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Moore High School Varsity Boys Football
Sep 2, 2015
We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she also found her attitude...
5 reasons why Oklahomans love football
Richard Hall | Sep 2, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791799[/img] We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she found her attitude toward the sport began to change. So, what changed it? Here are 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football. [pagebreak] No. 5 – It's ingrained since birth [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791783[/img] During Keeping's time on the sidelines, she met a few high school-aged athletic trainers. They explained to her that, in their families, the love of football was something they always knew. "From the cradle," as Keeping described it. While these handful of kids have their goals set on careers in sports medicine, their families congregated around the sport, much like the families of the athletes running the downs and passing the pig skin. Which leads to the fact that football in Oklahoma is... [pagebreak] No. 4 – It's an institution [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791785[/img] Jeff Miller, a middle-aged Oklahoma City man who happened to be out at the field just to watch the scrimmages, told Keeping that football in Oklahoma is "a staple ... an institution." “Virtually every community has a high school football program. And a lot of times, it's a source of pride," he said. Accuracy matters, and Miller spoke truth. And as Keeping did research on the state's history with the sport, she found Oklahomans' love for the game developed even before Oklahoma was a state. It's accessibility made it popular, much how soccer is now around the world. Miller went on to explain that, when a small-town Oklahoma kid is successful in the sport, that the entire community shares that success. Speaking of success, one state college in particular can take credit for some of this football love... [pagebreak] No. 3 – OU's success [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791790[/img] Following the Dust Bowl of the Dirty Thirties, the University of Oklahoma looked for a way to get potential students (and migrants in general) to forget about the depressing era and dust. So, according to OU history professor emeritus William Savage, the college decided it was time for a winning college football program. Famed Sooner coach Bud Wilkinson took it from there in 1947. [pagebreak] No. 2 – It's a way out [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791793[/img] Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage is one of the best high school players in the state. The Oklahoman even ranked him as the state's top high school recruit. When asked why he thought football was so important, Bundage said all that needs to be said: "You know, it's a way out for a lot of kids." It's true. Football (and sports in general) does many things for Oklahoma youths, like... [pagebreak] No. 1 – It builds character by building a family [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3791794[/img] Shortly after Keeping arrived at Moore Stadium, she was taken aback by a coach shouting at his players. "Don't be soft!" She even rolled her eyes at the "macho" display. Until she began listening and paying attention, just as the coach's players were. Then, she understood: Football is full of life lessons, growing pains and memories. You can't win 'em all, but you always do your best. Such is life. But beyond the coach and athletes, you have the athletic trainers, the hype men and mascots, the fans, the community. Santa Fe's second string varsity wide receiver, Gabriel Baldini, told Keeping something poignant and honest: "Team has more meaning than running out on the field with 11 guys. We're all one team. If one person does it, we all do it." The time Keeping spent on the field -- with the kids, fans, noises, smells, breeze -- changed her mind, her attitude. The football bug of Oklahoma bit her something fierce, as it has to many of us. Now she knew. She understood why Oklahomans love football. Read the complete story here.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul HixAug 31, 2015
Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jordan Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore.
High school football: Moore entering huge rivalry game with high expectations for second season under Paul Hix
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 31, 2015MOORE — Jordan Jones hasn't missed a Moore War game since the sixth grade, and he's never seen Moore top rival Westmoore in that span. Now a star tight end as a senior at Moore, Jones has felt the disappointment as a fan and a player of a 15-game losing streak to Westmoore. He's hoping to change that Friday night at Moore Schools Stadium. “I can just tell how bad it sucks to go your whole four years and not win a game,” Jones said. “That's how some of the players were, and to get a ‘W' for them it would mean everything to me because I know how much it would mean to us and the community.” In its second season under coach Paul Hix, Moore is experiencing bigger expectations than recently felt around the program. The team is determined to deliver a better season, and that starts with winning the game the Lions can't seem to win. “I think we need to win the first game of the year,” Hix said. “It just so happens to be the biggest game of the season for our community. “It's just the first game for us. I think I made the mistake of trying to downplay it last year. But to my community and my kids and my student body and the teachers, it's the Super Bowl. It's almost go big or go home because I feel like for 15 years in a row we have lost a big section of the enthusiasm just because we don't win this game.” The game was also honored as part of the Great American Rivalry Series on Monday. The game will be presented by the Army and an in-school Rivalry Fitness Challenge will also take place between the two schools during the week. The school that proves to be the fittest will be awarded a crystal trophy at halftime Friday. The team that wins the game will also be presented a trophy along with game MVP and a top-student athlete from each school. Last season, Moore went 0-10 under Hix, but there were some positive developments around the program. Quarterback Josh Detweiler showed promise while throwing for 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Hix said that Detweiler has shown remarkable improvement in the offseason and is poised for a big season. He could become the school's all-time leading passer by the end of the season. “Mentally, he is right there on par with any other quarterbacks I've had as far as mastering the concepts,” Hix said. Hix also said the team has shown improvement in the second year of his spread offense. A new defensive scheme has also led to more speed and improvement from the linebackers. But even with all of the positive developments there have been some struggles for Moore leading up to this week. Top receiver Abel Wills recently suffered a broken collarbone. Last Tuesday, highly-touted running back Darian Davis left for a prep school out of state. “It's easy to make excuses but we know that we lost them, they're good players and everything but we've got to move past that and look forward to Westmoore,” Detweiler said. And Moore is certainly looking forward to Friday with the idea that win could snowball and lead to more in the coming weeks. The school spirit is up. The morale around the football team is up. The community is even fired up. “I had a couple cops today tell me that they hope we beat Westmoore,” Jones said. “It's just really exciting.”
The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has.The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button....
The Kansas City Star Sam Mellinger column
Sam Mellinger, Associated Press | Aug 29, 2015The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has. The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button. Hudler’s feet hit the floor within seconds. He is like a red-headed 54-year-old windup toy, only you never know what’s about to come out of his mouth, and one pull of the string lasts all day. He is in the middle of, like, the fourth of a hundred stories in a day that started at 6 and won’t end until around 11 that night, after he broadcasts the 126th of 162 games in what is shaping up to be a historic Royals season. Day in the life of Rex Hudler, Kansas City Royals broadcaster Kansas City sports columnist Sam Mellinger spent a day with Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals. Listen to his report here. (Video by Rich Sugg and Monty Davis | The Kansas City Star) There was the time he got promoted from Class A by writing George Steinbrenner a letter. The time he took out a teammate with a slide during a spring training B-game at 9 in the morning. The time he bought two engagement rings just to make sure she said yes. All the times he’s talked to God, the big man always calling him Hud, and the time he got fired by the Angels, then hired by the Royals, and mostly hated by his new city. That was hard. There was also time he found out his first son had Down syndrome. That was harder. But at the moment, he is talking about baseball, so he is smiling and taking his sunglasses off to look you in the eye even as he speeds down the highway and steers with his leg. “The feeling I get coming to the ballpark now is the same as when I played,” Hudler says. “I know who’s pitching that night, and I’m thinking about that (expletive). He’s the guy I’m going to make a living off of. He’s the man who’s going to pay my family, and my future. That’s how serious it is. I’d stand in the batters box, ‘My family against yours, (expletive). Let’s go.’” By the time the day is over, Hud — even his wife, Jennifer, calls him that — will have laughed and cried and kissed each of his three sons. He will have talked about experimenting with drugs, of starting six straight seasons with the same minor-league team, and of asking to play one last game before retiring at the age of 37 — a game in which he got hit in the neck with a pitch, then lost the game by whiffing a routine grounder at second base. For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, he tells them, “That makes two of us.” Once, his tongue got tied and he ended up calling a backup Royals outfielder “Paulo Homo.” Another time, he called the moon a planet. He said the Astros use the metric system. He laughs these things off, even when Jennifer playfully calls him an idiot, and (not as playfully) begs him to stay away from big words on the air. The stories come out in real life the same as they do during his broadcasts: fast, loud, occasionally mangled, often self-deprecating and usually out of nowhere. The difference is they are about a complicated life, not a simple game, and he doesn’t have to watch his language. But first, he’s got yoga, shirt off in a room the instructor keeps at 105 degrees. At 7:16 in the morning, the bus pulls up outside Hudler’s home. Cade has been standing in the driveway for a few minutes already, waving a small American flag. Hudler just got back from taking his two younger boys to school, and jokes that Cade is throwing a one-man welcome home parade. “Love you, daddy,” Cade says. “Oh, I love you too, bud,” Hudler says. Cade smiles and runs toward the bus. Hudler calls Cade “my special boy.” He will never forget that phone call. It was a few days after Cade was born, and doctors had already pronounced him totally healthy. But then the blood test results came back. Cade had an extra chromosome. Down syndrome. Hudler took the news the way he takes everything in his life. With a smile. A stubborn optimism. The rest of the family – Jennifer, their parents, friends – cried. Hudler refused the pain. He smiled. He didn’t know what else to do. Then Hudler called Tim Burke, an old teammate who raised a child with special needs. “You need to grieve with Jennifer,” Hudler remembers Burke saying. “You need to grieve the dreams of the typical boy for your first-born son.” That’s when Hudler wept. This went on for days. He was consumed. The lowest point of his life. Then he met some teammates for an offseason workout. They could tell something was off. He told them the news. One of those teammates was Jim Abbott, who pitched 10 big-league seasons and threw a no-hitter despite being born without a right hand. “Miracles can happen,” Abbott said, and that’s all Hud needed to hear. He sped home, slammed open the door, and yelled with joy to Jennifer. “Honey, guess what?” he remembers saying. “Cade came to the right place. We’re gonna get him where he needs to be. Call the cops!” Cade will be 18 in November. He is the happiest kid you are likely to meet in a month. Rex and Jennifer started a non-profit to help children with special needs, and their annual event will take place at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 6. Sometimes people ask Hudler why he’s happy all the time. Where all of this energy comes from. He tells them about Cade. How could Hud be sad when Cade keeps him so happy? There’s more to it than that. We’ll get to the rest soon. But watching Hud kiss his son is a good place to start. At 10:21 in the morning, Hud is dead silent except for rhythmic and deliberate breaths. His shirt is off, sweat pouring from his skin. He is face down, only his pelvis touching the ground, his legs and arms stretching up and out. In yoga, they call this the full locust. “Feel that bone-to-skin stretch,” the instructor is saying. “You are continually reminding yourself how great you are, even through the pain, even through the suffering.” Rex Hudler in his yoga class Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, participates in a yoga class. (Video by Rich Sugg | email@example.com) Steve Physioc, Hud’s occasional broadcast partner with the Royals and before that with the Angels, introduced him to yoga. But like most things, Hud took it to the extreme, which is why he drives a half-hour to Kansas City Bikram Yoga and this room intentionally kept hot enough to induce a fever. The only noise is the instructor’s steady voice and the breaths of the other 14 people here. Hud feels lighter when he’s done, and says the pain of 21 years of professional baseball is diminished every time he does this. But there is also a peace he finds here, a peace that he’s needed. That first year in Kansas City was particularly brutal as Hudler replaced the fired Frank White on the broadcast. That would’ve been difficult anyway. White’s No. 20 is on the Hall of Fame building in left field, and before the first game Hudler broadcast a plane flew over the stadium with a banner asking WHERE’S FRANK? But Hud is also — and how do we say this? — different. For as long as the Royals have existed, their broadcasts have been defined by the steady and understated Denny Matthews. White’s style was much the same, his focus put into picking out details from a replay rather than raw entertainment. Into that culture came Hud, with his catchphrases and presentation that more closely resemble former pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (who Hud once asked if he could body-slam, but that’s a different story). It didn’t help that the Royals lost 90 games that year, including all 10 at home in April. People wrote in saying they were done with the Royals, that they couldn’t stomach Hudler’s broadcasts. It was one thing to fire a franchise icon, they said, but to replace him with this? “I knew I was going to eat (expletive),” he says now. “The Royals told me that when I took the job.” At some point, he made the decision to pull back a little bit. Give the fans half a dose of Hud, is the way he puts it, because they weren’t ready for the full dose. After a month or two, someone from the team called him in. Where’s the guy we hired? But it’s hard when a near consensus of the feedback is negative, much of it brutal. Hudler made a nice living as a player, but even with his pension he needs to work. He has four kids. His in-laws stay in the master bedroom, and require hired care. He needs to work, and he considers his job the second best in the world (being a ballplayer, of course, is No. 1), so it’s head down and refuse to give up. Hud is a man of faith. He prays every morning with his family over breakfast, and by himself whenever he gets a free moment. He often describes conversations with God in very plain terms. “I heard Him get on me,” Hudler says. “He said, ‘Get up, Hud, stand up, be the man I sent you to be.’” So Hudler put a box of his old baseball cards in his car one day, and stood outside Kauffman Stadium, handing them out like a politician. “Hi,” he told people. “I’m Rex Hudler and I’m your new color commentator.” Nothing happens overnight. Hud says it wasn’t until midway through last season — his third in Kansas City — that the compliments started to outnumber the criticisms. Look around the ballpark now and you’ll see references to his catchphrases. Fans stand and yell for his autograph along with Eric Hosmer’s. Aside from Yost and general manager Dayton Moore, there may not be anyone around the team whose image benefitted from the Royals’ turnover more than Hudler. “It took some time for me,” says Scott Hadsall, who got Hudler’s autograph before Wednesday’s game. “When the team starts winning, and you grow to love the team, you grow to love everything about the team. Now, I can’t help but love the guy and his enthusiasm. “It’s like, everything about the team is better. Even with Rex, the same stuff that before you saw as a flaw, well, now it’s his youthful enthusiasm.” Hudler is thinking about bits of all this as he stretches. They tell you to clear your mind completely during yoga, but that’s impossible for him. So he prays for his family, thinks of reasons to be grateful, ways he can improve, and soaks in the only silent part of his day. “I feel so energized when I leave here,” he says, walking to his car. “But I’m not kidding. An hour and a half of not talking is hard for me.” At 11:57, Hud is at the Peach Tree Buffet eating catfish and collard greens. This is his favorite restaurant in town, the place he goes to treat himself. The food is Southern and goes on forever, both of which remind him of growing up with a mother with Texas roots. Mom was the constant. Hudler’s parents divorced when he was 8. She got remarried to a man she did not love but thought would be a good father to her three boys. She wanted to divorce again when Rex was a junior in high school, but Rex begged her to wait a year. She did. Of course she did. Anything for those boys. Mom was full of love, but she also was strict. She yelled and got physical in ways that fathers did a generation or two ago. She taught Rex to respect authority, and to take care of himself. She gave him a list of chores and they had to be done right or Rex had to start over. She worked so hard. Raising those three boys, she still found time to study her way through nursing school. Sometimes, Rex would race home from school and clean the house. He’d hide behind the couch and wait for his mother to get home. Even now, all these years later, tears drip from his eyes as he tells the story and remembers his mom’s reaction. “I just wanted to see her expression,” he says. “She’d drop her jaw. She’d start crying. As hard as she worked for me and my brothers, I wanted to see the joy in her face.” Hudler’s two brothers took a different path. Both got swept up by addiction. Drugs. Heavy stuff. Hudler admits to experimenting — “I tasted, I dabbled,” he says — but he never went too far. He wanted to do well by Mom, and later he kicked what he calls an immature and selfish lifestyle to better his baseball career. Mom gave him so much. Not just the discipline, and not just a standard to meet. She gave him the best advice of his life, too. “The world is negative,” he remembers her saying. “The only way you’ll survive is to be positive. You have to learn how to get a positive out of a negative. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time surviving.” Those words, along with Cade’s spirit, are the fuel for what the baseball world and Royals fans in particular have come to know as Hud. That energy was always in him, but he made a conscious effort to bring it out. He is a natural salesman, and he sells baseball. At some point, a conscious effort becomes habit and a habit becomes who you are. People sometimes wonder if Hudler is acting. If he’s playing a character. There was some of that in the beginning, sure, but if you are constantly playing the same character it stops being a character and becomes your personality. This is how Rex Hudler came to be Hud. “You’re right on,” Hud says. “One hundred percent.” At 1:34 p.m., Hud is sitting by the pool in his backyard and he is in full Hud mode. He is making fun of his baseball career, and the jokes work, because Hud has always been comfortable laughing at himself. He says that instead of the collection of old jerseys he has inside his house, he should’ve kept a collection of splinters from every bench he rode in the big leagues. And speaking of benches, did you know the one in Montreal was the best for farting? Something about the acoustics there. And speaking of farting, do you have any idea how many times he crop-dusted his teammates? Too many to count. This goes on for a few more minutes, until, well, maybe he’s run out of one-liners because here comes something you weren’t expecting. “Every day I get to go to the ballpark and talk about the best team in baseball,” he says before ripping off his T-shirt and doing a half belly-flop into the pool. This is all a bit of a show, of course. The jokes about his career cover up a few important points about him, too. The first is that he worked hard for that career, no matter how many times he lets it be defined by eating a june bug on the bench (which he did for $800 cash). Hudler spent a full decade in the minors before becoming a regular big-leaguer. He was a high school football star, signing with the Yankees over Notre Dame, and after his third or fourth stalled season in the minor leagues the coach at Fresno State — Hud’s hometown school — offered him a scholarship to play wide receiver. Hud kept on in baseball, though, never believing his story would end anywhere but the big leagues. He played in eight organizations and spent a year in Japan before getting the 10 years of service time required for a big-league pension. That was always a big goal of his. Money is important, obviously, but so too is validation. When he’s pushed too far in the baseball world, he talks about how hard he played, adding: and not much has changed. Ozzie Smith learned his name after Hudler slammed into him at second base. Cal Ripken signed a picture for him once, writing, “All these years I thought you were the real ‘Iron Man.’” The second important point covered up by all the jokes is that Hud’s story is woven together in a way that can’t be undone. He made the most money of his career during his last two seasons in the majors. That was on a deal with the Phillies, playing in Terry Francona’s first two years as a big-league manager. The Phillies had a bunch of rookies on that team. Francona knew about Hudler’s fire and heard about his positivity and thought it could be a good example for his younger players. So Hudler made more money than ever before, and finally qualified for a pension that will last as long as he or Jennifer live, mostly because of his energy. In other words, Hud would not have this house or the pool behind it without being Hud. “I’m a professional people person,” he says. “I’m in the love business.” At 9:44 p.m., Hud is in the broadcast booth on the fourth floor at Kauffman Stadium. He’s finally comfortable here. Finally feels the love coming back. As he puts it, Royals fans always waved to him. But now they use all their fingers, instead of just the middle one. This is his booth now, more than it ever has been before. Ryan Lefebvre, his broadcast partner, is learning how to better set him up, and the pair’s chemistry is improving. Hud is still too much at times — the other day, they had to reshoot the opening to the Royals broadcast because he was about five levels too Hud — but he is learning to pick his spots. You can hear both sides after Mike Moustakas hits a home run in the eighth inning. “That’s a Moose souvenir for sure!” he says. “That ball was tattered and battered! A fastball up in the zone. Moose is taking his hands back, doing very little with his body. I love the fact he’s so quiet with his lower body. He’s letting his hands do the work, and that’s why Moose is coming back.” In front of Hud sits a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, notes, his scorecard, and two TV monitors. A baseball is almost constantly bouncing around his right hand. Hud calls this his pacifier, a way to let the extra energy drip out. He used to bounce it on the table but stopped after learning it could be heard two booths down. Behind Hudler’s right shoulder is a wall signed by guests on the broadcast. Much of it is the good-natured insults of male friendship. I need a vacation from Rex! writes Ripken. Rex you are #2 in my heart, everybody else is #1, kiss my ass! writes Bert Blyleven. Hud loves it, of course. All of it. This is his life, and the language of his people. The Royals will lose this game, 8-5. It’s their first loss in five games and they will come back the next day to win. Hud has always been at his best when focusing on the positives. At 9:58 p.m., the last out is made and Hud packs up and walks out of the booth. He takes one flight of stairs down, then walks out to the parking lot to beat as much of the postgame traffic as he can. It was a good broadcast, he thinks. One more step of progress. One more chance to get better. One more day of, hopefully, winning over a few more fans. The broadcast two days earlier was his best of the year, according to Hudler. It was a quick game, and the points he and Lefebvre made played out like fortune-telling. They said the outfield was playing Omar Infante too far in, and Infante hit a triple to the wall. Next time up, they said the right fielder was still too far in and Infante hit a triple that way. This was good. Lefebvre set him up well, and Hudler did not step on Lefebvre’s calls. Perhaps most importantly, Hudler did not screw up. His wife will not call him an idiot. But tomorrow is another day. To reach Sam Mellinger, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000003183,t000007860,t000007502,t000007908,t000007886,t000007504,t000007910,t000007866,t000007506,t000007934,t000007460,t000007564,t000007548,t000007552,t000007480,t000007472,t000007462,t000007464,t000007634,t000007598,t000007484,g000224911,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Despite being one of Oakland's best defensive players his first two years in the NFL, Sio Moore is just fighting for a spot on the team this season.After missing the offseason program while recovering from hip surgery and more than two weeks of training camp with an undisclosed injury, Moore has been passed on the depth chart by Malcolm Smith and must prove his worth to...
Raiders LB Sio Moore fighting for spot on team
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Aug 27, 2015ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Despite being one of Oakland's best defensive players his first two years in the NFL, Sio Moore is just fighting for a spot on the team this season. After missing the offseason program while recovering from hip surgery and more than two weeks of training camp with an undisclosed injury, Moore has been passed on the depth chart by Malcolm Smith and must prove his worth to the new coaching staff. A day after coach Jack Del Rio said Moore was "competing to be a role player somewhere" Moore spoke Thursday for the first time since returning to the practice field earlier this week, "It's just not something I have to validate with you all," Moore said. "That's for me to deal with. If that's what he said, that's what he said." Moore said he feels healthy despite the long absence and is ready to help the team. But Del Rio expressed doubt about how big a role Moore can play immediately after missing so much time. "To try and cram a guy that hasn't played at all in camp into role as a feature player, I think that's a little farfetched right now," Del Rio said Wednesday. Moore has been effective his first two seasons after joining the Raiders as a third-round pick out of Connecticut in 2013. He had 7 1/2 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 26 games his first two seasons and was considered a building block for the team. But he missed the final three games of last season with the hip injury and then watched a new staff bring in a load of new players at linebacker. Curtis Lofton was signed to be the starting middle linebacker, Smith was added on the outside, and Oakland also drafted Ben Heeney and Neiron Ball. Smith is starting at Moore's usual spot at weak side linebacker and has the advantage of having played in college and in Seattle for current Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Smith won the Super Bowl MVP in 2014 when he returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and had nine tackles in Seattle's 43-8 win over Denver. He started only five games last season and played less than one-third of the defensive snaps for the Seahawks, but Norton advocated bringing him to Oakland. Norton praised Smith's intelligence and instincts "He knows the game," Norton said. "He's a guy who's always around the ball. He has a rabbit's foot in his pocket. Good things always happen to him. You want players on your team who are smart, hard-working and have good luck. Malcolm is the kind of guy you want on the squad." NOTES: DE Justin Tuck and TE Clive Walford were among the players who missed practice. ... The Raiders and USA Football awarded football equipment and uniform grants to 10 youth and high school football programs throughout the Bay Area based on merit and need. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen.
TRIBUTES: Jeri Cocannouer spent 36 years as a football coach's wife
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 24, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Jeri Burch Cocannouer, 58, of Weatherford spent 36 years as a football coach's wife. Husband Dan is the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State and also had stops at Edmond Santa Fe, John Marshall, Chandler, Alva, Pauls Valley and Walters high schools. But sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen. Don Fowler, 88, of Cleveland, OK, played football for Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of the 1944 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that whipped TCU 34-0 in the Cotton Bowl. Drafted into the Army and finished his football-playing days in the service. Worked in drilling by trade. Bobby Greenberg, 85, of Tulsa. He was a member of Oklahoma's 1950 national championship football squad. The Korean War veteran worked in the oil industry. Cole Fuller, 22, of Bartlesville was an All-State soccer player for Collinsville High School. He was working toward becoming a personal trainer. Perry Tennison Jr., 86, of Guthrie was an accomplished runner. A World War II veteran. Juanita Anderson Robertson, 94, of Oklahoma City was a Shawnee High School cheerleader. Met future husband, Dean Robertson, at a Frederick High football game in 1944. Bob Barr III, 75, of Dover quarterbacked the Hennessey High School football team in 1956. The attorney donated his body to medical research. Mary Jane Hinkel Holman, 97, of Norman was a tennis player and golfer. Attended many PGA tournaments and Grand Slam tennis events. Alvin Lawson, 78, of Edmond was a 1955 graduate of Putnam City High School. He wrestled and ran track for the Pirates. Katie Ranke Cole, 90, of Norman was the 1990 Special Olympics Coach of the Year. The former Trans World Airlines hostess was a teacher for special needs children. Ed Moore Sr., 96, of Muskogee was a Chilocco Indian School graduate who played football at Oklahoma A&M over the 1938-40 seasons. Moore was an All-Missouri Valley Conference receiver and honorable mention All-American. He held OSU season tickets for decades after his playing career. A World War II veteran who was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. An educator by trade. Donnie Bufford, 46, of Crescent. He starred in football and basketball for the hometown Tigers. An All-State guard in basketball. Bufford, who worked for Pioneer Telephone for more than 20 years, died a month after his brother, Terry, also a former Crescent sports hero, passed away. Loyd Garrison, 88, of Tulsa was an all-around sportsman who excelled in softball, basketball, table tennis and bowling. He worked for the John Zink Co. — and in 1962 was a pit crew member for Zink's entry in the Indianapolis 500. Active in the Oklahoma and National Senior Olympics. Walked 4 miles each day. Ronald Fox, 36, of Norman attended Carl Albert High School, where he wrestled and played football. Rebecca Lampton Bayless, 55, of Oklahoma City was an Arabian equestrian rider and trainer. She was awarded the national champion saddle seat equitation in 1978. Herschal Crow, 80, of Oklahoma City was a football and basketball star at Altus High School. He played basketball at Oklahoma A&M under coach Henry Iba and was also a member of the football team. After a brief stint coaching football and hoops in Altus, he began a career in politics. The former senator continued to follow OSU athletics. Joyce Mowdy Thomas, 81, of Oklahoma City was a Capitol Hill High School cheerleader. Jim Glasgow, 84, of Oklahoma City was a golfer who had six aces in his lifetime. Bill Davis, 99, of Oklahoma City was a tennis player. He and friend Dennis Ralston won the Oklahoma City Pro-Am in the 1960s. Linda Stevens Cradduck, 67, of Moore was a supporter of Special Olympics. She directed the Special Olympics for McCall's Chapel in Ada for four years. Darwin Waterman, 84, of Bethany was an educator who coached high school football in California. Ron Smith, 78, of Oklahoma City drove a 1932 Chevrolet factory stock race car at State Fair Speedway in the 1960s. A family obituary said Smith won "his share of trophies, including a rollover trophy or two." Brandon Lockwood, 37, of Edmond was an OU football and Thunder basketball fan. By trade, he was executive chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team. Emmett Marcum Jr., 68, of El Reno starred in football and set records as a trackster at Hominy High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma State football team. Jim Monroe, 89, of Norman was a journalist. His career began at the Norman Transcript, where he served as the newspaper's sports editor. Rachael Cooper Mason, 87, of Edmond was a cheerleader at the University of Kansas. Reid Mullins, 52, of Bethany was an Oklahoma City radio personality who once played trumpet in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band on Saturdays during football season. Jim Coulson, 65, of Tulsa. He was an accomplished bass tournament fisherman. His favorite fishing spots were Grand, Hudson and Fort Gibson lakes. An avid bowler. Held season tickets for the Tulsa Oilers hockey team for 19 years.
Aug 21, 2015
Florida State offers Bears offensive lineman Tramonda Moore.
High school football: John Marshall flashes abundance of talent
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 21, 2015A day that began with offensive lineman Tramonda Moore getting a scholarship offer from Florida State ended with an impressive display of talent from the John Marshall Bears in a four-team scrimmage Friday night at Casady. With the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Moore leading a powerful offensive line, John Marshall’s run game generated multiple big plays for running backs Devonte Lee and Keyshawn Shells in action against Casady, Kingfisher and Christian Heritage. John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III played off the strong run game to throw the ball around as well. “We came out and did what we’re supposed to do,” Leviston said. “We believe in ourselves. We’ve just got to keep our mouths shut and handle business. “I’ve got to build confidence in myself to hit the short passes real quick, then hit them with that big bomb.” Defensively, the Bears’ combination of size and speed caused problems for opponents as well. Junior cornerback Justin Broiles came up with two interceptions. KINGFISHER TRYING TO RELOAD Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers sees promise in the players he’s putting on the field, but it’s been a long time since he’s had so much inexperience in his lineup. The perennially tough Yellowjackets have to fill a lot of holes this year, and every snap was valuable Friday night. “We’ve got some kids back from the last couple years, but we don’t have the type of experience that we’ve been used to the last few years,” Myers said. “But we’re excited, because we’ve got some really good young players. And they did a really good job tonight. We’re just green.” Landon Foreman, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior, and Gabe Rednose anchored the defensive line that graduated two Division I players from a year ago. Tucker Arrington and Beau Jinkens split time at quarterback as Myers tries to figure out who will get the job. “They both did some good things,” Myers said. “When you have competition like that, and the kids are playing well, that usually equates to some good things for you.” CLOCK TICKING FOR CASADY John Marshall and Kingfisher will each take part in another scrimmage next week, and Christian Heritage will visit McLoud for a non-district game. But for Casady, next week is a big game that counts toward its standings in the Southwest Preparatory Conference. That made Friday night vitally important for the Cyclones, who open the season with a visit from Holland Hall next Friday. “We’ve got a conference game against Holland Hall, which is always a great game, and a lot of times it helps get the winner a lock on a playoff spot,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “I liked how our kids competed. We had three great opponents, and we wanted to see how our kids competed. It wasn’t perfect. We’ve got our things to fix, but that’s what we wanted.” Casady was without star defensive back Max Wariboko-Alali following surgery to extract his wisdom teeth, which gave Scoville a chance to use some young players in his spot. “We were excited to see some of those kids step up and fill that spot. They did a good job,” Scoville said. LINEBACKERS STAND OUT FOR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Second-year Christian Heritage coach Tony Merrell called Friday night the best scrimmage he’s ever been a part of with the Crusaders. Since his team jumps into action with a regular-season game at McLoud next Friday, the coach was pleased to see his team not backing down against bigger schools. “Those are some outstanding teams, and our guys did a good job of competing,” Merrell said. “And we really executed pretty well for a first scrimmage.” Merrell was excited by the play of his two returning starters at linebacker, Preston Whitmill and Gunner Bullard. “You can just tell that the game has slowed down for those guys now,” Merrell said. “Outside linebacker was one of our concerns with new guys there, but Hutch Hendrickson was outstanding, so that was exciting.”
Aug 21, 2015
With each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose.
High school football: Southmoore impresses with big plays against Carl Albert
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 21, 2015MOORE — It took two plays Friday night for Southmoore to score a touchdown. Then on the first play of a quarter scrimmage against Carl Albert, the SaberCats struck again. It was just two of a good amount of big plays for Southmoore at Southmoore High School. And with each touchdown, the talented team’s confidence rose. “I have no doubt that we can execute anything we’ve been told we can,” running back Darrian Moss said. “We have the talent as long as we put our mind to it, work hard, get it done and execute.” Southmoore won the quarter portion 21-7 with two big touchdown runs from Moss, who went 50 yards down the sideline on the first play of the quarter. SaberCats coach Jeremy Stark said Moss has shown improvement this offseason to earn more touches. “He’s a real strong runner,” Stark said. “He’s not real big, but he’s got breakaway speed. Once he gets out in the open he’s hard to tackle and hard to bring down.” Moss, a senior, said he worked in the offseason to be more physical. That certainly showed as he powered through a defender for his second touchdown. “I feel like I’ve become more physical, I got faster and more experienced,” Moss said. “But everybody else on the team has as well. I’ve got to credit them too.” Southmoore also got big plays from quarterback Casey Thompson and versatile senior Dunya Rice, who scored on the second play of the night. But Stark said he would like to see not only the big plays, but a nice long drive that leads to points. “Offensively, we throw the ball vertical quite a bit,” he said. “But there are going to be situations where we have to drive, so we can’t live and die on a big play. We’ve got to get better at driving the ball and running the football downhill.” CARL ALBERT’S OFFENSE STALLS There weren’t the big plays from Carl Albert’s offense that Southmoore featured. Titans coach Gary Rose said he is hoping his young squad learns from a lackluster performance going into next week’s scrimmage against Putnam North, Edmond Santa Fe and Lawton MacArthur. “The thing about us in scrimmages is we don’t prepare for anybody,” Rose said. “We work on us. We just go back and get the film out and look at what we’re doing individually and team-wise. I saw potential, but on the 100 mile journey we’re about 15 down the road. So we’ve got a few more miles to go. Our goal is to get better every week as we always try to do and hopefully by Week 6 or 7 we’ll be where we need to be.” The Titans’ first-team offense failed to score a touchdown, but part of that was an aggressive Southmoore defense that shut down the run and constantly pressured quarterback Braxton Dickerson. “That’s a really good football team in my opinion,” Rose said. “Now, they’re really good or we’re really bad. I don’t think that we’re that bad, but we’re not very deep. We’re nervous; we’ve got to grow up. I just think the potential’s there, but we’ve got so much to work on it’s going to be a long road.” Carl Albert was also without wide receiver Marque Luster for the most of the scrimmage after he suffered a minor knee injury early in the rapid fire. SOUTHMOORE’S JONES, LEWIS SIT OUT Two of Southmoore’s star players were in street clothes. Defensive end Noah Jones, who is verbally committed to Texas Tech, sat out with a knee injury. Jones is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. Junior receiver Quindon Lewis also sat out with a shoulder injury. Stark said both are expected to be ready for the SaberCats’ season opener at Edmond Memorial. CARL ALBERT QBS IMPRESS ROSE Rose was impressed with Dickerson and backup quarterback Johnny Bizzell, a junior who threw a touchdown pass with 36.6 seconds left in the quarter scrimmage. But Dickerson was bottled up. Rose said the offensive line needs to show improvement next week. “We’ve got to protect him better,” Rose said. “You can’t throw the football if you’re getting harassed and blitzed. We didn’t pick blitzes up very well. I think our two quarterbacks have a ton of potential. We’ve got some depth issues in the line that concern me.”
Aug 20, 2015
The Norman North sophomore had two interceptions in a strong debut performance in the scrimmage at Moore Stadium against Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Tulsa Union.
High school football: Isaac Stoops has big debut in scrimmage for Norman North
BY JACOB UNRUH | Aug 20, 2015Isaac Stoops was ready for his varsity moment, and it didn’t take long Thursday evening to see why. The Norman North sophomore had two interceptions in a strong debut performance in the scrimmage at Moore Stadium against Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Tulsa Union. “It was a good experience,” said Isaac, who along with his twin brother Drake is the son of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. “I was just happy to contribute to the team finally. It was a great feeling.” Stoops had an interception on the second series of a half game against Edmond Santa Fe. He later had the momentum-changing play with an interception that would have been a pick-six if the play was not blown dead due to being a scrimmage. That play sealed a 31-14 win over Santa Fe and also impressed first-year coach Brent Barnes. “Age isn’t really anything to us,” Barnes said. “If you’re ready to play, you’re ready to play. The best guys are going to play. We’ve got a lot of guys competing. Isaac ended up making the plays tonight, but we’ve got four guys that are playing corner competing for a spot and they all can play and they all did great things tonight, too. He just happened to be in the right spit at the right time and he stepped up and made a momentum-changing play when we needed it.” Drake had a nice diving touchdown catch from Cameron Hardesty in the rapid fire portion of the scrimmage to open the day. WILLIAMS HEADLINES RB SHOW With three of Class 6A’s top running backs in one place, it was Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams who had the best night. He had a few nice gains along with a long touchdown run in the half game. “Darran’s special,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Kyle White said. “He makes us right a lot up front. He played well.” Norman North’s Quan Hogan did not play in the rapid fire portion. He carried the ball multiple times in the half game. Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins was also limited, but did score a touchdown against Westmoore. Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich said Adkins’s slow night was planned. “We think that Tyler is who he is and we’re very proud of who he is and what he can do,” he said. “He doesn’t have to prove anything to us.” WESTMOORE PLEASED WITH RUN DEFENSE Even with Adkins being limited, Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor was pleased with the Jaguars’ run defense. “We stopped the run,” he said following the 27-10 loss to Tulsa Union. “That’s what we’ve been preaching. We’ve got some green guys, so we’re learning how to finish. But so pleased with how we stopped the run.” On offense, Gaylor said he would like to see the Jaguars run the ball more effectively. He was pleased with quarterback Braxton Bohrofen, who had a nice touchdown pass to DeShawn Lookout. “I didn’t think we did too bad tonight,” Bohrofen said. “We’ve got to get better on sustaining drives and we’ll be good.” SANTA FE PLAGUED BY TURNOVERS White described Santa Fe’s performance as sloppy, and it certainly was that. The Wolves were burned for a 65-yard TD pass on the opening play from Norman North. Then on their first offensive play, a handoff from Drew Rasmussen to Williams was fumbled and Norman North’s Jay Bobb recovered. The Rasmussen and Julian Hoskins each threw an interception to Isaac Stoops. “Offensively speaking, the first we’ve got to do is we better take care of the ball and learn how to protect it and learn how valuable it is,” White said. “I think we showed flashes of being really good. I think we were just inconsistent tonight and they were good. When you play a good team, they’re going to make you look bad and inconsistent at times, and they did that. We sure didn’t help ourselves, though.” TULSA UNION’S MCQUEEN HAS HIGHLIGHT-REEL NIGHT Tulsa Union senior Kameron McQueen made the highlight plays of the night. First, he made an incredible one-handed catch against Westmoore’s Wyatt Duvall, who left little breathing room and even grabbed McQueen’s facemask as he made the catch. “My number was called and I just did my best to make the play,” McQueen said. “One hand was all I could get up, and thankfully I came down with the catch.” He also made another great catch in the final quarter over the shoulder.
Aug 19, 2015
VARSITY UPDATE -- Ready for some prep football? Here are some teams and players to watch this week as high school football scrimmages get kicked off across the state.
Here are some Oklahoma high school football scrimmages to watch this week
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Aug 19, 2015It's that time again. High school football scrimmages start up on Thursday and Scott Wright and Jenni Carlson talk about some of the ones to watch this week. If you want to see three of the best running backs in the state, head to Moore Stadium on Thursday. If small-school talent is more your interest, Casady is the place to be Friday. There's also an intriguing 6A vs. 5A battle Friday between Carl Albert and Southmoore. Check out some players and teams to watch this week in this Varsity Update.
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 17, 2015
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a shaky performance in their preseason opener, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants his players to stop worrying about making mistakes.Speaking to reporters for the second time since training camp opened in late July, Spagnuolo felt many of his players were trying to be perfect on every play in the 23-10 loss to the Bengals on Friday.It...
Spagnuolo wants Giants defenders not to worry about errors
By TOM CANAVAN, Associated Press | Aug 17, 2015EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a shaky performance in their preseason opener, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants his players to stop worrying about making mistakes. Speaking to reporters for the second time since training camp opened in late July, Spagnuolo felt many of his players were trying to be perfect on every play in the 23-10 loss to the Bengals on Friday. It resulted in somewhat of a paralysis. Instead of reacting instinctively to what was happening, the defense was a step slow, caught up in thinking what to do. That was a major mistake in a game the Giants gave up 432 yards and 29 first downs. It reminded many of Spagnuolo's first tenure with the team in 2007. New York gave up 80 points in its first two games before getting things straightened out and going on to win the Super Bowl. "I'm hoping in this next go-around, that it will be think fast and just go," Spagnuolo said referring to the Giants game on Saturday against Jacksonville. "That's what the defensive game is all about. I told them, don't worry about making mistakes. Maybe I didn't say that enough going into the game. If you're a guy and you want to make the football team, they want to be perfect. But we're going to chase perfection, but we're going to rely on (being) relentless. That's what we're going to try to do." If there is a poster child for that style of play, it's free agent cornerback Trevin Wade. The four-year veteran, who played in 15 NFL games in 2012 and '13 with Cleveland and New Orleans, spent last year on practices squads with the Saints and Detroit. Wade had an interception against the Bengals and he has opened eyes in training camp. He started with the first team on Monday with Prince Amukamara sidelined with a groin injury. "He's done a nice job," Spagnuolo said. "When a guy steps up, he's around the ball, he's making plays — he made a big one at the end, I think you have to recognize that. At first I don't think anybody really knew where he was, as a player. But it's good to see him, I'd like to see more guys do that." Wade felt he could play for the Giants. The key was getting the opportunity and it came with injuries to Amukamara, Jayron Hosley (concussion), Trumaine McBride (hamstring) and Chykie Brown (knee). "I come with a chip on my shoulder every day," said Wade, who has felt underrated since his days in high school. "Every day I am out here I am thankful to be out there. I am going like it's my last day." The biggest concern for Spagnuolo was that his defense did show some of the hustle and toughness in the game against the Bengals as it did in the practices with them earlier in the week. "I think if you were to ask every one of our guys to a man, we would've thought that we would have played more physical and faster," he said. "We're all trying to put our finger on that, and I think everybody has to look in the mirror first. But that is the goal. I think you can make up for a lot of mistakes if you do that, we all know that. That's the goal, that's been a goal right from the beginning." Spagnuolo said it's impossible to say how much the team misses defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who is recovering from a July 4 hand injury in a fireworks mishap. "Our prayers are with him for health," Spagnuolo said. "Until we can get him back here, we'll just focus on the guys that we've got. " Spagnuolo said the current group of defensive ends — Robert Ayers, Cullen Jenkins, George Selvie, Damontre Moore, Kerry Wynn and Owa Odighizuwa — will be relentless but no one has become the standout. Spagnuolo is concerned with the amount of time rookie safety Landon Collins will miss with a sprained knee. He is hopeful that Brandon Meriweather, who was signed on Sunday will give defense a vocal, big-hitting veteran. Meriweather has been fined and suspended several times for helmet-to-helmet hits. Spagnuolo and coach Tom Coughlin want him to be physical but toe the line. "I'm going to play my game the way I play my game, but I'm also going to respect the rules," Meriweather said. Meriweather downplayed his run-in with Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, saying it's in the past. NOTES: WRs Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. had a couple of good catches in the practice that started at 6 p.m. EDT. ...Selvie sustained a knee injury in the practice and did not return. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. ... Moore and OT Ereck Flowers seemingly had to be separated after a line drill. ...S Cooper Taylor (sore toe) did not practice. ... CB Trumaine McBride (hamstring) returned to practice. ___ AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Aug 17, 2015
After winning just three games the previous two seasons, Idabel finished 9-3 last year and has one of the state’s top recruits in quarterback/athlete K.J. Wells back.
District 3A-8 high school football preview: Idabel looks to keep the momentum rolling
BY ED GODFREY | Aug 17, 2015Idabel alum and former University of North Texas coach Dennis Parker turned the Warriors’ football program around in his first season as head coach. After winning just three games in the previous two seasons, Idabel finished 9-3 last year and has one of the state’s top recruits in quarterback/athlete K.J. Wells back. As a result, Idabel has been dubbed as the favorite to win the Class 3A-8 district title this season, slightly edging defending champ Roland in the pre-season coaches’ poll. Parker knows expectations have been raised in Idabel as optimism abounds about the 2015 season. “Last year, the great thing about it was nobody expected anything,” he said. For Idabel to meet those lofty expectations, the Warriors must improve in the secondary and the offensive line, Parker said. Idabel averaged almost 30 points per game last season and should be potent again offensively with Wells running the show. “We should be able to put points on the board,” Parker said. “We certainly have the speed and talent to do it, if the young kids step up and the offensive line can mature a little bit.” RANGERS SHOULD BE RIDING HIGH AGAIN Roland lost to graduation the district's best player in tailback/tight end and linebacker Austin Cantrell, who signed with the University of Arkansas. But the Rangers will have plenty of speed returning to the football team this season as Roland shared with Plainview the Class 4A state track championship in the spring, winning both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Three members of each of those relays are back playing football. “They got a lot of kids coming back," Spiro coach Chris Bunch said. "He (Cantrell) is about the only one they lost. They are loaded.” Roland should be able to score in bunches led by returning quarterback Manuel Bunch, who is a verbal commit to Tulsa. The Rangers have nine starters returning on defense, eight on offense plus have 22 seniors. "We feel like we have got as much depth this year as we have ever had," said Roland coach Jeff Streun. "We have got a lot of guys back who are talented athletically and can run." Streun thinks the Rangers can be just as good as last year even without Cantrell. "We are going to miss him, don't get me wrong," Streun said. "But I think we are going to be really, really strong defensively. I think we are going to be in the mix." STIGLER LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK Stigler missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, finishing just 2-8. The 2014 Panthers, coming off a trip to the Class 3A quarterfinals the previous year, were hurt by injuries and other players leaving the team, said Stigler coach Chris Risenhoover. “We were minus about seven potential starters,” Risenhoover said. “We were forced to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores... It’s hard to win with 14-year-olds on the field.” Risenhoover hopes playing the youngsters last season will pay off this fall. The Panthers return 16 starters. “We are still going to be a young football team,” Risenhoover said. The Panthers do get a boost with the return of running back Trace Jackson, who missed last season with a knee injury. Jackson combined for more than 1,500 yards rushing and receiving in his sophomore season. “He is our most proven threat,” Risenhoover said. HEAVENER WANTS TO PUSH PEOPLE AROUND Idabel coach Dennis Parker said he thinks Heavener will be the most improved team in the district. The Wolves have 14 seniors and return nine starters on offense and 10 on defense from last year’s 2-8 squad. “We are in a lot better shape than we were last year at this time,” second-year Heavener coach Sam Hembree said. “We think we can do some good things if we stay healthy.” The Wolves lack speed but will try to punish their opponents with a physical running game. “We are big and strong, but not real fast,” Hembree said. “We were 3A regional champs in power lifting, qualified seven or eight for the state power lifting meet. We are going to try to line up and just run over people if we can.” Middle linebacker Luke McGee leads the defense. McGee led the team with more than 100 tackles last season. McGee (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) also played fullback last season but will move to tailback this year. EXTRA POINTS Roland quarterback Manuel Bunch is the nephew of Spiro head football coach Chris Bunch. “I tried to get him to come to Spiro, but I never could,” Chris Bunch said. Spiro must replace one of the best players in the district last season in quarterback McKinley Whitfield, who signed with the University of Tulsa… Eufaula had its first winning season since 2008 last year, finishing 9-3 after being ousted by Beggs in the playoffs. The Ironheads have one of the top running backs in the state returning in senior Shane Moore, who led Class 3A with 2,419 yards rushing last season. Moore averaged almost 220 yards per game… Valliant was winless last season, but it returns a strong front seven on defense, led by senior linebacker Jarrin McKinney, who also can play anywhere on the field offensively. DISTRICT 3A-8 COACHES POLL 1. Idabel (9-3) 2. Roland (11-2) 3. Stigler (2-8) 4. Eufaula (9-3) 5. Spiro (7-3) 6. Heavener (2-8) 7. Valliant (0-10)
Aug 13, 2015
Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two...
Media notes: Cox releases high school football telecast schedule
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Aug 13, 2015Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks, Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two appearances. Games for Sept. 24-25 have not been determined. Veteran Oklahoma City sportscaster Steve Marshall will call the games with analyst Mike Ziegenhorn, who is beginning his third year on The Cox Channel, and sideline reporter Deion Imade, a former OSU linebacker. The games will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) and coxhshub.com. Cox high school football schedule: Sept. 3: Edmond Memorial at Southmoore, 7 p.m. Sept. 4: Broken Arrow at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10: Choctaw at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Sept. 11: Jenks vs. Tulsa Union, 7 p.m. at TU's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Sept. 17: Moore at Norman, 7 p.m. Sept. 18: Tulsa Union at Broken Arrow, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25: TBA. Oct. 1: Yukon at Edmond Memorial, 7 p.m. Oct. 2: Bartlesville at Bixby, 7 p.m. Oct. 8: Yukon at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Oct. 9: Norman North at Mustang, 7 p.m. Oct. 15: Tulsa Union at Owasso, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22: Southmoore at Edmond North, 7 p.m. Oct. 23: Broken Arrow at Jenks, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29: Norman at Putnam City, 7 p.m. Oct. 30: Sand Springs at Tulsa Washington, 7 p.m. Nov. 5: Norman at Edmond Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Nov. 6: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian, TBA. Nov. 13: Playoffs. Nov. 20: Playoffs. Nov. 27: Playoffs. Dec. 4-5: State championships. Dec. 11-12" State championships. Tillman joins Fox Sports Spencer Tillman, a longtime studio analyst for CBS's "College Football Today," is moving to Fox Sports 1 to cover games with longtime colleague Tim Brando. The pair worked together for 15 years on "College Football Today" until Brando joined Fox Sports 1 last fall. Tillman, a running back on OU's 1985 national championship team who played eight seasons in the NFL, will make his FS1 debut at 9 p.m. Sept. 5 with the Mississippi State at Southern Miss game. Steve Hutchinson, a former Michigan and Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman, has been hired to rotate as an analyst with Petros Papadakis, working with Justin Kutcher. Short takes •Fox Sports also has announced its primary broadcast teams for the Big Ten Network: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and reporter Lisa Byington; Eric Collins, Glen Mason and reporter Rebecca Harlow. •The next edition of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," which debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, includes a profile of new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and revisits the successful Pulaski Academy High School football team in Little Rock, Ark., that never punts. •ESPN's "Outside the Lines," 9 a.m. Sunday, will have an all-access look at Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden.
Aug 12, 2015
MOORE — A year ago, on-lookers watched a Southmoore team full of size, speed and young talent and said “they’re going to be good one day.” Now, the question that surrounds the SaberCats as fall camp opens on the 2015 season is: When will “one day” arrive, and could it be this year? The Southmoore defense had arrived last season, allowing more than 26 points four times, including 92 total points...
High school football: Why Southmoore's offense could make 'one day' this season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 12, 2015MOORE — A year ago, on-lookers watched a Southmoore team full of size, speed and young talent and said “they’re going to be good one day.” Now, the question that surrounds the SaberCats as fall camp opens on the 2015 season is: When will “one day” arrive, and could it be this year? The Southmoore defense had arrived last season, allowing more than 26 points four times, including 92 total points surrendered to Jenks and Tulsa Union. The SaberCats gave up just 13 to Owasso and seven to Mustang, both state semifinal teams. With the return of former SaberCat head coach Jeff Brickman as their offensive coordinator, and 11 part- or full-time starters back on the field, the offense is on the rise. “It’s a building process,” said senior slot receiver/running back Dunya Rice. “We’re still building, but I think this offense has a chance to be a lot better than last year.” Rice is one of the reasons for that improvement. At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, he’s deceptively strong and nearly impossible to handle in space. “Dunya can do about anything we ask him to do,” second-year head coach Jeremy Stark said. “He can play every skill position on offense. He returns kicks and punts. He’s such a great athlete and he’s so explosive, so it’s exciting to put him in some different situations and create some matchup issues.” Also a senior, Darrian Moss provides another weapon at running back, playing behind an offensive line with Division I prospects like sophomore Brey Walker and senior Wyatt Whitmarsh opening holes. “To be behind all that talent is pretty humbling, actually,” Moss said. “I’m glad we’ve got all those guys blocking for us. “Our offense is really pulling together. We just need to get it done, and I feel like we have the people to do it.” In the middle of it all is Casey Thompson, the sophomore quarterback who won the starting job last year and has blossomed into a highly respected recruit. Walker is already being discussed as one of the nation’s top recruits in the sophomore class, with OU, OSU, Michigan and Arkansas among the programs to have offered him. But Thompson is making a name for himself as well, with offers from Oregon State, SMU and Arkansas State. Brickman’s return will give Thompson the chance to show off his talents in a fast-paced offense. “Coach Brickman is a great offensive mind, and we know what each other likes,” Thompson said. “We work with each other well, and I think his offense is going to be really exciting. We’re gonna go fast and throw the ball.”
John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football starAug 10, 2015
Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most...
John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star
BY JENNI CARLSON | Aug 10, 2015Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch him and wake him from this dream. But then, there are times when he wishes he could wake up. As good a dream as he is living, the nightmare he is enduring is every bit as bad. Less than four months have passed since he lost one of his brothers. Cleatus Davis wasn’t blood relation, mind you, but in the past year, Moore came to consider the kid everyone knew as C.J. as more as a brother than a friend. Along with Keyshawn Shells and Justin Broiles, the four were almost always together. They all played football. They all loved joking and laughing and being around each other. So, it was nothing out of the ordinary that they were talking about hanging out as the school day ended on April 17. It was Friday. They were planning a fun weekend. C.J. was already on his way out of the school with Keyshawn when Tramonda called. Tramonda was with Justin on the second floor, but they were getting ready to leave, too. The friends decided to meet up in the parking lot. But by the time Tramonda and Justin got there, there was no sign of C.J. and Keyshawn. Tramonda wondered what had happened, but before he could even call C.J., someone ran up and said that there’d been an accident. “Whatever,” Tramonda said. It wasn’t long, though, before he started seeing flashing lights just south of the school. Not long after, he found himself looking at the crumpled mess of a car. It had gone off the road and smashed into a utility pole. C.J. and Keyshawn were still inside. Tramonda helped get Keyshawn out of the wreckage, but the emergency personnel didn’t want to move C.J., didn’t want to risk doing more harm than good. Tramonda could see that C.J. was in bad shape, but he had no way to know just how bad. C.J. died of his injuries. “As good a person as he was to everybody, it’s still hard to believe,” Tramonda said. “It still hurts.” As much as C.J.’s death pains Tramonda, it also drives him. C.J. was always encouraging Tramonda to work out, to condition, to push himself to be the best. Tramonda continues to honor those wishes. He believes it changed his life. Getting 17 scholarship offers in one month? Going from the likes of Grambling State and Kilgore College wanting him to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma and Alabama? Hearing from ESPN and being told to expect an invite to either the Under Armour or Semper Fi All-American game by the end of the week? Tramonda Moore credits C.J. “I have more to play for,” he said. “It’s more of a personal thing after losing my brother. I’m doing this for him.” On Monday afternoon at John Marshall’s first practice, Moore looked the part of a big-time recruit. He stood a head taller than most of his teammates, and he seemed about twice as wide as most, too. He was always out front on drills. This isn’t a big guy who slacks off. Early on, the linemen moved to the elevated part of the practice field to work on combo blocking. Less than a football field away was the site of C.J.’s accident. Now marked by artificial flowers that have been faded by the sun and homemade crosses adorned with handwritten notes, it was hidden from view by trees and fences. But Tramonda Moore didn’t have to see it to know where it is — or to know what it means to him. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Board of Education members Tuesday approved the hiring of new assistant principals for the Norman School District. Peter Brown will serve as assistant principal at Irving Middle School, and Danielle M. Eikel will be Roosevelt Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Brown served as head tennis coach at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and taught social studies and coached...
Principals hired in Norman
Jane Glenn Cannon | Jul 31, 2015Board of Education members Tuesday approved the hiring of new assistant principals for the Norman School District. Peter Brown will serve as assistant principal at Irving Middle School, and Danielle M. Eikel will be Roosevelt Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Brown served as head tennis coach at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and taught social studies and coached ninth-grade football at Southmoore High School in Moore. Eikel is a former instructional coach, reading interventionist, administrative intern and lead teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los...
TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience
BY SCOTT MUNN | Jul 27, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill LeRoy, 75, of Oklahoma City. He was a Kansas native who played football for the KU Jayhawks. Also played football and boxed while in the Marines. Worked in the oil business. Tommie Holder, 81, of Snyder was a dirt car racer at old I-35 Speedway. He was a top 10 finisher in points during the 1973 season. A fly fisherman. J. David Lawson, 72, of Edmond was an engineer. Spare time was spent playing golf at Oak Tree, where he served as co-chairman of the cart committee for the 67th Senior PGA Championship. Doris Bruce Gramling, 85, of Oklahoma City played girls basketball at Olustee High School. Kenneth Deatherage, 91, of Hodgen coached Little League baseball. Dr. Kent Braden, 84, of Edmond played football for Elk City High School. He signed up to play ball at Oklahoma, and he was a member of the Sooners' national title team in 1950. But Braden would suffer a career-ending injury and remain with the team as its manager. He went on to become a neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City. Bill Rohrman, 87, of Edmond was a Doylestown, Pa., native where he played high school football, basketball and baseball. An all-conference third baseman as a senior. Worked with the Putnam City Optimist Club, starting the girls softball program. Also served with Golf, Inc., running the city's junior golf circuit for five years. Scored three hole-in-ones. Worked in the insurance business. Robert Ferrell, 83, of Luther taught hunter safety courses for the Oklahoma Department Wildlife Conservation. Frank Barnes, 88, of Longwood, Miss., spent part of the 1955 baseball season with the Oklahoma City Indians. The right-handed pitcher was 4-3 with a 3.78 earned-run average and 61 strikeouts in 69 innings. He spent most of 17 seasons in the minors, although he had a brief 15-game stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kenneth Riley, 76, of Blanchard was a Cement High School graduate in 1957. He lettered four years in basketball. Played independent basketball into his 30s just for the love of the game. Caitlin Doty, 19, of Bartlesville earned a black belt in karate. A Barnsdall High School graduate who volunteered to help people with disabilities. Richard Walton, 76, of Oklahoma City was a member of the OU baseball team after graduating from Norman High. A certified public accountant. John Roberts, 94, of Altus hopped a train at age 14 and wound up in Arizona, where he joined a traveling boxing team. Returned home five years later and finished school, then joined the service. Roberts received a Bronze Star with an Award for Valor after pulling a wounded soldier out of a burning halftrack during a mortar attack in Europe. Roberts liked the easy life, too -- he enjoyed a game of golf. Don Daugherty, 88, of Midland, Texas, was a native of Walters. He was a member of the Cameron Junior College basketball team. A geologist by trade. Kenneth Crossland, 78, of Mangum. Played football at Altus High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma football teams that won national championships in 1955 and '56. Worked in life insurance. Buddy Lively, 90, of Huntsville, Ala., played parts of three summers with the Tulsa Oilers baseball team. The Cincinnati Reds prospect had a spectacular 1948 season, going 15-4 with a 2.93 earned-run average. He earned a 10-game promotion to the Reds that season. A World War II veteran. Marion Satterfield, 81, was an accountant. As a young man, he played basketball and baseball at Locust Grove High School. While in the service, Satterfield was invited to play baseball for the Bremerton (Wash.) Naval Reserve Group; most of his teammates were former college and minor league players. Tommy Lott, 66, of Broken Arrow. He was executive director of Indian Nation Youth Sports and Broken Arrow Youth Football. Wayne Lorance, 86, of Hobart. He was a longtime educator who served as basketball coach at several schools in Oklahoma and Colorado. Jimmy Woodard, 69, of Guthrie coached Little League baseball. Rehbecca Teafatiller, 18, of Elmore City, was a cheerleader. Darrell Wiersig, 81, of Anthony, Kan., was an Alva High graduate who attended nearby Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While in college, Wiersig competed in gymnastics and swimming. Larry Miller, 57, of Bartlesville owned a fitness center. Joe Epperley, 90, of Spencer was an award-winning dog breeder. He had several Britney Spaniels that won trophies. An outdoorsman who served in World War II. Pastor Daniel Berg, 30, of Bartlesville played football at Calhan High School in his native Indiana. Marie Pearson Day, 91 of Moore. She played forward on the Paoli High basketball team. Daughter of a sharecropper who sometimes kept Day and her siblings home to pick cotton. Bill Grimes, 84, of Bartlesville judged girls gymnastics at the Phillips Gymnastics Center. He enjoyed racing Hobie Cat catamarans, archery and running. A federal reporting supervisor for Phillips Petroleum. Earl Bales, 69, threw the discus at old Berlin High School. Owned a construction company. BY SCOTT MUNN
Jul 26, 2015
iJobs, an internship program, gives special education students experience in the workforce.
Program gives students real on-the-job training
Paula Burkes Business Writer email@example.com | Jul 26, 2015When Eddie Wrenn, general manager of Raising Cane’s restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City, agreed to host a field trip for special education students of Deer Creek High School, it led to the hiring of some of his best employees. “We treated the outing as a working interview, and sort of a day in the life at Cane’s,” he said. “Then, the hair on the back of my neck stood up when I realized I could hire some of those students to help keep our restaurant clean during our busiest times.” One student — Jack Fry — stood out, Wrenn said. “He showed tons of enthusiasm,” running from job to job, cleaning off tables, sweeping the floor, emptying trash cans and picking up the parking lot. Wrenn subsequently hired three students with disabilities, including Fry, who has speech and hyperactivity challenges from being born 15 weeks early. This summer, Fry, 18, is working 15 to 20 hours a week through iJobs, an internship program sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in partnership with Francis Tuttle and Moore Norman technology centers, and funded by the Galt Foundation. The program’s 23 participants are paid minimum wage. “The cool thing about Jack is as soon as he’s done with iJobs, he’ll be employed here and actually get a raise,” Wrenn said. "Customers love him,” he said. “Though it’s not part of the job, Jack holds the door open for people, and he has a built-in panache to know when to move out of customers’ way.” At Norman Regional Hospital, Deanna Christian, coordinator of food nutrition services, is equally pleased with iJobs intern and cafeteria assistant Savana Frederickson, a returning junior at Norman North High School who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and some developmental delays. “She’s a real asset, cleaning up around the salad bar, stocking cups and lids, sanitizing tables and sweeping around them when they’re not full of patrons,” Christian said. “She has a work ethic you don’t see in everyone her age. The only thing you have to tell her is when to slow down and have lunch.” Frederickson said she mostly likes the good feeling she gets from having a job, and plans to buy new school clothes with the money she’s made. Fry is saving some of his salary, but spending some on video games. Jack’s mother, Mary Jane Fry, said Jack’s first job is helping him mature. “It’s showing him he can make a difference in life and in himself,” she said. “He’s very smart. We’re not planning on him drawing disability benefits; we expect him to earn more.” Eric Frederickson said he and his wife, Robin, after having a son, purposefully adopted a special needs child as their way of giving back to society. Born to a drug addict, Savana at the time of the adoption was 18 months old and not talking. “Today, she’s on an IEP (individual education plan) at school, but she makes some excellent grades,” he said. The iJobs program includes one week of classroom instruction, where students learn how to dress for work, write resumes, interview, manage money and more. “People with disabilities deserve a chance to work and provide a living for themselves,” said Bonnie Allen, a DRS vocational rehabilitation specialist who with Terrisha Osborn coordinates the iJobs program in the northwest Oklahoma City/Edmond and Moore/Norman areas. With her own invisible disabilities, Allen knows all too well. Diagnosed at age 8 with Type 1 diabetes, she 16 years ago had eye surgeries for diabetic retinopathy. Before she learned to manage the disease, she lost her peripheral vision and had a real fear of going blind. Meanwhile, Osborn’s father is a paraplegic. He was injured in a car accident when she was 5. “His disability didn’t stop him from coaching my softball and basketball teams, and my brother’s football team,” Osborn said. Both specialists earned graduate degrees in vocational rehabilitation; Allen at East Central University and Osborn at Langston University. The schools offer the only programs in the state.
Jul 20, 2015
Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech.
Super 30: Southmoore's Noah Jones following line of productive Oklahomans at Texas Tech
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 20, 2015MOORE — About once every other year, Texas Tech coaches sneak in and swipe an Oklahoma high school football player. And when they land one, it usually turns out to be a happy relationship. That trend lends itself to a promising future for Southmoore’s Noah Jones. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, committed to the Red Raiders in June. He’ll follow a line of productive Oklahoma City-area players to land in Lubbock. Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech. Jones is as excited about coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff as they are about him. “They’re trying to do something special,” Jones said. “I want to buy into that, too. They think I can get some playing time early and have a chance to be a part of something big.” The Red Raiders see Jones as a defensive end now, but potentially someone who could play all across the line as he physically develops. He has a powerfully built lower body with the possibility to add some significant upper-body mass in the future, increasing his weight to the 280 range. “Noah is big, strong, physical,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “He moves well for as big as he is. And he’s smart. All of those things put together make for a good football player. “He’s still young, and he works his butt off in the weight room, so as he develops, he’ll be able to build up his upper body.” While his future is on the defensive line, Jones will get a little bit of work on the offensive side in his senior season at Southmoore. “Toward the end of the season last year, I played some tight end, and I might do a little bit of that again this year,” Jones said. “But defense is what I love. I think sacking the quarterback is great. Better than scoring touchdowns.”
Jul 4, 2015
NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t...
OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push
By Ryan Aber | Jul 4, 2015NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler. Whether it’s a renewed focus on recruiting the state or the high number of Division I-caliber players the state is producing in not only the upcoming class but the one after that, the Sooners are riding a wave of recruiting momentum in Oklahoma this year. They’ve even continued to strengthen their 2015 class within the borders as NEO defensive end Austin Roberts committed to the Sooners in early June, not long before Chandler officially jumped aboard. Chandler’s high school coach, Randy Breeze, said the Sooners’ never stopped pursuing the corner, even after he had to go the junior college route after signing with Texas Tech out of high school. “Every time they’d come by to look at someone, they’d ask how Maurice was doing and talk about him,” Breeze said. “They stayed with him the whole time. That was a big plus.” Oklahoma has offered at least two other state high school players from 2016 — John Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Calvin Bundage. Several others, including Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick, Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Idabel’s K.J. Wells, have stayed on OU’s radar despite not yet receiving an offer from the Sooners. “I think more and more, OU’s doing a better job of building those secondary relationships,” Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said. “It may not be be the first guys they offer, or the first guy they’ve wanted, but they are making sure those guys know that, ‘Hey, we like you,’ and if we have a spot open up or whatever the hangup they may have is — whether it’s grade issues or they don’t have a scholarship spot for them or whatever it may be — they’re communicating those things better to the kids. “I think it shows up more because you get less and less of these stories of kids that have animosity or are hostile about, ‘Why isn’t this school recruiting me when all these are other schools are?’” Breeze has seen that first hand, whether it’s with Chandler or other athletes he’s had in recent years. “They have broken down the recruiting, where I think each coach has a piece of Oklahoma now,” Breeze said. “I think that was a good change they’ve made to get coaches more involved in the state of Oklahoma.” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware is responsible for the Lawton area and Bedenbaugh spent plenty of time there when the Sooners made a strong push for lineman Jalin Barnett last year. Barnett eventually signed with Nebraska. At some points during the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have been criticized for not making the most of in-state recruiting opportunities or for “slow-playing” local recruits as they make offers to players in other states. “That’s a touchy situation,” Breeze said. “What people in Oklahoma have got to realize is that the program that the University of Oklahoma has now, they can recruit any kid in the country. They don’t have limitations. It’s danged if you do, danged if you don’t. “Our kids love Oklahoma. I’d like to see them stay close to home because maybe I can slip off and watch them on a Saturday if they’re fairly close.” That criticism has been at least partially unfair, McCuistion said. “If you’re recruiting in your own stats and you offer a kid, it’s probably a 50-50 bet right that minute that you get that kid,” McCuistion said. “I think some people forget and say, ‘Well, OU hasn’t offered that many guys.’ When OU offers an in-state kid, they have to be 100 percent they want to take that kid. You can’t just throw that offer out. When Arizona State comes to Oklahoma, for example, and offers a kid that kid’s not going to commit on the spot. They can offer a kid earlier so if a kid blows up, they can say they were on him from very early on. “That’s something out-of-state schools can do and Oklahoma does it in other states. But when you’re in-state and you’re the school that has the dynamic pull that Oklahoma does, you have to know that you want that kid and he’s as good as anybody you could go to Texas and get or go to California and get.” Staff changes the last few years — adding Boulware, Bedenbaugh and the now-departed Jerry Montgomery a few years ago and now adding Lincoln Riley, Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks this offseason — have helped as well. “It’s hard to argue that it’s coincidence,” McCuistion said. “Maybe it is but it’s really hard to make that case when the timing of everything matches up so perfectly. YOu just look at it and these things stopped happening or at least slowed down. You’re always going to have kids that are disgruntled but for the most part you don’t hear kids saying, ‘I haven’t heard from Oklahoma in a month,’ or, ‘They offered me and they never called me again.’ You don’t hear stuff like that. “It sounds so simple. It’s tough on the kids because it makes them sound petty. But this is the biggest decision in their lives. They want to communicate with the people that are going to be responsible for their future. That’s reasonable.”
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
Jun 21, 2015
Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect growing up with deaf parents had on his life and career.
Executive Q&A: Self-described 'hooligan' in high school finds his strong suit is in building houses
By Paula Burkes Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jun 21, 2015During their childhood, when televisions had on/off knobs, Oklahoma City homebuilder Jack Evans and his identical twin, Jay, didn’t know — until their friends told them — that the same TV knob also controlled sound. Their deaf parents never turned up the knob, and communicated with their sons through sign language, which was the twins' first language. They needed speech therapy to perfect their English. From a model home in the Pleasant Grove addition near Memorial and Council, Evans, who is managing partner of TimberCraft Homes, recently talked with The Oklahoman about the effect his silent household had on his life and career. Evans, 47, not only had an unconventional upbringing, but also was a nontraditional college student and worked several different jobs before finding his niche in homebuilding 10 years ago. His twin since has followed him into the industry. TimberCraft had annual revenues last year of $16.5 million and employs 16, including an interior designer and two planners who draw the firm’s unique blueprints, Evans said. With paintable exterior sidings, open floor plans, multiple windows and cathedral ceilings, his homes, even those smaller than 2,000 square feet, “give the illusion of volume and a cleaner feel,” said Evans, who’s built in northwest Oklahoma City, Surrey Hills, a little in Mustang and around to Edmond. He’s also built on 42 tornado-ravaged lots in Moore. The following is an edited transcript of the sit-down with Evans: Q: Who’s older, you or your brother, and how identical are you? A: I’m seven minutes older than Jay. We were born, two months premature, in Ponca City, where our parents were passing through. We lived our first two years in Afton, my mom’s hometown, so that my grandparents could help care for us. Then, we moved to Enid. My mom didn’t identify us in most of the pictures from our childhood, because she couldn’t even tell us apart. Today, we don’t look so much alike. But when people see us separately, they still struggle with who’s who. Q: What did your parents do? A: My dad, who was born deaf, and mom, who lost her hearing at age 4 or 5 after getting tuberculosis, met at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. My mom, at 20, was about to graduate and dad, at 32, had returned for a football game. He had trained as a pressman at the school, but worked 29 years as a butcher for the Enid State School for the intellectually disabled. He died of kidney cancer at age 60, shortly before he’d planned to retire. The most he ever earned was $17,000, but he left a good pension for my mother, who’s retired and lives outside Lawton. My mom worked as a housekeeper for the school, until she was hurt in a car accident. She was riding a Vespa and turning back into the school after a lunch break, when she was hit. Afterward, she couldn’t work and, until she was approved for disability benefits, we for a few years were on food stamps. It was not great. Jay and I can remember standing in line to get cheese and pinto beans. We were old enough, at 11 or 12, to know our friends were not doing that. We have a sister, a few years younger, who has her own business as an interpreter for the deaf in Fort Worth. Q: In which extracurricular activities were you involved in school? A: Jay and I just hung out, often with two other friends. We were hooligans and not the best kids. Our parents taught us a good work ethic and the value of keeping our credit clean; we threw morning and afternoon papers from the time we were 11 or 12 and saved and bought our own motorcycles and cars. But they were satisfied with only passing grades. Meanwhile, largely unsupervised and with an accomplice in each other, we vandalized and shoplifted. Some of our teachers are probably surprised we’re not in jail. Q: And college? A: I’d graduated high school four or five years before I started college, and that was mainly because I wasn’t getting the kind of job I wanted. Having worked as a supervising night stockman for United Foods in Enid and a day stockman for a grocery in Fort Worth, I started at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid toward earning my associate’s in business administration and becoming a food broker. But after I graduated, I decided to continue, commuting to UCO in Edmond. I figured I could always go back and be a food broker, but after earning my bachelor’s in finance, I joined MidFirst Bank and worked five years as a servicing and acquisition analyst in the administration of home mortgages. Q: What made you decide to work for yourself? A: Though I enjoyed working for MidFirst, and got great training in understanding finance and contracts, I didn’t like being chained to the office from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Theresa already had started her own business doing title work for banks on repossessed cars, and I saw how she could come and go as she wanted. My first venture was buying a commercial industrial paint business that was a wholesale supplier to area manufacturers. It was successful, but I hated it. It was a culture shock, coming from a professional bank environment. I found my niche in the housing market, blending white- and blue-collar work by working with banks on financing, but overseeing construction outside of the office. Before I was a builder, I fixed up and flipped homes I bought in sheriff sales, doing most of the work myself. But after shows on flipping houses starting airing in 2005 on HDTV, there no longer was any money in it, and I transitioned to homebuilding. Within six months after the house flipping shows started, the number of people showing up at foreclosure sales ballooned from 50 to 400, including stay-at-home moms pushing baby strollers who thought they could make a little money on the side. Q: Did you and Theresa ever plan children? A: I joke that Jay had my share. He has five kids, ages 8 to 25. And on Theresa’s side, we have 29-year-old fraternal twin nieces, who lived with us for a time when they were attending OU. Theresa had a hysterectomy before we married, so we knew we wouldn’t have biological children. We’d considered adopting, but when the time came, after I’d completed my degree and we’d started our separate businesses, it just wasn’t part of our life. Q: Is it hard competing against your twin brother, Jay Evans of Two Structure Homes, who also builds houses in the same additions as you? A: I don’t see it as business he gets, I lose. Our products are as different as a Subaru and Ford Truck; my homes are more modern and his, more traditional. In general, my buyers are younger, ages 28 to 32, but they’re sophisticated buyers. Many are buying their first homes, only these aren’t cracker box stereotypical starter homes or tract homes, but distinctive homes that reflect them. As twins, Jay and I have competed our whole lives, and the competition has — and still does — make both of us better.
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Demeco Wright, Midwest City Event: 100 meters Class: Senior The story: The speedster, who also played a vital role for the Bomber football team, took third at state with a time of 10.74. Robert Charlton, Edmond Memorial Event: 200 meters Class: Senior The story: One of the state’s fastest athletes the last two years, Charlton medaled at state in the 100 and 200, taking silver in the 200...
High schools: Boys Big All-City Track first-team athlete capsules
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 15, 2015Demeco Wright, Midwest City Event: 100 meters Class: Senior The story: The speedster, who also played a vital role for the Bomber football team, took third at state with a time of 10.74. Robert Charlton, Edmond Memorial Event: 200 meters Class: Senior The story: One of the state’s fastest athletes the last two years, Charlton medaled at state in the 100 and 200, taking silver in the 200 at 22.18. He turned down Division I football offers to run track at Central Arkansas. Malique Lytle, Shawnee Event: 400 meters Class: Senior The story: Previously an 800 specialist, the Iowa State signee jumped into the open 400 and won state in both, with a 400 time of 48.90 and 800 time of 1:52.79. Calvin Miller, Westmoore Event: 800 meters Class: Senior The story: The Oklahoma signee nearly broke the 800-meter state record earlier in the year with a 1:51.83 and capped his season with a state meet victory in 1:54.98. Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek Event: 1,600 meters Class: Senior The story: Headed to Oklahoma State, Balenseifen won three golds and a silver at state, completing his career with four team championships in track and four more in cross country. He won the Class 5A 1,600 in 4:22.35 Athlete of the Year Ben Barrett, Norman North Event: 3,200 meters Class: Senior The story: The North Carolina State signee won the 1,600 and 3,200 at 6A state, but more impressively, he set the state record in both events. He ran 4:09.97 in the 1,600 in late April and ran 8:59.97 in the 3,200 at the Meet of Champions. Micah Fontaine, Edmond Memorial Event: 110 hurdles Class: Senior The story: The gifted hurdler won the state meet with a time of 14.02, less than two-tenths of a second off the state record. Clarence Simpkins, Moore Event: 300 hurdles Class: Senior The story: A top contender all year long, Simpkins ran a 38.66 to win state, following a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles. Vernon Turner, Yukon Event: High jump Class: Sophomore The story: In front of his hometown crowd at state, the Yukon youngster cleared 6- feet, 8-inches to win gold. Cassius Hill, Westmoore Event: Long jump Class: Senior The story: Went out with a gold medal at state with a jump of 23-feet, 41/2-inches. Christian Patterson, Shawnee Event: Pole vault Class: Sophomore The story: Despite matching the previous 5A state meet record, Patterson had to settle for a silver medal with a vault of 15-feet, 6-inches. Jude Richardson, Norman North Event: Shot put Class: Junior The story: The powerful junior claimed gold with a throw of 53-feet, 73/4-inches. Mark Bryant, Edmond Memorial Event: Discus Class: Junior The story: Continuing a line of strong Bulldog throwers, Bryant won state with a toss of 170 feet. Coach of the Year Chris Lowrey, Edmond Memorial The story: Edmond Memorial faced a new obstacle seemingly at every turn at the state meet, but Lowrey kept his team focused through injuries and mistakes to come out with the Class 6A title.
Jun 2, 2015
A number of vintage television programs dominate new DVD releases this week, including complete-series sets of “The Saint” and “The Nanny.”
Vintage TV series dominate new DVD releases this week
Chris Hicks, Deseret News | Jun 2, 2015Roger Moore as “The Saint” and Fran Drescher as “The Nanny” lead the new DVD releases of television series, which are dominated by vintage programs from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. “The Saint: The Complete Series” (Timeless/itv/DVD, 1962-69, b/w and color, 33 discs, 118 episodes, audio commentaries). Roger Moore warmed up to his 1970s and ’80s role as James Bond with this amusing British series based on the Leslie Charteris novels about the suave womanizing thief Simon Templar, who prides himself on stealing from rich criminals. Nicknamed “The Saint,” Templar is often described as a sort of Robin Hood, though as far as I can see he keeps all the money for himself. He also helps the dogged Inspector Teal (Ivor Dean) put the crooks he robs behind bars, though Teal would love to put Templar there as well. Later episodes take on more of a “spy” vibe in this engaging adventure series that has Templar globetrotting through exotic locations, with the first 71 episodes in black and white, and the remaining 47 in color. One episode has a gag about Templar being mistaken for James Bond, and Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in the Bond films, guests in two episodes. Other guests include “Bond girls” Shirley Eaton and Honor Blackman, as well as Julie Christie, Edward Woodward, Donald Sutherland, Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Jean Marsh. “The Nanny: The Complete Series” (Shout!/Sony/DVD, 1993-99, 19 discs, 146 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes). Fran Drescher stars in this popular sitcom as Fran Fine, the pushy, nasal-voiced but charming title character, who falls into the job of caring for the three children of a widowed British Broadway producer (Charles Shaughnessy), ingratiating herself into high society with street smarts and blunt honesty. A surprising roster of guest stars includes Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, David Letterman, Jane Seymour, Dan Aykroyd, Rita Moreno, Ben Vereen, Bob Barker, Hugh Grant, Donald O’Connor, Joan Collins, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Roseanne, Celine Dion, Elton John, Chevy Chase, Ray Romano and Whoopi Goldberg. “Hill Street Blues: Season Five” (Shout!/DVD, 1984-85, five discs, 23 episodes). This early series from Stephen Bochco (“NYPD Blue,” “L.A. Law”) is a first-rate ensemble look at the lives and cases of officers in an urban police precinct, with stories that mix high drama, tragedy and comedy. Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel lead the cast. “The Wonder Years: Season Three” (StarVista/DVD, 1989-90, four discs, 17 episodes, featurettes). Aimed at baby boomers that grew up in the 1960s, this half-hour comedy-drama set in ’60s suburbia follows the ups and downs of teenager Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage, with Daniel Stern providing the adult Arnold’s narration). This season has Kevin in the eighth grade with episodes about football, a school play and, of course, teenage crushes. “Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Third Season” (Shout!/DVD, 1977-78, four discs, 27 episodes). Very broad sitcom stars Gabe Kaplan as Gabe Kotter, a high school teacher at the Brooklyn school he attended, helping remedial students known as “sweathogs,” with John Travolta chief among them. This season has Gabe and his wife Julie (Marcia Strassman) becoming parents to twins. “Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season” (Warner/TNT/DVD, 2014-15, four discs, 19 episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers). A spinoff of “The Closer,” this police procedural stars Mary McDonnell (“Dances With Wolves,” “Battlestar Galactica”) as the head of LAPD’s (fictional) Major Crimes Division. This season sees the return of Tom Berenger as the chief’s husband. (Season 4 begins June 8.) “Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies” (Acorn/DVD, 2004-05, three discs, three movies). Three Canadian TV movies that predate the “Murdoch Mysteries” series about an 1890s Toronto detective using then-new forensic science, with the characters played by different actors. Peter Outerbridge is Murdoch and Colm Meaney, a regular on two “Star Trek” series, is his boss, Brackenreid. “Sons of Liberty” (History/Lionsgate/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2015, two discs, three episodes, featurettes). This five-hour miniseries fictionalizes the early events of the American Revolution that led to the title group becoming activists in the fight to achieve freedom for the colonies from British rule. “Ray Donovan: Season Two” (Showtime/CBS/Blu-ray/DVD, 2014, four discs, 12 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes). The title character is a Los Angeles-based Hollywood fixer played with intensity by Liev Schreiber. This season his ex-con father (Jon Voight) is causing problems and his wife and children are slipping away. Guests include Ann-Margret, Elliott Gould, Sherilyn Fenn and Hank Azaria. (Beware of Showtime’s usual R-rated excesses.) “Hello Ladies: The Complete Series and Movie” (HBO/DVD, 2013, three discs, eight episodes, TV movie, deleted scenes, featurette). Raunchy HBO sitcom starring British comic Stephen Merchant and based on his stand-up comedy routines about being an English bachelor in Los Angeles trying to find Ms. Right. Includes the TV-movie that came after the series was canceled. (Nicole Kidman has a cameo in the movie.) “Jurassic: Monsters of the Deep” (BBC/DVD, 2015). Zoologist Nigel Marven leads a documentary crew (along with computer-graphic re-creations) to explore underwater life from seven of the world’s time periods. From the folks who created “Walking With Dinosaurs.” “Max & Ruby: Sharing & Caring” (Nickelodeon/Paramount/DVD, 2012, four episodes). Four episodes, each with three stories, gleaned from this popular animated series for preschoolers, with lessons on kindness and listening, among other social skills.
Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force.Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore was in Indianapolis, Tyrone Wright was in Los...
Observing tournaments takes large cut of Air Force basketball recruiting budget
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | May 30, 2015Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force. Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore was in Indianapolis, Tyrone Wright was in Los Angeles, Kurt Kanaskie was in Dallas and Nate Zandt was in Hampton, Va. Only football, at $415,669, has a larger recruiting budget at Air Force. The two combined make up more than half of the $1,105,314 recruiting budget for the school's 27 sports. But then some sports, like tennis, don't need extensive travel because the top players tend to congregate in the same events. The on-court results weed many players out before these big tournaments, taking some of the subjective evaluations that are so important in identifying basketball talent out of the equation. As men's tennis coach Dan Oosterhous explained, there are probably only about 300 American players in a given year who can play at the Division I level. "So it's not like we're searching every high school in the country," he said. Oosterhous will often go to an event featuring 128 of the top American junior players. Of those, at least half are eliminated from his list for academics. From the remaining pool, only seven or eight might have a solid interest in a service academy. "And sitting right next to me, watching the same players, are Army and Navy," Oosterhous said. Through Air Force basketball has more funds available, it's not a limitless pool. Pilipovich drove in an economy rental car in Las Vegas, punching the address of each high school into his GPS. The navigational system, he noted, cost $6.99 per day. Air Force doesn't pick up the tab on this. It offers its own portable units to take on the road. Pilipovich isn't familiar with those devices and doesn't trust that the batteries won't go out or something else unforeseen will result with him lost and late to something important. So he eats the cost himself. A CBS story on John Calipari during the Final Four talked about the now-Kentucky coach's time at Massachusetts and his battles with administration to rent only elite cars. Calipari wanted to keep up appearances at any cost. The difference between Calipari, a slick salesman from the day he arrived on the national scene, and Pilipovich, who was raised in a small apartment above the blue-collar Pittsburgh bar his parents owned and operated, is as much personality as it is finances. Still, the contrast provided an illustration of just how different the resources are among programs ultimately striving for the same goal. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Visit The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) at www.gazette.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002953,t000044134,t000047707,t000138183,t000047682,t000047680
May 28, 2015
He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
High school basketball: Western Heights' Gerard Giles more comfortable playing basketball
By Jacob Unruh | May 28, 2015DEL CITY — Gerard Giles never felt comfortable with his decision to play junior college football. A standout on the football field for Western Heights, Giles’ first love is basketball. He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. “I just didn’t really feel it no more,” Giles said. “I really like football, but I just felt like I needed to play basketball. I felt like it was going to be an easier road.” Giles was released from NEO and recently signed to play basketball at Redlands Community College in El Reno. He got a chance to show off his skills in the annual Big All-City basketball game at Del City on Thursday, scoring four points in the West’s 85-75 win over the East. “I think he’s one of the underrated players in the state,” Western Heights coach Brian Booker said. “Now that he’s going to be in the gym all the time instead of just part of the year, I think the sky is the limit for him basketball-wise.” Giles averaged 16 points last season. He’s a left-handed guard who can shoot the outside shot and has the speed to wreak havoc anywhere on the floor. His second basket Thursday was a driving layup over Bishop McGuinness’ Will Lienhard. Giles was free and happy on the court, which was something he didn’t feel he could be moving forward in football. “I felt like the basketball coaches were talking to me like they really wanted me,” he said. “The football coaches, they just wanted me to get there and they stopped talking to me after that. I just felt like it was going to be different. “It was hard telling them, but when I talked to them face-to-face it was better.” Now, Giles feels like he’s on the right path — one that can lead to big things on the basketball court. “I feel like it’s going to work,” he said. “I hope it’s going to work. I feel like it’s going to work. I just feel like I am going to do it the right way.” WEST GIRLS OVERPOWER EAST About the only thing that went the East’s way was the 3-point contest at halftime. The West used a 33-point second quarter to pull away for an 89-38 victory behind Southmoore guard Alyssa Jones’ 20 points, who was among three Southmoore starters. “It’s awesome just to come together and experience something like that,” Jones said. “I’m so used to being all together in a team sport. Right here, I got to show some abilities I don’t usually get to show.” Jones, who will play next season at Midwestern State (Texas), scored seven of her points in the second quarter and added nine more in the third quarter, overcoming some fatigue. “I’ve got to get back with it,” Jones said. “I’ve just got to get back in shape.” Putnam North’s Nakylia Carter added 18 points, while Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins scored 15 and Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann scored 14. The East’s Tia Williams won the 3-point contest with 21 makes in one minute. She also made two treys in the game. Moore’s Allison Rogers led the East with eight points.
May 22, 2015
In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week.
High school football: Oklahoma is loaded with Division I prospects
By Scott Wright | May 22, 2015MOORE — It’s not unusual for 40 Oklahoma high school football players to get Division I scholarship offers in any given year. But it’s incredibly rare for that many players to have offers before the end of May. The state’s 2016 recruiting class has led to one of the busiest spring recruiting periods in years. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week. Southmoore has been as busy as any school around. Defensive end prospect Noah Jones, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, was offered by Tulsa this week, his ninth offer in all. And Wyatt Whitmarsh, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, recently broke through with an offer from Central Arkansas, a Division I FCS program. Yet with the SaberCats, it goes beyond next fall’s senior class. You might’ve already heard the name of Brey Walker, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman who just completed his freshman year of high school. He had already been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU before the week began. Then Jim Harbaugh and Michigan came into the picture with an offer. And it’s only just beginning for young Walker. He isn’t the only freshman at Southmoore making recruiting waves. Quarterback Casey Thompson — younger brother of Kendal and son of Charles — was offered by SMU last week as well. Thompson and Walker are the only 2018 prospects in the state with Division I offers to this point, and it might stay that way for a while. Back to the upcoming senior class, Illinois made an impact on Thursday with offers to a pair of big offensive line prospects from small schools — Lexington’s Tyler Brown, 6-6, 315, and Harrah’s Logan Roberson, 6-5, 310, who also got a New Mexico offer Thursday. John Marshall quarterback/athlete Lenard Leviston was offered by Air Force. Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, possibly the top receiver prospect in the state, added to his strong list of offers with one from Arkansas State. And Wyoming keeps increasing its pursuit of Oklahoma players. The Cowboys signed four last year, and have offered 12 in the 2016 class already. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett, who previously had an Air Force offer, is the latest to join the list. Coincidentally, Garrett is coached by a former Wyoming quarterback, Jeremy Dombek. “I texted one of Wyoming’s coaches an old picture of me playing against Nebraska, and told him that Chandler runs this offense a whole lot better than the guy in that picture,” Dombek said with a laugh. The coach’s response: “I hope so!” Dombek hasn’t been surprised by Wyoming’s increased interest in Oklahoma players. “I’ve talked to some of their coaches, and I think they believe this is an under-recruited area,” he said. “So many people want to focus on Texas, but when you look at the number of Division I signings Oklahoma has had the last few years, it shows you the type of talent we’re producing.” Wyoming isn’t the only one taking notice. Schools from all of the Power Five Conferences have offered Oklahoma players, along with dozens of schools outside the power conferences and from the FCS level. With a wide range of summer camps and combines still on the horizon, the number of Oklahomans with major college football opportunities will only continue to grow.
May 21, 2015
Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.
Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes
By Berry Tramel | May 21, 2015MOORE — Dewey Selmon, just recently arrived on the OU campus as a freshman in 1972, sat in his dorm room with brothers Lee Roy and Lucious one day when a huge shadow passed by his open door. “What was that?” Dewey asked. Lucious informed him it was Eddie Foster. Later that night, Dewey suggested to Lee Roy that they avoid Foster. “Guys that big can hurt you.” That might have been the last time anyone wanted to avoid Edward Jay Foster, a prince of a man who died last week at age 63 and was memorialized Thursday in a 190-minute service at LifeChurch. Foster, an All-American offensive tackle and co-captain for Barry Switzer’s first OU team in 1973, is the rarest of football heroes. Known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness. “If anybody was made in God’s image, it was Eddie Foster,” said Billy Sims, who came to OU three years after Foster’s final season but who joined Dewey Selmon as one of the speakers Thursday. Joe Wylie, the grand halfback in the early wishbone years, was Foster’s OU roommate and became his lifelong friend. Wylie said that after Foster married Kim Watson, his Monahans (Texas) High School sweetheart, Wylie was so inspired by their relationship, he proposed to his girlfriend. Wylie and Karen Pilgrim are married still. Max Barnett, who led the Baptist Student Union when Foster was in school, said that Wylie and Foster were such leaders that when they were juniors, they visited 26 of OU’s 43 signees in their homes, inviting them to the Bible study they had established in their dorm. From the stage Thursday, Wylie admitted there had been a time or two when he figured his bride could be a better wife. “But I’ve never in my life thought that Ed could be a better friend.” Wylie said OU gave him great blessings, including a great education and 70,000 screaming fans on Saturdays. “But Ed was the best gift OU ever gave to me.” Old football tales were fun, but the core of Foster’s life was his family. He and Kim home schooled their children and pioneered home school athletics in Oklahoma. Eddie coached his sons to national success in home school basketball. All five of Foster’s grown children spoke glowingly, so much so that LifeChurch pastor Michael Metcalf said his son asked him during the service, “Are you that good of a dad?” Charles Foster, the second-born son, recounted the story of the summer before his senior year, driving a car his grandmother had given him and having spent his money on new CDs instead of getting leaky radiator fixed. One night in Edmond, the car overheated, and Eddie’s suggestion was to spend the night with cousins, then try to drive home the next morning, so if there was trouble along the road, it would be daylight. But Charles told his dad he was determined to drive home. Long about Crossroads Mall, going south on I-35, Charles noticed a set of lights following him. Followed him off the interstate exit, through the streets of Norman and into the Fosters’ neighborhood and driveway. It was Eddie, having driven north to meet his son and make sure he got home safely. Usually, it was the other way around. Foster taking the lead. Kim Foster talked about the old Monahans days, when the star quarterback revealed the Loboes’ secret play. “Someone would get the ball and follow Eddie.” Following Eddie Foster never was a bad idea. “His heart completely dwarfed his physical status,” said eldest son Neal. Charles Foster told the story of the national home school tournament in Wichita, when the Oklahoma City Knights were in the national semifinals. In the final seconds of a tie game, a Knights player became confused and intentionally fouled an opponent. Eddie Foster was a competitor. You didn’t block for Joe Wylie and Joe Washington without being a competitor. And those who remember Foster coaching youth sports knows he could raise his voice. But he also knew when to lower it. As timeout was called and the Knights trudged to their sideline, knowing victory was slipping away, Eddie Foster didn’t map a strategy. He grabbed the player who had committed the foul and embraced him. The opponent made a foul shot, the Knights lost and settled for third place in the national tournament. Lost a game but won a heart. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
May 12, 2015
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -- Jeff Brinkman is leaving Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was offensive coordinator, to return to Southmoore High School as offensive coordinator.
Former Southmoore coach Jeff Brinkman returning to school as offensive coordinator
From Staff Reports | May 12, 2015MOORE -- Jeff Brickman is returning to Southmoore High School, this time as offensive coordinator, according to The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber. Brickman is stepping down after one season as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist University to return to the school he served as head coach for two years, guiding the Sabercats to a 39-15 record. Brickman was Southmoore's offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2013. In 2009, the SaberCat offense led the state in passing yards and was second in 6A in points per game. In 2014 Brickman received the Semper Fidelis Coaching Award from the U.S. Marine Corps, in conjunction with the Glazier Football Clinics. The award is given annually to high school football coaches who exemplify the Marines’ standard of excellence, which constitutes integrity, responsibility, honesty, honor, courage, and commitment. Brickman was honored for his dedication to his football players and his school community in providing aid to them after the May 20, 2013, tornado. Brickman led a campaign to help those in need by working for several weeks, raising more than $90,000 in cash and gift cards, which went to benefit the 22 Southmoore football players who lost their homes, as well as 88 other families that suffered losses from the tornado.