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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:Newswriting SweepstakesBrianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy".Photo SweepstakesMichael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait".First Amendment AwardThe Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting".Bill Wundram Award for Column WritingKyle Munson, The Des Moines Register,...
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Associated Press | Feb 5, 2016DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners: Newswriting Sweepstakes Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze Bureaucracy". Photo Sweepstakes Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo Wait". First Amendment Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, "Autumn Steele Shooting". Bill Wundram Award for Column Writing Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Davis City Resident Helps Family Scrape By" and "Medical Mystery". Mark Twain Award The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye. News Writing Division III (circulation 35,000 and above): Business: 1, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Deere layoffs causing ripple effect through some suppliers' workforces."; 2, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Raymond residents decry closure of town's only bank"; 3, Jennifer Dewitt, Quad-City Times, "Young professionals fill new Moline apartments". Business Feature: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Booze bureaucracy "; 2, Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register, "Invest in Des Moines"; 3, Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, "High nitrates plague 60 Iowa cities". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, "Ongoing coverage of campaign finances at the Iowa Caucuses. "; 2, John Molseed, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Mumford and Sons"; 3, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Faces of medical marijuana in Iowa". Editorials: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Iowan wait for drugs"; 2, Jon Alexander, Quad-City Times, "End Gluba's assault on transparency". General Features: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's Epic Walker"; 2, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "The last red tractor"; 3, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, "Meet two real Iowa bachelors". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures"; 2, Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register, "Burma to Iowa"; 3, Kyle Munson, Kathy Bolten, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, "Black Iowa". Investigative Reporting: 1, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, "Rise and Fall of Valley Bank"; 2, Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, "Four firms have troubled pasts"; 3, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, "Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures". News Graphics: 1, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Work release graphic"; 2, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Tuttle graphic"; 3, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Weapon flow chart". Sports Enterprise: 1, Mike Kilen, Andrew Logue, The Des Moines Register, "Last flight"; 2, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, "Iowa's football team"; 3, Doug Newhoff, Jim Sullivan, Nick Petaros, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "College Costs, July 26-29". Sports Spot News: 1, Rick Brown, Chad Leistikow, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, " Iowa grapple on the gridiron"; 2, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "White, Hawkeyes get their fairy-tale finish"; 3, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, "Murray doesn't disappoint in his first JDC". Spot News Reporting: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, "Democratic debate coverage"; 2, Mackenzie Elmer, The Des Moines Register, "Officer inside patrol car fatally shoots unarmed man"; 3, Thomas Geyer, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, "Tornado sweeps Scott, Clinton and Whiteside". Photos Business Photos: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Deer classic"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "YMCA implosion "; 3, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Bird flu". Feature Photos: 1, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "112015bp-snow-art-1"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Sweet smooch"; 3, The Des Moines Register, "Glorious skyline". General News Photos: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Ted Cruz"; 2, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Memorial Day"; 3, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, "Marriage Equality". Picture Story: 1, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "Rock the Look fundraiser ". Sports Action: 1, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "Tripped Up"; 2, Courtney Collins, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "110715cc-uni-football-01"; 3, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, "020115mp-uni-missoui-state-9". Sports Feature: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, "Rodeo wait"; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, "Relays glow"; 3, Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, "Game Winner". Spot News Photos: 1, Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, "Freedom summit protester "; 2, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, "House Fire"; 3, Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, "Flash flooding evacuation". Division II (circulation 10,000-34,999) News Writing Business: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, "Landowners hope pipeline not a done deal"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Losses escalate as bird flu virus spreads in region". Business Feature: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Massive structures rising up at CF expansion site"; 2, Mark Newman, The Ottumwa Courier, "Idaho here we come"; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Restaurants, consumers stung by record cattle, beef prices". Continuing News Coverage: 1, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Wastewater treatment plant violations"; 2, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "Coverage of pork plant in Sioux City"; 3, Molly Montag, Peggy Senzarino, Arian Schuessler, Globe Gazette, "Sexual Abuse accusations against Henry Rayhons". Editorials: 1, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, "Our opinion"; 2, Amy Gilligan, Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald, "A time to part: Strelo, school board"; 3, The Hawk Eye editorial board, The Hawk Eye, "A judge will decide". General Features: 1, Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald, " From tragedy, miracles"; 2, Joey Aguirre, The Hawk Eye, "From Burlington to Iowa City she's with Jackson"; 3, Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal, "A cowboy and his trolley". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Staff , Sioux City Journal, "Vietnam: Service with honor"; 2, Kathleen Sloan, Will Smith, Joey Aguirre, Sarah Tomkinson, The Hawk Eye, "Mental Health Institute closing (part 1)"; 3, Mike Bell, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, "Series: Rental crunch". Investigative Reporting: 1, Kathleen Sloan, The Hawk Eye, "Operating outside the law"; 2, Sioux City Journal, "Case shows gaps in teacher-student sex law"; 3, Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, "Day care dilemma". Sports Enterprise: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "The perfect ties"; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "A big man on campus"; 3, Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal, "Hoops encounter shows different side of the news". Sports Spot News: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, "Crowd-pleaser"; 2, Jared Patterson, Globe Gazette, "Hogan swats walk-off grand slam"; 3, Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal, "National champs drew inspiration from Muhl". Spot News Reporting: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, "$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City"; 2, Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, "Women fatally shot by officer"; 3, Nick Hytrek, Barbara Walker, Sioux City Journal, "From 'shots fired' to life sentence". Photos Business Photos: 1, Josh Newell, The Hawk Eye, "What a view"; 2, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Grand Downtown"; 3, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Steel work at Silgan". Feature Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bubbling up with excitement"; 2, Nicki Kohl, Telegraph Herald, "Catching a Whopper"; 3, Patrick Shelby, The Ottumwa Courier, "Blood moon over Blakesburg barn". General News Photos: 1, Ben Roberts, The Ottumwa Courier, "Hot air balloons take flight over Ottumwa"; 2, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "Storm slams festival"; 3, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Bracewell Stadium class of 1968". Picture Story: 1, Jessica Reilly, Telegraph Herald, "The Life of Conner"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Call it a night"; 3, John Lovretta, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, "It's a kid world at the fair". Sports Action: 1, John Gaines, The Hawk Eye, "Out of bullets"; 2, Chris Zoeller, Globe Gazette, "Heading the ball"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Whitewater fun". Sports Feature: 1, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Explorers fan high-five"; 2, Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal, "Iowa girls state basketball: Unity Christian undefeated"; 3, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, "Scheelhaase finds relief, redemption in relay victory". Spot News Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, "Man killed in shooting"; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, "Train Explosion"; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, "Citizens come to the rescue". Division I (Under 10,000 circulation) News Writing Business: 1, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Going once, going twice: Mall of the Bluffs will go on the auction block Monday"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Denison fights to keep Tyson workers in town"; 3, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "New in-school bank connects elementary, high school opportunities". Business Feature: 1, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "16th Avenue still lined with memories"; 2, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, "Grease Monkey celebrates 30 year anniversary Wednesday"; 3, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "'They're just gorgeous'''. Continuing News Coverage: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "State board dissolves Farragut school district"; 2, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "IWCC votes to phase out sign language program"; 3, Brenden West, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Gas tax issues in Clinton". Editorials: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Plan needs adjusting during big snowstorms"; 2, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's intent on gas tax plan misunderstood"; 3, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, "Time for Iowa to expand firework sales". General Features: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Kiley Wellendorf, Daily Times Herald, "Making memories with Myles"; 3, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle Buddies". Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 2, Jared Strong, Douglas Burns, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, "Water Works lawsuit coverage"; 3, Amy Kent, Clinton Herald, "Want solid waste pickup?". Investigative Reporting: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, "Ethics complaints, lawsuit filed against Treynor superintendent"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Affair website hackers expose dozens of Carroll men". Sports Enterprise: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, "Hometown proud of player, person/Early star potential"; 2, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "Family of coaches hoping to change fortunes of 3 T.J. athletic programs"; 3, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, "A day in the life of a swim champion". Sports Spot News: 1, Brett Christie, Daily Times Herald, "CHS honors Feldman in walk-off winner"; 2, Kevin White, The Daily Nonpareil, "MVAO reaches 1-A final"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "IN 7(00)TH HEAVEN". Spot News Reporting: 1, Scott Levine, Amy Kent, Nick Moffitt, Clinton Herald, "Campus closing"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Militiamen's political spat ends with gunshot"; 3, Scott Stewart, John Schreier, Tim Rohwer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Governor's line-item vetoes affect school budgets, mental health facilities". Photos Business Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Doughnuts on display"; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, "Rollin' and rockin'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Pizza Counter thrives in new location". Feature Photos: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Dog days of summer"; 2, Daily Times Herald, "Battle buddies"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Sumo bots take center stage at Heartland Christian". General News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Rick Meister sits in his new tractor"; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Center ballroom dances make feet happy". Picture Story: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "A shadow of harvest"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco laid to rest". Sports Action: 1, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton's Sydney Laufenberg is greeted by a downpour"; 2, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "The sand flies as Rodney Gossard lands"; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, "Clinton senior Damon Dann scores". Sports Feature: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Riders fly high at ArenaCross"; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Treynor celebrates state tournament berth"; 3, Zach James, Clinton Herald, "Northeast celebrates after scoring". Spot News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, "Killer mocks his victims' family"; 2, Jeff Storjohann, Daily Times Herald, "'Everything else is gone'''; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, "Cattle truck crash on interstate".
Julie Love remembers the day she looked in her son’s Jeep six years ago. In the center console, she found needles and a spoon.Her son – a 23-year-old, white, middle-class, former football star from a small Kansas town – was using heroin.At the time, Love knew her son, Tad, was addicted to a prescription painkiller he had received after knee surgery.“I thought I was still dealing with OxyContin,...
Heroin expands its deadly reach to affluent suburbs, small towns
Gabriella Dunn, Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016Julie Love remembers the day she looked in her son’s Jeep six years ago. In the center console, she found needles and a spoon. Her son – a 23-year-old, white, middle-class, former football star from a small Kansas town – was using heroin. At the time, Love knew her son, Tad, was addicted to a prescription painkiller he had received after knee surgery. “I thought I was still dealing with OxyContin, but when I brought it up to my brother, he said, ‘Julie, he’s using heroin.’ “I said, ‘No he isn’t.’ “He said, ‘Go look in his Jeep.’ “I will never forget that day, because I found the needles – I found the proof,” she said. “I had to see it for myself to believe he was doing it.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says heroin is now an epidemic in the U.S. And heroin users, it says, are increasingly white, young adults from well-off families in suburbs and small towns. And like Tad, 94 percent of heroin users first become addicted to prescription painkillers, according to 2014 rehab survey results from JAMA Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed journal. The increase in heroin addiction mirrors the increase in the use of prescription painkillers, particularly opioids – a medication that replicates the feeling of opium. Sales of prescription opioid medication have increased 300 percent since 1999, even though Americans did not report an overall change in their amount of pain during that time, according to the CDC. Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, according to the CDC. That’s enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. When doctors restricted Tad’s access to painkillers, he switched to heroin. It’s cheaper, easier to find and provides a similar high. OxyContin for pain Tad was born in 1987, played high school football and graduated from Conway Springs High in 2006. Love described her son as a genuinely good guy. He loved helping others, volunteering at homeless shelters and the Special Olympics. He had a sense of humor, was responsible and loved to spend time with his grandmother and family. Love said she thinks he drank in high school but didn’t use hard drugs. She found out Tad smoked weed when he was around 18 to 20 years old, so she sent him to a counselor. After Tad graduated from high school, Love moved to New York and contracted for the Office of Professional Medical Conduct – a state agency in charge of monitoring doctors. One of the main issues her office investigated was the way doctors prescribed painkillers. She said she saw the spread of heroin abuse from opioids first-hand in the Northeast, but viewed it as a problem mostly confined to the East and West coasts. Back in Wichita, Tad had a full-time job at a company that sold Caterpillar equipment. He rented an apartment. When he stepped off a piece of equipment at work, he aggravated an old football knee injury and tore his meniscus. He had surgery through workers’ compensation. That’s when his doctor first prescribed him OxyContin for pain. OxyContin is a highly addictive schedule II opioid. Schedule II prescription drugs – such as hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine – are tightly controlled because of the risk of addiction. But after the surgery, the pain persisted. He kept using OxyContin and Love noticed he was becoming dependent. He sought a second opinion about his knee and found out his original doctor had missed a torn ACL. A year had passed since his meniscus surgery by the time he got his ACL surgery. Love moved back to Kansas from New York before the second surgery to help Tad. By then Tad had moved in with Love’s mother, Ruth Johnson, in Haysville. Love’s brother also lived with Johnson at the time. “I could already tell he was overusing it, but probably because his ACL was still torn,” Love said about Tad’s original addiction to OxyContin. “I think he was self-medicating for pain, and it progressively got worse.” When doctors began to limit his access to OxyContin, before the second surgery, Tad switched to heroin, Love said. As in the rest of the country, heroin is cheap in Wichita. Troy Derby, assistant special agent in charge for the office of the Drug Enforcement Administration that oversees Kansas, said a gram of heroin in Wichita costs $55 to $170. For a first-time user, a gram can contain up to 100 doses. Rehab, relapse Love spent the next five years trying to save her son. Tad went to rehab for the first time in September 2011. He lost his job by 2012. He would go to inpatient rehab three more times, but relapsed each time. Insurance paid for treatment one and a half times. Love paid out-of-pocket two and a half times – leaving her $22,000 in debt. “As long as he’s willing to try, then I will do it,” she said. “Because it’s like I’ve explained to him, paying for a funeral is going to be just as expensive.” Tad lived with Love on and off until he again moved in with Johnson – his grandmother – six months ago. Both Love and Johnson have kicked out Tad several times for lying and stealing. Tad once took Love’s car for two weeks without her knowledge, she said. “Tad at 21 was more responsible than he is at 28 because of his addiction,” she said. “He had his own place, he had a job.” Tad once told his mom that he can tell sometimes that he has injected too much heroin. But he can’t stop. Tad, who is now in rehab, did not talk for this story. At one point, Love became so exasperated by the situation, she asked him to write his own obituary. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t face the reality that my son could die today,” she said. In November, Love said, Tad stole $500 from the bank account of his 80-year-old grandmother, who lives on a fixed income. When Johnson and Love confronted him about the money, Tad agreed to go to treatment once again. That’s when Love reached a breaking point of her own. Waiting for treatment Tad didn’t have health insurance and Love couldn’t afford to pay out-of-pocket again. She called daily to rehab centers around Kansas, but the centers told her Tad would have to wait two to three months for a state-funded spot. That’s because the state doesn’t have enough money to pay for all the people who need treatment. The state gives money to rehab centers that provide treatment for people who can’t pay for it on their own, or through insurance, said Stacy Chamberlain, director of addiction services for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The state uses federal money to pay for treatment, giving pregnant women and IV drug users priority. The state has no idea how many people are waiting for treatment, or how long the wait is, she said. She also said she doesn’t know if anyone has overdosed or died while waiting for treatment because the state doesn’t compare the names of people who overdose with the names of those waiting for treatment. Overdose death rates quadrupled in Kansas from 1999 to 2013 for 12- to 24-year-olds, according to a study by Trust for America’s Health released late last year. The study included both prescription and illicit drugs. Only Wyoming saw a greater jump than Kansas. Nonetheless, Kansas’ overdose rate is below the national average. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 19 people in Kansas died from heroin overdoses in 2014. The group cautioned that heroin deaths are often under-reported. Sarah Fischer, prevention program director for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, said underage drinking and marijuana use are bigger issues in Kansas than drug overdoses. “We’ve got a lot of issues on our plate, and it doesn’t necessarily always rise to the top,” Fischer said. Harold Casey is CEO of the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas, which serves indigent clients in 29 counties. He said most state-funded patients receive two or three weeks of inpatient services after waiting two to three months to receive it. A full month, he said, is rare. “My staff are telling me this week that they’re calling and some providers are not placing people on their waiting list because they’re so far out,” he said. Tad went to four inpatient rehab clinics. Each would treat him for only 30 days, which Love says is less than adequate for a heroin user. “Had one of these treatment programs kept him for 90 days, maybe we wouldn’t be here right now,” she said. Timothy Scanlan, a retired medical doctor who specialized in addiction in Wichita, said 30-day treatment became a standard during the 1970s, which is when most insurance companies set a 30-day max for inpatient treatment. “There is some research that says the longer the treatment, the better the outcome,” Scanlan said. “But there just aren’t many places that provide anything longer than 30 days. It’s kind of a Catch-22.” ‘Where were the parents?’ Obituaries of 20-somethings who fall victim to heroin have dotted newspapers across the country over the past several years. “I don’t want to be another picture on a page that we lost another one,” Love said. “Because that’s where we’re headed.” Her voice choked as she talked. “I’ve spent the last four years just trying to get my son to survive,” she said. On Thursday, Tad arrived at a six-month treatment program in Florida, paid partially through his health insurance. Love paid $3,000, adding to the $22,000 she was already in debt. Love is hopeful this will be his last visit. She’s mad at the pharmaceutical companies, disappointed in the state and now wants to help educate other parents. She said families might underestimate how easy it is for their children to get hooked. “Many fingers get pointed at the addict’s family,” she said. People often ask, where were the parents when all of this was going on? “Honestly, they were sitting at the dinner table together, helping with homework, attending sports events with those kids, so very much present, and it still happens,” she said. The friends Tad uses with are from other middle-class families, she said. “These are the kids with every opportunity,” she said. “It’s white, middle- to upper-class kids that are getting hooked on it, and logically it doesn’t make sense. “Every single one, he probably knows since Bible school. He’s known all those kids pretty much their whole life. Conway Springs is a small, tight-knit community.” And her story epitomizes the drug’s cultural shift. “When I was in high school, there was a distinct line. There were the people who did drugs in one group, and the people who didn’t in another, and the two shall never meet. Now it’s not like that. “Now it’s the popular kids doing drugs – and hard drugs,” she said. “We’re not talking about smoking pot, we’re talking about heroin, OxyContin and pain medication.” Gabriella Dunn: , ——— ©2016 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000027855,t000200592,t000200081,t000003132,t000002827,t000412858,t000002537,t000023139,t000023148,t000398743,t000164057,t000208940,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:New Haven Register (Conn.), Jan. 28, 2016Whether a man-made material used for athletic fields and playgrounds is safe for athletes and children is under the microscope after being targeting by critics for years.U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is calling on the federal government to conduct an...
Editorials from around New England
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: New Haven Register (Conn.), Jan. 28, 2016 Whether a man-made material used for athletic fields and playgrounds is safe for athletes and children is under the microscope after being targeting by critics for years. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is calling on the federal government to conduct an independent study on the use of crumb rubber on athletic fields and playgrounds after a series of reports and complaints called into question whether the man-made material was a pathway to exposure to one or more carcinogens. Many argue the health effects of crumb rubber, which currently is used in more than 11,000 synthetic turf sports fields in the U.S. and in children's playgrounds across the country, have not been adequately tested to ensure that it is safe for long-term exposure. One soccer coach has documented 69 cases of former soccer players diagnosed with cancer. Here in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health has deemed its use safe and thousands of kids play on crumb rubber surfaces at high schools and playgrounds across the state. But without a definitive scientific study determining its safety, experts are divided on its use and concerned parents rightfully are worried. Some municipalities have taken matters into their own hands — such as Ridgefield, which has posted health safety warning signs at its two athletic fields. Crumb rubber made its debut as a synthetic turf for professional sports in the early 2000s, the successor to previous forms that athletes complained did nothing to protect them from hard landings. The new turf was made up of tiny, black crumbs made from pulverized car tires, among other materials. It provided a cushion upon impact for athletes and helped minimize serious injuries such as concussions. But cries for federal authorities to take a closer look at the potential hazards have been mushrooming after many athletes who played extensively on synthetic fields were diagnosed with cancer. The controversy picked up steam after Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy refused to answer a reporter's question as to whether the synthetic turf was safe for children. No study links crumb rubber to cancer, but a study by Yale University found crumb rubber pieces contain 96 different chemicals, and 20 percent of the toxic chemicals present were carcinogens. And that is spreading fear through parents who say the tiny rubber crumbs get everywhere — in player's uniforms, hair and cleats. And every time a player slams onto the turf, a black cloud of tire pellets shoot into the air and the granules get into their cuts and scrapes, and into their mouths. The Synthetic Turf Council argues on its website there is no evidence to support claims that synthetic turf is unsafe. But an in-depth study free from special interests is needed to ensure athletes and children are not playing now to pay later. When the head of EPA refuses to go on record and validate a product's safety to the American people, that should make everyone sit up and take notice. We certainly did — and so should the federal government. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1KN3g70 Rutland Herald (Vt.), Jan. 25, 2016 We're now in the last year of Barack Obama's presidency. For many in the country, that's something to celebrate. His legacy is already hotly debated, and the November election will have an impact on how much of that legacy is carried forward. But Obama supporters and Obama detractors should all support the continuation of one small, oft-overlooked innovation that the current president brought to life: the United States Digital Service. This service sprang out of what is arguably one of Obama's biggest failures: the bungled launch of the healthcare.gov website. The site was meant to be a portal for Americans to sign up for health insurance through the exchanges — but it was riddled with problems, and Obama ended up calling in a rescue team to fix the site. The rescue team included many of the best and brightest from the United States' technology sector, who put their lives on hold and dedicated thousands of hours to working with officials and contractors to get the health insurance site back on track. When that task was completed, several members of the team realized they'd done something positive for their country. They connected others in technology who were willing to take time out to make government — and, by extension, people's lives — better. They'd also lowered costs — the healthcare.gov effort helped replace a $200 million login system that cost $70 million per year to operate with one that cost $4 million to build and less than $4 million per year to operate. The team wondered if they could do the same by applying their technology skills to other areas of government. The White House was listening, and in mid-2014, the service was started. What has happened since? The USDS has recruited bright people to apply the lessons of the technology sector throughout government. A sub-unit was started, called 18F, that works as a consultancy within the government. It partners with other agencies on specific tasks like improving the customer service portal for the Veterans Administration, reforming the Freedom of Information Act process, and creating a "College Scorecard" that makes data on college costs and outcomes easily accessible. In the process, they overhaul the partner agency's approach and upgrade their skills. They also leave behind a change in philosophy. What have they found? That many of the "bureaucrats" that are called out by politicians and critics actually want to do better, but are simply trapped by the inertia of the government and limited by the existing technology. They've found that many of the tech world's best and brightest are highly motivated by the opportunity to help out, and to help the people in need who are served by the government. They've also found that there is incredible potential to improve the efficiency and quality of government services — and they're doing it. There are several examples in Vermont where state government has attempted a similar effort to improve its own processes. None have focused so exclusively on technology, or leveraged outside resources, to make the effort a forward-looking part of the state's DNA. There were Tiger Teams under Gov. Jim Douglas, and more recently, several groups in the Agency of Natural Resources went through a process called LEAN Six Sigma, which is a set of processes used by industries to examine and improve existing processes and habits. But there's more that could be done, and it could have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of Vermonters and on the state budget. As Mikey Dickerson, a founding member of the agency and part of the healthcare.gov team, said, a key element is to "make it possible for people who had been part of the problem in the past to change. ...You have to give them permission to come along and get on the bandwagon. If they get convinced there won't be any place for them in the new world, then (they will) dig in and resist what you're doing. ...You have to be willing to make friends with people you might not have otherwise thought." His insight might do a lot of good if it were applied more broadly by more people. But the U.S. Digital Service has had a major impact already by working without an agenda other than accomplishing a very straightforward goal: Make the government work better, using skills, principles and technology that are widely available in today's world. We should bring that to Vermont. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1Vxs8FH Concord Monitor (N.H.), Jan. 29, 2016 Presidential candidates, like street-corner organ grinders of old, put out tin cups and crank out promises created to please the audience. This time around, many have impressive goals for their first day in office. Bernie Sanders would act to reverse the decline of the middle class on his first day. Ted Cruz has pledged to abolish the IRS, investigate Planned Parenthood, undo the multi-nation deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program, abolish Common Core education standards and reverse every one of President Obama's long list of executive orders. None of those things can or will happen, but then the promise is music to some ears. At least since President Harry Truman used an executive order to desegregate the military, scholars and politicians alike have questioned how far a president can go to circumvent Congress with a presidential edict. The limits remain unclear. For three election cycles, political reporter Charlie Savage, now of the New York Times, has asked presidential candidates to answer a short list of questions geared to gauge their view of presidential authority. This time, Savage explained in a Times article on Sunday, only one candidate, Republican Rand Paul, answered them. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush issued executive orders and memoranda in roughly equal amounts, and faced similar challenges to their constitutionality and cries of "imperial presidency." Executive orders, in use since George Washington, allow a president to act quickly, particularly in times of danger, without first gaining congressional approval. Their use, however, has increased with congressional paralysis, which has become a political fact of life that's not likely to change with the next election. So it could be that the candidates didn't answer because they didn't want to limit their powers needlessly or because the question has yet to be answered definitively by anyone. Several candidates, including Trump and lawyers Cruz and Marco Rubio, appear to have views on the extent of presidential power that, with less than a dozen days to go before the primary, voters should think about. President Richard Nixon once summed up his take on the matter by saying "when the president does it, that means it's not illegal." That proved not to be the case. Dick Cheney, the former vice president and perhaps the nation's most steadfast proponent of almost unchecked presidential power, once put it this way when asked about limits: "The president of the United States now for 50 years is followed at all times, 24 hours a day, by a military aide carrying a football that contains the nuclear codes that he would use and be authorized to use in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. He could launch a kind of devastating attack the world's never seen. He doesn't have to check with anybody. He doesn't have to call the Congress. He doesn't have to check with the courts. He has that authority because of the nature of the world we live in." That's not a view of executive authority that makes us feel safer, but it does make us wonder how many of today's candidates feel the same way. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1KhuVSP The Republican of Springfield (Mass.), Jan. 28, 2016 When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had an opportunity to fan the flames of controversy around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department, he took a pass. It was a bit more than three months ago, during a televised debate, when the Vermont senator, after Clinton sought to downplay a probe of her emails as a partisan matter, said: "Let me say — let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." The Democratic partisans in the crowd loved it. As did Clinton. And the issue was put to rest, right? Not at all. In the eyes of many Democrats, perhaps, but the American people will have ample opportunity to grow even sicker and more tired of hearing about Clinton's emails. Especially if she emerges as the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. But even earlier, there'll be another spate of news stories about the former secretary's home-brew email server and the security of the arrangement. After a federal judge ruled that the Clinton emails needed to be made public by the end of this month, they've been being released, in batches. But the final group won't be made public on schedule, as officials have said they need more time to sort through them completely. Here comes that controversy again. We continue to believe that Sanders' challenge to Clinton remains more quixotic than not. The Bernie boomlet, even should he prevail in both Iowa and New Hampshire, is not likely destined to last. So, fast forward to the summer. Imagine that Clinton has secured the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Think her Republican opponent and GOP-allied groups won't be talking about her emails? They'll be talking about them non-stop. And Clinton, of course, will endeavor to wave away the attacks as rank partisanship, as old news that's already been covered, as just more of the same. Will Sanders (and other Democrats) continue to come to her defense? Absolutely. But there'll be an awful lot of noise. Of that there can be little doubt. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1WTB21u The Providence Journal (R.I.), Jan. 28, 2016 A series of missteps by government officials has plunged Flint, Mich., into something of a nightmare. For more than a year, contaminated water has poured from the taps in this struggling working-class city, forcing residents to seek safer alternatives. Flint's water has been found to contain high levels of lead, which can damage children's brains. A recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, which sickened dozens and killed 10, could ultimately be traced to Flint's water system as well. The trouble began in the spring of 2014, when, to save money, Flint stopped drawing its water from Lake Huron, through Detroit's system, and began taking it from the Flint River. The switch was supposed to be temporary, carrying Flint through the construction period of a new regional water system. Residents immediately noticed that their water smelled and looked foul. But, for months, the state ignored their complaints, including reports of rashes and other health problems. In what should have been a red flag, a General Motors plant stopped using Flint water in October of 2014, asserting that it rusted parts. People cleaning surgical instruments at a local hospital reported corrosion as well. Still, it took a year for Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, to offer a plan of state aid, and approve a switch back to the original water supply. But by then, water from the river had so badly corroded the pipes in Flint's distribution system that lead was leaching into the supply. Repairing the system could cost as much as $1.5 billion. In his State of the State address last week, Mr. Snyder apologized profusely to the residents of Flint. Along with assistance, they deserve a full accounting of what took place. Decades ago, when Flint's economy was stronger, several industries were operating on the banks of the Flint River. Unfortunately, they left a variety of toxins behind. The decision to switch the city's water supply to the river was clearly disastrous. It was made, apparently, by one of several state-appointed emergency managers who ran the city while it was in receivership from 2011 to 2015. More should be known about how this decision was reached, and also about the state's decision not to add anti-corrosion chemicals to the river before switching the supply. Doing so might well have saved numerous children from the danger of lead poisoning. Finally, more must be known about the state's long refusal to address complaints, and its insistence that the water was safe. A state task force recently faulted the health department for failing to warn the public. It assigned even more blame to the state Department of Environmental Quality, whose director recently resigned. Federal and state investigations that could shed more light on the crisis are now under way. President Obama has declared a state of emergency, permitting Flint residents to obtain assistance from federal taxpayers. The cost of federal aid could prove substantial, particularly if it is broadened to embrace long-term solutions. Flint offers an example of what can happen when government bureaucrats spectacularly fail to weigh the public impact of their actions — and a reminder of the importance of an alert citizenry and the full disclosure of information. It also should send a warning about the dangers of under-investing in infrastructure, including municipal water systems. That is a problem in the aging cities of the Northeast. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1m4Yonr Kennebec Journal (Maine), Jan. 28, 2016 For the first time since deaths from drug overdose began to appear at an alarming rate, there seems to be an almost universal appetite for identifying the best ways to address the addiction, petty crime and drug trafficking that are the result of Maine's heroin epidemic. Imposing longer sentences for drug crimes, however, should not be on that list. With so many evidence-based practices available to solve the drug crisis, there is no reason to return to a method that has been proven not to work. L.D. 1541, now before the Legislature, would increase punishments and set mandatory minimums for importing into the state most illegal drugs. It would also create a new crime — aggravated illegal importation — with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison for people who import larger quantities, or use a minor to assist in the importation. Importation is a particularly hard crime to prove, and Maine already has sufficiently harsh penalties for drug possession and trafficking, even in regard to relatively small amounts — 2 grams or more of heroin carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, while 6 grams or more has a 30-year maximum. Prosecutors have other, better tools for punishing drug dealers. More than that, though, it is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to alleviate the suffering caused by the drug crisis and to make our communities safer. Longer prison sentences satisfy the understandable desire to punish those who are profiting off addiction. For some, unfortunately, tough-on-crime pronouncements also are a way to prove how serious they take this issue. But there is no proof that putting away a drug dealer for a long time makes it any less likely that another one will take his place. Increased sentences will only fill Maine's prisons, and leave taxpayers on the hook for the bill — at a cost of about $56,000 per year per inmate — well after other, better initiatives have with any luck put the heroin epidemic to rest. That's clearly what happened in the drug crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when harsh sentences and mandatory minimums only served to fill prisons and, often, trap nonviolent and low-level offenders in the penal system, making recidivism all the more likely. There are a lot of great ideas floating around Augusta, and they are coming from both sides of the aisle. Increasing access to medication-assisted drug treatment, supporting recovery services in Maine's county jails and drug education in its schools, and stemming the overprescription of opioid painkillers are just a few of the initiatives that experience shows can make real headway in ending a drug crisis. The Legislature should focus on those proposals, and leave failed ideas in the past. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/23AbZVC
Jan 20, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp has managed to climb out of the large recruiting hole he inherited when he took the South Carolina job last month.Two weeks before signing day, there are several signs the new coach has calmed the uncertainty stemming from Steve Spurrier's abrupt mid-season resignation and the unsettled Gamecocks coaching situation at the end of the season.Muschamp secured an...
Muschamp works to stem recruiting slide at South Carolina
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Jan 20, 2016COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp has managed to climb out of the large recruiting hole he inherited when he took the South Carolina job last month. Two weeks before signing day, there are several signs the new coach has calmed the uncertainty stemming from Steve Spurrier's abrupt mid-season resignation and the unsettled Gamecocks coaching situation at the end of the season. Muschamp secured an early enrollment from quarterback Brandon McIlwain, who had nearly two dozen football offers was considered a first-round selection in next spring's Major League Baseball draft. He shored up the pledge of talented in-state receiver Bryan Edwards, who decommitted last year and took a visit to Clemson before enrolling with the Gamecocks this month. The coach also received a commitment to play from highly sought linebacker T.J. Brunson, a one-time Louisville commit who Muschamp visited at nearby Richland Northeast High School a short time after his introductory press conference last month. "It's the season of the year for us," Muschamp said. "Recruiting is every day." The Gamecocks had slipped in recruiting the past couple of seasons since a run of three straight 11-2 seasons between 2011-13. Eight players in the 2015 recruiting class decommitted, and things started to spiral down after Spurrier's announcement and interim coach Shaw Elliott and South Carolina finished the season 3-9. Muschamp let his coaching staff know the slide had to stop. "Recruiting is about hard work, dedicating much of your day to it, dedicating a bunch of what you do to it," said co-offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon. "And that starts from the head guy down." Muschamp had a sense of urgency from the start. The former Florida coach did not stick around for much back-slapping and hand shaking after his introduction as Steve Spurrier's successor on Dec. 7. He took off to see prospects with newly hired running backs coach Bobby Bentley. The rest of his assistants are also well versed in recruiting for in the Southeastern Conference. — Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson was at Florida and Auburn under Muschamp. — McClendon worked with Mark Richt at Georgia and was the Bulldogs' interim coach when Richt was dismissed. — Assistant head Lance Thompson worked on national championship teams with Nick Saban at LSU and Alabama before joining Muschamp in guiding Auburn's defense last season. Thompson was named the nation's top recruiter on the Ultimate ESPN 300 recruiting power rankings in 2014. Muschamp also added staffers with area connections. Longtime SEC assistant Ellis Johnson, who helped recruit Jadeveon Clowney in 2011, is not on Muschamp's coaching staff but is helping organize recruiting efforts. "We think we've got people who know what they're doing," Muschamp said. Plus, a group that meshes well, McClendon said. "Everybody here is team guys and that's going to trickle down to the players," he said. It's still an uphill climb for the Gamecocks, who went 10-15 the past two season after going 33-6 from 2011-13. The highest ranking of the three major recruiting services is No. 28 in ESPN's team rankings. That's still behind 11 other SEC programs. "You are what your record is. We were 3-9," said a very blunt Muschamp. Along with the seven additions to the roster, junior college cornerback Jamarcus King — ESPN rated King the 10th best JUCO player available — has enrolled. Plus, the Gamecocks return their top-tackler the past three seasons in linebacker Skai Moore, who had considered giving up his senior season and entering the NFL draft. "We had some talks with Skai," Robinson said. "We're excited about Skai being back and continuing his development." Muschamp feels he'll surround Moore and the other returners with new players able to get the Gamecocks back on a winning path. "Whenever you get close here at the end, it creates a little angst with where you are and how you're doing," Muschamp said. "I feel okay where we are."
Newton compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout.
Former boxer Frank ‘Rootin Tootin’ Newton dies at age 59
By Scott Munn | Jan 12, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Frank Newton, 59, of Oklahoma City. Known in professional boxing circles as Frank “Rootin' Tootin” Newton, he compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout. The Lawton native also had 140 amateur bouts and was a Golden Gloves state champ in Texas. The Army veteran followed the Sooners, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. • Melvin Sandersfeld, 74, of Norman was a record-setting football player at Hobart High School. Earned an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma, where he played running back and defensive back for coach Bud Wilkinson. One of Sandersfeld's collegiate highlights was intercepting a Joe Namath pass in the 1963 Orange Bowl, when the Sooners played Alabama. Sandersfeld worked as an accounting supervisor at Western Electric. • Glenn VanZant, 79, of Bethany owned and operated the D&G Baseball Cards store with his son, Don. Glenn spent 25 years as a youth pastor. • Bill Hurt, 65, of Oklahoma City coached youth football and Little League baseball with his son, William. Also enjoyed fishing and hunting. • John Payne, 85, of Guthrie was an All-American football player at Pilot Point High School in Texas. He earned a scholarship to play for the Texas Longhorns, but his college career was cut short by family obligations. Payne worked in the horse industry, which included Remington Park. • Ed Malzahn, 94, of Perry played for the Maroons' football team while in high school. • Larry Cornforth, 96, of Oklahoma City. Attended Coyle High School and then one semester at Oklahoma A&M, where he played for the freshman basketball team under coach Sam Aubrey. A World War II veteran who is survived by his 100-year-old brother Jim of Pomona, Calif. • Leo Sims, 93, of Ada was a championship wrestler at Holdenville High School. He was district champ in 1938 after posting a 13-2-1 record. Awarded the school's Silver Cup for winning more matches than any other wrestler in Holdenville history. Sims, who served in the Marines during World War II, was later inducted into the Holdenville Hall of Fame. Worked 59 years in retail. • Hoyt Estes, 87, of Oklahoma City officiated college and high school sports, particuarly football and basketball, for 29 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Hall of Fame in 1990. An accounting manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. • William Parsons, 53, of Edmond graduated from Ada High School in 1980. He was a state champion tennis player for the Cougars before going on to East Central University. A certified public accounant by trade. • Sid Mauldin, 61, of Pampa, Texas. The former Barnsdall resident owned a NASCAR Camping World Series team. With young driver John Hunter Nemechek in the seat, Mauldin finished sixth in owner points for the 2015 season. Mauldin also loved to ride motorcycles in enduro, motocross and observed trials. He competed on the state and regional levels for several years. • Mike Rice, 63, of Edmond graduated from Choctaw High School in 1971. He played football and wrestled for the Yellowjackets before becoming a master carpenter and owning a construction company. • Fagan Whitewolf, 70, of Falmouth, Va., was an Oklahoma native who retired as a computer specialist for the Department of Defense. The Elgin High School graduate spent extra time coaching soccer in the Fredericksburg, Va., youth leagues. Whitewolf knew very little about soccer at first, but he decided to contribute to kids' lives because the organization needed coaches. • Nick White, 33, of San Marcos, Texas, played football for four seasons at Davis High School. At the time of death, White was head coach of a Texas team in the Crossroads Amateur Football League. • Frank Patterson, 83, of Oklahoma City. A three-year letterman in football at Northeast High School. Selected by The Oklahoman to the All-City team. Enjoyed fishing and hunting. • Vern Rapp, 87, of Denver managed the Tulsa Oilers baseball team in 1965. He guided the St. Louis Cardinals' Texas League affiliate to an 81-60 record. Although Rapp's 16-year playing career — he was a catcher and first baseman — did not include any time in the majors, he did coach and manage on the big-league level. Rapp was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1984, when he was fired in August so the Reds could bring in Pete Rose as player/manager. • Bob Somerhalder, 84, of Ada was girls basketball coach in the Allen school system for several years. The Navy veteran went into adminstration as Allen's high school principal. • Betty Squires Foster, 83, of Guthrie was MVP of the Geary High basketball team as a senior. Followed Guthrie High School athletics for many years; she had a lifetime all-sports ticket. Named honorary assistant athletic director in charge of softball operations by then-athletic director Gary Boxley. Foster rode the bus with the softball team to all out of town games. She was also an avid OSU supporter. • Don Bachman, 78, of Oklahoma City was a Tennessee native. He attended Dillard University in New Orleans, where he was a guard on the football team. An avid tennis player who also enjoyed 5K and 10K runs. • Ann Spelleri, 81, of Oklahoma City was an accomplished athlete, participating in skiing, tennis and golf. She had three holes-in-one. • Herb Mee Jr., 87, of Oklahoma City started playing golf at age 12. He played three years for the Classen Comets high school team and four years at Harvard. One of Mee's fondest memories was playing a 1949 match against Wake Forest and a future star in Arnold Palmer. Mee was a passionate fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma football and the Dallas Cowboys. • Bob Cail, 74, of El Reno played golf at East Central University. The highlight of Cail's summers was playing in the OG&E Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley in Guthrie. A tournament champion.
The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel emerges from father's shadow to win Offensive Player of the Year honorJan 4, 2016
Tevin delivered a remarkable season for the Chargers as they rolled to an undefeated season and second straight Class 3A state championship.
The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel emerges from father's shadow to win Offensive Player of the Year honor
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 4, 2016Heritage Hall senior Tevin McDaniel stepped onto the new turf at Taft Stadium in Week 3 with the purpose of doing something his father never did at that venue. A star receiver at John Marshall and Oklahoma in the 1990s, Michael McDaniel set a personal record with five touchdown receptions in one half at Taft Stadium before lightning ended the demolition of Northeast. Tevin fell one score shy of that family mark in a rout of Casady earlier this season, a feat he says Michael teased him about that night. Tevin was better this night against Centennial, catching six touchdowns in the first half of the 55-0 rout. “When I got home, he didn't have anything else to say to me,” Tevin McDaniel said. “I was just laughing.” Added Michael: “I'm proud of him, but my coach would have let me play in the second half had the storm not stopped us.” Tevin delivered a remarkable season for the Chargers as they rolled to an undefeated season and second straight Class 3A state championship. He caught 45 passes for 1,192 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 727 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's Little All-City Offensive Player of the Year honors. He also recorded a school-record 18 sacks and 97 tackles as a defensive end. It was the kind of season that impressed his dad, who remains a pastor and part-time employee at Heritage Hall. “Let me tell you, he's better than me in so many ways,” said Michael, a Parade All-American in high school. “He's a better man, he's a better student-athlete, he's a better athlete. If I was who Tevin was, I would be much further in life than I am now, and I'm not in a bad place either.” Tevin holds just one scholarship offer, though, and that comes from Air Force. At just 6-feet tall, recruiters have struggled to determine what position fits him best. He could be a running back, he could be an H-back or he could be something else entirely. At Heritage Hall, it didn't matter where he was. He changed each game. “It was super special, especially since his dad played for my dad,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “I've known him since he was born. He's gotten better and better each year.” He's improved so much to the point that he ended his high school career recently at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl with the belief that he is better than his father. “It wasn't ever me trying to be better than him or be him or any of that,” he said. “It was just me being the best player that I could be and wherever that took me. Really, we're just two completely different builds, two completely different players. “It's a great opportunity to push yourself to want people to remember your name too, not just as Michael McDaniel's son. But I'll say yes. He'll say no. But yes I do think I'm better than him.”
Jan 4, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp believes the South Carolina is not that far from being the same kind of football program that went 33-6 over a three-season stretch from 2011-13.He's been working the last month to return the program to those lofty levels."We're not far off. We need to continue to work and understand where we are and where we want to go," Muschamp told The Associated Press on...
Coach Muschamp: South Carolina football program not far off
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Jan 4, 2016COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp believes the South Carolina is not that far from being the same kind of football program that went 33-6 over a three-season stretch from 2011-13. He's been working the last month to return the program to those lofty levels. "We're not far off. We need to continue to work and understand where we are and where we want to go," Muschamp told The Associated Press on Monday. Muschamp was hired Dec. 6 as the Gamecocks coach, replacing Steve Spurrier who stepped down in mid-October with South Carolina struggling. Interim coach Shawn Elliott guided the team through the last half of the season, finishing off a 3-9 campaign with five consecutive defeats. Muschamp understands the gap he needs to bridge to get the Gamecocks back competing for the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. To that end, he's spent much of his time since being hired recruiting and building a staff. The latest addition to his staff his co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who handled those duties in Muschamp's last year as Florida head coach. Roper spent this past season as an offensive assistant for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Roper will share coordinator duties with Bryan McClendon, who was Georgia's passing game coordinator, receivers coach and, after Mark Richt's firing, its interim coach for the Bulldogs' 24-17 win over Penn State in the Taxslayer Bowl last week. Muschamp is aware of those critical of his offense late in his Florida tenure and believes he's got the right assistants in place to avoid that issue at South Carolina. "I hire coaches to do a job," Muschamp said. "Offensively, I just want to be on the same page philosophically of what we want to do. Regardless of what anyone says, the offensive coordinator calls the plays. We've got a good staff and I'm excited about their experience." Muschamp, who was Auburn's defensive coordinator, will focus on South Carolina's defense, which was last in the SEC in total defense (allowing 429 yards a game) and next-to-last in points allowed (27.5 per game). Right now, he's concentrating on bulking up South Carolina's recruiting. After his introductory press conference, Muschamp headed to a local high school to speak with prospect TJ Brunson at Richland Northeast. He was able to shore up the early enrollee commitment of highly regarded quarterback Brandon McIlwain out of Pennsylvania and get all-state receiver Bryan Edwards of Conway to re-commit to South Carolina after he had backed off because of the mid-year coaching turmoil. South Carolina is still awaiting a decision from leading tackler Skai Moore on whether he'll stay for his final season or declare for the NFL draft. Muschamp said he's talked several times with Moore about the future and will continue those discussions this week. "I know we'll have a complete meltdown in the fanbase when we don't get someone," Muschamp said. "But I'm only worried about the guys that are here." Muschamp found time the past two weeks to review tape of all South Carolina games from last season. He found the problems that led to the Gamecocks first losing season since 2003. Muschamp also saw effort, physicality and a commitment to teammates he can build on in spring practice. He'll make no decisions this quickly on who might start or be replaced. Muschamp said he and his staff will have plenty of time for that before next season. "We'll let our eyeballs tell us that," he said. Muschamp is grateful to South Carolina for a second chance in the SEC after his four-year stint at Florida. He asserted while things did not end well with the Gators, he cleaned up and turned around a program that won the Eastern Division and played in the SEC title game this season. "A lot of that gets mis-seen because of the result," Muschamp said. "Let's go win some games, let's go score some points and let's continue to do the other things we did extremely well at Florida and represent things in a first-class manner."
All-State football: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel emerges from father's shadow with impressive seasonJan 3, 2016
McDaniel delivered a remarkable season for the Chargers as they rolled to an undefeated season and second straight Class 3A state championship.
All-State football: Heritage Hall's Tevin McDaniel emerges from father's shadow with impressive season
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 3, 2016Heritage Hall senior Tevin McDaniel stepped onto the new turf at Taft Stadium in Week 3 with the purpose of doing something his father never did at that venue. A star receiver at John Marshall and Oklahoma in the 1990s, Michael McDaniel set a personal record with five touchdown receptions in one half at Taft Stadium before lightning ended the demolition of Northeast. Tevin fell one score shy of that family mark in a rout of Casady earlier this season, a feat he says Michael teased him about that night. Tevin was better this night against Centennial, catching six touchdowns in the first half of the 55-0 rout. “When I got home, he didn't have anything else to say to me,” Tevin McDaniel said. “I was just laughing.” Added Michael: “I'm proud of him, but my coach would have let me play in the second half had the storm not stopped us.” Tevin delivered a remarkable season for the Chargers as they rolled to an undefeated season and second straight Class 3A state championship. He caught 45 passes for 1,192 yards and 22 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 727 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn a spot as a receiver on The Oklahoman's All-State football team. He also recorded a school-record 18 sacks and 97 tackles as a defensive end. It was the kind of season that impressed his dad, who remains a pastor and part-time employee at Heritage Hall. “Let me tell you, he's better than me in so many ways,” said Michael, a Parade All-American in high school. “He's a better man, he's a better student-athlete, he's a better athlete. If I was who Tevin was, I would be much further in life than I am now, and I'm not in a bad place either.” Tevin holds just one scholarship offer, though, and that comes from Air Force. At just 6-feet tall, recruiters have struggled to determine what position fits him best. He could be a running back, he could be an H-back or he could be something else entirely. At Heritage Hall, it didn't matter where he was. He changed each game. “It was super special, especially since his dad played for my dad,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “I've known him since he was born. He's gotten better and better each year.” Tevin's improved so much that he ended his high school career recently at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl with the belief that he is better than his father. “It wasn't ever me trying to be better than him or be him or any of that,” he said. “It was just me being the best player that I could be and wherever that took me. Really, we're just two completely different builds, two completely different players. “It's a great opportunity to push yourself to want people to remember your name too, not just as Michael McDaniel's son. But I'll say yes. He'll say no. But yes, I do think I'm better than him.”
May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and...
2015 Notable Sports Deaths
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 22, 2015May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966. He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, "Mustache Gang," about the 1972 title team. He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports. May 29 — Doris Hart, 89, tennis great who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once. Hart won titles in 1954-55 at the U.S. Championships, which later became the U.S. Open. She won the French Open twice and Wimbledon and the Australian Open once each. She also totaled 29 major doubles titles and ranked No. 1 in the world in 1951. May 30 — Lennie Merullo, 98, the oldest former member of the Chicago Cubs and the last living person to play for them in the World Series. Merullo was a major league shortstop from 1941-47, all with the Cubs. He played three games in the 1945 World Series. May 30 — John Petersen, 86, retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife. The large gift helped fund the $119 million John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center. It opened in 2002. June 3 — Clarence "Bevo" Francis, 82, one of college basketball's great scorers, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game. Francis' landmark game came against Michigan's Hillsdale College on Feb. 2, 1954 and put his small Ohio college on the map. The school in southeastern Ohio is now called University of Rio. A year earlier, the 6-foot-9 center scored 116 points against Kentucky's Ashland Junior College, a record that was retroactively erased after the NCAA said it would recognize only games played against four-year, degree-granting institutions. During the 1952-53 season, he led his school to a 39-0 record. In 1954, Francis averaged 48.0 points a game. Francis played two seasons at Rio Grande, finishing with 3,272 points and powering the team to a 60-7 record. June 4 — Wayne Harris, 77, former Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as "Thumper" for his hard hits. Harris played his entire CFL career with Calgary from 1961-72. Harris was the MVP in Calgary's 1971 Grey Cup victory over Toronto. The CFL's top lineman a record four times an all-league selection eight times, Harris was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976. His No. 55 jersey was retired in 1973, and he was voted ninth among the CFL's Top 50 players in a TSN poll in 2006. As a senior in 1960 at Arkansas, Harris was selected the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference and played in the Cotton Bowl Classic and the All-American Bowl. June 5 — Alan Bond, 77, a polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory before going to prison over the nation's biggest corporate fraud in the early 1990s. Bond's proudest moment came in 1983 when he headed the Australia II syndicate that won the America's Cup from the New York Yacht Club that had held it since 1851. Australia II's then-revolutionary winged keel had ended the longest winning streak in the history of sport. June 5 — Jerry Collins, 34, professional New Zealand rugby union player. He played for New Zealand and most recently played for RC Narbonne, in the Rugby Pro D2. June 7 — John Derr, 97, golf reporter who covered the Masters a record 62 times. Derr covered the second Masters, in 1935, the year Gene Sarazen shot a 2 on the par-5 15th hole, helping to put the Masters on the map. Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982. June 8 — Sergei Sharikov, 40, two-time Olympic fencing champion from Russia. Sharikov won gold in the team saber event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as individual saber silver in 1996 and team saber bronze in 2004. Sharikov was also a three-time world champion in the team saber event. June 9 — Fred Anton Maier, 76, Olympic, world, and European speedskating champion in the 1960s. The Norwegian won the 5,000 meters at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics plus three other Olympic medals: 10,000 silver, 5,000 bronze in the 1964 Innsbruck Games, and 10,000 silver in 1968, and became world and European champion in 1968. He also set 11 world records. June 11 — Virgil Runnels, 69, a former professional wrestler known by his fans as Dusty Rhodes. Runnels, who also went by the nickname "The American Dream," was a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and held the NWA championship three times. He became famous during the height of wrestling's popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in signature yellow polka dot tights with his sidekick "valet" Sapphire. June 15 — Zito, 82, the leader of Brazil's World Cup-winning teams in 1958 and 1962. Zito scored one of the goals when Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the 1962 final. Zito was considered by many a mentor to the young Pele, and was also known as the man who first saw the talent of Neymar, when the current Barcelona forward was only 11. June 16 — Ron Clarke, 78, Australia's greatest middle distance runner. Clarke set 17 world records, including 12 during a 44-day tour of Europe in 1965, nine years after he had been invited as a 19-year-old to light the Olympic flame at the 1956 Melbourne Games. Clarke competed at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympics, but his only medal was a bronze in the 10,000 meters in 1964. June 16 — Nelson Doubleday Jr., 81, the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1896 and a descendent of Abner Doubleday, the mythical inventor of baseball. After taking over the company from his father, Doubleday partnered with Fred Wilpon to become a majority owner of the last-place Mets in 1980. He was bought out by Wilpon in 2002. June 17 — John David Crow, 79, a bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL. Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Crow piled up 4,963 yards rushing, 3,699 yards receiving and threw for 759 yards in his 11-year NFL career. He coached with Bryant at Alabama and was the head coach at Northeast Louisiana University, now known as Louisiana-Monroe, from 1975-80, where he went 20-34-1. June 17 — Mike Hanson, 49, assistant athletic director of communications for Montana. June 18 — Danny Villanueva, 77, one of the NFL's first Latino kickers. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Villanueva also played with the Dallas Cowboys. His last game ended up being the championship against Green Bay at Lambeau Field in 1967. June 20 — William Brantley Aycock, 99, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964. Aycock headed North Carolina's flagship university through a basketball scandal that led to the hiring of Dean Smith. In 1961, Aycock suspended All-America basketball player Doug Moe for taking money from a gambler involved in point shaving at the annual Dixie Classic tournament. When coach Frank McGuire resigned, Aycock replaced him with Dean Smith. June 21 — Darryl Hamilton, 50, former major league baseball player. Hamilton played 13 seasons for five major league teams before retiring in 2001. He was part of the 2000 New York Mets team that went to the World Series. The .291 lifetime hitter was working as an analyst for the MLB Network. June 22 — Jeremiah Tate, 19, Wofford basketball player drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. A junior who played in 13 games, Tate was born in Germany but listed Columbia, South Carolina, as his hometown. June 22 — Derrick Nash, 20, Central Michigan cornerback. Nash was a freshman who signed with Central Michigan in February 2013. He was diagnosed with leukemia that May during his senior year at Carrollton High School in Saginaw. After undergoing chemotherapy, Nash joined the team in 2014 and took part in spring practice. Central Michigan says he was on schedule to claim a spot on the active roster for the 2014 season when doctors found the leukemia had returned. June 22 — "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, 53, former pro wrestler. Landel was once among the superstars of the NWA but flamed out in a long-running battle with drug addiction. June 23 — Harvey Pollack, 93, last original employee of the NBA's inaugural season to still be working in the league. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team's director of statistical information. In 1946, Pollack began his career with the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America, which later merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association, as the team's assistant publicity director. June 23 — James "Froggy" Williams, 87, a 1949 All-America end on Rice's 1949 Southwest Conference football championship squad. Williams led the Owls to a Cotton Bowl win over North Carolina, ending his career with 156 points that stood as a school record for 40 years. Williams was a consensus first-team All-American at end that 10-win season when Rice finished fifth in The Associated Press poll. June 23 — Tommy Hudspeth, 83, BYU's head football coach from 1964 to 1971. Hudspeth led the Cougars to a 39-42-1 record during his eight years as head coach. That included leading BYU to its first Western Athletic Conference championship in 1965. Following his career at BYU, he was head coach at UTEP and the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he had an 11-13 record in two seasons (1976-77). June 29 — Josef Masopust, 84, Czech football great who led the national side to the final of the 1962 World Cup. Masopust, who made 63 international appearances, was named the best Czech footballer of the century in 2000. Masopust is best remembered for the opening goal in the 1962 World Cup final in Chile against the heavy favorite Brazil. Brazil won 3-1. June 30 — Kauto Star, 15, two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who was one of Britain's greatest and most popular racehorses. Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase five times and became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won 23 of his 41 races, including 16 Grade One races, and won more than $3.15 million in prize money. June 30 — Michael DeGroote, 22, Northern Arizona football player who was killed after an accidental shooting. July 2 — Charlie Sanders, 68, Hall of Fame tight end who spent 43 years with the Detroit Lions as a player, coach, scout and broadcaster. Sanders caught 336 passes for 4,817 yards and had 31 touchdowns in a 10-year playing career that began in 1968. He returned to Detroit in 1983 as a radio broadcaster, a job he held until joining the coaching staff in 1989. After leaving the sideline in 1996, he returned to the radio booth for one more season, then was a Lions scout from 1998 until his death. July 2 — Jim Weaver, 70, former Virginia Tech athletic director. Weaver guided the Hokies' transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference and served as the university's for more than 16 years. Weaver arrived at Virginia Tech in 1997 when the school's athletic programs were spread over three conferences and led them into the Big East for all sports except wrestling for the 2000-01 season. In 2004, the school accepted an invitation to join rival Virginia in the ACC. July 2 — Forrest Behm, 95, first-team All-America tackle on Nebraska's first-ever bowl team that lost to Stanford, 21-13, in the 1941 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. July 3 — Phil Walsh, 55, coach of the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League, was killed in a domestic dispute. Walsh was a former Australian Rules player, and coach at Adelaide since 2014. July 4 — Scot Breithaupt, 57, BMX bike racing pioneer. Breithaupt was among the first to organize bicycle races on dirt motorcycle courses in the early 1970s, becoming first a founder of BMX — or bicycle motocross. Breithaupt became a BMX rider, winning several championships, and became an early voice for the sport, introducing it to the nation as a color commentator in the early 1980s when it was televised on ESPN. Later, he started manufacturing bikes, founding the company SE Racing and later started LM Productions, producing BMX and extreme-sport shows for ESPN and Fox. July 5 — Jack Steadman, 86, longtime Kansas City Chiefs executive. A longtime friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City. He became general manager in 1966, building the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl four years later. He became president of the Chiefs in 1976 and remained active on its board of directors until his retirement at the end of the 2006 season. MORE
Oklahoma State football: Roots of coaching tree that produced Mike Yurcich break traditional Big 12 moldDec 12, 2015
STILLWATER — Mike Yurcich peered over his shoulder, spotted the gray-haired man in his 80s, and took a deep breath. It was the early 2000s. Inside a coaches box above a football stadium in northeast Indiana. An NAIA playoff game. Yurich's assistant coaching career at St. Francis was in its infancy but he was already calling plays for an explosive pass-first offense. The system was born...
Oklahoma State football: Roots of coaching tree that produced Mike Yurcich break traditional Big 12 mold
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 12, 2015STILLWATER — Mike Yurcich peered over his shoulder, spotted the gray-haired man in his 80s, and took a deep breath. It was the early 2000s. Inside a coaches box above a football stadium in northeast Indiana. An NAIA playoff game. Yurcich's assistant coaching career at St. Francis was in its infancy but he was already calling plays for an explosive pass-first offense. The system was born from the run-and-shoot: motions, jet sweeps, four-receiver sets and versatile tailbacks. The man standing in the room, Stewart “Red” Faught, was among its founding fathers. “He was just in the back listening to me call the game,” Yurcich said. “I always wondered what he was thinking. Probably, ‘You're screwing up what I invented.' ” Fifteen years later and Yurcich's offensive identity hasn't changed all too much. Oklahoma State's Sugar Bowl matchup against Ole Miss will complete his third season calling plays for the Cowboys. The offensive coordinator who found himself on a potential hot seat after five-straight losses a year ago has now emerged a potential head coaching candidate. “Mike is going to get an opportunity to interview for maybe more than one head coaching job,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I think he's a really good prospect and a bright young mind in our profession.” The coaching trees of Gundy, Mike Leach and Art Briles have provided a wealth of assistants-turned-coaches to establish the Big 12 as prime recruiting ground for budding programs across the country to find their head man. Yet, in a sea of Air-Raid born leaders such as Dana Holgorsen, Kliff Kingsbury and Phillip Montgomery, Yurcich is an outlier. The league's reputation is what might land him a new job. But it's far from the backbone of his offensive identity. When Gundy hired Yurcich back in 2013, a quick internet search unveiled his eye-popping statistics at Division-II Shippensburg and Lego-diagrammed creativity in play calling. But that only represents a small fragment of his football education. These are the mentors who paved Yurcich's path. Roy Pignatiello — Offensive coordinator, Euclid High School (Ohio) Pignatiello coached high school football in northeast Ohio for decades. He first mentored Yurcich as a freshman starting quarterback for the junior varsity squad at Euclid as Pignatiello worked to correct the baseball mechanics that once defined Yurcich's throwing motion. By the time Yurcich graduated, he held nearly every passing record for the program and finished 19-1 as a varsity starter. “Just about every call was a check,” Pignatiello said. “He had to read defensive fronts and he had an option of going right or left, tighter or wider. As a coordinator, I needed someone on the field that I could trust who could see the same things I saw.” Larry Kehres — Head coach, University of Mount Union (Ohio) Of the 27 seasons Kehres coached Mount Union, he finished 21 regular seasons undefeated and captured 11 Division-III national titles. Today, he serves as athletic director, but still recalls the two seasons Yurcich was on his roster as a player. “I've always held Mike in high esteem,” Kehres said. “I'm as proud of him as any (quarterback) that would have played four years.” Yurcich arrived at Mount Union as Kehres was developing a goal-line passing scheme that Yurcich “wanted to learn.” “Intelligent is how I would describe him,” Kehres said. “That's not what every player leaves you with. The idea that he would be a real problem solver, a creative thinker, how hard is it for a guy with his background to rise up and become a Division-I offensive coordinator at a school like Oklahoma State? It's rather rare. So there must be something unique about him and I think it's that creative thinking.” Kevin Donley — Head coach, California University (Pa.) and St. Francis (Ind.) Donley — an NAIA Hall-of-Famer with more than 270 career coaching victories — gave Yurcich his first-ever coaching job at St. Francis after he played quarterback for Donley at Division-II California. “I was a run-and-shoot guy,” Donley said, “and he became a student of that.” Donley adapted the system from Faught, the then retired coach who sometimes sat in on Yurcich calling plays at St. Francis. Faught, who passed away in 2005, developed his system at Franklin College (Ind.) in the 1960s when most programs were still lining up every down with two tight ends and running off tackle. Faught often spread the field with four receivers. In 15 of his 17 years at Franklin, his quarterbacks ranked among the top-10 passers nationally in NAIA. “The philosophy was go reckless, stay loose and score now,” Donley said. “Every play, even though it might have been like a five-yard conversion tool, still had big-play potential in it. So on any down you could hit the home run shot. “It goes from Red to me to Mike.” Al Borges — Offensive coordinator, Indiana Borges is currently the offensive coordinator as San Jose State, but his more than 30-year college football coaching career includes stops at California, Oregon, UCLA, Auburn and Michigan. In 2003, Borges was offensive coordinator at Indiana when Yurcich arrived as a graduate assistant — his first introduction to big-time college football. “He wasn't a real talkative guy,” Borges said. “He was really humble and very ambitious about learning football. With young guys, from my perspective, that's an attractive feature. He dove right in and worked his butt off. What's kind of cool is that it didn't really matter what the task was. He was always willing to do it.” Yurcich was responsible for the creation of spreadsheets for scouting reports and quarterback audible cards among other duties that require he dive into game planning for both offense and defense. Borges says Yurcich was among a handful of GAs over the years he could almost immediately tell were serious about breaking into the business. “You knew they were destined for bigger things,” Borges said. “They were ambitious guys that were very, very focused.”
Nov 16, 2015
Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about...
Raising Sterling: Cheri Shepard brought up an amazing young man — and did it on her own
By Jenni Carlson Columnist email@example.com | Nov 16, 2015Cheri Shepard has thought quite a bit about Senior Day. Topping her mental checklist — what should she wear? Since she's going to be on the field for the pregame ceremony, she figures she should go with something crimson. What about crimson jeans? Would that look good on the big screen? She laughs at her frivolity. After all, her only son, an Oklahoma legacy, is about to play his final game on home turf. Sterling Shepard followed in his parents' footsteps by becoming a Sooner and his father's footsteps by becoming a receiver who wears No. 3. But Cheri insisted she won't be overcome by emotion Saturday night. "I'm not real sentimental," she said. Those who know her best say pffft. They say she's sure to cry. They say she must be talking about clothes and not being sentimental because she's trying to keep her emotions in check. "Oh, gosh," her youngest said, "she's going to bawl harder than any of the rest of us." And who could blame her? Cheri Shepard raised one of the greatest receivers to ever wear an Oklahoma uniform. He is one of only three Sooners to have more than 3,000 career receiving yards. He ranks behind only Ryan Broyles and Mark Clayton, and after catching 14 passes for 177 yards, scoring two touchdowns and looking like the best receiver on the field last Saturday in Waco, he may soon take over the second spot. Along the way, Sterling Shepard has become one of the most beloved Sooners of the Bob Stoops era, too. It's not just his football prowess that fans love either. He's an Oklahoma native, a Heritage Hall product, a friendly sort who's quick to sign any autograph or flash that broad smile for a fan's selfie. Cheri has raised an amazing young man — and she did it on her own. Derrick Shepard died 16 years ago, leaving Cheri a single mother with three young kids. "When somebody goes through that big of a loss, you may see people go the opposite direction, maybe go on a downfall from there," Sterling said, "but that wasn't the case with her. She realized that she had three kids she had to take care of. "She put it all on her back and carried the weight for us." The story of Sterling Shepard has been oft told. He's living a dream. He's fulfilling a legacy. He's carrying the torch for his dad. Thing is, he's carrying one for his mom, too. *** Cheri Clay was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Went to Northeast High School. Made the honor roll. Was selected Miss Northeast by her classmates. She met Derrick Shepard during her freshman year at OU. He was three years older, and even though he was one of the best football players on campus, she wasn't impressed by him or his attempts to get her phone number. She had these rules about who she would date and who she wouldn't. He didn't meet her criteria. "I think it was his jheri curl, really," she said, laughing as she sat in her spacious but tidy office in the HR department at Ascent Resources, an oil and gas company under the American Energy Partners umbrella. "I just didn't like jheri curls." But then during the spring of her sophomore year, Cheri saw Derrick again. For the first time since she'd known him, he had his hair cut short. She gave him her number. Six months later, they were engaged. For the first few years of their marriage, Derrick played in the NFL. Washington. New Orleans. Dallas. But when he was cut before the 1992 season, he started chasing his next career. In 1999, he got his first big coaching break — a full-time assistant job coaching wide receivers at Wyoming. Cheri and Derrick decided that she'd stay in Oklahoma with the kids. For starters, Wyoming's head coach believed he would be a candidate for jobs elsewhere. No need to uproot the family, then do it again a few months later. Cheri also wondered where she'd work if they moved. She had a good job in the human relations department at Hitachi Computer Products in Norman. She didn't see many comparable options in Laramie. Cheri and Derrick knew the right decision was for him to go and her and the kids to stay. But it wasn't easy. "I cannot manage these kids for three or four months by myself," Cheri remembers thinking several times. Then, a little over a month after Derrick left, he was gone. He was playing racquetball when he had a heart attack and died. He had a heart condition that had been diagnosed while he was still playing in the NFL. He was on medication and everything had seemed fine. Until it wasn't. Suddenly, Cheri was a single mom. *** There were days when Cheri didn't want to get out of bed. The grief was too much. The pain was too horrible. But there were three kids who needed her. Ashleigh was 9, Sterling 6, Shelby 3. "Dad wouldn't want us to be sad," Ashleigh remembers her mom telling them. "We're still gonna be happy." Cheri made sure the kids kept playing their sports and going to their lessons and seeing their friends. They celebrated birthdays and holidays. They went on vacations. There was a Disney World trip that the kids still talk about. Still, the adjustment to being a single parent was tough for Cheri. She had done the finances and household planning, so that wasn't a new experience. The biggest struggle was simply having enough time for the kids. Cheri's biggest assists came from her parents, James and Edna Clay. Lots of days, they would take the kids to practice or get them from school or make sure they got dinner. And the times Cheri had to go out of town for work, her parents would come to the house and set up shop. The neighborhood kids would flock to the Shepards' house in Norman when James and Edna were there. There would be plays in the backyard. There would be games in the driveway. Cheri would come home to find counter tops covered in Twinkies and a refrigerator stocked with soda. "What do they do when I'm gone?" she would wonder. But Cheri always laughed it off. She knew the kids were loved. She knew they were taken care of. That's all that mattered. While her parents were there for the kids, Cheri was, too. When it came to games or recitals or school programs, she never missed. "My mom always managed to be there for all three of us," Shelby remembered. "She always found a way to make it work and be there. "She always made it happen." Four years after Derrick died, Cheri left her high-ranking job in human relations at Hitachi, took a similar spot at Chesapeake and moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to her parents. They were driving to Norman all the time to help, and it would be easier for them if the kids were closer as they got older. And yet, for all the help that her parents provided, Cheri was still the one making decisions for her children. "At the end of the day," she said, "it was really me and the kids." Where would they go to school? How would they be disciplined? What would be the rules and the principles that she would stress in hopes of shaping her children? Cheri became more of a disciplinarian after Derrick died in large part because she had to. That had been a role he had filled. But beyond that, the only thing she knew how to do in trying to mold her children was to be herself. She worked hard. She spoke her mind. She loved to laugh. And most of all, she cared about people. Her children have followed her lead. Ashleigh got a maternal instinct and a strong spirit, Shelby got an ability to chat with anyone and be comfortable in any situation, and Sterling got a focus and a work ethic that is evident every Saturday. "The way she held things down whenever my dad passed shows what type of woman she is," Sterling said. "She's the definition of strong to me. "She means everything to me." *** To most people, Senior Day will be about the players. But for the Shepards, it will be about more. Cheri, Ashleigh and Shelby will be on the field, then Sterling will join them, and there on the turf, they will remember not only what they've come through but also what they've become. It will be a celebration Team Shepard. "It was us against the world," Cheri said. And the Shepards won. Ashleigh graduated from OU last December and now works at American Energy Partners. Sterling will graduate next month, then turn his attention toward fulfilling his NFL aspirations. Shelby is a broadcast journalism major at OU who plans to get into sports broadcasting. All three of them credit their mom. "She tells us every day that we're just her whole world," Ashleigh said. "I always felt that throughout my childhood. I always felt loved. I'm just so grateful to have her. "My mom, she was the rock that held us together." There have been tough times. There have been moments when Cheri felt tired and frustrated. But she never thought about quitting. Not on her kids. "They motivate me to get through it," she said. "Now, you kind of see the fruit of it, and it's very exciting." Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason.
High school football: Class 2A and A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Nov 3, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We've covered Class 3A-6A, and continue with Class 2A and A: CLASS 2A District 2A-1 Key Games: Alva at Perry, Chisholm at Hennessey, Pawnee at Tonkawa. Chisholm: First with win. Second with loss. Hennessey: First with win. Second with loss. Tonkawa: Third with win. Third with loss of 10 or fewer points and Alva win. Fourth with loss of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Pawnee: Third with win and Alva loss. Third with win of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Fourth with win of 10 of fewer points and Alva win. Alva: Fourth with win and Tonkawa win. District 2A-2 Key Games: Christian Heritage at Northeast, Luther at OCS. Luther: First. Millwood: Second. Christian Heritage: Third with win or OCS loss. Fourth with loss and OCS win. OCS: Third with win and Christian Heritage loss. Fourth with loss or OCS win. District 2A-3 Key Games: Frederick at Dibble, Lexington at Hobart, Walters at Lindsay Washington: First. Walters: Second with win. Third with loss. Lindsay: Second with win. Third with loss. Lexington: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Dibble win where Lexington loses eight or fewer district points to Dibble Hobart: Fourth with win and Dibble loss. Fourth with win of seven or more points and Dibble win where Hobart gains six or more district points on Dibble. Dibble: Fourth with win and Hobart win where Dibble loses five or fewer district points to Hobart and gains nine or more district points on Lexington. District 2A-4 Key Games: Coalgate at Marietta, Kingston at Davis, Kingston: First with win. Second with loss. Davis: First with win. Second with loss. Coalgate: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Marietta: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 2A-5 Key Games: Henryetta at Prague, Okemah at Holdenville, Wewoka at Stroud. Okemah: First with win. First with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains seven or more district points on Stroud. Second with loss, Stroud win and Henryetta win. Second with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains six or fewer district points on Stroud. Third with loss, Stroud win and Prague win. Stroud: First with win and Okemah loss. First with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses six or fewer district points to Okemah. Second with Okemah win. Second with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses seven or more district points to Okemah. Henryetta: Third with win and Stroud win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 13 or more district points on Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 12 or fewer district points on Wewoka. Wewoka: Third with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka loses 12 or fewer district points to Henryetta. Third with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains nine or more district points on Prague. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka gains 13 or more district points on Henryetta. Fourth with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains eight or fewer district points on Prague. Prague: Second with win, Stroud win and Okemah loss. Third with win, Stroud win and Okemah win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses eight or fewer district points to Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses nine or more district points to Wewoka. District 2A-6 Key Games: Hartshorne at Pocola, Vian at Panama. Vian: First with win or Hartshorne win. Second with loss and Hartshorne loss. Hartshorne: Second with win. Second with loss and Vian win. Third with loss and Panama win. Panama: First with win and Hartshorne loss. Third otherwise. Antlers: Fourth. District 2A-7 Key Game: Colcord at Haskell. Adair: First. Haskell: Second with win. Third with loss. Colcord: Second with win. Third with loss. Hulbert: Fourth. District 2A-8 Key Game: Commerce at Chelsea. Wyandotte: First. Nowata: Second. Commerce: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Chelsea: Third with win. Fourth with loss. CLASS A District A-1 Key Games: Fairview at Thomas, Texhoma at Hooker. Mooreland: First. Fairview: Second with win and Texhoma win. Second with regulation win of five or more points and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker. Third with win and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker or wins by five or more in regulation. Fourth with loss. Fourth with regulation win of four or fewer points or overtime win and Hooker win where Fairview gains three or fewer district points on Hooker. If win of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding for second spot would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Fairview would be fourth. If Hooker wins lot, Fairview would be third. Thomas: Second with win. Second with regulation loss of four or fewer points or overtime loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Third with loss and Texhoma win. Third with loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses in regulation by four or fewer points or in overtime or Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Fourth with regulation loss of five or more points and Hooker win where Thomas loses eight or more district points to Hooker. If loss of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Fairview win lot, Thomas would be third. If Hooker wins lot, Thomas would be fourth. Hooker: Second with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview and gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Third with Thomas win. Third with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview or gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Fourth with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses four or more district points to Fairview and gains seven or fewer district points on Thomas. If win of two points and Fairview win of five points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Hooker would be third. If Fairview wins lot, Hooker would be fourth. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Fairview win. District A-2 Key Games: Apache at Carnegie, Hollis at Cordell. Hollis: First with win. Second with loss. Cordell: First with win. Second with loss and Apache win. Second with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 23 or fewer district points to Carnegie. Third with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 24 or more district points to Carnegie. Mangum: Third with Cordell win. Third with Hollis win and Apache win. Fourth with Hollis win and Carnegie win. Carnegie: Second with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 24 or more district points on Cordell. Third with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 23 or fewer district points on Cordell. Fourth with win and Cordell win. Apache: Fourth with win. District A-3 Key Game: Ringling at Healdton Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Rush Springs: Fourth. District A-4 Key Games: Elmore City at Minco, Stratford at Wynnewood, Wayne at Konawa. Stratford: First. Minco: Second. Wynnewood: Third with win. Third with loss and Elmore City loss. Third with loss, Wayne win and Elmore City win. Fourth with loss, Wayne loss and Elmore City win. Wayne: Fourth with win and Wynnewood win. Fourth with Wynnewood loss and Elmore City loss. Fourth with loss, Wynnewood win and Elmore City loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Elmore City win where Wayne gains nine or more district points on Elmore City. Elmore City: Third with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood win and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne win where Elmore City loses eight or fewer district points to Wayne. District A-5 Key Games: Okeene at Crescent, Watonga at Crossings Christian. Cashion: First. Crescent: Second with win and Crossings Christian loss. Fourth with loss and Watonga win where Crescent loses 16 or fewer district points to Watonga. Fourth with Crossings Christian win. OCA: Second with Crescent loss or Crossings Christian win. Third with Crescent win and Watonga win. Crossings Christian: Third with win or Crescent loss. Watonga: Fourth with win and Crescent win. Fourth with win and Crescent loss where Watonga gains 17 or more district points on Crescent. District A-6 Key Games: Hominy at Morrison, Kiefer at Drumright. Hominy: First. Kiefer: Second with win. Third with loss. Drumright: Second with win. Third with loss and Morrison loss. Fourth with loss and Morrison win. Morrison: Third with win and Kiefer win. Fourth with loss or Kiefer loss. District A-7 Key Games: Afton at Fairland, Foyil at Ketchum. Rejoice Christian: First. Fairland: Second with win. Third with loss and Ketchum loss. Third with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 19 or fewer district points to Ketchum. Fourth with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 20 or more district points on Ketchum. Afton: Second with win. Fourth with loss. Ketchum: Third with Fairland win. Third with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 20 or more district points on Fairland. Fourth with loss and Afton win. Fourth with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 19 or fewer district points on Fairland. District A-8 Key Games: Quinton at Warner, Talihina at Central Sallisaw. Central Sallisaw: First with win. Second with loss. Talihina: First with win. Second with loss. Porter: Third with Quinton win. Fourth with Warner win. Warner: Third with win. Quinton: Fourth with win.
Nov. 11933 — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District was formed.1983 — The state closed the Commonwealth Savings Co. of Lincoln. Many customers lost thousands of dollars in deposits.Nov. 21886 — Box Butte County was formed from Dawes County.1909 — Garden County was formed from Deuel County.Nov. 31932 — The Public Works Administration approved plans for power by the Platte...
Today in Nebraska-November
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2015Nov. 1 1933 — The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District was formed. 1983 — The state closed the Commonwealth Savings Co. of Lincoln. Many customers lost thousands of dollars in deposits. Nov. 2 1886 — Box Butte County was formed from Dawes County. 1909 — Garden County was formed from Deuel County. Nov. 3 1932 — The Public Works Administration approved plans for power by the Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District. Nov. 4 1858 — The Legislature organized Merrick County. 1919 — A special election was held to pick 100 delegates to a state constitutional convention. 1950 — Grover Cleveland Alexander, a pitcher in baseball's Hall of Fame, died in his hometown of St. Paul, Neb. 1986 — Kay Orr defeated Helen Boosalis in the nation's first woman-versus-woman gubernatorial election. 1988 — The National Credit Union Administration closed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha. Nov. 5 1947 — Warren Batterson, secretary of the Iowa-Nebraska District of the Communist Party, was expelled from membership in the American Legion. Nov. 6 1869 — Crews began grading in earnest for the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley railroad. 1888 — Banner and Kimball counties were formed, splitting from Cheyenne County. 1934 — Voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a one-house legislature. Nov. 7 1930 — The Fremont Daily Tribune published an editorial on U.S. Sen. George W. Norris that later won a Pulitzer Prize. The editorial called Norris "the burr Nebraska delights in putting under the Eastern saddle." 1987 — The Nebraska Cornhuskers racked up a record 666 total yards against Iowa State in football. Nov. 8 1887 — Perkins County, named for Burlington railroad President Charles Perkins, was formed from Keith County. 1891 — Garfield County, named for President James A. Garfield, was formed from Wheeler County. Nov. 9 1935 — Bob Gibson, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, was born in Omaha. 1948 — The Strategic Air Command officially moved its headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha. Nov. 10 1946 — A 4-year-old girl became ill suddenly on her way to church and died. She was the 22nd person to die from polio in Omaha that year. Nov. 11 1979 — Omaha businessman and philanthropist A.C. Nelsen died at an Omaha hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89. Nov. 12 1947 — Omaha added a boxcar with 50,000 pounds of flour to a Friendship Food train to aid western Europe. In all, Nebraskans contributed 11 carloads of food. Nov. 13 1962 — Nebraska coach Bob Devaney received a $200,000 insurance policy from Husker football supporters. Nov. 14 1962 — After pedaling a bicycle 1,041 miles, Mark Dustin of Durham, N.C., arrived to see the old town of Dustin in northwest Holt County, but found only a faded sign. Nov. 15 1932 — The Public Works Administration approved funds for Loup River Public Power District construction. Nov. 16 1982 — The Raymond Co-Op Grain Co. elevator exploded, killing five people and injuring two. Nov. 17 1956 — An Air National Guard jet crashed at the Lincoln air base, striking two parked B-47 bombers. Three people were killed and seven people injured. Nov. 18 1860 — Edward Creighton, general agent for Western Union, took a stage coach west from Omaha to make plans to extend the telegraph line from St. Joseph, Mo., to San Francisco. Nov. 19 1867 — The Army established Sidney Barracks, later Fort Sidney, to protect the Union Pacific railroad in western Nebraska. 1936 — Comedian Dick Cavett was born in Gibbon. Nov. 20 2006 — Gov. Dave Heineman orders that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of a slain Marine: Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, who graduated from Lincoln High School. The 21-year-old died Nov. 14 from wounds he suffered in Iraq. 1854 — Gov. Thomas Cuming announced the results of the first territorial census, showing that Nebraska had 2,732 residents. 1955 — Ten people were killed when two cars collided near Waterbury in northeast Nebraska. Nov. 21 1983 — A major winter storm hit Nebraska with more than 12 inches of snow reported on the ground at Harrison and 12 inches at Crawford. Nov. 22 1932 — Two shipments of Nebraska hogs left the state on their way to Cuba for breeding purposes. 1983 — The world premiere of the award-winning movie "Terms of Endearment" was held in Lincoln, where part of the movie was filmed. Nov. 23 1875 — The first plat was filed for the town of Ogallala. Nov. 24 1929 — The Fox Theater, named for movie pioneer William Fox, opened in North Platte. Nov. 25 1884 — The village of Ogallala was incorporated. Nov. 26 1982 — Two state prison inmates — one serving life for murder and the other serving five to 10 years for robbery — became the first convicts in 10 years to compete in Omaha amateur boxing matches. Nov. 27 1932 — In Cheyenne, Wyo., a tri-state conference involving Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming adjourned after it apparently is unable to reach an agreement over allocation of water from the North Platte River. 1983 — A blizzard dumped more than 7 inches of snow on Omaha and forced the temporary closing of a 120-mile stretch of Interstate 80 between Ogallala and the Wyoming state line. Nov. 28 1987 — University of Nebraska running back Keith Jones gained 248 yards against Colorado. Nov. 29 1951 — U.S. Sen. Kenneth Wherry died. Nov. 30 1962 — Gov. Frank Morrison signs a proclamation making the legislative reapportionment part of the Nebraska Constitution. The amendment eliminates a provision that population be the sole basis for redistricting the Legislature
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
A high school girls basketball coach devises a plan to injure an opposing player, talks about it during practice, then orders his players to carry it out during a game.
Commentary: Cache players say their coach tried to injure an opponent; believe them
By Jenni Carlson Columnist email@example.com | Oct 14, 2015A high school girls basketball coach devises a plan to injure an opposing player, talks about it during practice, then orders his players to carry it out during a game. Even though the plan narrowly misses inflicting the worst, the coach tells his players to lie about his involvement should anyone ask. Some unbelievable plot twist from a bad Lifetime movie? I wish. Instead, those are the details alleged by Gary Holt, father of former Elgin standout Jentry Holt. After eight months of research that overflows massive three-ring binders and clogs computer hard drives, he believes Cache coach Kenny White intentionally and maliciously plotted to injury Jentry. The plan was to throw an inbounds pass off her face. The hope was to break her nose. Those aren't just Gary's findings either. Those are words of two players who were part of the varsity team at Cache. “(We) were standing on the baseline during practice, taking instructions from Coach White,” they say in signed affidavits, “when he said, ‘We will make it look like a pass and break her nose.'” Only a month or so ago, we thought the Texas high school football players leveling an unsuspecting referee was bad. And slamming into an official from behind was reprehensible. But it turns out that was largely kids being idiots. If true, this is way more sinister. If true, this should be the end for some employees of the Cache School District. White has denied any involvement or wrongdoing, though the details of his story have changed. After the game, he said he thought his player threw the ball at Jentry out of frustration but didn't intend to hit her in the face. But then this summer, he said he ordered the ball thrown off Jentry but did not tell his player to throw it at her face. Before we go any further, some background. Cache and Elgin are small communities in Comanche County. Both have populations under 3,000, and both are about 20 minutes from Lawton, Elgin to the northeast, Cache to the southwest. Being so similar in size and close in geography, the schools are big rivals. Many of the kids know each other. Some of the parents work together in Lawton. When they meet in a game or a tournament, it's intense. Jentry Holt was long part of that rivalry. She moved to Elgin in elementary school because her dad got a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Sill, and as a girl who's always been tall and strong for her age, she was always an important part of her teams at Elgin. That was the case in late January when the girls basketball team rolled to the title in the Comanche County Tournament. Elgin defeated Cache in the title game, and Jentry starred. Scored 17 points. Dominated defensively. The next time Elgin and Cache met was Feb. 10. It was senior night at Elgin, and Cache crashed the party. Ran out to an early lead. Built it to nearly three touchdowns. Spent much of the second half on cruise control. But then late in the fourth quarter, Elgin hit a few baskets, cut into the lead and started pressing. With less than a minute remaining, Elgin hit a three, and as soon as Cache took the ball out of bounds under the basket, Jentry ran to the baseline to defend the pass. She's the tallest. She's the longest. If someone can disrupt the inbounds pass, it would be her. What happened next was captured on video by Cache and acquired through an open records request by Jentry's dad. A Cache player tried to inbound the ball, but Jentry got her left leg on it and booted it out of bounds. Then as the referee prepared to hand the ball back to the Cache player, you could hear a voice bellow her name from across the gym. It was White, the Cache coach. One of the player's teammates standing at the free-throw line pointed to her nose. After a moment of holding the ball — none of her teammates broke to the ball or made much of a move at all — the Cache player threw the ball right at Jentry's face. Her arms spread wide to attempt to deflect the pass, Jentry had no way of getting her hands up to defend herself. The ball smacked her forehead. It sickeningly snapped back her head. Her dad was only 8 or 10 feet away. A photography buff, Gary shoots pictures at games, and he was just down the baseline from where Jentry was. He realized right away that something was off. Someone throwing right at a player's face? “High school kids,” he thought, “you don't know what they do.” Still, something that had been planned? That was the furthest thing from his mind over the next few hours and days. Jentry said after the game that the pass almost knocked her out, and she didn't remember the free throw she shot from the flagrant foul that was a result of the pass in her face. Gary and his wife, LaRhonda, were worried about her. Had her checked by the team trainer. Thought about taking her to the hospital. But finally, they decided to go with ice and ibuprofen at home. But a couple days later, Gary got a call — the father of one of the Cache players wanted to talk to him about something his daughter told him about that play. Jim Bonnarens asked his daughter Jamie, a junior on the team, why the girl had thrown the ball at Jentry's face. “What's wrong with her?” he asked. “What was she doing?” “It wasn't her, Dad,” Jamie said. Then, she told her dad that a week or two earlier, White told the team during practice that they were going to hit Jentry in the face on an out-of-bounds play. The coach said they were going to do it because of elbows she'd thrown in previous games. They didn't practice throwing passes in anyone's face, nor did they talk of the plan again until the night of Feb. 10 at Elgin. Jentry wasn't seriously injured. No broken bones. No concussion. No lasting damage. She went on last season to lead Elgin to the state tournament, and now, she is a freshman at Oklahoma State where she recently started practice for her first season with the Cowgirls. But the extent of her injuries are not the issue here. The apparent premeditated efforts to injury her are. Coaches and players trying to injure others is frowned upon at all levels of sports. A few years ago, the NFL suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton for a year and indefinitely banned Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for implementing a bounty system. Injure a player, get a payout. But it isn't just the big boys who look down on such things. Last year, Bray-Doyle fired boys basketball coach Doug Bond after it was discovered that he was teaching players how to undercut opponents when they dunk. Players from the tiny school south central part of the state never actually injured anyone with the tactics, but merely teaching such things was enough for Bray-Doyle to dismiss him. High school sports are supposed to be extensions of the classroom, and high school coaches are supposed to be teachers with whistles. If a biology teacher told students that they were going to roam the halls in packs and smash the heads of freshmen into lockers, that would get said teacher canned. You can't tell students to do that. You can't encourage them to hurt other students. You can't do that on a basketball court either. Cache suspended White for three games, but according to the player affidavits acquired by Holt and his attorney, the coach indicated he was suspended because of the players' actions, not his. Those affidavits also indicate White told the players to lie to school administrators about his involvement; one of the players said she did, one said she didn't. Again on those signed affidavits, both players said they were just following orders orchestrated and planned by White. If true — and I tend to believe people who will sign their names to their statement, then indicate they're willing to say those words again in a court of law as these two players have — this is a violation of trust at the highest level. Someone needs to step up and be an adult. Admit what's really going on. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
There are several things you need to know about OU-Texas Friday. Don’t plan to get a lot accomplished if it entails driving much around Dallas-Fort Worth. If you’ve got an 11 a.m. kickoff, have an early dinner or a small dinner party. If you’re on the docket with David Boren, make sure you speak before he does. Here was my Friday. SPEECH, SPEECH One of our Friday traditions is the OU Club of...
Dallas travelblog: Always speak before a David Boren speech
Berry Tramel | Oct 10, 2015There are several things you need to know about OU-Texas Friday. Don’t plan to get a lot accomplished if it entails driving much around Dallas-Fort Worth. If you’ve got an 11 a.m. kickoff, have an early dinner or a small dinner party. If you’re on the docket with David Boren, make sure you speak before he does. Here was my Friday. SPEECH, SPEECH One of our Friday traditions is the OU Club of Fort Worth luncheon, which always is a lot of fun. I’ve met a lot of great people in Fort Worth, get to see some old friends and make new friends. This year, the Fort Worth luncheon moved from the Petroleum Club to the City Club. Which is strange, since our engineering dinner on Wednesday night in Dallas this year moved from the Dallas City Club to the Dallas Petroleum Club. Moved down in heights at both places; something like the 70th floor to the 39th floor in Dallas; something like the 39th floor in Fort Worth to the third or fourth floor. Which is fine with me, president emeritus of the Fear of Falling Club. Anyway, the Fort Worth folks have had me speak several years in a row, usually in conjunction with someone else, and Boren was the featured guest this year. And at the risk of being totally blunt, the old guy’s still got it. His 31-minute speech about OU seemed to last about 12. He had the crowd laughing at the start and crying at the end. He made people with no Sooner ties want to sign in blood their allegiance to OU. A couple of highlights: * On the football team: “I have been around this team a lot. Traveled with them. Went to Tennessee. Oh my goodness. At halftime, by the way, the president of the University of Tennessee came over to me, put his arm around me, said, ‘David, I know how you feel. Alabama beat us so bad a couple of years ago. It’s so hard.’ That was at halftime. I couldn’t find him after the game. “It’s a spirit I feel, I have to say, same kind of feeling I felt with the national champions year (2000). We started out, weren’t in the top 20, didn’t have a lot of respect, our talent level was questionable, but there was a chemistry. A sense of working together as a team.” * On students in general. Boren talked about the freefall in education funding and his campaign to vote in a penny sales tax that would help fund teacher salaries, including a program by which for every year you teach, the state forgives one fourth of your student loan debt. He said OU is operating with $110 million less from the state than it was in 2008. Boren said donors had given $2.4 billion to OU during his 21 years as president, and he asked, “Where would we be if you hadn’t? Your university would not be the great university it is… “Another innovative scholarship we’re giving, I had a young woman in my class. She came to me and said, ‘I’m a pre-med student and I want to graduate on time. I’ve got almost a four-point average; high, 3.8, 3.7. But I’m working 50 hours a week. I’m on my feet. I work’ I’ve forgotten, Home Depot and Target or Wal-Mart or somewhere. ‘Two jobs. I’m just exhausted. I don’t know how much longer I can keep doing this. I’m so tired when I get home, and I’m trying to study. So we gave her a scholarship. We say if you work more than 25 hours a week while you’re going to college fulltime, you come to us, show us your work records, we will give you the difference, if you drop to 25 hours from 40 or 50 hours. “It would so inspire you and you so want to reach out and help. Thanks to you, the last four years we’ve doubled our private scholarships at the university. You’d be so proud of the students. I wish I could take you all there and say, ‘come spend a week with me, interact with our students, the way I get a chance to interact with them. You’d be so proud. They’re doing volunteer work at a level you can’t imagine. Twelve hundred Big Brothers and Big Sisters, mentoring on our campus. And there are other mentoring programs. I was at Houston last year at a recruiting dinner. A woman came up to me and said, ‘I grew up in northeast Oklahoma City, from a minority family. Hadn’t gone to college. Five siblings. I was the only one lucky enough to get a big sister from OU. She was the first person that took me to a library, took me to a live stage performance. Took me to things that never would have been a part of my world. I was a senior one day, she said, “You’re coming to school with me.” She took all day. She took me over to Financial Aid, the registrar’s office, and said, “We’re going to figure out how you can come here,” and they did, and I got to go to OU. Because we had OU students who were volunteers, and giving of themselves and giving of their time, it changed my life. Now I’m here tonight with my daughter. She’s valedictorian of one of the biggest high schools in Houston. And she’s going to OU.’ “It’s full circle. I’m proud of the National Merit Scholars, proud of the Baker Mayfields, proud of the debaters who win the national championship, our drama students won the national championship at the Kennedy Center the last three years in a row. I’m proud of all the things they do. But most of all, I’m proud of the quality of the character, the quality of the spirt that we have at OU. That’s something you all found when you were there. Special people, friendships that last a lifetime and enrich your life. We’re 125 years old, celebrating our 125th anniversary in 2015, 1890-2015. What remarkable things have been planted there on that barren prairie where we were first founded. What remarkable things have blossomed there.” SHOPPING BY SMU Most OU-Texas Fridays, I’m working like a madman. But we have new deadlines which prompt me to get my stuff finished earlier in the week, so I was work-free by the time we left for Fort Worth. Which meant I could go shopping with the Dish. She loves to shop all over Dallas. Galleria. Southlake Town Center. Knox-Henderson. The latter is a cool little area just off the SMU campus. I’ve been there before, and we returned Friday, did a little shopping at a few cool stores. Sur La Table, a couple of cool furniture stores, I don’t remember which. The Dish can entertain herself — and has to a lot — but when I get the chance to hang out with her, I take it. She’s my favorite person in the world. RADIO DAYS My usual OU-Texas Friday means radio with the Sports Animal at Humperdinks, from 4:40-5:25 p.m. But the Animal asked me to host the 6-8 p.m. segment at Humperdinks. So I said sure. We left Knox-Henderson around 4:40 p.m., stopped by a Sonic for a cherry root beer and the Dish dropped me off at Humperdinks around 5:15 p.m. Then she went shopping. It's a little harrowing on this Friday. Traffic is terrible everywhere. North and south on the freeways. The major boulevards. I mean, Friday afternoons in a big city is automatic gridlock. Then add 200,000 visitors, it's going to stop the traffic. At Humperdinks, I hung out, talked to some OU fans, then went in and joined Jim Traber on the Humperdinks stage. Humperdinks is a fascinating place on OU-Texas Friday. Hundreds and hundreds of Sooner fans inside, outside, in between. Sort of strange, though, I saw very few people I knew. I usually see a ton. I did the show with Al Eschbach, who was over at the Wyndham Hotel on LBJ. Al had Marcus Dupree as an hour-long guest, then Jake Trotter joined me at Humperdinks from 7-8 p.m. Blueblood, I call him, and we were colleagues at The Oklahoman for years, before he joined espn.com. Quality guy and a good friend. So the two hours went fast. SMALL GROUPS THE WAY TO GO I was a little worried about doing radio until 8 p.m. the night before an 11 a.m. kick. Restaurants are always packed, and I was worried that it might get a little late. But it was just the Dish and I. Humperdinks, at I-35 and Northwest Highway, is just down the road from Pappadeaux, which is one of our favorites, so we put our name in, thinking a party of two might get in quick. They said 30-minute wait. We went across the street to Pappasito’s, the Mexican brand in the Pappa’s franchise. They told us 30-minute wait. So we just waited for the first one to call us. That was Pappasito’s, and it was only about 12 minutes, and they got us in and out great. I had seafood enchiladas, and they were fantastic. A little guacamole. Saw some people we knew, talked to a bunch of OU fans and were back at our hotel in Los Colinas by 9:15. Off the radio at 8 p.m., in our room at 9:15. That’s hard to beat on OU-Texas Friday. We’re staying at the Los Colinas Courtyard, but I don’t know why. I don’t like the hotel. Built goofy. Built in a square, with a big courtyard in the middle. And only one elevator. So chances are, you’re a long way from your room. We weren’t, but we often are. Worse yet, the hotel is built on the side of a slope. So if you park anywhere close to the elevator, you have to walk up a set of exterior stairs, which is a hassle if you’ve got a ton of luggage. Someone remind me to book rooms elsewhere next year. We got in, watched the rest of N.C. State-Virginia Tech and conked out, pleased that our OU-Texas Friday went smoothly and I got to spend most of it with the Dish.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Passing has been a work in progress for Minnesota for a while.The offense's imbalance has proven to be problematic at times, and junior quarterback Mitch Leidner has just a 52.4 percent completion rate for his career.The Golden Gophers were 12th in the 14-team Big Ten last season with an average of 147.2 yards through the air per game. They're currently 10th in the conference...
Minnesota tries to get passing going, with Kent State next
By DAVE CAMPBELL, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Passing has been a work in progress for Minnesota for a while. The offense's imbalance has proven to be problematic at times, and junior quarterback Mitch Leidner has just a 52.4 percent completion rate for his career. The Golden Gophers were 12th in the 14-team Big Ten last season with an average of 147.2 yards through the air per game. They're currently 10th in the conference entering Saturday's game against Kent State. Leidner ought to have more help, though, as the season gets going. K.J. Maye and Drew Wolitarsky have begun to emerge as a reliable wide receiver duo. Through two games, Maye and Wolitarsky have combined to catch 22 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. In the entire 2014 season, they totaled together 26 receptions for 404 yards and one score. "Having guys like that to go to in key situations gives a quarterback like me a lot of confidence," said Leidner, who has not thrown an interception in his last 153 attempts, believed by Minnesota to be the third-longest active streak in the FBS. Leidner found Maye, a senior from Alabama, streaking up the left sideline for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 55 seconds left in regulation last week at Colorado State to give the Gophers the lead in a game they won in overtime. Wolitarsky, a junior from California, has moved inside this season, but both players can play the "X'' and the "Z'' positions. In fact, on Maye's big catch, Leidner expected Wolitarsky to be running that fade route. "K.J. told Drew to go down inside: 'I'll go take this one,'" Leidner said, smiling. "I was like, 'All right. They're both my guys. Whoever wants it, go for it.'" Here are some key story lines surrounding the game Saturday between Kent State (1-1) and Minnesota (1-1): KICKING IT Kent State has been in the national news this week and not because of that routine win over an FCS opponent. April Goss, a four-year member of the team, made an extra point in the second quarter Saturday against Delaware State and became the second woman to score in a major college football game. Katie Hnida also did so for New Mexico in 2003. As the third-string kicker, Goss is unlikely to get in another game, but the feat of the former high school soccer player from Pennsylvania has been enhanced by the way she's been embraced by the rest of the team. "Didn't really do it for the hype and the pub," coach Paul Haynes said. "We knew that was going to happen with it, but she deserves it." BEYOND HIS YEARS Sophomore defensive tackle Steven Richardson has fast become the stalwart of the front four, with a team-high 3 1/2 tackles for loss through Minnesota's first two games. He has a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 1 1/2 sacks, too, following a breakout performance at Colorado State last week. "Steve Richardson played one of the best games I've ever seen a defensive tackle play," defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said. WELCOME TO THE LAND OF LAKES This is Kent State's first visit to Minnesota. In 2006, the Gophers traveled to northeast Ohio under coach Glen Mason, who was also once the head coach of the Golden Flashes, and beat Kent State 44-0 in the season opener. CLASSIC UNDERDOG Kent State has never beaten a team from the Big Ten, though the Golden Flashes beat Rutgers in 2012 before the Scarlet Knights joined the league. They lost 52-3 at Illinois in the season opener. Minnesota opened the week as a 23-point favorite. LAST WEEK Kent State ran 91 plays against Delaware State last week, gaining 493 yards to an almost unfathomable net of minus-33 yards for the Hornets in a 45-13 victory. "Are we going to hold Minnesota to minus-33? Probably not. But we still want that same type of attitude. We still want that same type of effort going into every game," Haynes said.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
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This year's is starkly different, two-and-a-half months into an entrenched stalemate between freshman Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature's huge Republican majorities. The Capitol is empty and quiet. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 750 words. PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATS-CHAIRMAN GETTYSBURG — Marcel Groen, the longtime leader of Montgomery County Democrats, is expected to be elected Saturday as the state party chairman — ending months of uncertainty over its leadership. UPCOMING: About 250-300 words following state committee meeting. CHALLIS-INSPIRED CHARITY FRAUD PITTSBURGH — A former high school baseball coach has pleaded guilty to charges in what authorities said was the theft of $91,000 from a charity for terminally ill children that he founded in the memory of a player who made national headlines in his courageous effort to play sports while dying of cancer. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 250 words by 3 p.m. EDT. POPE-PHILADELPHIA-CAMPGROUND PHILADELPHIA — Officials say a plan to establish an expensive campground for papal pilgrims in a large Philadelphia park has been scrapped. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 200 words by 3 p.m. EDT. GOP 2016-REPUBLICANS AND THE POPE WASHINGTON — To some Republican presidential candidates, it's better to be with the popular pope than against him. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have deep policy differences with Pope Francis, but the senators will break off campaign travel to attend his address to Congress later this month, a centerpiece of his eagerly anticipated visit to the United States. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a devout Catholic, will attend Mass with Francis in Washington. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another Catholic candidate, plans to attend one of the pope's East Coast events. By Julie Pace. SENT: About 920 words. EXCHANGE: EXCHANGE-SPOTTING STUDENT TRAUMA PITTSBURGH — When Grace Enick, now 25, was in a Christian elementary school, no one noticed her behavior after she was raped in second grade. "All I wanted was for someone to ask me what was wrong," she said. No one did. In recent years, educators have become more aware that some students are carrying emotional baggage that can interfere with their ability to learn. They may be dealing with trauma from exposure to street violence, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual abuse, poverty and homelessness, or grief over a parent's death or illness or unsettled feelings over their parents' divorce. While some of the traumas are more prevalent in poor, urban communities, neither wealth nor suburbia provides a shield. Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. EXCHANGE-AMISH LANDLORDS LANCASTER — Jacob King used to be a carpenter, like a lot of other young Amish men in Lancaster County. But the sluggish economy in 2009 and the saturation of wood-working businesses got King thinking about putting down his hammer and finding another way to make a living. Real estate investing was an idea buzzing around the Plain community, and it seemed like a good time to get in the market. King jumped in. He has joined hundreds of other Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster County who have become house-flippers, commercial real estate owners and, most of all, landlords in recent years. Susan Baldrige, LNP newspapers. EXCHANGE-RACETRACK WINNERS PITTSBURGH — Out-of-state racehorse owners are collecting millions of dollars in purses funded by Pennsylvania tax revenue, a Tribune-Review investigation found. A little more than 10 years since the Legislature legalized gambling — a move driven in part by horse racers trying to save what was then a dying industry — prizes for winning horse races in Pennsylvania have never been higher. That has drawn horse owners and purse winners from around the world, including the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, a Saudi prince and business people. Most of the top harness-racing partnerships include at least one person or company from out of state. Together, those partnerships won about $50 million since 2013, and $31 million of the winnings went to partnerships with no one from Pennsylvania. Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. EXCHANGE-STUDENT MUSIC PROGRAM PHILADELPHIA — Seated in a circle behind their 15 African drums last spring, the Laura Waring School kids smiled when Mary Schumacher, their music teacher, said, "OK, we're going warp speed, right?" She set a blistering pace. Her young drummers stayed right with her. Then, each child took a turn on the lead, drumming out his or her own beats that the other kids echoed, call-and-response style. The '50s-era public school classroom, on Green Street near 18th in Spring Garden, rocked with hard-driving rhythm, intense furrowing of young brows and satisfied grins all around at the end. The little drummers of Waring are a big miracle at a time when chronically cash-strapped Philadelphia public schools have been stripped of their music and arts programs and turned into creativity deserts that offer no artistic stimulation to young minds hungering for it. Dan Geringer, Philadelphia Daily News. EXCHANGE-THRILL-SEEKERS SCRANTON — After jumping out of an airplane more than 42,000 times, world-record-holding skydiver Don Kellner needs only the essentials. Wearing cargo shorts and sneakers — the right shoe worn down from trailing his foot during landings — and a single kneepad over his right knee, he straps a parachute snugly over his shoulders and through his legs. Kellner, 79, of Butler Twp., claimed the Guinness World Record for greatest number of descents in 1990, and has held it ever since. He is part of an elite group of Northeast Pennsylvanians who live by a similar code, whose work fuels their passion for adventure sports. A construction superintendent by day, Kellner owns and operates Above the Poconos Skydivers at the Hazleton Municipal Airport with his wife, Darlene, and daughters, Barbara and Tammy. Open only on the weekends, the small business serves thrill-seekers like Mr. Kellner who plow through the work week to get to their adrenaline fix. Jon O'Connell, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. IN BRIEF: POLICE RECRUIT SHOT — A judge has denied a request for separate trials for three western Pennsylvania defendants charged in the shooting death of a Johnstown Regional Police Academy recruit a year ago. CASINO WORKER SLAIN — A judge has rejected motions to suppress statements and dismiss a homicide charge against a man accused of shooting his former girlfriend as she drove to work at a western Pennsylvania casino. SPORTS: FBH--HIGH-SCORING GAME DUBOIS — Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns and Meadville outscored DuBois 107-90 in a high school football game Friday night. Brown broke the Pennsylvania yardage record and fell short of the national high school record of 754 yards set by John Giannantonio for Netcong, New Jersey, in a 1950 game against Mountain Lakes. BBN--BREWERS-PIRATES PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates continue a four-game series on Saturday. Zach Davies (1-0, 3.97) starts for Milwaukee against Jeff Locke (7-10, 4.56). Game begins at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. BBN--CUBS-PHILLIES PHILADELPHIA — Dan Haren (9-9) pitches for the Cubs against Phillies rookie Jerad Eickhoff (1-3). By Aaron Bracy. 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Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state.
High school football: Thursday's high school football predictions
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 2, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. See Friday's edition of The Oklahoman for predictions on Friday night's games: Last week's record: 16-2 Thursday's Games Class 6A Del City 44, PC WEST 14 SOUTHMOORE 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Norman North 28, NORMAN 17 Sand Springs 31, TULSA HALE 7 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Clinton 20 Collinsville 35, OOLOGAH 21 Class 4A CLEVELAND 26, Hominy 22 ROLAND 45, Muldrow 16 ELK CITY 28, Pampa, Texas 21 Class 3A Capitol Hill 28, CENTENNIAL 27 HERITAGE HALL 31, Casady 17 Douglass 42, NORTHEAST 6 LEXINGTON 28, Little Axe 22 Millwood 40, STAR SPENCER 14 LOCUST GROVE 50, Salina 12 TULSA WEBSTER 35, SeeWorth Aca. 6 Velma-Alma 20, COMANCHE 14 Washington 42, BRIDGE CREEK 12 Class 2A CHOUTEAU 28, Foyil 8 HARTSHORNE 34, Holdenville 14 CRESCENT 20, Newkirk 17 Panama 24, GORE 6 Class A CARNEGIE 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 14 Class B MAUD 48, Bowlegs 8 DC-Lamont 44, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 30 Geary 34, CANTON 28 MAYSVILLE 52, Paoli 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 44, MEDFORD 16 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Watts 28 Independent Cement 34, ALEX JV 28 Osd 48, MISSOURI DEAF 42 *-Home team in CAPS.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land verbal pledge from 2016 defensive end Jonathan Marshall, a former TCU commitAug 19, 2015
Oklahoma State received its second 2016 defensive line commitment in two days after Jonathan Marshall — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Shepherd High School (Texas) — flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday. On Tuesday, OSU landed a commitment from Tramal Ivy, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Butler Community College (Kan.). Marshall is a football, basketball...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land verbal pledge from 2016 defensive end Jonathan Marshall, a former TCU commit
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma State received its second 2016 defensive line commitment in two days after Jonathan Marshall — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Shepherd High School (Texas) — flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday. On Tuesday, OSU landed a commitment from Tramal Ivy, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Butler Community College (Kan.). Marshall is a football, basketball and track standout at Shepherd, about 60 miles northeast of Houston. He attended a June football camp in Stillwater, according to GoPokes.com, and tallied 71 tackles (17 for loss), 10 sacks and five forced fumbles last season, per Scout.com. OSU coaches celebrated the commitment on Twitter. Pistols Firing from El Dorado, KS! Welcome to the Family!! #OKState #BeACowboy — Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) August 18, 2015 // Pistols firing from Shepherd, TX! D-Line is locked and loaded for the future! #GoPokes — Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) August 19, 2015 // Marshall is the Cowboys' 14th pledge of the 2016 class and the second defensive lineman. Here's the list as it stands Wednesday. RB Justice Hill — Tulsa Washington HS (Oklahoma) CB Malik Kearse — Fort Scott CC (Kansas) CB Madre Harper — Lamar HS (Texas) QB Nick Starkel — Liberty Christian HS (Texas) CB Rodarius Williams — Calvary Baptist HS (Louisiana) OT Teven Jenkins — Topeka HS (Kansas) WR Dillon Stoner — Jenks HS (Oklahoma) LB Devin Harper — Karns HS (Tennessee) LB Amen Ogbongbemiga — Notre Dame HS (Canada) OT Dylan Galloway — Coppell HS (Texas) RB La'Darren Brown — DeSoto HS (Texas) OT Ryan McCollum — Klein Oak HS (Texas) DE Tramal Ivy — Butler CC (Kansas) DE Jonathan Marshall — Shepherd HS (Texas)
Aug 19, 2015
Jonathan Marshall – a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Shepherd High School in Texas – flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday.
OSU football notebook: Cowboys gain another defensive end commit
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 19, 2015Oklahoma State received its second 2016 defensive end commitment in two days after Jonathan Marshall – a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Shepherd High School in Texas – flipped his pledge from TCU to the Cowboys on Wednesday. Marshall is a football, basketball and track standout at Shepherd, about 60 miles northeast of Houston. He attended a June football camp in Stillwater, according to GoPokes.com, and totaled 71 tackles (17 for loss), 10 sacks and five forced fumbles last season. News broke via Twitter, with OSU coaches Mike Gundy and Joe Bob Clements both issuing “Pistols Firing” from Shepherd, Texas, tweets Wednesday morning. “I had discussed it with my family and we decided that Oklahoma State was the best place for me to go,” Marshall told GoPokes.com later in the day. Scout ranks Marshall as a four-star prospect. On Tuesday, the Cowboys landed a commitment from Tramal Ivy, a former Muskogee High star who is now at Butler Community College in Kansas. Marshall is the Cowboys' 14th pledge of the 2016 class and the second defensive lineman, joining Ivy. QUOTABLE Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich on the competition at receiver: “Ever since I stepped foot on campus here, it’s been good. It’s fun to have talented guys battling for positions and playing time. It keeps them on their A game. It’s fun to be a part of that. I know our quarterbacks enjoy it, because those guys are running crisp hard routes. Competition brings out the best in all of us.” HAMMERSCHMIDT PUTS SAFETIES ON NOTICE OSU safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt expects Central Michigan to pound the running game in the road opener Sept. 3, despite the potential for change under a new head coach. That puts Hammerschmidt’s safeties in the crosshairs. “We have to be physical, especially in that first game,” Hammerschmidt said. “They’re going to come out hard if they do what they did last year. In smash-mouth football, if you’re a safety or linebacker, you’ve got to be able to taken on a block, come off a block and make a tackle. “We’re going to make plays on balls and things like that when it’s time, but people are going to check out the run game first. That’s where it starts. Stopping the run game, being physical, knocking balls out and make tackles is where it all starts. “It’ll end there, too.” The Chippewas averaged for 155.2 rushing yards per game in 2014, which ranked seventh in the Mid-American Conference. They lost leading rusher Thomas Rawls and his 1,103 yards — 122.6 per game. And there’s been talk of leaning on talented passer Cooper Rush in a more up-tempo scheme. Still, Central Michigan returns promising backs Devon Spalding and Martez Walker, along with Rimington Trophy candidate Nick Beamish at center and Ramadan Ahmeti at left tackle, a pair of senior linemen entering their third seasons as starters. Junior free safety Jordan Sterns led the Cowboys in tackles a year ago, developing a reputation as a hard-hitter and enforcer for the secondary. Sophomore Tre Flowers started six games at strong safety, while sophomores Jerel Morrow and Dylan Harding are in the mix, along with junior Deric Robertson, while true freshman Kenneth McGruder is pressing for a role. “We’re athletic in the secondary, but we’re still fairly inexperienced,” Hammerschmidt said. “We’ve got a couple of guys that have played… we’ve got talent. But we’ve just got to learn how to play and how to be physical.”