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McGuinness High School Varsity Boys Football
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Tony Mendoza threw three long TD passes as Hennessey, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, beat Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher 32-13.
High school football roundup: Hennessey beats top-ranked Kingfisher
From Staff Reports | Sep 12, 2014Three long touchdown passes by Tony Mendoza helped lead Class 2A No. 3 Hennessey to a 32-13 home victory over Kingfisher, the top-ranked team in 3A. Mendoza had a 37-yard TD pass to Tabor Johns and a 25-yarder to Jose Sanchez as Hennessey took a 25-0 lead after three quarters. Kingfisher scored twice in the fourth to make it 25-13, before Mendoza hit Sanchez on an 80-yard TD. Mendoza finished 12 of 14 for 228 yards. Sanchez had 153 yards on seven catches. Javy Renteria led Hennessey’s defense with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. HARMON PACES CASHION Matt Harmon threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class A No. 5 Cashion to a 40-7 victory over Mooreland. Harmon was 13 of 18, including TD passes of 38 and 11 yards to Josh Hampton. Hampton finished with 102 yards on five catches. Dylan Kordeliski scored twice for Cashion, including a 44-yard fumble return. DAVENPORT COASTS Hunter Reid accounted for five touchdows as Davenport, ranked No. 3 in Class B, defeated Watts 46-0 in a game stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. Reid threw three TD passes, had a 31-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. CURRY-MALTZ CONNECTION LEADS GUTHRIE Class 5A No. 4 Guthrie improved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Ponca City. L’liott Curry caught touchdown passes of 10 and 21 yards from Zane Maltz, and ran for 114 yards on 11 carries. CHOCTAW BOUNCES PUTNAM CITY Jonah Llanusa ran for three scores and threw for another, leading Choctaw past Putnam City 34-3. Two of Llanusa’s TD throws went to Jacob Rapp, covering 17 and 8 yards. Llanusa also connected with Kurt Yandell on a 49-yarder, and scored on a 6-yard run. Choctaw (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A-II. JONES GETS PAST HARRAH A 7-yard run by Brandon George in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in Jones’ 26-20 victory at Harrah. George also had a 16-yard TD pass to Layton Moore. Tarik Leniger had TD runs of 19 and 16 yards for the Longhorns. Grant Martin led the way for Harrah with touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 60 yards. MCGUINNESS EDGES KELLEY Bishop McGuinness scored two first-half touchdowns and held on for a 16-14 victory at Tulsa Kelley. Jacob Mullins completed 15 of 22 passes for 214 yards including a 31-yard touchdown to Rubell Goe. The other TD for the Irish (1-1) came on an 11-yard run by Zach Segell. Kelley scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Comets (0-2) converted the 2-point coversion after their first TD, but failed on the second after a penalty. PAYTON SHINES FOR PERKINS Jacob Payton ran for 227 yards on just 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Perkins beat McLoud 42-9. Payton had TD runs of 6, 28, 67 and 5 yards. Zac Bledsoe added two TD passes, one of them a 59-yarder to Thunder Sharp. BIG PLAYS SPARK OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN A 99-yard kickoff return by Kade Van Meter was the first of several big scoring plays that helped Oklahoma Christian beat Class 4A No. 10 Metro Christian, 43-32. OCS, No. 10 in Class 2A, got three touchdowns from quarterback Thomas Qualls — on a 75-yard run, and passes of 29 and 15 yards to Connor Sikes. Callen Crockett added a 49-yard interception return for a score, and Luke Frankfurt had a 75-yard TD. He finished with 113 yards. Van Meter also had two interceptions. Abe Anderson threw three touchdown passes for Metro Christian. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TRIMS ROCKETS Spencer Lindsey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Heritage beat Mount St. Mary, 21-14. Lindsey’s TD passes went to Braden Mikes, one of them a 68-yarder. St. Mary got touchdown runs of 33 yards from Archie Browne and 11 yards from Joe Castiglione Jr. RUN GAME CARRIES MEEKER The running of quarterback Jake Stanlee and fullback Tim Whitfield led Meeker to a 62-46 victory over Chandler. Stanley had 222 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Whitfield had 204 yards and six TDs on 20 carries.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 10, 2014
Former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach.
Oklahoma football: Willie Martinez returns to face Sooners
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 10, 2014NORMAN — Willie Martinez is back home. The former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach. Saturday, Martinez returns to Norman for the first time since leaving the Sooners following the 2011 season when Tennessee plays at Oklahoma. “There will be a lot of mixed emotions from the standpoint of we made a lot of good friends there — my wife and I and our children,” Martinez said. “Not that we’re going back to see those friends, but we’ll see some. There were a lot of great memories there.” While at Oklahoma, Martinez and his family lived in Oklahoma City. His son, Will Martinez, was a standout baseball and football player for Bishop McGuinness and wrapped up his high school career in 2013-14 at Knoxville Catholic. Martinez’s departure at Oklahoma following the 2011 season was officially announced as a resignation, but the writing was on the wall that Martinez wasn’t going to return. After Mike Stoops was fired as Arizona’s coach, it was clear that Bob Stoops wanted to bring his brother, who served as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator for the Sooners from 1999-2003, back to the staff. Martinez wound up at Auburn as the secondary coach at a program just a year removed from the Tigers winning a national title. But Martinez’s one season with the Tigers was disastrous, with Auburn finishing 3-9 and winless in SEC play. A day after the season ended, Tigers coach Gene Chizik and the entire staff — including Martinez and Jay Boulware, who is now Oklahoma’s tight end and special teams coach — were fired. It didn’t take long for Martinez to find a new landing spot around some familiar faces. About a month after leaving Auburn, Martinez was reunited with Butch Jones and John Jancek at Tennessee. Martinez and Jones served together as assistant coaches at Central Michigan from 1998-2000. Jancek, Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, was Georgia’s linebackers coach from 2005-08 with Martinez as defensive coordinator and in 2009 shared the defensive coordinator duties with Martinez. Of the current Sooners defensive backs, only cornerback Julian Wilson and safety Quentin Hayes played under Martinez. “He was a good coach, a real strict coach and taught us a lot,” Hayes said. “He stayed on us — class, football, everything.” Aaron Colvin was coached by Martinez for the his first two seasons with the Sooners, starting 12 games in 2011 and leading the Sooners with 84 tackles that season. “He was a real genuine guy,” Colvin said. “He cared more about us off of the football field than a lot of others would. Of course he wanted us to perform on the field, but off, he cared for us just as much.” Colvin remembers Martinez talking often with his players about things that went far beyond football. “The stuff he taught us, it was real,” Colvin said. “A lot of the stuff I still remember to this day. Any time he spoke, we listened.” Even with the way things ended, Martinez remembers his two years in Norman fondly. “They’re just first class,” Martinez said about OU’s football program. “They’re very professional, good people, and it’s really led by athletic director Joe Castiglione. He’s just an unbelievable, great leader, great person. You could see that in the whole athletic department and it just trickles down to their whole coaching staff and whole support staff.”
Sep 9, 2014
The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36...
High school notebook: Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game featured in series
BY TRENT SHADID, JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2014The Great American Rivalry Series, presented by the United States Marine Corps and AT&T, will highlight the Southmoore vs. Westmoore football game on Friday night at Moore Stadium. According to the series’ website, the game was selected as one of the top 100 must-see rivalries for this season. The Great American Rivalry Series was created in 2004, and has spotlighted rivalries in 36 different states. The winner will receive a trophy, presented by the Marines, and the Most Valuable Player of the game along with the top student-athlete from each school will also be recognized. The series has also teamed up with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign to help educate teens on the dangers of texting and driving. The promotion encourages students from Southmoore and Westmoore to utilize their Twitter to tweet #X and their school’s hashtag along with a unique message encouraging friends and families to not text and drive. A total of 42 high schools nationwide will participate in the promotion on Sept. 12, Sept. 13, and Sept. 19. OSSAA TO HEAR PRESENTATION FROM PUTNAM CITY The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will hear and possibly take action Wednesday on a presentation from Putnam City regarding a potential penalty for not attending a mandatory workshop before the school year. At last month’s board meeting, it was revealed that Putnam City was among schools penalized for not attending the required workshop. The penalty is that the school is not allowed to host any playoff activities for the school year. The presentation will be made by Putnam City Schools athletic director Dr. Dick Balenseifen and A.D. Burtschi, who is Putnam City High School’s site athletic director. Also on the agenda is the McGuinness lawsuit that was filed Monday, but that discussion is expected to take place in executive session. The OSSAA will also discuss and possibly take action on a partnership with Special Olympics Oklahoma, among other things. MOORE NAMED C-USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF WEEK Former Edmond North kicker Trevor Moore was honored by Conference USA on Monday after tying a University of North Texas record and nearly setting an NCAA freshman record. Moore made five field goals, which tied North Texas’ record for field goals in one game and fell one shy of breaking the NCAA record for total field goals by a freshman in one game, in a 43-6 win over SMU. He was named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week. He made field goals from 44, 21, 23, 41 and 47 yards. Moore was The Oklahoman’s All-State kicker last season after making 12 of 15 field goals and 33 extra-point tries. PONCA CITY’S SCHILTZ SIGNED BY CHIEFS Former Ponca City football player Adam Schiltz, who played collegiately at Emporia (Kan.) State, was signed to the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Schiltz spent his first pro season on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad last year.
Sep 8, 2014
PRIVATE SCHOOLS — Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Seconday School Activities Association regarding rules governing private schools, their success rate and their classification.
Bishop McGuinness files lawsuit against OSSAA
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 8, 2014More than three years after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association adopted rules regarding private schools and their success rate, Bishop McGuinness High School is fighting back. The school announced Monday morning that it has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge Rule 14, which was adopted by the organization’s member schools in 2011 and forces private schools to play one level above their average daily membership if the school meets certain criteria. McGuinness met the criteria in boys basketball after making the state tournament three of the past five seasons and is now scheduled to play at the Class 6A level along with the girls team, which has not had the same amount of success. That is what the school deems unfair in its lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. “I think the rule in total needs to be addressed,” McGuinness athletic director Gary Savely said. “We feel basically that the rule is not equitable. We’re good members of the OSSAA and have been for many years, but it treats us in a different way than it treats the other members.” KOTV-6 in Tulsa reported late Monday afternoon that Tulsa Kelley plans to file a similar lawsuit. McGuinness’ lawsuit says the rule is unconstitutional and in violation of McGuinness’ due process and equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It also says the rule violates the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, while citing cases involving Christian Heritage and Sequoyah-Tahlequah with the OSSAA along with out-of-state cases. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last fall that the OSSAA was “arbitrary and capricious” with its ruling against Sequoyah-Tahlequah in which football players were ruled ineligible and the team was forced to forfeit games. The new lawsuit uses the same wording multiple times about the enforcement of the rule, which includes years previous to it being approved. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, recently spearheaded a legislative bill regarding the OSSAA. He said Monday he felt like it was a matter of time before this lawsuit happened. “They discriminated against Christian schools all along,” he said. “Every bit of their rule discriminates against Christian schools and what they’ve done to Bishop McGuinness I think is pathetic. That’s just the organization. This organization is still out of control and it looks like there’s going to be nothing that’s going to solve this organization less than legislation at the Capitol because they cannot control themselves.” The rule change was a hot topic in 2011 as it went through an OSSAA committee and the board of directors before being approved by the member schools 265-49. McGuinness, however, did not vote on the rule change. Its ballot was deemed ineligible because it was not signed by a delegate. Still, the intention was to vote against it. Since then, school administrators have watched closely to see how everything evolved. When it became apparent the school would be affected this season, they began trying to work with the OSSAA to reach a resolution. “We tried to work through channels with the association to take a harder look at it and we did not want it to come to where it is today,” McGuinness principal David Morton said. “Our hope was we could change it or work with it internally and not deal with it in this manner.” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said Monday afternoon he was still looking over the lawsuit, and the topic was added to Wednesday’s board meeting agenda as a discussion item in executive session. “We’re also going to go back and see how this affected McGuinness since Rule 14 was put into place,” Sheakley said. “I’ve got to talk to my board about it. It’s in rule. It’s not just McGuinness. It’s all of our other schools affected by Rule 14.” McGuinness’ average daily membership is 699.50, placing it at No. 61 in the state and firmly in the lower half of Class 5A. If in 6A for basketball, the Irish will have to play teams such as Broken Arrow, which is the state’s largest school with an ADM of 4,790.03. McGuinness’ legal team was expected to file for a temporary restraining order Monday evening. A judge has granted the OSSAA 21 days to respond once it is filed, Sheakley said. If granted, the restraining order will allow McGuinness to remain in Class 5A for all sports. It does not affect other private schools. Breaking down Rule 14 In 2011, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association put into effect a controversial rule regarding private schools within the organization. The rule affects what level a school plays at based on its success in a certain time period. It is known as Rule 14. Section B of the rule states that a member school shall be placed one sports classification above the classification in which the member school would be placed according to the Average Daily Membership if the member school meets any three of the following criteria: *The school has the ability to decline admission or enrollment to a student, even if the student and the student’s legal guardian reside within that school’s public school district or designated geographic area. *If the school is located within a 15-mile radius of a school placed in the 5A or 6A classification according to theADM. *Fewer than 25 percent of the children enrolled at the school in grades nine through 12 qualify for free or reduced lunches. *The school’s ADM in grades nine through 12 has increased by 50 percent or more over the previous three school years. Section C states that a school moved up one classification pursuant to the above criteria will be moved back down a classification in a particular activity if the school’s team has not finished among the top eight teams in at least three of the past five seasons. For basketball, soccer, cross country and track, both boys and girls teams remain together in each classification. The rule also states that no school can move more than one classification and no school can be moved to the highest classification in football, which is Class 6A.
Sep 4, 2014
The Oklahoman's high school football game of the week between Midwest City and Tulsa Washington will be streamed live Friday on NewsOK.com through a partnership with OKPreps.tv.
Midwest City-Tulsa Washington football game will be streamed live on NewsOK.com
Sep 4, 2014The Oklahoman's high school football game of the week between Midwest City and Tulsa Washington will be streamed live Friday on NewsOK.com through a partnership with OKPreps.tv. The OKPreps.tv broadcast can be seen on NewsOK.com/varsity beginning at 7 p.m. from Midwest City. The OKPreps.tv broadcasts are produced through the OKPreps Student Broadcast Network, which features 24 schools and will be streaming 15 other games Friday night. Here are the broadcasts: Tulsa Edison at Bishop Kelley - http://bishopkelleycomets.tv/?p=1829 Shawnee at Bishop McGuinness - http://bmchs.tv/?p=1793 Owasso at Broken Arrow - http://arrowvision.tv/?p=1212 AND http://owassorams.tv/?p=1890 Sallisaw at Catoosa - http://catoosaindians.tv/2014/09/05/sallisaw-vs-catoosa/ Choctaw at Sapulpa - http://yellowjackets.tv/?p=113 Claremore at Pryor - http://claremorezebras.tv/?p=2547 Lawton MacArthur at Clinton - http://clintontornadoes.tv/2014/09/05/lawton-mac-vs-clinton/ Coweta at Wagoner - http://cowetatigers.tv/2014/09/05/coweta-vs-wagoner-2/ AND http://wagonerbulldogs.tv/?p=115 Deer Creek at Stillwater - http://deercreekantlers.tv/?p=2044 Putnam City West at Del City - http://delcityeagles.tv/?p=240 Elk City at Pampa, TX - http://bigelks.tv/2014/09/05/elk-city-vs-pampa/ Tahlequah at Fort Gibson - http://fortgibsontigers.tv/?p=2076 Mustang at Yukon - http://mustangbroncos.tv/yukon-vs-mustang/ Tulsa Hale at Sand Springs - http://sandites.tv/?p=2288 Skiatook at Piedmont - http://skiatookbulldogs.tv/2014/09/05/skiatook-vs-piedmont/
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
DE Frank Alexander (Carolina): Suspended the first four games after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Alexander, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has been a backup in the Panthers’ defensive-line rotation. Alexander has compiled 33 tackles in 28 games, including 3 1/2 sacks. QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis): The former No. 1 overall pick’s career in the crosshairs after he suffered another torn...
Former Sooners in the NFL: A look at ex-OU players on NFL rosters and those who didn't make the cut
BY MIKE BALDWIN | Aug 30, 2014DE Frank Alexander (Carolina): Suspended the first four games after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Alexander, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has been a backup in the Panthers’ defensive-line rotation. Alexander has compiled 33 tackles in 28 games, including 3 1/2 sacks. QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis): The former No. 1 overall pick’s career in the crosshairs after he suffered another torn ACL injury in preseason. Bradford has notched stats (11,065 yards, 58.6 percent completion rate, 59-to-38 touchdown-to-interception ratio), that indicate he could still develop into an NFL franchise quarterback if the Putnam North product can stay healthy. WR Justin Brown (Pittsburgh): Darrius Heyward-Bey’s strong camp showing made it tough for Brown to make the 53-man roster, but he made it. On the Steelers’ practice squad last season, Brown at some point could get an opportunity to work his way onto the field. WR Ryan Broyles (Detroit): For the second straight year the NCAA’s all-time leading receptions leader was forced to overcome a major injury, this time a ruptured Achilles tendon. A second-round pick in 2012, Broyles has been limited to 16 games, but the Norman product led the Lions in receiving in preseason, further proof he can contribute when healthy. Last year, he played in only 10 games but had 22 catches. S Quinton Carter (Denver): Trying to rebound from two lost seasons because of a knee injury, Carter played well his rookie season but must prove he’s healthy to play a key role. Carter started 12 games his rookie season (2011) and compiled 49 tackles his first two seasons before the knee injury led to a lengthy rehabilitation. OG Chris Chester (Washington): Entering his ninth season, the former second-round pick has started 95 games, including all 48 games the past three seasons. Chester returns to his right guard slot, one of the Hogs assigned to protect QB Robert Griffin III. CB: Aaron Colvin (Jacksonville): Sidelined by a knee injury, the Owasso product was placed on the non-football injury list. Colvin is prohibited from practicing or playing the first six weeks and must be activated by Week 11 to play his rookie season. TE Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati): In four seasons, the Ardmore product has compiled 218 receptions for 2,262 yards and 19 touchdowns. Playing in a two-tight end package last season, Gresham hauled in 46 passes for 458 yards and four TDs. But the Bengals keep adding quality tight ends — Tyler Eifert last year, Ryan Hewitt this season. TE James Hanna (Dallas): A sixth-round pick two years ago, Hanna has solidified a roster spot as the Cowboys’ No. 3 tight end. In his first two seasons, Hanna has hauled in 20 catches and serves as an extra blocker in short-yardage situations. CB Demontre Hurst (Chicago): The Bears are loaded with talented cornerbacks, but Hurst played well enough to make the 53-man roster after spending a year on the practice squad. Hurst could eventually work his way into Chicago’s nickel package. S Tony Jefferson (Arizona): Proving he should have been drafted in the third or fourth round, Jefferson will be the Cardinals’ starting strong safety entering the season. As a rookie, Jefferson played in all 16 games, including two starts. He compiled 24 tackles. OT Lane Johnson (Philadelphia): The fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Johnson will miss the first four games for testing positive for a banned substance. Johnson started all 16 games his rookie season and was an All-Rookie selection, but he won’t be eligible to return until Oct. 5. QB Landry Jones (Pittsburgh): OU’s all-time leading passer, a fourth-round pick in 2013, Jones started the Steelers’ preseason finale but failed to lead Pittsburgh on a scoring drive. Jones, though, held onto his tenuous roster spot as the No. 3 quarterback after completing 57-of-110 passes for 572 yards with two TDs and four interceptions the past two years in preseason games. OG Davin Joseph (St. Louis): The Rams signed the veteran O-lineman, who appeared in 100 games, including 99 starts, the past seven years with Tampa Bay. The two-time Pro Bowler is embracing the fresh start in a team that’s trying to take the next step despite losing Sam Bradford. LB Travis Lewis (Detroit): A reserve, Lewis has appeared in 25 games his first two seasons. Lewis primarily has been relegated to special teams duties, compiling only nine tackles. OT Phil Loadholt (Minnesota): A second-round pick in 2009, the Vikings’ right tackle has started 78 games his first five seasons, missing only two games. Scouts graded him at a Pro-Bowl level last season but he wasn’t named to the squad. He still has three years left on a $25 million extension. LB Curtis Lofton (New Orleans): Ranked in the top 10 among all NFL players for tackles the past five seasons, Lofton begins his seventh season, his third with the Saints. The Kingfisher product compiled 125 tackles last season and has 740 in his career. DT Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay): The third overall pick in the 2010 draft, McCoy turned in a Pro Bowl season. Ranked as one of the top players in the NFL regardless of position, the Southeast High School product collected 50 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks, a breakthrough season that established McCoy an elite defensive tackle. DT Stacy McGee (Oakland): Coming off a solid rookie season, the Muskogee product compiled 15 tackles in 15 games last season that included five starts. McGee will back up veteran Antonio Smith, who signed with Oakland, but the 2013 sixth-round pick is entrenched on the depth chart. FB Trey Millard (San Francisco): A seventh-round draft pick, Millard was placed on the injured reserve list, still working his way back from a knee injury he suffered while in college. RB DeMarco Murray (Dallas): Injuries have always been the key variable. Murray played in 14 games last season to rush for a career high 1,121 yards and seven touchdowns. He also compiled 53 receptions to develop into a two-way threat. He’s missed eight games his first three seasons, but when healthy he’s rushed for 2,681 yards. LB Corey Nelson (Denver): A seventh-round pick, Nelson seized an opportunity when injuries mounted in camp and made the Broncos’ 53-man roster as a weakside linebacker who will also play a key role on special teams. RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota): After becoming the 28th running back in NFL history to reach 10,000 career yards rushing, Peterson this season can move into the top 15 all-time, leapfrogging names like John Riggins and O.J. Simpson. Entering his eighth season, Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards in 14 games last season. WR Jalen Saunders (NY Jets): The fourth-round pick is one of three receivers the Jets drafted, all fighting for roster spots in addition to several young receivers invited to camp. OT Donald Stephenson (Kansas City): After serving as a backup his first two seasons, Stephenson inherited the starting right tackle job but then was given a suspension for failing the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In his two seasons in his hometown, Stephenson has appeared in all 32 games with the Chiefs, including 14 starts. WR Kenny Stills (New Orleans): A fifth-round pick, Stills was a steal. A big-play threat, Stills hauled in 32 catches his rookie season. His 20.0 yards-per-catch average led the NFL. After a solid debut, Stills is in the starting lineup opposite veteran Marques Colston. No longer limited to third-down snaps, Stills could have a breakout season. P Tress Way (Washington): After being cut by the Bears, Way hooked up with Washington and won its punting job, for now. In the preseason, he had an impressive showing with four punts for a 45.3-yard average and a 43.3-yard net over the final two preseason games. RB Damien Williams (Miami): The rookie earned the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller, beating out veteran Daniel Thomas, the K-State product whose career is now in limbo. OT Trent Williams (Washington): The fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Williams is entrenched as the Redskins starting left tackle after developing into one of the best “blind side” blockers in the NFL. Selected to the Pro Bowl, Williams has started 55 games for the Redskins, including all 32 games the past two seasons. OU players who were cut WR Lacolton Bester (Houston): Among eight receivers battling for five roster spots, Bester recorded only one reception in preseason but a strong camp showing could land him a spot on the practice squad after he was one of the Texans final cuts. OT Cory Brandon (Arizona): In his fourth season, with his third team, Brandon was on the Bears’ practice squad two years ago and was briefly activated without appearing in a game. He signed with the Cardinals and hopes to be re-signed to the practice squad. RB Brennan Clay (Denver): The unrestricted free agent caused a stir in camp with his trash talking and all-out, physical style but was cut. It was a tough roster to crack with Monte Ball entrenched as the starter backed up by Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. LB Keenan Clayton (Arizona): Originally a fourth-round pick by Philadelphia, Clayton compiled 48 career tackles in 36 games in three seasons with the Eagles and Raiders. He wasn’t on an active NFL roster last season but was trying to revive his career with the Cardinals. RB Roy Finch (New England): After an up-and-down career with the Sooners, Finch had a strong training camp. He didn’t make the final roster but has a good shot to be re-signed to the Patriots practice squad. CB Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville): In his second season with the Jaguars, after two seasons with the Cardinals, Fleming faced stiff competition for one of the final two backup cornerback vacancies and wasn’t beaten out for the final vacancy. CB Dominique Franks (Baltimore): He played in only 13 defensive snaps last season with the Falcons, but because of injuries he seized an opportunity in his first Ravens training camp. With cornerback Aaron Ross out for the season the Ravens’ depth has taken a hit. He was cut but the former fifth-round pick could resurface with the Ravens. C Gabe Ikard (Tennessee): An undrafted free agent, the McGuinness product was competing for a shot on the 53-man roster but was waived after suffering a knee injury. OT Bronson Irwin (Houston): The undrafted rookie signed late in the summer with the Texans and lasted until the final cut on Saturday which could be a sign the Mustang product will be re-signed to the Texans’ practice squad on Sunday. DE David King (Cincinnati): He spent part of last season on the Bengals’ practice squad, which puts him back in the competition for a roster spot but once again failed to make the 53-man roster. Another season on the practice squad would allow him to stay in the mix if he’s resigned by the Bengals on Sunday. WR Jaz Reynolds (Tennessee): An undrafted free agent, Reynolds is one of a dozen receivers in camp. He was a long shot to grab one of the five or six receiver spots but is still hoping to land a practice roster spot. DT Casey Walker (Carolina): An undrafted free agent, Walker spent most of last seasons on the Panthers’ practice squad. He was cut on Saturday but once again should land a spot on the practice squad, hoping to eventually join former OU teammate Frank Alexander in the Panthers’ D-line rotation.
Aug 28, 2014
Norman North coach Wade Standley didn’t get all the work he had hoped for, but he still saw plenty of positives to draw from in Mustang’s rain-shortened Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium.
Mustang Preview notebook: Oklahoma State commit John Kolar sharp on rain-shortened night
By Scott Wright | Aug 28, 2014Norman North coach Wade Standley didn’t get all the work he had hoped for, but he still saw plenty of positives to draw from in Mustang’s rain-shortened Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium. All eight teams got to run offensive and defensive plays with their varsity units in the rapid-fire portion of the scrimmage, but only Piedmont and Elk City were able to play their half-game before lightning moved into the area. With more rain coming, and three teams — Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur and Anadarko — facing long drives home, coaches agreed to cut the scrimmage short. But Standley got to see his Timberwolves offense clicking in the passing game, with Oklahoma State quarterback commit John Kolar making several impressive throws. More importantly, Norman North’s inexperienced receivers came through with some big catches. “Maguire Perrett had two great catches in traffic, did incredibly well,” Standley said. “We’ve seen him do that in practice, and it’s something you want to see during game time. It’s good to see Maguire and those guys make catches like that during crunch time. “John threw the ball really well, made great decisions.” MUSTANG RUN DEFENSE IMPROVING Mustang made its fair share of big plays in the passing game, but it was the run defense that pleased coach Jeremy Dombek the most. “Last week, Midwest City did a good job running the football on us, so we wanted to work on that,” he said. “We felt we did a good job on that. Neither Lawton Ike or Norman North had a whole lot of success running the ball on us. But we gave up the deep balls to Norman North. “I feel better about things this week than I did last week. We got better.” Dombek said the most valuable thing his team missed out on because of the rain was not getting to be in the game-like situation of the half-game. “The game experience is what we missed,” he said. “All those technical things — headset communication, signaling, getting kids back on the sideline, all those things. We’ll have to simulate those things in practice, because we were expecting to get some of those things tonight.” Dombek was also pleased with running back Chase Brown, who had a couple of long runs. MCGUINNESS, PIEDMONT DEALING WITH QB INJURIES Thursday night’s scrimmage was incredibly important for Bishop McGuinness and Piedmont, after both teams had quarterbacks get injured last week. With Piedmont’s Lucas Richert out because of a knee injury, Colby Bricker ran the offense, getting some experience in the rain during the 7-6 half-game win over Elk City. McGuinness’ Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury last week. He and Jacob Mullins had been competing for the starting job, so Mullins was able to get some extra work during the rapid-fire scrimmage Friday. Overall, McGuinness coach Justin Jones was pleased with his team’s improvement from a week ago. “It was dramatic,” he said. “Last week, we ran 46 offensive plays and in 41 of them, we busted something. Tonight, we ran 36 plays and I think we had two busts.”
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 27, 2014
New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season.
High school notebook: El Reno deep at tailback
By Ed Godfrey, Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Jacob Unruh | Aug 27, 2014New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season. “That was a big loss for us last year,” Brower said. “It is a huge boost having him back this year. We are expecting big things out of him on both sides of the ball, but mainly on defense.” Baker also is the starting safety for the Indians and the quarterback of the secondary, Brower said. “He gets everybody lined up right,” Brower said. “He is very smart and does a great job of running our defense.” Sophomores Hunter Baker and Nate Patterson will share time in the backfield with Cal Baker as will scatback Tavian Curry, who will provide a change of pace from the power game. “He has really good speed and cuts well,” Brower said of Curry. “Hopefully we can keep some fresh legs in the backfield.” OKCPS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO BE HONORED Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor will receive the Humanitarian Award from the Youth for Christ South Oklahoma City at their annual Life Lines fall banquet and silent auction for his efforts throughout the OKC school system. The event will be held Sept. 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The fundraising event is designed to recognize the supporters and organizations whose contributions help YFC-South OKC. For more information about the event, visit www.yfcsouthokc.org. NORMAN NORTH’S HOGAN BUILDING ON VERSATILITY Norman North’s Quan Hogan shined as a do-everything running back in his sophomore season a year ago. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 69 passes for 830 yards with 17 total touchdowns as a key part of a Timberwolves offense that averaged over 40 points per game. This season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has continued to expand his game as the only returning skill position player outside of star quarterback John Kolar. “I feel like I’m better all around,” Hogan said. “I’ve been working hard in practice to make myself better at running back and receiver, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. I need to step up and be a big factor for this team.” Hogan’s college recruitment is expected to pick up heavily this season. He already holds a scholarship offer from Tulsa and says he’ll be prepared to play running back or receiver at the college level. During last Thursday’s opening scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe, Hogan made several plays out of the backfield and split out as a deep-threat receiver. MCGUINNESS’ JARMAN INJURED McGuinness’ quarterback battle twisted last week when senior Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury early in the Irish’s scrimmage at Lawton MacArthur. Jarman was held out of the rest of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons and might not play in Thursday’s scrimmage at the Mustang Preview. That would leave junior Jacob Mullins to receive the bulk of the plays. “They both know how to operate our system, which is what we like,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “The thing I like about it was we were able to respond when a guy gets injured. The mentality didn’t change for us. “We had a lot of things to worry about. Lawton Mac’s a really good football team, they put it on us but we learned a lot from it. We’ve got to correct our mistakes and get ready to go.” Jones said there’s a good chance McGuinness plays both quarterbacks in next week’s season opener against top-ranked Shawnee.
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 19, 2014
WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood,...
Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends
By Jason Kersey | Aug 19, 2014WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly inserted himself into the starting lineup. Coaches and teammates have frequently praised him this preseason. 2#Michiah Quick#6-0#170#Fr.#Fresno Calif. The true freshman will push for immediate playing time after dazzling everyone with his physical ability throughout fall camp. WIDE RECEIVER 5#Durron Neal#5-11#201#Jr.#St. Louis Neal hasn’t exactly torn it up through his first two seasons, but by all accounts, he’s stepped up in a big way since last spring. Will this finally be the year he breaks through? 17#Jordan Smallwood#6-2#212#RFr.#Jenks A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt in 2013, but he’s made a splash so far and will definitely have lots of opportunities to contribute this year. RESERVES 81#Mark Andrews#6-6#236#Fr.#Scottsdale, Ariz. The big, tall wideout could have a bright future, but likely redshirts in 2014. 83#Nick Basquine#6-0#170#Fr.#Norman This walk-on from Norman North was mentioned specifically by Trevor Knight at Big 12 Media Days as someone who had impressed him this summer. 8#Austin Bennett#6-0#175#So.#Manvel, Texas Bennett saw limited action as a true freshman and could easily work his way into the regular rotation. 84#Grant Bothun#5-11#186#Jr.#Rowlett, Texas The team’s holder, Bothun’s claim to fame is a fake field goal touchdown pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt in last year’s Bedlam thriller. 7#Dannon Cavil#6-4#214#RFr.#San Antonio Cavil redshirted last season, somewhat surprising considering he enrolled early and went through spring football in 2013. Still, he’s absolutely talented enough to get plenty of opportunities this year. 88#Cody Chancellor#6-1#184#So.#Oklahoma City Chancellor walked on after his standout high school career at Bishop McGuinness ended two years ago. 11#Dorial Green-Beckham#6-6#225#Jr.#Springfield, Mo. If Green-Beckham wins his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he instantly becomes a starter and supplants Shepard as the Sooners’ most seasoned wide receiver. If he doesn’t get a waiver, will he ever play a down in an OU uniform? 15#Jeffery Mead#6-6#184#Fr.#Tulsa Receivers coach Jay Norvell has specifically mentioned Mead as someone worth keeping an eye on. The former Tulsa Union standout has already impressed Norvell with his route running. 16#Dallis Todd#6-5#204#Fr.#La Mirada, Calif. The former four-star prospect was expected to see early action — and still may — but it sounds like he might need a little more time to adapt to the college game. TIGHT END 10#Blake Bell#6-6#259#Sr.#Wichita, Kan. First, he was the Belldozer. Then he was the Sooners’ starting quarterback for eight games in 2013. Now, everyone inside the program insists he really is a tight end — and that he really is good at it. Knight-to-Bell for a few touchdowns in 2014 would make for a pretty neat story considering how the two were in a season-long quarterback battle last year. 88#Taylor McNamara#6-5#245#So.#San Diego McNamara caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl, and grabbed two touchdowns in April’s spring game. After some injury problems cost him early playing time, is McNamara finally ready to showcase his talent at this level? RESERVES 80#Isaac Ijalana#6-4#247#So.#Mount Holly, N.J. Ijalana, a junior-college transfer, might have a hard time seeing much playing time on offense in 2014 behind Bell and McNamara. 89#Connor Knight#6-4#244#So.#San Antonio Trevor Knight’s twin brother, an OU walk-on, plays a lot of special teams and is a hard worker. 45#Carson Meier#6-6#226#Fr.#Tulsa The former Tulsa Union standout has the potential to be a great OU tight end eventually, but will likely redshirt this year.
Aug 19, 2014
The Little Axe cheerleaders are planning a spaghetti supper prior to the football scrimmage between Little Axe, Bridge Creek and Southeast at Little Axe on Thursday night. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Bridge Creek football program. The team is still in the process of recovering from vandalism inside its fieldhouse that ruined or damaged thousands of dollars worth...
High school notebook: Little Axe plans benefit for Bridge Creek
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 19, 2014The Little Axe cheerleaders are planning a spaghetti supper prior to the football scrimmage between Little Axe, Bridge Creek and Southeast at Little Axe on Thursday night. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Bridge Creek football program. The team is still in the process of recovering from vandalism inside its fieldhouse that ruined or damaged thousands of dollars worth of equipment, electronics and other items. Just getting on the field for practice has been a challenge over the last 10 days. “We don’t have everything yet, but we have enough to get the kids out there without putting anybody in a 10-year-old helmet,” coach Greg Wallis said. “Cleanup is still continuing, but we just keep moving forward.” On Saturday, Bridge Creek will host its annual Meet the Bobcats photo day at the field, which will include a live auction of a variety of things, like autographed memorabilia from OU players and other items. WARIBOKO-ALALI TOP OKLAHOMAN ON UPDATED RIVALS 250 Rivals.com released its updated list of the country’s top 250 recruits Tuesday morning, with four Oklahomans making the list, including Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali. Wariboko-Alali is ranked No. 77, the highest of any player from the state. He currently holds 24 scholarship offers. Lawton’s Jalin Barnett is ranked No. 127, just ahead of Midwest City’s Will Sunderland at No. 138. Jenks defensive lineman and Oklahoma commitment Marquise Overton is ranked No. 187. Oklahoma State has two commitments on the list, including North McKinney (Texas) running back Ronald Jones II at No. 66 and Nacagdoches, Texas, defensive back Jaylon Lane at No. 243. Oklahoma commitments Rodney Anderson of Katy, Texas, (No. 92) and P.J. Mbanasor of Hendrickson High in Pflugerville, Texas, (No. 240) are also on the list. EDMOND NORTH’S BACA AMONG AMATEURS IN OKLAHOMA OPEN Edmond North sophomore Colter Baca shot 1 under par last weekend in the Oklahoma Golf Association Oklahoma Open Amateur Qualifying to seal one of 15 amateur spots in the field for this weekend’s event. Baca, who is only 15 years old, is part of a very small group of Oklahoma high school players for the Oklahoma Open, which begins Friday at Oak Tree National in Edmond. Baca’s 1-under-par round at Lincoln Park Golf Club was good enough for a tie for sixth place. Weatherford junior Quade Cummins and former SMU and Bixby standout Draegen Majors tied for first. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 18, 2014
It appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles.
High school notebook: Kelyn Hinds looking like old self for Guthrie
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Aug 18, 2014Even with the top defense in Class 5A last season, Guthrie was still missing a key player the majority of the season. Safety Kelyn Hinds missed all but the final three games of the Bluejays’ championship run after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring practice as a sophomore. Now it appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles. “He’s a dynamic player that’s a really good tackler,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s the communication guy for our secondary. We may have to have him help us a little bit offensively either as a part of the running game or receiving game. We expect good things from him as the year goes on.” PUTNAM CITY HAS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS As the smallest school in Class 6A-I, Putnam City knows the challenges it faces. But the Pirates have a set of offensive skill-position players prepared to compete at the top level. Braden Hudson returns at quarterback after starting as a sophomore, and Denzel Dean heads a committee of running backs that bring a physical attack. Chris Pogi, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, will be an intriguing player in the passing game. Pogi sat out last year after moving in, but the big, athletic wideout already has a scholarship offer from Tulsa. DEFENDING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS MEET TUESDAY The volleyball season is only a week old, and fans already have a championship-level match in store. Defending Class 5A champion Heritage Hall, currently ranked No. 4 in the class, is scheduled to visit reigning 4A champ and top-ranked Mount St. Mary at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both programs are undefeated on the season. The match can be viewed via webcast at www.msmrockets.com. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 17, 2014
The right-hander who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State earned the start for the National team, throwing two scoreless innings.
High school notebook: Corey Zangari has solid showing at Under Armour game
By Jacob Unruh | Aug 17, 2014Carl Albert senior Corey Zangari was impressive Saturday night in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The right-hander who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State earned the start for the National team, throwing two scoreless innings. He also competed in the home run derby, but failed to hit a home run. Still, he did win the Kelly Kulina Award, which goes to the player who demonstrated the best attitude, work ethic, dedication and enthusiasm. Zangari was the catcher on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team this spring after hitting .505 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs. He did not pitch for the Titans, but he has been clocked in the mid-upper 90s while possessing a sharp breaking ball. PRESTON ADDS SMU OFFER Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston added his second scholarship offer Saturday despite being verbally committed to North Texas. SMU became the second college to offer the 5-foot-11, 179-pound cornerback. Preston tweeted the offer. He verbally committed to North Texas on July 2, but that was his lone offer at the time. He had 18 tackles and one interception last season. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball are encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.
Aug 14, 2014
Outside linebacker is perfect for him in the Huskies’ system after spending last season at strong safety.
High school notebook: Edmond North's David Wright moving to linebacker
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Aug 14, 2014Edmond North senior David Wright wants to be more active on the football field. Outside linebacker is perfect for him in the Huskies’ system after spending last season at strong safety. “We did man coverage last year, and last year I played down on some different calls, so it’s not completely different for me,” Wright said. “It’s a more active position for sure, and I like it a lot more.” Wright had 53 tackles and two interceptions last season as the Huskies made the Class 6A quarterfinals. Now, he’s hoping his move to linebacker along with Caileb Booze’s only helps Edmond North’s young defense. “With the senior leadership we have, I think we’ll step up and help the inexperience that we have,” Wright said. CARL ALBERT LOOKING FOR DEPTH Coming off yet another deep playoff run last season, Carl Albert finds itself with some significant holes to fill at a variety of positions. But it isn’t filling those holes that concerns coach Gary Rose the most; it’s having backups at key positions in case of injuries. “When we put our defense out there, we’ve got nine guys who have played. But 10 of our 11 defensive starters will have to play on offense if we’re going to put our best guys out there,” Rose said. “That’s scary. There are 2A and 3A teams that don’t play that many both ways. “We’re just not very deep. Our hope is for some young guys to come on.” With the reliance on younger players, leadership will be important from experienced seniors like Dillon Lohr at receiver and defensive back, and Nate Christmon at linebacker and tight end. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 N.W. 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball are encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.
Aug 13, 2014
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted Wednesday to raise ticket prices $2 to state tournaments and championship games in every sport but football this season. Tickets will now cost $7.
High schools: OSSAA raising state tournament ticket prices
By Jacob Unruh | Aug 13, 2014Fans attending state championship tournaments across the state will now have to pay just a little bit more this season. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted Wednesday to raise ticket prices $2 to state tournaments and championship games in every sport but football this season. Tickets will now cost $7. “We’re trying to put our kids in premier facilities” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “These facilities, their cost continues to rise, we are reimbursing our schools more than we ever had before and we’re just trying to keep up with inflation.” The OSSAA already charged $7 for the semifinals and championship games in football. It will also now charge $7 in soccer semifinals. Sheakley told the board that Oklahoma still remains one of the country’s cheapest tickets for high school championship events. “When you can go to three state championship basketball games for $7, that’s a pretty good bargain,” Sheakley said. “We haven’t changed ticket prices in many, many years and the price of everything has gone up. You can only stay firm for so long and things catch up with you.” Ticket prices were likely to rise for the basketball tournament before the board’s vote with State Fair Arena officials raising the cost of each fan $1 for the OSSAA. BOARD VOTES CHANGES TO OPEN RECORDS POLICY In an effort to protect privacy of students and families making appeals for eligibility, the board voted to change Board Policy LIII regarding open meeting and open records. The policy now includes wording from House Bill 2730, but also contains wording that will help the OSSAA keep confidential records private and unattainable from open record requests. “Frankly, I as an attorney for the board would prefer to defend you against open records act charges that you’re refusing to give up this information than to have to defend the board against invasion of privacy-type lawsuits by individual students or families who are complaining that you surrendered up this information that was intended to be private and confidential,” attorney Mark Grossman told the board. The board also approved a new policy that requires an annual financial audit, compliance audit of all funds and a performance audit conducted be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2014 and Dec. 31 every five years thereafter. But the OSSAA has struggled to find someone to complete the audits. The board did vote to continue with a financial audit like normal, with it being crucial to setting the OSSAA’s budget for the school year. 2014-15 ADM APPROVED The board unanimously approved the new Average Daily Membership for the upcoming school year, setting the classifications for sports not competing in districts and other non-athletic activities. With the ADM being approved, McGuinness now finds itself in Class 6A for basketball. Both boys and girls teams will be moved up from Class 5A to 6A because of OSSAA’s rules on private-school success rates. With the boys team qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament three out of five years, the requirement was met for both teams to move up. Also with the changes, Del City returns to Class 6A, essentially swapping places with Lawton Eisenhower. Hennessey is also moving to Class 3A after making the state tournament last season in both baseball and girls basketball. Class B girls basketball defending champion Okarche is also returning to Class A trying to make a rare three-peat already possessing the last two titles in Class A and B. FALL BASEBALL TITLE GAMES REMAIN IN BRICKTOWN The fall baseball state championship games will remain at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark after the board unanimously approved to keep the Class A and Class B games there. The games are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.
Aug 13, 2014
The Cyclones lineman has 24 scholarship offers.
High school notebook: Casady's Wariboko-Alali adds Cal offer
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014The list keeps growing for Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali. He picked up yet another scholarship offer Wednesday, this time from California to bring his offer total to 24. Wariboko-Alali confirmed the offer to The Oklahoman through a text message. He is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and was verbally committed to Oklahoma at one point. He de-committed from the Sooners in April, but recently told Rivals.com he remains in contact with the Sooners and indicated he is pleased with the direction they are headed and his relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Wariboko-Alali also said he remains interested in Oklahoma State. WESTMOORE’S ROBINSON TURNING HEADS Football fans already know about Westmoore’s talented receiver duo of Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, but the Jaguars have a scary third option in the passing game now, too. Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, was at Westmoore as a sophomore, then moved to Moore and has moved back into the Westmoore district for his senior year. He excelled during the Jaguars’ 7-on-7 summer competition and is looking strong early in camp as well. “Pound for pound, he might be the most athletic guy on our team,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “He’s tremendously fast and just so quick. He can change direction and get to full-speed in one step. “He can play any position on defense, probably, outside of noseguard, and probably anything on offense except the offensive line. He could probably run the chains if you asked him to.” An under-the-radar college prospect, Robinson could emerge as a Division I target with a good senior season because of his athletic ability and versatility. He’s likely to play receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Jags. BETHANY EYEING RETURN TO ELITE IN 3A Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.” THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50 Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 12, 2014
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors meetings for the school year begin Wednesday with a loaded agenda. Among the topics will be approving the new Average Daily Membership to determine classifications for several sports in the upcoming school year. If approved, among the impactful moves will be McGuinness moving to Class 6A in basketball. The OSSAA will also...
High school notebook: OSSAA's first agenda packed
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 12, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors meetings for the school year begin Wednesday with a loaded agenda. Among the topics will be approving the new Average Daily Membership to determine classifications for several sports in the upcoming school year. If approved, among the impactful moves will be McGuinness moving to Class 6A in basketball. The OSSAA will also vote to approve or not approve a new board policy regarding the multiple audits the organization must adhere to under new legislation, along with possibly changing the board’s policy on open meeting and open records. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. OCS TURNING TO QUALLS AT QB Oklahoma Christian School coach Derek Turner is hoping some experience for quarterback Thomas Qualls will make a difference this season. Qualls, then a sophomore, was thrust into the starting role late last season when the Saints suffered some injuries at receiver that forced quarterback Will McKinnis to move back to his natural position. And Qualls played admirably, leading the Saints in a playoff run that ended in the quarterfinals. Turner thinks Qualls is the perfect fit for his spread offense. “Tom is a very smart, good player,” Turner said. “He’s a good runner and I think he’ll be what we need. “Our offense, we need a distributor, we need a kid that understands the flow and keeps the game in flow, and distributes the ball and that’s what Tom can do.” DOUGLASS’ JACKSON TAKES CHARGE OF BACKFIELD With the graduation of two senior running backs, including 240-pound bulldozer Deondre Clark, from last year’s squad, the tailback position will look a little different at Douglass this year. But junior Anthony Jackson, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, returns after emerging as a solid change-of-pace back opposite Clark late last season after Brandon Gaddis was injured. Douglass coach Willis Alexander rarely features only one running back, so Jackson is likely to have some help. But he averaged 6.6 yards per carry on nearly 100 attempts last season. HOBART’S DALKE SELECTED FOR JR. RYDER CUP Hobart junior Brad Dalke was one of 12 junior golfers from around the country selected for the Junior Ryder Cup, which will be held Sept. 22-23 at Blairgorie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. Dalke was one of four captain’s picks for the six-player boys team on the strength of his national performances this year, including a third-place finish at the Junior PGA Championship. THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
The Ringling offensive lineman verbally committed to Houston on Sunday, choosing to go with an offer that protected him should he get injured while also relieving pressure for the upcoming season.
High school notebook: Ringling's Riley Daniel commits to Houston
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 11, 2014The offer was too good for Riley Daniel to pass up. The Ringling offensive lineman verbally committed to Houston on Sunday, choosing to go with an offer that protected him should he get injured while also relieving pressure for the upcoming season. “I’m just going to focus on my senior year now,” Daniel said. “I went down there on that trip (a week ago) and I really liked them. I got to meet the players and I really liked them. They matched my personality, their facilities are real nice and the coaches liked me a lot. I just liked it down there.” Daniel, who is 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and ranked No. 16 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, also had offers from Tulsa and North Texas. But Houston promising to honor their offer should he get hurt this season was the tipping point. “They said they would give me my scholarship either way if I got hurt my senior year or not,” Daniel said. “Most other schools won’t do that for you. It’s kind of a safety deal. “It can be pretty scary because if you get hurt, you’re done.” MIDWEST CITY OPENS 6A-II TITLE CHASE WITH MIDNIGHT PRACTICE Midwest City football players stood in warm-up lines for nearly 10 minutes waiting for the horn to blow signaling that 12:01 a.m. had arrived and high school football practice could officially begin. Not long after the workout began, a voice emerged from a group of players going through an offensive drill. “I need a ring, man,” the player yelled. “I need a ring, nothing less.” The Bombers got started on the 2014 season as early as possible Monday morning, a season they hope ends with a gold ball. In the first year of the new Class 6A Division II, Midwest City is an immediate contender for a state title, and that was the attitude as camp began Monday. “Our expectations are win or bust,” senior defensive back Roscoe Gatewood said. “If we don’t win, we’ll be extremely disappointed in our season. We’ve been preparing to go win and that’s the only thing on our mind.” NORMAN OPENING SEASON WITH QB COMPETITION As Norman High opens fall practice on Tuesday morning, the Tigers will begin their search for a new starting quarterback. Coach Greg Nation says seniors Levi Frederickson and Travis Houck, and junior Travis Degrate will compete for the job. “They all bring different strengths and weaknesses as far as what they can do at the position,” Nation said. “It’s wide open right now and I think the competition as we start practice will be a good thing for us. Good competition brings a better team.” Norman also must replace leading rusher Dupree Young, who had over 1,000 yards last season. Nation says senior Darius Manning is expected to become the primary running back with junior Ty Smith also playing a significant role in the Tigers’ run-first offense. MOORE OPENS WITH EXCITEMENT AT MIDNIGHT Moore coach Paul Hix could feel the excitement Sunday night around Moore Stadium. It’s why he wanted the Lions to have a Midnight Madness to kick off his first season as head coach. And it was quite the spectacle. Fans turned out to watch the team practice for 90 minutes. There were also three food trucks inside the stadium until midnight. “It’s just trying to kick-start some excitement,” Hix said. “We don’t have a tremendous winning season last year to build off of, so we’re trying to fabricate our own excitement and our own energy. We talk a lot about trying to practice and so we just wanted to bring people out and have a buzz about what was going on tonight and maybe kick-start these guys for practice.” Moore went 1-9 last season and has not made the playoffs since 2005 or finished with a winning record since 2004. Hix replaced Todd Watters, who was let go following his second season with the Lions. Hix spent the past four seasons as Stillwater’s offensive coordinator. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 N.W. 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information. EDMOND NORTH’S REEDER TIES FOR THIRD AT ‘BIG I’ Edmond North golfer and Oklahoma State commitment Tyson Reeder finished tied for third at one of the nation’s top junior tournaments, the annual Trusted Choice Big I National Championship. Reeder was 4 over par over four rounds at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W.Va., eight shots behind winner Keenan Huskey of Greenville, S.C.
The campaign began in 2008 as a friendly competition between mentoring advocates Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Bill Snyder of Kansas State and has grown to include 15 current or retired coaches from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.
High school notebook: Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy join Boren Mentoring Initiative
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Aug 8, 2014Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy have teamed up to help the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence through its Boren Mentoring Initiative to host the Oklahoma Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge. The campaign began in 2008 as a friendly competition between mentoring advocates Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Bill Snyder of Kansas State and has grown to include 15 current or retired coaches from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences. This year, the Big 12 has also endorsed the campaign, which began Aug. 1 and concludes Nov. 30. Last year’s challenge generated 9,000 new volunteer mentors in participating states, and organizers have set a goal of 15,000 new mentors this year. “As coaches, we have the opportunity to positively influence the lives of our athletes both on and off of the field,” Stoops said. “However, more and more youth are in need of a positive role model. The National Mentoring Partnership has identified 15 million children in our nation who are in need of caring and quality mentors.” Added Gundy: “In an effort to help close this ‘mentoring gap,’ we are joining the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge to encourage our fans to become mentors to local youth in need of positive adult influence in their lives.” The Boren Mentoring Initiative has launched a website at www.okcoacheschallenge.org where people can sign up to mentor. The website also offers information for participating mentoring organizations as well as Oklahoma coaches who would like to register to join in the campaign. The site includes ideas and materials for promoting the campaign and recruiting mentors in communities across the state. For more information on the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge, visit www.okcoacheschallenge.org or contact Boren Mentoring Initiative director Beverly Woodrome at (405) 236-0006 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari named to Under Armour All-America Baseball Game rosterAug 5, 2014
Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari continued his impressive summer Tuesday when he was selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 16.
High school notebook: Carl Albert's Corey Zangari named to Under Armour All-America Baseball Game roster
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 5, 2014Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari continued his impressive summer Tuesday when he was selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 16. There’s a slight change in position for Zangari, too. Normally a catcher for the Titans, Zangari is listed as a pitcher for the game. He saw limited action on the mound for Carl Albert the past few seasons, but is regularly clocked on the radar gun in the upper 90s. “With a powerful arm and a sharp breaking ball, Corey is an intimidating presence on the mound,” said Steve Bernhardt, Executive Vice President of Baseball at Baseball Factory and Chairman of the selection committee for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. “A talented all-around prospect who can swing the bat as well, we are excited to see Corey impress the scouts at Wrigley Field this summer in the Under Armour All-America Game.” Zangari, who is 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds, hit .505 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs last season. He is also verbally committed to Oklahoma State. He was selected earlier in the summer for the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park. The Under Armour game will be televised at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 — a day after it is played — on MLB Network (Cox 264). It features 38 players from across the country. FIRST APPEALS PANEL MEETING WEDNESDAY The first meeting for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Intermediate Appeals Panel is at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The panel has been formed to rule on appeals 12 times per year, including twice in August and September. There will be five members of the panel, which includes Oklahoma City Schools district administrator Charles Carpenter, Alva superintendent Steve Parkhurst, Verdigris athletic director Gary Kennemer, Burns Flat-Dill City superintendent Ron Hughes and Talihina superintendent Jason Lockhart. Six appeals are scheduled for Wednesday. CASADY’S JOHNSON COMMITS TO IOWA STATE Just weeks after de-committing from Tulsa, Casady’s Denver Johnson has decided on another college destination. The wide receiver verbally committed to Iowa State on Monday, announcing his decision via Twitter. “I’ve decided to further my education and football career and verbally commit to Iowa State University,” he tweeted. Johnson, who is No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, caught 39 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns last season. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. MCGUINNESS HOPING DEFENSE CARRIES TEAM EARLY With McGuinness replacing so many parts on its offense, including quarterback, Irish coach Justin Jones is looking for his defense to carry the load. “You know as well as I do in this game that if you play good defense and you can hang on offensively,” he said. “That’s the boat we’re in especially in the beginning of the year.” McGuinness returns an experienced secondary, which Jones said is key in Class 5A. That allows him to focus on the defensive line and linebackers. And he’s impressed with a few of the options at linebacker in junior Conor Maguire, sophomore Clay Morris and senior Jennings Jarman. “We’ve got the people there, it’s just finding the right guys and the right mix,” Jones said. MURCER, FIELDS HELP AAU TEAM WIN FRESHMAN TOURNAMENT Jessica Murcer and Lauren Fields recently helped guide the Oklahoma Stars to the PrimeTime Nationals freshman title in Frisco, Texas, and were recognized for their strong performance. Murcer will be a freshman at Westmoore, while Fields attends Deer Creek.
Aug 1, 2014
Defending champion Guthrie rebuilding offensive line. Bluejays picked to finish second in district behind Carl Albert.
High school football: District 5A-2 preview
By Jacob Unruh | Aug 1, 2014During last season’s undefeated Class 5A title run, Guthrie was second in the class with 273.2 rushing yards per game behind a strong offensive line. Now the Bluejays enter this football season with just one returning starter in Conan Maltz and are looking to quickly gain some experience. “We’ve got some kids that fit the mold,” first-year coach Kelly Beeby said. “They just haven’t played in the big games, and they work really hard in the weight room. We expect them to grow as the season progresses.” And as the offensive line grows, so will the Bluejays as they rely on returning skill players such as Idae Alexander and L’liott Curry. Still, the question mark about the offensive line left opposing coaches in District 5A-2 nearly split on how Guthrie would finish in the standings. In the six polls outside of its own, Guthrie was picked first three times and second three times. DICKERSON LEADING QB BATTLE AT CARL ALBERT Longtime Carl Albert coach Gary Rose has liked what he’s seen from junior Braxton Dickerson. So much so that Dickerson is the frontrunner to be named the starting quarterback. Dickerson will replace Stevie Thompson, who led the Titans to the 2012 state championship and last season accounted for 29 total touchdowns. “We’re going to always be able to run the football, and we’re going to throw it if we have the guy and the receivers,” Rose said. “Braxton has the potential to do both. “He’s not the runner that Stevie was. He could be eventually if he really works on that aspect, just because of his physical stature.” LANDON LEADING DEER CREEK DEFENSE Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said junior linebacker Blake Landon has only begun to tap into his potential. “I think when it’s all said and done, he’ll have another really good year,” Gower said about his 6-foot-2, 205-pound leading tackler. “Really, the sky’s the limit.” Landon recorded 174 tackles and six sacks along with grabbing at interception last season as a sophomore. He is also beginning to receive interest from multiple Big 12 schools. “He’s the kind of guy you like to rally around as a team,” Gower said. PIEDMONT BUMPS UP, BRINGS DISTRICT RIVALRY With Piedmont coming up from Class 4A, the annual rivalry game against Deer Creek now has even more meaning. As a result, it will be played in Week 4 to open district play. “Being a district game and being the first district game, that takes on a whole new meaning as well,” Gower said. “That one’s always a tough one for us. They’ll be in the mix when it’s all said and done.” Deer Creek won last season’s matchup 35-3 in the opening week of the season and has not lost to the Wildcats since 2006. WESTERN HEIGHTS RELYING ON VETERAN PLAYERS First-year Western Heights coach Justin Mayhew said the strength of the team will be its 19 returning starters. And that starts with players such as running back/linebacker Gerard Giles and receiver/defensive end Rudy Thompson. Giles rushed for 802 yards and seven touchdowns last season, while also gathering 74 tackles and Thompson and 81 tackles and 10 sacks last season. The Jets went 1-9 last season, but the prospects are higher this season as coaches voted them to finish sixth in the district. SOUTHEAST’S DOZIER HEALTHY Southeast coach Chris Vandersypen admits last year’s offense was, well, boring. That should change this season with senior Markel Dozier returning at quarterback after missing last season with an ACL injury. “Last year, we had to basically play two freshmen,” Vandersypen said. “So our offense was bland and stagnant because of limitations. (Dozier) is going to give us freedom to be more diverse.” Southeast went 2-8 last season but moves into the district for the first time this season. District 5A-2 coaches’ poll 1. Carl Albert (9-3) 2. Guthrie (14-0) 3. Deer Creek (6-5) 4. McGuinness (7-5) 5. Piedmont (4-6) 6. Western Heights (1-9) 7. Southeast (2-8) 8. Guymon (0-10) *Last year’s record in parentheses
The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School Gym, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch […]
The Oklahoman's Fall Sports Media Day set for Aug. 20
Jacob Unruh | Jul 31, 2014The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School Gym, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball are encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Athletic directors will receive a letter with further information.
Jul 28, 2014
Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
High school notebook: Clinton football coach Mike Lee resigns
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh, and Trent Shadid | Jul 28, 2014Longtime Clinton football coach Mike Lee announced his resignation on Monday. Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. “I’ve got some health issues that I need to get taken care of, and being a head football coach is not conducive to getting that done,” Lee told The Oklahoman. “I owe it to my family to get these things taken care of.” He did not rule out a return to coaching in the future, but did say he would only return to Clinton. Lee’s resignation was first reported by the Clinton Daily News. Former Tuttle coach Philip Koons is believed to be a possible replacement for Lee. “Nothing is official,” Lee said. “I think the administration hopes to make a decision by the end of the week. In my eyes, (Koons) would be a very good decision. He’s a very good football coach. One of the better ones I’ve ever been around.” Koons, who resigned at Tuttle in April, was initially set to become the defensive coordinator under Lee this season. In his 21 years at Tuttle, Koons won 205 games and two state championships. CONNECTICUT OFFERS NORMAN NORTH'S TRAE YOUNG Several Division I basketball programs around the region have long been pursuing Norman North point guard Trae Young, but the 6-foot-1 sophomore made a national splash Monday morning. Defending national champion Connecticut offered Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, according to the family. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have already offered Young, as well as Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, SMU and Texas-Arlington. Young started for Norman North as a freshman and has had a strong summer performance on the AAU circuit. EVANS ENJOYING LIFE AT EAST CENTRAL Former Northeastern State football coach Kenny Evans is embarking on a new coaching path. Recently named the new coach at Tulsa East Central, Evans said he is adjusting to high school players and he’s having fun doing so. “In college, you’re responsible for the young man 24-7,” he said. “In high school, you turn them back over to their parents, but at the same time in high school you’re dealing a lot with the parents and the families. The teaching, the school system and all of those things are different, and I’m having to adjust to those things.” Evans has been a college coach for 32 years, never coaching at the high school level. “I probably have adjusted not my expectations but how I react in situations,” he said. “Now I’m dealing with kids that are 14, 15, 16 years old but the great thing about that though is I get to see those guys develop so much more at that age than you do in the college ranks. “Hopefully, I’ll keep learning and do it the right way.” The Cardinals went 4-7 last season, one year after making the Class 5A championship game. Evans was dismissed from NSU in November. METRO OFFICIAL MEETINGS TO RESUME The Oklahoma City Metro Officials Association resumes its meetings on Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Metro Tech Campus. The meeting is open to new and veteran football officials. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Metro Tech is located at 4901 S Bryant. MCGUINNESS PREPARING FOR 6A BASKETBALL Last week’s release of the average daily attendance numbers presented a challenge for the McGuinness boys and girls basketball teams. Both teams will be moved up from Class 5A to 6A for at least the 2014-15 basketball season because of OSSAA’s rules on private-school success rates. By qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament three out of five years, the McGuinness boys met the requirement and both teams will move up to 6A. Coming off a state finals appearance in 5A last March, the boys team has a Division I center to build around for its first 6A season. Will Lienhard, a 6-foot-8 senior, has offers from Oral Roberts, Missouri State and others.
Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard providing private offensive line lessons in Oklahoma City throughout JulyJun 30, 2014
Former Oklahoma center and current Tennessee Titans rookie Gabe Ikard will conduct private lessons with offensive linemen throughout July while he’s back home in Oklahoma City. “I am making the most of my time off in the month of July,” Ikard said in an email. “I am conducting these private lessons in order to teach […]
Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard providing private offensive line lessons in Oklahoma City throughout July
Jason Kersey | Jun 30, 2014Former Oklahoma center and current Tennessee Titans rookie Gabe Ikard will conduct private lessons with offensive linemen throughout July while he’s back home in Oklahoma City. “I am making the most of my time off in the month of July,” Ikard said in an email. “I am conducting these private lessons in order to teach young linemen the knowledge that I have acquired over my football career. My goal is teach them the importance of proper and safe technique, hard work, and a positive attitude. “I have always enjoyed working with young people and feel obligated to utilize my platform as a football player to influence them in a positive way.” The lessons will be at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City. Ikard’s lessons are available anytime after 1 p.m. on most days through July 24, when the Titans’ training camp begins. Lessons are one hour each and cost $50. There won’t be any contact with other athletes; rather, linemen who attend these sessions will practice with bags, shields and dummies. Ikard, a first-team All-American last season as a senior at OU, started 50 games on the offensive line throughout his collegiate career. He came to OU from McGuinnss as a tight end, but switched to the line during his redshirt season in 2009. If you’re interested in Ikard’s lessons, email him at email@example.com.
ASTEC CHARTER: GREGGORY BAILEY Athletics: Team captain in basketball. Comet of the Year award. Four-year letterwinner. Two-year starter. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. Most outstanding physics student. Activities: Junior Rotarian. ASTEC student ambassador. Homecoming king. ASTEC Comet of the Year. Quote: “His talents are amazing because of the way he utilizes them unselfishly and...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 1
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014ASTEC CHARTER: GREGGORY BAILEY Athletics: Team captain in basketball. Comet of the Year award. Four-year letterwinner. Two-year starter. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. Most outstanding physics student. Activities: Junior Rotarian. ASTEC student ambassador. Homecoming king. ASTEC Comet of the Year. Quote: “His talents are amazing because of the way he utilizes them unselfishly and without any concern for recognition. This is perhaps his greatest attribute and one that cannot be said for many. He has had a profound influence on our school and on me personally.” — Timothy Braun, physics and chemistry teacher College choice: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: April Tobias, Rodney Walker BETHANY: KIERRA McFADDEN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior and sophomore. Lettered four years in softball, two years in basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Scored 23 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Nominated for Oklahoma Wesleyan Presidental Leadership Scholarship. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Youth group. Quote: “I can tell you that after watching her interactions for the past three years, she demonstrates love and forgiveness to everyone. She is honest and a great friend to all of us.” — Dr. Don Wentroth, principal College choice: Oklahoma Wesleyan Also nominated: Sierra Flemming, Connor McRae BETHEL: SHELBY MILLER Athletics: Member of state championship team in slowpitch and runner-up team in softball as a senior. Made state three times in softball, three times in slowpitch and once in basketball. Will play softball at Seminole State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Activities: Student council secretary. Students Against Drunk Driving. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Quote: “Shelby has been able to balance leadership roles on the court and field while still devoting herself to the pursuit of excellence in her academic courses.” — Christian Herring, English teacher College choice: Seminole State Also nominated: Chase Brum, Rachel Wade BISHOP McGUINNESS: JORDAN EDWARDS Athletics: All-district honorable mention in baseball. Member of two academic state champion teams in baseball and two in football. Academics: Scored 31 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.4. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Key Club. Camino Club. Eagle Scout. Infant Crisis Services Teen Associate Board. More than 700 hours of service. Kairos retreat leader. Quote: “He can be a hard worker, stubborn and humble all at the same time, which made him an interesting and wonderful young man to have in class.” — Peter McConnell, theology teacher College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Lauren Hill, Ian Patterson BLANCHARD: PARKER RANDELS Athletics: Member of state championship football team as a junior, state runner-up as a senior. Made all-tournament team twice in basketball as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Football Foundation scholarship. National Honor Society vice president. Activities: Student council president. Three-year class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes co-captain. Special Olympics volunteer. Boys’ State governor. Quote: “In the process of pushing himself to be the best he could be, he showed (younger players) how being committed as an individual can lead a whole team to success.” — Jeff Craig, football coach College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Mariah Brooks, Logan Wright CAPITOL HILL: SUSAN PACE Athletics: Two-year captain on the soccer team. Also captain on the cross country and softball teams. Region 8 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.5. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Kiwanis Student of the Month. High Lion Award. Quote: “She is the all-around kid that every teacher likes to have in class. She is the all-around team player that would play any position or do anything to help your team.” — Vida Carey, English teacher, soccer and softball coach College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Joshua Davis, Yamillet Escamilla CARL ALBERT: MORGAN HEARD Athletics: Member of three state championship teams and one state runner-up in softball. Three-time second-team Big All-City selection. Coaches’ All-State Reserve as a senior. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Twice named outstanding math student, once outstanding English student. Academic letter jacket. Quote: “Morgan treats her coaches, teachers, classmates and teammates with the utmost respect. She is very coachable on the field and an excellent student in the classroom.” — Colin White, math teacher and softball coach College choice: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Chris Weigel, Drew Wild CASADY: ASHA NANDA Athletics: Two-time all-conference north zone in field hockey. Participated in Futures Olympic Training Program. Four years varsity tennis. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Scored 31 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Activities: Yearbook editor. Gales pep club president. Student council secretary. Youth Leadership Exchange. U.S. Presidential Service Award. Orchestra. Quote: “I have seen her many times arrive at school an hour early to help with decorating for a pep rally and then play every minute of a field hockey game that evening.” — Brittany Croce, Spanish teacher and soccer coach College choice: Duke Also nominated: Sam Wert