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May 23, 2016
Sutton, who coached eight seasons at Tulsa Central before embarking on a college career that included more than 800 victories, will be joined by Clyde Barkley, Ken Bruno, Robert Griffin and John Turney in the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
High school notebook: Eddie Sutton among OBCA Hall of Fame inductees
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | May 23, 2016Legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton is among five coaches who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sutton, who coached eight seasons at Tulsa Central before embarking on a college career that included more than 800 victories, will be joined by Clyde Barkley, Ken Bruno, Robert Griffin and John Turney in the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The coaches will be honored during a luncheon on June 4 at East Central University in Ada during the OBCA All-Star Weekend. The event also includes three all-star basketball games involving graduating seniors from every class. Barkley, still active as the Inola coach, has won 637 games, including the 1998 Class 3A state championship in 37 years as a head coach at his alma mater. Bruno's 33-year career was spent mostly in Bartlesville, with stops at Avant, Dewey, Metro Chrisitan, Hominy and Copan. Griffin coached at 10 schools during his career, eight of them in Oklahoma. He began at Morrison and also coached his alma mater, Tishomingo. He is best known for his 14 years at Guthrie, when he led the Bluejays to the 1967 and 1968 state titles. Turney, the father of OBCA Hall of Famer Randy Turney, coached at nine schools, Cooperton, Hollister and Ames among them. He won the 1971 Class A title at Wakita. He is the grandfather of new Northwestern Oklahoma State women's coach Tasha Diesselhorst, who won a state championship at Pond Creek-Hunter. BIG ALL-CITY BASKETBALL GAMES THURSDAY AT DEL CITY With several Division I recruits lined up to play, the Big All-City basketball games are set for Thursday night at Del City High School. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the boys to follow at approximately 8. The event, sponsored by Hudiburg Toyota-Chevrolet, will include 3-point contests at halftime of each game, and a slam dunk contest for the boys. Here are the rosters for the games: East boys: Quavon Pearson, Carl Albert; Braden Hicks, Choctaw; Neko Gordon, Del City; Elyjah Clark, Deer Creek; Tre Evans, Edmond North; Tyson Anderson, Edmond North; Richard Anderson, Midwest City; Quincy Dockins, Moore; Jalal Gondal, Noble; Coby Barham, Shawnee; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee; Jayquan Grant, Northwest Classen; Treson Valdi, Northwest Classen; Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial; Dashawn McDowell, Southeast. Coach: Brian Beale, Choctaw West boys: Conner Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Tyler Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Christian Wassana, El Reno; J.D. Honeycutt, Guthrie; Curtis Haywood, Mustang; York Benjamin, Mustang; Jakolby Long, Mustang; Micah Speight, Putnam City North; Elijah Parks, Putnam City North; Marquis Johnson, Putnam City West; Isaac Leggins, Putnam City West; Kevin Rassatt, Western Heights; Dakota Foster, Westmoore. Coach: Lenny Bert, Putnam City West East girls: Ch9inna Fair, Midwest City; Asia Davis, Midwest City; Ireon Smith, Midwest City; Micayla Hanes, Guthrie; Breail Goodlow, Del City; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Moe Tramble, Shawnee; Adrianna Braxton, Northwest Classen; Azalariah Jones, Northwest Classen; Carrington Small, Putnam City; Nashyla Hammons, Putnam City; Morgan Crawford, Putnam City North; Zariah White, Choctaw; Jessica Fairley, Choctaw; Lindsey Hurley, Choctaw; Sidney Hurley, Choctaw. Coach: Katie Tompson, Midwest City West girls: Mk Brinska, Deer Creek; Ashley Gomez, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Sydney Webb, Edmond Memorial; Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North; Kendall Burdge, Edmond North; Michaela Mack, Edmond Santa Fe; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Kayten Moore, El Reno; Tamera Shaver, Moore; Abby Lawson, Mustang; D'Angela Hunter, Southeast; Treasure Golden, Southeast; Charon Cheatham, Western Heights; Laneshia Webster, Western Heights. Coach: Paul Bass, Edmond Santa Fe MARK MORRIS STEPS DOWN, TIM LAVALLEY PROMOTED AS CARL ALBERT BASEBALL COACH Marc Morris has stepped down after one season as the Carl Albert baseball coach to focus on pressing family needs, according to Carl Albert athletic director Gary Rose. The school promptly promoted assistant coach Tim LaValley to head coach, announcing the moves Monday evening. “We're wishing Marc the very best,” Rose said. “He's got some family things to take care of that are very important. “He did a good job for us, and we felt like we already had a guy on staff who's gonna be very good, too. So we just moved Tim LaValley into the head coaching position.” Morris had been on staff at Carl Albert for 10 years as pitching coach under former head coach Wayne Dozier before being promoted last year. LUTHER SEEKING NEW FOOTBALL COACH Luther is in the market for a new football coach following the most successful season in school history. The Lions finished 11-1 under Shawn Meek last fall, but Meek has moved on, accepting an assistant coaching position at Kingfisher. Meek took over in 2012, when Luther went 2-8, gradually building toward last year's undefeated regular season and district championship. MUSTANG'S BROOKE IRWIN LANDS AT OCU Mustang graduate Brooke Irwin has signed with the women's basketball program at Oklahoma City University. The 6-foot-2 forward, who will be a junior, was named all-NJCAA Region II in her sophomore season at Redlands Community College in El Reno. Last season, Irwin averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 55.4 percent from the floor for Redlands.
He went into education after college, serving as head football coach at El Reno and Lawton high schools. Bodenhamer guided Lawton to state titles in 1962 and 1963. He was The Oklahoman's All-State Coach of the Year in '63.
Tributes: Former OU lineman Bob Bodenhamer dies at 88
By Scott Munn | May 23, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Bob Bodenhamer, 88, of Edmond. Starred in football, basketball, baseball and track at Waurika High School. The offensive lineman was an All-Stater who went on to play at Oklahoma. Bodenhamer's playing career was interrupted in 1945, when he was drafted into the Army. But after a year in the military, Bodenhamer returned to OU and helped the Sooners to a pair of Sugar Bowl wins. He went into education after college, serving as head football coach at El Reno and Lawton high schools. Bodenhamer guided Lawton to state titles in 1962 and 1963. He was The Oklahoman's All-State Coach of the Year in '63. *C.R. Sears, 90, of Oklahoma City. A devoted Sooners football fan who held season tickets for 69 years. He attended 64 OU-Texas games, though he missed one Red River battle, in 1952, when his daughter Melinda was born that weekend. Played golf in his spare time and had one of his dreams come true when Melinda organized a trip to The Masters in Augusta, Ga., in 2012. *Kayla Chappell, 23, of Oklahoma City practiced judo since age 7. The Westmoore High School graduate competed all over the world and had aspirations of making the Olympics. *Benny Allen, 69, of Edmond was a coach at Steed and Parkview elementary schools. *Pat Smittle, 93, of Wilson, N.C. The Tulsa native was an avid golfer who had three holes in one. Smittle was a fitness buff who ran 5-kilometer races into his 70s and biked into his 80s. A lover of baseball who visited every Major League stadium. Worked in marketing for Phillips Petroleum. *Dr. Dennis Portis III, 35, of Oklahoma City played basketball and golf for Millwood High School. He earned a Ph.D. in education administration in 2013. *John Miller Jr., 60, of Norman played church league softball. The retired squadron director for software maintenance at Tinker Air Force Base had a passion for sports, including OU, the St. Louis Cardinals and Oklahoma City Thunder. *Tommy Martin, 78, of Oklahoma City. He played high school basketball for his native Ash Grove, Mo. Martin worked for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. *Joe Wilson, 95, of Cushing. He played high school football and baseball for the hometown Cushing Tigers. Before spending several years as timekeeper at Cushing football games, Wilson was a medic in the 45th infantry during World War II. Also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and the Tulsa Drillers baseball team. *Dennis Hampton, 61, of Oklahoma City played the trombone for the University of Oklahoma marching band on fall football Saturdays. He played church league softball and volleyball. A certified public accountant. *Walter Causey, 73, of Ada spent 40 years in coaching. He was an assistant football coach at McLoud, Depew and Shawnee. *Jess McCloud, 89, of Moore played football and basketball for Haileyville High School. After a 33-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, he spent 17 years working for the Broadmoore Golf Course. A devoted OU sports fan. He held football season tickets from 1971-2012. McCloud and wife Betty went on road trips to watch the Sooners, including stops in Stillwater, Dallas, Lincoln, Neb., and Columbia, Mo. *Jenetta Sumner, 80, of Shawnee was the wife of legendary St. Gregory's University coach Don Sumner. *Johnnie Duvall, 73, of Tulsa. Played football for Tulsa Edison High School and the University of Tulsa. He worked in the oil and gas industry. *Jack McCollum, 93 of Yukon was a Golden Gloves boxing champion. He was an upholsterer by trade and a Marine machine-gunner in the Pacific during World War II. *Sammy Ellis, 75, of Temple Terrace, Fla., spent one season playing baseball for the Tulsa Oilers. Ellis was at the tail end of his playing days, going 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA that season. Otherwise, he had a nice pro career. In 1965, he was a National League All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds. Ellis went 22-10 with 183 strikeouts that season. He had 15 complete games, a number unheard of in this age of big league ball. After his playing career, he was a pitching coach for several teams. *Bill Harrison Sr., 85, of Lindsay was a former sports reporter for the Daily O'Collegian, the student newspaper at Oklahoma State. *William Clover, 88, of Oklahoma City held OU season football tickets for more than 50 years. *Dick Sonnenfeld, 97, of Centennial, Colo. Grew up in Oklahoma City, where he excelled in gymnastics. He used those skills as a cheerleader at the University of Pittsburgh. Retired from Phillips Petroleum, Sonnenfeld could still do a handstand at age 80.
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Purcell is expected to name Clinton assistant coach John Higbee as its new head football coach, sources told The Oklahoman on Tuesday. The Purcell school board is set to vote on the recommendation of Higbee’s hiring at a Tuesday night school board meeting. The meeting was not expected to be postponed by weather concerns, sources said. Higbee has been a long-time assistant coach under some...
Purcell expected to name John Higbee new football coach
scott wright | Apr 26, 2016Purcell is expected to name Clinton assistant coach John Higbee as its new head football coach, sources told The Oklahoman on Tuesday. The Purcell school board is set to vote on the recommendation of Higbee’s hiring at a Tuesday night school board meeting. The meeting was not expected to be postponed by weather concerns, sources said. Higbee has been a long-time assistant coach under some well-known coaches. He spent 13 seasons at Ada, where he worked under Larry McBroom. He has been at Clinton for the last five years, working under Mike Lee and Phil Koons. He also coached at Noble and Haltom (Texas) High School. Higbee, a native of Dewey, is Purcell’s fifth coach in the last six years. He replaces Scott O’Hara, who left last month to become the head track coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany.
Apr 14, 2016
Thirty-eight years later — 38 years and 84 national championships, including 11 in men’s basketball — Hudson has finally left the post. He’s resigned as the SAC commissioner.
A Hall of Fame takes notice of one of Oklahoma's behind-the-scenes basketball leaders
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Apr 14, 2016John Hudson was a young lawyer and a former basketball coach, an interesting-enough combination to prompt Jim Poteet, one of the founding members of the Sooner Athletic Conference, to ask Hudson to draw up a constitution for the fledgling league in 1978. Hudson told Poteet he didn't know the first thing about a conference constitution but could plagiarize with the best of them if provided a copy of another's league's charter. Hudson's copy job was so good, Poteet hatched an idea. How about Hudson be commissioner for the league that started out with Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma Baptist, Phillips, Oklahoma Christian and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)? Thirty-eight years later — 38 years and 84 national championships, including 11 in men's basketball — Hudson has finally left the post. He's resigned as the SAC commissioner. The NAIA is pushing for its leagues to have full-time commissioners, and Hudson couldn't commit. He's too busy still living what he calls “the perfect life. People overuse the word blessed, but I've been fortunate.” Which is why over those 38 years, Hudson never took a dime from the SAC. Worked free gratis. And worked well. The NAIA has taken notice. Hudson will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. “I call him the Commish,” said Dan Hays, who just finished a 33-year run as the Oklahoma Christian coach, all but the last three seasons in the league Hudson oversaw. “He is the SAC. It's his hobby. It's his passion. I know he's got a real job. But John Hudson knows more basketball people than anyone in the state of Oklahoma. That's coaches, referees, players, clock-keepers, announcers. He's just a great, great ambassador for basketball.” Hudson's day job is law. He's been a successful attorney for 40 years. “I've always said, there was nobody anywhere having as much fun doing what they do as I do,” Hudson said. “Go to New York, work around big bucks. Go to California, Hollywood stars. Go to basketball games. Go to NBA games.” Hudson got involved in the concert promotion business decades ago. In the 1990s, he became connected with a little-known entertainer in Atlanta trying to make it in the business. The guy had legal and financial advice needs. Hudson helped him out. To this day, Hudson remains Tyler Perry's financial advisor. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Perry the highest-paid man in entertainment with $130 million earned that year. “He had the pulse of the people,” Hudson said. “I've been lucky to get to hang around.” And while looking out for Perry's bonanza, Hudson was assigning referees for OCU-OBU basketball games. “He was my commissioner for 30 years,” Hays said. “I never called him one time to gripe about an official. Never. Never asked for someone to be taken from a game. Total confidence in him that he would have the right people calling the right games. That's the knack that he has that I don't know anybody else does. Darned didn't happen in the Heartland (OC's new conference), I tell you that. They're pulling names out of the hat.” Hudson never officiated a game but began organizing officiating camps in 1992 and for many years now has been a Big 12 officiating observer. Hudson says his game reports don't carry much weight, but it's always handy when both officials and coaches know someone is watching. That kind of officiating status has supplied the SAC with top-shelf referees for years. “I've never understood why he wouldn't take any money,” said USAO athletic director Brisco McPherson. “I don't know if he considered it work. I think he enjoyed it more than he considered it a job. He's such a respected guy. He's going to be hard to replace. I don't know that we'll be able to do that.” McPherson played for Hudson at USAO (then called OCLA, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts) in 1972-73. The school had just started the program and hired a 23-year-old Hudson to coach. He had grown up in Coalgate, 33 miles southeast of Ada, listening to St. Louis Hawks games on KMOX radio and going to NAIA games at East Central in Ada, Southeastern State in Durant and OBU in Shawnee. Hudson turned down a Tulsa football scholarship to play basketball at OBU. He graduated in three years, went to OU Law School and helped out coaching with the OBU staff. Hudson's first year at USAO, 1973-74, the Drovers went 9-24. But McPherson was on that team, and McPherson in 2001 coached USAO to the NAIA title. Hudson coached just one more year at USAO, but the Drovers became competitive. Three years after that, Hudson was back as the commissioner of USAO's league. He had innovative ideas. NAIA rules said a league had to sponsor three sports. So Hudson had each school bring its basketball players to the season-ending banquet earlier in the day, and the SAC staged a tennis and golf tournament with those athletes. Crowned champions that very day. By 1985, Oklahoma City University had joined the league, and those were the salad days of the NAIA. Games matching OCU and SNU or OBU and OC or any such pairing would fill the seats at the Eagles Nest or Fredrickson Fieldhouse or Broadhurst Gym. That's not the case anymore. “You have to really want to see a small-college game,” Hudson said. “I miss the crowds. But the games are a lot better. A lot of people rave about the old days, think the old days were the best. But I've seen some unbelievable athletes, doing things that kids couldn't do in the old days.” Hudson has been a Forrest Gump in Oklahoma. In 1969, a young Rhodes Scholar named David Boren taught a class at OBU. Hudson was in Boren's first class. Hudson's wife, Janet, once taught Mary Copeland at Tecumseh High School. A few years later, Hudson hired that same student for a marketing job at a Utah hotel project he was involved with. Mary Copeland Fallin became governor of Oklahoma. Hudson's brother, Steve, recruited David Simmons to OBU in the 1980s. David Simmons' son is Ben Simmons, the LSU phenom projected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. John Hudson now is on Simmons' financial team. Hudson got his law degree from OU the same day that Loren Gresham received his Ph.D. from OU. Gresham became Poteet's successor as coach at Southern Nazarene and now is SNU's president. A few years ago, Hudson failed to convince Gresham to stay in the NAIA. The SAC has changed. OC and SNU and OBU are gone. OCU and USAO remain, but with St. Gregory's, Mid-America Christian, Southwestern Christian and Bacone as Oklahoma members, along with John Brown and three Texas schools. And now the Commish is gone, too. But that great life continues. Nothing keeps him from going to games, even the law work is fun and who knows when a new league might need a constitution written up. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Apr 12, 2016
America's political landscape is biting, home of a bitter divide between people with different ideologies and goals. Average citizens who have grown weary of it can look to a pair of Idaho high school sports teams to see how rivals ought to behave.
U.S. leaders could learn a thing or two from Idaho high school rivals
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News | Apr 12, 2016Rivalries often bring out the worst in people, a notion that has not gone unremarked in this — or perhaps any previous — drawn-out presidential campaign, starting with the winnowing of the field to decide each party's candidate. One of the recent low points in what has been a pretty classless battle for the Republican nomination came recently when Donald Trump used photos to compare the physical beauty of his wife to closest rival Ted Cruz's wife, an action Trump now admits was a mistake. It's not, according to historians, even close to being the meanest or lowest that presidential wannabes have sunk. Several historians say that honor belongs to the slingfest staged by Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams for the election of 1828. And yeah, that involved the reputation of one of the candidate's wives, too. Adams' camp suggested that Jackson's wife, who'd been married before, was not divorced yet when Rachel and Andrew Jackson married. A hint of bigamy back then was not something anyone took lightly and that wasn't even close to being the only nasty volley lobbed by both sides during that campaign. Since I wasn't around for it, I can't guess how I'd have responded to the slings and arrows of that day's race. But the rivalries I've seen building politically during my lifetime — and particularly the partisan battles of the last few years — have left me both exhausted and angered. I believe that a Congress controlled by either side might actually block funding for a proven cure for cancer, if it originated with the other party. Substance or benefit doesn't seem to matter as much as which side can claim victory. And it's both exhausting and disheartening. Recently, news stories about a high school sports rivalry have me thinking about the pointlessness of such die-hard political hatefulness, dished out by both Democrats and Republicans. They fight each other and, as the race heats up for the nomination, they fight within their own parties, too. Kuna High School and Bishop Kelly High School, both schools in Ada County, which includes Boise, Idaho, could offer lessons in setting aside hard-fought rivalries in favor of humanity, decency and sportsmanship. Their two communities should be extremely proud. A friend recently told me about it, so I went looking for stories. Three years ago, a Kuna High School football player, Boone Bartholome, suffered a spinal injury during a game between the two schools. He was temporarily paralyzed by spinal cord bruising, according to a recap by Idahopress.com. Action on the field stopped as players prayed for him and in the days that followed, the Bishop Kelly community helped raise money for him, too. Recently, that show of humanity has come full circle with the announcement that a Bishop Kelly coach has a form of bone cancer called acute myeloid leukemia. As teacher and coach Derek McCormick undergoes treatment, Kuna High School has launched the "McCormick Strong" campaign to raise at least $5,000 to help with the costs of McCormick's chemotherapy. When the two meet on the field of play, neither team's going to lose sight of the goal to win. Nor should our political leaders lose sight of their different ideologies about how best to craft policy and serve their national constituencies. But there's a real parallel between these high school athletes and America's supposedly grown-up political players. The kids seem to remember that everyone involved is human and that it's possible to have friendships, cooperate and be respectful, even while they're trying to reach a goal. Our politicians ought to consider that, sometimes, that's the very definition of a win.
Pearcy led the Tigers to a 201-84-4 record over 26 years at the school.
Tributes: Derrel Pearcy was coaching legend at Maud High School
By Scott Munn | Apr 4, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Derrel Pearcy, 76, of Slapout was one of the most successful high school football coaches in Oklahoma. He spent 26 years at Maud, guiding the Tigers to a 201-84-4 record, 14 district championships and 13 conference titles. Maud had 12 All-State players under Pearcy, who was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997. *Luan Brown Boggs, 88, of Edmond was the wife of former Oklahoman sports editor and columnist Frank Boggs. During 67 years of marriage, she had a unique understanding of a sportswriter's abnormal work hours. Luan loyally followed as her husband made newspaper stops in Topeka, Kan.; Dallas; San Diego; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and back to OKC. *Jeff Lukas, 58, of Atoka was in the thoroughbred race horse industry. He was the trainer for the 1986 Horse of the Year Lady's Secret and 1988 Kentucky Derby champion Winning Colors. According to a tribute in Sports Illustrated, he suffered a brain injury in 1993 after being run over by a horse. Lukas spent the rest of his life as a bank courier. *Dan Pilcher, 96, of Oklahoma City was a Tulsa Central High School graduate who excelled in wrestling and track. He continued to run while in the Army and was part of a relay team that set a track record at the Drake Relays. A retired landman for Texaco. *Neoma Work Richter, 88, of Jones. She saved pocket change for two years to help buy equipment for the first Little League baseball team in town. *Mike George, 70, of Harrah built dirt track race cars. Son-in-law Mark Graham raced one of George's cars and won several heat races. *Billy Sharp, 82, of Piedmont taught jujitsu and other forms of self defense. *Helen McBride Rappe, 96, of Oklahoma City was an OU football season ticket holder for more than 60 years. Until this last year, Rappe never missed a home game. At age 95, she insisted on climbing stairs to her regular seat at Owen Field. *Greg Wolfe, 54, of Bentonville, Ark., was the son of legendary Northeastern A&M football coach Glen Wolfe. Greg followed in his father's footsteps and coached all levels of football — from junior high to college. He died during a trip to play golf. *Dorcas Carden Birdsong of Midwest City died on her 94th birthday. The Pulaski, Tenn., native was an exceptional athlete as a youngster, earning a college basketball scholarship to Birmingham-Southern. She also had a strong golf game and belonged to the Hole in One Club. Birdsong was a longtime secretary at Monroney and Carl Albert middle schools in Midwest City. *Mike Shoulders, 69, of Collinsville was a bull rider in his younger years. *David Bonner, 87, of Lawton. He excelled in football, basketball and tennis in his native Crane, Texas. Spent 63 years preaching the gospel. *Stephen Billy, 67, of Finley played and coached softball. He was a Vietnam veteran. *Dorothy Mango Onofrio Lippincott, 91, of Round Rock, Texas, was a longtime resident of Oklahoma City. She and husband Jack founded the Jack Onofrio Dog Shows company; it grew into the premier dog show producing company in the U.S. *Jack Rusher, 84, of Tulsa. He played football for Tulsa Webster High School, Northeastern A&M Junior College and Northeastern State University. He coached football at Miami High School and NEO, before becoming a sporting goods manufacturer's representative. He was inducted into the Northeastern State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Also an avid fundraiser for the NSU Athletic Association. *Patricia Phelps Bonar, 87, of Ada was a tournament-winning tennis player. *Don Williams, 87, of Eakly. The Alex High graduate attended Cameron Junior College in Lawton, where he played football. The OU Sooner and Dallas Cowboy fan was a peanut and wheat farmer. *Jack Phelps, 90, of Weatherford. He played football, basketball and tennis while attending high school in Perryton, Texas. Phelps later taught math and coached at Oklahoma schools in Griggs, Turpin and Baker. He coached Baker — located in the panhandle — to a six-man state football championship. *Phillip Tomlinson, 77, of Shawnee played football and basketball while in school in Anadarko and Perkins. Once served as Secretary of Transportation under Gov. Brad Henry.
Feb 27, 2016
THREE charter schools in Oklahoma City could add a new middle school and high school downtown and convert as many as six existing traditional schools into charters by 2017 under a plan being considered by the Oklahoma City School Board. It's an idea that deserves support. Put simply, the charter schools have a record of success that's worth building upon. The John Rex Charter Elementary School...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: OKC charter school plan deserves support
The Oklahoman Editorials | Feb 27, 2016THREE charter schools in Oklahoma City could add a new middle school and high school downtown and convert as many as six existing traditional schools into charters by 2017 under a plan being considered by the Oklahoma City School Board. It's an idea that deserves support. Put simply, the charter schools have a record of success that's worth building upon. The John Rex Charter Elementary School downtown serves students from prekindergarten through third grade. KIPP Reach Academy serves middle school students on the city's northeast side. Santa Fe South serves students in prekindergarten through 12th grade on the south side. KIPP and Santa Fe predominantly serve low-income, minority students. Those children consistently outperform their peers in surrounding schools with similar demographics. Overall, charter schools are making Oklahoma City a viable place to live for many families with children, a crucial component of future economic growth. Yet once a child finishes his or her time at a charter school, families must often move elsewhere to obtain a quality education in high school. Allowing more students to attend charter schools from kindergarten to 12th grade resolves that problem. As one KIPP supporter noted this week, this debate isn't about charter schools versus public schools versus private schools. “You know what I'm an advocate for?” he said. “Schools that work for children.” Amen. That must be the goal for Oklahoma City's education efforts. Worth fighting for State Sen. Ervin Yen is promising not to stop trying to increase the number of Oklahoma kids who receive their childhood vaccinations. A Senate committee this week rejected Yen's effort to remove the personal exemption for mandatory vaccinations for public school students. “I am nowhere close to being done,” said Yen, R-Oklahoma City. Opponents couch the debate in terms of parental rights. Yen, a cardiac anesthesiologist, sees it as a public health issue, and we share that view. What about the rights of parents of children who haven't yet gotten all their shots, but can be exposed to nonvaccinated kids? The bill was defeated by a vote of 7-6. Kudos to those who supported it: Democrats J.J. Dossett of Owasso, Earl Garrison of Muskogee and Susan Paddack of Ada, and Republicans Jim Halligan of Stillwater, Ron Sharp of Shawnee and John Ford of Bartlesville. Careful, careful With Republican lawmakers threatening to repeal many tax incentive programs, regardless of whether they generate economic growth, Gov. Mary Fallin again urged caution this week. Fallin noted that, during the last six months of 2015, there were 28 companies that made plans to invest more than $2.3 billion in Oklahoma over the next three years, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Those 28 companies are expected to create more than 3,600 jobs with a projected average annual salary of more than $64,000, generating $232 million in new annual payroll. Yet committee passage of a moratorium on numerous tax breaks has already caused several companies to reconsider investing in Oklahoma. If lawmakers aren't careful, in their panic to address this year's state budget shortfall they may kill many good-paying jobs, which would only create new state budget problems down the road and deprive Oklahomans of opportunity. Greens join Democrats? The Libertarian Party made news this week when officials announced they had obtained enough voter signatures to be officially recognized as a political party in Oklahoma. On the political left, the Green Party has not reached a similar threshold, but its members are still striving to impact Oklahoma politics. The Green Party of Oklahoma's Cooperative Council unanimously voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president in the Oklahoma Democratic primary on Tuesday. Green Party officials noted that Oklahoma Democrats have opted to allow registered independents to vote in their Democratic presidential primary, and urged Green Party activists to do so. There was a time when the Oklahoma Democratic Party was viewed as more mainstream than the national party. If Sanders performs better than expected in Oklahoma next week, it will be an indication that is no longer the case. Happy ending In September 2000, the University of Oklahoma announced that its Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art had been given $50 million worth of French Impressionist paintings, donated by philanthropist Clara Rosenthal Weitzenhoffer. One of the paintings was Camille Pissarro's “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” which was among many pieces of art that had been looted by the Nazis during World War II. Fourteen years after receiving the gift, OU was sued by the daughter of the painting's former owner, who wanted the piece returned. OU declined, and that started a two-year fight that ended this week with an agreement that will transfer ownership back to the woman. The painting will be displayed in a French museum for five years, then will alternate between there and the Fred Jones museum for three years at a time. This resolution took longer than many would have liked, but we're glad that ultimately it was an amicable ending for both parties. Open records victory Advocates for open records and government transparency won a round in court Monday. The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals said a Cleveland County judge erred last year when he dismissed a lawsuit seeking to make public a videotape related to the case of OU football player Joe Mixon. In 2014, Mixon struck a coed in a Norman restaurant, breaking four bones in her face. As part of a plea deal, he was given a one-year sentence. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters sued to obtain an in-house video that captured the incident (and which was shown privately to several media members). Judge Thad Balkman refused, agreeing with Norman's city attorney that the tape didn't fall under Open Records Act provisions because it “does not depict an arrest or the cause of the arrest” The appeals court rejected that bad ruling and sent it back to the lower court. Here's hoping this victory results in the video being made public, as should have happened the first time around. Changing demographics Some of this year's Republican presidential candidates have sought to reach out to groups that have not always voted for Republicans, particularly minorities. Other candidates have indicated they prefer to double down on the party's existing base voters, bring disaffected GOPers back to the polls. New estimates from the Naleo Educational Fund, a national bipartisan Latino group, show why the latter strategy may not be a long-term winner. Naleo estimates at least 13.1 million Latinos will vote in November, a 17 percent increase over 2012. Most notably, they predict Latino voters will increase 7 percent in Colorado, 23 percent in Nevada and 10 percent in Texas. Republicans have held on in Texas by appealing to a significant share of the Hispanic vote. Given that Colorado and Nevada are already swing states in presidential elections, that's a formula presidential candidates need to embrace as well.
Feb 24, 2016
The Tigers are currently ranked No. 11 nationally in the InterMat.com Fab 50, behind wrestling-centric schools like top-ranked Blair Academy of New Jersey, and private schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
Prep Parade: Tuttle wrestling not just another small-school dynasty
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Feb 24, 2016Two weekends ago, Tuttle was hardly challenged on its way to its seventh consecutive Class 4A dual state wrestling championship. On Saturday, the Tigers will be looking for their eighth consecutive team championship at the individual state tournament inside State Fair Arena. But don't be too quick to simply pass Tuttle off as just another small-school powerhouse. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 11 nationally in the InterMat.com Fab 50, behind wrestling-centric schools like top-ranked Blair Academy of New Jersey, and private schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. For a non-wrestling comparison, imagine it was the Tuttle boys basketball team ranked No. 11 in a respected national poll, surrounded by the likes of Findlay Prep, Montverde and Oak Hill Academy, where Kevin Durant spent his junior season. Tuttle is one of the highest ranked public schools on the InterMat list, and it's a collection of wrestlers from a high school with about 500 students and a town of 6,300. Last year's Tigers advanced 10 wrestlers to the state championship finals at their respective weights, believed to be a record. And nine of those 10 finalists returned this season. Twelve Tuttle wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, which begins Friday morning at State Fair Arena. But accomplishments like that have come against other Class 4A competition. How have the Tigers earned their national ranking? In January at one of the state's biggest wrestling tournaments, the Geary Invitational, Tuttle finished second — behind Blair Academy. Tuttle had 141.5 points, with Class 6A's best teams, Choctaw, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs, more than 50 points behind. Before that, Tuttle had impressive performances at tournaments in Minnesota and Kansas City, winning the latter event. Still, it wasn't a sudden rise. Tuttle has been in the InterMat Fab 50 for the last five seasons. Over the years, programs like Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, El Reno, Perry and others have had impressive runs. But what Tuttle is doing now is special. “Success breeds success, and the kids put a lot of hard work into it,” coach Matt Surber said. “We have a small group of people who do a lot of work around here, and a good group of kids have come through to keep it going.” TONY RAYBURN II MOVES TO EDMOND SANTA FE Edmond Santa Fe just lost the son of one former Oklahoma football player off its defense, and now it has added another one. Tony Rayburn II finalized his move from Deer Creek to Edmond Santa Fe, and will be eligible for his senior football season next fall. His father played defensive back for Barry Switzer in the mid-1980s, including the 1985 national championship team. Rayburn II is a 5-foot-11, 187-pound junior who could provide immediate help on a Santa Fe defense that graduated almost all of its starters. He could also help at receiver. The OSSAA has cleared Rayburn to participate with the Wolves' track team this spring as well, according to his father. Last season, the Wolves had Mike Coats Jr., who has signed to play at Lamar next fall. His father played linebacker at OU in the 1990s. FORMER YUKON COACH TODD WILSON INTRODUCED AT ELK CITY Todd Wilson is headed back to the west side of the state after spending the last two years in Cleveland. The former Yukon football coach was introduced as Elk City's new head man on Tuesday. Wilson turned Yukon into a perennial playoff team, reaching the postseason in his final five years. He left after the 2013 season and spent the last two years at Cleveland, the first as the head coach and the second as offensive coordinator. The move brings Wilson closer to his hometown of Weatherford. He replaces Bill Williams, who resigned last month after two years guiding the Elks. OTCA INDUCTS 10 INTO HALL OF FAME Ten coaches were inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame last week. Current Yukon coach Dick Villaflor, who spent most of his career at Heritage Hall and won 33 team state championships, headed the class. It also included Ada coach Skip Griese, Ponca City tennis icon Wally Smith, former Midwest City coach Dewey Allen, Cascia Hall's Father William Perez, 50-year college and high school coach Francis Baxter, longtime OTCA board member Steve “Big Daddy” Larimer, longtime high school coach Kate Kisner Cushing, former Broken Arrow and Jenks coach Bob Holland and Enid's Darell Herndon.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Feb 5, 2016
PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn't wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still...
Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Feb 5, 2016PURCELL — Time flies, Clifford Thrift figures. Better enjoy it while you can. So virtually every day, Thrift slips onto his right ring finger a big piece of gold, adorned with diamonds and the unmistakable squashed “C” of the Chicago Bears. But the linebacker from the iconic 1985 Bears doesn’t wear his Super Bowl ring to show off. Thrift wears his Super Bowl ring because of the pride it still instills, because of the memories it still stirs. “For me, it’s just a very, very strong sense of achievement,” Thrift said. “When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it’s not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history. “It’s not just about that achievement, but all the little achievements getting to that point. That’s really why I cherish it so much and wear it all the time. Not a reminder just that we won that game, but all the little victories.” Super Bowl 50 arrives Sunday, and a new group of NFL players, either Panthers or Broncos, will get a treasured ring. The Oklahomans who went from the Friday night lights of Oklahoma to Super Bowl rings view their prize in many different ways. Jon Kolb gave his four Super Bowl rings to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, even though he hasn’t lived in his native state in almost 50 years. R.W. McQuarters keeps his Super Bowl ring locked away. Randy Hughes’ ring disappeared years ago, and he has yet to replace it. Billy Bajema wears his on special occasions. “It reminds me of that season, reminds me of that game,” said Bajema, who went from Westmoore to OSU to the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, who beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 47. “Also a symbol of getting a chance to fulfill all the dreams I had as a kid. Symbol of the hard work and the blessings that went into having an opportunity to enjoy it.” That’s how Thrift feels, except he enjoys the feeling every day. Last week, some of those old memories sprang back to life as he presented to Purcell High School a Super Bowl gold ball, part of the NFL’s campaign to honor the alma maters of its champions. Thrift spoke at an assembly in the Purcell gym and laughed and told stories with old friends who returned to remember the halcyon days, when Thrift and the late Joe McReynolds led the Dragons to the 1972 Class A state championship. “I didn’t know he was going to be a pro, but you didn’t want to get hit by Clifford,” said Kevin Wilson, who graduated two years behind Thrift. The stories flowed. Of then-Purcell coach Bob Holliday visiting Thrift’s home, to convince Thrift’s father to let his son play football. “When the coach convinced him that my chores would get done, he agreed to let me play,” Thrift said. “And boy, am I glad he did.” Of Thrift suffering a neck injury against Wynnewood on a Friday night, then getting his little brother, David, to help cut a cast off Clifford’s neck so he could practice the next Monday. Of Thrift quitting East Central University his first year and going to work in the Anadarko oil fields, only to return to Ada, begging coach Pat O’Neal for another chance. Of being cut by the Chargers after six seasons in San Diego, only to catch on with the ’85 Bears, perhaps the most iconic team in NFL history. Of growing up in a place where community spirit was strong. So strong that people 40 years removed from Purcell High School returned last week to join others in spending time with their old classmate. “The work ethic I was creating at that time to try to be successful, through all those stages of life, all of those stages of competition,” Thrift said, “that one day you’d wind up at the pinnacle of the NFL.” Thrift wore his ring at the Purcell ceremony last week, nice and shiny new. Norman jeweler Newt Mitchell had just cleaned it and replaced a missing diamond for Thrift’s January trip to Chicago for the 30-year reunion of that great Chicago team. “Life has gone by so quickly,” the 59-year-old Thrift said, “I’m thinking, you know, I’m not going to be around that long in the big picture. Might as well wear it and enjoy it.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel
Feb 5, 2016
Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.
Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings
Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Feb 5, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4074717[/img] Super Bowl 50 is Sunday, and by the end of the night more than 50 players from either the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos will join the exclusive club of men who can boast of owning Super Bowl rings. We caught up with a few Oklahomans who were fortunate enough to join the illustrious club and picked their brains about what their rings mean to them, where they are now and all the wacky stuff that might have happened to them in between. "For me, it's just a very, very strong sense of achievement," said Clifford Thrift, the former Purcell linebacker who went on to win Super Bowl 20 with Chicago. "When I look at the Super Bowl ring, it's not just the fact that we won a Super Bowl, but I got to be part of something that literally made history. It's not just about that achievement, but all the little achievements getting to that point. That's really why I cherish it so much and wear it all the time. Not a reminder just that we won that game, bit all the little victories." [pagebreak] R.W. McQuarters, Tulsa Washington Super Bowl 42, 44 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]2990364[/img] "The ring is called the 'Ten Table Ring.' We had the captains, Michael Strahan, Eli Manning and probably Amani Toomer at that time, plus some of the older guys who had been in the New York system at the time and were a little bit older than I was. They had a meeting and came up with how we want the ring to be, here’s what the owners like, here’s what the players like. It was sort of a voice between the owners and the locker room. "The name of the ring is the 'Ten Table Ring' because you can basically see the ring from 10 tables away. That’s the theory behind the ring. Sometimes people ask to see it when they come by, but I don’t keep it at home. It doesn’t bother me that they ask. There are certain things I’d like to see that I haven’t seen before, and I’m sure if I had an opportunity to see them, I’d probably ask. I pretty much keep it put up. When I first got it, I wore it for a while. Then I put it up. A holiday, I might put it on. For me, it means hard work. A lot of perseverance. A lot of adversity. A lot of good. A lot of bad. Just the process of starting football all the way to the end and everything in between." [pagebreak] Tony Casillas, Tulsa East Central Super Bowl 27, 28 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3025606[/img] “I don’t wear it as much as people think. The first thing they ask you, ‘Where are your Super Bowlrings?’ One, it gives away my age. The ongoing joke around here is, ‘What do you call a Dallas Cowboy with a Super Bowl ring? Ancient.’ I used to wear them a lot more. I wore them quite a bit when I first got ‘em. Believe it or not, I’ll leave ‘em laying around, in my kitchen, on the nightstand, stupid places. I was actually going on a USO Tour about five years ago. I was going to take it with me. I couldn’t find it. I was like, anxiety attack, calling my insurance. Finally caught up with me being careless where I put ‘em. The day before, right after Christmas, sick to my stomach, a space in the very back of my closet, a place under my clothes, there’s my Super Bowl ring, right on a jewelry box. Seems like the last three-four years, kind of bring ’em out, because it becomes a timeless piece. "There’s a market for older players because of what we did in that era. People love ‘em. Wow. Never seen a Super Bowl ring. They’re looking at ‘em, their eyes light up. It’s like Christmas. As you get older, you realize the value of it, what it represents. When you’re actually in the moment, you don’t think about it. Everyone wants to try ‘em on. OK, first time I did that, little more naïve about it. ‘I don’t care.’ I gave my ring to someone, and they dropped it. Four sapphire diamonds, two karats each. And I lost a diamond. I was so (ticked) off. I looked all over it. Wore it about a month, looked like it had a hole in it. Had to get it replaced. So I’m not doing that anymore.” [pagebreak] Spencer Tillman, Tulsa Edison Super Bowl 24 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3534954[/img] “There’s an old Hebraic proverb that says don’t hide your candle under a bushel. I don’t wear it every day, but I will wear it to big events or events where it might be a conversation piece. And when I’m on television, I’ll wear it. I was doing Sean Hannity’s show, and he puts on my ring, and you know how he likes to throw his football? Sean had just lost about 14 pounds. He said, ‘Look, I’m doing the next segment. Give me your ring.’ So, he puts on the ring. He had the ring on and he threw a football to break, and the ring comes flying off. It goes sailing across the corner of the wall. You hear one of the camera people, go, ‘Whoaaaa!’ I’m like, ‘Whoa, what?’ He’s like, ‘Did you see that?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Good.’ So, Sean threw my ring across the studio floor there because his fingers were too small for it. But when I picked it up, it hadn’t been damaged at all. “I remember George Seifert delivering a speech — Bill Walsh had moved upstairs and was in kind of a GM role — and I remember him giving a pregame speech. He went around and related to each player based on their core values. I remember him going to Joe Montana, and saying, ‘Joe, you’ve been taking pilot lessons, I know it’s not cheap. You win this game, they’re paid for. In matter of fact, you may even be able to get yourself a small Cessna or something like that.’ He did that to four or five different guys. He said, ‘Spencer, I know you’re into broadcasting. Believe me, you win a couple of these, your value skyrockets.’ It’s like a degree in some ways — it only gives you an opportunity to compete. How do you convert an asset to a benefit. That, in essence, is what you’re doing with that ring.” [pagebreak] Tony Peters, Pauls Valley Super Bowl 17 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4059879[/img] “When you always have this goal of reaching that pinnacle and, of course, to be recognized as a world champion, it’s quite an honor. You know that a lot of people go their entire career without having an opportunity, so you’re very appreciative of that.” Peters’ son, Justin, said, “He’d let us take it for show and tell when we were kids, so you’d take it to school. He’d just put it in our backpacks. It was always kind of fun having that growing up.” [pagebreak] Jon Kolb, Owasso Super Bowl 9, 10, 13, 14 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]635637[/img] “We didn’t even know we got Super Bowl rings. My roommate at Oklahoma State, Terry Brown, was the one who broke the news to me. We had just finished eating dinner the night before the Super Bowl. He said, ‘Oh, look at the ring you’re going to get.’ He showed me his (NFC) championship ring from the year before with the Minnesota Vikings. ‘You’re going to get one of these.’ He was over there laughing at me. I went back to the hotel and told my roommate, Sam Davis, we were getting rings. He said, ‘really?’ Most of us didn’t know you got a ring. It was the game that was important. "One reason Pittsburgh won four Super Bowls in six years, it was never about the ring. It was about the process. Now, it tends to be about the ring. I never wanted it to be just once. It was always, ‘that was fun, let’s do it again.’ My Super Bowl rings are in Oklahoma (in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame). We (the Steelers) were together a month ago. I don’t remember seeing any rings. My son was a wrestler. He won a championship medal, I said, ‘put it in a drawer and move on.’ That’s how we did things.” [pagebreak] Randy Hughes, Tulsa Memorial Super Bowl 12 [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]2748675[/img] “My Super Bowl ring disappeared out of my house about seven or eight years ago. I don’t know exactly what happened to the ring. It was at Christmas time and all my kids were in college. Must have had 100 people in and out of the house over Christmas. My ring disappeared. I never replaced it. But I haven’t had it in about five years. I am getting ready to re-order it in the next few days. I’m not sure whether mine was taken or I just misplaced it, but it disappeared. I was upset about it. I loved it. I remembered when I had worn it last. Put it on my nightstand. I didn’t wear it every day, so I didn’t notice missing it for a few days. One day I was looking for it, couldn’t find it. Haven’t seen anything on it on the Internet.” [pagebreak] Oklahomans with Super Bowl rings [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4074899[/img] HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER POS. NFL TEAM SUPER BOWL Ada Jeremy Shockey TE N.Y. Giants 42 Broken Arrow Alvin Bailey OL Seattle 48 Douglass Thomas Henderson LB Dallas 10, 12, 13 Edmond Memorial Scott Case S Dallas 30 Edmond Memorial Marcus Nash WR Baltimore 35 Enid Jim Riley DE Miami 6 Henryetta Troy Aikman QB Dallas 27, 28, 30 Lawton Eddie Hinton WR Baltimore 5 Lawton James Trapp DB Baltimore 35 Millwood Donovan Woods LB Pittsburgh 43 Moore Corey Ivy CB Tampa Bay 37 Owasso Jon Kolb OL Pittsburgh 9, 10, 13, 14 Pauls Valley Tony Peters S Washington 17 Pauls Valley T.J. Rushing DB Indianapolis 40 Purcell Cliff Thrift LB Chicago 20 Sand Springs Michael Bowie OL Seattle 48 Shawnee Darrien Gordon CB San Diego Denver 32 33 Tulsa East Central Tony Casillas DT Dallas 17, 18 Tulsa Edison Spencer Tillman RB San Francisco 24 Tulsa Memorial Randy Hughes S Dallas 12 Tulsa Rogers Don Chandler K Green Bay 1, 2 Tulsa Washington R.W. McQuarters DB N.Y. Giants New Orleans 42 44 Tulsa Washington Robert Meachem WR New Orleans 44 Westmoore Billy Bajema TE Baltimore 47
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at email@example.com.
Jan 28, 2016
Ada Lee is 100 years old Feb. 1.
Outstanding Seniors: Move aside, Ada Lee’s coming at 100 speed
Keith Dobbs | Jan 28, 2016One hundred is the magic number for Ada Lee. Her 100th birthday is Feb. 1, which is about the 100th day of school for students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Duncan. Students will be showering this new centenarian with 100 handmade birthday cards to celebrate both big occasions. Lee is used to living large. Surrounded by a harem of caregivers at her home in Elk Crossing Nursing and Rehab, a new long-term care facility in Duncan, Lee is the center of attention. “She’s 100, but she can exercise better than anyone here,” said Liz Baxter, director of nursing at the facility. “Am I doing this right on the stair stepper?” are Lee’s famous words each time she does her daily exercises. “She’s a beast,” said Shaston York, assistant director of nursing. “She can outwalk all the other residents and most of the employees,” joked York. Lee’s love for life started shortly after her birth in 1916 on a farm just outside of Geary. “I was Daddy’s girl,” she said. “I was the only girl.” “We had a two-seated horse and buggy, and that’s how we went to town. I learned to swim in a mud hole in a creek close to our home.” Walking two miles to school each day (yes, she was one of those), Lee said she remembers when it was so cold that her fingers froze. “A good memory I have was doing programs, and we had spelling and ciphering contests,” she said. “My teacher was a big kid herself and always had fun stuff for us to do. We had a wiener and marshmallow roast one time.” Lee’s reference to “programs” means school musicals, reciting poems, and memory words -- not computer programs. After graduation from Geary High School where she was football queen her freshman year and salutatorian her senior year, Lee continued her education at Hill Business College in Oklahoma City where she studied business and shorthand. “I can’t remember any of those shorthand things anymore.” If Lee had a possible regret in life, it might be that she married soon out of college and didn’t really get to use her degree. However, she wouldn’t change a thing about her marriage to Otto Lee on Dec. 22, 1936, at a simple wedding at the preacher’s house. Oh, one exception, she remembers: “We did not go on a honeymoon.” As farmers west of Geary, the Lees raised cotton and wheat … and three children (Lyle, Eddie and Shirley). “Shirley lives nearby Duncan and visits her mother every single day,” said Sara Wilkerson, social and activities director at Elk Crossing. “She just lights up when she sees her family come into the facility and starts walking toward them,” Wilkerson said. “We have to say, ‘Slow down, Ada. We don’t want you to fall.’” Lee and her daughter share a love for playing canasta. “Oh, I still play. Got any cards?” For years, Lee played in a canasta club every Wednesday. “I’m pretty sure there’s a way to cheat,” she said. Lee attributes some of her successes in life, and her longevity, to being left-handed. “I happened to have a teacher that wasn’t going to make me change.” She said one of her brothers was also left handed. Holding up her left hand, and pointing her finger, Lee said, “I’m about to be 100.” Plans are underway to be surrounded by family, friends and employees at Elk Crossing to celebrate her milestone. “I think angel food cake is my favorite,” she smiled. “My smile is 100 years old.”
Newton compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout.
Former boxer Frank ‘Rootin Tootin’ Newton dies at age 59
By Scott Munn | Jan 12, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Frank Newton, 59, of Oklahoma City. Known in professional boxing circles as Frank “Rootin' Tootin” Newton, he compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout. The Lawton native also had 140 amateur bouts and was a Golden Gloves state champ in Texas. The Army veteran followed the Sooners, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. • Melvin Sandersfeld, 74, of Norman was a record-setting football player at Hobart High School. Earned an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma, where he played running back and defensive back for coach Bud Wilkinson. One of Sandersfeld's collegiate highlights was intercepting a Joe Namath pass in the 1963 Orange Bowl, when the Sooners played Alabama. Sandersfeld worked as an accounting supervisor at Western Electric. • Glenn VanZant, 79, of Bethany owned and operated the D&G Baseball Cards store with his son, Don. Glenn spent 25 years as a youth pastor. • Bill Hurt, 65, of Oklahoma City coached youth football and Little League baseball with his son, William. Also enjoyed fishing and hunting. • John Payne, 85, of Guthrie was an All-American football player at Pilot Point High School in Texas. He earned a scholarship to play for the Texas Longhorns, but his college career was cut short by family obligations. Payne worked in the horse industry, which included Remington Park. • Ed Malzahn, 94, of Perry played for the Maroons' football team while in high school. • Larry Cornforth, 96, of Oklahoma City. Attended Coyle High School and then one semester at Oklahoma A&M, where he played for the freshman basketball team under coach Sam Aubrey. A World War II veteran who is survived by his 100-year-old brother Jim of Pomona, Calif. • Leo Sims, 93, of Ada was a championship wrestler at Holdenville High School. He was district champ in 1938 after posting a 13-2-1 record. Awarded the school's Silver Cup for winning more matches than any other wrestler in Holdenville history. Sims, who served in the Marines during World War II, was later inducted into the Holdenville Hall of Fame. Worked 59 years in retail. • Hoyt Estes, 87, of Oklahoma City officiated college and high school sports, particuarly football and basketball, for 29 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Hall of Fame in 1990. An accounting manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. • William Parsons, 53, of Edmond graduated from Ada High School in 1980. He was a state champion tennis player for the Cougars before going on to East Central University. A certified public accounant by trade. • Sid Mauldin, 61, of Pampa, Texas. The former Barnsdall resident owned a NASCAR Camping World Series team. With young driver John Hunter Nemechek in the seat, Mauldin finished sixth in owner points for the 2015 season. Mauldin also loved to ride motorcycles in enduro, motocross and observed trials. He competed on the state and regional levels for several years. • Mike Rice, 63, of Edmond graduated from Choctaw High School in 1971. He played football and wrestled for the Yellowjackets before becoming a master carpenter and owning a construction company. • Fagan Whitewolf, 70, of Falmouth, Va., was an Oklahoma native who retired as a computer specialist for the Department of Defense. The Elgin High School graduate spent extra time coaching soccer in the Fredericksburg, Va., youth leagues. Whitewolf knew very little about soccer at first, but he decided to contribute to kids' lives because the organization needed coaches. • Nick White, 33, of San Marcos, Texas, played football for four seasons at Davis High School. At the time of death, White was head coach of a Texas team in the Crossroads Amateur Football League. • Frank Patterson, 83, of Oklahoma City. A three-year letterman in football at Northeast High School. Selected by The Oklahoman to the All-City team. Enjoyed fishing and hunting. • Vern Rapp, 87, of Denver managed the Tulsa Oilers baseball team in 1965. He guided the St. Louis Cardinals' Texas League affiliate to an 81-60 record. Although Rapp's 16-year playing career — he was a catcher and first baseman — did not include any time in the majors, he did coach and manage on the big-league level. Rapp was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1984, when he was fired in August so the Reds could bring in Pete Rose as player/manager. • Bob Somerhalder, 84, of Ada was girls basketball coach in the Allen school system for several years. The Navy veteran went into adminstration as Allen's high school principal. • Betty Squires Foster, 83, of Guthrie was MVP of the Geary High basketball team as a senior. Followed Guthrie High School athletics for many years; she had a lifetime all-sports ticket. Named honorary assistant athletic director in charge of softball operations by then-athletic director Gary Boxley. Foster rode the bus with the softball team to all out of town games. She was also an avid OSU supporter. • Don Bachman, 78, of Oklahoma City was a Tennessee native. He attended Dillard University in New Orleans, where he was a guard on the football team. An avid tennis player who also enjoyed 5K and 10K runs. • Ann Spelleri, 81, of Oklahoma City was an accomplished athlete, participating in skiing, tennis and golf. She had three holes-in-one. • Herb Mee Jr., 87, of Oklahoma City started playing golf at age 12. He played three years for the Classen Comets high school team and four years at Harvard. One of Mee's fondest memories was playing a 1949 match against Wake Forest and a future star in Arnold Palmer. Mee was a passionate fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma football and the Dallas Cowboys. • Bob Cail, 74, of El Reno played golf at East Central University. The highlight of Cail's summers was playing in the OG&E Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley in Guthrie. A tournament champion.
Chen helped bring professional hockey back to Oklahoma City in 1992.
Tributes: Former Blazers owner Horn Chen dies at 83
By Scott Munn | Jan 4, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Horn Chen, 83, of Bannockburn, Ill., owned the Oklahoma City Blazers of the revived Central Hockey League. In 1992, longtime hockey executive Ray Miron approached Chen about reviving hockey in the south. Not only did Chen agree to fund the league operations, he owned and operated its original six franchises — the Blazers, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder, Memphis RiverKings, Fort Worth Fire, and Dallas Freeze. The businessman later owned CHL teams in San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Topeka. Chen also owned several teams in minor league baseball and basketball and arena football. Chen also owned the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Roughriders and was a minority investor in the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. • Wayne Heath Sr., 79, of McLoud. Served 25 years as the McLoud police chief. He boxed as a young man, finishing with a 36-7 record. At one time, Heath was ranked in the top 10 in the world. Heath, whose boxing trunks and shoes were recently added to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in October 2016. Also captained the McLoud High School basketball team as a senior in 1955. • Larry Brett Sr., 63, of Oklahoma City was a Portland, Maine, native. He helped his high school to three consecutive state swimming championships. • Gus Gil, 76, played 20 years of professional baseball, 16 of those in the minors. The Venezuelan spent the 1972 season with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Gil, an infielder, had a .238 batting average with two homers and 36 RBIs. • Bill Mace, 65, of Okarche played high school football for the Midwest City Bombers. • Richard Flud, 80, of Tulsa coached girls basketball at Bixby High School. Flud is in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Hall of Fame. Loved to raise and race thoroughbred horses. • Tanner Sadler, 27, of Yukon was a pro paintball player. He played on six semi-pro teams during his career. Also coached Little League sports. • John Davenport, 79, of Edmond was a scratch golfer with more than 20 holes-in-one. The banking executive qualified for the British Senior Amateur. In the last 10 years, he shot his age more than 50 times. • Jeannine Horn Flow, 81, of Oklahoma City enjoyed playing golf at Westbury Country Club. The retired Southwestern Bell employee had three holes-in-one. • Lance Nichols, 23, of Norman spent 12 years in judo training. He won several state championships. • Bobby Roberts, 44, of Ada built race car engines. • Charles Turnbull, 91, of Edmond was an avid cyclist who took several long-distance rides across the U.S. • Joseph Driver, 20, of Custer City played high school basketball at Arapaho. • Alfred Adams, 85, of Moore. He captained the Moore Lions football team in 1947. • Travis Doherty, 38, of Quapaw loved martial arts. A second-degree blackbelt in Go Jue Ryu. A brownbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Hapkido. • Richard Turpen, 68, of Tulsa. Attended McLain High School, where he lettered in tennis and swimming. Also a member of the Tulsa Figure Skating Club. • Gerald Parker, 75, of Garber mowed the baseball and football fields as a youngster. He later starred on that baseball diamond, helping the Wolverines to 33 consecutive wins and a state runner-up finish in 1958. Parker went on to play baseball at old Phillips University in Enid. The retired aircraft mechanic and volunteer firefighter was a fan of Garber High sports, the OU Sooners, Chicago Cubs and the OKC Thunder. • Ivan Munoz, 19, of Oklahoma City played baseball at Vici High School. He won several awards, including Freshman of the Year and Most Improved Offensive Player. • Larry Dobbins, 69, quarterbacked Thomas High School and Northwestern Oklahoma State. • Jamie Monroe, 42, of Ardmore played high school baseball for the hometown Tigers. He was named Player of the Year by the Daily Ardmoreite newspaper. An Oklahoma Sooners and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. • Ramon de los Santos, 66, was a pitcher and shortstop for the '72 Oklahoma City 89ers. The Dominican Republic native was 0-1 on the mound with 38 strikeouts in 52 innings. • George Burpo, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., was a professional baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds organization. His first assignment was to a ballclub in Muskogee — and his last assignment as a player was with the Tulsa Oilers. Burpo, who retired after the 1948 season, was a salesman for a business forms company.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 8, 2015
Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to...
High school notebook: Lamar offers three local football players
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 8, 2015Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State. As a senior for the Wolves, Coats recorded 104 tackles, one sack and an interception. He also has multiple Division II offers. Westmoore defensive coordinator Ty Gower confirmed the offers for Towery and Loccident to The Oklahoman via text message. Towery is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman. Loccident, a defensive back, had 53 tackles and an interception this season. EDMOND NORTH'S FROHLING WINS GATORADE AWARD Edmond North senior Hannah Rose Frohling was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday. Frohling, who was announced as The Oklahoman's All-City Player of the Year last week, led the Huskies to a 32-1 record and the Class 6A state championship. The 6-foot senior recorded 408 digs, 330 kills and 104 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .438. She maintained a weighted 4.25 grade-point average and serves as a volunteer in her community. “Hannah Rose Frohling leads her team not only with her skill set, but also with a great attitude and tons of energy,” Norman North coach Stephanie Kane said. “She really stepped up this year in her senior role to help her team win a state championship.” JENKS' NUNLEY, BROKEN ARROW'S SHAW SHARE DISTRICT HONORS Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley and Broken Arrow running back Jamall Shaw were recently both honored as the District 6A-I-1 Players of the Year. Nunley just led Jenks to its fourth straight championship and third with him as the starting quarterback. Shaw led Broken Arrow to the state championship game, where it lost to Jenks. Nunley passes for 2,853 yards and 35 touchdowns, while Shaw rushed for 1,959 yards and 27 touchdowns. Edmond Santa Fe star running back Darran Williams was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished the year with 1,744 yards and 22 touchdowns on 248 carries. Jenks' Dillon Stoner, an Oklahoma State commitment, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Stoner had 50 tackles and an interception, while also catching 36 passes for 724 yards and 10 TDs. Broken Arrow coach David Alexander was named Coach of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Jamall Shaw, Broken Arrow Offensive Player of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive Player of the Year: Dillon Stoner, Jenks Coach of the Year: David Alexander, Broken Arrow Back of the Year: Braden Hudson, Putnam City Receiver of the Year: Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City Offensive Lineman of the Year: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Defensive Lineman of the Year: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow Linebacker of the Year: Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Special Teams Player of the Year: Allan Dinh, Putnam City; Devon Johnson, Broken Arrow Kicker/Punter of the Year: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial ALL-DISTRIC TEAM Edmond Memorial: Tate Troxell, Imani Woodley, Zeke Mammen, Jase George, Christian Gabriel, Evan Green, Grifffin Amen; Edmond Santa Fe: Grant Newton, Zeke Jenkins, Dillon Hall, Dustin Anthony, Jacob Goss, Jerome Bryson Jr., Vessy Parrish, Dylan Williams, Charles Gaines, Juan Johnson, Justin Richardson, Cameron Walker, Micah Gaston; Broken Arrow: Ethan Bullard, Andy Smith, Micah Mebane, Levi Vandeventer, Taylor Stines, Samuel Akem, Brendon Franklin, Israel Tristan, Jay Ivy, Michael Willis, Caleb Elder, Jordan Davis; Norman: Romero Gatewood, Jack Fronheiser, Riley McGill, Elijah Smith, Bryce Burkhart, Brandon Lee; Yukon: Cooper Stanley, DJ Taylor, Kyle Menge, Rylan Redding, JT Kearby, Parker Hodge; Putnam City: Ryan Brown, Austin Williams, Alonzo Fuller, Oscar Anyabola, Zach Hester, Dariyon Weeden;Westmoore: Tyler Addison, Desmond Vick, Noel Maul, DeShawn Lookout, Anthony Adams, Derek Loccident; Jenks: Andrew Wyatt, Austin Quillen, Stephen Lyles, T.J. Lynn, Antwan Woods, Abdul Alhou, Ryan Robinson, Carter Nelson, Zach Neal, Logan Corwin, Morgan Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Mason Minnix, Wyatt Scribner, Sam Wilson, Sheldon Barnes. HARRAH'S MARTIN NAMED DISTRICT 4A-2 PLAYER OF YEAR Harrah senior running back Grant Martin was recently named the District 4A-2 Player of the Year after leading Harrah to its first playoff victory in 21 years, Martin was on The Oklahoman's 2014 All-State team. He finished with nearly identical numbers to his junior season of 2,589 yards and 37 touchdowns. This season, he finished with 2,543 yards and 32 touchdowns in the same amount of games. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Tuttle coach Brad Ballard was honored as the Coach of the Year after the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Grant Martin, Harrah Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Gus Hall, Tecumseh Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Mason, Tuttle Special Teams Player of the Year: Jon Cain, Glenpool Coach of the Year: Brad Ballard, Tuttle OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Quarterback: Gabe Simons, Ada; Kostner Ingraham, Harrah Running back: Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Jason Biddy, Tuttle Receiver: Dalton Lewis, McLoud; Jake Martinez, Ada Tight end: Jeremy McDonald, Harrah Offensive line: Chandler Anthony, Tuttle; Logan Roberson, Harrah; Teague Fox, Tuttle; Kyle Townsend, Harrah; Jake Bailey, Ada; Andrew Sturm, McLoud; Trip Hall, Tecumseh DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Defensive end: Dalton Cooper, Tuttle; Michael Spencer, Bristow; Jon Cain, Glenpool Defensive tackle: Dalton Hanson, Harrah; Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh Inside linebacker: Blake Berryhill, Tuttle; Braden Hobbs, Harrah Outside linebacker: Cale Smith, Tuttle; Levi Grimes, Ada Safety: Dakota Buie, Tuttle; Braden Jennings, Harrah Cornerback: Hunter Hughart, Glenpool; Austin Steele, Harrah SPECIAL TEAMS Kicker: Rylee Jones, Harrah Special recognition: Bryce Remington, Glenpool; Dillon Briggs, Ada ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Tuttle: Keegan Riley, Trenton Slattery, Brecken Waitman; Ada: Avery Logan, Kane Moore; Harrah: Kevin Carroll, Drew Webster, Chase Smiley, Hunter Goodwin, Steven Byers, Wyatt Laymon, Colton Guinn, Preston Griffin; Bristow:Robert Chacon, Ryan Lee, Tyran Proctor, Trever Miller, Jacoby Gantz; Glenpool: Anthony Burns, Austin LaCroix, Colton Hughart, Andrew Gossett, Bailey Bennett, Nick Heck, Kyle Harders; Tecumseh: Jordan Brown, Triston Grayson, Brayden Begley; McLoud: Tristan Keith, Johnny Poff, Christian Alba, Will Carroll
If Pat Jones hadn’t been fired from Oklahoma State after the 1994 season, Barry Odom might not be Missouri’s football coach today.Odom, who was introduced Friday at Mizzou Arena as Gary Pinkel’s successor and the Tigers’ 32nd football coach, grew up in Ada, Okla., where sports were ingrained in the town’s culture.“If it was basketball season, you were playing basketball,” he said. “If it was...
Fate put Barry Odom on a path to become Missouri's football coach
Tod Palmer, Associated Press | Dec 5, 2015If Pat Jones hadn’t been fired from Oklahoma State after the 1994 season, Barry Odom might not be Missouri’s football coach today. Odom, who was introduced Friday at Mizzou Arena as Gary Pinkel’s successor and the Tigers’ 32nd football coach, grew up in Ada, Okla., where sports were ingrained in the town’s culture. “If it was basketball season, you were playing basketball,” he said. “If it was football season, you were playing football. Baseball — that’s just the way it was in small-town Oklahoma.” The gridiron is where Odom found stardom, earning a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State despite playing his last three high school seasons on a torn knee ligament, but that opportunity vanished when Jones was forced out. The weakness Barry Odom must overcome to fulfill the hope of a fun first day as Mizzou’s football coach “Pat Jones left, (Bob) Simmons came in and they didn’t have a scholarship,” said Odom’s father, Bob. “That was it.” Odom couldn’t have predicted it then, but he’s sure now that fate was at work. During track season, then-Missouri offensive line coach Harry Hiestand spotted Odom and offered him a scholarship. “He saw me on the track and I think they felt sorry for me,” Odom said. “They had one spot left and said, ‘Come on, we’ll give it to you. Let’s go make this work.’ ” New football coach Barry Odom: Mizzou is the place for me Barry Odom answers a question as he was introduced as the University of Missouri head football coach at Mizzou Arena on Dec. 4, 2015. Video by Shane Keyser , firstname.lastname@example.org “It came down between Missouri and Arkansas,” Bob said. “He had a bum knee and had to get that fixed, but Larry Smith wanted him pretty bad. It worked out pretty good.” Fate wasn’t done intervening. Odom — who legend has it accepted MU’s offer as he went into surgery on his knee — started his career as a tailback. “That lasted all of one practice,” Odom said. After that initial practice, Odom was called into Smith’s office. “I was a little bit in awe of a freshman, day one, going into his office,” Odom recalled. Smith’s message was blunt: “Odom, you’re not a tailback. You’re a linebacker. You OK with that?” “Yes, sir,” said Odom, who then headed for the door and eventually into the Tigers’ record books. Barry Odom’s hire is Gary Pinkel-approved He has the seventh-most career tackles at Missouri with 362, so moving to defense that turned out to be a wise decision — awkward as it was at the time. “It was during two-a-days, so I think it was a morning practice where he played tailback and then the afternoon he was with the linebackers,” said former Missouri defensive tackle Steve Erickson, who played alongside Odom from 1996-99. “The offense and defense wears different colors, so he had a white jersey in the morning and black jersey in the afternoon.” At that time, Missouri had a fullback named Ron Janes, who was nicknamed “Rhino” and was the lead blocker for so many Brock Olivo runs. During one of the first practices after Odom switched to defense, the first-string offense worked on power runs. “Here comes Rhino up the middle to try and block Barry,” Erickson said. “Barry went in there face first, and you just heard this collision and this smack. It was one of those kind of pops that everyone stops and goes, ‘That was impressive.’ ” Barry Odom talks about relationship with players Barry Odom spoke with media during his introduction as the head football coach at the University of Missouri on Dec. 4, 2015. Video by Shane Keyser , email@example.com Nobody really knew Odom at the time, but things changed when the offense tried running the same play again. “They absolutely stone-headed each other and you’re like, ‘That’s tough. You don’t just do that to Ron Janes very easily,’ ” Erickson said. “I’ll never forget that collision and the toughness (Odom) showed from there going forward. It was evident.” That grit also has come to define Odom’s coaching career. After graduating, Odom started as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Ada High, in 2000. He served as Columbia Rock Bridge’s head coach in 2001-02 before joining Pinkel’s staff and serving in various capacities from 2003-11. Next, Odom spent three seasons transforming Memphis’ defense before returning to Columbia as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator and helping build Missouri into a top-10 defense for the first time since the NCAA began tracking statistics in 1978. Rhoades said Odom was among five candidates targeted for the job. He declined to name the other four candidates. The first interview with Odom, who also interviewed with Memphis for its head coaching vacancy this week, was a four-hour meeting at Rhoades’ house. “We wanted to meet with Coach Odom first to just see how high he set the bar, and he set the bar at a world-championship level,” Rhoades said. “He has great intellectual horsepower, he knows football and has a high football acumen. He is ready, he’s tough, has a competitive fire in his belly. … It didn’t hurt that this is his dream job.” New Missouri coach Barry Odom introduced at halftime of basketball game New Missouri football coach Barry Odom was introduced to the crowd at halftime of the men's basketball game Friday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Rhoades still put Odom the paces with a grueling second interview. “We intentionally tried to wear him out,” Rhoades said. “He’s smiling, because we tried, and he even got a little ticked off about it, which I liked.” The second interview confirmed what Rhoades already suspected — Odom was the right man at the right time for the Missouri football job. “After that first meeting, my heart was there …” Rhoades said. “Then, I needed to get my mind there. In order to do that, you have to talk to other candidates.” Rhoades said he offered Odom the job Wednesday and Thursday the two sides hammered out the framework of a five-year contract, which is expected to approved during a University of Missouri System Board of Curators meeting Dec. 10-11 at the Missouri-St. Louis campus. It was a relief for the Odoms, who thought an intermediate step as a head coach at a smaller school might be needed before Missouri would turn over the reins. “We truly thought we would need to leave and go to another school and have that experience then come back possibly,” said Odom’s wife, Tia, who also is an MU graduate. “Or try to come back, I should say.” That won’t be necessary. “At the end of the day, it was about who we felt had the best ability to take us to that next level …” Rhoades said. “We had other options. Coach Odom had other options. But, ultimately, this partnership — both sides, all of us wanted. … He is the right person, this is the right time and this is the perfect fit to lead our program to that next level.” Tod Palmer: , ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000158003,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000215818,g000065603,g000065792
Harrah football coach Phil Webb had not gotten any sleep as of Saturday morning. A 26-24 playoff victory at Cache — Harrah's first in the postseason since 1994 — ruined any hope of that happening. “I knew this group could help us get over the hump,” Webb said. “Twenty-one years. Twenty-one years since Harrah had won a playoff game. To do that after an emotional loss to Ada and what we've been...
High school notebook: Harrah wins first playoff game in 21 years
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 14, 2015Harrah football coach Phil Webb had not gotten any sleep as of Saturday morning. A 26-24 playoff victory at Cache — Harrah's first in the postseason since 1994 — ruined any hope of that happening. “I knew this group could help us get over the hump,” Webb said. “Twenty-one years. Twenty-one years since Harrah had won a playoff game. To do that after an emotional loss to Ada and what we've been through this year with the Tuttle loss and then to be down there in that situation, I think that kicks the door open for many more generations that come through the program.” Harrah (7-3) travels to Poteau (11-0) next week. The Panthers relied on a gutsy decision from Webb to seal the win. Facing a fourth-and-9 late in the fourth quarter, Webb elected to go for it instead of punt. Quarterback Kostner Ingraham completed a pass to tight end Jeremy McDonald for the first down that allowed Harrah to run out the clock. “I told the guys we came down here to win,” Webb said. “I think I was the only one there that wanted to go for it. The referee on the sidelines next to me, I asked him, ‘What would you do?' He said, ‘I'd punt it.' I said, ‘I bet you would.'” Ingraham threw two touchdowns passes and had an interception on defense. Star running back Grant Martin rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries. ARDMORE'S ROBERTS RECOVERING Ardmore defensive back Jordan Roberts was released from the hospital Saturday morning and is expected to recover after suffering a head injury Friday night that led to him being airlifted to OU Medical Center. “Our high school principal text me earlier and said that all of his CAT scans came back good,” Ardmore coach Josh Newby said. “I think it's all going to end up being OK.” Roberts suffered the injury late in the third quarter of a 42-37 loss to Deer Creek. The game was delayed for nearly an hour. OSSAA ANNOUNCES 6A SEMIFINAL SITES The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the neutral sites for Friday's Class 6A football semifinals. Edmond Santa Fe and Broken Arrow will play at Yukon's Miller Stadium. Tulsa Union and Jenks will face off at Owasso High School. Both games are at 7 p.m. In Class 6A-II, Bixby will play Saturday afternoon against Bartlesville at Owasso and Tulsa Washington will play Sand Springs at Sapulpa at 7 p.m. Friday. DALE GIRLS KNOCK OFF PRESTON Dale's girls basketball team got some payback for last season's state semifinal loss to Preston. Dale (1-0) won 58-49 behind a suffocating defense in the fourth quarter that held Preston to just three points. Dani Manning was instrumental in the final quarter, making all six free throws to finish the night with 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Taylor O'Donnell led Dale with 14 points. Preston (0-2) led 46-41 after three quarters.
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: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 12, 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: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Nov 8, 2015
Team to watch, darkhorse contender and best first-round matchup
High school football playoffs: Class 4A bracket breakdown
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 8, 2015Team to watch — Wagoner: The defending champions still look like the best team in the class. They open with Broken Bow and would likely get Ada or Clinton in the second round. A possible speed bump could be a rematch with Cascia Hall, which Wagoner beat 14-7 in overtime in Week 5. Darkhorse contender — Tuttle: The Tigers have had an interesting season. They're undefeated, but an odd 2-0 win and a blocked field goal as time expired in another game serve as examples of the type of magic around the team. A key will be getting running back Jason Biddy back from a high ankle sprain, but they've gotten by so far. Best first-round matchup — Metro Christian at Oologah: Sallisaw upsetting Metro Christian on Friday made this matchup possible. Metro Christian's offense has been superb this season, scoring less than 33 points just once (Friday) behind quarterback Abe Anderson. Oologah has allowed more than 25 points just once — a loss to Wagoner — and features Kansas State commit Jimmy McKinney at linebacker. By Jacob Unruh, staff writer
First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships...
High school football: Ada, Clinton to meet in battle of state's winningest programs
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 7, 2015First-year Ada coach Wade Standley wants to treat next week's playoff opener like any other game, but it's hard to ignore the historical aspect. Ada and Clinton meet in the Class 4A playoffs next week in Ada, a battle of the programs with the most wins in state history. “There's no question that both programs have been extremely successful over the years, tons of state championships and both are proud communities,” Standley said.” It'll be a lot of fun playing in the playoffs for both of us and being able to play against each other again.” Clinton owns the state record with 784 wins, which is just one ahead of Ada. Only two other programs in the state have more than 700 wins — Lawton and Tulsa Washington. Ada and Clinton have combined to win 35 state championships, 19 of which belong to Ada. So, there's no doubt Friday's game will be a spectacle for both communities. “I think the community gets fired up about the playoffs,” Standley said. “But yeah, there's a lot of history to the matchup and to both teams, so that'll certainly be added incentive. “Your whole goal is to make the playoffs and win in the playoffs, so that will probably be the task at hand. We'll be focused on the task at hand and I think once seasons are over you look back and put things in context.” Ada (6-3, 5-1 District 4A-2) is coming off a wild 36-33 win over Harrah on a game-winning field goal as time expired. Ada's Shiloh Windsor had a big game. The Wyoming commitment rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns. His return since missing five games with a broken hand has been a big boost with three straight wins. “The last three games he's been back at full speed,” Standley said. “He's healthy and playing well.” Clinton (5-5, 5-2 District 4A-1) beat Elk City 44-36 on Friday for a second straight victory under second-year coach Phil Koons. “We're looking forward to it,” Standley said. “Coach Koons and those guys do an incredible job and they've got a really good football team, so it'll be a lot of fun.”
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
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
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title....
Nov 3, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title. Merryman was The Oklahoman's Super 6 Coach of the Year in 1979 and the National Coach of the Year in 1984. He is a member of the National High School and Oklahoma basketball halls of fame. *Lee Oliver, 81, of Brooksville. A halfback for Dunbar High School's Class B Negro state championship football team in 1950. Before the integration of the state's school systems in 1955, Oliver and the Bears played exhibition games against all-white Tecumseh teams in 1949, ‘50 and ‘51. He served six years in the Army before entering the ministry. *Ray Leyba, 54, of Choctaw. President of the Nicoma Park basketball organization. A family obituary said: “His true calling was coaching ... every minute he spent motivating kids from the sidelines contributed to the happiest moments of his life.” *George McGuire, 56, of Stigler was a bullrider. He had a passion for training horses. *William Brown Jr., 86 of Ardmore drove a commercial bus. One of his trips was to Mexico with the Harlem Globetrotters. *Mary Bright Porter, 69, of Oklahoma City was an educator, teaching in Oklahoma and her native Montreal. She attended McGill University, where she played women's hockey and was a cheerleader. She was a cyclist and a runner; Porter participated in several Oklahoma free wheel rides and ran her first half-marathon at age 65. *Bill Broughton, 82, of Oklahoma City. The Konawa native attended high school in Kansas, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. Played tennis as an adult. Broughton was a geologist. *David Fisk, 62, of Edmond. A longtime editor at The Oklahoman who loved baseball, particularly the Texas Rangers. After leaving the newspaper business, Fisk, a native Texan, opened Images Gallery, The Art of Sport in Edmond. An avid photographer and past president of the Oklahoma Blues Society. *Jack Phillips, 78, of Joplin, Mo. A Miami High and Northeastern A&M graduate who was an Oklahoma state champion skeet shooter. *Mike Fruitt, 57, of Oklahoma City. He played high school basketball in his native Redkey, Ind. The former General Motors worker liked to watch his grandkids play baseball. *Bobby Yadon Sr., 81, of Waynoka lettered in football and baseball at Northwestern State. He spent one summer playing Class D baseball. Yadon went into coaching and spent many years in Kansas before a move to Waynoka, where he led the Railroaders to the Class C state football championship in 1976. *Harold Cook, 69, of Moore coached Little League sports for many years. He also enjoyed playing pool and softball. *Johnny Walker, 64, of Durant was a former high school and middle school coach in the El Paso, Texas, area. *Huston Parkhurst, 88, of Arapaho spent several years coaching Little League baseball. *Melvin Worcester, 88, of Ada was a saddle bronc rider as a young man. He became a deputy sheriff for Pontotoc County. *Alan Roberts, 68, of Ringling. He was an All-Area football player for Ringling High School. He remained a Blue Devils fan as an adult. An iron worker by trade. *Lauren Swanson Ridener, 33, of Edmond was a Putnam City North High School graduate who enjoyed softball, swimming, diving and gymnastics. An OU football fan. *Kenneth Aaron, 80, of Guymon was a Woodward High School graduate who played center for the Panhandle State football team. A fan of both the OU Sooners and OSU Cowboys. *Rebecca VanderMerwe, 15, was a Texhoma High School student who loved to play softball. *Bernie Duvall, 67, of Miami, OK, played football for Cherokee County High School in his native Kansas. A fan of the Pittsburg State Gorillas, one of the most successful small-college football programs in the country. *Allan Long, 94, was a teacher and wrestling coach for Geary schools. *Gordon Gibson, 67, of Oklahoma City was an avid golfer who liked to play courses all over the state. Gibson had two holes in one at Cedar Valley. Coached wrestling and golf. Worked security for Thunder home games. BY SCOTT MUNN, STAFF WRITER
High school football: Harrah running back Grant Martin's old-school performance lands Player of the Week honorNov 2, 2015
The Panthers rushed the football on every play but one in a 38-28 victory over Bristow, and it was a good thing they have senior running back Grant Martin for that type of situation.
High school football: Harrah running back Grant Martin's old-school performance lands Player of the Week honor
By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 2, 2015HARRAH — With heavy rainfall and strong winds, Harrah went old school Friday. The Panthers rushed the football on every play but one in a 38-28 victory over Bristow, and it was a good thing they have senior running back Grant Martin for that type of situation. Martin carried the ball on 36 of the 59 rushing plays for 424 yards and three touchdowns to earn The Oklahoman's staff pick for Player of the Week on a night he rates as the best in his career. “I knew going into that game it was going to be ground-and-pound,” Martin said. “It was a good night. I had a lot of great blocking in front of me from linemen and receivers. Everything worked out, and we had another great night.” Harrah quarterback Kostner Ingraham also rushed for three touchdowns. He also surprised everyone with the one incomplete pass in a game that featured five total passes. In Martin's breakout junior season last year, he led the state with 2,589 rushing yards, a total that landed him on The Oklahoman's All-State team. He had big games, including a 354-yard, four-touchdown night against Ada, but never quite like this with so much weight on his shoulders to deliver. “We knew we had to take care of the ball and make sure that wasn't an issue,” Harrah coach Phil Webb said. “It goes back to Grant. We go as he goes. He has proven himself time and time again.” Harrah has already locked up a playoff spot and is still searching for its first postseason win in 21 years. It travels to Ada this week with a chance to finish second in District 4A-2, which would mean a home playoff game. A loss means third in the district and a trip to Cache.
Nov 2, 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. We began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and...
High school football: Class 4A and 3A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff Writers | Nov 2, 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 began with Class 6A and 5A on Monday, and continue with Class 4A and 3A: CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key Games: Elk City at Clinton, Weatherford at Anadarko Anadarko: First. Cache: Second. Clinton: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Weatherford loss. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Weatherford win. Elk City: Third with win and Weatherford loss. Fourth with win of seven or points and Weatherford win. Weatherford: Third with win and Elk City win. Fourth with loss and Elk City loss. District 4A-2 Key Games: Bristow at Tecumseh, Glenpool at McLoud, Harrah at Ada. Tuttle: First Harrah: Second with win. Third with loss. Ada: Second with win. Third with loss. Bristow: Fourth with win or McLoud win. Tecumseh: Fourth with win and McLoud loss. District 4A-3 Key Games: Oologah at Tulsa McLain, Wagoner at Catoosa, Cascia Hall at Cleveland Wagoner: First. Oologah: Second with win. Third with loss. Tulsa McLain: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Third with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall and Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa win where McLain loses 21 or fewer district points to Cascia Hall or Catoosa. Fourth with loss, Cascia Hall win and Catoosa loss. Cascia Hall: Third with win, Oologah win and Catoosa loss. Third with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Catoosa win and Tulsa McLain loss where Cascia Hall gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or two or more district points on Catoosa. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Catoosa loss. Catoosa: Third with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain and loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with win, Cascia Hall win and Tulsa McLain loss where Catoosa gains 22 or more district points on Tulsa McLain or loses one or fewer district points to Cascia Hall. Fourth with Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with win, Tulsa McLain win and Cascia Hall win. District 4A-4 Key Games: Metro Christian at Sallisaw, Muldrow at Broken Bow. Poteau: First Metro Christian: Second with win. Third with loss. Sallisaw: Second with win. Third with loss and Broken Bow win. Fourth with loss and Muldrow win. Muldrow: Third with win and Metro Christian win. Fourth with win and Metro Christian loss. Broken Bow: Fourth with win. CLASS 3A District 3A-1 Key Games: Kingfisher at Centennial, Mannford at Cushing. Heritage Hall: First. Cushing: Second. Perkins: Third. Kingfisher: Fourth with win or Mannford loss. Mannford: Fourth with win and Kingfisher loss. District 3A-2 Key Games: Blanchard at Mount St. Mary, Bridge Creek at Douglass, John Marshall at Bethany. John Marshall: First with win. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard and Douglass. Third with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard. Third with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 15 or fewer district points to Blanchard or Douglass. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and Douglass loss where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Blanchard. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where John Marshall loses 16 or more district points to Douglass. Meeker: First with Blanchard win, Bethany win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. First with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses three or fewer district points to Bethany. First with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany win and Douglass loss. Second with Douglass win, John Marshall win, Blanchard win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Second with Blanchard win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Meeker loses four or more district points to Bethany. Second with Blanchard loss, Bethany regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. Third with Blanchard win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Bethany: First with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass loss. First with regulation win of four or more points and Douglass win. First with regulation win of four or more points, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Second with win of three or fewer points or overtime win and Douglass win. Second with regulation win of three or fewer points or overtime win, Blanchard win and Douglass loss. Blanchard: Second with win, John Marshall win and Douglass loss. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and one or more district points on Douglass. Third with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss and Bethany loss. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Douglass win where Blanchard gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or one or more district points on Douglass. Fourth with win, Bethany win and Douglass loss where Blanchard gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. Douglass: Third with Blanchard loss and John Marshall win. Third with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses no district points to Blanchard. Third with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall and doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Third with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall. Fourth with loss, Blanchard win and John Marshall win. Fourth with loss, Blanchard loss and Bethany win. Fourth with win, John Marshall win and Blanchard win where Douglass loses district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, John Marshall loss and Blanchard win where Douglass gains 16 or more district points on John Marshall or doesn't lose district points to Blanchard. Fourth with win, Blanchard loss and Douglass win where Douglass gains 15 or fewer district points on John Marshall. District 3A-3 Key Games: Seminole at Pauls Valley, Star Spencer at Jones Jones: First. Seminole: Second with win. Third with loss. Pauls Valley: Second with win. Third with loss and Star Spencer win. Fourth with loss and Star Spencer loss. Purcell: Third with Seminole win and Star Spencer loss. Fourth with Seminole win and Star Spencer win. Fourth with Pauls Valley win and Star Spencer loss. Star Spencer: Fourth with win and Pauls Valley win. District 3A-4 Key Games: Marlow at Dickson, Plainview at Madill, Sulphur at Lone Grove. Lone Grove: First with win. First with loss of 12 or fewer points an Plainview win. Second with loss and Madill win. Second with loss of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Sulphur: First with win and Madill win. First with win of 13 or more points and Plainview win. Second with win of 12 or fewer points and Plainview win where Sulphur loses 13 or fewer district points to Plainview. Third with one-point or overtime win and Plainview win of 15 or more points. Third with loss. Plainview: Second with Lone Grove win. Second with win of 15 or more points and Sulphur one-point or overtime win. Third with loss and Sulphur win. Third with win and Sulphur win where Plainview gains 13 or fewer district points on Sulphur. Marlow: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Plainview win. Madill: Fourth with win and Marlow loss. District 3A-5 Key Games: Berryhill at Lincoln Christian. Lincoln Christian: First with win. Second with loss. Berryhill: First with win. Second with loss. Verdigris: Third. Sperry: Fourth with win or loss of eight or fewer points. Tulsa Webster: Fourth with win of nine or more points. District 3A-6 Key Games: Beggs at Checotah. Hilldale: First. Victory Christian: Second. Checotah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beggs: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-7 Key Games: Sequoyah Claremore at Sequoyah Tahlequah. Locust Grove: First. Westville: Second. Sequoyah-Tahlequah: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Sequoyah-Claremore: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 3A-8 Key Games: Roland at Eufaula, Heavener at Idabel Roland: First. Stigler: Second. Eufaula: Third with win and Heavener win. Third with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 12 or more district points on Idabel. Fourth with Idabel win. Fourth with loss and Heavener win where Eufaula gains 11 or fewer district points on Idabel. Idabel: Third with win. Third with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 11 or fewer district points to Eufaula. Fourth with loss and Eufaula loss where Idabel loses 12 or more district points to Eufaula. Heavener: Fourth with win and Eufaula win.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS