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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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com. 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...
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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.
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By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
The Bloomington Herald-Times. September 24, 2015Entrepreneurship: Who is next?The annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship shines a light annually on the possibilities for those who follow their own idea down a path to success. Accomplished speakers share their experiences and leave those who hear them realizing that risk can often result in great reward.Tuesday's speaker was Scott Dorsey,...
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By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Oct 1, 2015The Bloomington Herald-Times. September 24, 2015 Entrepreneurship: Who is next? The annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship shines a light annually on the possibilities for those who follow their own idea down a path to success. Accomplished speakers share their experiences and leave those who hear them realizing that risk can often result in great reward. Tuesday's speaker was Scott Dorsey, who started the company ExactTarget in Indianapolis with two other guys and the help of investments from his family and friends. Original financing in 2000 was about $200,000. In 2013, the company salesforce.com bought the firm for about $2.7 billion. The company has been integrated into a new division that's been renamed Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Dorsey told the crowd that keys to starting a company are perseverance and having strong enthusiasm for the business idea. Those were instrumental for the Cooks, Bill and Gayle, for whom the Cook Institute is named. They launched their medical device company from a small apartment on the east side of Bloomington into an international group of companies headquartered on the city's west side. This event always highlights what can happen to someone with an idea and the drive to see it through. Who's next? ___ The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. September 23, 2015. Still work to do. The good news is very good indeed. The unemployment rate has improved throughout northeastern Indiana. In the 10-county area monitored by IPFW's Community Research Institute, the jobless rate has dropped to 4 percent. "That's the lowest rate since May 2001," said Ellen Cutter, the institute's director. August statistics released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show that within the three-county Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area, the jobless rate was slightly higher - 4.1 percent - and Allen County's rate was 4.2. But all of those rates are lower than for Indiana as a whole (4.4 percent) and for the nation (5.2 percent). What does that mean for our region? "The economy is moving, there are a lot of opportunities," Cutter said. "People can find employment in greater numbers. But businesses are probably starting to feel the squeeze." Expanding businesses will be challenged to find enough skilled and trained workers. That will increase efforts to attract new workers to the area and to lure back people who for whatever reason have dropped out of the workforce. That includes some who gave up because they couldn't find work and some who hold part-time jobs but really want full-time employment. Thus, "the low unemployment most likely will result in some pressure to raise wages." That, in turn, may provide an answer to the region's greatest economic challenge - wages that in past years have dragged along below state and national averages. The 10-county region has added 3,907 jobs since August 2014. And recent growth wasn't in the retail sector, where wages tend to be lower. In comparison with the nation as a whole, northeast Indiana is "outperforming in manufacturing job growth. Also in logistics and transportation and in warehousing and wholesale trade," Cutter said. Almost half the new jobs - 1,748 - were in manufacturing. That kind of quiet, steady growth is just what the region needs to overcome years of stagnation. None of this good news, of course, invalidates the concerns quantified last fall in a report sponsored by the Indiana Association of United Ways. The ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed) Report showed that even many families with full-time "breadwinners" have struggled to cope. More than a third of Allen County residents have had difficulty affording their basic needs. And though northeast Indiana's total number of jobs has grown by more than 1 percent during the past year, the state and national job-growth rates were closer to 2 percent. So, the challenge is to create still more jobs, jobs that in turn will raise the wage base, and that in turn will lift more families past the point of mere survival into real economic security. ____ The South Bend Tribune. September 23, 2015. A mixed legacy for South Bend's police chief. Ron Teachman stepped into a difficult job, at a difficult time, when he took over as South Bend's police chief in January 2013. The department and city were still embroiled in the controversy over the ouster of the ex-chief, Darryl Boykins, and the questions surrounding a federal wiretap investigation and secretly recorded tapes. Teachman also faced critics, some outright hostile, who were angry about Mayor Pete Buttigieg's decision to bring in an outsider to run the police department, as opposed to promoting a longtime veteran. And it didn't help that only a few months after arriving in South Bend, Teachman faced accusations that he didn't back up an officer who was trying to break up a fight at the Martin Luther King Center, touching off an investigation by state police. A rocky start to the new job, to be sure. But from there, Teachman launched into a long list of changes and reforms for the department, bringing a more academic and high-tech approach to policing. He spoke often about looking far and wide for best practices in policing that South Bend could adopt. He championed "Operation Ceasefire," a strategy for targeting gun violence and, more importantly, the culprits most responsible for that violence. He installed a license plate reader to help catch people with warrants. And he brought in the ShotSpotter system to help quickly pinpoint the locations of gunfire. He took the heroin epidemic seriously and had officers trained on how to administer a drug to treat overdoses. He talked openly about the need for better outreach and communication with residents. For critics, Teachman never shook the "outsider" label, and they often harped about his management style and what they perceived as morale issues in the department. And for full disclosure, Teachman's relationship with local media outlets, including The Tribune, was rocky at best — a reluctance to cooperate with reporters often seemed to border on disdain, with no explanation given as to what fueled that sentiment. On his way out, Teachman has given his critics new fodder: He's taking a job with ShotSpotter, the very company he brought to South Bend, on a $300,000 contract. He says he received no personal gain from the company, and the mayor says he has no concerns. But does it really pass the smell test? It's fair to say that it should at least raise eyebrows. Buttigieg now hands the department off to Scott Ruszkowski — the type of longtime insider that critics wanted two years ago. A third-generation cop, Ruszkowski has deep ties to the community and widespread respect, and his appointment has already drawn praise from several corners. The mayor seems to have signaled that, after the changes brought by an outsider, it's time for a veteran whose profile earns him immediate respect from the rank-and-file and the community. As for Teachman's tenure, the same can be said for him that can be said of many public officials: He leaves behind a mixed legacy — some bad, some good. But for all the controversies and complaints, and many were part of the job of police chief, he does leave behind a force that is more forward-thinking. Many of his initiatives will have lasting impact. He certainly packed a lot into two years and nine months. He leaves the department with someone who comes into the job with a level of goodwill and support that Teachman certainly would have benefited from early in his tenure. It's time for a new chief and a new approach, building off Teachman's initiatives, but maybe also avoiding some of the missteps. ___ The Indianapolis Star. September 25, 2015 Motherly advice for Gov. Pence's drug task force. They are experts. Reluctant experts who have been forced to see the horrors of Indiana's heroin and opioid epidemic from up close. They're parents of young men and women whose lives have been ripped apart by drugs. They've lived through their children's incarcerations and withdrawals, relapses and hospitalizations, broken promises and overdoes, and in some cases through their funerals. It's a different kind of expertise, one earned through years of pain. But they are experts, nonetheless, and they are at the top of the list of people the governor's new drug abuse task force should turn to for true insight. Four of these parents, all moms, spent two hours with me on a recent Thursday evening, eager — desperate even — to tell me what they've learned during years of watching their children battle fierce dependencies. They said they were glad I was listening but that they hoped the governor's task force would listen, too. "These are sick people that need our help," an Indianapolis mom, Kourtnaye Sturgeon, said. "They need our help, and the truth is we as a state are doing the polar opposite of what they need. I hope the people on the task force understand that." The mothers I met with have been through personal hells, yet they optimistically fight on. They've seen their children lose everything to addiction and, so, they have worked to save other families from that same fate. They have memories of happy and bright children — memories that sometimes no longer seem real. The women aren't doctors or addiction specialists; they are hair stylists and small-business owners and marketers. But they've seen just about everything you can see about this crisis. They've seen its raw ugliness and the awful choices it forces upon a parent. They've seen what heroin does to a person, and they've almost screamed at a system that is not equipped to handle a crisis of this magnitude. With these backgrounds, with this baggage, these moms can offer two essential things to the public debate. First is a dose of reality. Second is a tour of the roadblocks standing in the way of successful recoveries. The reality check comes in the stories the women share. Stories about overdoses and homelessness, about a son selling his body for drugs, and a daughter imprisoned for stealing to support her habit. Stories of formerly happy children turned into broken adults, and of parental shame that eventually settles into sadness. Theresa Short, 56, told me about once reporting her son's heroin use to his probation officer. She knew that call could send him to prison but couldn't think of how else to save him from the fatal overdose that seemed to be on its way — the type of overdose that claimed her stepson three years ago. Her son, a former high-school wrestler, has relapsed so many times that she is now "scared to death because he gets off parole in October," and then he will no longer be subjected to court-ordered drug testing. That type of fear is why she turned in her own son. Sturgeon, 53, wiped away tears as she recalled kicking her son, now 24 and struggling in recovery, out of her house several years ago. That was hard, she said, because it meant she would lose what little control she had. But too many lines had been crossed, too many lies had been told. She told me about the time he looked at her and couldn't promise to stay clean. "I know why you're asking," he said, "but I hope you know that the last thing I want to do is use." Michelle Crane, 49, recalled driving her son, amid violently painful withdraw symptoms, to his drug dealer. She had a look on her face that said, don't judge me unless you've been there, and I understood. "That was not my child," she said. "He was out of his mind, and unless you're going through it you can't explain the horror to anyone." Her son is 28 and, after numerous attempts at recovery, is now serving the last days of a prison sentence stemming from a petty crime. Once, Crane said, she spent a Mother's Day searching the city for him. Another time, she found him in a parking lot on 38th Street, a mix of meth and heroin in his system, sores so extensive on his face that she didn't recognized him. "The heartache addiction causes a family is indescribable," she said. As the others talked, Justin Phillips mainly listened. She didn't have to say much; we've spent hours in the past talking about her late son, Aaron Sims. He had a great smile and a sharp mind, and he played football at Lawrence North High School. But heroin addiction overwhelmed him and he died of an overdose in 2013 at the age of 20. That is the reality check. And here is the message for the task force and other state policymakers who are taking a closer look at the addiction crisis. It's simple: "The current system is just making the problem worse," Short said. The epidemic has too often been treated as a criminal justice issue and not a health crisis, she said. Treatment centers are far too limited and far too costly, particularly for those without insurance. Jails and prisons lack the programs to effectively help inmates deal with their addictions, and they don't come close to adequately preparing them for life on the outside. Over and over, the moms talked about the lack of opportunities for those who have collected rap sheets while in the grip of addiction. As much as anything, this was on their minds. It's so basic, they said, but so tied to a troubled person's chance of turning his or her life around. The task force, they argued, should focus closely on job training and work programs for those with felony records, and for those whose addictions will continue to challenge them for years. "Nobody wants to hire them, even when they are clean," Short said. "They cannot find a job and that only makes their lack of self-worth worse." Sturgeon talked about the challenge of finding affordable treatment programs and said that the task force needs to understand the urgency of the situation. Those trying to overcome addiction to heroin can't be asked to wait months, weeks or even days. "When they are receptive to that help, there is a very short window," she said. "If you can't get them into a facility right away you can easily lose them." They know. They've seen it. The women also gave several pragmatic suggestions: They said Indiana needs a needle-exchange program. They urged the state to study with skepticism the for-profit methadone clinic industry. They almost begged for more detox centers. They said the probation system should be not only about enforcement but also about partnering with those fighting addiction. And they said Indiana must better help families navigate the complex network of recovery programs and centers, providing clear data focused on the results and outcomes that different programs produce. "It's so hard to determine who is honest and who is not," Sturgeon said. As I've written about this crisis in the past couple of years, I've heard from many people who argue that a person who sticks a needle in his arm is responsible for his own problems. What that argument misses is that these are real people who shouldn't be tossed aside. And even if you think they should be, tackling this crisis more effectively will help us all. Each story of addiction has collateral damage that spreads immense pain and heavy costs through families and communities. There are no easy answers. There is no quick fix. But there are experts who can offer wise counsel. They've lived through the pain, frustation and fear of this epidemic. ___
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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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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Associated Press | Sep 12, 2015Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Pennsylvania editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates. TOP STORIES: VIEWING HARRISBURG HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state government's budget season is typically hectic, with raucous rallies echoing through the Pennsylvania Capitol, lobbyists packing the corridors and top lawmakers and governor's aides rushing to closed-door meetings. 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. With hometown lead on losing team. Game starts 7:05 FBC--TEMPLE-CINCINNATI CINCINNATI — Temple tries to build upon its upset of Penn State when the Owls face Cincinnati in an early American Athletic Conference game. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m. FBC--PITTSBURGH-AKRON AKRON, Ohio — Pittsburgh plays its first game since losing star running back James Conner to a season-ending injury when the Panthers visit the Zips. Game time 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. FBC--BUFFALO-PENN STATE STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State tries to bounce back from a season opening loss with a game at home against Buffalo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos developing from game starting at noon. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. 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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.”
Oklahoma State football: Graduate assistant Robby Discher’s gamble pays off in becoming Cowboys’ special teams coordinatorAug 18, 2015
It was prior to the 2014 season and Gundy offered Discher a promotion with the Cowboys — well, a sort-of promotion.
Oklahoma State football: Graduate assistant Robby Discher’s gamble pays off in becoming Cowboys’ special teams coordinator
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 18, 2015STILLWATER — Robby Discher was in his late-20s with a full-time job as special teams coach at Sam Houston State when his phone rang. The incoming call with the 405 area code was Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. It was prior to the 2014 season and Gundy offered Discher a promotion with the Cowboys — well, a sort-of promotion. By accepting a graduate assistant position to coordinate special teams at OSU, Discher would jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Big 12. But it was also a move marked with serious sacrifice, as a GA’s salary cannot exceed the value of a full-grant-in-aid, full-time student, per NCAA rules. “It was a definite pay cut,” Discher said, “no insurance and all that stuff.” Discher always dreamed of being a college football coach in a major conference, so the former NAIA receiver would take detailed notes about every position group in team meetings at William Jewel College in rural northeast Missouri. Before getting his shot at Sam Houston State, Discher coached quarterbacks and outside linebackers at a small-town high school about 10 miles down the road from his college campus. So, Discher didn’t think twice when Gundy made his offer. “I just thought my best chance of getting a job at this level,” Discher said, “is proving you can do it at this level.” Consider that challenge complete. In December, Discher was named the 2014 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com — the first ever GA to receive the honor in its seven-year history, voted on by past winners. Under Discher’s direction, the Cowboys returned three kicks for touchdowns. OSU improved 58 spots nationally in opponent punt return average (3.29 yards) from a year ago. Sophomore kicker Ben Grogan improved his season-long accuracy by 18 percent. And Discher did it all with arguably one of the youngest depth charts in all of college football. “At one point on punt, we had eight freshmen starting,” Discher said. “On kickoff, we had nine. That’s pretty scary, because those are cover units.” As one of more than 100 applicants for his position at OSU, Gundy could have easily selected a candidate with experience in major college football. But the on-field results he saw last season were certainly a reflection of Discher’s four-hour interview that sealed his hire. “He was impressive from an Xs and Os standpoint,” Gundy said. “The people that had worked with him said he was a good teacher on the field and he is. He’s very knowledgeable in special teams, players like him, he’s got a little bit of a unique personality. He’s been really good for us. “He’s just like a full-time coach. He does everything other guys do.” In addition to special teams, Discher will also aid receivers coach Kasey Dunn this season as OSU eliminated its inside receivers coach position in favor of hiring Jason McEndoo to coach Cowboy Backs. It would seem Discher has already made an impact on that position group, too. “Coach Discher is cool,” sophomore receiver Chris Lacy said. “He’s funny, because he always brings something about special teams into everything. He’s always got a joke.” It’s likely Discher continues to boost his coaching resume in 2015 as the high number of freshmen special teamers from a season ago return with valuable experience. Gundy added it’s only a matter of time before Discher becomes a full-time assistant at the highest level — with a full-time paycheck, of course. But even then, Discher is prepared for whatever happens next, no matter where his football journey takes him. “I’m very low maintenance,” Discher said. “I could live anywhere. Preferably not cold, but if that’s where the next job takes me, I’m good."
On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan.The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather...
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
Anthony Slater, Associated Press | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040342,t000023124,t000002774,t000002622,t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000221300,g000065627,g000065577,g000220964
Aug 15, 2015
For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice.
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. More Donovan series from NewsOK Part 1: Donovan honed his game, made his name in the toughest of basketball environments Part 2: A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer Looking back on Billy Donovan's brief NBA career His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida.
New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environmentsAug 1, 2015
Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.
New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Aug 1, 2015The Wheelchair Classic is an annual hoops tournament that brings together the best amateur basketball talent from around New York City, dividing teams up into the boroughs. After the Big East formed in 1979, basketball interest in the northeast spiked. The early ‘80s produced a golden age for high school point guards in NYC, meaning the 1983 Wheelchair event, the 10th annual, was a must-see edition. That graduating class had Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, the playground legend and soon-to-be Syracuse star, and future NBA starters Kenny Smith and Mark Jackson. But it was a sub 6-foot white kid from an affluent area of Long Island who stole the show in that showcase game. His name was Billy Donovan. “Oh, Billy went off,” said his high school teammate, Frank Williams. Donovan’s Queens team faced the Brooklyn squad led by Pearl Washington, the game’s headliner. Months earlier, Donovan battled Washington’s in a six-quarter high school scrimmage. Pearl had 82 points. “We pressed the whole game and he just weaved in and out,” Donovan said. “I learned a lot.” Donovan was a game-control point guard. Slick ball-handling was his greatest strength. Pearl was a wizard with the ball, his moves legendary. At the Wheelchair Classic, Donovan put his mental notes from the scrimmage to use. “I don’t think Pearl was ready for it,” Williams laughed. In the highlight play of his highlight day, Donovan sent Pearl sprawling on a left-handed, inside-out crossover dribble, cruising past him for a layup. “Pearl nearly fell down,” said Billy’s childhood best friend Kevin Quigley. “The crowd went nuts. Just hooting and hollering. The little white boy just juked Pearl out of his shoes.” Billy Donovan made a career out of willing himself to success. Too small and athletically limited to compete against premiere athletes? He molded himself into a player and led Providence to an unlikely Final Four run. Florida is a second-tier hoops program at a football school? He quickly turned them into a national powerhouse. Too inexperienced to coach in the NBA? Sam Presti just handed him the keys to the most important season in the Thunder’s brief franchise history. But before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball. “It was almost an obsession,” Quigley said. ‘CAN WE STOP WITH THE DRIBBLING?’ William Donovan Sr. left Boston College in 1962 as the program’s third-leading scorer. He introduced his first child to the game at a young age. Bill coached some local CYO teams. His 2-year-old son tagged along. Things started to get a lot more serious around age 11. Billy had rare focus and drive for a young kid. His father preached specialization. So Billy quit football, a sport he enjoyed, because it cut into his hoops time too much. When he was in the seventh grade, the family — Billy, his parents and two sisters — moved into a more spacious home in Rockville Center. His father constructed a cement court in the backyard. Floodlights shined over it, meaning he could play day and night. He always did. “His next-door neighbor, Mrs. Muda, she used to get aggravated because he’d sometimes be playing out there until 10, 11 at night,” Quigley said. “She used to call,” his mother Joan Donovan said. “And it would be ‘Joan, can we stop with the constant dribbling of the ball?’” His mother was forced to institute a backyard curfew. So Billy found other ways to get in his late-night hoops fix. Quigley remembers the two of them sneaking down a back alley adjacent to their high school gym, slipping in and playing until after midnight. “Macken Mortuary was right next door,” Quigley said. “There was a door in the back and we used to put a piece of electrical tape so it would close but not click shut. They figured that out at some point, so me and Billy used to leave a window open, just a small crack, and then climb through it. No one could see us except maybe the mortician.” But Billy wasn’t there to just shoot around. He always had a perceived weakness he was working on. No left hand? He drilled it. Too small to get a shot off? He’d gather two friends, give himself only two dribbles and try to find windows to score. For better conditioning, he’d play Quigley one-on-one. They went at it full court. “I can assure you it wasn’t my idea,” Quigley said. That dedication meant a severe lack of a social life. Billy was well-liked, invited to plenty of events. He rarely went if basketball wasn’t involved. Quigley tells a story about riding his bike home from a party, booking it one end of Rockville Center to his house on the other. Billy’s place was in the middle. As Quigley passed it, he noticed the outside lights on. “He’s shooting hoops as I’m trying to get home from the party,” Quigley said. ‘THAT’S MY POINT GUARD’ More than those long days in the backyard or the persistent self-drilling or even St. Agnes’ rigorous hoops schedule — “his high school coach would play any team, anywhere,” his father said — Billy credits some summer pickup hoops games most for his unlikely rise to a Division I recruit. Two of Billy’s St. Agnes teammates were from nearby Hempstead, a rougher area of Long Island. Billy grew close to them over time. Bernard Woodside eventually went to LSU, Frank Williams to Fordham. The trio wanted to train together. Starting the summer before their junior year, Billy traveled with them to parks across Queens to face some of the area’s best hoops talent. They’d go to I.S. 8 in the South Jamaica or Centennial Park in Roosevelt. “I was the only white guy in there,” Billy said. He’d either hitch a ride with Frank and Bernard or take the subway to the closest stop. Frank, all 6-foot-6, 250 pounds of him, and Bernard would meet him there and walk Billy into the park. “Bernard and myself took great pride in making him feel at ease in those environments,” Frank said. “Billy was our guy.” At first, most figured they could punk the undersized guard. Frank remembers playing at the Salvation Army near Hempstead and Billy was fouled hard. “I said something to the effect of ‘Yo, dude, that’s my point guard. You don’t do that.’” It was just the kind of challenge Billy craved. “It was great,” Billy said. “Because there was absolutely no respect for me. I had to earn respect … There’s no handouts. There’s no entitlement. There’s no nothing. You have to prove yourself.” The games were always highly competitive, with winners staying on and a crowd of people desperately waiting for their shot. If you screwed up, you heard about it. If you lost, your day was ruined. “It wasn’t like an And-1 hoops mixtape kind of environment,” Billy said. “Guys were playing to win. Guys on Saturday are coming to workout and they are not trying to go home after 15 minutes of run. The intensity of the games got to a very, very high level.” Billy felt the greatest compliment was when, while waiting to play, strangers started coming over and asking him to join their team. The competition improved a game that would take him to the Providence and the Final Four . The environment toughened him. The success bred confidence. “It really, to me, shaped me in so many different ways,” Billy said. The competition molded his game into a Division I difference-maker. The success bred confidence that he could compete with anyone, anywhere, on the court or recruiting trail. But most importantly, the environment toughened, matured and educated him about life beyond basketball, allowing him to connect with players all over the world and grow into the coach he is today. Billy remembers one day getting to the park 90 minutes early. He’d gotten to know some of the players. So to kill time, he went to one of the guy’s homes. “We’re sitting in his apartment, his mom’s working two jobs and wasn’t even home,” Billy said. “He opens up the fridge and the only thing that was in there was a jug of water and the guy hadn’t eaten all day. “(I) was exposed to what actual real life living was like and what guys were dealing with on a regular basis.”
Oklahoma strong: Ralph Terry overcame injury and disappointment several times, and in the process, the big-league pitcher earned a spot among Oklahoma’s best.Jul 27, 2015
On Aug. 3, Ralpth Terry will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll join gold medalists and world champions and legends of sport.
Oklahoma strong: Ralph Terry overcame injury and disappointment several times, and in the process, the big-league pitcher earned a spot among Oklahoma’s best.
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jul 27, 2015Ralph Terry threw the pitch that became known as the greatest homer in baseball history. It was in the 1960 World Series. Game 7. Yankees vs. Pirates. New York largely dominated the series, but somehow Pittsburgh not only pushed it to a seventh game at home but also got to the ninth inning tied. Terry, who entered the game in the eighth inning and got the Yankees out of a jam, started the ninth facing Bill Mazeroski. He was the Pirates’ eight-hole hitter. He was known for his defense at second base. But on a 1-0 pitch, he smashed a towering shot to left that was the first walk-off homer in World Series history. “They gave me a day in New York after the ’60 World Series,” Terry said. “A day to get out of town.” He smiled and laughed. On Monday, Terry will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll join gold medalists and world champions and legends of sport. He’ll take his rightful place among our state’s greatest athletes. He’ll do so because of how he responded to that historic homer. It’s how he always responded to adversity — he fought back. Toughness, you see, has never been an issue for Terry. He was born in 1936 in a one-room, dirt-floor house near Big Cabin in the northeast corner of the state. His dad was 16. His mom was 15. “We’d run three miles back and forth to the one-room schoolhouse,” Terry remembered. “It was hard times with two world wars and the Depression.” But Terry didn’t let any of that stop him. He played baseball and football. He developed into a big, dominating right-handed pitcher. He dreamed the biggest dreams. At 18, he was drafted by the Yankees. As 21, he made his big-league debut. After the 1957 season, his first full one in the majors, Terry returned to Oklahoma. He made his off-season home in Chelsea where he’d gone to high school. One November evening, he was driving between Chelsea and Claremore on Route 66 when he dozed off. When he awoke, he realized he was going nearly a hundred miles an hour, closing fast on a car in front of him. He hit the brakes and swerved to miss the car. He went off the road and into the valley dividing the four-lane highway. The car launched into the air, then flipped five times. When Terry came to, he was sprawled on the ground. His car was turned over, the tires still spinning. He tried to get up, but he couldn’t move his legs. Help came in the form of a truck driver who saw the wreck, pulled over and called for help. Terry was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined that he’d fractured his left hip. The rim of the socket was cracked. Doctors thought they might need to rebuild it. That would’ve been the end of Terry’s pitching. With today’s modern medicine and advanced technologies, the prognosis would’ve been better, but the late ’50s were a different time. The surgery to repair something as major as a hip would’ve been too invasive, too catastrophic for Terry to keep pitching. So, before doing the surgery, Terry and his doctor decided to give traction a try. Give his hip a chance to heal. See if the bone might calcify on its own. Terry’s hip was X-rayed once a week to see if there was any improvement, but even as one week in traction became two became 10, Terry resigned himself to the worst. He’d lie there all those weeks staring at the ceiling for nothing. He’d still need surgery. “I’m probably not going to play again,” he thought. He’d given up. Then after his X-ray on the 11th week, his doctor came in with some news. “Well,” the doc said, “you’re going to play again.” More from NewsOK Mantle. Mays. Williams. Ralph Terry has crossed paths with a litany of sports legends A month or so later, Terry reported to spring training. He couldn’t run or do much of anything strenuous at first. But slowly, he went from only being able to play catch and pepper to working on his mechanics. He quickly realized his delivery was going to have to change. His hip injury was healed, but his body was different. For example, he needed to add a crow hop after his delivery so that he could get himself back into fielding position. He had a fairly major overhaul, but he knew he could do it. He’d done it before. In his last high school football game his senior season, Terry dislocated his right shoulder. His throwing shoulder. Suddenly, he went from a prospect on every pro scout’s radar to a guy who only a handful of clubs wanted. Terry had thrown hard before that shoulder injury, but afterward, he had to adjust. He had to learn different pitches and how to use them. “I had good control,” he said, “and I learned how to pitch.” He rebuilt himself. Then, he did it again. The result was a 12-year big-league career that included five trips to the World Series, two World Series crowns and one World Series MVP. The year after he gave up that walk-off homer to Mazeroski, Terry helped led the Yankees to the title. The next year, they won it again with Terry winning Game 7 and earning MVP honors. Along with Whitey Ford, Terry headlined the pitching staff on those Yankees’ teams of the early 60s that included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Roger Maris. “I didn’t want to be a star,” he said. “I just wanted to be a regular and do my share, do my job.” He smiled a bit. “But I was driving a Cadillac, too,” he said. “I was playing for a hell of a team.” Thing is, Terry wasn’t just a witness to greatness. He was a part of it. Maybe that would’ve happened without the accidents that forced Terry to make changes to his mechanics. Maybe those accidents kept him from pitching more years or winning more games. There’s no way to know, of course. But what Terry knows is that he had a great ride. “I was lucky,” he said. He was referring to the fact that he survived that car wreck without career- ending injuries or worse, but the truth is, it would be difficult to chalk up much of Ralph Terry’s career to luck. He worked too much. He fought too hard. He made his own luck.
Tim Tolin is not surprised a member of the Tolin family is including in the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015.The former Sooner High School icon just didn’t expect he would be the first one.“I was a little surprised,” he said about his reaction to the notice he had been selected for the honor. “I thought maybe they were calling me about me brother (Doug).”Not that Tim — who was a...
Tolin made mark at Sooner, Wichita State
Mike Tupa, Associated Press | Jul 15, 2015Tim Tolin is not surprised a member of the Tolin family is including in the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The former Sooner High School icon just didn’t expect he would be the first one. “I was a little surprised,” he said about his reaction to the notice he had been selected for the honor. “I thought maybe they were calling me about me brother (Doug).” Not that Tim — who was a member of the first modern (1978-present) Wichita State baseball team and helped rev up the Shocker tradition as one of the nation’s premier diamond programs — isn’t happy to lead the way. “It’s just a tremendous honor to be included,” he said. “To be part of a handful picked every year is really a significant honor.” Even though Doug and Tim left a shining legacy in Sooner Spartan sports, they made their biggest impacts in athletics following their high school years. Doug went on to become a state championship winning high school basketball coach and then led Oklahoma Baptist University’s men’s hoops team to the 2010 NAIA Division I national crown. As mentioned, Tim helped open a new era in college baseball when, in 1978, he helped get the new Wichita State baseball team off the ground. If not for serendipity, Tim Tolin might have ended up at the University of Oklahoma. While he was still in high school, the Sooners had began recruiting Tolin, a standout on both the prep diamond for the Doenges Ford Injuns in the Bartlesville American Legion program. In Tolin’s mind, Norman seemed to be the center of his college destiny. But, then the Oklahoma assistant coach, Gene Stephenson, who had been recruiting him for the Sooners, got the job as the coach for the new Wichita State team; Wichita State hadn’t had a baseball team since 1970. “He said, ‘You can come up here and play,’” Tolin recalled. To make the offer sweeter, Stephenson offered Tolin a full scholarship. Oklahoma, meanwhile, made no scholarship guarantee, Tolin said. “They had to wait for the draft and how many scholarship players they had coming back,” he said. So, Tolin went across state lines and spent four years, as a player, and another as a graduate assistant, in Shockerland. “My junior and senior year, we made it to the NCAA tourney,” he recalled. “We didn’t win a (World Series) game my junior year, but my senior year we won a game. After my last year of baseball, I had 10 hours left to graduate so I stayed up there, in 1982, as a graduate assistant. That was a great team with a great pitching staff. We made it back to the World Series and came in second, Miami beat us in the finals. To get there that quick, within five years after the program starter, to come that close was special.” Tolin’s baseball dreams of playing for pay, meanwhile, took a painful turn. “During my junior year, I was hitting second most the time and was having a really good year,” he said. “Then, I dove for a ball in leftfield and broke my finger. I had to sit out for six weeks. I felt if I could have kept playing I could have been drafted.” During the off-season, Tolin played in an elite league in Hutchison, Kan., to get ready for his senior campaign. Then, fate tweaked his nose — and his heart — again. “It was the same sort of deal,” he said. “We started out at Arizona State in February. I got picked off at first base and slid into second and jammed my thumb. Again I had to sit out a couple of weeks. I didn’t get drafted.” After college, Tolin and his wife moved to the Tulsa area, where he’s remained and worked primarily in the banking industry. But, he still has family — and strong emotional — ties to Bartlesville, where he was born and bred. He didn’t have to look further than the other side of the dinner table for his first sports idol. “He (Doug) was kind of always my hero growing up,” said Tim. “My senior year, he was my assistant basketball and assistant baseball coach at Sooner. He had helped coach one of my PONY League teams. I respected him.” Tolin also earned the respect of those who followed Sooner High sports. He was a man for all seasons — football in the autumn, basketball in the winter, school ball in the spring and Legion ball in the summer. “I really grew up liking basketball,” he admitted. “I played point guard.” During his senior high school year in basketball, Tolin was coached by his brother Doug and another future college coaching standout, Joe Holladay — who also is a member of the Bartlesville Athletic Hall of Fame. The Spartan hoops team earned a spot that season (1976-77) in the state tournament and defeated Oklahoma City Northeast in the quarterfinals. Tolin had played free safety and receiver for the Sooner football squad, which finished 6-4 his senior year. “I wanted to play quarterback, but they wouldn’t let me,” he said with a good-natured chuckle. He enjoyed his best success in baseball, in which he played multiple positions. While the Spartan diamond squad didn’t carve out a large measure of success, Tolin played during one of the strongest eras of Bartlesville American Legion competitiveness, with Tug Baughn as the manager. Tolin actually played one year for legendary Injuns’ head coach Al Solenberger and assistant Vic Bagniski, before finishing up his final years of Legion ball with Baughn. In 1976, Baughn guided the Injuns to the Oklahoma state championship. “I could hit for pretty good average,” Tolin said about his time in high school/Legion ball. He is among the all-time Doenges Ford leaders for runs scored (76) in a season, doubles (17) in a season, and home runs (8) in a season. He finished his Legion ball career in 1977. In 1978, he batting .306, as a freshman, at Wichita state, belted four homers, drove in 25 runs and fashioned a .468 slugging percentage while appearing in 57 games. He also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts. He upped his average to .393 in 1979, while playing in 56 games racking up 33 RBIs, stealing 18-of-21 bases and striking out about only once every nine at-bats. He batted .352 and .333 his final two years, respectively. Now, 34 years after he put down his bat and stored away his college cleats, Tolin will relive for one evening those moments of his youth and share them with family and friends — even if he didn’t expect it to be this soon. ——— ©2015 the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) 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Carl and Bea Kellar held hands as they awaited the eastbound Amtrak train in Newton at 2 a.m. Friday.It was their first time riding the train, they said, waiting among the 10 people gathered in the sleepy hours of the morning.Soon the station manager informed passengers waiting for the westbound train that because of flooding on the tracks, the train would be delayed for about six hours.In...
Amtrak service in Kansas could be cut
Matt Riedl, Associated Press | Jul 4, 2015Carl and Bea Kellar held hands as they awaited the eastbound Amtrak train in Newton at 2 a.m. Friday. It was their first time riding the train, they said, waiting among the 10 people gathered in the sleepy hours of the morning. Soon the station manager informed passengers waiting for the westbound train that because of flooding on the tracks, the train would be delayed for about six hours. In about six months, if circumstances in Kansas City are not resolved, Amtrak could cancel the Southwest Chief line, effectively leaving the state of Kansas altogether. “Amtrak is between a rock and a hard place on this,” said Barth Hague, who serves as the Southwest Chief’s representative on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee. The line, which runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, serves 33 cities, six of which – Lawrence, Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City – are in Kansas. Amtrak has a federal mandate to install positive train control, or PTC, systems across its tracks by Dec. 31, 2015, an endeavor that’s expected to cost up to $625 million, according to a 2012 Amtrak document. Throughout most of the country, Amtrak operates on rails owned by other railroads – most notably, BNSF Railway. The problem is with one section of track in the Kansas City area. Those tracks are owned by the Kansas City Terminal, or KCT. According to testimony that D.J. Stadtler, Amtrak’s vice president for operations, gave to Congress last month, KCT isn’t willing to foot the roughly $30 million bill to install PTC on its rails, and Amtrak can’t afford to do so. It makes roughly $44 million in revenue for the entire 2,256-mile line. As a result, Amtrak has said that if a solution does not come about by December, it will either terminate or re-route the Southwest Chief, Kansas’ only means of Amtrak transportation. Amtrak hasn’t given any specifics as to where it would reroute the Southwest Chief. The cities along the route of the Southwest Chief “work pretty hard, and to work so hard to preserve passenger rail only to have it pulled away because we can’t satisfy some congressional mandate east of Kansas City is a tragedy for this community,” Hague said. PTC technology In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Rail Safety Improvement Act, in response to a train crash in California that killed 25 people and injured 101 others. That legislation included the mandate to install PTC systems on Class 1 tracks by the end of 2015. Class 1 tracks include “any railroad main lines over which regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services are provided,” according to the Federal Railroad Administration. PTC is a communications-based system designed to prevent train accidents based on human error – basically, processors and wireless signals relay information to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments and various other scenarios. Railroads have been working toward meeting that goal, but according to a December 2013 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, many are concerned they will not be able to meet the 2015 deadline. This can be attributed partly to the cost of installing the technology – which has been estimated at $10 billion, according to Union Pacific. The Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia this spring brought PTC technology once again to the forefront of public discussion on railroads, Hague said. “The Philadelphia thing was a huge headline,” he said. “There’s probably kind of a public, or official, overreaction to that right now.” Hague said the necessity of installing PTC technology is greater in areas like the Northeast Corridor, where commuters in places like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., frequently travel by train. In areas like western Kansas, where trains only reach speeds of 79 mph, the need is not as great, he said. “My worry is that Congress is going to start playing hardball, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Hague said. “I think Amtrak in a lot of these cases, and the states who are reliant upon passenger rail, should be given more time, especially where there just is not, in my view, the safety risk that exists in the Northeast Corridor, where there are so many passenger trains a day.” On the federal level, Hague said, there has been “political intrigue” regarding Amtrak funding for years. “Congress would like the long-distance stuff to go away because it requires subsidy, and they don’t want to subsidize it,” he said. “My big worry is, given the sentiment in Washington and in Topeka these days, I worry that if this line gets pulled even under the guise of doing it temporarily, we’ll never see it again. We’ll never get it back, and that would worry me.” In 2013, Amtrak published a news release saying funding for long-distance railroads is a federal responsibility. Its president and CEO Joe Boardman said, “Congress is clearly 100 percent in charge in directing how long-distance train service is provided in the United States and has been ever since it created Amtrak more than 40 years ago.” In May, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut $260 million from Amtrak’s budget, also voting down an amendment proposed by Democrats slated to provide $825 million to install PTC technology. “Given that every year thousands of Kansans ride the Southwest Chief, I certainly hope that Amtrak and the Kansas City Terminal can come to an equitable agreement that guarantees continued service,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said in an e-mailed statement. “Today’s uncertainty is directly caused by a massive unfunded federal mandate, and is yet another example of the unintended consequences of government intervention in private industry.” Hague said he’s optimistic the federal deadline could be extended to give railroads more time to install PTC. “I’d like to see them work something out, and I think the best thing would just be an extension of the deadline on these long-distance routes where there is simply not the same level of safety pressure that exists in the Northeast Corridor,” he said. Impact of Amtrak’s potential departure According to Amtrak figures, 352,162 people rode on the Southwest Chief line in 2014, which was down 1 percent from its total ridership in 2013. In total, the line brought in $44,631,296 of ticket revenue last year. That made it the sixth-most-popular long-distance route – out of 15 total – Amtrak ran in 2014. Of those riding the Southwest Chief in 2014, 12,871 people boarded or deboarded at the Newton station, which makes $1,427,227 in annual revenue, according to Amtrak. Hague said the economic impact the train has in Newton “is probably not great right now,” because people do not linger in town, waiting for connecting trains. The two passenger trains that come through also arrive in the overnight hours. If the Southwest Chief line is pulled, Hague said, the stakes are a little lower for riders from Newton, because of the town’s proximity to Wichita and Eisenhower National Airport. “But people out of Lamar, Colorado?” he said. “They’re driving to Denver. A lot of these little communities depend on Amtrak as their primary transportation system. It would be a big loss.” Recently, the Newton City Commission voted to invest $12,500 in improvements to the Southwest Chief, “hoping that Amtrak would continue to go west out of Newton,” Mayor Glen Davis said. “Newton is the railroad town,” he said, adding that Newton High School’s athletic teams are called the Railers. “It’s always been a part of Newton.” Sand Creek Station Golf Course, in Newton, has a logo prominently featuring a locomotive. The city’s logo is a circle made up of train tracks. At high school football games, Railer Man revs up the crowd by blowing a train whistle on occasion. Students frequently sing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” at those games. If Amtrak left town – and the state – “it would hurt,” Davis said. Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @RiedlMatt. Reach Matt Riedl at 316-268-6660 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @RiedlMatt. ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) 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Jun 18, 2015
The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say “It’s a small […]
D.C. travelblog: From a Senator's office to a President's death bed
Berry Tramel | Jun 18, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fords-theater.jpg]3707267[/img] The day started in the office of a United States Senator. The day ended with a waterfront seafood dinner in beautiful Annapolis, Md. In between I walked through the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot and through the room where he died, 150 years ago this April. I discovered why people say "It's a small world" and why people say D.C. traffic is in the worst in America. I discovered some more gems about the U.S. Capitol. If it sounds like quite a day on our D.C. adventure, believe me. It was. IN EVERY HART THERE IS A ROOM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/tramel-and-lankford.jpg]3707268[/img] I headed to the Capitol complex early Wednesday. Oklahoma senator James Lankford meets with constituents from 9-9:45 a.m. every Wednesday for coffee and informal conversation. Most congressional members try to be available to their electorate, but they're like everyone else. Jam-packed schedules. So Lankford sets up what amounts to office hours for his constituents. The government has three senatorial office buildings just northeast of the Capitol. The Hart Senate Office Building, named for Philip A. Hart, a U.S. senator from Michigan from 1959 until his death in 1976. Hart was known as the "Conscience of the Senate." Too bad he wasn't known as the conscience of architecture. Congress gets a bad rap for its own extravagance, but rest assured, it wasn't opulent in its office buildings. The Hart Building is a fine facility, but it was built in the 1970s and looks it. Nothing at all like the regal government buildings down the hill. Lankford's office is on the third floor -- and he was down in the basement until a few weeks ago. Rookies are banished to the basement, but Lankford, who ranks 92nd in Senate seniority, moved into the main building recently and really hasn't gotten everything in order. He apologized for the giant mirror hanging behind his desk, which he inherited from the previous occupier of the office, whose name will not mentioned to protect the guilty. About 20 Oklahomans gathered to chat with Lankford. A pharmacist from Norman and his family (more on them later). Two ministers (more on them later). Three students in D.C. to compete in the National History Contest, one with her family of four from Broken Arrow plus her teacher and her teacher's mother, two more from Classen with their mothers. A farmers advocate from Hollis. A just-graduated Stillwater High School student and his mother. I think that was it. Lankford's staff, all young, greeted us, then Lankford arrived and could not have been more accommodating. I like several things about Lankford: He's down to Earth. No pretentiousness. He's smart. I assume we have few dilberts in Congress, but Lankford seems exceptionally bright. A good friend of mine is a political reporter who likes Lankford for this reason -- ask him why he voted a certain way on a bill, or what's really going on with the bill, and Lankford actually knows. Doesn't have to ask an aide for a reminder or a briefing. Lankford knows. My friend says it's not the same with our other senator, Jim Inhofe. Lankford is not a career politician. Six years ago, Lankford was running Falls Creek, the Baptist Youth Camp outside Davis, in the Arbuckle Mountains, and had been for more than decade. Now he's a U.S. senator. Mr. Lankford goes to Washington. We need fewer lawyers and fewer career politicians in Congress. Lankford fits the bill. Lankford's wife, Cindy, is in town for the week, because his daughters are at Falls Creek. He said that's a treat, and I'll bet that's right. Lankford told us tries to get home most weekends, but otherwise, he's home only one week out of seven, plus most of August. The Senate session is almost year-round. The congressional members with families usually try to maintain such schedule. Displayed just outside his inner office are five football helmets. Officials from Oklahoma Baptist University brought the first, then Burns Hargis brought an OSU helmet signed by Mike Gundy, and since then OU, Tulsa and UCO have joined the collection. Lankford fielded questions about education and farming and world hunger. Pharmacist Brian Shaw's daughter, who's headed for the fifth grade, asked Lankford the best question -- where does he live while he's in Washington. (Lankford said he lives in a Row House, not far from the Capitol, with eight other congressmen, which sounds insufferable.) I told Lankford I was pleased that his office was next to the office of Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts who graduated high school from Northwest Classen, and I was glad to see the Republicans and Democrats weren't separated in the building. Lankford gave us a quick tutorial on how things move slower in the Senate, by rule, and how members of opposing parties have to work together more than they do in the House. More common ground is needed in D.C., in my opinion. In D.C. and elsewhere. Lankford even told us about a bill he's working on with noted Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California. So that's encouraging. The time went fast, and Lankford posed for pictures with each individual group. I thought it was cool. I know Congress has a well-deserved rap, but when you meet someone like Lankford, you get a little more faith in the system, and when you're in D.C., you get a little more pride about the process itself. I left Lankford's office with a little more hope. CAPITOL GAINS [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/senate-chamber.jpg]3707266[/img] Lankford's office offered tours of the Capitol and Senate Gallery passes. The Dish still was in conference, until noon, so I figured I'd tour the Capitol again. See if a Senate intern could get me more places than what the official Capitol tour had. And the answer was yes. Josh Jackson, an OSU student from Coweta and a really nice fellow, took a group of seven of us on the tour. Josh wore a light blue sportcoat; I told him he had no future in Washington, where everyone in politics seems to dress alike (dark suit). Just getting to the Capitol was interesting. We went to the basement of the Hart Building, passed the catacomb offices from which Lankford had just escaped and walked under one of the other Senate office buildings. Then we arrived at the underground tram that zips people back and forth between the office buildings and the capitol. We had gone through security to enter the Hart Building, but they rechecked our electronics -- cell phones, primarily -- and we jumped aboard the small train. At the Capitol, Josh went to get our admission tickets and had to stand in line. The Dish and I didn't stand in line at all on Monday. But while we waited, we visited the Capitol Exhibit Hall, which we had skipped Monday. There were some cool artifacts displayed. Maybe the best were the models of the Capitol through the years, from its original 1800 opening to its burning in 1814 by the British to its reconstruction and additions. Then we headed up, and Josh gave us the same general tour as the regular tour, with some notable exceptions. Josh took us to the Will Rogers statue, which sits on the second floor, connecting the House Chamber to the Rotunda. Remember, every state gets two statues in the Capitol. Oklahoma's are Sequoyah and Will Rogers. The latter was placed in the Capitol in 1939, four years after Rogers' death. Josh told us some cool things about the statue. First, it faces the House Chamber, because Rogers warned never to turn your back on Congress. And for some reason, it's become tradition that rubbing Rogers' shoes bring good luck. Sure enough, Rogers' bronzed feet have turned to gold, as people rub them. Presidents walk down that corridor on their way to the inauguration; Josh said D.C. lore is that six straight presidents have rubbed the feet of Will Rogers. Josh also took us into two fabulous rooms we didn't see on the official tour, although I think we could have gone if we had just known to find them. The Old Supreme Court Chamber was a beautiful, intimate room, restored in 1975 to how it looked from 1810-1860. The Supreme Court moved in 1860 to the former Senate Chamber, and the room was converted into a law library. After the Supreme Court left the Capitol in 1935, the Old Supreme Court Chamber was divided into four rooms and used by the joint committee on atomic energy. We also toured the old Senate Chamber, which was used from 1819-1859 by the Senate, then was home to the Supreme Court from 1860-1935. Beautiful and ornate and much more intimate than the current Senate Chamber. Then the tour was over, but we were free to go to the gallery. That required more security, including turning in your cell phone and all electronics. No photos, no cell phones, no nothing. The Congressional chambers are fairly serious places. So we checked our cell phones, went up an elevator and walked through some halls before again going through security. Then we were ushered into the gallery, what amounts to the balcony. The chamber was mostly empty except for officials at the front, doing whatever they do. We couldn't see every Senate seat, but there couldn't have been more than five senators in the room. When we sat down, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski was talking about immigration, telling success stories about young, illegal immigrants. While she talked, Jim Inhofe came in and sat down by her, and later they had a conversation. Which again, to me, was symbolically encouraging. We need more dialogue between the parties. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, Virginia senator, then started speaking, but we couldn't see him, and I figured I had seen enough to get inspired. So out I went. Down the hall, down the elevator, back to the cell-phone holding room, out the doors and into the sunlight of a free nation. It had been a good day already. FORD'S THEATER It was a little after noon, and the Dish got out of her conference at noon. I texted her before relinquishing my cell phone to the United States Senate, asking if she wanted to grab a cab and meet me at Ford's Theater. We had tickets to tour the shrine at 1:30 p.m. I jumped in a cab myself and we met almost at the same, about 12:15. Too early to enter the theater, so we walked across the street to a deli and got a sandwich. Cosi, is the name of the place. Sort of like a Panera Bread. It was decent and popular. Then we went back to Ford's Theater, which is located a few blocks north of the National Mall, basically in downtown D.C. Ford's Theater sits in the middle of a city block on 10th Street. It was a Baptist church for the first half of the 19th century, but the church sold it, and John Ford turned it into a theater in 1863. It's estimated that the Lincolns attended Ford's Theater a dozen times. We were disappointed to learn that the theater, as is, is not original. After Lincoln's assassination, the government decreed it should no longer be an entertainment venue. It was converted into a warehouse and office building. In 1893, part of the building collapsed, and 22 people died. The site mostly languished until 1955, when Congress approved a study for its renovation. In 1968, Ford's Theater reopened as a performance hall and national historic site. You generally have to purchase tickets in advance, which we did Monday, for timed-entry. You enter and descend into the basement, where there's a Lincoln museum. I've been to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., and it's hard to top that. The Ford's Theater museum has some notable displays which kept the Dish interested, but it's best served to history buffs. The Civil War timeline, with Lincoln's many concerns over leadership and generals, is fascinating. I stayed there an hour and felt like I had completed a Civil War history course. The only thing I missed was a good-sized exhibit on the conspirators, John Wilkes Booth and Co. But they have hourly presentations in the theater itself, and it was time to go. So went ascended back into the theater, and people filled up most of the 661 seats in the place while a U.S. Parks ranger took the stage and told the story of the theater and the night of Lincoln's murder. Even though the theater is a complete restoration, it was quite eerie to be sitting in a seat, looking at the private box where the Lincolns sat 150 years ago, and the stage where Booth leaped to and suffered a broken leg after firing the fatal shot. After the presentation, you walk across the street and get in line to enter the Petersen House, which is where Lincoln was taken after the shot and where he died. The Petersen House is part of the historical site, and you tour three rooms recreated to look like the night of April 14, 1865. The front parlor is where Mary Todd Lincoln sat much of the night. The adjoining room is where Washington police superintendent Almarin Cooley Richards interviewed witnesses and ordered the arrest of Booth. And then you walk through the bedroom where Lincoln died. The original bed long ago was bought by a collector and now is in the Chicago History Museum. But the blood-stained pillow remains with the Petersen House. Upstairs are more Lincoln exhibits, including the stories of the chase for Booth and his conspirators, their capture, arrest, trial and execution. There is much information about Lincoln's family, which was fascinating and much-cursed. Two Lincoln children died young. Robert Todd Lincoln became a prominent American, serving a variety of presidential administrations. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the White House when his father was shot and rushed to the Petersen House. Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Sixth Street Train Station in D.C., serving as Secretary of War, and was an eyewitness when President James Garfield was assassinated by Charles Guiteau on July 2, 1881. And at President William McKinley's invitation, Robert Todd Lincoln was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo on Sept. 6, 1901, when McKinley was shot and killed by Leon Czolgosz, though Lincoln did not witness the killing. I think most Americans have a general understanding of Abraham Lincoln's status in history. A rather unassuming political figure who was thrust into the darkest days our nation has seen. And he handled it with uncommon wisdom that cost him his life. You'll appreciate Lincoln even more when you walk the site where he was shot and where he died. IT'S A SMALL WORLD Back to Lankford's office. Twenty or so Oklahomans gathered. Out of how many? Four million. And I had connections to two of them. The pharmacist I mentioned? Brian Shaw and his lovely family. Turns out Brian is a pharmacist at the Walgreen's in Norman, at Main and Flood. That's our Walgreen's. That's where we get our prescriptions filled. I went on the tour with the Shaws and they were a delight. The ministers I mentioned? One of them was the Rev. Lori Walke, associate pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church. She was in town for a world hunger conference. You might remember her as Lori Allen, who played basketball at OSU a few years ago. She was recruited by Dick Halterman and she played for Julie Goodenough and Kurt Budke. Lori mentioned to me that I included her a few years ago in our annual Father's Day tribute and that it remains a great memory for their family. And a few hours later, the Dish and I sat down in Ford's Theater for the ranger's presentation, and sitting right behind us was a woman who introduced herself as Robyn Turney, the mother of Tasha Diesselhorst, the Pond Creek-Hunter girls basketball coach who I wrote about during the 2014 state tournament. Think about it. I'm 1,500 miles from, and within a few hours, totally random, I meet someone I wrote about a few years ago, the mother of someone I wrote about last year and my pharmacist. Amazing. Robyn Turney, whose husband Randy is a long-time coach himself, is in town as part of the Oklahoma Youth Tour, sponsored by the National Rural Electric Co-Op Association. That's the group I've seen around town. They were at the airport when we flew out Saturday, they were at the FDR Memorial when we strolled through on Saturday evening, they were at the Museum of American History on Sunday and they were at Ford's Theater on Wednesday. If you didn't know any better, you'd think somebody was following somebody. TRAFFIC? WHAT TRAFFIC I've been saying all week that the horror stories of D.C. traffic are overrated. I haven't seen much of it. I got into a cab at 8:10 a.m. Monday, wondering if I'd be able to get across town to Lankford's office by 9. I was in front of the building at 8:35. I found taxis easily and found them able to navigate. When we left the Petersen House, we needed to take a cab to Reagan National Airport to rent a car, and when a couple of cabs passed us, an unmarked cab stopped. Guy said he had his own service and would give us a ride: $15 to Reagan. We jumped in and he was great. Told us more stuff than any taxi driver had. Got us there quickly, even though it was rush hour. We rented a car and set out for our hotel, to pick up our luggage. I thought it might take an hour, since it was right at 5 p.m. Rush hour. Took us 10 minutes to go the 31/2 miles. Nothing at all. But then we found it. To get to Annapolis, you have to cross D.C. And getting through downtown was bad. Probably took us 25 minutes on L Street, which becomes Massachusetts Avenue, which becomes New York Avenue, which becomes Highway 50. And after we got out of downtown, the traffic worsened. We went two miles in about 50 minutes. I had no deadline, so I didn't get stressed, and I didn't know how else to go anyway. But it was brutal. Finally, we got to the freeway of Highway 50, and it opened up quickly. It's only 30 miles from D.C. to Annapolis. It took 100 minutes, and we made the last 18 miles in about 18 minutes. But I now know what people mean. ARLINGTON NATIONAL One thing we hadn't seen was Arlington National Cemetery, and the Dish really wanted to see it. After getting our rental car at Reagan, en route back to the Melrose Hotel, the GPS told us to go a certain way. Including pulling off the Jefferson Davis Highway, which seemed dubious to me. Seemed like the Jeff was going to take us right where we needed to go. But I dutifully turned off, onto Iwo Jima Boulevard in Arlington, Va., and suddenly, there was Arlington National. It wasn't the main entrance. But we were driving alongside the stone wall that surrounds the cemetery. We saw a turn-in, where we could park and walk in, and the Dish took a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous, serene place. The setting is idyllic. We didn't see any of the famous graves, like the Kennedys'. But Arlington National isn't about fame. It's about service. And the white headstones, row after row, remind you of the ultimate price some have paid for our freedom. DINNER ON THE SOUTH RIVER [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/mikes-seafood.jpg]3707269[/img] We're spending two nights in Annapolis, because we've always wanted to see the Naval Academy and the beautiful setting of the Maryland capital. It was 7 p.m. when we got checked in at the Residence Inn, and we were hungry, so our Annapolis exploration will have to wait. But dinner didn't wait. We found a place called Mike's Crab House, which sits hard by the South River, and it was the best meal I've had in months. You can sit outside, by the water, and so we did. I don't like pretentious restaurants, and this wasn't. You can always tell a good seafood joint by the availability of combination dinners. I don't mind paying a lot of money for a lot of seafood. I just don't like paying a lot of money for a little seafood. For instance, at Clyde's the other night in D.C., my dinner was $26 for two good-sized crabcakes and some kind of green bean dish. At Mike's on Wednesday night, my dinner was $28 for a good-sized crab cake, some scallops, several good-sized shrimp and a big piece of grouper, plus a baked potato and salad bar. Even better, I got the Dish's crab soup, because she didn't care for it. Might have been the best soup I've ever had. Thick. I like thick soup. The weather was pristine, about 74 degrees, sitting on the water in the home of our nation's Navy, and the food was fantastic and I got to share it with the Dish, my favorite person in the whole world. I haven't had many better meals in my life. Truth is, this whole day was hard to beat.
Despite a senior class with only four players, Lafayette’s Chris Neff recently saw two of his players move on to the next level.O’Shaye Kirby and Malik Hughes each signed to play college basketball, one bound for junior college and the other to a NAIA school.Kirby started only one year for the Fighting Irish but averaged 9.5 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Irish, which were ranked No. 1...
Lafayette duo to continue basketball career at next level
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Jun 10, 2015Despite a senior class with only four players, Lafayette’s Chris Neff recently saw two of his players move on to the next level. O’Shaye Kirby and Malik Hughes each signed to play college basketball, one bound for junior college and the other to a NAIA school. Kirby started only one year for the Fighting Irish but averaged 9.5 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Irish, which were ranked No. 1 almost the entire season by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound prospect improved as the season went, something that caught the eye of Southwestern’s coach Todd Lorensen. “He does some things you can’t teach with his athletic ability, I really think the sky is the limit as a player,” said Lorensen, who spent five years as an assistant at then-MIAA schools Truman State and Nebraska-Omaha. “Coach Neff has great confidence in O’Shaye, not only what he did to develop as a player but his desire to get even better than he is right now, which is important. We want guys who will come in and work their tail off with a workman-like attitude and be the best player he can be.” Lorensen said he has recruited Lafayette players before while at the MIAA schools, but came up short trying to sign Bryston Williams and Xavier Kurth. Now, he finally landed his first Irish recruit just a year after from becoming the junior college’s head coach. Kirby eschewed interest from North Central Missouri College and Missouri Western to chose the Creston, Iowa school. “It is a great feeling I can continue playing with a good school and a good program,” Kirby said. “They had a lot to offer and I felt it was the best for me. It is kind of a shocker I’m playing college basketball, but great things happen for those who wait.” Also moving on his Hughes, who signed to play with Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. The 6-3 forward scored 2.4 points and grabbed 1.7 rebounds in a reserve role for the Irish this year. A soccer player as well, Hughes had an option of playing either sport at the school, where he will focus on his major music performance. “I pretty much played basketball all my life and without playing basketball, it wouldn’t feel right,” said Hughes, who often had to battle inside the paint with the likes of Jeff Leeson and Kurth in the past due to his height. “It is a pretty good team and I met with the coaches and scrimmaged with the team. There are great players and it is a great environment … the same as here. I think it’ll be a good fit.” Neff gave credit to the duo — who along with Drew Cortez (a football signee at St. Mary) and Chester Goudeau stuck around for four years of basketball. Four years ago, 40 players signed up for freshman basketball and this quartet were the only ones to make it through. “Malik will be the first to tell you his value to our team at Lafayette is his ethic and how hard he works and things he’s done in the four-year process,” Neff said. “He hasn’t won awards in regard to all-state player or all-conference or all-district or St. Joseph News-Press team. He has just been a really important cog in our program and one of the four seniors to make it through.” The Irish won three conference championships and three district championships in the seniors’ tenure at Lafayette. Stewartsville changes At the conclusion of the school year there were plenty of open varsity positions at Stewartsville. The most notable is at the football and track and field coaching positions where Corey Creason resigned after two years at the helm. Creason will become a new assistant coach at Hamilton, under the leadership of new coach Caleb Obert. He will coach the secondary and running backs and wide receivers, while assisting the girls basketball team. A 2005 Smithville graduate, Creason guided the Cardinals to a 7-4 mark this past season and 5-5 in his first season. The last winning season before this past year came in 2008, when Stewartsville went 8-3. Also leaving is Jordan Richman, who was the boys basketball coach this past season. He resigned to take the girls basketball coaching spot open at Hamilton. Creason was Richman’s assistant this past season. Another opening came when Cassandra Winder, who stepped down after one year as the softball coach. Also an assistant track coach, she took a new position at East Buchanan, where she will assist in both sports. Sams to Southwestern North Platte all-stater Chelsi Sams signed to play basketball at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Sams is a two-time all-stater — 2014 and 2015 — and received All-KCI honors the past three years. Sams averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds per game this season, which saw her break the 1,000-point barrier during districts. Her junior year, she helped guide the Panthers to the Class 2 quarterfinals. Her freshman season the Panthers went to state and placed fourth. “Chelsi comes from a great program with a winning tradition,” said coach Addae Houston, a former Northwest Missouri State assistant coach. “She scored more than 1,000 points during her high school career. We can’t wait to see her put more points on the board for the Spartans.” Sams joins a roster that features two other Missouri products, including North Nodaway product Cambry Schluter. Extras — Central Methodist soccer player Hunter Ziph (Lafayette) and track and field/cross country runner Gabe Lemmon (Rock Port) were honored for their academic work this past school year by the Fayette, Mo.-school. … North Andrew will have a new athletic director next year in Del Morley. The boys basketball coach will replace Jeff Walker, who resigned after three years on the job to focus on his expanded technology position. … Pattonsburg has its first football signee when Carl Parman signed to play at Peru State. The defensive lineman also played for King City before Pattsonsburg started an 8-man team. … Atchison’s Andrew Adrian received the Troy Hodge Award, a traveling trophy given to the top senior wrestler in the KCAL Conference. He is the third to win in the seven years the trophy has been around. … Maur Hill-Mount Academy’s baseball team clinched the Northeast Kansas League championship and later added a regional championship to the ledger. The Ravens went to the Class 3A tournament and lost 3-0 in the first round to Wichita Independent, which placed third. ——— ©2015 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) 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