Jenks Trojans football
|14 - 0||8 - 0||6 - 0||1.000||532||183|
|2013-09-07||@||Euless, Texas Trinity||W||27 - 23|
|2013-09-13||@||Tulsa Union||W||20 - 16|
|2013-09-20||vs||Owasso||W||45 - 28|
|2013-09-27||vs||Tulsa Edison||W||41 - 14|
|2013-10-04||@||Sapulpa||W||59 - 7|
|2013-10-11||vs||Broken Arrow||W||28 - 7|
|2013-10-18||@||Westmoore||W||24 - 0|
|2013-10-25||vs||Muskogee||W||56 - 14|
|2013-11-01||@||Bixby||W||45 - 7|
|2013-11-08||vs||Putnam City||W||56 - 7|
|2013-11-15||vs||Owasso||W||14 - 10|
|2013-11-23||vs||Midwest City||W||33 - 14|
|2013-11-29||vs||Westmoore||W||46 - 14|
|2013-12-12||@||Tulsa Union||W||38 - 22|
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Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, […]
Prep football picks: Week 2 staff has split opinions on Union-Jenks
Trent Shadid | Sep 11, 2014Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Heritage Hall 24, Clinton 21 Oklahoma Christian 24, Metro Christian 20 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 22 Lock of the Week: Tulsa Union over Jenks. Last year, Jenks made an early statement with a big win against one of Texas’ best teams. Union didn’t pull off the win last week, but took Southlake Carroll to overtime. Last year’s Backyard Bowl came down to playmakers, and the team with the most won. Right now, I think Union has the most. Jacob Unruh Tulsa Union 35, Jenks 28 Lawton 35, Lawton MacArthur 34 Douglass 21, Millwood 14 Midwest City 17, Carl Albert 15 Edmond Memorial 28, Edmond North 20 Kingfisher 27, Hennessey 17 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Clinton 21, Heritage Hall 20 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian School 31 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 24 Lock of the Week: Edmond Memorial over Edmond North. The Bulldogs’ defense was very impressive last week against Southmoore, and if it plays nearly that well it will be enough to slow down a gritty Edmond North team. Trent Shadid Jenks 27, Tulsa Union 24 Lawton 34, Lawton MacArthur 30 Douglass 22, Millwood 20 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 14 Edmond Memorial 14, Edmond North 13 Kingfisher 35, Hennessey 20 Pryor 37, Wagoner 30 Clinton 28, Heritage Hall 27 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian 28 Broken Bow 20, Idabel 19 Lock of the Week: Kingfisher over Hennessey. The Yellowjackets defeated Class 4A preseason top-10 Woodward 38-0 last week. While Hennessey is expected to contend for a title in 2A, don’t expect the Eagles to pull off an upset over the top team in 3A. Here are the standings after Week 1: Jacob (6-4, 1-0) Scott (5-5, 0-1) Trent (5-5, 0-1)
Featured throughout the day will be game-time forecasts and human interest stories
Media notes: Jenks featured this week on Weather Channel's 'Friday Night Lightning'
By Mel Bracht | Sep 10, 2014Jenks High School will be featured in new Weather Channel series, “Friday Night Lightning,” on Friday in advance of its rivalry game against Tulsa Union at 7 p.m. Featured throughout the day will be game-time forecasts and human interest stories. Producers are celebrating the best of high school football and spotlighting 12 towns in 12 weeks. Other towns featured include Joplin, Mo.; Washington, Ill.; and Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. The Jenks-Tulsa Union game will air on The Cox Channel (3 and 703). SHORT TAKES ESPN’s “College GameDay” is making a return trip to Fargo, N.D., home to the North Dakota State Bison and their record 26-game win streak in FCS play, on Saturday. The three-hour show (8-11 a.m. Saturday) will originate from downtown Fargo ahead of that afternoon’s Incarnate Word at North Dakota State matchup on ESPN3 (2:30 p.m.). Host Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit then will fly to Oklahoma City to cover the Tennessee at OU game at 7 p.m. in Norman on ABC. ESPN has announced kickoff times for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when it televises all six bowl games under the new College Football Playoff rotation system. Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 11:30 a.m., ESPN will televise the first of the “New Year’s Six” bowl games with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. At 3 p.m., fans will see the Fiesta Bowl followed by the Orange Bowl at 7 p.m. On New Year’s Day, ESPN will air the Cotton Bowl at 11:30 a.m. Then, the College Football Playoff semifinals will air from the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. and Sugar Bowl at 7:30 p.m. Former Thunder TV announcer Grant Long was a guest analyst Saturday on NBA TV. The fourth season of the NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series “A Football Life” will debut at 8 p.m. Friday with a profile of Pitttsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle “Mean Joe” Greene. ESPN has added two pennant race baseball games to its schedule: Milwaukee at St. Louis at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Detroit at Kansas City at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling will rejoin ESPN and resume his MLB analyst role starting with the 9 p.m. Thursday edition of Baseball Tonight (ESPN2). Schilling was undergoing treatment for mouth cancer.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 8, 2014
The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Edmond Memorial, North move up heading into Week 2 showdown
Scott Wright | Sep 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/Mayerske.jpg]3382733[/img] Edmond Memorial’s Mick Mayerske (15) quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a win over Southmoore that bumped Memorial up to No. 5 in this week’s rankings. The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a spot to No. 5, and Edmond North knocked off Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 to jump into the top 10. Owasso was also a big mover after upsetting Broken Arrow. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 heading into Week 2: Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 1-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-1 (2) 3. Norman North, 1-0 (3) 4. Westmoore, 1-0 (4) 5. Edmond Memorial, 1-0 (6) 6. Owasso, 1-0 (10) 7. Mustang, 1-0 (8) 8. Edmond North, 1-0 (NR) 9. Broken Arrow, 0-1 (5) 10. Edmond Santa Fe, 0-1 (7) Dropped out: Southmoore, 0-1 (9)
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 1, 2014
Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre.
High school football: Westmoore's Bryson Lee is a hidden gem at quarterback
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Sep 1, 2014MOORE — Bryson Lee surprised many with how well he made the transition from linebacker to quarterback a year ago. After starting on the Westmoore defense for two seasons, Lee became the leader of the offense and passed for 2,019 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes in 2013. He added 378 yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. Despite the success last season, the 6-foot, 210-pound senior hasn’t received the recruiting attention of other Class 6A-I quarterbacks such as Oklahoma State commit John Kolar at Norman North and highly touted Edmond Santa Fe junior Keaton Torre. “I feel like I do get overlooked at times,” said Lee, who has received interest from Missouri, OSU, Air Force, and New Mexico, but has no Division-I scholarship offers. “Still, I think my time will come and I’ll get the attention and offers that I deserve. If we keep winning ballgames people will take notice.” Following a 45-31 win at Norman North in the third game of last season, Lee admitted even he didn’t necessarily expect to play so well so soon. He scored four times against the Timberwolves with 442 all-purpose yards and connected on 23 of his 31 passes. The performance served as a springboard to a strong season as he led the Westmoore to the Class 6A semifinals before falling to eventual champion Jenks. “Maybe he doesn’t get the press he deserves, but you watch him on film and you know how special of a player he is,” said Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor. “Hopefully, he’ll start to get the credit that he deserves, but if not, we know the people who really understand and watch high school football know he’s a great quarterback.” As a senior, Lee expects to have an even better season for the fourth-ranked Jaguars with help from a deep and talented receiving corps. His top two targets, Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, are back along with the addition of speedy Moore transfer Stephan Robinson. “I can drop back, look downfield, and I see Dahu or Stephan pulling away from the secondary,” said Lee, whose team opens the season against rival Moore at 7 p.m. on Friday. “That makes it easier for me, and it’s a great thing to have as a team. I also think I’ll be more involved running the ball this season, and just doing whatever it takes to win.” Gaylor, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, says Lee would likely be one of the team’s top defensive players if not for his value as the quarterback. “He’s still got that tough, linebacker mentality and would be a leader for us at any position,” said Gaylor, who noted Lee could still see time at linebacker. “He’s one of those guys that’s the first guy in the weight room, works harder than anybody, and he wins every sprint. He’s just a winner, and that’s the kind of kid you like to have leading your offense.”
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school levelAug 22, 2014
Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school level
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Aug 22, 2014There’s no denying a young Oklahoma State football team faces an extreme test when it opens the season with Florida State on Aug. 30 in Arlington, Texas. But among the inexperience concerns is a silver lining. Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson. The returning leader in the secondary played high school football at Wagoner in northeast Oklahoma — a Class 4A school that won its first state championship with Peterson as its star. Who did Wagoner schedule for its season openers? “We played 5A schools the first couple games,” Peterson said. While college football has mostly embraced a model of softer nonconference schedules, top teams at the high school level have taken the opposite approach. Last fall, top 6A programs Jenks and Union played two of the best programs from the Dallas area — Euless Trinity and DeSoto — to kick off the year. Three players featured in those matchups are now Cowboy freshmen: safety Dylan Hardy (Jenks), offensive lineman Junior Galea’I (Euless Trinity) and wide receiver Chris Lacy (DeSoto). “The top tier of Oklahoma football is good … but you’ve got to go down and prove it against a very good team in enemy territory,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble told The Dallas Morning News last September. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.” That type of mentality has stuck with Peterson. His confidence trumps the idea that a lesser opponent would benefit OSU in the long run. “I’d rather play the best teams,” Peterson said. “I’m not really a fan of playing the softer schedule, getting a pounding in and getting guys’ confidence behind them. I’d rather go after the best early, to really set a standpoint to see where we’re at.” SIMMONS: DEFENSIVE LINE ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST Ryan Simmons is supposed to have supreme confidence in the OSU defense. It comes with his role as the Cowboys’ projected starting middle linebacker this season. During Thursday’s press conference previewing the opener, Simmons used his platform to praise a specific position group: the defensive line. “One of the best d-lines in the conference and in the nation, in my opinion,” Simmons said. “A lot of the things we can do can definitely put pressure on (FSU quarterback Jameis Winston).” That’s some high praise. And quite the prediction considering the competition for those titles. The Cowboys return a majority of their playmakers on the defensive line — including defensive tackle James Castleman and defensive end Jimmy Bean, who started every game last season. But OU also returns a number of talented defensive linemen, and that group ranked second in the conference in sacks (33) and rush defense (137.6 yards allowed per game) last season. The Cowboys ranked sixth and fifth in those categories, respectively. And none of the current OSU defensive linemen are considered top 2015 NFL draft picks next season — while USC, Nebraska, Michigan State, Florida, Iowa and Ohio State each have pass rushers and run stuffers who might go as high as the first round. Simmons understands his defense isn’t getting that kind of hype, but says it won’t dictate his own expectations. “Right now, nobody knows what we have the potential to be,” Simmons said. “The effort is there, we’re all still learning day by day. We just have to go about it and prepare as if it’s our last day.” CBS SPORTS 2015 MOCK NFL DRAFT PLACES FIVE SEMINOLES IN FIRST ROUND The 2015 NFL Draft won’t take place for another eight months, but that hasn’t stopped draft analysts from making their predictions for who will be chosen in the first round. CBS Sports recently unveiled its guess at how it will shakeout. And there’s plenty of love for the Seminoles. Staff writer Bob Rang estimates five FSU players will come off the board in the first round: No. 5: QB Jameis Winston (Soph.) No. 11: CB PJ Williams (Jr.) No. 22: DE Mario Edwards Jr. (Jr.) No. 24: OT Cameron Erving (Sr.) No. 31: OG Josue Matias (Sr.)
STILLWATER — When Jameis Winston peers into Oklahoma State’s secondary, he’ll spot three new starters. In the season opener, with no opportunity to ease into things. No Savannah State on the other side. The Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy holder might get a bit giddy. “Nobody likes to throw them out there against the national champion,” said Cowboys cornerbacks coach Van Malone....
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have a lot of youth in secondary
By John Helsley | Aug 21, 2014STILLWATER — When Jameis Winston peers into Oklahoma State’s secondary, he’ll spot three new starters. In the season opener, with no opportunity to ease into things. No Savannah State on the other side. The Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy holder might get a bit giddy. “Nobody likes to throw them out there against the national champion,” said Cowboys cornerbacks coach Van Malone. “But guess what, those are the cards. Let’s go.” The situation isn’t as dire as it sounds. Kevin Peterson started a year ago and starred opposite Justin Gilbert. He’s an All-Big 12-caliber corner. Ashton Lampkin, who has provided solid help as a reserve, steps into the other starter’s role, and Malone believes he’s ready to thrive. At free safety, senior Larry Stephens is coming off his best August as a Cowboy and is ready to be a major contributor for the first time. After that, the uncertainty enters. The backup corners and safeties are freshmen and sophomores, and redshirt freshman Tre Flowers is projected to start at strong safety. For Cowboys coaches, all that youth brings a mixed bag. “You know, it’s kind of double-edged there,” said Mike Gundy. “You have times you get a little frustrated because there’s so many young players out there. But then also, it’s very enjoyable to watch them progress and develop. “It’s a different year for us. We have a lot of players that are inexperienced and they’re learning on the run, so we bring them along just like we did the last group.” CORNERBACKS STARTERS 1 Kevin Peterson;;5-11;;185;;Jr.;;Wagoner Justin Gilbert was great a year ago. And quietly, Peterson was, too, on the opposite side. Now it’s his turn to be the name in the secondary, and he appears more than up for it. 6 Ashton Lampkin;;5-11;;180;;Jr.;;Fort Worth, Texas As the third corner to the Peterson-Gilbert tandem, Lampkin served as a key backup and OSU’s special teams MVP. There’s confidence that he’ll step into a starting role with ease. BACKUPS 2 Darius Curry;;6-1;;190;;Fr.;;Flowery Branch, Ga. The younger Curry brother on the OSU roster to receiver C.J., Darius appears ready to make his own name after a redshirt season in 2013. 22 Juwan Offray;;5-11;;180;;Fr.;;New Orleans A true freshman, Offray’s transition to the college level has gone smoothly. A strong preseason puts him in place to play a vital backup role. RESERVES 3 Chris Hardeman;;5-9;;178;;Fr.;;Houston A touted recruit from the latest class, Hardeman is yet another of the young players who showed up strong in the preseason. 18 Ramon Richards;;6-0;;180;;Fr.;;San Antonio Arrived with the “athlete” tag after playing several positions, including quarterback, as a prep senior. The true freshman has quickly adapted to cornerback and seems to have found a home. 25 Taylor Lewis;;6-0;;180;;Fr.;;Dallas A redshirt a year ago, Lewis is in the mix to provide valuable depth and continue developing for a significant future role. 24 Miketavius Jones;;5-10;;175;;Jr.;;Houston One of the team’s fastest players, Jones continues to seek traction to putting himself on the depth chart. He’s been a major special-teams contributor. FREE SAFETY 20 Larry Stephens;;5-10;;185;;Sr.;;Houston After missing all of last season to injury, Stephens has made a final career push in a good-news story on the roster. His veteran presence should be a boost. BACKUP 16 Deric Robertson;;6-2;;200;;So.;;Killeen, Texas Robertson played well in key situations as a freshman, appearing in eight games. He’ll be heavily involved in a rotation with Stephens. STRONG SAFETY 7 Tre Flowers;;6-3;;190;;Fr.;;Converse, Texas After adding some bulk to his lanky frame, Flowers made an impression in the spring and carried it over to August workouts, pushing to the top of the depth chart. BACKUP 13 Jordan Sterns;;6-1;;205;;So.;;Cibolo, Texas Along with Robertson, Sterns played meaningful snaps as a freshman. He, too, figures to be a major contributor who will keep pushing for a starting job. RESERVES 4 Dylan Harding;;6-2;;190;;Fr.;;Jenks The true freshman from Jenks made an immediate impression in fall camp and has placed himself on the fast track to playing time. 11 Tre Roberts;;6-2;;202;;Fr.;;Houston Another true freshman, Roberts played all over the field in high school. He’s projected for a safety spot with the Cowboys, who love his athleticism. 5 Jerel Morrow;;6-0;;180;;Fr.;;Emporia, Kan. Following a redshirt year, Morrow is yet another young player in play to produce in the secondary for a long time. He was the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Kansas coming out of high school.
Aug 21, 2014
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary is the defensive unit facing the most questions and uncertainty entering 2014. The Sooners lost cornerback Aaron Colvin and free safety Gabe Lynn off last year’s team, leaving glaring holes in two key positions on the Oklahoma defense. OU coaches have moved a seasoned veteran into one of those spots, though, allowing senior Julian Wilson to finally play the...
Oklahoma football: Secondary facing questions
By Jason Kersey | Aug 21, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma’s secondary is the defensive unit facing the most questions and uncertainty entering 2014. The Sooners lost cornerback Aaron Colvin and free safety Gabe Lynn off last year’s team, leaving glaring holes in two key positions on the Oklahoma defense. OU coaches have moved a seasoned veteran into one of those spots, though, allowing senior Julian Wilson to finally play the position he was recruited to play. Wilson was a standout cornerback at Southmoore High, but has played nickelback and dimeback throughout his career — until now. “I played boundary corner in high school, so really now, being able to do that at the college football level is really exciting,” Wilson said. Coaches haven’t named a starter at the cornerback position opposite Zack Sanchez, but all signs point to Wilson emerging from the long competition with junior Cortez Johnson and sophomore Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor. “A starter isn't named yet, so really all I can do is go out there and compete every day until they name the starter next Saturday,” Wilson said. “So really, I’m not worrying about starting, I’m just going out there, reviewing the film and making sure I don't make the same mistakes I made the day before.” Wilson started all 13 games last season at nickelback. That spot is likely to be filled by senior Quentin Hayes, last year’s strong safety. Sophomores Hatari Byrd and Ahmad Thomas are competing with true freshman Steven Parker, a former Jenks standout, for the safety spots. “I think they’ve all had good camps,” said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “We haven’t really set a final rotation, but I’m rotating all four of them at different positions. So they’re all interchangeable pieces for us. “All four will play. They all have worked hard and deserve the opportunity to play.”
‘College GameDay’ to preview season at 10 a.m. Saturday
Media notes: Two 'College GameDay' analysts pick UCLA to win national title
By Mel Bracht | Aug 21, 2014Will there be a changing of the guard this season in college football? Two of ESPN’s “College GameDay” analysts have picked UCLA, a Pac 12 team, to win the first national championship under the new playoff system, according to an ESPN news release. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard are previewing the season with a one-hour “College GameDay” special at 10 a.m. Saturday. Corso, Herbstreit and Howard selected only one SEC team to qualify for the semifinals. Short takes Jenks High School will be featured in new Weather Channel content series “Friday Night Lightning” on Sept. 12 in advance of its rivalry game against Tulsa Union. Producers plan to celebrate the best of high school football and will spotlight 12 towns in 12 weeks. Featured throughout the day will be game-time forecasts and human interest stories from football and weather-crazy towns. The series debuts Friday with Joplin, Mo. The recently launched SEC Network has added former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Georgia quarterback David Greene to its analyst roster. Chizik will be a studio analyst on Mondays and Tuesdays and Greene will host “Film Room” at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. ESPN’s college football schedule kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the new FCS Kickoff, pitting Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington. The ESPN High School Football Kickoff this weekend includes coverage of nine games, including No. 8 Miami Central (Fla.) vs. No. 7 Hoover (Ala.) at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 19, 2014
WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood,...
Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends
By Jason Kersey | Aug 19, 2014WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly inserted himself into the starting lineup. Coaches and teammates have frequently praised him this preseason. 2#Michiah Quick#6-0#170#Fr.#Fresno Calif. The true freshman will push for immediate playing time after dazzling everyone with his physical ability throughout fall camp. WIDE RECEIVER 5#Durron Neal#5-11#201#Jr.#St. Louis Neal hasn’t exactly torn it up through his first two seasons, but by all accounts, he’s stepped up in a big way since last spring. Will this finally be the year he breaks through? 17#Jordan Smallwood#6-2#212#RFr.#Jenks A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt in 2013, but he’s made a splash so far and will definitely have lots of opportunities to contribute this year. RESERVES 81#Mark Andrews#6-6#236#Fr.#Scottsdale, Ariz. The big, tall wideout could have a bright future, but likely redshirts in 2014. 83#Nick Basquine#6-0#170#Fr.#Norman This walk-on from Norman North was mentioned specifically by Trevor Knight at Big 12 Media Days as someone who had impressed him this summer. 8#Austin Bennett#6-0#175#So.#Manvel, Texas Bennett saw limited action as a true freshman and could easily work his way into the regular rotation. 84#Grant Bothun#5-11#186#Jr.#Rowlett, Texas The team’s holder, Bothun’s claim to fame is a fake field goal touchdown pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt in last year’s Bedlam thriller. 7#Dannon Cavil#6-4#214#RFr.#San Antonio Cavil redshirted last season, somewhat surprising considering he enrolled early and went through spring football in 2013. Still, he’s absolutely talented enough to get plenty of opportunities this year. 88#Cody Chancellor#6-1#184#So.#Oklahoma City Chancellor walked on after his standout high school career at Bishop McGuinness ended two years ago. 11#Dorial Green-Beckham#6-6#225#Jr.#Springfield, Mo. If Green-Beckham wins his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he instantly becomes a starter and supplants Shepard as the Sooners’ most seasoned wide receiver. If he doesn’t get a waiver, will he ever play a down in an OU uniform? 15#Jeffery Mead#6-6#184#Fr.#Tulsa Receivers coach Jay Norvell has specifically mentioned Mead as someone worth keeping an eye on. The former Tulsa Union standout has already impressed Norvell with his route running. 16#Dallis Todd#6-5#204#Fr.#La Mirada, Calif. The former four-star prospect was expected to see early action — and still may — but it sounds like he might need a little more time to adapt to the college game. TIGHT END 10#Blake Bell#6-6#259#Sr.#Wichita, Kan. First, he was the Belldozer. Then he was the Sooners’ starting quarterback for eight games in 2013. Now, everyone inside the program insists he really is a tight end — and that he really is good at it. Knight-to-Bell for a few touchdowns in 2014 would make for a pretty neat story considering how the two were in a season-long quarterback battle last year. 88#Taylor McNamara#6-5#245#So.#San Diego McNamara caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl, and grabbed two touchdowns in April’s spring game. After some injury problems cost him early playing time, is McNamara finally ready to showcase his talent at this level? RESERVES 80#Isaac Ijalana#6-4#247#So.#Mount Holly, N.J. Ijalana, a junior-college transfer, might have a hard time seeing much playing time on offense in 2014 behind Bell and McNamara. 89#Connor Knight#6-4#244#So.#San Antonio Trevor Knight’s twin brother, an OU walk-on, plays a lot of special teams and is a hard worker. 45#Carson Meier#6-6#226#Fr.#Tulsa The former Tulsa Union standout has the potential to be a great OU tight end eventually, but will likely redshirt this year.
Aug 19, 2014
The Little Axe cheerleaders are planning a spaghetti supper prior to the football scrimmage between Little Axe, Bridge Creek and Southeast at Little Axe on Thursday night. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Bridge Creek football program. The team is still in the process of recovering from vandalism inside its fieldhouse that ruined or damaged thousands of dollars worth...
High school notebook: Little Axe plans benefit for Bridge Creek
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 19, 2014The Little Axe cheerleaders are planning a spaghetti supper prior to the football scrimmage between Little Axe, Bridge Creek and Southeast at Little Axe on Thursday night. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with proceeds going to the Bridge Creek football program. The team is still in the process of recovering from vandalism inside its fieldhouse that ruined or damaged thousands of dollars worth of equipment, electronics and other items. Just getting on the field for practice has been a challenge over the last 10 days. “We don’t have everything yet, but we have enough to get the kids out there without putting anybody in a 10-year-old helmet,” coach Greg Wallis said. “Cleanup is still continuing, but we just keep moving forward.” On Saturday, Bridge Creek will host its annual Meet the Bobcats photo day at the field, which will include a live auction of a variety of things, like autographed memorabilia from OU players and other items. WARIBOKO-ALALI TOP OKLAHOMAN ON UPDATED RIVALS 250 Rivals.com released its updated list of the country’s top 250 recruits Tuesday morning, with four Oklahomans making the list, including Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali. Wariboko-Alali is ranked No. 77, the highest of any player from the state. He currently holds 24 scholarship offers. Lawton’s Jalin Barnett is ranked No. 127, just ahead of Midwest City’s Will Sunderland at No. 138. Jenks defensive lineman and Oklahoma commitment Marquise Overton is ranked No. 187. Oklahoma State has two commitments on the list, including North McKinney (Texas) running back Ronald Jones II at No. 66 and Nacagdoches, Texas, defensive back Jaylon Lane at No. 243. Oklahoma commitments Rodney Anderson of Katy, Texas, (No. 92) and P.J. Mbanasor of Hendrickson High in Pflugerville, Texas, (No. 240) are also on the list. EDMOND NORTH’S BACA AMONG AMATEURS IN OKLAHOMA OPEN Edmond North sophomore Colter Baca shot 1 under par last weekend in the Oklahoma Golf Association Oklahoma Open Amateur Qualifying to seal one of 15 amateur spots in the field for this weekend’s event. Baca, who is only 15 years old, is part of a very small group of Oklahoma high school players for the Oklahoma Open, which begins Friday at Oak Tree National in Edmond. Baca’s 1-under-par round at Lincoln Park Golf Club was good enough for a tie for sixth place. Weatherford junior Quade Cummins and former SMU and Bixby standout Draegen Majors tied for first. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 15, 2014
The Timberwolves will play in Class 6A-1 with Tulsa Union and Jenks, but they hope an experienced defense will make them competitive.
HIgh school football: Norman North has great expectations
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Aug 15, 2014NORMAN — As high school football practices get underway this week, most teams can only speculate as to where they stack up against the top competition. One thing for certain, Jenks and Tulsa Union are the favorites in Class 6A-I until someone ends the 18-year dominance of the Tulsa-area powerhouses. Still, the “best of the rest” debate is a popular topic in 6A-I, and Norman North has as good of an argument as any. The Timberwolves return one of the state’s top players at quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar. Surrounding the dual-threat senior is an experienced line and talented all-purpose back Z’Quan Hogan on an offense that averaged more than 40 points per game last season. But if Norman North is ready to compete with the best, its defense must show drastic improvement from a season ago. In five games against 6A playoff teams in 2013, the Timberwolves gave up 41 points per game. “We’ve got to continue to grow and get better, but we’ll certainly be more experienced defensively, and that should help us on the field,” said Norman North coach Wade Standley. “The key to playing defense for us is getting turnovers and third-down stops. That’s what we’re going to look to do.” As Standley alluded to, one bright spot from last season is the experience gained while breaking in 10 new defensive starters. Seven of those starters are returning this season. “We had a bunch of young guys playing last year, including myself, but we’re coming back now experienced and healthy,” said senior linebacker Trevor Magee. “We’re just ready to get it going. We want to be the leading defense in Oklahoma.” Senior defensive end Kaden McClellan took the defensive expectations a step further, saying “We’re going to be the leading defense in Oklahoma.” With the transition to the new 16-team Class 6A Division I, Standley knows it won’t take long for the Timberwolves to find out where they stand. In the first seven weeks of the season, Norman North will face six teams that made the playoffs in 2013, and eight of its 10 total opponents finished .500 or better. “There’s no question that the schedule will be much tougher,” Standley said. “There’s no off weeks in this schedule. It’s extremely competitive. I think we’ve put ourselves in position to compete, but that’s just for where we are right now. We’ve got to build on that every week.” Norman North will open the season on Sept. 4 against crosstown rival Norman High.
Aug 10, 2014
For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday
By Scott Wright | Aug 10, 2014It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season. For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks. Let’s address some of the most prominent ones: Who will be the best in the west? With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer. There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be? Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions. Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions. Coaching transitions at prominent programs Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man. There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins. But one of them is Clinton. Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle. All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson. Bridge Creek’s recovery On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players. Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000. Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it. Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
Jul 28, 2014
Stephen McClernon showing more confidence at quarterback for Edmond North
High schools: District 6A-I-2 football preview
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jul 28, 2014After winning the quarterback battle early last season, Edmond North’s Stephen McClernon sometimes struggled to gain his footing. Now entering this season, coach Scott Burger said the senior quarterback has grown during the offseason. “Stephen has gotten a lot better from last year,” Burger said. “He’s more familiar with the offense. You can tell his confidence level increased as the season went on, and having a whole year under his belt will help him.” McClernon completed 147 of 256 passes for 1,609 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, but he also threw 11 interceptions while helping the Huskies to a 7-5 record and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Burger thinks he’s shown potential in the offseason to be even better this season. “I tell those kids at quarterback they need to be the coach on the field, they need to see what I see,” he said. “When we watch film, he’s seeing that. He’s got the ability to change to another play if he needs to now, which he probably didn’t feel comfortable doing that earlier this year.” GARRETT READY TO LEAD MUSTANG Back in February, Chandler Garrett decided it was time to fully focus on his future as a football player. So the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Garrett, then a sophomore, gave up his spot as a regularly used reserve on the Mustang basketball team to commit himself to becoming a better quarterback. Now a junior, Garrett is ready to improve on last season’s numbers of 1,683 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions as only a part-time starter. He shared the job with Frankie Edwards, who has now graduated, and Garrett has it all to himself heading into coach Jeremy Dombek’s second season with the Broncos. “This year is a lot different than it was last year when I was coming in behind Frankie,” Garrett said. “We’re going to miss him and all those seniors a lot. “I decided I needed to focus on my craft here, rather than in basketball.” Mustang lost some talented receivers, but Garrett and senior David Parker have a strong connection. Parker caught 35 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns last year. SOUTHMOORE COUNTING ON EXPERIENCE With former defensive coordinator Jeremy Stark taking over as Southmoore’s new head coach, you can expect the SaberCats to have a defensive focus. And with players like 6-4, 265-pound Bobby Henry and 6-4, 245-pound Dakota Troglin — both Division I prospects — size will play an important role. And though Southmoore graduated some key players at running back and receiver, the offense has an experienced quarterback in the huddle. Connor Uselton is only a sophomore, but he gained significant experience as a freshman starter. RUNNING GAME A THREAT FOR NORMAN NORTH, TOO With his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State back in the spring, Norman North quarterback John Kolar suddenly grabbed the spotlight on the Timberwolves’ offense. But don’t forget about running back Quan Hogan and a talented offensive line that was loaded with sophomores a year ago. Hogan, a junior who already has an offer from Tulsa, proved to be a threat carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield, rushing for 1,003 yards to go with 830 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns. EXTRA POINTS Give Tulsa Union the award for the toughest non-district schedule. After opening with Texas power Southlake Carroll, the Redskins face rivals Jenks and Broken Arrow... After serving as the team’s offensive coordinator last year, Rod Richardson will have some important pieces in place when he begins his first season as Putnam City North’s head coach, starting with returning quarterback Chase Sparks... Owasso coach Bill Patterson calls defensive end Michael Anderson “One of the best defensive players to put on a Ram uniform in several years.”... New coach Paul Hix will have a unique turnaround job at Moore. The former Stillwater offensive coordinator brings a pass-heavy background to a team that has been focusing on the run game the last few years. District 6A-I-2 coaches’ poll 1. Tulsa Union (11-3) 2. Norman North (7-4) 3. Owasso (5-6) 4. Southmoore (6-4) 5. Edmond North (7-5) (tie) Mustang (7-5) 7. Putnam City North (4-6) 8. Moore (1-9) *Note: Last year’s records in parentheses
All-State week schedule Golf: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Catoosa Swimming: 6 p.m. Monday, Jenks High School Baseball: Small schools — 4:30 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oral Roberts’ J.L. Johnson Stadium Tennis: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, University of Tulsa’s Case Center Volleyball: Small schools — 6 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bixby High School...
Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State week schedule
Jul 27, 2014All-State week schedule Golf: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Catoosa Swimming: 6 p.m. Monday, Jenks High School Baseball: Small schools — 4:30 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oral Roberts’ J.L. Johnson Stadium Tennis: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, University of Tulsa’s Case Center Volleyball: Small schools — 6 p.m. Tuesday; Large schools — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bixby High School Wrestling: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bixby High School Girls basketball: Small schools — 7 p.m. Wednesday; Large schools — 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Boys basketball: Small schools — 7 p.m. Thursday; Large schools — 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center Football: 7 p.m. Friday, Bixby High School Note: General admission tickets for each event cost $5
Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4:...
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Full list for the Class of 2015
Jul 26, 2014Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4: Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks No. 5: Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore No. 6: John Kolar, QB, Norman North No. 7: Darryel Patterson, DB, Lawton No. 8: Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland No. 9: McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro No. 10: Josh Little, DE, Millwood No. 11: Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial No. 12: Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso No. 13: Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton No. 14: Davion Freeman, WR/DB, Del City No. 15: Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko No. 16: Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling No. 17: Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison No. 18: Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee No. 19: Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher No. 20: Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall No. 21: John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee No. 22: Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial No. 23: Denver Johnson, WR, Casady No. 24: Dameko Doddles, DB, Douglass No. 25: Aaron McKinney, DB/LB, Midwest City No. 26: J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe No. 27: Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North No. 28: Kalin Sadler, WR, Lawton No. 29: Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City No. 30: T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington
Jul 23, 2014
Jenks four-star defensive tackle Marquise Overton is ranked No. 4 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top college football prospects. With Overton’s Jan. 3 commitment, Oklahoma is set to sign a Jenks player for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in seven years.
Super 30: Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton ready to become the latest Trojan-turned-Sooner
By Jason Kersey | Jul 23, 2014JENKS — Marquise Overton is excited to be the latest in a long line of Jenks football products to become a Sooner. “It’s really cool,” Overton said. “We have a lot of guys that went to Jenks and then went to OU, and now I get to follow in those footsteps.” The four-star defensive tackle is ranked No. 4 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top college football prospects, and committed to Oklahoma on Jan. 3. Overton says he’s solidly committed, meaning that next February, the Sooners will sign a player from Jenks for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in seven years. The Trojans represent one of Oklahoma’s most successful high school football programs, winning 14 state championships, including the last two Class 6A titles and 11 championships over coach Allan Trimble’s 18 years at the helm. “Honestly, I think OU just does a really great job of identifying talent in the state that can go help them win,” Trimble said. Overton (6-foot-1, 300 pounds) is the latest example of that. Right now, he’s the only prospect from the state committed to the Sooners in their 2015 recruiting class. He chose the Sooners over offers from Baylor, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Texas Tech, among others. Overton said he didn’t necessarily choose OU because of the program’s history with Jenks, but that it will be nice to play with some former Trojans like safety Steven Parker, running back Alex Ross and wide receiver Jordan Smallwood. Parker, who signed with OU just last February, should have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the Sooners’ inexperienced defensive backfield as a true freshman. Defensive back Gabe Lynn, who was a senior on last year’s Sooner team, signed with Oklahoma in 2009. Trimble has also sent guys like Rocky Calmus — a Butkus Award winner and national champion at OU — running back Kejuan Jones and defensive lineman Corey Callens to Norman. Callens, a 1996 Jenks grad, now works as a graduate assistant coach with the Sooners. Trimble said he started to think Overton was capable of playing on the Division I level when he was a sophomore. “He was kinda gangly and uncertain of how big and how talented he’s gonna be, but he was a great effort player,” Trimble said. “He played so hard, with great intensity for a young guy. I knew then with his size potential and his intensity that he’d have a chance to go play at a good school.”
Jul 20, 2014
Coach Bob Stoops and five players will represent Oklahoma on Tuesday in Dallas for Big 12 Media Days. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll.
Oklahoma football: Five questions facing the Sooners entering the 2014 season
By Jason Kersey | Jul 20, 2014DALLAS — The Omni Dallas Hotel will play host to this year’s Big 12 Media Days, with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops; quarterback Trevor Knight; offensive tackle Daryl Williams; defensive back Julian Wilson; and defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Chuka Ndulue representing the Sooners on Tuesday. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll. OU received 47 of 56 first-place votes. Here’s a look at five pressing questions facing the Sooners are we get closer to the 2014 season opener, scheduled for Aug. 30 at home against Louisiana Tech. 5. How will Blake Bell adapt to the tight end position? Bell, who started eight games at quarterback last season, opted to change positions rather than transfer for his senior season. All reports out of spring practice were good regarding Bell at tight end until an untimely knee injury in April. Because of that, fans never got a chance to see the artist formerly known as the Belldozer in action at his new position. His decision to return to OU certainly earned him respect among his teammates, and he’ll undoubtedly be a team leader in 2014. But will that translate to on-field production? 4. Other than Sterling Shepard, which Sooners will become playmakers in this offense? Oklahoma lacks much experience at all in the running back and wide receiver positions, meaning lots of guys will have to grow up fast for the Sooners to achieve their lofty goals in 2014. Incoming freshman running back Joe Mixon has generated lots of buzz, and receivers such as Austin Bennett, Durron Neal and Jordan Smallwood had good spring showings. 3. Who will play cornerback opposite Zack Sanchez? Junior Cortez Johnson and sophomores Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor all competed for the spot throughout the spring, but senior Julian Wilson, last year’s starting nickelback, expressed his desire to play cornerback a couple weeks after the Sugar Bowl. “I enjoyed playing corner in high school,” Wilson said. “We're gonna go through drills and stuff, see how I feel at it. Right now, I feel confident with every position.” Of course, shoulder surgery killed his chances of getting any work at corner during the spring, but expect him to at least be in the discussion to replace Aaron Colvin on the other side of Sanchez. 2. Who will be the primary ball carrier? Sophomore Keith Ford seems like the favorite to become Oklahoma’s starting running back at the beginning of the season, but keep an eye on Alex Ross, the redshirt sophomore from Jenks. Mixon, the former five-star prospect from California, is another obvious contender, as is true freshman Samaje Perine. The Sooners might be lacking in experience at running back, but they’re heavy on talent. 1. Can Trevor Knight possibly live up to the expectations? Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance was spectacular, but that display was so different than anything else he showed last season. Did he truly turn a corner against mighty Alabama, or was it a one-game anomaly? Coaches and teammates raved about Knight’s performance in practice throughout his redshirt year, so it certainly seems likely that he’s talented enough for Sugar Bowl-caliber outings more regularly. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have little experience to work with at the offensive skill positions early in the season.
Jul 15, 2014
Defensive end has committed to Tulsa, where he will likely study petroleum engineering.
Super 30: Owasso's Michael Anderson a standout in the classroom as well
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 15, 2014OWASSO — When Owasso standout Michael Anderson heads to Tulsa, he plans to have his hands full on the field and in the classroom. Anderson, No. 12 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015, verbally committed to the Golden Hurricane in early July. He also has scholarship offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Harvard, New Mexico, and North Texas. “School is No. 1 on my list,” Anderson said. “I love football, but with TU’s great academics, it was really a perfect choice for me.” The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end is every bit as talented with the books as he is a pass rusher. He scored a 29 on his ACT and boasts a 4.0 GPA. As a junior, he registered 93 tackles and five sacks for the Rams. “I spent some time trying to decide whether I wanted to study chemical or petroleum engineering,” Anderson said. “Petroleum is a more centered around physics and math, which fits me, so I’m planning to go that direction. And it helps that Tulsa is one of the top schools in the country for it. “As far as on the field, the coaches say they really like what I can do, and I think there’s a possibility for some early play time. So it’s just the right fit all around.” He’ll arrive at Tulsa during a new age for the program. The Golden Hurricane will enter the American Athletic Conference this season. “Going into the new conference with some good programs, that’s super exciting,” Anderson said. “They won’t really play a lot of cupcakes. I know they’ve got schools like Ohio State and Oklahoma scheduled in the future. That’s exciting to go into.” Before making his way to Tulsa, Anderson has some unfinished business at the high school level against Tulsa-area rivals Jenks and Tulsa Union. “Jenks, man, we should’ve had them in last year’s playoffs,” said Anderson, referring to Owasso’s 14-10 loss in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. “This year, we’ve got them Week 3 and it’s going to be a different game. Within the district, I’d say we are most looking forward to Union. Those are two powerhouses on the east side, so it’s a chance to prove who is dominant in this area.”
Jul 5, 2014
The Cowboys have four incoming defensive back recruits, and so far, OSU’s 2015 recruiting class indicates focus is staying on the defensive backfield.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys focusing on defensive backfield in recruiting
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Jul 5, 2014With Justin Gilbert, Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary gone, the Oklahoma State secondary is a serious question mark entering the 2014 season. But the OSU coaching staff is taking steps on the recruiting trail to make sure that doesn’t last. The Cowboys have four incoming defensive back recruits: Houston cornerback Chris Hardeman, Jenks safety Dylan Harding, New Orleans corner Juwan Offray and Georgia safety Kirk Tucker. Athletes Tre Roberts and Ramon Richards also will likely join the OSU secondary. So far, OSU’s 2015 recruiting class indicates focus is staying on the defensive backfield. The Cowboys have commitments from four-star cornerback Jaylon Lane and Rivals.com three-star safety Kenneth McGruder. OSU also made four-star prospect Xavier Lewis’ list of final schools along with Texas, LSU and Arkansas. He’s expected to announce his commitment next week. In the case of the 6-foot-2, 203-pound McGruder, the opportunity to play right away was a big draw. OSU’s safety depth chart entering 2014 is unknown. Michigan transfer Josh Furman will likely come in and grab the strong safety spot, but that leaves sophomores Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns along with redshirt freshman Tre Flowers fighting at free safety. None stood out in the spring, and the case could be similar in 2015. “They’re going to need people to be ready to come in and play,” McGruder said. “They said I’m the No. 1 guy they want to come in and play. They said a chance at the spot will be there, all I have to do is come in and take it.” McGruder burst onto the recruiting scene after a strong junior year at Alief Taylor High School in Houston. McGruder changed schools late in his sophomore year, and at that point was known more as a basketball player. Jumping into a program that also produced incoming OSU freshmen in Hardeman and receiver Keenan Brown changed that. Now Scout.com lists McGruder as a four-star prospect. “He’s very competitive and very athletic and rose to the top real quick,” Alief Taylor coach Jody Jordan said. “He’s just naturally aggressive and likes to be around the football. And he’s got good ball skills, which I think come from him playing basketball.” At 6-1, 180, Lane had five interceptions and 46 tackles in his junior season at Nacogdoches (Texas) High School. He said OSU corners coach Van Malone was one of the biggest reasons he chose OSU over schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and LSU. “I’ll need to prove myself to play a lot early on, but that’s what I’m going to do,” Lane said. “I talked to (OSU corners) Ashton (Lampkin) and Kevin Peterson … they kept telling me Coach Malone is a good coach and he’ll get me ready and prepared.” Malone played four seasons with the Detroit Lions, and with Gilbert going No. 8 overall in the NFL Draft, a school known for its offense is getting a little more attention for its defense. “You see what Justin Gilbert did and his development,” Lane said. “Coach Malone, he was in the NFL, so he has the experience to give to me and the other players.” If the Cowboys can land Lewis, a speedy corner from Louisiana, they’d have a highly impressive trio of defensive back commits. Regardless, OSU has reinforcements on the way.
Jun 14, 2014
Age: 49 Residence: Bixby When he left the University of Oklahoma to begin his climb through professional baseball, Glenn Sullivan didn’t know he wanted to be a high school coach. The three-sport standout in high school and two-sport player for the Sooners — Sullivan was also a backup quarterback at OU — had a degree in public affairs and administration. But after a minor league career that led...
Collected wisdom: Glenn Sullivan, former OU baseball and football standout
Interviewed by Ryan Aber, email@example.com | Jun 14, 2014Age: 49 Residence: Bixby When he left the University of Oklahoma to begin his climb through professional baseball, Glenn Sullivan didn’t know he wanted to be a high school coach. The three-sport standout in high school and two-sport player for the Sooners — Sullivan was also a backup quarterback at OU — had a degree in public affairs and administration. But after a minor league career that led him as far as Triple-A in the Cubs’ organization, Sullivan decided to give coaching a try, first in independent ball and then at Jenks. He coached the Trojans to a state title in 2000 before leaving coaching for a few years to spend more time with his family. Sullivan got back in as the head coach at Holland Hall several years ago and recently was named the head coach at Bixby, where he and his family have lived for about 13 years. Sullivan talked to The Oklahoman about his time in Norman, deciding to stay after the Sooners switched back to the wishbone and how he decided to go into coaching. My dad, James Sullivan, made me an OU fan. I can remember the ’76 Orange Bowl when we got beat by Arkansas 31-6. We could’ve had a chance to be No. 1 in the nation. Just those times and watching those teams with Steve Davis and those guys going through. Steve’s son, Bo Davis, played for me when I was at Jenks. He was our second baseman on our state championship team at Jenks in 2000. I always wanted to be a Sooner. My dad grew up in Wagoner and then Hulbert and we always watched them. When they decided they were going to throw the ball, that was something I could do. I definitely wasn’t a pure wishbone quarterback. They brought in David Vickers from Tulsa Hale and they brought in Kyle Irvin from Tulsa Union, the same type quarterbacks I was, and we were going to try to see who was going to throw it. Then halfway through that year, Marcus Dupree left and then in the spring they told us that they were going to go back to the straight wishbone. I knew that was going to be tough for me but I also knew coach (Barry) Switzer said I could play baseball. I was talking to the University of Florida because they had recruited me, but they wouldn’t let me play baseball so I just decided to stick it out there. I got a little bit of time at quarterback in mop-up duty. Obviously Jamelle Holieway was a great quarterback but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was a great experience — a lot of wins, four Big Eight championships, a national championship ring. When Jamelle was there he was a great wishbone quarterback. Troy Aikman had been recruited that winter and he had signed with OU. They went back to the straight wishbone. I can remember talking to my dad saying, “You know, they go back to the wishbone, I’m going to be in trouble but if they decide to throw it again I’m going to be in trouble as well because this guy’s pretty good,” so baseball ended up being my thing. It was really different because back in those days, most people didn’t talk about scholarships like they do now. I was sitting in my English class my junior year and my principal, Mr. Hines, gets me out of class and says there’s a coach from the University of Oklahoma that would like to see you. He can’t talk to you, because it was one of those times, but he’s in the cafeteria and he just wants to see you. So we’re walking down the hall and I go, “What does he want to see me for?” He said, “They might be interested in you playing some football for them and going to school there.” I was like “What? Really?” I walk in there like a piece of meat and walk around, turn around and walk out. I went home and told my parents and they said there will be opportunities that would be possible and they explained everything to me at that point. That was my first experience of possibly getting school paid for on a scholarship to play football, so that was pretty neat. We had some really good baseball teams. In ’85, which was my first spring, we were ranked No. 1 in the nation for about half the season. Bobby Witt was on our team, who was the third pick overall in ’85 by the Rangers. It was a blast, great guys to play with and had a great experience. The complexes they have now aren’t quite what we had. When I got there, our indoor facility was under the east side of the football stadium and we called it Pneumonia Downs. It had barrels that we filled up with wood for heat in the winter. They also had an indoor track that went around there. We had one cage and right next to that cage they had some mounds and behind the mounds they had a storage area—a big wooden storage closet and that’s where the catcher sat. Bobby put so many holes in that wood with the 97 mph fastball. It would scare you to death when you were hitting in the cage. When I got drafted, it was the 29th round and you always kind of doubt yourself a little bit. I hit .300 my first year in Geneva in the New York-Penn League and I realized that I could catch up to the fastball. I could do the things that needed to be done to have a chance to play, so even though I was a 29th-round pick, I was the first player out of our class in 1987 to get to Triple-A. Of course some passed me after that and made it to the big leagues, but one of the things that I prided myself on that helps me as a coach right now is I made sure I could do all the little things that needed to be done within a game to get noticed and progress through the minor leagues up to a higher levels. Obviously there were players with better talent than I that went on to the big leagues, but at least I gave myself a chance. I did that. I gave myself a chance. Do I think I could’ve played in the big leagues? Yeah. Do I think I would’ve stuck in the big leagues? No. But I think I was good enough that I probably could’ve hit .250-.260 in the big leagues, which isn’t quite enough to stick around very long. As I got drafted and got into the minor leagues, just the teaching of the games and listening to guys talk about the strategy of baseball and that sort of thing got my interest going toward coaching. When I finished playing, I went to work for Marriott hotels for a little while and I worked for my father a little bit but in my heart I felt like I wanted to coach, so I went through the alternative placement program after coaching a couple years in the minor leagues and then I got the job at Jenks and was on my way. My old manager for the Cubs, who managed me in Double-A and Triple-A, Jim Essian, who actually had a little bit of big league time with the Cubs as a manager, called me in ’95. That’s when I’d just moved to Oklahoma from Texas from working with my dad. I was in between jobs so I went to play with him that summer. I played about two weeks with him in Pueblo, Colo., and then that folded. Greg Minton, who pitched for San Francisco for a few years and was a closer, was in Lubbock and called me and wanted me to be a player/coach. I did that in ’95 there. And then in ’96 had the same role, didn’t play very much, was mainly the hitting instructor, then when Greg left in ’97-’98 I took over as the manager. I’d lived that lifestyle. The pro ball lifestyle is tough if you’re going to have a family. I got married in ’96, and we had our first child in May of ’98 when I was managing in Lubbock. In the offseason that year I helped out with Jenks with the ninth grade team and got to know the administration pretty good. At the All-Star break of ’98, I flew back home and interviewed with Jenks. They offered me the job. I then resigned from managing the Lubbock team and that’s how I took over at Jenks. It was Jim Essian really that got me interested in coaching. He was really a strategist. He really thought the game out as far as holding runners as a manager, your double steals, your pickoffs, trying to take advantage of every situation, showing you what the teams are trying to do to you in certain situations, was excellent at teaching hitting. That sort of piqued my interest, and then Greg Minton in Lubbock was also a student of the game. He taught me pitching and what guys were trying to do to you and that sort of thing, so that’s the fun part for me is trying to get kids to understand what teams are trying to do to you, how you can take advantage of what they’re doing, how you can keep them from doing things by saying certain things as a manager to give you an element of surprise. So that part of the strategy of baseball really interested me, and those two guys really got me going in that area, and I also love helping kids as well. I’ve always loved doing that. Combine those two and here I am where I am now. Family is super important to me. My parents were always at every game or anything we ever did. I have three brothers and a sister and they were always with us every time they could be there so I always knew how important that was to me to look up in the stands and see them. They weren’t screamers and yellers, but just to know that I had their support. That’s what I wanted to be for my son and my daughter was to be there for them and the things that they experienced. God made that possible for me and I was able to do that and I was able to still provide for my family and still was able to do some of the things that I loved with baseball, so it worked out that way. My wife, Kristie, teaches at Bixby Public Schools and my kids go to school here, so it’s fun.
The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple...
High school notebook: Jakolby Long, Trae Young invited to Nike Elite 100 camp
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 11, 2014The 2016 and 2017 basketball recruiting classes across the state are already shaping up to be very strong, and two of those players recently took another step to prove it. Mustang’s Jakolby Long, who will be a junior, and Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young were both invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp, which is being held this weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 point guard, already has multiple offers, including Oklahoma. Young, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is beginning to pile up offers as well, with both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State showing strong interest. The Nike Elite 100 camp generally takes about 70 players from the upcoming junior class and approximately 30 from the sophomore class. Both players have a strong pedigree as well. Long’s father is Mustang coach Terry Long, and Young is the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young. LITTELL EXPECTED TO ATTEND OSU Stillwater outfielder Jon Littell is expected to attend Oklahoma State after being drafted late in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, his coach confirmed to The Oklahoman. Littell, who was considered by many scouting services to be the state’s top-ranked outfielder, was taken in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals. Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said he has already spoken with Littell and he will play the next three years at OSU, where his father Jim is the women’s basketball coach. Jon Littell hit .446 with five home runs and 39 RBIs this season, helping the Pioneers win their first state championship since 1957. EL RENO’S SCHWERTFEGER STEPS DOWN El Reno is looking for a new football coach for the third time in the last five years. Taylor Schwerdtfeger informed the school last week that he was stepping down to take an assistant coaching position at Alva after one season with the Indians. El Reno went 4-6 last season playing in one of the state’s toughest districts, which included the last two state champions, Guthrie and Carl Albert, as well as McGuinness and Deer Creek. TUTTLE'S OWEN SUSPENDED BY OSSAA Tuttle baseball coach Travis Owen will miss the first half of next season after violating Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules this season. Owen allowed two different freshman players to participate in too many tournaments, exceeding the limit of three tournaments set by the OSSAA. One suited up in four tournaments, while the other suited up in five. However, the two players did not play and that’s a point Owen is arguing. He said he plans to appeal the suspension, which will be for at least 17 games. “It’s one of them things that I feel personally that I thought the rule was kind of vague, because I suited up a kid and it wasn’t because I played a kid,” Owen said. “But them are the rules and I broke them. I don’t want to hurt my team and I don’t want it to be about me. I guess I should be more knowledgeable about the rule and I guess I’ll know it now.” Owen missed the first game of the Class 4A state tournament due to the violation. The Tigers went on to win the Class 4A championship. The OSSAA also suspended Jenks assistant coach Sandy Farrell for one game next season due to his actions following the Trojans’ loss to Stillwater in the Class 6A semifinals on a walk-off walk. He was arguing balls and strikes as umpires left the field following the eight-inning loss. OSSAA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS The OSSAA announced the 12 scholarship winners as part of its program along with Farmers Insurance. Each student honored will receive $750 toward college costs. Winners include Kellan Hostetler of Garber (football); Paige Fingerie of Lincoln Christian (fastpitch softball); Josh Hardage of Washington (boys basketball); Katie McKenna Morrison of Drummong (girls basketball); Nathan Herrman of Stillwater (boys soccer); Aubrey McCutchen of Collinsville (girls soccer); Brian Canfield of McGuinness (baseball); Brittany Bingham of Waukomis (slowpitch softball); Catherine Petty of Stillwater (girls track); Wyatt Johnson of Watonga (boys track); Sarah Carpenter of Stillwater (volleyball); and Cole Reynolds of Woodward (wrestling).
These athletes were honored by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman
All Sports Scholar-Athlete honorees
Jun 7, 2014List of all winners presented by The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Chapter of The National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame and The Oklahoman. Bob Colon Scholarship Presented by The Oklahoman Winners: Landon Nault, Kingfisher; Hayley Redwine, Norman Runner-Up Winners: Cameron Batson, Millwood; Joshua Bedell, Yukon; Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle; Bryan Lilley, Edmond North; Brianna McArthur, Moore; Violet Victoria, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Jim Thorpe Players of the Year Baseball: Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert Basketball (boy): Shawn Olden, Tulsa Union Basketball (girl): Toree Thompson, Broken Arrow Cross County (boy): Ben Barrett, Norman North Cross County (girl): Michaela Werner, Grove Football: Steven Parker, Jenks Golf (boy): Nick Heinen, Edmond North Golf (girl): Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union Soccer (boy): Mauro Cichero, Norman North Soccer (girl): Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union Swimming (boy): Riley Bunyard, Harrah Swimming (girl): Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle Tennis (boy): Bryan Lilley, Edmond North Tennis (girl): Lauren Pickens, Owasso Track & Field (boy): Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek Track & Field (girl): Makayla Stephens, Atoka Volleyball: Josie Gandall, Tulsa Kelley Wrestling: Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville NFF Jim Thorpe/Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame College Players of the Year Blake Bell, Oklahoma Alex Hemberger, Northwestern State Michael Hicks, Southern Nazarene Christian Hood, Central Oklahoma Deandre Jennings, Northeastern A&M Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State Gabe Moyer, Tulsa Kevin Tankerson, Panhandle State NFF High School Football Coaching Award Joe Biddle, Destiny Christian Jody Weber, Davis Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award Gary Howard, Central Oklahoma (retired) Jim Thorpe Appreciation Award Rep. Bobby Cleveland, for his dedication and support of working with the youth programs of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum.
May 31, 2014
The Oklahoma High School Sports Express ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox.
Collected Wisdom: Van Shea Iven, owner and host of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | May 31, 2014Van Shea Iven’s career started with a harmless phone call. Following his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Iven called the KFOR sports department looking to help cover the summer’s All-State games. What happened next was a comical but key moment in the development of high school sports television coverage in Oklahoma. Bob Barry Jr. answered the phone and then asked Robert Allen — while Iven could plainly hear him — if a kid can come help him that week or if he needs to get rid of him. “I heard the whole thing,” said Iven, a Pond Creek native. “Luckily, Robert hem-hawed around and told him to have me there at 9 the next morning.” That started a long tenure with the station before Iven left to start the Oklahoma High School Sports Express, which ends its eight-plus year run Sunday night with its final episode at 10:30 p.m. on Fox. Iven has accepted a position with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and he recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his childhood, career and love for high school sports. I had a great high school experience. We only had football, basketball, baseball and track, but in Pond Creek you did all four, which was fun. You might go to a track meet all day and then leave there at 4 and go play a baseball game in the evening, which was great. I had no idea if I wanted to be a newspaper writer, if I wanted to be a coach, if I wanted to be a sports information director. I never thought about TV, that wasn’t even an option, and I kind of stumbled into it. I had no clue that’s what I wanted to do. Still to this day don’t know if that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t know whether to thank Robert Allen and Bob Barry Jr., or to cuss them. Bob Sr., to get a chance to work with him was fantastic and he was so good to me, just like a second dad. To get a chance to work with “Mr. Sports “in Oklahoma as far as television is concerned and then Bob Barry Jr., it was fantastic. My favorite thing was always high school because I had such a good experience playing high school sports. I realized when the Hornets came here I could see the writing on the wall. I didn’t know it was going to turn into a full-time franchise, but there were rumblings. I could see where high school was going to get left out. I had some coaches and athletic directors and parents always say you should do something like this, so I kind of got the ball rolling and talked to some people. I was at Channel 4 for 17 years. I loved it. I could have stayed there 17 more. I could still be there today and not have any problems with it. But I wish I would have started the Express 10 years earlier. The reason I started the show also was for the smaller schools and the smaller sports. To a slowpitch softball player’s parents in Hinton, them winning a state title in slowpitch softball is every bit as important as it is to the Jenks quarterback’s parents for him to win a state championship. When you get to the smaller schools and show up for a game, the mayor may be taking tickets at the gate, the bank president may be flipping burgers in the concession stand and a farmer may be on the PA. Then when you go to the coffee shop on Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning that’s all the talk. Everybody’s involved and everybody’s a part of it. You don’t have to be Kevin Durant to play high school basketball. Anybody can go out and if you’re in the right situation, you don’t have to be a great player. An average player can play a huge role in high school basketball or any sport in high school. It’s neat to have people come up and say they enjoy my show or something, but it’s also neat for me to get a chance (to do the show) because I know for this cross country kid at Plainview or this soccer player at Santa Fe South or this swimmer from Kingfisher this is probably their only chance to be on TV. If I still wasn’t married or didn’t have a newborn, the Express would be starting Season 18 in August and I would be loving it. I still love it. I’ve got the last show Sunday night and I’m putting as much effort into it as I did the first show in 2006. I’ve had a chance to follow thousands of kids and get a chance to follow their careers, get them on TV and make them feel important, but now my job is more to make a 7-month-old feel important. It sounds probably a little stupid, but if it’s just rocking him to sleep or taking him outside to grab a leaf on a tree, that’s pretty cool to me.
May 25, 2014
Here’s a look at our updated Super 30 as of Monday, May 26.
Oklahoman Super 30 list of the state's top high school football recruits
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 25, 20141. Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, 6-4, 310 Top programs coast to coast are still pursuing the giant Wolverine. 2. Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady, 6-3, 310 Still piling up offers since his decommitment from OU. 3. Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, 6-3, 194 Named the top DB at the Rivals camp in Dallas this spring. 4. Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks, 6-2, 300 The OU commitment can plug the middle as well as anyone. 5. Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 After his breakout junior year, Green has remained on the rise, with Tulsa and Southern Miss among his 15 offers. 6. John Kolar, QB, Norman North, 6-4, 190 In September, he was starting at receiver. In February, he committed to OSU as a QB. 7. Darreyl Patterson, DB, Lawton, 6-0, 165 Like Green, Patterson has been gathering offer after offer, with Memphis the latest to come. 8. Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland, 6-3, 220 Landed an Arkansas offer and promptly committed. 9. McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro, 6-4, 195 Ten offers in the last two weeks for the freakishly athletic Whitfield. 10. Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial, 5-7, 170 (UP) Southern Miss, New Mexico and Arkansas State have extended offers to the class’ most explosive RB. 11. Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko, 6-3, 200 Tulsa was the first to offer a scholarship to the head hunter. 12. Josh Little, DE, Millwood, 6-4, 230 Another fast riser on the recruiting scene, with more big-school offers looming. 13. Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton, 5-10, 185 Recruitment had gone quiet but is picking back up again with Southern Miss extending an offer recently. 14. Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling, 6-6, 310 Making his case as the top OL in the class with Tulsa and North Texas offers already. 15. Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison, 6-2, 190 Incredibly athletic, Mayfield recently got his first offer from Arkansas State. 16. Davion Freeman, DB, Del City, 5-10, 160 His speed and versatility make Freeman desirable. New Mexico is the latest to extend an offer. 17. Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, 6-5, 290 The Wolves’ big, talented tackle recently received an offer from Tulsa. 18. Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall, 6-5, 190 His big body, good arm and athletic ability keep McGinnis on the recruiting radar, though no offers have come in yet. 19. John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee, 6-1, 220 Jacobs settled on East Carolina earlier this month. 20. Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial, 5-10, 170 Speedster has Tulsa and South Dakota offers, with more programs lurking. 21. Aaron McKinney, ATH, Midwest City, 6-4, 190 One of three Bomber defensive players with an offer already, McKinney likely is a LB at the next level. 22. Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North, 6-3, 205 A physical specimen, Booze is still waiting for that first offer. 23. Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher, 6-2, 265 New Mexico and North Texas have extended offers to the powerfully built Jackson, who is on his way to being a four-year Yellowjacket starter. 24. J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-4, 285 Hensley’s big body continues to draw plenty of interest from a variety of programs. 25. Dameko Doddles, ATH, Douglass, 6-2, 185 Emerged as a playmaker down the stretch last season and has continued to impress with his athletic ability this offseason. 26. Denver Johnson, WR, Casady, 6-3, 205 Good size in a recruiting class without many big receiver prospects. 27. Roscoe Gatewood, DB, Midwest City, 5-9, 185 Height could bring some questions, but his strength and speed certainly don’t. 28. Dillon Lohr, ATH, Carl Albert, 6-1, 195 Physically impressive athlete with a versatile skill set that will keep him prominent in the recruiting game. 29. Dakota Troglin, TE, Southmoore, 6-4, 240 No offers yet, but drawing interest from a variety of big programs. 30. Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City, 6-0, 280 Strong defensive tackle just broke through with his first offer, from Air Force.