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NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State basketball players walked through a thick fog at dawn last April from their dorms to Redbird Arena.An adamant call from their coach around 6 a.m. had awakened them with orders to meet in an hour. Most expected to hear a teammate had broken a rule and figured they would be running sprints.When they arrived and saw coach Dan Muller’s tear-filled eyes, they knew it...
Illinois State still struggles with last April’s tragedy
By Shannon Ryan, Associated Press | Mar 27, 2016NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State basketball players walked through a thick fog at dawn last April from their dorms to Redbird Arena. An adamant call from their coach around 6 a.m. had awakened them with orders to meet in an hour. Most expected to hear a teammate had broken a rule and figured they would be running sprints. When they arrived and saw coach Dan Muller’s tear-filled eyes, they knew it was more serious. “Coach stood up in front of everyone and said, ‘There was a plane crash last night,’” guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell said. “Those were his first words.” Akoon-Purcell says he remembers scanning the room and noticed the only person missing was associate coach Torrey Ward. “Instantly everyone dropped their heads,” Akoon-Purcell said. “It was complete shock. It was … terrible.” Just hours earlier, Ward, Aaron Leetch, the Redbirds’ deputy athletic director for external operations, and five other men had been traveling from Indianapolis, where they had taken a trip to watch Duke beat Wisconsin for the NCAA Tournament championship. They were due to land shortly after midnight, but their Cessna 414 twin-engine plane crashed upon descent in a bean field just 21/2 miles from the airport. Onboard were Ward, 36; Leetch, 37; Thomas Hileman, 51, the pilot; Andy Butler, 40, a regional representative for Sprint; Scott Bittner, 42, who ran a family-owned meat company; Terry Stralow, 64, owner of a nearby popular pub; and Woodrow “Jason” Jones, 45, a senior vice president/investment officer. All seven perished in the crash, leaving behind five wives, two fiancees and 13 children. Ward’s daughter was born just three weeks after the crash on April 7. The Redbirds wore patches on their jerseys this season of a No. 7 surrounded by all the men’s initials. “Ward” was printed on the back of warm-up shirts. The green No. 3 Alabama-Birmingham jersey he wore as a college player hung in the locker room before games. A stone fountain with seven pillars and the names of the men sits outside the arena as a memorial. “It has become less about the grieving and more about the honoring,” Muller said. “There have been times guys have struggled, the guys who were closest to Torrey. I showed them it was OK to cry. We just try to help each other.” ——— No matter where Ward recruited, he bumped into someone he knew, someone who considered him a friend. He often was seen cellphone to ear, talking to a recruit, high school coach or junior college coach. “He could recruit anywhere in the country,” Muller said. “He knows like a million coaches. It could be in Wyoming and he’d be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s my guy.’ “He had a thousand ‘guys.’ He just knew everybody, and everybody liked him because of that infectious personality.” Ward was considered a rising star in coaching. His attention to detail on scouting reports impressed Muller, who got to know Ward when they were both Southeastern Conference assistants. He was, Muller and athletic director Larry Lyons said, interviewing for head coaching positions shortly before his death. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward’s trademark jokes “never ever, ever” got old, Muller said. At least a few times a week, Ward would hike up his sweats to his chest, pull the drawstring around his neck, flip his cap backward and strut into Muller’s office. The stunt was so much part of Ward’s persona, the more-serious Muller played this character as part of the eulogy at Ward’s funeral. “Torrey had a smile that just made people smile,” Muller said with a laugh just thinking about it. “It comes easily, it comes often. It just makes you feel good.” His jokes put players at ease and helped them open up to him about shooting slumps or family problems. Many called him an older brother, father figure or best friend. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) “I could be having the worst practice in the world and he would just do something like go into dance mode and make me start laughing, and it would just change my whole practice,” said Akoon-Purcell, who had “T. Ward” tattooed on his wrist. “He was the only person who could understand where I was coming from, even when I was wrong.” The cruel irony is that now the one they relied on for advice and solace is not here when they need him most. “Now I just think, what would he tell me?” Akoon-Purcell said. “I can hear his voice. I just try to use that to help me get through stuff.” The months before his death, Ward was a bundle of nerves and excitement anticipating the birth of a baby with his fiancee. He had two children, Torrey and Tamia, from a previous marriage. “He made it to every doctor appointment he could,” fiancee Johnene Beisel said. “He was always rubbing my belly. He would’ve just eaten her up.” ——— Leetch got so caught up in football games he often wandered away from others on the sideline and watched from a crouched position at the 20-yard-line, where he could get a better view of red-zone plays. Always the 20. “Someone makes a great catch right in front of him and he runs back to us and it was, ‘I could have made that,’ ” Lyons said. Leetch’s ties to Illinois State were strong enough to lure him back for a second stint. He first was hired in 2005 and worked his way up to senior associate AD by 2008. He left in 2011 to become athletic director at Division III Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., before returning to Illinois State in 2013. “He had a gift,” said Lyons, who envisioned Leetch one day taking over his job. “His gift was developing relationships.” But nothing was as important to Leetch as his Christian faith and his family. He loved to play golf with daughter Avery, 7, and flew across the country to be there for the first day of preschool for his daughter Emmersen, 5. On one of the last full days the family spent together, they flew kites in the front yard. “They miss him terribly,” said Lindsay, his wife of 10 years. “He was so hands-on. He always made time for any of their things.” When Illinois State held a ceremony before a packed season-opening football game on Sept. 12 — Leetch’s birthday — Lindsay went to a place she felt connected to her husband. “I’ve had to carve out pieces of closure,” she said. “At the football game, they were gracious and let me stand on the 20. I felt like I was doing it for Aaron.” ——— (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward’s last tweet was a collage of photos: the crowd at the championship game, Lucas Oil Stadium and the plane with the caption “My ride to the game wasn’t bad.” The plane was scheduled to land shortly after midnight as dense fog settled in around Bloomington-Normal. The National Transportation Safety Board still is investigating the crash. When they learned of the crash, Beisel and Joan Stralow, Terry’s wife, drove around through the fog futilely searching for the site. “My heart just dropped,” Beisel said. “A lot of it was a blur.” Lyons drove to the airport to identify cars to figure out who was on the flight. On his way to the arena to meet with players, Muller received a call from Ward’s mom, Janice, and delivered the tragic news. At the arena, Muller brought a pastor into the locker room and counselors were available. He made that day’s workout optional, yet every player stayed. “We were all like Coach Ward would want us to do it,” guard Justin McCloud said. “We were grateful just to be on this earth and to play basketball.” ——— (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward told Beisel he didn’t want to know the sex or select a name for their baby until she delivered. Three weeks after the crash, Beisel had a girl: Audrey La’Kendrick Ward. She has her dad’s middle name, smile, raised eyebrows and always-on personality. “This is all I have. I held on to that,” Beisel said. “I went into mom mode. I just pushed through. It was so hard, but I received the gift of motherhood. I look at her every day and see him.” They stayed with the Mullers until Audrey was 3 months old. Beisel calls their support “a blessing.” Now living in Maryland, Beisel collects items for a “daddy box” and savors memories to share one day with Audrey. “He was an amazing father,” she said. Lindsay Leetch talks about Aaron often with their girls. “They have a very good understanding of where he is,” she said. “He is in heaven. We’ve leaned heavily on our faith. We still talk about him a lot and weave him into conversations.” The wives and fiancees will gather in Normal on April 7. They plan to share memories, draw support and release balloons. The basketball team will remember the day privately. Muller said he knows new players will come into the program, ones who didn’t know Ward. But the legacy of Ward, Leetch and the others will be carried on. “The program is about the players,” Muller said. “At some point, there won’t be any players here who knew Torrey, but he always will be a part of me. He always will be part of this program.” ——— ©2016 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— ARCHIVE PHOTOS on Tribune News Service (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Illinois State Muller _____ Topics: g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065659
Mar 10, 2016
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The ghosts of Dodgertown are everywhere.Along the narrow roads winding through the complex, named after Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and other Dodger greats. On the deck of the swimming pool, where the players relaxed and bonded once their work was done each day. At the tiny bridge they crossed for each spring training game, strolling right among the fans as they made...
Once on the verge of extinction, Dodgertown makes a comeback
By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press | Mar 10, 2016VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The ghosts of Dodgertown are everywhere. Along the narrow roads winding through the complex, named after Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and other Dodger greats. On the deck of the swimming pool, where the players relaxed and bonded once their work was done each day. At the tiny bridge they crossed for each spring training game, strolling right among the fans as they made their way from the clubhouse to Holman Stadium. Now, a new generation is getting to discover this baseball gem. "It's like walking on hallowed ground," said Reid Wilkinson, a senior at Norfolk Collegiate School in Virginia, a private high school which is training and playing games at Dodgertown this week. The longtime spring training home of the Dodgers — starting in 1948 when they were still in Brooklyn, and continuing on after they moved to Los Angeles — was threatened with extinction after its namesake team moved its preseason operations to Arizona in 2008. But, thanks largely to former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, the sprawling complex located on a former World War II military base has made quite a comeback, serving as a training hub for hundreds of college and high school teams, as well as international squads and even the Canadian Football League. Working with his sister Theresa, O'Malley was determined to keep Dodgertown alive. "It gives me pleasure and enjoyment," O'Malley told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday, "to know we're doing something significant now and for the future." The place just oozes history. Holman Stadium, known for its barren dugouts (still covered by only a tarp) and palm trees just beyond the outfield wall (which used to be in play), remains the centerpiece of the complex. The sliding pits and batting cages and pitching area known as "The Strings" — a Branch Rickey creation, where up to six pitchers could warm up simultaneously and strings were held on poles in front of the catcher to simulate the strike zone — are still here. So are the 1970s-era villas and dining hall, where the Dodgers once slept and ate, as well as the pool and the tennis courts, where many a good time was had during spring training. "It was heaven," said former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, who began his playing career with the Dodgers in 1960. "They had this cafeteria. The major leaguers ate there. The minor leaguers ate there. One day, you might be having breakfast or lunch with Duke Snider or (Sandy) Koufax or just about anybody. I remember Mr. (Walter) O'Malley (the longtime owner of the Dodgers and Peter's father), he would eat in there. I remember him vividly. It was really close knit. You became an organization, with the loyalty and the friendship." Indeed, Dodgertown was the forerunner of the elaborate spring training complexes of today, with the stadium and back fields and training facilities all located in close proximity. But unlike the modern complexes, the players didn't scatter to their fancy condos and luxury hotel rooms at the end of each day. Everyone stayed right at Dodgertown, using old naval barracks in the early days. "You used to stay four and six to a room, with a common bathroom," Cox said. "It was the greatest thing." O'Malley remembers that camaraderie being the centerpiece of a philosophy known as "The Dodger Way," which helped build the close-knit teams that would go on to win six World Series championships. "We called it our secret weapon," he said. "We ate there. We slept there. We brought everybody together, from the scouts to the minor league managers, everybody. Everybody got a chance to cross paths. It felt like a college campus. There was no other facility like that." That's why O'Malley felt It was so important to save Dodgertown. After the major league team left for the Arizona desert, the facility sat vacant for more than a year. There was an attempt to lure in the Baltimore Orioles as replacement, but nothing came of it. Minor league baseball began using the complex in 2009, focusing on projects such as umpire training, only to abandon that money-losing venture after only three years. Making matters worse, the facility couldn't even keep its name — that belonged to the Dodgers, so it became the Vero Beach Sports Village. That wasn't much of a selling point when the facility tried to lure in new clients. "Nobody knew what the Vero Speech Sports Village was," said Jeff Biddle, the vice president of sales and marketing. At that point, it looked like Dodgertown was doomed. But O'Malley, whose father was vilified for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, stepped in to preserve another treasured piece of baseball history. "It was about to be shuttered for the second time," he said. "I told my sister, 'If it's shuttered for the second time, it's over. It will become light industry for the airport (next week).' It has too much history and is too unique to let that happen." O'Malley took over the complex in 2013 and, with financial assistance from the local government, set out to restore Dodgertown to its former glory. First, he worked out a deal with the Dodgers and Major League Baseball to restore the name. A lake was filled in, providing room for four new softball and youth baseball fields. A half diamond once used by the Dodgers was converted into a multi-purpose field, capable of hosting football, soccer and lacrosse. Lights were installed on the outer fields, giving the complex much more flexibility for luring in business. . This year, more than 200 high school and college teams from the North and Midwest are booked into Dodgertown, reveling at the chance to escape their cold-weather climates and recapture a little of the magic the Dodgers once had. "I love it," said Donovan Waefler, head coach of Norfolk Collegiate School. "Just the team unity, the whole baseball atmosphere. It's a blessing to come down here and get out of the 40-degree weather." Meanwhile, long-time baseball fans still pop in when they see the famous "Historic Dodgertown, Est. 1948" signs along the road. Many of the hallways and rooms are de facto museums, adorned with pictures and memorabilia donated by the O'Malley family. "This is phenomenal," said Jonathan Angell, wondering a hallway with his wife, Karen, who attended a game at Brooklyn's Ebbetts Field when she was a young child. "It brings back so many memories." Then they headed off to watch a college game at Holman Stadium, reveling in the chance to create some new memories. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .
Just so we don't have to repeat it as often as Lance Barrow did Wednesday: CBS, America's Most Watched Network.Barrow, a 1977 graduate of Abilene Christian University, was back on campus as the guest of ACU administrator Gary McCaleb at another of the former mayor's community luncheons. In a few weeks, Barrow will be producing The Masters golf tournament for CBS ("a tradition, like nothing...
CBS sports producer Barrow regales audience with stories from the road
Greg Jaklewicz, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2016Just so we don't have to repeat it as often as Lance Barrow did Wednesday: CBS, America's Most Watched Network. Barrow, a 1977 graduate of Abilene Christian University, was back on campus as the guest of ACU administrator Gary McCaleb at another of the former mayor's community luncheons. In a few weeks, Barrow will be producing The Masters golf tournament for CBS ("a tradition, like nothing else"). At the next table Wednesday was Charles Coody, the 1971 Masters champ and last month's luncheon speaker. Barrow gave him a belated shoutout for being kind to him when he was an ACU student but already talking (and, occasionally, bluffing) his way into the TV sports business. Barrow would fly back to Texas with Coody, golfer Don January and broadcaster Frank Glieber, never excluded from their group and they "always made me feel welcome." His list of accomplishments is long but, briefly, includes 11 Emmys and producing Daytona 500s, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Masters tournaments and, this past season, a record 31 football games on CBS topped by the 50th Super Bowl. While Barrow tells about the opportunities he had in younger days to be around top athletes as they told their stories, he could spend hours talking about those he now has met, great games and plays, great golf courses and great restaurants. As for the latter, he said the buffet at the Abilene Country Clubs ranks right up there in his global assessment. Here are few highlights: He was there in 2005, when Tiger Woods chipped onto No. 16 and the ball froze on the lip of the cup before dropping in for birdie. That won an Emmy. He wears a red shirt Sundays not because Tiger did but because Trevino did. The popular golfer dressed in a red golf shirt over navy or black slacks because the final round was, he said, payday. Barrow was producing the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went off in the second half and CBS had to scramble to keep its coverage going without contact with its announcers. (Barrow later thought a generator hooked to vivacious halftime guest artist Beyonc would've restored full power). He once dined with the "real" weight loss queen Jenny Craig who, when he asked about losing weight, told him to "quit eating so much." He said his casual lunches with Jack Nicklaus at his Memorial tournament are memorable, and that Arnold Palmer never turned down a request for a photo or autograph. He named both as his sports heroes. Asked why he never acted again after his role in "Tin Cup," he confessed he, like Leonardo DiCaprio ("in Hollywood, we call him Leo") after "Titanic," needed a few years off after playing himself in the movie. "Tin Cup" came out 20 years ago. He also said his wife whispered to him if ACU, which then had just named him its top young alum, would approve of the R-rated golf movie. He declined, he said, the 007 role now played by Daniel Craig mainly because he prefers unsweetened tea to martinis. To the capable if not stellar golfers in attendance, he said Augusta National, Cypress Point, Colonial and the St. Andrews Old Course ? "the closest thing to the doorstep of heaven" ? are four courses that are must-plays. He confessed that he still doesn't know what "lower third graphics" are, though he said he did to get his first golf job as a senior in high school. ——— ©2016 the Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas) Visit the Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas) at www.reporternews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: c000212563
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:Newswriting SweepstakesBrianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy".Photo SweepstakesMichael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait".First Amendment AwardThe Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting".Bill Wundram Award for Column WritingKyle Munson, The Des Moines Register,...
Iowa APME contest winners
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2016DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners: Newswriting Sweepstakes Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy". Photo Sweepstakes Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait". First Amendment Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting". Bill Wundram Award for Column Writing Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Davis City Resident Helps Family Scrape By" and "Medical Mystery". Mark Twain Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye. News Writing Division III (circulation 35,000 and above): Business: 1, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Deere layoffs causing ripple effect through some suppliers' workforces."; 2, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Raymond residents decry closure of town's only bank"; 3, Jennifer Dewitt, Quad-City Times, "Young professionals fill new Moline apartments". Business Feature: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze bureaucracy "; 2, Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register, "Invest in Des Moines"; 3, Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, "High nitrates plague 60 Iowa cities". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Ongoing coverage of campaign finances at the Iowa Caucuses. "; 2, John Molseed, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Mumford and Sons"; 3, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Faces of medical marijuana in Iowa". Editorials: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Iowan wait for drugs"; 2, Jon Alexander, Quad-City Times, "End Gluba's assault on transparency". General Features: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's Epic Walker"; 2, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "The last red tractor"; 3, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, "Meet two real Iowa bachelors". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures"; 2, Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register, "Burma to Iowa"; 3, Kyle Munson, Kathy Bolten, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, "Black Iowa". Investigative Reporting: 1, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "Rise and Fall of Valley Bank"; 2, Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, "Four firms have troubled pasts"; 3, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures". News Graphics: 1, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Work release graphic"; 2, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Tuttle graphic"; 3, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Weapon flow chart". Sports Enterprise: 1, Mike Kilen, Andrew Logue, The Des Moines Register, "Last flight"; 2, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's football team"; 3, Doug Newhoff, Jim Sullivan, Nick Petaros, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "College Costs, July 26-29". Sports Spot News: 1, Rick Brown, Chad Leistikow, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, " Iowa grapple on the gridiron"; 2, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "White, Hawkeyes get their fairy-tale finish"; 3, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "Murray doesn't disappoint in his first JDC". Spot News Reporting: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Democratic debate coverage"; 2, Mackenzie Elmer, The Des Moines Register, "Officer inside patrol car fatally shoots unarmed man"; 3, Thomas Geyer, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Tornado sweeps Scott, Clinton and Whiteside". Photos Business Photos: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Deer classic"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "YMCA implosion "; 3, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Bird flu". Feature Photos: 1, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "112015bp-snow-art-1"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Sweet smooch"; 3, The Des Moines Register, "Glorious skyline". General News Photos: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Ted Cruz"; 2, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Memorial Day"; 3, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Marriage Equality". Picture Story: 1, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Rock the Look fundraiser ". Sports Action: 1, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "Tripped Up"; 2, Courtney Collins, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "110715cc-uni-football-01"; 3, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "020115mp-uni-missoui-state-9". Sports Feature: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo wait"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Relays glow"; 3, Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, "Game Winner". Spot News Photos: 1, Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, "Freedom summit protester "; 2, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "House Fire"; 3, Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, "Flash flooding evacuation". Division II (circulation 10,000-34,999) News Writing Business: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, "Landowners hope pipeline not a done deal"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Losses escalate as bird flu virus spreads in region". Business Feature: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Massive structures rising up at CF expansion site"; 2, Mark Newman, The Ottumwa Courier, "Idaho here we come"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Restaurants, consumers stung by record cattle, beef prices". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Wastewater treatment plant violations"; 2, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Coverage of pork plant in Sioux City"; 3, Molly Montag, Peggy Senzarino, Arian Schuessler, Globe Gazette, "Sexual Abuse accusations against Henry Rayhons". Editorials: 1, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, "Our opinion"; 2, Amy Gilligan, Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald, "A time to part: Strelo, school board"; 3, The Hawk Eye editorial board, The Hawk Eye, "A judge will decide". General Features: 1, Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald, " From tragedy, miracles"; 2, Joey Aguirre, The Hawk Eye, "From Burlington to Iowa City she's with Jackson"; 3, Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal, "A cowboy and his trolley". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Staff , Sioux City Journal, "Vietnam: Service with honor"; 2, Kathleen Sloan, Will Smith, Joey Aguirre, Sarah Tomkinson, The Hawk Eye, "Mental Health Institute closing (part 1)"; 3, Mike Bell, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Series: Rental crunch". Investigative Reporting: 1, Kathleen Sloan, The Hawk Eye, "Operating outside the law"; 2, Sioux City Journal, "Case shows gaps in teacher-student sex law"; 3, Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, "Day care dilemma". Sports Enterprise: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "The perfect ties"; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "A big man on campus"; 3, Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal, "Hoops encounter shows different side of the news". Sports Spot News: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "Crowd-pleaser"; 2, Jared Patterson, Globe Gazette, "Hogan swats walk-off grand slam"; 3, Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal, "National champs drew inspiration from Muhl". Spot News Reporting: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, "Women fatally shot by officer"; 3, Nick Hytrek, Barbara Walker, Sioux City Journal, "From 'shots fired' to life sentence". Photos Business Photos: 1, Josh Newell, The Hawk Eye, "What a view"; 2, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Grand Downtown"; 3, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Steel work at Silgan". Feature Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bubbling up with excitement"; 2, Nicki Kohl, Telegraph Herald, "Catching a Whopper"; 3, Patrick Shelby, The Ottumwa Courier, "Blood moon over Blakesburg barn". General News Photos: 1, Ben Roberts, The Ottumwa Courier, "Hot air balloons take flight over Ottumwa"; 2, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Storm slams festival"; 3, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bracewell Stadium class of 1968". Picture Story: 1, Jessica Reilly, Telegraph Herald, "The Life of Conner"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Call it a night"; 3, John Lovretta, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "It's a kid world at the fair". Sports Action: 1, John Gaines, The Hawk Eye, "Out of bullets"; 2, Chris Zoeller, Globe Gazette, "Heading the ball"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Whitewater fun". Sports Feature: 1, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Explorers fan high-five"; 2, Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal, "Iowa girls state basketball: Unity Christian undefeated"; 3, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Scheelhaase finds relief, redemption in relay victory". Spot News Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Man killed in shooting"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Train Explosion"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Citizens come to the rescue". Division I (Under 10,000 circulation) News Writing Business: 1, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Going once, going twice: Mall of the Bluffs will go on the auction block Monday"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Denison fights to keep Tyson workers in town"; 3, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "New in-school bank connects elementary, high school opportunities". Business Feature: 1, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "16th Avenue still lined with memories"; 2, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Grease Monkey celebrates 30 year anniversary Wednesday"; 3, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "'They're just gorgeous'''. Continuing News Coverage: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "State board dissolves Farragut school district"; 2, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "IWCC votes to phase out sign language program"; 3, Brenden West, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Gas tax issues in Clinton". Editorials: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Plan needs adjusting during big snowstorms"; 2, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's intent on gas tax plan misunderstood"; 3, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "Time for Iowa to expand firework sales". General Features: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Kiley Wellendorf, Daily Times Herald, "Making memories with Myles"; 3, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle Buddies". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 2, Jared Strong, Douglas Burns, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "Water Works lawsuit coverage"; 3, Amy Kent, Clinton Herald, "Want solid waste pickup?". Investigative Reporting: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "Ethics complaints, lawsuit filed against Treynor superintendent"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Affair website hackers expose dozens of Carroll men". Sports Enterprise: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Hometown proud of player, person/Early star potential"; 2, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "Family of coaches hoping to change fortunes of 3 T.J. athletic programs"; 3, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "A day in the life of a swim champion". Sports Spot News: 1, Brett Christie, Daily Times Herald, "CHS honors Feldman in walk-off winner"; 2, Kevin White, The Daily Nonpareil, "MVAO reaches 1-A final"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "IN 7(00)TH HEAVEN". Spot News Reporting: 1, Scott Levine, Amy Kent, Nick Moffitt, Clinton Herald, "Campus closing"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Militiamen's political spat ends with gunshot"; 3, Scott Stewart, John Schreier, Tim Rohwer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Governor's line-item vetoes affect school budgets, mental health facilities". Photos Business Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Doughnuts on display"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Rollin' and rockin'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Pizza Counter thrives in new location". Feature Photos: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Dog days of summer"; 2, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Sumo bots take center stage at Heartland Christian". General News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Rick Meister sits in his new tractor"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Center ballroom dances make feet happy". Picture Story: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco laid to rest". Sports Action: 1, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's Sydney Laufenberg is greeted by a downpour"; 2, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "The sand flies as Rodney Gossard lands"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton senior Damon Dann scores". Sports Feature: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Riders fly high at ArenaCross"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Treynor celebrates state tournament berth"; 3, Zach James, Clinton Herald, "Northeast celebrates after scoring". Spot News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jeff Storjohann, Daily Times Herald, "'Everything else is gone'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Cattle truck crash on interstate".
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and...
High school football: Class 4A and 3A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Weatherford loss. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Weatherford win. Elk City: Third with win and Weatherford loss. Fourth with win of seven or points and Weatherford win. Weatherford: Third with win and Elk City win. Fourth with loss and Elk City loss. District 4A-2 Key Games: Bristow at Tecumseh, Glenpool at McLoud, Harrah at Ada. Tuttle: First Harrah: Second with win. Third with loss. Ada: Second with win. Third with loss. Bristow: Fourth with win or McLoud win. Tecumseh: Fourth with win and McLoud loss. District 4A-3 Key Games: Oologah at Tulsa McLain, Wagoner at Catoosa, Cascia Hall at Cleveland Wagoner: First. Oologah: Second with win. Third with loss. Tulsa McLain: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Third with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall and Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall or Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa loss. Cascia Hall: Third with win, Oologah win and Catoosa loss. Third with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Catoosa loss. Catoosa: Third with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Cascia Hall win. District 4A-4 Key Games: Metro Christian at Sallisaw, Muldrow at Broken Bow. Poteau: First Metro Christian: Second with win. Third with loss. Sallisaw: Second with win. Third with loss and Broken Bow win. Fourth with loss and Muldrow win. Muldrow: Third with win and Metro Christian win. Fourth with win and Metro Christian loss. Broken Bow: Fourth with win. CLASS 3A District 3A-1 Key Games: Kingfisher at Centennial, Mannford at Cushing. Heritage Hall: First. Cushing: Second. Perkins: Third. Kingfisher: Fourth with win or Mannford loss. Mannford: Fourth with win and Kingfisher loss. District 3A-2 Key Games: Blanchard at Mount St. Mary, Bridge Creek at Douglass, John Marshall at Bethany. John Marshall: First with win. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard and Douglass. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard or Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Blanchard. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Douglass. Meeker: First with Blanchard win, Bethany win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. First with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses three or fewer district points to Bethany. First with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany win and Douglass loss. Second with Douglass win, John Marshall win, Blanchard win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses four or more district points to Bethany. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Third with Blanchard win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Bethany: First with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. First with regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. First with regulation win of four or more points, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Second with win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Blanchard: Second with win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and one or more district points on Douglass. Third with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss and Bethany loss. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or one or more district points on Douglass. Fourth with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. Douglass: Third with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Third with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses no district points to Blanchard. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Third with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and John Marshall win. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Bethany win. Fourth with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. District 3A-3 Key Games: Seminole at Pauls Valley, Star Spencer at Jones Jones: First. Seminole: Second with win. Third with loss. Pauls Valley: Second with win. Third with loss and Star Spencer win. Fourth with loss and Star Spencer loss. Purcell: Third with Seminole win and Star Spencer loss. Fourth with Seminole win and Star Spencer win. Fourth with Pauls Valley win and Star Spencer loss. Star Spencer: Fourth with win and Pauls Valley win. District 3A-4 Key Games: Marlow at Dickson, Plainview at Madill, Sulphur at Lone Grove. Lone Grove: First with win. First with loss of 12 or fewer points an Plainview win. Second with loss and Madill win. Second with loss of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Sulphur: First with win and Madill win. First with win of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Second with win of 12 or fewer points and Plainview win where Sulphur loses 13 or fewer district points to Plainview. Third with one-point or overtime win and Plainview win of 15 or more points. Third with loss. Plainview: Second with Lone Grove win. Second with win of 15 or more points and Sulphur one-point or overtime win. Third with loss and Sulphur win. Third with win and Sulphur win where Plainview gains 13 or fewer district points on Sulphur. Marlow: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Plainview win. Madill: Fourth with win and Marlow loss. District 3A-5 Key Games: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian. Lincoln Christian: First with win. Second with loss. Berryhill: First with win. Second with loss. Verdigris: Third. Sperry: Fourth with win or loss of eight or fewer points. Tulsa Webster: Fourth with win of nine or more points. District 3A-6 Key Games: Beggs at Checotah. Hilldale: First. Victory Christian: Second. Checotah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beggs: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-7 Key Games: Sequoyah Claremore at Sequoyah Tahlequah. Locust Grove: First. Westville: Second. Sequoyah-Tahlequah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Sequoyah-Claremore: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-8 Key Games: Roland at Eufaula, Heavener at Idabel Roland: First. Stigler: Second. Eufaula: Third with win and Heavener win. Third with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 12 or more district points on Idabel. Fourth with Idabel win. Fourth with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 11 or fewer district points on Idabel. Idabel: Third with win. Third with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 11 or fewer district points to Eufaula. Fourth with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 12 or more district points to Eufaula. Heavener: Fourth with win and Eufaula win.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 1, 2015
Today, Rickey Dixon weighs around 130 pounds, can only walk a short distance on his own and has trouble talking.
Oklahoma football: Former Sooner great battling ALS
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Oct 1, 2015NORMAN — When the Oklahoma football freshman class arrived for its first fall camp, one player showed up a day late. A short, rail-thin defensive back, this player looked more ready for accounting school than Big Eight football. Still, when coach Barry Switzer gathered his freshmen away from the rest of that 1984 team, he pulled this skinny kid to the front. “Don’t let his size fool you,” Switzer told a group that included Troy Aikman, Keith Jackson and Lydell Carr. “He will probably end up being better than any one of you.” Size didn’t matter for this player, who went on to become a first-team All-American, a Jim Thorpe Award winner and the fifth overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. Today, Rickey Dixon weighs around 130 pounds, can only walk a short distance on his own and has trouble talking. Two years ago, he was officially diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that kills motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing progressive muscle deterioration. There is no known cure. Doctors have told Dixon’s family that it’s likely his ALS stems from the multiple concussions he sustained throughout his football playing career. But Dixon wants everyone in Sooner Nation to know something: He’s going to be just fine. “It is very important to me to let people know that I am doing well and that my faith is strong,” Dixon wrote in an email to The Oklahoman, choosing to be interviewed that way to rest his vocal cords. “I stand on Romans 10:9 and Proverbs 18:21. Please let Sooner Nation know this.” Dixon will stand on Owen Field and be honored with other members of the 1985 national championship team during a halftime ceremony at Saturday’s Oklahoma-West Virginia game. An unthinkable diagnosis After Dixon’s standout career at Oklahoma, he played six seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Raiders, even playing in the Bengals’ Super Bowl XXIII loss to the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie. He married, had four children and became a high school football coach and motivational speaker in Dallas, but around four years ago, Dixon began losing weight and found himself in occasional pain. At first, he and his wife, Lorraine, believed it was arthritis-related. But when the weight loss continued and he began having trouble speaking, they went to the doctor and, in July 2013, received the terrifying diagnosis: Dixon had ALS, a devastating disease also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” after the legendary New York Yankees first baseman who died of ALS in 1941 at age 37. Other former NFL players such as Steve Gleason, Tim Shaw, Kevin Turner and O.J. Brigance have also been diagnosed with ALS in the last 10 years. “When he was playing football, the concern was always with his spine, paralysis, that kind of thing,” Lorraine Dixon said. “I never imagined that football could lead to this.” The Dixons kept Rickey’s battle with ALS relatively quiet for the first two years. Only close friends — including fellow former OU defensive back Tony Rayburn, Jackson and Switzer — and family members knew. “When you’re away from it and don’t see it every day, you don’t really understand the gravity of how severe something is,” said Rayburn, who lives in Edmond. “The first time I saw him, it wasn’t as bad, and then every time I saw him it seemed a little worse. “Probably within the last year, it’s really taken a turn and started affecting him a lot more. I still call him and talk through things with him. We pray together.” Jackson, who is now a radio commentator for Arkansas football games, drives down to visit Dixon often. “You sit down to talk to him, thinking you’re gonna cheer him up, and he ends up cheering you up,” Jackson said. “He’s just so positive. Not that he doesn’t realize what’s going on; he just has a deep faith that God is with him.” Switzer visited in early September and tweeted a picture of him sitting with Dixon, whose legs and arms are extremely thin from the weight loss and muscle deterioration. In the tweet, Switzer told the world that his former All-American player was battling ALS. Since then, a fundraising campaign was started by a group of former Sooners on GoFundMe.com and countless well wishers have contacted the Dixons. “A proud athlete is sometimes too proud to ask for help,” Rayburn said. “Everybody wants to think they don’t need to reach out to anybody if they need help and are struggling. We’re trying to break those walls down, break that pridefulness down. “It’s just like when we were on the field. We looked out for each other on the field, and we’re gonna look out for each other in life.” ‘Part of the journey’ Rickey and Lorraine Dixon developed their strong, unyielding faith in God about four years ago, when their then-6-year old son Cameron suffered from encephalitis, a brain inflammation that resulted in two strokes, put him in a coma and developmentally delayed him. “He is a mini me,” Rickey Dixon wrote in the e-mail interview. “Even though he is limited, he is the most loving child you will ever meet.” Lorraine said the ALS subject doesn’t come up much in the Dixon household, especially since their 7-year old daughter, Alana, asked her mom, “Is my daddy going to heaven?” “It’s just so hard to explain to a 7-year old who is so fond of her father,” Lorraine said. “We try not to focus on ALS so much in our home. This is just part of the journey for us.” Dixon will make his first trip to an OU football game in about five years this weekend, when he’ll be honored along with his 1985 national championship teammates. He says he can’t wait to be on Owen Field and “feel that Sooner Magic again.” “Many people ask me if I regret playing football,” Dixon wrote. “I don't regret playing football. “Yes, I would play again. I would love the chance to beat Texas again and play in another Super Bowl. I would just play the game differently. “Football allowed me to retire my mom, to provide for my family … it exposed me to a whole different environment and I met some incredible people along the way. “We trust Jesus. His word says, ‘In this world we will have trouble, but be of good faith.’ “ALS ain’t got nothing on me!”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 26, 2015
Normally reliable ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick flubbed the biggest play of the OSU-Texas game Saturday afternoon, Texas' botched, 10-yard punt late in the game. A fact that analyst Ed Cunningham quickly corrected. "Bad snap... And it's kicked... Are you kidding me? ... kicked out of bounds," Patrick said. "Oh, my heavens!" Except, on the punt by Michael Dickson, it wasn't...
OSU football: ESPN announcer Mike Patrick botches biggest play of OSU-Texas telecast
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 26, 2015Normally reliable ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick flubbed the biggest play of the OSU-Texas game Saturday afternoon, Texas' botched, 10-yard punt late in the game. A fact that analyst Ed Cunningham quickly corrected. "Bad snap... And it's kicked... Are you kidding me? ... kicked out of bounds," Patrick said. "Oh, my heavens!" Except, on the punt by Michael Dickson, it wasn't a bad snap at all. "It went right through his hands," Cunningham said. "Not a bad snap at all. Just a blunder by the kicker." On the other side of the ball, OSU kicker Ben Grogan nailed the game-winning 40-yard field goal to lift the Cowboys to a 30-27 victory. And kicking-game mistakes cost the Longhorns for the second week in a row. "Grogan, who struggled a bit early last year and struggled a bit in the first couple of ballgames, he was absolutely money today," Cunningham said. Patrick said, "For the second week in a row, so much joy and anticipation around Texas football, and they get slapped in the face." OSU's defense, which allowed only one touchdown, also earned praise from Cunningham. "Their effort is lost in the fact that the offense gave up 14 points on turnovers. But this defense has played terrifically." SHORT TAKES * A few of the 16 penalties called on Texas left Patrick and Cunningham unable to find the infraction, including a defensive holding that set Texas coach Charlie Strong off, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. "He was as mad as you could possibly be on that last call," Patrick said. Patrick had another miscue on that play, saying the two penalties resulted in a total of 30 yards in penalties, when it was in fact 25 yards. * OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph struggled in the second half with two consecutive interceptions. "Rudolph has just not looked confident in the second half," Cunningham said. "Maybe he's hurt a finger... but the ball has not come out well." * Sideline reporter Dr. Jerry Punch noted that although the air temperature was 95 degrees, an infrared thermometer on the OSU sideline measured 128 degrees. "It is hard to breathe down here," he said. * Punch interviewed Denton Guyer High School football coach John Walsh, father of OSU backup quarterback J.W. Walsh and former coach of Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard, in the stands. "He can't win and he can't lose," Patrick said. * With the LSU-Syracuse game running long, ESPN missed the first 15 minutes of the telecast and OSU's first touchdown, a pass to Brandon Sheperd. However, the announcers did a good job of recapping the drive. * The Longhorns' first touchdown came after Rudolph dropped the ball, and Hassan Ridgeway picked it up and ran for the score. "Boy, did they need that!," Patrick said. "Mason Rudolph just handed them a gift." Patrick incorrectly said the point-after touchdown tied the score, when OSU still led 14-13. But he corrected himself after the commercial break. * After Rudolph threw an interception on what Patrick called his worst throw of the day, the play was nullified on a roughing the passer penalty on Paul Boyette Jr., which Cunningham called a bad call. "That's an awfully big call for what looked like a bump just after the guy threw the ball."
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Aug 17, 2015
After winning just three games the previous two seasons, Idabel finished 9-3 last year and has one of the state’s top recruits in quarterback/athlete K.J. Wells back.
District 3A-8 high school football preview: Idabel looks to keep the momentum rolling
BY ED GODFREY | Aug 17, 2015Idabel alum and former University of North Texas coach Dennis Parker turned the Warriors’ football program around in his first season as head coach. After winning just three games in the previous two seasons, Idabel finished 9-3 last year and has one of the state’s top recruits in quarterback/athlete K.J. Wells back. As a result, Idabel has been dubbed as the favorite to win the Class 3A-8 district title this season, slightly edging defending champ Roland in the pre-season coaches’ poll. Parker knows expectations have been raised in Idabel as optimism abounds about the 2015 season. “Last year, the great thing about it was nobody expected anything,” he said. For Idabel to meet those lofty expectations, the Warriors must improve in the secondary and the offensive line, Parker said. Idabel averaged almost 30 points per game last season and should be potent again offensively with Wells running the show. “We should be able to put points on the board,” Parker said. “We certainly have the speed and talent to do it, if the young kids step up and the offensive line can mature a little bit.” RANGERS SHOULD BE RIDING HIGH AGAIN Roland lost to graduation the district's best player in tailback/tight end and linebacker Austin Cantrell, who signed with the University of Arkansas. But the Rangers will have plenty of speed returning to the football team this season as Roland shared with Plainview the Class 4A state track championship in the spring, winning both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Three members of each of those relays are back playing football. “They got a lot of kids coming back," Spiro coach Chris Bunch said. "He (Cantrell) is about the only one they lost. They are loaded.” Roland should be able to score in bunches led by returning quarterback Manuel Bunch, who is a verbal commit to Tulsa. The Rangers have nine starters returning on defense, eight on offense plus have 22 seniors. "We feel like we have got as much depth this year as we have ever had," said Roland coach Jeff Streun. "We have got a lot of guys back who are talented athletically and can run." Streun thinks the Rangers can be just as good as last year even without Cantrell. "We are going to miss him, don't get me wrong," Streun said. "But I think we are going to be really, really strong defensively. I think we are going to be in the mix." STIGLER LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK Stigler missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, finishing just 2-8. The 2014 Panthers, coming off a trip to the Class 3A quarterfinals the previous year, were hurt by injuries and other players leaving the team, said Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover. “We were minus about seven potential starters,” Risenhoover said. “We were forced to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores... It’s hard to win with 14-year-olds on the field.” Risenhoover hopes playing the youngsters last season will pay off this fall. The Panthers return 16 starters. “We are still going to be a young football team,” Risenhoover said. The Panthers do get a boost with the return of running back Trace Jackson, who missed last season with a knee injury. Jackson combined for more than 1,500 yards rushing and receiving in his sophomore season. “He is our most proven threat,” Risenhoover said. HEAVENER WANTS TO PUSH PEOPLE AROUND Idabel coach Dennis Parker said he thinks Heavener will be the most improved team in the district. The Wolves have 14 seniors and return nine starters on offense and 10 on defense from last year’s 2-8 squad. “We are in a lot better shape than we were last year at this time,” second-year Heavener coach Sam Hembree said. “We think we can do some good things if we stay healthy.” The Wolves lack speed but will try to punish their opponents with a physical running game. “We are big and strong, but not real fast,” Hembree said. “We were 3A regional champs in power lifting, qualified seven or eight for the state power lifting meet. We are going to try to line up and just run over people if we can.” Middle linebacker Luke McGee leads the defense. McGee led the team with more than 100 tackles last season. McGee (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) also played fullback last season but will move to tailback this year. EXTRA POINTS Roland quarterback Manuel Bunch is the nephew of Spiro head football coach Chris Bunch. “I tried to get him to come to Spiro, but I never could,” Chris Bunch said. Spiro must replace one of the best players in the district last season in quarterback McKinley Whitfield, who signed with the University of Tulsa… Eufaula had its first winning season since 2008 last year, finishing 9-3 after being ousted by Beggs in the playoffs. The Ironheads have one of the top running backs in the state returning in senior Shane Moore, who led Class 3A with 2,419 yards rushing last season. Moore averaged almost 220 yards per game… Valliant was winless last season, but it returns a strong front seven on defense, led by senior linebacker Jarrin McKinney, who also can play anywhere on the field offensively. DISTRICT 3A-8 COACHES POLL 1. Idabel (9-3) 2. Roland (11-2) 3. Stigler (2-8) 4. Eufaula (9-3) 5. Spiro (7-3) 6. Heavener (2-8) 7. Valliant (0-10)
Aug 11, 2015
With the football season upon us, I know there are lots of questions out there. Who will start at quarterback for the Sooners? Is defensive tackle a problem for the Cowboys? How will Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray do in Philly? Will Joseph Randle take over at running back in Dallas? How rusty will Adrian Peterson be in Minnesota? Then, of course, there is the question that keeps many a...
Carlson: Wait until you see the NFL's latest 'women's movement'
BY JENNI CARLSON | Aug 11, 2015With the football season upon us, I know there are lots of questions out there. Who will start at quarterback for the Sooners? Is defensive tackle a problem for the Cowboys? How will Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray do in Philly? Will Joseph Randle take over at running back in Dallas? How rusty will Adrian Peterson be in Minnesota? Then, of course, there is the question that keeps many a woman up at night as the season approaches. Is there a cute centerpiece that can be made by hand, coordinated with my team's colors and filled with snacks that are also handmade and color-coordinated? Thank heavens, the Tampa Bay Bucs are here to help. Yes, last week the Bucs launched a new initiative "aimed at changing the way female fans connect with their home team." And before you get all excited and think this might have something to do with creating much-needed reforms in how the league and its players treat women, the NFL is here to pat you on your pretty little head and tell you not to worry about such things. More important apparently is insight into topics such as "how to blend personal Buccaneer pride with the latest NFL fashions", "tips on sharing ... experiences and ideas via social media platforms such as Pinterest" and "creative culinary creations." Hey, Tampa, the 1950s called. They want their social sensibilities back. Is this really happening in 2015? Is this really coming from the NFL, the league of Ray Rice and Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald? Is this really a product of the Bucs, the team that drafted Jameis Winston with the first overall pick despite lots of character question based around his treatment of women, including an alleged rape? Unfortunately, yes, and worse, the Bucs aren't the only ones who are showing themselves to be tone deaf. It's completely and totally ludicrous. Yes, I know there are women who might like the idea of a football group that focuses as much on fashion and food as the game itself. I understand there are women who don't know what a play clock is or that a running back's job is to, wait for it, run the ball. Those are actual topics covered by Tampa Bay's new program. What in the name of Lee Roy Selmon is going on here? What's next? The team with the most points wins? At some point in the past few days, the bit about the play clock was removed from the Bucs' website. Maybe someone read the comments and came to their senses. "Is this real life???" one said. "Who approved this? Are you serious? I really thought this was a joke." "The Bucs' play clock will be perpetually be stuck at zero if they keep treating women like this." "If you want to have a 'women's movement,' perhaps you should try not drafting probable rapists." Again, I get that some women (and let's be honest, some men) know nothing about football. But there are also millions of women in this country who understand the game quite well. Women comprise 45 percent of the NFL's fan base. Safe to say the numbers are similar for college football. Go to a stadium or a sports bar on game day, and you are bound to see lots of women. And I'm fairly sure most of them are there for the game, not the Pinterest possibilities. But apparently, that's what some NFL teams believe will endear female fans. Jacksonville has the Jaguars Women's Club. Everyone gets a tote bag and charm bracelet! St. Louis has the Lady Rams. It's "where football, fashion and fitness meet"! Indianapolis has Women's 101 and 201 Clinics. Be sure to wear your sweats to Women's 201 because "you're sure to get a workout!" If that weren't enough, Rob Gronkowki has started doing a Football 101 Women's Clinic. Must be 21 or older to enter. Of course. Blerg. While we're talking about this stuff, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both do women's football clinics. Really? All of it seems a wee bit silly. I mean, if you want to teach the game, why not do clinics for everyone? I know some of you may find this hard to believe, but there are men in this world who don't know much about football. Then, of course, there are men who think they know about football, but just because you wear a fan-boy jersey does not make you an expert. That's probably a topic for another day. Maybe my outrage about these women's initiatives stems in part from my upbringing. When I was a kid growing up in small-town Kansas, my family went to every high school football game. My dad was the color analyst for the radio broadcast, but even if he didn't have those duties, my mom still would've gone and taken us. She knew everything. The kids' names. The plays the coaches should be calling. The penalties the referees should have whistled. She wasn't afraid of making her opinions known either. She was constantly hollering, and several times, I remember her explaining something to people sitting near us. And by people, I mean women and men. She'd be more likely to teach a football clinic than attend one. The idea that NFL teams are trying to attract women by talking to them like 5-year-olds is insulting. Want to win over women? Stop sticking up for women beaters. Quit signing habitual domestic abusers. Promote women to increasingly predominant roles in the front office and on the field. It is crazy the Bucs announced their women's initiative less than a week after Jen Welter became the first female coach in the NFL. She is teaching inside linebackers at Arizona training camp while Tampa Bay is trying to sell women on "the art of incorporating their passion for the Bucs into their other lifestyle interests such as tailgating and home entertaining." Seems fitting they call it RED. That's the color I'm seeing. 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.
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...
The Dallas Morning News Barry Horn column
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
Jun 25, 2015
Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor...
Readers lament the loss of Bob Barry Jr.
Berry Tramel | Jun 25, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3714772[/img] Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor his life and his dedication to his younger sister that he dearly loved. She was born with a very rare syndrome that drastically altered her life. She graduated as a special education student, but her brother took her to the senior prom so she could enjoy the same experience as the other high school students. It was her only time to ever experience a prom. My son was an SAE at OU. BBJ caught wind of the event from SAE alumni and volunteered to emcee his memorial banquet fund raiser without compensation. I had never met him. However, when I introduced myself at the beginning of the banquet, I stuck my hand out to shake, but instead, he gave me a hug and said, ‘As a parent, my heart bleeds for you and I pray God will bring healing to you and your entire family.’ He asked to meet Billy's sister and mother to express his condolences to them as well. His kindness, compassion and generosity was only a part of what made him such an incredibly special husband, father, friend and professional. When my wife and I heard the news Saturday, like so many thousands, we were crushed. Even thou we only got to meet and spend time with him on the one occasion, we felt like we lost a loved one. Yes, you are correct, Berry, the condolences offered by thousands were perhaps for ourselves as well. He may have departed our Earthly life, but his incredible spirit, special smile and kindness to all will continue to loom larger than ever as he and Bob Sr. are broadcasting to a new audience.” Sounds like Bobby. I know he was a loyal SAE alum and was dismayed at the actions of the SAE knuckleheads earlier this year. Bobby also was dismayed at David Boren’s swift rebuke of the fraternity, closing the chapter and the house on the OU campus. Bobby believed that the actions of a few shouldn’t offset the actions of the many. Brent Taliaferro: “Very nice article yesterday — a good tribute. His smile and warmth came through the radio.” I agree. Bobby didn’t have the most provocative radio show. But he might have had the most pleasant. It’s kind of difficult to describe, but the melodic rhythm of Bobby’s voice served to almost relax the sports radio listener. Which is against the grain. Jim Snow: “I have loved your coverage on the loss of Bob Barry, Jr. I think many people, including me, forget how tight the sportscasting fraternity is. The unfortunate thing about losing BBJ is that he was not able to see and receive the accolades that were bound to come his way (even on top of what he has already received). He could have so easily ridden the coattails of his dad, but that was not his style, and you know that far better than me. I am sure that Crossings (church) will be standing room only come Friday. I feel so much for his wife and family. Such a premature loss. I am sure that there will be a lot of weeping on Friday, but I pray that BBJ’s service will truly be a celebratory one.” It is a shame that we wait until such a time as this to tell people how we feel. But maybe BBJ has had an impact on us. I did almost three hours of radio on the Sports Animal with Craig Humphries and Al Eschbach on Monday, and as we left, Craig told me that he loved me. Ben McCain: “Just watched your tribute to Bob Barry Jr. It touched me. You nailed it! My brother, Butch, and I worked with Bob and his dad for several years at Channel 4. We always had a good time on the air and off the air with both of them. They were great broadcasters and great people. Seems like we always ended up laughing about something when we talked to Bob Jr. When I think of Bob Barry Jr., I think of laughter and good feelings. That’s not a bad way to be remembered.” Butch and Ben McCain. The brother duo that news and weather and a variety of entertainment shows at Channel 4 from 1981-87, and at Channel 5 from 1987-94. They’ve been gone from the market 21 years. Gone from KFOR for 28 years. And yet they worked with Bob Barry Jr. That is a stout legacy. Jari Askins: “Count me among the many of your readers who say ‘well done’ on the tribute to BBJ.” Yep. The former lieutenant governor was a big fan of BBJ. More from NewsOK Tramel: I wish Bob Barry Jr. had stayed off 'the death machine' Wright: How Bob Barry Jr. kick-started my career What they're saying about the death of Bob Barry Jr. Carlson: People loved Bob Barry Jr. because he loved people Kevin Durant on Bob Barry Jr.'s death: "It just wont' be the same" Tramel: Fans came to know the real Bob Barry Jr. Verl Brorsen: “I remember when Junior came to Perry some years back playing on a Channel 4 basketball team against some put-together locals for a community fundraiser. He was raining in threes that night like an NBA 3-point champ. He had a great time loving every minute of it.” The Foul Shots, they called their team. I actually saw Bobby play high school basketball team. He was the seventh man in a six-man rotation at Norman High School, but he in all fairness was a solid player on a really good team. State semifinalist as a senior. Left-handed, and liked to shoot. Had quite the flair for fashion, even on the basketball court. Patty Cox Hampton Roloff: “I've enjoyed your writing regarding Bob Barry Jr. In the mid 1970s, Oklahoma City was on the verge of losing professional baseball. My late husband Bing and I appealed to the local sports media to help us find an investment group that would insure that the OKC 89ers would not just survive but thrive in the coming future. Having known Bob Barry Sr. ince our school days, he and other broadcasters jumped on the bandwagon, and our attendance at All Sports Stadium soared from 42,000 in 1975 to over 250,000 per season for the next 15 years. Bobby Jr. followed in his dad's footsteps, not just as an excellent broadcast journalist, but as an avid supporter, booster and true fan of local high school, college and minor league teams throughout the state. A hole was left in my heart after the passing of Bill Teegins, Volney Meece, Bob Hersom, Jerry Park, Bob Sr. and now Bobby Jr. I am thankful that our mayor, Mick Cornett, who was a friend and colleague of all of these great men, exemplifies what they all knew and believed: that no city becomes a great major League city without first being a GREAT minor league city. Bobby Jr. didn't just report Oklahoma sports news but made fans of Oklahoma sports teams in and out of the state through his enthusiasm, knowledge and love of Oklahoma athletes, coaches and administrators. My family's condolences go out to Bobby’s family, friends, colleagues and all of the people who watched, loved and will miss his broadcasts. He was a true ambassador of this great state and will always be greatly missed.” Patty and Bing Hampton indeed rescued baseball in the mid-‘70s. Interesting to know the credit she gives the media for the success of the 89ers. Larry Freeman: “Since Saturday, I have been in absolute mourning — for a man I never met. Your article was astute: we offer condolences not necessarily for you but for us. Bob Barry Jr. was pure joy....excitable...always optimistic. I always wanted to PROTECT him. Never have him change. Hated when people attacked Bob Barry Sr. in great part because I knew it would hurt his son. Loved the way he treated ALL people (just like his dad). Bottom line is this: for better or worse, you guys in the media are in our homes, our cars, our lives. You have been with us so long in great part, because we trust you. You are like family to us. Our connection to the sports world, and it hurts when something like this happens to family.” Exactly. And trust this, Larry. Most of us know it. Most of us know that we have a sacred trust to live up to. Bobby knew it for sure. Bill Plummer: “Excellent piece this morning on BBJ. Like father, like son. Bob was one of a kind and what a great loss. He will be missed by many people. Perhaps his high school would name an award or have a scholarship in his name. I would gladly donate to it.” Norman High School in BBJ’s day certainly was a bastion of future Oklahoma sports media. Dean Blevins was a ’74 grad. BBJ ’75. Me in ’79. Mike Steely, now with The Franchise, in ’81. Heath Holt: “Everybody here at the office is still in shock from the news of the passing of Bob Barry Jr. It is hard to believe that we won’t hear his Oklahoma twang voice over the airwaves each day. Just unbelievable. Most times when a person leaves, they just get replaced by somebody else and everything just keeps on rolling. Sometimes, though, it is just a loss. Things aren’t as good as they were before and we just live with less than we had. Bob Barry Jr. is one of those people that won’t be replaced. Several of us University of Texas graduates that reside around Oklahoma City and Norman feel that loss as well. The passing of Bob Barry Jr. isn’t just a loss for the state of Oklahoma, it is simply a huge loss.” I love the phrasing. Sometimes, you just have to live with less. Mike Skinner: “I know Friday will be a long, tough day. Sending a note now thinking there might be a ‘middle time’ of anguish as those close to BBJ felt he would have wanted you to carry on but feeling a group reluctance to be the first to step out to reach toward what might be a ‘new normal.’ All you've said and written is spot on. Senior and Junior were two in a million, yet we see many of these every day in the middle of America and take them for granted. Hoping we are all reminded of that and send more notes of thanks, etc. Hang tough. It's probably a generational thing (being almost 60), but can't help but think that good and greater times are yet to come as we continue to be better from knowing the best and emulating the best.” Interesting idea. We’ve talked incessantly about BBJ the last few days. So what can we learn from him? Enjoying what we do. Treating strangers well. Throwing ourselves into multiple endeavors. Lots of things are on the list. Coleen Adair: “You put into words exactly what I was feeling. That I had lost a friend. I can't even imagine the hurt all of you that knew him are feeling.” I remember something my friend Greg Blackwood said at Bill Teegins’ funeral. Greg was a long-time videographer for Teegins at Channel 9. Greg spoke and told everyone, “all of you who felt like you knew Bill? You did.” Same with BBJ. He was as he seemed. Scott: “Great article on Bob Barry Jr. I had met Bob but didn't know him. Your article described Bob as exactly the person I thought he was.” Thanks. Phillip Cody: “I went to OSU in 1969 to play football. Later on I remember how proud we were when Bob Barry Sr. became the voice of the Cowboys and still remember how heartbroken we were when he went back to the Sooners. Through the years I continued to respect Senior and then found an admiration for BBJ. Like you eluded to in the article, it's hard to be on a radio show three hours a day and not get to know someone. In essence, if you were passing through Oklahoma and happened to click on his radio show, I would guess most listeners would think this dude is all right. Always humble. That's the difference in BBJ and most of his peers. When you really get down to it, he had enough of his pops in him and I presume family, religion, etc., that he was a voice that from that perspective, was just different. From my perspective, it's something we could all learn from. A little less know it all, talk a little less, listen a little more, search others out who know more about what we talk about and be truly thankful for another day on this Earth to get to do it. I've always detested the way OU and OSU boo each other and how little respect can be shown to the ones that play the game. In regards to that lack of respect, the most decent thing OSU ever did was showing our great respect for Senior the last time he came to Stillwater. I know Junior was in that same mold, no doubt a chip off the old block, a very special individual. I also know he will be missed by so many and especially by people like you, who truly knew him.” Junior grew up in Norman and obviously was an OU graduate. But he never aligned himself with the Sooners at the expense of the Cowboys. He would be found at the best game. Or both games, if possible. Bowls for example. I think he had the respect of both OU and OSU fans. R.J. Johnson: “Listening to BBJ made me feel better about myself. He was the face up front for us average Joes who never had much success in sports. On the radio he wasn't the tough guy, the clown, the jerk, or the know-it-all. He just had a good time, treated everyone fair and gave us the inside scoop on the sports world.” I can’t disagree. Pat Ownbey: “Thank you for your article this morning on Bob Barry Jr. I believe you hit the nail squarely on the head. I am originally from OKC but have lived the last 40 years in Ardmore. When I was younger, I worked at KWTV as a film editor while I attended OU. I teamed with Bob Jr.'s brother, Frank, at KGOU. I did play by play and Frank did color. We broadcast several Norman High School games together and most of the time we would see Bob Sr. at some point in the pressbox. During my stint at Channel 9, I went to see Bob Sr. about sports broadcasting. Long story short, I didn't know him, but the moment I walked in he made me feel like he was my best friend. Bob Jr. was the same way. They didn't seem to ever take themselves too seriously in terms of who they were, and they loved people. I saw that over and over again in the times I was around Bob Sr. Most of the time that was a play by play seminar or at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters meetings. I stayed in the field for more than 35 years, later working as sports director at KXII-TV in Sherman before running and owning radio stations in the Ardmore market. Today I serve as state representative for District 48, in my eighth year. When Bill Teegins died and now Bob Jr., the shock and grief is that of losing a close friend. I made it a point to listen to Bob Barry Jr. on WWLS partly because of his attitude and his knowledge of sports. I really appreciated how he treated others no matter what the caller was like. I believe all of us would like our lives to matter, to make a difference in the lives of others, to touch people in a positive way. I believe Bob Sr. and Jr. have left a mark on many across this country, certainly here in Oklahoma. For me, as a young man, that message translated into treating everyone with respect, everyone matters. Don't take yourself so seriously and enjoy every moment. To many of us, we have lost a friend that can't be replaced. Our prayers go out to Bob's family and those of you who were close to him.” That’s another thing that can’t be replaced. The decades-long roots established by the Barrys. Robert Leslie: “Shocking and a truly sad moment for Oklahoma. You didn’t have to be only a sports fan for it to hit a nerve. Even if you didn’t really know Bobby, you felt you knew him. I knew Bob Barry Sr. better – what a gentleman and nice, classy person – but Junior was cut from the same cloth. My wife actually called Junior before her weight-loss surgery because he’d been through it, too. She said he was so nice and supportive on the phone and answered every single question she, a total stranger, had. It helped her decide also to have the surgery. Just another story pointing out what a good person Junior was.” That’s the thing about a lot of media people. We are accessible. That doesn’t mean we automatically are amenable to that access. Junior was. Robert Heard: “I too am one of those who never met Bob but feel the loss of such a fine and talented sports person. Most every day I looked forward to Bob and Coach Pat on the Animal. They were like a tag-team of greatness. I've learned at 68 that our life is very uncertain and bad things do happen to good people. Bob will be missed for a long time to come.” Jones and BBJ indeed were an excellent combo on the radio. Think about it. Bob Barry Sr. called the games of Jones’ great OSU teams from the 1980s, then Bob Barry Jr. teamed with Jones on the radio for many years. DeLinda Cole: “I wanted to write to express my condolences to you and the Sports Animal staff for the loss of BBJ. I also want to say that the tribute and expression of love and respect that has been shared about him throughout the past two days has been honoring, and I'm quite certain that BBJ is smiling down from heaven with pride. This is a horrible tragedy, but you all have done an excellent job in honoring him.” Thanks. The reaction from the Sports Animal personalities has been very telling to me. I’ve seen and heard things I never thought I would see and hear. And that’s a good thing. Jerry Isbell: “Oklahoma has lost a broadcasting legend and I’m mourning the loss of a dear friend. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. Bobby was a rock star. Surely he’d never leave us this soon. He was always the life of the party. Junior never needed sleep or an on-air script. He could ad-lib better than anyone. As a young journalist, Bobby taught me there were only three things to ask… Why, why and why? I can’t figure it out. ‘Why?’ He was killed on his motorcycle as a scumbag with no license, carrying drugs, made a U-turn in his pathway. As always, Bobby was full speed ahead and bringing it peddle to the metal. His heart and peddle were always jammed to the floorboard for us all. That’s why we loved him. I first met Bob Barry Jr. in 1985. I was a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and wanted to be in the TV sports business. But more importantly, I wanted to learn marketing. I realized he ‘had it.’ He knew marketing. I clung to his every move and knew I was watching a legend. Bobby took me under his wings and for some reason liked me. I was an 18 year-old punk from Broken Bow, OK. He treated me like royalty. Why? I made him laugh a lot…he loved to laugh. From scores of chuckles, a great friendship was born. I learned how to ask questions from him. I learned how to work a room from him. I learned how to speak in front of people from him. I learned how to deliver a sales pitch from him. I learned how to love people more… because of him. He always found something great in everyone. Bobby loved people. He craved interaction with others…he needed it like oxygen. No time for ‘downtime.’ He had to hang with folks. His father was the legendary Bob Barry Sr. He was born into Oklahoma broadcasting royalty but never showed it. Bobby worked his tail off. 18-20 hour days…I saw it. He’s helped me immensely through the years. A reference from Bob Barry Jr. was golden. Bobby helped me many times. Anything I needed, he’d do it. We enjoyed hundreds of hours together in news helicopters, satellite trucks, stinky vans and horrible press conference buffets. We spent time together with legends like Gary Player, Barry Switzer, Barry Sanders, Brian Bosworth, Monica Seles and James Garner. I could name drop hundreds more. He connected with them all and they loved him. Why? We last spoke a couple of weeks ago. He’d been wanting to play Cedar Creek Golf Course in Beavers Bend and take his wife to our Mountain Visa cabin. He was planning something great for her…only he knew why. I’ve been fortunate to be around many national media people through the years. None were better than Bob Barry Jr. Especially behind the scenes. He could prepare a sportscast in a matter of minutes. Bobby was lightning fast as a deadline approached. He could work under pressure like none other. There are so many emotions flowing now as tears pound my keyboard. I’d thought several times to tell him, ‘wear a helmet on your motorcycle.’ I was going to tell him the next time we spoke. Why didn’t I tell him sooner? Why did the guy with no license and dope in his vehicle make a U-Turn in front of him? Bobby, you’ve always had the scoop. We’re struggling. We need one last breaking story. Please help us understand ‘why?’” Not really any doubt that BBJ evoked passion and loyalty. Jay Badry: “Having just read of the untimely death of Bob Barry Jr., my heart sank. Of course, I had never met him personally, but he and his dad were such a part of my life as an Oklahoman and a lifetime OU fan. And then I thought of you and others who had a personal connection with BBJ and I can't imagine how this affects you. In the book of James we read that life is like the morning fog that appears for a short time and is soon gone. What a reminder to hold every moment and everyone we love close and never miss a chance to squeeze the very marrow out of life. Certainly, those of us who hope in Christ have assurance of a life beyond this one, yet it's hard to say goodbye, especially when those we love are taken so suddenly.” The suddenness of BBJ’s death is startling. To everything there is a season, but a 58-year-old man still in his prime — Bobby seemed a decade younger — makes us all take stock.