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On the court, Josh Scott has been trying to shake Wesley Gordon since the pair barely were teenagers.Off the court, it seems Scott will find Gordon even more difficult to shake. Not even a forced divorce sometime in March, when their time together with the University of Colorado men's basketball team comes to an end, will do the trick."I'm still going to see him a lot after this year," Gordon...
CU men's basketball: Homegrown trio ready for final run
Pat Rooney, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2015On the court, Josh Scott has been trying to shake Wesley Gordon since the pair barely were teenagers. Off the court, it seems Scott will find Gordon even more difficult to shake. Not even a forced divorce sometime in March, when their time together with the University of Colorado men's basketball team comes to an end, will do the trick. "I'm still going to see him a lot after this year," Gordon said. "That's my guy. That's my brother. We're really close friends." The 2015-16 men's basketball season marks the final year together for Scott, Gordon, and guard Xavier Talton, all Colorado natives who arrived at CU in the fall of 2012 for coach Tad Boyle's third season at the helm at a time when homegrown Colorado talent was a rarity on the Buffs' roster. When that trio arrived, the only native Colorado players on the roster were Monarch alum Sabatino Chen and Fairview walk-on Beau Gamble, both of whom transferred in from other programs. In the preceding decade, the best seasons enjoyed at CU by a Colorado native were the 12-plus points averaged by Westminster High grad Blair Wilson in 2002-03 and '03-04, though honorable mention could go to the 11.7 points averaged by Arapahoe grad Levi Knutson during his senior season of 2010-11. Before CU, the trio of Scott, Gordon, and Talton dominated the Colorado prep scene, often crossing paths on the state's biggest stages. Gordon's Sierra Stallions edged Scott's Lewis-Palmer club in the semifinals before winning the 2010 4A state title. Scott's squad eliminated Talton and his Sterling teammates in the quarterfinals. Talton took center stage in 2011, defeating Scott and Lewis-Palmer by one point in the 4A semifinals before claiming the state crown. Scott and Gordon famously previewed their collegiate careers in the 2012 4A final at the Coors Events Center, with Scott finally getting his state crown by pouring in 25 points to lead a one-point win against Gordon and Sierra. Theirs is a shared history. Which makes the forthcoming final season together at CU all the more precious. "We just want to make it special, especially for Josh and Talton because I've been with them for four years," said Gordon, who took a redshirt season as a true freshman and has one more year of eligibility. "I want to make sure they don't go out like last year went out." "It's been great. I make (Scott) better and he makes me better just because we've been playing with each other so much. We most likely always know what each other is going to do. He's worked on his body, obviously, and his jump shot and ball-handling ability. He can take people off the drive a lot better now. That's made him an elite player." Scott, of course, once again will be the focal point for the Buffs at both ends of the floor. Fully recovered from the back issues that limited him a year ago, the 6-foot-10 forward should continue to ascend on a number of CU's all-time charts. Talton has been a steady if not spectacular contributor throughout his tenure, and will once again give Boyle a dependable option at guard. Gordon's contributions this season could prove the most critical of the trio. Already a defensive force in the paint, having Gordon improve on a 6.6 scoring average from a year ago could help offset the loss of Xavier Johnson, who is out indefinitely due to a torn Achilles tendon. "These guys are some of the best guys you can meet," Talton said. "Knowing each other and getting better from high school basketball until now, the camaraderie that we've built is great." Pat Rooney: firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/prooney07 ——— ©2015 the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) Visit the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) at www.dailycamera.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000065596,g000362661,g000066164
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Republic and Payson Roundup took home the top awards at the 2015 Arizona Newspaper Association annual meeting Saturday.The Payson Roundup won newspaper of the year in the non-daily category, while the Republic claimed first place among dailies.Reporters for the two papers also were named journalists of the year, Alexis Bechman in Payson and Dennis Wagner for...
Newspapers in Phoenix, Payson win top honors
Associated Press | Sep 26, 2015CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Republic and Payson Roundup took home the top awards at the 2015 Arizona Newspaper Association annual meeting Saturday. The Payson Roundup won newspaper of the year in the non-daily category, while the Republic claimed first place among dailies. Reporters for the two papers also were named journalists of the year, Alexis Bechman in Payson and Dennis Wagner for the Republic. Wagner also won for story of the year for his piece about Apache womanhood ceremonies. Hank Stephenson with the Capitol Times won story of the year among non-daily newspapers for his piece "Ballot Harvest." In other individual honors, Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International was named photographer of the year among non-daily newspapers, while Randy Hoeft of the Yuma Sun took the top spot in the daily category. The Sierra Vista Herald won The Associated Press Member of the Year award for outstanding cooperation for sharing stories and images throughout the year. STORY OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Hank Stephenson , "Ballot Harvest" Arizona Capitol Times Daily Dennis Wagner, "An Apache Dance into Womanhood," The Arizona Republic PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Murphy Woodhouse, Nogales International Daily Randy Hoeft, Yuma Sun JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Alexis Bechman, Payson Roundup Daily Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Payson Roundup, Publisher: John Naughton Daily The Arizona Republic, Publisher: John Zidich Individual journalists also were honored in the daily and non-daily categories, Photographers of the year were Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International and Randy Hoeft of the Yuma Sun Here is a complete list of winners: GENERAL EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st Place -TIELake Powell Chronicle, Maricopa Monitor 2nd Place: Arizona Capitol Times Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st Place: Payson Roundup 2nd Place: Green Valley News and Sun 3rd Place: Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st Place: Phoenix Business Journal 2nd Place -TIENavajo Times, West Valley View Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st Place: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd Place: Arizona Daily Sun 3rd Place: Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic REPORTING & NEWSWRITING EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Eloy Enterprise Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Payson Roundup 3rd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Explorer Newspaper Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Today's News-Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic DEPARTMENTAL NEWS & COPYWRITING EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Coolidge Examiner Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: White Mountain Independent 3rd: Jewish News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: West Valley View 3rd: Explorer Newspaper Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Arizona Daily Sun Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Star PAGE DESIGN EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Nogales International 3rd: Camp Verde Journal Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Payson Roundup 3rd: Sedona Red Rock News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Explorer Newspaper 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Navajo Times Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Today's News-Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic EDITORIAL PAGE EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Camp Verde Journal 2nd: Arizona Capitol Times 3rd: Nogales International Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: Green Valley News and Sun 3rd: Jewish News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Explorer Newspaper 2nd: West Valley View 3rd: Phoenix Business Journal Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Yuma Sun 2nd: Daily Courier 3rd: Today's News-Herald Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st : Arizona Republic BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Nogales International 2nd: Coolidge Examiner 3rd: The Bugle Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: White Mountain Independent 2nd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) 3rd: Fountain Hills Times Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: West Valley View Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Yuma Sun 2nd: Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st : The Arizona Republic COMMUNITY SERVICE/JOURNALISTIC ACHIEVEMENT Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Range News 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: None Selected Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: Fountain Hills Times 3rd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: None Selected 3rd: None Selected Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic SPECIAL SECTION, NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT OR MAGAZINE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Wickenburg Sun 3rd: None Selected Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Inside Tucson Business 2nd: Jewish News 3rd: Fountain Hills Times Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: West Valley View 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Tucson Weekly Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: None Selected Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Star NEWSPAPER ONLINE SITE/WEB PAGE Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Arizona Range News Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Jewish News 3rd: White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: West Valley View 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: None Selected Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Daily News-Sun 2nd: Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic Individual Winners by Category BEST HEADLINE Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Putt, putt, goose, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Adam Gaub, Colt gets a leg - or two - up; and various headlines; Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Tom Spratt, The elephant on the roof, Arizona Capitol Times Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michael Rinker, Tattoos can be more than just skin deep; and various headlines, Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Peter Aleshire, An Exultation of Egrets; and various headlines, Payson Roundup 3rd: Andrew Pardiac, G.I. with some Joe; and various headlines, Sedona Red Rock News Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Cindy Yurth, Corn, craps and cryptids; What do ewe know?; and various headlines, Navajo Times 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Amy Crawford, History mixed with mystery; and various headlines, Yuma Sun 2nd: Bill Coates, Where does the time go? I forget; and various headlines, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: None Awarded Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 No Entries BEST NEWS STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Curt Prendergast, 20 months on, feds arrive at shooting scene, Nogales International 2nd: Carol Broeder, Water information needed, Arizona Range News 3rd: Mark Cowling, Good time is not had by all, Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michael Rinker, Cottonwood airport at risk of losing FAA funds, Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Jon Johnson, No prayer for school board too, Eastern Arizona Courier 3rd: David Sowders, 1916 time capsule opened at Court House, Eastern Arizona Courier Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Maria Ines Taracena, The Never-Ending Scrutiny, Tucson Weekly 2nd: Mike Sunnucks, Apple 2.0, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Maria Ines Taracena, The waiting game, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Les Bowen, One in 30 Arizona children are homeless, Daily Courier 2nd: Bill Coates, Sees of Hope, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Michelle McManimon, License to wed, Arizona Daily Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Perla Trevizo, Livelihoods washed away, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SUSTAINED COVERAGE OR SERIES Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Curt Prendergast, Jonathan Clark, Joseph Trevino, Central American minors at Nogales Border Patrol Station, Nogales International 2nd: Carol Broeder, Willcox water rights, Arizona Range News 3rd: Joey Chenoweth, Fuel tank debate, Coolidge Examiner Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Alexis Bechman, Heroin, Payson Roundup 2nd: R.Eland, CF.Graham, A.Pardiac, M.Rinker, Slide Fire coverage, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Dan Shearer, Philip Franchine, Border Patrol agent kills man in GV, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Emily Toepfer, Domestic Violence series, West Valley View 2nd: Hayley Ringle, The Ferguson Effect, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Alastair Bitsoi, Assayí Lake Fire, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Michelle McManimon, Flagstaff police officer shot, killed, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Emery Cowan, Forest Restoration in northern Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: Jeff Grant, West Valley Casino, Daily News-Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Daniel Gonzalez, Bob Ortega , Pipeline of Children, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Gary Grado, Bill would keep names of police secret for 90 days, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Ainslee Wittig, Letters to Board share Rundhaug's allegations, Arizona Range News 3rd: Curt Prendergast, For deportees, a struggle to get cash from checks, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Jon Johnson, Innocence lost, Eastern Arizona Courier 2nd: Alexis Bechman, Confusion, Payson Roundup 3rd: Michele Nelson, Years of squandered second chances, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Eric Jay Toll, Dysfunction Junction, Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: Mike Sunnucks, Flush with Cash, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Mari Herreras, Reefer Research Madness, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Brian Wright, Constable candidate record disputed, Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Brian Wright, Babeu insists ICE contract made millions, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Sarah Ruf, PCAO facing backlog of cases, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st, Caroll Ann Alaimo, Emily Bregel, Church is a cult, former members say, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Derek Evans, Verde Valley Little League Opens season, Verde Independent 2nd: Brad Allis, Mountain View grad goes beyond obstacles, Marana News 3rd: Daniel Dullum, Boys volleyball programs show progress, Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, One for the books, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Christopher Boan, Still going, Sahuarita Sun 3rd: Dan Shearer, In his corner, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Banding together: DV, MP student bodies rally, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Sunnie Clahchischiligi, 'It's what Mommy does', Navajo Times 3rd: Jason P. Skoda, Positive disposition defines MP coach Carter, Ahwatukee Foothills News Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug Cook, Man vs. Horse, Daily Courier 2nd: Mike Hartman, Nick Bowling, Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: Mike Hartman, Tosi Takeover: Trio of sisters plays big role, Arizona Daily Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 Jon Gold, Becky Pallack, Should college athletes be paid?, Arizona Daily Star Jeff Metcalfe, Pushing through the pain, looking for the good, The Arizona Republic Jeff Metcalfe, Finishing strong, The Arizona Republic BEST TEAM, SPORT OR SPORTS BEAT COVERAGE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 Steve Reno, Wilcox soccer, Arizona Range News Adam Gaub, Sequoia Pathway Academy, Maricopa Monitor Derek Evans, Coverage of Mingus High School football, Verde Independent Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 Ryan Winslett, Fountain Hills High School sports, The Fountain Hills Times Keith Morris, PHS Boys Soccer Beat, Payson Roundup Andy Staten, Cowboy Christmas, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Mountain Pointe football, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Jason P. Skoda, Desert Vista girls volleyball, Ahwatukee Foothills News 3rd: Quentin Jodie, Miyamura Patriots, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Cody Bashore, Northern Arizona University Basketball, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Ed Petruska, Casa Grande Girls Basketball, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Ed Petruska, Central Arizona Men's Basketball, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona State athletics, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS COLUMN Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Will Bombeck's words bring new achievement?, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Running shoes rather than rocking chair, Wickenburg Sun 3rd: Curt Prendergast, Colorful baseball prose, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Andy Staten, Round Valley football coaches should go, White Mountain Independent 2nd: Keith Morris, More Than a Game, Payson Roundup 3rd: Michael Rinker, Running the full distance, Sedona Red Rock News Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Rock bottom is here for AIA, member schools, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Sunnie Clahchischiligi, Even if you're a bandwagon fan, Navajo Times 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Cody Bashore, Super Bowl Column, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Shawn Byrne, Columns by Shawn Byrne, Kingman Daily Miner 3rd: Steve Stockmar, Farewell Ernie, hello Super Bowl, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 No Entries BEST FEATURE STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Hank Stephenson, Ballot Harvest, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Brad Allis, Mountain View grad goes beyond obstacles, Marana News 3rd: Murphy Woodhouse, Epic journey, bracelets bring son closer to mom, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, She was my daughter, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Karen Warnick, Spirit of survival: Holocaust survivor, White Mountain Independent 3rd: Michele Nelson, Courage, Love and his own guardian, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Mari Herreras, La Vida Bonita, Tucson Weekly 2nd: Cindy Yurth, Hweeldi at 150, Navajo Times 3rd: Hayley Ringle, Crowning Achievements, Phoenix Business Journal Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug McMurdo, How Dementia Stole An Artist's Life, Kingman Daily Miner 2nd: Darin Fenger, History mixed with mystery, Yuma Sun 3rd: Rodney Haas, Everlasting love, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Dennis Wagner, An Apache Dance into Womanhood, The Arizona Republic 2nd: Perla Trevizo, Mike Christy, Leaving wasn't their first choice, it was their last, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: None Awarded ENTERPRISE REPORTING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeremy Duda, Evan Wyloge, New contribution limits, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Jeremy Duda, Fateful decision, Arizona Capitol Times 3rd: Sarah Ruf, Fundraising effort becomes cautionary tale, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michele Nelson, Stuck in limbo, Payson Roundup 2nd: Karen Warnick, Miracle Cat, White Mountain Independent 3rd: Alexis Bechman, On Top of the World, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Mike Sunnucks, Struggling for Work, Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: Angela Gonzales, Core Incompetency, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Emily Toepfer, Tips to get college scholarships, West Valley View Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Emery Cowan, Sticker Shock: Water cost increases hit Bellemont, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Zachary Matson, CRIT western boundary, Today's News-Herald 3rd: Zachary Matson, Heroin, Today's News-Herald Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Force at the Border, The Arizona Republic 2nd: Brandon Loomis, David Wallace, Deadly Legacy, The Arizona Republic 3rd: None Awarded BEST COLUMN, ANALYSIS OR COMMENTARY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Box Canyon Closure, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Jonathan Clark, Curt Prendergast, Give props to those who paid, Nogales International 3rd: Steven Law, My Irate-gate, Lake Powell Chronicle Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, Who shot Andrew Paxton?, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Dan Shearer, Town must ask more questions, Sahuarita Sun 3rd: Dan Shearer, Bronson's 'apology'..., Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Cindy Yurth, Use a few dollars to set tails wagging, Navajo Times 2nd: Cary Hines, Civilians driving cop cars makes us uncomfortable, West Valley View 3rd: Jim Nintzel, The Skinny, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Bill Hess, Shinseki has and continues to fail veterans' needs, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Roxanne Molenar, Ebola 'prank', Yuma Sun 3rd: Alan Choate, Columns by Alan Choate, Kingman Daily Miner Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Tim Steller, Tim Steller, metro columns, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Selected 3rd: None Selected BEST COLUMN, FEATURE OR CRITICISM Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Negativity is as contagious as the flu, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Put batteries on the grocery list, Wickenburg Sun 3rd: Russ Richelsoph, 'Arizona's Revenge Porn...', Record Reporter Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michele Nelson, The Healthy Foodie, Payson Roundup 2nd: Mike Scharnow, Coming clean on my bloated background, The Fountain Hills Times 3rd: Karen Warnick, Wasteful government spending, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Judy Bluhm, Remembering Kayla, Foothills Focus 2nd: Maria Ines Taracena, Legal theft, part 1, Tucson Weekly 3rd: Heather Hoch, Bored at Barrio, Tucson Weekly Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug McMurdo, Columns by Doug McMurdo, Kingman Daily Miner 2nd: Bill Coates, Catching the next bus, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Bill Coates, From the beaches of Normandy, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Kristen Cook, Columns by Kristen Cook, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Sarah Ruf, Dried up and living good, Maricopa Monitor 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: David Bell, Jon Johnson, Courier's civics test, Eastern Arizona Courier 2nd: Jon Johnson, Pima prays at graduation, Eastern Arizona Courier 3rd: Alexis Bechman, Mogollon Monster, Payson Roundup Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Shondiin Silversmith, Making it rain, Navajo Times 2nd: Emily Overholt, Jim Poulin, Chronic Hiring, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Mark Levy, Gustavo, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Mark Levy, Erie Street, Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Joanna Dodder Nellans, Hotshot tribute, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Shaun McKinnon, Pat Shannahan, USS Arizona, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Vyto Starinskas, Five air-lifted to hospitals, Verde Independent 2nd: Walter Mares, Snow for the New Year, Copper Era 3rd: Sarah Ruf, Passions provoked, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Peter Aleshire, Firefighters rush to douse blazes, save pet, Payson Roundup 2nd: Jordan Reece, Slide Fire burns 5,000 acres, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Bob Martinson, No easy way out, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 Donovan Quintero, Officer Down, Navajo Times David Weibel, Mulch fire, West Valley View Nick Cote, Governor, Glendale-Peoria Today Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Beatrice Richardson, Soldiers say goodbye for now, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Matt Hinshaw, Kayla Mueller Memorial, Daily Courier 3rd: Nick Cote, Change of Command, Daily News-Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Gautemalan migrants, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Kelly Presnell, Water rescue, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams: Senior Pro tie down roping, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Joey Chenoweth, Ricky Wilson, Coolidge Examiner 3rd: Howard Waggner, Double play, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Andy Staten, Steer Riding, White Mountain Independent 2nd: Keith Morris, Bryce Stodghill tie-down roping, Payson Roundup 3rd: Keith Morris, Boys Soccer Goal vs. Blue Ridge, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Donovan Quintero, Steer wrestler Donovan Yazzie, Navajo Times 2nd: Donovan Quintero, Schimmler Griner layup, Navajo Times 3rd: Nick Cote, Sprinkler, Glendale-Peoria Today Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Chuck Miller, Cibola Raiders, Yuma Sun 2nd: Chuck Miller, Having fun, Yuma Sun 3rd: Matt Hinshaw, Montes paces Chino Valley soccer in big win, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Stiff-arm, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Rob Schumacher, Tiger In Trouble, The Arizona Republic 3rd: Kelly Presnell, Slam, Arizona Daily Star BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Honoring Heritage, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Ainslee Wittig, Christmas Parade, Arizona Range News 3rd:: Ryan Williams, A feel for form, Williams-Grand Canyon News Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Bob Martinson, Leaping into the New YearWhite, Mountain Independent 2nd: Jordan Reece, Fly Me to the Moon, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Kitty Bottemiller, GVFD's New Chief, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: David Weibel, Water park, West Valley View 2nd: David Weibel, Winning smooch, West Valley View 3rd: Donovan Quintero, TseBit'ai Sunset, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Oscar Perez, Stay cool, baby, Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Matt Hinshaw, Whiskey Off-Road, Daily Courier 3rd: Randy Hoeft, Reflections on fishing, Yuma Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Night Wings, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Kelly Presnell, Dillinger Days, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: Mike Christy, Friday night sunset lights, Arizona Daily Star BEST FEATURE PHOTO LAYOUT Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Howard Waggner, New recruits, Maricopa Monitor 2nd: Howard Waggner, Experts put the fun, Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, ...THEY CALL THE THING RODEO, Wickenburg Sun Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Peter Aleshire, Tales of the somber pine and the giddy aspen, Payson Roundup 2nd: Keith Morris, Top cowboys back in Payson, Payson Roundup 3rd: Andy Staten, Pioneer Days Rodeo, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Donovan Quintero, Olson Patterson, Primary Election Night, Navajo Times 2nd: David Weibel, NASCAR, West Valley View 3rd Donovan Quintero, Olson Patterson, 70th Iwo Jima, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Mark Levy, Gustavo, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Randy Hoeft, First day of spring, Yuma Sun 3rd: Alan Choate, Ryan Abella, 40 Yards. 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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres figure if they're going to plop a basketball court onto the field at Petco Park, they better have Bill Walton involved somehow.The Padres and the Hall of Famer on Tuesday announced the Bill Walton Basketball Festival beginning Nov. 30 and culminating with a game between San Diego and San Diego State on Dec. 5.The court will be set up between third base and...
Padres to hold Bill Walton Basketball Festival at Petco Park
By BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press | Sep 22, 2015SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres figure if they're going to plop a basketball court onto the field at Petco Park, they better have Bill Walton involved somehow. The Padres and the Hall of Famer on Tuesday announced the Bill Walton Basketball Festival beginning Nov. 30 and culminating with a game between San Diego and San Diego State on Dec. 5. The court will be set up between third base and home plate. The festival will consist of youth clinics led by Walton, charity games, community league games and high school games, plus whatever else Walton might think up. "Anything that's basketball in this community that's big-time, should bear Bill Walton's name," Padres president Mike Dee said. "He's the best. He's a community treasure." Walton said it will be "an absolutely thrilling week. And I am proud, privileged, honored and humbled to be a volunteer for this incredible situation where people are going to come together in our city and play basketball in Petco Park." The game Dec. 5 will be the first time the major league park has hosted hoops. The preceding week will be "basketball 24-7," Dee said at a news conference. Said Walton: "We're going to make it fun. That's the goal of sports." Walton was born in San Diego and said his family lived downtown for a while before moving to suburban La Mesa. "I've done things on this site before Petco Park was here," said Walton, who was wearing a "Walton 32" Padres jersey. "I love San Diego, I love Petco Park, I love the Padres and I love basketball." Walton starred at La Mesa's Helix High before playing for John Wooden at UCLA. Walton helped the Bruins win two NCAA titles, and then won NBA championships with Portland in 1977 and Boston in 1986. He even played with his hometown Clippers, who moved to Los Angeles in 1984. The Padres are expanding the use of Petco Park, including hosting concerts by Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift in the last year, and a first-round Davis Cup match between Britain and the United States in early 2014. "They've done their job. The rest is up to me," Walton said. Walton even suggested matchups for a Petco Park hoops double-header in 2017: San Diego State against Arizona and USD against Gonzaga. All four of Walton's sons played college basketball, including Luke at Arizona and Chris at SDSU. The full schedule of the Bill Walton Basketball Festival will be announced later. There no doubt will be additions. "Mike, what are we looking at for a postgame concert and party celebration?" Walton asked. "We're counting on you and your many friends in the music industry and we're ready to go," Dee replied to Walton, believed to be the world's tallest Deadhead. "Only if I can sing and play the drums," Walton said. Asked about the threat of rain, Walton replied: "It'll be fine. That's a promise. It'll be fine." The public sale of tickets for the USD-SDSU game begins Wednesday morning. ___ Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson
Sep 12, 2015
Quite a Friday. The day began in the fog of the Tennessee River valley, with a trip aboard the Vol Navy. The day ended in a Knoxville hot spot in which I kept seeing people I knew. In between, I went to the edge of Branson East. A wild, wild day on the eve of OU-Tennessee. Let’s get right to it. VOL NAVY In 1962, then-Tennessee radio voice George Mooney decided to boat to the game. Neyland...
Knoxville travelblog: Riding with the Vol Navy
Berry Tramel | Sep 12, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3819293[/img] Quite a Friday. The day began in the fog of the Tennessee River valley, with a trip aboard the Vol Navy. The day ended in a Knoxville hot spot in which I kept seeing people I knew. In between, I went to the edge of Branson East. A wild, wild day on the eve of OU-Tennessee. Let’s get right to it. VOL NAVY In 1962, then-Tennessee radio voice George Mooney decided to boat to the game. Neyland Stadium sits right on the Tennessee River, and Mooney took his runabout to the game, tied up to the riverbank and walked across the road to the stadium. He inspired one of football’s great traditions. Today, the Vol Navy — as many as 250 boats — descends on the historic stadium via water. One of the vessels is Scott Daley’s Daley Addiction, which we were blessed to ride Friday from Fort Loudon Marina near Lenoir City, all the way to Knoxville. I wrote about our trip in the Saturday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Many things didn’t make the story. Here’s a sampling: * Daley’s yacht is gorgeous. A 50-foot Crusader Sedan 5000 Sport. I don’t know what Daley paid for his boat, but a quick Internet check shows a median price of about $250,000 for models 15 years or so old. The boat is triple decked. The main interior deck, which includes a comfortable cockpit with a nice rounded sofa next to it, and a dining area right behind it with a full kitchen and another nice rounded sofa. A stairway leads down to the state rooms. Three in all. One is tiny, but the other two have what appear to be queen beds. Not much room on either side of the beds, but the master suite has its own bathroom, with a shower, and a closet. There’s another bathroom downstairs, too. Top deck is exterior, with a cover, and has an alternative cockpit, with another rounded sofa. That’s where I rode the last couple hours of our five-hour journey. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery. Just a great trip. * I don’t know anything about boating. But I know that people who piloted boats 100 years ago had to know what they were doing. We left the marina under a heavy fog, and Daley drove his boat via radar for several miles, relying on the computer to tell him if anything was amiss directly ahead. And a computer kept us straight in the middle of the channel, since it can get quite shallow on some sides of the Tennessee River. * The Tennessee River was dammed up decades ago, with the valley flooded to make a much bigger river. Sounds a little like Oklahoma’s lake system; one of my dad’s boyhood homes, just west of Salina, now sits at the bottom of beautiful Grand Lake in Mayes County. * I made the trip with colleagues Tim Money and Nate Billings. Our man Ryan Aber graciously drove us the 30 miles to Lenoir City, with the plan that he and Jason Kersey would pick us back at Neyland Stadium. Tim shot video and produced this excellent package. Nate shot photos and produced this gallery. We traveled with Daley and his girlfriend, two other couples and two Knoxville bankers. All were accommodating and charming to us infidels. * The trip is much more eventful on game day. More boats in the water. About 50 were docked by the stadium Friday. We were one of the later arrivals, getting there about 1:15 p.m. “I like going game day,” Daley said. “More exciting.” But I’m glad I went Friday. I got up at 7 a.m. Friday. I would have had to rise at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to meet Daley at his marina by 8 a.m. I’ll probably leave the Neyland Stadium pressbox about 1 a.m. (Eastern) Sunday. That would have been one long day. * Spending the night docked next to Neyland Stadium sounds adventurous. But I’ll bet you don’t get much sleep. Revelers, don’t you know. * The serene setting of the boat trip — the 50-mile journey has almost nothing but trees, hills and gorgeous homes — is opposite of what happens when you get to Knoxville. Jeff Jolly, who owns Pura Vida, the boat that tied up to Daley Addiction, said the trip provides an “urban weekend. Walk around, have a cocktail, don’t worry about a DUI.” * Basically, the Vol Navy is exotic and extreme tailgating. “It’s electric,” Daley said. “It’s loud. It’s fun. You go boat to boat. They want you to try their food, toss you a beer. When you leave, you’ve met two or three friends.” When we left Fort Loudon Marina, we went about 30 minutes and picked up two couples that live right on the water, just outside Knox City. One of the couples was Butch Hofferbert and his wife, Linda. The boat’s refrigerator already was stuffed, but the additional passengers brought even more goodies. The Daley Addiction was loaded for the weekend. Butch was sort of my connection. Here’s how we got on the boat. For the last 18 months or so, I’ve been a frequent guest on Keith Hatfield’s local radio show in Knoxville. A year ago, I told Keith, on air, I wanted a ride on the Vol Navy. I repeated that in the spring when I was back on, and he shot me an email saying he was working on it. A month ago, I got an email from Keith, telling me to call a friend of his, Craig Jenkins. Craig said he knew someone who could help me. That person was Butch. Butch said he was riding with a friend and would see if we could come along. That friend was Scott Daley. * Daley charted his boat for fans years ago. He now just takes friends. Either way, he loves it. “This is the way to go,” Daley said. “It’s relaxing. It’s fun. No traffic. I’ve never had a bad group. They leave a lot of liquor when they leave.” * Daley said a 105-foot boat is a regular in the Vol Navy. He’s seen a 150-foot ship, with a crew of 8-10, dock next to the stadium. He also said an Alabama fan has a suite at Neyland Stadium in which uses only once every two years, for the Bama-Tennessee game, and makes the trip via massive boat. * I feel blessed. I got to do something a ton of Tennessee fans never have done. The bankers on board — Mark Holder and Greg Byrd — are lifelong Tennesseans and had never made a Vol Navy trip. Said Hofferbert, “This is the trip of a lifetime.” WHERE’S DOLLYWOOD? We left our airport hotel and moved to the Fairfield in Sevierville, which is about 25 miles east of Knoxville. The hotel prices in Knoxville for football weekends are a little pricy. We got into the Fairfield for $134. Sevierville is the gateway to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, which sit just a few miles down the road. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg (and heck, Seiverville, too, they’ve all grown together) is a Branson clone. Country music shows, family attractions, all kinds of activities. Very similar. Dolly Parton built Dollywood, a Silver Dollar City knockoff, in Pigeon Forge. It’s a gorgeous area, in the Smoky Mountains, with the Pigeon River running by. I saw it 40 years ago and it was stunning. I assume all the commercialism hasn’t slain the beauty, but I can’t swear to it. I didn’t get past Sevierville. My curiosity on the country music shows had been piqued by meeting Kevin Wilson, the OU fan I introduced you to in the Thursday travelblog. He’s a writer/director/performer at Country Today, one of the music shows. I don’t like country music and I don’t think any of my comrades do either. But I asked them a question. If we went to a country music show, what are the odds that we wouldn’t have a great time? We absolutely would have the time of our lives. If we loved it, we loved it. If we hated it, we would have laughed at ourselves all night. It’s a win-win deal. Heck, we could have gone to Country Tonight and seen Wilson’s show. Think about it. Thanks to Nashville, Tennessee is full of aspiring singers and performers. They can’t all become Taylor Swift. They can’t all play the Ryman. But that doesn’t mean they’re not talented. The country shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are full of talent. THE DAIRY DEAL Remember when I wrote last week from Chicago about running into people from Oklahoma? I said it was like the Dairy Deal in Salina. Guaranteed to see somebody you know. I was exaggerating, of course. Oklahomans or OU/OSU fans who happened to be in Chicago recognized me from newsok. But Friday night in downtown Knoxville was ridiculous. We went to Downtown Grill & Brewery for dinner, and I swear, it seemed like I saw 30 people I knew. I had hoped to meet up with my pastor, Brian Wade, who grew up in Knoxville a big Tennessee fan and came back this weekend for the game. But we worked until 7 p.m., and traffic is heavy, and it’s another 40 minutes or so back into downtown Knoxville, and the Pastor and I decided to hook up Saturday instead. OU writers Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey decided to check out the Tennessee Valley Fair, which was billed as some kind of state fair quality event. Vanilla Ice was in concert there Friday night. I told the guys they’d have a lot better time at a country music show. That left Nate, Tim and I alone for dinner. We decided to go back to Knoxville and try to get into Calhoun’s, the legendary place right on the river, where the boats dock. My plan was solid: Go put our name, the wait would be long, but we could go visit our friends in the Vol Navy. They were adamant they we return. Alas, the wait at Calhoun’s was two hours, and it was already 8:45 p.m., so we went to Plan B. Keith Hatfield, my radio pal, had texted me and said he would be at Downtown Grill & Brewery and to stop by. I texted him back and asked if he could put our name in and we’d just eat dinner there. So we went over and found the most hopping place in Knoxville. Big restaurant and big bar scene upstairs. Keith said to meet him at the upstairs bar, and before I could even get upstairs, I saw a group of OU fans that included Dee Solomon, whose brother is Bo Overton, the former OU basketball player. I grew up with Bo and Dee. Before Bo moved to Ada after seventh grade, he lived in my neighborhood and we were great friends. Dee is a year younger. So I chatted with Dee and Frank awhile, then went upstairs, where Matt Sallusti stopped me to say hello. Matt is a U.S. attorney in Dallas and a big OU fan who emails me frequently. We had a good chat, then I went and found Keith. As we waited on a table, Keith regaled me with his OU football and college basketball knowledge. He knows his stuff. Don’t believe it? A radio guy in Knoxville, Tenn., a lifelong Tennessean, remembers that Rotnei Anderson was OU’s backup fullback in 1987. Keith really loves hoops, so we had a big talk about college basketball in this part of the country. I can tell you, Tennessee is excited about having Rick Barnes. While we were talking, Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber showed up. They had ditched the fair and decided to come to the Downtown Grill on the recommendation of a Tennessee writer. Jason grew up in Noble, where Frank Solomon is the superintendent. Jason walked in, saw the Solomons and they told him we were there. So they found us. We eventually got a table downstairs, and soon enough in came James Hale and Joey Helmer, of Sooner Insider. Then came, believe it or not, Kevin Wilson, the Country Today performer, and his friend, Keith Pentico. Ran into them two straight nights in downtown Knoxville. Just as Kevin and Keith came up to my table, Cyndi Robinson, who worked in OU sports information years ago, now lives in Houston and is just a great gal, stopped by say to hello to Tim, and I didn’t even get to say hello, I was so smitten with seeing Kevin and Keith. Then I saw a guy walking past our table with an “Apache football” shirt. I wondered if that meant Apache, Oklahoma. As he passed, I put the face with the shirt. Don Schneberger, a long-time high school coach in Oklahoma. Don coached at Washington High School in McClain County when I was at the Norman Transcript almost 30 years ago. I might not have came up with Schneberger’s name if I hadn’t had the prodding of Apache. When Don walked back past, I grabbed his arm and called his name. And he informed me he was sitting with Solomons — he’s now the Apache superintendent — when I stopped to chat. I hadn’t even noticed. Also, OU sports information director Mike Houck came in with a bunch of his crew, and we chatted with Houck. Finally, Oklahoma City TV guys Dylan Buckingham (Channel 4) and Carson Cunningham (5) stopped by, but we had something to do with that. Tim had texted Dylan that we were there. The whole dang night was kooky. I went to a place in Knoxville, Tenn., a city with a thriving night life and hundreds of dining options, and I kept seeing people I knew. I wasn’t 900 miles from home. I was at a town hall meeting. I guess I should have known it was coming. After we left our boat friends, we called Ryan and Jason, and they were nearby and coming to get us. We stopped to wait under a tree next to Neyland Stadium, and here came OU staff photographer Ty Russell, who I worked with at both the Transcript and The Oklahoman, and OU radio voice Toby Rowland, who had his two sons with him. The whole day made me realize something new. This big monster, this coast-to-coast phenomenon we call college football, really is a small town.
Sep 3, 2015
CHANDLER GARRETT — No one embodies prep passing quite like Chandler Garrett. He plays for the program that has thrown the ball as much as any over the last two decades. He is one of the best players in the state, already committing to Wyoming. He is the face. Look at him now, though, and you would never guess what he has seen.
Prep football: Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett's path is no passing fancy
BY JENNI CARLSON | Sep 3, 2015MUSTANG — Chandler Garrett sprawls on the brown love seat inside his family's brick-and-stone house on the cul-de-sac. His arm drapes across the cushions, and his eyes glance occasionally at an ESPN Classic replay of LSU-Texas A&M on the massive TV over the fireplace. He wears a tank top, gym shorts and no shoes. His hair is feathered. His tan is deep. His life is good. But before you go making assumptions about the kid on the couch, the quarterback who made a national name for himself as a sixth grader, the small-town phenom who moved to the big-suburban school that just happens to be the birthplace of modern-day passing offenses in Oklahoma high schools, you might want to hear all of his story. It will save you from jumping to conclusions like some other folks have. It will color in the lines on a picture that looks pretty now but hasn't always been. "Do you think we set it up that way?" his mom asked as she stood in the kitchen, having just made ramen noodles for her two youngest sons. "No," her oldest said from his spot on the love seat. "I'm just saying it all worked out." Pass-happy offenses that have taken over football have many faces in our fair state. Mason Rudolph. Lincoln Riley. Dez Bryant. Sam Bradford. Even the high schools have their faces. Mason Fine. Ron Smith. Ty Prestidge. Terry Wilson. But no one embodies prep passing quite like Chandler Garrett. He plays for the program that has thrown the ball as much as any over the last two decades. He is one of the best players in the state, already committing to Wyoming. He is the face. The Heir to the Empire. Look at him now, though, and you would never guess what he has seen. *** Chandler Garrett was the sixth-grade wunderkind. That's how the world beyond his hometown of Checotah came to know him. What his folks thought would be a fun birthday present — a trip to Dallas for a football camp called the Dreammaker Tour — turned into something no one expected. The camp was actually a combination of football instruction and "American Idol"-style judging, and Chandler impressed the coaches enough to earn an invite to another camp in Houston. And another in Santa Barbara. And another in Maui. Chandler was one of 10 quarterbacks in the youth division to make that last stop of the Dreammaker Tour. The finale got attention from the likes of ESPN, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. We couldn't resist the story, either. I headed east to tell the tale of an unknown from Checotah becoming a star. Carrie Underwood had done it, and another blonde winning over judges was too good to ignore, even if Chandler was a sixth grader. Still, the Garretts made it clear they weren't the Marinoviches. Father, Bodie, sold modular homes while mother, Shecoeta, stayed at home with their five children. Living on only one income was tough. Taco Bell was acceptable for dinner on occasion. Chandler got his quarterback coaching from a young man whose greatest claim to fame was playing at Checotah High. They lived in McIntosh County where Bodie's family was from partially because the small-town costs were more affordable. But even as Chandler was celebrating great football success, his family was struggling. His folks were falling way behind on bills. They borrowed and stretched, but nothing seemed to help. Business was bad. Debts were mounting. Only a few months after Chandler was in Hawaii, his parents realized they were heading for bankruptcy. That Christmas, the Garretts traveled to Mustang to celebrate the holiday with Shecoeta's family. She was born and raised there. Her mom, who died when she was in elementary school, is buried there. Starting when Chandler was in fifth or sixth grade, Shecoeta and Bodie would take him to Mustang many weekends to play with a summer basketball team while they visited family with the rest of the kids. Mustang always felt like a second home for the Garretts. But that Christmas, one of Shecoeta's uncles suggested a different arrangement. "Why don't you just move here?" he asked. "Five kids in a big school system?" the Garretts said, shaking their heads. "There's nothing there for you," the uncle persisted. "Just come back." A big snowstorm stranded the Garretts in Mustang a few days longer than expected. It gave them time to think about a move, consider the change and talk about the possibilities. When the roads cleared, they didn't return to Checotah. The kids never even went back to clean out their lockers. *** Finding a house for a family of seven when your credit is shot is no easy task. The Garretts couldn't get a loan to buy a place, and they couldn't fit into most rental properties. Eventually, they found a 1,000-square foot rental house with three bedrooms. Chandler shared a room with brother Grady, who is six years younger. Brayden, the second oldest, shared a room with the third oldest, sister Madison. And the youngest, Carter, slept in his mom and dad's room. The Garretts ate dinner with family many nights just so they could get out of the house and out from under each other. An ideal situation, it wasn't. But word of the Garretts coming to Mustang started a swirl of rumors. Chandler had great potential at quarterback, and Mustang was a passing school. The Broncos had done it with the likes of Matt Edmonds at quarterback and Josh Cooper and David Glidden at receiver. But the guy who made it go was Ty Prestidge, the coach who implemented the spread at Mustang in the early 2000s. He just happened to have been Bodie Garrett's coach back in the day at Westmoore. One day, a mom knocked on the Garretts' door. She welcomed the family. She chatted a bit. Then, she looked at Shecoeta. "Can I ask you a question?" she said. "Sure," Shecoeta said. "I heard you guys were recruited to come to Mustang. Were you?" Shecoeta asked the woman to follow her to the garage where there were three ice chests. "If Mustang is paying the rent," she said, "will you tell them I need a refrigerator?" The Garretts had tough times. They never thought of themselves as having it bad. They knew many people had it worse than they ever would. But there is no hiding that those early days in Mustang weren't always easy. And the struggles weren't over. *** Chandler began to climb the ranks in Mustang. By the time he was a freshman, he was a back-up on varsity. He even played in half a dozen games. Those who knew him best weren't surprised. Chandler was driven and competitive from an early age. Whether playing basketball or baseball or football, he wanted to practice every day. If his team had practice, great. If it didn't, he nearly drove family and friends crazy pestering them to play catch or shoot baskets. Winning was always important, too. He threw away any trophy that wasn't for first place. They never even made it home. He'd chuck them as soon as he got them. "I just can't believe you let Chandler throw that away," other parents would say to Bodie and Shecoeta. "He won't take it home," they'd say with a shrug. Despite Chandler's skill and attitude, the Garretts worried what might happen when Prestidge left after Chandler's freshman season. Who would be hired? What offense would be run? The Garretts weren't going to move, not with family nearby, not with five kids finally getting settled. So, what was Chandler's new reality going to be? Jeremy Dombek being hired from Edmond North seemed like a positive. He had played quarterback in college. His teams had thrown it around when possible. But one of the assistants he brought with him just happened to have a son who played quarterback and was Chandler's age. The rumor mill started again. "Your boy's not gonna see the field," people told the Garretts. "This other kid's gonna play." The Garretts even got unsolicited calls from people who wanted them to move into their district. The calls came from near and far, even one from out of state that included a promise of jobs for both of Chandler's parents. They weren't even sure how people knew their number. Chandler was worried. So were his folks. Finally, his mom asked for a meeting with Dombek. She told him about the talk that was swirling, that people were saying the head coach had already promised the quarterback spot to the assistant's son. "I need to know this position's open," Shecoeta said. "I never played politics. I don't even know how to play them. But if the quarterback position's open, that's all I need to know." "Miss Garrett," she remembers Dombek saying, "let me tell you something. I just signed a mortgage. I just moved my wife and my two girls. If I don't win ballgames here in Mustang, I'll be having to find another job. "I am going to play the players that are going to win football games." As a sophomore, Chandler started the season as the back-up. But when the senior starter threw a couple picks early in the second game of the season, Chandler was sent in to replace him. Mustang scored a touchdown on his first drive. He's been the starter ever since. *** Chandler Garrett stood on the football field at Mustang during a recent practice surrounded by coaches. "If you don't stay active," Dombek said, "this is what you have to look forward to." You could say the head coach doesn't have the physique that he did during his playing days. Chandler laughed. "That cuts me right here," burly offensive coordinator Kyle Williams deadpanned, pointing to his heart. Chandler laughed some more. Make no mistake, the kid is having fun this year. He committed to Wyoming over the summer for two reasons. First, he knew that's where he wanted to be; he liked the coaches, the low-key, cowboy-boots culture of Laramie and the fact that he has a great chance to play right away. But he also wanted to get the recruiting done so that this fall could be all about playing. Hanging with teammates. Building great bonds. Enjoying every moment. But for Chandler, of course, enjoying himself means winning lots of games. Mustang made it all the way to the Class 6A semifinals last season, and Chandler is so insistent on being better this season that he led summer conditioning sessions that ended with some guys throwing up. His own brother included. Chandler, after all, has done the math. "I only have 10 hours, 15 minutes of actual football senior year," he said including regular-season games and playoff games leading up to the state finals. He intends to make the most of it. And by the way, he doesn't want you to think of the journey that has led to him to this point as a sad one. Sure, his family has been through some rough patches. Yes, he has gone through doubts and struggles. But now, it seems like everything is falling into place. Take that little rent house that the family lived in for more than four years. Just as Chandler was starting to get serious interest last spring from college recruiters who were eventually going to want to make an in-home visit, his mom noticed a friend's Facebook post about a rental house. It was owned by a church pastor whose family loved the house with its high ceilings and carpeted floors, granite counters and high-end appliances, 1,925 square feet and four bedrooms, but they didn't think the backyard was big enough. They were looking for a family to rent it. The Garretts moved in around spring break, and the yard in the back is small, especially for a family with five active kids. But the lot next door is empty. No house. No owner. It is perfect for playing catch or running routes. Mention that to the Garrett brood gathered in their living room, and someone mentions that it's weird but somehow the for-sale sign on that vacant lot keeps getting knocked over. All the kids laugh. Yes, life is good. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at 603-224-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.A reminder this information is not for publication or...
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Associated Press | Aug 28, 2015Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at 603-224-3327 or email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNows. UPCOMING TOMORROW DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT CONCORD, N.H. — Facing ongoing drug addiction problems buoyed by a lack of access to treatment, Gov. Maggie Hassan has ordered a review of the state's licensing procedures for treatment facilities. While some treatment facilities want to expand, they're hitting roadblocks in the form of regulations and, sometimes, community pushback. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. TOP STORIES: PREP SCHOOL-RAPE TRIAL CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. By Lynne Tuohy. SENT: 900 words. With BC-US--Prep School-Rape Trial-The Latest BC-NH--Prep School-Rape Trial-Glance CONVICT-DNA CONCORD, N.H. — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has twice been denied parole because he refuses to admit to the crime and take part in sex offender treatment. Instead, he has tried to clear his name through DNA testing as technology and collection methods improved. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 460 words. DRUG TRAFFICKING-CARTEL CONCORD, N.H. — A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison. Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, 54, cousin of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who led the Sinaloa drug cartel and escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico in July, was sentenced Friday. SENT: 340 words. DISORDERLY DAD-CONVICTION OVERTURNED MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a New Hampshire man who yelled at a basketball coach because he was upset his daughter didn't get to play in a junior varsity game in the town of Canaan. In its Friday ruling, the Supreme Court says the speech for which David Tracy of Pittsburg, New Hampshire, was convicted is beyond the reach of Vermont's disorderly conduct law. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m. IN BRIEF: FERRY-CAPE COD: A proposal to launch a high-speed ferry service from Portsmouth to Cape Cod has ignited a debate. VETERANS CHOICE-FORUM: Three members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation are hosting a forum about the Veterans Choice program and two new veterans' health clinics in the North Country. ANIMALS RESCUED-HOOKSETT: New Hampshire animal safety officials say they have rescued 32 cats and one bird from a Merrimack County hoarding home. INMATE FALL-SUIT: A former inmate at the Rockingham County prison is suing the county for allegedly not providing safe conditions inside their jail cells. AIRPORT-PARKING: The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is starting a program for people who park there frequently. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from New Hampshire and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.
Regardless of the reasons, Mark Molder emphasized last year’s major downturn by the Oklahoma Wesleyan University men’s basketball team was strictly an anomaly.The Eagles struggled through a rebuilding, injury-plagued 7-23 season — their first single-digit win campaign in several years.Bolstered by a promising recruiting class — and his first-full year in charge of the program — Molder is...
Recruits bolster Eagle hoop hopes for U-turn
Mike Tupa, Associated Press | Jul 22, 2015Regardless of the reasons, Mark Molder emphasized last year’s major downturn by the Oklahoma Wesleyan University men’s basketball team was strictly an anomaly. The Eagles struggled through a rebuilding, injury-plagued 7-23 season — their first single-digit win campaign in several years. Bolstered by a promising recruiting class — and his first-full year in charge of the program — Molder is looking for the Eagles to create a much-happier story during the 2015-16 campaign. “We’re going to be young again, but we really, really like the kids we brought in,” said Molder, who is a former OKWU player, assistant men’s basketball coach (during the national championship season of 2008-09) and head women’s basketball coach. “We felt if we got more athletic and faster and improved our ability to shoot, we would be vastly improved. That’s what we felt we’ve done.” Perhaps the Eagles’ signature acquisition is Chance Houston, a Dallas product (Woodrow Wilson High School), who is transferring to OKWU from Mt. View Community College. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 13.6 ppg while hitting 30.4 percent of his three-pointers and 81.4-percent of his free throws. “He was their Freshman of the Year and, at one point last year, was named the National Player of the Week,” said Molder. “He’s a really good pick-up for us.” Houston, who will be a sophomore, brings both speed and strong point guard skills, Molder added. The Eagle coaching staff also looked closer to home in signing freshman Cameron Williams, a 6-foot-4 forward from the state championship Tulsa Central High School team. “Those two are probably the biggest names, with the best accolades, we brought in,” Molder said. Among the Eagles’ prime returnees are C.J. Ross, who last year was named the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, and Nikola Stjepanovic. Ross averaged 12.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg, while dishing out 61 assists in 30 games. Stjepanovic came in at 9.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg and posted a team-best 20 blocked shots, to go with 13 steals. He also knocked down 14 three-pointers and shot 46 percent from the field. “Both of them will be sophomores,” Molder noted. “They’re probably our two biggest names back. “ Molder and his staff also stacked the roster with several good athletes in the six-foot-three to six-foot-five area, Molder noted, including Devon Edwards (Enid), Shakur Martin (Killeen, Texas) and at least one other. Happy move In addition to retooling the team, Molder also is looking anxiously forward to a new era in OKWU history. Following more than 20 years in the MCAC, the Eagle athletic program will begin competition this year in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The difference will be startling, Molder emphasized, particularly in travel time and expense. The longest roadtrip in the MCAC required 12 hours on the bus; the shortest jump was four hours. By comparison, the longest journey in the KCAC will be four hours away; one of the schools is only an hour-and-a-half away. “It’s quite a big impact,” Molder explained. “Spending 12 hours on a bus, staying in hotel rooms and eating road food is hard on a kid’s body and hard on a student-athlete as far as keeping up on classwork. It will be nice for the students being able to come home at a reasonable hour.” The other notable change is in scheduling. The KCAC has many more member schools, which means OKWU will be spending most the season playing conference games — 20, in all. Instead of the heavy dose in the past of non-conference contests, “you’ve now basically got to find 10 non-conference opponents and two or three classics,” Molder said. “It’s different from what we’re accustomed. It’s nice in a lot of ways, because you already have to many games scheduled for you.” But, OKWU won’t be abandoning some of its traditional MCAC rivals, particularly College of the Ozarks (Mo.) and Bellevue University (Neb.), Molder said. However, neither of those teams will be on this year’s slate, due to the confusion of the MCAC disbanding unexpectedly, which forced many former members to scramble to fill schedules. Another new twist for OKWU’s basketball teams will be beginning conference games in November, instead of in January, as happened in the MCAC. “We start conference this year prior to Thanksgiving, on Nov. 19,” Molder said. “It starts really quick.” Regardless of the new conference and all the changes it brings, the main focus for the Eagles is to bury the 2014-15 season in the graveyard of bad memories. “We’re looking forward to getting started,” said Molder. “We want put last year behind us and to get this thing where everyone wants it to be.” ——— ©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.
Missouri hopes freshman point guard Terrence Phillips’ name becomes synonymous with leadership before his time in Columbia is finished.Shouldering the leadership burden has always been Phillips’ default setting, so the Tigers hope it continues during the next few years.“I’m trying to be a leader out here as hard as I can and motivate my guys when we get tired playing pickup just to push and...
Freshman Terrence Phillips brings leadership skills to Missouri basketball team
Tod Palmer, Associated Press | Jul 20, 2015Missouri hopes freshman point guard Terrence Phillips’ name becomes synonymous with leadership before his time in Columbia is finished. Shouldering the leadership burden has always been Phillips’ default setting, so the Tigers hope it continues during the next few years. “I’m trying to be a leader out here as hard as I can and motivate my guys when we get tired playing pickup just to push and keep going,” Phillips said. “That’s how I’ve always been, no matter if I was a freshman in high school or a freshman now in college. I try to be a leader as much as I can.” Less than a month after moving to MU, Phillips’ ascendance is well underway. “He’s a great leader, never uncomfortable, good poise and a good motivator,” junior point guard Wes Clark said. “He knows how to pick his team up and lead his team good.” Clark had started to emerge as MU’s leader before a dislocated elbow ended his sophomore season early last February. He still has a role in bringing Phillips along, helping him adjust to college life and the college game. Early indications point to Phillips being the most natural leader on the Tigers’ roster, though, so the squad would seem poised to march to his beat moving forward. It’s a big reason he was recruited to Missouri in the first place. “(Coach Kim Anderson) was definitely telling me that we can use that (leadership), but he was also telling me, ‘You already have it. You’ll be a great asset to this team with that leadership,’” Phillips said. “When I committed here, that was one thing he really wanted me to bring here was just leadership and motivation to push guys to get better and get better every day.” Certainly, the incoming freshmen — including Blue Springs South forward Kevin Puryear, Pacific (Mo.) shooting guard Cullen VanLeer and Brownsburg (Ind.) shooting guard K.J. Walton — have fallen in line with Phillips. “Terrence Phillips has impressed me a lot, because his motor is just crazy,” Walton said. “He’s 110 percent nonstop. … He’s very talkative, very social, and he’s the one always clapping and getting us ready to go. He’s definitely a leader out there.” Some of the returning players also have taken notice of Phillips’ leadership. “He’s trying to take on a leadership role and trying to get everybody in the gym, run more and just do more,” sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant said. That’s not to say Phillips has mastered college basketball yet, but he came from the vaunted basketball factory of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., so he’s also accustomed to playing alongside elite players. “There’s a little bit of a jump, but last year at Oak Hill we had five seniors all going (NCAA) Division I …,” Phillips said. “Everybody that was on my team last year was all going D-I and we went at each other every day.” The biggest adjustment might be that Missouri will ask Phillips to score more than he did in high school. Phillips averaged 7.7 points with 4.2 steals and 8.7 assists as a senior at Oak Hill. He was more of a creator and distributor, but Anderson wants him to be a bit more aggressive hunting his own shot. “Coming in here, that’s something that they talked to me about, saying I had to score a lot more,” Phillips said. “I understand that coming in, which is why I make 600 and put 1,000 (shots) every day. I need to be a presence to knock down a three-point shot when they go off the screens or leave me open in the corner. I expect to come in here and score a little more, but at the same time I don’t want to get away from my game, which got me here.” 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: g000065614,g000362661,g000066164
Jul 18, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As one of the top basketball prospects of his high school class, Emmanuel Mudiay's game was scouted and scrutinized as much as anyone while he played in Texas.And yet when the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League opened, the point guard born in the Democratic Republic of Congo remained one of the league's great mysteries.Mudiay bypassed college to spend last year in China, playing in...
Mudiay shines for Nuggets in Las Vegas Summer League
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press | Jul 18, 2015LAS VEGAS (AP) — As one of the top basketball prospects of his high school class, Emmanuel Mudiay's game was scouted and scrutinized as much as anyone while he played in Texas. And yet when the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League opened, the point guard born in the Democratic Republic of Congo remained one of the league's great mysteries. Mudiay bypassed college to spend last year in China, playing in a league far off the radar for most American fans. An ankle injury limited him to a dozen games, and so Vegas offered his first real opportunity to introduce himself to NBA fans and executives curious to see how quickly his game will translate with the Denver Nuggets. Mudiay shined in Denver's weeklong stay in Vegas, exhibiting the poise and playmaking that had the Nuggets thrilled he was there for them with the No. 7 pick. He averaged 12.0 points, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals in four games and was one of the top rookies on display. "We knew he was a natural playmaker and certainly he excels in transition," Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said. "What stood out in summer league was his patience and letting things develop. I think it's a term that's rarely used anymore. He's a true point guard." These summer games always need to be taken with a grain of salt considering the small sample size and a level of competition that is generally far inferior to the NBA. Mudiay also shot just 38.5 percent, underscoring a concern about that part of his game that scouts expressed during the pre-draft process. "I didn't shoot it how I wanted to shoot, but I'm going to keep shooting," Mudiay said. "You've got to put pressure on the defense. It's only four games we played. You can't go off of four games." What set Mudiay apart over seven days in Vegas was his court vision, instincts and aptitude for the game uncommon in a 19-year-old. "I love playmaking. I love making other people better," Mudiay said. "This week I wasn't too focused on the scoring part just because I wanted to facilitate. The reads I was making were wide open for my teammates. I should've probably done a better job of scoring probably." For Mudiay, this week was the culmination of a long journey. He was born in what was called Zaire at the time in 1996, lost his father in 1998 and left the war-torn country for Texas in 2002. "There are some things you don't forget growing up," Mudiay said. "Seeing your mama struggles. The civil war was going on. Dead bodies, gun shots. But it's made me who I am today, mentally, physically, all that." The 6-foot-5 Mudiay played the first four games for the Nuggets, leading them to a 3-1 record before sitting out the finale to rest a body that has taken a beating over the last year in China, the pre-draft preparation and in a tough mini-training camp in Denver before coming to Vegas. He watched the final game from the bench, wearing a throwback Dikembe Mutombo Nuggets jersey, a little hat tip to his new home. "He really has already embraced Denver," Connelly said. "We talked on draft night and he was thankful for us giving him the opportunity. He's desperate to show our fans and the league he can be one of the special lead point guards." A shorter learning curve could be crucial for the Nuggets after starting point guard Ty Lawson was arrested for DUI and entered a treatment facility. Connelly said the Nuggets stand firmly behind Lawson. But the uncertainty surrounding a veteran at one of the game's most important positions is unsettling as new coach Michael Malone prepares to take over a team that was disjointed under previous coach Brian Shaw. The Nuggets have other veterans like Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari on the roster, but the team appears to be Mudiay's for the taking. The Nuggets are being careful not to put too much on his plate too early. But after an impressive debut, they left Vegas brimming with optimism. "Certainly we did a lot of background on who he was as a kid, but you don't really know someone until you're around them on a consistent basis," Connelly said. "Being around Emmanuel, we're even more excited to see how serious the approach is and how much he wants to be a special player." ___ Follow Jon Krawczynski on Twitter: http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski
Some of the best players competing in the Missouri Golf Association annual events reside in Northwest Missouri.Over the past handful of years, the likes of Harry Roberts, Brian Haskell and Brad Nurski have all won marquee events on the MGA Tour.Starting today, that trio, along with many other locals, will have a chance to showcase their talents across the best in the state as the Missouri...
St. Joseph Country Club prepares to host MGA's Stroke Play Championship
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Jul 14, 2015Some of the best players competing in the Missouri Golf Association annual events reside in Northwest Missouri. Over the past handful of years, the likes of Harry Roberts, Brian Haskell and Brad Nurski have all won marquee events on the MGA Tour. Starting today, that trio, along with many other locals, will have a chance to showcase their talents across the best in the state as the Missouri Stroke Play Championship starts at the St. Joseph Country Club. The 72-hole event begins at 8 a.m. today, open to the public to watch, with more than 90 golfers in the field, with a large amount of youth based on numbers. The field features 69 golfers between the ages of 14 and 29, with Hank Lierz of St. Joseph being the youngest at 14. The incoming Bishop LeBlond freshman is just one of many high-school or just out of high-school golfers in the field, as the 15-to- 19 age category boosts 34 golfers. “I’ve watched some of these kids since they were little kids so it is always special every time they do well,” said St. Joseph Country Club golf pro Mike Habermehl, who runs the local Junior Tour that many of the younger golfers have competed in during the summer. “It is great to see Brian and Brad playing, but it is great to see Hank, Grant (Boudreau) and Cole Roberts and kids like that go test themselves against good players. That is the only way to get seasoned is to be tested.” The field features some impressive players and without defending champion Vernon Carr of Poplar Bluff in the field, there will be a new golfer holding up the cup. Haskell won this championship in 2011, while Nurski won it the following year. St. Louis standout Skip Berkmeyer won the championship in 2013, one of nine victories for him in MGA events. He is a three-time Missouri Amateur and Mid-Amateur champion. Haskell won the Mid-Am in 2008 and 2009, while winning the Stroke Play and Four-Ball title in 2011. Local golfer Harry Roberts won the Mid-Am in 2010 — making him part of a group of eight golfers in this year’s field without at least one MGA title. Two-time Missouri Amateur champion Joey Johnson from Missouri State, Central Missouri’s Sam Migdal, the 2015 NCAA Division II national champion and Missouri’s Wilson Sundvold — son of MU’s basketball Hall of Famer Jon — makes this field tougher. “We have a lot of young, college-type and a lot of all sorts of players,” Habermehl said. “It will be interesting. You may see a couple kids catch fire and you could see some really good scores.” With the Stroke Play Championship being in St. Joseph for the first time, the local participation is high. The list include Bishop LeBlond’s Grant Boudreau, Lierz, Sam Schanze, West Platte’s Luke Horseman, Maryville’s Hunter Hayes and recent Central graduates Cole Roberts — bound for Missouri Western — and Jake Giles. Former Stanberry student Cole Gage — who graduated from North Kansas City High School — and Savannah graduate and current Missouri Western golfer Ryan Hand is also in the field. Others from St. Joseph include Lyle Christensen, Joe Lehr, Don Chancey, Glen Davenport and Caleb Carter. Cameron natives Carter Morrison and Drew Hatten, as well as Albany’s Case Ruckman also will be teeing off today. “It will be stiff competition and I will have to play my best,” said Nurski, who won the St. Joseph Country Club Championship on this course Sunday. “There is always a good mix of golfers in this tournament. The kids are going to be good. They are seasoned and they are young. There is a bunch of good, young golfers in the state, so hopefully I can compete with them.” The golf course, which underwent major renovations in 2003, will host an MGA event for the first time since the MGA Senior Championship in 2012. The Missouri Amateur Championship was hosted here in 2009, just another part of the club’s history that includes hosting more MGA championships than any other club in the state. The top 50 players after the first two days will advance to the championship round that consists of 36 holes on Thursday. ——— ©2015 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) Visit the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) at www.newspressnow.com/index.html Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000065627,g000223285
DENVER (AP) — One practice in and Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is already talking titles.An NBA Summer League crown, anyway. Got to love rookies.New coach Michael Malone certainly does — especially this one. Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in the draft last month, already is forming quite a bond with his coach, who flat-out told Mudiay that this was his team.This summer in Las...
Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay turning heads in practice
By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Jul 6, 2015DENVER (AP) — One practice in and Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is already talking titles. An NBA Summer League crown, anyway. Got to love rookies. New coach Michael Malone certainly does — especially this one. Mudiay, the seventh overall pick in the draft last month, already is forming quite a bond with his coach, who flat-out told Mudiay that this was his team. This summer in Las Vegas, he meant, when the younger players on the Nuggets gain some experience. Who knows? Maybe that extends into the regular season as well. By taking Mudiay, the Nuggets created a log jam at point guard, which only increases the speculation that Ty Lawson may soon be moved. So far, the 19-year-old Mudiay has done all the right things, such as staying in town to work on his game and asking questions — lots and lots questions. "I love his curiosity. A very inquisitive young man," Malone said after practice with the younger players Monday. "When you speak to him, you don't think you're talking to a 19-year-old. He's wise beyond his years." Mudiay was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) in 1996, and his father died when he was young. His mother moved to Arlington, Texas, in 2001 to establish a life away from the violence in the Congo. Mudiay and his brothers followed a year later, when he was 6. A standout player in high school, he was set to go to Southern Methodist University. But he decided to play professionally in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 18 points and six assists for the Guangdong Southern Tigers last season. Many don't know his name, much less his game. That's fine with him. "Everybody, they're sleeping on me, I guess you could say," the 6-foot-5 Mudiay said. "Let them keep sleeping. I'm going to go out there and just play my game." On Monday, Mudiay participated in full-court, five-on-five hoops for the first time since March. Felt good to run the floor again, even in the thin air of the Mile High City. He stood out, too. "Some of the passes he made today?" Malone said, shaking his head. "He makes the game very simple. He finds the open man and makes everyone around him better." As for his jumper? Well, he's still honing his touch. As some of his teammates retreated to the locker room, Mudiay launched extra 3-pointers. "The more repetitions I get, the more comfortable I'll get with it," he said. Mudiay said he hasn't spoken with Lawson yet. But he has communicated with forward Wilson Chandler and guard Jameer Nelson, who was acquired by the team last season in a deal with Boston and is currently an unrestricted free agent. "I told (Jameer) and Wilson, 'Lead me and show me the way,'" Mudiay said. "I'm going to try to learn as much as I can from the vets." This summer, Mudiay joins a roster that includes Gary Harris, Erick Green and Joffrey Lauvergne, who all saw time for Denver last season. The summer squad also features a few players who are hoping the Nuggets will invite them to training camp. "My job is to give everybody confidence as a point guard," Mudiay said. "You want to make everyone feel like they can make the team, be on the NBA team, by being positive. That's going to bring the best out of them." NOTES: Malone said assistant coach Micah Nori will coach the summer league team. ... In addition to Nori, Malone's coaching staff next season includes Ed Pinckney, Wes Unseld Jr., Dee Brown, Ryan Bowen and Chris Fleming, the coach of the German national team. Malone said Fleming will not be with the team this summer because of his commitments to Germany for the 2015 EuroBasket tournament.
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
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 email@example.com. 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. 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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
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