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Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Sep 11, 2014
Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits.
Oklahoma football: A look at the recruits expected to visit for Saturday's game against Tennesseee
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 11, 2014Oklahoma’s Saturday home game against Tennessee will be a huge recruiting weekend for the Sooners. Here’s a look at the players who are expected to make official visits. Plenty of players are expected to make unofficial visits including 2016 quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Jarrett Guarantano, who have both been offered; Midwest City defensive end Demikal Harrison; Missouri City (Texas) cornerback Kendall Sheffield; Broken Arrow offensive lineman Rowby Frederick; Norman North running back Quan Hogan; former OU commit Josh Wariboko-Alali of Casady and his brother Max; and Sooners commits Kenneth Mann, Marquise Overton and Austin Seibert. Another 2016 prospect who is expected to visit is Baltimore St. Frances defensive end Rahshaun Smith. Pat Allen OT, 6-4, 285, Reistertown (Md.) Franklin Allen is a Georgia commit but has visits lined up to Michigan, Tennessee and Arkansas as well before closing his official visits with the Bulldogs in mid-November. Jamal Danley OT, 6-5, 305, Olive Branch, Miss. (East Mississippi C.C.) The four-star tackle could be close to pulling the trigger but also has visits scheduled to Mississippi State and Florida. Rickey DeBerry LB, 6-2, 246, Richmond (Va.) Atlee The four-start outside linebacker will be at Alabama next week and also plans to visit Tennessee and Texas A&M. Bobby Evans OT, 6-5, 270, Allen, Texas Evans, whose brother Tay is a freshman linebacker with the Sooners and whose father played basketball for OU, has been committed since July 2013. Neville Gallimore DT, 6-3, 303, St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada Prep Football Academy) Gallimore’s offers include Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan State, Florida and Florida State among many others. The Sooners already have one Canadian on their roster — offensive lineman Josiah St. John. Kahlil Haughton S, 6-1, 178, Waco (Texas) Midway The Sooners are primarily battling Arkansas, Baylor, Duke and Texas Tech for the three-star prospect. John Humphrey WR, 6-0, 160, League City (Texas) Clear Falls Humphrey originally committed to Baylor but flipped to the Sooners in early August after weeks of speculation. Keisean Lucier-South LB, 6-4, 211, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran The five-star outside linebacker also plans to visit Michigan and Oregon and also has Florida and nearby UCLA high on his list. P.J. Mbanasor CB, 6-1, 180, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson The four-star from the same high school as OU freshman Samaje Perine committed to the Sooners in June. Cassius Peat LB, 6-4, 235, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol Tim Kish has the Sooners in the mix for the outside linebacker who is also considering Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oregon, UCLA and hometown Arizona State. Martinas Rankin OT, 6-4, 295, Mendenhall, Miss. (Gulf Coast C.C.) The three-star is expected to graduate at semester and enroll at either OU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisville or Kentucky in January. Justin Reid S, 6-2, 193, Geismar (La.) Dutchtown Reid’s brother is former LSU All-American and current San Francisco 49ers star Eric Reid. Ykili Ross CB, 6-1, 183, Riverside (Calif.) Poly The four-star also has visits scheduled to Notre Dame and Miami and is expected to make his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Will Sunderland S, 6-2, 186, Midwest City The four-star, one of the state’s top recruits this season, plans to visit Ohio State in late November when the Buckeyes host Michigan. BY RYAN ABER
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
Sep 8, 2014
The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Edmond Memorial, North move up heading into Week 2 showdown
Scott Wright | Sep 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/Mayerske.jpg]3382733[/img] Edmond Memorial’s Mick Mayerske (15) quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a win over Southmoore that bumped Memorial up to No. 5 in this week’s rankings. The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a spot to No. 5, and Edmond North knocked off Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 to jump into the top 10. Owasso was also a big mover after upsetting Broken Arrow. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 heading into Week 2: Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 1-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-1 (2) 3. Norman North, 1-0 (3) 4. Westmoore, 1-0 (4) 5. Edmond Memorial, 1-0 (6) 6. Owasso, 1-0 (10) 7. Mustang, 1-0 (8) 8. Edmond North, 1-0 (NR) 9. Broken Arrow, 0-1 (5) 10. Edmond Santa Fe, 0-1 (7) Dropped out: Southmoore, 0-1 (9)
Sep 8, 2014
PRIVATE SCHOOLS — Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Seconday School Activities Association regarding rules governing private schools, their success rate and their classification.
Bishop McGuinness files lawsuit against OSSAA
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 8, 2014More than three years after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association adopted rules regarding private schools and their success rate, Bishop McGuinness High School is fighting back. The school announced Monday morning that it has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge Rule 14, which was adopted by the organization’s member schools in 2011 and forces private schools to play one level above their average daily membership if the school meets certain criteria. McGuinness met the criteria in boys basketball after making the state tournament three of the past five seasons and is now scheduled to play at the Class 6A level along with the girls team, which has not had the same amount of success. That is what the school deems unfair in its lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. “I think the rule in total needs to be addressed,” McGuinness athletic director Gary Savely said. “We feel basically that the rule is not equitable. We’re good members of the OSSAA and have been for many years, but it treats us in a different way than it treats the other members.” KOTV-6 in Tulsa reported late Monday afternoon that Tulsa Kelley plans to file a similar lawsuit. McGuinness’ lawsuit says the rule is unconstitutional and in violation of McGuinness’ due process and equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It also says the rule violates the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, while citing cases involving Christian Heritage and Sequoyah-Tahlequah with the OSSAA along with out-of-state cases. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last fall that the OSSAA was “arbitrary and capricious” with its ruling against Sequoyah-Tahlequah in which football players were ruled ineligible and the team was forced to forfeit games. The new lawsuit uses the same wording multiple times about the enforcement of the rule, which includes years previous to it being approved. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, recently spearheaded a legislative bill regarding the OSSAA. He said Monday he felt like it was a matter of time before this lawsuit happened. “They discriminated against Christian schools all along,” he said. “Every bit of their rule discriminates against Christian schools and what they’ve done to Bishop McGuinness I think is pathetic. That’s just the organization. This organization is still out of control and it looks like there’s going to be nothing that’s going to solve this organization less than legislation at the Capitol because they cannot control themselves.” The rule change was a hot topic in 2011 as it went through an OSSAA committee and the board of directors before being approved by the member schools 265-49. McGuinness, however, did not vote on the rule change. Its ballot was deemed ineligible because it was not signed by a delegate. Still, the intention was to vote against it. Since then, school administrators have watched closely to see how everything evolved. When it became apparent the school would be affected this season, they began trying to work with the OSSAA to reach a resolution. “We tried to work through channels with the association to take a harder look at it and we did not want it to come to where it is today,” McGuinness principal David Morton said. “Our hope was we could change it or work with it internally and not deal with it in this manner.” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said Monday afternoon he was still looking over the lawsuit, and the topic was added to Wednesday’s board meeting agenda as a discussion item in executive session. “We’re also going to go back and see how this affected McGuinness since Rule 14 was put into place,” Sheakley said. “I’ve got to talk to my board about it. It’s in rule. It’s not just McGuinness. It’s all of our other schools affected by Rule 14.” McGuinness’ average daily membership is 699.50, placing it at No. 61 in the state and firmly in the lower half of Class 5A. If in 6A for basketball, the Irish will have to play teams such as Broken Arrow, which is the state’s largest school with an ADM of 4,790.03. McGuinness’ legal team was expected to file for a temporary restraining order Monday evening. A judge has granted the OSSAA 21 days to respond once it is filed, Sheakley said. If granted, the restraining order will allow McGuinness to remain in Class 5A for all sports. It does not affect other private schools. Breaking down Rule 14 In 2011, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association put into effect a controversial rule regarding private schools within the organization. The rule affects what level a school plays at based on its success in a certain time period. It is known as Rule 14. Section B of the rule states that a member school shall be placed one sports classification above the classification in which the member school would be placed according to the Average Daily Membership if the member school meets any three of the following criteria: *The school has the ability to decline admission or enrollment to a student, even if the student and the student’s legal guardian reside within that school’s public school district or designated geographic area. *If the school is located within a 15-mile radius of a school placed in the 5A or 6A classification according to theADM. *Fewer than 25 percent of the children enrolled at the school in grades nine through 12 qualify for free or reduced lunches. *The school’s ADM in grades nine through 12 has increased by 50 percent or more over the previous three school years. Section C states that a school moved up one classification pursuant to the above criteria will be moved back down a classification in a particular activity if the school’s team has not finished among the top eight teams in at least three of the past five seasons. For basketball, soccer, cross country and track, both boys and girls teams remain together in each classification. The rule also states that no school can move more than one classification and no school can be moved to the highest classification in football, which is Class 6A.
Sep 4, 2014
The Oklahoman's high school football game of the week between Midwest City and Tulsa Washington will be streamed live Friday on NewsOK.com through a partnership with OKPreps.tv.
Midwest City-Tulsa Washington football game will be streamed live on NewsOK.com
Sep 4, 2014The Oklahoman's high school football game of the week between Midwest City and Tulsa Washington will be streamed live Friday on NewsOK.com through a partnership with OKPreps.tv. The OKPreps.tv broadcast can be seen on NewsOK.com/varsity beginning at 7 p.m. from Midwest City. The OKPreps.tv broadcasts are produced through the OKPreps Student Broadcast Network, which features 24 schools and will be streaming 15 other games Friday night. Here are the broadcasts: Tulsa Edison at Bishop Kelley - http://bishopkelleycomets.tv/?p=1829 Shawnee at Bishop McGuinness - http://bmchs.tv/?p=1793 Owasso at Broken Arrow - http://arrowvision.tv/?p=1212 AND http://owassorams.tv/?p=1890 Sallisaw at Catoosa - http://catoosaindians.tv/2014/09/05/sallisaw-vs-catoosa/ Choctaw at Sapulpa - http://yellowjackets.tv/?p=113 Claremore at Pryor - http://claremorezebras.tv/?p=2547 Lawton MacArthur at Clinton - http://clintontornadoes.tv/2014/09/05/lawton-mac-vs-clinton/ Coweta at Wagoner - http://cowetatigers.tv/2014/09/05/coweta-vs-wagoner-2/ AND http://wagonerbulldogs.tv/?p=115 Deer Creek at Stillwater - http://deercreekantlers.tv/?p=2044 Putnam City West at Del City - http://delcityeagles.tv/?p=240 Elk City at Pampa, TX - http://bigelks.tv/2014/09/05/elk-city-vs-pampa/ Tahlequah at Fort Gibson - http://fortgibsontigers.tv/?p=2076 Mustang at Yukon - http://mustangbroncos.tv/yukon-vs-mustang/ Tulsa Hale at Sand Springs - http://sandites.tv/?p=2288 Skiatook at Piedmont - http://skiatookbulldogs.tv/2014/09/05/skiatook-vs-piedmont/
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shootingSep 4, 2014
TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World.
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shooting
Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 4, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/38/2014/09/afd8d0229850a4d51f490f5d24a70775.jpg]3378238[/img] TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified. Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified. As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear. Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorney’s present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects. “I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said. Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary. A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday. An OSU spokesman confirmed Thomas is not enrolled in classes. When football coach Mike Gundy was asked about the possibility of Thomas playing this season, pending the legal process of this case, Gundy said, “he’s not on our team, he’s not on our roster, he’s not on scholarship.” Thomas was a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow and was among the top-rated recruits in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. ESPN ranked Thomas as the No. 15 running back in the country. Thomas finished his high school career with 3,796 rushing yards. – Follow Kyle Fredrickson on Twitter: @kylefredrickson
Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shootingSep 4, 2014
TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. […]
Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 4, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/09/afd8d0229850a4d51f490f5d24a70775.jpg]3378273[/img] TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World. Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified. Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified. As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear. Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorney’s present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects. “I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said. Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary. A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday. An OSU spokesman confirmed Thomas is not enrolled in classes. When football coach Mike Gundy was asked about the possibility of Thomas playing this season, pending the legal process of this case, Gundy said, “he’s not on our team, he’s not on our roster, he’s not on scholarship.” Thomas was a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow and was among the top-rated commits in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. ESPN ranked him as the No. 15 running back in the country. Thomas finished his high school career with 3,796 rushing yards. — Follow Kyle Fredrickson on Twitter: @kylefredrickson
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 1
Trent Shadid | Sep 4, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 38 OCS 24, Ringling 20 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Brad Ballard era at Tuttle gets off to a roaring start with a win over a nearby rival and top-10 opponent. Jacob Unruh Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 17 Davis 27, Vian 24 Lawton MacArthur 35, Clinton 28 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 28, Tulsa Union 20 Kingfisher 28, Woodward 21 Tuttle 35, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 24 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 15 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Woodward. The Yellowjackets looked impressive in a scrimmage against Blanchard last week and have key weapons like Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger back on defense that will cause problems for any offense. Trent Shadid Midwest City 20, Tulsa Washington 13 Davis 35, Vian 34 Lawton MacArthur 28, Clinton 22 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 24, Tulsa Union 21 Kingfisher 27, Woodward 21 Tuttle 38, Blanchard 28 Casady 37, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 30 Southmoore 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Broken Arrow 28, Owasso 13 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Tigers are going through their first coaching change in 21 years, but the Lions have much more to overcome early in the season after graduating nearly every key contributor from last season’s Class 3A runner-up squad. *Heritage Hall at Casady and Edmond Memorial at Southmoore will be played on Thursday night. All the other games, excluding Davis vs. Vian on Saturday afternoon in Choctaw, will be played on Friday night.
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
Sep 1, 2014
Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre.
High school football: Westmoore's Bryson Lee is a hidden gem at quarterback
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Sep 1, 2014MOORE — Bryson Lee surprised many with how well he made the transition from linebacker to quarterback a year ago. After starting on the Westmoore defense for two seasons, Lee became the leader of the offense and passed for 2,019 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes in 2013. He added 378 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre. “I feel like I do get overlooked at times,” said Lee, who has received interest from Missouri, OSU, Air Force, and New Mexico, but has no Division-I scholarship offers. “Still, I think my time will come and I’ll get the attention and offers that I deserve. If we keep winning ballgames people will take notice.” Following a 45-31 win at Norman North in the third game of last season, Lee admitted even he didn’t necessarily expect to play so well so soon. He scored four times against the Timberwolves with 442 all-purpose yards and connected on 23 of his 31 passes. The performance served as a springboard to a strong season as he led the Westmoore to the Class 6A semifinals before falling to eventual champion Jenks. “Maybe he doesn’t get the press he deserves, but you watch him on film and you know how special of a player he is,” said Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor. “Hopefully, he’ll start to get the credit that he deserves, but if not, we know the people who really understand and watch high school football know he’s a great quarterback.” As a senior, Lee expects to have an even better season for the fourth-ranked Jaguars with help from a deep and talented receiving corps. His top two targets, Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, are back along with the addition of speedy Moore transfer Stephan Robinson. “I can drop back, look downfield, and I see Dahu or Stephan pulling away from the secondary,” said Lee, whose team opens the season against rival Moore at 7 p.m. on Friday. “That makes it easier for me, and it’s a great thing to have as a team. I also think I’ll be more involved running the ball this season, and just doing whatever it takes to win.” Gaylor, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, says Lee would likely be one of the team’s top defensive players if not for his value as the quarterback. “He’s still got that tough, linebacker mentality and would be a leader for us at any position,” said Gaylor, who noted Lee could still see time at linebacker. “He’s one of those guys that’s the first guy in the weight room, works harder than anybody, and he wins every sprint. He’s just a winner, and that’s the kind of kid you like to have leading your offense.”
The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.
Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2014The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries. Here are the top 10 games of the season’s first week: No. 1 Class 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City No. 2 Class 2A No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian, 3 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw No. 3 Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur at Class 4A No. 3 Clinton No. 4 Class 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union at Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas No. 5 Class 4A No. 5 Woodward at 3A No. 1 Kingfisher No. 6 Class 3A No. 6 Blanchard at 4A No. 6 Tuttle No. 7 Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hall at Casady (1-0), Thursday No. 8 Class 2A No. 10 OCS at Class A No. 2 Ringling No. 9 Class 6A-I No. 6 Edmond Memorial at No. 9 Southmoore No. 10 Class 6A-I No. 10 Owasso at No. 5 Broken Arrow *-All games Friday unless noted
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
Oklahoma State football: Candidates for eight freshmen Mike Gundy says will play against Florida StateAug 26, 2014
The Oklahoma State coach has said twice in the past week that at least eight true freshmen will play in the season opener on Saturday. But Gundy hasn't identified those players. Here's a closer look at eight new faces who have the potential to fill those roles.
Oklahoma State football: Candidates for eight freshmen Mike Gundy says will play against Florida State
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Aug 26, 2014STILLWATER — Among all the statistics that show Oklahoma State’s inexperience this season, none have quite the punch as a certain sound bite coach Mike Gundy gave during a radio interview on Monday. The Cowboys, he said, will play at least eight true freshmen on Saturday against Florida State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I mentioned to them as a team in a group setting, I said, ‘You guys have a great opportunity … you’re playing high school ball last year and now you get to play the returning national champions.’ I kind of looked at some of them and they looked at me,” Gundy recalled in an interview with SiriusXM College radio. “And I said, ‘Now, you guys do know you’ve got to go out there and play?’ I kind of joked with them a little bit.” If Gundy’s prediction becomes a reality, those freshman Cowboys will have quite the story to tell their grandkids someday — about their first college football game coming against the reigning Heisman winner in an NFL stadium on prime-time TV. It also shows why the Vegas odds are against the Cowboys. Those freshmen step in as 17 starters from last season are gone. But paired with the unknown is optimism. The final word out of fall camp was that the incoming class was focused and prepared to a level that surprised even the most veteran Cowboys. “A lot of these young guys are actually really mature for their age,” senior defensive tackle James Castleman said. “A lot of these young guys came in with the attitude; they want to kill, they want to play. Football comes first for a lot of them. They’re not expecting to be redshirted … they’re expecting to get out there and make plays.” Gundy hasn’t identified those eight freshmen he says will play. But if you examine that crop of young Cowboys in terms of OSU’s most glaring needs this season, a few stand out as legitimate candidates. Here’s a look at eight possible options for true freshmen who might play Week 1 and beyond this season. — — — LB Justin Phillips / 6-0, 215 / Pearland, Texas Phillips is one freshman who likely won’t be fazed by the setting on Saturday. He completed his high school football career eight months ago inside AT&T Stadium with a loss in the state title game. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer specifically mentioned Phillips as a standout in the Cowboys’ final fall camp scrimmage. High school credentials: Phillips finished his senior year at Pearland (Texas) High School with 86 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. He also returned a fumble 88 yards for a touchdown in the state championship game. Other offers included Baylor, Boise State and Iowa State. Rivals ranking: 3 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “Justin Phillips has really showed up. He can tackle.” — Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer — — — LB Gyasi Akem / 6-1, 210 / Broken Arrow, Okla. Akem certainly looks the part with his physique and athleticism. The Broken Arrow product was among the top-10 most highly touted outside linebacker recruits in the nation last season. If given the opportunity, he could provide needed depth at linebacker and on special teams in 2014. High school credentials: At Broken Arrow, he recorded 67 tackles, one sack and one interception last season to earn all-state honors from The Oklahoman. Akem received offers from more than dozen top programs, including Oklahoma, Clemson, Kansas State, Baylor and Tennessee. Rivals ranking: 4 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “He could have the size to play multiple positions, like inside linebacker or outside linebacker.” — Spencer. — — — LB Kirk Tucker / 6-2, 190 / Tucker, Ga. Tucker is one of the potential replacements for Shaun Lewis at “star” linebacker, a hybrid position that requires length and speed. Those both seem to be strong attributes for Tucker, whose reported 40-yard dash time is 4.55 seconds. High school credentials: Tucker put up impressive numbers as a safety at Tucker (Ga.) High School his senior year: 55 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He held scholarship offers from Oregon, Ohio State, Stanford and others. Rivals ranking: 3 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “He’s a safety; outside linebacker and the first thing that jumps out at you on film is his blitz skills and he’s a very aggressive player.” — Spencer. — — — CB Juwan Offray / 5-11, 180 / New Orleans Offray’s signing is an example of the OSU recruiting staff’s range outside Texas and Oklahoma. His talents will likely land him in the defensive backfield rotation and on special teams. Offray is hyper-athletic as a former three-sport standout. High school credentials: Offray played at New Orleans’ Edna Karr High School, a powerhouse in southeast Louisiana, where he was an all-state selection. Offray also played offense and defense in an All-American game. He had offers from Nebraska and South Alabama. Rivals ranking: 3 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “He is going to play corner for us, but then will also provide, especially early in his career, big-time depth on special teams.” — Cornerbacks coach Van Malone. — — — CB Ramon Richards / 6-0, 180 / San Antonio Richards is a project player with a ton of upside. He starred mostly at quarterback in high school and played sparingly in the defensive backfield. But Richards’ athletic ability was off the charts. So coaches offered him a spot at cornerback, and because of depth issues, Richards could be utilized early in his career. High school credentials: Richards passed for 1,630 yards with 13 touchdowns and rushed for 642 yards with 13 additional scores for Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. That earned him first-team all-area honors. Richards had a choice of schools that included Harvard, Yale, Rice and Houston. Rivals ranking: 2 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “What he has is great ability with the ball in his hands, just like what we used to watch with Justin Gilbert, so that excites us.” — Malone. — — — WR James Washington / 6-0, 193 / Stamford, Texas Tyreek Hill was the most hyped Cowboy on offense throughout fall camp. Washington was a close second. His acrobatic skill set and early success in practice have given coaches the difficult choice to either redshirt or play the freshman in a deep group of wideouts. High school credentials: Washington won the Class 1A state championship his senior season at Stamford (Texas) High School. He played on both sides of the ball last year; exceeding 1,300 yards receiving while recording 42 tackles and seven interceptions. Washington had scholarship offers from Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and others. Rivals ranking: 3 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “Still raw, but he has a great, great athletic gene, I guess you’d call it, because he’s down the field fast. He has great leaping ability, very springy. Soft hands.” — Receivers coach Kasey Dunn. — — — WR Chris Lacy / 6-3, 191 / DeSoto, Texas Coaches are likely debating whether to redshirt Lacy, too. His size, length and speed could make him an immediate deep threat starting this season. He averaged more than 20 yards per catch last year. The Cowboys would love that kind of production in 2014. High school credentials: Lacy was the offensive MVP of a DeSoto (Texas) High School team that reached the state semifinals. He also hauled in 16 touchdowns. Lacy’s offer list included Arizona State, Missouri and Iowa. Rivals ranking: 3 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “I think our system here fits Chris’ skill set very much, so I think it will be a great match and he’s going to have a promising future at Oklahoma State.” — Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. — — — QB Mason Rudolph / 6-4, 217 / Rock Hill, S.C. Here’s the wild card of the group. If both of the other Cowboy quarterbacks struggle early and often in the opener, Gundy might throw Rudolph out there to see how the true freshman responds. If coaches feel like Rudolph is the sure-fire quarterback of the future, there’s no better teacher than experience. High school credentials: Rudolph won a state title last season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., and passed for 4,377 yards and 64 touchdowns. He ran a spread offense similar to the Cowboys. Rudolph had offers from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and others. Rivals ranking: 4 stars Highlight tape: Quotable: “Mason’s very familiar with that offense and feels real comfortable throwing the ball down the field and gets it out really well. He spins the ball tremendously.” — Yurcich
Aug 24, 2014
Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.
High school notebook: Choctaw to host Saturday doubleheader in Week 1
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 24, 2014When Choctaw began setting up a Sept. 6 doubleheader for the first week of high school football, the school wanted it to be a big event — and accomplished it with a season-opening matchup of Class 2A’s top teams. Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m. “We started talking about this a year ago, about doing something different,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Most states have some sort of kickoff event (to open the season). We are excited about it.” Choctaw opens its season at Sapulpa on Sept. 5. BLANCHARD’S SHORES STRIKES OUT 18 Blanchard pitcher Jaden Shores has been off to a fast start this season. But nothing was more impressive than her performance Tuesday when she struck out 18 batters in a 1-0 softball win over Little Axe. “My team backed me up when I needed it,” she said. “It wasn’t like it was all me. They had a big part of it. They’re always there to pick me up.” Shores now has 67 strikeouts in 11 games for the Lions, who are 9-4 under first-year coach Desiree Booker. “She’s been pitching really well and all of our games have been very close,” Booker said. “A lot of it is just defensive effort by her. She’s getting them to put it in play but not over the top. They’re just not really getting ahold of her. “It helps a lot with confidence. She already is taking ownership of the mound. She’s completely stepped up for us and has definitely won us some ballgames.” SOUTHMOORE OFF TO DOMINANT START Class 6A defending softball champion Southmoore went 6-0 last week, continuing its dominance early in the season. The SaberCats are now 11-1 on the season — the only loss coming to Edmond North — and outscored their opponents 52-1 last week. “I feel like we are further along,” junior Arielle James said. “I think we’ve all matured during the summer with our travel teams and I think that’s really helped us.” Southmoore travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Monday. EDMOND MEMORIAL TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN BROKEN ARROW Edmond Memorial improved to 8-0 on the young volleyball season, sweeping its way to the championship at the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend. Memorial took out Tulsa Kelley in the title match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, getting 13 kills from sophomore Alli Evans, who was named tournament MVP. Bulldog seniors Kelsi Hughes and Livi Schiffner were named to the all-tournament team. Memorial finally gets to play on the home court this week, with tough matches against Norman North on Tuesday and a rematch with Kelley on Thursday.
Aug 20, 2014
STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections. Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys trying to piece together offensive line
By John Helsley | Aug 20, 2014STILLWATER — Bob Connelly arrived for spring practice under the gun. First, he was replacing longtime offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who left to join Charlie Strong at Texas. Second, and more importantly, he faced a major overhaul of a line that had been ravaged by injury and defections. Connelly can’t do anything about comparisons to Wickline. But he can – and is – at work piecing together a capable unit from the wreckage, created at least in part by Wickline, who left the cupboard somewhat barren. Oklahoma State’s two-deep depth chart features three seniors, two of those junior college transfers; just one junior; three sophomores; and two freshman, including a redshirt freshman slated to start at right tackle. The reserves? All freshmen and sophomores. The upper classes are thin on starters and bodies. The good news: the line, at least the starting five, has been a pleasant surprise this preseason. “It’s coming together,” Connelly said. “I’m encouraged.” The Cowboys could have benefited by the return of Travis Cross and Jake Jenkins, who would have been senior starters. But each chose to move into the workforce and forego their final seasons. Still, Connelly remains optimistic. “The relationship process I’ve been trying to build since I got here in February has engrained some confidence in them, I think,” Connelly said. “As long as they respect who I am, understand that I have their best interests in my heart and know that the information I’m providing them will help them become better players, I think we’ll get there as a unit. “They’re starting to buy into who I am. I think we’ve come a long way from Day 1 of spring.” Left Tackle Starter LT 58 Daniel Koenig;;6-6;;300;;Sr.;;Cape Coral, Fla. OSU’s most experienced lineman, with 22 career starts. A two-year regular, Koenig is being counted on to be the anchor to this unit, both physically and mentally, as a leader. Backup 74 Michael Wilson;;6-6;;300;;So.;;Aledo, Texas A coveted recruit from a three-time high school state championship team, Wilson played sparingly as a redshirt freshman a year ago. His role should expand dramatically. Left Guard Starter LG 75 Chris Grisbhy;;6-5;;325;;Sr.;;Clute, Texas With eight career starts, Grisbhy is the second-most veteran offensive lineman, which punctuates the inexperience of the unit. A former juco recruit, he’s made great strides in Year 2. Backup 76 Colby Hegwood;;6-5;;320;;Jr.;;Flowood, Miss. A junior college addition a year ago, Hegwood played a minor role, appearing in two games. He’s moving into a key backup role this season. Center Starter 57 Paul Lewis;;6-3;;295;;So.;;Houston, Texas He earned valuable playing time as a redshirt freshman, starting one game. Now Lewis finds himself as the CPU of the unit and a key cog in OSU’s success. Backup 50 Zac Veatch;;6-4;;290;;So.;;Broken Arrow A tight end and defensive lineman in high school, Veatch has thrived in his move to the offensive line. A rugged competitor, his versatility makes him the backup here and the starter at right guard. Right Guard Starter 50 Zac Veatch;;6-4;;290;;So.;;Broken Arrow See above. Backup 64 Jesse Robinson;;6-0;;300;;Fr.;;Bedford, Texas Probably the backup at the guard spots, Robinson carries high upside according to coaches. A lack of depth will likely rush the redshirt freshman into duty this season. Right Tackle Starter 60 Zach Crabtree;;6-7;;290;;Fr.;;Mansfield, Texas Coaches are high on Crabtree, who has practiced well, even as a redshirt freshman going against OSU’s formidable defensive front. A potential future star. Backup 67 Brandon Garrett;;6-5;;295;;Sr.;;Deer Park, Texas He played in 11 games and started four in his first season a year ago, after arriving from junior college. After surgery to repair a leg injury suffered in the Cotton Bowl, Garrett nearing 100 percent. Reserves 69 Devin Davis;;6-5;;312;;So.;;Nacogdoches, Texas Would have been the starting left tackle a year ago, before a major knee injury in the preseason wrecked his season. Davis is still working his way back. 73 Grant Canis;;6-2;;275;;So.;;Midland, Texas A walk-on who provides depth at the center spot. 66 Lemaefe Galea’i;;6-5;;330;;Fr.;;Trinity, Texas A true freshman, Galea’i already has impressive size and strength. With continued development, he could become a fixture at guard for several seasons. 79 Jack Kurzu;;6-4;;305;;Fr.;;St. Louis, Mo. After redshirting a year ago, Kurzu continues to develop and work toward fitting into OSU’s future on the line. 78 Matthew Mucha;;6-6;;255;;Fr.;;Seabrook, Texas A Top 100 recruit out of Texas, the true freshman will likely redshirt in an effort to add bulk and strength. 77 Jaxon Salinas;;6-4;;305;;Fr.;;Irving, Texas A redshirt freshman, Salinas is working to put himself into the picture.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Jul 28, 2014
Stephen McClernon showing more confidence at quarterback for Edmond North
High schools: District 6A-I-2 football preview
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jul 28, 2014After winning the quarterback battle early last season, Edmond North’s Stephen McClernon sometimes struggled to gain his footing. Now entering this season, coach Scott Burger said the senior quarterback has grown during the offseason. “Stephen has gotten a lot better from last year,” Burger said. “He’s more familiar with the offense. You can tell his confidence level increased as the season went on, and having a whole year under his belt will help him.” McClernon completed 147 of 256 passes for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, but he also threw 11 interceptions while helping the Huskies to a 7-5 record and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Burger thinks he’s shown potential in the offseason to be even better this season. “I tell those kids at quarterback they need to be the coach on the field, they need to see what I see,” he said. “When we watch film, he’s seeing that. He’s got the ability to change to another play if he needs to now, which he probably didn’t feel comfortable doing that earlier this year.” GARRETT READY TO LEAD MUSTANG Back in February, Chandler Garrett decided it was time to fully focus on his future as a football player. So the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Garrett, then a sophomore, gave up his spot as a regularly used reserve on the Mustang basketball team to commit himself to becoming a better quarterback. Now a junior, Garrett is ready to improve on last season’s numbers of 1,683 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions as only a part-time starter. He shared the job with Frankie Edwards, who has now graduated, and Garrett has it all to himself heading into coach Jeremy Dombek’s second season with the Broncos. “This year is a lot different than it was last year when I was coming in behind Frankie,” Garrett said. “We’re going to miss him and all those seniors a lot. “I decided I needed to focus on my craft here, rather than in basketball.” Mustang lost some talented receivers, but Garrett and senior David Parker have a strong connection. Parker caught 35 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns last year. SOUTHMOORE COUNTING ON EXPERIENCE With former defensive coordinator Jeremy Stark taking over as Southmoore’s new head coach, you can expect the SaberCats to have a defensive focus. And with players like 6-4, 265-pound Bobby Henry and 6-4, 245-pound Dakota Troglin — both Division I prospects — size will play an important role. And though Southmoore graduated some key players at running back and receiver, the offense has an experienced quarterback in the huddle. Connor Uselton is only a sophomore, but he gained significant experience as a freshman starter. RUNNING GAME A THREAT FOR NORMAN NORTH, TOO With his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State back in the spring, Norman North quarterback John Kolar suddenly grabbed the spotlight on the Timberwolves’ offense. But don’t forget about running back Quan Hogan and a talented offensive line that was loaded with sophomores a year ago. Hogan, a junior who already has an offer from Tulsa, proved to be a threat carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield, rushing for 1,003 yards to go with 830 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns. EXTRA POINTS Give Tulsa Union the award for the toughest non-district schedule. After opening with Texas power Southlake Carroll, the Redskins face rivals Jenks and Broken Arrow... After serving as the team’s offensive coordinator last year, Rod Richardson will have some important pieces in place when he begins his first season as Putnam City North’s head coach, starting with returning quarterback Chase Sparks... Owasso coach Bill Patterson calls defensive end Michael Anderson “One of the best defensive players to put on a Ram uniform in several years.”... New coach Paul Hix will have a unique turnaround job at Moore. The former Stillwater offensive coordinator brings a pass-heavy background to a team that has been focusing on the run game the last few years. District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll 1. Tulsa Union (11-3) 2. Norman North (7-4) 3. Owasso (5-6) 4. Southmoore (6-4) 5. Edmond North (7-5) (tie) Mustang (7-5) 7. Putnam City North (4-6) 8. Moore (1-9) *Note: Last year’s records in parentheses
Jul 22, 2014
Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded.
Super 30: Westmoore's Dahu Green is taller, stronger
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 22, 2014Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green used his 6-foot-3 frame and raw talent to burst onto the high school football scene as a junior last season. Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded. Now standing nearly 6-foot-5 with a 34-inch vertical leap and added strength, he’ll enter his senior season as a more polished and athletically gifted talent. “At Tennessee’s camp this summer I got measured at 6-4¾,” Green said. “And that’s flatfoot, so I’m right around 6-5. It’s definitely given me more of an advantage. I’m not going to face any defensive backs that are even 6-4, so now I can catch a ball over some corners without even jumping.” Green, an unknown talent heading into last season, quickly became recognized as one of the top receivers in Class 6A with four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ first three games. The most memorable was a five-yard hitch route he turned into a 90-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win at Norman North. “I’m naturally a confident person, so I knew what I could do coming into last season,” Green said. “But that Norman North game, seeing myself on the news and stuff, I realized other people were seeing how I can play.” New Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was well aware of Green’s talent before being hired in the spring. Gaylor spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, a district opponent of Westmoore. “We were breaking down film on Westmoore the week we played them, and we saw that play against Norman North and all said, ‘Wow, this guy is really special,’” Gaylor said. “Then they’re playing us and they throw a screen to him, he makes one guy miss and goes 70 or 80 yards. At Broken Arrow we were pretty athletic and could run, and he just ran away from us. To see it live proved how special he is.” Green, who verbally committed to Louisville in June, has scholarship offers from 14 Football Bowl Division programs. “He has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve ever been around,” Gaylor said. “He just goes up and finds a way to get the football. I’ve coached Division II, junior college, high school, and I’ve never coached anyone as good at going up and getting the ball. “He’s still developing, too. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to maxed out. I think his upside is huge.”
Jul 21, 2014
The Devon Thomas case has to give heartburn to plenty of Cowboy faithful both inside and outside the program. So, why not distance yourself from it?
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy's waffling on Devon Thomas is making a bad situation worse
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jul 21, 2014DALLAS — Mike Gundy walked into Big 12 media days about the same time Devon Thomas walked into Tulsa County District Court. No surprise: the former was asked about the latter. Nearly two months have passed since Thomas was arrested and charged with burglary, armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill. Felony charges. Sinister charges. And yet, the freshman running back remained on the Oklahoma State roster. Until Monday. Media guides that were distributed for the first time were void of Thomas. Same for the Cowboys’ online roster. “The roster that we handed out today are the players that will report next week,” Gundy said when I asked during his morning press conference about Thomas’s status. “And if there’s a player that’s not on that roster, then he’s not a part of our team.” Sounds pretty cut and dried, right? Unfortunately, no. On a day OSU could’ve — and should’ve — severed ties with Thomas, Gundy instead left some strings intact. Thomas isn’t on the roster, but Gundy said later in the day that the running back hasn’t been dismissed. Thomas isn’t part of the team now, but Gundy said during the afternoon breakout session that he wasn’t ruling out a return. “You look at it like if it was your own child,” Gundy said. “He was accused of something, then all of a sudden none of it ever happened and his slate was wiped clean. I would hate to go out on a limb and say, ‘That’s going to happen.’ I don’t know either way. We all know funnier things have happened. “But with the information I have, he’s certainly not part of the team at this time.” This has to give heartburn to plenty of Cowboy faithful both inside and outside the program. Who loves OSU and wants the school’s flagship athletic program associated with someone facing three felony counts, including shooting with intent to kill? Those aren’t words you like seeing in the same sentence as your school. So, why not distance yourself from it? “I always try to let the legal system work,” Gundy said. “I think that’s the fair way.” That’s admirable, but in this instance, it doesn’t seem all that advisable. Thomas, after all, has had other run-ins with the law. As a juvenile, he was charged with distributing child pornography — according to juvenile records obtained by the Tulsa World, he recorded himself having sex with an underage girl, then showed the video to friends — and faced allegations of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Those allegations never led to formal charges. Gundy, by the way, said Monday that he didn’t know those specifics when the Cowboys recruited and signed Thomas out of Broken Arrow. Even though Thomas had been suspended for a few high school games and the reason wasn’t exactly a secret in the Oklahoma high school sports world, Gundy said that the Broken Arrow coaches wouldn’t provide any details. “I don’t think they could go into detail with us,” Gundy said. Maybe they didn’t know. Or maybe they knew and wouldn’t tell, fearing legal issues or community backlash. Regardless, the information is out now, and still, Gundy hasn’t slammed the door on Thomas. If the tailback had been squeaky clean before being arrested earlier this year, I could understand the coach leaving that door cracked open. But after run-in No. 3? I don’t get it. It’s possible that Gundy, who has booted guys who’ve been accused of far less than Thomas, fears a bigger mess. This is a litigious society, after all. I’m not suggesting that Thomas would have a legal case against OSU if the Cowboys put one of Pistol Pete’s boots in his backside, but there could be a lawsuit all the same. And what happens if Thomas is dismissed by the Cowboys but then has his case dismissed? Or the charges are dropped? Or a trial doesn’t find him guilty? This is a messy situation. But Gundy is only adding to the chaos at this point. All of this he’s-not-on-the-team-but-he’s-not-dismissed waffling is making a bad situation worse. 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 13, 2014
Especially on defense, new faces are likely to make an immediate impact. On offense, the Cowboys grabbed a few players who could become stars. Here are some new Cowboys to keep an eye on this season.
Oklahoma State football: Six newcomers to watch in 2014
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Jul 13, 2014After losing a 28-player senior class, Oklahoma State goes into the 2014 season with starting positions to fill and many other spots on the depth chart open. Especially on defense, new faces are likely to make an immediate impact. On offense, the Cowboys grabbed a few players who could become stars. Here are some new Cowboys to keep an eye on this season: Josh Mabin, LB A three-star recruit from Klein Oak (Texas) High School, Mabin comes in with college-ready size at 6-2, 227. He also runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, and though he might be more of an inside linebacker prototype, Mabin will be one of several incoming linebackers competing to start on the outside after the Cowboys lost Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey to graduation. Gyasi Akem, LB Akem is a four-star recruit from Broken Arrow, and though he’s smaller (6-1, 210) and slower (4.6) than Mabin, he’s known for his physical style and has had a long relationship with the OSU coaching staff. Thrown in Pearland (Texas) recruit Justin Phillips, and the new guys are sure to become familiar in a thin OSU linebacking corps. Josh Furman, S Furman graduated from Michigan in May before transferring to OSU, making him eligible immediately. OSU needs help and experience at safety, and Furman provides just that. He was no star at Michigan, but he started three games for the Wolverines in 2013 and walks into a depth chart situation that should give the 6-foot-2 transfer every opportunity to start at strong safety. Sione Palelei, RB The Louisiana native went under the radar after suffering a season-ending injury early in his senior year, but he has a 4.35 40-yard dash time and enters a backfield looking for a fourth option. With Devon Thomas all but officially out of the picture, Palelei could earn a few carries early in his career. Mason Rudolph, QB The 6-foot-4, 217-pound quarterback from Rock Hill, S.C., enrolled at OSU to compete for a starting job. He wasn’t spectacular in spring practices, but he has a strong arm and underrated mobility. His first season in Stillwater will likely depend on how J.W. Walsh performs, but the OSU coaching staff recruited Rudolph to play, and that time will come. It’s just a matter of when. Tyreek Hill, RB-WR If you don’t already know about him, you should. Hill comes from Garden City Community College, and he already broke OSU records this spring on the track. He brings supreme speed, and proved with highlight plays in the spring that he’s already one of the Cowboys’ top offensive players. Hill will likely play running back, receiver and possibly return kicks.
Jun 22, 2014
OSU football is not the renegade program that Sports Illustrated tried to portray. But off-season scandals are a sign that the Cowboys could get to such status quickly if coaches are not more careful on who they bring in.
Oklahoma State football has lost a step or two in positive public relations
By Berry Tramel | Jun 22, 2014When the Sports Illustrated series last September put Oklahoma State football under siege, the Cowboys’ response was effective. A professional public relations campaign. Ample media help. Strong leadership from OSU personnel. By the end of the week, SI was under as much scrutiny as was Mike Gundy’s program. But Cowboy football this offseason has given back some of those PR gains. Its academic progress rate was sub-standard enough that OSU has been docked a day’s practice per week in the 2014 season, and freshman tailback Devon Thomas is charged with a variety of felonies in Tulsa, including shooting with intent to kill. Two big black eyes on a program that had risen to great heights in recent years. And those black eyes are linked. Gundy and staff have not been careful enough on whom they recruit. OSU football is not the renegade program that Sports Illustrated tried to portray. But these offseason scandals are a sign that the Cowboys could get to such status quickly if coaches are not more careful on who they bring in. And strange as it sounds, the academic shortcomings are the biggest alarm. Coaches can miss on the character of any individual recruit. There’s a little Father Flanagan in every football coach. Certainly OSU knew or should have known that Thomas was troubled. All kinds of stories floated around Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Since Thomas’ arrest a few weeks ago, juvenile records have been released showing Thomas was suspended four games in his junior year at Broken Arrow High School and accused of distribution of child pornography. Thomas videotaped himself having sex with a girl under the age of 18, then showed his friends. That makes Thomas anything from a knucklehead to a degenerate. Football scholarships by the score have been given to risks like that. This time it bit the Cowboys, made more embarrassing by the fact that Thomas was committed to OU before the Sooners apparently backed off because of his behavior. But again, coaches not only want to win, they believe in that mentorship concept. They believe they can impact the lives of wayward young men, and often they do. But sometimes they don’t. Fail often enough on the same campus, and someone else will be in Father Flanagan’s office. Thomas was an early enrollee. The alleged crime occurred May 27. If Thomas had not come to Stillwater in January, he would be labeled an OSU recruit, not an OSU tailback. That’s part of the PR game. OSU has not removed Thomas from the squad, at least not publicly, but I assume that’s a formality. The Cowboy brass is lying low on Thomas — both Gundy and OSU President Burns Hargis declined to comment on the offseason problems — but I know what they were thinking on Thomas. I don’t know what the explanation is on the academic progress rating. The Cowboys blamed part of it on players who remained on scholarship but prepared for the NFL Draft instead of going to class in spring semesters. But that’s a problem that afflicts every program with talent. OSU has taken too many risks. Academic risks. Behavior risks. Attitude risks. Lack of retention is about the only way a football program can fall below the NCAA’s APR standards. With virtually mandatory summer workouts, summer school is a staple for almost every player. Impressive academic support programs exist at most programs on the Big 12 level and certainly that includes OSU. Players have to work hard not to be in good academic standing. The NCAA’s entrance requirements are so low, almost every prospect can get into school. But that doesn’t mean schools should take all qualifiers. Take too many risks, and you pay for it. That’s what OSU did. While recruiting better and better talent, the Cowboys were not so focused on prospects’ other characteristics. And now State football is giving back some of the hard-earned PR points from last September. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
These athletes were honored by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman
All Sports Scholar-Athlete honorees
Jun 7, 2014List of all winners presented by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman. Bob Colon Scholarship Presented by The Oklahoman Winners: Landon Nault, Kingfisher; Hayley Redwine, Norman Runner-Up Winners: Cameron Batson, Millwood; Joshua Bedell, Yukon; Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle; Bryan Lilley, Edmond North; Brianna McArthur, Moore; Violet Victoria, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Jim Thorpe Players of the Year Baseball: Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert Basketball (boy): Shawn Olden, Tulsa Union Basketball (girl): Toree Thompson, Broken Arrow Cross County (boy): Ben Barrett, Norman North Cross County (girl): Michaela Werner, Grove Football: Steven Parker, Jenks Golf (boy): Nick Heinen, Edmond North Golf (girl): Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union Soccer (boy): Mauro Cichero, Norman North Soccer (girl): Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union Swimming (boy): Riley Bunyard, Harrah Swimming (girl): Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle Tennis (boy): Bryan Lilley, Edmond North Tennis (girl): Lauren Pickens, Owasso Track & Field (boy): Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek Track & Field (girl): Makayla Stephens, Atoka Volleyball: Josie Gandall, Tulsa Kelley Wrestling: Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville NFF Jim Thorpe/Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame College Players of the Year Blake Bell, Oklahoma Alex Hemberger, Northwestern State Michael Hicks, Southern Nazarene Christian Hood, Central Oklahoma Deandre Jennings, Northeastern A&M Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State Gabe Moyer, Tulsa Kevin Tankerson, Panhandle State NFF High School Football Coaching Award Joe Biddle, Destiny Christian Jody Weber, Davis Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award Gary Howard, Central Oklahoma (retired) Jim Thorpe Appreciation Award Rep. Bobby Cleveland, for his dedication and support of working with the youth programs of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum.
May 30, 2014
In case you missed it, Cowboys freshman running back Devon Thomas was arrested. And it looks bad. Felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill. Here’s a link to the details. Thomas enrolled at OSU in January and went through spring drills, doing some good things before a minor knee injury sidelined […]
OSU Football: Devon Thomas Impact
jhelsley | May 30, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/05/broken-arrow1.jpg]2704308[/img] Broken Arrow’s Devon Thomas gets by Mustang’s Jordan Greenspan during the Class 6A football playoff game between Mustang and Broken Arrow at Mustang High School in Mustang, Okla., Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman In case you missed it, Cowboys freshman running back Devon Thomas was arrested. And it looks bad. Felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill. Here’s a link to the details. Thomas enrolled at OSU in January and went through spring drills, doing some good things before a minor knee injury sidelined him. His future with the Cowboys, however, is now shaky. At best. So what does it mean for the Cowboys? Beyond the obvious black eye of the incident, if reports are accurate, it cuts into depth at running back, yet doesn’t really alter the outlook at the position. The Pokes still have the tandem of Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill, as well as Rennie Childs, who showed promise as a true freshman a year ago. That trio always figured to define the position this fall. Sione Palelei, another addition in the February recruiting class, will join the mix this summer. So barring a rash of injuries, the Cowboys have depth. And they’ve got five-star prospect Ronald Jones III committed for the 2015 recruiting class.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring footballMay 18, 2014
The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014Spring football practice can begin Monday, and it always brings a variety of interesting story lines across the high school landscape. The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area. Here’s a look at the five most interesting coaching changes across the metro: Yukon By far the most intriguing hire of the offseason, longtime college defensive coordinator Bill Young takes over for the Millers. The man who has been an assistant at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arizona State, Miami, Ohio State, Southern Cal and the Detriot Lions is now Yukon’s head coach. Not only that, Yukon has brought in a proven head coach to be Young’s offensive coordinator. Brian Sauser, 38, had turned Iowa City West into a regular playoff contender in his six years there. He was expected to be introduced to the coaches on Sunday and to the team on Monday. Westmoore Adam Gaylor has been one of the state’s more well-regarded assistant coaches over the last few years, and he’s walking into a good situation at Westmoore. The former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator takes over a program coming off a Class 6A semifinal appearance with several key pieces returning. That includes perhaps the state’s best group of receivers, led by widely recruited senior-to-be Dahu Green. Guthrie It’s not often you see a coaching change following a state championship, but that’s what they’re facing in Guthrie, with Rafe Watkins moving up to Class 6A at Muskogee. The 5A champion Bluejays stayed inside the program to promote Kelly Beeby. Guthrie has some talent returning, but must replace its quarterback and do-everything star Kai Callins. Tuttle The most surprising coaching vacancy came a few weeks ago when Philip Koons stepped down at Tuttle after 21 seasons and 205 victories, leaving an opening at one of the state’s most routinely successful programs. The Tigers brought in Brad Ballard from Lincoln Christian, which has been pretty stout in its own right. Ballard was the defensive coordinator there and seems to be a good fit for a town that is passionate about football. Putnam City North For a school that has only been open for 35 years, PC North has had quite a string of coaches, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Bob Wilson. Wilson retired from coaching in April after 22 years as the head Panther, and assistant Rod Richardson will step in. This is Richardson’s first football head coaching job, but the guy is a proven winner. He has more than 100 victories as the Panthers’ baseball coach, with three state tournament appearances. He played quarterback at Midwest City in the mid-1990s, when the Bombers were hugely successful. But Richardson has some work ahead of him, trying to get the Panthers back on track in the middle of the Class 6A split. The large-school side of the split guarantees PC North a brutal schedule that will include district games against Tulsa Union, Owasso, Norman North, Edmond North, Mustang, Southmoore and Moore.
A Claremore native, Brad Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay.
High school notebook: Tuttle names Brad Ballard new head coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 13, 2014The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night. A Claremore native, Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay. “He’s going to do a tremendous job,” Lincoln Christian head coach Darren Melton said. “He brings a lot of passion to the game. He’s a kid magnet. He coaches them hard, but does it with a lot of love. The kids in Tuttle are gonna love him. “He’s creative, he’s cutting-edge. The thing people need to know about him is that he’s got an offensive mind, too. You can’t be a good defensive coordinator without knowing offense. He’s following a guy who had an awful lot of success, but we lost a good one. He’s a great friend and we’re really happy for him.” Ballard replaces Philip Koons, who was the Tigers’ head coach for the last 21 seasons. He won more than 200 games and two state titles before resigning last month. “We’re very excited to have coach Ballard coming in,” Tuttle superintendent Bobby Waitman said. “He’s energetic, and really just a perfect fit for our football program.” NORMAN NORTH’S CICHERO WINS GATORADE AWARD Norman North soccer standout Mauro Cichero was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior also won the award last year. Cichero had 16 goals and 10 assists in 15 games entering Tuesday night’s Class 6A semifinal match against Broken Arrow. Cichero has a 3.26 grade-point average and mentors students learning English as a second language. He signed with SMU. “Cichero possesses vision and an ability to read the game that makes him stand out from other players his age,” said Gordon Drummond, head coach at crosstown rival Norman High. “He’s a complete soccer player.” SANTA FE’S BYCKO COMMITS TO ARMY Edmond Santa Fe junior baseball player Zac Bycko verbally committed last month to play at Army, his mother told The Oklahoman. Bycko plays third base and catcher for the Wolves, who finished the year 21-19.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma State University's medical school chief is passionate about improving rural health careMay 11, 2014
Executive Q&A: Kayse Shrum, president of the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center, wants more FFA students statewide to exchange their signature blue jackets for white doctors’ coats.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma State University's medical school chief is passionate about improving rural health care
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | May 11, 2014Kayse Shrum, Coweta pediatrician and president of the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center, burned up the turnpike to Tulsa the week before last to help man an exhibit booth for the center’s osteopathic medical school at the Cox Convention Center — where thousands of high school students converged for the statewide convention of the Future Farmers of America. Why? Shrum passionately believes the future of Oklahoma’s health care hinges on more outstanding small-town youths becoming doctors. According to the latest studies, Oklahoma ranks 49th nationwide in the number of primary care physicians per capita, Shrum said. Just to be average, the state needs 1,361 more physicians, she said. Meanwhile, the shortages are deepest in rural towns. Through student face-time opportunities like last week, and annual meetings over the past three years with every FFA teacher statewide, Shrum strives to ask as many students as she can if they’ve considered going to medical school. Years ago, simply being asked that question is what prompted her to pursue medicine. Meanwhile, data indicates physicians, like herself, choose to practice close to home and within 100 miles of where they completed their training, she said. To that end, Shrum, who’s dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, has led a concerted effort to establish medical residency programs across rural Oklahoma. Programs now are underway in McAlester, Lawton, Enid, Talihina, Tahlequah and Durant, and others are in the works in Ada and Ardmore. Shrum, 41, took a break from her recruiting to talk with The Oklahoman about her life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in Coweta, about 30 minutes outside Tulsa, which had, and still has, a population of about 10,000. My graduating class was 120. My father worked for Southwestern Bell, starting as a telephone man and retiring in management 30 years later. My mother, who has four sisters who live nearby, was a mom to me and my sister, who’s two years older and also lives close. As a kid, my thing was fast-pitch softball. I pitched for the school team, and for a club team — the Tulsa Eagles — which practiced indoors and played year-round in Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere. My whole family would come watch me play. Q: And college? A: I was recruited to play softball by the University of Nebraska, OU and schools across Colorado, Kansas and Texas, which I visited but were too big for me; I didn’t turn 18 until the end of my first semester of college. I decided on Connors State College in Warner, outside Muskogee, because it was small and close to home, and the coach gave me and three of my high school teammates full-ride scholarships. My husband, Darren, and I already had started dating. I met him through my best friend, who worked for him at a Walmart in Broken Arrow. He had graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where he played football, and was in Walmart’s management training program. Q: What led you into medicine? A: I took a summer physiology course at Connors and my instructor asked me if I was going to medical school, noting that I had the highest grade in the class among premed students and others. He suggested I talk with my hometown doctor, who encouraged me and urged me to visit the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. There, I immediately was fascinated by a neuro-anatomy class in which human brains were being examined and studied. It wasn’t that anyone told me I couldn’t go to med school. But until that point, no one had told me I could. I went into medicine, because I wanted to help people. And I love pediatrics because of its impact on families and the future. Q: How long has your focus been on medical education versus private practice? A: I joined the faculty about 12 years ago, and was named chair of the OSU Center for Health Sciences pediatrics department in 2005 and promoted to interim vice president of academic affairs in 2009. In January 2011, I became dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and provost of the health sciences center, and in October of last year, was named president of the center. In this role, I feel like I can make an even bigger impact (than private practice), by training multiple doctors to go back and serve their communities. Q: You and your husband had three biological children when you decided to adopt two older boys from Ethiopia. Why? A: When we lived in Muskogee, Darren and I provided respite for a family friend and foster mother of three, and our kids did really well with it. We wanted to adopt those foster kids, but two went back to live with their biological mom. Meanwhile, we had friends who’d adopted from Ethiopia and, through Facebook connections, learned the importance of adopting older children, because most were passed over for babies, and multiples, because they could lean on one another in their transition to their new home. Darren made the first trip alone to Ethiopia, and was impressed with the kind, gentle nature of the boys at an orphanage in a remote part of the country. He gave a pack of gum to our future son Joseph, who asked, “Is this mine? Can I do what I want with it?” When Darren said he could, Joseph kept one piece and gave the rest to his friends. The process to adopt Joseph and Kilientn, whose mother has HIV, took one and a half years. When they finally arrived home, it was like having a new baby, only they could tell us what they thought of their new, never-before experiences — from drive-thru restaurants, ice and ice cream to elevators and seeing the ocean for the first time on a family trip we took to Destin, Fla. Q: How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day? A: My husband probably will cook out chicken, steak and hotdogs, and we’ll visit with my mother and my maternal grandmother, and his mom likely will come over from Fort Smith, Ark. Truth be told, Darren is a better cook than I am. But I’ll cook for him on Father’s Day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.
Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19
Apr 19, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors St.) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Connor Finkhouse, PC North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Austin Kretchmar, Okarche/Redlands CC (William Jewell) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Lane Ramsey, PC North (Newman) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Brett Cannon, Del City (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Dexter Dean, Edmond Santa Fe (NOC) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Jacob Essman, Edmond Memorial (East Central) Tripp Fuller, Westmoore (OC) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Xavier Hunter, Del City (Fort Scott CC) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Michael Majors, Enid (Hillsdale) Torey Noel, Midwest City (NOC-Tonkawa) Jake Seagraves, Choctaw (Hillsdale) Mitchell Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Aaliyah Blakely, Ada (OBU) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Sidney Carolina, PC North (Redlands) McKenzie Cooper, Shawnee (OBU) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Sara Fountain, Stilwell (NSU) Daniela Galindo, Shattuck (Seward County) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Blaire Hall, PC North (OC) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Jetta Smith, Classen SAS (Colby CC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) Mariah Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (Redlands) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Dakota Kappelle, Anadarko (Tabor) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Brenon Smith, Hinton (OBU) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) Schuyler Wood, Putnam City (OU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Evan Lashar, OCS (OBU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Tyler Buchanan, Midwest City (Mid-America Chr.) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Mauro Cichero, Norman North (SMU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue De Paz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abbey Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Brenna Cooper, Westmoore (Tabor) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Shianne Donato, Westmoore (Eastern) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Lauren Martin, Newcastle (SWOSU) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Shelley Mueller, Enid (SWOSU) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) JuliAnne Williamson, Noble (ECU) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Courtney Anderson, Piedmont (Rose St.) Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Paige Finney, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Jamie Lowrie, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Allison Smith, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Mycah Smith, Plainview (Mid-America Chr.) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Bethany Sullivan, Lexington (Cisco College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Lara Gatton, Westmoore (OBU) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Tim Hyland, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) Jaedon Roe, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) TENNIS Travis Christianson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hays, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) Stormi Tipton, Westmoore (Cowley) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville (OSU) Clayton Lamb, Del City (OCU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (OSU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will vote on a five-year contract extension with Oklahoma State Fair Park to host the state tournaments for wrestling and basketball at Wednesday’s monthly meeting. And it could come at a cost. The OSSAA said Monday that the agreement will cost more money, though the total increase likely won’t be finalized until Tuesday....
High school notebook: OSSAA looking at contract extension with State Fairgrounds
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 14, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will vote on a five-year contract extension with Oklahoma State Fair Park to host the state tournaments for wrestling and basketball at Wednesday’s monthly meeting. And it could come at a cost. The OSSAA said Monday that the agreement will cost more money, though the total increase likely won’t be finalized until Tuesday. This year marked the final year of the previous contract, which required the OSSAA to pay the fairgrounds 12 percent of the profits from the gate admission and $1,500 each weekend State Fair Arena was used. The OSSAA uses the arena three weekends — one for wrestling and two for basketball — totaling $4,500. “It’s time for discussion about the arena,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “Next year will be our 50th year there, I believe. It’s got a lot of history to it.” The arena, though, was under fire in March during the basketball tournaments. There was a leak in the roof that dripped onto the court, while there were also multiple power outages in the small-school basketball tournament. That was not an issue the final weekend of the season, though there were complaints about the arena floor by teams. Sheakley announced at last month’s meeting that arena officials will make sure the floor is refinished before next season’s tournaments. SHAWNEE’S COOPER TO SIGN WITH OBU Shawnee senior guard/forward McKenzie Cooper isn’t sure how her older sister Taylor is able to live so far from home in College Station, Texas, while playing at Texas A&M. Cooper, though, won’t have to worry about distance from her family during college. She will sign with Oklahoma Baptist University on Wednesday. “I just weighed it out and I took other visits,” Cooper said. “It just felt right. It was a factor staying close to my parents. I have to live in the dorms, but my parents said they are changing the locks.” Cooper was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team this season after averaging 15.7 points per game last season and leading Shawnee to the Class 5A semifinals. She suffered a torn ACL in the state tournament her junior season, but returned at full strength in time for last season. She said she had interest from Harding, Central Oklahoma, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and even considered trying to walk on at Texas A&M with her sister. “That’s just too far away,” Cooper said. “I don’t know how she stays down there six hours away. There’s no way I could do that.” DEL CITY’S HUNTER, HERITAGE HALL’S DELINE PICK FORT SCOTT Del City’s Xavier Hunter and Heritage Hall’s Lindsay Deline have verbally committed to continue their basketball careers at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. The 6-foot-2 Hunter averaged 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds as a senior for Del City. Deline averaged 9.4 points and was a key defender for the Chargers, who made their first state tournament appearance in more than 30 years. Hunter and Deline are currently expected to be the only Oklahoma players on the roster, though former Putnam City West point guard Kevin House just finished making history for the Fort Scott men’s team. House led Fort Scott in scoring with 17.0 points and 6.6 assists per game as a sophomore this past season. He set the school’s career record for assists with 317 over his two-year career. He also moved into fifth place on the Greyhounds’ all-time scoring list. MUSTANG MOVES VETS’ APPRECIATION DAY Monday’s cold weather led to the Mustang baseball team postponing its Veterans Appreciation Day event. It has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. next Monday, when the Broncos host Southmoore. OSSAA TO DISCUSS REINSTATEMENT OF BARROW, ELLETT The OSSAA will also discuss and possibly vote on the reinstatement of Broken Arrow athletic director Ken Ellett and assistant track coach Brad Farrow. Ellett and Farrow were both suspended by the school district following several violations that resulted in the Tigers forfeiting two football games and five track meets from the 2012-13 school year. The penalties were self-imposed by Broken Arrow and approved by the OSSAA in September. Ellett was suspended from his duties that involve any oversight of athletic eligibility this school year. Farrow was suspended from all coaching duties in the district.