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A junior wide receiver at Rhodes College, Nick Parinella has targeted a 2015 stat line of 40 receptions for 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He also wants his football team to show improvement, which might be a tall order since the NCAA Division III Lynx finished 8-2 last season but face a nine-game schedule this season after Austin College dropped off the slate.It’s tough, though, to imagine a...
Parinella returns to football after fighting off cancer
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Aug 4, 2015A junior wide receiver at Rhodes College, Nick Parinella has targeted a 2015 stat line of 40 receptions for 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He also wants his football team to show improvement, which might be a tall order since the NCAA Division III Lynx finished 8-2 last season but face a nine-game schedule this season after Austin College dropped off the slate. It’s tough, though, to imagine a challenge too daunting for Parinella, who graduated from McNeil High in 2013 and led Rhodes with 32 receptions last fall. When asked to describe himself with just one word, Parinella went with “fighter.” The choice had little to do with football, though. At the age of 20, Parinella is a cancer survivor. “No matter what is put in my way or how big of a challenge, I will fight until I succeed,” Parinella said. “I will fight through adversity. I will fight through the tough times. I will strive to get where I need to be or where I want to be.” A two-sport standout at McNeil, Parinella began to notice swelling and discoloration in his left arm after upper-body workouts during the spring of his senior year. More concerns arose when the swelling happened again after he ran as part of McNeil’s 1,600-meter relay team at the Class 5A, Region II track and field meet. Parinella told his mother about the swelling, and a doctor’s visit was set up. For his part, Parinella didn’t worry much about the swelling. Maybe it was a pinched nerve. At worst, he had a blood clot. On the eve of the state track and field meet — one day after he saw a doctor — Parinella was greeted in the kitchen by his parents, Mark and Mary Helen. The diagnosis was life-changing: Parinella had an orange-sized mass in his chest. Doctors said it was Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that originates in the white blood cells of the body’s immune system. More than 9,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2015, according to estimates compiled by the American Cancer Society. “At that point, I don’t think he had any thought on what cancer meant or what he was about to undertake,” Mark said. “My wife and I were in a state of shock.” Parinella still wanted to race at the state track meet, but his doctor advised against it. Parinella warmed up with his teammates, but he could only watch as the Mavericks placed ninth in the first appearance at state by a McNeil relay team since 2006. “I know it broke his heart not to be able to run,” McNeil track and field coach Glenn Roberts said. Parinella began to battle the Hodgkin’s lymphoma after the state track meet. Six months of chemotherapy in Austin was followed by four weeks of radiation treatments in Houston. Parinella lost his hair and almost 20 pounds from his lanky 165-pound frame, but the treatments worked. He was declared cancer-free in November 2013 before beginning his radiation treatments. “He tried his best to not portray that he was sick or get sympathy from anyone,” Mark Parinella said. “We really got our strength from him and how he handled it.” Parinella wasn’t alone in his battle. Friends wore T-shirts displaying a “nickstrong” hashtag, and the McNeil football team’s booster club held a fundraiser and also gave him a quilt that had been autographed by his teammates. McNeil’s principal cited Parinella’s strength during the high school’s graduation ceremony. At Rhodes, a liberal arts college of about 2,000 students in Memphis, Tenn., a roster spot was kept open for Parinella, and he was given the game ball after he attended Rhodes’ victory over the University of Chicago on Oct. 5, 2013. Parinella knew a return to football was possible — just last week, safety Eric Berry reported to the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp after fighting off Hodgkin’s lymphoma — and he joined the Lynx in January 2014 after being cleared by doctors. Parinella had been able to exercise while receiving treatments, but he quickly discovered that he couldn’t match the numbers his new teammates posted in the Rhodes weight room. Once-routine runs left him winded, too. Still, he was eager to return to the sport. “There is nothing better than being thrown into the fire to find your best way out,” Parinella said. “It’s a sink-or-swim kind of thing, and I just had the confidence that it would all work out. “I’d rather just go ahead and have those rough days than sit back and take my time.” Parinella had returned to his playing weight by last fall, and nearly 16 months after his diagnosis, he made his collegiate debut in Sherman against Austin College on Sept. 6. His two-catch debut was overshadowed, though, by the tragic news he learned in a pregame phone call. Ryan Murphy, Parinella’s best friend and his high school teammate in football and the 1,600 relay, had been killed — along with Ryan’s sister, Kylie — in a car accident the previous night. The siblings were traveling home from Texas Tech at the time of the deadly crash in Burnet County, which occurred on Ryan’s 20th birthday. “That was actually so much harder than the cancer thing,” said Parinella, who keeps reminders of his darkest hours — Murphy’s death and his cancer struggle — on his cellphone. His screen saver features a photo of Parinella and Murphy celebrating a victory over Cedar Ridge in their final high school football game. The lime green ribbon associated with the fight against lymphoma appears on his phone’s background. Parinella said his friend still lives in him, but the past two years have taught him to “take what you can and make the best of it.” He’ll carry that attitude onto the football field this fall. Last season, Parinella’s 32 catches resulted in 412 yards and four touchdowns, and he also earned a spot on the Southern Athletic Association’s academic honor roll. Parinella will head to Memphis soon, carrying new aspirations. The self-described fighter is moving on to the next round. “It just seems like so much has happened in such a small time. That’s such a small time in my life, but such a big part of my life,” he said. “All I can say is that I’m happy to be where I’m at now.” ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002832,t000002828,t000002827,t000412858,t000003183,t000003199,g000222672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
Aug 2, 2015
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Calvin Pace can't stand training camp.At all.Absolutely despises it.So, the fact the New York Jets are practicing this summer at their home facility instead of traveling up to SUNY Cortland in Central New York — as they did five of six years under Rex Ryan — makes the veteran linebacker happy.Well, sort of."It's good to see civilization," Pace joked after practice...
For Jets' Pace, monotony of camp really grinds his gears
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press | Aug 2, 2015FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Calvin Pace can't stand training camp. At all. Absolutely despises it. So, the fact the New York Jets are practicing this summer at their home facility instead of traveling up to SUNY Cortland in Central New York — as they did five of six years under Rex Ryan — makes the veteran linebacker happy. Well, sort of. "It's good to see civilization," Pace joked after practice Sunday. "It's a little warmer, but it's cool." The temperatures were mostly in the low-90s and steamy during the first four days of training camp, with first-year coach Todd Bowles purposely scheduling midday practices — at the height of the heat — for his team. "I'm from the South and it's not that hot, but it's a little warm," said Pace, who grew up in the area of Lithia Springs, Georgia, and played his college ball at Wake Forest. "We get a little cloud cover out here, too, so that's helping us." Under Ryan, the Jets typically practiced in the mid- to late-morning, when the temperatures might still be hovering in the upper-70s at times. "It's hot and it's not Cortland," Bowles said at the start of camp. "Guys need to get in shape. Some guys ran indoors all summer. We need to get in heat shape. If we practice in 70 degrees then go play a preseason game in 90-degree weather, then we're in trouble." Pace has noticed some other differences from last summer, with a new coaching staff in place. "Let's just say it's a little more strenuous — in a good way," Pace said. "We have to get to know him, he has to get to know us. We're trying to put some different systems in. So, there's a little bit more asked of us and that's fine. We have some new faces out here, too. We're getting in good work. Our offense is getting better, making us better, and I think it's vice versa. "It's different, but in a good way." The 34-year-old Pace, entering his 13th NFL season, totally gets it. He wouldn't have lasted this long, registering 57 sacks, 19 forced fumbles, three interceptions and 28 passes defensed without preparing the right way each summer. But, he has made no bones about his hatred for camp. Just bring up the topic and the ol' grouch in him comes out, saying what most players probably think about the dog days of summer. The man is passionate about playing football, for sure — but it's all the stuff that leads to the regular season that he can do without. "I haven't liked camp since high school," Pace said. "I'm serious, man. I love the game. I love my teammates. I just don't need to see them all day, every day. I don't. I don't need somebody checking my room. Where else am I going to be? I'm tired. I've been up all day. "Some guys like it. That's just the only part of the game I can do without." The room checks, hot practices, the daily grind. It all makes Pace an unhappy camper. "It's like living the same day for a month," he said. "The same day, over and over again. But it's part of it. I wish I played basketball where I could go overseas and have camp. But, it's obviously not that." The Jets previously stayed in dormitories at Cortland, but they all — coaches and players — stay in a hotel for the duration of camp. It gives the team a sense of bonding without being too far from home. "Anything is better than the dorm," Pace said, smiling. "It's way better." Pace could be competing for a roster spot this summer, and someday his playing days will be over. Maybe then his mind will drift back to these long, hot, practice-filled afternoons. "Nah," Pace deadpanned. "That's the one part I'll look back and probably say, 'How could I do that?'" NOTES: Pace was supportive of DL Sheldon Richardson, who was suspended by the NFL on July 2 for the first four games of the season for failing a drug test and is facing charges for resisting arrest 12 days later in Missouri. Pace insisted his trust in Richardson hasn't wavered. "For me, no, because Sheldon is a good person, he really is," he said. "I know he cares. I know he cares about us. I know he cares about this team. Again, he just made a bonehead mistake. I've done it, a lot of people have done it. I'm not here to judge him." ... When asked what type of discipline he thinks the NFL will dole out to Richardson, Pace took a subtle shot at Commissioner Roger Goodell. "With this guy we have as commissioner, you never really know," he said. "I hope for the best, but you just never know. I guess it probably would be a little different if (Richardson) hadn't gotten suspended before — right before that — but you just never know." ... The Jets signed WR Jarrod West, an undrafted rookie out of Syracuse. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Aug 2, 2015
Oklahoma State landed the third offensive line pledge of its 2016 class on Sunday when Ryan McCollum — a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. McCollum announced his decision with a short video on Twitter. "I want to thank all the schools and coaches for believing (in) me to play college football," McCollum...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add verbal commitment from 2016 offensive tackle Ryan McCollum
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 2, 2015Oklahoma State landed the third offensive line pledge of its 2016 class on Sunday when Ryan McCollum — a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys. McCollum announced his decision with a short video on Twitter. "I want to thank all the schools and coaches for believing (in) me to play college football," McCollum said. "But most importantly, I want to thank God and my parents. I wouldn't be half the person I am today without them. But I'll be taking my talents to Stillwater." McCollum is a two-star rated prospect according to Rivals and Scout, but was given three stars by 24/7 Sports. His final three schools were reportedly OSU, Houston and Louisiana Lafayette. McCollum received the Cowboys' scholarship offer Tuesday. "When Oklahoma State came in that was a school that I really liked and really had always liked," McCollum told GoPokes.com. "I also got my dates mixed up in that I thought tomorrow was August 10th and I was going to commit before then when practice started. I was ready so I went ahead and committed." McCollum is currently the 12th member of OSU's 2016 signing class, joining offensive linemen Teven Jenkins (Topeka, Kan.) and Dylan Galloway (Coppell, Texas). The full 2016 class (as of Aug. 2): RB Justice Hill — Tulsa Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas) OT Ryan McCollum — Klein Oak HS (Texas)
Aug 2, 2015
The biggest question surrounding Edmond Memorial this season is how the Bulldogs will replace the production and star power of former running back Warren Wand. Wand is now at Arkansas State after rushing for more than 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. He was the focus of Memorial’s offense. Now, Bulldogs coach Justin Merideth said people will be surprised with his replacement. “No...
District 6A-I-1 preview: Edmond Memorial working to replace Wand
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 2, 2015The biggest question surrounding Edmond Memorial this season is how the Bulldogs will replace the production and star power of former running back Warren Wand. Wand is now at Arkansas State after rushing for more than 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. He was the focus of Memorial’s offense. Now, Bulldogs coach Justin Merideth said people will be surprised with his replacement. “No one player can replace him,” Merideth said. “Our whole team has got to step up and do a good job. We lost a bunch of great players last year, but with that being said, Tate Troxell has had a great summer and I think he’s going to surprise some people with the type of football player that he is.” Troxell played H-back last season, which led to just 10 carries. But at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Merideth feels Troxell can handle the bulk of the carries as Memorial looks to make the playoffs for a third straight season. JENKS REMAINS HEAVY FAVORITE The unanimous favorite for the distirct title according to the coaches, Jenks is aiming for its fourth straight state championship and second in Class 6A Division I. Another title would be the Trojans' 13th since 1996. They return talented players such as The Oklahoman’s Super 30 members Dillon Stoner and Austin Quillen. Stoner is verbally committed to Oklahoma State, while Quillen is committed to Vanderbilt. SANTA FE’S O-LINE COMING TOGETHER Edmond Santa Fe had one of the top rushers in Class 6A last season with Darran Williams, who is No. 30 on the Super 30. And that success started up front with a talented offensive line. With two new starters this season — Josh Richardson and Zach Clouse — the Wolves feel like they can continue improving and compete even more with big lines such as Jenks and Broken Arrow. “Every time we’ve played them, it’s been up front on the offensive and defensive line,” first-year Santa Fe coach Kyle White said. “I think when you play those guys it’s a physical, physical game. It affects you not only that week, but the next week too. I definitely feel we have the depth and the strength.” Santa Fe returns Dustin Anthony at right tackle, Jacob Goss at right guard and Justin Richardson at left guard. Williams rushed for 1,913 yards and 22 touchdowns, accounting for around 90 percent of the Wolves’ offense. WESTMOORE RETOOLING Second-year Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor has been pleased with the progress of his team during the offseason. The Jaguars are looking to replace their secondary, quarterback, receivers and more from a talented team that went 7-4 last season. Gaylor said one move he is making is adding the safety position to DeShawn Lookout’s duties. Lookout, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma for baseball, played only receiver last year and missed part of the season with an elbow injury. YUKON NOT FEELING TRANSITION EFFECTS WITH COACHING CHANGE Brian Sauser is Yukon’s third head coach in as many seasons, but the impact of the transition has been minimal for the Millers this offseason. Sauser was the offensive coordinator under Bill Young last year, so there’s nothing new on offense. Jamie Thompson and Bruce Phillips are co-defensive coordinators, both of whom were on staff with Young and will continue to run his basic schemes with a little of their own flavor. “It’s not a totally different system, so the transition hasn’t been bad,” senior cornerback/receiver Zach Johnson said. “Whenever you work as hard as we do, you have high expectations coming into the season, so excitement’s really high around here.” Yukon tied for the fourth playoff spot last season but was left out of the postseason because of the district points tiebreaker. PUTNAM CITY'S PEARSON READY FOR CHALLENGE Preston Pearson spent the last 15 seasons at the state’s two largest schools, Broken Arrow and Tulsa Union. As Putnam City’s new coach, he knows he’s taking over a program at a school less than half the size of those two Tulsa-area powers, but he’s excited about the challenge that awaits. “This has been a very good football program that has fallen on some hard times of late,” said Pearson, who coordinated Union’s offense the last four years. “I knew that it was a program that wanted to win and has the capability to win. I knew it would be a challenge, but those factors really aided in my decision. “The people around here want to compete, and I wanted to be somewhere where I knew it was important.” NORMAN TURNING TO SOPHOMORE QB With a trio of quarterbacks getting an opportunity last season, Norman is turning to sophomore Ryan Peoples, who was one of the three to play during last year’s 2-8 campaign. “Obviously, he played some last year, which is going to help, but he’s going to find out when he’s the guy making the signal calls and plays it takes a little bit more,” Norman coach Greg Nation said. “As far as how his development’s gone, it’s gone really well.” Nation classified Peoples as an “athlete.” One play last season in which he kept the ball on an option and broke loose for nearly 40 yards before stepping out of bounds was enough proof to anoint him the quarterback of the future. “It’s a ninth-grade kid in a varsity game and he had field presence enough to read the end and then got up field to get his gain and got out of bounds,” Nation said. “It was really smart.” BROKEN ARROW’S SHAW PRIMED FOR BIG YEAR Last season was a breakout year for Broken Arrow running back Jamall Shaw with 1,426 yards and 16 touchdowns. With an additional 15 pounds added in the offseason, he could be in for an even bigger year. “I know he is,” Broken Arrow coach David Alexander said. “Just from his approach to the weight room, his approach to running, everything he’s done this summer has been with a purpose.” Shaw now weighs 195 pounds, up from 180. He’ll have a talented offensive line led by Rowdy Frederick leading the way, though Alexander believes Shaw has the physicality to punish defenders. “He’s obviously been a really, really good running back, but he’s a grown man now,” Alexander said. “With that extra 15 pounds behind him, if you tackle him more than a couple times it’s going to hurt.”
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — In a story July 24 about the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John Smoltz is the first player elected to the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher elected to the Hall who had the operation.A corrected version of the story is below:Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter HallA...
Correction: Hall of Fame Inductions story
Associated Press | Jul 27, 2015COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — In a story July 24 about the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John Smoltz is the first player elected to the Hall of Fame who had undergone Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher elected to the Hall who had the operation. A corrected version of the story is below: Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio ready to enter Hall A baseball foursome for the ages: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Three dominated on the mound, the other excelled at three positions up the middle. Together, pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and multi-talented Craig Biggio left a remarkable imprint on baseball. Playing through an era tainted by steroids and dominated by offense — compliments of bulked-up sluggers, a smaller strike zone and smaller ballparks — the trio of pitchers combined for 735 wins, 11,113 strikeouts and nine Cy Young Awards. And the indefatigable Biggio became the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs while being asked to play four positions in his 20-year career. All four, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January, will be inducted Sunday in Cooperstown. "I don't condone anybody doing anything bad as far as cheating the game," said Martinez, who joins former Giants right-hander Juan Marichal (1983) as the only natives of the Dominican Republic elected to the hall. "How did I feel pitching in the juice era? I wouldn't want it any other way. For me, there's no crying. I mean, as far as the way I did compete, I know I did it right. I did it the right way." Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were elected by big margins their first time on the ballot and represent the first trio of pitchers voted in together. Biggio made it on his third try. ___ The 6-foot-10 Johnson was an intimidating figure standing atop a pitching mound. During a 22-year career, spent mostly with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, the dominant left-hander with the imposing fastball won 303 games and five Cy Young Awards, including four in a row from 1999 to 2002 with the Diamondbacks. A 10-time All-Star, the native of Walnut Creek, California led his league in strikeouts nine times and had a career total of 4,875, second all-time only to Nolan Ryan. In 2001, Johnson was 3-0 in the World Series to help Arizona, in only its fourth year of existence, to the title. Small wonder he received 97.3 percent of the BBWAA vote, eighth-best all-time. Still, it took time before everything clicked for the man known as the Big Unit. "The 10 years that I spent in Seattle was really like my apprenticeship, if you will, on understanding how to pitch and then somewhat evolving into the pitcher that I was going to become," said Johnson. "I was really coming into my own as a successful pitcher and being able to harness my fastball, and understanding what it took to pitch at this level. "I didn't know I was going to be half as good as I turned out to be," added Johnson, who had three back surgeries, four knee surgeries and pitched his final season in 2009 with a torn rotator cuff. ___ Born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Martinez grew up with five brothers and sisters in a one-room home. Baseball became his escape. He signed with the Dodgers in 1988 and made his major league debut in September 1992 at age 20. The next season he was a regular in the bullpen, posting a 10-5 record in 65 games while striking out 119 in 107 innings, then was traded to Montreal after the season. After a four-year stint with the Expos that culminated with his first Cy Young Award — he was 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA in 1997 — and with free agency looming, Montreal traded its ace to Boston and he wasn't exactly happy. "I wanted a team that would give me an opportunity to win, and Boston wasn't a team that looked anywhere near that they were going to win it, so I didn't think I was going to sign," Martinez said. Boston general manager Dan Duquette had other ideas. He had acquired Martinez from the Dodgers while serving in the same capacity with the Expos and convinced the rising Dominican star to sign with the Red Sox. The first Red Sox pitcher to be enshrined, Martinez signed for seven seasons that would endear him forever to the Boston faithful. He won 117 games and two Cy Youngs in hitter-friendly Fenway Park and, most importantly, helped Boston snap an 86-year jinx in his final year with the team. His seven shutout innings in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series on the road in St. Louis staked the Sox to a commanding 3-0 series lead en route to a sweep and the team's first title since 1918. Martinez finished his 18-year career with a 219-100 record and 3,154 strikeouts. ___ Smoltz is the first pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame with Tommy John arm surgery on his resume. He won 213 games and saved 154, the only pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves and the last of only 16 to reach 3,000 strikeouts, registering 3,084. He also was 15-4 in the postseason during a 21-year career spent almost entirely with the Atlanta Braves after being drafted and then traded by his hometown Detroit Tigers. Through five surgeries, the hard-throwing right-hander persevered — from starter to reliever to starter again — as the Braves and their amazing pitching staff, which also included Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles. "I had to just really reinvent myself many, many times, and find ways to overcome," said Smoltz, who did not play in 2000 after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction on his right arm. ___ A native of Kings Park on New York's Long Island, Biggio was a football star in high school poised to make his mark as a running back in college when he decided to accept a partial baseball scholarship at Seton Hall. In three collegiate seasons, he batted .342, hit 27 homers, drove in 148 runs, stole 90 bases and led the Pirates to their first Big East title. A first-round pick by the Astros in 1987, Biggio played just 141 minor league games over parts of two seasons before getting called up. He took over as Houston's regular catcher in 1989. Two years later, he made his first All-Star team, then was asked to make the improbable transition to play second base in 1992 in an effort to lengthen his career. He appeared in all 162 games and made his second All-Star team. Biggio, the first Astro elected to the Hall of Fame, said making the switch was by far the hardest thing he ever had to do in his career. "We zipped up the catcher's gear and didn't look back," Biggio said. "I believed in myself and we made it work. I mean, it was never ever done in the history of the game, and that was kind of fun to kind of prove them (the critics) wrong a little bit."
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:___CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting...
A look at players to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: ___ CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting .281 with 1,844 runs scored (15th all-time), 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases. ... was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time. .. won five Silver Slugger Awards (one at catcher and four at second base) and four Gold Glove Awards at second base (1994-97). ... led NL in runs with 123 in 1995 and 146 in 1997 and topped the league in doubles three times with a high of 56 in 1999. ... starred at Kings Park High School on Long Island in football. ... accepted partial baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University and in 1987 was taken in first round of the draft with the 22nd overall pick by the Astros. ... after batting .344 in 141 minor league games over parts of two seasons was called up in June 1988. ... took over as Houston's regular catcher in 1989 and had 13 homers and 60 RBIs to win the NL's Silver Slugger Award for catchers. ... in 1991 batted .295 and made the first of seven All-Star appearances. ... in 1992 became Houston's second baseman and appeared in all 162 games. ... from 1993-99 averaged 17 homers, 33 steals and 116 runs scored as Houston's leadoff hitter. ... finished career with 668 doubles, fifth all-time. ... in 2003 moved to center field for two years before moving back to second base for the final three years of his career. ... joined 3,000-hit club in 2007, his last year in the majors, and finished career with 3,060 hits. ___ RANDALL DAVID JOHNSON: Born Sept. 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California. ... nicknamed the Big Unit, the 6-foot-10 left-hander was an elite athlete who excelled in both baseball and basketball. ... played 22 seasons in major leagues and led his league in strikeouts nine times, earning four ERA titles and recording 100 complete games and 37 shutouts. ... his 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 all-time behind Nolan Ryan's 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings rank first all-time. ... owns six of the 33 300-strikeout seasons in the modern-era history of the game and five of the top 11 single-season strikeout seasons. ... named to 10 All-Star Games ... his 303 victories rank fifth all-time among lefthanders, behind only Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Eddie Plank and Tom Glavine. ... turned down the Atlanta Braves after they drafted him in the fourth round in 1982, opting for a combination baseball/basketball scholarship at the University of Southern California. ... began concentrating solely on baseball following his sophomore year and was drafted by the Montreal Expos on the second round in 1985. ... made the Expos roster in 1988, becoming the tallest player in big-league history. ... midway through the 1989 season, Montreal traded Johnson to the Seattle Mariners. ... hurled a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 1990. ... led AL in walks three times. ... on Sept. 27, 1992, threw 160 pitches in eight innings, striking out 18 Rangers in a 3-2 loss. ... in 1993 went 19-8, led the AL with 308 strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting. ... posted a 13-6 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season and led AL in strikeouts with 204. ... went 18-2 in 1995, struck out 294 and led AL with a 2.48 earned-run average, winning his first Cy Young Award. ... missed most of the 1996 season after undergoing back surgery. ... rebounded in 1997 to go 20-4 with 291 strikeouts. ... was traded midway through 1998 season to Houston and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 11 starts, leading the Astros to a playoff berth. ... signed a four-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks prior to 1999 season ... from 1999-2002 captured four straight NL Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles and struck out at least 334 batters each season. ... in 2001 went 21-6 in the regular season and 3-0 in the World Series, sharing Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling and leading Arizona to a seven-game series win over the Yankees. ... at age 40 struck out 13 batters in pitching a perfect game at Atlanta's Turner Field on May 18, 2004, breaking a record set a century earlier by Cy Young, who pitched a perfect game at age 37 on May 5, 1904. ... traded to Yankees after 2004 season and won 34 games in two seasons in New York. ... returned to Arizona for two more seasons and finished his career in 2009 with the Giants, where he won his 300th game. ___ PEDRO JAIME MARTINEZ: Born Oct. 25, 1971, in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. ... grew up with five brothers and sisters in a one-room home on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. ... eight-time All-Star who finished career with a 219-100 record in 18 years for a winning percentage of .687. ... the 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-hander won five ERA titles en route to a career mark of 2.93. ... his 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.15-to-1 ranks third all-time, and his average of 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings also is third all-time, behind only Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood. ... signed with the Dodgers in 1988 and made major league debut Sept. 24, 1992 at age 20. ... in 1993 got regular work in the Dodgers' bullpen, posting a 10-5 record in 65 games while striking out 119 batters in 107 innings. ... traded to the Expos in November 1993 for second baseman Delino Deshields. ... on June 3, 1995, retired the first 27 Padres batters he faced before allowing a hit in the bottom of the 10th. ... named to his first All-Star Game in 1996. ... went 17-8 in 1997 with a National League-best 1.90 ERA and 13 complete games, striking out 305 batters en route to his first Cy Young Award. ... in November 1997 was traded to Boston Red Sox and signed a seven-year contract. ... went 19-7 in 1998 and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote. ... in 1999 went 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, including a then-record 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings, becoming just the eighth pitcher to post two 300-strikeout seasons, and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. ... in 2000 went 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA and 284 strikeouts to win his third Cy Young Award, allowing just 128 hits in 217 innings en route to a WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) of 0.737, by far the best single-season mark in big league history. ... battled shoulder problems in 2001 and went 7-3. ... rebounded in 2002 with a 20-4 record, again leading the AL in ERA (2.26) and strikeouts (239) and finishing second in Cy Young Award voting. ... in 2003 led AL in WHIP, ERA and winning percentage en route to a 14-4 record. ... in 2004 posted a 3.90 ERA while going 16-9 and helped the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, pitching seven shutout innings in Game 3 on the road in St. Louis to give the Sox a commanding 3-0 series lead. ... signed a free-agent contract with the Mets following the World Series and went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 2005. ... in 2006 battled a nagging toe injury and finished 9-8, helping the Mets reach the National League Championship Series. ... after two more injury-filled seasons, sat out first part of 2009 before signing with the Phillies and going 5-1 in nine regular-season starts to become the 10th pitcher to win at least 100 games in both leagues. ... explored pitching again in 2010 and 2011 but never returned to the majors and announced his retirement on Dec. 4, 2011. ___ JOHN ANDREW SMOLTZ: Born May 15, 1967 in Detroit. ... finished 21-year big league career with a 213-155 record, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. ... winner of 14 or more games 10 times and twice led NL in wins (1996 and 2006), innings pitched (1996 and 1997) and strikeouts (1992 and 1996). ... eight-time All-Star and winner of the 1997 NL Silver Slugger Award. ... honored with Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and Roberto Clemente Award in 2005 and the 2007 Branch Rickey Award. ... starred in baseball and basketball at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan. ... the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander signed with hometown Tigers after being selected on 22nd round of 1985 amateur draft. ... acquired by Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander on Aug. 12, 1987. ... from 1989-93 averaged 14 wins, 34 starts and 182 strikeouts with a 3.42 ERA. ... only Braves player to be part of the franchise's run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. ... appeared in 41 postseason games, compiling a 15-4 record, a 2.67 ERA and a record 199 strikeouts. ... in five World Series started eight games and finished with a 2-2 record and 2.47 ERA. ... in September 1994 underwent the first of a half-dozen surgeries when doctors removed a large bone spur and some chips from the back of his right elbow. ... in 1996 went 24-8, including 14 straight victories, and posted a 2.94 ERA and league-best 276 strikeouts to capture the NL Cy Young Award. ... underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone chips prior to 1998 season, also spent four weeks on disabled list with an inflamed elbow, and still finished with a 17-3 record. ... in 1999 was placed on the DL twice with a strained elbow and finished 11-8. ... missed entire 2000 season after tearing medial collateral ligament in his right elbow in spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. ... 2001 comeback derailed after five starts with more time on DL. ...after 159 wins as a starter was converted to a relief pitcher in July 2001 in an effort to maximize his health and finished with 10 saves in 11 chances with a 1.59 ERA. ... in 2002 set NL record by converting 55 saves (tied by the Dodgers' Eric Gagne in 2003). ... saved 154 games in 168 opportunities in 3½ seasons as a closer. ... suffered right elbow tendinitis in 2003 and had right elbow surgery in October 2004 to clean up scar tissue. ... returned to starting rotation in 2005 and averaged 15 wins and 222 innings over three seasons. ... in 2008 became 16th big league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. ... signed as free agent by the Red Sox in January 2009 and went 3-8 in a final season split between Boston and the Cardinals.
Jul 21, 2015
Baylor has a new offensive coordinator: Art Briles’ son, Kendal. The elder Briles has a huge hand in his own offense, of course, but says new blood is important. Even if it’s his own blood. Kendall Briles was elevated in December after Philip Montgomery became the head coach at the University in Tulsa. “The transition to Kendall was kind of a natural transition,” Art Briles said Tuesday...
Baylor to 'rethink' its offense with new coordinator
BY RYAN ABER | Jul 21, 2015Baylor has a new offensive coordinator: Art Briles’ son, Kendal. The elder Briles has a huge hand in his own offense, of course, but says new blood is important. Even if it’s his own blood. Kendal Briles was elevated in December after Philip Montgomery became the head coach at the University in Tulsa. “The transition to Kendal was kind of a natural transition,” Art Briles said Tuesday during Big 12 Media Days Tuesday at the Omni Hotel. “We didn't have a lot of time to get ready before the (Cotton) Bowl game, with it looming about two weeks away at that time. Kendal's been around our system and our program ever since he could say mama. So he understands what we're doing, and that's critical, and it's important because we don't have to reteach. We just have to rethink a little bit.” Don’t sleep on the word “rethink.” Art Briles said Baylor doesn’t plan to stand pat, despite tremendous success offensively. “When you stay the same, people catch you, and you get caught. It's called an M.O. (from the Latin word modus operandi), and that's why criminals get caught, because they do the same thing over and over again. You track them. You look at them. If you hunt, you know this deer comes here every day, or if you fish, you know they get in this fishing hole. “So you've got to be a little different. I think it gives us a chance to be a little bit different, and that's exciting to me. It's very exciting.” No way that can be an indictment of Montgomery, whose experience with Art Briles goes back to Stephenville High School. “I've been with Coach Montgomery since ’96 or ’97, and he's been a tremendously loyal person,” Briles said. “He's done it the right way. He's never self‑promoted. He stayed under the radar. He's let his actions speak for himself. And he's done a tremendous job, tremendous coach, very intelligent, very innovative, and very caring. So I was extremely, extremely happy for him.” RHOADS SAYS AMES WEATHER DOESN’T IMPEDE IOWA STATE OFFENSE Ames, Iowa, is the Big 12’s northern outpost. The wind whips and the temperature dips as the football season progresses. Does the weather impede Iowa State football in any way? Does the weather keep the Cyclones from using a certain type of offense that coach Paul Rhoads might prefer to deploy? Rhoads said you would think, on first thought, that there were limitations on what a team up north could do. But he says no. “This is certainly something that we sell in recruiting — we've averaged kickoff temperatures 62 degrees in the six years that we've been there,” said Rhoads, who grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, which sits between Ames and Des Moines, perhaps 20 miles from Iowa State’s campus. “So growing up there and understanding the swirl of the wind in Jack Trice Stadium, I would have said yes to that question, that there are things we can accomplish and we can't do on a consistent basis. “Two years ago, I think it was, we played the coldest game in the history of Jack Trice Stadium, against KU. The field was a sheet of ice, and we threw for 300‑plus yards and scored 30‑some points and had one of our most productive offensive games of the season. I don't know if that means the weather favored us or that we can actually execute whatever style of offense that we want to in that weather environment.” It could mean that Iowa State was playing Kansas. But it also could mean that Iowa State can throw the ball in the cold. STRONG FAVORS STRICTER TRANSFER RULE The SEC passed a rule in May barring transfers who had been previously disciplined by a different school for “serious misconduct.” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said his conference had not discussed such a policy, but Texas coach Charlie Strong endorsed the measure Tuesday. “I would favor it,” Strong said. “If you are a student‑athlete and you have a chance to go to University of Texas, go to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, wherever you go, and then for some reason you did something that they had to dismiss you from that program, I don't think that you should be given another opportunity to go to another major school and just start all over like your slate is clean. I just don't think that should happen for you.” The SEC rule defined “serious misconduct” as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence. “You look at it,” Strong said. “You were at an unbelievable place, and so now you did something yourself to get yourself dismissed out. So why do you think that you can go somewhere else and just start all over like it's a clean slate for you? “I'm all into giving guys second chances, but I want to give guys on my team second chances, not someone else from another program.” QB NOT THE ONLY CONCERN AT TEXAS Like at Oklahoma, Texas has a quarterback battle entering the season as Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard battle for the job. Strong said it was understandable the attention that the spot is getting but Texas’ success will depend on much more than whichever of those players win that job. “No way am I trying to compare here but every quarterback I’ve ever been around, there’s been really good players around them,” Strong said. “I could just go back to the University of Florida and I think about Tim Tebow, you had Percy Harvin lined up, Aaron Hernandez lined up, you had Riley Cooper outside. … You had two first-rounders on the offensive line. Everybody’s got to do their part. It’s all about everyone doing their part. “You talk about what you see out of Swoopes and what you see out of Heard, both those guys are very competitive but everyone else around them needs to play well also. We need to find playmakers at wide receiver. We need the running backs. … We need the offensive line to protect the quarterback. Then you will have a chance.” BY BERRY TRAMEL AND RYAN ABER
Jul 20, 2015
Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch.
OSU football: Collinsville junior Levi Draper verbally commits to Cowboys
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 20, 2015COLLINSVILLE — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer doesn’t usually follow head coach Mike Gundy’s lead on Twitter when welcoming a new commitment. Spencer was fired up Monday, though. “Shots heard across the nation, ‘Pistols Firing’ from Collinsville, OK,” he tweeted. “Cowboys got better today.” Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-star recruit holds nearly 20 Division I scholarship offers already — including schools like Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. “The kid is just a can’t-miss kind of kid,” Collinsville coach Kevin Jones said. “He’s absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime kind of kid at a smaller-level high school. I know we’re a 5A school, but we’re still a small town. It’s not like we’ve got a lot of Division I kids rolling through here.” The last Collinsville player to sign a Division I football scholarship was Ryan Garrett, who signed with Tulsa in 2002. Draper just fits the mold of a Division I player. Not only does he have the frame, he has the speed and strength. He runs a 4.58 40-yard dash. He bench presses 325 pounds and squats around 400 pounds. It’s a product of his family owning a gym, but also his desire to get better on the football field. Since about the fifth grade, there hasn’t been a camp he and his family have turned down that they could make. He also played in the Eastbay All-American Bowl as part of Team USA as a freshman just months after he took over the starting role in Week 5 and led Collinsville to the state semifinals. “We used it as a tool to get better,” Draper said. “We’ve been doing stuff like that since I’ve been younger. It’s always been a goal of ours. We work hard to make myself a better football player. It’s been a goal of our whole family and we’re just thankful.” Last season, he totaled 115 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery while leading Collinsville to the state quarterfinals. It didn’t take long for his whirlwind recruitment to begin. Draper toured the country during his recruitment. He visited various schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and Oklahoma. Still, he always knew OSU — which offered in May — was going to be one of his top schools. For the past three weeks, he’s been leaning toward the Cowboys. He brought his family on his second visit to Stillwater on Monday, this time sending the Cowboys to Big 12 Media Days with possibly the biggest junior commitment in Gundy’s tenure. “That’s where I felt most comfortable and it feels like a family there,” Draper said. “My family loves it and that’s where I feel like I fit best, so I made the decision. The last step was getting my whole family down there and letting them see it. Then I was ready. “I was thankful for every opportunity I had. Every one of them was exciting. They were all big-time offers. In my mind there was no reason to put it off. I knew where I wanted to play.”
Jun 17, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Undrafted running back Tyler Varga fits right into the Colts' locker room.Here, players routinely tout their alma maters and playfully trade barbs with guys who attended rival schools. So when Varga pulls out a camouflage baseball hat with the blue letter "Y," it barely draws a response from his new teammates — with one notable exception.Zack Hodges, an undrafted rookie from...
Harvard, Yale players take rivalry to Colts' locker room
By MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Jun 17, 2015INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Undrafted running back Tyler Varga fits right into the Colts' locker room. Here, players routinely tout their alma maters and playfully trade barbs with guys who attended rival schools. So when Varga pulls out a camouflage baseball hat with the blue letter "Y," it barely draws a response from his new teammates — with one notable exception. Zack Hodges, an undrafted rookie from Harvard, knows exactly what that darned letter signifies: He's still chasing the former Yale star around a football field, this time in the NFL. It's becoming the game within The Game. "It's cool," Varga said. "It's a little friendly competition." Friendly, maybe, but the passion hasn't subsided. Ask Hodges about the rivalry and he quickly notes he went 4-0 against Yale. Ask Varga about his memories from playing in the series and he simply shuts it down. "They've gotten the best of us the last couple of years, so I don't want to talk about it," the 5-foot-11, 222-pound running back said, conveniently omitting he ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes, including one for a TD, in November's a 31-24 loss, Harvard's eighth straight win in a series that dates to 1875. But these two former opponents have found they have a lot in common, too. In addition to attending schools better known for producing presidents, lawyers and CEOs than athletes, they're both long shots to make a team with Super Bowl aspirations. They're trying to become the first Harvard and Yale grads to play on the same NFL team since 2008, according to STATS. The last time it occurred quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, of Harvard, and tight end Nate Lawrie played for the Bengals. Lawrie, an Indianapolis native, also was the last Yale player to appear in an NFL regular-season game. Hodges and Varga also took non-traditional paths to the NFL. Varga was born in Sweden, grew up in Canada and started his college career at the University of Western Ontario. After one year there, he transferred to Yale, where he became one of the best backs in school history. Last year's Ivy League offensive player of the year became the first Yale alum to receive a Senior Bowl invite in 60 years. And the premed major spent draft weekend preparing to defend his thesis on a possible breakthrough for Type 2 diabetes. Hodges, meanwhile, overcame more daunting challenges. His father died when he was 1 year old. Hodges' mother, who got remarried and then fled an abusive relationship, struggled to make ends meet. There were times the Atlanta native and his mother were homeless, hungry and thirsty. After she died, when Hodges was age 14, he was taken in by extended family. Though he attended three high schools in three states in three years, he never let the chaotic circumstances stop him. Hodges wound up at Harvard and is now one semester away from earning his degree in government. He was twice voted the Ivy League's defensive player of the year, and the 6-foot-3, 235-pound college defensive end is trying to succeed as an NFL linebacker with more at stake than just a dream job. "It's a great opportunity. I think I realized, before all these cameras were in my face, that I have a chance to influence people in the way that I carry myself and the way that I play this craft," he said during the Colts' rookie minicamp. "Second, it's a chance for my family, it's a chance for some security." Hodges and Varga understand their next chapter in life is about more than just an old college rivalry, which may explain why these old college rivals have temporarily put away the gloves and become members of the mutual admiration society. "He's a very talented running back and I have a lot of respect for him," Hodges said after participating in a Play 60 camp on the Colts' indoor practice field. "Kind of our whole careers, we have been fighting for recognition in our conference and in our league." Now the two Ivy League prospects find themselves in a different kind of battle. They're both trying to beat out bigger, faster, better-known football players for roster spots, and it will take everything in their arsenal — grit, determination, study skills and intelligence — to succeed. And to the chagrin of Hodges, it also means wearing hats and colors more suitable for a guy like Varga. "For me, the biggest thing coming to the Colts is learning to wear so much blue," Hodges said, smiling. "But I have my own ways of taking care of my boys (at Harvard) and keeping that crimson on my chest." ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan reacts in mock surprise when reminded how young Preston Brown is, and the trust the Bills are placing in the second-year linebacker to command the huddle of their high-priced defense."Oh, gawd, I didn't realize he was 22. I'm a little nervous," the Bills new coach said. "But no. He certainly has more of, I don't know if mature is the right word. But he's been...
At 22, linebacker Brown set to take command of Bills defense
By JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press | Jun 11, 2015ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan reacts in mock surprise when reminded how young Preston Brown is, and the trust the Bills are placing in the second-year linebacker to command the huddle of their high-priced defense. "Oh, gawd, I didn't realize he was 22. I'm a little nervous," the Bills new coach said. "But no. He certainly has more of, I don't know if mature is the right word. But he's been around the game awhile." Since Brown was a toddler, to be specific. The son of a Cincinnati-area high school coach, Brown recalls being five when his education in football began with an astute realization. If he wanted to spend more quality time with his father, then it would have to be on his dad's turf: in the basement, where Mike Brown would spend hours poring over game film and devising plays at a big whiteboard. "It was like watching TV with my dad," Brown recalled. "I could watch film all day. That's just something that got real big for me." It was time well spent from both a personal and professional standpoint. In establishing a close bond with his father, Brown also developed a high football IQ, which has allowed the 2014 third-round draft pick out of Louisville make a relatively seamless transition and render Kiko Alonso expendable in Buffalo. As a rookie, Brown started 14 games and led the Bills with 108 tackles while playing in former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's 4-3 system. The defense finished fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed, had a league-leading 54 sacks and had three linemen earn Pro Bowl selections. This year, Brown is already pegged to set the front-seven alignments in the huddle as the Bills make the switch to a 3-4 scheme under Ryan and new coordinator Dennis Thurman. "He's a smart guy, and you very seldom have to repeat things to him," Thurman said. "Usually a coach's kid is going to have that mental aptitude because he's been around the game for a long time. He's taken to the call. He seems very comfortable in the huddle." The Bills placed so much stock in Brown's ability that it eased their decision to trade Alonso to Philadelphia and acquire running back LeSean McCoy. Alonso, an NFL rookie defensive player of the year candidate in 2013, was expected to regain his starting role after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Valuable as Alonso was, he became the odd man out because of Brown and the presence of fourth-year linebacker Nigel Bradham, who is expected to fill the other starting spot in the middle. The Bills are also moving forward without veteran run-stuffing linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was not re-signed. Brown acknowledged he learned plenty from Spikes. "It's been a whirlwind really of emotions and what's going to happen next," Brown said. "But it shows the confidence they have in us right now that they believe we can go out there and play at a high level." Listed at 6-foot-1 and 251 pounds, Brown has the range to move laterally, and the willingness to take on blockers — two things he'll have to adjust to in the new defensive scheme. Having a command of the system and confidence to call plays shouldn't be a problem after being a three-year starter at college. "It's fun. I'm a 22-year-old guy telling these old guys what to do," Brown said. It goes back to the basement, and Brown learning the game from his father, who is now retired. When he was being recruited to play college, Brown recalled how his dad would invite visiting coaches downstairs to draw up defensive plays on the whiteboard. "It's not really hard to just pick up things," he said. "He could teach me a play, and I'd go out there and do it." Brown would also draw up plays, which his father would critique. "He still says my circles and squares are off," Brown said, with a laugh. "But I'm trying to get better at it." One step at a time. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas says it has contacted the NCAA as the school investigates allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program.The school issued a statement Wednesday following a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education that mentioned potential allegations from the tenure of former coach Rick Barnes, who is now at Tennessee.In the statement, the university said it...
Texas investigating allegations of academic misconduct
Associated Press | Jun 10, 2015AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas says it has contacted the NCAA as the school investigates allegations of academic misconduct in its men's basketball program. The school issued a statement Wednesday following a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education that mentioned potential allegations from the tenure of former coach Rick Barnes, who is now at Tennessee. In the statement, the university said it "has no information that suggests" Barnes knew of or was involved in any academic improprieties. The statement added that "we determined that the university had no knowledge of two former student-athletes allegedly receiving improper help with high school coursework before they enrolled." That stems from a December report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. "We now are reviewing three other cases purported to have occurred over a nine-year period since 2006 to determine if any university of NCAA rules were violated and if any action is needed," the school said. Those three cases are detailed in Wednesday's report from The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, Adam Creasy, a former academic counselor for the Texas football team, says that math instructor Pamela Powell told him she saw former basketball player Martez Walker cheating on an exam, and that Walker passed the class anyway. Walker has since transferred. Also in the article, a former academic mentor in the athletic department says he helped write papers for former Texas guard J'Covan Brown. Creasy, one of the tutors for former player P.J. Tucker, says he believes Tucker received impermissible help with a paper while preparing for the NBA draft. Creasy says he didn't provide the assistance but believes someone other than Tucker did the work. In the Walker case, Creasy says Powell told him she saw Walker cheat and asked what to do. Creasy says he spoke to Brian Davis, the head of academic support for football at the time. According to the article, Davis suggested Powell contact executive senior associate athletic director for student services Randa Ryan, and what happened afterward was unclear. "The university takes any suggestion of wrongdoing extremely seriously," the school said in its statement. "We are always looking to identify problems that may exist and ways we can do better." Barnes went 402-180 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons at Texas before being fired in March. Tennessee hired him two days later to replace Donnie Tyndall and hoped the 604-game winner would stabilize a program that has encountered plenty of turmoil. Tyndall was fired after going 16-16 in his lone season at Tennessee because school officials decided the NCAA was likely to determine he had committed major violations while coaching Southern Mississippi from 2012-14. Southern Mississippi is currently under NCAA investigation. "Obviously, we can't talk about what happened in the past at another university," Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement issued by the university. "However, as stated clearly by the University of Texas, 'the university has no information that suggests former men's basketball coach Rick Barnes knew of or was involved in any academic improprieties.' Coach Barnes has a sterling reputation as a person of very high ethical standards at every institution he has represented, and we are excited to have him lead our men's basketball program."
Jun 10, 2015
I wrote about Mason Rudolph for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. The now-sophomore quarterback certainly has Cowboy spirits soaring. The performance by Rudolph in three games last season, plus the return of fifth-year senior J.W. Walsh, has OSU quarterbacking in a very good spot. I ranked OSU second in Big 12 quarterbacking, […]
Mason Rudolph wants the ball for the last shot
Berry Tramel | Jun 10, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/rudolph-bedlam.jpg]3697463[/img] I wrote about Mason Rudolph for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. The now-sophomore quarterback certainly has Cowboy spirits soaring. The performance by Rudolph in three games last season, plus the return of fifth-year senior J.W. Walsh, has OSU quarterbacking in a very good spot. I ranked OSU second in Big 12 quarterbacking, going into the 2015 season. You can read that blog here. I talked to a bunch of Cowboys after the spring game, and they had great things to say about Rudolph. Here are some of their thoughts: Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "He's not afraid. To play as well as he did, he enjoys competition and enjoys the limelight. Everybody talks about that analogy of wanting the ball in the last second, wanting to take that last shot. He's that guy, and that's what you want in a quarterback." Linebacker Ryan Simmons: "Mason's handled it all very well. He's a lot more mature than what his grade and his year shows." Cornerback Kevin Peterson: "He makes good decisions on the field and off the field. Just speaks to his maturity and the way he came in and took the program in. Just his confidence and his work ethic. Really developed. He had to come in, he had to control the offense." Yurcich: "It takes time to develop, and that's why experience is so important. Being a four-year starter, you see those guys, they have the moxie, they have the presence, they have the experience. He's gained that from the last three ballgames last year." Offensive tackle Zach Crabtree: "Mace is a gamer. He comes out and he plays football. They (Rudolph and Walsh) both have that gamer factor. If either one's in the huddle, it brings that swagger, it brings that confidence. At the end of the day, they're going to do whatever it takes to get the ball in the end zone." Mike Gundy: "He's performed very well from a leadership standpoint. He's been very good. He's unselfish, he's a hard worker, he carries himself well. He speaks well. The players believe in him. If he continues to work hard and lead by example, then they'll follow him. We all know that high school, junior high, little league, college, NFL, most teams go as their quarterback goes. Most teams' attitude, their temperament, is as your quarterback. We're very lucky that Mason is doing a really good job in that area." Yurcich: "That's one of his best traits is his maturity level. Great young man. He's a great leader. Comes from a great high school program. His parents did a great job raising him. His high school coach did a nice job with him. That's one of the things we really saw in Mason as a high school senior that really attracted us to him."
The 50th annual Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here’s some information about the 10 players selected to play for the Oklahoma team, provided by Faith 7 organizers: A.J. Cockrell, 6-8, 220, Tulsa Memorial: Coached by Robert Allison, Cockrell led the Chargers to a 19–8 […]
High school basketball: Oklahoma Faith 7 player profiles
Scott Wright | May 28, 2015The 50th annual Oklahoma/Texas Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Here’s some information about the 10 players selected to play for the Oklahoma team, provided by Faith 7 organizers: A.J. Cockrell, 6-8, 220, Tulsa Memorial: Coached by Robert Allison, Cockrell led the Chargers to a 19-8 record and the 2015 state semifinals, as well as to state championships in 2013-14. Bound for the University of Texas-San Antonio, Cockrell averaged 17.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while shooting 59 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line. Chris Crawford, 6-2, 177, Victory Christian: Bound for Oral Roberts University and coached by Ryan Wakley, Crawford averaged 21.6 points, and 4.3 assists while leading the Conquerors to a 22-6 record and district and regional championships. An all-stater, Crawford holds school career records for assists (403) and steals (306), and is 2nd in scoring (1,881). Hayden Howell, 6-7, 220, Carl Albert: Howell, the Suburban Conference Player of the Year, is bound for Abilene Christian. Coached by Jay Price, Howell led the Titans to a 25-4 record and to the state finals while averaging 18.3 points, 11 boards, and 2.5 assists. An all-stater, Howell shot 67.6 percent from the field and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. DaQuan Jeffries, 6-5, 200 pounds, Edmond Santa Fe: Jeffries, an all-stater and Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, led the Wolves to the Class 6A finals. Coached by Lenny Hatchett, Jeffries led Santa Fe to a 22-8 record while averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. He shot 68 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. Jeffries will play collegiately at Oral Roberts University. Tyson Jolly, 6-4, 190, Putnam City West: Coached by Lenny Bert, Jolly averaged 20 points, 9.1 boards, and 3 assists while leading the Patriots to a 24-3 record and the state semifinals. An all-stater and Big 10 Conference MVP, Jolly shot 59.7 percent from the field and 74.8 percent from the line. Jolly will play collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley. Cory Kilby, 6-7, 190, Ada : An all-district first-team selection and a football all-stater, Cory is Ada’s career scoring leader (2,013 points). Bound for Mercer University, Kilby led the Cougars to a district championship and a 20-8 record. Coached by Ron Anderson, Kilby averaged 20.8 points, 10.2 boards while shooting 65 percent from the field. Ty Lazenby, 6-5, 205, Glencoe: Lazenby, an all-stater and District Player of the Year, led the Panthers to three consecutive state titles. He was named the MVP of the state tourney and holds Glencoe's career scoring record (2,610 pts.). Coach by his father John Lazenby, Ty led the Panthers to a 29-3 record, averaging 26 points and 9 boards while shooting 52 percent from the field. Lazenby is bound for Northern Oklahoma College at Enid. Curran Scott, 6-4, 195, Edmond Memorial: Coached by Shane Cowherd, Scott average 22.1 points, 5 boards, and 2.4 assists while leading the Bulldogs to a 24-5 record. Scott, an all-stater, set Memorial’s single season scoring record, 635 points, while shooting 55 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line. Curran has signed to play for coach Mark Price at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Cade Upshaw, 6-0, 160, Verdigris: Upshaw, an all-stater, led the Cardinals to a 24-5 record and the state finals. Coached by his father, Randy Upshaw, Cade will play collegiately at Northern Oklahoma College of Enid. Upshaw averaged 18.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Jamey Woods, 6-3, 217, Lawton Eisenhower: Woods led the Eagles, coached by Bruce Harrington, to a 22-4 record and a 2015 state championship in Class 5A. Woods averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4 assists. An all-stater, he shot 48 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. Woods is second all-time in scoring for Lawton Ike (1,188 points) and will play collegiately at East Central University in Ada.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fortunately Arik Armstead has broader shoulders than most.When the 49ers’ first-round pick begins his NFL journey this fall, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound defensive end will also be living out the football dreams of his older brother, who saw his promising career cut short by health issues last summer.“I idolized him and wanted to grow up and be like him someday,” Arik, 21, said...
49ers’ Armstead living out NFL dream for brother, too
By Jimmy Durkin, Associated Press | May 17, 2015SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fortunately Arik Armstead has broader shoulders than most. When the 49ers’ first-round pick begins his NFL journey this fall, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound defensive end will also be living out the football dreams of his older brother, who saw his promising career cut short by health issues last summer. “I idolized him and wanted to grow up and be like him someday,” Arik, 21, said of Armond Armstead, 24. An All-American and four-star recruit in high school, Armond was a contributor from the moment he stepped on the USC campus in 2008. Also a defensive lineman, Armond was a starter by his sophomore year with the Trojans, but two heart attacks by age 23 ended his NFL aspirations. “God had a different plan for Armond,” said their father Guss Armstead. “I think part of Arik’s drive is to make his brother proud and continue to grow as a player and carry on that legacy.” Before Arik rose to stardom at Oregon or Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, he was the kid brother who Armond said was “always happy and ready to play.” He tagged along on his brother’s recruiting trips, hoping to follow in Armond’s footsteps. Now the roles are reversed a bit. Armond joined Arik in San Diego for his pre-draft preparations and has dedicated much of his time to his younger brother. “He wants to take the time he has and pour that into his brother,” Guss Armstead said. Joe Cattolico, who coached both brothers at Pleasant Grove, says that brotherly connection will push both of them to success. “I think he feels like he’s getting to do some of the things that his brother was kept from doing and I think he’ll use that as a positive,” Cattolico said of Arik. “His brother’s going to be a very successful person in life as well, he’s just going to be doing it in different avenues.” Last month, Armond reached an undisclosed settlement with USC after suing the school, alleging its use of pain-killing drugs led to his heart issues and cost him a potentially lucrative career. He suffered his first heart attack while at USC in 2011 and wasn’t medically cleared to play his senior year. He went undrafted and spent a year in the Canadian Football League to prove his worth—and his health. He was an all-star for the Toronto Argonauts and part of a Grey Cup championship team. That caught the eye of the New England Patriots, who signed him after that season. But Armond’s health issues resurfaced. He underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart, and a subsequent infection caused him to miss the 2013 season. After suffering a second heart attack, he decided it was time to retire in July 2014 at age 23. Armond said he’s in good health now and had no issues working out with his brother during his pre-draft preparations. He’s researching graduate schools while serving an internship with a housing development company in Sacramento, but prefers to keep the attention steered toward Arik. “It’s not really about me,” Armond said. “I’m just excited for him more than anything and proud of him to be able to come this far.” In Arik, Armond sees “a bigger version of all the skill sets that I have.” Arik has two inches on Armond’s 6-5 build and room to exceed his last playing weight of 305 pounds. “It’s funny to say with somebody the size that he is and the maturity that he is, but he’s a baby,” Cattolico said of Arik. “He’s got some growing and some physical maturing to do.” Both brothers played basketball throughout high school and Arik extended that into his first two years at Oregon. That’s not a surprise considering their father’s background. Guss Armstead played basketball at Sacramento State, coached briefly and now runs 2 The Hoop Basketball Services. He’s trained NBA players such as Warriors’ center Festus Ezeli, New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Ryan Anderson and Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Matt Barnes. “Arik was the kid that was, ‘Dad, if you’ve got a 7 o’clock workout, wake me up because I want to go’,” Guss said. “He was always the guy that was attached to my hip.” Cattolico witnessed that work ethic from both Arik and Armond and easily raves about the entire Armstead family, which were among the first people he met when he moved to Elk Grove to begin coaching at Pleasant Grove. “This is reflective of his whole family, but Arik’s one of the best young people I’ve ever been around in 20 years of high school education,” Cattolico said. The brothers share the same qualities of toughness. Armond played through a shoulder injury at USC, possibly to his detriment considering the potential affects the pain-killer Toradol had on him. (His lawsuit alleged his heart attack was caused by being overtreated with the drug and he was not told of its FDA warnings of cardiovascular risk). Arik played with an ankle injury at times last year at Oregon and, as a high school senior, played 13 games with an injured shoulder. “He could’ve shut it down and gotten healthy for college,” Cattolico said. “But he knew it made a big difference to his teammates and to the program in general.” That type of dedication to others is one way these brothers remain connected. If Armond still struggles with his own loss of football, he doesn’t show it. Big brother is too busy admiring how little brother has taken advantage of his talent through smart choices and hard work. “For it all to come together for him,” Armond said, “it’s really exciting to see.” ——— ©2015 San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) 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UPCOMING: HIV OUTBREAK-INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS — Genetic testing by federal health experts shows that 99 percent of the people infected with HIV in a southeastern Indiana outbreak have the same strain of the virus, which suggests the cases tied to intravenous drug use have only been percolating 6 to 12 months, state epidemiologist Pam Pontones said. Health officials are expected to update the number of cases on Thursday showing new cases plateauing. But the short period in which the Scott County outbreak developed could hold warning lessons for other communities. By Rick Callahan. Developing. NEW: — SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT — INTERSTATE CLOSURE — SOLAR FARM-TAX BREAKS TOP STORY: SOUTH BEND-TRIBAL CASINO SOUTH BEND — The chairman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians who are seeking to build a casino in South Bend said Wednesday a new law approved by the General Assembly prevents Gov. Mike Pence from negotiating in good faith with the tribe on a compact, voiding the need for such an agreement. Tribal Chairman John Warren said the law specifying the process for the state to enter into a compact violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act because it includes stipulations on what the compact must include. By Tom Coyne. SENT: 570 words. AROUND THE STATE: HIV OUTBREAK-INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials are creating profiles of HIV and hepatitis C rates for all 92 Indiana counties to help local officials detect outbreaks of either disease and determine if they can seek help under a new needle-exchange law, a top state disease expert said Wednesday. State epidemiologist Pam Pontones told members of the State Department of Health's executive board that the state agency hopes to quickly complete work on those profiles, which will also include intravenous drug use rates for each county. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 480 words. GREENSBURG-POLICE EVIDENCE GREENSBURG — A southeastern Indiana woman who rose to police chief from dispatcher may spend a year behind bars after stealing $75,000 in cash from the property room to feed a gambling addiction while her marriage crumbled. Decatur Circuit Judge Tim Day sentenced Stacey L. Chasteen, 49, to a total of four years but suspended two years after she pleaded guilty to theft and official misconduct charges in March. With time reductions and good behavior, the former Greensburg police chief will likely be incarcerated less than a year, Day said. Chasteen also must repay the $75,000. SENT: 375 words, photo. HARMONIE PARK-PAVILLION NEW HARMONY — A private nonprofit has raised almost half of the projected cost of an outdoor education pavilion at Harmonie State Park to replace a nature center that now can barely hold a dozen visitors at a time. SENT: 300 words. With: — INDIANA STATE PARKS-APP: Students at Ball State University have created a free smartphone app that will let visitors create their own tours of Indiana State Parks. SENT: 130 words. DIGITAL PLAY SCRIPTS MUNCIE — Students at a Muncie high school are among the first in the country to test a digital interactive play script for the theater publishing company Samuel French. Muncie Central High School students are using iPads as they prepare to perform the Agatha Christie play "And Then There Were None." SENT: 290 words. LONG-AWAITED DIPLOMA ANDERSON — An Indiana woman who will turn 100 years old later this month has received her high school diploma. Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy needed just four credits to earn her diploma from Anderson High School in 1933 when she was forced to quit school. Tuesday evening, she received that certificate at the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees meeting. SENT: 290 words, photo. EXCHANGE-SCULPTING HISTORY TERRE HAUTE — Wabash Valley artist Bill Wolfe believes he has created his best work yet. The accomplished sculptor — whose recent artwork included a celebrated 15-foot tall bronze statue of Larry Bird outside Hulman Center — has finished a statue of the founder of Indiana's oldest city, François-Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes. By Dianne Frances D. Powell. Tribune-Star. SENT: 960 words, photos requested. EXCHANGE-AUTISM'S CHALLENGE MUNCIE — A scar twists along Christine Weida's left forearm. She has it covered with the sleeve of a white sweater. The scar is the only physical reminder of six years ago, how all of her organs were shutting down. How she spent weeks in the hospital. And how it was all caused by her son. By Emma Kate Fittes. The Star Press. SENT: 1,190 words, photos requested. IN BRIEF: — BABY IN TRASH: An Indianapolis woman whose co-workers found her baby gasping for air in a garbage can after she gave birth in a warehouse restroom has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. SENT: 130 words, photo. — INDIANA UNIVERSITY-FRANKLIN HALL: A major renovation is underway on one of the oldest buildings at Indiana University. SENT: 115 words. — SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT: Indiana State Police are warning motorists they'll be cracking down on people who don't use seat belts. UPCOMING: 130 words. — INTERSTATE CLOSURE: A bridge repair project will soon shut down a ramp linking Interstates 65 and 70 near downtown Indianapolis for two months. UPCOMING: 115 words. — SOLAR FARM-TAX BREAKS: Western Indiana officials have given initial approval to tax breaks a California company is seeking for a solar farm that would generate enough power to light more than 1,000 homes. UPCOMING: 125 words. SPORTS: CAR--INDYCAR--INDIANAPOLIS-RISING AMERICANS INDIANAPOLIS — Josef Newgarden won the IndyCar race at Alabama. Graham Rahal has been the runner-up in the last two races. Ryan Hunte-Reay ended the American drought at the Indianapolis 500 last year, and Ed Carpenter has won the last two poles at the 500. What in the world is going on? There's been a rising tide of Americans in this series. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. CAR--INDYCAR-INDIANAPOLIS-CASTRONEVES CRASH INDIANAPOLIS — Helio Castroneves' car flipped over and went airborne Wednesday during a scary-looking crash in practice for the Indianapolis 500, less than an hour after he was docked eight points by IndyCar officials for a rules violation in last weekend's race. The Brazilian star was not seriously injured. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words, photos. With: — CAR--INDYCAR-CASTRONEVES PENALTY: The IndyCar Series penalized Helio Castroneves on Wednesday, docking him eight points in the drivers' standings and blaming him for causing a wreck during the opening lap of last weekend's Grand Prix of Indianapolis. SENT: 125 words, photos. — CAR--INDYCAR-MANN CRASH — IndyCar driver Pippa Mann spun her car into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, the second scary crash of the day during practice for the Indianapolis 500. FBN--COLTS-DEFLATEGATE INDIANAPOLIS — Dwayne Allen was in an awkward position Wednesday. As a tight end for the Colts, he was trying to toe the company line on "Deflategate." As a player rep, he found himself defending Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 550 words, photos. FBC--GOLSON TRANSFER Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson would seem to perfect fit for several Southeastern Conference teams in need of an upgrade behind center. SEC rules could stand in the way of that happening. And with college sports leaders looking to change the graduate transfer rule, 'free agents' like Golson could become a thing of the past soon. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words. __ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Indiana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible /on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search.
May 12, 2015
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -- Jeff Brinkman is leaving Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was offensive coordinator, to return to Southmoore High School as offensive coordinator.
Former Southmoore coach Jeff Brinkman returning to school as offensive coordinator
From Staff Reports | May 12, 2015MOORE -- Jeff Brickman is returning to Southmoore High School, this time as offensive coordinator, according to The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber. Brickman is stepping down after one season as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist University to return to the school he served as head coach for two years, guiding the Sabercats to a 39-15 record. Brickman was Southmoore's offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2013. In 2009, the SaberCat offense led the state in passing yards and was second in 6A in points per game. In 2014 Brickman received the Semper Fidelis Coaching Award from the U.S. Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Glazier Football Clinics. The award is given annually to high school football coaches who exemplify the Marines’ standard of excellence, which constitutes integrity, responsibility, honesty, honor, courage, and commitment. Brickman was honored for his dedication to his football players and his school community in providing aid to them after the May 20, 2013, tornado. Brickman led a campaign to help those in need by working for several weeks, raising more than $90,000 in cash and gift cards, which went to benefit the 22 Southmoore football players who lost their homes, as well as 88 other families that suffered losses from the tornado.
May 2, 2015
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency.The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the...
No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft closes
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | May 2, 2015IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth. Five of Dallas' top six choices were on defense, starting with Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones in the first round at No. 27 overall. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was chosen late in the second round after the projected first-rounder dropped because of a failed drug test, missing a team meeting and canceling two others. Dallas added a second offensive lineman in Virginia Tech tackle Laurence Gibson in the seventh round and traded for another late choice, getting Texas tight end Geoff Swaim. After losing Murray to NFC East rival Philadelphia, the Cowboys signed Darren McFadden, a former top 10 pick by Oakland who had just one 1,000-yard season in seven years with the Raiders. Returning is third-year back Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, an undrafted free agent going into his fourth season. The defending division champions, coming off a 13-5 season, also have Ryan Williams, a second-round pick by Arizona in 2011. He was on Dallas' practice squad last season and has battled injuries throughout his career. "We weren't trying to make a point that we didn't need Murray," Jones said. "And we're not trying to make the point that we've got a crystal ball enough to know that we've maximized with the running backs we have." The Cowboys have one of the league's best blocking fronts after taking linemen in the first round three of the previous four years. Right guard Zack Martin, last year's pick, was the team's first rookie All-Pro since Calvin Hill in 1969. "We're going to run the football," coach Jason Garrett said. "The running back matters. We feel confident in the running backs we have on our roster right now. And we feel like us being able to run the football behind that line with the guys that we have is a good way for us to play." Dallas went into the draft in decent shape at linebacker by re-signing Rolando McClain after he revived his career with a solid 2014 season. Sean Lee returns after missing last year with a torn left knee ligament. But the Cowboys lost starters Bruce Carter and Justin Durant in free agency. Wilson, who started 24 of 26 games in two seasons with the Gophers after transferring from Jones County Community College in Mississippi, was the 127th overall pick Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was named first-team all-Big Ten in 2014 after leading Minnesota with 119 tackles, including 10 1/2 tackles for loss. It's the second straight year Dallas took a Big Ten linebacker in the fourth round. Last year, it was Iowa's Anthony Hitchens, who ended up starting 11 games and played all the linebacker spots as the Cowboys battled injuries. "We didn't really talk about how they would use me too much," Wilson said. "They just said it was good to develop how to play all three positions just in case we need to switch it up." The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Russell, who went to high school in the Dallas area, started 35 of 38 games for the Boilermakers. The Cowboys have taken four defensive ends in the two drafts since releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware last season. They traded up to get DeMarcus Lawrence early in the second round last year, and took Stanford's Ben Gardner in the seventh round. Lawrence missed the first half of the season with a broken foot and Gardner didn't play because of a shoulder injury. Dallas lost ends George Selvie and Anthony Spencer in free agency, though Jeremy Mincey returns for a second season. Mincey has the ability to play on the interior of the defensive line. The approach with defensive end is similar to what the Cowboys have done in rebuilding an aging offensive line over several years. "There's some teams in this league for years, that the essence of their team, everything they were all about, had everything to do with their defensive line," Garrett said. "We feel like you have to obviously allocate some resources to that. We've done it again this year and we'll continue to do that." Nzeocha is a 25-year-old native of Germany. He played club football and was a member of the national team in his home country. ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!"The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover.Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on...
Steelers grab Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant in 4th round
By WILL GRAVES, Associated Press | May 2, 2015PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doran Grant picked up the phone for his first interview session as a professional football player and almost immediately blurted out: "Steelers, bro!" The former Ohio State cornerback's youthful enthusiasm was palpable. Consider it fitting for a team whose secondary is in the midst of a long awaited makeover. Pittsburgh grabbed Grant in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, hoping he can bring the same physical presence that helped him become a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season as the Buckeyes stormed to the national championship. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Grant is the second defensive back taken by the Steelers, who picked up Mississippi's Senquez Golson in the second round on Friday as the club tries to find capable bodies to replace the likes of Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Brice McCain. Polamalu and Taylor retired last month while McCain left for Miami in free agency. "There concerns when you have so many starters leave you at once," Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake said. "You want to make sure you replace them and make sure you replace them with quality players." Golson tied a school record with 10 interceptions last fall for the Rebels. Grant had five picks for Ohio State, including two in a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Akron, Ohio native played at the same high school where LeBron James once roamed and joins several Buckeyes who have carved out nice careers for themselves in Pittsburgh, including defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ryan Shazier. Heyward and Shazier were among the first people to reach out when the Steelers used the 121st pick in the draft on Golson. Heyward has often talked about how the set-up at Ohio State made the transition to the Steelers seamless. Golson expects the same. "I love the history and the championship culture there," Golson said. One that finds itself at a crossroads of sort during the offseason. The Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North last season almost in spite of their defense, which ranked 18th in points and yards allowed and 27th against the pass. Exit Polamalu and Taylor — who called it a career when it became apparent they were not part of Pittsburgh's 2015 plans — and McCain, who parlayed a solid year into a lucrative deal with the Dolphins. In their place will be holdovers like William Gay and Cortez Allen and newcomers like Grant and Golson. Lake praised Grant's strength. Grant finished with 63 tackles last season played in 54 games in four seasons. That kind of versatility should help him find a spot on special teams while he learns the ins and outs of new defensive coordinator Keith Butler's 3-4 scheme. Lake said there's a chance the Steelers could give Grant a look at safety, where Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas are slated to start. Grant has never played safety in an actual game but is willing to learn if that's what it takes to see the field. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
AUSTIN — It took three trips to the state tournament, but the Bronte boys golf team finally got its state medal.The Longhorns, who have appeared at the state tournament three of the last four years, fired a two-day score of 710 to place third Thursday in the Class 1A tournament held at Lions Municipal Golf Course.Throckmorton took first with a score of 663, while Happy took runner-up...
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Longhorns finally get their medals
Carlos Silva Jr., Associated Press | May 1, 2015AUSTIN — It took three trips to the state tournament, but the Bronte boys golf team finally got its state medal. The Longhorns, who have appeared at the state tournament three of the last four years, fired a two-day score of 710 to place third Thursday in the Class 1A tournament held at Lions Municipal Golf Course. Throckmorton took first with a score of 663, while Happy took runner-up accolades. “It makes us pretty happy,” Bronte senior Jared Scott, who shot an 88-89—177. “After going three of the last four years and coming home with a medal this time makes us pretty proud. Josh Puentez led the way, shaving six strokes off his first-day score of 86 to finish with a solid 166. Bronte head coach Rocky Rawls felt Puentez’s second-day effort may have been the difference between going home with or without a medal around their necks. “That was huge,” Rawls said. “We needed a senior to step up and he did by shaving his score down by six strokes. I felt the whole team really stepped up, but Josh really helped us out there.” Scott, another senior, followed Puentez with a two-day score of 177. Puentez felt the course conditions were just as difficult as Day 1, but a lack of wind helped players drive the ball further down the fairway and set up for easy putts. “It wasn’t as windy, and I felt like I had a better feel for the course on the second day,” Puentez said. “It feels really good to get this medal. I feel like we deserved it after coming here for three years. “We worked hard enough and we saw the reward.” Much of the hard work showed when the Longhorns reached the greens “We were able to shave off enough strokes to hold off Motley County,” Rawls said. “We were very fortunate. “These kids deserved to medal and the seniors deserved to end their careers in a positive manner.” Along with Scott and Puentez, Lance Burns will also graduate with a third-place medal. Burns finished with 90-90—180. Ean Ward (junior) and Ryan Jones (freshman) will return next year for the Longhorns. “It was good to see those guys get a medal because they’ve been at it for quite awhile,” said Ward, who shot 94-93—187. “It was really good to see.” ‘Kats End In Fifth The Garden City girls struggled on Day 2, but still finished fifth Thursday at the Class 2A state tournament. The Lady Bearkats struggled to make putts on the second day and shot 467, which ballooned their final tally to a 904. Wink took first with a team score of 405-471—822, while Utopia, Leakey and Motley County followed. “I was telling the girls if we could have two-putted a bit more, we might have been close to being on the medal stand,” Garden City head coach David Wood said. “Unfortunately, we’re not able to work on putting as much. And that hurt us.” Hope Halfmann led the team with a score of 207 and Holly Halfmann shot a 222. “When you play two days back to back like that, and you don’t play in a lot of pressure golf, it affects you,” Wood said. “I don’t think we played bad golf today. I felt like we played great golf Day 1 and we didn’t continue that momentum into Day 2.” Holly Halfmann, who helped lead the Lady Bearkats to the state basketball tournament last season, is set to graduate. Garden City was making its first state golf appearance since 2010. Clawson in Top 10 Robert Lee’s Brady Clawson had two goals in mind when she completed the Class 1A state tournament — shoot under a 90 both days and finish in the Top 10. The Lady Steers junior accomplished the latter with a 10th place finish, which makes her hopeful that another summer of practice will bear an even better finish. “I’m really happy about getting a top-10 finish,” said Clawson, who carded a 96-96—162. “I feel like I played well, but I did have a few shortcomings with my putter. That’s where I felt I struggled.” Taking away the putting, Clawson felt she played solid throughout her 36-holes — especially on par-3 holes. “I felt good about those par-3s,” Clawson said. “Those were the holes I felt the most good about because I was able to take advantage of the shorter distances.” Robert Lee head coach Austin Dunham was impressed with his junior’s moxie throughout the two-day tournament. More than anything, though, Dunham is excited to see how Clawson improves with another year of state experience under her belt. “She felt like she really competed with the players in her group,” Dunham said. “I believe she finished second each day, which was something I was hoping she would do. “There are a lot of positives she can take away from this tournament, especially knowing she has another year to get even better.” Hallmark Improves A day after firing a 97, Richland Springs’ Justin Hallmark shaved 14 strokes off his score to finish strong with a 180 in his first appearance at the state golf tournament. The Coyotes junior said he had problems putting and chipping, but felt his confidence built up toward the end of the throughout the 36-hole course. “Chipping and putting were not my strong points,” Hallmark said. “But I was able to do better on Day 2.” Barron Learns Rochelle’s Christian Barron can add another accolade to his ever-growing résumé — golf state qualifier. Barron, a freshman, ended the Class 1A tournament with a two-day score of 97-100—197. Head coach Jym Dennis felt the experience was “once-in-a-lifetime,” but hopes Barron is able to learn from the experience. “I think he learned a lot this time around,” Dennis said. “We were hoping he would shoot in the 80s, which is what he averaged throughout the year, but that didn’t happen.” Dennis felt Barron had a strong start to both of his days, but may have run out of steam after going through a grueling set of 36 holes. “He really did start strong, and I was proud of that,” Dennis said. “But for whatever reason, it looked like he grew tired as the tournament went on. “He can definitely build on it though.” Barron was also apart of the Rochelle football team, which earned the program’s first ever outright district title last season. ——— ©2015 the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) Visit the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) at www.gosanangelo.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Apr 30, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night.New Orleans then used its second of two first-round picks to take Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who'll join a Saints defense that could use...
Saints draft offensive tackle Peat, linebacker Anthony
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints used their top draft choice on a player whose blocking ability might help extend the career of 36-year-old Drew Brees, selecting Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall Thursday night. New Orleans then used its second of two first-round picks to take Clemson inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, who'll join a Saints defense that could use some help after ranking second-to-last in the NFL with 384 yards allowed last season. Payton said the 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat will work strictly as an offensive tackle, where the Saints currently have two incumbent starters, two-year veteran Terron Armstead on the left side and nine-year veteran Zach Strief on the right side. While Payton said he didn't want to label Peat as a potential starter next season, he added, "We feel like he certainly has a ceiling that's extremely high. ... I love the way this guy plays. I absolutely love it." Payton also stressed that offensive tackle is a hard position to fill in free agency, so the Saints saw it was a wise move to draft a top-tier prospect at that spot when they had the chance. He said offensive tackle "is certainly a position we'd call a need position — maybe not a must, but a need." Payton said the Saints also saw inside linebacker as a position they needed to address in the draft, and liked Anthony's combination of physical and leadership ability enough to take him with 31st pick they acquired, along with center Max Unger, in a trade that sent start tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle. "We love the makeup. He's sharp. He's the leader of their defense," Payton said of Anthony, who was a co-captain and led Clemson with 90 tackles last season, including 10½ tackles for losses and 2½ sacks. "Then the production on film was real good." Anthony said he met before the draft with Payton, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and linebackers coach Joe Vitt, adding, "There was just something about those guys, we clicked." And while Anthony played inside in college, he said he's equally comfortable on the outside. "I have no preference. I can play all three positions and I'm willing to play whatever they need me to play," he said. Peat, meanwhile, said he could also play guard, although his body type, particularly his height, would make him an atypical interior lineman — even more so when considering Brees is a relatively short quarterback at 6 feet tall. "I'm ready to come in and contribute wherever they need me on the line," said Peat, who visited Saints headquarters before the draft. "I just want to come in and compete. I've always played tackle, so I feel comfortable playing both sides." The Saints are coming off a 7-9 season in which they missed the playoffs despite playing in the NFL's weakest division, the NFC South. Peat, a native of Chandler, Arizona, comes from a football family. His father, Todd, was an NFL offensive lineman for the Cardinals, both in St. Louis and after the franchise moved to Arizona. Payton said he played high school football in Illinois at the same time as the elder Peat and met him when they were both being recruited by Northern Illinois. Andrus Peat's brother, Todd Jr., is a defensive tackle at Nebraska. His younger brother, Cassius, was highly recruited as a high school linebacker in Arizona and was part of Michigan State's 2015 signing class. "I've always had high expectations with my dad playing," Andrus Peat said. "I tried to learn as much as I can from him and take his advice because he's been there." Peat has been a two-year starter at left tackle for Stanford, which plays a "West Coast," pro-style offense that Peat said should help his transition to Payton's offense. The Cardinal uses a zone-blocking scheme in the run, which the Saints have used since 2013. As a junior in 2014, Peat was named All-Pac-12 and second-team AP All-America. He majored in psychology at Stanford, saying he'd be interested in a career as a sports psychologist after pro football. He could play right away in New Orleans, even if he doesn't start. Payton has been known to use three-tackle alignments, with one of them reporting as an eligible receiver. That was a role Strief routinely played before stepping in as starter in 2011 following Jon Stinchcomb's retirement. In any event, New Orleans' decision to draft a top-tier offensive lineman will likely be welcome news to Brees, who tied for the NFL lead in yards passing last season with 4,952 yards, but was also sacked 29 times. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Oklahoma picked up its fourth commitment of the 2016 class Sunday night when junior college wide receiver Ryan Parker committed to the Sooners. Parker had 47 catches for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman last season at Tyler Junior College. He is from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge High. Parker committed to TCU out […]
Sooners get commit from juco WR
Ryan Aber | Apr 26, 2015Oklahoma picked up its fourth commitment of the 2016 class Sunday night when junior college wide receiver Ryan Parker committed to the Sooners. Parker had 47 catches for 841 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman last season at Tyler Junior College. He is from Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge High. Parker committed to TCU out of high school, choosing the Horned Frogs. But instead of staying close to home in Fort Worth, Parker wound up instead at Tyler. He was lightly recruited after being primarily a basketball player in high school until rejoining the football team as a senior. That season, Parker was named his district's offensive most valuable player after finishing with 73 catches for 1,200 yards and 21 total touchdowns. Parker’s commitment was first reported by OUInsider.com. Parker is OU's second commit in the last month, joining quarterback commit Austin Kendall, who committed earlier this month. The Sooners also have commitments from Houston Dekaney wide receiver Adrian Hardy and Victory Christian tight end Jon-Michael Terry.
Apr 20, 2015
OSU has found its quarterback. There’s no doubt about that, not with the way Mason Rudolph played down the stretch of the 2014 season and the way he looked in the Orange-White Game on Saturday. I wrote about Rudolph for the Sunday Oklahoman, which you can read here. It’s clear that the Cowboys hold their […]
Mason Rudolph has OSU football confidence soaring
Berry Tramel | Apr 20, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/rudolph-autographs.jpg]3641094[/img] OSU has found its quarterback. There's no doubt about that, not with the way Mason Rudolph played down the stretch of the 2014 season and the way he looked in the Orange-White Game on Saturday. I wrote about Rudolph for the Sunday Oklahoman, which you can read here. It's clear that the Cowboys hold their new leader in high esteem, despite his youth (Rudolph went through high school graduation in June 2014). Here are some comments from the Cowboys: Cornerback Kevin Peterson: "He makes really good decisions on the field and off the field. Really appreciative of his maturity and the way he was raised from his parents, the way he came in and took the program in ... really developed him into the person he had to be." Ryan Simmons: "Mason's handled it all very well. He's a lot more mature than his grade and his year showed." Rudolph: "I feel a lot better. Feel a lot more comfortable with the offense. Feel like collectively as a group we've gotten a lot better, kind of built off that late energy we kind of produced in those late games." Now, let's not get carried away. Rudolph is not Brandon Weeden circa 2011. Rudolph might get there, might even get there soon. But he's not there yet. OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Rudolph still makes "simple mistakes. There's been times it's been a bad decision, just a very simple, obvious mistake. 'Boy, my wife can see that, Mason.' Or something as simple as that. Then he'll go ahead and make a great play." That's what has OSU coaches and players bristling with excitement. "He has a very good sense of when to get the ball out of his hand," Yurcich said. "It's really unique. Quick. That's tremendous. He sees open people. And he's getting better at reading defense. "There's procedure. Can't skip steps. Sometimes, you don't want to overcoach. At the same time, there needs to be some fundamentals I think he can get better at." And Mike Gundy, who is mostly giddy about the 2015 Cowboys, said, "If we get some plays out of the running backs and the quarterback plays good, then you have a chance to be a pretty good football team. I say that to caution people because he's only played three games. Coach Yurcich has done a really good job with him in understanding how to distribute the ball. He's a lot further than when he had to play in the bowl game. "He's been very good. He's unselfish, a hard worker, carries himself well, speaks well, the players believe in him. If he continues to work hard and lead by example, they'll follow him. "Most teams tend to go how their quarterback goes. Most teams' attitudes and temperaments go as the quarterback goes, so we're lucky that Mason is doing good job in that area."
Apr 18, 2015
Mason Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader.
Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph give Cowboys a much-needed leader at quarterback
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 18, 2015STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph walks tall. He’s 6-foot-4, talks softly and doesn’t say much out of turn. But only 10 1/2 months past his high school graduation, Rudolph carries himself with a presence that impresses his elders on the OSU football team. Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader. “The way Mase carried himself, the way Mase conducted himself, there was no doubt,” said offensive tackle Zach Crabtree. A swagger, his teammates call it. Not a Joe Namath swagger. A Marlboro Man swagger. A confidence that belies Rudolph’s experience, which extends to three college football games, not counting the Orange-White Game on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Rudolph’s second pass Saturday was well-placed but intercepted. Cornerback Ramon Richards made a superb play, outdueling flanker James Washington on a fade pattern, and got the OSU defense off to a rousing start. But Rudolph was undeterred. He completed 11 of 15 passes the rest of the game for 158 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph showed why optimism flows high for OSU football 2015. The Cowboys have a ton of experience at most positions, plus a quarterback they can believe in. “I think he wants that role,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “I think there are guys that want that last-second shot. He embraces that.” Multiple Cowboys compared Rudolph’s moxie to that of fifth-year senior J.W. Walsh, who has never lacked for confidence but does lack the classic-QB skills of Rudolph. “They have that ‘it’ factor,” Yurcich said. “Can’t really definite it, but they have it. They have confidence in themselves and the team has confidence in them.” More bounty from the decision to pull Rudolph off the redshirt list last November. In three marquee games — at Baylor, at OU, Washington in the Cactus Bowl, the latter two victories — Rudolph proved not just his quarterback mettle, but his leadership qualities. “When everything was falling down, wasn’t going our way, we had to look to somebody else,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons. The truth is, since the Brandon Weeden Fiesta Bowl, OSU has been searching for its franchise quarterback. Clint Chelf played superb down the stretch of 2013 but was a senior. Otherwise, the last three seasons have been musical chairs due to injury and ineffectiveness. Now there is a clear feeling that the quarterback puzzle has been solved. Mike Gundy tried to be cautious — “he’s performed very well from a leadership standpoint and he’s making better decisions with the ball … but he’s got a long ways to go. “ — but ended up admitting that Rudolph gives the Cowboys a chance to return to championship status. Of course, we already knew that. Gundy declaring Rudolph the starter in January was all the evidence we needed. “No question, our job is easier when you have a quarterback that you can trust,” Gundy said. “The best thing we did last year was playing him at the end of the year. He fits the system. He’s mobile enough to move around. He’s shown pocket presence. He’s shown durability and toughness. “We felt like he had established himself as the starter. It helps the organization of your team; they have to look to somebody for leadership, and in most cases it’s going to be your quarterback.” Rudolph fired the ball all over the field Saturday. He hit Washington on two deep throws. The OSU offense looked like its old Weeden self. “It was an awesome spring for me,” Rudolph said. “The chemistry’s great with the offense, especially. It’s a completely different deal. You saw the start of a big thing, and we’re going to continue on. It’s going to be a fun season for sure.” Everyone connected with OSU football believes that, mostly because the Cowboys have found a quarterback that not only can throw, but that they can follow. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools.
High school notebook: OSSAA looking further into private-school rules
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 14, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools. In March, McGuinness officials presented 29 signed petitions from Class 6A and Class 5A schools asking that no school be moved up to Class 6A. The current rule forces private school athletic teams to move up a class in sports except football if they meet certain requirements. The OSSAA voted to send out surveys to member schools in Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A regarding the change to the rule. The board already accepted the members’ recommendation to uncouple boys and girls teams moving up a class. McGuinness filed a lawsuit against the OSSAA last fall regarding the issue. Also on the agenda: *Longtime Southwest Preparatory Conference member Holland Hall has applied for membership in the OSSAA. The board will vote to allow the private school in the association on a provisional basis along with Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences. *The board will vote on a new proposed board policy that requires game officials to undergo a background check. WELKER FOUNDATION GRANTS $115,000 TO OKC ORGANIZATIONS The Wes Welker Foundation named the recipients of $115,000 worth of grant awards to organizations in the Oklahoma City area on Tuesday. Douglass, U.S. Grant and Star Spencer high schools received funds for weight room and other training equipment. SeeWorth Academy was granted funds for football and other athletic equipment, as well as basketball uniforms. Centennial was awarded money for weight room benches, football training equipment and coaching head sets. And the OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation received funds for mats, dummies and athletic training equipment. The Welker Foundation has given more than $700,000 in grants to more than 30 OKC schools and organizations since 2006. The primary fundraising activity for the grant awards is the annual Cleats and Cocktails event, which is scheduled for April 17 at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. For more information, visit weswelkerfoundation.org. DEER CREEK’S AVANTS COMMITS TO NORTH DAKOTA Shortly after being released from his letter of intent at Air Force, Deer Creek forward Conner Avants settled on his new college home. Avants, a 6-foot-7 senior, committed to North Dakota after visiting the campus over the weekend. Avants averaged 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season, hitting 60.5 percent of his field goal tries and leading Deer Creek to the Class 5A semifinals. SEVEN EDMOND SANTA FE BASEBALL PLAYERS SET TO SIGN Edmond Santa Fe’s baseball team is off to a hot start this season, and now nearly the amount of the entire starting lineup will sign their National Letter of Intent next week. Seven different players will sign Wednesday, including three valedictorians. Zackery Bycko will sign with Army West Point, while fellow valedictorians Jake Martin and Tanner Kliewer will sign with Trinity University (Texas) and Princeton, respectively. Both Mike Jones and Zak Jurko will sign with Barton Community College (Kan.) and KJ Orr will sign with Central Texas. Ryan Huber is also slated to sign with Point Park (Pa.) University. The Wolves are 15-2 and 6-0 in District 6A-1 play.
Apr 13, 2015
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever...
Students suspended after charges in beach sex assault
By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | Apr 13, 2015PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen. He said the footage shows several men surrounding an incapacitated woman on a beach chair. The victim told authorities that she thought she had been drugged at the time, and she did not remember the incident well enough to report it. Both students attended Troy University. Delonte Martistee, a 22-year-old senior from Bainbridge, Georgia, and Ryan Calhoun, a 23-year-old sophomore from Mobile, Alabama, were arrested Thursday in Alabama on Florida warrants. Martistee remained in jail Sunday in Panama City. Calhoun was released on bond. The sheriff's office said additional arrests are expected. Court records do not list attorneys for either man. Calls to a phone listing for Calhoun were not immediately returned Sunday. A phone listing for Martistee's mother rang unanswered. Authorities have released few details of the assault, which they say happened sometime between March 10 and March 12 but was only recently uncovered while university police were investigating a shooting. The sheriff's office released a short video of the crowd they said was present at the time. The recording shows a seemingly normal day at the beach for dozens of bikini-clad spring breakers goofing off and standing around talking about Instagram. At one point, a few people cheer, but it's unclear why. Sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley said the video was released "to show the crowd that was surrounding the incident and to show people, not only was it a horrible event, but it was witnessed by so many people who did absolutely nothing to stop or call police." The sexual assault followed a shooting that injured seven people in March at a spring-break beach house party. Beach officials have cracked down on underage drinking and increased the presence of law enforcement because of the violence. "We have got to get control of our beaches," the sheriff said. "It is not safe for our children to be out there on the beaches when these animals are out there." Back in Alabama, Troy University Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves said Sunday that both students have been suspended. Martistee was also removed from the track and field team, he said. The university athletic department's official website lists Martistee as a former Bainbridge High School athlete who has competed for Troy in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He was a Georgia high school state champion in the triple jump and participated in football, basketball and soccer in high school, according to the site. On Sunday morning, dance music still pumped as cleanup crews mopped and swept the dance floors outside the Spinnaker Beach Club where the assault was said to have happened. Zack Sasser, who has rented out beach chairs and equipment for the past four years, picked up beer cans, cigarette butts and the occasional condom that littered the beachfront. He said the biggest issue with spring break is binge drinking. "People come down here and go from zero to 60, and they cannot handle it," he said, adding he did not think spring break was any more out of control than normal, but that more people are filming every action. At a Panama City Beach McDonald's, teenagers Timia Bryant and Arabia Quigley, both 17, were among a group of 15 teens from Atlanta. "I felt safe because I was with my friends," Bryant said. "We always stayed in groups and checked on each other." Quigley said spring break safety comes down to personal choices. "If you are drinking or doing drugs or not paying attention to who you are with, it can be dangerous," she said. ___ Associated Press writers Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Apr 12, 2015
Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton...
Oklahoma football notebook: Incoming safeties could see early action
By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Apr 12, 2015Oklahoma’s top three safeties — juniors Ahmad Thomas, Hatari Byrd and sophomore Steven Parker — have all made progress this spring and played well in Saturday’s Red-White Game. But after that, the Sooners are currently pretty thin at those positions. The second-team defense Saturday mostly featured walk-on safeties, meaning incoming freshmen Will Sunderland (Midwest City), Kahlil Haughton (Waco, Texas) and Prentice McKinney (Dallas) will all have the opportunity to compete for early playing time. “The guys that are here in the spring, they want that opportunity and … they’re not going to let go of it,” said junior cornerback Zack Sanchez. “The freshmen coming in, they've got to have the mindset that it's going to be a competition and they're not going to be handed anything. “The guys that are here, they want it just as bad as the freshmen coming in. It's going to be exciting to have that many guys competing.” All three incoming safeties were four-star prospects. KENDALL INVITED TO FIVE-STAR CHALLENGE Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall punched his ticket to this summer’s prestigious Rivals Five-Star Challenge with an excellent performance at Sunday’s Rivals regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. The Five-Star Challenge — billed as “the premier high school football camp in America” — will be held June 5-7 in Baltimore. Kendall, currently a four-star prospect, according to every major recruiting service, committed to the Sooners last week. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally across all positions by Rivals. Kendall committed to Tennessee last August, but withdrew that commitment in March. The Sooners’ interest in Kendall increased after the hiring of new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley in January. Oklahoma did not sign a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less recruiting class for the Sooners since 2005. QUOTABLE Junior Baker Mayfield, on the quarterback battle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if it carried on all the way through camp. We have to be prepared for that. It won’t be over by the end of spring — or it seems that way — and I’m fine with that. I know the other guys are fine with that. We’ve just gotta battle throughout the summer and hang in there. It’s gonna be work anyway. We might as well have fun with that.” BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER
Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries.
Oklahoma football: Former Sooner football players to participate in benefit basketball game
BY RYAN ABER | Apr 9, 2015The night before Oklahoma's spring football game, a large group of former OU players will come together for the Third Annual Ball-for-a-Cause charity basketball game at Norman North High School. Some players expected to participate include Frank Alexander, Ryan Broyles, Dominique Franks, Demontre Hurst, Paul Thompson, Trent Ratterree, Reggie Smith and Trent Williams. Proceeds benefit the Find A Way Foundation, a charity founded by former Sooner Corey Wilson that is dedicated to helping people cope with spinal cord injuries. Wilson was paralyzed in a February 2009 accident. The game starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening an hour earlier. Tickets are available at the door for $10. In addition to the game, the event features a silent auction, player signings and giveaways.
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Apology accepted.Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night.A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur.“I got a text message ,and he said he...
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 5, 2015Apology accepted. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur. “I got a text message ,and he said he wanted to talk to me,” Kaminsky said. “I’m glad he reached out. He’s nice kid. He said he really respects me and apologized for what he said. I could tell he was sincere about it. “Things are said all the time, on the court, when microphones aren’t on. It’s not that big a deal to me. The situation is completely diffused.” The rematch On Dec. 3, Duke traveled to Madison, Wis., and thumped the Badgers 80-70. The Blue Devils led by three at halftime. Four players scored in double figures for the Blue Devils, led by Tyus Jones with 22 points. Wisconsin got 25 from Traevon Jackson and 17 from Kaminsky. That game means … nothing. “Totally different teams now,” Duke guard Quinn Cook said. But it was a huge victory for the Blue Devils and their three freshman starters. It was the team’s first true road game. “I remember we weren’t nervous,” guard Matt Jones said. “And we got a lot of confidence from that game.” One difference from then to now is the health of Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. He played on an injured ankle and scored five points in the earlier game. “We didn’t play well in that game,” Kaminsky said. “Hopefully we can take some stuff from that game and use it this time.” Big Ten success In the last several years, the Big Ten has been first in realignment, first in creating a leaguewide network but not first in winning national championships in football or men’s basketball. Now, the conference has put itself in a position for a sweep. Ohio State beat Oregon in the first College Football Playoff championship game in January, and now Wisconsin has a chance in NCAA men’s basketball. Before this year, the last titles in those sports were the Buckeyes’ 2002 football championship and Michigan State’s 2000 basketball title. Since 2002, the SEC has piled up titles in football (eight) and basketball (four). The Big 12 and ACC have won championships in both sports. The Big Ten now has that opportunity. Calipari in Hall of Fame, Ryan not John Calipari will be introduced as a Naismith Hall of Fame member today. Several outlets reported Sunday that Calipari received enough votes to be inducted, but fellow finalist, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, did not. Wonder if the outcome would have been different had the voting occurred after the Badgers’ victory over Kentucky on Saturday? Other Hall of Fame finalists among players include former Kansas and Boston Celtics guard Jo Jo White, Spencer Haywood, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutumbo and Lisa Leslie. In addition, NBA coach Bill Fitch, NBA referee Dick Bavetta and high school coach Robert Hughes are finalists. ? Also Sunday, Calipari was chosen winner of the Naismith Coach of the Year, his second major coaching honor announced during the Final Four. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000008064,t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000404496,t000169039,g000362661,g000066164,g000065586,g000065650
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Maddie Flemmons, Bethany (SW Christian) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian (SW Baptist) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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