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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
Dec 14, 2014
The now former OSU multipurpose player’s departure from the program shakes up the depth chart at a number of key positions
Oklahoma State football: Which Cowboys are in position to fill Tyreek Hill's shoes?
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Dec 14, 2014STILLWATER — As Oklahoma State moves ahead without Tyreek Hill, the Cowboys must identify the players to replace him. Emphasis on the plural. When OSU coach Mike Gundy dismissed Hill from the program Friday night following an arrest and charge of domestic violence allegedly against his pregnant girlfriend, the Cowboy depth chart was shaken in a lot of places. “(We) knew that he was a guy who can run routes and also at times you’ve got to hand the ball to him, so there had to be a combination of both,” said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich on Dec. 2. “You don’t want to put him in one spot. You want to move him around.” The task of replacing Hill’s speed and quickness seems impossibly difficult. His 10.19 second 100-meter dash time ranks among the all-time top of college football. And finding one player with the tools to play four different positions is also a tall order. In 12 career games at OSU, Hill averaged just short of 16 touches: 8.5 rushes, 2.5 receptions, 2.5 kick returns and 2.2 punt returns. Here’s a breakdown of the candidates to make up for that production in the Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl against Washington — and into next season. RUNNING BACK Rennie Childs | So. | 5-10 | 205 Childs entered fall camp with the most experience at running behind starter Desmond Roland. Although Hill emerged as the No. 2 option as Childs fought through midseason injury. In a win at Texas Tech last season, Childs rushed for 70 yards on nine carries. He’s yet to break 50-yard mark since. But Childs has shown flashes of promise with three rushing touchdowns this season. Sione Palelei | Fr. | 5-10 | 196 Palelei is redshirting this season after suffering a season-ending injury in the fifth game of his senior year at East Ascension High School in southeast Louisiana. If Palelei can stay healthy, he might have a chance to contribute immediately next season — as his 40-yard dash time is listed at 4.35 on the OSU athletics website. WIDE RECEIVER David Glidden | Jr. | 5-7 | 185 Glidden has established himself as the go-to target in the Cowboys’ passing game with a team-leading 40 receptions. But his role might increase even more to fill certain sets in the Cowboy playbook. Hill often caught passes on quick throws to the sidelines. Those balls could be headed his way now, as Glidden has shown quick feet and a short burst in the slot this year. Jalen McClesky | HS Sr. | 5-9 | 153 The three-star rated prospect from St. Paul’s High School in east Louisiana will face stiff competition at slot receiver next season, with Glidden, junior Kameron Doolittle and sophomore Blake Webb returning. But Hill’s departure improves his shot at being involved early next year, as Doolittle and Webb have also only played sparingly this season. KICK RETURN / PUNT RETURN Brandon Sheperd | Jr. | 6-1 | 195 Sheperd fielded one punt return this season and has displayed elite speed on a number of long receptions. He was Mason Rudolph’s favorite target in Bedlam and now leads all Cowboys with 639 receiving yards on the season. But coaches will have to decide whether adding return duties is in the best interest for the team and Sheperd’s future. Jordan Sterns | So. | 6-1 | 205 Sterns played quite a bit of running back at Steele High School outside San Antonio and also hauled in one punt this season for 30 yards. The Cowboys have a history of success with defensive backs returning kicks, like former stars Justin Gilbert and Perrish Cox. Could Sterns be next in line?
Dec 6, 2014
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. It's midmorning, but the sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over.Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in the hills of Harlan County. He knows he'll probably be the...
Deep in coal country, pondering future without it
By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Dec 6, 2014HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. It's midmorning, but the sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over. Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in the hills of Harlan County. He knows he'll probably be the last. For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always the promise of another boom. Until now. There is a growing sense in these mountains that this downturn is different, deeper. That for a variety of reasons — economic, environmental, political — coal mining will not rebound this time. A thought on many people's minds is captured in a display in the windows of a vacant furniture store up the road in the once bustling town of Cumberland: "WHAT NEXT," it says. If coal is really done, what, if anything, could replace it? State and federal initiatives are exploring everything from ecotourism and small farmer loans to regional tax incentives for job creators. Others are still praying for a regulatory climate change that will breathe new life into the region's mines. For Scottie Sizemore and his wife, Madonna, the answer is simple, if painful. They're leaving. "I feel in my heart that there is no hope for Harlan. There's no hope for our children in the future here," Madonna Sizemore says, tears filling her eyes. "And I hate that." ___ On the peeling white wall above the dilapidated Lynch High School auditorium stage, someone has scrawled a defiant message in bold, red letters 3 feet high: "HARLAN IS MORE THAN COAL." In 1924, when Italian masons built the ornate cut-stone school building for United States Steel Corp.'s model "company town," it seemed the coal would never stop running. In its day, J.P. Morgan's loading facilities here were the largest in the country, and Lynch had 10,000 residents. Morgan, Henry Ford and other barons of industry were attracted by the region's rich seams of metallurgical coal — the high-quality mineral used to make coke for steel production. Entire cities sprang up to service the mines, but not without serious growth pangs: In the 1930s, the hollows and bottoms around here echoed with gunfire as union organizers and company "thugs" warred over who had the right to mine coal. The county earned a nickname that sticks to this day: "Bloody Harlan." Now, miner and operator alike are struggling to survive. On a recent afternoon in the hills above the tiny coal camp of Verda, Steven "Fish" Fields crawled inside an abandoned mine he'd played in as a child. The 49-year-old laid-off miner pointed to a thick black line running along the wall and off into the darkness: Coal. "It runs between 8 and 9 foot high on back in the back," he said. He and others here wonder why they can't mine the untapped riches beneath their feet. The Energy Information Administration estimates that there are about 30 billion minable tons of coal left in Kentucky — more than twice the amount pulled from the earth since settlement in the late 18th century. Nearly a third of those "recoverable reserves" are in the eastern coalfields. But mining it comes at great cost — both financial and environmental. The geological conditions in the Appalachians produced a coal that burned hotter and was lower in sulfur than mineral from other regions. But those same mountainous conditions now make it harder to get to under current regulations, and much more expensive to ship. In late November, the spot-market price for Central Appalachian coal was $56.10 per ton, according to the EIA. That's nearly $45 higher than coal from the Powder River Basin out West, where huge drag lines scoop the coal from the earth like so much ice cream from a carton. Most of Harlan County's "big coal" — seams thick enough for a worker to walk upright in — has long since been mined. According to the EIA, most of what's left — 9.1 billion tons — can only be realistically gotten by surface or "strip" mining. Around here, the most cost-effective method is "mountaintop removal," in which the hills are blasted apart to expose the coal beneath. But stricter interpretation of clean water and other regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency and the courts in recent years has all but ended the practice. It's part of what critics like C.V. Bennett III call President Obama's "war on coal." Bennett's family has been running mines in Harlan County for 102 years. But unless the government backs off considerably, he's not sure they'll last another five. "It's kind of like being a ship adrift in the middle of the ocean," says Bennett, 63, who's done about every job underground from rock-dusting to shoveling the belts. "But you just keep hoping you're going to hit land somewhere and somebody will see the plight of where this country's going." Since January 2012, the state has lost more than 7,000 direct mining jobs; fully half of the coal jobs in eastern Kentucky have vanished in the past five years. During the period, Bennett's workforce has dropped from more than 600 to fewer than 200. "That hurts me more than anything else, is seeing people I've known and grown up with," he says. "To have a future and then all of a sudden to have that future jerked out from underneath them — with no hope of it ever coming back." When Fields was laid off five years ago, he says he was making $25.50 an hour. His last job was with his family's T-shirt printing business — at $10 an hour. He and wife Debra have been getting by largely on her salary as a cook for the county schools. Despite lungs choked with coal dust, Fields yearns to go back underground. "It's a hard pill to swallow when you're laying at home and your wife's supporting you, instead of you supporting your wife," he says, huffing and coughing. His older brother went to Alabama looking for work in the mines. Fields is contemplating following him. Many are facing that same difficult choice. ___ Madonna Sizemore balances the baby on her hip as daughter Bryannah walks by with an armful of freshly laundered coveralls, their reflective strips shining, and tosses them into the back seat of the idling pickup truck. "I've got to go," Scottie Sizemore says as he leans in to kiss 10-month-old Anastyn. "You all be careful." "YOU be careful," his wife says. Three-year-old Rylan has already gotten her kiss. But she runs up to the door and reaches up for another. "Come back," she says, as her father gently lowers her to the ground. "I will," he replies. Madonna Sizemore watches as Scottie's truck rumbles over the railroad tracks and crosses the river, following the setting sun westward. By morning, he'll be back at work underground — 340 miles and a world away. In October, Scottie took a job as safety specialist with Patriot Coal in the newly booming mines of western Kentucky. He's not alone. Since last year, the Harlan County Community Action Agency has given 75 workers up to $5,000 each in relocation grants, says executive director Donna Pace. Many, like Scottie Sizemore, have moved to western Kentucky. For more than a century, eastern Kentucky outproduced the state's western coalfields. But in the past year, the balance has shifted to the west, where seams are shallower and thicker, but higher in sulfur. Smokestack scrubbers allow modern power plants to burn the dirtier coal. With easy access to river barge networks, western Kentucky mines are selling their coal for about $12 less per ton than their Appalachian competitors. Unlike so many others, Sizemore hadn't been laid off. But the company he was working for had cut salaries 7½ percent and was preparing to take another 7 percent. With a mortgage and five children to support, the choice was clear. "You can sit here and take the cuts," he says. "Or you can choose to move and continue making the money you're used to making." Still, the change is hard. To Donnie Reeves, leaving Harlan County felt like "just giving up." When he was laid off last year, Reeves applied for federal study grants and entered an industrial maintenance course. The 41-year-old is now making good money in his new job maintaining heavy equipment at Aichi Forge — one of the many parts manufacturers that have sprung up around Toyota's sprawling auto plant in Georgetown. Reeves says life is pretty good in the Bluegrass region — famed for its rolling pastures, horse farms and tobacco fields. But he misses being able to step out his back door and hike up into the hills. He misses going "ginsenging" and riding his four-wheeler on the blacktop. "It makes you a little bit bitter," he says. "That you can't stay where you want to be." Between 1900 and the outbreak of World War II, Harlan County's population grew nearly eight-fold, to a peak of 75,275. Today, it's around 28,000 — the lowest since 1920. For those who have chosen to stay behind, it has been a struggle. In the past two years, Keith Johnson was laid off from one coal company, then moved to another, only to have it close. At 43, he's gone from being a foreman making about $100,000 a year to a common miner at $20 an hour. "I had four W-2's last year," he says with a laugh. Johnson, 43, is paying on a $20,000 hospital bill incurred while working at a company that offered no insurance. He's spent about $40,000 from his retirement fund to stay in Harlan, at least until his son graduates from high school this spring. And he considers himself one of the lucky ones. Eddie Jones, 56, hunches in front of a flickering computer screen at the Kentucky Career Center in Harlan. Nearby hangs a poster with a photo of a man in a hard hat and the acronym "H.O.M.E." — Hiring Our Miners Everyday. The official unemployment rate here was 11.4 percent in September, but that figure only counts those still actively looking for work. Nothing in these hills could hope to compare with what these largely high school-educated men earned in the mines. This particular day, Jones prints out paperwork for a railroad welding job in Corbin, more than an hour away. Jones was laid off in May 2013. To stay near family, he's been making do with odd jobs — painting, digging ditches, mowing grass. He's angry that Congress failed to extend his unemployment beyond 26 weeks. He's aggravated with local politicians who couldn't get the roads and infrastructure that might have made Harlan County more attractive to businesses other than coal. "They've bailed out every entity in the country," he says. "The banking industry. The airline industry. The car industry. Everybody but the American worker." He has a right to be angry, Jason Bailey says. The director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Bailey says that for years, a major focus was to develop former mine sites into industrial parks. But many of those parks and spec buildings were soon abandoned — or never occupied at all. Government has found ways to help tobacco farmers and redwood loggers transition away from those industries, says Bailey. This region must be compensated for the cost it has borne "in providing the cheap power that built the modern American economy." "The region has paid it in spoiled water and degraded land and black lung disease, broken backs, torn-up roads, blasted mountains," he says, noting these issues make it harder to diversify. "I think there is a debt owed." Harlan County is included in one of President Obama's "Promise Zones," giving the region priority to access federal money to create jobs and improve educational opportunities. There is also the federal-state SOAR Initiative — Shaping our Appalachian Region. At a recent gathering in Natural Bridge State Resort Park, working groups presented a series of ideas, ranging from tax incentives to lure companies to the region, to small loans to help farmers connect with markets. Late last month, the group's executive board voted to support legislation to establish an economic development fund with revenue from taxes on income, sales or each ton of coal mined in the state. Many feel they can't afford to wait and see if these efforts bear fruit. When she and Scottie were teens, Madonna Sizemore remembers, cruisers encircled the parking lot at the Village Center mall and spilled out onto U.S. 421. Today, parking is no problem; at one end of the half-empty strip, the anchor store is a Goodwill. Scottie Sizemore has been sharing an apartment with another transplanted Harlan Countian. But if all goes well, he hopes Madonna and the children will join him soon. His wife blinks back tears as she contemplates saying goodbye to her parents, who are elderly and sick. She hates the idea of having to leave her beloved mountains. "It's just like a piece of the Lord's hands is here," she says, her voice breaking. "And He keeps us protected." But she knows these hills can't shield the next generation from the harsh economic realities bearing down on Harlan County. ___ Just six years ago, Harlan County High opened — a gleaming, multimillion-dollar facility taking in students from dying schools in other parts of the county. But enrollment is down by about 10 percent from a first-year high of 1,150. It is part of a troubling trend. Since 1980, the county has lost nearly half of its under-35 population. The 20-24 age group in the area is projected to decline by about a quarter by the year 2050, according to the University of Louisville. "It's a whole generation that doesn't have anywhere to go exactly," says Robert Gipe, director of Appalachian studies at Southeast Community College & Technical College, up the road in Cumberland. No one is saying that mining will cease altogether here — at least not anytime soon. But when you've been so dependent for so long, there are bound to be withdrawal pains — and denial. On the third floor of HCHS, a large poster hangs on the wall down the hall from Tami Brock's classroom. It depicts the many benefits derived from the black mineral. "Coal is America's Future," it declares. But fewer and fewer of Brock's students believe that. "Probably 20 percent of my kids' parents are laid off," says Brock, who taught at Cumberland High before it was closed and merged with Harlan County. "The way the coal industry is, it kind of comes in waves. But there's never a big wave that stays. It just doesn't stay anymore." On a recent Friday, Brock assembled a group of eight students in her classroom. When asked how many have a close family member who's worked in the mines, every hand went up. Senior Chelsea Niday, 18, says her father found another position within about a month after a recent layoff. But she worries about the next time. Next fall, she hopes to go to Eastern Kentucky University. She doubts she'll come back to Harlan County. "There's just really nothing here for me to do," she says. "I don't think I could possibly make a living here." Nursing and teaching are about the only viable non-coal careers these kids can think of. And with the population continuing to fall, they know those plum jobs will only become scarcer. "Is there anything out there for me to do?" Jessica Stewart, 17, asks. But not everyone in this classroom has given up on coal — even if they've given up on Harlan County. After graduation, Travis Fields, 18, plans to get his miner's papers and relocate to western Kentucky. "It's going to be a ghost town," he says of Harlan. "There ain't going to be nobody left — only the people that draw checks." That night, as the Harlan County High Black Bears football team storms the field at Coal Miners' Memorial Stadium, a cannon booms and a loudspeaker blasts the chorus of Darrell Scott's ballad, "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive!" The home-team stands are barely a third full. During a timeout about halfway through the second quarter, the announcer breaks in. "Ladies and gentlemen, you know why these lights are on tonight? It's because of coal! This is coal country," he shouts. "Would all the coal miners in this stadium stand up?" A handful of men rise, some still dressed in their reflective coveralls. The sparse crowd whoops and rattles cowbells. ___ Associated Press Photographer David Goldman contributed to this story.
Dec 1, 2014
DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader.And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference."Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris...
Dallas native Morris comes home as SMU coach
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2014DALLAS (AP) — Chad Morris gave a nod to Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the SMU basketball coach who had a front-row seat for the introduction of the football program's new leader. And then Morris, who was Clemson's offensive coordinator the past four seasons, took a moment to thank a high school coach for attending Monday's news conference. "Even though you did kick my tail not too long ago," Morris said, drawing laughter in a rotunda filled with students, players and administrators. "That's OK." It was Morris' way of illustrating one of the reasons he got this shot at his first college head coaching job — and why he decided a moribund SMU program was the right fit. "I'm a Texas high school football coach. That's who I am," said Morris, a Dallas native who attended SMU games as a kid at old Texas Stadium. "I think that Texas high school football coaches do it the right way." The 45-year-old Morris spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas, going 32-0 and winning a pair of state championships in his only two seasons at Lake Travis in the Austin area. That's when another former Texas high school coach, Arizona State's Todd Graham, hired him as Tulsa's offensive coordinator. Morris moved on to Clemson a year later and helped the Tigers to a 41-11 record, the 2011 ACC championship and four bowl berths with an up-tempo spread offense that previously produced some of the top high school quarterbacks in Texas. He also was in charge of recruiting his home state. "I've learned over my career every place is different and here the connection to Texas high schools is more important than anywhere else I've ever been," SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. "It was certainly something we were looking for." Morris has a major rebuilding job in front of him, with the Mustangs (0-11) a loss at Connecticut away from their second winless season since 2003. June Jones took SMU to the first of four bowl games in 2009 — just a year after he was hired — but he quit two weeks into this season with the program in disarray again. "You're going to see an exciting brand of football," said Morris, whose high school record as a head coach was 169-38 at five schools. "We're going to be one of the biggest turnarounds in college football before this is over with. But it's going to take a lot of work." Morris coached former SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert at Lake Travis, and 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tajh Boyd at Clemson. The Tigers have had the top three scoring seasons in school history since Morris arrived. Finding a quarterback will be Morris' first priority. The Mustangs have had four different starters this season in Garrett Krstich, Matt Davis, Neal Burcham and Kolney Cassel. "That's top on our list in recruiting," Morris said. "That's top on our list in development in the spring. And that'll be the same thing next year as we talk." Morris graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, the same year he started his high school coaching career at tiny Eustace, about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. His head coaching stops included Stephenville after Baylor coach Art Briles won multiple state championships there in the 1990s. Morris also won a state title at Bay City, near Houston. "I think he's a great hire," Briles said. "I know him. He's a very innovative coach, very dynamic, and I think he'll do a great job there." For Morris, the recruiting of Texas high schools now starts in the Dallas area. "There are some great players right here underneath our own wing span, within a quarter of a tank of gas drive," he said. "We're just going to make it real hard for these guys to leave here. We're not going to play second fiddle to anybody."
Nov 23, 2014
You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks.
What Oklahoma sports fans have to be thankful for during the holiday season
BY JENNI CARLSON | Nov 23, 2014We won’t be sugar coating anything, sports fans. You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks. With the Thunder, we can be thankful for what these injuries have revealed. Nick Collison’s 3-point shot. Serge Ibaka’s shooting range. Every able-bodied player’s heart. And of course, there are the healing powers of the human body and whatever Mr. Miyagi tricks the Thunder has up its sleeve. At OSU, there’s Mason Rudolph’s spark, Michael Cobbins’ return and Desmond Roland’s perseverance. There are also plenty of reasons, maybe hundreds of millions, to be thankful for Mike Gundy and Boone Pickens, even when they aren’t thankful for each other. At OU, there’s Samaje Perine’s running, TaShawn Thomas’s eligibility and Blake Bell’s class. And even with the Adrian Peterson saga, OU can say, “Pay no attention to that. Perhaps you’ve heard about our amazing alum, DeMarco Murray.” Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, has there ever been a pro franchise outside the Thunder that flew the flag for our state more than them? Please tell me someone’s has come up with a drinking game after all of Mike Tirico’s references to OU and OSU during that Monday Night Football game? Oklahoma City Public Schools is fixing fields and working to right long-listing football programs. The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing their Triple-A team to town. Pro soccer has come to town. And the NCAA still loves us. Volleyball championships are coming to Oklahoma City in December, basketball regionals are on the calendar for future years, and the Women’s College World Series isn’t going anywhere. Yes, I know the teams that dominate our scene are struggling. Not since 2005 have things been so bad. Mike Gundy’s first season. Bob Stoops’ worst season since Year 1. The only saving grace that year was the NBA blowing into town. The Hornets weren’t great, but that fall, they provided distraction. Perhaps that year provides perspective. It has been nearly a decade since our sports world had it as rough as it has this year. We have it good. That’s fact. That’s not sugar coating — we know you’ll get plenty of that on your honey-glazed hams and marshmallow-covered yams. What the readers are thankful for ... Rita Riley, Oklahoma City Very thankful for our Thunder players. They are exhibiting grace in a very difficult time. Playing their hearts out. Greg Hargrove, Lawton Splitting of Class 6A into two divisions means my Lawton High School Wolverines have a realistic shot at a gold ball. Lauren Dennison, Oklahoma City I’m thankful that we even have an NBA basketball team. Big-league city. David Jordan, Fairfax, Va. As a very temporary Virginian at the moment (working as an Army National Guard Chaplain at the National Guard Bureau), I want to say I'm still very thankful for the OU football program. Each Saturday I feel a little more connected to home when I watch on TV. Justin Wilmeth, Oklahoma City The Edmond Hyundai “helium” commercial is, by far, the best part of the season for the Thunder so far. John Rhea, Norman I’m thankful for the off button on my radio after a loss, so I can ignore the volunteer assistant coaches on sports talk radio. What the writers are thankful for ... Berry Tramel, columnist “May you live in interesting times” is a new English phrase that masquerades as a Chinese proverb. Sort of the literary version of sweet-and-sour pork. But despite the travails of the Thunder and Sooners and Cowboys, sports fans in Oklahoma can’t say they don’t live in interesting times. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are hurt for now, but soon enough, two of the 15 best basketball players in the world play in OKC. OSU football stinks, but even in defeat, the Boone Pickens/Mike Gundy spat is fascinating theater. And the Sooners, win or lose, never are boring. Interesting times? These are the best of times. There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan in Oklahoma. Ryan Aber, OU basketball Be thankful for the NCAA — seriously — and TaShawn Thomas. Sure, the NCAA waited until about 17 hours before the Sooners’ season opener to rule in Thomas’ favor on his appeal for immediate eligibility. But in a season where OU football has been on the wrong side of NCAA rulings involving Dorial Green-Beckham and Baker Mayfield, you take victories where you can get them regardless of timing. Thomas fills the Sooners’ glaring hole, putting another big body opposite Ryan Spangler and giving OU one of the nation’s best starting fives. Ed Godfrey, outdoors From antelope in the Panhandle to black bears in the southeastern counties, few states can match Oklahoma’s diversity of wildlife. We should be thankful for bass fishing lakes like Grand and Arbuckle and crappie lakes like Hugo and Eufaula. We should be thankful we can catch stripers on Lake Texoma, snag spoonbills on Grand Lake and its tributaries, and fly fish for trout year-round on the Lower Mountain Fork and Lower Illinois rivers. The state is blessed with good deer and turkey hunting statewide and some of the most underrated duck hunting in the country. Heck, even the bird hunters are happy this year because the bobwhite quail have returned. Jacob Unruh, high school hoops There is an impressive amount of young talent across the state likely bound for Division I hoops. On the boys side, there are Putnam West’s Tre Evans, an Oklahoma State commitment, Southeast’s DeShawn McDowell, and Mustang standouts Jakolby Long and Austin Meyer. The girls are equally talented with Choctaw sophomore Ana Llanusa and small-school stars Preston’s Chelsea Dungee and Alva’s Jaden Hobbs. Llanusa and Dungee are verbally committed to Oklahoma while Hobbs is committed to OSU. Kyle Fredrickson, OSU football Things are going to be little tense at the proverbial Thanksgiving table this year between Mike Gundy and an anxious OSU fan base. No bowl for the first time since 2005? A beef with Boone Pickens? The opportunity to jump ship for Florida? Even still, there’s plenty to be thankful for. In just a few months, the anguish Cowboy fans feel today will be replaced by the optimism of a new season that features a core of experienced returners. And OSU’s 2015 schedule is much more manageable with home games against TCU, Baylor and OU in November. If anything, Cowboy fans, be thankful OU isn’t much worse off at the moment. Anthony Slater, Thunder Two of the best 10 players in the world still reside on the Thunder roster. And at some point in the next month, Thunder fans will get an early Christmas present with the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Plus, despite these early season troubles, OKC remains among an elite group of teams that most pundits believe can still win the title. Weather this storm because good times are likely ahead. Jason Kersey, OU football The Sooners have enjoyed a remarkable run of consistent success under Bob Stoops, who has made 10-win seasons the norm in Norman. OU under Stoops is 10-6 against Texas and 12-3 against Oklahoma State, so rivalry bragging rights are another thing to appreciate. Are things perfect? Of course not, and they’ll never be. But the very fact that some fans are calling for a coaching change because of three losses in one season should be enough to realize how good you’ve got it. John Helsley, OSU basketball Cowboys basketball fans can be thankful for a team offering optimism. From Michael Cobbins’ health to Le’Bryan Nash’s plans for a big senior season to Phil Forte filling it up from 3-point land to a promising bunch of youngsters that figure to make this season interesting, there’s much to like about these Pokes. Scott Wright, high school football There is still meaningful football to be played. Seasons might not have played out the way OU and OSU followers had hoped, but the excitement, drama and tension of the high school playoffs hasn’t even reached its climax. Nine championships are still to be decided, including the first-ever Class 6A Division II title. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held this weekend, with championship games the following two weeks. Mike Baldwin, minor league sports Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ranks as one of the finest Triple-A ballparks in the country. A ton of a future big leaguers have played at The Brick. Hockey was bigger back in the Blazer days, but Triple-A hockey is an upgrade. Several NHL players have played at the Cox Convention Center, including some young Edmonton Oilers stars during the NHL lockout. Minor-league sports in OKC are top rate.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Putnam City at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Carl Albert at Guthrie, Cox 703 7 p.m., Southeast at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Southmoore at Putnam North, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Kingfisher at Heritage Hall, KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 7 p.m., Tulsa Union at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Yukon at Westmoore, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Altus at...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Friday Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 2
Oct 30, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Putnam City at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Carl Albert at Guthrie, Cox 703 7 p.m., Southeast at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Southmoore at Putnam North, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Kingfisher at Heritage Hall, KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 7 p.m., Tulsa Union at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Yukon at Westmoore, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Altus at Duncan, www.coxhshub.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Cincinnati at Tulane, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Tulsa at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 7 p.m., Cleveland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m., Nationwide Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Nationwide Series Practice, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:30 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) NHL 7:30 p.m., Anaheim at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 3:30 p.m., Charles Schwab Cup, GOLF (Cox 60) 10 p.m., CIMB Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 4:25 p.m., Juvenile Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:05 p.m., Dirt Mile, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:50 p.m., Juvenile Fillies Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:35 p.m., Longines Distaff, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Vermont at Notre Dame, NBCSN (Cox 251) FALL BASEBALL 1:30 p.m., Scottsdale at Salt Lake, MLBNET (Cox 264) WOMEN’S SOCCER 7 p.m., Oklahoma State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 271) VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., Auburn at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275) SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL 10:30 a.m., Air Force at Army, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Oklahoma at Iowa State, FS1 (Cox 67)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KOKC-AM 1520 11 a.m., Wisconsin at Rutgers, ESPN (Cox 29) 11 a.m., Maryland at Penn State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 11 a.m., La.-Monroe at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) 11 a.m., E. Carolina at Temple, ESPNews (Cox 254) 11 a.m., Duke at Pittsburgh, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., Central Fla. at UConn, CBSS (Cox 249) 11:30 a.m., N. Carolina at Miami (Fla.), KSBI-52 (Cox 7) 2 p.m., Northeastern at UCO, KNAH-FM 99.7 2 p.m., W. Kentucky at La. Tech, FSOK (Cox 37) 2:30 p.m., TCU at West Virginia, KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m., Purdue at Nebraska, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2:30 p.m., Virginia at Georgia Tech, ESPNU (Cox 253) 2:30 p.m., Georgia vs. Florida, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 2:30 p.m., BYU at Middle Tennessee, CBSS (Cox 249) 3 p.m., Kentucky at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) 3 p.m., Houston at South Florida, ESPNews (Cox 254) 3 p.m., Kansas at Baylor, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Texas St. at New Mex. St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 6 p.m., Auburn at Mississippi, ESPN (Cox 29) 6 p.m., UAB at Florida Atlantic, KOCB-34 (Cox 11) 6 p.m., Old Dominion at Vanderbilt, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m., Colorado St. at San Jose St., CBSS (Cox 249) 6:15 p.m., Arkansas at Mississippi St., ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6:30 p.m., Stanford at Oregon, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 6:30 p.m., Tennessee at S. Carolina, SECN (Cox 275) 6:30 p.m., Texas at Texas Tech, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Kansas St., KOCO-5 (Cox 8)/KXXY-FM 96.1 7 p.m., Notre Dame at Navy, KWTV- 9 (Cox 10) 9:30 p.m., Arizona at UCLA, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., San Diego St. at Nevada, CBSS (Cox 249) 9:45 p.m., Wyoming at Fresno State, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 10 p.m., Utah at Arizona State, FS1 (Cox 67) NBA 7 p.m., Denver at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 7 p.m., Chicago at Minnesota, WGN (Cox 2)/NBATV (Cox 256) 9:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at Golden St., NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 10 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Formula One Qualifying, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 2:30 p.m., Nationwide Series, ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m., Dallas at Minnesota, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 3:30 p.m., Charles Schwab Cup, GOLF (Cox 60) 10 p.m., CIMB Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 7 p.m., Iowa at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 HORSE RACING 2:05 p.m., Winery Juvenile Fillies, NBCSN (Cox 251) 2:43 p.m., Filly & Mare Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:21 p.m., Filly & Mare Sprint, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:05 p.m., Turf Sprint, NBCSN (Cox 251) 4:43 p.m., Sentient Jet Juvenile, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:22 p.m., Longines Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:01 p.m., Xpressbet Sprint, NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:40 p.m., Mile, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Breeders’ Cup Classic, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) MEN’S SOCCER 7:45 a.m., Newcastle vs. Liverpool, NBCSN (Cox 251) RUGBY 2:30 p.m., USA vs. New Zealand, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Arizona at Dallas, KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 3 p.m., St. Louis at San Francisco, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 3:25 p.m., Denver at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7:20 p.m., Baltimore at Pittsburgh, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) NBA 6:30 p.m., Charlotte at New York, NBATV (Cox 256) AUTO RACING 2 p.m., NASCAR, ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Formula One, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) GOLF 2:30 p.m., Charles Schwab Cup, GOLF (Cox 60) AHL 4 p.m., Iowa at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Pikeville at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) MEN’S SOCCER 8 p.m., FC Dallas at Seattle, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., Portland at Santa Clara, ESPNU (Cox 253) VOLLEYBALL 11 a.m., Florida at Tennessee, SECN (Cox 275) Noon, Miami (Fla.) at N.C. State, FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., S. Carolina at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., Texas at Iowa State, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Texas A&M at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) RUNNING 8 a.m., New York Marathon, ESPN2 (Cox 28)
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Norman North at Moore, KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Ed. Santa Fe, Cox 703 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Florida State at Louisville, ESPN (Cox 29)/KGHM-AM 1340 6:30 p.m., Troy at Georgia Southern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., St. Joseph’s at Indianapolis, CBSS (Cox 249) NFL 7:25 p.m., New Orleans at Carolina, NFLNET...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Oct. 30
Oct 29, 2014THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Norman North at Moore, KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Ed. Santa Fe, Cox 703 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Florida State at Louisville, ESPN (Cox 29)/KGHM-AM 1340 6:30 p.m., Troy at Georgia Southern, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., St. Joseph’s at Indianapolis, CBSS (Cox 249) NFL 7:25 p.m., New Orleans at Carolina, NFLNET (Cox 252) NBA 7 p.m., New York at Cleveland, TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m., Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, TNT (Cox 31)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM GOLF 3:30 p.m., Charles Schwab Cup, GOLF (Cox 60) 10 p.m., CIMB Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 7 p.m., Kansas City at New York, ESPN2 (Cox 28) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., Vanderbilt at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) 8 p.m., Arkansas at Missouri, SECN (Cox 275) VOLLEYBALL 8 p.m., Seattle at N. Mex. St., FSOK (Cox 37) COLLEGE SOFTBALL 5 p.m., St. Edward’s at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) BOXING 9 p.m., D. O’Connor vs. A. Farmer, FS1 (Cox 67) FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Putnam City at Norman, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normansports.tv 7 p.m., Carl Albert at Guthrie, Cox 703 7 p.m., Southeast at Deer Creek, KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Southmoore at Putnam North, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Kingfisher at Heritage Hall, KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 7 p.m., Tulsa Union at Mustang, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Yukon at Westmoore, KZLS-AM 1640 7 p.m., Altus at Duncan, www.coxhshub.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Cincinnati at Tulane, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Tulsa at Memphis, ESPNU (Cox 253)/KRMG-AM 740 NBA 7 p.m., Cleveland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 9:30 p.m., L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, ESPN (Cox 29) AUTO RACING 11 a.m., Nationwide Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) Noon, Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Truck Series Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Nationwide Series Practice, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 5:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7:30 p.m., Truck Series, FS1 (Cox 67) NHL 7:30 p.m., Anaheim at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) GOLF 3:30 p.m., Charles Schwab Cup, GOLF (Cox 60) 10 p.m., CIMB Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) HORSE RACING 4:25 p.m., Juvenile Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:05 p.m., Dirt Mile, NBCSN (Cox 251) 5:50 p.m., Juvenile Fillies Turf, NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:35 p.m., Longines Distaff, NBCSN (Cox 251) COLLEGE HOCKEY 7 p.m., Vermont at Notre Dame, NBCSN (Cox 251) FALL BASEBALL 1:30 p.m., Scottsdale at Salt Lake, MLBNET (Cox 264) WOMEN’S SOCCER 7 p.m., Oklahoma State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Kansas at Oklahoma, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/FCS (Cox 271) VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m., Auburn at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275)
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D-2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's ranking, previous week's result and this week's opponent (NR-not ranked). The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller,...
Nebraska AP high school football rankings
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 21, 2014Here are the Associated Press Nebraska high school football rankings in Classes A through D-2. Listings include name of school, season record, previous week's ranking, previous week's result and this week's opponent (NR-not ranked). The rankings are based on a formula that includes ratings from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star plus experts for each class. Class A: Dale Miller, Grand Island Independent. Class B: Jeff Fielder, Scottsbluff Star-Herald. Class C1: Tom Behmer, Norfolk Daily News. Class C2: Brent Wasinius, Fremont Tribune. Class D1: Andrew Bottrell, North Platte Telegraph. Class D2: Nick Blasnitz, Hastings Tribune. CLASS a 1. Omaha North (8-0), 1, def. Omaha Westside 42-14, Bellevue East. 2. Millard North (8-0), 2, def. Papillion-La Vista South 24-21, Papillion-La Vista. 3. Omaha Creighton Prep (7-1), 5, def. Bellevue West 47-43, Papillion-La Vista South. 4. Bellevue West (5-3), 3, lost to Creighton Preparatory School 47-43, at Omaha Central. 5. Papillion-La Vista South (6-2), 4, lost to Millard North 24-21, at Creighton Preparatory School. 6. Omaha Central (6-2), 6, def. South Sioux City 54-14, Bellevue West. 7. Grand Island (7-1), 7, def. Lincoln Northeast 54-0, at North Platte. 8. Lincoln East (6-2), 8, def. Lincoln Southwest 35-21, at Omaha Bryan. 9. Norfolk (7-1), 9, def. North Platte 41-7, at Kearney. 10. Millard West (5-3), 10, def. Kearney 31-14, at Lincoln Southeast. Others receiving votes: None. CLASS B 1. Gretna (8-0), 2, def. Elkhorn 17-14, at Elkhorn South. 2. Elkhorn (7-1), 1, lost to Gretna 17-14, at Omaha Skutt Catholic. 3. Omaha Skutt Catholic (6-2), 5, def. Elkhorn South 37-20, Elkhorn. 4. McCook (7-1), 4, def. Hastings 43-14, at Adams Central. 5. Elkhorn South (6-2), 3, lost to Omaha Skutt Catholic 37-20, Gretna. 6. Scottsbluff (7-1), 6, def. Gering 55-0, at Alliance. 7. Blair (5-3), 8, def. Bennington 48-7, at Mount Michael Benedictine. 8. York (6-2), NR, def. Seward 13-12, Aurora. 9. Sidney (6-2), 10, def. Alliance 58-36, at Gering. 10. Crete (6-2), 9, def. Lincoln Pius X 27-13, Norris. Others receiving votes: Seward. CLASS C1 1. Boone Central/Newman Grove (8-0), 1, def. Wayne 41-0, Norfolk Catholic. 2. Norfolk Catholic (8-0), 2, def. Pierce 56-20, at Boone Central/Newman Grove. 3. Ashland-Greenwood (8-0), 3, def. Boys Town 35-14, Douglas County West. 4. Columbus Scotus (7-1), 4, def. North Bend Central 56-6, at Columbus Lakeview. 5. Wilber-Clatonia (8-0), 5, def. Lincoln Christian 30-0, Milford-Dorchester. 6. Cozad (7-1), 6, def. Valentine 25-7, O'Neill. 7. Chadron (7-1), 7, def. Gordon-Rushville 55-14, bye. 8. Kearney Catholic (7-1), 8, def. Minden 44-14, Holdrege. 9. Falls City (7-1), NR, def. Syracuse 25-16, Conestoga. 10. Grand Island Central Catholic (6-2), NR, def. Holdrege 42-7, St. Paul. Others receiving votes: None. CLASS C2 1. Battle Creek (8-0), 1, def. Ainsworth, 62-8, at Lutheran High Northeast. 2. North Platte St. Patrick's (8-0), 3, def. Cambridge 45-6, at Bayard. 3. Sutton (8-0), 6, def. Hastings St. Cecilia 30-23, at Superior. 4. Aquinas Catholic (7-1), 4, def. Logan View 49-14, Archbishop Bergan. 5. Hastings St. Cecilia (7-1), 2, lost to Sutton 30-23, at Sandy Creek. 6. Oakland-Craig (7-1), 9, def. Homer 50-14, at Wisner-Pilger. 7. Archbishop Bergan (7-1), 5, def. Yutan 21-12, at Aquinas Catholic. 8. Hartington Cedar Catholic (6-2), 7, def. Crofton 19-14, Ainsworth. 9. Lutheran High Northeast (6-2), 10, def. West Holt 29-19, Battle Creek. 10. Freeman (7-1), NR, def. Southern 20-7, Elmwood-Murdock. Others receiving votes: Fillmore Central. CLASS D1 1. Hemingford (7-0), 1, def. Creek Valley 93-8, Sutherland. 2. Creighton (7-0), 2, def. Wakefield 70-14, Hartington-Newcastle. 3. Guardian Angels Central Catholic (7-0), 3, def. Winnebago 74-18, Omaha Nation. 4. Heartland (7-0), 4, def. Harvard 82-16, at Nebraska Lutheran. 5. Amherst (7-0), 5, def. Ansley-Litchfield 28-0, Burwell. 6. Friend (7-0), 6, def. Diller-Odell 40-22, at Omaha Christian Academy. 7. Fullerton (7-0), 7, def. Howells-Dodge 52-46, High Plains Community. 8. BDS (6-1), 8, def. McCool Junction 39-12, Pawnee City. 9. Elm Creek (6-1), 9, def. Axtell 47-14, at Franklin. 10. Blue Hill (4-3), T10, def. Arapahoe 41-12, Axtell. Others receiving votes: Burwell, High Plains. CLASS D2 1. Exeter-Milligan (7-0), 1, def. Meridian 62-13, at Red Cloud. 2. Stuart (7-0), 2, def. Randolph 50-26, at St. Mary's. 3. Humphrey St. Francis (7-0), 3, def. Elkhorn Valley 64-13, Heartland Lutheran. 4. Anselmo-Merna (7-0), 4, def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 70-21, Brady. 5. Falls City Sacred Heart (5-2), 5, def. Sterling 74-16, at Parkview Christian. 6. Kenesaw (6-1), 6, def. Bertrand 73-30, at Elwood. 7. Giltner (5-2), 7, def. Johnson-Brock 73-40, Lawrence-Nelson. 8. Elwood (6-1), 8, def. Alma 66-22, Kenesaw. 9. Garden County (7-0), 10, def. Leyton 68-13, at Crawford. 10. Randolph (5-2), 9, lost to Stuart 50-26, Osmond. Others receiving votes: Maxwell.
Oct 15, 2014
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: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every 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: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 9, 2014
Over the past five years, OSU has made a larger commitment recruiting in the Sunflower State. Geography and coaching ties make Kansas prime territory for finding a “hidden player” north of the border.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ramp up recruiting efforts in Kansas
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 9, 2014STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State looks to reload with talent, the compass points south. The hotbed of high school football stars in Texas is a direct reflection of the 69 Lone Star State natives currently on the roster. But when the Cowboys travel to their first true road game of the season Saturday, it’s a reminder that another region has become prime recruiting ground. A state that OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said can be home to the “hidden player.” “Texas is so heavily recruited by everybody in the nation,” Spencer said. “You might go to Kansas and pull out a good player that other people aren’t going to go and look at.” The Cowboys’ neighbor to the north has certainly grown into a legitimate contender in OSU’s recruiting efforts. From 2004 to 2009, OSU landed none of the top-10 rated recruits from the Sunflower State. From 2010 to present day, four players within that same ratings bracket turned down in-state offers for a scholarship in Stillwater. “Kansas (high school) football has gotten considerably better and has more players that have done well in college than what people think,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “So we’ve put a little more time into that area.” Those four Kansas high school stars turned Cowboys: running back Joseph Randle (Wichita Southeast), cornerback Devin Hedgepeth (Derby), defensive end Trace Clark (Wichita Collegiate) and safety Jerel Morrow (Emporia). Recruiting Kansas | Create Infographics Randle blossomed into an All-Big 12 selection and Hedgepeth was on pace for the same before his career was cut short by injury. Morrow was the top-rated Kansas prospect in the 2013 class and Clark is currently part of a deep rotation of Cowboy defensive linemen this season. Since signing those recruits, the Cowboys brought in defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements — a former assistant at KU and KSU. And OSU plays two games in Kansas this season. It all adds up to future success plucking talent north of the border. And Kansas high school coaches have taken notice. “I think in the past there were a lot of times where Oklahoma schools didn’t think Kansas kids were really on the same par as other kids,” said Mike Gehrer, head coach at Wichita Collegiate, where Clark and walk-on OSU running back Raymond Taylor got their start. “I think they found out through time that isn’t true, that we do have kids that are capable of playing at a high level.” Corby Milleson is the first-year head coach at Emporia High School. He spent the previous 15 seasons as an assistant at a number of Wichita programs. Milleson said OSU has become a more attractive option for Kansas recruits for all the obvious reasons — facility upgrades, uniform trends and recent success. But what’s made the Cowboys a major player in scooping recruits from in-state schools is a commitment to establishing a Kansas pipeline. And that connection is easy to maintain when all it takes is a couple hours and drive north on Interstate-35. “It helps if you’ve got a face that will pop into your school just to say hi,” Milleson said. “I’ll tell Joe Bob when he comes in that we probably don’t have anybody for him. He says, ‘That’s OK coach, I just want to see the kids and visit with you guys. Make sure we’re taking care of the things we can do to help you.’ They’ve done a great job of trying to build relationships. “To have coaches come in, express interest and really get to know you on a personal level speaks volumes for programs. Oklahoma State is not the only one who does it, but it’s huge.” Gundy said his staff normally crosses paths with KU, KSU, Nebraska and Arkansas on the Kansas recruiting trail, but that’s about it. “People just aren’t coming through as often,” Milleson said. “We’ve got great kids that don’t get the press through those rating sites because we don’t have a plethora of those types of kids that get that exposure.” Among OSU’s future Kansas targets is 2016 defensive end Amani Bledsoe out of Lawrence High School. Scout ranks the 6-foot-5 and 265-pound prospect as a four-star recruit, and he’s already secured offers from the Cowboys, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others. And who else but Clements, with all his Kansas ties, has recruited Bledsoe from the start. “We should continue to go up there,” Spencer said, “And we will.”
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 3, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was the kind of guy who would bust your lip, then regretfully drive you to the hospital. A "cool individual" around other guys, but a bit too "touchy-feely" with the ladies, family friend Rod Brown says."He doesn't mean to be creepy; he's just a little off, just a little awkward," says Brown, who's known "LJ" for about 15 years. "If he gets...
UVa kidnap suspect: 'Gentle giant' or predator?
JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2014CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was the kind of guy who would bust your lip, then regretfully drive you to the hospital. A "cool individual" around other guys, but a bit too "touchy-feely" with the ladies, family friend Rod Brown says. "He doesn't mean to be creepy; he's just a little off, just a little awkward," says Brown, who's known "LJ" for about 15 years. "If he gets around women, I've never seen it NOT be awkward." Authorities say Matthew's interactions with women went way beyond awkward. The former college football lineman and sometime cab driver is in jail on a charge of "abduction with intent to defile" in the Sept. 13 disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. Police say forensic evidence also connects the 32-year-old Charlottesville man to the 2009 murder of another college student, which in turn is linked by DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in northern Virginia. Friends expressed shock that this "gentle giant" — he's 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds — could be suspected of such violence. But court records reveal a man capable of explosive rage, and hounded from one college, then another by allegations of sexual assault. "It's just a sad story," says Brud Bicknell, who coached Matthew on the Monticello High Mustangs. Defense attorney James Camblos III has said only that Matthew comes from a "hardworking, blue-collar" family. "Neither Mr. Matthews (sic) nor I are giving interviews at this time. If you're calling about an interview or to chat, do not leave a message," his answering machine says. Matthew wrestled, played football and ran track at Charlottesville's Albemarle High School. Then in 1998, his junior year, he was transferred from overcrowded Albemarle to the newly completed Monticello High, and his parents separated. Debra Carr Matthew retained custody of Jesse and his younger sister, Latasha. Court records show Jesse Matthew Sr., with a history of public intoxication arrests and one misdemeanor indecent exposure conviction, was living an hour away in Farmville and owed several thousand dollars in support. The younger Matthew seemed destined to rise above all this. He became co-captain of the Monticello football squad as a senior, and then enrolled in psychology at evangelist Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, where he suited up as a redshirt defensive lineman for the Flames. His college career took a sharp wrong turn in his junior year, when a fellow student accused Matthew of raping her. Matthew withdrew from Liberty on Oct. 17, 2002 — hours after a reported sexual assault behind the university's sports arena. The university said privacy laws prevent disclosing more details, or explaining why Matthew withdrew. Prosecutors said the case was dropped when the woman declined to press charges. Matthew returned to school in January 2003, enrolling at Christopher Newport University in southeast Virginia. He joined their football team that August, but the second act was short-lived. On Sept. 7, 2003, a fellow student accused him of sexual assault on the Newport News campus. Five days after the attack, Matthew dropped off the team roster; a month later, he was gone. University spokesman Bruce Bronstein said "the matter was thoroughly investigated by University Police. No physical injuries were reported. The victim chose not to proceed with a criminal prosecution." Student privacy laws cloak that case as well, but another CNU spokeswoman, Lori Jacobs, observed that "students don't usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month." Back in Charlottesville, the former tackle went from rushing quarterbacks to hustling for fares and tips behind the wheel of a taxicab. On June, 4, 2009, Charlottesville attorney Erik Wilke had just pulled out of a convenience store south of UVA's Scott Stadium when he heard persistent honking behind him. Wilke sped up and turned left, but the Access Taxi minivan continued its pursuit, the driver honking and shouting out the window. Wilke finally pulled over, and Matthew boxed him in, angrily accusing the lawyer of cutting him off. When Wilke threatened to call the police after Matthew refused to move, Matthew exploded. "He then got out of his car and walked up to my window," Wilke told police. "He reached in my window and grabbed my cellphone out of my hand. I attempted to get out of the car to get my phone back, and as I was doing so he punched me twice in the face." The blows knocked off Wilke's eyeglasses. Wilke told police that Matthew took his phone to his van, where he "eventually calmed down and actually seemed remorseful." "I was bleeding from a deep cut in my lip and told him that I was going to need a ride to the hospital to get stitches," Wilke said. Matthew returned the phone, helped find Wilke's glasses, and then drove the attorney to the emergency room at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Police arrested Matthew a month later on charges of felony grand larceny and misdemeanor assault and battery on Wilke. In a request for a public defender, Matthew claimed a weekly salary of $150 and $30 cash in total assets. About two months later, on Oct. 17, 2009, Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, disappeared after leaving the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena during a Metallica concert. Her remains were found several months later in an Albemarle County hayfield. Police had no real leads on her killer, but they now had DNA to work with. In the spring of 2010, he was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing at a local garage, and Wilke agreed to drop the assault and larceny charges. In August 2012, he got a job as an operating-room orderly at UVA Medical. He often bumped into volunteer ambulance driver Dave Hansen — the men had prayed together years earlier at Calvary Chapel, where Hansen was an assistant pastor. "I always thought he was a gentle giant," says Hansen. "Just a nice guy." A night owl, Matthew was a fixture in restaurants, bars and clubs along Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Another club-goer, Kirk Ishitani, says he sometimes ran into Matthew there. "If I went to Rapture, either he'd be there or he'd show up," says Ishitani. While he did not know Matthew well, Ishitani says, "You wouldn't get any 'Hey, I'd be scared to walk down a dark alley with this guy' kind of vibe." Graham was last seen disappearing into the early morning darkness of Sept. 13, when a jewelry store's surveillance camera captured Matthew walking off with his arm around her. Dan Harrington, who founded the awareness group "Help Save The Next Girl" after his daughter's slaying, hopes Matthew's arrest might spell the end a violent spree. "If you look at the number of cases in central Virginia, there is a large number," he says. "And it's a little scary to think: If he's not associated with more of them, then there are other people that you have to worry about." ___ Breed reported from Raleigh, N.C.; Associated Press writers Alan Suderman and Michael Felberbaum in Richmond, Virginia, also contributed to this report.
Oct 1, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state
Week 5 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 1, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 149-28 (84.2 pct.) Overall record: 551-167 (76.7 pct.) Thursday’s games Class 6A Broken Arrow 44, PUTNAM CITY 20 Class 5A El Reno 38, NORTHWEST 14 Western Heights 42, SOUTHEAST 6 Independent CASADY 35, Dallas Greenhill 20 HOLLAND HALL 28, Fort Worth Country Day 24 Friday’s games Class 6A Bixby 34, BARTLESVILLE 20 LAWTON IKE 28, Canyon Creek, Texas 24 Choctaw 38, PUTNAM CITY WEST 14 Edmond Memorial 34, YUKON 13 Edmond North 28, MOORE 20 Jenks 38, NORMAN 17 Lawton 28, ENID 13 Midwest City 24, STILLWATER 21 Muskogee 28, PONCA CITY 20 TULSA UNION 42, Norman North 28 MUSTANG 35, Putnam North 17 Sand Springs 21, CLAREMORE 14 OWASSO 48, Southmoore 7 Tulsa Washington 30, SAPULPA 6 Westmoore 35, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Class 5A TULSA EDISON 49, Capitol Hill 6 ARDMORE 38, Chickasha 14 Coweta 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Del City 42, DUNCAN 40 PRYOR 28, Grove 22 CARL ALBERT 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ALTUS 7 McAlester 45, TULSA KELLEY 17 McGuinness 21, DEER CREEK 20 GUTHRIE 38, Piedmont 6 Shawnee 28, SKIATOOK 24 Tahlequah 21, COLLINSVILLE 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 38, DURANT10 Class 4A WEATHERFORD 28, Cache 14 Catoosa 30, CLEVELAND 20 ANADARKO 40, Clinton 14 Elk City 34, ELGIN 14 Fort Gibson 28, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 24, Glenpool 7 ADA 42, McLOUD 13 POTEAU 24, Metro Christian 21 Oologah 28, MIAMI 17 Sallisaw 38, TULSA CENTRAL 8 TECUMSEH 28, Santa Fe South 27 Stilwell 24, MULDROW 14 Tulsa McLain 30, VINITA 22 Tuttle 21, BRISTOW 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Wagoner 17 NEWCASTLE 28, Woodward 24 Class 3A Beggs 38, OKMULGEE 12 Berryhill 28, VERDIGRIS 27 Blanchard 24, MARLOW 21 BETHANY 42, Bridge Creek 14 SULPHUR 21, Comanche 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Dewey 7 MADILL 28, Dickson 6 Heavener 21, VALLIANT 20 Heritage Hall 38, BLACKWELL 13 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 28, Jay 24 John Marshall 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 14 Kingfisher 35, CUSHING 28 DOUGLASS 34, Meeker 24 HILLDALE 35, Morris 8 OKC Legion 40, MANNFORD 20 Perkins 49, CENTENNIAL 22 LONE GROVE 42, Plainview 27 JONES 24, Purcell 20 Seminole 49, BETHEL 7 Seq. Claremore 27, INOLA 16 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 30, Sperry 27 Spiro 31, EUFAULA 12 Star Spencer 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 IDABEL 40, Stigler 14 ROLAND 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 Tulsa Webster 21, KELLYVILLE 18 LITTLE AXE 24, U.S. Grant 22 Victory Christian 37, CHECOTAH 16 Westville 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 22 Class 2A Adair 48, KANSAS 12 Antlers 20, POCOLA 16 Atoka 16, WILBURTON 14 COMMERCE 44, Caney Valley 14 Chandler 48, WEWOKA 34 COLCORD 34, Chouteau 6 Hartshorne 26, PANAMA 16 Haskell 32, CHELSEA 7 Hennessey 34, TONKAWA 8 Henryetta 28, SAVANNA 24 Hugo 24, COALGATE 20 Hulbert 21, SALINA 20 ELMORE CITY 22, Lexington 14 Lindsay 32, DIBBLE 20 DAVIS 35, Marietta 7 Millwood 49, CROOKED OAK 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 28, Morrison 27 ALVA 28, Newkirk 24 Nowata 44, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 PERRY 28, Pawnee 7 Prague 36, OKEMAH 24 Stroud 27, HOLDENVILLE 20 KINGSTON 31, Tishomingo 8 Vian 42, LIBERTY 6 Walters 30, FREDERICK 12 Washington 28, HOBART 27 CHISHOLM 34, Watonga 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Wellston 6 Wyandotte 20, PAWHUSKA 14 Class A Afton 48, FOYIL 14 HOMINY 28, Barnsdall 21 QUAPAW 21, Baxter Springs, Kan. 20 FAIRVIEW 24, Beaver 20 Carnegie 28, CORDELL 24 RUSH SPRINGS 26, Central Marlow 18 Community Christian 28, WAYNE 22 Crossings Christian 20, CRESCENT 16 Drumright 18, MOUNDS 14 SUMMIT CHR. 28, Fairland 14 Healdton 26, EMPIRE 12 Hollis 48, HINTON 20 SNYDER 20, Mangum 14 WYNNEWOOD 32, Minco 28 Mooreland 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 RINGLING 33, OKC Patriots 14 CASHION 44, Okeene 7 Okla. Christian Aca. 28, OKLA. BIBLE 24 WARNER 34, Porter 22 CENTRAL SALLISAW 38, Quinton 20 KETCHUM 40, Rejoice Christian 28 HOOKER 28, Sayre 12 Stratford 44, KONAWA 6 Talihina 56, GORE 6 Thomas 28, TEXHOMA 21 VELMA-ALMA 42, Wilson 14 KIEFER 52, Yale 7 Class B ALEX 54, Bray-Doyle 6 MERRITT 52, Canton 8 Davenport 58, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 WOODLAND 42, Depew 38 Dewar 56, CANADIAN 6 CADDO 38, Gans 24 DC-LAMONT 44, Garber 20 PORUM 34, Haileyville 30 Keota 48, ARKOMA 28 Kremlin-Hillsdale 36, TURPIN 20 Laverne 44, POND CREEK-HUNTER 38 MAYSVILLE 54, Macomb 6 Maud 34, GEARY 24 Oaks 52, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 6 Ringwood 42, WAUKOMIS 22 Seiling 56, PIONEER 8 ALLEN 40, Strother 12 CYRIL 44, Waurika 30 Welch 34, WATTS 28 Weleetka 42, WETUMKA 38 Class C Bluejacket 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 28 SHARON-MUTUAL 54, Buffalo 12 Cave Springs 56, BOKOSHE 6 Cherokee 28, SHATTUCK 24 Coyle 58, REGENT PREP 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Duke 8 Fox 48, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 56, COPAN 8 THACKERVILLE 52, Midway 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 44, CORN BIBLE 14 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 20 TIMBERLAKE 42, Prue 14 Ryan 34, TEMPLE 28 Sasakwa 40, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, GRACEMONT 6 BALKO 50, Waynoka 44 Independent DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Life Christian 36, IMMANUEL CHR. 24 Tulsa NOAH 48, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 20 Saturday’s games Class 2A Luther 50, NORTHEAST 12 Independent OSD 48, MISSISSIPPI DEAF 38 *-Home team in CAPS
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama high school football player who collapsed on the field during a game on Friday has died.Authorities said 17-year-old Charles Henderson High School senior cornerback Demario Harris collapsed during the second quarter of the game against Davidson at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy. The Troy Messenger reports that he collapsed after a tackle.Steve...
High school player dies after collapsing in game
Associated Press | Sep 29, 2014TROY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama high school football player who collapsed on the field during a game on Friday has died. Authorities said 17-year-old Charles Henderson High School senior cornerback Demario Harris collapsed during the second quarter of the game against Davidson at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy. The Troy Messenger reports that he collapsed after a tackle. Steve Pearce, a spokesman for Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, tells Al.com that Harris was pronounced dead on Sunday. The Dothan Eagle reports that pastors and counselors were in two places on the Charles Henderson campus in Troy on Sunday. The football team met around 3 p.m. to be together as they mourned the loss. In the school cafeteria, counselors were available throughout the afternoon.
Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is...
High school notebook: J.P. Lewis, Gerard Giles guiding Western Heights' turnaround
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Sep 29, 2014Western Heights enters the fifth week of the football season looking to improve to 4-1 when it faces Southeast at Star Spencer’s Twidwell Stadium on Thursday night. The Jets, under first-year coach Justin Mayhew, are coming off their first loss, 37-22 to Carl Albert last week, ending a three-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 171-8. Running back Gerard Giles is averaging 15.8 yards per carry, with 665 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just 43 carries. Quarterback J.P. Lewis has completed 77 percent of his passes for 701 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception. Rudy Thompson and Kevin Rassett each have five touchdown receptions. This is the Jets’ best start to a season since 2008, when they began 4-0 and went on to an 8-3 mark, losing in the first round of the playoffs. SOUTHWEST CONVENANT’S CLOUD BEATS FATHER FOR FIRST WIN Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud isn’t sure how Christmas will be around his family. Cloud is in his first year as the head coach of the Patriots and he got his first career win last week, beating Corn Bible 32-26. It just came at the expense of beating his father and mentor, Curt Cloud. “It’s one of those, he was obviously was not happy but at the same time he told me right after the game, ‘I’m proud of you,’” Trey Cloud said. “It was kinda bittersweet but not really. It was sweet for me, but bitter for him.” Cloud, 23, played for his father at Wesleyan Christian in Bartlesville. He was the assistant coach at Southwest Covenant last season before being promoted this offseason. Little did he know he would beat his father for win No. 1. “Everybody’s asking me how Thanksgiving is going to be,” Cloud said. “I’m having Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. Christmas may be a different story. He was good about it, but he was obviously frustrated about it at the same time. He’ll probably try to get me back next year.” Cloud said freshman quarterback Sam Webb played well against Corn Bible, playing through a stinger that forced his older brother Jack to move from guard to quarterback briefly. Jack later broke his collarbone while playing linebacker. The Patriots host Fox this week. CLASS A POWERS POUR IT ON It was the week of the blowout for Class A’s top 10 teams. Second-ranked Thomas’ 43-13 win over Hooker had the smallest margin of victory of any of the 10 games, which the ranked teams won by an average of 46.2 points per game. Cashion’s 82-0 win over Crescent was the most lopsided defeat, but five other games were decided by 40 or more. WELLSTON TOPS NORTHEAST FOR SECOND WIN OF SEASON Shane Page’s first season as the Wellston football coach is off to a meaningful start. The Tigers defeated Northeast 21-6 on Friday to improve to 2-2 on the year. While it might not sound monumental, it marks the first time since 2008 that the Tigers have won more than one game in a season. Wellston has not surpassed two victories since 2005. Of course, the schedule gets tougher in District 2A-2, with second-ranked Oklahoma Christian School awaiting this week.
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Oklahoma high school football: Week 4 picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Sep 24, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 140-41 (77.3 pct.) Overall record: 402-139 (74.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 42, EDMOND NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 35, Norman 17 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Northwest 6 COLCORD 28, Tahlequah JV 12 Tulsa Kelley 31, TULSA MEMORIAL 28 Independent OSD 48, Kansas Deaf 42 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A SAND SPRINGS 35, Bartlesville 24 BIXBY 42, Claremore 20 Edm. Santa Fe 28, EDM. MEMORIAL 27 CHOCTAW 35, Enid 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton Eisenhower 7 SOUTHMOORE 34, Moore 14 Owasso 24, NORMAN NORTH 22 TULSA WASHINGTON 27, Ponca City 12 JENKS 45, Putnam City 13 LAWTON 48, Putnam West 14 MUSKOGEE 28, Sapulpa 24 Tulsa Union 44, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 9 STILLWATER 56, U.S. Grant 6 BROKEN ARROW 49, Yukon 21 Class 5A Altus 35, EL RENO 28 DEL CITY 34, Ardmore 31 Carl Albert 42, WESTERN HEIGHTS 35 COWETA 28, Collinsville 27 Deer Creek 30, PIEDMONT 6 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 8 McALESTER 49, Durant 7 Guthrie 28, MCGUINNESS 20 SHAWNEE 28, Noble 10 Pryor 33, TULSA EDISON 18 Skiatook 38, TULSA HALE 6 Southeast 35, GUYMON 34 TAHLEQUAH 28, Tulsa East Central 24 GROVE 27, Tulsa NOAH 7 Class 4A Ada 31, GLENPOOL 20 Anadarko 45, ELK CITY 7 Bristow 28, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 Cleveland 28, VINITA 24 WOODWARD 42, Elgin 12 Fort Gibson 28, SALLISAW 21 Harrah 35, McLOUD 20 Metro Christian 31, STILWELL 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Miami 20 POTEAU 30, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, CACHE 14 TUTTLE 32, Tecumseh 15 BROKEN BOW 26, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 18, CATOOSA 14 WAGONER 42, OOLOGAH 35 CLINTON 28, Weatherford 27 Class 3A Bethany 35, MEEKER 34 STAR SPENCER 32, Bethel 26 PAWNEE 20, Blackwell 14 JOHN MARSHALL 27, Blanchard 24 HERITAGE HALL 42, Centennial 6 IDABEL 35, Checotah 20 Cushing 28, PERKINS 27 TULSA WEBSTER 27, Dewey 24 Douglass 24, PLAINVIEW 20 Eufaula 28, HEAVENER 14 BEGGS 27, Hilldale 20 JONES 33, Holdenville 7 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 24, Inola 14 SPERRY 30, Kellyville 20 JAY 31, Keys (Park Hill) 26 SEMINOLE 42, Little Axe 20 Locust Grove 44, WESTVILLE 10 Lone Grove 35, MADILL 20 KINGFISHER 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 28, COMANCHE 12 Mount St. Mary 28, BRIDGE CREEK 21 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 48, Okmulgee 8 PURCELL 27, Pauls Valley 7 Roland 35, SPIRO 28 BERYHILL 30, Seq.-Claremore 17 Sulphur 34, DICKSON 14 Tulsa Rogers 30, MORRIS 8 STIGLER 28, Valliant 8 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 38, Verdigris 20 Class 2A Afton 28, WYANDOTTE 16 HENNESSEY 28, Alva 20 HUGO 20, ATOKA 6 Chisholm 40, NEWKIRK 12 Chr. Heritage 35, LUTHER 34 TISHOMINGO 21, Coalgate 14 NOWATA 30, Commerce 20 OKEENE 32, Crooked Oak 26 Dibble 35, WALTERS 28 LINDSAY 28, Frederick 7 Haskell 34, CHOUTEAU 18 CHANDLER 42, Henryetta 35 Hobart 29, HOLLIS 22 HULBERT 20, Kansas 14 Kingston 35, MARIETTA 12 WASHINGTON 34, Lexington 14 HARTSHORNE 34, Liberty 7 Northeast 35, WELLSTON 32 DAVIS 44, OKC Legion 20 STROUD 28, Okemah 8 Oklahoma Christian 21, MILLWOOD 20 Oklahoma Union 21, CHELSEA 20 Panama 28, ANTLERS 24 Pawhuska 22, CANEY VALLEY 16 Perry 20, TONKAWA 14 ADAIR 42, Salina 18 Warner 27, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 28, Wewoka 22 VIAN 40, Wilburton 12 Class A Apache 44, MANGUM 12 BEAVER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 27 Cashion 48, CRESCENT 27 EMPIRE 28, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 31, PORTER 20 COMMUNITY CHR. 36, Elmore City 18 MOORELAND 24, Fairview 16 FAIRLAND 32, Foyil 28 Gore 21, QUINTON 20 CORDELL 28, Hinton 27 Hominy 28, DRUMRIGHT 21 THOMAS 42, Hooker 7 Kiefer 44, BARNSDALL 7 WYNNEWOOD 35, Konawa 7 MORRISON 34, Mounds 16 Oklahoma Bible 35, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 REJOICE CHR. 32, Quapaw 20 Ringling 44, WILSON 12 STRATFORD 28, Rush Springs 21 TALIHINA 54, Savanna 8 CARNEGIE 35, Snyder 34 KETCHUM 28, Summit Christian 24 Texhoma 42, SAYRE 14 HEALDTON 22, Velma-Alma 20 Watonga 34, at OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 20 MINCO 42, Wayne 28 Class B Alex 58, MACOMB 8 Allen 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 WELEETKA 56, Arkoma 42 Caddo 42, HAILEYVILLE 20 GANS 38, Canadian 24 Cyril 40, STROTHER 14 WAURIKA 28, Geary 24 Maysville 50, MAUD 20 RINGWOOD 54, MERRITT 44 LAVERNE 56, Pioneer 6 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 KEOTA 44, Porum 12 GARBER 36, South Coffeyville 28 SEILING 52, Turpin 6 DEPEW 34, Watts 22 Waukomis 54, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 24 OAKS 48, Webbers Falls 12 WELCH 34, Wesleyan Christian 24 DEWAR 54, Wetumka 42 DAVENPORT 44, Woodland 20 Class C Balko 56, BUFFALO 6 SASAKWA 32, Bokoshe 14 FOX 58, Bowlegs 12 BLUEJACKET 44, Copan 12 Corn Bible 38, SW COVENANT 28 Covington-Douglas 46, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 DC-Lamont 42, PRUE 20 RYAN 48, Gracemont 12 TIPTON 56, Grandfield 16 DUKE 28, Life Christian 20 Midway 48, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Rolla, Kan. 22 Sharon-Mutual 42, OKC PATRIOTS 18 Shattuck 56, TYRONE 6 MT. VIEW GOTEBO 48, Temple 20 Thackerville 54, CAVE SPRINGS 8 COYLE 56, Timberlake 30 CHEROKEE 58, Waynoka 6 MEDFORD 42, Wright Christian 20 Independent CASADY 31, Dallas St. Marks 28 IMMANUEL CHR. 42, Eagle Point Christian 28 HOLLAND HALL 28, Trinity Valley 24 Home team in CAPS