Muskogee Roughers football
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|2012-10-26||@||Putnam City||L||17 - 20|
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Jul 30, 2015
Then as now, Burris was a highly-decorated ballplayer who sometimes had to wait on his honors. Some of that changes Monday night, when Burris, who died in 1999, is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Why late OU football great Kurt Burris was The Boss
By BERRY TRAMEL | Jul 30, 2015Forty-seven years before Oregon placed a huge image of quarterback Joey Harrington on Times Square, 36 years before Brigham Young mailed cardboard ties to entice votes for quarterback Ty Detmer and 13 years before Notre Dame changed the pronunciation of Joe Theismann’s name to rhyme with a certain college football trophy, no less a straight-laced custodian of the game than Bud Wilkinson got in on the Heisman Trophy campaigning. The object of Wilkinson’s stumping was Kurt Burris. Then as now, Burris was a highly-decorated ballplayer who sometimes had to wait on his honors. Some of that changes Monday night, when Burris, who died in 1999, is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. “He was one great football player,” said Burris’ roommate and teammate both at OU and back home growing up outside Muskogee, his brother Bob. Wilkinson concurred. Late in the 1954 season, according to OU historian and then-sports information director Harold Keith, Wilkinson pointed out that Burris was “probably more deserving of the Heisman than any other man in the nation in any position.” Keith wrote in his book, Forty-Seven Straight, that “we both knew that the sports press had always ignored interior linemen and that Burris, a center, was as interior as one could get. But we decided to try anyhow and strike a blow not only for Burris but for all deserving interior linemen of the future.” So Keith and Wilkinson hatched a plan. They wrote a short, personal letter to every sports editor in the nation — approximately 3,500 were listed in Editor and Publisher Yearbook — making the case for Burris. They called in a colleague from OU’s Department of Office Administration, who commissioned 100 students to help type the letters. Most were Burris fans, the letters were whipped out in a day or two and Keith got them mailed off first-class from the old post office on Gray Street. The campaign worked. Oh, Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche won the Heisman. That was a Midwest era. From 1947 through 1956, seven Heisman winners were from the Big Ten or Notre Dame. But Burris finished a strong second, with 838 points in the voting to Ameche’s 1,058. Sixty-one years later, the Burris campaign remains the closest a lineman has come to winning the Heisman. Burris probably handled his runnerup status well. Heck, he wasn’t even the most-hailed Sooner player in his family. Brother Buddy Burris, a decade older than Kurt, was a three-time all-American at OU after serving in World War II. Buddy Burris and Rod Shoate are the only three-time all-Americans in Sooner history. Burris, a tough-blocking center and a ferocious-hitting linebacker, was a team leader of the highest order. Hearing Burris’ brothers talk about him is like hearing Dewey and Lee Roy Selmon talk about older brother Lucious. Nobody messed with Lucious Selmon, and nobody messed with Kurt Burris. Burris was tough, maybe even mean on the football field, but the best word to describe Burris was authoritative. Kurt Burris was boss. “He always assumed a leadership role in anything that was done,” said Lynn Burris, born four years behind Kurt and now a Supreme Court justice for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah. “He was captain of the ship most of the time.” Kurt Burris ruled the old Jefferson House on OU’s campus. He was a serious student, and “when he studied, everybody in the dormitory studied,” Lynn Burris said, “or he’d run ‘em off or whip ‘em.” A group of Sooners went camping on the Illinois River in the 1950s. Kurt Burris soon began organizing the camp, delegating responsibilities. “Who appointed you boss?” asked fullback David Rolle. “I did,” Burris answered. “You want to challenge me?” “No,” said Rolle, “I just wanted to know.” That ended that conversation. A couple of scrapes early in Burris’ college days established his ground, and few people dared cross him. Bob Burris, a year behind Kurt and an eventual All-Big Seven halfback, said his brother was a “very, very nice, low-key type person. But when he spoke, you listened. He was a lot bigger than I was. I found out in junior high school I could outrun him. But that didn’t really mean much, because I had to come home at night.” Tommy McDonald, Wilkinson’s great halfback from 1954-56, could outrun Kurt Burris, too, and needed to. He goaded Burris into chasing him into a dorm room one day and jumped out a second-floor window to escape his teammate’s wrath. Burris was mortified, thinking McDonald had injured himself at least and killed himself at worst. Until he realized McDonald had stacked mattresses below the window to cushion his fall. Opponents had no such cushion. “Kurt wasn’t happy with tackling a runner,” Bob Burris said. “He wanted to hit him in the nose. Didn’t have many facemasks back then. He was a go-getter. Football-wise, he was a hunter. He didn’t just like to tackle people. He wanted to put ‘em on the ground quick. No form tackling. He hit ‘em where he could hit ‘em. “ Lynn Burris called his brother a “headhunter. He wouldn’t be able to play today. He usually knocked two or three guys out of a game. That’s a no-no now. He would be awful upset to see football as it is now.” Kurt Burris was a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1955 but decided instead to play in the Canadian Football League. The money was just as good and the business opportunities better. Burris eventually went into the oil business in Colorado and Montana. And now Burris now goes into his state’s sports hall of fame. No Heisman Trophy is on his resume’; the endorsement of Bud Wilkinson will have to do. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Jul 16, 2015
Wells has burst on the recruiting scene after becoming the Idabel signal-caller last season as a junior and leading the Warriors to a 9-3 record. He is No. 10 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top high school senior recruits.
Idabel's Wells has burst on the recruiting scene
By Ed Godfrey | Jul 16, 2015A year ago, college recruiters had never heard of K.J. Wells. Now, the Idabel quarterback is one of the top 10 recruits in the state. Wells has burst on the recruiting scene after becoming the Idabel signal-caller last season as a junior and leading the Warriors to a 9-3 record. He is No. 10 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top high school senior recruits. Idabel was just 2-18 in the two previous seasons. Wells started as both a freshman and a sophomore for Idabel but not as quarterback. Wells was a starting wide receiver on those dismal 1-9 squads. When former University of North Texas coach Dennis Parker came out of retirement last year to try and resurrect the football program at his alma mater, one of the first things he did was move Wells to quarterback. He made that decision before he saw Wells throw a football. He decided to move the 6-4, 180-pound speedster to quarterback after watching Wells play basketball for Idabel in the Warriors' final game of the season. “It wasn’t his athleticism but his leadership that was just so impressive to me,” Parker said. “I told my wife, 'I am going to play that kid at quarterback.' She said, ‘You don’t even know if he can throw.’ I said, ‘I don’t care if he can throw, he can lead.’” It turns out Wells could throw, too. He had played quarterback in youth football and in junior high, but switched positions in high school. Idabel had upper-classmen penciled in for the quarterback job. Parker became convinced Wells could play quarterback after watching him in spring football two years ago. Parker kept calling defensive blitzes to test his new quarterback. "He never looked at the blitz," Parker said. "He looked down the field every time." Wells' first pass attempt as a high school quarterback was a 56-yard touchdown completion. He went on to throw for more than 2,000 yards last season and caught five touchdown passes. Idabel would still line-up Wells at wide receiver at times to take advantage of defensive secondaries playing man-to-man coverage against the Warriors. “He had a tremendous year,” Parker said. “He is a bona fide football player.” Wells can run, too. He has been timed as fast as 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Recruiters love his speed and athletic ability but his future position in college football is uncertain. Parker said some recruiters see him as a college quarterback while others view him as a wide receiver or perhaps in the secondary. Wells doesn't care where he plays in college. “I will play anywhere,” he said. Wells has received only one scholarship offer thus far, from the University of Massachusetts, because his ACT score isn’t high enough yet, Parker said. However, among the schools that have shown interest are Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, Houston, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, UTEP and more, Parker said. Parker expects Wells will receive many offers once he qualifies academically. Parker’s wife is currently trying to help Wells improve his ACT score. “My wife tutors kids on the ACT and she has never failed to get one to the minimum score,” Parker said. “Soon as he gets that, they (colleges) will all jump on board.” Wells has been impressive this summer on the football field, being named the most valuable player at a Texas Christian University camp last month. Just this week, Wells helped Idabel win a seven-on-seven tournament at Hilldale High School in Muskogee. “They beat us in the semifinals to play in the finals and a lot of it was just his accuracy and ability to throw the football,” Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover said of Wells. “He’s long and athletic. He’s got good speed. He’s got a good arm.” Parker believes Wells has the potential to be great college quarterback. “When he gets into a college that has got a really good quarterback coach, I just think you are looking at another Cam Newton,” Parker said. “He (Wells) is really something.”
Jul 13, 2015
Oklahoma’s high school football playoffs began in 1944, and Ada got in the championship business in 1951, winning the Class A title. The Cougars liked the feeling. In 15 years, Ada won nine state championships. 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1964 and 1965. And that was in the days of limited classes — three through 1952, four from 1953-63 and five starting in 1964. Plus only...
Tramel: Ada to honor the football team that won only a mythical title
Berry Tramel | Jul 13, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3732998[/img] Oklahoma’s high school football playoffs began in 1944, and Ada got in the championship business in 1951, winning the Class A title. The Cougars liked the feeling. In 15 years, Ada won nine state championships. 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1964 and 1965. And that was in the days of limited classes — three through 1952, four from 1953-63 and five starting in 1964. Plus only conference champions made the playoffs. And Ada was in the big-school class for those first two titles, competing against Norman, Lawton and the schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. But this is not about the titles that Ada won. This is about the title Ada could have won. On Monday in Ada, the annual Cougar golf scramble will be held, and the team of honor will be the undefeated 1954 squad. Benton O’Neal, who played at OU and is the brother of former Sooner quarterback Jay O’Neal, sent me the following email: “There have been a lot of stories about the '54 team, but let me start from way back before that controversial year. From in the ‘40s or before, the Sooner Star Conference consisted of usually Ada, Ardmore, McAlester, Henryetta, Seminole, Wewoka, Holdenville and Durant. There were only three classes: A, B & C. Ada and the Sooner Star was in the largest class, A. The state playoffs were determined by the conference champion only. In 1950, my brother Pat was a senior and the Ada High QB. Ada won the conference and lost to Muskogee in the playoffs. The next year, 1951, my brother Jay was the QB and they won the state championship beating Ardmore, Sand Springs, then Ponca City in the finals. Next in 1952 Ada again won state knocking off Poteau, Ponca City again, then Midwest City in the final game. “Remember these are Oklahoma's largest schools that choose to be in the playoffs. For some reason not all did. In 1953 Seminole defeated us to win the Sooner Star Conference then went on to beat Muskogee in the state finals for the championship. They were a great team with many returning for the next year. “After five weeks in 1954, both Seminole and Ada were undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively and was rated the No. 1 game in the state by The Oklahoman. We beat the lineback s**** out of them 26-0. The Ardmore team was very good and only lost one game that year to us. It was our closest game, 20-7. The rest of the games we rolled big time averaging 46-plus per game. We were astounded when Coach (Elvan) George told us there would be no playoffs that year. The Oklahoman declared we were the mythical state champions, but the Tulsa paper said Muskogee was the champion even though they had a tie on their record. “In 1994, the OSSAA gave us a plaque designating us as undisputed mythical state champions, but it is still not officially counted of record. We were a great team and many thanks for all of the recognition you give us. “I went to (then Ada) coach Larry McBroom about trying to count the '54 year as a state champion and he said we were changing history. I said, ‘THIS IS HISTORY,’ but to no avail.” O’Neal’s recollections are largely true. In 1954, the Oklahoma High School Athletic Association, the forerunner of the OSSAA, voted to abolish the football playoffs. The OSSAA website reports that in 1954, “No championships due to membership vote of ‘too much football.’ Had regular season games only, but were reinstated the next year.” The Oklahoman reported that some of the reasons given were 1) too much emphasis on winning; 2) increased pressure on coaches; 3) a longer season. In 2011, our man Jason Kersey wrote an interesting account of that strange season, which you can read here.
NORMAN — Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season — when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 — and replaced him with […]
Oklahoma football: K.J. Young the latest in troubling trend of OU receiver busts
Jason Kersey | May 17, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season -- when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 -- and replaced him with Cale Gundy coaching inside receivers and Dennis Simmons coaching outside receivers. Here is a look at every wide receiver prospect signed in the seven seasons Norvell was in charge of the position group. There have been legal problems, lack of on-field development, transfers and dismissals. Of the receivers Norvell signed, very few became much more than a role player. Here's a look at all 25 wide receivers signed by the Sooners between 2008 and 2014. (NOTE: This does not account for NCAA Division I transfers Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. This chart only includes players signed out of high school or junior college). 2008 JOSH JARBOE Hometown (School): Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 10 receiver; No. 69 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Jarboe picked OU over offers from Florida, Georgia and LSU and was one of the Sooners' prized commits in 2008, but he was arrested in March 2008 on felony gun charges. He pled guilty and was expelled from school, but OU gave him another chance after he finished graduation requirements online. After he arrived at OU, a video of Jarboe rapping about guns and violence surfaced online and Stoops dismissed him before he even played in a game. He transferred to Troy and was kicked off the team there after two arrests, but eventually got things turned around and recorded 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns over two seasons at Arkansas State. JAMEEL OWENS Hometown (School): Muskogee (Muskogee) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 8 receiver; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Owens joined the Sooners along with high-school teammate and highly-touted defensive tackle prospect Stacy McGee. He played some as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with coaches and transferred to Tulsa, where he only played one season. DEJUAN MILLER Hometown (School): Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 32 receiver; No. 232 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Miller played four seasons at OU, recording a total of 75 receptions for 892 yards and two touchdowns. But after Miller's final game at OU -- a 31-14 Insight Bowl win over Iowa in 2011 -- Miller's father ripped Norvell on Twitter, calling him "flaky" in a rant about his son not getting more snaps in the bowl game. 2009 CAMERON KENNEY Hometown (School): Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Kenney became a solid contributor in two seasons at OU, finishing his career with 55 catches, 812 yards and five touchdowns. JAZ REYNOLDS Hometown (School): Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 92 receiver (3-star) What happened: Reynolds was suspended multiple times throughout his OU career -- including for the entire 2012 season -- but finished with 68 career catches for 1,187 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans but didn't make the team. In a lengthy May 2013 interview with The Oklahoman, Reynolds praised Bob Stoops for giving him so many chances. 2010 TREY FRANKS Hometown (School): Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 74 receiver (3-star) What happened: Franks was one of three receivers suspended for the entire 2012 season. During that suspension, he still practiced with the team and switched to safety, but was back at receiver by the time the 2013 season began. He didn't record any statistics that year, but appeared in 12 games and started once. Franks chose to end his college football career with a year of eligibility still remaining. JUSTIN MCCAY Hometown (School): Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 6 athlete; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: McCay redshirted in 2010 and made only three appearances with no catches in 2011, then decided to transfer to Kansas to be closer to his family. The NCAA denied his appeal for immediate eligibility -- despite Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione supporting his transfer -- and only caught 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at KU. JOE POWELL Hometown (School): Dallas (Skyline) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 57 athlete (3-star) What happened: Powell was at OU for two seasons -- switching to defensive back -- before he was arrested on felony drug charges and kicked off the team. SHELDON MCCLAIN Hometown (School): Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 94 receiver (3-star) What happened: McClain tore an ACL during his senior year of high school and redshirted as a true freshman. He left the team before OU's 2011 Insight Bowl appearance. KENNY STILLS Hometown (School): Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 23 receiver; No. 147 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Stills became one of the best players on the Sooner offense, finishing his career with 204 catches, 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's already had a productive NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins during this offseason. 2011 KAMEEL JACKSON Hometown (School): Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 34 receiver (3-star) What happened: Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his true freshman season, but was suspended indefinitely after the 2012 spring, and then dismissed a few months later. TREY METOYER Hometown (School): Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 2 receiver; No. 12 overall prospect (5-star) What happened: Metoyer was one of the most hyped OU signees of the Stoops era, but couldn't qualify academically in time for the 2011 season. He spent that year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and got eligible, then shined in the 2012 spring game. He started the first few games of his freshman year, but fell out of the lineup after Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was granted eligibility. A few games into the next season, he was kicked off the team after being charged with indecent exposure. A judge recently sentenced Metoyer to eight years probation. 2012 LACOLTAN BESTER Hometown (School): Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Bester appeared in 24 games over two seasons at OU, saving his best game for last. He caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. He also made "The Play That Changed It All" in Bedlam 2013. COURTNEY GARDNER Hometown (School): Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Gardner was unable to qualify academically and never made it to campus. DURRON NEAL Hometown (School): St. Louis (DeSmet) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 9 receiver; No. 62 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Neal was the Sooners' second-leading receiver last season, but on the whole, hasn't contributed nearly as much as anyone expected. He's got 60 career catches for 764 yards and three touchdowns. STERLING SHEPARD Hometown (School): Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 20 receiver; No. 131 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Shepard has become -- arguably -- the best player on the current OU football team. He would've easily surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season if not for a nagging hamstring that essentially sidelined him for the final six games of the season. DERRICK WOODS Hometown (School): Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 31 receiver; No. 216 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Woods redshirted as a true freshman, only caught two passes during his career and was booted from the team in the middle of last season for unspecified team rules violations. 2013 AUSTIN BENNETT Hometown (School): Manvel, Texas (Manvel) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 71 receiver (3-star) What happened: Bennett played some as a true freshman, but entering his junior season only has three career catches for 42 yards. DANNON CAVIL Hometown (School): San Antonio (Madison) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Cavil redshirted as a true freshman and never saw any action in 2014. He announced his decision to leave the program midway through that season. JORDAN SMALLWOOD Hometown (School): Jenks (Jenks) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 46 receiver (3-star) What happened: Smallwood suffered an ACL tear during fall camp before his true freshman season and redshirted. He appeared in all 13 games last year, but only caught three passes for 21 yards. He tore another ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss at least the first couple games of next season. K.J. YOUNG Hometown (School): Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Young redshirted as a true freshman and started three games last season, ending the year with 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. He was dismissed from the team Sunday. 2014 MARK ANDREWS Hometown (School): Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 25 receiver; No. 176 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Andrews redshirted last year and switched positions to tight end. He apparently had a huge spring and is expected to really take off in Lincoln Riley's new offense. JEFFERY MEAD Hometown (School): Tulsa (Union) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 75 receiver (3-star) What happened: Mead played some early last season, but fell out of the regular receiver rotation by the end of the year. A big, tall receiver, Mead could find a more consistent role in the new offense. MICHIAH QUICK Hometown (School): Fresno, Calif. (Central East) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 4 athlete; No. 76 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: It took Quick a few games to get going last year as a true freshman, but he ended up catching 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to be a big part of the offense moving forward. DALLIS TODD Hometown (School): La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 50 receiver (4-star) What happened: Todd redshirted last season.
May 10, 2015
In virtually no time, we came to expect May basketball. Came to depend on it. Then injuries wrecked the Thunder season, the Pelicans beat the Spurs on the final night of the season and suddenly, the spring went dark and a couple of million Thunder fans had to figure out what to do with their time.
Berry Tramel: Seeking the bright side of a Thunder-less playoffs
BY BERRY TRAMEL | May 10, 2015Bryan Nix didn’t come home for Thanksgiving. Didn’t come home for Christmas, either. Hard to get home when you’re a missionary in Lesotho, a tiny nation completely surrounded by South Africa. Nix instead came home this May. He planned his trip to coincide with the NBA playoffs. Uh-oh. “Instead of Thunder, I’ll just have tornadoes,” Nix said. Funny, isn’t it, how quickly we form traditions? Barely four years ago, Oklahoma City experienced its first taste of May basketball. The Thunder hosted the Grizzlies in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal on May 1, 2011. That was the first of 43 May playoff games for the Thunder over four seasons. That’s a huge chunk of Oklahoma’s sports calendar. In virtually no time, we came to expect May basketball. Came to depend on it. Then injuries wrecked the Thunder season, the Pelicans beat the Spurs on the final night of the season and suddenly, the spring went dark and a couple of million Thunder fans had to figure out what to do with their time. “I’ve actually been thinking a lot about this,” said Muskogee attorney Rusty Smith. “For one, I’m going to enjoy keeping my blood pressure low, avoiding stress-induced cold sores and not staying up until 1 a.m. nightly to watch games and post-game coverage.” Well, yes, there is that upside. NBA commissioner Adam Silver welcomed visiting sports editors to his offices a couple of weeks ago by declaring it the home of the most sleep-deprived sports fans. The Western Conference playoffs are the best late-night entertainment since Johnny Carson’s heyday, and Thunder fans soon grew accustomed to bleary-eyed mornings after watching their heroes battle the Clippers or the Lakers or the Spurs, sometimes past the witching hour. Office productivity took a hit but morale soared, as did drive-through coffee sales from workers trying to get by on a lot less shut-eye. Truth is, the Thunder has given us all a precious commodity. Time. We’ve all got more time. More time to enjoy our kids. More time to enjoy a month that isn’t exactly void of activity. More time to clean up from the havoc the weather brings around this time every year. “Our two boys play competitive baseball, and we’ve never missed a game to watch the playoffs,” Smith said. “But I’ve kept one eye on the little league game (even while coaching) and one eye on Twitter/ESPN GameChanger for several years straight. “I’ve rushed home from Tulsa with the game on the radio, or not on the radio depending on whether I’ve DVR’d it and want to watch it by myself later, again until the wee hours. I like the fact that I won’t be distracted by the Thunder this spring and summer so I can devote all my attention to my boys. Not that I didn’t already, but I did plan things around the playoffs.” Think about it. Graduations. Weddings. Memorial Day. All have conflicted with Thunder games in recent years. Lots of schedule juggling. Lots of hard decisions. Lots of tense households. Now we’re back to the days when the Women’s College World Series and Big 12 baseball were the landmark athletic events of May. Even Oklahoma expatriates have more time on their hands. Israel James Lister, who grew up in Sapulpa, now is an actor in Los Angeles. He said a spring without a Thunder postseason frees him to do “the only thing that's worth my while. Making film and television happen. See you next season.” And for those fans who buy playoff tickets, there’s more money to spread around. Thunder games aren’t cheap. Hard to get a ticket, but they’re not cheap. Oklahoma native Andrew Hewlett, 29, moved to Norman from Salt Lake City in October. He was all fired up to attend playoff games at Chesapeake Arena, having organized Thunder watch parties in Utah in past postseasons. With the Thunder not cutting into his resources, Hewlett and his girlfriend went to Chicago for a Cubs game and plan a couple of other baseball trips. Plus, he said he’ll pay back more student loans and budget to make the OU-Tennessee football game in Knoxville. That’s a little of the silver lining. No playoffs relieves some financial strain on fans. Some people don’t have to worry about it, but lots of Thunder fans make financial sacrifices to get tickets. They wouldn’t have wished for this dismal season, but since it’s happened, it gives them a chance to let the bank book balance a bit. Still, it’s only a lining. Everyone would prefer that the Thunder was dueling some heavyweight in the Western Conference semifinals and wondering if this could be the year an NBA parade comes to Bricktown. Everyone would prefer if the Thunder still was a nice diversion from the tornadoes and the floods and the wind. The Thunder certainly is a diversion for Bryan Nix. Nix graduated from Putnam North High School and Southwestern Christian University in Bethany. Now he’s director of Beautiful Dreams Society Africa and operates an orphanage and a shelter for victims of human trafficking. Sounds like a job that could use a diversion or two. Thanks to modern technology, the Thunder is that diversion. Nix is a season-ticket holder but made no games this season. Now he’s back in Oklahoma. “My extra time will be spent with friends and family,” Nix said, since for the first time in what seems like forever, the Thunder shingle says CLOSED. 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.
Apr 30, 2015
Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
High school notebook: Norman North's Ben Barrett sets state record in 1,600 meters
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 30, 2015It’s been quite a year for distance runners in boys track, and Norman North’s Ben Barrett added to it with a record-setting performance Thursday. Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen. Calvin Miller of Westmoore was on the verge of yet another milestone, coming a fraction of a second away from breaking the state record in the 800 meters. Miller’s winning time of 1:51.83, just off the record time of 1:51.70, held by two runners, Justin Nobles of Elgin and Quintell Wilson of Edmond North. Balenseifen and Barrett, perhaps the most talented pair of distance runners to come through the state in several years, both competed in Thursday’s meet, but did not go head-to-head, with each running just one race. Balenseifen finished second in the 800 prior to Barrett winning the 1,600. With Barrett being in Class 6A, and Balenseifen in 5A, the two rarely cross paths on the track. But they have become friends and push each other from a distance. Earlier this year, Balenseifen set the 1,600 record at 4:11.57 and still holds the record in the 3,200 at 9:16.20. While competing in a national event in California, Barrett broke the 9-minute mark in the 3,200 at 8:57, though it does not qualify for the state record mark since it was accomplished in an out-of-state competition. Barrett is headed to North Carolina State for college, while Balenseifen will stay close at Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE OFFERS NORMAN NORTH’S LINDY WATERS III Scholarship offers for Norman North junior shooting guard Lindy Waters III have gone from a steady flow to a roaring wave over the last few days. Lower-level Division I programs like Northeastern and Loyola-Maryland helped Waters’ offer list reach double-digits, then Harvard and Yale brought an Ivy League presence to the recruiting game. Cincinnati came in as well, and on Wednesday night, the first major offer dropped. Oklahoma State entered the pursuit of the versatile 6-foot-6 Waters, who is playing on the Adidas circuit with the Oklahoma Wizards this summer. He averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. Waters becomes the third player in the state’s 2016 recruiting class with an offer from Oklahoma State. Putnam City West guard Tre Evans is already verbally committed to the Cowboys, and Mustang guard Jakolby Long has an offer as well. OFFERS POURING IN FOR DEL CITY’S WILSON, LEXINGTON’S BROWN Last week’s offers from Nebraska and Colorado were just the start for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson. Three more scholarship offers have come in this week, with two more from Power Five conferences. Arizona State and Texas Tech joined San Diego State in offering the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior over the last few days. Lexington’s Tyler Brown continues to show himself as one of the fastest rising prospects in the state’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle just received his first offer in mid-April. North Texas and Tulsa were the first to offer Brown, and now, Houston, Wyoming and Utah State have come in as well. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the bigger programs showing interest in Brown. OFFICIALS’ HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its Hall of Fame class Monday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25, at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and football officials, calling state championship games, several state tournaments and All-State contests. Barbee is a former director of officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He has worked in football, basketball, softball and baseball during his 43-year career. Campbell has officiated four state basketball tournaments and still works as a basketball official observer. IVY ADDING OFFERS Former Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy added two scholarship offers Thursday after his first season at Butler Community College. Ivy was offered by Minnesota and Arkansas State, he said on his Twitter account. As a senior in 2013, Ivy was a dominant player for the Roughers. He was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team and Super 30 with offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State. He ultimately chose Butler after failing to qualify academically. He played in six games for the Grizzlies, recording eight tackles and 21/2 sacks.
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Maddie Flemmons, Bethany (SW Christian) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian (SW Baptist) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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When Morgan Gilliam blows his horn first thing in the morning, rest assured, it’s not reveille.It’s a lot jazzier.Morgan, a sophomore at Fort Gibson High, is part of the school’s jazz band. Most school days since November, members have shown up for their 7 a.m. sessions.Rising so early can be hard sometimes, Morgan said.“But it’s worth it because we can make music,” Morgan said.The early class...
Jazzing it up -- early: High school's jazz band practices before class
Cathy Spaulding, Associated Press | Mar 17, 2015When Morgan Gilliam blows his horn first thing in the morning, rest assured, it’s not reveille. It’s a lot jazzier. Morgan, a sophomore at Fort Gibson High, is part of the school’s jazz band. Most school days since November, members have shown up for their 7 a.m. sessions. Rising so early can be hard sometimes, Morgan said. “But it’s worth it because we can make music,” Morgan said. The early class is the students’ idea, said jazz band director Diania Hopkins. “All this started in 2006.” Hopkins said that when she first led the jazz band, practices were held after school. However, getting everyone there proved impossible because of conflicting sports or other extracurricular activities, she said. She said some of the students then said, “Hey, Mrs. Hopkins, let’s do it before school.” So, there they are, showing up with their saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitars and drums, ready to go. “School starts at 7:55 a.m., and we go from 7 to 7:50 a.m.,” Hopkins said. “This gives them a five-minute break.” The jazz band isn’t the only school group that makes music so early. Before and during football season, the marching band practices before school, Hopkins said. “We start doing it after the last marching band competition,” she said. The jazz band mostly has worked on pieces they play for music festivals, such as the Northeastern State Jazz Festival earlier this month. So far, the band has earned Superior ratings at each festival, she said. However, more festivals are coming up, including one at Tonkawa on April 3 and one at Oklahoma Baptist University on April 10. Bass saxophonist Maria Hernandez said she intends to keep practicing during spring break this week. Drummer Brock Gilliam, a senior, has been in the jazz band for five years. He said he started in the eighth grade. “We go to state competition every year,” he said. Brock said he comes early because of his love for music. “It’s like I can achieve something,” he said. Hopkins said the jazz band began going to the state competition four years ago. However, a band does not need to qualify for the state competition. “Last year, we ended up being state runner-up, below Checotah. Their jazz band is amazing,” she said. Hopkins said she feels confident this year’s group has a good chance. “I feel this is one of the best ensembles,” she said. “These kids are really good.” In fact, the band is practicing what Hopkins says is a college-level piece of music, “Sir Duke.” The song comes from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life” and begins with the words “Music is a world within itself.” “It’s got a lot of 16th notes,” Hopkins said. A 16th note is one-fourth of a quarter note, considered the standard beat in music. Part of the musical score Hopkins uses to direct the song is black with 16th notes. “High school kids aren’t used to that,” she said. “But we had a parent request it.” Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee phoenix.com. ——— ©2015 the Muskogee Phoenix (Muskogee, Okla.) Visit the Muskogee Phoenix (Muskogee, Okla.) at muskogeephoenix.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000045814,t000045806,t000003183,t000045851,t000002409,t000002424,t000040659,g000216672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
Her voice is heard on the radio each Sunday night, but don’t expect Erin Michael to keep Sunday hours.Michael, a senior at Fort Gibson High School, hosts a music program 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays on Okie Country, KTFX-FM 101.7. However, she tapes most of the show the Thursday before each broadcast — right after she gets out of school.“It takes about an hour to do a four-hour show,” Michael said....
FG senior makes (radio) waves
Cathy Spaulding, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015Her voice is heard on the radio each Sunday night, but don’t expect Erin Michael to keep Sunday hours. Michael, a senior at Fort Gibson High School, hosts a music program 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays on Okie Country, KTFX-FM 101.7. However, she tapes most of the show the Thursday before each broadcast — right after she gets out of school. “It takes about an hour to do a four-hour show,” Michael said. “When I come in here, they always have the music preset for me. But they have a system in which if someone requests a song, you can plug it in.” Michael has been a fixture at the Muskogee radio station since she was 13. She said she first got involved after being part of a singing competition the station put on. “My dad went and talked to station manager and said, ‘Hey, Erin is in seventh grade, she’s really interested in doing radio, do you think she can do an internship after school, see if she likes it,’” she said. “So we got it set up with the school. I got to sit in on the morning show, and I got to be on the evening show a couple of times.” She said she got to learn different aspects of radio work. “I got to go on sales calls, I did all the things they let me,” she said. “It was a very long internship, and eventually I turned old enough to where I needed gas money. So I talked to my boss and said, ‘How about giving me a job?’ They were awesome and they gave me a job.” Okie Country Operations Manager Cliff Casteel said Michael “literally started out carrying mail to the mailbox for us.” Since then, she has proven to be extremely dependable, he said. “She has integrity,” he said. “You can put her on a task and she will stick to it.” Casteel said Michael puts in all the programming. “She could pretty much run the station if she wanted,” said Margaret Chapman, the station’s traffic director. The radio work helped cement Michael’s interest in a media career. “I guess I’ve always been interested in listening to the radio because I love music so much,” she said. “I’d listen to the radio and I’d hear the radio DJs interview these big stars and go to all these cool events. I was always like, ‘How cool of a job would that be?’ Then I got here and learned how many aspects there are to it and how much goes on behind the scenes, learning how many cool things to do with sound.” Michael said she had thought she wanted to do mass communications and be on the radio. “But the more times I’ve been here, the more I’ve discovered that, long term, I’m more interested in behind the scenes,” she said. She said her interest could go beyond the radio to the recording studio. “I would be happy doing any of it, obviously,” she said. Michael said she works two or three days a week, usually Mondays and Thursdays, at the station. “Which is very nice because I do not want to be out until midnight on Sundays before school,” she said. School takes a top priority for Erin, who will graduate this May at the top of her class of 149 students. She is bass clarinet section leader in the FGHS Royal Regiment band and played keyboard during Royal Regiment football half-time shows. She is secretary for the Native American Student Association, sergeant-at-arms of the FGHS National Honor Society and vice president of Star events for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Michael also is active in the drama club, Oklahoma High School Honor Society and Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Her high ACT score helped Michael be named one of 100 Academic All-Staters for 2015. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence chooses Academic All-Staters the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement, and personal essays. They are recommended by high school principals or district superintendents. Michael said she plans to attend Drury College in Springfield, Mo., after graduation, but has not decided what to do for a career. Media production definitely is an option. However, she said she also is considering child psychology. “I have no idea where that interest came from,” she said. “I’ve always liked spending time with kids. And I read Freud in my spare time sometimes because I’ve always been interested in psychology. Child psychology is kind of a combination of those things. The thing about it that would make me choose it over radio is that there, I am helping kids every day that need my help.” Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or email@example.com. ——— ©2015 the Muskogee Phoenix (Muskogee, Okla.) Visit the Muskogee Phoenix (Muskogee, Okla.) at muskogeephoenix.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: g000362661,g000065603,g000066164
Doc Hearon died on Feb. 11, and it’s confession time. Not that I didn’t know that Doc Hearon died. That I didn’t know that Doc Hearon lived. I’m usually up to date on the prominent players of OU’s Bud Wilkinson era, but this one slipped past the goaltender. I’ve had two Hearon inquiries in recent […]
Oklahoma football: Stories about Doc Hearon
Berry Tramel | Feb 26, 2015Doc Hearon died on Feb. 11, and it's confession time. Not that I didn't know that Doc Hearon died. That I didn't know that Doc Hearon lived. I'm usually up to date on the prominent players of OU's Bud Wilkinson era, but this one slipped past the goaltender. I've had two Hearon inquiries in recent days. An old friend of my family, a man from Arkansas I actually never have met, called to ask if I had any good information on Hearon. The family friend was involved in the memorial service. I went home and dug out some information, thanks to Harold Keith's 47 Straight, and sent it back. Then loyal reader Ed Frost wrote me: "Did I miss a story about Doc Hearon? I saw a couple of sentences about him in today’s Tributes section, but I’d think he was worth more than that. Another stellar Wilkinson era guy and one who lettered three years in wrestling for Port (Robertson). Harold Keith’s book on Bud’s teams has a good story or two about him. One about being on the alternate team and one about Gene Nicks of OSU. Doc told me that when Port came and saw Doc’s steel company, he allowed he might have to quit calling Doc 'peahead.' RIP, Doc." By then, I had sent the family friend the info on Hearon. I don't know why I didn't blog it earlier. But Ed's email prompted me to action. And prompted me to further investigate. The Muskogee Phoenix obituary on Hearon reveals he was born June 28, 1931, in Sugden, in southwestern Oklahoma. Jackson County. Hearon was married to Marilyn Virginia Scott for 55 years. She died in 2005. The Hearons owned and operated a successful steel business. They met in high school, at Putnam City. Hearon was a guard for Wilkinson and a heavyweight for Robertson. He served in the U.S. Army. Here are the stories I found on Hearon. They are worth sharing. From Harold Keith: "High-school athletes who came to Oklahoma to play football responded to all sorts of recruiting stimuli. One of the most unusual cases was that of Darlon 'Doc' Hearon, Putnam City tackle and light-heavyweight wrestler. Hearon was a blond, combative 200-pounder who was always having to give weight to some superopponent and whose disposition, because of it, tended toward bellicosity. Hearon was recruited by for OU by Casey Mills, an Oklahoma City police detective, who, doubling as a football referee, had just ejected Hearon from a high school game for fighting. "'In spite of that fight, he took me down to OU twice,' Hearon laughs today. 'Charley Sarratt, the OU halfback of 1947, helped. But there was another reason -- a big one -- that made me decide not to go to OU. He was Gene Nicks.' "Nicks, a 245-pound high-school wrestler from Ponca City, would later win two national collegiate heavyweight championships. He and Hearon had clashed six times on the mat in high school. Nicks won all six. When Hearon heard that Nicks had signed a wrestling scholarship with OU, he decided to go someplace else. He was tired of being torso-twisted by somebody 50 pounds heavier. So Hearon went to Oklahoma A&M. "'One day at Stillwater I walked into a cafeteria and bumped into Gene Nicks,' says Hearon. 'What are you doin' here?' I asked. 'I've changed my mind,' said Nicks. 'I've decided to come to Oklahoma A&M.' 'That night I went back to Norman,' Hearon concludes the incident. "At Norman, Hearon's freshman football coach was Port Robertson, also Oklahoma's head wrestling mentor. 'My first run-in with Port was over my language in football practice,' Hearon laughs today. 'Port told me, "You know more four-letter cusswords than any freshman I ever saw. Now, instead of saying those words you're so fond of, why not use a little class like me -- and say PeaHead or Cotton-Picker?" So I cleaned up my language. I never swore again around Port.'" "The Sooners' new (1951) line was as green as custodian Jim Houston's lush Owen Field turf. With so many new men contending for status, some savage battles occurred in spring practice. One of the best involved Jim Weatherall and Doc Hearon, the sophomore-to-be who had been recruited by police detective Casey Mills. "'One day in spring practice, I made up my mind to make the OU team,' Hearon recalls. 'I was serious about it. I had a wife and a little girl, and I was ambitious to make something of myself. My opponent that day in scrimmage was Weatherall (21, 6-4, 230, senior, all-American). I thought I was having a real good day on him. "'Suddenly big Jim whip-blocked me and I found myself sitting on the ground holding my aching shins. "After practice is over I'm going to whip your big tail," I told him. He just grinned. "'Later, I was taking off my gear in the dressing room. Weatherall came through the door, darkening everything. He walked up to me. He grabbed me by the back of the head and pulled my face up tight against his stomach. "Me an' you ain't never gonna fight," he said. We hugged each other. We both cried a little. I was sure relieved.' "One of the best new fighters was Dick Bowman, guard from Ponca City. 'Everybody hated to block against his bony elbows,' remembers Hearon. 'One day we were running half-speed drills rushing the passer. I was on defense, he on offense. It was the only time I was ever KO'd on the field. He hit me on the chin with an elbow. I came to on the ground. I looked up. Bowman and Gomer Jones bent over me, looking very concerned. I looked at Bowman, "Which SOB hit me?" I asked. Bowman said, "It was me but I've already told Gomer I'm sorry." He never did tell me he was sorry,' laughs Hearon. 'Not to this day, he hasn't.'" "Two surprises greeted the Oklahomans when they arrived at Columbia on game day (1951). The field was dry and the footing fast. After waiting until the snow started melting, Missouri's freshman football players had rolled off every flake into the largest snowballs the Sooners had ever seen. The snow was piled nearly waist-deep all around the field. "All through the game Missouri fans showered snowballs on the Sooner bench. 'We all got hit,' recalls George Cornelius. Tiring of the punishment, J.D. Roberts and Doc Hearon each fired one back into the crowd, whereupon Dee Andros, Sooner assistant line coach, reproved them. Then a snowball struck Andros. "'The back of Dee's head was flat as a board,' recalls Don Hearon, 'and that's where this snowball hit him. And it was thrown hard, Dee picked up a folding chair and started up into the stadium after them, but the other coaches persuaded him to sit down. The restrainer had to be restrained.'" "Although line coach Gomer Jones ran his practices very seriously, he would tolerate a little clowning upon occasion. The player with whom he especially seemed to enjoy this relationship was Doc Hearon. "One day in practice Gomer stopped the scrimmage to talk about technique. Doc Hearon became bored. The tackle had his own way of showing his disenchantment upon these occasions. He turned his helmet around on his head, back part in front, and pretended to be paying rapt attention. "'Knock off that bull, Doc!' Gomer bellowed hoarsely. 'Where'd you get that goofy-looking headgear? You're not even smart enough to know how to wear it.' Hearon grinned and readjusted the helmet. "Of Gomer, Hearon said, 'You played hard for Gomer because you loved the guy. You wanted to make Gomer look good.'" "With cocaptain Roger Nelson ready to resume play after a long layoff (in 1953) because of a rib injury, he was moved to right tackle ahead of Hearon who was dropped to the alternate team. This ruffled Hearon who had played the best game of his life against Notre Dame. Taking J.D. Roberts with him, he went to see line coach Gomer Jones. "'You said I played well against Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, and here I am down to second team,' he charged. "Gomer put both hands on Hearon's shoulders. 'Now, Doc,' he soothed, 'you know we don't have a second team. We have two first teams.' "'Gomer,' said Hearon, 'if it's all right with you, I'd like to be on that other first team.' Both Jones and Roberts burst out laughing, but Hearon was dead serious. He was a fine player. So was Nelson, who was 20 pounds heavier." After the Orange Bowl in Hearon's final season, "'That was the saddest moment of my life,' said tackle Doc Hearon. 'We'd played our last game for our school. We felt sorry for OU the next two years because the kids playing behind us -- the freshmen -- would have to carry the load. I felt sorry for little old Ed Gray. In 1955 and 1956, those "little old kids" won two national championships,' Hearon laughs today."
Jan 31, 2015
The number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined.
A look at why Oklahoma and Oklahoma State don't recruit more Oklahoma high school athletes
BY JASON KERSEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jan 31, 2015More than 30 Oklahoma high school seniors will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college football at the highest level. No more than six of those players, though, will become Sooners or Cowboys. Some of the greatest players in both programs’ histories have come from in-state. Four of OU’s five Heisman Trophy winners — including the two most recent — played high school football in Oklahoma. Even in the last five years, many of the best OU and OSU players have been homegrown. Think about Cowboys like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Sooners like Ryan Broyles and Sterling Shepard. Former Oklahoma high school football players have won 19 of the Sooners’ 36 national awards. Blackmon won back-to-back Fred Biletnikoff Awards as the nation’s best wide receiver, and former Southwest Covenant standout Dan Bailey won the 2008 Lou Groza Award, given to college football’s best kicker. Still, the number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined. Don’t expect that number to improve next year, either. Oklahoma has three current commitments from the state — Midwest City safety Will Sunderland, McAlester tight end Dalton Wood and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton — and Overton is an academic risk who might not make it to Norman. Norman North quarterback John Kolar is expected to be the only Oklahoman in OSU’s 2015 signing class. Meanwhile, the schools have eight commitments each from Texas high school players. The sheer number of talented high school players from the Lone Star State make it fertile recruiting ground for both schools. While Oklahoma produces around 30-40 FBS-caliber high school seniors each year, Texas produces at least 10 times that many. Pat Jones, who coached the Cowboys from 1984 through 1994, plucked lots of top talent from Texas, including wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and running back Thurman Thomas. But Jones said he thinks the most important thing Mike Gundy has done since becoming the Cowboys’ head coach 10 years ago is take that dedication to recruiting Texas even further. “You can play the numbers game way better down there,” Jones said. “There’s just so many Jenks and Unions, that’s the way I’d put it. “(Gundy’s) coaches spend a ton of time in Texas. I think they’ve probably done as good a job of evaluating down there as probably anybody in the league.” That dedication to Texas — or other states overflowing with talent — has a tendency to upset some high school players and coaches in Oklahoma. Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning isn’t one of them, but he can understand it. Manning has sent several players to FBS schools, including current OU freshman quarterback Justice Hansen. “Some Oklahoma high school coaches take it personally, and it’s because they care about their players,” Manning said. “But the fact is, (college coaches’) jobs depend on making sure they don’t miss and they recruit the right kids for their program.” Many times, that means OU and OSU coaches passing on local players. Sometimes, Oklahoma players are made late offers after other OU and OSU targets fall through. The Sooners just offered Westmoore receiver and Washington State commitment Dahu Green a scholarship last week. Current OU starting linebackers Dominique Alexander (Tulsa Washington) and Jordan Evans (Norman North) were both offered scholarships late in the 2013 recruiting cycle. Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels owns and operates Nutrition & Athletic Club of Choctaw, where he often works with local high school football players hoping to play at the next level, and he often advises them not to get their hopes up about getting attention from OU and OSU. “It does affect these kids,” Runnels said. “There’s a lot of kids around here that wanna stay local, and quite frankly, I have to tell them, ‘Don’t worry about it. Chances are, it’s not gonna happen.’” Runnels knows how they feel, though. As a Carl Albert standout in the 2002 recruiting class, he was committed to Texas A&M until almost Christmas, when OU came with a scholarship offer. “Bob’s the same talent evaluator that gave me a scholarship,” Runnels said. “If he sees a player who’s like me, chances are, he’s gonna give them a scholarship. If there aren’t those players, that’s not really on him. “If this state only has two or three people that he’s really looking at, then to me, that just tells me that the talent is down around here.” That doesn’t mean there aren’t talented players who slip through the cracks. Former Heritage Hall star Wes Welker didn’t get attention from the local schools, went to Texas Tech and became a five-time NFL Pro Bowler. Rafe Watkins thinks OU and OSU coaches have been better the last several years at giving local kids a chance, but still doesn’t understand some decisions. “I really thought Donte Foster deserved a better look from the local schools,” said Watkins, the longtime Guthrie High coach who just finished his first season at Muskogee. Foster, a superstar wide receiver at Guthrie, got so little attention football-wise that he played a season of basketball at Seminole State before transferring to Ohio and catching 21 career touchdown passes. He went undrafted a year ago, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is still with the team. Ringling product Jackson Dillon’s father was a Sooner football player, but Dillon didn’t get an OU scholarship offer. The linebacker just wrapped up his sophomore season at Memphis with an 11-tackle, two-sack performance in the Miami Beach Bowl. And sometimes, the best Oklahoma high school players simply choose to go elsewhere. Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko — the state’s top-ranked 2015 prospect — will choose Wednesday between OU, Ohio State and UCLA. Still, the fact remains: Players with top-flight talent don’t go unnoticed by OU and OSU coaches very often. “As an Oklahoma kid, you grow up around here and you see the treatment that OU football players get,” Runnels said. “With the system being what it is and us recruiting all Texas players, as an Oklahoma kid, you’re like, ‘Why not me?’ “Then when you get there, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK. That’s why.’ These guys are huge. They’re fast.”
High school basketball playoffs: Is it time to change how the Class 5A and 6A brackets are divided up?Jan 25, 2015
The area assignments, generally known as the east-west split, are one of the lesser publicized but more difficult decisions handled by the OSSAA.
High school basketball playoffs: Is it time to change how the Class 5A and 6A brackets are divided up?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Jan 25, 2015The Class 5A and 6A basketball playoff assignments were released on Thursday, and as usual, brought with them a varied response of cheers and boos. Some teams’ state tournament hopes got a big boost by being moved from the west bracket to the east bracket, or perhaps by not having to endure such a move. And many teams that were hoping to avoid the tougher side didn’t get so lucky. The area assignments, generally known as the east-west split, are one of the lesser publicized but more difficult decisions handled by the OSSAA. The split is necessary because the state playoff brackets for 5A and 6A boys and girls must have 16 teams on each side, but the geography of the schools doesn’t work out that way. Each class has more schools on the west side of the state than the east. So this year, three west teams from 6A and two from 5A were flipped to the east bracket. One of the biggest concerns regarding the split is that boys and girls teams from a school are tied together in the decision-making process. So the OSSAA won’t send a boys team to the east and keep the girls team of the same school on the west. By policy, such a division is allowed. But the OSSAA is firmly against the idea, and for good reason. Splitting the teams from one school to opposite sides of the state could result in both teams playing for a state tournament berth on the same day 100 miles apart. That’s what makes the decisions of the split so dicey. If the OSSAA was to ignore that potential problem, it would be much easier to balance out the brackets in the best way possible. But it would be a bigger headache for fans and administrators of those schools. Even the OSSAA’s biggest detractors wouldn’t want to have to choose between a more balanced bracket or upsetting the fans — the people who buy the tickets that keep these events going. Maybe it’s time to give the other method a shot, though. Maybe it’s time to see if a more evenly competitive playoff bracket will outweigh the negatives. Keeping boys and girls teams together is necessary from Class 4A and down, because the travel is greater, and far more schools are impacted by it. But at the 5A and 6A level, where athletic budgets and support staffs are bigger, the difficulties of traveling separately are minimized. Most schools rarely take it into consideration when planning out their in-season tournament schedules, letting each coach go to the two or three tournaments he or she wants to play in. For instance, the Mustang boys played at an event in Texas over Thanksgiving, then played January tournaments at Muskogee and Altus. The girls team played tournaments at Durant, Westmoore and Deer Creek. And the same theory is reflected on the schedules of several teams throughout 5A and 6A. A recent proposal would have done away with the east-west split issues all together: eight-team districts. The districting plan — similar to what is used in football, baseball, softball and soccer — would have eliminated the need for an east-west split for area tournaments all together, and it’s a change several coaches have said they would like. Only 24 of the 64 schools in 5A and 6A voted against districts for basketball when the question was sent out by the OSSAA last month. Yet 20 schools chose not to reply to the electronic ballot, which also included a couple of other questions. So the idea died on the table. Each school district will see pros and cons to the districting plan. And some would probably tell you that the current method for the east-west split is working fine, too. Changing it could certainly bring some additional challenges. So if boys and girls teams weren’t tied together for the east-west split, it could be as many as 10 schools from the west forced to travel east. And of course, that number is impacted by the makeup of the 64 schools in the top two classes each year. It’s hard to pull the trigger on such a change when you think about the mother whose daughter could be playing a 3 p.m. game in Tulsa for a chance to make the state tournament, and her son playing for equal glory 100 miles away at 6 p.m. the same day. But at the same time, it’s hard to ignore the opportunity for better equality in the bracket that decides state champions.
Jan 17, 2015
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Whitney verbally committed to USC last month, where he’ll have three years to play out his final two seasons of eligibility. He had 11 scholarship offers from Power 5 conference teams, and took official visits to Cal, West Virginia and USC before announcing his decision.
High school notebook: Former Southmoore receiver Isaac Whitney lands at USC
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Jan 17, 2015Coming out of high school in 2012, Southmoore grad Isaac Whitney was a good college football prospect. But not the type of player who would garner scholarship offers from Southern Cal, Florida, Nebraska and a half-dozen other big-name programs. A lot can change in two years. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Whitney verbally committed to USC last month, where he’ll have three years to play out his final two seasons of eligibility. The Southmoore wide receiver with good size and speed signed with Central Oklahoma, where he played his freshman year. He ended up at Riverside (Calif.) Community College in the Los Angeles area this past season, where he had 49 catches for 809 yards. He picked up 11 scholarship offers from Power 5 conference teams, and took official visits to Cal, West Virginia and USC before announcing his decision. EDMOND SANTA FE ADAPTS WITH LOSS OF JONES Top-ranked Edmond Santa Fe never quite recovered Tuesday in an overtime loss to No. 5 Southmoore after junior guard Summer Jones suffered a torn ACL and MCL late in the second quarter. The Wolves even had a bit of a hangover Friday night before returning to form in the second half to rally past Class 5A defending champion Deer Creek 41-33. Now, Wolves coach Paul Bass hopes keeping the same game plan moving forward will help his young team. “When somebody goes down, you’ve got to pick it up,” Bass said. “But in high school when you’ve got a really good player and she’s screaming on the floor, that takes a lot of yourselves. It was a learning experience for us. Knowing that we haven’t lost two in a row in probably 10 years or so, I wanted to see what this team was like. Finally, we started kicking it in.” Before the injury, Jones was receiving some Division I and Division II interest. Bass said nothing should change because of the injury. “They still go after what your talent is,” Bass said. MOUNT ST. MARY’S TURNER OFFERED BY COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES Colorado School of Mines has offered a football scholarship to Mount St. Mary defensive end Jesse Turner. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Turner was named Defensive End of the Year in District 3A-2 this past season. “Jesse’s incredible work ethic and dedication have earned him this scholarship offer,” Mount St. Mary coach Chris Stiles said. “He has a great future as a student-athlete and potentially can become an impact player at the collegiate level.” Colorado School of Mines made the Division II national playoffs this past season, and is considered one of the top engineering schools in the country. CHOCTAW PREPPING FOR TOUGH STRETCH A rout of Putnam City on Friday was just the start of a tough stretch for the second-ranked Choctaw girls. The Yellowjackets have a tough week filled with the possibility of top 10 teams across four days of games. Choctaw travels Tuesday to No. 8 Midwest City and then is part of a loaded field in Moore’s John Nobles Tournament. No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe, No. 4 Muskogee and No. 5 Southmoore are in the bracket, setting up the possibility of the semifinals and championship featuring the four teams. “The big test is going to come next week,” Choctaw coach Ryan Maloney said. “We’ve won seven in a row now since Putnam city, we’ve won down in Ada but the next week we’re going to play some competition that we haven’t seen, so it’s going to be a real test for us.” NORMAN NORTH’S BARRETT REPEATS AS GATORADE AWARD WINNER For the second straight year, Ben Barrett has been named the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Barrett repeated as Class 6A champion in the fall and has been highly competitive on a national stage, qualifying for the Foot Locker Nationals the last two years. “Ben Barrett is it,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said. “He can hang with anyone in Oklahoma and then the last 400 to 800 (meters), he turns on the jets and it is amazing. I’ve never seen anyone with his kick speed.” Barrett has signed a letter of intent to run at North Carolina State next year.
Jan 4, 2015
THE OKLAHOMAN’S ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM — Jared Vincent says he wasn’t an instant success when he first starting booting field goals, even struggling to consistently make extra points. But since committing himself to football, he’s attended camps the past couple years and evolved into a talent whose range is capable of stretching to 60 yards.
All-State football: Claremore's Jared Vincent forsakes soccer for kicking footballs
By Trent Shadid | Jan 4, 2015Jared Vincent’s career as a kicker began like most. The Claremore senior was a soccer player who decided to give kicking footballs a shot in high school. Four years later, The Oklahoman’s first-team All-State kicker has become strictly a football player. “I was a soccer player my entire life,” Vincent said. “Freshman year all my friends told me to come out and try kicking for the football team. Turns out I liked it so much I quit soccer.” Vincent says he wasn’t an instant success when he first starting booting field goals, even struggling to consistently make extra points. But since committing himself to football, he’s attended camps the past couple years and evolved into a talent whose range is capable of stretching to 60 yards. This season, he hit all 12 of his extra-point attempts, made 8 of 13 field goals and 28 of his 30 kickoffs went for touchbacks. In a Week 7 game against Muskogee, Vincent connected on a career-long 55-yard field goal. “My coach (Rob Gilbreath) was talking about punting it, but I talked to him a little bit and he decided to give me a chance at kicking it,” said Vincent, who is currently being recruited by several Division-II schools. “I haven’t necessarily received a lot more recruiting attention since making that kick, but it was definitely a relief. I felt like more colleges would come looking and maybe the more they hear about it they will.”
Nov 9, 2014
It’s a whole new ballgame in Class 6A this year with the class being split into two divisions. But there are three 1980s powers at the top of Class 6A-II — Midwest City, Tulsa Washington and Lawton.
It's back to the future in the Class 6A-II playoffs
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 9, 2014Opinions are still good, bad and indifferent about the Class 6A split as we prepare for the first postseason of the new football classifications. While 6A-I looks much the same, with Tulsa Union and Jenks atop the list of favorites for a 19th straight year, 6A-II feels like fans have been thrown into a time machine and sent back to the 1980s. Thirty years ago, in 1984, Tulsa Washington conquered big-school football with a then-Class 5A title. Over the next four years, Midwest City won two titles, and Lawton took one, with Muskogee slipping in to steal one as well. While Muskogee missed the playoffs this season, the other three programs that dominated the second half of the 1980s are right back at the top of the new lower division this season. Those three schools have 17 state championships between them. Bixby, which ascended to No. 1 in The Oklahoman’s top 10 rankings late last month, could be the spoiler as the Spartans try to contend for their first-ever state football title. Still, it seems like 6A-II has turned back the clock on high school football. Don’t be looking for Midwest City’s Gundy brothers or Lawton’s Dewell Brewer to strap on a helmet on Friday night, but it’ll at least feel like the 1980s all over again.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Class 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond...
High school football playoff scenarios for Classes 6A, 5A and 4A
By Scott Wright | Nov 4, 2014CLASS 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with win, Edmond Memorial win and Yukon loss. Yukon: Third with win and Westmoore loss. Fourth with win and Westmoore win. Fourth with loss, Edmond Santa Fe loss and either Westmoore or Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with loss, Westmoore loss and Edmond Santa Fe win in which Yukon loses 12 or fewer district points to Edmond Santa Fe. Edmond Santa Fe: Fourth with win and Yukon loss in which Edmond Santa Fe gains 13 or more district points on Yukon. District 6A-I-2 Key game: Norman North at Southmoore. Tulsa Union: First. Owasso: Second. Mustang: Third. Norman North: Fourth with win. Southmoore: Fourth with win. CLASS 6A-II District 6A-II-1 Key games: Sand Springs at Bixby; Muskogee at Tulsa Washington; Claremore at Bartlesville. Bixby: First. Tulsa Washington: Second with Sand Springs loss. Second with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Sand Springs: Second with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with loss. Bartlesville: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Muskogee loss. Muskogee: Fourth with win and Bartlesville loss. District 6A-II-2 Key games: Lawton at Choctaw; Lawton Eisenhower at Stillwater. Lawton: First with win. Second with loss. Midwest City First with Lawton loss. Second with Lawton win. Choctaw: Third. Stillwater: Fourth with win. Lawton Eisenhower: Fourth with win. CLASS 5A District 5A-1 Key games: Duncan at Ardmore, El Reno at Lawton MacArthur, Altus at Northwest, Del City at Chickasha. Ardmore: First with win and Altus loss. First with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses seven or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses eight or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with Altus win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Third with loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Lawton MacArthur: First with win and Ardmore loss. First with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore and loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore or loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with Ardmore win and Altus loss. Third with loss and Altus win. Third with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains seven or fewer district points on Ardmore and loses 10 or more district points on Altus. Altus: First with win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Second with Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Second with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains 10 or more district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains nine or fewer district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with loss and Ardmore win. Del City: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Duncan loss where Del City loses five or fewer district points to Duncan. Duncan: Fourth with win and Del City loss. Fourth with loss and Del City loss where Duncan gains six or more district points on Del City. District 5A-2 Key games: Guthrie at Deer Creek, Piedmont at Bishop McGuinness Guthrie: First with win. Second with loss. Deer Creek: First with win. Second with loss. Carl Albert: Third. McGuinness: Fourth with win. Piedmont: Fourth with win. District 5A-3 Key games: McAlester at Tulsa Memorial, Noble at Skiatook, Tulsa Hale at Shawnee, Tulsa Kelley at Durant. Skiatook: First with win. First with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee win. McAlester: First with win and Skiatook loss. First with loss, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Second with win and Skiatook win. Second with loss, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Third with loss and Shawnee loss. Shawnee: Second with win, McAlester win and Skiatook loss. Third with win, McAlester wim and Skiatook win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 20 or less district points to Tulsa Kelley. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley loss. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook win. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 21 or more district points to Tulsa Kelley. Tulsa Memorial: Second with win and Shawnee loss. Fourth with loss and Shawnee win. Fourth with loss, Shawnee loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with win, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Fourth with win, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Tulsa Kelley: Third with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 21 or more district points on Shawnee. Fourth with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 20 or fewer district points on Shawnee. District 5A-4 Key games: Tulsa East Central at Collinsville, Coweta at Tahlequah, Grove at Tulsa Edison Collinsville: First. Coweta: Second with win. Third with loss. Tahlequah: Second with win. Third with loss and Tulsa Edison loss. Fourth with loss and Tulsa Edison win. Tulsa Edison: Third with win and Coweta win. Fourth with win and Coweta loss. Tulsa East Central: Fourth with Tulsa Edison loss. CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key games: Clinton at Elk City. Anadarko: First. Newcastle: Second. Weatherford: Third. Elk City: Fourth with win. Clinton: Fourth with win. District 4A-2 Key games: Ada at Harrah; McLoud at Glenpool; Tuttle at Santa Fe South. Ada: First with win. Second with loss. Harrah: First with win. Second with loss and Tuttle loss. Second with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 12 or fewer district points to Tuttle. Third with loss, Tuttle win and McLoud win. Third with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 13 or more district points to Tuttle. Tuttle: Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool loss. Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 13 or more district points on Harrah. Third with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 12 or fewer district points on Harrah. Third with loss and Glenpool loss. Third with win, Glenpool loss and Harrah win. Fourth with Harrah win and Glenpool win. Glenpool: Third with win and Harrah win. Third with win, Harrah loss and Tuttle loss. Fourth with win, Tuttle win and Harrah loss. Fourth with loss by six points or fewer and Tuttle loss. McLoud: Fourth with win and Tuttle win. Fourth with win by seven points or more and Tuttle loss. District 4A-3 Key games: Catoosa at Wagoner; Cleveland at Cascia Hall Oologah: First Catoosa: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Wagoner: Second with win and Cascia Hall loss. Second with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Cascia Hall: Second with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Catoosa win. Third with loss and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss of 12 points or fewer and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Cleveland: Fourth with win and Wagoner win. Fourth with win by 13 points or more and Wagoner loss. District 4A-4 Key games: Sallisaw at Metro Christian, Tulsa Central at Poteau. Fort Gibson: First. Metro Christian: Second with win. Second with loss of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau. Third with loss and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau or loses by 14 points or less. Third with loss and Poteau loss. Fourth with loss of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Poteau: Second with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains six or more district points on Metro Christian. Third with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains five or fewer district points on Metro Christian. Third with Metro Christian win. Fourth with loss and Sallisaw win. Sallisaw: Second with win and Poteau loss. Third with win of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win.
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 24, 2014
GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie...
Guthrie high school athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was given the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
After 14 years as the Bluejays’ AD, Boxley is leaving to pursue business opportunities
High schools: Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
By Jacob Unruh | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation is effective Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was returned the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. During Boxley’s tenure, Guthrie won 11 state championships. He led the Bluejays personally to two state championships in track and three state runner-up finishes. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named the organization’s Coach of the Year in 2009. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS
Sep 21, 2014
The Oklahoman’s writers discuss who’s been the biggest surprise of the season, who has the most promising future and who’s most in need of the clean slate that district play provides.
High school football: Answering three big questions after three weeks of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Sep 21, 2014For most teams in the state, Week 4 of the football season represents the beginning of district play — the games that really count. The first three weeks provide little more than momentum and bragging rights. So as the season really begins this week, The Oklahoman high school sports staff addresses three big questions after three weeks of football: 1. Which 3-0 team has been the biggest surprise? Scott Wright: Idabel After three wins in the previous two seasons combined, Idabel is off to a red-hot start. Coach Dennis Parker has orchestrated a turnaround that includes two wins of 50-plus points and an upset of rival Broken Bow, a game Idabel hadn’t won in over a decade. Jacob Unruh: Stillwater The Pioneers won just two games last season, but fought their way through a grueling nondistrict schedule that included Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. It was even more impressive that part of this span was without quarterback Braxton Noble, the team’s leader. Trent Shadid: Owasso Not because the Rams lack talent, but because of the schedule. Owasso defeated preseason No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow in Week 1 and defending state champion Jenks — for the first time since 1993 — in Week 3. The defense has led the way, surrendering just 13 points over three games. Others: Fort Gibson, Skiatook, Western Heights 2. Which 0-3 team has the most promising future? Scott Wright: Coweta Jay Wilkinson’s first season coaching the Tigers hasn’t produced a victory yet, but all three losses have been by eight points or less against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. The offense is averaging 40 points per game against some talented defenses, and the district schedule offers opportunities to get in the win column. Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek The Antlers are creeping their way to Class 6A with the number of students in the school, but they appeared overmatched against three Class 6A opponents. They get a chance to rebound against rival and new district foe Piedmont this week in a matchup they have owned of late. Trent Shadid: Southmoore The SaberCats have yet to produce a win despite improving each week against a challenging nondistrict schedule. Southmoore’s biggest issue has been inexperience on offense, specifically at quarterback where talented freshman Casey Thompson is now the starter. As Thompson begins to improve, expect the team to do the same. Others: Catoosa, Duncan, Stigler 3. Which team is most in need of the clean slate that district play provides? Scott Wright: Muskogee The Roughers could also be considered one of the most promising 0-3 teams, with losses to the likes of McAlester and Owasso. A fresh start in District 6A-II-2 will be a big boost for Rafe Watkins’ squad. With several winnable games on the district schedule, Muskogee still has the potential to go into the postseason with some momentum. Jacob Unruh: Poteau The Pirates are just happy to remain in Oklahoma. Last year’s Class 4A runner-up is off to an unfortunate 1-2 start against three teams out of the state, but it’ll get a chance to turn the record around in a favorable district that includes powerful Fort Gibson. Trent Shadid: Blanchard At 1-2, the Lions have as many losses this season as they had in the previous two seasons combined. However, they are yet to face a Class 3A opponent as they head into 3A-2 action this week. The slow start will be easily forgotten if Blanchard can regain its winning ways when it counts. Others: Clinton, Del City, Texhoma
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2014
Stillwater and Lawton Eisenhower came through with a couple of the bigger surprises of Week 2 of the high school football season, and made notable moves in this week’s top 10. Lawton Ike defeated Class 5A Del City 40-13 (previously No. 6), and is making its debut in the top 10 this week. Stillwater went to Mustang […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-II rankings: Stillwater into top 5, Lawton Ike makes first appearance
Scott Wright | Sep 15, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/stillwater.jpg]3390766[/img] Stillwater moved into the top five in this week’s Class 6A-II rankings after a big win at Mustang last week. Stillwater and Lawton Eisenhower came through with a couple of the bigger surprises of Week 2 of the high school football season, and made notable moves in this week’s top 10. Lawton Ike defeated Class 5A Del City 40-13 (previously No. 6), and is making its debut in the top 10 this week. Stillwater went to Mustang and came out with an upset victory, allowing the Pioneers to move into the top five. Following Lawton’s loss to Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur, and Midwest City’s win over a ranked 5A opponent, Carl Albert, the Bombers move up to No. 2 this week as well. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 for Class 6A Division II: Class 6A-II 1. Tulsa Washington, 2-0 (1) 2. Midwest City, 1-1 (3) 3. Lawton, 1-1 (2) 4. Choctaw, 2-0 (4) 5. Stillwater, 2-0 (6) 6. Bixby, 1-1 (5) 7. Sand Springs, 2-0 (9) 8. Lawton Eisenhower, 1-1 (NR) 9. Enid, 1-1 (8) 10. Bartlesville, 1-1 (7) Dropped out: Muskogee, 0-2 (10)
Putnam City High School athletic director A.D. Burtschi lost an emphatic plea to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors on Wednesday to reverse a rule that leaves the Pirates ineligible to host any playoff event. An administrator from Putnam City failed to attend one of the OSSAA’s mandatory eligibility workshops this summer. By rule, the school is not allowed...
Putnam City High School denied appeal to host playoff events
BY JACOB UNRUH | Sep 10, 2014Putnam City High School athletic director A.D. Burtschi lost an emphatic plea to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors on Wednesday to reverse a rule that leaves the Pirates ineligible to host any playoff event. An administrator from Putnam City failed to attend one of the OSSAA’s mandatory eligibility workshops this summer. By rule, the school is not allowed to host a playoff contest. “I understand that there needs to be consequences,” Burtschi told the board. “At the end of the day, I ask for those consequences to be on me.” The appeal was ultimately denied 11-1 by the board. Putnam City was 1 of 16 schools to break the rule this year, a number that was more than four times above last season’s total. OSSAA MAKING DONATIONS TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS The OSSAA board of directors approved two donations to Special Olympics Oklahoma this year. One will be a $1,200 donation. The other will be the organization donating leftover products — basketballs, footballs, etc. from championship events — to Special Olympics. “We’re excited about that and excited about our partnership that we have with them,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. OCS COACH REINSTATED Oklahoma Christian School soccer coach John Wilkens was reinstated by the OSSAA Board of Directors following a year-long suspension imposed by the school for a violation. Wilkens missed all of last season, but refused to talk about the violation as he wants to move forward. “I look forward to the opportunity,” Wilkens said. “I still love kids and I am still a teacher. I am more of an academic guy with math. I’m looking forward to it.” Wilkens will likely be an assistant coach for both boys and girls teams, while also coaching the academic team. FORT GIBSON QB TEARS ACL One of Class 4A’s top quarterbacks is likely to miss the rest of the season. Fort Gibson senior J.R. Singleton, The Oklahoma’s Class 4A Preseason All-State quarterback, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Friday’s win over Tahlequah, the Muskogee Phoenix reports. Fort Gibson coach and Singleton’s father James said the knee is stable, but doctors said it’s torn. “That just makes it all the more frustrating for J.R.,” James told the newspaper. CHEROKEE FORMIMG CO-OP IN CROSS COUNTRY Cherokee was narrowly approved to form a three-school co-op for cross country this season by the OSSAA. Cherokee will join Burlington and Pond Creek-Hunter in both boys and girls events. The schools compete in Class 2A. The board initially voted to a 6-6 tie, but board president Duane Merideth voted yes to break the tie.
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