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In his seven terms, state Rep. Wayne Smith had never presented a bill to the House’s Public Education Committee — until March 24.“This one has cause,” Smith, R-Baytown, said at the time.His legislation — House Bill 767 — would make Texas the first state in the nation to require a heart screen known as an electrocardiogram before competing in high school athletics.“The bottom line is, if we save...
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Corbett Smith, Associated Press | May 9, 2015In his seven terms, state Rep. Wayne Smith had never presented a bill to the House’s Public Education Committee — until March 24. “This one has cause,” Smith, R-Baytown, said at the time. His legislation — House Bill 767 — would make Texas the first state in the nation to require a heart screen known as an electrocardiogram before competing in high school athletics. “The bottom line is, if we save even one kid’s life, this is worth it,” Smith told the committee. Yet, the widely held consensus among doctors’ advocacy groups in America, such as the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, is that mandated ECG screening is unwarranted. The bill, which passed the House and is now pending in the Senate’s Education Committee, is an illustration of what happens when passionate advocacy, public policy and science collide. Smith’s bill would require an electrocardiogram (also known an EKG) be included as part of two physical exams, during the first and third years of a student’s participation in a University Interscholastic League high school athletic activity. The measure, which passed the House, 86-57, would allow for a parent or guardian to obtain a waiver through a written request. An ECG is a non-invasive test that measures the time and volume of electrical activity through the heart by placing electrodes on a patient’s chest and limbs. It can be administered by someone with little to no medical training, with results going to a cardiologist or pediatric cardiologist for evaluation. The bill’s proponents say the test is affordable, readily available and could save lives. Several nonprofit groups throughout the state, such as the Plano-based Living 4 Zachary, help sponsor heart screens for school districts and parents for as little as $15 per student, with other groups offering grants to cover the expense. A few school districts, such as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a suburb northwest of Houston, require the test as part of the physical exam. Cy-Fair athletic director Ed Warken said that the district has “elected not to pass the cost of the test to the parents” and that the district recently purchased new ECG machines for its 10 high school campuses at a cost of around $50,000. Driving force The bill’s driving force, Scott Stephens, originally tried to work with the UIL to increase the availability of ECG screening statewide on an opt-in basis. Stephens’ son, Cody, died in his sleep in May 2012 of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM, a thickening of the heart muscle that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in athletes. A 6-9, 289-pound offensive tackle at Crosby, Cody had signed to play football with Tarleton State. While Stephens successfully lobbied the UIL to include a “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form” in its pre-participation packet two years ago, the league’s medical advisory committee went no further, basing its decision on the existing medical literature, which questioned the efficacy of the ECG as a screening tool. Instead, the UIL relies on a portion of its current physical that is based on the American Heart Association’s 14-point screening process. For example, the physical has questions asking athletes whether they’ve passed out during or after exercise, experienced chest pain, or had a family member die unexpectedly before the age of 50. Some question the efficacy of relying solely on a history and physical exam, however. Jonathan Drezner, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and one of the nation’s leading proponents of ECG testing on student-athletes, told The Dallas Morning News in 2013 that a basic physical examination is “very insensitive” because “most of the conditions that cause this tragedy don’t have any warning symptoms.” Relying on the physical alone was not good enough for Stephens. "The UIL told me that without their Medical Advisory Committee agreeing to it, their hands were tied,” Stephens said in April, after the House passed HB 767 named “Cody’s Bill,” in honor of his son. “The only way I could get this thing done was to get a law passed.” According to Stephens, his organization — the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation — performed ECGs on 15,000 athletes last year and found 15 who needed heart surgery. Two were told to quit contact sports altogether. “We found 17 kids out of 15,000,” Stephens said. “If there’s a million kids in the state of Texas getting a physical, that tells me — just by the math — that there's 1,000 kids out there that are possible candidates for sudden cardiac arrest.” Many shades of gray Critics, however, view the ECG as an imperfect, hard to interpret test, with Texas currently lacking the infrastructure to interpret the results and deal with the glut of potential patients. Potentially thousands of healthy athletes could be forced to sit on the sidelines while waiting for expensive follow-up exams. Those showing signs of disease via an ECG — but not any symptoms — could receive overly aggressive treatments, or be inappropriately pulled from athletic participation. “At the end of the day, unfortunately, the ECG is not a perfect test,” said Benjamin Levine, the director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine and a professor of medicine and cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “It’s not a pregnancy test; it’s not positive or negative. There are many, many shades of gray.” An ECG is used to screen for electric diseases of the heart — such as Long QT syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and Brugada syndrome — and can catch some incidence of HCM as well. But its accuracy in identifying HCM is spotty; Levine said that almost a third of ECGs of patients with known HCM are incorrectly identified with the test. Cody Stephens had two ECGs before his death, in seventh and ninth grades; neither indicated heart problems. Furthermore, the second-leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes — coronary anomalies, which account for approximately 17 percent of deaths — is undetectable with an ECG. Levine, speaking as a cardiologist and not as an official representative of UT Southwestern, said that the U.S. rates of sudden death in athletes are similar to those in Italy and Israel, two countries that have mandated ECG screening. The incidences of sudden death in athletes are rare; a national registry of sudden death in athletes from 1980 to 2006 compiled by Barry Maron, the head of the Minneapolis Heart Institute, found 1,049 deaths as a result of cardiovascular diseases in 13- to 25-year-old competitive athletes. False positive concerns Additionally, an ECG also has a false positive rate ranging anywhere from 3 to 10 percent, meaning that of 100,000 students tested, as many as 10,000 could show abnormal ECGs where no disease is present. According to a 2013-14 survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Texas had the largest number of high school students participating in athletics in the nation: 805,299. Assuming a modest false positive rate of 5 percent, 20,000 healthy students would be pulled from athletic competition until follow-up tests occurred. Silvana Molossi is the co-chair of the Sports and Exercise Council for the American College of Cardiology and the medical director of the Coronary Anomalies Program at Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital. She said the availability and speed in which subsequent tests would occur could be drastically different from area to area, depending on the number of cardiologists in a given regions. The number of false positives would also vary from region and city, she said, depending on the experience a cardiologist had with reading a child’s ECGs. “Without taking a pause to understand what the real implications would be in this state, I probably don’t think it’s the best way to proceed,” Molossi said. The American College of Cardiology’s Texas chapter estimated that there were only 175 pediatric cardiologists statewide. For those who show an abnormal ECG, the cost of a “cascade of work-up” would fall solely on families, said Levine, including those who either don’t have insurance or couldn’t afford the deductibles. The bill in its current form does not include any funding. “Many people who have no disease will have an abnormal EKG, and what that means is that all those people would be held out of sports, and then they would have to go through a very comprehensive examination with a cardiologist, including perhaps an echocardiogram, an MRI, exercise testing — all unfunded,” said. “And that’s one of the big problems with this particular bill. It’s an unfunded mandate, where the entire burden of this work-up falls on the poorest parents and kids in Texas.” The Texas Medical Association estimated in 2011-12 that nearly 1.2 million children in Texas were uninsured, 16 percent of the child population. For families paying out of pocket, follow-up tests could run from a few hundred dollars to $15,000, Levine said. Limited knowledge For asymptomatic patients, those whose ECGs indicate signs of disease but whose personal histories don’t show any other flags of sudden cardiac death, there is a lack of understanding on how to proceed, Levine added. “Even if we pick up a disease in a truly asymptomatic person, we don’t know what to do with it,” Levine said. “We have to accept the limitations of our medical knowledge. Most of what we know what to do with patients with disease come from centers who study patients who are sick or have a medical problem.” Levine drew up a hypothetical: An athlete has HCM, but only a modest amount of heart thickness, and no other signs, including no family history of sudden death. “What do I do with that patient?” Levine said. “I have no idea. I can keep them out of sports, but people like Cody Stephens, he died in his sleep. It’s not going to help him, keeping him out of sports. “It’s true that sometimes intense athletic competition will precipitate an arrhythmia in someone with HCM, but how about running for a bus? How about having sexual relations? How about playing pick-up basketball? We don’t tell kids with HCM to sit around on a chair and don’t do anything. There is no therapy that protects against sudden death, except the defibrillator.” Lisa Salberg, the founder and CEO of the New Jersey-based Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, said she understood the desire for action for those who lost a loved one. Salberg, an HCM patient with a defibrillator, started her organization not long after her sister died of sudden cardiac arrest in 1995, the fourth member of her immediate family to die from a sudden cardiac event. Nevertheless, Salberg and her organization are against mandated ECGs. She and Levine were members of a group that authored a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, stating that mandatory mass ECG screening in large, healthy populations from 12 to 25 years of age was “not recommended for athletes and nonathletes alike.” “It’s understandable that when you lose someone, you want to have control over the controllable,” Salberg said. “There’s so much passion, but so much of it is based on wishes, and not fact. There’s not a simple answer. I wish there was. These diseases are very complex; there’s not a simple solution, and identification doesn’t mean you won.” There is debate, however, within the field. After a panel discussion on cardiac screening of young athletes at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in 2013, held in Dallas, a straw poll of the audience found 60 percent in favor of including ECGs in screening programs. A similar online poll by the New England Journal of Medicine found 58 percent of respondents in favor of screening with a history, physical and ECG, although only 45 percent of U.S.-based voters were in favor of the measure. When asked by The Dallas Morning News about his thoughts on the pending legislation in Texas, Drezner demurred. However, Drezner, Levine and Philadelphia cardiologist Victoria Vetter co-authored an article for the Heart Rhythm Society in 2013 in an attempt to find consensus between the two camps. At that time, the trio came to the conclusion that “mandated ECG screening for athletes is not supported” at the current time and that focus on legislative efforts to establish such programs would “divert our attention from issues that can assist physicians.” The future It’s unclear whether the ECG bill will even make it out of the Senate’s Education Committee. As the Legislature enters its final weeks, tensions often run high between the House and the Senate as the two hash out differences in their proposed budgets and other high-stakes legislation. Anything can happen to a bill. “During this time, sometimes people evaluate bills not based on the horse but the jockey,” said Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., D-Houston. A member of the House Public Education Committee, Dutton was one of the strongest advocates of HB 727 during testimony. He hasn’t heard of any opposition to the bill on the Senate side and doesn't anticipate any trouble getting it passed there. “I think it's going to be all right,” Dutton said. “I hope it gets out. I don’t know that it’s one of those things that hurts anything, and the only possibilities it has is that it helps. So why would anyone be against that?” Levine said that instead of ECG legislation, he wants a renewed effort getting students and families to give honest and accurate answers on the pre-participation physical and family history, perhaps using a novel approach through social media to achieve those goals. The lowest recorded rates of sudden death in young athletes were found in a Minnesota study, Levine pointed out, a state with a stringent patient history and physical exam. Similarly, Salberg’s organization is focused on supporting “comprehensive, sustainable and reasonable” solutions outside of a mandated ECG. Thanks in part to Salberg’s efforts, on May 5, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill requiring the inclusion of the 14-point AHA cardiac screening process into every well-child exam for children between the ages of 1 to 19. “When you’re looking to find these problems, you’re looking for a needle in a haystack,” she said. “And there are needles out there, to be sure. But you shouldn’t be building new haystacks. And that’s what [HB 767] would do. Use the health care system that we have, enforce the systems that we have, because that’s where you’re going to see real changes in health care and find meaningful improvement.” Staff writer Eva-Marie Ayala contributed to this report. On Twitter: @corbettsmithDMN ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000026911,t000003087,t000003088,t000037113,t000040421,t000139548,t000050642,t000002776,t000027855,t000003142,t000047896,t000002827,t000003813,t000412858,t000002865,t000003183,t000200842,t000198908,t000201397,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065627
May 6, 2015
The duo met up last month after McCleskey’s father, J.J., learned about Stewart’s big-time production for the Cowboys out of the slot.
Oklahoma State football: 2015 receiver Jalen McCleskey taking notes from former Cowboy Josh Stewart
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | May 6, 2015They only met once, but Josh Stewart says Jalen McCleskey is like “a little brother.” Stewart is the former Oklahoma State wideout who ranks inside the top 10 all-time in program history for receptions (161), receiving yards (2,204) and touchdown catches (12). McCleskey is the lone wideout in OSU’s 2015 signing class from Covington, La., who tallied more than 1,300 yards receiving over his past two high school seasons and will join the Cowboys next month for summer conditioning. Both are Louisiana natives. Both stand 5-foot-10. And both have a reputation for making defensive backs look silly. “We clicked instantly,” Stewart said. “They say I play like him,” McCleskey added. The duo met up last month after McCleskey’s father, J.J., learned about Stewart’s big-time production for the Cowboys out of the slot. He sought out Stewart’s phone number — and the former Cowboy was happy to take the call. J.J. McCleskey played eight seasons as a wide receiver and cornerback in the NFL between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. He currently trains high school athletes back in Louisiana. Stewart sent J.J. McCleskey his playing tape for a critique, and soon after, father and son headed to Texas to meet up. “We wanted to get more pointers on what his mindset was on certain things when he was in the slot, that was very beneficial for us,” J.J. McCleskey said. “Josh is very crafty. My son is a route runner and he’s fast.” As McCleskey heads into his first season at OSU, he’s taken an aggressive approach to soaking in any knowledge that might give him a step up in Stillwater. Even with the departure of slot receivers Blake Webb and Ra’Shaad Samples, the Cowboys return nine wideouts who caught at least one pass last season. McCleskey enters the mix as undoubtedly one of the youngest players on the entire roster, as he won’t turn 18 until August. “I think it’s kind of a disadvantage,” McCleskey said. “But I’ve been the youngest in my grade throughout my whole life, so I feel like I’m used to it.” A redshirt season is likely ahead, but there’s no questioning McCleskey’s future potential. He’s clocked a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash to go along with a 40-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of more than 10.6 feet. At St. Paul’s School, McCleskey caught 43 passes in 2013 and 46 in 2014. Both marks rank inside the top five all-time in program history. Even then, recruiting sites listed McCleskey as just a three-star recruit. Tulane, South Florida and Air Force were among the bigger-name programs to also offer scholarships. “Oklahoma State did a great job of recruiting him and overlooking the fact that he’s only a three-star, didn’t go to all these openings and stuff,” J.J. McCleskey said. “Jalen came to camp and earned his scholarship at camp.” J.J. McCleskey added that OSU assistant Eric Henderson played a key role in the recruiting process — as did receivers coach Kasey Dunn, strength coach Rob Glass and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Their leadership and coaching style makes J.J. McCleskey comfortable in sending his son more than 700 miles northwest to play college ball. In the coming weeks, McCleskey and Stewart plan to meet up and run drills. That’s got to make OSU coach Mike Gundy happy, as he compared the two shortly after signing day. “We’re hoping that (McCleskey) has the same side-to-side and make-you-miss movement that Josh has, but much faster straightaway,” Gundy said. “He can really roll.”
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfersThe Joplin Globe, Mo.Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday.The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games."Vince is a ked we recruited out of...
MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers
The Joplin Globe, Mo. (TNS), Associated Press | Apr 29, 2015MSSU basketball teams add Division I transfers The Joplin Globe, Mo. Both Missouri Southern basketball teams have signed a Division I transfer, it was announced Tuesday. The men added Vince Fritz, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw limited action at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He scored five points while playing a total of 28 minutes over five games. "Vince is a ked we recruited out of high school," Lions coach Jeff Boschee said in a release. "He will give us some toughness on both ends of the floor along with an ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter. We are extremely excited to add him to our family." Fritz, a native of Overland Park, was a four-year letterman and two-time first team all-Eastern Kansas League selection at Blue Valley Northwest. He also earned all-state honors twice and finished as the third leading scorer in school history. Coached by his father, Ed Fritz, Vince helped Blue Valley Northwest win two state championships, including a 25-0 mark as a junior when Northwest was ranked No. 19 nationally by USA Today Fritz also played football and earned all-league honors at defensive back and punter. He comes from a basketball family. His dad played at Baker, and his mother, Ann, played at Nebraska and is the girls basketball coach at Blue Valley Northwest. His grandfather, Vince Costello, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns (1956-66) and New York Giants (1967-68) and is a member of the Browns Hall of Fame. After his playing career, he was an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, serving as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 1975-76 until retiring. The Lions' women's team landed BriAnna (Bri) Shavers, a 6-0 post player from the University of New Orleans. "Bri is going to be a tremendous addition to our post corps," MSSU coach Ronda Hubbard said in a release. "We have a young group in the power forward and center positions and look forward to watching them all grow together over the next few years. Bri will bring strength and versatility to our team that will be needed right away. Her experience at the D-1 level will be beneficial to her transition into the ever so tough MIAA." Shavers, from Carrollton, Texas, sat out the 2013-14 season at New Orleans with an injury. Last season she played in 22 games and averaged 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in six minutes per game. As a senior at Creekview High School, Shavers, the daughter of Anna McNeace, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named second team all-state. "Bri has a strong, athletic body," Hubbard said, "and we expect her to make an immediate impact to our rebounding and back to the basket game while also being able to face up with her mid-range game. We are ecstatic to welcome Bri to our Lion family." ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Apr 24, 2015
Dixon signed her National Letter of Intent at Northwest Classen on Friday with Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan., to play basketball, adding another positive step in her journey from homelessness.
High school notebook: Northwest Classen's Tyritta Dixon signs with Brown Mackie
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Apr 24, 2015The journey of Tyritta Dixon will continue at the collegiate level. Dixon signed her National Letter of Intent at Northwest Classen on Friday with Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan., to play basketball, adding another positive step in her journey from homelessness. “I feel like this is just another step of me becoming a great person and me becoming great like I want to,” Dixon said. Dixon’s journey was documented in Sports Illustrated last fall and in The Oklahoman in February. She became homeless her eighth grade year when she left her mother’s home and later had a baby, Ta’Niya, after a family acquaintance raped her. Since then, things have started looking up for her. She moved in with her father before this school year and now she has a chance to go further. “It makes everything worth it and it makes me so proud that she overcame so much and finally has the confidence to take this next step, even though there’s been so many doubters,” said Jackee Brown, who coached Dixon the past three seasons at Northwest but was recently informed she would not return next season as coach. Dixon averaged 11.9 points as a senior. She had a chance to sign with Neosho County Community College in Missouri, but hesitated too long. Instead, Neosho coach JJ Davis led Brown Mackie to Dixon. “To me, it’s strange but he said he would have my back and he said he would put me in the best place possible to be successful and he did,” Dixon said. “I really appreciate Coach Davis for doing that.” ALL SPORTS ASSOCIATION NAMES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Guthrie’s Beau Davis and Deer Creek’s Abbey Renner have been named the winners of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association’s $1,000 college scholarship awards, the organization announced Friday. Davis, a football and baseball player for the Bluejays, is involved in student council and part of the National Honor Society. Renner plays basketball, serves as a class officer and is involved with the Business Professionals of America and NHS. Selection for the awards was based on achievement consistent with the mission of the All Sports Association, including leadership, athletic participation, civic activities and academics. Applications for the 2016 scholarships will be released in January for students in the greater Oklahoma City metro area. To qualify, student-athletes must be attending a two- or four-year Oklahoma college or university, have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and a minimum ACT score of 22. They must also have participated in high school athletics, but cannot be receiving an athletic scholarship, or be participating as a walk-on athlete. For more information about the scholarship program, visit www.okcallsports.org. TUTTLE TRIO HEADED TO SOUTHWESTERN CHRISITAN Southwestern Christian University in Bethany has signed three track and field athletes from Tuttle: Logan Laird, Andrew DeWitt and Colton Owens. OKLAHOMA BIG 10 CONFERENCE HONORS BASKETBALL PLAYERS Putnam City West senior Tyson Jolly and Choctaw sophomore Ana Llanusa were recently recognized as the top players in the Oklahoma Big 10 Conference. Jolly, who has signed with Cal, was named the conference’s Boys MVP, and Lawton Eisenhower’s Bruce Harrington was named Coach of the Year. On the girls side, Oklahoma commit Llanusa was the MVP, and PC West coach Carlos Adamson was the Coach of the Year. Here’s the full list of all-conference honorees: Boys Conference champion: Putnam City West Coach of the Year: Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower MVP: Tyson Jolly, PC West Offensive Player of the Year: Jamey Woods, Lawton Eisenhower Defensive Player of the Year: Will Lienhard, McGuinness Newcomer of the Year: Jalen Redmond, Midwest City First team: Jamey Woods, Lawton Eisenhower; Will Lienhard, McGuinness; Marquis Johnson, PC West; Drake Perry, PC North; Jourdin Anderson, Midwest City. Second team: Jalen Redmond, Midwest City; Grason Wright, Putnam City; Micah Speight, PC North; Douglas Moore, Lawton Eisenhower; Dakari Moss, Lawton. Third team: Breiman Alexander, Del City; Darius Roy, Lawton Eisenhower; Stuart Krous, McGuinness; Dedrian Parmer, PC West; Tre Evans, PC West. Honorable mention Choctaw: Lonell Burris; Enid: Braden Rogers; Lawton Eisenhower: Bentley Bross, R.J. Fisher; Midwest City: Johntae Upchurch, Brendan Brown; Putnam City: Braden Hudson, Chris Pogi, Kelvin Dickerson. Girls Conference champion: Midwest City MVP: Ana Llanusa, Choctaw Coach of the Year: Carlos Adamson, Putnam City West Offensive Player of the Year: Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower Defensive Player of the Year: Chinna Fair, Midwest City Newcomer of the Year: Areanna Combs, Putnam City West First team: Asia Davis, Midwest City; Nakylia Carter, PC North; Zahria White, Choctaw; Gabrielle Johnson, PC West; Torie Shambour, McGuinness; Ana Llanusa, Choctaw. Second team: Asia Cowen, PC West; Carrington Small, Putnam City; Nashyla Hammons, Putnam City; Haven Bay, Enid; Ireon Smith, Midwest City. Third team: London Archer, PC North; Ossyana Ozoani, Putnam City; Bailey Golden, Choctaw; Chelsey Olds, Midwest City; Maci Hanson, Choctaw. Honorable mention McGuinness: Hattie Mzuya, Ashli Brown, Kaylee Martin; Midwest City: Brooklyn Reeves; PC North: Ella Gills; Putnam City: Kelzie Orr; Choctaw: Allysa Sievert, Jessica Fairley; Lawton: Bailee Cox, Haley Eaves; Lawton Eisenhower: Sydney Ellis; Del City: Breail Goodlow; PC West: Carman Green, Tionna Gillispie.
A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason.The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason...
MIAA notebook: NFL offseason moves have connections to the MIAA
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Apr 19, 2015A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason. The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason shakeup by Chip Kelly. The reigning NFC champions will be the fourth team for the Washburn product that entered the league as a Tennessee draft pick in 2008. He has also played for the Ravens. Former Nebraska-Omaha quarterback Zach Miller has re-signed with the Chicago Bears. The 2009 draft pick hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011 but showed flashes of his talent with the Bears last year by catching six passes and two touchdowns in the preseason opener, but suffered a torn ligament that ended his season and landed him on the injured reserve. Miller, an option quarterback at the now-defunct Mavericks program, played for Jacksonville between 2009 and 2011, hauling in 45 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns. In the years since a shoulder injury, a torn Achilles tendon, torn calf muscle ended his Jacksonville tenure and a concussion ended his 2013 season with Tampa Bay and led to an eventual release. Miller's signing gives three NFL teams two MIAA players on the roster. The Bears have Miller and David Bass (Missouri Western); Cleveland has Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) and Michael Bowie (Northeastern State) and the Rams have Mason Brodine (Nebraska-Kearney) and Greg Zuerlein (Western). A pair of defensive stalwarts were impacted by other moves. Baltimore traded Haloti Ngata to Detroit, opening up a spot for Missouri Southern's Brandon Williams to become a starter on the Ravens' defensive line. The Sacramento Bee reported in early March that San Francisco had shopped Washburn product Michael Wilhoite, but since then the linebacker has seen teammates Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retire, which essentially pulled him from the trading block. MIAA coaching additions New Missouri Southern football coach Denver Johnson has hired his coordinators, including one very familiar with the MIAA. The Lions' new defensive coordinator is Kenny Evans, who spent six years as the head coach at Northeastern State. He posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2010 and 2011, while winning the Lone Star North Conference and earning a bowl bid. However, the school struggled with the move to the MIAA and Evans was let go following the 2013 season. This past season Evans coached East Central High School in Tulsa. He returns to Joplin, where he served as an assistant coach on the staff from 1989-1997. He has also had stints as an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Southern's new offensive coordinator is Corey Fipps, who coached at Bellhaven last year, which ran a similar high-octane passing attack that new coach Johnson ran at Tulsa. Fipps' offense at Bellhaven passed for 337 yards per game, while his passing attack at NAIA Montana Tech finished 15th in the country in 2013. Two MIAA men's basketball coaches quit on same day In the leaving department, Southern, Southwest Baptist, Central Oklahoma and Lindenwood all have openings. The MIAA lost a pair of men's basketball coaches on Friday, just hours apart. In the early morning hours, Central Oklahoma announced the resignation of Terry Evans, who stepped down after 13 years of guiding the Bronchos program. Evans went 263-124 and led Central Oklahoma to the playoffs seven times, including a pair of Elite Eight trips. He had eight 20-win seasons and set the school record with a 30-4 mark in 2010-11. Evans, a former Oklahoma basketball player, leaves UCO as the school's winningest coach. The school's press release said he is pursuing other coaching opportunities. Lindenwood issued a press release late in the afternoon announcing the resignation of men's basketball coach Brad Soderberg, who accepted an assistant job at Division I Virginia. In six years at the St. Charles school, Soderberg racked 127 years and leaves as the Lions' all-time winningest coach, as well as the school's highest winning percentage at .690. Soderberg racked up 47 wins in MIAA play. Prior to Lindenwood, he has served as the head coach at South Dakota State, Loras, St. Louis and as an interim coach at Wiconsin – where he worked with current Virginia coach Tony Bennett. Nick Bradford, a two-year assistant basketball coach at Southern, resigned to pursue other professional goals according to the school's press release. He played collegiately at Kansas before a professional basketball career that spanned eight years. Baptist is looking for a new women's soccer coach following Rob Podeyn's resignation. The Bearcats had advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament the past two years, while winning the MIAA postseason tournament in 2013. Podeyn coached at the Bolivar, Mo.-school for the past six years. Fast Football If you've caught yourself flipping through the TV lately you may have stumbled across an Arena Football League game on ESPN. This year, there are four MIAA football players in the league, including two on the Orlando Predators. Lincoln's O'Hara Fluellen was recently named the team's defensive player of the game for the Predators after a win against Jacksonville. He is in his second year in the league and is two years removed from being a first-team All-MIAA defensive back. A newcomer to Orlando this year is Central Missouri's Paul Stephens. A four-year veteran in the leauge, the former All-MIAA pick has snared 18 interceptions in three years playing with Spokane before moving over to Orlando in the offseason. He graduated from Central Missouri in 2010. Another Central Missouri product is Jamar Howard, a wide receiver for the Portland Thunder. The ex-NFLer has 34 catches for 447 yards and 9 touchdowns on the young season. A newcomer to the league is former Northwest Missouri State kicker Tommy Frevert. He connected on 263 PATs and 41 field goals in his career as a Bearcat and has kicked in various leagues since leaving Maryville in 2008. He played recently in the CPIFL for the Kansas City Renegades in 2013 and the Oklahoma Defenders last year, but impressed the Philadelphia Soul in an open tryout. When starter Carlos Martinez was injured in the season opener, Frevert signed and has made 15 PATs for a team co-owned by ESPN announcer Ron Jaworski. Hall is calling The NJCAA announced its 2015 Hall of Fame baseball class and one of the inductees has roots in the MIAA. Southwestern (Iowa) baseball coach Bill Krejci was one of the four selections. A Chicago native, Krejci played baseball at Northwest Missouri State from 1971-73 and in 1996 was inducted in the school's M-Club Hall of Fame. He racked up a 558-495 records in 22 years coaching the school in Creston, Iowa. After stepping down from that baseball position, he served as the athletic director until 2014. He has also been involved working with USA Baseball for more than two decades. Extras: Central Missouri basketball player Brennan Hughes played in the Division II All-Star game held last month during the Division II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind. … Nebraska-Kearney softball coach Holly Carnes earned her 300th career win on April 14, when the Lopers swept Hastings. … Former Emporia State basketball player Spencer Allen has started working as the assistant director of athletic development at his alma mater. His new position is to build support for athletic fund-raising as the school works towards a goal of $45.3M. … Mississippi State women's basketball team went 27-7 this year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. One of the Bulldogs' assistant is Elena Novato, who played and earned MIAA newcomer of the year at Missouri Southern. She served as a graduate assistant at Pittsburg State before an stint as an assistant at Houston that led to her posting a 113-8 record with a pair of NJCAA titles at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. 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Apr 17, 2015
Taft Stadium, built in 1934 under the Works Progress Administration, has hosted a multitude of events ranging from stock car racing to All-State football games. Taft hosted professional soccer, too. The Oklahoma City Slickers played there in the 1980s.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Taft Stadium is ready for Energy's home opener
By Chris Brannick | Apr 17, 2015After more than two years of sitting empty, and more than $12 million in renovations, Taft Stadium is opening its gates once again. The historic stadium, with its 81-year-old rock wall still looming over May Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City, will open its gates at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club’s first home contest of the season, against the Seattle Sounders FC 2. Taft Stadium, built in 1934 under the Works Progress Administration, has hosted a multitude of events ranging from stock car racing to All-State football games. Taft hosted professional soccer, too. The Oklahoma City Slickers played there in the 1980s. And so professional soccer returns with the United Soccer League’s Energy FC. When asked what it means to finally be ready to play a game at Taft, Energy FC general manager Jason Hawkins said, “It means we’re home.” Taft Stadium sits just a mile east of Interstate 44. If you’re stopped at a red light on May Avenue and NW 23, you can’t miss that giant rock wall. The road to Saturday’s home opener hasn’t been easy. Taft Stadium was in dire need of renovations well before 2013. The Oklahoma City Public Schools decided to flatten and rebuild the venue. Using funds from a bond issue passed in 2007 as well as other public school funds, Taft has been under construction since 2013. Later that year, in an Oklahoma City courtroom, Prodigal, LLC., the company operating Energy FC faced off against Sold Out Strategies to determine who would get the rights to put a professional soccer team in Taft Stadium. Tim McLaughlin, who was with Sold Out Strategies at the time, was awarded the lease. But less than a year later, as Energy FC began preparations to play its inaugural season at Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, McLaughlin, with his Taft Stadium lease in tow, joined forces with Prodigal giving Energy FC a new place to call home. The Energy played its first season at Pribil Stadium and sold out eight of the 14 contests while renovations continued at Taft. Work is nearing completion, but the press box isn’t finished and there are some unresolved cosmetic issues. Still, it’s time to play the games. “The most exciting part,” Hawkins said of re-opening Taft Stadium, “is the themes that we heard from the fans, we were able to deliver on those.” Capacity at Pribil Stadium was right around 4,600. At Taft, it’s closer to 8,000. The entire west-side bleachers are filled with green chair backs. Suites have been placed in the north end zone with bleachers for The Grid, the Energy supporter group, in the south end zone. The cement bleachers that backed the rock wall on the east side of the field have been removed and replaced with metal bleachers, and new turf has been installed. There are new locker rooms and concession areas. “We heard the theme more seats in general and so obviously as you walk in that’s been delivered on,” Hawkins said. “The other thing we heard was chair backs. If you look at it, there is literally 10 times the number of chair backs available. But then you also think about that as just a section of the stadium. For us it’s been really important with a bigger stadium we’ve been able to get down to each type of customer. “The supporter group still has their area that’s really their own but your able to separate them from the fans who don’t want to be standing and screaming and chanting the whole time. We’ve committed this year to holding two zones for walkups. We want to have a $10 ticket available for someone who just walks up to the gate (on game day).” The effect of an open-for-business Taft Stadium goes well beyond Energy FC. Hawkins said they’ve already been approached about hosting other events. The stadium, as it did before the renovation, will host middle school sporting events and high school football games for Northwest Classen and John Marshall. It will also host track and field competitions as well as high school soccer. Hawkins stood on the southwest corner of the field looking out across the stadium he once sat in to watch his first professional soccer game almost 30 years ago. The lifelong “Oklahoma City person,” as he called himself, was in awe of the idea that he has helped in some way give soccer in Oklahoma City the biggest stage to play on. He offered up his feelings in one sentence. “We want to make history in this place.”
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.) 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Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory.The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for...
Willie Cauley-Stein's path to Final Four with Kentucky started in small Kansas town
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2015Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory. The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for the Final Four and becoming college basketball’s first 40-0 men’s team. But the path to Cauley-Stein becoming one of the nation’s top players and NBA prospects started in a tiny town in western Kansas, where he was raised by his grandparents, and traversed through Olathe, where he got an assist from one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest players. “He’s had a lot of people looking out for him and caring for him,” said Valen “Val” Stein,” Willie’s grandfather. “He probably wouldn’t be where he’s at now if it weren’t for that.” Most of Cauley-Stein’s Kentucky teammates are products of a system that identifies talent at an early age and grooms players for big-time college and professional basketball. Cauley-Stein grew up mostly outside of that world, even as he grew tall and agile in Spearville, Kan., where much of working population in a town of about 800 commutes to Dodge City, some 17 miles to the west. Not ticketed for basketball stardom at an early age, Cauley-Stein’s development may have been delayed. It caused others to question his love for the game, a notion that brings a sharp response. “If I didn’t love the game, why would I play at the University of Kentucky? Why would I ever come here? Cauley-Stein said. “That bugs me when people ask me that, ‘Why don’t you love the game?’” But because he was not immersed in the youth basketball culture, Cauley-Stein was free to set his priorities, which helped shape his personality and world view. Kentucky lists Cauley-Stein’s major as art studio, and when the team played in the Bahamas before this season, he showed up in a T-shirt with his initials in block letters across his chest. Later he said it was his own design and has admitted to a yen for fashion. “If you focus on one thing, you’re going to get bored with it or eventually get burned out if it,” Cauley-Stein said. “My grandparents taught me when I was younger to be involved in a whole bunch of different things.” This was no problem for Kentucky. “You know what that makes him?” said Orlando Antigua, the South Florida coach who recruited Cauley-Stein as a Kentucky assistant. “A unique person. That doesn’t mean he’s not a great basketball player, because he is.” During his interview to become the basketball coach at Spearville High School, Jerrod Stanford got a rundown of the roster he’d inherit. The overall talent was good and an athletic, growing freshman was arriving. “But, I remember being told he also had a lot of other interests and he might not go out for basketball,” Stanford said. Sports were merely another diversion for a young Willie Cauley-Stein and his other brother, Bryce, who grew up in the home of Val and Norman Stein. The boys lived with their mother, Marlene, in Oklahoma City when they were younger, but her long working hours made her life difficult. The boys went to live with their grandparents in Spearville and that became their home. Marlene remains a large part of the boys’ lives, and gets to as many games as she can, Val said. She and Cauley-Stein’s father, Willie Cauley, were basketball standouts, she at St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, which has since closed, and he at Dodge City Community College and for one season at the University of Pittsburgh. Cauley-Stein entered the eighth grade standing 6 feet 2. When Stanford met him for the first time in June before his freshman year, Cauley-Stein had grown to 6-6. When he suited up for the first time that season, he was 6-8. “We printed a game program with the roster with heights one day, and the next day it was wrong,” Stanford said. Under Kansas High School State Athletic Association rules, basketball players can play as many as six quarters per day, and Spearville got the most from Cauley-Stein, using him for half of the junior varsity game and the entire varsity contest. By the end of the year, Cauley-Stein was a varsity-only player and made all-conference. His sophomore season would be even better. Cauley-Stein averaged 13.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, and one game in particular stood out to Stanford, who is now an assistant coach at Fort Hays State. Spearville’s Royal Lancers played Hoisington, which featured freshman big man Cody Stetler, who would go on to play at Houston Baptist. In a big test, Cauley-Stein had perhaps the best game of his high school career, certainly his best in a Spearville uniform, with 34 points, 22 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 65-44 victory. “He’d block a shot, get the rebound, start the break and hit anybody who was open or take it in for a dunk,” Stanford said. “It was one of those days when you knew he was going to be a special player.” And it marked one of those moments when Stanford believed an earlier conversation with Cauley-Stein had paid off. Before the budding star ever put on a Spearville uniform, Stanford had mapped out a course of action. “That first year, we had upperclassmen who could score, so I wanted for Willie to work on his defense and fundamentals,” Stanford said. “My thinking was, if he could become a great defensive player, learned the right way to block shots, guard ball screens in different ways, then he could be an average scorer and still get his college paid for.” The idea would be to use the final two years of Cauley-Stein’s Spearville career to hone his offensive skills and bring it together in a total package. It never happened. The Royal Lancers, in their first state tournament since 1997, went 21-1 during the season but were upset in the Kansas Class 2A first round. Cauley-Stein had played his final game for Spearville. Even with Spearville on the jersey, basketball prospects don’t go unnoticed. But they have to travel. A big moment for Cauley-Stein occurred in the summer after his freshman season. Stanford took seven Royal Lancers to a team camp at Kanas State, and they knocked off several large class schools from Kansas and Missouri, including a Raytown South team with Division I prospects, including future Baylor signee Ish Wainright. That’s where Matt Suther, founder of the Overland Park-based MoKan Elite AAU program, first saw Cauley-Stein. “You saw the raw athletic talent,” Suther said. “He hadn’t played a ton of ball in his life, but you could see the athleticism. He could run like a deer. He wasn’t very confident in his offensive game, but he could block shots with agility.” Cauley-Stein joined MoKan and became good friends with one of his teammates, Shavon Shields, the son of former Chiefs star offensive lineman Will Shields, who’s headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Cauley-Stein would stay with the Shields’ on weekends. The occasional visitor soon became a resident. Cauley-Stein moved in with the Shields family and attended Olathe Northwest for his junior and senior seasons. The primary reason: Academics. “I needed what the (Olathe) classes offered,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s why I moved.” Cauley-Stein buckled down in the Shields’ home and was treated as one of the children, along with Shavon, Solomon and a daughter, Sanayika, There were curfews and discipline, and above all there was studying, guided by Senia, Will’s wife. “She made all of the kids work hard in school,” Will Shields said. “There was no messing around with that.” Shavon Shields and Cauley-Stein helped Olathe Northwest to a 20-2 record and a sub-state final in 2012. By then, Shields had signed with his father’s alma mater, Nebraska, and Cauley-Stein with Kentucky, although Kentucky coach John Calipari’s first impression wasn’t a memorable one. He had visited an AAU game with Antigua, who along with current aide Kenny Payne had done the early recruiting of Cauley-Stein. “I saw him at an AAU game and he got two points and, like, a rebound,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘He’s got a chance, but my gosh, two points in an AAU game,’ and other team wasn’t that good.” Calipari’s subsequent trips to see Cauley-Stein changed his mind. It wasn’t a basketball game. There was a whiffle ball game (“He was a helluva whiffle ball player,” Calipari said), a kickball game and a football game. He saw Cauley-Stein play wide receiver for the Ravens, and playing it well. Transfer rules caused Cauley-Stein to miss the football season and first five basketball games of his junior year at Olathe Northwest, but he was terrific on the gridiron as a senior, catching 57 passes and 14 touchdowns. He was chosen to The Star’s All-Metro team and was a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award as the best wide receiver in the Kansas City area. For Spearville’s eight-man team, Cauley-Stein caught seven touchdown passes in two seasons. Had he stopped growing in the eighth grade, Cauley-Stein might have become a Heisman Trophy candidate. “I love football,” Cauley Stein said. “Still do.” While at Spearville, Cauley-Stein took unofficial visits to several colleges, including Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. His official visits taken in fall of his senior year were to Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida and Alabama. Kansas wasn’t in the picture. The Jayhawks signed Perry Ellis that year and had targeted Kaleb Tarczewski, who signed with Arizona, and were set with big men for the next couple of years with Jeff Withey in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014. Kansas State was Cauley-Stein’s last official visit, and he committed to Kentucky soon after. By the Rivals.com prospect rankings system, Cauley-Stein was the lowest-rated player of the four in Kentucky’s recruiting class, behind Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, No. 40 nationally. “The way he moved his feet, run and jump the way he did for his size, you don’t see that every day,” Antigua said. “You saw tremendous upside.” From Cauley-Stein, there were nerves. The Wildcats were coming off the Anthony Davis-led NCAA championship victory over Kansas. Expectations are enormous for any player recruited by the program. The team floundered to an NIT season, but Cauley-Stein had a promising year, getting 14 starts and making the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The next season, he blocked 106 shots, the second-most in Kentucky history and missed the team’s final three NCAA Tournament games after suffering an ankle injury. After the NCAA championship game loss to Connecticut, Calipari fully expected Cauley-Stein to depart for the draft, bum ankle and all. “I hugged him and said, ‘Hey, congrats man,’” Calipari said. “The next day he came in said, ‘I want to come back.’ “I asked him why? He said. ‘I can graduate, I’m not ready to go to the league, and the third thing, I want to win a championship.’ Three very good reasons.” Barring a major upset, the last one is about to become the first to happen. As for the NBA, the early projections have Cauley-Stein, a unanimous first-team All-American, as a top-10 selection, which would make him the earliest draft call by a former Kansas high school player since Danny Manning of Lawrence was drafted first overall in 1988. Wherever he ends up, an NBA team will get a 7-footer from a small Kansas town who didn’t build his life around basketball but is playing about as well as any college player in the game and enjoying every moment. “I couldn’t imagine not playing this game,” he said. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003183,t000046469,t000040506,t000003278,t000391277,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000404471,t000391287,t000003195,t000404496,t000404736,g000065634,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000223654,g000364614,g000362659
Smiles as big hardly appear unless warranted, and a childhood dream becoming reality is a perfect reason for grinning from ear-to-ear.Central Missouri Mules running back LaVance Taylor, smiling wide, inked a professional deal in February to play with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.“It’s something I dreamed of all my life,” he said. “The fact that it’s happening is...
Big-time back signs big-dog deal
Dustan Sedgwick, Associated Press | Mar 20, 2015Smiles as big hardly appear unless warranted, and a childhood dream becoming reality is a perfect reason for grinning from ear-to-ear. Central Missouri Mules running back LaVance Taylor, smiling wide, inked a professional deal in February to play with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League. “It’s something I dreamed of all my life,” he said. “The fact that it’s happening is surreal.” The Mules legend rewrote history during the 2014-15 season by rushing for a school-record 1,918 rushing yards, racking up a school-record 2,618 all-purpose yards, ranking atop NCAA Division-II athletes with 218 all-purpose yards per game. His efforts placed him among candidates vying for the Harlon Hill Trophy, an award given to the best player in D-II football. Taylor is Central Missouri’s sixth player under head coach Jim Svoboda to sign a professional football contract. Ranking atop the annals of school history was hardly a motivator to Taylor’s drive. He began at 5 years old playing in a flag football league in Raytown, a rough area clinging to Kansas City’s outskirts. Cracking shoulder pads and weaving between opposing tacklers quickly became an addiction. Even during time off the field, Taylor spent time playing catch and running in one-on-one drills with his father, LaVoid. “He used to throw me the ball and run after me,” LaVance said. “I used to do moves on him.” The duo partook in weekly Monday Night Football broadcasts and LaVance mimicked pregame highlights in his living room. Football immediately became LaVance’s one true love. On his way to high school his workout routines became more rigorous, his work ethic more entrenched and his goals grew seemingly exponentially. But playing at Raytown High School had its distractions, LaVance said. “I never even thought I was going to make it to college, he said. “It wasn’t because my talent (but) my situation I was in.” The star’s friends tugged at LaVance to join them in passing blunts and boosting department store merchandise – some of the milder illegal activities his crew took part in. Tempted, if only to fit in with Raytown’s roughneck crowd, Taylor shied away. He feared being caught or arrested, either of which would result in termination from the high school football team. “I got a lot of friends that do a lot of crazy stuff,” he said. “I could say that football saved my life. ... I loved (football) so much that I would do anything to keep playing.” By staying away from the law, working harder than any of his teammates and loving so passionately the gridiron, LaVance busted out with the Raytown Bluejays. LaVance set the school’s single-season rushing record as a senior and was a third-team All-State selection, despite his squad losing to crosstown rival Raytown South in the Class 5, District 10 Tournament in 2010. “I hate Ray South still more than I hate Northwest (Missouri),” he said. “They beat us every year.” Central Missouri’s coaching staff plucked LaVance from Raytown in the spring and he immediately had an impact. Taylor, who cried tears of joy upon stepping onto Kennedy Field for the first time, led the pass-heavy Mules with 630 rushing yards on 99 carries. He bettered his numbers in each of the following seasons and finished his career second among Central Missouri running backs with 3,941 rushing yards. “It’s a luxury as a coach when your best players also happen to be your hardest workers,” Svoboda said. “It’s no accident that he leaves this program so highly decorated and having rewritten the record book. Svoboda and LaVance went through the signing process as a team. “He wanted me to make the best decision possible for me and my family,” LaVance said. “He was there the whole time.” The Redblacks begin its preseason slate against Hamilton in early June. Prior to seeing playing time, LaVance said he expects to be the low man on the totem pole, but also said he understands his role as a rookie. “You’re right back at the bottom,” he said. “I’m going to take that mindset in there and learn as much as I can.” LaVance said he spoke with Redblacks offensive coordinator Jordan Maksymic, who said LaVance will primarily be spotted as a scat back and slot receiver, something he’s familiar with. The Canadian game, however, has its quirks, primarily with four major differences from American football: 12-man teams, wider and longer fields, no motion penalties and three offensive chances. And no golden cleats. “Other than that, when I go watch film it looks the same to me,” LaVance said. “It’s not as crazy as I thought it was.” Ottawa’s three-day minicamp is set for April 27. “I’m about to go up there, have my nose to the grind and really get after it,” he said. I’m my biggest critic. I feel like I’m the best.” ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) Visit The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) at www.dailystarjournal.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000046469,t000040517,t000003183,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164
LEXINGTON, Ky. — First there was The Dunk, quickly christened by people as the best of the year even though it was only a week into February.Then came The Dunk to End All Dunks, again labeled the best of 2015 and also a slight sign of progress because we were within reasonable distance of March.That they were both delivered by Willie Cauley-Stein was almost an anomaly, something as rare as a...
Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein poses double threat of defense and dunks
By Mike Bresnahan, Associated Press | Mar 2, 2015LEXINGTON, Ky. — First there was The Dunk, quickly christened by people as the best of the year even though it was only a week into February. Then came The Dunk to End All Dunks, again labeled the best of 2015 and also a slight sign of progress because we were within reasonable distance of March. That they were both delivered by Willie Cauley-Stein was almost an anomaly, something as rare as a junior at Kentucky, which Cauley-Stein happened to be. He’s slotted as a high pick in this year’s NBA draft because he plays great defense. The dunks are a sideshow. If the Lakers keep their top-five protected pick after the May 19 lottery, Cauley-Stein will probably be there for their turn. He’s not polished on offense like presumed top picks Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns but NBA front-office types compare him favorably to defensive stopper Tyson Chandler. Or as one said, he’s “a 7-foot Dennis Rodman,” only touching the surface of a 21-year-old whose confidence has come slowly, part of a complex makeup traced to his younger years. They call Spearville the “City of Windmills” and it’s hard to disagree. Dozens of large wind turbines dot the plains in the western Kansas town, spinning and spinning and spinning. Time is measured in farmer’s almanacs, not rush-hour traffic, and twitter still refers to the peaceful sound of birds. Cauley-Stein was a tree without a forest while being raised by his grandparents, towering over a population of 806 that often congregated at the Windmill Restaurant. His mother and father played basketball at nearby small colleges but split when he was young, leaving him in limbo if not for Norma and Valen “Val” Stein. His older brother, Bryce, was interested in the wheat farm owned by the Steins, but Willie avoided the tractors and combine harvesters. “He was shy and pretty much a homebody,” Norma Stein said. “He’s had to work hard to get where he’s at.” His grandparents kept him in check, guiding him as best they could, but his high school was small. Very small. He might not have had enough NCAA-approved classes to be eligible to play college ball down the road, according to people familiar with his situation. That’s when a future Hall of Famer entered his life. Cauley-Stein played AAU basketball with the son of former NFL offensive lineman Will Shields and ended up becoming friends with Shavon Shields, who now plays basketball at Nebraska. Cauley-Stein transferred to a much larger high school near Kansas City and lived with the Shields family by the end of his sophomore year. The transition was mostly seamless. Mostly. “He’s one of those kids that is just used to doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it,” said Shields, who played 14 years with the Kansas City Chiefs and was elected into the Hall of Fame this year. “He struggled with the fact that, hey, you’ve got to make those phone calls and tell us where you’re going to be, when you’re going to be there, when you’re going to be home. And leave us phone numbers so we can find out who you’re with.” Cauley-Stein realized during an orientation session it would take time to adapt to the teeming hallways of Olathe Northwest High. His entire town of Spearville could fit into the school’s main building, he muttered to himself. “We always thought he would do very well, but I don’t know if he always thought he would do really well,” said Athletic Director Jay Novacek, whose cousin of the same name played tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. “He’s one of those guys who has to really do something before he believes it.” Football played a surprising role for Cauley-Stein, who became one of the state’s best wide receivers thanks to 4.6 speed in the 40, Novacek said. A coach from Kansas University even offered him a football scholarship on the spot while watching him play in a seven-on-seven tournament. Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari once came to watch Cauley-Stein play football against rival Olathe North. Basketball coaches have an ongoing battle with football coaches because they don’t want their star player getting hurt. Not Calipari. Not that night, anyway. “I stood on the sideline with Coach Calipari the whole game, and of course he loved watching Willie catch passes and run with the ball but he was more excited to watch him just knock people out on catch-and-run plays,” Novacek said. Of greater importance to Cauley-Stein’s existence in the athletic universe was basketball. He had plenty of dunks back then, but his defense was what attracted coaches. Calipari signed him to a letter of intent even though Cauley-Stein’s competition was mainly undersized centers. Kentucky would be different, though. It wasn’t surprising to see Cauley-Stein return to college after his freshman season. He’s not of the same scoring mold as Julius Randle and current-day teammate Towns, past and future members of the one-and-done Kentucky club. Going pro after his sophomore year was more sensible but Cauley-Stein suffered a broken ankle during the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 game last year against Louisville. He would have been a first-round pick but not nearly as coveted as now. He has become college basketball’s most versatile defender, an active shot-blocker who can also cover guards. “Any time you have a 7-foot kid start the game defensively on your point guard, that’s pretty unique,” Tennessee Coach Donnie Tyndall said. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) He also has those dunks. Oh, those dunks. Search for one against Florida in early February and you’ll find these phrases in various online headlines: “Annihilated” (in ALL CAPS), “lays waste” and “posterized” (also in capital letters). His more recent dunk achieved instant Internet immortality, a fastbreak windmill effort against Auburn. “I make a highlight dunk or something, I’m getting head-butted, dudes’ faces are looking crazy,” Cauley-Stein told reporters. “Seeing my teammates happy is more fun than me actually doing something.” Calipari, though, wants more from him. Cauley-Stein’s outside shot has improved but still needs work. His confidence wavers there. “I want Willie to risk more. Risk! Go make a play!” Calipari said after Cauley-Stein scored four points in Kentucky’s 74-56 victory Wednesday at Mississippi State. “He shot an airball (near) the foul line so then he stopped playing offensively. That’s crazy. You’re the best player on the floor.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) NBA teams will try to answer a simple question: Who is Willie? The one with the thoughtfulness to add Stein to his given last name of Cauley, a nod to his grandparents and his mother, with whom he has since forged a bond? Or the one with the “hellacious” dunks, to quote his grandmother, a soon-to-be-pro trying to make it in a world that isn’t Kansas anymore. Or, shortly, Kentucky. Shields thinks he knows, remembering the increased discipline in the latter part of Cauley-Stein’s high-school days. “At any point, he could have said, ‘I’m going home, I’m not going to come back if you do it this way or that way,’” Shields said. “He persevered. He worked through it.” ——— ©2015 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634
The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area.
High school notebook: All Sports Association scholarship applications available
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Feb 15, 2015The All Sports Association will once again give out two scholarship awards to high school athletes, and the application is now available to be downloaded. The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area. That includes Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Pottawatomie counties, as well as Newcastle, Tuttle and Bridge Creek schools. Applicant selection will be based on attributes consistent with the mission of the All Sports Association, including leadership, character, academics, athletic participation and accomplishment, and school/civic activities. In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must attend a two- or four-year Oklahoma college or university, have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and a minimum ACT score of 22. The student must have participated in high school athletics, but cannot be receiving a college or university athletic scholarship, or be participating as a student walk-on athlete for any sport. Application deadline is April 3, and the recipients of the scholarships will be announced on April 20. The application can be downloaded at okcallsports.org/scholarship. THE OKLAHOMAN’S SPRING MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Spring Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. McGuinness is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in the lobby of the McGuinness gymnasium, which can be entered from the Interstate 44 service road off Western Avenue. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in baseball, slowpitch softball, soccer, track, golf and tennis is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. OSSAA ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL REVENUE The OSSAA announced it that reimbursed schools the most amount of money ever for the football playoffs. A total of $491,463.59 was reimbursed, including $174,550 to participating schools for travel. A total of $316,913.59 was reimbursed to schools hosting semifinals and championship games. The organization netted $286,655.60, an increase of more than $4,000 from last year. Semifinals and championships were all held at neutral sites, with the most expensive being Tulsa University. The school charged nearly $10,000 per game. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said it’s unlikely the OSSAA returns there unless it’s a Tulsa Union-Jenks matchup. NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED Winners of the recent OSSAA board elections were announced by Sheakley. The new multi-high representative will be Northwest Classen principal Brad Herzer. The Southwest Division I representative will be Mustang superintendent Sean McDaniel. Northeast Division I will be represented by Sapulpa superintendent Kevin Burr. Northwest Division II’s representative will be Kingfisher superintendent Jason Sternberger. Rick Pool of Kiowa returns as the Southeast Division III representative.
A look at the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports.
Oklahoma high school athletes college signing list: Saturday, Feb. 7
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Feb 7, 2015BASEBALL 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) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) 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) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) 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) 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) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) 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) 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 (Louisiana Prep) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) 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) 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) C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) 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) 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) 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.) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) 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.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) 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) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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/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) 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 Penny, 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.) 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) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) 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) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) 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.) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) 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) GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) 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) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (Oklahoma City) Bri Demuth, Jenks (Oklahoma City) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose 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) 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.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) 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) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) 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) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) 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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Air Force football recruiting: Signing day listBrent BriggemanThe Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the...
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list Brent Briggeman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the media. #BoltBrotherhood Tweets The following is an unofficial list compiled by The Gazette's Brent Briggeman of players who are expected to commit to the Falcons on Wednesday. The list was gathered through social media, recruiting sites and other sources. It will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as more information becomes available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any needed changes to the information listed. Other Air Force recruiting coverage: 2015 Air Force signing day recruits (with video links below each profile) Tyler Adams DT 6-3 240 Goodyear, Ariz. (Estrella Foothills) Recorded 13 tackles for loss -- including four sacks in nine games as a senior; lists 40 time at 5.0 and vertical at 29 inches. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1662743/highlights/180136384 Yaquarri Adams DB 6-0 170 Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia) One of the latest commitments in the class, as he announced his intentions on Tuesday night. He lists a 470-pound squat. Goes by the name Dre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRW-wYHpIc Justin Agner QB 6-1 200 Woodstock, Ga. Also held an offer from Navy. Threw for 2,071 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 402 yards and nine scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igiv_ss0_Ns Miles Alexander RB/CB 5-10 183 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) A burner with 4.44 speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards as a junior. A native of Kansas City area, with its jazz-rich background, and is named after legend Miles Davis. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1489984/highlights/206703382 Garrett Amy WR 5-8 170 Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Caught 61 passes for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1793217/highlights/209758375 Eric Autry K/P 6-3 175 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) A kicker who can move a little, boasting a 4.85 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3370174/highlights Sam Barry QB/DB 6-2 190 Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine) One of just three members of this Air Force class to receive a three-star rating (his from 247Sports.com). Held an offer from Northern Colorado. Runs a 4.64 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/776201/highlights/99489377 Streator Bates TE 6-3 220 Phoenix, Ariz (Brophy Prep) Caught 28 passes for 337 yards and five TDs. Doubled up as kicker, booting a 47-yard field goal. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584364/highlights/220478391 Ryan Brand QB 5-10 190 Detroit, Mich. (U. of Detroit Jesuit HS) Three-star recruit according to several sites. Was invited by Trent Dilfer to the Elite 11, though his only other offer was Indiana State. "I would bet on Ryan Brand," Dilfer told USA Today. "I would stake my reputation on that kid. He'll do it. He will make it. He plays big. He eats up a lot of space physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're around him, you feel him. I just love this kid." http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1550176/highlights/168961375 Curran Brandt LB 6-1 205 San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon) Made 76 tackles with seven sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817620/highlights/167785376 Tommy Bruns OLB 6-3 205 Kings Mill, Ohio (Kings) Was a finalist for the National Football Foundation That's My Boy Award, given for success in football, academics and school/community activities. Led team to an 11-1 mark in 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1578770/highlights/143125378 Jaylen Burgess RB 5-11 210 Maryville, Tenn. Had an offer from Army and was at West Point when Air Force won there in November. Rushed fore more than 1,000 yards in helping his team repeat at 6A champions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473615/highlights/161772375 Harris Cannon FB 6-2 210 Oviedo, Fla. Bruiser who could play tight end or fullback. Runs a 4.80 40. Had considered walking on at Central Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1694755/highlights/204382377 Nick Capella OL 6-6 273 Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Named the Marmonte League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also carries a 3.51 GPA, scored a 28 on the ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1598432/highlights/206789379 Eric Carrera SS 6-1 200 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers) Displays size, speed and ball-hawk skills that helped Christian Brothers to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/540170/highlights/175545378 Cameron Castleberry WR 6-3 175 Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge) Runs a 4.7 40 with a 28-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914957/highlights/209688381 Campbell Clarkson OL 6-4 245 Houston, Texas (St. Thomas) Rare combination of 500-pound squat, 28-inch vertical and 4.99 40 with a frame that large. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/650778/highlights/207556387 Ronald Cleveland WR 5-9 165 Franklin Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Has family history in the Army, Navy and Air Force and held an offer from Navy. Will be used as a slot receiver and kick returner. "Any way to get me on the field and let me try to do something with the ball," he told The Tennessean. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/313855/highlights/214416375 Dalton Collins LB 6-1 200 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Played quarterback and linebacker in high school. Runs a 4.67 40 and has a 33-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1097552/highlights/184333375 Blake Davis OL 6-2 270 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Played center and defensive tackle in high school. Also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Benches 340 pounds, squats 550 and runs a 5.1 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/923121/highlights/175448383 Lesley Dalger WR 6-5 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Acad.) Caught 31 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown, including 10 for 170 in his team's lone loss. Has a 38-inch vertical to go with that tall frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380 Malik Dawkins DB 6-0 175 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Could profile as a tall cornerback for the Falcons with a 4.48 40 and a 38-inch vertical. Is a sprinter for the track team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3188837/highlights/168200376 Luke Dekker DT/C 6-3 240 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva) Brother of former Falcons tight end Travis Dekker. Scored a 26 on the ACT and carries a 3.69 GPA. Moved to center as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2997949/highlights/215589378 Cole Delgado OL 6-5 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) The offensive tackle is one eight players in this Air Force recruiting class listed at at least 6-foot-5. Also plays first base for his school's baseball team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2678101/highlights/185622375 Ryan DeLung OL 6-4 275 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge) Honor student benches 365 pounds, squats 525, runs a 4.99 40 and, according to 247Sports.com, had an offer from Nevada. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2774873/highlights/77106400 Michael DeVries DL 6-2 250 Lafayette (Centaurus) The in-state two-way lineman runs a 4.84 40, according to his hudle.com profile, and plays basketball. Credited style of d-line coach Tim Cross for helping draw him to the academy. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412936/highlights/105788377 Steve Dinneen OLB 6-5 220 Mountain View, Calif. (Saint Francis) Piled up 41 solo tackles and 14 sacks in 13 games and was named his league's top defensive lineman. Also had an offer San Diego. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171374/highlights Dylan Draper OLB 6-4 208 Colorado Springs (Discovery Canyon) The Gazette's 3A-A Football Player of the Year after guiding the Thunder to an 11-1 record with 167 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. He also had 367 receiving yards with two touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586740/highlights/211097382 Cade Erwin S 5-11 180 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) The free safety had initially committed to North Texas and also had offers from Southern Methodist, Eastern Michigan and Texas State. Averaged about eight tackles a game last year with two interceptions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/911068/highlights/163558377 Cole Fagan LB 6-1 220 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Runs a 4.86 40 with a 29.5-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 545 squat. Also a star wrestler, going 46-3 last year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1398310/highlights/170142375 Blake Fall DB 6-0 190 Newhall, Calif. (Hart) The safety picked off three passes and defended four others in eight games according to MaxPreps. He also caught six touchdown passes. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2223330/highlights/175510383 Kyle Floyd S 6-3 205 Humble, Texas Held offers from Army and Cornell. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1624629/highlights/87772375 Matt Gaiter OL 6-4 250 Littleton (Chatfield) The in-state lineman held offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. Was also recruited by Colorado State and Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/961164/highlights/198865380 Gavin Graham DB 6-2 200 Austin, Texas (Anderson) Brother of Air Force basketball player Hayden Graham gave up basketball after his junior year, bulked up by 20 pounds and earned the D1 offer he sought. The only problem, his dad said, was paying for all the food that helped him put on that extra weight. "I'd be full because we just ate two hours ago and he'd want to eat again," said William Graham, a six-year starter for the Detroit Lions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/805484/highlights/199275385 Parker Hammond OL 6-4 240 Colorado Springs (Pine Creek) Local recruit part of the dominant Pine Creek squad that has won back-to-back state titles and dominated Colorado Springs 4A for the better part of a decade. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2736321/highlights/177799377 Tristyn Hanson LB 6-1 212 Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North) Held offers from Illinois State and North Dakota. Runs a 4.68 40 and carries a 3.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/489427/highlights/175727380 Ben Harris DE 6-6 230 Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) has 4.99 40 speed to go with a large frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1181294/highlights/163748387 Alex Heil OL 6-2 250 Cleveland, Ohio. (Benedictine) Helped his team amass 4,200 rushing yards and a state title. He played guard, tackle and started the final four games at defensive tackle after a teammate was injured. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/672585/highlights/171453386 Danny Highland DE 6-3 240 Loveland (Thompson Valley) The in-state two-way lineman had offers from Chadron State and Cornell and interest from Wyoming, according to the Denver Post. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1800113/highlights/97020377 Elijah Hill K/P 6-3 195 Tumwater, Wash. Averaged 40.8 yards per punt as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1413322/highlights/164467379 Zach Honnold OLB 5-11 203 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge HS) Made 75 tackles with three sacks as a senior. Falcons likely to look at him at the spur position, the hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot. "At one point it was Dartmouth and Valparaiso, but as soon as I stepped on [Air Force's] campus, there was no other choice," Honnold told the Orlando Sentinel. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1395129/highlights/171437379 Noah Hoxie OLB 6-2 215 Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville West) Physical tools include a 4.6 40, 31-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press, according to his hudl.com profile. Had offers from Army, Princeton and Yale, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/highlights/170778377 Braden Hucks ATH 5-11 185 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central) District MVP threw for 3,070 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1601972/highlights/210893375 Jamie Hudson QB 6-1 210 Austin, Texas (Vandegrifft) Threw for 3,315 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Was one of 25 finalists for the Mr. Texas football award. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/534034/highlights/207967400 RJ Jackson TE 6-4 215 Beloit, Kan. Versatile athlete who played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, throws the shot put, runs on relay teams and has logged a 52-second 400-meter time in track and plays basketball. Had an offer from Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931254/rj-jackson Ryan Jacobs K 6-2 172 Arlington, Texas (Lamar) All-state academic first-team honors, all-state honorable mention as a kicker. Hit 11-of-14 field goals, with two of the three misfires coming as the result of blocks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/676764/highlights/105811400 Jalen Johnson RB 5-9 165 Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) Ran for 2,615 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past two years. Also caught 24 passes and returned kicks. Had an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1248238/highlights/205752375 Dominieke Jones DB 6-1 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham) Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Had offers from Army, Wyoming and Jacksonville State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1637947/highlights/160857375 James Jones IV DB 6-1 180 Denver (Mullen) The in-state defensive back with 4.5 speed reportedly had offers from Army, Navy, Eastern Washington and Hawaii, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1546520/james-jones-iv Garrett Kauppila SS 6-2 195 Rocklin, Ga. Safety picked off a pair of passes this past season, runs a 4.61 40 and claims to never have had a GPA under 4.0. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/147960/highlights/164478375 Josiah Klingenberg DE 6-3 240 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints) Made 17 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks over the past two years. Also throws the discus and runs the 200 and 400 in track. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372938/highlights/163764378 Griffin Landrum OL 6-1 283 Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) Had 93 pancake blocks as a senior. Held an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1731008/highlights/172981376 Patrick Lee DT 6-3 248 Kennesaw, Ga. (Mount Paran) Runs a 4.87 40 with a 29-inch vertical. Helped his team to a state championship as a senior. Two-time all-region, 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 18 sacks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/933547/highlights/162256375 Jacob Littlefield LB 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev. NevadaPrepReport.com calls Littlefield one of the most productive and active defenders in the state, crediting him with 200 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions over the past two years. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/622556/highlights/199089375 Jake Matkovich WR 6-5 175 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marquette Univ. HS) Was the Al Toon Award winner, given to the best receiver in Wisconsin after setting state records with 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had offers from Drake, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1562086/highlights/206764381 Nick Maxey OL/LS 6-0 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) Long-snapper had an offer from Cornell. No. 4 by Prokicker and No. 7 by Khol's in national long snapper ratings. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/867932/highlights/85553401 Drew McAdams DB 6-1 185 Coppell, Texas The football and lacrosse player made 69 tackles as a senior for a 6-5 squad. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295821/drew-mcadams Sean McKinney OL/DL 6-2 265 Davidson, NC (Cox Mill) Late addition signed and committed on Wednesday. Levi McQuinn OLB 6-0 201 Fort Myers, Fla. Had an offer from James Madison. Being looked at for the spur position. Also an all-state wrestler and carrying a 4.4 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1635099/highlights/18913373 Malik Miller RB 5-10 200 Griffin, Ga. Runs a 4.52 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical, according to his hudl.com profile. Initially committed to Furman. Full stats are not available, but he had 1,579 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through 10 games as a senior, all victories for his team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1259833/highlights/172307378 Stone Miller DE 6-4 245 Mason, Mich. Two-way lineman earned all-state honors with 98 tackles and nine sacks for an 8-4 team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2993489/highlights/167717382 Chris Musselman LB 6-1 210 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte) Runs a 4.57 40. He is the first player from his high school program to commit to a Division I program. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1459105/highlights/160963376 Torre Parker Jr. ATH 5-10 180 Wildwood, Fla. Versatile player who runs a 4.66 40. He often played quarterback in high school, but might fit in elsewhere for the Falcons. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1222384/highlights/179591375 Carson Pearlman LB 6-2 215 Fort Myers, Fla. (Evangelical Christian) Versatile player who caught 10 touchdown passes this year and starred on defense with 118 tackles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/936977/highlights/176475377 Jared Pulu OLB 6-4 225 Federal Way, Wash. Missed five games with an injury, but returned to help his team make a deep playoff run. The youngest of four brothers, including Andru, who played at Washington and had a free-agent look with the Seattle Seahawks. "There's no doubt he's the best," Andru told the Seattle Times. Jared reportedly had interest from Boise State, Colorado and Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1513147/highlights/107979382 Josh Rice OL 6-1 290 Lake Nona, Fla. Had at least 11 offers, including Army, Navy, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. Benches 385 pounds, squats 545 and runs a 5.55 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/877132/highlights/214371386 Nick Searcy OL 6-2 270 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah) The center and competitive weightlifter had offers from Coastal Carolina and Davidson. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1371301/highlights/167613381 Matt Smith ATH 6-1 237 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian) Ran for more than 6,000 yards in high school will naturally get a look at running back. However, he is versatile enough to fit in elsewhere, too. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/430795/highlights/139941377 Dailen Sutton DB 6-1 170 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne) Runs a 4.52 40 and has a 32.4-inch vertical. Had offers from Miami of Ohio, S.F. Austin and Yale. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1407975/highlights/172397376 Corey Taylor II RB 5-10 200 Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall School) Reports a 4.5 40, 37.2-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 450 squat. Ran for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 57 tackles and three sacks as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/631268/highlights/204318380 Lorenzo Thomas LB 6-2 220 Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Runs a 4.76 40. From the same Oklahoma powerhouse as former Falcons QB Kale Pearson. Had offers from Penn and Tulsa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597188/highlights/175167377 Nolan Thompson WR 6-4 190 Huntington Beach, Calif. Caught 40 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. Father played in backfield for UCLA, brother played as San Jose State. Had an offer from Navy http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1564786/highlights/160530375 Sam Turner TE 6-3 203 Fort Myers, Fla. Spent his junior year solely as a blocking tight end, but said he worked on his route-running in the offseason and amassed 300 receiving yards as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2583808/highlights/195416388 Samuel Valleroy TE 6-3 255 Guyton, Ga. (South Effingham) A local magazine reported that Valleroy has wanted to be an aerospace engineer since the seventh grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at a program that offers that major. He also had an offer from Army http://www.hudl.com/athlete/510262/highlights/91057375 Tyler Vaught ATH 6-1 170 Maryville, Tenn. Played a little at receiver as a junior before guiding team to unbeaten state championship run as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473492/highlights Jonathan Vogt OL 6-4 277 Canutillo, Texas Tackle had an offer from New Mexico State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1931244/highlights/214817378 Bryce VonZurmuehlen S 6-0 180 Coppell, Texas Second-team all-district cornerback. Picked off a pass and blocked a kick as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295823/bryce-vonzurmuehlen Ethan Walton LB 6-1 220 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Led his team with 85 tackles as a senior. Runs a 4.69 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2634994/highlights/199495392 Jacob Welborn DL 6-5 270 Dripping Springs, Texas Runs a 5.2 40, benches 295 pounds and squats 375 according to his hudl.com profile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2644058/highlights Mitchell Williams OL 6-4 275 Bentonville, Ark. Earned all-state honors after helping his team to back-to-back state titles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/410625/highlights/118577376 Parker Wilson RB 5-11 215 Coppell, Texas Starred at fullback in a prolific rushing offense. http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/tx/coppell/coppell-high-school/parker-wilson Arion Worthman QB 6-0 205 Normal, Ill. (University) A rarity with 4.43 speed while weighing in over 200 pounds, with those numbers from his hudl.com profile. Held six offers, including Army, Illinois State and several Ivy League programs http://www.hudl.com/athlete/673541/highlights/185741376 Daniel Zivney K 5-11 190 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) First-team all district as a receiver and punter. Ran a 4.47 40 at a combine in Jan. 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1434051/highlights/118800378 ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Feb 3, 2015
On national signing day, there is a good chance Florida fans will be angry with Will Muschamp again.The former Gators coach who was fired last season and hired as Auburn's defensive coordinator two weeks after he coached his final game for Florida has the Tigers in position to make a signing day surge.Linebacker Byron Cowart of Seffner, Florida, rated the No. 1 prospect in the country by Rivals...
Muschamp's move has Auburn in line for signing day surge
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2015On national signing day, there is a good chance Florida fans will be angry with Will Muschamp again. The former Gators coach who was fired last season and hired as Auburn's defensive coordinator two weeks after he coached his final game for Florida has the Tigers in position to make a signing day surge. Linebacker Byron Cowart of Seffner, Florida, rated the No. 1 prospect in the country by Rivals and ESPN, is scheduled to pick between Auburn and Florida on Wednesday, when high school football players can make those verbal commitments binding by signing a national letter of intent. And Cowart's not the only blue chipper from the Sunshine State expected to choose between Auburn and Florida. Offensive tackle Martez Ivey from Apopka, another consensus top-five player, and four-star linebacker Jeffrey Holland of Jacksonville also have narrowed it down to Tigers or Gators. "It's a different situation for sure," said J.C. Shurburtt, national recruiting director for 247Sports. "If you look back at the history of the SEC, I can't really remember a time when a head coach went as an assistant to another school and started recruiting for that new school." Muschamp was 28-21 in four mostly disappointing seasons at Florida, but even while his final year with the Gators was unraveling he was still connecting with recruits. "I've never seen a head coach who was dead man walking have so much loyalty to him from recruits," said Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for Rivals.com. "When you compare the two situations, Brady Hoke was on his way out (at Michigan) and everybody abandoned ship. And at Florida all these big-name kids are still interested until Muschamp got fired. Then they lost interest. And then Muschamp gets hired at Auburn and all of sudden Auburn's the hot team." Cowart showed no interest in Auburn until Muschamp made the 300-mile move northwest from Gainesville. "We're real locked in," Cowart told ESPN.com after a visit to Auburn in January. "(Muschamp) made everything feel like home. I was comfortable, had fun, no stress, no worrying about anything." Ivey and Holland had been considering Auburn all along, but the Tigers chances to sign both improved when Muschamp arrived and brought along former Florida assistant Travaris Robinson. "Don't underestimate his role in all this," Shurburtt said. "He was one of Florida's top recruiters and it's the assistants that really get it done." Muschamp and Robinson also put Auburn in the mix for another five-star from Florida, defensive end CeCe Jefferson from Glen St. Mary, though Jefferson seems more likely to choose between Alabama and Mississippi on signing day. Ivey and Holland are also scheduled to announce their choices Wednesday. Farrell and Shurburtt said they would lean toward Cowart and Holland picking Auburn and Ivey going to Florida. "You're talking about three kids there that if Muschamp was still at Florida, they'd probably already be Gators," Shurburtt said. Another Rivals top-100 player, receiver Ryan Davis from St. Petersburg, Florida, will also choose between Florida and Auburn. With a strong finish, Auburn could be looking at a top-five class, right up there with Alabama, Southern California and Florida State. Meanwhile, new Florida coach Jim McElwain heads into signing day with a class that ranks near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference — though with a chance to get much better. While few Gators fans were upset to see Muschamp go, Auburn is thrilled to have him. "He's been a breath of fresh air," Malzahn said. "He's a great defensive mind, a great staff guy." ___ AP Sports Writer John Zenor in Mobile, Alabama, contributed. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Feb 1, 2015
Executive Q&A: Texas native Steve Rasmussen, president chief executive of the FAA Credit Union, was lured here by his wife’s Oklahoma connections. His mother-in-law and her four sisters hail from Chickasha.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma City credit union chief aspires to legacy of integrity
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Feb 1, 2015When he has a plane to catch, Steve Rasmussen, president and chief executive of the FAA Credit Union, arrives way early to airports. And, whether he’s in flight or on the ground, he strives to live so that when his children think of integrity, they think of him. Those aren’t secrets — to his employees anyway. His personal quirk and life motto are included, along with those of his senior managers, in a handbook given to all new hires. “Welcome to the team! You may not know it just yet, but you belong here,” is printed across its cover. Based on their responses to third-party surveyors, the 150 employees who work at the organization’s seven branches across the metro feel like family. The FAA Credit Union ranked No. 7 and No. 12 among midsize companies on The Oklahoman’s respective 2013 and 2014 Top Workplaces lists. “We try to create a fun workplace, with Thunderwear days and opportunities to work together for charities, because we want employees to look forward to coming to work every day,” Rasmussen said. “If they are happy, it is reflected in the service they give to our members. And in this industry, customer service is the only thing that sets us apart,” he said. The 68-year-old, not-for-profit financial cooperative has $550 million in assets and expects to surpass 50,000 members at mid-year, he said. From the 27,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 10201 S Western, Rasmussen, 62, sat down recently to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in Texas City, a refinery seaside town of 60,000, across from Galveston Island. My father owned a Ford dealership and later sold cars. My mother was a homemaker. I’m the youngest of their four children. I have a brother and sister, 13 years and 10 years older, and a brother just a year older. All my siblings live in the Houston area and we’ve all remained close. As did most kids who grew up in the ’50s, I played summer baseball. In high school, I played football and baseball, and took up golf. The father of one of my friends on the football team was a golf pro at the country club. In college, I earned a business administration degree, following both my brothers to Sam Houston, which was only two hours away from home in Huntsville. Q: As a native of south Texas, what was the lure of Oklahoma? A: My wife and high school sweetheart, Dianne, had family here. At age 10 or 11, she moved to Texas City from Chickasha, where her mother had been raised with four sisters. Today, Dianne’s mother and brother live in Houston. Both of Dianne’s parents went to OSU, but she chose to attend OU, where she earned a degree in elementary education. Throughout our dating years and early married life, I’d travel to Norman, Chickasha, Tulsa and Bartlesville for her sorority parties at OU, family weddings and reunions. So, I was familiar with Oklahoma, when I saw the advertisement in a trade journal for the open CEO position with the FAA Credit Union in 1992. With 25 employees at the time, only one branch at the aeronautical center and $100 million in assets, it was just the opportunity for which I was looking. Q: Did you always work for credit unions? A: Mostly. The first few years after college, I worked in operations for a Galveston-based life insurance company and for four years in the mid-1980s, I worked as vice president and cashier for a five-bank holding company in Galveston. Most recently, before I came here, I served four years as executive vice president for Amoco Federal Credit Union in Texas City. Q: What are the contributions of which you’re proudest at the FAA Credit Union? A: We’ve been on the leading edge, but not the bleeding edge, of technology — adopting home PC-based banking technology and more recently, technology to allow mobile banking. In 2005, when ATM surcharges were growing like wildfire, we partnered with four other credit unions, now there’s 16, to waive fees for our respective members across our combined network of ATMs. Ten years earlier, we’d joined forces to open some five joint credit union service centers, which stay open until 8 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s an ongoing misnomer that you have to be an FAA employee to join our credit union; anybody who lives or works across our eight-county territory can. Our goal is to offer the highest savings rate and lowest loan interest rate. Above all, it’s our customer service — our employees — that keeps us competitive and growing. Q: What’s on tap for 2015? A: We plan to build a branch in Edmond; we currently lease a facility, and build an addition to our leased branch in Capitol Hill. We own our other five facilities: here on South Western, at the FAA, in northwest Oklahoma City, Norman and in Mustang. Q: How do you feel the economy is going? A: Based on consumer lending, good. In 2013, our loan volume grew 1 percent to 2 percent. Last year, it grew by nearly 7 percent. Though we’re concerned about cheap oil prices, and the possible fallout in job cuts across the oil and gas industry, our members are continuing to take out car loans and real estate loans.
Jan 3, 2015
Erica Gantz Keen’s non-typical buck that she killed in McClain County during the deer gun season has a green score of 230 7/8. When it is officially scored after the 60-day drying period it likely will become the biggest non-typical ever taken by a woman in Oklahoma.
Lindsay woman shoots largest non-typical whitetailed deer ever killed by a woman in Oklahoma
BY ED GODFREY | Jan 3, 2015Erica Gantz Keen of Lindsay killed her first deer when she was 10. She has bagged at least a dozen in the 15 years since, but nothing close to the one like she killed on the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, no woman in Oklahoma ever has, at least according to the Wildlife Department’s Cy Curtis records of trophy deer. Keen’s non-typical buck that she killed in McClain County during the deer gun season has a green score of 230 7/8. When it is officially scored after the 60-day drying period it likely will become the biggest non-typical ever taken by a woman in Oklahoma. “It’s one of the most impressive bucks that I have scored,” said George Moore of Edmond, an official Boone & Crockett Club big game scorer who scored Keen’s buck. “That buck has just got everything you want. It’s got tremendous mass. It’s probably got the most mass at the base of any buck that I have scored.” Moore thinks when the buck can be offically scored it will be somewhere around 223 or 224, which would place Keen’s buck in the top 15 non-typicals in the Cy Curtis record book and the biggest ever killed by a woman in Oklahoma. Keen, who grew up in Purcell, said she and her husband normally deer hunt in northwest Oklahoma, but her father had told her about a good buck he had seen on the farm in McClain County so they decided to hunt the area the day after Thanksgiving. Concealing themselves in a big washout near a pond, the buck appeared with a doe late that afternoon. “He was out there with a doe just grazing on the edge of a wheat field,” Keen said. “He was the biggest thing I had ever seen in my life. I had to shoot at him twice. I missed him the first time and he came running right at me. He just stopped and quartered to me and that’s when I shot again.” Her second shot with her Browning X-Bolt .243 rifle was true. After waiting 30 minutes to begin looking for the buck, Keen and her husband eventually abandoned the search after sunset. “It was dark and we didn’t have good flashlights, only the cell phones, and it wasn’t worth trying,” she said. “That was the worse feeling, having to go home and sit home all night.” They returned to the area before daylight the next day to resume their search and found the buck at the edge of some timber. Luckily, no coyotes or other animals discovered the dead buck during the night. “He was just laying there, kind of picture perfect,” she said. It was not until that moment that Keen truly knew the size of her trophy buck. “I still didn’t realize how big he was, just how enormous that rack was, until we tried to load him up on the four-wheeler,” she said. Her father, Brian Gantz, also was in disbelief. An Ohio State football fan since his days growing up in Ohio, he was attending the Buckeyes game with Michigan that weekend. When he returned and saw his daughter’s buck, he couldn’t believe it. That wasn’t the buck he had told his daughter about. He had never seen it before, although a neighbor had caught the buck on his trail camera the past three years. Keen said other people have since called her to tell her that they had seen that buck on their trail camera as well in the past, but no one had every been able to get a shot at it with a gun or a bow. Now, Keen is the envy of McClain County and Lindsay High School, where she teaches agriculture. And this is the second Boone & Crockett animal that Keen has taken in Oklahoma. She previously killed an antelope in Texas County that scored 82 4/8. Both mounts will be on display by Kenny Booth of Daybreak Taxidermy in Stratford at next month’s Backwoods Show in Oklahoma City. Keen says she is still excited about her trophy buck a month later. “I love to hunt but with my schedule (as a teacher) I don’t get to do it very often,” she said. “It was an amazing experience. I think I will still be excited about it 30 years from now.”
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2014Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA.Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland...
70 nominees listed for small-college football award
Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA. Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Little Rock Touchdown Club, which sponsors the award with the Wright, Lindsey and Jennings law firm, says 10 percent of last year's finalists made NFL rosters this season. The club and law firm announced the finalists Thursday. This year's nominees include 38 players from NCAA Division II, 18 from NCAA Division III and 14 players from the NAIA. The winner will be announced Dec. 24. Cliff Harris was a high school player in Des Arc, Arkansas, who played at Ouachita Baptist before going on to play in five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls while with the Dallas Cowboys. ___ The finalists are: Ryan Aelker, Bluffton Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo Steve Ambs, Ursinus Justin Avery, University of Charleston LuckyBaar, McKendree Zach Bell, Millsaps Devin Benton, Southwestern Oklahoma Sean Blomquist, Carroll Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne Beau Brewer, Louisiana College Deron Bruce, Ottawa Jake Bussani, Wesleyan George Christas, Lock Haven Tyre Coleman, Hobart Tyler Condit, New Haven Jacob Edleman, Central College Nores Fradi, Wayne State LeronFurr, Fort Valley State Frank Gaffney, Lebanon Valley College Josh Gordon, Minnesota State-Mankato Cameron Grad, Menlo College Brady Grayvold, Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Gruber, Brevard College Nathan Hancock, Minnesota State-Mankato Connor Harris, Lindenwood Greg Hayward, Saint Xavier Ryan Hogan, Trine Julian Howsare, Clarion Rory Island, Delta State Austin Jacques, Johnson C. Smith Tyler Jenkins, Rowan Takari Johnson, Concordia Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst Alex Kocheff, Mount Union Jared Koster, New Mexico Highlands Phil Latimer, Nebraska Wesleyan MattLongacre, Northwest Missouri Caushaud Lyons, Tusculum College Keshaun Malone, Bacone Derrick Mann, Assumption Alex Markarian, Humboldt State Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock Max Nacewicz, Springfield College Bryan Narcisse, Worcester State Jack Nelson, Willamette Trevor Pesek, Texas A&M-Kingsville Ty Phillips, Missouri Valley College Cole Potter, Dakota State University (S.D.) Nadim Raddar, Bethany CJRoberts, Colorado State-Pueblo Brion Robinson, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Adam Sauder, Taylor Zac Schlueger, Morningside Rush Seaver, Angelo State Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester University Jordan Shaw, Shorter Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg GrantSinger, University of Mary Loronza Smith, Warner AndrewStewart, Kentucky Christian Jason Taylor, Catawba David Ternes, Grinnell Bryan Thomson, East Stroudsburg Tyler Thornton, Azusa Pacific CharlesTuaau, Texas A&M Commerce Billy Wendt, Graceland RonellWilliams, West Chester Gary Yeoman, Saint Joseph's, Indiana Jacob Zilbar, Wisconsin - Platteville Justin Zimmer, Ferris State
Dec 6, 2014
Mateen Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network.
Collected Wisdom: Mateen Cleaves, former Michigan State and NBA player and in-studio analyst
Interviewed by Darnell Mayberry, email@example.com | Dec 6, 2014Mateen Cleaves grew up 66 miles northwest of Detroit, in the industrial and no-nonsense city of Flint, Michigan. A McDonald’s High School All-American, Cleaves went on to lead Michigan State to the 2000 national championship. He is the school’s only three-time All-American. Cleaves was the 14th overall pick by Detroit in the 2000 NBA Draft and had stints with Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle. Cleaves now works as an in-studio analyst on Pistons coverage for Fox Sports Detroit, and serves as a co-host for Sirius XM radio and a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network. Growing up in Flint, it was tough because it’s a tough area. But growing up in Flint made me who I am. It’s a hard-working town. Having that attitude, I think that’s what helped me in sports; being a competitor. Always not wanting to lose and having to fight for everything that I wanted. It was very competitive. Growing up in Flint, all we had, we didn’t have much here but it was sports. We took our sports serious. That’s just the attitude. We’re very prideful people. To be a Flintstone, that means you’re a hard worker. You’re a competitor. You fear nobody. We’re not going to back down from nobody. I was blessed to have two parents that kept me on the straight and narrow path. And I was the youngest of five siblings. So my big brothers and sister definitely helped me. I benefited from being the youngest child. I always ran up under my brothers. When they went to the park to play ball, I was right behind them. In the backyard, whether it was football or basketball, I always ran up under my brothers. I always played against older guys. And then when I was playing against people my age, I was a little more advanced because my brothers kept me ahead of the game. My role models coming up, guys I looked up to were Isiah Thomas because he was the leader of the Bad Boys. I benefited from watching them play every night. Magic Johnson because he is from Michigan. I always tried to keep up with him. And Steve Smith. I took a liking to him. He was one of my favorites. So I probably had three. My oldest brother Keith taught me how to play. He’s much older than me. He came back from the military and he would make us jog through the city and run and do pull-ups and exercise at the parks. He always took us out and made us play against grown men. A.J. Guyton at Indiana always made me better. He was a tough guard. He was a very talented player. I knew I had to bring it anytime I went up against him. My best teammate I probably ever had was Chris Webber. That was in Sacramento. Not only was he so talented and made the game easier for everybody else, but also who he was as a person. He was a hard worker and a humble guy. He treated everybody like he wanted to be treated. That lets you know how special he is to me because I don’t hang out with Wolverines like that. Every time people see us together they look at us like, ‘What are you guys doing together?’ But that’s like my big brother. He was in my wedding, and I was in his. The friendship goes beyond basketball. Tom Izzo, to me, is priceless. Great coach. A better person. Along with my mom and dad, he helped mold me into a good person and instilled values in me that are helping me right now as a 37-year-old man. If I got any regrets, it’s probably not getting the playing time that I wanted in the NBA. The business part of the league, I don’t care for. You grow up playing basketball in parks and it’s fun. But sometimes when you get to the NBA and it can be political and it can be a business. I’m not bitter about it, but I do understand it. The game has changed. I was more of a throwback, a pass-first guy. I think it started really changing with Allen Iverson. I think we had the last of the dying breed with Jason Kidd. We got Chris Paul, and he might be the closest thing to it. But he can go out and get 25 (points) if he has to. But I think that pass-first point guard, Jason Kidd might have been the last of a dying breed on that note. I sat in every seat. I’ve been the best player on a team. I’ve been a role player on a team. I’ve been the guy not playing on the team. I’ve been cut from teams. So now, being a broadcaster I can relate to any guy on that team. I’ve always been a people person that likes to talk anyway. So doing broadcasting and doing radio has been pretty much an easy transition for me.
Dec 4, 2014
There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game.
Bedlam football: Five story lines for this year's Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game
BY RYAN ABER AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Dec 4, 2014There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game. Here are five reasons — some for OU fans, some for OSU fans and some for both‚ that this year’s Bedlam still holds intrigue: 1. TICKET PRICES In years past, one could expect paying upward of $200 through secondary markets for often sold-out Bedlam tickets. That’s certainly not that case this season. Here’s a quick look at the going rate for seats from various sellers with two days until kickoff. Soonersports.com: Tickets are being sold for $105. And as of late Thursday, as many as four seats in a row were available for purchase. Stubhub: The cheapest single ticket was listed at $51.39. For two-to-seven seats together, the lowest rate is $53.73. For a non-nosebleed section ticket, 25 rows up in the lower-sideline seats, expect to pay about $270. Craigslist: In the most fluid of online markets, student tickets were being offered for as low as $35. And one post listed four seats together at $60 apiece. For the big spenders, donor seats are running as high as $600. 2. PERINE WATCH It’s reached the point where you never want to miss a carry from Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine. Last time out, he set the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a game with 427 yards against Kansas. He’s had three games of 200 or more rushing yards this season. Entering summer workouts, Perine was considered to be no better than fourth on the Sooners’ running back depth chart behind Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Joe Mixon. Plus, Daniel Brooks and David Smith had been in the program. Now, though, it’s clear who OU’s top threat in the running game is — the freshman from Pflugerville, Texas. 3. THIRD-STRING QBs Both teams are expected to start freshman quarterbacks who spent time as third stringers in camp and early into the season. For Oklahoma, that’s a certainty as redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will make his third consecutive start after Trevor Knight was injured late in the loss to Baylor. Thomas has been the backup most of the season but was hurt early, and OU hoped Baker Mayfield would be eligible before his appeal was finally denied mid-season. Thomas has struggled through the air so far, though his two starts have come under difficult conditions. Those should be much more favorable Saturday, with Thomas having a chance to put together a strong performance entering bowl preparations. For Oklahoma State, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy won’t say who starts at quarterback Saturday, but common sense trumps gamesmanship this week. Mason Rudolph, not Daxx Garman, is the guy. Rudolph’s Baylor debut showcased why he was so highly recruited out of Northwest High School in Rock Hill, S.C.: 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s hard to blame Cowboy fans who look at the measurables — 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds — and are reminded of another OSU passer: Brandon Weeden. It’s too early to tell if Rudolph’s ceiling is as high as Weeden’s was back when the Cowboys were national title contenders. But with Bedlam on tap, it’s worth asking the question. 4. MIKE GUNDY’S OU PROBLEM Before kickoff on Aug. 30 in the AT&T Stadium press box, Boone Pickens was asked a number of questions related to Mike Gundy’s success at OSU. Instead of handing out praise, Pickens remained focus on one aspect of Gundy’s head coaching career. His Bedlam record. It’s 1-8. “When you look at the other schools we’ve played, we’re competitive,” Pickens said. “The only one we haven’t been competitive with is OU. Like last year, we’re a 10-point favorite and we lose. We should have won, in the last five years, three ball games.” Gundy’s lone win arrived in 2011. The Cowboys rolled 44-10 and were crowned Big 12 champions. But in those eight losses, the OSU has been outscored 337 to 206. A Bedlam victory in a down season would not only bring hope to Cowboy fans moving forward. It might also ease the pressure Gundy faces from boosters and administration. 5. BOWL BERTH ON THE LINE The last time OSU failed to reach a bowl game, Mike Gundy was a 37-year-old first-year head coach. It was 2005 and the Cowboys’ 4-7 record was capped by with a 42-14 Bedlam loss in Norman. It’s reminiscent of OSU’s disappointing 2014 campaign — with one major difference. In 2005, the Cowboys were already out of bowl contention entering Bedlam. This season, a victory against the Sooners would propel OSU into postseason play. And capturing that moment in person, albeit unlikely, would be worth the price of admission for any Cowboy fan. “The main motivation is being bowl eligible,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said. If the OSU wins, they’d almost certainly be slated to play in the Cactus Bowl, Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz. The opponent would be the sixth pick from the Pac 12 after the College Football Playoff teams are selected.
Nov 30, 2014
The former OU coach said: “They need to give Douglass the touchdown and play it out from there. Five high school officials didn’t know the rules, and how to enforce the penalty. That’s what needs to be done to fix it.”
High school football: Barry Switzer, state Senator David Holt offer support for Douglass
By Scott Wright | Nov 30, 2014Support for Douglass to have the opportunity to replay the final minute of its controversial loss to Locust Grove last Friday is growing stronger, with legendary football coach Barry Switzer and a state senator from the Oklahoma City area offering their support of the Trojans on Sunday. “They need to give Douglass the touchdown and play it out from there,” Switzer said. “Five high school officials didn’t know the rules, and how to enforce the penalty. That’s what needs to be done to fix it.” Switzer and state Senator David Holt, who represents the 30th District, located on the northwest side of Oklahoma City, both voiced their support for Douglass in the aftermath of an inappropriately enforced penalty that stripped the team of a potential game-winning touchdown in a Class 3A quarterfinal game last Friday night. With the touchdown taken away, Locust Grove went on to win the game 20-19 and advance to this week’s semifinals against Heritage Hall, a game scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa. “It is rare in life and in sports that a situation is as cut-and-dry as this one,” said Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “I’m a sports fan. I get that there’s human error throughout a game. But this is one of those very unique scenarios. “I compare it to the Colorado-Missouri ‘Fifth Down Game,’ and the fact that people know what I mean by that, even though it was a quarter-century ago, demonstrates how rare it is that an officiating error of this type single-handedly dictates the outcome of a crucial game.” The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association publicly apologized to Douglass for the officiating error, but neither the OSSAA nor the NFHS, which provides the rules that govern OSSAA events, allows for games to be protested based on an officiating error. Locust Grove coach Matt Hennesy said Sunday he was busy preparing his team for Friday’s game against Heritage Hall, and not concerned about replaying the final minute of the Douglass game. “You can’t do that,” Hennesy said. “For one, we base our whole game on going as fast as possible. If they’re gonna make them run 46 minutes of gassers first, we’ll come play a minute and-a-half. “It’s crazy. If they’re gonna do that, I want them to go back and review the touchdown we had called back because they said my quarterback was across the line of scrimmage when he threw it, but he wasn’t. You get into that, then what? Are you gonna go back and review every call in the game? “I feel bad for Douglass. Their kids played hard. Their coaches coached well.” The key point in Douglass’ argument is the improper enforcement of a rule, as opposed to an official’s judgment of a play, or the typical argument of what is perceived by one team as a “bad call.” Oklahoma City Public Schools administration issued a statement on Saturday asking that the OSSAA give Douglass a chance to replay the final minute. And though Douglass High School does not fall within his congressional district, Holt wants to see the team have that chance, too. That’s why he wrote a letter to OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley on Sunday, and why he has contacted other congressional members who represent the Oklahoma City area to encourage their support of Douglass as well. “I’ve been in touch with other senators, including Anastasia Pittman, who does represent the Douglass community, and she’s fired up about it, too,” Holt said. “I think the burden falls on the OSSAA to do something about it, more than just apologize.”
Nov 23, 2014
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him.Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again.After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of...
No. 6 Baylor beats Oklahoma State 49-28
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2014WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty broke into the open with the end zone in front of him. Petty and the No. 6 Bears weren't about to be tripped up by Oklahoma State again. After throwing touchdowns on Baylor's first two drives that took a minute combined, Petty ran 21 yards for the final score as the playoff-contending Bears won 49-28. They avenged their only regular-season loss of a year ago, a game in which Petty inexplicably tripped at the 1 with a clear path to the end zone. "Redemption," Petty said. "To have it go down in that fashion and me be able to get in the open field again, I don't know if it takes away the trip. ... It makes my mind ease up a little bit." Baylor (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) won its 15th consecutive home game on a dreary and rainy night along the banks of the Brazos River, staying in a three-way tie with No. 5 TCU and No. 12 Kansas State for the Big 12 lead with two games left. A year ago, Baylor was No. 3 in the country and undefeated through nine games when Petty fell short of the end zone when the game was still scoreless. The Bears then fumbled and the Cowboys drove 99 yards for their first score in a 49-17 thumping that took Baylor out of the national championship picture even as it still won its first Big 12 title. "I was glad that he got that last touchdown," coach Art Briles said. "To me, that was kind of justification for about 11 1/2 months ago." Devin Chafin ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns, while Shock Linwood had 113 yards rushing with a score for Baylor, whose home winning streak matches No. 2 Alabama for the longest in the country. Corey Coleman extended his nation's best streak with a TD catch in his seventh consecutive game. While rain fell for several hours before kickoff and during much of the game, there was a break in the weather at the start. The Bears took full advantage. Petty completed 18 of 29 passes for 262 yards, 149 of those coming on the opening two drives — the first lasting 36 seconds and the other 25 seconds. Petty hit Jay Lee in stride for a 65-yard TD on the second play of the game and Coleman made an over-the-shoulder grab for a 54-yard score. "We felt like we had to get it while we could," Briles said. "Be real aggressive while the ball was dry and try to get points on the board because we felt rain was coming." Oklahoma State (5-6, 3-5) has lost five games in a row. That is its longest losing streak since also losing five in a row during Mike Gundy's first season as head coach in 2005, and the last time the Cowboys didn't go to a bowl game. Highly touted freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph was 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his debut for the Cowboys, who have to win at No. 23 Oklahoma in two weeks to get to their ninth straight bowl game. "Looks like he played OK. He made some mistakes," Gundy said. "He had a couple of poor throws. Obviously, he made a mistake there at the end on the interception." Rudolph started in place of Daxx Garman, who was in uniform and wearing a baseball cap on the sideline. Gundy gave no explanation for the switch, and the decision that took the redshirt off of the quarterback who finished Northwest High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, early and enrolled at Oklahoma State last spring. Baylor led 42-14 when Chafin scored on a 1-yard run with 14:21 left. But Rudolph threw a 68-yard touchdown to James Washington, whose 38-yard grab on the next drive set up a 2-yard TD run by Rennie Childs. The Cowboys were driving again when Rudolph's pass was intercepted by Orion Stewart to set up Petty's TD run with 3 minutes left. "That's a point in the game where we've got to score, put this thing away," Petty said. "Orion made a fabulous pick. We needed to feed off that." Five teams ranked ahead of Baylor in the College Football Playoff rankings played and won Saturday. The only higher-ranked team idle was TCU, whose only loss was at Baylor six weeks ago after blowing a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes. The Bears play Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium next weekend. Their regular-season finale is at home Dec. 6 against Kansas State.
Nov 13, 2014
From the moment Chris Roberts walked on to a makeshift football field six years ago, he knew it was going to be a long road to success on his new but risky journey.
Friday Night Lights: Crossings Christian continues to build something special
By Jacob Unruh | Nov 13, 2014From the moment Chris Roberts walked on to a makeshift football field six years ago, he knew it was going to be a long road to success on his new but risky journey. The field, known as “The Swamp” due to its constantly wet conditions and ill-favored appearance, was the beginning of something remarkable for Crossings Christian, a relatively new private school that was starting its football program at the middle school level only. It was the first step toward building what some perceive to be the next private-school powerhouse, even if most people know little to nothing about it or even where it’s located in northwest Oklahoma City. “I had no idea what I was getting into,” said Roberts, a former assistant coach at established programs Kingfisher and Edmond Santa Fe. “I was pretty naïve. Who gets to build something from scratch? That’s really what enticed me to it.” There were certainly times Roberts questioned his leap of faith to jumpstart the program from the ground up as the amount of losses coincided with the growth of the program to the varsity level. That makes this season not only the most successful season in school history with its first ever playoff appearance Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Hominy in its new multi-million dollar stadium, but also the most rewarding for players that began with nothing but pads and footballs. In the short span of the program and school, Crossings Christian has gone from “The Swamp” to the new stadium as part of a $15.5 million project to build a new middle school, fieldhouse, football stadium and baseball and softball stadiums. The project also brought the football team from dressing in bathrooms, storage rooms and classrooms to a $1.2 million fieldhouse housing a spacious locker room. “We walked out of those bathrooms just wanting to play football,” said senior quarterback Noah Niederschuh, one of three original remaining members of the seventh grade team that won its first ever game six years ago. “Sometimes you don’t even think about being in a closet. Sometimes you look back at it and think, ‘We were in closets.’ That was a big learning experience for us.” The makeshift weight room was generally hallways jammed with weight machines or the new concession stand. Now, the Knights have a spacious weight room in the new fieldhouse. They have also gone from road warriors playing every game on the road to a normal split schedule of five home games and five road games in their third year as members of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Yet as the losses mounted — especially the past two seasons in the OSSAA with a combined record of 4-15 — there was a plan being followed. The school was founded in 2001 as just an elementary school and now is already expanding into the Class 2A level in high school basketball. The plan is for the high school to house as many as 300-400 students, which would put the school in Class 3A based on this year’s Average Daily Membership numbers used by the OSSAA to determine classifications. That’s a scary placement for a school with impressive resources. “Of course monetary support here is big in how they want to build things and do things the right way,” said Crossings Christian athletic director Shawn Schenk, a former boys basketball coach at Edmond Santa Fe and Enid who joined the school last year. “They didn’t just go halfway on building that stadium and fieldhouse. “Powerhouse? That would be awesome if God wants to bless us with that. That’s not our main objective, but we also want to do what we do and do it as best we can.” It’s also in the plan to remain a tight-knit community of its own despite being entrenched in a business area. “This is all new to everybody, so we’re playing it up and everybody’s excited,” Roberts said. “We’re a small school in the middle of the city, so we have our own little community so it’s still got that small-school feel. The elementary is just as excited about it, so it’s a lot of fun.” Winning has that effect. For the players, it’s not just that but a chance to be the beginning of something more meaningful. “We want to be more than a stadium,” senior linebacker Christian Osterhout said. “The stadium encourages us because we see our football program is going to be amazing. But we’re more than just that stadium now. It encourages us to know we’re going to become that football program.” Throughout this journey, Crossings Christian has kept notes on its opponents and their habits, learning what a successful team is supposed to look like against successful programs such as Apache, Cashion, Minco and Wayne. The Knights were often the welcomed opponent on a Homecoming or Senior Night. Roberts even joked opponents could name their score and admitted he was worried about being able to finish games. But it all served as a building block. “That was my concern. I didn’t want to forfeit,” Roberts said. “That was huge for me personally not having to forfeit games. If we say we’re going to play OSSAA and we’re going to commit to this, we need to do it.” Crossings Christian went 6-1 this season in district play, earning second behind Cashion. There are only four seniors on the team and a strong group of eighth graders coming next season that’s expected to add possibly 20 players to the 27-member roster. The Knights’ path to success may already be set before Friday even plays out, and Roberts’ journey is suddenly looking brighter and brighter. “We found a way, but it wasn’t ideal,” Roberts said. “I’m just obviously excited, because I’d be lying if I didn’t question it myself. I feel excitement for our kids because of what they had to go through. “Whatever happens Friday or from here on out, it’s been a successful season.”
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Class 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond...
High school football playoff scenarios for Classes 6A, 5A and 4A
By Scott Wright | Nov 4, 2014CLASS 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with win, Edmond Memorial win and Yukon loss. Yukon: Third with win and Westmoore loss. Fourth with win and Westmoore win. Fourth with loss, Edmond Santa Fe loss and either Westmoore or Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with loss, Westmoore loss and Edmond Santa Fe win in which Yukon loses 12 or fewer district points to Edmond Santa Fe. Edmond Santa Fe: Fourth with win and Yukon loss in which Edmond Santa Fe gains 13 or more district points on Yukon. District 6A-I-2 Key game: Norman North at Southmoore. Tulsa Union: First. Owasso: Second. Mustang: Third. Norman North: Fourth with win. Southmoore: Fourth with win. CLASS 6A-II District 6A-II-1 Key games: Sand Springs at Bixby; Muskogee at Tulsa Washington; Claremore at Bartlesville. Bixby: First. Tulsa Washington: Second with Sand Springs loss. Second with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Sand Springs: Second with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with loss. Bartlesville: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Muskogee loss. Muskogee: Fourth with win and Bartlesville loss. District 6A-II-2 Key games: Lawton at Choctaw; Lawton Eisenhower at Stillwater. Lawton: First with win. Second with loss. Midwest City First with Lawton loss. Second with Lawton win. Choctaw: Third. Stillwater: Fourth with win. Lawton Eisenhower: Fourth with win. CLASS 5A District 5A-1 Key games: Duncan at Ardmore, El Reno at Lawton MacArthur, Altus at Northwest, Del City at Chickasha. Ardmore: First with win and Altus loss. First with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses seven or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses eight or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with Altus win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Third with loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Lawton MacArthur: First with win and Ardmore loss. First with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore and loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore or loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with Ardmore win and Altus loss. Third with loss and Altus win. Third with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains seven or fewer district points on Ardmore and loses 10 or more district points on Altus. Altus: First with win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Second with Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Second with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains 10 or more district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains nine or fewer district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with loss and Ardmore win. Del City: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Duncan loss where Del City loses five or fewer district points to Duncan. Duncan: Fourth with win and Del City loss. Fourth with loss and Del City loss where Duncan gains six or more district points on Del City. District 5A-2 Key games: Guthrie at Deer Creek, Piedmont at Bishop McGuinness Guthrie: First with win. Second with loss. Deer Creek: First with win. Second with loss. Carl Albert: Third. McGuinness: Fourth with win. Piedmont: Fourth with win. District 5A-3 Key games: McAlester at Tulsa Memorial, Noble at Skiatook, Tulsa Hale at Shawnee, Tulsa Kelley at Durant. Skiatook: First with win. First with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee win. McAlester: First with win and Skiatook loss. First with loss, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Second with win and Skiatook win. Second with loss, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Third with loss and Shawnee loss. Shawnee: Second with win, McAlester win and Skiatook loss. Third with win, McAlester wim and Skiatook win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 20 or less district points to Tulsa Kelley. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley loss. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook win. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 21 or more district points to Tulsa Kelley. Tulsa Memorial: Second with win and Shawnee loss. Fourth with loss and Shawnee win. Fourth with loss, Shawnee loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with win, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Fourth with win, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Tulsa Kelley: Third with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 21 or more district points on Shawnee. Fourth with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 20 or fewer district points on Shawnee. District 5A-4 Key games: Tulsa East Central at Collinsville, Coweta at Tahlequah, Grove at Tulsa Edison Collinsville: First. Coweta: Second with win. Third with loss. Tahlequah: Second with win. Third with loss and Tulsa Edison loss. Fourth with loss and Tulsa Edison win. Tulsa Edison: Third with win and Coweta win. Fourth with win and Coweta loss. Tulsa East Central: Fourth with Tulsa Edison loss. CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key games: Clinton at Elk City. Anadarko: First. Newcastle: Second. Weatherford: Third. Elk City: Fourth with win. Clinton: Fourth with win. District 4A-2 Key games: Ada at Harrah; McLoud at Glenpool; Tuttle at Santa Fe South. Ada: First with win. Second with loss. Harrah: First with win. Second with loss and Tuttle loss. Second with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 12 or fewer district points to Tuttle. Third with loss, Tuttle win and McLoud win. Third with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 13 or more district points to Tuttle. Tuttle: Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool loss. Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 13 or more district points on Harrah. Third with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 12 or fewer district points on Harrah. Third with loss and Glenpool loss. Third with win, Glenpool loss and Harrah win. Fourth with Harrah win and Glenpool win. Glenpool: Third with win and Harrah win. Third with win, Harrah loss and Tuttle loss. Fourth with win, Tuttle win and Harrah loss. Fourth with loss by six points or fewer and Tuttle loss. McLoud: Fourth with win and Tuttle win. Fourth with win by seven points or more and Tuttle loss. District 4A-3 Key games: Catoosa at Wagoner; Cleveland at Cascia Hall Oologah: First Catoosa: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Wagoner: Second with win and Cascia Hall loss. Second with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Cascia Hall: Second with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Catoosa win. Third with loss and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss of 12 points or fewer and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Cleveland: Fourth with win and Wagoner win. Fourth with win by 13 points or more and Wagoner loss. District 4A-4 Key games: Sallisaw at Metro Christian, Tulsa Central at Poteau. Fort Gibson: First. Metro Christian: Second with win. Second with loss of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau. Third with loss and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau or loses by 14 points or less. Third with loss and Poteau loss. Fourth with loss of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Poteau: Second with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains six or more district points on Metro Christian. Third with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains five or fewer district points on Metro Christian. Third with Metro Christian win. Fourth with loss and Sallisaw win. Sallisaw: Second with win and Poteau loss. Third with win of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph’s high school coach weighs in on freshman quarterback’s redshirt statusOct 21, 2014
When assessing whether or not Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph should play this season, Kyle Richardson has nothing more than just another outside voice. But on the short list of those with the most understanding of Rudolph’s skill set, Richardson is near the top of the list.
Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph’s high school coach weighs in on freshman quarterback’s redshirt status
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 21, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/a00f68b5e056aec951a8e66a514c5744.jpg]3461089[/img] When assessing whether or not Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph should play this season, Kyle Richardson has nothing more than just another outside voice. But on the short list of those with the most understanding of Rudolph's skill set, Richardson is near the top. He coached the 6-foot-4, 217-pound Rock Hill, S.C., standout for three seasons at Northwest High School. Despite their busy schedules, the pair keeps in touch with text messages. "He's still in there preparing like he's going to be set to play this year," said Richardson on Tuesday in a phone interview. That statement echoes similar comments Richardson made back in August, as Rudolph made it clear he wanted to start as soon as possible. But like then, Richardson hit the brakes a bit when asked his opinion on whether or not he'd like to see Rudolph play this season. "Especially this late in the year, I would rather he stay redshirted and doesn't lose this year," Richardson said. "With five or six games left ... you don't have a nonconference game or something like that to kind of get his feet wet." But like many fans and reporters, Richardson has "no clue what they're thinking on that end." Meanwhile, KFOR TV sports personality Bob Barry Jr. recently made radio comments that he's heard rumblings that Rudolph could play this season, as soon as Saturday against West Virginia. During his Monday press conference, coach Mike Gundy wouldn't confirm that speculation, but did discuss at length the thinking that goes into pulling a player's redshirt status. "In a skill player position, you get multiple guys playing multiple positions," Gundy said. “So it's somewhat more accommodating. At the quarterback position, it's not that way. So it's completely different. "The risk-reward of it is, just in my history, you play him and things don't go well. You take him out and he's played 23 plays and he's burned a year. Then it was probably not a very good investment for the long term of the player and the future of Oklahoma State football." No matter what happens next, Richardson is looking forward to the day when Rudolph makes his debut. "It will be exciting to see when Mason finally gets his shot," he said.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Tyreek Hill's improvement as running back lies in ability to be patientOct 21, 2014
Hill has sometimes trusted his speed to a fault. Instead of making cuts upfield, he’s tried over and again to run around defenders, just to get pushed out of bounds before turning the corner.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Tyreek Hill's improvement as running back lies in ability to be patient
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 21, 2014Every time Tyreek Hill steps on a football field this season, he’s going to be the fastest player in the stadium. With an Olympic-level 200-meter dash time, that’s a given. But through seven games as a weapon for the Oklahoma State offense, Hill has sometimes trusted his speed to a fault. Instead of making cuts upfield, he’s tried over and again to run around defenders, just to get pushed out of bounds before turning the corner. “When you’re that fast and that elusive, there is that wandering of the brain,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Can I just abort course and just go left or right?” But against TCU on Saturday, Yurcich said Hill showed continued improvement in that facet of his game. That was showcased once on a 22-yard run up the middle where Hill let the play develop in front of him for just a moment before cutting back upfield against a defender in pursuit. Hill finished with 52 yards on 11 carries. “On a lot of our runs, you have to be very disciplined and stay on your track … and then the cutbacks occur,” Yurcich said. “So he’s getting better at that and there are signs of improvement each week.” RUDOLPH’S PREP COACH SAYS HE SHOULD REDSHIRT When assessing whether or not OSU freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph should play this season, Kyle Richardson has nothing more than just another outside voice. But on the short list of those with the most understanding of Rudolph’s skill set, Richardson is near the top of the list. He coached the 6-foot-4, 217-pound Rock Hill, S.C., standout for three seasons at Northwest High School. Despite their busy schedules, the pair keeps in touch with text messages. “He’s still in there preparing like he’s going to be set to play this year,” said Richardson on Tuesday in a phone interview. That statement echoes similar comments Richardson made back in August, as Rudolph made it clear he wanted to start as soon as possible. But like then, Richardson hit the brakes a bit when asked his opinion on whether or not he’d like to see Rudolph play this season. “Especially this late in the year, I would rather he stay redshirted and doesn’t lose this year,” Richardson said. “With five or six games left … you don’t have a nonconference game or something like that to kind of get his feet wet.” But, like many fans and reporters, Richardson has “no clue what they’re thinking on that end.” Meanwhile, KFOR-TV sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. recently made radio comments that he’s heard rumblings that Rudolph could play this season, as soon as Saturday against West Virginia. During his Monday press conference, coach Mike Gundy wouldn’t confirm that speculation, but did discuss at length the thinking that goes into pulling a player’s redshirt status. “In a skill player position, you get multiple guys playing multiple positions,” Gundy said. “So it’s somewhat more accommodating. At the quarterback position, it’s not that way. So it’s completely different. “The risk-reward of it is, just in my history, you play him and things don’t go well. You take him out and he’s played 23 plays and he’s burned a year. Then it was probably not a very good investment for the long-term of the player and the future of Oklahoma State football.” No matter what happens next, Richardson is looking forward to the day when Rudolph makes his debut. “It will be exciting to see when Mason finally gets his shot,” he said. THREE INJURED WVU STARTERS NOT RULED OUT Three starters for West Virginia — cornerback Daryl Worley, cornerback Terrell Chestnut and running back Rushel Shell — were each injured in the first half against Baylor last week. “We knew it was going to be a physical game,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen told the Charleston Daily Mail. “I thought we were nasty. We played the type of game that I felt like we needed to in order to win.” Despite the fact that all three players did not return to play, the Mountaineers took down Baylor 41-27. And on Monday, Holgorsen said each could return against OSU.
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS