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Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Rawlings’ football helmets are getting sacked far short of their goal.Five years after Rawlings Sporting Goods jumped back into the football helmet business, the company is cutting short its gridiron comeback.Rawlings, a Town and Country-based maker of baseball gloves, softball bats and other sporting goods, confirmed that it is ending production of its football helmets and football shoulder...
End of the line for Rawlings' football helmets
Lisa Brown, Associated Press | Jun 21, 2015Rawlings’ football helmets are getting sacked far short of their goal. Five years after Rawlings Sporting Goods jumped back into the football helmet business, the company is cutting short its gridiron comeback. Rawlings, a Town and Country-based maker of baseball gloves, softball bats and other sporting goods, confirmed that it is ending production of its football helmets and football shoulder pads this year. Rawlings announced the launch in 2010 and began selling football helmets in 2011. Its football helmets worn by youth, high school and professional players are made at an assembly facility in Washington, Mo., and tested at Rawlings’ research and development center in O’Fallon, Mo. Ending production won’t mean the loss of jobs, said Mike Thompson, Rawlings’ executive vice president of marketing, as the football jobs are being shifted to other operations within the company. The move comes as Rawlings is locked in a patent infringement lawsuit with Chicago-based Riddell. The rival sports equipment company sued Rawlings in federal court in Chicago in January, alleging Rawlings’ football helmets and shoulder pads infringe on Riddell patents. The two sides have reached an agreement on a settlement, but the terms haven’t been finalized, according to a motion filed with the court on Friday. Thompson said the decision to stop making football helmets and shoulder pads is unrelated to the lawsuit, however. “It was not a factor,” Thompson said. “We have made a business decision to refocus ourselves on our core product lines, which are diamond sports: baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball,” he said. “When you have limited resources to spend, you have to look at a longer runway.” Rawlings is the top-selling baseball glove maker — and “we have to defend that position,” Thompson said. The company, which hired Michael Zlaket as its new CEO in January, sees potential in raising its profile in bats, where it doesn’t have a leading market share position, he said. Rawlings is readying to launch a new line of baseball bats for high school players in 2016 and is increasing sales in Japan, the world’s second-largest baseball market behind the U.S. Rawlings has 30 employees in Japan and is growing its presence there, Thompson said. When Rawlings re-entered the football helmet market after a 20-year hiatus, the company sought to extend its brand recognition. Founded in St. Louis in 1887, Rawlings is the official batting helmet and ball supplier for Major League Baseball. After Boca Raton, Fla.-based Jarden Corp., bought Rawlings in 2007, the company put an emphasis on adding new products, a business strategy Jarden aggressively employs with its other products, including Coleman coolers and Mr. Coffee appliances. At Jarden, which had $8.3 billion in revenue last year, about 30 percent of sales comes from products launched in the previous three years. At the time of its football helmet relaunch, Rawlings executives said they planned to fill a gap in their existing product portfolio that included football pads, gloves, uniforms and apparel, but not helmets. Rawlings said it will continue to make other football gear such as apparel and footballs. A move toward diversification can dilute company’s branding power, said Joseph Goodman, an associate professor of marketing at Washington University’s Olin School of Business. “It’s important to be known for something specific in the minds of consumers,” Goodman said. “In marketing language, brands need a clear position in the minds of consumers. While Rawlings is strong in football, they are stronger in baseball and they probably decided to focus on what consumers know about them, which is baseball.” Not all companies have the resources to be like Nike, which succeeds across multiple sports, he added. “Nike can pull it off, but many others are struggling to compete,” he said. One of Rawlings’ biggest competitors is in its own backyard: Litchfield, Ill.-based Schutt Sports, which manufactures football helmets 80 miles east of downtown St. Louis. Schutt ran into its own patent battle with Riddell several years ago. After it lost a multimillion-dollar judgment, Schutt filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010, just as Rawlings was readying its football helmet launch. Rawlings made a bid in bankruptcy court to buy Schutt, but Rawlings lost in the bidding war to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity, which bid $33.1 million. Since the investment by Platinum, Schutt Sports has revved up its product development pipeline, debuting new helmets and technology, including last year becoming the first major football helmet manufacturer to offer a helmet equipped with a camera. Despite competition from its rivals Schutt and Riddell, by 2013 Rawlings’ executives said they reached 9 percent market share, with momentum building from a slate of new products and athlete endorsements, including former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis. “I felt like we were successful with it,” Thompson said, “but growth was not as fast as we’d like.” Combined, Schutt and Riddell have 85 percent of the football helmet market. Thompson said the timing of the launch was a disadvantage, as the number of youth football players declines. “We were operating in a declining market, with fewer players,” he said. Schutt Sports’ director of marketing Glenn Beckmann said participation in youth football began a noticeable drop three years ago, fueled by increased media attention on concussion-related injuries. Participation in high school and beyond remains steady, he said. “We’re learning from a medical and scientific perspective about how to deal with concussions, and that’s making its way into the design of football helmets,” Beckmann said. Lisa Brown • 314-340-8127 @lisabrownstl on Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003270,t000003555,t000003183,t000002537,t000040178,t000040350,t000002664,t000160437,t000002488,t000002458,t000190288,t000002719,t000040342
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
Jun 19, 2015
The best ride we’ve had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up […]
D.C. travelblog: The charming city of Annapolis
Berry Tramel | Jun 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/downtown-annapolis.jpg]3708475[/img] The best ride we've had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride. We said sure, and he spent the next 10 minutes zipping us around. Drove us past Annapolis harbor. Went through downtown and told us the various places to eat. Went up the hill to the State House and showed us the government section. Detoured over to the Naval Academy and showed us where to enter as civilians on foot. Then he dropped us off back downtown at a lunch spot he had recommended. Maybe it wasn't 10 minutes. Maybe it was 12. But no more than that. I gave him a $10 tip and marveled already at Annapolis. Historic downtown. The Naval Academy. America's oldest state capitol still in legislative use. All bunched together in a quaint tip of Maryland. All within quick walking distance. It's kind of hard to explain. It's so different from the wide-open West. Annapolis has its open spaces. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium isn't on the academy's campus, for lack of room. But there on the point, sharing a precious few blocks by the waters that lead to the Atlantic, is all the charm and history a city can stand. DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS Annapolis is a city of some 38,000, though there are surrounding municipalities that swell the area population to a much greater number. Annapolis sits about 30 miles east of D.C. and 25 miles south of Baltimore, so don't get the idea that Annapolis is secluded. There are about nine million people within an hour's drive, so long as you're driving in the middle of the night and don't have any traffic. But Annapolis is secluded in spirit. It's a little bit of a throwback in time. Main Street stretches a few blocks and houses buildings a couple of hundred years old. It includes touristy shops and high-dollar clothing stores and capital-related enterprises and law offices and restaurants and bars. Annapolis calls itself America's Sailing Capital, though Newport, R.I., does the same, and the harbor now is virtually all pleasure boats. The streets jutting off Main also are quaint lanes full of antique stores and retail shops and government enterprises supporting the capital, since the State House is just up the hill not two blocks away. I'm trying to give you a mental picture of our part of the country. Imagine if Guthrie had remained the state capital, only with a more opulent state house, and the U.S. had placed the Air Force Academy where Jelsma Stadium is. And then put a huge bay of an ocean up against it all. And instead of springing up in 1889, it sprang up in 1689 (actually 1649). That's Annapolis. Just a charming place. Very crowded, mind you. And expensive. The median home value in Annapolis is $386,000, according to Zillow. The median home value in Norman is $148,200. So you get the idea. We started off our day with lunch. We had slept in, and by the time we found downtown and parked, it was almost noon. Our golf-cart tour guide dropped us off at Market House, which has been in business since 1788. It's a collection of businesses that combine to make what I would a massive deli. A fish counter that serves crabcake sandwiches. A salad bar. A sandwich shop. An ice cream counter. A falafel stand (falafels are Middle Eastern; a deep-fried, pita sandwich). A friend-chicken stand. I had a crab cake sandwich and a cup of crab soup. The dish had a cup of clam chowder. She was going to eat half my sandwich but didn't care for it. It was good, but expensive. Mine was $16. We later walked through downtown, on bricked streets, and the Dish bought a couple of items. People everywhere. One-way driving. Tourists and locals. But the best parts of Annapolis are not on Main Street. ANCHORS AWEIGH [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-chapel.jpg]3708479[/img] The Naval Academy from the perimeter -- walking by the gates, or sailing past along the Severn River -- is nice but not gorgeous. You have to get in the middle to see the grandeur. And we did. We went to the Visitor's Center -- right next to the entrance is a vintage house that flew a Navy Brotherhood flag and an OKC Thunder flag -- and paid $10.50 each for a 75-minute walking tour of the campus. But you can stroll around yourself without the guide. Just go through security at the Visitor's Center, and you're in. I enjoyed the guide. I learned all kinds of things about the academy. Its history and its culture. The tour took us through the LeJeune Hall, which houses Navy aquatics plus the wrestling room. Every Midshipmen has to take classes in wrestling, boxing and judo, though I assume the varsity wrestlers get to test out. That building holds the Navy Athletic Hall of Fame and the two Heismans, won by Joe Bellino in 1958 and Roger Staubach in 1963. We walked through Dahlgren Hall, built as an armory and now used as a multi-purpose building. But still stately-looking. We walked into Bancroft Hall, billed as the largest dormitory in the world. All 4,400 Midshipmen, men and women, live at Bancroft, all four years. It looks like something out of Versailles from the outside and is as regal as one of the Smithsonian building in the U.S. Memorial Hall was closed to the public for renovation, but generally, tourists can walk into the midshipmen-maintained memorial to graduates who have died during military operations. Bancroft Hall serves all the Midshipmen's living requirements. Sleep there. Eat there. Clean clothes there. Purchase necessities there. Few Midshipmen are on campus this time of year, but during the school year, they meet for formation in front of Bancroft, which I'm sure is a sight to behold. Then they march into Bancroft's dining hall and stand at attention while announcements are made. They then take their seats, and within 2 1/2 minutes, all 4,400 Middies are served lunch. We did some quick math and figure it takes 400 civilians to serve a group that large that quickly. The most impressive building on campus at is the Naval Academy Chapel. Its dome is visible throughout Annapolis. The church, which serves both Protestant and Catholic Midshipmen, reminds me of the great Italian structures I saw in Rome. Fabulous architecture. Elaborate stain-glass. Ornate beauty. The chapel was featured on the U.S. postage stamp honoring the Academy's 150th anniversary in 1995. It seats more than 2,000 -- chapel attendance no longer is compelled at Navy, and a Jewish chapel has been built in recent years -- and is popular as a wedding venue for graduates. Midshipmen are not allowed to be married, but they often return for their nuptials -- but only an hour is allowed for the wedding. Which includes guests' arrival and departure. Below the chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones, who died not only before we had a Naval Academy, but before we had a real Navy. Jones, a hero of the Revolutionary War, was a Scotsman who was eager to fight the British. He was a skilled sailor and led a variety of American sea battles, all victorious, against the superior British brigade. Jones died in 1792 and was buried in France, but more than a century later, the Academy campaigned to find his remains and have them brought to Annapolis. Now he's interred below the chapel in a crypt which serves as a mini-museum to Jones and home to opulent casket. STATE HOUSE SUPREME [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/maryland-state-house.jpg]3708480[/img] I've always been interested in state capitols -- both the city and the building. A few years ago, I ranked the appearance of the state houses I've seen. Probably need to update the rankings. Maryland's would rank high. Maryland's state house served as the U.S. capitol for 10 months from 1783-84. It's the oldest state house still in legislative use. It sits high on a steep hill not three blocks from downtown Annapolis, surrounded by vintage streets and businesses. A few modern government buildings stretch out down the street from the capitol, but many others are sprinkled throughout Annapolis' quaint corridors. The state house is grand inside and out. It was there that George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief after the Revolutionary War, serving as the spark that we were not to be a monarchy. And the capitol's simplicity inside is fabulous. After winding up a sidewalk to reach the building atop the hill, you walk up 25 more steps to go in the front door. Security greets you, of course, but after clearing security, you're literally 20 steps from both the Senate chamber and the House chamber, which sit on opposite sides of the lobby. The chambers are tight quarters; the Maryland State Senate has 47 members, the Maryland House of Delegates has 141. And they serve in rooms that don't look large enough to house that many chairs and desks. It's all a very intimate setting. The old Senate chamber was open for viewing, too, on the main floor. It all seemed so much more accessible for visitors and voters than we have in Oklahoma. Of course, accessible after you arrive. Getting to Annapolis and parking is no easy thing. CHESAPEAKE BAY We took a boat ride out into Chesapeake Bay. Forty minutes, $15 each. Not a terrible price. We got to see a view of the Naval Academy you really can't see -- the academy sits at the mouth of the Severn River as it enters into the Bay. We viewed some fantastic houses that back up to the water. And we learned a little more history about the history of Annapolis. But it started raining on us the last half of the excursion, so we went down below deck and couldn't hear quite as well. KENT ISLAND [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fishermans-inn.jpg]3708478[/img] For dinner, we drove over to Kent Island, which is 31 square miles and the largest island in Chesapeake Bay. It's the third-oldest English settlement in American, behind Jamestown and Plymouth. The island has a variety of unincorporated towns, with a total of 16,000 residents in the 2000 census. It's a haven for boaters and vacationers and the affluent. We found a seafood restaurant, Fisherman's Inn, that was very much like Mike's Crab House the night before in Annapolis. We sat outside by the water and had a seafood feast. It wasn't quite as good as Mike's but still enjoyable. I had some more of my new favorite food, crab soup, and a seafood medley of scallops, shrimp, flounder and crabcake. It was rather pricy, $29, but still good and worth it. It's about 18 miles from Annapolis to Kent Island. The only trouble is the Bay Bridge, a four-mile bridge high above Chesapeake Bay. My interest is not high in driving conditions in which I can plunge to my death. But we survived the four-mile bridge. Paid $6 to cross the bridge going, but there's no charge coming back. I guess they want to expedite the process during morning rush hour and make it up on the back end. NAVY-MARINE CORPS STADIUM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-stadium1.jpg]3708476[/img] I’ve always wanted to attend a game at Navy and Army. I’ve campaigned both Joe Castiglione and Mike Holder to get the Sooners and Cowboys to schedule the service academies. Joe C. got a deal done with Army; the Sooners play at West Point in 2020. Holder was interested in the idea, too, but Navy is a little harder to schedule. But at least now I can say I’ve been to the Midshipmen’s field. Navy's historic football stadium is not on campus. It's not far, maybe a mile or so away in Annapolis, but we drove by it as the sun set, and lucky us, the lights were on. A youth lacrosse game had just been played there. So we got out and walked around. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium seats 34,000, though as many as 38,000 have packed in. It hosts the Military Bowl and a professional lacrosse team. I liked it. Reminded me a little of Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium in design. The seats are painted to spell out GO NAVY. And ringing the field are not the names of Navy heroes, but of Naval battles. Normandy. North Africa. Iwo Jima. Okinawa. If that doesn't get everyone's perspective lined up, I don't know what will.
Jun 18, 2015
The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say “It’s a small […]
D.C. travelblog: From a Senator's office to a President's death bed
Berry Tramel | Jun 18, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fords-theater.jpg]3707267[/img] The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say "It's a small world" and why people say D.C. traffic is in the worst in America. I discovered some more gems about the U.S. Capitol. If it sounds like quite a day on our D.C. adventure, believe me. It was. IN EVERY HART THERE IS A ROOM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/tramel-and-lankford.jpg]3707268[/img] I headed to the Capitol complex early Wednesday. Oklahoma senator James Lankford meets with constituents from 9-9:45 a.m. every Wednesday for coffee and informal conversation. Most congressional members try to be available to their electorate, but they're like everyone else. Jam-packed schedules. So Lankford sets up what amounts to office hours for his constituents. The government has three senatorial office buildings just northeast of the Capitol. The Hart Senate Office Building, named for Philip A. Hart, a U.S. senator from Michigan from 1959 until his death in 1976. Hart was known as the "Conscience of the Senate." Too bad he wasn't known as the conscience of architecture. Congress gets a bad rap for its own extravagance, but rest assured, it wasn't opulent in its office buildings. The Hart Building is a fine facility, but it was built in the 1970s and looks it. Nothing at all like the regal government buildings down the hill. Lankford's office is on the third floor -- and he was down in the basement until a few weeks ago. Rookies are banished to the basement, but Lankford, who ranks 92nd in Senate seniority, moved into the main building recently and really hasn't gotten everything in order. He apologized for the giant mirror hanging behind his desk, which he inherited from the previous occupier of the office, whose name will not mentioned to protect the guilty. About 20 Oklahomans gathered to chat with Lankford. A pharmacist from Norman and his family (more on them later). Two ministers (more on them later). Three students in D.C. to compete in the National History Contest, one with her family of four from Broken Arrow plus her teacher and her teacher's mother, two more from Classen with their mothers. A farmers advocate from Hollis. A just-graduated Stillwater High School student and his mother. I think that was it. Lankford's staff, all young, greeted us, then Lankford arrived and could not have been more accommodating. I like several things about Lankford: He's down to Earth. No pretentiousness. He's smart. I assume we have few dilberts in Congress, but Lankford seems exceptionally bright. A good friend of mine is a political reporter who likes Lankford for this reason -- ask him why he voted a certain way on a bill, or what's really going on with the bill, and Lankford actually knows. Doesn't have to ask an aide for a reminder or a briefing. Lankford knows. My friend says it's not the same with our other senator, Jim Inhofe. Lankford is not a career politician. Six years ago, Lankford was running Falls Creek, the Baptist Youth Camp outside Davis, in the Arbuckle Mountains, and had been for more than decade. Now he's a U.S. senator. Mr. Lankford goes to Washington. We need fewer lawyers and fewer career politicians in Congress. Lankford fits the bill. Lankford's wife, Cindy, is in town for the week, because his daughters are at Falls Creek. He said that's a treat, and I'll bet that's right. Lankford told us tries to get home most weekends, but otherwise, he's home only one week out of seven, plus most of August. The Senate session is almost year-round. The congressional members with families usually try to maintain such schedule. Displayed just outside his inner office are five football helmets. Officials from Oklahoma Baptist University brought the first, then Burns Hargis brought an OSU helmet signed by Mike Gundy, and since then OU, Tulsa and UCO have joined the collection. Lankford fielded questions about education and farming and world hunger. Pharmacist Brian Shaw's daughter, who's headed for the fifth grade, asked Lankford the best question -- where does he live while he's in Washington. (Lankford said he lives in a Row House, not far from the Capitol, with eight other congressmen, which sounds insufferable.) I told Lankford I was pleased that his office was next to the office of Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts who graduated high school from Northwest Classen, and I was glad to see the Republicans and Democrats weren't separated in the building. Lankford gave us a quick tutorial on how things move slower in the Senate, by rule, and how members of opposing parties have to work together more than they do in the House. More common ground is needed in D.C., in my opinion. In D.C. and elsewhere. Lankford even told us about a bill he's working on with noted Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. So that's encouraging. The time went fast, and Lankford posed for pictures with each individual group. I thought it was cool. I know Congress has a well-deserved rap, but when you meet someone like Lankford, you get a little more faith in the system, and when you're in D.C., you get a little more pride about the process itself. I left Lankford's office with a little more hope. CAPITOL GAINS [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/senate-chamber.jpg]3707266[/img] Lankford's office offered tours of the Capitol and Senate Gallery passes. The Dish still was in conference, until noon, so I figured I'd tour the Capitol again. See if a Senate intern could get me more places than what the official Capitol tour had. And the answer was yes. Josh Jackson, an OSU student from Coweta and a really nice fellow, took a group of seven of us on the tour. Josh wore a light blue sportcoat; I told him he had no future in Washington, where everyone in politics seems to dress alike (dark suit). Just getting to the Capitol was interesting. We went to the basement of the Hart Building, passed the catacomb offices from which Lankford had just escaped and walked under one of the other Senate office buildings. Then we arrived at the underground tram that zips people back and forth between the office buildings and the capitol. We had gone through security to enter the Hart Building, but they rechecked our electronics -- cell phones, primarily -- and we jumped aboard the small train. At the Capitol, Josh went to get our admission tickets and had to stand in line. The Dish and I didn't stand in line at all on Monday. But while we waited, we visited the Capitol Exhibit Hall, which we had skipped Monday. There were some cool artifacts displayed. Maybe the best were the models of the Capitol through the years, from its original 1800 opening to its burning in 1814 by the British to its reconstruction and additions. Then we headed up, and Josh gave us the same general tour as the regular tour, with some notable exceptions. Josh took us to the Will Rogers statue, which sits on the second floor, connecting the House Chamber to the Rotunda. Remember, every state gets two statues in the Capitol. Oklahoma's are Sequoyah and Will Rogers. The latter was placed in the Capitol in 1939, four years after Rogers' death. Josh told us some cool things about the statue. First, it faces the House Chamber, because Rogers warned never to turn your back on Congress. And for some reason, it's become tradition that rubbing Rogers' shoes bring good luck. Sure enough, Rogers' bronzed feet have turned to gold, as people rub them. Presidents walk down that corridor on their way to the inauguration; Josh said D.C. lore is that six straight presidents have rubbed the feet of Will Rogers. Josh also took us into two fabulous rooms we didn't see on the official tour, although I think we could have gone if we had just known to find them. The Old Supreme Court Chamber was a beautiful, intimate room, restored in 1975 to how it looked from 1810-1860. The Supreme Court moved in 1860 to the former Senate Chamber, and the room was converted into a law library. After the Supreme Court left the Capitol in 1935, the Old Supreme Court Chamber was divided into four rooms and used by the joint committee on atomic energy. We also toured the old Senate Chamber, which was used from 1819-1859 by the Senate, then was home to the Supreme Court from 1860-1935. Beautiful and ornate and much more intimate than the current Senate Chamber. Then the tour was over, but we were free to go to the gallery. That required more security, including turning in your cell phone and all electronics. No photos, no cell phones, no nothing. The Congressional chambers are fairly serious places. So we checked our cell phones, went up an elevator and walked through some halls before again going through security. Then we were ushered into the gallery, what amounts to the balcony. The chamber was mostly empty except for officials at the front, doing whatever they do. We couldn't see every Senate seat, but there couldn't have been more than five senators in the room. When we sat down, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski was talking about immigration, telling success stories about young, illegal immigrants. While she talked, Jim Inhofe came in and sat down by her, and later they had a conversation. Which again, to me, was symbolically encouraging. We need more dialogue between the parties. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, Virginia senator, then started speaking, but we couldn't see him, and I figured I had seen enough to get inspired. So out I went. Down the hall, down the elevator, back to the cell-phone holding room, out the doors and into the sunlight of a free nation. It had been a good day already. FORD'S THEATER It was a little after noon, and the Dish got out of her conference at noon. I texted her before relinquishing my cell phone to the United States Senate, asking if she wanted to grab a cab and meet me at Ford's Theater. We had tickets to tour the shrine at 1:30 p.m. I jumped in a cab myself and we met almost at the same, about 12:15. Too early to enter the theater, so we walked across the street to a deli and got a sandwich. Cosi, is the name of the place. Sort of like a Panera Bread. It was decent and popular. Then we went back to Ford's Theater, which is located a few blocks north of the National Mall, basically in downtown D.C. Ford's Theater sits in the middle of a city block on 10th Street. It was a Baptist church for the first half of the 19th century, but the church sold it, and John Ford turned it into a theater in 1863. It's estimated that the Lincolns attended Ford's Theater a dozen times. We were disappointed to learn that the theater, as is, is not original. After Lincoln's assassination, the government decreed it should no longer be an entertainment venue. It was converted into a warehouse and office building. In 1893, part of the building collapsed, and 22 people died. The site mostly languished until 1955, when Congress approved a study for its renovation. In 1968, Ford's Theater reopened as a performance hall and national historic site. You generally have to purchase tickets in advance, which we did Monday, for timed-entry. You enter and descend into the basement, where there's a Lincoln museum. I've been to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and it's hard to top that. The Ford's Theater museum has some notable displays which kept the Dish interested, but it's best served to history buffs. The Civil War timeline, with Lincoln's many concerns over leadership and generals, is fascinating. I stayed there an hour and felt like I had completed a Civil War history course. The only thing I missed was a good-sized exhibit on the conspirators, John Wilkes Booth and Co. But they have hourly presentations in the theater itself, and it was time to go. So went ascended back into the theater, and people filled up most of the 661 seats in the place while a U.S. Parks ranger took the stage and told the story of the theater and the night of Lincoln's murder. Even though the theater is a complete restoration, it was quite eerie to be sitting in a seat, looking at the private box where the Lincolns sat 150 years ago, and the stage where Booth leaped to and suffered a broken leg after firing the fatal shot. After the presentation, you walk across the street and get in line to enter the Petersen House, which is where Lincoln was taken after the shot and where he died. The Petersen House is part of the historical site, and you tour three rooms recreated to look like the night of April 14, 1865. The front parlor is where Mary Todd Lincoln sat much of the night. The adjoining room is where Washington police superintendent Almarin Cooley Richards interviewed witnesses and ordered the arrest of Booth. And then you walk through the bedroom where Lincoln died. The original bed long ago was bought by a collector and now is in the Chicago History Museum. But the blood-stained pillow remains with the Petersen House. Upstairs are more Lincoln exhibits, including the stories of the chase for Booth and his conspirators, their capture, arrest, trial and execution. There is much information about Lincoln's family, which was fascinating and much-cursed. Two Lincoln children died young. Robert Todd Lincoln became a prominent American, serving a variety of presidential administrations. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the White House when his father was shot and rushed to the Petersen House. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Sixth Street Train Station in D.C., serving as Secretary of War, and was an eyewitness when President James Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881. And at President William McKinley's invitation, Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo on Sept. 6, 1901, when McKinley was shot and killed by Leon Czolgosz, though Lincoln did not witness the killing. I think most Americans have a general understanding of Abraham Lincoln's status in history. A rather unassuming political figure who was thrust into the darkest days our nation has seen. And he handled it with uncommon wisdom that cost him his life. You'll appreciate Lincoln even more when you walk the site where he was shot and where he died. IT'S A SMALL WORLD Back to Lankford's office. Twenty or so Oklahomans gathered. Out of how many? Four million. And I had connections to two of them. The pharmacist I mentioned? Brian Shaw and his lovely family. Turns out Brian is a pharmacist at the Walgreen's in Norman, at Main and Flood. That's our Walgreen's. That's where we get our prescriptions filled. I went on the tour with the Shaws and they were a delight. The ministers I mentioned? One of them was the Rev. Lori Walke, associate pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church. She was in town for a world hunger conference. You might remember her as Lori Allen, who played basketball at OSU a few years ago. She was recruited by Dick Halterman and she played for Julie Goodenough and Kurt Budke. Lori mentioned to me that I included her a few years ago in our annual Father's Day tribute and that it remains a great memory for their family. And a few hours later, the Dish and I sat down in Ford's Theater for the ranger's presentation, and sitting right behind us was a woman who introduced herself as Robyn Turney, the mother of Tasha Diesselhorst, the Pond Creek-Hunter girls basketball coach who I wrote about during the 2014 state tournament. Think about it. I'm 1,500 miles from, and within a few hours, totally random, I meet someone I wrote about a few years ago, the mother of someone I wrote about last year and my pharmacist. Amazing. Robyn Turney, whose husband Randy is a long-time coach himself, is in town as part of the Oklahoma Youth Tour, sponsored by the National Rural Electric Co-Op Association. That's the group I've seen around town. They were at the airport when we flew out Saturday, they were at the FDR Memorial when we strolled through on Saturday evening, they were at the Museum of American History on Sunday and they were at Ford's Theater on Wednesday. If you didn't know any better, you'd think somebody was following somebody. TRAFFIC? WHAT TRAFFIC I've been saying all week that the horror stories of D.C. traffic are overrated. I haven't seen much of it. I got into a cab at 8:10 a.m. Monday, wondering if I'd be able to get across town to Lankford's office by 9. I was in front of the building at 8:35. I found taxis easily and found them able to navigate. When we left the Petersen House, we needed to take a cab to Reagan National Airport to rent a car, and when a couple of cabs passed us, an unmarked cab stopped. Guy said he had his own service and would give us a ride: $15 to Reagan. We jumped in and he was great. Told us more stuff than any taxi driver had. Got us there quickly, even though it was rush hour. We rented a car and set out for our hotel, to pick up our luggage. I thought it might take an hour, since it was right at 5 p.m. Rush hour. Took us 10 minutes to go the 31/2 miles. Nothing at all. But then we found it. To get to Annapolis, you have to cross D.C. And getting through downtown was bad. Probably took us 25 minutes on L Street, which becomes Massachusetts Avenue, which becomes New York Avenue, which becomes Highway 50. And after we got out of downtown, the traffic worsened. We went two miles in about 50 minutes. I had no deadline, so I didn't get stressed, and I didn't know how else to go anyway. But it was brutal. Finally, we got to the freeway of Highway 50, and it opened up quickly. It's only 30 miles from D.C. to Annapolis. It took 100 minutes, and we made the last 18 miles in about 18 minutes. But I now know what people mean. ARLINGTON NATIONAL One thing we hadn't seen was Arlington National Cemetery, and the Dish really wanted to see it. After getting our rental car at Reagan, en route back to the Melrose Hotel, the GPS told us to go a certain way. Including pulling off the Jefferson Davis Highway, which seemed dubious to me. Seemed like the Jeff was going to take us right where we needed to go. But I dutifully turned off, onto Iwo Jima Boulevard in Arlington, Va., and suddenly, there was Arlington National. It wasn't the main entrance. But we were driving alongside the stone wall that surrounds the cemetery. We saw a turn-in, where we could park and walk in, and the Dish took a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous, serene place. The setting is idyllic. We didn't see any of the famous graves, like the Kennedys'. But Arlington National isn't about fame. It's about service. And the white headstones, row after row, remind you of the ultimate price some have paid for our freedom. DINNER ON THE SOUTH RIVER [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/mikes-seafood.jpg]3707269[/img] We're spending two nights in Annapolis, because we've always wanted to see the Naval Academy and the beautiful setting of the Maryland capital. It was 7 p.m. when we got checked in at the Residence Inn, and we were hungry, so our Annapolis exploration will have to wait. But dinner didn't wait. We found a place called Mike's Crab House, which sits hard by the South River, and it was the best meal I've had in months. You can sit outside, by the water, and so we did. I don't like pretentious restaurants, and this wasn't. You can always tell a good seafood joint by the availability of combination dinners. I don't mind paying a lot of money for a lot of seafood. I just don't like paying a lot of money for a little seafood. For instance, at Clyde's the other night in D.C., my dinner was $26 for two good-sized crabcakes and some kind of green bean dish. At Mike's on Wednesday night, my dinner was $28 for a good-sized crab cake, some scallops, several good-sized shrimp and a big piece of grouper, plus a baked potato and salad bar. Even better, I got the Dish's crab soup, because she didn't care for it. Might have been the best soup I've ever had. Thick. I like thick soup. The weather was pristine, about 74 degrees, sitting on the water in the home of our nation's Navy, and the food was fantastic and I got to share it with the Dish, my favorite person in the whole world. I haven't had many better meals in my life. Truth is, this whole day was hard to beat.
Jun 16, 2015
Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything,...
Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions
By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Jun 16, 2015Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports Scholar Athlete Awards luncheon. Afterward, he spoke of how the team welcomed both players back. He said both have been impressive in workouts and he was particularly happy to see Shannon back with the team. “I love Frank Shannon, man,” Darlington said. “We missed him last year and I think the whole team — just beyond as a player, but as a person — we’re happy to have him back. He’s a brother and he’s family. We got to welcome one back in that wasn’t able to be with us for a year.” Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment in January 2014. He was never charged criminally, but was suspended for one year after a university Title IX investigation. Mixon was involved in an altercation with a female OU student that turned violent and ended with Mixon punching her and breaking multiple bones in her face in July 2014. He was suspended for the entire season. MORE AWARDS TO COME FOR OSU'S RUDOLPH? As Mason Rudolph took his place in a line of award recipients at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, he and Bedlam football rival Darlington gave each other a slight head nod and a smile. Darlington, a decorated OU senior offensive lineman, is going into his last season with the Sooners, but Rudolph is just beginning what appears to be a budding career with Oklahoma State. While he's been touted as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate entering this season, Rudolph received the first true hardware of his OSU career at the 31st Annual All-Sports Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon. The 6-foot-4 quarterback was named one of 10 state school players honored as College Players of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award highlights student athletes who "have excelled on the playing field, in their classrooms and in their communities." "I'm only a rising sophomore, so I haven't really done a lot to receive a whole lot," Rudolph said. "I'm very honored. Obviously, it's an incredible award and, like you mentioned, Ty (Darlington) he's a great guy. I've gotten to know him pretty well. It's a great group of guys seems like, and an overall great afternoon." Based on the end of his season with OSU, leading the Cowboys to consecutive wins in Bedlam against OU and in the Cactus Bowl against Washington, there's more hardware in the future for Rudolph. "I think the whole team has done a great job of really getting after it this offseason," Rudolph said. "Winter program went great, spring practice went great. We're fired up and looking forward to bigger things this fall." Along with Rudolph and Darlington, the following state school players were honored as their school's recipient of the College Player of the Year award: Landon Chappell, University of Central Oklahoma; Chace Green, Langston University; Tanner Hallford, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; William House, Southern Nazarene University; Justin Schanbacher, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Garrett Stafford, University of Tulsa; Ty Watkins, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College; Cole Weber, East Central University. MCGINNIS MEETS SWITZER FOR FIRST TIME Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis had a chance to meet legendary coach Barry Switzer and was surprised to learn Switzer remembered him from a high school game two years ago. “That was really cool,” McGinnis said. “He said a few really nice things about me. I guess he came to watch one of our games — the Casady game two years ago. “Just the fact that he came and he took his time to come out and watch one of our games and to remember me two years later that means a lot.” McGinnis is a 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback who is walking on for the Sooners. He was honored at the luncheon as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year and also a runner-up in The Oklahoman’s Bob Colon Scholarships. After leading Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state championship last season, some questions remained as to whether he would play quarterback, receiver or defensive back in college. He’s working to address those issues by cleaning up his throwing motion. “Going to the college level everything is much quicker, so making my release quick enough for the college level,” McGinnis said. JIM THORPE WINNERS HONORED The annual Jim Thorpe Player of the Year Award winners were honored at the banquet. Winners include Edmond Memorial’s Colin Simpson (baseball); Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann (girls basketball) and Owasso’s Shake Milton (boys basketball); Henryetta’s Daisy VanMeter (girls cross country) and Norman North’s Ben Barrett (boys cross country); Jenks’ Mackenzie Medders (girls golf) and Edmond North’s Tyson Reeder (boys golf); Jenks’ Marlo Zoller (girls soccer) and Heritage Hall’s Garrett McLaughlin (boys soccer); Edmond North’s Ally Robertson (girls swimming) and Norman North’s Justin Wu (boys swimming); Southmoore’s Jordan Henry (girls tennis) and Mount St. Mary’s Blake Crawford (boys tennis); Vinita’s Carsyn Spurgeon (girls track) and Westmoore’s Calvin Miller (boys track); Elgin’s Jentry Holt (volleyball); and Stillwater’s Joe Smith (wrestling).
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Shannon Fagan of the Cherokee County Herald received the Alabama Sports Writers Association's highest writing award.Fagan was presented with the award and two others Sunday night at the group's 44th annual convention.The Herby Kirby Award is given in memory of longtime Birmingham Post-Herald sports writer Herby Kirby, who died in the press box after covering Notre Dame's...
Cherokee County's Fagan wins top ASWA writing award
Associated Press | Jun 14, 2015MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Shannon Fagan of the Cherokee County Herald received the Alabama Sports Writers Association's highest writing award. Fagan was presented with the award and two others Sunday night at the group's 44th annual convention. The Herby Kirby Award is given in memory of longtime Birmingham Post-Herald sports writer Herby Kirby, who died in the press box after covering Notre Dame's 24-23 national football championship win over Alabama in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. The Tuscaloosa News took home a convention-high eight awards. Three journalists won two awards apiece, including Tom Green of the Opelika-Auburn News and Tommy Deas and Cecil Hurt, both of The Tuscaloosa News. The other winners included Rob Ketcham of the Cullman Times, Tony Tsoukalas and Robert DeWitt of The Tuscaloosa News and Christopher Walsh of Saturday Down South. A list of the award winners honored Sunday in Mobile: Best Sports Story, Writing On A Deadline, Professional Or College Event Co-Runners Up: Teddy Couch, The Gadsden Times, JSU Tops Eastern Illinois to clinch DVC title; Christopher Walsh, Saturday Down South, Crimson Tide will remember 2014 SEC title as truly something special Winner: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Longtime University of Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson retires Best Sports Story, Writing On A Deadline, Prep Or Other Amateur Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Hale County girls basketball team playing after the death of a teammate Winner: Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News, Rashaan Evans signs with Alabama Best Column, Four Columns Any time Of The Year Runner Up: Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News Winner: Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News. Best Football Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: James Crepea, Montgomery Advertiser, Chris Davis Jr. journey to the NFL far longer than 109 yards Winner: Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News, David Eastridge battles back from car accident, coma Best Basketball Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Former University of Alabama basketball player is reunited with his SEC Championship ring four decades after losing it Winner: Rob Ketcham, The Cullman Times, Good Hope's Cofer shakes off visual impairment, blazes trail to scoring milestone, Eli Thomas Award Best Baseball Feature Without A Deadline Co-Runners Up: Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser, Outfielder Ty Morrison endures the same surgery and rehab that derailed his brother's Olympic decathlon hopes; D.C. Reeves, The Tuscaloosa News, Feature on heckling fans in right field at University of Alabama baseball games Winner: Tony Tsoukalas, The Tuscaloosa News, Feature on Tim Anderson, who went from high school kid with one junior college scholarship offer to first-round draft pick Best Outdoors Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Kim Craft, The Gadsden Times, Tharp leads Bassmaster Classic while Carden passes Alabama anglers Winner: Robert DeWitt, The Tuscaloosa News, Red Snapper Best General Sports Feature Without A Deadline Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, Death of University of Alabama swimmer John Servati Winner: Cecil Hurt and Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News, University of Alabama reverses decision and reaches out to NCAA to support immediate eligibility of transfer women's basketball player after she alleges Title IX violations Best Enterprise Story Runner Up: Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News, Auburn's athletic budget grows to $100 million-plus Winner: Christopher Walsh, Saturday Down South, Reclaiming the crown; How Alabama can get back to the apex of college football Best Story or Series Writing, Column - Non Daily Runner Up: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, -"Just one of the guys" Sophomore Kaitlyn Rogers kicking for Spring Garden this season Winner: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "A Starr at Cinderella's Ball" Centre native receives "No Excuses" award in Washington Best Story or Series Writing, Non Daily, Game Story Runner Up: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "Drought ended" Spring Garden rallies, hold on to defeat Cedar Bluff, 21-20 Winner: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "Ready for Round 3" Cedar Bluff survives shootout against Hackleburg, 56-48 Best Headlines Runner Up: Michael Wetzel, The Decatur Daily Winner: Staff, The Tuscaloosa News Best Sports Layout Runner Up: Michael Wetzel, The Decatur Daily Winner: The Tuscaloosa News Best Supplement or Special Edition: Runner Up: The Gadsden Times, Kickoff with The Times Winner: The Tuscaloosa News, Reboot, Alabama makes fresh start for the playoff era Herby Kirby Memorial Award Best Story From All Categories Above Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, "A Starr at Cinderella's Ball" Centre native receives "No Excuses" award in Washington
Jun 14, 2015
We flew low over the Potomac River and onto the runway at Reagan National. The last time I was in Washington, D.C. (April 1981), Air Florida flight 90 had yet to crash into the Potomac. That would be nine months later. The last time I was in D.C., its close-by airport was called Washington National. […]
D.C. travelblog: A sobering day at the Memorials
Berry Tramel | Jun 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/korean-memorial.jpg]3702689[/img] We flew low over the Potomac River and onto the runway at Reagan National. The last time I was in Washington, D.C. (April 1981), Air Florida flight 90 had yet to crash into the Potomac. That would be nine months later. The last time I was in D.C., its close-by airport was called Washington National. Ronald Reagan had been in office less than three months. But now we were back, the Dish and I. She has a fund-raising conference this week, and I tagged along. I figure an American ought to see his capital every 30 years or so. I came through D.C. when I was 15, 1976, and spent a day. Then another day in 1981, just after my brother's Virginia wedding. Now I've got several days, with the perspective of half a century on Earth, to take in our seat of government. I had a friend who once joked that he thought a career as a schoolteacher would be tremendous, except for all those kids he'd have to deal with. D.C.'s a little like that. If it wasn't for the politicians, what a heck of a place Washington would be. So it's good in D.C. to try to focus on the government, and not the politics. Government gets a bad rap. Politics don't. Politics deserves its sewer-rat status. But government doesn't. Government has helped us produce a fabulous nation. You realize that walking the streets and the sights of D.C. We're staying at the Melrose Hotel, on the edge of Georgetown in northwest D.C. It's a good-sized room. The desk is built into a little enclave. Above the desk, on the wall, is not a picture or a window. It's a giant script, proclaiming, "We the People," continued in smaller type by remnants of the Constitution. I'm a little like Annie when she goes to spend Christmas at Daddy Warbucks' house. I think I'm gonna like it here. MEMORIAL ROW [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/washington-monument.jpg]3702692[/img] We had a 7:05 a.m. flight out of OKC on Saturday, which meant waking up at 5 a.m., and we didn't get to sleep very early Friday night, so we were running on empty when we got to our hotel about 4 p.m. Eastern time. Still, that's almost five hours of daylight. So our gameplan was this. Try to knock out the western side of the National Mall, which is a national park, rectangular in shape, that stretches from the U.S. Capitol on the east to the Lincoln Memorial on the west. It's 1.9 miles long, east-to-west, and varies north-to-south. Think Central Park, only with historical monuments. We figured we'd be walking a ton, so we took a cab to the Mall, which is about two miles from our hotel. We drove by George Washington University, which sounds cool but which has a setting a little too urban for my taste, and the State Department, which is a massive compound without much character (no political jokes here). The cabbie let us out on the north side of the park. And our stroll was tremendous. ‘* We entered the Vietnam Veterans Memorial without even knowing it. I guess we entered from the wrong side, though I don't know why it matters. You've heard all about the Wall. But the Vietnam Memorial is not something adequately experienced in print or video. The names are on two gabbro walls -- gabbro is a reflective rock -- each 246 feet, 9 inches in length. They are placed L-shaped and sunk into the ground, so you enter from either side and begin walking at a downward angle. The rock walls are just eight inches in height at the top, which means we didn't even know we were walking past them. Eventually, we figured it out, and at the bottom, the walls are over 10 feet tall. It's a sobering experience to walk past the walls. As of last year, there were 58,300 names listed. We went through six memorials Saturday; the Vietnam was easily the most reverent. It's the names, of course. Individual names personalize a war. At each end of the memorial are books, protected from the elements but accessible to the public, to look up a particular name. Fortunately, I couldn't recall a family member or friend who had been killed in Vietnam. I found the name of Bob Kalsu, the former OU star. I thought of Del City's football stadium, named for Kalsu, and the first time I saw it and wondered who Bob Kalsu was. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/lincoln-memorial.jpg]3702693[/img] * The Lincoln Memorial stands majestically to the south of the Vietnam Memorial. We didn't get to the west of the Mall during either of my previous two trips to D.C., so I was looking forward to the Lincoln Memorial. I've always remembered the Gomer Pyle episode, when Gomer is supposed to sing at some big function in D.C., and Sgt. Carter has him signing some goober song, but a commander suggests "Impossible Dream" instead. Then Gomer finds out he's singing for the Vice President loses his voice because he's nervous. Gomer trudges off in shame and finds himself at the Lincoln Memorial, where a National Parks Service guard tells him that Abe Lincoln never lost his serve. Gomer starts reciting the Gettysburg Address, which is in huge type on the east wall of the Memorial, and gets his voice back. It's not completely kooky. I can think of few things more inspirational than reciting the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial. I did it myself, in my head, Saturday. What a speech. On the west wall is Lincoln's second inaugural address. And the massive sculpture, with Lincoln sitting in a chair, is fantastic. The Lincoln Memorial is a Roman-style monument that sits 55 steps above the ground, overlooking the Mall. Lincoln himself is looking out over the Mall, in the direction of the Washington Monument. It's a glorious setting. As we descended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we noticed a singing group standing at the bottom, not far from the long reflecting pool (2,029 feet by 167) that stretches toward the Washington Monument. We went down and listened. I have no idea who they were; about 20 people dressed in blue shirts, most of them older but a few young people, singing "Shall We Gather at the River." * The Korean War Veterans Memorial was next. Full confession. Until Friday, I didn't know we had a Korean War Memorial. And it was the best surprise of the day. The Korean memorial includes a 164-foot-long granite wall, that contains more than 2,500 photographic images sandblasted, representing the land, sea and air troops who served. The main memorial is in the shape of a triangle, in which are 19 stainless steel statues, each over seven feet tall. They represent a squad on patrol. The entire memorial is gorgeous. It contains a short wall listing the nations that participated in the war. Inscriptions list the numbers killed, wounded, missing in action and captured. A plaque proclaims: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met." I wondered how the people of South Korea felt about Americans today. South Vietnam fell. South Korea didn't. South Korea is a thriving nation. North Korea is, well, North Korea. Then I got my answer. At the top of the triangle with the 19 soldier statues, sits a wreath, with these words: "We remember you forever. With people of the Republic of Korea. Presented by: Class of 1963, College of Commerce, Seoul Nation University." My father-in-law served in Korea. I wish he could have seen this. He died in 1995, the same year the memorial opened. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/mlk-stone1.jpg]3702691[/img] * I've been to the Civil Rights Museums in Memphis and Montgomery, Ala., which in many ways are tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and I've been to the MLK museum in Atlanta. So no reason to skip the MLK Memorial in D.C. The D.C. Memorials are more tributes than museum. They're not designed to tell the whole story. But the MLK Memorial, and the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, come close. Both Memorials are across Independence Avenue, toward the Potomac River, which means they're outside the Mall. They sit on the Tidal Basin, the partially man-made reservoir between the river and the Washington Channel. It's a beautiful setting; it's the focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. To enter MLK's Memorial, you walk through huge stones. Almost Egyptian in feel, and see back of the MLK monument, made out of the same stone. On one side is the inscription, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." MLK's likeness then looks out over the Tidal Basin. Almost Egyptian in feel, and see back of the MLK monument, made out of the same stone. On one side is the inscription, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." MLK's likeness then looks out over the Tidal Basin. The memorial, which didn't open until 2011, contains rock walls, also looking out onto the water, with 14 famous MLK quotations. Like this, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." * You walk maybe an eighth of the way around the basin to get to the FDR Memorial, which opened in 1997. It's spread over 71/2 across of rock formations and contains four sequences, each representing an FDR term in office. Sculptures include FDR with his dog, iconic Great Depression scenes such as men waiting in a bread line and a citizen listening to a fireside chat, and Eleanor Roosevelt standing before the United Nations emblem. FDR quotes are inscripted upon the rocks. The most famous, of course, is "There is nothing to fear but fear itself." I heard a young woman in her 20s say, "Hey, I like that." Yep, it might have some staying power. * The Jefferson Memorial is on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin, which is 107 acres of water. So it's a nice walk. The Jefferson Memorial is not as famous as the Lincoln Memorial but is very similar. Roman-style columns, massive steps, covered but open-air sculpture. Jefferson is standing, not sitting, but same as Lincoln, some of his famous pronouncements are displayed on the sides of the memorial. Most historians agree that Jefferson was the smartest of our presidents. Maybe the smartest of our Americans. I had a history professor once say that the Theory of Evolution takes a hit when you compare modern presidents to Thomas Jefferson, who maybe wasn't the Father of our Country but was the Father of How We Think, as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. By this time, we were pretty gassed. The Dish has one of those Fitbit things, and she was in the 18,000-step range (she would finish with 22,000-plus), so we decided to start planning for dinner. We continued to circle the Basin, back towards the Washington Monument, and near the Monument we hailed a cab. Our tour for the day was over. Lots more still to see, but unlike my previous trips to D.C., this time, I've got time to see them. COLD OR HOT Here's the problem when you travel in summer. It's hot outside. It's cold everywhere you go inside. Our Southwest flight from OKC to Atlanta was freezing. I wore a sportscoat for that very reason, and because that's how I keep track of everything, with interior pockets. But the Dish had my coat before we hit cruising speed. At dinner Saturday night, a famous D.C. place called Clyde's, the temperature had to be 66. It was freezing. But it wasn't freezing in our hotel room. The Melrose is an elegant hotel, seems to have all the amenities, but our room was hot when we checked in. I turned on the fan, thought maybe that was it, and when we returned Saturday night, it was no better. So I called the front desk, and about 20 minutes later they sent up an engineer. He found the problem in about 10 minutes. Some valve something or other. So it cooled off. But the Melrose isn't in the business of prompt service. They don't have ice you can retrieve yourself. You have to call for it. This isn't a resort. I don't mind getting my own ice. But you have to call for it. The Dish doesn't function without ice water at night, so I called for it. And 15 minutes later, it hadn't come. So I went down and made them hand it over. Some things done in the name of service are the exact opposite. The flights were mostly uneventful. The Atlanta airport, Hartsfield, is massive, of course, and they've got great dining options. Chick-fil-A is headquartered in Atlanta. So is Coca-Cola. Both had big airport presence. Varsity, a longtime Georgia institution, was there, too. I ate at one in Athens. The Dish got a good window seat for the flight to D.C., in front of the wing, but you have to be careful. You don't really want to watch baggage-handlers. Sort of like watching people make your food. You might be better off ignorant. It was nice to see them load both of our bags, but they were treated with all the delicacy of potting soil. GEORGETOWN I assume we'll start using the Metrorail, but it was all taxis Saturday. Reagan National sits on the south side of the Potomac, in Arlington County, Va., but literally on the banks of the river. So it's an easy jaunt over to the bridge that takes you right by the Lincoln Memorial. The cab ride from the airport to our hotel was $19. The cab ride from the hotel to the Mall was $6.22. The ride from the Washington Monument to Georgetown was $13, a lot of it caused by traffic. Traffic is bad in Georgetown. Georgetown is the neighborhood with the university of the same name, but it's also the trendy area of D.C., with great shopping, dining and housing. We had lunch at the Atlanta airport -- shared a cheesesteak at Charley's Cheesesteak, which was good -- but were hungry by 8 p.m. So we went to Clyde's, which has several locations in the D.C. area. It's sort of an old-saloon atmosphere. Quaint and lively, I'd say. We sat in the corner, literally in the corner, in rounded booth-like seats. The Dish had pasta carbonara; I had a Thai seafood stew. The carbonara was good, though it had bacon and I prefer chicken. My stew was good; really wasn't much of a stew. More just a collection of seafood, with rice, but it was excellent. The prices weren't too bad; mine was $19, I think, and the Dish's was $17. I'd go back. Then we got a piece of chocolate next door at Godiva and walked back to the hotel, ready to conk out and get rested for another day of adventure in our nation's capital.
Jun 9, 2015
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph could be the next Brandon Weeden or the next West Lunt. Time will tell.
Is OSU's Mason Rudolph the next Brandon Weeden or the next Wes Lunt?
By BERRY TRAMEL | Jun 9, 2015STILLWATER — Optimism abounds over OSU football 2015, much of it rooted in Master Mason Rudolph. Hero of the Cactus Bowl. Bedlam victor. Patron Saint of Lost Causes after his first college start, in Waco. Can’t really blame anyone in the stands, on the field or in the pressbox for such euphoria. Rudolph, as a true freshman, looked like the real deal against good competition. But is it’s too early to tell if Rudolph will be the next Brandon Weeden or if he’ll be the next Wes Lunt. Either seems possible, since Rudolph still is one month shy of his 20th birthday and has taken all of 205 college snaps. “He’s only played in three games,” Mike Gundy said. But even Gundy acknowledges it was quite the three games. A put-up-a-fight defeat at Baylor. A stirring win in Norman. A commanding performance against Washington out in the bowl game. Without so much as an inkling that he might play until a few days before going to Waco, Rudolph was impressive. Stunningly impressive. “I don’t know if stunned’s the right word,” offensive tackle Zach Crabtree said. “I kind of thought, ‘He’s a heck of a player. He’s made a lot of plays.’” Most analysis of a raw quarterback’s future is dicey. But OSU is in an interesting place: 2 1/2 seasons before Rudolph took the reins, another true freshman QB did the same. The situations of Lunt and Rudolph weren’t exact. Lunt was proclaimed the starter in April 2012, right after spring practice and before his high school class had staged its graduation, and thus went through an entire off-season as the anointed leader. Rudolph’s rise to the top was sudden, after Daxx Garman’s concussion suffered against Texas. And the OSU offenses of 2012 and 2014 weren’t congruent. The 2012 Cowboys were rebuilding to some degree. The 2014 Cowboys were wiped out, particularly on the offensive line. Lunt had Joe Randle at tailback; Rudolph most certainly did not. Still, enough similarities exist to create a solid comparison. Discounting the Savannah State opener, a non-competitive game if ever there was one, Lunt made three starts before losing his job to injury and eventually transferring. Lunt in those three games played competition similar to Rudolph’s trio. Lunt lost at Arizona 59-38, beat TCU 36-14 in Stillwater and lost 44-30 at Kansas State. A Big 12 champ in KSU (just like Rudolph faced at Baylor) and two other bowl teams. One notable difference, of course, was the stage. Rudolph, who has yet to take a snap in a home game, held up in an arch-rival game like Bedlam. How did they fare? Rudolph actually has better numbers, with much less preparation time. Rudolph, for all intents and purposes, was the No. 3 quarterback last August, then still got limited practice time backing up Garman. Yet in those three games, Rudolph’s numbers were 57 percent completions, 284.3 yards per game, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Lunt in his three games had 58.4 percent completions, 314.7 yards per game, six TDs and seven interceptions. One Cowboy receiver was around for both freshman debuts. David Glidden, who will be a senior in 2015, played on both the ’12 and ’14 Cowboy teams. Glidden’s assessment: “Quite a few similarities. Both big guys. Pretty composed. For being so young and put in those situations, they both kept their cool and stayed pretty composed overall. That to me was one of the biggest similarities. Very impressive to see out of a young guy. Both real level-headed kids. “They both got a little style to ‘em. Wes is probably little more of a true pocket passer. Mase has that about him, but I think he likes to get out and make plays on his own and show he can move around a little bit. He’s not afraid to get out of the pocket, run for a first down, break a tackle. Whatever it may be.” Lunt transferred to Illinois in 2013, after growing discouraged with the quarterback situation and his relationship with Gundy. Last season, Lunt played reasonably well as a third-year sophomore with the Illini; 14 touchdown passes, three interceptions, 63.5 percent completions. He was injured again, but there’s reason to believe he will be a good Big Ten quarterback. Lunt was not the Cowboys’ next Weeden, and I don’t think he’ll be to Illinois what Weeden was to OSU. All-Big 12. First-round draft pick. Quarterback of the 2011 Cowboys conference championship team. Will Rudolph? Too early to tell. But it looks quite promising. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. 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.
Jun 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school.Jolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her last month about Hastert, who was charged last week in a federal indictment alleging that...
Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Dennis Hastert
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Jun 5, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — A Montana woman says her brother was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school. Jolene Burdge of Billings, Montana, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the FBI interviewed her last month about Hastert, who was charged last week in a federal indictment alleging that he agreed in 2010 to pay $3.5 million to someone so that person would stay quiet about "prior misconduct." Fifteen years before Hastert allegedly promised to pay that money, Burdge's brother died. But years before his death, his sister said, he told her that his first homosexual contact was with Hastert and that it lasted throughout his high school years. Stephen Reinboldt attended Yorkville High School, where Hastert was a history teacher and coach from 1965 to 1981. In an interview aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Burdge said Hastert had been a father figure to her brother but also caused him irreparable harm. "He damaged Steve, I think, more than any of us will ever know," she told the TV show. The AP could not independently verify her allegations. A friend and former classmate of Reinboldt's said Reinboldt told him in 1974, during college, that he'd had a sexual relationship with Hastert in high school. That friend spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity so as not to betray a personal confidence. A person familiar with the allegations in the indictment has told the AP that the payments mentioned in the document were intended to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Hastert has not been charged with sexual abuse. But Burdge's story indicates there could be more victims beyond the "Individual A" named in the indictment. The former congressman has not appeared in public or addressed any of the allegations since he was indicted. He did not respond to a message left on his cellphone Friday. Emails and phone messages sent to his son, Ethan Hastert, also went unanswered. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on Burdge's allegations. Reinboldt died in Los Angeles in 1995 at age 42. Burdge told ABC that he died of AIDS. An obituary published in The (Aurora) Beacon News said Reinboldt had "a unique and fascinating mind" and was drawn to the arts, especially film, drama and music. He was a manager of the wrestling team that Hastert coached, the AP found. He was also manager of the football team, student council president and a member of the pep club, letterman's club, the French club and the yearbook staff. Reinboldt graduated in 1971 and later moved to the Los Angeles area, where he worked for Columbia Pictures in sales and distribution. He also worked for several software companies. "He wanted to be in TV and film and all that," his brother, Daniel Reinboldt, told the AP on Thursday. "He went to New York and L.A., back and forth, trying to get into the movie business." On Thursday, Daniel Reinboldt, who still lives in Yorkville, refused to talk to the AP about whether his brother was abused by Hastert. Another sister, Carol Reinboldt, of Lakewood, Colorado, did not respond to messages. Burdge said her brother told her about his past with Hastert in 1979, after she graduated high school, but never brought his story out into the open because he feared "nobody would believe him." "He never had a life," she said. "He spent his life trying to run away from it and trying to dull the pain." The federal indictment, announced May 28, accuses Hastert of evading bank regulations by withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in smaller increments and lying to the FBI about the reason for the withdrawals. The document says Hastert agreed to pay someone identified only as "Individual A" to "compensate for and conceal (Hastert's) prior misconduct" against that person. But it does not go into any detail about the alleged misconduct. Hastert, who has a home in the Chicago suburb of Plano, resigned from the Washington lobbying firm where he worked. Burdge said she considered telling her brother's story in 2006, as a scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley unfolded. Foley, a Florida Republican, was discovered sending inappropriate emails and sexually explicit instant messages to former House pages while Hastert was speaker. Burdge spoke briefly with news outlets, including the AP, but she ultimately decided against coming forward with a statement at that time. Hastert was later criticized for failing to follow up on warnings about Foley's conduct. He stepped down in 2007 after Republicans lost control of the House. In the last six months, Burdge said, she had started to put her brother's story "on the shelf" trying to move past it. Then the FBI visited her home. Today, she said, she is hopeful that any other victims come forward. "We can help each other," Burdge said. ___ Associated Press writers Tammy Webber in Chicago; Michael Kunzelman and Kerry Lester in Yorkville, Illinois; and Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to spell the alleged victim's name as Reinboldt, not Reinbolt.
So what if seemingly everyone with a reporter’s notebook and Twitter handle says it’s a done deal.Until the official word comes that Fred Hoiberg has become the Bulls coach, Iowa State alum and Hoiberg friend Dickson Jensen says: “There’s always hope. I would love to see Fred stay.”Everyone in Ames would.“He’s an icon around here,” said Tracy Drury, general manager of Hickory Park, a restaurant...
Iowa hometown reveres Fred Hoiberg as a ‘genuine’ icon
By Teddy Greenstein, Associated Press | Jun 1, 2015So what if seemingly everyone with a reporter’s notebook and Twitter handle says it’s a done deal. Until the official word comes that Fred Hoiberg has become the Bulls coach, Iowa State alum and Hoiberg friend Dickson Jensen says: “There’s always hope. I would love to see Fred stay.” Everyone in Ames would. “He’s an icon around here,” said Tracy Drury, general manager of Hickory Park, a restaurant that has served Cyclones fans in 1970. To begin to understand Hoiberg’s popularity, consider that he was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball and led Ames High School to the 1991 state title by averaging 38.1 points in six tournament games. (As a quarterback, he also was named the state’s top football player by Gatorade.) He and wife Carol both attended Iowa State, where teammates dubbed him “The Mayor” during a career in which he played in three NCAA Tournaments, scored 1,993 points (third in school history), hit 34 consecutive free throws and earned a finance degree as a first-team Academic All-American. “He grew up here, was a ballboy at Iowa State, played for (coach) Johnny Orr,” said Marty Tirrell, who co-hosts an afternoon drive CBS Sports Radio show that originates from Des Moines. “I think part of the Cyclone fan base is in denial thinking: There’s no way he is going to leave.” He’d be leaving a lot. Hoiberg has built a remarkable program since taking over in April of 2010, guiding the school to its first stretch of four straight NCAA Tournament berths. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman put Iowa State at No. 4 in his 2015 preseason rankings, higher than Duke and Kentucky. If that were not enough, he’s young (42), handsome (think Robert Redford in “All the President’s Men”) and a father of four who has remained approachable. “He’s a down-to-earth guy,” said Jensen, a 25-year season-ticket holder at Hilton Coliseum. “There’s not a shred of cockiness or arrogance. He can go out with the elite and then hang out with a regular Iowa farm family and feel comfortable. He is genuine.” Hoiberg’s departure would not have the same feel as when coach Tim Floyd left Ames for the Bulls in 1998. “He told the fan base: ‘I will be your coach,’ ” Tirrell said. “It was good riddance.” Hoiberg never has hid his affection for the NBA, cultivated during a 10-year career during which he played for Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Flip Saunders, Kevin McHale and, in Chicago, Floyd, Bill Berry (two games) and Bill Cartwright. Hoiberg led the NBA by hitting 48.3 percent from 3-point land in 2005, but he retired after the season because of a heart ailment, necessitating surgery to repair an aneurysm in his aortic root. (He underwent a second planned surgery, in April, to replace his aortic valve.) He then spent four seasons in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves before adding to his legend in Ames and signing a 10-year, $20 million extension in 2013 that Cyclones fans hoped would keep him there. He has been a regular at Hickory Park, where Drury often sees him doing more talking than eating while dining with recruits. “We love him,” she said. “He’s always the same — calm, kind, cool and collected. Everybody’s heartbroken (about his expected departure) but you can’t blame somebody for making a different choice in their life. We’re all going to miss him, but this should be awesome for him and his family.” The Bulls dismissed Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, and within minutes Tirrell predicted what it meant, telling his listeners that Hoiberg was bound for Chicago. Tirrell actually went into the season thinking it would be Hoiberg’s last. Why? Because top assistant T.J. Otzelberger had left the University of Washington after just two seasons to return to Iowa State, indicating that Hoiberg had developed an exit strategy. “He’s a winner,” Tirrell said of Hoiberg. “Look at his life and he has done everything right. I just hope he does not turn out like John Calipari in New Jersey (72-112 record). Fred is a great college coach, but the last season took a huge toll (in part because of player arrests), and the NBA is a grind.” Jensen, a real estate developer and AAU basketball coach, has known Hoiberg since he was raining jumpers at Ames High School. “We have Nike teams that travel all around the country,” he said. “Most high school kids are knuckleheads. I coached Harrison Barnes (now of the Golden State Warriors) and he and Fred are in a unique category with their maturity. Fred has never changed. On game day he is very reserved, externally very calm. But you know what burns inside.” And as a recruiter, Jensen said, “Fred was able to get some dudes. You can’t make a steak out of hamburger.” Jensen has 10 center-court seasons tickets at Hilton Coliseum and said the atmosphere is “right up there with Kansas and Cameron Indoor (at Duke). Basketball is who we are, and I think we’ll keep the ball rolling.” But they’ll surely have to do it without the icon of Iowa State basketball, a man whose Twitter handle of @ISUMayor32 (for his retired jersey) has gone silent since May 24. ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065682,g000362661,g000066164
SEATTLE — Monday may be the last game of the season for Houston, which needs a Memorial Day win to avoid being swept out of the Western Conference finals by Golden State.It may also be the last time Jason Terry, who is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, suits up for the Rockets.However, the 37-year-old Seattle native has no plans of ending his 16-year NBA career this summer.“He wants...
Rockets’ Terry has no plans to call it a career
By Percy Allen, Associated Press | May 24, 2015SEATTLE — Monday may be the last game of the season for Houston, which needs a Memorial Day win to avoid being swept out of the Western Conference finals by Golden State. It may also be the last time Jason Terry, who is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, suits up for the Rockets. However, the 37-year-old Seattle native has no plans of ending his 16-year NBA career this summer. “He wants to do 19 years,” said Terry’s mother, Andrea Cheatham. “But if he can eke out two more years he’d be happy, but no less than two. Ultimately three and even four years would be amazing to make it an even 20.” What’s truly amazing is Terry, whose first love was football, has endured so long in a sport where he’s often been overlooked and underappreciated. Rarely has he been the best player on his team and yet, the skinny point guard with the shaved head and headband built a legendary basketball career highlighted by winning championships, draining three-pointers and extending his arms wide while running down the court with a big toothy smile. “He was a late bloomer because he really didn’t get into basketball until he was 13,” Cheatham said. “He always wanted to be a football player, but I thought he was too thin to play football so I pushed into basketball.” As junior at Franklin High, where Terry helped the Quakers to back-to-back Class AA state basketball titles in 1994 and ’95, he played on a Pop Warner football team in Federal Way. He kept the gridiron pursuits a secret because he didn’t want to turn away potential college basketball recruiters. On the hardcourt, Terry was a four-star prospect, but inexplicably he wasn’t voted team MVP as a junior or senior. “In high school, he played defense and ran the offense, which is what Franklin needed,” said Michael Johnson, one of the state’s most prolific scorers at Ballard High who played at Washington. “They didn’t need him to score 20 or 30 points. “He did all the little things. He got steals and assists. He got rebounds. He scored when he had to and he won two state titles.” At Arizona, Terry was the sixth man, averaging 10.6 points and 4.4 assists on a star-studded 1996-97 NCAA championship team that included future pros Michael Dickerson, Mike Bibby and Miles Simon. Two years later, Terry was a consensus first-team All-American and earned National Player of the Year honors from Sports Illustrated, CBS and Basketball Times while averaging 21.9 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals as a senior. “People forget that Jason was a sophomore on that team when we won it all and somebody had to come off the bench,” Dickerson said last year. “He was the youngest and that’s just how it worked out. “But after we left, Jason stayed and showed everybody how good he is.” Terry spent five seasons (1999-04) with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him 10th overall in the draft. However, he thrived during an eight-year stint (2004-12) with the Dallas Mavericks that included winning the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2009 and teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki to capture the 2011 NBA title. In the past three years, Terry has been traded three times while making stops at Boston, Brooklyn and Sacramento before landing in Houston. He has played in 1,213 regular-season games and 108 in the playoffs. He also ranks third with 2,076 three-pointers behind Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560) for the most in NBA history. (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Cheatham knows Terry, who is averaging 8.7 points and 2.7 assists while starting all 15 playoff games, and the Rockets are in trouble. They’re down 3-0 and no NBA team has ever won a playoff series after losing the first three games. Still, last week she was in Houston and watched the Rockets recover from a 3-1 deficit to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference semifinals. “He has so much faith in himself and his ability that he never gets down,” Cheatham said. “No matter what anyone else may think, Jason will say there’s always an opportunity. He never sees anything finished.” Whenever Terry stops playing, he plans to pursue an NBA coaching career. “These last few years have been like an apprenticeship,” Cheatham said. “He’s always coaching or cheerleading.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) Once Terry is permanently on the sideline, perhaps then it’ll be easier to quantify a career that ranks among the Seattle greats. “If I’m putting together a list of the top guys to come out of this area, I put Jason in the top 2-3, at least from the guys that played in my era,” Johnson said. “There’s Jamal (Crawford), Nate (Robinson) and Brandon (Roy), but I might even consider Jason No. 1 as far as guys who have come out and had success. “I can’t think of another guy whose played almost 20 years and won at every level.” ——— ©2015 The Seattle Times Visit The Seattle Times at www.seattletimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— PHOTOS (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Jason Terry _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
May 21, 2015
Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.
Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes
By Berry Tramel | May 21, 2015MOORE — Dewey Selmon, just recently arrived on the OU campus as a freshman in 1972, sat in his dorm room with brothers Lee Roy and Lucious one day when a huge shadow passed by his open door. “What was that?” Dewey asked. Lucious informed him it was Eddie Foster. Later that night, Dewey suggested to Lee Roy that they avoid Foster. “Guys that big can hurt you.” That might have been the last time anyone wanted to avoid Edward Jay Foster, a prince of a man who died last week at age 63 and was memorialized Thursday in a 190-minute service at LifeChurch. Foster, an All-American offensive tackle and co-captain for Barry Switzer’s first OU team in 1973, is the rarest of football heroes. Known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness. “If anybody was made in God’s image, it was Eddie Foster,” said Billy Sims, who came to OU three years after Foster’s final season but who joined Dewey Selmon as one of the speakers Thursday. Joe Wylie, the grand halfback in the early wishbone years, was Foster’s OU roommate and became his lifelong friend. Wylie said that after Foster married Kim Watson, his Monahans (Texas) High School sweetheart, Wylie was so inspired by their relationship, he proposed to his girlfriend. Wylie and Karen Pilgrim are married still. Max Barnett, who led the Baptist Student Union when Foster was in school, said that Wylie and Foster were such leaders that when they were juniors, they visited 26 of OU’s 43 signees in their homes, inviting them to the Bible study they had established in their dorm. From the stage Thursday, Wylie admitted there had been a time or two when he figured his bride could be a better wife. “But I’ve never in my life thought that Ed could be a better friend.” Wylie said OU gave him great blessings, including a great education and 70,000 screaming fans on Saturdays. “But Ed was the best gift OU ever gave to me.” Old football tales were fun, but the core of Foster’s life was his family. He and Kim home schooled their children and pioneered home school athletics in Oklahoma. Eddie coached his sons to national success in home school basketball. All five of Foster’s grown children spoke glowingly, so much so that LifeChurch pastor Michael Metcalf said his son asked him during the service, “Are you that good of a dad?” Charles Foster, the second-born son, recounted the story of the summer before his senior year, driving a car his grandmother had given him and having spent his money on new CDs instead of getting leaky radiator fixed. One night in Edmond, the car overheated, and Eddie’s suggestion was to spend the night with cousins, then try to drive home the next morning, so if there was trouble along the road, it would be daylight. But Charles told his dad he was determined to drive home. Long about Crossroads Mall, going south on I-35, Charles noticed a set of lights following him. Followed him off the interstate exit, through the streets of Norman and into the Fosters’ neighborhood and driveway. It was Eddie, having driven north to meet his son and make sure he got home safely. Usually, it was the other way around. Foster taking the lead. Kim Foster talked about the old Monahans days, when the star quarterback revealed the Loboes’ secret play. “Someone would get the ball and follow Eddie.” Following Eddie Foster never was a bad idea. “His heart completely dwarfed his physical status,” said eldest son Neal. Charles Foster told the story of the national home school tournament in Wichita, when the Oklahoma City Knights were in the national semifinals. In the final seconds of a tie game, a Knights player became confused and intentionally fouled an opponent. Eddie Foster was a competitor. You didn’t block for Joe Wylie and Joe Washington without being a competitor. And those who remember Foster coaching youth sports knows he could raise his voice. But he also knew when to lower it. As timeout was called and the Knights trudged to their sideline, knowing victory was slipping away, Eddie Foster didn’t map a strategy. He grabbed the player who had committed the foul and embraced him. The opponent made a foul shot, the Knights lost and settled for third place in the national tournament. Lost a game but won a heart. 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.
WASHINGTON — NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon on Tuesday told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that schools should resist pressure to change the rules on what it means to be an amateur college athlete.“We know degree completion will best serve them in the long run,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these...
NCAA urges caution on idea of paying college athletes
By Renee Schoof, Associated Press | May 19, 2015WASHINGTON — NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon on Tuesday told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that schools should resist pressure to change the rules on what it means to be an amateur college athlete. “We know degree completion will best serve them in the long run,” Lennon said. “The introduction of pay may lead some — not all, but some — to not take full advantage of these educational opportunities that are available to them in their college years.” On the sidelines of the meeting, Lennon, the National Collegiate Athletic Association vice president of Division I governance, said in an interview that he wouldn’t talk about his organization’s investigation into the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill academic scandal. Federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein found athlete eligibility at the heart of the scandal, in which fake classes were created in the African studies department. Lennon said the answer wasn’t necessarily more public information about what classes athletes took. They shouldn’t be given extra scrutiny, he said. “Depending on what an institution likes to do for all their students, I would think they’d apply the same policy to their student athletes,” Lennon said. During the commission’s meeting, no individual infractions cases were discussed. Lennon, speaking on a panel about compensating athletes, said public support for college sports would drop off if the line blurred between amateur players and professionals. “Amateur status, as defined by being college eligible, is compromised when they use their athletic skill for pay,” he said at the meeting, which the Knight Commission described as a “public examination” of issues surrounding pay for college athletes. The commission, which was founded in 1989 after a series of high-profile college sports scandals, has no connection to the NCAA. Other panelists suggested that there are ways colleges and universities could do more for athletes without running afoul of the laws that protect competition. The discussion came as the NCAA is appealing a federal judge’s decision to allow football and men’s basketball players to be compensated in addition to scholarships for the commercialized use of their names, images and likenesses. Other cases that could change the status of amateur players include one that seeks a free market to pay college athletes. Another ruling allowed Northwestern University football players to form a labor union. “The sand is shifting underneath the feet of NCAA, and it’s important to re-evaluate the model of intercollegiate athletics that we’ve been working with,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College. He argued that schools could treat athletes better and stay within the model of amateurism, for example by offering year-round health insurance and lifetime disability insurance for college athletic injuries. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Zimbalist also said that Congress should establish a presidential commission on college sports. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced a bill, H.R. 275, in January that would set up such a commission to examine issues such as how athletics are financed, health and safety protections and the recruitment and retention of athletes. (EDITORS: END OPTIONAL TRIM) “Whether you think they’re employees or not, they certainly work,” said Doug Allen, a professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University. His ideas included covering athletes’ full cost of attendance, including travel to and from their homes, and giving four-year scholarships that can’t be taken away if their athletic performance falters. These and other improvements should be granted in exchange for athletes agreeing to be full-time students making progress toward their degrees, he said. Some of the panelists mentioned the many hours football and basketball players spend practicing. Currently there is no alternative to college as a path to professional football or basketball. Neither the NFL nor the NBA has a farm system like baseball, and both prevent athletes from being drafted out of high school. Ronald Katz, an attorney and board chairman of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University, said that “student athlete” was a term that should be jettisoned, because it implied two separate roles. He also made five other proposals: Students should be on track for graduation in order to be eligible to play; sports scholarship recipients should commit to four years in college; red shirting should be banned (allowing a student to practice and attend classes while not using one of his or her four years of athletic eligibility); NCAA bylaws should be simplified; and retired judges, not NCAA officials, should decide when rules are broken. One of the members of the commission said those suggestions seemed simple and wondered why they weren’t carried out. Katz responded by referring to the millions of dollars at stake in college football and basketball. “The one-word answer,” he replied, “is money.” ——— ©2015 McClatchy Washington Bureau Visit the McClatchy Washington Bureau at www.mcclatchydc.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786
May 19, 2015
Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench’s hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from […]
The Johnny Bench mystery is solved
Berry Tramel | May 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/0517151544d.jpg]3671090[/img] Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench's hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from Anadarko High School. And someone finally noticed. That someone being Oklahoman page designed Rob Backus. Anyone, my guess was that Bench played American Legion ball in Anadarko, about 20 miles south of Binger, and sure enough, that was the issue. First, I got an email from Bill Hancock, the lover of all things southwestern Oklahoma. Hancock you know as the guy who runs the College Football Playoff, but he's still more Okie than anyone I know. "Enjoyed your pieces on Johnny Bench," Hancock wrote. "I can help with one thing: he did play American Legion ball for Anadarko. In fact, he was one of the first Legion players to hit a home run out of Hobart's park -- he did it in the state tournament Aug. 6, 1964. He pitched and played first base in that game, which Anadarko lost to eventual champion Guthrie." And the Society of American Baseball Research, which is responsible for the biographical information that is on baseball-reference.com and thus on baseball-almanac.com and even on the Cincinnati Reds website, has been alerted to the error. Jacob Pomrenke, who runs the social media aspects of SABR, sent this email: "Kudos to Rob Backus for discovering an error in SABR’s bio data for, of all people, Johnny Bench. We had the wrong high school listed for him (it’s Binger HS, not Anadarko HS), and it turns out this error has been circulating for more than 40 years and no one noticed. Bench actually played for Anadarko’s American Legion team, which was coached then by the same man who coached at Anadarko HS. After Rob pointed it out, I found several wire stories from 1969-70 about Bench 'playing for Anadarko' and the coach 'coaching Bench at Anadarko.' Somehow this got conflated into his playing for Anadarko HS … even though one of his nicknames was The Binger Kid. Go figure. Even the Cincinnati Reds and other MLB sources had the wrong info listed." Fascinating. Bench is perhaps the greatest catcher in baseball history. Bench or Yogi Berra. That makes Bench one of the top 25 players in baseball history. His exploits do not live on dusty book shelves or in the tales we heard from our grandfathers. Most of the people who care about baseball history and baseball data saw Bench play. Most of those people watched Bench in World Series throughout the 1970s -- '70, '72, '75, '76 -- and heard the tales about Binger. But it just goes to show you, details sometimes get avalanched in memory. We remember Bench's big hands and his stance and his stocky build and his No. 5. But do we remember other details? Let's take a test. You can take it with me. I won't cheat. I'm going to think of other superstars from the '70s and try to remember where they grew up. Joe Morgan? I want to say Oakland. Is that right? Reggie Jackson? Don't remember. Something says Alabama, but I have no idea. Tom Seaver? I think Connecticut, but I'd be wildly guessing. Carl Yastrzemski? I know it was Long Island, but I don't remember the town, and I read Yaz's biography multiple times. Pete Rose? I have no idea. Was it Cincinnati? Was he a hometown guy? Catfish Hunter? Somewhere in North Carolina, but I don't remember where. Lou Brock, one of my all-time favorites? Somewhere in Louisiana, but I don't know where. Steve Garvey, who was as famous as anyone in baseball? Seems like Michigan, but that's a guess. Mike Schmidt? Don't know. Rod Carew? Panama. I know he's from Panama. I assume Panama City. Some things you remember, like Thurman Munson being from Canton, Ohio, and Brooks Robinson being from Little Rock (though Brooks was more of a '60s star). But most of those guys, I never knew or I've forgotten. So if I saw on baseball-reference.com that Steve Carlton is from Miami, when he's actually from West Palm Beach, I wouldn't know any better. So I'll cut SABR some slack. Mistakes happen. Things fall through the cracks. Sometimes even for decades. Rather than rip SABR for not knowing Johnny Bench was from Binger, I salute SABR for a quick correction. Salute SABR and Rob Backus for noticing and Bill Hancock for reading and Binger for caring about Johnny Bench in the first place. And by the way, here are the answers to the hometowns of '70s stars: Joe Morgan indeed went to high school in Oakland, Castlemont High School. Tom Seaver is from Fresno, Calif. Now I remember. He was a Southern Cal guy. I don't know where I got Connecticut. Probably lived there when he was a Metropolitan. Reggie Jackson is from Cheltenham, Pa. I'll say this. I didn't forget that. I never knew Jackson was from Pennsylvania. Yastrzemski? Yep, Long Island. Bridgehampton, N.Y. Pete Rose? Yes, Cincinnati. Western Hills High School. Catfish Hunter? Perquimans, N.C. Never heard of the place, and my brother used to live in North Carolina, so I've tried to follow the geography. Lou Brock? Monroe, La. Union High School. Steve Garvey? Tampa, Chamberlain High School. He went to Michigan State. That's where I got Michigan. Mike Schmidt? Dayton, Ohio. I sort of remember Dan Patrick, who is from Dayton, talking about Schmidt on the radio. Rod Carew? Carew actually went to high school in New York City, George Washington High School, but he did grow up in Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama.
May 14, 2015
Eight people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The victims include a college dean, a food-safety company vice president; a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy; a Manhattan real estate executive; and an Italian businessman. Two were traveling back from a funeral or memorial service.The victims are:___GIUSEPPE PIRASGiuseppe Piras, a wine and olive oil...
Profiles of Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment victims
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | May 14, 2015Eight people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The victims include a college dean, a food-safety company vice president; a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy; a Manhattan real estate executive; and an Italian businessman. Two were traveling back from a funeral or memorial service. The victims are: ___ GIUSEPPE PIRAS Giuseppe Piras, a wine and olive oil executive from Sardinia, Italy, was in the United States on business, officials said. The Italian consulate in Philadelphia confirmed that Piras was among the victims. He was 41. Piras, who hailed from the town of Ittiri on the Mediterranean island, co-founded an olive oil and wine cooperative and was tasked with marketing its goods for export, according to Italian media. Consul General Andrea Canepari said his family had contacted consulate officials in the U.S. after they were unable to reach Piras by phone. His death was confirmed to consulate officials Wednesday afternoon. Canepari says he had spoken to the victim's brother to offer assistance. A number of other foreign travelers have been listed as survivors. They include passengers from Spain, France, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Algeria and Singapore. ___ LAURA FINAMORE Laura Finamore, 47, was returning to New York City from a memorial service for a college friend's mother, a spokesman for her family said. The Manhattan resident had texted her mother that she was boarding the train. Her parents saw stories about the crash at about midnight Tuesday and began making calls to area hospitals looking for her. They got word on Wednesday that the seventh victim of the derailment fit her description, but dental records were needed to confirm it. Born in Queens, Finamore worked in corporate real estate, and was a senior account director at Cushman & Wakefield. "Laura was a tenacious deal maker and competitor who never backed down from what she thought was right," her family said in a statement. "Laura's smile could light up a room and her infectious laughter will be remembered by many for years to come. She was always there when you needed her — with a hug, encouraging words or a pat on the back," the family said. Finamore is survived by her parents, three brothers, and seven nieces and nephews. ___ BOB GILDERSLEEVE Bob Gildersleeve, who lived near Baltimore, was a vice president of a food-safety company called Ecolab. Gildersleeve had worked for the company for 22 years, most recently as vice president of corporate accounts for institutional business in North America. The company issued a statement saying it had been notified of his death. "Bob was an exceptional leader and was instrumental to our success. We will greatly miss him, and our thoughts go out to his beloved family members and friends," the company said. Gildersleeve's family had traveled to Philadelphia after the crash, circulating his photo and information about what he was wearing, hoping that he was only missing. Gildersleeve was married with two children, ages 16 and 13. ___ ABID GILANI Abid Gilani was trying to return to New York from his uncle's funeral in Virginia on Amtrak — but he never made it. The 55-year-old Wells Fargo Bank executive had split his time between Washington, New York and Walnut Creek, California, where his wife lives to be close to their college-age son and daughter. He'd commute there on weekends. After Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment, when she couldn't reach her husband, Diane Gilani reportedly rushed to Philadelphia. Her worst fear was confirmed. A Wells Fargo spokeswoman said the Gilanis had requested privacy. The bank issued a statement that said only: "It is with great sadness that Wells Fargo confirms that Abid Gilani, a valued member of our commercial real estate division, has passed away. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy." Abid Gilani juggled career and family life as he climbed up various corporate ladders. He first worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia from its office in San Francisco. The family eventually moved to Rockville, Maryland, where Gilani worked for Marriott International. They still own a home there, according to neighbors who remember them fondly as a tight-knit family. In his last job, Gilani was a senior vice president of Wells Fargo's hospitality finance group on the East Coast. But he also spent time in his California home, surrounded by greenery on a quiet street in Walnut Creek, outside San Francisco. Gilani's mother, a resident of Toronto, had attended her brother's Virginia funeral earlier this week, according to the New York Daily News. She must now also bury her son. ___ DERRICK GRIFFITH Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs and enrollment management at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, believed in education — for himself as well as others. He was a former school principal who founded the City University of New York Preparatory Transitional High School in 2003. He was also the executive director of Groundwork Inc., an organization formed to support young people living in poor urban communities. Griffith joined Medgar Evers College in 2011 as assistant provost. It was the first of several roles he would fill at the college, where officials said he urged students to pursue education "with vigor." "Everything about him was symbolic of the highest ... sense of teaching," said College President Rudy Crew. "He was an extraordinary man and we will love him and miss him." A month ago, the 42-year-old received a doctorate in urban education from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Crew said it was inspiring for students, faculty and staff to see one of their own succeeding to such heights. Griffith's dissertation was on how to reach and mentor young black men, the school said. The college will hold a moment of silence and pay tribute to Griffith in their upcoming commencement ceremony, Crew said. Princess Steele, 22, said Griffith inspired her to attend college when she was working at the school but not enrolled. He was always available to students, and he knew how to reach them, whether it was to push or just to listen. "He just had a passion for education," she said. "He was so invested in it. And he wanted to help people — especially black people — just get ahead and succeed." Griffith is survived by a son Darryus, who is in his 20s, and his mother, Carlea. ___ JUSTIN ZEMSER Justin Zemser, a popular student leader and athlete, was on a break from the U.S. Naval Academy and heading home to Rockaway Beach, New York, where playing high school football helped him and his teammates through the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called Zemser a "crucial member" of the institution. The 20-year-old's family released a statement mourning "a loving son, nephew and cousin who was very community-minded." They said the tragedy "has shocked us all in the worst way." Zemser was in his second year. He served as vice president of the Jewish Midshipmen Club and played wide receiver on the academy's sprint football team. Friends at the Naval Academy remembered him for his endearing leadership qualities. Midshipman James Lieto recalled how his sprint football teammate helped lead first-year students through the academy's Sea Trials hours before the crash. The trials, which began at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, encompass a rigorous 14-hour day of physical challenges. Zemser, who was known as "Z," wore a floppy sun hat in the early morning darkness to lighten the mood. "He was always there to pick other people up," Lieto said Thursday. At Channel View School for Research in New York, Zemser was valedictorian, student government president and captain of the football team. Outside of school, Zemser interned for New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich and former Councilman James Sanders. Ulrich called him "truly a bright, talented and patriotic young man." Zemser also volunteered with a church program, a soup kitchen and a nursing home and mentored children with autism, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. Schumer and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks nominated Zemser to the Naval Academy, and Meeks was struck by his "high character, intellectual curiosity and maturity beyond his years." ___ JIM GAINES Jim Gaines, an Associated Press video software architect, was a geek's geek — and his colleagues loved him for it. The 48-year-old father of two was named the news agency's Geek of the Month in May 2012 for his "tireless dedication and contagious passion" to technological innovation. "At AP, not a frame goes by in the world of video that escapes the passionate scrutiny of video architect Jim Gaines," the award said. Gaines was in the train's quiet car, headed home to Plainsboro, New Jersey, after meetings Tuesday at the news agency's Washington, D.C., office. His wife, Jacqueline, confirmed his death. "Jim was more precious to us than we can adequately express," his family said in a statement. Gaines joined the AP in 1998 and was a key factor in nearly all of the news agency's video initiatives, including the successful rollout of high-definition video and the AP's Video Hub — a service that provides live video to hundreds of clients around the world. In 2006, Gaines' team won the Chairman's Prize for development of the agency's Online Video Network. Gaines "leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and critical accomplishment, kindness and humor," AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt told employees in an email. "He will be missed." He is also survived by a 16-year-old son, Oliver, and an 11-year-old daughter, Anushka. ___ RACHEL JACOBS Rachel Jacobs, a leader in the worker-training and development industry, was commuting home to New York from her new job as CEO of the Philadelphia educational software startup ApprenNet. The 39-year-old mother of a 2-year-old son previously worked at McGraw-Hill, leading the expansion of the company's career-learning business into China, India and the Middle East, and Ascend Learning, another education-technology firm. Jacobs is the daughter of Gilda Jacobs, a former Michigan state senator and current chief executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy. The family said in a statement that Rachel Jacobs "was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend" who was devoted to family and social justice. She was a founder and board chairwoman at Detroit Nation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting startups in her Michigan hometown. Through the organization, Jacobs helped bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to New York for its first concert at Carnegie Hall in 17 years. She attended Swarthmore College and Columbia Business School. She joined ApprenNet in March and had planned on moving to Philadelphia.
May 14, 2015
OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]
Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?
Berry Tramel | May 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/keith-ford-bedlam.jpg]3666336[/img] OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. Rugged, fast, hard-running. I liked him a lot. He looked like an NFL-caliber tailback to me. And don’t bet on his football future being over. Ford will transfer to some school and play. And don’t discount the NFL from Ford’s future. OU football history is rife with tailbacks who transferred and still found their way to the NFL. I found 13 players who made the NFL after transferring from OU. There could be more. I went to profootball-reference.com’s list of Sooner alumni, which includes players who played at OU even if they finished up at another school, and just did an eyeball/memory survey. Someone might have slipped past me. But 13 is in the neighborhood. And out of those 13 players, eight — eight! — were tailbacks. The non-tailbacks were Troy Aikman; cornerback Elbert Watts, who transferred to Southern Cal and played nine games for the ’86 Packers; Keith Traylor, who played linebacker at OU but transferred to Central Oklahoma and ended up as a 16-year NFL veteran, playing mostly defensive line, including a major contributor to Denver’s two Super Bowl champs in the ’90s; defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers, who transferred to Washington U. and played 37 games for the 1992-94 Seahawks; and offensive lineman Jerry Crafts, who transferred to Louisville and played 54 NFL games for the Bills and Eagles. An interesting list. But not as interesting as the tailbacks. Here are the eight tailbacks who transferred from OU and still made the NFL: 1. Mike Thomas: From Greenville, Texas. Transferred to Nevada-Las Vegas during the loaded wishbone days of the early 1970s, ended up a fifth-round draft pick of the Redskins (108th overall) in 1975. In four seasons with Washington, Thomas rushed for 3,359 yards on 878 yards. He gained 1,101 yards in 1976, a 14-game season in the NFL. Thomas finished out his career with two seasons as a Charger. His NFL totals: 4,196 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. 2. Dexter Bussey: From Dallas. Another talented tailback squeezed out in the Greg Pruitt-Joe Washington era of OU football. Transferred to Texas-Arlington and was taken in the third round (65th overall) of the 1974 draft, by Detroit. Bussey played 11 seasons with the Lions, rushing for 858 yards in 1976, 924 yards in 1978 and 720 yards in 1980. He finished with 5,105 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. Bussey is the Lions’ No. 3 all-time rusher, trailing only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims. 3. Glyn Milburn: From Santa Monica, Calif. Transferred to Stanford after playing as a 1988 OU freshman. Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Broncos in 1993, Milburn played nine NFL seasons. He was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner. In 1998 with Chicago, Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Milburn rushed for just 817 yards in his NFL career but had 170 catches for 1,322 yards. 4. Tashard Choice: From Hampton, Ga. Played sparingly as an OU freshman but transferred to Georgia Tech and became a star, rushing for 3,365 yards in three seasons. The Cowboys drafted Choice in the fourth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He played six NFL seasons, rushing for 1,579 yards for the Cowboys, Bills, Redskins and Colts. 5. Marcus Dupree: From Philadelphia, Miss. You know all about him. Was a national sensation as a freshman but left OU midway through his sophomore year. Dupree transferred to Southern Miss but never played for the Eagles. Dupree went to the World Football League and finally found his way to the NFL. Dupree joined the Rams, who had drafted him in the 12th round (327th overall) of the 1986 draft. Dupree played 15 games in 1990 and 1991, gaining 251 yards on 68 carries. 6. Donald Brown: From Annapolis, Md. Never really played at OU and transferred to Maryland. Drafted by San Diego in the fifth round, 129th overall, in 1986. Brown played defensive back for 18 games for the Dolphins, Chargers and Giants in 1986 and 1987. 7. Clifford Chatman: From Clinton. Never really played at OU and transferred to Central Oklahoma. The Giants took Chatman in the fourth round (85th overall) of the 1981 draft. He played for the ’82 Giants, gaining 80 yards on 22 carries. 8. Jimmy Edwards: From Oklahoma City’s Classen High School. Another talented player caught up in OU’s talent load of the early 1970s, Edwards transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. He wasn’t drafted but made the 1979 Vikings as a 27-year-old and was used primarily as a kick returner..
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9...
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May 14, 2015FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 11 a.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 1:30 p.m.; 5A Semifinals; Cox 703 4 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Semifinals; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; OKC at New Orleans; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 9 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 NBA 2 p.m.; Draft Combine; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Atlanta at Washington; ESPN (Cox 29) 8:30 p.m.; Golden St. at Memphis; ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 12:45 p.m.; Sprint Cup Practice; FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 4:30 p.m.; Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 7:30 p.m.; Truck Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 4:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 8:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) 11:30 a.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 2 p.m.; Susan Stakes; NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 6 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 6 p.m.; UCF at USF; CBSS (Cox 249) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 12:30 p.m.; USC Upstate vs. Washington; ESPNU (Cox 253) 12:30 p.m.; Lehigh vs. Texas A&M; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; Pittsburgh vs. California; ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m.; C. Arkansas at OU; KEBC-AM 1560 3 p.m.; Fairfield at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; Oakland at Michigan; ESPNU (Cox 253) 5 p.m.; San Diego St. vs. Texas; LHN (Cox 274) 6 p.m.; Texas Southern at LSU; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) BOXING 8 p.m.; R. Ojeda vs. M.M. Clay; ESPN2 (Cox 28) SATURDAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 4 p.m.; 5A Championship; Cox 703 6:30 p.m.; 4A Championship; Cox 703 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon; Atlanta at Miami; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 3 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37) 8 p.m.; Colorado at L.A. Dodgers; KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m.; Boston at Seattle; MLBN (Cox 264) NHL Noon; Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING 3 p.m.; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 6 p.m.; Sprint Cup Qualifying; FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m.; Sprint Cup Series; FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 6:30 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 1:30 p.m.; Preakness Stakes Prep; NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m.; Preakness; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE BASEBALL 11 a.m.; OSU at Michigan; KSPI-FM 93.7 11 a.m.; Virginia at N. Carolina; ESPNU (Cox 253) Noon; Mississippi St. at Tenn.; SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m.; TCU at Oklahoma; FSOK (Cox 37)/FCS (Cox 271)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 2:30 p.m.; C. Carolina at Campbell; KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 3:30 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Alabama; SECN (Cox 275) 7 p.m.; LSU at S. Carolina; SECN (Cox 275) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 11 a.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 1:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 4 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 5:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) 8 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 8:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S LACROSSE 2 p.m.; Albany vs. Notre Dame; ESPNU (Cox 253) 4:30 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Denver; ESPNU (Cox 253) MEN’S SOCCER 6:45 a.m.; Southampton vs. A. Villa; NBCSN (Cox 251) 9 a.m.; English Premier League; NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m.; Liverpool vs. C. Palace; NBCSN (Cox 251) ARENA FOOTBALL 6 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Orlando; CBSS (Cox 249) SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL 7 p.m.; Dallas vs. OKC; KEBC-AM 1560 SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m.; Iowa at Oklahoma City; KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs; MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m.; N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City; FSPLUS (Cox 68) 2 p.m.; Cleveland at Texas; FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 7 p.m.; Detroit at St. Louis; ESPN (Cox 29)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM NBA 2:30 p.m.; Playoffs; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) NHL 2 p.m.; Chicago at Anaheim; KFOR-4 (Cox 4) AUTO RACING Noon; Indy 500 Qualifying; KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 1 p.m.; Xfinity Series; FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m.; ARCA Series; CBSS (Cox 249) GOLF 6 a.m.; Open de Espana; GOLF (Cox 60) Noon; Wells Fargo; GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m.; Wells Fargo; KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2 p.m.; The Tradition; GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m.; LPGA: Kingsmill; GOLF (Cox 60) COLLEGE BASEBALL 5 p.m.; Texas at Baylor; FSPLUS (Cox 68) COLLEGE SOFTBALL Noon.; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) Noon; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 2:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN (Cox 29) if necess. 2:30 p.m.; NCAA Regionals; SECN (Cox 275) 5 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. 6 p.m..; NCAA Regionals; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8:30 p.m.; NCAAA Regionals; ESPNU (Cox 253) if necess. MEN’S LACROSSE 11 a.m.; Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1:30 p.m.; Maryland vs. N. Carolina; ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m.; Los Angeles at Orlando; ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m.; Philly at D.C. United; FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 8:30 p.,.; U.S. vs. Mexico; FS1 (Cox 67) MOTOCROSS 6:30 a.m.; FIM MotoGP; FS1 (Cox 67) CYCLING Noon; Tour of California; KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
In his seven terms, state Rep. Wayne Smith had never presented a bill to the House’s Public Education Committee — until March 24.“This one has cause,” Smith, R-Baytown, said at the time.His legislation — House Bill 767 — would make Texas the first state in the nation to require a heart screen known as an electrocardiogram before competing in high school athletics.“The bottom line is, if we save...
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Corbett Smith, Associated Press | May 9, 2015In his seven terms, state Rep. Wayne Smith had never presented a bill to the House’s Public Education Committee — until March 24. “This one has cause,” Smith, R-Baytown, said at the time. His legislation — House Bill 767 — would make Texas the first state in the nation to require a heart screen known as an electrocardiogram before competing in high school athletics. “The bottom line is, if we save even one kid’s life, this is worth it,” Smith told the committee. Yet, the widely held consensus among doctors’ advocacy groups in America, such as the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, is that mandated ECG screening is unwarranted. The bill, which passed the House and is now pending in the Senate’s Education Committee, is an illustration of what happens when passionate advocacy, public policy and science collide. Smith’s bill would require an electrocardiogram (also known an EKG) be included as part of two physical exams, during the first and third years of a student’s participation in a University Interscholastic League high school athletic activity. The measure, which passed the House, 86-57, would allow for a parent or guardian to obtain a waiver through a written request. An ECG is a non-invasive test that measures the time and volume of electrical activity through the heart by placing electrodes on a patient’s chest and limbs. It can be administered by someone with little to no medical training, with results going to a cardiologist or pediatric cardiologist for evaluation. The bill’s proponents say the test is affordable, readily available and could save lives. Several nonprofit groups throughout the state, such as the Plano-based Living 4 Zachary, help sponsor heart screens for school districts and parents for as little as $15 per student, with other groups offering grants to cover the expense. A few school districts, such as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a suburb northwest of Houston, require the test as part of the physical exam. Cy-Fair athletic director Ed Warken said that the district has “elected not to pass the cost of the test to the parents” and that the district recently purchased new ECG machines for its 10 high school campuses at a cost of around $50,000. Driving force The bill’s driving force, Scott Stephens, originally tried to work with the UIL to increase the availability of ECG screening statewide on an opt-in basis. Stephens’ son, Cody, died in his sleep in May 2012 of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM, a thickening of the heart muscle that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in athletes. A 6-9, 289-pound offensive tackle at Crosby, Cody had signed to play football with Tarleton State. While Stephens successfully lobbied the UIL to include a “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form” in its pre-participation packet two years ago, the league’s medical advisory committee went no further, basing its decision on the existing medical literature, which questioned the efficacy of the ECG as a screening tool. Instead, the UIL relies on a portion of its current physical that is based on the American Heart Association’s 14-point screening process. For example, the physical has questions asking athletes whether they’ve passed out during or after exercise, experienced chest pain, or had a family member die unexpectedly before the age of 50. Some question the efficacy of relying solely on a history and physical exam, however. Jonathan Drezner, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and one of the nation’s leading proponents of ECG testing on student-athletes, told The Dallas Morning News in 2013 that a basic physical examination is “very insensitive” because “most of the conditions that cause this tragedy don’t have any warning symptoms.” Relying on the physical alone was not good enough for Stephens. "The UIL told me that without their Medical Advisory Committee agreeing to it, their hands were tied,” Stephens said in April, after the House passed HB 767 named “Cody’s Bill,” in honor of his son. “The only way I could get this thing done was to get a law passed.” According to Stephens, his organization — the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation — performed ECGs on 15,000 athletes last year and found 15 who needed heart surgery. Two were told to quit contact sports altogether. “We found 17 kids out of 15,000,” Stephens said. “If there’s a million kids in the state of Texas getting a physical, that tells me — just by the math — that there's 1,000 kids out there that are possible candidates for sudden cardiac arrest.” Many shades of gray Critics, however, view the ECG as an imperfect, hard to interpret test, with Texas currently lacking the infrastructure to interpret the results and deal with the glut of potential patients. Potentially thousands of healthy athletes could be forced to sit on the sidelines while waiting for expensive follow-up exams. Those showing signs of disease via an ECG — but not any symptoms — could receive overly aggressive treatments, or be inappropriately pulled from athletic participation. “At the end of the day, unfortunately, the ECG is not a perfect test,” said Benjamin Levine, the director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine and a professor of medicine and cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “It’s not a pregnancy test; it’s not positive or negative. There are many, many shades of gray.” An ECG is used to screen for electric diseases of the heart — such as Long QT syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and Brugada syndrome — and can catch some incidence of HCM as well. But its accuracy in identifying HCM is spotty; Levine said that almost a third of ECGs of patients with known HCM are incorrectly identified with the test. Cody Stephens had two ECGs before his death, in seventh and ninth grades; neither indicated heart problems. Furthermore, the second-leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes — coronary anomalies, which account for approximately 17 percent of deaths — is undetectable with an ECG. Levine, speaking as a cardiologist and not as an official representative of UT Southwestern, said that the U.S. rates of sudden death in athletes are similar to those in Italy and Israel, two countries that have mandated ECG screening. The incidences of sudden death in athletes are rare; a national registry of sudden death in athletes from 1980 to 2006 compiled by Barry Maron, the head of the Minneapolis Heart Institute, found 1,049 deaths as a result of cardiovascular diseases in 13- to 25-year-old competitive athletes. False positive concerns Additionally, an ECG also has a false positive rate ranging anywhere from 3 to 10 percent, meaning that of 100,000 students tested, as many as 10,000 could show abnormal ECGs where no disease is present. According to a 2013-14 survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Texas had the largest number of high school students participating in athletics in the nation: 805,299. Assuming a modest false positive rate of 5 percent, 20,000 healthy students would be pulled from athletic competition until follow-up tests occurred. Silvana Molossi is the co-chair of the Sports and Exercise Council for the American College of Cardiology and the medical director of the Coronary Anomalies Program at Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital. She said the availability and speed in which subsequent tests would occur could be drastically different from area to area, depending on the number of cardiologists in a given regions. The number of false positives would also vary from region and city, she said, depending on the experience a cardiologist had with reading a child’s ECGs. “Without taking a pause to understand what the real implications would be in this state, I probably don’t think it’s the best way to proceed,” Molossi said. The American College of Cardiology’s Texas chapter estimated that there were only 175 pediatric cardiologists statewide. For those who show an abnormal ECG, the cost of a “cascade of work-up” would fall solely on families, said Levine, including those who either don’t have insurance or couldn’t afford the deductibles. The bill in its current form does not include any funding. “Many people who have no disease will have an abnormal EKG, and what that means is that all those people would be held out of sports, and then they would have to go through a very comprehensive examination with a cardiologist, including perhaps an echocardiogram, an MRI, exercise testing — all unfunded,” said. “And that’s one of the big problems with this particular bill. It’s an unfunded mandate, where the entire burden of this work-up falls on the poorest parents and kids in Texas.” The Texas Medical Association estimated in 2011-12 that nearly 1.2 million children in Texas were uninsured, 16 percent of the child population. For families paying out of pocket, follow-up tests could run from a few hundred dollars to $15,000, Levine said. Limited knowledge For asymptomatic patients, those whose ECGs indicate signs of disease but whose personal histories don’t show any other flags of sudden cardiac death, there is a lack of understanding on how to proceed, Levine added. “Even if we pick up a disease in a truly asymptomatic person, we don’t know what to do with it,” Levine said. “We have to accept the limitations of our medical knowledge. Most of what we know what to do with patients with disease come from centers who study patients who are sick or have a medical problem.” Levine drew up a hypothetical: An athlete has HCM, but only a modest amount of heart thickness, and no other signs, including no family history of sudden death. “What do I do with that patient?” Levine said. “I have no idea. I can keep them out of sports, but people like Cody Stephens, he died in his sleep. It’s not going to help him, keeping him out of sports. “It’s true that sometimes intense athletic competition will precipitate an arrhythmia in someone with HCM, but how about running for a bus? How about having sexual relations? How about playing pick-up basketball? We don’t tell kids with HCM to sit around on a chair and don’t do anything. There is no therapy that protects against sudden death, except the defibrillator.” Lisa Salberg, the founder and CEO of the New Jersey-based Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, said she understood the desire for action for those who lost a loved one. Salberg, an HCM patient with a defibrillator, started her organization not long after her sister died of sudden cardiac arrest in 1995, the fourth member of her immediate family to die from a sudden cardiac event. Nevertheless, Salberg and her organization are against mandated ECGs. She and Levine were members of a group that authored a joint statement from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, stating that mandatory mass ECG screening in large, healthy populations from 12 to 25 years of age was “not recommended for athletes and nonathletes alike.” “It’s understandable that when you lose someone, you want to have control over the controllable,” Salberg said. “There’s so much passion, but so much of it is based on wishes, and not fact. There’s not a simple answer. I wish there was. These diseases are very complex; there’s not a simple solution, and identification doesn’t mean you won.” There is debate, however, within the field. After a panel discussion on cardiac screening of young athletes at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in 2013, held in Dallas, a straw poll of the audience found 60 percent in favor of including ECGs in screening programs. A similar online poll by the New England Journal of Medicine found 58 percent of respondents in favor of screening with a history, physical and ECG, although only 45 percent of U.S.-based voters were in favor of the measure. When asked by The Dallas Morning News about his thoughts on the pending legislation in Texas, Drezner demurred. However, Drezner, Levine and Philadelphia cardiologist Victoria Vetter co-authored an article for the Heart Rhythm Society in 2013 in an attempt to find consensus between the two camps. At that time, the trio came to the conclusion that “mandated ECG screening for athletes is not supported” at the current time and that focus on legislative efforts to establish such programs would “divert our attention from issues that can assist physicians.” The future It’s unclear whether the ECG bill will even make it out of the Senate’s Education Committee. As the Legislature enters its final weeks, tensions often run high between the House and the Senate as the two hash out differences in their proposed budgets and other high-stakes legislation. Anything can happen to a bill. “During this time, sometimes people evaluate bills not based on the horse but the jockey,” said Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., D-Houston. A member of the House Public Education Committee, Dutton was one of the strongest advocates of HB 727 during testimony. He hasn’t heard of any opposition to the bill on the Senate side and doesn't anticipate any trouble getting it passed there. “I think it's going to be all right,” Dutton said. “I hope it gets out. I don’t know that it’s one of those things that hurts anything, and the only possibilities it has is that it helps. So why would anyone be against that?” Levine said that instead of ECG legislation, he wants a renewed effort getting students and families to give honest and accurate answers on the pre-participation physical and family history, perhaps using a novel approach through social media to achieve those goals. The lowest recorded rates of sudden death in young athletes were found in a Minnesota study, Levine pointed out, a state with a stringent patient history and physical exam. Similarly, Salberg’s organization is focused on supporting “comprehensive, sustainable and reasonable” solutions outside of a mandated ECG. Thanks in part to Salberg’s efforts, on May 5, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill requiring the inclusion of the 14-point AHA cardiac screening process into every well-child exam for children between the ages of 1 to 19. “When you’re looking to find these problems, you’re looking for a needle in a haystack,” she said. “And there are needles out there, to be sure. But you shouldn’t be building new haystacks. And that’s what [HB 767] would do. Use the health care system that we have, enforce the systems that we have, because that’s where you’re going to see real changes in health care and find meaningful improvement.” Staff writer Eva-Marie Ayala contributed to this report. 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May 2, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine...
Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft's last day
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | May 2, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season. The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine total selections. It was the most defensive players the Saints have selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994. "We needed to improve our defense, clearly," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We needed to improve our depth on defense. I think all of us would have said coming into the draft that would have been a goal and yet we don't know that we can always achieve that. ... It worked out for us and I'd say we're pretty excited about it." New Orleans began the day by selecting Chattanooga outside linebacker Davis Tull at No. 148 overall, then took Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with the 154th pick, which had been acquired in a March trade that sent former Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs. The Saints then traded their sixth-round picks for this year and next to the Washington Redskins in order to draft Georgia cornerback Damian Swann with the 167th overall pick. They'll all join a defense ranked second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed last season (384 per game) and 23rd in sacks per pass attempt. The Saints closed out the draft by selecting Missouri running back Marcus Murphy, who excelled as a kick and punt returner in college and initially will be a candidate for that role in New Orleans, coach Sean Payton said. Murphy said he liked the way the Saints once used small-but-speedy Darren Sproles out of the backfield and hopes he can play a similar role. New Orleans did not draft a new passing target, even after trading away start tight end Jimmy Graham and wideout Kenny Stills, who led the club in yards receiving last season. Payton said the Saints were interested in a couple receivers who were drafted before the Saints could take them, but added, "We didn't approach it like we had to get a receiver." Rather, Payton expressed confidence in several young receivers already on the roster, including 2014 undrafted free agents Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He added that the Stills trade to Miami, which brought the Saints veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick, "probably doesn't happen if we didn't have didn't have that same confidence about some younger (receivers) on the roster." The 6-foot-2, 246-pound Tull was named Southern Conference defensive player of the year three times. He was credited with 18 tackles for losses and 10 ½ sacks last season. He's had 37 sacks and 60 tackles for losses in his career in college football's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tull said he prides himself on the effort he exhibits on every play — the result of a drive which he said came from being lightly recruited by colleges after missing most of his senior season in high school with a broken leg. "We were just talking about losing scholarships in high school and having a broken leg and having people not believe in you and having that chip," Tull said. "You always want to prove other people wrong." Tull was the second edge pass-rusher drafted by New Orleans, joining Washington outside linebacker and second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha. The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Davison was credited with 8½ sacks last season and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. But Davison, a former competitive wrestler, said his aggressiveness getting into the backfield won't undermine his ability to defend the run. "You don't want to be a one-trick pony," Davison asserted. "A lot of people attach the stigma to nose guards that they can't get after the quarterback. I think that you can't buy into that mindset." The 6-foot, 189-pound Swann was named an All-Southeastern Conference second-team player by The Associated Press last season, when his four interceptions tied for a team high. Swann also was fourth on the team in tackles with 65 and had a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Swann was the second cornerback drafted by the Saints, who also took Florida State's P.J. Williams in Friday night's third round. Swann said he was hoping to join a team with well-respected veterans at his position, and expects to learn a lot from starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis. "I'm in a great position," Swann said. "I'm going in eyes wide open, ears open, ready to work." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah is ready to help Detroit's backfield. He's just not about to compare himself to the running back he is replacing."I think there's only one Reggie Bush," Abdullah said. "Hopefully I'm out to prove that there's only one Ameer Abdullah. Reggie, obviously, in my years of living, watching college football and watching Reggie throughout his career, he's one of...
Lions draft Nebraska RB Abdullah, Stanford CB Carter
By NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press | May 1, 2015ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah is ready to help Detroit's backfield. He's just not about to compare himself to the running back he is replacing. "I think there's only one Reggie Bush," Abdullah said. "Hopefully I'm out to prove that there's only one Ameer Abdullah. Reggie, obviously, in my years of living, watching college football and watching Reggie throughout his career, he's one of the most electrifying guys I've ever seen, so I'm ready to prove myself that I'm doing things my own way." The Lions drafted Abdullah in the second round Friday night, adding the Nebraska running back after they cut Bush earlier this offseason. That pick filled a need, and so did their next one when they took Stanford cornerback Alex Carter in the third round. General manager Martin Mayhew did say the 5-foot-9 Abdullah is somewhat similar to Bush, stylistically. "They are both guys that can function in space," Mayhew said. "Reggie is probably more developed as a receiver right now, but this guy is just a rookie right now and he will get better in that area. Both of them have similar traits." Abdullah rushed for over 1,600 yards in each of his final two seasons with the Cornhuskers. Joique Bell rushed for 860 yards for Detroit last season, and Abdullah gives the Lions another option. The Lions moved up eight picks in the third round in a trade with Minnesota, then drafted the 6-foot, 202-pound Carter. "He's a physical guy," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "He's certainly got size to match up with some of the big receivers we'll see in our division. Not only that, he's smart. He is a student of the game, works extremely hard at it and you can see he's got all the makings to be a true pro, so those are the things that jump out at you." The Lions can use another good young cornerback after drafting Darius Slay two years ago. Carter left Stanford after his junior season. His father Tom played at Notre Dame and was a first-round draft pick by Washington in 1993, essentially replacing Mayhew, who had left via free agency to play for Tampa Bay that offseason. "I have known his dad for about 20 years now," Mayhew said. "The year I left the Redskins is the year he joined the Redskins so we know a lot of the same people." Alex Carter, who is from Ashburn, Virginia, even shared an unusual connection he has with the Detroit GM. "I actually came back, and the pastor that baptized me last summer told me that he also baptized Martin when he was playing for the Redskins," he said. Not only that, Alex Carter also said his roommate this past year was the son of former Lions star Barry Sanders. Earlier Friday, the Lions formally introduced guard Laken Tomlinson of Duke, taken the night before in the first round. His success is a source of pride for his native Jamaica. "My dad is still there. He was really excited about everything that happened," Tomlinson said. "I still have extended family there and they were rooting for me. I would say the island is pretty happy right now." Tomlinson moved to the U.S. from Jamaica when he was 11, after growing up in a crowded home on the Caribbean island. "It was a simple life. Back then I didn't have the knowledge I have today but just looking back, we didn't have much at all," Tomlinson said. "It was a tough lifestyle. Just having the opportunity to make that switch — my grandparents moved to the United States before we did and they worked to get their kids, and their kids' kids, to the United States." Tomlinson's mother was in attendance at his introductory news conference. He went to Lane Technical High School in Chicago before heading to Duke. The Lions also introduced offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, whom they acquired in a trade with Denver on Thursday. Ramirez was drafted by the Lions in 2007 and remained with them before being cut in 2010 and catching on with the Broncos. "When I got released from here it did hurt a lot," he said. "But at the same time I truly believe that it was the best thing that's ever happened to me. It put a lot of things in perspective for me." ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two.Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday.And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once...
Browns' pick Shelton overcame brother's death to make NFL
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Danny Shelton was presented with his No. 71 jersey by the Browns, his mom stood to the side of the dais. Her eyes welled with tears, her emotions torn in two. Oneone Shelton wore a button over her heart with No. 55, the jersey worn by her late son, Shennon, killed four years ago on Friday. And as Danny beamed with pride on the first day of a new chapter in a life he once thought impossible, his mom grappled simultaneously with loss and love. "It was painful because I don't see my other son," she said. "And this is his anniversary, so we were are here for Danny. Some of our family in Seattle are celebrating his anniversary today. When we go back we'll go visit him. We're proud to be here with him today." Shelton was introduced Friday by the Browns, who selected the outgoing and hulky Washington defensive tackle with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Shelton's selection was one of the more memorable in Chicago because when he came onstage, he hugged and lifted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell off his feet. "He was just excited, just like I was," Shelton said of Goodell. "He was shocked at the same time but he was happy for me." Hours after he was taken by the Browns, who selected Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving with the No. 19 overall pick, Shelton was flown to Cleveland to officially begin his pro career. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton quickly won over Browns fans with his positive vibe and his eagerness to play for them. "How's the Dawg Pound?" he asked to open his welcoming news conference. Four years ago, his brother was shot and killed following an argument and fight that quickly escalated in Auburn, Washington, the Shelton's hometown. Shelton was 17, so badly shaken by the incident that he became withdrawn and nearly gave up football. But Shelton matured, persevered and is now living a dream. "It's just crazy to think, because four years ago I would never see myself here," he said. "It's definitely a blessing." Not long after introducing Shelton and Erving, the Browns got back to building their team by selecting Utah defensive end Nate Orchard with the No. 51 overall pick. Orchard , who had 18 1-2 sacks last year, will shift to outside linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme and should help a unit that recorded just 31 sacks in 2014. A converted wide receiver, Orchard has a knack for getting to the QB. "That is the head of the snake," Orchard said. "It can really change a ballgame. It is just my thing." Browns general manager Ray Farmer ignored playmakers in the first two rounds before selecting Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 overall pick. Johnson ran for 1,652 yards last season and finished as the Hurricanes career rushing leader despite just playing three seasons. He'll give the Browns backfield depth and could work into the rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, who both showed promise as rookies last year. Before taking Orchard and Johnson, the Browns traded the No. 43 to Houston for the No. 51 selection, and Cleveland also dealt the 229th pick to the Texans for picks Nos. 116 and 195. The Browns will have seven picks on Saturday. Oneone Shelton said Danny, the second youngest of her four sons, was often in trouble during high school but she always thought he would turn out OK. He went to Washington, and with the support of the Huskies coaching staff, Shelton figured things out and became a team leader and academic All-American. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He's a role model for our family." Shelton said he majored in anthropology in college so he could better connect to the Samoan heritage on his mother's side. He has learned the value of family and community, and Shelton aspires to have a career like others of Polynesian descent, including Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Haloti Ngata. "Those are guys who represent our culture really well and I just want to follow their footsteps," he said. Shelton often thinks about his late brother, and although there have been many difficult moments since his passing, he's sure Shennon is proud of him. "It's a time to celebrate," he said. "I'm just glad that my mom and my uncle are here to celebrate it with me because it's a hard time for my family. I definitely know that my brother's smiling down on us, and I just can't wait to go back and see my family and be with them." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Apr 30, 2015
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Brandon Scherff played tennis — at 250 pounds! — in high school, along with baseball, basketball and throwing the shot put and discus in track and field. After taking Scherff with the fifth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the Washington Redskins are hoping his athleticism and versatility will improve their offensive line.Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in a news...
Redskins take OL Brandon Scherff with 5th pick in NFL draft
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Brandon Scherff played tennis — at 250 pounds! — in high school, along with baseball, basketball and throwing the shot put and discus in track and field. After taking Scherff with the fifth pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the Washington Redskins are hoping his athleticism and versatility will improve their offensive line. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in a news conference at Redskins Park that the team plans to use Scherff at right tackle; he played left tackle in college at Iowa. Asked on a conference call with reporters how he'd describe himself as a player, Scherff replied: "Nasty, physical, likes to finish blocks, likes to get after people." That's exactly what the Redskins were looking for, Gruden said, explaining that he envisions Scherff helping to "get us back to the glory days of running the football and being physical." Scherff, listed now at 6-foot-5 and about 320 pounds, is new general manager Scot McCloughan's first draft pick for Washington, which went 4-12 last season to finish last in the NFC East for the sixth time in seven years. "There's a lot of things that we need to fix, obviously," Gruden said. Scherff won the Outland Trophy in college, starting all 26 games over his last two seasons. He is considered talented as a run blocker but might need to improve in pass protection. There was some thought he might leave after his junior year, but he stayed at Iowa. And Scherff gained quite a bit of attention when a video of him doing three lifts of nearly 450 pounds from his knees to his shoulders while being cheered by teammates was posted online by Hawkeyes strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. As a high schooler, Scherff said, "Freshman year, I went from track practice to tennis practice to baseball practice, all in the same day." So Gruden expects Scherff to have no trouble moving from the left side to the right side of the line — or even switching to guard if that's where the Redskins eventually decide to use him. "He's very versatile. Heck, he could probably play center, if he wanted to. But I think, Day 1, we'll start him out at right tackle ... see how he does, and I'm sure he'll pick it up quickly," Gruden said. "The thing we liked about him also: He's a very smart guy." Scherff is McCloughan's first significant addition to the offense after a series of offseason changes to the defense. Leading up to the draft, it was thought the Redskins might trade down from the fifth overall spot in order to acquire extra picks. McCloughan said Monday that he'd "love to get 10-plus" choices, instead of the seven he started with. But he held onto the fifth pick and got the sort of player Washington hopes will wind up teaming with Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, taken No. 4 overall in 2000, to fend off opposing defenders. "Not a lot of action," Gruden said about the possibility of trading down. "We had some phone calls here and there." This was the first time the Redskins drafted a player in the first round since using the No. 2 overall selection in 2012 to get quarterback Robert Griffin III. That pick was obtained in a trade with the St. Louis Rams that cost the Redskins a bevy of choices, including first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. Griffin led the Redskins to the 2012 NFC East title and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he tore knee ligaments in a playoff loss to Seattle that season. He's been in and out of the lineup since, because of injuries and coaches' decisions, but McCloughan announced this week that the Redskins planned to exercise their fifth-year contract option on the quarterback for 2016. ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: YouTube video of Scherff: http://www.ubersense.com/video/view/vni2RbGy AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Apr 30, 2015
Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
High school notebook: Norman North's Ben Barrett sets state record in 1,600 meters
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 30, 2015It’s been quite a year for distance runners in boys track, and Norman North’s Ben Barrett added to it with a record-setting performance Thursday. Barrett ran the 1,600 meters in 4:09.97 Thursday afternoon in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference meet at Deer Creek, breaking the state record, which had been set earlier this year by Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen. Calvin Miller of Westmoore was on the verge of yet another milestone, coming a fraction of a second away from breaking the state record in the 800 meters. Miller’s winning time of 1:51.83, just off the record time of 1:51.70, held by two runners, Justin Nobles of Elgin and Quintell Wilson of Edmond North. Balenseifen and Barrett, perhaps the most talented pair of distance runners to come through the state in several years, both competed in Thursday’s meet, but did not go head-to-head, with each running just one race. Balenseifen finished second in the 800 prior to Barrett winning the 1,600. With Barrett being in Class 6A, and Balenseifen in 5A, the two rarely cross paths on the track. But they have become friends and push each other from a distance. Earlier this year, Balenseifen set the 1,600 record at 4:11.57 and still holds the record in the 3,200 at 9:16.20. While competing in a national event in California, Barrett broke the 9-minute mark in the 3,200 at 8:57, though it does not qualify for the state record mark since it was accomplished in an out-of-state competition. Barrett is headed to North Carolina State for college, while Balenseifen will stay close at Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE OFFERS NORMAN NORTH’S LINDY WATERS III Scholarship offers for Norman North junior shooting guard Lindy Waters III have gone from a steady flow to a roaring wave over the last few days. Lower-level Division I programs like Northeastern and Loyola-Maryland helped Waters’ offer list reach double-digits, then Harvard and Yale brought an Ivy League presence to the recruiting game. Cincinnati came in as well, and on Wednesday night, the first major offer dropped. Oklahoma State entered the pursuit of the versatile 6-foot-6 Waters, who is playing on the Adidas circuit with the Oklahoma Wizards this summer. He averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game for Norman North last season. Waters becomes the third player in the state’s 2016 recruiting class with an offer from Oklahoma State. Putnam City West guard Tre Evans is already verbally committed to the Cowboys, and Mustang guard Jakolby Long has an offer as well. OFFERS POURING IN FOR DEL CITY’S WILSON, LEXINGTON’S BROWN Last week’s offers from Nebraska and Colorado were just the start for Del City quarterback Terry Wilson. Three more scholarship offers have come in this week, with two more from Power Five conferences. Arizona State and Texas Tech joined San Diego State in offering the 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior over the last few days. Lexington’s Tyler Brown continues to show himself as one of the fastest rising prospects in the state’s 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle just received his first offer in mid-April. North Texas and Tulsa were the first to offer Brown, and now, Houston, Wyoming and Utah State have come in as well. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are among the bigger programs showing interest in Brown. OFFICIALS’ HALL OF FAME CLASS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Officials Association announced its Hall of Fame class Monday that will be inducted Saturday, July 25, at Westmoore High School. Four officials will be honored that day: Marvin Barbee of Roff, Gary Easley of Claremore, Fred Burris of Lawton and Dale “Bud” Campbell of Sallisaw. Easley and Burris both worked as basketball and football officials, calling state championship games, several state tournaments and All-State contests. Barbee is a former director of officials for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. He has worked in football, basketball, softball and baseball during his 43-year career. Campbell has officiated four state basketball tournaments and still works as a basketball official observer. IVY ADDING OFFERS Former Muskogee defensive end Tramal Ivy added two scholarship offers Thursday after his first season at Butler Community College. Ivy was offered by Minnesota and Arkansas State, he said on his Twitter account. As a senior in 2013, Ivy was a dominant player for the Roughers. He was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team and Super 30 with offers from Kansas State, Memphis, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and Washington State. He ultimately chose Butler after failing to qualify academically. He played in six games for the Grizzlies, recording eight tackles and 21/2 sacks.
Apr 25, 2015
“OUR job is to educate kids, not select and sort them out.” Rob Neu, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, made this remark Tuesday in announcing a revamping of the district’s code of conduct. The overhaul is badly needed, as an internal report issued a day earlier made clear. The report looked at disciplinary actions taken at 14 high schools and middle schools during the two most...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: A welcome approach by OKC schools superintendent
The Oklahoman Editorials | Apr 25, 2015“OUR job is to educate kids, not select and sort them out.” Rob Neu, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, made this remark Tuesday in announcing a revamping of the district’s code of conduct. The overhaul is badly needed, as an internal report issued a day earlier made clear. The report looked at disciplinary actions taken at 14 high schools and middle schools during the two most recent school years. Nearly 3,000 students were suspended during that time, mostly for disruptive behavior, fighting and defiance of authority. The study found that students were punished inconsistently for similar offenses, that blacks were suspended a much higher rate than whites at some schools, that some schools regularly referred students to alternative education programs, and that record-keeping was shoddy and in some cases nonexistent. Neu said he wants a disciplinary policy that includes fewer offenses that would result in a student being suspended. He vows that referring a student to alternative education will no longer be considered an “automatic strategy” for first-time, nonviolent offenses. In addition, principals and teachers will receive intensive training and the district will more closely monitor suspension data and come up with a way to monitor and help kids who are headed for trouble. “Having students in our classrooms learning is better than them being at home or on the streets,” Neu said. He’s certainly right about that. We appreciate Neu’s unflinching response to this troubling data, and wish him all the best going forward as he works to improve the district. Far-reaching appeal After a 10-month investigation, federal prosecutors this week charged six men in Minnesota who allegedly were trying to join Islamic State, or ISIS. All six were Somali-Americans in their late teens to early 20s, and according to authorities were wooed by a friend who had traveled to Syria. The six tried to do the same, but were thwarted either by their parents or authorities. Andrew Luger, U.S. attorney in Minneapolis, said the arrests underscore a “terror recruiting problem” in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population. “The person radicalizing your son, your brother, your friend may not be a stranger,” Luger said at a news conference. “It may be their best friend right here in town.” That’s a chilling proposition, indeed. Irony alert State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recently announced that she was in the process of “developing more than a dozen stakeholder advisory groups to seek input and recommendations as part of a continuous feedback loop” at the Department of Education. In turn, each advisory group will have a chair who serves on a newly created senior advisory council. That council, in turn, will begin a Red Tape Task Force in the next 100 days, Hofmeister said. Time will tell if that effort is beneficial — we hope so — but it’s hard not to chuckle at the irony embedded in the announcement. Only in government do officials announce that they’re working to reduce red tape by expanding bureaucracy with the creation of a dozen entities that will help create another government entity that will then create another government entity. Groupthink The “everyone gets a trophy” mentality may be morphing into the “everyone gets their own special day” mentality. Someone apparently decided that April 23 was Openly Secular Day. It was touted as a time for “atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, secular Americans and their supporters” to “gather online” and on college campuses to simultaneously celebrate “their openly secular lives.” “For many Americans, revealing to their family and friends that they are secular can be very scary,” says Openly Secular Chair Todd Stiefel. “So participating in a nationwide event in which many, many others are also celebrating their secular worldview, can be incredibly freeing and even exhilarating.” Forgive the skepticism, but is it really that much of a burden for people who don’t believe in a personal God to live their lives without their neighbors knowing about their nonbelief? Apparently, those who call themselves “freethinkers” have trouble going it alone. Drafting a winner No one would have been surprised if, after completing his senior season, University of Kentucky football player Bud Dupree left school to prepare for the NFL Draft. After all, players do it all the time, figuring they can always go back and finish their degree work. But Dupree, a likely first-round pick next week as a defensive end/outside linebacker, took a different route. He stayed in school this semester, juggling four classes and an internship with his workout routine and visits to NFL teams. Why? Because when he gets his diploma May 9, he’ll become the first person in his extended family on his mother’s side to receive a college degree. “I’ve been looking forward to the draft since I was a little kid,” Dupree told USA Today. “But at the same time, graduating from college is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It’s not just making myself proud, it’s making my family proud.” It’s easy to root for a young man like that. Change for a twenty? If U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., has his way, the $20 bill will one day bear a woman’s portrait instead of Andrew Jackson’s. Gutierrez has filed the “Put a Woman on the Twenty Act.” It directs the Treasury secretary to convene a panel to poll Americans and then make recommendations on a possible replacement. Three women have been featured on U.S. circulated coins, according to the U.S. Mint — Helen Keller, Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony. But Gutierrez says the last woman to appear on U.S. paper currency was Martha Washington, on the $1 silver certificate in the 1800s. “Women make up over 50 percent of our population and at least 50 percent of our patriots, leaders and role models as a nation,” he said in promoting his bill. Separately, a recent “Women on 20s” viral campaign included an online poll on this issue. It produced four finalists: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and an Oklahoman you may have heard of, Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Oblivious assessment? Talk about falling down on the job: For more than a decade, the Garvin County assessor apparently missed $149,000 in improvements that more than doubled the value of one home. In 1999, the assessor determined the home of Don and Mary Frankenberg had a $69,597 market value. Following a fire in 2000, the couple made improvements to the home but the assessor left the market value unchanged until 2012; then the assessor tried to raise the value to $219,284. The couple ultimately challenged that assessment in court, arguing that Oklahoma’s 5 percent annual cap on property value increases bans such dramatic increases except when improvements are made during the year of the assessment or when properties change ownership. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ultimately sided with the homeowners. Everyone should pay their fair share, but this appears a case of government overreaction to make up for past incompetence.
Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnoversApr 18, 2015
Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday.
Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnovers
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday. Here are the grades: BALLHAWKING: A. The Cowboy defense produced four turnovers. Interceptions by Ramon Richards, Kevin Peterson and Darius Curry, plus Rennie Childs’ fumble caused by Vincent Taylor and recovered Josh Mabin off a busted reverse. Mike Gundy praised the ball security after the game, which means kudos to the defense for making plays. HANDS: A. The Cowboys were without mainstay receivers Brandon Sheperd, David Glidden and Marcel Ateman, plus tight end Jeremy Seaton, but few balls were dropped Saturday. Oklahoma Baptist transfer Keegan Metcalf dropped a swing pass, but the only other drop came from cornerback Darius Curry on what should have been an interception. PASS PROTECTION: C. The pass rush was constant on both sides, which might be a concern. The OSU defense played base, with little blitzing. Of course, there was a quick whistle for the quarterbacks, so particularly J.W. Walsh, but Mason Rudolph, too, might have dashed out of harm’s way. But each team recorded three sacks — Gyasi Akem, Emmanuel Ogbah and Jordan Brailford for the Orange, Seth Jacobs, Chad Whitener and Cole Walterscheid for the White. FORMAT: A. Fun to see an old-fashioned football game for the spring. The game was condensed — after an 88-snap first half, Gundy ordered a 15-minute, running clock for the entire second half — but no matter. Except for a few tight ends and fullbacks, the teams remained split, with field position and fourth-down conversions and all the remnants of a real game. Gundy even gave us an opening kickoff, which James Washington returned to the White 30-yard line. DEFENSIVE INTERIOR: B. OSU’s biggest question figures to be defensive tackle, with James Castleman and Ofa Hautau gone. But the interior held up rather well. Taylor was particularly impressive. Neither side gave up a ton of inside runs, though it also wasn’t overly tested, as most of the run game aimed at the perimeter. In the first half, which most resembled a real game, the offense five times faced third-and-short. All five plays were running plays, and only two converted first downs. YOUNG QUARTERBACKS: A. The game did not disintegrate when young quarterbacks Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar entered. Kolar, from Norman North, has yet to go through his high school graduation but connected with Chris Lacy for deep balls that produced gains of 55 and 42 yards. Kolar also gained 17 yards on four carries and drew praise from Gundy for his running. Cornelius, a non-scholarship freshman from Bushland, Texas, completed four of five passes for 62 yards.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game
Athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.) both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game
By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel | Apr 18, 2015Oklahoma State landed two verbal pledges for its 2016 signing class during Saturday’s spring game: athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.). Alexander — a 6-foot-1 and 175-pound, three-star rated prospect (Rivals) — held scholarship offers from 10 different schools, including Arkansas, Baylor and TCU. Williams — a 5-foot-11 and 165-pound, three-star rated prospect (Rivals) — has 14 listed offers, including Oklahoma, Missouri and Mississippi State. Both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season. They join quarterback Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian, Texas), cornerback Madre Harper (Arlington Lamar, Texas), cornerback Malik Kearse (Fort Scott CC, Kan.) and running back Justice Hill (Tulsa Washington) as verbal commits in the 2016 class. CHILDS MAKES HIS MOVE With Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill gone and junior college recruit Chris Carson yet to arrive, this spring offered Rennie Childs an opportunity to stake his claim on at least a significant share of the running back job. He lost a little weight, picked up a step of speed and according to coaches made an impression. Saturday, he ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, with 60 yards coming on one burst. “He’s accepted the challenge,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of Childs. “He wasn’t as physical over his first few years here as he needed to be. We pushed him hard through the spring. He got hit more than what we would have wanted him to, but we felt like he needed to be in that role. He needed to get tired. He needed to get tackled. He needed to find a way to make some plays. “Des Roland was terrific for us the last couple years, but we didn’t get the breakaway (runs). We got a lot of 6- to 8- to 10-yard runs. There weren’t a lot of 25-, 30- and 50-yard runs. “Over 60 percent of the time, plays are blocked incorrectly. You have to have a guy who’s there running it or throwing it or catching it who can make a play.” HAYS LEADS OSU IN RECEPTIONS For the past two years, Cowboy receiver Austin Hays has shown flashes of talent only to have his season derailed by injury. That’s why he was all smiles following the spring game. “This is the first spring that I’ve been through and have had no injuries,” Hays said. “So this is by far the best I feel, my body, going through all of winter conditioning. I feel good.” His play on Saturday was good, too. Hays, a junior, was quarterback Mason Rudolph’s favorite target with four catches for 40 yards. “With David (Glidden) being out, Hays has really stepped in and done a great job catching balls and making plays,” Rudolph said. “He’s a real cerebral receiver. He knows where to be on the field. He knows what I’m thinking. He’s had a lot of experience. So he made some great plays today and kind of bailed me out of some bad situations.” ‘COWBOY’ BACKS OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks got a new position coach and a new meeting room this spring. Now, they got a new position, too. The Cowboys have adopted what they’re calling the “Cowboy back” position, a hybrid role that combines the duties of both a fullback and a tight end. They will block out of the backfield as well as on the line in addition to catching passes and occasionally running the ball. “We thought that over the last couple years by not having that position, that fullback and that tight end, that we struggled some running the football,” Gundy said. “And we feel like that can help us. We’ll find out. I don’t know if we’re right or not, but that’s why we made that change.” The current “Cowboy backs” are Jeremy Seaton, who was injured this spring but will return in the fall; Zac Veatch; Blake Jarwin; Jordan Frazier; and Britton Abbott. “We’ll continue to take one a year for that Cowboy back,” Gundy said of including that position in recruiting. “The 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, 260-pound, 265-pound guy. … It’s a really good opportunity for them if they desire to play in the NFL if they can play on the line and in the backfield.” TAYLOR EMERGING AT DT Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer spied his starting defensive tackles from last season, James Castleman and Ofa Hautau, on the sidelines during Saturday’s spring game. “Gosh, Coach,” they told him, “I wish we had one more year.” “You?” Spencer asked. The loss of Castleman and Hautau left a big hole in the Cowboy defense, but Spencer liked much of what he saw from their replacements this spring. Even though Vili Leveni was injured and missed the spring, Motekiai Maile and Vincent Taylor performed well. “If I had to give a most improved from the guys that were here last year … it would be Vincent Taylor,” Spencer said of the sophomore, who had five tackles, including three for a loss, and caused one fumble Saturday. “That was a guy that we had to have come on, to get in that rotation and show that he was a better player than he was last year and that, hey, we can win with this guy in the Big 12.” Gundy said, “Those guys inside … they’ll be relatively new players, and they have to hold their gap. We can help ‘em some because we have some depth at the end spot. We have some guys that can stand up and rush and some guys that have some experience. So, we can do different things with them on the edge, but those guys inside have to hold their gaps.” LAMPKIN HAS TO WIN BACK SPOT Cornerback Ashton Lampkin returned to action Saturday for the first time since an ankle injury sidelined him for much of last season. Even though he was a starter, that spot is not guaranteed. Ramon Richards replaced him and showed improvement as the season progressed, Michael Hunter is transferring from Indiana after starting 36 games for the Hoosiers, and Miketavius Jones and Darius Curry continue to make strides “He’ll have to compete,” Gundy said of Lampkin. “He won’t be able to walk right back in and be a starter on this team, and he’s competing right now.” The growing depth at cornerback may be tough on Lampkin, but it is a boon for the Cowboys. “It allows us to do what we couldn’t do last year, what we did two years ago,” Spencer said. “Just play some different sub packages in different situations. We just couldn’t do it last year. It hurt us against teams that spread the field. It hurt us a lot.” PETERSON MIGHT FRONT FLIP Cornerback Kevin Peterson returned J.W. Walsh’s second pass of the game 24 yards for a touchdown. He enjoyed the touchdown, since he hasn’t scored in his Cowboy career. “I would have celebrated some more, but I didn’t know if they were throwing excessive celebration flags,” Peterson said. “I should have done a front flip. It’s all good. I might do it next year in the season, if I get the opportunity.”
Apr 18, 2015
Mason Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader.
Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph give Cowboys a much-needed leader at quarterback
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph walks tall. He’s 6-foot-4, talks softly and doesn’t say much out of turn. But only 10 1/2 months past his high school graduation, Rudolph carries himself with a presence that impresses his elders on the OSU football team. Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader. “The way Mase carried himself, the way Mase conducted himself, there was no doubt,” said offensive tackle Zach Crabtree. A swagger, his teammates call it. Not a Joe Namath swagger. A Marlboro Man swagger. A confidence that belies Rudolph’s experience, which extends to three college football games, not counting the Orange-White Game on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Rudolph’s second pass Saturday was well-placed but intercepted. Cornerback Ramon Richards made a superb play, outdueling flanker James Washington on a fade pattern, and got the OSU defense off to a rousing start. But Rudolph was undeterred. He completed 11 of 15 passes the rest of the game for 158 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph showed why optimism flows high for OSU football 2015. The Cowboys have a ton of experience at most positions, plus a quarterback they can believe in. “I think he wants that role,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “I think there are guys that want that last-second shot. He embraces that.” Multiple Cowboys compared Rudolph’s moxie to that of fifth-year senior J.W. Walsh, who has never lacked for confidence but does lack the classic-QB skills of Rudolph. “They have that ‘it’ factor,” Yurcich said. “Can’t really definite it, but they have it. They have confidence in themselves and the team has confidence in them.” More bounty from the decision to pull Rudolph off the redshirt list last November. In three marquee games — at Baylor, at OU, Washington in the Cactus Bowl, the latter two victories — Rudolph proved not just his quarterback mettle, but his leadership qualities. “When everything was falling down, wasn’t going our way, we had to look to somebody else,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons. The truth is, since the Brandon Weeden Fiesta Bowl, OSU has been searching for its franchise quarterback. Clint Chelf played superb down the stretch of 2013 but was a senior. Otherwise, the last three seasons have been musical chairs due to injury and ineffectiveness. Now there is a clear feeling that the quarterback puzzle has been solved. Mike Gundy tried to be cautious — “he’s performed very well from a leadership standpoint and he’s making better decisions with the ball … but he’s got a long ways to go. “ — but ended up admitting that Rudolph gives the Cowboys a chance to return to championship status. Of course, we already knew that. Gundy declaring Rudolph the starter in January was all the evidence we needed. “No question, our job is easier when you have a quarterback that you can trust,” Gundy said. “The best thing we did last year was playing him at the end of the year. He fits the system. He’s mobile enough to move around. He’s shown pocket presence. He’s shown durability and toughness. “We felt like he had established himself as the starter. It helps the organization of your team; they have to look to somebody for leadership, and in most cases it’s going to be your quarterback.” Rudolph fired the ball all over the field Saturday. He hit Washington on two deep throws. The OSU offense looked like its old Weeden self. “It was an awesome spring for me,” Rudolph said. “The chemistry’s great with the offense, especially. It’s a completely different deal. You saw the start of a big thing, and we’re going to continue on. It’s going to be a fun season for sure.” Everyone connected with OSU football believes that, mostly because the Cowboys have found a quarterback that not only can throw, but that they can follow. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. 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.
The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately.Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most...
Timeline Ties Newspaper, Community
Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately. Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most coming from the newspaper’s own pages. 1800s 1833: Martin Warren settled on land that would become Warrensburg. 1860, May 18: James D. Eads and J. Milton Bonham edited The Western Missourian, Warrensburg. The paper carried news and advertising, including about runaway slaves. 1861-1865: No one published a paper in the city during the war years. The county clerk, having lost an election to Marsh Foster, editor of the former Western Missourian, murdered Foster at the courthouse on Main Street in February 1861. 1865, April 17: The Journal opened under J.D. Eads. • July 20: Johnson County’s county records returned after being absent during the Civil War. • Sept. 20: “The first Pacific passenger train completed a trip across the state, leaving Kansas City at 3 a.m. and arriving at St. Louis at 5 p.m. on the same day.” 1867: (circa) Vigilantes who first put to death murderers then went after other people, with guards posted at The Journal office “as threats were made against that paper for counseling the vigilantes to disband.” • The newspaper reported the organization of the first teachers college in Warrensburg. 1868: The newspaper reported the organization of the first public schools in Warrensburg. 1870: George Graham Vest eulogized a dog, Drum, marking a milestone for animals. 1871: The Democrat newspaper opened in Johnson County. 1874, Oct. 4: Wallace Crossley is born. 1876, Oct. 27: The Journal and The Democrat merged as The Journal-Democrat. • David Nation, husband of Warrensburg’s nationally infamous bar basher, Carrie Nation, at one point served as a Journal-Democrat partner. 1878, Nov. 12: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union organized to address “drunkenness in our midst, notwithstanding that there are no licensed saloons,” but also expressed a belief that druggists in town sold alcohol and thus resolved to seek “suppression of the places of dubious character.” 1883, Nov. 22: Someone robbed the Hyatt and Boyle safe at Hazel Hill. • The Johnson County Star moved from Knob Noster to Warrensburg. 1886, Nov. 6: The newspaper advertised Superior cook stoves. 1892, Jan. 1: Downhome humor would spin within the pages of the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat: “Stranger: ‘You say the editor died with his boots on?’ Printer: ‘Yes, sir. You see, he knew the town so well he wouldn’t pull ’em off for fear they’d steal his socks.” 1894: Mrs. Joseph Carmack, who would become a long-term Star-Journal employee, set type by hand. 1895: The Missouri Press Association, including Warrensburg’s newspaper, met at Pertle Springs. 1896, April 18: The newspaper reported Cora Carter, a student at St. Cecelia College, Holden, visited her relatives in Warrensburg. 1897, June 7: Fire burned the Gordon House on South Normal Avenue, the paper reported. 1898: The editor/publisher of The Journal-Democrat, Maj. Henry Reed, started raising a company to serve in the Spanish-American War. 1899: Murray Reed served as the Journal-Democrat’s news staff. 1900s 1900, Nov. 18: The newspaper quipped: “The electric fan has long since ceased to put on airs.” 1901, Feb. 3: A man and wife argued about who should get up to make the fire and the man won by slapping his wife, who then took him to court where he received a $1 fine. 1902, June 29: The newspaper reported Col. H.P. Farris owned a cycle-auto. • Dec. 30: Wallace Crossley married Erma Cheatham. 1903: Wallace Crossley acquired The Star. 1905, June 15: James C. Kirkpatrick is born. • Crossley began his first term in the Missouri House. 1911: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri House. 1912: Negotiations to combine The Journal-Democrat and The Star got under way. • Crossley won election to the Missouri Senate. 1913: Crossley bought out his Star newspaper partner, W.C. Capp. 1914: Bill Tucker is born in Fulton, Mo. • Crossley’s newspaper started a half century-stay at 108-110 W. Culton St. 1915, April 17: The staff celebrated The Journal turning 50. • The newspaper reported that only the Dockery Gym survived a fire at the State Normal School, now the University of Central Missouri. 1916: Crossley became Missouri lieutenant governor. 1917: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri Senate and began serving as lieutenant governor. 1918, Feb. 6: Crossley combined the Journal-Democrat and The Star to create a single publication, The Star-Journal. 1921: Crossley became The Star-Journal’s sole owner. • Crossley finished his tenure as lieutenant governor. 1922: Crossley served as a member of the state’s constitutional convention. 1925: Mrs. Bert Thompson began writing what became a long-time Daily Star-Journal column, New Hope. 1926: The newspaper reported completion of the first concrete parts of U.S. 50 through the county. 1927, Sept. 20: In what may be the first “Backward Glances” printed in The Daily Star-Journal, the paper stated the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce planned to meet for lunch. “This is an important meeting and the committee hopes that at least 100 men will be present,” the newspaper reported. • Sept. 21: The college achieved a record enrollment of 900. • Kirkpatrick belonged to the first journalism class at Central Missouri State College. 1929: Tom Benton Hollyman moved to Warrensburg with his father, the Rev. John Hollyman, and family. • James C. Kirkpatrick, who previously worked for The Normal Student publication at the Normal School in Warrensburg, began working in November for The Daily Star Journal. He later became The Star-Journal news editor. 1930: The newspaper reported that Gas Service Co. had 100 customers in Warrensburg. 1931, Jan. 22: The newspaper began publishing “No Hard Feelings,” a serialized version of the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Holden. He became the most decorated American in World War I. The first column in the series states stuttering almost kept Barkley out of the war. • Feb. 6: The paper stated, “Born of high ideals and by able and efficient management, the paper has become indispensable to the reading and progressive families of Warrensburg and Johnson County.” 1932, June 7: The paper reported Warrensburg City Council would discuss having all electricians licensed. 1933: Crossley served as state relief administrator. 1934: Wallace Crossley finished his term as Missouri Press Association president. • Kirkpatrick interviewed Senate candidate Harry Truman at The Star-Journal. 1935: University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded general excellence to The Star-Journal. • “… Inside the door (to The Star-Journal) was the most bustle and urgency one could find in Warrensburg in 1935,” Tom Benton Hollyman wrote. A nationally recognized photographer, Hollyman early in his career “freelanced,” with the emphasis on “free,” for The Star-Journal. 1936, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported homes without water due to freezing temperatures. 1937, Feb. 17: The newspaper reported Warrensburg’s city marshal continued to investigate why fire claimed a 1927 Essex parked on Holden Street, on the wrong side, next to a fire hydrant. 1938, Nov. 9: The Star-Journal ran a national news story about Nazi violence against Jews, which became known as Kristallnacht; crowed at the success of the newspaper’s election night party; and reported doctors disagreed about the need for a Johnson County hospital. 1939, June: Hollyman took most of the photos for The Star-Journal’s modern publication, Photo News. In the 1939 section, Gov. Lloyd C. Stark remarked, “It is in keeping with the modern trend whereby newspapers keep their readers informed of current events not only through the medium of print, but by means of pictures.” • MU School of Journalism awarded Crossley a journalism medal of honor. 1940, April 15: The Star-Journal’s diamond jubilee, marking 75 years in business, came and went with nothing about the anniversary. The issue included information about the Rev. J.C. Hollyman, Warrensburg, being named a Presbyterian commissioner at a denominational meeting in Rochester, N.Y.; news snippets about fighting in Germany; and an advice column by Dale Carnegie, who as a younger man had attended UCM. • May 10: Robert Wadlow, 22, Alton, Ill., known as the Alton Giant for standing 8-11, visited Warrensburg. The newspaper reported he wore size 37 shoes. “Mr. Wadlow asked the tallest man in the crowd to get a silver dollar off Robert’s head. Donald Martin, a freshman at the college, surprised Mr. Wadlow and the crowd as well by standing on his tip-toes, and getting the silver dollar, which was presented to him by Robert Wadlow. Martin is 6 feet 8 inches tall and played on the basketball team at the college last year.” • June 17: The Daily Star-Journal’s 1939 Photo News, a publication devoted to community photos, took first place in the National Newspaper Contest. • July: Hollyman received recognition in print for his work on Photo News. He is described in personal terms: “fine, manly character, dependable, straightforward, enthusiastic, persistent…” The publication states further, “Tommy’s pictures have won numerous prizes for their quality and originality. Many have appeared in the rotogravure sections of metropolitan newspapers.” • Bill Tucker married Avis Green. • Kirkpatrick left The Daily Star-Journal to do publicity for a St. Louis brewery. 1941, Dec. 8: The Star-Journal’s banner headline roared “U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN.” 1942, Aug. 10: Nan Carnahan Cocke born. 1943: Wallace Crossley died. 1944, March 14: The newspaper reported that while stationed in the South Pacific, Cpl. Bert Brasington, a clarinetist and son-in-law of W.M. Foster, Warrensburg, won $50 and a case of beer, in a talent contest. • June 6: The newspaper announced, “ALLIES LAND IN NORMANDY,” making a same-day announcement of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Europe, marking the beginning of the Allied drive on Berlin. 1945, May 8: President Harry Truman declared victory in Europe, or V-E Day. • Aug. 6: Truman announced the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. • Aug. 15: The newspaper, using a 3-inch tall news headline, likely the largest headline in the paper’s history, yelled ecstatically, “JAPS SURRENDER.” Warrensburg held a noisy celebration. • Nov. 18: The Star-Journal offered this observation: “Doing business used to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys but we can hardly tell the difference anymore.” 1946, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported the college would become the location for 10 temporary federal housing units. 1947: Bill and Avis Tucker bought and began to operate The Daily Star-Journal. 1948, Oct. 1: The State Historical Society of Columbia announced plans to microfilm newspapers, including The Star-Journal. The society today has microfilmed copies of the paper available for viewing. 1949, Jan. 17: The newspaper reported polio coin boxes would be in stores so people could donate to end the disease. Since then, the disease has been wiped out in this country, and thanks in large part to the work of Rotary International and individual clubs in Warrensburg, most of the world today is polio-free. 1950, Oct. 2: The newspaper carried news of fighting in Korea, including sniper fire in Seoul. 1951: The Tuckers went for a carriage ride across their Sunrise Farm. 1952: Bill Tucker’s boyhood dream came true when he could buy horses, the Missouri Press News, a news association publication, reported. 1953: KOKO radio started. 1954, July 7: The newspaper announced community plans to integrate public schools. • Sept. 23: The football field at the college became named for Vernon Kennedy. 1955, July 1: The Daily Star-Journal published an issue touting the city’s 100th anniversary. Contents including a story about Warrensburg as a railroad town, identifying then-Mayor A.G. Taubert as the Warrensburg Standard-Herald’s editor and part owner; and noting the Christian Church in Warrensburg also had turned 100 years old. 1956, March 13: Missouri Senate members considered crowding a problem at the Warrensburg college. 1957, Feb. 17: The paper reported Warrensburg leaders considered a city manager form of government. 1958: Kirkpatrick spoke to Central Missouri State University students about his journalism career. 1959: Kirkpatrick, then of the Windsor Review, served as the MPA president. 1960, Oct. 14: Future Daily Star-Journal reporter Bill Dedman is born in Chatanooga, Tenn. • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and lost to Warren Hearnes. • The Tuckers bought KOKO radio. 1961, April 17: The newspaper reported on the Bay of Pigs, which resulted in disaster for Cubans opposed to the Castro regime. 1962, Oct. 18: Keith Sproat joined the newspaper and would become the chief press operator. 1963, Nov. 22: The newspaper reported on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 1964, July 14: The youngest full-time member on The Daily Star-Journal staff, Keith Sproat, worked on a Linotype machine. • July 15: Robert C. Jones wrote for The Daily Star-Journal about the new office at 115 E. Market St.: “The new building is an elegant, svelte-looking Colonial dame with four columns in front, a recessed walkway…” • September: Rea Wilson and Jean Smith, teenage girls who had won a contest and received Daily Star-Journal press credentials, interview The Beatles in Kansas City. The girls’ report includes: “From a picture of Paul’s father, it is evident that the elder McCartney has thinning hair. … ‘It ought to be, he’s 65!’ retorted Ringo. Scratching thick black hair, Paul smiled and said, ‘Well, if it thins, it thins.’” The interview predates the release of a 1967 Beatles’ hit, “When I’m Sixty-four,” written by Paul and starting, “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now. …” • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and, helped by Hearnes, the new governor, won. • A bank, wanting the space to build, demolished the old Star-Journal office, 108-110 W. Culton St. • Cocke graduated with a degree in math from Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville. • The Tuckers built a printing plant at 135 E. Market St. 1965, Dec. 7: The Tuckers printed The Daily Star-Journal’s 100th anniversary edition. A former employee, Mrs. Joseph Carmack, recalled having once set type by hand for about $4.50 per week; President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to The Daily Star-Journal, “A tradition of responsible journalism is a cause for pride and I hope that the years to come will add continued success to the fine record of a century”; and the issue contained history about the paper and the community. • In contrast to comments about the wonders of train travel in 1865, the biggest news of the year as of Dec. 7, 1965, involved Gemini Four orbiting Earth 62 times for a total of 1.61 million miles in 98 hours. 1966: Bill Tucker died of a heart attack and Avis Tucker took over as publisher. 1967, June 7: The Six-Day War ended with victory for Israel, the newspaper reported. 1968, Jan 31: North Vietnam began the Tet offensive, an incursion into South Vietnam, which failed, ultimately, but showed U.S. vulnerability. 1969: Avis Tucker maintained control of KOKO radio after her husband’s death. 1970, Oct. 14: The newspaper reported that hope ran high among community leaders that this area would become home to ballistic missiles, and homecoming marked the start of the college centennial, “which is as significant to the town of Warrensburg as it is to the college.” 1971, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported work continued on North Park Shopping Center on Business 50 near Route 13. 1972, June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. 1973, Jan. 29: The newspaper reported the government rested in the Watergate case (which would end in the resignation in shame of President Nixon), and the last American killed in Vietnam before the peace declaration came from Michigan. 1974, April 21: The Warrensburg Heritage Collection, a set of six sketches by James Barkarth, went on sale to benefit the Johnson county Historical Society. 1975, Dec. 13: Continuing a long focus on community news, the newspaper reported on meetings by the Sunshine and Centennial clubs. 1976, July 2: The Daily Star-Journal published a bicentennial issue recognizing the nation’s 200th birthday. The cover asked why the town is called Warrensburg rather than Groversburg. • Dedman worked as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. 1977, Oct. 25: The paper, long a friend to scouting, reported on the Boy Scout Troop 400 Court of Honor. 1978, April 9: Warrensburg junior high students took first-place honors at the college science fair. • Nov. 1: Cocke, after having worked for a typesetting business in Tennessee, and as a math teacher, joined The Daily Star-Journal staff. • Dedman graduated from Baylor University. 1979, Oct. 1: Kenneth L. Amos, a Central Missouri State University graduate, began work at The Daily Star-Journal. “I am looking forward to working with a professional staff in covering the news of the area,” he said. He replaced Bruce Reynolds. 1980, Dec. 22: The Daily Star-Journal suggested in an editorial that the Reagan transition team should engage in “a big dose of silence.” 1981, Feb. 25: The Daily Star-Journal suggested the Warrensburg City Council should control “rowdyism and the frequency of fisticuffs and brawls” in downtown bars. 1981, March 20: In a letter, Kirkpatrick suggested a Warrensburg street should be named for Crossley. • April 1: The paper stated, “We remain staunch in our support,” and noted, then as now, that a levy issue for improved facilities, including a track, failed twice before and a third time might be a charm. • April 14: An article in The Daily Star-Journal introduced Dedman, then 20, to the community, with him saying of his former part-time job at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There you don’t get a chance to know everyone in the building like you do here,” adding this about reporting, “It’s just something I felt suited for. I like writing and I like the atmosphere.” • Sept. 12: The newspaper on Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 1981, accidentally published with an 1881 date. A reader brought the error to the newspaper’s attention. • Nov. 3: The Daily Star-Journal endorsed Republicans and Democrats for national and statewide offices, including Ronald Reagan for president and Thomas Eagleton for U.S. Senate. • Nov. 18: “It is young people like Warrensburg’s David Pearce who stoke the fire of hope for a bright future in this community, the state and nation,” the newspaper wrote, and congratulated him on being named an FFA national vice president. Today, Pearce chairs the Missouri Senate Education Committee. • After less than a year on the job, Dedman quit and Cocke replaced him on the police beat. 1982, Feb. 17: Star-Journal reporter Jeff Murphy photographed country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, performing at the University of Central Missouri. • June 17: Boys State honored The Daily Star-Journal with a plaque for the newspaper’s support. • Aug. 11: The newspaper referred to the Hancock Amendment as a “smorgasbord of flaws.” • Oct. 18: The newspaper held an open house. “Seemingly, most popular with the crowd was watching our offset web press run.” • Dec. 23: Under the direction of Amos, The Daily Star-Journal printed the paper’s first color image. • Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female president. 1983, Dec. 30: The newspaper stated in the year-end issue, “We renew our pledge to do our best in fulfilling our obligation to serve you as individuals and the best interests of the community.” 1984, Jan. 31: Surveys showed “a groundswell of support” for removing the city’s parking meters. • March 19: The Star-Journal crowed “A salute to champions” when the Mules and Jennies basketball teams each won an NCAA Division II crown. “Never before have teams from the same school won both the men’s and women’s title in the same year.” • March: Amos left the newspaper. • March: Cocke replaced Amos as news editor. • Dec. 13: The paper marked the county’s sesquicentennial and included a quote from the man for whom the county is named, Kentucky Col. Richard M. Johnson: “Freedom of speech and the press, the rights of conscience, the responsibility of political agents to the people and the universal education – main pillars.” 1985, May 15: The Daily Star-Journal wrote, “Every letter to the editor received is given careful consideration. Unless it is in violation of one of our guidelines, it is printed.” • June 21: An editorial challenged the sense of creating the drink, New Coke, stating “all indications are there’s considerable rebellion out there.” • Oct. 28: On the World Champion Royals: “The heart and pride with which the Royals played was something to be reckoned with, perhaps underestimated by those even closest to the players.” • Kirkpatrick retired as secretary of state. 1986, July 14: Warrensburg marked the city sesquicentennial with an editorial explaining the city received the name in 1836, but did not incorporate until 1855, so that meant the city could celebrate one date in 1986 and another in 2005. 1987, Jan. 6: “Yesterday, 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton was a messenger with especially good news for this area. He made the first official announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been selected as the first base in the nation to receive the new stealth bomber.” • July 15: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that made 21 the drinking age for all states. • Nov. 16: Johnson County United Way reached the fundraising goal of $100,600. • Dedman, after working at several papers, went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1988, June 2: “Never have we been more pleased about being told we were wrong than when a group of fifth-graders did it this week.” Twenty-five Martin Warren Elementary School students wrote to say they disagreed with an editorial stating children put a low priority on reading. 1989, March 14: The newspaper reported Warrensburg advanced a plan to annex property north of Highway 50, which became the site of Wal-Mart. • April 12: “Foremost is the need for understanding by parents and some coaches that a newspaper of our size is unable to indulge in the luxury of maintaining a sports staff. Instead, one man serves the complex role…” • July 24: The Star-Journal opined that plans by TV networks to use actors to recreate news events represented bad journalism. • July 28: The Star-Journal recognized Civil War warrior Francis Cockrell, a lawyer in the Drum dog case and a U.S. Senate member, as deserving of Francis Marion Cockrell Day. • Dedman, while working at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He exposed racial discrimination practiced by Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. 1990, March 1: The Kansas City Times folded. • March 7: The Star-Journal participated in Newspapers In Education, a project that continues to this day, which involves newspaper-based student learning. • April 24: “Rumor, gossip, half-truths and misinformed individuals who think they are ‘in the know,’ but don’t know that they don’t know, are not the stuff that responsible newspapers use in publishing news.” 1991, March 25: “Surprising (is) the number of letters we receive that merely vent personal vendettas. They make charges of a vindictive nature. That sort of letter is material for the round file.” • April 26: “While some members of public boards may not fully understand what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors, there are those who, at times, attempt to hide some specific action under the guise of executive privilege. That poses dangers in a free society. … Some elected officials who lack conscientiousness would ransack the public store.” • Nov. 8: The Daily Star-Journal backed putting labels on food so that Americans could consider healthier diets. 1992: Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female Hall of Famer. 1993, Aug. 12: “Racism is an issue that must be addressed until the goal of eliminating radicalism and making consistent progress toward equality and a greater commitment to collective and individual responsibility is reached.” 1994, May 3: The Johnson County Courthouse on North Main Street and the Garden of Eden gas station, built around 1928, north of town, joined the National Register of Historic places. • May 30: Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a bill to make Warrensburg the site of a Missouri Veterans Home. • Dec. 13: Work began to revitalize downtown Warrensburg. 1995, Feb. 10: After running an unpopular editorial cartoon involving the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, the newspaper wrote that cartoons do not necessarily reflect the editor’s opinion and, “Distasteful as it sometimes is, freedom of expression must be enforced. And we defend it.” • June 20: Recognizing Kirkpatrick’s 90th birthday, the paper wrote, “A warm outgoing person throughout his life, he has built a huge network of admiring friends in Missouri and outside state borders.” • Oct. 2: The newspaper referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as a “courtroom circus.” • Nov. 20: In a case of “then as now,” due to a budget crisis in Washington, the newspaper observed, “Polls, political commentators and the general public have been derisive of the silly antics played out by the politicians in Washington. And rightly so.” 1996, June 5: Ground broke on the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. • July 12: A copper time capsule, which took six hours to chisel free from the granite cornerstone and open at the Old Johnson County Courthouse, contained 10 different newspapers published in the county in 1896. “It is noteworthy that all four of the county newspapers now published were in existence when the courthouse was built 100 years ago.” • Aug. 15: The 100-year-old time capsule, from Aug. 24, 1896, included information from The Johnson County Star and the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat, both forerunners of the Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 25: Kirkpatrick spoke at the groundbreaking for the James Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri. The Star-Journal headlined an editorial, “A singular honor richly deserved.” 1996: The National Local Media Association named Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia Journalist of the Year. 1997, Jan. 30: The newspaper noted the price of attending college is getting harder to pay. • July 14: A settlement between the government and tobacco companies meant an icon of tobacco marketing, Joe Camel, is dead. • Dec. 26: Kirkpatrick died. In addition to the UCM library, The James Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. 1998, Jan. 8: The newspaper bemoaned that children no longer played with corn husk dolls, and hoops with a stick to make them roll – such toys replaced by “dinosaurs with laser beams and missiles.” • March 10: Voicing a continuing complaint, the newspaper wrote, “Government entities are spending taxpayers’ money and making decisions on how they will spend it. This is the public’s business. Therefore, it must be conducted in the open.” • May 26: In a case of “when will it end,” the newspaper wrote, “In the latest episode, at a high school in Springfield, Ore., a 15-year-old boy with three guns devastatingly sprayed bullets into a crowd of students in the cafeteria.” The boy, Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School, killed one student and wounded 23 others at the school, and killed his parents at home. • Sept. 17: Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died and is remembered “as one who sincerely repented his racist views and tried to make amends.” • Dec. 23: Guests gave opinions about the call to impeach President Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton following his dalliance with Monica Lewisky. 1999, April 21: The paper reported on the murdered students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2000 2000, Dec. 13: The newspaper reported presidential contender Al Gore conceded the presidential race. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling making George Bush president; some still maintain Gore won. 2001, Sept. 11: The Daily Star-Journal reported heightened area security after terrorist attacks on East Coast sites, including the World Trade Center. 2002, Nov. 5: David Pearce won a Missouri House seat, capping a good night for Republicans, who also captured Congress. 2003, April 9: Baghdad fell, with dancing, cheering and looting. 2004, Sept. 16: Oil neared $50 per barrel. 2005, Sept. 1: After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, bringing death and criticism for a slow government response, Johnson Countains responded with aid. 2006: Dedman joined NBC News. 2007, March 29: Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia won the 2006 National Local Media Association Editor of the Year award.. • The News Press Gazette Co. bought The Daily Star-Journal from Avis Tucker. Longtime newspaperman and Missouri Press Hall of Fame member Bill James became The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. 2008, April: Ventimiglia, whose work as editor resulted in his news staffs winning the Southern Illinois Editorial Association’s General Excellence award, four Missouri Gold Cups and the Kansas Press Association’s Sweepstakes award – became The Daily Star-Journal’s editor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Central Missouri. 2009: Hollyman died.2010, June 5: The Kansas City Press Club named The Daily Star-Journal Newspaper of the Year. • June 16: Cocke died. • August: The National Newspaper Association awarded first place for a news photo to The Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 15: Keith Sproat retired as press man. • Dec. 17: Avis Tucker, 95, died. 2011, Feb. 2: The Great Blizzard of 2011 shut down the city, the post office and the newspaper. • May 2: For the only time known in the newspaper’s history, The Daily Star-Journal threw out an entire press run to cover President Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. • Sept. 9: The Daily Star-Journal captured the Missouri Press Association’s Gold Medal Newspaper award in the small daily circulation class. 2012, Feb. 18: Fire forced the evacuation and relocation of more than 65 Johnson County Care Center residents in downtown Warrensburg to The Daily Star-Journal; from there they went to nursing homes. No one suffered injuries. • Sept. 22: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Nov. 8: Inland Press Association, representing newspapers nationally, awarded Ventimiglia the Editorial Excellence Sweepstakes Award for best editorial writing among newspaper of all circulation classes. 2013, July 24: The Star-Journal for the first time presented live, streaming video to the public while covering President Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri. • August: The Missouri Press Association named the William E. James Outstanding Young Journalists of the Year Awards for William E. James, The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. • Sept. 7: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Sept. 29: Bill Dedman coauthored the New York Times best seller, “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugeutte Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” • November: James, 65, the newspaper’s publisher, died after battling lung cancer. A Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member, James marked a lifetime of service. 2014, Sept. 27: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • After replacing James, Brad Slater served a year as publisher before taking a new job and being replaced by Joe Warren. • Dedman joined Newsday, a Long Island paper, as a senior reporter. 2015, Feb. 13: The Daily Star-Journal won the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence award for small newspapers, continuing the award-winning tradition begun by Wallace Crossley. ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) 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Apr 14, 2015
Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move...
Oklahoma football: Why Ty Darlington's off-the-field leadership impresses others
BY JASON KERSEY | Apr 14, 2015NORMAN — As Ty Darlington left Tuesday morning’s Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Breakfast carrying a stack of awards, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione stopped him. “We have a trailer if you need it,” Castiglione quipped. “We’ll hook it up with a car.” The awards, accolades and responsibilities have piled up over the past year for Darlington, the OU football team’s center who will be a senior in the fall. Darlington went to Washington D.C. in January, served as one of 15 student-athlete representatives at the annual NCAA convention and stole the show with his passionate plea for greater protection against concussions. He’ll head back to Washington on Sunday to participate in the Big 12 Conference’s State of College Athletics Forum. Between those trips to the nation’s capital, he also took on another important leadership role on the OU campus: Trying to help the student body recover, move on and learn from a racist fraternity video that became a national embarrassment for the university. Darlington and a group of other football leaders organized the team’s response to the controversy, and in doing so, have taken the lead in working to fix the problems that led to the video. The biggest problem between the football team, other campus organizations and the general student body, Darlington said, is a lack of integration. “This spring has been first and foremost about spreading awareness for racism on college campuses,” Darlington said. “That’s something that’s sort of been thrust upon us, but I completely intend to take that to the highest stage and use whatever power and influence I have to make that something that comes to the forefront. “Sometimes athletes segregate themselves and campuses are segregated based on whether you’re an athlete or not, or based on your fraternity. We want to make the campus more whole and more of a community.” Darlington, linebacker Eric Striker and other OU athletes met with university president David Boren and several fraternity leaders Monday to discuss those issues and how to be more integrated. On the field, Darlington has seen his role change a bit, too. He is the leaders of the offensive line, which lost three starters off last year’s team, and is working to help the Sooners rebound from last year’s disappointing 8-5 season. The Sooners are wrapping up spring football practices this week, and open the 2015 season Sept. 5 at home against Akron. The son of a high school football coach, Darlington said he wants to be a college coach, but also has his eye on college athletics administration. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December, and is now pursuing a master’s in intercollegiate athletic administration. Tuesday morning was evidence of what OU folks think of Darlington, who was presented an Athletic Director’s Leadership Award; a Dan Gibbens Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award; an Athletics Council Service Award; and a Big 12 Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. “He’s an AD-in-training,” Castiglione said. “He may have much bigger sights than that. He’s exceptional. I start to run out of adjectives. “He’s just an extraordinary leader. A lot of times it’s his influence by leading by example rather than actually doing something, but he does a lot. I can’t say enough about him.”