Norman North Timberwolves football
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Norman North football News
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Norman North High School Varsity Boys Football
Aug 28, 2014
Norman North coach Wade Standley didn’t get all the work he had hoped for, but he still saw plenty of positives to draw from in Mustang’s rain-shortened Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium.
Mustang Preview notebook: Oklahoma State commit John Kolar sharp on rain-shortened night
By Scott Wright | Aug 28, 2014Norman North coach Wade Standley didn’t get all the work he had hoped for, but he still saw plenty of positives to draw from in Mustang’s rain-shortened Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium. All eight teams got to run offensive and defensive plays with their varsity units in the rapid-fire portion of the scrimmage, but only Piedmont and Elk City were able to play their half-game before lightning moved into the area. With more rain coming, and three teams — Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur and Anadarko — facing long drives home, coaches agreed to cut the scrimmage short. But Standley got to see his Timberwolves offense clicking in the passing game, with Oklahoma State quarterback commit John Kolar making several impressive throws. More importantly, Norman North’s inexperienced receivers came through with some big catches. “Maguire Perrett had two great catches in traffic, did incredibly well,” Standley said. “We’ve seen him do that in practice, and it’s something you want to see during game time. It’s good to see Maguire and those guys make catches like that during crunch time. “John threw the ball really well, made great decisions.” MUSTANG RUN DEFENSE IMPROVING Mustang made its fair share of big plays in the passing game, but it was the run defense that pleased coach Jeremy Dombek the most. “Last week, Midwest City did a good job running the football on us, so we wanted to work on that,” he said. “We felt we did a good job on that. Neither Lawton Ike or Norman North had a whole lot of success running the ball on us. But we gave up the deep balls to Norman North. “I feel better about things this week than I did last week. We got better.” Dombek said the most valuable thing his team missed out on because of the rain was not getting to be in the game-like situation of the half-game. “The game experience is what we missed,” he said. “All those technical things — headset communication, signaling, getting kids back on the sideline, all those things. We’ll have to simulate those things in practice, because we were expecting to get some of those things tonight.” Dombek was also pleased with running back Chase Brown, who had a couple of long runs. MCGUINNESS, PIEDMONT DEALING WITH QB INJURIES Thursday night’s scrimmage was incredibly important for Bishop McGuinness and Piedmont, after both teams had quarterbacks get injured last week. With Piedmont’s Lucas Richert out because of a knee injury, Colby Bricker ran the offense, getting some experience in the rain during the 7-6 half-game win over Elk City. McGuinness’ Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury last week. He and Jacob Mullins had been competing for the starting job, so Mullins was able to get some extra work during the rapid-fire scrimmage Friday. Overall, McGuinness coach Justin Jones was pleased with his team’s improvement from a week ago. “It was dramatic,” he said. “Last week, we ran 46 offensive plays and in 41 of them, we busted something. Tonight, we ran 36 plays and I think we had two busts.”
Norman North’s Quan Hogan shined as a do-everything running back in his sophomore season a year ago. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 69 passes for 830 yards with 17 total touchdowns as a key part of a Timberwolves offense that averaged over 40 points per game. This season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has […]
High school football: Norman North's Quan Hogan building on versatility
Trent Shadid | Aug 27, 2014Norman North’s Quan Hogan shined as a do-everything running back in his sophomore season a year ago. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 69 passes for 830 yards with 17 total touchdowns as a key part of a Timberwolves offense that averaged over 40 points per game. This season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has continued to expand his game as the only returning skill position player outside of star quarterback John Kolar. “I feel like I’m better all around,” Hogan said. “I’ve been working hard in practice to make myself better at running back and receiver, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. I need to step up and be a big factor for this team.” Hogan’s college recruitment is expected to pick up heavily this season. He already holds a scholarship offer from Tulsa and says he’ll be prepared to play running back or receiver at the college level. During last Thursday’s opening scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe, Hogan made several plays out of the backfield and split out as a deep-threat receiver.
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 27, 2014
New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season.
High school notebook: El Reno deep at tailback
By Ed Godfrey, Scott Wright, Trent Shadid and Jacob Unruh | Aug 27, 2014New El Reno football coach Wes Brower knows he has plenty of options at the tailback position. He plans to use four, led by senior Cal Baker, who injured his knee in the second game last year and was lost for the season. “That was a big loss for us last year,” Brower said. “It is a huge boost having him back this year. We are expecting big things out of him on both sides of the ball, but mainly on defense.” Baker also is the starting safety for the Indians and the quarterback of the secondary, Brower said. “He gets everybody lined up right,” Brower said. “He is very smart and does a great job of running our defense.” Sophomores Hunter Baker and Nate Patterson will share time in the backfield with Cal Baker as will scatback Tavian Curry, who will provide a change of pace from the power game. “He has really good speed and cuts well,” Brower said of Curry. “Hopefully we can keep some fresh legs in the backfield.” OKCPS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO BE HONORED Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor will receive the Humanitarian Award from the Youth for Christ South Oklahoma City at their annual Life Lines fall banquet and silent auction for his efforts throughout the OKC school system. The event will be held Sept. 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The fundraising event is designed to recognize the supporters and organizations whose contributions help YFC-South OKC. For more information about the event, visit www.yfcsouthokc.org. NORMAN NORTH’S HOGAN BUILDING ON VERSATILITY Norman North’s Quan Hogan shined as a do-everything running back in his sophomore season a year ago. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 69 passes for 830 yards with 17 total touchdowns as a key part of a Timberwolves offense that averaged over 40 points per game. This season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has continued to expand his game as the only returning skill position player outside of star quarterback John Kolar. “I feel like I’m better all around,” Hogan said. “I’ve been working hard in practice to make myself better at running back and receiver, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. I need to step up and be a big factor for this team.” Hogan’s college recruitment is expected to pick up heavily this season. He already holds a scholarship offer from Tulsa and says he’ll be prepared to play running back or receiver at the college level. During last Thursday’s opening scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe, Hogan made several plays out of the backfield and split out as a deep-threat receiver. MCGUINNESS’ JARMAN INJURED McGuinness’ quarterback battle twisted last week when senior Jennings Jarman suffered an ankle injury early in the Irish’s scrimmage at Lawton MacArthur. Jarman was held out of the rest of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons and might not play in Thursday’s scrimmage at the Mustang Preview. That would leave junior Jacob Mullins to receive the bulk of the plays. “They both know how to operate our system, which is what we like,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “The thing I like about it was we were able to respond when a guy gets injured. The mentality didn’t change for us. “We had a lot of things to worry about. Lawton Mac’s a really good football team, they put it on us but we learned a lot from it. We’ve got to correct our mistakes and get ready to go.” Jones said there’s a good chance McGuinness plays both quarterbacks in next week’s season opener against top-ranked Shawnee.
Aug 24, 2014
Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.
High school notebook: Choctaw to host Saturday doubleheader in Week 1
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 24, 2014When Choctaw began setting up a Sept. 6 doubleheader for the first week of high school football, the school wanted it to be a big event — and accomplished it with a season-opening matchup of Class 2A’s top teams. Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m. “We started talking about this a year ago, about doing something different,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Most states have some sort of kickoff event (to open the season). We are excited about it.” Choctaw opens its season at Sapulpa on Sept. 5. BLANCHARD’S SHORES STRIKES OUT 18 Blanchard pitcher Jaden Shores has been off to a fast start this season. But nothing was more impressive than her performance Tuesday when she struck out 18 batters in a 1-0 softball win over Little Axe. “My team backed me up when I needed it,” she said. “It wasn’t like it was all me. They had a big part of it. They’re always there to pick me up.” Shores now has 67 strikeouts in 11 games for the Lions, who are 9-4 under first-year coach Desiree Booker. “She’s been pitching really well and all of our games have been very close,” Booker said. “A lot of it is just defensive effort by her. She’s getting them to put it in play but not over the top. They’re just not really getting ahold of her. “It helps a lot with confidence. She already is taking ownership of the mound. She’s completely stepped up for us and has definitely won us some ballgames.” SOUTHMOORE OFF TO DOMINANT START Class 6A defending softball champion Southmoore went 6-0 last week, continuing its dominance early in the season. The SaberCats are now 11-1 on the season — the only loss coming to Edmond North — and outscored their opponents 52-1 last week. “I feel like we are further along,” junior Arielle James said. “I think we’ve all matured during the summer with our travel teams and I think that’s really helped us.” Southmoore travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Monday. EDMOND MEMORIAL TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN BROKEN ARROW Edmond Memorial improved to 8-0 on the young volleyball season, sweeping its way to the championship at the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend. Memorial took out Tulsa Kelley in the title match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, getting 13 kills from sophomore Alli Evans, who was named tournament MVP. Bulldog seniors Kelsi Hughes and Livi Schiffner were named to the all-tournament team. Memorial finally gets to play on the home court this week, with tough matches against Norman North on Tuesday and a rematch with Kelley on Thursday.
Aug 23, 2014
While expectations lag for this season, it could be the buildup for 2015 and 2016, when the Cowboys should be primed to compete for the Big 12 title and beyond again.
Oklahoma State football: The re-making of a champion
By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Aug 23, 2014STILLWATER — Nobody in or around the Oklahoma State football program willingly allows for an anticipated drop-off. Nobody. Not even with 28 seniors missing from a year ago, as well as several other key contributors. “The past is the past,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said of the roster turnover. “This is a new year and this is what we have and what we’re working with. “It’s going to raise questions, because people don’t know what to expect. It happens every year. But as far as us going out and getting the job done, we’re held to the same standards as last year.” Of course, that’s the only acceptable attitude, with pride and man cards at risk. That’s the way it is everywhere this time of year, even in the camps of football failures like New Mexico and Tulane and Temple and Florida International. So freshmen and sophomores are waging a two-deep takeover at OSU? So No. 1-ranked and defending national champ Florida State is up first in a rugged schedule that also features road trips to Manhattan and Norman and Waco and Fort Worth — three of which carry Top 25 status? So the Cowboys, used to being in the middle of the Big 12 title chase, are now picked for the middle of the Big 12 standings? So it is. “We don’t try to look at that,” said junior cornerback Kevin Peterson. “We just try to keep going, play our hearts out. Win games. “It’s motivation. You never see yourself down like that. Just play games and let people know what you can do.” Still, anybody in or around the Oklahoma State football team would admit that the Cowboys are best built for 2015 and beyond, when the kids — and we do mean kids — will be past their Big 12 baptisms. That’s when the buzz-worthy players collected from what Cowboys coaches believe to be their best recruiting classes can pair talent with experience. “There’s just really no substitute for having experienced players,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. That’s not to say 2014 doesn’t offer hope and optimism. Oh, it’s there, beginning with the shot at taking on FSU to start the season. Yet no matter how the next three months play out, exceeding expectations or not, the bar for what comes next goes higher. Scouting ahead: The roster OSU’s roster is overrun with youth. Freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores dominate the squad’s overall makeup. The junior class is strong, setting up a vital core of talent and leadership for 2015. At the top, only 11 scholarship seniors can be counted. Youth will be served, too, with underclassmen holding spots all over the depth chart. There’s a lot of developing and growing up to be done. Showing up in practice is one thing. Getting it done on Saturdays is another. Still, by all accounts, this group of OSU youngsters is oozing with talent and a fire to become better. “They’re so eager,” Gundy said. “It’s so enjoyable to be around them. And I see the look in some of the young guys’ eyes. They’re considerably better than when they showed up here, just in this short period of time. It’s a lot of fun to be around. This team’s fun.” Scouting ahead: The playmakers OSU’s offense could be good. Really good. Now and in the coming years. The Cowboys carry but one senior at the skill positions, albeit a good one in running back Desmond Roland. All the other playmakers — and there are many — project to return, many for multiple years. At receiver, the Pokes are deep and talented. And young. And hungry. “I love those guys. Those guys are great,” said receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “It’s so much fun coming to work every day. It really is. I told them the other day, ‘This is a blast for us.’ “And every single one of them is coming back next year. I hope they are. We’re excited about what the future has for all those guys, a lot of young kids who are eager to learn. They come out and play. “They’re athletic. They’ve got really good ability and hands. A good work ethic. It’s fun.” Quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman are juniors, yet freshman Mason Rudolph is closing ground in a bid to be the QB of the future. John Kolar, a current high school commitment from Norman North, prepares to join the mix as well. Roland, a late-season find a year ago, will be missed. Yet already he’s in a job share with newcomer Tyreek Hill, whose speed and skills could make him the focus of the entire offense. Rennie Childs and Sione Palelei are waiting in the wings. And on the way is Ronald Jones II, one of the nation’s elite running back recruits. Scouting ahead: The offensive line An area of concern, especially with left tackle Devin Davis’ career in jeopardy, this year’s offensive line will require major contributions from underclassmen. Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy are senior starters, while senior Brandon Garrett is a key backup. But there’s but one junior offensive lineman on the roster, with younger players filling critical roles. Center Paul Lewis and guard Zac Veatch are sophomore starters. Redshirt freshman Zach Crabtree is due to start at right tackle. And the backups are a mix of freshmen and sophomores, a crisis created by the injury to Davis and would-be starters Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross opting to get on with their lives, rather than return for senior seasons. Relying on so many unproven players can be frightening. Yet it’s also exciting — assuming, of course, the group gets bigger, stronger and better through experience. Scouting ahead: The defense The predominant storyline of the past six months: the Cowboys lost seven senior starters from last year’s defense. And the replacements are mostly raw rookies readying for a baptism by fire against the likes of No. 1 Florida State and a rugged run through the Big 12. OSU’s defensive two-deep features as many as nine true or redshirt freshmen who are all but assured of playing significant roles. That’s the bad news. And it’s the good news, down the road. The kids are alright, already. “Sometimes, that’s what it takes,” said senior tackle James Castleman, “to be thrown in there and forced to play. That’ll make you grow up real fast. “And that’s all it takes sometimes.” Scouting ahead: The schedule Well, for starters, there’s no Florida State on the 2015 nonconference schedule. Nothing close. Where the Seminoles had OSU’s attention from the start of spring this year, providing daily inspiration and motivation, the bigger challenge next fall may be in getting the players’ attention. They’ll have to be prepped on two Central schools — Central Michigan and Central Arkansas — the squads on tap to start the season. Care to take a guess on their mascots? Chippewas and Bears. Then there’s another visit from the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio. Once into Big 12 Conference play, the Cowboys get Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State and TCU at home.
Aug 21, 2014
Williams, Preston, Kay have big plays for Edmond Santa Fe A high school field-goal kicker can go through an entire career without the opportunity to attempt a last-minute, go-ahead field goal, but Edmond Santa Fe’s Cameron Kay got his shot in the first scrimmage of his senior season. Kay hit a line drive through the goal posts with 37 seconds left in Santa Fe’s 17-14 win over Norman North in a...
High school football scrimmages: Big plays for Edmond Santa Fe
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 21, 2014A high school field-goal kicker can go through an entire career without the opportunity to attempt a last-minute, go-ahead field goal, but Edmond Santa Fe’s Cameron Kay got his shot in the first scrimmage of his senior season. Kay hit a line drive through the goal posts with 37 seconds left in Santa Fe’s 17-14 win over Norman North in a mini-game on Thursday night at Harve Collins Field in Norman. In fact, all of Santa Fe’s points came off big plays. Junior running back Darran Williams started the scoring with a 65-yard run on the third play of the game, and defensive back Ashton Preston jumped in front of a Norman North pass and returned it for a touchdown. “That was a big-time play, and that’s the type of thing we need Ashton to do, being a Division I kid out there,” coach Lance Manning said. “He had a great break on the ball, and after he got it, he was athletic enough to take it for six.” RUNNING BACKS PUT ON A SHOW The state’s junior class is full of talented running backs, and three of the best were on the same field Thursday. In addition to Santa Fe’s Williams, Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins and Norman North’s Quan Hogan also performed well. The more compact Adkins showed his strength by running through tackles, while Hogan’s versatility was on display. Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and had 830 receiving yards last season, and his role looks to be much the same this year. “We want to find ways to get the ball in his hands,” coach Wade Standley said. “He’s an explosive player and obviously made some big plays for us. Hopefully we’ll continue to be able to do that.” Williams said Thursday’s performance was just the start of what he hopes will be a strong season for the Wolves’ rushing attack, providing a good balance with quarterback Keaton Torre’s passing ability. “We’re just trying to get better, but this is just the beginning,” he said. “We’re just getting started. We’ve got to keep pushing forward to be the best.” Of course, a lot of eyes were on the two Division I quarterbacks in action, Torre and Norman North’s John Kolar, who is committed to Oklahoma State. Each player threw an interception, but they made some impressive throws as well. WESTMOORE O-LINE RECOVERS FROM ROUGH START If you only watched the first few plays of Westmoore’s offense in its 27-14 mini-game loss to Union, you probably came away thinking the Jaguars weren’t going to be able to block anyone this year. But after the rough start, Westmoore’s front five settled in and helped the offense score a pair of touchdowns. “They got better as we went on, and that’s what was important,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “Early on, we didn’t have success, missed a couple of assignments. But the guys kept battling up there. They’re a tough bunch, and that’s what we need from them.” John Delmoral, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior, was in action for the first time in camp, and his presence will aid the group. As the scrimmage went on, Jags quarterback Bryson Lee was getting more and more time to throw, and it paid off with a big play, when he hit Stephan Robinson on a slant route. Robinson blazed through the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown.
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 19, 2014
WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood,...
Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends
By Jason Kersey | Aug 19, 2014WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly inserted himself into the starting lineup. Coaches and teammates have frequently praised him this preseason. 2#Michiah Quick#6-0#170#Fr.#Fresno Calif. The true freshman will push for immediate playing time after dazzling everyone with his physical ability throughout fall camp. WIDE RECEIVER 5#Durron Neal#5-11#201#Jr.#St. Louis Neal hasn’t exactly torn it up through his first two seasons, but by all accounts, he’s stepped up in a big way since last spring. Will this finally be the year he breaks through? 17#Jordan Smallwood#6-2#212#RFr.#Jenks A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt in 2013, but he’s made a splash so far and will definitely have lots of opportunities to contribute this year. RESERVES 81#Mark Andrews#6-6#236#Fr.#Scottsdale, Ariz. The big, tall wideout could have a bright future, but likely redshirts in 2014. 83#Nick Basquine#6-0#170#Fr.#Norman This walk-on from Norman North was mentioned specifically by Trevor Knight at Big 12 Media Days as someone who had impressed him this summer. 8#Austin Bennett#6-0#175#So.#Manvel, Texas Bennett saw limited action as a true freshman and could easily work his way into the regular rotation. 84#Grant Bothun#5-11#186#Jr.#Rowlett, Texas The team’s holder, Bothun’s claim to fame is a fake field goal touchdown pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt in last year’s Bedlam thriller. 7#Dannon Cavil#6-4#214#RFr.#San Antonio Cavil redshirted last season, somewhat surprising considering he enrolled early and went through spring football in 2013. Still, he’s absolutely talented enough to get plenty of opportunities this year. 88#Cody Chancellor#6-1#184#So.#Oklahoma City Chancellor walked on after his standout high school career at Bishop McGuinness ended two years ago. 11#Dorial Green-Beckham#6-6#225#Jr.#Springfield, Mo. If Green-Beckham wins his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he instantly becomes a starter and supplants Shepard as the Sooners’ most seasoned wide receiver. If he doesn’t get a waiver, will he ever play a down in an OU uniform? 15#Jeffery Mead#6-6#184#Fr.#Tulsa Receivers coach Jay Norvell has specifically mentioned Mead as someone worth keeping an eye on. The former Tulsa Union standout has already impressed Norvell with his route running. 16#Dallis Todd#6-5#204#Fr.#La Mirada, Calif. The former four-star prospect was expected to see early action — and still may — but it sounds like he might need a little more time to adapt to the college game. TIGHT END 10#Blake Bell#6-6#259#Sr.#Wichita, Kan. First, he was the Belldozer. Then he was the Sooners’ starting quarterback for eight games in 2013. Now, everyone inside the program insists he really is a tight end — and that he really is good at it. Knight-to-Bell for a few touchdowns in 2014 would make for a pretty neat story considering how the two were in a season-long quarterback battle last year. 88#Taylor McNamara#6-5#245#So.#San Diego McNamara caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl, and grabbed two touchdowns in April’s spring game. After some injury problems cost him early playing time, is McNamara finally ready to showcase his talent at this level? RESERVES 80#Isaac Ijalana#6-4#247#So.#Mount Holly, N.J. Ijalana, a junior-college transfer, might have a hard time seeing much playing time on offense in 2014 behind Bell and McNamara. 89#Connor Knight#6-4#244#So.#San Antonio Trevor Knight’s twin brother, an OU walk-on, plays a lot of special teams and is a hard worker. 45#Carson Meier#6-6#226#Fr.#Tulsa The former Tulsa Union standout has the potential to be a great OU tight end eventually, but will likely redshirt this year.
Aug 16, 2014
Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn.
Oklahoma football notebook: Joe Mixon to be arraigned Monday
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Aug 16, 2014Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury on Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn. Monday is an important day for Mixon, because that’s also when OU begins classes for the fall semester. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said his department is conducting its own internal review and will decide Mixon’s future with the university soon. It’s unclear at this time if he will attend class Monday. The former five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., hasn’t practiced with the team at all this fall after an early morning incident July 25 at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe, where Mixon was alleged to have punched a 20-year-old female OU student in the face, causing severe injury. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, says his client acted in self defense. “It is important to Joe and his family that he continues toward his goal of becoming a successful student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of Oklahoma,” Finlay said in a statement Friday. “Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him.” BACKUP QB BATTLE ONGOING The battle to be quarterback Trevor Knight’s backup is continuing beyond fall camp, which wrapped up Friday. Redshirt freshman Cody Thomas and true freshman Justice Hansen — a former Edmond Santa Fe standout — are competing to be the Sooners’ second-team quarterback. Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, however, could make things interesting if he wins his appeal with the NCAA for immediate eligibility. Mayfield was the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 and played well in Oklahoma’s spring game four months ago. “They compete hard,” OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said last week of Thomas and Hansen. “They want to be better. They push for it every single day. The next week-and-a-half is gonna be critical for those guys to make the strides that we need them to to be ready to play.” EVANS, ALEXANDER HAVE SIMILARITIES Sophomore linebackers Jordan Evans and Dominique Alexander each came to Oklahoma as athletic guys who had played other positions in high school. “Me and Dom are both the same kinda players,” Evans said. “We’re athletes that are playing linebacker. We’ve made the transition to linebacker, but we’ve never lost our athleticism. It helps us out when we’re playing against fast receivers. Being big and strong definitely helps us out against big, running offenses.” Alexander, a Tulsa Washington product, started eight games last year after Corey Nelson’s season-ending injury and recorded 80 tackles. Evans, from Norman North, played behind Frank Shannon, and could be in line to start this season if Shannon is unavailable while appealing his one-year university suspension. “Great Oklahoma kids who play hard and work hard,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Alexander and Evans. “Those are two guys who really get after it, are good to coach. They understand the importance of what they do and what they represent. They've always carried themselves way beyond their years, and we're starting to see that physical and mental maturity develop on the football field.”
Aug 15, 2014
The Timberwolves will play in Class 6A-1 with Tulsa Union and Jenks, but they hope an experienced defense will make them competitive.
HIgh school football: Norman North has great expectations
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 15, 2014NORMAN — As high school football practices get underway this week, most teams can only speculate as to where they stack up against the top competition. One thing for certain, Jenks and Tulsa Union are the favorites in Class 6A-I until someone ends the 18-year dominance of the Tulsa-area powerhouses. Still, the “best of the rest” debate is a popular topic in 6A-I, and Norman North has as good of an argument as any. The Timberwolves return one of the state’s top players at quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar. Surrounding the dual-threat senior is an experienced line and talented all-purpose back Z’Quan Hogan on an offense that averaged more than 40 points per game last season. But if Norman North is ready to compete with the best, its defense must show drastic improvement from a season ago. In five games against 6A playoff teams in 2013, the Timberwolves gave up 41 points per game. “We’ve got to continue to grow and get better, but we’ll certainly be more experienced defensively, and that should help us on the field,” said Norman North coach Wade Standley. “The key to playing defense for us is getting turnovers and third-down stops. That’s what we’re going to look to do.” As Standley alluded to, one bright spot from last season is the experience gained while breaking in 10 new defensive starters. Seven of those starters are returning this season. “We had a bunch of young guys playing last year, including myself, but we’re coming back now experienced and healthy,” said senior linebacker Trevor Magee. “We’re just ready to get it going. We want to be the leading defense in Oklahoma.” Senior defensive end Kaden McClellan took the defensive expectations a step further, saying “We’re going to be the leading defense in Oklahoma.” With the transition to the new 16-team Class 6A Division I, Standley knows it won’t take long for the Timberwolves to find out where they stand. In the first seven weeks of the season, Norman North will face six teams that made the playoffs in 2013, and eight of its 10 total opponents finished .500 or better. “There’s no question that the schedule will be much tougher,” Standley said. “There’s no off weeks in this schedule. It’s extremely competitive. I think we’ve put ourselves in position to compete, but that’s just for where we are right now. We’ve got to build on that every week.” Norman North will open the season on Sept. 4 against crosstown rival Norman High.
Aug 10, 2014
For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday
By Scott Wright | Aug 10, 2014It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season. For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks. Let’s address some of the most prominent ones: Who will be the best in the west? With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer. There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be? Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions. Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions. Coaching transitions at prominent programs Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man. There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins. But one of them is Clinton. Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle. All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson. Bridge Creek’s recovery On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players. Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000. Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it. Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Aug 1, 2014
Brandon Garrett, who suffered a broken leg during the Cotton Bowl, has been cleared to practice. Devin Davis is doubtful for the season while he recovers from knee issues.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Good news and bad news about offensive tackles
By Kyle Fredrickson and John Helsley | Aug 1, 2014One of the key developments to watch with the Cowboys offense has been the health of the two tackles: Devin Davis and Brandon Garrett. The outlook offers good news and bad: Garrett is good to go, while Davis is doubtful to play this season, according to offensive line coach Bob Connelly. Davis missed all of last season after suffering a preseason knee injury. Surgery to repair a torn ACL also revealed significant meniscus damage, which is now the main problem for a man 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds. Garrett suffered a gruesome broken leg in OSU’s Cotton Bowl loss to Missouri, but he has recovered well and been cleared to practice. RECRUITS VISIT PRACTICE Among the visitors at OSU’s first practice were four key recruits: Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali and three quarterbacks. Wariboko-Alali was actually invited to the practice by current Cowboys quarterback commit John Kolar of Norman North. “I met him this summer, and yes, I asked him to meet me at practice,” Kolar told Scout.com. “I want to help bring guys in... especially offensive linemen.” Along with Kolar, two quarterback prospects for the class of 2016 were on hand: Edmond Santa Fe’s Keaton Torre and Jake Zembiec of Rochester, N.Y. The practice also drew some campers, an estimated group of 80 fans participating in the football team’s Extreme Camp. The fans attend practices and team meetings through Sunday, eat with the team and socialize with Cowboys coaches. Saturday night, they’ll hear from former OSU great Walt Garrison. OSU BENEFITS FROM COOL WEATHER Cornerback Kevin Peterson knows just how hot temperatures can rise during early fall practices. Back when he was a freshman, he would take off his gear at the end of the day and find a surprise. “I’d take my tape down and I’m a whole different skin color,” Peterson laughed. Sunburns aside, the Cowboys couldn’t ask for better weather to open fall practice Friday. Unseasonably low temperatures and an indoor facility kept OSU at prime temperature. But could that be translated as a negative? Is there some benefit to putting a team through 100-degree two-a-days to build toughness? Running backs coach Jemal Singleton says no. “We don’t lack any toughness,” Singleton said. “Our guys are going to go out and work whether it’s 110 or if its 75.” Singleton sees the escape from the heat as a positive. After all, the Cowboys open their season in a dome this season — AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “I understand the building toughness and all those kinds of things, but you want your guys fresh and ready to go come Saturday,” Singleton said. “We don’t have to prepare for that first game on turf at 120 degrees, that’s not what we’re doing. So we get more benefit of working inside an enclosed building because that’s more like what we’re going to play in.” GUNDY MISSES PRACTICE FOR FUNERAL SERVICE Coach Mike Gundy missed the team’s first fall practice to attend a funeral service for a family friend. OU student Taylor Witcher, 20, died Monday after she was involved in a multi-vehicle crash early Sunday in Tulsa. She is the daughter of Joe Witcher; Gundy’s former football teammate at Midwest City High School in the 1980s and his one-time roommate at OSU. Taylor Witcher’s funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday in Tulsa.
Jul 28, 2014
Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
High school notebook: Clinton football coach Mike Lee resigns
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh, and Trent Shadid | Jul 28, 2014Longtime Clinton football coach Mike Lee announced his resignation on Monday. Lee retires after having guided Clinton to nine state titles over his 25 seasons as coach. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. “I’ve got some health issues that I need to get taken care of, and being a head football coach is not conducive to getting that done,” Lee told The Oklahoman. “I owe it to my family to get these things taken care of.” He did not rule out a return to coaching in the future, but did say he would only return to Clinton. Lee’s resignation was first reported by the Clinton Daily News. Former Tuttle coach Philip Koons is believed to be a possible replacement for Lee. “Nothing is official,” Lee said. “I think the administration hopes to make a decision by the end of the week. In my eyes, (Koons) would be a very good decision. He’s a very good football coach. One of the better ones I’ve ever been around.” Koons, who resigned at Tuttle in April, was initially set to become the defensive coordinator under Lee this season. In his 21 years at Tuttle, Koons won 205 games and two state championships. CONNECTICUT OFFERS NORMAN NORTH'S TRAE YOUNG Several Division I basketball programs around the region have long been pursuing Norman North point guard Trae Young, but the 6-foot-1 sophomore made a national splash Monday morning. Defending national champion Connecticut offered Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, according to the family. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have already offered Young, as well as Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, SMU and Texas-Arlington. Young started for Norman North as a freshman and has had a strong summer performance on the AAU circuit. EVANS ENJOYING LIFE AT EAST CENTRAL Former Northeastern State football coach Kenny Evans is embarking on a new coaching path. Recently named the new coach at Tulsa East Central, Evans said he is adjusting to high school players and he’s having fun doing so. “In college, you’re responsible for the young man 24-7,” he said. “In high school, you turn them back over to their parents, but at the same time in high school you’re dealing a lot with the parents and the families. The teaching, the school system and all of those things are different, and I’m having to adjust to those things.” Evans has been a college coach for 32 years, never coaching at the high school level. “I probably have adjusted not my expectations but how I react in situations,” he said. “Now I’m dealing with kids that are 14, 15, 16 years old but the great thing about that though is I get to see those guys develop so much more at that age than you do in the college ranks. “Hopefully, I’ll keep learning and do it the right way.” The Cardinals went 4-7 last season, one year after making the Class 5A championship game. Evans was dismissed from NSU in November. METRO OFFICIAL MEETINGS TO RESUME The Oklahoma City Metro Officials Association resumes its meetings on Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Metro Tech Campus. The meeting is open to new and veteran football officials. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Metro Tech is located at 4901 S Bryant. MCGUINNESS PREPARING FOR 6A BASKETBALL Last week’s release of the average daily attendance numbers presented a challenge for the McGuinness boys and girls basketball teams. Both teams will be moved up from Class 5A to 6A for at least the 2014-15 basketball season because of OSSAA’s rules on private-school success rates. By qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament three out of five years, the McGuinness boys met the requirement and both teams will move up to 6A. Coming off a state finals appearance in 5A last March, the boys team has a Division I center to build around for its first 6A season. Will Lienhard, a 6-foot-8 senior, has offers from Oral Roberts, Missouri State and others.
Jul 28, 2014
Stephen McClernon showing more confidence at quarterback for Edmond North
High schools: District 6A-I-2 football preview
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jul 28, 2014After winning the quarterback battle early last season, Edmond North’s Stephen McClernon sometimes struggled to gain his footing. Now entering this season, coach Scott Burger said the senior quarterback has grown during the offseason. “Stephen has gotten a lot better from last year,” Burger said. “He’s more familiar with the offense. You can tell his confidence level increased as the season went on, and having a whole year under his belt will help him.” McClernon completed 147 of 256 passes for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, but he also threw 11 interceptions while helping the Huskies to a 7-5 record and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Burger thinks he’s shown potential in the offseason to be even better this season. “I tell those kids at quarterback they need to be the coach on the field, they need to see what I see,” he said. “When we watch film, he’s seeing that. He’s got the ability to change to another play if he needs to now, which he probably didn’t feel comfortable doing that earlier this year.” GARRETT READY TO LEAD MUSTANG Back in February, Chandler Garrett decided it was time to fully focus on his future as a football player. So the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Garrett, then a sophomore, gave up his spot as a regularly used reserve on the Mustang basketball team to commit himself to becoming a better quarterback. Now a junior, Garrett is ready to improve on last season’s numbers of 1,683 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions as only a part-time starter. He shared the job with Frankie Edwards, who has now graduated, and Garrett has it all to himself heading into coach Jeremy Dombek’s second season with the Broncos. “This year is a lot different than it was last year when I was coming in behind Frankie,” Garrett said. “We’re going to miss him and all those seniors a lot. “I decided I needed to focus on my craft here, rather than in basketball.” Mustang lost some talented receivers, but Garrett and senior David Parker have a strong connection. Parker caught 35 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns last year. SOUTHMOORE COUNTING ON EXPERIENCE With former defensive coordinator Jeremy Stark taking over as Southmoore’s new head coach, you can expect the SaberCats to have a defensive focus. And with players like 6-4, 265-pound Bobby Henry and 6-4, 245-pound Dakota Troglin — both Division I prospects — size will play an important role. And though Southmoore graduated some key players at running back and receiver, the offense has an experienced quarterback in the huddle. Connor Uselton is only a sophomore, but he gained significant experience as a freshman starter. RUNNING GAME A THREAT FOR NORMAN NORTH, TOO With his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State back in the spring, Norman North quarterback John Kolar suddenly grabbed the spotlight on the Timberwolves’ offense. But don’t forget about running back Quan Hogan and a talented offensive line that was loaded with sophomores a year ago. Hogan, a junior who already has an offer from Tulsa, proved to be a threat carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield, rushing for 1,003 yards to go with 830 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns. EXTRA POINTS Give Tulsa Union the award for the toughest non-district schedule. After opening with Texas power Southlake Carroll, the Redskins face rivals Jenks and Broken Arrow... After serving as the team’s offensive coordinator last year, Rod Richardson will have some important pieces in place when he begins his first season as Putnam City North’s head coach, starting with returning quarterback Chase Sparks... Owasso coach Bill Patterson calls defensive end Michael Anderson “One of the best defensive players to put on a Ram uniform in several years.”... New coach Paul Hix will have a unique turnaround job at Moore. The former Stillwater offensive coordinator brings a pass-heavy background to a team that has been focusing on the run game the last few years. District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll 1. Tulsa Union (11-3) 2. Norman North (7-4) 3. Owasso (5-6) 4. Southmoore (6-4) 5. Edmond North (7-5) (tie) Mustang (7-5) 7. Putnam City North (4-6) 8. Moore (1-9) *Note: Last year’s records in parentheses
Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4:...
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Full list for the Class of 2015
Jul 26, 2014Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4: Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks No. 5: Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore No. 6: John Kolar, QB, Norman North No. 7: Darryel Patterson, DB, Lawton No. 8: Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland No. 9: McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro No. 10: Josh Little, DE, Millwood No. 11: Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial No. 12: Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso No. 13: Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton No. 14: Davion Freeman, WR/DB, Del City No. 15: Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko No. 16: Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling No. 17: Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison No. 18: Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee No. 19: Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher No. 20: Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall No. 21: John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee No. 22: Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial No. 23: Denver Johnson, WR, Casady No. 24: Dameko Doddles, DB, Douglass No. 25: Aaron McKinney, DB/LB, Midwest City No. 26: J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe No. 27: Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North No. 28: Kalin Sadler, WR, Lawton No. 29: Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City No. 30: T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington
Jul 25, 2014
Good vibes abounded during the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma’s inaugural basketball camp. It is only for kids born with the genetic condition. And it is every bit as special as you might imagine. The same can be said of Coach Jerry.
Coach Jerry gives children with Down Syndrome a basketball camp of their own
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Jul 25, 2014Jerrame Dockery blew his whistle signaling the end of the dribbling drill, and the basketballs stopped thumping against the hardwood. Except for the one in the hands of the girl with the blue shorts. “Stop,” Dockery said. He blew his whistle again. “Stop,” he said again. When she finally did, there was no dirty look, no reprimand. In fact, the man known as Coach Jerry smiled. Good vibes abounded during the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma’s inaugural basketball camp. It is only for kids born with the genetic condition. It is a chance for them to run and play and learn and be like other kids. And it is every bit as special as you might imagine. The same can be said of Coach Jerry. He is a junior high basketball coach who could be enjoying the final weeks of summer break. He is a young coach who could be finding the next rung to climb. But Saturday, in a fitness center gym on the Chesapeake Energy campus that requires a sherpa guide to find, he will be trying to teach 13 kiddos with Down syndrome the proper technique for throwing a chest pass. Coach Jerry wouldn’t have it any other way. “I had kids hugging me every morning, just excited to be there,” he said. The kids aren’t the only ones who are excited. Coach Jerry played football, basketball and baseball at Norman North, graduating in 2006, but basketball was always his passion. He planned to play at Rose State until the junior college dropped its program. That didn’t deter him. He grew up in a single-parent home, the youngest of three kids. Not having a father in your life can have lots of consequences, but in Coach Jerry’s case, it motivated him to try to fill that role-model void for others. Be an encourager. Be a nurturer. Be the father figure he never had. And then when he played for Jeff Blough at Norman North, he felt like he was being called to do those things as a coach. “He pushed me to be a better person,” Coach Jerry said of Blough. “Just seeing ... how much love he has for the game and how much he taught me, I thought I could at least give it back in that same way.” So when Moore High School called three years ago with a chance to be a basketball assistant, Coach Jerry jumped at the chance. Then two years ago, the district had a teacher’s assistant position open at Wayland Bonds Elementary. The job consisted of monitoring and assisting special needs students. He had never worked with special needs kids, but he wanted to stay in the district and this seemed a good way to put down roots. “It was definitely something that I kind of fell into,” he said. “You have to have the patience and the mentality to deal with a lot of things.” It was a perfect fit for Coach Jerry. “I do believe it was a calling for me to do it,” he said. “It’s definitely something I could see myself doing the next 20 or 30 years.” Despite all of that, Coach Jerry was a bit hesitant when a friend of a friend approached him with the idea for a basketball camp. Stacy Lanier has a son with Down syndrome, and while the boy had gone to lots of basketball camps, he was almost always the only special needs camper there. What if there was a basketball camp just for kids with Down syndrome? He might feel more part of the group, learn more and feel more confident. He might have even more fun playing a sport he already loves. Coach Jerry loved the idea of the camp, but he wasn’t sure he was the one to lead it. “It’s one thing coaching high school boys ... and coaching kids with special needs,” he said. “I was scared of the unknown.” He talked with his wife about it and prayed about it and after several months finally decided he’d give it a go. He’s so glad he did. “He’s been great,” said Robert Powell, president of the local Down syndrome association. “When you’ve got a great heart, it’s easy to modify things.” Coach Jerry seemed to be right in his element Friday morning. With the campers lined up on each side of the free-throw lane, he told them to dribble with their right hand for 10 seconds, then with their left, then back and forth. All the while, he was hollering encouragement above the din of the bouncing basketballs. “C’mon, Allie!” “Good job, Will!” Things have gone so well that Coach Jerry, now the eighth grade boys basketball coach at Highland East, uses phrases like “five to 10 years down the road” and words like “we” when talking about the camp. “This is an idea that we think could take off running,” he said. He hopes this can become be a camp that draws kids from all over the state and region. He hopes what is being done in Oklahoma City can become the model for other cities. And as much as anything, Coach Jerry hopes he can always be a part. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Jul 22, 2014
Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded.
Super 30: Westmoore's Dahu Green is taller, stronger
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 22, 2014Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green used his 6-foot-3 frame and raw talent to burst onto the high school football scene as a junior last season. Green, No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings, hauled in 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately for defensive backs, his advantages have expanded. Now standing nearly 6-foot-5 with a 34-inch vertical leap and added strength, he’ll enter his senior season as a more polished and athletically gifted talent. “At Tennessee’s camp this summer I got measured at 6-4¾,” Green said. “And that’s flatfoot, so I’m right around 6-5. It’s definitely given me more of an advantage. I’m not going to face any defensive backs that are even 6-4, so now I can catch a ball over some corners without even jumping.” Green, an unknown talent heading into last season, quickly became recognized as one of the top receivers in Class 6A with four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ first three games. The most memorable was a five-yard hitch route he turned into a 90-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win at Norman North. “I’m naturally a confident person, so I knew what I could do coming into last season,” Green said. “But that Norman North game, seeing myself on the news and stuff, I realized other people were seeing how I can play.” New Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was well aware of Green’s talent before being hired in the spring. Gaylor spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, a district opponent of Westmoore. “We were breaking down film on Westmoore the week we played them, and we saw that play against Norman North and all said, ‘Wow, this guy is really special,’” Gaylor said. “Then they’re playing us and they throw a screen to him, he makes one guy miss and goes 70 or 80 yards. At Broken Arrow we were pretty athletic and could run, and he just ran away from us. To see it live proved how special he is.” Green, who verbally committed to Louisville in June, has scholarship offers from 14 Football Bowl Division programs. “He has the best ball skills of anyone I’ve ever been around,” Gaylor said. “He just goes up and finds a way to get the football. I’ve coached Division II, junior college, high school, and I’ve never coached anyone as good at going up and getting the ball. “He’s still developing, too. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to maxed out. I think his upside is huge.”
LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 4
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Spanish Club president. Tribal Council president. Student council sergeant at arms. Show choir secretary. Theater. Quote: “He is an intelligent, honest and punctual young man with a bright future.” — Burse Dills, guidance director College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: None LUTHER: SETH STIVERS Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention All-State in baseball as a junior. Varsity basketball for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of his class. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Student council. Gear Up spokesman. Habitat for Humanity. Quote: “His communication and interpersonal skills make him well-liked by students and staff alike. His future is very bright, and I look forward to seeing just how far he will go.” — Angie Cox, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Kaily Anderson, Carly Wilson McLOUD: JOSEPH WOOD Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention Little All-City as a junior. All-district in soccer. Varsity basketball for four years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. Scored 25 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. National Football Foundation scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Student council president. McLoud School Board student advisor. BancFirst student board of directors. Quote: “I truly believe that this society needs more young adults like Joe Wood.” — Joshua Laney, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Ashley Boyer, Jordan Murphy MIDWEST CITY: BEAU BUTLER Athletics: All-district and all-conference in football as a senior. Varsity baseball for four years. Will play football and baseball for Wesleyan (Conn.) University. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ranked in the top 1 percent of his class. Valedictorian. Scored 28 on the ACT. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Key Club. German Club. Quote: “Beau is a natural leader. He listens to the thoughts of others and takes into account their opinion ... He understands that a leader leads by example in word and deed.” — Kelly Collins, counselor College choice: Wesleyan (Conn.) University Also nominated: Tashawnya Edwards, Connor Kinsey MINCO: JACOB OVERTON Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State in football. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Oklahoman second-team All-State as a senior, honorable mention All-State as a junior. Varsity baseball and basketball. Will play football at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society president. Activities: Student council president. Future Farmers of America president. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chaplain. Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader. Quote: “I feel privileged to have Jacob walking our halls and representing Minco High School.” — Clint Shirley, principal College choice: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: RACHEL NGO Athletics: Three-year state qualifier in swimming, three-year in tennis and one-year in track. Honorable mention All-City in swimming and tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society tresurer. Activities: Pianist at St. Andrew Dung-Lac Catholic Church. Asian Club president. Literary Magazine treasurer. Environmental Club secretary. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Quote: “While she was the first swimmer in the history of our school to qualify for the state championships, it was her leadership that stole the show.” — John Keilty, athletic director College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Andrew Huffine, Katie Wipfli MUSTANG: PAIGE KETCH Athletics: Three-time offensive player of the year on the volleyball team, one-time defensive player of the year. State qualifier in track and field. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Mustang Prevention & Coalition Team secretary. Every 15 Minutes co-coordinator. Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Student Governing Board. Relay for Life team captain. Student council. SADD/DARE Club student representative. Quote: “As a leader on and off the courts, Paige works to help anyone in need.” Alecia Day, English and leadership teacher College choice: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: Tanner Robertson NORMAN NORTH: ANDREA RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ Athletics: Honorable mention All-City swimming in the 100 free as a senior. Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. Eight top-10 finishes at state during her career. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scored 26 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Activities: OU Precollegiate Program for Chemistry. GEMS Club. Norman Youth Council member. OU Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Quote: “Andrea has alwasy been a very vocal student who is willing to make friends with anyone in class.” Kevin Warren, science teacher College choice: Vermont Also nominated: W.A. White
Jun 19, 2014
The star receiver decided Thursday that dedication was enough for him to verbally commit to the Cardinals.
High school notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green picks Louisville
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 19, 2014Louisville was there from the very beginning for Dahu Green. The Westmoore star receiver decided Thursday that dedication was enough for him to verbally commit to the Cardinals. “They were my first offers, so I had real high interest in them right off the bat,” Green said. “Learning about the program and stuff like that, and meeting the coaches, it was the right fit for me.” The 6-foot-3 Green, who is ranked No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, caught 10 touchdown passes among his 40 receptions and 700 yards last season for the Jaguars’ Class 6A semifinalists. He said he hopes to be playing around 200 pounds once this season starts, a 10-pound increase from last season. Green said he’s looking forward to playing for Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, who was hired in January for his second stint with the team as it enters the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I want to be part of something special,” Green said. “I feel like Bobby Petrino is a great offensive mind. I feel like (the) offense is going to be unstoppable and all of the weapons on offense are going to make it great.” Green had 14 scholarship offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Washington State. LAVALLEY NAMED TO ALL-USA BASEBALL TEAM Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley brought in another honor after his impressive senior season Thursday when he was named to USA Today’s American Family Insurance All-USA Baseball Team. LaValley, who is The Oklahoman’s All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year, is listed as the first-team first baseman after hitting .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs. He was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this month. He signed two days later and is currently in Arizona in the Low Rookie League. LaValley helped lead Carl Albert to its third straight Class 5A championship this season. Left-hander Brady Aiken of Cathedral High School in San Diego was named the Player of the Year. He was selected No. 1 overall in the draft by the Houston Astros after compiling a 7-0 record with a 1.06 ERA. SANTA FE’S PRESTON, CHOCTAW’S LLANUSA PICK UP FIRST OFFERS Two state football prospects broke through with their first Division I offers this week. Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston’s offer came from North Texas on Wednesday. Preston, who is 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds, announced the offer via Twitter. “Finally Just received my First offer from The University of North Texas!” he tweeted. Preston had 18 tackles and an interception last season for the Wolves. And Choctaw’s dual-threat quarterback Jonah Llanusa was offered by Navy on Thursday morning. Llanusa is 6-1, 200 pounds and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He threw for 2,155 yards and rushed for 626 with 24 total touchdowns as a junior. OSU JOINS PROGRAMS IN PURSUIT OF NORMAN NORTH’S YOUNG Over the course of this week, Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young has made trips to all four of the state’s Division I basketball schools, and the 6-1 point guard came away with scholarship offers from all four. Oklahoma State was the latest to join the list, with the offer Thursday afternoon. Several out-of-state programs, including Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State and Creighton, have offered Young as well. HERITAGE HALL’S MCGINNIS ADDS EMPORIA STATE OFFER After a strong showing at Oklahoma’s camp recently, Heritage Hall’s Connor McGinnis added his second Division II offer Wednesday. Emporia State joined Central Oklahoma as the schools to offer the 6-5 dual-threat quarterback. Offers could continue piling up, including Division I offers, should he continue his strong summer at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend in Little Rock, Ark. The Chargers reached the finals of the tournament last summer.
The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple...
High school notebook: Jakolby Long, Trae Young invited to Nike Elite 100 camp
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 11, 2014The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple offers, including Oklahoma. Young, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is beginning to pile up offers as well, with both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State showing strong interest. The Nike Elite 100 camp generally takes about 70 players from the upcoming junior class and approximately 30 from the sophomore class. Both players have a strong pedigree as well. Long’s father is Mustang coach Terry Long, and Young is the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young. LITTELL EXPECTED TO ATTEND OSU Stillwater outfielder Jon Littell is expected to attend Oklahoma State after being drafted late in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, his coach confirmed to The Oklahoman. Littell, who was considered by many scouting services to be the state’s top-ranked outfielder, was taken in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals. Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said he has already spoken with Littell and he will play the next three years at OSU, where his father Jim is the women’s basketball coach. Jon Littell hit .446 with five home runs and 39 RBIs this season, helping the Pioneers win their first state championship since 1957. EL RENO’S SCHWERTFEGER STEPS DOWN El Reno is looking for a new football coach for the third time in the last five years. Taylor Schwerdtfeger informed the school last week that he was stepping down to take an assistant coaching position at Alva after one season with the Indians. El Reno went 4-6 last season playing in one of the state’s toughest districts, which included the last two state champions, Guthrie and Carl Albert, as well as McGuinness and Deer Creek. TUTTLE'S OWEN SUSPENDED BY OSSAA Tuttle baseball coach Travis Owen will miss the first half of next season after violating Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules this season. Owen allowed two different freshman players to participate in too many tournaments, exceeding the limit of three tournaments set by the OSSAA. One suited up in four tournaments, while the other suited up in five. However, the two players did not play and that’s a point Owen is arguing. He said he plans to appeal the suspension, which will be for at least 17 games. “It’s one of them things that I feel personally that I thought the rule was kind of vague, because I suited up a kid and it wasn’t because I played a kid,” Owen said. “But them are the rules and I broke them. I don’t want to hurt my team and I don’t want it to be about me. I guess I should be more knowledgeable about the rule and I guess I’ll know it now.” Owen missed the first game of the Class 4A state tournament due to the violation. The Tigers went on to win the Class 4A championship. The OSSAA also suspended Jenks assistant coach Sandy Farrell for one game next season due to his actions following the Trojans’ loss to Stillwater in the Class 6A semifinals on a walk-off walk. He was arguing balls and strikes as umpires left the field following the eight-inning loss. OSSAA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS The OSSAA announced the 12 scholarship winners as part of its program along with Farmers Insurance. Each student honored will receive $750 toward college costs. Winners include Kellan Hostetler of Garber (football); Paige Fingerie of Lincoln Christian (fastpitch softball); Josh Hardage of Washington (boys basketball); Katie McKenna Morrison of Drummong (girls basketball); Nathan Herrman of Stillwater (boys soccer); Aubrey McCutchen of Collinsville (girls soccer); Brian Canfield of McGuinness (baseball); Brittany Bingham of Waukomis (slowpitch softball); Catherine Petty of Stillwater (girls track); Wyatt Johnson of Watonga (boys track); Sarah Carpenter of Stillwater (volleyball); and Cole Reynolds of Woodward (wrestling).
These athletes were honored by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman
All Sports Scholar-Athlete honorees
Jun 7, 2014List of all winners presented by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman. Bob Colon Scholarship Presented by The Oklahoman Winners: Landon Nault, Kingfisher; Hayley Redwine, Norman Runner-Up Winners: Cameron Batson, Millwood; Joshua Bedell, Yukon; Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle; Bryan Lilley, Edmond North; Brianna McArthur, Moore; Violet Victoria, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Jim Thorpe Players of the Year Baseball: Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert Basketball (boy): Shawn Olden, Tulsa Union Basketball (girl): Toree Thompson, Broken Arrow Cross County (boy): Ben Barrett, Norman North Cross County (girl): Michaela Werner, Grove Football: Steven Parker, Jenks Golf (boy): Nick Heinen, Edmond North Golf (girl): Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union Soccer (boy): Mauro Cichero, Norman North Soccer (girl): Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union Swimming (boy): Riley Bunyard, Harrah Swimming (girl): Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle Tennis (boy): Bryan Lilley, Edmond North Tennis (girl): Lauren Pickens, Owasso Track & Field (boy): Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek Track & Field (girl): Makayla Stephens, Atoka Volleyball: Josie Gandall, Tulsa Kelley Wrestling: Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville NFF Jim Thorpe/Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame College Players of the Year Blake Bell, Oklahoma Alex Hemberger, Northwestern State Michael Hicks, Southern Nazarene Christian Hood, Central Oklahoma Deandre Jennings, Northeastern A&M Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State Gabe Moyer, Tulsa Kevin Tankerson, Panhandle State NFF High School Football Coaching Award Joe Biddle, Destiny Christian Jody Weber, Davis Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award Gary Howard, Central Oklahoma (retired) Jim Thorpe Appreciation Award Rep. Bobby Cleveland, for his dedication and support of working with the youth programs of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum.
May 25, 2014
Here’s a look at our updated Super 30 as of Monday, May 26.
Oklahoman Super 30 list of the state's top high school football recruits
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 25, 20141. Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, 6-4, 310 Top programs coast to coast are still pursuing the giant Wolverine. 2. Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady, 6-3, 310 Still piling up offers since his decommitment from OU. 3. Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, 6-3, 194 Named the top DB at the Rivals camp in Dallas this spring. 4. Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks, 6-2, 300 The OU commitment can plug the middle as well as anyone. 5. Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 After his breakout junior year, Green has remained on the rise, with Tulsa and Southern Miss among his 15 offers. 6. John Kolar, QB, Norman North, 6-4, 190 In September, he was starting at receiver. In February, he committed to OSU as a QB. 7. Darreyl Patterson, DB, Lawton, 6-0, 165 Like Green, Patterson has been gathering offer after offer, with Memphis the latest to come. 8. Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland, 6-3, 220 Landed an Arkansas offer and promptly committed. 9. McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro, 6-4, 195 Ten offers in the last two weeks for the freakishly athletic Whitfield. 10. Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial, 5-7, 170 (UP) Southern Miss, New Mexico and Arkansas State have extended offers to the class’ most explosive RB. 11. Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko, 6-3, 200 Tulsa was the first to offer a scholarship to the head hunter. 12. Josh Little, DE, Millwood, 6-4, 230 Another fast riser on the recruiting scene, with more big-school offers looming. 13. Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton, 5-10, 185 Recruitment had gone quiet but is picking back up again with Southern Miss extending an offer recently. 14. Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling, 6-6, 310 Making his case as the top OL in the class with Tulsa and North Texas offers already. 15. Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison, 6-2, 190 Incredibly athletic, Mayfield recently got his first offer from Arkansas State. 16. Davion Freeman, DB, Del City, 5-10, 160 His speed and versatility make Freeman desirable. New Mexico is the latest to extend an offer. 17. Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, 6-5, 290 The Wolves’ big, talented tackle recently received an offer from Tulsa. 18. Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall, 6-5, 190 His big body, good arm and athletic ability keep McGinnis on the recruiting radar, though no offers have come in yet. 19. John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee, 6-1, 220 Jacobs settled on East Carolina earlier this month. 20. Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial, 5-10, 170 Speedster has Tulsa and South Dakota offers, with more programs lurking. 21. Aaron McKinney, ATH, Midwest City, 6-4, 190 One of three Bomber defensive players with an offer already, McKinney likely is a LB at the next level. 22. Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North, 6-3, 205 A physical specimen, Booze is still waiting for that first offer. 23. Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher, 6-2, 265 New Mexico and North Texas have extended offers to the powerfully built Jackson, who is on his way to being a four-year Yellowjacket starter. 24. J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-4, 285 Hensley’s big body continues to draw plenty of interest from a variety of programs. 25. Dameko Doddles, ATH, Douglass, 6-2, 185 Emerged as a playmaker down the stretch last season and has continued to impress with his athletic ability this offseason. 26. Denver Johnson, WR, Casady, 6-3, 205 Good size in a recruiting class without many big receiver prospects. 27. Roscoe Gatewood, DB, Midwest City, 5-9, 185 Height could bring some questions, but his strength and speed certainly don’t. 28. Dillon Lohr, ATH, Carl Albert, 6-1, 195 Physically impressive athlete with a versatile skill set that will keep him prominent in the recruiting game. 29. Dakota Troglin, TE, Southmoore, 6-4, 240 No offers yet, but drawing interest from a variety of big programs. 30. Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City, 6-0, 280 Strong defensive tackle just broke through with his first offer, from Air Force.
Last spring was a whirlwind for Mustang football. Jeremy Dombek was hired as the head coach on the day spring football practice opened, putting quite a time constraint on the transition process. But things are a little more relaxed in Dombek’s second spring in Mustang.
High schools: Unlike last spring, Mustang football team knows what to expect
By Scott Wright | May 22, 2014MUSTANG — Last spring was a whirlwind for Mustang football. Jeremy Dombek was hired as the head coach on the day spring football practice opened, putting quite a time constraint on the transition process. But things are a little more relaxed in Dombek’s second spring in Mustang. “We know the system a lot more and know what to expect,” quarterback Chandler Garrett said. “It’s an easier process, an easier adjustment this year.” Mustang saw its share of growing pains with the new system last year. But after a 3-3 start, the Broncos got on track to win three of their last four regular-season games before upsetting district champion Norman North in the first round of the playoffs. Part of the turnaround was Garrett’s growth at quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior-to-be established himself as a talented young signal-caller, completing 70.0 percent of his passes for 1,683 yards and 13 touchdowns after being inserted into the lineup midway through the year. At the same time, the defense gained more consistency, a trend the Broncos want to see continue through the spring. “We feel real good with our coaches, having a whole year with them,” linebacker Cutter Smith said. “We were just learning the system last year, but we feel like we can really take some steps forward this year. “Everybody knows their job, and we think this can be a really good year.” And with a 7-5 record in the middle of last year’s transition, the bar is set even higher for the 2014 season. “We just want to win a state championship,” Garrett said. “That’s all we’re focused on right now.”
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring footballMay 18, 2014
The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014Spring football practice can begin Monday, and it always brings a variety of interesting story lines across the high school landscape. The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area. Here’s a look at the five most interesting coaching changes across the metro: Yukon By far the most intriguing hire of the offseason, longtime college defensive coordinator Bill Young takes over for the Millers. The man who has been an assistant at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arizona State, Miami, Ohio State, Southern Cal and the Detriot Lions is now Yukon’s head coach. Not only that, Yukon has brought in a proven head coach to be Young’s offensive coordinator. Brian Sauser, 38, had turned Iowa City West into a regular playoff contender in his six years there. He was expected to be introduced to the coaches on Sunday and to the team on Monday. Westmoore Adam Gaylor has been one of the state’s more well-regarded assistant coaches over the last few years, and he’s walking into a good situation at Westmoore. The former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator takes over a program coming off a Class 6A semifinal appearance with several key pieces returning. That includes perhaps the state’s best group of receivers, led by widely recruited senior-to-be Dahu Green. Guthrie It’s not often you see a coaching change following a state championship, but that’s what they’re facing in Guthrie, with Rafe Watkins moving up to Class 6A at Muskogee. The 5A champion Bluejays stayed inside the program to promote Kelly Beeby. Guthrie has some talent returning, but must replace its quarterback and do-everything star Kai Callins. Tuttle The most surprising coaching vacancy came a few weeks ago when Philip Koons stepped down at Tuttle after 21 seasons and 205 victories, leaving an opening at one of the state’s most routinely successful programs. The Tigers brought in Brad Ballard from Lincoln Christian, which has been pretty stout in its own right. Ballard was the defensive coordinator there and seems to be a good fit for a town that is passionate about football. Putnam City North For a school that has only been open for 35 years, PC North has had quite a string of coaches, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Bob Wilson. Wilson retired from coaching in April after 22 years as the head Panther, and assistant Rod Richardson will step in. This is Richardson’s first football head coaching job, but the guy is a proven winner. He has more than 100 victories as the Panthers’ baseball coach, with three state tournament appearances. He played quarterback at Midwest City in the mid-1990s, when the Bombers were hugely successful. But Richardson has some work ahead of him, trying to get the Panthers back on track in the middle of the Class 6A split. The large-school side of the split guarantees PC North a brutal schedule that will include district games against Tulsa Union, Owasso, Norman North, Edmond North, Mustang, Southmoore and Moore.
A Claremore native, Brad Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay.
High school notebook: Tuttle names Brad Ballard new head coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 13, 2014The Tuttle school board approved the hire of Lincoln Christian defensive coordinator Brad Ballard as the Tigers’ new football coach on Monday night. A Claremore native, Ballard comes to Tuttle after spending the last eight seasons at Lincoln Christian. He has also worked at Missouri Southern, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and a few high school stops, including Miami, Ketchum and Jay. “He’s going to do a tremendous job,” Lincoln Christian head coach Darren Melton said. “He brings a lot of passion to the game. He’s a kid magnet. He coaches them hard, but does it with a lot of love. The kids in Tuttle are gonna love him. “He’s creative, he’s cutting-edge. The thing people need to know about him is that he’s got an offensive mind, too. You can’t be a good defensive coordinator without knowing offense. He’s following a guy who had an awful lot of success, but we lost a good one. He’s a great friend and we’re really happy for him.” Ballard replaces Philip Koons, who was the Tigers’ head coach for the last 21 seasons. He won more than 200 games and two state titles before resigning last month. “We’re very excited to have coach Ballard coming in,” Tuttle superintendent Bobby Waitman said. “He’s energetic, and really just a perfect fit for our football program.” NORMAN NORTH’S CICHERO WINS GATORADE AWARD Norman North soccer standout Mauro Cichero was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior also won the award last year. Cichero had 16 goals and 10 assists in 15 games entering Tuesday night’s Class 6A semifinal match against Broken Arrow. Cichero has a 3.26 grade-point average and mentors students learning English as a second language. He signed with SMU. “Cichero possesses vision and an ability to read the game that makes him stand out from other players his age,” said Gordon Drummond, head coach at crosstown rival Norman High. “He’s a complete soccer player.” SANTA FE’S BYCKO COMMITS TO ARMY Edmond Santa Fe junior baseball player Zac Bycko verbally committed last month to play at Army, his mother told The Oklahoman. Bycko plays third base and catcher for the Wolves, who finished the year 21-19.
A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.
Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19
Apr 19, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors St.) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Connor Finkhouse, PC North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Austin Kretchmar, Okarche/Redlands CC (William Jewell) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Lane Ramsey, PC North (Newman) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Brett Cannon, Del City (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Dexter Dean, Edmond Santa Fe (NOC) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Jacob Essman, Edmond Memorial (East Central) Tripp Fuller, Westmoore (OC) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Xavier Hunter, Del City (Fort Scott CC) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Michael Majors, Enid (Hillsdale) Torey Noel, Midwest City (NOC-Tonkawa) Jake Seagraves, Choctaw (Hillsdale) Mitchell Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Aaliyah Blakely, Ada (OBU) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Sidney Carolina, PC North (Redlands) McKenzie Cooper, Shawnee (OBU) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Sara Fountain, Stilwell (NSU) Daniela Galindo, Shattuck (Seward County) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Blaire Hall, PC North (OC) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Jetta Smith, Classen SAS (Colby CC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) Mariah Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (Redlands) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Dakota Kappelle, Anadarko (Tabor) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Brenon Smith, Hinton (OBU) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) Schuyler Wood, Putnam City (OU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Evan Lashar, OCS (OBU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Tyler Buchanan, Midwest City (Mid-America Chr.) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Mauro Cichero, Norman North (SMU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue De Paz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abbey Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Brenna Cooper, Westmoore (Tabor) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Shianne Donato, Westmoore (Eastern) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Lauren Martin, Newcastle (SWOSU) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Shelley Mueller, Enid (SWOSU) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) JuliAnne Williamson, Noble (ECU) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Courtney Anderson, Piedmont (Rose St.) Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Paige Finney, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Jamie Lowrie, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Allison Smith, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Mycah Smith, Plainview (Mid-America Chr.) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Bethany Sullivan, Lexington (Cisco College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Lara Gatton, Westmoore (OBU) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Tim Hyland, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) Jaedon Roe, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) TENNIS Travis Christianson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hays, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) Stormi Tipton, Westmoore (Cowley) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville (OSU) Clayton Lamb, Del City (OCU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (OSU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team.
Oklahoma football: A look at 25 Sooners who could have a breakout 2014 season
Jason Kersey | Apr 16, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team. Who will join Sterling Shepard as the team’s starting wide receivers? Who will be the main ballcarrier? Who will take over in the depleted defensive backfield with cornerback Zack Sanchez? Earlier this week, I released my updated rankings of the top-10 players on the current OU football roster. Here is a list of the 25 players I think could have a breakout season in 2014, listed in alphabetical order. Dakota Austin, So., CB: Austin intercepted Trevor Knight’s first pass attempt during the open portion of Thursday’s practice, and sounds confident that he’ll be the starting cornerback opposite Sanchez this fall. Austin Bennett, So., WR: Led all receivers with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the spring game Saturday. He made one catch as a true freshman last season — an 11-yard reception in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. Devante Bond, Jr., LB: The junior-college transfer showed coaches this spring that he’s a capable pass rusher. If that translates to the game field this fall, it could, in theory, allow Eric Striker to further expand his role. Daniel Brooks, So., RB: Suffered a nasty knee injury just before he graduated high school and redshirted in 2012. He didn’t play last year at all, but was the leading rusher in Saturday’s spring game, carrying the ball eight times for 67 yards. Keith Ford and Alex Ross are the frontrunners in the backfield, and with Joe Mixon joining the team this summer, it won’t be easy for Brooks. But this kid is resilient, so don’t sleep on him. Hatari Byrd, So., S: A few days before Signing Day 2013, Byrd told our man Trent Shadid that one of the Sooners’ starting safety spots would be his as a true freshman. That didn’t quite pan out, but the former four-star recruit appeared in five games and could be in line to make an impact this year, with the defensive backfield losing most of its starters. Matt Dimon, So., DE: Dimon played in 12 of the Sooners’ games last season as a true freshman, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety during Oklahoma’s Oct. 19 victory at Kansas. Jordan Evans, So., LB: It doesn’t sound like OU coaches are expecting Frank Shannon to return to the team this fall, and if that happens, Evans would enter the starting lineup at middle linebacker. The former Norman North standout played well last Oct. 26 against Texas Tech when Shannon was injured. He recorded a career-high eight tacles and broke up a pass that night. Evans looked good in the spring game. Dimitri Flowers, Fr., FB/TE: Knight targeted Flowers on his first three pass attempts in Saturday’s spring game, and the San Antonio native finished with four receptions for 40 yards. Don’t expect the Trey Millard comparisons to end anytime soon. Keith Ford, So., RB: Appeared in 10 contests last year, recording 23 rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Ford quickly became a fan favorite last year because of his tough, contact-heavy running style, but found himself in the dog house after showing a troubling fumble problem. He’ll have as good a shot as anyone to be the Sooners’ main ball carrier in 2014. Taylor McNamara, So., TE: The San Diego native and former four-star recruit started a game as a true freshman in 2012, but suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical redshirt. He caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, and recorded two touchdown receptions in the spring game. If the tight end position is truly going to make a comeback in 2014, expect McNamara to be at the forefront of that movement. Joe Mixon, Fr. RB: The five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., was signing autographs and posing for pictures Saturday at the spring game, demonstrating just how excited fans are for his debut. Durron Neal, Jr., WR: Neal has made 23 appearances with two starts throughout his career so far, with 18 career receptions for 251 yards. With the Sooners’ receiving corps depleted, Neal will certainly have an opportunity to make an impact as a junior. He missed the spring game with an injury. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, RFr., LB: Coaches have raved about Okoronkwo’s spring, and the player known as “Obo” delivered in the spring game, picking off a fourth-quarter pass and returning it 39 yards to set up a touchdown. Okoronkwo was originally committed to Oklahoma State before flipping in December 2012. Michiah Quick, Fr., WR: A high-school teammate of OU safety Hatari Byrd, Quick will have an opportunity to make an instant impact in the Sooners’ inexperienced receiving corps. Like Mixon, Quick was seen signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans before Saturday’s spring game. Steven Parker, Fr., S: The four-star signee from Jenks picked the Sooners over Auburn just before signing day, and his commitment was among the most exciting recruiting news Oklahoma fans received this year. Walk-on safety Thaddeus LaGrone — who has the best name on the team, without a doubt — played on the second-team defense Saturday and did pretty well, but the fact that OU is using a walk-on there demonstrates how important Parker could be in the fall. Matthew Romar, RFr., DT: The former three-star recruit from Port Arthur, Texas, redshirted last season, but looked pretty good in Saturday’s spring game. Former OU defensive line standout Dusty Dvoracek raved about Romar on his Norman radio show this week. Alex Ross, So., RB: Ross made 10 appearances last season, mostly playing special teams. Coaches have praised his effort this spring, and the former Jenks standout is seemingly right in the thick of the Sooners’ running back battle. “Maturity” is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit when coaches and teammates discuss Ross. In last year’s season opener, he picked up 7 yards on his first carry, then hit an opposing player and picked up a personal foul. Has Ross turned the corner? That remains to be seen. Jordan Smallwood, RFr., WR: A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt as a true freshman last year, but his effort this spring has been praised by coaches and teammates alike. The former Jenks standout caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. Stanvon Taylor, So., CB: The former Tulsa East Central standout started one game last seasn as a true freshman and played in all 13 games. He’s competing with Dakota Austin and Cortez Johnson to be the Sooners’ starting cornerback opposite Sanchez in 2014. Ahmad Thomas, So., S: Thomas made 12 appearances last season and, like Byrd, seems to be a strong candidate to contribute heavily in the secondary next season. He’s also spent time working at the nickelback spot this spring with returning starter Julian Wilson out after shoulder surgery. Dallis Todd, Fr., WR: The La Mirada, Calif., native and four-star signee will join the team this summer, and could definitely be in line to make an immediate impact. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver caught 66 passes for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2013. Charles Walker, RFr., DT: Walker has been one of the players who has generated the most buzz this spring because of his athleticism. The Garland, Texas, native redshirted last season, but could provide the Sooners with solid depth on the defensive front behind Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade in 2014. Dvoracek, while praising Romar this week on the radio, added that Walker looked like he was thinking a little too much during Saturday’s spring game. D.J. Ward, RFr., DE: Ward hasn’t played in an actual football game since his junior year at Lawton High School. He tranferred to Douglass, then Southmoore before his senior year and was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA. A medical issue cost him any chance at playing time in 2013, but he’s healthy and ready to contribute this season. Derrick Woods, So., WR: The Inglewood, Calif., native made a critical, 20-yard reception against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and could be in line to make an impact this season as a sophomore. The former U.S. Army All-American appeared in 11 games last season. K.J. Young, RFr., WR: Young redshirted last season, but has been one of the receivers most often praised by defensive players this spring. The Perris, Calif., product is another potential breakout player in a young, inexperienced group of wide receivers.
Apr 16, 2014
The eight-plus year run of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express appears to be coming to an end, leaving a noticeable void in the high school sports scene.
High schools: Former sportscaster Van Shea Iven named to OSSAA staff
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Apr 16, 2014The eight-plus year run of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express appears to be coming to an end, leaving a noticeable void in the high school sports scene. The show’s founder and host, Van Shea Iven, was named director of media relations by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors on Wednesday, though he plans to bring some of the highly successful show’s elements to the OSSAA. Iven will finish the school year on the show, but he has no plans to hand control over to someone on the outside. “I’m not going to have time to do it and if the Oklahoma High School Sports Express is going to carry on, I want it to be done right,” he said. “I want kids to get covered in every sport from all corners of the state and get a chance to be on TV.” After spending 17 years with KFOR, Iven started the Sports Express in January 2006. During the show’s run, he has named on average nearly 200 student athletes per episode. He said the show will end at 320 episodes, bringing the total to nearly 60,000 names. Things have recently changed for Iven with the birth of his son Turner in October. Moving to the OSSAA will allow him to spend more time with his family. “I’ve loved every minute of it, but this gives me a little more freedom to be with my wife and my son.” It will also allow Iven to expand the OSSAA’s presence as he will oversee media relations, the organization’s webpage and publications. “We’re just excited about what he brings to the organization and what he can do to promote our kids and our playoffs,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “Our website is pretty much an information site where you want to go and get rules, get playoff information, get brackets. Well, we want to change that. We want to put video clips of our championships, we want to put sound bites of our championships, we want to look at social media and it continues our mission that we’re all about kids.” STATE BASEBALL SITES DETERMINED OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley called it a perfect storm. Whaley announced the final plan for the spring baseball state tournament sites, with all classes being played in the Oklahoma City area and receiving a 12-0 vote for approval from the board. The biggest news is that the University of Oklahoma will be the host for the entire Class 6A tournament and the Class 5A semifinals and championship, while Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will host the championships for Classes 4A-2A. The tournaments will be held May 15-17. “We haven’t had this opportunity before,” Whaley told the board. “We’re very excited.” The Class A and Class B semifinals and championships will remain at Dolese Park, with Class B opening the tournament Thursday, May 8, at Edmond Memorial before moving to Dolese Park on May 9 and May 10. Class 5A’s quarterfinals will be at Norman North on Thursday, May 15, before moving to OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park the next two days. Class 4A’s quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at Edmond Santa Fe, Class 3A will be at Edmond Memorial and Class 2A will be at Shawnee. Whaley said there will not be one site for the semifinals as in the past to allow for scheduling flexibility with teams possibly facing graduation that evening. AARON YOUNG HEADED TO ORU Another Edmond Memorial product is heading for Division I basketball. Aaron Young has signed with Oral Roberts, becoming the fourth former Bulldog in the last four years to join one of the state's D-I programs. Young was one of the heroes of Memorial’s 2013 state championship run, hitting the game-winning shot in the Class 6A semifinals. Young played his freshman season at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. He joins former Bulldog Obi Emegano at ORU. Memorial’s James Woodard is currently at Tulsa and his brother, Jordan Woodard, is at OU. STILWELL HIRES J.T. COBBLE AS FOOTBALL COACH Hoping that the proverbial apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree, Stilwell hired J.T. Cobble as its new football coach this week. Cobble is the son of Hall of Fame coach Tom Cobble, who has been successful at a number of stops, most notably El Reno, Weatherford and Enid. He’s currently at Chickasha, where J.T. had been serving as his offensive coordinator. Stilwell had a late surge to end the season with three wins in its final five games, but finished 4-6 and one win short of the playoffs. MAX WARIBOKO-ALALI PICKS UP FIRST OFFER Defensive back Max Wariboko-Alali picked up his first scholarship offer Tuesday night from Louisville, adding to the growing list of talent at Casady. Wariboko-Alali, the younger brother of Oklahoma commitment Josh Wariboko-Alali, is a 5-foot-10, 168-poind sophomore who recorded 41 tackles last season. Junior quarterback T’Quan Wallace is also attending the Texas spring game this weekend, according to his father.