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Feb 6, 2016
J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: Feed the Children in good hands with J.C. Watts
The Oklahoman Editorials | Feb 6, 2016J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to recover from the poor publicity that accompanied the ousting of founder Larry Jones in 2009. Several leaders have followed. Watts, 58, provides potential long-term stability at the top as president and CEO, which is highly important to any organization. Through his eight years as a member of Congress, and 15 more as head of his own consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Watts has amassed considerable contacts in the corporate and faith communities that will help his efforts to build new support for Feed the Children. He's also a dynamic public speaker, a skill that will only help his cause. Watts told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay this week that Feed the Children has sound infrastructure and organization. His immediate goal, he said, is to spread the word to others “that we're good, fertile soil that they can sow into … and we would love to have them join us.” We wish him and Feed the Children only the best. Caucus chaos Every now and then, some politico will suggest that Oklahoma should shift from presidential primaries to presidential caucuses. Yet the recent outcome in Iowa's Democratic presidential caucus highlights why a simple primary vote may still be the better option. The Des Moines Register reports that in a handful of Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss. In one precinct, the coin toss was chosen due to a dispute over the results “after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings.” Statewide, Hillary Clinton won five delegates via coin toss. (Given the amount of luck involved in that outcome, Clinton might have better spent her time in Vegas that night.) While many romanticize the town-hall style democracy of a caucus, the chaotic reality can lend itself to outcomes that appear far less democratic or fair than those generated by a simple primary vote system. Hashtag diplomacy fail When the Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls, it became trendy to use the #bringbackourgirls hashtag on social media. First lady Michelle Obama even tweeted a photo of herself holding up a sign with that message. What was the result of the Obama administration's “hashtag diplomacy”? The Daily Mail in Britain bluntly noted in a recent article, “The Nigerian girls never were rescued despite high-profile displays of support for military intervention from the first lady and celebrities like Amy Poehler.” And what has become of Boko Haram? The Associated Press reports its latest atrocity involved firebombing huts in Dalori, Nigeria, killing 86 people. A survivor described hearing the screams of children being burned alive. To the surprise of no one (other than perhaps some officials in the Obama administration), barbarians are not impressed by social media prowess, and tweeting is still no substitute for action. Absentee minded Don't like standing in line on Election Day? You can always cast an absentee ballot, and this week the state Election Board made it easier to obtain one. Instead of filling out a printed form requesting an absentee ballot, which has been the norm, registered voters can now submit their requests online via the board's website, http://elections.ok.gov. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever,” said Paul Ziriax, Election Board secretary. Those who choose to vote by mail will receive a ballot in the mail, usually at least a month before the election. Voters can then, at their leisure, fill out the ballot, get it notarized and mail it back. Long road ahead Does the outcome of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses, particularly on the Republican side, truly indicate who the “top” contenders are? Is this race really down to Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida? History suggests you can't read too much into the Iowa results. In 2000, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came in fifth in Iowa, trailing Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer (remember them?). McCain went on to easily win the New Hampshire primary and gave George W. Bush a run for his money for the next several months. The same thing holds true for New Hampshire's primary. In 1992, Bill Clinton declared himself the “comeback kid” after coming in a distant second in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. There's still many votes to be cast and a long way to the finish line in the presidential nominating process. Keep it civil There will plenty of debate this legislative session over education funding, school choice and other issues. Here's a call for voices on both sides to keep the rhetorical low blows to a minimum. Our concern stems from some of the things written by bloggers at #OklaEd, a site that allows educators to use Twitter to “share ideas, resources and inspiration.” One English teacher attached a graphic to his anti-education reform post that said, “Admitting you're an a--hole is the first step.” Writing about Education Savings Accounts, an administrator at Sand Springs said, “If you are a parent who wants to use the Bible as your child's Biology text, ESA's are for you.” Passionate defense of education and educators in Oklahoma is one thing. But such uncivil discourse does little to help the cause. Greener pasture Altus won the Class 5A state football championship in December. This week it lost its coach, Jeremy Reed, after two years on the job. Reed said that as “more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education,” he felt he owed it to his three young children to move to Lake Hamilton High in Pearcy, Ark. That high school and district are rated among the top 25 in Arkansas. However, those who would point to this story as a prime example of Oklahoma's education woes would be off base. Coaches move all the time — Lake Hamilton will be Reed's fifth career stop in nine years. And public education in Arkansas certainly has its concerns. As the Tulsa World's Wayne Greene wrote recently, Oklahoma's ACT results are slightly higher than Arkansas, as is Oklahoma's high school graduation rate. Education Week gives both states Ds in kindergarten through 12th-grade achievement; overall, it ranks Oklahoma a D-plus, Arkansas a C-minus.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:Newswriting SweepstakesBrianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy".Photo SweepstakesMichael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait".First Amendment AwardThe Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting".Bill Wundram Award for Column WritingKyle Munson, The Des Moines Register,...
Iowa APME contest winners
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2016DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners: Newswriting Sweepstakes Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy". Photo Sweepstakes Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait". First Amendment Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting". Bill Wundram Award for Column Writing Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Davis City Resident Helps Family Scrape By" and "Medical Mystery". Mark Twain Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye. News Writing Division III (circulation 35,000 and above): Business: 1, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Deere layoffs causing ripple effect through some suppliers' workforces."; 2, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Raymond residents decry closure of town's only bank"; 3, Jennifer Dewitt, Quad-City Times, "Young professionals fill new Moline apartments". Business Feature: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze bureaucracy "; 2, Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register, "Invest in Des Moines"; 3, Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, "High nitrates plague 60 Iowa cities". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Ongoing coverage of campaign finances at the Iowa Caucuses. "; 2, John Molseed, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Mumford and Sons"; 3, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Faces of medical marijuana in Iowa". Editorials: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Iowan wait for drugs"; 2, Jon Alexander, Quad-City Times, "End Gluba's assault on transparency". General Features: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's Epic Walker"; 2, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "The last red tractor"; 3, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, "Meet two real Iowa bachelors". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures"; 2, Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register, "Burma to Iowa"; 3, Kyle Munson, Kathy Bolten, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, "Black Iowa". Investigative Reporting: 1, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "Rise and Fall of Valley Bank"; 2, Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, "Four firms have troubled pasts"; 3, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures". News Graphics: 1, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Work release graphic"; 2, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Tuttle graphic"; 3, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Weapon flow chart". Sports Enterprise: 1, Mike Kilen, Andrew Logue, The Des Moines Register, "Last flight"; 2, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's football team"; 3, Doug Newhoff, Jim Sullivan, Nick Petaros, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "College Costs, July 26-29". Sports Spot News: 1, Rick Brown, Chad Leistikow, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, " Iowa grapple on the gridiron"; 2, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "White, Hawkeyes get their fairy-tale finish"; 3, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "Murray doesn't disappoint in his first JDC". Spot News Reporting: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Democratic debate coverage"; 2, Mackenzie Elmer, The Des Moines Register, "Officer inside patrol car fatally shoots unarmed man"; 3, Thomas Geyer, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Tornado sweeps Scott, Clinton and Whiteside". Photos Business Photos: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Deer classic"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "YMCA implosion "; 3, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Bird flu". Feature Photos: 1, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "112015bp-snow-art-1"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Sweet smooch"; 3, The Des Moines Register, "Glorious skyline". General News Photos: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Ted Cruz"; 2, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Memorial Day"; 3, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Marriage Equality". Picture Story: 1, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Rock the Look fundraiser ". Sports Action: 1, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "Tripped Up"; 2, Courtney Collins, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "110715cc-uni-football-01"; 3, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "020115mp-uni-missoui-state-9". Sports Feature: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo wait"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Relays glow"; 3, Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, "Game Winner". Spot News Photos: 1, Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, "Freedom summit protester "; 2, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "House Fire"; 3, Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, "Flash flooding evacuation". Division II (circulation 10,000-34,999) News Writing Business: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, "Landowners hope pipeline not a done deal"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Losses escalate as bird flu virus spreads in region". Business Feature: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Massive structures rising up at CF expansion site"; 2, Mark Newman, The Ottumwa Courier, "Idaho here we come"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Restaurants, consumers stung by record cattle, beef prices". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Wastewater treatment plant violations"; 2, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Coverage of pork plant in Sioux City"; 3, Molly Montag, Peggy Senzarino, Arian Schuessler, Globe Gazette, "Sexual Abuse accusations against Henry Rayhons". Editorials: 1, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, "Our opinion"; 2, Amy Gilligan, Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald, "A time to part: Strelo, school board"; 3, The Hawk Eye editorial board, The Hawk Eye, "A judge will decide". General Features: 1, Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald, " From tragedy, miracles"; 2, Joey Aguirre, The Hawk Eye, "From Burlington to Iowa City she's with Jackson"; 3, Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal, "A cowboy and his trolley". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Staff , Sioux City Journal, "Vietnam: Service with honor"; 2, Kathleen Sloan, Will Smith, Joey Aguirre, Sarah Tomkinson, The Hawk Eye, "Mental Health Institute closing (part 1)"; 3, Mike Bell, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Series: Rental crunch". Investigative Reporting: 1, Kathleen Sloan, The Hawk Eye, "Operating outside the law"; 2, Sioux City Journal, "Case shows gaps in teacher-student sex law"; 3, Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, "Day care dilemma". Sports Enterprise: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "The perfect ties"; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "A big man on campus"; 3, Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal, "Hoops encounter shows different side of the news". Sports Spot News: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "Crowd-pleaser"; 2, Jared Patterson, Globe Gazette, "Hogan swats walk-off grand slam"; 3, Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal, "National champs drew inspiration from Muhl". Spot News Reporting: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, "Women fatally shot by officer"; 3, Nick Hytrek, Barbara Walker, Sioux City Journal, "From 'shots fired' to life sentence". Photos Business Photos: 1, Josh Newell, The Hawk Eye, "What a view"; 2, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Grand Downtown"; 3, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Steel work at Silgan". Feature Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bubbling up with excitement"; 2, Nicki Kohl, Telegraph Herald, "Catching a Whopper"; 3, Patrick Shelby, The Ottumwa Courier, "Blood moon over Blakesburg barn". General News Photos: 1, Ben Roberts, The Ottumwa Courier, "Hot air balloons take flight over Ottumwa"; 2, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Storm slams festival"; 3, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bracewell Stadium class of 1968". Picture Story: 1, Jessica Reilly, Telegraph Herald, "The Life of Conner"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Call it a night"; 3, John Lovretta, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "It's a kid world at the fair". Sports Action: 1, John Gaines, The Hawk Eye, "Out of bullets"; 2, Chris Zoeller, Globe Gazette, "Heading the ball"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Whitewater fun". Sports Feature: 1, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Explorers fan high-five"; 2, Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal, "Iowa girls state basketball: Unity Christian undefeated"; 3, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Scheelhaase finds relief, redemption in relay victory". Spot News Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Man killed in shooting"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Train Explosion"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Citizens come to the rescue". Division I (Under 10,000 circulation) News Writing Business: 1, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Going once, going twice: Mall of the Bluffs will go on the auction block Monday"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Denison fights to keep Tyson workers in town"; 3, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "New in-school bank connects elementary, high school opportunities". Business Feature: 1, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "16th Avenue still lined with memories"; 2, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Grease Monkey celebrates 30 year anniversary Wednesday"; 3, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "'They're just gorgeous'''. Continuing News Coverage: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "State board dissolves Farragut school district"; 2, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "IWCC votes to phase out sign language program"; 3, Brenden West, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Gas tax issues in Clinton". Editorials: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Plan needs adjusting during big snowstorms"; 2, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's intent on gas tax plan misunderstood"; 3, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "Time for Iowa to expand firework sales". General Features: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Kiley Wellendorf, Daily Times Herald, "Making memories with Myles"; 3, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle Buddies". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 2, Jared Strong, Douglas Burns, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "Water Works lawsuit coverage"; 3, Amy Kent, Clinton Herald, "Want solid waste pickup?". Investigative Reporting: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "Ethics complaints, lawsuit filed against Treynor superintendent"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Affair website hackers expose dozens of Carroll men". Sports Enterprise: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Hometown proud of player, person/Early star potential"; 2, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "Family of coaches hoping to change fortunes of 3 T.J. athletic programs"; 3, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "A day in the life of a swim champion". Sports Spot News: 1, Brett Christie, Daily Times Herald, "CHS honors Feldman in walk-off winner"; 2, Kevin White, The Daily Nonpareil, "MVAO reaches 1-A final"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "IN 7(00)TH HEAVEN". Spot News Reporting: 1, Scott Levine, Amy Kent, Nick Moffitt, Clinton Herald, "Campus closing"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Militiamen's political spat ends with gunshot"; 3, Scott Stewart, John Schreier, Tim Rohwer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Governor's line-item vetoes affect school budgets, mental health facilities". Photos Business Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Doughnuts on display"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Rollin' and rockin'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Pizza Counter thrives in new location". Feature Photos: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Dog days of summer"; 2, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Sumo bots take center stage at Heartland Christian". General News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Rick Meister sits in his new tractor"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Center ballroom dances make feet happy". Picture Story: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco laid to rest". Sports Action: 1, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's Sydney Laufenberg is greeted by a downpour"; 2, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "The sand flies as Rodney Gossard lands"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton senior Damon Dann scores". Sports Feature: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Riders fly high at ArenaCross"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Treynor celebrates state tournament berth"; 3, Zach James, Clinton Herald, "Northeast celebrates after scoring". Spot News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jeff Storjohann, Daily Times Herald, "'Everything else is gone'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Cattle truck crash on interstate".
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:New Haven Register (Conn.), Jan. 28, 2016Whether a man-made material used for athletic fields and playgrounds is safe for athletes and children is under the microscope after being targeting by critics for years.U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is calling on the federal government to conduct an...
Editorials from around New England
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: New Haven Register (Conn.), Jan. 28, 2016 Whether a man-made material used for athletic fields and playgrounds is safe for athletes and children is under the microscope after being targeting by critics for years. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is calling on the federal government to conduct an independent study on the use of crumb rubber on athletic fields and playgrounds after a series of reports and complaints called into question whether the man-made material was a pathway to exposure to one or more carcinogens. Many argue the health effects of crumb rubber, which currently is used in more than 11,000 synthetic turf sports fields in the U.S. and in children's playgrounds across the country, have not been adequately tested to ensure that it is safe for long-term exposure. One soccer coach has documented 69 cases of former soccer players diagnosed with cancer. Here in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health has deemed its use safe and thousands of kids play on crumb rubber surfaces at high schools and playgrounds across the state. But without a definitive scientific study determining its safety, experts are divided on its use and concerned parents rightfully are worried. Some municipalities have taken matters into their own hands — such as Ridgefield, which has posted health safety warning signs at its two athletic fields. Crumb rubber made its debut as a synthetic turf for professional sports in the early 2000s, the successor to previous forms that athletes complained did nothing to protect them from hard landings. The new turf was made up of tiny, black crumbs made from pulverized car tires, among other materials. It provided a cushion upon impact for athletes and helped minimize serious injuries such as concussions. But cries for federal authorities to take a closer look at the potential hazards have been mushrooming after many athletes who played extensively on synthetic fields were diagnosed with cancer. The controversy picked up steam after Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy refused to answer a reporter's question as to whether the synthetic turf was safe for children. No study links crumb rubber to cancer, but a study by Yale University found crumb rubber pieces contain 96 different chemicals, and 20 percent of the toxic chemicals present were carcinogens. And that is spreading fear through parents who say the tiny rubber crumbs get everywhere — in player's uniforms, hair and cleats. And every time a player slams onto the turf, a black cloud of tire pellets shoot into the air and the granules get into their cuts and scrapes, and into their mouths. The Synthetic Turf Council argues on its website there is no evidence to support claims that synthetic turf is unsafe. But an in-depth study free from special interests is needed to ensure athletes and children are not playing now to pay later. When the head of EPA refuses to go on record and validate a product's safety to the American people, that should make everyone sit up and take notice. We certainly did — and so should the federal government. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1KN3g70 Rutland Herald (Vt.), Jan. 25, 2016 We're now in the last year of Barack Obama's presidency. For many in the country, that's something to celebrate. His legacy is already hotly debated, and the November election will have an impact on how much of that legacy is carried forward. But Obama supporters and Obama detractors should all support the continuation of one small, oft-overlooked innovation that the current president brought to life: the United States Digital Service. This service sprang out of what is arguably one of Obama's biggest failures: the bungled launch of the healthcare.gov website. The site was meant to be a portal for Americans to sign up for health insurance through the exchanges — but it was riddled with problems, and Obama ended up calling in a rescue team to fix the site. The rescue team included many of the best and brightest from the United States' technology sector, who put their lives on hold and dedicated thousands of hours to working with officials and contractors to get the health insurance site back on track. When that task was completed, several members of the team realized they'd done something positive for their country. They connected others in technology who were willing to take time out to make government — and, by extension, people's lives — better. They'd also lowered costs — the healthcare.gov effort helped replace a $200 million login system that cost $70 million per year to operate with one that cost $4 million to build and less than $4 million per year to operate. The team wondered if they could do the same by applying their technology skills to other areas of government. The White House was listening, and in mid-2014, the service was started. What has happened since? The USDS has recruited bright people to apply the lessons of the technology sector throughout government. A sub-unit was started, called 18F, that works as a consultancy within the government. It partners with other agencies on specific tasks like improving the customer service portal for the Veterans Administration, reforming the Freedom of Information Act process, and creating a "College Scorecard" that makes data on college costs and outcomes easily accessible. In the process, they overhaul the partner agency's approach and upgrade their skills. They also leave behind a change in philosophy. What have they found? That many of the "bureaucrats" that are called out by politicians and critics actually want to do better, but are simply trapped by the inertia of the government and limited by the existing technology. They've found that many of the tech world's best and brightest are highly motivated by the opportunity to help out, and to help the people in need who are served by the government. They've also found that there is incredible potential to improve the efficiency and quality of government services — and they're doing it. There are several examples in Vermont where state government has attempted a similar effort to improve its own processes. None have focused so exclusively on technology, or leveraged outside resources, to make the effort a forward-looking part of the state's DNA. There were Tiger Teams under Gov. Jim Douglas, and more recently, several groups in the Agency of Natural Resources went through a process called LEAN Six Sigma, which is a set of processes used by industries to examine and improve existing processes and habits. But there's more that could be done, and it could have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of Vermonters and on the state budget. As Mikey Dickerson, a founding member of the agency and part of the healthcare.gov team, said, a key element is to "make it possible for people who had been part of the problem in the past to change. ...You have to give them permission to come along and get on the bandwagon. If they get convinced there won't be any place for them in the new world, then (they will) dig in and resist what you're doing. ...You have to be willing to make friends with people you might not have otherwise thought." His insight might do a lot of good if it were applied more broadly by more people. But the U.S. Digital Service has had a major impact already by working without an agenda other than accomplishing a very straightforward goal: Make the government work better, using skills, principles and technology that are widely available in today's world. We should bring that to Vermont. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1Vxs8FH Concord Monitor (N.H.), Jan. 29, 2016 Presidential candidates, like street-corner organ grinders of old, put out tin cups and crank out promises created to please the audience. This time around, many have impressive goals for their first day in office. Bernie Sanders would act to reverse the decline of the middle class on his first day. Ted Cruz has pledged to abolish the IRS, investigate Planned Parenthood, undo the multi-nation deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program, abolish Common Core education standards and reverse every one of President Obama's long list of executive orders. None of those things can or will happen, but then the promise is music to some ears. At least since President Harry Truman used an executive order to desegregate the military, scholars and politicians alike have questioned how far a president can go to circumvent Congress with a presidential edict. The limits remain unclear. For three election cycles, political reporter Charlie Savage, now of the New York Times, has asked presidential candidates to answer a short list of questions geared to gauge their view of presidential authority. This time, Savage explained in a Times article on Sunday, only one candidate, Republican Rand Paul, answered them. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush issued executive orders and memoranda in roughly equal amounts, and faced similar challenges to their constitutionality and cries of "imperial presidency." Executive orders, in use since George Washington, allow a president to act quickly, particularly in times of danger, without first gaining congressional approval. Their use, however, has increased with congressional paralysis, which has become a political fact of life that's not likely to change with the next election. So it could be that the candidates didn't answer because they didn't want to limit their powers needlessly or because the question has yet to be answered definitively by anyone. Several candidates, including Trump and lawyers Cruz and Marco Rubio, appear to have views on the extent of presidential power that, with less than a dozen days to go before the primary, voters should think about. President Richard Nixon once summed up his take on the matter by saying "when the president does it, that means it's not illegal." That proved not to be the case. Dick Cheney, the former vice president and perhaps the nation's most steadfast proponent of almost unchecked presidential power, once put it this way when asked about limits: "The president of the United States now for 50 years is followed at all times, 24 hours a day, by a military aide carrying a football that contains the nuclear codes that he would use and be authorized to use in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. He could launch a kind of devastating attack the world's never seen. He doesn't have to check with anybody. He doesn't have to call the Congress. He doesn't have to check with the courts. He has that authority because of the nature of the world we live in." That's not a view of executive authority that makes us feel safer, but it does make us wonder how many of today's candidates feel the same way. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1KhuVSP The Republican of Springfield (Mass.), Jan. 28, 2016 When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had an opportunity to fan the flames of controversy around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department, he took a pass. It was a bit more than three months ago, during a televised debate, when the Vermont senator, after Clinton sought to downplay a probe of her emails as a partisan matter, said: "Let me say — let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." The Democratic partisans in the crowd loved it. As did Clinton. And the issue was put to rest, right? Not at all. In the eyes of many Democrats, perhaps, but the American people will have ample opportunity to grow even sicker and more tired of hearing about Clinton's emails. Especially if she emerges as the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. But even earlier, there'll be another spate of news stories about the former secretary's home-brew email server and the security of the arrangement. After a federal judge ruled that the Clinton emails needed to be made public by the end of this month, they've been being released, in batches. But the final group won't be made public on schedule, as officials have said they need more time to sort through them completely. Here comes that controversy again. We continue to believe that Sanders' challenge to Clinton remains more quixotic than not. The Bernie boomlet, even should he prevail in both Iowa and New Hampshire, is not likely destined to last. So, fast forward to the summer. Imagine that Clinton has secured the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Think her Republican opponent and GOP-allied groups won't be talking about her emails? They'll be talking about them non-stop. And Clinton, of course, will endeavor to wave away the attacks as rank partisanship, as old news that's already been covered, as just more of the same. Will Sanders (and other Democrats) continue to come to her defense? Absolutely. But there'll be an awful lot of noise. Of that there can be little doubt. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1WTB21u The Providence Journal (R.I.), Jan. 28, 2016 A series of missteps by government officials has plunged Flint, Mich., into something of a nightmare. For more than a year, contaminated water has poured from the taps in this struggling working-class city, forcing residents to seek safer alternatives. Flint's water has been found to contain high levels of lead, which can damage children's brains. A recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, which sickened dozens and killed 10, could ultimately be traced to Flint's water system as well. The trouble began in the spring of 2014, when, to save money, Flint stopped drawing its water from Lake Huron, through Detroit's system, and began taking it from the Flint River. The switch was supposed to be temporary, carrying Flint through the construction period of a new regional water system. Residents immediately noticed that their water smelled and looked foul. But, for months, the state ignored their complaints, including reports of rashes and other health problems. In what should have been a red flag, a General Motors plant stopped using Flint water in October of 2014, asserting that it rusted parts. People cleaning surgical instruments at a local hospital reported corrosion as well. Still, it took a year for Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, to offer a plan of state aid, and approve a switch back to the original water supply. But by then, water from the river had so badly corroded the pipes in Flint's distribution system that lead was leaching into the supply. Repairing the system could cost as much as $1.5 billion. In his State of the State address last week, Mr. Snyder apologized profusely to the residents of Flint. Along with assistance, they deserve a full accounting of what took place. Decades ago, when Flint's economy was stronger, several industries were operating on the banks of the Flint River. Unfortunately, they left a variety of toxins behind. The decision to switch the city's water supply to the river was clearly disastrous. It was made, apparently, by one of several state-appointed emergency managers who ran the city while it was in receivership from 2011 to 2015. More should be known about how this decision was reached, and also about the state's decision not to add anti-corrosion chemicals to the river before switching the supply. Doing so might well have saved numerous children from the danger of lead poisoning. Finally, more must be known about the state's long refusal to address complaints, and its insistence that the water was safe. A state task force recently faulted the health department for failing to warn the public. It assigned even more blame to the state Department of Environmental Quality, whose director recently resigned. Federal and state investigations that could shed more light on the crisis are now under way. President Obama has declared a state of emergency, permitting Flint residents to obtain assistance from federal taxpayers. The cost of federal aid could prove substantial, particularly if it is broadened to embrace long-term solutions. Flint offers an example of what can happen when government bureaucrats spectacularly fail to weigh the public impact of their actions — and a reminder of the importance of an alert citizenry and the full disclosure of information. It also should send a warning about the dangers of under-investing in infrastructure, including municipal water systems. That is a problem in the aging cities of the Northeast. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1m4Yonr Kennebec Journal (Maine), Jan. 28, 2016 For the first time since deaths from drug overdose began to appear at an alarming rate, there seems to be an almost universal appetite for identifying the best ways to address the addiction, petty crime and drug trafficking that are the result of Maine's heroin epidemic. Imposing longer sentences for drug crimes, however, should not be on that list. With so many evidence-based practices available to solve the drug crisis, there is no reason to return to a method that has been proven not to work. L.D. 1541, now before the Legislature, would increase punishments and set mandatory minimums for importing into the state most illegal drugs. It would also create a new crime — aggravated illegal importation — with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison for people who import larger quantities, or use a minor to assist in the importation. Importation is a particularly hard crime to prove, and Maine already has sufficiently harsh penalties for drug possession and trafficking, even in regard to relatively small amounts — 2 grams or more of heroin carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, while 6 grams or more has a 30-year maximum. Prosecutors have other, better tools for punishing drug dealers. More than that, though, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to alleviate the suffering caused by the drug crisis and to make our communities safer. Longer prison sentences satisfy the understandable desire to punish those who are profiting off addiction. For some, unfortunately, tough-on-crime pronouncements also are a way to prove how serious they take this issue. But there is no proof that putting away a drug dealer for a long time makes it any less likely that another one will take his place. Increased sentences will only fill Maine's prisons, and leave taxpayers on the hook for the bill — at a cost of about $56,000 per year per inmate — well after other, better initiatives have with any luck put the heroin epidemic to rest. That's clearly what happened in the drug crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when harsh sentences and mandatory minimums only served to fill prisons and, often, trap nonviolent and low-level offenders in the penal system, making recidivism all the more likely. There are a lot of great ideas floating around Augusta, and they are coming from both sides of the aisle. Increasing access to medication-assisted drug treatment, supporting recovery services in Maine's county jails and drug education in its schools, and stemming the overprescription of opioid painkillers are just a few of the initiatives that experience shows can make real headway in ending a drug crisis. The Legislature should focus on those proposals, and leave failed ideas in the past. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/23AbZVC
Dineen's best season in Oklahoma City was in 1978, when he batted .345 over 116 games.
Tributes: Former 89ers baseball player Kerry Dineen dies at 63
By Scott Munn | Jan 25, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Kerry Dineen, 63, of Henderson, Nev., played parts of three baseball seasons with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Dineen's best season in Oklahoma City was in 1978, when he batted .345 over 116 games. The outfielder was a three-time All-American at the University of San Diego before being drafted by the New York Yankees. He played briefly in the majors with the Yanks and the Philadelphia Phillies. *Ellis Jenkins, 84, of Tulsa. He earned a basketball scholarship to Tulsa out of Argentine High School in Kansas. Jenkins helped TU to the National Invitation Tournament in 1953. The corporate tax accountant for Shell Oil continued to follow the Golden Hurricane, often attending home and road games for the football and basketball teams. *Richard Lawrence Sr., 81, of Montgomery, Texas. The former Tulsa resident built and raced cars. Also raced boats and motorcycles. *Jim Sisler, 76, of Tulsa played tennis each week up until last October. The retired firefighter was a master ping pong player, sometimes using a mayonnaise lid as a paddle. *Richard Eddy, 86, of Broken Arrow was a longtime high school football coach. Stops included Warner, Vinita, Broken Arrow and Tulsa Memorial — the latter of which he led to a state championship in 1980. Eddy coached the Oklahoma team in the 1983 Oil Bowl and was added to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989. As a youngster, Eddy was an All-State tackle from Checotah. He earned a scholarship to Tulsa, where he played two seasons before joining the Navy during the Korean War. After the military, Eddy played one year of football at Northeastern State in Tahlequah. *Rudy Migay, 87, of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound center played several years in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His last season as professional was 1964-65, when he was a player/coach for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Migay's post-playing days were spent as a minor-pro coach or NHL scout. *Bill McLaughlin, 77, of Oklahoma City was an avid bowler. He was a member of the American Bowling Congress and was a director for the Oklahoma City Men's Bowling Association. *Dr. Charles Graybill, 96, of Lawton. He held OU football season tickets for 65 years. *Bud Harris, 88, of Oklahoma City played football, baseball and tennis for Classen High School. He coached Little League baseball and the Quail Creek Ladybugs softball team. A tennis player who traveled to Arizona and California to play in club tournaments. He attended the French Open as a fan. *Glenn Leak, 92, of Oklahoma City. He played high school football at Prague. A World War II veteran. *Ruth Price Watkins, 53, of Tulsa. She played softball as a youngster. As an adult, Watkins was a golfer and runner. *Sam Terry, 79, of Clinton was an avid cyclist who rode in the famous "Hotter 'N Hell Hundred" in Wichita Falls, Texas. *Johnny Beeler, 48, Alva. The social studies and history teacher also coached football in Alva and Arizona. *Tubby Dillingham, 97, Altus. He played basketball for Blair High School. A big Thunder fan who was a cotton and wheat farmer for more than 70 years. *P.D. Fergeson, 73, of Oklahoma City coached youth wrestling. *James Colbert, 71, of Tulsa coached high school football before spending 35 years in the Army National Guard.
Remember how Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called mainstream media "the ultimate super PAC" for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats? If so, his opponent Donald Trump's favorite precinct captain must be television. In the first major poll of the new year released by NBC News and Survey Monkey, Trump maintains his lead among the Grand Old Party's contenders with 35 percent support, way ahead of...
Clarence Page: How Trump made TV his best precinct captain
Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency | Jan 8, 2016Remember how Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called mainstream media "the ultimate super PAC" for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats? If so, his opponent Donald Trump's favorite precinct captain must be television. In the first major poll of the new year released by NBC News and Survey Monkey, Trump maintains his lead among the Grand Old Party's contenders with 35 percent support, way ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in second place with 18 percent and 13 percent for Rubio in third. Regardless of what happens after actual votes are cast, Trump's surprising success was the past year's biggest political story. We know he has struck a chord with white men, in particular, who have a high school diploma or less and have been buffeted the most by economic changes since the 1950s. But if the issues really mattered above all else, Republicans have had plenty of alternative candidates who, unlike Trump, can discuss major issues in terms that sound better informed than a second-grader. Yet Trump has surged ahead of the pack. How? Why? In most of the year-end assessments I have seen, too little attention has been given to the tremendous advantage that the real estate developer's years of building his brand have brought to him. He has been the star of his own TV show, "The Apprentice," and has produced or hosted television events as varied as the "Miss Universe Pageant" and "WrestleMania." Instead of dismissing his show biz background as a poor substitute for experience in public office, I think we need to appreciate how effectively Trump has blurred the lines in this video age between politics and entertainment — for better or worse. This occurred to me last summer after I encountered former "The Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault in the lobby of NBC's Washington studios, shortly after Trump launched his campaign. Newly hired to help lead Trump's Ohio campaign, Manigault advised me that in assessing Trump's appeal, "there's a different analysis and metrics you have to use." "Reality television has now taken over television," she said in an MSNBC discussion later. "People want to see real moments and see life unfold in front of them. Not scripted, but real moments." Calling Trump the "Tiger Woods of politics," Omarosa noted how Trump's name on the bill helped the first Republican debate to attract 24 million viewers, according to Nielsen data, a virtual tie with the biggest "Sunday Night Football" audience last season. "This is the new reality," Omarosa said on MSNBC. "He is going to have to give his position on serious issues and he may also call people pigs, but that's part of the Trump thing that comes with the package." Trump's success with that package so far has fulfilled the prophecy of the late media theorist Neil Postman's 1985 book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." "Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business," he wrote, "largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death." Unlike George Orwell's "1984," in which a "Big Brother" government would tell us what books we could not read, Postman's vision was closer to Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," a pleasure-seeking society in which no one would want to read a book. Instead of pleasure, Trump pushes the pain, often in demagogic tones that would bring a smile to the late Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who turned his fame as a segregationist Southern Democrat in the early 1960s into presidential campaigns. He didn't win, but his fiery populism helped to shape the political polarization with which we live today. Trump's remedies suspiciously lack detail. Yet the more he is attacked, the more his fans root for him — as they would root for an audacious reality TV star. It remains to be seen how well Trump can turn his fans into voters. But he already has mapped out a tempting path for other political hopefuls to follow. That's show biz. Email Clarence Page at firstname.lastname@example.org. TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
A historic November run for the University of Oklahoma football team. A July presidential visit that created much buzz in Oklahoma. A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of sexually preying on vulnerable black women. Those are just a handful of the news events that warranted front-page coverage in The Oklahoman over the past 12 months.JanuaryMajor pay raises for state troopers and...
2015 was a newsy year in Oklahoma
Matt Patterson, Associated Press | Jan 3, 2016A historic November run for the University of Oklahoma football team. A July presidential visit that created much buzz in Oklahoma. A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of sexually preying on vulnerable black women. Those are just a handful of the news events that warranted front-page coverage in The Oklahoman over the past 12 months. January Major pay raises for state troopers and other state workers took effect on the first day of the year. The raises went to 11,000 state employees, including 800 troopers who saw a 22.8 percent increase. OSU closed out their football season with a win in the Ticket City Cactus bowl. OSU finished with a record of 7-6. Oklahoma City's 2014 homicide rate fell to 62 from the previous two years' totals of 99 and 75, respectively. Capitol Hill High School moved forward with a plan to drop its Redskins mascot over complaints that the name was offensive to American Indians. The name Redwolves was later picked for the school's mascot. The state executed Charles Frederick Warner on Jan. 16 for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in 1997. Problems with a previous execution led to a nine-month delay in Warner's execution. February The Pentagon announced that it was acquiring land near Tinker Air Force Base as part of a planned repair center for the KC46-A Pegasus refueling tanker. The land was bought for $44 million, and the cost was shared by Oklahoma County and the federal government. The facility is slated to open in 2018 and will be the primary maintenance base for the new planes. Edmond Public School voters approved an $88 million bond issue to pay for storm shelters, classrooms and a new football stadium in the coming years. The measure won with 82 percent of the vote. The Thunder traded Kendrick Perkins to the Utah Jazz. Perkins became a fan favorite during his time in Oklahoma City. A late winter snow and ice storm crippled much of the state. The storm was responsible for more than 50 weather-related wrecks in Oklahoma City and caused flight delays at Will Rogers World Airport. March A controversy over two elephants that were to be transferred from a Seattle-area zoo to Oklahoma City erupted as an animal welfare group filed a lawsuit to block the move. The lawsuit failed and, eventually, Chai and Bamboo made their way to OKC. State officials announced repairs to the Capitol could top $120 million. The Capitol is in need of wide-ranging repairs, including its sewage system and to parts of its exterior barricades to protect people from falling stone. A video showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members involved in a racist chant went viral and sparked widespread controversy at the University of Oklahoma. The fraternity was disbanded by OU President David Boren and the OU football team protested the video by boycotting spring practices. Several of the students involved later were expelled. An already troubling season for the Thunder took a hit when superstar Kevin Durant was sidelined with a foot injury that would linger for the rest of the season as the team missed the playoffs. April The worldwide dip in oil prices began to affect Oklahoma's state government as officials announced they would see a significant drop in tax revenue that likely would force extensive budget cuts during the next several years. The Thunder's season ended with a win over Minnesota that brought Oklahoma City's season win total to just 45 games. The injury-riddled season was a crushing disappointment to fans and ultimately led to the departure of head coach Scott Brooks. A jury found Chancey Allen Luna, 17, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Lane, 22, in 2013. Lane, a college baseball player who was from Australia, was jogging in Duncan when he was gunned down by Luna. The 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was marked in Oklahoma City. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at a memorial service, and OETA and The Oklahoman produced a documentary telling some of the stories that came out of the tragedy. May Thunderstorms spawned more than a dozen tornadoes and flooding across Oklahoma. The storms flipped cars on Interstate 35 and destroyed several homes in Bridge Creek, Amber, Blanchard, Newcastle and Norman. No deaths were reported, but 12 people ended up in hospitals. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won a straw poll of people attending the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City as their selection for President. Carson received 25 percent of the vote. June A jury found an Edmond missionary, Matthew Lane Durham, 20, guilty of illicit sexual conduct against seven Kenyan children while visiting an orphanage in 2014. KFOR sports director Bob Barry Jr. died after a motorcycle accident near NW 142 and May Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City. Officers arrested Gustavo Gutierrez, 26, on complaints of manslaughter, making an illegal U-turn, causing an accident without a driver's license and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The U.S. Supreme Court approved a sedative used by Oklahoma for lethal injections, rejecting arguments that it could lead to an unconstitutional level of pain. The 5-4 decision meant Oklahoma could resume executions. The state delayed the executions of Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant and Benjamin Robert Cole while the Supreme Court reviewed a challenge filed by those inmates and others to the use of midazolam, the sedative in the three-drug protocol. The State Supreme Court ruled 7-2 decision that The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol. The judges said because the state constitution prohibits the use of public property to directly or indirectly benefit a church denomination, it must be removed. July President Barack Obama visited Oklahoma to discuss prison sentencing reform and other issues. Obama visited Durant High School to speak about high speed internet. The president stayed overnight in Oklahoma City before visiting the federal prison in El Reno to discuss prison sentencing reform and to film a documentary on the subject. While Obama's visit was largely well received, several people protested his visit by displaying Confederate flags. The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep the Ten Commandments monument next to the Capitol. The monument was later removed in the fall and relocated. August An Oklahoma County judge dealt a setback to Oklahoma's efforts to make obtaining abortions more difficult. District Judge Patricia Parrish struck down a law approved by the Legislature that would have required abortion-inducing drugs to be administered only in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration label instructions. Parrish ruled that the legislation created a “special law” prohibited by the state constitution. State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello was stabbed to death in the parking lot of a northwest Oklahoma City Braum's restaurant by his son. Costello had been attempting to reconcile with his son before the confrontation escalated. Christian Costello, 26, was arrested. It was later revealed that Christian Costello had been dealing with severe mental health problems for much of his life. Costello was fondly remembered by those who knew him and his body laid in repose at the Capitol before his funeral. September Remaining tenants at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City got to cool off, thanks to a judge's ruling putting the 84-year-old building into the hands of a new, temporary owner responsible for getting the building sold for redevelopment. Conditions at First National rapidly had deteriorated during the previous several months, as air conditioning had been shut off by Veolia Energy after the company was repeatedly rebuffed by Aaron Yashouafar and Leon Neman in collecting more than $500,000 in past-due bills for chilled water and steam services. Inmate Richard Glossip received another stay in his execution from Gov. Mary Fallin. The stay was granted because of questions over which drugs the state would use for the execution. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited The State Fair of Oklahoma. Trump spoke to about 6,000 people at the band shell inside State Fair Park. The Hotel Black and Motor Hotel were demolished in Oklahoma City as citizens watched. The building was completed in 1930 and had served as a hotel under different management throughout its history. The 11-story hotel went down quickly in the implosion. October Malee, a 4-year-old Asian elephant, died at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Her death, the result of a short battle with the extremely deadly elephant herpes virus, shocked fans of the zoo. The University of Oklahoma lost the annual Red River rivalry game to Texas. The Sooners entered the game flying high with a top-5 ranking, but were upset by a Texas team that wasn't very good this year and struggled most of the season. Four people were killed and dozens more injured after a car plowed into a crowd watching the OSU homecoming parade. The driver, Adacia Chambers, 25, immediately was arrested. The four dead, which included a 2-year-old boy, were mourned by Oklahomans across the state. November After a hail of criticism from religious groups and schools, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association announced it would allow a moment of silence before games. Under the new rule, schools and host sites can now offer a moment of silence that will allow each person in attendance the option to reflect, pray, meditate or engage in other silent activity during that period. Recited prayer is still not allowed over the public address system. The Oklahoma City Police Department's new headquarters was dedicated. The 88,625-square-foot facility cost $22 million. December Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of 18 counts of rape and sexual battery against women. The jury recommended more than 260 years in prison after a lengthy deliberation. Holtzclaw openly wept as the verdict was read. The University of Oklahoma football team learned it would be one of four teams in the college football playoff thanks to its commanding blowout win over Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam war. Two people were killed in a bizarre shooting incident on Interstate 40. Jeremy Doss Hardy, 36, of Pasadena, Texas was arrested on a DUI complaint after a short pursuit. He was later charged with murder in the deaths of Billie Jean West, 63, and Jeffrey Kent Powell, 45. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002458,t000027866,t000149877,t000027879,t000002953,t000047680,t000047687,t000138231,t000047681,t000138251,t000047704,t000207159,t000181582,t000181586,t000003007,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000143332,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164,g000065627,g000065562
WASHINGTON — E.B. White reportedly said "the most beautiful sound in America" is "the tinkle of ice at twilight." In 2015's twilight, fortify yourself with something 90 proof as you remember this year in which: We learned that a dismal threshold has been passed. The value of property that police departments seized through civil-asset forfeiture — usually without accusing, let alone...
George Will: A list of 2015's ludicrousness
GEORGE F. WILL Washington Post Writers Group | Dec 31, 2015WASHINGTON — E.B. White reportedly said "the most beautiful sound in America" is "the tinkle of ice at twilight." In 2015's twilight, fortify yourself with something 90 proof as you remember this year in which: We learned that a dismal threshold has been passed. The value of property that police departments seized through civil-asset forfeiture — usually without accusing, let alone convicting, the property owners of a crime — exceeded the value of property stolen by nongovernment burglars. The attorney general of New York, which reaps billions from gambling — casinos, off-track betting, the state lottery — moved to extinguish (competition from) fantasy football because it is gambling. Florida police raided a mahjong game played by four women aged between 87 and 95 because their game's stakes allegedly exceeded the $10 limit set by state law. A Michigan woman was fingerprinted, had her mug shot taken and was jailed until released on bond because she was late in renewing the $10 license for her dog. New Jersey police arrested a 72-year-old retired teacher, chained his hands and feet to a bench and charged him with illegally carrying a firearm — a 300-year-old flintlock pistol (with no powder, flint or ball) he purchased from an antique dealer. The University of Georgia said sexual consent must be "voluntary, sober, imaginative, enthusiastic, creative, wanted, informed, mutual, honest." Imaginative consent? Connecting climate change to sex, the National Bureau of Economic Research warned that hot weather leads to diminished sexual activity. Elsewhere in "settled science," the government's dietary rules were revised, somewhat rehabilitating red meat, sodium, eggs and other good stuff. Undaunted, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee produced a 571-page report calling for "bold actions" and "dramatic paradigm shifts" until mother-hen government yet again says, "Well, never mind." Since federal food police dictated changes in school lunch programs, food tossed in the trash is up 56 percent, salt shakers are being smuggled into schools, and there are black markets in potato chips. The IRS persecutes conservative advocacy groups but does not prosecute IRS employees who are tax cheats: An audit revealed that over the last decade, the IRS fired only 400 of the 1,580 employees who deliberately violated tax laws, rather than the 100 percent required by law. New York's City Council honored the "bravery" of Ethel Rosenberg, the executed traitor who spied for Stalin. Declaring her candidacy, Hillary Clinton said she will fight for, among many others, "truckers who drive for hours." Yes, hours. Elsewhere, she rejected the presumption of innocence, aka due process: Those alleging sexual assault have "the right to be believed," which she did not believe when her husband was the accused. A 9-year-old Florida fourth-grader was threatened with sexual harassment charges if he continued to write love notes telling the apple of his eye that her eyes sparkle "like diamonds." A Texas 9-year-old was suspended for saying his magic ring could make people disappear. A young girl was sent home with a censorious note from her school because her Wonder Woman lunchbox violated the school ban on depictions of "violent characters." An Oregon eighth-grader, whose brother served in Iraq, was suspended for wearing a T-shirt that depicted an empty pair of boots representing soldiers killed in action. The school said the shirt was "not appropriate." A Tennessee boy was threatened with suspension from elementary school because he came to school with a military-style haircut like that of his stepbrother, a soldier. A government arbitrator prevented the firing of a New Jersey elementary school teacher who was late to school 111 times in two years. A suburban Washington high school promoted self-esteem by naming 117 valedictorians out of a class of 457. Two Edina, Minnesota, elementary schools hired "recess consultants" to minimize "conflict" — children saying "Hey, you're out!" rather than "Nice try!" The principal of a San Francisco middle school withheld the results of student elections that did not produce properly "diverse" results. When some deep thinkers in academia decided that yoga, like ethnic food, constitutes "cultural appropriation," a clear thinker wondered whether offended cultures would send back our polio vaccines. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni reported that 48 of the top 52 liberal arts colleges and universities do not require English majors to take a Shakespeare course. This list of 2015 ludicrousness could be lengthened indefinitely, but enough already. The common thread is the collapse of judgment in, and the infantilization of society by, government. Happier New Year. George Will's email address is email@example.com. WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP
A longtime U.S. representative who defeated Bill Clinton in the future president's first race for public office and a Little Rock native who taught the Tuskegee Airmen are among notable Arkansans who died during 2015.Republican Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1 at age 92, was first elected to Congress in 1966 and served 26 years before retiring in 1993. He also handed Clinton a...
Longtime congressman, renowned poet among Arkansas deaths
By KEN MILLER, Associated Press | Dec 30, 2015A longtime U.S. representative who defeated Bill Clinton in the future president's first race for public office and a Little Rock native who taught the Tuskegee Airmen are among notable Arkansans who died during 2015. Republican Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1 at age 92, was first elected to Congress in 1966 and served 26 years before retiring in 1993. He also handed Clinton a defeat in 1974. Hammerschmidt was often the only Republican among the Arkansas delegation and told the Arkansas Democrat newspaper in 1991 that he did not intend to remain in Congress for 13 terms. "I really thought when I went that I might not stay over a term or two," but he stayed out of an obligation to the party, he told the newspaper. "I don't want us to lose our little toe-hold we have in Washington." Milton Pitts Crenchaw, 96, a Little Rock native who trained the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-Americans to fly combat airplanes in World War II — died in Georgia in November. He was among the last surviving instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen, according to his daughter, Dolores Singleton. Miller Williams, 84, who became the third inaugural poet when he read his "Of History and Hope" in 1997 at Clinton's second swearing-in in Washington, died in January. Williams was a longtime University of Arkansas professor who helped found the University of Arkansas Press in 1980 and directed it for almost 20 years. Albert Witte, 92, who taught for many years at the University of Arkansas and helped hire the then-26-year-old Clinton to the law school faculty in 1973, died in December. The former president said in a statement that Witte was a "wise counselor" to both him and Hillary Clinton, who was also on the law school faculty at the time. Civil rights activist Ozell Sutton, 90, a Gould native who grew up in Little Rock, died in December in Atlanta. Sutton assisted the Little Rock Nine during the integration of Central High School, marched for equal rights alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was at the Memphis hotel where King was assassinated in 1968. In the business world, longtime Riceland Foods president and CEO Richard Bell, 81, died in March, and John Correnti, 68, the CEO and chairman of Big River Steel died in August. L.T. Simes II, a longtime circuit court judge and co-owner of the first black radio station in Arkansas' Mississippi Delta region, died in October at age 65. Former Sen. David Wyatt, a Democrat, also 65, died in January, and longtime Craighead County Judge Roy "Red" Bearden, 85, died in June. In sports, Bill Valentine, 82, the colorful former general manager of the minor league baseball Arkansas Travelers, died in April. Darrell Brown, 67, the first black member of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team, died in October, while former UA linebacker Wayne Harris, 77, died in June. Former major league baseball player Jeff McKnight, 52, from Conway, died in March. Jim Ed Brown, 81, a Sparkman native and longtime Grand Ole Opry member died in June. In the media world, Larry Fugate, 69, a longtime Arkansas newspaper editor died in March and KASU radio news director Greg Chance, 63, died in April.
Part 2 of the 2015 AP all-state prep football ballot for North Carolina.QUARTERBACKSHOLTON AHLERS, Greenville Conley, QB, So., 6-4, 232 — Completed 132 of 262 passes for 2,457 yards and 27 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Also ran 168 times for 1,142 yards and 15 touchdowns.JULIUS CAULDER, Fairmont, QB, Jr., 6-1, 200 — Completed 211 of 318 passes for 3,688 yards and 36 touchdowns. Also ran for...
BC-FBH--NC AP All-State Ballot,1st Add
Associated Press | Dec 28, 2015Part 2 of the 2015 AP all-state prep football ballot for North Carolina. QUARTERBACKS HOLTON AHLERS, Greenville Conley, QB, So., 6-4, 232 — Completed 132 of 262 passes for 2,457 yards and 27 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Also ran 168 times for 1,142 yards and 15 touchdowns. JULIUS CAULDER, Fairmont, QB, Jr., 6-1, 200 — Completed 211 of 318 passes for 3,688 yards and 36 touchdowns. Also ran for 506 yards and 14 scores. Season quarterback rating of 133. Two-time county player of the year. All-conference pick. RICO DOWDLE, Asheville Reynolds, QB, Sr., 6-0, 203 — See player of the year nominations. RYAN GOODWIN, Greenville Rose, QB, Jr., 5-10, 180 — Completed 203 of 337 passes for 3,358 yards and 45 touchdowns. Threw eight interceptions. SAM HOWELL, Monroe Sun Valley, QB, Fr., 6-1, 200 — Threw for 3,541 yards and 35 touchdowns. Conference offensive player of the year. Set single-season school records for passing yards and touchdown passes. KINGSLEY IFEDI, Charlotte Vance, QB, 6-3, 210 — Threw for 3,100 yards and 27 touchdowns. Also ran for 689 yards and 13 scores. Four-star recruit with numerous Division I offers. AUSTIN KENDALL, Waxhaw Cuthbertson, QB, Sr., 6-3, 210 — Threw for 2,627 yards and 23 touchdowns. Also ran for 268 yards and six touchdowns. Set school and county records with 8,588 career passing yards and 90 career TD passes. Committed to Oklahoma. DIONTREA KING, Belmont South Point, QB, Sr., 5-10, 170 — Ran for 1,770 yards and 24 touchdowns. Averaged seven yards per carry. Ran for 139 yards and a touchdown in 3-A final. JOHN LAMOT, Eastern Alamance, QB, Sr., 6-0, 215 — Completed 206 of 317 passes for 2,772 yards and 21 touchdowns. Also rushed for 2,210 yards on 267 carries with 39 touchdowns. Completed 65 percent of his passes and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Also had 28 tackles in limited time as a safety. Had a two-year starting record of 27-2. Owns seven school career records, seven single-season records and broke four single-game records this season. Two-time Burlington Times-News offensive player of the year. Shrine Bowl pick. Committed to Boston College. DARQUEZ LEE, Shelby, QB, Sr., 6-1, 220 — Threw for 4,558 yards and 60 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in his only season as starting QB, guiding team to 2-A championship. Completed 57 percent of his throws. Had seven games with at least five TD throws. Best performance was 491 yards and seven TD passes against East Burke. Threw five scoring passes in 2-A final to tie NCHSAA mark, earning game MVP honors. HENDON HOOKER, Greensboro Dudley, QB, Jr., 6-4, 200 — True dual-threat quarterback who completed 127 of 198 passes for 2,234 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. Also ran 122 times for 1,217 yards and 15 touchdowns. Helped team reach 4-A state semifinals. WILL JONES, Greensboro Page, QB, Jr., 6-4, 195 — Completed 204 of 345 passes for 3,098 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Also had 98 carries for 309 yards and 10 scores. Helped team reach 4-AA state final. Has an offer from Western Carolina and is getting a lot of FBS interest. TRAVIS RAMMER, Statesville, QB, Sr., 6-0, 178 — Threw for 1,345 yards and nine touchdowns, ran for 1,722 yards and 22 touchdowns, and returned both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown. Set school records for total yards (10,705) with 7,182 coming through the air and 3,515 coming on the ground. Has career TD responsibility of 108. Conference player of the year. CHRIS REYNOLDS, Davie County, QB, Jr., 5-11, 180 — Completed 207 of 317 passes for 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Threw for 2,894 yards. Also ran 164 times for 745 yards and 12 touchdowns. DEVONTE ROUNTREE, Elizabeth City Northeastern, QB/DB, Sr., — Threw for 2,636 yards and 23 touchdowns. Also ran 157 times for 1,420 yards and 17 touchdowns. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, Hendersonville, QB, Sr., 6-3, 190 — Passed for 3,312 yards and 31 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. Ran for 1,051 yards and 14 touchdowns. Conference player of the year and participant in invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine. Finished with 6,923 career yards. Being recruited by Ivy League schools and has scholarship offer from Davidson. DARION SLADE, West Forsyth, QB, Sr., 6-0, 185 — Ran 168 times for 1,572 yards and 20 touchdowns. Threw eight TD passes. Also had seven receiving scores. Conference offensive player of the year. Three-time all-conference pick. Has multiple Division I offers. JAMES SMITH, Charlotte Mallard Creek, QB, Sr., 5-10, 181 — See player of the year nominations. CHAZZ SURRATT, East Lincoln, QB, Sr., 6-4, 210 — See player of the year nominations. TRE WADE, Greene Central, QB, Sr., 6-2, 195 — See player of the year nominations. LEON ZEIGLER, Richmond County, QB, Jr., 6-0, 176 — Completed 171 of 290 passes for 2,665 yards and 35 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. Set six school passing records this season, including season marks for completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns as well as single-game marks for passing yardage, touchdowns and completion percentage. Helped team reach third round of 4-AA playoffs with 11-3 record. ___ RUNNING BACKS JARET ANDERSON, Charlotte Catholic, RB, Sr., 5-10, 180 — Ran 314 times for 2,075 yards and 28 touchdowns for team that won 4-A title. Also had 14 catches for 251 yards and three scores. Ran for 4,142 yards in two-year career and scored 63 touchdowns. Two-time all-conference pick. Conference offensive player of the year. MVP of state final. First-team all-area pick by Charlotte Observer. Drawing interest from Navy, Air Force, Army and Ivy League schools. CHRISTIAN BEAL, East Forsyth, RB, Jr., 5-10, 180 — Ran for 1,702 yards and averaged nine yards per carry. Also had 358 yards receiving and 298 return yards. Finished with a total of 2,358 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns. Three-time all-conference pick. Conference offensive player of the year. Committed to Wake Forest. CHAUNCERY BOWMAN, Charlotte Mallard Creek, RB, Sr., 6-1, 195 — Ran for 1,684 yards and 17 touchdowns despite missing five games with a high ankle sprain. Had 294 yards receiving and two scores. Was top running threat on three-time 4-AA champions. JORDON BROWN, Southern Durham, RB, Sr., 5-11, 191 — Ran 250 times for 1,681 yards. Scored 22 touchdowns. Led team to 3-AA state final and had to play the last two games at quarterback due to an injured starter. Conference offensive co-player of the year. Committed to UNC. LAWRENCE BROWN, Chocowinity Southside, RB, Sr., 5-8, 185 — Ran 283 times for 2,285 yards and 19 touchdowns. Also had three touchdown catches. Nominee for conference player of the year. NICK BYNUM, Rocky Mount, RB, Sr., 5-6, 205 — Ran 220 times for 1,525 yards and 23 touchdowns. Had six 100-yard games. Also had eight catches for 163 yards. CADE CARNEY, Davidson Day, RB, Sr., 5-11, 210 — Every-down back who can block, catch, out-run and run over defenders. Had 130 carries for 1,188 yards with 16 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. Played in a ninth game but didn't carry the ball. Averaged nine yards per carry. Also had 264 yards receiving with two TD catches. Ran for school-record 267 yards and cracked 300 all-purpose yards in four games. Ran for three touchdowns, threw a 54-yard touchdown and returned a punt for a score against Charlotte Latin. Unanimous NCISAA D-I all-state pick. Greater Charlotte Football Awards player of the year. Committed to Wake Forest as early enrollee. TARUS DAMERON, Lincolnton, RB, Sr., 5-10, 225 — Set county single-season record with 2,286 yards on 285 carries with 27 touchdowns. Ran for 12 100-yard games and had at least 84 yards rushing in every game. Two-time all-conference pick. B.J. EMMONS, Morganton Freedom, RB/DB/KR/P, Sr., 6-0, 225 — Ran 196 times for 2,417 yards and 36 touchdowns. Finished with 41 total touchdowns, scoring twice on punt returns, once on a kickoff return, once on an interception return and once on a catch. Finished prep career at 15th in state history with 6,573 yards. Also punted, kicked off and played on defense. Conference offensive player of the year. Three-time county player of the year and county's record holder for single-game rushing yardage (431), single-game rushing touchdowns (six), single-season rushing touchdowns (38), career rushing TDs (95) and career rushing yardage. Committed to Alabama. RYLAND ETHERTON, Belmont South Point, RB, Sr., 6-0, 190 — Had 340 carries for 2,183 yards and 36 touchdowns. Had 11 games with at least 100 yards rushing. Scored at least one touchdown in every game. C.J. FREEMAN, Northern Guilford, RB, Sr., 5-11, 195 — Ran for 2,192 yards and 24 touchdowns, with 897 yards and seven scores coming in the state playoffs to help his 13th-seeded team reach all the way to a 3-AA state semifinal. Signed with South Carolina as a January enrollee. JOHNNIE GLASPIE, Wallace-Rose Hill, ATH, Sr., 6-0, 180 — Ran 232 times for 2,012 yards and 27 touchdowns. Finished with 2,514 all-purpose yards and 33 total touchdowns. Two-time game MVP for two-time state champion. Three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Conference player of the year. All-area first-team pick by the StarNews of Wilmington. Committed to East Carolina but is weighing other options amid coaching change. TRE HARBISON, Shelby Crest, RB, Sr., 5-10, 210 — See player of the year nominations. E.J. HARRIS, Greenville Rose, RB, Jr., 5-10, 184 — Ran 254 times for 1,939 yards and 25 touchdowns. Averaged 129.3 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry. TAVON HERNS, Kinston, RB, Sr., 5-11, 170 — Ran 226 times for 1,872 yards and 24 touchdowns. Also had 13 catches for 248 yards and three scores. CLARENCE JONES, Elizabeth City Northeastern, RB/LB, Sr. — Ran 198 times for 1,651 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also led team with 195 tackles (152 solo). JAVON LEAKE, Greensboro Page, RB, Jr., 6-1, 200 — Had 246 carries for 1,857 yards and 25 touchdowns. Also caught 20 passes for 355 yards and 4 scores. Had a 71-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the 4-AA state final for Page's only points. Also a dangerous kickoff-return man. Has offers from East Carolina, UNC and N.C. State. SANDON MCCOY, Kannapolis Brown, RB, Sr., 6-0, 215 — Ran 182 times for 1,329 yards. Averaged 7.2 yards per carry. Ranks fourth in school history in career rushing yards. Had 1,743 total yards and 18 touchdowns this year. Also had 295 return yards. While being offensive workhorse, also had 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks while helping at defensive end. Committed to Army. KENNEDY MCKOY, North Davidson, RB, Sr. — Ran 307 times for 1,863 yards and 24 touchdowns. Also had 44 catches for 683 yards and seven scores. Returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Threw for 38 yards. Three-time all-conference and all-county pick. Was named conference and county offensive player of the year in 2014. Broke school record for single-season scoring, single-season rushing yards, career scoring and career rushing yards. Shrine Bowl pick. Committed to West Virginia and will enroll in January. IMMANUEL MCLAWHORN, Greenville Conley, RB, Sr., 5-10, 175 — Ran 237 times for 1,662 yards and 29 touchdowns. TROY MITCHELL, Lumberton, RB, Sr., 5-7, 170 — Ran for 1,501 yards and 17 touchdowns. Averaged 136.5 yards rushing per game in his final season. County offensive player of the year. SAM NAY, JR., Croatan, RB, 5-11, 195 — Ran 327 times for 2,037 yards and 16 touchdowns. Averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Ran for school-record 317 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns at East Duplin. Helped team go 10-3 and earn three-way share of conference title, the school's first since opening in 1999. Team also won first playoff game in school history. MOE NEAL, Gastonia Forestview, RB/ATH, Sr., 5-11, 170 — Had 1,381 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns. Also had 525 yards receiving with nine TD catches. County's all-time scoring leader (636 points) and leader in yards from scrimmage (6,882 yards). All-conference pick. Two-time WSOC "Big 22" Selection. Committed to Syracuse. CODY REECE, Mt. Pleasant, RB, Sr., 5-9, 185 — Rushed for 2,969 yards, leading the state in rushing by 600 yards according to MaxPreps. Scored 30 touchdowns. Career totals include 1,123 carries for 6,798 yards and 73 touchdowns with only seven fumbles. Set school career record for yards, carries and touchdowns. RYHEEM SKINNER, Clinton, RB, Jr., 5-10, 195 — Ran for 2,173 yards and 23 touchdowns. Had 12 100-yard games. Led team to second straight 2-AA semifinal. ZEPHANIAH WALL, Monroe, QB, Jr., 5-10, 185 — Completed 134 of 212 passes for 3,224 yards and 40 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. Also ran 70 times for 621 yards and 10 scores. Led his team to 2-AA final for second time in three years. Broke school single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns. Ranks third in touchdowns for the county record book. Has been varsity starter since fourth game of freshman season, leading an offense that this year averaged 45 points per game. All-conference pick. ZAMIR WHITE, Scotland County, RB, So., 6-1, 205 — Ran for 2,159 yards and scored 41 touchdowns. Rated the top running back in the nation for the class of 2018 by some scouting services. MARCUS WILLIAMS, SouthWest Edgecombe, RB, Sr., 5-11, 190 pounds — See player of the year nominations. CONNELL YOUNG, Greensboro Dudley, RB, Sr., 6-0, 200 — See player of the year nominations.
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 13, 2015The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa Washington (1) 10-1 4. Bartlesville (2) 10-2 5. Lawton (5) 8-2 6. Midwest City (6) 6-4 7. Stillwater (7) 5-6 8. Choctaw (8) 5-6 9. Muskogee (9) 4-6 10. Putnam City West (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None *-Forfeited two games for using ineligible player. Class 5A 1. Altus (3) 13-1 2. Collinsville (9) 8-5 3. Lawton MacArthur (1) 11-1 4. Skiatook (2) 12-1 5. McGuinness (5) 10-3 6. McAlester (4) 10-2 7. Deer Creek (6) 8-4 8. Ardmore (8) 8-3 9. Coweta (7) 7-4 10. Tulsa Kelley (10) 7-3 Dropped out: None Class 4A 1. Wagoner (1) 14-0 2. Oologah (3) 11-3 3. Poteau (2) 12-1 4. Harrah (5) 7-4 5. Weatherford (6) 8-4 6. Cascia Hall (8) 7-5 7. Tuttle (7) 10-1 8. Anadarko (4) 8-3 9. Cache (9) 8-3 10. Clinton (10) 6-6 Dropped out: None Class 3A 1. Heritage Hall (1) 15-0 2. Lincoln Christian (3) 14-1 3. Jones (4) 13-1 4. Lone Grove (NR) 10-4 5. Locust Grove (2) 12-1 6. Roland (8) 11-2 7. Hilldale (5) 12-1 8. Plainview (10) 9-3 9. Sulphur (NR) 9-4 10. John Marshall (7) 10-2 Dropped out: Victory Christian (6) 9-2; Meeker (9) 9-3 Class 2A 1. Adair (1) 14-1 2. Haskell (7) 13-2 3. Chisholm (2) 13-1 4. Davis (5) 9-4 5. Washington (3) 11-2 6. Vian (6) 10-3 7. Kingston (8) 10-2 8. Luther (4) 11-1 9. Lindsay (10) 10-2 10. Prague (NR) 9-5 Dropped out: Millwood (9) 6-3 Class A 1. Stratford (1) 15-0 2. Cashion (8) 12-3 3. Hollis (2) 12-1 4. Ringling (3) 11-1 5. Hominy (6) 12-2 6. Mooreland (4) 12-1 7. Minco (5) 10-2 8. Talihina (9) 10-2 9. Kiefer (7) 10-2 10. Thomas (10) 9-3 Dropped out: None Class B 1. Davenport (2) 14-0 2. Keota (3) 12-1 3. Dewar (4) 11-2 4. Weleetka (7) 9-4 5. Alex (1) 11-1 6. Seiling (5) 10-2 7. Geary (6) 10-2 8. Pioneer (8) 8-4 9. Turpin (9) 8-3 10. Laverne (10) 8-3 Dropped out: None Class C 1. Shattuck (5) 12-1 2. Coyle (4) 13-1 3. Grandfield (2) 11-1 4. Cherokee (1) 11-1 5. Fox (3) 11-1 6. Deer Creek-Lamont (7) 10-2 7. Tipton (6) 8-3 8. Timberlake (8) 7-5 9. Webbers Falls (9) 8-3 10. Thackerville (10) 7-4 Dropped out: None
Dec 8, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame."My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday.Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he...
Bosworth becomes Hall of Famer the 'Boz' never could be
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame. "My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday. Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he created, the brash-talking Boz, was not so well-received. He failed a drug test that got him suspended from a bowl game. He taunted the NCAA. After he left Norman, Oklahoma, for an NFL career that flamed out quickly, he was not welcomed back. The Boz is gone now, replaced by a 50-year-old man who has reconnected with his school, developed spirituality and found humility. That's the guy who is going into the Hall of Fame, part of a class of 15 former players and two coaches who were set to be inducted Tuesday night by the National Football Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. "I've lived my life so impatiently, and I fought to hurry things up and not allow God to let things happen in God's time. And I wanted it to happen more in Brian's time," Bosworth said. "As long as I continued to try to fight that battle, I knew my life was always going to be in a sense of frustration and high anxiety." The players heading into the hall with Bosworth were Trev Alberts from Nebraska, Bob Breunig from Arizona State, Sean Brewer from Millsaps College, Ruben Brown from Pittsburgh, Wes Chandler from Florida, Thom Gatewood from Notre Dame, Dick Jauron from Yale, Clinton Jones from Michigan State, Lincoln Kennedy from Washington, Michael Payton from Marshall, Art Still from Kentucky, Zach Thomas from Texas Tech, Heisman Trophy winner Rick Williams from Texas and the late Rob Lytle from Michigan. The coaches were Jim Tressel, who led Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, and 76-year-old Bill Snyder, who has won 193 games in 24 seasons with Kansas State. "It's strange coming to me under any circumstances," Snyder said of the honor while still active. The NFF allows coaches who are 75 and older to be inducted while they are still coaching. In 2006, the late Joe Paterno was inducted while at Penn State and Bobby Bowden went in while coaching at Florida State. Kansas State won its last three games to become bowl eligible this season at 6-6 and will play Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2. "If they had to re-vote today, they probably wouldn't vote that way considering the past season," Snyder said. "Obviously, it's special, and I've tried to put it all off, just because of being in the season and not get wrapped up in it at all. I'm honored." Snyder took over at Kansas State in 1989 when it was maybe the worst program in major college football. He built it into a Big Eight and Big 12 power, a transformation dubbed the Miracle in Manhattan. As for coming back for a 25th season, Snyder said: "As of right now, I have no reason not to, but I take some time after each season and process that and go from there." Thomas, a three-year starter at linebacker for the Red Raiders, said Bosworth was one of the players he tried to emulate when he was playing high school ball in Texas. "He was the prototypical linebacker," said Thomas, who was Southwest Conference defensive player of the year in 1994 and '95. Bosworth played for another Hall of Fame coach during his time at Oklahoma. Barry Switzer won three national titles with the Sooners. He was in New York on Tuesday to attend the induction ceremony, and nothing meant more to Bosworth than sharing the moment with his old coach. "That's why it was so emotional," Bosworth said. "Because it's really all about him. Without him believing in me as a high school kid, giving me that chance, reaching down and telling me you're good enough and I'm proud of you and I love you; those are things I didn't get when I was growing up with my father. Being able to share that with him and really express how much I loved our football team." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 19, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 19, 2015
Weatherford assistant coach Preston Roof's autism limits some of his physical and mental capabilities, but it cannot restrain his passion ... for his family and for Weatherford football. His dad, Woody Roof, is the team's head coach.
Friday Night Lights: Special father-son coaching duo is at heart of Weatherford football success
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 2015WEATHERFORD — Preston Roof came home one day from his new job with something important to tell his parents. “They call me Coach Roof now, Dad,” he said. Woody Roof — Preston's father, and the most famous coach Roof in this western Oklahoma town — still gets a glow in his eyes when he tells the story of that conversation eight years ago. Being Coach Roof is the most important, most valuable job Preston has ever had. He's never quite as happy as he is when the Friday night lights come on at Eagle Field, he pulls the headset over his worn black Weatherford visor and goes to work coaching the team that means so much to him. He's been eagerly waiting all week for 7:30 p.m. Friday, when the Eagles kick off their Class 4A quarterfinal game against visiting Oologah. Preston Roof is 26 years old. He's in his eighth season as a Weatherford assistant coach after four years as a player for the Eagles. He's also autistic. It limits some of his physical and mental capabilities. It cannot restrain his passion. Passion for his family, and for Weatherford football. And it has never stopped him from affecting lives in an incredibly positive way. “There's not a person I think more highly of than Preston Roof,” said former Weatherford head coach Mickey Seifried, who brought Preston on as his assistant in 2008 and gave him the title of Coach Roof. “He cares so much about the kids on that team. He wants them to succeed so badly, and the kids can tell that. He wants it for them, and they want it for him.” More than a title Last June, it was announced that Woody Roof was returning for his fourth stint as Weatherford's head coach. It was announced by Preston, who broke the news on social media. “Something like that,” Preston said with a grin. There was no way to contain his excitement when his father decided to come back. Preston had played for his father as a senior in 2007, but Woody retired at the end of the year. Preston never had the chance to coach with his dad. More importantly, Woody had never coached alongside Preston. That weighed heavily in Woody's decision to return at age 65. “With the opportunity to come back, and how it all came about, I was debating whether to do it or not,” Woody said. “I've been around the block a few times, so I had to really consider if it was the right thing to do. “Preston was a big influence, talking to me and telling me he thought I could still do it. There's not a more positive person that I've ever been around. He's a true Weatherford Eagle. With him feeling like I could do it, and both of us knowing how fun it would be to be back together, that was a big influence. “And he's helped me. In coaching, you go through the peaks and valleys, and he won't let me stay in that valley for long.” The title of Coach Roof isn't just a label given to Preston because he hangs out at practice and wears a headset on game nights. It's his job. He helps coach receivers and defensive backs. He's on the field working with them and talking to them every day. He's in the meetings and the film study. “He jumped right in and started talking to the players,” Seifried said of Preston's early days on the coaching staff. “He coached the kids, and they listened to him and respected him.” That hasn't changed with the current players. “He means everything to this team,” senior Spencer Ard said. “He picks us up when we need it, and he lets us know when we're slacking. “He's out there messing with us and giving us a hard time. If you slip up, he'll be the first one to let you know. We really feed off his energy, because it's always at the highest level.” Coaching isn't his only job. Preston has worked for several years at the Pizza Hut down the street from the high school. Five days a week, Preston works there through lunch. Then he changes into his coaching gear and joins Woody at the fieldhouse to get busy on the day's work. A coaching family Preston's passion for coaching comes naturally. Woody Roof is one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history, with 214 career victories and five state championships, two at Weatherford in 1991-92. He also won titles at Elk City and Watonga, and is one of just 11 Oklahoma coaches to win at least five state championships. Preston's grandfather, Kenneth Roof, was part of 439 wins and seven state titles as an assistant and head coach at Thomas from 1951-87, following his stellar playing career as a running back at Oklahoma State. Kenneth died in January at 89. Some of Preston's favorite memories with his grandfather were when they got the chance to talk football. Maybe they'd sit around at Kenneth's house in Thomas, or head up the road to chat with the other regulars at Miller's Diner. “We'd go down to Miller's and have a Mountain Dew together,” Preston said. “We'd talk Oklahoma State football, Weatherford football, Thomas football.” Kenneth loved his visits from Preston. He'd often call Woody and encourage him to go out to the family farm near Kenneth's home, because it gave Woody a reason to bring Preston to the house. “I'd drop him off, and they'd start talking football,” Woody said. “I'd go out to the farm and come back a couple hours later, and they'd still be sitting there talking about the same things.” Preston is the third of four children for Woody and Lynn Roof. After the oldest son, Adam, was grown and gone, Preston and Woody found themselves outnumbered by the three females in the house — Lynn and Preston's sisters, Megan and Chandler. So they would manage to find their way downstairs for some guy time. “We have a big basement with a big TV,” Woody said. “We go down there and watch some football.” Preston's respect for coaches goes beyond his family. Thomas coaches Bob Ward and Mike Tyson are high on the list. Weatherford football assistants and baseball coaches Charles Teasley and Todd Gaunt have played key roles for Preston, as well. “They've been a very big part of his coaching career,” Woody said. “They took him under their wing. They'd be in football, and when it was over, they'd bring him over to help with baseball. “I owe Mickey Seifried a lot of gratitude, as well, because he was the one who first asked Preston to be part of the program and developing him and giving him that positive environment.” Preston has even become good friends with one of Weatherford's biggest rivals, former Clinton coach Mike Lee. The two met when Preston was about 10. Woody was coaching at Elk City, and before a game at Clinton, he took his son across the field to talk to Lee. “Preston wouldn't even acknowledge me,” Lee said. “He knew I was the enemy. I could tell he was really competitive. But Woody finally got him to speak to me, and over the years, I would see them anytime Weatherford and Clinton would play in anything. “Now, every time Preston sees me, he shakes my hand and gives me a hug. He's a good guy, and he comes from a good family.” Eagle pride Preston doesn't mask his passion for Weatherford football. “When we lost in the state finals in 2002, Preston was just in middle school,” Seifried said. “He cried so hard. It hurt him more than anybody on the team or the coaching staff.” These days, though, Preston is a little more proactive with his displays of emotion. Last Friday, with Weatherford trailing unbeaten Tuttle 21-3 at halftime, Preston addressed the team in the locker room. “He was yelling at us about how we need to have Eagle pride,” senior lineman Dyllan Haworth said. “He just kept telling us we needed to come out in the second half and play for pride, and be a better Eagle.” Weatherford rallied to win 25-21, and the celebration that followed was magical. “He even danced a little,” senior Jay Whitson said. “He's got some pretty good moves.” Preston has a lot of names on the football field. Coach Roof, of course. And Pres, or Presto. Some occasionally refer to him as Echo — “If a coach tells you to do something, Preston's gonna emphasize it with a lot more heart, just to make sure you heard it,” Whitson said. But there's one title that best sums up Preston Roof. “He's the biggest Weatherford Eagle fan there's ever been,” senior receiver Wade Haugen said. “Out of everybody who's ever gone through here, he's our biggest fan. “And he's our biggest motivator, too. He speaks from the heart. We love that he's part of this team.”
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Nov 8, 2015
Team to watch, darkhorse contender and best first-round matchup
High school football playoffs: Class 4A bracket breakdown
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 8, 2015Team to watch — Wagoner: The defending champions still look like the best team in the class. They open with Broken Bow and would likely get Ada or Clinton in the second round. A possible speed bump could be a rematch with Cascia Hall, which Wagoner beat 14-7 in overtime in Week 5. Darkhorse contender — Tuttle: The Tigers have had an interesting season. They're undefeated, but an odd 2-0 win and a blocked field goal as time expired in another game serve as examples of the type of magic around the team. A key will be getting running back Jason Biddy back from a high ankle sprain, but they've gotten by so far. Best first-round matchup — Metro Christian at Oologah: Sallisaw upsetting Metro Christian on Friday made this matchup possible. Metro Christian's offense has been superb this season, scoring less than 33 points just once (Friday) behind quarterback Abe Anderson. Oologah has allowed more than 25 points just once — a loss to Wagoner — and features Kansas State commit Jimmy McKinney at linebacker. By Jacob Unruh, staff writer
First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships...
High school football: Ada, Clinton to meet in battle of state's winningest programs
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 7, 2015First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships and both are proud communities,” Standley said.” It'll be a lot of fun playing in the playoffs for both of us and being able to play against each other again.” Clinton owns the state record with 784 wins, which is just one ahead of Ada. Only two other programs in the state have more than 700 wins — Lawton and Tulsa Washington. Ada and Clinton have combined to win 35 state championships, 19 of which belong to Ada. So, there's no doubt Friday's game will be a spectacle for both communities. “I think the community gets fired up about the playoffs,” Standley said. “But yeah, there's a lot of history to the matchup and to both teams, so that'll certainly be added incentive. “Your whole goal is to make the playoffs and win in the playoffs, so that will probably be the task at hand. We'll be focused on the task at hand and I think once seasons are over you look back and put things in context.” Ada (6-3, 5-1 District 4A-2) is coming off a wild 36-33 win over Harrah on a game-winning field goal as time expired. Ada's Shiloh Windsor had a big game. The Wyoming commitment rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns. His return since missing five games with a broken hand has been a big boost with three straight wins. “The last three games he's been back at full speed,” Standley said. “He's healthy and playing well.” Clinton (5-5, 5-2 District 4A-1) beat Elk City 44-36 on Friday for a second straight victory under second-year coach Phil Koons. “We're looking forward to it,” Standley said. “Coach Koons and those guys do an incredible job and they've got a really good football team, so it'll be a lot of fun.”
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and...
High school football: Class 4A and 3A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Weatherford loss. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Weatherford win. Elk City: Third with win and Weatherford loss. Fourth with win of seven or points and Weatherford win. Weatherford: Third with win and Elk City win. Fourth with loss and Elk City loss. District 4A-2 Key Games: Bristow at Tecumseh, Glenpool at McLoud, Harrah at Ada. Tuttle: First Harrah: Second with win. Third with loss. Ada: Second with win. Third with loss. Bristow: Fourth with win or McLoud win. Tecumseh: Fourth with win and McLoud loss. District 4A-3 Key Games: Oologah at Tulsa McLain, Wagoner at Catoosa, Cascia Hall at Cleveland Wagoner: First. Oologah: Second with win. Third with loss. Tulsa McLain: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Third with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall and Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall or Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa loss. Cascia Hall: Third with win, Oologah win and Catoosa loss. Third with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Catoosa loss. Catoosa: Third with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Cascia Hall win. District 4A-4 Key Games: Metro Christian at Sallisaw, Muldrow at Broken Bow. Poteau: First Metro Christian: Second with win. Third with loss. Sallisaw: Second with win. Third with loss and Broken Bow win. Fourth with loss and Muldrow win. Muldrow: Third with win and Metro Christian win. Fourth with win and Metro Christian loss. Broken Bow: Fourth with win. CLASS 3A District 3A-1 Key Games: Kingfisher at Centennial, Mannford at Cushing. Heritage Hall: First. Cushing: Second. Perkins: Third. Kingfisher: Fourth with win or Mannford loss. Mannford: Fourth with win and Kingfisher loss. District 3A-2 Key Games: Blanchard at Mount St. Mary, Bridge Creek at Douglass, John Marshall at Bethany. John Marshall: First with win. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard and Douglass. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard or Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Blanchard. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Douglass. Meeker: First with Blanchard win, Bethany win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. First with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses three or fewer district points to Bethany. First with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany win and Douglass loss. Second with Douglass win, John Marshall win, Blanchard win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses four or more district points to Bethany. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Third with Blanchard win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Bethany: First with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. First with regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. First with regulation win of four or more points, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Second with win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Blanchard: Second with win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and one or more district points on Douglass. Third with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss and Bethany loss. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or one or more district points on Douglass. Fourth with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. Douglass: Third with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Third with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses no district points to Blanchard. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Third with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and John Marshall win. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Bethany win. Fourth with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. District 3A-3 Key Games: Seminole at Pauls Valley, Star Spencer at Jones Jones: First. Seminole: Second with win. Third with loss. Pauls Valley: Second with win. Third with loss and Star Spencer win. Fourth with loss and Star Spencer loss. Purcell: Third with Seminole win and Star Spencer loss. Fourth with Seminole win and Star Spencer win. Fourth with Pauls Valley win and Star Spencer loss. Star Spencer: Fourth with win and Pauls Valley win. District 3A-4 Key Games: Marlow at Dickson, Plainview at Madill, Sulphur at Lone Grove. Lone Grove: First with win. First with loss of 12 or fewer points an Plainview win. Second with loss and Madill win. Second with loss of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Sulphur: First with win and Madill win. First with win of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Second with win of 12 or fewer points and Plainview win where Sulphur loses 13 or fewer district points to Plainview. Third with one-point or overtime win and Plainview win of 15 or more points. Third with loss. Plainview: Second with Lone Grove win. Second with win of 15 or more points and Sulphur one-point or overtime win. Third with loss and Sulphur win. Third with win and Sulphur win where Plainview gains 13 or fewer district points on Sulphur. Marlow: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Plainview win. Madill: Fourth with win and Marlow loss. District 3A-5 Key Games: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian. Lincoln Christian: First with win. Second with loss. Berryhill: First with win. Second with loss. Verdigris: Third. Sperry: Fourth with win or loss of eight or fewer points. Tulsa Webster: Fourth with win of nine or more points. District 3A-6 Key Games: Beggs at Checotah. Hilldale: First. Victory Christian: Second. Checotah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beggs: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-7 Key Games: Sequoyah Claremore at Sequoyah Tahlequah. Locust Grove: First. Westville: Second. Sequoyah-Tahlequah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Sequoyah-Claremore: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-8 Key Games: Roland at Eufaula, Heavener at Idabel Roland: First. Stigler: Second. Eufaula: Third with win and Heavener win. Third with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 12 or more district points on Idabel. Fourth with Idabel win. Fourth with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 11 or fewer district points on Idabel. Idabel: Third with win. Third with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 11 or fewer district points to Eufaula. Fourth with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 12 or more district points to Eufaula. Heavener: Fourth with win and Eufaula win.
Oct 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy. Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado. Here's a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night's main event on CNBC: DONALD TRUMP Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, "You're fired!" A quick sketch: —Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens —Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania —"The Donald" gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world —Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012 —Starred in reality TV shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" Also of note: The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. Might Trump be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official. Some other distinguishing issues: —Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration —Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls 'the good ones' to return legally —Renegotiate international trade deals to bring jobs back to the U.S. In a nutshell: Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire. ___ BEN CARSON Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie. A quick sketch: —Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother —29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired —First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head —Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom —Enhanced his conservative cred with politically charged remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast Also of note: Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on "incredible fairy tales." He's a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. Might Carson be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation's health care policy. Perhaps no, if you're looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama's health care law to slavery. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose the same flat income tax on everyone —Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest —Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender. ___ MARCO RUBIO Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. A quick sketch: —His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid —Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree —Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker —Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat —Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife Also of note: Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. Might Rubio be for you? Perhaps yes, if you think it's time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead. Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming. Some other distinguishing issues: —Reverse President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba —Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break —Freeze federal spending except on the military In a nutshell: Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful. ___ JEB BUSH: Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he's a former Florida governor. A quick sketch: —Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb —Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably —Worked for father George H.W. Bush's 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns. —Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency —Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case Also of note: Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he's not his father or his brother, however: "I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience." Might Bush be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status. Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties. Some other distinguishing issues: —Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core —Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe —Block tax increases, although he won't sign a no-tax-increase pledge In a nutshell: Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite. ___ CARLY FIORINA Key features: She's a businesswoman — a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — who's run for Senate but never held public office. A quick sketch: —Daughter of a law professor-turned-federal appeals judge and an abstract painter —Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard —In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board —Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign —Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010 Also of note: Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina's campaign. In the second debate, however, she described seeing a graphic scene in secretly recorded footage of Planned Parenthood that isn't actually in those anti-abortion videos, and refused to acknowledge the mistake. Might Fiorina be for you? Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose "zero-based budgeting" that evaluates each federal program's spending annually —Shrink the government workforce and base federal workers' pay on performance, not seniority —Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP's only female contender. ___ TED CRUZ Key features: He's a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight "Obamacare." A quick sketch: —Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor —Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law —Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court —Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office —A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots Also of note: Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He's formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He's not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign. Might Cruz be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama's health care law at all costs. Perhaps no, if you're looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration. Some other distinguishing issues: —Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices —Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage —Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax In a nutshell: Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic. ___ MIKE HUCKABEE Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues. A quick sketch: —Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas —Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention —Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007 —Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News —A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense Also of note: Huckabee's numerous books include a diet guide called "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork," published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight. Might Huckabee be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage. Perhaps no, if you're a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Some other distinguishing issues: —Replace income tax with a national sales tax —Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion —Import lower-priced medicines from Canada In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around. ___ CHRIS CHRISTIE Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. A quick sketch: —Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily —Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey —Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009 —YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens "idiots" or tell them to "shut up" —Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in "Bridgegate" case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial. Also of note: Christie isn't shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he's talked about: his mother's last words to him ("there's nothing left unsaid between us"). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, "and not just the rhythm method," even though he's Roman Catholic. Might Christie be for you? Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools. Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Some other distinguishing issues: —Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job —Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals —For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost In a nutshell: Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor. ___ JOHN KASICH Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor. A quick sketch: —Son of a Pennsylvania mailman. —Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio's Senate —Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver —Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget —Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010 Also of note: Kasich opposes President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio's Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says "real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives" are more important than ideology. Might Kasich be for you? —Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor. —Perhaps no, if you don't want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants. Some other distinguishing issues: —Allow some immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine —Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage —Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around. ___ RAND PAUL: Key features: He's NOT Ron Paul. That's his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian. A quick sketch: —Helped in his father's campaigns from age 11 —Raised in Texas, settled in his wife's home state of Kentucky —Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor —Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office —Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans' phone records Also of note: Rumors aside, he wasn't named for "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him "Rand." But he is a fan of her books. Might Paul be for you? Perhaps yes, if you're upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens' private communications. Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world. Some other distinguishing issues: —Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve —End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception —Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote In a nutshell: Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 4, 2015
In Sunday’s editions, The Oklahoman’s high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, took a look back at the first half. Now, they’ll offer projections on a few questions regarding the remainder of the season:
High school football mid-season roundtable: Who will run the table?
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 4, 2015At the halfway point of the high school football regular season, it's time to look ahead at what could await in the second half. In Sunday's editions, The Oklahoman's high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, took a look back at the first half. Now, they'll offer projections on a few questions regarding the remainder of the season: Which unbeaten team is most likely to remain undefeated and win a state championship? Wright: I really want to say Jenks in Class 6A-I, considering the Trojans defeated Tulsa Union by 18 in their first meeting. But the regular-season loser in that series often flips the script if they get a title game rematch. So I'll take Wagoner to roll through Class 4A and finish with the gold ball. Last week's 14-7 scare against Cascia Hall might be as close as anyone gets to the Bulldogs until the title game. Unruh: Alex looks unstoppable in Class B one year after it ran the table for the state championship. The defense has allowed just 14 points this season — no more than a touchdown in a game — and the offense has not scored below 44 yet. There just doesn't seem to be much Class B teams can do to slow down the Longhorns. Which team will have the biggest second-half turnaround? Wright: At 2-3, Collinsville could very well win out to go into the 5A playoffs, but the team I expect to see the biggest turnaround from is Oklahoma Christian. The Saints started 0-4 before getting their first win Friday night. They're incredibly young, but the schedule is favorable over the next few weeks, giving them a chance to grow up. It's possible OCS could be 5-4 going into a Week 10 showdown with Luther that could have home-field advantage in the playoffs on the line. Unruh: For the second straight season, Clinton is off to a 1-4 start under coach Phil Koons. Last season, the Red Tornadoes turned that around and even won a first-round playoff game. The schedule sets up the same way for Clinton, which will be favored in its next three games before playing Woodward and Elk City. Which district will have the most exciting playoff race? Wright: Both west districts in Class 5A will be entertaining, and Class B District 1 is going to get wild with Seiling, Turpin, Pioneer, Laverne, Pond Creek-Hunter and a couple others battling for four spots. But keep an eye on 3A-2, where Bethany, John Marshall and Meeker have big wins under their belt. Yet Blanchard and Douglass — each 0-1 in district play — aren't going away anytime soon. Unruh: District 5A-1 has little clarity at this point, and a good team is likely going to miss out on the postseason. Defending state champion Lawton MacArthur has control with a 2-0 start following a narrow win over Altus, but has yet to play other district title contenders Ardmore, Duncan or Del City. Duncan losing to Del City is a big loss for the Demons considering they will likely be underdogs against the remaining contenders. But in this district anything is possible.
Sep 30, 2015
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: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every 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: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
You know Dean Blevins as the iconic Oklahoma City sportscaster and former Sooner quarterback, but did you know he briefly considered entering the political arena in the 1990s?Then-Gov. David Walters and the state Democratic Party approached Blevins about running against Jim Inhofe for a United States Senate seat in 1996, despite the fact that Blevins was — and still is — a Republican.He decided...
The Collected Wisdom of Oklahoma City sportscaster Dean Blevins
Jason Kersey, Associated Press | Sep 26, 2015You know Dean Blevins as the iconic Oklahoma City sportscaster and former Sooner quarterback, but did you know he briefly considered entering the political arena in the 1990s? Then-Gov. David Walters and the state Democratic Party approached Blevins about running against Jim Inhofe for a United States Senate seat in 1996, despite the fact that Blevins was — and still is — a Republican. He decided against a political career, but remains one of the most widely recognizable members of the Oklahoma sports media. He replaced Bill Teegins as KWTV's sports director following Teegins' tragic death in the January 27, 2001 Oklahoma State basketball plane crash. As a Norman High School standout, Blevins was recruited to play both football and basketball by many top programs around the country — including hoops at North Carolina and Kansas and football at Alabama — but chose to stay in town and play both sports at OU. After giving up basketball, Blevins started the first few games of the 1976 season at quarterback before losing the job to Thomas Lott. He's been a television broadcast analyst during major college football games and hosted studio shows with prominent coaches. Today, in addition to his duties as KWTV sports director, he appears every afternoon on The Sports Animal radio station with Jim Traber and Al Eschbach and also hosts Bob Stoops' playback show on Sunday evenings. My father was a Baptist minister who absolutely loved sports and introduced the three of us boys to us at a very young age. I had two older brothers who went on to get scholarships to run track and play football in college. They were great examples. That was probably the biggest thing. We moved to Hot Springs, Ark., when I was young. In our backyard, we basically had a track and field arena. We had a long jump pit. We had a high jump pit. We had a basketball court. We had an area for golf. We were involved in sports all the time. My dad wasn't able to play sports because he was raised in the backwoods of Arkansas. He was a tremendous athlete who ended up boxing in the Army and was a good golfer, but he didn't get to play. But he loved it and introduced us boys to it. Dad was big into fitness. He was an extremely fit man. He was a generation ahead in terms of realizing the importance of fitness. That was part of his sermons a lot, that it was so important to take care of the body. We were raised on church, the Dallas Cowboys and Arnold Palmer. I was in the second grade when we moved to Norman. Dad accepted a position as the pastor at Trinity Baptist in Norman and then stayed in that position for 20 years. I was a Razorback fan. Being in Arkansas at a young age, that was our team. My brother played football over there, so that was in my blood. I'll never forget — and I continue to see it on ESPN replays now — the shootout. The “Game of the Century” between Arkansas and Texas in 1969 (Texas won 15-14). My brother played in that one. I was emotionally a wreck for a month after that. I often wonder what it would've been like to go play basketball for Dean Smith at North Carolina or football for Bear Bryant at Alabama. I have no doubts that those things would've worked out great. But it was impossible to turn down a young Barry Switzer in 1973. You could see the program was dominant and was going to be there for awhile. Coach was just an unstoppable force during that period. I couldn't imagine specializing. Whatever season it was, you did that. I ran some track and played some golf, and then had football and basketball. It was year-round. It didn't matter what season it was, you were involved in multiple sports, and I think that's the way to go. I think it's unfortunate that at a young age, these kids today have to decide that they can only play one sport. I think it would be better for them and for their teams for those kids if they're able to play multiple sports. The biggest problem I had in basketball was that Coach Switzer was trying to get me to eat six times a day and weigh as much as I could, but in basketball, I needed to weigh as little as I could. I was playing basketball at 190 when my true basketball weight was 170. I'm lugging 20 extra pounds around. I would go to basketball practice at about 2:30 and that would last for two hours or so. I would be dead tired, take a shower, jump on my bicycle and pedal over to the stadium and then get dressed for football, and go down the ramp as the team was finishing warm-ups. We would practice for three hours. It was a grueling period. Very, very difficult. Coach Switzer came to me after my freshman year and said, “I know I told you that you could play basketball here, but if you will concentrate only on football, you will be my starting quarterback.” That was impossible to turn down. It was the culmination of a lot of dreams to be able to be the starting quarterback. We were transitioning to a phase where we were going to be throwing the football more. I got put in the hospital before the Texas game in 1976 and then after that, things evolved back to more running. I was a run-pass quarterback in an offense that was built to run the football. The memories are great. I would've loved to have been a starter my entire time down there, but you learn life lessons. I have a lot of pride in the fact that I kept a good attitude. I worked as hard as I could. I won every sprint. Losing my starting job was absolutely crushing. I had turned away opportunities to play basketball at Kansas and North Carolina, and to walk away from that … It was embarrassing. But life's not easy. It doesn't matter who we are; we're going to have setbacks. Looking back at it, it was probably good for me to face a major setback at that age because it helped me grow up. Back in about ninth grade through my freshman year in college, I would listen to Pete Maravich on the radio. I would listen in my little Volkswagon. If I turned my car just right, I could pick up WSB Atlanta and hear Skip Caray — Harry Caray's son — call Atlanta Hawks basketball games. I would keep statistics in my car for 82 nights a year, except when I was playing high school basketball games and I would have my girlfriend sit in the car and keep statistics. I listened to Skip Caray so much that it got in my blood. I read about sports and followed sportswriters back at a very young age. Also, with my father speaking as a pastor, I was always listening to him and trying to learn grammar and English. All of those things combined probably pointed me in the direction of broadcasting. About 20 years ago, the governor recruited me as a candidate for U.S. Senate. I told them, “No,” three or four times, and finally had a meeting with the governor and some of the high-ranking people in the party. I remember they were sitting around talking about it, and after about an hour in that meeting, I said, “Hey, does anybody care what I think?” This woman next to me said, “No. We'll tell you what you think by the opinion polls.” I told them, “I won't have an interest in this unless I can go meet with the president.” It was President Bill Clinton. My dad had baptized him in Hot Springs and my brother knew him. We knew that family. I told them, “I've gotta talk with the president if this thing is gonna be serious.” They called me about three hours later and said, “You're on a plane at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.” So that evening, I had a dinner meeting with the president. It was a night I'll never forget. I ended up not running, because for one thing, I wasn't even a member of their party. He was very congenial. He remembered every one of my family members. I've been lucky enough to be on winning teams my whole life, so I don't ever think about losing. They had me convinced I could win. They had done focus groups and I had surveyed really well because I had lived in Tulsa for six years, so they knew me up there. The research had turned out really well. But I was at the peak of my career at that time. I was doing network football. I was in Dallas two days a week doing the Jerry Jones show and working with Switzer and the Cowboys. I had a morning show on The KATT and an afternoon radio thing with Al Eschbach. I was doing car commericals in Dallas, car commercials in Oklahoma City. I just wanted to go see the president, because who gets to see the president? And I thought if there was any inkling of me actually wanting to do it, I would know after meeting with him. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000003199,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164,g000065702,g000065598,g000065562