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Sep 4, 2015
1. Lawton MacArthur (13-1): The defending champs are loaded with potential, but lack experience. 2. Del City (6-6): Walter Watson and Jeremiah Wilson anchor line play in front of star QB Terry Wilson. 3. Deer Creek (7-4): A wealth of experience returns for the Antlers in their final season in Class 5A. 4. Guthrie (10-2): Versatile senior Rowdy Reihs will play multiple positions for the...
High school football: Lawton Mac is No. 1, Del City No. 2 in Class 5A rankings
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 20151. Lawton MacArthur (13-1): The defending champs are loaded with potential, but lack experience. 2. Del City (6-6): Walter Watson and Jeremiah Wilson anchor line play in front of star QB Terry Wilson. 3. Deer Creek (7-4): A wealth of experience returns for the Antlers in their final season in Class 5A. 4. Guthrie (10-2): Versatile senior Rowdy Reihs will play multiple positions for the Bluejays. 5. Ardmore (11-2): Expectations are high for the Tigers under first-year coach Josh Newby. 6. Collinsville (8-3): Junior OSU commit Levi Draper is one of the state's most highly recruited prospects at linebacker. 7. Carl Albert (7-4): QB Braxton Dickerson and OL Tyler Banta are the core of a strong returning group for the Titans. 8. McAlester (11-2): New coach, new QB, but still a lot of experience for the Buffs. 9. Altus (8-3): RB Taven Birdow moved back after a year in Florida. 10. McGuinness (6-5): WR Rubell Goe and DB Hunter Voss give the Irish some playmakers to build around. 11. Skiatook (12-2): Lots of holes to fill after last year's landmark season but a solid group of linemen to build around. 12. Shawnee (8-4): Line play will be critical as the Wolves replace several skill-position players. 13. Tulsa Kelley (5-5): Looking to build on strong finish from last year, when the Comets won four of last five. 14. Coweta (5-6): Expect another step forward in coach Jay Wilkinson's second season. 15. Tulsa Edison (6-5): OL/DL Alex Criddle is a force up front for the Eagles. 16. Duncan (3-7): Coach Craig Benson's second season should have better results in the win column. 17. Pryor (5-5) 18. Tulsa Memorial (7-4) 19. Tulsa East Central (3-6) 20. Noble (4-6) 21. Tahlequah (5-6) 22. El Reno (1-9) 23. Chickasha (3-7) 24. Western Heights (5-5) 25. Piedmont (3-7) 26. Durant (1-9) 27. Grove (3-7) 28. Southeast (1-9) 29. Northwest Classen (1-9) 30. Guymon (1-9) 31. Tulsa Hale (0-10) By Scott Wright, staff writer
Sep 4, 2015
More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida...
Prep football: John Marshall's Tramonda Moore tops latest version of the Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 4, 2015More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida State and Auburn among them. But OU and OSU remain heavily in the mix. 2. Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker, 6-3, 195 Uncommitted A safety in high school but a linebacker at the next level, Bundage holds more than 20 scholarship offers with official visits planned to Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon. 3. Terry Wilson, Del City Quarterback, 6-3, 190 Committed to Nebraska Husker fans have raved about Wilson since his summer camp appearance when he showed off his strong arm and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. 4. Logan Roberson, Harrah Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Oklahoma The powerfully built Roberson will try to help the Panthers to a second consecutive district championship. 5. Tyler Brown, Lexington Offensive lineman, 6-6, 315 Committed to TCU Missouri recently became his 14th scholarship offer, but he remains fully committed to TCU. 6. Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington Running back, 5-10, 180 Committed to Oklahoma State Houston and Louisville have offered the elusive running back since February when he became OSU's first commitment of the class. 7. Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian Linebacker, 6-2, 225 Committed to Oklahoma Previously a defensive end, Terry will play linebacker for the Conquerors this season, which is where the Sooners project him. 8. K.J. Wells, Idabel Athlete, 6-4, 185 Uncommitted Oklahoma State and TCU are among the offers for the Idabel QB, who will shift to one of a variety of positions in college. 9. Dillon Stoner, Jenks Wide receiver, 6-0, 175 Committed to Oklahoma State Stoner's connection with Jenks QB Cooper Nunley should shine in his senior year. 10. Noah Jones, Southmoore Defensive end, 6-5, 250 Committed to Texas Tech The leader on a defense that was one of the state's best last season. 11. Austin Quillen, Jenks Defensive back, 6-0, 190 Committed to Vanderbilt Chose Vandy over Arizona, Iowa, Tulsa, Washington State, Hawaii and others. 12. Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove Running back, 6-2, 200 Committed to Arkansas State Dangerous mixture of speed, power and elusiveness. 13. Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Tulsa The latest addition to Tulsa's strong in-state recruiting class. 14. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah Linebacker, 6-0, 230 Committed to Kansas State Kansas State coach Bill Snyder loves to mine Oklahoma for talented prospects and wrapped up McKinney early. 15. Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Committed to Kansas Mayberry is excited about his future at a program where he can play early and help the Jayhawks rebuild. 16. Jordan Brown, Stillwater Wide receiver, 6-3, 195 Committed to Tulsa A long receiver who can do it all, Brown verbally committed to Tulsa over the summer. 17. Jace Webb, Hollis Offensive lineman, 6-5, 292 Uncommitted Louisville, Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, North Texas and Army have offered this dominant small-school lineman. 18. Quan Hogan, Norman North Running back, 6-1, 210 Uncommitted Tulsa, Ohio and Wyoming are among his top offers, but Kansas State is showing strong interest lately. 19. Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian Quarterback, 6-3, 200 Committed to Boise State Bound for the Land of the Blue Turf, Wilson is focused on making a run at a Class 3A state title. 20. Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison Defensive tackle, 6-4, 310 Committed to Tulane Also an offensive lineman, Criddle was targeted by Tulane as a defensive tackle. 21. Chandler Garrett, Mustang Quarterback, 6-5, 200 Committed to Wyoming Following in the footsteps of his head coach, Jeremy Dombek, who played quarterback at Wyoming in the mid-1990s. 22. Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Uncommitted Committed to Iowa in July, but the Hawkeyes had no room for another DB. He remains in a holding pattern while Louisville, UCLA, SMU and Tulsa wait. 23. Dae Williams, Sapulpa Running back, 6-2, 230 Committed to SMU The definition of a power back, Williams is also a defensive standout at safety for the Chieftains. 24. Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman, 6-6, 350 Uncommitted Harris, who has offers from North Texas, Ohio and Tulsa, has been shedding weight to impress recruiters over the offseason. 25. Taven Birdow, Altus Running back, 6-1, 205 Uncommitted A breakout as a sophomore in Altus, Birdow played at IMG Academy in Florida as a junior before returning with offers from Southern Miss, Air Force, Army and Richmond. 26. Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison Linebacker, 6-1, 215 Uncommitted A late riser on the state's recruiting scene, Miller has four offers, with Memphis and Louisiana Tech topping the list. 27. T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur Offensive lineman, 6-4, 330 Uncommitted An offensive and defensive tackle for the Highlanders, Fiailoa is projected as an interior lineman and has been getting extra reps at center in the preseason. 28. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw Tight end, 6-4, 240 Uncommitted The Sallisaw QB is gaining traction on the recruiting scene as a tight end, with recent offers from Tulsa and Houston. 29. Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower Wide receiver, 6-1, 170 Uncommitted North Texas, Arkansas State and the military academies are among his nine scholarship offers. 30. Shiloh Windsor, Ada Linebacker, 6-3, 220 Uncommitted Ohio and Wyoming have recently offered a scholarship to the Cougars' big LB prospect.
Sep 3, 2015
LOCUST GROVE — Mason Fine understands the harsh recruiting process. Tall, talented quarterbacks tend to get Division I scholarship offers. Smaller quarterbacks — like Fine at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds — who can do everything the others can do, struggle to find a Division I home. “I am short, but with my football IQ I like to think I'm a student of the game. I like to think that I can outsmart...
Class 3A football: Size matters not for Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine
BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 3, 2015LOCUST GROVE — Mason Fine understands the harsh recruiting process. Tall, talented quarterbacks tend to get Division I scholarship offers. Smaller quarterbacks — like Fine at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds — who can do everything the others can do, struggle to find a Division I home. “I am short, but with my football IQ I like to think I'm a student of the game. I like to think that I can outsmart the defense and I like to think I'm more advanced than most high school quarterbacks at this age,” Fine said. Fine has proven throughout his career at Locust Grove it isn't safe to judge him by his size, a lesson Jedi master Yoda taught Luke Skywalker during “The Empire Strikes Back” when he used the Force to lift an X-Wing from the swamp. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda said. “Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and powerful ally it is.” Fine's allies are his accuracy, powerful arm and ability to move outside of the pocket while executing the hurry-up spread offense. Last season, he obliterated the state's previous single-season passing records for yards and touchdowns with 5,006 yards and 71 touchdowns. He also set the state record for career touchdowns with 113 and also set a state single-game playoff record with 537 yards in a wild 53-42 loss to Heritage Hall in the Class 3A state semifinals. “You can tell he pops on film. He's a stud. There's no way around it,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “He can move. He's one of the fastest players we faced. He can make any throw; he can throw on the run. He can do anything. He's the best quarterback I've coached against, hands down.” Fine and his top receiver Jason Pirtle — who also lacks a Division I offer despite setting three state single-season receiving records last season — have become the focus of a year-long Tulsa World series focusing on their senior season and recruitment. Fine's best offer is from FCS school Austin Peay. He also holds Division II offers from nearby Northeastern State, Adams State (Colo.), Arkansas Tech, Emporia State (Kan.), Central Oklahoma and Southwest Baptist (Mo.). College scouts are just not coming around, and a pitch from Locust Grove coach Matt Hennesy can't even sway them when they do. “I tell them he's the best high school quarterback I've ever seen, and I'm not kidding,” Hennesy said. “Yeah, I get it. He's not 6-3, but there's not a ball he can't throw, he runs well, he doesn't get trapped, he makes good decisions. I just tell them, ‘Who else throws 71 touchdowns and only six interceptions?' And the fact that our offensive line wasn't very good last year and we didn't get sacked very often, and that's because of him.” Rice was close to offering Fine a scholarship until dual-threat quarterback Sam Glaesmann of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, committed to play for the Owls. “It gives me that extra drive to go out there and prove myself week in and week out and not be settled with how I perform on the field,” Fine said. “I'm always trying to be better and prove everybody wrong. “My parents, we talked about it. What else can I do? I'm just going to look at it as go out there and do better. “I'm not settled with last season, especially with how the season ended up. I'm going to try to win a state championship and if it comes down to scouts I'm just going to say, ‘I'm a winner, I like to go out and win, and I can win games for you.' If they're still hesitant about my height, I have to blow them away by my strength, accuracy and foot work, and the mental part of football.” An even bigger season would easily shatter the career record of 11,357 yards by former Atoka quarterback L.T. Pfaff, and it could lead to an FBS program finally making an offer. “I still think he'll get offers,” Hennesy said. “They've all offered the same guys. They can't all play at the same place. I still think if he goes and has the year I think he will this year, he will end up with an offer somewhere. If not, every D-II in America has offered him.”
Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 9-2-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh review Week Zero along with Tuttle coach Brad Ballard, discuss the OSSAA's...
NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Previewing Week 1
Jacob Unruh | Sep 3, 2015Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 9-2-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh review Week Zero along with Tuttle coach Brad Ballard, discuss the OSSAA's handling of the ADM issue and preview Week 1. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season. NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the first edition of the 2016 Super 30, Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry, state wrestling championships and preview the Class 6A and Class 5A basketball playoffs. NewsOK Varsity 12-17-14 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the championships that were decided over the weekend and the final football game of the season, the Class 3A championship between Cushing and Heritage Hall. They also discuss the possibilities for Offensive Player of the Year. NewsOK Varsity 12-10-14: Scott Wright, Trent Shadid, and Jacob Unruh discuss last week’s playoffs, the upcoming matchups for titles in Class 2A and Class A, and the Douglass-Locust Grove case. NewsOK Varsity 12-2-14: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh preview this week’s championship games in Class 6A, 5A and 4A, as well as discuss the controversy surrounding the Douglass-Locust Grove game. NewsOK Varsity 11-26-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-19-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-12-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs, breaking down wide-open classes like 3A and 5A. Also, breaking down championship picks and this week’s top games. NewsOK Varsity 11-5-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs and some interesting storylines this week, including Lawton female kicker Caitlyn Cox’s winning field goal against Midwest City. NewsOK Varsity 10-24-14: Expanding more on Hawk tackling, the innovative technique Heritage Hall has adopted from the Seattle Seahawks. The Varsity crew also looks ahead to Friday’s action, including Midwest City at Choctaw. NewsOK Varsity 10-14-14: Who is the player of the year after six weeks of the season? The Varsity crew discusses along with focusing on the week ahead and the junior running back class. NewsOK Varsity 10-8-14: A look look back at the surprising outcomes from week 5 games. NewsOK Varsity 10-2-14: Unruh and Shadid discuss Owasso’s rise this season and what it means for Class 6A Division I. Other topics include Westmoore receiver Dahu Green, Clinton’s poor start this season and Deer Creek rebounding last week against Piedmont. NewsOK Varsity 9-23-14: Westmoore is coming off a big victory over Norman North. Does that make the Jaguars a legitimate contender in Class 6A Division I? Also, Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali joins the show to talk his recruitment. NewsOK Varsity 9-17-14: This week’s guests include Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert and sportswriter Michael Swisher of the Kingfisher Times and Free Press to discuss Class 3A football, while the Varsity staff tries to answer the question of Class 6A’s best in the west, and breaks down the skills of new OU commit Will Sunderland of Midwest City.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.
High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 2, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. See Friday's edition of The Oklahoman for predictions on Friday night's games: Last week's record: 16-2 Thursday's Games Class 6A Del City 44, PC WEST 14 SOUTHMOORE 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Norman North 28, NORMAN 17 Sand Springs 31, TULSA HALE 7 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Clinton 20 Collinsville 35, OOLOGAH 21 Class 4A CLEVELAND 26, Hominy 22 ROLAND 45, Muldrow 16 ELK CITY 28, Pampa, Texas 21 Class 3A Capitol Hill 28, CENTENNIAL 27 HERITAGE HALL 31, Casady 17 Douglass 42, NORTHEAST 6 LEXINGTON 28, Little Axe 22 Millwood 40, STAR SPENCER 14 LOCUST GROVE 50, Salina 12 TULSA WEBSTER 35, SeeWorth Aca. 6 Velma-Alma 20, COMANCHE 14 Washington 42, BRIDGE CREEK 12 Class 2A CHOUTEAU 28, Foyil 8 HARTSHORNE 34, Holdenville 14 CRESCENT 20, Newkirk 17 Panama 24, GORE 6 Class A CARNEGIE 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 14 Class B MAUD 48, Bowlegs 8 DC-Lamont 44, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 30 Geary 34, CANTON 28 MAYSVILLE 52, Paoli 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 44, MEDFORD 16 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Watts 28 Independent Cement 34, ALEX JV 28 Osd 48, MISSOURI DEAF 42 *-Home team in CAPS.
Aug 31, 2015
Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
High school notebook: Del City QB Terry Wilson invited to Semper Fidelis All-America Game
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2015Del City quarterback Terry Wilson received an official invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-America game on Monday. The game is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2016, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Verbally committed to Nebraska, Wilson threw for 2,856 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. BETHANY LOSES PINION FOR SEASON Cole Pinion's senior season couldn't have gotten off to a better start, or come to a more difficult ending — all in a span of 15 minutes. The Bethany senior running back took his first carry of the season 51 yards for a touchdown in the Bronchos' win over Lone Grove last Friday. His second carry went for 26 yards and set up another Bethany TD. But it turns out, Pinion's third carry was his last of the season. Running left along the line of scrimmage, he tried to cut up field and his knee buckled. Monday's tests showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his senior year. It's a big blow for Bethany, which defeated No. 8 Lone Grove 34-29 last week. Pinion was a returning starter at running back and linebacker. The Bronchos' senior Dakota Snow and sophomore Payton Harrell combined for more than 100 yards in place of Pinion after he was injured last week. CHOCTAW'S TWO-GAME KICKOFF CLASSIC RETURNS SATURDAY After a great experience with its inaugural event last year, Choctaw High School is set for its second annual XR Tickets Kickoff Classic on Saturday. Choctaw will play host to a high school football doubleheader, starting with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. and Davis vs. Lincoln Christian at 3 p.m. “The teams were really excited to be a part of it again,” Choctaw coach and athletic director Todd Dilbeck said. “We're really proud of this event, and we think it will be great again this year.” Choctaw begins its season with a visit from Sapulpa Friday night. HALSTEAD, MINCO GET OFF TO FAST START Brock Wardlaw's first game as Minco's head coach went about as smoothly as it could have. Wardlaw's Bulldogs opened with a 60-12 road victory over Watonga in Week Zero last Friday, behind a breakout performance from running back Tucker Halstead. The senior had touchdown runs of 19 and 25 yards in the first quarter, ultimately finishing with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Hunter Jones was 8-of-12 passing for 128 yards and a touchdown. Shannon Williams added a pair of big plays for Minco as well, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then going 64 yards for a rushing score.
Aug 28, 2015
Lawton’s pick — his second of the night in a crucial situation — snuffed out Lone Grove’s furious rally and sealed the Bronchos’ 34-29 win in the season-opener Friday night at Bethany/SNU Stadium.
High school football: Hassan Lawton's interception seals Bethany win over Lone Grove
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 28, 2015BETHANY — Bethany junior Hassan Lawton could only shrug and smile as he talked about his game-clinching interception. “I just did my job, and the quarterback threw the ball right to me,” Lawton said. Lawton's pick — his second of the night in a crucial situation — snuffed out Lone Grove's furious rally and sealed the Bronchos' 34-29 win in the season-opener Friday night at Bethany/SNU Stadium. “I'm so proud of that kid,” Bethany coach Reagan Roof said of Lawton. “The receiver he was covering (Adonis McGee) all night is one of the better ones in the state, and I thought Hassan did great. And then he comes up with the big play at the end. Lawton also had an interception late in the first half that turned away a Lone Grove scoring opportunity. Bethany built a 27-7 halftime lead with relative ease, then nearly saw it disappear just as easily. Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis had been bottled up in the first half, but the Arkansas State commit broke free in the second half. He had a 28-yard carry that set up one Longhorn touchdown, and his next two touches went for scores from 66 and 47 yards. He finished with 197 yards on just 12 carries, scoring three times, including a 19-yard touchdown reception in the first half. “They stayed in it and kept fighting,” Roof said of Lone Grove. “It ended up a dogfight. I loved our guts. They showed it tonight. We had several key players go down with injuries or cramps, and we just kept fighting, and found a way to get a win.” Injuries were not friendly to the Bronchos. Starting running back and linebacker Cole Pinion had 78 yards on his first three rushing attempts before leaving the game, and his backup, Dakota Snow, suffered a late injury as well. With that, Bethany's offense turned into a committee effort. Six different players rushed the ball, and seven caught at least one pass. But senior quarterback Bryton Schmitt remained a constant amid all the chaos. Making his first career start, Schmitt was 17-of-20 for 223 yards and two touchdowns passing to complement the Bronchos' 237 rushing yards. “The night was pretty nerve-wracking, but my coaches told me to trust in the training I've gotten. Just focus and don't be nervous,” Schmitt said. “It ended up working out pretty good. “We've got guts. We had some really good starters get hurt, and we hung in there. It shows that we can have a really good year.”
Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the...
NewsOK Varsity Podcast: Unveiling 2015 preseason football rankings
Jacob Unruh | Aug 27, 2015Welcome to the NewsOK Varsity podcast with high school writers Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh. Each week, the writers will discuss the hot topics across the state in high school sports. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes by clicking here. NewsOK Varsity 8-26-15 <—CLICK THERE: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh reveal and discuss their preseason top 10 rankings in each class for the upcoming football season. PODCAST ARCHIVE NewsOK Varsity 2-17-15 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the first edition of the 2016 Super 30, Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry, state wrestling championships and preview the Class 6A and Class 5A basketball playoffs. NewsOK Varsity 12-17-14 Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid talk about the championships that were decided over the weekend and the final football game of the season, the Class 3A championship between Cushing and Heritage Hall. They also discuss the possibilities for Offensive Player of the Year. NewsOK Varsity 12-10-14: Scott Wright, Trent Shadid, and Jacob Unruh discuss last week’s playoffs, the upcoming matchups for titles in Class 2A and Class A, and the Douglass-Locust Grove case. NewsOK Varsity 12-2-14: Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh preview this week’s championship games in Class 6A, 5A and 4A, as well as discuss the controversy surrounding the Douglass-Locust Grove game. NewsOK Varsity 11-26-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-19-14: We look back at round one of high school playoffs with a few big upsets, and look ahead to round two mathcups such as Mustang-Tulsa Union, Lawton-Tulsa Washington and Kingfisher-Seminole. NewsOK Varsity 11-12-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs, breaking down wide-open classes like 3A and 5A. Also, breaking down championship picks and this week’s top games. NewsOK Varsity 11-5-14: We take a look at the high school football playoffs and some interesting storylines this week, including Lawton female kicker Caitlyn Cox’s winning field goal against Midwest City. NewsOK Varsity 10-24-14: Expanding more on Hawk tackling, the innovative technique Heritage Hall has adopted from the Seattle Seahawks. The Varsity crew also looks ahead to Friday’s action, including Midwest City at Choctaw. NewsOK Varsity 10-14-14: Who is the player of the year after six weeks of the season? The Varsity crew discusses along with focusing on the week ahead and the junior running back class. NewsOK Varsity 10-8-14: A look look back at the surprising outcomes from week 5 games. NewsOK Varsity 10-2-14: Unruh and Shadid discuss Owasso’s rise this season and what it means for Class 6A Division I. Other topics include Westmoore receiver Dahu Green, Clinton’s poor start this season and Deer Creek rebounding last week against Piedmont. NewsOK Varsity 9-23-14: Westmoore is coming off a big victory over Norman North. Does that make the Jaguars a legitimate contender in Class 6A Division I? Also, Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali joins the show to talk his recruitment. NewsOK Varsity 9-17-14: This week’s guests include Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert and sportswriter Michael Swisher of the Kingfisher Times and Free Press to discuss Class 3A football, while the Varsity staff tries to answer the question of Class 6A’s best in the west, and breaks down the skills of new OU commit Will Sunderland of Midwest City.
Aug 27, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last year's record: 1,575-351 (81.8 pct.) Class 4A TUTTLE 28, Davis 26 MOUNT ST MARY 20, Tecumseh 14 Class 3A Jones 35, HOLDENVILLE 12 Lindsay 27, PERKINS 24 BETHANY 21, Lone Grove 20 Class 2A NOWATA 34, Vian 28 COMMERCE 28, Yale 7 Class A Community Christian 20, WILSON 14...
High school football picks for Week Zero
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 27, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last year's record: 1,575-351 (81.8 pct.) Class 4A TUTTLE 28, Davis 26 MOUNT ST MARY 20, Tecumseh 14 MCLOUD 24, Christian Heritage 20 Class 3A Jones 35, HOLDENVILLE 12 Lindsay 27, PERKINS 24 BETHANY 21, Lone Grove 20 Class 2A NOWATA 34, Vian 28 COMMERCE 28, Yale 7 WEWOKA 34, Tishomingo 28 Class A Community Christian 20, WILSON 14 Cordell 42, EMPIRE 16 AFTON 24, Miller, Mo. 20 MINCO 44, Watonga 12 MOORELAND 48, Chisholm JV 12 Class B Wright Christian 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 28 Class C COYLE 50, SW Covenant 34 Independent Destiny Christian 56, CORNERSTONE CHR. 6 CASADY 21, Holland Hall 14 OKC PATRIOTS 46, Life Christian 20 *Home team in CAPS
Aug 27, 2015
The traditional opening week of the high school football season is still a week away, but thanks to a new rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, we’ve got real football kicking off Friday night.
High school football: Week Zero brings curiosity, new opportunities
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 27, 2015Welcome to Week Zero. Wait, what? Yes, the traditional opening week of the high school football season is still a week away, but thanks to a new rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, we've got real football kicking off Friday night. Week Zero is an 11th week in which teams can schedule one of their 10 regular-season football games by sacrificing their second preseason scrimmage, which most teams are holding this week. But Week Zero is quickly gaining popularity. Nearly 40 teams have moved non-district games that would have been in the middle of the regular season, or they've scheduled a game to fill a gap in their schedule that would have otherwise left them playing just nine games. The rule is one the state's football coaches have been pushing for over the last few years, and it's only going to get more popular. It presents benefits to teams in a variety of situations, and offers little downside. >> Sign up for NewsOK's U'PickeEm High School Football Contest Who will it help? The biggest benefit for Week Zero is for teams in classes like 3A, 2A and A, which have districts with an odd number of teams. In those districts, one team each week is forced to have a bye during district play. Finding a non-district opponent during those weeks is incredibly difficult, because the vast majority of teams are playing district games. But Week Zero opens up an extra spot for teams to pair up for a non-district game. Schools along the state's border — particularly near Texas, which has used Week Zero for years — have been asking for this rule change for a long time. It opens the possibility for a team to schedule an out-of-state opponent that might better fit the team's non-district schedule. This week, Afton is playing a team from Miller, Mo. Because of late-season byes, and other issues, some teams were being left with only nine regular-season games, a costly penalty that can be remedied by Week Zero. A nine-game schedule robs players of one more week of high school football, of which the ultimate value is hard to measure. But there's a dollar value in a 10th game, at a time when football proceeds are often the biggest monetary contributor to schools' athletic budgets. “We would've lost a home game because of it, but in turn, we gain a great game,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. Tuttle was originally scheduled to scrimmage Davis this week, but because both teams had vacancies on the schedule, they were able to turn that scrimmage into a game. Is there a downside? The obvious negative to Week Zero is the loss of the second scrimmage, which is a time coaches use to get their second- and third-teamers some extra work. On the flip side, coaches believe their teams will benefit more from playing a game this week, rather than a scrimmage. “It pushes your preseason schedule a little tighter,” Ballard said. “I think if you talk to the majority of coaches, they're not gonna play their starters very long in the second scrimmage. I would rather play a game. By that second scrimmage, you're ready for the season anyway.” Playing a non-district game in mid-October or later is an awkward situation for teams, especially if they have playoff hopes and don't want to risk injury in an otherwise meaningless game. “It puts coaches in a bad position,” Bethany coach Reagan Roof said. “Do you go all out to win the game? Do you sit players? There are so many different complications that come with playing that non-district game that late in the year.” Intriguing story lines Week Zero might've snuck up on you, but it's here with some gusto. Here are a few interesting story lines to keep an eye on Friday night: * Small-school showdown: Tuttle and Davis each found themselves needing to fill a hole in the non-district schedule, and the two football-crazy, small-town programs were able to pair up for a Week Zero game at Tuttle. * Mount St. Mary's new home: Mount St. Mary hosts Tecumseh Friday night, which will serve as the opening game at the Rockets' renovated stadium. The $1.3 million project included an overhaul of the football stadium, as well as the baseball field, which sits next to it. * Rare OKC visit for Lone Grove star: Fans in the Oklahoma City area looking for a chance to see one of the state's top running backs will get an opportunity in Week Zero to see a player who rarely makes it up to the metro area. Lone Grove and running back Jeremy Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound Arkansas State commit, will be at Bethany on Friday. * Past meets present in McLoud: Christian Heritage will face McLoud Friday night, which will be the first varsity start for CHA quarterback Camden Cargill, a talented sophomore. His father, CHA assistant coach Chad Cargill, was a pretty salty high school quarterback himself. He earned the starting job as a sophomore at Harrah in 1989. One of his toughest losses that year? At McLoud. Now his son has a shot at revenge.
Aug 9, 2015
Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of...
High school football practice primer: Five things to watch in August
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 9, 2015Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of full-contact workouts, a limit that was recommended by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, and approved in March by the OSSAA. It’s part of a national movement to help prevent head trauma and concussions, and Oklahoma is among the first group of states to put written rules on the books dictating contact limits. Many coaches, particularly in the smaller classes, have said they generally don’t hit more than 90 minutes in a week during the season anyway, because they don’t want to risk injury. But in August, when bodies are fresh, and everyone’s excited for the first sound of pads on pads, monitoring the 90-minute clock will be crucial. 2. New coaches in high-profile places Coaching changes happen everywhere, every year. Yet the Oklahoma City area saw a higher-than-usual number of changes this offseason, especially considering that many of the jobs were filled by internal promotion, or the hiring of assistants from another school, rather than a head coach leaving one place to take over at another. Nearly 20 schools in the OKC metro open practice with new head coaches, some at places with high expectations. Edmond Santa Fe (Kyle White) and Norman North (Brent Barnes) are trying to return to the elite level, while Yukon (Brian Sauser) and Putnam City (Preston Pearson) are trying to rebuild their programs. Heritage Hall’s Andy Bogert handed the defending Class 3A champs over to his son, Brett. Scott O’Hara takes over a Purcell program that was on the verge of a district title last year. Derrick Perkins is in charge at Mount St. Mary, a program working hard to put years of mediocre football behind it. U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill both got new coaches as they enter the second year of their four-year independence from the OSSAA. 3. Heat watch A mild but humid summer saw temperatures finally spike into triple-digits in the last few days, but forecasts for the first week of practice project highs in the mid-90s. However, if the heat index and humidity numbers remain high, the chances for dehydration and heat-related illness are still significant. Wise coaches will still have the water flowing, regardless of what the temperature gauge says. 4. The season begins in… Week Zero? In a new rule adopted by the OSSAA last spring, teams can now schedule a game the week before the regular Week 1 of the season. So on Aug. 27-28, when most Class 5A and 6A teams are prepping for their second scrimmages of the preseason, some teams will be hitting the field for live action. To be clear, teams aren’t allowed to schedule an 11th regular-season game, but the additional week makes it easier for some to build their non-district schedules. It will be particularly popular in the middle classes, which have an odd number of teams in most districts and thus, have a difficult time finding a 10th game. There aren’t a ton of games scheduled for Week Zero so far, but there are a few interesting ones already set up. Bethany will host Lone Grove, with nationally recruited running back Jeremy Lewis making a rare appearance in the metro area. And a couple of notable small-school programs are set to square off that week with Class 4A Tuttle hosting defending 2A champ Davis. 5. Seeking the west’s best Let’s go ahead and begin the annual conversation about which team from the Oklahoma City metro area has a shot to overtake Jenks and Tulsa Union to win the Class 6A Division I title. Mustang gets the spot at the top of the list, because they’ve at least proven they can stay on the field with the east-side powers — though Union handled the Broncos when it really counted in last year’s semifinals. Southmoore is the sexy pick, because of all their young talent and a couple of close losses to tough teams last year. Others like Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North and Westmoore have to replace some vital players, so the jury is still out on the rest of the field. Let the conversation begin.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los...
TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience
BY SCOTT MUNN | Jul 27, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill LeRoy, 75, of Oklahoma City. He was a Kansas native who played football for the KU Jayhawks. Also played football and boxed while in the Marines. Worked in the oil business. Tommie Holder, 81, of Snyder was a dirt car racer at old I-35 Speedway. He was a top 10 finisher in points during the 1973 season. A fly fisherman. J. David Lawson, 72, of Edmond was an engineer. Spare time was spent playing golf at Oak Tree, where he served as co-chairman of the cart committee for the 67th Senior PGA Championship. Doris Bruce Gramling, 85, of Oklahoma City played girls basketball at Olustee High School. Kenneth Deatherage, 91, of Hodgen coached Little League baseball. Dr. Kent Braden, 84, of Edmond played football for Elk City High School. He signed up to play ball at Oklahoma, and he was a member of the Sooners' national title team in 1950. But Braden would suffer a career-ending injury and remain with the team as its manager. He went on to become a neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City. Bill Rohrman, 87, of Edmond was a Doylestown, Pa., native where he played high school football, basketball and baseball. An all-conference third baseman as a senior. Worked with the Putnam City Optimist Club, starting the girls softball program. Also served with Golf, Inc., running the city's junior golf circuit for five years. Scored three hole-in-ones. Worked in the insurance business. Robert Ferrell, 83, of Luther taught hunter safety courses for the Oklahoma Department Wildlife Conservation. Frank Barnes, 88, of Longwood, Miss., spent part of the 1955 baseball season with the Oklahoma City Indians. The right-handed pitcher was 4-3 with a 3.78 earned-run average and 61 strikeouts in 69 innings. He spent most of 17 seasons in the minors, although he had a brief 15-game stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kenneth Riley, 76, of Blanchard was a Cement High School graduate in 1957. He lettered four years in basketball. Played independent basketball into his 30s just for the love of the game. Caitlin Doty, 19, of Bartlesville earned a black belt in karate. A Barnsdall High School graduate who volunteered to help people with disabilities. Richard Walton, 76, of Oklahoma City was a member of the OU baseball team after graduating from Norman High. A certified public accountant. John Roberts, 94, of Altus hopped a train at age 14 and wound up in Arizona, where he joined a traveling boxing team. Returned home five years later and finished school, then joined the service. Roberts received a Bronze Star with an Award for Valor after pulling a wounded soldier out of a burning halftrack during a mortar attack in Europe. Roberts liked the easy life, too -- he enjoyed a game of golf. Don Daugherty, 88, of Midland, Texas, was a native of Walters. He was a member of the Cameron Junior College basketball team. A geologist by trade. Kenneth Crossland, 78, of Mangum. Played football at Altus High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma football teams that won national championships in 1955 and '56. Worked in life insurance. Buddy Lively, 90, of Huntsville, Ala., played parts of three summers with the Tulsa Oilers baseball team. The Cincinnati Reds prospect had a spectacular 1948 season, going 15-4 with a 2.93 earned-run average. He earned a 10-game promotion to the Reds that season. A World War II veteran. Marion Satterfield, 81, was an accountant. As a young man, he played basketball and baseball at Locust Grove High School. While in the service, Satterfield was invited to play baseball for the Bremerton (Wash.) Naval Reserve Group; most of his teammates were former college and minor league players. Tommy Lott, 66, of Broken Arrow. He was executive director of Indian Nation Youth Sports and Broken Arrow Youth Football. Wayne Lorance, 86, of Hobart. He was a longtime educator who served as basketball coach at several schools in Oklahoma and Colorado. Jimmy Woodard, 69, of Guthrie coached Little League baseball. Rehbecca Teafatiller, 18, of Elmore City, was a cheerleader. Darrell Wiersig, 81, of Anthony, Kan., was an Alva High graduate who attended nearby Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While in college, Wiersig competed in gymnastics and swimming. Larry Miller, 57, of Bartlesville owned a fitness center. Joe Epperley, 90, of Spencer was an award-winning dog breeder. He had several Britney Spaniels that won trophies. An outdoorsman who served in World War II. Pastor Daniel Berg, 30, of Bartlesville played football at Calhan High School in his native Indiana. Marie Pearson Day, 91 of Moore. She played forward on the Paoli High basketball team. Daughter of a sharecropper who sometimes kept Day and her siblings home to pick cotton. Bill Grimes, 84, of Bartlesville judged girls gymnastics at the Phillips Gymnastics Center. He enjoyed racing Hobie Cat catamarans, archery and running. A federal reporting supervisor for Phillips Petroleum. Earl Bales, 69, threw the discus at old Berlin High School. Owned a construction company. BY SCOTT MUNN
Jul 23, 2015
Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons.
High school notebook: Ringling names Steve Justus football coach
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 23, 2015Ringling has a new football coach, and it’s not a Gandy. The school officially hired Steve Justus as its new football coach on July 15, according to the The Daily Ardmoreite. The move came just two days after the school board reassigned longtime coach Tracy Gandy with a unanimous vote. Justus last coached in 2013 at Comanche, where he served as coach for four seasons. He took last year off due to family reasons. “Anybody who has coached football has got to get to Ringling,” Justus told The Daily Ardmoreite. “It is one of the best football jobs in the state of Oklahoma. I am super excited to be going there.” The decision to remove Gandy, who was battling chronic fatigue syndrome last season, came after the school hired new superintendent Kent Southward. The syndrome caused constant pain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. His family told The Oklahoman in May that his health has fully recovered. Ringling went 10-2 and advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals last season. The Blue Devils have won four state championships since 1989 — three of which Gandy has been involved with as a player, an assistant coach to his father, Rick, and one as head coach in 2012. The school’s football field is named for his father. LOCUST GROVE’S TORREY NO LONGER AT ORU Former Locust Grove girls basketball standout Rylie Torrey has left Oral Roberts and will instead play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, her father Dusty told The Oklahoman. Torrey moved to Locust Grove with her father before last school year and then led the Pirates to the Class 4A state championship. She verbally committed to ORU as a junior at Weatherford. Dusty Torrey said there were no hard feelings with ORU and that Rylie left the team on good terms, even after spending six weeks taking classes and working out with the team. Torrey will now play for Scott Morris, who was a college teammate with Dusty Torrey. “She was fortunate Morris still had a scholarship available,” Dusty said. “A lot of times that doesn’t happen in the summer time.” Rylie averaged 19.8 points last season and was named the state tournament MVP. She was on The Oklahoman’s Super 5 second team. NORMAN NORTH’S SCOTT COMMITS TO ORU Norman North’s Alexa Scott verbally committed to Oral Roberts on Monday, announcing her decision on Twitter. Coach Rory Hamilton also confirmed the commitment to The Oklahoman. Scott, a 6-foot post, averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season while leading the Timberwolves to the area tournament. She was offered last week by ORU.
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing styleJul 15, 2015
At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.”
Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing style
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 15, 2015JENKS — Austin Quillen established himself as one of the state’s top football prospects with a playing style that matched his intensity. The senior Jenks safety earned a reputation as a workout warrior and it transitioned to his play on the field. “That’s probably, to me, his strongest suit,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “He’s just a tenacious kid.” But still, at 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.” Quillen accepted the challenge and committed back in April. “The secondary coach from Vanderbilt just loves him,” Trimble said. “He fits their mold. He’s a hard hitter and a great open-field tackler. He’s very instinctive, and they’re not worried about the size thing as much.” Trimble — who has known Quillen since he first attended Jenks football camps in his early elementary days — says those talents are only strengthened in the spotlight. “He’s had a couple of amazing moments,” Trimble said. “He always plays well in the big games.” A good example? When Quillen was just a sophomore, Jenks battled Owasso in the state playoffs. Late in the fourth quarter, Owasso put together a comeback drive that threatened the Jenks lead. Enter Quillen, who laid a monster hit that jarred the ball loose and sealed a victory on the road to a state championship. “He also knocked himself out cold,” Trimble said. Added Quillen: “I remember the game. I don’t remember that play.” As Quillen looks forward to the opportunity before him at Vanderbilt, he understands the process ahead. There are no guarantees he’ll contribute immediately his first season, but he’s hoping to increase his chances by putting in the necessary work. “It’s all about how much weight I can put on and what size I can get,” Quillen said. “For now, they’ve talked about using me in a Nickel package my first year and then moving me to safety.” Quillen called the Vanderbilt campus and facilities “beautiful” and says the coaching staff “really sealed the deal” for him. But for now, his main focus is what lies ahead this fall — the opportunity to win a fourth-consecutive state title. “It really hits you how fast life moves,” Quillen said. “Three years have already gone by and I’ve got three trophies, three rings with my team. It would be such a disappointment to fall short in my fourth and last year.” -- No. 12: Austin Quillen School: Jenks Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 Position: Safety Committed to: Vanderbilt (April 12) -- The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the state’s high school football class of 2016 will continue on Friday with No. 10 on the list. Here are the last five players we’ve written about: 15. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 210 14. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 13. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 12. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-2, 200 11. Austin Quillen, S, Jenks, 6-0, 195
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Jun 21, 2015
Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect growing up with deaf parents had on his life and career.
Executive Q&A: Self-described 'hooligan' in high school finds his strong suit is in building houses
By Paula Burkes Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jun 21, 2015During their childhood, when televisions had on/off knobs, Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans and his identical twin, Jay, didn’t know — until their friends told them — that the same TV knob also controlled sound. Their deaf parents never turned up the knob, and communicated with their sons through sign language, which was the twins' first language. They needed speech therapy to perfect their English. From a model home in the Pleasant Grove addition near Memorial and Council, Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect his silent household had on his life and career. Evans, 47, not only had an unconventional upbringing, but also was a nontraditional college student and worked several different jobs before finding his niche in homebuilding 10 years ago. His twin since has followed him into the industry. TimberCraft had annual revenues last year of $16.5 million and employs 16, including an interior designer and two planners who draw the firm’s unique blueprints, Evans said. With paintable exterior sidings, open floor plans, multiple windows and cathedral ceilings, his homes, even those smaller than 2,000 square feet, “give the illusion of volume and a cleaner feel,” said Evans, who’s built in northwest Oklahoma City, Surrey Hills, a little in Mustang and around to Edmond. He’s also built on 42 tornado-ravaged lots in Moore. The following is an edited transcript of the sit-down with Evans: Q: Who’s older, you or your brother, and how identical are you? A: I’m seven minutes older than Jay. We were born, two months premature, in Ponca City, where our parents were passing through. We lived our first two years in Afton, my mom’s hometown, so that my grandparents could help care for us. Then, we moved to Enid. My mom didn’t identify us in most of the pictures from our childhood, because she couldn’t even tell us apart. Today, we don’t look so much alike. But when people see us separately, they still struggle with who’s who. Q: What did your parents do? A: My dad, who was born deaf, and mom, who lost her hearing at age 4 or 5 after getting tuberculosis, met at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. My mom, at 20, was about to graduate and dad, at 32, had returned for a football game. He had trained as a pressman at the school, but worked 29 years as a butcher for the Enid State School for the intellectually disabled. He died of kidney cancer at age 60, shortly before he’d planned to retire. The most he ever earned was $17,000, but he left a good pension for my mother, who’s retired and lives outside Lawton. My mom worked as a housekeeper for the school, until she was hurt in a car accident. She was riding a Vespa and turning back into the school after a lunch break, when she was hit. Afterward, she couldn’t work and, until she was approved for disability benefits, we for a few years were on food stamps. It was not great. Jay and I can remember standing in line to get cheese and pinto beans. We were old enough, at 11 or 12, to know our friends were not doing that. We have a sister, a few years younger, who has her own business as an interpreter for the deaf in Fort Worth. Q: In which extracurricular activities were you involved in school? A: Jay and I just hung out, often with two other friends. We were hooligans and not the best kids. Our parents taught us a good work ethic and the value of keeping our credit clean; we threw morning and afternoon papers from the time we were 11 or 12 and saved and bought our own motorcycles and cars. But they were satisfied with only passing grades. Meanwhile, largely unsupervised and with an accomplice in each other, we vandalized and shoplifted. Some of our teachers are probably surprised we’re not in jail. Q: And college? A: I’d graduated high school four or five years before I started college, and that was mainly because I wasn’t getting the kind of job I wanted. Having worked as a supervising night stockman for United Foods in Enid and a day stockman for a grocery in Fort Worth, I started at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid toward earning my associate’s in business administration and becoming a food broker. But after I graduated, I decided to continue, commuting to UCO in Edmond. I figured I could always go back and be a food broker, but after earning my bachelor’s in finance, I joined MidFirst Bank and worked five years as a servicing and acquisition analyst in the administration of home mortgages. Q: What made you decide to work for yourself? A: Though I enjoyed working for MidFirst, and got great training in understanding finance and contracts, I didn’t like being chained to the office from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Theresa already had started her own business doing title work for banks on repossessed cars, and I saw how she could come and go as she wanted. My first venture was buying a commercial industrial paint business that was a wholesale supplier to area manufacturers. It was successful, but I hated it. It was a culture shock, coming from a professional bank environment. I found my niche in the housing market, blending white- and blue-collar work by working with banks on financing, but overseeing construction outside of the office. Before I was a builder, I fixed up and flipped homes I bought in sheriff sales, doing most of the work myself. But after shows on flipping houses starting airing in 2005 on HDTV, there no longer was any money in it, and I transitioned to homebuilding. Within six months after the house flipping shows started, the number of people showing up at foreclosure sales ballooned from 50 to 400, including stay-at-home moms pushing baby strollers who thought they could make a little money on the side. Q: Did you and Theresa ever plan children? A: I joke that Jay had my share. He has five kids, ages 8 to 25. And on Theresa’s side, we have 29-year-old fraternal twin nieces, who lived with us for a time when they were attending OU. Theresa had a hysterectomy before we married, so we knew we wouldn’t have biological children. We’d considered adopting, but when the time came, after I’d completed my degree and we’d started our separate businesses, it just wasn’t part of our life. Q: Is it hard competing against your twin brother, Jay Evans of Two Structure Homes, who also builds houses in the same additions as you? A: I don’t see it as business he gets, I lose. Our products are as different as a Subaru and Ford Truck; my homes are more modern and his, more traditional. In general, my buyers are younger, ages 28 to 32, but they’re sophisticated buyers. Many are buying their first homes, only these aren’t cracker box stereotypical starter homes or tract homes, but distinctive homes that reflect them. As twins, Jay and I have competed our whole lives, and the competition has — and still does — make both of us better.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fortunately Arik Armstead has broader shoulders than most.When the 49ers’ first-round pick begins his NFL journey this fall, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound defensive end will also be living out the football dreams of his older brother, who saw his promising career cut short by health issues last summer.“I idolized him and wanted to grow up and be like him someday,” Arik, 21, said...
49ers’ Armstead living out NFL dream for brother, too
By Jimmy Durkin, Associated Press | May 17, 2015SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fortunately Arik Armstead has broader shoulders than most. When the 49ers’ first-round pick begins his NFL journey this fall, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound defensive end will also be living out the football dreams of his older brother, who saw his promising career cut short by health issues last summer. “I idolized him and wanted to grow up and be like him someday,” Arik, 21, said of Armond Armstead, 24. An All-American and four-star recruit in high school, Armond was a contributor from the moment he stepped on the USC campus in 2008. Also a defensive lineman, Armond was a starter by his sophomore year with the Trojans, but two heart attacks by age 23 ended his NFL aspirations. “God had a different plan for Armond,” said their father Guss Armstead. “I think part of Arik’s drive is to make his brother proud and continue to grow as a player and carry on that legacy.” Before Arik rose to stardom at Oregon or Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, he was the kid brother who Armond said was “always happy and ready to play.” He tagged along on his brother’s recruiting trips, hoping to follow in Armond’s footsteps. Now the roles are reversed a bit. Armond joined Arik in San Diego for his pre-draft preparations and has dedicated much of his time to his younger brother. “He wants to take the time he has and pour that into his brother,” Guss Armstead said. Joe Cattolico, who coached both brothers at Pleasant Grove, says that brotherly connection will push both of them to success. “I think he feels like he’s getting to do some of the things that his brother was kept from doing and I think he’ll use that as a positive,” Cattolico said of Arik. “His brother’s going to be a very successful person in life as well, he’s just going to be doing it in different avenues.” Last month, Armond reached an undisclosed settlement with USC after suing the school, alleging its use of pain-killing drugs led to his heart issues and cost him a potentially lucrative career. He suffered his first heart attack while at USC in 2011 and wasn’t medically cleared to play his senior year. He went undrafted and spent a year in the Canadian Football League to prove his worth—and his health. He was an all-star for the Toronto Argonauts and part of a Grey Cup championship team. That caught the eye of the New England Patriots, who signed him after that season. But Armond’s health issues resurfaced. He underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart, and a subsequent infection caused him to miss the 2013 season. After suffering a second heart attack, he decided it was time to retire in July 2014 at age 23. Armond said he’s in good health now and had no issues working out with his brother during his pre-draft preparations. He’s researching graduate schools while serving an internship with a housing development company in Sacramento, but prefers to keep the attention steered toward Arik. “It’s not really about me,” Armond said. “I’m just excited for him more than anything and proud of him to be able to come this far.” In Arik, Armond sees “a bigger version of all the skill sets that I have.” Arik has two inches on Armond’s 6-5 build and room to exceed his last playing weight of 305 pounds. “It’s funny to say with somebody the size that he is and the maturity that he is, but he’s a baby,” Cattolico said of Arik. “He’s got some growing and some physical maturing to do.” Both brothers played basketball throughout high school and Arik extended that into his first two years at Oregon. That’s not a surprise considering their father’s background. Guss Armstead played basketball at Sacramento State, coached briefly and now runs 2 The Hoop Basketball Services. He’s trained NBA players such as Warriors’ center Festus Ezeli, New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Ryan Anderson and Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Matt Barnes. “Arik was the kid that was, ‘Dad, if you’ve got a 7 o’clock workout, wake me up because I want to go’,” Guss said. “He was always the guy that was attached to my hip.” Cattolico witnessed that work ethic from both Arik and Armond and easily raves about the entire Armstead family, which were among the first people he met when he moved to Elk Grove to begin coaching at Pleasant Grove. “This is reflective of his whole family, but Arik’s one of the best young people I’ve ever been around in 20 years of high school education,” Cattolico said. The brothers share the same qualities of toughness. Armond played through a shoulder injury at USC, possibly to his detriment considering the potential affects the pain-killer Toradol had on him. (His lawsuit alleged his heart attack was caused by being overtreated with the drug and he was not told of its FDA warnings of cardiovascular risk). Arik played with an ankle injury at times last year at Oregon and, as a high school senior, played 13 games with an injured shoulder. “He could’ve shut it down and gotten healthy for college,” Cattolico said. “But he knew it made a big difference to his teammates and to the program in general.” That type of dedication to others is one way these brothers remain connected. If Armond still struggles with his own loss of football, he doesn’t show it. Big brother is too busy admiring how little brother has taken advantage of his talent through smart choices and hard work. “For it all to come together for him,” Armond said, “it’s really exciting to see.” ——— ©2015 San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) 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NORMAN — Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season — when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 — and replaced him with […]
Oklahoma football: K.J. Young the latest in troubling trend of OU receiver busts
Jason Kersey | May 17, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season -- when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 -- and replaced him with Cale Gundy coaching inside receivers and Dennis Simmons coaching outside receivers. Here is a look at every wide receiver prospect signed in the seven seasons Norvell was in charge of the position group. There have been legal problems, lack of on-field development, transfers and dismissals. Of the receivers Norvell signed, very few became much more than a role player. Here's a look at all 25 wide receivers signed by the Sooners between 2008 and 2014. (NOTE: This does not account for NCAA Division I transfers Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. This chart only includes players signed out of high school or junior college). 2008 JOSH JARBOE Hometown (School): Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 10 receiver; No. 69 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Jarboe picked OU over offers from Florida, Georgia and LSU and was one of the Sooners' prized commits in 2008, but he was arrested in March 2008 on felony gun charges. He pled guilty and was expelled from school, but OU gave him another chance after he finished graduation requirements online. After he arrived at OU, a video of Jarboe rapping about guns and violence surfaced online and Stoops dismissed him before he even played in a game. He transferred to Troy and was kicked off the team there after two arrests, but eventually got things turned around and recorded 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns over two seasons at Arkansas State. JAMEEL OWENS Hometown (School): Muskogee (Muskogee) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 8 receiver; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Owens joined the Sooners along with high-school teammate and highly-touted defensive tackle prospect Stacy McGee. He played some as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with coaches and transferred to Tulsa, where he only played one season. DEJUAN MILLER Hometown (School): Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 32 receiver; No. 232 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Miller played four seasons at OU, recording a total of 75 receptions for 892 yards and two touchdowns. But after Miller's final game at OU -- a 31-14 Insight Bowl win over Iowa in 2011 -- Miller's father ripped Norvell on Twitter, calling him "flaky" in a rant about his son not getting more snaps in the bowl game. 2009 CAMERON KENNEY Hometown (School): Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Kenney became a solid contributor in two seasons at OU, finishing his career with 55 catches, 812 yards and five touchdowns. JAZ REYNOLDS Hometown (School): Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 92 receiver (3-star) What happened: Reynolds was suspended multiple times throughout his OU career -- including for the entire 2012 season -- but finished with 68 career catches for 1,187 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans but didn't make the team. In a lengthy May 2013 interview with The Oklahoman, Reynolds praised Bob Stoops for giving him so many chances. 2010 TREY FRANKS Hometown (School): Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 74 receiver (3-star) What happened: Franks was one of three receivers suspended for the entire 2012 season. During that suspension, he still practiced with the team and switched to safety, but was back at receiver by the time the 2013 season began. He didn't record any statistics that year, but appeared in 12 games and started once. Franks chose to end his college football career with a year of eligibility still remaining. JUSTIN MCCAY Hometown (School): Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 6 athlete; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: McCay redshirted in 2010 and made only three appearances with no catches in 2011, then decided to transfer to Kansas to be closer to his family. The NCAA denied his appeal for immediate eligibility -- despite Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione supporting his transfer -- and only caught 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at KU. JOE POWELL Hometown (School): Dallas (Skyline) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 57 athlete (3-star) What happened: Powell was at OU for two seasons -- switching to defensive back -- before he was arrested on felony drug charges and kicked off the team. SHELDON MCCLAIN Hometown (School): Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 94 receiver (3-star) What happened: McClain tore an ACL during his senior year of high school and redshirted as a true freshman. He left the team before OU's 2011 Insight Bowl appearance. KENNY STILLS Hometown (School): Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 23 receiver; No. 147 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Stills became one of the best players on the Sooner offense, finishing his career with 204 catches, 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's already had a productive NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins during this offseason. 2011 KAMEEL JACKSON Hometown (School): Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 34 receiver (3-star) What happened: Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his true freshman season, but was suspended indefinitely after the 2012 spring, and then dismissed a few months later. TREY METOYER Hometown (School): Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 2 receiver; No. 12 overall prospect (5-star) What happened: Metoyer was one of the most hyped OU signees of the Stoops era, but couldn't qualify academically in time for the 2011 season. He spent that year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and got eligible, then shined in the 2012 spring game. He started the first few games of his freshman year, but fell out of the lineup after Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was granted eligibility. A few games into the next season, he was kicked off the team after being charged with indecent exposure. A judge recently sentenced Metoyer to eight years probation. 2012 LACOLTAN BESTER Hometown (School): Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Bester appeared in 24 games over two seasons at OU, saving his best game for last. He caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. He also made "The Play That Changed It All" in Bedlam 2013. COURTNEY GARDNER Hometown (School): Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Gardner was unable to qualify academically and never made it to campus. DURRON NEAL Hometown (School): St. Louis (DeSmet) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 9 receiver; No. 62 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Neal was the Sooners' second-leading receiver last season, but on the whole, hasn't contributed nearly as much as anyone expected. He's got 60 career catches for 764 yards and three touchdowns. STERLING SHEPARD Hometown (School): Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 20 receiver; No. 131 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Shepard has become -- arguably -- the best player on the current OU football team. He would've easily surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season if not for a nagging hamstring that essentially sidelined him for the final six games of the season. DERRICK WOODS Hometown (School): Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 31 receiver; No. 216 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Woods redshirted as a true freshman, only caught two passes during his career and was booted from the team in the middle of last season for unspecified team rules violations. 2013 AUSTIN BENNETT Hometown (School): Manvel, Texas (Manvel) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 71 receiver (3-star) What happened: Bennett played some as a true freshman, but entering his junior season only has three career catches for 42 yards. DANNON CAVIL Hometown (School): San Antonio (Madison) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Cavil redshirted as a true freshman and never saw any action in 2014. He announced his decision to leave the program midway through that season. JORDAN SMALLWOOD Hometown (School): Jenks (Jenks) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 46 receiver (3-star) What happened: Smallwood suffered an ACL tear during fall camp before his true freshman season and redshirted. He appeared in all 13 games last year, but only caught three passes for 21 yards. He tore another ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss at least the first couple games of next season. K.J. YOUNG Hometown (School): Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Young redshirted as a true freshman and started three games last season, ending the year with 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. He was dismissed from the team Sunday. 2014 MARK ANDREWS Hometown (School): Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 25 receiver; No. 176 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Andrews redshirted last year and switched positions to tight end. He apparently had a huge spring and is expected to really take off in Lincoln Riley's new offense. JEFFERY MEAD Hometown (School): Tulsa (Union) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 75 receiver (3-star) What happened: Mead played some early last season, but fell out of the regular receiver rotation by the end of the year. A big, tall receiver, Mead could find a more consistent role in the new offense. MICHIAH QUICK Hometown (School): Fresno, Calif. (Central East) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 4 athlete; No. 76 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: It took Quick a few games to get going last year as a true freshman, but he ended up catching 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to be a big part of the offense moving forward. DALLIS TODD Hometown (School): La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 50 receiver (4-star) What happened: Todd redshirted last season.
Norman resident sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game
Collected Wisdom of Big 12 official Paul Wilson
By Jason Kersey, Staff writer | May 2, 2015Paul Wilson sits in relative anonymity through every OU women’s basketball home game and several other college hoops games around the area, but he does an important job. Wilson, a former Southwest Conference basketball official who was on the court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Larry Bird, was OU’s director of intramural sports from 1976 until he retired in 2003, but continued teaching sports officiating classes until 2014. Today, he observes officials from press row for the Big 12 Conference at OU women’s games, and does the same job for small college men’s games. He was an Oklahoma high school official in the 1970s before graduating to big-time college hoops. Wilson played college football at Coffeyville Junior College and one season of college hoops at Oral Roberts. Between those endeavors, he served two years in Vietnam in the Air Force. Basketball was my first love. I regret that I didn’t stay off the football field and stick with basketball. I had the potential to go to college on a basketball scholarship. My original goal was to teach high school and coach basketball, and eventually become a high school principal. I made first-team All State in basketball my junior year, and I got to go on a recruiting trip to KU. Here’s how stupid I was: My senior year, I went out for football again. In the fifth game of my football senior year, I tackled a guy and separated my right shoulder. I had to miss the rest of football season, and by the time basketball started, I was still in a sling and couldn’t shoot. My point average as a junior was 25 points; my senior year it went down to 14. My shot was really gone. I was frustrated and mad at myself for letting that happen. But the football coach at Coffeyville Junior College wanted me to stay there and play football, so I got a scholarship to play football there for two years. Then I transferred up to Kansas State Teachers College, which is now Emporia State, on a football scholarship. Between the transfer, though, I was reclassifed and lost my student deferment, and within 30 days I was drafted. That was in 1966. Within a month after that, I joined the Air Force, thinking that maybe if I joined the Air Force I wouldn’t have to go to Vietnam. Well that was wrong. About 14 months into my Air Force service, I was on my way to Vietnam. I was there in 1967 and 1968. When I got back from Vietnam, I was eventually assigned to Forbes Air Force Base. I got assigned to the headquarter squadron and became the squadron on-the-job training supervisor. And I went out for the base basketball team. I would go to work in the headquarter squadron office and work from 8 to 12, go to lunch, and at 1 p.m., I went to the gym everyday because I was on the varsity basketball team. When I made the base basketball team and was walking out of the gym from practice, the coach of the team handed me a whistle and said, “All of the guys on the varsity basketball team must officiate base intramural basketball.” I said, “I don’t wanna officiate.” He said, “Sgt. Wilson, you don’t have a choice. If you want to play on the base team, you have got to blow this whistle and officiate base intramurals.” Everybody asks how I got started in officiating. I got forced into it in the military. The first couple games were a nightmare. I couldn’t believe how much they were yelling and screaming at me. My buddy and I said, “We’d better get the rule book and figure out what we’re doing.” I was discharged and moved to Tulsa with one year of collegiate eligibility for sports. I enrolled at Oral Roberts in 1969 and was there for that year and played on the varsity basketball team for Ken Trickey. I was like most players. I did not like zebras. In the mid-70s, I had gone on from high school to junior college to small college, and I was working NAIA level games. In 1981, I’m still working high school ball, and guess who are seniors in Oklahoma at that time? Wayman Tisdale and Mark Price. There were about three or four guys in the state of Oklahoma who everybody was trying to get. That year, I worked the Class 6A state championship. After I worked that championship, I was sitting in the locker room and there was a knock on the door. It was Dale Brown, who was at LSU and trying to recruit Wayman Tisdale. He said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I like the way you officiate and I want you to officiate in the Southeastern Conference.” He put me in touch with the supervisor and we got to talking, but he flat out said, “I don’t know if Dale Brown was thinking right, but do you know how difficult it would be for you to travel out of Oklahoma to get to all of the SEC schools?” He thought I was ready for Division I basketball, but couldn’t see how I could work SEC games. He also told me that because I was employed at OU graduate, I couldn’t work in the Big Eight. But fortunately, he referred me to the supervisor of the Southwest Conference. So I worked in that conference in 1981 and 1982, then I got into the Missouri Valley Conference. I was on the court with Phi Slamma Jamma, with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Larry Bird at Indiana State. You talk about having a fun career back in the 1980s with some of those guys. It was unbelievable. I worked Division I basketball until about 1992, but I had a son who was growing up. My officiating was keeping me from seeing him get to play. He was getting ready to go to high school. I gave up Division I so I could pull back and try to work close to home, working junior college and NAIA and Division II. My son became a freshman at Norman North in 2000. That’s when I really started to cut back, and officiated only a few games until he graduated high school. He got a scholarship over at OBU, and the four years he played at OBU, I made it to every game. I gave up my officiating career to follow my son through college, but I had a heck of a career. I ended up officiating for almost 35 years. I had a very blessed career. I had great opportunity. I’ve been fussin’ and cussin’ with the activities association in Oklahoma for years because they don’t try to help young officials. Texas has a program where if you officiate junior high or high school ball, you must belong to a local chapter that you attend. They help you get started as a young official. They assign you elementary games, junior high games. You don’t get to work high school games until you’ve proven yourself at those other levels. In Oklahoma, anybody who’s over 18 can register, get their card and work any high school game in the state. All they need to do is pass the open-book test at 70 percent. That crew was too young to be working (the controversial Locust Grove-Douglass football game). You know what? In that situation at the end, when the violation occurred, they came together and none of them on the crew knew the actual rule. That’s a sad scenario. They made the wrong ruling because nobody on the crew knew. That never should have happened. Oklahoma has done a disservice by not helping to train and develop young officials. I send that message out all the time.
Apr 21, 2015
The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Terry Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently.
High school notebook: Del City quarterback Terry Wilson gets Nebraska offer
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND STAFF REPORTS | Apr 21, 2015Nebraska’s once-strong recruiting of Oklahoma high school football players had faded in the last decade. Since signing Phillip Dillard of Jenks and Craig Roark of Ada in 2005, the Cornhuskers hadn’t landed an Oklahoma prospect until stealing Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett in February. But the Huskers’ new coaching staff under Mike Riley is looking hard at the Sooner State. Nebraska offered a scholarship to Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson on Tuesday morning, Wilson announced on Twitter. The offer is the biggest so far for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson, who also has offers from Indiana, Houston, Memphis and four other programs. Colorado is also showing strong interest recently. Nebraska has also offered Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, adding to a list that includes Tulsa, Ohio and Texas State. The Huskers are also looking at a pair of the state’s junior-college prospects, with offers out to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M duo of Maurice Chandler, a Lawton High product, and Chris Baccus, originally from Beggs. LEXINGTON’S BROWN GATHERING OFFERS Lexington offensive lineman Tyler Brown's recruiting is gaining momentum quickly. Tulsa extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-6, 315-pound junior on Tuesday, just days after he got his first offer from North Texas. Oklahoma and Texas Tech are among the programs also showing interest in Brown recently. FORMER DEER CREEK COACH SMITH TAKES OVER VICTORY CHRISTIAN Ron Smith didn’t expect to be a high school head football coach again when he stepped down from that position four years ago at Bartlesville. But on Monday, Victory Christian announced that Smith would be its head football coach. Smith has been an assistant the past four years at the Class 3A school, which is 29-5 over the past three seasons. Smith, 60, has a head coaching record of 93-64. He was an assistant coach for 17 years at Midwest City, working with offenses that included the Gundy brothers, Mike and Cale. He was the head coach at Deer Creek from 1997-2000, winning the 2000 Class 3A title with his son, Paul Smith, at quarterback. He also was a head coach at Owasso (2001-05) and Bartlesville (2006-10). Smith is replacing Brent Marley, who was hired as the head coach at Rejoice Christian earlier this month. ZANGARI’S HOT BAT SPARKS CARL ALBERT Carl Albert senior catcher Corey Zangari had a huge week at the plate as the Titans went 4-1. He went 11-for-17, hitting five home runs, a triple and driving in 16 runs. He had a monster game against El Reno with three home runs in the 15-6 win. Zangari is now hitting .479 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs on the year. He has signed with Oklahoma State but is considered the top draft prospect in the state. TUTTLE’S LESTER PICKS OBU The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Tuttle guard Tyler Lester, has chosen Oklahoma Baptist to continue his college career. Lester, a 5-foot-11 senior, led Tuttle to its first state tournament appearance, averaging 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game while hitting more than 51 percent of his 3-point attempts (113-of-219). “He’s the son of a coach and has a great feel for the game,” Tuttle coach Paul Meuser said. “His father, Brian, has done a great job with our girls, and he’s had a great impact on Tyler. “I never saw Tyler take a bad shot in the two years I coached him. There was never a moment when I was sitting on the bench thinking, ‘What are you doing Tyler?’ He’s a smart player and a great leader.”
The Grove Education Foundation For Excellence (GEFFE) Auction Committee has been working to secure items for the 2015 Gala, set for Saturday, April 25, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 S. Main, Grove.The gala will include more than 20 live auction packages. A sampling of the items are listed below to give supporters a sneak peek of some the packages that will be offered.1. Back Page of Football...
GEFFE gala set for Saturday in Grove
Staff Reports email@example.com, Associated Press | Apr 20, 2015The Grove Education Foundation For Excellence (GEFFE) Auction Committee has been working to secure items for the 2015 Gala, set for Saturday, April 25, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 S. Main, Grove. The gala will include more than 20 live auction packages. A sampling of the items are listed below to give supporters a sneak peek of some the packages that will be offered. 1. Back Page of Football Program: “Advertise here!” The back page of the Grove High School Football Program in full color is sure to get everyone’s attention. The 2015 program will be distributed at Grove High School home football games. Donated by GHS Varsity Cheerleaders. 2. Catered Dinner for 25 by Timbered In Catering: Let Kim & Shane Berry cater your party at the location of your choice. With a generous range of delectable cuisine and themes to choose from, you can perfect any style you please. Donated by Shane and Kim Berry of Timbered-In Catering. 3. Five Live Trees: How about five live trees? Each tree is 10 – 15 feet tall. You choose the variety. Donated by Honey Creek Nursery. 4. Kansas City Trip: This overnight trip includes hotel accommodations at the InterContinental on the Kansas City Plaza, a delectable dinner and concert tickets to see Jimmy Buffet live at the Sprint Center. Donated by First Bank & Trust. 5. Plane Ride for Two over Grand Lake. Enjoy the beauty of Grand Lake from the sky and make a stop at Shangri La’s The Summit for lunch. Donated by Ferguson Chiropractic and The Summit. 6.Steaks on the Lake: Take your lake life up a notch with a Yeti cooler, a Smoke Hollow Combination Grill Gas/Charcoal/Smoker and fresh steaks. Donated by Riggs Tree Service and The Rancher’s Wife. 7. Backyard BBQ: This package is the epitome of summer fun with friends, a Traeger grill, 20 pounds of ground beef and a jumper rental for the kids. Donated by the Rx Shoppe, Grand Rental Station and The Rancher’s Wife. 8. Ridgerunner Football Package: This package is for the true Ridgy fan, four reserved seats at football games, Ridgerunner gear, a handmade Ridgerunner sign by the FFA and an autographed poster of the Grove Football team. Donated by Grove Athletic Department. 9. Patio Set: Breathe new life into your outdoor space with a new patio set complete with umbrella and outdoor rug. Donated by Grand River Abstract and Lowe’s. 10. Spa Day for Two: Treat yourself and a friend, sibling, daughter or mother to day at the spa at Illusions. Enjoy a mani/pedi, facial and massage and take a break for lunch while getting pampered. You’ll wrap up your day of relaxation with a shopping spree at the Muddy Pearl. Donated by Illusions Day Spa and The Muddy Pearl. Businesses and individual donors wishing to donate to either the live or silent auction may contact Danielle Decker at 918-540-4120. Corporate tables are being sold and can be purchased for $750. Those can be purchased by calling Benee Masri at 918-645-9896. Individual tickets are $75 each and will be sold at local banks at least three weeks before the Gala. For more information, persons interested may visit www.geffe.org or the group's Facebook page, or contact Kristi Wallace at 918-791-1974.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performanceApr 11, 2015
Daniel Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries.
Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Daniel Brooks turns in another dominant spring game performance
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Apr 11, 2015Oklahoma junior running back Daniel Brooks only has six career carries — all of which came last season — but in spring games, he’s been dominant. Brooks carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards Saturday, leading OU in rushing for the second straight spring game. Last year, he rushed for 67 yards on eight carries. Brooks’ opportunities came with several other running backs either not playing or playing very little. Sophomore Samaje Perine, who led the Big 12 Conference in rushing last season, wore a special red jersey with blue numbers, signaling to opponents that he’s not to be tackled. Redshirt freshman Joe Mixon didn’t play as part of his suspension for an off-campus incident last summer, and junior Keith Ford is suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules reasons. MIKE STOOPS COACHES FROM BOX In his eight total years — over two stints — as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops has always coached from the sideline. That looks like it will change for the 2015 season, as Stoops called defensive plays from the press box during Saturday’s spring game. Stoops’ erratic sideline demeanor had become a spectacle — and, to some OU fans, an embarrassing one — over the last year, most notably when he and former Sooner cornerback Julian Wilson got into a screaming match in the third quarter of last year’s Baylor loss. The Sooners have also struggled with defensive substitutions, especially against up-tempo Big 12 offenses. OU was caught with 12 defenders on the field multiple times last year, resulting in either costly penalties or timeouts. “I can see more of the field being up in the press box,” Stoops said. “Being able to see the alignments, not just the position I coach, but all 11 players is key. You get a much greater sense of anticipating what’s going to happen before it happens. “Formation recognition is such a big deal for coaches, and I just have to make sure we have the best eleven guys out there at all times.” SHEPARD ALSO LIMITED Like Perine, senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard didn’t play much either Saturday and was protected from tackling. Shepard wore a yellow jersey to keep defenders from tackling him. The former Heritage Hall standout has caught 147 career passes for 2,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season, he was the team’s leading receiver despite missing most of the final six games of the season with a lingering groin injury. Shepard finished Saturday’s spring game with only one reception for minus-5 yards. HODGSON GOES LONG Senior kicker Nick Hodgson has yet to score a point for the Sooners but has plenty of game experience. Hodgson has handled kickoffs for Oklahoma for the last two years full-time and has 148 overall kickoffs the last three seasons with 97 ending in touchbacks. With Michael Hunnicutt departed and incoming kicker Austin Seibert yet to arrive, Hodgson handled the kicking duties Saturday and came up with one of the biggest plays of the first half in the process. Hodgson nailed a 47-yard field goal to end the half. “Nick’s really good,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “We probably kick eight or 10 live for 12 practices and he’s missed three the whole spring. “We’ve had some windy — some pretty tough — days too, so I’m elated with what he’s doing.” Hodgson attempted a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. The low kick had the distance but went just wide. Earlier in the game, he hit a 20-yard field goal. THOMAS FOCUSED After starting the final three games of the regular season at quarterback last season, Cody Thomas made the decision to quit baseball and focus solely on football this spring. “It was really hard to give up baseball,” Thomas said. “It’s a sport that I love but I’m definitely confident that it was the right decision, and I’m glad that I’m full-time football right now and committing myself more than I ever have, and I definitely have seen that it’s made a lot more strides for myself.” The grind of going back and forth wore Thomas down a bit at times last spring. “I’d be in between throwing the football and throwing the baseball which would jack me up a little bit with my throwing motion and all that stuff, but I’ve been really able to harp on my footwork, my release point and stuff like that that I really wouldn’t be able to if I would’ve been playing both sports.” KELLY VISITS SOONERS Five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly visited Norman for Saturday’s spring game, landing in Oklahoma only a few hours after announcing OU in his top 10. The Fresno, Calif., native, who plays at Clovis West High School, tweeted that OU was joined in his top 10 by Cal, Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, UCLA, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan and LSU, while stressing that those schools were listed in no particular order. Rivals ranks Kelly as the 12th best player in the nation for the recruiting class of 2016, and he’s the top-ranked player in the state of California. Other recruits there included Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Calvin Bundage, four-star outside linebacker Marvin Terry (Dallas South Oak Cliff), and Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis, who doesn’t have an OU offer as of Saturday but has offers from Nebraska, Ohio and Tulsa. SANCHEZ PICKS UP MEDIA AWARD Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez received the inaugural J.D. Runnels OU Media Cooperation Award after the spring game Saturday. Sanchez, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, rarely misses media sessions throughout the season and spring practices, and is always thoughtful, respectful and honest, even in the face of sometimes tough questioning. A group of 14 writers who regularly cover the team voted for the award Dec. 31, with Sanchez receiving six first-place votes. The award is named for Runnels, a former OU fullback who always was — and remains — very cooperative and friendly with the media. Runnels attended the spring game Saturday and was on hand in the post game when Sanchez received his plaque.
O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years.
High school notebook: Scott O'Hara named Purcell's new football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 9, 2015Purcell’s two-month search for its next football coach has ended. Scott O’Hara will be the Dragons’ next head man, the Purcell Register reported Thursday morning. O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years. He has also served as a head coach at Luther and Burns Flat-Dill City. O’Hara will be the fourth head coach in the last five seasons at Purcell. He replaces Greg Willis, who was not retained after going 13-9 in two seasons with the Dragons. OCA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM NAMED The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters Thursday for the annual All-State girls basketball games, which will be played at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center on July 29 beginning with the small-school game at 7 p.m. Here are the rosters: Small East: Kylie Looney, Adair; Krisha Young, Latta; Addy Clift, Kiowa; Jordan Paige Campagna, Red Oak; Maddie Miller, Kiefer; Raylee Conner, Woodland; Shanessiea Walters, Vian; Jhonett Cookson, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Courtney Risenhoover, Verdigris; Bailey Wensler, Perkins-Tryon Small West: Dagan Lampkin, Washington; Sadie Mason, Fairview; Kenadey Grellner, Okarche; Hailey Duffy, Lomega; Lora Riley, Alva; Kate Sander, Cheyenne/Reydon; Carley Frymire, Thomas; Madison Lee, Okarche; Summer Pennington, Cheyenne/Reydon; Sydney DeVaughan, Ft. Cobb-Broxton Large East: Hailey Tucker, Bartlesville; Taylor Jones, Broken Arrow; Marcia Reed, Tulsa East Central; Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central; Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove; Desiree Phipps, Fort Gibson; Madison Davis, Locust Grove; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Kendriana Washington, Tulsa Washington; Olivia Wells, Ada Large West: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower; Ashley Beatty, Anadarko; Blake Blessington, Harrah; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Hayden Priddy, Piedmont; Jentry Holt, Elgin; Adrienne Berry, Mount St. Mary. PC WEST’S JOLLY, SANTA FE’S JEFFRIES LEAD OKLAHOMA FAITH 7 TEAM Putnam City West’s Tyson Jolly and Edmond Santa Fe’s DaQuan Jeffries highlight a talented Oklahoma roster for the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl, set for June 6 in Shawnee. Oklahoma Baptist University will host the game pitting Oklahoma stars against Texas stars at 7 p.m. on June 6. Verdigris coach Randy Upshaw will get the chance to coach his son, Cade Upshaw, one last time in the game as well. Randy Upshaw and Marlow’s Kirk Harris will serve as coaches for the Oklahoma squad. The Oklahoma roster also includes Conner Avants, Deer Creek; A.J. Cockrell, Tulsa Memorial; Chris Crawford, Victory Christian; Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Cory Kilby, Ada; Ty Lazenby, Glencoe; and Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial. OKLAHOMA ALUMNI TURNPIKE CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY IN TULSA The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected to attend are former Oklahoma State star Leroy Combs of Star Spencer, Douglass standout and current head coach Kendal Cudjoe and Tulsa Washington’s R.W. McQuarters, who went on to play in the NFL. Shae Seals, who played at McLain and coached at Tulsa Washington, and William Tisdale are also expected to attend. Cudjoe played in the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry in the 1970s under his father, legendary Douglass coach Lawrence Cudjoe. “This was the oldest and most popular rivalry in the state,” Kendal Cudjoe said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to end in football and basketball. It goes back as far as the 1930s.” Tulsa Washington alum Fred Jones has organized the event, which began four years ago. “We are celebrating 95 years of athletic tradition,” he said. “Both schools truly bleed orange and black. We will have plenty of former players from all schools in the building, so this will be an awesome night.” TOLEDO OFFERS HARRAH’S LOGAN ROBERSON Add Harrah offensive lineman Logan Roberson to the ever-growing list of Oklahoma players to add scholarship offers the past few weeks. Roberson was offered by Toledo on Wednesday, Harrah coach Phil Webb told The Oklahoman. The offer is the second for Roberson, who was offered by Arkansas State early in the offseason. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior is ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. TEAGUE’S HOMER LIFTS MOUNT ST. MARY Mount St. Mary’s Jeff Teague might have found a way to ignite his team. Teaque hit a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning at Heritage Hall on Monday, propelling the Rockets to a 10-8 victory to return to .500. “We haven’t had many of those kind of events happen this year, so naturally it’s an ignited of many sorts,” Mount St. Mary coach John Keilty said. Teague, a left-handed hitter, hit the three-run blast off last week’s Player of the Week, Joe Buckendorff. He allowed five earned runs in just 11/3 innings of work. Teague finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. The Rockets are now 8-8 and host Crossings Christian on Monday.
Apr 7, 2015
Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa.
High school notebook: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris, Southmoore's Noah Jones add offers
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 7, 2015Scholarship offers just keep pouring in for Oklahoma prospects in the 2016 football class. Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa. And Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter on Monday night that Army had offered him. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones now has four offers, headed by Kansas State. The class continues to show its depth and positional variety as well. Oologah linebacker Jimmy McKinney reached double-digit offers with Toledo becoming the 10th program to extend an offer to the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior. Last week, Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis added an offer from Nebraska to go with Ohio and Tulsa. WESTMOORE THROWS BACK-TO-BACK NO-HITTERS Westmoore pulled off a rare feat Monday behind its two ace pitchers. The Jaguars threw back-to-back no-hitters in a doubleheader sweep of Lawton Eisenhower behind Oklahoma signee Kyle Tyler and Connors State signee Austin Harris. The accomplishment was even a surprise to the coaching staff. “It was one of those nights you didn’t even realize what we did until we sat down in the coaches office and started looking at everything,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “They both threw great. It didn’t really matter who they were facing hitting-wise. They were both on and lights out.” Tyler, who was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team last season, opened the day by striking out nine and walking two in the 10-0 run rule in five innings. He threw just 66 pitches. Harris then followed with a 62-pitch performance in which he struck out seven, walked one batter and hit another in another 10-0 run-rule victory. Westmoore is now 14-3 and 7-1 in District 6A-2 play, which puts the Jaguars atop the district standings. They have won 11 straight games entering Carl Albert’s Bill Tipton Tournament this weekend. The no-hitters continue a recent trend across the Oklahoma City metro. Noble pitcher Nathan Hayes threw one last week and so did Bethany’s James Stillings. MCALESTER’S PRATT TAKES COACHING JOB IN ARKANSAS McAlester becomes the latest big-name football program in the state to be in need of a new head coach. Bryan Pratt was approved by the Bentonville, Ark., school board on Monday night as the new coach at Bentonville West. The newly constructed school will not begin varsity play until 2016, with Pratt to serve as head coach of the freshmen who will feed into Bentonville West the following season. Pratt, who was 85-27 in nine seasons at McAlester, reportedly had been a finalist for the head coaching job at Bentonville High, one of the state’s top programs.
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Maddie Flemmons, Bethany (SW Christian) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian (SW Baptist) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Mar 31, 2015
Former University of Oklahoma and Sam Houston State standout quarterback Rhett Bomar was announced as the new head football coach at Freer High School, the school district announced on Tuesday. Bomar, who played high school football at Grand Prairie, has been working as an assistant at Alief Taylor and also spent two seasons coaching for his father, Jerry, at Orange Grove. Bomar began his...
Former Oklahoma and Sam Houston State QB Rhett Bomar hired as coach at Texas' Freer High
Mar 31, 2015Former University of Oklahoma and Sam Houston State standout quarterback Rhett Bomar was announced as the new head football coach at Freer High School, the school district announced on Tuesday. Bomar, who played high school football at Grand Prairie, has been working as an assistant at Alief Taylor and also spent two seasons coaching for his father, Jerry, at Orange Grove. Bomar began his college career at Oklahoma in 2004, and started for much of the 2005 season leading the Sooners to a Holiday Bowl victory against Oregon. But less than a year later, Bomar was dismissed from the team for a violation of NCAA rules.
Mar 17, 2015
Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately.
High school notebook: Del City's Terry Wilson among football players to receive offers
BY JACOB UNRUH | Mar 17, 2015Del City’s Terry Wilson improved his scholarship offer list to four Monday when Memphis became the latest to extend an offer to the dual-threat quarterback. No. 2 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, Wilson now has offers from Arkansas State, Houston and new Mexico State. He isn’t the only player from the state picking up interest lately. Arkansas State offered scholarships to Harrah’s Logan Roberson, Norman North’s Quan Hogan and Lone Grove’s Jeremy Lewis. Navy also extended offers to three players: Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, Jenks’ Austin Quillen and Tulsa Edison’s Alex Criddle. Wyoming offered Hollis lineman Jace Webb, Jenks safety Dillon Stoner and Oologah’s Jimmy McKinney, who was also offered by Air Force. Edmond Santa Fe safety Calvin Bundage also got an offer from Tennessee, adding to the every-growing list for the top-ranked prospect on the Super 30. COAC ALL-CONFERENCE GIRLS TEAM ANNOUNCED The Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference recently released its Girls Basketball All-Conference team, with Southmoore senior Serithia Hawkins bringing home top honors in the conference. Hawkins, a Houston signee, was named the conference MVP. She led the SaberCats to the Class 6A state semifinals this season. Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec was named Coach of the Year after leading a young Jaguars team to a No. 4 ranking and one win from the state tournament. Westmoore’s Ashley Gomez was also named the Offensive Player of the Year, while a pair of Deer Creek stars took home two awards — Dakota Vann as Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Manning as Newcomer of the Year. Here is the full list of awards: MVP: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore Coach of the Year: Andrea Guziec, Westmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Ashley Gomez, Westmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Dakota Vann, Deer Creek Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Manning, Deer Creek All-Conference First Team: Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Jo’Nah Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Dylan Fix, Stillwater; Jessi Murcer, Westmoore; Makayla Foy, Yukon Second Team: Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Tia Williams, Norman North; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore Third Team: Alexis Cooper, Edmond Santa Fe; Allison Rogers, Moore; Logan Haller, Mustang; Alexa Scott, Norman North; Alyssa Jones, Southmoore Honorable Mention: Deer Creek: Abbey Renner, Shae Scheffler, Elayna Wilson; Edmond Memorial: Avery Ogle, Elise Wyatt; Edmond North: Abby Olsen, Hayli Hoffman, Sloan Hendley; Edmond Santa Fe: Rachel Shadid, Michaela Mack; Moore: Ashlie Rose, Shala Robinson, Tamera Shaver; Mustang: Addy Lawson, Madison Maxwell; Norman: Dariena Hunter, Shelby Thrailkill; Norman North: Kenna Sturgell; Southmoore: Kyra Johnston; Stillwater: Lauren Stettnisch; Westmoore: Callie Palmer, Whitney Outon; Yukon: Ashlyn Basler, Katy Fuston, Maci Exum, Shariah Anderson SUBURBAN CONFERENCE GIRLS BASKETBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED The Suburban Conference announced its All-Conference Girls Basketball team awards Monday evening with Piedmont taking home top honors. Piedmont senior Hayden Priddy was named Player of the Year, while coach Jamie Hill was named Coach of the Year. The Wildcats made the Class 5A state semifinals last week. Shawnee took home the other top honors with freshman Monica Brooks being named Newcomer of the Year and Kelsey Simmons being named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a look at the entire All-Conference team: Player of the Year: Hayden Priddy, Piedmont Coach of the Year: Jamie Hill, Piedmont Newcomer of the Year: Monica Brooks, Shawnee Defensive Player of the Year: Kelsey Simmons First Team: Micayla Haynes, Guthrie; Dominique Golightly, Chickasha; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Bre Reid, Piedmont; Moe Tramble, Shawnee Second Team: Sydney Gray, El Reno; Taylor Sylvester, Chickasha; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Lexus Halfred, El Reno; Mina Iyaye, Piedmont Third Team: Kaley Hallmark, Carl Albert; Karen Hopkins, Western Heights; Jennifer Byrd, Noble; Kamber Smedley, Guthrie; Charissa Price, Carl Albert Honorable Mention: Carl Albert: Lanie Batten Goodman; Chickasha: Jackie Ramos; El Reno: Regan Owen; Guthrie: Sojo Love; Noble: Sarah King; Piedmont: Kayden Carver, Maddie Sperle; Western Heights: Charon Cheatham, Brittney Vince
Mar 10, 2015
A senior basketball star at Deer Creek, Dakota Vann is the latest in a long line of Vanns to dominate the sports scene in the Oklahoma City metro.
Deer Creek's Dakota Vann is the latest in a long line of athletic standouts
BY JACOB UNRUH | Mar 10, 2015EDMOND — A Vann holiday gathering often centers on the glory days, a time when the five brothers and one sister dominated the Oklahoma high school scene at Putnam City. There’s Bryce Jr., Brento and Bruce reliving their football glory days. There’s Brandy reliving his days as a baseball star. There’s Bryatt talking about his basketball days. There’s their sister Hellena talking about her prowess on a basketball court. Bruce’s daughter Dakota Vann doesn’t necessarily admit as much, but she listens to the stories. A senior basketball star at Deer Creek, Vann is the latest in a long line of Vanns to dominate the sports scene in the Oklahoma City metro. “They don’t ever add pressure on me,” Vann said. “I know that they’re always there. I’m a Vann, so I would want to live up to that too.” Vann and the second-ranked Antlers open the Class 5A state tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday in Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center against No. 12 Grove looking for their third straight state championship. Throughout each title run, Vann has grown more and more into a dominant player, learning from her family on and off the court. “All of them played sports so when they tell me stuff I really do take it to heart and try to work with whatever they say because I know that they know what they’re talking about,” Vann said. The Vanns were a force for Putnam City in the ’70s and ’80s, particularly on the football field. Bryce Jr. starred at Cameron University, Bruce and Brento played at Central Oklahoma — then known as Central State. Brandy played professional baseball, advancing a few levels in the Angels organization. Hellena played basketball at Oklahoma City Southwestern Junior College. Bryatt, the youngest of the brothers, was the lone brother to choose basketball. It was a smart decision as he had a strong career at Oklahoma after a stint at Bacone before playing overseas. “In the back of her mind she knows what all her uncles and her dad have done,” Bryatt said. “I tell her all the time, ‘Everyone knows who you are so it’s like you have a target on your chest.’” Dakota grew up in Lawrenceville, Ga., never really interested in sports. As her father Bruce put it, it was all about ballerinas, cheerleaders and swimming. It was that way until the fourth grade when her family moved back to Oklahoma City and she decided basketball was the new interest. “I think it’s that proverbial click when you try something and you like it and are athletically enough to keep trying it,” Bruce said. “As natural as it sounds with all of the boys, she really worked at it.” Bryatt, who also serves as her trainer, said when Dakota first started playing, she was a forward or center for her teams because she was so much taller than everyone else. But he and Bruce decided around high school it was time to teach her how to be more of a guard if she wanted to play collegiately. Now, Vann has turned into a 5-foot-10 combo-guard who has signed with Division I Loyola-Chicago and averages 14 points and eight rebounds per game. She doesn’t make things flashy, instead choosing to fill the stat sheet up with balance in nearly every area. “She’s a humble kid and she plays that way,” Bruce said. “She doesn’t play in a selfish way, and I give her a hard time about it. Daddy wants her to score 50, but she’s just a team ballplayer. I’m proud of her.” Bryatt said he’s most proud of the amount of titles Dakota boasts. A third would be even more impressive and a great finale to her career. “She’s going to bomb me on that one,” said Bryatt, who never won a state championship in high school. Then perhaps Dakota will sit at those family gatherings and tell her stories of dominance while watching her younger family continue the high school legacy of the family name. “I have a lot of younger cousins that play basketball and they’ll be very good,” Vann said. “I don’t worry about our name.”
Save for the day of his son’s tragic death in 2013, Michael Morris really doesn’t want to talk about the past.His future is about saving kids’ lives, he says.But Morris’ past involves a checkered history of federal prison sentences for financial crimes.Companies he formed have been named in multiple lawsuits resulting in default court judgments for breach of contract and fraud. A company he...
Playing for Chase: Questions raised about charity and its founder
Cary Aspinwall & Ziva Bransetter email@example.com, Associated Press | Feb 23, 2015Save for the day of his son’s tragic death in 2013, Michael Morris really doesn’t want to talk about the past. His future is about saving kids’ lives, he says. But Morris’ past involves a checkered history of federal prison sentences for financial crimes. Companies he formed have been named in multiple lawsuits resulting in default court judgments for breach of contract and fraud. A company he started is currently in bankruptcy, listing a trail of unpaid debts in several states totaling more than $5 million. Three months after his son died of an undiagnosed cardiac ailment in 2013, Morris incorporated a foundation in Chase’s memory. The Chase Morris Foundation has since conducted heart-health screenings at local high schools, reportedly purchased life-saving equipment and training tools and raised awareness of sudden cardiac death, the silent killer that took Chase at age 16. In July 2014, the foundation said on its Facebook page that it “is governed by an independent board of directors and its operations and finances are audited annually by an independent CPA firm in accordance with rules and regulations set forth by the IRS.” But Morris, 52, hadn’t applied to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) status at that point. When the Tulsa World asked for copies of those audits, contact information for board members, his IRS application for nonprofit status and other documents, Morris did not provide those records. His foundation has organized a golf tournament for $400 per team, sought donations for as much as $10,000 and sought media attention and corporate partners for health screenings before becoming established as a tax-exempt nonprofit. Morris said he applied to the IRS in September 2014 but previously told The Grove Sun in November 2013 he was in the process of establishing the organization as 501(c)(3). When the World asked for a dated copy of the application, Morris said the application was done online and he had no copies. He produced a fax he purported to be from the IRS that shows a Feb. 12 approval date for the foundation’s tax-exempt status. He said he received it from the agency on Wednesday, Feb. 18, after an interview with the Tulsa World. The cover sheet appears to be dated Feb. 18, but the fax transmission fine print allegedly shows the IRS sent it to him on Sunday, Feb. 15. A spokeswoman for the federal agency told the World last week: “The IRS does not have an approved application for the (Chase Morris Foundation) organization as a tax-exempt organization.” The IRS noted that its public databases can take up to 30 days to update information. Morris also forwarded to the World a voicemail dated Feb. 12 in which an IRS agent states the foundation’s fax was received, he had made a recommendation for approval and “hopefully, you’ll get your exemption letter within a couple weeks’ time.” The only other document Morris produced was a Dec. 22 letter to the foundation from the IRS asking for more information before the nonprofit application could be approved. The letter says a response is due by Jan. 12. The World asked for copies of the documents the foundation sent to the IRS in response, but Morris did not provide them. The World requested the documents Wednesday, and Morris said Friday his accountant had all financial records regarding the foundation. He said they were not available because his accountant was busy with tax season. Morris said the foundation had no activity in 2013 and that he is not required to file the 2014 form until May. He said it will be made public as required when filed. Morris said the foundation has raised about $8,000 to date and that he and his girlfriend and business partner, Kristi Brooks, have paid for most of the foundation’s expenses. “We incurred substantial costs in equipment and otherwise, largely purchased on our personal credit cards,” he said. They have spent as much as $45,000 to provide cardiac screenings and equipment, bought ads on radio stations and gave away tickets to the golf tournament held in Owasso in November, he said. OU head football coach Bob Stoops was among those featured in public service announcements about sudden cardiac arrest on behalf of the Chase Morris Foundation’s golf tournament. Morris and Brooks have lobbied lawmakers to pass measures requiring cardiac screenings for student athletes. They posed for a photo with Gov. Mary Fallin after she signed a bill last year requiring CPR classes in high schools. Donations to any charity are not guaranteed to be tax-deductible until the IRS application for 501(c)(3) status is approved, said Jennifer Meckling, communications manager for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. “It would be odd for anyone to try to operate without (applying) first,” Meckling said. If an organization applies quickly enough and tax-exempt status is granted, however, the status is granted back to its incorporation date, officials said. The foundation sponsored heart screenings in November at Metro Christian Academy and last month at Booker T. Washington High School. Its website lists upcoming screenings scheduled at several high schools. Morris told the World that with its partners, the foundation screened 283 students at Booker T. Washington High School, finding three with potential heart conditions. Students are asked to donate $25 to offset the cost of the testing, which Morris says doesn’t come close to the total expense. Chris Payne, a spokesman for Tulsa Public Schools, said the district became aware after the screenings that questions had been raised about the foundation. “I think we would probably think long and hard before doing this again,” Payne said. “The good outcome of this is that they actually discovered ... kids who had heart defects from this.” Criminal history Records show Morris has convictions for bank fraud, wire fraud and Social Security fraud dating back to 1988. Morris said his criminal behavior is in his past, and he doesn’t want it to impact the foundation’s mission. “I was not placed on any financial accounts and did not have the ability to sign a check or withdrawal. ... This was done so that there would never be any ability for anyone to question my role or involvement in those matters,” he said. On seven occasions between 1992 and 2008, he was sent back to federal prison for violating the terms of his supervised release, including prohibitions on opening bank accounts and lines of credit or handling money without prior approval. Morris was last released from federal prison in 2011 after serving three years for violating terms of his supervised release. That violation involved submitting false reports to his probation officer, lying about opening lines of credit, establishing new corporations and failing to disclose bank accounts. Those supervised release terms were established because Morris owed more than $1.6 million in restitution for a 2003 federal conviction. In that case, Morris admitted to bank fraud and falsifying records to obtain Phillips 66 corporate credit cards in a relative’s name for a shell company he started. Records show he filed paperwork to establish that company in 2002, while he was in a halfway house transitioning out of federal prison. Morris pleaded with the federal judge for leniency at the 2008 revocation hearing: “I don’t know if the court recalls, but I’ve spoke at schools and tried to talk to the young people about making better decisions, but I — then I make bad decisions again. ... I will do whatever you ask me to, no matter what that is, and I will take care of my obligations.” However, he has yet to repay the $1.6 million he owes in restitution under the terms of his 2003 sentence. And since he was released from prison in 2011, creditors have filed numerous civil lawsuits against his companies for unpaid business debts. Lawsuits by creditors in Arkansas and Oklahoma resulted in default judgments of a combined $1.2 million against Morris and his companies when the defendants failed to show up in court. His company filed bankruptcy last year, listing nearly $6 million owed to creditors and $65,000 in assets. That company, Pinnacle V. Properties LLC, operated 11 Stampede Country Stores in Arkansas and Oklahoma, including six in the Tulsa area. Pinnacle filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March, listing wages owed to dozens of employees, unpaid federal withholding taxes and unpaid taxes in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. The filing lists 2013 gross income for Pinnacle’s convenience stores as $19.7 million. The bankruptcy filing lists Morris’ girlfriend as Pinnacle’s chief executive officer and Morris as chief operating officer. Morris describes the legal disputes and bankruptcy involving his former business as the result of a grief-stricken father letting his business fall by the wayside. “If I could have lived and camped next to my son’s grave, I would have,” Morris said. “I was lucky just to breathe.” On Friday, Morris told the World he was resigning from his position at the foundation because “I can’t allow my presence to be a distraction.” He provided no details about who will operate it. Morris said the foundation keeps its finances and operations separate from a real estate investment firm he also founded in his son’s name, Chase Investment Properties LLC. The foundation’s office at 5840 S. Memorial Drive is adjacent to the real estate office. ‘I’ve made mistakes’ By all accounts, Chase Morris was beloved by his family, friends and classmates, and his sudden death in 2013 was traumatic for all who knew the gregarious, competitive teen. His heart stopped suddenly while he was playing ping pong with friends, who drove him to the hospital when an ambulance took too long to arrive. It was too late. The young tennis player had an undiagnosed heart condition that could have been detected through a screening. An automated external defibrillator or CPR could possibly have saved him, his family said. Though figures vary widely, sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 1,000 children and teens each year. Months after his death, his friends continued to decorate a tree near his grave with ribbons and mementos. He was the middle of three children between Michael Morris and Kim Williams Morris, who after years of court battles were recently granted a divorce in Delaware County District Court. Kim, who now goes by Kim Williams, said she’s not involved in the foundation started in her son’s name. A judge granted a permanent protective order against Morris in August prohibiting him from contacting Williams, who lives in Grove. Morris said he wouldn’t do anything to harm his son’s legacy and does not believe his past is relevant to the foundation’s operation. “I’ve made mistakes, true. I’ve also done my best to atone for that. To some it will never be enough, but all I can do is try.” * * * Cary Aspinwall and Ziva Bransetter are with the Tulsa World. The story is reprinted with permission from Tulsa World. The original story may be found at http://bit.ly/1FQs8fx
In less than two weeks, voters within the Grove Public School District will determine the fate of a $15.7 million bond issue.If approved by voters on March. 3, the proposition will net a total of $13.5 million for the district to be used for two distinct projects.Of those funds, $12.6 million will be used to construct a performing arts center on the high school campus.The remaining $1 million...
Grove Voters to consider $15.7 million bond
Kaylea M. Hutson firstname.lastname@example.org, Associated Press | Feb 20, 2015In less than two weeks, voters within the Grove Public School District will determine the fate of a $15.7 million bond issue. If approved by voters on March. 3, the proposition will net a total of $13.5 million for the district to be used for two distinct projects. Of those funds, $12.6 million will be used to construct a performing arts center on the high school campus. The remaining $1 million will be used to provide technology improvements throughout the district. The bond, explained Superintendent Sandy Coaly, is designed to finance the performing art center and technology improvements without raising the district's millage or tax rate. Instead, she explained, it will extend bonds which are set to expire including those which were passed to build the Early Childhood Center and make improvements to other district facilities. "It does not raise the taxes," Coaly said. "It simply maintains the [current] millage." Coaly said increasing budgetary pressures from the state mean schools are left passing bond issues in order to make improvements or build new facilities. Highlights of the Bond Last fall, school officials held at least two discussion times with members of the community and teachers within the school district, to determine the specific needs for a performing arts center. During those discussions, several items emerged as priorities, including an auditorium which could seat more than 1,000, as well as the need for a FEMA safe room to protect members of the high school community in the event of inclement weather. Preliminary plans, developed by the district's architects Boynton Williams & Associates, includes the following highlights: a 45,000 square-foot facility built attached to the existing high school. an auditorium which will seat 1,300 to 1,500 patrons. a lobby where banquet-style seating can be held, with overflow to the current high school commons. a FEMA safe room designed to house at least 800 students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency. an auditorium which will include a fly tower, full rigging and curtains and an orchestra pit. a black box stage, prop room and make up rooms. a audio/visual system. additional support areas for the band and vocal programs, including storage. expanded parking. The technology portion of the bond issue would upgrade the district’s Internet capabilities, and replace what district officials describe as an antiquated phone system and 200 obsolete computers. The cost to replace the computers is $125,000, to replace and upgrade the current phone system is around $125,000 and to upgrade security cameras, software, monitors and the internet for the district would cost around $650,000. If the bond passes on March 3, Coaly anticipates holding a series of community meetings to help answer any outstanding questions regarding the construction of the performing arts center. Voices of Support In the last week, local attorney and Grove parent Christy Wright, created a Facebook campaign to urge patrons to vote yes for the measure. "I started Facebook page to get the vote yes message out to the public," Wright said. "School board members and school administrators cannot tell you to vote yes, they can't campaign. They can only distribute information." The page, http://bit.ly/voteyesgrove, includes information about the bond as well as graphics to show the preliminary plans which have been established by the district. Wright said ultimately, the bond will not only benefit students within the district but also the entire community. "It's wonderful when a couple with young children comes to town and we get to show off our beautiful Early Childhood Center," Wright said. "That doesn't happen when a family with older students moves to town. "Your child can't be the lead in the school play in high school. We have no facility for a play. When a child at the upper elementary needs to attend an assembly, many of them will be sitting on the floor, because there are not enough seats." Wright said the district's band and choral program are also impacted by the district's current facilities, a situation which would be alleviated if the bond passes. "I want voters to know there is no tax increase with this bond, it replaces old bonds that are expiring," Wright said. "It includes a FEMA safe room incorporated into the performing arts center, large enough to protect all students and staff at the high school in case of a tornado." During the Tuesday, Feb. 17 Grove City Council meeting, members of the council voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting the passage of the bond. Community Support Other voices of support have come from those within the entertainment community in Grove. Suzanne Boles, artistic executive for the Grove Playmakers, said the Playmakers board of directors and management team have also voted to support the bond. "We will encourage our audiences to vote for it," Boles said. "Students in this town need the right kind of environment and space for arts education. We provide football fields and basketball fields for sports and labs for science. This would provide the right kind of facility for arts to grow." Boles said she, and others within the Playmakers community, believe the proposed performing arts center will also benefit the community. "This should be a great facility in which our students can learn," Boles said. Jana Jae, who organizes the American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, has also come out in support of the bond. "I'm all for it," Jae said. "I'm all for anything that supports the art and cultural and community events." Opposition to the Measure While no formal opposition to the bond has emerged, one district patron voiced his displeasure during the Feb. 10 school board meeting. George Fracek told the board he would vote no, and encourage others to do likewise for several reasons, including the fact that district officials lumped the technology funds together with the performing arts center. Fracek mentioned some inadequacies he sees in the preliminary performing art center plans, including the lack of a space to create sets for dramatic performances. Fracek also raised concerns that the performing arts proposal does not make allowances for video or television style production, including cameras or editing "on a greater level than just recording something for either review or archival reasons." While the biggest selling point for the issue is that it would not raise district taxes, Fracek said Grove students deserve more. "This plan tries to please everyone with little nuggets of 'carrots' except in the area of play production, where there is a huge lack of facilities," Fracek said. "Let’s pay a few more mills (millage) for it (center) to be adequate. "[Otherwise] we will just continue paying taxes for something that is not adequate." Bond Issues Around The State Grove is not alone in using bonds to improve or replace facilities. During the Feb. 10 election, Tulsa-area voters approved three school bond issues worth more than $500 million. The propositions included a two, with a combined total of $370 million, which included $9 million for transportation Broken Arrow Public Schools, a combined $120.4 million, which included $1.4 million for transportation, for the Jenks Public School System, and a $27 million proposition for the Union Public School System. All of the bonds were approved with more than the required 60 percent majority vote, which is required by state statue. Like in Grove, none of the bond issues in Broken Arrow, Jenks or Union will raise taxes. All three districts will also use a portion of their bond money for technology improvements. In March, Tulsa Public School officials will place a $415 million bond package on the ballot. Voting Information Voters have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, to apply for absentee ballots for the March 3 election. Completed absentee ballots must be returned by voters by 7 p.m. on March 3, in order to be eligible for the election. Additionally, early voting will take place at the Delaware County Election Board office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27. The election board is located at 225 South Fifth Street, Jay. Voters can cast their ballots at their respective polling places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Voters are required to show identification when casting their ballots. For more information, persons interested may contact the Delaware County Election Board at 918-253-8762 or download an absentee ballot application at www.elections.ok.gov.