Pioneer Mustangs football
|2 - 8||2 - 4||0 - 4||.200||176||388|
|2012-08-31||@||Fairview||L||8 - 63|
|2012-09-07||vs||Mooreland||L||15 - 42|
|2012-09-14||@||Okeene||L||20 - 45|
|2012-09-21||vs||Snyder||L||18 - 28|
|2012-09-28||@||Cashion||L||20 - 52|
|2012-10-05||@||Watonga||L||14 - 48|
|2012-10-12||vs||Crescent||L||6 - 48|
|2012-10-18||vs||Carnegie||W||21 - 14|
|2012-10-25||vs||Crossings Christian||W||33 - 7|
|2012-11-02||vs||Minco||L||21 - 41|
|Player Name||Number||Year||Height||Weight||Position (main)|
|There are no players associated with this team.|
Pioneer football News
NewsOK articles about Pioneer football, or articles mentioning current or former Pioneer football players.
Pioneer High School Varsity Boys Football
With Austin Williams and Chris Pogi anchoring the defensive line, Putnam City was able to hold off rival Putnam City West 10-9 Friday night. Williams and Pogi paired up for the Pirates’ only touchdown as well, with Williams blocking a punt and Pogi returning it 35 yards for the team’s only touchdown.
High school football notebook: Defense lifts Putnam City to first victory
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 21, 2014With Austin Williams and Chris Pogi anchoring the defensive line, Putnam City was able to hold off rival Putnam City West 10-9 Friday night. Williams and Pogi paired up for the Pirates’ only touchdown as well, with Williams blocking a punt and Pogi returning it 35 yards for the team’s only touchdown. “Our defense played really well,” coach John Wofford said. “Alonzo Fuller played another good game for us at linebacker. Through three games, he has 44 tackles.” Dre Christmon and Bolu Onifade led the secondary against the Patriots’ solid passing attack. With Jenks and Broken Arrow waiting the next two weeks, a win was helpful for the Pirates. “It’s nice to get a ‘W’ before you go into our district,” Wofford said. “We started with two tough losses, so this is good for the kids. They’re excited to get a nice win.” STILLWATER’S NOBLE OUT FOR SEASON AGAIN Stillwater quarterback Braxton Noble will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder this week, cutting short his season for a third straight year. Noble, a senior, suffered season-ending injuries in Week 5 his sophomore year and Week 4 his junior year. He played one full game this season, but injured his shoulder in a Week 2 win over Mustang. “It’s been a tough road for him,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “He’s taking it well and being encouraging to his teammates. He told me even the night it happened all he wanted to do was encourage his teammates and do whatever he could do to help them win.” Entering this season, Noble had completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,899 yards and 15 touchdowns. Marlon McDonald III started in Noble’s place Friday during the Pioneers’ 38-14 win over Edmond North. Stillwater almost exclusively ran the ball, rushing 65 times and passing only six times. Barnard said there is no plan to abandon the pass moving forward. “We think we’re going to be able to throw the ball,” he said. “Marlon had two big passes (Friday) night. We’re not ever going to line up and throw it 25 times or anything, but we will be able to throw the football.” POTEAU RUNNING BACKS SHINE Poteau junior running backs Roger Barcheers and Elijah Price both found a rhythm in Friday’s 66-26 win over Campus High in Haysville, Kan. Barcheers crossed the 3,000-yard career mark, rushing for 255 yards on 17 carries. He scored four touchdowns and now has 3,201 career yards. Price also carried the ball 13 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 21, 2014
The Oklahoman’s writers discuss who’s been the biggest surprise of the season, who has the most promising future and who’s most in need of the clean slate that district play provides.
High school football: Answering three big questions after three weeks of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Sep 21, 2014For most teams in the state, Week 4 of the football season represents the beginning of district play — the games that really count. The first three weeks provide little more than momentum and bragging rights. So as the season really begins this week, The Oklahoman high school sports staff addresses three big questions after three weeks of football: 1. Which 3-0 team has been the biggest surprise? Scott Wright: Idabel After three wins in the previous two seasons combined, Idabel is off to a red-hot start. Coach Dennis Parker has orchestrated a turnaround that includes two wins of 50-plus points and an upset of rival Broken Bow, a game Idabel hadn’t won in over a decade. Jacob Unruh: Stillwater The Pioneers won just two games last season, but fought their way through a grueling nondistrict schedule that included Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. It was even more impressive that part of this span was without quarterback Braxton Noble, the team’s leader. Trent Shadid: Owasso Not because the Rams lack talent, but because of the schedule. Owasso defeated preseason No. 5-ranked Broken Arrow in Week 1 and defending state champion Jenks — for the first time since 1993 — in Week 3. The defense has led the way, surrendering just 13 points over three games. Others: Fort Gibson, Skiatook, Western Heights 2. Which 0-3 team has the most promising future? Scott Wright: Coweta Jay Wilkinson’s first season coaching the Tigers hasn’t produced a victory yet, but all three losses have been by eight points or less against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. The offense is averaging 40 points per game against some talented defenses, and the district schedule offers opportunities to get in the win column. Jacob Unruh: Deer Creek The Antlers are creeping their way to Class 6A with the number of students in the school, but they appeared overmatched against three Class 6A opponents. They get a chance to rebound against rival and new district foe Piedmont this week in a matchup they have owned of late. Trent Shadid: Southmoore The SaberCats have yet to produce a win despite improving each week against a challenging nondistrict schedule. Southmoore’s biggest issue has been inexperience on offense, specifically at quarterback where talented freshman Casey Thompson is now the starter. As Thompson begins to improve, expect the team to do the same. Others: Catoosa, Duncan, Stigler 3. Which team is most in need of the clean slate that district play provides? Scott Wright: Muskogee The Roughers could also be considered one of the most promising 0-3 teams, with losses to the likes of McAlester and Owasso. A fresh start in District 6A-II-2 will be a big boost for Rafe Watkins’ squad. With several winnable games on the district schedule, Muskogee still has the potential to go into the postseason with some momentum. Jacob Unruh: Poteau The Pirates are just happy to remain in Oklahoma. Last year’s Class 4A runner-up is off to an unfortunate 1-2 start against three teams out of the state, but it’ll get a chance to turn the record around in a favorable district that includes powerful Fort Gibson. Trent Shadid: Blanchard At 1-2, the Lions have as many losses this season as they had in the previous two seasons combined. However, they are yet to face a Class 3A opponent as they head into 3A-2 action this week. The slow start will be easily forgotten if Blanchard can regain its winning ways when it counts. Others: Clinton, Del City, Texhoma
Sep 20, 2014
The COAC was formed in August 2013 by seven school districts — Edmond, Deer Creek, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Stillwater and Yukon. Now, instead of each school being responsible for finding its own nondistrict opponents, scheduling is now done collaboratively.
How the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference has changed nondistrict football scheduling
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Sep 20, 2014When the football schedule came out this season, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower and his staff discussed the possibility they could start the season 0-3. An opener against Class 6A-II Stillwater followed by Class 6A-I’s Norman and Yukon were a tough draw for Class 5A Deer Creek, and it resulted in that very start. “Obviously our goal is to go win every football game, no matter who it’s against,” Gower said. “With the level of competition being ramped up, we have to continue to meet that.” Welcome to the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference, the first Oklahoma high school conference to change the outlook of nondistrict football scheduling. Instead of each school being responsible for finding its own nondistrict opponents, scheduling is now done collaboratively. “You always put so much emphasis on district games and now for the first time we have a little bit of interest in nondistrict games, not just Edlam and Moore War,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “It’s been interesting.” The COAC was formed in August 2013 by seven school districts — Edmond, Deer Creek, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Stillwater and Yukon. One purpose was to help the schools maintain a high level of scheduling with the Class 6A split and with every other sport at the varsity and subvarsity level. And it’s worked well, even with a few surprises. Stillwater is 3-0 after wins against Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. The Pioneers won just two games last season. “We haven’t won a lot of games in the last two years, but I’ve always believed you need to play some good teams early to find out where you are and where you need to improve,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We absolutely wanted to play some difficult competition and we certainly got some and we’re fortunate to finish it with three wins.” Even Deer Creek is happy with the conference, even if the wins have yet to show. “We could go play Nowhereville, Okla., and win 77-0, but what do you get out of that?” Gower said. “The reality of it is, it’s a big step playing the schedule we’ve got but we embrace it. I don’t want to be 0-3, but it’s a big part of the schedule and we’re excited about the new conference.” There were still challenges when forming the conference. With the new Class 6A format, some schools were having problems completing their schedule. Some Class 6A-I schools even refused to schedule a team in Division II. But Edmond Memorial athletic director Bill Bays sat down with the conference members and worked tirelessly to solve any issues. “He really took the lead on it and I guess I can refer to him as, ‘The schedule master,’” Nunley said. “He tried to make it as fair and he did a great job of sitting down and trying to take all of those factors into play. “Everyone was going to have to make some sacrifices in order for us all to meet the needs of the conference. I really compliment the members of the conference on being able to make those sacrifices.” Nunley also said the biggest difference has been the schedules for junior varsity and freshman games. All are now being played on Monday and they have a full schedule. But Friday nights are more noticeable, with former district opponents like Edmond Santa Fe and Southmoore squaring off despite being in different districts, and rivalry games remaining intact. That’s what thrills members of the conference moving forward. “I think there’s a lot more parity in football than people want to think when you take a few schools out of it,” Nunley said. “The records kind of indicate that. I think that’s been the positive about the football aspect of it.”
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2014
Stillwater and Lawton Eisenhower came through with a couple of the bigger surprises of Week 2 of the high school football season, and made notable moves in this week’s top 10. Lawton Ike defeated Class 5A Del City 40-13 (previously No. 6), and is making its debut in the top 10 this week. Stillwater went to Mustang […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-II rankings: Stillwater into top 5, Lawton Ike makes first appearance
Scott Wright | Sep 15, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/stillwater.jpg]3390766[/img] Stillwater moved into the top five in this week’s Class 6A-II rankings after a big win at Mustang last week. Stillwater and Lawton Eisenhower came through with a couple of the bigger surprises of Week 2 of the high school football season, and made notable moves in this week’s top 10. Lawton Ike defeated Class 5A Del City 40-13 (previously No. 6), and is making its debut in the top 10 this week. Stillwater went to Mustang and came out with an upset victory, allowing the Pioneers to move into the top five. Following Lawton’s loss to Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur, and Midwest City’s win over a ranked 5A opponent, Carl Albert, the Bombers move up to No. 2 this week as well. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 for Class 6A Division II: Class 6A-II 1. Tulsa Washington, 2-0 (1) 2. Midwest City, 1-1 (3) 3. Lawton, 1-1 (2) 4. Choctaw, 2-0 (4) 5. Stillwater, 2-0 (6) 6. Bixby, 1-1 (5) 7. Sand Springs, 2-0 (9) 8. Lawton Eisenhower, 1-1 (NR) 9. Enid, 1-1 (8) 10. Bartlesville, 1-1 (7) Dropped out: Muskogee, 0-2 (10)
The doctor’s phone rang. It was another request for his expertise.A murderous son was donating an organ to his aging father. Somehow, the procedure had to kill the dad. Somehow, the murder weapon had to be the organ itself.Can you help? pleaded the crime writer, who had six weeks to finish his book.It is the kind of call cardiologist Douglas Lyle, 67, relishes. He’s gotten many like it. In...
Doctor helps writers plot murders
By Christopher Goffard, Associated Press | Sep 14, 2014The doctor’s phone rang. It was another request for his expertise. A murderous son was donating an organ to his aging father. Somehow, the procedure had to kill the dad. Somehow, the murder weapon had to be the organ itself. Can you help? pleaded the crime writer, who had six weeks to finish his book. It is the kind of call cardiologist Douglas Lyle, 67, relishes. He’s gotten many like it. In fact, he’d helped the writer kill before. Lyle has an encyclopedic memory, a Southerner’s gift for back-porch raconteurship and an expertise in the myriad mechanisms of unnatural death. He spends two days a week at his Laguna Hills heart clinic. The rest of the time, he writes crime novels and tries to answer other writers’ questions about how to end their characters’ lives in weird — but scientifically plausible — ways. When your Mac isn’t working, you go to the Genius Bar. When your car won’t start, you find a mechanic. When you want to find out how long your character will live if his body is stripped of skin, or what kind of poison a killer in medieval Europe might use, or whether a body mummifies if it’s been bricked into a wall for several years, you call Lyle. “Plot the perfect crime, and the harder it is, the smarter your protagonist will look when he solves it,” Lyle says. How a crime writer builds a story is a seemingly impenetrable, occult process. Often, it begins with a question like the one about the evil-minded organ donor from Lee Goldberg, a TV writer and novelist who was hard at work on a “Diagnosis: Murder” book. Lyle is a stubborn man. He brags that he once played most of a high school football game with meningitis. So if it was even remotely possible for a man to murder his father mid-transplant by means that seemed accidental, he would undercover it. First, they had to decide on the organ to be transplanted. How about a kidney? Could the son donate a kidney and get someone to poison it mid-procedure? No. An operating room had a carefully orchestrated rhythm; someone would notice. Lyle thought: What if the son knows his dad is severely allergic to penicillin? And what if, the night before, he gives himself a massive dose of it? “Dad has anaphylactic shock, his blood pressure drops to zero. They’re not going to think it’s an allergic reaction for 10 minutes,” Lyle said. By then it would be too late. Goldberg thanked Lyle, hung up and put it in his book, “The Silent Partner: A Diagnosis Murder Novel.” “It’s rare to find an expert who understands storytelling,” Goldberg says. “Most experts are so into their own world, so into their science, they kind of bristle at the notion of flexibility. They don’t understand the drama you’re trying to wring out of your facts.” Among the characters Lyle has helped Goldberg kill was an airline passenger with a peanut allergy (the stewardess did it). He also may have saved the writer’s life. One day he learned of Goldberg’s family history of heart disease, ran blood tests revealing his off-the-charts cholesterol, and put him on statins. In books and movies, the authorities are always seeking out the advice of an expert like Lyle. They let him tag along, quarrel with him and ultimately — grudgingly — admit that he solved the crime. In the real world, cops don’t call Lyle. He thinks it would be fun if they did. “I think a cold-case squad should have a crime writer as a consultant,” he says. “They think outside the box and their minds go off in wild directions, most of which have only a glancing brush with reality. But why not open every door and see what’s behind it?” “I’ve also felt that attorneys should have crime writer consultants to tell the story. Most attorneys aren’t good storytellers. What you want to do is spin a yarn.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) A lifelong friend, Paul Lees-Haley, remembers building rockets with Lyle as a boy in the cotton town of Huntsville, Ala. He said Lyle had a mischievous streak. After a field trip to a cave, he came back with a bag full of bats and released them at a school assembly. While still in elementary school, Lyle saw a documentary about a pioneering surgeon who performed surgery on babies with congenital heart disease. “I thought, ‘This is what I’m gonna do,’” he says. “It was just so cool, so fascinating.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Lyle attended med school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a medical resident, and then a cardiology fellow, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. At 25, he did his first rotation in the ER. He was fighting to save two patients at once, side by side. One was a local politician, the other a vagrant. “I stopped and looked and thought, ‘Wow, this is what it’s all about.’ You had one job: take care of sick people. There was no extraneous stuff. It was you vs. Mother Nature and you went to war.” About 20 years ago, he decided to write novels. He took writing classes at the University of California, Irvine, and began frequenting literary conferences, trying to learn the craft. “If you go to a cocktail party and people find out you’re a physician, they ask about their gall bladder and their cholesterol,” he says. “If you go to a writers’ conference, they want to know about guns and knives and poisons and dead bodies.” Word spread. He began answering forensic questions in the Mystery Writers of America newsletter, and for the widening circle of people who sought his advice. He didn’t ask for money in return, saying, “Knowledge should be shared.” He decided to collect his responses in a 2003 book, “Murder & Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers,” and two sequels. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Among his novels is a series featuring Dub Walker, a canny Southerner and med-school dropout who helps police solve crimes. “He drinks bourbon and plays the blues,” he says. “He’s probably a little more personable than I am. I made him almost finish medical school, because if you have a medical license, you have to protect it.” To spend an afternoon with Lyle is to hear him roam freely through precincts of medicine, literature, history and anatomy. He wonders why, if intelligent design is true, the Good Lord put a man’s urethra through his prostate. He riffs on John Steinbeck, a Southerner’s bone-deep loathing for Gen. Sherman, and on all the random death and bizarre near-death he has witnessed. A man who arrives at the ER with a metal disk embedded in his brain, and leaves on his own feet. Healthy people who contract freak illnesses and die in a week. “You learn the randomness of everything. There are billions of viruses out there that you can get,” he says. “I always say, ‘Eat dessert first.’” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Lyle knows that some of the people who write him for advice do not have innocent literary motives. A cop once told him that his explanatory book “Forensics for Dummies” had been found in a killer’s apartment. To weed out potential wrongdoers, he asks for the correspondent’s address, phone number and email address, and specifics of the situation. “There’s nothing I say that’s not out there on the Internet,” he says, but now and then, he writes to a requester, “This question sounds like it deals with a real-life situation, and I can’t answer it.” Over and over, in print and in conversation, Lyle is careful to stress one point. There is no such thing as an undetectable crime. “It requires incredible luck. Citizens will (muck) up the best plan ever made,” he says. “If you know anything about forensic science, you know there’s a million ways to get caught.” ——— ©2014 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by MCT Information Services ————— PHOTO (from MCT Photo Service, 312-222-4194): MURDER-DOCTOR _____ Topics: t000033765,t000002537,t000040350,t000033770,t000002458,t000027866,t000149877,t000027879
The Pioneers got a huge performance Friday from running back Cameron Mayberry in a 35-26 victory over Mustang to improve to 2-0 on the season and equal their win total from last season.
High school football notebook: Cameron Mayberry, run game carry Stillwater in win over Mustang
BY JACOB UNRUH | Sep 13, 2014There were times last season that Stillwater absolutely struggled to run the ball. Not anymore. The Pioneers got a huge performance Friday from running back Cameron Mayberry in a 35-26 victory over Mustang to improve to 2-0 on the season and equal their win total from last season. “We ran the ball well (last week), but Friday night we got in a situation we felt like we had to run,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We’ve had situations in the past where we’ve had to run the football and we weren’t able to. With these linemen and backs being a year older, last night we were able to do it.” Mayberry rushed for 242 yards on 24 carries, scoring three times. His longest score came on a 69-yard run. The 2-0 start has Stillwater gaining some confidence, too. “I think it gives them a belief in what we’re telling them,” Barnard said. “It just validates the work they’ve done. The end result is definitely a boost to confidence.” MEEKER’S WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT Meeker coach Lonnie Nolen was a little more tired than usual following a 62-46 win over Chandler. The Bulldogs had spent the night running all over the field, totaling 492 yards on the ground and getting six touchdowns from fullback Tim Whitfield. “You talk about a track meet,” Nolen said. “It was wearing me out.” Whitfield had 20 carries for 204 yards and the six scores, with 175 of his yards coming in the second half. He scored four straight touchdowns at one point. “His play was huge,” Nolen said. “Early in the game, we could run on them but we did have more success as the game went along. Of course, they had more guys going both ways than we do and we just wore them down.” Quarterback Jake Standlee also rushed for a touchdown along with his 222 yards — 202 of which came in the first half. It was a big improvement over Week 1’s 35-22 win against Prague in which Meeker rushed for just 106 yards behind a young offensive line. LUTHER’S WRIGHT OFF TO GOOD START After scoring 17 touchdowns last season, Luther junior Maurice Wright is no longer a secret to opponents. That’s still not stopping the speedster. Wright rushed for 178 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 34-23 win over Prague, helping the Lions improve to 2-0 entering this week’s matchup with Class A No. 5 Cashion. “Obviously, our opponents, they’re going to watch film on us and they’re going to know that they have to shut him down,” Luther coach Shawn Meek said. “The idea that he’s still getting that type of results and he’s not a secret anymore when defenses are keying on him is pretty impressive.” It’s even more impressive that Wright is playing every snap on defense along with some special teams. But that’s what Luther needs from its star. “He’s playing 170 snaps every game and still carrying the ball 30 times a game,” Meek said. “That type of toughness that he shows is really impressive.” SPIRO’S WHITFIELD HAS HUGE NIGHT Spiro star McKinley Whitfield did a little bit of everything in a 35-14 win over Muldrow. Whitfield, ranked No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list, rushed for three touchdowns and threw one, amassing 207 yards of offense. He also recovered a fumble and recorded a sack on defense, along with a 50-yard punt return, the Fort Smith Times Record reports. Whitfield currently holds 13 Division I scholarship offers.
Star Tribune, Sept. 10Getting a handle on head injuries in Minnesota prep sportsFor many baby boomers, a head-to-head collision in a high school football game or practice was cause for celebration. Coaches and teammates would cheer as a woozy athlete tried to shake off the effects of having his "bell rung." The so-called toughest players, of course, never left the field.With apologies to Bruce...
Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Sep 11, 2014Star Tribune, Sept. 10 Getting a handle on head injuries in Minnesota prep sports For many baby boomers, a head-to-head collision in a high school football game or practice was cause for celebration. Coaches and teammates would cheer as a woozy athlete tried to shake off the effects of having his "bell rung." The so-called toughest players, of course, never left the field. With apologies to Bruce Springsteen, the "Glory Days" of prep-sports pride were far from enlightened when it came to head injuries suffered in collision sports. Too often in only the most severe cases — for example, if a player lost consciousness — would alarms to go off on the sidelines, leading to appropriate medical attention. Many boomers have no doubt recalled those experiences in recent years as a growing number of former NFL players have gone public with horror stories about the debilitating effects of concussions on their lives. Increasingly, boomers are questioning whether the benefits of their own children participating in contact sports outweigh the risks of head injuries that can lead to memory and reasoning problems as well as anxiety and depression. Before last week, Minnesota parents had little data to make informed decisions. But the state Department of Health has helped inform the public discussion with the release of its first study of concussions suffered in high school sports. Based on the 730 cases diagnosed by trainers at 36 participating Twin Cities-area schools, researchers projected that about 3,000 high school athletes suffered concussions statewide last year. That's about one concussion per 100 participating athletes, with no adjustment made based on playing time. Football and boys and girls hockey had the highest rates but, as the accompanying text shows, athletes in a variety of sports suffer concussions. Girls have the highest rates in sports played by both genders, which is consistent with national studies. The release of the valuable study comes three years after the Minnesota Legislature passed new regulations requiring coaches and officials to receive online training on concussions. The rules also require concussed athletes to receive an OK from a medical professional before returning to their sport. The hope is that the new rules and better data will increase awareness among athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and health care professionals about the warning signs and dangers of head injuries. The greater focus hopefully will lead to better equipment and more discussion of safer playing techniques, such as heads-up tackling in football. We need to learn more about head injuries among Minnesota high school athletes, but the Health Department study is a positive contribution to a public discussion that should have started decades ago. ___ St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 9 St. Paul and CHS: Local history, local co-op, local ballpark We know this east metro-based company by its brands, its CEO said this week, not by its corporate name. That's about to change, as St. Paul's new Lowertown ballpark becomes CHS Field. The naming-rights announcement Monday capped an impressive run of developments for CHS Inc., an Inver Grove Heights-based Fortune 100 global agriculture and energy company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative. In back-to-back announcements last week, CHS — known, for example, for its Cenex petroleum operations — announced it will invest more than $400 million in a Montana refinery and $3 billion to construct a fertilizer plant in North Dakota. The developments "are signs we are growing for the future," spokeswoman Lani Jordan told us. The fertilizer plant, near Jamestown, North Dakota, is the single largest investment in company history and the single largest private investment project ever undertaken in North Dakota. With the move, the company will capitalize on a location near the oil-rich Bakken region to become "an even more dependable supplier" of fertilizer, putting the facility "right where the product is used," Jordan said. Its No. 1 goal, she said, is to help the company's farmer-owners succeed "as we look at what's happening in the global marketplace." Consumers may know such products as Dean's dips and Marie's salad dressings, but might not be aware of the company's deep local roots, which go back more than 80 years to the Depression era. The timeline includes the 1931 founding of Cenex, originally the Farmers Union Central Exchange, with its first offices in downtown St. Paul, according to the company website. CHS was created from the merger of Cenex and the Harvest States cooperative in 1998. The opportunity with the Saints was a "great match for us because of our culture, their culture and our St. Paul roots," Jordan said. It also connects CHS "with something that is really going to be a centerpiece of downtown St. Paul." The $63 million, 7,000-seat facility is to open in the spring. "The opportunity to team up with (the) Saints is a home run for both of us," CHS President and CEO Carl Casale said in a statement. It's also an opportunity "to connect to our deeply held values of supporting families with opportunities to have fun together, while we tell agriculture's story and help the Twin Cities get to know CHS better." Although it does business around the world, CHS is "proud to be a company that's growing here in the Twin Cities area," Jordan said. Revenues reached a record $44.5 billion in 2013, and the company has 10,000 employees — 2,000 of them in Minnesota. Terms of CHS's 13-year deal with the Saints were not disclosed. That eventually should change, for a facility largely funded with public dollars from city, state and regional sources, along with $11 million from the team. Such provisions are said to be typical in naming-rights deals, and disclosure of details could put the Saints at a disadvantage in negotiating with other potential sponsors, a spokesperson told us. "We fully anticipate we are going to be writing checks to the city," Saints principal owner Marv Goldklang told us, with opportunities under a general revenue-sharing provision or another that applies specifically to naming rights revenue, if attendance exceeds a certain level. We've said it's easier to see the public purpose for a facility that would serve a broad spectrum of amateur ballplayers and other events, as this one will. The ballpark also will serve as the home field for Hamline University, in a 25-year partnership agreement announced last month. Opening day in May promises to be a special one for St. Paul -- made even more so by an outstanding east metro company. This is our "home base," Jordan said, and CHS is "proud to be part of it." ___ Minnesota Daily, Sept. 11 Medical marijuana law needs change Minnesota's medical marijuana law — one of the most limited of its kind in the nation — is moving ahead as planned, as the state recently opened applications for potential manufacturers and distributors of the drug. State officials will evaluate applicants based on their financial stability, how they plan to safely grow marijuana and how they would securely transport it. But before any company applies for the two coveted spots, they'll have to fork over a $20,000 fee. By 2016, the two companies selected will be required by law to have four distribution centers each. This seems inadequate, given that only eight facilities are expected to provide a valuable form of medicine to any qualified resident out of Minnesota's 5.4 million people. In addition, placing a hefty financial barrier to applying and capping the number of companies chosen at two creates great restrictions on what could be a highly profitable industry in Minnesota — if it was allowed to grow. Some estimates predict legal marijuana sales will surpass $8 billion in 2018, with the possibility of significant tax revenues. The rhetoric surrounding medical cannabis in Minnesota has been laid out clearly. Law enforcement in the state is too afraid of marijuana getting into the wrong hands, which has created a law that prevents a new industry from growing and makes a beneficial medicine difficult to access for many sick people. While the current medical marijuana law is a step in the right direction, we believe it needs modification before it can truly benefit Minnesota's people and economy.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Position battles taking palce at Pond Creek-Hunter. Panthers hope to knock off defending state champion Laverne.
High school football: District B-1 preview
By Chris Brannick and Ed Godfrey | Aug 28, 2014Pond Creek-Hunter has only lost four games in the last two football seasons, all to Laverne. Pond Creek-Hunter coach David Kerr said it’s just a matter of time before that changes. Leading the way will be senior running back Harley Comeau. “He’ll be our mainstay,” Kerr said. “And our running backs catch the ball quite a bit out of the backfield.” Versatility will be key for Pond Creek-Hunter, which is still looking for a starting quarterback. Kerr said he encourages the dump-off pass to the running backs because of the talent Pond Creek-Hunter has in the backfield. “You can throw it five yards, and if the running back runs 60, then it’s still a 65 yard play,” Kerr said. “They don’t have to throw it 40-50 yards every time if you get the ball in the athlete’s hands.” Pond Creek-Hunter boasts a stout defense that includes T.J. Krittenbrink at linebacker and four-year starter in cornerback Devon McKee. SEILING HAVING FUN AGAIN Coach Bruce Hendrickson came out of retirement for the 2013 season and led Seiling to a 5-5 record, which included a brutal District B-1 schedule. “It’s a playoff game every week,” Hendrickson said. “If you can finish in the top four in this district, you can play with anyone.” Seiling didn’t have much experience last year, and Ehric Young hadn’t taken a snap at quarterback in his life. But Young threw for 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards. He’s a senior this season. “I knew after a day of practice he was our guy,” Hendrickson said. “He’s a good player, and I told him he can be special.” MERRITT BRINGS A VETERAN GROUP IN 2014 Coach Barret Richardson said seniors make up most of his Merritt team. Cody Pruitt is one of those seniors, and the linebacker is Richardson’s best defender. “He’s hard to block, and he gets to the ball really well,” Richardson said. Sophomore Tanner Mong will start at quarterback. “He (Mong) has the ability to scramble around and find the receivers,” Richardson said. “He’s not a true pocket passer yet, but he’s got a good arm. If something breaks down he can run.” Richardson said Devon Carnes is one of five returning starters on defense and will move from safety to linebacker. “He’s come a long way,” Richardson said. “And I expect he’ll get better as the season progresses.” EXTRA POINTS Laverne is favored to win the district championship after winning state a year ago. The Tigers finished 14-0....Waukomis junior quarterback Justus Crites scored 34 touchdowns and combined for 2,300 yards rushing and receiving last season... Ringwood senior running back Eudaldo Gomez, a four-year starter, is a game-changer... Turpin returns a starter at every position from last year’s club that went winless in Class A... Pioneer is playing eight-man football again. The Mustangs won five state titles in late 1990s and early 2000s as an eight-man program... Canton returns seven starters on offense and six on defense... Kremlin-Hillsdale returns 14 starters, including nine seniors. The Broncs are moving up from Class C. District B-1 Coaches’ Poll 1. Laverne (14-0) 2. Pond Creek-Hunter (12-2) 3. Seiling (5-5) 4. Merritt (8-3) 5. Pioneer (1-9) 6. Waukomis (3-7) 7. Ringwood (6-5) 8. Turpin (0-9) 9. Canton (3-7) 10. Kremlin-Hillsdale (3-6) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 21, 2014
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other...
Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Aug 21, 2014Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other helmet — can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury. "It's just like everything else — everything advances and you get better at it," Bielema said at a recent Arkansas practice. "I think our kids really like the way (the helmets) feel. They feel snug. They feel fit. So I think that's a step in the right direction." With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense. Even so, experts say it remains to be seen if new technology has made a dent in reducing concussions on the football field. "It's very admirable that they're trying to get better," said Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston-based neurosurgeon who specializes in sports concussions. "But with regards to concussions, it's a very complex issue ... There really isn't any helmet that has clearly been shown on the football field to be superior to other helmets." The NCAA recently reached a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. Concussions occur when the brain moves inside the skull from an impact or a whiplash effect, but it's still an injury that doctors are learning about. There's also debate about the best way to test for concussion factors or how to even identify when concussions occur. The SpeedFlex's new design features a five-sided indentation on the crown of the helmet and a faceguard that both have some flexibility, which is supposed to allow some force to be absorbed and dispersed instead of going directly to the head. There's also a revamped ratchet chinstrap system for faster adjustments and a quick release for the faceguard that could benefit medical staff seeking access to the face in the event of an emergency. Thad Ide, Riddell's senior vice president for research and product development, said his company isn't claiming that the SpeedFlex can help reduce concussions. But like Bielema, he believes progress is being made in regards to lessening head impacts. "We'll let the medical researchers weigh in on the medical data around concussions, because that's kind of a moving target right now because of all the things that are being learned," Ide said. "But what we can do is try to reduce the forces of impact to the player's head. I think reducing those forces is unequivocally a good thing." Cantu said current football helmet certification tests by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) measure only linear impacts, which are direct blows. But new standards proposed over the summer would also mandate tests for rotational forces — or non-direct blows that could better reflect what actually happens on a football field. NOCSAE's new standards are expected to go into effect sometime next year. Mike Oliver, the executive director of NOCSAE, said helmet technology is improving but there are no simple answers. "I think the helmet manufactures are doing everything they can do to address these issues," Oliver said. "But they labor under the same restrictions that we do, which is until we understand more about the specifics of what causes a particular concussion, it's a little difficult." Riddell spokeswoman Erin Griffin said more than half of NCAA Division I programs are using the SpeedFlex. She said some programs — like Arkansas — have taken an aggressive approach to using the helmets while others have more of a wait-and-see attitude. Mississippi State equipment manager Phil Silva, who is in his 31st year at the school, said he had the opportunity to order the SpeedFlex but declined. He said the technology looked fine, but he wanted to make sure there was demand among players. "Most of our players like to use the brand of helmet they used in high school," Silva said. "We want to make sure guys are going to use them before we order." Dr. Stefan Duma, the department head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been a pioneer in releasing independent ratings for the safety football helmets provide. He says Riddell's newest modifications for the SpeedFlex are "promising," though he has not tested the helmet because it's not yet available to the public. His team tests helmets by purchasing three and then performing 40 tests on each helmet that measure front, top, side and back impacts. They then aggregate the scores from all impacts and assign each helmet a 1-5 star rating, with a 5-star label being the highest. "It's one of the first really new concepts in helmet technology — having the flexible outer shell," Duma said of the SpeedFlex. Riddell provides helmets to every level of football — all the way from the pros to Pop Warner. Designing a helmet that successfully tests as a 'safer' model would be a boon for the manufacturer. The company was previously the official helmet of the NFL, but that partnership ended after last season. A league spokesman said that in 2013, about 60 percent of the league's players used Riddell helmets. For now, experts say the best way to make football safer is through rule changes. Dr. Julian Bailes, who has advised the NFLPA and NCAA about concussions and is the medical director for Pop Warner, says rules that outlaw targeting the head and limits on how often teams can have full-contact practices are vital advancements. "Every level of play is addressing this issue," Bailes said. "Do you really need to be exposed to that many blows to the head?" _____ Online: www.Riddell.com/SpeedFlex _____ AP Sports Writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Ark., and Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story.
Jun 12, 2014
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Sarah Thomas starts the day at her second job by tucking her long blond hair inside her cap, so she doesn't get noticed.On a football field, that's impossible.Thomas doesn't consider herself a pioneer, just "one of the guys." But as one of two female officials in the NFL's officiating development program, Thomas has a chance to break barriers in a male-dominated...
Female official hopes to break NFL barrier
TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Jun 12, 2014BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Sarah Thomas starts the day at her second job by tucking her long blond hair inside her cap, so she doesn't get noticed. On a football field, that's impossible. Thomas doesn't consider herself a pioneer, just "one of the guys." But as one of two female officials in the NFL's officiating development program, Thomas has a chance to break barriers in a male-dominated profession. This week, Thomas, a former college basketball player, current college official and mother of three whose full-time job is as pharmaceutical sales representative, worked with a crew of officials during Browns mini-camp. Like the players, she worked on improving her skills and honing her craft. One day, she hopes to be on the field with the pros. But not because of her gender. "I am a female, but I don't look at myself as just a female," she said. "I look at myself as an official." Thomas began her officiating career in 1996, when an NFL scout spotted her working a high school game. From there, she joined Conference USA and was invited to join the NFL's developmental program, now in its second year. Thomas worked some training camps and preseason games last season. The next step is a regular-season game, and the earliest that can happen is 2015. It's not her call, so to speak, but Thomas believes she's ready. If this week was any indication, Thomas could be on her way. "She's done a good job," Browns coach Mike Pettine said after practice Thursday. Pettine believes it's time for the league to welcome female officials. "If she's efficient and good at what she does, I have no issues with it," Pettine said. "I think the best compliment somebody paid to her was when someone said, 'What did you think of the female official?' And they said, 'There's a female official out here?' I thought she was on point." Browns cornerback Joe Haden joked that Thomas was a little whistle happy. "She was calling everything," Haden said, smiling. "I couldn't snap on her. I was chilling." Thomas said her goal is to blend in. She doesn't want to stand out because of her sex — or worse, because she's not competent. She's dedicated to being a solid, fair and mostly unseen, which is why she pulls her hair up under her cap. Still, sometimes players do a double take when they see her on the field. "I think sometimes they go 'What is that?'" she said. "Yes, I do tuck my hair and at first I really wasn't too sure why. But I get it. We don't want to be noticed and anything I can do to blend in — I like it when I leave the field and people go 'I told you that was a girl.'" Thomas has two boys and an 18-month-old girl. She said her sons are most interested in her nabbing some NFL attire or autographs, "I can't do that," she said. Her children have never thought about their mom being anything other than an official, so they don't really grasp that she could make history as the NFL's first female official. "They just know mom officiates and it's nothing foreign to them or pioneering or anything," she said. "I do this." ___ AP NFL website www.pro32.ap.org
The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple...
High school notebook: Jakolby Long, Trae Young invited to Nike Elite 100 camp
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 11, 2014The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple offers, including Oklahoma. Young, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is beginning to pile up offers as well, with both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State showing strong interest. The Nike Elite 100 camp generally takes about 70 players from the upcoming junior class and approximately 30 from the sophomore class. Both players have a strong pedigree as well. Long’s father is Mustang coach Terry Long, and Young is the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young. LITTELL EXPECTED TO ATTEND OSU Stillwater outfielder Jon Littell is expected to attend Oklahoma State after being drafted late in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, his coach confirmed to The Oklahoman. Littell, who was considered by many scouting services to be the state’s top-ranked outfielder, was taken in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals. Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said he has already spoken with Littell and he will play the next three years at OSU, where his father Jim is the women’s basketball coach. Jon Littell hit .446 with five home runs and 39 RBIs this season, helping the Pioneers win their first state championship since 1957. EL RENO’S SCHWERTFEGER STEPS DOWN El Reno is looking for a new football coach for the third time in the last five years. Taylor Schwerdtfeger informed the school last week that he was stepping down to take an assistant coaching position at Alva after one season with the Indians. El Reno went 4-6 last season playing in one of the state’s toughest districts, which included the last two state champions, Guthrie and Carl Albert, as well as McGuinness and Deer Creek. TUTTLE'S OWEN SUSPENDED BY OSSAA Tuttle baseball coach Travis Owen will miss the first half of next season after violating Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules this season. Owen allowed two different freshman players to participate in too many tournaments, exceeding the limit of three tournaments set by the OSSAA. One suited up in four tournaments, while the other suited up in five. However, the two players did not play and that’s a point Owen is arguing. He said he plans to appeal the suspension, which will be for at least 17 games. “It’s one of them things that I feel personally that I thought the rule was kind of vague, because I suited up a kid and it wasn’t because I played a kid,” Owen said. “But them are the rules and I broke them. I don’t want to hurt my team and I don’t want it to be about me. I guess I should be more knowledgeable about the rule and I guess I’ll know it now.” Owen missed the first game of the Class 4A state tournament due to the violation. The Tigers went on to win the Class 4A championship. The OSSAA also suspended Jenks assistant coach Sandy Farrell for one game next season due to his actions following the Trojans’ loss to Stillwater in the Class 6A semifinals on a walk-off walk. He was arguing balls and strikes as umpires left the field following the eight-inning loss. OSSAA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS The OSSAA announced the 12 scholarship winners as part of its program along with Farmers Insurance. Each student honored will receive $750 toward college costs. Winners include Kellan Hostetler of Garber (football); Paige Fingerie of Lincoln Christian (fastpitch softball); Josh Hardage of Washington (boys basketball); Katie McKenna Morrison of Drummong (girls basketball); Nathan Herrman of Stillwater (boys soccer); Aubrey McCutchen of Collinsville (girls soccer); Brian Canfield of McGuinness (baseball); Brittany Bingham of Waukomis (slowpitch softball); Catherine Petty of Stillwater (girls track); Wyatt Johnson of Watonga (boys track); Sarah Carpenter of Stillwater (volleyball); and Cole Reynolds of Woodward (wrestling).
May 1, 2014
Between rolling around in the dirt on T-ball fields to slugging balls for Stillwater High School, Littell developed into a professional prospect.
High schools: Stillwater's Jon Littell always had dreams of playing big-time baseball
By Jacob Unruh | May 1, 2014STILLWATER — Jon Littell smiled while recalling his first baseball memory. At 3 years old, he was the only T-ball player in baseball pants on the field, but he made the most of his time in the dirt. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but I was getting after it,” he said. “I was a little dirtbag out there.” Now a senior at Stillwater High School, Littell has a pretty good idea what he’s doing. He’s one of the state’s top players — a hard-hitting outfielder at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds who will play next year, either professionally or at Oklahoma State. He said he will weigh his options following the season, but either destination is a step toward his dream. “At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a big leaguer,” said Littell, the son of Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Jim Littell. “I’ve worked my whole life to do that, and I don’t think there’s been any time through my whole career I’ve said I won’t be able to achieve that. I’ve thought since Day 1 I’m going to be a big leaguer, and I still think that. “I want to play at the highest level, and I feel like I’ve put myself in a good enough position to get that opportunity.” There was never any doubt about Littell’s competitiveness. He showed it from that first time on the dirt fields in Liberal, Kan., and continued showing it each time he played with an older group alongside his older brother Jerame. “He’s had a ball and a bat in his hand, a football or a basketball, ever since he was big enough to walk,” Jim Littell said. “It’s just been fun to see him evolve into a good athlete and a good player.” Jerame Littell and Jon consider each other their best friend. It was Jon’s freshman year that Jerame encouraged him to develop on the field, and it worked. Jon became a significant part of the Pioneers that season and his recruiting started taking off following that season. Since then, he’s developed into the nation’s fourth-ranked outfielder in this year’s senior class, according to Perfect Game and 29th-ranked high school prospect. “He was already good, but he continued to get better and he’s turned into one heck of a baseball player,” Jerame Littell said. “He’d always play up with me, so I think that gave him an advantage to always be playing bigger kids, stronger kids and he did great when he was up there. He’s just continued to get better and he wants to be good, and I think that’s one of the most important things.” Jon, though, also credits his father for his development, saying a coach’s guidance was essential. Jim Littell said he simply provided an avenue to work with great coaches such as Oklahoma City University assistant coach Keith Lytle, one of the nation’s top hitting instructors. “You don’t really have any other choice but to get after it and get better every single day or you’re going to be left behind,” Jon said. With that guidance, Littell has improved each season with the Pioneers, including hitting .402 with three home runs and 26 RBIs this season. He’s posted an impressive .514 on-base percentage behind 17 walks to go along with 16 stolen bases. He’s also helped guide Stillwater to a 25-3 record and District 6A-4 championship heading into the postseason with a strong possibility of making the state tournament. If the Pioneers win the state title, it would be a fitting ending to Littell’s development before moving on to the long-awaited bigger stage. “Nobody really expected it to happen, but we did it as a team,” Littell said. “We set a goal to do this for a long time now. I think that could be the perfect ending to what we’ve all had for so long. I wouldn’t want anything other than that.”
c.2014 New York Times News ServiceBELLEVILLE, Ill. — In a drill at a college football practice, Fred W. Rensing charged downfield, lowered his white helmet and drilled the punt returner in the chest for a thunderous hit. Rensing did not get up, and he never walked again.He spent the next 28 years in relative anonymity, the initial years engaged in a long-shot legal dispute with his university,...
Collegian’s Early Case for Employee Rights Echoes Still
By STEVE EDER, Associated Press | Apr 22, 2014c.2014 New York Times News Service BELLEVILLE, Ill. — In a drill at a college football practice, Fred W. Rensing charged downfield, lowered his white helmet and drilled the punt returner in the chest for a thunderous hit. Rensing did not get up, and he never walked again. He spent the next 28 years in relative anonymity, the initial years engaged in a long-shot legal dispute with his university, fighting for injured worker benefits. Today, as a landmark case at Northwestern University challenges the foundation of collegiate athletics, Rensing and the 1976 punt drill that felled him still resonate. Though he has been largely forgotten by the public, those who have long been pushing for changes in the NCAA see him as an early pioneer in the struggle to win employment rights for campus athletes, which would potentially qualify them for protections like workers’ compensation benefits and unemployment insurance. Rensing did not win his fight, however. When the courts ultimately ruled against him, the decision gave the NCAA an important legal victory, bolstering its stance that its athletes are not professionals and delivering a precedent that stood opposite to what Rensing had pushed for. “The Rensing decision provided legal camouflage for the myth that college athletes are amateurs engaged in sports during their free time,” said Allen Sack, a professor at the University of New Haven who advocates NCAA reform. “I was stunned by that ruling and I still am today.” Nevertheless, Rensing, who died in 2004, “should be pulled back into history,” Sack added. “He was written out of history.” Rensing’s legal battle bears striking similarities to the one now roiling Northwestern. Whatever the outcome, Rensing’s family and friends see today’s push to change the NCAA as a continuation of his battle. “It’s about time — a long time coming,” his widow, Babette Rensing, said. “I don’t think he ever thought he’d be around to see it.” She keeps an old Indiana State football helmet near framed photos of a muscular 20-year-old in her small office here. She was with Rensing as he waged his legal campaign from his wheelchair, suing Indiana State for workers’ compensation benefits. She was with him in 1982 when a state appeals court ruled in his favor, declaring that as a football player, he should be considered a university employee. (Last month’s decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board about the Northwestern case echoed this argument.) And she was with him the next year when an Indiana Supreme Court reversed that ruling, declaring that he should not be considered a professional athlete after all. (BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.) The son of a former high school football player, Rensing was an unlikely figure to take on the NCAA. He was a lifelong football fan who grew up here watching the St. Louis Cardinals football team with his father. But he spent his final years struggling with medical problems and was largely unemployable: He typed by tapping the keyboard with a piece of cardboard held between his lips. “As far as I’m concerned, the NCAA just put me in a bag and tied me up and threw me in the river,” Rensing told a reporter in 1997. Rensing would have been encouraged by the recent NLRB decision that Northwestern football players are university employees. The university has appealed the decision to the full National Labor Relations Board, which is now deciding whether to hear the case. The Northwestern players will hold a vote Friday on whether to unionize. At Althoff Catholic High School here, Rensing excelled on the offensive line, and was so dedicated that he lifted weights in an assistant coach’s basement at night. By his senior year, coaches from Indiana State, Tulane and Army were recruiting him. Rensing chose Indiana State, and had dreams of playing in the NFL. (END OPTIONAL TRIM.) In spring practices after his sophomore season, Rensing was competing for a starting spot on the offensive line. Before the final spring practice, on April 24, 1976, his coaches told him that they had seen enough and that he could rest his ailing knee. But Rensing insisted on practicing. He was injured on the punt drill that morning. Once the swelling subsided, a fractured dislocation of the cervical spine was diagnosed: He was a quadriplegic. When he was released from rehabilitation many months later, his parents turned their garage into a wheelchair-accessible bedroom. He did not return to Indiana State, and the university’s insurance covered only initial expenses. His family’s insurance covered much of the costs, but his father remembered needing to come up with $20,000 early on. (BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.) Indiana State and the Belleville community held fundraisers to help offset the initial costs. Indiana State even hosted a Fred Rensing week, which included a visit from Jim Otis, the Cardinals quarterback. But Rensing’s parents understood that their son would always need caretakers to dress him, feed him and help him out of bed. And finding a job would be difficult, if not impossible. “I was worried about my son and his medical bills that were coming in droves,” his father, Fred J. Rensing, said. “I knew he wasn’t going to make a livable salary. He couldn’t use his hands or his legs. That pretty much ties you down.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM.) In 1977, Rensing filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits from the state of Indiana. His lawyers acknowledged in their letters with the Rensings that the case would be a novel one. The state’s workers’ compensation panel rejected Rensing’s claim, prompting his lawyers to turn to an Indiana appeals court. Rensing appeared in person for the hearing. “He wanted them to see him — have them look and see that this is it,” Babette Rensing said. In 1982, the appeals court decided, 2-1, in Rensing’s favor, finding his “scholarship constituted a contract for hire” within the state’s law and that it “created an employer-employee relationship.” The decision immediately drew fire from college sports officials. “We don’t like it,” an NCAA lawyer said at the time, questioning if scholarships would soon be taxable and if out-of-work athletes could file for unemployment benefits. Indiana State, with the backing of the NCAA as well as nearby universities like Indiana, Purdue and Ball State, appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court. Rensing’s friends were surprised he had taken on such a battle. “We were young and out of a small town,” said Tim Thomas, his high school teammate and best friend. “You think, ‘Man, that’s pretty bold.’ But it was just something they felt they needed to do.” The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in 1983 that Rensing “was not considered to be a professional athlete who was being paid for his athletic ability.” The decision noted that the benefits Rensing received from Indiana State were governed by “strict” NCAA rules “designed to protect his amateur status.” The decision would be cited in other cases challenging the NCAA. (STORY CAN END HERE. OPTIONAL MATERIAL FOLLOWS.) Rensing struggled to find work. He eventually found a low-wage job with a cellphone and paging company that allowed him to work from home, but he spent years unemployed. He continued to go to the weight lifting club, even if he could not do much there. He managed an adult softball team and coached youth football. And he counseled his adopted son, Gabe, who played college football before his playing career was cut short by concussions. Rensing even maintained his love for Indiana State, often returning to watch games from his wheelchair. When he died in 2004, he was buried in his Indiana State jersey.
ORLANDO, Fla (AP) — When USA Football created a program to teach safe tackling to youngsters, it projected reaching a few hundred football organizations throughout the nation.In one year, Heads Up Football was adopted by nearly 2,800 groups. As the second season of the educational program begins, there's no telling how widespread it will become.The NFL has noticed, providing USA Football, the...
Heads Up Football program flourishing
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Mar 28, 2014ORLANDO, Fla (AP) — When USA Football created a program to teach safe tackling to youngsters, it projected reaching a few hundred football organizations throughout the nation. In one year, Heads Up Football was adopted by nearly 2,800 groups. As the second season of the educational program begins, there's no telling how widespread it will become. The NFL has noticed, providing USA Football, the national governing body for the sport, with a five-year, $45 million grant. There are nearly 11,000 football leagues in the United States, and USA Football is hoping Heads Up Football someday becomes a teaching tool for all of them. "Pioneering is exactly what it is turning out to be," former NFL running back Merril Hoge, now a member of USA Football's Board of Director, says of Heads Up Football, which teaches youngsters to take the head out of tackling. "Anytime you find you need to do something you haven't been doing because of a lack of information, you absolutely need to do something. We've done a lot of work and put in a lot of man-hours and have people involved who care about the kids." Among those people is Gabe Infante, the head coach at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep and a master trainer in the program. Infante clearly knows his football, having led the Hawks to the Pennsylvania AAA state title last season. He was drawn to Heads Up Football because, for years, he's been searching for a teaching progression that made tackling safer. He likes the flexibility to scale down or ramp up the elements of the program to fit the audience, while still focusing on the key points of the techniques USA Football is emphasizing. "It's really efficient and you can reinforce things. There's a way to measure the different aspects of tackling and then go back and work on that particular part of tackling, all the while stressing we are trying to make it safer," Infante says. The key components of Heads Up Football are coaching education and certification; equipment fitting; concussion education and response; heat and hydration; the establishment of a player safety coach; and tackling with the head up and out of contact. All of that makes perfect sense, yet there had been no formal program incorporating all of them. Now there is, with the aim to spread Heads Up Football across the nation on the youth and high school levels. USA Football is in the process of hiring more master trainers, expecting to add between 50 and 70 to the first-year roster of about 30. Infante sees the high school connection as essential. "I had a conversation with someone in the NFL and I said the high school coach is critical to this program not only continuing to succeed, but grow," Infante said. "The high school coach in the area is the guy who supports the youth programs, the guy who is looked up to on every level, the guy the kids want to play for some day. The more high schools applied to the program, it will legitimize the program even more. They prepare their kids for high school. If this is part of the high school curriculum, we will see more youth coaches embrace it." Participation numbers have been down in youth football and in most sports. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school football was down 2.3 percent in the 2012-13 season compared to the 2008-09 season. Some of that drop-off is attributed to parents' concerns about safety in football. Hoge, whose history of concussions led to other health issues and his retirement from the NFL, recognizes such fears. He also champions the value of programs that are transparent and designed to make sports safer for everyone who plays. "The ultimate objective is to educate everyone who needs to know more about the trauma in sport, and when it happens, that the right action takes place," Hoge says. To coaches like Infante, Heads Up Football simplifies nearly everything, benefiting folks whether they are working with pee wees starting out in football, or high schoolers with college scholarships in sight. "Football is like English," he says. "We speak one language with a lot different dialects. Sometimes it's like we are all speaking a different language. At least when it comes to one of the most important aspects of the game, tackling, to speak the same language, to agree on certain principles, that would be huge. And that is what I think you are going to see with Heads Up Football." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Mar 1, 2014
Leading the way for the Pioneers was senior Chandler Rogers at 170 pounds. None of Rogers’ three opponents made it out of the first period.
State wrestling notebook: Stillwater wins 6A; Chandler Rogers gets fourth title
Mar 1, 2014In the much-anticipated Class 6A team competition, Stillwater prevailed over contenders Edmond North and Broken Arrow behind the strength of its five champions. Leading the way for the Pioneers was senior Chandler Rogers at 170 pounds. None of Rogers’ three opponents made it out of the first period, and he claimed his fourth state title with a pin over Taylor Wattenbarger of Lawton in the finals. His previous three championships came while in Spokane, Wash. “It was definitely a good experience for me to come here this year and get some great competition,” said Rogers, who has signed with OSU. “I would’ve been the first four-time champion ever in 4A back in Washington, so I had to sacrifice that, but it was worth it.” Other champions for Stillwater were Andrew Nieman (106 pounds), Kaid Brock (132 pounds), Tristan Moran (138 pounds), and Joe Smith (145 pounds). Jordan Dieringer (182 pounds) was second. Winning their first title since 1970, the Pioneers finished with 144 points. Broken Arrow, which had defeated Stillwater in the dual state finals two weeks earlier, finished third with 104 points. “We just changed our mindset after dual state,” Smith said. “We realized we could be beat if we didn’t stay focused on what we need to do and we started getting after it.” DIXON TRIPLETS ALL WIN TITLES AS EDMOND NORTH TAKES SECOND Edmond North was second in Class 6A with 122 points and four champions. Winning titles for the Huskies were the Dixon triplets — Joel (182 pounds), Lance (195 pounds), and Andrew (285 pounds) — and Derek White (195 pounds). LEWALLEN WINS BATTLE OF STATE CHAMPIONS After advancing to the state finals at 126 pounds in Class 6A with two overtime wins on Friday, Yukon’s Boo Lewallen left was determined to put things away earlier in Saturday’s championship match. He did just that, going on the offensive to get a 9-4 win over Broken Arrow’s Davion Jefferies and earn back-to-back state titles. “Yesterday, I didn’t really get to my offense like I wanted to, but I got to it today and things started rolling for me,” said Lewallen, who was named Outstanding Wrestler in Class 6A. Lewallen dominated the match on his feet, scoring two takedowns in the first period and two more over the final two periods. Jefferies, who was a state champion last season, only scored via escape. “It feels great to be a two-time champion,” Lewallen said. “Now, I’ll get back to work in the room for some national tournaments this summer and start getting ready to get another (state title) next year.” GFELLER FINISHES UNDEFEATED SEASON Standing atop the podium with the gold medal around his neck, Heritage Hall freshman Kaden Gfeller heard the announcement over the State Fair Arena speakers. “He could be on his way to being a four-time state champion,” the announcer said. Gfeller finished his 28-0 freshman season with a Class 3A state championship at 106 pounds, scoring a 27-12 technical fall over Perry’s Cale Betchan. And the thought of trying to win three more didn’t seem to bother him at all. “That’s the goal,” Gfeller said matter-of-factly. “I’m gonna take it year-by-year, but I want to be a four-timer.” Gfeller is ranked 14th nationally at his weight, and has competed internationally. But he said his nerves were up more for this weekend than any other tournament. “I was more nervous for this than anything,” he said. “I think it’s just because this was my first really big high school tournament and I wanted to win.” Gfeller will be in Brazil in late April competing in the Pan-American Games. He was one of 50 freshmen to qualify for state in the four classes. Ten of them reached the finals, and two of them — Gfeller and Sand Springs’ 113-pounder Daton Fix — finished the year unbeaten. STRINGER BRINGS BLANCHARD FIRST TITLE Blanchard has had several wrestlers reach the state finals. Braden Stringer had done it twice himself before Saturday night. And with a 5-1 decision over Vinita’s Brandon Street, Stringer brought Blanchard its first state wrestling championship. “We’ve had a lot of guys in the finals and any of them could’ve won it,” said Stringer, who finished fourth as a freshman and runner-up the last two years. “To finally get it done feels like a weight off our backs. It means a lot. “It’s been a blessing to have the teammates I’ve had pushing me, great coaches, my family and friends supporting me. It’s been an awesome journey.” PERRY WINS 40TH TITLE David Thomas explained the Perry wrestling mindset very simply. “When you go into that room in junior high, you’re told you’re gonna win,” said Thomas, a Class 3A state champion at 160 pounds while helping Perry win its 40th team title. “The goal from the start of the season was the big four-oh. It was a big deal for us. “We’ve been training hard, two-a-days, three-a-days, snow on the ground outside, it didn’t matter. Nothing was going to stop us.” Perry scored 118 points to seal the title, with four wrestlers reaching the finals. Thomas was the only one of the four to win individually. Tonkawa was second in the team race with 82 points. DEL CITY’S LAMB COMES THROUGH LATE, JAMES HONORED Del City senior Clayton Lamb took the state title at 132 pounds in Class 5A with a 6-5 win over Collinsville’s Dakotah McGarrah. Trailing 5-4, Lamb got a takedown in final minute and prevented McGarrah from escaping to earn the win. He finished the year with 34-7 record. “It feels amazing,” Lamb said. “It feels like all the hard work running and in practice was worth it now. But I couldn’t have done it without my mom and my coaches being there for me the whole way.” Lamb’s coach, Ronnie James, was named the Class 5A-6A Coach of the Year on during a presentation before the finals. “I’m humbled and overwhelmed by that honor,” James said. “This isn’t for me, or about me. It’s a reflection of my coaching staff, my wrestlers, and my family.” LEE BRINGS ‘A’ GAME Clinton’s Grant Lee has achieved a lot as a high school athlete. He won a state championship and earned All-State honors as an offensive lineman for the Red Tornado football team. He competed in the state golf tournament last spring. And on Saturday night, he added an impressive state wrestling tournament performance to his resume — but not on the mat. Lee sang the National Anthem prior to the state finals matches.
Feb 25, 2014
Jason Collins played an NBA game the other night and made history. The first openly-homosexual player in a major team sport. Someone asked me what I thought, and I said, does he get back on defense? That’s what was foremost in my mind, after that Thunder-Clipper debacle the other day.
Discrimination: Jason Collins, Michael Sam & Tim Tebow
Berry Tramel | Feb 25, 2014[img]2358637[/img] Jason Collins played an NBA game the other night and made history. The first openly-homosexual player in a major team sport. Someone asked me what I thought, and I said, does he get back on defense? That’s what was foremost in my mind, after that Thunder-Clipper debacle the other day. Michael Sam came out of the closet, too, before taking part in the NFL Combine, where he didn’t test all that well. The Missouri pass rusher, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year, might not get drafted, and it won’t be for social reasons. It will be because scouts don’t believe he can get to the quarterback enough. But I salute the courage of Collins and Sam. What they did wasn’t easy to do. I don’t know how much public or locker-room ridicule they might face. The pros aren’t college. In Collins’ case, for example, he’s not going to be subjected to nearly as much verbal use in NBA coliseums as he would have been in college gyms. Student groups – led by Sam’s own Missouri, which has had the ridiculous Antlers for decades – can be quite vicious. So can older fans. You don’t get quite the same vile reception in the NBA as you do in college. There’s the occasional superfan in the NBA who takes upon himself to be king of the jerks, but those guys you can pick out. You can look them in the eye, and whether they shut up or not, they know that you know who they are, and there’s an unspoken agreement that said superfan could be squashed like a bug at the ballplayer’s discretion. Crowds are different. Mobs chanting in unison are much more sinister, because that’s not a breakdown of an individual spirit, that’s a breakdown of society. And when society breaks down, we’re all in trouble. The NFL is a little different, in that its fans can be coo-coo. Oakland. Buffalo, I’m told. Cleveland, back in the day when it had an NFL franchise to care about. College football crowds can be rough, too, but football is different. The fans are farther away. They aren’t as accessible to the field of play. The players are padded up for car wrecks. In basketball, players are physically and emotionally vulnerable. Not so in football. So Michael Sam probably will hear some things but should be able to tone it out rather easily. The locker room? Sam’s coming along at the perfect time. Collins has paved the way, so Sam’s not an all-sports pioneer, just an NFL pioneer. And the Richie Incognito scandal in Miami has every NFL locker room on notice. Quit playing Animal House. Quit acting like fools. Be professional. There still are knuckleheads everywhere. But even if you don’t condone Sam’s lifestyle, condemnation is not the proper reaction. Even if you don’t understand it, mockery is not the proper response. The truth is, we would all be appalled if we knew the details of most NBA and NFL sexual activities. In case some have forgotten, heterosexuality does not equate to purity. Which is as good a time as any to talk about Tim Tebow. Here’s what I don’t understand. Why isn’t Tebow on an NFL roster? I don’t advocate handing him a franchise. He’s not one of the 32, or 50, best quarterbacks in the world. But top 100? There’s no chance Tebow is not. He’s unorthodox. His passing form doesn’t pass the eye test. He’s inaccurate. But Tebow has a certain je ne sais quoi. He gets some things done. He’s 9-7 as an NFL starting quarterback and he beat the Steelers in the 2011 playoffs. And now he can’t find a job. The Cowboys late last season were quarterback desperate. Tony Romo was out with a back injury, and Dallas had nothing behind Kyle Orton. So Dallas signed Jon Kitna for the season finale against the Eagles. Let me repeat. Dallas signed 41-year-old Jon Kitna, who last played in the NFL in 2011 and who had been coaching high school in his native Washington state. Kitna is a grizzled old pro who in a pinch would learn the plays and not make dumb decisions. If Dallas had been forced to go with Kitna, the Cowboys would not have lost 48-10. Guaranteed. They would have lost 31-10. Guaranteed. The Cowboys would rather have lost with dignity than risk the mockery of signing Tebow. Tebow might have gotten the Cowboys beat 48-10. Likely would have. But Dallas would have had a better chance of beating Philly with Tebow than beating Philly with Jon Kitna. So why has Tebow been ostracized? Same reason we figured homosexuals were staying in the closet. Fear. Fear of the media circus. Fear of the chemistry disruption in the locker room. The NFL is full of born-again Christians. But for some reason, Tebow has become the lightning rod. Most of that is his own doing. He wears his Christianity on his sleeve, not necessarily in a humble-Christ way, but in a self-promotional way that turns off many people. There was a time in the 2011 season, during Denver’s amazing run to the playoffs, that Tebow was the single-most popular player in the NFL. More popular than Tom Brady. More popular than Adrian Peterson. More popular than Peyton Manning. It was crazy. Tebow resonated with people, both good and bad. Pro and con. In the same way that Michael Sam and Jason Collins is a hero to many and a villain to some, Tebow polarized. But my question is this. If a franchise was willing to accept the social spotlight and locker-room adjustments that came with signing Jason Collins, and the Netropolitans were, and if an NFL franchise is willing to accept the social spotlight and locked-room adjustments that will come with drafting or signing Michael Sam, why has no team grabbed Tim Tebow when it has a quarterback emergency? The answer is clear. Not all spotlights, not all adjustments, are created equal. Tim Tebow is kept out of quarterbacking in the NFL by a shaky arm and reverse discrimination.
In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, 48 people who could have an impact on America's biggest ballgame
48 people who could have an impact on Super Bowl XLVIII
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Feb 1, 2014In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, 48 people who could have an impact on America's biggest ballgame: 1. Peyton Manning: America's quarterback is playing in his brother Eli's home stadium, needing a win to match Eli with two Super Bowl wins. 2. Richard Sherman: The Mouth That Bored during Super Bowl week remains the NFL's best cornerback, even if he hasn't said so since arriving in Greater New York. 3. Wes Welker: How big is the Oklahoma City folk hero? President Bill Clinton, unprompted, mentioned Welker's Super Bowl quest during an ESPN interview. 4. Pat Bowlen: The Broncos owner grew up in Wisconsin but has two degrees from OU (business 1965, law 1968). He bought the Broncos in 1984. 5. Russell Wilson: The Seattle quarterback counts two alma maters — he graduated from North Carolina State, then transferred to Wisconsin and says he cherishes both schools. 6. Troy Aikman: Quarterbacked the Cowboys in three Super Bowls. Now calling his fourth Super Bowl as Joe Buck's sidekick. 7. Earl Thomas: The NFL's best safety didn't win the Thorpe Award, like fellow Longhorns Michael Huff and Alvin Ross in 2005-06, but Thomas has become the best of Texas' defensive backs. 8. Demaryius Thomas: The mother and grandmother of the Bronco receiver have been in prison on drug convictions since he was 11. 9. Queen Latifah: Just down the road from her hometown of East Orange, N.J., the hip-hop pioneer and Oscar-nominated actress and talk-show host will sing “America the Beautiful” for the second time at a Super Bowl. Saints-Colts was the first. 10. Pete Carroll: The Seahawk coach has the best winning percentage in franchise history (.594); Carroll also is second in New England Patriot winning percentage (.562), trailing only Bill Belichick. 11. Marshawn Lynch: Seattle's little-talking tailback has become the NFL's most physical tailback, running harder than even Adrian Peterson. 12. John Elway: Perhaps the NFL's greatest quarterback has become a huge success as the Broncos' executive VP of football operations. He recruited Peyton Manning to Denver. 13. Joe Buck: His dad, the great Jack Buck, called Super Bowl IV for CBS. Now Joe Buck calls his fourth Super Bowl for FOX. 14. Percy Harvin: The first-year Seahawk scatback has been injured and barely played (one regular-season catch, three postseason catches), but he's been cleared for the Super Bowl and could be a game-breaker. 15. John Fox: The Denver coach missed four games this season because of a heart procedure but joined Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren, Dan Reeves and Bill Parcells as the only coaches to take two franchises to Super Bowls. 16. Michael Robinson: The Seahawk fullback, once a Penn State quarterback, was cut by Seattle after his liver and kidneys started shutting down in August. But Robinson recovered and was brought back by the Seahawks in October. 17. Ken Norton Jr.: The Seahawks' linebacker coach, who was on the Southern Cal staff with Pete Carroll, is the only player in NFL history to play on three consecutive Super Bowl champs — '92 and '93 Cowboys, '94 49ers. 18. Matt Prater: The Bronco kicker set an NFL record for longest field with a 64-yarder on Dec. 9 in Denver, but the Super Bowl will be played at virtual sea level. 19. Russell Okung: Seattle's nice-guy left tackle out of OSU has lived up to the promise of the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. 20. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: The Bronco cornerback was an Arizona Cardinal rookie five years ago when he was beaten by Santonio Holmes for the Super Bowl-winning TD pass. 21. Max Unger: The all-pro Seahawk center sports a beard that would shame James Harden's, but Unger vows it's coming off after the Super Bowl. 22. Zane Beadles: The Bronco guard is growing quite the beard himself and says he might not shave after the game. 23. Olivia Manning: Archie gets most of the spotlight for his boys, but don't forget the mother of Eli and Peyton. Her sons have quarterbacked five of the last eight Super Bowls. 24. Kam Chancellor: The Seahawk safety is the intimidator of Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary. 25. Knowshon Moreno: The Bronco tailback became famous for crying during the national anthem before a game this season. He might cry again; this Super Bowl is in the shadow of New York, where at a young age Moreno was in and out of homeless shelters with his father. 26. Tom Cable: The Seahawks' offensive line coach spent two-plus seasons as the Raiders' head coach. He was fired after going 8-8 in 2010; Oakland hasn't had a winning season since 2002. 27. Michael Bennett: The Seahawk defensive end, the brother of NFL tight end Marcellus Bennett, was undrafted out of Texas A&M, signed by Seattle and waived. But after nine sacks with Tampa Bay last season, Bennett returned to the Seahawks and has 8 1/2 sacks this year. 28. Michael Balzary: Better known as Flea, bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will perform at halftime. Flea has asked his fans if they want him to flash the audience during the show. 29. Adam Gase: The 35-year-old Bronco offensive coordinator didn't play college football. As a Michigan State student, he worked on Nick Saban's staff, then followed Saban to LSU. 30. Golden Tate: The Notre Dame alum is Russell Wilson's favorite target, with 64 catches for 898 yards. 31. Paul Allen: The Seahawks chairman, co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, also owns the NBA Trail Blazers and voted against the Seattle SuperSonics' move to Oklahoma City. 32. Julius Thomas: The Bronco tight end played in two NCAA Tournaments for Portland State, losing to Kansas in 2008 and Xavier in 2009. 33. Steven Hauschka: The Seahawk kicker has a degree from Middlebury College in neuroscience and kicked for the Broncos in four 2010 games. 34. Renee Fleming: A different kind of soprano in New Jersey, the American opera star will sing the national anthem. But the Super Bowl is not her biggest stage. She sang on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert. 35. Paris Lenon: The Bronco linebacker played in the short-lasting XFL in 2001. 36. John Schneider: The youngish Seahawk general manager was hired in January 2010 — by Carroll, a rare case of a head coach picking the GM. 37. Champ Bailey: In his 15th season, the Bronco cornerback finally makes a Super Bowl. 38. Jack Del Rio: The Bronco defensive coordinator was interim coach during John Fox's absence; Denver went 3-1 with Del Rio at the helm. He's done it before. Del Rio went 68-71 in nine seasons coaching the Jaguars. 39. Cliff Avril: The Seahawk defensive end forced five fumbles this season, but that's nothing. He forced six in 2011, recovering three. 40. Dave Logan: The 25-year Broncos' radio voice has been a Colorado force for half a century. A high school star in suburban Denver, then a Big Eight basketball and football player at CU in the 1970s. He played nine years in the NFL. He has a daily radio show. And he's coached high school football for 20 years, winning 5A titles at three Denver-area schools. 41. Orlando Franklin: The Bronco offensive tackle gained fame when his jersey was photographed being worn by loose-cannon Toronto mayor Rob Ford. 42. Warren Moon: The Seahawks' radio analyst was a University of Washington quarterback before he played 23 pro seasons — six in Canada, 17 in the NFL, including two with Seattle. 43. Bruno Mars: The Hawaiian-born pop star will team with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and has not asked his fans if they want him to flash the audience. 44. Terrance Knighton: The defensive tackle signed with Denver as a free agent last March and has become a team leader — he famously huddled the defense in the locker room after the Broncos' late-season loss to San Diego. 45. Sherman Smith: The 59-year-old Seahawks' running back coach was Seattle's leading rusher its first four years in the NFL (1976-79). He also grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, going to North High School, across town from Cardinal Mooney, a couple of years ahead of Ron Stoops Jr. 46. Manny Ramirez: The Bronco center joins Avril and Lenon as members of the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 0-16. 47. Britton Colquitt: The Bronco punter is the son of Craig Colquitt, the nephew of Jimmy Colquitt and brother of Dustin Colquitt, NFL punters all, past or present. But you might not even see him. Britton Colquitt has punted once total in Denver's last three games. 48. Doug Baldwin: The Seahawks' big-play receiver — 15.6 yards per reception — was an undrafted free agent out of Stanford.
The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Emery Dalesio. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 803-799-5510.MEDICAID LAWSUITRALEIGH — A group of North Carolina doctors filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday seeking millions of dollars in damages from the state and its contractors over flawed computer programs...
BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC
Associated Press | Jan 16, 2014The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Emery Dalesio. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 803-799-5510. MEDICAID LAWSUIT RALEIGH — A group of North Carolina doctors filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday seeking millions of dollars in damages from the state and its contractors over flawed computer programs that severely delayed Medicaid reimbursements. The lawsuit alleges that managers at the Department of Health and Human Services and its contractors Computer Sciences Corporation, Maximus Consulting Services and SLI Global Solutions were negligent in the launch of NCTracks. The $484 million computer system is intended to streamline the process of filing Medicaid claims and issuing payments. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 560 words. MCCRORY-OBAMA VISIT WILSON — Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that President Barack Obama's visit to North Carolina this week gave him the opportunity to talk about energy exploration and clear the air about case backlogs within the state's food stamp program. McCrory said he spoke briefly with the president after he landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday. The president later toured a manufacturing plant and talked about the economy at North Carolina State University. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 530 words. NORTH CAROLINA-ACADEMIC PROBE North Carolina is investigating statements from a reading specialist questioning the literacy level of football and basketball players at the school.In an open letter emailed to university students, faculty and employees on Thursday, Chancellor Carol Folt said she takes Mary Willingham's allegations "very seriously." But the chancellor said the school has been "unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with the data currently being cited as the source for the claims." By Aaron Beard. SENT: 540 words. MAYOR-DWI MONROE — The mayor of the Union County town of Waxhaw has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Forty-two-year-old Daune Gardner was arrested by a town police officer last year. SENT: 200 words. OBAMA-COLLEGE ACCESS RALEIGH — A North Carolina endowment is giving $10 million to improve access to higher education for low-income students in rural North Carolina high schools. Officials said Thursday that the John M. Belk Endowment will give the money to the College Advising Corps, which places recent college graduates as college advisers in underserved high schools. SENT: 330 words. SOLDIER KILLED FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — The Defense Department says a soldier based at Fort Bragg, N.C., has been killed during a mission in Afghanistan. Army officials say 28-year-old Sgt. Daniel T. Lee of Crossville, Tenn., died Wednesday after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. SENT: 200 words. CONGRESS-CHECKING OUT WASHINGTON — Retirements are shrinking the political center in Congress as the fall elections force an answer to the question, "Should I stay or should I go?" Democratic moderates from North Carolina, Utah and New York as well as Republicans from Pennsylvania and Iowa who were willing to work on bipartisan legislation stand among the recent spate of planned exits in the House. By Donna Cassata. SENT: 870 words. XGR-FALSE CONVICTIONS MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers are hearing from a Massachusetts man sent to prison for two rapes he didn't commit and from a North Carolina woman whose mistaken testimony sent another man to prison as they consider improvements in police procedures. SENT: 410 words. By Dave Gram. TVA REDUCTIONS CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is encouraging many of its employees to retire early or resign. The nation's largest public utility outlined its plan on Wednesday to reduce its workforce and cut spending so that it can save $500 million a year in operating costs and keep rates more in line with neighboring utilities. TVA supplies power to about 9 million people in seven states including North Carolina. SENT: 280 words. ALSO: — MISSING TEEN, from SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The adoptive parents of a teen who's been missing for two years won't immediately regain custody of their two younger children as they wanted. SENT: 125 words. — TAX COLLECTIONS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina coffers have been slightly fuller than projected by state government budget writers through the first half of the fiscal year. SENT: 130 words. — SLAYING SUSPECT-IQ, from LENOIR — Lawyers for a North Carolina man accused of beating his girlfriend to death say he can't be tried for his life because his IQ is so low he was mentally disabled. SENT: 130 words. — INMATE DEATH, from LAURINBURG — An autopsy report says an inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree murder hanged himself inside a high-security North Carolina prison. SENT: 100 words. — SIT-IN PIONEER-MEMORIAL, from GREENSBORO — North Carolina A&T State University is paying tribute to civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain, who was a freshman at the school in 1960 when he and three others sparked a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests. SENT: 130 words. — FATHER DUMPED, from LEXINGTON — A North Carolina man is accused of illegally dumping his dead father's body six years ago in a wooded area so that he could continue to cash the older man's retirement checks. SENT: 130 words. — FLU DEATHS, from RALEIGH — State health officials say five more people have died from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the state total for the season to 27. 125 words. — US SENATE-HARRIS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate the Rev. Mark Harris has received the endorsement of Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary. SENT: 130 words. — GIFT CARD SCAM, from CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Attorney General's office warns that a gift card scam has reappeared in the Charlotte area. SENT: 130 words. SPORTS: BKW--T25-VIRGINIA-DUKE DURHAM — Tricia Liston scored 21 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds, leading No. 3 Duke to a 90-55 victory over Virginia 90-55 on Thursday night.The Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in their first game since Chelsea Gray broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College, sidelining the senior guard for the rest of the season. Gray dislocated the same kneecap last season, keeping her out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments. SENT: 130 words, photos. The AP, Raleigh
High school football notebook: Millwood's Cameron Batson wins Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year awardDec 5, 2013
Millwood quarterback Cameron Batson was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year on Thursday.
High school football notebook: Millwood's Cameron Batson wins Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year award
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 5, 2013Millwood quarterback Cameron Batson still hopes to play a couple more high school football games, but he has already claimed a significant award for his performance this season. Batson was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year on Thursday. The award recognizes athletic excellence, as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. By winning the state award, Batson is now qualified for the national player of the year award. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior quarterback and defensive back has led the Falcons to a 13-0 record entering the Class 2A state semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 13. Batson, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech as a wide receiver, has thrown for 1,946 yards and 27 touchdowns on 101-of-186 passing entering the semifinals. He has rushed for 1,039 yards and 16 touchdowns on 108 carries, while adding nine interceptions on defense. He has a 4.0 grade-point average, ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and is the senior class president. “He is an outstanding player and the leader of his team, but also demonstrates great humility and is a class act on the field,” said Dibble coach J.R. Conrad, a former Gatorade award winner at Fairland. “It's encouraging to see someone who can dominate the game also demonstrate great sportsmanship after the game.” NAULT WON'T ATTEND WENDY'S HEISMAN CEREMONY When Kingfisher running back Landon Nault was surprised a few weeks ago with the news that he was a national finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman, he couldn't wait to make the trip to New York. That, however, will have to wait as his focus will remain on football next week. With the looming winter storm postponing all high school football games this weekend, Nault and the second-ranked Yellowjackets now play against No. 3 Seminole in the Class 3A semifinals Friday, Dec. 13. That's the night the ceremony is scheduled in New York, just one day ahead of the collegiate Heisman Trophy ceremony. “I feel really bad for him,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “It's horrible because that's a once-in-a-lifetime deal. I was glad that he was going to be able to participate in it, but now it's really unfortunate that he's not going to be able to.” Myers said Nault approached him in his office Wednesday and said he would rather play to get a gold ball. If the games went on as originally scheduled, the Class 3A championship game would have been at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, allowing Nault to attend the ceremony and fly back Saturday morning. Instead, he has a chance to return to the state championship game. “I'm going to be willing to bet that probably in his eyes that if we are fortunate enough to be able to win it, that trip to New York and stuff is going to be in the back of his mind,” Myers said. KRAYBILL TO ATTEND SHOWCASE Stillwater pitcher Sam Kraybill recently accepted his invite to Perfect Game's World Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 4-5. Kraybill, a right-handed pitcher, is ranked No. 21 in Oklahoma by the scouting service. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and features a solid curveball and velocity. Kraybill joins teammate Jon Littell as top prospects to watch next season with the Pioneers. Littell was ranked No. 30 overall in the 2014 class earlier this year by Perfect Game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of San Diego pulled itself out of the running for the Pioneer Football League championship and an FCS automatic playoff berth after uncovering potential financial aid violations.The Toreros (7-3, 6-1) were in position to clinch the league title and their first FCS playoff berth if they beat Drake on Saturday.Athletic director Ky Snyder said notifying the team of...
USD self-sanctions football team
BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press | Nov 14, 2013SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of San Diego pulled itself out of the running for the Pioneer Football League championship and an FCS automatic playoff berth after uncovering potential financial aid violations. The Toreros (7-3, 6-1) were in position to clinch the league title and their first FCS playoff berth if they beat Drake on Saturday. Athletic director Ky Snyder said notifying the team of the school's decision before practice Thursday was "the most horrible thing I've had to do with kids. It was a very hard conversation." Although the PFL is in the FCS, formerly Division I-AA, it follows Division III need-based financial aid rules that state schools can't take into consideration players' participation in athletics in high school. Snyder said that apparently happened "in some cases." Football is the only non-scholarship sport at USD, a small hilltop Catholic school that overlooks Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Snyder said the PFL was formed in the 1990s by schools that wanted to keep football but didn't want to make it a scholarship sport. "It's a more affordable way to keep football on our campus," Snyder said. Snyder said he couldn't comment on whether the potential violations occurred under the current coaching staff or previous staffs. "Our review is ongoing," he said. "This is going to be a while." In a statement, university President Mary E. Lyons said the financial-aid issue was specific to football. She said the school reported its initial findings to the PFL and pledged cooperation in any additional review. With the endorsement of a committee of trustees appointed by the school's board, the decision was made to pull out of the running for the league title and playoff spot, she said. "I recognize the impact that this situation has on our student athletes, Torero Athletics and our entire university community. Our response now and going forward reflects a commitment to our students and to the highest standards of integrity," Lyons said in the statement. "To that end, complying with applicable rules and regulations in the administration of our intercollegiate athletic programs continues to be our unwavering commitment." The Toreros are under first-year coach Dale Lindsey, a former NFL defensive coordinator who was promoted to replace Ron Caragher after he left for San Jose State late last year. Lindsey was USD's defensive coordinator last year, when the Toreros were 8-3 and earned a share of the Pioneer Football League title. The Toreros are perhaps best known for being coached by Jim Harbaugh from 2004-06 before he moved on to coach Stanford and then the San Francisco 49ers.
Douglass wins District 4A-2 championship with its 30-18 triumph at Norris Field in Ada.
High school football roundup: Dameko Doddles scores twice in fourth quarter, Douglass holds off Ada
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2013Dameko Doddles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter Friday night, and No. 3-ranked Douglass beat No. 9 Ada 30-18 in a District 4A-2 football game at Norris Field. Douglass improved to 9-1 overall and clinched the district championship with a 7-0 mark. The game was tied 18-18 when Doddles caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Patrick McKaufman; Doddles then returned an interception 55 yards for an insurance score. McKaufman had a 72-yard TD pass to Isiah Shaputis that gave the Trojans an 18-6 lead at halftime. Ada (7-3, 5-2) finished second in the district. BETHANY RALLIES BACK Bethany rallied back from a two-touchdown deficit and beat Class 3A's No. 5-ranked Cushing 20-19 on the road. Kyle Duke threw two touchdown passes, including a 52-yarder in the third quarter that gave Bethany (7-3) the winning edge. Duke added a 5-yard touchdown run, which started the Bronchos' comeback. Cushing (8-2) had a 13-0 lead after the first quarter on Gage Stallworth's 34- and 77-yard touchdown runs. SANTA FE OUTSLUGS CHOCTAW Edmond Santa Fe quarterback and OU commit Justice Hansen remained sidelined by injury, but the Wolves still rolled up 545 yards of offense in a 55-30 victory over Choctaw at Wantland Stadium. Tailback Michael Farmer ran for 5-, 36- and 2-yard touchdown runs. He also caught a 36-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Keaton Torre that gave Edmond Santa Fe a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Torre, who completed 13 of 19 attempts for 204 yards, added a 28-yard scoring pass to Cameron Westbrook. Edmond Santa Fe enters the Class 6A playoffs with a 6-4 record. Choctaw, which had four touchdown passes from Jonah Llanusa, finished 3-7. JENKS TOPS PUTNAM CITY Jenks' football powerhouse wrapped up its 22nd unbeaten regular season, walloping Putnam City 56-7 on Friday night. Class 6A's top-ranked team had 105 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Cameron Booty. Putnam City, which started the season 2-0, lost its final eight games. GUTHRIE GOES TO 10-0 District 5A-2 champion Guthrie completed a 10-0 regular season with its 45-8 rout of Northwest Classen at Jelsma Stadium. The No. 1-ranked Bluejays, who will start the playoffs next week at home, had three first-half touchdown runs from Idae Alexander. Kai Callins added a 22-yard TD run and returned a punt 41 yards for a score as Guthrie had all of its points by halftime. Northwest (3-7) avoided the shutout in the fourth quarter on Eric McGee's 65-yard touchdown pass to Fredarian Ashley. CRUSADERS ROUT STROUD Colton Lindsey threw four touchdown passes to help Christian Heritage hammer Stroud 42-7 in a Class 2A nondistrict game. Stroud (6-4) led 7-0 after the first quarter on Gage Wright's 1-yard touchdown run. Christian Heritage (7-3) answered in the second quarter with Lindsey's 4- and 15-yard TD passes to Gabe LittleJim. The Crusaders pulled away with a 28-point third quarter, which included Lindsey's 28- and 9-yard touchdown passes to Braden Mikes. Joseph Lemieux added two TD run in the third quarter. Lindsey finished 21 of 30 for 266 yards and no interceptions. JACKSON HAS 3 TD RUNS FOR MEEKER Dallas Jackson had touchdown runs of 52, 35 and 30 yards as Class 2A's No. 6-ranked Meeker throttled Holdenville, 44-0. Tim Whitfield had a 2-yard touchdown run, and then returned an interception 65 yards for another score to help Meeker finish the regular season 10-0. The Bulldogs' defense forced three turnovers and held Holdenville (2-8) to 67 yards. DEL CITY BLANKS SOUTHEAST Class 5A's No. 8-ranked Del City had three touchdowns from the defense in its 67-0 whipping of Southeast. Davion Freeman returned an interception 40 yards for a score, Kindare McGlaughlin ran back a fumble 8 yards and Deonte Reed returned an interception 76 yards. The Del City defense forced seven turnovers and held the Spartans (2-8) to 15 total yards. Will Trotter and Anthony Mason added two touchdown runs each for the playoff-bound Eagles, who finished the regular season with a 7-3 record. CHARGERS QB TOO TOUGH Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGuinnis accounted for six touchdowns, and the Chargers blitzed Star Spencer 41-0 in a District 3A-3 game at Tidwell Stadium. McGuinnis gave Heritage Hall (5-4) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with an 8-yard run. McGuinnis then went to the air. He threw two touchdown passes each to Kevin McDaniel and Brendan Ezell. MINCO ZAPS PIONEER Class A's No. 5-ranked Minco crushed Pioneer 61-6 in a District A-3 game. Joe Mitchell accounted for three touchdowns, returning an interception 35 yards and catching 49- and 3-yard passes from Hunter Jones. Jacob Overton and Shannon Williams ran for two TDs each as Minco finished the regular season 9-1. HARMON THROWS 4 TD PASSES Matt Harman threw four touchdown passes, including two to Joe Nece, and Cashion outlasted Crossings Christian, 54-28. Harmon's scoring throws to Nece covered 68 and 24 yards. The quarterback added a 16-yard TD throw to Ryan Harrel and an 18-yarder to Dylan Kordelski as the Wildcats (8-2) pulled away with 40 points over the second and third quarters. ELSEWHERE Pryor quarterback Brennon Barth ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns over 30 carries, leading the Tigers to a 49-21 triumph over Tulsa East Central. Pryor (7-3) ran the football 106 times for 513 total yards. Barth attempted just one pass, which fell incomplete. The Tigers blew the game open with a 36-point second quarter. ... Salina whipped Kansas 47-13 behind Kyle Johnson, who scored the Wildcats' first 15 points on a 5-yard touchdown run, 30-yard interception return and 34-yard field goal. ... Mount St. Mary had touchdown runs from Malcolm Davis, Matt Peace, Archie Brown and Matt Beardsley, and the Rockets wrapped up the season with a 27-6 win at Little Axe. ... Mikey McClung had three touchdown runs for Community Christian, which blanked Lexington, 28-0. HOW THEY FARED How The Oklahoman's No. 1-ranked high school football teams fared during Week 10: CLASS 6A No. 1 Jenks (10-0) defeated No. 6 Bixby, 56-7. CLASS 5A No. 1 Guthrie (10-0) defeated Northwest Classen, 45-8. CLASS 4A No. 1 Anadarko (10-0) defeated Elgin, 54-0. CLASS 3A No. 1 Blanchard (9-0) defeated Tuttle, 35-28. CLASS 2A No. 1 Millwood (10-0) defeated Dibble, 53-0. CLASS A No. 1 Ringling (7-1) defeated Walters, 48-6. CLASS B No. 1 Laverne (10-0) defeated No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter, 40-6. CLASS C No. 1 Cherokee (8-0) defeated Kremlin-Hillsdale, 47-0. FROM STAFF REPORTS
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Booker has a passion for the past and a grand vision of the future for Knoxville's Beck Cultural Exchange Center.Booker, who took over for Avon Rollins as the facility's executive director on Sept. 2, has implemented an aggressive plan to transform the Beck Center into the nation's signature local black history museum."This place ought to be the No. 1 black...
Big plans for Beck Cultural Exchange Center
MIKE BLACKERBY, Associated Press | Nov 3, 2013KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Booker has a passion for the past and a grand vision of the future for Knoxville's Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Booker, who took over for Avon Rollins as the facility's executive director on Sept. 2, has implemented an aggressive plan to transform the Beck Center into the nation's signature local black history museum. "This place ought to be the No. 1 black history museum in the United States," said the 78-year-old Booker. "I've visited many of the black history museums and none of them has the collection that we do." Booker previously served two tenures as executive director of the center over a 16-year period. He first served in 1978, three years after the center was established. Booker is upgrading exhibits, digging through vast stashes of boxed archives and implementing his vision for the center through fundraising and public relations activities. "We're pulling out all stops," he said. "We're asking all in the city, county and state government — and everyone else that will listen — to pass the word, to make contributions and help make our goals come true." Booker said another big key is just getting the word out about the center's treasure trove of exhibits, writings, artifacts and memorabilia that are available for viewing free of charge at the 1927 Dandridge Ave. facility. Booker said the center is an underused repository that showcases the rich history of local black residents. In fact, Booker said he's amazed at the number of people who are unaware of the story of the center's namesakes, James and Ethel Beck. The Becks were two of the most influential and glamorous members of Knoxville's black community from the 1920s to 1960s. They were pioneers in social, civic and church activities. "He (James Beck) was a 1906 graduate of Knox College who was the head of the English department at Austin High School and was the first black postal clerk in Tennessee," Booker said. "Ethel was a housewife who was a genius at developing real estate. She was worth probably $800,000 when she died in 1970." Much of the current Beck Center was the final home of the Becks, who left money to do something in their honor. The story of the Becks is currently showcased in one of the center's many striking displays and exhibits. Booker said the Becks were models of what was and is possible. "It's important for young people to see that," he said. It's a theme that resonates throughout the exhibits at the center. For the museum, Booker plans to implement rotating exhibits, which will change every three months through 2015. The "Music in the Air" exhibit will feature local black bands, orchestras and choirs. There will also be an exhibit featuring local athletes who have gone on to play professional football and basketball. Other displays will focus on black citizens who served locally in the service industry and social and civic clubs that date back to the 1920s and before. The Beck Center also has a repository of old movies, newspapers, photographs and period pieces. "We continue to do research to find out things we don't know," Booker said. "We continue to look for individuals that have slipped through the cracks." Booker said the mission is simply to preserve Knoxville's rich black history for future generations. "It's important for people to see these kind of living exhibits. Even though Knoxville has the smallest black population of major cities in Tennessee, they were able to succeed against the odds," he said. "We've been able to document that at Beck, and our goal is to make people aware of it."
The Pioneers beat Enid 43-27 and Sand Springs beat Owasso, 38-21, to keep their chances for the final spot in District 6A-1 alive.
High school notebook: Stillwater still has playoff chance
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 2, 2013Entering Friday, the chances of Stillwater making the playoffs looked almost nonexistent. Then the Pioneers beat Enid 43-27 and Sand Springs beat Owasso, 38-21, to keep their chances for the final spot in District 6A-1 alive. “We may be jumping the gun a little bit, but we need to worry about getting the win more than anything else,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We're definitely excited about it, but to be quite honest, we didn't think the way things have been going we didn't see that as our identity.” Stillwater (2-7, 2-4) will need some help, though, needing to gain 27 district points on Bartlesville, which plays Tulsa Washington on Friday. Stillwater needs to beat Owasso by at least 12 points, with Bartlesville then losing by 15, or the Pioneers need to win by 15 with Bartlesville losing by at least 12. Tulsa Union, Tulsa Washington and Sand Springs have all locked up the other three spots. ANADARKO'S JACKSON GETS WIN NO. 100 Anadarko coach Kent Jackson earned his 100th career victory Friday during the top-ranked Warriors' 56-7 rout of Weatherford, which also sealed the District 4A-1 championship. “It was special, but it's more special to do it in my hometown,” Jackson said. “It's an honor to do it at Anadarko. It's a credit to outstanding kids and coaches.” The Warriors (9-0, 6-0) got four touchdowns from running back RJ Sink, while quarterback Brandon Pollard accounted for three touchdowns — two passing and one rushing. Jackson has spent the past 10 seasons at Anadarko after spending five years at Maud and one year at Dibble. Anadarko has not lost a home game or regular-season game since 2009. LAWTON IKE'S MOANA PICKS HOUSTON Lawton Eisenhower offensive lineman Michael Moana became the 26th player from the state to verbally commit to a Division I football program — a number that will still grow considerably by February. Moana, 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, committed to Houston on Tuesday, then celebrated by helping the Eagles upset Putnam City North 47-7 Friday night. Moana is ranked No. 29 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit ranking list. Lawton Ike already has a presence at Houston, where former Eagle Adrian McDonald is a starter at defensive back. SEALEY WAITING FOR TEST RESULTS, COULD PLAY FRIDAY Lawton quarterback Dallas Sealey suffered a neck injury during Friday's 46-16 win against Mustang, sending him to the hospital. But he was back on the sideline wearing a brace by the end of the game, Lawton coach Randy Breeze said, and there is a possibility he could play Friday against Norman. “We'll keep him out of contact all week, but I think he'll be able to play Friday it looks like,” Breeze said. Sealey is supposed to get test results back on Monday. The third-ranked Wolverines clinched the District 6A-4 title Friday, but Sealey said he wants to play on Senior Night. COACHES PICK ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS The three state volleyball champions produced five All-State selections on the coaches' teams, which were announced this week by the Oklahoma Coaches Association. The Edmond Santa Fe duo of Kaleo Kanahele and Bailey Otto were selected to the Large West team, along with a couple of historic selections. Dani Chase of Yukon and Amy Serowski of Southmoore became the first All-State volleyball selections for their young programs. Three state champions will team up for the Small West, with Bradi Ryan and Lindsey Grace from Class 5A champion Heritage Hall, along with Jordan Hagood of 4A champ Mount St. Mary. The All-State matches will be held during All-State week July 27-Aug. 1, 2014, in the Tulsa area. All-State coaches will be named in December. Here are the OCA All-State volleyball rosters: Large West: Alissa Benson, Edmond North; Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North; Kaleo Kanahele, Edmond Santa Fe; Bailey Otto, Edmond Santa Fe; Chloe Cordell, Enid; McKayla Benner, Norman North; Amy Serowski, Southmoore; Dani Chase, Yukon. Large East: Leslie Atherton, Tulsa Kelley; Josie Gandall, Tulsa Kelley; Sarah Jones, Owasso; Carley Geer, Stillwater; Stefani Nell, Jenks; Kassidy Franks, Tulsa Washington; Tyeece Buchanan, Tulsa Union; Megan Thomas, Tulsa Union. Small West: Bradi Ryan, Heritage Hall; Lindsey Grace, Heritage Hall; Chloe Strickland, Christian Heritage; Sydney Downing, Oklahoma Bible; Jessie Heiden, Deer Creek; Olivia Bailey, Bethany; Jordan Hagood, Mount St. Mary; Madison Eyster, Weatherford; Brooklyn Sullins, Cache; Samantha Grubb, Elgin. Small East: Eilise Dixon, Cascia Hall; Anna Bowman, Lincoln Christian; Megan Doran, Victory Christian; Gillian Tinnin, Tahlequah; Rachel Pack, Coweta; Samantha Feemster, Catoosa; Kalynn Thorp, Verdigris; Brittany Hadlock, Rejoice Christian; Audrey Ballou, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Roxanne Brown, Metro Christian.
Oct 30, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Edmond North-Midwest City, Cushing-Seminole and McGuinness-Guthrie.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 30, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-29 (83.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,130-281 (80.1 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area LAWTON MAC 45, Capitol Hill 8 WESTMOORE 34, Tulsa Edison 7 Class 6A TULSA UNION JV 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 Class 5A TULSA EAST CENTRAL 31, Tahlequah 20 Class B REJOICE CHR. 58, South Coffeyville 12 Independent Cornerstone Chr. 56, COOKSON HILLS 32 Friday's Games City Area Ada 28, McLOUD 21 Alva 42, DIBBLE 30 Bethany 38, BRISTOW 20 HERITAGE HALL 56, Bethel 7 MARLOW 54, Bridge Creek 12 CASADY 31, John Marshall 28 Cashion 35, CARNEGIE 13 MEEKER 38, Central Sallisaw 14 PERKINS 28, Chandler 24 Chickasha 35, SOUTHEAST 7 Chr. Heritage 48, CROOKED OAK 42 Crossings Chr. 28, PIONEER 22 COMMUNITY CHR. 30, Dallas HSAA Davenport 44, STROTHER 14 Destiny Christian 54, LIFE CHR. 20 Douglass 27, HARRAH 17 DEL CITY 24, Duncan 20 Edmond North 13, MIDWEST CITY 10 EDMOND MEMORIAL 24, Ed. Santa Fe 20 Enid 28, STILLWATER 10 Geary 28, MACOMB 24 EL RENO 42, Guymon 14 Haskell 35, WELLSTON 20 Kingfisher 28, NEWCASTLE 21 LEXINGTON 30, Konawa 22 PUTNAM NORTH 28, Lawton Ike 12 JONES 35, Little Axe 7 MILLWOOD 45, Luther 20 GUTHRIE 34, McGuinness 14 Minco 46, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 LAWTON 45, Mustang 20 DURANT 28, Noble 27 Norman North 49, MOORE 20 OKLAHOMA CHR. 47, Northeast 18 DEER CREEK 42, Northwest 14 BERRYHILL 38, OKC Legion 17 FOX 56, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Piedmont 32, ELGIN 24 Plainview 48, PAULS VALLEY 12 Putnam City 28, MUSKOGEE 24 NORMAN 44, Putnam West 20 TECUMSEH 30, Santa Fe South 13 OKC PATRIOTS 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Shawnee 49, TULSA HALE 7 Southmoore 49, CHOCTAW 33 TUTTLE 40, St. Mary 13 CENTENNIAL 42, Star Spencer 38 PURCELL 28, Sulphur 7 HENNESSEY 35, Tonkawa 22 YUKON 49, U.S. Grant 8 CRESCENT 28, Watonga 24 WYNNEWOOD 21, Wayne 14 SW COVENANT 32, Webbers Falls 28 CARL ALBERT 56, Western Heights 8 Windsor Hills 34, COLDWATER, KAN. 30 Class 6A Bartlesville 44, PONCA CITY 13 Jenks 45, BIXBY 14 OWASSO 32, Sand Springs 28 BROKEN ARROW 56, Sapulpa 10 TULSA UNION 49, Tulsa Washington 20 Class 5A Ardmore 42, ALTUS 7 PRYOR 28, Collinsville 18 Coweta 38, CLAREMORE 28 McALESTER 44, Skiatook 13 Tulsa Central 35, GROVE 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, TULSA MEMORIAL 24 Class 4A POTEAU 42, Broken Bow 13 CLINTON 34, Cache 10 CATOOSA 28, Cleveland 14 WOODWARD 30, Elk City 13 Glenpool 28, MANNFORD 27 Oologah 28, MIAMI 24 Sallisaw 37, MULDROW 17 FORT GIBSON 32, Stilwell 17 CASCIA HALL 49, Tulsa Rogers 8 WAGONER 56, Tulsa Webster 6 TULSA McLAIN 30, Vinita 14 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 18 Class 3A MADILL 28, Atoka 7 Beggs 39, MORRIS 18 Checotah 34, EUFAULA 20 SEMINOLE 49, Cushing 42 Dewey 44, VERDIGRIS 6 Heavener 28, IDABEL 21 INOLA 30, Henryetta 22 Hilldale 35, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 17 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 OKMULGEE 32, Kellyville 10 LOCUST GROVE 34, Lincoln Christian 17 Lone Grove 28, DICKSON 22 SPIRO 30, Roland 19 METRO CHR. 34, Seq. Claremore 7 Sperry 14, BLACKWELL 6 Stigler 28, VALLIANT 7 Victory Christian 44, PRAGUE 8 ADAIR 36, Westville 6 Class 2A KINGSTON 28, Antlers 24 Caney Valley 18, CHELSEA 14 Chisholm 22, NEWKIRK 15 DAVIS 44, Coalgate 6 FREDERICK 28, Comanche 20 Commerce 36, COLCORD 21 VIAN 35, Hartshorne 14 HOBART 35, Hinton 24 Holdenville 28, MOUNDS 20 Kansas 38, HULBERT 6 WYANDOTTE 44, Ketchum 7 Lindsay 36, MANGUM 12 Nowata 44, CHOUTEAU 14 Okemah 35, STROUD 34 Panama 48, POCOLA 28 Pawhuska 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 Perry 31, PAWNEE 12 SALINA 34, Quapaw 6 MARIETTA 27, Tishomingo 20 HUGO 42, Wilburton 14 Class A Afton 38, WARNER 12 HOLLIS 34, Apache 8 KIEFER 42, Barnsdall 7 FAIRVIEW 32, Beaver 16 QUINTON 22, Canadian 6 DEPEW 28, Drumright 7 Elmore City 34, CADDO 7 VELMA-ALMA 28, Empire 27 SUMMIT CHR. 34, Fairland 12 MORRISON 42, Foyil 6 GORE 28, Haileyville 21 Healdton 24, RUSH SPRINGS 12 PORTER 24, Liberty 22 STRATFORD 32, Maysville 14 Mooreland 33, TURPIN 8 Oklahoma Bible 28, HOOKER 7 Ringling 49, BRAY-DOYLE 0 TALIHINA 29, Savanna 24 CORDELL 22, Sayre 16 OKEENE 28, Texhoma 21 Thomas 42, SNYDER 7 Wewoka 34, REGENT PREP 20 WALTERS 28, Wilson 26 HOMINY 28, Yale 24 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 12 Allen 52, PAOLI 6 Cave Springs 44, PORUM 32 MERRITT 48, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 56, STROTHER 8 Dewar 54, KEOTA 38 Laverne 60, SEILING 14 WAUKOMIS 48, Medford 22 Oaks 42, COPAN 20 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 Ringwood 48, GARBER 28 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Waurika 12 WOODLAND 42, Welch 14 Weleetka 54, BOWLEGS 6 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Boise City 28 WESLEYAN CHR. 46, Claremore Chr. 14 Corn Bible 38, DUKE 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 58, Goodwell 8 Maud 54, BOKOSHE 6 GRANDFIELD 48, Midway 8 Ryan 48, MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 44 Temple 54, GRACEMONT 8 Thackerville 58, SASAKWA 12 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 42 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 42, Waynoka 20
Oct 23, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B...
Picking Week 8's high school football games
By Scott Wright | Oct 23, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B KEOTA 48, Gans 6 DEWAR 52, Porum 8 RINGWOOD 66, Waukomis 28 Class C MIDWAY 48, Cookson Hills Chr. 34 Shattuck 52, GOODWELL 8 Friday's Games City Area Anadarko 35, PIEDMONT 28 KINGFISHER 54, Bethel 7 Bixby 28, PUTNAM CITY 25 Blanchard 42, ST. MARY 14 ARDMORE 56, Capitol Hill 8 Carl Albert 48, GUYMON 7 Casady 28, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 24 DAVENPORT 48, Cave Springs 28 MUSTANG 49, Choctaw 35 ELMORE CITY 38, Community Christian 24 Coyle 46, OAKS 6 Cashion 35, Crescent 32 Crooked Oak 48, DIBBLE 42 Del City 42, CHICKASHA 18 SHAWNEE 35, Durant 14 Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 21 El Reno 44, WESTERN HEIGHTS 13 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 28 ADA 28, Harrah 22 Hennessey 38, NEWKIRK 16 Heritage Hall 49, CENTENNIAL 38 CHANDLER 42, Kellyville 7 Lexington 28, TISHOMINGO 24 Life Christian 48, BOULEVARD CHR. 20 Luther 46, PERRY 18 ALLEN 40, Macomb 6 WASHINGTON 34, Mangum 16 Mannford 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Marlow 35, LITTLE AXE 18 DOUGLASS 38, McLoud 20 Minco 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 14 MEEKER 44, Mounds 6 Newcastle 31, JOHN MARSHALL 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 42, Norman 31 McGUINNESS 45, Northwest 12 OKC Legion 35, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 14 Oklahoma Christian 49, CHR. HERITAGE 30 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 48, Paoli 14 Pauls Valley 38, ATOKA 20 CUSHING 42, Perkins 21 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 17 BETHANY 35, Prague 14 Purcell 32, LONE GROVE 26 DUNCAN 42, Southeast 12 SAND SPRINGS 35, Stillwater 17 MAUD 44, SW Covenant 28 GLENPOOL 38, Tecumseh 10 NOBLE 40, Tulsa Hale 16 Tuttle 28, JONES 14 HOLDENVILLE 28, Wellston 21 Westmoore 35, SAPULPA 17 Wewoka 34, WAYNE 30 WINDSOR HILLS 54, Wright Chr. 12 Class 6A Broken Arrow 47, TULSA EDISON 14 JENKS 56, Muskogee 7 Owasso 28, ENID 27 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Ponca City 7 Tulsa Union 45, BARTLESVILLE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 42, Altus 10 Claremore 28, TULSA CENTRAL 13 COWETA 35, Grove 24 McAlester 40, TULSA KELLEY 28 Pryor 35, TAHLEQUAH 20 Tulsa East Central 34, COLLINSVILLE 31 Tulsa Memorial 28, SKIATOOK 17 Class 4A Catoosa 47, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 14 WEATHERFORD 35, Elgin 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Fort Gibson 21 Miami 31, VINITA 18 Poteau 38, MULDROW 7 Sallisaw 42, BROKEN BOW 12 Tulsa McLain 28, OOLOGAH 20 Tulsa Rogers 28, STILWELL 24 Wagoner 42, CLEVELAND 14 Woodward 35, CACHE 7 Class 3A BERRYHILL 45, Blackwell 8 SEMINOLE 49, Bristow 13 PLAINVIEW 42, Dickson 6 ROLAND 30, Eufaula 28 CHECOTAH 34, Idabel 12 HILLDALE 41, Keys (Park Hill) 7 Locust Grove 42, DEWEY 24 SULPHUR 20, Madill 13 Metro Christian 44, SPERRY 8 INOLA 34, Morris 18 Okmulgee 22, HENRYETTA 14 Seq. Tahlequah 34, JAY 28 Spiro 32, VALLIANT 6 Stigler 34, HEAVENER 8 SEQ. CLAREMORE 44, Verdigris 6 Victory Christian 34, BEGGS 20 LINCOLN CHR. 38, Westville 12 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 26 PAWHUSKA 35, Chelsea 14 Chouteau 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 Colcord 40, KETCHUM 16 Davis 48, KINGSTON 6 Frederick 24, HINTON 20 HARTSHORNE 34, Gore 6 Hobart 32, COMANCHE 24 Hugo 27, PANAMA 20 WYANDOTTE 38, Kansas 34 OKEMAH 28, Konawa 12 Marietta 34, COALGATE 14 ADAIR 42, Oklahoma Union 12 CHISHOLM 34, Pawnee 8 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 26 Quapaw 22, HULBERT 20 NOWATA 34, Regent Prep 16 COMMERCE 38, Salina 34 Stroud 28, HASKELL 12 Vian 48, WILBURTON 8 Class A SNYDER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 24 Caddo 30, MAYSVILLE 12 Central Sallisaw 36, CANADIAN 14 THOMAS 34, Cordell 14 YALE 30, Depew 28 RINGLING 35, Empire 14 TEXHOMA 34, Fairview 30 Foyil 28, LIBERTY 7 Hollis 42, SAYRE 6 SUMMIT CHR. 33, Hominy 14 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 24 Kiefer 56, DRUMRIGHT 6 Morrison 48, BARNSDALL 8 Okeene 50, BEAVER 6 CARNEGIE 22, Pioneer 14 AFTON 32, Porter 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Rush Springs 20 Savanna 42, QUINTON 12 Talihina 46, HAILEYVILLE 8 Tulsa NOAH 34, WATONGA 22 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 26, Turpin 12 HEALDTON 34, Walters 14 Warner 30, FAIRLAND 18 Wynnewood 40, STRATFORD 20 Class B WETUMKA 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton 48, MEDFORD 12 ALEX 60, Central Marlow 28 WATTS 44, Copan 16 Cyril 48, GEARY 12 Fox 56, WAURIKA 8 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 14 LAVERNE 52, Merritt 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 56, Seiling 6 WELEETKA 48, Strother 34 WELCH 38, Wesleyan Christian 34 Woodland 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Class C THACKERVILLE 64, Arkoma 38 Bluejacket 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 14 Buffalo 34, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Cherokee 54, TIMBERLAKE 8 DC-Lamont 52, Claremore Chr. 6 TEMPLE 56, Duke 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, CORN BIBLE 38 BOISE CITY 48, OKC Patriots 34 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 60, BALKO 38 Tipton 60, Ryan 12 Tyrone 44, WAYNOKA 16 Independent Holland Hall 28, DALLAS EPISCOPAL 27
Nault ran for 207 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries as the Yellowjackets buried Centennial, 69-18
High school football roundup: Landon Nault reaches milestones, leads Kingfisher to victory
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Oct 18, 2013Landon Nault reached a couple of milestones Thursday night while leading Class 3A's No. 2-ranked Kingfisher to a 69-18 rout of Centennial. The senior running back collected 207 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries as Kingfisher improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in District 3A-3. Nault surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season and 6,000 for his stellar high school career. Nault's 61-yard TD run in the third quarter was his last of game and 100th of his career. Nick Smith added two special teams touchdowns for the Yellowjackets, returning a punt 71 yards and a kickoff 81 yards. Centennial (4-3, 1-2) had three touchdown passes from Malcolm Mitchell, all going to Cornelius McKiver. The duo hooked up for a 38-yard TD in the first quarter that gave the Bison a brief 6-0 lead. Mitchell and McKiver later stung Kingfisher's defense for 89- and 53-yard touchdowns. BLUEJAYS TOP EL RENO Guthrie quarterback Reed Roberts threw for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and Class 5A's top-ranked team blitzed El Reno 52-0 at Jelsma Stadium. All of Roberts' TD passes came in the first half as the Bluejays charged to a 35-0 lead. Kai Callins added 30- and 23-yard TD runs in the first half. Guthrie (7-0 overall, 4-0 District 5A-2) collected 442 total yards. El Reno (2-5, 1-3) managed just 61. BROKEN ARROW ROUTS PUTNAM CITY Third-ranked Broken Arrow scored on the second play of the game and never looked back, rolling to a 52-21 District 6A-2 triumph over Putnam City. Austin Reed had two touchdowns in the first half for Broken Arrow (5-2 overall, 3-1 district). He caught a 47-yard TD pass from Coleman Key and then returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score. Putnam City fell to 2-5 and 0-4. JACOBS LEADS SHAWNEE TO ROUT Shawnee quarterback John Jacobs ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth to lead Class 5A's No. 10-ranked Shawnee to a 42-10 district win over No. 6 Tulsa Bishop Kelley at Angelo Prassa Field. Both teams are 5-2 overall and 3-1 in District 5A-3. Jacobs finished with 89 yards on 13 carries. He passed for 250 more, completing 13 of 18 passes. ANTLERS CRUSH WESTERN HEIGHTS No. 5-ranked Deer Creek had an all-around effort, cruising to a 51-7 District 5A-2 victory over winless Western Heights in Edmond. Deer Creek (5-2 overall, 3-1 district) rolled up 351 yards of offense. Running back Alec James accounted for three touchdowns, and quarterback Caden Sander threw for a TD and ran for another. Cole Verble had a special teams touchdown, blocking a punt in the end zone. And the defense had long interception returns for touchdowns from Blake Landon and Jackson Smith. ROBERTSON THROWS FOR 4 TDS Keith Robertson threw four touchdown passes — three to Tyler Brewer — as Little Axe hammered winless Bridge Creek, 56-6. Robertson finished 13 of 20 for 345 yards. He connected with Brewer for 28-, 80- and 6-yard touchdowns. Robertson found Jacob Sheppard from 28 yards as the Indians (3-4 overall, 1-2 District 3A-1) owned a 35-0 lead at halftime. Brewer finished the game with five catches for 187 yards. PURCELL STUNS DICKSON Dominique Gavia ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Purcell upended previously unbeaten Dickson 41-6 in a District 3A-4 matchup. Drew Rolin added two TD passes for Purcell (5-2 overall, 3-1 district). Dickson (6-1, 3-1), which was off to its best start in school history, avoided the shutout when Chris Bamburg scored from a yard with 25 seconds left in the game. VIKINGS CRACK WIN COLUMN Northeast won its first game of the season, crushing SeeWorth Academy 59-0 at Moses F. Miller Stadium. Darrius Gray passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Marquese Walker rushed for 91 yards and three TDs. The Vikings (1-6) tagged SeeWorth (1-6) for 348 total yards. OVERTON DOMINATES FOR MINCO Jacob Overton ran for 142 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, leading Class A's No. 6-ranked Minco to a 61-0 district rout of Carnegie. Overton had 56-, 16- and 30-yard touchdown runs. He added a 21-yard touchdown catch from sophomore quarterback Hunter Jones, helping the Bulldogs (6-1 overall, 4-0 District A-3) charge to a 42-0 lead by halftime. Carnegie (1-6, 1-2) managed just 62 total yards and three first downs. ST. MARY ROLLS TO VICTORY Matt Peace scored a touchdown on offense and defense for Mount St. Mary, which thumped the OKC Patriots 48-8 in a nondistrict game. Peace gave the Rockets (3-4) an early lead with a 3-yard touchdown run. Later in the first quarter, he returned an interception 20 yards for a TD. St. Mary's defense forced six turnovers. Malcom David had three of the Rockets' four interceptions. PERKINS WHIPS BRISTOW Matt Waitt and Tyler Taff had two touchdown runs apiece, and Perkins beat Bristow 48-21 in a District 3A-2 contest. The game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter, and then Shelby Reese gave Perkins (4-3 overall, 2-2 district) the lead for good with a 35-yard interception return for a TD. Bristow fell to 2-5 and 1-2. SOPHOMORE LEADS HENNESSEY Sophomore running back Tabor Johns collected 116 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries — all in the first half — as Class 2A's No. 4-ranked Hennessey trounced struggling Pawnee, 48-0. Tony Mendoza added a 1-yard touchdown run and 11- and 10-yard TD passes to Brady Fipps to help the Eagles roll to a 34-0 halftime lead. Hennessey is 6-1 overall and 3-0 in District 2A-1. CRONISTER POWERS CRESCENT Michael Cronister had 218 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to help Crescent rip Pioneer 52-6 in a District A-3 game. Cronister had 4-, 1- and 1-yard touchdown runs for the Tigers (5-2 overall, 3-1 district). He also caught a 26-yard TD pass from Damion Bledsoe; the Crescent quarterback added 30- and 1-yard touchdown runs. ELSEWHERE Class 5A's No. 7-ranked Ardmore Tigers coasted to a 24-3 district win over Chickasha. Kydric Knox had two touchdown runs for Ardmore (6-1 overall, 4-0 District 5A-1). ... R.J. Sink scored from 3 yards in the fourth quarter, and No. 1-ranked Anadarko remained unbeaten with an 18-15 District 4A-1 victory over No. 8 Woodward. ... Ryan Rackley had two touchdown runs for Sulphur, which slipped past winless Pauls Valley, 19-14. ... Kyle Hokett threw five touchdown passes as Lexington buried Coalgate, 50-16. ... Luke Frankfurt had three touchdown runs for Class 2A's No. 5-ranked Oklahoma Christian School, which whipped Dibble 60-18 in a District 2A-2 contest in Edmond. ... Okeene improved to 6-1 overall as it trimmed Oklahoma Bible, 14-6. Whippets quarterback Scott Dobrinski had two touchdowns. HOW THEY FARED How The Oklahoman's No. 1-ranked high school football teams fared during Week 7 of the regular season: CLASS 6A No. 1 Jenks (6-0) plays at No. 5 Westmoore on Friday night. Next: Oct. 25 vs. Muskogee CLASS 5A No. 1 Guthrie (7-0) defeated El Reno, 52-0. Next: Oct. 25 at No. 5 Deer Creek CLASS 4A No. 1 Anadarko (7-0) defeated No. 8 Woodward, 18-15. Next: Oct. 25 at Piedmont CLASS 3A No. 1 Blanchard (7-0) defeated Jones, 21-7. Next: Oct. 25 at Mount St. Mary CLASS 2A No. 1 Millwood (7-0) defeated Crooked Oak, 60-33. Next: Thursday at Northeast CLASS A No. 1 Ringling (5-1) defeated Rush Springs, 41-7. Next: Oct. 25 vs. Empire CLASS B No. 1 Laverne (7-0) defeated Garber, 60-6. Next: Oct. 25 vs. No. 9 Merritt CLASS C No. 1 Tipton (7-0) defeated Bray-Doyle, 64-14. Next: Oct. 25 at Ryan FROM STAFF REPORTS