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The next Jimmy Graham? Why former basketball player Rico Gathers was too good for Cowboys to pass up
IRVING, Texas — With seconds remaining in the first half of a Baylor basketball game two months ago, Rico Gathers showed why a future in the NFL might be more likely than one in the NBA.The Bears had the ball out of bounds near Oklahoma’s basket, looking for a quick catch-and-shoot. A three-quarters court pass to Gathers was executed perfectly. In one motion, the 6-6, 273-pound power forward...
The next Jimmy Graham? Why former basketball player Rico Gathers was too good for Cowboys to pass up
By Jon Machota, Associated Press | May 15, 2016IRVING, Texas — With seconds remaining in the first half of a Baylor basketball game two months ago, Rico Gathers showed why a future in the NFL might be more likely than one in the NBA. The Bears had the ball out of bounds near Oklahoma’s basket, looking for a quick catch-and-shoot. A three-quarters court pass to Gathers was executed perfectly. In one motion, the 6-6, 273-pound power forward out-jumped two defenders, caught the ball at its highest point, then quickly passed to an open teammate for a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Greg Gathers, Rico’s brother and a former All-America defensive end at Georgia Tech, saw the play and immediately said to himself: “Man, he looked like a tight end going up and catching the ball.” Said Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew: “When you see that catch, you’re like, ‘Yeah, he can go down and get a touchdown.’ “At 6-6 and a half, you’re not one of the best rebounders in the country unless you got a nose for the ball and a toughness to get it. I know the NFL has a lot of tough guys, too, but not a lot of them have that kind of wingspan and athleticism and size to go with it.” Sixty days after he made that catch in Norman, the Cowboys selected Gathers as a tight end with the 217th overall pick in the NFL draft. ——— Entering his senior season last September, Gathers made what he calls “pretty much the first grown-man decision” of his life. He purchased cleats and told his brother that he was running football drills for the first time since eighth grade. His brother thought it was a joke. But after seeing Rico in action, Greg was convinced. “I personally have to tip my hat to him,” Greg said, “because it was a bold move.” Next came sharing the news with Drew. Gathers, 22, said he walked into Drew’s office and explained that after the upcoming basketball season he was planning a run at the NFL. “He thought I was crazy,” Gathers said. “He probably thought I was coming in to talk about what to expect for the season. I had to be real up front with him about what was on my mind.” Even though Gathers hadn’t played football since he was 13, Drew knew a return was always possible. NFL scouts had reached out to the Baylor coach to gauge whether Gathers might eventually have interest in the sport. Gathers said the decision came down to the next 10 to 15 years of his life, what he considers his window as a professional athlete. He likes his chances of making it in the NFL as an athletic, pass-catching tight end more than his odds of having a long NBA career as an undersized power forward. ——— Gathers averaged 11.2 points and 8.9 rebounds during his senior season, helping the Bears earn an NCAA tournament berth. A 79-75 loss to Yale in their NCAA tournament opener on March 17 marked the beginning of Gathers’ transformation to professional football player. Vann McElroy, Gathers’ agent, set him up with longtime NFL tight ends coach Art Valero and former NFL safety Ryan Clark. They organized workouts for Gathers in Baton Rouge. Both spoke highly of those sessions to Cowboys assistant offensive line coach Steve Loney. UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd did the same. Earlier in the year, Floyd gave Loney a list of three college basketball players who he thought had a chance to play in the NFL. Gathers’ name was on it. Loney got to see for himself during a private workout in April. Four days later, Gathers held a pro day in New Orleans. Personnel from 25 NFL teams were reportedly in attendance. Gathers’ best 40-time was reported at 4.75 seconds. He also posted a nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump and a 4.56-second short shuttle run. His 40-time would’ve placed him seventh among tight ends at this year’s scouting combine. His broad jump would’ve been eighth among players at the position. Two things stood out to Loney from that day: How much Gathers improved in less than a week and that a 280-pound Gathers had only 10 percent body fat. “After the workout,” his brother said, “it became a thing of he’s not a basketball player trying to play football, he was more of a football player that was playing basketball.” ——— Gathers got the call from the Cowboys while watching the final day of the NFL draft at his brother’s home in New Orleans. After talking with owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett, the phone was passed to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. “You don’t have three (seconds) in the key here,” Linehan said. “You can stay in there as long as you want now, buddy.” The Cowboys did not have a seventh-round pick. They used their final selection on Gathers because they were afraid he wouldn’t make it to free agency. It was either take him in the sixth or risk losing him to another team in the seventh. Without any high school or college experience, Gathers’ NFL success is extremely difficult to predict. The Cowboys haven’t even seen him in pads. But they also didn’t want to gamble with losing a prospect who could potentially become the next Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham, college basketball players turned All-Pro tight ends. Of course, Gonzalez and Graham played football in college and Gates at least played in high school. “I’m not saying he is going to be one of those guys, but he has the traits,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “The other thing is, he is a little thicker. I think he can be a ‘Y’ tight end for us as well, play (on the line), a little bit like Martellus Bennett was for us. Long arms, big hands, he’s just a big man. We liked what we saw, and really feel like, with our situation, he is a good fit for us.” If nothing else, Gathers sees himself as someone who can immediately help in red zone situations, catching end zone jump balls over smaller defensive backs. “I know one thing,” Drew said, “if they’re down seven with a second to go and they’re throwing it up in the end zone, there’s a good chance that guy is coming down with it.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) ——— Loney and tight ends coach Mike Pope are in charge of turning this raw prospect into an NFL player. Asked if he’s ever taken on a project like this, Pope joked that he’s been married twice, “so I’ve taken on some projects.” “This is going to be a new chapter in my book,” Loney said. “To say I know what his chances are, I don’t know that. But I do know physically that he has the tools that you would want to see in a player. The one thing he can’t do is he can’t get discouraged.” After the first rookie minicamp practice last week, Gathers said to Loney: “Boy, those plays come at you at a fast pace.” Pope noted that Gathers is used to playing with nine others on a basketball court, so it’s going to take time to get comfortable with 22 players on a football field. Gathers said he has recently received “good insight” about life in the NFL from conversations with Robert Griffin III, the former Baylor Heisman Trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback. The Cowboys plan to give Gathers every opportunity to succeed at tight end, hoping that Loney, Pope and 10-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten can get him headed in the right direction. But both the Cowboys and Gathers have acknowledged that if tight end doesn’t work out, a move to defensive end could be a possibility. “If it was easy then everybody would be doing it,” Gathers said. “I took this challenge last year in September, and I stuck with it. Now I’m here, and I’m ready to take whatever adversity comes my way, because I know there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.” ——— Rico Gathers is trying to make the transition from a forward at Baylor to tight end in the NFL. Here’s how three prominent tight ends who also played college basketball fared in their rookie years: ——— Player—Games—Receptions—Yards—Touchdowns Tony Gonzalez (1997)—16—33—368—2 Antonio Gates (2003)—15—24—389—2 Jimmy Graham (2010)—15—31—356—5 ——— ©2016 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— ARCHIVE PHOTOS on Tribune News Service (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Rico Gathers _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003194,t000003183,t000007123,t000007067,t000007083,t000003195,t000003277,t000003278,t000040506,t000391277,t000404471,t000007075,t000007065,t000007103,t000008056
We live in an age of instant gratification.We get annoyed if a website takes more than a few seconds to load. We pay extra for same-day delivery. We do our banking online because drive-through isn’t fast enough anymore.We want our news now. Our photos now. Our TV shows on demand.It should come as little surprise, then, that college basketball players raised in this generation are more impatient...
Transfers turning into NCAA’s free-agent market
By Michelle Kaufman, Associated Press | May 14, 2016We live in an age of instant gratification. We get annoyed if a website takes more than a few seconds to load. We pay extra for same-day delivery. We do our banking online because drive-through isn’t fast enough anymore. We want our news now. Our photos now. Our TV shows on demand. It should come as little surprise, then, that college basketball players raised in this generation are more impatient than ever, unwilling to wait for playing time, itching to bolt if their expectations aren’t met. They are transferring at such an alarming rate that the trend is being termed “an epidemic” and was one of the hottest topics at the national coaches meeting during the recent Final Four. More than 700 players are transferring this spring from the 351 Division I men’s programs around the country. That’s an average of two per team. Roughly 40 percent of them are switching schools in their first two years. Seventy-five of them have graduated and are changing schools for their final year of eligibility, a growing movement that has decimated some mid-major rosters. Ten years ago, only 250 players transferred. Three years ago, it was around 450. “Transferring 25 years ago was really frowned upon, was like there was something wrong with your basketball program if someone wanted to transfer to another school,” said University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who has had six players transfer in and out over the past three years. “Now, transferring is so commonplace that last year I heard a statistic that only seven Division I schools did not have someone transferring. That means 344 schools had at least one transfer, and two was normal.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) ESPN analyst Dick Vitale is deeply troubled by the trend, calling it “sickening.” He puts some of the blame on high school coaches and AAU coaches for inflating players’ egos with unrealistic expectations and on college coaches for raiding other programs when they get a whiff of an impatient player. “I think it’s a scenario where coaches have to start looking in the mirror, too, because I think coaches are involved, runners are involved, AAU and high school coaches are involved,” Vitale said. “If they sense a kid is unhappy, they make sure and get the word out real quick to the player that, ‘Hey, School X would be interested in you.’ “So right away the thought process is there: ‘Maybe if I transfer, wow, it will be a whole different scenario.’ Coaches will deny that, but there’s no doubt in my mind that coaches look at rosters, see kids who were big-time recruits sitting the bench, not getting any PT [playing time] and they get the word out, not through them, but through somebody, that ‘if you leave, we’d be interested.’ I really believe that’s happening and it’s created this unbelievable epidemic.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) The college revolving door is not exclusive to student athletes. A July 2015 study published by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that 37.2 percent of college students who started in 2008 transferred at least once. Of those who transferred, 45 percent switched schools more than once. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) “We’re not a very patient society,” Larranaga said. “In today’s day and age, kids are influenced by so many different factors; and they all have the goal of playing in the NBA; and they’re looking for immediate satisfaction, and if it’s not there, they’ll go search for it someplace else.” Although Larranaga prefers to develop players over four years, he recognizes that the abundance of transfers opens up a giant pool of talent that can help his program. Three of the key players on the Hurricanes’ 2016 Sweet 16 team were transfers — Angel Rodriguez (from Kansas State), Sheldon McClellan (from Texas), and Kamari Murphy (from Oklahoma State). The Canes’ 2013 Sweet 16 team was also led by transfers Shane Larkin (from DePaul) and Kenny Kadji (from Florida). All around the state, players are coming and going to and from the University of Florida, Florida State, FIU and FAU. The college transfer market has become like the NBA free agent market, with AAU coaches and other hangers-on often acting as de facto agents. It means college coaches are keeping up with the lists and wooing prospects just as they do high school athletes. The Hurricanes lost 62 percent of their scoring with the graduation of Rodriguez, McClellan and Tonye Jekiri, so Larranaga and his staff have been scouring the transfer market in recent weeks and putting on the hard sell with two scholarships available. They are particularly interested in graduate transfers who might be able to help the team immediately. Canyon Barry, youngest son of the UM and NBA legend Rick Barry, is due to graduate from the College of Charleston this summer and is looking to transfer for his final year of eligibility. Barry has a 4.0 GPA, is a two-time Academic All-American and is pursuing a master’s degree in nuclear engineering. Larranaga had lunch with Barry in Charleston a few weeks ago, and Barry visited the UM campus on Monday and Tuesday. He visited Florida a few weeks ago and is also being courted by Northwestern, California, Kansas, Louisville and Ole Miss. Another transfer Larranaga has been in touch with is Duke’s Derryck Thornton, but he is an underclassman and would have to sit out next season. Ben Carter, a 6-9 graduate of UNLV, is said to be looking at Miami and would be able to play immediately for his final year of eligibility. In all, there are 75 graduate transfers on the market seeking to play their final season with a new team. Those players are highly coveted because they proved they can compete at the college level, are likely to be more mature than 18-year-olds, and they don’t have to sit out a year so they can “help your team get over the hump if you’re a little young,” Larranaga said. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) The graduate-transfer rule states that if a student-athlete completes his or her undergraduate degree in fewer than four years of athletic eligibility, they can go to another school that offers a graduate program not offered at his/her current school without the penalty of having to sit out a season. What started as a well-meaning rule for athletes who excelled in the classroom has instead become a way for mid-major players to bolt to higher-profile schools for their final year of eligibility. Gary Waters, the coach at Cleveland State, is a victim of the transfer craze. Over the past two years, he lost three standout players — Bryn Forbes went to Michigan State, and fifth-year graduates Anton Grady (Wichita State) and Trey Lewis (Louisville) opted for more exposure their final season. “I understand why the kids do it,” Waters said. “It’s hard to say no to a high-major team that wants you, and everyone around them is telling them to leave. What bothers me more is that some schools are poaching players from other schools, to the point that they have a War Room and assistant coaches are assigned to track players at other schools who are on schedule to graduate with eligibility remaining. They make lists of players to raid, and then get the word to the kid, through a contact, that they’re interested in signing him for the final year. “Those coaches don’t have to put in the work, and they get a finished product, a ready-made player. It’s not right. I am penalized because I coached a kid up and got him to graduate early. I know of six or seven mid-major coaches who had multiple players transfer and then lost their jobs the next season because the team didn’t perform. I don’t know if people realize how severe a problem this has become.” Waters also said the suggestion that players are seeking specialized masters programs is “a farce.” Most of these moves are “strictly about basketball.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is more concerned about the flood of graduate transfers than the one-and-done incoming freshmen. “I would tell you this: The one-and-done from high school is not the story of college basketball,” Krzyzewski said in March during the NCAA Tournament. “The one-and-done with the fifth-year graduate player is what is the main story for college basketball. There are many, many more of those. And that’s hurt a lot of our mid-major programs when these kids leave and go. Many, many more. Very few one-and-done from high school, very few compared to that.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Said Vitale: The initial purpose of that rule was very positive. But you can’t convince me that the majority of these graduates are transferring for academics. It’s about basketball. You’re a coach who gives a kid your heart and soul for four years and then all of a sudden the fifth year he runs on you? That’s just not right. Abuse, abuse and abuse.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) ESPN college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has kept a comprehensive college transfer list for the past eight years and follows the issue closely. He said there are lists of potential transfers that circulate among college coaches, schools get the word out through intermediaries as to who they are pursuing, and when April rolls around, they swarm. “More often than not, it’s not the actual kid [with the idea to transfer],” Goodman said. “I think it’s the people around him that are telling him, ‘Hey, you should get out of there. You could play somewhere else right away. You’re not getting a fair shake. You should be getting more touches, a bigger role.’ Social media doesn’t help matters, either. People can get to these kids easily and tell them they should leave.” In many cases, the fifth-year graduate players are being more sought after than McDonald’s All-Americans. Larranaga tells the story of his visit to the home of Los Angeles Lakers power forward Tarik Black in spring 2013. Black, 6-9, was about to graduate from Memphis and was looking for a new challenge for his final year of college basketball. The Hurricanes coaching staff was very interested in him. “I thought the meeting went very well, though maybe we had a shot, but when I asked him what were the other schools he was considering, he named nine of the best basketball programs in the country, including Duke, Georgetown, Kansas and Texas,” Larranaga said. “He had everybody recruiting him and he ended up going to Kansas. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, this kid’s transferring, there must be some baggage.’ No, these kids are prime prospects, 21, 22, 23 years old, only one year left, they can come in and get you over the hump.” It doesn’t appear the trend will cool anytime soon. The NCAA has taken note, although there doesn’t seem to be any quick solution. “The issue of transfer rules, whether it’s for undergraduates or graduates, is one of the most hotly debated and discussed, I think, in sport right now, whether it’s football or basketball,” Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said at the Final Four. “The challenge is, it’s really hard to figure out a right way to resolve this issue.” ——— ©2016 Miami Herald Visit Miami Herald at www.miamiherald.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— ARCHIVE PHOTOS on Tribune News Service (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Jim Larranaga _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634
NBA Q&A: ESPN Radio’s Marc Kestecher on Russell Westbrook, college-to-pros, and his favorite play-by-play calls everMay 12, 2016
The Guilderland, N.Y., native has made numerous stops in Oklahoma City this season for Thunder games. He was back in OKC on Thursday with the radio play-by-play duties for Thunder-Spurs Game 6.
NBA Q&A: ESPN Radio’s Marc Kestecher on Russell Westbrook, college-to-pros, and his favorite play-by-play calls ever
By Erik Horne Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | May 12, 2016For 17 years, Marc Kestecher's voice has been a constant on ESPN Radio, starting as an update anchor then moving to lead studio host for the network's NBA, MLB and college football broadcasts on the radio. The Guilderland, N.Y., native has made numerous stops in Oklahoma City this season for Thunder games. He was back in OKC on Thursday with the radio play-by-play duties for Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Q: How many games do you do the play-by-play for in the NBA Playoffs on average? A: “First round two … second round two … and then the conference finals will be anywhere from four to seven. Let's say 10. Then I'll be (in) studio for the NBA Finals.” Of the playoff games you've had so far, what's been the best game and why? “It's gotta be the Cleveland 25 3-pointers against Atlanta, the record (for 3-pointers in an NBA game by one team). It was ridiculous. It was fun as a broadcaster because there was history. Everyone always asks me ‘what's the coolest game you've ever did.' Then I always ask them back ‘well what's yours?' … Chuck Swersky, the (Chicago) Bulls announcer, goes ‘I did Kobe's 81 (point game at Toronto in 2006) — he was the Raptors' radio guy. So that got me thinking … I've had buzzer-beaters. I had LeBron James, Game 4 in Chicago last year — that was a big buzzer-beater that tied the series at 2-2 in the second round — but it didn't feel monumental. … But that was just absurdly ridiculous all the 3-pointers (Cleveland) shot. It's always what's happened to you most recently.” Is it different going from series-to-series in terms of calling the game? You go from an Eastern Conference series to now calling Russell Westbrook flying up the court. “Yes, but not necessarily NBA. Nothing prepares you for Russell Westbrook. It's funny you mention him because a couple of years ago I had a Christmas Day game in New York with Oklahoma City at the Knicks, and I did a college game two days before. So when you go from the NCAA to Russell Westbrook … that first couple of minutes you realize ‘yeah … you better talk a little quicker.' Because he can go from half-court to the rim in half a second.” That was the Westbrook triple-double in 29 minutes in Madison Square Garden. “He had a triple-double and, unbeknown to any of us, after the game he was injured and didn't play for a while. Christmas Day. The sleeves. Then he didn't play for a couple of weeks (Editor's note: Westbrook was ruled out until mid-February in 2013-14 after having a second right knee surgery).” How does ESPN decide who gets to do play-by-play for which games? “Some of it is regional, what's easier. Kevin Calabro and P.J. Carlesimo both did the Golden State-Portland game last night. They both live in Seattle, so it makes sense. Then whatever's left over comes to me. A lot of times it's location, whatever else you have going on. I'm full-time ESPN, but Calabro does have some TV — he works for Turner in the first round. It's almost like puzzle pieces in seeing who can get there, where does he have to go next. I can only think of a handful of times someone said to me ‘which would you rather do?' Most times it's ‘here's what you're going to do,' and it's fine. I love it.” You love baseball too. That was your start in broadcasting, right? “My internship was baseball, and that's what I wanted to do. I fell in love with broadcasting listening to the great storytellers in baseball at night on radio at night as I'm going to bed as a 10-, 11-, 12-year-old in Albany, N.Y., where I grew up. The internship was with the Albany Yankees. It was an awesome internship, and I thought baseball was where I was going. But the guy who was the play-by-play, who I was interning for, his fall job and winter job was with the Albany Patroons in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association). Halfway through, he got a Triple-A baseball job and had to leave immediately. That was my break into broadcasting. They said ‘you're it'. I was 21. The next year, George Karl was the head coach and (former OU basketball player, current Portland Trail Blazers coach) Terry Stotts was his assistant. They went 50-6 and that was the beginning of my play-by-play career.” What's a particular game or moment you remember hearing a radio call or TV of that's stuck with you throughout your career? “Radio: Jim Durham as the Bulls announcer, (Michael) Jordan over (Craig) Ehlo in 1989. That was in suburban Cleveland. He and Johnny Kerr … it's kind of a combined call. If you listen to it, it starts with Jim Durham and it ends with Johnny Kerr … ‘Shot over Ehlo … GOT IT! Bulls win. Bulls win.' Just awesome. TV, probably Vin Scully's call of Kirk Gibson's home run (Dodgers vs. A's, 1988) … Watching it live … and even the World Series two years prior with the Mets against the Red Sox. Scully is just the gold standard of our business. I was in late high school, early college for those two Scully calls. I was so into the media and wanting to be one of those guys.”
Class 3A, Class 4A state track: Millwood's Chris Cohen caps track career with 110-meter hurdles titleMay 7, 2016
Chris Cohen torched the rest of the Class 3A field in the 110-meter hurdles at Frank McNabb Field, coasting to a family-best-finish of 14.24 seconds for his first of two gold medals on the second day of the state track meet.
Class 3A, Class 4A state track: Millwood's Chris Cohen caps track career with 110-meter hurdles title
By BEN JOHNSON, For the Oklahoman | May 7, 2016CATOOSA — Throughout Chris Cohen's childhood, Lloyd Cohen would constantly remind his son who the best hurdler was in the household. That all changed on Saturday. Chris Cohen torched the rest of the Class 3A field in the 110-meter hurdles at Frank McNabb Field, coasting to a family-best-finish of 14.24 seconds for his first of two gold medals on the second day of the state track meet. “He brought up his time before every one of my races, so I'm going to bring up today for the rest of my life,” said Chris Cohen, Millwood's senior hurdler. After blowing past Tishomingo's Riley Baker and Prague's Davey Cleveland, the second- and third-place finishers in the 100-meter hurdles, Cohen topped the medal podium while his parents put his gold medal around his neck. “My dad always told me stories about winning state,” Chris Cohen said. “Both of my parents won state in the 110, so it was a proud moment for them and me.” Not long after securing his first medal, Chris Cohen posted a personal-best time of 38.43 seconds en route to claiming the 300-meter hurdles title. “To run PR's in both races and go out with a bang like that my senior year, I couldn't ask for anything more,” Cohen said. “And if we win state, too, that'd be a great accomplishment.” In the end, Millwood had to settle for a second-place finish as a team. That's a year after not recording any points in the 3A state meet. For Cohen, two golds was a drastic improvement over a bronze in the 300 hurdles last year at Edmond Memorial. “This has been a dream since I was a little kid,” said Cohen, a football signee with Northeastern State University. “I'm just blessed and honored to come out here and win two gold medals.” In fact, the events at Catoosa High School were the last competitive track events for Cohen, who will focus solely on football after graduating high school. “(Track) was my first love since I was three years old, so I'm going to miss it,” Cohen said. “This is it. I'm just going to focus on football and get my education.”
May 4, 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — Talk about a quarterback sneak.Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III posed as a mannequin before surprising a high school team during a presentation. Griffin stood silently on stage in a helmet and full uniform before lunging at two unsuspecting players from North Ridgeville High School.Griffin's teammate, offensive lineman Cam Erving, helped him pull off the "trick play" on...
Sneaky quarterback: RG3, Browns surprise high school team
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | May 4, 2016CLEVELAND (AP) — Talk about a quarterback sneak. Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III posed as a mannequin before surprising a high school team during a presentation. Griffin stood silently on stage in a helmet and full uniform before lunging at two unsuspecting players from North Ridgeville High School. Griffin's teammate, offensive lineman Cam Erving, helped him pull off the "trick play" on Tuesday. The Browns are donating $25,000 in new helmets to the school's football team. Griffin is expected to start next season for the Browns, who have spent nearly two decades looking for a franchise quarterback. Cleveland selected Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler in the third round of last weekend's draft to give Griffin some competition. Griffin knows he has to earn his job, saying, "I've never been handed anything in my life, so this will be no different." ___ AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Dallas Cowboys, on their final pick of the three-day draft, announced someone who hadn’t played organized football since he was in middle school.That would be Baylor basketball star Rico Gathers, the 6-foot-6, 276-pound power forward who statistically was the best offensive rebounder from a major conference the past two seasons.He was the 217th pick of the draft and the ninth tight end...
Baylor basketball's Rico Gathers drafted by Dallas Cowboys as tight end
Suzanne Halliburton, Associated Press | Apr 30, 2016The Dallas Cowboys, on their final pick of the three-day draft, announced someone who hadn’t played organized football since he was in middle school. That would be Baylor basketball star Rico Gathers, the 6-foot-6, 276-pound power forward who statistically was the best offensive rebounder from a major conference the past two seasons. He was the 217th pick of the draft and the ninth tight end selected. Bears coach Art Briles tried to lure Gathers to the football team for the fall. But Gathers, who is married, decided he needed a paycheck to support his family. He worked out with former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn in Baton Rouge once Baylor lost in the NCAA Tournament. Gathers ran for pro scouts at the New Orleans Saints football complex and had a private workout session with the Cowboys. Dallas has taken chances on basketball players before. Legendary offensive lineman Rayfield Wright was a basketball player for Fort Valley State College, and All-Pro cornerback Cornell Green was an All-America basketball player at Utah State. Thanks to Gathers, Baylor was able to claim the most draft picks of any school in the Big 12 and in the state of Texas. There were six Bears drafted, including four Saturday when the NFL finished off rounds four through seven. Andrew Billings, who was projected as a possible first-rounder by some draft analysts, slipped to the fourth and was picked by Cincinnati. He conceded that the draft snub will serve as motivation. “It’s huge,” Billings said. “I can’t even explain how huge it is. I like the feeling, though.” Bengals coach Marv Lewis said teams might have dropped Billings because of his height. He’s only 6-1. “His height is restrictive in some ways for some people,” Lewis said. “But we’ve done pretty well with these guys that we’ve been able to find that have certain characteristics that catch our eye. Then you get to know the player a little bit more, and you really like everything about him. We couldn’t be happier.” Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, a former Cedar Park High School star, was the sixth-round choice of Cleveland. Drango was attending a friend’s wedding when he got the draft call. Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was another Big 12 lineman whose draft status didn’t meet projections. Ridgeway, like Billings, was a fourth-rounder. He’s headed to Indianapolis, a team that he said he hadn’t talked to before coaches called him Saturday. Ridgeway said he had an anxiety-filled Friday night after he didn’t go in round two or three. “That was rough,” Ridgeway said. “I wouldn’t put my worst enemy through that. That was not fun.” TCU and West Virginia each had five players selected, while Texas Tech produced three. Red Raider receiver Jakeem Grant, who is 5-5, was the shortest player selected. He’s headed to the Miami Dolphins after being drafted in the sixth round. Tailback DeAndre Washington was a fourth-round choice of Oakland. Horned Frog star quarterback Trevone Boykin was overlooked in the draft, as were Oklahoma standout linebacker Eric Striker and Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman. Boykin posted on his Twitter account that he’d signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Striker agreed to a deal with Buffalo. Oakman’s pro future is unclear. He was arrested on a sexual assault charge in early April. BIG 12 DRAFT PICKS First round Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia, Raiders, 14th Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, Browns, 15th Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, Redskins, 22nd Second round Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State, Browns, 32nd Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor, Dolphins, 38th Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, Giants, 40th Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State, Bears, 56th Third round Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia, Panthers, 77th Le’Raven Clark, OL, Texas Tech, Colts, 82nd Fourth round Charles Tapper, DL, Oklahoma, Cowboys, 101st Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia, Bears, 113th Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas, Colts, 116th Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor, Bengals, 122nd Derrick Kindred, FS, TCU, Browns, 129th Fifth round Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma, Carolina, 141st DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech, Raiders, 143rd Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia, Eagles, 153rd K.J. Dillon, DB, West Virginia, Texans, 159th Halapoulivaati Vaita, OL, TCU, Eagles, 163rd Spencer Drango, OL, Baylor, Browns, 168 Sixth round Devante Boyd, LB, Oklahoma, 183, Bucs Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU, Bills, 192nd Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech, Dolphins, 186th Jimmy Landes, DS, Baylor, Lions, 210th Joey Hunt, OL, TCU, Seahawks, 215th Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor, Cowboys, 217th ——— ©2016 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007123,t000046469,t000007067,t000003194,t000007083,t000003183,t000002776,t000049144,t000153594,t000002786,t000007089,t000007151,t000007073,t000007065,t000003195,t000158172,t000007093,t000007143,t000007087,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164,g000143140,g000065562
Apr 28, 2016
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had an obvious need at wide receiver.They filled it, literally, in a big way.Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell was selected by the Vikings with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, giving a lagging passing attack a 6-foot-2, 221-pound target who led the SEC with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns last season."We wanted to get a big...
Vikings draft Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell
By DAVE CAMPBELL, Associated Press | Apr 28, 2016EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had an obvious need at wide receiver. They filled it, literally, in a big way. Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell was selected by the Vikings with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, giving a lagging passing attack a 6-foot-2, 221-pound target who led the SEC with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. "We wanted to get a big receiver with a big catching radius. We just felt like with this football team it was important for us to get some size out there," said coach Mike Zimmer. "This guy's a big, physical guy that little guys are going to have a hard time defending." Treadwell, the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 202 career catches, recovered from a gruesome ankle dislocation and broken fibula on his left leg that occurred while being tackled at the goal line in a game against Auburn on Nov. 1, 2014. Treadwell's 40-yard dash time of 4.63 seconds at his on-campus pro workout day certainly gave other teams pause, but the Vikings weren't deterred. "We felt very strongly that he was one of the top receivers in this draft," general manager Rick Spielman said. "I think the 40 time may have knocked him some, but you have to go off what you see on tape." The speed will increase, the Vikings said, once Treadwell continues to put the injury further in the past. "There's nothing you can really rush," Treadwell said. "It just comes with time." Baylor's Corey Coleman was the first wide receiver off the board, snagged by Cleveland at No. 15. Houston flip-flopped with Washington to take Notre Dame's Will Fuller at No. 21, and then TCU's Josh Doctson followed. Spielman said the Vikings fielded calls from four teams trying to trade into their spot, but he balked. The run of wide receivers left little guarantee they'd be able find a top-tier player at that position if they went lower. Treadwell, then, became the highest selection by the Vikings at the position since Percy Harvin went at No. 22 in 2009. They also took a wide receiver in the first round in 2013, when Cordarrelle Patterson was the pick at No. 29. "All the intangible things we were looking for," Zimmer said, "he was the one that stood out to us." UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, whose injured right knee cut short his junior season and clearly raised red flags around the league considering his tumble through the first round, wasn't picked in the first round. He could've formed a unique trio with fellow former Bruins linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. Zimmer said the Vikings "almost" went with a defensive player, declining to divulge his identity. "I always fight for defense," Zimmer said. The offense needed more help, though. Treadwell was widely pegged as the top player at his position after the scouting combine, though Coleman, Doctson and Fuller were relatively even in most analyses. "I won't give you how they were rated, but I know we thought very highly of him," Spielman said. Treadwell, a Chicago-area native who was considered the best recruit in Illinois out of Crete-Monee High School in 2013, is still only 20 years old with a June 14 birthday. He didn't appear to be disappointed by being the last of the four top wide receiver prospects selected. "You always want to go as high as possible, so I was surprised," Treadwell said on a conference call with Minnesota reporters. "But I just think I fell to the right spot. It's just amazing to be a part of." The "edge" that both Spielman and Zimmer praised was sharpened during Treadwell's rehabilitation. He denied himself breakfast each day until he was finished with treatment on his leg. Spielman compared Treadwell to Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin and three-time Pro Bowl picks Anquan Boldin and Eric Moulds. The Vikings raved about Treadwell's tenacity on the field, his ability to make catches in traffic and use his big body to his advantage. "He is the best blocking receiver that I've ever seen," Zimmer said. ___ Online: AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Apr 26, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil spent his final Saturday before the NFL Draft a couple miles from his college home, signing footballs, miniature blue helmets and T-shirts while talking and posing for pictures at a local apparel store.As a middle-aged man wrapped up his short conversation with Tunsil, he repeated a sentiment expressed by about a dozen other fans...
Tunsil ready for whatever NFL draft throws his way
By DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Apr 26, 2016OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil spent his final Saturday before the NFL Draft a couple miles from his college home, signing footballs, miniature blue helmets and T-shirts while talking and posing for pictures at a local apparel store. As a middle-aged man wrapped up his short conversation with Tunsil, he repeated a sentiment expressed by about a dozen other fans over the previous few hours. "I'll support you wherever you go," he said. "But it sure would have been fun to make that short drive and watch you play in Nashville. I thought that was going to happen." Tunsil nodded and flashed a wide smile as he handed a signed football back to the man. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle isn't going to sugarcoat it: He thought he was going to end up in Nashville, too. But last week, Tunsil received a crash course in the business of the NFL. The Tennessee Titans traded the No. 1 pick to the Los Angeles Rams, who will almost certainly want a quarterback with the top pick. The Philadelphia Eagles also moved up in a likely search for a quarterback, grabbing the No. 2 pick in a trade with Cleveland. Suddenly, Tunsil's future became a lot more uncertain. "I'm human — it hurt," Tunsil said. "Because (Nashville's) the place you thought you would be going. Plus, it's the No. 1 pick and they needed a left tackle. Your goal growing up is to be the first pick, so when they traded it, it hurts. But hey, it's football. "I just want to play football and I just want to get picked." That's probably going to happen fairly soon on Thursday night when the NFL draft begins in Chicago. San Diego might want a left tackle with the No. 3 pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 5 or the Baltimore Ravens, picking at No. 6, are other possible landing spots. Tunsil said he's trying not to think too much about his future and just embrace whatever happens over the next week. Ole Miss offensive line coach Matt Luke says whoever drafts Tunsil is getting a potential franchise-changing player. "He's a good mixture of exactly how you would want to build an offensive lineman," Luke said. "He's not loud and he's not cocky, but he's extremely confident and thrives on competition." And then there's his uncanny athleticism. It's what made Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze comfortable calling a memorable play during this year's Sugar Bowl, when quarterback Chad Kelly faked right and then turned to throw a lateral to Tunsil in the open field. The 310-pounder deftly adjusted to the ball's flight and caught it with ease, trotting into the end zone just before halftime as his teammates went nuts. It was a satisfying ending after a difficult season — Tunsil had to sit out the season's first seven games after the NCAA ruled he received improper benefits, including the use of three loaner cars over a six-month period. "That's certainly the only touchdown I've ever thrown to my left tackle," Kelly said. "But we had practiced that play so many times we were almost bored with it. I've watched him make one-handed catches in practice. He's just an athletic freak." Tunsil said his ability to move laterally and keep up with defensive ends dates back to his high school days in Lake City, Florida. He was a post player on his basketball team and said he averaged about 15 points per game. Freeze said that versatility has served Tunsil well. "I don't know that I've ever seen anyone who can bend and move like he does," Freeze said. Tunsil's pass blocking has been universally praised during his time at Ole Miss — he gave up just two sacks over a 28-game career. But there were some concerns about his upper body strength and ability to push people around in the running game. Then he went out on Ole Miss pro day and did 34 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press — even surprising his coaches in the process. That mark would have tied for the top spot at the NFL combine in February. Tunsil admits it was a proud moment. "That's the good thing about this sport — there's always a chance to prove people wrong," Tunsil said. "I love doing that." _____ Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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TOP STORIES: ABORTION REGULATION NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge has ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortion. By Sheila Burke. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m. UNDERWATER RAINFOREST CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Hundreds of freshwater fish, mussels, crawfish and salamanders — many of them found nowhere else in the world — make their home in the U.S. Southeast. In one waterway alone, Tennessee's Duck River, there are more fish species than in all of Europe. By Travis Loller. SENT: 680 words, photos. LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers adjourned the 109th General Assembly on Friday without scheduling a veto override session. By Erik Schelzig. SENT: 370 words, glance. HALL INCOME TAX NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Legislature on Friday passed a measure that would reduce and eventually eliminate the Hall tax on investment income. By Sheila Burke. SENT: 330 words. TENNESSEE-RAPE TRIAL KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville police are ending their practice of making courtesy calls to Tennessee coaches about incidents involving Vols players. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 380 words. VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS WOLFSBURG, Germany — It's been a bad week for German automakers. Volkswagen said Friday that a diesel emissions-cheating scandal would cost it an astounding $18.2 billion just for 2015, while Daimler revealed that U.S. authorities are sniffing around its tailpipes. By David McHugh and Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photos. ALSO: ADDICTION RESEARCH CENTER JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — East Tennessee State University has announced the formation of a new research center that will focus on combating the prescription-drug-abuse epidemic in the region. SENT: 200 words. MEMPHIS SCHOOLS MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Community members attended a Shelby County Schools board meeting to protest the proposed closure of charter schools. SENT: 190 words. OBIT-MACK NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Guitarist and singer Lonnie Mack, whose instrumental recordings influenced guitar players including Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 74. SENT: 230 words. IN BRIEF: —STUDENT TEST GLITCH: State education officials are preparing for the possibility that some students won't be able to take the state's new achievement tests this year following the latest problem with the assessment. SENT: 130 words. —CLEAN OCOEE: The federal government said a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Co. has agreed to spend $40 million to protect the Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee. SENT: 130 words. —FORMER GUARD CHARGED: A former guard at an East Tennessee juvenile detention facility is facing charges including statutory rape and official misconduct. SENT: 110 words. —FORMER COACH-WIFE CHARGED: The wife of a former East Tennessee high school assistant football coach is facing sex charges involving a player. SENT: 130 words. —STABBING DEATHS: Authorities have arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing two women and injuring a man at an apartment complex in Cleveland, Tennessee. SENT: 110 words. —BOY HIT BY CAR: Memphis police say a 6-year-old boy who was hit by a car on Monday has died from his injuries. SENT: 90 words. —MEASLES-SHELBY COUNTY: Health officials say two unrelated cases of the measles have been confirmed in Shelby County. SENT: 130 words. —JUDGE REPRIMANDED: A judge has been publicly reprimanded because of contact she had with the district attorney's office about how she would run her court. SENT: 130 words. —AIRPORT-PARKS: Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport has been turned into a visit to nine National Park Service locations through artwork honoring the National Park Service Centennial. SENT: 120 words. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to email@example.com. 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Apr 20, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Derrick Henry is set to become the latest Alabama running back to parlay collegiate success into a sizable NFL paycheck.The Heisman Trophy winner is also hoping he'll consistently produce big numbers on the field, which hasn't been the case with his recent Alabama predecessors.Henry is expected next week to become the fifth Crimson Tide running back drafted in the first...
Derrick Henry hoping to follow recent Bama backs in draft
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Apr 20, 2016TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Derrick Henry is set to become the latest Alabama running back to parlay collegiate success into a sizable NFL paycheck. The Heisman Trophy winner is also hoping he'll consistently produce big numbers on the field, which hasn't been the case with his recent Alabama predecessors. Henry is expected next week to become the fifth Crimson Tide running back drafted in the first two rounds since 2011, an impressive run even if first-rounders Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have had unspectacular careers so far. "You definitely want to carry on what's been going on," Henry said of the draft. Success has been harder to come by for the ex-Tide runners after draft night. Green Bay's Eddie Lacy, the lowest pick of the group, has had the best start with two seasons of 1,100-plus yards before posting career-low numbers in 2015. Ingram's also had two solid, though injury-shorted seasons with New Orleans after totaling 1,462 yards in his first three years. Yeldon had a promising start as a Jacksonville Jaguars rookie before a season-ending injury. Richardson, a former No. 3 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, is trying to rebuild his career with the Baltimore Ravens after sitting out last season. He's been the biggest disappointment in the group. None of the questionable production from Alabama running backs will likely have any effect on Henry's draft stock. "One of the scouting axioms is you don't grade schools, you grade individual players," said Phil Savage, a former NFL general manager who now runs the Senior Bowl. "Trent Richardson has struggled but T.J. Yeldon looks like he's going to have a good career. Mark Ingram has, as a first-rounder, at times been a disappointment but at other times he's been better than OK. "Eddie Lacy burst on the scene his rookie year, took a bit of a step back last year. I think you have to look at the individual. Derrick Henry is a hard worker. I think he's figured out, and Alabama figured out, what worked best for him and they capitalized on that." Henry had one of the most prolific rushing seasons in major college football history, including Southeastern Conference records of 2,219 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns to lead the Tide to a national title. Henry said the Bama backs who preceded him have advised him leading up to the draft to "just enjoy it." "I talk to them all the time," Henry said. "They always give me good advice. We always talk about it. Any time I want to talk to them, they're all ready to talk." While Ingram won the 2009 Heisman and Richardson was a finalist two years later, none had a season like Henry did as a junior — his only stint as a full-time starter. It's also hard to compare the more compact runners Alabama has had since 2011 to the 6-foot-3, 243-pounder. But Savage said he can recall seeing all those smaller backs at Alabama get tackled from behind in open field, but not Henry, who's hard to stop once he gets going. Unlike teammates Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson, Henry isn't planning to attend the draft in Chicago. Savage doesn't believe Henry will fall beyond the second round, saying he is "similar but a better version of Brandon Jacobs," a supersized former running back for the New York Giants. Henry is expected to be the second running back chosen, behind Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott. Savage cited the Carolina Panthers, alongside similarly huge quarterback Cam Newton, as a possible destination. "I think he's different than all the other running backs that Alabama has produced since Nick Saban arrived," Savage said. "He's going through sort of the same situation that he went through coming out of high school. People see him as a 6-foot-3, 245-pound football player but they're like, 'Are you really a running back?' He looks like an outside linebacker. "Alabama was wise enough to take him and let him play running back. I think that he's not a running back that is a fit for every team in the league." Luckily for Henry, it only takes one. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — While Rick Leonard has only been part of Florida State's offensive line for a limited time, he has impressed coaches and teammates with the progress he has made during spring practices.The junior, who has been a defensive end the past two seasons, decided to make the change during the offseason. He has played right tackle and right guard, in addition to seeing some...
Line change: FSU's Leonard switches from defense to offense
By JOE REEDY, Associated Press | Apr 7, 2016TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — While Rick Leonard has only been part of Florida State's offensive line for a limited time, he has impressed coaches and teammates with the progress he has made during spring practices. The junior, who has been a defensive end the past two seasons, decided to make the change during the offseason. He has played right tackle and right guard, in addition to seeing some snaps at center. "It is what I thought it would be. Maybe a little more difficult," Leonard said about the switch. "It is one thing drawing it on a white board but getting bodies in front and stuff starts flying around is different." Leonard hasn't played offensive line since youth football. He was a tight end in high school but noted that he hardly did any blocking. During Leonard's first two seasons at Florida State, offensive line coach Rick Trickett told Leonard that he thought Leonard could make a successful transition. Leonard played in all 13 games last year but most of his plays came on special teams. At defensive end he had five tackles, including two for loss. With the core of the Seminoles' defensive line returning, Leonard made the switch after talking to his parents and coach Jimbo Fisher. While Leonard has been his toughest critic, left tackle Rod Johnson said that Leonard has made the transition look easy. Center Alec Eberle, who is Leonard's roommate, said the adjustment has also been easy because he was usually hanging around the offensive line even when playing defense. "He's trying to be a sponge and learn as much as possible," Eberle added. "The best thing you can do when switching positions is come in dumb, take what they give you and go with it." Leonard said the biggest adjustment so far has been with footwork because it is a more technique-based position. He added that getting time at guard has also helped with learning the offense because he knows what the person next to him is doing. Leonard has been able to work at various positions due to three starters from last season not practicing — center Ryan Hoefeld (shoulder), tackle Derrick Kelly (knee) and guard-tackle Chad Mavety (heart). With spring practices concluding on Saturday with the Garnet and Gold game in Orlando, Leonard said the biggest things he needs to work on before preseason practices in August is improving lower body strength and getting up to 308 pounds (he is currently at 295). Kelly will go into preseason practices as the projected starter at right tackle. Under Fisher, Florida State has had success when defensive linemen have switched to the offensive line. The greatest example was Cameron Erving, who switched prior to his sophomore season in 2012 and ended up being a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. "Ricky's going to be a really good player. He's an athletic, big body. He can help us," Fisher said. Leonard isn't the only player who has made a position switch that has impressed the coach. Ryan Green, who played cornerback last season, has switched back to running back and should see plenty of carries on Saturday since Dalvin Cook is sidelined after shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONSMENEDRICE "BAM" ADEBAYO, High Point Christian, PF/C, Sr., 6-10 — See player of the year nominations.THOMAS ALLEN, Garner, PG, Jr., 6-2 — Averaged 21.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 5.6 assists. Helped team go 29-3, with two losses coming to 4-A finalist Cary and the other to 3-A finalist Fayetteville Sanford. Was leading scorer (17.5 points) as starter on 2015...
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Associated Press | Apr 4, 2016ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONS MEN EDRICE "BAM" ADEBAYO, High Point Christian, PF/C, Sr., 6-10 — See player of the year nominations. THOMAS ALLEN, Garner, PG, Jr., 6-2 — Averaged 21.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 5.6 assists. Helped team go 29-3, with two losses coming to 4-A finalist Cary and the other to 3-A finalist Fayetteville Sanford. Was leading scorer (17.5 points) as starter on 2015 state champion. Conference player of the year. Second-team all-state pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Drawing high-major Division I interest. PATRICK AUSTIN, Mt. Holly Mountain Island Charter, G/F, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds. Led team with 15 double-doubles. LAVAR BATTS JR, Concord Robinson, G, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 20.7 points and broke the school career scoring record of 1,501 points. All-district first-team pick. Three-time all-conference first-team pick, twice in the MECKA 4-A and one year in the SPC. MVP of the 3-A title game after leading team to win against Fayetteville Sanford. N.C. Basketball Coaches Assocaition first-team all-state pick. Conference player of the year. RECHON "LEAKY" BLACK, Concord, PG, So., 6-7 — Averaged 14 points, seven assists, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Led team to 23-5 record. All-conference and all-district pick. Regarded as the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 and ranked in the top 20 nationally. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Committed to UNC. DAXTON BOSTIAN, Morganton Patton, G, Sr., 5-9 — Averaged 19.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. Helped team set single-season marks for wins and league wins. All-conference pick. All-county first-team pick. All-district third team pick. Milligan College recruit. KYRAN BOWMAN, Havelock, G, Sr., 6-2 — See player of the year nominations. IAN BOYD, Apex, G, Sr., 6-3 — See player of the year nominations. JONAS BRADSHAW, East Burke, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 19 points, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game to lead 21-win team. Conference and county player of the year. All-district first-team pick. Has multiple Division II offers. JOSH BRODOWICZ, Charlotte Catholic, PG, Sr., 5-9 — Two-time all-conference pick and league player of the year. Second-team all-district pick. MVP of the 4-A final with 11 points, three rebounds, three steals. Had 30 turnovers for the season for team that finished 32-1. Led team to comeback from 19 down against Garner to win first state title. MAC BRYDON, Matthews Carmel Christian, C, Sr., 6-10 — Averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds. All-conference pick. JAMARIUS BURTON, Charlotte Berry, G/F, So., 6-4 — Averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. All-conference pick. Runner-up for conference player of the year. Led team to 21-8 record and second place in league. MYRON CARMON, Goldsboro, G, Sr., 5-9 — Averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 assists. Shot 81 percent from the foul line. Made 68 3-pointers this year to set a program single-season high. Finished with 1,385 career points. Four-time all-conference and two-time all-district pick. Led team to 24 wins, the most since a 2010 run to the 1-A title game. Helped team to share of conference regular-season title, the program's first since 2010. BRETT CARTER, Huntersville Southlake Christian, SG, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Had 10 20-point games with a 26-point game against Greensboro Day and 30 against Concord First Assembly. Two-time all-conference pick. TREY CARVER, Elizabeth City Northeastern, Sr., 6-5, 230 — Averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds. Career 1,000-point scorer. Led team to 27-3 record that included an unbeaten run to the conference regular-season and tournament titles. Team reached 2-A regional final in its first regional final since 1990. Area player of the year for the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City. Conference player of the year. All-district pick. Four-time all-area pick. Committed to Hampton. ZACH COTTRELL, Hayesville, G, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Four-time conference player of the year. N.C. Basketball Coaches all-state third-team selection. Set school record with 1,938 career points. Carolinas All-Star Classic selection. Appalachian State recruit. TANNER DILLINGHAM, McDowell County, F, Jr., 6-7 — Averaged team-high 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. All-conference pick who also shot 55 percent from the field, 78 percent from the line and 40 percent from 3-point range. TERRON DIXON, Matthews Queen's Grant, G/F, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 18 points and seven rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. MVP of Wake Christian Bulldog Classic. Team MVP for KSA Events Holiday Tournament. Has 852 points in three seasons. DEVON DOTSON, Charlotte Providence Day, PG, So., 6-1 — Averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals for team with five double-figure scorers. All-conference pick. NCISAA all-state pick. Shot 56 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line. Considered a top-3 player in the state for the 2018 class. Has offers from ACC and SEC schools. HAYDEN DUGGINS, East Lincoln, G, Sr., 6-4 — Averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals. Helped team reach 2-A NCHSAA final. All-conference and all-district pick. Set school record by shooting 48 percent from 3-point range and is the school's No. 5 all-time scorer. ACCHEAUS FIELDS, New Hanover County, F, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals. Helped team go 24-6 overall as 12-0 in league play. Team reached fourth round of 4-A playoffs. Conference player of the year. All-area player of the year by the StarNews of Wilmington. JOHN FULKERSON, Arden Christ School, F, Sr., 6-8 — Averaged 14.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.5 blocks. Shot 68.3 percent from the floor. Broke Duke's Marshall Plumlee's single-season record with 112 blocks. Conference player of the year. NCISAA 3-A all-state pick. Tennessee recruit. CORY GENSLER, Cary, G, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. MALIK GINGLES, Gastonia Ashbrook, G/F, Sr., 6-3 — Led team by averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Helped team reach 3-A final last year and sectional final this year. Seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Helped team win Big South Conference tournament title. Had 33 points in win against rival Gastonia Forestview. Two-time all-conference pick. ALEX GREER, West Wilkes, G, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 31.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals. Had 2,145 career points. DAVRION GRIER, Charlotte Myers Park, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists. Averaged two points per game as a junior but improved significantly to post strong numbers with plenty of consistency. Had at least 20 points in 10 of last 17 games. Scored in double figures for 24 straight games. All-conference pick. Shot 62 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. Urban Builders All Tournament pick. JA'HARI GUTHRIE, Bessemer City, G, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 13.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. All-conference pick. Bud Black/Dennis Tate Christmas Tournament All-Tournament pick. Team captain led team with 10 double-doubles. CAM HAMILTON, Charlotte Vance, PG, Jr., 5-10 — Averaged 20.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.2 rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. Averaged 14 points as a sophomore and increased numbers in every category to help team go from 6-18 last year to 14-13 this year. JAIRUS HAMILTON, Concord Cannon, F, So., 6-8 — Averaged 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals. Shot 46 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the foul line. First-team NCISAA all-state pick, receiving the most votes of any sophomore. All-conference first-team pick. Runner-up for league player of the year. Team's most outstanding performer. Three-time all-tournament pick in national events. Ranked in the top 50 nationally in recruiting. Was named Charlotte Observer player of the night eight times. Has offers from UNC, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Has interest from Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. Has 3.5 GPA. JUSTYN HAMILTON, Charlotte Independence, C, Jr., 6-10 — Averaged 9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. All-conference pick. Invited to participate in the USA Junior National Team Mini-Camp this past fall and will complete the tryout session this June. Ranked 11th in state for 2017 class according to Phenom Hoop Report. Led conference in blocked shots and double-doubles (eight) while his 130 blocks were third in the state. Named Charlotte Observer player of the week multiple times. Has eight Division I offers. TEVIN HEATH, Charlotte Berry, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 10 points and seven rebounds. All-conference pick. Helped team go 21-8 and finish second in the conference. JONATHAN HICKLIN, Charlotte United Faith, G, So., 6-3 — Averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. All-conference pick. ANTHONY HICKS, North Forsyth, G, So., 6-5 — Averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Shot 53 percent from the field. Two-time all-conference pick. MVP of Frank Spencer event. Drawing Division I interest. TY HILL, West Brunswick, G, Sr., 5-11 — Averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 assists and 3.2 steals. Led team to second place in conference race and third round of 3-A playoffs for third straight year. All-conference pick. All-area pick by the StarNews of Wilmington. NATE HINTON, Charlotte Northside Christian, F, So., 6-5 — Averaged 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.8 assists. All-conference pick. NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Led team to 21-7 record and 2-A final. ZACH HOBBS, Jacksonville Northside, G, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 19.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals. Shot 54 percent for team that went 23-4 while winning the conference regular-season and tournament titles. Team reached third round of state playoffs. Area player of the year for the Jacksonville Daily News. Shared conference player of the year honor with UNC Wilmington signee Matt Elmore of Dixon. All-district pick. Scored in double figures in every game and had best games against likes of Havelock, Clinton, New Hanover and East Carteret. JOSHUA HOWARD, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 steals. Three-time all-conference pick. Two-time NCISAA all-state pick. Has several Division I and II offers with more showing interest. Led team in scoring in league games at 18 points per game. JAY HUFF, Durham Voyager Academy, C, Sr., 6-11 — See player of the year nominations. JAIDEN HUNT, Cherryville, SG, So., 6-3 — Averaged 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals. High-energy athlete with a lot of potential. Was second on team in scoring and rebounding while leading the team in dunks. IKESTA JOHNSON, Farmville Central, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 15.3 points. Conference player of the year. Had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 2-A state final. ISAAC JOHNSON, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-8 — Averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. Shot 56 percent. Second-team all-conference pick. Averaged 16.3 points and shot 71 percent in 10 league games. Has offers from Hampton, St. Francis (Pennsylvania), Campbell and Winthrop with others showing interest. CHRISTIAN JONES, Cherryville, G, Sr., — Averaged 14 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals. Led team in blocked shots. Set school record by drawing 31 charges this season. A team co-captain. PARKER JULIAN, Charlotte Latin, F, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line. Cracked 1,000 career points. Four-year starter and three-time all-conference pick helped team finish second in league and quarterfinals in state tournament. TYRELL KIRK, Whiteville, G, Jr., 6-4 — Averaged 17.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. Helped team finish 17-6 overall and second place in conference. Team reached third round of 1-A playoffs. Conference player of the year. All-area first-team pick by the StarNews of Wilmington. JACK KONSTANZER, Kill Devil Hills First Flight, Sr., 6-1, 175 — Averaged 21.3 points and five rebounds. Career 1,500-point scorer with 240 3-pointers. All-conference pick. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association district player of the year. NCPreps.com all-state pick in 2015. Committed to UNC Greensboro. KAMERON LANGLEY, Southwest Guilford, G/F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 3.2 steals. Maybe the most dynamic, athletic player on a roster loaded with them, helping the Cowboys with the Sheetz Holiday Classic and a share of the conference regular-season title. Helped team reach fourth round of NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. All-area first-team pick for the News & Record of Greensboro. Two-time conference player of the year. Has surpassed 1,000 career points. Drawing interest from Elon, High Point, Maryland-Eastern Shore, N.C. A&T, Richmond, UNC Greensboro and VCU. RAEKWON LONG, Lincolnton, C, Sr., 7-1 — Averaged 16 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. N.C./S.C. all-star game pick. All-conference pick. Committed to Florida International. BJ MACK, Charlotte Catholic, C, Fr., 6-7 — Averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 54 percent. All-conference pick. Third-team all-district pick. Has SEC and ACC offers while being regarded by many as a top-100 prospect. JORDAN MACKENZIE, Concord Robinson, PG, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 13.7 points, eight assists and two steals. Four-year varsity starter. Four-time all-conference pick, twice each in two different leagues. Finished with more than 1,300 points, 300 assists, 100 steals and 300 rebounds for his career for state champion. CHRIS MARTIN, Charlotte Northside Christian, G, Jr., 6-0 — Averaged 17.4 points, 4.7 steals, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds. All-conference pick. Impact player for 21-7 team that reached NCISAA 2-A final. CALEB MAULDIN, West Rowan, F, So., 6-7 — Averaged 23.5 points and 12 rebounds in strong league. All-conference and all-county pick. Had scoring games of 43, 36 and 39 points. TYLER MAYE, Farmville Central, PG, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 23.6 points. First-team all-conference pick. Scored 18 of 25 points in fourth quarter of 2-A title game to earn MVP honors. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association second-team all-state pick. QUAN MCCLUNEY, Gaston Day, F, So., 6-5 — Averaged 22.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Helped team reach quarterfinals of NCISAA 2-A tournament. All-conference pick. Has offer from Charlotte. DARIUS MCGHEE, Roxboro Community, PG, 5-9, Jr. — Averaged 36.5 points to rank third in the nation according to MaxPreps, making him the first state player to score 1,000 points in a season (1,057). Set NCHSAA records for most 40-point games in a season (12), most consecutive 40-point games (four) and most 50-point games (four). Also tied record for 30-point games (22). Had a season-high 57 points against Graham River Mill. Also had 50 points against 4-A Raleigh Athens Drive. Had highest per-game scoring average in NCHSAA history. Had 21 30-point games to set an NCHSAA record and also had a game with 14 3-pointers against Raleigh Charter to tie an NCHSAA record. Being recruited by High Point. MYLES MCGREGOR, Charlotte Davidson Day, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 23 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Two-time all-conference and NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Has more than 1,200 points in two seasons. Had games of 37, 38 and 43 points this year. Signed with Presbyterian. TREY MCLEAN, Bessemer City, F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 19 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.4 steals. Team captain. Scored 45 points against Cherryville. All-conference pick. Bud Black/Dennis Tate Christmas Tournament MVP. Shot 38 percent from 3-point range with 51 makes on the year. JAYLEN MCMANUS, North Mecklenburg, F, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 dunks per game. Two-year varsity starter. All-conference pick. N.C./S.C. All-Star. First-team all-district pick. Hoop Group All-Star. MVP Leroy Holden Thanksgiving Classic Had more than 1,000 career points. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Has at least 20 Division I offers. JO'VONTAE MILLNER, Burlington Cummings, G/F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 20.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks. Area player of the year by the Burlington Times-News. Led team in scoring, rebounding and assists while shooting 53 percent from the field. After starting as team's center for previous two seasons before moving to the wing to take better advantage of his handling and shooting skills. Has interest from Division I programs including Maryland-Eastern Shore, College of Charleston and VMI. DAVION MINTZ, North Mecklenburg, PG, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. CAYSE MINOR, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor, G, Sr., 6-2 — All-conference pick. Made Frank Spencer event's all-tournament team. Averaged 33 points over his last nine games. MYLES MONROE, Huntersville Southlake Christian, PG, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Two-time all-conference pick. Had 14 double-figure scoring games. Scored 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds with five assists against Charlotte Christian. WENDELL MOORE JR, Concord Cox Mill, F, Fr., 6-6 — Averaged 17.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks. Led team in every statistical category as a 14-year-old freshman. Shot a record 236 free throws, making 83 percent, to go with three 30-point games. Had 13 double-doubles. All-conference and first-team all-district pick. Rated a top-10 national freshman recruit. Has a 4.0 GPA. Has offer from UNC. SHAWN MORRISON JR, Charlotte Grace Academy, PG, Jr., 5-8 — Averaged 26 points, 5.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Shot 51.6 percent from the field. Shot 36.3 percent from 3-point range. Made 85 percent of his free throws. Broke school's single-game record with 46 points to go with 10 assists against Gastonia Victory Christian. Two-time scoring leader and team MVP. Fastest in school history to reach 1,000 points (46 games). CLAY MOUNCE, Mount Airy, SF, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 25.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.0 blocks. Shot 62 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. Had six 30-point games. Had 25 double-doubles. Statistically had the best season in program history in a do-it-all year. Conference player of the year. Conference all-tournament pick. Led team to second straight share of conference regular-season title. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association all-state third-team pick. Has 3.8 GPA. Furman signee. JUSTIN MYERS, North Iredell, F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. MVP of Statesville Record & Landmark Christmas tournament. Conference and county player of the year. EMEKA NWANKWO, Charlotte Metrolina Christian, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 17 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Two-time all-conference pick. NCISAA all-state pick last year. Two-time team MVP. MYLES PIERRE, Matthews Carmel Christian, G, Fr., 6-1 — Averaged 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. Conference regular-season MVP and league tournament MVP. NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Led team to 23-8 record and 17-0 mark in league play. RAYMON PRATT, Greensboro Smith, G/F, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 21.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Strong, athletic wing who can score on anyone. Helped team win conference tournament and go to NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. All-area first-team pick by the News & Record of Greensboro. Conference player of the year. Committed to N.C. A&T. JORDAN RATLIFFE, Fayetteville Village Christian, G, 5-10 — Averaged 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Led team to first state title in school history in NCISAA 2-A division. Had season highs of 30 and 29 points. Only loss came to Cape Fear region school Fayetteville Sanford, an NCHSAA 3-A finalist. ORLANDO ROBINSON, Matthews Butler, G, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 14 points and 4.2 assists. Shot 83 percent from the foul line. Led team to conference title with 18 points and career-high 11 assists in league tournament. Two-time all-conference pick. Third-team all-district pick. Had 1,301 career points. JALEN SANDERS, North Rowan, G, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 18 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals. Finished as school's No. 2 career scorer with more than 1,500 points. County and conference player of the year. Carolinas All-Star Classic pick. RYAN SCHWIEGER, Weddington, PG, Jr., 6-6 — Averaged 18 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Shot better than 60 percent from inside the arc. Conference player of the year. Second-team all-district pick. County player of the year. Has chance to break multiple school records entering senior season. Has offer from Presbyterian and interest from roughly 10 other Division I programs. KODY SHUBERT, Lincoln Charter, G, So., 6-0 — Scored 19.7 points, 6.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 steals. Helped team to conference title and 1-A regional final. Has more than 1,000 career points. First-team all-district pick. Conference player of the year. DARION SLADE, West Forsyth — Averaged 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. All-conference pick. Signed to play football and basketball at Campbell. BRUNO SOLOMUN, Forsyth Country Day, F, Sr., 6-9, 215 — Averaged 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. All-conference pick. NCISAA East team pick. DANIEL SPENCER, Concord Robinson, F, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 17.2 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Two-time all-conference pick for state champions. Named MVP of state final. Scored 22 points with game winning basket in final minute of title game. Has cracked 1,000-point mark. ISAIAH STALLINGS, Fayetteville Sanford, F, Sr., 6-4 — Led team to 3-A final despite losing last year's title-game MVP Mark Gilbert to early graduation to play football at Duke. Averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while playing for unselfish team that emphasized defense and kept scores low. MVP of Cumberland County Holiday Classic. First team all-conference pick. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Will attend N.C. State on football scholarship. All-area player of the year for the Fayetteville Observer in football. SAGE SURRATT, East Lincoln, SG, Jr., 6-3 — See player of the year nominations. PATRICK TAPE', Matthews Queen's Grant, F/C, Sr., 6-9 — Averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and four assists. Had 44 double-doubles, seven triple-doubles and two quadruple-doubles with more than 1,000 career points and 900 rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. Columbia recruit. MARCUS THOMAS, Charlotte Independence, G, Sr., 6-4 — Averaged 19 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists. Shot 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. Made team-best 53 3-pointers. Named player of the week multiple times by the Charlotte Observer. Second-team all-district pick. Conference player of the year and two-time all-conference pick. Past team MVP and all-tournament pick at 2014 East Lincoln Winter Jam and 2015 Cleveland County Holiday Classic. Has offer from Winston-Salem State. Drawing interest from Division I and II programs. ANTHONY TURNER, Morganton Freedom, F, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 18.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Helped team make push to regionals as a No. 12 seed, winning first two playoff road games in 24 seasons. All-conference pick. All-county first-team pick. All-district second-team pick. TRE' TURNER, Northwest Guilford, G, So., 6-5 — Combo guard averaged 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Has almost unlimited 3-point range and ability to slash to the basket or finish in transition. Helped team win conference tournament title and reach the third round of the NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. Will be News & Record of Greensboro's HSXtra public schools player of the year. All-HAECO Invitational. Also a big-time football recruit at wide receiver and earned all-conference honors in both sports. All-district pick. Has basketball offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore and early interest from Lipscomb, Maryland, N.C. State, Richmond, VCU, Wake Forest and Western Carolina, among others. Also has football offers from Duke, UNC, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia, among others. MALCOLM WADE, Indian Trail Metrolina Christian, PG, So., 6-0 — All-conference pick. Averaged 15 points and three assists. Got to foul line a team-best 183 times. TREY WERTZ, Charlotte Providence Day, G, So., 6-4 — Averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals for team with five double-figure scorers. Shot 51 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range with a school-record 77 3s this year. Had 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in NCISAA 3-A final to lead team to first state title since 1999. Led team in scoring for three of four games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Shot 54 percent from 3 in 10 league games. Has an offer from Richmond along with interest from ACC, SEC and Atlantic 10 teams. COBY WHITE, Wilson Greenfield, G, So., 6-4, 160 — Averaged 28.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Scored 40 or more points in five games this season, including 46 to break the school record by former Barton star and current Harlem Globetrotter Anthony Atkinson. His 960 points were also a school single-season record. NCISAA 1-A all-state pick. Conference player of the year. Also all-conference pick in regular season and league tournament. Ranked in top five of state's sophomore class. Invited to NC Top 80 event for the second straight year. MARION WHITELY, Gastonia Huss, PG, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged about 15 points per game while four of team's top eight players were out with injury after posting a three-point average for his career. All-conference pick who draws toughest defensive assignment and often takes top scorers out of their game. High-character and coachable player. Helped team stay afloat until it could get healthy to recover from a 2-9 start to finish second in the conference and reach state playoffs. In top 5 percent of his class. Being recruited by Harvard, Catawba, Wingate and West Virginia Wesleyan for either football or basketball. ALSHAQUAN WILLIAMS, Fairmont, F, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. GRANT WILLIAMS, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-7 — See player of the year nominations. ZAIRE WILLIAMS, Winston-Salem Prep — Averaged 14.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Two-time all-conference pick. All-area pick by the Winston-Salem Journal last year. Has offers from Old Dominion, Georgia, Southern and Maryland Eastern Shore. Drawing interest from Charlotte, Appalachian State, UNC Wilmington and Elon. CRESS WORTHY, Gastonia Huss, G, Jr., 6-1 — Two-time all-conference pick who missed nine games with a broken wrist. Team went 1-8 during his injury and 13-5 after his return, with him averaging 12.5 points. Previous all-area pick by the Gaston Gazette.
Mar 25, 2016
GHENT, Belgium (AP) — An American teenager wounded in the Brussels Airport attack is lucky to be alive. And he knows it.Mason Wells, his face covered in bandages, was in a hospital in the Belgian city of Ghent on Friday, where he told The Associated Press about surviving his second terror attack. Three years ago, the 19-year-old from Sandy, Utah, was just a block away from the pressure-cooker...
US teen describes surviving Boston and Belgium attacks
By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Mar 25, 2016GHENT, Belgium (AP) — An American teenager wounded in the Brussels Airport attack is lucky to be alive. And he knows it. Mason Wells, his face covered in bandages, was in a hospital in the Belgian city of Ghent on Friday, where he told The Associated Press about surviving his second terror attack. Three years ago, the 19-year-old from Sandy, Utah, was just a block away from the pressure-cooker bomb that exploded while he was watching his mother run the Boston Marathon. "I don't know if I was born under a lucky star," he said. "I was definitely fortunate to have escaped with the injuries that I've escaped with at the airport, being very close to the bombs." Wells, who is on a two-year Mormon mission to Belgium, talked to reporters via a video link from his hospital room, where he lay with a pillow propped behind his head and a light blue towel wrapped around his shoulders. The former high school football and lacrosse player spoke from behind a mask of bandages, with only his eyes, mouth and left ear uncovered by the gauze dressings and mesh netting that held them in place. "The blast was really loud," Wells said in a strong, clear voice. "It even lifted my body a little bit. I remember feeling a lot of really hot and really cold feelings on the whole right side of my body. I was covered in a fair amount of blood, and not necessarily mine even." "I remember seeing, you know, fire in front of my face and also kind of fire down by my feet on the ground," he said. "We were really close, I feel lucky to escape with what I did." Wells was at the back of the Delta Airlines check-in line when the first bomb exploded just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday and said he was running out of the airport when the second blast hit. Taking a deep breath to collect himself, Wells remembered sitting on the sidewalk outside the airport "in my own blood" and experiencing a feeling of calm and peace that he attributed to the presence of God. "If there's anything I've taken out (of this), it's that there's someone greater than us that's watching over us," he said. Two other Mormon missionaries — Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Utah, and Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah - also suffered serious injuries in the Brussels airport attack. All three were accompanying a French missionary who was on her way to an assignment in Cleveland. Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of Montelimar, France, has had surgery to remove shrapnel from her body and is being treated for second-degree burns to her hands and face, according to her family. Two-year Mormon missions spent proselytizing in other states and countries are a rite of passage for young men in the faith. Women are encouraged to serve 18-month missions but do so at lower rates than men. There are about 74,000 missionaries around the world. They are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Utah-based religion that reports more than 15 million members worldwide. Wells, who had four months left on his mission, was planning to major in engineering at the University of Utah next fall. He also hoped to reapply to the U.S. Naval Academy. On Friday, he said he wouldn't know what was possible until he knew the extent of his permanent injuries. "For the moment, I'm just . focusing on getting everything better," Wells said. And then he smiled. ___ Associated Press Reporter Brady McCombs contributed.
Mar 17, 2016
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rahim Moore is getting a second chance and shot at redemption with the Browns.Benched midway through last season by Houston, Moore signed a one-year contract on Thursday with Cleveland and will compete for a starting job in training camp."It's a blessing," he said. "It feels like being drafted all over again."The 26-year-old Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with...
Browns sign safety Rahim Moore to 1-year contract
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Mar 17, 2016CLEVELAND (AP) — Rahim Moore is getting a second chance and shot at redemption with the Browns. Benched midway through last season by Houston, Moore signed a one-year contract on Thursday with Cleveland and will compete for a starting job in training camp. "It's a blessing," he said. "It feels like being drafted all over again." The 26-year-old Moore signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Texans last March. He began the 2015 season starting at safety but played poorly and was benched after Week 7. He wasn't just demoted, Moore was inactive for the final nine games and last month the Texans released him. In the meantime, the Browns found themselves in the market for a safety after former Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson signed as a free agent with Jacksonville. Moore is energized about the changes in Cleveland, where a new front office and coaching staff are trying to revive a moribund franchise. "I can definitely sense the aura on how this program is trying to change things around," he said. "Before I set foot in the premises, I've known the great history of the Cleveland Browns, from former UCLA great Eric Turner to Don Rogers to Thom Darden; it's a great place to be and I really felt like this was a great opportunity for me and a great fit, so I'm really excited." Moore played four seasons with Denver, which drafted him in the second round in 2011. He made 48 starts for the Broncos. Moore is expected to compete with Jordan Poyer to replace Gipson. Moore graduated from the same Los Angeles high school as new Browns coach Hue Jackson. "I want to be a guy who comes in every day to work to be the best," Moore said. "I'm a team guy. I'm a guy that can come help force turnovers, comes in and puts in work in the film room, get in early, leave late, very inquisitive when it comes to the game of football. I'm just a guy that loves the game. I love the history of the NFL. I want to help this program win and compete." Also, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and defensive back Don Jones have signed their qualifying offers as restricted free agents. Pryor played in Cleveland's final three games last season, his first action after converting from quarterback. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:*Brock Pemberton, 62, of Ardmore was a New York Mets prospect in the 1970s. The Tulsa native's family moved to California when he was young. The first baseman was named California's co-Player of the Year before he was picked by the Mets in the sixth round of the 1972 draft. He spent most of his career in the minors,...
Tributes: Ardmore resident, former Mets prospect Brock Pemberton dies at 62
Scott Munn, Associated Press | Mar 14, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Brock Pemberton, 62, of Ardmore was a New York Mets prospect in the 1970s. The Tulsa native's family moved to California when he was young. The first baseman was named California's co-Player of the Year before he was picked by the Mets in the sixth round of the 1972 draft. He spent most of his career in the minors, though he played 13 games over the 1974-75 seasons with the big club. Pemberton managed one year in Class A, before becoming a professional landscaper for state parks and federal Indian reservations in New Mexico. *Kimberly Voyles, 58, of Oklahoma City. She came from a house divided. Husband Curtis Voyles once played baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners. Kimberly was a strong supporter of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. *Jim Cole, 68, of Muskogee was a quarterback for the hometown Roughers. Coached youth sports as an adult and volunteered for the Special Olympics. *Aubrey McClendon, 56, of Oklahoma City. The co-founder of Chesapeake Energy and founder of American Energy was part of the ownership group that brought the NBA's Thunder to Oklahoma City. A civic leader who also had a passion for the Oklahoma Boathouse District. *Randolph Furch Sr., 74, of St. Louis was a Beggs native. He participated in football, basketball and track for Wheatley High School, earning All-State honors in each sport. Furch was an All-American receiver under legendary coach Tim Crisp at Langston. Furch tried out with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Played professionally in the Canadian Football League. *Ken Hammond II, 67, of Poteau. He was an exceptional athlete at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. He earned a scholarship and played baseball at OU. Received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor; established a practice in Poteau in 1975. *Sandi Austin, 68, of Oklahoma City played women's and coed softball as an adult. Austin also umpired softball for the USSSA in the Oklahoma City area. She officiated many USSSA girls youth world tournaments in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Twice selected as Oklahoma Umpire of the Year. The former pitcher was an instructor at youth softball clinics in Moore. Also liked to bowl. *Dave Largent, 76, of Oklahoma City excelled in baseball and track at Moore High School. A home builder by trade. *Freddie Hurd, 58, of Oklahoma City was a record-setting halfback at Ardmore High School. He ran for a then-school record 1,949 yards, which earned him a spot on The Oklahoman's 1975 All-State team. Hurd played in the Oil Bowl the next summer and set records for the longest run (77 yards) and most yards (166) in a game. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder signed with OU but transferred to Southwestern State before playing in a game for the Sooners. Worked for Piedmont Public Schools. *Janette Trimble O'Brien, 85, of Jenks was a gymnastics judge. *Leroy Howland, 75, of Choctaw was an OU football season ticket holder for 25 years. Also an avid NASCAR fan. *Jerald Prince, 64, of Sugar Land, Texas, was a member of the Oklahoma football team, although he attended school on an academic scholarship. The accountant was the first African-American student at Duncan High School to receive the Crossman Award for academic achievements. *Helen Gentry Copp, 81, of Norman married Oklahoma City University basketball player John Copp in 1953. She was an educator by trade. While teaching in Anadarko, she was given the final hour of study hall for junior high male athletes whose sports were not in season. She taught the boys how to play chess and then organized tournaments so the boys could continue to compete. Daughter Debbie Copp is a long-time member of the OU sports information department and a former staffer for The Oklahoman sports department. *Kevin Collins, 69, of Naples, Fla., was an infielder who played parts of the 1973 and '74 seasons with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Collins batted around .280 during his time in OKC, then affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. He retired after the '74 season and went into the automotive supply business. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003270,t000160437,t000003271,t000007309,t000007329,t000007365,t000003183,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience.
Tributes: Ardmore resident, former Mets prospect Brock Pemberton dies at 62
By Scott Munn | Mar 14, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Brock Pemberton, 62, of Ardmore was a New York Mets prospect in the 1970s. The Tulsa native's family moved to California when he was young. The first baseman was named California's co-Player of the Year before he was picked by the Mets in the sixth round of the 1972 draft. He spent most of his career in the minors, though he played 13 games over the 1974-75 seasons with the big club. Pemberton managed one year in Class A, before becoming a professional landscaper for state parks and federal Indian reservations in New Mexico. *Kimberly Voyles, 58, of Oklahoma City. She came from a house divided. Husband Curtis Voyles once played baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners. Kimberly was a strong supporter of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. *Jim Cole, 68, of Muskogee was a quarterback for the hometown Roughers. Coached youth sports as an adult and volunteered for the Special Olympics. *Aubrey McClendon, 56, of Oklahoma City. The co-founder of Chesapeake Energy and founder of American Energy was part of the ownership group that brought the NBA's Thunder to Oklahoma City. A civic leader who also had a passion for the Oklahoma Boathouse District. *Randolph Furch Sr., 74, of St. Louis was a Beggs native. He participated in football, basketball and track for Wheatley High School, earning All-State honors in each sport. Furch was an All-American receiver under legendary coach Tim Crisp at Langston. Furch tried out with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Played professionally in the Canadian Football League. *Ken Hammond II, 67, of Poteau. He was an exceptional athlete at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. He earned a scholarship and played baseball at OU. Received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor; established a practice in Poteau in 1975. *Sandi Austin, 68, of Oklahoma City played women's and coed softball as an adult. Austin also umpired softball for the USSSA in the Oklahoma City area. She officiated many USSSA girls youth world tournaments in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. Twice selected as Oklahoma Umpire of the Year. The former pitcher was an instructor at youth softball clinics in Moore. Also liked to bowl. *Dave Largent, 76, of Oklahoma City excelled in baseball and track at Moore High School. A home builder by trade. *Freddie Hurd, 58, of Oklahoma City was a record-setting halfback at Ardmore High School. He ran for a then-school record 1,949 yards, which earned him a spot on The Oklahoman's 1975 All-State team. Hurd played in the Oil Bowl the next summer and set records for the longest run (77 yards) and most yards (166) in a game. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder signed with OU but transferred to Southwestern State before playing in a game for the Sooners. Worked for Piedmont Public Schools. *Janette Trimble O'Brien, 85, of Jenks was a gymnastics judge. *Leroy Howland, 75, of Choctaw was an OU football season ticket holder for 25 years. Also an avid NASCAR fan. *Jerald Prince, 64, of Sugar Land, Texas, was a member of the Oklahoma football team, although he attended school on an academic scholarship. The accountant was the first African-American student at Duncan High School to receive the Crossman Award for academic achievements. *Helen Gentry Copp, 81, of Norman married Oklahoma City University basketball player John Copp in 1953. She was an educator by trade. While teaching in Anadarko, she was given the final hour of study hall for junior high male athletes whose sports were not in season. She taught the boys how to play chess and then organized tournaments so the boys could continue to compete. Daughter Debbie Copp is a long-time member of the OU sports information department and a former staffer for The Oklahoman sports department. *Kevin Collins, 69, of Naples, Fla., was an infielder who played parts of the 1973 and '74 seasons with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Collins batted around .280 during his time in OKC, then affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. He retired after the '74 season and went into the automotive supply business.
Mar 14, 2016
Ten coaches are set to be honored as part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductions this summer.
High school notebook: Doug Tolin, Gary Howard among OCA Hall of Fame honorees
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Mar 14, 2016Ten coaches are set to be honored as part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductions this summer. Two well-known college coaches are among the group, including Oklahoma Baptist men's basketball coach Doug Tolin. He coached the Bison to the 2010 NAIA title and also coached at Norman High School to the 1999 Class 6A championship. Central Oklahoma football coach Gary Howard is being honored for Distinguished Service, having spent 35 years on the Bronchos' sideline, with 26 of them as the head coach. Also in the Hall of Fame class is Bruce Harrington, whose Lawton Eisenhower boys basketball team just completed its season in the Class 5A semifinals. Ron Lancaster, who coached Enid to the 1983 state football title, and Jenks to the 1993 crown before handing the program over to current coach Allan Trimble, will be inducted, along with Danny Daniels of Hominy, Sulphur's Tony Duck, Alva's Jim Ferguson, Lawton's Clarence Madden, Chickasha's Tim Reynolds and Owasso's Larry Turner. OCA ALL-STATE WRESTLING TEAMS ANNOUNCED The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced its selections for the All-State wrestling duals, to be held at 7 p.m. July 27 at a site in the Tulsa area to be determined. Edmond Memorial's Darren Huff was selected to coach the Large West team against the Large East, coached by Tahlequah's James Rappe. Marlow's Keith Kizarr will coach the Small West, with Bristow's Will Evans leading the Small East. Here are the rosters: Large West: Wes Hardin, Westmoore (113); Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (120); Montorie Bridges, Altus (126); Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (132); Ray Merriman, Del City (138); D.J. Hendrickson, Piedmont (145); Gavin Millhouse, Del City (152); Kalin Winkler, Noble (160); Zaine Jackson, Putnam City North (170); Trevor Long, Noble (182); Kaden Truelove, Mustang (195); Jakobe Walker, Southmoore (220); Taven Birdow, Altus (285). Large East: Mason Naifeh, Tulsa Union (113); Dillon Prutch, Coweta (120); Andrew Nieman, Stillwater (126); Dylan Wright, Pryor (132); Ethan Raper, Glenpool (138); Justin Walker, Collinsville (145); John Woods, Durant (152); Moses Mayhue, Tulsa Union (160); Drew Hinkle, Jenks (170); Isaiah Page, Broken Arrow (182); Beau Wooden, Skiatook (195); Nic Roller, Bixby (220); Griffin Qualls, Coweta (285). Small West: Triston Cortez, Kingfisher (113); Braden Visnieski, Harrah (120); Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (126); Tyson Brown, Elk City (132); Luis Martinez, Clinton (138); Reece Maitlen, Elgin (145); Dayton Garrett, Tuttle (152); Aryion Young, Heritage Hall (160); T.J. Lodermeier, Hinton (170); Seth Fritts, Plainview (182); Jake Swanson, Cache (195); Dalton Hanson, Harrah (220); Dorian Fagan, Plainview (285). Small East: Logan Bryant, Barnsdall (113); Stetson Baker, Blackwell (120); Willie Griffin, Mannford (126); Damon Hail, Cleveland (132); Justice Circle, Blackwell (138); Scout Skidgel, Cascia Hall (145); Chase Pfluger, Tonkawa (152); Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (160); Josh Barrett, Inola (170); Peyton Carmin, Cushing (182); Trent Monk, Locust Grove (195); Branden Ferguson, Catoosa (220); Nathan Martin, Cascia Hall (285). MUSKOGEE'S WILSON WINS GATORADE AWARD Muskogee senior Aaliyah Wilson was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year for a second straight season last week. Wilson is now a finalist for the national award. She was The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year last season and was named earlier this season a McDonald's All-American. She averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game, leading the Roughers to last week's Class 6A state tournament. They advanced to the semifinals where they were eliminated in double overtime by eventual champion Midwest City. Wilson has signed with Arkansas and is ranked No. 30 in the 2016 class by ESPN's HoopGurlz rankings. She also has a 3.62 weighted GPA and has volunteered at the Special Olympics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 2 Much 2 Lose. The award recognizes athletic excellence along with academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the court. CASHION'S VAUGHN RANEY COMMITS TO ROGERS STATE One of the Oklahoma City area's top small-school players has made his college decision. Cashion point guard Vaughn Raney, a 6-foot-2 senior, verbally committed to Rogers State, according to his family. Raney averaged 20 points per game over the last two seasons, while also leading the team in rebounds and assists. The Wildcats finished the season 19-7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Feb 20, 2016
The NBA’s five best athletes and what makes them so:
The 5 most athletic players in the NBA
By Erik Horne Staff Writer email@example.com | Feb 20, 2016The NBA's five best athletes and what makes them so: RUSSELL WESTBROOK, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER What can't he do? At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Westbrook has more dunks than anyone his height (50), more steals than anyone in the league (127), and has led all guards in rebounds per game the past two seasons. ANTHONY DAVIS, NEW ORLEANS PELICANS Davis, 22, grew from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-10 between his sophomore and junior year of high school, so he has guard skills in a center's body. One of 14 players in NBA history to average 20 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal per game in a season. NBA GMs voted Davis fourth most athletic in the league. LEBRON JAMES, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS The four-time MVP is a faster, more-skilled Karl Malone — A 6-foot-8, 260 pounder who was the most athletic player in the NBA as a teenager. He was a two-time All-State receiver at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, before giving up football his senior year. AARON GORDON, ORLANDO MAGIC Gordon, 20, lived up to the hype about his athleticism at the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest, finishing second to Zach LaVine (many believe Gordon should have won). Likened to Blake Griffin coming out of college, the 6-9, 220 pounder was seventh in lane agility (10.81 seconds) at the NBA 2014 Draft Combine, the only non-guard to rank in the top 10. ZACH LAVINE, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES The 20-year-old guard drew Westbrook comparisons out of UCLA, and is already a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion. Reportedly has a 46-inch vertical and was best among guards at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine in numerous agility tests and sprints.
Four scores in what seemed like seven years ago.Entering Thursday’s game, the Blues had netted just four goals since Jan. 20. And though the lengthy All-Star break was during that duration, it just made more days minus momentum.Back on their home ice Thursday, the Blues sputtered, scoring a lone goal in another loss.Can this team even nab home ice in the first round of the playoffs?That’s a...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Benjamin Hochman column
Benjamin Hochman, Associated Press | Feb 6, 2016Four scores in what seemed like seven years ago. Entering Thursday’s game, the Blues had netted just four goals since Jan. 20. And though the lengthy All-Star break was during that duration, it just made more days minus momentum. Back on their home ice Thursday, the Blues sputtered, scoring a lone goal in another loss. Can this team even nab home ice in the first round of the playoffs? That’s a fear, as St. Louis stands in third place in the Central Division. As of now, this team plays too tight and cannot click offensively to be a factor when it matters most. And as teams such as Anaheim and Colorado continue to improve, one wonders if it’ll be deja Blues all over again in the postseason. That is all so weird, because only four NHL teams entered Friday with more points than the Blues. Fans of most teams would take a John Scott punch to the face if it meant that spot in the overall standings. But has a team this high in the standings ever had so little optimism? Ask a St. Louis fan (or St. Louis columnist) about this team, and he or she can go on and on about the troubles of a team with a star suddenly silenced, a high-priced center without stats and other infuriating aspects. The pressure is forever on coach Ken Hitchcock, a proven winner who must cook up some recipe to get through this funk. Maybe it’s simply having the slumping Wild come to town Saturday (and what a fun way for the Blues to get back on track, by beating their budding rival and postseason foe). And after that, wimpy Winnipeg comes to Scottrade. But if the Blues can’t be resuscitated against these two teams, one wonders if that home ice won’t happen. Seven of the following 11 games are on the road. It’s February, but they must start playing with April urgency, or there won’t be May. Tough to read • Sometimes, it’s not how it’s said, but who says it. It was powerful to read the quotes Friday from Johnny Manziel’s father in the Dallas Morning News. “I truly believe if they can’t get him help,” Paul Manziel said, “he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.” To hear that from the quarterback’s father stops you in your tracks. For the father to say this to a reporter — to make the conscious decision to share this thought with the nation — is significant. It is so scary and sad that it’s gotten to this point, and it’s a reminder that so many people in our world suffer from addiction, and get caught up in a lifestyle that can be intoxicating and toxic. I hope Paul Manziel wasn’t ashamed for his stunning admission about his son. Hopefully his message reaches Johnny. I’ll tell you, it’s mind-blowing that the question isn’t now: Will Johnny make it in the NFL? … but, will Johnny even make it? And I suppose, to bring it back to St. Louis, another question would be: Is there someone you know who could use your support, so his or her father won’t ever have to make a haunting prediction, like Johnny Manziel’s dad did? Swann Song • Only two players in St. Louis professional soccer history to have their number retired: Daryl Doran (No. 7) and the late, great Slobo Ilijevski (No. 30). The Ambush will add a third member to this Astroturf’d fraternity: goalkeeper Jamie Swanner. His No. 00 will retired at halftime Feb. 26 at Family Arena. Mark your calender. Currently the Ambush’s goalkeeper coach, Swanner played six seasons with the Ambush from 1994-2000, and was vital in the team winning St. Louis’ lone professional soccer league championship, in 1995. Swanner attended Southwest High School in St. Louis and later played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1984. He tallied 296 wins in his indoor soccer career, including 10 shutouts, which is incredible to me, since it’s hard to imagine any pro team going goal-less in an entire indoor game. Though Swanner’s No. 00 will be forever retired, perhaps the most-memorable No. 00 in St. Louis history was back in 1993, the season Cardinals pitcher Omar Olivares wore his initials on his back. Telling the truth • The talented writer Lindsay Adler, of Buzzfeed, covered an event this week featuring Dr. Bennet Omalu. He’s the doctor whom Will Smith portrayed in “Concussion,” the doctor who first found the neurodegenerative disease known as CTE in a former football player’s brain. Omalu said at the event, held two miles from where Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played, that he believes pro football players have a more than 90 percent chance of suffering from CTE. Earlier this week, you might recall, the late quarterback Kenny Stabler was diagnosed with CTE. “There is no safe blow to your head,” Omalu said at the event. “Just like there is no safe cigarette.” Asked about banning the sport of football, Omalu said: “This is America. We don’t ban anything. I will defend your right to take a gun to your own head, but you should at least understand the reality ...” “I just want parents to be educated. If you put your kid in football … you are robbing your child of his intellectual capacity.” Hammerin’ Harper • On a lighter note, this is just eerie. As tweeted by @theaceofspaeder, known online as the “Ace of MLB Stats,” in Hank Aaron’s first four seasons, from 1954-57, he had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .902, and an OPS+ of 143. In Bryce Harper’s first four seasons, from 2012-2015, he had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .902, and an OPS+ of 143. Hoop history? • This is bonkers. Entering Friday, the Golden State Warriors (four) and the San Antonio Spurs (eight) had a combined 12 losses. Are you aware of this? It’s incredible. Consider that the third-best team in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder, have 13 losses. As do LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. Happy birthday, Babe • And finally, George Herman Ruth was born on this day in 1895, which reminded me of one of my favorite baseball stories. The Babe, of course, was extremely popular and lived larger than life, deeming details superfluous. As explained in the book “Baseball Anecdotes,” the great Waite Hoyt was traded to Detroit in 1930. After spending 11 seasons as Hoyt’s teammate, in both Boston and New York, Ruth shook Waite’s hand the day of the trade, and then the Babe solemnly said: “Goodbye, Walter.” Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org ——— ©2016 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003554,t000003183
Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams:___ALABAMATop 25 Class: Yes.Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott.Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB...
SEC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams: ___ ALABAMA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott. Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB Shyheim Carter, Knott, DE Terrell Hall, Jamar King. One that got away: OL Landon Dickerson (to Florida State). How they'll fit in: Davis, whose father Wayne is Alabama's all-time leading tackler, and Wilson could help fill the void left by All-America middle linebacker Reggie Ragland. There's room for instant contributions elsewhere, too, including at safety and on the defensive line. ___ ARKANSAS Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: McTelvin Agim, DE, Hope (Ark.) Best of the rest: Devwah Whaley, RB, Beaumont, Texas; Austin Capps, DT, Star City, Ark.; Briston Guidry, DT, Metairie, La. One that got away: Running back Kyle Porter, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Agim was an early enrollee with the Razorbacks, and he hopes to play as a freshman. However, Whaley carries with him more than hope and is expected by himself and Arkansas' coaches to take the field in place of Collins and Williams in 2016. ___ AUBURN Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: DT Derrick Brown, Sugar Hill, Georgia is rated as the nation's ninth-best prospect overall in the 247Sports composite rankings. Best of the rest: DE Marlon Davidson, WR Nate Craig-Myers, OL Prince Michael Sammons. Late addition: Derrick Brown, Nate Craig-Myers. One that got away: Auburn recruited LB Ben Davis, who is heading to Alabama. How they'll fit in: The Tigers will have a defensive line rotation featuring five five-star recruits. JUCO quarterback John Franklin III, an early enrollee listed as an athlete, will likely compete with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White for the starting spot during the spring, and multiple receivers need to make impacts. ___ FLORIDA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Antonneous Clayton, DE, Vienna, Georgia. The Gators needed to add depth on the defensive front after losing talented linemen Jonathan Bullard and Alex McAlister to the NFL draft. Clayton had 77 tackles, 27 tackle for loss, 13 quarterback hurries, nine sacks and a forced fumble last year at Dooly County High. Best of the rest: Feleipe Franks, QB, Crawfordville. Franks might just be the pocket-passer McElwain is looking for. The 6-foot-6 Franks threw for 2,766 yards with 35 touchdowns as a senior at Wakulla High last year. Late addition: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Houston. Cleveland caught 46 passes for 982 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. One that got away: Shavar Manuel, DT, Bradenton. Manuel de-committed Wednesday and later signed with rival Florida State, leaving the Gators with just three defensive lineman and no defensive tackles in the signing class. How they'll fit in: Florida can only hope the offensive additions boost a unit that ranked 100th in the nation in scoring last season. Franks and Trask are expected to battle incumbent starter Treon Harris, Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio and Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby for playing time right away. ___ GEORGIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Jason Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Mercole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elberton, Ga.; Isaac Nauta, TE, Buford, Ga. Best of the rest: Michail Carter, DL, Jackson, Ga.; Ben Cleveland, OL, Toccoa, Ga.; Chauncey Manac, OLB, Fargo, Ga.; Julian Rochester, DL, Powder Springs, Ga.; Javon Wims, WR, Miami. Late addition: Hardman was a huge coup for the Bulldogs, giving them one of the nation's top-25 prospects to go along with early enrollees Eason and Nauta. Hardman, who has been compared to Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson, picked his home-state school over SEC rivals Tennessee and Alabama. One that got away: DT Derrick Brown, the state's top prospect, went with Auburn over Georgia and several other SEC schools. While Smart was pleased with the players he got on the defensive line, Brown would've made Georgia's class truly special. How they'll fit in: Eason will compete for the starting quarterback job right away. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on offense last season, largely because of their struggles at the most visible position on the field. Incumbent starter Grayson Lambert returns, but it will be an upset if he keeps the job over Eason. Hardman will be expected to start at cornerback and likely handle kick return duties. Depending on how quickly he adapts to the college game, he could work his way into the mix at receiver, as well. ___ KENTUCKY Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Landon Young, OL, Lexington, Kentucky. Rated as a five-star prospect by at least two recruiting services, the 6-foot-7, 305-pounder is considered the state's top player. Best of the rest: Jordan Griffin, DB, Jonesboro, Georgia. Considering the Wildcats' secondary started three freshmen last season, the 6-foot, 175-pound, four-star prospect could quickly become part of the mix as well. He's among a trio of defensive backs Kentucky signed. "I think those guys will have an opportunity to compete for playing time and I look forward to working with them," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. Late addition: LB Jordan Bonner. The JUCO transfer committed in December but made it official this week. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining. One that got away: Kentucky had pursued DT Kobe Smith before the Lawrence, Georgia, native chose South Carolina. How they'll fit in: Though it takes time for linemen to develop, Kentucky's offensive line issues last season create a chance for Young and 6-6, 310-pound Tate Leavitt to become part of the rotation. ___ LSU Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Saivion Smith, DB, St. Petersburg, Florida. Best of the rest: Rashard Lawrence, DT, Monroe, Louisiana. Late addition: Kristian Fulton, DB, Metairie, Louisiana. One that got away: Erick Fowler, LB, Manor, Texas. How they'll fit in: The secondary has been an area of strength for LSU in recent seasons. With three starters returning, players like Smith and Fulton will be able to contribute immediately in the nickel and dime packages. "We have some lockdown corners who are going to be able to be impact players right away," Miles said. "They will give us a lot of flexibility when we move people around in the secondary." ___ MISSISSIPPI Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport, Louisiana. Freeze said his opinion of Patterson continues to grow now that he's on campus: "I love everything about that kid." Best of the rest: Greg Little, OL, Allen, Texas. The 326-pound Little could be an immediate replacement for Tunsil at left tackle. Late addition: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. Ole Miss managed to coax Brown away from Starkville, which is the hometown of rival Mississippi State. The Rebels hope Brown can turn into the team's new Treadwell, who had the most receiving yards in the SEC last season. One that got away: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Ole Miss had hoped to bolster its defensive line with one of the Magnolia State's top prospects, but Simmons chose Mississippi State over the Rebels and Alabama. How they'll fit in: Patterson will probably get a year of seasoning behind rising senior Chad Kelly, who threw for more than 4,000 yards last season. Others like Little, Brown and Jones could play right away. ___ MISSISSIPPI STATE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Best of the rest: Kobe Jones, DL, Starkville, Mississippi. Said Mullen: "We are looking for work ethic and high-character young men and he fits that for us." Late addition: Simmons. One that got away: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. The Bulldogs couldn't grab an elite prospect at a high school just a few miles from their campus. Instead, he went to rival Ole Miss. How they'll fit in: Simmons and Jones are two guys who could contribute immediately, but Mullen has a reputation of bringing young players along slowly. ___ MISSOURI Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Tre Williams, DL, Columbia, Missouri, Rock Bridge. Four recruits are among the St. Louis Post-Dispatch top 30 list — TE Brendan Scales, P-K Tucker McCann, OL Tre'Vour Simms and RB Jerod Alton. Best of the rest: Christian Holmes, CB, Atlanta, Georgia., McNair High Late addition: QB Micah Wilson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln Christian High One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: Odom was under the gun to produce after replacing Gary Pinkel in early December. It's not a wow class but it should help the school regain its footing in the SEC. ___ SOUTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Brandon McIlwain, QB, Newton, Pennsylvania. He turned down first-round MLB money to go to college and is already scrimmaging with the Gamecocks baseball team. Best of the rest: Bryan Edwards, WR, Conway, South Carolina; Jamarcus King, DB, Mobile, Alabama Late addition: WR Kiel Pollard of Moultrie, Georgia, was pledged to Arkansas before turning to the Gamecocks last week. One that got away: DT Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia. Was considered a strong lean to South Carolina. No word yet on where he signed. How they'll fit in: McIlwain should get a chance to show if he can start. Edwards and Pollard will see early playing with receiver Pharoh Cooper off to the NFL. King is expected to bulk up the secondary. ___ TENNESSEE Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Nigel Warrior is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout, which had him as the nation's No. 20 overall recruit. 247Sports and ESPN also had him in their top 100. He's the son of former Tennessee and NFL defensive back Dale Carter. Jonathan Kongbo, who redshirted one year at Wyoming before transferring to Arizona Western College, is rated as the nation's No. 1 overall junior-college prospect by 247Sports. Kongbo has three years of eligibility remaining. Best of the rest: Tyler Byrd is rated as a top-100 recruit by most recruiting services. Jarrett Guarantano of Lodi, New Jersey, is rated among the nation's top five dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. Late additions: Warrior's morning announcement gave Tennessee a good start to signing day. The addition of Byrd and Latrell Williams shows that Tennessee's hire of former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott already may be paying off. Scott joined Tennessee's staff as a tight ends coach last month. Kongbo verbally committed to Tennessee in November, reopened his recruitment last month and then announced Wednesday he'd be joining the Vols after all. How they'll fit in: Kongbo could contribute as a pass-rushing complement to Derek Barnett, who has recorded 10 sacks each of the last two seasons. Tennessee replaces its two starting safeties from last season, so Warrior will have a chance to contribute right away. Byrd also has a chance to play immediately, whether it's on special teams or defense. Tennessee didn't get huge production from its wideouts last season, so junior-college receiver Jeff George could get an early look. ___ TEXAS A&M Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kellen Diesch, OL, Trophy Club, Texas. Best of the rest: Clyde Leflore-Chriss, WR, New Orleans. Late addition: Clifford Chattman, S, New Orleans. One that got away: Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, Texas, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Coach Kevin Sumlin has long said that he doesn't recruit players to sit on the sidelines, so expect to see many of these players fill big roles this season like freshmen WR Christian Kirk and DL Daylon Mack did in 2015. ___ VANDERBILT Top 25 Class: No Best in class: JoeJuan Williams, a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Nashville, Tennessee, is a consensus four-star recruit. Williams was rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee according to composite rankings of recruiting websites by 247Sports. Williams already has enrolled at Vanderbilt. Best of the rest: Quarterback Deuce Wallace, a consensus three-star recruit, passed for 3,505 yards and 37 touchdowns last season while leading Sevier County to the Tennessee Class 5A state championship game. Wallace, who had been committed to Northwestern at one point, has already enrolled at Vanderbilt. Sean Auwae, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports,. Auwae didn't allow a sack or a tackle for loss his senior year at Kapolei (Hawaii) High School. Late addition: Josiah Sa'o, a defensive tackle from San Diego, announced Wednesday he was signing with Vanderbilt. The addition of Sa'o helped the Commodores absorb the loss of defensive tackle Brandon Adams, who flipped his verbal commitment from Vanderbilt to Georgia Tech in late January. One that got away: Bradlee Anae, a defensive end from Hawaii, selected Utah over Vanderbilt. Anae was rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. How they'll fit in: Wallace adds immediate depth to a quarterback position following the transfer of Jonathan McCrary, who lost his starting job to Kyle Shurmur last season. Williams has the talent to make an immediate contribution, and his status as an early enrollee should only help in that regard. Mason is a former Stanford defensive coordinator, and this staff showed its West Coast ties by landing kicker/punter Sam Loy and Sa'o from California as well as Auwae from Hawaii.
Feb 3, 2016
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart made quite a splash with his first recruiting class at Georgia.Even though he got a late start on the job, Smart landed one of the nation's leading collection of prospects Wednesday. Most notably, the Bulldogs picked up top-rated athlete Mercole Hardman Jr., who announced his decision during a morning ceremony at Elbert County High School in Elberton, Georgia. He...
UGa adds top athlete Hardman to early enrollees Eason, Nauta
Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart made quite a splash with his first recruiting class at Georgia. Even though he got a late start on the job, Smart landed one of the nation's leading collection of prospects Wednesday. Most notably, the Bulldogs picked up top-rated athlete Mercole Hardman Jr., who announced his decision during a morning ceremony at Elbert County High School in Elberton, Georgia. He figures to break into the lineup right away on defense and could wind up playing offense, too. Smart, the former defensive coordinator at Alabama, was hired shortly after Georgia fired longtime coach Mark Richt but wasn't able to take over right away, staying with the Crimson Tide through their victory in the national championship game. Georgia signed plenty of familiar names. Running back Elijah Holyfield is the son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, while receiver Riley Ridley is the younger brother of Calvin Ridley, who as a freshman played a key pass-catching role for Alabama's national championship team. The Bulldogs also landed tight end Charlie Woerner, the nephew of former Georgia star Scott Woerner, who was recently elected the College Football Hall of Fame. Smart signed 13 players from within the state but missed out on top prospect Derrick Brown. ___ Other things to know: Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Jason Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Mercole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elberton, Ga.; Isaac Nauta, TE, Buford, Ga. Best of the rest: Michail Carter, DL, Jackson, Ga.; Ben Cleveland, OL, Toccoa, Ga.; Chauncey Manac, OLB, Fargo, Ga.; Julian Rochester, DL, Powder Springs, Ga.; Javon Wims, WR, Miami. Late addition: Hardman was a huge coup for the Bulldogs, giving them one of the nation's top-25 prospects to go along with early enrollees Eason and Nauta. Hardman, who has been compared to Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson, picked his home-state school over SEC rivals Tennessee and Alabama. One that got away: DT Derrick Brown, the state's top prospect, went with Auburn over Georgia and several other SEC schools. While Smart was pleased with the players he got on the defensive line, Brown would've made Georgia's class truly special. How they'll fit in: Eason will compete for the starting quarterback job right away. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on offense last season, largely because of their struggles at the most visible position on the field. Incumbent starter Grayson Lambert returns, but it will be an upset if he keeps the job over Eason. Hardman will be expected to start at cornerback and likely handle kick return duties. Depending on how quickly he adapts to the college game, he could work his way into the mix at receiver, as well. ___ For the full list: http://www.GeorgiaDogs.com
Jan 21, 2016
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — One's a Harvard educated lawyer, the other a baseball statistics guru.Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta seem oddly misplaced in the NFL's macho world, like a couple of high school nerds who accidentally walked into the football team's weight room on their way to the chemistry class.And while both have diverse and decorated backgrounds in professional sports, neither has...
Brains amid brawn: Browns introduce front-office thinkers
By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press | Jan 21, 2016BEREA, Ohio (AP) — One's a Harvard educated lawyer, the other a baseball statistics guru. Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta seem oddly misplaced in the NFL's macho world, like a couple of high school nerds who accidentally walked into the football team's weight room on their way to the chemistry class. And while both have diverse and decorated backgrounds in professional sports, neither has successfully helped restore a flailing NFL franchise. These big thinkers are now tackling a problem as complex as any logarithm — solving the Cleveland Browns. Recently appointed as the team's director of football operations with final say over the 53-man roster, Brown was introduced Thursday at a news conference along with DePodesta, a former baseball executive whose first passion has always been football. The two executives, whose pairing in Cleveland prompted some of the same eye-rolling DePodesta received early in his career, didn't make any over-the-top promises at their initial public event. They want to change Cleveland's culture, the way decisions are made and create a vision for the entire organization. DePodesta, who was persuaded to leave the New York Mets by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, said "most" of his friends in baseball told him he was crazy for going to Cleveland, seen by outsiders as an NFL wasteland. "But it's funny, a lot of the people who know me well reached out and said they really weren't surprised at the end of the day, just knowing my passion for football and maybe even passion for a challenge," he said. DePodesta wasn't afraid of Cleveland. He got his start here as an intern with the Indians in the mid-1990s when the Browns were gone and the city rekindled its love with baseball. Haslam hired him as his strategy director, and although his expertise lies in analyzing data, DePodesta is savvy enough to know that merely crunching numbers won't fix the Browns. He's aware that his presence in Cleveland has led to speculation that he'll be printing out graphics and complex charts for Cleveland's coaching staff to follow on game day. That's not the case. "Analytics is not sitting behind a computer and pushing 'enter' and having it produce an answer," he said. "This game is not a simulation. It's played be real people at the end of the day and because of that there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty. And for us, it's about how do we use information and data to get our arms around that uncertainty. "We're going to be looking at all sorts of different areas, whether it's scouting, personnel, player development — all sorts of different things. "But it's not always going to be about numbers or formulas, it's the mindset of how can we use information or is there better information out there that can help us make a better decision." Brown said the club is still interviewing candidates for vice president of player personnel, the team's lead talent evaluator. Brown said that hire should happen in the next two weeks. Brown and DePodesta's first assignment together was to join owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam in finding a coach and the hiring of Hue Jackson, Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator, has been universally applauded. There are some bigger decisions in the months ahead, including the futures of quarterback Johnny Manziel, suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon and the upcoming draft. Brown said the team will not make any rash decisions on Manziel, whose second season ended with him on shakier ground than ever. Manziel, who was following the NFL's protocol on concussions, skipped a scheduled medical treatment on the final day of the season amid reports he was spotted in Las Vegas. Brown said he did not know where Manziel was on the season's final weekend and that he was fined for missing his treatment session. As for Manziel's future, Brown said the team will sit down with the 23-year-old "at the appropriate" time to discuss his status. "We're not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him," Brown said. "He understands what's ahead of him and what he needs to do to have a career in this league and with the Browns." As for Gordon, who has applied to Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement with the league after being suspended for multiple drug violations, Brown said the team is in a wait-and-see mode "Could Josh come back to this roster? Yes," Brown said. "Is that necessarily going to happen? He's got to be cleared first by the NFL to get to that point." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 20, 2016
State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville said Wednesday he believes the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has entered illegal media contracts and that the organization is generating revenue local school districts will never see.
State legislator says OSSAA TV contracts illegal, revenues not going to schools
Jacob Unruh | Jan 20, 2016An Oklahoma legislator said Wednesday he believes the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has entered illegal media contracts and that the organization is generating revenue local school districts will never see. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said the OSSAA will generate more than $800,000 in broadcast fees over the next 10 years from agreements with Fox Sports and the National Federations of State High School Associations Network. “In these down revenue times, I think we can all agree on the importance of revenue sharing with schools and clearly adhering to purchasing best practices and state law,” Cleveland said in a release. “The fact is, the OSSAA is able to generate this contract revenue at the expense of our schools, and they should be sharing some of that money with those schools.” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the OSSAA does share that money with the schools. He said the money goes into a general fund along with other revenue and is reimbursed. Last year, the OSSAA reimbursed a little more than $1.5 million to schools for participation in the playoffs and hosting playoff contests. “All of our media rights contracts have been discussed in open session at our board meetings, they’ve been on our agenda,” Sheakley said. “When our media rights come up, we send out a request for a proposal to get people to bid on our contracts. We feel that if we go with a long-term contract we’ve got more continuity; we’ve got more support for our member schools and for our students. But to say that we’re not giving any of this back, that’s not true because we are giving money back to our membership.” The contract with Fox nets $225,000 over the five years. It is due to expire at the end of the school year, Sheakley said. The deal with the three-year-old NFHS Network, a pay-per-view website, is in its second year and will bring in around $555,000 over the 10-year commitment. Under that contract, schools receive a portion of net revenue from the subscription services and associated advertising generated. “This is more exposure for our students, for our member schools and it’s for people who can’t attend contests for whatever reason that might be,” Sheakley said. “It’s just a great chance for exposure.” Every football state championship last season was shown live on Fox Sports Oklahoma or streamed live on the NFHS Network. Sheakley said Fox has first choice of games and then the remaining games become NFHS options. Cleveland said in the release that the OSSAA has been labeled a “quasi-state agency” by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which would prohibit it from entering any contract that extends beyond the current fiscal year. He said he intends to request an opinion from the Attorney General’s office regarding the matter. Cleveland authored a law in 2014 that requires the OSSAA to adhere to the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act. He intends to file a second bill in the upcoming legislative session regarding the OSSAA. This bill would subject the organization to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, which would mean increased legislative oversight. “We just feel that all that does is add more cost to the organization to be in compliance with that, which is going to be less money back to the schools,” Sheakley said. “We’re open, we’re transparent. We’re a non-profit organization and we believe we’re transparent.”
Jan 14, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Travis Kelce has always been competitive, whether it was on the playground as a kid, the Cleveland Heights football field in high school, or inside Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati.It didn't change when he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, either.If anything, the tight end became even more competitive, setting a goal to be the best player at his...
Patriots-Chiefs a showcase for tight ends Gronkowski, Kelce
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Jan 14, 2016KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Travis Kelce has always been competitive, whether it was on the playground as a kid, the Cleveland Heights football field in high school, or inside Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. It didn't change when he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, either. If anything, the tight end became even more competitive, setting a goal to be the best player at his position in the NFL. And on Saturday, he'll have his biggest platform yet to state his case when the Chiefs visit the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. On the other sideline? Rob Gronkowski, considered to be the best tight end in the game. "I have no control over what that guy does. He has no control over what I do," Kelce said. "Rob's been an outstanding tight end, needless to say — all the stuff he's been able to do in the league. But we're in a single elimination game. I have no focus or care for what that offense does." Nor does Gronkowski care what the Kansas City offense does. Both tight ends are focused on beating the opposing defense, not beating each other in catches or yards or touchdowns. It sure is an interesting game within the game, though. Gronkowski was the Patriots' leading receiver with 1,176 yards this season, while Kelce was the Chiefs' second-leading receiver with 875. That put both of them in the top four in the AFC among tight ends, with Gronkowski at the peak of the ladder and Kelce just a few rungs below. They are also first and fourth, respectively, in yards receiving over the past two years. But it's Kelce who has the most yards-after-catch among tight ends over that time with 1,045. Gronkowski is next at 1,022, another example of just how closely they mirror each other. "We see a very good tight end in practice every day, so that's great. Very challenging for us," Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. "But there's a lot of good tight ends in the league. (Kelce) is certainly one of the better ones and one of the guys that's most productive." His performance in last weekend's wild-card win over Houston proved it. Kelce had eight catches for 128 yards, the third-most productive performance in a playoff game in franchise history. "Kelce's good. He's explosive," Patriots cornerback Patrick Chung said. "He's explosive, good hands, good run-after-the-catch. That's key with him. He's good. He wouldn't be in the playoffs — that team wouldn't be in the playoffs — if he wasn't good." All of those descriptors of Kelce just as accurately apply to Gronkowski, and for good reason: The Patriots tight end has become the mold for all tight ends that have followed him. He's big and rangy and physical, but he also has enough speed to stretch defenses. He is a matchup nightmare for a safety, and virtually impossible to defend for a cornerback. Yet when asked to put his hand in the dirt and block in the run game, he is capable of plowing over a linebacker. "He's a competitor," Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. "That along with his size and just his ability as well. But I feel like he's a big-time competitor. He's going to compete." Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson was asked to consider the differences between the two tight ends. After a couple of minutes of rumination, he came away stumped. "We use Kelce like they use Gronk. He's a big factor in the red zone for them," Pederson said. "We try to do the same things with Kelce. Thinking about both, we move our guy around, they move their guy around. It's harder to find the cons than the pros, because we use our guy like they use theirs." There are subtle differences. The Chiefs use Kelce in stack and bunch formations, splitting him out with wide receivers in an attempt to disguise his routes. Gronkowski often lines up all along in the Patriots scheme, taking advantage of the physical mismatch he presents in one-on-one coverage. "That would be about the only difference," Pederson said. Both tight ends figure to factor prominently in their team's game plans Saturday, and that should give both the perfect opportunity to prove they are the best at their position. Notes: WR Jeremy Maclin (sprained ankle) went through warmups Thursday. So did LB Justin Houston (hyperextended knee). C Mitch Morse and RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif still have not passed through the NFL's concussion protocol. ___ AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jan 4, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp believes the South Carolina is not that far from being the same kind of football program that went 33-6 over a three-season stretch from 2011-13.He's been working the last month to return the program to those lofty levels."We're not far off. We need to continue to work and understand where we are and where we want to go," Muschamp told The Associated Press on...
Coach Muschamp: South Carolina football program not far off
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Jan 4, 2016COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Will Muschamp believes the South Carolina is not that far from being the same kind of football program that went 33-6 over a three-season stretch from 2011-13. He's been working the last month to return the program to those lofty levels. "We're not far off. We need to continue to work and understand where we are and where we want to go," Muschamp told The Associated Press on Monday. Muschamp was hired Dec. 6 as the Gamecocks coach, replacing Steve Spurrier who stepped down in mid-October with South Carolina struggling. Interim coach Shawn Elliott guided the team through the last half of the season, finishing off a 3-9 campaign with five consecutive defeats. Muschamp understands the gap he needs to bridge to get the Gamecocks back competing for the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. To that end, he's spent much of his time since being hired recruiting and building a staff. The latest addition to his staff his co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who handled those duties in Muschamp's last year as Florida head coach. Roper spent this past season as an offensive assistant for the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Roper will share coordinator duties with Bryan McClendon, who was Georgia's passing game coordinator, receivers coach and, after Mark Richt's firing, its interim coach for the Bulldogs' 24-17 win over Penn State in the Taxslayer Bowl last week. Muschamp is aware of those critical of his offense late in his Florida tenure and believes he's got the right assistants in place to avoid that issue at South Carolina. "I hire coaches to do a job," Muschamp said. "Offensively, I just want to be on the same page philosophically of what we want to do. Regardless of what anyone says, the offensive coordinator calls the plays. We've got a good staff and I'm excited about their experience." Muschamp, who was Auburn's defensive coordinator, will focus on South Carolina's defense, which was last in the SEC in total defense (allowing 429 yards a game) and next-to-last in points allowed (27.5 per game). Right now, he's concentrating on bulking up South Carolina's recruiting. After his introductory press conference, Muschamp headed to a local high school to speak with prospect TJ Brunson at Richland Northeast. He was able to shore up the early enrollee commitment of highly regarded quarterback Brandon McIlwain out of Pennsylvania and get all-state receiver Bryan Edwards of Conway to re-commit to South Carolina after he had backed off because of the mid-year coaching turmoil. South Carolina is still awaiting a decision from leading tackler Skai Moore on whether he'll stay for his final season or declare for the NFL draft. Muschamp said he's talked several times with Moore about the future and will continue those discussions this week. "I know we'll have a complete meltdown in the fanbase when we don't get someone," Muschamp said. "But I'm only worried about the guys that are here." Muschamp found time the past two weeks to review tape of all South Carolina games from last season. He found the problems that led to the Gamecocks first losing season since 2003. Muschamp also saw effort, physicality and a commitment to teammates he can build on in spring practice. He'll make no decisions this quickly on who might start or be replaced. Muschamp said he and his staff will have plenty of time for that before next season. "We'll let our eyeballs tell us that," he said. Muschamp is grateful to South Carolina for a second chance in the SEC after his four-year stint at Florida. He asserted while things did not end well with the Gators, he cleaned up and turned around a program that won the Eastern Division and played in the SEC title game this season. "A lot of that gets mis-seen because of the result," Muschamp said. "Let's go win some games, let's go score some points and let's continue to do the other things we did extremely well at Florida and represent things in a first-class manner."
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 28, 2015
She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State.
High school notebook: Westmoore's Ashley Gomez offered by Xavier
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 28, 2015Westmoore senior Ashley Gomez's college interest has expanded to the Big East. Xavier offered the sharp-shooting guard Tuesday, marking her fourth scholarship offer, according to basketball coach Andrea Guziec. Gomez was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team last season after averaging 16.9 points per game. She is regarded by many as one of the best 3-point shooters in the area and is a big reason the Jaguars are undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Class 6A. She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State. SOUTHMOORE'S THOMPSON, STARK AMONG HONOREES IN COAC Southmoore garnered a pair of the top awards on the All-Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference football team. Sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Stark was named Coach of the Year, the conference announced. Southmoore was the conference champion as well. Deer Creek linebacker Blake Landon was named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is the full list of conference honorees: Conference champion: Southmoore Coach of the Year: Jeremy Stark, Southmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Thompson, Southmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Blake Landon, Deer Creek Offensive Back of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver of the Year: Dunya Rice, Southmoore Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jude Richardson, Norman North Defensive Lineman of the Year: Noah Jones, Southmoore Linebacker of the Year: Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Kiante Miles, Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year: Dalton Witherspoon, Moore First-Team selections Quarterback: Chandler Garrett, Mustang Running back: Darrian Moss, Southmoore; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial Receiver: Jordan Brown, Stillwater; Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North; Nathan Womack, Norman North; Dylan Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore Offensive line: Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Walker Reed, Norman North; Jackson Denny, Norman North; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive line: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe; Corey Tipsword, Norman North Linebacker: Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Kaden Truelove, Mustang; Tyler Adkinson, Westmoore; Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Kyle Sander, Deer Creek; Antonio Williams, Edmond North; Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Ezra Harper, Mustang Kicker: Parker Noble, Deer Creek Punter: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial Return Specialist: Jordan Prince, Edmond North Deep snapper: Jonah Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial Second-team selections Quarterback: Cameron Hardesty, Norman North Running back: AaRon Kinchion, Mustang; Tahj Davidson, Deer Creek; J.R. Bryson, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver: Noah McGraw, Deer Creek; Cooper Coyle, Edmond North; Jack Fronheiser, Norman; Rylan Redding, Yukon Offensive line: Bryce Barker, Southmoore; Trace Pack, Norman North; Elijah Smith, Norman; Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe; D.J. Taylor, Yukon Defensive line: Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Parker Jurae, Edmodn North; Ethan Robinson, Norman North; Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker: Cooper Stanley, Yukon; Cole Daniel, Mustang; Trey Carter, Stillwater; Dylan Hall, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Jake Brewer, Norman North; Jase George, Edmond Memorial; Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Nick Farmer, Deer Creek; Hayden Fox, Deer Creek Kicker: Zach Bryant, Stillwater Punter: Preston Porter, Norman North Return specialist: Ryan Houser, Moore Deep snapper: Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe ADAIR'S EBY TOPS DISTRICT 2A-7 HONORS Adair senior Cody Eby was recently named the District 2A-7 MVP after helping lead his team to the school's first ever football championship. Eby accounted for 30 touchdowns — 17 receiving and 13 rushing — as a big part of Adair's high-powered offense that rolled to a Class 2A title. Adair coach Mark Lippe was also named Coach of the Year, Walker Graves was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bo Rogers was named Special Teams Player of the Year. Adair quarterback B.J. Bradbury, who is on The Oklahoman's All-State team as a defensive back, was named Quarterback of the Year. Another member of the All-State team, Tré Lang of Haskell, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Cody Eby, Adair Offensive Player of the Year: Tré Lang, Haskell Defensive Player of the Year: Walker Graves, Adair Special Teams Player of the Year: Bo Rogers, Adair Newcomer of the Year: Jacob Bruce, Hulbert Coach of the Year: Mark Lippe, Adair Quarterback of the Year: B.J. Bradbury, Adair Running Back of the Year: Anthony Howard, Hulbert Wide Receiver of the Year: Brock Martin, Adair Offensive Lineman of the Year: McQuay Shaw, Haskell; Nick Richmond, Hulbert; Lane Yoder, Adair; Chance Brown, Colcord Tight End of the Year: Dexter Nichols, Kansas; Adam Davis, Hulbert Injured Athlete of the Year: Brandon Roeder, Adair; Cody Daniels, Salina; Chris King, Choteau Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kanyon Kelley, Haskell Defensive End of the Year: Bryce McCutceon, Adair Inside Linebacker of the Year: Caleb Crites, Colcord; Austin Junghans, Haskell Outside Linebacker of the Year: Jesse Copeland, Colcord; Ethan Autry, Hulbert Defensive Back of the Year: Will Hefner, Adair ALL DISTRICT Adair: Blane Dean, Alec Brand, Jason Kincade, Ben Woolman, Joe Smith, Noah McKnight, Heath Kerr, Nick King, Trevor Brachtenbach Choteau: Ben Cowan, Joe Quigley, Trevor Searcy Colcord: JJ Potter, Cash Hayes, James Parsons, River Craghead Hulbert: Jordan Gibson, Spencer West, Parker Taylor, Jon McGowan, Dillon Stanley, Greg Landaverde, Gunner Cleveland Kansas: Mark Blizzard, Jared Hogshooter, Jordan Robbins Salina: Billy Shea, Jared Mellowbug, Bryce Kerns, Matt Ogle HONORABLE MENTION Choteau: Curtis Smallwood, Justin Chupp, Tyler McMahan, Zac Primeaux Colcord: Mandan Shawver, Spencer Earp Hulbert: Noah Thompson, Trenton Justice, Josh Hardison, Gabe Scott Kansas: Cody Blackfox, Jon Noe, Ty Whorton Salina: Chase Mellowbug, Trenton Pritchett, Isaiah Sapp, Jake Sitsler
Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics.Jan. 1 — Connor...
2015 At A Glance
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics. Jan. 1 — Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in No. 7 Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans, who trailed 41-21 after three quarters, got the winning touchdown after Marcus Rush blocked a Baylor field goal with just more than a minute left. Jan. 1 — Marcus Mariota and Oregon rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout. Jan. 1 — Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff. Jan. 2 — Greg Ward threw three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars beat Pittsburgh 35-34. Pitt led 31-6 with 14 minutes left in the game when Houston went on to the biggest comeback in an FBS game this season, and the third-largest in a bowl game. Jan. 3 — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game. Jan. 6 — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Jan. 6 — Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000 NHL points, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1. The goal was the 399th for Elias. Jan. 7 — Golde State's Klay Thompson scored 40 points and Stephen Curry added 21 points and a season-high-tying 15 assists to put away the Indiana Pacers 117-102. Curry became the fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3-pointers. It was Curry's 369th game, 88 fewer than it took Dennis Scott (457 games) to reach the milestone. Jan. 10 — North Dakota State became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory over Illinois State. Bison quarterback Carson Wentz ran five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run put Illinois State ahead. Jan. 10 — Tom Brady set a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady broke Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reached their fourth straight AFC championship game. Jan. 11 — Roger Federer beat the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Jan. 11 — Green Bay rallied from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers were helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 was reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenged. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball went over to the Packers. Jan. 12 — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. Jan. 13 — Minnesota's Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points and the Timberwolves Minnesota snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 win over Indiana. Jan. 16 — Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks was suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games for violating terms of the NBA's anti-drug program. The Bucks later waived Sanders on Feb. 21. Jan. 16 — The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. Jan. 18 — Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Outplayed much of the game and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks trailed 16-7 with 2:09 remaining. That's when Wilson ran 1 yard for a TD. Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Marshawn Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson's desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19. But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go. Jan. 18 — Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jan. 19 — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G for her record 63rd World Cup victory. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Jan. 20 — Southern Mississippi administered a self-imposed a postseason ban for the current basketball season because of an ongoing NCAA inquiry into the program. The university did not play in the Conference USA postseason tournament or made itself eligible for NCAA tournament consideration. Jan. 20 — Claude Giroux scored 3:57 into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a fight-filled game. The throwback clash featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes. Heated rivals for years, the teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Jan. 21 — Max Scherzer was introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract. Jan. 21 — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists in Detroit's 128-118 victory over Orlando, the NBA's first 20-point, 20-assist performance since Steve Nash on Nov. 9, 2009. Jan. 22 — Pau and Marc Gasol were voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game. Pau of Chicago was elected to start up front for the East and Memphis' Marc for the West frontcourt. Jan. 23 — Roger Federer was ousted from the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5). This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001, when he also lost in the third round. Jan. 23 — Klay Thompson set an NBA record for the most points in a quarter, a thrilling 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Thompson made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from 3-point range, in the quarter and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span. He finished with a career-high 52 points on 16-for-25 shooting, including 11 for 15 on 3-pointers. Jan. 24 — Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. Figure Skating title. Her 148.98 points for the free skate and 221.02 overall were records for the event, beating defending champ Gracie Gold by a whopping 15.48. Jan. 25 — Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden. Krzyzewski reached four figures on his first try. He improved to 1,000-308 in a 40-year coaching career that began in 1975 at his alma mater, Army. Jan. 25 — Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. It marked the 15th time since the 1973-74 season — when blocked shots were first tracked in the NBA — in which a player recorded a "triple-dozen" in points/rebounds/blocks. Jan. 25 — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game. The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001. Jan. 25 — Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Aussie to reach the final eight in Melbourne Park men's draw since 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Jan. 25 — A capacity crowd of 63,225 in at Glendale, Ariz., watched Team Irvin beat Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl. The NFL tried new rules for the game. No kickoffs, no blitzing, alternate possessions to start each quarter, two-minute warnings for each quarter and stopping the clock when a running play doesn't gain a yard in the final two minutes. Jan. 25 — Jason Brown won his first U.S. men's figure skating title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Brown finished with 274.98 points to beat Rippon by 2.5. Rippon won the free skate with 187.77. Jan. 27 — Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin, becoming the first Russian to get a World Cup victory in more than three decades. Khoroshilov finished in a total time of 1:46.39, 1.44 ahead of second-place Stefano Gross of Italy. Russia's last victory came from Alexander Zhirov in a giant slalom in 1981. Jan. 28 — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as LeBron James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jan. 30 — The Phoenix Open continued without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The biggest shock was Woods, who made bogey on his last hole for an 82, the worst score in his two decades as a pro. Mickelson shot 76 and missed the cut by two shots. Jan. 31 — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Jan. 31 — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final. Jan. 31 — Teen star Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking. The 17-year-old blew a late lead and settled for a share of second place at the LPGA Tour's season opener, where she finished a shot behind Na Yeon Choi in the Coates Golf Championship. Jan. 31 — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also included a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. Jan. 31 — Aaron Rodgers won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions. He threw 512 passes at home without a pick and led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury. Jan. 31 — Bibb County defeated Brookwood 2-0 in an Alabama high school basketball game, with the only score came in the opening 15 seconds. After two passes, Bibb County's Brandon Rutledge scored after rebounding a missed 3-pointer. It was the lowest scoring game since Durham Hillside (N.C.) defeated Roxboro Person (N.C.), 2-0, in 1977. MORE