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Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnoversApr 18, 2015
Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday.
Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnovers
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday. Here are the grades: BALLHAWKING: A. The Cowboy defense produced four turnovers. Interceptions by Ramon Richards, Kevin Peterson and Darius Curry, plus Rennie Childs’ fumble caused by Vincent Taylor and recovered Josh Mabin off a busted reverse. Mike Gundy praised the ball security after the game, which means kudos to the defense for making plays. HANDS: A. The Cowboys were without mainstay receivers Brandon Sheperd, David Glidden and Marcel Ateman, plus tight end Jeremy Seaton, but few balls were dropped Saturday. Oklahoma Baptist transfer Keegan Metcalf dropped a swing pass, but the only other drop came from cornerback Darius Curry on what should have been an interception. PASS PROTECTION: C. The pass rush was constant on both sides, which might be a concern. The OSU defense played base, with little blitzing. Of course, there was a quick whistle for the quarterbacks, so particularly J.W. Walsh, but Mason Rudolph, too, might have dashed out of harm’s way. But each team recorded three sacks — Gyasi Akem, Emmanuel Ogbah and Jordan Brailford for the Orange, Seth Jacobs, Chad Whitener and Cole Walterscheid for the White. FORMAT: A. Fun to see an old-fashioned football game for the spring. The game was condensed — after an 88-snap first half, Gundy ordered a 15-minute, running clock for the entire second half — but no matter. Except for a few tight ends and fullbacks, the teams remained split, with field position and fourth-down conversions and all the remnants of a real game. Gundy even gave us an opening kickoff, which James Washington returned to the White 30-yard line. DEFENSIVE INTERIOR: B. OSU’s biggest question figures to be defensive tackle, with James Castleman and Ofa Hautau gone. But the interior held up rather well. Taylor was particularly impressive. Neither side gave up a ton of inside runs, though it also wasn’t overly tested, as most of the run game aimed at the perimeter. In the first half, which most resembled a real game, the offense five times faced third-and-short. All five plays were running plays, and only two converted first downs. YOUNG QUARTERBACKS: A. The game did not disintegrate when young quarterbacks Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar entered. Kolar, from Norman North, has yet to go through his high school graduation but connected with Chris Lacy for deep balls that produced gains of 55 and 42 yards. Kolar also gained 17 yards on four carries and drew praise from Gundy for his running. Cornelius, a non-scholarship freshman from Bushland, Texas, completed four of five passes for 62 yards.
Apr 14, 2015
Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move...
Oklahoma football: Why Ty Darlington's off-the-field leadership impresses others
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 14, 2015NORMAN — As Ty Darlington left Tuesday morning’s Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Breakfast carrying a stack of awards, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione stopped him. “We have a trailer if you need it,” Castiglione quipped. “We’ll hook it up with a car.” The awards, accolades and responsibilities have piled up over the past year for Darlington, the OU football team’s center who will be a senior in the fall. Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January, served as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention and stole the show with his passionate plea for greater protection against concussions. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move on and learn from a racist fraternity video that became a national embarrassment for the university. Darlington and a group of other football leaders organized the team’s response to the controversy, and in doing so, have taken the lead in working to fix the problems that led to the video. The biggest problem between the football team, other campus organizations and the general student body, Darlington said, is a lack of integration. “This spring has been first and foremost about spreading awareness for racism on college campuses,” Darlington said. “That’s something that’s sort of been thrust upon us, but I completely intend to take that to the highest stage and use whatever power and influence I have to make that something that comes to the forefront. “Sometimes athletes segregate themselves and campuses are segregated based on whether you’re an athlete or not, or based on your fraternity. We want to make the campus more whole and more of a community.” Darlington, linebacker Eric Striker and other OU athletes met with university president David Boren and several fraternity leaders Monday to discuss those issues and how to be more integrated. On the field, Darlington has seen his role change a bit, too. He is the leaders of the offensive line, which lost three starters off last year’s team, and is working to help the Sooners rebound from last year’s disappointing 8-5 season. The Sooners are wrapping up spring football practices this week, and open the 2015 season Sept. 5 at home against Akron. The son of a high school football coach, Darlington said he wants to be a college coach, but also has his eye on college athletics administration. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December, and is now pursuing a master’s in intercollegiate athletic administration. Tuesday morning was evidence of what OU folks think of Darlington, who was presented an Athletic Director’s Leadership Award; a Dan Gibbens Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award; an Athletics Council Service Award; and a Big 12 Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. “He’s an AD-in-training,” Castiglione said. “He may have much bigger sights than that. He’s exceptional. I start to run out of adjectives. “He’s just an extraordinary leader. A lot of times it’s his influence by leading by example rather than actually doing something, but he does a lot. I can’t say enough about him.”
NORMAN — Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer’s prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday’s Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge — billed as “the premier high school football camp in America” — will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a […]
Oklahoma football: Quarterback commitment Austin Kendall earns invite to Rivals Five-Star Challenge
Jason Kersey | Apr 12, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer's prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday's Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge -- billed as "the premier high school football camp in America" -- will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a four-star prospect according to every major recruiting service, committed to the Sooners last week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally across all positions by Rivals. Kendall committed to Tennessee last August, but withdrew that commitment in March. The Sooners' interest in Kendall increased after the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in January.
Apr 11, 2015
Norman North product Nick Basquine saw plenty of action in Saturday’s spring game, even hauling in a nice 22-yard reception from Baker Mayfield.
Oklahoma football Q&A: Walk-on receiver Nick Basquine loving Sooners' new offense
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 11, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Basquine saw plenty of action in Saturday’s spring game, even hauling in a nice 22-yard reception from Baker Mayfield. Basquine has earned praise from teammates and coaches, and had the opportunity to show it Saturday. The Norman North product had eight scholarship offers out of high school, but chose to walk on with the Sooners instead. He was a first-team All-State selection by The Oklahoman after his senior season at Norman North, when he recorded 1,187 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. After the spring game, Basquine spoke to reporters. Q: What is your mentality now that you seem to be competing for some playing time? A: I just know that since I am a walk-on, I have to take every opportunity and execute it. I just need to keep making plays and my talent will show. There is no entitlement in this group. The best players will play so if I am one of those players I will be out there. Were you excited when Lincoln Riley was hired as the new offensive coordinator? This is a great offense to play in. Everyone is going to get the ball and everyone is going to get their chance. Once Coach Riley got hired I was ecstatic. What skills do you bring to the receiver group? I think I go after the ball and I have good ball skills. I am just trying to learn from (senior Sterling Shepard) because he has done well in his career.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performanceApr 11, 2015
Daniel Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performance
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Apr 11, 2015Oklahoma junior running back Daniel Brooks only has six career carries — all of which came last season — but in spring games, he’s been dominant. Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. Brooks’ opportunities came with several other running backs either not playing or playing very little. Sophomore Samaje Perine, who led the Big 12 Conference in rushing last season, wore a special red jersey with blue numbers, signaling to opponents that he’s not to be tackled. Redshirt freshman Joe Mixon didn’t play as part of his suspension for an off-campus incident last summer, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules reasons. MIKE STOOPS COACHES FROM BOX In his eight total years — over two stints — as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops has always coached from the sideline. That looks like it will change for the 2015 season, as Stoops called defensive plays from the press box during Saturday’s spring game. Stoops’ erratic sideline demeanor had become a spectacle — and, to some OU fans, an embarrassing one — over the last year, most notably when he and former Sooner cornerback Julian Wilson got into a screaming match in the third quarter of last year’s Baylor loss. The Sooners have also struggled with defensive substitutions, especially against up-tempo Big 12 offenses. OU was caught with 12 defenders on the field multiple times last year, resulting in either costly penalties or timeouts. “I can see more of the field being up in the press box,” Stoops said. “Being able to see the alignments, not just the position I coach, but all 11 players is key. You get a much greater sense of anticipating what’s going to happen before it happens. “Formation recognition is such a big deal for coaches, and I just have to make sure we have the best eleven guys out there at all times.” SHEPARD ALSO LIMITED Like Perine, senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard didn’t play much either Saturday and was protected from tackling. Shepard wore a yellow jersey to keep defenders from tackling him. The former Heritage Hall standout has caught 147 career passes for 2,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, he was the team’s leading receiver despite missing most of the final six games of the season with a lingering groin injury. Shepard finished Saturday’s spring game with only one reception for minus-5 yards. HODGSON GOES LONG Senior kicker Nick Hodgson has yet to score a point for the Sooners but has plenty of game experience. Hodgson has handled kickoffs for Oklahoma for the last two years full-time and has 148 overall kickoffs the last three seasons with 97 ending in touchbacks. With Michael Hunnicutt departed and incoming kicker Austin Seibert yet to arrive, Hodgson handled the kicking duties Saturday and came up with one of the biggest plays of the first half in the process. Hodgson nailed a 47-yard field goal to end the half. “Nick’s really good,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “We probably kick eight or 10 live for 12 practices and he’s missed three the whole spring. “We’ve had some windy — some pretty tough — days too, so I’m elated with what he’s doing.” Hodgson attempted a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. The low kick had the distance but went just wide. Earlier in the game, he hit a 20-yard field goal. THOMAS FOCUSED After starting the final three games of the regular season at quarterback last season, Cody Thomas made the decision to quit baseball and focus solely on football this spring. “It was really hard to give up baseball,” Thomas said. “It’s a sport that I love but I’m definitely confident that it was the right decision, and I’m glad that I’m full-time football right now and committing myself more than I ever have, and I definitely have seen that it’s made a lot more strides for myself.” The grind of going back and forth wore Thomas down a bit at times last spring. “I’d be in between throwing the football and throwing the baseball which would jack me up a little bit with my throwing motion and all that stuff, but I’ve been really able to harp on my footwork, my release point and stuff like that that I really wouldn’t be able to if I would’ve been playing both sports.” KELLY VISITS SOONERS Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly visited Norman for Saturday’s spring game, landing in Oklahoma only a few hours after announcing OU in his top 10. The Fresno, Calif., native, who plays at Clovis West High School, tweeted that OU was joined in his top 10 by Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan and LSU, while stressing that those schools were listed in no particular order. Rivals ranks Kelly as the 12th best player in the nation for the recruiting class of 2016, and he’s the top-ranked player in the state of California. Other recruits there included Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Calvin Bundage, four-star outside linebacker Marvin Terry (Dallas South Oak Cliff), and Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, who doesn’t have an OU offer as of Saturday but has offers from Nebraska, Ohio and Tulsa. SANCHEZ PICKS UP MEDIA AWARD Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez received the inaugural J.D. Runnels OU Media Cooperation Award after the spring game Saturday. Sanchez, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, rarely misses media sessions throughout the season and spring practices, and is always thoughtful, respectful and honest, even in the face of sometimes tough questioning. A group of 14 writers who regularly cover the team voted for the award Dec. 31, with Sanchez receiving six first-place votes. The award is named for Runnels, a former OU fullback who always was — and remains — very cooperative and friendly with the media. Runnels attended the spring game Saturday and was on hand in the post game when Sanchez received his plaque.
Apr 10, 2015
There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, coach Bob Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program.
Oklahoma football: Students, media get a sneak peek at Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 10, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma opened a portion of Friday’s football practice to students and media members, a recent trend where Sooners coach Bob Stoops has reversed — ever so slightly — his policy with regard to openness to the public. “They don’t have to do this,” said 21-year-old student Roger Dyrda. “They could say, ‘Oh, no, we want to be exclusive.’ If we got more, I’d definitely come out to more opportunities, but I’m definitely cool with what we have.” There was a time not long ago when these sorts of opportunities weren’t so rare. Two-a-days and all preseason scrimmages were open to the public until around the 2006 season, and since then, Stoops has slowly closed off access to his program. The annual Red-White spring game is Saturday, providing most fans their only opportunity to see the Sooners in action before the 2015 season opener Sept. 5 against Akron. In a day and age of cell phones and paranoia from college football coaches around the country about espionage, what are the costs and benefits of such secrecy? Up-and-coming programs Baylor and TCU — which shared last year’s Big 12 championship — and Texas A&M have hosted “Friday Night Lights” scrimmages for fans in addition to their annual spring games. Those scrimmages have played well with recruits because of the electric atmospheres, but Stoops said he doesn’t plan to add anything like that in the near future. “I don’t think that has anything to do with recruiting,” Stoops said. “If I could open practice to everybody and they could recruit for us, I’d open it in a minute. From what I understand, they’re not allowed to have any contact with anybody that’s here. “So if they change that rule, I’ll open it up to everybody and they can help us come recruit.” Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels fondly remembers fans watching practices and scrimmages during his career from 2002 through 2005. Bleachers would be set up for fans to watch two-a-days, and thousands of fans showed up to see preseason scrimmages on Owen Field. “It’s totally different with the fans around,” Runnels said. “It ups the intensity. It gives you a chance to show out in front of people who normally wouldn’t be there. It’s a ton of fun.” Fan interest in the Sooners remains so high that Saturday’s spring game will once again be televised, making it unlikely Stoops and his coaching staff will show much. Two years ago, with Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson battling for the starting quarterback job, the Sooners ran an extremely limited offensive playbook and played loud music on the field, making it virtually impossible to hear anything that was happening on the field. Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen are all vying for the quarterback job this year, so fans hoping to see much of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s system might be disappointed. Runnels, who now works with high school athletes hoping to be recruited at his Choctaw gym, said he thinks OU is going to have to begin opening things back up, at least a little bit. “Everybody wants to be around and do those types of things, and if you don’t, it could possibly hurt your program,” he said. “You’re gonna have to get the fans involved. We have stadium renovations coming. You’ve gotta put butts in the seats, and you’ve gotta have people who want to be involved.”
NORMAN — Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore’s official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. “I felt that Canadian connection,” St. John said. “We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before.” St. John, […]
Oklahoma football: Canada-to-OU recruiting pipeline getting stronger
Jason Kersey | Apr 9, 2015NORMAN -- Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore's official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. "I felt that Canadian connection," St. John said. "We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before." St. John, a Toronto native and offensive tackle, became the first Canadian-born player to see game action for Oklahoma last season. Gallimore, a four-star prospect, signed with OU two months ago out of Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school plays a schedule of top high school football teams from the United States. "I have a lot of people reaching out to me saying they're excited about the Canadian pipeline that's starting here, so more Canadians want to come here," St. John said. "I feel like as of right now, any top Canadian prospect would love to come to Oklahoma just because of the Canadian players who are coming here." St. John, a senior, is currently atop the OU depth chart at left tackle. He signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas in the recruiting class of 2013 and redshirted his first season in Norman. Oklahoma has to replace both of its offensive tackles from last season. Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are both expected to be drafted in the NFL Draft later this month. Gallimore was ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2015, according to Rivals. He was the Sooners’ highest-ranked 2015 signee and is expected to compete for playing time immediately after he arrives on campus this summer.
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.
The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each.
Oklahoma football notebook: Friday's practice open for students
By Jason Kersey | Apr 9, 2015Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will open the team portion of Friday’s practice to OU students with a current ID. The open part of practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. This is the third time in the last year Stoops has done this, beginning the week of last year’s spring game. The Sooners also invited students to part of one practice during the preseason last fall. The first 500 students who arrive will receive a free hot dog and water, with all remaining hot dogs and waters available for 50 cents each. Students will be invited onto the field to meet the players after practice ends. KNIGHT: COMPETING FOR JOB ‘A PRIVILEGE’ Trevor Knight is the most experienced quarterback — by far — on the Oklahoma football roster. He was the 2014 Sugar Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. But as the Sooners near the end of spring practices, Knight is still competing with Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen for the starting job. After inconsistent play last season, capped by a dreadful performance against Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Knight is fighting to hold onto the job that was solidly his only a year ago. “Honestly, it’s a privilege to be able to compete,” Knight said. “To be alongside Baker and Cody and Justice, it’s an honor. It’s an honor to come and wear these colors.” Asked if he feels like he needs to perform well in Saturday’s spring game, Knight said he isn’t worried about impressing anyone on the outside. “I don’t necessarily owe anybody anything,” Knight said. “I owe myself the fact that I should go out there and play as hard as I can and have fun with it. Hopefully, that shows up.” PERINE, SHEPARD WON’T PLAY MUCH Stoops said this week that he isn’t sure how he will handle his running back situation in Saturday’s spring game. Joe Mixon won’t play as part of his suspension for punching a female student in the face before last season, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely. “I’ll be honest, I’m not real keen on seeing Samaje (Perine) run a whole bunch,” Stoops said. Perine led the Big 12 Conference with 1,713 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns last season as a true freshman. Stoops also said he didn’t expect senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard to play much, either. Shepard missed most of the second half of last season with a groin injury, but still led the team with 51 catches and 970 receiving yards. CANADA-TO-OU PIPELINE GETTING STRONGER Josiah St. John hosted defensive tackle recruit Neville Gallimore on Gallimore’s official visit last season, and St. John noticed something strange happening. “I felt that Canadian connection,” St. John said. “We were hanging out and talking, and the accent came back out. I started talking like I used to talk before.” St. John, a Toronto native and offensive tackle, became the first Canadian-born player to see game action for Oklahoma last season. Gallimore, a four-star prospect, signed with OU two months ago out of Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. The school plays a schedule of top high school football teams from the United States. “I have a lot of people reaching out to me saying they’re excited about the Canadian pipeline that’s starting here, so more Canadians want to come here,” St. John said. “I feel like as of right now, any top Canadian prospect would love to come to Oklahoma just because of the Canadian players who are coming here.” St. John, a senior, is currently atop the OU depth chart at left tackle. He signed with the Sooners out of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas in the recruiting class of 2013 and redshirted his first season in Norman. Oklahoma has to replace both of its offensive tackles from last season. Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams are both expected to be picked in the NFL Draft later this month. Gallimore was ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2015, according to Rivals. He was the Sooners' highest-ranked 2015 signee and is expected to compete for playing time immediately after he arrives on campus this summer.
Apr 9, 2015
Berry Tramel’s mom had a sardonic wit, complete with phrases he’s passed around the sports department. If you ever hear one of us call somebody a nothingburger, you’ll know from whom it came.
Eighty-one years of health and joy, and when the health went, the joy didn't
By Berry Tramel | Apr 9, 2015I was scheduled to be at the Dodger debut Thursday night at Bricktown. But my mom kept me away. Lena Faye Tramel didn’t keep me from many ballgames. I missed the season opener of my 10-year-old baseball season because you couldn’t miss Vacation Bible School in those days. I missed the first half of the OU-Penn State Sugar Bowl in 1972 because they played the danged thing on Sunday night, which meant I was at 310 North Findlay, in Norman’s old Pentecostal Holiness Church. But mostly, Mom let me swing away at my devotion to sports and newspapers. Then she died in her sleep Thursday morning at age 82. The family that wasn’t at her side had been there only a few hours earlier and was back within an instant. All in all, not a bad way to go. Eighty-one years of health and joy, and when the health went, the joy didn’t. Mom wasn’t any kind of sports fan. Oh, after Dad died in 2007, Mom grew fond of watching Sherri Coale’s Sooners, and then the Thunder captured her fancy. But she was the fairest of fair-weather fans. She missed many a Kevin Durant-induced comeback because she turned off the TV early in the fourth quarter, more disgusted than sleepy. But if she ever read anything I wrote in The Oklahoman or heard anything I ever said on The Sports Animal, I never knew it. Didn’t matter to me. I knew she loved me plenty. Me and my brothers and all our families. She sat with my dad and his sons in hot baseball parks like old Busch Stadium, counting down the innings that moved like molasses and State Fair Arena during back-to-back state tournament weeks. She’d hit the mall most every autumn Saturday, because the crowds were small there and she never understood what the football fuss was all about. She was the Lexington High School homecoming queen of 1950, a prolific singer with a voice as deep as Patsy Cline’s, a dress-shop owner, a cook extraordinaire of things like fried okra and chicken and dumplings, a minister’s wife, a patron saint of the lonely. She liked bling with her fashion, Southern gospel, lunch at Sam’s Club, weather forecasts and saving gas by driving her Prius. She had a sardonic wit, complete with phrases I’ve passed around the sports department. If you ever hear one of us call somebody a nothingburger, you’ll know from whom it came. Mom actually raised three sports nuts. One grew up to be a preacher, another a businessman and one a sportswriter. We didn’t learn from her that the Longhorns pioneered the wishbone, or that the bounce pass freezes a defender, or that the Dodgers came from Brooklyn. We learned other stuff from her. Like honesty and consistency and looking out for others. We learned that a good family is more precious than gold. Back in January on a Friday night, Russell Westbrook told me he didn’t like me, and soon enough the whole world was talking about it. Half the people were mad at Russ, half the people were mad at me. Heck, ESPN even came to town and wrote a big long story about it. On Saturday morning after Westbrook’s declaration, my brother told Mom the story. She laughed out loud. She thought it was funny. The only person in the world who got it right. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Apr 8, 2015
Robin will end his gymnastics career at this weekend’s NCAA Championships inside Lloyd Noble Center, and there are undoubtedly lots of other coaches who wish they’d answered an email four years ago.
Oklahoma men's gymnastics: Q&A with Alec Robin
By Jason Kersey | Apr 8, 2015NORMAN — Alec Robin desperately searched for a university home, emailing several coaches in the spring of 2011 — his senior year of high school — looking for an opportunity on a college gymnastics team. “I came from a small gym in California, so I didn't know how the recruiting process worked,” Robin said. “I didn't know it was something you were supposed to start in the summer. “So when I started emailing coaches, they were all filled up and had nothing.” Then, finally, one coach — Oklahoma’s Mark Williams — responded and offered him an opportunity to walk on. Robin will end his gymnastics career at this weekend’s NCAA Championships inside Lloyd Noble Center, and there are undoubtedly lots of other coaches who wish they’d answered that email four years ago. Robin won individual national championships on the floor and the vault last year, and is helping lead the top-seeded Sooners into nationals, which begin with Thursday’s preliminaries, then continue with Friday’s team finals and conclude with individual event finals Saturday. OU has won eight men’s gymnastics national championships, last finishing on top in 2008. Robin — who begins dental school next fall — spoke with The Oklahoman on Wednesday about competing for nationals in front of a home crowd, his love for OU and his life in gymnastics. Q: What sorts of advantages does having nationals here create for your team? A: “We competed here my freshman year, but it’s a little bit of a different year since we've separated ourselves a little bit more from the teams. The main advantage here is just getting a crowd. We get the energy from the stadium because it’s all crimson and cream in the stands. The more people we can get into the stands Friday night, the better off we’ll be and the better we’ll compete.” You had a big individual season last year, but how have you seen the team grow this year? “I've never meant to do anything individually; I just wanted to do what I could do for the team. That’s just what I've continued to do, and I think that’s what makes our team so great. We don’t count on that one guy, that one super all-star because we have such great depth on our team to contribute on all the events. That’s helped our team be so successful and deal with any adversity.” Coming from California, what has your experience at Oklahoma been like? “I love the rah-rah factor of OU. It’s known for it’s big football team, but even when we’re home competing in the McCasland Field House, we get all the OU supporters, the Sooner fans who scream “Sooner” when we scream “Boomer.” That’s what we’re looking forward to this weekend.” Gymnastics is such a unique sport in the time commitment it requires from a young age. When did you start in gymnastics, and what has this life been like? “I started in gymnastics when I was two. My mom started me and my two brothers in a Mommy and Me class, just trying to develop our motor skills, and I ended up being successful at it. Year by year, I kept wanting to do it. They put me on the competitive team at the gym I was at, so it just grew from there. My little brother plays baseball and football. Both of my brothers are 6-feet tall, so it wasn't in our genetics to be a gymnast. “It’s just something that takes over your whole life. There’s no off season. You work 365 days a year. I remember working out sometimes on Christmas morning. My career is ending after this weekend, and that’s been pretty emotional for me. It’s been a huge factor in my life.” What is next for you after your collegiate career ends this weekend? “Of course I’m always going to want to be involved in gymnastics. I’m going to dental school next year, but I want to judge so that I can still be a part of gymnastics, and especially be a part of college gymnastics. That’s probably had the biggest impact on my life, being part of this team. “Men’s gymnastics is kind of dying out. We only have 16 teams left. People think, ‘Oh, they have the (Junior Olympic) program still; they have USA Gymnastics still,’ but there’s nothing like college gymnastics. It’s very unique and exciting, and so I encourage everyone to support college gymnastics and try to save our sport.”
Apr 7, 2015
NORMAN — Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma’s starting quarterback last season. Now, he’s one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Seven things to know about Cody Thomas
Ryan Aber | Apr 7, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-4.jpg]3626944[/img] NORMAN -- Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma's starting quarterback last season. Now, he's one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here are seven things to know about Thomas: [pagebreak] 1. Thomas brings back experience [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-3.jpg]3626946[/img] Thomas started three games last season, throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 2-1 in his starts, beating Kansas and Texas Tech but falling to Oklahoma State. He was elevated to starter after Trevor Knight’s injury against Baylor. [pagebreak] 2. Thomas was a big-time baseball prospect in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-6.jpg]3626939[/img] Thomas wasn’t drafted until the 30th round by the New York Yankees as a senior but that late pick was largely because he made it known that he was going to go to Oklahoma to play both football and baseball. He was determined to be a quarterback in college. Seeing him follow through with that was a welcome sight for Sooners fans, as the MLB Draft claimed another OU quarterback signee just a few years ago when Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley signed with the Diamondbacks. Thomas, an outfielder, wasn’t going to go as high as Bradley did but he would’ve been picked up somewhere along the way. He hit .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs as a senior. [pagebreak] 3. Thomas gave up baseball this offseason [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-1.jpg]3626940[/img] Thomas played for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team last year but played sparingly. He played in 14 games, starting one, with an .083 batting average, going 1 for 12 with an RBI. Thomas quit baseball to focus on earning the starting quarterback nod. Last year, football got top priority but baseball was still a pull. It was a difficult balance to pull off. [pagebreak] 4. Thomas put up huge numbers in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-71.jpg]3626947[/img] As a senior, he threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. You can read about his demeanor here from Jason Kersey. Check out some of Thomas’ high-school highlights below. [pagebreak] 5. He’s multi-dimensional [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-8.jpg]3626949[/img] While Thomas throws right-handed in both football and baseball, he hits left-handed. Here’s a high school highlight film that includes a bit of both: [pagebreak] 6. Thomas turned down top schools for OU [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-5.jpg]3626943[/img] Thomas chose the Sooners over offers that included Alabama, Oklahoma State, USC, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon and TCU. He was the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 125 overall player in the nation. [pagebreak] 7. He’s friends off the field with his fellow QBs [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-9.jpg]3626945[/img] His Twitter username is @codythomas_12, though he rarely posts. One of his most recent posts, as of Tuesday, was a retweet of a recent photo of Thomas with fellow quarterback candidates Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield along with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. #mentality pic.twitter.com/PBdfaRrAsV -- Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) March 18, 2015
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — After five years as the team’s offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O’Hara and the district conducted […]
Norman North names Brent Barnes next football coach
Scott Wright | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2015/04/Brent-Barnes.jpg]3626332[/img] NORMAN — After five years as the team’s offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O'Hara and the district conducted a two-month search including applicants from inside and outside the program, and the state. Barnes’ 13-year resume that includes a three-year stop at Tulsa Union, as well as stints at Yukon and in Arizona, won over the committee. "Coach Barnes has been associated with numerous successful high school programs and these experiences will benefit him greatly as he begins his journey as head football coach at Norman North," O’Hara said. "He brings a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to the position and I look forward to him taking this football program to the next level." Since 2008, Barnes has been on four teams that played for Class 6A state championships, winning three at Union and finishing runner-up at Norman North. His offenses have led Class 6A in passing yards in four of the last six seasons. Standley, Barnes’ former boss who left in February to become the head coach at Ada, commended Norman North’s hire. "I have had the opportunity to see coach Brent Barnes model leadership, character and perseverance in many high-pressure situations as a teacher and a coach in the five years we have worked together," Standley said. "Coach Barnes has demonstrated strong leadership skills, focus and a definitive plan for success in helping us to achieve numerous goals. I have no doubt that he will be a great fit and do a tremendous job as the head football coach at Norman North High School."
Apr 6, 2015
The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday.
High school notebook: Norman North names Brent Barnes football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 6, 2015After five years as the team's offensive coordinator, Brent Barnes now finds himself as the head football coach at Norman North. The Norman Public Schools board of education approved the promotion of Barnes to replace departed head coach Wade Standley, the school district announced Monday. NPS athletic director T.D. O’Hara and the district conducted a two-month search, including applicants from inside and outside the program, and the state. Barnes' 13-year resume that includes a three-year stop at Tulsa Union, as well as stints at Yukon and in Arizona, won over the committee. “Coach Barnes has been associated with numerous successful high school programs and these experiences will benefit him greatly as he begins his journey as head football coach at Norman North,” O'Hara said. “He brings a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to the position and I look forward to him taking this football program to the next level.” Since 2008, Barnes has been on four teams that played for Class 6A state championships, winning three at Union and finishing runner-up at Norman North. His offenses have led Class 6A in passing yards in four of the last six seasons. Standley, Barnes' former boss who left in February to become the head coach at Ada, commended Norman North's hire. “I have had the opportunity to see Coach Brent Barnes model leadership, character and perseverance in many high-pressure situations as a teacher and a coach in the five years we have worked together,” Standley said. “Coach Barnes has demonstrated strong leadership skills, focus and a definitive plan for success in helping us to achieve numerous goals. I have no doubt that he will be a great fit and do a tremendous job as the head football coach at Norman North High School.” DEL CITY'S TERRY WILSON OFFERED BY INDIANA Indiana coach Kevin Wilson hasn't been shy about returning to the state where he once worked to recruit high school players. On Monday, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator extended a scholarship offer to Del City's Terry Wilson, the sixth Division I offer for the junior quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson also has offers from Houston, Arkansas State, UNLV, Memphis and New Mexico State. Wilson is the top-rated quarterback and No. 2 overall on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class. SHAWNEE WINS OWN TOURNAMENT One day after Noble threw a no-hitter, Shawnee nearly returned the favor. The Wolves shut out Noble 4-0 in Saturday’s championship of the Shawnee Showdown for their 10th straight victory. Sophomore left-hander Mitchell Stone took a perfect game into the fifth inning before allowing a two-out single. The performance capped a strong week for Stone, who pitched 13 scoreless innings. Shawnee has now thrown six shutouts during its winning streak. Noble advanced to the title game Friday when Noble’s Nathan Hayes threw a no-hitter against Class 2A power Dale. He did walk three batters and hit another, but found a way to work out of jams each time to out-duel Dale’s Dalton Long, who took a no-hitter into the fourth inning.
Oklahoma football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield chats with media for first time since last year's spring gameApr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Last season, Baker Mayfield tried to stay as involved as possible. He was as involved as he could be in practices — mostly serving as the scout-team quarterback — and tried to stay as much in the middle of things as he could in games. That was easy when the Sooners were at home. It required a bit of creativity when Oklahoma was on the road. Because he had to sit out last season as a...
Oklahoma football: Quarterback Baker Mayfield chats with media for first time since last year's spring game
By Ryan Aber | Apr 6, 2015NORMAN — Last season, Baker Mayfield tried to stay as involved as possible. He was as involved as he could be in practices — mostly serving as the scout-team quarterback — and tried to stay as much in the middle of things as he could in games. That was easy when the Sooners were at home. It required a bit of creativity when Oklahoma was on the road. Because he had to sit out last season as a transfer, Mayfield couldn’t travel with the team. But there he was — in Fort Worth and Lubbock (where he transferred from to go to OU) and Orlando — at team functions and on the sidelines. “That was my way of trying to stay positive and be in the game and not trying to stay on the outside,” Mayfield said Monday in his first comments to reporters since last year’s spring game. “I was trying to get in the front of it, to be in the middle of it so now that I’m in the middle of it, I’ve been with the guys and I’ve been around them for so long.” He is right in the middle of it this spring as one of four quarterbacks in the thick of the battle for the starting job in the fall. Mayfield — and the others — will have a chance to show off in Saturday’s 2 p.m. spring game. Mayfield’s teammates have done plenty of talking for him during the past year. The Texas Tech transfer hadn’t spoken publicly since after last year’s spring game. That changed Monday when Mayfield spoke to reporters following practice. He didn’t show much of the outsized personality his teammates have spoken of, but he couldn’t keep it completely in check either. “I mean, it’s the person you’ve got to be sometimes,” Mayfield said with a laugh when asked why he was keeping things buttoned up. His calm, straight-laced outward demeanor cracked a bit when he was asked about his trip to Lubbock last year to be with the Sooners while they faced Texas Tech. “It was a warm welcoming back home,” Mayfield said with a laugh. “It was weird. I saw a lot of people that I knew and I enjoyed seeing my friends. The fans weren’t great sports but…” Mayfield trailed off for a bit before saying the reaction he received in Lubbock was a bit worse than he expected. “It was ill-advised on a lot of accounts,” Mayfield said. “But I was going to see my boys play, and I wanted to be there with them so that’s why I went.” When Lincoln Riley was hired as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator, Mayfield was thrilled. “It’s pretty much the same thing,” Mayfield said when asked to compare the offense he ran at Texas Tech to Riley’s Air Raid. “I had to refresh my mind a little bit,” Mayfield said. “But it wasn’t too difficult for me.” While Mayfield calls back to his Texas Tech experience, he’s also eager to prove how much he’s grown as a football player since starting seven games with the Red Raiders, throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. “I won some games, but there is stuff my freshman year that I could have been way better at,” Mayfield said. “It could have been a lot better when I was playing. I’m still trying to improve turnovers and stuff like that.” Mayfield doesn’t expect the nine interceptions he threw at Texas Tech to be a recurring problem with the Sooners. “I forced a lot of things as a young quarterback at Tech and playing as a freshman ... just trying to force it to playmakers,” he said. “I’ve got to realize I have people that are running the shorter routes that they’re going to make plays, too. “I mean you drop it off to a guy like Joe Mixon or Samaje (Perine), they’re going to pick up a lot of yards.” Mayfield came to Norman in the wake of Trevor Knight’s outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl and before Blake Bell switched positions or Kendal Thompson transferred to Utah. Playing time seemed like a pipe dream at the time, but Mayfield wasn’t about a let a chance to play for Oklahoma slip away. He grew up an OU fan near Austin, Texas, though the Sooners didn’t show much interest “That’s where my heart always wanted to go,” Mayfield said. “I wanted to go to TCU out of high school but that was just because OU never gave me a look and TCU did. “I’ve been around the program since I was about 4 years old. So I just kind of grew up a Sooner.” Mayfield will be a junior this season because of a Big 12 rule that mandates a lost year of eligibility after transferring inside the conference. But he said he maintains some hope — citing other conferences that have changed rules in recent years — that he’ll have that year restored after a nearly season-long fight for immediate eligibility last season. “I’m looking at it positively just like I was with the first NCAA appeal,” Mayfield said. “They just made a thing that you could possibly get that extra year of eligibility after you transfer so I’m looking at it positively.”
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) 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Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Maddie Flemmons, Bethany (SW Christian) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian (SW Baptist) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Apr 4, 2015
There were a couple reasons coaches needed to get creative with Striker. First, his speed, instincts and football talent are too valuable to make him a one-trick pony. But also, after Striker emerged as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers as a sophomore in 2013, opposing teams schemed against that aspect of his game.
Oklahoma football: Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 4, 2015NORMAN — Eric Striker struggled throughout most of last season with the choice of whether to enter the 2015 NFL Draft or come back for one more season at Oklahoma. In terms of individual production, Striker had a very good junior year, ending with 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks and was a consensus All-Big 12 first teamer. There would be questions about his size, but those same qualms would still be there a year later. Was there any reason to risk injury and his draft stock by returning for a final college season? But at some point during the fourth quarter of Oklahoma’s humiliating Russell Athletic Bowl loss to Clemson — the Sooners’ fifth defeat of the year — Striker found cornerback Zack Sanchez on the sideline and made his intentions clear. “He looked at me and said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. We can’t go out like this,’” Sanchez remembered. “That just shows his character and what type of person he is. He doesn't worry as much about his personal goals. He wants this team to be the best it can be.” But that doesn't mean Striker the NFL prospect can’t benefit from another season in college, too. OU coaches spent the 2014 preseason talking about finding creative new ways to take advantage of Striker’s unique talent, and that apparently will continue to evolve in 2015. “Eric can do a lot of different things,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “We’re trying to make him multi-dimensional.” There were a couple reasons coaches needed to get creative with Striker. First, his speed, instincts and football talent are too valuable to make him a one-trick pony. But also, after Striker emerged as one of the nation’s elite pass rushers as a sophomore in 2013, opposing teams schemed against that aspect of his game. Corey Peterson, Striker’s position coach at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., attended last year’s OU-Texas game and noticed that the Longhorns did everything they could to limit him. “When he would rush, they would switch the tight end over to his side,” Peterson said. “Then they would also have the back shift to him, so he had to work twice as hard. “He’s not gonna get any one-on-one matchups anymore.” Striker still recorded two tackles for loss and a sack in Oklahoma’s 31-26 win, though. And despite the conventional wisdom among outsiders that Striker didn't rush the passer as much last year as he did in 2013, he actually ended up with 6.5 more tackles for loss and 2.5 more sacks in 2014. That’s because, Sanchez said, Striker is smarter about how he blitzes, and coaches are more creative with how they blitz him. “He’s a vet now,” Sanchez said. “He studies the game more than a lot of people think, and he’s one of the smartest dudes on the team. He’s not just a dummy out there running wild. “He knows the game better, and he’s containing his energy and learning when to use it.” All of this creativity and expansion of Striker’s role comes in the context of improving a team and a defense that massively disappointed in 2014. The Sooners were considered a favorite to reach the College Football Playoff, but finished 8-5, with Clemson’s 40-6 bowl rout capping the season. “I couldn't leave, because we came in together,” Striker said. “Me, Zack, Charles (Tapper) … this is our team now. We have to be the best we can and we have to get guys ready to play on Saturday. I didn't want to bail on those guys, and I didn't want to leave that way.”
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Apr 3, 2015SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory.The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for...
Willie Cauley-Stein's path to Final Four with Kentucky started in small Kansas town
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2015Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory. The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for the Final Four and becoming college basketball’s first 40-0 men’s team. But the path to Cauley-Stein becoming one of the nation’s top players and NBA prospects started in a tiny town in western Kansas, where he was raised by his grandparents, and traversed through Olathe, where he got an assist from one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest players. “He’s had a lot of people looking out for him and caring for him,” said Valen “Val” Stein,” Willie’s grandfather. “He probably wouldn’t be where he’s at now if it weren’t for that.” Most of Cauley-Stein’s Kentucky teammates are products of a system that identifies talent at an early age and grooms players for big-time college and professional basketball. Cauley-Stein grew up mostly outside of that world, even as he grew tall and agile in Spearville, Kan., where much of working population in a town of about 800 commutes to Dodge City, some 17 miles to the west. Not ticketed for basketball stardom at an early age, Cauley-Stein’s development may have been delayed. It caused others to question his love for the game, a notion that brings a sharp response. “If I didn’t love the game, why would I play at the University of Kentucky? Why would I ever come here? Cauley-Stein said. “That bugs me when people ask me that, ‘Why don’t you love the game?’” But because he was not immersed in the youth basketball culture, Cauley-Stein was free to set his priorities, which helped shape his personality and world view. Kentucky lists Cauley-Stein’s major as art studio, and when the team played in the Bahamas before this season, he showed up in a T-shirt with his initials in block letters across his chest. Later he said it was his own design and has admitted to a yen for fashion. “If you focus on one thing, you’re going to get bored with it or eventually get burned out if it,” Cauley-Stein said. “My grandparents taught me when I was younger to be involved in a whole bunch of different things.” This was no problem for Kentucky. “You know what that makes him?” said Orlando Antigua, the South Florida coach who recruited Cauley-Stein as a Kentucky assistant. “A unique person. That doesn’t mean he’s not a great basketball player, because he is.” During his interview to become the basketball coach at Spearville High School, Jerrod Stanford got a rundown of the roster he’d inherit. The overall talent was good and an athletic, growing freshman was arriving. “But, I remember being told he also had a lot of other interests and he might not go out for basketball,” Stanford said. Sports were merely another diversion for a young Willie Cauley-Stein and his other brother, Bryce, who grew up in the home of Val and Norman Stein. The boys lived with their mother, Marlene, in Oklahoma City when they were younger, but her long working hours made her life difficult. The boys went to live with their grandparents in Spearville and that became their home. Marlene remains a large part of the boys’ lives, and gets to as many games as she can, Val said. She and Cauley-Stein’s father, Willie Cauley, were basketball standouts, she at St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, which has since closed, and he at Dodge City Community College and for one season at the University of Pittsburgh. Cauley-Stein entered the eighth grade standing 6 feet 2. When Stanford met him for the first time in June before his freshman year, Cauley-Stein had grown to 6-6. When he suited up for the first time that season, he was 6-8. “We printed a game program with the roster with heights one day, and the next day it was wrong,” Stanford said. Under Kansas High School State Athletic Association rules, basketball players can play as many as six quarters per day, and Spearville got the most from Cauley-Stein, using him for half of the junior varsity game and the entire varsity contest. By the end of the year, Cauley-Stein was a varsity-only player and made all-conference. His sophomore season would be even better. Cauley-Stein averaged 13.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, and one game in particular stood out to Stanford, who is now an assistant coach at Fort Hays State. Spearville’s Royal Lancers played Hoisington, which featured freshman big man Cody Stetler, who would go on to play at Houston Baptist. In a big test, Cauley-Stein had perhaps the best game of his high school career, certainly his best in a Spearville uniform, with 34 points, 22 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 65-44 victory. “He’d block a shot, get the rebound, start the break and hit anybody who was open or take it in for a dunk,” Stanford said. “It was one of those days when you knew he was going to be a special player.” And it marked one of those moments when Stanford believed an earlier conversation with Cauley-Stein had paid off. Before the budding star ever put on a Spearville uniform, Stanford had mapped out a course of action. “That first year, we had upperclassmen who could score, so I wanted for Willie to work on his defense and fundamentals,” Stanford said. “My thinking was, if he could become a great defensive player, learned the right way to block shots, guard ball screens in different ways, then he could be an average scorer and still get his college paid for.” The idea would be to use the final two years of Cauley-Stein’s Spearville career to hone his offensive skills and bring it together in a total package. It never happened. The Royal Lancers, in their first state tournament since 1997, went 21-1 during the season but were upset in the Kansas Class 2A first round. Cauley-Stein had played his final game for Spearville. Even with Spearville on the jersey, basketball prospects don’t go unnoticed. But they have to travel. A big moment for Cauley-Stein occurred in the summer after his freshman season. Stanford took seven Royal Lancers to a team camp at Kanas State, and they knocked off several large class schools from Kansas and Missouri, including a Raytown South team with Division I prospects, including future Baylor signee Ish Wainright. That’s where Matt Suther, founder of the Overland Park-based MoKan Elite AAU program, first saw Cauley-Stein. “You saw the raw athletic talent,” Suther said. “He hadn’t played a ton of ball in his life, but you could see the athleticism. He could run like a deer. He wasn’t very confident in his offensive game, but he could block shots with agility.” Cauley-Stein joined MoKan and became good friends with one of his teammates, Shavon Shields, the son of former Chiefs star offensive lineman Will Shields, who’s headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Cauley-Stein would stay with the Shields’ on weekends. The occasional visitor soon became a resident. Cauley-Stein moved in with the Shields family and attended Olathe Northwest for his junior and senior seasons. The primary reason: Academics. “I needed what the (Olathe) classes offered,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s why I moved.” Cauley-Stein buckled down in the Shields’ home and was treated as one of the children, along with Shavon, Solomon and a daughter, Sanayika, There were curfews and discipline, and above all there was studying, guided by Senia, Will’s wife. “She made all of the kids work hard in school,” Will Shields said. “There was no messing around with that.” Shavon Shields and Cauley-Stein helped Olathe Northwest to a 20-2 record and a sub-state final in 2012. By then, Shields had signed with his father’s alma mater, Nebraska, and Cauley-Stein with Kentucky, although Kentucky coach John Calipari’s first impression wasn’t a memorable one. He had visited an AAU game with Antigua, who along with current aide Kenny Payne had done the early recruiting of Cauley-Stein. “I saw him at an AAU game and he got two points and, like, a rebound,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘He’s got a chance, but my gosh, two points in an AAU game,’ and other team wasn’t that good.” Calipari’s subsequent trips to see Cauley-Stein changed his mind. It wasn’t a basketball game. There was a whiffle ball game (“He was a helluva whiffle ball player,” Calipari said), a kickball game and a football game. He saw Cauley-Stein play wide receiver for the Ravens, and playing it well. Transfer rules caused Cauley-Stein to miss the football season and first five basketball games of his junior year at Olathe Northwest, but he was terrific on the gridiron as a senior, catching 57 passes and 14 touchdowns. He was chosen to The Star’s All-Metro team and was a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award as the best wide receiver in the Kansas City area. For Spearville’s eight-man team, Cauley-Stein caught seven touchdown passes in two seasons. Had he stopped growing in the eighth grade, Cauley-Stein might have become a Heisman Trophy candidate. “I love football,” Cauley Stein said. “Still do.” While at Spearville, Cauley-Stein took unofficial visits to several colleges, including Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. His official visits taken in fall of his senior year were to Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida and Alabama. Kansas wasn’t in the picture. The Jayhawks signed Perry Ellis that year and had targeted Kaleb Tarczewski, who signed with Arizona, and were set with big men for the next couple of years with Jeff Withey in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014. Kansas State was Cauley-Stein’s last official visit, and he committed to Kentucky soon after. By the Rivals.com prospect rankings system, Cauley-Stein was the lowest-rated player of the four in Kentucky’s recruiting class, behind Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, No. 40 nationally. “The way he moved his feet, run and jump the way he did for his size, you don’t see that every day,” Antigua said. “You saw tremendous upside.” From Cauley-Stein, there were nerves. The Wildcats were coming off the Anthony Davis-led NCAA championship victory over Kansas. Expectations are enormous for any player recruited by the program. The team floundered to an NIT season, but Cauley-Stein had a promising year, getting 14 starts and making the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The next season, he blocked 106 shots, the second-most in Kentucky history and missed the team’s final three NCAA Tournament games after suffering an ankle injury. After the NCAA championship game loss to Connecticut, Calipari fully expected Cauley-Stein to depart for the draft, bum ankle and all. “I hugged him and said, ‘Hey, congrats man,’” Calipari said. “The next day he came in said, ‘I want to come back.’ “I asked him why? He said. ‘I can graduate, I’m not ready to go to the league, and the third thing, I want to win a championship.’ Three very good reasons.” Barring a major upset, the last one is about to become the first to happen. As for the NBA, the early projections have Cauley-Stein, a unanimous first-team All-American, as a top-10 selection, which would make him the earliest draft call by a former Kansas high school player since Danny Manning of Lawrence was drafted first overall in 1988. Wherever he ends up, an NBA team will get a 7-footer from a small Kansas town who didn’t build his life around basketball but is playing about as well as any college player in the game and enjoying every moment. “I couldn’t imagine not playing this game,” he said. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©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: t000003277,t000003183,t000046469,t000040506,t000003278,t000391277,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000404471,t000391287,t000003195,t000404496,t000404736,g000065634,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000223654,g000364614,g000362659
Apr 2, 2015
NORMAN — In the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity video, Oklahoma’s football team leaders said they wanted to fight against cultures of “exclusivity” both on their own campus and around the country. Those kinds of conversations have — over the past couple weeks — revolved around a controversial Indiana law that critics […]
Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez, Eric Striker speak out against anti-gay discrimination
Jason Kersey | Apr 2, 2015NORMAN -- In the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity video, Oklahoma's football team leaders said they wanted to fight against cultures of "exclusivity" both on their own campus and around the country. Those kinds of conversations have -- over the past couple weeks -- revolved around a controversial Indiana law that critics say will give businesses the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians on religious grounds. The story has an added sports element because the Final Four is set to begin this weekend in Indianapolis, and the NCAA headquarters are there. NCAA president Mark Emmert released a strongly-worded statement after the bill was signed into law, indicating that it could affect the state of Indiana's ability to host future events. Pressure from Emmert and national business leaders has forced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and state legislators there to amend the bill and clarify that businesses won't be able to discriminate. In interviews with The Oklahoman this week, OU cornerback Zack Sanchez and linebacker Eric Striker spoke in favor of gay rights. "I think discriminating is the dumbest thing anybody can do as a human being," Sanchez said. "I've been guilty of it before, but at the end of the day, I know it's not right. Hopefully people will realize that it's a new age. It's not the 1800s or 1900s anymore. Things are changing. We've just gotta learn to love each other. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, orange, purple, it doesn't matter. We're all people at the end of the day. We can't go around judging people based on their preference or what color they are. "That's how I feel and that's how a lot of us feel." Striker described a friendship he developed at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., with a gay classmate named Thaddeus who changed his attitude. "I was never really against gay people, but I maybe thought things like, 'That's not me; I don't really wanna be around them,'" Striker admitted. "But as people, we have to allow people to change us. I hung around with him, had classes with him and he was just a normal, funny guy. "Now I've got no problem saying I've got gay friends. So what? I know who I am. The hatred some people have toward gay people is just not right. It's not fair. You don't give them a chance. "I think we should allow ourselves to change as the world changes." More from NewsOK: D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard working inside
FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday, April 3-Sunday, April 5
Apr 2, 2015FRIDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, MLBN (Cox 264) 5 p.m., Atlanta vs. Baltimore, MLBN (Cox 264) 8:30 p.m., Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 7 p.m., Oklahoma City at Memphis, FSOK (Cox 37)/ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9:30 p.m., Portland at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 6 p.m., Chicago at Buffalo, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., St. Louis at Dallas, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 11 a.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) AHL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Charlotte, KXXY-FM 96.1 COLLEGE BASEBALL 2 p.m., TCU at Texas Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 273)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6:30 p.m., Iowa State at Oklahoma, FCS (Cox 271) WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., SMU at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) LACROSSE 6 p.m., N. Carolina at Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7:30 p.m., Villanova at Denver, FS1 (Cox 67) BOXING 8 p.m., P. Petrov vs. G. Diaz, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 10 a.m., Gonz. Prep vs. Miami C. Day, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, South Shore vs. Dillard, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m., Nationals Semifinals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 7 p.m., Idaho at Oklahoma City, KINB-FM 105.3 SATURDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Cincinnati vs. Toronto, MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m., N.Y. Mets vs. Texas, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., San Francisco vs. Oakland, MLBN (Cox 264) 8 p.m., L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers, MLBN (Cox 264) NHL 2 p.m., Vancouver at Winnipeg, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6 p.m., Toronto at Boston, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7 p.m., Dallas at Nashville, FSOK (Cox 37) AUTO RACING 5:30 p.m., FIA Formula E, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:09 p.m., Michigan State vs. Duke, TBS (Cox 62) 7:49 p.m., Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS (Cox 62) MEN’S TENNIS 3 p.m., Texas Tech at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) WOMEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon, Texas A&M at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Indiana St. at Wichita St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 272)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m., Arkansas at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m., Alabama at Kentucky, ESPNU (Cox 253 Noon, Texas Tech at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Auburn, SECN (Cox 275) LACROSSE 4 p.m., Notre Dame at Duke, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Chelsea vs. Stoke City, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) WOMEN’S SOCCER 3 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 9:30 p.m., Arizona at Las Vegas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) GIRLS BASKETBALL 9 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN2 (Cox 28) BOYS BASKETBALL 11 a.m., High School Nationals, ESPN (Cox 29) NBADL 6 p.m., Oklahoma City at Erie, KINB-FM 105.3 GYMNASTICS 4 p.m., NCAA Norman Regional, FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271) BOXING 2 p.m., A. Stevenson vs. S. Bika, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) SUNDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA Noon, Houston at Oklahoma City, KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 2:30 p.m., Chicago at Cleveland, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m., Golden St. at San Antonio, NBATV (Cox 256) 8:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 11 a.m., Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., Washington at Detroit, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., St. Louis at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m., Drive-Putt-Chip, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Houston Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Houston Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 4 p.m., LPGA: ANA Inspiration, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S TENNIS Noon, ATP World Tour, ESPN (Cox 29) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Maryland vs. UConn, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m., Vanderbilt at Georgia, SECN (Cox 275) 1 p.m., Texas at Oklahoma State, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KSPI-FM 93.7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m., Oregon at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Alabama at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m., Mississippi St. at Arkansas, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 7:30 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 10 a.m., English Premier League, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4 p.m., Salt Lake at San Jose, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Sporting KC at Philadelphia, FS1 (Cox 67)
SUNDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m., Seattle vs. San Diego, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 11:30 a.m., Houston at Washington, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., OKC at Phoenix, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., San Jose at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Sunday, March 29-Monday, March 30
Mar 28, 2015SUNDAY MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) Noon, Tampa Bay vs. Boston, MLBN (Cox 264) 3 p.m., Seattle vs. San Diego, MLBN (Cox 264) NBA 11:30 a.m., Houston at Washington, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 8 p.m., OKC at Phoenix, FSOK (Cox 37)/NBATV (Cox 256)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 2 p.m., Washington at N.Y. Rangers, NHLNET (Cox 263) 6:30 p.m., San Jose at Pittsburgh, NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING Noon, NASCAR, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., IndyCar Series, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) GOLF 8 a.m., Trophee Hassan II, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Valero Texas Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Valero Texas Open, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2 p.m., Gulf Resort Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 5 p.m., LPGA: Kia Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 1:20 p.m., Louisville vs. Michigan St., KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 4:05 p.m., Duke vs. Gonzaga, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Florida St. vs. S. Carolina, ESPN (Cox 29) 7:30 p.m., Baylor vs. Notre Dame, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE BASEBALL 1 p.m., Kansas St. at Oklahoma St., KSPI-FM 93.7 1 p.m., Oklahoma at Baylor, FSOK (Cox 37)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KRXO-FM 107.7 2:30 p.m., Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon, Oklahoma St. at Baylor, FCS (Cox 272) Noon, Auburn at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Georgia at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE HOCKEY 4 p.m., NCAA Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., NCAA Tournament, ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S LACROSSE 10 a.m., Brown vs. Princeton, ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon, Duke at N. Carolina, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2 p.m., Ohio St. vs. Penn St., ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., Serbia at Portugal, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:50 p.m., Philadelphia at Chicago, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Salt Lake vs. Toronto, FS1 (Cox 67) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m., Philadelphia at Orlando, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBADL 5 p.m., Oklahoma City at Austin, KINB-FM 105.3 MONDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 5 p.m., Edmond N. at Norman N., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv MLB SPRING TRAINING Noon, Washington vs. St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) NBA 6:30 p.m., Houston at Toronto, NBATV (Cox 256) 9 p.m., Phoenix at Portland, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7:30 p.m., Calgary at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles at Chicago, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Regional from Albany, ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m., Regional from Spokane, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 6 p.m., Georgia at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 7 p.m., Powerade Jamfest, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Mar 28, 2015
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from […]
Norman North's Quan Hogan, Hollis' Jace Webb add scholarship offers
Scott Wright | Mar 28, 2015It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from Colorado State and Toledo, adding to his list of Tulsa, Arkansas State and Wyoming. Webb, a 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive lineman, already had an Army offer in the bank when Ohio, North Texas and Wyoming joined in the pursuit, according to Hollis coach Reade Box. Webb is coming off helping Hollis to the state basketball tournament, where he was a starting forward. More than 20 players in the state’s 2016 recruiting class have Division I scholarship offers already, with 10 months remaining until National Signing Day.
NORMAN — Oklahoma true freshman running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of spring practice after suffering a sprained MCL, coach Bob Stoops said in a radio interview Thursday afternoon. Speaking on WWLS with hosts Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek, Stoops said he expects Anderson to be fine by the time fall camp begins. […]
Oklahoma football: Rodney Anderson suffers sprained MCL, out for remainder of spring practices
Jason Kersey | Mar 26, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma true freshman running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of spring practice after suffering a sprained MCL, coach Bob Stoops said in a radio interview Thursday afternoon. Speaking on WWLS with hosts Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek, Stoops said he expects Anderson to be fine by the time fall camp begins. Still, it's a tough blow for a promising freshman who had received rave reviews from teammates and coaches through only three spring practices. Sophomore running back Samaje Perine, who rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns last year as a true freshman, praised Anderson earlier this week. Perine said he expected Anderson to see early playing time. "He knows what he has to do and how hard he has to work," Perine said. "I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he gets thrown in there early on in the season and often, just because that’s the type of guy he is. He’s a hard worker and he’s gonna fight his butt off to do what he has to do." Anderson enrolled early at Oklahoma after a fantastic career at Katy (Texas) High School. He recorded 265 carries, 2,662 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 10.1 yards per carry.
Mar 26, 2015
Upstate New York is a beautiful part of the country. Mountains. Lots of waters. Lots of quaint villages. Now, upstate New York in March is no fun. The snow can be gorgeous for about 15 minutes, but I’m already tired of it, after about 30 hours in Syracuse. I’m sure the locals, after a long, […]
Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown
Berry Tramel | Mar 26, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/babe-ruth.jpg]3614906[/img] Upstate New York is a beautiful part of the country. Mountains. Lots of waters. Lots of quaint villages. Now, upstate New York in March is no fun. The snow can be gorgeous for about 15 minutes, but I'm already tired of it, after about 30 hours in Syracuse. I'm sure the locals, after a long, hard winter, can't wait for spring. Wednesday was our dead day in Syracuse. No basketball business. So we drove over to Cooperstown. We had visited Halls of Fame both Monday and Tuesday, no reason to stop now. The Baseball Hall of Fame waited in Cooperstown, so off we went. THE VILLAGE A copy of the weekly Cooperstown newspaper, The Freeman's Journal, sat on a counter, proclaiming “COOPERSTOWN’S NEWSPAPER FOR 207 YEARS.” Made us who work at The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World and the Norman Transcript, all in the neighborhood of 120 years old, feel like whippersnappers. Yep, Cooperstown is old. Founded by the father of author James Fenimore Cooper. Incorporated in 1807, named Cooperstown in 1812. James Fenimore Cooper wrote his series, The Leatherstocking Tales, based around Cooperstown. The Last of the Mohicans. The local high school team is called the Hawkeyes. Cooperstown sits on the shores of massive Lake Otsego, which can be beautiful but was frozen over Wednesday. Cooperstown is a seasonal town. Lots of beautiful homes sit in and around Cooperstown. An Opera company operates outside town during the summers. The village is home to the Farmers Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. It has a huge medical center that doesn't fit at all, with architecture that looks like it belongs at 33rd and Classen, not in a Dickens village. The town's population in 2010 was 1,852. Much of the commerce in the village has dissipated, replaced by tourist enterprises on the charming stretch of Main Street. Cooperstown can remind you of the village in "Funny Farm," the Chevy Chase comedy in which Chevy and his wife move to a charming little town that is inhabited by kooks. I came across no kooks in Cooperstown, but the village was completely charming. Much of the business in town is baseball-related. Shops named Yastrzemski's and Shoeless Joe's. The town was mostly dead on Wednesday. In the summers, the place is hopping. Induction Weekend, I'm told, you can't even move up and down the streets. But things were slow Wednesday. We parked just down the street from the Hall of Fame, on the street. Two-hour parking. I went out and moved the car after awhile, got even a closer spot. Probably not necessary. I doubt the meter maid was on duty. BASEBALL'S SHRINE [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/cooperstown-fans1.jpg]3614910[/img] Here's my lasting impression of the Baseball Hall of Fame. As I walked up a wide staircase to reach the second floor of the exhibits, a boy about 10 years old sat on a step, playing on his cell phone. I couldn't really blame him. Let's see. I first went to Cooperstown in 1976. Went back in 2000. First went to Canton in 1998; went back in 2004 and 2006. So that's baseball '76, football '98, baseball '00, football '04, football '06, football Monday, baseball Wednesday. I consistently have said that Canton's Hall of Fame trumps Cooperstown's Hall of Fame. Monday, I wavered. Just wasn't wowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame anymore. I remain unwowed. But I rescind my order of preference. The Baseball Hall of Fame wows me even less. It sits in a gorgeous, stately building on Cooperstown's Main Street. It's OK. But it's nothing special. Especially after going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the day before. The gallery of Hall of Famers, for instance. Plaques on a wall in a high-ceilinged room that makes you think you're in a library. Jim Traber called me while I was touring the gallery. I was ashamed when my phone rang; like I had allowed my phone to ring in church or something. The exhibits lack pizazz. There's a room that dedicates a locker to each major league team. Inside each locker are a few items, most of them contemporary. Why not uniform progression for each team? Why not tribute to the ballparks of each team? The Hall of Famers for each team? The Babe Ruth exhibit is cool. Lots of interesting stuff in there. And a decent Hank Aaron section. The African-American experience and the Latin experience both are well-displayed. But the exhibit to women in baseball is almost as big as either. Cooperstown has been victimized by baseball's sins. A tribute to baseball records specifies that all records are through 2006. It's not Cooperstown's fault that baseball history stopped with Barry Bonds. But it is Cooperstown's fault that it thinks fans want to celebrate Frank Thomas in a Blue Jays jersey and Tom Glavine wearing the threads of the Mets. Thomas and Glavine, two of the most recent inductees, are honored in an early exhibit. Thomas hit his 500th homer with Toronto. Glavine reached 300 victories with New York. The Hall of Fame lacks much in the way of interaction. The videos seem outdated. There's a heavy reliance on words, which will be the death of any museum. Heck, on the plaques themselves, modern curators have gotten fat. Babe Ruth's plaque has about 28 words of description. Ty Cobb's about 25. The 21st-century inductees include about 80 words. If you need three times as many words to describe the feats of Bert Blyleven as you need for Babe Ruth, there's a problem. The museum costs $23 to enter, and I'd still say a baseball fan needs to go. Once. Not necessarily thrice. I'd like to come back to Cooperstown some day. Bring the Dish. But if I do, I don't know if I'll go to the Baseball Hall of Fame. COOPERSTOWN DINER [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/burger.jpg]3614907[/img] We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner at the shotgun-shaped Cooperstown Diner. A place with about four tables and maybe eight chairs. Typical diner fare. But atypical cheeseburgers. We ordered the jumbo cheeseburger and were rewarded with the tallest hamburger I've ever seen. Literally. It was two inches tall. The meat was shaped like, I don't know, two hockey pucks stacked on top of each other. I have no idea how we were supposed to eat it, but the bread was thin -- which is good, breads weighs you down -- so I mashed mine down and was able to get it in my mouth. I don't know how you cook a burger that thick, but the diner pulled it off. I also had mashed potatoes and brown gravy; any place that serves brown gravy is OK by me. The Cooperstown Diner has been in business since 1921. I'm telling you. This is an old place. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND Despite its beauty, upstate New York is in many ways a depressed place. The slow loss of industry over the last 50 years has hurt the economy in places like Rome and Utica and Schenectaday. The drive from Syracuse east on I-90 takes you over the Erie Canal, which sounds majestic but isn't all that impressive. The Verdigris River at the Port of Catoosa is much more impressive. The Erie Canal is just not that wide. The drive from I-90 to Cooperstown is charming. Go along two-lane highways through quaint villages and pretty lakes when not covered by snow. Lots of interesting houses back up to Schuyler Lake and I'm sure make for great summer homes. SYRACUSE HISTORY My old pal Ed Frost sent a note after he found out I was in Syracuse. Ed is always good for some historical perspective: "'If you were in Syracuse on October 11, 1959, you could have bought a grandstand ticket for $2.50 to watch Mickey’s All-Stars vs. Willie’s All-Stars with former middleweight champion Carmen Basilio as umpire. There was a home run hitting contest, too.' "That’s a quote between pages 240 and 241 in the Mickey and Willie book I’m reading. It’s on a page of pictures. Mickey, Willie, Rocky Colavito and Hank Aaron were all there, but the book doesn’t say who won the home run contest. It does say Willie hit a grand slam and his team beat Mickey’s 8-2 in the game. It was at Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium, says the book. Funny. I don’t think I ever thought of Syracuse in connection with baseball, but I just encountered this passage a while ago when I was reading after our hail and wind and rain settled down. I’m still just a little over halfway through the book and enjoying it. Thought I’d give you a little history on the city’s sports history. Of course, I’m more prone to think of Jim Brown there, and Bud Wilkinson working on his master's and helping Ossie Solem coach. I had to look up that name — thought it was Ossie Salem, but it was Solem. "I tend to think of most things in sports frameworks, I guess. If I happen to glance at a clock and it says 7:14, you know what I think of (Babe Ruth). And it’s amazing to me how often it happens — I glance, and it’s 7:14..." If you look at a clock and think of Babe Ruth, you would enjoy the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mar 17, 2015
Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately.
High school notebook: Del City's Terry Wilson among football players to receive offers
BY JACOB UNRUH | Mar 17, 2015Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, Wilson now has offers from Arkansas State, Houston and new Mexico State. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately. Arkansas State offered scholarships to Harrah’s Logan Roberson, Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Lone Grove’s Jeremy Lewis. Navy also extended offers to three players: Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, Jenks’ Austin Quillen and Tulsa Edison’s Alex Criddle. Wyoming offered Hollis lineman Jace Webb, Jenks safety Dillon Stoner and Oologah’s Jimmy McKinney, who was also offered by Air Force. Edmond Santa Fe safety Calvin Bundage also got an offer from Tennessee, adding to the every-growing list for the top-ranked prospect on the Super 30. COAC ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM ANNOUNCED The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference recently released its Girls Basketball All-Conference team, with Southmoore senior Serithia Hawkins bringing home top honors in the conference. Hawkins, a Houston signee, was named the conference MVP. She led the SaberCats to the Class 6A state semifinals this season. Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec was named Coach of the Year after leading a young Jaguars team to a No. 4 ranking and one win from the state tournament. Westmoore’s Ashley Gomez was also named the Offensive Player of the Year, while a pair of Deer Creek stars took home two awards — Dakota Vann as Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Manning as Newcomer of the Year. Here is the full list of awards: MVP: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore Coach of the Year: Andrea Guziec, Westmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Ashley Gomez, Westmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Dakota Vann, Deer Creek Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Manning, Deer Creek All-Conference First Team: Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Jo’Nah Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Dylan Fix, Stillwater; Jessi Murcer, Westmoore; Makayla Foy, Yukon Second Team: Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Tia Williams, Norman North; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore Third Team: Alexis Cooper, Edmond Santa Fe; Allison Rogers, Moore; Logan Haller, Mustang; Alexa Scott, Norman North; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore Honorable Mention: Deer Creek: Abbey Renner, Shae Scheffler, Elayna Wilson; Edmond Memorial: Avery Ogle, Elise Wyatt; Edmond North: Abby Olsen, Hayli Hoffman, Sloan Hendley; Edmond Santa Fe: Rachel Shadid, Michaela Mack; Moore: Ashlie Rose, Shala Robinson, Tamera Shaver; Mustang: Addy Lawson, Madison Maxwell; Norman: Dariena Hunter, Shelby Thrailkill; Norman North: Kenna Sturgell; Southmoore: Kyra Johnston; Stillwater: Lauren Stettnisch; Westmoore: Callie Palmer, Whitney Outon; Yukon: Ashlyn Basler, Katy Fuston, Maci Exum, Shariah Anderson SUBURBAN CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED The Suburban Conference announced its All-Conference Girls Basketball team awards Monday evening with Piedmont taking home top honors. Piedmont senior Hayden Priddy was named Player of the Year, while coach Jamie Hill was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats made the Class 5A state semifinals last week. Shawnee took home the other top honors with freshman Monica Brooks being named Newcomer of the Year and Kelsey Simmons being named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a look at the entire All-Conference team: Player of the Year: Hayden Priddy, Piedmont Coach of the Year: Jamie Hill, Piedmont Newcomer of the Year: Monica Brooks, Shawnee Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Simmons First Team: Micayla Haynes, Guthrie; Dominique Golightly, Chickasha; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Bre Reid, Piedmont; Moe Tramble, Shawnee Second Team: Sydney Gray, El Reno; Taylor Sylvester, Chickasha; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Lexus Halfred, El Reno; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont Third Team: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Jennifer Byrd, Noble; Kamber Smedley, Guthrie; Charissa Price, Carl Albert Honorable Mention: Carl Albert: Lanie Batten Goodman; Chickasha: Jackie Ramos; El Reno: Regan Owen; Guthrie: Sojo Love; Noble: Sarah King; Piedmont: Kayden Carver, Maddie Sperle; Western Heights: Charon Cheatham, Brittney Vince
Eric Striker uncut: The Oklahoma junior linebacker talks about racism at OU, the SAE video and his identityMar 16, 2015
NORMAN — It’s been a week since I sat down with Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker for an exclusive, one-on-one interview in which he discussed race relations at OU, his desire to be seen as more than a football player and what he thinks needs to change. Here is the link to the original story off […]
Eric Striker uncut: The Oklahoma junior linebacker talks about racism at OU, the SAE video and his identity
Jason Kersey | Mar 16, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/03/Striker1.jpg]3604262[/img] NORMAN -- It's been a week since I sat down with Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker for an exclusive, one-on-one interview in which he discussed race relations at OU, his desire to be seen as more than a football player and what he thinks needs to change. Here is the link to the original story off the interview with Striker, but I'd also like to make sure you guys see a more complete transcript of what he said during our long conversation. I've formatted it like our "Collected Wisdom" interviews that run in Sunday newspapers. This is not a black and white thing. This is something that was clearly wrong, no matter what race did it. We see now that at this point, it's not just white people doing that. There's all kinds of hatred out there. As athletes, we want to show people that we're not just athletes. We're not just football players, basketball players, soccer players. This is bigger than our sport. We want people to look at us as other people. When you see Eric Striker's name, what do you say? "Oh, he's fast. He's quick." No, that's not what I wanna hear. I want people to know me for my character, for how I am as a person. At the end of the day, football is a game that we're not gonna be playing for long. Eventually we're gonna have to go out and do what we do in the real world. We're making a stand here to show that we're more than the number and last name on our jersey. We are human beings. This is not the first time something like this has happened to one of us. We have been to fraternities -- not just SAE -- and we get the "What are you doing here?" We get the "You can be here as long as you don't cause trouble" when we're minding our own business. We've had a lot of incidents at frat houses. We're not welcome. They don't want us there. SAE is not the only one. All of this has happened, and we kept it within and pushed it under the rug. After this, we have to take a stand. Our voices have to be heard. These are the same guys after the game who are coming up to us, shaking our hands, giving us hugs. It's the same ones. Don't fake it. Be who you are. Don't talk all this N-word stuff behind my back and in front of my face, treat me like a superhero. They only care about me because I've got '19' on my back. If I didn't wear '19' on my back and play football for the university, I wouldn't be allowed up in that fraternity. I hate to be defined as a football player. I've got a great personality. I'm humorous. I'm a political science major. I love everybody. I'm a people person. Football is not who I am. That's all you know is '19.' Screw that, man. Try to get to know me. That's what I try to show in my classes, "I promise, I'm not the athlete stereotype. I'm not here just trying to get by and make decent grades so I can keep playing football. I'm trying to do it all the way to the max, just like you are." I love political science here. I love my professors and I love the other students that I see all the time. We all chop it up. We've all got different religions, believe in all kinds of stuff. But we're able to come together and talk. A guy may be an atheist and another guy may be a big Christian, but we're talking together. It's all respect. We're so much more than athletes, and I don't like to feel like a cash cow. I'm here making money for the university. Yeah, I'm on scholarship, and I'm very grateful for that. But I pay to play with my body. I'm breaking my body. But while we're at this university, we shouldn't just be here to play our sport and "Bye, see you later." I hope this message reaches all across the country, to kids coming up, Little League, high school ball, to remember that. Remember that you're gonna do your thing. Don't rely on football. You are a human being. You are a person. This is not everybody. There are a lot of those guys that are good people. I've met them. I've got class with them. I'm so mad that it made the university look so bad. It made the state look bad. I'm sure there are guys in that fraternity whose parents raised them the right way, and that isn't in their heart, but they felt influenced to do that. I'm sure you saw my SnapChat thing. That was a quick reaction. I want to apologize if I offended anybody with my curse words. It was just how I felt. I don't want anybody to think I'm angry. I'm just very hurt. It's 2015, and this is still happening. I've got a big image, but if Joe Blow feels like he can come and punch me in my face and I'm just supposed to sit there because of my image? Anybody gets punched in the face, they wanna react. I'm an athlete and I've got an image, but I'm a human being. I don't give a damn about what I did in the sport. At the end of the day, all of that's gonna be gone. Those kids on that bus are gonna be future businessmen. Future CEOs. They're gonna be somebody's boss. They're gonna have children. It's a bad situation, and it happened at our school. This is bigger than football. This is bigger than practice. It's very personal. I'm a very forgiving person. In some ways, I feel sorry for them that they feel that way and that hatred has been taught. I'm the type of person, I don't let the slightest bit of racism pass me. Even if it's a joke. This is serious. You can't joke about it. You can't let the slightest bit of this stuff pass you. This has made the university look so bad. It's made people in Oklahoma look bad. It's made all fraternities in the United States look bad. I feel like as a young black person, I’m always looked at as a threat. We intimidate people without them even getting to know us. We all are people. We all get sick. We all have to use the restroom. We are all human beings. I go outside and walk around in my black hoodie all the time with my friends. Some guy just feels like they can come shoot me and it's OK? That's just how we're feeling. We're fed up. I'm not being extreme. I'm angry. I'm hurt. At this point, I'm thinking, "When is this gonna stop?" Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. It's just adding more flames. When we do interviews, I'm all about talking sports. This is something that athletes need to be talking about. At this point, I don't want to get interviewed about, "How was practice?" or "How does so-and-so look?" I don't care for that right now. The problem is, as black people, we say (the N-word). White people might feel comfortable saying it because we say it. As black people, we've gotta correct ourselves and straighten ourselves up, too. We usually end it with an 'a,' but that was a hard 'er' they were using. We need to straighten up and stop using the word. Period. It's 2015. People have to adjust to the way the world's changing. We're talking more about gay rights. You can't be the same ignorant person you were before. You have to allow yourself to change and evolve. I had a gay friend in high school named Thaddeus who changed my life. They are human beings. They are people just like us at the end of the day. There's nothing wrong with them. I'm glad this came out, because I've been arguing that racism does still exist. This has been happening for so long, that there should be a punishment. They need to know that this is not OK. I don't know what David Boren's gonna do. I know the fraternity is completely done. But I wanna know about the dudes in that fraternity. The ones that live off campus and said that chant. They need to go. That chant is clearly something that's been taught to everybody in that fraternity. Something harsh has to happen to them. English is required. U.S. history is required. Government is required. Well why don't we make a multicultural class required? A lot of these kids coming in here don't know anything about other races. That's all. The white people I've taken African American classes with, their whole mind changed. We have been a family on our team. There's nothing like that ever on our team. Coach Stoops is behind us. He wants us to have anything we need. He loves us. That's something he said when we got recruited, and that's still how it is. We're gonna have to deal with (recruits) coming in. I'm gonna let them know we don't agree with it. That's not how we operate here as a team. We're trying to rally around each other and stand up for what's right. If you join us, you can be part of that. It's hard because how do I justify them being around some of these people? No parent would want their kids around those people. I don't think my mother would let me come here. I don't think I'd want to come here, either. Who wants to send their child around that?
Mar 9, 2015
Striker reached out to a reporter from The Oklahoman and asked to meet so that he could more fully express his feelings — and the feelings of other OU student-athletes — about the racist video, the struggles young black men sometimes face on OU’s campus and his profound desire to be seen as more than a football player.
Oklahoma football: Eric Striker can't stay silent any longer
By Jason Kersey | Mar 9, 2015NORMAN — Less than 12 hours after viewing the video — and three hours before he would walk arm-in-arm with teammates and coaches into the Everest Training Center in silent protest — Oklahoma senior linebacker and team captain Eric Striker sat in the OU library, calmly detailing his outrage and heartache over the racist chant that went viral Sunday night and embarrassed his school. Striker’s initial reaction to the video, showing members of the now-disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon OU chapter cheerfully singing that they’d never accept a black brother, went viral itself. He posted an 18-second, profanity-laced tirade to SnapChat, angrily accusing the same fraternity members who sang that racist song of shaking athletes’ hands and hugging them after big games. Monday morning, Striker posted a much more subdued video in which he apologized for his language, but not for the substance of his message. Between those two video messages, though, Striker reached out to a reporter from The Oklahoman and asked to meet so that he could more fully express his feelings — and the feelings of other OU student-athletes — about the racist video, the struggles young black men sometimes face on OU’s campus and his profound desire to be seen as more than a football player. “I hate to be defined as a football player,” Striker said. “I’ve got a great personality. I’m humorous. I’m a political science major. I love everybody. I’m a people person. “Football is not who I am. All you know is the number ‘19’ on the back of my jersey.” Silent no more Striker grew up in Seffner, Fla., a suburb of Tampa, with a single mother and two siblings. Lia Skelton raised her children to treat others with respect, reject hatred and constantly pursue knowledge. Eric, her youngest son, once said he got his “kindness,” “humbleness” and “relentlessness” from his mother, who is working her way through law school at age 44. After he saw the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video, Striker texted the link to his mother, then called her in tears. “He was very upset,” Skelton said. “My heart breaks for him. I was ready to get on the next plane and get up there to stand by him.” She didn’t see his rant video until Monday morning. As his mom, the language bothered her, but she also admitted having no idea how she might respond to something similar. “I told him he might want to apologize for the cursing, but that he shouldn’t apologize for what he said or what he feels. “He really doesn’t speak that way, but he was angry and he was hurt. I don’t know what it’s like to be a black man in America. I don’t know what it’s like to be a young black man in Oklahoma. I will never know.” As Striker sat in a quiet corner on the fourth floor of OU’s Bizzell Memorial Library, he tried putting it into words. The All-Big 12 linebacker — perhaps best known for tormenting Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in the 2014 Sugar Bowl — said he and his teammates have kept quiet about the way they’ve been treated in the past at fraternity parties — and not just SAE events. No more. Despite often being invited to parties because of his athletic prowess — and used to promote and create buzz about those parties — Striker said he’s been singled out and asked who invited him, then told he can stay, “as long as you don’t cause any trouble.” Striker recalled defensive end Charles Tapper being called the N-word at one fraternity party, and former OU running back David Smith overhearing someone whisper that people at a date party should watch out for Smith, because he might take a girl home and rape her. “All of this has happened, and we kept it within and pushed it under the rug,” Striker said. “After (the video), we have to take a stand. Our voices have to be heard.” Searching for solutions Standing up and speaking is part of Striker’s push for more conversation, more inclusion and more understanding between people who are often only superficially different. He thinks that in addition to English, history and math, OU students should be required to take a class on another culture. “A lot of these kids coming in here don’t know anything about other races,” he said. “I’ve taken African-American courses with white people, and they’ve had their whole minds changed.” One of Striker’s goals in every class he takes is to make sure his classmates know he’s not a stereotypical athlete. He speaks up and debates issues, and through that has made a wide variety of friends outside of the football team. “I hope this message reaches all across the country, to kids coming up in Little League and on through high school ball,” Striker said. “You’re gonna do your thing, but don’t rely on football. You are a human being. You are a person.” He said some responsibility falls on the African-American community to stop freely using the N-word. “We need to straighten up and stop using the word,” he said. “Period.” Striker called himself a “forgiving person” and — in a way — feels sorry for the people who sang that offensive song, but also wants a strong message sent to the OU community. “I know the fraternity is completely done, but I wanna know about the dudes in that fraternity,” he said. “The ones that live off campus and said that chant, they need to go.” ‘You must not lose faith in humanity’ After Striker’s angry rant went viral, he began receiving text messages from concerned friends and family. One message in particular — received Monday morning from Mariah Cumings, a friend at OU — resonated with Striker, who said every time another bit of news breaks about black people suffering for potentially racist reasons, he gets a little bit angrier. Unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was gunned down in the streets of Sanford, Fla., which is only a 90 minute drive from Striker’s hometown. The deaths of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner created more anger and confusion for Striker. “I feel like as a young black person, I’m always looked at as a threat,” he said. “We intimidate people without them even getting to know us. “We all are people. We all get sick. We all have to use the restroom. We are all human beings.” Cumings’ text included a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” That’s why Striker, ever the optimist, will keep plugging along, but he won’t forget. Because despite how much progress has been made, that video proves society still has a long way to go. “It was a quick reaction,” he said of his viral rant. “I want to apologize if I offended anybody with my curse words. It was just how I felt. I don’t want anybody to think I’m angry. I’m just very hurt. “It’s 2015, and this is still happening.”
Mar 8, 2015
Executive Q&A: Norman tax attorney Rod Polston said he revels in helping entrepreneurs, contract workers with tax solutions.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma attorney believes he was created for tax collections work
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Mar 8, 2015Entrepreneurs and delinquent taxpayers can go hand-in-hand, Rod Polston, chief executive of Norman-based Blackfin IRS Solutions, believes. Good entrepreneurs are optimists, so they naturally believe things will turn around soon, he said. The trouble is many find themselves owing five years in back taxes; even 10 is not uncommon, he said. “It’s the snowball effect,” Polston said. “It becomes so big they don’t want to look at it.” Polston can relate; he nearly filed bankruptcy himself a few years out of law school, before he started his tax resolution business, he said. “Now, I love representing entrepreneurs and contract workers,” Polston said. “I have a built-in mutual respect that they have the guts to go out on their own and lay it all on the line,” he said. “That’s why I go to bat for them so hard.” Blackfin has offices in Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Yukon, Lawton and Tulsa. The firm employs 55, including 13 attorneys and 21 accountants. Polston said the firm last year served some 1,300 new clients, who were charged a flat fee depending on the difficulty of their cases. Polston, 41, recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: You lived in Lawton until you were 11. Tell us about that. A: My dad grew up in Cyril, a small refinery town northeast of Lawton, and mom, on a farm in Sentinel. In Lawton, she was an elementary school teacher, and he was a high school football coach who put Lawton Ike on the map. The school never had a winning team, but four or five years after he took over, they were in the state finals. My dad quit coaching and went into the insurance business, with Globe Life, in 1978 when I was 4, so I don’t remember much of his football days. But the irony is years later in 1992, when I was a defensive back and captain for Norman High School, Norman beat Lawton Ike for the state championship. My sister, who’s four years older, and I gave my dad a hard time when we moved from Lawton. I was to be president of the student council that next year, and she’d made the pom squad. But we both loved Norman High, where she was a cheerleader and I played football. Some of my favorite memories were taking annual ski trips over spring break to Colorado with two to three other families. We’d rent a big house, cook our meals there and all the kids would hang out together. Today, my sister lives in Bixby and my parents are retired and live in Frisco, Texas. We’re all still really close. Q: You decided in high school to become a tax attorney. Why? A: I knew I wanted to be an attorney and numbers were always easy for me. Tax law seemed to be the perfect fit. I chose to go to OSU to get out of my hometown for college. Plus, OSU had a top accounting school. I loved Stillwater; it’s the perfect college town. There weren’t that many places to go, so everyone was always together. Plus, I was always a country boy, an outdoorsy type, growing up, so I enjoyed mixing with students from rural Oklahoma. I finished in four and a half years, worked a tax season and then started full-time law school, at OCU, the following fall. Q: Have you always worked for yourself? A: I interned eight years for an estate planning attorney in Norman, while I was in law school and for four or five years following graduation. I always dreamed of having my own business, and never contemplated anything else. But for the first several years following my graduation from law school, it was a three-ring circus — literally. I was interning for the attorney, doing tax prep and setting up business entities; selling dietary supplements for a multilevel marketing company; and running a tanning salon with my brother-in-law. Then, by the grace of God, this practice fell in place. Q: What led you to focus on tax collections? A: Shortly after I moved out on my own, I received a marketing letter from Jack McDonough, the Colorado-based pioneer of the tax resolution industry. Though I couldn’t afford it at the time, I charged $1,500 to my credit card for his system, because I thought it was worth the risk. His box of books sat on my desk for a year and half before I, in the fall of 2006, dedicated myself to following the system for six months. I prayed to God that if it was what He wanted me to do, that I’d make it big. And if not, that the door would slam shut. I had my answer on my first client, a contract labor oil-field welder, married with a few boys, whose paychecks had been levied by the IRS. I won a release for them in mid-December and his wife was so grateful that she could give her kids a Christmas that she cried on the phone. That was my defining moment. I knew then that this is what I was created to do. I own McDonough’s licensing agreement for the state of Oklahoma, and also am a partner on the franchisor side. Q: What’s the story behind the big photo in your office of you holding a mountain lion? A: I shot him in December in north Idaho. An outfitter and I tracked him in the snow starting at 2 a.m. one morning, before a dog finally treed him a little before sunrise. He spanned 8 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 170 pounds. I’ve been hunting with a rifle since I was 15, and started bow hunting at 16. There’s more of a challenge, a sense of accomplishment, hunting with a bow. I liken it to the fly fishing of the hunting world. I’m always hunting something, starting with elk in September; deer, from October through January; and bear every May.