated by those even closest to the players.” • Kirkpatrick retired as secretary of state. 1986, July 14: Warrensburg marked the city sesquicentennial with an editorial explaining the city received the name in 1836, but did not incorporate until 1855, so that meant the city could celebrate one date in 1986 and another in 2005. 1987, Jan. 6: “Yesterday, 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton was a messenger with especially good news for this area. He made the first official announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been selected as the first base in the nation to receive the new stealth bomber.” • July 15: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that made 21 the drinking age for all states. • Nov. 16: Johnson County United Way reached the fundraising goal of $100,600. • Dedman, after working at several papers, went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1988, June 2: “Never have we been more pleased about being told we were wrong than when a group of fifth-graders did it this week.” Twenty-five Martin Warren Elementary School students wrote to say they disagreed with an editorial stating children put a low priority on reading. 1989, March 14: The newspaper reported Warrensburg advanced a plan to annex property north of Highway 50, which became the site of Wal-Mart. • April 12: “Foremost is the need for understanding by parents and some coaches that a newspaper of our size is unable to indulge in the luxury of maintaining a sports staff. Instead, one man serves the complex role…” • July 24: The Star-Journal opined that plans by TV networks to use actors to recreate news events represented bad journalism. • July 28: The Star-Journal recognized Civil War warrior Francis Cockrell, a lawyer in the Drum dog case and a U.S. Senate member, as deserving of Francis Marion Cockrell Day. • Dedman, while working at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He exposed racial discrimination practiced by Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. 1990, March 1: The Kansas City Times folded. • March 7: The Star-Journal participated in Newspapers In Education, a project that continues to this day, which involves newspaper-based student learning. • April 24: “Rumor, gossip, half-truths and misinformed individuals who think they are ‘in the know,’ but don’t know that they don’t know, are not the stuff that responsible newspapers use in publishing news.” 1991, March 25: “Surprising (is) the number of letters we receive that merely vent personal vendettas. They make charges of a vindictive nature. That sort of letter is material for the round file.” • April 26: “While some members of public boards may not fully understand what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors, there are those who, at times, attempt to hide some specific action under the guise of executive privilege. That poses dangers in a free society. … Some elected officials who lack conscientiousness would ransack the public store.” • Nov. 8: The Daily Star-Journal backed putting labels on food so that Americans could consider healthier diets. 1992: Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female Hall of Famer. 1993, Aug. 12: “Racism is an issue that must be addressed until the goal of eliminating radicalism and making consistent progress toward equality and a greater commitment to collective and individual responsibility is reached.” 1994, May 3: The Johnson County Courthouse on North Main Street and the Garden of Eden gas station, built around 1928, north of town, joined the National Register of Historic places. • May 30: Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a bill to make Warrensburg the site of a Missouri Veterans Home. • Dec. 13: Work began to revitalize downtown Warrensburg. 1995, Feb. 10: After running an unpopular editorial cartoon involving the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, the newspaper wrote that cartoons do not necessarily reflect the editor’s opinion and, “Distasteful as it sometimes is, freedom of expression must be enforced. And we defend it.” • June 20: Recognizing Kirkpatrick’s 90th birthday, the paper wrote, “A warm outgoing person throughout his life, he has built a huge network of admiring friends in Missouri and outside state borders.” • Oct. 2: The newspaper referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as a “courtroom circus.” • Nov. 20: In a case of “then as now,” due to a budget crisis in Washington, the newspaper observed, “Polls, political commentators and the general public have been derisive of the silly antics played out by the politicians in Washington. And rightly so.” 1996, June 5: Ground broke on the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. • July 12: A copper time capsule, which took six hours to chisel free from the granite cornerstone and open at the Old Johnson County Courthouse, contained 10 different newspapers published in the county in 1896. “It is noteworthy that all four of the county newspapers now published were in existence when the courthouse was built 100 years ago.” • Aug. 15: The 100-year-old time capsule, from Aug. 24, 1896, included information from The Johnson County Star and the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat, both forerunners of the Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 25: Kirkpatrick spoke at the groundbreaking for the James Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri. The Star-Journal headlined an editorial, “A singular honor richly deserved.” 1996: The National Local Media Association named Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia Journalist of the Year. 1997, Jan. 30: The newspaper noted the price of attending college is getting harder to pay. • July 14: A settlement between the government and tobacco companies meant an icon of tobacco marketing, Joe Camel, is dead. • Dec. 26: Kirkpatrick died. In addition to the UCM library, The James Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. 1998, Jan. 8: The newspaper bemoaned that children no longer played with corn husk dolls, and hoops with a stick to make them roll – such toys replaced by “dinosaurs with laser beams and missiles.” • March 10: Voicing a continuing complaint, the newspaper wrote, “Government entities are spending taxpayers’ money and making decisions on how they will spend it. This is the public’s business. Therefore, it must be conducted in the open.” • May 26: In a case of “when will it end,” the newspaper wrote, “In the latest episode, at a high school in Springfield, Ore., a 15-year-old boy with three guns devastatingly sprayed bullets into a crowd of students in the cafeteria.” The boy, Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School, killed one student and wounded 23 others at the school, and killed his parents at home. • Sept. 17: Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died and is remembered “as one who sincerely repented his racist views and tried to make amends.” • Dec. 23: Guests gave opinions about the call to impeach President Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton following his dalliance with Monica Lewisky. 1999, April 21: The paper reported on the murdered students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2000 2000, Dec. 13: The newspaper reported presidential contender Al Gore conceded the presidential race. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling making George Bush president; some still maintain Gore won. 2001, Sept. 11: The Daily Star-Journal reported heightened area security after terrorist attacks on East Coast sites, including the World Trade Center. 2002, Nov. 5: David Pearce won a Missouri House seat, capping a good night for Republicans, who also captured Congress. 2003, April 9: Baghdad fell, with dancing, cheering and looting. 2004, Sept. 16: Oil neared $50 per barrel. 2005, Sept. 1: After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, bringing death and criticism for a slow government response, Johnson Countains responded with aid. 2006: Dedman joined NBC News. 2007, March 29: Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia won the 2006 National Local Media Association Editor of the Year award.. • The News Press Gazette Co. bought The Daily Star-Journal from Avis Tucker. Longtime newspaperman and Missouri Press Hall of Fame member Bill James became The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. 2008, April: Ventimiglia, whose work as editor resulted in his news staffs winning the Southern Illinois Editorial Association’s General Excellence award, four Missouri Gold Cups and the Kansas Press Association’s Sweepstakes award – became The Daily Star-Journal’s editor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Central Missouri. 2009: Hollyman died.2010, June 5: The Kansas City Press Club named The Daily Star-Journal Newspaper of the Year. • June 16: Cocke died. • August: The National Newspaper Association awarded first place for a news photo to The Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 15: Keith Sproat retired as press man. • Dec. 17: Avis Tucker, 95, died. 2011, Feb. 2: The Great Blizzard of 2011 shut down the city, the post office and the newspaper. • May 2: For the only time known in the newspaper’s history, The Daily Star-Journal threw out an entire press run to cover President Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. • Sept. 9: The Daily Star-Journal captured the Missouri Press Association’s Gold Medal Newspaper award in the small daily circulation class. 2012, Feb. 18: Fire forced the evacuation and relocation of more than 65 Johnson County Care Center residents in downtown Warrensburg to The Daily Star-Journal; from there they went to nursing homes. No one suffered injuries. • Sept. 22: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Nov. 8: Inland Press Association, representing newspapers nationally, awarded Ventimiglia the Editorial Excellence Sweepstakes Award for best editorial writing among newspaper of all circulation classes. 2013, July 24: The Star-Journal for the first time presented live, streaming video to the public while covering President Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri. • August: The Missouri Press Association named the William E. James Outstanding Young Journalists of the Year Awards for William E. James, The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. • Sept. 7: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Sept. 29: Bill Dedman coauthored the New York Times best seller, “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugeutte Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” • November: James, 65, the newspaper’s publisher, died after battling lung cancer. A Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member, James marked a lifetime of service. 2014, Sept. 27: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • After replacing James, Brad Slater served a year as publisher before taking a new job and being replaced by Joe Warren. • Dedman joined Newsday, a Long Island paper, as a senior reporter. 2015, Feb. 13: The Daily Star-Journal won the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence award for small newspapers, continuing the award-winning tradition begun by Wallace Crossley. ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) 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There is immense pressure for Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson to get things right this offseason.Nobody knows it better than Anderson, who played at MU during 1974-77 and was the Big Eight co-player of the year as a senior.The Tigers are coming off one of the worst seasons in program history, a 9-23 campaign that saw records set for most losses in program history and the longest losing...
Recruiting is top priority for MU's Kim Anderson in offseason
Tod Palmer, Associated Press | Apr 13, 2015There is immense pressure for Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson to get things right this offseason. Nobody knows it better than Anderson, who played at MU during 1974-77 and was the Big Eight co-player of the year as a senior. The Tigers are coming off one of the worst seasons in program history, a 9-23 campaign that saw records set for most losses in program history and the longest losing streak at 13 games. Of course, nobody wants to see Missouri flourish more than Anderson — a Sedalia, Mo., native, who helped the Tigers win the program’s first Big Eight crown in 1976 and later served as an assistant under his mentor, Norm Stewart, during 1982-85 and 1991-99. Already, Anderson’s offseason to-do list has filled up with pressing items. He must hire a replacement for former associate head coach Tim Fuller, whose last day with the program April 9. Anderson also must keep the remaining roster intact after last season’s leading scorer and rebounder, forward Johnathan Williams III, chose to transfer. Junior guard Deuce Bello also will not return next season. But the No. 1 item on Anderson’s agenda, at least in terms of its impact on a turnaround in 2015-16, is recruiting. Williams’ transfer altered Missouri’s recruiting targets some, but not substantially, as Anderson explained Wednesday during his first media session since the season’s end. “To be candid, we were a little heavy at that spot (power forward) anyway …,” Anderson said. “We did have to change some things up. We had to go back and recruit some other guys, some bigger guys.” Missouri does have depth at power forward, assuming Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen don’t seek greener pastures. The Tigers also will add Blue Springs South’s Kevin Puryear, who won the DiRenna Award on Thursday as the top boys basketball player in the Kansas City area. Losing Williams, who was the team’s best power forward, is a blow, but one Anderson thinks Missouri can absorb, so the basic needs for the team haven’t changed. The Tigers also need players to soak up the minutes played by point guard Keith Shamburger — who served as the team’s primary ball-handler, especially after Wes Clark’s injury Feb. 10 — and 6-foot-11 post Keanau Post. “I think we need another scoring wing maybe, we need a guard — kind of maybe a combo guard, point guard/two guard, kind of a combo-type guy — and obviously we need another big guy,” Anderson said. “That’s kind of the wish list, kind of the direction we’re going.” Missouri already signed Cullen VanLeer, a scoring guard from Pacific, Mo., who is expected to help bolster an offense that averaged 60.5 points, which ranked 321st among 351 teams, and collectively shot 40.8 percent, which ranked 308th. Oak Hill Academy point guard Terrence Phillips, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and the all-time assists leader at the vaunted basketball factory in Mouth of Wilson, Va., has committed to MU, but there are three other scholarship vacancies. The NCAA’s spring signing period begins Wednesday. “I’m excited about the guys we’ve signed and I’m excited about the recruits that we’re involved with, so I’m optimistic about the future,” Anderson said. The harsh reality is that Missouri faces an uphill climb in many recruiting battles, especially in the one-and-done climate that has been dominated by Kentucky, Duke and Kansas as far as talent procurement. The Tigers went hard after Huntington (W. Va.) Prep center Thomas Bryant, a four-star Rivals prospect who played for MU assistant Rob Fulford as a junior, but he committed to Indiana. Missouri also had Phillips’ high school teammate and Rivals five-star recruit Antonio Blakeney in for a visit in October, but he chose LSU instead. “What we have to do at Missouri, and every school has to do this, I think they have to know who they can recruit,” Anderson said. “Who fits the University of Missouri? You have to know who you can successfully recruit and then recruit those people. That’s what we’re trying to do. “We’re trying to recruit guys that fit into our program, guys that hopefully want to be here and guys that we can develop into good players. … I’m not saying we don’t want the five-star guy. I’m just saying, we have to know who we can recruit.” Anderson wants to add toughness and experience, two things that were missing from the 2014-15 squad, to the roster for next season. “If you look at our roster … we only have one senior (Ryan Rosburg) and then you have Wes, who’s a junior, and then you have five sophomores at this point,” Anderson said. Anderson didn’t rule out the possibility of a graduate-student transfer or a traditional transfer, who would have to sit out for a year, but the more likely scenario involves nabbing junior-college talent, which also would help balance MU’s scholarship classes. The Tigers are set to host Russell Woods and Martavian Payne — who are teammates at John A. Logan College, a community college in Carterville, Ill. — for a visit Friday. Woods and Payne helped lead the Volunteers to a 27-7 record, including a National Junior College Athletic Association District XVI title and a national tournament berth. Woods prepped at famed Simeon High School in Chicago and played behind Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker with the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit in 2012. He averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds last season with John A. Logan. Payne, who played at Imagine College Prep in St. Louis and originally signed with Southeast Missouri out of high school, averaged 15.7 points with 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season for John A. Logan. Missouri also remains interested in Kobe Eubanks, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Elev|8 Sports Academy in Delray Beach, Fla., and K.J. Walton, a 6-3 shooting guard from Brownsburg, Ind. Eubanks originally signed with Baylor last April, but was denied eligibility by the NCAA in September and wound up in prep school instead. Eubanks, a three-star Rivals prospect, also trimmed his list to five schools — including Oregon, Georgia, Texas and UCLA — in early February. Walton, a four-star prospect who is ranked No. 102 in the nation by Rivals, has offers from Xavier, Minnesota and Illinois State. To reach Tod Palmer, call or send email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @todpalmer. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) 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Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. 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Apr 11, 2015
SUPER 5 PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Basketball games in the backyard of the Wilson home oftentimes get pretty physical, especially when Muskogee star Aaliyah Wilson is facing her mom Sheri. And Sheri’s not the only member of the family who’s been a big influence on Aaliyah’s basketball education.
The Oklahoman Super 5 Girls Basketball: How family helped Aaliyah Wilson develop her style of play
BY JACOB UNRUH | Apr 11, 2015Basketball games in the backyard of the Wilson home oftentimes get pretty physical, especially when Muskogee star Aaliyah Wilson is facing her mom Sheri. A product of Boynton-Moton, Sheri Wilson doesn’t hold anything back when playing her daughter. She pushes. She tries to out-rebound her. She agitates. “It’s like watching wrestling or something,” Aaliyah’s father RuDel said. “It just cracks me up.” Sheri has been that way with all of their kids, and it’s paid off immensely. Aaliyah may be the best product so far. She has used the lessons from her backyard against her parents and siblings to develop a style of play few can match, turning into the most dynamic player in the state and The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year. “They made me tough, they created all the opportunities I have,” Wilson said. A 5-foot-11 junior who can play guard and forward, Wilson averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading Muskogee to a state runner-up finish. She holds more than 20 Division I offers, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State along with nearly the remainder of the Big 12 Conference. “She plays like a D-I player, I can tell you that,” Muskogee coach Doyle Rowland said. “She’s a workaholic and her style of play proves it. She’s skilled in just about every area of high school basketball for sure, and college basketball as well. She takes pride in her offense and pride in her defense, and it makes her an all-around excellent ballplayer. “Her basic instinct is just out of this world. Most of her talents were God-given. Sure her dad and mom were talented athletes in high school and the collegiate area, but she has a lot that was given naturally to her and she makes the most of it.” RuDel played basketball his senior season at Muskogee and is now the Roughers’ assistant coach on top of being his children’s basketball trainer. Sheri played one year at Muskogee before finishing high school at Boynton-Moton, even returning for her senior season around a month after giving birth to her son Devante. They both still play Wilson 1-on-1, even if she has improved. “When she was younger, I was trying to teach her the way I play,” RuDel said. “It wasn’t like a boy or girl, it was just basketball. As far as being physical and aggressive, that comes from my wife out there with her. I was more finesse.” Wilson’s older brother Devante played at San Jose State and her older sister Alexus recently played for Oral Roberts. Aaliyah gives a lot of credit to playing with them for her development. “They’ve been a big aspect of where I am today watching them play, picking up what my dad tells them and just watching all their games and stuff helped me out.” Wilson said. “Seeing what they went through, how hard they worked, what my dad put them through and how goal-oriented they were (was big for me.)” But Wilson is creating a path nobody in her family has taken. She was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, and her collegiate choices are likely to continue expanding. She’ll certainly be strong enough for what’s coming thanks to her mom. “All of my kids I just rough them up because you’re going to always have an opponent that’s going to try to give you all they have and try to rough you up,” Sheri said. “I don’t want them to get on the court and that’s their first experience.”
Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries.
Oklahoma football: Former Sooner football players to participate in benefit basketball game
BY RYAN ABER | Apr 9, 2015The night before Oklahoma's spring football game, a large group of former OU players will come together for the Third Annual Ball-for-a-Cause charity basketball game at Norman North High School. Some players expected to participate include Frank Alexander, Ryan Broyles, Dominique Franks, Demontre Hurst, Paul Thompson, Trent Ratterree, Reggie Smith and Trent Williams. Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries. Wilson was paralyzed in a February 2009 accident. The game starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier. Tickets are available at the door for $10. In addition to the game, the event features a silent auction, player signings and giveaways.
Mar 31, 2015
Breanna Stewart is among the best players in women's basketball, and she never takes it for granted.Connecticut's star junior earned All-America honors from The Associated Press for the second straight season Tuesday. She was a unanimous choice for the second consecutive year."It means a lot because it means each season you've gotten better and been productive on the court," Stewart said.Notre...
Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd top AP women's All-America team
By DOUG FEINBERG, Associated Press | Mar 31, 2015Breanna Stewart is among the best players in women's basketball, and she never takes it for granted. Connecticut's star junior earned All-America honors from The Associated Press for the second straight season Tuesday. She was a unanimous choice for the second consecutive year. "It means a lot because it means each season you've gotten better and been productive on the court," Stewart said. Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd was also on all 35 ballots selected by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. It's the eighth straight season with at least one unanimous choice. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament. The two juniors are joined on the first team by South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell, Baylor's Nina Davis and Minnesota's Amanda Zahui B. "We've grown up with each other, whether it's been AAU or McDonalds or USA, we've seen each other and we have that sense of familiarity with each other," Stewart said. "Even now, when we play against each other, I think we have a huge sense of respect for one another." This is only the second time since the AP started honoring All-Americans in 1996 there were no seniors on the team. Loyd is the latest in a line of Notre Dame standouts. "It's great to be listed alongside those former Irish greats," said Loyd, who earned the same honor as former teammates Skylar Diggins and Kayla McBride. "Pretty much for me, it was watching Sky and learning from her and watching Natalie Achonwa and learning from her. Seeing how hard they work helped make me better." The Irish's star guard averaged 20.1 points this season. Davis gave Baylor a first-team All-America player for the fifth straight season, joining former Lady Bears Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims. The sophomore forward averaged 20.9 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. "Growing up in high school, you watched the great players like Odyssey Sims, and you watched the Brittney Griners, and I can't say that I ever imagined that I would be, my name would even be in conversation with theirs, and just to be able to be a sophomore and to be able to be an All-American is just a blessing," Davis said. While UConn, Notre Dame and Baylor have dominated the All-America teams the past few seasons, Mitchell became the first South Carolina player ever to earn that accolade. The junior guard averaged 14.3 points to help South Carolina win the SEC regular season and conference tournament titles. "I think you have to start with one and I'm glad it's someone like Tiffany Mitchell who puts the work in," Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said. "I'm hoping her teammates will see how hard she's worked to put herself in this position and adhere to the amount of work that you need to put in to get these distinguished recognitions." No player had more of a meteoric rise this season than Zahui B. The 6-foot-5 sophomore center was fourth in the nation in rebounding and helped guide Minnesota to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. She had one monster week in February when she combined for 66 points and 56 rebounds in two victories. The native of Sweden was startled to learn she earned All-America honors. "It's top five? Oh, I didn't know that. That's awesome," she said. "I'm kind of like speechless. That's crazy." UConn teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson were on the second team along with Elizabeth Williams of Duke, Brittany Boyd of California and Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell. The third team features Lexie Brown of Maryland, Samantha Logic of Iowa, Jillian Alleyne of Oregon, A'ja Wilson of South Carolina, Ruth Hamblin of Oregon State and Reshanda Gray of California. Stewart, Loyd and Tiffany Mitchell were on the preseason team. ___ AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins and AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb, Pete Iacobelli and Dave Campbell contributed to this story. ___ Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg
ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONSWOMENBROOKLYN ALLEN, Canton Pisgah, G, Jr., 5-9 — Averaged 22.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.1 assists. Conference player of the year. All-district pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.JANELLE BAILEY, Charlotte Providence Day, F/C, So., 6-3 — Averaged 18 points and eight rebounds. Two-time NCISAA all-state pick. Led team to 27-3 record and 6th...
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Associated Press | Mar 31, 2015ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONS WOMEN BROOKLYN ALLEN, Canton Pisgah, G, Jr., 5-9 — Averaged 22.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.1 assists. Conference player of the year. All-district pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. JANELLE BAILEY, Charlotte Providence Day, F/C, So., 6-3 — Averaged 18 points and eight rebounds. Two-time NCISAA all-state pick. Led team to 27-3 record and 6th consecutive NCISAA 3-A title. Already has several BCS offers. KAILA BALLARD, Gates County, F, Jr., 5-10 — See player of the year nominations. HAYLEY BARBER, Northwest Guilford, PG, Jr., 5-7 — Averaged 10 points, four assists and four steals as the heart and soul of 4-A regional finalist. Area player of the year by The News & Record of Greensboro. All-regional pick. All-conference pick. All-tournament pick for the HAECO Invitational. Committed to Campbell. ZASHA BARRETT, Monroe, C, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Conference player of the year. Has more than 1,200 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Has an offer from Wingate. CHINYERE BELL, Hope Mills South View, C, Sr., 6-0 — Led Cumberland County with 24.9-point average. Was second in county by averaging 12.1 rebounds. Conference player of the year. Set school's career and season scoring records. Will be area player of the year for Fayetteville Observer. Signed with George Mason. SARAH BILLIARD, Matthews Covenant Day, SF, So., 6-0 — Averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Cracked the 1,000-point mark for her career and has 873 career rebounds. All-conference player. 2014 YC Winborn all-tournament team. An all-state pick in volleyball, drawing significant D-I interest in that sport. RAVEN BROOKS, East Gaston, G/F, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 steals. Conference player of the year. Led conference in free-throw attempts. Two-time all-conference pick. Track athlete. Plans on attending High Point and trying to walk on. JULIA BUEHLER, Wilmington Hoggard, G, Sr. — Averaged 15 points and four assists. Helped team go 26-5 and win both conference regular-season and tournament titles. Led team to 4-A semifinals. Scored more than 1,300 career points. District player of the year for N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Signed to play lacrosse with Gardner-Webb. MAYA CALDWELL, Davidson Day, G, So., 6-0 — Averaged 22 points and nine rebounds with more than 1,500 career points. Conference player of the year and private-schools all-state pick for three straight years. ALYSSA CARBONE, Monroe Central Academy, G, Sr., 5-9 — Averaged 21.1 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Two-time all-conference pick. Considering Lees-McRae, NC Wesleyan, Methodist and Greensboro College. DOMINIQUE CLAYTOR, Winston-Salem Prep, G/F, Jr., 5-10 — Averaged nine points, 3.6 assists and league-best 3.4 steals. MVP of 1-A title game and was 1-A all-regional pick. Division I recruit and all-area pick by the Winston-Salem Journal last year. KALIA EALEY, Raleigh Broughton, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 27 points and seven rebounds. Had 1,900 career points. Led team to regional semifinals. N.C. State recruit. KEYERA EATON, Winston-Salem Reynolds, G, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.2 steals. Shot 75 percent from the foul line and 39 percent from 3-point range. MVP at Mary Garber Holiday Tip-Off Classic. Two-time all-conference pick with 1,176 points for career. Signed with Maryland Eastern-Shore. DESTINY ELKINS, Burnsville Mountain Heritage, F, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged 21.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. Conference player of the year. All-district pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. JADA FAISON, Kinston, G, Jr., 5-5 — Averaged 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Part of dynamic backcourt before injuring wrist in state semifinal. Runner-up for conference player of the year by one vote. RAZIYAH FARRINGTON, Chapel Hill, G/F, Sr., 5-8 — Averaged 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals for 24-3 team that reached 3-A final. Captain and three-year starter for team that went 113-8 over past three years and played in three straight state finals, winning the title in 2014. Was MVP of team that went 32-0 and won 2014 title. Part of a team with five all-district picks by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Ranks as one of the program's top five career scorers. Signed with Western Carolina, with WCU coach Karen Middleton saying she "can get to the rim at will" and is "an explosive scorer." SARA GOBLE, Catawba Bandys, F, Sr., 5-11 — Averaged 16.3 points and seven rebounds. First-team all-district pick. Conference player of the year. LEKIA HALL, South Iredell, G, Sr. — Averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals. Was fifth in scoring, second in assists and fourth in steals in conference. Led team to first league title in 10 years. YAZMEN HANNAH, Hickory, G, Sr, 5-7 — See player of the year nominations. HALEIGH HATFIELD, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor, F, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 18.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. Shot 83 percent from foul line. All-area pick last year and conference player of the year this year. All-tournament pick for Mary Garber event and Carolina Invitational. Triad All-Star West pick. All-district pick. Last year's MVP of Carolina Invitational. Scored over 1,400 career points. Signed with High Point. TAYLOR HELMS, Waxhaw Cuthbertson, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Scored 1,562 career points. Four-time all-conference pick. First-team all-district pick. Multiple all-tournament team awards. Has 4.38 GPA. Winningest player in school history. Committed to Wingate. DYNASTY HEYWARD, North Mecklenburg, SG, So., 5-7 — Averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.9 steals, Two-time all-conference pick. All-district pick. MAHALEY HOLIT, Central Cabarrus, PG, So., 5-4 — Averaged 18.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.4 steals. Two-time all-conference pick. 2014 East Lincoln Winter Jam All-Tournament Team. All-district pick. Has 3.5 GPA. Drawing interest from D-I and D-II programs. GRACE HUNTER, Raleigh Athens Drive, F, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 30.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. Averaged nearly 40 points per game in state playoffs. Charlotte recruit. DESTINY JOHNSON, East Lincoln, G, Fr., 5-7 — Averaged 20.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.2 blocks. Led league in scoring and finished second in rebounds, assists and blocks. All-conference pick and runner-up for league player of the year. Finished season in the top 10 in 2-A ranks in scoring and is top-scoring freshman in 2-A. KAYLA JONES, Williamston Riverside, F, So., 5-10 — Averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Two-time conference player of the year. MONE' JONES, Durham Riverside, F, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 23 points and 7.4 rebounds. Helped team go 22-3 and reach third round of state playoffs. Virginia recruit. Ranked among ESPN's top-100 list nationally. AVERY LOCKLEAR, South Rowan, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Averaged 26.5 points in two state-playoff games. Conference player of the year. Two-time county player of the year. School's career leader with 1,795 points. Signed with UNC Pembroke. KELSI MAHONEY, Concord Robinson, F, Sr. — Averaged 15.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Also averaged 2.8 blocks. McDonald's All-American nominee. Conference player of the year. Four-time all-conference pick. Four-year starter and three-year captain. Three-time Holiday Classic all-tournament team. Signed with George Washington. TAYLOR MANN, Belhaven Pungo Christian, C, Jr., 5-11 — Averaged 19.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and two blocks. NIKKYANA MCCASKILL, Gastonia Forestview, G, Sr., 5-0 — Averaged 15.2 points, 3.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 3.2 rebounds. Led team to 19-6 record, including a 13-1 mark in league play for conference's regular-season championship. ALIYAH MAZYCK, Charlotte Myers Park, PG, Sr., 5-10 — See player of the year nominations. LEXI MERCER, Goldsboro Rosewood, G/F, Jr., 5-9 — Averaged 25.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Closing in on 2,000 points for her career. Has led team to 48 wins over two seasons, the best stretch in program history in three-plus decades. Led team to consecutive 1-A semifinals appearances. Drawing heavy interest from Division I programs. AP all-state pick last year. BRIONNA PATE, Wilson Hunt, G/F, Sr., 6-1 — Overcame a season-ending knee injury as a junior to lead team in scoring (19.4), rebounding (9.5), steals (3.4) and blocks (3.1). Also averaged four assists per game. Led conference in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Had season-high 37 points in win against rival Wilson Fike. Had 35 points to outscore Southern Nash in 59-25 win. Helped team go 18-7 and reach second round of 3-A playoffs. Conference tri-player of the year. Area player of the year for the Wilson Times. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association all-district first-team pick. CYDNE PENNINGTON, Charlotte Latin, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. All-conference and NCISAA all-state pick. JADE PHILLIPS, Southeast Raleigh, F, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds. Helped team reach 4-A final. Syracuse recruit. AMBER RICHARDSON, Southeast Raleigh, Sr., 5-11 — Averaged 14 points. Helped team go 26-4 and reach 4-A final. N.C. State recruit. RYDEIAH "DD" ROGERS, Charlotte Myers Park, F, 6-3, Sr. — Averaged 9.8 points and 10.8 rebounds for consecutive 4-A champions ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today. Ranked No. 63 overall by ESPN nationally and No. 4 in the state. Two-time MVP of 4-A state final. Daughter of former North Carolina prep star, Wake Forest all-American and NBA player Rodney Rogers. Ranked among ESPN's top-100 list nationally. Signed to N.C. State. AP all-state pick last year. JASMINE SANDERS, Charlotte Garinger, G, So., 5-10 — Averaged 20 points and seven rebounds. All-conference pick. JULIA SCOLES, South Iredell, G/F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 22.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.1 blocks. County player of the year for the Statesville Record and Landmark. All-conference pick. Led team to first league title in 10 years. Committed to North Carolina for volleyball. DORIAN SHARP, North Pitt, F, Jr. — See player of the year nominations. GABBY SMITH, Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, PF, Fr., 5-11 — Averaged 13.3 points and 11.1 rebounds. Team captain as a freshman with 13 double-doubles. All-conference pick led team to second round of state playoffs. Drawing D-I interest. KAYLA STEPHENS, Jacksonville Northside, G, So., 5-6 — Averaged 23.1 points, 2.2 assists and 2.9 steals. Led team to 24-3 record and sweep of conference regular-season and tournament titles. Program made its first regionals appearance since 2009. Cracked 1,000 points for her career. Conference player of the year. First-team all-district pick. Drawing interest from Duke, UNC and UNC Wilmington, among others. MADI SUDDRETH, Alexander Central, F, Sr, 6-0 — See player of the year nominations. LACEY SUGGS, East Bladen, G, Jr. — Averaged 22.2 points, 5.7 rebounds. 2.9 assists and 6.5 steals. Led team to 26-1 record. Conference player of the year. Scored 1,000 career points. First-team all-district pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. PARKER TOMPKINS, Davidson Day, PF, So., 6-1 — Averaged 17 points and 13.5 rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. A'DIYAH USSERY, Shelby Crest, G/F, Sr., 5-10 — See player of the year nominations. ALLIE VAN SANT, Lake Norman, G, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged 19.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and two assists. Two-time all-conference pick. First-team all-district pick. Plans to attend UNC to major in biology/pre-med. STEPHANIE WATTS, Weddington, G, Sr., 5-10 — See player of the year nominations. HUNTER WEST, South Lenoir, F, Fr., 5-11 — Averaged 10.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and two blocks. Shot 46 percent from the field, 71 percent from the foul line and 39 percent from behind the arc. ERIN WHALEN, Charlotte Providence Day, G/F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 16 points and seven rebounds. NCISAA all-state pick. Led team to 27-3 record and sixth straight NCISAA 3-A title. Has several BCS offers. RA'SHIKA WHITE, Charlotte Berry, Jr., C, 6-3 — Three-time all-conference pick averaged 18.7 points, 13.1 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. ARIYANA WILLIAMS, Morganton Freedom, G, So., 5-9 — Averaged team highs of 14.3 points (second in county) and 3.3 assists. Also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Averaged 15.5 points in four postseason games, including 26 points in third-round playoff win on the road. Led team to consecutive regionals. Has scored in double figures in all eight state playoff contests in her varsity career. County player of the year. First-team all-county and all-district in 2013-14. Two-time all-conference pick. MVP of Freedom Invitational Christmas Tournament after leading Freedom to first title in six years. TIERRA WILSON, Winston-Salem Reynolds, G, So., 5-6 — Averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.4 steals and 2.8 rebounds. Shot 80 percent from the foul line and 38 percent from behind the arc. All-conference pick. All-tournament pick for Mary Garber Holiday Tip-Off Classic. Being recruited by George Washington, Charlotte, Nebraska, Georgetown, VCU, Princeton, William & Mary and Elon. DANASIA WITHERSPOON, Hickory, G/F, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged 14.7 points, 5 rebounds and 4.6 steals. MVP of 3-A final with 20 points. First-team all-district pick. Conference co-player of the year. AP all-state pick last year. KELSEY WORTHINGTON, Bethel Christian Academy, G, 5-7 — Averaged 18.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 5.4 steals. Had 23 double-doubles and three triple-doubles. Reached 1,000 career points. ZARIA WRIGHT, Concord First Assembly, So., 5-8 — Averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Has already scored 1,500 career points. Starting since seventh grade for private school, she is a four-time all-conference pick. Scored 46 points in a rivalry game against the second-ranked private schools team in the state. Had two triple-doubles.
Mar 24, 2015
Westmoore right-hander Austin Harris never lost his composure on the mound Tuesday in the Jaguars’ 11-2 rout of Edmond North that completed a two-day sweep in District 6A-2 play.
High school notebook: Westmoore routs Edmond North behind Austin Harris
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Mar 24, 2015Westmoore right-hander Austin Harris never lost his composure on the mound Tuesday in the Jaguars’ 11-2 rout at Edmond North that completed a two-day sweep in District 6A-2 play. He easily could have in the early innings. Harris allowed the Huskies to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning before getting a double play with the bases loaded. He then allowed an RBI single in the third by Tyler Bowen for a 2-0 deficit before the Westmoore offense exploded for six runs in the fourth off Karsten Laferr. “I feel like there was a couple times where he started feeling for his pitches and things like that,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “Once we got him some run support, he settles in and does a great job and attacks.” Harris threw a complete game, allowing 10 hits and striking out four. He primarily pitched to contact, utilizing an impressive curveball and changeup. “I’m just clearing my head and throwing,” said Harris, who has signed with Connors State. “I’m not looking for strikeouts. If they come, they come. It’s a lot easier to pitch with runs on the board.” Oklahoma signee Kyle Tyler had a two-run double in the third to take the lead. Tristan Tipps also drove in three and freshman Braxton Bohrofen drove in two. DEL CITY QB WILSON ADDS FIFTH SCHOLARSHIP OFFER The college options for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson keep spreading farther across the country. It began regionally with Arkansas State and Houston, and went east with an offer from Memphis. New Mexico State and, most recently, UNLV have led the western expansion. UNLV extended an offer to the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson on Monday, his fifth scholarship overall, and third in the last two weeks. Wilson is ranked No. 2 overall and is the top quarterback on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list for the class of 2016. He is planning a trip to Houston later this month. MOUNT ST. MARY PROMOTES PERKINS TO FOOTBALL COACH Mount St. Mary promoted assistant coach Derick Perkins to head football coach Tuesday around one month after former coach Chris Stiles resigned. Perkins has been an assistant for the Rockets the past two seasons after a four-year playing career at Southern Nazarene. “It is truly an honor and privilege to be the head football coach at Mount St. Mary, a place with so much history and potential,” Perkins said in a release from the school. “I have always been goal-oriented and I am inspired to build on the foundation that has been laid for our football program. I believe this program is on the cusp of something special and I am excited about the opportunity to be its leader.” Perkins takes over a program that has not made the playoffs in nearly three decades. Stiles went 15-25 over four seasons, guiding the Rockets to a 4-6 record last season. They were in the playoff hunt until losing the final game of the regular season against Blanchard. HARRAH’S KELLEN MANEK OFFERED BY ABILENE CHRISTIAN Cousins Kellen and Brady Manek will be bringing college recruiters to Harrah quite a bit for the next couple of basketball seasons. Brady, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, already has a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. And Kellen, a 6-7 junior, has picked up his first Division I offer, from Abilene Christian on Monday. Both players averaged around 16 points and seven rebounds per game this past season, both showing the ability to play inside and on the perimeter. They led Harrah to the Class 4A semifinals. WALLACE, YUKON GOLFERS STARTING STRONG The Yukon boys golf team is off to its best start in years behind the lead of sophomore Lane Wallace. Wallace has won both tournaments the Millers have played so far this season, leading them to a team victory Monday in the inaugural Yukon Invitational at The Greens in Oklahoma City. Wallace shot 71, while teammate Avery Acosta shot 74 to finish second. Yukon’s team total of 315 was good for a five-stroke victory over Heritage Hall. Last week at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Wallace shot 69 to win the Burleson Centennial Tournament. Acosta and Tyler Thomason each placed in the top 10 there as well. EDMOND SANTA FE WINS FLORIDA TOURNAMENT Edmond Santa Fe’s baseball team is off to a 5-1 start following an impressive spring break trip to Florida that saw the Wolves bring back the championship from the Florida League Invitational. Santa Fe beat Barron Collier 4-2 in the championship game behind pitcher Cameron Kay, who threw six innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. Ryan Sanderson went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Kay, Sanderson and seniors Jake Martin, Tanner Kliewer and Zak Jurko were all named to the All-Tournament Team. The Wolves outscored their opponents 21-8 in the four-game tournament. They returned to Oklahoma on Monday and routed Mustang, 12-1, in the first of a two-game set that concluded Tuesday.
Mar 19, 2015
Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday:___BUFFALO MOJOOne thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia.Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52."It's like have you seen...
Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ BUFFALO MOJO One thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia. Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52. "It's like have you seen "Space Jam?" Buffalo's Xavier Ford said. "It's like playing against the Monstars." Beating Kentucky for a half didn't provide the Bulls a blueprint for finishing the job. "You got to do everything right against a team like that," Ford said. "No mistakes It's basketball. Any team could get beat on any given night. But a team like that you would have to be doing everything right. I don't know if anybody can answer that question." The Bulls also played at Wisconsin, and led at the half before losing by 12. "We feel like we played the best of the best," Shannon Evans said. "So going into this tournament, we know that we can hang with the best." — Ralph D. Russo ___ CAMEROON TO LAS CRUCES It was only three years ago that Pascal Siakam got serious about basketball, and now he's the second-leading scorer for New Mexico State and the Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year. The native of Douala, Cameroon, thought his future was in soccer until he attended a basketball camp on a lark. Turns out he was a natural, so he dropped soccer and turned his focus to basketball. In 2012, he moved to the United States to attend God's Academy near Dallas, where he played organized ball for the first time. "I was OK," Siakam said Thursday. "It wasn't something real serious. I was playing to have fun, and it gave me an opportunity to come to the United States and continue my education, so I just took it." Siakam knew he could get his education paid for if he were good enough at basketball. His brother James played basketball at Vanderbilt until last year. Pascal has a bright future. The 6-foot-9 forward averages 13 points, a team-best 7.7 rebounds and is one of the top big men in Division I in shooting, at 57.7 percent. "I didn't have a lot of offers," he said. "A lot of people didn't know about me. New Mexico State came, and it's been a great fit for me. There are a lot of international students there, and I felt it could be good for me." — Eric Olson ___ WELCOME HOME, DAMON Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire came home for the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener. Stoudamire was born Portland and was a standout at Wilson High School before playing for Arizona from 1991-95. He spent eight seasons playing for the Portland Trail Blazers as a pro. Arizona senior guard T.J. McConnell credited Stoudamire, coach Sean Miller and his father with making him into the point guard he is. "I'm the luckiest guy to have him as a coach," McConnell said about Stoudamire. "Glad we have a chance to let him come back home." The second-seeded Wildcats faced No. 15 seed Texas Southern at the Moda Center, which is the Trail Blazers' home court. — Anne M. Peterson. ___ INJURED RAM Virginia Commonwealth standout guard Briante Weber is not letting a season-ending knee injury stop him from being part of the NCAA Tournament. Weber was as active as anybody during the Rams' practice at Portland's Moda Center a day before seventh-seeded VCU faced No. 10 seed Ohio State in the round of 64. He broke down team huddles and hobbled around the court on crutches, talking to coaches and giving teammates advice. The senior suffered a season-ending right knee injury in a loss to Richmond on Jan. 31, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Even without the face of its havoc-causing defense, VCU got hot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and beat Dayton in the title game. The Rams dedicated the championship to their injured leader, who helped cut down the nets during an emotional celebration. Despite his injury, Weber wants to do everything he can to give his team a lift. "It's not easy. There's days where I get down and want to just think about myself," Weber said. "It's definitely bigger than me right now." — Antonio Gonzalez. ___ BO AND BRACKETS Bo Ryan clearly knows basketball. On Tuesday, he was named one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award. Don't, however, ask the Wisconsin coach for help filling out your bracket. First off, he's busy getting the top-seeded Badgers ready for their first NCAA tournament game on Friday night against Coastal Carolina. He wouldn't have much in the way of valuable advice, either. "Have I been asked? Yeah, I've had people ask, but I tell them to just talk to the secretary at the office that won it four of the last five years," Ryan said Tuesday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. "She's better at it then all these experts." Ryan did admit to having students in a class on basketball he once taught at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville fill out brackets "for bragging rights." Ryan would grade them and tell them who won. But he's never filled out a bracket or doled out any serious guidance. "Some people did, like it was a Catholic school, 'Oh, they're going to win.' If it was an animal — a nice cute animal — they were going to pick that team. And those people have won." — Genaro C. Armas. ___ TOURNAMENT POLITICS Everyone knows that politics can be every bit as cutthroat as sports. When you combine the two? Well, you get the spat between New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Kansas counterpart Derek Schmidt that erupted this week. Balderas brazenly predicted that New Mexico State, the No. 15 seed in the Midwest, would not only knock off second-seeded Kansas in its tournament opener Friday, but then beat seventh-seeded Wichita State — another school from the Sunflower State — to reach the Sweet 16. The Shockers play No. 10 seed Indiana in another second-round game in Omaha, Nebraska. That certainly didn't go over well with Schmidt, who graduated from tradition-rich Kansas. Schmidt called the prediction "baseless" and said that Balderas has much to learn since taking office in January. "As a new attorney general, Mr. Balderas clearly has much to learn about Kansas basketball," Schmidt said. "I wish him all the best in pondering these philosophical matters at length during the free time he will have next week after his team has departed the tournament." — Dave Skretta. ___ HOBBLED GEORGIA Kenny Gaines sat at his locker, his left foot bundled up in a heating pad and warm towels. Yes, the injury bug that plagued Georgia much of the season has followed the Bulldogs to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament. Gaines sprained the foot in practice and missed the regular-season finale against Auburn. He returned to the lineup against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, only to re-aggravate the injury and miss the semifinal loss to Arkansas. He said he's day to day, and it's unclear how effective he'll be if he plays Friday in the East Region opener against Michigan State. "It's just something that comes with the game," Gaines said. "I mean, it is what it is. You've just got to play through it. We've got a couple of more weeks in the season and I'll be able to find a little rest." Coach Mark Fox said Gaines had treatment when the team arrived at the hotel Wednesday night, then again before breakfast and once more by trying to keep the foot warm before Thursday's practice. Gaines looked OK while shooting with the team at the end of practice, working on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and one-dribble pull-ups. His status will depend on how his foot responds, though Fox said he expected Gaines would be able to play. Gaines is the team's No. 2 scorer at 11.6 points per game. He's had a bumpy year that included missing much of the preseason due to illness, then suffering a shoulder injury in December that fortunately coincided with a two-week break and didn't keep him out of any games. In all, regular starters have combined for 20 missed games due to injury this year. "I feel like one of these days," Gaines said, "things will turn around for us." — Aaron Beard. ___ BYRDS OF A FEATHER Belmont Bruins coach Rick Byrd's father, Ben, was a former sportswriter whose career helped shape his life — eventually leading to him becoming a basketball coach. Ben Byrd worked for the Knoxville Journal as a beat writer covering Tennessee basketball and SEC football, and he'd regularly bring young Rick to college basketball and football games. As a young boy, Rick would eat it up. He'd sell programs before Tennessee men's basketball games and then scramble just before tipoff to find a seat under the press table by his father's feet, where he would settle in to watch games. "I would go sit under my dad on the edge of the court and watch great basketball games with Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams and Pete Maravich and that kind of stuff," Byrd said. "I have to give him credit — or blame — for what I ended up doing." — Steve Reed.
DURHAM, N.C. — On the east side of Duke’s campus sits Wilson residence hall, a sprawling, reddish-brownish brick building with no air conditioning.This is where Jahlil Okafor goes to escape labels, to feed his Netflix addiction, to try to fit in while standing out for one of the No. 1-seeded teams in the NCAA tournament.There are no reminders of basketball past and not much talk of basketball...
Jahlil Okafor, on the brink of superstardom, tries to blend in
By Paul Skrbina, Associated Press | Mar 17, 2015DURHAM, N.C. — On the east side of Duke’s campus sits Wilson residence hall, a sprawling, reddish-brownish brick building with no air conditioning. This is where Jahlil Okafor goes to escape labels, to feed his Netflix addiction, to try to fit in while standing out for one of the No. 1-seeded teams in the NCAA tournament. There are no reminders of basketball past and not much talk of basketball future. No Mr. Basketball of Illinois trophy, Team USA jersey, national player of the year mementos. “I had enough shoes and stuff to bring,” he said with a shrug. This stop, Durham, N.C., is where Okafor is caught between boyhood and manhood. His transition just happens to be nationally televised. About 100 freshmen live in Wilson, most of who aren’t athletes. Okafor shares a two-room suite with his best friend and point guard, Tyus Jones. They spend their time rapping and giving each other a hard time. Missing their families. “He’s not a pig,” Jones said with a laugh. “He keeps his room nice and neat. People look at him as if he’s not human, but he’s just a 19-year-old kid.” “A 7-foot 5-year-old,” senior teammate Quinn Cook said. Okafor also is a national player of the year candidate predicted by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the June NBA draft. He’s the first freshman in the 63-year history of the Atlantic Coast Conference to be named player of the year. He is on the brink of becoming a superstar. A very rich superstar. “Pretty much everybody here (at Duke) is the best at what they do,” Okafor said. “I do my thing on the court, but we have geniuses here starting their own businesses before they hit 20. Being talented here kind of makes you blend in.” Something that has been difficult for the kid who was 6-foot-5 in seventh grade. Here he is known by one name. “You’re ‘Jah,’ ” Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel tells Okafor, whom he said hasn’t brought up the NBA to him. “You should be a guy identified by one word, like LeBron or Kobe or Bird or Magic or Jordan. At some point in your career it should just be ‘Jah,’ and the world knows who that is.” ——— ‘He loves, loves, loves his family’ Before the basketball world began learning about “Jah,” he was playing the tuba. He was a freshman fulfilling his music course obligation and starting on the varsity basketball team at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. Chukwudi “Chucky” Okafor was there too. He’s always there. “He came to my band lessons and he was still the loudest one,” Jahlil said of his father. “I let him know you can’t do that.” Except he can. Except he does. The stage is no matter. Jahlil Okafor had a minor role in a school musical and spent the rest of his time holding a spotlight. Chucky stood up during intermission and began clapping. “Man, that’s the best stagehand I’ve ever seen,” Chucky recalls yelling. These days, Chucky is a fixture at Duke games. He stands — never sits — with other parents a few rows behind the Blue Devils bench. His son plays the leading role on a roster with seven other McDonald’s All-Americans. Chucky still is the loudest one. “The Okafors should have a reality show,” Capel said, not kidding. “VH1 or Bravo or ESPN. They are so fun. They have showered that kid with so much love and support. That’s the reason why he’s so happy.” To Chucky and Jahlil, love is a verb. Like his father, Jahlil lost his mother at a young age. Jahlil was 9, living with Dacresha “Dee” Benton in Oklahoma, when her lung collapsed after a bout with bronchitis. Jahlil ran from the house hysterical, calling 911 from a neighbor’s phone because his family’s phone didn’t work. His older sister, Jalen, was there too. Benton died March 16, 2005. She was 29. Basketball became Okafor’s refuge. The growing up began. “She’s completely my inspiration for everything I do,” Okafor said. Soon after his mother’s death, Jahlil moved to Chicago to live with Chucky, strengthening a bond the two already had shared. Jahlil’s aunt, Dr. Chinyere Okafor-Conley, helped raise him, just as she helped raise her brother after their mother died. “The first word that comes to mind about Jahlil is ‘family,’ ” said Cook, Okafor’s roommate on the road. “The connection he has is incredible to me. … I know that he loves, loves, loves his family.” Chucky, who does marketing for a traveling company, said he had some run-ins with the law as a teenager. Says Jahlil’s birth changed his perspective. Chucky also has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. “I don’t want to seem like I’m not humble or I’ve raised the best son since Jesus Christ,” Chucky said, “but a lot of this stuff doesn’t surprise me. It’s expected. “He didn’t just come to Duke as a place to stop. That’s where he’s going to get his degree. In my family, graduation is way more celebrated than Christmas, birthdays. He will be no different.” ——— ‘He’s got a ballerina’s feet’ ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas calls Okafor a Tim Duncan type — tough without being over the top. Says his will be the first name called in the draft. “His hands are phenomenal,” Bilas said. “He’s got great size and length. He’s got a ballerina’s feet.” Okafor’s defense, particularly on ball screens, has been questioned, though Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski isn’t buying it. “It’s amazing how good a job he’s done on defense as a result of the physical play on the offensive end,” Krzyzewski said. “The misconception about the ball screen is that two guys are defending it. Five guys are defending it.” Okafor is embarrassed by his struggles from the free-throw line, where he’s goes 51.1 percent, worst on the team. Okafor can’t escape the talk, the dissection. He doesn’t necessarily try. When he needs an ear, though, one person he calls on is Jabari Parker, a Simeon High School graduate about a year removed from Okafor’s shoes. “It’s bigger than basketball between me and him,” said Parker, who was picked second by the Bucks in last year’s NBA draft after spending a season at Duke. “Of course I miss playing with him. … We don’t even talk about basketball that much.” His advice for his friend? “He just has to go on his feeling,” Parker said. “It’s in his heart.” ——— ‘The biggest stars on campus’ It’s Tuesday, the day before North Carolina-Duke, Part I. Krzyzewskiville is deserted. “Looks like a war zone,” one female student said in passing. Tents are half-collapsed under the weight of snow. School is closed thanks to an ice storm. Jeffrey Ho, a sophomore from Massachusetts, has been taking turns sleeping here since the first week of January so he can get into the game. He steps over some empty cases of beer to check his tent. “You see him on campus, nobody really treats him any different than any student,” Ho saod of Okafor in particular and the school’s basketball players in general. “People don’t take photos or run up to them or do anything weird. “But when they’re on the basketball court, they’re the biggest stars on campus. It’s a very weird dichotomy — the difference between when they’re on campus and when we see them in Cameron.” In less than 24 hours, music will blast from speakers the size of small sheds on this makeshift campground next to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Students in Okafor jerseys and Christian Laettner jerseys will play beer pong on one side; others will gather for a small Bible study on another. “It’s crazy out there,” Okafor said. ——— ‘My thing, my true love’ Chucky Okafor is, along with just more than 9,300 others, sweating 40-weight motor oil, which he wipes from his head with a white towel. He’s clapping again, this time as his son is helped to the locker room to chants of “OK-A-FOR, OK-A-FOR.” Moments earlier on this mid-February night, Jahlil Okafor reaches for his left ankle with his left hand. He had just let loose a turnaround jumper and his size-17 left shoe didn’t quite stick the landing. His hands cover his eyes. He’s down for a good minute. “There’s no definite answer of what’s going to happen next,” Chucky later said. “As a parent, I enjoy being loud and supportive. I cheer on the whole squad. From a selfish standpoint, I want to make myself feel like he does better when I’m in the gym. There’s no science to that.” Jahlil re-enters with 45 seconds left in the half, with him a noticeable limp. Cameron exhales. He plays the entire second half and overtime of a 92-90 victory against North Carolina, finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Twice in OT he gives the Blue Devils the lead, including for good with 1 minute, 42 seconds left. Okafor missed the next game, three days later against Clemson, but scored a career-high 30 points and grabs nine rebounds in an overtime victory against Virginia Tech a week after spraining his ankle. Okafor is averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 66.8 percent from the field, all team highs for the 29-4 Blue Devils. That premonition Okafor had while completing a fourth-grade assignment, the one in which the teacher had everyone write down what they wanted to be when they grew up, seems one step closer. “I wrote professional basketball player,” Okafor said. “I thought everyone was going to say basketball player or football player, but I saw stuff like astronauts and chefs. That’s when I realized maybe this is my thing, my true love.” ——— ‘He’s very gifted’ He has unfolded all 83 of his inches and 270 of his pounds onto a beige, L-shaped couch tucked in the corner of a players lounge inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. A gray Duke hoodie spills over a pair of black Duke warmup pants, which spill over the walking boot choking his aching left ankle, the one he sprained the previous night. “You have Jay Williams right there,” he said, pointing to pictures decorating the walls, like he’s showing off his new home. “Mason Plumlee … I’m playing with his younger brother.” Okafor has danced with teammates after Krzyzewski’s 1,000th career victory, has been named ACC Rookie of the Week eight times, and Player of the Week once. He has stopped by assistant coach Jon Scheyer’s number-retirement ceremony in Northbrook. He spent the good part of an afternoon with another “Jah,” Capel’s son Elijah, at his birthday party, to which he didn’t go empty-handed, stopping first at a mall for a present. He’s leaving an impression. “Scary is not a bad word,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams says when describing Okafor’s game. “He’s very gifted.” An impression is being left on him. A couple of Duke posters hang on Okafor’s dorm wall. His king-size bed is here. He also has his PlayStation. “I always knew I wanted to be in the NBA and play myself in a video game,” Okafor said. “That was my goal when I was a kid. … It’s crazy to think that at the end of this season I could potentially have that opportunity.” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,t000040506,t000404471,t000027855,t000003142,g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065598
Mar 17, 2015
Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately.
High school notebook: Del City's Terry Wilson among football players to receive offers
BY JACOB UNRUH | Mar 17, 2015Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, Wilson now has offers from Arkansas State, Houston and new Mexico State. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately. Arkansas State offered scholarships to Harrah’s Logan Roberson, Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Lone Grove’s Jeremy Lewis. Navy also extended offers to three players: Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, Jenks’ Austin Quillen and Tulsa Edison’s Alex Criddle. Wyoming offered Hollis lineman Jace Webb, Jenks safety Dillon Stoner and Oologah’s Jimmy McKinney, who was also offered by Air Force. Edmond Santa Fe safety Calvin Bundage also got an offer from Tennessee, adding to the every-growing list for the top-ranked prospect on the Super 30. COAC ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM ANNOUNCED The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference recently released its Girls Basketball All-Conference team, with Southmoore senior Serithia Hawkins bringing home top honors in the conference. Hawkins, a Houston signee, was named the conference MVP. She led the SaberCats to the Class 6A state semifinals this season. Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec was named Coach of the Year after leading a young Jaguars team to a No. 4 ranking and one win from the state tournament. Westmoore’s Ashley Gomez was also named the Offensive Player of the Year, while a pair of Deer Creek stars took home two awards — Dakota Vann as Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Manning as Newcomer of the Year. Here is the full list of awards: MVP: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore Coach of the Year: Andrea Guziec, Westmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Ashley Gomez, Westmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Dakota Vann, Deer Creek Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Manning, Deer Creek All-Conference First Team: Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Jo’Nah Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Dylan Fix, Stillwater; Jessi Murcer, Westmoore; Makayla Foy, Yukon Second Team: Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Tia Williams, Norman North; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore Third Team: Alexis Cooper, Edmond Santa Fe; Allison Rogers, Moore; Logan Haller, Mustang; Alexa Scott, Norman North; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore Honorable Mention: Deer Creek: Abbey Renner, Shae Scheffler, Elayna Wilson; Edmond Memorial: Avery Ogle, Elise Wyatt; Edmond North: Abby Olsen, Hayli Hoffman, Sloan Hendley; Edmond Santa Fe: Rachel Shadid, Michaela Mack; Moore: Ashlie Rose, Shala Robinson, Tamera Shaver; Mustang: Addy Lawson, Madison Maxwell; Norman: Dariena Hunter, Shelby Thrailkill; Norman North: Kenna Sturgell; Southmoore: Kyra Johnston; Stillwater: Lauren Stettnisch; Westmoore: Callie Palmer, Whitney Outon; Yukon: Ashlyn Basler, Katy Fuston, Maci Exum, Shariah Anderson SUBURBAN CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED The Suburban Conference announced its All-Conference Girls Basketball team awards Monday evening with Piedmont taking home top honors. Piedmont senior Hayden Priddy was named Player of the Year, while coach Jamie Hill was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats made the Class 5A state semifinals last week. Shawnee took home the other top honors with freshman Monica Brooks being named Newcomer of the Year and Kelsey Simmons being named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a look at the entire All-Conference team: Player of the Year: Hayden Priddy, Piedmont Coach of the Year: Jamie Hill, Piedmont Newcomer of the Year: Monica Brooks, Shawnee Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Simmons First Team: Micayla Haynes, Guthrie; Dominique Golightly, Chickasha; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Bre Reid, Piedmont; Moe Tramble, Shawnee Second Team: Sydney Gray, El Reno; Taylor Sylvester, Chickasha; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Lexus Halfred, El Reno; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont Third Team: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Jennifer Byrd, Noble; Kamber Smedley, Guthrie; Charissa Price, Carl Albert Honorable Mention: Carl Albert: Lanie Batten Goodman; Chickasha: Jackie Ramos; El Reno: Regan Owen; Guthrie: Sojo Love; Noble: Sarah King; Piedmont: Kayden Carver, Maddie Sperle; Western Heights: Charon Cheatham, Brittney Vince
For more than 40 years, “March Madness” was confined to Illinois.The state’s high school basketball tournament started in 1908 and continued for three decades without a catchphrase.Then in 1939, Henry V. Porter, an Illinois High School Association official, wrote an article for the IHSA magazine.It was titled “March Madness.”“A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and...
Where did the phrase ‘March Madness’ come from?
By Tim Bannon, Associated Press | Mar 15, 2015For more than 40 years, “March Madness” was confined to Illinois. The state’s high school basketball tournament started in 1908 and continued for three decades without a catchphrase. Then in 1939, Henry V. Porter, an Illinois High School Association official, wrote an article for the IHSA magazine. It was titled “March Madness.” “A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and help keep society on an even keel,” he wrote. Three years later, he punctuated his point with a poem, “Basketball Ides of March,” which included these lines: “The Madness of March is running. The winged feet fly, the ball sails high. And field goal hunters are gunning.” In the 1940s, “March Madness” became the state’s nickname for its basketball tournament. Then in 1977, the IHSA made it official, licensing the phrase to companies such as PepsiCo and Wilson Sporting Goods. Other states were permitted to use the name for their tournaments for a $10 fee. Porter, who started his career as a teacher and coach at Athens High School in central Illinois, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. He died in 1975. His motto remained largely a regional phenomenon for four decades until CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger, a former Chicago newspaper reporter, began using it when referring to the NCAA tournament. The term caught on. But in 1996 the IHSA sued to stop NCAA corporate sponsor GTE from distributing a video game bearing the March Madness title. “Call me a naive country-boy educator, but I thought if I owned the trademark to something, I owned the right to it,” then-IHSA executive director Dave Fry told the Tribune in May 1996. “But that apparently is not quite so, which is pretty frustrating.” Later that year, the IHSA and NCAA hammered out a joint venture called the March Madness Athletic Association, which now holds all trademark rights to the term. So now, as college basketball’s bracketmania arrives again, Douglas Masters, Chicago-based outside counsel for the NCAA, and his associates prowl for uses that infringe on the trademark. The NCAA is a regular customer in front of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to swat away unlicensed attempts — Live the Madness, March Radness, Midnight Madness — to use permutations of the name. “It’s a little bit of a metaphor,” Masters told the Los Angeles Times. “It captures something that resonates with people. It has that kind of power.” ——— Basketball Ides of March The gym lights gleam like a beacon beam And a million motors hum In a good will flight on a Friday night; For basketball beckons, “Come!” A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight. The Madness of March is running. The winged feet fly, the ball sails high And field goal hunters are gunning. The colors clash as silk suits flash And race on a shimmering floor. Repressions die, and partisans vie In a goal acclaiming roar. On a Championship Trail toward a holy grail, All fans are birds of a feather. It’s fiesta night and cares lie light When the air is full of leather. Since time began, the instincts of man Prove cave and current men kin. On tournament night the sage and the wight Are relatives under the skin. It’s festival time, sans reason or rhyme But with nation-wide appeal. In a cyclone of hate, our ship of state Rides high on an even keel. With war nerves tense, the final defense Is the courage, strength and will In a million lives where freedom thrives And liberty lingers still. Now eagles fly and heroes die Beneath some foreign arch Let their sons tread where hate is dead In a happy Madness of March. —Henry V. Porter ——— Sources: IHSA, Slate.com, Los Angeles Times ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040506,t000404471,t000003183,g000065560,g000362661,g000066164
Here is a look at scores from Monday's high school basketball playoff games from around the state.
High school basketball: Monday's playoff scores
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Mar 3, 2015CLASS A AREA I At Enid Event Center Beaver 67, Texhoma 63 Seiling 39, Calumet 36 (girls) AREA II At Glenpool Okay 52, Okla. Christian Aca. 40 Glencoe 60, Woodland 53 (girls) AREA III At Chickasha Canute 49, Hydro-Eakly 40 Snyder 45, Thomas 42 Velma-Alma 74, Hydro-Eakly 60 (girls) Thomas 45, Cheyenne 43 (girls) AREA IV At Ada Rattan 56, Clayton 45 Kiowa 52, Stuart 25 Kiowa 79, Sterling 60 (girls) Rattan 42, Stonewall 41 (girls) —————————— CLASS B AREA II At Stroud Cimarron 70, Kinta 46 Burlington 46, DC-Lamont 26 (girls) AREA III At Cache Hammon 55, Big Pasture 39 Fort Cobb-Broxton 70, Tipton 51 Fort Cobb-Broxton 62, Indiahoma 45 (girls) Erick 36, Asher 23 (girls) AREA IV At Colbert Chattanooga 49, Leflore 48 Red Oak 43, Whitesboro 28 Caney 60, Bokoshe 47 (girls) Red Oak 47, Chattanooga 35 (girls) ——————————- REGIONALS CLASS 6A BOYS WEST Reg. 1 at Mustang Southmoore 73, Moore 53 Mustang 107, U.S. Grant 51 Reg. 2 at Norman North Edmond Santa Fe 62, Westmoore 47 Norman North 80, Choctaw 55 Reg. 3 at Edmond Memorial Yukon 57, McGuinness 53 Edmond Memorial 69, Norman 34 Reg. 4 at Putnam West Putnam North 76, Lawton 63 Putnam West 90, Del City 45 EAST Reg. 1 at Owasso Sand Springs 69, Edmond North 65 Owasso 79, Ponca City 44 Reg. 2 at Tulsa Washington Jenks 71, Sapulpa 42 Tulsa Washington 57, Stillwater 47 Reg. 3 at Midwest City Tulsa Union 54, Muskogee 44 Midwest City 68, Bixby 53 Reg. 4 at Broken Arrow Bartlesville 74, Putnam City 61 Broken Arrow 73, Enid 46 CLASS 6A GIRLS WEST Reg. 1 at Southmoore Southmoore 56, Yukon 37 Reg. 2 at Choctaw Choctaw 41, Edmond Memorial 30 Reg. 3 at Edmond Santa Fe Edmond Santa Fe 47, Norman North 41, OT Reg. 4 at Westmoore Putnam West 60, Westmoore 57 EAST Reg. 1 at Muskogee Muskogee 61, Bixby 34 Reg. 4 at Sapulpa Sapulpa 72, Sand Springs 38 —————————— CLASS 5A BOYS WEST Reg. 1 at Lawton Ike Lawton Mac 60, Piedmont 56 Lawton Ike 86, Durant 44 Reg. 2 at Ardmore El Reno 79, Guthrie 47 Ardmore 70, Noble 55 Reg. 3 at Deer Creek Southeast def. Guymon Deer Creek 88, Altus 48 Reg. 4 at Carl Albert Western Heights 50, Duncan 43 Carl Albert 100, Capitol Hill 57 EAST Reg. 1 at Tulsa Memorial Tulsa Kelley 52, McAlester 50 Tulsa Memorial 77, Tulsa Hale 51 Reg. 2 at Pryor Northwest 64, Tulsa East Central 43 Pryor 74, Skiatook 53 Reg. 3 at Tulsa Edison Miami 54, Grove 40 Tulsa Edison 48, Claremore 41 CLASS 5A GIRLS WEST Reg. 2 at Guthrie Ardmore 45, Guthrie 42 Reg. 4 at Piedmont Piedmont 37, Lawton Ike 36 EAST Reg. 1 at T. East Central Tulsa East Central 72, Skiatook 21 Reg. 2 at Claremore Shawnee 43, Claremore 38 Reg. 4 at Collinsville Collinsville 68, Tulsa Memorial 32 —————————— CLASS 4A AREA I Winners Bracket At Newcastle Anadarko 45, Newcastle 31 Anadarko 65, Newcastle 45 (girls) Losers Bracket At Kingfisher Mount St. Mary 58, Cleveland 50 Kingfisher 59, Mount St. Mary 47 (girls) At Newcastle Weatherford 62, Elk City 52 Elk City 44, Weatherford 38 (girls) AREA II Losers Bracket At Catoosa Catoosa 59, Inola 49 Inola 72, Catoosa 28 (girls) At Oologah Jay 87, Seq. Claremore 59 Tulsa Rogers 51, Wagoner 30 (girls) AREA III Losers Bracket At Blanchard Seminole 61, McLoud 57 Harding Charter 42, Sulphur 32 Pauls Valley 50, Seminole 49, OT (girls) Blanchard 55, Sulphur 45 (girls) At Purcell Star Spencer 66, Cache 45 Douglass 91, Elgin 34 Purcell 60, Lone Grove 40 (girls) Tuttle 76, Douglass 42 (girls) AREA IV Losers Bracket At Checotah Ada 46, Muldrow 32 Poteau 57, Checotah 48 Roland 53, Sallisaw 47 (girls) Muldrow 52, Stilwell 47 (girls) At Bethel Hilldale 55, Plainview 35 Tecumseh 62, Broken Bow 41 Mannford 40, Byng 35 (girls) Broken Bow 50, Tecumseh 39 (girls) —————————— CLASS 3A AREA I Winners Bracket At Heritage Hall Heritage Hall 71, Oklahoma Christian 38 Chisholm 56, Perkins 48 (girls) Losers Bracket At Heritage Hall Chisholm 50, Perkins 46 Heritage Hall 53, Newkirk 42 (girls) At Millwood Hennessey 54, Chandler 41 Riverside 47, Chandler 37 (girls) AREA II Losers Bracket At Sperry Cascia Hall 58, Pawhuska 28 Chelsea 64, Perry 40 (girls) At Verdigris Nowata 60, Kansas 56 Morris 65, Meeker 58 (girls) AREA III Losers Bracket At Marlow Marietta 55, Lexington 35 Lindsay 67, Washington 59 Lindsay 84, Lexington 37 (girls) Marlow 57, Centennial 47 (girls) At Okemah Eufaula 60, Bethel 57 Okemah 77, Okmulgee 57 (girls) AREA IV Losers Bracket At Muskogee Civic Center Hartshorne 64, Keys 44 Salina 49, Wilburton 32 Heavener 52, Keys 48 (girls) Salina 61, Wilburton 34 (girls) At Atoka Kingston 68, Vian 35 Hugo 54, Tishomingo 47 Kingston 48, Valliant 35 (girls) Davis 46, Tishomingo 43 (girls) —————————— CLASS 2A AREA I Losers Bracket At Merritt Mooreland 78, Mangum 56 Hooker 59, Frederick 50 Mangum 41, Hooker 38 (girls) Sayre 46, Chr. Heritage 33 (girls) At Amber-Pocasset Crossings Christian 55, Walters 54 Dale 59, Minco 45 Minco 55, Amber-Pocasset 35 (girls) Carnegie 42, Central Marlow 30 (girls) AREA II Losers Bracket At Blackwell Alva 88, Oklahoma Union 67 Quapaw 43, Hominy 38 Caney Valley 41, Pioneer 36 (girls) Pawnee 36, Afton 28 (girls) At Skiatook Crescent 56, Rejoice Christian 47 Chouteau 45, Yale 40 (girls) AREA III Losers Bracket At Kiefer Stratford 65, Community Chr. 55 Kiefer 58, Wayne 49 (girls) At Latta Calera 60, Wilson 46 Tushka 63, Healdton 43 Tushka 63, Elmore City 51 (girls) Healdton 49, Calera 33 (girls) AREA IV Losers Bracket At Preston Quinton 71, Konawa 65 Summit Christian 74, Liberty 50 Konawa vs. Central Sallisaw (girls) Warner 58, Oktaha 52 (girls) At Talihina Howe 54, Canadian 51 Crowder def. Wright City Pocola 51, Wister 50 (girls) Panama 43, Haworth 30 (girls)
Mar 2, 2015
Southmoore used a big third-quarter run to break away from a halftime tie for a 73-53 win over Moore on Monday night at Mustang High School.
Boys basketball roundup: Southmoore rolls past Moore in playoff opener
By Scott Wright | Mar 2, 2015MUSTANG — With rival Moore on the other side, Southmoore coach Wes Brown knew his SaberCats would be in for a tight battle in the win-or-go-home first round of the Class 6A boys basketball playoffs. And for a half, it looked that way. But Southmoore used a big third-quarter run to break away from a halftime tie for a 73-53 win over Moore on Monday night at Mustang High School. “There wasn’t just one guy out there carrying us,” Brown said. “It was five guys out there hooking up and doing their job.” Sophomore forward Dayne Taylor led all scorers with 19 points as four SaberCats reached double-figures. Senior point guard Dante Butler had 17, while Cooper Battisti had 14 and Justin Bean had 12. Moore was led by senior Jaylon Wilson with 15. Southmoore has played its best basketball of late, winning five of its last six games. The only loss during that stretch was an eight-point defeat to No. 1 Mustang — Southmoore’s Tuesday night opponent in the regional final. “It’ll be a dog fight with those guys, over here in their gym especially,” Brown said. “We’re glad to still be playing, so we’ll go play as hard as we can and see what happens. Mustang junior forward Austin Meyer had all 21 of his points in the first half as the Broncos (23-0) cruised to a 107-51 win over U.S. Grant. MIDWEST CITY DOWNS BIXBY With its eyes on trying to steal an east side state tournament spot, Midwest City opened the playoffs with a 68-53 win over Bixby. Brendan Brown had 18 points, and Keenen Stewart added 16, with standout freshman Jalen Redmond chipping in 10 for the sixth-ranked Bombers. The Bombers got out to an early lead playing their typical style of defense, allowing just 17 first-half points. Midwest City will host defending champion Tulsa Union at 7 p.m. Tuesday YUKON KNOCKS OFF MCGUINNESS McGuinness’ first appearance in the Class 6A playoffs didn’t last long. The 13th-ranked Irish were defeated 57-53 by unranked Yukon in Monday’s first round at Edmond Memorial, giving Yukon coach Scott Raper his first playoff victory since taking over at Yukon in the fall of 2013. The Millers will take on host Memorial at 7 p.m. Tuesday after the Bulldogs rolled past Norman 69-34. Curran Scott had 19 points to lead Edmond Memorial. TIP-INS Northwest Classen got 24 points from Britt Hammons in a 64-43 win over Tulsa East Central… Marquis Johnson scored 27 points to lead No. 2 Putnam City West to a 90-45 win over Del City… Conner Avants had 26 points in Deer Creek’s 88-48 rout of Altus… First-year Western Heights coach Brian Booker earned his first playoff victory, 50-43 over Duncan, behind 15 points from Kevin Rassatt. The Jets will face Carl Albert on Tuesday following the Titans’ 100-57 win over Capitol Hill.
Friday’s Results Area Class A AREA I At Enid Event Center Texhoma 65, Arapaho 43 Pond Creek-Hunter 53, Beaver 45 Calumet 55, Garber 51 (girls) Pond Creek-Hunter 44, Seiling 40 (girls) AREA II At Glenpool Okla. Christian Aca. 63, Frontier 60 Glencoe 89, Okay 76 Glencoe 55, Oaks 38 (girls) Okarche 54, Woodland 33 (girls) AREA III At Chickasha Hydro-Eakly vs. Canute, ppd. Snyder vs. Thomas, ppd....
High school basketball results: Friday, Feb. 27
Feb 28, 2015Friday’s state qualifiers CLASS A No. 5 Seiling (21-5) No. 6 Pond Creek-Hunter (22-5) No. 2 Okarche (26-1) No. 19 Woodland (22-4) CLASS B No. 3 Forgan (26-1) No. 10 Coyle (23-5) No. 4 Burlington (26-3) No. 2 Lomega (27-2) Friday’s Results Area Class A AREA I At Enid Event Center Texhoma 65, Arapaho 43 Pond Creek-Hunter 53, Beaver 45 Calumet 55, Garber 51 (girls) Pond Creek-Hunter 44, Seiling 40 (girls) AREA II At Glenpool Okla. Christian Aca. 63, Frontier 60 Glencoe 89, Okay 76 Glencoe 55, Oaks 38 (girls) Okarche 54, Woodland 33 (girls) AREA III At Chickasha Hydro-Eakly vs. Canute, ppd. Snyder vs. Thomas, ppd. Velma-Alma vs. Hydro-Eakly, ppd. (girls) Cheyenne vs. Thomas, ppd. (girls) AREA IV At Ada Clayton vs. Rattan, ppd. Stuart vs. Kiowa, ppd. Sterling vs. Kiowa, ppd. (girls) Stonewall vs. Rattan, ppd. (girls) Class B AREA I At Woodward Boise City 69, Felt 54 SW Covenant 49, Forgan 43 Leedey 54, Arnett 48 (girls) Coyle 46, Forgan 24 (girls) AREA II At Stroud Kinta 62, Paden 43 Lookeba-Sickles 60, Cimarron 53 DC-Lamont 59, Varnum 41 (girls) Lomega 60, Burlington 57 (girls) AREA III At Cache Hammon vs. Big Pasture, ppd. Tipton vs. Fort Cobb-Broxton, ppd. Indiahoma vs. Fort Cobb, ppd. (girls) Erick vs. Asher, ppd. (girls) AREA IV At Colbert Chattanooga vs. Leflore, ppd. Whitesboro vs. Red Oak, ppd. Bokoshe vs. Caney, ppd. (girls) Chattanooga vs. Red Oak, ppd. (girls) Regionals Class 6A Boys WEST Reg. 1 at Mustang Southmoore vs. Moore, Monday, 6:30 Mustang vs. U.S. Grant, Monday, 8 Reg. 2 at Norman North Ed. Santa Fe vs. Westmoore, Monday, 6:30 Norman North vs. Choctaw, Monday, 8 Reg. 3 at Edmond Memorial McGuinness vs. Yukon, Monday, 6:30 Edmond Memorial vs. Norman, Monday, 8 Reg. 4 at Putnam West Putnam North vs. Lawton, Monday, 6:30 Putnam West vs. Del City, Monday, 8 EAST Reg. 1 at Owasso Sand Springs vs. Ed. North, Monday, 6:30 Owasso vs. Ponca City, Monday, 8 Reg. 2 at Tulsa Washington Jenks vs. Sapulpa, Monday, 6:30 Tulsa Washington vs. Stillwater, Monday, 8 Reg. 3 at Midwest City Tulsa Union vs. Muskogee, Monday, 6:30 Midwest City vs. Bixby, Monday, 8 Reg. 4 at Broken Arrow Putnam City vs. Bartlesville, Monday, 6:30 Broken Arrow vs. Enid, Monday, 8 Class 5A Boys WEST Reg. 1 at Lawton Ike Lawton Mac vs. Piedmont, Monday, 6:30 Lawton Ike vs. Durant, Monday, 8 Reg. 2 at Ardmore El Reno vs. Guthrie, Monday, 6:30 Ardmore vs. Noble, Monday, 8 Reg. 3 at Deer Creek Southeast vs. Guymon, Monday, 6 Deer Creek vs. Altus, Monday, 7:30 Reg. 4 at Carl Albert Western Heights vs. Duncan, Monday, 6:30 Carl Albert vs. Capitol Hill, Monday, 8 EAST Reg. 1 at Tulsa Memorial Tulsa Kelley vs. McAlester, Monday, 6:30 Tulsa Memorial vs. Tulsa Hale, Monday, 8 Reg. 2 at Pryor Northwest vs. T. East Central, Monday, 6:30 Pryor vs. Skiatook, Monday, 8 Reg. 3 at Tulsa Edison Miami vs. Grove, Monday, 6:30 Tulsa Edison vs. Claremore, Monday, 8 Reg. 4 at Coweta Shawnee 56, Collinsville 53, 2OT Coweta 55, Tahlequah 41 Class 4A Note: All games are losers bracket. AREA I At Kingfisher Woodward 68, Blackwell 41 Cleveland vs. Mount St. Mary, ppd. Cushing 44, Cleveland 43, OT (girls) Kingfisher vs. Mount St. Mary, ppd. (girls) At Newcastle Elk City 71, Classen 28 Weatherford 74, Bethany 58 Weatherford 83, Classen 82 (girls) Elk City 49, Bethany 41 (girls) AREA II At Catoosa Bristow 46, Vinita 35 Catoosa vs. Inola, ppd. Tulsa Webster 57, Dewey 41 (girls) Catoosa vs. Inola, ppd. (girls) At Oologah Tulsa Rogers 59, Glenpool 55 Jay vs. Seq. Claremore, ppd. Jay 55, Seq. Claremore 39 (girls) Tulsa Rogers vs. Wagoner, ppd. (girls) AREA III At Blanchard McLoud vs. Seminole, ppd. Harding Charter vs. Sulphur, ppd. Pauls Valley vs. Seminole, ppd. (girls) Blanchard vs. Sulphur, ppd. (girls) At Purcell Cache vs. Star Spencer, ppd. Elgin vs. Douglass, ppd. Purcell vs. Lone Grove, ppd. (girls) Tuttle vs. Douglass, ppd. (girls) AREA IV At Checotah Muldrow vs. Ada, ppd. Checotah vs. Poteau, ppd. Sallisaw vs. Roland, ppd. (girls) Stilwell vs. Muldrow, ppd. (girls) At Bethel Hilldale vs. Plainview, ppd. Tecumseh vs. Broken Bow, ppd. Byng vs. Mannford, ppd. (girls) Tecumseh vs. Broken Bow, ppd. (girls) Class 3A Note: All games are losers bracket. AREA I At Heritage Hall Perkins 69, Newkirk 41 Chisholm 45, Jones 41 Newkirk 48, Jones 45 (girls) Heritage Hall 46, Prague 37 (girls) At Millwood Luther 74, Crooked Oak 65 Chandler vs. Hennessey, ppd. Luther 100, ASTEC 22 (girls) Chandler vs. Riverside, ppd. (girls) AREA II At Sperry Metro Christian 58, Chelsea 29 Cascia Hall vs. Pawhuska, ppd. Cascia Hall 72, Kellyville 45 (girls) Perry vs. Chelsea, ppd. (girls) At Verdigris Lincoln Christian 51, Haskell 47 Nowata vs. Kansas, ppd. Verdigris 35, Haskell 32 (girls) Morris vs. Meeker, ppd. (girls) AREA III At Marlow Lexington vs. Marietta, ppd. Lindsay vs. Washington, ppd. Lexington vs. Lindsay, ppd. (girls) Marlow vs. Centennial, ppd. (girls) At Okemah Beggs def. Henryetta Eufaula vs. Bethel, ppd. Eufaula 65, Henryetta 33 (girls) Okmulgee vs. Okemah, ppd. (girls) AREA IV At Muskogee Civic Center Keys vs. Hartshorne, ppd. Salina vs. Wilburton, ppd. Keys vs. Heavener, ppd. (girls) Salina vs. Wilburton, ppd. (girls) At Atoka Vian vs. Kingston, ppd. Hugo vs. Tishomingo, ppd. Valliant vs. Kingston, ppd. (girls) Davis vs. Tishomingo, ppd. (girls) Class 2A Note: All games are losers bracket. AREA I At Merritt Mangum vs. Mooreland, ppd. Hooker vs. Frederick, ppd. Mangum vs. Hooker, ppd. (girls) Chr. Heritage vs. Sayre, ppd. (girls) At Amber-Pocasset Crossings Chr. vs. Walters, ppd. Minco vs. Dale, ppd. Amber-Pocasset vs. Minco, ppd. (girls) Carnegie vs. Central Marlow, ppd. (girls) AREA II At Blackwell Alva vs. Oklahoma Union, ppd. Hominy vs. Quapaw, ppd. Pioneer vs. Caney Valley, ppd. (girls) Pawnee vs. Afton, ppd. (girls) At Skiatook Oklahoma Bible 66, Cashion 45 Rejoice Christian vs. Crescent, ppd. Drumright 43, Oklahoma Bible 40 (girls) Yale vs. Chouteau, ppd. (girls) AREA III At Kiefer Northeast def. Rush Springs Community Chr. vs. Stratford, ppd. Mounds 44, Stroud 42 (girls) Wayne vs. Kiefer, ppd. (girls) At Latta Wilson vs. Calera, ppd. Tushka vs. Healdton, ppd. Elmore City vs. Tushka, ppd. (girls) Calera vs. Healdton, ppd. (girls) AREA IV At Preston Konawa vs. Quinton, ppd. Liberty vs. Summit Christian, ppd. Konawa vs. Central Sallisaw, ppd. (girls) Warner vs. Oktaha, ppd. (girls) At Talihina Canadian vs. Howe, ppd. Crowder vs. Wright City, ppd. Wister vs. Pocola, ppd. (girls) Panama vs. Haworth, ppd. (girls) Heartland Homeschool Playoffs At Overland Park, Kan. OKC Storm 87, Kansas City 50 OKC Storm North 69, Kansas City East 61
Area Class A AREA I At Enid Event Center Arapaho-Butler 38, Ripley 33 Texhoma 55, Davenport 52 Calumet 37, Kremlin-Hillsdale 33 (girls) Garber 57, Vici 55, OT (girls) AREA II At Glenpool Frontier 55, Okarche 46 Okla. Christian Aca.
High school basketball results: Thursday, Feb. 26
Feb 27, 2015Area Class A AREA I At Enid Event Center Arapaho-Butler 38, Ripley 33 Texhoma 55, Davenport 52 Calumet 37, Kremlin-Hillsdale 33 (girls) Garber 57, Vici 55, OT (girls) AREA II At Glenpool Frontier 55, Okarche 46 Okla. Christian Aca. 49, Regent Prep 32 Glencoe 81, Mason 53 (girls) Oaks 46, Frontier 28 (girls) AREA III At Chickasha Hydro-Eakly 52, Velma-Alma 49 Canute 53, Fletcher 50 Velma-Alma 40, Cyril 35 (girls) Hydro-Eakly 43, Canute 36 (girls) AREA IV At Ada Clayton 74, Allen 56 Rattan 65, Stonewall 52 Sterling 52, Arkoma 50 (girls) Kiowa 54, Allen 47 (girls) Class B AREA I At Woodward Boise City 67, Fort Supply 62 Felt 45, Leedey 44 Arnett 81, Felt 68 (girls) Leedey 56, Buffalo 23 (girls) AREA II At Stroud Paden 62, Burlington 54 Kinta 46, DC-Lamont 44 Varnum 68, McCurtain 51 (girls) DC-Lamont 53, Midway 40 (girls) AREA III At Cache Hammon 48, Corn Bible 26 Big Pasture 65, Duke 50 Indiahoma 90, Sasakwa 55 (girls) Fort Cobb-Broxton 66, Duke 36 (girls) AREA IV At Colbert Chattanooga 48, Buffalo Valley 30 Leflore 58, Tupelo 29 Bokoshe 61, Whitesboro 42 (girls) Caney 44, Buffalo Valley 42, OT (girls) Regionals Class 6A Girls NOTE: Winners Play Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. WEST Reg. 1 at Southmoore Yukon 55, McGuinness 46 Southmoore 76, U.S. Grant 21 Reg. 2 at Choctaw Edmond Memorial 56, Lawton 42 Choctaw 64, Norman 30 Reg. 3 at Edmond Santa Fe Norman North 60, Mustang 48 Edmond Santa Fe 75, Moore 43 Reg. 4 at Westmoore Putnam West 68, Putnam North 53 Westmoore 70, Del City 34 EAST Reg. 1 at Muskogee Muskogee 71, Edmond North 45 Bixby 49, Tulsa Union 42 Reg. 2 at Broken Arrow Tulsa Washington 62, Putnam City 44 Broken Arrow 72, Enid 37 Reg. 3 at Midwest City Owasso 51, Stillwater 26 Midwest City 54, Ponca City 25 Reg. 4 at Sapulpa Sand Springs 58, Bartlesville 56, OT Sapulpa 66, Jenks 42 Class 5A Girls NOTE: Winners Play Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. WEST Reg. 1 at Deer Creek Altus 46, Lawton Mac 28 Deer Creek 72, Capitol Hill 17 Reg. 2 at Guthrie Ardmore 85, Noble 24 Guthrie 58, Southeast 35 Reg. 3 at Carl Albert Carl Albert 54, Durant 24 El Reno 53, Western Heights 26 Reg. 4 at Piedmont Lawton Ike 74, Guymon 44 Piedmont 66, Duncan 38 EAST Reg. 1 at Tulsa East Central Skiatook 70, Pryor 64 Tulsa East Central 69, Tulsa Hale 13 Reg. 2 at Claremore Shawnee 44, Coweta 28 Claremore 52, Northwest 21 Reg. 3 at Tulsa Edison Grove 38, McAlester 37 Tulsa Edison 53, Tulsa Kelley 37 Reg. 4 at Collinsville Tulsa Memorial 40, Tahlequah 37 Collinsville 59, Miami 21 Class 4A AREA I Winners Bracket At Cushing Victory Christian 66, Mount St. Mary 43 Victory Christian 36, Mount St. Mary 25 (girls) At Kingfisher Kingfisher 54, Woodward 41 Woodward 55, Cleveland 45 (girls) At Anadarko Anadarko 66, Weatherford 45 Anadarko 60, Elk City 21 (girls) At Newcastle Newcastle 75, Classen 51 Newcastle 65, Classen 44 (girls) Losers Bracket At Cushing Blackwell 59, Cushing 50 Cushing 55, Blackwell 50 (girls) At Kingfisher Cleveland 56, Clinton 38 Kingfisher 44, Clinton 36 (girls) At Anadarko Elk City 57, John Marshall 53 Weatherford 65, John Marshall 42 (girls) At Newcastle Bethany 53, Bridge Creek 41 Bethany 64, Bridge Creek 40 (girls) AREA II Winners Bracket At Vinita Tulsa Central 97, Inola 58 Vinita 72, Inola 33 (girls) At Catoosa Tulsa Webster 53, Bristow 50 Berryhill 41, Tulsa Webster 32 (girls) At Seq. Claremore Locust Grove 54, Seq. Claremore 44 Locust Grove 80, Wagoner 33 (girls) At Oologah Tulsa McLain 70, Tulsa Rogers 64 Oologah 50, Jay 49 (girls) Losers Bracket At Vinita Vinita 62, Dewey 56 Dewey 28, Tulsa Central 14 (girls) At Catoosa Catoosa 48, Berryhill 46 Catoosa 54, Bristow 52 (girls) At Seq. Claremore Glenpool 62, Wagoner 49 Seq. Claremore 49, Glenpool 43 (girls) At Oologah Jay 44, Oologah 42 Tulsa Rogers 78, Tulsa McLain 20 (girls) AREA III Winners Bracket At Harrah Harrah 67, Sulphur 46 Harrah 70, Sulphur 35 (girls) At Blanchard Chickasha 69, Seminole 46 Chickasha 41, Seminole 39 (girls) At Purcell Purcell 71, Douglass 58 Cache 79, Douglass 50 (girls) At Tuttle Tuttle 81, Star Spencer 24 Elgin 66, Lone Grove 31 (girls) Losers Bracket At Harrah McLoud 67, Pauls Valley 55 Pauls Valley 40, McLoud 19 (girls) At Blanchard Harding Charter 62, Blanchard 51 Blanchard 75, Harding Charter 23 (girls) At Purcell Cache 57, Santa Fe South 39 Purcell 48, Santa Fe South 19 (girls) At Tuttle Elgin 78, Lone Grove 61 Tuttle 47, Star Spencer 41, OT (girls) AREA IV Winners Bracket At Fort Gibson Fort Gibson 89, Poteau 36 Fort Gibson 51, Muldrow 30 (girls) At Checotah Stilwell 50, Ada 40 Ada 43, Roland 42 (girls) At Byng Byng 77, Broken Bow 50 Hilldale 48, Broken Bow 40 (girls) At Bethel Mannford 55, Plainview 37 Plainview 63, Mannford 41 (girls) Losers Bracket At Fort Gibson Muldrow 58, Sallisaw 28 Sallisaw 82, Poteau 32 (girls) At Checotah Checotah 52, Roland 42 Stilwell 72, Checotah 61 (girls) At Byng Hilldale 74, Madill 48 Byng 55, Madill 27 (girls) At Bethel Tecumseh 56, Dickson 45 Tecumseh 31, Dickson 29 (girls) Class 3A AREA I Winners Bracket At Heritage Hall Heritage Hall 84, Chisholm 43 Chisholm 61, Heritage Hall 40 (girls) At Perkins Oklahoma Christian 55, Perkins 52 Perkins 54, Jones 44 (girls) At Hennessey Riverside 89, Hennessey 83, OT Hennessey 60, Riverside 39 (girls) At Millwood Millwood 45, Luther 43 Millwood 48, Luther 38 (girls) Losers Bracket At Heritage Hall Newkirk, bye Newkirk, bye (girls) At Perkins Jones 36, Prague 35 Prague 62, Oklahoma Christian 24 (girls) At Hennessey Crooked Oak 79, ASTEC 74 ASTEC 46, Crooked Oak 26 (girls) At Millwood Chandler 53, Harding Arts 35 Chandler 86, Harding Arts 28 (girls) AREA II Winners Bracket At Adair Adair 72, Pawhuska 42 Adair 73, Chelsea 59 (girls) At Sperry Sperry 57, Metro Christian 51 Metro Christian 38, Cascia Hall 36 (girls) At Haskell Meeker 85, Kansas 56 Kansas 71, Meeker 39 (girls) At Verdigris Verdigris 59, Lincoln Christian 56 Lincoln Christian 39, Verdigris 36 (girls) Losers Bracket At Adair Chelsea 60, Kellyville 57 Kellyville 59, Pawhuska 53 (girls) At Sperry Cascia Hall 38, Perry 37 Perry 46, Sperry 40 (girls) At Haskell Haskell 71, Westville 52 Haskell 60, Westville 33 (girls) At Verdigris Nowata 71, Morris 50 Morris 64, Nowata 46 (girls) AREA III Winners Bracket At Washington Centennial 58, Washington 54 Washington 88, Centennial 35 (girls) At Marlow Marlow 80, Marietta 30 Comanche 75, Lindsay 71 (girls) At Okemah Okemah 48, Bethel 38 Bethel 47, Okemah 42 (girls) At Okmulgee Okmulgee 68, Beggs 61 Beggs 69, Eufaula 38 (girls) Losers Bracket At Washington Lexington 47, Little Axe 44 Lexington 55, Little Axe 44 (girls) At Marlow Lindsay 76, Comanche 65 Marlow 41, Marietta 39 (girls) At Okemah Henryetta def. Holdenville Henryetta 50, Holdenville 37 (girls) At Okmulgee Eufaula 56, Stigler 49 Okmulgee 70, Stigler 48 (girls) AREA IV Winners Bracket At Muskogee Civic Center Seq. Tahlequah 71, Wilburton 27 Seq. Tahlequah 68, Wilburton 18 (girls) At Spiro Spiro 68, Hartshorne 47 Spiro 50, Heavener 44 (girls) At Atoka Atoka 90, Tishomingo 66 Vian 41, Tishomingo 30 (girls) At Kingston Idabel 82, Kingston 77 Hugo 74, Kingston 65 (girls) Losers Bracket At Muskogee Civic Center Keys 66, Antlers 40 Keys 46, Antlers 40 (girls) At Spiro Salina 66, Heavener 58 Salina 59, Hartshorne 34 (girls) At Atoka Vian 49, Valliant 24 Valliant 61, Atoka 41 (girls) At Kingston Hugo 57, Davis 39 Davis 43, Idabel 34 (girls) Class 2A AREA I Winners Bracket At Merritt Merritt 50, Frederick 23 Watonga 44, Sayre 36, OT (girls) At Fairview Chr. Heritage 71, Mooreland 70 Fairview 57, Hooker 42 (girls) At Amber-Pocasset Hollis 62, Dale 58 Dale 58, Central Marlow 23 (girls) At Minco Carnegie 48, Walters 40 Hobart 46, Minco 42 (girls) Losers Bracket At Merritt Mangum 57, Cordell 48 Mangum 54, Cordell 43 (girls) At Fairview Hooker 48, Fairview 39 Chr. Heritage 59, Mooreland 55 (girls) At Amber-Pocasset Crossings Christian 34, Navajo 33 Amber-Pocasset 35, Hollis 28 (girls) At Minco Minco 69, Hobart 56 Carnegie 54, Walters 42 (girls) AREA II Winners Bracket At Blackwell Pioneer 46, Quapaw 38 Alva 94, Afton 30 (girls) At Caney Valley Pawnee 80, Oklahoma Union 41 Tonkawa 47, Caney Valley 27 (girls) At Skiatook Chouteau 47, Crescent 34 Cashion 65, Chouteau 26 (girls) At Yale Ketchum 52, Oklahoma Bible 49 Ketchum 48, Oklahoma Bible 31 (girls) Losers Bracket At Blackwell Alva 87, Wyandotte 49 Pioneer 46, Wyandotte 37 (girls) At Caney Valley Hominy 41, Commerce 33 Pawnee 46, Oklahoma Union 32 (girls) At Skiatook Cashion 65, Colcord 45 Drumright 57, Colcord 41 (girls) At Yale Rejoice Christian 68, Fairland 42 Yale 38, Foyil 29 (girls) AREA III Winners Bracket At Kiefer Kiefer 54, Stratford 31 Rush Springs 62, Kiefer 56 (girls) At Community Chr. Wewoka 57, Northeast 50 Community Chr. 71, Stroud 51 (girls) At Latta Latta 65, Healdton 27 Latta 46, Healdton 11 (girls) At Calera Silo 47, Calera 45 Caddo 68, Tushka 54 (girls) Losers Bracket At Kiefer Rush Springs 59, Mounds 57 Mounds 43, Ninnekah 35 (girls) At Community Chr. Community Chr. 67, Wellston 53 Wayne 69, Wewoka 54 (girls) At Latta Wilson 55, Wynnewood 49 Elmore City 59, Wilson 46 (girls) At Calera Tushka 74, Caddo 57 Calera 46, Silo 22 (girls) AREA IV Winners Bracket At Preston Preston 55, Summit Christian 52 Preston 62, Oktaha 38 (girls) At Warner Central Sallisaw 50, Quinton 44 Quinton 36, Central Sallisaw 32, OT (girls) At Canadian Haworth 75, Wright City 56 Wright City 58, Haworth 35 (girls) At Talihina Talihina 61, Howe 33 Howe 60, Pocola 24 (girls) Losers Bracket At Preston Konawa 76, Hulbert 72 Konawa 40, Summit Christian 38 (girls) At Warner Liberty 80, Savanna 40 Warner 48, Savanna 47 (girls) At Canadian Canadian 69, Wister 57 Wister 57, Canadian 38 (girls) At Talihina Crowder 61, Panama 47 Panama 30, Crowder 20 (girls)