Norman North Timberwolves football
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|2012-08-30||vs||Norman||W||30 - 20|
|2012-09-07||vs||Del City||W||41 - 14|
|2012-09-13||@||Westmoore||L||16 - 29|
|2012-09-21||@||Midwest City||W||66 - 27|
|2012-09-28||vs||Yukon||W||34 - 28|
|2012-10-04||@||U.S. Grant||W||56 - 0|
|2012-10-11||vs||Edmond North||W||49 - 27|
|2012-10-19||@||Putnam North||W||34 - 7|
|2012-10-26||vs||Moore||W||54 - 0|
|2012-11-01||@||Lawton Eisenhower||W||48 - 13|
|2012-11-09||vs||Southmoore||W||21 - 6|
|2012-11-16||vs||Broken Arrow||W||24 - 16|
|2012-11-23||@||Owasso||W||49 - 42|
|2012-11-30||@||Jenks||L||20 - 55|
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Sep 1, 2015
The MAC, the league with a chip on its shoulder, lives to knock off a team from one of the prestigious leagues with much more exposure and resources.
Beware of the MAC: The Mid-American Conference teams play football with a chip on their shoulder
By BERRY TRAMEL | Sep 1, 2015Three Big Ten teams in 2012. Two Big Ten teams plus Virginia in 2013. Three more Big Ten teams, plus Pitt, in 2014. Penn State, Alabama, Michigan State. Iowa on a regular basis. Four times Kirk Ferentz teams have been upset by a Mid-American Conference team, but the Hawkeyes are in crowded company. The MAC, the league with a chip on its shoulder, lives to knock off a team from one of the prestigious leagues with much more exposure and resources. And into that morality play march OSU and OU as the college football season opens. At least the Sooners host Akron on Saturday night; the Cowboys have signed up for road duty, playing Central Michigan on Thursday night in Mount Pleasant, Mich. “I think our programs run with a collective chip on their shoulder,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said Tuesday from his office in Cleveland. “They relish the opportunity … I suppose if you're not considered a giant, you get to fill the role of giant-killer.” MAC schools don't have the athletic budgets to consistently compete with the big boys. They spend about a quarter of what OU and OSU do, and that's with considerable subsidies from the university general fund. But the MAC still manages to put together decent football teams. Eight straight years, a MAC team has beaten a Big Ten team. Steinbrecher said 111 MAC players were in NFL camps as of Tuesday; 86 MAC alums finished the 2014 season on NFL rosters. “These are folks that can flat-out play,” Steinbrecher said. “So we have some expectations to get after it.” The MAC is an interesting conference. It's headquartered in old-school football territory — six of its 13 schools are in Ohio, with three more in Michigan. So there's a football culture. And with Big Ten schools more and more recruiting in the South in search of speed, more and more good players are available in the MAC region. “These are kids that are good enough to play in the big conferences but just never got that opportunity,” said Beau Blankenship, who was a star at Norman North High School and ended up a MAC star at Ohio University from 2011-13. “I definitely think they have a chip on their shoulder.” Television demand for live sports has made the MAC more popular. In November, the MAC has taken to playing games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for ESPN. The bowl explosion has given the MAC more post-season opportunities. And the league is wildly competitive. There are no Texas/Iowa State budget discrepancies in the MAC. Every school has a chance. Hire a good coach, and you can win this league and maybe beat Iowa to boot. The MAC is not a sleepy league where coaches ride out their careers. Frank Solich, who coached Nebraska to the 2001 national title game, has been on the job at Ohio U. since 2005, but the next longest-tenured MAC coach is Ball State's Pete Lembo, whose first season was 2011. MAC coaches either win and get hired by a name-brand school, or they get fired. Miami-Ohio was the original cradle of coaches. In the 55 years from 1949 through 2004, Miami had 10 head coaches. Eight of the 10 were hired away by major-conference schools, including Woody Hayes (Ohio State), Ara Parseghian (Northwestern, then Notre Dame), Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Bill Mallory (Colorado) and Dick Crum (North Carolina). But now, suitors come calling at all MAC schools. Three of the 14 Big Ten coaches at the start of August camps were hired away from the MAC; Steinbrecher says 13 current head coaches in the Power Five conferences once were MAC head coaches, meaning more than 20 percent of major college head coaches are MAC-produced. “Obviously, Miami University developed that reputation as the cradle of coaches and it's spun across our whole league,” Steinbrecher said. “We've become a wonderful incubator for coaches as well as administrators.” And upsetting a major-conference opponent only adds to a coach's resume'. In 2001, Urban Meyer's Bowling Green team beat both Northwestern and Missouri, and by 2002, Meyer was coaching Utah on his way to Florida and Ohio State. “This is kind of the way that MAC teams start their seasons,” Akron coach Terry Bowden said. “Everybody plays a big non-conference money game, and every year somebody upsets one of them. Our conference takes a lot of pride in that. So our players are very used to that. “It doesn't mean we're on an even playing field or the odds aren't stacked against us, but since I've been here we've opened with Tennessee, Michigan and Penn State, always on the road. This is the best of all of them to this point. The kids, they get excited about going into a venue like this, to have the opportunity to play at a place like Norman.” Oklahoma schools haven't had a lot of opportunity to play against the MAC. This will be OU's third game ever against a MAC school and OSU's fifth. Just as well. Too much exposure to the Mid-American Conference can lead to disappointment. Just ask the Big Ten. 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.
Sep 1, 2015
The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 1, 2015The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18 Kingfisher will be Bethany's opponent in The Children's Center Bowl this month, with the annual game set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Players get to tour the facility and meet several patients. The Children's Center is a private, non-profit hospital which offers 24-hour medical care, comprehensive therapies, respiratory care and special education to children with complex pediatric conditions. In addition, patients from the hospital will attend the game and take part in special activities with players, cheerleaders and fans. On average, The Children's Center Bowl raises close to $10,000 for the hospital and its patients. TUTTLE, DAVIS SPLIT GATE FROM WEEK ZERO GAME Last week's Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school's turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we're not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn't repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis' 30-game win streak. Odam estimated the gross profit from the game was around $10,000. Both schools honored former coach Mickey Hoy before the game and at halftime. Hoy began his coaching career 50 years ago at Tuttle and later coached at Davis. SEVEN FORMER LOCAL STANDOUTS NAMED OBU CAPTAINS Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OBU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding in Shawnee. NORMAN NORTH'S MILLIGAN WINS OJGT EVENT A good performance on the summer circuit has carried over to the fall schedule for Norman North's Kaitlin Milligan. The junior shot rounds of 68 and 67 to win the OJGT Kickingbird Fall Challenge in Edmond over the weekend. Milligan's two-round total of 135 was good for a five-stroke win over Durant's Sydney Youngblood, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma. In the boys age 15-18 event, Wichita's Wells Padgett needed a final-round 61 to edge Logan McAllister of Christian Heritage by one stroke. Stillwater's Jack Glenn shot a two-round total of 140 to win the age 12-14 tournament by two shots. BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, staff writers
Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the...
NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Unveiling 2015 preseason football rankings
Jacob Unruh | Aug 27, 2015Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the first edition of the 2016 Super 30, Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry, state wrestling championships and preview the Class 6A and Class 5A basketball playoffs. NewsOK Varsity 12-17-14 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the championships that were decided over the weekend and the final football game of the season, the Class 3A championship between Cushing and Heritage Hall. They also discuss the possibilities for Offensive Player of the Year. NewsOK Varsity 12-10-14: Scott Wright, Trent Shadid, and Jacob Unruh discuss last week’s playoffs, the upcoming matchups for titles in Class 2A and Class A, and the Douglass-Locust Grove case. NewsOK Varsity 12-2-14: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh preview this week’s championship games in Class 6A, 5A and 4A, as well as discuss the controversy surrounding the Douglass-Locust Grove game. NewsOK Varsity 11-26-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-19-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-12-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs, breaking down wide-open classes like 3A and 5A. Also, breaking down championship picks and this week’s top games. NewsOK Varsity 11-5-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs and some interesting storylines this week, including Lawton female kicker Caitlyn Cox’s winning field goal against Midwest City. NewsOK Varsity 10-24-14: Expanding more on Hawk tackling, the innovative technique Heritage Hall has adopted from the Seattle Seahawks. The Varsity crew also looks ahead to Friday’s action, including Midwest City at Choctaw. NewsOK Varsity 10-14-14: Who is the player of the year after six weeks of the season? The Varsity crew discusses along with focusing on the week ahead and the junior running back class. NewsOK Varsity 10-8-14: A look look back at the surprising outcomes from week 5 games. NewsOK Varsity 10-2-14: Unruh and Shadid discuss Owasso’s rise this season and what it means for Class 6A Division I. Other topics include Westmoore receiver Dahu Green, Clinton’s poor start this season and Deer Creek rebounding last week against Piedmont. NewsOK Varsity 9-23-14: Westmoore is coming off a big victory over Norman North. Does that make the Jaguars a legitimate contender in Class 6A Division I? Also, Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali joins the show to talk his recruitment. NewsOK Varsity 9-17-14: This week’s guests include Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert and sportswriter Michael Swisher of the Kingfisher Times and Free Press to discuss Class 3A football, while the Varsity staff tries to answer the question of Class 6A’s best in the west, and breaks down the skills of new OU commit Will Sunderland of Midwest City.
Aug 20, 2015
The Norman North sophomore had two interceptions in a strong debut performance in the scrimmage at Moore Stadium against Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Tulsa Union.
High school football: Isaac Stoops has big debut in scrimmage for Norman North
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 20, 2015Isaac Stoops was ready for his varsity moment, and it didn’t take long Thursday evening to see why. The Norman North sophomore had two interceptions in a strong debut performance in the scrimmage at Moore Stadium against Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Tulsa Union. “It was a good experience,” said Isaac, who along with his twin brother Drake is the son of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. “I was just happy to contribute to the team finally. It was a great feeling.” Stoops had an interception on the second series of a half game against Edmond Santa Fe. He later had the momentum-changing play with an interception that would have been a pick-six if the play was not blown dead due to being a scrimmage. That play sealed a 31-14 win over Santa Fe and also impressed first-year coach Brent Barnes. “Age isn’t really anything to us,” Barnes said. “If you’re ready to play, you’re ready to play. The best guys are going to play. We’ve got a lot of guys competing. Isaac ended up making the plays tonight, but we’ve got four guys that are playing corner competing for a spot and they all can play and they all did great things tonight, too. He just happened to be in the right spit at the right time and he stepped up and made a momentum-changing play when we needed it.” Drake had a nice diving touchdown catch from Cameron Hardesty in the rapid fire portion of the scrimmage to open the day. WILLIAMS HEADLINES RB SHOW With three of Class 6A’s top running backs in one place, it was Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams who had the best night. He had a few nice gains along with a long touchdown run in the half game. “Darran’s special,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Kyle White said. “He makes us right a lot up front. He played well.” Norman North’s Quan Hogan did not play in the rapid fire portion. He carried the ball multiple times in the half game. Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins was also limited, but did score a touchdown against Westmoore. Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich said Adkins’s slow night was planned. “We think that Tyler is who he is and we’re very proud of who he is and what he can do,” he said. “He doesn’t have to prove anything to us.” WESTMOORE PLEASED WITH RUN DEFENSE Even with Adkins being limited, Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was pleased with the Jaguars’ run defense. “We stopped the run,” he said following the 27-10 loss to Tulsa Union. “That’s what we’ve been preaching. We’ve got some green guys, so we’re learning how to finish. But so pleased with how we stopped the run.” On offense, Gaylor said he would like to see the Jaguars run the ball more effectively. He was pleased with quarterback Braxton Bohrofen, who had a nice touchdown pass to DeShawn Lookout. “I didn’t think we did too bad tonight,” Bohrofen said. “We’ve got to get better on sustaining drives and we’ll be good.” SANTA FE PLAGUED BY TURNOVERS White described Santa Fe’s performance as sloppy, and it certainly was that. The Wolves were burned for a 65-yard TD pass on the opening play from Norman North. Then on their first offensive play, a handoff from Drew Rasmussen to Williams was fumbled and Norman North’s Jay Bobb recovered. The Rasmussen and Julian Hoskins each threw an interception to Isaac Stoops. “Offensively speaking, the first we’ve got to do is we better take care of the ball and learn how to protect it and learn how valuable it is,” White said. “I think we showed flashes of being really good. I think we were just inconsistent tonight and they were good. When you play a good team, they’re going to make you look bad and inconsistent at times, and they did that. We sure didn’t help ourselves, though.” TULSA UNION’S MCQUEEN HAS HIGHLIGHT-REEL NIGHT Tulsa Union senior Kameron McQueen made the highlight plays of the night. First, he made an incredible one-handed catch against Westmoore’s Wyatt Duvall, who left little breathing room and even grabbed McQueen’s facemask as he made the catch. “My number was called and I just did my best to make the play,” McQueen said. “One hand was all I could get up, and thankfully I came down with the catch.” He also made another great catch in the final quarter over the shoulder.
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 13, 2015
Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two...
Media notes: Cox releases high school football telecast schedule
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Aug 13, 2015Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two appearances. Games for Sept. 24-25 have not been determined. Veteran Oklahoma City sportscaster Steve Marshall will call the games with analyst Mike Ziegenhorn, who is beginning his third year on The Cox Channel, and sideline reporter Deion Imade, a former OSU linebacker. The games will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) and coxhshub.com. Cox high school football schedule: Sept. 3: Edmond Memorial at Southmoore, 7 p.m. Sept. 4: Broken Arrow at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10: Choctaw at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Sept. 11: Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, 7 p.m. at TU's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Sept. 17: Moore at Norman, 7 p.m. Sept. 18: Tulsa Union at Broken Arrow, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25: TBA. Oct. 1: Yukon at Edmond Memorial, 7 p.m. Oct. 2: Bartlesville at Bixby, 7 p.m. Oct. 8: Yukon at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Oct. 9: Norman North at Mustang, 7 p.m. Oct. 15: Tulsa Union at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22: Southmoore at Edmond North, 7 p.m. Oct. 23: Broken Arrow at Jenks, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29: Norman at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Oct. 30: Sand Springs at Tulsa Washington, 7 p.m. Nov. 5: Norman at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Nov. 6: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian, TBA. Nov. 13: Playoffs. Nov. 20: Playoffs. Nov. 27: Playoffs. Dec. 4-5: State championships. Dec. 11-12" State championships. Tillman joins Fox Sports Spencer Tillman, a longtime studio analyst for CBS's "College Football Today," is moving to Fox Sports 1 to cover games with longtime colleague Tim Brando. The pair worked together for 15 years on "College Football Today" until Brando joined Fox Sports 1 last fall. Tillman, a running back on OU's 1985 national championship team who played eight seasons in the NFL, will make his FS1 debut at 9 p.m. Sept. 5 with the Mississippi State at Southern Miss game. Steve Hutchinson, a former Michigan and Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman, has been hired to rotate as an analyst with Petros Papadakis, working with Justin Kutcher. Short takes •Fox Sports also has announced its primary broadcast teams for the Big Ten Network: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and reporter Lisa Byington; Eric Collins, Glen Mason and reporter Rebecca Harlow. •The next edition of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, includes a profile of new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and revisits the successful Pulaski Academy High School football team in Little Rock, Ark., that never punts. •ESPN's "Outside the Lines," 9 a.m. Sunday, will have an all-access look at Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden.
Aug 12, 2015
The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to...
High school notebook: The Oklahoman's fall media day Aug. 19
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND ERIK HORNE | Aug 12, 2015The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information. WELLS GETTING HEALTHY FOR PUTNAM CITY NORTH With most of the team’s experience up front on offense and defense, Putnam City North could count heavily on Noah Wells in the defensive secondary. Injuries have hampered Wells’ career the last two years, but the 6-foot, 180-pound senior will anchor an inexperienced secondary as the Panthers try to improve on last year’s 4-6 mark. “He’s been a two-year starter, but injuries have gotten in the way,” second-year coach Rod Richardson said. “He’s a big-time player for us and is one of the highest IQ football players I’ve ever been around.” NORMAN NORTH’S YOUNG ON NIKE ELITE ROSTER Norman North junior point guard Trae Young is one of the most coveted basketball recruits in the country, and he's put himself among elite company once again. Young is one of 12 players on a Nike roster headed to the Bahamas for a training session Aug. 19-23 which will culminate with a game against the Bahamian National Team. Young is one of six Class of 2017 prospects on the Nike EYBL Select Team roster, which is comprised of some of the best juniors and seniors in the country. Young was offered by Kentucky this week, and has offers from many of major college programs in the nation, including Duke, Arizona, Connecticut and Kansas. OSSAA APPROVES CHAMPIONSHIP SITES FOR FALL BASEBALL, TENNIS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved the state championship sites for both fall baseball and tennis on Wednesday. Baseball will return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark while tennis will remain at the OKC Tennis Center the next three years despite a cost increase. The tennis center costs $7,500 per tournament after a $1,000 increase due to concession costs. Baseball played last fall at Bricktown and both Class A and Class B championships in the spring were played at the ballpark. The OSSAA will determine at a later date the spring championship sites. OSSAA WAIVER REQUEST NUMBERS DOWN OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told the board of directors that the number hardship waivers requested the past school year was down significantly due to rule changes and the implementation of the Intermediate Appeals Panel. The OSSAA handled just more than 700 requests of which the staff approved 71 percent. The appeals committee also approved 13 of the 60 appeals heard. All of those appeals then advanced to the board of directors with two being approved. Sheakley told the board that generally the OSSAA receives more than 1,000 hardship waiver requests per school year. The OSSAA formed the appeals committee last year to meet the week before the board and rule on appeals. It also meets an extra time in August and September.
Aug 11, 2015
For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts.
Media notes: KSBI-52 to air high school football telecasts for the first time since 2010
By Mel Bracht | Aug 11, 2015For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts. Griffin Communications, which owns KWTV-9 and Tulsa's KOTV-6, purchased the station last fall from Family Broadcasting LLC, which had dropped the prep football telecasts. All but the first game, Norman North vs. Norman at OU on Sept. 3, will air live at 7 p.m. That game will air on delay following the Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams preseason game at 7 p.m. Joey McWilliams, an OSU graduate who is the owner of OklahomaSports.Net and a radio personality at Durant's Mix 96.1, will handle the play-by-play. Zach Ladner, a recent OU graduate and former Norman High School linebacker, will be the analyst. Ladner, who played college football at Drake, has spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs at Norman High School. KSBI's high school football schedule: Sept. 3, Norman North vs. Norman at OU, tape delay. Sept. 4, Yukon at Mustang. Sept. 11, Carl Albert at Midwest City. Sept. 18, Edmond Memorial at Mustang. Sept. 25, Clinton at Weatherford. Oct. 2, Deer Creek at Bishop McGuinness. Oct. 9, Edmond Memorial at Putnam City. Oct. 15, Bethany at Douglass. Oct. 23, Carl Albert at Deer Creek. Oct. 30, Midwest City at Lawton. Nov. 6, Deer Creek at Guthrie. Short takes •Charles Davis, Fox's lead college football analyst from 2007 to 2014, will shift to the NFL this fall, working with Thom Brennaman and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa, according to Fox's roster of NFL broadcasters announced Tuesday. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews return as the No. 1 team. The rest of Fox's NFL broadcast teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink; Sam Rosen, (rotating analysts) Chris Cooley/Matt Millen/Kirk Morrison/Brady Quinn, (rotating reporters) Peter Schrager/Holly Sonders/Danielle Trotta. •NBA TV will announce the 2015-16 NBA schedule during a one-hour special at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Rachel Nichols will host the special with analyst Dennis Scott. •Showtime plans to chronicle Notre Dame’s "quest for a national championship" with a weekly, all-access series at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. "A Season With Notre Dame Football" will debut at Sept. 8, three days after Notre Dame’s opener against Texas. •New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will be featured in a Showtime documentary film, which will debut in the fall. "I Am Giant: Victor Cruz" will chronicle Cruz's comeback from a devastating knee injury.
Aug 9, 2015
Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of...
High school football practice primer: Five things to watch in August
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 9, 2015Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of full-contact workouts, a limit that was recommended by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, and approved in March by the OSSAA. It’s part of a national movement to help prevent head trauma and concussions, and Oklahoma is among the first group of states to put written rules on the books dictating contact limits. Many coaches, particularly in the smaller classes, have said they generally don’t hit more than 90 minutes in a week during the season anyway, because they don’t want to risk injury. But in August, when bodies are fresh, and everyone’s excited for the first sound of pads on pads, monitoring the 90-minute clock will be crucial. 2. New coaches in high-profile places Coaching changes happen everywhere, every year. Yet the Oklahoma City area saw a higher-than-usual number of changes this offseason, especially considering that many of the jobs were filled by internal promotion, or the hiring of assistants from another school, rather than a head coach leaving one place to take over at another. Nearly 20 schools in the OKC metro open practice with new head coaches, some at places with high expectations. Edmond Santa Fe (Kyle White) and Norman North (Brent Barnes) are trying to return to the elite level, while Yukon (Brian Sauser) and Putnam City (Preston Pearson) are trying to rebuild their programs. Heritage Hall’s Andy Bogert handed the defending Class 3A champs over to his son, Brett. Scott O’Hara takes over a Purcell program that was on the verge of a district title last year. Derrick Perkins is in charge at Mount St. Mary, a program working hard to put years of mediocre football behind it. U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill both got new coaches as they enter the second year of their four-year independence from the OSSAA. 3. Heat watch A mild but humid summer saw temperatures finally spike into triple-digits in the last few days, but forecasts for the first week of practice project highs in the mid-90s. However, if the heat index and humidity numbers remain high, the chances for dehydration and heat-related illness are still significant. Wise coaches will still have the water flowing, regardless of what the temperature gauge says. 4. The season begins in… Week Zero? In a new rule adopted by the OSSAA last spring, teams can now schedule a game the week before the regular Week 1 of the season. So on Aug. 27-28, when most Class 5A and 6A teams are prepping for their second scrimmages of the preseason, some teams will be hitting the field for live action. To be clear, teams aren’t allowed to schedule an 11th regular-season game, but the additional week makes it easier for some to build their non-district schedules. It will be particularly popular in the middle classes, which have an odd number of teams in most districts and thus, have a difficult time finding a 10th game. There aren’t a ton of games scheduled for Week Zero so far, but there are a few interesting ones already set up. Bethany will host Lone Grove, with nationally recruited running back Jeremy Lewis making a rare appearance in the metro area. And a couple of notable small-school programs are set to square off that week with Class 4A Tuttle hosting defending 2A champ Davis. 5. Seeking the west’s best Let’s go ahead and begin the annual conversation about which team from the Oklahoma City metro area has a shot to overtake Jenks and Tulsa Union to win the Class 6A Division I title. Mustang gets the spot at the top of the list, because they’ve at least proven they can stay on the field with the east-side powers — though Union handled the Broncos when it really counted in last year’s semifinals. Southmoore is the sexy pick, because of all their young talent and a couple of close losses to tough teams last year. Others like Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North and Westmoore have to replace some vital players, so the jury is still out on the rest of the field. Let the conversation begin.
Jul 26, 2015
iJobs, an internship program, gives special education students experience in the workforce.
Program gives students real on-the-job training
Paula Burkes Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jul 26, 2015When Eddie Wrenn, general manager of Raising Cane’s restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City, agreed to host a field trip for special education students of Deer Creek High School, it led to the hiring of some of his best employees. “We treated the outing as a working interview, and sort of a day in the life at Cane’s,” he said. “Then, the hair on the back of my neck stood up when I realized I could hire some of those students to help keep our restaurant clean during our busiest times.” One student — Jack Fry — stood out, Wrenn said. “He showed tons of enthusiasm,” running from job to job, cleaning off tables, sweeping the floor, emptying trash cans and picking up the parking lot. Wrenn subsequently hired three students with disabilities, including Fry, who has speech and hyperactivity challenges from being born 15 weeks early. This summer, Fry, 18, is working 15 to 20 hours a week through iJobs, an internship program sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in partnership with Francis Tuttle and Moore Norman technology centers, and funded by the Galt Foundation. The program’s 23 participants are paid minimum wage. “The cool thing about Jack is as soon as he’s done with iJobs, he’ll be employed here and actually get a raise,” Wrenn said. "Customers love him,” he said. “Though it’s not part of the job, Jack holds the door open for people, and he has a built-in panache to know when to move out of customers’ way.” At Norman Regional Hospital, Deanna Christian, coordinator of food nutrition services, is equally pleased with iJobs intern and cafeteria assistant Savana Frederickson, a returning junior at Norman North High School who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and some developmental delays. “She’s a real asset, cleaning up around the salad bar, stocking cups and lids, sanitizing tables and sweeping around them when they’re not full of patrons,” Christian said. “She has a work ethic you don’t see in everyone her age. The only thing you have to tell her is when to slow down and have lunch.” Frederickson said she mostly likes the good feeling she gets from having a job, and plans to buy new school clothes with the money she’s made. Fry is saving some of his salary, but spending some on video games. Jack’s mother, Mary Jane Fry, said Jack’s first job is helping him mature. “It’s showing him he can make a difference in life and in himself,” she said. “He’s very smart. We’re not planning on him drawing disability benefits; we expect him to earn more.” Eric Frederickson said he and his wife, Robin, after having a son, purposefully adopted a special needs child as their way of giving back to society. Born to a drug addict, Savana at the time of the adoption was 18 months old and not talking. “Today, she’s on an IEP (individual education plan) at school, but she makes some excellent grades,” he said. The iJobs program includes one week of classroom instruction, where students learn how to dress for work, write resumes, interview, manage money and more. “People with disabilities deserve a chance to work and provide a living for themselves,” said Bonnie Allen, a DRS vocational rehabilitation specialist who with Terrisha Osborn coordinates the iJobs program in the northwest Oklahoma City/Edmond and Moore/Norman areas. With her own invisible disabilities, Allen knows all too well. Diagnosed at age 8 with Type 1 diabetes, she 16 years ago had eye surgeries for diabetic retinopathy. Before she learned to manage the disease, she lost her peripheral vision and had a real fear of going blind. Meanwhile, Osborn’s father is a paraplegic. He was injured in a car accident when she was 5. “His disability didn’t stop him from coaching my softball and basketball teams, and my brother’s football team,” Osborn said. Both specialists earned graduate degrees in vocational rehabilitation; Allen at East Central University and Osborn at Langston University. The schools offer the only programs in the state.
Jul 26, 2015
The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.
Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Jul 26, 2015STILLWATER – For all the unbridled gushy expectations attached to Mason Rudolph, and in turn this Cowboys season, Mike Gundy offers a gentle reminder: “He’s only played three games." And Gundy is right, although the small sample size sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback. Rudolph looks the part, at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, with a big and accurate arm. His credentials are strong, too, from his high school standout days as a premium recruit to his initial exposure in three games late last season. Still, there’s at least a little curiosity about what’s next for the sophomore. And that’s not limited to outside the program. As soon as last season ended, eyes remained on Rudolph, to see how he’d respond to his instant success. “I watched. I observed,” said senior receiver David Glidden. “I’ve always been a guy who observes things going on around me, especially going into my senior year, it’s a big year for me, whether we’re going to make a bowl game or not. “Yeah, I want to look out for my teammates for one, but I want to see how they handle themselves at the same time.” Rudolph, after all, is now entrusted with a hefty part of Oklahoma State’s near and extended future, installed as the No. 1 quarterback, even with former starter and senior J.W. Walsh back healthy after a mostly lost 2014 season. And life changed dramatically for Rudolph in his first year on campus. As of late November, he remained under wraps as a Cowboy, seemingly embedded as a redshirt and the QB of the future. But with Walsh out as the starter and replacement Daxx Garman battered and dealing with concussion symptoms, Rudolph was needed. “Flip of a switch,” Glidden said. “That’s what it was.” OSU was mired in a four-game losing streak at the time, and Rudolph’s first start, at Baylor, saw the skid reach five. Still, Rudolph played well enough to spur hope in Waco. Then came the upset of Oklahoma and the bowl win over Washington, elevating Rudolph to big man on campus almost overnight. That can be a lot to handle for a kid just 19 at the time. “So did I watch him? Yeah,” Glidden said. “And I’d say he passed with flying colors.” Still, eyes will be firmly fixed on Rudolph going forward, although there’s less curiosity now inside the Cowboys camp. “I think the challenge for him was in the offseason,” said Gundy. “Everybody was looking for him to be a leader and to continue what he started. I think he’s handled it well over the summer.” Glidden is eager to see how Rudolph handles the next step, and how high it goes. “For him, it’s as good as he wants to be,” Glidden said. “If he wants to be that good, he’ll be that good.” Projected starter (height, weight, classification) | Career starts at OSU Mason Rudolph (6-4, 230, sophomore) 3 Backups (height, weight, classification) J.W. Walsh (6-2, 215, senior) 10 John Kolar (6-4, 190, freshman) 0 Future outlook Rudolph is the present and the future, with three years of eligibility remaining. If he excels, there’s the possibility that he could jump to the NFL following his junior season, considering the premium on quarterback play in the pros. Still, that’s assuming a lot at this point. OSU has never had a quarterback declare early for the NFL. Walsh is a senior, so his career is coming to an end. John Kolar, a true freshman from Norman North, enrolled early and went through spring drills with the Cowboys, impressing coaches. He’s a redshirt candidate for 2015. OSU currently claims a commitment from prep quarterback Nick Starkel out of Liberty Christian High School in Texas. Starkel is a three-star prospect and the No. 5 quarterback in Texas by Scout.com.
Jul 23, 2015
Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons.
High school notebook: Ringling names Steve Justus football coach
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 23, 2015Ringling has a new football coach, and it’s not a Gandy. The school officially hired Steve Justus as its new football coach on July 15, according to the The Daily Ardmoreite. The move came just two days after the school board reassigned longtime coach Tracy Gandy with a unanimous vote. Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons. “Anybody who has coached football has got to get to Ringling,” Justus told The Daily Ardmoreite. “It is one of the best football jobs in the state of Oklahoma. I am super excited to be going there.” The decision to remove Gandy, who was battling chronic fatigue syndrome last season, came after the school hired new superintendent Kent Southward. The syndrome caused constant pain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. His family told The Oklahoman in May that his health has fully recovered. Ringling went 10-2 and advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals last season. The Blue Devils have won four state championships since 1989 — three of which Gandy has been involved with as a player, an assistant coach to his father, Rick, and one as head coach in 2012. The school’s football field is named for his father. LOCUST GROVE’S TORREY NO LONGER AT ORU Former Locust Grove girls basketball standout Rylie Torrey has left Oral Roberts and will instead play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, her father Dusty told The Oklahoman. Torrey moved to Locust Grove with her father before last school year and then led the Pirates to the Class 4A state championship. She verbally committed to ORU as a junior at Weatherford. Dusty Torrey said there were no hard feelings with ORU and that Rylie left the team on good terms, even after spending six weeks taking classes and working out with the team. Torrey will now play for Scott Morris, who was a college teammate with Dusty Torrey. “She was fortunate Morris still had a scholarship available,” Dusty said. “A lot of times that doesn’t happen in the summer time.” Rylie averaged 19.8 points last season and was named the state tournament MVP. She was on The Oklahoman’s Super 5 second team. NORMAN NORTH’S SCOTT COMMITS TO ORU Norman North’s Alexa Scott verbally committed to Oral Roberts on Monday, announcing her decision on Twitter. Coach Rory Hamilton also confirmed the commitment to The Oklahoman. Scott, a 6-foot post, averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season while leading the Timberwolves to the area tournament. She was offered last week by ORU.
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing styleJul 15, 2015
At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.”
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing style
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 15, 2015JENKS — Austin Quillen established himself as one of the state’s top football prospects with a playing style that matched his intensity. The senior Jenks safety earned a reputation as a workout warrior and it transitioned to his play on the field. “That’s probably, to me, his strongest suit,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “He’s just a tenacious kid.” But still, at 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.” Quillen accepted the challenge and committed back in April. “The secondary coach from Vanderbilt just loves him,” Trimble said. “He fits their mold. He’s a hard hitter and a great open-field tackler. He’s very instinctive, and they’re not worried about the size thing as much.” Trimble — who has known Quillen since he first attended Jenks football camps in his early elementary days — says those talents are only strengthened in the spotlight. “He’s had a couple of amazing moments,” Trimble said. “He always plays well in the big games.” A good example? When Quillen was just a sophomore, Jenks battled Owasso in the state playoffs. Late in the fourth quarter, Owasso put together a comeback drive that threatened the Jenks lead. Enter Quillen, who laid a monster hit that jarred the ball loose and sealed a victory on the road to a state championship. “He also knocked himself out cold,” Trimble said. Added Quillen: “I remember the game. I don’t remember that play.” As Quillen looks forward to the opportunity before him at Vanderbilt, he understands the process ahead. There are no guarantees he’ll contribute immediately his first season, but he’s hoping to increase his chances by putting in the necessary work. “It’s all about how much weight I can put on and what size I can get,” Quillen said. “For now, they’ve talked about using me in a Nickel package my first year and then moving me to safety.” Quillen called the Vanderbilt campus and facilities “beautiful” and says the coaching staff “really sealed the deal” for him. But for now, his main focus is what lies ahead this fall — the opportunity to win a fourth-consecutive state title. “It really hits you how fast life moves,” Quillen said. “Three years have already gone by and I’ve got three trophies, three rings with my team. It would be such a disappointment to fall short in my fourth and last year.” -- No. 12: Austin Quillen School: Jenks Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 Position: Safety Committed to: Vanderbilt (April 12) -- The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 10 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 13. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 12. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-2, 200 11. Austin Quillen, S, Jenks, 6-0, 195
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Tuesday with No. 13 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 18. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 17. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-0, 230 16. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-11, 170 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14.
The Oklahoman's Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 12, 2015The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Tuesday with No. 13 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 18. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 17. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-0, 230 16. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-11, 170 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170
Jul 11, 2015
Hogan, who comes in at No. 15 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, is the most versatile of the state’s elite running backs.
Super 30: Versatility, size make Norman North's Quan Hogan valuable
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 11, 2015NORMAN — Even as he enters his fourth season as a varsity running back at Norman North, Quan Hogan still gets those looks. Those wide-eyed looks of, “Wow, he’s really that big.” Often, when a high school running back is listed in the team program as 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, he’s probably closer to 5-11, 190. But Hogan is exactly as listed. When scouts see his thick shoulders and powerful legs up close, they realize his measurements aren’t stretching the truth. By the time they’ve given him the eye test, they’ve probably already seen all the things he can do on the football field, and they get even more excited. Hogan, who comes in at No. 15 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, is the most versatile of the state’s elite running backs. “He’s just a very unique athlete,” said new Norman North head coach Brent Barnes, who coached Hogan as the Timberwolves’ offensive coordinator the last four seasons. “When college coaches come in, they’re actually surprised to see that what we list him as is correct. “When you watch film and see him play outside receiver, play in the slot, return kicks, run the ball inside — all the things he can do — I just haven’t seen too many people who can play all of those positions at the Class 6A level against great competition and excel in the way he has at all those different positions.” Over the last two seasons, Hogan has rushed for 1,777 yards, while his receiving total has surpassed 1,500, with 34 combined touchdowns. Those numbers were produced in 21 games, for an average of 156.3 yards per game from scrimmage, not including his contributions in the return game. Hogan has the body to be a power back. He’s quick and elusive enough to be dangerous on the edge. And he has the hands to catch the ball out of the backfield, or line up in a receiver’s position. Some have given him the recruiting label of “athlete,” meaning he’s being recruited without a known position at the next level. But let there be no mistake: Hogan is a running back. He just happens to have the skills to be used in a lot of different ways. “Recruiters project me as a running back,” Hogan said. “As far as me being able to line up out wide, they see that as an advantage. “They see that I have the size, and they feel they can turn me into what they want me to be. If they want me to be a power back, it won’t be hard for me to gain more weight.” Hogan has never missed significant time because of injuries, but he’s played through pain on occasion the last couple of seasons. But as his senior season nears, Hogan’s body is as healthy as it’s been in some time. “He’s battled through some things, but I think he knows he’s healthy now,” Barnes said. “And we’re all really excited to see what he’s gonna do.”
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Jun 16, 2015
Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything,...
Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions
By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Jun 16, 2015Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports Scholar Athlete Awards luncheon. Afterward, he spoke of how the team welcomed both players back. He said both have been impressive in workouts and he was particularly happy to see Shannon back with the team. “I love Frank Shannon, man,” Darlington said. “We missed him last year and I think the whole team — just beyond as a player, but as a person — we’re happy to have him back. He’s a brother and he’s family. We got to welcome one back in that wasn’t able to be with us for a year.” Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment in January 2014. He was never charged criminally, but was suspended for one year after a university Title IX investigation. Mixon was involved in an altercation with a female OU student that turned violent and ended with Mixon punching her and breaking multiple bones in her face in July 2014. He was suspended for the entire season. MORE AWARDS TO COME FOR OSU'S RUDOLPH? As Mason Rudolph took his place in a line of award recipients at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, he and Bedlam football rival Darlington gave each other a slight head nod and a smile. Darlington, a decorated OU senior offensive lineman, is going into his last season with the Sooners, but Rudolph is just beginning what appears to be a budding career with Oklahoma State. While he's been touted as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate entering this season, Rudolph received the first true hardware of his OSU career at the 31st Annual All-Sports Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon. The 6-foot-4 quarterback was named one of 10 state school players honored as College Players of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award highlights student athletes who "have excelled on the playing field, in their classrooms and in their communities." "I'm only a rising sophomore, so I haven't really done a lot to receive a whole lot," Rudolph said. "I'm very honored. Obviously, it's an incredible award and, like you mentioned, Ty (Darlington) he's a great guy. I've gotten to know him pretty well. It's a great group of guys seems like, and an overall great afternoon." Based on the end of his season with OSU, leading the Cowboys to consecutive wins in Bedlam against OU and in the Cactus Bowl against Washington, there's more hardware in the future for Rudolph. "I think the whole team has done a great job of really getting after it this offseason," Rudolph said. "Winter program went great, spring practice went great. We're fired up and looking forward to bigger things this fall." Along with Rudolph and Darlington, the following state school players were honored as their school's recipient of the College Player of the Year award: Landon Chappell, University of Central Oklahoma; Chace Green, Langston University; Tanner Hallford, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; William House, Southern Nazarene University; Justin Schanbacher, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Garrett Stafford, University of Tulsa; Ty Watkins, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College; Cole Weber, East Central University. MCGINNIS MEETS SWITZER FOR FIRST TIME Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis had a chance to meet legendary coach Barry Switzer and was surprised to learn Switzer remembered him from a high school game two years ago. “That was really cool,” McGinnis said. “He said a few really nice things about me. I guess he came to watch one of our games — the Casady game two years ago. “Just the fact that he came and he took his time to come out and watch one of our games and to remember me two years later that means a lot.” McGinnis is a 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback who is walking on for the Sooners. He was honored at the luncheon as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year and also a runner-up in The Oklahoman’s Bob Colon Scholarships. After leading Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state championship last season, some questions remained as to whether he would play quarterback, receiver or defensive back in college. He’s working to address those issues by cleaning up his throwing motion. “Going to the college level everything is much quicker, so making my release quick enough for the college level,” McGinnis said. JIM THORPE WINNERS HONORED The annual Jim Thorpe Player of the Year Award winners were honored at the banquet. Winners include Edmond Memorial’s Colin Simpson (baseball); Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann (girls basketball) and Owasso’s Shake Milton (boys basketball); Henryetta’s Daisy VanMeter (girls cross country) and Norman North’s Ben Barrett (boys cross country); Jenks’ Mackenzie Medders (girls golf) and Edmond North’s Tyson Reeder (boys golf); Jenks’ Marlo Zoller (girls soccer) and Heritage Hall’s Garrett McLaughlin (boys soccer); Edmond North’s Ally Robertson (girls swimming) and Norman North’s Justin Wu (boys swimming); Southmoore’s Jordan Henry (girls tennis) and Mount St. Mary’s Blake Crawford (boys tennis); Vinita’s Carsyn Spurgeon (girls track) and Westmoore’s Calvin Miller (boys track); Elgin’s Jentry Holt (volleyball); and Stillwater’s Joe Smith (wrestling).
Demeco Wright, Midwest City Event: 100 meters Class: Senior The story: The speedster, who also played a vital role for the Bomber football team, took third at state with a time of 10.74. Robert Charlton, Edmond Memorial Event: 200 meters Class: Senior The story: One of the state’s fastest athletes the last two years, Charlton medaled at state in the 100 and 200, taking silver in the 200...
High schools: Boys Big All-City Track first-team athlete capsules
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 15, 2015Demeco Wright, Midwest City Event: 100 meters Class: Senior The story: The speedster, who also played a vital role for the Bomber football team, took third at state with a time of 10.74. Robert Charlton, Edmond Memorial Event: 200 meters Class: Senior The story: One of the state’s fastest athletes the last two years, Charlton medaled at state in the 100 and 200, taking silver in the 200 at 22.18. He turned down Division I football offers to run track at Central Arkansas. Malique Lytle, Shawnee Event: 400 meters Class: Senior The story: Previously an 800 specialist, the Iowa State signee jumped into the open 400 and won state in both, with a 400 time of 48.90 and 800 time of 1:52.79. Calvin Miller, Westmoore Event: 800 meters Class: Senior The story: The Oklahoma signee nearly broke the 800-meter state record earlier in the year with a 1:51.83 and capped his season with a state meet victory in 1:54.98. Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek Event: 1,600 meters Class: Senior The story: Headed to Oklahoma State, Balenseifen won three golds and a silver at state, completing his career with four team championships in track and four more in cross country. He won the Class 5A 1,600 in 4:22.35 Athlete of the Year Ben Barrett, Norman North Event: 3,200 meters Class: Senior The story: The North Carolina State signee won the 1,600 and 3,200 at 6A state, but more impressively, he set the state record in both events. He ran 4:09.97 in the 1,600 in late April and ran 8:59.97 in the 3,200 at the Meet of Champions. Micah Fontaine, Edmond Memorial Event: 110 hurdles Class: Senior The story: The gifted hurdler won the state meet with a time of 14.02, less than two-tenths of a second off the state record. Clarence Simpkins, Moore Event: 300 hurdles Class: Senior The story: A top contender all year long, Simpkins ran a 38.66 to win state, following a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles. Vernon Turner, Yukon Event: High jump Class: Sophomore The story: In front of his hometown crowd at state, the Yukon youngster cleared 6- feet, 8-inches to win gold. Cassius Hill, Westmoore Event: Long jump Class: Senior The story: Went out with a gold medal at state with a jump of 23-feet, 41/2-inches. Christian Patterson, Shawnee Event: Pole vault Class: Sophomore The story: Despite matching the previous 5A state meet record, Patterson had to settle for a silver medal with a vault of 15-feet, 6-inches. Jude Richardson, Norman North Event: Shot put Class: Junior The story: The powerful junior claimed gold with a throw of 53-feet, 73/4-inches. Mark Bryant, Edmond Memorial Event: Discus Class: Junior The story: Continuing a line of strong Bulldog throwers, Bryant won state with a toss of 170 feet. Coach of the Year Chris Lowrey, Edmond Memorial The story: Edmond Memorial faced a new obstacle seemingly at every turn at the state meet, but Lowrey kept his team focused through injuries and mistakes to come out with the Class 6A title.
May 26, 2015
Yukon’s promotion of Brian Sauser from offensive coordinator to head coach wasn’t the only notable coaching change in which the successor was found within the program. Here are three other high-profile positions in the Oklahoma City metro area that were filled by promoting someone already on staff: Edmond Santa Fe: Lance Manning’s decision to get out of coaching opened the door at one of the...
High school football: Promoting from within
By Scott Wright | May 26, 2015Yukon’s promotion of Brian Sauser from offensive coordinator to head coach wasn’t the only notable coaching change in which the successor was found within the program. Here are three other high-profile positions in the Oklahoma City metro area that were filled by promoting someone already on staff: Edmond Santa Fe: Lance Manning’s decision to get out of coaching opened the door at one of the metro area’s top programs, and the Wolves had plenty of good candidates to choose from. The school district took less than a month to settle on Kyle White to replace his mentor. White had been on Manning’s coaching staff for 14 straight seasons. Heritage Hall: The transition from one Bogert to another actually began last year, when longtime Charger coach Andy Bogert named his son, Brett, his co-head coach. Andy already announced before the season that it would be his last, and following Heritage Hall’s Class 3A championship run, he left the program in his son’s hands. Norman North: Wade Standley left to take the Ada job, and after a six-week search, Norman North decided to hand the program to offensive coordinator Brent Barnes. Having served as the Timberwolves’ offensive coordinator the previous five seasons, and working as an assistant at Tulsa Union before that, Barnes seems primed to put his own stamp on a program that has several talented players in the upcoming senior class.
Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game
Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson
By Jason Kersey, Staff writer | May 2, 2015Paul Wilson sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game and several other college hoops games around the area, but he does an important job. Wilson, a former Southwest Conference basketball official who was on the court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Larry Bird, was OU’s director of intramural sports from 1976 until he retired in 2003, but continued teaching sports officiating classes until 2014. Today, he observes officials from press row for the Big 12 Conference at OU women’s games, and does the same job for small college men’s games. He was an Oklahoma high school official in the 1970s before graduating to big-time college hoops. Wilson played college football at Coffeyville Junior College and one season of college hoops at Oral Roberts. Between those endeavors, he served two years in Vietnam in the Air Force. Basketball was my first love. I regret that I didn’t stay off the football field and stick with basketball. I had the potential to go to college on a basketball scholarship. My original goal was to teach high school and coach basketball, and eventually become a high school principal. I made first-team All State in basketball my junior year, and I got to go on a recruiting trip to KU. Here’s how stupid I was: My senior year, I went out for football again. In the fifth game of my football senior year, I tackled a guy and separated my right shoulder. I had to miss the rest of football season, and by the time basketball started, I was still in a sling and couldn’t shoot. My point average as a junior was 25 points; my senior year it went down to 14. My shot was really gone. I was frustrated and mad at myself for letting that happen. But the football coach at Coffeyville Junior College wanted me to stay there and play football, so I got a scholarship to play football there for two years. Then I transferred up to Kansas State Teachers College, which is now Emporia State, on a football scholarship. Between the transfer, though, I was reclassifed and lost my student deferment, and within 30 days I was drafted. That was in 1966. Within a month after that, I joined the Air Force, thinking that maybe if I joined the Air Force I wouldn’t have to go to Vietnam. Well that was wrong. About 14 months into my Air Force service, I was on my way to Vietnam. I was there in 1967 and 1968. When I got back from Vietnam, I was eventually assigned to Forbes Air Force Base. I got assigned to the headquarter squadron and became the squadron on-the-job training supervisor. And I went out for the base basketball team. I would go to work in the headquarter squadron office and work from 8 to 12, go to lunch, and at 1 p.m., I went to the gym everyday because I was on the varsity basketball team. When I made the base basketball team and was walking out of the gym from practice, the coach of the team handed me a whistle and said, “All of the guys on the varsity basketball team must officiate base intramural basketball.” I said, “I don’t wanna officiate.” He said, “Sgt. Wilson, you don’t have a choice. If you want to play on the base team, you have got to blow this whistle and officiate base intramurals.” Everybody asks how I got started in officiating. I got forced into it in the military. The first couple games were a nightmare. I couldn’t believe how much they were yelling and screaming at me. My buddy and I said, “We’d better get the rule book and figure out what we’re doing.” I was discharged and moved to Tulsa with one year of collegiate eligibility for sports. I enrolled at Oral Roberts in 1969 and was there for that year and played on the varsity basketball team for Ken Trickey. I was like most players. I did not like zebras. In the mid-70s, I had gone on from high school to junior college to small college, and I was working NAIA level games. In 1981, I’m still working high school ball, and guess who are seniors in Oklahoma at that time? Wayman Tisdale and Mark Price. There were about three or four guys in the state of Oklahoma who everybody was trying to get. That year, I worked the Class 6A state championship. After I worked that championship, I was sitting in the locker room and there was a knock on the door. It was Dale Brown, who was at LSU and trying to recruit Wayman Tisdale. He said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I like the way you officiate and I want you to officiate in the Southeastern Conference.” He put me in touch with the supervisor and we got to talking, but he flat out said, “I don’t know if Dale Brown was thinking right, but do you know how difficult it would be for you to travel out of Oklahoma to get to all of the SEC schools?” He thought I was ready for Division I basketball, but couldn’t see how I could work SEC games. He also told me that because I was employed at OU graduate, I couldn’t work in the Big Eight. But fortunately, he referred me to the supervisor of the Southwest Conference. So I worked in that conference in 1981 and 1982, then I got into the Missouri Valley Conference. I was on the court with Phi Slamma Jamma, with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Larry Bird at Indiana State. You talk about having a fun career back in the 1980s with some of those guys. It was unbelievable. I worked Division I basketball until about 1992, but I had a son who was growing up. My officiating was keeping me from seeing him get to play. He was getting ready to go to high school. I gave up Division I so I could pull back and try to work close to home, working junior college and NAIA and Division II. My son became a freshman at Norman North in 2000. That’s when I really started to cut back, and officiated only a few games until he graduated high school. He got a scholarship over at OBU, and the four years he played at OBU, I made it to every game. I gave up my officiating career to follow my son through college, but I had a heck of a career. I ended up officiating for almost 35 years. I had a very blessed career. I had great opportunity. I’ve been fussin’ and cussin’ with the activities association in Oklahoma for years because they don’t try to help young officials. Texas has a program where if you officiate junior high or high school ball, you must belong to a local chapter that you attend. They help you get started as a young official. They assign you elementary games, junior high games. You don’t get to work high school games until you’ve proven yourself at those other levels. In Oklahoma, anybody who’s over 18 can register, get their card and work any high school game in the state. All they need to do is pass the open-book test at 70 percent. That crew was too young to be working (the controversial Locust Grove-Douglass football game). You know what? In that situation at the end, when the violation occurred, they came together and none of them on the crew knew the actual rule. That’s a sad scenario. They made the wrong ruling because nobody on the crew knew. That never should have happened. Oklahoma has done a disservice by not helping to train and develop young officials. I send that message out all the time.
Apr 30, 2015
Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
High school notebook: Norman North's Ben Barrett sets state record in 1,600 meters
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 30, 2015It’s been quite a year for distance runners in boys track, and Norman North’s Ben Barrett added to it with a record-setting performance Thursday. Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen. Calvin Miller of Westmoore was on the verge of yet another milestone, coming a fraction of a second away from breaking the state record in the 800 meters. Miller’s winning time of 1:51.83, just off the record time of 1:51.70, held by two runners, Justin Nobles of Elgin and Quintell Wilson of Edmond North. Balenseifen and Barrett, perhaps the most talented pair of distance runners to come through the state in several years, both competed in Thursday’s meet, but did not go head-to-head, with each running just one race. Balenseifen finished second in the 800 prior to Barrett winning the 1,600. With Barrett being in Class 6A, and Balenseifen in 5A, the two rarely cross paths on the track. But they have become friends and push each other from a distance. Earlier this year, Balenseifen set the 1,600 record at 4:11.57 and still holds the record in the 3,200 at 9:16.20. While competing in a national event in California, Barrett broke the 9-minute mark in the 3,200 at 8:57, though it does not qualify for the state record mark since it was accomplished in an out-of-state competition. Barrett is headed to North Carolina State for college, while Balenseifen will stay close at Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE OFFERS NORMAN NORTH’S LINDY WATERS III Scholarship offers for Norman North junior shooting guard Lindy Waters III have gone from a steady flow to a roaring wave over the last few days. Lower-level Division I programs like Northeastern and Loyola-Maryland helped Waters’ offer list reach double-digits, then Harvard and Yale brought an Ivy League presence to the recruiting game. Cincinnati came in as well, and on Wednesday night, the first major offer dropped. Oklahoma State entered the pursuit of the versatile 6-foot-6 Waters, who is playing on the Adidas circuit with the Oklahoma Wizards this summer. He averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. Waters becomes the third player in the state’s 2016 recruiting class with an offer from Oklahoma State. Putnam City West guard Tre Evans is already verbally committed to the Cowboys, and Mustang guard Jakolby Long has an offer as well. OFFERS POURING IN FOR DEL CITY’S WILSON, LEXINGTON’S BROWN Last week’s offers from Nebraska and Colorado were just the start for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson. Three more scholarship offers have come in this week, with two more from Power Five conferences. Arizona State and Texas Tech joined San Diego State in offering the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior over the last few days. Lexington’s Tyler Brown continues to show himself as one of the fastest rising prospects in the state’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle just received his first offer in mid-April. North Texas and Tulsa were the first to offer Brown, and now, Houston, Wyoming and Utah State have come in as well. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the bigger programs showing interest in Brown. OFFICIALS’ HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its Hall of Fame class Monday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25, at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and football officials, calling state championship games, several state tournaments and All-State contests. Barbee is a former director of officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He has worked in football, basketball, softball and baseball during his 43-year career. Campbell has officiated four state basketball tournaments and still works as a basketball official observer. IVY ADDING OFFERS Former Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy added two scholarship offers Thursday after his first season at Butler Community College. Ivy was offered by Minnesota and Arkansas State, he said on his Twitter account. As a senior in 2013, Ivy was a dominant player for the Roughers. He was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team and Super 30 with offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State. He ultimately chose Butler after failing to qualify academically. He played in six games for the Grizzlies, recording eight tackles and 21/2 sacks.
Apr 29, 2015
Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district...
High School Athletes of the Week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 29, 2015Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district title and a fifth straight win. Boys golf Lance Gregory and Bryce Fanning, Southmoore The pair of SaberCats tied for first at the Ardmore Invitational, each shooting 73 to lead Southmoore to the team victory. Girls golf Elizabeth Freeman, Casady The Oklahoma Christian signee fired back-to-back rounds of 68-73 to win the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament by 10 strokes on Tuesday, her fifth win of the year. She led Casady to its third consecutive SPC Tournament team title. Boys track Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher The senior, who has signed to play football at Wyoming, swept the throwing events at the 89er Conference meet on Saturday. He won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 9 inches and the discus at 146-2. Girls track Morganne Mukes, Edmond Memorial The sophomore sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Edmond North meet last Friday, taking the 100 in 12.08 and the 200 in 25.48. Boys tennis Sam Atkinson and Brett Bormann, Edmond North The sophomore No. 1 doubles pairing defeated a stout field at the Tulsa Union tournament Tuesday. Girls tennis Lauren Harvey, Heritage Hall The freshman continues to establish herself as a No. 2 singles favorite in Class 5A. She won the Ponca City Tournament Saturday and is 14-4 on the year. Slowpitch softball Rachel Stark, Bethel Stark had a big district tournament for Bethel, driving in six of the Wildcats’ 42 runs over three games against Seminole and McLoud. She hit an inside-the-park homer and a three-run double in two games against McLoud.
Apr 22, 2015
For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program.
High school notebook: Colorado the latest to extend offer Del City's Terry Wilson
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 22, 2015For the second straight day, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson has received a scholarship offer from a former Big 12 football program. Colorado came in with an offer Wednesday morning, one day after Nebraska offered the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior. Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season and has proven to also be a dangerous rushing threat, averaging 5.0 yards per carry on 110 career attempts. His offer list is beginning to span the country, including Houston, Memphis, Indiana, UNLV, New Mexico State and Arkansas State. Wilson is ranked No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list for the class of 2016. EDMOND MEMORIAL’S SIMPSON HITS TWO GRAND SLAMS Edmond Memorial catcher Colin Simpson found himself in a rare situation during Monday’s doubleheader against rival Edmond North. The senior came to the plate in the second game with the bases loaded twice and hit a grand slam each time during the Bulldogs’ 14-2 rout. In the previous game — a 5-4 win — he also tripled. Simpson, who has signed with Oklahoma State, finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with 10 RBIs. ARDMORE PROMOTES NEWBY TO HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Ardmore stayed in-house to find its new head football coach, promoting Josh Newby to the position at a school board meeting Tuesday night. Newby, previously the team’s defensive coordinator, replaces Doug Wendel, who left to become the head coach at Midlothian (Texas) High School last month. Promoting from within has been a popular trend at big-school football programs in search of head coaches this offseason. Programs like Yukon, Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North all filled head coaching vacancies by promoting coordinators.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) 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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