Altus Bulldogs football
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|2013-08-30||vs||Vernon, Texas||L||14 - 35|
|2013-09-12||@||Lawton Eisenhower||L||11 - 33|
|2013-09-20||vs||Lawton||L||0 - 52|
|2013-09-27||@||Chickasha||W||32 - 29||2 OT|
|2013-10-04||vs||Duncan||L||14 - 34|
|2013-10-10||@||Del City||L||14 - 52|
|2013-10-17||vs||Southeast||W||77 - 7|
|2013-10-25||@||Lawton MacArthur||L||14 - 48|
|2013-11-01||vs||Ardmore||L||34 - 35|
|2013-11-07||@||Capitol Hill||W||47 - 14|
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May 3, 2016
Buntin, who often drove car No. 37, came from a family of competitive racers, including his father Joe Buntin.
Tributes: Local race car driver Dustin Buntin dies at age 36
By Scott Munn | May 3, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Dustin Buntin, 36, of Wheatland was a longtime race car driver who ran at dirt tracks all over Oklahoma. Buntin, who often drove car No. 37, came from a family of competitive racers, including his father Joe Buntin. Dustin raced various types of cars since age 11. His most recent venture was in mini sprints. *Dick Wilkins of Oklahoma City died three days shy of his 82nd birthday. Wilkins was star halfback at Duncan High School in the early 1950s. He was an Oklahoman All-Stater and a prep All-American after running for a school-record 1,799 yards and 27 touchdowns. Wilkins also kicked 33 extra points. Although Wilkins' rushing record was broken in 1996, his 195 points in a season remains a Duncan record. He went on to play at Notre Dame. The career architect was inducted into the Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. *Harry Perkowski, 93, of Beckley, W.Va., played professional baseball for several years in the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs organizations. He played the 1948 season with the Tulsa Oilers, then affiliated with the Reds. The left-handed pitcher had a stellar summer, finishing 22-10 with a 2.98 earned-run average. He returned to Tulsa in 1956 — at the tail end of his career — and finished 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA. A World War II veteran who served in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Worked in law enforcement after baseball. *Carl Martin, 93, of Broken Arrow. The Broken Arrow High School graduate had a passion for baseball. He played it. He coached it. Martin even founded the Broken Arrow Youth Baseball Program. The World War II veteran was a retired postmaster. *Joe Humfleet, 70, of Noble played football at Crooked Oak High School and the University of Tulsa. Humfleet's top memories of playing college football included a game against the Houston Cougars in the Astrodome and competing against Mean Joe Green of North Texas State. After his playing days, he went into coaching and made stops at Crooked Oak, Anadarko, Newcastle, McLoud, Noble and Oklahoma Christian Academy high schools. *George Saffa Jr., 68, of Tulsa was a pharmacist by trade. As a young man, he was involved in various athletics. He was a member of the first cross country team in Tulsa Bishop Kelley High School history. *Joey Clarkson, 25, of Midwest City. He was a dedicated body builder. Liked to watch OU football and Thunder basketball with his father and brothers. *Wes Clevenger, 56, of Tulsa. He was an All-State wrestler at Tulsa Hale High School. He went on to compete at Claremore Junior College, and then stayed involved in the sport by coaching elementary programs in the Tulsa area. Clevenger was also a longtime wrestling official. *Bryce Phillips, 5, of Owasso was a ballplayer. He enjoyed playing basketball, football, soccer and baseball. Bryce loved to run, too. He was given a medal for being a member of the 25-mile club at Catalayah Elementary. *Mike Turk, 65, of Stillwater was a retired principal. Before getting into administration, he was a basketball or baseball coach at Beggs, Keifer and Sperry. Turk returned to his alma mater, Collinsville High School, where he served as athletic director. He was a multisport athlete as a high schooler. *Mike Smith, 63, of Altus. Known by friends as "Smitty," he was an excellent marksman who competed in trap shooting. A member of the Oklahoma Trap Shooting Hall of Fame. Also liked bowling. *Bo McBride, 88, of Lawton played basketball and baseball at Alfalfa High School. *Bud McDaniel, 70, of Norman. A state champion wrestler for Norman High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma wrestling team, before joining the Army. While in the service, McDaniel was an alternate for the Army team that participated in the 1970 World Games in Edmonton. The Vietnam veteran would spend more than 40 years in an industrial business that supplied ball bearings, and gear boxes.
Mar 29, 2016
The Sooners have played their way to the Final Four. It’s been a great ride for OU fans. But it’s been a literal great ride for auxiliary personnel who help make the Sooners go. The Oklahoman talked to five excited people last Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., about the thrills provided by this basketball team. [pagebreak] ALEX PURDY, OU pep band Purdy, a musical performance major from Yukon, plays...
OU basketball: A look at some folks "Along for the Ride" to the Final Four
By Berry Tramel, Columnist, email@example.com | Mar 29, 2016The Sooners have played their way to the Final Four. It’s been a great ride for OU fans. But it’s been a literal great ride for auxiliary personnel who help make the Sooners go. The Oklahoman talked to five excited people last Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., about the thrills provided by this basketball team. [pagebreak] ALEX PURDY, OU pep band [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4178732[/img] Purdy, a musical performance major from Yukon, plays the baritone in the OU pep band. And the Sooners’ breeze through Anaheim — leading both games by double digits the majority of the time — still didn’t make it easy on Purdy to relax. “I’m always stressed,” Purdy said. Purdy also was part of the Pride of Oklahoma that played in the Orange Bowl, a national semifinal this season. “It’s been amazing,” Purdy said of the ride. “To do it in football and basketball, the fun doesn’t end. “Oh man, I can’t image a more fun group to play for. The way they play, the passion they play with, it’s amazing.” Purdy’s favorite moment? “This obviously is amazing, but like in OKC, after we won the second game against VCU, and everybody got the “Buddy” chant going, watching him (Hield) hug Isaiah and Jordan Woodard was just amazing.” [pagebreak] BROCK SCHNEBEL, OU team orthopedist [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4178733[/img] Brock Schnebel is in his 20th year with the OU basketball team, serving as the orthopedist. He is one of the few support people who was around in 2002 for the Sooners’ previous Final Four. “The thing you realize is that it just doesn’t happen as often as you’d like,” Schnebel said. “After you do something like this, you think, ‘oh, it’s going to happen again next year.’ It’s been 14 years. How special it is to be around these kids when they do something like this. I’m just blessed to be around it.” Schnebel said his favorite part of the journey so far was the celebration in Anaheim. “Just how well the kids play and how happy they are and the way they approach the whole thing,” Schnebel said. “They’re just easy to take care of. They want to do well. Just a very positive atmosphere. And the coach (Lon Kruger) makes it that way. It’s a coach-down deal. The coach is just outstanding.” Schnebel noted the similarities between 2002 and 2016. California regional. OU a No. 2 seed. A lovable all-American in Buddy Hield (Hollis Price in 2002). “Same kind of feeling,” Schnebel said. “See the kids get what they want, that’s what it’s all about. See them accomplish what they’ve worked so hard for. The kids have worked so hard in the summer and the offseason, all year long, and they finally get to do something: cut down the nets.” [pagebreak] JACKIE WILLIS, OU fan [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4178731[/img] Jackie Willis followed the team to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament, was in OKC for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and was in Anaheim last weekend. “Awesome. It’s unbelievable,” Willis said while the Sooners celebrated on the Honda Center court. “Can’t get any better than this. The dreams of these guys. This is a special class. Very special.” Willis lives in Snyder, between Lawton and Altus, and has season tickets. He lived away from Oklahoma for 25 years but moved back in the ‘90s. “I’ve got some (air) mileage and hotel points, and I just said, ‘I gotta go.’ This is a special year. Special group of guys. “The (Texas A&M) game the other night with Jordan (Woodard) coming on strong and four people in double digits, and this has got to be special, the crowning. These guys and their parents that I meet are just incredible. Buddy (Hield)’s mom and two brothers, they’ve become so special.” [pagebreak] MALLORY WILSON, OU cheerleader [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4178735[/img] Mallory Wilson is a senior from Edmond Memorial. In high school, she was a cheerleader as Jordan Woodard led the Bulldogs to the Class 6A state championship. “This has been incredible,” Wilson said. “This is so great. It’s so cool to get to cheer for him on this big of a platform again.” Wilson says the spirit squad’s job is to provide the Sooners with some energy, but in truth, “We feed off their energy. It makes it really fun. Whenever they’re playing really well, it’s fun for us to get into the game just as much as they are and try to pump them up just as much as we can.” And a regional final in Anaheim, with a day off between games, isn’t a bad assignment. “We’ve gone to the beach,” Wilson said. “We went to Venice Beach, we went to Hollywood, we went to Huntington Beach. We just kind of play in the sand.” [pagebreak] LUKE MACKAY, OU graduate assistant [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4178734[/img] Luke Mackay was hired away from San Antonio’s McCollum High School in 2014 to work under Lon Kruger. “It’s been unbelievable,” Mackay said. “Almost impossible to put into words. Getting to the Final Four is obviously great, but doing it with such good people … everybody around us. Coach Kruger’s done a fantastic job. “It’s almost too good to be true. You come from coaching a high school on the south side of San Antonio, watching these games on TV, thinking how great it would be just to be there to get a ticket to watch the game, then you’re part of a team that’s going to the Final Four. "In less than two years," he said, "I’ve gone from coaching high school games and worrying about freshman B teams, to now I’m working with possibly the best team in the country, obviously the best player in the country, and one of the best coaches and gentlemen to ever be around the game in Coach Kruger.” Mackay said his favorite part of the journey has been seeing the Sooners from the inside. “Just the way the guys supported each other and pulled together,” Mackay said. “Everybody sees them in the locker rooms after games, but just the way these guys came together as a group and really pull together, without an ounce of selfishness, just pushing in the same direction, is awesome to be around.”
Mar 14, 2016
Ten coaches are set to be honored as part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductions this summer.
High school notebook: Doug Tolin, Gary Howard among OCA Hall of Fame honorees
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Mar 14, 2016Ten coaches are set to be honored as part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductions this summer. Two well-known college coaches are among the group, including Oklahoma Baptist men's basketball coach Doug Tolin. He coached the Bison to the 2010 NAIA title and also coached at Norman High School to the 1999 Class 6A championship. Central Oklahoma football coach Gary Howard is being honored for Distinguished Service, having spent 35 years on the Bronchos' sideline, with 26 of them as the head coach. Also in the Hall of Fame class is Bruce Harrington, whose Lawton Eisenhower boys basketball team just completed its season in the Class 5A semifinals. Ron Lancaster, who coached Enid to the 1983 state football title, and Jenks to the 1993 crown before handing the program over to current coach Allan Trimble, will be inducted, along with Danny Daniels of Hominy, Sulphur's Tony Duck, Alva's Jim Ferguson, Lawton's Clarence Madden, Chickasha's Tim Reynolds and Owasso's Larry Turner. OCA ALL-STATE WRESTLING TEAMS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced its selections for the All-State wrestling duals, to be held at 7 p.m. July 27 at a site in the Tulsa area to be determined. Edmond Memorial's Darren Huff was selected to coach the Large West team against the Large East, coached by Tahlequah's James Rappe. Marlow's Keith Kizarr will coach the Small West, with Bristow's Will Evans leading the Small East. Here are the rosters: Large West: Wes Hardin, Westmoore (113); Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (120); Montorie Bridges, Altus (126); Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (132); Ray Merriman, Del City (138); D.J. Hendrickson, Piedmont (145); Gavin Millhouse, Del City (152); Kalin Winkler, Noble (160); Zaine Jackson, Putnam City North (170); Trevor Long, Noble (182); Kaden Truelove, Mustang (195); Jakobe Walker, Southmoore (220); Taven Birdow, Altus (285). Large East: Mason Naifeh, Tulsa Union (113); Dillon Prutch, Coweta (120); Andrew Nieman, Stillwater (126); Dylan Wright, Pryor (132); Ethan Raper, Glenpool (138); Justin Walker, Collinsville (145); John Woods, Durant (152); Moses Mayhue, Tulsa Union (160); Drew Hinkle, Jenks (170); Isaiah Page, Broken Arrow (182); Beau Wooden, Skiatook (195); Nic Roller, Bixby (220); Griffin Qualls, Coweta (285). Small West: Triston Cortez, Kingfisher (113); Braden Visnieski, Harrah (120); Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (126); Tyson Brown, Elk City (132); Luis Martinez, Clinton (138); Reece Maitlen, Elgin (145); Dayton Garrett, Tuttle (152); Aryion Young, Heritage Hall (160); T.J. Lodermeier, Hinton (170); Seth Fritts, Plainview (182); Jake Swanson, Cache (195); Dalton Hanson, Harrah (220); Dorian Fagan, Plainview (285). Small East: Logan Bryant, Barnsdall (113); Stetson Baker, Blackwell (120); Willie Griffin, Mannford (126); Damon Hail, Cleveland (132); Justice Circle, Blackwell (138); Scout Skidgel, Cascia Hall (145); Chase Pfluger, Tonkawa (152); Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (160); Josh Barrett, Inola (170); Peyton Carmin, Cushing (182); Trent Monk, Locust Grove (195); Branden Ferguson, Catoosa (220); Nathan Martin, Cascia Hall (285). MUSKOGEE'S WILSON WINS GATORADE AWARD Muskogee senior Aaliyah Wilson was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year for a second straight season last week. Wilson is now a finalist for the national award. She was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year last season and was named earlier this season a McDonald's All-American. She averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game, leading the Roughers to last week's Class 6A state tournament. They advanced to the semifinals where they were eliminated in double overtime by eventual champion Midwest City. Wilson has signed with Arkansas and is ranked No. 30 in the 2016 class by ESPN's HoopGurlz rankings. She also has a 3.62 weighted GPA and has volunteered at the Special Olympics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 2 Much 2 Lose. The award recognizes athletic excellence along with academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the court. CASHION'S VAUGHN RANEY COMMITS TO ROGERS STATE One of the Oklahoma City area's top small-school players has made his college decision. Cashion point guard Vaughn Raney, a 6-foot-2 senior, verbally committed to Rogers State, according to his family. Raney averaged 20 points per game over the last two seasons, while also leading the team in rebounds and assists. The Wildcats finished the season 19-7.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Anadarko offensive lineman Kelby Bailey quietly put together his best season of his career, and it paid off Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle became the second football player in school history to sign with a Division I program when he signed a Certificate of Intent with Air Force. “I’m a very humble guy,” Bailey told the Lawton Constitution. “I’m just going to play football...
Anadarko OL Kelby Bailey signs with Air Force
Jacob Unruh | Feb 6, 2016Anadarko offensive lineman Kelby Bailey quietly put together his best season of his career, and it paid off Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle became the second football player in school history to sign with a Division I program when he signed a Certificate of Intent with Air Force. “I’m a very humble guy,” Bailey told the Lawton Constitution. “I’m just going to play football somewhere, and I’ve got to earn my spot when I get there. But I feel very blessed. I’d like to think this could pave the way and open doors for future football players at Anadarko. It’s hard work, of course.” The last Anadarko player to sign with a Division I school from high school was Ron Marvel in the 1960s when he signed with Tulsa. Marvel later coached Anadarko and its current coach Kent Jackson. Bailey is joined by Heritage Hall’s Tevin McDaniel, Altus’ Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial’s Zeke Mammen and John Marshall’s Lenard Leviston III in Air Force’s signing class from the state. Bailey was a three-year starter for the Warriors, but he dealt with knee injuries as a sophomore and junior. He returned after a six-week absence his sophomore year to help the Warriors win a state championship. He missed just one game last season, a Week 10 loss to Weatherford, as the Warriors went 8-3 overall. “He’s always been under the radar,” Jackson said.
Feb 6, 2016
J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: Feed the Children in good hands with J.C. Watts
The Oklahoman Editorials | Feb 6, 2016J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to recover from the poor publicity that accompanied the ousting of founder Larry Jones in 2009. Several leaders have followed. Watts, 58, provides potential long-term stability at the top as president and CEO, which is highly important to any organization. Through his eight years as a member of Congress, and 15 more as head of his own consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Watts has amassed considerable contacts in the corporate and faith communities that will help his efforts to build new support for Feed the Children. He's also a dynamic public speaker, a skill that will only help his cause. Watts told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay this week that Feed the Children has sound infrastructure and organization. His immediate goal, he said, is to spread the word to others “that we're good, fertile soil that they can sow into … and we would love to have them join us.” We wish him and Feed the Children only the best. Caucus chaos Every now and then, some politico will suggest that Oklahoma should shift from presidential primaries to presidential caucuses. Yet the recent outcome in Iowa's Democratic presidential caucus highlights why a simple primary vote may still be the better option. The Des Moines Register reports that in a handful of Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss. In one precinct, the coin toss was chosen due to a dispute over the results “after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings.” Statewide, Hillary Clinton won five delegates via coin toss. (Given the amount of luck involved in that outcome, Clinton might have better spent her time in Vegas that night.) While many romanticize the town-hall style democracy of a caucus, the chaotic reality can lend itself to outcomes that appear far less democratic or fair than those generated by a simple primary vote system. Hashtag diplomacy fail When the Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls, it became trendy to use the #bringbackourgirls hashtag on social media. First lady Michelle Obama even tweeted a photo of herself holding up a sign with that message. What was the result of the Obama administration's “hashtag diplomacy”? The Daily Mail in Britain bluntly noted in a recent article, “The Nigerian girls never were rescued despite high-profile displays of support for military intervention from the first lady and celebrities like Amy Poehler.” And what has become of Boko Haram? The Associated Press reports its latest atrocity involved firebombing huts in Dalori, Nigeria, killing 86 people. A survivor described hearing the screams of children being burned alive. To the surprise of no one (other than perhaps some officials in the Obama administration), barbarians are not impressed by social media prowess, and tweeting is still no substitute for action. Absentee minded Don't like standing in line on Election Day? You can always cast an absentee ballot, and this week the state Election Board made it easier to obtain one. Instead of filling out a printed form requesting an absentee ballot, which has been the norm, registered voters can now submit their requests online via the board's website, http://elections.ok.gov. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever,” said Paul Ziriax, Election Board secretary. Those who choose to vote by mail will receive a ballot in the mail, usually at least a month before the election. Voters can then, at their leisure, fill out the ballot, get it notarized and mail it back. Long road ahead Does the outcome of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses, particularly on the Republican side, truly indicate who the “top” contenders are? Is this race really down to Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida? History suggests you can't read too much into the Iowa results. In 2000, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came in fifth in Iowa, trailing Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer (remember them?). McCain went on to easily win the New Hampshire primary and gave George W. Bush a run for his money for the next several months. The same thing holds true for New Hampshire's primary. In 1992, Bill Clinton declared himself the “comeback kid” after coming in a distant second in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. There's still many votes to be cast and a long way to the finish line in the presidential nominating process. Keep it civil There will plenty of debate this legislative session over education funding, school choice and other issues. Here's a call for voices on both sides to keep the rhetorical low blows to a minimum. Our concern stems from some of the things written by bloggers at #OklaEd, a site that allows educators to use Twitter to “share ideas, resources and inspiration.” One English teacher attached a graphic to his anti-education reform post that said, “Admitting you're an a--hole is the first step.” Writing about Education Savings Accounts, an administrator at Sand Springs said, “If you are a parent who wants to use the Bible as your child's Biology text, ESA's are for you.” Passionate defense of education and educators in Oklahoma is one thing. But such uncivil discourse does little to help the cause. Greener pasture Altus won the Class 5A state football championship in December. This week it lost its coach, Jeremy Reed, after two years on the job. Reed said that as “more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education,” he felt he owed it to his three young children to move to Lake Hamilton High in Pearcy, Ark. That high school and district are rated among the top 25 in Arkansas. However, those who would point to this story as a prime example of Oklahoma's education woes would be off base. Coaches move all the time — Lake Hamilton will be Reed's fifth career stop in nine years. And public education in Arkansas certainly has its concerns. As the Tulsa World's Wayne Greene wrote recently, Oklahoma's ACT results are slightly higher than Arkansas, as is Oklahoma's high school graduation rate. Education Week gives both states Ds in kindergarten through 12th-grade achievement; overall, it ranks Oklahoma a D-plus, Arkansas a C-minus.
Two coaches are critical of Oklahoma education system.
High school notebook: Three football coaches leave state for new jobs
By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Feb 4, 2016Three high school football coaches, including The Oklahoman's All-State Coach of the Year, have taken out-of-state coaching jobs this week. Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler and Grove coach Mike Loyd have taken new positions, along with Altus football coach and athletic director Jeremy Reed, who announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to take over a program in Arkansas. Reed will be the new coach at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Ark., citing Oklahoma's education outlook as his reasoning for leaving. “When some friends of mine told me about the position, I told them on two separate occasions I wasn't interested because I love Altus and I love my kids, my coaches, just everything going on,” said Reed, The Oklahoman's Coach of the Year after leading Altus to the Class 5A state title. “But as time grew on and more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education, I began to think it was more of my responsibility to worry about my 9-year-old, 5-year-old and 6-month old more than anything else. At that point, I told my wife it was my duty to look at what could potentially be a better future for them with not knowing what's going to happen here in this state.” Reed spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, turning the downtrodden program around. Altus was 21-4 in his two seasons. Loyd is moving to Arkansas as well, taking over at Rogers High School. He, too, was critical of the Oklahoma education system, telling the Tulsa World, “We're 49th and working on trying to be in 50th.” Dantzler, who was a state champion track coach at John Marshall before heading to Tulsa Washington, resigned on Wednesday. Originally from Louisiana, Dantzler is taking a head coaching position at Patterson, La. PUTNAM CITY BASKETBALL COURT TO BE NAMED FOR LEGENDARY COACH A.D. BURTSCHI A.D. Burtschi will coach his last home game at Putnam City on the court that will bear his name. Putnam City Schools announced this week that it will name the court A.D. Burtschi Court in honor of its longtime coach in advance of his final home game Feb. 12. The pregame ceremony that night will showcase Burtschi's signature painted on the court near the home bench. In addition, a jersey with Burtschi's name and the number 32 — representing the number of seasons he has coached at Putnam City — will be unveiled. The jersey will hang in the school's Hall of Fame outside the gym. Burtschi will retire after the season following 39 years in coaching and more than 700 wins. In his 32 years at Putnam City, he won four state championships and was state runner-up five more times. Former players and assistant coaches are encouraged to attend his final home game, when the Pirates host rival Putnam City West on Feb. 12. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow at 7:30. LAWTON IKE HIRES BURRIS IN HISTORICAL MOVE Lawton Public Schools named former Capitol Hill football coach Mike Burris the new Lawton Eisenhower football coach Monday night, making history in the process. Burris becomes the school system's first black head football coach, according to the Lawton Constitution. “It's a big deal for the town of Lawton and the black community, but I'm just a coach and I'm just here for the kids.” Burris told the paper. Burris coached at Capitol Hill from 1980-1994 before joining the Lawton Eisenhower staff, where he remained an assistant until recently. He replaces Danny Edelman, who went 5-15 in two years with Lawton Eisenhower. Burris said he is hoping to bring some stability to the program, which drops from Class 6A Division II to 5A the next two seasons. “I was excited,” Burris said. “I thought it was the right time. We've been through three coaches in four years, and I thought it needed stability and someone committed to the program.” CHRISTON COUSINS UNITE AT NEO Dreyvon and Jarviear Christon have long shared the goal of playing Division I football. And the cousins have also dreamed of playing on the same team. Now they're getting ready to accomplish the second goal on the path to hopefully reaching the first. Dreyvon, a defensive back from Putnam City, and Jarviear, a receiver from Lawton MacArthur, both signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College on Wednesday. “Our dream has been to play together, and now we are,” Dreyvon said. “We plan to grind it out and go to a big school together from there, no matter what it takes.” The cousins plan to be roommates, and being on opposite sides of the ball, they'll get the opportunity to practice against each other. OU EXPECTED COMPETITION FOR JOSHUA JACOBS Bob Stoops said he knew that once his staff offered Tulsa McLain's Joshua Jacobs a scholarship, the floodgates could open. “As soon as it happened, we said, ‘Here it goes,'” Stoops said during Wednesday's signing day news conference. “And it did.” Jacobs signed with Alabama on Wednesday, choosing the Crimson Tide over Missouri and Oklahoma. He played quarterback for McLain, rushing for 2,704 yards and 36 touchdowns last season and leading his team to the playoffs. Just in the last two weeks, Jacobs saw his recruitment go from almost nothing to insane. Stoops said his staff thought Jacobs could play slot receiver for the Sooners. He was recruited to Alabama as a running back. “He's an excellent player,” Stoops said.
Feb 4, 2016
ALTUS — Altus football coach and athletic director Jeremy Reed announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to take over a program in Arkansas. Reed will be the new coach at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Ark., citing the state’s education outlook as his reasoning for leaving. “When some friends of mine told me about the position, I told them on two separate occasions I wasn’t interested...
Altus coach Jeremy Reed accepts job in Arkansas
Jacob Unruh | Feb 4, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4072590[/img] ALTUS — Altus football coach and athletic director Jeremy Reed announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to take over a program in Arkansas. Reed will be the new coach at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Ark., citing the state’s education outlook as his reasoning for leaving. “When some friends of mine told me about the position, I told them on two separate occasions I wasn’t interested because I love Altus and I love my kids, my coaches, just everything going on,” Reed said. “But as time grew on and more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education, I began to think it was more of my responsibility to worry about my 9, 5 and 6-month old than anything else. At that point, I told my wife it was I felt my duty to look at what could potentially be a better future for them with not knowing what’s going to happen here in this state.” Reed was The Oklahoman’s All-State Coach of the Year after guiding Altus to the Class 5A state championship, the school’s first since 1971. He spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, turning the downtrodden program around. Altus was 21-4 in his two seasons. “I think it’s been unbelievable what we’ve been able to do,” Reed said. “Walking in there, I didn’t know how broken the program was, to be honest with you. There was a lot of things outside of football and it was tough. For us to be able to go in there and do what we were able to do it took a huge group effort, it took coaches and players and community accepting a vision and everybody jumping on that vision. "It was something that was special to be a part of and something I’ll never forget.” He also coached at Dickson and Coalgate after serving as Ardmore’s offensive coordinator for three years.
Mike Coats Jr. and Jaylon Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends.
Recruiting notebook: Sons of former OU linebackers Coats, Bowden joining up at Lamar
By Jacob Unruh, Scott Wright and Jason Kersey | Feb 3, 2016EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. tweeted his commitment to Lamar on Jan. 16. A few minutes later, so did Jaylon Bowden, a Blinn College (Texas) defensive back. It certainly wasn't a coincidence. Coats and Bowden grew up together and consider each other family. Their fathers Mike Coats and Joe Bowden played together at Oklahoma, becoming best friends. “We didn't plan it at all,” Mike Coats Jr. said. “It's been a dream. We always said it would be cool when we were little.” Coats was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team after recording 104 tackles, a sack and an interception last season. He will also play for former OU center Chuck Langston, who is now Lamar's offensive coordinator. But nothing will top playing with Bowden. “It's kinda like life going in a complete circle,” the elder Coats said. “It's special because a lot of other friends and former Sooners we've talked about that. It's been a blessing for our family and Joe's family to be able to come back together and be able to share that for the next five years.” Another Edmond Santa Fe linebacker, Dillon Hall, signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, returning to the town he called home until a couple years ago. Hall didn't base his decision on being able to return to Miami, OK. But it certainly played a small factor. “I had some options, but I felt NEO was best,” Hall said. “My dad went there, and he really enjoyed it. I love Miami. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to go back. But I think my best opportunity lies there, and if I go there and do good I think I have great things ahead of me.” Hall moved from Miami to Edmond before his junior season. He was joined by four teammates in signing with NEO — offensive linemen Jacob Goss, defensive back Charles Gaines, defensive lineman Diamen House and star running back Darran Williams. GARRETT FOLLOWING MUSTANG COACH'S PATH TO WYOMING Two-and-a-half years ago, Mustang's Chandler Garrett stood in a room at coach Jeremy Dombek's home surrounded by Wyoming football memorabilia. Now Garrett is about to be immersed in Wyoming football once again, only this time as a player, following in his coach's footsteps. “It's really ironic, because he was No. 11 and I'm No. 11,” the 6-5, 210-pound Garrett said Wednesday after signing his letter of intent with the Cowboys. “He played at Nebraska , and I'll play there in my second game. There are a lot of cool things like that. I think it's definitely where I'm supposed to be.” Much of the Wyoming coaching staff, led by Craig Bohl, was at North Dakota State when it began its run of Division I FCS national titles. While there, Bohl's staff recruited Carson Wentz, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback who is being speculated as a potential a top-five pick in this year's NFL Draft. “That coaching staff, they know what they're doing,” Dombek said. “They've sold out to recruiting Oklahoma kids. They like big, physical, tough quarterbacks. “It's a good fit. They think Chandler's a competitor, and they wanted him from the get-go.” Along with Garrett, tight end Bryce Roberts signed with New Mexico State and safety Kiante Miles signed with Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. HERITAGE HALL'S MCDANIEL, LOVE FIND IDEAL FITS Heritage Hall star Tevin McDaniel already has a date circled on his calendar two seasons into his college career at Air Force. Sept. 16, 2017, a game in the Big House against Michigan. “It's not like we're playing other teams,” McDaniel said. “These are teams that compete for national championships and we get to go play them.” McDaniel signed a Certificate of Intent with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, pledging to join the academy that has hit Oklahoma hard this recruiting season. He was joined Wednesday by Altus star Taven Birdow, Edmond Memorial linebacker Zeke Mammen and John Marshall quarterback Lenard Leviston III. “There's a lot of good places elsewhere, but you look at Air Force and you think benefits,” McDaniel said. But when he first approached his mom Kartina about committing, she wasn't having it. “My initial thought was no way,” she said. “I'm not from a military family. My husband has some members in his family. Man, after the first time going up there, though, being part of the facility and understanding more of what the academy is offering all of those fears went out of my mind.” McDaniel said he wants to be a physical therapist and will major in behavioral sciences. He was especially excited to hear Birdow had signed Wednesday, which could lead to a powerful backfield with the duo that made The Oklahoman's All-State team. “From what I've heard, the dude is an animal on the football field,” McDaniel said. “I can't wait to get down there and get practicing to see what we can do together.” All Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love needed was a visit to Texas Southern's campus in Houston to seal the deal. The powerful senior known as “Tank,” did that last week, met his father's former Langston coach and reaffirmed his commitment to the university. “It played a little role,” Love said about his father, Terrell, playing for offensive line coach John Montgomery. “It was pretty cool I could play for someone who coached my dad. There's some trust between them. They still talk to this day. It's cool to think I'll be able to do that.” The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Love rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns last season while helping the Chargers win a second straight state championship. He finished his career fourth on the school's all-time scoring list, behind Wes Welker, Barry J. Sanders and Sterling Shepard. NORMAN NORTH'S HOGAN WAITING TO SIGN Norman North running back Quan Hogan did not sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, choosing to wait until after his upcoming visit to Southeast Missouri State to make a decision. Hogan, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, held offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Ohio, Tulsa and Wyoming, but those schools' classes filled up while Hogan waited to make a commitment. He recently picked up the offer from Southeast Missouri State, Timberwolves coach Brent Barnes said, and is setting up a visit there soon. Hogan — ranked No. 26 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list — rushed for 1,309 yards and 28 touchdowns last season for the Timberwolves, and finished his high school career with 5,046 yards from scrimmage with 65 total touchdowns. DEL CITY'S TERRY WILSON SEALS THE DEAL WITH OREGON About six weeks after he made it sort-of-official, Del City's Terry Wilson made it officially official. And next month, it'll be real life. The Eagles' quarterback signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon in December, but he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, alongside five of his teammates who signed with other college football programs. Wilson is on track to complete his high school coursework in the next couple of weeks, and he'll enroll at Oregon for the start of their spring term in March to take part in spring practice. “This seals the deal,” Wilson said. “I'll be in Oregon next month. I can't wait to get up there, try to get up the depth chart and possibly get on the field next year.” In addition to Wilson, Walter Watson signed with Missouri State, Sean Talley signed with Emporia State, Jeremiah Wilson and Percy Craig signed with Langston and Asjon Reeves signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State. Over their four-year high school careers, those players helped Del City reach the playoffs each season. “I feel like we left a legacy here,” Watson said. “The four years we were here, we really did big stuff, the whole 2016 class that we had here.”
Feb 2, 2016
Several Oklahoma high school prospects have yet to announce their college decisions, with National Signing Day bearing down on them.
Football recruiting: Looking at Oklahoma's top prospects with decisions to make
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Feb 2, 2016Several Oklahoma high school prospects have yet to announce their college decisions, with National Signing Day bearing down on them. Here's a look at three state prospects with decisions to make: JOSHUA JACOBS Position: Running back Height, weight: 5-10, 200 Stars (service): 3 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), 3 (ESPN), 4 (247Sports) School: Tulsa McLain Announcing at: TBA Choosing between: Alabama, Missouri and others. Jacobs' list of prospective schools remains in flux because several of them have only offered within the last few days. He told the Tulsa World on Sunday that his recruiting remains “wide open” and he might not even sign on Wednesday as he contemplates his options. JEREMY LEWIS Position: Running back Height, weight: 6-1, 195 Stars (service): 2 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), N/A (ESPN), 2 (247Sports) School: Lone Grove Announcing at: TBA Choosing between: Nebraska, Memphis, Arkansas State and others Lewis decommitted from Arkansas State last month and his phone has been ringing like crazy lately as he tries to sort out his future. Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said Monday that Lewis likely won't sign on Wednesday. TAVEN BIRDOW Position: Running back Height, weight: 6-1, 215 Stars (service): 2 (Rivals), 3 (Scout), N/A (ESPN), 3 (247Sports) School: Altus Announcing at: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Choosing between: Air Force and Navy The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year, Birdow played fullback in Altus' flexbone offense. He recently announced his final choices out of the four offers he held.
Jan 31, 2016
Signing day is Wednesday, and plenty of Oklahoma recruits are undecided where they want to play college football.
The Oklahoman's Super 30: State's top two prospects still uncommitted
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 31, 2016National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday, and with more than 60 Oklahoma players holding Division I scholarship offers, it looks to be one of the busiest signing days the state has seen. Here is The Oklahoman's fifth and final edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016: 1. Tramonda Moore, OL, John Marshall, 6-5, 350 Likely to announce his decision on signing day, Moore is looking hardest at OU and OSU, with Alabama and maybe a couple others still in the picture as well. 2. Calvin Bundage, DB, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 200 Bundage has taken all of his visits and said his top five — OSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan and Oregon — but Arkansas also remains heavily involved. 3. Terry Wilson, QB, Del City, 6-3, 190 Wilson signed a financial aid agreement with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll when their spring semester begins in March. 4. Joshua Jacobs, RB, Tulsa McLain, 5-10, 200 The most intriguing prospect on this list the last month, Jacobs exploded after rushing for 2,700 yards as a senior. He has offers from OU, Alabama, Missouri and a few others, and was expected to make trips to Missouri and Alabama over the weekend. 5. Tyler Brown, OL, Lexington, 6-6, 315 The former TCU commitment remains firmly committed to OSU, a place he said he prefers due to having friends already there attending school. 6. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 OU was the first to offer him nearly a year ago, and he promptly committed. His prospects for early playing time are intriguing with the Sooners' vacancies at LB. 7. Dillon Stoner, WR, Jenks, 6-0; 180 A player who simply made plays on offense, defense or special teams, Stoner could excel once he's locked into one role on the Cowboys' receiving corps. 8. Logan Roberson, OL, Harrah, 6-5, 320 Roberson signed a financial aid agreement with OU in December and has already enrolled in Norman, looking to make an early impact up front. 9. Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 A long-time Boise State commitment, Wilson recently flipped to Missouri, where his father, Curtis, played in the 1980s. 10. Justice Hill, RB, Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 OSU snagged Hill early, and held onto him, despite pursuit from Houston and others. His versatile style is well-suited for the Cowboys' offense. 11. Noah Jones, DE, Southmoore, 6-5, 250 His powerful lower body makes the Texas Tech commit an intriguing prospect once he gets to Lubbock. 12. Austin Quillen, DB, Jenks, 6-0, 190 A linebacker at Jenks, Quillen shifts to a more natural defensive back spot at Vanderbilt. Also had offers from Iowa, Arizona, Washington State and others. 13. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 Decommitted from Arkansas State last month and says he's looking hardest at Nebraska, Memphis and Tulsa as he takes his decision down to the wire. 14. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 The big man remains committed to Tulsa, where he was scheduled to visit over the weekend. 15. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah, 6-1, 230 Ideally built to be a middle linebacker, McKinney is Kansas State's only Okie commit in this year's class. 16. Dae Williams, RB, Sapulpa, 6-2, 230 The big, powerful back turned heads with a strong senior season, and ultimately flipped his commitment from SMU to Louisville. 17. Kyle Mayberry, DB, Tulsa Washington, 5-11, 170 Opponents avoided him much of the season, and he could have a chance for early playing time at Kansas. 18. Jace Webb, OL, Hollis, 6-4, 310 A powerful run blocker in the Hollis offense that keeps the ball almost exclusively on the ground, but his athleticism will help him adapt to pass blocking at Wyoming. 19. Alex Criddle, OL/DL, Tulsa Edison, 6-4, 310 Previously committed to Tulane, Criddle flipped to Purdue in December. 20. Jackson Winrow, WR, Shawnee, 6-2, 180 Winrow makes his debut on the list after a breakout senior season with more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. He recently committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville. 21. Jordan Brown, WR, Stillwater, 6-3, 195 Brown remains committed to Tulsa despite offers from Arkansas State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech and Wyoming. 22. Rico Bussey, WR, Lawton Eisenhower, 6-1, 170 The playmaker recently became Oklahoma-native Seth Littrell's first Oklahoma commitment at North Texas since he took the job. 23. Chandler Garrett, QB, Mustang, 6-5, 210 One of three Oklahoma players committed to Wyoming, Garrett is currently the only quarterback in the Cowboys' signing class. 24. Taven Birdow, RB, Altus, 6-1, 215 The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year has narrowed his choices down to Air Force and Navy. 25. Blake Williams, TE, Mustang, 6-5, 225 Sidelined much of his career by illness, Williams earned offers from North Carolina and Illinois, while drawing attention from several other schools this season. 26. Quan Hogan, RB, Norman North, 6-1, 220 Hogan has mostly remained quiet about his recruiting, though he quit basketball to focus on getting prepared for the future. Has offers from Tulsa, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas State and Colorado State. 27. K.J. Wells, ATH, Idabel, 6-4, 185 A prolific playmaker, Wells had verbally committed to Wyoming over seven other Division I offers — including OSU and TCU — but recently switched to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. 28. Chandler Anthony, OL, Tuttle, 6-7, 285 After missing his junior season with an injury, Anthony returned and garnered five Division I offers. He recently committed to Illinois State. 29. T.J. Fiailoa, OL, Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 The Highlanders' leader verbally committed to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, choosing the Warhawks over Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. 30. Nyc Burns, QB, Berryhill, 6-5, 180 Burns burst onto the scene this season — his only as a starting quarterback — and plans to be a preferred walk-on at OSU, turning down multiple Division I scholarship offers.
Dineen's best season in Oklahoma City was in 1978, when he batted .345 over 116 games.
Tributes: Former 89ers baseball player Kerry Dineen dies at 63
By Scott Munn | Jan 25, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Kerry Dineen, 63, of Henderson, Nev., played parts of three baseball seasons with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Dineen's best season in Oklahoma City was in 1978, when he batted .345 over 116 games. The outfielder was a three-time All-American at the University of San Diego before being drafted by the New York Yankees. He played briefly in the majors with the Yanks and the Philadelphia Phillies. *Ellis Jenkins, 84, of Tulsa. He earned a basketball scholarship to Tulsa out of Argentine High School in Kansas. Jenkins helped TU to the National Invitation Tournament in 1953. The corporate tax accountant for Shell Oil continued to follow the Golden Hurricane, often attending home and road games for the football and basketball teams. *Richard Lawrence Sr., 81, of Montgomery, Texas. The former Tulsa resident built and raced cars. Also raced boats and motorcycles. *Jim Sisler, 76, of Tulsa played tennis each week up until last October. The retired firefighter was a master ping pong player, sometimes using a mayonnaise lid as a paddle. *Richard Eddy, 86, of Broken Arrow was a longtime high school football coach. Stops included Warner, Vinita, Broken Arrow and Tulsa Memorial — the latter of which he led to a state championship in 1980. Eddy coached the Oklahoma team in the 1983 Oil Bowl and was added to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989. As a youngster, Eddy was an All-State tackle from Checotah. He earned a scholarship to Tulsa, where he played two seasons before joining the Navy during the Korean War. After the military, Eddy played one year of football at Northeastern State in Tahlequah. *Rudy Migay, 87, of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound center played several years in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His last season as professional was 1964-65, when he was a player/coach for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Migay's post-playing days were spent as a minor-pro coach or NHL scout. *Bill McLaughlin, 77, of Oklahoma City was an avid bowler. He was a member of the American Bowling Congress and was a director for the Oklahoma City Men's Bowling Association. *Dr. Charles Graybill, 96, of Lawton. He held OU football season tickets for 65 years. *Bud Harris, 88, of Oklahoma City played football, baseball and tennis for Classen High School. He coached Little League baseball and the Quail Creek Ladybugs softball team. A tennis player who traveled to Arizona and California to play in club tournaments. He attended the French Open as a fan. *Glenn Leak, 92, of Oklahoma City. He played high school football at Prague. A World War II veteran. *Ruth Price Watkins, 53, of Tulsa. She played softball as a youngster. As an adult, Watkins was a golfer and runner. *Sam Terry, 79, of Clinton was an avid cyclist who rode in the famous "Hotter 'N Hell Hundred" in Wichita Falls, Texas. *Johnny Beeler, 48, Alva. The social studies and history teacher also coached football in Alva and Arizona. *Tubby Dillingham, 97, Altus. He played basketball for Blair High School. A big Thunder fan who was a cotton and wheat farmer for more than 70 years. *P.D. Fergeson, 73, of Oklahoma City coached youth wrestling. *James Colbert, 71, of Tulsa coached high school football before spending 35 years in the Army National Guard.
Brock coached football, wrestling and track during a period in which Choctaw grew from a Class 2A school to a Class 5A school.
Former Choctaw High coach Brock dies
By Scott Munn | Jan 19, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Bob Brock, 70, of Choctaw. Spent 30 years in the Choctaw school system either as a coach or administrator. He coached football, wrestling and track during a period in which Choctaw grew from a Class 2A school to a Class 5A school. The Yellowjackets' wrestling team had eight winning seasons under Brock; he also guided the football program to four playoff appearances. He was inducted into the Choctaw Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. • Buster Clary, 96, of Norman was a state golf champion in 1939. Went on to become assistant golf pro at Twin Hills Country Club. After returning from World War II, the Army veteran became the golf pro at the Shawnee Elks Club and later the Hillcrest Country Club. One of Clary's favorite things was to teach children how to play the game. • Myron Cordum, 84, of Boise, Idaho. Bristow native who played college football at Northeastern A&M and Central Oklahoma. A physician who loved to go hunting with son Nic. • David Martin, 92, of Chattanooga, OK. Attended Cameron Junior College in Lawton, where he was on the Aggies' boxing team. The World War II veteran was in agriculture by trade. • Melvin Hatley, 83, of Oklahoma City was a leader in the thoroughbred and quarter horse racing industry. He owned Life's Magic, a two-time Eclipse Award winner. The Eclipse Award is the most prestigious honor in thoroughbred racing. • Joe Junkin, 67, of Lindsay, Ontario, was a goaltender for the Oklahoma City Blazers over the 1968-70 seasons. Spent most of his big-league career in the World Hockey Association with the New York Golden Blades. • Wallace Ledford, 74, of Broken Arrow loved motorsports so much that he started his own racing team. • Robert Briggs, 89, of Bartlesville played senior league baseball while living in Aurora, Colo. A pipeline supervisor for Phillips Petroleum. • Katie Stubblefield, 14, of Little Axe enjoyed Special Olympics and swimming. • Eldon Adler, 89, of Weatherford. Played third base for Weatherford High School. As a member of the Weatherford Kiwanis Club, he helped organize one of the state's top Little League baseball programs. Also competed in bowling leagues, carrying a 180 average well into his 70s. • Evelyn Barcus Stuart, 85, of Oklahoma City was a champion bowler. She won several WIBC tournaments and competed until 2014. Inducted into the Oklahoma City Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008. • Roy McGehee, 76, of Jesse enjoyed team roping with his son, Bill. As a young man, Roy was mentored by rodeo great Everett Shaw. Worked for the state highway department. • Ronnie Bratcher, 74, of Roff. Played basketball and baseball for Roff High, before beginning a career with TG&Y Stores. • William Daniels, 83, of Oklahoma City was in rodeo for several years. He participated in bareback and saddle bronc riding, and then calf roping and team roping. Daniels was instrumental and bringing the Healdton rodeo back to life in the 1970s. • Bill Raven, 73, of Bernice participated in calf roping and team roping. • Ernest Penner, 76, of Moore. A Fairview native who lettered in high school football. • Herbert Brannan, 88, of Altus. A Moundsville, W.Va., native where he played high school football. The career Air Force man enjoyed both OU and OSU sports and the Pittsburgh Steelers. • Billy Ray Lindley, 88, of Norman quarterbacked Newcastle High School. • Frank Thurber, 80, of Moore played basketball at Crooked Oak High School. He earned an athletic scholarship to play ball at Oklahoma City University under coach Abe Lemons, but Thurber's collegiate career was cut short when he was diagnosed with polio. Owned the Chuck House restaurants. • Larry Maloney, 71, of Oklahoma City. He was a civil service worker at Tinker Air Force Base. He ran the base's volleyball league. Also umpired softball for the ASA and the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. Followed the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Cubs and Oklahoma Sooners.
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman North
NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question.Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program.On Tuesday morning,...
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman North
Scott Wright, Associated Press | Jan 6, 2016NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question. Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program. On Tuesday morning, he re-enrolled at Norman North after the school approved his appeal of the disciplinary punishment. As far as the Norman school district is concerned, Waters is now in good standing. But since he played at Sunrise, though only briefly, he became ineligible for 365 days by OSSAA rules. Waters told the Norman Transcript that he returned to be back with his family, and in school with his longtime friends. “At the end of the day, I thought it's just much more than basketball,” he told the newspaper. “I'm not sure what my eligibility is, but if it works out, I'll definitely come back and play. If not, I'm fine with being a student.” Waters said he has been in contact with OSU coach Travis Ford and has the coach's support, regardless of what happens with the remainder of his high school career. Waters can apply for an OSSAA hardship to become eligible immediately. Norman officials reached out to the OSSAA to clarify Waters' current eligibility status, but as of Tuesday afternoon, no hardship paperwork had been filed with the organization. Waters told the Transcript that playing at Sunrise was “a lot like college, a lot of time in school and basketball. It's just a business.” Whether or not Waters gets to play another high school game, his story is a cautionary tale to high school students. For one, whether a student is a Division I-caliber athlete or not, decisions have consequences. And two, prep schools might be the right choice for some, and might be a necessary step for others. But they're not for everybody. BASKETBALL'S FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WEEKEND OF 2016 ARRIVES If you're looking for reasons not to watch Oklahoma high school basketball, you're running out of excuses fast — and Tuesday night was a prime example of the talent level around here. Edmond North is the hottest team around, following Old Dominion signee Tre Evans' 33-point outing to lead the Huskies to an 18-point win over No. 1 Mustang. Trae Young, with OU, OSU, Duke and Kentucky among the teams intensely recruiting him, had 34 points and 11 assists in a win over Edmond Memorial. SMU-bound Dashawn McDowell of Southeast had a triple-double, with 42 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Class 3A Heritage Hall out-dueled Class 4A Harrah in a tightly contested battle of No. 1-ranked teams. And that doesn't even touch on all the impressive performances from Tuesday night. With big tournaments all around the state Thursday-Saturday, there will be plenty of chances to see some quality hoop action. Norman North and Edmond Memorial, with OU signee Kristian Doolittle, will be in a stout field at the McGuinness Classic. The Putnam City Invitational is solid as usual, with the boys playing at PC North and the girls at PC West. Westmoore's girls have Tulsa Washington and Sapulpa coming in for their annual tournament, giving OKC-area fans a chance to see OU signee Chelsea Dungee of Sapulpa in person. HERITAGE HALL'S TERRELL LOVE COMMITS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love has found a college home. The 5-foot-9, 230-pound bruiser known as “Tank” by his teammates verbally committed to Texas Southern, a Division I FCS school, on Tuesday. Love confirmed his commitment to The Oklahoman along with Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert. The offer was his first from a Division I university. Love, who was on The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team, rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns while helping the Chargers win a second straight Class 3A state championship. He rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. For his career, he rushed for 3,548 yards and 67 scores. MILLWOOD'S MICHELBY DAVIS, ALTUS' TAVEN BIRDOW ADD OFFERS Millwood defensive end Michelby Davis added another Division I FCS scholarship offer this week, with South Dakota joining the mix. And Altus running back Taven Birdow, The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year, picked up an offer from Navy. Davis, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, had 48 tackles and 16 sacks in nine games during his senior season, also playing tight end for the Falcons. Western Illinois had previously offered Davis as well. Birdow rushed for 2,472 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading Altus to the Class 5A state championship. His offer list now includes all three service academies, along with Southern Miss and Richmond. The 2016 recruiting class has lived up to the expectation as one of the most talented in state history. It has elite prospects at the top, and incredible depth, with more than 60 players holding Division I offers right now. EDMOND NORTH'S AWEAU STEPS DOWN AS VOLLEYBALL COACH State champion Edmond North will be looking for a new volleyball coach. Kimo Aweau stepped down this week after leading the Huskies to the Class 6A title in October. Edmond North went 32-1, earning Aweau The Oklahoman's All-City Coach of the Year honor. The Huskies graduate some key players, but also return some talent, led by Grace Frohling. The 6-foot-3 freshman has already begun to draw recruiting attention on a national scale. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040508,t000003183
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman NorthJan 6, 2016
Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program.
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 6, 2016NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question. Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program. On Tuesday morning, he re-enrolled at Norman North after the school approved his appeal of the disciplinary punishment. As far as the Norman school district is concerned, Waters is now in good standing. But since he played at Sunrise, though only briefly, he became ineligible for 365 days by OSSAA rules. Waters told the Norman Transcript that he returned to be back with his family, and in school with his longtime friends. “At the end of the day, I thought it's just much more than basketball,” he told the newspaper. “I'm not sure what my eligibility is, but if it works out, I'll definitely come back and play. If not, I'm fine with being a student.” Waters said he has been in contact with OSU coach Travis Ford and has the coach's support, regardless of what happens with the remainder of his high school career. Waters can apply for an OSSAA hardship to become eligible immediately. Norman officials reached out to the OSSAA to clarify Waters' current eligibility status, but as of Tuesday afternoon, no hardship paperwork had been filed with the organization. Waters told the Transcript that playing at Sunrise was “a lot like college, a lot of time in school and basketball. It's just a business.” Whether or not Waters gets to play another high school game, his story is a cautionary tale to high school students. For one, whether a student is a Division I-caliber athlete or not, decisions have consequences. And two, prep schools might be the right choice for some, and might be a necessary step for others. But they're not for everybody. BASKETBALL'S FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WEEKEND OF 2016 ARRIVES If you're looking for reasons not to watch Oklahoma high school basketball, you're running out of excuses fast — and Tuesday night was a prime example of the talent level around here. Edmond North is the hottest team around, following Old Dominion signee Tre Evans' 33-point outing to lead the Huskies to an 18-point win over No. 1 Mustang. Trae Young, with OU, OSU, Duke and Kentucky among the teams intensely recruiting him, had 34 points and 11 assists in a win over Edmond Memorial. SMU-bound Dashawn McDowell of Southeast had a triple-double, with 42 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Class 3A Heritage Hall out-dueled Class 4A Harrah in a tightly contested battle of No. 1-ranked teams. And that doesn't even touch on all the impressive performances from Tuesday night. With big tournaments all around the state Thursday-Saturday, there will be plenty of chances to see some quality hoop action. Norman North and Edmond Memorial, with OU signee Kristian Doolittle, will be in a stout field at the McGuinness Classic. The Putnam City Invitational is solid as usual, with the boys playing at PC North and the girls at PC West. Westmoore's girls have Tulsa Washington and Sapulpa coming in for their annual tournament, giving OKC-area fans a chance to see OU signee Chelsea Dungee of Sapulpa in person. HERITAGE HALL'S TERRELL LOVE COMMITS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love has found a college home. The 5-foot-9, 230-pound bruiser known as “Tank” by his teammates verbally committed to Texas Southern, a Division I FCS school, on Tuesday. Love confirmed his commitment to The Oklahoman along with Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert. The offer was his first from a Division I university. Love, who was on The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team, rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns while helping the Chargers win a second straight Class 3A state championship. He rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. For his career, he rushed for 3,548 yards and 67 scores. MILLWOOD'S MICHELBY DAVIS, ALTUS' TAVEN BIRDOW ADD OFFERS Millwood defensive end Michelby Davis added another Division I FCS scholarship offer this week, with South Dakota joining the mix. And Altus running back Taven Birdow, The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year, picked up an offer from Navy. Davis, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, had 48 tackles and 16 sacks in nine games during his senior season, also playing tight end for the Falcons. Western Illinois had previously offered Davis as well. Birdow rushed for 2,472 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading Altus to the Class 5A state championship. His offer list now includes all three service academies, along with Southern Miss and Richmond. The 2016 recruiting class has lived up to the expectation as one of the most talented in state history. It has elite prospects at the top, and incredible depth, with more than 60 players holding Division I offers right now. EDMOND NORTH'S AWEAU STEPS DOWN AS VOLLEYBALL COACH State champion Edmond North will be looking for a new volleyball coach. Kimo Aweau stepped down this week after leading the Huskies to the Class 6A title in October. Edmond North went 32-1, earning Aweau The Oklahoman's All-City Coach of the Year honor. The Huskies graduate some key players, but also return some talent, led by Grace Frohling. The 6-foot-3 freshman has already begun to draw recruiting attention on a national scale. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 24, 2015
Earlier this week, the first-team selections of the 103rd All-State football team visited The Oklahoman offices. We asked them all several questions, including this one: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
High school football: All-State football players and their holiday traditions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Dec 24, 2015Earlier this week, the first-team selections of the 103rd All-State football team visited The Oklahoman offices. We asked them all several questions, including this one: What is your favorite holiday tradition? Here's what some of them had to say: Jayden Benway, DB, Altus: Playing horseshoes. B.J. Bradbury, DB, Adair: Watching ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas' with my family. Rowdy Frederick, OL, Broken Arrow: On Christmas, getting to be with family, opening presents and just spending time with them. Luther Harris, OL, Heritage Hall: Going to my Grandpa's house on Christmas. Tré Lang, DB, Haskell: Going to eat at my great-grandma's with my family. Jeremy Lewis, RB, Lone Grove: Eating, cracking jokes and spending the day with loved ones. Grant Martin, RB, Harrah: Watching Christmas movies with my family. Tevin McDaniel, WR, Heritage Hall: My favorite family holiday tradition is eating honey ham, sweet potatoes, and mac and cheese. Jimmy McKinney, LB, Oologah: Christmas Eve at Grandma's house. Dillon Stoner, DB, Jenks: Nothing special, just spending time with each other and eating. Jon-Michael Terry, LB, Victory Christian: Going with my family to pick out a Christmas tree.
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 13, 2015The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa Washington (1) 10-1 4. Bartlesville (2) 10-2 5. Lawton (5) 8-2 6. Midwest City (6) 6-4 7. Stillwater (7) 5-6 8. Choctaw (8) 5-6 9. Muskogee (9) 4-6 10. Putnam City West (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None *-Forfeited two games for using ineligible player. Class 5A 1. Altus (3) 13-1 2. Collinsville (9) 8-5 3. Lawton MacArthur (1) 11-1 4. Skiatook (2) 12-1 5. McGuinness (5) 10-3 6. McAlester (4) 10-2 7. Deer Creek (6) 8-4 8. Ardmore (8) 8-3 9. Coweta (7) 7-4 10. Tulsa Kelley (10) 7-3 Dropped out: None Class 4A 1. Wagoner (1) 14-0 2. Oologah (3) 11-3 3. Poteau (2) 12-1 4. Harrah (5) 7-4 5. Weatherford (6) 8-4 6. Cascia Hall (8) 7-5 7. Tuttle (7) 10-1 8. Anadarko (4) 8-3 9. Cache (9) 8-3 10. Clinton (10) 6-6 Dropped out: None Class 3A 1. Heritage Hall (1) 15-0 2. Lincoln Christian (3) 14-1 3. Jones (4) 13-1 4. Lone Grove (NR) 10-4 5. Locust Grove (2) 12-1 6. Roland (8) 11-2 7. Hilldale (5) 12-1 8. Plainview (10) 9-3 9. Sulphur (NR) 9-4 10. John Marshall (7) 10-2 Dropped out: Victory Christian (6) 9-2; Meeker (9) 9-3 Class 2A 1. Adair (1) 14-1 2. Haskell (7) 13-2 3. Chisholm (2) 13-1 4. Davis (5) 9-4 5. Washington (3) 11-2 6. Vian (6) 10-3 7. Kingston (8) 10-2 8. Luther (4) 11-1 9. Lindsay (10) 10-2 10. Prague (NR) 9-5 Dropped out: Millwood (9) 6-3 Class A 1. Stratford (1) 15-0 2. Cashion (8) 12-3 3. Hollis (2) 12-1 4. Ringling (3) 11-1 5. Hominy (6) 12-2 6. Mooreland (4) 12-1 7. Minco (5) 10-2 8. Talihina (9) 10-2 9. Kiefer (7) 10-2 10. Thomas (10) 9-3 Dropped out: None Class B 1. Davenport (2) 14-0 2. Keota (3) 12-1 3. Dewar (4) 11-2 4. Weleetka (7) 9-4 5. Alex (1) 11-1 6. Seiling (5) 10-2 7. Geary (6) 10-2 8. Pioneer (8) 8-4 9. Turpin (9) 8-3 10. Laverne (10) 8-3 Dropped out: None Class C 1. Shattuck (5) 12-1 2. Coyle (4) 13-1 3. Grandfield (2) 11-1 4. Cherokee (1) 11-1 5. Fox (3) 11-1 6. Deer Creek-Lamont (7) 10-2 7. Tipton (6) 8-3 8. Timberlake (8) 7-5 9. Webbers Falls (9) 8-3 10. Thackerville (10) 7-4 Dropped out: None
One week remains in the high school football season with three state championships remaining. Six were decided this week, and fans across the state can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance from every championship and semifinal game. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in...
VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Dec 6, 2015One week remains in the high school football season with three state championships remaining. Six were decided this week, and fans across the state can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance from every championship and semifinal game. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Wednesday and the results of the poll will appear in Thursday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Gabe Barton, Altus: After missing a 53-yard field goal and an extra-point attempt, Barton made the game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Class 5A championship, a 31-28 win over Collinsville. He actually made the kick twice due to Collinsville calling timeout before the first attempt. B.J. Bradbury, Adair: What didn’t Bradbury do during Adair’s 44-14 rout of Chisholm in a Class 2A semifinal? He passed for 190 yards, ran for 169 and accounted for three touchdowns. He also had three interceptions while playing defense. Braxton Bruce, Shattuck: The running back had a big night as Shattuck returned to the top of Class C with a 60-14 win over Coyle for the school’s first title since 2011. Bruce rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Case Cochran, Cashion: As Cashion dominated Ringling on both sides of the ball in a 32-6 Class A semifinal win, Cochran stood out on both sides. He caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording a sack and recovering a fumble. Nikia Jones, Wagoner: The 6-foot-4 receiver drew up his own game-winning play, catching a 5-yard pass in the end zone with 58 seconds remaining to lift Wagoner past Oologah 15-14 for a second straight Class 4A title. He finished with four catches for 69 yards and two scores. Tre Lang, Haskell: Facing a 13-0 deficit in the second half, Lang accounted for three touchdowns to lift Haskell past Prague 20-13 in a Class 2A semifinal. He finished with 137 yards on the ground and 86 through the air. Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall: Friday’s 49-21 rout of Lone Grove in the Class 3A semifinals became the McDaniel Show. He accounted for four touchdowns and rushed for 129 yards, while also making numerous plays on defense. Kyle Qualls, Stratford: The running back overpowered Hominy in a 27-0 win in a Class A semifinal with 185 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 5 and 20 yards early in the game to give his team control. Nic Roller, Bixby: The bruising running back rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns to help Bixby beat Sand Springs 38-28 for a second straight Class 6A-II title just four weeks after the Sandites held Roller to 44 yards. Rueben Thompson, Jenks: The running back had a huge game, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns in Jenks’ 35-14 win over Broken Arrow for a fourth straight state championship. He scored twice in the first eight minutes to give the Trojans control. Jordan West, Davenport: For the second straight week, West had a big night. He scored twice on the ground and totaled 75 yards for the Bulldogs in a 26-14 win over Keota for the Class B championship. Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian: The numbers didn’t pop off the page like usual for the Boise State commitment, but he still delivered in a 39-14 win over Jones in a Class 3A state semifinal. Wilson threw for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 79 yards on nine carries.
High school football: Gabe Barton's field goal propels Altus past Collinsville to Class 5A championshipDec 5, 2015
Barton’s 40-yard field goal sealed No. 3 Altus’ 31-28 victory over No. 9 Collinsville to win the Class 5A state championship Saturday afternoon.
High school football: Gabe Barton's field goal propels Altus past Collinsville to Class 5A championship
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 5, 2015YUKON — Altus kicker Gabe Barton watched the ball leave his foot and immediately started looking for a place to run away from being hit. At the same time, the near-capacity Altus crowd was watching the kick collectively holding its breath. Then as it sailed through the uprights, the celebration began across Miller Stadium. “Trying to run off because I didn't want to get hit,” Barton said. Barton’s 40-yard field goal as time expired sealed No. 3 Altus’ 31-28 victory over No. 9 Collinsville to win the Class 5A state championship Saturday afternoon. The title is the school's first in football since 1971. And nearly the entire community was in attendance. Altus fans started tailgating for the game at 8 a.m. and overflowed from the visitor's stands into nearly half of the home stands. “We have the best fans in Oklahoma, bar none,” Altus senior running back Taven Birdow said. “It's insane. These people believed in us from the start and I think that helped us finish out this win for the pride of Altus.” Birdow was the heavy hitter for the Bulldogs (13-1). He rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. His final score — an 8-yard run — put the Bulldogs ahead 28-21 with 6:34 remaining after he scored on the two-point conversion. “He's special, he's special athletically, he's special as a person,” Altus coach Jeremy Reed said. “I told him right before he got that touchdown in the third quarter it's time to take over, and I felt like he did.” Altus led 20-7 in the third before Collinsville came storming back to take a 21-20 lead behind quarterback Seth Boomer and running back Sheaffer Smith. The Cardinals (8-5) also tied the game at 28 on Smith's 13-yard touchdown run with 3:51 remaining, but it was then that Altus methodically milked the clock with the flexbone offense while getting into Barton's range. He had missed a 53-yard field goal late in the first half and missed an extra point. This time, he made the 40-yard field goal as Collinsville called timeout. He didn't miss a beat the second time. “Haven't used him a whole lot and to be honest we haven't had to, but man how clutch,” Reed said. “I told him right before we went out he's going to make this and drill it. I didn't know he was going to have to drill two. So clutch.”
Dec 3, 2015
STILLWATER — One of the state's top-rated 2017 college football prospects announced he has decommitted from Oklahoma State. Levi Draper — a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior linebacker from Collinsville High School — verbally pledged to the Cowboys back in July. However, Draper took to his Twitter account (@Ldraper_10) late Thursday to say he had a change of heart: "I would like to thank the Oklahoma...
Oklahoma State football: Collinsville junior linebacker Levi Draper decommits from Cowboys
Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 3, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3965444[/img] STILLWATER — One of the state's top-rated 2017 college football prospects announced he has decommitted from Oklahoma State. Levi Draper — a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior linebacker from Collinsville High School — verbally pledged to the Cowboys back in July. However, Draper took to his Twitter account (@Ldraper_10) late Thursday to say he had a change of heart: "I would like to thank the Oklahoma State staff and the cowboy family, but at this time I have officially decommitted from Oklahoma State. I've prayed long and hard and at this point I know where I want to play college football and I will make my last and final decision Saturday evening!" Draper is the No. 1 rated prospect in Oklahoma and the No. 4 rated linebacker in the country in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. Collinsville will battle for a Class 5A state championship against Altus at 1 p.m. Saturday in Yukon.
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 12-8 (60.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,510-363 (80.6 pct.) Class 6A-I Championship At University of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks 30, Broken Arrow 24 Class 6A-II Championship At Tulsa Union Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby 42, Sand Springs 35 ...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 3, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 12-8 (60.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,510-363 (80.6 pct.) Class 6A-I Championship At University of Tulsa Friday, 7 p.m. Jenks 30, Broken Arrow 24 Class 6A-II Championship At Tulsa Union Friday, 7 p.m. Bixby 42, Sand Springs 35 Class 5A Championship At Yukon Saturday, 1 p.m. Altus 35, Collinsville 28 Class 4A Championship At Owasso Friday, 7 p.m. Wagoner 31, Oologah 27 Class 3A Semifinals At Moore Friday, 7 p.m. Heritage Hall 48, Lone Grove 38 At Stillwater Saturday, 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian 28, Jones 24 Class 2A Semifinals At Beggs Friday, 7 p.m. Prague 26, Haskell 20 At Sand Springs Saturday at 1 p.m. Adair 28, Chisholm 21 Class A Semifinals At Noble Friday, 7 p.m. Cashion 34, Ringling 30 At Choctaw Saturday, 1 p.m. Stratford 38, Hominy 31 Class B Championship At Muskogee Friday, 7 p.m. Davenport 50, Keota 46 Class C Championship At Newcastle Saturday, 6 p.m. Coyle 28, Shattuck 26
Dec 3, 2015
Fine just completed his career in which he set the state’s career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories.
High school notebook: Locust Grove's Mason Fine named state's Gatorade Player of the Year
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Dec 3, 2015For the second straight year, Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year. Fine just completed his career in which he set the state's career records for passing yardage (13,084) and touchdowns (166). He already held the single-season records for both categories. He finished this season with 4,232 passing yards and 53 touchdowns with seven interceptions, completing 65.4 percent of his passes while leading the Pirates to the Class 3A quarterfinals. A 6-foot, 170-pound senior, Fine also rushed for 631 yards and nine touchdowns. He maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class. ALTUS' BENWAY WINS FAN POLL Altus quarterback Jayden Benway rallied the final day in The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week fan poll to edge Prague's Calvin Boyce by nearly 200 votes. Benway won with a vote total of 6,690, the largest total for any player this season. Boyce finished with 6,492. A season-high total of 15,199 votes were cast for eight different players. Benway led Altus to its first state championship game appearance since 2001 with 215 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 49-35 win over McGuinness in the Class 5A state semifinals Monday. He also threw a touchdown pass. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Sunday for next week's poll. Here are the results from this week's poll: Jayden Benway, Altus: 6,690 votes (44.02 pct.) Calvin Boyce, Prague: 6,492 votes (42.71 pct.) Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove: 631 votes (4.15 pct.) B.J. Bradbury, Adair: 497 votes (3.27 pct.) Jared Weathers, Coyle: 291 votes (1.91 pct.) Jordan West, Davenport: 253 votes (1.66 pct.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: 250 votes (1.64 pct.) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah: 95 votes (0.63 pct.) Total: 15,199 votes PONCA CITY GRAD BRENT WILSON UP FOR HILL TROPHY Ponca City native Brent Wilson is one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, NCAA Division II football's equivalent of the Heisman. Wilson has thrown for 3,920 yards and 39 touchdowns, averaging 347.7 total yards per game while leading Emporia State (Kan.) to an 11-2 record heading into this week's quarterfinal matchup against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. National voting for the award concludes on Dec. 12 and the winner will be announced Dec. 18. Recent winners of the award include current NFL running backs Danny Woodhead and Joique Bell. Emporia State, coached by Oklahoma native Garin Higgins, defeated Henderson State (Ark.) 29-3 in last week's playoff matchup. Kingfisher grad Landon Nault had a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. PC NORTH'S SPEIGHT SCORES 21 IN UPSET OF PC WEST Putnam City North opened its basketball season with a big rivalry win, knocking off fifth-ranked Putnam City West 70-67 on Tuesday. Micah Speight scored 21 points, hitting three 3-pointers, for the 14th-ranked Panthers. Speight had 10 of his points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Tyshawn Abernathy added 11 points, and freshman point guard Micah Thomas hit a pair of 3s and finished with eight points. MIDWEST CITY'S EVAN FIELDS OFFERED BY TULSA Following a junior season in which he racked up 126 tackles and four interceptions, Midwest City safety Evan Fields received his second scholarship offer. Tulsa offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Fields this week, joining Arkansas State in pursuit of the talented Bomber defensive back. Arkansas State has also offered Fields' teammate in the secondary, Demontre Gatewood, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety.
The Class 6A-I state championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow is the lone high school football championship game fans will be able to watch outside of pay-per-view this weekend, according to a release from Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The game will be televised by FSOK at 7 p.m. Friday with Nathan Thompson doing play-by-play alongside...
Fox Sports Oklahoma to broadcast Class 6A-I football championship
Jacob Unruh | Dec 2, 2015The Class 6A-I state championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow is the lone high school football championship game fans will be able to watch outside of pay-per-view this weekend, according to a release from Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The game will be televised by FSOK at 7 p.m. Friday with Nathan Thompson doing play-by-play alongside analyst Mark Rodgers. Mike Ziegenhorn will serve as the sideline reporter. The other six championship games both Friday and Saturday will be streamed on the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Fans can purchase a 24-hour pass to all live events on the site for $9.95, a monthly pass for $14.95 or a year-long pass for $119.95. On Friday, the network will stream four games at 7 p.m. In Class 6A-I, Sand Springs faces defending champion Bixby at Tulsa Union. In Class 4A, defending champion Wagoner faces Oologah at Owasso in a rematch of last year’s title game. In Class B, Davenport faces Keota at Muskogee. The network will stream both the Class 5A championship at 1 p.m. Saturday between Collinsville at Altus in Yukon and the Class C championship at 6 p.m. between Coyle and Shattuck in Newcastle. Broadcast plans for next week’s Class 3A, Class 2A and Class A championships will be announced next week.
Two weeks remain in the high school football season, and after an extended weekend of semifinals and quarterfinals across the state fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance around the state. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments...
VOTE: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Dec 1, 2015Two weeks remain in the high school football season, and after an extended weekend of semifinals and quarterfinals across the state fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance around the state. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Thursday and the results of the poll will appear in Friday's print editions. Here are the candidates: Jayden Benway, Altus: The quarterback orchestrated the flexbone offense perfectly, rushing for 215 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries in a 49-35 win over McGuinness in the Class 5A semifinals. He also threw a touchdown pass. Calvin Boyce, Prague: The running back was huge in the second half, rushing for two touchdowns and 120 yards on 33 carries in Prague’s 22-7 upset of Washington in the Class 2A semifinals. B.J. Bradbury, Adair: The quarterback finally got Adair past Davis with a 36-35 win, atoning for three straight playoff losses to Davis. He threw a touchdown pass with 27 seconds left and then scoring the winning two-point conversion. He finished with five total touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards. Breyden DeSpain, Oologah: The receiver finished with a banner night in a 29-7 semifinal win over Poteau, catching six passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns as Oologah rolled in the second half. Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove: The Arkansas State commitment was instrumental in Lone Grove’s potent rushing attack that shocked Locust Grove 64-0, rushing for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: Tank bowled through muddy conditions for 182 yards and three touchdowns in Heritage Hall’s 41-6 rout of Hilldale in the Class 3A semifinals. His biggest work came in the third quarter, when he rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Weathers, Coyle: The quarterback rushed for three touchdowns, including a big 71-yard run, in Coyle’s 42-22 upset of Cherokee in the Class C semifinals to clinch a berth in the school’s first ever championship game. Jordan West, Davenport: With his brother, Dom, injured, West rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries to guide Davenport past Dewar 40-14 in the Class B semifinals.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday morning kickoff times and locations for Saturday’s high school football playoff games. Seven games were completed Monday night, finalizing the pairings for Saturday. The Class 5A championship game was already set for 1 p.m. at Yukon High School. Altus beat McGuinness 49-35 on Monday to advance to face Collinsville. The Class...
OSSAA sets times, locations for Saturday's playoff games
Jacob Unruh | Dec 1, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Tuesday morning kickoff times and locations for Saturday’s high school football playoff games. Seven games were completed Monday night, finalizing the pairings for Saturday. The Class 5A championship game was already set for 1 p.m. at Yukon High School. Altus beat McGuinness 49-35 on Monday to advance to face Collinsville. The Class C championship between Coyle and Shattuck is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Newcastle High School, and the Class B championship between Davenport and Keota remains at 7 p.m. Friday in Muskogee. The Class 3A semifinal between Lincoln Christian and Jones is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stillwater High School. The other semifinal between Heritage Hall and Lone Grove remains at 7 p.m. Friday at Moore High School. The Class 2A semifinal between Chisholm and Adair is set for 1 p.m. at Sand Springs High School. Haskell and Prague are still on for 7 p.m. Friday at Beggs High School. The Class A semifinal between Hominy and Stratford is at 1 p.m. at Choctaw High School. Cashion and Ringling remain on schedule for 7 p.m. Friday at Noble High School. Also, Class 6A returns to action this week with the Division I championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Tulsa. Division II’s championship between Bixby and Sand Springs is at 7 p.m. Friday at Tulsa Union.
High school football: Jayden Benway helps Altus fight off McGuinness to advance to Class 5A championship gameNov 30, 2015
Altus (12-1) will play Collinsville at 1 p.m. Saturday in Yukon. The Bulldogs last won a state championship in 1971.
High school football: Jayden Benway helps Altus fight off McGuinness to advance to Class 5A championship game
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 30, 2015LAWTON — A 14-point deficit late in the game doesn't necessarily mean the end for McGuinness. It was down 12 a little more than a week ago with less than two minutes remaining before orchestrating a comeback. Trailing Altus by 14 with 1:17 left Monday night, McGuinness coach Justin Jones had the hope his team could duplicate the comeback with a quick score, onside kick and another score. Those hopes, though, were quickly dashed. Quarterback Jacob Mullins threw his third interception of the night, and Altus sealed a 49-35 win at Cameron Stadium to advance to the Class 5A state football championship. “It was one of those deals I felt like at the end we should have had a couple more shots, but that was out of our control,” Jones said. “We certainly put up a fight.” Altus (12-1) will play Collinsville at 1 p.m. Saturday in Yukon. The Bulldogs last won a state championship in 1971. Getting to this point has often been on the back of star running back Taven Birdow. The night instead belonged to quarterback Jayden Benway. The 6-foot, 178-pound senior rushed for 215 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. He also threw a touchdown pass. “I think Jayden's probably one of the most sleeper players in this state,” Birdow said. “He definitely has the ability to make a play whenever he can, and I think tonight just shows his ability right there.” With the game tied at 35 late in the fourth, Birdow was stuffed on the goal line on two straight plays. Benway finally pushed it across on fourth down with a keeper to the left. He then scored on a 34-yard run with 1:17 remaining after the Altus defense forced McGuinness to turn it over on downs. It was his fourth touchdown run of 15 or more yards, including a 54-yard run on the first official play of the game. “Run Taven a couple of times and then it opens it up for me to run,” Benway said. “That's pretty much our offense. They were kinda lost on defense when I pulled it.” Birdow finished with 151 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, a performance he labeled as his worst of the season. But it got the job done. “If you watch this game, it wasn't like every other game,” Birdow said. “They had a great defensive game plan for me. For Jayden, on the other hand, it wasn't so good. I think Collinsville may notice that and it'll be a pretty good game with them.” McGuinness (10-3) rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter behind receiver Rubell Goe. He finished with four touchdowns and 181 yards, oftentimes finding holes in the defense and then breaking tackles for big plays. But the Irish were ultimately trading touchdowns in the second half, a string that was broken late. “This team's got heart like you can't measure,” Altus coach Jeremy Reed said. “It takes a lot to recover from that, when you give up big plays like that it can be a big deflator. What resiliency to come back and answer those scores.”
Inclement weather is getting the best of some high school football playoff games Friday. The Class 5A state semifinal scheduled between Altus and McGuinness in Lawton was postponed until Monday at 7 p.m. The postponement joins the Class C semifinals, which the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Friday morning that both Class C state semifinal...
OSSAA announces Class C semifinal postponements
Jacob Unruh | Nov 27, 2015Inclement weather is getting the best of some high school football playoff games Friday. The Class 5A state semifinal scheduled between Altus and McGuinness in Lawton was postponed until Monday at 7 p.m. The postponement joins the Class C semifinals, which the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Friday morning that both Class C state semifinal football games were postponed until Monday evening. The game between Cherokee and Coyle at Enid High School will kick off at 6 p.m. The game between Grandfield and Shattuck at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford will kick off at 7 p.m. In Class 3A, Lincoln Christian and Sulphur will play at 7 p.m. Monday. In Class 2A, Adair and Davis will also play at the same time. Other changes were made in Class A. The quarterfinal matchup at Mooreland with Hominy and Rejoice Christian at Stratford were also moved to 7 p.m. Monday. Ringling at Talihina will kicked off at 1 p.m. Friday. All other games remain as scheduled.
High school football: McGuinness' Matt Chancellor earns Player of the Week selection with 322-yard performanceNov 23, 2015
Twelve catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns, with his last two catches going for touchdowns of 63 and 45 yards to pull McGuinness out of a 12-point hole for a 41-40 win over McAlester.
High school football: McGuinness' Matt Chancellor earns Player of the Week selection with 322-yard performance
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 23, 2015Last Friday night, with McGuinness' season on the line, junior Matt Chancellor turned in one of the most impressive performances you could expect to see from a wide receiver. Twelve catches for 322 yards and four touchdowns, with his last two catches going for touchdowns of 63 and 45 yards to pull McGuinness out of a 12-point hole for a 41-40 win over McAlester. Yet statistically, it wasn't even the best performance by a member of his own family. Three years and almost two months ago, Matt's big brother, Cody Chancellor had 366 yards and four touchdowns on six — yes, only six — receptions in a huge 42-32 district victory at Carl Albert. Of course, Matt's big game came in the second round of the playoffs, so maybe he deserves bonus points for that. But that debate can be left to the Chancellor family. In between his late TD catches, Matt Chancellor also recovered the onside kick that kept McGuinness alive with less than two minutes to go against McAlester, earning The Oklahoman's staff selection as the Oklahoma City-area High School Player of the Week. “That's the mindset of our team, we're never out of games,” Matt Chancellor said after Friday's rally. “This feels good, but we've got to go get ready for Altus now.” The fifth-ranked Irish face No. 3 Altus in the Class 5A semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. It'll take Chancellor and all the rest of the McGuinness playmakers to keep their magical season going. Quarterback Jacob Mullins threw for 424 yards last week, including 292 in the second half alone. Zach Segell rushed 25 times for 106 hard-fought yards, which helped Mullins, Chancellor and receiver Rubell Goe get the passing game on track. “I know his statistics aren't great sometimes, but he runs well enough that teams can't fully commit to stopping the pass,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said of Segell. “That opens up those deep shots down the field.”
Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class...
Updated high school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh | Nov 22, 2015Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class 5A Friday at Owasso Collinsville (7-4) vs. Skiatook (12-0), 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton McGuinness (10-2) vs. Altus (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 4A at Jenks Cascia Hall (7-4) vs. Wagoner (12-0), 7 p.m. at Glenpool Oologah (10-2) vs. Poteau (12-0), 7 p.m. Class 3A Hilldale (12-0) at Heritage Hall (12-0) Locust Grove (12-0) at Lone Grove (9-3), 1 p.m. Lincoln Christian (12-0) at Sulphur (9-3), 7 p.m. Jones (12-0) at Roland (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 2A Vian (12-0) at Chisholm (12-0) Adair (11-1) at Davis (9-3), 7 p.m. Kingston (10-1) at Haskell (11-1) Washington (11-1) at Prague (8-4) Class A Hominy (11-1) at Mooreland (12-0), 7 p.m. Rejoice Christian (9-3) at Stratford (12-0) Hollis (12-0) at Cashion (10-2) Ringling (10-0) at Talihina (10-1) Class B at Beggs Dewar (11-1) vs. Davenport (12-0), 7 p.m. at McAlester Weleetka (9-3) vs. Keota (11-0), 7 p.m. Class C at Enid Cherokee (11-0) vs. Coyle (12-0), 7 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State Grandfield (11-0) vs. Shattuck (10-1), 7 p.m.