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Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship.
High school notebook: Caleb Scott leads Destiny Christian rally for OCSAA title
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 18, 2015Down 26 points early, Destiny Christian quarterback Caleb Scott turned to coach Joe Biddle on the sideline Friday night and assured him everything would be fine. “Coach, don't' worry,” Scott said. “I got this.” Scott orchestrated a remarkable comeback in a 70-68 double-overtime win over the OKC Patriots to propel Destiny Christian to its fourth straight Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championship. “His poise and his leadership speak volumes about the kind of guy he is,” Biddle said. “He just never loses control. I don't how to explain it. He's probably the most poised high school kid I've ever been a part of.” Scott accounted for each touchdown and finished 22 of 36 passing for 338 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for 126 yards and five scores. Destiny Christian (11-0) now has a 31-game winning streak. The OKC Patriots (6-6) led 26-8 at halftime and increased that to 34-8 early in the third. They led by two late in the fourth quarter, but Biddle called the final timeout and designed a defensive play to allow a touchdown in an effort to get the ball back. That came with a huge risk, though. Destiny Christian needed to stop the two-point conversion to keep the game within reach, and Gus Sanchez broke up the pass. Scott orchestrated the final drive in regulation to tie the game — the first time Destiny Christian accomplished that the entire game — with three straight plays within 20 seconds. He scored on a short run and threw a two-point conversion pass to James Fellers. After both teams exchanged touchdowns and two-point conversions in overtime, Destiny Christian took an eight-point lead in the second extra period. Linebacker Timmy Fraley then stopped the tying two-point conversion in the backfield to seal the win. “Coming back from way down ... we came back and won it,” Scott said. “Last year and this year, it's been the best football team that I've ever played on.” HENNESSEY PREPARING FOR TOUGH TEST AT WASHINGTON Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen knew the beginning of the season would be rough. With so many inexperienced players facing a stiff non-district schedule, the Eagles battled through an 0-3 start, and fell off the map among Class 2A title contenders. But Hennessey got rolling in Week 4, then reeled off five straight shutouts to turn the season around. “We were playing with so many new faces, we were just trying to get those kids used to knowing what it takes to be successful,” Luetjen said. “We had a pretty good run there in district play, and really found our confidence in what we can do and what we're good at. So we've been able to take that and run with it now.” Hennessey came into the playoffs on a down note after a 15-7 loss to No. 2 Chisholm but opened the postseason with a 45-34 win over Christian Heritage. Now, the Eagles take a trip to No. 4 Washington in the second round of the playoffs Friday night, providing another test to see how far they've come since that 0-3 start. Running back Tabor Johns has been steady all year, and will be the focal point of the Washington defense on Friday night. “Everybody we play comes in with the mindset to shut him down,” Luetjen said. “Tabor has been playing well all year. It just took us a little while to gel up front with a bunch of new linemen.” MUSKOGEE'S WILSON CHOOSES ARKANSAS With national basketball powerhouse Baylor sitting there as an option, Muskogee guard Aaliyah Wilson chose a different path. Wilson signed her National Letter of Intent with Arkansas on Wednesday, choosing the Razorbacks with the idea of making them a powerhouse. “Not too many people expected me to pick this school, so that really made me want to go there even more so,” Wilson said. “What I really wanted to do was I wanted to go to a school and bring that program up to those schools like Baylor, Tennessee, UConn. Everybody's used to those schools being in there, but nobody thinks about Arkansas and it being there. I really want to lead a team to that level.” Wilson was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Muskogee to a Class 6A state runner-up finish. She is ranked No. 30 nationally and No. 5 at guard, according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz rankings. Wilson at one point held 25 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. She had determined a top five recently and whittled that to three entering the week — Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas. “Coach (Jimmy) Dykes, the guy is so passionate about the game, about the future of the program,” Wilson said. “Anytime we talk about it, you can hear it in his voice. I've never talked to someone that passionate about it. That really caught my attention.”
PLAYERS TO WATCHSt. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season.St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season.Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3...
Players, teams to watch this prep basketball season
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Nov 15, 2015PLAYERS TO WATCH St. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season. St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season. Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3 points per performance. Cedar Park junior forward Keaton Hervey — Memorable highlight of All-Centex sophomore season was dunk in Class 5A semifinal game. Hays senior forward Jake Krafka — University of Denver recruit scored 11.5 points per game during last season's all-district campaign. San Marcos senior guard Steven Price — Rattler shot 51 percent from the field during a junior year in which he averaged 17 points per game. Taylor senior guard B.J. Tealer — Ducks' fourth-year point guard has been district's unanimous offensive MVP in two straight seasons. Stony Point senior forward Alkaly Traore — Set school's single-season (603) and single-game (33) points records during junior year. Vandegrift senior guard Drayton Whiteside — Area's top newcomer in 2014-15 tallied 15.6 points, 5.0 assists per games as Viper point guard. Reagan junior guard Mark Wilson – Scored 17 points per game and started all but one of Reagan's games during last year's varsity debut. TEAMS TO WATCH Vista Ridge (24-11) — Regional quarterfinalist should improve once RJ Phillips and Tyler Harris return from the football team. LBJ (25-7) — The Austin school district's premier program is looking for its 17th district championship in an 18-season run. Jarrell (24-7) — A regional quarterfinalist in five straight seasons, Cougars return District 25-3A co-MVPs Tucker Sansom and Trevor Ledbetter. Cedar Park (28-7) — Head coach Blake Brown must replace four starters from a Timberwolf team that won the Class 5A, Region IV title. Thorndale (28-7) — Bulldogs graduated three all-district picks, but 2015 regional finalists retain 25-2A honorees Americo Vazquez and Bradley Betak. Cedar Ridge (18-14) —Junior Tim Holland among the returners to a team that missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker in a rebuilding year. Pflugerville (20-13) — The Panthers last missed the playoffs in 2000, but can this team overcome the loss of four all-district hoopsters? Westlake (19-11) — Sophomore Luke Pluymen and senior Mack Kelley both earned District 14-6A superlatives in 2014-15 season. Liberty Hill (32-1) — Unbeaten through the 2014-15 regular season, Panthers have reached 30 wins in six of last seven seasons. St. Stephen's (27-6) — With Jarrett Allen in the middle, Spartans should contend for another SPC championship this winter. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040508,t000003183
Nov 13, 2015
On a night that featured 99 total points and nearly 1,200 yards of offense, it was only fitting that a defensive play won the game.
High school football: McGuinness fights off Terry Wilson, Del City in offensive slugfest, 52-47
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 13, 2015With Del City quarterback Terry Wilson running wild, there was no comfort along the McGuinness sideline with a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter. But on a night that featured 99 total points and nearly 1,200 yards of offense, it was only fitting that a defensive play won the game. With 3:31 remaining, McGuinness' defense is the one that delivered when defensive lineman Tyler Kippenberger knocked the ball loose from running back Percy Craig and linebacker James Blanchard fell on it near midfield. “Our defense has been like that all year,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “They came up with that last play.” That play helped seal a wild 52-47 victory for the seventh-ranked Irish in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday at Pribil Stadium. McGuinness (9-2) will host McAlester (10-1) next Friday. McAlester beat Tahlequah 52-13 to advance. And it might not get any crazier than this game. The teams combined for 1,187 yards — 642 from Del City — and combined for three turnovers. Wilson, an Oregon commitment, looked unstoppable in his career finale. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 141 yards and five touchdowns. “That was just an offensive shootout,” McGuinness quarterback Jacob Mullins said. “That was probably the best high school player I've ever seen. We just knew we had to do what we could to outscore them, which we did.” The Irish posted 545 total yards on offense — 466 through the air from Mullins. He completed 21 of 33 passes and threw four touchdowns while also rushing for one. “We were just firing on all cylinders,” said junior receiver Matt Chancellor, who had nine catches for 219 yards and two TDs. “Everyone was feeling good about what we could do.” McGuinness took a 14-0 lead early in the game and even led 28-14 early in the second quarter before Del City (6-5) came storming back to take a 29-28 lead on a 55-yard TD pass from Wilson to Issac Beverly, who caught the ball in his fingertips behind the defense. The teams then exchanged the lead seven times in the second half until Mullins threw a 10-yard touchdown to Alec Minielly with 4:36 remaining. This came five plays after he extended the drive with his legs on a fourth-and-5 run for 7 yards. “He usually doesn't have the wheels, but he put them on his foot on that one,” Chancellor said. The Irish then forced the turnover one play after Zeke Downs got a rare tackle in the backfield on Wilson to finally restore some order. “We just had to live and play another down,” Jones said. “Anytime you make the playoffs and you can go another round you do feel fortunate. I've been a part of semifinal and championship runs and you've got to win games like this, and it doesn't matter what seed you are.”
Friday Night Lights: Mired in tragedy and poverty as a youngster, Geary football coach Steven Wilson found a path to successNov 12, 2015
Wilson can relate to players who are going through similar situations, inspires them to succeed on and off the football field.
Friday Night Lights: Mired in tragedy and poverty as a youngster, Geary football coach Steven Wilson found a path to success
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 12, 2015GEARY — Every morning for a few straight months, Steven Wilson woke up before school, trudged across the yard to his grandmother's house, and returned with breakfast for his sick mother. In the evening, he'd do it again at dinnertime. That's a lot of responsibility for a 5-year-old boy. Wilson grew up amid a constant overflow of tragedy and poverty. He lost both parents before he turned 7, and spent the next 10 years living in a two-bedroom mobile home with his grandmother and four other children. That could've been his life. Poor and struggling and fighting to get through every day. But Wilson, with the help of a few vitally important individuals, found another path. On Friday night, Wilson will coach the Geary Bison in the biggest football game the school has played in more than 20 years, if not much longer. Geary will host Turpin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Class B playoffs. Before Wilson arrived last season, the Bison hadn't been to the postseason since 1991. Now they've been two years in a row, with this year's team winning its first nine games before losing to No. 1 Alex last week. No one at the school can recall a coach who's won as many football games in their career at Geary as Wilson has done in just two seasons. He was the perfect person at the perfect time to turn the Geary football program around. A WRESTLING TOWN Geary is a tiny farming town of about 1,300 people, surrounded by wheat fields for miles, sitting just north of Interstate 40 about 50 miles west of Oklahoma City. Yet it's the home to a nationally known wrestling tournament. The Geary Invitational brings teams hundreds of miles to this little community to compete in the tradition-rich event that is going on its 73rd year. From a sports perspective, wrestling has been all that's mattered here for a long, long time. “When I got here, everybody was gung-ho about wrestling,” said junior quarterback Haden Glasgow, who moved to Geary as a freshman when his father, Todd, was hired as the superintendent. “Football wasn't a big deal. Football was just their offseason for wrestling.” Before last season, Todd Glasgow was searching for a new football coach, and Wilson emerged as an intriguing candidate. He had never been a head coach before. He hadn't even been a paid assistant. He spent one year as a lay coach at Cashion. Yet Wilson seemed like an ideal fit, because Geary kids face a lot of the same obstacles Wilson did growing up in Kingfisher. Maybe they come from low-income families or broken homes. Maybe they're raised by family members other than their parents. “In researching his background, it matches up well with a lot of the kids in the Geary community,” Glasgow said. “It was just a perfect fit. We knew we had good players. We needed somebody who was going to mold them and spend time with them. “When you get close with kids, they start to share the stories of their background. He's shared stories of his experiences with the team, or certain stories just with certain individuals, when he realizes the situation they're in. And it helps them realize that it doesn't matter, you've got to keep giving your best effort every day in whatever you're doing.” WILSON'S STORY Not long after Wilson was born, his father went to prison. While inside, he contracted AIDS. Following his release, he infected his wife as well. Shortly after that, he took Wilson and moved to Florida. Wilson doesn't remember exactly how long he lived there. A year, maybe two. But he remembers being physically and emotionally abused by a family member there. And he remembers how happy he was when he got to move back home to Kingfisher with his mother, Kim Clark. She was gravely ill by that time, and didn't have a lot of money. They lived in the backyard of Wilson's grandmother's home, in a trailer — not a mobile home with a kitchen, living room and bedrooms, but the type of trailer that hitches to the back of a pickup to be driven to a campsite. “I knew she was sick, but I didn't really understand all of it,” Wilson said. “She wouldn't let me drink after her or eat after her, because we didn't really know a lot about AIDS or how easily it could be spread. It was kind of a new illness at the time in the early ‘90s.” Wilson helped care for his mother in the last months before her death. In Florida, his father died a few months later. Wilson and his half-sister moved in with their grandmother, Shirlene Bautwell. She was already caring for three other grandchildren in her two-bedroom mobile home, so space was tight and money was tighter. “We didn't grow up with a lot,” Wilson said. “She would never let us go without anything, but we lived with the simplest of things. We bought a lot of clothes at thrift stores and things like that.” Wilson was a talented football player and wrestler in high school. Even tried baseball for a little bit. “That's not where his talent was,” joked Kingfisher coach Stan Blundell, who was an assistant or head coach in all three sports. “He claims he won two wrestling matches when he was in seventh grade. If he did, he must've beat the same kid twice. “But he showed up to every practice, every offseason workout we had. And by his senior year, he went to state and lost in overtime, or he's probably a state champion. It's hard work, dedication, never quitting.” Wilson traveled a similar path as one of his Kingfisher classmates, current NFL linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton was raised by his grandmother, while his mother was in and out of prison. Both Lofton and Wilson found some very special people in the Kingfisher community who helped them along the way. For Wilson, it was Amy and Lane Broadbent. He calls them Mom and Dad now, and though they never legally adopted him, they consider him one of their seven children. Amy was a teacher at Kingfisher High School, and met Wilson when he was 15 years old. She was instantly fascinated by his charismatic and caring personality, and his desire to work hard and better himself. “After the first day I had him in class, I came home and told Lane about him,” Amy said. “Then he met our family one night at a ballgame or something. Within a few minutes, he was playing Polly Pockets with our daughter. “From the time we met him, everybody loved him.” During Wilson's senior year at Kingfisher, Bautwell learned she had cancer, and through treatment, was too ill to care for him. So he moved in with the Broadbents. But within a year, Wilson's half-sister had become unable to care for her two children, leaving them with Bautwell. Wilson knew his grandmother couldn't care for the children — a toddler and a pre-teen — on her own, so he moved back in, passing on the opportunity to go to college. After a couple years in that situation, the Broadbents finally convinced Wilson to go to college. He majored in elementary education at Oklahoma State. “They basically put me through college,” Wilson said. “I wouldn't have been able to go if it wasn't for them.” After college, he got on as a lay coach for Lynn Shackelford with the Cashion football team, splitting the year with part-time teaching jobs at Cashion and Kingfisher. Then, one of his friends from Oklahoma State, who was on the wrestling coaching staff at Geary, mentioned his name as a possible football coach. Soon after, he was hired. “Coach Wilson makes everything fun,” junior running back Ross Shawnee said. “If you're not having fun, he's not having fun. That's his way of doing stuff. It makes you want to be out there and be on the team. “He relates to kids who have dealt with things he dealt with growing up. He doesn't want us to have to grow up that way. He wants to see us succeed, and he pushes us in the right direction.” That's not a new quality. Wilson has always been good with kids. In recent years, he's coached youth wrestling and baseball teams, and organized Little League baseball tournaments in Kingfisher. He teaches elementary physical education at Geary. “He has a gift for relating to people, especially children,” Amy Broadbent said. “And he has a gift for looking at the big picture, even with kids at school. He knows how to treat kids knowing the things they're dealing with at home, and not everybody can do that. “He's just a big kid himself in so many ways, because he's just so lovable.” Beyond that, he's proof to the players on his football team or the children in his school that you can overcome the life you've grown up in, no matter how bad it might be, and find success. “His story is different, because he made it,” Shawnee said. “I've heard stories like his, but I haven't heard stories of guys who made it, at least not around my family or people I know. It inspires you.”
Nov 12, 2015
Baylor declined The Oklahoman’s request to interview Lebby — “Not this week,” a Baylor spokesman responded — but interviews and conversations with people who know Lebby well paint an image of a football junkie with a deep, deep knowledge of the game. He’s a coach’s son turned coach’s son-in-law.
Oklahoma football: Who is Baylor assistant Jeff Lebby?
By Jason Kersey | Nov 12, 2015NORMAN — Sporting a Tulsa ballcap and a light blue T-shirt, Jeff Lebby stood on Owen Field’s East sideline and watched Oklahoma’s Sept. 19 game against the Golden Hurricane for about a quarter, until he was recognized and asked to leave. [img]3925950[/img] A Baylor assistant coach, Lebby's presence that day constituted a violation of NCAA bylaw 11.6.1, which prohibits “off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents.” Because of that infraction, the 31-year old will serve a half-game suspension Saturday evening when Baylor hosts Oklahoma in a primetime game with major Big 12 championship ramifications. Baylor coach Art Briles — Lebby's father-in-law — and his friends have come to his defense, insisting his intentions weren't devious. He was only there, they say, to visit and support his friends on the Tulsa coaching staff while in town for a wedding. But who is this guy, who became such a lightning rod after his indiscretion two months ago? Baylor declined The Oklahoman's request to interview Lebby — “Not this week,” a Baylor spokesman responded — but interviews and conversations with people who know Lebby well paint an image of a football junkie with a deep, deep knowledge of the game. He's a coach's son turned coach's son-in-law. A one-time promising OU offense lineman, Lebby had to give up playing the game because of a spinal injury and quickly transitioned into a student assistant role under Bob Stoops. And maybe that's why Stoops was so irked by — and worried about — Lebby standing on the sideline and watching his team play. “I think there are two sides to that coin,” said former Sooner deep snapper Jacob Rice, who roomed with Lebby when both were at OU. “One, I think Stoops knows that Jeff is really smart and can pick up on stuff pretty quick, and two, Stoops has also been very cautious about spy issues.” PART COACH, PART PLAYER Lebby's father, Mike, and Briles go way back. They were assistants together at Sweetwater High in Texas in the early 1980s, then both Texas high school head coaches. When Briles coached at Stephenville, Mike Lebby was head coach 20 minutes away at Dublin High. Current Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery was a Stephenville assistant, and that's when he got to know Jeff Lebby as a youngster. Mike Lebby eventually took the head coaching job at Andrews High in West Texas, where Jeff became a highly recruited offensive line prospect with offers from Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. He attended an OU camp in July 2001 and became the Sooners' first commitment in a 2002 recruiting class that included linebacker Rufus Alexander, offensive linemen Davin Joseph and Chris Messner, defensive back Brodney Pool, fullback J.D. Runnels, quarterback Paul Thompson and wide receiver Travis Wilson. Lebby suffered a career-ending injury, though, during that first season and became a student assistant instead. In that capacity, he broke down film and helped with other menial tasks. He lived a few years with Rice and Runnels, both of whom remember him being a conduit of sorts between coaches and players. “A lot of guys, if they fizzle out, they don't finish with football or go back into football,” Runnels said. “The work he put in really helped us as a team. “I was trying to be a leader on the team and I wanted to know what Coach Stoops and those guys were doing, what we had to do, what needed to be better. It was very helpful for him to be able to give me little tips and stuff like that just as far as what our coaches wanted.” Rice said: “If we were ever in question about the reason behind why we were doing certain things in practice, he was usually our inside guy that heard more than we did. He was part coach, but he was still one of us and could still relate to us.” Rice added that there was never any doubt that Lebby would be a football coach — and a successful one. ‘I TRULY BELIEVE HE HAD NO BAD INTENTIONS' Lebby joined the Baylor football staff in 2008. He was promoted to a full-time assistant role in 2012, and currently works as the Bears' passing game coordinator, running backs coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. Montgomery, who until this year was also a Baylor assistant coach, has taken responsibility for leaving Lebby and his wife credentials for the Sept. 19 game in Norman and apologized for it. Lebby remained on the sideline for about one quarter before an OU compliance official recognized Lebby and asked him to leave. “There was nothing malicious about it,” Montgomery said this week. “He was there to support me and my family and several guys on this staff. He was there as a friend and that's it.” Briles called the whole incident “embarrassing,” and the Big 12 Conference issued an official reprimand a few days after the story broke, with the league accepting Baylor's self-imposed half-game suspension of Lebby. Asked this week if he was satisfied with the suspension, Stoops responded, “Whatever the conference deemed necessary. I don't know if I'm interested in commenting any further on that.” Still, Stoops' concern for spies is well-known. OU keeps security guards around practices at all times, and Stoops was famously uncomfortable practicing in the Superdome before the Sugar Bowl against LSU 12 years ago. “He was spotting blinking red dots everywhere,” Rice remembered. “His head's always on a swivel. He's constantly on guard.” Was Lebby’s presence on the sideline nearly two months ago an innocent, no-harm-intended gaffe, or part of some scheme to steal OU’s signs? We may never know with 100 percent certainty, but both Rice and Runnels are sure it’s the former, not the latter. “I am proud to be his friend, and I know there are certain lines Jeff won't cross,” said Runnels, who actually saw and talked to Lebby at the Tulsa game. “Although literally that's what happened with this situation, I truly believe it was an accident. I truly believe he had no bad intentions.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner...
Clarification: Titans-Mariota story
Associated Press | Nov 12, 2015NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11, The Associated Press reported this will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. A clarified version of the story is below. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another week, another Heisman Trophy matchup for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. This time, he squares off against Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This will be Mariota's third Heisman pairing of quarterbacks in the rookie's first seven NFL games after playing Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel. Mariota also played a fourth Heisman winner in Saints running back Mark Ingram. "Physically, he's very dominant," Mariota said of Newton on Wednesday. "He's really been able to win both from the pocket and outside as well. He's tough to bring down, and really he's just playing at a high level now." Both Mariota and Newton are playing well. Each was named the offensive player of his respective conference Wednesday. Newton earned NFC honors for the fourth time in his career after helping the Panthers (8-0) beat Green Bay. Mariota was named the AFC player of the week after leading the Titans (2-6) to each of their two wins. "I know he's a great football player," Newton said of Mariota. "He went to Oregon and selected highly in the draft. I know he has a lot of talent, but that is pretty much all I know." Newton's coach sees lots of similarities between the quarterbacks. Both are big, strong, athletic and good at making decisions. "At this point in his career, (Mariota) really does resemble Cam in a lot of ways in terms of the way he's playing in his rookie year," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. Mariota already has put himself in some special company. He threw for a career-best 371 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in last week's 34-28 overtime win over New Orleans. That was the second time this season he had thrown four touchdown passes without getting picked off. New England's Tom Brady of New England is the only other quarterback to do that in two games this season. The rest of the NFL's quarterbacks have managed only four such games all season, according to STATS. Those quarterbacks are Oakland's Derek Carr, Eli Manning of the Giants, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Tannehill of Miami. Mariota first was named AFC offensive player of the week after the season-opening win at Tampa Bay. He is just the second rookie to win player of the week twice, joining Robert Griffin III who won the NFC award twice in 2012 on his way to earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year that season. This latest performance came with Mariota recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee and after the Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt as coach. Mariota leads all NFL rookies with 13 TDs and a 101.5 passer rating that puts him ninth across the league. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly sees Mariota's athleticism is the rookie's biggest attribute so far. "You always have to worry about him keeping it, you always have to worry about him staying inside the pocket," Kuechly said. "That just makes him more dangerous. He can make all the throws and you add that little ability to run the ball, it just makes him a little bit more difficult to prepare for." Titans right guard Chance Warmack has blocked for both Newton and Mariota, though he hasn't protected Newton since they both were in high school in Georgia. Warmack said it's hard to believe that Mariota is just a rookie. "He just does some miraculous things, carries himself really well and overall he's a nice person as well," Warmack said. "That's just icing on the cake. Just being around guys like that definitely improves your game and helps you get better and do better." Newton has earned the nickname of Superman for his touchdown celebrations. The Titans rookie is satisfied with simply being called by his first name. "That's who I am, and that's the name my parents gave me," Mariota said. Notes: Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said CB Jason McCourty was getting a second opinion on his injured groin Wednesday. McCourty missed practice along with RB Dexter McCluster (ankle) and WR Kendall Wright (left knee). CB Perrish Cox (hamstring) and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) were limited. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 11, 2015
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed...
High school notebook: OSSAA to discuss public prayer policy
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 11, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. “I can't say anything as of right now.” The OSSAA's policy — which was adopted in 1992 — prohibits publicly recited prayers at playoff games and championship events. The OSSAA revised the policy in June to comply with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt said in October that prayer before high school sporting events can be done legally in his opinion in a response to a Rep. Bobby Cleveland's complaint about the school prayer ban. Following Pruitt's opinion, the OSSAA released a statement saying the policy would remain in effect while the opinion is reviewed. DEER CREEK'S KERSTETTER WINS FAN POLL In a tight race, Deer Creek receiver Zach Kerstetter edged Southmoore kicker Chris Nemecek to win The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Kerstetter won the vote 1,203-1,152. The junior receiver caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Antlers' 27-20 win over Guthrie last week to clinch a home playoff game. The Oklahoman's staff choice for player of the week, Braden Hudson of Putnam City, finished third with 243 votes. A total of 2,956 votes were cast for seven players. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for this week's poll from the first round of the playoffs. Here are this week's results: Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek: 1,203 votes (40.7 pct.) Chris Nemecek, Southmoore: 1,152 votes (38.97 pct.) Braden Hudson, Putnam City: 243 votes (8.22 pct.) Zack Tyler, Bethel: 155 votes (5.24 pct.) Caleb Powell, OCA: 93 votes (3.15 pct.) Terry Wilson, Del City: 61 votes (2.06 pct.) Chandler Garrett, Mustang: 49 votes (1.66 pct.) Total: 2,956 votes INVESTIGATION BEGINS IN MORRIS-OKMULGEE BRAWL A fight between Morris and Okmulgee players early in the second half Friday that led to officials ending the game is under investigation by both schools and the OSSAA. Early in the third quarter a fight broke out between two players and led to other players joining in the fight sparked officials to meet with school administrators and end the game with around 11 minutes remaining in the quarter. Morris won the game 30-0. An officials report has been filed to the OSSAA, which has sent the report to both schools and requested an internal investigation. “My official told me he collaborated with administration from both schools and it was a mutual agreement to stop the game at that point,” OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley said. “I don't know exactly numbers-wise” how many were involved. Under OSSAA rules, athletes involved in a fight are suspended the next two games. Any player who is not in the field of play that leaves the team bench is subject to a one-game suspension. Neither team made the football playoffs, which means suspensions would be applied to the next sport the athlete participates. JONES DEFENSE GOING STRONG After registering a few big wins early in the season, Jones has slipped under the radar, despite piling up more victories. The Longhorns closed the regular season undefeated behind a defense that proved difficult to score on. Jones allowed 7.7 points per game, with just three opponents scoring in double-digits. One of those was Bethel in Week 9, which scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after Jones built a 56-3 lead. Anchored by defensive tackle Ty Hughes up front, and with several talented athletes on the back end, Jones has allowed just 166.1 total yards per game. Fourth-ranked Jones will host Marlow in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. DEPEW'S QUINONES RUNS WILD In a win that helped Depew close out a 9-1 regular season, running back Steve Quinones piled up an impressive stat line last Friday. The sophomore rushed for 389 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries, eclipsing the 2,200-yard mark for the season. Depew defeated South Coffeyville 58-40 to seal up a home playoff game this week. Tenth-ranked Depew will host Weleetka at 7:30 p.m. Friday. COLLEGE POSTCARD: MOORE GRAD SHIELDS WINS HONOR AT ST. GREG'S Moore High School product Richard Shields was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in three games last week for St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. The 6-foot-3 senior guard averaged 24.0 points and 5.7 rebounds as SGU went 2-1 on the week. He made 50.0 percent of his field-goal tries and 78.6 percent of his free throws.
One of the most successful football periods for Moore High School will be honored throughout the day Thursday. Former players Matt Anderson, Corey Ivy and Mike Strimple will all be inducted to the school’s Wall of Fame following the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Mustang. Ivy will also present a commemorative Wilson Gold Football to the school in an assembly as part of the NFL’s 50th...
Moore to honor Corey Ivy, Matt Anderson, Mike Strimple
Jacob Unruh | Nov 5, 2015One of the most successful football periods for Moore High School will be honored throughout the day Thursday. Former players Matt Anderson, Corey Ivy and Mike Strimple will all be inducted to the school’s Wall of Fame following the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Mustang. Ivy will also present a commemorative Wilson Gold Football to the school in an assembly as part of the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl celebration recognizing schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game. Ivy helped helped Tampa Bay win Super Bowl XXXVII after playing at Oklahoma. Anderson was a member of the Sooners’ 2000 national championship team. All three players played for former coach Tom Noles and were instrumental in Moore’s 11-year run of 102 wins and five state semifinal appearances. The Lions also beat rival Westmoore 11 straight times.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 31, 2015
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dakota Austin shifted his weight from one foot to the other and shoved his hands even deeper into his hand-warmer. Still, he felt a chill as the late afternoon shadows grew longer. He’s frozen on the sidelines several times before in his Oklahoma career. So it goes when you are buried deep on the depth chart for the better part of three seasons. But Saturday, the junior...
OU football: Dakota Austin’s rise from the depths of the two-deep continues against Kansas
By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, email@example.com | Oct 31, 2015LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dakota Austin shifted his weight from one foot to the other and shoved his hands even deeper into his hand-warmer. Still, he felt a chill as the late afternoon shadows grew longer. He’s frozen on the sidelines several times before in his Oklahoma career. So it goes when you are buried deep on the depth chart for the better part of three seasons. But Saturday, the junior cornerback was struggling to stay warm not because he wasn’t playing. Rather, he was already done. “It’s crazy how times change,” Austin said. On a day that OU demolished Kansas 62-7, there were plenty of reasons to be disinterested. Bad opponent. Small crowd. Obvious outcome. How do you weigh what happened against such a terrible team? How do you find meaning in a game against the hapless Hawks? Who cares? Dakota Austin cared -- and so should Sooner types who see the gauntlet that awaits this month. Before last season, Austin was pushing for the starting cornerback spot opposite Zack Sanchez. There was a great chance for the Lancaster, Texas, product to land the job, to get lots of playing time. But after he got beat out by Julian Wilson, Austin almost completely disappeared. He played in only five games, and the ones he did were blowouts. He was largely relegated to mop-up duty against cupcakes. And coming out of fall practice this season, Austin was nowhere to be found on the two-deep. There were moments of frustration. But when those happened, Austin often found himself dialing up highlights from his high school days. He watched himself making plays, breaking up passes, intercepting balls. “You just have to remind yourself what you’re capable of and why you’re here,” he said. “Just keep believing that.” Austin did, and it paid off. Last week against pass-happy Texas Tech, Sanchez went down with a sprained ankle on the first play from scrimmage. His back-up, Marcus Green, was out with an injury of his own. That put Austin in the crosshairs. Not an easy position to be in. We learned earlier this season when Thomas was suspended right before the Tulsa game and P.J. Mbanasor was thrown into the fire that back-up cornerbacks don’t always get a ton of practice reps. But Austin played well last week, making 11 tackles, second on the team only to Frank Shannon, and intercepting one pass. Saturday in Lawrence, Austin got his first career start and was solid again. Five tackles. Two pass breakups. “Dakota’s done a really good job,” Sooner defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “They nickeled and dimed him a little bit today, but he really stood in there and contested a lot of throws.” One, Austin contested a little too aggressively. Early in the second quarter, he tried to jump a route and pick a pass. Instead, Kansas connected for its first and only touchdown of the day. “I broke on that … ” Austin said, shaking his head. Got a little greedy? “Yeah,” he said, laughing. “I saw green grass … and I bit. I jumped it too early, but that happens. There are a lot of areas we can improve, but that was just one of them.” Sometimes those learning experiences can only come in games. There are situations that you have to live and feel and sense before you can really know how to best handle them. And even though it’s out of necessity, Austin is getting that experience. That is to Austin’s benefit. It’s also to the Sooners’. “We’re developing depth,” Stoops said. “Any good team should have depth at most positions. (We have) young depth, but we’re starting to grow as a group.” And against the schedule that looms in November, the Sooners need all the depth that they can muster in the secondary. As good as Thomas and Sanchez have been, the Sooners will need more than two against Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State. “I’m another option,” Austin said. “I feel like they can trust me more now. It’s not just a one-deep.” Even though tough games are on the horizon and Austin knows how much these past two weeks will help him then, he still took some time to enjoy Saturday. His dad, Mark, who played at cornerback at Kansas State, made the trip to Kansas, and after the game, father and son spent a long moment talking. They discussed the touchdown. They dissected a couple other plays. But Mark also let Dakota know how proud he was. “I never got too down on myself,” Austin said. “Just stay patient and stay ready, and it paid off.” Not only for him but also for the Sooners. --------------- Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Oct 30, 2015
With the win, Lawton MacArthur (9-0, 5-0) wrapped up the district championship.
High school football: Lawton Mac clinches district title with rout of Del City
By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Oct 30, 2015DEL CITY — Top-ranked Lawton MacArthur looked like it might be in trouble against Del City in the early going of Friday night's District 5A-1 football game. The Highlanders fumbled away a punt and then turned the ball over on their own 2-yard line when the punter couldn't handle a high snap. Del City and heralded quarterback Terry Wilson, however, couldn't convert the turnovers into points, and the defending Class 5A champs rolled a 37-0 win at Kalsu Stadium. With the win, Lawton MacArthur (9-0, 5-0) wrapped up the district championship. “It's a good feeling,” said Lawton Mac coach Brett Manning. “Everybody said at the beginning of the season that this was the toughest district in the state regardless of class. I don't think it's disappointed. To win this is a big deal for us.” Del City (5-4, 3-3) was no match for Manning's defense, which limited Wilson and the Eagles to 181 yards of total offense and nine first downs. Del City didn't register a first down until 8:21 remained in the first half. “I thought our defense played great early on and gave us an opportunity,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “But the margin of error is not very much against Lawton MacArthur.” Wilson, who is committed to the University of Oregon, completed 7-of-22 passes for 125 yards and one interception. The Eagles rushed for 56 yards. Wilson, who was sacked three times, totaled minus-35 yards rushing. Twice in the first half, when the Highlanders built a 30-0 lead, the defense held Del City without points inside the five-yard line. Both times, Lawton MacArthur's offense made the Eagles pay. The first time, receiver Ronnie Kimball took a screen pass from quarterback JR Winningham and raced 82 yards for the team's first touchdown. The second, Winningham found Marcus Taylor for 84 yards to the Eagles' 14-yard line. Three plays later, running back Teddy Thomas scored from the 1 to make it 23-0 and the rout was on. “You've got to put those guys down early then be willing to stand toe-to-toe with them,” Warehime said. “They're good in every phase of the game. Every phase.”
Oct 30, 2015
Luther has grown up a lot since a 2-8 season in 2012. The Lions are now 9-0 and headed to the playoffs.
High school football: Luther clinches district title with rout of Millwood
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 30, 2015LUTHER — Just hearing the words made Luther running back Maurice Wright Jr. smile a little bigger. District champions. “It's just amazing,” Wright said after scoring three touchdowns in the sixth-ranked Lions' 36-12 win over No. 5 Millwood on Friday night at Wilson Field that clinched the District 2A-2 title for the Lions. “And to do it with my brothers — this is my family — it feels amazing.” Wright vividly remembers his freshman year, when the Lions won just two games. But he and the rest of this year's senior class began to lay the foundation for what they accomplished Friday. “I remember the seniors on that team, always telling us to keep our heads up,” Wright said. “Even when we were losing games 70-6 and I would get down, they'd keep me up. “That showed me how you're supposed to be a leader.” Wright rushed for 186 yards with two touchdowns on 22 carries, and added two receptions for 40 yards and a crucial touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped the Lions close the door on Millwood. Luther took control of the game from the second snap, when a Millwood fumble was picked up by senior defensive lineman Dewayne Rhodes and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Millwood fumbled on its next offensive snap as well, and Wright scored his first touchdown two plays later. Later in the first quarter, after Dakota Pridemore came up with the first of his two interceptions, Wright broke free for a 39-yard TD and a 22-0 Luther lead. “Millwood is such an explosive football team,” Luther coach Shawn Meek said. “Once the game leveled out, it was a really tight ballgame the rest of the way, so doing what we did to get momentum early was huge.” The Lions face Oklahoma Christian next week with a chance to finish off an unbeaten regular season — a far cry from that 2-8 season of 2012. “Our freshman year was a struggle, but we've all grown together,” said Rhodes, who also had an interception as Luther forced six Millwood turnovers. “We've been together through all of it. No one quit, and it's kept building. We won two games, then four games, then five games. Now we're 9-0. It just shows you our teamwork and all the hard work we've put in over these four years.”
Oct 30, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There may be no two coaching staffs more familiar with each other than those at No. 13 Utah and Oregon State.First-year Beavers coach Gary Andersen played center at Utah and was defensive line coach at Idaho State while Utah coach Kyle Whittingham was defensive coordinator there. The two were on the same staff twice at Utah with Andersen serving as defensive tackles coach...
No. 13 Utah hosts familiar faces against Oregon State
By KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Oct 30, 2015SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There may be no two coaching staffs more familiar with each other than those at No. 13 Utah and Oregon State. First-year Beavers coach Gary Andersen played center at Utah and was defensive line coach at Idaho State while Utah coach Kyle Whittingham was defensive coordinator there. The two were on the same staff twice at Utah with Andersen serving as defensive tackles coach and defensive coordinator while Whittingham went from defensive coordinator to head coach. When Oregon State (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) visits Utah (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday night with the Utes aiming to bounce back from their only loss of the season, it will mark the second time Andersen has faced Whittingham in his first year at a program. The first time was in 2003 when Andersen was the head coach at Southern Utah. Whittingham said Andersen has always been organized, detailed, intelligent and has a great rapport with players. There's a lot of similarities in the way the programs run. "We hung on to a lot of stuff that Urban (Meyer) did, who probably copied it from Lou Holtz who probably copied it from somewhere else," said Whittingham. Both were on Meyer's staff in 2004. "I'm sure Gary took a lot of that with him. Stuff that has been good over the years, so why not use it." There are seven other coaches on the Oregon State staff with Utah ties. Defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a and graduate assistant Kameron Yancy all played and coached at Utah. Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was the Utes' defensive coordinator from 2012-14. Utah co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick was Andersen's offensive coordinator for Southern Utah in 2003. "I'm very, very happy for Kyle, because it's been a grind to get where they are today," Andersen said. "We won't speak this week, not because of me, because he doesn't like that stuff. I'll still throw him a couple joking texts and different things. You talk to him, and he's excited for the success his team is having." There isn't much concern that either side will benefit from the relationships. Whittingham said things are tweaked every year even if principles and philosophies haven't been. "It's all about players," Whittingham said. "Players are 90 percent of it. Coaches are not dumb. They're going to change signals, make modifications and do whatever they can, but they know what we know and we know what they know. I don't think that's as big of a factor as people make it out to be." Things to watch when Utah hosts Oregon State: STILL ON TRACK: The Utes lost for the first time last week, getting blown out 42-24 by USC, but are still in control of their own destiny. They remain the lone one-loss team in the Pac-12 South. A one-loss Pac-12 champion is likely to get a berth in the College Football Playoff. GOOD VS BAD: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson has been inconsistent throughout his career. The Utes play well when he does and struggle when he doesn't. The team is 1-9 when he throws multiple interceptions. It's no surprise Utah rolled over Oregon when Wilson had a career game and lost to unranked USC when he threw four last week. QB NO. 2: The Beavers turned to redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell last week, who threw for 122 yards in his first game, and rotated him with freshman Seth Collins. Collins has started every game and leads the team with 536 yards rushing and five touchdowns, but has only completed 51.9 percent of his passes. The Utes are preparing for both. QUOTABLE: Utah LB Gionni Paul on Sitake, "He brings the best out of players. It doesn't matter the stars you have coming out of high school, if he sees potential in you, he'll bring the best out of you. He's a great coach because he's a players' coach."
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No. 5 TCU and West Virginia came into the Big 12 the same season, and under similar circumstances. They have certainly been close ever since.Their three conference meetings have been decided by a combined five points, with overtime games the first two seasons when they also had identical records. The Horned Frogs won last year with a game-ending field goal."That shows...
Close rivalry between No. 5 TCU and West Virginia in Big 12
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No. 5 TCU and West Virginia came into the Big 12 the same season, and under similar circumstances. They have certainly been close ever since. Their three conference meetings have been decided by a combined five points, with overtime games the first two seasons when they also had identical records. The Horned Frogs won last year with a game-ending field goal. "That shows how close we are," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "With that said, we are not finishing close games as well as they are right now." The Mountaineers (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) go into Thursday night's game at TCU still looking for their first conference victory. Defending Big 12 co-champion TCU (7-0, 4-0) gets a last chance to impress the panel before the first College Football Playoff rankings of this season come out next week. After an open date, the Frogs are home for the first time in four weeks after playing three of their first four Big 12 games on the road. They won 55-52 at Texas Tech on a deflected fourth-down touchdown pass in the final minute, overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to win 52-45 at Kansas State, and won 45-21 at Iowa State in their last game. "We have a lot more bounce in our step," coach Gary Patterson said. The Frogs' 15-game winning streak is a school record, and second only to top-ranked Ohio State's 21 in a row. TCU and West Virginia were coming off multiple conference championships in other leagues — the Mountaineers in the Big East and the Frogs in the Mountain West — when they became Big 12 members in 2012. Both had 7-6 debuts, and were 4-8 in 2013. West Virginia is also playing three of its first four Big 12 games on the road. The Mountaineers have already gone to 14th-ranked Oklahoma and second-ranked Baylor, and lost in overtime at home to 12th-ranked Oklahoma State. While TCU still has to play those other ranked Big 12 teams in November, Patterson isn't overlooking WVU. "Always been a war, and they're a lot better football team than 3-3," Patterson said. "They've played all three of those teams that have only one loss between them." Some things to watch in TCU's first Thursday night home game since 2008: HOWARD AT HOME: West Virginia junior quarterback Skyler Howard went to high school about 15 miles from the TCU campus. But he's not really concerned with a homecoming. "It's just another game. It's a business trip," Howard said. He saw family members two weeks ago, when the Mountaineers stayed in Fort Worth before their game at Baylor. DIFFERENT FRONTS: While both teams use five defensive backs, West Virginia and TCU have different fronts. The Mountaineers go with three linemen and three linebackers, while the Frogs use four linemen and two linebackers. The results have been similar — both teams give up about 27 points and 400 total yards a game. COMEBACK KICKS: Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play last year to give TCU a 31-30 win after trailing by 14 points in the second half. In Fort Worth two years ago, the Mountaineers turned an early 14-point deficit into a 10-point lead before Oberkrom's tying 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation. Josh Lambert's third field goal was a 34-yarder in overtime for a 30-27 WVU victory. SAFETY IN LINEBACKERS: TCU's leading tacklers are converted safeties playing linebacker — neither of them a starter when the season began. Sophomore Travin Howard has 50 tackles and two forced fumbles, while freshman Montrel Wilson has 46 tackles. STREAKS: West Virginia has at least 350 total yards in 27 games in a row, the nation's longest such streak. ... TCU has won 11 consecutive Big 12 games, and has won its last 21 games overall when ranked top five in the AP poll. ___ Online: AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 22, 2015
The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had...
College football predictions: The American Conference riding high
Berry Tramel | Oct 22, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3889790[/img] The American Conference — the beleaguered, forgotten, left-for-dead American — is the big winner so far among leagues in the 2015 college football season. The American has three of the nation’s 14 unbeatens remaining. All three are ranked in the AP top 25 — Memphis 18th, Houston 21st and Temple 22nd. And below those three, Navy is off to a 4-1 start, and East Carolina and Cincinnati have had notable victories. Memphis beat Ole Miss last week. Temple beat Penn State. East Carolina beat Virginia Tech. Cincinnati beat Miami. The American is a respectable 7-14 against Power 5 conference teams plus Notre Dame and Brigham Young. That’s better than the ACC, which is a horrid 4-10 against that caliber of competition. The American is 4-3 straight up against the ACC. The updated standings, of Power-5 (plus Notre Dame and BYU) against each other: SEC 5-2, Independents 5-3, Big Ten 10-9, Pac-12 5-5, Big 12 4-4, ACC 4-10. Add in the American, and the standings are: SEC 8-3, Independents 8-3, Big 12 7-5, Pac-12 6-5, Big Ten 11-10, American 7-14, ACC 7-14. The strong showing by the American makes it likely that its champion will get the major bowl berth afforded to the Group of Five conferences without an automatic berth. It’s even conceivable that Memphis, if it can win out, could at least demand consideration for a national semifinal berth. At 13-0, with wins over Ole Miss, Houston, Cincinnati, Temple, Navy and whoever represents the American East in the conference title game, Memphis would at least have an argument. Let’s get to the predictions: Texas Tech at Oklahoma: Sooners 48-35. Red Raiders have played well in two straight trips to Owen Field, a 41-38 upset win in 2011, a 38-30 loss in 2013. Kansas at Oklahoma State: Cowboys 42-10. Jayhawks showed some life against Texas Tech last week, drawing within 23-20 late. Kansas State at Texas: Wildcats 23-19. Big 12 upset special.K-State historically has played great against the Longhorns, but can the ‘Cats recover from a 55-0 beatdown by OU last week? Iowa State at Baylor: Bears 69-14. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see Baylor in a real road game. Tennessee at Alabama: Crimson Tide 28-16. The Volunteers can physically match up with Bama, which is a big improvement. Texas A&M at Ole Miss: Aggies 29-27. Don’t look now, but the Rebels haven’t played well since beating Alabama. Struggled with Vanderbilt, lost to Florida and Memphis. Western Kentucky at LSU: Tigers 45-27. Don’t sleep on the Hilltoppers. They’re not bad, at 6-1 and averaging 51 points a game. Missouri at Vanderbilt: Tigers 19-6. Sleepy season for Mizzou. In a bad way. Kentucky at Mississippi State: Bulldogs 23-20. Mark Stoops has lost two conference heartbreaks, to Florida and Auburn; otherwise, UK might be the East Division favorite. Auburn at Arkansas: Razorbacks 26-17. Gus Malzahn returns to his roots, when he was head coach of high-flying Springdale High School, just down the road from Fayetteville. Northwestern at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 21-14. Nebraska just scrambling to make a bowl game, but the Wildcats have slumped, too. Wisconsin at Illinois: Badgers 26-14. Wisconsin needs help to win the Big Ten West. Notably, two losses by Iowa, which has an easy schedule. Ohio State at Rutgers: Buckeyes 41-14. Urban Meyer does funny things with his quarterbacks. Indiana at Michigan State: Spartans 49-24. Awful loss for IU and Kevin Wilson last week. Gave up 24 straight points in the final 18 minutes and lost to Rutgers 55-52. That’s no way to make a bowl game. Penn State at Maryland: Nittany Lions 25-10. Old Eastern rivalry, which doesn’t resonate much in the Big Ten. California at UCLA: Bruins 38-31. If UCLA is going to salvage its season, it has to start here. Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 34-17. Can you believe that USC is favored? Pay attention people. Pay attention. Washington at Stanford: Cardinal 27-17. Someone better beat Stanford and Utah soon, else both Pac-12 divisional races will be over before November. Colorado at Oregon State: Buffaloes 36-23. Glory, glory hallelujah. Colorado is not the worst team in the Pac-12. Washington State at Arizona: Wildcats 42-35. Mike Leach has the Cougars playing well. Rich Rodriguez can’t say the same about UofA. Florida State at Georgia Tech: Seminoles 26-10. Unbeaten ‘Noles have two road games after this — at Clemson, at Florida. Virginia at North Carolina: Tar Heels 33-14. Is UNC the worst one-loss team among the Power-5? Let’s see. Duke, Pitt, OU, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M. I’ll vote for the Tar Heels. Duke at Virginia Tech: Blue Devils 30-14. You know, that David Cutcliffe might have a future in this business. Clemson at Miami: Hurricanes 27-21. Upset special. Miami has some talent, it just hasn’t produced a complete game. Could happen against the Tigers. North Carolina State at Wake Forest: Wolfpack 26-22. Wonder if this is any kind of in-state rivalry at all? Boston College at Louisville: Cardinals 20-10. The greatest argument against expansion to 14-team conferences is games like this and NC State-Wake. Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Panthers 22-14. Pitt is quietly having a solid season. Wagner at Brigham Young: Cougars 78-0. I’ll cut BYU some slack, since it has all kinds of scheduling problems. But Wagner is the team that lost to Columbia two weeks ago, ending the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Connecticut at Cincinnati: Bearcats 41-14. How good is the American? Cincy is a solid team. Beat Miami. And UC is 0-2 in the American. Memphis at Tulsa: Tigers 51-21. Justin Fuente makes his return to Tulsa. You’d think Fuente could make some recruiting inroads at Union High School. Houston at Central Florida: Cougars 48-14. Two programs going in opposite directions quite rapidly. SMU at South Florida: Bulls 46-24. Mustangs’ only victory came against North Texas, and Dan McCarney now is out of a job at UNT. Temple at East Carolina: Pirates 33-24. Game could decide the American’s East Division. Tulane at Navy: Midshipmen 41-20. The eternal question. Why can Navy win and Army can’t? Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 37-31. Great win for Sallisaw’s Matt Wells and his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, last week in routing Boise State. Fresno State at Air Force: Falcons 28-26. The truth about the Mountain West Conference this season; there are no standout teams. Hawaii at Nevada: Rainbows 25-23. Hawaii has won just once on the Mainland since October 2011. New Mexico at San Jose State: Spartans 28-20. I sometimes forget that Bob Davie still coaches the Lobos. Wyoming at Boise State: Broncos 63-7. Boise State will be plenty mad after melting down against Utah State. Last week: 28-12. Season: 289-74.
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Freshman Chase Hansen is the quarterback of the future for No. 3 Utah, but in the meantime, he's switched jerseys and sides of the ball.The former four-star recruit and 2011 Utah high school player of the year has moved to safety with the team off to a 6-0 start and eying a berth in the College Football Playoff.The new No. 22 jumped at the opportunity when coaches broached...
Future Utah QB Hansen temporarily playing safety
By KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Oct 21, 2015SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Freshman Chase Hansen is the quarterback of the future for No. 3 Utah, but in the meantime, he's switched jerseys and sides of the ball. The former four-star recruit and 2011 Utah high school player of the year has moved to safety with the team off to a 6-0 start and eying a berth in the College Football Playoff. The new No. 22 jumped at the opportunity when coaches broached the subject. He started practicing with the defense on Oct. 14 and received snaps during the 34-18 defeat of Arizona State three days later. "I said absolutely, I want to do whatever I can to play a part in helping this team," Hansen said. "I played plenty of defense in high school. ... I always loved it. I always loved contact. I always loved hitting. It was never really a problem for me. Giving it a shot wasn't really a big change." Hansen was actually in the preseason competition to start under center. Four-year starter Travis Wilson won the job and senior Kendal Thompson is the backup. Coach Kyle Whittingham made the decision to get Hansen's elite athleticism on the field one way or another. He's listed as 6-foot-3, 216 pounds and Whittingham said he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. The coach said he has NFL athleticism. Whittingham insisted the move isn't permanent. "He's fast, he's tough, he's got size, he's instinctive," Whittingham said. "As the third quarterback, there's not really any reps for him right now. It's just temporary. It's just until the season ends and then for spring, he'll be back as a quarterback. That's the vision we have right now. "We have not by any stretch given up on him as a quarterback. This is not any indication or sign that he's not cutting the mustard as a quarterback. Not at all." But it may be a sign that the Utah coaching staff realizes the situation that they're in. The Utes are the last undefeated team in the Pac-12 and a berth in the playoffs is a real possibility. This is a significant step for a program that has only been in the Pac-12 since 2011 and posted a winning record in the conference for the first time in 2014. "When next year comes, we'll take care of next year," Hansen said. "It's such an awesome time to be a part of this team. A time that you don't want to miss because you're next year's guy. Coaches are always safety first, but I think right now it's let's win every game this year." Whittingham disagreed with the sentiment. He said the staff does everything possible every year to give the team its best chance to win regardless of record. That's true to a point, but coaches across college football redshirt and hold back players due to future considerations all the time. There is clearly a comfort level with Hansen. He's already been playing special teams and has gotten a few quarterback snaps this season. Hansen is an athletic dual-threat quarterback who threw for 3,066 yards and 38 touchdowns and ran for 1,404 yards and 16 touchdowns as a high school senior. Technique has been the biggest challenge so far for Hansen. Moving backward in coverage and detailing the proper footwork has been a process, but there are quarterback traits that are coming in handy. "I feel playing quarterback has helped a lot," Hansen said "It's going to help a lot in the near future because I feel like a lot of safety, from what I'm learning, is getting in the head of the quarterback and trying to see what he sees and get a bead on the ball. There's a lot of technique things I've still got to work on, but mentally, it's a big positive kind of knowing how quarterback works." Hansen joins a Utah defense that ranks No. 2 in the country with 13 interceptions and is deep in the secondary. It's unknown how much Hansen will play. Another question arises about the future: Can a starting quarterback play both ways? "I don't know," Hansen said. "I would love to. I would do it in a heartbeat."
Oct 19, 2015
Waters, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., on Monday amid a disciplinary situation at his former school.
High school notebook: Norman North's Lindy Waters no longer with team
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 19, 2015Highly recruited Norman North boys basketball player Lindy Waters III will no longer be attending the school. Waters, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., on Monday amid a disciplinary situation at his former school. Norman Public Schools officials could not confirm whether Waters left the school on his own, or if he had been suspended or dismissed. “We are not able to comment on any student's attendance status,” Alesha Leemaster, the district's director of public relations, told The Oklahoman. Waters gathered scholarship offers from a wide variety of schools over the summer, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Butler, Houston, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Mercer and several others. He also has multiple opportunities at Ivy League programs. IDABEL'S WELLS COMMITS TO WYOMING One of the state's top football prospects is off the board. Idabel's K.J. Wells verbally committed to Wyoming on Sunday, announcing his decision on his Twitter page. “Well it's official! I verbally committed to the university of Wyoming this morning,” he tweeted while on an official visit with the school. Wells is ranked No. 8 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits for the 2016 class. He is being recruited as an athlete. He's played receiver and most recently quarterback for Idabel. Last season, he accounted for 27 touchdowns — 12 passing, 12 rushing and three receiving. Wells chose Wyoming over scholarship offers from Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Sam Houston State, TCU and UTEP. Wyoming has now landed four Oklahomans from the 2016 class. Wells joins Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett, Ada linebacker Shiloh Windsor and Hollis offensive lineman Jace Webb as verbal commitments. MILLWOOD'S MICHELBY DAVIS OFFERED BY WESTERN ILLINOIS Millwood defensive end Michelby Davis received his first Division I scholarship offer on Monday, from Western Illinois. Davis, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior, plays a variety of roles for Millwood, including defensive end, tight end, wide receiver and kicker. UT-San Antonio, coached by Oklahoma native Larry Coker, has also been in to see him practice recently as well. LAWTON MAC SURVIVES TOUGH STRETCH Top-ranked Lawton MacArthur's comeback victory over No. 2 Ardmore was not only thrilling, but crucial in the Class 5A defending champion's pursuit of the District 5A-1 title. The Highlanders' 29-28 win concluded an undefeated three-week stretch against the heart of the district with Altus, Duncan and Ardmore, which left them atop the district as the lone undefeated team. “It's hard to look forward in our district,” Lawton MacArthur coach Brett Manning said. “We haven't been able to sit down and look at all of the possibilities and scenarios. It's been murder's row there in our schedule. I know it's the old cliché of one game at a time, but it's really been that way. “I really like where we are. I think we have set ourselves up to enter the playoffs in the best possible spot we could.” Lawton MacArthur (7-0, 4-0) has district games remaining against Chickasha, Del City and El Reno. Those three are a combined 4-8 in district play. The Highlanders won their games against Altus and Ardmore by a combined total of three points. “I'm telling you, Altus and Ardmore are very, very good teams,” Manning said. “I feel like coming out of that and winning those games, I feel very fortunate to be in the position we are. “It's also gratifying because I guarantee you there's nobody in the state that thought we would be where we are right now. We've still got a long ways to go to reach our goals, but losing 19 starters like we did off of last year's team, it feels really good to have such a good start this year.” Against Ardmore, receiver Jarviear Christon caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from JR Winningham with 58 seconds remaining. Manning then elected to go for the win and sent in safety Walter Neil to run their version of the wildcat formation. Lawton MacArthur ran the formation earlier in the game with a sweep to the right. This time, Neil went left, Christon delivered a big block and Neil converted the two-point play. HASLEY, MULLIGAN TAKE OJGT TITLES Piedmont's Dustin Hasley and Norman North's Kaitlin Milligan won the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour Tournament of Champions over the weekend. Hasley shot rounds of 70-69 for a 139 total at Lincoln Park West to edge Hydro's Kason Cook and Mooreland's Zac Owens by one shot. In the girls tournament, Milligan shot 77-72 for a six-stroke victory. Jordan Wilson of Edmond shot 75-73 to win the boys 12-14 age division by one shot.
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
McClain County seems to have become a hotbed for female field goal kickers.
High school notebook: Female kickers meet when Washington hosts Dibble
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 13, 2015McClain County seems to have become a hotbed for female field goal kickers. Purcell had one a few years ago, and on Thursday night, two female kickers — sophomores, at that — will meet on the same field when Washington hosts Dibble. Dibble's Kip Ledgerwood made news last year when she joined the team as a freshman, and in her second game, was 10-for-10 on extra-point attempts, believed to be a national high school record for a female. Late last month, Aubrey Schmidt joined the team at Washington, and made 12 of her first 13 PATs over two games. A club soccer player, who also runs cross country and plays basketball, this is Aubrey Schmidt's first foray into football, despite growing up around the sport. Her father, Jerry Schmidt, is the strength and conditioning coach for the Oklahoma football team. GEARY ROLLING AT 6-0 A year ago, Geary's football team made the playoffs for the first time in 23 years, but the Bison did it with a 6-3 record, nabbing the fourth and final playoff spot in District B-2. This year has been a different story. Through six weeks, Geary — widely known as a wrestling town — is 6-0 overall and 5-0 in district play, coming off a big 75-28 win over Maysville. Currently ranked No. 8 in Class B, second-year coach Steve Wilson's program is averaging 54.8 points per game while allowing just 12.7. With three winnable games coming up, Geary could be undefeated and playing for the district title when it heads to No. 1 Alex in Week 10. WESTERN HEIGHTS' KEVIN RASSATT WINS FANS' CHOICE POLL For the second time this season, Western Heights quarterback Kevin Rassatt was the top pick among fans for his performance on the football field. Rassatt won The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll on Tuesday, holding off a strong charge from Tuttle's Rhett Boles. Rassatt, who won the poll in Week 2 received a total of 681 votes. Boles finished with 648. Rassatt was instrumental in helping Western Heights upset Deer Creek 26-23. He accounted for 436 yards of offense and four touchdowns. He was also The Oklahoman's staff pick for player of the week. A total of 2,090 votes were cast for six players. Here is a breakdown of the poll: Kevin Rassatt, Western Heights: 681 votes (32.58 pct.) Rhett Boles, Tuttle: 648 votes (31 pct.) J.T. Wullschleger, Edmond Santa Fe: 328 votes (15.69 pct.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City: 183 votes (8.76 pct.) Quan Hogan, Norman North: 132 votes (6.32 pct.) Josh Hampton, Cashion: 118 votes (5.65 pct.) Total: 2,090 votes CARL ALBERT SOCCER PLAYERS PICK COLLEGES A second Carl Albert girls soccer player since Friday has verbally committed to play collegiately, this time at the Division I level. Brooklyn Speis verbally committed to Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. Teammate Cali Walker verbally committed to Central Oklahoma last week. As a junior, Speis moved to midfielder after two standout seasons as a forward where she totaled 31 goals and 20 assists. She scored nine goals and registered seven assists. Speis is also one of the youngest starters in the amateur Women's Premier Soccer League. She was also invited in July to attend the Guam Full Women's National training in San Diego. She awaits the next round of tryouts for the Guam National Team in March. Walker scored 13 goals last season — including four of the team's five in the postseason — and was on The Oklahoman's All-City second team. By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, staff writers
Destiny Christian, based in southeast Oklahoma City, has won three consecutive Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championships in football.
High school notebook: Destiny Christian's win streak reaches 26
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 12, 2015Among OSSAA teams, Class B's top-ranked Alex currently holds the state's longest active winning streak at 20 games. But taking all high school football teams into account, Destiny Christian extended its state-best win streak to 26 last Friday with a 70-0 win over Bowlegs. It was the team's second shutout in three weeks, having allowed just 12 points during that span. Destiny Christian, based in southeast Oklahoma City, has won three consecutive Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association championships in football. BINGER-ONEY'S RIGGS DOMINATES IN FRONT OF AILING FATHER Talley Riggs sat in the stands of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and forced himself to clap instead of yell. Normally a rambunctious parent while his daughter, Shelby Riggs, pitches for Binger-Oney, he was taking it easy just more than 24 hours after he was released from the hospital following a surgery for esophageal cancer that at one point had him in ICU. And he got to calmly watch Shelby and No. 3 Binger-Oney dominate No. 5 Wister in a 5-3 victory to win the Class A softball state championship. “She's just strong,” Talley said. “I know I'm strong, but she's way stronger than I am. If you can imagine the pressure that's put on a kid, a sophomore in the state championship on the mound trying to pitch for her school while her dad's going through the cancer issues that I am. She's an incredible kid.” Riggs held Wister to three hits and two earned runs. She also stranded five baserunners and drove in the game's first run in the first inning. “She's as strong as he is,” Binger-Oney coach Jason Wilson said. “She's just a competitor. She was born for this, born for the competition.” Shelby said she often thought of her dad. She was still able to stick to the game plan, which was to avoid letting Wister (31-10) get going with small-ball tactics. “It means so much to me just for the fact of doing it for my dad,” she said. “I'm really glad he got to be here.” RED OAK WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Winning the state fastpitch softball championship is just now part of the normal routine for Red Oak. The top-ranked Eagles won their fourth straight Class B title with a 9-2 win over No. 3 Turner, becoming just the second program in state history to reach that mark in fastpitch history. “There's really nothing that can compare to it,” said Red Oak senior Rainey Mauzey, who was a part of each championship team. “Nothing. It becomes a ritual and it's weird knowing that next year I won't be a part of it, but I'll be praying for our girls each year after this and hopefully they can accomplish what we did.” Copan is the only other team to win four straight titles. The Bulldogs won each year from 2000-2003. Mauzey had a big two-run double in the third that gave Red Oak a 4-2 lead it would not relinquish. Red Oak (33-8) scored five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach and help pitcher Katie McCullar relax even more in her first championship game. TUSHKA TAKES DOWN DALE Tushka pitcher Sadi Avants threw 11 innings Friday during a nail-biting win over Latta and there was no way the parents on the team were not going to let her rest Saturday. They delivered ice for her right arm. They delivered pain medicine. Smart move considering Avants threw seven strong innings to knock off two-time defending champion Dale 5-3 in the Class 2A championship game. The championship is the first in fastpitch for Tushka (36-5). Avants allowed six hits and struck out three. She also stranded eight baserunners — five in the first two innings. “We left I don't know how many on base,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. “We had every chance in the world but couldn't get a timely hit. We got beat by a good team, but we just didn't get the timely hit today.” CORRECTION: It was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's editions that Red Oak's softball team was the second team to win four straight fastpitch softball titles in state history behind Davenport. Copan was the first, accomplishing that from 1988-1991. (This story has been corrected.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice.Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease.Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say...
Autopsy: Football player's death due to heart disease
Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice. Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease. Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday. Funeral arrangements for Williams are set for Saturday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice.Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro.Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because...
Burke County football player dies 2 weeks after collapsing
Associated Press | Oct 7, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice. Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because of a heart condition. Salemi says an autopsy has been performed on Williams' body, but the results were not yet available, as of Tuesday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 2, 2015
Sean Talley and Cecil Cole came together to knock down Duncan’s potential game-winning pass at the goal line with four seconds on the clock to seal a win that kept 10th-ranked Del City (3-2 overall, 1-1 District 5A-1) out of a deep hole in its pursuit of the playoffs.
High school football: Big fourth-quarter plays seal Del City victory
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 2, 2015DEL CITY — Del City needed every big play it could get Friday night, from anyone who could make one in its 21-16 win over Duncan. Even the punter. The backup punter, actually. Sean Talley and Cecil Cole came together to knock down Duncan's potential game-winning pass at the goal line with four seconds on the clock to seal a win that kept 10th-ranked Del City (3-2 overall, 1-1 District 5A-1) out of a deep hole in its pursuit of the playoffs. Quarterback Terry Wilson hit Cole for a 64-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter at Kalsu Stadium. And defensive tackle Walter Watson had a critical sack when Duncan had first-and-goal at the Del City 4-yard line. But it was backup punter Dylan Clark who nearly crippled Duncan's last shot at victory. Only in the game because wide receiver and regular punter Gary Stice was injured in the first half, Clark drilled a 45-yard punt — his only punt of the night — that pinned Duncan inside its 20-yard line with 1:11 to go. “We had talked about it at halftime that he would have to go out there if we needed to punt,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “That was a great punt, and in a crucial situation.” Led by quarterback Luke Ring, Duncan moved down the field quickly, but found itself facing a fourth-down play from the Del City 30. That's when Talley and Cole converged in front of the receiver in the end zone for the game-winning pass breakup. “It was just a gut feeling thinking they were gonna go to the end zone,” Cole said. “I'm just glad me and Talley could be there to bat it down and get this win.” Ring threw for 134 yards, all in the second half, and junior running back Trenton Bell had 191 yards on 29 carries, but Del City never let him break free for a touchdown. Wilson, who is verbally committed to Oregon, threw for 137 yards and rushed for 83, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the first half. “We came out here and fought,” Wilson said. “I give it all up to the defense, because we couldn't have gotten it done without them getting some tremendous stops.” With last week's loss to Ardmore, and games against Altus and Lawton MacArthur still on the schedule, a loss to Duncan would have put Del City's playoff hopes in a dire situation. “This was a big win,” said Watson, who recently committed to Missouri State. “We needed this, and it gives us some momentum going into our game at Altus next week.”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
The Lawton MacArthur linebacker who played this season while facing charges stemming from a home invasion was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, but will spend considerably less time in state custody. B.J. Davis, 17, will be given the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation program as part of Oklahoma's Youthful Offender Act. Davis, who turns 18 on Jan. 27, has until late July to...
High school notebook: Lawton MacArthur linebacker could serve maximum of 20 years for home invasion
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 29, 2015The Lawton MacArthur linebacker who played this season while facing criminal charges stemming from a home invasion could spend 20 years in prison unless he successfully completes a rehabilitation program. B.J. Davis, 17, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison, but 10 years of the sentence was suspended. Davis will be given the opportunity to avoid prison by completing a rehabilitation program as part of Oklahoma’s Youthful Offender Act. Davis, who turns 18 on Jan. 27, has until late June to complete the program, at which time the charges would be dismissed and expunged. He would then be eligible to return to high school for his senior season. If he does not successfully complete the program by the time he is 18 1/2, Davis could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. Davis pleaded guilty last week to first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery with a weapon, first-degree robbery with a weapon and resisting an officer. Davis, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior outside linebacker, sat out last season. He played in Lawton Mac’s first three games of this season, but was removed from the team last week after he agreed to a plea deal. According to an affidavit, Davis and Brenan Petit forcibly entered a house on June 18, 2014, where Davis injured a resident by firing a gun through a glass window of a door after initially shoving the gun through the opening. Davis then hit another resident over the head with the gun, and both Davis and Pettit made all three residents get on the ground while passing the gun back and forth, according to the affidavit. Pettit was also sentenced as a youthful offender in December. JOHN MARSHALL'S TRAMONDA MOORE OFFERED BY UCLA Tramonda Moore's list of scholarship offers now reaches from coast to coast. UCLA offered the 6-foot-5, 345-pound John Marshall lineman on Monday, adding to Moore's list of college options. He had been offered by Miami last month, and several top programs throughout the country are pursuing him. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma were the first major programs to offer him in June, and since then Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Arizona State, Missouri and TCU have joined the list of nearly 20 offers. Moore has said he expects to take all five of his official visits and likely won't make a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. BETHANY'S HARRELL WINS THE OKLAHOMAN'S FANS' PLAYER OF THE WEEK Bethany running back Payton Harrell surged to the top of The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll in the final hour Tuesday to edge Casady running back William Walter. Harrell finished with 1,048 votes, while Walter finished with 1,015. A total of 3,216 votes were cast for seven different players. Last week, Harrell rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as Bethany took down undefeated Meeker 42-33. Walter was The Oklahoman's staff pick for player of the week. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the Week 5 poll. Here are the results of this week's poll: Payton Harrell, Bethany: 1,048 votes (32.59 pct.) William Walter, Casady: 1,015 votes (31.56 pct.) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe: 339 votes (10.54 pct.) Montrell Wilson, Millwood: 331 votes (10.29 pct.) Blake Pennington, Crossings Christian: 286 votes (8.89 pct.) Devonte Lee, John Marshall: 166 votes (5.16 pct.) Tabor Johns, Hennessey: 31 votes (0.96 pct.) Total: 3,216 votes CANCER IN REMISSION FOR CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN'S MAYBERRY Crossing Christian senior Ethan Mayberry beat cancer for the second time. Football coach Chris Roberts said Tuesday that Mayberry found out last week that he is remission after being diagnosed a second time this offseason with Hodgkin's lymphoma. “It's just a relief for our kids and excitement for Ethan and his family,” Robert said. “When a kid has cancer, his whole family goes through it, so just excitement for them.” Mayberry missed all of last season with cancer before he fought it off and returned to the team in the winter. He was diagnosed a second time in the spring. Roberts said he does not anticipate Mayberry attempting a comeback this season. “He proved to himself he could do it,” Roberts said. “He came and worked all offseason and then he found out. I think he's just going to concentrate on getting through high school and graduating.” DEL CITY'S WATSON COMFORTABLE AT MISSOURI STATE Del City senior Walter Watson's college choice came down to comfort. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Watson verbally committed to Missouri State earlier this month after his official visit to the campus went well. “I liked the atmosphere there, and the coaching staff,” Watson said. “I really felt comfortable there.” Watson plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for Del City, but says Missouri State likes him as a defensive tackle. Missouri State has had recent success recruiting Oklahoma, with five players currently on the roster — Darius Joseph from Southmoore, Malik Earl from Edmond Santa Fe, Tre Betts from Sand Springs, Calan Crowder from Bartlesville and Robert Thomas from Tulsa Union. VIAN'S MOSES, RYAN'S CARTER WITH BIG PERFORMANCES If you're looking for point production, Terron Moses of Vian and Grant Carter of Ryan had you covered last Friday night. Moses scored eight touchdowns and had 198 yards in Vian's 61-12 win over Wilburton. Not to be outdone, Ryan's Carter scored nine touchdowns, breaking a school record that was believed to be 75 years old. He had 214 yards on 28 carries in the 68-30 win over Cement in an 8-man clash. But perhaps the most interesting stat from Carter's performance: his touchdown count outnumbered the players in uniform for Cement, which took the field with only eight players suited out.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Republic and Payson Roundup took home the top awards at the 2015 Arizona Newspaper Association annual meeting Saturday.The Payson Roundup won newspaper of the year in the non-daily category, while the Republic claimed first place among dailies.Reporters for the two papers also were named journalists of the year, Alexis Bechman in Payson and Dennis Wagner for...
Newspapers in Phoenix, Payson win top honors
Associated Press | Sep 26, 2015CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Republic and Payson Roundup took home the top awards at the 2015 Arizona Newspaper Association annual meeting Saturday. The Payson Roundup won newspaper of the year in the non-daily category, while the Republic claimed first place among dailies. Reporters for the two papers also were named journalists of the year, Alexis Bechman in Payson and Dennis Wagner for the Republic. Wagner also won for story of the year for his piece about Apache womanhood ceremonies. Hank Stephenson with the Capitol Times won story of the year among non-daily newspapers for his piece "Ballot Harvest." In other individual honors, Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International was named photographer of the year among non-daily newspapers, while Randy Hoeft of the Yuma Sun took the top spot in the daily category. The Sierra Vista Herald won The Associated Press Member of the Year award for outstanding cooperation for sharing stories and images throughout the year. STORY OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Hank Stephenson , "Ballot Harvest" Arizona Capitol Times Daily Dennis Wagner, "An Apache Dance into Womanhood," The Arizona Republic PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Murphy Woodhouse, Nogales International Daily Randy Hoeft, Yuma Sun JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Alexis Bechman, Payson Roundup Daily Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Payson Roundup, Publisher: John Naughton Daily The Arizona Republic, Publisher: John Zidich Individual journalists also were honored in the daily and non-daily categories, Photographers of the year were Murphy Woodhouse of the Nogales International and Randy Hoeft of the Yuma Sun Here is a complete list of winners: GENERAL EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st Place -TIELake Powell Chronicle, Maricopa Monitor 2nd Place: Arizona Capitol Times Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st Place: Payson Roundup 2nd Place: Green Valley News and Sun 3rd Place: Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st Place: Phoenix Business Journal 2nd Place -TIENavajo Times, West Valley View Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st Place: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd Place: Arizona Daily Sun 3rd Place: Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic REPORTING & NEWSWRITING EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Eloy Enterprise Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Payson Roundup 3rd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Explorer Newspaper Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Today's News-Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic DEPARTMENTAL NEWS & COPYWRITING EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Coolidge Examiner Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: White Mountain Independent 3rd: Jewish News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: West Valley View 3rd: Explorer Newspaper Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Arizona Daily Sun Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Star PAGE DESIGN EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Nogales International 3rd: Camp Verde Journal Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Payson Roundup 3rd: Sedona Red Rock News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Explorer Newspaper 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Navajo Times Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Today's News-Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic EDITORIAL PAGE EXCELLENCE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Camp Verde Journal 2nd: Arizona Capitol Times 3rd: Nogales International Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: Green Valley News and Sun 3rd: Jewish News Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Explorer Newspaper 2nd: West Valley View 3rd: Phoenix Business Journal Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Yuma Sun 2nd: Daily Courier 3rd: Today's News-Herald Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st : Arizona Republic BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Nogales International 2nd: Coolidge Examiner 3rd: The Bugle Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: White Mountain Independent 2nd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) 3rd: Fountain Hills Times Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Navajo Times 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: West Valley View Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Yuma Sun 2nd: Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st : The Arizona Republic COMMUNITY SERVICE/JOURNALISTIC ACHIEVEMENT Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Range News 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: None Selected Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Payson Roundup 2nd: Fountain Hills Times 3rd: Aztec Press (PCC/Tucson) Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: None Selected 3rd: None Selected Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic SPECIAL SECTION, NEWSPAPER SUPPLEMENT OR MAGAZINE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Wickenburg Sun 3rd: None Selected Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Inside Tucson Business 2nd: Jewish News 3rd: Fountain Hills Times Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: West Valley View 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Tucson Weekly Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: None Selected Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Daily Star NEWSPAPER ONLINE SITE/WEB PAGE Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Arizona Range News Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Jewish News 3rd: White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: West Valley View 2nd: Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: None Selected Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Daily News-Sun 2nd: Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Arizona Republic Individual Winners by Category BEST HEADLINE Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Putt, putt, goose, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Adam Gaub, Colt gets a leg - or two - up; and various headlines; Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Tom Spratt, The elephant on the roof, Arizona Capitol Times Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michael Rinker, Tattoos can be more than just skin deep; and various headlines, Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Peter Aleshire, An Exultation of Egrets; and various headlines, Payson Roundup 3rd: Andrew Pardiac, G.I. with some Joe; and various headlines, Sedona Red Rock News Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Cindy Yurth, Corn, craps and cryptids; What do ewe know?; and various headlines, Navajo Times 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Amy Crawford, History mixed with mystery; and various headlines, Yuma Sun 2nd: Bill Coates, Where does the time go? I forget; and various headlines, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: None Awarded Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 No Entries BEST NEWS STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Curt Prendergast, 20 months on, feds arrive at shooting scene, Nogales International 2nd: Carol Broeder, Water information needed, Arizona Range News 3rd: Mark Cowling, Good time is not had by all, Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michael Rinker, Cottonwood airport at risk of losing FAA funds, Sedona Red Rock News 2nd: Jon Johnson, No prayer for school board too, Eastern Arizona Courier 3rd: David Sowders, 1916 time capsule opened at Court House, Eastern Arizona Courier Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Maria Ines Taracena, The Never-Ending Scrutiny, Tucson Weekly 2nd: Mike Sunnucks, Apple 2.0, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Maria Ines Taracena, The waiting game, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Les Bowen, One in 30 Arizona children are homeless, Daily Courier 2nd: Bill Coates, Sees of Hope, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Michelle McManimon, License to wed, Arizona Daily Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Perla Trevizo, Livelihoods washed away, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SUSTAINED COVERAGE OR SERIES Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Curt Prendergast, Jonathan Clark, Joseph Trevino, Central American minors at Nogales Border Patrol Station, Nogales International 2nd: Carol Broeder, Willcox water rights, Arizona Range News 3rd: Joey Chenoweth, Fuel tank debate, Coolidge Examiner Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Alexis Bechman, Heroin, Payson Roundup 2nd: R.Eland, CF.Graham, A.Pardiac, M.Rinker, Slide Fire coverage, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Dan Shearer, Philip Franchine, Border Patrol agent kills man in GV, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Emily Toepfer, Domestic Violence series, West Valley View 2nd: Hayley Ringle, The Ferguson Effect, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Alastair Bitsoi, Assayí Lake Fire, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Michelle McManimon, Flagstaff police officer shot, killed, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Emery Cowan, Forest Restoration in northern Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: Jeff Grant, West Valley Casino, Daily News-Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Daniel Gonzalez, Bob Ortega , Pipeline of Children, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Gary Grado, Bill would keep names of police secret for 90 days, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Ainslee Wittig, Letters to Board share Rundhaug's allegations, Arizona Range News 3rd: Curt Prendergast, For deportees, a struggle to get cash from checks, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Jon Johnson, Innocence lost, Eastern Arizona Courier 2nd: Alexis Bechman, Confusion, Payson Roundup 3rd: Michele Nelson, Years of squandered second chances, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Eric Jay Toll, Dysfunction Junction, Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: Mike Sunnucks, Flush with Cash, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Mari Herreras, Reefer Research Madness, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Brian Wright, Constable candidate record disputed, Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Brian Wright, Babeu insists ICE contract made millions, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Sarah Ruf, PCAO facing backlog of cases, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st, Caroll Ann Alaimo, Emily Bregel, Church is a cult, former members say, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Derek Evans, Verde Valley Little League Opens season, Verde Independent 2nd: Brad Allis, Mountain View grad goes beyond obstacles, Marana News 3rd: Daniel Dullum, Boys volleyball programs show progress, Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, One for the books, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Christopher Boan, Still going, Sahuarita Sun 3rd: Dan Shearer, In his corner, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Banding together: DV, MP student bodies rally, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Sunnie Clahchischiligi, 'It's what Mommy does', Navajo Times 3rd: Jason P. Skoda, Positive disposition defines MP coach Carter, Ahwatukee Foothills News Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug Cook, Man vs. Horse, Daily Courier 2nd: Mike Hartman, Nick Bowling, Arizona Daily Sun 3rd: Mike Hartman, Tosi Takeover: Trio of sisters plays big role, Arizona Daily Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 Jon Gold, Becky Pallack, Should college athletes be paid?, Arizona Daily Star Jeff Metcalfe, Pushing through the pain, looking for the good, The Arizona Republic Jeff Metcalfe, Finishing strong, The Arizona Republic BEST TEAM, SPORT OR SPORTS BEAT COVERAGE Division 1: Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 Steve Reno, Wilcox soccer, Arizona Range News Adam Gaub, Sequoia Pathway Academy, Maricopa Monitor Derek Evans, Coverage of Mingus High School football, Verde Independent Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 Ryan Winslett, Fountain Hills High School sports, The Fountain Hills Times Keith Morris, PHS Boys Soccer Beat, Payson Roundup Andy Staten, Cowboy Christmas, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Mountain Pointe football, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Jason P. Skoda, Desert Vista girls volleyball, Ahwatukee Foothills News 3rd: Quentin Jodie, Miyamura Patriots, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Cody Bashore, Northern Arizona University Basketball, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Ed Petruska, Casa Grande Girls Basketball, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Ed Petruska, Central Arizona Men's Basketball, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona State athletics, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS COLUMN Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Will Bombeck's words bring new achievement?, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Running shoes rather than rocking chair, Wickenburg Sun 3rd: Curt Prendergast, Colorful baseball prose, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Andy Staten, Round Valley football coaches should go, White Mountain Independent 2nd: Keith Morris, More Than a Game, Payson Roundup 3rd: Michael Rinker, Running the full distance, Sedona Red Rock News Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Jason P. Skoda, Rock bottom is here for AIA, member schools, Ahwatukee Foothills News 2nd: Sunnie Clahchischiligi, Even if you're a bandwagon fan, Navajo Times 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Cody Bashore, Super Bowl Column, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Shawn Byrne, Columns by Shawn Byrne, Kingman Daily Miner 3rd: Steve Stockmar, Farewell Ernie, hello Super Bowl, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 No Entries BEST FEATURE STORY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Hank Stephenson, Ballot Harvest, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Brad Allis, Mountain View grad goes beyond obstacles, Marana News 3rd: Murphy Woodhouse, Epic journey, bracelets bring son closer to mom, Nogales International Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, She was my daughter, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Karen Warnick, Spirit of survival: Holocaust survivor, White Mountain Independent 3rd: Michele Nelson, Courage, Love and his own guardian, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Mari Herreras, La Vida Bonita, Tucson Weekly 2nd: Cindy Yurth, Hweeldi at 150, Navajo Times 3rd: Hayley Ringle, Crowning Achievements, Phoenix Business Journal Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug McMurdo, How Dementia Stole An Artist's Life, Kingman Daily Miner 2nd: Darin Fenger, History mixed with mystery, Yuma Sun 3rd: Rodney Haas, Everlasting love, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Dennis Wagner, An Apache Dance into Womanhood, The Arizona Republic 2nd: Perla Trevizo, Mike Christy, Leaving wasn't their first choice, it was their last, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: None Awarded ENTERPRISE REPORTING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeremy Duda, Evan Wyloge, New contribution limits, Arizona Capitol Times 2nd: Jeremy Duda, Fateful decision, Arizona Capitol Times 3rd: Sarah Ruf, Fundraising effort becomes cautionary tale, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michele Nelson, Stuck in limbo, Payson Roundup 2nd: Karen Warnick, Miracle Cat, White Mountain Independent 3rd: Alexis Bechman, On Top of the World, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Mike Sunnucks, Struggling for Work, Phoenix Business Journal 2nd: Angela Gonzales, Core Incompetency, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: Emily Toepfer, Tips to get college scholarships, West Valley View Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Emery Cowan, Sticker Shock: Water cost increases hit Bellemont, Arizona Daily Sun 2nd: Zachary Matson, CRIT western boundary, Today's News-Herald 3rd: Zachary Matson, Heroin, Today's News-Herald Division 5: Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Force at the Border, The Arizona Republic 2nd: Brandon Loomis, David Wallace, Deadly Legacy, The Arizona Republic 3rd: None Awarded BEST COLUMN, ANALYSIS OR COMMENTARY Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Box Canyon Closure, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Jonathan Clark, Curt Prendergast, Give props to those who paid, Nogales International 3rd: Steven Law, My Irate-gate, Lake Powell Chronicle Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Dan Shearer, Who shot Andrew Paxton?, Green Valley News and Sun 2nd: Dan Shearer, Town must ask more questions, Sahuarita Sun 3rd: Dan Shearer, Bronson's 'apology'..., Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Cindy Yurth, Use a few dollars to set tails wagging, Navajo Times 2nd: Cary Hines, Civilians driving cop cars makes us uncomfortable, West Valley View 3rd: Jim Nintzel, The Skinny, Tucson Weekly Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Bill Hess, Shinseki has and continues to fail veterans' needs, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Roxanne Molenar, Ebola 'prank', Yuma Sun 3rd: Alan Choate, Columns by Alan Choate, Kingman Daily Miner Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Tim Steller, Tim Steller, metro columns, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Selected 3rd: None Selected BEST COLUMN, FEATURE OR CRITICISM Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Negativity is as contagious as the flu, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, Put batteries on the grocery list, Wickenburg Sun 3rd: Russ Richelsoph, 'Arizona's Revenge Porn...', Record Reporter Division 2: Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Michele Nelson, The Healthy Foodie, Payson Roundup 2nd: Mike Scharnow, Coming clean on my bloated background, The Fountain Hills Times 3rd: Karen Warnick, Wasteful government spending, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Judy Bluhm, Remembering Kayla, Foothills Focus 2nd: Maria Ines Taracena, Legal theft, part 1, Tucson Weekly 3rd: Heather Hoch, Bored at Barrio, Tucson Weekly Division 4: Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Doug McMurdo, Columns by Doug McMurdo, Kingman Daily Miner 2nd: Bill Coates, Catching the next bus, Casa Grande Dispatch 3rd: Bill Coates, From the beaches of Normandy, Casa Grande Dispatch Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Kristen Cook, Columns by Kristen Cook, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Sarah Ruf, Dried up and living good, Maricopa Monitor 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: David Bell, Jon Johnson, Courier's civics test, Eastern Arizona Courier 2nd: Jon Johnson, Pima prays at graduation, Eastern Arizona Courier 3rd: Alexis Bechman, Mogollon Monster, Payson Roundup Division 3: Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Shondiin Silversmith, Making it rain, Navajo Times 2nd: Emily Overholt, Jim Poulin, Chronic Hiring, Phoenix Business Journal 3rd: None Awarded Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Mark Levy, Gustavo, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Mark Levy, Erie Street, Sierra Vista Herald 3rd: Joanna Dodder Nellans, Hotshot tribute, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Shaun McKinnon, Pat Shannahan, USS Arizona, The Arizona Republic 2nd: None Awarded 3rd: None Awarded BEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Vyto Starinskas, Five air-lifted to hospitals, Verde Independent 2nd: Walter Mares, Snow for the New Year, Copper Era 3rd: Sarah Ruf, Passions provoked, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Peter Aleshire, Firefighters rush to douse blazes, save pet, Payson Roundup 2nd: Jordan Reece, Slide Fire burns 5,000 acres, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Bob Martinson, No easy way out, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 Donovan Quintero, Officer Down, Navajo Times David Weibel, Mulch fire, West Valley View Nick Cote, Governor, Glendale-Peoria Today Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Beatrice Richardson, Soldiers say goodbye for now, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Matt Hinshaw, Kayla Mueller Memorial, Daily Courier 3rd: Nick Cote, Change of Command, Daily News-Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Gautemalan migrants, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Kelly Presnell, Water rescue, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: None Awarded BEST SPORTS PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jeanie Hankins Williams: Senior Pro tie down roping, Wickenburg Sun 2nd: Joey Chenoweth, Ricky Wilson, Coolidge Examiner 3rd: Howard Waggner, Double play, Maricopa Monitor Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Andy Staten, Steer Riding, White Mountain Independent 2nd: Keith Morris, Bryce Stodghill tie-down roping, Payson Roundup 3rd: Keith Morris, Boys Soccer Goal vs. Blue Ridge, Payson Roundup Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Donovan Quintero, Steer wrestler Donovan Yazzie, Navajo Times 2nd: Donovan Quintero, Schimmler Griner layup, Navajo Times 3rd: Nick Cote, Sprinkler, Glendale-Peoria Today Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Chuck Miller, Cibola Raiders, Yuma Sun 2nd: Chuck Miller, Having fun, Yuma Sun 3rd: Matt Hinshaw, Montes paces Chino Valley soccer in big win, Daily Courier Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Stiff-arm, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Rob Schumacher, Tiger In Trouble, The Arizona Republic 3rd: Kelly Presnell, Slam, Arizona Daily Star BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Jamie Brough, Honoring Heritage, Lake Powell Chronicle 2nd: Ainslee Wittig, Christmas Parade, Arizona Range News 3rd:: Ryan Williams, A feel for form, Williams-Grand Canyon News Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Bob Martinson, Leaping into the New YearWhite, Mountain Independent 2nd: Jordan Reece, Fly Me to the Moon, Sedona Red Rock News 3rd: Kitty Bottemiller, GVFD's New Chief, Green Valley News and Sun Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: David Weibel, Water park, West Valley View 2nd: David Weibel, Winning smooch, West Valley View 3rd: Donovan Quintero, TseBit'ai Sunset, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Oscar Perez, Stay cool, baby, Casa Grande Dispatch 2nd: Matt Hinshaw, Whiskey Off-Road, Daily Courier 3rd: Randy Hoeft, Reflections on fishing, Yuma Sun Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Night Wings, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Kelly Presnell, Dillinger Days, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: Mike Christy, Friday night sunset lights, Arizona Daily Star BEST FEATURE PHOTO LAYOUT Division 1, Non-Daily circulation under 3,500 1st: Howard Waggner, New recruits, Maricopa Monitor 2nd: Howard Waggner, Experts put the fun, Maricopa Monitor 3rd: Jeanie Hankins Williams, ...THEY CALL THE THING RODEO, Wickenburg Sun Division 2, Non-Daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000 1st: Peter Aleshire, Tales of the somber pine and the giddy aspen, Payson Roundup 2nd: Keith Morris, Top cowboys back in Payson, Payson Roundup 3rd: Andy Staten, Pioneer Days Rodeo, White Mountain Independent Division 3, Non-Daily circulation greater than 10,000 1st: Donovan Quintero, Olson Patterson, Primary Election Night, Navajo Times 2nd: David Weibel, NASCAR, West Valley View 3rd Donovan Quintero, Olson Patterson, 70th Iwo Jima, Navajo Times Division 4, Daily circulation under 25,000 1st: Mark Levy, Gustavo, Sierra Vista Herald 2nd: Randy Hoeft, First day of spring, Yuma Sun 3rd: Alan Choate, Ryan Abella, 40 Yards. One Kick. $1,000 On The Line, Kingman Daily Miner Division 5, Daily circulation greater than 25,000 1st: Mike Christy, Guatemalan migrants, Arizona Daily Star 2nd: Ron Medvescek, Canelo Cowboy Church, Arizona Daily Star 3rd: Ron Medvescek, Sports Winter All Stars, Arizona Daily Star STORY OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Hank Stephenson , "Ballot Harvest" Arizona Capitol Times Daily Dennis Wagner, "An Apache Dance into Womanhood," The Arizona Republic PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Murphy Woodhouse, Nogales International Daily Randy Hoeft, Yuma Sun JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Alexis Bechman, Payson Roundup Daily Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR Non-Daily Payson Roundup, Publisher: John Naughton Daily The Arizona Republic, Publisher: John Zidich General Excellence - SCHOLASTIC DIVISION Small Schools (3A, 2A, 1A) 1st Place: The Gregorian Chant, The Gregory School (formerly St. Gregory Preparatory) 2nd Place: TIE, The Pegasus, Buena High School, The Sting, Sedona Red Rock High School 3rd Place: Eagle News, Tohono O'odam High School Large Schools (5A, 4A) 1st Place: The Roundup, Brophy College Preparatory 2nd Place: TIEThe Eagle's Eye, Ironwood High School The Paw Print, Hamilton High School 3rd Place: Basis Gazette, BASIS Scottsdale
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BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?Sep 25, 2015
OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State.
OSU football: With growing momentum in the Lone Star State, might Oklahoma State be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns?
By Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 25, 2015AUSTIN, Texas — When offensive tackle Zach Crabtree committed to Oklahoma State back in May 2012, those close to the Mansfield, Texas, native might have questioned the decision. Even his high school coach, Jeff Hulme, who was only half-joking when prodding Crabtree about his college choice: “You're a Texas boy. Why would you leave the state of Texas? You were raised here. You've never been outside the state of Texas. What are you doing?” “I wanted to be a Cowboy,” Crabtree said. “I love this place.” He's not alone. OSU travels to Austin this Saturday with 66 native Texans on its roster — more than any other Football Bowl Subdivision program outside the Lone Star State. According to a Rivals database, though, only 19 of those players received recruiting interest from the Longhorns. From that group, only two received Texas scholarship offers: true freshmen defensive linemen Darrion Daniels and Louis Brown. Some of the Cowboys' most notable Texas talents barely caught a whiff of interest from the Longhorns. “I didn't talk to them at all,” Crabtree said. “They didn't really stick out their neck or anything for me,” said safety Tre Flowers, of Converse, Texas. “I never got offered by Texas,” said Emmanuel Ogbah, of Houston. That last one probably stings for Texas fans. It also begs an interesting question: Might OSU be closing the gap on having more Texas-born talent than the Longhorns? The answer depends on how you define success. Ogbah is the lone player from either team who is considered a sure-fire first-round prospect in this upcoming NFL Draft. However, Texas holds a decided edge in recent years compared to OSU in that category. From 2010 to 2015, 17 native Texans on the Longhorns' roster have been selected. The Cowboys had six native Texans drafted in that same span. But in terms of wins and losses, the Cowboys hold the advantage. From 2011 through three games this season, with a starting roster composed of mostly Texas-born players, OSU has won 40 games. The Longhorns have won 32. “Right about the time (Texas) started recruited me was when Colt McCoy was leaving,” said quarterback J.W. Walsh, of Denton, Texas, who received interest but no scholarship offer from the Longhorns. “They still kind of had that Texas-of-old in them. But you could definitely tell OSU was on the rise.” The Cowboys' recruiting message of an on-the-rise program to Texas prospects continues today, as OSU coach Mike Gundy says 100 percent of recruiting resources are somehow used in the state. Even then, Texas high school players who receive scholarship offers from the Longhorns remain difficult to land. “We offer 30 of them, and 28 of them nine months later, we're off their radar if Texas offers,” Gundy said. That is little concern to Gundy and the coaching staff, though, as the program prides itself in discovering and developing under-recruited Texas talent. Of its six native Texans selected in the NFL Draft since 2010, none received scholarship offers from the Longhorns out of high school, according to Rivals. “We like the players that we have here,” Gundy said. “Sometimes we take players that other people don't think are up to par to play at this level, for whatever reason.” It all adds up to what should be an emotional matchup 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. “I know it means a little bit more,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “You love to say, ‘Hey, you play all of them like they're the same.' But it's just not. I know that a lot of them are going to be juiced up because of that. What we've got to do is make them realize that can't effect what's happening between your ears.” OVERALL RECORDS 2011-PRESENT OSU: 40-15 UT: 32-23 2006-2010 UT: 50-15 OSU: 44-21 RIVALS RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS 2015 UT: 12 OSU: 38 2014 UT: 20 OSU: 27 2013 UT: 24 OSU: 36 2012 UT: 2 OSU: 32 2011 UT: 3 OSU: 28 TEXAS NATIVES SELECTED IN NFL DRAFT OSU 2015: None 2014: 1-8 Justin Gilbert (The Woodlands) 2013: None 2012: 6-190 Markelle Martin (Wichita Falls) 2011: 4-115 Kendall Hunter (Tyler) 2010: 1-6 Russell Okung (Fort Bend), 1-24 Dez Bryant (Galveston County), 5-137 Perrish Cox (Waco) TOTAL: 6 UT 2015: 1-32 Malcom Brown (Brenham), 5-144 Mykkele Thompson (San Antonio), 6-200 Quandre Diggs (Angleton) 2014: None 2013: 1-15 Kenny Vacccaro (Brownwood), 3-78 Marquise Goodwin (Lubbock), 4-103 Alex Okafor (Dallas) 2012: 4-119 Keenan Robinson* (Plano), 6-204 Emmanuel Acho (Dallas), 7-215 Kheeston Randle (Beaumont) 2011: 2-34 Aaron Williams (Austin), 3-95 Curtis Brown (Gilmer), 4-103 Sam Acho* (Dallas), 5-164 Chykie Brown (Houston) 2010: 1-4 Earl Thomas (Orange), 2-43, Sergio Kindle* (Dallas), 3-84 Jordan Shipley (Temple), 4-131 Roddrick Muckelroy (Longview) TOTAL: 17 * Player born outside Texas, but played high school football in the state. Football Bowl Subdivision schools outside Texas with the most native Texas 1. Oklahoma State: 66 2. Oklahoma: 45 3. Kansas: 43 T4. Louisiana Monroe: 37 T4. Tulsa: 37 6. New Mexico State: 30 7. New Mexico: 26 8. Kansas State: 25 9. Iowa State: 22 10. Louisiana Tech: 21 Oklahoma State players who received recruiting interest from Texas (via Rivals): WR Marcell Ateman, QB J.W. Walsh, S Deric Robertson, LB Justin Phillips, S Kenneth Edison-McGruder, CB Miketavious Jones, LB Kris Catlin, LB Josh Mabin, DT Motekiai Maile, LS Kaleb Smith, DT Ben Hughes, OL Johnny Wilson, OL Jaxon Salinas, DE Victor Irokansi, DT Vili Leveni, DT Vincent Taylor, DT Eric Davis (17) Oklahoma State players who received scholarship offers from Texas (via Rivals): DT Darrion Daniels, DE Louis Brown (2)