Northwest Knights football
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|2012-08-30||@||John Marshall||W||35 - 16|
|2012-09-07||vs||Northeast||W||56 - 0|
|2012-09-14||vs||Woodward||L||21 - 28|
|2012-09-20||vs||Western Heights||W||56 - 27|
|2012-09-28||@||Guymon||W||28 - 7|
|2012-10-05||vs||El Reno||L||7 - 23|
|2012-10-12||@||Carl Albert||L||0 - 58|
|2012-10-19||vs||McGuinness||L||0 - 52|
|2012-10-26||@||Deer Creek||L||12 - 66|
|2012-11-02||vs||Guthrie||L||0 - 49|
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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
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
The Bronchos, 4-1 and ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, are halfway through one of their best seasons in years. And defensive coordinator Russ Pickett still points to Game 1, a 26-7 victory at Fort Hays State, as the difference-maker.
Oklahoma state college football notebook: UCO defense keeping the faith
COMPILED BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 3, 2014Central Oklahoma defensive coordinator Russ Pickett said nothing has helped his unit more than keeping the faith, knowing it could stand up to tough competition in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. “We knew we could play good defense, but getting the confidence to do that was the main thing,” he said. The Bronchos, 4-1 and ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, are halfway through one of their best seasons in years. And Pickett still points to Game 1, a 26-7 victory at Fort Hays State, as the difference-maker. “That one was critical for us, the first game of the season,” Pickett said. “The kids made some big plays, and we got a big win. It was so big for us to get that confidence right off the bat.” With the exception of a 36-13 loss to defending national champion Northwest Missouri State on Sept. 27, UCO has not allowed an opponent more than 17 points in a game this season. Not bad considering that through five games last year — en route to the worst defensive season in school history — the Bronchos had given up 52, 65, 54, 28 and 63 points on successive weekends. And, going into Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Missouri Southern at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Central Oklahoma is coming off its first win by shutout since the 2006 season. “The kids came out and did a great job,” Pickett said of the Bronchos’ 49-0 rout of Nebraska-Kearney a week ago. “All the credit goes to them, because Kearney is a better football team than what they showed that day.” Central is surrendering averages of 360.4 yards and 14 points per game this season. Last year, the Bronchos gave up averages of 532.5 yards and 50 points per outing. They set single-season school records for futility in total yards allowed (5,325); points allowed (500); and first downs allowed (255). A few newcomers have helped reduce the sleepless nights for Pickett, who is in his third season at UCO. Cody Jones and Matt Pruitt are transfers in the defensive backfield. Jones, who has returned two of his team-best four interceptions for touchdowns, was an All-Region player at Bakersfield Junior College. Pruitt is playing for the first time in two years after starring for Southern Nazarene. North Texas transfer David Busby is another notable newcomer in the defensive backfield, and defensive end Nick Koenig is another juco transfer who has excelled. “And (linebacker) Chass Glaspie has really stepped up and blossomed as a senior,” Pickett said of the Bronchos’ leading tackler. “You’re going to have years like we did last season. You just can’t get too down. But I give credit to all of these kids for this. You’ve got to learn to play well and play consistent.” GRID BITS Southern Nazarene coach Mike Cochran said starting quarterback James Mauro is likely done for the season with an injury to his throwing arm. Mauro was injured in the fourth quarter of the Crimson Storm’s 31-26 loss to East Central on Saturday. Mauro walked the sideline the rest of the game with his arm in a sling. Mauro is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound sophomore who throws a pretty ball. He had completed 19 of 29 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown when he went down with 11:08 remaining in the game and SNU trailing 28-20. Junior Alec Laffoon is the likely candidate to replace Mauro. Laffoon ran for a 9-yard touchdown after Mauro departed. But Laffoon has thrown just 10 passes this season for seven yards. Big game at 2 p.m. Saturday in Shawnee. Central States Football League favorite Langston will visit Oklahoma Baptist. Langston has played a nonconference schedule loaded with Division II teams. So the Lions’ 2-3 record is deceiving. OBU is 4-2, which includes a surprising 30-20 league loss at previously winless Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas). OBU hopes to contend for the CSFL championship, but a win against Langston is a must. Two losses in the league would be hard to overcome and likely eliminate Oklahoma Baptist from any NAIA playoff hopes. HONOR ROLL Bryan Byers, a goalkeeper for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, was chosen as Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The former Putnam City North standout had consecutive shutouts as the Drovers beat league foes Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist. Byers is 9-1 this season, allowing just six goals and shutting out seven teams. Of his 55 career wins, 38 have been by shutout. RECORD NUMBERS Daniela Martinez of Central Oklahoma set a single-round school record with a 66 Monday at the UCO/RCB Bank Golf Classic on Lincoln Park’s East Course. Martinez, a transfer from Northwood (Texas), had 13 pars and five birdies. The previous record was 68, shared by Taylor Neidy and Kelly Callison. Ailee Thompson of Oklahoma Baptist tied a school record with five goals Tuesday night, leading the Bison to a 6-1 soccer rout of Mid-America Christian. The record was originally set in 2004 by Katya Arruda. Rogers State had 10 different goal scorers on Wednesday night during its 15-0 soccer rout of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist in Claremore. Austin Sexton had a hat trick for the Hillcats (5-5), who broke a school record for most goals in game. The previous mark was nine in a 2009 victory over Southwestern College. RUNNING WILD Even when Oklahoma Baptist has a bye week on its cross country schedule, Hannah Helker Fields keeps on running. The NAIA All-American out of Edmond North High school competed in a weekend meet against several Division I runners and finished third. Fields covered the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) race in 16 minutes, 24 seconds. On Monday she was named Sooner Athletic Conference Women’s Runner of the Week and on Wednesday the NAIA Runner of the Week. She has been honored regionally and nationally three times this season. Runners from NCAA power Arkansas, Wichita State, Drake, Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU, LSU and Baylor competed. Fields finished behind two runners from Arkansas.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Just three points shy of cracking the NCAA Division II top 25, the undefeated Bronchos (3-0) have their biggest game in several years at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. They will host Northwest Missouri State (3-0), the No. 1-ranked team in the country and favorite to repeat as national champion.
Oklahoma state college notebook: UCO gets a shot at No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State
BY SCOTT MUNN | Sep 26, 2014For the first time in recent memory, there is another reason to attend the Central Oklahoma football game Saturday than to get a free Buddy Broncho bobblehead. Just three points shy of cracking the NCAA Division II top 25, the undefeated Bronchos (3-0) have their biggest game in several years at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. They will host Northwest Missouri State (3-0), the No. 1-ranked team in the country and favorite to repeat as national champion. Central Oklahoma is off to its best start to a season since 2004, when that team finished 8-2. But at 1 p.m., the Bronchos will continue to find out just far they’ve come under third-year coach Nick Bobeck, whose first-two teams produced a combined a 4-16 record. “If we’re going to compete for national championships, then you’ve got to win games like this,” Bobeck said. “We’re just going to go out there on Saturday and play our game. We’re not going to do anything fancy.” Northwest Missouri State has defeated Nebraska-Kearney, Missouri Southern and Central Missouri by an average of 24 points. And the Bearcats have won 18 consecutive games dating back to last season’s unbeaten title run. One of Northwest Missouri State’s triumphs was a 72-10 wipeout of Central in Maryville, Mo. The Bearcats totaled 687 yards that day. Much has changed in Edmond, however. A pair of transfers have highlighted a significantly better defense. Matt Pruitt, who came in from Southern Nazarene, leads the Bronchos with 20 tackles. Juco transfer Cody Jones has three of the team’s five interceptions, returning one for a game-clinching touchdown against then-No. 23 Missouri Western. After giving up an average of 532.5 yards per game a year ago, UCO has allowed an average of just 275.7 so far this season. Although the Bronchos no longer have standout Joshua Birmingham at running back, the offense has remained productive with quarterback Chas Stallard. The redshirt freshman from Cleveland, OK, has passed for 633 yards and three touchdowns; he’s added 226 yards and two TDs rushing. “We feel good about what we’re doing, what we’re doing on the field, in practice, in the weight room,” Bobeck said. “We’re still very young — we started six freshmen on offense last week. Sometimes they make you want to pull your hair out, but we’ve got a good group of kids who have a lot of growth potential. “We feel like the best is yet to come. But right now, we just have to take it week by week and build off of each game.” GRID BITS Struggling Northeastern State (0-3) has just two touchdowns through three weeks this season. Quarterback Kevin Pantastico has thrown one each to Garrett Powell and Terrance Dixon. Both came in a 48-13 loss to Fort Hays State (Kan.). James Mauro, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound sophomore quarterback at Southern Nazarene comes from a large family. He has six brothers and a sister. Brother Joe played football at Northwestern and brother Josh played ball at Stanford and for the Pittsburgh Steelers. BY THE NUMBERS 8 — Interceptions by the Oklahoma Baptist University defense this season. Eight different players have picked off a pass through four games. JUST FOR KICKS Jade Ovendale of University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma leads NAIA soccer players with 33 points. She is third in the country with 14 goals, which included a hat trick in a recent game against Texas College. Ovendale is a two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week this season. JOB FAIR Cari Groce, the first All-American women’s tennis player at Nebraska, was named women’s coach at Central Oklahoma. Groce spent the past year as boys and girls tennis coach at Stillwater High School. She’s also served as head coach at Tulsa, Washington State, Texas Tech and Cal State-Los Angeles. The Stillwater native replaces Natalya Nikitina-Helvey, who resigned to take a teaching position at Cameron University. HONOR ROLL Peter Koskey of Oklahoma City U. was chosen as Sooner Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for a second time this season. The Kenyan finished second out of 154 runners at the recent Missouri Southern Stampede. He finished the 8-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 49.17 seconds. ... On the women’s side, OCU freshman Michaela Werner was honored by the conference for finishing third in a field of 198 runners. The Grove product covered the 5K course in 18:20. Sam Johnston of Oklahoma Christian was named Heartland Conference Golfer of the Week. The junior led the Eagles to the National Christian College Central Region Championship at the Owasso Golf and Athletic Club. The two-time NCAA Division II All-American shot three under-par rounds — 70, 70, and 67 — to finish one shot behind the medalist.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Sep 17, 2014
We approached the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I could hardly contain my glee. Trish the Dish and I flew into Pittsburgh on Tuesday; going down to Morgantown on Wednesday for some interviews with Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck, then headed to the Amish Country for a couple of days before coming back to Pittsburgh […]
West Virginia travelblog: The Emerald City of Pittsburgh
Berry Tramel | Sep 17, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-6.jpg]3392858[/img] We approached the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I could hardly contain my glee. Trish the Dish and I flew into Pittsburgh on Tuesday; going down to Morgantown on Wednesday for some interviews with Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck, then headed to the Amish Country for a couple of days before coming back to Pittsburgh and meet The Oklahoman crew for the OU-West Virginia game. The Dish never before had visited Pittsburgh; I was in the Steel City two years ago for the OU-WVU game. And I have only one thing to say about Pittsburgh. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-7.jpg]3392856[/img] Fabulous city. Just a fabulous city. Set in the hills, dissected by three massive rivers, lots of cool neighborhoods, not a cookie cutter in the whole danged town that I can find, sparkling downtown. Seems like a Little Chicago. And the Fort Pitt Tunnel. When you drive from the airport out west of the city into downtown, you go through the hills, with some interesting sites but not one clue that you’re on the doorstep of a vibrant, thriving, magnificent city. And then you enter the Fort Pitt Tunnel, which is 1.1 miles of freeway that bores through Mount Washington. Exit the tunnel, and it’s like the scene in “The Wizard of Oz,” when the gang first sees the Emerald City. There’s the spectacular view of Pittsburgh’s skyline, and then the three mighty rivers, and the two gorgeous ballparks. The New York Times has called the Fort Pitt Tunnel “the best way to enter an American city.” It certainly was the best way to start our latest adventure. DUQUESNE INCLINE [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-12.jpg]3392857[/img] Pittsburgh is a city of many hills, but Mount Washington is more than a hill. It’s a neighborhood known for the steep hill that overlooks the rivers and downtown. And for the Duquesne Incline. In the 19th century, many workers found jobs in the plants along the Monongahela River. Many were from Germany, and they had settled atop Mount Washington. But the only way up and down the incline was a trail of switchbacks, which would wear out the workers. Eventually, the German tradition of Seilbahns, inclines, found its way to Pittsburgh. Small train cars that travel up and down the mountain via steam power. The Monongahela Incline opened in 1870. The Duquesne Incline opened in 1877 and originally carried cargo. More inclines followed. Eventually, the inclines closed as more roads opened. The Duquesne Incline closed in 1962. But local residents rallied around the incline, staged fund-raisers and in 1963 the Duquesne Incline returned. Today, it carries not only tourists to the top of Mount Washington for spectacular views of the city but locals who find it the best way to get downtown. Some guy got on with his bicycle Tuesday. The observation deck next to the Duquesne Incline’s upper station offers a view of Heinz Field, PNC Park, the rivers, the beautiful skyscrapers and all of downtown Pittsburgh. The cost is $2.50 one way, though I assume locals can buy a monthly deal of some kind. STADIUM CENTRAL I wrote about PNC Park and Heinz Field on my last trip to Pittsburgh. They are no less fantastic now than they were then. Both are hard by the rivers; PNC Park is on the Mononghalea, while Heinz is two blocks away where the Allegheny and Mononghalea meet to form the Ohio. The streets around the stadiums are named for Pittsburgh sporting greats. Chuck Noll Way. Art Rooney Avenue. Tony Dorsett Drive, Mazeroski Way. We hope to get to a Pirates game Friday night. The Pirates have a good team, and the city seems excited about baseball again. On our drive Tuesday night from Pittsburgh to Uniontown, Pa., just north of Morgantown, W.Va., I listened to some of the Pirates-Red Sox game, just to get me in the mood. I didn’t know any of the players — there was a time when I knew half the radio announcers in baseball — but no matter. Driving through the Pennsylvania hills, listening to the team of Pie Traynor and the Waner brothers and Bob Moose and Manny Sanguillen and Willie Stargell, I felt closer to baseball than I have since the days I read Bill James’ Baseball Abstract every spring. I also discovered that PNC and Heinz aren’t the only sporting cathedrals in downtown Pittsburgh. On the south side of the rivers is yet another coliseum, the 3,500-seat Highmark Stadium, which serves soccer’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Pro League. Maybe Oklahoma City can eventually get a soccer-specific stadium on its own river, which isn’t the mighty Mononghalea or Allegheny or Ohio, but has its charms. BACK TO SARAFINO’S Two years ago, we had dinner at a neighborhood Italian place called Sarafino’s in the Crafton borough of Pittsburgh. It was good, so we went back Tuesday. We drove through a variety of neighborhoods to see more of the city, and driving Pittsburgh is a blast. No four-way intersections. Very few streets that stay straight more than 200 feet. Lots of curves. Lots of hills. I was one mile from downtown Pittsburgh, but at times it felt like driving the Pacific Northwest or the Ozarks. Great old houses with character. We landed at Sarafino’s, which has all of 11 tables, not counting a few seats outside for dining when the weather was nice, which it certainly was Tuesday. We sat inside; the Dish had the house special, a pasta dish with chicken and mushrooms in a red-pepper sauce (orange), while I had a steak panini. We shared and hers was better than mine. Sitting a few tables away was a man in his 60s in a Roberto Clemente jersey. I wanted to ask if Clemente was his boyhood hero. You know how Oklahoma kids now have sporting heroes like Durant and Westbrook and Ibaka? Pittsburgh kids have had heroes like that for a century, none bigger than Clemente (though seeing the Honus Wagner statue in front of PNC Park was a blast). SOUTHWEST TO PITTSBURGH Our trip got off to a shaky start. My driver’s license wasn’t in its usual spot in my wallet. Alarmed me, of course, but never fear. I got a new license in 2013 and kept my old one. Stuck it in my computer bag just in case. This was just in case. The Southwest agent took my old license and was fine. But the TSA agent at security wasn’t quite so accommodating. He told me the license was expired and said I needed another form of ID. Bank card or something. I started looking around and found my good license, stuck in the wrong compartment. The TSA agent said he was surprised they let me keep the expired license. Our flight took us through Baltimore, a 21/2-hour flight, and I had a pleasant experience. I ended up seated next to Dennis Souza, who coached Deer Creek football from 1977-83. And in 1978, when I was 17 years old and just starting out in the business, writing sports for the Norman Transcript, I covered two games at Deer Creek. Lexington in the regular season, and Blanchard in the playoffs. We had a great chat about Deer Creek’s history and guys we both knew and how high school football was covered back in the day. Dennis and his wife were on their way to Boston to visit their daughter and grandbaby. I hope they have a great time. I got some work completed, too, but not as much as I could have. I got an email Monday telling me all about Southwest’s WiFi on the plane and television options and who knows what else. And as soon as we were seated, the flight attendant informed us the WiFi wasn’t working. And it wasn’t even a United flight.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Gloss Mountain State Park, with its gypsum-capped red mesas, cactus and mesquite, was created by a unique partnership between the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and local residents.
Gloss Mountain State Park shimmers in northwest Oklahoma
By Mike Coppock, For The Oklahoman | Sep 7, 2014If there is an Oklahoma landscape with the feel of old, worked leather, it is Gloss Mountain State Park, with its gypsum-capped red mesas, cactus and mesquite. The region resembles Arizona and is a draw for moviemakers. Promotional films on Oklahoma and television ads incorporate the open panorama of the landscape. Skeleton Creek Productions included the Gloss Mountains in all five of its Westerns now being seen in Europe. “The reason we do that is because it ties in very well with New Mexico or Arizona,” said Rick Simpson, co-owner of Skeleton Creek Productions. “It’s very rough-looking with the different buttes, and there are several small canyons and trails that weave in and out. It really helps in putting you in the mood for filming a Western.” Iconic landscape The Gloss Mountains have become an iconic image for Oklahoma. The mesas get their name from selenite gypsum with a glass-like quality that shimmers in the sunlight. The range has also been called the Glass Mountains due to the selenite deposits covering them. Just west of Fairview, Gloss Mountain State Park also is unusual it how it was created and is operated today. The park came into being as a partnership between the state Department of Tourism and Recreation and the local residents. Nearby residents maintain and upgrade park facilities while the state donates the land and contributes $12,000 a year for its operation. “The state ran out of funding to set the park up shortly after they obtained the land in 1977,” said Mark Stubsten, president of the Gloss Mountain Conservancy. “From 1977 to 1997, they fenced the area off and leased it out for grazing.” Perfect partners Nearly 40 years ago, state lawmakers wanted to preserve a portion of the Gloss Mountains and allocated $125,000 for its purchase. An additional $125,000 was obtained through a grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The state purchased 640 acres along U.S. 412 next to a popular roadside stop. Then for two decades, the land lay dormant with no state funding available to actually create a park. “We had several members of the Oklahoma Tourism Commission back in 1997 approach us here in Fairview about maybe getting the park going locally,” Stubsten said. “That’s when we came up with the idea of the Conservancy.” Stubsten said his group’s motivation was not to create a tourism draw for Fairview, but a desire to “preserve the area.” He noted that many people were simply climbing over fences, making their own trails across what is essentially very fragile soil coverage. “We felt if we did not do it locally, it was not going to happen,” Stubsten said. Location, location, location Out of Oklahoma’s 35 state parks, only Gloss Mountain is a partnership with a local entity for its operation, said Kristina Marek, director of state parks for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “I think this is unique based on its location,” Marek said. “The people there seem to have a unique love for the land.” Marek said the state does not have any plans to seek out other partnerships in operating its state parks. Marek underscored that the arrangement allows the state to get the most bang for a buck. Besides giving the Conservancy $12,000 in assistance for park operations, the state recently spent $50,000 to upgrade park signage. Items such as brochures and promotions are done by the Conservancy, which also hires a gatekeeper for opening and locking the park at night. Though the highly popular Little Sahara State Park is close by, equipment has yet to be installed to obtain a visitor count for Gloss Mountain State Park. Stubsten said he knows visitation numbers are good based on how many brochures his group is constantly replenishing. Local commitment The commitment of Fairview residents was seen in late August when the Fairview High School football team worked to improve the park’s trails in 100-degree temperatures. In the past, volunteers did welding work while Northwest Technology Center students assisted in pouring concrete. “We’re now trying to get electricity into the park,” Studsten said. “That’s our next goal.” Gloss Mountain State Park is a day-use-only facility, with hiking and picnicking available during daylight hours. Park facilities include restrooms, several picnic pavilions, outdoor grills and a public water supply. A trail system leads to the top of Cathedral Mountain. There are no fees for park usage.
Sep 4, 2014
By bringing in assistant coaches who have played in Division I and the NFL, Bears’ head coach hopes to strengthen his program.
Former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods builds an all-star staff at John Marshall
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2014When Rashaun Woods took over the John Marshall football program last year, he knew he wanted the Bears to be coached the same way he had been coached coming up through Millwood, Oklahoma State and the NFL. After the Bears saw some success in his first season, Woods decided to take another step and bring in a few assistants he knew had been coached the same way — starting with his younger brother, Donovan, and his former OSU teammate Billy Bajema. Derrick Locke, a Hugo native who was a standout running back at Kentucky, was added as well, joining a staff that already included John Marshall grad Tango McCauley, who was an All-Big 12 selection at Texas A&M and played six years of pro ball in the Canadian and Arena leagues. The new coaching staff’s first game together comes Friday night, when John Marshall faces Northwest Classen at 7 p.m. at Douglass High School. In all, the Bears have five coaches on the staff who were stars in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences, and spent time at the professional level. “I learned so much about football from the guys who coached me as a player, and I took away from that the knowledge to teach kids how to play,” Rashaun Woods said. “I know all the coaches I have on staff were a part of that same type of teaching. “When you look at a guy’s experience, maybe he’s got 10 years of coaching, but when you’re a player, that’s a level of experience that you can’t get in a lot of places, especially for a coach working at the high school level.” The coaches have some pretty impressive playing resumes, starting with Rashaun Woods, who was one of Oklahoma State’s greatest receivers and a first-round draft choice in the NFL. Donovan Woods starred at quarterback, then safety for OSU, and was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad in 2008 when they won the Super Bowl. Locke was a two-time All-SEC running back before his pro career was cut short by a neck injury. McCauley was an All-Big 12 offensive lineman before his six-year pro career. And Bajema, a former Westmoore quarterback, became a star tight end at OSU, then played nine years in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl title with Baltimore in the 2012 season. Coming back to the high school ranks has been an adjustment for Bajema after nearly a decade in the NFL. “This is the first year for me not getting to strap the pads on and hit somebody,” Bajema said. “It’s just different, and I think it’s something everybody goes through when they finish playing. “It’s been good for me for the first training camp and start of the season where I’m not playing myself. Being around these guys has made the transition a lot easier. When you’ve worked at something like football for so long and have so much of your life invested in it, it’s definitely a change when you’re not out there anymore.” The beefed-up coaching staff looks to be making a promising impact so far. John Marshall reached the finals of the All-City Preview scrimmage tournament last week — something the Bears hadn’t done in the last few years — and is a team on the rise in Class 3A. Helping the cause along, the coaches have an instant level of respect from the players because of their unique experiences at the highest levels of football. “Having these type of coaches out here, it’s pretty much everything I could ask for,” junior Jeremiah Patton said. “They’re helping make me a much more confident player because I know everything I need to be doing to be the player I want to be. “We want to let every team we play know that John Marshall is here to be successful and work to get to the top.” Most of the assistant coaches have other jobs. Bajema is working on a couple of business ventures in the restaurant world. But the opportunity to still be on the football field in some capacity is valuable. And their value in the kids’ lives is even more important. “Those are the kind of guys I look for — guys with a good head on their shoulders, with high character, who can pass on their knowledge to our kids,” Rashaun Woods said. “The coaches I have on staff are exactly the guys I need to be a positive influence on the kids. “When you talk about all the influences in their lives — whether it’s gangs or a bad home life or anything negative — those are powerful negative influences to the point kids can see positives in them. So I have to offset that by bringing coaches to get these kids excited about something positive.”
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Aug 30, 2014
Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would...
OU football notebook: Sooners' Blake Bell makes debut at tight end
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Aug 30, 2014Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would have to evaluate film before making a final determination on how Bell performed. “It seemed to me like he played pretty well though,” Stoops said. The Sooners looked Bell’s way in the end zone late in the second quarter but Louisiana Tech defender Lloyd Grogan interfered with Bell and Bell drew the flag. SOONERS GET FIRST BLOCKED FG IN DECADE Big-time special teams plays were a calling card for Oklahoma in Bob Stoops’ early years. But the Sooners hadn’t blocked a field goal for nearly a decade before cornerback Zack Sanchez slipped through to stop Jonathan Barnes’ 51-yard attempt late in the first quarter. The block was picked up by Eric Striker, who brought it back 20 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Sooners up 21-0. “I found a crease there and fortunately I got my hand on it,” Sanchez said. “Striker made a play and returned it, and it created some momentum for us on offense.” Oklahoma’s last blocked field goal came Sept. 18, 2004 against Oregon in Norman by Brodney Pool. TYLER EVANS GETS START IN COMEBACK In his first three years in Norman, Tyler Evans made 29 starts at right guard. After missing the last two seasons with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, Evans made start No. 30 Saturday night. Evans was as the third-string left guard on Oklahoma’s depth chart but started on the right side in place of Nila Kasitati. Kasitati was dressed but it was posted on OU’s official Twitter account before the game that he was being held out for “precautionary” reasons. The start was Evans’ first since the 2011 Insight Bowl. JOHNSON, RUSSELL NO SHOWS When the Sooners released their depth chart earlier this week, neither cornerback Cortez Johnson nor defensive tackle Quincy Russell were listed. Saturday, neither was in uniform and afterward Stoops said he wasn’t sure whether either would be part of the team moving forward. “We’ll find out Monday whether he’s with us or not,” Stoops said of Johnson, who started two games last season. “He kind of went missing the last couple of days. He may have quit.” MIXON TWEETS SUPPORT BEFORE GAME Suspended OU freshman Joe Mixon reactivated his Twitter account a couple weeks ago, but hasn’t sent out very many tweets. A couple hours before kickoff Saturday, though, Mixon tweeted, “Man this hurt … Goodluck 2 my brothers out there in Oklahoma. … Go Crazy I'll be watching! #LetsGetIt #BoomerSooner” Mixon, a five-star running back prospect from Oakley, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor stemming from a late-night, off-campus altercation with a female OU student. The university suspended Mixon for this season from all football activities. It is unclear if Mixon attended Saturday’s game. Mixon later deleted his pregame tweet. SHEPARD DISPLAYS RETURN SKILLS Receiver Sterling Shepard was impressive in his collegiate punt-returning debut. The junior from Heritage Hall picked up 17 yards on his first punt return of the game in the first quarter, and added an 18-yard return in the third quarter. After that second return — with the game well in hand — OU coaches replaced Shepard at punt returner with true freshman receiver Michiah Quick. Shepard’s weren’t the only big returns for the Sooners against the Bulldogs. Alex Ross added an 80-yard kick return that gave OU the ball inside the 15 in the second half. Shepard was a standout return man in high school, but hadn’t had the opportunity to return punts so far in his OU career. He waited two years behind Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. Saunders, who was named to the New York Jets roster over the weekend, was in Norman for the game Saturday night. SWITZER MAKES GRAND ENTRANCE AFTER THIRD QUARTER During the break between the third and fourth quarters, a video featuring legendary former OU coach Barry Switzer appeared on the Jumbotron. Switzer spoke during the video about protecting OU’s tradition and never quitting. The 76-year-old then ran through smoke onto the field out of the northwest tunnel to thunderous applause. According to OU spokesman Pete Moris, the Sooners will welcome back a different legend to begin the fourth quarter at every home game this season. SHEPARD DOES ‘SUPERMAN’ AGAIN Shepard got some advice from the coaches after his 16-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight early in the first quarter. The words didn’t have anything to do with Shepard’s catch or the route but his celebration. After scoring, Shepard pulled on his shirt, mimicking Cam Newton’s Superman celebration. Shepard has a history with the celebration and it figures that’s why Bob Stoops said something to him about it. Shepard was penalized for doing the move in January’s Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, though the call was incorrect. Shepard was called for doing the banned “throat slash” gesture after a touchdown late in the second quarter of the bowl game. REPLAY SCHEDULED, TV FOR TULSA SET The game, which was broadcast on pay-per-view, will be replayed on Fox Sports Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Monday. The broadcast will be squeezed into a three-hour window. The kickoff for next week’s game at Tulsa has long been set for 11 a.m., but the network was unknown until Saturday night. ABC and ESPN2 will broadcast the game in a reverse mirror. The game will be broadcast in ABC in some markets and ESPN2 in others. ABC will carry the game in the Oklahoma City metro area. EXTRA POINTS Michael Hunnicutt extended his school record for made field goals to 64 with a pair of field goals. Hunnicutt has made nine in a row dating back to last season’s win over Iowa State. … Sooners Dimitri Flowers, Samaje Perine, Daniel Brooks, K.J. Young, Jordan Smallwood, Jeffery Mead, Michiah Quick, Josiah St. John, Sam Grant, Jonathan Alvarez, David Driskill, D.J. Ward, Charles Walker, Matt Romar, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Devante Bond, Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas and Wesley Horky made their OU debuts. … The Sooners are now 20-0 against current members of Conference USA.
Aug 30, 2014
Dari Nowkhah, a Tulsa Union High School and OU graduate, has taken a long, twisting road to his job as main host of the new SEC Network, which two weeks ago launched in more than 90 million homes. The road took him to one of the nation’s smallest TV markets and to nearly getting out of broadcasting and becoming a teacher. He jumped from being the No. 3 sportscaster at Tulsa’s KOTV-6 to ESPN in...
Collected Wisdom: Dari Nowkhah, SEC Network host, OU and Tulsa Union graduate
By Mel Bracht | Aug 30, 2014Dari Nowkhah, a Tulsa Union High School and OU graduate, has taken a long, twisting road to his job as main host of the new SEC Network, which two weeks ago launched in more than 90 million homes. The road took him to one of the nation’s smallest TV markets and to nearly getting out of broadcasting and becoming a teacher. He jumped from being the No. 3 sportscaster at Tulsa’s KOTV-6 to ESPN in 2004. In 2011, Nowkhah and his wife, Jenn, experienced the tragedy of losing an infant son and then founded a charity in Hayden’s name to help other families. They have three kids — Nick, 8, Nahla, 4, and Leighton, 2. My dad was born and raised in Iran. He moved to the U.S. when he was 18 to go to college. He ended up at Michigan Tech University and two years into that, transferred to TU. I was a sports nut growing up. I was one of those guys who could recite stats and names and all of that. When I was 14 and in ninth grade, I called up Channel 2 in Tulsa (KJRH-2) and talked to sports director Al Jerkens, who had been there forever. He invited me to come in and hang out for a day. I watched him get shows together. We went to a Drillers game. I watched him do the 10 o’clock show. I remember thinking this was pretty cool. I knew I was going to a state school just for costs. I grew up in a family mostly comprised of OU fans. My grandparents on my mom’s side had been season tickets to OU game for a couple of decades at that point so they would take me to games or they had my dad take me to games. I had OU jerseys as a kid and The Boz haircut at one point in fourth grade — just the brown and black hair version of it. My dad, who is an electrical engineer, had always said, “Dar, I think I could have been a doctor and I wish I had been a doctor. Financial security is a good thing and you should consider it.” I was always really good in math and I science. So I went to OU as a premed major. I went through my first chemistry class, which I realized was a lot harder than high school chemistry, in a class of about 500 people. Thanks to the grace of the greatest curve known to man, I ended up with a borderline B. I went to my adviser and said I don’t want any more of this stuff. So I changed to broadcast journalism. Gary Gibbs was the football coach the first of my four years at OU. Then it was (Howard) Schnellenberger for one and I was there for the first two years of John Blake. I have done the math — 18-27-1. That was our record the four years I was a student at OU. When I was there, we waited for basketball and Kelvin Sampson had just gotten there. I did sports my senior year at the OU television station. Also, I interned for two semesters at KWTV-9, with my mentor who is no longer with us, Bill Teegins, and Chris Harrison and Ed Murray. I got hired by then-NBC affiliate, KCFW, in Kalispell, Mont., tucked away in the northwest part of Montana in a secluded, beautiful area a few miles from western entrance to Glacier National Park. We were a satellite station of the Missoula market, which was 173rd at the time. All we did in Kalispell was a 6 p.m. weekday show. I moved to Lincoln, Neb., and worked for KLKN, the ABC affiliate. I went from covering four high schools in Montana to covering the University of Nebraska in an era where they played for a national championship one year I was there. I found out from (TV reporter) Mark Opgrande, whom I had roomed with in Kalsipell, that Channel 6 in Tulsa (KOTV) had an opening for a No. 3 sports guy — a reporter, fill-in anchor. Sports director John Holcomb loved the fact that I was from the area and hired me. He didn’t have to tell me how to pronounce Oologah, Owasso, Skiatook, and all of that stuff. I ended up getting an agent, Steve Herz, in November 2003. He called me four months after I signed with him and he said can you be in Connecticut like next Wednesday because he had lined up an interview with ESPN. We had the interview March 31. The rest of the process was excruciating because it took 10 weeks for them to offer me a job. We were ready to leave Tulsa for a variety of reasons. And my wife, Jenn, always liked Charleston, S.C., and that’s where we had gotten married. We met right before I left Lincoln. I’ve always had this hunch at some point in my life where I’m going to teach. And she did, too. She hasn’t finished her degree, but she is close. We had made that determination that if ESPN didn’t work out, we were going to quit doing this local TV thing and we would move to Charleston, take out loans, get teaching degrees and we would teach in Charleston. The first week of June we ended up getting an offer to go to Bristol. I did ESPNEWS at first, then the “SportsCenter” thing. I also did a lot of “College Football Live” and I did some “Baseball Tonight.” I loved it. It’s a great company. There is a lot of competition, which is a big thing. The one drawback for us was that it was in Connecticut. The weather is terrible. The cost of living is too high, and at the risk of generalizing, the people aren’t the friendliest all the time. I talked to one of our managers when they started the Longhorn Network about going there, even though I’m an OU guy. I had a good relationship with the University of Texas. At the same time the guy who was at ESPNU, Lowell Galindo, who is a Texas guy, wanted to go to Texas. My bosses said what if he goes there and you go to Charlotte and host ESPNU, and I said that’s fantastic. The mix of getting to get out of New England, come down to Charlotte — which is a great city, great weather, great people, all of it — and be kind of a face of a network was enough to get us to come down in July 2011. I had been tied in with the SEC since I had been down here in Charlotte. We did all of their syndicated network, the football and basketball coverage for it, and I did the studio stuff. I had a really good relationship with the SEC. I realized how big of a deal this network was to the company and to the fan base, and I do like the conference even though I’m not born into it. It launched Aug. 14 and had an enormous buzz behind it. Hayden was born on Aug. 12, 2011, shortly after we moved down to Charlotte. On the third day that he was home, he came down with a fever of 102.3. We took him to the hospital and he never left. He had contracted a virus. In very, very, very rare instances, a virus in an infant can impact the heart. It’s called viral myocarditis. He ended up needing a heart transplant. While he was on the transplant list — that list of donors for baby hearts is very small — he suffered a stroke that caused him enough damage that they were going to have to take him off the transplant list. At that point we were done watching him suffer and we made the decision to let him go on Sept. 20, 2011. He lived 39 days. We started Hayden’s Hope.org (haydenshope.org) shortly after he passed. What we wanted to do is turn his name and something terrible into something positive. We teamed up with an organization called COTA, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. What they do is they raise money for families of children who are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. They can be there for months at a time and it can be costly for them. We also want to raise the awareness of the need for pediatric organ donations. We have raised in a little more than 2 1/2 years over $100,000, which has helped many, many families. Blood donation is kind of a third angle to what we do. My grandfather set a national record — and in all likelihood a world record — for lifetime blood donation. He passed away in April 2011 having given 42 gallons of blood. The Red Cross named a huge blood donor center in Tulsa after him. It’s the Darwin Eaton Blood Donation Center. We realized that with the number of transfusions Hayden had, how important blood donation was. I try to give as often as I’m allowed.
Jul 31, 2014
Last season, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson won a three-way battle for the starting job as only a 15-year-old sophomore. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, his size, arm strength, and running ability made him one of the most talented young players in the state. After accounting for seven touchdowns over four games, Wilson’s season ended with a broken collarbone in Week 5. Since then, he’s continued to...
High school football: District 5A-1 preview
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 31, 2014Del City quarterback Terry Wilson showing progress Last season, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson won a three-way battle for the starting job as only a 15-year-old sophomore. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, his size, arm strength, and running ability made him one of the most talented young players in the state. After accounting for seven touchdowns over four games, Wilson’s season ended with a broken collarbone in Week 5. Since then, he’s continued to develop the mental side of his game to go along with his natural abilities. “Terry understands more about what we’re doing offensively heading into this year,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “He was only able to play four games last year, and he was 15-years-old. Now that he’s had the opportunity to be with us for two years and prepare over the spring and summer, he’s progressively gotten better with reading the defense and things like that.” The Eagles expect to run much of the same offense from a year ago, which will allow Wilson to use his running ability in the option-read game. Along with Wilson, Del City returns big-play threat Davion Freeman. After primarily playing cornerback and on special teams as a junior, Freeman is expected to also play receiver and in the backfield this season. BROWER TAKING OVER AT EL RENO As Wes Brower takes over as the new head coach at El Reno, he hopes to help return the once strong program to success. Since going 12-1 in 2009, El Reno has had four consecutive losing seasons. Although the program doesn’t have a state title, the Indians have finished runner-up five times and were a regular championship contender in the 1990s and 2000s. “We’re going to try to build championship football again here at El Reno,” said Brower, who was an assistant on the 1999 runner-up team at El Reno. “We we’re playing some pretty good football back then and I understand what that’s about. I feel like El Reno can produce those teams again. We’ve got some work to do, but that’s what we’re heading for.” Brower spent 13 years as the coach at Sayre before returning to El Reno as an assistant last season. CHICKASHA, DUNCAN REPLACING HALL OF FAME COACHES El Reno isn’t the only 5A-1 school with some tradition breaking in a new head coach this season. Chickasha and Duncan will also have a new face directing its program, and both are replacing Hall of Fame coaches. Chickasha has replaced Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Famer Tom Cobble with alum Jerry Don Bray, who has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at the school. Bray graduated from Chickasha in 2001, and was a three-year letterman as a defensive end at Oklahoma State. Former Sallisaw coach Craig Benson is replacing Jim Holloway at Duncan. Holloway was inducted into the National High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2012. THE BIG THREE In 2013, Lawton MacArthur, Del City, and Ardmore separated themselves from the rest of the district. All three went 6-1 in district games with Lawton Mac finishing six tie-breaker points ahead of Ardmore and eight ahead of Del City. While the district isn’t entirely the same, Northwest Classen and El Reno have replaced Southeast and Capitol Hill, the coaches’ preseason poll has favored the top three to remain the same. Lawton Mac was the overwhelming favorite in the poll with Ardmore second and Del City third. ALTUS RECEIVES HIGH PRAISE Despite coming off a 3-7 season Altus was selected by the coaches to earn a playoff spot as the No. 4 team in the preseason poll. “I think Altus has a chance to be really good,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “They had a great underclass group last season. That’s a team to watch for.” The Bulldogs do have one major hole to fill as they must replace the production of running back Taven Birdow. As a sophomore last season, Birdow rushed for 1,796 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has since moved to Florida. Extra Points Lawton MacArthur senior Will Collins, who recently received an offer from Louisiana-Monroe, is back as one of the top quarterbacks in the state after throwing for more than 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. ...Ardmore is returning just four starters on defense, but it is still expected to contend for the district title behind a strong senior class that includes CB Kevion McGee and LB Jarred Hall.... Northwest Classen will begin a new era under coach Bruce Madden as the Knights aim to finish .500 or better for the first time since 1973. District 5A-1 coaches’ poll 1. Lawton MacArthur (10-3) 2. Ardmore (8-3) 3. Del City (7-4) 4. Altus (3-7) 5. Duncan (3-6) 6. Chickasha (5-6) 7. El Reno (4-6) 8. Northwest Classen (3-7) *Last year’s record in parenthesis
Jul 30, 2014
It was March 2008, and the NBA had dispatched a small army of decision-makers to Oklahoma City, a place long seen as a minor-league town. The question they sought to answer: was the city ready to have a big-league team of its own?
Mick Cornett brought the big-time to Oklahoma City
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jul 30, 2014Mick Cornett’s most surreal moment came during a most surreal time for his city. It was March 2008, and the NBA had dispatched a small army of decision-makers to Oklahoma City, a place long seen as a minor-league town. The question they sought to answer: was the city ready to have a big-league team of its own? Cornett remembers it as the biggest dog and pony show ever — and why wouldn’t it be? — but amid all the hubbub, one moment is forever frozen in the Oklahoma City mayor’s mind. Introducing Bob Stoops to David Stern. “Have you met my friend David?” Cornett quipped recently as he recalled his role of go-between for the Oklahoma football coach and the NBA commissioner. He laughed a never-thought-I’d-do-that laugh. But as someone who’s long understood the power and the impact of sport, he couldn’t be prouder of all that he’s helped do for his hometown. Being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame next week, Cornett will be recognized for his contributions to the state’s sports scene. Of course, one of the main reasons he’s going into the hall is because he created the hall, a feel-good idea that sprouted when the state was a bit down on its luck in 1986 when Cornett was still a sportscaster at Channel 5 and now has roots in a stand-alone facility on Lincoln Boulevard. But more significant than that is the stamp that Cornett has left on the sports landscape in this city. His city. Cornett was born and raised in the Coronado Heights neighborhood. His house wasn’t far from the busy intersection of Lake Hefner Parkway and Northwest Expressway, but nestled amid tree-lined streets, he felt safe and secure. He could run and play, and that’s what he did every chance he had. His love of sports only grew as he started school in the Putnam City district. In those days, it was the place to be. “That was the high-achieving suburban district of its day,” Cornett remembered. “It felt to us like when it came to academic awards and athletic achievements that Putnam City was doing really, really well.” That wasn’t just an internal feeling. Putnam City High School was a juggernaut in just about every sport. There were state titles and all-staters and college signees everywhere you turned. The Class of ’72 alone produced Steve Largent, Alvan Adams and Bob Shirley. Largent became one of the greatest pass catchers in NFL history, Adams became an NBA All-Star and Shirley became a Major League pitcher who spent a decade-plus in the big leagues. That excellence rubbed off on the next generation of Putnam City kids, including Cornett. “There was an expectation of doing well and winning and all those things,” said Cornett, who was a member of Putnam City’s state championship golf team as a junior, then was an All-Stater on a runner-up team as a senior in 1976. But as much as that, Cornett also saw the way that sports brought people together. He remembers vividly being at Taft Stadium when Putnam City and Midwest City played in front of what was then the largest crowd to watch a high school football game in Oklahoma history. His older brother, Don, was on the team when so many people packed the stadium that they spilled onto the track around the field. There was an undeniable power in sport. Still, when Cornett left behind his TV career in 1999 and eventually got into politics, he never intended for sports to be such a big part of his new career. But they have been. Whether the growth of the Women’s College World Series or the development of the Oklahoma River or the luring of events like the NCAA Wrestling Championships and the Big 12 basketball tournaments, sports have been a constant of Cornett’s decade-plus in the mayor’s office. The biggest crossroads, of course, was the NBA’s arrival in OKC. It put the city not only on a national stage but also an international pedestal. No doubt Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. have had a big hand in that, but it wouldn’t have happened without Cornett and others leading the charge. The significance of the NBA coming to OKC is reflected in the mementos on the walls and shelves of Cornett’s city hall office. Durant wearing his “OKLAHOMA CITY” jersey on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. Chris Paul and Desmond Mason bobblehead dolls from the Hornet days. Cornett in a photo with Hornets dignitaries George Shinn, Willis Reed and Byron Scott on the day that it became official the franchise was relocating from New Orleans to Oklahoma City. “To just have Willis Reed and Byron Scott in town would’ve been a big deal,” Cornett said of days before the Hornets’ arrival. Less than a decade later, folks in Oklahoma City can hardly remember what life was like without an NBA team. How did we fill the winter months without games at The Peake? What did we do every spring without the Thunder in the playoffs? Cornett will forever be linked to OKC’s big-league transformation, and frankly, it’s a bit ironic that he is the Putnam City alum with the biggest sports impact on this city. The school’s best athletes were legends elsewhere. Largent was Mr. Seattle before the Seahawks became a current-day power. Adams was Mr. Phoenix playing his entire career with the Suns. And Shirley had his longest big-league stint in Gotham with the Yankees. And while those men are loved here, they largely brought athletic glory to other cities. Cornett helped bring it to Oklahoma City. His city. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Jul 22, 2014
George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to […]
Oklahoma football: A tribute to George Brewer
Berry Tramel | Jul 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/07/george-brewer.jpeg]2874321[/img] George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to do a better story about Brewer, who had been one of the few players remaining from the ’40s-era Sooners. Then I received an email from Kyle McCord, Brewer’s grandson. McCord and Curtis Fitzpatrick of the Sports Animal and Fox-25 are good friends, and I asked Curtis to have Kyle email some information about his grandfather. Kyle did more than that. I don’t know if he meant to, but he wrote a great tribute to George Brewer. It was so good, I thought I would share it with you: “My grandpa, George W. Brewer, Jr., was the patriarch of my family for many years and is literally why I grew up in Oklahoma and have been a Sooner fan since birth. My first memories are going to Norman as a 5-year-old with him and watching the ’85 Sooners. I haven’t missed many home games since and he even gifted me his seats as a wedding present eight years ago. “George has deteriorated in health these past few years, suffering from early dementia and Parkinson’s. His passing, while sad, is truly a blessing. “George was the middle of three brothers. Robert (two years older) was the best athlete of all and after one semester at Texas Tech, went to serve in World War II. He was shot down and was missing in action for four years until eventually his body was recovered. “His younger brother, Charlie, was the Texas player of the year in 1951 and went on to start at QB for Texas (’54-’57). Charlie’s son, Robert, played QB for Texas in ’81-’82, upsetting Bear Bryant in the Cotton Bowl. Robert’s son, Michael, was a four-time state champion at Lake Travis in Austin, and just left Texas Tech as QB and is competing at Virginia Tech this fall. (I was the disappointment you could say, but I did start in the same backfield as Wes Welker for two years at Heritage Hall and threw him his first few TDs, haha). “George Brewer graduated from Lubbock High (The Westerners) in spring 1945 (Texas high schools only went to grade 11 at the time). Enrolled at Texas Tech (to follow in his brother’s footsteps) in fall 1945 and ran track that following spring, winning the 100-yard dash in the Border Conference with a time of 9.7 seconds. He wanted to go to Notre Dame, but his Southern Baptist mother wouldn’t let him. “Caught the eye of Eddie Chiles, a Sooner booster from Texas. He flew him into OKC and was picked up by Bud Wilkinson. Not knowing who Bud was, he asked ‘what position do you play?’ only to be embarrassed upon finding out the answer. (He loved telling that story). “George got to campus and participated in a team practice. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. The Daily Oklahoman had an article the next day titled ‘Texas Gridder Catches Fire at OU Drill.’ He was one of (if not the first) OU running back recruited by Bud from the state of Texas. “He was 16 that fall and played with all the returning vets from World War II (Darrell Royal, Buddy Burris, Jack Mitchell, Dee Andros, Jim Owens, Wade Walker, etc….). Royal took him under his wing and remained one of his best friends until his death a few years ago. “George’s first game was against Army at Yankee stadium in 1946. It was the first time an Oklahoma team had traveled to an away game by airplane. They flew two DC3′s and had to stop in Pittsburgh to refuel. The team saw the play ‘Oklahoma’ on Broadway after the game and were introduced on stage. “Started in 1947 and was a part of the first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game in OU history. He had 135 yards on 22 carries along with Buddy Jones’ 115 yards on 19 carries again K-State. OU went 7-2-1 with a controversial loss to Texas. “1948, broke his leg in a scrimmage after getting hit by a teammate. Due to X-ray technology, he didn’t know it was broken for a week. He played against Santa Clara and scored the first touchdown, but couldn’t play much after that. He played as a backup to Junior Thomas in the ’49 season. “Between 1948 and 1949, OU was 21-1 which springboarded Bud’s first 31-game win streak. “Drafted by Detroit Lions in 1950 but went to work for his dad back in Lubbock. “Entered the Air Force and served as the Air Provost Marshall in Chun Chon Korea during the Korean War. “Worked for Conoco Oil and Lion Oil in Liberal, Kan., between 1953-1969. Returned to OKC in 1969 and worked in real estate and uranium exploration. “He as served on the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is also a lifetime member of the Varsity O-Club and served on the Board of OU Ex-Lettermen. “He would have been 86 on Aug. 14 and was proud to have been the ‘voice’ these past 20 years for the original ‘Bud’s Gang.’ “Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Barbara. Daughters Pam Jaax (husband, Mike) of Kansas City, Debbie McCord (husband, Ron) of OKC, and Becky Brewer of OKC. He had seven grandkids whom he proudly bragged about all graduating from seven different universities. (I am the third, and only OU grad). He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren. “Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at All Souls Episcopal church in northwest Oklahoma City.”
Jun 29, 2014
Landon Nault led Kingfisher to its first state football title in a decade and won just about every major offensive player of the year award in the state. He also carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was one of six boys selected as a national finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman.
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Landon Nault makes impact on and off the field in Kingfisher
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jun 29, 2014KINGFISHER — Pretty much every school day, Landon Nault made the one-minute drive to the elementary school. His destination: Kristi Hyatt’s third grade class. Even though he had a full schedule — football, AP tests, college apps — he spent his one open hour with a bunch of 8-year-olds. He’d read with them or do math with them or go over spelling words with them. It wasn’t something he had to do. “But I really wanted to be able to go out there and be around them,” he said. He remembers, after all, what it meant to be around high schoolers when he was in that very same third grade class. They became role models. They set high standards. Safe to say, Landon did the same for the kids of Kingfisher. He led Kingfisher to its first state football title in a decade and won just about every major offensive player of the year award in the state. He also carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was one of six boys selected as a national finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman. Add one more honor to the list — the Bob Colon Scholarship presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the top male high school scholar-athlete in the Oklahoma City area. Yet talk to those who know Landon best, and they’ll tell you that the individual accolades were never a goal. “It almost seemed as if he was a little uncomfortable receiving the awards,” Kingfisher football coach Jeff Myers said. “He never thought of himself as an ‘I’ guy.” Building up people around him is a common thread running through the fabric of Landon Nault’s life. * * * Francis and Sabrina Nault moved from Okeene to Kingfisher when Landon was 2 and his brother Logan was 5. Someone mentioned youth soccer sign-ups, and Sabrina and Francis figured going to practices and games would be a good way to meet people. It became a way of life. “That never stopped,” Sabrina said. “We were going constantly.” Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Golf. Even some wrestling. The boys played whatever was in season in the small town 45 minutes northwest of Oklahoma City. But when Landon got to play football for the first time in fifth grade, he found his passion. Even at a young age, Landon felt drawn to the teamwork. The cooperation. The camaraderie. He gravitated toward the sport, so he jumped when good buddy Dylan Blundell asked if he wanted to be a high school ball boy. Dylan’s dad, Stan, was an assistant, and Landon held onto the ball boy job as long as possible. “It was like going to the Super Bowl every Friday night,” Landon said. “Being there with all the guys. Being in the locker room. It was cool to be around them.” Landon wanted to be the best in the classroom, too. Someone scored a 98? He wanted a 99. He was internally driven that way — but it didn’t hurt that his mom was a teacher. And in school, they were expected to do their best. “When you’re capable of straight As,” their parents said, “we expect nothing less.” Landon said, “Anything less than a low A, you’re pushing the line.”
Jun 21, 2014
Religion briefs for June 21
Religion briefs for June 21
From Staff Reports | Jun 21, 2014In brief Gospel singing set in Purcell PURCELL — The SummerSing gospel singing service is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunray Baptist Church, 2223 N Ninth. The Gastineaus and The Williamsons will perform. Admission is free. A love offering will be received. For more information, call 527-6808. Inspirational football coach will speak at conference Coach Robert “Beto” Mejia of Mendota, Calif., will be guest speaker at the 2014 Spirit Quest International Conference continuing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centro de Avivamiento Betesda, 4301 S Independence. Organizers said the conference, which began Friday, features evangelists and other guests. Mejia’s presentation will be at 3 p.m., following praise and worship and a youth rally at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Mejia, football coach for the Mendota High School football team, was featured with his team in ESPN’s “Outside the Lines" series in February. Despite many of the team members having to work to support their families, the team became a football powerhouse with Mejia as coach and star running back Edgar Segura. Evangelist Alberto Rizzo will speak at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 771-4521. Christian Science lecturer to speak about answers A lecture titled “The Riddle of Evil: How Christian Science Answers the Question” is set for 2 p.m. June 29 at the Fifth Church, Christian Science building, 10305 N May. Kari Mashos, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science, will present the lecture. The ideas to be shared in Mashos’ lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as explained in “Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy. Mashos is a frequent contributor to Christian Science publications, and she speaks internationally as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. For more information, call Kay Ruelle at 343–0275. Agency offers post-Adoption counseling for children, adults Oklahoma City-based Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services has opened a new counseling center staffed with a team of specialists to help children with traumatic histories heal. The counseling center is at the organization’s headquarters at 7101 Northwest Expressway, Suite 325. The agency provides ongoing post-adoption services to every birth parent, adoptive couple and child utilizing its services, but not every adoption provider offers this support, leaders with the faith-based agency said. “Last year, we experienced a more than double increase in requests from the private sector for post-adoption counseling,” said Dierdre McCool, the organization’s executive director. “Therefore, we are expanding this valuable service to the community at large, because we know accessibility to effective post-adoption services is often the key to positive adjustment and permanency for children and families.” For more information, call 949-4200. FROM STAFF REPORTS Book “Escape the Lie” by Walker Moore (Randall House, $13.99). Walker Moore is a regular columnist for the Baptist Messenger and also a contributing columnist for The Oklahoman’s Keeping the Faith series. In “Escape the Lie,” he addresses what he calls the deep-seated problem known as the “Orphan Heart” and points readers toward hope in Christ and the freedom that can be gained by overcoming the pain of one’s past.
May 18, 2014
As the Western Conference Finals tip off Monday night in San Antonio, no one is torn quite like Tom Travis. He’s a San Antonio native and an Oklahoma City transplant. But even more than that, he’s been behind the curtain and seen what makes the Spur Way a philosophy that the Thunder has tried to replicate from Day 1.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Why one of OKC's biggest fans is also a San Antonio Spurs fan
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014SAN ANTONIO — Watch the Thunder play on home hardwood, either in person or on television, and you’re bound to see Tom Travis. Sits courtside down the way from the Thunder bench right beside the scorer’s table. Ends up right behind Scott Brooks often when the Thunder coach leaves his seat during games. Rants and raves like a crazy man with regularity. Occasionally yells at officials with such, um, vigor that you wonder if any of Brooks’ technical fouls might actually have been because of him. You know who the passionate, animated Thunder fan is. Bet you don’t know he’s a Spurs fan, too. As the Western Conference Finals tip off Monday night in San Antonio, no one is torn quite like Travis. He’s a San Antonio native and an Oklahoma City transplant. But even more than that, he’s been behind the curtain and seen what makes the Spur Way a philosophy that the Thunder has tried to replicate from Day 1. Thunder brass insists that the franchise is nowhere near the Spurs. Four championships and an NBA record 17 consecutive playoff appearances would back up their assertion. But since these two teams last met in the Western Conference Finals, it’s obvious that big brother is still older and wiser. The Spurs made the NBA Finals last year and were a free throw away from winning it all. But it’s also obvious that little brother is growing up. “The Thunder are right there,” Travis said. “If the Thunder are patient … and they take the core group of people that they have and they continue with that professional approach, the Thunder are going to have a great run. “The Thunder are going to have this long-term successful franchise.” Travis isn’t speaking only as a fan. Yes, that’s how he started out, of course. He grew up in Kerrville, the Texas town an hour northwest of San Antonio that is now known as hometown of hotshot quarterback Johnny Manziel. “I’ve been telling everybody that Johnny Manziel is the second-best player to ever come out of Kerrville, that I’m No. 1,” Travis deadpanned. Sports were a big part of Travis’ life as a kid, but in that area in the late ’60s and early ’70s, high school sports were king. There were college football fans. Texas. Texas A&M. But with no pro teams, high school sports and high school football in particular was paramount. Then in 1973, the Dallas Chaparrals moved to San Antonio and became the Spurs. Travis’ father took him to see the Spurs for the first time in 1974. He was hooked. When Travis settled in San Antonio after college to work for IBC Bank, which is headquartered there, he became an even bigger fan. Grand days of George Gervin and Larry Kenon gave way to even grander days of David Robinson and Sean Elliott. The Spurs always seemed to have a good team — oftentimes a title contender — and as the lone pro team in town, the Spurs were part of the fabric of the city. “It’s kind of like the Green Bay Packers,” Travis said. “The whole town … has just always been big time behind the Spurs.” But then in 1993, one of IBC’s board members called Travis. “The Spurs are about to sell to some guy in Florida,” the board member told him. “What?” Travis said. Spurs owner Red McCombs was facing financial problems with his auto dealerships and needed to sell the basketball franchise. Les Alexander was interested in buying and moving the team to Florida. Travis and other business leaders in San Antonio scrambled. With heavy hitters like Southwestern Bell CEO Ed Whitacre and USAA insurance chairman Gen. Robert McDermott in the room, it was decided that they would put together an ownership group. There would be several investors, and no one would have a huge piece of the pie. But all of them would pony up in an effort to keep the Spurs in San Antonio. It worked. In the group of investors was The Oklahoma Publishing Co., which publishes The Oklahoman and whose publisher at the time, the late Edward L. Gaylord, had major investments in San Antonio. Its representative on the Spurs board of directors was Clay Bennett, now chairman of the Thunder. “Clay really got the bug, so to speak,” said Travis, who was president of IBC and represented the bank on the Spurs board. “He was really excited about it.” Still, when Travis transferred from San Antonio to Oklahoma City in 2004 to take over as president and chief executive officer of IBC-Oklahoma, the NBA was not even a twinkle in Oklahoma City’s eye. The city had tried to woo the NHL and just missed the cut, and its efforts to entice the NBA had been met with the chilliest of shoulders. So, Travis brought his Spurs allegiance with him. Decorated his office in black and silver. Talked Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker with anyone who would listen. Then, of course, Hurricane Katrina blew the Hornets into town and changed the course of Oklahoma City’s future. When the Thunder came to town a few years later, Travis wanted to support the franchise because of all the folks who had ties to the Spurs. Bennett. General manager Sam Presti. Head coach P.J. Carlesimo. But he became a fan of the Thunder for the same reason most folks have — it has won and it has Kevin Durant. “Everybody loves a winner,” Travis said. “I think Kevin Durant and the team have made it easy.” Travis has become such a fan that he went to Miami two years ago to cheer for Oklahoma City during the NBA Finals. Of course, he was in Miami last year to cheer for San Antonio in the NBA Finals, too. When he talks about the Spurs, he uses pronouns like “we” and “us.” When he talks about the Thunder, he calls them “my Thunder.” You might think these passions will make for a difficult few weeks for Travis. The Spurs and the Thunder are about to lock in a best-of-seven series that will end with one going to the NBA Finals and the other cleaning out their lockers. But Travis, who has four Spurs championship rings but is so passionate about the Thunder that he once got into a verbal tit-for-tat with Dallas sharpshooter Jason Terry, insists these aren’t tough days at all. Quite the opposite. He sees this as a win-win situation. He thinks of the fact that one of his teams is going to win, not that one of his teams is going to lose. He isn’t torn at all. “Look, I’m a native Texan, and if push comes to shove, I don’t know where I’d go, but I love the Spurs and it’s a longtime deal,” he said. “But I love my Thunder. I love my Thunder. I love what Clay’s doing. I love what Sam Presti’s done. I love Durant.” Travis loves both of his teams so much that he plans to attend every game of the Western Conference Finals, regardless of location. In addition to his Thunder season tickets at The Peake, he also has Spurs season tickets near the court at the AT&T Center, and he’ll be in them Monday night. Then, whatever team wins the West, he plans to follow it through the NBA Finals. He’s guaranteed to have one of his teams playing for a title. “I wish one of these teams was in the East and one was in the West,” he said wistfully. “But I tell you, it puts joy in my heart to see the Thunder doing what they’re doing and the Spurs doing what they’re doing. “I just want to see great basketball.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
The 5-4 Supreme Court decision Monday upholding prayers at local government meetings pleased supporters who cheered the second endorsement of "legislative prayers" in 30 years.
Supreme Court endorsed legislative prayer for second time in 30 years
Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | May 6, 2014WASHINGTON – The 5-4 Supreme Court decision Monday upholding prayers at local government meetings pleased supporters who cheered the second endorsement of "legislative prayers" in 30 years as a victory for freedom of speech. But opponents said the ruling could impose "second-class citizenship" on those who don't share the dominant faith of a given community. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that government could not mandate a legislative prayer "to a generic God" to avoid offending someone in the room. He added that unless legislative prayers show a pattern of proselytizing or denigration of other faiths "a challenge based solely on the content of a prayer will not likely establish a constitutional violation." The decision caps the contentious case of Town of Greece vs. Galloway, in which two residents of the small New York town eight miles northwest of Rochester, complained that only four of 127 "guest chaplains" opening town meetings with prayer were not Christians. Residents Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, each objected to the imbalance, and allege they were told either to stop attending meetings or "not listen" to the prayers. A federal appeals court in New York held the prayers to be unconstitutional and the town appealed. Monday's ruling comes more than three decades after a 1983 case, Marsh v. Chambers, where the court held that the Nebraska Legislature's custom of opening meetings with prayers by a paid chaplain did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which says the state may not "establish" a religion "or prohibit the free exercise thereof." 'Legislative prayer' victory Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which supported the Town of Greece in the case, applauded the latest ruling. "Both the majority opinion and the dissenting opinion affirm legislative prayer is constitutional," he said. "At a very high level, today's opinion is a unanimous victory for legislative prayer, a time-honored tradition of allowing government to reflect the beliefs of its citizens." Blomberg said those who opposed the Town of Greece's prayer policy "want you to create this majoritarian definition of prayer that has to be the way everyone prays. It was an attack on the diverse policy the Town of Greece has: they invited everyone to pray and never refused anyone from participating." He said opponents were "asking for government-mandated type of prayers, and the court soundly rejected that." In referencing "legislative prayer," the ruling says nothing concerning other controversial public prayers that have landed in court, such as those offered at public school football games or public high school graduations. But Blomberg said that the reasoning in Monday's ruling about the role of faith in public life could impact another controversial case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In that case, the Green family, which owns the national craft store chain, is seeking exemption from a government contraceptive mandate, which the family says is against its religious beliefs. "What the Green family is asking is for the (Supreme) Court to recognize the same thing it did in (the) Town of Greece (case), that the government should not be hostile to religion, and recognize that religion is a fundamental part of what citizens are," Blomberg said. Minority religions ignored? But not all religious freedom advocates liked the court's latest legislative prayer ruling. Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and who argued the case for Galloway and Stephens before the high court, said the ruling doesn't bode well for minority religions. "The local majority can do anything it wants ... that's what this opinion says," he said. Laycock, who worked with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in representing Galloway and Stephens, said it would be better "not to have prayer in the public part of government meetings." By sanctioning "legislative prayer" at the council meetings, Laycock said, "it's a green light for local majorities to impose their religious practices on anyone who wants to participate in civic affairs." Justice Elena Kagan, who led the dissenting bloc, apparently agreed with Laycock's concern about the content of the prayers. "I think the Town of Greece’s prayer practices violate that norm of religious equality — the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian," she wrote. She chided the town's practice that led to more than a decade of "prayers steeped in only one faith, addressed toward members of the public, commenced meetings to discuss local affairs and distribute government benefits. In my view, that practice does not square with the First Amendment’s promise that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government." But Kennedy, in the majority opinion, dismissed concerns such as those voiced by Laycock and Kagan, noting the sectarian prayers heard in Congress during America's earlier years. "The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our nation was less pluralistic than it is today," the justice wrote. "Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom. It acknowledges our growing diversity not by proscribing sectarian content but by welcoming ministers of many creeds." Kennedy also stated the purpose and practical boundaries for such orations: "Prayer that is solemn and respectful in tone, that invites lawmakers to reflect upon shared ideals and common ends before they embark on the fractious business of governing, serves that legitimate function." Religious reaction While many Christian groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel and the Faith and Freedom Coalition applauded the move, some strict separationists demurred. K. Hollyn Hollman, an attorney for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which supported the Americans United case, told the Deseret News her group would be happier with a moment of silence at a town council meeting. "I don't think it is good for religion to mix specific worship practices in participatory government meetings," she said. "You shouldn't have to participate in an act of worship in order to attend a local government meeting." But Southern Baptist pastor Russell D. Moore, president of Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the court did the right thing. "This is a victory for all of those who believe in the freedom of speech, including religious speech, as a prized part of our God-given religious liberty." Harsh Voruganti the Hindu American Foundation's associate director of public policy, asserted the "decision is inconsistent with previous Supreme Court decisions preventing government endorsement of specific religious beliefs. Unfortunately, this decision may open the door to government sanctioned sectarian prayers." The ruling may also open the door to further litigation, according to historian John Ragosta, a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and author of the 2013 book, "Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed." He said the main part of the decision "is fairly sensible in a lot of ways: If we can have legislative prayer, government cannot be telling people how to pray. The government should not be in the business of telling people what to say in their prayers. There's a lot of merit to that." However, Ragosta said, the decision "doesn't really resolve a lot of issues" regarding the content of such prayers, and he predicted the matter may come before the high court again. But law professor Laycock disagrees, saying, "It appears to be a final curtain on any attempt to require some sensitivity to religious minorities in anything that can be called legislative."
Oklahoma City will play a four-game series vs. the Sounds beginning 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Oklahoma scene: RedHawks return to Brick, host Nashville
From Staff Reports | Apr 23, 2014The first-place Oklahoma City RedHawks return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday to begin an eight-game Pacific Coast League homestand, the first-four against Nashville and the next four against Round Rock. All games except Sunday will start at 7:05 p.m. The Sunday game vs. Nashville will begin at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are available at the Brick’s box office. CREGER LEADS TULSA PAST OSU Former Mustang softball standout Aimee Creger threw a three-hit shutout Wednesday as Tulsa beat Oklahoma State 1-0 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater. Creger walked two and struck out 11. Catherine Horner’s two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth inning was all Creger needed to blank the Cowgirls, who fell to 24-21. No. 15-ranked Tulsa improved to 42-5. OSU pitcher Simone Freeman had an exceptional game, although she fell to 19-12. She gave up five hits, four walks and struck out 10. Oklahoma State next plays 4:30 p.m. Friday at Texas. OU SHUTS OUT NORTH TEXAS Georgia Casey and Brittany Williams homered, and Kelsey Stevens threw another solid game as No. 17-ranked Oklahoma beat North Texas 3-0 in softball on Wednesday at Marita Hynes Field in Norman. Oklahoma improved to 36-10 after Stevens blanked the Mean Green on one hit, one walk and six strikeouts. She was three outs away from a no-hitter, but Cameron transfer Spencer Ferrell led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. North Texas fell to 28-16. OU next plays 2 p.m. Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham in Norman. BRONCHOS CONTEND FOR LEAGUE TITLE Central Oklahoma hopes to tie for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball championship — but it will need a sweep this weekend over Central Missouri at Simmons Field on the Edmond campus. UCO (32-11 overall, 25-11 MIAA) is second in the NCAA Division II conference; Central Missouri (32-13, 29-7) is first. Central Oklahoma has the top hitter in the MIAA in Phillip Wilson, who is batting .455 with 13 homers. The senior from Cushing also has a team-best eight saves as the Bronchos’ closer. The Bronchos are playing for their first conference championship since 2007. Game times are 2:30 p.m. Friday; a Saturday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.; and a single game Sunday is set for a 1 p.m. start. ROSE STATE SIGNS TWO The new Rose State men’s and women’s soccer teams signed their first players to letters of intent. The men’s team signed Skyler Walker, a senior at Carl Albert High School. The women’s team inked Kyla Sharry of Southmoore. Both players visited with school president Jeanie Webb who said phase one of enhancing the junior college’s sports programs is underway. The Midwest City school has a goal of building a sports facility for baseball, softball and soccer. Rose State is having a men’s tryout camp from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rose Field, located a 701 E. Lockheed Drive in Midwest City. For more information on the men’s tryouts, call coach Billy Martin at (405) 736-0367 or email Martin at email@example.com. UCO WINS LEAGUE TOURNEY The Central Oklahoma women’s golf team wrapped up a wire-to-wire victory Wednesday at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships in Lawrence, Kan. The Bronchos beat Northeastern State by 15 shots and third-place Northwest Missouri by 89. Northeastern State’s Baylee Price was the individual champion, posting a three-round 17-over 233. The freshman from Broken Arrow beat teammate Sofia Castiello by three shots. Taylor Neidy of UCO was third, 21 shots behind the champion. UCO advances to the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Tournament, scheduled May 4-6 in Lake Elmo, Minn. LIONS SPRING GAME MAY 2 •Langston University will have its spring football game at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Anderson Stadium. The Lions have several starters back from a 6-4 team that won the Central States Football League championship.