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Nov 23, 2014
You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks.
What Oklahoma sports fans have to be thankful for during the holiday season
BY JENNI CARLSON | Nov 23, 2014We won’t be sugar coating anything, sports fans. You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks. With the Thunder, we can be thankful for what these injuries have revealed. Nick Collison’s 3-point shot. Serge Ibaka’s shooting range. Every able-bodied player’s heart. And of course, there are the healing powers of the human body and whatever Mr. Miyagi tricks the Thunder has up its sleeve. At OSU, there’s Mason Rudolph’s spark, Michael Cobbins’ return and Desmond Roland’s perseverance. There are also plenty of reasons, maybe hundreds of millions, to be thankful for Mike Gundy and Boone Pickens, even when they aren’t thankful for each other. At OU, there’s Samaje Perine’s running, TaShawn Thomas’s eligibility and Blake Bell’s class. And even with the Adrian Peterson saga, OU can say, “Pay no attention to that. Perhaps you’ve heard about our amazing alum, DeMarco Murray.” Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, has there ever been a pro franchise outside the Thunder that flew the flag for our state more than them? Please tell me someone’s has come up with a drinking game after all of Mike Tirico’s references to OU and OSU during that Monday Night Football game? Oklahoma City Public Schools is fixing fields and working to right long-listing football programs. The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing their Triple-A team to town. Pro soccer has come to town. And the NCAA still loves us. Volleyball championships are coming to Oklahoma City in December, basketball regionals are on the calendar for future years, and the Women’s College World Series isn’t going anywhere. Yes, I know the teams that dominate our scene are struggling. Not since 2005 have things been so bad. Mike Gundy’s first season. Bob Stoops’ worst season since Year 1. The only saving grace that year was the NBA blowing into town. The Hornets weren’t great, but that fall, they provided distraction. Perhaps that year provides perspective. It has been nearly a decade since our sports world had it as rough as it has this year. We have it good. That’s fact. That’s not sugar coating — we know you’ll get plenty of that on your honey-glazed hams and marshmallow-covered yams. What the readers are thankful for ... Rita Riley, Oklahoma City Very thankful for our Thunder players. They are exhibiting grace in a very difficult time. Playing their hearts out. Greg Hargrove, Lawton Splitting of Class 6A into two divisions means my Lawton High School Wolverines have a realistic shot at a gold ball. Lauren Dennison, Oklahoma City I’m thankful that we even have an NBA basketball team. Big-league city. David Jordan, Fairfax, Va. As a very temporary Virginian at the moment (working as an Army National Guard Chaplain at the National Guard Bureau), I want to say I'm still very thankful for the OU football program. Each Saturday I feel a little more connected to home when I watch on TV. Justin Wilmeth, Oklahoma City The Edmond Hyundai “helium” commercial is, by far, the best part of the season for the Thunder so far. John Rhea, Norman I’m thankful for the off button on my radio after a loss, so I can ignore the volunteer assistant coaches on sports talk radio. What the writers are thankful for ... Berry Tramel, columnist “May you live in interesting times” is a new English phrase that masquerades as a Chinese proverb. Sort of the literary version of sweet-and-sour pork. But despite the travails of the Thunder and Sooners and Cowboys, sports fans in Oklahoma can’t say they don’t live in interesting times. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are hurt for now, but soon enough, two of the 15 best basketball players in the world play in OKC. OSU football stinks, but even in defeat, the Boone Pickens/Mike Gundy spat is fascinating theater. And the Sooners, win or lose, never are boring. Interesting times? These are the best of times. There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan in Oklahoma. Ryan Aber, OU basketball Be thankful for the NCAA — seriously — and TaShawn Thomas. Sure, the NCAA waited until about 17 hours before the Sooners’ season opener to rule in Thomas’ favor on his appeal for immediate eligibility. But in a season where OU football has been on the wrong side of NCAA rulings involving Dorial Green-Beckham and Baker Mayfield, you take victories where you can get them regardless of timing. Thomas fills the Sooners’ glaring hole, putting another big body opposite Ryan Spangler and giving OU one of the nation’s best starting fives. Ed Godfrey, outdoors From antelope in the Panhandle to black bears in the southeastern counties, few states can match Oklahoma’s diversity of wildlife. We should be thankful for bass fishing lakes like Grand and Arbuckle and crappie lakes like Hugo and Eufaula. We should be thankful we can catch stripers on Lake Texoma, snag spoonbills on Grand Lake and its tributaries, and fly fish for trout year-round on the Lower Mountain Fork and Lower Illinois rivers. The state is blessed with good deer and turkey hunting statewide and some of the most underrated duck hunting in the country. Heck, even the bird hunters are happy this year because the bobwhite quail have returned. Jacob Unruh, high school hoops There is an impressive amount of young talent across the state likely bound for Division I hoops. On the boys side, there are Putnam West’s Tre Evans, an Oklahoma State commitment, Southeast’s DeShawn McDowell, and Mustang standouts Jakolby Long and Austin Meyer. The girls are equally talented with Choctaw sophomore Ana Llanusa and small-school stars Preston’s Chelsea Dungee and Alva’s Jaden Hobbs. Llanusa and Dungee are verbally committed to Oklahoma while Hobbs is committed to OSU. Kyle Fredrickson, OSU football Things are going to be little tense at the proverbial Thanksgiving table this year between Mike Gundy and an anxious OSU fan base. No bowl for the first time since 2005? A beef with Boone Pickens? The opportunity to jump ship for Florida? Even still, there’s plenty to be thankful for. In just a few months, the anguish Cowboy fans feel today will be replaced by the optimism of a new season that features a core of experienced returners. And OSU’s 2015 schedule is much more manageable with home games against TCU, Baylor and OU in November. If anything, Cowboy fans, be thankful OU isn’t much worse off at the moment. Anthony Slater, Thunder Two of the best 10 players in the world still reside on the Thunder roster. And at some point in the next month, Thunder fans will get an early Christmas present with the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Plus, despite these early season troubles, OKC remains among an elite group of teams that most pundits believe can still win the title. Weather this storm because good times are likely ahead. Jason Kersey, OU football The Sooners have enjoyed a remarkable run of consistent success under Bob Stoops, who has made 10-win seasons the norm in Norman. OU under Stoops is 10-6 against Texas and 12-3 against Oklahoma State, so rivalry bragging rights are another thing to appreciate. Are things perfect? Of course not, and they’ll never be. But the very fact that some fans are calling for a coaching change because of three losses in one season should be enough to realize how good you’ve got it. John Helsley, OSU basketball Cowboys basketball fans can be thankful for a team offering optimism. From Michael Cobbins’ health to Le’Bryan Nash’s plans for a big senior season to Phil Forte filling it up from 3-point land to a promising bunch of youngsters that figure to make this season interesting, there’s much to like about these Pokes. Scott Wright, high school football There is still meaningful football to be played. Seasons might not have played out the way OU and OSU followers had hoped, but the excitement, drama and tension of the high school playoffs hasn’t even reached its climax. Nine championships are still to be decided, including the first-ever Class 6A Division II title. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held this weekend, with championship games the following two weeks. Mike Baldwin, minor league sports Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ranks as one of the finest Triple-A ballparks in the country. A ton of a future big leaguers have played at The Brick. Hockey was bigger back in the Blazer days, but Triple-A hockey is an upgrade. Several NHL players have played at the Cox Convention Center, including some young Edmonton Oilers stars during the NHL lockout. Minor-league sports in OKC are top rate.
Byron Cordell and his family recorded a parody to Taylor Swift’s Billboard Top 100 song “Shake It Off” as a comeback and posted it on YouTube over the weekend. You can watch the video at NewsOK.com/Varsity.
High school notebook: Durant coach parodies 'Shake It Off' after firing
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Nov 17, 2014Two days after being fired from his alma mater, former Durant football coach Byron Cordell had a response to his ousting — and it was especially entertaining. Cordell and his family recorded a parody to Taylor Swift’s Billboard Top 100 song “Shake It Off” as a comeback and posted it on YouTube over the weekend. You can watch the video at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Cordell’s two daughters, son and wife all sing along to the song with him while they pack up his belongings. But they also dance and have a little fun in the school’s facilities during the process. The school informed Cordell he would not return for his 10th season Thursday, just days after Durant ended its season 1-9 following a 2-8 campaign last season. “We just weren’t successful enough in the last few years,” Cordell told the Durant Democrat. “We didn’t win enough games. It’s part of the profession. I’m disappointed, but I understand. “I had a great time in my nine years here in Durant. It was an honor and privilege to coach in my home town. I would like to thank everyone for the support, not just me, but the kids in the program. I had a lot of good times.” Cordell told the paper he has not decided what he’ll do next. The video suggests he’ll bounce back just fine. NEWCASTLE DEFENSE WILL BE KEY VS. FORT GIBSON Newcastle’s defense has been one of the best in Class 4A this season, allowing 14.5 points per game, with only No. 1 Anadarko managing to score more than 21 points on the Racers. But second-ranked Fort Gibson offers a challenge to the third-ranked Racers defense in this week’s playoff game. Fort Gibson is averaging 40.9 points per game and has been held below 35 only once all season, a 28-14 win over Sallisaw. Fort Gibson sophomore Chris Walker has been one of the top running backs in the state, rushing for 2,121 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. SPENCE GETS TOP COAC VOLLEYBALL HONOR Edmond Santa Fe’s Jordan Spence was named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Year on a list of honorees dominated by the Wolves. Santa Fe’s Kaitlin Dillion and Sam Ethridge were co-Defensive Players of the Year, while Edmond North’s Hannah Rose Frohling was named the conference’s top offensive player. Spence and Frohling were joined on the All-Conference First team by Audrey Alford of Norman North, Livi Schiffner and Alli Evans of Edmond Memorial, Taylor Horton of Edmond Santa Fe and Morgan Turner of Deer Creek. CASADY’S FREEMAN SIGNS WITH OC GOLF Elizabeth Freeman has helped the Casady girls golf team to a pair of Southwest Preparatory Conference championships, and her play has earned Freeman the opportunity to continue golfing at the next level. Freeman signed a letter of intent with the Oklahoma Christian women’s golf team last week. WINTER MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Winter Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in basketball, wrestling and swimming is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
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
Oct 26, 2014
Dorsa Ahlefeld and Janie Hutchens have been friends through high school and college and marriages and kids and divorces and even grandkids. But a few years back, their friendship entered new territory — the Thunder zone.
Meet the 'Prime-Timers': How Dorsa Ahlefield and Janie Hutchens went all in on the Thunder
By JENNI CARLSON | Oct 26, 2014Dorsa Ahlefeld and Janie Hutchens have been friends through high school and college and marriages and kids and divorces and even grandkids. But a few years back, their friendship entered new territory — the Thunder zone. The past few years have been marked by watch parties and playoff superstitions and foam hats and extensive text conversations about the latest news. These two might be grandmas, but much like a vast majority of the 60-plus crowd in these parts, they have passion and energy for their Thunder that would put fans of any age to shame. “Oh,” Ahlefeld said, “other people do not understand it.” “They don’t,” Hutchens said as the long-time friends traded lines rapid fire. “They don’t get it.” “They don’t comprehend.” Standing in the concourse at The Peake before a preseason game, they looked the part of super fans. Matching Thunder blue shirts. Rhinestone basketball earrings. Blue sparkly Toms shoes on Ahlefeld, orange tennis shoes on Hutchens. “We’re nuts,” Hutchens said. But as the Thunder enters into its prime, there is evidence that Ahlefeld and Hutchens aren’t the only prime-timers who are crazy for this team. Few Oklahomans are more passionate for the Thunder than our elders. Maybe it’s because they were around when the idea of having a pro team here seemed like a pipe dream. Maybe it’s because the values that they were raised on — working hard, staying humble and keeping your nose clean — are hallmarks of the Thunder way. Whatever the reason, they have taken to this team. “Our boys,” Ahlefeld said. Ahlefeld and Hutchens latched onto the Thunder as soon as the team landed in Oklahoma City, and by the second season, they were all in. Even back to their high school days at Putnam West, they have been passionate about sports. Much of the time, though, they were on opposite sides, Ahlefeld pulling for her Sooners and Hutchens for her Cowboys. They even prank each other every year before the Bedlam football game, building elaborate decorations and signs that are planted in the other’s front yard. But the more they watched the Thunder, the more they got to know about the players, the more they fell in love. They get a charge out of being on vacation and seeing Kevin Durant on a billboard. They think it’s fun running into strangers in Thunder gear and hollering “Thunder up!” They absolutely melt when they see a player around town. “My biggest day, I ran right into Kendrick Perkins and his wife,” Hutchens said, her eyes wide. “I couldn’t say anything. I was starstruck.” Ahlefeld once saw Durant in a restaurant drive-thru and gave him a big wave and grin. “Oh,” she said, “I’m such a dork.” Last spring when the Thunder was struggling early in the playoffs, Ahlefeld decided that the team needed some help. So, she made hats out of foam with lightning bolts shooting out the sides. Darned if the team didn’t turn things around. From then on, all of Ahlefeld and Hutchens’ family and friends were always asking about those hats. “Do you have your hat on?” they’d say. “You’ve got to get your hat on.” The women laughed at the memory. And as much as anything, that’s what their passion for the Thunder is about — having fun. Sure, they get stressed out during games. Yes, they text madly any time news breaks. What about KD’s foot? Can you believe what Zach Randolph said about Steven Adams? They live and die with the orange and blue. Ahlefeld, a pediatric nurse practitioner, even wears black to work after a loss. That just means they’re all in. “We have a ball,” Hutchens said. Ahlefeld nodded and said, “We just love it.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this seasonOct 19, 2014
Russell Westbrook has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that he will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out.
Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this season
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Oct 19, 2014The last we left regular-season Russell Westbrook, he wasn’t playing back-to-backs. As part of a maintenance program following his return from December knee surgery, the Thunder never played him two straight nights down the stretch last season. It was a precautionary measure that seemed to benefit the energetic point guard come playoff time, when he put up historic numbers. And after a restful summer, he has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that Westbrook will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out. He rested Westbrook on the front end of OKC’s only preseason back-to-back and, before Sunday’s game against Minnesota, said it’s a discussion that will take place in the future. “We haven’t talked about that,” Brooks said. “That’s so far down on our list right now. He’s feeling great.” The Thunder’s first back-to-back comes right away this season. Oklahoma City opens in Portland two Wednesdays from now, then plays the next night in Los Angeles against the Clippers. JEREMY LAMB RESTS WITH HEEL CONTUSION From a health perspective, it’s been a nightmare month for the Thunder. And that continued on Sunday. Though it’s only believed to be minor, Jeremy Lamb joined the crowded group of injured players, missing the game against Minnesota with a left heel contusion. He was one of nine guys to sit out with an ailment. SAUNDERS REMAINS HIGH ON OKC Minnesota coach Flip Saunders has a warning for the Western Conference. “The other teams have to watch out just assuming Oklahoma City is not going to be a formidable opponent,” Saunders said. “(Kevin) Durant is a huge part of what they do, there’s no question. But in the long run, it might make them better. It could put them in a situation where he comes back and maybe he doesn’t have to do quite as much.” “It could end up being the kiss of death for the other teams in the West at the end of the year,” Saunders continued. “Because they’re going to make the playoffs. And that’s all you really care about. The key to success in the playoffs is making it and making sure you’re healthy. If you do that, you can win on the road if you’re a good team. That’s probably the message Scott (Brooks) and Sam (Presti) are sending to their team.” BUS RIDE With Sunday’s game just a 90-minute drive up I-44, the Thunder gathered its team and hopped on the bus to Tulsa. It’s the only trip where that’ll be possible this season. And it was something Brooks enjoyed. “It has a fun feel,” Brooks said. “It has that high school feel. We all love the game and we all appreciate what we’re able to do. But it’s good to be on the bus with the group of guys.” What kind of activities did the team do to kill the time? “Kumbaya,” Brooks joked. “We were really getting into it. Passing out marshmallows and chocolate.” QUOTABLE Saunders on the development of point guards: “I was listening to (ESPN football analyst) Herm Edwards the other night talking about quarterbacks. He said when they get 3,000 snaps, that’s who they are. Same thing with young point guards. It’s about getting them repetition.” STATS OF THE NIGHT *The Thunder went 5-of-23 from three on Sunday. Two of those makes were from camp invitee Michael Jenkins. Westbrook, Jones and Anthony Morrow went a combined 2-of-14 *OKC has lost its last three games by a combined 71 points.
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 2, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Leonte Carroo didn't impress Gary Nova when they met roughly seven years ago."I remember I was going into my freshman year, he was in eighth grade, it was a (Don) Bosco football camp," Nova said. "He was there in a big white T-shirt, cleats that looked like they were eight years old."Based on what he saw, Nova concluded that Carroo wasn't going to be a good football...
Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo having big year
MATT SUGAM, Associated Press | Oct 2, 2014PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Leonte Carroo didn't impress Gary Nova when they met roughly seven years ago. "I remember I was going into my freshman year, he was in eighth grade, it was a (Don) Bosco football camp," Nova said. "He was there in a big white T-shirt, cleats that looked like they were eight years old." Based on what he saw, Nova concluded that Carroo wasn't going to be a good football player. Then the Edison, N.J. native started running routes and catching passes, and the quarterback's view of the receiver quickly changed, realizing Carroo was the best player on the field. In the years since, Nova and Carroo formed a dynamic combination that started at Don Bosco Prep. It has continued at Rutgers, where the two have helped the Scarlet Knights (4-1) get off to a great start heading into Saturday's Big Ten Conference game against struggling Michigan (2-3). "I was just clueless and wanted to play football," Carroo said of their first meeting. "I was just going out there running around and just playing and I think that's what the Bosco coaches liked about me." Caroo said he really didn't care about new gloves or cleats. "As I started to become a solid player people were like, 'Alright you have to start looking good out there on the field, so let's get you some swag,'" he said. Dressed in a tight red Rutgers warmup suit with a pair of fluorescent sneakers from Kevin Durant's shoe line, Carroo's appearance has improved. But the playful ribbing continues between Carroo, Nova and fellow Don Bosco alum Darius Hamilton. "Why's that shirt so tight?" Nova asked Carrroo while pretending to be a reporter. The trio is still as close as they were in high school off the field. And the chemistry between quarterback and wide receiver is seen every Saturday. "He could have four guys on him and Gary will throw it to him and Leonte usually comes up with it," offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen said over the summer. Carroo has 25 catches on 40 targets and five touchdowns, all of which lead the team. His 475 yards rank third in the Big Ten behind Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis. A junior, Carroo is seventh in career touchdown catches with 14 in just 15 games at wide receiver, and is six touchdowns away from tying Tim Brown's record. The speedy Carroo says his knack for finding the end zone has to do with his will to score. You wouldn't know it, though, based on his mundane TD celebration of simply handing the ball to a referee. That's a habit he formed in Pop Warner after his first touchdown ever. "I caught like a 60-yard post and as soon as I got in the end zone I spiked it," Carroo said. "A flag came and it got called back and I was crying." Now, he's also learned about giving opponents bulletin board material. Prior to the Penn State game, Carroo responded to comments made by Nittany Lions running back Bill Belton over the summer of why he chose Penn State over Rutgers. "(He's) quoted as saying he wanted to go to Penn State because he wanted to play 'big-time football' instead of staying home," Carroo said. "Well, I guess we're going to have to show him that he made a terrible decision." Belton went on to score the game-winning touchdown, and called out Carroo and safety Jonathan Aiken after the game for their verbal jabs during the week. This week, Carroo will face his former high school teammate Jabrill Peppers. Michigan's freshman cornerback was one of the top recruits in the country. Carroo wouldn't take the bait when asked several questions about playing Peppers. "I want to go against the best corners. I hope the best corners line up against me. I hope they press me. I hope they play me man to man coverage," Carroo said. "I like the big stage. I like to go against whoever the best is." He's succeeded when doing so. And just like when he was an eighth grader, his physical appearance doesn't matter to him. "I still just go out there and play. I really still don't care about looking pretty or anything on the field," Carroo said. "I just want to go out there and play."
Sep 28, 2014
Until the past couple weeks, McAlester senior Dalton Wood’s chances to play big-time college football didn’t look good — and through no fault of his own. “Me and my family were starting to get worried,” Wood said. “Everyone has always said that I’ve got the potential to play D1, but I wasn’t getting any calls […]
Oklahoma football: McAlester's Dalton Wood commits to Sooners
Jason Kersey | Sep 28, 2014Until the past couple weeks, McAlester senior Dalton Wood's chances to play big-time college football didn't look good -- and through no fault of his own. "Me and my family were starting to get worried," Wood said. "Everyone has always said that I've got the potential to play D1, but I wasn't getting any calls or any of that." Heart surgery to correct a rare birth defect cost Wood virtually his entire sophomore season. A midseason broken ankle meant missing most of his junior campaign. And all the while, he was playing quarterback, a position Wood knew he would never play at the next level. None of that matters now, though. After the fourth game of his senior year, Wood finally received his first Division I scholarship offer from Oklahoma this weekend and quickly accepted it. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound McAlester star will play tight end for the Sooners. He is the 14th member of Oklahoma's 2015 recruiting class. "I didn't expect OU at all, but that's where I wanted to go the most," Wood said. "My whole family has always been for OU. "This has been crazy. It's all happened in the last two weeks." Wood fainted in the first game of his sophomore season and was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Those suffering from WPW -- about one in 2,000 people -- have an extra electrical pathway in their heart, which can cause rapid heartbeat and, as a result, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting. Wood underwent a nine-hour surgery that fixed the problem, and returned the next season as McAlester's starting quarterback. Early in 2013, though, Wood suffered a broken ankle that cost him five games of that season. "He's really only played in about 14 games in his career," said McAlester coach Bryan Pratt. "It seems like he's been around forever, but as far as game experience, he's still getting better each week because he just hasn't played in that many games." Another big problem that's cost him in recruiting is the fact that he's playing quarterback for the Buffaloes. "I know I'm not a college quarterback," Wood said. "I'm too big. I just play quarterback for high school because that's where they need me." The past couple of weeks, Pratt has worked in some offensive packages that have allowed Wood to play other positions, and he's shined. In a 42-21 win against Pryor on Sept. 19, Wood rushed for three touchdowns and returned a punt 70 yards for another score. That gave Pratt some film to send out to college coaches, and the reaction was pretty swift. Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware and Oklahoma State receivers coach Jason Ray attended McAlester's game against Durant on Friday, when Wood rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns -- one of which was a 92-yard run -- and caught an 18-yard score. OU jumped on board, offering Wood a scholarship that he quickly accepted. "This is good, but it's something for the future," Wood said. "I've still gotta worry about this year and my high school team, and take care of business there."
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Associated Press | Sep 26, 2014Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Oklahoma. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Oklahoma City bureau at 405-525-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kelly Kissel will be on the desk. AP-Oklahoma News Editor Kelly P. Kissel can be reached at 501-225-3668 or email@example.com A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. UPCOMING FRIDAY: OKLAHOMA-EDUCATION TULSA, Okla. — A follow-up on the tens of thousands of Oklahoma students who must take state standardized tests in order to graduate. TOP STORIES: OKLAHOMA SHOOTING MOORE — Police in say one person was stabbed to death at an Oklahoma business and the suspect was shot by an off-duty officer. Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told reporters that officers were called to Vaughan Foods in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore about 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Officers found a woman stabbed to death inside the center and the suspect suffering from gunshot wounds. SENT: 245 words. EDUCATION BOARD-TESTING VENDOR OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has delayed a vote on a $2.8 million sole-source, no-bid contract with the same testing vendor the board fired in the summer. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 545 words. OKLAHOMA DEPUTY-ARRESTED TULSA — A former sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of sexually assaulting two women at a home while on duty last week — the third law enforcement officer in the state to face such complaints. Prosecutors charged Gerald Nuckolls, 26, earlier this week with two counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent exposure and one count of outraging public decency. Nuckolls, who resigned from the department last week, is jailed on $125,500 bond. By Justin Juozapavicius. SENT: 425 words. FROM AP MEMBERS: PRAIRIE CHICKEN LAWSUIT-TULSA TULSA, Okla. — A U.S. district judge has ruled that a lawsuit over the status of a threatened chicken species will stay in Tulsa instead of moving to Washington, D.C. SENT: 275 words. IN BRIEF: CHICKASHA DEATH — OSBI: Man wanted in girlfriend's death charged. OKLAHOMA-HEALTH GRANTS: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to Oklahoma to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. OKLAHOMA-PREHISTORIC FISH: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is launching a study on a prehistoric species of fish that lives in the Arkansas River. TULSA-CHILD ABUSE: Police have arrested a Tulsa couple who they say sexually abused a 10-year-old relative of the woman. OKLAHOMA STATE-SCIENCE GRANT: An administrator at Oklahoma State University has received a $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program designed to increase minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. SPORTS: THUNDER-PRESTI OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder general manager Sam Presti is banking on something rare to keep his team among the NBA's elite. Oklahoma City boasts a core of stars — reigning MVP Kevin Durant, electric point guard Russell Westbrook and defensive dynamo Serge Ibaka — that has played together for the past five years. The trio has reached the Western Conference Finals three times and the NBA Finals once. As other teams bring in high-priced free agents, piece squads together and hope they build chemistry, Presti hopes the collective experience of his best players finally gets the Thunder to the top. By Sports Writer Cliff Brunt. SENT: 560 words. FBC--T25-TEXAS TECH-OKLAHOMA ST STILLWATER, Okla. — No. 24 Oklahoma State looks to keep its early season momentum going. The Cowboys seek their sixth straight win in the series against Texas Tech when they meet the Red Raiders Thursday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Tech's co-defensive coordinator resigned last week after the Red Raiders gave up 438 yards rushing in a loss to Arkansas. By Cliff Brunt. With hometown lead on losing team. FBC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK Some things to watch in Week 5 of the Big 12 season, the first of 11 consecutive weeks when there will be at least three conference matchups, and the last with more than one non-conference game. SENT: 450 words, photos. IN BRIEF: PLAYERS SUSPENDED — 42 high school football players suspended. 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Sep 24, 2014
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Morris Claiborne is backing up Orlando Scandrick and preparing to play plenty of snaps against New Orleans, just as he did in several games last year.For reasons he wouldn't fully explain, the third-year Dallas cornerback had a much harder time accepting that plan this time around.Claiborne returned to practice Wednesday a day after walking out on the team upon hearing that...
Cowboys' Claiborne back after anger over demotion
SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Sep 24, 2014IRVING, Texas (AP) — Morris Claiborne is backing up Orlando Scandrick and preparing to play plenty of snaps against New Orleans, just as he did in several games last year. For reasons he wouldn't fully explain, the third-year Dallas cornerback had a much harder time accepting that plan this time around. Claiborne returned to practice Wednesday a day after walking out on the team upon hearing that he was being replaced as a starter by Scandrick. The former top-10 pick skipped meetings and a short walk-through practice Tuesday before returning to the facility about eight hours later to meet with coach Jason Garrett, who said Claiborne would be disciplined but wouldn't reveal how. Claiborne said he left the facility because he was angry over how the lineup change was "presented to me," not because he was being demoted. But he wouldn't offer more details. "I was ready for whatever fines or anything came with that," said Claiborne, who said he hasn't been told how he will be punished. "I felt like if I stayed, who knows what would have happened. I felt like the best thing for me to do was to leave." Scandrick missed the first two games because of a four-game drug suspension. When that ban was rescinded last week, he returned and played about as much as Claiborne, who was beaten several times but made a clinching interception in a 34-31 victory at St. Louis. Claiborne said himself that he "stunk it up" against the Rams, and that the late pick wasn't enough to make up for getting beat repeatedly. But that didn't mean he was ready for someone to tell him he'd lost his job. "I think he understood that he made a mistake," Garrett said. "Guys are competitors. When they hear news that doesn't go their way, different guys react different ways. He obviously knew he didn't react the right way." After meeting with Garrett, Claiborne said he apologized to his teammates Wednesday morning. After practice, several players said they supported Claiborne and understood why he felt the need to leave. "I think Mo cares a lot," quarterback Tony Romo said. "I think it was something he probably wishes he would have made a different decision. In saying that, he's a good teammate and he works hard and he's going to help our football team a lot this year." The cornerbacks will be a focal point Sunday night against Drew Brees and the Saints (1-2), who became the first team in NFL history to get 40 first downs in a 49-17 blowout of the Cowboys (2-1) last year. Brees has thrown for 838 yards and seven touchdowns the past two seasons against Dallas. "I'm going to play a big role on this team in this game to come and in games to come down the road," Claiborne said. "I'm here to stand up and fill the shoes that I need to fill and do whatever I need to do for this team." Because of injuries and inconsistent play, Claiborne hasn't lived up to expectations since the Cowboys gave up their second-round draft choice to move up eight spots and get him with the sixth overall pick out of LSU in 2012. Owner Jerry Jones even acknowledged on his radio show Tuesday that Claiborne hadn't produced like he hoped. But the former Louisiana high school star said the burden of what he cost the Cowboys wasn't a factor in Tuesday's drama. "That's what people say," said Claiborne, who has one interception in each of his three seasons. "I don't feel it. I never really think about it." Scandrick started a career-high 15 games last year and was one of the best players in training camp, but Claiborne got the first three starts this year because of Scandrick's suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. A change to the policy brought him back early. Asked last week whether he should start, Scandrick said it was up to the coaches. Asked again after Claiborne's demotion, the seventh-year player offered a stronger opinion. "I feel like I'm still ascending as a player," said Scandrick, a fifth-round pick in 2008. "And yes, I do feel like I've earned the right to play full time." Claiborne doesn't disagree. He just feels the same way about himself. NOTES: Romo skipped practice Wednesday, just as he did last week before playing his best game since returning from back surgery. ... LB Justin Durant (groin) returned to practice and will likely return against the Saints after missing two games, while LB Rolando McClain is still out with his groin problem. ... Henry Melton (hamstring), Terrell McClain (concussion) and Davon Coleman (knee) didn't practice, leaving just two healthy DTs in Nick Hayden and Ken Bishop. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler
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
With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here […]
Kevin Durant shows up at Westmoore-Norman North football game, shows off throwing arm
Anthony Slater | Sep 20, 2014With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here Durant is, in an Instagram post, showing off his throwing arm, along with a caption boldly telling his followers: “I can go 20-25 for 316 and 4 touchdowns. What u think?” Nice spiral. Decent footwork. Likely stands tall in the pocket. Maybe the Bucs could use him.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the association is aware of the fight but has yet to receive an official’s report from the referee crew.
High school football notebook: OSSAA waiting for report on Tecumesh-Meeker fight
BY JACOB UNRUH, TRENT SHADID AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 20, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has yet to open an investigation into a fight Friday between the Tecumseh and Meeker football teams that cleared the benches and led to seven players being ejected. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the association is aware of the fight but has yet to receive an official’s report from the referee crew. “We’ve heard there was a fight and several players came off the bench and the game was terminated with a couple minutes left in the game,” Sheakley said. “We don’t know if that’s true or not, but we’re just waiting on an official’s report to start an investigation.” The fight happened on a kickoff during Meeker’s 43-12 victory and caused the game to be halted with 2:39 remaining on the clock. The Shawnee News-Star reports that punches were thrown. Meeker coach Lonnie Nolen said three players from his team were ejected along with four from Tecumseh. Attempts to reach Tecumseh coach Jason Murray were unsuccessful. OSSAA rules state that a player who is ejected for fighting will be suspended for two games, while a player who is ejected for leaving the bench and not participating in the fight will be suspended for one game. Also, the rulebook states that a coach and team can be subject to additional penalties beyond the normal penalties. DURANT PARTICIPATES IN COIN TOSS Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant served as the honorary captain on Friday night at Moore Stadium as Westmoore hosted Norman North. The 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player joined the team captains at midfield for the coin toss. Durant stayed on the Westmoore sideline for the first half of the game. He took time for a photo with the Westmoore cheerleaders, including taking a “selfie” with Westmoore’s J.J. the Jaguar mascot. He also played catch in the end zone before the game and at halftime before leaving at the start of the second half in Westmoore’s 48-41 win. BILL YOUNG EARNS FIRST WIN AS YUKON COACH It took a 16-point fourth quarter to seal it, but Yukon gave Bill Young his first head coaching victory, 36-30 over Deer Creek on Friday night. The Millers got an interception return touchdown from Nick Bryant, a TD run by quarterback Christian Gordon and a 39-yard field goal from Branden Brus to cap the victory. Young was pleased with the progress of his defense. Though Deer Creek QB Clayton Sims was able to make some plays, the Millers kept pressure on him up front and got good coverage on the back end, with Bryant and DeMarcus Owens leading the secondary. “The guys in the secondary played really well,” Young said. “Will Cornelius, a young defensive end, put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and got a couple of sacks.” More than anything, the win brings some much-needed positive vibes to Yukon. “Anytime you’ve been working as hard as our young guys have been working and you haven’t had any success, it’s discouraging,” Young said. “So this is the payback for all the work they’ve been doing and I think it’ll generate a little confidence going into next week’s game against Broken Arrow.” WITHOUT JACOBS, NO. 1 SHAWNEE FALLS Ponca City ended a 14-game losing streak that dated back to Oct. 19, 2012, with a 21-14 upset of Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee Friday. Adam Nicholas’ 7-yard touchdown run capped a 94-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Ponca City shortened the game with a plodding, run-heavy offense that produced 231 rushing yards on 57 attempts. Shawnee was without injured starting quarterback John Jacobs, who is verbally committed to East Carolina. Coach Billy Brown would not disclose the nature of Jacobs’ injury but expects Jacobs to return for the start of district play on Friday. “If this had been a district game, he would’ve played,” Brown said. “He was probably about 80 percent, so we held him out and hopefully he’ll be closer to healthy next week.” Ponca City gets its second straight No. 1 opponent in Week 4, opening District 6A-II-2 action against top-ranked Tulsa Washington. Shawnee hosts a 2-1 Noble squad. TUTTLE GETS FIRST WIN UNDER BALLARD Tuttle is in the win column. After an 0-2 start under new coach Brad Ballard, the Tigers scored 37 unanswered points in a 37-7 win over Elgin. “It was great for me personally, but for those kids it was beautiful,” Ballard said. “We’re trying to improve each week. Again, we’re young and sometimes it’s baby steps.” Running back Jason Biddy rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jett Jobe completed 15 of 26 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns to overcome three interceptions. The Tuttle defense also forced five turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Tuttle opens district play with Tecumseh next week with a chance to put together a winning streak. “Really, we’re just trying to do some things better next week than we did this week,” Ballard said. “If we do that, we’ll have a chance in the end.” LIEBMANN LEADS WAY FOR CASHION After struggling to run the ball consistently against Mooreland in Week 2, Class A No. 4 Cashion had little problem doing that in a 52-36 win over Luther. There was certainly no problem with Blakely Liebmann running the ball. He finished with 128 yards on 18 carries, while also catching two passes for 82 yards. Liebmann finished with four total touchdowns. “That was the focus coming in,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “We thought we had some matchups that we could kind of exploit against Luther because Luther is pretty good in the secondary.” Shackelford also said sophomore linebacker Matt Farrow had a nice game for the Wildcats, who open district play with rival Crescent next week.
Sep 17, 2014
We approached the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I could hardly contain my glee. Trish the Dish and I flew into Pittsburgh on Tuesday; going down to Morgantown on Wednesday for some interviews with Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck, then headed to the Amish Country for a couple of days before coming back to Pittsburgh […]
West Virginia travelblog: The Emerald City of Pittsburgh
Berry Tramel | Sep 17, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-6.jpg]3392858[/img] We approached the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I could hardly contain my glee. Trish the Dish and I flew into Pittsburgh on Tuesday; going down to Morgantown on Wednesday for some interviews with Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck, then headed to the Amish Country for a couple of days before coming back to Pittsburgh and meet The Oklahoman crew for the OU-West Virginia game. The Dish never before had visited Pittsburgh; I was in the Steel City two years ago for the OU-WVU game. And I have only one thing to say about Pittsburgh. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-7.jpg]3392856[/img] Fabulous city. Just a fabulous city. Set in the hills, dissected by three massive rivers, lots of cool neighborhoods, not a cookie cutter in the whole danged town that I can find, sparkling downtown. Seems like a Little Chicago. And the Fort Pitt Tunnel. When you drive from the airport out west of the city into downtown, you go through the hills, with some interesting sites but not one clue that you’re on the doorstep of a vibrant, thriving, magnificent city. And then you enter the Fort Pitt Tunnel, which is 1.1 miles of freeway that bores through Mount Washington. Exit the tunnel, and it’s like the scene in “The Wizard of Oz,” when the gang first sees the Emerald City. There’s the spectacular view of Pittsburgh’s skyline, and then the three mighty rivers, and the two gorgeous ballparks. The New York Times has called the Fort Pitt Tunnel “the best way to enter an American city.” It certainly was the best way to start our latest adventure. DUQUESNE INCLINE [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/9-16-14-12.jpg]3392857[/img] Pittsburgh is a city of many hills, but Mount Washington is more than a hill. It’s a neighborhood known for the steep hill that overlooks the rivers and downtown. And for the Duquesne Incline. In the 19th century, many workers found jobs in the plants along the Monongahela River. Many were from Germany, and they had settled atop Mount Washington. But the only way up and down the incline was a trail of switchbacks, which would wear out the workers. Eventually, the German tradition of Seilbahns, inclines, found its way to Pittsburgh. Small train cars that travel up and down the mountain via steam power. The Monongahela Incline opened in 1870. The Duquesne Incline opened in 1877 and originally carried cargo. More inclines followed. Eventually, the inclines closed as more roads opened. The Duquesne Incline closed in 1962. But local residents rallied around the incline, staged fund-raisers and in 1963 the Duquesne Incline returned. Today, it carries not only tourists to the top of Mount Washington for spectacular views of the city but locals who find it the best way to get downtown. Some guy got on with his bicycle Tuesday. The observation deck next to the Duquesne Incline’s upper station offers a view of Heinz Field, PNC Park, the rivers, the beautiful skyscrapers and all of downtown Pittsburgh. The cost is $2.50 one way, though I assume locals can buy a monthly deal of some kind. STADIUM CENTRAL I wrote about PNC Park and Heinz Field on my last trip to Pittsburgh. They are no less fantastic now than they were then. Both are hard by the rivers; PNC Park is on the Mononghalea, while Heinz is two blocks away where the Allegheny and Mononghalea meet to form the Ohio. The streets around the stadiums are named for Pittsburgh sporting greats. Chuck Noll Way. Art Rooney Avenue. Tony Dorsett Drive, Mazeroski Way. We hope to get to a Pirates game Friday night. The Pirates have a good team, and the city seems excited about baseball again. On our drive Tuesday night from Pittsburgh to Uniontown, Pa., just north of Morgantown, W.Va., I listened to some of the Pirates-Red Sox game, just to get me in the mood. I didn’t know any of the players — there was a time when I knew half the radio announcers in baseball — but no matter. Driving through the Pennsylvania hills, listening to the team of Pie Traynor and the Waner brothers and Bob Moose and Manny Sanguillen and Willie Stargell, I felt closer to baseball than I have since the days I read Bill James’ Baseball Abstract every spring. I also discovered that PNC and Heinz aren’t the only sporting cathedrals in downtown Pittsburgh. On the south side of the rivers is yet another coliseum, the 3,500-seat Highmark Stadium, which serves soccer’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Pro League. Maybe Oklahoma City can eventually get a soccer-specific stadium on its own river, which isn’t the mighty Mononghalea or Allegheny or Ohio, but has its charms. BACK TO SARAFINO’S Two years ago, we had dinner at a neighborhood Italian place called Sarafino’s in the Crafton borough of Pittsburgh. It was good, so we went back Tuesday. We drove through a variety of neighborhoods to see more of the city, and driving Pittsburgh is a blast. No four-way intersections. Very few streets that stay straight more than 200 feet. Lots of curves. Lots of hills. I was one mile from downtown Pittsburgh, but at times it felt like driving the Pacific Northwest or the Ozarks. Great old houses with character. We landed at Sarafino’s, which has all of 11 tables, not counting a few seats outside for dining when the weather was nice, which it certainly was Tuesday. We sat inside; the Dish had the house special, a pasta dish with chicken and mushrooms in a red-pepper sauce (orange), while I had a steak panini. We shared and hers was better than mine. Sitting a few tables away was a man in his 60s in a Roberto Clemente jersey. I wanted to ask if Clemente was his boyhood hero. You know how Oklahoma kids now have sporting heroes like Durant and Westbrook and Ibaka? Pittsburgh kids have had heroes like that for a century, none bigger than Clemente (though seeing the Honus Wagner statue in front of PNC Park was a blast). SOUTHWEST TO PITTSBURGH Our trip got off to a shaky start. My driver’s license wasn’t in its usual spot in my wallet. Alarmed me, of course, but never fear. I got a new license in 2013 and kept my old one. Stuck it in my computer bag just in case. This was just in case. The Southwest agent took my old license and was fine. But the TSA agent at security wasn’t quite so accommodating. He told me the license was expired and said I needed another form of ID. Bank card or something. I started looking around and found my good license, stuck in the wrong compartment. The TSA agent said he was surprised they let me keep the expired license. Our flight took us through Baltimore, a 21/2-hour flight, and I had a pleasant experience. I ended up seated next to Dennis Souza, who coached Deer Creek football from 1977-83. And in 1978, when I was 17 years old and just starting out in the business, writing sports for the Norman Transcript, I covered two games at Deer Creek. Lexington in the regular season, and Blanchard in the playoffs. We had a great chat about Deer Creek’s history and guys we both knew and how high school football was covered back in the day. Dennis and his wife were on their way to Boston to visit their daughter and grandbaby. I hope they have a great time. I got some work completed, too, but not as much as I could have. I got an email Monday telling me all about Southwest’s WiFi on the plane and television options and who knows what else. And as soon as we were seated, the flight attendant informed us the WiFi wasn’t working. And it wasn’t even a United flight.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard...
Tributes: Former Southeastern player, Douglass basketball standout die
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 18, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard line. Problem was, Garner made the stop after charging in from the ECU bench. East Central was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Whaley added an interception later in the third quarter that set up a Southeastern touchdown as the then-Savages rolled to a 26-2 victory. Whaley sandwiched his football career between stints in World War II and the Korean War. Raymond Mitchell, 83, was a principal at several Oklahoma City elementary schools. The former Douglass High School basketball standout was also a physical education teacher and spent fall Friday nights as a football official. He also refereed prep basketball games. Angela Spigner, 44, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Fox High School. Kelly Johnson, 50, was a mat maid at Altus High School. Garland Waldroop, 74, of Minot, N.D., owned a construction business. The former Oklahoma resident built Sooner International Raceway north of Altus in 1983. Beula Combs, 88, of Tahlequah was scorebook keeper at Little League baseball games. Larry Cotter, 73, of Oklahoma City was a body builder. He also enjoyed drag racing and snow skiing. Laura Marble Arledge, 45, of Norman played tennis at Chickasha High School and Austin College. The attorney was a supporter of Norman High School athletics; she was named Fan of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. Gene Hatfield, 67, of Oklahoma City played football and baseball at Crooked Oak High School. The Vietnam veteran was an OU and tennis fan. Steven Smola, 74, of Oklahoma City played football at Kingfisher High School. Showed award-winning sheep as a youngster. A railroad company owner by trade. William Kern, 93, of Lawton played adult league softball for Fairmont Foods. A member of the Lawton Bowling Club. Joe Pete Pellerin Jr., 72, of Wilson played football for Mt. Saint Joseph Academy in his native Rutland, Vt. Dr. Harold Stout, 80, of Norman played football, basketball and ran track at Waurika High School. The physician was involved with the Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Also hunted bear in Alaska. Claudette Trigg Theimer, 81, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Northeast High School. Weldon Roberson, 70, of Wichita Falls, Texas, lettered four years in football, basketball and track at Ryan High School. Bob Graves, 72, of Poteau worked in the banking industry and coached Little League baseball. Steve Robinson, 65, worked the chains at Owasso Rams football games. A golf enthusiast. Bud Mulkey, 82, Durant worked as machinist — which came in handy with his hobby of building and racing stock cars. Billy Little, 68, of Yukon was a manager for Southwestern Bell. Off time was spent working with Little League sports either as an official, director or coach. Allen Cowdery, 71, of Tulsa was an attorney who coached and officiated soccer. Sue Moore Corder, 70, of Midwest City played basketball at Mason High School.
Aug 2, 2014
John Jacobs ran for more than 800 yards as a junior, scoring 13 times. He also threw for more than 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns, but coach Billy Brown said more can be expected out of Jacobs during his senior campaign.
District 5A-3 football preview: Shawnee's John Jacobs becoming 'a true dual-threat quarterback'
BY CHRIS BRANNICK | Aug 2, 2014Shawnee head coach Billy Brown said senior John Jacobs, who has committed to East Carolina, has become “a true dual-threat quarterback.” Jacobs ran for more than 800 yards as a junior, scoring 13 times. He also threw for more than 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns, but Brown said more can be expected out of Jacobs during his senior campaign. Brown said he’d like to see Jacobs pass more and not rely on his feet to get him out of trouble but said as a team, Shawnee would be more of a run-first team. “He’s always been a good, tough runner,” Brown said. “He’s a better passer after this summer. I think this year he’ll go through his progressions more. He used his legs to get him out of trouble last year and because of his offensive line, I think his passing will be better this year.” MCALESTER’S SUCCESS HINGES ON WOOD’S HEALTH Dalton Wood has earned the starting quarterback job in both his sophomore and junior seasons, so it’s no surprise Wood will take snaps to start games for McAlester, who lost in the state championship to Guthrie in 2013. What will have to change in his senior season is for Wood to stay healthy. Wood hasn’t played a full season in high school yet. McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said with a healthy Wood under center, his team might not just get back to the title game but could win it all in 2014. “He’ll have to stay healthy for us,” Pratt said. “If Dalton can stay healthy we feel we have a chance to be good.” Pratt said move-in wide receiver Cameron Hunter, from Melissa, Texas, should provide plenty of help for Wood and the McAlester offense. “He’s came on really strong,” Pratt said. “He’s gotten bigger and stronger and he’s picked up our offense.” Pratt said it is McAlester’s expectation to go back to where they were in December and to win that game. TULSA KELLEY HOPES YOUTH CAN PROVIDE SPARK Coach JJ Tapana said he’s coaching his youngest team in the ten years he’s been at Tulsa Kelley. That didn’t stop him from talking about winning some ball games though. “We got a really strong sophomore and junior class,” Tapana said. “And our seniors are good there just isn’t very many of them.” Tapana said one of those seniors, Ryan Martin, is drawing interest in from Ivy League schools and that he’ll be the heartbeat of Tulsa Kelley’s offense. “He’s a 3-year starter and he will lead our offense. He’ll make us go,” Tapana said. Tapana also said he expects big contributions from a pair of junior running backs in Jake Percy and Jack Woolflayer, both 6-1 and just over 200 pounds. “Those two guys will be good for us,” Tapana said. “They also catch the ball out of the backfield. They are going to have strong years.” Tapana is also high on sophomore linebacker Matt Smith, saying that in his time at Kelley, no one has played linebacker as good as Smith at Smith’s age. EXTRA POINTS *Tulsa Memorial’s trying to fill some key spots. Head coach Ryan Reed, a Memorial alum, said, “when you lose six kids to college football, which is a good thing for us, we have to replace that and it’s not always easy.” Reed is hoping junior quarterback Trevor Boone can stay healthy and said he has one of the best arms he’s seen in coaching. Reed is also high on junior defensive back Decory Royal, who had nine interceptions last season. *Skiatook coach Vance Miller said being young last year will help his team this year. Specifically Baylor Jenkins, the team’s leading tackler as a sophomore and junior. Miller said if his Skiatook defense can prevent the big plays, their record can improve. *Greg George comes to Noble from Tecumseh and said it helped that his new players studied him as an opponent last season. George is changing Noble’s defense to a 3-4 scheme and said, “They’re learning to grasp the system and they’re on board. We’re in the process of finding out who can do what.” *Tulsa Hale didn’t win a single game last year, but coach Tony Peters said his kids have never given up and summer workouts have been great. DISTRICT 5A-3 COACHES’ POLL 1. Shawnee (9-3) 2. McAlester (12-2) 3. Tulsa Kelley (6-5) 4. Skiatook (4-7) 5. Memorial (6-4) 6. Durant (2-8) 7. Noble (4-6) 8. Hale (0-10) *-Last year’s records in parentheses
Jul 30, 2014
It was March 2008, and the NBA had dispatched a small army of decision-makers to Oklahoma City, a place long seen as a minor-league town. The question they sought to answer: was the city ready to have a big-league team of its own?
Mick Cornett brought the big-time to Oklahoma City
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jul 30, 2014Mick Cornett’s most surreal moment came during a most surreal time for his city. It was March 2008, and the NBA had dispatched a small army of decision-makers to Oklahoma City, a place long seen as a minor-league town. The question they sought to answer: was the city ready to have a big-league team of its own? Cornett remembers it as the biggest dog and pony show ever — and why wouldn’t it be? — but amid all the hubbub, one moment is forever frozen in the Oklahoma City mayor’s mind. Introducing Bob Stoops to David Stern. “Have you met my friend David?” Cornett quipped recently as he recalled his role of go-between for the Oklahoma football coach and the NBA commissioner. He laughed a never-thought-I’d-do-that laugh. But as someone who’s long understood the power and the impact of sport, he couldn’t be prouder of all that he’s helped do for his hometown. Being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame next week, Cornett will be recognized for his contributions to the state’s sports scene. Of course, one of the main reasons he’s going into the hall is because he created the hall, a feel-good idea that sprouted when the state was a bit down on its luck in 1986 when Cornett was still a sportscaster at Channel 5 and now has roots in a stand-alone facility on Lincoln Boulevard. But more significant than that is the stamp that Cornett has left on the sports landscape in this city. His city. Cornett was born and raised in the Coronado Heights neighborhood. His house wasn’t far from the busy intersection of Lake Hefner Parkway and Northwest Expressway, but nestled amid tree-lined streets, he felt safe and secure. He could run and play, and that’s what he did every chance he had. His love of sports only grew as he started school in the Putnam City district. In those days, it was the place to be. “That was the high-achieving suburban district of its day,” Cornett remembered. “It felt to us like when it came to academic awards and athletic achievements that Putnam City was doing really, really well.” That wasn’t just an internal feeling. Putnam City High School was a juggernaut in just about every sport. There were state titles and all-staters and college signees everywhere you turned. The Class of ’72 alone produced Steve Largent, Alvan Adams and Bob Shirley. Largent became one of the greatest pass catchers in NFL history, Adams became an NBA All-Star and Shirley became a Major League pitcher who spent a decade-plus in the big leagues. That excellence rubbed off on the next generation of Putnam City kids, including Cornett. “There was an expectation of doing well and winning and all those things,” said Cornett, who was a member of Putnam City’s state championship golf team as a junior, then was an All-Stater on a runner-up team as a senior in 1976. But as much as that, Cornett also saw the way that sports brought people together. He remembers vividly being at Taft Stadium when Putnam City and Midwest City played in front of what was then the largest crowd to watch a high school football game in Oklahoma history. His older brother, Don, was on the team when so many people packed the stadium that they spilled onto the track around the field. There was an undeniable power in sport. Still, when Cornett left behind his TV career in 1999 and eventually got into politics, he never intended for sports to be such a big part of his new career. But they have been. Whether the growth of the Women’s College World Series or the development of the Oklahoma River or the luring of events like the NCAA Wrestling Championships and the Big 12 basketball tournaments, sports have been a constant of Cornett’s decade-plus in the mayor’s office. The biggest crossroads, of course, was the NBA’s arrival in OKC. It put the city not only on a national stage but also an international pedestal. No doubt Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. have had a big hand in that, but it wouldn’t have happened without Cornett and others leading the charge. The significance of the NBA coming to OKC is reflected in the mementos on the walls and shelves of Cornett’s city hall office. Durant wearing his “OKLAHOMA CITY” jersey on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. Chris Paul and Desmond Mason bobblehead dolls from the Hornet days. Cornett in a photo with Hornets dignitaries George Shinn, Willis Reed and Byron Scott on the day that it became official the franchise was relocating from New Orleans to Oklahoma City. “To just have Willis Reed and Byron Scott in town would’ve been a big deal,” Cornett said of days before the Hornets’ arrival. Less than a decade later, folks in Oklahoma City can hardly remember what life was like without an NBA team. How did we fill the winter months without games at The Peake? What did we do every spring without the Thunder in the playoffs? Cornett will forever be linked to OKC’s big-league transformation, and frankly, it’s a bit ironic that he is the Putnam City alum with the biggest sports impact on this city. The school’s best athletes were legends elsewhere. Largent was Mr. Seattle before the Seahawks became a current-day power. Adams was Mr. Phoenix playing his entire career with the Suns. And Shirley had his longest big-league stint in Gotham with the Yankees. And while those men are loved here, they largely brought athletic glory to other cities. Cornett helped bring it to Oklahoma City. His city. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Jul 29, 2014
The rule prevents Division I football coaches from attending a clinic that also coincides with an all-star game, and since the OCA’s All-State football game will be played Friday, no D-I coaches were allowed to even step into the hotel that is hosting the clinic this week.
New NCAA rule prohibits Division I football coaches from speaking at OCA coaches' clinic
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Jul 29, 2014TULSA — The NCAA’s far-reaching arm of rules enforcement has stretched all the way to the Southern Hills Marriott for the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s yearly clinic this week. In the past, the first two days of the clinic include presentations from coaches at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. And the college coaches generally spend most of the day chatting with their high school colleagues. But this week, the hotel’s halls and meeting rooms have been empty of the likes of Josh Heupel or Glenn Spencer or Bill Blankenship, thanks to a recently added NCAA rule. The rule prevents Division I football coaches from attending a clinic that also coincides with an all-star game, and since the OCA’s All-State football game will be played Friday, no D-I coaches were allowed to even step into the hotel that is hosting the clinic this week. “Most of the high schools around the nation, if they have a big-time college program in their state, they’re probably modeling some part of their program after that college,” said Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers, a member of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association. “That’s where you get ideas from for drills, offensive and defensive stuff. “Having those guys here not only benefits the high school coaches, but it benefits the college coaches, because they get to meet the coaches of the high school players they’re probably going to be recruiting.” The OFBCA only learned of the rule last week, and was left scrambling to fill the vacancies in its clinic schedule. Since the rule does not apply to Division II programs, coaches from Southeastern State in Durant and Emporia (Kan.) State were available to fill in at the last minute. It’s better than what the Texas coaches’ association faced last week, when it had to quickly fill more than a dozen unexpected openings in its schedule. The rule still allows for Division I coaches to speak to high school coaches at clinics, but not when that clinic coincides with an all-star game. It’s an interesting distinction, considering that all of the players in the Oklahoma All-State Game have already signed letters of intent with college programs, and thus, aren’t recruitable student-athletes. And the ones who haven’t yet signed most likely aren’t on the radar for Division I programs that have had their incoming freshmen going through summer workouts since June. Many coaches arrived in Tulsa this week expecting to see the coaches from OU, OSU and Tulsa making presentations. “It’s just like listening to a top executive at a business meeting. You want to hear what successful guys are doing,” Weatherford coach Dan Kurtenbach said. “Having guys from Division I universities — especially the three we have in our state — talking to all these high school coaches here is a big deal. “When they come speak, you pick up things, but when they’re not speaking, they’re more than willing to sit and talk football, and building those relationships is important.”
Jul 22, 2014
TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”
Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended
By Berry Tramel and Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!” Fields was voted the Big 12’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Officers said 20-year-old Haley Brown's right check was swollen, and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday. Police said no charges have been filed, and Fields has not been arrested. An emailed statement from TCU says the school doesn't tolerate harassment or misconduct by a student and that the allegations against Fields will be go through an internal discipline process while he is “separated” from the university. COMMITTEE TALKS GAME LENGTH Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson said the rules committee in the offseason talked about possibly letting the clock run after a first down, as a way to speed up the game. The idea was tabled for a year. “I know it will come up at least for discussion this next year,” Anderson said. Anderson said the SEC is using wireless technology this season and “that’s got a lot of promise in terms of being able to expedite the review process so that we don't have a referee have to run 60 or more yards back to the headset and then run back, which sometimes takes us a little longer than the players to do that.” Anderson said game time is a concern and that the average length of games has decreased from around 3:30 a few years ago to 3:15 now. Anderson said the Big 12 average was 3:25, the longest among the major conferences. The shortest among the five leagues was 3:16. STRONG BACKS OFF New Texas coach Charlie Strong annoyed his fan base several weeks ago when he said the Longhorns weren’t national-championship caliber. Strong backed off that statement Tuesday. “At the time I made that statement we were just in phase two,” Strong said. “I break our program down into five phases. The first phase is we started January where guys come and go to work right away ...it’s all about just building and reshaping the bodies. Phase two is spring practice. And then phase three is where we get back into summer condition. But we just completed phase two, and I said after looking at phase two, we're not going to go compete for a championship, not looking at phase two, because we had a lot of work to do. “If you think about it, we were not a healthy football team at that time. But we still have some work to do. I can't say just how far off we are and that we will not know that until we go compete this fall. But we still have work to do. Now, we're not as bad as we used to be.” SNYDER APPROACHES 75 Kansas State coach Bill Snyder turns 75 in October. Since Snyder was hired by KSU after the 1988 season, his fellow conference opponents have had a combined 48 head coaches. Does that make Snyder feel old? “The age factor, I can't negotiate that,” Snyder said. “It is what it is. And I'm as old as time and that's not going to change. Probably the significant thing for me — and I think I've learned this a long time ago — when I was a young coach, started off in the high school level and moved to a lot of different places, and I was always one of those coaches that I wanted to be someplace else other than where I was. “In other words, I wanted to continue to climb. So when I was a high school assistant, I wanted to be a head coach. When I was a head coach, I wanted to be a college assistant. When I was a college assistant, I wanted to be a head coach. So that went on for a considerable period of time. And I was half in/half out, so to speak. And consequently I was not a very good football coach at all, probably not a very good person. “And I learned some time ago, probably 30 some‑odd years ago, that I needed to do it a little differently. And my decision was, simply put, that be where you are. And I chose to do that. And that allowed me to become better at things I was doing and never looked to move on. It wasn't significant to me. I valued where I was, where my family was and doing what we were doing, and that was kind of the approach that I've taken.” DURANT DISSES DIGGS Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs said he’s upset that Thunder superstar and Texas alum Kevin Durant followed him then unfollowed him on Twitter. "Thought we were UT boys,” Diggs said. CAN WVU REIGNITE EXCITEMENT? When West Virginia debuted at Big 12 Media Days two years ago, the Mountaineers were coming off a 70-33 Orange Bowl rout of Clemson and excitement was high among WVU fans. But after back-to-back seasons of 7-6 and 4-8, the fervor around the Mountaineers has subsided greatly. “The days of rolling through the Big East and being able to play in a BCS game are long gone,” said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. “We're not thinking about that anymore. Although that was fun and that was a huge moment in West Virginia University (history), it's a whole different ballgame right now. “We have not been dominant in the Big 12, obviously. I don't know how many teams have been dominant in the Big 12. Parity is upon us. Better be ready to go each and every week. We've been competitive ...we need to stay the course. Hopefully we can put a season together that everybody will be proud of.” WATERS BOLSTERS KSU Snyder’s history with senior quarterbacks is quite impressive. Collin Klein in 2012 and Ell Roberson in 2003 won Big 12 titles. Michael Bishop in 1998 and Jonathan Beasley in 2000 won division titles, and Chad May in 1994 led KSU to a 9-3 record as Snyder’s building efforts just were starting. Now Snyder has Jake Waters, who played well last season as a junior-college transfer. “Jake is one of those young guys that has a tremendous value system,” Snyder said. “He's a young guy that understands what our program is truly all about. He's a young guy that works diligently to improve his plight in life and on the football field on a very regular daily basis. “He had a rocky start in the first half of the season. But at no time did he ever stop trying to improve his plight. He's a bright, young guy.” EXTREME MAKEOVER: CYCLONES EDITION Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads fired offensive assistants Courtney Messingham and Kenith Pope after last season. Then four more assistants left for other jobs. “We have six new coaches on our football staff,” Rhoads said. “That's a lot of change. That's a lot of transition, highlighted by the addition of Mark Mangino to our staff.” Mangino replaces Messingham as offensive coordinator. But defensive coordinator Wally Burnham returns. “On the defensive side of the ball will be a young, spirited group and, quite honestly, will be led by … Wally, who has been doing it for a lot of years.” WHERE’S DEFENSE IN WVU-BAYLOR? The West Virginia-Baylor games the last two years have resulted in scores of 70-63 (West Virginia won) and 73-42 (Baylor won). So what to expect when the teams meet Oct. 18 in Morgantown, W.Va.? “You better be able to improve defensively and stop some people if you want to win some games,” Holgorsen said. “That doesn't mean you need to hold people to 14 points. Baylor had a good defense last year but still gave up some points. So I think we're in the 40s against them. I was not in a good place two years ago when everybody was excited about our 70‑63 victory.” ISU LOSS ‘DEVASTATING’ Iowa State lost to Northern Iowa and Iowa to open the 2013 season, but the game that defined the Cyclones’ season was a 31-30 loss to Texas later in September. Texas scored the game-winning touchdown with 51 seconds left after a drive that was enabled by two pass interference penalties and two fumbles that were ruled Texas’ ball, even after replay review. “There’s no question that devastating loss affected our football team,” Rhoads said. “We came back the next week and fought like heck and lost a game by a touchdown, but then our butts started to drag a little bit lower and we suffered some bad defeats.” Anderson, the officiating director, said the pivotal play that night in Ames, Iowa, Johnathan Gray’s fumble near the goal line, was inconclusive on replay. And Rhoads concurred. “I think it accurately depicted what the replay system is and what it's not going to be capable of overturning,” Rhoads said. “What we've always known is the ruling on the field is most important. And if you're ever going to challenge as a coach, you want to know exactly what the ruling on the field is before you do that. We didn't have to challenge, it was something that was going to have to be reviewed as it should have been, and it never produced what the rules state was enough information to overturn it. Doesn’t make it any easier to swallow that loss, because it's a game we certainly thought belonged to us as it played out on the field.”
May 31, 2014
The Oklahoma High School Sports Express ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox.
Collected Wisdom: Van Shea Iven, owner and host of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | May 31, 2014Van Shea Iven’s career started with a harmless phone call. Following his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Iven called the KFOR sports department looking to help cover the summer’s All-State games. What happened next was a comical but key moment in the development of high school sports television coverage in Oklahoma. Bob Barry Jr. answered the phone and then asked Robert Allen — while Iven could plainly hear him — if a kid can come help him that week or if he needs to get rid of him. “I heard the whole thing,” said Iven, a Pond Creek native. “Luckily, Robert hem-hawed around and told him to have me there at 9 the next morning.” That started a long tenure with the station before Iven left to start the Oklahoma High School Sports Express, which ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox. Iven has accepted a position with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and he recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his childhood, career and love for high school sports. I had a great high school experience. We only had football, basketball, baseball and track, but in Pond Creek you did all four, which was fun. You might go to a track meet all day and then leave there at 4 and go play a baseball game in the evening, which was great. I had no idea if I wanted to be a newspaper writer, if I wanted to be a coach, if I wanted to be a sports information director. I never thought about TV, that wasn’t even an option, and I kind of stumbled into it. I had no clue that’s what I wanted to do. Still to this day don’t know if that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t know whether to thank Robert Allen and Bob Barry Jr., or to cuss them. Bob Sr., to get a chance to work with him was fantastic and he was so good to me, just like a second dad. To get a chance to work with “Mr. Sports “in Oklahoma as far as television is concerned and then Bob Barry Jr., it was fantastic. My favorite thing was always high school because I had such a good experience playing high school sports. I realized when the Hornets came here I could see the writing on the wall. I didn’t know it was going to turn into a full-time franchise, but there were rumblings. I could see where high school was going to get left out. I had some coaches and athletic directors and parents always say you should do something like this, so I kind of got the ball rolling and talked to some people. I was at Channel 4 for 17 years. I loved it. I could have stayed there 17 more. I could still be there today and not have any problems with it. But I wish I would have started the Express 10 years earlier. The reason I started the show also was for the smaller schools and the smaller sports. To a slowpitch softball player’s parents in Hinton, them winning a state title in slowpitch softball is every bit as important as it is to the Jenks quarterback’s parents for him to win a state championship. When you get to the smaller schools and show up for a game, the mayor may be taking tickets at the gate, the bank president may be flipping burgers in the concession stand and a farmer may be on the PA. Then when you go to the coffee shop on Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning that’s all the talk. Everybody’s involved and everybody’s a part of it. You don’t have to be Kevin Durant to play high school basketball. Anybody can go out and if you’re in the right situation, you don’t have to be a great player. An average player can play a huge role in high school basketball or any sport in high school. It’s neat to have people come up and say they enjoy my show or something, but it’s also neat for me to get a chance (to do the show) because I know for this cross country kid at Plainview or this soccer player at Santa Fe South or this swimmer from Kingfisher this is probably their only chance to be on TV. If I still wasn’t married or didn’t have a newborn, the Express would be starting Season 18 in August and I would be loving it. I still love it. I’ve got the last show Sunday night and I’m putting as much effort into it as I did the first show in 2006. I’ve had a chance to follow thousands of kids and get a chance to follow their careers, get them on TV and make them feel important, but now my job is more to make a 7-month-old feel important. It sounds probably a little stupid, but if it’s just rocking him to sleep or taking him outside to grab a leaf on a tree, that’s pretty cool to me.
May 18, 2014
As the Western Conference Finals tip off Monday night in San Antonio, no one is torn quite like Tom Travis. He’s a San Antonio native and an Oklahoma City transplant. But even more than that, he’s been behind the curtain and seen what makes the Spur Way a philosophy that the Thunder has tried to replicate from Day 1.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Why one of OKC's biggest fans is also a San Antonio Spurs fan
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014SAN ANTONIO — Watch the Thunder play on home hardwood, either in person or on television, and you’re bound to see Tom Travis. Sits courtside down the way from the Thunder bench right beside the scorer’s table. Ends up right behind Scott Brooks often when the Thunder coach leaves his seat during games. Rants and raves like a crazy man with regularity. Occasionally yells at officials with such, um, vigor that you wonder if any of Brooks’ technical fouls might actually have been because of him. You know who the passionate, animated Thunder fan is. Bet you don’t know he’s a Spurs fan, too. As the Western Conference Finals tip off Monday night in San Antonio, no one is torn quite like Travis. He’s a San Antonio native and an Oklahoma City transplant. But even more than that, he’s been behind the curtain and seen what makes the Spur Way a philosophy that the Thunder has tried to replicate from Day 1. Thunder brass insists that the franchise is nowhere near the Spurs. Four championships and an NBA record 17 consecutive playoff appearances would back up their assertion. But since these two teams last met in the Western Conference Finals, it’s obvious that big brother is still older and wiser. The Spurs made the NBA Finals last year and were a free throw away from winning it all. But it’s also obvious that little brother is growing up. “The Thunder are right there,” Travis said. “If the Thunder are patient … and they take the core group of people that they have and they continue with that professional approach, the Thunder are going to have a great run. “The Thunder are going to have this long-term successful franchise.” Travis isn’t speaking only as a fan. Yes, that’s how he started out, of course. He grew up in Kerrville, the Texas town an hour northwest of San Antonio that is now known as hometown of hotshot quarterback Johnny Manziel. “I’ve been telling everybody that Johnny Manziel is the second-best player to ever come out of Kerrville, that I’m No. 1,” Travis deadpanned. Sports were a big part of Travis’ life as a kid, but in that area in the late ’60s and early ’70s, high school sports were king. There were college football fans. Texas. Texas A&M. But with no pro teams, high school sports and high school football in particular was paramount. Then in 1973, the Dallas Chaparrals moved to San Antonio and became the Spurs. Travis’ father took him to see the Spurs for the first time in 1974. He was hooked. When Travis settled in San Antonio after college to work for IBC Bank, which is headquartered there, he became an even bigger fan. Grand days of George Gervin and Larry Kenon gave way to even grander days of David Robinson and Sean Elliott. The Spurs always seemed to have a good team — oftentimes a title contender — and as the lone pro team in town, the Spurs were part of the fabric of the city. “It’s kind of like the Green Bay Packers,” Travis said. “The whole town … has just always been big time behind the Spurs.” But then in 1993, one of IBC’s board members called Travis. “The Spurs are about to sell to some guy in Florida,” the board member told him. “What?” Travis said. Spurs owner Red McCombs was facing financial problems with his auto dealerships and needed to sell the basketball franchise. Les Alexander was interested in buying and moving the team to Florida. Travis and other business leaders in San Antonio scrambled. With heavy hitters like Southwestern Bell CEO Ed Whitacre and USAA insurance chairman Gen. Robert McDermott in the room, it was decided that they would put together an ownership group. There would be several investors, and no one would have a huge piece of the pie. But all of them would pony up in an effort to keep the Spurs in San Antonio. It worked. In the group of investors was The Oklahoma Publishing Co., which publishes The Oklahoman and whose publisher at the time, the late Edward L. Gaylord, had major investments in San Antonio. Its representative on the Spurs board of directors was Clay Bennett, now chairman of the Thunder. “Clay really got the bug, so to speak,” said Travis, who was president of IBC and represented the bank on the Spurs board. “He was really excited about it.” Still, when Travis transferred from San Antonio to Oklahoma City in 2004 to take over as president and chief executive officer of IBC-Oklahoma, the NBA was not even a twinkle in Oklahoma City’s eye. The city had tried to woo the NHL and just missed the cut, and its efforts to entice the NBA had been met with the chilliest of shoulders. So, Travis brought his Spurs allegiance with him. Decorated his office in black and silver. Talked Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker with anyone who would listen. Then, of course, Hurricane Katrina blew the Hornets into town and changed the course of Oklahoma City’s future. When the Thunder came to town a few years later, Travis wanted to support the franchise because of all the folks who had ties to the Spurs. Bennett. General manager Sam Presti. Head coach P.J. Carlesimo. But he became a fan of the Thunder for the same reason most folks have — it has won and it has Kevin Durant. “Everybody loves a winner,” Travis said. “I think Kevin Durant and the team have made it easy.” Travis has become such a fan that he went to Miami two years ago to cheer for Oklahoma City during the NBA Finals. Of course, he was in Miami last year to cheer for San Antonio in the NBA Finals, too. When he talks about the Spurs, he uses pronouns like “we” and “us.” When he talks about the Thunder, he calls them “my Thunder.” You might think these passions will make for a difficult few weeks for Travis. The Spurs and the Thunder are about to lock in a best-of-seven series that will end with one going to the NBA Finals and the other cleaning out their lockers. But Travis, who has four Spurs championship rings but is so passionate about the Thunder that he once got into a verbal tit-for-tat with Dallas sharpshooter Jason Terry, insists these aren’t tough days at all. Quite the opposite. He sees this as a win-win situation. He thinks of the fact that one of his teams is going to win, not that one of his teams is going to lose. He isn’t torn at all. “Look, I’m a native Texan, and if push comes to shove, I don’t know where I’d go, but I love the Spurs and it’s a longtime deal,” he said. “But I love my Thunder. I love my Thunder. I love what Clay’s doing. I love what Sam Presti’s done. I love Durant.” Travis loves both of his teams so much that he plans to attend every game of the Western Conference Finals, regardless of location. In addition to his Thunder season tickets at The Peake, he also has Spurs season tickets near the court at the AT&T Center, and he’ll be in them Monday night. Then, whatever team wins the West, he plans to follow it through the NBA Finals. He’s guaranteed to have one of his teams playing for a title. “I wish one of these teams was in the East and one was in the West,” he said wistfully. “But I tell you, it puts joy in my heart to see the Thunder doing what they’re doing and the Spurs doing what they’re doing. “I just want to see great basketball.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
May 14, 2014
‘KD & ME’ — Kevin Durant’s impact on Oklahoma is such that it seems almost everyone has their own story of a brush with Kevin. Ford Smith’s is both typical and one in a million.
Kevin Durant: Measuring an MVP's value one personal encounter at a time
By Jenni Carlson | May 14, 2014Ford Smith doesn’t have much to say about the time he met Kevin Durant. “It was cool,” he said. But the fact that the 7-year-old can say anything at all is a triumph. A little over three years ago, Ford was the victim of a vicious dog attack. The animal went for his throat, crushing his larynx and puncturing his trachea. It nearly killed him and left him with voice problems that linger still. After a long hospital stay and amid an even longer recovery, the little boy got to meet the Thunder superstar. He’s hardly the only one to have a KD encounter. In the glow of Durant’s MVP award, the world has come to know about the good guy in the No. 35 jersey. But Oklahomans have known about that side of KD for years. They have seen it in big and small ways, from his $1 million donation to tornado relief in Moore to his chance meetings with fans all around the state. Seems like everyone has a KD-and-me story. And Durant’s meeting three years ago with Brian and Tiffany Smith and their boys, Parker and Ford, is typical. It was done quietly, without fanfare, it was heartfelt and genuine, and it resonated the folks with whom he crossed paths. “It was only five minutes,” Brian said, “but it was well worth it to my kids.” A few months earlier, Ford was playing in the yard at the family’s house in Covington, a tiny town 20 minutes east of Enid. He and older brother Parker were riding inside a toy police car when the neighbor’s dog busted through the gate. It went after Ford. “He basically went straight for his throat,” Tiffany said. Parker ran to find their dad, Brian, who pulled the dog off of Ford. It then bit Brian and Parker and Tiffany, who’d run into the yard after hearing the commotion. But Ford had taken the worst of it. The family rushed to the hospital in Enid, and almost immediately, Ford was airlifted to OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. His larynx was crushed, caused by blunt and penetrating trauma. His trachea was punctured in three places. In an attempt to let those wounds heal, Ford was placed in a medically induced coma. He was paralyzed and sedated for five days. One night, his lung collapsed, and he had to be bagged so that he could breathe. Tiffany and Brian thought they might lose him. A couple of years later, Tiffany and Ford were looking at some pictures of his time in the hospital. Ford suddenly said that he remembered a story about being there. “I remember I was way up high and you and daddy were way down low,” he said. “I could hear you and see you, but you couldn’t see me.” “What?” Tiffany asked, stunned. “There was a little boy up there trying to help me. And I thought you were going to leave me.” Tiffany has since read the book, “Heaven Is for Real,” which recounts a similar experience. But at the time, neither she nor her boys had, so it wasn’t as if Ford was recounting something he’d heard elsewhere. No one is sure what happened to Ford, but the morning after his lungs collapsed, a nurse came in and told Tiffany and Brian that Ford had a small laceration on the bridge of his nose. It was in the shape of a cross. A couple days later, Ford moved from ICU to a regular room. And a couple days after that, he went home. But before the Smiths left the hospital, they were talking about what they were going to do once Ford was released. Among their plans was a trip to see the Thunder play. Both of the boys were big sports fans — Brian is the football coach at Covington-Douglas High School — and a trip to The Peake seemed like a good way to celebrate what they’d survived. One of the nurses caught wind of their plans. She happened to also work as an in-arena paramedic during games, so she told a couple of the Thunder representatives who she knew about Ford. Would it be possible for him to meet KD? The request was taken to Durant as well as Russell Westbrook, both of whom agreed, and after the game, the Smiths met the superstars. Durant had family and friends there in the arena waiting on him, but he came over and shook hands with everyone in the family, asked about what had happened, then passed basketballs back and forth with the boys. He posed for a photo and signed the basketballs before saying goodbye. The boys were almost speechless, but afterward, they couldn’t stop talking about the whole thing. “Did you see how big his hands were?” they marveled. “Did you see how long his fingers were?” Since that night, there has been more surgery for Ford, including one in Boston with a doctor who has repaired vocal cord damage on the likes of Adele and Keith Urban. Ford has scar tissue between his vocal cords that keeps them from coming all the way together and makes it so that he can’t change the pitch of his voice much. He’ll likely have more surgeries on that as he gets older and his voice starts to change. But amid tough times, that meeting with KD will forever be a great memory. Those minutes were precious. “You see him as such a star,” Tiffany said, “but to see them step down and just be a person is really humbling. “It meant a lot.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.