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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 email@example.com | 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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Mar 28, 2015
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from […]
Norman North's Quan Hogan, Hollis' Jace Webb add scholarship offers
Scott Wright | Mar 28, 2015It’s been a busy couple of weeks for two Oklahoma high school football prospects. Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Hollis’ Jace Webb have each added multiple scholarship offers in recent days. Hogan, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list, announced on Twitter earlier this week that he received offers from Colorado State and Toledo, adding to his list of Tulsa, Arkansas State and Wyoming. Webb, a 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive lineman, already had an Army offer in the bank when Ohio, North Texas and Wyoming joined in the pursuit, according to Hollis coach Reade Box. Webb is coming off helping Hollis to the state basketball tournament, where he was a starting forward. More than 20 players in the state’s 2016 recruiting class have Division I scholarship offers already, with 10 months remaining until National Signing Day.
Mar 17, 2015
Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately.
High school notebook: Del City's Terry Wilson among football players to receive offers
BY JACOB UNRUH | Mar 17, 2015Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, Wilson now has offers from Arkansas State, Houston and new Mexico State. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately. Arkansas State offered scholarships to Harrah’s Logan Roberson, Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Lone Grove’s Jeremy Lewis. Navy also extended offers to three players: Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, Jenks’ Austin Quillen and Tulsa Edison’s Alex Criddle. Wyoming offered Hollis lineman Jace Webb, Jenks safety Dillon Stoner and Oologah’s Jimmy McKinney, who was also offered by Air Force. Edmond Santa Fe safety Calvin Bundage also got an offer from Tennessee, adding to the every-growing list for the top-ranked prospect on the Super 30. COAC ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM ANNOUNCED The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference recently released its Girls Basketball All-Conference team, with Southmoore senior Serithia Hawkins bringing home top honors in the conference. Hawkins, a Houston signee, was named the conference MVP. She led the SaberCats to the Class 6A state semifinals this season. Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec was named Coach of the Year after leading a young Jaguars team to a No. 4 ranking and one win from the state tournament. Westmoore’s Ashley Gomez was also named the Offensive Player of the Year, while a pair of Deer Creek stars took home two awards — Dakota Vann as Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Manning as Newcomer of the Year. Here is the full list of awards: MVP: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore Coach of the Year: Andrea Guziec, Westmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Ashley Gomez, Westmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Dakota Vann, Deer Creek Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Manning, Deer Creek All-Conference First Team: Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Jo’Nah Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Dylan Fix, Stillwater; Jessi Murcer, Westmoore; Makayla Foy, Yukon Second Team: Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Tia Williams, Norman North; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore Third Team: Alexis Cooper, Edmond Santa Fe; Allison Rogers, Moore; Logan Haller, Mustang; Alexa Scott, Norman North; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore Honorable Mention: Deer Creek: Abbey Renner, Shae Scheffler, Elayna Wilson; Edmond Memorial: Avery Ogle, Elise Wyatt; Edmond North: Abby Olsen, Hayli Hoffman, Sloan Hendley; Edmond Santa Fe: Rachel Shadid, Michaela Mack; Moore: Ashlie Rose, Shala Robinson, Tamera Shaver; Mustang: Addy Lawson, Madison Maxwell; Norman: Dariena Hunter, Shelby Thrailkill; Norman North: Kenna Sturgell; Southmoore: Kyra Johnston; Stillwater: Lauren Stettnisch; Westmoore: Callie Palmer, Whitney Outon; Yukon: Ashlyn Basler, Katy Fuston, Maci Exum, Shariah Anderson SUBURBAN CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED The Suburban Conference announced its All-Conference Girls Basketball team awards Monday evening with Piedmont taking home top honors. Piedmont senior Hayden Priddy was named Player of the Year, while coach Jamie Hill was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats made the Class 5A state semifinals last week. Shawnee took home the other top honors with freshman Monica Brooks being named Newcomer of the Year and Kelsey Simmons being named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a look at the entire All-Conference team: Player of the Year: Hayden Priddy, Piedmont Coach of the Year: Jamie Hill, Piedmont Newcomer of the Year: Monica Brooks, Shawnee Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Simmons First Team: Micayla Haynes, Guthrie; Dominique Golightly, Chickasha; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Bre Reid, Piedmont; Moe Tramble, Shawnee Second Team: Sydney Gray, El Reno; Taylor Sylvester, Chickasha; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Lexus Halfred, El Reno; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont Third Team: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Jennifer Byrd, Noble; Kamber Smedley, Guthrie; Charissa Price, Carl Albert Honorable Mention: Carl Albert: Lanie Batten Goodman; Chickasha: Jackie Ramos; El Reno: Regan Owen; Guthrie: Sojo Love; Noble: Sarah King; Piedmont: Kayden Carver, Maddie Sperle; Western Heights: Charon Cheatham, Brittney Vince
Mar 4, 2015
I went out to Norman North on Tuesday night, to watch the Timberwolves play Edmond Santa Fe in the regional title game. I’m working on a Tommy Griffin piece for next week. Griffin, an Oklahoma coaching legend long before his boys made him famous, is an assistant coach for Lenny Hatchett at Santa Fe. But […]
A fun night at Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe
Berry Tramel | Mar 4, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/rayford-young.jpg]3591696[/img] I went out to Norman North on Tuesday night, to watch the Timberwolves play Edmond Santa Fe in the regional title game. I'm working on a Tommy Griffin piece for next week. Griffin, an Oklahoma coaching legend long before his boys made him famous, is an assistant coach for Lenny Hatchett at Santa Fe. But any trip to North always is enjoyable because of all the people I run into. And Tuesday night was no different. I got to chat with Dennis Miller and David Gore, who worked the scorer's table. Two of my favorite people. Gore is a long-time administrator in Norman and a long-time football official who now is a scoreclock operator for Big 12 football games. I first encountered him in December 1975 -- that's almost 40 years ago -- when he was coaching West Mid-High's freshman team against my Central Cubs. I was playing, not coaching. Miller is a retired Norman High School teacher; I took his philosophy class as a junior in 1977. Best teacher I've ever sat under, college or high school. We later became friends, played basketball together, talked baseball and OU and whatever else came to mind. A true renaissance man. I also got to chat with Rayford Young, the lightning-quick Texas Tech point guard from 1996-2000. Young's son, Trae Young, now is Norman North's excellent sophomore point guard, a big-time recruit himself. When I first heard that Norman North had a star point guard whose dad was Rayford Young, I couldn’t believe it. It seemed like Rayford Young got through at Tech like five years ago. But it’s been 15. Rayford is from Pampa; we talked about the Texas Panhandle and some of James Dickey's good teams in Lubbock. We also talked about the incredible demands on a basketball phenom these days, with leeches trying to recruit players to other schools or basketball academies. Rayford said it's a major undertaking to keep really good players grounded, though that's his aim with Trae, who has received scholarship offers already from OU and OSU. I also met Mike Roberts, the associate head coach at North Carolina-Greensboro, of the Southern Conference. Roberts was scouting the multitude of talented players on the Santa Fe and North rosters. Turns out, Roberts was on the Indiana team that beat OU in the 2002 Final Four. He didn't play in the Hoosiers' victory, but his IU ties are tight. Roberts graduated from Indiana in 2005, then became a Texas Tech graduate assistant for Bobby Knight. Hard to go into many high school gyms and come across two people who either played or coached at Texas Tech. But I did it. Anyway, Roberts now is at UNC-Greensboro and recruiting some Oklahoma kids. Amazing. You'd think a Southern Conference school would stay back East for the most part. I mean, North Carolina is a good basketball state, you've got the South, the Eastern Seaboard. I wouldn't have guessed I'd have run into a North Carolina-Greensboro coach at a Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe game. I asked Roberts how the caliber of high school basketball we had just witnessed -- North beat Santa Fe 82-80 in a wildly entertaining game -- compared to North Carolina. He said he rarely recruits in Carolina, but Roberts did say that the game was much more uptempo than what we likely would find in his native Indiana. He also told a great story about arriving on the North campus. He drove up to North, saw North's sparkling and huge Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts, which serves Norman Public Schools, and Roberts thought it must be the gym. He's from Indiana, remember. No, he was told, this isn't the gym. It's around on the other side, inside the school. Plus, best of all, I got to chat with Tommy Griffin. I first saw Tommy Griffin 40 years ago next week, when he was 26 years old and coaching the Classen Comets in the Class 3A state tournament. Those Comets won the first of Griffin's eight state titles, spread over three schools. Look for my column on Griffin next week, when by the way, Blake Griffin and the Clippers come to town to play the Thunder, and one of the world's best basketball players won't have the best Oklahoma hoops pedigree in his own family.
White replaces his close friend and longtime mentor Lance Manning, who resigned last month. The two were on the same coaching staff together the past 14 years.
High school football: Kyle White promoted to head football coach at Edmond Santa Fe
By Jacob Unruh | Mar 2, 2015EDMOND — Kyle White was never in a hurry to be a head coach. The time now appears to be right for the veteran offensive coordinator, who was promoted to head football coach at Edmond Santa Fe after the Edmond School Board approved him unanimously Monday night. White replaces his close friend and longtime mentor Lance Manning, who resigned last month. The two were on the same coaching staff together the past 14 years. “This is my first time to apply for a head coaching job,” White said. “I feel very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity Coach Manning presented with me over the years. “Every year I got more and more responsibilities and more and more opportunities to do different things to help myself grow as a coach and develop. Really, the last three or four years I really felt like I was ready to be a head coach, but I wanted to (go) somewhere special and the opportunity presented itself at Edmond Santa Fe.” White started his career as an assistant at Putnam West. From there, he joined up with Manning at Deer Creek for four years before following him to Norman North for six. He then joined the Wolves’ staff when Manning was hired. It was that relationship that helped Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley make the decision to go with a rookie head coach. “He really stood out in the interview process,” Nunley said. “He brought a level of enthusiasm but yet confidence. It’s easy to forget that Kyle’s been doing it 15 years and then you start looking at his rèsumè and asking questions, and you’re thinking he’s been a part of some pretty successful stuff. “I think understanding the program, understanding the kids, giving those players a confidence level. Our offense has been good and he’s been a major part of that, but I think the other part is he’s part of the community.” White takes over a team that went 5-5 last season, but returns 15 starters, most of which will be seniors. Among the seniors will be safety Calvin Bundage, who is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s 2016 Super 30 list of top college recruits, and running back Darran Williams, who is ranked No. 8. Edmond Santa Fe will also be getting a new football stadium, which was just approved by the city voters in a school bond issue last month. The hope is to be playing in the stadium by 2016. “Talking about the new stadium, I can’t wait and I know the Santa Fe community can’t wait to play the first game there in 2016,” White said. “We just want to keep the ball rolling. Last year wasn’t quite what any of us wanted. I’m just very grateful and honored they gave me the opportunity to lead Edmond Santa Fe.”
Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid. 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 2-17-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and […]
NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Breaking down the 2016 Super 30
Jacob Unruh | Feb 19, 2015Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid. 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 2-17-15 <—CLICK THERE: 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. PODCAST ARCHIVE 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.
Feb 19, 2015
Norman North athletic director Eddie Paul confirmed to The Oklahoman that Standley was leaving, and that the search for the Timberwolves’ next coach will begin as soon as possible.
High school football: Wade Standley leaves Norman North for Ada
By Scott Wright | Feb 19, 2015NORMAN — For the second time in as many weeks, one of the top Class 6A high school football jobs in the state has come open. Norman North is now in search of a new head coach after Wade Standley left to take the head job at Ada on Thursday. Norman North athletic director Eddie Paul confirmed to The Oklahoman that Standley was leaving, and that the search for the Timberwolves’ next coach will begin as soon as possible. The news of Standley’s hiring in Ada was first reported by the Ada Evening News. “This was just a great opportunity,” Standley told The Oklahoman. “Ada's tradition speaks volumes, and we're excited to get down there and see what we can do.” Last week, the Edmond Santa Fe job came open when Lance Manning decided to leave coaching and go into private business. Putnam City also remains open following the resignation of John Wofford last month. Standley took over a program that went 3-7 the year before his arrival, and won 30 games in the next four seasons. That included two district championships and a Class 6A runner-up finish in 2012. He replaces Matt Weber, who stepped down after seven seasons at Ada. The Cougars have won 27 games the last three seasons since moving from Class 5A down to 4A prior to the 2012 season. Weber is now the head coach at Pauls Valley. Ada is one of the state’s most tradition-rich programs, with a state-record 19 state championships, the last of which came at the end of a four-year streak from 1993-96. “Having the opportunity to bring in a coach the caliber of Wade Standley is more than exciting to me,” Ada City Schools superintendent Pat Harrison told the Ada Evening News. “The experience he brings and his positive, team-building attitude will make him a great fit for the Cougars. He has had success everywhere he has been, and I am confident Ada will be no different.”
Here is The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s class of 2016.
The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of top football recruits for the Class of 2016
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Feb 14, 2015Here is The Oklahoman high school sports staff’s first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s class of 2016. The list will be updated again in the spring, summer, preseason and midseason, with the final update prior to National Signing Day in February 2016. 1. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 190 Bundage’s first year at safety went pretty well, earning 12 scholarship offers, including Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. 2. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Arkansas State extended an offer early and Houston came in last month, with several more programs watching intently. 3. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 Utah State’s offer was just the start for the big, powerful lineman. 4. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 The first and only commitment of the 2016 class so far, Hill is headed to Oklahoma State. 5. Max Wariboko-Alali, DB, Casady, 5-10, 170 Wariboko-Alali holds four offers from Louisville, SMU, Tulsa and UCLA, which just signed his brother Josh to a National Letter of Intent. 6. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 200 Tulsa made an early offer to Hogan, who has shown strong receiving skills out of the backfield or the slot, adding to his value. 7. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 220 The state class is short on linebacker talent, but Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin have already offered McKinney. 8. Darran Williams, RB, Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 165 A load to tackle, Williams’ interest is gradually picking up following a breakout junior season in which he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. 9. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 200 Notre Dame, Kentucky, Indiana and several others are showing interest in the reigning Oklahoman Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year. 10. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-2, 185 One of the elite small-school talents in a year with lots of prospects in Class 4A and below. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 Southmoore is on pace to produce several big-name recruits over the next few years, and Jones heads the 2016 SaberCat class. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 Louisiana Tech was the first program to offer the Jenks safety. 13. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 The powerfully built Panther blocked for Grant Martin, the state’s leading rusher at the 11-man level last season, and Roberson should attract some big offers for himself this year. 14. Nic Roller, RB, Bixby, 6-0, 235 The first-team Oklahoman All-State selection is hearing from OU, OSU and other big programs around the region. 15. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall, 6-6, 370 Harris is a monster up front, but recruiters have concerns about him being too heavy. He first caught recruiting attention as a defensive tackle before moving full-time to offensive tackle. 16. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 200 Another member of the state’s strong quarterback class, Wilson is drawing a wide variety of interest, from places like Tulsa, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Duke, Harvard and others. 17. Tariq Bitson, WR, Tulsa Washington, 6-3, 190 Multiple receivers in the class are on the verge of breaking through to the elite level, and Bitson is right there with the best of them. 18. Corey Tipsword, OL/DL, Norman North, 6-4, 315 Tipsword is strictly a defensive player at Norman North, but college coaches think he could be a stout offensive lineman, too. 19. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown is starting to turn heads for the Pioneers. Georgia was showing interest early and he was recently invited to LSU’s Junior Day. 20. Jamall Shaw, RB, Broken Arrow, 6-0, 195 Shaw became the motor in the Tigers’ offense last season and has the size and speed to push him up this list. 21. Tyler Banta, OL, Carl Albert, 6-5, 285 Carl Albert coach Gary Rose regularly produces well-coached offensive linemen, and Banta is next in line, with invites to junior days at OU and Kansas State, among others. 22. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 320 Tulsa extended an early offer to the Tigers’ big blocker. 23. Dreyvon Christon, DB, Putnam City, 5-11, 175 A fast and physical cornerback who plays bigger than his listed size. 24. Terrell Love, RB, Heritage Hall, 5-9, 220 Nicknamed “Tank,” Love is a powerful runner who has recently been in contact with SMU, Kansas and Tulsa. 25. Patrick McKaufman, QB, Douglass, 6-6, 185 McKaufman is skinny, but his long, athletic frame catches some eyes; also heading into his fourth year as a starter. 26. Mason Fine, QB, Locust Grove, 6-0, 170 The state’s single-season record holder for passing yards and touchdowns has a D-I arm, but his size will raise some questions from bigger programs. 27. Tyler Adkins, RB, Tulsa Union, 5-9, 185 Yet another gifted running back in the class, Adkins combines power and quickness. 28. Walker Reed, OL, Norman North, 6-6, 300 The prototypical build for an offensive tackle, Reed’s recruiting ceiling is high. 29. DeShawn Lookout, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 Lookout’s future might be in baseball — he’s committed to OU — but he’s also got a football offer from Arkansas State. 30. Scotty Gilkey, QB, Broken Arrow, 6-4, 210 Gilkey has three offers already, though he was demoted to second string last season.
Feb 9, 2015
EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigned from his position Monday morning to go into private business and spend more time with his three daughters, he told The Oklahoman. Manning’s departure comes after a four-year stint with the Wolves and leaves a vacancy atop a budding Class 6A-I program possibly on the verge of adding a new stadium along with a good amount of talent on...
Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigns
Jacob Unruh | Feb 9, 2015EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigned from his position Monday morning to go into private business and spend more time with his three daughters, he told The Oklahoman. Manning’s departure comes after a four-year stint with the Wolves and leaves a vacancy atop a budding Class 6A-I program possibly on the verge of adding a new stadium along with a good amount of talent on the field. “It’s been a tough day. It was hard this morning going into the (athletic director’s office) …” Manning said while pausing to choke back tears. “Just a classy bunch of people from top to bottom who have been extremely good and support me and this was not an easy decision for me because I love Santa Fe so much. “But at the end of the day, my girls and a flexible schedule is what this was based on and nothing more than that. It’s pretty simple.” During the four seasons under Manning, Santa Fe went 31-14. Last season, the Wolves went 5-5. After spending six years as Norman North’s coach, he took over a floundering program that was 1-9 in the previous season and quickly made that a distant memory. Manning immediately led two straight 10-2 seasons and coached elite high school players such as Khari Harding and Justice Hansen. Harding is now at Tulsa after transferring from Auburn and Hansen is at Oklahoma. “What he’s done to solidify our program is awesome,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “He and (former coach) Dan Cocannouer made Santa Fe football what it is. You look on that schedule and you know you’re going to play them and you get fired up. We’ve got a great junior class, a solid, solid staff. “At the end of the day, Lance is a leader. That’s his best attribute. Besides being a really good football coach, he’s a leader.” Nunley said the search for Manning’s replacement will begin soon. The appeal for the position should be high, too, with a bond issue being voted on Tuesday that if approved would build a new stadium at Santa Fe that would seat 6,000 and move the team from Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium. “By no means is it an empty cupboard,” Nunley said. “There are probably those out there that are going to say, ‘Hey, it’s 6A Division I, it’s tough.’ There’s 15 other 6A Division I’s that are tough. With the impending bond issue, they’ll be a part of a new stadium if that goes through. That’s really exciting.” Santa Fe returns a talented junior class headlined by safety Calvin Bundage, who is a three-star prospect already holding scholarship offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Michigan, OU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Tulsa. The Wolves also return running back Darran Williams, who rushed for 1,913 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Manning said it would be selfish to remain one more year to coach the talented bunch, but did admit he is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the program. “I’m proud of what we’ve done here,” he said. “The last couple years have been average under our expectations and there’s reasons for that, and I’ve always looked at myself first. But I’ll tell you what, there’s a good-lookin’ bunch of kids we’ve got there right now. Santa Fe’s about to get good again.”
Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigned from his position Monday morning to go into private business and spend more time with his three daughters, he told The Oklahoman.
High school football: Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning resigns
By Jacob Unruh | Feb 9, 2015EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe football coach Lance Manning resigned from his position Monday morning to go into private business and spend more time with his three daughters, he told The Oklahoman. Manning’s departure comes after a four-year stint with the Wolves and leaves a vacancy atop a budding Class 6A-I program possibly on the verge of adding a new stadium along with a good amount of talent on the field. “It’s been a tough day. It was hard this morning going into the (athletic director’s office) …” Manning said while pausing to choke back tears. “Just a classy bunch of people from top to bottom who have been extremely good and support me and this was not an easy decision for me because I love Santa Fe so much. “But at the end of the day, my girls and a flexible schedule is what this was based on and nothing more than that. It’s pretty simple.” During the four seasons under Manning, Santa Fe went 31-14. Last season, the Wolves went 5-5. After spending six years as Norman North’s coach, he took over a floundering program that was 1-9 in the previous season and quickly made that a distant memory. Manning led two straight 10-2 seasons and coached elite high school players such as Khari Harding and Justice Hansen. Harding is now at Tulsa after transferring from Auburn, and Hansen is at Oklahoma. “What he’s done to solidify our program is awesome,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “He and (former coach) Dan Cocannouer made Santa Fe football what it is. You look on that schedule and you know you’re going to play them and you get fired up. We’ve got a great junior class, a solid, solid staff. “At the end of the day, Lance is a leader. That’s his best attribute. Besides being a really good football coach, he’s a leader.” Nunley said the search for Manning’s replacement will begin soon. The appeal for the position should be high, too, with a bond issue being voted on Tuesday that if approved would build a new stadium at Santa Fe that would seat 6,000 and move the team from Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium. “By no means is it an empty cupboard,” Nunley said. “There are probably those out there that are going to say, ‘Hey, it’s 6A Division I, it’s tough.’ There’s 15 other 6A Division I’s that are tough. With the impending bond issue, they’ll be a part of a new stadium if that goes through. That’s really exciting.” Santa Fe returns a talented junior class headlined by safety Calvin Bundage, who is a three-star prospect already holding scholarship offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Michigan, OU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Tulsa. The Wolves also return running back Darran Williams, who rushed for 1,913 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Manning said it would be selfish to remain one more year to coach the talented bunch, but did admit he is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the program. “I’m proud of what we’ve done here,” he said. “The last couple years have been average under our expectations and there’s reasons for that, and I’ve always looked at myself first. But I’ll tell you what, there’s a good-lookin’ bunch of kids we’ve got there right now. Santa Fe’s about to get good again.”