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Media notes: Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is featured in Fox Sports' college football advertising campaignSep 1, 2015
The television spots featuring Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William Perry, in which they rebuke so-called fans for their disobedience, will run on multiple Fox networks.
Media notes: Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is featured in Fox Sports' college football advertising campaign
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 1, 2015Former OU linebacker Brian “The Boz” Bosworth has joined Eric Dickerson and William “Refrigerator” Perry star as "college football gods" in Fox Sports' new ad campaign launching this week. The television spots decree that fans “Honor Thy Saturday” by watching college football games on FS1. The television spots featuring Bosworth, Dickerson and Perry, in which they rebuke so-called fans for their disobedience, will run on multiple Fox networks. The "gods" are featured in outdoor billboards, including a wall-scape along the I-405 freeway in Los Angeles, and have their own Twitter account, @CFBGodsonFS1, which interacts with fans throughout the season and encourages conversation using the hashtag #HonorThySaturday. Fox Sports kicked off its preparation for the season with the FS1 Opening Drive bus tour, which is making several stops around the country before pulling in to Salt Lake City prior to Michigan at Utah game at 6 p.m. Thursday on FS1. Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call the game. Short takes •Country music superstar Brad Paisley, who served as a guest picker at the "College GameDay" West Virginia stop last year, will perform his new single, “Country Nation” the Saturday season-opening telecast (8-11 a.m.) from Fort Worth's Sundance Square. "College GameDay" is hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. The show will preview the No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 20 Wisconsin game that night on ABC. •Cox Communications has added Millwood at Oklahoma Christian School at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, to its high school football schedule. •The NFL Network wraps up its preseason coverage with two live games Thursday: Philadelphia at New York Jets at 6 p.m. and San Diego at San Francisco at 9 p.m. •Inspiring stories chronicling the journeys of world-class athletes Alex Morgan (U.S. women's soccer team), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Tim Howard (U.S. men's soccer team) will be featured in upcoming episodes of Disney XD and ESPN Films' athlete profile documentary series "Becoming." The series is executive-produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment group. •Longtime NFL team executive Joe Banner has joined ESPN as a Front Office Insider. He will appear primarily on weekday editions of NFL Insiders beginning Thursday.
Sep 1, 2015
The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 1, 2015The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18 Kingfisher will be Bethany's opponent in The Children's Center Bowl this month, with the annual game set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Players get to tour the facility and meet several patients. The Children's Center is a private, non-profit hospital which offers 24-hour medical care, comprehensive therapies, respiratory care and special education to children with complex pediatric conditions. In addition, patients from the hospital will attend the game and take part in special activities with players, cheerleaders and fans. On average, The Children's Center Bowl raises close to $10,000 for the hospital and its patients. TUTTLE, DAVIS SPLIT GATE FROM WEEK ZERO GAME Last week's Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school's turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we're not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn't repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis' 30-game win streak. Odam estimated the gross profit from the game was around $10,000. Both schools honored former coach Mickey Hoy before the game and at halftime. Hoy began his coaching career 50 years ago at Tuttle and later coached at Davis. SEVEN FORMER LOCAL STANDOUTS NAMED OBU CAPTAINS Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OBU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding in Shawnee. NORMAN NORTH'S MILLIGAN WINS OJGT EVENT A good performance on the summer circuit has carried over to the fall schedule for Norman North's Kaitlin Milligan. The junior shot rounds of 68 and 67 to win the OJGT Kickingbird Fall Challenge in Edmond over the weekend. Milligan's two-round total of 135 was good for a five-stroke win over Durant's Sydney Youngblood, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma. In the boys age 15-18 event, Wichita's Wells Padgett needed a final-round 61 to edge Logan McAllister of Christian Heritage by one stroke. Stillwater's Jack Glenn shot a two-round total of 140 to win the age 12-14 tournament by two shots. BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, staff writers
Indiana coach Tom Crean isn't just talking tough. He's getting tough.On Monday, the Hoosiers announced sophomore Emmitt Holt had been kicked off the team and prized recruit Thomas Bryant will face internal discipline after being cited for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage.For Holt, it was a second strike. In November, he ran into Devin Davis, a former teammate, with his car, leaving...
Hoosiers kick Holt off team, discipline Bryant
By MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Aug 31, 2015Indiana coach Tom Crean isn't just talking tough. He's getting tough. On Monday, the Hoosiers announced sophomore Emmitt Holt had been kicked off the team and prized recruit Thomas Bryant will face internal discipline after being cited for illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage. For Holt, it was a second strike. In November, he ran into Devin Davis, a former teammate, with his car, leaving Davis with a severe brain injury. Holt was not cited by police, who police determined Davis jumped in front of the car and that both players had been drinking under age. "Sophomore Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the men's basketball program effective immediately for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment in the circumstances surrounding his recent citation, particularly coming after his involvement in the Devin Davis accident which should have motivated him to make better decisions," the strongly-worded two-sentence statement said. The statement did not specify what punishments Bryant is facing. Indiana State Excise Police released their report Aug. 24, acknowledging the 19-year-old Holt and 18-year-old Bryant were each found with a bottle of vodka in a parked car outside a local business at about 12:50 a.m. Holt and Bryant, police said, were passengers in the car. Since word of the most recent legal trouble leaked, outraged fans have expressed dismay over a series of problems -- and not just with the basketball team -- that have resulted in dismissals, suspensions and court dates. They're not the only ones upset. During an all-staff meeting last week, university President Michael McRobbie told coaches he doesn't want to see any more stories about "repeated" misbehavior and called this recent spate an embarrassment to the university. Athletic director Fred Glass said he echoed those comments at the meeting. And during an alumni association-Varsity Club event last week in Indianapolis, a frustrated Crean even questioned the leadership on his team. "Emmitt should have never put my freshman in that situation," Crean told reporters before apologizing to fans for having to watch this play out in public yet again. Losing Holt will hurt. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds last season and showed enough promise he was expected to be a key contributor this year. He won't get a chance to prove it now. Bryant will. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound McDonald's All-American should give Indiana the strongest inside presence it's had since Cody Zeller left early for the NBA following the 2012-13 season. But Bryant also finds himself on a short leash. "As a result of his citation, (Bryant) is receiving internal team discipline and is subject to additional discipline for any future failure to live up to his responsibilities to the program," the statement said. The problems began when former forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested on an OWI charge in February 2014. Since then, guards Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Stanford Robinson have been cited for minor consumption of alcohol and possession of false identification, two players were suspended for failed drug tests and there was the Davis-Holt accident. In May, Davis and Mosquera-Perea were booted off the team after Davis was cited for marijuana possession. Campus police said Mosquera-Perea was present at the time but was not cited. The football team also has had its share of legal woes. In April, defensive lineman Ralph Green III was arrested after allegedly slapping a 20-year-old woman. He was charged with misdemeanor battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct In May, receiver Isaac Griffith was arrested on a OWI charge with endangerment, and in June, safety Antonio Allen was dismissed after being arrested on drug-dealing charges. Green and Griffith have been practicing with the football team. Allen was dismissed from the team.
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 double-header, 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...
Choctaw's Kickoff Classic double-header returns Saturday
Aug 31, 2015After 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 double-header, 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 Friday night with a visit from Sapulpa.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul HixAug 31, 2015
Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jordan Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul Hix
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 31, 2015MOORE — Jordan Jones hasn't missed a Moore War game since the sixth grade, and he's never seen Moore top rival Westmoore in that span. Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore. He's hoping to change that Friday night at Moore Schools Stadium. “I can just tell how bad it sucks to go your whole four years and not win a game,” Jones said. “That's how some of the players were, and to get a ‘W' for them it would mean everything to me because I know how much it would mean to us and the community.” In its second season under coach Paul Hix, Moore is experiencing bigger expectations than recently felt around the program. The team is determined to deliver a better season, and that starts with winning the game the Lions can't seem to win. “I think we need to win the first game of the year,” Hix said. “It just so happens to be the biggest game of the season for our community. “It's just the first game for us. I think I made the mistake of trying to downplay it last year. But to my community and my kids and my student body and the teachers, it's the Super Bowl. It's almost go big or go home because I feel like for 15 years in a row we have lost a big section of the enthusiasm just because we don't win this game.” The game was also honored as part of the Great American Rivalry Series on Monday. The game will be presented by the Army and an in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime Friday. The team that wins the game will also be presented a trophy along with game MVP and a top-student athlete from each school. Last season, Moore went 0-10 under Hix, but there were some positive developments around the program. Quarterback Josh Detweiler showed promise while throwing for 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Hix said that Detweiler has shown remarkable improvement in the offseason and is poised for a big season. He could become the school's all-time leading passer by the end of the season. “Mentally, he is right there on par with any other quarterbacks I've had as far as mastering the concepts,” Hix said. Hix also said the team has shown improvement in the second year of his spread offense. A new defensive scheme has also led to more speed and improvement from the linebackers. But even with all of the positive developments there have been some struggles for Moore leading up to this week. Top receiver Abel Wills recently suffered a broken collarbone. Last Tuesday, highly-touted running back Darian Davis left for a prep school out of state. “It's easy to make excuses but we know that we lost them, they're good players and everything but we've got to move past that and look forward to Westmoore,” Detweiler said. And Moore is certainly looking forward to Friday with the idea that win could snowball and lead to more in the coming weeks. The school spirit is up. The morale around the football team is up. The community is even fired up. “I had a couple cops today tell me that they hope we beat Westmoore,” Jones said. “It's just really exciting.”
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 30, 2015
A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one...
The Oklahoman's Top 10 Games of Week 1: Midwest City-Tulsa Washington a powerhouse matchup
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 30, 2015A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one from the Oklahoma City metro — meeting in the season opener. It can't be topped. 2. Class 6A-I No. 1 Jenks at 6A-II No. 1 Bixby Bixby has a big hill to climb to hang with Jenks, but the idea of two top-ranked defending champions meeting up in the opener is still fun. 3. Class 6A-I No. 4 Broken Arrow at 6A-I No. 5 Owasso The winner of this game gets a boost to its contender status as we try to decide who can challenge Jenks and Tulsa Union for the 6A-I crown. 4. Class 5A No. 6 Collinsville at 4A No. 2 Oologah, Thursday Collinsville won this matchup last year, but Oologah got back on track and made a run to the Class 4A finals. 5. Class 3A No. 5 Lincoln Christian vs. 2A No. 1 Davis at Choctaw, 3 p.m. Saturday Choctaw's special Saturday doubleheader starts with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. 6. Southlake Carroll (Texas) at 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union One of Oklahoma's powerhouse big-school teams against one from Texas. Instant rivalry. 7. Class 5A No. 5 Ardmore at 4A No. 7 Ada New coaches on each side of this rivalry — Josh Newby at Ardmore and Wade Standley at Ada — but preseason hype has been high in each town. 8. Class 6A-I No. 9 Edmond Memorial at 6A-I No. 6 Southmoore, Thursday Edmond Memorial's solid defense will give Southmoore's young offensive talent a good test out of the gate. 9. Class 6A-II No. 5 Stillwater at 5A No. 3 Deer Creek Deer Creek gets a glimpse of its future with the impending move to 6A-II a year away. 10. Class A No. 7 Ringling at 2A No. 6 OCS An intriguing matchup between two teams that have been regular state title contenders in their respective classes the last few years.
The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has.The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button....
The Kansas City Star Sam Mellinger column
Sam Mellinger, Associated Press | Aug 29, 2015The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has. The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button. Hudler’s feet hit the floor within seconds. He is like a red-headed 54-year-old windup toy, only you never know what’s about to come out of his mouth, and one pull of the string lasts all day. He is in the middle of, like, the fourth of a hundred stories in a day that started at 6 and won’t end until around 11 that night, after he broadcasts the 126th of 162 games in what is shaping up to be a historic Royals season. Day in the life of Rex Hudler, Kansas City Royals broadcaster Kansas City sports columnist Sam Mellinger spent a day with Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals. Listen to his report here. (Video by Rich Sugg and Monty Davis | The Kansas City Star) There was the time he got promoted from Class A by writing George Steinbrenner a letter. The time he took out a teammate with a slide during a spring training B-game at 9 in the morning. The time he bought two engagement rings just to make sure she said yes. All the times he’s talked to God, the big man always calling him Hud, and the time he got fired by the Angels, then hired by the Royals, and mostly hated by his new city. That was hard. There was also time he found out his first son had Down syndrome. That was harder. But at the moment, he is talking about baseball, so he is smiling and taking his sunglasses off to look you in the eye even as he speeds down the highway and steers with his leg. “The feeling I get coming to the ballpark now is the same as when I played,” Hudler says. “I know who’s pitching that night, and I’m thinking about that (expletive). He’s the guy I’m going to make a living off of. He’s the man who’s going to pay my family, and my future. That’s how serious it is. I’d stand in the batters box, ‘My family against yours, (expletive). Let’s go.’” By the time the day is over, Hud — even his wife, Jennifer, calls him that — will have laughed and cried and kissed each of his three sons. He will have talked about experimenting with drugs, of starting six straight seasons with the same minor-league team, and of asking to play one last game before retiring at the age of 37 — a game in which he got hit in the neck with a pitch, then lost the game by whiffing a routine grounder at second base. For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, he tells them, “That makes two of us.” Once, his tongue got tied and he ended up calling a backup Royals outfielder “Paulo Homo.” Another time, he called the moon a planet. He said the Astros use the metric system. He laughs these things off, even when Jennifer playfully calls him an idiot, and (not as playfully) begs him to stay away from big words on the air. The stories come out in real life the same as they do during his broadcasts: fast, loud, occasionally mangled, often self-deprecating and usually out of nowhere. The difference is they are about a complicated life, not a simple game, and he doesn’t have to watch his language. But first, he’s got yoga, shirt off in a room the instructor keeps at 105 degrees. At 7:16 in the morning, the bus pulls up outside Hudler’s home. Cade has been standing in the driveway for a few minutes already, waving a small American flag. Hudler just got back from taking his two younger boys to school, and jokes that Cade is throwing a one-man welcome home parade. “Love you, daddy,” Cade says. “Oh, I love you too, bud,” Hudler says. Cade smiles and runs toward the bus. Hudler calls Cade “my special boy.” He will never forget that phone call. It was a few days after Cade was born, and doctors had already pronounced him totally healthy. But then the blood test results came back. Cade had an extra chromosome. Down syndrome. Hudler took the news the way he takes everything in his life. With a smile. A stubborn optimism. The rest of the family – Jennifer, their parents, friends – cried. Hudler refused the pain. He smiled. He didn’t know what else to do. Then Hudler called Tim Burke, an old teammate who raised a child with special needs. “You need to grieve with Jennifer,” Hudler remembers Burke saying. “You need to grieve the dreams of the typical boy for your first-born son.” That’s when Hudler wept. This went on for days. He was consumed. The lowest point of his life. Then he met some teammates for an offseason workout. They could tell something was off. He told them the news. One of those teammates was Jim Abbott, who pitched 10 big-league seasons and threw a no-hitter despite being born without a right hand. “Miracles can happen,” Abbott said, and that’s all Hud needed to hear. He sped home, slammed open the door, and yelled with joy to Jennifer. “Honey, guess what?” he remembers saying. “Cade came to the right place. We’re gonna get him where he needs to be. Call the cops!” Cade will be 18 in November. He is the happiest kid you are likely to meet in a month. Rex and Jennifer started a non-profit to help children with special needs, and their annual event will take place at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 6. Sometimes people ask Hudler why he’s happy all the time. Where all of this energy comes from. He tells them about Cade. How could Hud be sad when Cade keeps him so happy? There’s more to it than that. We’ll get to the rest soon. But watching Hud kiss his son is a good place to start. At 10:21 in the morning, Hud is dead silent except for rhythmic and deliberate breaths. His shirt is off, sweat pouring from his skin. He is face down, only his pelvis touching the ground, his legs and arms stretching up and out. In yoga, they call this the full locust. “Feel that bone-to-skin stretch,” the instructor is saying. “You are continually reminding yourself how great you are, even through the pain, even through the suffering.” Rex Hudler in his yoga class Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, participates in a yoga class. (Video by Rich Sugg | email@example.com) Steve Physioc, Hud’s occasional broadcast partner with the Royals and before that with the Angels, introduced him to yoga. But like most things, Hud took it to the extreme, which is why he drives a half-hour to Kansas City Bikram Yoga and this room intentionally kept hot enough to induce a fever. The only noise is the instructor’s steady voice and the breaths of the other 14 people here. Hud feels lighter when he’s done, and says the pain of 21 years of professional baseball is diminished every time he does this. But there is also a peace he finds here, a peace that he’s needed. That first year in Kansas City was particularly brutal as Hudler replaced the fired Frank White on the broadcast. That would’ve been difficult anyway. White’s No. 20 is on the Hall of Fame building in left field, and before the first game Hudler broadcast a plane flew over the stadium with a banner asking WHERE’S FRANK? But Hud is also — and how do we say this? — different. For as long as the Royals have existed, their broadcasts have been defined by the steady and understated Denny Matthews. White’s style was much the same, his focus put into picking out details from a replay rather than raw entertainment. Into that culture came Hud, with his catchphrases and presentation that more closely resemble former pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (who Hud once asked if he could body-slam, but that’s a different story). It didn’t help that the Royals lost 90 games that year, including all 10 at home in April. People wrote in saying they were done with the Royals, that they couldn’t stomach Hudler’s broadcasts. It was one thing to fire a franchise icon, they said, but to replace him with this? “I knew I was going to eat (expletive),” he says now. “The Royals told me that when I took the job.” At some point, he made the decision to pull back a little bit. Give the fans half a dose of Hud, is the way he puts it, because they weren’t ready for the full dose. After a month or two, someone from the team called him in. Where’s the guy we hired? But it’s hard when a near consensus of the feedback is negative, much of it brutal. Hudler made a nice living as a player, but even with his pension he needs to work. He has four kids. His in-laws stay in the master bedroom, and require hired care. He needs to work, and he considers his job the second best in the world (being a ballplayer, of course, is No. 1), so it’s head down and refuse to give up. Hud is a man of faith. He prays every morning with his family over breakfast, and by himself whenever he gets a free moment. He often describes conversations with God in very plain terms. “I heard Him get on me,” Hudler says. “He said, ‘Get up, Hud, stand up, be the man I sent you to be.’” So Hudler put a box of his old baseball cards in his car one day, and stood outside Kauffman Stadium, handing them out like a politician. “Hi,” he told people. “I’m Rex Hudler and I’m your new color commentator.” Nothing happens overnight. Hud says it wasn’t until midway through last season — his third in Kansas City — that the compliments started to outnumber the criticisms. Look around the ballpark now and you’ll see references to his catchphrases. Fans stand and yell for his autograph along with Eric Hosmer’s. Aside from Yost and general manager Dayton Moore, there may not be anyone around the team whose image benefitted from the Royals’ turnover more than Hudler. “It took some time for me,” says Scott Hadsall, who got Hudler’s autograph before Wednesday’s game. “When the team starts winning, and you grow to love the team, you grow to love everything about the team. Now, I can’t help but love the guy and his enthusiasm. “It’s like, everything about the team is better. Even with Rex, the same stuff that before you saw as a flaw, well, now it’s his youthful enthusiasm.” Hudler is thinking about bits of all this as he stretches. They tell you to clear your mind completely during yoga, but that’s impossible for him. So he prays for his family, thinks of reasons to be grateful, ways he can improve, and soaks in the only silent part of his day. “I feel so energized when I leave here,” he says, walking to his car. “But I’m not kidding. An hour and a half of not talking is hard for me.” At 11:57, Hud is at the Peach Tree Buffet eating catfish and collard greens. This is his favorite restaurant in town, the place he goes to treat himself. The food is Southern and goes on forever, both of which remind him of growing up with a mother with Texas roots. Mom was the constant. Hudler’s parents divorced when he was 8. She got remarried to a man she did not love but thought would be a good father to her three boys. She wanted to divorce again when Rex was a junior in high school, but Rex begged her to wait a year. She did. Of course she did. Anything for those boys. Mom was full of love, but she also was strict. She yelled and got physical in ways that fathers did a generation or two ago. She taught Rex to respect authority, and to take care of himself. She gave him a list of chores and they had to be done right or Rex had to start over. She worked so hard. Raising those three boys, she still found time to study her way through nursing school. Sometimes, Rex would race home from school and clean the house. He’d hide behind the couch and wait for his mother to get home. Even now, all these years later, tears drip from his eyes as he tells the story and remembers his mom’s reaction. “I just wanted to see her expression,” he says. “She’d drop her jaw. She’d start crying. As hard as she worked for me and my brothers, I wanted to see the joy in her face.” Hudler’s two brothers took a different path. Both got swept up by addiction. Drugs. Heavy stuff. Hudler admits to experimenting — “I tasted, I dabbled,” he says — but he never went too far. He wanted to do well by Mom, and later he kicked what he calls an immature and selfish lifestyle to better his baseball career. Mom gave him so much. Not just the discipline, and not just a standard to meet. She gave him the best advice of his life, too. “The world is negative,” he remembers her saying. “The only way you’ll survive is to be positive. You have to learn how to get a positive out of a negative. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time surviving.” Those words, along with Cade’s spirit, are the fuel for what the baseball world and Royals fans in particular have come to know as Hud. That energy was always in him, but he made a conscious effort to bring it out. He is a natural salesman, and he sells baseball. At some point, a conscious effort becomes habit and a habit becomes who you are. People sometimes wonder if Hudler is acting. If he’s playing a character. There was some of that in the beginning, sure, but if you are constantly playing the same character it stops being a character and becomes your personality. This is how Rex Hudler came to be Hud. “You’re right on,” Hud says. “One hundred percent.” At 1:34 p.m., Hud is sitting by the pool in his backyard and he is in full Hud mode. He is making fun of his baseball career, and the jokes work, because Hud has always been comfortable laughing at himself. He says that instead of the collection of old jerseys he has inside his house, he should’ve kept a collection of splinters from every bench he rode in the big leagues. And speaking of benches, did you know the one in Montreal was the best for farting? Something about the acoustics there. And speaking of farting, do you have any idea how many times he crop-dusted his teammates? Too many to count. This goes on for a few more minutes, until, well, maybe he’s run out of one-liners because here comes something you weren’t expecting. “Every day I get to go to the ballpark and talk about the best team in baseball,” he says before ripping off his T-shirt and doing a half belly-flop into the pool. This is all a bit of a show, of course. The jokes about his career cover up a few important points about him, too. The first is that he worked hard for that career, no matter how many times he lets it be defined by eating a june bug on the bench (which he did for $800 cash). Hudler spent a full decade in the minors before becoming a regular big-leaguer. He was a high school football star, signing with the Yankees over Notre Dame, and after his third or fourth stalled season in the minor leagues the coach at Fresno State — Hud’s hometown school — offered him a scholarship to play wide receiver. Hud kept on in baseball, though, never believing his story would end anywhere but the big leagues. He played in eight organizations and spent a year in Japan before getting the 10 years of service time required for a big-league pension. That was always a big goal of his. Money is important, obviously, but so too is validation. When he’s pushed too far in the baseball world, he talks about how hard he played, adding: and not much has changed. Ozzie Smith learned his name after Hudler slammed into him at second base. Cal Ripken signed a picture for him once, writing, “All these years I thought you were the real ‘Iron Man.’” The second important point covered up by all the jokes is that Hud’s story is woven together in a way that can’t be undone. He made the most money of his career during his last two seasons in the majors. That was on a deal with the Phillies, playing in Terry Francona’s first two years as a big-league manager. The Phillies had a bunch of rookies on that team. Francona knew about Hudler’s fire and heard about his positivity and thought it could be a good example for his younger players. So Hudler made more money than ever before, and finally qualified for a pension that will last as long as he or Jennifer live, mostly because of his energy. In other words, Hud would not have this house or the pool behind it without being Hud. “I’m a professional people person,” he says. “I’m in the love business.” At 9:44 p.m., Hud is in the broadcast booth on the fourth floor at Kauffman Stadium. He’s finally comfortable here. Finally feels the love coming back. As he puts it, Royals fans always waved to him. But now they use all their fingers, instead of just the middle one. This is his booth now, more than it ever has been before. Ryan Lefebvre, his broadcast partner, is learning how to better set him up, and the pair’s chemistry is improving. Hud is still too much at times — the other day, they had to reshoot the opening to the Royals broadcast because he was about five levels too Hud — but he is learning to pick his spots. You can hear both sides after Mike Moustakas hits a home run in the eighth inning. “That’s a Moose souvenir for sure!” he says. “That ball was tattered and battered! A fastball up in the zone. Moose is taking his hands back, doing very little with his body. I love the fact he’s so quiet with his lower body. He’s letting his hands do the work, and that’s why Moose is coming back.” In front of Hud sits a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, notes, his scorecard, and two TV monitors. A baseball is almost constantly bouncing around his right hand. Hud calls this his pacifier, a way to let the extra energy drip out. He used to bounce it on the table but stopped after learning it could be heard two booths down. Behind Hudler’s right shoulder is a wall signed by guests on the broadcast. Much of it is the good-natured insults of male friendship. I need a vacation from Rex! writes Ripken. Rex you are #2 in my heart, everybody else is #1, kiss my ass! writes Bert Blyleven. Hud loves it, of course. All of it. This is his life, and the language of his people. The Royals will lose this game, 8-5. It’s their first loss in five games and they will come back the next day to win. Hud has always been at his best when focusing on the positives. At 9:58 p.m., the last out is made and Hud packs up and walks out of the booth. He takes one flight of stairs down, then walks out to the parking lot to beat as much of the postgame traffic as he can. It was a good broadcast, he thinks. One more step of progress. One more chance to get better. One more day of, hopefully, winning over a few more fans. The broadcast two days earlier was his best of the year, according to Hudler. It was a quick game, and the points he and Lefebvre made played out like fortune-telling. They said the outfield was playing Omar Infante too far in, and Infante hit a triple to the wall. Next time up, they said the right fielder was still too far in and Infante hit a triple that way. This was good. Lefebvre set him up well, and Hudler did not step on Lefebvre’s calls. Perhaps most importantly, Hudler did not screw up. His wife will not call him an idiot. But tomorrow is another day. To reach Sam Mellinger, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000003183,t000007860,t000007502,t000007908,t000007886,t000007504,t000007910,t000007866,t000007506,t000007934,t000007460,t000007564,t000007548,t000007552,t000007480,t000007472,t000007462,t000007464,t000007634,t000007598,t000007484,g000224911,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164
Aug 28, 2015
The loss is Davis’ first since losing the 2012 Class 2A state championship game to Oklahoma Christian School and first in the regular season since Week 3 in 2011 against Heritage Hall.
High school football: Tuttle's defense steps up, helps end Davis' 30-game winning streak
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 28, 2015TUTTLE — There wasn't much sleep the past week for Tuttle senior defensive end Dalton Cooper. Certainly not with Davis' vaunted triple-option offense and 30-game winning streak coming to town for the state's first Week Zero. He stayed up late studying film looking for a way to stop the run and streak. With Tuttle showing signs of fatigue and clinging to a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cooper broke free to tackle quarterback Trever Merrell for a loss on two consecutive drives. Both were game-altering plays that allowed the Tigers to knock off Davis 31-14 in front of a near-capacity crowd Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field. “It's a pain,” Cooper said about the triple option. “It really is because our d-linemen have to tackle the fullback, somebody has to tackle the quarterback, somebody has the pitchman. We didn't call it a triple option because if everybody does their job it's not a triple option it's no option.” The loss is Davis' first since losing the 2012 Class 2A state championship game to Oklahoma Christian School and first in the regular season since Week 3 in 2011 against Heritage Hall. Tuttle held Davis to just 167 yards of offense — all on the ground — and forced three turnovers by new quarterback Merrell. “Coach (Clint) Warren did an unbelievable job getting our defense ready for these guys,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. “We knew we were going to have to match their toughness. That's how they win so many games. They're tough and they execute. I thought our kids really stuck to the plan and played extremely well down the stretch.” Leading 18-14 in the fourth, Cooper and the Tuttle defense forced Davis to turn the ball over on downs with 7:38 remaining and then forced a three-and-out with 4:05 remaining. Nearly three minutes later, Tuttle senior running back Jason Biddy broke free for a 52-yard touchdown to seal the victory. “It was the same play I kept on cutting back in side, cutting back inside, cutting back inside and I figured eventually the outside would be open,” Biddy said. “So I got it and I didn't see any white shirts and saw the end zone, so that's where I went.” Tuttle later made it 31-14 with 13.1 seconds remaining when Blake Berryhill returned an interception that was deflected 29 yards for a touchdown. Biddy finished with 118 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He gave Tuttle its first lead of the night with a 3-yard score on the opening possession. Junior Rhett Boles also excelled at times in his first start at quarterback, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while also completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards. Davis led twice thanks to touchdown runs by Blanton Tucker and Hunter Karlik, but turnovers ultimately proved costly. Davis coach Jody Weber blamed himself for the loss based on his play-calling. “I probably was the worst piece in the puzzle today,” he said. “I never got into any kind of rhythm, I couldn't get anything going and our kids bailed me out a lot with big plays.” And a big reason for that was Tuttle's defense, which found a way despite exhaustion setting in down the stretch. “It definitely makes a (statement) for us,” Cooper said. “Now we're really scary. It meant a lot to go get and kill that streak.”
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.
When basketball season begins, expect to see a smorgasbord of stories about Texas’ depth and experience. Bring a pillow on senior night. It might take a while.Coach Shaka Smart and his assistants are dialed into this year’s team, but they also have an eye on the future. Six seniors are leaving — make it seven if junior guard Isaiah Taylor jumps into the NBA draft.Essentially, Smart will have to...
Smart sizing up recruiting landscape with an eye toward Texas' future
Brian Davis and Richard Tijerina, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2015When basketball season begins, expect to see a smorgasbord of stories about Texas’ depth and experience. Bring a pillow on senior night. It might take a while. Coach Shaka Smart and his assistants are dialed into this year’s team, but they also have an eye on the future. Six seniors are leaving — make it seven if junior guard Isaiah Taylor jumps into the NBA draft. Essentially, Smart will have to rebuild half the roster after his first season. Thus, an intriguing question: What does Smart want the Texas roster to look like in the years ahead? “Obviously, you can’t have a team full of guys that are my height,” the 5-foot, 10 1/2-inch coach said. “There are some great players that were quote, unquote ‘undersized’ at their position. We’re looking for other factors,” Smart added. “Size and athleticism is something that we will factor in. But we want guys that have a high motor. Guys who want to play a fast, exciting, up-tempo style. We love guys that can make plays from all five positions.” This season, the Horns still have a sizable front line. Cam Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert are all 6-foot-9 or taller. Shaquille Cleare, a 6-foot-8 bruiser, joins the mix after sitting out per NCAA transfer rules. Those are four solid rim protectors. But what about the guards and wing players? Does Smart want only players from the 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-6 variety? Yes, every coach wants tall players, obviously. But Smart appears to value sheer athleticism above all else. At this point, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the Horns are headed long term in recruiting. Smart and his staff are still developing relationships with the state’s high school coaches. Just like football coach Charlie Strong, Smart had to hit the ground running, figure out who’s who, what’s what and where’s that? The Horns have only one player committed for the 2016 class. Jacob Young, a four-star guard from Houston Yates, is a 6-foot scorer considered the 10th-best player in the state, according to Horns247. Keep close watch on the type of players committing to Smart’s program in September and October. Key recruiting weekends are usually tied to home football games, when recruits can get an eyeful of what the campus is like. That will give some insight as to the type of team Texas assembles in the future. Smart appears to be chasing big in-state targets. St. Stephen’s power forward Jarrett Allen (6-9) is the nation’s 18th-best prospect. Irving MacArthur’s Andrew Jones (6-4 guard) and DeSoto’s Marques Bolden (6-10 center) are both listed among the state’s top 10. De’Ron Davis, a 6-9 forward from Aurora, Colo., is the top-rated player in his home state. In fact, Texas is also chasing the No. 1-rated players in New York, Vermont, Maryland, Georgia and Florida. James Banks, a 6-10 center rated the third-best player in Indiana, is scheduled to visit UT this weekend. Just because Smart has six or seven scholarship slots available doesn’t mean he’ll sign that many during November’s early signing period. Remember, Myles Turner signed with Texas during the late signing period in May 2014. “There’s not really a magic number that we have,” Smart said. “I don’t know for sure how many guys we’ll sign. We’re excited about the guys we’re recruiting and excited about showing them Texas. There’s quite a few guys that haven’t seen our campus or our facilities.” ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000048049,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Long before Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia and banned junk food in favor of personalized smoothies, fitness experts have been helping NFL players get bigger, stronger and faster by changing their eating habits.Players often transform their bodies during the offseason, but it requires more than pumping iron. Whether they're trying to bulk up or slim down, proper nutrition...
Healthy eating helps NFL players achieve fitness goals
By ROB MAADDI, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2015PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Long before Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia and banned junk food in favor of personalized smoothies, fitness experts have been helping NFL players get bigger, stronger and faster by changing their eating habits. Players often transform their bodies during the offseason, but it requires more than pumping iron. Whether they're trying to bulk up or slim down, proper nutrition is essential. "We are not eating for pleasure, we are eating with a defined purpose to fill each athlete with rocket fuel," said Kevin Dunn, owner and CEO of TEST Football Academy. And what they eat isn't for the average person. Training guru Steve Saunders has an "earn your carbs" diet plan for athletes who want to gain lean muscle mass and burn body fat. It's popular among linebackers. "They're only allowed carbs after a workout and the meal after a workout," said Saunders, president of the fast-growing Power Train franchise. Saunders has trained numerous Eagles, Steelers and other NFL players, including two-time All-Pro linebacker James Harrison. A sample lunch from the "earn your carbs" diet includes: 16-20 ounces of chicken breast, beef, steak, or ground turkey or turkey sausage; one cup of rice, two potatoes and one cup cooked pasta with green vegetables or salad and two tablespoons of olive oil. Saunders says wide receivers present the biggest challenges. Considering their diva reputation, that's no surprise. "Receivers are flaky at the beginning because they automatically associate weight gain with getting slower, which is wrong, so they don't want to gain or lose a pound," Saunders said. "Once you get their trust, they'll do it. I remember Antwaan Randle El was 184 pounds and it took me three, four months to convince him that he'd be better at 190, that he'd be more durable, he'd feel better, he'd take hits better." Some players — think linemen — want to slim down and lose body fat. Saunders has a "zero tolerance" diet for them that consists of no carbohydrates other than greens for three weeks. Colts offensive lineman Todd Herremans is one of many players who tried this diet. "It will melt the fat and build muscle," Saunders said. "It's hard to do for an extended period of time, but for 21 days it will drop a drastic amount of body fat." A sample breakfast includes six whole eggs, six egg whites or six ounces of red meat (leanest cut filet) or ground turkey breast with steamed asparagus. Dunn has trained Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Demario Davis and other NFL stars. He uses high-tech equipment to monitor how many calories his players burn during their workouts. "We found our O-Line players burn an average of 22,000 calories per week above and beyond their basal metabolic rate, which would require between 4500-5000 calories per day to maintain their weight," he said. "Therefore, it becomes critical to replenish that fuel with some of the most nutrient dense foods you can get your hands on." Before Kelly brought sports science to the Eagles, former coach Andy Reid let them eat whatever they wanted. The team even had junk-food themed days such as "Taco Tuesdays" and "Fast-food Fridays" during the season. But Kelly banned pizza, burgers, fried chicken and other unhealthy treats. Players have customized protein shakes waiting for them after practice and other healthy snacks available outside the locker room. The team's cafeteria only offers a health-conscious menu now. After Kelly arrived, he had signs hung in the cafeteria explaining each of the four major food groups. "You use proper nutrition to make them bigger, faster and stronger," Kelly said. Many players immediately jumped on board. "Once you're done working out, you need to replenish your body, otherwise it's just going to keep breaking down," said tight end Brent Celek, who also has trained with Saunders. San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid is such an advocate of healthy eating that he partnered with My Sports Dietitian, a new company that's devoted to sports nutrition and education services. "I would recommend everyone else check them out," Reid said. Tavis Piattoly, co-founder of the company, said Reid was a case study who inspired the concept. "When he was a sophomore in high school, he weighed about 160-170 pounds and he was able to put on about 40 pounds of lean muscle in about two years through a good diet and increasing his calories in a good way," Piattoly said. "That made him more attractive to college scouts and it opened him up to more schools recruiting him. I've seen that in a lot of kids." Piattoly's mission is to inform and educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of nutrition versus overuse of supplements. "Too many athletes are turning to supplements to try and increase their performance," he said. "We believe in a food-first approach to help an athlete reach their peak performance." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi
Aug 24, 2015
When Baker Mayfield came out of high school (Lake Travis in Austin, Texas), his best scholarship offers were from New Mexico, Washington State and Florida Atlantic. Yet the absolute first time Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury had a chance to play Mayfield, he did so. And the absolute first time Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has a chance to play Mayfield, he apparently will do so. Oklahoman sources...
Tramel: Why does Baker Mayfield keep surpassing expectations?
Berry Tramel | Aug 24, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3787476[/img] When Baker Mayfield came out of high school (Lake Travis in Austin, Texas), his best scholarship offers were from New Mexico, Washington State and Florida Atlantic. Yet the absolute first time Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury had a chance to play Mayfield, he did so. And the absolute first time Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has a chance to play Mayfield, he apparently will do so. It's settled. Mayfield will start for the Sooners against Akron on Sept. 5. And Mayfield started as a Tech true freshman, with no scholarship, against SMU on Aug. 30, 2013. What is it about this guy, that he keeps rising to the surface despite little reason for optimism? Mayfield stands about 5-foot-11, though he’ll be listed at 6-foot-2 on some rosters. He looks more like a frat boy than a Big 12 quarterback. Mayfield doesn’t pass the eye test, which might be one reason he was shy of quality scholarship offers in February 2013 and why everyone thought he was crazy for transferring to OU a year later to eventually challenge Sugar Bowl hero Trevor Knight for the quarterback job. But he’s now won two Big 12 quarterback derbies, against more veteran colleagues, at multiple schools. Mayfield apparently has that je ne sais quoi, that pleasant quality that is hard to describe. He seems to be rallying-point figure, a guy that a football team can get behind. Will Mayfield play well enough to keep the job? We’ll see. He played well at Tech but was injured and jockeyed for the job down the stretch with Davis Webb, who also was injured. Mayfield’s overall body of work — 12 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, 64.1 completion percentage, seven starts — was OK but not exceptional. But remember, he was a true freshman on a mediocre team. He wasn’t in his third year, on a national contender, which is what Knight was last season. That’s likely why Mayfield has the job. Stoops has seen what Knight can do. Time to find out what Mayfield can do. But this much we know. Mayfield already has a history of outperforming expectations. More Mayfield from NewsOK Sources: Baker Mayfield to be named Sooners starting quarterback Ten things to know about OU quarterback Baker Mayfield How Baker Mayfield grew up a Sooner fan in Austin, Texas Hype and Hope: Baker Mayfield is the latest quarterback to make headlines before ever taking a snap OU quarterback Baker Mayfield sounds off on racial violence following Charleston shooting
Sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen.
TRIBUTES: Jeri Cocannouer spent 36 years as a football coach's wife
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 24, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Jeri Burch Cocannouer, 58, of Weatherford spent 36 years as a football coach's wife. Husband Dan is the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State and also had stops at Edmond Santa Fe, John Marshall, Chandler, Alva, Pauls Valley and Walters high schools. But sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen. Don Fowler, 88, of Cleveland, OK, played football for Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of the 1944 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that whipped TCU 34-0 in the Cotton Bowl. Drafted into the Army and finished his football-playing days in the service. Worked in drilling by trade. Bobby Greenberg, 85, of Tulsa. He was a member of Oklahoma's 1950 national championship football squad. The Korean War veteran worked in the oil industry. Cole Fuller, 22, of Bartlesville was an All-State soccer player for Collinsville High School. He was working toward becoming a personal trainer. Perry Tennison Jr., 86, of Guthrie was an accomplished runner. A World War II veteran. Juanita Anderson Robertson, 94, of Oklahoma City was a Shawnee High School cheerleader. Met future husband, Dean Robertson, at a Frederick High football game in 1944. Bob Barr III, 75, of Dover quarterbacked the Hennessey High School football team in 1956. The attorney donated his body to medical research. Mary Jane Hinkel Holman, 97, of Norman was a tennis player and golfer. Attended many PGA tournaments and Grand Slam tennis events. Alvin Lawson, 78, of Edmond was a 1955 graduate of Putnam City High School. He wrestled and ran track for the Pirates. Katie Ranke Cole, 90, of Norman was the 1990 Special Olympics Coach of the Year. The former Trans World Airlines hostess was a teacher for special needs children. Ed Moore Sr., 96, of Muskogee was a Chilocco Indian School graduate who played football at Oklahoma A&M over the 1938-40 seasons. Moore was an All-Missouri Valley Conference receiver and honorable mention All-American. He held OSU season tickets for decades after his playing career. A World War II veteran who was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. An educator by trade. Donnie Bufford, 46, of Crescent. He starred in football and basketball for the hometown Tigers. An All-State guard in basketball. Bufford, who worked for Pioneer Telephone for more than 20 years, died a month after his brother, Terry, also a former Crescent sports hero, passed away. Loyd Garrison, 88, of Tulsa was an all-around sportsman who excelled in softball, basketball, table tennis and bowling. He worked for the John Zink Co. — and in 1962 was a pit crew member for Zink's entry in the Indianapolis 500. Active in the Oklahoma and National Senior Olympics. Walked 4 miles each day. Ronald Fox, 36, of Norman attended Carl Albert High School, where he wrestled and played football. Rebecca Lampton Bayless, 55, of Oklahoma City was an Arabian equestrian rider and trainer. She was awarded the national champion saddle seat equitation in 1978. Herschal Crow, 80, of Oklahoma City was a football and basketball star at Altus High School. He played basketball at Oklahoma A&M under coach Henry Iba and was also a member of the football team. After a brief stint coaching football and hoops in Altus, he began a career in politics. The former senator continued to follow OSU athletics. Joyce Mowdy Thomas, 81, of Oklahoma City was a Capitol Hill High School cheerleader. Jim Glasgow, 84, of Oklahoma City was a golfer who had six aces in his lifetime. Bill Davis, 99, of Oklahoma City was a tennis player. He and friend Dennis Ralston won the Oklahoma City Pro-Am in the 1960s. Linda Stevens Cradduck, 67, of Moore was a supporter of Special Olympics. She directed the Special Olympics for McCall's Chapel in Ada for four years. Darwin Waterman, 84, of Bethany was an educator who coached high school football in California. Ron Smith, 78, of Oklahoma City drove a 1932 Chevrolet factory stock race car at State Fair Speedway in the 1960s. A family obituary said Smith won "his share of trophies, including a rollover trophy or two." Brandon Lockwood, 37, of Edmond was an OU football and Thunder basketball fan. By trade, he was executive chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team. Emmett Marcum Jr., 68, of El Reno starred in football and set records as a trackster at Hominy High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma State football team. Jim Monroe, 89, of Norman was a journalist. His career began at the Norman Transcript, where he served as the newspaper's sports editor. Rachael Cooper Mason, 87, of Edmond was a cheerleader at the University of Kansas. Reid Mullins, 52, of Bethany was an Oklahoma City radio personality who once played trumpet in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band on Saturdays during football season. Jim Coulson, 65, of Tulsa. He was an accomplished bass tournament fisherman. His favorite fishing spots were Grand, Hudson and Fort Gibson lakes. An avid bowler. Held season tickets for the Tulsa Oilers hockey team for 19 years.
Aug 23, 2015
Taylor’s play so far has mirrored his approach.
OSU football: Vincent Taylor ready for his big moment
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Aug 23, 2015STILLWATER – Vincent Taylor’s big, broad shoulders handled the weighty test of spring, then readied for even more of a load this preseason. Taylor, already in focus as a replacement for one of two defensive tackle voids, felt added pressure when Vili Leveni – another projected starter up front – was lost to a season-ending Achilles injury before the calendar flipped to August. And, again, Taylor didn’t flinch. “It means somebody else has to step up,” the third-year sophomore said. That’s been his attitude since last season ended, creating one of the team’s few major story lines: identifying new starters at the tackle spots, where James Castleman and Ofa Hautau started every game in 2014. A significant concern for many, for Taylor the starter search offered opportunity. “I don’t really feel it because we have a lot of players, along with myself, that can help out,” Taylor said. “But it is something where you always want to be in the big moment. And I want to fill the shoes.” Taylor’s play so far has mirrored his approach. After a spring in which he stamped himself as key core player up front, Taylor has continued his improvement leading up to the Sept. 3 season opener at Central Michigan. “I just wanted to pick up where I left off,” he said. “I got in the film room. I worked to get stronger and worked on the little things.” If bicep bulk is any indicator, Taylor’s massive arms confirm the work in the weight room. At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Taylor looks the part. As a redshirt freshman a year ago, he played in 10 games, contributing 13 tackles, including 10 unassisted stops. A four-star recruit by ESPN, which pegged him as the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle recruit in 2013 out of San Antonio’s James Madison High School, Taylor’s progress in the program has been steady. And now it may quicken, partly due to need, but also due to readiness. Still, the tackle spots are far from settled, with game production necessary to officially take the position off the watch list for OSU. That goes for Taylor, too, along with the even more inexperienced candidates of Motekiai Maile, Eric Davis, Ben Hughes and true freshmen Darrion Daniels. “There’s a lot of guys rolling in, and it’s a work in progress,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “You’ll see a play or two, and you’re like, ‘Alright, that’s nice. Good pad level, and you’re snatching off a block.’ The other times it’s, ‘Geez, you gotta line up, not getting low enough.’ “It’s up and down right now. That’s not what you want. So it’s going to be a work in progress to try to develop at least three guys that you feel good about. And sometimes, bad things might happen, and you gotta make up for it.” The loss of Leveni impacted depth and even put Daniels on the radar to perhaps play in his first season. Leveni, who played in every game last season and contributed 16 tackles, was considered a rising star. “It was a huge hit for us, a tough loss,” said Cowboys defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. “We were really counting on Villi to step up and take that place.” Others will have to be counted on instead. At the other spot, at least there’s Taylor. “I’m ready,” he said.
Following is a look at some past local sports happenings.Autumn 1947Dewey Bulldogger’s football powerhouse knocked off Broken Arrow, 13-6.Ferrell McClure tallied Dewey’s winning touchdown.Bob Claibourne excelled on the line on both offense and defense.May 1936Phillips Petroleum confirmed it plan to sponsor an A.A.U. men’s basketball team, which would be headquartered in Bartlesville, company...
OPINION: A blitz of blasts from the past
Mike Tupa, Associated Press | Aug 20, 2015Following is a look at some past local sports happenings. Autumn 1947 Dewey Bulldogger’s football powerhouse knocked off Broken Arrow, 13-6. Ferrell McClure tallied Dewey’s winning touchdown. Bob Claibourne excelled on the line on both offense and defense. May 1936 Phillips Petroleum confirmed it plan to sponsor an A.A.U. men’s basketball team, which would be headquartered in Bartlesville, company official Paul Endacott announced. This was a new endeavor for Phillips, which previously had sponsored a league basketball club. Tom Bickell had already been signed for the 1936 team. Bickell had been an All-American for the University of Arkansas. Ray Ebling — a University of Kansas hardwood product — had verbally committed to play Phillips. October 1971 Dewey High School’s red-hot football team scorched the Bixby Spartans, 26-0. But, the early indications seemed to foretell a long night for the Dewey Doggers. They had to punt on their first possession, with David Drake handling kicking duties. Bixby gained 15 yards on its first offensive play, but then saw its drive quickly stall. The Spartans punted to Dewey’s Terry Due, who returned the kick past midfield. However, Dewey fumbled the ball away on its subsequent possession. Dewey kept banging away, however. Facing 3rd-and-13 deep in Bixby territory, Dewey quarterback Due found receiver Ben Colbert, who was open at the five-yard line. Colbert made the catch, stepped over a 140-pound defender and slid into the end zone to complete the 25-yard scoring play. On Bixby’s next offensive drive, Drake and Willman combined to inflict a three-yard sack on the Bixby quarterback. A few moments later, Willman and Colbert racked up a seven-yard tackle for loss. Dewey scored one of its other touchdowns on a 79-yard pass connection from Due to Drake. October 1971 In another edition of the city rivalry, College High School downed Sooner High School, 39-14, on the gridiron. Col-Hi quarterback Rick Jackson tossed touchdown passes to Paul Ortiz (two), Banes and Podhurcak. Podhurcak also hauled in a late 65-yard scoring strike — with 34 seconds remaining — from Ken Burgess. The running of Terry Munn, Mike Fowler and David Korner set up one of the Sooner Spartan touchdowns. Munn ran for both of the Spartan scores. But, Sooner had no solution in shutting down Col-Hi’s aerial attack. Wildcat quarterbacks threw for 321 yards on 16-of-29 completions, with no interceptions. Tom Bice played under center for Sooner; one of his most painful obstacles of the evening was Col-Hi defensive lineman Jim Dixon. April 1951 Don Cobb clobbered a homer to fuel Dewey High School’s 19-4 baseball win against Ramona High School. Ramona pitcher Robert Ward served up the gopher ball to Cobb, who also handled mound duties for Dewey. The victory earned Dewey the Washington County title and a spot in the district playoffs. Dewey had suffered its only season loss to Bartlesville. March 1960 College High School erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to power the Wildcats past Tulsa Rogers, 6-1. Eddie Clark hurled the first six innings for Col-Hi; lefty Bill Turner mopped up in the final frame. In the first inning, James Legg doubled home Bob Cook for Col-Hi’s first run. In the decisive sixth inning, Mike Vaclaw energized the Wildcats comeback by laying down a flawless bunt. A few minutes later, Legg laced a single to drive home Clark Haldorson and Vaclaw. Roger Woody then belted a base hit to plate Cook. With the bases loaded, Paul Curd put the ball in play to force a two-run error. Autumn 1947 Dewey High School’s football juggernaut flattened Fairfax, 40-0. Dewey scored off two blocked punts, with defensive linemen Everett Hunt and Stanley McWhirt each registering one of the touchdowns. Fullback Jimmy Webber tallied one of Dewey’s other six-point specials, on a 28-yard burst. Dewey outgained Fairfax, 275-124. December 1990 Dewey High School basketball teams split at Sperry. The Lady Doggers downed the Sperry Lady Pirates, 49-40, while the Sperry racked up a 61-55 triumph in the boys game. Carl Wood tallied 20 points, while Kevin Carey and Chad Stanley scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Dewey boys. Sperry boys knocked down 22-of-32 free throws. In the girls contest, Dewey rallied in the fourth quarter to outscore Sperry, 17-5, and yank out the victory. Jill Davis drained 24 points to lead Dewey, which improved to 2-3. Tulsa Union handed the Bartlesville Lady Bruins their first loss of the season, 46-34, in girls high school basketball action. January 1931 Bartlesville fight promoter extraordinare Art Magirl accompanied eight amateur boxers from Bartlesville and Dewey to a fight show in Tulsa. Among Magirl’s contingent were Earl Nichols, Russel Davidson and Glen Webster. March 1940 Clad in their green uniforms, the Phillips 66ers basketball team made everyone else blue at the National A.A.U. tournament held in Denver. The 66ers knocked off the Denver Nuggets, 39-36, in the final. All five Denver starters played the entire 40 minutes. But, even after the final buzzer sounded, the battles continued off the court. The A.A.U. national basketball chairman suggested a limit to the number of teams participating in the tournament. In addition, Phillips coach Charley Hyatt attacked the rule that allowed a free throw and ball possession to a team when one of its players was fouled in the final two minutes. Hyatt complained the rule prompted the team that was ahead to stall out and force the other team to foul. Hyatt proposed a jump ball after every goal in the final five minutes. He claimed it wasn’t fair that a team automatically lost ball possession after it scored. January 1931 Bartlesville High School’s basketball team — which was coached by C.C. Custer — ripped Sapulpa, 30-16. Tims, who played center, scored 13 points to lead the Bartlesville Wildcats. Newsom and Lutton both added six points for the Wildcats. November 1950 College High School basketball coach Bailey Ricketts trimmed his workout number from 43 candidates to 23 finalists, which included three athletes who had come out from the Wildcat ‘B’ football squad. He expected several more gridders from the ‘A’ team once their season ended. Ted Cobb, Dudley Darr and Richard Lindsley were the trio of ‘B’ footballers who had reported to Ricketts. April 1990 Talk about your painful victory. Bartlesville High School’s baseball team had every reason to celebrate — except one — after it defeated the state’s top-ranked Broken Arrow Tigers, 5-3, in the first game of the doubleheader. Muting the Bruins’ joy was the somber reality of an injury to all-around top-notch player Spence Rigdon. In the bottom of the seventh inning — with two outs — Rigdon and teammate Aaron Bucher collided, while converging on a line drive, in left-center. The results of the close encounter of the shattering kind included a broken bone, and possible knee injury — and lengthy rehabilitation — for Rigdon. Rigdon’s loss also deprived the Bruins of one of their top pitchers. Bruin head coach Jerome Gibson reported to the E-E that Rigdon had suffered a broken bone and possible severe ligament damage. The luck hardly got better for the Bruins. In the second game, they were leading, 4-1, when the game was suspended, due to rain, in the fifth inning. Despite the instant shock of the injury, Rigdon managed to make the relay to the infield, which prevented a run. Bucher pitched the second game and gave up one run in 4-plus innings. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate, including a double and RBI. Jeff Shoaf collected the pitching win in the first contest. Vinita High School’s baseball team clobbered three home runs during a 12-5 win against Dewey. But, Dewey still had a chance in the fourth inning to take control of the contest. In that frame, Steve Reynolds drew a walk and Bobby Stanley reached base on an error to set the table. Greg McClintock then singled home Reynolds.. Two batters later, Travis Ruble drew an intentional walk to juice the bags. A wild pitch sent Stanley steaming home to stretch Dewey’s lead to 5-2. But, the uprising then fizzled. Dewey didn’t score again in the game. Vinita finished up with 10 unanswered runs to drop Dewey’s season record to 11-7. ——— ©2015 the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) Visit the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) at www.examiner-enterprise.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000003277,t000040508,t000030748,t000003195,t000046469,g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 15, 2015
On one of the many nights that storms hammered the state last spring, Tuttle’s weight room, coaches offices, locker rooms, training room and even wrestling room were damaged.
High school football: Tuttle shows resiliency with rebuild following storm damage
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 15, 2015TUTTLE — Tuttle coach Brad Ballard had to keep Dalton Cooper from entering the fieldhouse. The only way into the building was the back door to the locker room, but even that wasn’t safe one day after storms rolled through and tore up part of the roof and flooded the building. “I wanted to come in and clean it up, honestly,” Cooper said before Ballard reminded him it wasn’t his choice to keep players out. “We couldn’t.” On one of the many nights that storms hammered the state last spring, Tuttle’s weight room, coaches offices, locker rooms, training room and even wrestling room were damaged. Yet the Tuttle players, coaches and even community never wavered. Instead they chose to find solutions to get by and recover just in time for the start high school football season last week. “We’re sitting here worried about a weight room and you go see (other people’s homes damaged) and it kind of put it in perspective, so we just kept our nose to the grindstone and kept working,” Ballard said. “It all worked out. It’s better than it was before and I think that’s all anyone can ask for.” Nearly two weeks ago, Tuttle’s facilities were reopened with a multitude of improvements from new flooring to new weights to new shelving. The big thing was it was home for Tuttle. “We’re ready for football and we’re back in our old place,” Cooper said. “It looks so much better, so we’re excited for that. It feels quite normal now.” Normal will be there at least for a year. Tuttle residents resoundingly passed a $35 million bond issue last spring that includes the building of a new fieldhouse and wrestling room. But those aren’t expected to be ready until at least a year from now. “It had to get worse before it got better,” Tuttle superintendent Bobby Waitman said. A WILD STORM The May 6 storm lasted around two hours, featured large amounts of hail, damaging winds and dropped 15-18 inches of rain in the area, and the security camera footage on Brad Ballard’s iPhone demonstrates the destruction. Early in the video feed, drops of rain start to hit the camera. In an instant the corner of the roof lifts from the wind and a flood rushes into the room. “Man, I was shocked,” said Ballard, who did not release the video for public viewing due to insurance reasons. “It’s been wild, just wild.” The damage to the building was extensive. Metal beams were hanging through the ceiling in the weight room. Weight racks and weights were rusted. Flooring was ruined. Computers were also ruined. Ballard said that basically anything wooden or electrical the water could reach was ruined. “Everybody wants to sit their computer tower on the ground,” Ballard said. “Well, you get three inches of water in that thing and it doesn’t work very well.” With the building uninhabitable, Tuttle was forced to make some adjustments for summer workouts. A makeshift weight room was constructed in the elementary school’s physical education building. Wrestling mats were set up on one end and even served as the location for a summer camp. Coaches — a few of whom are new — had a classroom they could prepare for the upcoming season in, but mostly it was living out of their cars for workouts. The odd location didn’t slow down workouts, though. Ballard said 190 football players ranging from third grade to seniors worked out nearly every day. “They created a place for us to work, so we came to work,” junior Nathan Coast said. “It didn’t matter where.” LESSONS LEARNED The day after the storm, Tuttle players were scattered around the community helping. Brad Ballard said he pulled up to one booster’s house to help and was surprised to see a handful of his players already there to roll carpet that had been flooded. “I think that we all understood that things happen in life and you can’t change it,” Nathan Coats said. “There’s no reason to cry about it. Just find a way to fix it and keep moving forward. I don’t think we really dwelt on it too much. We all picked up the slack where we could and did what we could to help out.” Ballard’s phone also rang as soon as word spread of the damage to the fieldhouse. Among the first callers to offer help were former Tuttle standout players and current Oklahoma State tight ends Blake Jarwin and Dawson Bassett. But Ballard and his players were determined to keep things quiet about their situation. “That meant the world to me and us as a team and a staff,” Ballard said. Tuttle has two state championships in football with the last one coming in 2005. The Tigers return a strong team in their second season under Ballard. Ballard is hoping the summer makes them only stronger for their Aug. 28 opener against two-time Class 2A defending champion Davis. “I want for these kids to see the fruit of their labor that they stayed the course and did not asked for a lot of extra attention about it and just worked hard,” Ballard said. “They have. These kids have traditionally done that here, too. “I just want them to have a good year. I think there’s lot of lessons about just sticking to it, things they can look back on and say, ‘Hey, it went against us but we stayed working forward and we accomplished something.’”
Texas Tech’s pre-practice team meeting on Wednesday turned out to be anything but routine for Talor Nunez.The sophomore defensive lineman from Midland Lee was told in front of the team he’d been placed on scholarship. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury highlighted top classroom performers from the summer II session, then showed a practice highlight of Nunez.“He was just pointing out positive things,”...
Red Raiders football notebook: Texas Tech's Nunez to receive scholarship
Don Williams, Associated Press | Aug 13, 2015Texas Tech’s pre-practice team meeting on Wednesday turned out to be anything but routine for Talor Nunez. The sophomore defensive lineman from Midland Lee was told in front of the team he’d been placed on scholarship. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury highlighted top classroom performers from the summer II session, then showed a practice highlight of Nunez. “He was just pointing out positive things,” Nunez said, “and out of nowhere — it was kind of like a left hook — he said, ‘And on top of that, you’re on scholarship.’” Nunez, a former high school quarterback and hurdler, came to Tech as a 200-pound walk-on projected to play safety. After one semester, he was moved to the defensive line. Now 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, he played in 12 games last year, as an end, tackle and on special teams. Nunez said he started crying when he was given the good news because of how much it will mean to his family, in particular his father Domingo, an insurance agent. “You put in so many hours and so much work and time to give your absolute best,” he said, “because my dad’s paying for my school and it’s been a stress for him and a struggle. “I’m about to call him and tell him, ‘You don’t have to pay for my school anymore. It’s taken care of.’” Nunez was a second-team all-district quarterback and a first-team all-district utility player in high school. He’s grateful Tech assistant Mike Smith came looking for him two years ago after signing day. “I used to have a lot of pride in myself in high school,” he said, “and that kind of got shot down after signing day passed and I didn’t get any offers at all. I felt like football got taken away from me. But that was when I realized my true identity was in Christ and not in football.” Camp standouts Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury singled out flanker Dylan Cantrell and noseguard Rika Levi as early standouts in preseason drills. Cantrell’s been vying with fellow junior Reginald Davis for the starting flanker job. “He was solid last year,” Kingsbury said, “but he’s really taken that next step and made a ton of big plays. We’ve been very pleased with him.” The 6-foot-2 Levi has dropped his weight to the current 325 pounds — 75 less than what he once weighed in junior college and down from the 348 to 350 at which he played last season. “This is his second year playing big-time Division I football,” Kingsbury said, “and I think the light’s come on. He worked his tail off this summer and has been disruptive in camp so far.” Fallback plans Texas Tech’s second-team offensive line — a big question mark — currently consists of left tackle Madison Akamnonu, left guard Emeka Okafor, center Tony Morales, right guard Robert Castaneda and right tackle Terence Steele, line coach Lee Hays said Wednesday. Akamnonu and Steele are true freshman. Castaneda’s a redshirt freshman, Okafor a graduate transfer from Houston and Morales a fifth-year senior who’s never played because of injuries. Steele has been the pleasant surprise so far, informally voted the hardest-working freshman by his linemen peers this summer and continuing to draw praise. “He’s picked it up unbelievably well,” Hays said. “He came in and tested (well) strength-wise. He’s a really, really strong kid and plays hard.” It remains to be seen if Steele plays as a true freshman. Hays acknowledged that if a starter goes down in a real-time game situation, Tony Morales could play guard with guard Baylen Brown moving to tackle to maintain a more experienced front. Scrimmage on tap The team will have its first preseason scrimmage on Saturday, giving Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury a game-type setting to evaluate quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Davis Webb and Nic Shimonek. The scrimmage is closed to the public and media. “They’ll all three get a ton of (snaps),” Kingsbury said. “We’ll mix them in first, second and third (teams) and see how they handle different situations.” Kingsbury hasn’t named a starting quarterback. In the first 20 minutes of practice that are open to media, Mahomes typically has worked with the first team. Kingsbury said Mahomes and Webb “are playing well, and Nic Shimonek’s playing really well. Lots of ball security. That’s been our emphasis. They’re moving the football. (It’s their) second and third year in the system, so excited about that group.” email@example.com • 766-8734 Follow Don on Twitter: @AJ_DonWilliams ——— ©2015 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000158023,t000002776,t000049144,t000143329,t000002786,t000040517
Aug 11, 2015
Following a 6-win season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to Chisholm, Millwood coach Darwin Franklin knew his team needed to regain the attitude that had once made the Falcons a feared team.
High school football: Attitude change taking effect at Millwood
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 11, 2015Following a 6-win season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to Chisholm, Millwood coach Darwin Franklin knew his team needed to regain the attitude that had once made the Falcons a feared team. Not the type of attitude that the 2013 Falcons had when they reached the Class 2A state finals, though that team more resembled what Franklin wanted his program to be. More specifically, the coach wanted to see Millwood exuding the behavior of old, like it did when he was playing for legendary coach Leodies Robinson, for whom the Falcons' field is named. “We went back and focused on the core values that coach Robinson founded his program on,” Franklin said. “The kids have bought into it. They’ve held each other accountable all summer. They’re working hard and doing things the right way.” That last statement wasn’t always accurate of the 2014 Falcons. Leadership was inconsistent, and it showed on the field — and in the 6-5 final record. But Franklin began weeding out some of the problems, and pushing his new set of leaders to guide the program in the right direction. “The kids are committed to the program. The parents are committed. The community is, and the administration is committed to us,” Franklin said. “It’s a great feeling.” Starting their season at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the Falcons’ hard work over the summer showed in their first workout. Within an hour of the start, the team was working on full-team drills, running its up-tempo offensive plays, which were being signaled in from the sideline. A lot of Class 2A teams are talking about basic fundamentals and terminology on the first day of practice, but Millwood was running its offense. “We did a lot of work out here in the offseason,” senior Michelby Davis said. “Everybody’s actually working this year. It’s a way different feeling this year. We have better leadership. Freshmen are stepping up and doing more than they’re even supposed to. Everybody’s all-in.” Anxious to put last season’s disappointment behind them, the Falcons’ renewed attitude has them once again thinking about championships. “At Millwood, it’s championship or bust,” senior Greg McCalister said. “If we don’t win, then the season doesn’t mean anything. “There wasn’t a bunch of people complaining about summer workouts. Everybody’s hungry and ready to go.”
Aug 11, 2015
For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts.
Media notes: KSBI-52 to air high school football telecasts for the first time since 2010
By Mel Bracht | Aug 11, 2015For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts. Griffin Communications, which owns KWTV-9 and Tulsa's KOTV-6, purchased the station last fall from Family Broadcasting LLC, which had dropped the prep football telecasts. All but the first game, Norman North vs. Norman at OU on Sept. 3, will air live at 7 p.m. That game will air on delay following the Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams preseason game at 7 p.m. Joey McWilliams, an OSU graduate who is the owner of OklahomaSports.Net and a radio personality at Durant's Mix 96.1, will handle the play-by-play. Zach Ladner, a recent OU graduate and former Norman High School linebacker, will be the analyst. Ladner, who played college football at Drake, has spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs at Norman High School. KSBI's high school football schedule: Sept. 3, Norman North vs. Norman at OU, tape delay. Sept. 4, Yukon at Mustang. Sept. 11, Carl Albert at Midwest City. Sept. 18, Edmond Memorial at Mustang. Sept. 25, Clinton at Weatherford. Oct. 2, Deer Creek at Bishop McGuinness. Oct. 9, Edmond Memorial at Putnam City. Oct. 15, Bethany at Douglass. Oct. 23, Carl Albert at Deer Creek. Oct. 30, Midwest City at Lawton. Nov. 6, Deer Creek at Guthrie. Short takes •Charles Davis, Fox's lead college football analyst from 2007 to 2014, will shift to the NFL this fall, working with Thom Brennaman and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa, according to Fox's roster of NFL broadcasters announced Tuesday. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews return as the No. 1 team. The rest of Fox's NFL broadcast teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Dick Stockton, David Diehl and Kristina Pink; Sam Rosen, (rotating analysts) Chris Cooley/Matt Millen/Kirk Morrison/Brady Quinn, (rotating reporters) Peter Schrager/Holly Sonders/Danielle Trotta. •NBA TV will announce the 2015-16 NBA schedule during a one-hour special at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Rachel Nichols will host the special with analyst Dennis Scott. •Showtime plans to chronicle Notre Dame’s "quest for a national championship" with a weekly, all-access series at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. "A Season With Notre Dame Football" will debut at Sept. 8, three days after Notre Dame’s opener against Texas. •New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will be featured in a Showtime documentary film, which will debut in the fall. "I Am Giant: Victor Cruz" will chronicle Cruz's comeback from a devastating knee injury.
John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football starAug 10, 2015
Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most...
John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star
BY JENNI CARLSON | Aug 10, 2015Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch him and wake him from this dream. But then, there are times when he wishes he could wake up. As good a dream as he is living, the nightmare he is enduring is every bit as bad. Less than four months have passed since he lost one of his brothers. Cleatus Davis wasn’t blood relation, mind you, but in the past year, Moore came to consider the kid everyone knew as C.J. as more as a brother than a friend. Along with Keyshawn Shells and Justin Broiles, the four were almost always together. They all played football. They all loved joking and laughing and being around each other. So, it was nothing out of the ordinary that they were talking about hanging out as the school day ended on April 17. It was Friday. They were planning a fun weekend. C.J. was already on his way out of the school with Keyshawn when Tramonda called. Tramonda was with Justin on the second floor, but they were getting ready to leave, too. The friends decided to meet up in the parking lot. But by the time Tramonda and Justin got there, there was no sign of C.J. and Keyshawn. Tramonda wondered what had happened, but before he could even call C.J., someone ran up and said that there’d been an accident. “Whatever,” Tramonda said. It wasn’t long, though, before he started seeing flashing lights just south of the school. Not long after, he found himself looking at the crumpled mess of a car. It had gone off the road and smashed into a utility pole. C.J. and Keyshawn were still inside. Tramonda helped get Keyshawn out of the wreckage, but the emergency personnel didn’t want to move C.J., didn’t want to risk doing more harm than good. Tramonda could see that C.J. was in bad shape, but he had no way to know just how bad. C.J. died of his injuries. “As good a person as he was to everybody, it’s still hard to believe,” Tramonda said. “It still hurts.” As much as C.J.’s death pains Tramonda, it also drives him. C.J. was always encouraging Tramonda to work out, to condition, to push himself to be the best. Tramonda continues to honor those wishes. He believes it changed his life. Getting 17 scholarship offers in one month? Going from the likes of Grambling State and Kilgore College wanting him to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma and Alabama? Hearing from ESPN and being told to expect an invite to either the Under Armour or Semper Fi All-American game by the end of the week? Tramonda Moore credits C.J. “I have more to play for,” he said. “It’s more of a personal thing after losing my brother. I’m doing this for him.” On Monday afternoon at John Marshall’s first practice, Moore looked the part of a big-time recruit. He stood a head taller than most of his teammates, and he seemed about twice as wide as most, too. He was always out front on drills. This isn’t a big guy who slacks off. Early on, the linemen moved to the elevated part of the practice field to work on combo blocking. Less than a football field away was the site of C.J.’s accident. Now marked by artificial flowers that have been faded by the sun and homemade crosses adorned with handwritten notes, it was hidden from view by trees and fences. But Tramonda Moore didn’t have to see it to know where it is — or to know what it means to him. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
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.
Oklahoma State football: Strength of Cowboy defensive line is on edges while big questions remain insideAug 5, 2015
As OSU enters 2015, the defensive line is marked by both strength and uncertainty.
Oklahoma State football: Strength of Cowboy defensive line is on edges while big questions remain inside
By Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 5, 2015STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah needed just one game to establish himself among the best pass rushers in all of college football last season. It just happened to be his first collegiate start. Ogbah’s two sacks of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in the 2014 opener at AT&T Stadium likely stunned plenty of OSU fans. But what about Ogbah’s position coach? “I knew he was capable of being an NFL-caliber defensive end,” Joe Bob Clements said. “How quickly it was going to happen? I didn’t know.” Ogbah went on to record the first double-digit sack total (11) in single-season history under coach Mike Gundy and returns as the anchor of OSU’s defensive line. He’s joined by another seasoned veteran on the opposite edge, Jimmy Bean, who is tied with linebacker Ryan Simmons for the most career starts on the entire Cowboy defense (26). However, as OSU enters 2015, the defensive line is marked by both strength and uncertainty. The Cowboys must replace starting tackles James Castleman and Ofa Hautau with a group of untested reserves. And that list of potential candidates shrunk in July when projected starter Vili Leveni underwent season-ending surgery following a summer Achilles tear. “Losing two players like James and Ofa obviously leaves a little bit of a void just because they’re experienced and the toughness they had,” Clements said. “Having what happened to Vili obviously is kind of a punch in the gut going into the season, but that being said anytime something like this happens, guys have got to step up.” On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was asked about the overall depth of his front four. “It’s not great in the inside,” Spencer said. “It’s a concern. It’s going to be watched close to see who’s going to be able to play in a game. Those guys are going to have to play with some injury and some pain. I’ve got a few more guys on the outside, but really after the first group with Jimmy and Emmanuel, we’ve got a lot of guys that haven’t played before either. That’s what all these practices are for, to try to establish some depth. As many players as we can get on the bus that are the right players, that’s what we’ve got to do. It might not be many. That’s just the way it is.” Fall camp will determine which defensive tackles — Vincent Taylor, Motekiai Maile, Ben Hughes, Eric Davis and others — will have the opportunity to fill those big shoes inside. Ogbah and Bean will need to remain healthy to ensure another season of quality pass rush for the Cowboys. But there’s no doubting the confidence Ogbah shares with his teammates on the defensive line, especially with how OSU closed last season consecutive wins. “Guys now have different work ethic,” Ogbah said. “I’ve noticed a big difference … I feel like we’ll be as good as we want to be.” Projected starters (height, weight, classification) | Career starts at OSU DE Emmanuel Ogbah (6-4, 275, Jr.) | 13 DT Vincent Taylor (6-3, 300, So.) | 0 DT Motekiai Maile (6-4, 305, Jr.) | 0 DE Jimmy Bean (6-5, 250, Sr.) | 26 Backups (height, weight, classification) | Career starts at OSU DE Trace Clark (6-4, 257, Sr.) | 0 DT Ben Hughes (6-3, 310, So.) | 0 DT Eric Davis (6-3, 295, Jr.) | 0 DE Victor Irokansi (6-3, 240, Jr.) | 0 Future Outlook If Ogbah has another strong showing in 2015 and declares early for the NFL Draft as a potential first-round pick, the Cowboys could be without both their starting defensive ends next year since Bean has just one season of eligibility remaining. But OSU is set to return a strong core of defensive tackles, like highly rated true freshman Darrion Daniels. The Cowboys have yet to receive a verbal commitment at defensive line in their 2016 class, but are in on a number of top prospects — including defensive end Amani Bledsoe of Lawrence High School (Kan.). Bledsoe is the top rated prospect at any position in Kansas and recently tweeted that OSU is among his top-10 school choices. Clements, a former assistant coach at both Kansas State and Kansas, has strong recruiting ties in the Sunflower State. That should make OSU fans optimistic Bledsoe might land in Stillwater.
That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week.A few more start back next week, with most in session by the third week in August."There's always just a new energy at the beginning of a school year. We're excited to welcome new...
Back to School: Pikes Peak region districts offer new programs, new buildings
Debbie Kelley, Associated Press | Aug 3, 2015That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week. A few more start back next week, with most in session by the third week in August. "There's always just a new energy at the beginning of a school year. We're excited to welcome new families and returning families and look forward to a new start," said Jed Bowman, superintendent of Woodland Park School District RE-2 and president of the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators. Three districts - Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, Hanover School District 28 and Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 - begin the 2015-2016 year with new superintendents. "Options" is an operative word in 21st century education, with many districts giving more and more choices of how, when and where students learn. Concurrent enrollment, in which students can earn college credits while in high school, remains popular, and vocational and technical education is resurging. Three districts, Widefield School District 3, Harrison School District 2 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38, are updating their websites, and two, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 and Edison School District 54-JT, are expanding buildings. On the state level, Colorado lawmakers reduced some requirements for standardized assessments, which "should make a real difference to parents," said Dana Smith, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Education. New testing that started last year expanded science and social studies tests to 11th and 12th graders, which led to criticism and concerns about over-testing. Two testing windows for English language arts and math have been shortened to one, and test lengths have decreased by about 90 minutes for all grades. For the most part, high school students will only take standardized English and math tests through the ninth grade. Schools will rotate social studies testing, once every three years. Lawmakers also decided that last year's tests won't count toward school accountability or teacher evaluations. That means there is a one-year hold on accreditation ratings and types of school plans the state assigns based on academic performance. Although the state allows districts to pilot new testing, officials from local districts said they are exploring what that might mean. This year, local school boards must adopt graduation requirements that either meet or exceed state guidelines adopted in 2013. Students who will graduate in 2021 are the first to be impacted by the new rules. Here are other developments in the Pikes Peak region: Academy School District 20 It's the year of expanded online learning in D-20. With a new virtual school, kindergartners through seniors can do online education through the district. Earlier this year, D-20 acquired Colorado Calvert Academy, which had operated as a charter school for five years in Colorado Springs. It's now called Academy Calvert K-8 Online School. Up to 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade can enroll, said Elizabeth Davis, principal. Nine staff members puts the student-teacher ratio at 1-to-30, she said. "One of the hallmarks is that the school is kept intentionally small so we can provide that high level of teacher-student interaction and create that feeling that students have access to their teachers when they need them," Davis said. Elementary and middle school students will have individualized learning plans using Calvert Education's curriculum, which is offered nationwide and overseas. Students also can go to the "blended-learning center" at 3475 Hampton Park Drive for personal support and interaction with classmates during science experiments, art lessons, tutoring and guidance. "It's a national model for what blended learning looks like; it allows for the freedom students want and provides an extra layer of face-to-face support that's still necessary," Davis said. Also new, all D-20 high school students can take online or hybrid courses through the Extended Studies at Academy Online program. Students can extend their schedules with hybrid and fully online courses that they may not be able to fit in or access at their regular high school. For most classes, dual high school and University of Colorado credits will be available. D-20 teachers will help students learn in the non-traditional environment. The Academy Online High School also is embarking on a pilot program for ninth graders. Students will have individualized curriculum with collaborative problem-solving activities. They also will conduct personal inquiry investigations under the supervision of D-20 teachers. The blended program combining on-campus activities and at-home work will operate out of two modular classrooms at Pine Creek High. Kindergarten through eighth grade homeschoolers will be able to take new math and English language arts curriculum with academic support through the D-20 Home School Academy at the administration building, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. Students also will receive instruction in visual arts and music. Parents will receive model lessons to support their student's learning goals and access English and math curriculum at no cost, said Nanette Anderson district spokeswoman. D-20 has seven new principals and two administrators, Bob Barros, executive director for special education; and Maureen Lang, director for professional learning. With the addition of the online school, enrollment is expected to be up over last year's 24,578 pupil count. Calhan School District RJ-1 "A lot" is going on in Calhan, said Superintendent Linda Miller. The school building for preschool through 12th graders soon will get a new roof. The district has been awarded its third Building Excellent Schools Today, or BEST, grant from the state, which helps fund capital improvements. The roof replacement will cost about $1.2 million, Miller said. Two previous BEST grants paid for air conditioning, energy efficient lighting and security upgrades. "We've been really lucky to get that help from the state," Miller said. Another grant from the Colorado Department of Education enables high school students to take Advanced Placement English, math, science and social studies. "It's something we haven't done in the past," Miller said, "and it gives high school students the opportunity to take advanced course work on our campus." The one-to-one iPad initiative that started last school year in partnership with Apple is expanding so every middle and high school student will be issued a personal electronic device. "Students are so well-versed in technology that this is a learning tool they're very comfortable with," Miller said. "We'll save on paper, no doubt - teachers can electronically submit their assignments and students can send the work directly to the teacher." Also expanding is the Parenting Matters program that kicked off last year for elementary school parents, who learned about literacy, fluency and reading with their child at home. This year, secondary school parents will learn about Internet safety, social media and other topics pertaining to teens. Enrollment should hold steady at about 475 preschoolers through seniors. Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Cheyenne Mountain High School students will attend classes amid campus construction. The district's $42.5 million project to update its high school campus will continue throughout the school year, and Superintendent Walt Cooper said learning should continue as normal despite the inconvenience. The district will segregate the students and the construction, creating alternate pathways, ensuring student safety and minimizing any "construction zone" feeling in classrooms, Cooper said, adding that "one of the major focuses will be keeping interruptions to a minimum." Construction is expected to be finished in late 2016, but the parking lot renovation will be done before students start school this month and the baseball field will be completed by spring. To eliminate confusion, the district has released logistics and traffic plans for various periods of time through 2017. The fall plan includes clearly marked routes for construction delivery, pedestrian traffic and student drop-off and pick-up. The map also identifies construction zones, barricades and construction site fences. When finished, students will be able to use a main entrance and access any part of the building, uniting the several disjointed buildings on the high school campus. The construction will physically close the campus, but the environment will remain relatively open, so students will be able to leave for lunch, open periods or appointments. Administrators, however, will have more control over the high school campus. In the past, closing down the campus was difficult, even in the event of a security risk, and there was no real way to keep track of students throughout the day. Although eliminating open lunch or requiring students to sign in and out are not in the district's plan, they are options available to administrators. "We'll be able to have a very clear picture of who's coming and going, and we'll be able to secure the campus," Cooper said. The elementary schools and the junior high also are undergoing some construction, but nothing as dramatic as at the high school. Of the $45 million bond issue voters approved in November, $2.5 million was allocated to projects that will impact the entire district, including lighting, electrical and security system upgrades, boiler replacements and playground upgrades to accommodate children with disabilities. Elementary and middle schoolers won't see the construction - the changes in their buildings will occur during school breaks. The district also is considering a new elementary school literacy program, which Cooper emphasized is more all-encompassing than a reading curriculum. This process will not be quick, though: "We spend a lot of time and money when we go through a curriculum adoption process," Cooper said. D-12 has two new principals - Stacy Aldridge at Skyway Elementary and Michael Norris at Gold Camp Elementary. Enrollment has grown 13 percent since 2010, and is anticipated to top last year's count of 5,148 students. Colorado Springs School District 11 Six elementary schools in District 11 will add bus service when school re-starts. A desire to shorten walking distances by half a mile from home to school led to a $1.7 million expansion of the district's transportation program. In all, 32 new routes across elementary, middle and high schools are being added, and some existing routes are being extended. That will qualify an additional 1,600 students to ride a bus, which is free in D-11. The district is focusing on getting students to the handshake at graduation by adding value to their education, said Devra Ashby, spokeswoman. District training to help teachers collaborate and reboot "personal learning communities" has started. The new direction in professional development is based on teachers reflecting on what they've learned, providing feedback to one another and sharing best practices, Ashby said. A new literacy program, "Wonders," will roll out in all elementary schools to "put them all on the same page as far as literacy learning, rather than having different approaches to reading and writing," Ashby said. As part of a "Vision 2030" drive, district leaders are considering asking voters to fund a bond or mill levy override on the 2016 ballot. School staff and parent organizations gave input on needs; community comments also will be solicited. Ashby said the responses will be used to determine what, if anything, will be presented to the board for consideration to address future facilities, staffing, programs, technology and other needs. A "Did You Know" website is underway. Schools that have had declining enrollment or are struggling academically are under intensive plans to turn them around. "Some need marketing plans, some need curb appeal enhancements, some need one-on-one work with systems' improvements," Ashby said. Graduates of 2015 collectively earned $30 million in scholarships, which Ashby said was above the usual $20 million and the highest amount in five years. Six new principals join D-11 this year. In administration, Sherry Kalbach is a new K-12 executive director, one of three in that position. She had been principal at Sabin Middle School. Patricia Reitwiesner has been hired as director of grants. D-11 enrollment has declined by nearly 4 percent in the past five years and is expected to take another dip this year to just above 27,000 students. Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 In his second year as superintendent, Les Lindauer is bringing back a few defunct programs and introducing two new vocational training tracks. An alternative education program for students who have dropped out of school in recent years is returning. About 20 students are expected to participate. "We've lost students for various, and we want them to come back and finish their education," Lindauer said. Students will meet in two classrooms in the lower level of the junior-senior high school. "The program will be different from the conventional classroom, with a lot of hands-on activities," Lindauer said. Also making a comeback this fall are four Advanced Placement classes in English, math, science and social studies. "We had them years ago, and we're very excited to be able to bring them back," Lindauer said. Middle and high school students can enroll in design manufacturing and consumer and family studies. Each class, held in a shop environment with power tools and a computer-aided drafting and design program, can accommodate about 18 students. The district also has lowered its graduation requirements. It has had the highest in the state, Lindauer said, at 30 semester credits. That has dropped to 22, starting with incoming freshman. Doing so, Lindauer said, will free up students' schedules so they can take the new AP classes and vocational courses. "We looked at a lot of school districts' requirements, and we were way over the top," he said. "We're not lowering our standards, just our requirements." A proposal to expand the school-based health center for students to a community health center is under consideration. "We know there's a tremendous need in the community for health services," Lindauer said. Enrollment is projected to hold steady, with 350 kindergarten through 12th graders and another 50 preschoolers. Edison School District 54-JT Architectural engineering plans are getting underway for a 33,000-square-foot expansion of the middle school and high school building in Yoder. Voters in November approved a $275,000 bond issue, which the district used to secure a $15 million BEST grant from the state. "We're a growing district, which is a good problem to have. But we're out of space," said Superintendent Pat Bershinsky. More classrooms, a science lab, an autism room, a special education room, shop space, a gymnasium and a preschool will be added to the building, which opened in 1922. A 1960 addition that includes a commons area, gymnasium and locker rooms will be demolished. Enrollment has grown nearly 14 percent in the past five years, which Bershinsky said is due to academic improvement. Last year, 54-JT, the region's smallest district with 240 students, earned the state's highest ranking for performance and growth. "Our high academic record has attracted a lot of students," he said. "We're going to try to continue student improvement daily. That's our job." The expansion should be completed in July 2017 and eventually will lead to the schools all being connected. Ellicott School District 22 Improvements are happening throughout D-22. Additional staff for early interventions will help identify kindergarten through sixth grade students who have academic problems and need extra help with math and reading. Accelerated students also will get a boost with more staff for the gifted and talented program. A one-on-one technical initiative that started last year in the middle school with each student having an iPad will carry over to the high school this year. Each high school student will receive a laptop for school work. "We're building the program to integrate technology a lot more into our curriculum and expand that experience for our students," said Superintendent Pat Cullen. Advanced Placement courses in language arts, math, science and social studies also will be available for high school students. Vocational education is growing, too. Courses in woodworking and business are being added; the district has had a welding program. Students can receive dual high school and college credit from Pikes Peak Community College. "We're building on some of the things we've done in the past to improve curriculum and instruction, along with student achievement," Cullen said. A ball field has been renovated, and the classroom for students in the severe-needs program, which districts from around the area participate in, has been expanded to accommodate more students. Cullen expects nine students this year, up from seven. District-wide enrollment should remain stable, at nearly 1,100 students. Falcon School District 49 Stability seems to have settled in at D-49. Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts has his third annual contract in hand, the longest for the same person to hold the head position in more than a decade. Also for the first time in a while, the school board has had the same five members for two years in a row. "Many of the positive things I see happening are related to that board stability and commitment to strong governance," Hilts said. The focus since Hilts took over, primary literacy and "49 Pathways" to graduation, is continuing, with each school having a certain theme and new choices being added. New this school year is training to improve systems and procedures. D-49 has hired a Denver-based nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, to help improve performance. Hilts said enrollment, for example, has been streamlined and is more efficient. A mill levy override voters approved in November is paying for a district-wide patrol officer for all the schools. The money also gave teachers a "significant" boost in salaries, with another supplement to come for teachers whose salaries were frozen during the recession. More technology for students, including iPads and Chromebooks, is available. At Falcon High School, every student will get a Kindle, an e-reader. D-49's board is considering refinancing general bond debt and paying it off in 2016, to save nearly $16 million. Also in discussion is the possibility of presenting another mill levy override to voters next year to pay for school expansions and renovations. Voters this November will consider whether to change board representation from five at-large seats to representation by geographical boundaries. Crowding of school buildings is again a concern. Hilts said enrollment is capped at some buildings, with students enrolling after capacity being bused to another school. Enrollment this school year is expected to grow by another 1,000 students to just under 21,000. Pupil count has increased 33 percent since 2010. Over the summer, a new Peak Partners Initiative launched to develop a relationship with community leaders who don't have a connection to the district. Monthly meetings with 25 community leaders address school finance, facilities' plans, the new career academy and other aspects of D-49, with the idea that those who "graduate" from the leadership institute will volunteer in D-49. The school board also recently approved an application for authorization of a new charter school that will open in the fall of 2016. James Irwin Charter Schools, which has two elementary schools, one high school and one middle school in Colorado Springs, plans to develop a technical and trades academy. It will be housed at Patriot Learning Center, an alternative high school and middle school at 11990 Swingline NE Road in Peyton. Hilts said he approached officials at James Irwin after its attempt to open in another local school district fell through. "They are an entrepreneurial collaborative, and they wanted to work with us because of our history of innovation," he said. D-49 is one of nine districts in the state to have "innovation" status, meaning school leaders are allowed to make more decisions at the school level and try new practices. Hilts expects 200 to 400 students to enroll in the technical and trades academy, which will allow students to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma. Two D-49 "zones" of schools have new leaders. Andy Franko, who had been the head of school at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, is the new iConnect Zone superintendent. He replaces Kim McClelland, who has moved on to executive director of Colorado Digital BOCES. The Falcon Zone's new superintendent is Julia Roark, who came from the Aspen School District. Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 Keith Owen left the Department of Education as assistant commissioner of education to return to the district level as superintendent at Fountain-Fort Carson. He began July 1 and replaces Cheryl Serrano, who retired after a 27-year career with D-8. Owen said when he accepted the job in the spring that one of his goals is to "continue to build upon the great tradition of excellence," adding that D-8 has a "fabulous reputation." With about 75 percent of its students having a military connection, the district works closely with Fort Carson to ease the stress of military transfers, family deployments and reintegration so students can focus on their education, said Ty Valentine, director of human resources. New this year, a preschool, Conrad Early Learning Center, will open north of the district's administration building at 10665 Jimmy Camp Road in Fountain. It will start with eight classrooms and professional learning space but has the capacity to expand to at least 12 classrooms, Valentine said. The new building is dedicated to long-time D-8 teacher Yevonne Conrad, who spent her career teaching youngsters and dedicating her efforts to high-quality preschool and kindergarten instruction. All 12 building principals are returning. Seven new assistant principals have been hired. Although Fort Carson is expected to lose about 365 soldiers from a cut of 40,000 soldiers nationwide, district officials project an enrollment growth of 158 students, for a total of 8,278. Hanover School District 28 Grant Schmidt, who became superintendent in July in this district south of Fountain, has hit the ground running. Creating a district-wide strategic plan and facilities plan, with community and staff input, is on the agenda for this school year, along with developing standard operating procedures. In coming months, new policies or revisions to policies will be adopted to meet new legislation regarding student discipline and safety, portability of new staff, Internet and electronic device usage, curriculum and assessments. "The main goal for our district is to relentlessly meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of all students," said Schmidt, who also is continuing his job as principal at Prairie Winds Elementary School in D-28. In June, the Hanover school board voted to appoint Ofelia Gonzalez to fill the open position left by Cathie Wolff until the November election. Also over the summer, the district completed some improvements to its buildings and added a keyless entry system at both schools. Two new school buses are on the horizon. Enrollment is expected to remain around 260 students. Harrison School District 2 Sand Creek Elementary and Carmel Middle School were accepted as International Baccalaureate candidates and will start the program in the fall. Superintendent Andre Spencer said he anticipates that in 18 to 24 months, the schools will be "full-blown" IB. "It focuses on an international education perspective and looks at education from a global standpoint," Spencer said. These will be the district's first schools to adopt the IB program. "We want that exposure for every student at these schools," Spencer said, adding that the plan is to extend it in the future. Two elementary schools, Turman and Stratmoor Hills, are trying a year-round calendar and started classes July 8. Decreasing loss of knowledge over the summer break was among the reasons. More Advanced Placement courses for high school students are being offered, going from five to 19, Spencer said. That has more than quadrupled the number of students enrolled in the programs at the district's two high schools. Not only does D-2 have concurrent enrollment with Pikes Peak Community College, but also the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado State University-Pueblo. The latter starts in the junior year of high school, and after graduating, students enter college as a sophomore. Thirty-nine students participated in the SoColo REACH Summer Institute at UCCS. Students took a freshman-level college course, Academic Fitness, and earned three college credits and one high school elective credit for completing the course. A revamped district website that rolled out in July features a "Let's Talk" link that allows anyone to send questions or messages to D-2 officials. Answers will be sent within 24 hours, Spencer said. A first-ever D-2 teachers' job fair held in the spring drew 125 potential candidates. "We wanted people not just looking for a teaching position but specifically for a teaching position at Harrison," Spencer said. D-2 hired 152 teachers for this school year, down from 176 last year. Enrollment should continue its slight growth pattern and be up a little from last year's 11,441 students. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 An emphasis on educating the whole child and the 21st century learner, creating a safe environment and building community support are leading D-38 into the year. Establishing a "wellness team" in every school will get underway at back-to-school nights, and a district wellness group will offer instruction on mindfulness, healthy eating and movement in the classroom. The program is aligned with the Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. Prairie Winds Elementary earned a $500 grant for its wellness initiatives. Internet bandwidth for faster performance and improvements to technology infrastructure was expanded over the summer at the middle and high schools. The result: more classroom devices - cell phones, tablets and laptops, can access the Internet at any given time. "We will continue our improvement efforts to enhance the technology foundation and the instructional toolkit for all our teachers and students," said Liz Walhof, director of instruction and information technology. The old Palmer Lake Elementary School Library, which has a four-season sunroom, is undergoing a $56,000 renovation. Flexible, kid-friendly spaces that adjust to accommodate adult learners, such as shelving on rolling casters, new technology and energy-efficient windows are part of the plan. A parent group, Friends of Julie, named for former Palmer Lake Elementary School principal Julie Jadomski, who retired in May and is now a school board member, donated money to the project. "It's exciting. It's getting a whole new look," said Julie Stephen, D-38 spokeswoman. Summer maintenance projects have included replacing 1,000 feet of aging sewer lines, updating water heating systems, installing a back-up generator, replacing a cooling tower, updating electrical systems, installing classroom projectors and adding food service sinks. The Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program that was added at Lewis-Palmer High last school year had 80 students enrolled in the introductory course, principles of biomedical sciences, according to principal Sandi Brandl. This year, a second-level course is being offered, human body systems, which Brandl said will have more than 90 students. The plan is to add a third-year course, medical interventions, and a fourth year, biomedical innovation. The district's Business Advisory Council will host a first-ever Career Awareness Fair in the fall for middle and high school students. While D-38 has offered college fairs for years, Stephen said this is the first time for an event focusing on career opportunities. The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Lakes Cares, Integrity Bank and Trust and other local businesses will have representatives talking about lines of work and provide tips on resumes, interview skills and other aspects of job hunting. D-38 enrollment is expected to increase by 20 or so students over last year's October count of 6,207. Manitou Springs School District 14 A new district think tank called ManX is intended to inspire new programs that will enhance the schools' environment, academics and growth mindset. The group, established by Superintendent Ed Longfield and based on Google's technological advancement division called Google X, is made up of about 20 staff members who study important thinkers and aim to answer: "What if we could do anything we wanted to help children learn and be ready for the 21st century? What would those things be?" "We come around and we think about new idea around learning, new experiences for kids - just kind of brainstorm, how do we become more effective - losing old paradigms of, 'school has to be this way,'" Longfield said. Administrators are working to improve the district's varied programs, many of which encourage in students what Longfield considers to be the secret to success: a combination of innovation and grit. Students can take ballet classes in a studio on the high school campus, participate in smart design, a science class that teaches such topics as robotics and aerospace engineering, or take affordable after-school music lessons through the Fine Arts Institute of Manitou, a program that serves about 100 students per day. Sixth graders can opt in to the Mountain Academy of Arts and Sciences at Ute Pass Elementary, an outdoor, experiential learning program focused on math and science. Although Longfield said the district is experiencing budget strain, enrollment is at an all-time high, topping 1,500 students, and 42 percent of Manitou Springs students attend from outside the district. The high enrollment adds pressure to D-14's goals, Longfield said. "You have to be relevant for kids to choose to come to school here, and if you aren't, you're sort of like Kodak or RadioShack - you become less relevant and you have to close your doors," he said. "We really want to be responsive." Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 New superintendent Dwight Barnes is working to build relationships in the district and the community. He's hired several new staff, including a special education teacher, and will meet many families at the annual back-to-school barbecue Aug. 12. "We usually get a great response from the community," he said, "so I'll get a chance to network." Barnes came from nearby Falcon School District 49, where he was a high school assistant principal. He took over in Miami-Yoder July 1, after the school board in February terminated the contract of 10-year superintendent Richard "Rick" Walter. Barnes also is working as the district's secondary principal. "That's common for a lot of us out here on the plains, to be a principal and the superintendent," he said. A new reading program this year for elementary students "Core Knowledge Language Arts," will better align instruction with Common Core State Standards, Barnes said. Officials also will work on molding new graduation requirements impacting the class of 2021 into its system to "get ahead of the curve." The district is refinancing two bonds from 2005 and 2008, for a 7 percent, or $7,000 to $8,000 per year savings over the life of the bonds. The board will decide whether to pay off the bonds earlier with the extra money or return it to taxpayers, Barnes said. The district will replace two buses. Enrollment should be about the same as last school year, with about 280 students. Peyton School District 23-JT Big things are happening in this small eastern district. By the time school starts, the old Peyton Middle School will have a new mission as a woodworking, construction and automotive trades center. "With career technical education starting to resurface and having more importance, this is the right time and the right opportunity to reach students who want to go directly into the workforce after high school," said Superintendent Tim Kistler. The expansion is twofold. The district is bringing its first charter school on board, the Career Building Academy, which offers construction and automotive industry training. Last school year Peyton 23-JT contracted with the school to provide classes for its students and this year agreed to become the charter authorizer for the school, which has campuses in Peyton, Colorado Springs, Walsenburg and Pueblo. District 23-JT also is opening the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program, which will offer entry level through advanced cabinet manufacturing for high school students. The Woods Manufacturing program originated in Salem, Ore., and became nationally renowned. Kistler initially hired the director, Dean Mattson, as a consultant to help figure out how to build a similar program in Peyton. Mattson now is serving as the director of the Peyton program. Students don't build standard shop projects like bird houses or tool boxes, Kistler said. "They're making furniture, curio cabinets and coffee tables with tapered legs and connecting dovetail drawers," he said. "The industry has gotten a lot more technical." Most of the equipment and materials are donated by manufacturing companies who hope to later hire graduates. "These machines are quite expensive, but we have companies willing to give in-kind donations to fill our facility because it's such a strong program," Kistler said. "We'll have over $2 million worth of machinery they'll let us use." Manufacturing workers are in demand, said Mark Schultz, a former 23-JT board member and owner of a millworking company. "There's definitely a shortage," he said. "It's gotten to where there's a whole generation missing out realizing you can make a living with the trades. Some kids just learn better with their hands." Woodworking incorporates principles of geometry and other math, reading, writing, drawing, teamwork and life applications, said Chris Harding, a 2014 graduate of the program in Oregon who is helping Peyton get its program going. The program is starting with about 40 students and will expand up to 120, including slots for students from other districts, Kistler said. Both the charter school and the woodworking program will be housed at the former Peyton Middle School, which is under renovation to construct a woodworking shop, reconfigured classrooms and replace the hail-damaged roof. The school has sat empty for six years, when the recession caused enrollment to drop enough that the district moved the middle school into the high school building. Kistler wants to build a national woodworking center to educate not only high school students but also adults, including military veterans looking for a new career. The expanded center could open in January 2017. Voters in November agreed to a second de-TABORing in 23-JT for seven years, meaning the district will seek grants and corporate donations. "Because of our decreasing student count, the direct money coming into the school was decreasing, and with TABOR limitations, we'd have to give the money from grants back to the state," Kistler said. A nonprofit foundation is being set up to handle contributions. Fall enrollment will be about 550 students and potentially grow to 650 with the new charter school. Widefield School District 3 A new STEM program will take center stage for sixth through 12th graders. The district received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to implement Project Lead the Way, a national science, technology, engineering and math program. D-3 introduced the curriculum in its three junior high schools last school year with full roll out this fall, said Samantha Briggs, spokeswoman. Over the summer, 12 teachers received training in biomedical science and engineering education. About 400 students have enrolled in the program at D-3's two traditional high schools, Briggs said, adding that she expects the junior high classes to fill as well. The material is experiential and project-based, Briggs said. "It's going to be an amazing program that gives hands-on learning and problem-solving," she said. "A lot of parents are looking for schools that have strong STEM programs." D-3 is known for its pride, tradition and innovation, she said, with Project Lead the Way being an innovation development that will "get students out of the box in science and math." District leaders also are gearing up for a first-time Spring Showcase, scheduled for April 23, 2016. "We're more than a number," Briggs said. "Test scores tell one small part of our story, and we want people to see the culture and talent of our award-winning music program, award-winning Navy Junior ROTC cadets, Project Lead the Way robots and experiments, and other achievements." A redesigned district website that's more user-friendly and visually appealing debuted July 1. D-3, along with Fountain-Fort Carson D-8, completed a second annual charity golf tournament in July. This year's event raised about $13,000, which, through a 22-year-old nonprofit organization called Fountain Valley Scholars, will provide scholarships at Mesa Ridge, Widefield and Fountain-Fort Carson high schools. The awards ceremony will be May 10, 2016, at Mesa Ridge High. The district's annual Widefield community parade and rivalry football game between the town's two home teams will be held Oct. 10. "Every year, the town shuts down, and every school makes a float related to Rachel's Challenge (an anti-bullying program), and we throw out T-shirts and candy," Briggs said. District officials expect enrollment to remain steady, with 9,300 to 9,400 students, Briggs said. Woodland Park School District RE-2 The town mayor will be in the dugout, elementary students will dig in the dirt and homeschool kids will have more chances to be in class in RE-2. Mayor Neil Levy has been hired as the high school baseball head coach. "He's going to be a great addition to our staff," said RE-2 Superintendent Jed Bowman. "He's very passionate about youth and baseball, and he's going to bring an enthusiasm and expectation of excellence." An experiential program for elementary school students that kicked off last school year will continue this fall. Elevate Environmental Education, in partnership with the Catamount Institute, gives kindergarten through fifth graders hands-on science curriculum outdoors, at Aspen Valley Ranch. The 300-acre ranch near Woodland Park is used for educational purposes as a program of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. "It's a fabulous addition. Students continually marvel at how great it is to be outside learning about science and the environment," Bowman said. New this year, the district's Homeschool Enrichment Academy is offering middle school students who are homeschooled the opportunity to take classes at Summit Elementary School and expanding elementary offerings at Summit and Gateway Elementary. "As education continues to evolve, flexibility for families is important," Bowman said, "and for homeschoolers, we provide one day a week where students can come in and have enrichment activities through our liaison teachers." Also, the concurrent enrollment program with Pikes Peak Community College is growing with the addition of college algebra to the list of classes students can take to earn college credit along with their high school diploma. Ashley Lawson, an instructional resource teacher at Woodland Park High, has been promoted to principal at Gateway Elementary. The RE-2 school board is exploring options for a "sustainable funding" proposal, including a possible ballot measure involving a sales tax increase. Enrollment is expected to decrease by 80 to 100 students this school year, for a total of about 2,400 pupils. "The fact that we're able to continue environmental education and free full-day kindergarten is significant," Bowman said. "They are not ongoing funds, they are funded year-to-year, so we are grateful to be able to do both." - Gazette reporter Ellie Mulder contributed to this report. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on...
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Barry Horn, Associated Press | Jul 31, 2015Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket. In honor of Norm’s upcoming 40th anniversary on radio, here’s our first “40 for 40.” Best guest: Don Nelson. He always tried to be entertaining and funny. And, if you listened closely, he told you important things. One day I was pressing him about who the Mavericks might draft that night. He was very coy but as we said goodbye he said, "Auf Wiedershehen." That night German teenager Dirk Nowitzki became a Maverick. Worst guest: Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Just a few minutes before he was to go on the air he suggested he should get paid. I was stunned, politely declined and went to "open lines." Busiest year: In 1990, I was an ESPN baseball game analyst every Tuesday and Friday night and doing the morning show every day on KLIF from 5:30-9 a.m. I believe I worked in 23 parks that season. Weirdest thing that ever happened during a show: While doing an early morning show at Fenway Park, I accidentally set off the fire alarm. Within minutes, lots of guys in fire suits arrived and looked at me, certain I was a knucklehead. Best talk show host ever: Johnny Carson on TV. On radio, probably Larry King – great brain. Guest I’ve never been able to book: Either of the Rangers owners – Ray Davis or Bob Simpson. And, yes, we have asked. Favorite caller: Leon Simon, the barber. He became my friend and then co-host for a while. Worst-ever remote location: Outside a Texaco Mini-Mart at Northwest Highway and Abrams during rush hour with the traffic zooming past. And then the skies opened and poured down rain. Best Norm Hitzges imitation: Toss up between George Dunham and Gordon Keith. But Gordon has me saying much weirder things. Twitter or Cyber Dust: Yellow pad and flip phone. If I could attend only one more sporting event it would be: Game 7 of a Rangers World Series win. Favorite play-by-play voice: Four aces – Pat Summerall, Brad Sham, Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz. And I already miss Ralph Strangis. Favorite analyst: Howard Cosell, who broke ground for so many of us. Right now it's Troy Aikman. I learn something every time I listen to him. Vin Scully is truly one of a kind. Greatest career influence: Former local CBS news anchor and news director Eddie Barker who took a raw kid with a big nose, unusual voice and less-than-ideal hair and gave him his first TV reporting job in January 1972. Ever offered a network radio job: No, thank heavens. I might have actually taken it and left an area I've come to love very much. Last job before getting into TV-radio: Teaching journalism at San Antonio MacArthur High School. Best DFW athlete ever watched: Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Favorite sport: To announce it would be baseball. To watch on TV it's the NFL. To attend it's horse racing. Least favorite sport: That's easy -- boxing. Favorite racehorse: A cheap claimer named Steal Me Blind who won at huge odds at New Orleans Fairgrounds one day. He paid a huge price creating a very nice payday for my father Edgar and myself. It may have been the first time he'd smiled in the weeks and months since the death of my mom, Lillian, who'd been his wife and racing partner for decades. Sporting event never attended but would like to: Il Palio, a horse race held twice a year around the city square in Siena, Italy. It’s a huge spectacle. Did you think you would ever see another Triple Crown winner in your lifetime: No. Then I saw American Pharoah run with his hooves barely touching the racing surface. Sport most proficient in: Amateur, impromptu hot dog eating contests in ballparks. First time ever on radio: Did play-by-play of a Sul Ross State football games while I worked there as a teacher during the 1967-68 school year. Self-review of first radio talk show: It remains a blur. I was very nervous. I know I talked too fast, which makes my voice get even an octave higher and makes me sound squeakier. It must have been a joy to listen to. Number of times called into a talk show: Not once. Usual work attire: Sweat pants or shorts, a sometimes-color-coordinated T-shirt and sandals. When you dress in the dark in the early morning it's not always pretty. Most unusual idiosyncrasy: I'm anal about always trying to use a few minutes of time to do something, no matter how small that something might be. Initial reaction in 2000 when management informed I was moving to the Ticket: I didn't want to go. I was happy at KLIF. Last book read: God As He Longs For You To See Him by Chip Ingram. Best series on home DVR: House of Cards. The perfect Saturday night: The 3 M's -- Merlot, movie and (wife) Mary. For my last wedding anniversary: We planned our next journey to some place she'd always wanted to go --Tuscany. Best movie of 1939, Wizard of Oz, Mister Smith Goes to Washington or Gone With The Wind: Gone With The Wind. John Wayne, Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks: Hanks by a nostril hair over Nicholson. Favorite all-time pro wrestler: The late Angel of Death, who was my friend. Next birthday wish: Another birthday. How many more years I have remaining on the air: How many more years do I have left? Message to listeners: I hope I always deserve you. Adios Ortegel: At least for now Bob Ortegel, who brought smarts and grace to every Mavericks broadcast with which he ever was associated, announced this week he will not be back for the 2015-16 season. Ortegel, 74, said he made his impromptu decision when he couldn’t sleep at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. He said he was up thinking about the great coaches he calls friends who have died, including Dean Smith, who passed earlier this year. In a conversation Friday, Ortegel emphasized he was not using the word “retiring” to describe his situation. “I’m taking the year off and I have no idea what will happen after that,” he said. Ortegel debuted as the Mavericks television analyst Nov. 26, 1988 on the cable network then known as HSE. He was hired to work alongside Allen Stone as a replacement for Bob Weiss, who had abruptly left to become assistant coach of the Orlando Magic. Ortegel broadcast Mavericks games on TV and radio until February 2011, when he was bounced from his television seat by owner Mark Cuban, who was looking to “refresh” the product. Ortegel joined Fox Sports Southwest’s Mavericks’ studio 10 months later. He called games worked by all nine Mavericks coaches. Ortegel coached college basketball for 18 seasons before sliding into a TV analyst seat on Missouri Valley Conference basketball in 1982. He worked alongside Ray Scott, better known nationally for his NFL work. Said Mark Followill, who worked alongside Ortegel for six seasons on Mavericks television and is 30 years his junior: “He has been a mentor on life, basketball and broadcasting. He is a friend who was always welcoming, nurturing and teaching, which must have come from his years coaching.” Talking Cowboys The team’s preseason television schedule belongs to KTVT (Channel 11). The station will air the four games with Bill Jones, Babe Laufenberg and Keith Russell behind the mikes. The Blue-White scrimmage on Aug. 9, which also will attract a lot of eyeballs to watch grown men run around in shorts, will be on sister station KTXA (Channel 21). Bryan Broaddus replaces Laufenberg alongside Brad Sham on the radio. Meanwhile ESPN decided that the 90 minutes it planned to allot for Tuesday’s training camp special with the Cowboys couldn’t possibly be enough. It has decided to expand to two hours beginning at 6 p.m. Kenny Mayne, John Gruden and Darren Woodson will serve as tour guides. And Fox Sports Southwest has a daily 15-minute training camp wrap at 10:30 p.m. or after Rangers’ post-game shows. Sham, Mickey Spagnola and Lindsay Cash cover the news of the day. Numbers game 3.0 and 1.4: Monday’s Dallas-Fort Worth ratings for Rangers 6-2 loss at home to the Yankees on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN, who shared the game. 2.3: Tuesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Fox Sports 1. 3.5: Wednesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 5-2 win over the Yankees on FSSW. 3.9: Thursday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 7-6 win over the Yankees on FSSW. On Twitter: @bhorn55 ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040350,t000002664,t000002672,t000003183,t000381949,t000002674,t000002409,t000002437
Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backsJul 30, 2015
STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has...
Oklahoma State football notebook: First-year assistant coach Marcus Arroyo updates progress of running backs
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 30, 2015STILLWATER — When Marcus Arroyo was hired as running backs coach at Oklahoma State this offseason, he inherited a position group marked by more questions than answers. With the departure of senior Desmond Roland, the addition of two junior college transfers — Chris Carson and Todd Mays — and the return of two tailbacks with OSU playing experience — Rennie Childs and Raymond Taylor — there has been much for Arroyo to digest through his first spring and summer on the job. Arroyo gave an update Thursday on where the position group stands entering fall camp. “I know the gains that Rennie made in the spring were really good,” Arroyo said. “He did a really good job of applying himself, the whole room did actually … Their challenge of having me come into the room was big because they didn’t know me and I didn’t know them. They embraced me and I think that was a really cool deal. “Rennie did a nice job of growing throughout and he did a nice job in the weight room. Todd Mays, a junior college transfer, got a little banged up in the spring, but he did a great job. Raymond Taylor did great. Chris I got to see right when he got here before we broke for the summer. He was here for a couple of weeks, and we spent a lot of time just getting to know each other. I’m a big believer in that so we can develop that trust. There’s a lot of really good things about him.” POSITION BATTLES HEAT UP AT PUNTER AND IN RETURN GAME OSU special teams coach Robby Discher spoke with reporters for the first time Thursday since joining the program as a graduate assistant in spring 2014. Discher provided insight on position battles as the Cowboys enter fall camp without two key starters from a season ago: punter Kip Smith and return man Tyreek Hill. Discher says three players are in competition for punts: redshirt freshmen Zach Sinor (Medina Valley, Texas) and Matt Hockett (Norman), along with incoming freshman Lane Reazin (Woodward). “Sinor is very, very talented, obviously he’s on scholarship here,” Discher said. “If he wins the job, I have a lot of confidence in him. “(Hockett) traveled to every game last year. We were able to redshirt him, but he was like our backup everywhere. So if something happened to Kip or something happened to Ben (Grogan), he was going in.” The frontrunners to replace Hill in the return game are much less clear. OSU featured wide receiver Brandon Sheperd on both punts and kicks against Washington in the Cactus Bowl, but a large group of athletes from both sides of the ball will have an opportunity to win the job. “All those guys have been working their tails off catching punts and kicks in the summer,” Discher said. “We’ve probably got 20 guys that want to do it, but you can’t get that many guys reps. It’s going to be five or six guys, then we’ll probably cut it to two or three pretty quick. We’ve got a lot of guys vying for that. I really don’t know who it’s going to be yet. It’s kind of nerve wracking, but exciting.” COULD A TRUE FRESHMAN DEFENSIVE TACKLE CONTRIBUTE IN 2015? When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class. In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Daniels said his goal this season was to "make an immediate impact, come in early and do what I can." OSU defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was asked Thursday to assess whether Daniels will be in a position to do just that in 2015. "That's a hard question to answer right now," Clements said. "Let's just say this — every practice we have, every meeting we have, every walk-through we have, everything we do is going to be very important for him. That he can handle the information and then carry it out on the field and perform in a manner that can help us win a Big 12 championship. If he can do that, it will determine how big of a role he plays." BY KYLE FREDRICKSON
Oklahoma State football: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements discusses potential immediate impact of freshman defensive tackle Darrion DanielsJul 30, 2015
STILLWATER — When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes...
Oklahoma State football: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements discusses potential immediate impact of freshman defensive tackle Darrion Daniels
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 30, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3751344[/img] STILLWATER — When news broke that sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni tore his Achilles during summer conditioning and would miss the 2015 season following surgery, a short list of replacements for the projected starter emerged. Sophomore Vincent Taylor and junior college transfer Motekiai Maile appear to be frontrunners, along with the potential for junior Eric Davis, sophomore Ben Hughes and others to contribute. But what are the chances OSU turns to a true freshman to help fill the void? Darrion Daniels, a 6-foot-3 and 320-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School (Texas), was among the Cowboys' highest-rated signees of the 2015 recruiting class. In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Daniels said his goal this season was to "make an immediate impact, come in early and do what I can." OSU defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was asked Thursday to assess whether Daniels will be in a position to do just that in 2015. "That's a hard question to answer right now," Clements said. "Let's just say this — every practice we have, every meeting we have, every walk-through we have, everything we do is going to be very important for him. That he can handle the information and then carry it out on the field and perform in a manner that can help us win a Big 12 championship. If he can do that, it will determine how big of a role he plays."
Jul 27, 2015
NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are scheduled to compete against local drivers. And how I know all this is a good story. At least to me. You...
Northwest Oklahoma travelblog: How I made it to Longdale
Berry Tramel | Jul 27, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3746730[/img] NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are scheduled to compete against local drivers. And how I know all this is a good story. At least to me. You can learn a lot by getting in your car and getting out of town. A week ago Friday, I took a road trip to a section of Oklahoma I rarely see but always enjoy. The grandfather of our man Jacob Unruh died, and his funeral was in Cherokee, which is about 20 miles east of Alva. We call Jacob “Virgil” for reasons that are a mystery to me, but we think the world of Virgil and wanted to make sure he knew we were thinking of him. So three of us were able to break away to make the 21/2-hour drive to the service. High school editor Darla Smith, sports web editor Erik Horne and myself. We also gave a ride to Virgil’s wife, who is in nursing school, had some business in OKC that morning and needed a ride to meet her husband. So we launched off from Northwest Expressway and away we went. Out to Okarche and onto Highway 81 north through Kingfisher, Dover, Hennessey, Waukomis and Enid. Darla’s a life-long Yukon gal, so she’s been all over the state, but Erik the Red is from Louisiana and hadn’t been past Okarche. So we gave him an educated tour of that region and eventually gave all of us an educated tour of that region. I always build up Okarche and Kingfisher as my favorite small towns in Oklahoma. Okarche as my favorite tiny town — 2,000 or less population — and Kingfisher as my favorite small town. I just love their feel and their pride. Both are well-kept. Cool, old houses. Not a bunch of shabby homes and buildings falling down. Not every place is spit-shine, but no place, home or business, is a dump. At least from what you can see. A few months ago, I went through Davis, down in southern Oklahoma, and was reminded that Davis can give Kingfisher a run for best small town above 2,000 population, but still, Kingfisher is a cool place. And Erik was duly impressed. We built it up, and Kingfisher delivered. Dover has a better setting, with more trees lining the little town, but it’s run down. Hennessey is a solid town but isn’t quite as well maintained. Not much to Waukomis to maintain. Driving through Enid was fun. For such a big place — population in the 50,000 range — I rarely make it up there. We drove past the Plainsmen’s football field, where Lydell Carr and PJ Mills and Austin Box and Clint Chelf starred, and I should have driven Erik the Red over to the downtown area where Mark Price Arena sits. Enid has to have one of the most unique high school basketball coliseums in America. A civic auditorium, named after an NBA star. Enid’s a lot like Ponca City and Bartlesville, other northern Oklahoma towns that once were the headquarters of major oil companies. Phillips in Bartlesville, Conoco in Ponca, Champlin in Enid. All are big versions of Kingfisher. Well-kept. Lots of pride. Lots of history. Good places to live, if you don’t need a metropolitan city. Champlin was closed in 1984, and Enid has found its footing without a major anchor. The guys in the car made fun of me, because I drew a rough map of our trip. I hate following GPS, or even phone maps, because they don’t give you a big picture. I couldn’t find an old-fashioned road map, so I drew one before we left. Darla made fun of it, took a picture of it and put it on FaceBook. Dirty Rotten Scoundrel. Anyway, north of Enid, I had planned to turn west on Highway 45 and go through Carrier, where my pal Richard Mize recently pastored a Congregational Church, and Goltry and Helena, towns which formed a consolidated school. But I missed that turn, so we went on north and then west on U.S. 64. That took us through Jet and Nash, two more towns that long ago consolidated schools. Not much to Jet or Nash, but I remember from the ‘70s, looking at the scores of Jet-Nash and Helena-Goltry. Now, those two schools and four towns have consolidated into one school. The elementary school is in Jet, the high school is in Helena. It’s 20 miles from Nash to Helena, so that’s a fair drive. But it’s the truth of western Oklahoma. Diminishing population, schools trying to survive. My only knock on Timberlake is the name. Where’s the timber? There’s no timber in northwestern Oklahoma. The lake, I sort of get, since the Great Salt Plains Lake sits just north of Jet. But Timberlake is a good name for a school in Little Dixie or Green Country. How about Salt Plains High School? Or Big Sky High School? Oh well. Driving along U.S. 64, you see Great Salt Plains Lake off to the north. At least you think it’s the lake. It might be the shimmering selenite crystals that form part of the shoreline. The saline content is perhaps a quarter that of ocean water, and the crystals are unique to the area. Visitors dig for the crystals, and Oklahoma maintains a state park as part of the lake. It’s a little like Little Sahara, which is one county over from Alfalfa, in Woods County, between Woodward and Alva, and has magnificent sand dunes that attract motorcycle riders. Barren territory that suddenly draws people. Sand dunes, salt lakes. Oklahoma is an interesting place. Anyway, we drove on into Cherokee and found complete charm. Great small town. Some cool old houses. A good-sized grocery store. Some small businesses. A couple of neat churches. Alfalfa County courthouse. And way more trees than you’d expect in northwest Oklahoma. I seemed to remember that Cherokee had a downtown movie theater that famously burned some years ago. We found a storefront that seemed like it could have been the theater, but I couldn’t be sure. I forgot to ask anyone, and I couldn’t find anything on the Internet, so maybe I’m mixed up. Anyway, Cherokee was a great little town. The service at the First Baptist Church was nice. Virgil spoke about his grandfather and did a great job. A men’s quartet sang, and the four men produced beautiful harmony on both “How Great Thou Art” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” First off, you can’t miss with good material. Two of the top five songs of all-time, and I might be short-changing them. Add in quality voices, then touch it off with the endorsement of Jehovah himself, and it was riveting. I’m not kidding around. It started raining a little as we arrived in Cherokee, and it was raining pretty good when we got out of the car. During the service, it started storming. And I swear, when the quartet sang the first verse of “How Great Thou Art,” at the very point when they belted out “I hear the roaring thunder,” the skies boomed with thunder that shook everyone in the sanctuary, both physically and spiritually. It was the darndest thing. We paid our respects to Virgil, then headed out. I was determined to go home a different way, see more stuff, and it didn’t take us long. I went south out of Cherokee and hooked up with Highway 8. I wanted to go through Fairview, a decent-sized town that I had never visited. We went through Cleo Springs, not much there, but north of Fairview, we passed another Oklahoma jewel — Gloss Mountain. We saw in the distance, off to the west, some beautiful mesas. Didn’t know what they were but eventually found out. The Gloss Mountains, sometimes called the Glass Mountains, according to travelok.com, have a high selenite content that mimics a shiny glass exterior. There’s a state park at Gloss Mountain, with hiking trails, and spectacular scenery. Let me promise you. The landscape in northwestern Oklahoma is underrated. Now you know why they call it Fairview. I had never been to the Major County seat, which has a population of about 2,500. But Fairview had a good football program in the 1980s, and I sort of always followed the Yellowjackets. Plus, I had an extra reason for going. A few years ago, at Mike Gundy’s kickoff golf tournament in Stillwater, I ran into a guy I once knew. Todd Smith played football at Norman High, graduating in 1983, and went to OU on a football scholarship. I covered that 1982 Norman team, and I lost track of Todd after that. But there he was at Karsten Creek that day. Turns out he married a Fairview girl and was running his father-in-law’s car dealership in Fairview. The father-in-law was an OSU booster, so here was an ex-Sooner, at the Gundy Invitational. I enjoyed seeing Todd and told him I’d stop in if I ever was in Fairview. And so I was in Fairview. Todd runs Jensen’s Buick-GMC dealership. It’s a great old art deco building, with lots of vintage signs. Alas, Todd was not in the office, so I left him a note and we were on our way. Fairview seemed like a nice place. Not quite up to Kingfisher’s standards, I’d say, but livable. They’ve got a Sonic, a Pizza Hut and a Taco Mayo. Fairview probably is like much of western Oklahoma, in that it is reeling a little from the oil bust after the great oil boom that created a housing shortage. In Cherokee, we saw a sign for dorm-style lodging that could house 60 workers. But until the price of oil bounces back, that demand has weakened. Fairview actually has three car dealerships. Jensen’s Buick-GMC, Eischen’s Chevrolet (don’t know the relationship to the Okarche landmark) and Vinton Baker Ford. Any place with three new car dealers has something going for it. Leaving Fairview, I was going to go east on Highway 58, then jog back south to Okeene, because going south out of Fairview veered west and was out of the way. But before we turned around, I saw a mileage sign. Longdale 13. And my heart leaped. I swear. I try not to be too sentimental. But I got all fired up. Longdale is where my dad coached high school basketball in the 1950s. I had heard him talk about Longdale all my life, but I had never been there. I knew it was close to Canton, and I once thought about trying to go through Longdale on the way home from Colorado, but it was out of the way, and everybody was tired. So I told Darla and Erik the Red. We’re going to Longdale. Longdale High School is long since closed. I think in the ‘70s. The elementary school closed in 1991. My impression of Longdale was as a ghost town. That nobody and nothing would be there anymore. But I was wrong. Longdale still lives. It’s got a population just under 300, with a couple of gas station/convenience stores and quite a few houses. And the gymnasium still stands. The Longdale gym looks like an old WPA project — heck, it is an old WPA project, we found an inscription — but on the north end is painted a huge mural detailing the history of Longdale. The gym is locked up, but it was cool to walk around the place where my dad coached 60 years ago. We snapped a few pictures, then we were on our way. Seems like in the ‘70s, when I was a kid, some guys from Longdale that had played for my dad dropped by the house, the morning of an OU football game. My dad died in 2007; how I wish I had made the trip to Longdale with him. Anyway, back to NASCAR. As we left Longdale, there suddenly appeared a race track. Glittering. New. I’ve passed a bunch of Oklahoma dirt tracks, and none of them stood out like this. We were stunned. We had no idea what it could be or why it would be. But Darla looked it up on that FaceBook machine of hers, and there came the news. Longdale Speedway. Home of regular racing. Hosting Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace on July 28. Turns out, Longdale Speedway is thriving with local racers from all over zipping into town to race on most Saturday nights. Our adventure was mostly over. We drove down to Canton, hit Highway 51 and took it east through Okeene, which I had been to recently. I showed Darla and Erik the Red the great spires atop the St. Anthony Catholic Church. You can’t believe it. Looks like something you’d see in Italy. Then we drove south to Watonga, east back to Kingfisher and finally we were backtracking. We stopped in Okarche at the Popcorn Station, a popcorn store that sits on the north side of the road that runs through Okarche and separates Kingfisher and Canadian counties. Eischen’s Bar, home of the world’s greatest fried chicken, actually is in Canadian County. Then it was back down Highway 3, which becomes Northwest Expressway and the city that seems far removed in more than just miles from Cherokee and the Great Salt Plains Lake and art deco Buick dealership and the old gymnasium where my dad coached 60 years ago. Quite an adventure for a summer’s day.