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Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship.
High school notebook: Caleb Scott leads Destiny Christian rally for OCSAA title
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 18, 2015Down 26 points early, Destiny Christian quarterback Caleb Scott turned to coach Joe Biddle on the sideline Friday night and assured him everything would be fine. “Coach, don't' worry,” Scott said. “I got this.” Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship. “His poise and his leadership speak volumes about the kind of guy he is,” Biddle said. “He just never loses control. I don't how to explain it. He's probably the most poised high school kid I've ever been a part of.” Scott accounted for each touchdown and finished 22 of 36 passing for 338 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for 126 yards and five scores. Destiny Christian (11-0) now has a 31-game winning streak. The OKC Patriots (6-6) led 26-8 at halftime and increased that to 34-8 early in the third. They led by two late in the fourth quarter, but Biddle called the final timeout and designed a defensive play to allow a touchdown in an effort to get the ball back. That came with a huge risk, though. Destiny Christian needed to stop the two-point conversion to keep the game within reach, and Gus Sanchez broke up the pass. Scott orchestrated the final drive in regulation to tie the game — the first time Destiny Christian accomplished that the entire game — with three straight plays within 20 seconds. He scored on a short run and threw a two-point conversion pass to James Fellers. After both teams exchanged touchdowns and two-point conversions in overtime, Destiny Christian took an eight-point lead in the second extra period. Linebacker Timmy Fraley then stopped the tying two-point conversion in the backfield to seal the win. “Coming back from way down ... we came back and won it,” Scott said. “Last year and this year, it's been the best football team that I've ever played on.” HENNESSEY PREPARING FOR TOUGH TEST AT WASHINGTON Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen knew the beginning of the season would be rough. With so many inexperienced players facing a stiff non-district schedule, the Eagles battled through an 0-3 start, and fell off the map among Class 2A title contenders. But Hennessey got rolling in Week 4, then reeled off five straight shutouts to turn the season around. “We were playing with so many new faces, we were just trying to get those kids used to knowing what it takes to be successful,” Luetjen said. “We had a pretty good run there in district play, and really found our confidence in what we can do and what we're good at. So we've been able to take that and run with it now.” Hennessey came into the playoffs on a down note after a 15-7 loss to No. 2 Chisholm but opened the postseason with a 45-34 win over Christian Heritage. Now, the Eagles take a trip to No. 4 Washington in the second round of the playoffs Friday night, providing another test to see how far they've come since that 0-3 start. Running back Tabor Johns has been steady all year, and will be the focal point of the Washington defense on Friday night. “Everybody we play comes in with the mindset to shut him down,” Luetjen said. “Tabor has been playing well all year. It just took us a little while to gel up front with a bunch of new linemen.” MUSKOGEE'S WILSON CHOOSES ARKANSAS With national basketball powerhouse Baylor sitting there as an option, Muskogee guard Aaliyah Wilson chose a different path. Wilson signed her National Letter of Intent with Arkansas on Wednesday, choosing the Razorbacks with the idea of making them a powerhouse. “Not too many people expected me to pick this school, so that really made me want to go there even more so,” Wilson said. “What I really wanted to do was I wanted to go to a school and bring that program up to those schools like Baylor, Tennessee, UConn. Everybody's used to those schools being in there, but nobody thinks about Arkansas and it being there. I really want to lead a team to that level.” Wilson was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Muskogee to a Class 6A state runner-up finish. She is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz rankings. Wilson at one point held 25 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. She had determined a top five recently and whittled that to three entering the week — Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas. “Coach (Jimmy) Dykes, the guy is so passionate about the game, about the future of the program,” Wilson said. “Anytime we talk about it, you can hear it in his voice. I've never talked to someone that passionate about it. That really caught my attention.”
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian Academy players are accustomed to hitting the road each week. They have no locker room, practice field or stadium on the campus to call their own. For the small private school located in the heart of Edmond, every day is a road trip. But this season they get to add at least one more trip to the schedule. OCA enters this week's non-district game at Newkirk having...
High school football: Oklahoma Christian Academy waiting for first ever playoff opponent, location
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 3, 2015EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian Academy players are accustomed to hitting the road each week. They have no locker room, practice field or stadium on the campus to call their own. For the small private school located in the heart of Edmond, every day is a road trip. But this season they get to add at least one more trip to the schedule. OCA enters this week's non-district game at Newkirk having already sealed the first playoff berth in school history with a chance to clinch the school's first ever winning season. It just has to wait for its playoff destination based on the result of two other District A-5 games. “It's just crazy to think we have a chance to make something happen and extend the season to 15 weeks,” OCA junior Christian Balaban said. “I'm used to just going 10 weeks and then moving on to basketball, but not anymore.” OCA finishes second in the district if Crescent loses to Okeene or Crossings Christian beats Watonga. In that scenario there would be one more game played at Edmond Memorial High School, where OCA plays its home games. OCA finishes third, though, if both Crescent and Watonga win. Either way, it's a big step for the program in just its second year of 11-man football. “Our goals that the kids set at the beginning of the year were to have a winning record, make the playoffs and host a playoff game,” said OCA coach Grey Powell, who is in his third season at the school. “So, here we are in Week 10 with the ability for all three of those things to happen and that's exciting. The thing that's even more exciting about that is now moving forward they'll be able to set goals even higher than that because they know what they can and can't do.” OCA is 5-4 overall behind junior Caleb Powell and sophomore running back Tommy Imbu, a solid improvement over last season's 3-7 finish. Powell is an athletic quarterback and safety who already holds a scholarship offer from Navy. He's accounted for 14 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,046 yards and rushing for 605 in seven games. Imbu is a bruising running back who has rushed for 1,139 yards and 18 TDs. Both will be relied on heavily in the coming weeks, but more importantly in the future as the team continues to build. “If we don't make it past next week, we know that we can do it now,” Powell said. “It's no more questioning whether we can make the playoffs. We can do it. There's no doubt about it.”
Oct 30, 2015
Luther has grown up a lot since a 2-8 season in 2012. The Lions are now 9-0 and headed to the playoffs.
High school football: Luther clinches district title with rout of Millwood
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 30, 2015LUTHER — Just hearing the words made Luther running back Maurice Wright Jr. smile a little bigger. District champions. “It's just amazing,” Wright said after scoring three touchdowns in the sixth-ranked Lions' 36-12 win over No. 5 Millwood on Friday night at Wilson Field that clinched the District 2A-2 title for the Lions. “And to do it with my brothers — this is my family — it feels amazing.” Wright vividly remembers his freshman year, when the Lions won just two games. But he and the rest of this year's senior class began to lay the foundation for what they accomplished Friday. “I remember the seniors on that team, always telling us to keep our heads up,” Wright said. “Even when we were losing games 70-6 and I would get down, they'd keep me up. “That showed me how you're supposed to be a leader.” Wright rushed for 186 yards with two touchdowns on 22 carries, and added two receptions for 40 yards and a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped the Lions close the door on Millwood. Luther took control of the game from the second snap, when a Millwood fumble was picked up by senior defensive lineman Dewayne Rhodes and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Millwood fumbled on its next offensive snap as well, and Wright scored his first touchdown two plays later. Later in the first quarter, after Dakota Pridemore came up with the first of his two interceptions, Wright broke free for a 39-yard TD and a 22-0 Luther lead. “Millwood is such an explosive football team,” Luther coach Shawn Meek said. “Once the game leveled out, it was a really tight ballgame the rest of the way, so doing what we did to get momentum early was huge.” The Lions face Oklahoma Christian next week with a chance to finish off an unbeaten regular season — a far cry from that 2-8 season of 2012. “Our freshman year was a struggle, but we've all grown together,” said Rhodes, who also had an interception as Luther forced six Millwood turnovers. “We've been together through all of it. No one quit, and it's kept building. We won two games, then four games, then five games. Now we're 9-0. It just shows you our teamwork and all the hard work we've put in over these four years.”
High school football: Christian Heritage honors longtime coach John Merrell, tops Oklahoma ChristianOct 29, 2015
Down one at halftime, the Crusaders got a spark from freshman Bridge Bullard and senior Joseph Lemieux took over in a wild 28-24 victory at Crusader Field.
High school football: Christian Heritage honors longtime coach John Merrell, tops Oklahoma Christian
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 29, 2015DEL CITY — Second-year Christian Heritage coach Tony Merrell was feeling the pressure Thursday. On the night his parents were being honored for their long, successful tenures as coaches at CHA, Merrell felt he needed a win over Oklahoma Christian School to really complete the festivities. Down one at halftime, the Crusaders got a spark from freshman Bridge Bullard and senior Joseph Lemieux took over in a wild 28-24 victory at Crusader Field. “That was a little bit of pressure,” Merrell said. “Nobody was putting it on me, but I was putting a lot on myself. I definitely didn't want to do this after a loss. I'm just proud of (my parents). I'm glad we get to honor them.” Following the game, the school surprised longtime coach and athletic director John Merrell when it announced plans to name the athletic complex Christian Heritage Academy John Merrell Athletic Complex. “I told my wife I thought you had to die before they name something after you,” said John Merrell, who coached CHA from 1983-2013 and went 257-91 overall before retiring. Merrell's wife Deani was also honored for her accomplishments as a cheerleading coach with the school. Deani led the Crusaders to 22 National Christian Cheerleading championships, five Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association titles and two Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association titles. “My mom, she might be the best coach of them all,” Tony Merrell said. “I'm not kidding. I've got a pretty good lineage.” CHA (4-5, 3-2 District 2A-2) trailed 8-7 at halftime. It started gaining momentum on the opening possession of the third when Lemieux scored on a 28-yard pass from receiver Tatum Chapman. But the real spark came when Bullard forced Dawson Schick to fumble on the next play and CHA's Josh Condreay recovered. Five plays later, Lemieux scampered into the end zone from 8 yards out for a 21-8 lead. “We just took the momentum and went with it in the second half,” said Lemieux, who finished with three total touchdowns. OCS (4-5, 3-2) attempted a comeback late in the fourth quarter after falling behind 28-8. The Saints perfectly executed a hook-and-ladder play with 1:39 remaining. Quarterback Thomas Qualls threw 8 yards to Austin Puckett, who then pitched it to Schick, who beat defenders down the sideline for the final 53 yards. Schick and Qualls then hooked up on the two-point conversion to make the deficit 28-16. OCS recovered the ensuing onside kick, and three plays later London Crytzer scored on a 39-yard run. Jacob Smith ran the ball in on the two-point conversion, and the CHA lead was down to 28-24 with 1:11 left. But CHA recovered the next onside kick and ran out the clock, preserving a victory on a night that everything went right in front of the program's longtime leader. “He's a great man and he knows a lot about what he's doing,” Lemieux said about his former coach John Merrell. “He's just a great Godly influence on me and the other guys. It's definitely more enjoyable to know we got the good win, especially when he was being honored.”
With meteorologists essentially guaranteeing heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday night, a few teams have decided to reschedule their games from Friday to Thursday. Do you know of a game that is being moved from Friday to Thursday? Please email information to email@example.com. Here is the full schedule of Thursday night games, with an asterisk noting the games that were originally scheduled...
Updated list of high school football games being moved to Thursday because of impending weather
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Oct 28, 2015With meteorologists essentially guaranteeing heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday night, a few teams have decided to reschedule their games from Friday to Thursday. Do you know of a game that is being moved from Friday to Thursday? Please email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the full schedule of Thursday night games, with an asterisk noting the games that were originally scheduled for Friday, but have been moved: Class 6A *Midwest City at Lawton *Moore at Norman North, 7:30 p.m. Norman at Putnam City Class 5A Deer Creek at Southeast Class 4A *Vinita at Oologah *Fort Gibson at Poteau Class 3A *Bethel at Jones *Bridge Creek at Madill Okmulgee at Tulsa Rogers Class 2A *Oklahoma Christian at Christian Heritage *Washington at Walters. 7:30 p.m. Class A Quinton at Hilldale JV *Central Marlow at Ringling, 7:30 p.m. Class B Alex at Maysville Class C Bokoshe at Webbers Falls *Thackerville at Fox, 7:30 p.m. *Denotes game originally scheduled for Friday. All games at 7 p.m. unless noted.
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
Destiny Christian, based in southeast Oklahoma City, has won three consecutive Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championships in football.
High school notebook: Destiny Christian's win streak reaches 26
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 12, 2015Among OSSAA teams, Class B's top-ranked Alex currently holds the state's longest active winning streak at 20 games. But taking all high school football teams into account, Destiny Christian extended its state-best win streak to 26 last Friday with a 70-0 win over Bowlegs. It was the team's second shutout in three weeks, having allowed just 12 points during that span. Destiny Christian, based in southeast Oklahoma City, has won three consecutive Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championships in football. BINGER-ONEY'S RIGGS DOMINATES IN FRONT OF AILING FATHER Talley Riggs sat in the stands of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and forced himself to clap instead of yell. Normally a rambunctious parent while his daughter, Shelby Riggs, pitches for Binger-Oney, he was taking it easy just more than 24 hours after he was released from the hospital following a surgery for esophageal cancer that at one point had him in ICU. And he got to calmly watch Shelby and No. 3 Binger-Oney dominate No. 5 Wister in a 5-3 victory to win the Class A softball state championship. “She's just strong,” Talley said. “I know I'm strong, but she's way stronger than I am. If you can imagine the pressure that's put on a kid, a sophomore in the state championship on the mound trying to pitch for her school while her dad's going through the cancer issues that I am. She's an incredible kid.” Riggs held Wister to three hits and two earned runs. She also stranded five baserunners and drove in the game's first run in the first inning. “She's as strong as he is,” Binger-Oney coach Jason Wilson said. “She's just a competitor. She was born for this, born for the competition.” Shelby said she often thought of her dad. She was still able to stick to the game plan, which was to avoid letting Wister (31-10) get going with small-ball tactics. “It means so much to me just for the fact of doing it for my dad,” she said. “I'm really glad he got to be here.” RED OAK WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Winning the state fastpitch softball championship is just now part of the normal routine for Red Oak. The top-ranked Eagles won their fourth straight Class B title with a 9-2 win over No. 3 Turner, becoming just the second program in state history to reach that mark in fastpitch history. “There's really nothing that can compare to it,” said Red Oak senior Rainey Mauzey, who was a part of each championship team. “Nothing. It becomes a ritual and it's weird knowing that next year I won't be a part of it, but I'll be praying for our girls each year after this and hopefully they can accomplish what we did.” Copan is the only other team to win four straight titles. The Bulldogs won each year from 2000-2003. Mauzey had a big two-run double in the third that gave Red Oak a 4-2 lead it would not relinquish. Red Oak (33-8) scored five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach and help pitcher Katie McCullar relax even more in her first championship game. TUSHKA TAKES DOWN DALE Tushka pitcher Sadi Avants threw 11 innings Friday during a nail-biting win over Latta and there was no way the parents on the team were not going to let her rest Saturday. They delivered ice for her right arm. They delivered pain medicine. Smart move considering Avants threw seven strong innings to knock off two-time defending champion Dale 5-3 in the Class 2A championship game. The championship is the first in fastpitch for Tushka (36-5). Avants allowed six hits and struck out three. She also stranded eight baserunners — five in the first two innings. “We left I don't know how many on base,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. “We had every chance in the world but couldn't get a timely hit. We got beat by a good team, but we just didn't get the timely hit today.” CORRECTION: It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's editions that Red Oak's softball team was the second team to win four straight fastpitch softball titles in state history behind Davenport. Copan was the first, accomplishing that from 1988-1991. (This story has been corrected.)
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 4, 2015
In Sunday’s editions, The Oklahoman’s high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, took a look back at the first half. Now, they’ll offer projections on a few questions regarding the remainder of the season:
High school football mid-season roundtable: Who will run the table?
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 4, 2015At the halfway point of the high school football regular season, it's time to look ahead at what could await in the second half. In Sunday's editions, The Oklahoman's high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, took a look back at the first half. Now, they'll offer projections on a few questions regarding the remainder of the season: Which unbeaten team is most likely to remain undefeated and win a state championship? Wright: I really want to say Jenks in Class 6A-I, considering the Trojans defeated Tulsa Union by 18 in their first meeting. But the regular-season loser in that series often flips the script if they get a title game rematch. So I'll take Wagoner to roll through Class 4A and finish with the gold ball. Last week's 14-7 scare against Cascia Hall might be as close as anyone gets to the Bulldogs until the title game. Unruh: Alex looks unstoppable in Class B one year after it ran the table for the state championship. The defense has allowed just 14 points this season — no more than a touchdown in a game — and the offense has not scored below 44 yet. There just doesn't seem to be much Class B teams can do to slow down the Longhorns. Which team will have the biggest second-half turnaround? Wright: At 2-3, Collinsville could very well win out to go into the 5A playoffs, but the team I expect to see the biggest turnaround from is Oklahoma Christian. The Saints started 0-4 before getting their first win Friday night. They're incredibly young, but the schedule is favorable over the next few weeks, giving them a chance to grow up. It's possible OCS could be 5-4 going into a Week 10 showdown with Luther that could have home-field advantage in the playoffs on the line. Unruh: For the second straight season, Clinton is off to a 1-4 start under coach Phil Koons. Last season, the Red Tornadoes turned that around and even won a first-round playoff game. The schedule sets up the same way for Clinton, which will be favored in its next three games before playing Woodward and Elk City. Which district will have the most exciting playoff race? Wright: Both west districts in Class 5A will be entertaining, and Class B District 1 is going to get wild with Seiling, Turpin, Pioneer, Laverne, Pond Creek-Hunter and a couple others battling for four spots. But keep an eye on 3A-2, where Bethany, John Marshall and Meeker have big wins under their belt. Yet Blanchard and Douglass — each 0-1 in district play — aren't going away anytime soon. Unruh: District 5A-1 has little clarity at this point, and a good team is likely going to miss out on the postseason. Defending state champion Lawton MacArthur has control with a 2-0 start following a narrow win over Altus, but has yet to play other district title contenders Ardmore, Duncan or Del City. Duncan losing to Del City is a big loss for the Demons considering they will likely be underdogs against the remaining contenders. But in this district anything is possible.
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 24, 2015
Wilson’s first pass as the Falcons’ starting quarterback went 87 yards to Greg McCalister for a touchdown, and Millwood was off and running, beating Oklahoma Christian 32-16 in a District 2A-2 opener at OCS.
High school football: Sophomore Montrell Wilson quarterbacks Millwood to victory in first start
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 24, 2015EDMOND — Before the season began — and long before he made his first varsity start as Millwood's quarterback on Thursday night — Montrell Wilson was elected by his teammates as a captain because of his leadership during summer workouts. On Thursday, the sophomore showed that he can play, too. Wilson's first pass as the Falcons' starting quarterback went 87 yards to Greg McCalister for a touchdown, and Millwood was off and running, beating Oklahoma Christian 32-16 in a District 2A-2 opener at OCS. “I felt a lot of momentum after that,” Wilson said of his first pass. “We came out and executed, and I'm very proud of that. “I just worked all week on my communication with my line and my receivers to get ready.” With Corey Hornbeak, the starter to begin the year, nursing a sore hamstring, Wilson took advantage of his opportunity, throwing for 277 yards and three touchdowns — of 87, 68 and 51 yards. He also had three rushes of 10 yards or more. “I was wondering how he would respond to it,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said of Wilson's move to the starting spot. “He came out and performed. “Your first start, a big district game against OCS, and the way he handled himself — that was good.” Six different players caught passes from Wilson, with McCalister, Nick Ruffin and Chris Cohen scoring touchdowns. Cohen added an 88-yard kickoff return touchdown, and sophomore running back Elijah Johnson had a 74-yard score on his way to a 131-yard performance. The win was the first of an odd season for the Falcons. Their first game was cancelled after a scheduling mix-up with referees. They lost to rival Douglass the following week, but had last week's game called after one quarter because of lightning at Cascia Hall. OCS fell to 0-4 on the season, but it showed signs of life after having scored just 13 points through the first three games. Senior quarterback Thomas Qualls threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns, but he faced constant pressure from Millwood's defensive line. The Falcons kept Qualls and OCS off balance enough early to build a 32-9 halftime lead. “Our defensive front played phenomenal,” Franklin said. “Dominating the line of scrimmage, disrupting plays, making plays — that D-line went to work. “We have a lot of pups on both sides of the ball. It's amazing how young we are. It was extremely pleasing to see that we're working harder, and it'll pay off.”
Sep 21, 2015
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior plays a variety of positions for the Class 2A No. 7 Lions — safety, linebacker, kick returner and wide receiver among them.
High school football: Maurice Wright's special night scores big win for Luther
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 21, 2015LUTHER — It doesn't matter what part of the game you're watching, or which team has the ball, you'll probably see Luther's Maurice Wright Jr. on the field. And if you were watching last Friday night, you probably saw him running past people. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior plays a variety of positions for the Class 2A No. 7 Lions — safety, linebacker, kick returner and wide receiver among them. But on Friday, running back was his specialty. Wright rushed for 317 yards on 26 carries, caught five passes for 45 yards and scored five total touchdowns in Luther's 60-48 win at Cashion. The effort earned Wright The Oklahoman's staff choice as the metro-area High School Football Player of the Week, not just for his performance, but for what the win meant for his team. It wasn't a district victory, but it was important for the Lions as a sign of the direction their program is going under coach Shawn Meek. Last year, Cashion beat Luther by 16 points, but this year's Luther squad is different. The Lions (3-0) are averaging 52.6 points per game heading into their Class 2A District 2 opener at Christian Heritage on Friday. Wright sees a strengthened attitude from his team. “We're all working hard every day,” he said. “Everybody has a passion for playing. Everybody's bought in and wants to play. We're a team.” The district schedule will give Luther a chance to prove its worth, with games against perennially strong programs such as Millwood and Oklahoma Christian. But Wright says the team is ready for the challenge. Their conversations center around a Class 2A championship. “We want the ‘ship,” he said. “That's what we want. All the dudes that are seniors, that's all we talk about. We want it. We're gonna work for it, and we're gonna get it.”
Heavy thunderstorms hovered over the area much of the night, preventing several games from ever getting started. Guthrie and Sand Springs had their game called midway through the second quarter.
High school football: Weather cancellations costly for several teams
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 19, 2015The Guthrie football buses pulled back into the high school Friday night about the same time they would've on the night of a normal road game. But the Bluejays' trip to Sand Springs wasn't even remotely normal, with the teams spending more time in the locker room than on the field. The same goes for dozens of teams who played — or tried to play — in the Tulsa area Friday night. Heavy thunderstorms hovered over the area much of the night, preventing several games from ever getting started. Guthrie and Sand Springs had their game called midway through the second quarter. Millwood and Cascia Hall had theirs stopped at the end of the first quarter. Lawton and Sapulpa were among the teams to never play a down, with the game being called two hours after its scheduled start time — sending Lawton back on its 175-mile drive home. Knowing some of the stories of other games, Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby was happy his players at least got a little action. “I hate the fact that we didn't get to play a full game, but given the conditions and the situation, I think it went about as well as it could've,” Beeby said. “Both our administrations and both coaching staffs decided we would get what we could, and if we couldn't finish it, we couldn't finish it.” With Friday representing the end of non-district play for most teams, the idea of backing games up to Saturday wasn't a viable option, particularly in games where one team had traveled a significant distance. For Millwood, the cancellation was another obstacle in a challenging non-district season. The Falcons didn't get to play their season-opener against Star Spencer after a scheduling mix-up led to the officials being scheduled for the wrong night. Now, the Falcons head into their district opener at Oklahoma Christian on Thursday having played just five quarters through the first three weeks of the season. “We needed every snap we could get,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said. “We need to get up to game speed, and work out some kinks. “After the first quarter, some more lighting and stuff came through, so we were gonna have to wait another 30 minutes. Our administration made the call to come home, because of what time we'd be getting back, and all those things.” The Tulsa Union-Broken Arrow game was rescheduled for Saturday night, but virtually every other non-district game that couldn't be completed was called off, capping a long, frustrating evening for hundreds of players, coaches and fans. “We got to the stadium about 4:40, just like we always do,” Beeby said. “We were able to go through our entire pregame, and as we were heading off with about 15 minutes left before kick, they said we'd have to push it back to 7:30. Then they said 8. We finally kicked about 9:04. “The officials did a great job of getting the ball marked quickly, and letting the kids play, but still maintaining safety. They let us get as much football in as we could.”
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
Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 2-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-2 (2) 3. Mustang, 2-0 (3) 4. Broken Arrow, 2-0 (4) 5. Southmoore, 2-0 (5) 6. Owasso, 1-1 (6) 7. Norman North, 2-0 (7) 8. Edmond Santa Fe, 2-0 (8) 9. Westmoore, 1-1 (9) 10. Edmond Memorial, 1-1 (NR) Dropped out: Put. City, 1-1 (10) Class 6A-II 1. Tulsa Washington, 2-0 (1) 2. Bixby, 1-1 (2) 3. Midwest City, 1-1 (4) 4. Lawton, 1-1 (3) 5. Choctaw, 2-0...
The Oklahoman's high school football rankings
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2015Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 2-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-2 (2) 3. Mustang, 2-0 (3) 4. Broken Arrow, 2-0 (4) 5. Southmoore, 2-0 (5) 6. Owasso, 1-1 (6) 7. Norman North, 2-0 (7) 8. Edmond Santa Fe, 2-0 (8) 9. Westmoore, 1-1 (9) 10. Edmond Memorial, 1-1 (NR) Dropped out: Put. City, 1-1 (10) Class 6A-II 1. Tulsa Washington, 2-0 (1) 2. Bixby, 1-1 (2) 3. Midwest City, 1-1 (4) 4. Lawton, 1-1 (3) 5. Choctaw, 2-0 (5) 6. Bartlesville, 2-0 (6) 7. Sand Springs, 2-0 (10) 8. Stillwater, 0-2 (7) 9. Claremore, 2-0 (NR) 10. Ponca City, 1-1 (9) Dropped out: Lawton Eisenhower, 0-2 (8) Class 5A 1. Lawton MacArthur, 2-0 (1) 2. Del City, 2-0 (2) 3. Deer Creek, 2-0 (3) 4. Ardmore, 2-0 (4) 5. McAlester, 2-0 (5) 6. Altus, 2-0 (8) 7. Carl Albert, 1-1 (6) 8. Tulsa Kelley, 2-0 (NR) 9. Skiatook, 2-0 (NR) 10. McGuinness, 1-1 (7) Dropped out: Duncan, 1-1 (9); Guthrie, 1-1 (10) Class 4A 1. Wagoner, 2-0 (1) 2. Oologah, 1-1 (2) 3. Anadarko, 1-1 (3) 4. Metro Christian, 2-0 (5) 5. Poteau, 2-0 (6) 6. Elk City, 2-0 (7) 7. Tuttle, 3-0 (8) 8. Ada, 1-1 (9) 9. Weatherford, 2-0 (10) 10. Glenpool, 2-0 (NR) Dropped out: Harrah, 1-1 (4) Class 3A 1. Heritage Hall, 2-0 (1) 2. Locust Grove, 2-0 (2) 3. Douglass, 2-0 (3) 4. John Marshall, 2-0 (4) 5. Lincoln Christian, 2-0 (5) 6. Victory Christian, 2-0 (6) 7. Bethany, 2-0 (7) 8. Jones, 3-0 (10) 9. Idabel, 2-0 (8) 10. Cushing, 2-0 (9) Dropped out: None Class 2A 1. Adair, 1-1 (1) 2. Washington, 2-0 (3) 3. Millwood, 0-1 (2) 4. Davis, 1-2 (4) 5. Lindsay, 3-0 (6) 6. Hartshorne, 2-0 (7) 7. Stroud, 2-0 (8) 8. Nowata, 2-1 (5) 9. Luther, 2-0 (NR) 10. Hennessey, 0-2 (9) Dropped out: Oklahoma Christian, 0-2 (10) Class A 1. Thomas, 2-0 (1) 2. Stratford, 2-0 (2) 3. Ringling, 1-0 (4) 4. Hollis, 2-0 (5) 5. Kiefer, 2-0 (6) 6. Apache, 2-0 (7) 7. Minco, 3-0 (9) 8. Mooreland, 2-0 (NR) 9. Velma-Alma, 2-0 (NR) 10. Cashion, 1-1 (3) Dropped out: Talihina, 1-1 (8); Wynnewood, 0-2 (10) Class B 1. Alex, 2-0 (1) 2. Davenport, 2-0 (2) 3. Dewar, 2-0 (3) 4. Laverne, 2-0 (4) 5. Turpin, 2-0 (9) 6. Seiling, 2-0 (6) 7. Maysville, 2-0 (7) 8. Keota, 1-0 (8) 9. PC-Hunter, 1-1 (5) 10. Oaks, 2-0 (NR) Dropped out: Garber, 1-1 (10) Class C 1. Cherokee, 2-0 (1) 2. Grandfield, 1-0 (2) 3. Fox, 2-0 (3) 4. Coyle, 2-0 (4) 5. Shattuck, 2-0 (5) 6. DC-Lamont, 2-0 (6) 7. Tipton, 1-1 (8) 8. Bluejacket, 1-1 (7) 9. Balko, 1-1 (9) 10. Thackerville, 1-1 (10) Dropped out: None
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.
Sep 4, 2015
Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB: Mason Fine, Locust Grove; Sr; 5-11; 165 RB: Grant Martin, Harrah; Sr.; 5-10; 170 RB: Chris Walker, Fort Gibson; Jr.; 6-2; 205 RB: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 5-11; 165 WR: Jason Pirtle, Locust Grove; Sr.; 6-2; 195 WR: Dillon Stoner, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 175 OL: Tyler Brown, Lexington; Sr.; 6-6; 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur; Sr.;...
High school football: Preseason All-State team
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB: Mason Fine, Locust Grove; Sr; 5-11; 165 RB: Grant Martin, Harrah; Sr.; 5-10; 170 RB: Chris Walker, Fort Gibson; Jr.; 6-2; 205 RB: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 5-11; 165 WR: Jason Pirtle, Locust Grove; Sr.; 6-2; 195 WR: Dillon Stoner, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 175 OL: Tyler Brown, Lexington; Sr.; 6-6; 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur; Sr.; 6-4; 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow; Sr.; 6-5; 320 OL: Tramonda Moore, John Marshall; Sr.; 6-5; 345 OL: Logan Roberson, Harrah; Sr.; 6-5; 320 Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. DL: Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, Sr.; 6-4; 310 DL: Ty Hughes, Jones; Sr.; 6-0; 285 DL: Noah Jones, Southmoore; Sr.; 6-5; 250 LB: Levi Draper, Collinsville; Jr.; 6-2; 215 LB: Blake Landon, Deer Creek; Sr.; 6-2; 220 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Oologah; Sr.; 6-0; 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian; Sr.; 6-2, 225 DB: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 6-3; 195 DB: K.J. Wells, Idabel; Sr.; 6-4; 185 DB: Austin Quillen, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 190 DB: Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Jr.; 5-11; 170 Special teams Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. K: Jack Markmiller, Oklahoma Christian; Sr.; 5-9; 165 P: Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian; Sr.; 6-3; 200 KR: Quan Hogan, Norman North; Sr.; 6-1; 210
Media notes: Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is featured in Fox Sports' college football advertising campaignSep 1, 2015
The television spots featuring Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William Perry, in which they rebuke so-called fans for their disobedience, will run on multiple Fox networks.
Media notes: Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth is featured in Fox Sports' college football advertising campaign
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 1, 2015Former OU linebacker Brian “The Boz” Bosworth has joined Eric Dickerson and William “Refrigerator” Perry star as "college football gods" in Fox Sports' new ad campaign launching this week. The television spots decree that fans “Honor Thy Saturday” by watching college football games on FS1. The television spots featuring Bosworth, Dickerson and Perry, in which they rebuke so-called fans for their disobedience, will run on multiple Fox networks. The "gods" are featured in outdoor billboards, including a wall-scape along the I-405 freeway in Los Angeles, and have their own Twitter account, @CFBGodsonFS1, which interacts with fans throughout the season and encourages conversation using the hashtag #HonorThySaturday. Fox Sports kicked off its preparation for the season with the FS1 Opening Drive bus tour, which is making several stops around the country before pulling in to Salt Lake City prior to Michigan at Utah game at 6 p.m. Thursday on FS1. Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call the game. Short takes •Country music superstar Brad Paisley, who served as a guest picker at the "College GameDay" West Virginia stop last year, will perform his new single, “Country Nation” the Saturday season-opening telecast (8-11 a.m.) from Fort Worth's Sundance Square. "College GameDay" is hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. The show will preview the No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 20 Wisconsin game that night on ABC. •Cox Communications has added Millwood at Oklahoma Christian School at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, to its high school football schedule. •The NFL Network wraps up its preseason coverage with two live games Thursday: Philadelphia at New York Jets at 6 p.m. and San Diego at San Francisco at 9 p.m. •Inspiring stories chronicling the journeys of world-class athletes Alex Morgan (U.S. women's soccer team), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Tim Howard (U.S. men's soccer team) will be featured in upcoming episodes of Disney XD and ESPN Films' athlete profile documentary series "Becoming." The series is executive-produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment group. •Longtime NFL team executive Joe Banner has joined ESPN as a Front Office Insider. He will appear primarily on weekday editions of NFL Insiders beginning Thursday.
Aug 28, 2015
The loss is Davis’ first since losing the 2012 Class 2A state championship game to Oklahoma Christian School and first in the regular season since Week 3 in 2011 against Heritage Hall.
High school football: Tuttle's defense steps up, helps end Davis' 30-game winning streak
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 28, 2015TUTTLE — There wasn't much sleep the past week for Tuttle senior defensive end Dalton Cooper. Certainly not with Davis' vaunted triple-option offense and 30-game winning streak coming to town for the state's first Week Zero. He stayed up late studying film looking for a way to stop the run and streak. With Tuttle showing signs of fatigue and clinging to a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, Cooper broke free to tackle quarterback Trever Merrell for a loss on two consecutive drives. Both were game-altering plays that allowed the Tigers to knock off Davis 31-14 in front of a near-capacity crowd Friday night at Bill Hinkle Field. “It's a pain,” Cooper said about the triple option. “It really is because our d-linemen have to tackle the fullback, somebody has to tackle the quarterback, somebody has the pitchman. We didn't call it a triple option because if everybody does their job it's not a triple option it's no option.” The loss is Davis' first since losing the 2012 Class 2A state championship game to Oklahoma Christian School and first in the regular season since Week 3 in 2011 against Heritage Hall. Tuttle held Davis to just 167 yards of offense — all on the ground — and forced three turnovers by new quarterback Merrell. “Coach (Clint) Warren did an unbelievable job getting our defense ready for these guys,” Tuttle coach Brad Ballard said. “We knew we were going to have to match their toughness. That's how they win so many games. They're tough and they execute. I thought our kids really stuck to the plan and played extremely well down the stretch.” Leading 18-14 in the fourth, Cooper and the Tuttle defense forced Davis to turn the ball over on downs with 7:38 remaining and then forced a three-and-out with 4:05 remaining. Nearly three minutes later, Tuttle senior running back Jason Biddy broke free for a 52-yard touchdown to seal the victory. “It was the same play I kept on cutting back in side, cutting back inside, cutting back inside and I figured eventually the outside would be open,” Biddy said. “So I got it and I didn't see any white shirts and saw the end zone, so that's where I went.” Tuttle later made it 31-14 with 13.1 seconds remaining when Blake Berryhill returned an interception that was deflected 29 yards for a touchdown. Biddy finished with 118 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He gave Tuttle its first lead of the night with a 3-yard score on the opening possession. Junior Rhett Boles also excelled at times in his first start at quarterback, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while also completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards. Davis led twice thanks to touchdown runs by Blanton Tucker and Hunter Karlik, but turnovers ultimately proved costly. Davis coach Jody Weber blamed himself for the loss based on his play-calling. “I probably was the worst piece in the puzzle today,” he said. “I never got into any kind of rhythm, I couldn't get anything going and our kids bailed me out a lot with big plays.” And a big reason for that was Tuttle's defense, which found a way despite exhaustion setting in down the stretch. “It definitely makes a (statement) for us,” Cooper said. “Now we're really scary. It meant a lot to go get and kill that streak.”
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and...
Oklahoma scene: UCO's Chris Watson a finalist for MIAA honor
From Staff Reports | May 22, 2015Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State (Kan.) along with track athlete Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, died in May 2004 and was inducted into the MIAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2010. Each nominee is judged in four areas: 2014-15 athletic accomplishments; career academic accomplishments; 2014-15 campus/community service; and career athletic and service achievements. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average as of February 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2014-15 academic year. Watson, a senior from Andover, Kan., put together a perfect 42-0 season in 2014-15, capturing the NCAA Division II championship at 165 pounds. He was the MIAA, West Region and NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year as well as earning first-team Scholar-Athlete honors from the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. COATS HONORED BY NCCAA The National Christian College Athletic Association has named Shea Coats as its National Pitcher of the Year after she led the Lady Eagles to a runner-up finish in the NCCAA Championship for the second straight year. She was joined on the All-America first-team list by OC shortstop Kendra Pierce, giving the Lady Eagles a pair of All-Americans for the second straight year. Coats is the first player in the 21-year history of OC softball to be named as a National Pitcher or Player of the year. She now is a two-time first-team NCCAA All-American as well. The Tuttle product closed the season with 18-9 overall record with four saves, a 1.70 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 1762/3 innings. Coats threw two no-hitters this season — one in the season opener against Mid-America Christian and one in the NCCAA Championship against the eventual third-place finisher, Lee (Tenn.). She finished with 22 complete games and 10 shutouts. Pierce, a senior out of Westmoore High School, hit .412 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. She hit 15 doubles, posted hitting streaks of 18 and 12 games and struck out only five times in 170 at-bats. OKLAHOMA CITY U. FINISHES EIGHTH Oklahoma City University ended the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships in a tie for eighth place Friday at the LPGA International Hills Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Anthony Marchesani and Garrison Mendoza led the Stars by tying for 23rd place. Second-ranked OCU posted a team score of 289-299-291-292 – 1,171 on the par-72, 6,947-yard course. EAGLES ELIMINATED Oklahoma Christian University’s baseball season ended at the hands of Fresno Pacific 4-3 in 12 innings on Friday in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series semifinals in Mason, Ohio. OC (35-22) was making its first NCCAA semifinal appearance in three trips to the tournament. The Eagles rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three seventh-inning runs. A suicide squeeze bunt by Cody Rosecrans scored Austin Peck with the tying run. The Eagles almost won the game in 10th. Rosecrans doubled and was on third base with one out when Jordan Lopez hit a line drive that caromed off Fresno Pacific pitcher Tanner Irwin, allowing the ball to stay in the infield. Shortstop Michael Tittle picked up the loose ball and fired home to retire a sliding Rosecrans. In the bottom of the 12th, Tittle's RBI single to right field scored Baron Bower from third base with the winning run.
May 9, 2015
Retiring Oklahoma Christian track and field coach
Collected Wisdom: Randy Heath
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | May 9, 2015Randy Heath started coaching at Oklahoma Christian the same year Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, The Beatles released “Abbey Road” and gas cost 35 cents a gallon. Much changed in the world since 1969, but Heath remained at OC. This spring, he retired after 46 years coaching cross country and track and field. He was the longest-serving head coach at any four-year college in Oklahoma. I was a baseball player and basketball player at U.S. Grant High School. I ran to get in shape. Don Brown ... he was my baseball and basketball coach. His preseason was to have us run on our own around the practice football field. And I excelled at it. But I never ran cross country. It was when I moved to Florida my junior year that I didn’t know a soul that I went out for cross country. That got me a scholarship to Oklahoma Christian. Coach (Ray) Vaughn ... he approached me with the idea. After my senior year, if I were to get a job in the area, would I be willing to come back and help him with cross country? So, I got a job at what’s now Centennial High School, but it was Eisenhower Middle School back then. It was very close, and I had a principal at that time, Ed Berry, that was a very good principal and allowed me to ... come in early and do recreation for the early bus people that came in. Then I got to come out (to Oklahoma Christian) during my planning period, which was the last period of the day. As I was teaching eight years of middle school math and PE, there were no openings out here to work full-time. Coach Vaughn … he got a position for me where I would work 12 months for eight months’ salary. This was my dream job. He was the athletic director, so I helped him a lot in terms of just grunt work and extra hands and all that type of thing. He was a delegator deluxe. I got involved with AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field at his insistence. So, I started putting on meets the latter part of the mid-70s. I even hosted the Region 8 Junior Olympic Championships out here. Probably didn’t do a very good job. I still can remember lessons from some things I learned. Not that I thought I deserved it, but it was a special honor for me to be put into the NAIA Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Fame. I didn’t win any national championships in the NAIA team-wise. We would be second one year, fourth one year, eighth or ninth. We never dominated team scoring. But I had one coach tell me … “You know, we’re really happy for you to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame because you’re one of us.” I wasn’t a dominating coach; I got involved in the association, and I worked hard, and I did a lot of things behind the scenes. The last three years ... I didn’t have as many athletes to coach. I had Coach (Wade) Miller keeping up with those distance people, Coach (Jeff) Bennett had the field event people, so I said to myself, “I’m just not going to sit here.” So at meets … I would go around and help set up hurdles, move hurdles, pull up tape from the 4x1, just to give them a hand. I wanted that meet schedule to run. I didn’t want delays. I wanted to make Sirloin Stockade before they closed. Based on my experiences and my personality and my background, I really feel like this was the place God wanted me. The Christian values. The opportunity to work with Christian athletes in a sport that I learned to love and appreciate. I felt like this was really my dream job. And I felt like I was making a difference not only athletically but a lot of ways academically and spiritually and socially for the men and the women that I recruited and brought in. My age and where we’re at in our move to (NCAA Division II), it’s just a very good time for me to get out. I could’ve gone out before the transition, but I felt like with my experience and my leadership, I wanted to lead the program through the transition because I knew it would be a difficult time. I feel real good about being finished with what I said I would do. It’s hard to believe sometimes I’m actually going to be done. Because there’s always next year. There’s always looking at the next year’s schedule. There’s always wrapping up the current year. There’s always who are you recruiting or who’s new. I want my weekends. When I was coaching, I’d have eight or nine meets in cross country. I’d have five or six or seven indoor meets, and I’d have as many as eight or nine outdoor meets. And they’re all on weekends. I have a great family. I’ve got four grandchildren in Austin, Texas, with my son and his wife. My daughter lives in Oklahoma City, and her and her husband have two little boys. So, I’ve got six grand kids to keep up with. That’ll be a lot of fun. I’m going to teach two more years. I’m a professor in sports wellness/recreation management. I’m chair of the department, and I’m going to be on a three-quarter load for two more years, and then retire completely from Oklahoma Christian. I may go and watch a few meets. But as far as all my weekends and working them and being an official? Nah. I’ll miss it occasionally, but not much. What’s best for me is to totally get out now. Pass the baton. I’m not going to be in D-II officially, and that’s fine with me. Coach Vaughn went 21 years, and I went 36 (in track and field), and that’s plenty.
Apr 29, 2015
Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district...
High School Athletes of the Week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 29, 2015Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district title and a fifth straight win. Boys golf Lance Gregory and Bryce Fanning, Southmoore The pair of SaberCats tied for first at the Ardmore Invitational, each shooting 73 to lead Southmoore to the team victory. Girls golf Elizabeth Freeman, Casady The Oklahoma Christian signee fired back-to-back rounds of 68-73 to win the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament by 10 strokes on Tuesday, her fifth win of the year. She led Casady to its third consecutive SPC Tournament team title. Boys track Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher The senior, who has signed to play football at Wyoming, swept the throwing events at the 89er Conference meet on Saturday. He won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 9 inches and the discus at 146-2. Girls track Morganne Mukes, Edmond Memorial The sophomore sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Edmond North meet last Friday, taking the 100 in 12.08 and the 200 in 25.48. Boys tennis Sam Atkinson and Brett Bormann, Edmond North The sophomore No. 1 doubles pairing defeated a stout field at the Tulsa Union tournament Tuesday. Girls tennis Lauren Harvey, Heritage Hall The freshman continues to establish herself as a No. 2 singles favorite in Class 5A. She won the Ponca City Tournament Saturday and is 14-4 on the year. Slowpitch softball Rachel Stark, Bethel Stark had a big district tournament for Bethel, driving in six of the Wildcats’ 42 runs over three games against Seminole and McLoud. She hit an inside-the-park homer and a three-run double in two games against McLoud.
High school basketball: His look may have changed, but Edmond Santa Fe assistant Tommy Griffin's coaching message stays the sameMar 10, 2015
Tommy Griffin is assisting Lenny Hatchett at Edmond Santa Fe, which plays Jenks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. Griffin coached Classen to state titles in 1975 and 1980; coached John Marshall to state championships in 1996 and 2000; coached his sons Blake and Taylor to state titles at Oklahoma Christian School in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
High school basketball: His look may have changed, but Edmond Santa Fe assistant Tommy Griffin's coaching message stays the same
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Mar 10, 2015The Ada Cougars walked into an empty State Fair Arena, an hour before tipoff of the 1975 Class 3A state championship game, all wearing matching maroon blazers. The Classen Comets arrived about the same time, dressed not so uniformly. Jean jackets. Some bell bottoms. A tie-dye or two. Classen’s coach arrived in style. A short-sleeved white vest, with a wide-collared, bright shirt, leisure suit style, and tight, white pants. The bearded 26-year-old was all Richard Roundtree as he coached the Comets to a 62-49 victory, Classen’s first gold ball in a quarter century. Forty years later, Tommy Griffin still coaches. Retired from 43 years in the classroom, with plenty still to keep him occupied considering his son is an NBA superstar, Griffin still scratches the coaching itch. No longer a head coach, because he doesn’t need the headaches. No longer dressed like Shaft, because fashions change. No longer at Classen, because the school long ago closed, then re-opened with Griffin coaching elsewhere. No longer high-fiving, because fist bumps are the new rage. But still teaching basketball and demanding discipline and impacting lives of Oklahoma youth. The 66-year-old Griffin, who could pass for 51, is assisting Lenny Hatchett at Edmond Santa Fe, which plays Jenks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. Griffin coached Classen to state titles in 1975 and 1980; coached John Marshall to state championships in 1996 and 2000; coached his sons to state titles at Oklahoma Christian School in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. With eight state championships, Griffin is among the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history. But eight years after his final game as a head coach, Griffin remains in the gym. He spent a few years as an assistant girls coach at Midwest City, and the last two seasons, he’s been Hatchett’s lieutenant. “I love it,” Griffin said. “I have a passion for the game. I really do. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than coach.” Head coaches deal with fundraisers and eligibility and parents. Griffin, hired as a Classen assistant coach in 1970, has had his share of that. Now he just wants to coach the kids. Teach them fundamentals and dedication and discipline and all the other things that have produced good people and good teams for almost half a century. “He’s a disciplinarian first,” said Joe Adkins, the former OSU sharpshooter who played for Griffin at John Marshall in the mid-1990s. “He commanded respect, but he’s also a guy that gave a great amount of respect. You were all held accountable. That’s why it was so fun to play for him.” Kids from the ’90s knew Griffin as the coach of John Marshall’s great 1996 state champion, which went undefeated and had seven Division I players. Kids from this century know Griffin as the father of Blake. But before John Marshall and the Griffin boys at OCS, there were the great Classen teams, the Prince Bridges-led ’80 squad and the ’75 champs, who were led by a coach who seemed not much older than the players themselves. “It’s a great memory,” Griffin said of that first Classen championship. “Our kids played really hard. They did everything we asked.” The Murphy triplets — Harold, Ronald and Donald — were on that squad, along with football player Fred Gordon and scoring whiz Joshua Shepherd, whose 12 first-quarter points propelled Classen in the title game. Griffin became the first black coach in Oklahoma to win state at an integrated school. And 40 years later, he’s still showing up in gyms, coaching up 16-year-olds. “He’s a great coach,” said Santa Fe star DaQuan Jeffries. “In practice, he doesn’t allow any playing around. He just wants us focused.” That’s Griffin’s calling card. He’s serious. “Any era, kids want discipline,” Hatchett said. “They need discipline. These kids thrive for discipline. That’s how they gravitate towards him.” Griffin defers to Hatchett. Griffin doesn’t act like a head coach. Keeps his seat during games. Doesn’t inject himself into timeout huddles. Mostly ignores the referees. But Griffin’s voice echoes throughout the gym during Santa Fe games. “Find the ball, find the ball.” “Step up!” “Watch for the trap. Watch for the trap. Watch for the TRAP!” Nothing complicated there. Just fundamentals. Same thing he taught the Murphy triplets 40 years ago, he’s teaching Jeffries today. “He taught more fundamentals than probably any other coach I’ve played for,” said Adkins, who played for Eddie Sutton. “We were always prepared. The way he taught the game was very simple.” And Griffin, who grew up Oklahoma City, was a swimming star at Douglass in the 1960s, a basketball player at Northwestern State in Alva, a football assistant for 29 seasons at every high school stop until Santa Fe, still can’t get enough. Griffin even volunteered to help Hatchett for free. “Tommy’s very humble,” Hatchett said. “He doesn’t talk about the things that he’s accomplished. He’s all about wanting to improve these kids, to be better men, to have better character.” So Thursday night in Skiatook, Griffin, wearing a conservative dress shirt and necktie, will walk into yet another state-tournament venue, chasing not so much another gold ball, but the potential of kids who never heard of Shaft or leisure suits but most definitely hear the words of a man who cares. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Feb 28, 2015
Dave Dravecky grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, with a huge passion for baseball and dream of being the next Sandy Koufax. The road to the major leagues was far from easy.
Collected Wisdom: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | Feb 28, 2015Dave Dravecky grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, with a huge passion for baseball and dream of being the next Sandy Koufax. The road to the major leagues was far from easy, especially with a lofty goal such as that. Dravecky, who did not attend Cardinal Mooney High School because it did not have baseball, was not recruited in high school and had to walk on at Youngstown State, where he finally caught a break with a no-hitter in his first start. He eventually was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to San Diego, where he debuted in the majors. Later, he was dealt to the San Francisco Giants where he suffered a life-changing turn of events. In 1988, Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer in his throwing arm. He returned to the mound in 1989, but in just his second game he threw a pitch and his humerus bone snapped. Months later, he retired after breaking his arm again in while celebrating with teammates in the playoffs. After retirement, the cancer returned and he had to have his left arm, shoulder blade and left side of his collarbone amputated. Dravecky, a devout Christian, now travels as a motivational speaker and is a community ambassador for the Giants. He recently spoke with The Oklahomanabout his journey while speaking at Oklahoma Christian. I was raised Catholic and I loved football, but I was a little runt. I was a middle linebacker and I was a fullback. I played for a guy named Tony Gambrel, who was an architect in town and a big alum of Cardinal Mooney High School. After my eighth grade year, Mr. Gambrel offered me a full ride to Cardinal Mooney. That’s the only time I was offered a full ride to anything. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one university. Nobody wanted me. There wasn’t one school in the entire country that recruited me. So, I lived in Youngstown, Ohio, I was a 20-minute drive to Youngstown University so I thought I would walk-on there and play baseball because I love baseball. It’s very simple, if you love playing baseball and you want to keep on playing, give it a shot. You don’t know unless you try, and as a result of that you just might get your chance. How many stories are out there of guys that have walked on? If you have a passion and a love for something, pursue it until somebody that knows better than you do says it’s done. Then listen to them and go find another dream. We were on a road trip to Akron University and it’s a doubleheader (coach Dom Rosselli) comes up to me and says I’m starting in the second game. The game comes around and I end up throwing a no-hitter. After that, we were in our patented postgame dinner at McDonald’s. He sits down with me and said, “I can’t give you a scholarship for the rest of this year, but we’re going to give you a scholarship for the rest of your time here.” I was so happy for my parents. In my junior year, at the end of the season my record is 7-1 with a 0.88 ERA and we’re being invited to the NCAA Division II Tournament playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. I’m opening the tournament up against Wright State University and the newspapers back in Youngstown are billing me to go in the top-10 rounds. Man, I’m (feeling like) the best thing since sliced bread. It’s unbelievable how I’m thinking about myself. That’s pretty much that season; it became about me. All of a sudden, we got beat 26-1 in that first game. Wright State University was smart enough to be able to calculate my ERA as each run crossed the plate and then yelled it at me. Needless to say the top-10 rounds became no rounds at all and no opportunity to get signed. I’ll never forget my dad taught me when I was growing up. “There’s two things I ask you to do with no matter what it is you choose to do in life. I don’t care if you dig a ditch, I don’t care if you teach, I don’t care if you’re a doctor, I don’t care what you are, if you work as hard as you can to be the best you can be and more important than that you better have fun doing what you’re doing.” I forgot that my junior year. I lost sight of enjoying the game for what it is and letting all the other stuff fall into place. I loved the bus rides (in the minor leagues). That’s because it was my dream. That’s something I wanted from the time I was 7 years of age. Now all of a sudden it’s a reality. I was fully engaged in that and I loved every moment. Were there moments you wondered if you were going to be able to keep going? Absolutely, but in the end the overall experience I wouldn’t trade that in for anything because it helped my wife and I grow up in many respects — how to handle failure, how to handle failure together as a couple. I was diagnosed with cancer in September of 1988 and went into surgery on my 10th wedding anniversary, Oct. 7, 1988. They said outside of a miracle I’d never pitch again. My wife said, “Could you say that again?” They just said outside of a miracle you’ll never pitch again. She said, “Can you say that one more time?” He said it and I was thinking, “OK, God, I don’t know what you’re up to, but I am not about to walk away from the game now and wonder for the rest of my life if I’m going to be able to pitch just because some guy says outside of a miracle I’ll never be able to pitch again.” There were good moments, there were bad moments and there were ugly moments. I dealt with it like every human being deals with pain and suffering, only I tried really hard for a while to hide the ugly side and eventually you end up realizing you don’t have the strength to hide it anymore and it gets exposed — that’s probably the greatest gift in the universe. Once it got it exposed, I began to heal. One of the things I love to encourage people with on the journey is our stories are very important and as a result the things we experience we can make two choices. We can allow that to affect us in a negative way or we can allow it to be our teacher and help us mature in this thing called life. When you take the experiences of wearing a Giants uniform and all that that encompassed for me, a big part of that experience was hoping and trusting that God would give us the strength to endure the journey and in fact he did. Playing for the Padres and the Giants during the time I did when the “God Squad” was a big deal, the reality is that my teammates were extremely respectful of where we were at on our journey. I’m very grateful for the respect that my teammates showed us as we were attempting to lead out our lives as Christians, which we didn’t do perfectly. If I were to do anything different, I would have probably spent more time in bars. Often I got invited by guys who simply wanted to go out, grab a beer, get something to eat — usually that was at the bar — and just hang out. I said, “No, cant’ go there.” And that’s exactly where Jesus went and that’s exactly where I should have been because I didn’t have an issue with whether or not I was going to drink too much. I knew when to say no. And quite frankly, here’s a guy who wants to spend time with me and I’m saying I can’t go into the bar. “Well, here we go the Holy Roller.” If there’s any regret it would have been engaging more with everybody in the clubhouse. That was just a period of time in my life where I was young and dumb. I didn’t get it.
By Eric SwansonThe Ada NewsWhen Larry Mahsetky played football for Oklahoma State University, he got used to seeing his name on ESPN, in magazines and on newspapers’ sports pages.Mahsetky had another moment in the spotlight in 2014, when The Oklahoman published a story about him graduating from OSU. His decision to finish his degree, 21 years after he started college, lifted an NCAA penalty...
Former OSU football player shares story of addiction, recovery
Eric Swanson, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2015By Eric Swanson The Ada News When Larry Mahsetky played football for Oklahoma State University, he got used to seeing his name on ESPN, in magazines and on newspapers’ sports pages. Mahsetky had another moment in the spotlight in 2014, when The Oklahoman published a story about him graduating from OSU. His decision to finish his degree, 21 years after he started college, lifted an NCAA penalty against the Cowboys’ football program. Mahsetky, who struggled with substance abuse during college and afterward, said the most recent burst of media attention helps him stay off drugs. “Being named one of the top five walk-ons in the history of Oklahoma State football is huge, and I could go out like this rather than that guy who went back to jail over and over and over and over again just because he couldn’t clean up,” he said. Mahsetky told his story to a group of collegiate student athletes Monday night at East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center. His story was part of a presentation titled “Oklahoma Life of an Athlete,” designed to educate athletes about the ways drugs and alcohol can affect their lives. The nonprofit organization Fighting Addiction Through Education works with the Oklahoma City-based Whitten-Newman Foundation to offer the presentation to schools throughout Oklahoma. Telling his story A football star at Westmoore High School, Mahsetky arrived on the OSU campus as a freshman in 1991, according to the July 31, 2014, edition of The Oklahoman. He could have gotten a scholarship to any number of small colleges in Oklahoma, but he had always dreamed of playing for the Cowboys. He played for OSU from 1991 to 1995 and was put on scholarship after an outstanding performance in the Cowboys’ 1992 spring game. Mahsetky was enjoying a college athlete’s life at OSU, but he also developed a taste for drugs and alcohol. That combination eventually went to his head. Over two years, Mahsetky went from being Oklahoma’s Christian athlete of the year to sitting in an Oklahoma City parking lot in a BMW with his friends and two women, sharing lines of cocaine. “I thought I was invincible,” he said. “I thought nothing could touch me, nothing could bring me down. So that quick thought of people dying after doing a line of cocaine quickly went out, and it was back to having a good time and living my life.” Mahsetky spent five years at OSU, but he left college when he was still three classes short of graduation, according to the Oklahoman. He had a job offer from an information technology company in Austin, Texas, so he moved to Texas in hopes of turning his life around. Since Mahsetky didn’t know anyone in Austin, he thought he had found a way to leave drugs and alcohol behind. But he was wrong. He spent the next 13 years in Texas, working for various companies. He was making $80,000 to $90,000 a year, but he was spending all his money on cocaine. “My friend used to say, ‘You’re like a broke Charlie Sheen. You have great parties and a great time. You just do all this stuff, but you don’t have the money like Charlie Sheen does, because you blow it all on coke,’” Mahsetky said. “And she was right. That’s exactly what I did.” In 2008, Mahsetky returned to Oklahoma and opened his own business in Purcell, thinking that would help him break his cocaine habit. He didn’t know anyone who used cocaine in Purcell, but he was introduced to methamphetamine one night. “My thinking was, ‘I’ve done cocaine for 17 years. What’s one night of meth going to do? I can handle this,’” he said. “I do meth. The next thing I know, I’m addicted to meth.” Three years later, a law enforcement officer pulled Mahsetky over with meth and marijuana in his possession. Now, he was facing felony drug charges. Mahsetky was booked into the Oklahoma County jail, but his mother would not bail him out. He finally hit bottom when he was assigned to mop the floor in the jail kitchen, outfitted with a hairnet, apron and rubber boots. “It hit me: You used to play on ESPN. You’ve been in all these magazines. You’ve done all this stuff. Now look at you, mopping the floor of the Oklahoma County jail,’” he said. Back to school Mahsetky got clean two years ago and decided to put his life back together. Armed with his sobriety, he decided to go back to OSU and finish his degree. “I mean, why wouldn’t I?” he said. “I was three classes short. It’s pretty stupid not to get your degree if you’re that close.” In the fall of 2012, Mahsetky enrolled in classes at Oklahoma City Community College that would transfer as OSU credits, according to The Oklahoman. All he needed were passing grades in three classes — Native American studies, algebra and another history course. He had passed three classes easily by December 2012 and earned his degree in university studies. The NCAA had previously penalized OSU because its football team had failed to meet academic standards, known as the Academic Progress Rate, when averaged over a four-year period. As a result, the Cowboys were set to lose two hours of practice time a week. The Cowboys needed a 930 APR score to pass in 2014, but they posted a 929.41, according to The Oklahoman. So the compliance office started scouring old football rosters and graduation lists in hopes of recovering one more point. Under APR guidelines, colleges receive a single point if a scholarship student-athlete leaves school without graduating, then returns later to earn a diploma, according to The Oklahoman. The point applies to the school’s APR score for the term when that person graduates, not when he or she was on scholarship. The compliance office was searching for an answer in the summer of 2014 when they found Mahsetky’s name. Without realizing it, Mahsetky had saved his former school from NCAA sanctions. In November 2014, The Oklahoman named Mahsetky one of the top five walk-ons in OSU football history. Mahsetky said Tuesday he wasn’t telling students not to drink or smoke, but he was reminding them to seize the opportunity to get an education. “Take your education serious,” he said. “Scholarship or not, do what you’ve got to do to graduate. That’s what you’re here for.” Reach Eric Swanson at email@example.com. ——— ©2015 The Ada News (Ada, Okla.) Visit The Ada News (Ada, Okla.) at theadanews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000391283,t000003183,t000046469,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164,g000065562
Dec 4, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for this week’s games.
Oklahoma Week 4 high school football playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Dec 4, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 15-5 (75.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,568-344 (82.0 pct.) All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless noted Championships Class 6A-I Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 31 Class 6A-II Lawton 42, Bixby 38 Class 5A Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 34 (Saturday) Class 4A Oologah 28, Wagoner 24 Class B Laverne 48, Alex 34 (Saturday) Class C Tipton 54, Cherokee 48 (Saturday) Semifinals Class 3A Kingfisher 34, Cushing 21 Class 2A Davis 28, Hennessey 27 Oklahoma Christian 38, Nowata 30 Class A Thomas 21, Wynnewood 20 Cashion 40, Talihina 32 *All games at neutral sites