Southmoore Sabercats football
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|2012-08-31||@||Carl Albert||W||48 - 21|
|2012-09-07||@||Westmoore||W||33 - 27||2 OT|
|2012-09-14||vs||Moore||W||41 - 23|
|2012-09-20||@||Edmond Santa Fe||L||37 - 53|
|2012-09-28||vs||Putnam West||W||69 - 19|
|2012-10-04||@||Lawton||W||20 - 17|
|2012-10-12||vs||Norman||L||28 - 41|
|2012-10-19||@||Edmond Memorial||L||20 - 27|
|2012-10-26||vs||Choctaw||W||63 - 7|
|2012-11-02||vs||Mustang||W||44 - 14|
|2012-11-09||@||Norman North||L||6 - 21|
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Southmoore High School Varsity Boys Football
Sep 4, 2015
Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB: Mason Fine, Locust Grove; Sr; 5-11; 165 RB: Grant Martin, Harrah; Sr.; 5-10; 170 RB: Chris Walker, Fort Gibson; Jr.; 6-2; 205 RB: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 5-11; 165 WR: Jason Pirtle, Locust Grove; Sr.; 6-2; 195 WR: Dillon Stoner, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 175 OL: Tyler Brown, Lexington; Sr.; 6-6; 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur; Sr.;...
High school football: Preseason All-State team
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB: Mason Fine, Locust Grove; Sr; 5-11; 165 RB: Grant Martin, Harrah; Sr.; 5-10; 170 RB: Chris Walker, Fort Gibson; Jr.; 6-2; 205 RB: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 5-11; 165 WR: Jason Pirtle, Locust Grove; Sr.; 6-2; 195 WR: Dillon Stoner, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 175 OL: Tyler Brown, Lexington; Sr.; 6-6; 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur; Sr.; 6-4; 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow; Sr.; 6-5; 320 OL: Tramonda Moore, John Marshall; Sr.; 6-5; 345 OL: Logan Roberson, Harrah; Sr.; 6-5; 320 Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. DL: Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, Sr.; 6-4; 310 DL: Ty Hughes, Jones; Sr.; 6-0; 285 DL: Noah Jones, Southmoore; Sr.; 6-5; 250 LB: Levi Draper, Collinsville; Jr.; 6-2; 215 LB: Blake Landon, Deer Creek; Sr.; 6-2; 220 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Oologah; Sr.; 6-0; 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian; Sr.; 6-2, 225 DB: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe; Sr.; 6-3; 195 DB: K.J. Wells, Idabel; Sr.; 6-4; 185 DB: Austin Quillen, Jenks; Sr.; 6-0; 190 DB: Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Jr.; 5-11; 170 Special teams Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. K: Jack Markmiller, Oklahoma Christian; Sr.; 5-9; 165 P: Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian; Sr.; 6-3; 200 KR: Quan Hogan, Norman North; Sr.; 6-1; 210
Sep 4, 2015
Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB Chandler Garrett, Mustang Sr. 6-5 200 RB Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington Sr. 5-10 180 RB Quan Hogan, Norman North Sr. 6-1 210 RB Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Sr. 5-11 165 WR Jordan Brown, Stillwater Sr. 6-3 195 WR Dillon Stoner, Jenks Sr. 6-0 175 OL Sheldon Barnes, Jenks Sr. 6-5 310 OL Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Sr. 6-5 320 OL Walker Reed, Norman...
High school football: Class 6A Preseason All-Class team
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Offense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. QB Chandler Garrett, Mustang Sr. 6-5 200 RB Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington Sr. 5-10 180 RB Quan Hogan, Norman North Sr. 6-1 210 RB Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Sr. 5-11 165 WR Jordan Brown, Stillwater Sr. 6-3 195 WR Dillon Stoner, Jenks Sr. 6-0 175 OL Sheldon Barnes, Jenks Sr. 6-5 310 OL Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Sr. 6-5 320 OL Walker Reed, Norman North Sr. 6-6 300 OL Brandon Scott, Owasso Sr. 6-6 315 OL Steve Youmans, Lawton Sr. 6-2 270 Defense Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. DL Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville Sr. 6-3 215 DL Noah Jones, Southmoore Sr. 6-5 250 DL Tre Towery, Westmoore Sr. 6-3 285 DL Nic Roller, Bixby Sr. 6-0 240 LB RJ Goodman, Midwest City Sr. 5-10 200 LB Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial Sr. 6-1 215 DB Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City Sr. 5-11 175 DB Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Sr. 6-3 195 DB Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington Sr. 5-11 170 DB Austin Quillen, Jenks Sr. 6-0 190 DB Tre Brown, Tulsa Union Jr. 5-11 170 Special teams Pos. Player, school Cl. Ht. Wt. K Jace Holt, Tulsa Union Sr. 6-0 170 P Tanner Griffin, Bixby Sr. 6-1 185 KR Dunya Rice, Southmoore Sr. 5-7 175
Sep 4, 2015
1. Jenks (11-2): With third-year starter Cooper Nunley at QB, the Trojans are looking for their fourth straight title. 2. Tulsa Union (11-2): Combined with Jenks to win the last 19 Class 6A titles. Can the dominant duo make it 20? 3. Mustang (8-4): A veteran defense will support one of the state's most potent offenses. 4. Broken Arrow (7-4): RB Jamall Shaw and OL Rowdy Frederick lead a power...
High school football: Jenks, Tulsa Union, Mustang top Class 6A rankings
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 20151. Jenks (11-2): With third-year starter Cooper Nunley at QB, the Trojans are looking for their fourth straight title. 2. Tulsa Union (11-2): Combined with Jenks to win the last 19 Class 6A titles. Can the dominant duo make it 20? 3. Mustang (8-4): A veteran defense will support one of the state's most potent offenses. 4. Broken Arrow (7-4): RB Jamall Shaw and OL Rowdy Frederick lead a power offense. 5. Owasso (10-2): Caleb Colvin and Kavon Graham anchor a defense with lots of size up front. 6. Southmoore (4-7): Sophomore QB Casey Thompson leads the rise at Southmoore. 7. Norman North (5-5): The Timberwolves hope to overpower opponents with RB Quan Hogan and a big offensive line. 8. Edmond Santa Fe (5-5): Coach Kyle White has 17 returning starters to lean on in his first season. 9. Edmond Memorial (5-6): Linebacker Zeke Mammen leads a defense that will key the Bulldogs' success. 10. Yukon (4-6): New coach Brian Sauser is trying to put his imprint on the Miller program. 11. Westmoore (7-4): Must replace the bulk of their offensive production, but the Jaguars have some talent to work with. 12. Putnam City (3-7): Former Union offensive coordinator Preston Pearson brings a championship mentality as the Pirates' new leader. 13. Edmond North (3-7): Jordan Prince and Antonio Williams anchor an experienced secondary. 14. Moore (0-10): The Lions continue to take big steps forward under coach Paul Hix. 15. Putnam City North (4-6): Andre Harris Jr. and Jamal Barkus anchor the offensive and defensive lines, respectively. 16. Norman (2-8): Sophomore Ryan Peoples steps in to quarterback a young group of Tigers.
Sep 4, 2015
More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida...
Prep football: John Marshall's Tramonda Moore tops latest version of the Super 30
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 4, 2015More than 50 high school football players in the state have Division I scholarship offers, and the number continues to grow. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's preseason update of the Super 30, ranking the state's top prospects in the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Offensive lineman, 6-5, 345 Uncommitted Offers keep flowing in from the nation's best programs — Alabama, Florida State and Auburn among them. But OU and OSU remain heavily in the mix. 2. Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker, 6-3, 195 Uncommitted A safety in high school but a linebacker at the next level, Bundage holds more than 20 scholarship offers with official visits planned to Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon. 3. Terry Wilson, Del City Quarterback, 6-3, 190 Committed to Nebraska Husker fans have raved about Wilson since his summer camp appearance when he showed off his strong arm and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. 4. Logan Roberson, Harrah Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Oklahoma The powerfully built Roberson will try to help the Panthers to a second consecutive district championship. 5. Tyler Brown, Lexington Offensive lineman, 6-6, 315 Committed to TCU Missouri recently became his 14th scholarship offer, but he remains fully committed to TCU. 6. Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington Running back, 5-10, 180 Committed to Oklahoma State Houston and Louisville have offered the elusive running back since February when he became OSU's first commitment of the class. 7. Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian Linebacker, 6-2, 225 Committed to Oklahoma Previously a defensive end, Terry will play linebacker for the Conquerors this season, which is where the Sooners project him. 8. K.J. Wells, Idabel Athlete, 6-4, 185 Uncommitted Oklahoma State and TCU are among the offers for the Idabel QB, who will shift to one of a variety of positions in college. 9. Dillon Stoner, Jenks Wide receiver, 6-0, 175 Committed to Oklahoma State Stoner's connection with Jenks QB Cooper Nunley should shine in his senior year. 10. Noah Jones, Southmoore Defensive end, 6-5, 250 Committed to Texas Tech The leader on a defense that was one of the state's best last season. 11. Austin Quillen, Jenks Defensive back, 6-0, 190 Committed to Vanderbilt Chose Vandy over Arizona, Iowa, Tulsa, Washington State, Hawaii and others. 12. Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove Running back, 6-2, 200 Committed to Arkansas State Dangerous mixture of speed, power and elusiveness. 13. Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Offensive lineman, 6-5, 320 Committed to Tulsa The latest addition to Tulsa's strong in-state recruiting class. 14. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah Linebacker, 6-0, 230 Committed to Kansas State Kansas State coach Bill Snyder loves to mine Oklahoma for talented prospects and wrapped up McKinney early. 15. Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Committed to Kansas Mayberry is excited about his future at a program where he can play early and help the Jayhawks rebuild. 16. Jordan Brown, Stillwater Wide receiver, 6-3, 195 Committed to Tulsa A long receiver who can do it all, Brown verbally committed to Tulsa over the summer. 17. Jace Webb, Hollis Offensive lineman, 6-5, 292 Uncommitted Louisville, Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, North Texas and Army have offered this dominant small-school lineman. 18. Quan Hogan, Norman North Running back, 6-1, 210 Uncommitted Tulsa, Ohio and Wyoming are among his top offers, but Kansas State is showing strong interest lately. 19. Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian Quarterback, 6-3, 200 Committed to Boise State Bound for the Land of the Blue Turf, Wilson is focused on making a run at a Class 3A state title. 20. Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison Defensive tackle, 6-4, 310 Committed to Tulane Also an offensive lineman, Criddle was targeted by Tulane as a defensive tackle. 21. Chandler Garrett, Mustang Quarterback, 6-5, 200 Committed to Wyoming Following in the footsteps of his head coach, Jeremy Dombek, who played quarterback at Wyoming in the mid-1990s. 22. Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady Defensive back, 5-11, 170 Uncommitted Committed to Iowa in July, but the Hawkeyes had no room for another DB. He remains in a holding pattern while Louisville, UCLA, SMU and Tulsa wait. 23. Dae Williams, Sapulpa Running back, 6-2, 230 Committed to SMU The definition of a power back, Williams is also a defensive standout at safety for the Chieftains. 24. Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman, 6-6, 350 Uncommitted Harris, who has offers from North Texas, Ohio and Tulsa, has been shedding weight to impress recruiters over the offseason. 25. Taven Birdow, Altus Running back, 6-1, 205 Uncommitted A breakout as a sophomore in Altus, Birdow played at IMG Academy in Florida as a junior before returning with offers from Southern Miss, Air Force, Army and Richmond. 26. Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison Linebacker, 6-1, 215 Uncommitted A late riser on the state's recruiting scene, Miller has four offers, with Memphis and Louisiana Tech topping the list. 27. T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur Offensive lineman, 6-4, 330 Uncommitted An offensive and defensive tackle for the Highlanders, Fiailoa is projected as an interior lineman and has been getting extra reps at center in the preseason. 28. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw Tight end, 6-4, 240 Uncommitted The Sallisaw QB is gaining traction on the recruiting scene as a tight end, with recent offers from Tulsa and Houston. 29. Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower Wide receiver, 6-1, 170 Uncommitted North Texas, Arkansas State and the military academies are among his nine scholarship offers. 30. Shiloh Windsor, Ada Linebacker, 6-3, 220 Uncommitted Ohio and Wyoming have recently offered a scholarship to the Cougars' big LB prospect.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.
High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 2, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. See Friday's edition of The Oklahoman for predictions on Friday night's games: Last week's record: 16-2 Thursday's Games Class 6A Del City 44, PC WEST 14 SOUTHMOORE 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Norman North 28, NORMAN 17 Sand Springs 31, TULSA HALE 7 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Clinton 20 Collinsville 35, OOLOGAH 21 Class 4A CLEVELAND 26, Hominy 22 ROLAND 45, Muldrow 16 ELK CITY 28, Pampa, Texas 21 Class 3A Capitol Hill 28, CENTENNIAL 27 HERITAGE HALL 31, Casady 17 Douglass 42, NORTHEAST 6 LEXINGTON 28, Little Axe 22 Millwood 40, STAR SPENCER 14 LOCUST GROVE 50, Salina 12 TULSA WEBSTER 35, SeeWorth Aca. 6 Velma-Alma 20, COMANCHE 14 Washington 42, BRIDGE CREEK 12 Class 2A CHOUTEAU 28, Foyil 8 HARTSHORNE 34, Holdenville 14 CRESCENT 20, Newkirk 17 Panama 24, GORE 6 Class A CARNEGIE 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 14 Class B MAUD 48, Bowlegs 8 DC-Lamont 44, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 30 Geary 34, CANTON 28 MAYSVILLE 52, Paoli 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 44, MEDFORD 16 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Watts 28 Independent Cement 34, ALEX JV 28 Osd 48, MISSOURI DEAF 42 *-Home team in CAPS.
Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive...
Seven former local standouts named OBU football captains
Jacob Unruh | Sep 1, 2015Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OCU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding in Shawnee.
Sep 1, 2015
The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
High school notebook: The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 1, 2015The Children's Center Bowl set for Sept. 18 Kingfisher will be Bethany's opponent in The Children's Center Bowl this month, with the annual game set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. The game, held at Bethany/SNU Stadium, caps a special week in which both participating schools raise money for The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Players get to tour the facility and meet several patients. The Children's Center is a private, non-profit hospital which offers 24-hour medical care, comprehensive therapies, respiratory care and special education to children with complex pediatric conditions. In addition, patients from the hospital will attend the game and take part in special activities with players, cheerleaders and fans. On average, The Children's Center Bowl raises close to $10,000 for the hospital and its patients. TUTTLE, DAVIS SPLIT GATE FROM WEEK ZERO GAME Last week's Week Zero game between Tuttle and Davis was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage, but after each team lost an opponent this season the school's turned it into a game. Now, both schools are reaping the benefit of that. Tuttle athletic director Bobby Odam said the school will split the net profit from admission with Davis. “One of us was going to be void of our fifth home game and we're not in a year of the two-year cycle that I can return the favor next year,” Odam said. “Since I couldn't repeat the favor it was only fair to split so both of us would get some benefit of playing it.” Tuttle won the game 31-14, snapping Davis' 30-game win streak. Odam estimated the gross profit from the game was around $10,000. Both schools honored former coach Mickey Hoy before the game and at halftime. Hoy began his coaching career 50 years ago at Tuttle and later coached at Davis. SEVEN FORMER LOCAL STANDOUTS NAMED OBU CAPTAINS Eight players were recently named football team captains for Oklahoma Baptist University, with seven of them being from local high schools. Junior offensive line Zach Clark of Westmoore, senior defensive lineman Kimes Gilbert of Southmoore, junior quarterback Cooper Koons of Tuttle, senior running back Dawson Myers of Cushing, senior linebacker Brynden Pitzer of Edmond North, junior defensive lineman Gage Wimer of Blanchard and junior quarterback Blake Woodard of Newcastle were all elected by their teammates along with Searcy, Ark., native Dez Stegall. It is the third year for Gilbert to be voted a captain along with the second year for both Koons and Woodard. OBU opens its season at 11 a.m. Saturday against Harding in Shawnee. NORMAN NORTH'S MILLIGAN WINS OJGT EVENT A good performance on the summer circuit has carried over to the fall schedule for Norman North's Kaitlin Milligan. The junior shot rounds of 68 and 67 to win the OJGT Kickingbird Fall Challenge in Edmond over the weekend. Milligan's two-round total of 135 was good for a five-stroke win over Durant's Sydney Youngblood, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma. In the boys age 15-18 event, Wichita's Wells Padgett needed a final-round 61 to edge Logan McAllister of Christian Heritage by one stroke. Stillwater's Jack Glenn shot a two-round total of 140 to win the age 12-14 tournament by two shots. BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, staff writers
Aug 30, 2015
A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one...
The Oklahoman's Top 10 Games of Week 1: Midwest City-Tulsa Washington a powerhouse matchup
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 30, 2015A few teams got the high school football season off to a good start with Week Zero last Friday, but a full schedule of Week 1 games are lined up across the state this week. Here's a look at The Oklahoman's top 10 games of the week: 1. Class 6A-II No. 2 Midwest City at 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington Two historically powerful Class 6A-II teams with championship talent — one from Tulsa, one from the Oklahoma City metro — meeting in the season opener. It can't be topped. 2. Class 6A-I No. 1 Jenks at 6A-II No. 1 Bixby Bixby has a big hill to climb to hang with Jenks, but the idea of two top-ranked defending champions meeting up in the opener is still fun. 3. Class 6A-I No. 4 Broken Arrow at 6A-I No. 5 Owasso The winner of this game gets a boost to its contender status as we try to decide who can challenge Jenks and Tulsa Union for the 6A-I crown. 4. Class 5A No. 6 Collinsville at 4A No. 2 Oologah, Thursday Collinsville won this matchup last year, but Oologah got back on track and made a run to the Class 4A finals. 5. Class 3A No. 5 Lincoln Christian vs. 2A No. 1 Davis at Choctaw, 3 p.m. Saturday Choctaw's special Saturday doubleheader starts with Jones vs. Vian at 11 a.m. 6. Southlake Carroll (Texas) at 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union One of Oklahoma's powerhouse big-school teams against one from Texas. Instant rivalry. 7. Class 5A No. 5 Ardmore at 4A No. 7 Ada New coaches on each side of this rivalry — Josh Newby at Ardmore and Wade Standley at Ada — but preseason hype has been high in each town. 8. Class 6A-I No. 9 Edmond Memorial at 6A-I No. 6 Southmoore, Thursday Edmond Memorial's solid defense will give Southmoore's young offensive talent a good test out of the gate. 9. Class 6A-II No. 5 Stillwater at 5A No. 3 Deer Creek Deer Creek gets a glimpse of its future with the impending move to 6A-II a year away. 10. Class A No. 7 Ringling at 2A No. 6 OCS An intriguing matchup between two teams that have been regular state title contenders in their respective classes the last few years.
Media notes: John Brooks returns to play-by-play to call package of Putnam City football games on new FM translator station 98.5.
John Brooks, a former OU and Oklahoma City Blazers radio voice, will return for his 51st year of play-by-play when he calls a 13-game package of Putnam City football games on translator station FM 98.5, which was expected to launch Wednesday with a Regional Mexican format. Mike Baldwin, a former sportswriter for The Oklahoman, will be the analyst for the 13-game package, which includes all 10...
Media notes: John Brooks returns to play-by-play to call package of Putnam City football games on new FM translator station 98.5.
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 25, 2015John Brooks, a former OU and Oklahoma City Blazers radio voice, will return for his 51st year of play-by-play when he calls a 13-game package of Putnam City football games on translator station FM 98.5, which was expected to launch Wednesday with a Regional Mexican format. Mike Baldwin, a former sportswriter for The Oklahoman, will be the analyst for the 13-game package, which includes all 10 Putnam City High School games, Putnam City North vs. Putnam City West, Putnam City North at Southmoore and Capitol Hill at Putnam City West. Most recently, Brooks broadcast Tulsa Union football games for five seasons (2009-13), but lost the position last year when the school changed radio stations. Brooks said he is well-acquainted with new Putnam City coach Preston Pearson, who spent the past eight seasons as a Union assistant coach, including the past four four as offensive coordinator. After Pearson got the Putnam City job, Brooks said he approached him with the idea of putting together a radio package and then reached an agreement with Kelly Sports Properties of Columbia, Mo., which handles broadcast rights for the school district. Brooks, a member of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame whose signature phrase is "Geeminy Christmas!", said he began calling game in 1962 when he got out of the Army and has called games since except for three years (1964, 2008 and 2014). He was voice of the Sooners from 1974-91 and called Blazers games from 1965-2005. "It's evident I can't retire," said Brooks, 76. "I'm fired up. I feel like I'm 55." Bill Hurley, iHeartMedia market president, said his company planned to launch FM 98.5 (KBRU HD2) on Wednesday. He said the station would cover north and west Oklahoma City, Edmond and hoped to reach part of south Oklahoma City. Norman sports talk station KREF also operates at FM 98.5, as well as AM-1400. Hurley noted that Brooks is fluent in Spanish and said he wouldn't be surprised if he incorporated it into the game broadcasts on the Regional Mexican station. Short takes •Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson will return as CBS' lead NFL broadcast team and call Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016, the network announced Tuesday. Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts serve as No. 2 announce team and call the network’s top game on Sundays when Nantz and Simms don't call a game. Greg Gumbel teams with Trent Green for the second year in a row. Other announce teams are Kevin Harlan-Rich Gannon; Spero Dedes-Solomon Wilcots; Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein; Tom McCarthy-Adam Archuleta; and Brian Anderson-Chris Simms. Other sideline reporters are Evan Washburn with Eagle-Fouts and Jamie Erdahl with Gumbel-Green. •CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today," will have a new look with a redesigned set, and a new feel, as the show’s traditional format is being changed to incorporate a faster-paced, high energy and rapid fire format, according to a news release. Anchor James Brown, along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott will be stationed at various areas around the studio, including in-front of the newly designed, floor-to-ceiling, high-tech video wall, a living room setting and a desk. •ESPN’s top analysts are uniting to preview the college football season in a variety of studio shows, including the 13th annual "Herbies Pre-Season Special" at 5 p.m. Thursday with Kirk Herbstreit, the "College GameDay Preview Special" at 10 a.m. Saturday and "Heisman Trophy Preview Show" at 1 p.m. Sunday •Jay Crawford has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain with ESPN, continuing his role as "SportsCenter" anchor as well as a regular host of ”SportsCenter on the Road” stops at big events. •Longhorn Network (Cox 274) has hired former ESPN host Alex Loeb to join the Austin, Texas-based studio team of Lowell Galindo and reporter Jane Slater beginning Monday. Loeb joins the network after spending the past two years hosting a daytime sports show on The Horn 104.9 in Austin.
Aug 21, 2015
With each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose.
High school football: Southmoore impresses with big plays against Carl Albert
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 21, 2015MOORE — It took two plays Friday night for Southmoore to score a touchdown. Then on the first play of a quarter scrimmage against Carl Albert, the SaberCats struck again. It was just two of a good amount of big plays for Southmoore at Southmoore High School. And with each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose. “I have no doubt that we can execute anything we’ve been told we can,” running back Darrian Moss said. “We have the talent as long as we put our mind to it, work hard, get it done and execute.” Southmoore won the quarter portion 21-7 with two big touchdown runs from Moss, who went 50 yards down the sideline on the first play of the quarter. SaberCats coach Jeremy Stark said Moss has shown improvement this offseason to earn more touches. “He’s a real strong runner,” Stark said. “He’s not real big, but he’s got breakaway speed. Once he gets out in the open he’s hard to tackle and hard to bring down.” Moss, a senior, said he worked in the offseason to be more physical. That certainly showed as he powered through a defender for his second touchdown. “I feel like I’ve become more physical, I got faster and more experienced,” Moss said. “But everybody else on the team has as well. I’ve got to credit them too.” Southmoore also got big plays from quarterback Casey Thompson and versatile senior Dunya Rice, who scored on the second play of the night. But Stark said he would like to see not only the big plays, but a nice long drive that leads to points. “Offensively, we throw the ball vertical quite a bit,” he said. “But there are going to be situations where we have to drive, so we can’t live and die on a big play. We’ve got to get better at driving the ball and running the football downhill.” CARL ALBERT’S OFFENSE STALLS There weren’t the big plays from Carl Albert’s offense that Southmoore featured. Titans coach Gary Rose said he is hoping his young squad learns from a lackluster performance going into next week’s scrimmage against Putnam North, Edmond Santa Fe and Lawton MacArthur. “The thing about us in scrimmages is we don’t prepare for anybody,” Rose said. “We work on us. We just go back and get the film out and look at what we’re doing individually and team-wise. I saw potential, but on the 100 mile journey we’re about 15 down the road. So we’ve got a few more miles to go. Our goal is to get better every week as we always try to do and hopefully by Week 6 or 7 we’ll be where we need to be.” The Titans’ first-team offense failed to score a touchdown, but part of that was an aggressive Southmoore defense that shut down the run and constantly pressured quarterback Braxton Dickerson. “That’s a really good football team in my opinion,” Rose said. “Now, they’re really good or we’re really bad. I don’t think that we’re that bad, but we’re not very deep. We’re nervous; we’ve got to grow up. I just think the potential’s there, but we’ve got so much to work on it’s going to be a long road.” Carl Albert was also without wide receiver Marque Luster for the most of the scrimmage after he suffered a minor knee injury early in the rapid fire. SOUTHMOORE’S JONES, LEWIS SIT OUT Two of Southmoore’s star players were in street clothes. Defensive end Noah Jones, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech, sat out with a knee injury. Jones is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. Junior receiver Quindon Lewis also sat out with a shoulder injury. Stark said both are expected to be ready for the SaberCats’ season opener at Edmond Memorial. CARL ALBERT QBS IMPRESS ROSE Rose was impressed with Dickerson and backup quarterback Johnny Bizzell, a junior who threw a touchdown pass with 36.6 seconds left in the quarter scrimmage. But Dickerson was bottled up. Rose said the offensive line needs to show improvement next week. “We’ve got to protect him better,” Rose said. “You can’t throw the football if you’re getting harassed and blitzed. We didn’t pick blitzes up very well. I think our two quarterbacks have a ton of potential. We’ve got some depth issues in the line that concern me.”
Aug 19, 2015
VARSITY UPDATE -- Ready for some prep football? Here are some teams and players to watch this week as high school football scrimmages get kicked off across the state.
Here are some Oklahoma high school football scrimmages to watch this week
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Aug 19, 2015It's that time again. High school football scrimmages start up on Thursday and Scott Wright and Jenni Carlson talk about some of the ones to watch this week. If you want to see three of the best running backs in the state, head to Moore Stadium on Thursday. If small-school talent is more your interest, Casady is the place to be Friday. There's also an intriguing 6A vs. 5A battle Friday between Carl Albert and Southmoore. Check out some players and teams to watch this week in this Varsity Update.
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 13, 2015
Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two...
Media notes: Cox releases high school football telecast schedule
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Aug 13, 2015Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two appearances. Games for Sept. 24-25 have not been determined. Veteran Oklahoma City sportscaster Steve Marshall will call the games with analyst Mike Ziegenhorn, who is beginning his third year on The Cox Channel, and sideline reporter Deion Imade, a former OSU linebacker. The games will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) and coxhshub.com. Cox high school football schedule: Sept. 3: Edmond Memorial at Southmoore, 7 p.m. Sept. 4: Broken Arrow at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10: Choctaw at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Sept. 11: Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, 7 p.m. at TU's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Sept. 17: Moore at Norman, 7 p.m. Sept. 18: Tulsa Union at Broken Arrow, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25: TBA. Oct. 1: Yukon at Edmond Memorial, 7 p.m. Oct. 2: Bartlesville at Bixby, 7 p.m. Oct. 8: Yukon at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Oct. 9: Norman North at Mustang, 7 p.m. Oct. 15: Tulsa Union at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22: Southmoore at Edmond North, 7 p.m. Oct. 23: Broken Arrow at Jenks, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29: Norman at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Oct. 30: Sand Springs at Tulsa Washington, 7 p.m. Nov. 5: Norman at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Nov. 6: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian, TBA. Nov. 13: Playoffs. Nov. 20: Playoffs. Nov. 27: Playoffs. Dec. 4-5: State championships. Dec. 11-12" State championships. Tillman joins Fox Sports Spencer Tillman, a longtime studio analyst for CBS's "College Football Today," is moving to Fox Sports 1 to cover games with longtime colleague Tim Brando. The pair worked together for 15 years on "College Football Today" until Brando joined Fox Sports 1 last fall. Tillman, a running back on OU's 1985 national championship team who played eight seasons in the NFL, will make his FS1 debut at 9 p.m. Sept. 5 with the Mississippi State at Southern Miss game. Steve Hutchinson, a former Michigan and Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman, has been hired to rotate as an analyst with Petros Papadakis, working with Justin Kutcher. Short takes •Fox Sports also has announced its primary broadcast teams for the Big Ten Network: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and reporter Lisa Byington; Eric Collins, Glen Mason and reporter Rebecca Harlow. •The next edition of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, includes a profile of new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and revisits the successful Pulaski Academy High School football team in Little Rock, Ark., that never punts. •ESPN's "Outside the Lines," 9 a.m. Sunday, will have an all-access look at Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden.
Aug 12, 2015
MOORE — A year ago, on-lookers watched a Southmoore team full of size, speed and young talent and said “they’re going to be good one day.” Now, the question that surrounds the SaberCats as fall camp opens on the 2015 season is: When will “one day” arrive, and could it be this year? The Southmoore defense had arrived last season, allowing more than 26 points four times, including 92 total points...
High school football: Why Southmoore's offense could make 'one day' this season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 12, 2015MOORE — A year ago, on-lookers watched a Southmoore team full of size, speed and young talent and said “they’re going to be good one day.” Now, the question that surrounds the SaberCats as fall camp opens on the 2015 season is: When will “one day” arrive, and could it be this year? The Southmoore defense had arrived last season, allowing more than 26 points four times, including 92 total points surrendered to Jenks and Tulsa Union. The SaberCats gave up just 13 to Owasso and seven to Mustang, both state semifinal teams. With the return of former SaberCat head coach Jeff Brickman as their offensive coordinator, and 11 part- or full-time starters back on the field, the offense is on the rise. “It’s a building process,” said senior slot receiver/running back Dunya Rice. “We’re still building, but I think this offense has a chance to be a lot better than last year.” Rice is one of the reasons for that improvement. At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, he’s deceptively strong and nearly impossible to handle in space. “Dunya can do about anything we ask him to do,” second-year head coach Jeremy Stark said. “He can play every skill position on offense. He returns kicks and punts. He’s such a great athlete and he’s so explosive, so it’s exciting to put him in some different situations and create some matchup issues.” Also a senior, Darrian Moss provides another weapon at running back, playing behind an offensive line with Division I prospects like sophomore Brey Walker and senior Wyatt Whitmarsh opening holes. “To be behind all that talent is pretty humbling, actually,” Moss said. “I’m glad we’ve got all those guys blocking for us. “Our offense is really pulling together. We just need to get it done, and I feel like we have the people to do it.” In the middle of it all is Casey Thompson, the sophomore quarterback who won the starting job last year and has blossomed into a highly respected recruit. Walker is already being discussed as one of the nation’s top recruits in the sophomore class, with OU, OSU, Michigan and Arkansas among the programs to have offered him. But Thompson is making a name for himself as well, with offers from Oregon State, SMU and Arkansas State. Brickman’s return will give Thompson the chance to show off his talents in a fast-paced offense. “Coach Brickman is a great offensive mind, and we know what each other likes,” Thompson said. “We work with each other well, and I think his offense is going to be really exciting. We’re gonna go fast and throw the ball.”
Aug 9, 2015
Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of...
High school football practice primer: Five things to watch in August
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 9, 2015Football practice opens for high school teams on Monday morning — and for some, that meant 12:01 a.m. With the return of football, here are a few story lines to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as teams prepare for the season. 1. Contact limits take effect For the first time, a limit will be placed on the amount of full-contact practice that is allowed. Teams can have 90 minutes per week of full-contact workouts, a limit that was recommended by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, and approved in March by the OSSAA. It’s part of a national movement to help prevent head trauma and concussions, and Oklahoma is among the first group of states to put written rules on the books dictating contact limits. Many coaches, particularly in the smaller classes, have said they generally don’t hit more than 90 minutes in a week during the season anyway, because they don’t want to risk injury. But in August, when bodies are fresh, and everyone’s excited for the first sound of pads on pads, monitoring the 90-minute clock will be crucial. 2. New coaches in high-profile places Coaching changes happen everywhere, every year. Yet the Oklahoma City area saw a higher-than-usual number of changes this offseason, especially considering that many of the jobs were filled by internal promotion, or the hiring of assistants from another school, rather than a head coach leaving one place to take over at another. Nearly 20 schools in the OKC metro open practice with new head coaches, some at places with high expectations. Edmond Santa Fe (Kyle White) and Norman North (Brent Barnes) are trying to return to the elite level, while Yukon (Brian Sauser) and Putnam City (Preston Pearson) are trying to rebuild their programs. Heritage Hall’s Andy Bogert handed the defending Class 3A champs over to his son, Brett. Scott O’Hara takes over a Purcell program that was on the verge of a district title last year. Derrick Perkins is in charge at Mount St. Mary, a program working hard to put years of mediocre football behind it. U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill both got new coaches as they enter the second year of their four-year independence from the OSSAA. 3. Heat watch A mild but humid summer saw temperatures finally spike into triple-digits in the last few days, but forecasts for the first week of practice project highs in the mid-90s. However, if the heat index and humidity numbers remain high, the chances for dehydration and heat-related illness are still significant. Wise coaches will still have the water flowing, regardless of what the temperature gauge says. 4. The season begins in… Week Zero? In a new rule adopted by the OSSAA last spring, teams can now schedule a game the week before the regular Week 1 of the season. So on Aug. 27-28, when most Class 5A and 6A teams are prepping for their second scrimmages of the preseason, some teams will be hitting the field for live action. To be clear, teams aren’t allowed to schedule an 11th regular-season game, but the additional week makes it easier for some to build their non-district schedules. It will be particularly popular in the middle classes, which have an odd number of teams in most districts and thus, have a difficult time finding a 10th game. There aren’t a ton of games scheduled for Week Zero so far, but there are a few interesting ones already set up. Bethany will host Lone Grove, with nationally recruited running back Jeremy Lewis making a rare appearance in the metro area. And a couple of notable small-school programs are set to square off that week with Class 4A Tuttle hosting defending 2A champ Davis. 5. Seeking the west’s best Let’s go ahead and begin the annual conversation about which team from the Oklahoma City metro area has a shot to overtake Jenks and Tulsa Union to win the Class 6A Division I title. Mustang gets the spot at the top of the list, because they’ve at least proven they can stay on the field with the east-side powers — though Union handled the Broncos when it really counted in last year’s semifinals. Southmoore is the sexy pick, because of all their young talent and a couple of close losses to tough teams last year. Others like Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North and Westmoore have to replace some vital players, so the jury is still out on the rest of the field. Let the conversation begin.
Board of Education members Tuesday approved the hiring of new assistant principals for the Norman School District. Peter Brown will serve as assistant principal at Irving Middle School, and Danielle M. Eikel will be Roosevelt Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Brown served as head tennis coach at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and taught social studies and coached...
Principals hired in Norman
Jane Glenn Cannon | Jul 31, 2015Board of Education members Tuesday approved the hiring of new assistant principals for the Norman School District. Peter Brown will serve as assistant principal at Irving Middle School, and Danielle M. Eikel will be Roosevelt Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Brown served as head tennis coach at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and taught social studies and coached ninth-grade football at Southmoore High School in Moore. Eikel is a former instructional coach, reading interventionist, administrative intern and lead teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.
Jul 20, 2015
Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech.
Super 30: Southmoore's Noah Jones following line of productive Oklahomans at Texas Tech
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 20, 2015MOORE — About once every other year, Texas Tech coaches sneak in and swipe an Oklahoma high school football player. And when they land one, it usually turns out to be a happy relationship. That trend lends itself to a promising future for Southmoore’s Noah Jones. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, committed to the Red Raiders in June. He’ll follow a line of productive Oklahoma City-area players to land in Lubbock. Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech. Jones is as excited about coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff as they are about him. “They’re trying to do something special,” Jones said. “I want to buy into that, too. They think I can get some playing time early and have a chance to be a part of something big.” The Red Raiders see Jones as a defensive end now, but potentially someone who could play all across the line as he physically develops. He has a powerfully built lower body with the possibility to add some significant upper-body mass in the future, increasing his weight to the 280 range. “Noah is big, strong, physical,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “He moves well for as big as he is. And he’s smart. All of those things put together make for a good football player. “He’s still young, and he works his butt off in the weight room, so as he develops, he’ll be able to build up his upper body.” While his future is on the defensive line, Jones will get a little bit of work on the offensive side in his senior season at Southmoore. “Toward the end of the season last year, I played some tight end, and I might do a little bit of that again this year,” Jones said. “But defense is what I love. I think sacking the quarterback is great. Better than scoring touchdowns.”
Jul 4, 2015
NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t...
OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push
By Ryan Aber | Jul 4, 2015NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler. Whether it’s a renewed focus on recruiting the state or the high number of Division I-caliber players the state is producing in not only the upcoming class but the one after that, the Sooners are riding a wave of recruiting momentum in Oklahoma this year. They’ve even continued to strengthen their 2015 class within the borders as NEO defensive end Austin Roberts committed to the Sooners in early June, not long before Chandler officially jumped aboard. Chandler’s high school coach, Randy Breeze, said the Sooners’ never stopped pursuing the corner, even after he had to go the junior college route after signing with Texas Tech out of high school. “Every time they’d come by to look at someone, they’d ask how Maurice was doing and talk about him,” Breeze said. “They stayed with him the whole time. That was a big plus.” Oklahoma has offered at least two other state high school players from 2016 — John Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Calvin Bundage. Several others, including Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick, Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Idabel’s K.J. Wells, have stayed on OU’s radar despite not yet receiving an offer from the Sooners. “I think more and more, OU’s doing a better job of building those secondary relationships,” Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said. “It may not be be the first guys they offer, or the first guy they’ve wanted, but they are making sure those guys know that, ‘Hey, we like you,’ and if we have a spot open up or whatever the hangup they may have is — whether it’s grade issues or they don’t have a scholarship spot for them or whatever it may be — they’re communicating those things better to the kids. “I think it shows up more because you get less and less of these stories of kids that have animosity or are hostile about, ‘Why isn’t this school recruiting me when all these are other schools are?’” Breeze has seen that first hand, whether it’s with Chandler or other athletes he’s had in recent years. “They have broken down the recruiting, where I think each coach has a piece of Oklahoma now,” Breeze said. “I think that was a good change they’ve made to get coaches more involved in the state of Oklahoma.” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware is responsible for the Lawton area and Bedenbaugh spent plenty of time there when the Sooners made a strong push for lineman Jalin Barnett last year. Barnett eventually signed with Nebraska. At some points during the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have been criticized for not making the most of in-state recruiting opportunities or for “slow-playing” local recruits as they make offers to players in other states. “That’s a touchy situation,” Breeze said. “What people in Oklahoma have got to realize is that the program that the University of Oklahoma has now, they can recruit any kid in the country. They don’t have limitations. It’s danged if you do, danged if you don’t. “Our kids love Oklahoma. I’d like to see them stay close to home because maybe I can slip off and watch them on a Saturday if they’re fairly close.” That criticism has been at least partially unfair, McCuistion said. “If you’re recruiting in your own stats and you offer a kid, it’s probably a 50-50 bet right that minute that you get that kid,” McCuistion said. “I think some people forget and say, ‘Well, OU hasn’t offered that many guys.’ When OU offers an in-state kid, they have to be 100 percent they want to take that kid. You can’t just throw that offer out. When Arizona State comes to Oklahoma, for example, and offers a kid that kid’s not going to commit on the spot. They can offer a kid earlier so if a kid blows up, they can say they were on him from very early on. “That’s something out-of-state schools can do and Oklahoma does it in other states. But when you’re in-state and you’re the school that has the dynamic pull that Oklahoma does, you have to know that you want that kid and he’s as good as anybody you could go to Texas and get or go to California and get.” Staff changes the last few years — adding Boulware, Bedenbaugh and the now-departed Jerry Montgomery a few years ago and now adding Lincoln Riley, Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks this offseason — have helped as well. “It’s hard to argue that it’s coincidence,” McCuistion said. “Maybe it is but it’s really hard to make that case when the timing of everything matches up so perfectly. YOu just look at it and these things stopped happening or at least slowed down. You’re always going to have kids that are disgruntled but for the most part you don’t hear kids saying, ‘I haven’t heard from Oklahoma in a month,’ or, ‘They offered me and they never called me again.’ You don’t hear stuff like that. “It sounds so simple. It’s tough on the kids because it makes them sound petty. But this is the biggest decision in their lives. They want to communicate with the people that are going to be responsible for their future. That’s reasonable.”
Jun 24, 2015
The former Southmoore offensive coordinator and head coach left the SaberCats for one season to serve as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee.
High schools: Jeff Brickman's return going well for Southmoore
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Jun 24, 2015Jeff Brickman’s new job is his old job. The former Southmoore offensive coordinator and head coach left the SaberCats for one season to serve as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee. But Brickman returned to Southmoore in the spring as offensive coordinator under Jeremy Stark, the man who succeeded him as the SaberCats’ head man last year. “It’s awesome having him back,” Stark said. “We’ve known each other for 20-plus years. We don’t have egos involved. We both have the same goals, to help produce good young men and win football games. “He knows what it’s like to do what I do, so he helps pick up the slack and make my job easier. He’s one of the best offensive minds around. With defensive coordinator Greg Bryant, I’ve got two great coordinators who take a lot off my plate, and I feel very comfortable letting them do what they do.” Brickman said he enjoyed the experience at OBU, and the offense had success last season. But he missed high school football, and wanted to work closer to his family in Blanchard. CASADY’S WARIBOKO-ALALI TO PICK COLLEGE MONDAY Casady defensive back Max Wariboko-Alali will announced his college choice Monday after announcing Wednesday his top three choices. Wariboko-Alali said on his Twitter account he will choose between Louisville, Iowa and UCLA, where his older brother Josh signed in February. Max recently visited Iowa. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior also has offers from SMU and Tulsa. Wariboko-Alali is a member of The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the top high school prospects in the state. A series of profiles on the Super 30 players begins Saturday in The Oklahoman. OSSAA’S SHEAKLEY NAMED TO NFHS BOARD Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association executive director Ed Sheakley was recently named to the board of directors for the National Federation of State High School Associations. The board meets four times a year and Sheakley will serve a four-year term. He has been with the OSSAA since 1992. He was named executive director in May 2009. YUKON'S LANE WALLACE AMONG RECENT JUNIOR GOLF WINNERS It’s been a busy time for junior golfers around the state, with some big tournaments in recent days. Yukon’s Lane Wallace, who just completed his sophomore season, won the USGA Junior Amateur sectional qualifier held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater Monday. Wallace shot 75-79 to earn a spot in the Junior Amateur scheduled for July 20-25 in South Carolina. Jenks’ Garrett Jelley and Plainview’s Katie Finley won the South Central PGA Players Tour Stillwater Championship at Stillwater Country Club on Monday. Jelley’s rounds of 73-72 were good for a two-storke victory over Newalla’s Joseph Lemieux. Finley shot 80-85 to defeat Choctaw’s Lauren Barnes by one.
Jun 23, 2015
Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity.
State's football recruiting class growing at unprecedented rate
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Last week, the University of Wyoming football coaching staff held a satellite camp at Bishop McGuinness High School. More than 700 miles from their Laramie, Wyo., campus, the Cowboys’ coaches put on a camp for Oklahoma high school football players. If that’s not a sign that the crop of football talent in the state’s upcoming senior class has significant national pull, then how about this: approximately 50 players in the 2016 class have scholarship offers from Division I FBS and FCS programs — and National Signing Day is still more than seven months away. Offers are flowing in like the state has never seen, and several more players could still land a D-I opportunity. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are going hard after the state’s top prospects, already with two commitments each, and a few other offers out. Tulsa’s emphasis on in-state players is strong, as usual. But on the national level, the interest in Oklahoma players is exploding. Programs like Michigan and Colorado, which have rarely recruited Oklahoma kids in the recent years, have offered players in this class. Oregon, just a few months removed from its appearance in the national championship game, has offered Edmond Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage and Del City’s Terry Wilson, more Oklahoma players than the Ducks have offered in the past 15 years combined. “It’s neat that guys in Oklahoma are starting to get that recognition,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “I’ve always felt there are a lot of guys in Oklahoma who can play D-I, so it’s exciting to see these big programs recognizing it. “We’ve seen Michigan coming around, and Arizona State, and programs that haven’t always recruited Oklahoma. But guys who recruited here in the past have moved to other schools and they know they’ve had success with Oklahoma kids, so they come back.” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has turned Oklahoma into one of the primary building blocks as he tries to grow his program. He signed four Okies last year and has already offered 16 in the upcoming senior class, a couple of which came after last week’s OKC camp. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett was the Cowboys’ first commitment of the class. “I’ve talked to coach Bohl and when he got the job, he looked back at the times when Wyoming was really having its most success,” said Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek, a former Wyoming quarterback himself. “Those teams had a lot of Oklahoma kids, so they immediately started looking to Oklahoma to rebuild their program.” With Tulsa native Garrick McGee running its offense, Louisville has increased its pursuit of Oklahoma players. Same for Houston, with Okies Derek Warehime and Kenith Pope on the new staff. The influx of college coaches and the improvement of technology with recruiting have helped the hidden gems come to the forefront more easily, particularly from the small schools and rural areas. Lexington’s Tyler Brown is the poster boy, going from no offers to more than a dozen in a month’s span when he committed to TCU in May. Idabel’s K.J. Wells, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete, was already picking up attention from across the country before Oklahoma State extended its offer recently. Hollis offensive lineman Jace Webb was busy helping his basketball team to the state tournament when his first offers started coming in. Mustang is by no means a rural area, but Blake Williams is the definition of a hidden gem. You could’ve watched every Bronco game the last two years and still not know who Williams is, but he has a scholarship offer from North Carolina. Williams, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end prospect, has played less than a handful of snaps the last two seasons because of a serious and rare medical condition. But he’s been able to show his athletic gifts and sure hands at camps this summer to get his name on the radar for multiple programs. Overall, the 2016 class has elite prospects at the top, and unmatched depth throughout. It’s impossible to say just how many players will end up signing D-I letters of intent, but with 11 players already committed, the number seems likely to surpass anything we’ve seen in several years. “I think we have a great 2016 class, and it’s been building,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “I don’t think a lot of these top guys are surprises. A lot of them have been playing since they were sophomores. “These kids see teams play on television and are exposed to a lot more than kids were 25 years ago, so they’re not as dependent on the state schools. These places around the country see somebody who is gifted and it may fit something you do, so why not try to get them to come to your school? “I think it’s great for the state of Oklahoma.”
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Jun 16, 2015
Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything,...
Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions
By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Jun 16, 2015Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports Scholar Athlete Awards luncheon. Afterward, he spoke of how the team welcomed both players back. He said both have been impressive in workouts and he was particularly happy to see Shannon back with the team. “I love Frank Shannon, man,” Darlington said. “We missed him last year and I think the whole team — just beyond as a player, but as a person — we’re happy to have him back. He’s a brother and he’s family. We got to welcome one back in that wasn’t able to be with us for a year.” Shannon was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment in January 2014. He was never charged criminally, but was suspended for one year after a university Title IX investigation. Mixon was involved in an altercation with a female OU student that turned violent and ended with Mixon punching her and breaking multiple bones in her face in July 2014. He was suspended for the entire season. MORE AWARDS TO COME FOR OSU'S RUDOLPH? As Mason Rudolph took his place in a line of award recipients at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, he and Bedlam football rival Darlington gave each other a slight head nod and a smile. Darlington, a decorated OU senior offensive lineman, is going into his last season with the Sooners, but Rudolph is just beginning what appears to be a budding career with Oklahoma State. While he's been touted as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate entering this season, Rudolph received the first true hardware of his OSU career at the 31st Annual All-Sports Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon. The 6-foot-4 quarterback was named one of 10 state school players honored as College Players of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award highlights student athletes who "have excelled on the playing field, in their classrooms and in their communities." "I'm only a rising sophomore, so I haven't really done a lot to receive a whole lot," Rudolph said. "I'm very honored. Obviously, it's an incredible award and, like you mentioned, Ty (Darlington) he's a great guy. I've gotten to know him pretty well. It's a great group of guys seems like, and an overall great afternoon." Based on the end of his season with OSU, leading the Cowboys to consecutive wins in Bedlam against OU and in the Cactus Bowl against Washington, there's more hardware in the future for Rudolph. "I think the whole team has done a great job of really getting after it this offseason," Rudolph said. "Winter program went great, spring practice went great. We're fired up and looking forward to bigger things this fall." Along with Rudolph and Darlington, the following state school players were honored as their school's recipient of the College Player of the Year award: Landon Chappell, University of Central Oklahoma; Chace Green, Langston University; Tanner Hallford, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; William House, Southern Nazarene University; Justin Schanbacher, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Garrett Stafford, University of Tulsa; Ty Watkins, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College; Cole Weber, East Central University. MCGINNIS MEETS SWITZER FOR FIRST TIME Former Heritage Hall quarterback Connor McGinnis had a chance to meet legendary coach Barry Switzer and was surprised to learn Switzer remembered him from a high school game two years ago. “That was really cool,” McGinnis said. “He said a few really nice things about me. I guess he came to watch one of our games — the Casady game two years ago. “Just the fact that he came and he took his time to come out and watch one of our games and to remember me two years later that means a lot.” McGinnis is a 6-foot-5 dual-threat quarterback who is walking on for the Sooners. He was honored at the luncheon as the Jim Thorpe Player of the Year and also a runner-up in The Oklahoman’s Bob Colon Scholarships. After leading Heritage Hall to the Class 3A state championship last season, some questions remained as to whether he would play quarterback, receiver or defensive back in college. He’s working to address those issues by cleaning up his throwing motion. “Going to the college level everything is much quicker, so making my release quick enough for the college level,” McGinnis said. JIM THORPE WINNERS HONORED The annual Jim Thorpe Player of the Year Award winners were honored at the banquet. Winners include Edmond Memorial’s Colin Simpson (baseball); Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann (girls basketball) and Owasso’s Shake Milton (boys basketball); Henryetta’s Daisy VanMeter (girls cross country) and Norman North’s Ben Barrett (boys cross country); Jenks’ Mackenzie Medders (girls golf) and Edmond North’s Tyson Reeder (boys golf); Jenks’ Marlo Zoller (girls soccer) and Heritage Hall’s Garrett McLaughlin (boys soccer); Edmond North’s Ally Robertson (girls swimming) and Norman North’s Justin Wu (boys swimming); Southmoore’s Jordan Henry (girls tennis) and Mount St. Mary’s Blake Crawford (boys tennis); Vinita’s Carsyn Spurgeon (girls track) and Westmoore’s Calvin Miller (boys track); Elgin’s Jentry Holt (volleyball); and Stillwater’s Joe Smith (wrestling).
Jun 15, 2015
The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area...
Southmoore's Noah Jones commits to Texas Tech
Scott Wright | Jun 15, 2015The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area announced his commitment. Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter that he has verbally committed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior was No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings. He picked the Red Raiders over Kansas State, Tulsa, Ohio, Toledo and a variety of other programs that had offered him. Jones is the 10th Oklahoma player in the 2016 class to verbally commit, and the seventh to go out of state. His commitment comes one day after Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett announced his commitment to Wyoming.
May 28, 2015
He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
High school basketball: Western Heights' Gerard Giles more comfortable playing basketball
By Jacob Unruh | May 28, 2015DEL CITY — Gerard Giles never felt comfortable with his decision to play junior college football. A standout on the football field for Western Heights, Giles’ first love is basketball. He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. “I just didn’t really feel it no more,” Giles said. “I really like football, but I just felt like I needed to play basketball. I felt like it was going to be an easier road.” Giles was released from NEO and recently signed to play basketball at Redlands Community College in El Reno. He got a chance to show off his skills in the annual Big All-City basketball game at Del City on Thursday, scoring four points in the West’s 85-75 win over the East. “I think he’s one of the underrated players in the state,” Western Heights coach Brian Booker said. “Now that he’s going to be in the gym all the time instead of just part of the year, I think the sky is the limit for him basketball-wise.” Giles averaged 16 points last season. He’s a left-handed guard who can shoot the outside shot and has the speed to wreak havoc anywhere on the floor. His second basket Thursday was a driving layup over Bishop McGuinness’ Will Lienhard. Giles was free and happy on the court, which was something he didn’t feel he could be moving forward in football. “I felt like the basketball coaches were talking to me like they really wanted me,” he said. “The football coaches, they just wanted me to get there and they stopped talking to me after that. I just felt like it was going to be different. “It was hard telling them, but when I talked to them face-to-face it was better.” Now, Giles feels like he’s on the right path — one that can lead to big things on the basketball court. “I feel like it’s going to work,” he said. “I hope it’s going to work. I feel like it’s going to work. I just feel like I am going to do it the right way.” WEST GIRLS OVERPOWER EAST About the only thing that went the East’s way was the 3-point contest at halftime. The West used a 33-point second quarter to pull away for an 89-38 victory behind Southmoore guard Alyssa Jones’ 20 points, who was among three Southmoore starters. “It’s awesome just to come together and experience something like that,” Jones said. “I’m so used to being all together in a team sport. Right here, I got to show some abilities I don’t usually get to show.” Jones, who will play next season at Midwestern State (Texas), scored seven of her points in the second quarter and added nine more in the third quarter, overcoming some fatigue. “I’ve got to get back with it,” Jones said. “I’ve just got to get back in shape.” Putnam North’s Nakylia Carter added 18 points, while Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins scored 15 and Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann scored 14. The East’s Tia Williams won the 3-point contest with 21 makes in one minute. She also made two treys in the game. Moore’s Allison Rogers led the East with eight points.
May 22, 2015
In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week.
High school football: Oklahoma is loaded with Division I prospects
By Scott Wright | May 22, 2015MOORE — It’s not unusual for 40 Oklahoma high school football players to get Division I scholarship offers in any given year. But it’s incredibly rare for that many players to have offers before the end of May. The state’s 2016 recruiting class has led to one of the busiest spring recruiting periods in years. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week. Southmoore has been as busy as any school around. Defensive end prospect Noah Jones, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, was offered by Tulsa this week, his ninth offer in all. And Wyatt Whitmarsh, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, recently broke through with an offer from Central Arkansas, a Division I FCS program. Yet with the SaberCats, it goes beyond next fall’s senior class. You might’ve already heard the name of Brey Walker, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman who just completed his freshman year of high school. He had already been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU before the week began. Then Jim Harbaugh and Michigan came into the picture with an offer. And it’s only just beginning for young Walker. He isn’t the only freshman at Southmoore making recruiting waves. Quarterback Casey Thompson — younger brother of Kendal and son of Charles — was offered by SMU last week as well. Thompson and Walker are the only 2018 prospects in the state with Division I offers to this point, and it might stay that way for a while. Back to the upcoming senior class, Illinois made an impact on Thursday with offers to a pair of big offensive line prospects from small schools — Lexington’s Tyler Brown, 6-6, 315, and Harrah’s Logan Roberson, 6-5, 310, who also got a New Mexico offer Thursday. John Marshall quarterback/athlete Lenard Leviston was offered by Air Force. Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, possibly the top receiver prospect in the state, added to his strong list of offers with one from Arkansas State. And Wyoming keeps increasing its pursuit of Oklahoma players. The Cowboys signed four last year, and have offered 12 in the 2016 class already. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett, who previously had an Air Force offer, is the latest to join the list. Coincidentally, Garrett is coached by a former Wyoming quarterback, Jeremy Dombek. “I texted one of Wyoming’s coaches an old picture of me playing against Nebraska, and told him that Chandler runs this offense a whole lot better than the guy in that picture,” Dombek said with a laugh. The coach’s response: “I hope so!” Dombek hasn’t been surprised by Wyoming’s increased interest in Oklahoma players. “I’ve talked to some of their coaches, and I think they believe this is an under-recruited area,” he said. “So many people want to focus on Texas, but when you look at the number of Division I signings Oklahoma has had the last few years, it shows you the type of talent we’re producing.” Wyoming isn’t the only one taking notice. Schools from all of the Power Five Conferences have offered Oklahoma players, along with dozens of schools outside the power conferences and from the FCS level. With a wide range of summer camps and combines still on the horizon, the number of Oklahomans with major college football opportunities will only continue to grow.
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.
Apr 29, 2015
Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district...
High School Athletes of the Week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 29, 2015Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district title and a fifth straight win. Boys golf Lance Gregory and Bryce Fanning, Southmoore The pair of SaberCats tied for first at the Ardmore Invitational, each shooting 73 to lead Southmoore to the team victory. Girls golf Elizabeth Freeman, Casady The Oklahoma Christian signee fired back-to-back rounds of 68-73 to win the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament by 10 strokes on Tuesday, her fifth win of the year. She led Casady to its third consecutive SPC Tournament team title. Boys track Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher The senior, who has signed to play football at Wyoming, swept the throwing events at the 89er Conference meet on Saturday. He won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 9 inches and the discus at 146-2. Girls track Morganne Mukes, Edmond Memorial The sophomore sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Edmond North meet last Friday, taking the 100 in 12.08 and the 200 in 25.48. Boys tennis Sam Atkinson and Brett Bormann, Edmond North The sophomore No. 1 doubles pairing defeated a stout field at the Tulsa Union tournament Tuesday. Girls tennis Lauren Harvey, Heritage Hall The freshman continues to establish herself as a No. 2 singles favorite in Class 5A. She won the Ponca City Tournament Saturday and is 14-4 on the year. Slowpitch softball Rachel Stark, Bethel Stark had a big district tournament for Bethel, driving in six of the Wildcats’ 42 runs over three games against Seminole and McLoud. She hit an inside-the-park homer and a three-run double in two games against McLoud.
Apr 20, 2015
Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level.
High school notebook: Southmoore's Noah Jones offered by Texas Tech
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 20, 2015You can usually look for Texas Tech to snatch an Oklahoma football prospect once every couple of years, and the Red Raiders have added Noah Jones to their target list. Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound Southmoore junior, posted on Twitter that Tech had offered a scholarship Monday. Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level. Tech is the sixth school to offer Jones, along with Kansas State, Toledo, Ohio, Army and Navy. YUKON HOLDS OFF CHOCTAW IN KEY DISTRICT MATCHUP At the plate with a full count and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Yukon senior Keegan Meyn didn’t flinch, delivering a two-run double with a line drive to right-center field. It was the second line drive in the middle of the field for a hit from Meyn and most crucial in Yukon’s 8-5 win over Choctaw in a District 6A-1 matchup for first place. “I was expecting fastball and he gave me one outside, so I really sat back on it,” said Meyn, who has signed with both Arkansas-Little Rock and Cowley County (Kan.) “I’ve been working a lot on my mental side this year. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’ve got all of the physical attributes, so I’ve just really been working this season on focusing at the plate.” Meyn finished 2 for 4 with the two RBIs that helped the Millers build an 8-0 lead and a stolen base, putting on display his abilities that have MLB scouts taking notice. Yukon (12-10, 8-1) nearly blew that eight-run lead, though. Choctaw (13-8, 8-3) scored five runs in the fifth, chasing left-hander Drake Norton. Yukon coach Kevin James turned to right-hander Tyler Benge in the final two innings to restore order and pick up the save. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out four. The two teams meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Choctaw to complete the series. BIG ALL-CITY GAMES SET FOR MAY 28 Del City will once again host the Big All-City boys and girls basketball games on Thursday, May 28. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m. With the boys to tip off at 8. The event includes 3-point and dunk contests as well. Rosters and coaches for the games will be announced at a later date. MUSTANG DUO ADDING OFFERS Mustang teammates Jakolby Long and Curtis Haywood II are catching the eyes of several recruiters on the summer basketball circuit. Playing together with Athletes First, both players picked up significant offers over the weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, has more than 10 offers already and added Auburn on Saturday. Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri, Wichita State and Kansas State are among the other programs to offer Long. Haywood, a lanky 6-5 shooting guard, received his first Division I scholarship offer when Western Kentucky offered Saturday. BLANCHARD’S RANEY GETS WIN NO. 200 Blanchard baseball coach Josh Raney recently picked up career win No. 200 in a win over McGuinness. Raney, who has been leading the Lions for eight years, now sits at 202 wins entering Monday’s game against rival Tuttle. “All that means is the quality of kids I’ve had over my time in Blanchard have been really good,” Raney said. “It’s all about talent and if you stay in it long enough and if you’ve got enough talent, you’re going to win a lot of games. To me it’s more about the community of Blanchard and the kids growing up here.” Blanchard beat McGuinness 9-5 in Carl Albert’s annual Bill Tipton tournament on April 10. Raney started his coaching career as an Edmond Santa Fe assistant under former coach Lonny Cobble. He then moved to Blanchard as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach one year later. WIDENER SIGNS WITH HENDERSON STATE Former Midwest City girls basketball standout Reagan Widener signed her National Letter of Intent with Division II Henderson State University (Ark.) on Monday. Widener played the past two seasons at Seminole State College. A 5-foot-5 guard, Widener averaged 5.5 points as a senior for the Bombers in 2011-2012.
O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years.
High school notebook: Scott O'Hara named Purcell's new football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 9, 2015Purcell’s two-month search for its next football coach has ended. Scott O’Hara will be the Dragons’ next head man, the Purcell Register reported Thursday morning. O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years. He has also served as a head coach at Luther and Burns Flat-Dill City. O’Hara will be the fourth head coach in the last five seasons at Purcell. He replaces Greg Willis, who was not retained after going 13-9 in two seasons with the Dragons. OCA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM NAMED The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters Thursday for the annual All-State girls basketball games, which will be played at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center on July 29 beginning with the small-school game at 7 p.m. Here are the rosters: Small East: Kylie Looney, Adair; Krisha Young, Latta; Addy Clift, Kiowa; Jordan Paige Campagna, Red Oak; Maddie Miller, Kiefer; Raylee Conner, Woodland; Shanessiea Walters, Vian; Jhonett Cookson, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Courtney Risenhoover, Verdigris; Bailey Wensler, Perkins-Tryon Small West: Dagan Lampkin, Washington; Sadie Mason, Fairview; Kenadey Grellner, Okarche; Hailey Duffy, Lomega; Lora Riley, Alva; Kate Sander, Cheyenne/Reydon; Carley Frymire, Thomas; Madison Lee, Okarche; Summer Pennington, Cheyenne/Reydon; Sydney DeVaughan, Ft. Cobb-Broxton Large East: Hailey Tucker, Bartlesville; Taylor Jones, Broken Arrow; Marcia Reed, Tulsa East Central; Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central; Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove; Desiree Phipps, Fort Gibson; Madison Davis, Locust Grove; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Kendriana Washington, Tulsa Washington; Olivia Wells, Ada Large West: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower; Ashley Beatty, Anadarko; Blake Blessington, Harrah; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Hayden Priddy, Piedmont; Jentry Holt, Elgin; Adrienne Berry, Mount St. Mary. PC WEST’S JOLLY, SANTA FE’S JEFFRIES LEAD OKLAHOMA FAITH 7 TEAM Putnam City West’s Tyson Jolly and Edmond Santa Fe’s DaQuan Jeffries highlight a talented Oklahoma roster for the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl, set for June 6 in Shawnee. Oklahoma Baptist University will host the game pitting Oklahoma stars against Texas stars at 7 p.m. on June 6. Verdigris coach Randy Upshaw will get the chance to coach his son, Cade Upshaw, one last time in the game as well. Randy Upshaw and Marlow’s Kirk Harris will serve as coaches for the Oklahoma squad. The Oklahoma roster also includes Conner Avants, Deer Creek; A.J. Cockrell, Tulsa Memorial; Chris Crawford, Victory Christian; Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Cory Kilby, Ada; Ty Lazenby, Glencoe; and Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial. OKLAHOMA ALUMNI TURNPIKE CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY IN TULSA The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected to attend are former Oklahoma State star Leroy Combs of Star Spencer, Douglass standout and current head coach Kendal Cudjoe and Tulsa Washington’s R.W. McQuarters, who went on to play in the NFL. Shae Seals, who played at McLain and coached at Tulsa Washington, and William Tisdale are also expected to attend. Cudjoe played in the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry in the 1970s under his father, legendary Douglass coach Lawrence Cudjoe. “This was the oldest and most popular rivalry in the state,” Kendal Cudjoe said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to end in football and basketball. It goes back as far as the 1930s.” Tulsa Washington alum Fred Jones has organized the event, which began four years ago. “We are celebrating 95 years of athletic tradition,” he said. “Both schools truly bleed orange and black. We will have plenty of former players from all schools in the building, so this will be an awesome night.” TOLEDO OFFERS HARRAH’S LOGAN ROBERSON Add Harrah offensive lineman Logan Roberson to the ever-growing list of Oklahoma players to add scholarship offers the past few weeks. Roberson was offered by Toledo on Wednesday, Harrah coach Phil Webb told The Oklahoman. The offer is the second for Roberson, who was offered by Arkansas State early in the offseason. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior is ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. TEAGUE’S HOMER LIFTS MOUNT ST. MARY Mount St. Mary’s Jeff Teague might have found a way to ignite his team. Teaque hit a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning at Heritage Hall on Monday, propelling the Rockets to a 10-8 victory to return to .500. “We haven’t had many of those kind of events happen this year, so naturally it’s an ignited of many sorts,” Mount St. Mary coach John Keilty said. Teague, a left-handed hitter, hit the three-run blast off last week’s Player of the Week, Joe Buckendorff. He allowed five earned runs in just 11/3 innings of work. Teague finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. The Rockets are now 8-8 and host Crossings Christian on Monday.
Apr 7, 2015
Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa.
High school notebook: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris, Southmoore's Noah Jones add offers
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 7, 2015Scholarship offers just keep pouring in for Oklahoma prospects in the 2016 football class. Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa. And Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter on Monday night that Army had offered him. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones now has four offers, headed by Kansas State. The class continues to show its depth and positional variety as well. Oologah linebacker Jimmy McKinney reached double-digit offers with Toledo becoming the 10th program to extend an offer to the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior. Last week, Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis added an offer from Nebraska to go with Ohio and Tulsa. WESTMOORE THROWS BACK-TO-BACK NO-HITTERS Westmoore pulled off a rare feat Monday behind its two ace pitchers. The Jaguars threw back-to-back no-hitters in a doubleheader sweep of Lawton Eisenhower behind Oklahoma signee Kyle Tyler and Connors State signee Austin Harris. The accomplishment was even a surprise to the coaching staff. “It was one of those nights you didn’t even realize what we did until we sat down in the coaches office and started looking at everything,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “They both threw great. It didn’t really matter who they were facing hitting-wise. They were both on and lights out.” Tyler, who was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team last season, opened the day by striking out nine and walking two in the 10-0 run rule in five innings. He threw just 66 pitches. Harris then followed with a 62-pitch performance in which he struck out seven, walked one batter and hit another in another 10-0 run-rule victory. Westmoore is now 14-3 and 7-1 in District 6A-2 play, which puts the Jaguars atop the district standings. They have won 11 straight games entering Carl Albert’s Bill Tipton Tournament this weekend. The no-hitters continue a recent trend across the Oklahoma City metro. Noble pitcher Nathan Hayes threw one last week and so did Bethany’s James Stillings. MCALESTER’S PRATT TAKES COACHING JOB IN ARKANSAS McAlester becomes the latest big-name football program in the state to be in need of a new head coach. Bryan Pratt was approved by the Bentonville, Ark., school board on Monday night as the new coach at Bentonville West. The newly constructed school will not begin varsity play until 2016, with Pratt to serve as head coach of the freshmen who will feed into Bentonville West the following season. Pratt, who was 85-27 in nine seasons at McAlester, reportedly had been a finalist for the head coaching job at Bentonville High, one of the state’s top programs.