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Oct 3, 2015
With the completion of Week 5 on Friday night, it's time to analyze what we've seen through the first half of the high school football season. The Oklahoman's high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, will each offer their answers to three questions, taking a look at some stars and surprises of the first half. See Monday's edition of The Oklahoman for their thoughts looking...
High school football: Mid-season look at best turnaround, biggest surprise
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writers | Oct 3, 2015With the completion of Week 5 on Friday night, it's time to analyze what we've seen through the first half of the high school football season. The Oklahoman's high school football writers, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, will each offer their answers to three questions, taking a look at some stars and surprises of the first half. See Monday's edition of The Oklahoman for their thoughts looking ahead at the second half of the regular season. Which team has made the most impressive turnaround from last season? Wright: There have been a few nice turnarounds, like Southmoore, which started last year 1-6, but is now 5-0. In Class A, Mangum was 2-8 last year and ranked 46th out of 57 teams in our preseason poll. The Tigers are 5-0 with a win over Apache that boosted them into the top 10 last week. But my choice for the most impressive turnaround is Bartlesville, which started 2-5 and only got in the playoffs because of its weak schedule last year. This year, the Bruins look like legitimate Class 6A-II title contenders, coming off a 50-33 win over the defending champ, Bixby, on Friday. Unruh: At this point last season, Southmoore was 1-4 and its season outlook looked bleak. But now the SaberCats are 5-0 behind the fast-developing sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson. What's impressive about the 5-0 start is that Southmoore has done it against a tough schedule with wins over Edmond Memorial, Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe, Moore and most recently Owasso. Next up is Tulsa Union, which will really show how far Southmoore has come since last season. What has been the biggest surprise of the first half? Wright: Fort Gibson's 0-5 start was widely unexpected. The Tigers have been hampered by injuries, suspensions and youth. But after going 12-1 last season, a winless first half came as a shock. Unruh: Guthrie's struggles really stand out. Sure, the Bluejays are 2-2 with losses to Duncan and McGuinness, but this isn't the same Guthrie squad that won a state title two years ago. Injuries have decimated the offensive line — the backbone of the team — and the offense has struggled to consistently make plays around quarterback Zane Maltz. Guthrie does have a three-game stretch with Guymon, Western Heights and Southeast that could help get some things ironed out. Which player is the first-half MVP? Wright: The title still belongs to last season's Player of the Year, Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine. As soon as Week 7, he could become the state's all-time career passing yardage leader. He's averaging 356 yards per game, and needs 723 to break the record. He has thrown 23 touchdowns with just one interception on 145 attempts. And he's done it against better competition than he faced in the first half of last season, with a win over Class 2A No. 1 Adair and an improved Westville squad. Unruh: It's hard to ignore what Thompson has done this season. He's accounted for 25 touchdowns — 18 in the air — and 1,732 yards. He's also completed 72 percent of his passes, an outstanding mark for a sophomore. He has plenty of weapons around him with Dunya Rice, Quindon Lewis and Darrian Moss that add to his ability to make big plays
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
See how your favorite team is expected to fare this week.
The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 17, 2015
Mother nature hasn't had her last hurrah of thunderstorm season quite yet. A cold front Friday will bring showers and thunderstorms and perhaps impact local high school football Friday night. A few of these storms may be severe. Large hail and winds over 70mph threaten most of northern, northwestern and central Oklahoma. Storms will begin to develop along the cold front in northwestern...
Severe weather chances return to Oklahoma Friday
Bradon Long | Sep 17, 2015Mother nature hasn't had her last hurrah of thunderstorm season quite yet. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3829229[/img] A cold front Friday will bring showers and thunderstorms and perhaps impact local high school football Friday night. A few of these storms may be severe. Large hail and winds over 70mph threaten most of northern, northwestern and central Oklahoma. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3829169[/img] Storms will begin to develop along the cold front in northwestern Oklahoma just after lunch and slowly push to the southeast, impacting the OKC Metro area right at the beginning of rush hour around 4 p.m. These storms will continue to develop to the southwest along the cold front and push easterly along the cold front as the evening progresses, with the highest chances Friday evening to be in central and northeastern Oklahoma. Storms will continue into the overnight hours before clearing out early Saturday morning. High temperatures after the front will be below 80 for much of the state on Saturday. There will be a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm throughout the weekend. Otherwise, pleasant conditions will hold out for the state fair and Saturday football.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
OSSAA APPROVES BASEBALL DISTRICTS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved the Class 6A and Class 5A baseball districts for the 2016 and 2017 spring seasons on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of each district: Class 6A District 1 Capitol Hill, Edmond Memorial, Mustang, Norman, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam North, Westmoore District 2...
High school notebook: OSSAA approves 2016-17 Class 6A, 5A baseball districts
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015OSSAA APPROVES BASEBALL DISTRICTS The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved the Class 6A and Class 5A baseball districts for the 2016 and 2017 spring seasons on Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of each district: Class 6A District 1 Capitol Hill, Edmond Memorial, Mustang, Norman, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam North, Westmoore District 2 Choctaw, Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton, Midwest City, Putnam West, Southmoore, U.S. Grant, Yukon District 3 Broken Arrow, Deer Creek, Edmond North, Jenks, Ponca City, Sapulpa, Stillwater, Tulsa Washington District 4 Bartlesville, Bixby, Enid, Moore, Muskogee, Owasso, Sand Springs, Tulsa Union Class 5A District 1 Del City, Guthrie, Guymon, Noble, Northwest Classen, Piedmont, Shawnee, Woodward District 2 Altus, Ardmore, Carl Albert, Duncan, El Reno, Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Western Heights District 3 Coweta, Durant, McAlester, Pryor, Tahlequah, Tulsa East Central*, Tulsa Edison, Tulsa Kelley District 4 Claremore, Collinsville, Glenpool, McGuinness, Skiatook, Southeast, Tulsa Hale, Tulsa Memorial *Tulsa East Central is not playing baseball in 2015-16 school year. Should it return in 2016-17, it would be placed in District 3. JOHN MARSHALL PLANNING REUNION FOR 1995 TITLE TEAM At halftime of its game against Centennial on Friday night at Taft Stadium, John Marshall will honor its 1995 state championship team. The 1995 Bears, coached by legendary Clyde Ellis, defeated Lawton MacArthur 21-7 for the Class 5A state title. Justin Matthews, who rushed for 310 yards and all three John Marshall TDs in the title game, is among the players expected to be in attendance. Also among the former Bears expected to attend are Willie Grissom, Tango McCauley, Sean Love, Jeff Leep, Lee Lee Sutter, Antonio Jones, Antonio Fuller, Joshua Coats, Toby Heinrich, Julian Lewis and Bernard Rhome. The 1995 title was the second of the school's two football championships, the first coming in 1963. Friday's John Marshall-Centennial game is scheduled to kick off at 7. OSSAA EXTENDS AGREEMENT WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS The OSSAA extended its agreement with Special Olympics Oklahoma for one more year and made a donation of $2,500 to the organization. An agreement was reached last year with the organization to make the donation along with donating equipment such as soccer balls left over from state championship events. EDMOND MEMORIAL'S MAMMEN COMMITS TO EMPORIA STATE Edmond Memorial senior linebacker Zeke Mammen verbally committed to Division II Emporia State (Kan.) earlier this week. Mammen announced his decision on Twitter, saying he was “very blessed” to commit to the school. Mammen had 80 tackles, two sacks and an interception as a junior. As a sophomore, he had 34 tackles and two sacks in a limited role. In last week's loss to Southmoore, he recorded 14 tackles and a sack.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
OU football: 'They'll probably make a movie' about Jarvis Baxter's journey to Sooners' starting lineupSep 8, 2015
NORMAN — Jarvis Baxter trotted out of Owen Field's southeast tunnel, wearing a crimson jersey with a No. 1 on the back, and time stood still. He wasn't dreaming. This was really happening. He really was an Oklahoma Sooner. He really was starting at flanker in an OU season opener. “I soaked it all in,” Baxter said. “I mean, words can't explain how I was feeling.” Many a walkon has made the team....
OU football: 'They'll probably make a movie' about Jarvis Baxter's journey to Sooners' starting lineup
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Sep 8, 2015NORMAN — Jarvis Baxter trotted out of Owen Field's southeast tunnel, wearing a crimson jersey with a No. 1 on the back, and time stood still. He wasn't dreaming. This was really happening. He really was an Oklahoma Sooner. He really was starting at flanker in an OU season opener. “I soaked it all in,” Baxter said. “I mean, words can't explain how I was feeling.” Many a walkon has made the team. Some earn scholarships. A few have become stars. But who has a story like Baxter, who literally two months ago was headed to the University of South Florida, the best scholarship offer Baxter received out of Trinity Valley Community College? Instead, on the very first snap of OU's 2015 season, Baker Mayfield fired a pass for a 15-yard gain, caught by Jarvis Baxter. “Hell, they'll probably make a movie about it one day,” OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. Lots of receivers have fallen from the sky onto the OU roster in recent years. Justin Brown transferred in the Penn State scandal. Jalen Saunders transferred from Fresno State and got a medical ruling to play immediately. Lacoltan Bester was a late junior-college signee. But Baxter is an even greater manna. This is the Dom Whaley Story, receiver edition, except condensed. Whaley went from Subway-working walkon to starting tailback, but he at least sat out a season. Baxter showed up in August, unknown to all but two, and was atop the depth chart before the month was out. Baxter is one of those millions of people across the globe capable of doing great things, just in need of a chance. Baxter's roadblock was lack of height. Six-foot receivers with Baxter's skills get recruited by Big 12 schools. Five-foot-9 receivers with Baxter's skills get recruited by SMU, to which Baxter committed while at Lakeview Centennial High School in the Dallas suburb of Garland. Here's the story of how Mayfield's first pass as the Oklahoma quarterback went to a receiver so anonymous that the announcers on OU's pay-per-view telecast called him “K.J. Young,” who wore No. 1 last season but was booted from the team last spring. Baxter never made it to SMU. He ended up at Trinity Valley and was a good ballplayer; he made second-team all-conference last season. A bevy of mid-majors again recruited him, including East Carolina, which then employed Riley. But East Carolina gave its scholarship to someone a little closer to the Atlantic, and Baxter signed with South Florida. He needed 12 hours of summer school to be admitted, had the 12 hours at Trinity Valley virtually passed, then discovered in mid-July that USF only counts a maximum of nine hours credit from any summer semester. The Bulls released Baxter from his letter of intent, and he again was a free agent. Southern Miss, South Alabama and Toledo were Baxter's next best scholarship offers. He reached out to former foe Dede Westbrook, who had signed with the Sooners out of Blinn Junior College. Westbrook and Baxter had become social media friends in 2013, then met and exchanged phone numbers after their game that season. In July, Baxter asked Westbrook for advice. Westbrook told Baxter to come to Norman. Westbrook told Riley that Baxter was free. Trinity Valley coach Brad Smiley called Riley and put in a good word for Baxter. “I was like, 'Man, we would love to have you here at Oklahoma,'” Westbrook said. Riley made an offer: no scholarship for a semester, but one would be ready in January. It was a financial burden to pay for school this semester, but Baxter had been enchanted with the Sooners since his junior year of high school, when he visited during an OU-Texas A&M game. OU didn't end up recruiting him, but Baxter never forgot the experience. Baxter jumped at the chance, and Riley jumped at the chance to get Baxter. At East Carolina, Riley said, “We liked his film. Thought he was a good player. Thought he was a little under-recruited at the time, which a lot of small receivers are.” When the chance of getting Baxter to OU arrived, Riley said, “knowing our receiver situation, that we could use some guys, especially a guy this year, I said, ‘damn right I'm interested.'” Even more impressive in Riley's eyes was the way Baxter took care of business. Guys coming from junior college don't always have a lot of administrative help. Paperwork can be painfully slow. “All the things you have to do to get a kid eligible, get a kid in school, and a lot of it, especially in junior college, is on that kid, because they don't always have as much help,” Riley said. “The way he got all his stuff done to be here for the first day of practice was a minor miracle. It shows you how bad he wanted to be here.” Then Baxter showed up and got to work. “His first day, we looked around and were like, ‘Where the heck did he come from and why hasn't he been here?'” said Mayfield. “We knew right away that he was a playmaker.” And on Aug. 31, OU released its first depth chart. Someone tweeted it out. Baxter saw it. Saw that he would start against Akron. And then on the first snap, after that trip through the tunnel, the Sooners called a pass play that makes Baxter the first or second option. “I thought it was good chance it's coming to me,” Baxter said. “Got me more anxious, waiting for that pass. I turned around, the ball was there, and it was me.” Baxter finished the game with five catches for 51 yards. Riley called Baxter “probably our most consistent receiver” against Akron. Said Mayfield, “It was exciting to see him get out there and get game experience. He was pretty nervous. He is an energetic guy and cares about football a lot. You can see by the way he was blocking for his teammates. He got his nerves out pretty early and settled in. You can tell by the way he played.” And now Baxter remains at the top of the depth chart as the Sooners move from Akron to a Saturday night showdown against Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Baxter thinks back to his July conversations with his old foe Westbrook. “I trusted his words,” Baxter said. “Now that I'm here, everything he told me is happening. All the time I pinch myself, because this is real. It really happened. I actually played a game for Oklahoma.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Sep 5, 2015
Duncan coach Craig Benson got more than he expected this offseason when he hired Glennis Ring as his defensive coordinator. Ring brought along his son Luke, whose big night Friday has already raised expectations for Duncan's season. Ring passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Collin Klingensmith with 1:31 left for a 28-27 upset of No. 4 Guthrie. “Both...
High school notebook: Luke Ring leads Duncan to upset win over Guthrie
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 5, 2015Duncan coach Craig Benson got more than he expected this offseason when he hired Glennis Ring as his defensive coordinator. Ring brought along his son Luke, whose big night Friday has already raised expectations for Duncan's season. Ring passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Collin Klingensmith with 1:31 left for a 28-27 upset of No. 4 Guthrie. “Both of them equally have brought a lot to the table,” Benson said. “Glennis has added a mindset to not only our defense, but to our weight room. He's very good in both of those areas. That was the attraction to find a defensive coordinator to help build this program. “I hadn't seen his kid play. I'd heard good things about him, but what we found out quickly was how good of a teammate his is and what he understands about football. Not only has his athleticism added an element to us, but his leadership is the thing.” Duncan running back Trenton Bell also rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries. Duncan led 16-0 early before Guthrie stormed back to take the lead behind three straight touchdowns. Duncan responded with two touchdown passes from Ring. BETHEL ENDS 23-GAME SKID Bethel ended a losing streak that dated back to the 2012 season with a 20-13 win over McLoud thanks to some offseason additions. Quarterback Ethan Fry rejoined the team along with kicker Ruth King, and both played a big part Friday night. “Those two came back and then we had a couple of new kids that hadn't played football before that ended up being starters for us,” Bethel coach Jason Madonna said. “It was a huge boost because it gave us depth. They're all older junior or seniors so it gave us a little more maturity” Fry's addition allowed Caleb Smith to move back to running back. Smith, who played quarterback last season, rushed for 210 yards and one touchdown Friday while also passing for 45 yards. On defense, he was equally important with six tackles and a forced fumble. King made two field goals and both extra-point attempts. Her return gives Bethel more confidence once it reaches the red zone. “It's a pretty good feeling knowing that if I get into the red zone there's an expectation that we can get three on the board,” Madonna said. “It's a real relief knowing that I don't have to try to score a touchdown if it doesn't work out that way.” Bethel ‘s last victory came in Week 7 of 2012 against John Marshall. Friday's win also marked the first career victory for Madonna. NOBLE DUO SHINES IN WIN Noble got the season off to a flying start in a 56-28 win over rival Tecumseh Friday night. Quarterback Baehler Buol threw for 438 yards and seven touchdowns in the season-opening victory. He found Christian Robinson eight times for 208 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears have winnable games against Chickasha and Piedmont remaining on the non-district schedule before heading into District 5A-3 competition. SOUTHEAST'S MCDOWELL COMMITS TO SMU Southeast senior point guard Dashawn McDowell says he has found a college home. McDowell verbally committed to SMU, he announced on Twitter Saturday, adding to the list of commitments from the state's deep and talented basketball class of 2016. McDowell, a 6-foot-5 senior point guard, averaged 29 points per game last season, and was a second-team Oklahoman Big All-City selection. SMU coach Larry Brown and his staff have worked hard in recruiting some of Oklahoma's top prospects the last couple of years. SMU signed Owasso star Shake Milton in the 2015 signing class.
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
1. Lawton MacArthur (13-1): The defending champs are loaded with potential, but lack experience. 2. Del City (6-6): Walter Watson and Jeremiah Wilson anchor line play in front of star QB Terry Wilson. 3. Deer Creek (7-4): A wealth of experience returns for the Antlers in their final season in Class 5A. 4. Guthrie (10-2): Versatile senior Rowdy Reihs will play multiple positions for the...
High school football: Lawton Mac is No. 1, Del City No. 2 in Class 5A rankings
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 20151. Lawton MacArthur (13-1): The defending champs are loaded with potential, but lack experience. 2. Del City (6-6): Walter Watson and Jeremiah Wilson anchor line play in front of star QB Terry Wilson. 3. Deer Creek (7-4): A wealth of experience returns for the Antlers in their final season in Class 5A. 4. Guthrie (10-2): Versatile senior Rowdy Reihs will play multiple positions for the Bluejays. 5. Ardmore (11-2): Expectations are high for the Tigers under first-year coach Josh Newby. 6. Collinsville (8-3): Junior OSU commit Levi Draper is one of the state's most highly recruited prospects at linebacker. 7. Carl Albert (7-4): QB Braxton Dickerson and OL Tyler Banta are the core of a strong returning group for the Titans. 8. McAlester (11-2): New coach, new QB, but still a lot of experience for the Buffs. 9. Altus (8-3): RB Taven Birdow moved back after a year in Florida. 10. McGuinness (6-5): WR Rubell Goe and DB Hunter Voss give the Irish some playmakers to build around. 11. Skiatook (12-2): Lots of holes to fill after last year's landmark season but a solid group of linemen to build around. 12. Shawnee (8-4): Line play will be critical as the Wolves replace several skill-position players. 13. Tulsa Kelley (5-5): Looking to build on strong finish from last year, when the Comets won four of last five. 14. Coweta (5-6): Expect another step forward in coach Jay Wilkinson's second season. 15. Tulsa Edison (6-5): OL/DL Alex Criddle is a force up front for the Eagles. 16. Duncan (3-7): Coach Craig Benson's second season should have better results in the win column. 17. Pryor (5-5) 18. Tulsa Memorial (7-4) 19. Tulsa East Central (3-6) 20. Noble (4-6) 21. Tahlequah (5-6) 22. El Reno (1-9) 23. Chickasha (3-7) 24. Western Heights (5-5) 25. Piedmont (3-7) 26. Durant (1-9) 27. Grove (3-7) 28. Southeast (1-9) 29. Northwest Classen (1-9) 30. Guymon (1-9) 31. Tulsa Hale (0-10) By Scott Wright, staff writer
Oklahoma State football: Defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson plays key role in recruiting down-south talent to StillwaterAug 26, 2015
Through the 2010 to 2012 recruiting cycle, OSU picked up three players from the combined states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. From 2013 to 2015, the Cowboys landed 11 players from the same region.
Oklahoma State football: Defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson plays key role in recruiting down-south talent to Stillwater
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 26, 2015STILLWATER — Drive about four hours in any direction from Boone Pickens Stadium and you're in the heart of Oklahoma State's recruiting base, a focus area reflected by the high volume of Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas natives on the Cowboys' roster. “Outside of that,” receivers coach Kasey Dunn said, “there better be some sort of connection.” Examine OSU's recent recruiting success, and it's clear a new region outside that circle is gaining steam. Through the 2010 to 2012 recruiting cycle, OSU picked up three players from the combined states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. From 2013 to 2015, the Cowboys landed 11 players from the same region. A handful of factors over the years have contributed to that uptick and OSU's national appeal — including a BCS Bowl victory, flashy new uniforms and renovated facilities — but there's another under-the-radar reason why so many more southeast standouts are coming to Stillwater. Meet defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson: the 32-year-old New Orleans native who specializes in turning Cajuns into Cowboys. “The momentum down there,” Henderson said, “is on fire.” Henderson, who joined the program in 2013 as a graduate assistant, was a three-time All-ACC defensive end at Georgia Tech from 2003 to 2005 where his position coach was current OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. After spending three years with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free-agent, Henderson sought out a coaching career and it wasn't long before Spencer came calling with a graduate assistant opportunity at OSU. “I got him here as soon as I could,” Spencer said. “That's my guy.” Henderson arrived on campus a natural recruiter. Spencer called it “that juice” and he identified it back in Henderson's playing days. His charisma was put to use as a player liaison in the efforts to land Georgia Tech commits, including future NFL All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson, when recruits visited campus. Now, pair that personality with real-world experience at the college and pro level and it's easy to imagine why prospects and their families are drawn to Henderson. “He's got great people skills,” Spencer said. “He can get with that mom, and they'll love him before the day is out. He's just got that personality.” What separates Henderson's recruiting tactics from other assistants is his relatability to young men in Louisiana and the surrounding states, because few have such deep understanding of the culture. By the time Henderson was a seventh-grader in New Orleans, he lost his mother to cancer and his father had faded from the picture. He was cutting class and engaging in street life that sent so many of his peers down a dark path. “We all wanted things that we couldn't have, we couldn't afford,” Henderson told The Macon Telegraph newspaper in 2004 when he was a junior at Georgia Tech. “We'd see things that everybody has, and you want to be able to get everything. I tried my best to keep money in my pocket.” From those roots, Henderson blossomed into an NFL caliber defensive end. It's a story that resonates with the players he recruits. Henderson is also in the process of receiving a Master's Degree in psychology at OSU — learning concepts he can apply on the job. “When you're a Louisiana guy, it's a little bit easier to be able to develop relationships with the kids, the family, the coaches out in high school,” Henderson said. “It's a loyal recruiting base. A lot of people don't understand that. … We can get guys out of the inner city if they're pretty good players down there that fit our program. People want to come to Oklahoma State and it's awesome.” Henderson has transitioned from a GA to a defensive quality control coach this season, which will limit his recruiting and on-field coaching role. But his impact on the program continues to be wide ranging. One of the top surprises of fall camp was the play of true freshman Jalen McCleskey — a 5-foot-10 receiver from Covington, La., — a player Henderson recruited to Stillwater who is expected to play this fall. Henderson also earned the respect of OSU defensive leaders in senior cornerback Kevin Peterson and sophomore defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. “I see Coach Spencer as like a father figure, well, more as a grandfather figure,” Peterson said. “Then, I see Coach Henderson as kind of like an uncle. You can relate to him and the same respect level is there. At the end of the day with Coach Henderson, we can make some jokes that we couldn't make with Coach Spencer.” Added Ogbah: “He's been where we're at. That's why we listen to him. He's been in the NFL, so he was giving us tips on how to get there.” Henderson called his time at OSU “a complete blessing” and credits Spencer with his continued development into what he hopes is a long-time coaching career. Head coach Mike Gundy said he believes it's only a matter of time before Henderson is making another leap in the profession. “He could be a full-time coach,” Gundy said, “and he will be soon.”
OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — As a young girl growing up in Oak Hill, Alison Ibarra spent a great deal of time at White Oak Lanes, the popular bowling alley just three blocks from her home."We would ride our bikes up to bowl all the time and I bowled in junior leagues," she said.When she got to high school, Ibarra, an avid golfer, split her time working at the bowling alley and the nearby country club.
Oak Hill couple reopens former White Oak Lanes bowling alley
By MICHELLE JAMES, Associated Press | Aug 22, 2015OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — As a young girl growing up in Oak Hill, Alison Ibarra spent a great deal of time at White Oak Lanes, the popular bowling alley just three blocks from her home. "We would ride our bikes up to bowl all the time and I bowled in junior leagues," she said. When she got to high school, Ibarra, an avid golfer, split her time working at the bowling alley and the nearby country club. "If it was daylight hours, starting at about 6:30 in the morning, I would pull carts up at White Oak Country Club, ride from there to school and go back to the country club and work, but as soon as it was dark outside, it was league time at the bowling alley so I would work there until we were finished up with leagues or Cosmic Bowling and then I'd start all over again the next day." After graduating from Oak Hill High School in 2001, Ibarra traveled to Fayetteville, N.C., where she played golf for Methodist University and received degrees in business administration, business marketing and professional golf management. "I am a card-carrying PGA golf professional," she said. Although she returned to Oak Hill and worked at the bowling alley during a few summer breaks, after college, she spent time as the head golf professional at a course in Sacramento, Calif., and traveled a bit more with her career before beginning to travel with her husband José, whom she met during her senior year of college while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. "So instead of us traveling around the world for my career on the golf side, we were traveling around for his military career," she said. Eventually, however, the couple and their two young daughters, Adriana, now 4, and Natalia, now 3, decided to make Oak Hill their home base. José, by then was working as a Department of Defense contractor and was still being deployed, and Ibarra said she felt the need to be around family. Not long after returning to Oak Hill in March 2013, she said she decided she would take her two young daughters to the place that had meant so much to her as a child — White Oak Lanes. She quickly changed her mind, however. "My friends said, 'Don't do it,'" she recalled. "I heard it from a couple other people so I didn't." It turned out, Ibarra's home-away-from-home had fallen into disrepair, and by June 2013, its doors were closed. Ibarra explained the owners of the bowling alley, which opened in 1961, had leased it to someone else four years earlier and in that time frame, the 52-year-old business and machines that were just as old had been neglected. Seeing the padlock on the doors she once ran in and out of so freely "nearly killed" Ibarra, but with José ready to leave military life and the couple looking to find a way to support two young children in Oak Hill, Ibarra began to toy with the idea that perhaps she and her husband could reopen the shuttered business. "When the opportunity came up, it was kind of out of the blue, and I'm a believer that you get these opportunities once in a lifetime," she said. "You either jump on it now or it's never going to come back." So they jumped — a small hop, at first. Ibarra's first glimpse at the neglected building was sobering to say the least. "There were trash bags up in the ceilings with funnels trying to take the water that was falling over the bowling lanes somewhere else so it wouldn't hurt the wood," she said. "Even the pinsetters in the back were scrap metal and useless." Nonetheless, she and José moved forward, but it was a process. "It took a long time to put things together, to find out what the community needed, to put the funding together and to convince a bank that Oak Hill was worth investing in," she said. With the funding in place, the Ibarras purchased White Oak Lanes and got down to business, and finally, in May, the newly named Pinheads opened its doors. Although the building location is obviously the same, the entrance is different, as visitors now park to the side of the building and come inside a newly constructed door, which, Ibarra said, is ADA compliant for the first time as a handicapped ramp has been added. Once inside, there isn't much of Pinheads that resembles White Oak Lanes. The lanes were cleaned up and resurfaced, but most everything is else is new — or new to Pinheads. The Ibarras are big on recycling and reusing materials as some tables are made from lanes they pried free from a closed up bowling alley in North Carolina and others are recycled from a bowling center in Quantico, Va. "We were taking U-Hauls all over the place buying stuff up from centers that had closed up or were upgrading," Ibarra said. "It's amazing how creative you can get when you don't have any money." Materials that weren't recycled from other centers were all purchased locally and all construction and work on the building was done by local workers, she said, explaining that it's important to both her and José to keep money in the community. Although the building has a new HVAC system, all new wiring and LED lighting, what might stand out the most are the eight, 120-inch TVs situated over top of each bowling lane. Ibarra said she got the idea from a bowling center in Richmond and decided to try it out at Pinheads. "If you wanted to watch a game, you had to go to Beckley," she said. "There weren't really any options here, so now we have NFL Sunday Ticket and College Game Pass for football season." When games aren't on, those TVs are used to show music videos — family friendly during the day, of course. When making the decision to purchase the bowling alley, Ibarra said it was important that she and José obtain a license to sell beer. "We were kind of going for beer mecca," she said of the 92 beers Pinheads offers. "We have everything from West Virginia we can get our hands on. "We have eight beers on tap and five are from West Virginia and we have another five to 10 West Virginia beers in cans and bottles." She is equally proud of their ever-growing food menu, of which José is in charge. "He likes to cook," she said, touting the Philly cheeseburger, chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwich, hamburger and Southeast eggrolls. With two young girls and both she and José spending long hours at the bowling alley, Ibarra said Pinheads is truly a family business. "My dad helps a lot, but the girls love to bowl, thank goodness," she said. "It really is all four of us though. We all own it." Ibarra says she is excited by how things have gone so far and looks forward to seeing what the future holds for Pinheads — which she says is still Oak Hill's bowling alley, but is different from White Oak Lanes. "I just want people to know that it's not that same place it was in those last few years," she said of the decline it saw before it closed. "From the second you walk in the door, I want people to think this place is fun and different. "The name Pinheads has that bowling name and it's silly and fun. We want people to come in and give it another try." ___ Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com
Aug 19, 2015
In a showcase of stellar running backs, Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore.
High school football: Star running backs highlight start of football scrimmages
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma has some talented running backs in the senior class, and over the course of a couple hours Thursday night at Moore Stadium, you can see three of the best in action. Norman North’s Quan Hogan, Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams and Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins will be on the field Thursday in a four-team scrimmage hosted by Westmoore. All four teams will participate in the rapid-fire scrimmage portion of the schedule beginning at 4:30 p.m. Half-games will follow junior-varsity action, with Westmoore and Union meeting at 6:45 and Norman North taking on Edmond Santa Fe immediately after. While it’s the most intriguing scrimmage on Thursday’s schedule around the Oklahoma City area, it isn’t the only exciting matchup slated. Class 6A Division II runner-up Lawton will be at Edmond North, and defending 5A champ Lawton MacArthur will visit McGuinness in what could be a preview of an eventual playoff game. Putnam City North will be at Del City, another 5A contender. In the smaller classes, Millwood will host Centennial and Plainview, and Tuttle will get its only scrimmage action of the preseason with a visit from Cache. Tuttle will begin its regular season on Aug. 28 when Davis comes to town. Friday’s scrimmage schedule offers a better variety, including Carl Albert at Southmoore, and four solid small-school teams in action at Casady. The Cyclones will host Kingfisher, John Marshall and Christian Heritage. Here are some notable city-area football scrimmages this week: Thursday Putnam City West at Deer Creek Putnam City North at Del City Lawton at Edmond North Lawton MacArthur at McGuinness Centennial, Plainview at Millwood Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Tulsa Union and Westmoore at Moore Stadium Little Axe at Southeast Cache at Tuttle Friday Crooked Oak, Washington and Holdenville at Bethel Chickasha, Elgin at Blanchard Christian Heritage, Kingfisher, John Marshall at Casady Hennessey at Cashion Western Heights and McLoud at Chandler Clinton at El Reno Meeker, Cushing at Jones Wayne at Lexington Bethany, Harrah at Newcastle Ardmore at Noble Mount St. Mary at OCS Perry at Perkins Enid at Putnam City Carl Albert at Southmoore Norman, Tulsa Edison at Stillwater Choctaw, Shawnee at Tecumseh
Aug 17, 2015
Manek was a first-team selection on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City team last season. An inside-outside threat, Manek led the Panthers in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6) to go with 123 assists and 62 blocked shots in 28 games.
High school notebook: Harrah's Kellen Manek commits to Oral Roberts
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 17, 2015Another member of the state’s touted senior class of boys basketball players has found a college home. Harrah’s Kellen Manek, a 6-foot-7 swingman, verbally committed to Oral Roberts on Sunday. “I really like the players they’ve got up there. The coaches are great,” Manek said. “Recruiting can be a stressful time getting everything set up, so it feels good to have it all finished.” Manek was a first-team selection on The Oklahoman’s Little All-City team last season. An inside-outside threat, Manek led the Panthers in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6) to go with 123 assists and 62 blocked shots in 28 games. He had a variety of offers from programs such as Abilene Christian, Texas State, New Orleans and Loyola-Maryland, among others. Manek said ORU projects him primarily as a forward with the capability to play on the wing as well. His younger brother, Brady, is a highly recruited 6-foot-8 junior with offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Creighton, Santa Clara and Mercer. Kellen Manek said he and his brother briefly discussed the possibility of finding a college where they could play together “We’ve talked about it a little bit, but I told him I wasn’t going to hold him to something if he had a better opportunity,” Kellen said. “We want to each find the place that’s the best fit for us. He’s blowing up big-time. His athleticism is getting him a lot of looks, so it’s been fun to see both sides of it.” EDMOND NORTH CHANGING DEFENSES Edmond North coach Scott Burger is hoping a talented secondary can carry the defensive load. With a lack of size up front, the Huskies are switching to a 4-2-5 defense to get more athletic players on the field. “We feel like one of our better strengths is our defensive secondary,” Burger said. “We’ve got all of those kids back because they were hurt last year or the year before, but they’re all back now. We think those kids can run a little bit, cover and cause some problems.” Edmond North went 3-7 and allowed 27.9 points per game last season with a 3-4 base defense. Burger said he was pleased with the first week of practice in the new scheme. “I like what they’re doing,” Burger said. “I like the team chemistry. These kids are really pulling for each other and holding each other accountable for what we call the little things. It’s the old Mike Little thing I remember from when I used to play for him and coach for him. You’ve got to do the little things right.” McLOUD, CHA ADD WEEK ZERO GAME The start of high school football season isn’t too far away, and it just got a week closer for McLoud and Christian Heritage. The two teams agreed to meet in a Week Zero game, set for 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at McLoud, taking the place of the second scrimmage of the preseason for both teams. McLoud lost a district game when Santa Fe South decided to co-op with Southeast for football, rather than play its own schedule. Last season, CHA played Santa Fe South in the opening week of non-district play. This is the first year the OSSAA has allowed teams to play regular-season, non-district games the week before the normal start to the season. OKLAHOMAN MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day is set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event will be held in the lobby of the gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Contact Scott Wright at email@example.com for further information.
Aug 16, 2015
Executive Q&A: Brett Leopold is president of ITC Great Plains, a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region with 436 circuit miles of transmission lines in west and southwest Kansas and southeast Oklahoma.
Executive Q&A: Utility chief enjoys helping rural communities thrive
By Paula Burkes Business Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 16, 2015A native Kansan, Brett Leopold joined others from the Sunflower State in wildly celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ appearance in the World Series last year after 29 years of angst. He and his two young sons attended one of the playoff games. These days, Leopold said he and his boys are just as avid in their support of the Oklahoma City Thunder. As president of Topeka-based ITC (International Transmission Co.) Great Plains LLC, Leopold — who lives outside Kansas City — is in Oklahoma at least twice a month for several days. He typically stays at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel so he can walk to the company’s Oklahoma City offices on the 25th floor of City Place at 204 N Robinson, and to Thunder games. ITC Great Plains — a subsidiary of ITC Grid Development LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Novi, Mich.-based ITC Holdings Corp. — is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region. The company operates 436 circuit miles of transmission lines in west and southwest Kansas and southeast Oklahoma. Transmission is the bulk delivery of electrical energy from power generating plants along high-voltage aerial lines to the local distribution systems of utilities serving communities, explains Leopold, who rotates among regional offices in Topeka, Wichita, Little Rock and Oklahoma City. The company employs 18, including five here. From his Oklahoma City offices, Leopold, 47, sat down recently with The Oklahoman to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in Hoxie in northwest Kansas. The population was 1,500; my graduating class numbered 38, and the closest “big city” was Haze, Kansas (population 18,000) 85 miles away. We were three hours from Wichita and four hours from Denver. While I was growing up, my father had two full-time jobs: running the funeral home and working as a CPA. My mother, who’s an RN, took care of me and my three brothers, who are two and half to nine years younger. My parents still live in Hoxie. We lived in town, but I worked plenty of farm jobs, from moving irrigation pipe to cutting down shattercane weeds in milo fields. Q: What were the highlights of your school days? A: I rode my bike, played with friends and competed in baseball, football and basketball. In seventh and eighth grades, I was the Sheridan County spelling bee champ. I went out on the word “emphysema,” at the state bee in eighth grade. In high school, I continued to play football and basketball, but my focus was debate and speech. My debate team won state my sophomore and senior years. My coach, a native Filipino who immigrated to the U.S. at 18, had a big impact on me, along with a great English teacher who drilled us in writing essays and stories. I also took advanced algebra, trigonometry and calculus. From freshman year on, people would tell me they thought I was headed for law school. There were three practicing attorneys in town and of course I knew all of them. But I didn’t decide on law until I was a senior in college. Q: How did you meet your wife? A: In a practice clinic my second semester at Yale Law School. The professor sat us alphabetically and “Leopold” and “Leith” landed us right next to each other. We really got acquainted working on a project to help represent federal prisoners. I had a car, but Heather didn’t, so we had a lot of time to talk on our three-hour round-trip drives to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Upon graduation, Heather went to work for a big law firm in New York City, and I accepted a one-year clerkship with a federal appellate court judge in Kansas City. After that year, I joined a private firm, and she came to work for another federal judge in Kansas City to try out Kansas City. A native of Iowa, she spent most of her childhood in Salt Lake City. Things continued to go well for us both in Kansas City and we married a few years after graduation. Today, Heather serves as general counsel of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Q: When did you move into the utilities industry and specifically, ITC Great Plains? A: In 2001, I joined the regulatory department of Kansas City-based Sprint, after serving three years in the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Western District of Missouri and a second, three-year stint in private practice. It was with Sprint that I started traveling to Oklahoma City, to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, on a monthly basis. ITC Great Plains was established in 2006, and its first employee had worked with me at Sprint. She contacted me about the opportunity with ITC Great Plains, and I joined the company as senior counsel in January 2008. I liked the fact it was a start-up in the energy industry in which there was a lot going on. And it was clear that if we were going to succeed, our investment was going to be made in rural parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Helping communities like my hometown of Hoxie appealed to me. Our $500 million investments over the past five years have led to an increase in the property tax rate base in those areas and, most importantly, have increased the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid in the region, which is critical for residents and big businesses to be happy and successful. Q: You’ve read all of Charles Dickens’ books. Which is your favorite? A: I was introduced to Victorian literature in an honors English class at KU, and the professor sold me on Charles Dickens. My favorite is “David Copperfield.” I read it to my firstborn when he was a baby, and “Great Expectations” to my second son. Since they were infants, I figured it wasn’t critical that I read children’s books, but rather to be holding them and reading to them.
Aug 16, 2015
The event will be held in the lobby of the McGuinness High School gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City.
High school notebook: Oklahoman Media Day is Wednesday
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 16, 2015The Oklahoman's annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event will be held in the lobby of the gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman's high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. Contact Scott Wright at email@example.com for further information. MUSTANG’S JAKOLBY LONG SETTING UP COLLEGE VISITS Following a recent scholarship offer from Iowa State, Mustang senior Jakolby Long is beginning to set up college visits. The basketball standout is set to take official visits to Georgia and Iowa State as he tries to narrow down his college options. Long also has more than a dozen offers, including Oklahoma State, Wichita State, SMU, Kansas State and Texas Tech in the Midwest. Long has been heavily pursued in the Southeast as well, with programs like Mississippi and South Carolina showing interest in addition to Geogria. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was a Super 5 selection for The Oklahoman last spring, led Mustang to an undefeated season and Class 6A state championship last year, averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game. He has had an impressive summer playing for Oklahoma City’s Athletes First AAU team as well. EDLAM WING CHALLENGE GOES TO SANTA FE It took less than 10 minutes combined for players and coaches from all three Edmond high schools to devour 90 buffalo wings Sunday. It wasn’t pretty but it was pure entertainment to kick off the high school football season with the seventh annual Edlam Wing Eating Challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings. Edmond Santa Fe kept the trophy — yes, there’s a trophy — by completing all three rounds in a total of 4 minutes, 39 seconds. “We went over a game strategy right before we started with our coach,” Santa Fe senior tight end Jack Garrett said. “He’s a stud, and we did what he told us to do.” Garrett opened the competition by obliterating the required 10 wings in 1:38. Senior offensive lineman Jacob Goss then completed the second round in 1:40 and assistant coach Andy Rasmussen finished the final round in 1:21. Santa Fe has only lost the competition twice with the most recent being a day when Rasmussen was not available to compete. Memorial finished second with senior offensive lineman Ethan Walker (2:22), senior defensive lineman Leontre Singleton (1:34) and assistant coach Harland Warrior (1:36) combining for a time of 5:32. North assistant Xavier Smith (3:30), senior defensive back Adam Chapman (2:10) and sophomore defensive back Jace Rosser (3:24) combining to finish in 9:04.
Oklahoma State is in the running to land a verbal commitment from Isaiahh Loudermilk — a 6-foot-7, 260-pound, 2016 lineman from Howard, Kan. — who recently told Scout.com that Kansas State and the Cowboys are currently his top-two schools. Loudermilk is one of the Sunflower State's top talents, despite playing 8-man football at Howard West Elk High School. He's the No. 4 overall prospect...
Media report: 2016 Kansas lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk names Oklahoma State in top two
Kyle Fredrickson | Jul 1, 2015Oklahoma State is in the running to land a verbal commitment from Isaiahh Loudermilk — a 6-foot-7, 260-pound, 2016 lineman from Howard, Kan. — who recently told Scout.com that Kansas State and the Cowboys are currently his top-two schools. Loudermilk is one of the Sunflower State's top talents, despite playing 8-man football at Howard West Elk High School. He's the No. 4 overall prospect (according to Rivals) and the top defensive tackle prospect (according to Scout) in Kansas. Loudermilk stars on both the offensive and defensive line and discussed where the Cowboys envision him playing in the college game. From his interview with Scout: "Oklahoma State has everything," Loudermilk shared. "That was an amazing visit. They have great facilities, and I loved all the coaches. I met some of the players. They really stood out. I was very comfortable there. They like me at defensive end or offensive tackle. I like defense a little more but I'll play anywhere I'm asked." Although Texas remains OSU's top recruiting ground, the Cowboys have established a Kansas pipeline in recent years. Since 2010, a number of top prospects from the state have landed in Stillwater: running back Joseph Randle (Wichita Southeast), cornerback Devin Hedgepeth (Derby), defensive end Trace Clark (Wichita Collegiate) and safety Jerel Morrow (Emporia). OSU coach Mike Gundy explained the reason for that trend to The Oklahoman back in October. “Kansas (high school) football has gotten considerably better and has more players that have done well in college than what people think,” Gundy said. “So we’ve put a little more time into that area.” If Loudermilk picks OSU, he'll be the second Kansas player in the 2016 class, joining offensive tackle Teven Jenkins (Topeka). More from his interview with Scout: "Oklahoma State has told me how bad they want me apart of their class," Loudermilk noted. "It's good for them that they have Teven (Jenkins) committed. I would say that's a very good things for them. I'd have familiarity there. A few Kansas guys on the team would be good for me. I'd get to know them much easier." Loudermilk currently holds double-digit scholarship offers from schools like Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Jun 15, 2015
Former Oklahoma football star and current Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gathered a few of his Sooner teammates on Saturday to help conduct a football camp in Oklahoma City. McCoy was joined by Reggie Smith, Jeremy Beal, Keenan Clayton and Adrian Taylor. Former Sooner and two-time All-American wide receiver Mark Clayton was also at the camp. McCoy says the bond...
Oklahoma football: Gerald McCoy joined by former OU teammates at football camp
BY JOHN WALKER Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jun 15, 2015Former Oklahoma football star and current Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gathered a few of his Sooner teammates on Saturday to help conduct a football camp in Oklahoma City. McCoy was joined by Reggie Smith, Jeremy Beal, Keenan Clayton and Adrian Taylor. Former Sooner and two-time All-American wide receiver Mark Clayton was also at the camp. McCoy says the bond established as teammates extends beyond playing on Saturdays in Norman. "We're all just a family," McCoy said. "Even after we leave OU, we're still a family." McCoy also came with a few of his Tampa Bay teammates, including All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David. McCoy represented the Buccaneers with a bright red patch on the left side of his hair. In the midst of former OU football and current Tampa Bay players, one of the few athletes who had not been a Sooner or Buccaneer is Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan. The 6-foot-3 edge rusher from Georgia Tech developed a more personable bond when Morgan and McCoy spent a week in Rwanda as part of Pros for Africa, a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City. A few years later, Morgan attended one of McCoy's most momentous occasions. "He was at my wedding," McCoy said. "He is one of my closest friends." McCoy returned to his old stomping grounds in Oklahoma City to host a boys and girls camp on Saturday. The three-time Pro Bowler conducted his second annual football camp at Webster Middle School. The Oklahoma City native's primary goal was to give back to the community that raised him growing up. “You never want to forget where you came from,” said McCoy, who played high school ball at Southeast. Despite the muddy field and drizzle, children were in high spirits as they participated in various football-related activities throughout the morning. “Man, these kids don’t care about weather or anything like that,” McCoy said. “They just want to have fun.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy doubles up on offseason workouts, gives back to Southeast High SchoolApr 23, 2015
Gerald McCoy is pushing to help the Bucs to their first playoff appearance since he was picked third overall in the 2010 draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy doubles up on offseason workouts, gives back to Southeast High School
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Apr 23, 2015Just a few days into team offseason conditioning work, Gerald McCoy isn’t ready to say if he thinks his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be improved this season. “We haven’t touched the field yet,” the former Southeast High and Oklahoma standout said. “All we’ve been doing it working out but we’ll see as far as how things start to unfold.” McCoy is pushing to help the Bucs to their first playoff appearance since he was picked third overall in the 2010 draft. But he was back in the news at home this week when he announced that he would donate a $1,000 equipment grant to Southeast as part of his being named to the All-Fundamentals Team by USA Football. “The best part about it is being able to give kids that went to the same high school as I went to and kind of have the same opportunities I had to make it better for them,” McCoy said. “When I went there, our equipment and locker room and things of that sort were not up to par. You kind of just went with what you had and you picked from that.” McCoy hopes the grant will not only improve the Spartans’ equipment but encourage more students at the school to try the sport. “We weren’t known for football at Southeast, we were more known for our basketball team, but we always had a full team and backups,” he said. “To see it diminishing, it’s hard to see, especially knowing that’s the school and program I came from.” While McCoy has had plenty of individual success during his time in the NFL — he’s been named an All-Pro in each of the last three seasons — the lack of postseason appearances is gnawing at him. “Just kind of tired of going home at the end of the regular season,” McCoy said. So this offseason, McCoy doubled his workout load. Working out with Todd Durkin at San Diego’s Fitness Quest 10, McCoy crammed 10 workouts into a four-day week — two on Monday, three on Tuesday, two more on Wednesday and four more on Thursday before taking three days off to recover to do it all again the next week. A big part of the reasoning for McCoy ramping up his workout load was due to Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense. “Whether it’s the Chicago Bears or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it should’ve been the Chicago Bears track team or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers track team, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” McCoy said. “Because all we do is run, run, run. That’s what the Tampa 2’s about. You run, run, run and when you’re tired, you run some more.” McCoy said he expects to see his work pay off this season. “At the end of the game, when you’re in a two-minute drill, somebody has to step up. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I was tired.’ You don’t have a chance to be tired,” McCoy said. “We need somebody to make a play. At those times, people look to me to be that guy and that’s all I’m trying to be. “If you’re in top physical shape, you don’t have to worry about that. Fatigue is not an issue. You can focus on what you have to get done. That’s what I’m trying to do, take away something so I can focus on something else. If fatigue is not an issue, that means I can put focus onto what pass-rush move I’m going to use, what offense I’m facing, helping the guy next to me.”
Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
Apr 10, 2015
The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season, hitting 60.5 percent of his field goal tries. He is currently considering other Division I opportunities.
High school notebook: Deer Creek's Conner Avants released from letter of intent at Air Force
By Scott Wright | Apr 10, 2015Deer Creek forward Conner Avants, who averaged a double-double to lead the Antlers to the Class 5A semifinals last month, is looking for a new college destination. Avants signed a letter of intent with Air Force in November, but he has been released from that letter following the Falcons’ recent coaching change, Deer Creek coach Matt Bailey confirmed to The Oklahoman. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season, hitting 60.5 percent of his field goal tries. He is currently considering other Division I opportunities. BALENSEIFEN BREAKS ANOTHER STATE RECORD For the second time in a week, Oklahoma State signee Bryce Balenseifen has put his name in the state record book. The Deer Creek senior distance runner broke one of the longest-standing records in the state on Friday at the Carl Albert Invitational, winning the 3,200 meters in 9:16.2 The previous record of 9:22.6 had stood since the state meet of 1983, when it was set by Tulsa Hale’s Mike Bilyeu. The 1983 season was the first year Oklahoma high schools switched from races measured in yards to meters. POTEAU’S WERNER HIRED IN ARKANSAS Another southeast Oklahoma high school has lost its football coach to Arkansas. Earlier in the week, McAlester’s Bryan Pratt was named the head coach of Bentonville (Ark.) West, and on Wednesday, it was reported that Poteau coach Greg Werner is set to be named the head coach at Van Buren High School. Werner won 24 games in three seasons at Poteau, following a successful stint at Broken Bow. Werner’s 2013 Poteau team reached the Class 4A state finals, losing to Anadarko.
For those who haven’t already heard the worst kept secret in Southeast Texas, the guy who’s been sports editor of the Port Arthur News since June of 1972 is about to cross the finish line. Yes, I’m retiring. It will be official on Wednesday, although I’m not going to go away completely. The plan is for me to continue writing a golf column and there’s also discussion of another year of the I...
The Port Arthur News, Texas, Bob West column
Bob West, Associated Press | Apr 4, 2015For those who haven’t already heard the worst kept secret in Southeast Texas, the guy who’s been sports editor of the Port Arthur News since June of 1972 is about to cross the finish line. Yes, I’m retiring. It will be official on Wednesday, although I’m not going to go away completely. The plan is for me to continue writing a golf column and there’s also discussion of another year of the I Beat Bob West football contest. All total, it will have been right at 48 years since my first full-time sports-writing gig with the Beaumont Journal. I’ve been in Port Arthur since Aug. 8, 1971. For the most part it’s been a great run filled with wonderful memories of the athletes and coaches I’ve been privileged to cover, and the high drama, special achievements and heartbreak you deal with in the wonderful world of sports. It’s been fun more than work, which is why hard core newspaper people have always called sports the toy department of the newspaper. Because the folks here have plans to celebrate my career with stories by Sherry Koonce on Wednesday, examining some of my awards and civic projects, and by Gabe Pruett next Sunday from the purely sports side, featuring quotes from many of those I’ve written about, I’m going to pass on a nostalgia-type farewell column. Best way to wrap this up is with the usual Sunday notes and observations, mixed in with an occasional blast from the past that Sherrie and Gabe won’t have in their pieces. To do it any other way would be to pass on taking a final shot at some of my favorite targets. Unless, of course, I can scheme up a way to work Jethro into a golf column. One way or another, it’s pretty certain former Nederland star Colton Weisbrod is going to play basketball for Lamar. The question is how soon. Unfortunately, that hinges on the NCAA granting a hardship waiver that would reduce the wait time from two years to one, relative to the fact he’ll be transferring within the Southland Conference. The NCAA didn’t do Lamar any favors on its appeal on Tyrann de Lattibeaudiere and, though Weisbrod has a legitimate hardship case, I wouldn’t count on a favorable ruling. Consequently, it’s going to be a roll of the dice for him to enroll at LU and take the chance he might have to sit two years. From here, it’s looks like his best bet is to play next season at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, then transfer to Lamar . . . Lamar, by the way, is still inexcusably dragging its feet on a new deal for Tic Price, presumably because of ongoing Pat Knight payoff paranoia. It happened with football coach Ray Woodard and now it’s happening with Price, and it’s something that could really blow up in their face. According to my basketball sources, and they are good ones, LSU head coach Johnny Jones, who has strong ties with Price, was going to talk to him at the Final Four about becoming his associate head coach. My read on Tic is that he very much wants to stay at Lamar. He and his wife really like it in Beaumont, and he’s at a point in life where he can be content being the head coach at LU. But that only goes so far. Lamar needs to get over how badly it got burned having to pay off Knight’s contract — an amount mostly covered from an outside source — and do right by a man who rescued the basketball program from a really dark place. For me, watching Lamar screw up on a coaching decision is deja vu many times over. That’s one thing I won’t miss. My first year as a sports writer, Kentucky and its racist coach, Adolph Rupp, lost the NCAA basketball championship to UTEP’s Don Haskins and his all black Texas Western Miners. It was a bitter, bitter pill for Rupp, who never recruited a black player in 42 years as head coach. Old Adolph must have been turning over in his grave, then, with an all black Kentucky team on the verge of the first unbeaten season in college basketball since Indiana in 1976. The irony of it all was that the school trying to prevent it from happening in a Saturday night semifinal was a Wisconsin team with four white starters. Wonder who the ghost of Rupp was pulling for?With the hiring of Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart, the University of Texas will become a major force in basketball before it comes all the way back in football under Charlie Strong. Smart is the perfect hire in a state that’s become almost as fertile a recruiting ground in basketball as it is in football. The guy who took mid-major VCU to the Final Four is young, hip, coaches an up-tempo style of basketball that appeals to kids and will be able to tap into the AAU network that has become the lifeblood for getting players. What says it all about the sleeping giant UT is in basketball is the fact that in recent years Smart turned down high-paying offers from UCLA, Maryland and Illinois. It’s almost like he was waiting patiently for the UT job to open . . . If there was anybody who was more predictable, or did a poorer job than Bob Knight as a TV basketball analyst, I never heard them. That’s why it wasn’t surprising that ESPN, after years of overpaying for Knight’s name and getting little in return, has pulled the plug. Between Bob and Pat, the Knights may be America’s No. 1 sports welfare family. With Tony Romo agreeing to a contract restructuring that frees up $12.7 million in salary cap space, Jerry Jones is now positioned to make a move on Adrian Peterson. Romo said he would have done the same thing for the Cowboys to re-sign DeMarco Murray, but as mentioned in this space over and over, Jethro is all in on bringing Peterson to Dallas. Doing what he did with Romo’s salary is going to wreck Dallas with the salary cap down the line, but Mr. Desperation knows the window is closing for Romo and that if he doesn’t win a Super Bowl in the next couple of years it’s probably not going to happen . . . Longtime readers know that few things have ticked me off more over the years than the rewarding of mediocrity by continuing to add more teams in the playoffs at all levels. Nothing is worse than college football which last year had 39 bowl games. Amazingly, that number could jump to 43 by next year, if applications for bowls to be played in Austin, Little Rock, Tucson and Orlando are approved. That would mean 86 teams headed to bowls, many of them at 6-6 and some of them at 5-7. It stinks . . . Nice to see a couple of coaches I crossed paths with in the early years — Bruce Bush and Phil Danaher — headed for induction into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Bush was an assistant under Doug Ethridge at PN-G during the Indians’ remarkable run of playing in the 4A seminfinals or state championship game four consecutive years during the mid ’70s. He went on to compile a 271-112-8 record as a head coach at Livingston, Pharr San Juan Alamo, Gregory-Porland, Donna and San Marcos. Danaher, a fellow Missourian, was head coach at Hamshire-Fannett from 1978-83 before moving on to Corpus Christi Calallen. In 31 years he compiled a sparkling 340-65-2 record and became the second winningest Texas high school coach. OK, it’s time to start winding this thing down with some personal thoughts. Standing on the practice tee at the Shell Houston Open Thursday, watching Chris Stroud and Andrew Landry prepare for their opening round, I couldn’t help but think how things had come full cycle through golf. The first event I covered was the 1966 Masters. I was there because my Lamar roommate, Cesar Sanudo, had qualified as an amateur. What a thrill. Among other things, I got to see Jack Nicklaus become the first to win the Masters back-to-back. Almost 49 years later to the day, the final story would involve two PN-G kids playing at golf’s highest level. If either one of them ever makes it to the Masters, I’ll be there . . . My biggest disappointment, bar none, because of the stunning lack of professionalism it involved, was seeing the Beaumont Enterprise refuse to acknowledge the existence of a Bum Phillips trophy being presented to the winner of the Nederland-PN-G Mid County Madness game last season. It was done at the direction of the paper’s managing editor because the Port Arthur News was behind the trophy. In so doing, the Enterprise disrespected the name and accomplishments of a Southeast Texas icon. It wasn’t necessary to mention us, but the trophy was a part of the story. Beaumont’s TV stations made a big deal out of it, as they should have. The trophy was even mentioned in the Houston Chronicle and on national television by Jim Nantz. Hopefully, with me out of the picture, they can act like a real newspaper next year and acknowledge Bum and the trophy . . . Thanks for reading. If you need to reach me, I’ll be somewhere on a golf course. Sports editor Bob West can be e-mailed at email@example.com -30- ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003183,t000003393,t000003195,t000046469,t000040506,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
Mar 24, 2015
First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]
Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/nfl-jerseys.jpg]3612481[/img] First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that's your first clue that we didn't make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it's 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn't 80 in Cleveland. Wasn't Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. See, that's the worse news. It snowed on us Monday night in Cleveland, and we're headed somewhere far worse. We're driving to Syracuse. When the Sooners were sent to the Northeast -- Columbus first, which is Midwest from a historical perspective but in truth is in the middle of the state that is the gateway to the American northeast, and then Syracuse -- we decided that if OU won two games and reached the Sweet 16, we'd just stay. Economically, it made sense. We were scheduled to arrive back in Dallas at 7 p.m., then drive home, which would have made it around 10:30. We'd have flown back to Syracuse sometime around noon Wednesday, which meant leaving home at 10 or 10:30. So for one full day and one partial morning back home, we'd have needed another round-trip ticket to a place that's expensive and difficult to reach. So we're driving to Syracuse, where the temperature was 11 degrees when I checked Monday morning. It looks like it might warm up into the 40s by the time the East Regional gets started. Which will be balmy by upstate New York standards. Until we get there, there are a few things to see along the way. CANTON PALACE The Pro Football Hall of Fame sits in Canton, about an hour south of downtown Cleveland, about 90 minutes north of Columbus. I'd been to Canton thrice, for the induction ceremonies of Tommy McDonald (1998), Barry Sanders (2004) and Troy Aikman (2006). I was scheduled to come in 1995, the year Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Largent and Tulsa U.'s Jim Finks were inducted, but I needed a pinch-hitter after a broken leg on the softball diamond the night before my flight. So I'd been to Canton during the fussle and bustle of Induction Weekend, when the grounds are covered with literally tens of thousands of football fans. The induction ceremony just gets bigger and bigger. When I first came, the festivities were conducted on the Hall of Fame's veranda, which is where McDonald gave his famously goofy speech and tossed his Hall of Fame bust into the air to show he still could catch. Fans spilled out on the grassy knoll below the veranda. By 2004, the inductions had moved to Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame grounds and part of famed Canton McKinley High School. For Sanders' induction, I had a seat in the Fawcett pressbox. Two years later, the party had gotten so big, there was a pecking order for media, and I didn't make the cut. I wasn't in the pressbox; my work space was a room with televisions in the Hall of Fame, though I could roam the stadium during the ceremony. So I was looking forward to seeing the Hall of Fame under a little more sedate conditions. I had come away impressed with the Hall on my previous visits. Even wrote that I thought it was better than the Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited in 1976 and again in 2000. But I don't know. Didn't wow me this time. Maybe because I had been so much. It's still good. Still a must for NFL fans. Just nothing spectacular. And they got me started with a bad attitude on the opening kickoff. Tickets are $24, which is fine, and for $43, you get a two-day pass that includes admission to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which we plan to go through Tuesday. Seemed like a fine deal. But the gougers at Canton charge you $10 to park. I can understand paying to park. If you're in Midtown Manhattan. If you're in an urban downtown. If you're on a college campus. If you're on Main Street in Hometown, America, and the meter needs a quarter. But $10 to park in a spacious lot on an Ohio hillside? The Hall of Fame fundamentally is a place of business. You are there to spend money. They are not doing you a favor by letting you come on their land. You are doing them a favor. Sort of like the parking charge at Frontier City in OKC. Drives me nuts. Anyway, we went through the Hall of Fame, and here are my impressions on my first leisurely stroll through the Canton shrine: * The most interesting room is the Hall of Fame Gallery, which includes the busts of all the inductees. Do you remember the M*A*S*H episode where Frank and Hot Lips give Col. Potter an anniversary gift of a wooden bust of Potter? The Korean sculptor, who doubles as a trinket salesman, makes the Colonel look a little too Korean. I thought of the episode when I walked through the Hall's gallery. Some of those guys didn't look much like themselves. We started a playing a little game. Someone would cover the name, and I'd try to guess who the inductee was. I got Frank Gifford, and some of the later guys. But man, this wasn't a tiptop job. Some of that can be blamed on the lighting. The gallery is darkened, with individual lights shone on each bust, but not a bright light. More like a pinball light. As if they don't want fans to be able to see the unlikenesses. Some were OK. Tom Landry, sans fedora, looks just like himself. Jerry Rice. A few others. * The best part of the Hall of Fame is the uniforms. From old to new, uniforms are the best part of football memorabilia. In fact, I have a suggestion for the Hall of Fame. Dedicate a room to the uniform progression of each team. Showing the Packers through the years. The Broncos. The Buccaneers. That would be the most popular exhibit by far. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/ssu.jpg]3612527[/img] * Lots of artifacts, which generally don't do much for me. A football shoe in 1952 compared to a football shoe in 2012 doesn't do much for me. But you still find nuggets. Like this: Larry Allen's football helmet from Sonoma State, an sUs type logo on the helmet that looks exactly like the vintage oSu logo on Oklahoma State helmets from the '70s. Somebody was trademark infringing, I promise you. This would be the second OSU/Sonoma State connection I know. Our man A.C. Slater of Thunder writing fame grew up in northern California and attended Sonoma State before transferring to OSU. * The Hall of Fame doesn't have nearly enough interactive video. Some, but not enough. You'd think you could go to a kiosk, punch up a team and view the 10 most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs history. But no. There's a big theater room that repeatedly plays "The Road to the Super Bowl," a 17-minute video that is falseness in advertising. It's not the road to anything. It's the Super Bowl itself. A 17-minute video about the most recent Super Bowl, except I guess we're a little too close to last Feb. 1, because they don't have the new video completed. We sat through a 17-minute video of the Seattle-Denver rout of 14 months ago. I thought the video was good, but nothing you can't see on NFL Network several times a day. A far better video was a seven-minute video shown while you're waiting in line to enter the theater room, this one about training camp. Lots of vintage footage of Vince Lombardi and Tom Coughlin and the like, from training camps through the years. I thought that was interesting. * To show you how the nation is spiraling into a place it doesn't want to go, the bottom level is billed as an interactive gallery. Ryan Aber remembers it as a place where kids could go and throw football and kick footballs and such. Now, it's all video-game based. You don't go onto a set and feel like you're throwing a football in Lambeau Field. You sit down with computer controls and simulate on a screen. I swear, if our nation ever falls, it's going to be computer-based. A foreign power will infiltrate our computer systems and we won't even know it. We'll be sitting inside somewhere, not paying attention. * I asked each of my pals what they thought of the Hall. Aber had been once, as a young adult. John Shinn had been as a kid. Guerin Emig never had been. Aber: Good, since it had a lot of Packers stuff. Shinn: Too much Packers stuff. (He's a Bears man.) "A lot of cool artifacts, and I like artifacts." Shinn liked Joe Namath's knee brace from Super Bowl 3 and seeing old logos, like a goofy Cleveland Browns from what I assume was the '50s. Emig: "Helps to be a Steelers fan." He liked the game-worn jerseys. Maybe it helps to have devotion to one team. Then you can revel in all the aspects of that team. All the guys took photos of the busts and memorabilia associated with their favorite team. I don't have a favorite team. I just like the NFL. Like the games. I almost always pick out somebody I want to win, but it's not like I'm a Packer fan, or a Ram fan, or a Giant fan. At the admission desk, they ask your zip code and your favorite team. I said, 73071 and whoever's playing the Redskins. I don't like Daniel Snyder. * The gift shop is big-time good. I could spend a lot of money in there. Old-fashioned pennants and banners for each team were unbelievably cool. A vintage Joe Namath jersey. Lots of good stuff. But I'm never tempted. Didn't buy anything. * The Hall seems to have moved away from some of its ties to the prehistoric era. When I first came 17 years ago, there was a ton of tribute to Jim Thorpe. I even wrote a column about it. Now a huge Thorpe mural adorns the wall and a big Thorpe statue sits in the rotunda, but that's about it. Thorpe was huge in Canton, because he signed with the Canton Bulldogs and helped found what became the NFL. So all in all, I'd have to say I was disappointed. Maybe the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame will be better. PRESIDENTIAL MISFIRE When we were down in Columbus, something made us think of President William McKinley and made us assume he was from Ohio, even though we didn't really know. And I forgot to look it up. Then we drove to Canton, and presto, it made sense. Canton McKinley High School. Then we saw the signs. McKinley Library and Museum. So I hatched a plan when we got to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I told the guys I would take the car, go through the McKinley museum, then come back and get them. That way, I'd see something I'd never seen, and we could save that ridiculous $10 parking charge. But they talked me out of it. Said we'd go through the Hall of Fame, then go to the presidential library. OK. But we left the Hall at 3:50 p.m., looked up the McKinley library, and it closed at 4 p.m. Bummer. As you know, I went to the Truman Library a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City and enjoyed it. And I knew quite a bit about Harry Truman. I don't know much of anything about William McKinley, other than he was assassinated and he was president through the Spanish-American War victory. So I looked it up. Here's a quick history lesson. McKinley was the 25th president, serving from March 4, 1897, to September 1901, six months into his second term. He was assassinated in Buffalo. His vice president, Teddy Roosevelt, became president. McKinley raised protective tariffs (I'm against that) and maintained the gold standard for the U.S. (I'm for that). Even cooler, McKinley was the last president to have served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Canton, practiced law and eventually was elected to Congress. McKinley eventually became Ohio's governor and ran for president in 1896, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was generally a popular president, economic growth marked his years in the White House and the Spanish-American War brought the U.S. all kinds of territories, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii to some degree. But on Sept. 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American, who was part anarchist, gunned down McKinley in Buffalo. I wish I had gone through the museum, so I could know why we remember John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald but not Leon Czolgosz. Next time I'm in Canton, I'll be at the McKinley library, not at the hall of fame that sits next to McKinley's football field. OHIO HILLS Eastern Ohio is not flat. It's hard to find level ground. Lots of rolling hills. The drive from Columbus to Canton was nice, with lots of scenic farms and the such. After we left Canton, we drove through Akron, and the University of Akron's new football stadium (constructed in 2009) sits hard by the interstate. The Zips play at OU in September, and their football stadium is very nice. Looks much more traditional (which means better) than, say, North Texas' new stadium at the I-35 fork in Denton. Akron is coached by Terry Bowden, so there's that angle. Akron played in the historic Rubber Bowl -- Firestone Tires, remember, is headquartered in Akron -- but it was miles from campus and in need of constant renovation. So the school built a new stadium. I've never heard that Akron had a big rival, but Kent State is only 10 miles away. I never realized Kent was so close to the Cleveland/Akron area. I looked it up, and yep, Kent State is the big rival for Akron. I guess I could have asked Darnell Mayberry; he once covered the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal. Traffic wasn't bad through the Canton/Akron area, despite it being 4-5 p.m. I would have guessed we'd have hit some bad traffic. Akron is a big place. The fifth-largest city in Ohio, trailing the big C's (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) and Toledo. (Dayton ranks sixth, Canton eighth, Youngstown ninth). The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which I assume includes Canton, had a 2010 population of 703,000. And of course, Akron and Canton are included in Cleveland's metro population, which counts 3.5 million residents and ranks 18th in America. We were headed to a Fairfield Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, a southeast suburb of Cleveland. Got an $82 rate. We all had some work to do, and Ryan said he needed a drink before we checked in. So I looked it up, and there was a Sonic right across the street from our hotel. Sometimes clean living pays off. LOCAL FARE We had no dining knowledge. None. We could go chain, or go adventuring. So we went adventuring. Walked into a place called Jerzees, a sports grill near the Hall of Fame. It was pretty desolate, but turns out a good choice. They had a chicken wing special; 49 cents each. I got eight wings and fries. Ryan and I ate for $15 combined. Can't beat that. And it was good. For a late dinner, Guerin, Ryan and I drove down the road to a place called Rockne's. Sort of a local Chili's type place. Except I hate Chili's, so don't judge it by that. Yep, the place is named after Knute Rockne, for no good reason that we could tell. Rockne grew up in Chicago, got famous at Notre Dame and was killed by a plane crash in Kansas. Don't know what any of that has to do with Streetsboro, Ohio. The girls working at Rockne's were nice. One of them's grandmother lives in Oklahoma, but she didn't know where. Which I thought was both sad and illuminating. I had a steak salad, which was decent. I wish I had ordered the pork wings. I didn't know pigs had wings. Sort of gives new meaning to the term, when pigs fly. The place was decent. We could have gone to an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday, but what's the fun in that? MORE STREAMING In my hotel room, I watched the OU-Stanford women's game on my computer. The internet connection was hit and miss. When I put the game on full screen, it often got fuzzy. When I kept it partial screen, I had a tougher time seeing. I also got a good email from reader Curtis Ray, who tried to educate me on watching games while travelling. I appreciated his suggestions and thought I would pass them on: "I travel a lot and have the regular League Pass through Cox that also includes League Pass Broadband. Good hotel internet equals good quality playback. Obviously, your hotel’s internet was indeed terrible if it was buffering like you described. If the hotel is still using DSL, you’ll have issues. DSL is cheap compared to cable and FIOS, so many hotel owners choose it at their properties to save themselves money as well as force their guests to purchase their overpriced Lodgenet movies they offer instead of allowing guests to stream their own using Netflix, Hulu. Etc. "Now, if the Thunder game is also being shown on NBATV that night, keep in mind that it will not be available on League Pass. Silly rule, but it has something to do with the NBA’s blackout policy. To combat this problem since the Thunder has several NBATV games, I purchased a SlingBox that you can easily connect to your cable or satellite box. I bought mine at Best Buy, but you can get it at other places as well. You can then connect remotely via broadband and stream, watch and control your own TV from anywhere, in HD. So if the Thunder is on NBATV, no problem. I tap into the Slingbox and turn the channel to Cox 722 and watch It on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Slingbox also has an app so you can watch your home TV from a smartphone or tablet. I sometimes watch local news, an OU or OSU basketball game, or pretty much anything I would watch at home that I cannot get on the hotel TV in whatever city I’m in. "One important detail, though. Whatever TV at home that you hook the Slingbox up to will be the one you control remotely. I now connect mine to my home office TV cable box since no one in my family is watching that one when I’m gone. I used to have it on my bedroom TV, but my wife isn’t a big basketball fan and didn’t want to be forced to watch the Thunder game on that TV when I was connected and watching from out of town. (I still love her though.) "I saw you mention watching the game and the limited screen size of your computer. I always bring an HDMI cable and connect my laptop to one of the hotel TV’s HDMI ports and change the input. Now, you can watch the game on league pass or through the Slingbox on your hotel TV! It’s now like having Fox Sports Oklahoma right there on your hotel TV. There are a handful of hotels that have disabled their remotes or use universal remotes that don’t have the input selector. But you can typically find it the side of the TV itself near the volume and power buttons. "I especially love the league pass app while in Vegas. I can place very small wagers on various NBA games that night and watch them all in my hotel room upstairs instead of having to sit in the sports book with all the idiots. I also like that league pass archives the games, so if I fly or drive at night during a game, I can watch the archive from the start on league pass after arriving at my hotel…that hopefully has decent internet of course. "I’ve been doing this double tiered League Pass/Slingbox method since 2005-2006 when the Hornets were here. Hotel internet was horrific than and is still awful at some properties today. However, if you are fortunate to stay at a hotel with a decent internet speed, you won’t have the buffering and start/stop/start problems." Now that's what I call information. I'm going to be lost for awhile on Slingbox and HDMI cables and the such. But League Pass comes with an archive function? That means when I get to my hotel room Tuesday night, I can hook up and watch Thunder-Lakers from the beginning? It's like DVR on the road. Great information, Curtis.
The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area.
High school notebook: All Sports Association scholarship applications available
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Feb 15, 2015The All Sports Association will once again give out two scholarship awards to high school athletes, and the application is now available to be downloaded. The All Sports Association annually gives out $1,000 scholarships to an outstanding senior girl and senior boy graduating from a high school in the greater Oklahoma City area. That includes Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Pottawatomie counties, as well as Newcastle, Tuttle and Bridge Creek schools. Applicant selection will be based on attributes consistent with the mission of the All Sports Association, including leadership, character, academics, athletic participation and accomplishment, and school/civic activities. In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must attend a two- or four-year Oklahoma college or university, have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and a minimum ACT score of 22. The student must have participated in high school athletics, but cannot be receiving a college or university athletic scholarship, or be participating as a student walk-on athlete for any sport. Application deadline is April 3, and the recipients of the scholarships will be announced on April 20. The application can be downloaded at okcallsports.org/scholarship. THE OKLAHOMAN’S SPRING MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Spring Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. McGuinness is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in the lobby of the McGuinness gymnasium, which can be entered from the Interstate 44 service road off Western Avenue. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in baseball, slowpitch softball, soccer, track, golf and tennis is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. OSSAA ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL REVENUE The OSSAA announced it that reimbursed schools the most amount of money ever for the football playoffs. A total of $491,463.59 was reimbursed, including $174,550 to participating schools for travel. A total of $316,913.59 was reimbursed to schools hosting semifinals and championship games. The organization netted $286,655.60, an increase of more than $4,000 from last year. Semifinals and championships were all held at neutral sites, with the most expensive being Tulsa University. The school charged nearly $10,000 per game. OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said it’s unlikely the OSSAA returns there unless it’s a Tulsa Union-Jenks matchup. NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED Winners of the recent OSSAA board elections were announced by Sheakley. The new multi-high representative will be Northwest Classen principal Brad Herzer. The Southwest Division I representative will be Mustang superintendent Sean McDaniel. Northeast Division I will be represented by Sapulpa superintendent Kevin Burr. Northwest Division II’s representative will be Kingfisher superintendent Jason Sternberger. Rick Pool of Kiowa returns as the Southeast Division III representative.
Jan 22, 2015
Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, was the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, one slot behind Lions controversial star Ndamukong Suh. During a Thursday morning radio interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, the former Southeast High School standout talked about Suh being a better player […]
OU football: Former Sooner Gerald McCoy talks Ndamukong Suh, super heroes and more on Mike and Mike
Mike Baldwin | Jan 22, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/01/Gerald-McCoy.jpg]3551816[/img] Former Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, was the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, one slot behind Lions controversial star Ndamukong Suh. During a Thursday morning radio interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike, the former Southeast High School standout talked about Suh being a better player and Batman as a super hero. AUDIO: Gerald McCoy on ESPN's Mike and Mike MCCOY ON THE DRAFT ESPN's Mike Greenberg: We have a feature called “Next Question.” I'm going to throw a bunch of questions at you. Some of them are on the field, some of them are off the field and we'll get to know Gerald McCoy a little bit. ESPN's Mike Golic: I have a favorite question (super heroes) I know we'll get to down the line. Greenberg: I know where the fight is going to begin. Let's start with Tampa Bay has the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, who should they take? McCoy: They should make the best decision for the team. Greenberg: I understand that. Is the best decision for the team start with the initials JW (Jameis Winston) or MM (Marcus Mariota)? McCoy: I don't know. Golic: I know you have a good relationship with (Tampa Bay coach) Lovie Smith. Will have you have a conversation where you're joking around. Will you offer your input. McCoy: I'll throw a joke out there but I'm being completely honest. I don't watch much college football so my scouting report would be wrong anyway. I would be basing it off the couple of games that I watched and that's not good. SUH OR MCCOY: WHO’S THE BEST? Greenberg: You're the highest paid defensive lineman of all time, but now Ndamukong Suh is set to get his pay day. Once and for all, who is the best defensive tackle in the NFL right now, McCoy or Suh? McCoy: Suh. Greenberg: He's better than you? McCoy: You didn't think I was going to say that, did you? This is what I base it off of. If you look at our careers in comparison he's had a better career. It's a what-have-you-done-lately-for-me league. I was second-team All-Pro and he was first-team. And Suh had the most votes. It automatically makes him No. 1. Greenberg: That's an extraordinarily generous thing to say. Golic: When you were coming into the draft I actually said I liked you better, not because of how you played in college but because how your game would translate to the pros. I thought you were more prepared from a schematic standpoint. McCoy: Suh is what I like to call a mutant. You have a lot of mutants in this league; he's one of them. ROGER GOODELL NEEDS A HUG Greenberg: What do NFL players think of (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell? McCoy: It's inconsistent. Some people are OK with him, some people are not. It just depends on who you talk to. Golic: We're talking to you. McCoy: I don't know. Greenberg: Have you met him? McCoy: Yeah, and I gave him a big hug. Greenberg: At the draft, of course. McCoy: (Goodell) is cool with me. Anytime I talk to him I actually give him a hug every time. GOOD GERALD Greenberg: E-60 did a piece on you and said you're actually too nice. Are you too nice? McCoy: No. Guys talk back and forth on the field. Some guys talk the Richard Sherman way and some guys talk my way. Richard Sherman is a noise-talking guy. I'm more of a "How's your family doing" type of guy. That doesn't mean I'm not going to try and kill you when they snap the ball. But I like to make sure people are doing well off the field. Golic: I like that. He's nice on the field but he plays hard. You can do both. He's one of the best defensive tackles in the game. I played with a guy, Reggie White. Reggie White never cussed anyone on the field but he sure beat them all. BACKING BATMAN Greenberg: Here's the big question. You're a huge comic book, movie fan. Who is your favorite super hero? McCoy: The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine. They're like neck and neck. Greenberg: Do you consider Batman should be on that list? McCoy: Yes, Batman is on that list. He's third. Golic: Is Batman a super hero? I don't think he is a super hero. McCoy: (Emphatically) Batman is probably the smartest one of them all. Anybody who can beat Superman in a fight you've got to be some type of super hero. Golic: They only did that to give him some credence of being a super hero. McCoy: Then why is he with the Justice League? Do you know who the real leader is of the Justice League? It's not Superman. It's Batman. Golic: I will tell you why he's in the Justice League. McCoy: Because he's Batman. Richard Sherman is a noise-talking guy. I'm more of a "How's your family doing" type of guy. That doesn't mean I'm not going to try and kill you when they snap the ball. Golic: No. They need a guy like that who is captured all the time so he can be saved. McCoy: You think you have him captured and he'll throw smoke at you. Golic: So this is what our superheroes have become, throw some smoke at you? If Batman was at a regular airport he'd have to take his utility belt off and then he's done. McCoy: He has his own plane. Greenberg: That's exactly right. Batman is super smart. Golic: What can Batman actually do? McCoy: He can fight anybody... Anybody. It doesn't matter. He will find a way to win. Golic: Are you saying he'd win against Superman, the Hulk or the Wolverine? McCoy: Hey, Batman has a suit for anybody. Greenberg: That's exactly right. Thanks, (sarcastically adding) Gerald McCoy, the best defensive tackle in the history of the sport, knows that Batman is a super hero. Batman was on Super Friends. He wasn't on Friends. He's not Ross. He's a super hero in every conceivable well. McCoy: Yes. Greenberg: Well done, Gerald. MCCOY THE AUTHOR Greenberg: We heard you're writing a book? McCoy: I got busy so I wrote around two pages. That was to let myself know that one day, yes, I will finish this book. I was second-team All-Pro and he was first-team. And Suh had the most votes. It automatically makes him No. 1. Golic: (Greenberg) is scared of you? Greenberg: I'm not scared of Gerald. Golic: If I told (Greenberg) I started a book and I wrote only two pages, you'd rip me. Greenberg: You're version of starting a book means reading two pages. (laughter, canned crowd noise) Golic: I'm the butt of your joke. Greenberg: Now that I've released my latest book on the literary scorecard between the two of us I've written four books and you've read three books. Golic: Gerald, you've written two pages which is more than I'll ever write. McCoy: You thought a book. Greenberg: Well played by Gerald, McCoy, a terrific young defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, right in the middle of that defense there in Tampa, a very tough year, of course, but a terrific player.
Dec 15, 2014
For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma City Public school board voted to remove.
For many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname Redskins is a point of pride, not derision.
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Dec 15, 2014The boils sprung up suddenly on the back of Al Miller’s neck. It was the fall of 1947, and the sophomore was trying to earn a spot on the football team at Capitol Hill High School. He didn’t want to miss practice. He couldn’t, really, with all the good players on the team. So, he found a piece of rubber mat and fashioned a buffer around those boils. “Cause I wanted to be a Redskin,” he said. So did lots of other Oklahoma City kids. For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma City Public school board voted to remove. Since that vote last week, there have been objections from many alums. They want the mascot restored. They want the nickname back. Some eyes roll at such a sentiment. Surely these are just the antiquated arguments of old-timers who don’t know that term is seen as disparaging and offensive by many, that it has ties to a time when bounties were paid for the scalps of American Indians, that it is a racial slur like any other racial slur that we wouldn’t print in the pages of a family newspaper. But for many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname is a point of pride, not derision. Miller, a three-sport standout who graduated in 1950 and returned to start what would become a storied high school football coaching career there a decade or so later, grew up on Southeast 18th Street only a few miles from the school. He would walk to the football stadium every Friday in the fall and hop the fence around 5 o’clock. He’d lay in the bleachers until paying fans started to arrive, then he’d just blend into the crowd. “That’s what I had to do to get in,” he said. “I didn’t have the money, and my folks really didn’t want me to go.” His parents were raised in an extremely conservative church that “didn’t believe in worldly amusements,” Miller said. He, on the other hand, believed staunchly in Capitol Hill. Same goes for Don Demeter, who came through the school a few years after Miller. Even though Demeter would go on to win a World Series ring with the Dodgers and twice receive votes in the MVP balloting, he still marvels a bit that he made the baseball team at Capitol Hill. He remembers 80 players turning out for A team tryouts. “I was probably the worst player on the team when I made it,” said Demeter, a prince among men who regularly says such things, but then he insisted, “I really was.” He chuckled. “I was the only one on that team senior year that didn’t make the All-City team.” In those days, it was nothing for the Dodgers to swoop in and sign three or four players and the Yankees to swoop in and do the same. Salad days? More like salad decades. Notables came through the school’s doors hard by Grand Boulevard for years. Allie Reynolds. Don Van Pool. Tom Sturdivant. Jack Van Pool. J.W. Mashburn. Orville Moody. Dick Soergel. Chebon Dacon. Winford Boynes. There were standouts in every sport. “I mean, we won in everything,” Demeter said. “We didn’t even know what tennis or wrestling was. We just knew we won at it.” The school’s alumni association has since inducted many of those athletes into its Hall of Fame — the annual ceremony draws anywhere from 600 to 800 — but it has standouts in other areas, too. One alum helped develop the atomic bomb. Another helped in the early days of the space program picking up astronauts after their splashdown return to Earth. Capitol Hill was also a leader in breaking down racial barriers. In 1955, all-white Capitol Hill played all-black Douglass in the state’s first integrated football game. They met on a football field in Oklahoma City four weeks before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomery. Nearly two decades later, Capitol Hill found itself in the middle of desegregation’s forced busing. Fights and riots marred the start of classes in 1972. Cops nearly outnumbered students. Garry Boevers was starting his senior year at Capitol Hill that fall, and he watched as many classmates fled the district. Their families had the financial means to escape, and they landed in Moore, Yukon, Edmond and pretty much every other suburb in the metro. Boevers’s family stayed put, though it seemed risky for the first couple weeks. Things were so bad that he didn’t even go to school. Tensions eventually calmed, but healing remained as winter approached and basketball began. Boevers was part of Capitol Hill’s integrated basketball team, and it became a rallying point for the school. Led by sophomore sensation Winford Boynes, the team won Capitol Hill’s first state basketball title in 19 years. “Winning the state ... seemed to bring the whole school together,” Boevers said. “We were all proud to be Redskins.” That feeling is shared by many of generations of Capitol Hill alums. Listen to folks like Boevers, Demeter and Miller, and you wonder if the hand wringing over the school board's decision might never have happened if the district had simply heard some of these stories before voting. Maybe the decision would've been the same, but at least the decision-makers would've known how so many folks feel. They loved their school when they were there, and they love it still. Even though the nickname is going to change, the pride that they feel toward their school, their history and yes, their mascot will remain. “I’m telling you now,” Miller said, “once a Redskin, always a Redskin.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Dec 14, 2014
VIDEO The top-rated commit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 class announced on Twitter late Sunday that he’s re-opening his recruitment. Ronald Jones — a 5-foot-10, 182-pound running back from McKinney North High School (Texas) — verbally pledged to the Cowboys in April. His older sister is a junior at OSU. In November, Hill’s high school coach, […]
Oklahoma State football: Cowboy running back commit Ronald Jones reopens his recruitment
Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 14, 2014The top-rated commit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 class announced on Twitter late Sunday that he’s re-opening his recruitment. Ronald Jones — a 5-foot-10, 182-pound running back from McKinney North High School (Texas) — verbally pledged to the Cowboys in April. His older sister is a junior at OSU. In November, Jones' high school coach, Mike Fecci, told this to The Oklahoman: "Obviously, there's a bunch of people out there that would love to have him and would love to try and go get him. But he's made it pretty clear to not only me, but to OSU, that he's an OSU guy. He's excited about his opportunity to go up to Stillwater and be a Cowboy." But Jones scheduled official visits to Notre Dame and USC later that month. And on Sunday night, Jones made his new intentions known: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/FullSizeRender-3.jpg]3517236[/img] . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/FullSizeRender-2.jpg]3517237[/img] . Jones rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of his last two high school seasons and combined for 67 touchdowns. He’s the No. 5 ranked running back on ESPN’s national list and he has his choice of more than two dozen top-tier programs. A look at Jones’ Rivals page: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/FullSizeRender1.jpg]3517211[/img] . Jones’ departure adds yet another hit to the Cowboys’ running back corps entering next season, with 2014 being Desmond Roland’s last year of eligibility along with Tyreek Hill’s dismissal. Rennie Childs will return in 2015 as OSU’s most experienced back. His stats over two seasons: 110 carries | 450 yards | 4 YPC | 4 TDs. Sione Palelei — a 5-foot-10, 196-pound running back from East Ascension High School in southeast Louisiana — might also also be in the mix. The freshman who is redshirting this season runs a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, according to the OSU athletics website. There are currently no other running backs in the Cowboys’ 2015 class. More from The Oklahoman: >> Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones hold steady with OSU commitment, continues strong play >> Oklahoma State football: Oklahoma State football recruiting: OSU commitment Ronald Jones is putting up numbers for McKinney North >> Oklahoma State football: Tragedy shapes running back commitment Ronald Jones II