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May 19, 2016
Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson waited for the better part of three weeks for the scholarship offer. It finally arrived late Wednesday night, and now there's a chance a family tradition could continue. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley offered the dual-threat quarterback, a day after Ohio State offered. “Today's offer hasn't shocked me and I'm not into...
Southmoore's Casey Thompson says OU offer 'took off some pressure'
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com | May 19, 2016Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson waited for the better part of three weeks for the scholarship offer. It finally arrived late Wednesday night, and now there's a chance a family tradition could continue. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley offered the dual-threat quarterback, a day after Ohio State offered. “Today's offer hasn't shocked me and I'm not into all the hype,” Thompson told The Oklahoman via text message. “From the outside looking in, you wouldn't be able to see a difference in me! I (definitely) wanted it (though) and have been waiting. Just took off some pressure.” Thompson, who is soon to be a junior, is the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson. His older brother Kendal also played for the Sooners from 2011-2013 before transferring to Utah. He said in a text message his dad was excited about the offer. Thompson also said Riley spent extensive time at Southmoore this offseason. Riley watched Thompson throw three times and informed him three weeks ago an offer would come at the end of spring or in the summer. As a sophomore last season, Thompson became the first quarterback in Class 6A history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000 in a season. He threw for 2,670 yards and 32 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He rushed for 1,011 yards and 20 scores. He now has 16 offers, including in-state rival Oklahoma State. Iowa State, West Virginia, Penn State and North Carolina each offered since late April. His classmate and offensive lineman Brey Walker committed to the Sooners last November. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle chose OU over Alabama, OSU and Arkansas among others. HERITAGE HALL'S TEVIN MCDANIEL CONCLUDES IMPRESSIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FEAT Heritage Hall senior Tevin McDaniel closed a decorated high school career with quite a flourish over the last two weeks. On May 6, McDaniel ran a leg on the Chargers' 800-meter relay team that won a gold medal at the Class 3A state track meet, and last week, he was on the soccer team that won the Class 5A state title. Those two feats added to his already impressive list of state championship hardware. McDaniel was part of the Chargers' Class 3A basketball title in 2015, and last week's soccer victory gave him two state titles on the pitch. Of course, he played a crucial role as the star running back and defensive end for the football team that won 3A championships the last two years. The son of former John Marshall and OU football standout Michael McDaniel, Tevin is headed to the Air Force Academy to continue his football career. SEVEN OKLAHOMANS NOMINATED FOR ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL Seven Oklahoma high school football players are among the 400 nominated for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl Game. Three players who are committed to Oklahoma and one Oklahoma State commit are on the list. OU commitments Justin Broiles of John Marshall, Tre Brown of Tulsa Union and Levi Draper of Collinsville are among those being considered for the game, along with OSU commit Adrian Wolford of Meeker. Also on the list are Southmoore's Quindon Lewis, Putnam City West's Nick Robinson and Muskogee's Marcus Mays. The selection tour to announce the 90 players chosen to play in the Army All-American Bowl will begin in September. The game is scheduled for Jan. 7 in San Antonio. DEER CREEK'S MITCHELL STONE ADDED TO UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA GAME Deer Creek junior pitcher Mitchell Stone is heading to Wrigley Field this summer. Stone was announced Wednesday as an addition to the Under Armour All-America baseball game scheduled for July 23 at the iconic stadium. Stone, a 6-foot-9 left-hander committed to Oklahoma State, led Deer Creek to the Class 6A state championship game last week. He pitched seven strong innings during the state quarterfinals and had a pinch-hit home run in the semifinals. He joins Southmoore junior outfielder Conner Uselton in the game. Uselton's participation was announced in January. THOMPSON, O'DELL TOP CANADIAN VALLEY LIST Tuttle's Brantly Thompson and Marlow's Braeden O'Dell were named the MVPs of the Canadian Valley Conference for boys basketball, with Thompson taking the award for the North division and O'Dell for the South. Here are the full All-Conference honors: North Division Co-Coach of the Year: Brad Reynolds, Blanchard; Aaron Toler, Bethany MVP: Brantly Thompson, Tuttle All-Conference Bethany: Logan O'Neal; Blanchard: Drake Vittitow, Tanner Long, Aaron Brooks, Coy Hacker; Bridge Creek: Riley Cowan; Kingfisher: Mason Overstreet, Jett Sternberger, Marco Charqueno; Newcastle: Gavin Garner. South Division Coach of the Year: Kirk Harris, Marlow MVP: Braeden O'Dell, Marlow All-Conference Lindsay: Connor Karpe, Caden Verble, Jake Lindsey; Pauls Valley: Breydan Jackson, Matt Perry; Purcell: Jack Scrutchins, Riley Hamilton, Austin Nation; Marlow: Dawson Huddleston, Will Coffman; Washington: Chandler Haley, Tanner Madden.
MOORE — The Class 5A and 6A state track meets are scheduled to begin with field events at 10 a.m. Friday at Moore Stadium. Running events will follow at noon. The schedule will be the same for Saturday's finals. Here are some Oklahoma City-area athletes to keep an eye on: Class 6A BOYS Brock Appiah and Jordan Prince, Edmond North: A dangerously fast duo with Appiah in the sprints and Prince in...
Class 5A/6A state track meets: Athletes to watch
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | May 12, 2016MOORE — The Class 5A and 6A state track meets are scheduled to begin with field events at 10 a.m. Friday at Moore Stadium. Running events will follow at noon. The schedule will be the same for Saturday's finals. Here are some Oklahoma City-area athletes to keep an eye on: Class 6A BOYS Brock Appiah and Jordan Prince, Edmond North: A dangerously fast duo with Appiah in the sprints and Prince in the 300 hurdles. Ean Beyer, Norman North: Last fall's cross country champion continues to find success in the distance events. Howard Douglass, Midwest City: A sophomore, Douglass challenged the 100-meter state record earlier this year. Patrick Larrison, Moore: The sophomore burst onto the scene and has been nearly unbeatable in the throwing events. Zach Mauck, Edmond Memorial: One of several Bulldogs with a chance to win as they look to contend for the team crown. Kyle Sander, Deer Creek: Consistently among the state's best 300 hurdlers. Vernon Turner, Yukon: The state’s new record-holder in the high jump at 7-4, which is the top mark by a high school athlete nationally this year.. GIRLS Whitney Bridges, Southmoore: The sophomore has gone below 12 seconds in the 100 meters, where she will try to defend her title. Jasmine Exum, Edmond North: Look for her to contend for medals in both hurdle events. Marisa Fleck, Norman: One of the state's top shot-putters will try to add to her collection of state meet hardware. Bailey Golden, Choctaw: Among the favorites to win the high jump. Sydney Long, Westmoore: The aptly named Jaguar continues to dominate in the long jump, pushing the 19-foot mark. Morganne Mukes and Kya Barnes, Edmond Memorial: Mukes has multiple state medals in sprints, and Barnes has been the state's top 400 runner. Class 5A BOYS Cecil Cole, Del City: The Eagles' standout football player is a talented sprinter, too. Kolby Mendenhall, McGuinness: A state champion sprinter at Perry the last two years, Mendenhall has been strong against 5A competition this spring. Carlos Owens, Guthrie: Among the best hurdlers in the class, winning both events at regionals last week. Christian Patterson, Shawnee: The leader of the Wolves' talented pole vaulting group, Patterson cleared 15-7 at regionals. Ethan Taylor, Piedmont: The Wildcat hurdler should be in the mix for medals in the 110 and 300. GIRLS Tesa Potter, Tecumseh: The 5A cross country champ has been a force in the distance events throughout her career. Jakira Wilson, Del City: The Eagles didn't qualify a lot of athletes, but like Wilson in the sprints, all of them can score points. Helen Homola, McGuinness: The standout distance runner hopes to be in the mix in the 3,200. Kelsey Simmons and Moe Tramble, Shawnee: The veteran duo leads the Wolves on multiple relay teams. Candis Rodgers, Northwest Classen: The speedy sprinter will try to contend in the 100 and 200.
Family, friends walk Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon to honor teen who donated his organs to local manApr 22, 2016
Two families bonded together by the heart of a teenage baseball player carry on Brendon McLarty’s legacy by embracing what he cared about. Friends and family of the teen will walk in the Oklahoma City Memorial marathon this year, not only remembering the lives lost in the 1995 bombing, but also to celebrate the life of a young organ donor who passed away in 2012. The recipient of his heart will...
Family, friends walk Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon to honor teen who donated his organs to local man
By Heather Dean | Apr 22, 2016[img width="400" height="684" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 0px 15px;" render="w620"]4217287[/img] Two families bonded together by the heart of a teenage baseball player carry on Brendon McLarty’s legacy by embracing what he cared about. Friends and family of the teen will walk in the Oklahoma City Memorial marathon this year, not only remembering the lives lost in the 1995 bombing, but also to celebrate the life of a young organ donor who passed away in 2012. The recipient of his heart will cheer them on from afar. Brendon McLarty was an all-American 16 year old boy who had a passion for sports. He was a Perry Maroon through and through, and enjoyed playing football and baseball for Perry High School. He played sports with determination, passion and focus – and inspired his fellow teammates to play the best they could. “He was very selfless in a way that’s hard to articulate,” said Jennifer Blair, Brendon’s aunt. “He appreciated the small things in life. He lived life and touched so many people’s lives in 16 years, and was able to do that again when he died.” Brendon died in 2012 after a fatal asthma attack. When he got his driver’s license, he had signed up to be an organ donor. “From the moment Jon (Brendon’s dad) and I knew our son was not going to make it, we decided to honor his wishes to be an organ donor. We wanted something good to come of our son’s death, and helping to save other’s lives was just that,” said Brendon’s mom, Lori McLarty. Oklahoma is a first person authorization state, which is an individual’s legally binding decision to become an organ and tissue donor after his or her death. The decision to become an organ donor by an adult cannot be overridden; however, families of minors must make this decision for their children. Brendon was a registered organ donor on his driver’s license, and his parents honored his wishes. Two days after Brendon died Kerry Creach received Brendon’s heart. He had been told just hours earlier that he wouldn’t make it through the night. “We are so very appreciative that his heart went to such an amazing man, and so happy to have had the opportunity to meet Kerry and hear Brendon’s heart beat again,” Lori said. The Creach and McLarty families have been in touch for the past few years, and Creach walked in the Memorial Marathon’s 5K with Brendon’s family in 2014. “Every year we run in the Memorial Marathon to remember Brendon. It gives me a chance to tell Brendon’s story through our annual t-shirt, and benefit a scholarship fund in his name,” Lori said. This year, Creach can’t be part of the event, but will support them from afar. The Memorial Marathon coincides with National Donate Life Month, and LifeShare is celebrating the selfless gifts of life given by people around the state of Oklahoma. LifeShare is the federally designated organ procurement organization in the state of Oklahoma and is responsible for organ and tissue donation statewide. The families celebrate Brendon in many other ways as well. The Brendon McLarty Scholarship at Perry High School was established to honor and remember Brendon’s life. The scholarship is given each year to a Perry graduate that exemplifies the qualities and standards by which Brendon lived. This year, Brendon will be memorialized on April 23, when the Perry “BMAC” Baseball Complex is celebrating its grand opening. BMAC is a nickname Brendon often went by. Kerry Creach will throw the first pitch and it will be caught by Brendon’s 7 year-old cousin. “Baseball was Brendon’s passion, and the field was where his heart was. Now, his heart will literally be at the field helping Kerry throw the first pitch,” Lori said. The McLarty family takes every opportunity to encourage the community to be organ donors. Inspired by Brendon’s life and selfless act, many people have registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. “Brendon McLarty saved many lives and left an unforgettable legacy for many to follow,” said Jeff Orlowski, president and CEO of LifeShare. “The actions of his family following through with Brendon’s wishes, speaks volumes to their care and compassion for others.” Across the United States, more than 121,000 individuals wait for an organ transplant to save their life, 700 of these are Oklahomans. Thousands more are in need of tissue and corneal transplants to restore mobility and sight. Without the generous gift of more than 24,000 donors in the United States per year, many would still be waiting for a lifesaving gift. “LifeShare encourages all Oklahomans to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to share your decision with your family,” Orlowski added. Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.LifeShareRegistry.org. For more information about LifeShare, visit www.lifeshareok.org.
Apr 14, 2016
Thirty-eight years later — 38 years and 84 national championships, including 11 in men’s basketball — Hudson has finally left the post. He’s resigned as the SAC commissioner.
A Hall of Fame takes notice of one of Oklahoma's behind-the-scenes basketball leaders
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Apr 14, 2016John Hudson was a young lawyer and a former basketball coach, an interesting-enough combination to prompt Jim Poteet, one of the founding members of the Sooner Athletic Conference, to ask Hudson to draw up a constitution for the fledgling league in 1978. Hudson told Poteet he didn't know the first thing about a conference constitution but could plagiarize with the best of them if provided a copy of another's league's charter. Hudson's copy job was so good, Poteet hatched an idea. How about Hudson be commissioner for the league that started out with Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma Baptist, Phillips, Oklahoma Christian and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)? Thirty-eight years later — 38 years and 84 national championships, including 11 in men's basketball — Hudson has finally left the post. He's resigned as the SAC commissioner. The NAIA is pushing for its leagues to have full-time commissioners, and Hudson couldn't commit. He's too busy still living what he calls “the perfect life. People overuse the word blessed, but I've been fortunate.” Which is why over those 38 years, Hudson never took a dime from the SAC. Worked free gratis. And worked well. The NAIA has taken notice. Hudson will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. “I call him the Commish,” said Dan Hays, who just finished a 33-year run as the Oklahoma Christian coach, all but the last three seasons in the league Hudson oversaw. “He is the SAC. It's his hobby. It's his passion. I know he's got a real job. But John Hudson knows more basketball people than anyone in the state of Oklahoma. That's coaches, referees, players, clock-keepers, announcers. He's just a great, great ambassador for basketball.” Hudson's day job is law. He's been a successful attorney for 40 years. “I've always said, there was nobody anywhere having as much fun doing what they do as I do,” Hudson said. “Go to New York, work around big bucks. Go to California, Hollywood stars. Go to basketball games. Go to NBA games.” Hudson got involved in the concert promotion business decades ago. In the 1990s, he became connected with a little-known entertainer in Atlanta trying to make it in the business. The guy had legal and financial advice needs. Hudson helped him out. To this day, Hudson remains Tyler Perry's financial advisor. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Perry the highest-paid man in entertainment with $130 million earned that year. “He had the pulse of the people,” Hudson said. “I've been lucky to get to hang around.” And while looking out for Perry's bonanza, Hudson was assigning referees for OCU-OBU basketball games. “He was my commissioner for 30 years,” Hays said. “I never called him one time to gripe about an official. Never. Never asked for someone to be taken from a game. Total confidence in him that he would have the right people calling the right games. That's the knack that he has that I don't know anybody else does. Darned didn't happen in the Heartland (OC's new conference), I tell you that. They're pulling names out of the hat.” Hudson never officiated a game but began organizing officiating camps in 1992 and for many years now has been a Big 12 officiating observer. Hudson says his game reports don't carry much weight, but it's always handy when both officials and coaches know someone is watching. That kind of officiating status has supplied the SAC with top-shelf referees for years. “I've never understood why he wouldn't take any money,” said USAO athletic director Brisco McPherson. “I don't know if he considered it work. I think he enjoyed it more than he considered it a job. He's such a respected guy. He's going to be hard to replace. I don't know that we'll be able to do that.” McPherson played for Hudson at USAO (then called OCLA, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts) in 1972-73. The school had just started the program and hired a 23-year-old Hudson to coach. He had grown up in Coalgate, 33 miles southeast of Ada, listening to St. Louis Hawks games on KMOX radio and going to NAIA games at East Central in Ada, Southeastern State in Durant and OBU in Shawnee. Hudson turned down a Tulsa football scholarship to play basketball at OBU. He graduated in three years, went to OU Law School and helped out coaching with the OBU staff. Hudson's first year at USAO, 1973-74, the Drovers went 9-24. But McPherson was on that team, and McPherson in 2001 coached USAO to the NAIA title. Hudson coached just one more year at USAO, but the Drovers became competitive. Three years after that, Hudson was back as the commissioner of USAO's league. He had innovative ideas. NAIA rules said a league had to sponsor three sports. So Hudson had each school bring its basketball players to the season-ending banquet earlier in the day, and the SAC staged a tennis and golf tournament with those athletes. Crowned champions that very day. By 1985, Oklahoma City University had joined the league, and those were the salad days of the NAIA. Games matching OCU and SNU or OBU and OC or any such pairing would fill the seats at the Eagles Nest or Fredrickson Fieldhouse or Broadhurst Gym. That's not the case anymore. “You have to really want to see a small-college game,” Hudson said. “I miss the crowds. But the games are a lot better. A lot of people rave about the old days, think the old days were the best. But I've seen some unbelievable athletes, doing things that kids couldn't do in the old days.” Hudson has been a Forrest Gump in Oklahoma. In 1969, a young Rhodes Scholar named David Boren taught a class at OBU. Hudson was in Boren's first class. Hudson's wife, Janet, once taught Mary Copeland at Tecumseh High School. A few years later, Hudson hired that same student for a marketing job at a Utah hotel project he was involved with. Mary Copeland Fallin became governor of Oklahoma. Hudson's brother, Steve, recruited David Simmons to OBU in the 1980s. David Simmons' son is Ben Simmons, the LSU phenom projected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. John Hudson now is on Simmons' financial team. Hudson got his law degree from OU the same day that Loren Gresham received his Ph.D. from OU. Gresham became Poteet's successor as coach at Southern Nazarene and now is SNU's president. A few years ago, Hudson failed to convince Gresham to stay in the NAIA. The SAC has changed. OC and SNU and OBU are gone. OCU and USAO remain, but with St. Gregory's, Mid-America Christian, Southwestern Christian and Bacone as Oklahoma members, along with John Brown and three Texas schools. And now the Commish is gone, too. But that great life continues. Nothing keeps him from going to games, even the law work is fun and who knows when a new league might need a constitution written up. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is taking a long look at starting a true freshman at quarterback.Brandon McIlwain threw two touchdowns and ran for another score at Saturday's Garnet and Black spring game. Although new coach Will Muschamp said the competition between at least five players will go on into the fall, McIlwain is leaving little doubt he will be in the mix."If he can learn to...
McIlwain looks best of South Carolina's QBs at spring game
By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | Apr 9, 2016COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is taking a long look at starting a true freshman at quarterback. Brandon McIlwain threw two touchdowns and ran for another score at Saturday's Garnet and Black spring game. Although new coach Will Muschamp said the competition between at least five players will go on into the fall, McIlwain is leaving little doubt he will be in the mix. "If he can learn to take control, and play the offense, I think he'll be the guy," said safety Chris Moody, who said he has watched McIlwain grow through spring practices. McIlwain was 19-of-26 for 169 yards Saturday and showed speed on several runs. His chief competition for the job is Connor Mitch, who went 9-of-16 for 139 yards and a touchdown. Some other quarterback candidates weren't on the field Saturday. Perry Orth, who was South Carolina's main starter last year, is recovering from a cracked collarbone. Lorenzo Nunez, who started two games last season, also is hurt. Jake Bentley, the son of running backs coach Robert Bentley, is skipping his senior year of high school to enroll in the fall and may get into the mix too. The other quarterback going into the fall is sophomore Michael Scarnecchia, who was 8-of-13 for 99 yards on Saturday. South Carolina has made none of the players competing for the starting quarterback job available to reporters this spring. "Competition is our best friend as coaches. And we have plenty of competition," Muschamp said, adding the position is still wide open. McIlwain enrolled at South Carolina in January and also plays baseball. The outfielder had no hits in seven at bats heading into the Gamecocks' Saturday afternoon game with Tennessee. There are plenty of places South Carolina needs to get better after going 3-9 last season. The Gamecocks open with Southeastern Conference road games at Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Running backs averaged about 3 yards a carry on Saturday. Every receiver who caught more than one pass Saturday wasn't on the field at all in 2015. Muschamp also has work to do on defense, which is his specialty. South Carolina allowed 27.5 points and nearly 430 yards per game last season to rank at the bottom of the SEC in both categories. In earlier practices, Muschamp said his secondary was light years away from where it needed to be. He said Saturday his defensive backs are getting better but have to improve coverage on long passes. "Look at some of the receivers we're going to be matched up with," Muschamp said. Saturday marked a new era in South Carolina football. Since 1999, either Lou Holtz or Steve Spurrier had been on the sidelines. Spurrier ended 10-plus years at South Carolina last season, where he treated the spring game like the last day of school, bringing in celebrities to catch passes from the sideline and throwing gimmicks throughout. Muschamp — who lost his first head coaching job at Florida after going 28-21 in four seasons — spent the scrimmage standing on the field 15 yards behind each play watching to see how his quarterbacks handled pressure and where the eyes of his defensive players were looking. He did allow one bit of fun, having former South Carolina and current San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram catch a 2-point conversion by stepping from out of bounds into the corner of the end zone. ___ AP college football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org
Apr 4, 2016
MONTROSE, Colorado (AP) — Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the rocky mesas of western Colorado. He's a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms.Yet now he's also a willing recruit in a fledgling effort to see if the gun community itself — sellers and owners of firearms, operators of shooting ranges — can help Colorado and a...
In West, region of guns and suicide, outreach to curb deaths
By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press | Apr 4, 2016MONTROSE, Colorado (AP) — Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the rocky mesas of western Colorado. He's a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of the right to bear arms. Yet now he's also a willing recruit in a fledgling effort to see if the gun community itself — sellers and owners of firearms, operators of shooting ranges — can help Colorado and a swath of other Western states reduce their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates. "Suicide is a tragedy no matter how it's done," said Carey, whose adult daughter killed herself with a mix of alcohol and antidepressants a few years ago on the East Coast. However, he sees the logic in trying gun-specific prevention strategies in towns like Montrose, where guns are an integral part of daily life. "It's very expedient for people to commit suicide by a firearm, without too much forethought," Carey said. "Unfortunately, it's generally effective." So at the urging of a local police commander, Carey agreed last year to participate in the Gun Shop Project, a state-funded pilot program in which gun sellers and range operators in five western Colorado counties were invited to help raise awareness about suicide. It's a tentative but promising bid to open up a conversation on a topic that's been virtually taboo in these Western states: the intersection of guns and suicide. The counter in Carey's tiny shop — where he repairs horns and woodwinds as well as guns — now displays wallet-sized cards with information about a suicide hotline. A poster by the door offers advice about ways to keep guns out of the hands of friends or relatives at risk of killing themselves. "Consider offering to hold on to their guns or to help store their guns temporarily," the poster says. "You may save a life." Carey says some of his customers take materials home, or ask a few questions. But the conversations tend to be brief. "Suicide is one of those morose subjects that a lot of us don't want to talk about," he said. "But it's all too common. I believe any method of suicide prevention is worth a good hard try." ___ Across the U.S., suicides account for nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths — far outnumbering gun homicides and accidental deaths. In 2014, according to federal data, there were 33,599 firearm deaths; 21,334 of them were suicides. That figure represents about half of all suicides that year; but in several western Colorado counties, and in some other Rocky Mountain states with high gun-ownership rates, more than 60 percent of suicides involve firearms. A map of state suicide rates reveals a striking pattern. Along with Alaska, the states with the highest rates form a contiguous bloc of the interior West — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. All have age-adjusted suicide rates at least 50 percent higher than the national rate of 12.93 suicides per 100,000 people; Montana's rate, 23.80, is the highest in the nation. Between 2000 and 2014, gun suicides increased by more than 51 percent in those states, while rising by less than 30 percent nationwide. Theories abound as to why residents of this Western region kill themselves at such high rates. Commonly cited factors include the isolation and economic hard times that are prevalent in rural areas of these states. A University of Utah psychiatrist, Perry Renshaw, contends that the lower oxygen levels of higher altitudes contribute to elevated suicide rates. There's also widespread belief that a self-reliant frontier mindset — admirable in many circumstances — deters some Westerners from seeking help when depression sinks in. "We embrace the cowboy mentality," says Jarrod Hindman, director of Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention. "If you're suffering, suck it up, pick yourself up by your boot straps. But that doesn't work very well if you're suicidal." Underlying all these explanations is the fact that firearms — the most effective of all the common means of suicide — are more ubiquitous in the West than in most other parts of the country. Catherine Barber, a suicide prevention expert at the Harvard School of Public Health, says numerous studies show that residents of gun-owning homes are at substantially higher risk of suicide than other people — simply because a suicide attempt is more likely to involve a gun and thus prove fatal. According to federal estimates, suicide attempts involving firearms succeed 85 percent of the time, compared to less than 10 percent of attempts involving drug overdoses and several other methods that often allow a suicidal person to reverse course. "It's not that gun owners are more suicidal," Barber argues. "It's that they're more likely to die in the event that they become suicidal, because they are using a gun." ___ Colorado's Gun Shop Project is modeled largely after a program pioneered in New Hampshire a few years ago; it's now being tried in Nevada and a few other states. Barber helped design the initiative and hopes that constructive collaboration on firearm suicide prevention can spread nationwide. "In the past, people shut up about this issue because they thought raising it meant raising the issue of gun control," she said. "It makes so much more sense to look at gun owners as part of the solution: Gun owner groups have a strong tradition of caring about safety." The Colorado project is being expanded this year from five counties to nine, including San Miguel County, home to the Telluride ski resort and some of Colorado's most spectacular mountains. In a two-week span in late February to early March, the county of 8,000 people recorded three firearm suicides. Hindman, who oversees the Colorado program, said that when he joined the state health department in 2004, talking about the role of firearms in suicide was discouraged. It's still a sensitive topic, he said, but some funding has materialized for gun-specific initiatives. One of Hindman's strategies is to emphasize the toll of firearm suicides, which run more than 5-to-1 higher than gun homicides in Colorado. "Homicides and mass shootings are tragic," he said. "But the vast majority of gun deaths are suicides, and we don't have that conversation." In Montrose, Police Commander Keith Caddy has been around guns since childhood as a hunter, lawman, firearms instructor and licensed gun seller. Now he's doing outreach for the Gun Shop Project — and most of the businesses he has visited agreed to display the suicide-awareness materials once they were assured it wasn't a gun-takeaway program in disguise. "Is it doing any good or not? That's a tough thing to quantify," Caddy said. "It's my duty to protect the community I serve. If I can go out there and spend a little time talking to the gun shops, maybe the reward will be saving someone's life." In Grand Junction, western Colorado's largest city with about 60,000 residents, the outreach was assigned to Dave Fishell, a local historian and author who knew most of the shop owners. He's a gun aficionado and collector who has made his own bullets. Fishell says he has another important credential — for many years he battled serious depression, to the point where he contemplated suicide and three times put himself into a psychiatric ward. "Maybe it's part of my mission in life," he said. "When people ask, 'Do you know what I'm going through?' I say I do." During those episodes of severe depression, he placed his guns in a safe and gave the key to his wife — the kind of precaution he'd like to see more people consider. Yet he also remembers thinking that if he did kill himself, it should not be with a gun. He didn't want to contribute to giving gun owners a bad name. At the gun shops he visited, several owners declined to display the materials and expressed skepticism about playing a role in suicide prevention. "I can see that point of view," Fishell said. "But making people aware is a first step." ___ Throughout the region, prevention efforts are fueled to a large degree by people who've lost loved ones to suicide, often involving firearms. Cindy Haerle, a teacher and board member of the Grand Junction-based Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, grew up in "a real gun family" in Salida, Colorado, and had her own gun by the time she was 5. But she gave up shooting after her brother John, a high school football star and later a sniper in Vietnam, killed himself with a pistol in 1980 at age 29 after prolonged struggles with depression. "Nothing is as final as a gunshot," said Haerle, who was 13 at the time. Jim Doody, a former Grand Junction mayor and city councilor, serves on the foundation's advisory board. He talks movingly about the suicide of a close friend, Matt Townsend, in 1989 at the age of 33. They'd met in 7th grade at a parochial school — "We drove the nuns crazy," said Doody — and stayed close through high school and thereafter. But adulthood proved challenging for Townsend, who took painkillers after a motorcycle injury. He told Doody at one point, "I think I'll blow my brains out someday." Doody says Townsend called him late one night, drunk but seemingly in good spirits, just a day before killing himself with his brother's handgun. Even 27 years later, Doody feels some guilt for not picking up clues that his friend was on the brink of suicide. Doody has joined in the recent appeals to gun owners to keep their weapons out of the reach of those at risk of suicide. "Have we made a difference?" Doody wondered. "We won't ever know about a life we might have saved." Andy Mills, who works for an energy company in the northwest Colorado town of Craig, lost his 15-year-old son, Austin, to suicide in 2010. Mills blames himself for not ensuring that Austin couldn't find the handgun that was kept in the house, and he now supports the Gun Shop Project's suicide prevention outreach. Firearms remain a part of the family's life, however; Mills replaced the gun that Austin had used with a different model. "My wife and daughter-in-law, we've all talked about it," he said. "They understood the need, as our protection and our right as gun owners, to still have a gun at home." In Fruita, a few miles west of Grand Junction, high school teacher and gun-rights supporter Jami Jones talked about two people she knew who fatally shot themselves in recent years — a mechanic who had seemed devoted to his two young daughters, and a 15-year-old girl who was a classmate of Jones' own daughter. The man used his own gun; the girl used a gun she found hidden in her mother's bedroom. Jones depicted guns as a fact of life for western Colorado — she has a concealed-weapons permit and joins her husband in hunting and target shooting. But she says gun owners need to think about suicide prevention. "What's your plan?" she said. "We've got to keep the children safe and the people who are mentally ill safe." In a region of ruggedly beautiful peaks and canyons, the high suicide rates puzzle her. "I don't really know why," she said. "You look around: We're in God's country." ___ Suicide presents a distinctive challenge for shooting ranges: Occasionally, someone will rent a gun, then use it to commit suicide at the site. At the Family Shooting Center at Denver's Cherry Creek State Park, there have been three such wrenching incidents, including two since Doug Hamilton began managing the range in 2004. One involved a young man upset by post-divorce problems; the other involved identical twin sisters from Australia who shot themselves with rented pistols — one died, the other survived. Hamilton is open to letting his staff get some suicide-prevention training, though he's unsure it would help. Those who killed themselves at his range exhibited no signs of stress beforehand. "How do we identify a bad apple who's about to go over the edge, and get them the help that they need?" Hamilton asked. "Suicide prevention brochures aren't something that anyone's going to pick up who has come out to our range to kill themselves." In Grand Junction, a Gun Shop Project poster hangs on the bulletin board at the Rocky Mountain Gun Club, a state-of-the-art shooting range with sections for pistols, rifles and archery. The general manager, Josh O'Neal, says safety is a high priority; there's a video system providing live views of all the ranges. Yet he's not confident of avoiding an onsite suicide attempt. "We all feel in the back of our minds it's a question of when, not if," he said. "We're not psychologists. A lot of unstable people are good at hiding that." The challenges facing shooting ranges are familiar to Dr. Michael Victoroff, a physician in the Denver area whose leisure-time passion is competitive shooting. He's a certified firearms instructor and was at the Family Shooting Center in Denver when one of the suicides occurred there. "Nobody wants that," he said. "It's bad for your soul, it's bad for business, it's bad for the sport." Due in part to that incident, Victoroff has become increasingly engaged in suicide prevention, and serves on a state working group seeking to raise awareness of the issue among primary-care doctors. He also has provided firearms instruction to Jarrod Hindman and other suicide-prevention specialists. Differing from some gun enthusiasts, Victoroff asserts emphatically that the presence of a gun in a household is "an enabler of suicide." "It's a myth that people would just choose some other means if they didn't have a gun," he said. "There's a particular attractiveness about suicide with a gun... It's by far the most effective means." Victoroff belongs to the American Medical Association and the National Rifle Association, and has qualms about both. "The medical community has been content not to know anything about gun culture and gun safety," said Victoroff, who offers presentations trying to bridge that knowledge gap. As for the NRA, he'd like to see suicide prevention highlighted in its training materials. Over the years, firearm suicide has not been a high-profile issue for the NRA; it worries that the topic might be used to advance a gun-control agenda. Though the NRA has no position on Colorado's Gun Shop Project, it has endorsed a bill in Washington state encouraging gun dealers to participate in suicide prevention efforts, said spokeswoman Jennifer Baker. The NRA views suicide as a mental health problem, she said. "The goal is to prevent it regardless of how people kill themselves." ___ The intersection of gun culture and mental health is complicated. And it's personal for Ed Hagins in Montrose. Deputy director of a local mental health center and active with the county's suicide prevention coalition, he had a cousin who fatally shot himself. Beyond that, Hagins says he has suffered from depression for much of his life, including instances as a teenager when he considered suicide. As an enthusiastic gun owner who enjoys target shooting, he's leery of proposals to deny gun rights to people diagnosed with mental illness. "I meet that criteria," he said. "That's one of my biggest fears — legislation that I can't have a gun." It's personal, too, for Ken Constantine, owner of Elk River Guns in Steamboat Springs. "I don't want to sell a gun to someone to commit suicide," he said. "That happened once in this shop — it weighs on me." He recalled the sale of a handgun to a woman several years ago: "She seemed completely normal. No telltale signs." But he learned later from police that the woman, within a week of purchasing the gun, killed herself with it. Having been through that experience, Constantine is troubled by the Gun Shop Project's offer of training for shop employees so they can better identify customers at risk of suicide. "I won't assume the responsibility of a mental health professional," he said, suggesting instead that therapists in the area should get permission from their at-risk patients to temporarily place their names on a private list of people who shouldn't acquire guns. But that approach has been tried and doesn't work, said Tom Gangel, director of a mental health center serving the area. "We have asked patients who we think are really in danger, can we give their names to gun shops or they can self-report, but only one or two have done that," Gangel said. "In our area, not very many people want to give up the right to be able to go buy guns." The local Gun Shop Project is coordinated by Meghan Francone, who constantly reassures gun owners and sellers that the outreach program poses no threat. She got involved after her 15-year-old brother-in-law, Austin Mills of Craig, fatally shot himself in 2010. "Keep your guns. Keep a dozen. I don't care. But please make sure they are locked and out of the reach of someone who's in crisis," she said. "I'm not asking any gun shop owner to be a psychologist. I'm asking them to be their brother's keeper." ___ Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP
Mar 31, 2016
The Final Four arrives in Houston this week for the third time. NRG Stadium, which you knew as Reliant Stadium when it opened in 2002, also hosted the 2011 Final Four, won by Connecticut. Houston’s first experience hosting the Final Four was in 1971, when UCLA beat Villanova for the championship. Reader Dave Fisher of Perry sent me a great story about those days. I thought it was worth...
1971 Final Four in Houston a memorable trip for the Perry basketball team
Berry Tramel | Mar 31, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4180910[/img] The Final Four arrives in Houston this week for the third time. NRG Stadium, which you knew as Reliant Stadium when it opened in 2002, also hosted the 2011 Final Four, won by Connecticut. Houston’s first experience hosting the Final Four was in 1971, when UCLA beat Villanova for the championship. Reader Dave Fisher of Perry sent me a great story about those days. I thought it was worth sharing: “In 1971, my senior year at Perry High School, our new high school basketball coach ( a progressive who had us wear low cut Adidas while all the rest of Oklahoma was still wearing Chuck Taylor Converse high tops), decided that the boys basketball team needed to see first large football arena Final Four in Houston, at the Astrodome. “So all school year we raised funds. Now, raising funds in 1970-71 was a little different than today (lots of bake sales during high school wrestling matches (bigger crowds in Perry than for basketball games), donkey basketball exhibitions and the gals’ RedHeaded Traveling Basketball Team playing the high school varsity. “But in the end, we raised enough funds to go to Houston for the Final Four. Most of our team, including myself, had never in our 17-18 years been to Texas (how times change), but accompanied by the coaches and a couple of interested fathers we journeyed through Norman, Dallas and into Houston for an adventure of a lifetime listening to David Gates and Bread the entire trip! “We were lucky enough to stay at the Sheraton Hotel south and west on Kirby from the Astrodome (before Loop 610), where a couple of teams stayed (Kansas and UCLA). This was the Final Four of UCLA (Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe), Kansas (Dave Robisch), Western Kentucky (Jim McDaniels) and Villanova (Howard Porter). A great lineup for a small town basketball team which was never able to get respect in a wrestling town. But we were on Cloud 9. “It was a great trip except as ‘boys will be boys,’ a few of us went out in Houston one night, took a cab to a movie in 3D that let’s say would never play in Perry and was about airplane attendants). “On the way back to our rooms, we were just a little worked up as high school guys loose in a big town would be, and we got into the hotel elevator with two young ladies 12-14 years of age. “Well, one of the guys pushed all the floor buttons and scared the young ladies. They got anxious and began to cry. After a few floors of this, the doors opened and they ran into the arms of their father, a tall basketball coach. Ted Owens. “Well, needless to say we incurred some pretty severe wrath from the coach. It was a memory not to forget. Unsure if he got more upset with his players, but with this being a family issue, he might not have. “So, Berry, as you venture to Houston and look out from Reliant Stadium to the Astrodome and to Kirby and 610 just visualize some teen rubes from Perry, America, in total awe being at the Final Four in 1971. UCLA won the national championship that year as they always did during that time. They still played the third place game then also. “Enjoy the trip and Boomer Sooner! Looking forward to your travel grams in The Oklahoman. “P.S. The Perry basketball coach, Richard ‘Boo’ Little, left coaching after that season to come to OU and head up the University of Oklahoma OCCE program for over 30 years. He was originally an OU quarterback recruit in the late ‘60s who I believe at one time was ahead of Bobby Warmack on the depth chart until a knee injury ended his football career.” Now that’s a heck of a story. But I wanted some confirmation. Dave Fisher mentioned that one of his classmates and teammates was Ed Kelley, who went on to become managing editor of The Oklahoman, was a huge influence in my career and who now is dean of OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism. So I contacted Ed for his remembrance of that weekend in Houston. Here’s what Ed had to say: “David Fisher is right about the trip. I don’t remember the fund-raising piece but do recall driving there in coaches’ cars, watching the games from left field (with the court essentially over second base) and meeting up at one point with Wicks, Rowe and Henry Bibby, who were dressed to the nines in the African-American fashion of the times. “I wasn’t involved in the other story David tells, of coming in on the elevator and meeting Ted Owens. “I do remember sitting in left field, with a group of extremely well-dressed Villanova fans 3-4 rows in front of me and my best friend on the team. One of my clumsy teammates, sitting right behind these folks off Philadelphia’s Main Line, was trying to wedge his way back to his seat while juggling an enormous soft drink. You guessed it, he spilled the drink all over the head and shoulders of this couple — she in a dress and he in a navy blazer. I’m not sure I have laughed as hard since. “Boo Little was our coach, as David said. He left Perry after that season and came to OCCE, where he has been ever since. Boo came to Oklahoma to play football in the mid-1960s from (I think) Las Vegas and was a QB prospect. But the story I always heard was that injuries derailed his career. “Wrestling as you know was (and probably still is) king at Perry High School. We went 10-10 that year, our season ending in the first round of the playoffs. But we had a lot of fun, and the trip to Houston was something that none of us had ever experienced.” So there you have it. Forty-five years ago, a Final Four in Houston gave some boys from Perry the chance to meet Ted Owens, UCLA’s stylish stars and some unfortunate Villanova fans, who may or may not make their return to Houston for another Final Four this week.
Feb 24, 2016
The Tigers are currently ranked No. 11 nationally in the InterMat.com Fab 50, behind wrestling-centric schools like top-ranked Blair Academy of New Jersey, and private schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
Prep Parade: Tuttle wrestling not just another small-school dynasty
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Feb 24, 2016Two weekends ago, Tuttle was hardly challenged on its way to its seventh consecutive Class 4A dual state wrestling championship. On Saturday, the Tigers will be looking for their eighth consecutive team championship at the individual state tournament inside State Fair Arena. But don't be too quick to simply pass Tuttle off as just another small-school powerhouse. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 11 nationally in the InterMat.com Fab 50, behind wrestling-centric schools like top-ranked Blair Academy of New Jersey, and private schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. For a non-wrestling comparison, imagine it was the Tuttle boys basketball team ranked No. 11 in a respected national poll, surrounded by the likes of Findlay Prep, Montverde and Oak Hill Academy, where Kevin Durant spent his junior season. Tuttle is one of the highest ranked public schools on the InterMat list, and it's a collection of wrestlers from a high school with about 500 students and a town of 6,300. Last year's Tigers advanced 10 wrestlers to the state championship finals at their respective weights, believed to be a record. And nine of those 10 finalists returned this season. Twelve Tuttle wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, which begins Friday morning at State Fair Arena. But accomplishments like that have come against other Class 4A competition. How have the Tigers earned their national ranking? In January at one of the state's biggest wrestling tournaments, the Geary Invitational, Tuttle finished second — behind Blair Academy. Tuttle had 141.5 points, with Class 6A's best teams, Choctaw, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs, more than 50 points behind. Before that, Tuttle had impressive performances at tournaments in Minnesota and Kansas City, winning the latter event. Still, it wasn't a sudden rise. Tuttle has been in the InterMat Fab 50 for the last five seasons. Over the years, programs like Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, El Reno, Perry and others have had impressive runs. But what Tuttle is doing now is special. “Success breeds success, and the kids put a lot of hard work into it,” coach Matt Surber said. “We have a small group of people who do a lot of work around here, and a good group of kids have come through to keep it going.” TONY RAYBURN II MOVES TO EDMOND SANTA FE Edmond Santa Fe just lost the son of one former Oklahoma football player off its defense, and now it has added another one. Tony Rayburn II finalized his move from Deer Creek to Edmond Santa Fe, and will be eligible for his senior football season next fall. His father played defensive back for Barry Switzer in the mid-1980s, including the 1985 national championship team. Rayburn II is a 5-foot-11, 187-pound junior who could provide immediate help on a Santa Fe defense that graduated almost all of its starters. He could also help at receiver. The OSSAA has cleared Rayburn to participate with the Wolves' track team this spring as well, according to his father. Last season, the Wolves had Mike Coats Jr., who has signed to play at Lamar next fall. His father played linebacker at OU in the 1990s. FORMER YUKON COACH TODD WILSON INTRODUCED AT ELK CITY Todd Wilson is headed back to the west side of the state after spending the last two years in Cleveland. The former Yukon football coach was introduced as Elk City's new head man on Tuesday. Wilson turned Yukon into a perennial playoff team, reaching the postseason in his final five years. He left after the 2013 season and spent the last two years at Cleveland, the first as the head coach and the second as offensive coordinator. The move brings Wilson closer to his hometown of Weatherford. He replaces Bill Williams, who resigned last month after two years guiding the Elks. OTCA INDUCTS 10 INTO HALL OF FAME Ten coaches were inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame last week. Current Yukon coach Dick Villaflor, who spent most of his career at Heritage Hall and won 33 team state championships, headed the class. It also included Ada coach Skip Griese, Ponca City tennis icon Wally Smith, former Midwest City coach Dewey Allen, Cascia Hall's Father William Perez, 50-year college and high school coach Francis Baxter, longtime OTCA board member Steve “Big Daddy” Larimer, longtime high school coach Kate Kisner Cushing, former Broken Arrow and Jenks coach Bob Holland and Enid's Darell Herndon.
Feb 16, 2016
NORMAN — I’ve spent the last few weeks reporting on a big profile of Oklahoma special teams quality control coach Chip Viney, who was recently promoted to that full-time spot after nearly three years as a graduate assistant. That story ran in the Sunday newspaper and you can read it at this link. But, as is the case with many big stories, I had to leave out a hefty amount of great information....
Oklahoma football: More on Courtney Viney's background, future and he got the nickname 'Chip'
Jason Kersey | Feb 16, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4095947[/img] NORMAN — I’ve spent the last few weeks reporting on a big profile of Oklahoma special teams quality control coach Chip Viney, who was recently promoted to that full-time spot after nearly three years as a graduate assistant. That story ran in the Sunday newspaper and you can read it at this link. But, as is the case with many big stories, I had to leave out a hefty amount of great information. I’m going to try and squeeze as much of that as possible into this blog post, because Viney is a fascinating guy and a very important — if often behind-the-scenes — part of the OU football machine. THE DB GURU Tony Perry is known around Fresno, Calif., as the “DB Guru,” and with his record of producing Division I defensive backs, who can argue with that nickname? The 52-year old Perry has sent dozens of his players to schools around the country. His entire 2008 Edison High School secondary, for example, went Division I — Robert Golden to Arizona, T.J. McDonald to USC, Brandon Leslie to Georgia Tech and Cliff Harris to Oregon. Perry also runs camps and trains Fresno high school players privately. Reached by telephone, Perry heard the name “Courtney Viney” and didn’t even let me finish my first question before eagerly offering, “That’s my guy right there. He’s like my protege, man.” Perry and Viney’s father are longtime friends, so Perry started working Courtney out as a youngster, and eventually coached him at Edison High. Although he stood at just 5-foot-8, Viney made up for it with an intense attention to detail and dedication to learning the game. Perry takes his pupils to camps around California, and took Viney to one being run by DeWayne Walker, who was the Washington Redskins’ defensive backs coach at the time. Lots of current and former NFL players and coaches — like now-Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard and then-Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs — worked Walker’s camp. “Those guys were pinpointing him, ‘Who’s that little guy right there?’” Walker remembered in a phone interview last week. Perry first got connected with Mike Stoops back during the 2002 recruiting cycle, when he sent Aaron Miller to Oklahoma. The two remained in touch after Stoops got the Arizona head coaching job. That’s how Tim Kish — then an Arizona assistant and now OU’s linebackers coach — found out about Viney back in 2006, presenting the undersized cornerback with his first scholarship offer. Viney really liked Stoops and Kish and strongly considered Arizona, but ended up signing with UCLA instead. At UCLA, Walker became Viney’s first defensive coordinator and position coach, and then was Viney’s head coach after he used the graduate transfer rule to join New Mexico State for his senior season. “One of his strengths is that he pays attention to the things that are right and stays away from the things that are wrong,” said Walker, who is now the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive backs coach. WHY IS HE CALLED ‘CHIP’? Viney always went by his first name until he got to UCLA. During his career there, Bruins strength coach Mike Linn became impressed with how the undersized Viney played. “I like the way you play,” Linn told Viney. “You play with a chip on your shoulder. I’m gonna start calling you ‘Chip.’” Viney responded, “I don’t look like a Chip!” Still, the nickname caught on, and before too long, Viney embraced it. “It just kinda stuck,” Viney remembered. “I feel like it kinda explains my playing career and how I want to be as a coach. There’s always your doubters and haters, but I want to always be a guy who does his job with a chip on his shoulder. “Now when I introduce myself, it’s Chip.” BATTLING JALEN SAUNDERS I referenced this briefly in Sunday’s story, but wanted to go into a little more detail about it here. During Viney’s senior season at New Mexico State, the Aggies hosted Fresno State. New Mexico State had never beaten the Bulldogs before, and star sophomore receiver Jalen Saunders did everything he could on Nov. 12, 2011, to ensure the streak continued. Saunders caught seven passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a 15-yard score. But late in the fourth quarter, with New Mexico State clinging to a 48-45 lead, Viney broke up a pass intended for Saunders that allowed the Aggies to escape with a victory. (You can watch the play in this YouTube video. The break-up happens at the 8:21 mark) Fresno State never offered Viney a scholarship despite him being a hometown boy, and the Bulldogs beat UCLA 36-31 in 2008 during Viney’s redshirt freshman season. “There was a little grudge there,” Walker said of Viney’s motivation in that game. Between the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Saunders transferred to Oklahoma and became a Sooners star. During Saunders’ senior season in 2013, Viney had joined OU as a graduate assistant coach. HE DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO COACH Viney remembers sitting down in Walker’s office at New Mexico State near the end of his senior season, and Walker telling him he should consider a future in coaching. Walker asked Viney what his future goals were, and Viney responded, “I want to play in the NFL.”That’s when Walker tried to delicately tell him that was unlikely. “Guys want to play as long as they can,” Walker said. “I had a similar career as him. The chances of him making it were gonna be slim, and I told him his passion for football and wanting to be around it, coaching would be an option for him just because of his makeup. “He just had a good feel for things. He just needed to get around some good people who were gonna teach him the right way from a coaching standpoint.” That’s why Walker nominated Viney for the 2012 Future Coaches Academy, which was being held during the annual coaches’ convention in San Antonio that January. Viney was one of 30 guys to get invited, and he attended, spending time around hundreds of coaches from around the country and sitting in seminars. “I left out of there saying, ‘I’ll never be a college coach,’” Viney recalled. Still, after Viney’s short-lived Arena Football League career with the San Jose SaberCats, he accepted his old high school coach’s offer to help him at Fresno’s Central East High School. That defensive backfield consisted of Hatari Byrd, Johnny Johnson, L.J. Moore and Michiah Quick. Johnson signed with UCLA, while the other three all signed with Oklahoma. One day, Mike Stoops showed up to take a look at those guys, and Perry asked Viney to run some defensive back drills. “I usually run everything, but I let Courtney run it in front of Mike,” Perry said. “I told Mike, ‘Watch this.’ “Mike said, ‘This guy knows what he’s doing.’” Stoops would soon lose defensive graduate assistant Ryan Walters, who accepted the defensive backs coaching job at North Texas and is now coaching DBs at Missouri. So he offered the spot to Viney. “I’d just gotten engaged and really wasn’t sure if I could do that,” Viney said. Eventually, though, he decided he couldn’t say “no” to Mike Stoops twice and accepted the offer. FIRST IMPRESSIONS When Mike Stoops first took Viney into the defensive backs meeting room to introduce him, those players thought he was a new transfer. “We all just looked at each other like, ‘Who is this dude?’” remembered Zack Sanchez. “We thought it was a player transferring in or something.” Then, the defensive backs were surprised by how involved Viney was in their training. “What I did notice is that the coaches trusted him a lot to do things that I didn’t normally see from the GAs,” said former OU defensive back Kass Everett. “They gave him trust in running DB drills. They let him coach with his personality; they didn’t really try to tame him. They let him be who he was.” Viney immediately put those footwork drills learned from Perry — “The DB Guru” — to work with the Sooners, and although it was often frustrating, the players say he undoubtedly made them better. But he also helped them with their football IQ. “Physically, I would say footwork and hips is his specialty,” said Aaron Colvin, who just wrapped up his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. “He’s really good at getting those things better. “But more than anything, I would say he got me right mentally. The way I thought, the way I processed the game, the way I read receivers. He helped me with all that.” Viney also surprised the players by frequently wearing his cleats to workouts and challenging both other defensive backs and receivers to one-on-one battles. He went head-to-head against guys like Sterling Shepard and Jalen Saunders. “A lot of those guys think since he sits in an office he doesn’t have it, but he still does have it,” Sanchez said. “Guys would talk, but if he put those cleats on, he will get you. “You may get him a couple times, but he’s gonna get you more than you get him.” For his part, Viney said the best part of his job is watching guys transform. He worked with Sanchez all three years that he started for the Sooners, and watched him go from being a guy who wasn’t expected to start to intercepting 15 passes and skipping his senior year for the NFL Draft. “There’s nothing like seeing a scrawny Zack Sanchez, who everyone thought had a ways before he would touch the field, trust you and then transform,” Viney said. “You put him mentally and physically through a test and he becomes a prominent, successful Division I athlete. You work through those wrinkles and three years later, he declares for the draft. That’s the part of it I love is the transformational part. “I love the opportunity to transform young boys into men. God willing, I will continue to do my job well and see what happens.” A BRIGHT FUTURE So where does Viney go from here? He was promoted from being a graduate assistant into a full-time, special teams quality control position this month. The position was created when C.J. Ah You left to become Vanderbilt’s defensive line coach. Even though Viney will be focused on special teams stuff, don’t think he won’t still be out there working with defensive backs on their technique. Viney will also remain heavily involved in recruiting, where he’s already made a huge impact. Many people interviewed for this package expect that Viney will be a full-time defensive backs coach within the next few years. “I look forward to seeing him skyrocket in the coaching world,” Colvin said. “His dedication and his hard work are gonna take him a long way, and I’m really excited to see where it takes him. You guys will see him doing big things here soon.” Former OU assistant Bobby Jack Wright worked closely with Viney before retiring after the 2015 season. He said Viney’s genuine nature and his ability to make people comfortable will take him far when it comes to recruiting. “He’s got an opportunity to be a really good football coach,” said former OU assistant Bobby Jack Wright, who retired after the 2015 season but worked with Viney closely. “The hardest thing anymore about coaching on the college level is getting that break. That’s basically what he needs is an opportunity where he finally does get a break and gets on a college staff. I think he’s got a chance to be very, very successful.” Walker — Viney’s head coach at New Mexico State and one of his defensive coordinators at UCLA — said he has “all the attributes” to make it. “Obviously, in our profession, the jury’s out,” said Walker, who is now the Jaguars’ defensive backs coach. “Even for me, shoot, every year the jury’s out for all of us. At some point, he’s gonna have to get his own group and his own guys, and show some of the talent that he has.” QUOTABLE Here are a few more quotes about Viney. Perry, the DB Guru and one of Viney’s mentors: “The thing with Courtney was his work ethic. He was a smaller guy so he had to outwork everybody. He worked with me every day. I mean, the kid worked every day. His footwork and hips were so good. He put the work in. He was smaller so he had to get his skill level up. He knew the game so well that he was becoming a young teacher.” Walker, the Jaguars defensive backs coach: “I think you have to be a good person. You have to be genuine for people to continue to say that about you. It doesn’t matter who he’s around; that’s what you hear about him. That’s a very good trait to have as a young coach is to be real and genuine. I think that’s one of his greatest attributes. … I think that really starts with being a good person and caring about trying to help guys get better.” Former OU defensive back Kass Everett: “Having someone around who was a little bit closer in age gave us some insight. He was into the same things that we were into. That helped us grow close to him. He wasn’t just a GA; he was a friend to a lot of us. You could tell he was passionate about the game. He loved what he did.” Former OU safety Gabe Lynn: “I can only imagine how he is in recruiting and stuff like that. He’s a great dude. My parents loved him when they met him. It’s easy to get along with him and easy to have conversations with him.” Former OU cornerback Julian Wilson: “He’s gonna give you the good and he’s gonna give you the bad. And sometimes it’s better hearing that from him than hearing it from a coach. After you have a bad game, that’s not really what you want to hear. Viney’s gonna come to you real with it. There’s not gonna be any sugarcoating and it might not be the way you want to hear it, but it’s coming from Viney, so you’re like, ‘OK. He’s right.’ Former OU cornerback Zack Sanchez: “He would bring up those bad games or those days when I was off and should have played better. He knew it would get more out of me. He knew what buttons to push to get me to work. He was really good at that. … I remember one time we probably did 200 press reps, just going back and forth, talking trash to each other. Those were the best days. That’s why I was so good at handling adversity on the field when bad things would happen. I’ve been in those workouts. There’s not anything a receiver or a team could throw at me that I haven’t seen.”
Feb 15, 2016
Viney's opportunity and comfortable transition at Oklahoma came through a fortuitous series of connections with Sooner coaches.
Oklahoma football: How Chip Viney's personality and enthusiasm made him vital to the program
By Jason Kersey Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 15, 2016Mike Stoops and Tim Kish spent a good chunk of 2006 trying to convince an undersized, overachieving cornerback from Fresno, Calif., to come to Arizona. That cornerback became UCLA's defensive scout team player of the year as a true freshman by frustrating offensive coordinator Jay Norvell's receivers in practice. That same cornerback transferred to New Mexico State for his final season, where one November night he swatted down a fourth-down pass to a Fresno State receiver named Jalen Saunders, sealing New Mexico State's historic win. Fast forward to the fall of 2012, and Mike Stoops was back recruiting in Fresno when he noticed a familiar face running junior varsity players through drills. This time, Stoops' persuasion paid off and Courtney “Chip” Viney became a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma, where Kish was also on staff. A few months later, as Viney explored the OU facilities, he was surprised to hear Norvell's friendly Wisconsin accent yell at him from down the hallway. And once the Sooners hit the practice field, Viney found himself locked in one-on-one, player-coach battles with Saunders, who had transferred and become a Sooners star. Viney's opportunity and comfortable transition at Oklahoma came through a fortuitous series of connections with Sooner coaches. But Bob Stoops promoted Viney into a full-time, quality control position, a move announced on National Signing Day, in part because of the bond Viney forged with OU players through around-the-clock workouts, brutally honest film sessions and deeply personal conversations. From those relationships sprout a budding coaching career that many insist is bound for greatness. “There's not a doubt in my mind that I transformed because of him,” said former OU cornerback Zack Sanchez, who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft after a prolific career he attributes to Viney. “He was put into my life for a reason. I can't thank him enough and I can't wait to repay him one day.” ‘I brought you here to coach' Viney stood to the side on OU's first day of 2013 spring practice while assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright worked with cornerbacks. Wright had told Viney he wouldn't be a babysitter but Viney was brand new. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a figure making a beeline toward him. “Hey, what are you doing?” Bob Stoops asked Viney. “Well, I'm just watching Coach Wright and …” “I didn't bring you here to watch. I brought you up here to coach. Coach them boys up.” That was all it took for Viney to shed his nervousness. He dialed up footwork drills learned from his high school secondary coach and mentor, Tony Perry, who is known around Fresno as “The DB Guru” because of the dozens of defensive backs he's sent to FBS schools over the past two decades. Viney emphasizes footwork and body control with his players because dedication to details like those is how he became a 5-foot-8 cornerback at the Division I level. “A lot of his drills were designed to get you unbalanced,” said Sanchez, who in the spring of 2013 hadn't played in a college game yet. “At first, you don't feel athletic. It's frustrating. “All the drills were to make you feel uncomfortable so you could get used to those positions, so when that stuff happens in the game you don't panic. When you're doing a drill, you're thinking, ‘I'm never gonna feel like this in the game,' but you actually do a lot.” Gabe Lynn moved to safety as a senior playing corner and nickel back. He went on to start all 13 games, intercepting the only four passes of his college career, and credits Viney for much of his improvement. “Even though I was gonna be a safety, he told me I still needed to have the hips and the feet of a corner to be a great cover safety,” Lynn said. “I played a lot of man coverage, so working with Chip definitely helped me out.” Viney is unlike any graduate assistant the OU defensive backs have seen. He runs players through drills during practice, wearing cleats when a demonstration is necessary. Sometimes he challenges receivers to one-on-one matchups, winning more often than they care to admit. He makes himself available to players day or night to work or watch film. Sanchez said he has called Viney after midnight to run through drills. “I know we made his wife mad sometimes,” said former OU cornerback Julian Wilson. “Really, she's the one that we need to thank." Aaron Colvin, a two-time All-Big 12 cornerback, just completed his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though he spent only one season in Norman with Viney, Colvin said the two still talk and he considers Viney a close friend. “I always felt like he put us above himself,” Colvin said. ‘He can relate to us' NCAA rules restrict Viney's recruiting work to on-campus activities. Still, his age, enthusiasm and social media savvy allow him to connect with prospects in ways older coaches sometimes can not. “He's a young cat,” said OU 2016 safety signee Chanse Sylvie, from Shreveport, La. “He's easy to gel with. Easy to talk to. He understands social media, that kind of stuff, and he can relate to us.” Viney has also helped keep the Sooners' Fresno pipeline going. The crown jewel of OU's 2016 signing class was five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly from Fresno's Clovis West High. Wright, who retired in 2015, built a reputation as a superb recruiter during a coaching career that spanned five decades. Sports Illustrated made him the subject of a 2,700-word profile by Douglas S. Looney in 1989. Wright knows a good recruiter when he sees one, and he sees one in Viney. "He's energetic, he's ambitious, he wants to do well," Wright said. "But he actually likes interacting with players and with their families. That's a big plus when you get somebody that really wants to do those kinds of things and feels comfortable doing it. “I always thought this about recruiting: People had to feel comfortable with you for you to be a very good recruiter, and I see that in him. When people are around him, they just feel comfortable.” Viney said he tries to remember what he liked about his favorite coaches while he was being recruited out of Fresno's Edison High. Guys like Mike Stoops and Tim Kish at Arizona and DeWayne Walker, who was his first defensive coordinator at UCLA and then his head coach at New Mexico State. “One thing I appreciate about guys like Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops and Bobby Jack Wright is that they're not only trying to develop the players, but they're trying to develop each other as coaches,” Viney said. “They're trying to develop me as a young coach. The more I've learned about the business, I've realized they are really developing me. It's been a blessing.” Viney's time as a graduate assistant ran out when he completed his master's degree in December. When special teams quality control coach C.J. Ah You left to coach Vanderbilt's defensive line, it created a full-time opening for Viney. “You want to keep as many good people in your program as you can,” said Mike Stoops, who 10 years ago as Arizona head coach extended Viney his first scholarship. “It doesn't matter in what capacity; they all have value to us. Chip is valued. He could be a star.”
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams:___ILLINOISTop 25 class: No.Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland.Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida.Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon.One...
Big Ten football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams: ___ ILLINOIS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland. Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida. Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon. One that got away: Several players recently de-committed amid the turmoil in the program, among them Tre Johnson, OL, Orlando, Florida, who chose Miami. How they'll fit in: After playing essentially without tight ends last fall, Illinois signed three players at the position, including Holcombe, one of the top 40 or so in the country. If he can play right away, that could be a big help to the Illini attack. Also important will be the 13 defensive players and whether they can add much-needed depth. ___ INDIANA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron, Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. ___ IOWA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Nathan Stanley, QB, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Stanley will likely be the most scrutinized player in this class over the next few years. Stanley shunned his home-state Badgers for Iowa, and at 6-foot-4 he looks like a prototypical pro passer in Iowa's system. It could be years before Stanley sees the field, with Tyler Wiegers set to take over for Beathard in 2017 and second-year freshmen Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook behind him. Best of the rest: Defensive ends Cedrick Lattimore, a 250-pounder out of Detroit, and Illinois product Romeo McKnight, could be next in line to blossom along Iowa's front. Running back Toks Akinribade had plenty of offers and Alaric Jackson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle who also played basketball, soccer, baseball and track. Iowa's best linemen have traditionally been multi-sport stars in high school. Late addition: Alaric Jackson, OL, Detroit. He reportedly turned down a late offer from Michigan. One that got away: U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick John Raridon of West Des Moines, Iowa, turned down Iowa and Iowa State in favor of Nebraska. How they'll fit in: Iowa brings back a ton of talent from last season's Big Ten West-winning team and the Hawkeyes usually redshirt most of their freshmen anyway. But Iowa will likely look for a few of them to contribute on special teams. ___ MARYLAND Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Davis, OG, Hyattsville, Maryland Best of the rest: Tino Ellis, WR, Hyattsville, Maryland, Richard Merritt, OL, Silver Spring, Maryland, Adam McLean, DT, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Late addition: Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, Pinson, Alabama. Pigrome, the Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year, announced his decision Wednesday. One that got away: Recruited by former Maryland coach Randy Edsall, standout QB Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment to Ohio State last month. Returning QB Perry Hills threw 13 INTs compared to eight TD passes in 2015, so getting Pigrome and QB Max Bortenschlager (Indiana) was very important. How they'll fit in: Many of these players will have an opportunity to play immediately as new coach DJ Durkin looks to put his stamp on the struggling program. ___ MICHIGAN Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: DT Rashan Gary chose Michigan over Clemson and Southeastern Conference schools such as Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn. He is the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008, when Terrell Pryor went to Ohio State. Best of the rest: Devin Asiasi, who played for traditional power De La Salle High School in California, will get a chance to make a lot of plays because coach Jim Harbaugh loves having his quarterbacks throw to tight ends. The 6-4, 265 Asiasi is rated as one of the best players at his position in the country. Late addition: Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Georgia, was added relatively recently to the class. He will get a chance to play right away because Michigan will lose some linebackers to graduation. One that got away: Donnie Corley, a wide receiver from Detroit, chose to enroll at Michigan State last month. How they'll fit in: Even though Gary will be in the spotlight next fall, he will be able to ease into a role with a team that has a lot of depth on the defensive line. ___ MICHIGAN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Donnie Corley, WR-CB, Detroit Best of the rest: Josh King, DE, Darien, Ill. Late addition: Luke Campbell, OL-DL, Lewis Center, Ohio One that got away: Michael Jordan, OL, Canton, Mich., who signed with Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The Spartans have to replace QB Connor Cook after last season's run to the national semifinals. Although Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry have been with the program for a while, both are unproven. Michigan State added QB Messiah deWeaver of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Corley could provide immediate help to a receiving corps that loses Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings from last season's team. ___ MINNESOTA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Carter Coughlin, LB, Eden Prairie, Minn. Best of the rest: QB Seth Green, Allen, Texas; Tyler Johnson, WR, Minneapolis North HS; Garrison Wright, OL, Butler CC (Kansas); Sam Schlueter, OL, Victoria (Minnesota)/Mayer Lutheran HS; Kamal Martin, LB, Burnsville (Minnesota) HS; Philip Howard, WR, Minneapolis/Robbinsdale Cooper HS; Coney Durr, CB, Geismar (Louisiana) Dutchtown HS; Thomas Barber, LB, Plymouth (Minnesota)/Robbinsdale Armstrong HS; Vincent Calhoun, OL, Southwest Mississippi CC; Merrick Jackson, DL, Iowa Western CC. Late addition: Mark Williams, QB, Jackson (Alabama) HS. One that got away: Dedrick Snelson, WR, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Signed with Central Florida. How they'll fit in: Green will compete with sophomore Demry Croft to be the backup to Mitch Leidner. Calhoun (335 pounds) and Wright (318 pounds) could be in the starting lineup right away. Johnson and Martin are converted QBs marking a focus on athleticism. ___ NEBRASKA Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Lamar Jackson, CB, Elk Grove, California. He's a top-100 national recruit and Nebraska's highest-rated West Coast signee in more than a decade. With Jackson and safety Marquel Dismuke of Calabasas, California, among the five defensive backs in the fold, the Cornhuskers met their needs in the secondary. Best of the rest: John Raridon, OL, West Des Moines, Iowa. The 6-4, 271-pound guard is the top offensive line recruit and the son of former Nebraska offensive tackle Scott Raridon. Late addition: Matt Farniok, OT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bo Pelini staff started pursuing the 6-foot-5, 319-pounder two years ago and Riley's staff picked up the chase before landing his commitment a week ago. One that got away: Nebraska thought it had locked up four-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick of Waterford, Michigan. That was before Fitzpatrick took a visit to Louisville. He announced he would become a Cardinal on Tuesday. The Huskers are left with two receivers in the class. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on QB Patrick O'Brien in spring practice. It would be premature to say he could challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong, but he's well-positioned to be the No. 2 QB come fall. Raridon and Farniok beef up the offensive line, and Jackson and Dismuke could play right away. ___ NORTHWESTERN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Roderick Campbell Jr., DB, St. Louis. Best of the rest: Jeremy Larkin, RB, Cincinnati; Riley Lees, WR, Libertyville, Illinois; Bennett Skowronek, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Aidan Smith, QB, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Late additions: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, WR, Minneapolis. One that got away: Defensive tackle Jovan Swann from Greenwood, Indiana, picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: With the losses of receivers Miles Shuler and Christian Jones to graduation, Lees, Skowronek and Chiaokhiao-Bowman have the chance to get playing time early. ___ OHIO STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Nick Bosa, DL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The spitting image of his older brother, former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder may step right into the spot vacated by his sibling. Best of the rest: Austin Mack, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 6-2, 210-pounder can help fill the void following the loss of Michael Thomas, one of nine Ohio State underclassmen leaving early for the pros. Late addition: Malcolm Pridgeon, OL, Nassau County (N.Y.) Community College. The 6-8 303-pounder chose Ohio State over Baylor on signing day. One that got away: Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus, New Jersey. The nation's No. 1 recruit is headed to Michigan, a signing that Wolverines fans will undoubtedly tout as a victory over the Buckeyes as Harbaugh tries to close the talent gap between the bitter enemies. How they'll fit in: Coach Urban Meyer has already identified Bosa and Jonathon Cooper, a 6-2, 234-pound defensive end from Gahanna, Ohio, as freshmen who will get playing time next season. ___ PENN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: At 5-11, 200 pounds, four-star running back Miles Sanders of Pittsburgh is the key recruit in James Franklin's class. Best of the rest: Shane Simmons, a 6-4, 221-pounder, could make an immediate impact at defensive end and just might end up giving Sanders a run as the best player in the class. Late addition: Junior-college DT Brenon Thrift can help replenish reserves on defensive line with Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney moving on and recent decommitments from DTs Karamo Dioubate and Michael Dwumfour. One that got away: S Andrew Pryts of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, flipped to Stanford on signing day. How they'll fit in: Penn State had to tread water under Franklin in the waning days of the NCAA sanctions. With a full class and full complement of players available at every position, perhaps Big Ten contention is on the horizon. ___ PURDUE Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Landers, WR, Dayton, Ohio. The 6-foot-4 receiver could give the offense a new dimension in 2016, and if he does the Boilers will finally have a solid nucleus of skill position players. Best of the rest: Simeon Smiley, DB, Pensacola, Florida. The transition to college is easier for freshmen to make at safety than cornerback and at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Smiley has the build to make an impact. Late addition: Rob Simmons, DE, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 6-6, 216-pounder waited until the final week to pick Purdue. One that got away: Dylan Powell, OL, Hannibal, Missouri. Powell announced three weeks ago he was looking for other options and wound up choosing Stanford. How they'll fit in: The Boilermakers are losing both starting cornerbacks and may need some of those young DBs on the field in 2016. Barry Larkin and Lorenzo Neal won't be the only junior college players vying for playing time. Jalen Neal, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman, could, too. __ RUTGERS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Tylin Oden, QB, Columbia, Tennessee. While starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense. Best of the rest: Trey Sneed, RB, Orange Park, Fla. He had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. Late addition: Ahmed Bah, WR, New York City. He helped Grand Street Campus to a 13-0 record and the school's first-ever New York Public Schools Athletic League State Championship. One that got away: Patrice Rene, DB. He committed to Rutgers in early August but changed his mind after Kyle Flood was fired. He will attend North Carolina. How they'll fit in: First-year coach Chris Ash's guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who had character, intelligence, toughness and would compete. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams. ___ WISCONSIN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: DL Garrett Rand earned an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Rand, who had 92 tackles and 15 sacks as a high school senior, would also give a relatively young position group even more depth. Best of the rest: RB Sam Brodner of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was one of his state's top players last season. P Anthony Lotti was recruited from Flowery Branch, Georgia and figures to play right away. Late addition: DBs Caesar Williams and Deron Harrell. Harrell might not join the program until January 2017. One that got away: Touted running back prospect Antonio Williams dropped his verbal commitment to Wisconsin in October to commit to Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The sting of losing Williams is eased a bit with the late addition of Brodner, plus the return of Corey Clement to the Wisconsin backfield in 2016. There is depth at the position with Clement joining fellow returnees Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal.
Jan 23, 2016
NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was famously courted on national television by pop star Katy Perry. Saturday night, another OU quarterback pretended to be Katy Perry. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield was a surprise contestant in a lip-syncing contest at Norman North High School on Saturday. The event — organized by the Norman Public Schools PTA council — was to raise money...
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield lip-syncs to Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' at fundraising event
Jason Kersey | Jan 23, 2016NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was famously courted on national television by pop star Katy Perry. Saturday night, another OU quarterback pretended to be Katy Perry. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield was a surprise contestant in a lip-syncing contest at Norman North High School on Saturday. The event — organized by the Norman Public Schools PTA council — was to raise money for Earth Rebirth, which hopes to put a community garden at every Norman school. Mayfield, wearing a rainbow wig and a green tutu, lip-synced to Perry’s “California Gurls,” and was joined on stage by members of the OU pom squad. “My academic advisor told me about it,” Mayfield said. “She kinda just signed me up without any warning, which is probably fair enough because I put her through enough pain. She volunteered me for it.” Breea Clark, the Norman PTA Council president, said Mayfield was actually “totally willing to do it.” Clark is also OU’s associate director for academic integrity, so she went through compliance to make sure it was OK for Mayfield to participate. “We all know that Baker is committed to the community and is a fun guy,” Clark said. “It wouldn’t have happened if Baker wasn’t willing to give some time to support PTA on a Saturday night. It’s been great. He’s a really stand-up kid.”
Breakfast with Bevo: Texas' path to a Top 3 recruiting class (no, really)Rich TijerinaAustin American-StatesmanGood morning. Breakfast is served.It's January 22nd -- 22 down, 344 to go.And 12 till national signing day.YESTERDAY: The Spurs won their 12th straight (Suns). NBA All-Star Game starters were announced -- LeBron, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry for the East,...
Breakfast with Bevo: Texas' path to a Top 3 recruiting class (no, really)
Rich Tijerina, Associated Press | Jan 22, 2016Breakfast with Bevo: Texas' path to a Top 3 recruiting class (no, really) Rich Tijerina Austin American-Statesman Good morning. Breakfast is served. It's January 22nd -- 22 down, 344 to go. And 12 till national signing day. YESTERDAY: The Spurs won their 12th straight (Suns). NBA All-Star Game starters were announced -- LeBron, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry for the East, Kobe, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry and Russel Westbrook for the West. Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel said thanks, but no thanks to be Chip Kelly's defensive coordinator in San Francisco. Bill Johnson, the first American to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing (gold in 1984), died. At the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova won her third-round match and former champion Lleyton Hewitt retired from tennis. TODAY: Australian Open coverage starts at 9 p.m., on ESPN2. The Warriors and Pacers play at 10:30 (ESPN). TOMORROW: The Texas men, fresh off their upset of No. 6 West Virginia on Wednesday, travel to No. 3-Kansas (1 p.m., ESPN, 104.9). The 6th-ranked women host No. 19 Oklahoma (11 a.m., FSN, 105.3). The 3M Half-Marathon will be run, in Austin. More Australian Open. And former Texas stars Eric Metcalf (48) and Phil Dawson (41) will celebrate birthdays. Jan. 22 has a sports history. On this date, longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno died (2012); Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in the Lakers' win over the Raptors (2006); San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh retired after winning his third Super Bowl (1989); Mike Tyson recorded a TKO win over Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title (1988); the Washington Redskins knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 31-17 in the NFC championship game -- the Cowboys' third straight NFC title game loss (1983); Bum Phillips became the head coach of the New Orleans Saints (1981); the Baltimore Colts traded quarterback Johnny Unitas to the San Diego Chargers (1973); George Foreman, on his 20th birthday, had a TKO win over Joe Frazier to win the heavyweight title (1960); and 24-year old Fidel Castro, a former star pitcher for the University of Havana, pitched as a civilian to one batter in a Cuban winter league game -- future MLB player Don Hoak, five years before he led the Cuban Revolution (1951). Last year on Jan. 22, Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time NASCAR driver. Today's sports birthdays: Greg Oden (28) and Ray Rice (29). Other notables: celebrity chef Guy Fieri (48), former Journey singer Steve Perry (67). Today's trivia: Speaking of Journey, what founding member -- and original lead singer -- now lives in Dripping Springs? (Answer's at the end of Breakfast.) Top of the menu: Recruiting. We had two interesting recruiting reads in today's paper. One was a Big 12 primer that falls 12 days out of national signing day. The other was generated off a tweet from Texas wide receiver pledge Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, who promised that the Longhorns would finish with a Top 3 national class. (Right now, Texas' class ranks 33rd, according to 247Sports' composite ratings.) Texas' class ranked No. 9 in 2015. And while a Top 3 sounds like a pipe dream right now, our own Ryan Autullo identified 11 targets that could get the Longhorns there if Charlie Strong pulls off some late recruiting magic. Here are those 11 Texas targets, with comments from Ryan: * Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches. The country's top-ranked safety has visited Texas A&M and Texas and is scheduled to check out Arkansas and Baylor. Fab 55 rank: 3rd * Patrick Hudson, G, Silsbee: The long-time Baylor commit took a midweek visit to Texas and dined at the Vince Young Steakhouse with WWE superstar Mark Henry, who is also from Silsbee. Fab 55: 4th * Jordan Elliott, DT, Houston Westside: The one-time Houston commit is currently ticketed for Michigan. He's flipped before, and Texas is hoping he'll flip again. He's set to visit UT this weekend. Fab 55: 10th * Jeffrey McCulloch, LB, Aldine Davis: He'll announce on signing day. Fab 55: 16th * Stephon Taylor, DT, New Orleans (La.) McDonogh: Defensive tackle is a huge need for Texas. Taylor's the 19th overall prospect in Louisiana. He'll likely choose between Texas, LSU and Oklahoma. * Chris Daniels, DT, Euless Trinity: Rescinded his commitment to Oklahoma after visiting Texas last weekend. Read into that what you may. Fab 55: 19th * Erick Fowler, LB, Manor: Is committed to LSU, but this one's not over. Fab 55: 21st * Dontavious Jackson, LB, Alief Elsik: He'll announce between five schools on signing day. Fab 55: 23rd * Kyle Porter, RB, Katy: The Horns are running thin on options at running back after losing out on Devwah Whaley (Arkansas) and Darius Anderson (TCU). Interestingly, their competition for Porter is none other than Arkansas and TCU. Fab 55: 39th * Eric Cuffee, CB, Waco: The belief was he'd be Texas' by now. What's the holdup? Fab 55: 35th * Lil'Jordan Humphrey, ATH, Southlake Carroll: Humphrey played running back in high school, but at 6-5, 200, he's likely headed for a transition to receiver. Fab 55: 53rd Here's a link to our Fab 55, which Ryan updated this past Sunday. So, what else is being written out there about the Longhorns? After Wednesday night's win over West Virginia, Shaka Smart reflected on VCU's big 2011 upset win over Kansas in the NCAA Tournament, in advance of Saturday's Texas-Kansas showdown in Lawrence. The Waco Tribune-Herald had a nice read on Fred Akers, who'll be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 2. AROUND THE BIG 12: Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a 4-star defensive tackle on Thursday. And the Sooners' south end zone expansion project should be ready in 2017, perhaps in the spring, the Tulsa World reported. Kansas coach Bill Self says Frank Mason, who's averaged three turnovers in his last three games, needs to get right. The Des Moines Register caught up with Rutgers defensive line coach Shane Burham, who had been on Paul Rhoads' Iowa State staff since 2009. Burham believes the Cyclones will make a make a bowl game in 2016. And the paper also wrote about Aaron Mends, who'll be Iowa State's new inside linebacker. AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: Football: Mack Brown was honored with the 2015 Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award last week in Houston. And Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles might be ahead of schedule from his ACL injury, the Kansas City Star reported. Softball: Texas was picked third in this week's Big 12 coaches' preseason poll, behind Oklahoma and Baylor. The Longhorns open their season on Feb. 11. Track and field: Senior thrower Ryan Crouser was named the Big 12's athlete of the week after winning the shot put at last week's Texas A&M 11-Team Invitational. Swimming: Senior Cory Bowersox, who won three of his four events against No. 3 Georgia and No. 8 Auburn, was this week's Big 12 men's diver of the week. On the women's side, junior Madisyn Cox was the conference's swimmer of the week and senior Meghan Houston was its diver of the week. Last week, Cox beat the nation's No. 3-ranked swimmer (Georgia's Emily Cameron) in the 400 IM and won all three of her individual events vs. Auburn. Houston won three of her four events vs. Auburn and Georgia. Tennis: Senior Breaunna Addison, a two-time All-American, was the Big 12's women's player of the week after posting a pair of singles wins and a doubles win at the Miami Spring Invite last weekend. On Jan. 22, 2010: Conan O'Brien hosted his final Tonight Show episode on NBC. On Jan. 22, 2008: We lost Heath Ledger, who died from an accidental overdose. He would go on to win a posthumous Oscar for his role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" a year later. On Jan. 22, 1973: The U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, effectively legalizing abortion. Trivia answer: Original Journey organist and lead singer Greg Rollie, who left the band in 1980, now lives in Dripping Springs. He still performs with his Greg Rollie Band and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as the former singer of Santana. OK, Breakfast is over. Thanks for stopping by. News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com comes with an American-Statesman digital subscription, which also includes myStatesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe at statesman.com/subscribe ——— ©2016 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000008060,t000008056,t000046469,t000007067,t000003194,t000391285,t000391277,t000381264,t000003195,t000007123,t000007083,t000003199,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065634,g000065603,g000065682,g000065659,g000065702,g000216885,g000065619
Newton compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout.
Former boxer Frank ‘Rootin Tootin’ Newton dies at age 59
By Scott Munn | Jan 12, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Frank Newton, 59, of Oklahoma City. Known in professional boxing circles as Frank “Rootin' Tootin” Newton, he compiled a professional record of 35-4-2 with 26 wins coming by knockout. The Lawton native also had 140 amateur bouts and was a Golden Gloves state champ in Texas. The Army veteran followed the Sooners, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. • Melvin Sandersfeld, 74, of Norman was a record-setting football player at Hobart High School. Earned an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma, where he played running back and defensive back for coach Bud Wilkinson. One of Sandersfeld's collegiate highlights was intercepting a Joe Namath pass in the 1963 Orange Bowl, when the Sooners played Alabama. Sandersfeld worked as an accounting supervisor at Western Electric. • Glenn VanZant, 79, of Bethany owned and operated the D&G Baseball Cards store with his son, Don. Glenn spent 25 years as a youth pastor. • Bill Hurt, 65, of Oklahoma City coached youth football and Little League baseball with his son, William. Also enjoyed fishing and hunting. • John Payne, 85, of Guthrie was an All-American football player at Pilot Point High School in Texas. He earned a scholarship to play for the Texas Longhorns, but his college career was cut short by family obligations. Payne worked in the horse industry, which included Remington Park. • Ed Malzahn, 94, of Perry played for the Maroons' football team while in high school. • Larry Cornforth, 96, of Oklahoma City. Attended Coyle High School and then one semester at Oklahoma A&M, where he played for the freshman basketball team under coach Sam Aubrey. A World War II veteran who is survived by his 100-year-old brother Jim of Pomona, Calif. • Leo Sims, 93, of Ada was a championship wrestler at Holdenville High School. He was district champ in 1938 after posting a 13-2-1 record. Awarded the school's Silver Cup for winning more matches than any other wrestler in Holdenville history. Sims, who served in the Marines during World War II, was later inducted into the Holdenville Hall of Fame. Worked 59 years in retail. • Hoyt Estes, 87, of Oklahoma City officiated college and high school sports, particuarly football and basketball, for 29 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Officials Hall of Fame in 1990. An accounting manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. • William Parsons, 53, of Edmond graduated from Ada High School in 1980. He was a state champion tennis player for the Cougars before going on to East Central University. A certified public accounant by trade. • Sid Mauldin, 61, of Pampa, Texas. The former Barnsdall resident owned a NASCAR Camping World Series team. With young driver John Hunter Nemechek in the seat, Mauldin finished sixth in owner points for the 2015 season. Mauldin also loved to ride motorcycles in enduro, motocross and observed trials. He competed on the state and regional levels for several years. • Mike Rice, 63, of Edmond graduated from Choctaw High School in 1971. He played football and wrestled for the Yellowjackets before becoming a master carpenter and owning a construction company. • Fagan Whitewolf, 70, of Falmouth, Va., was an Oklahoma native who retired as a computer specialist for the Department of Defense. The Elgin High School graduate spent extra time coaching soccer in the Fredericksburg, Va., youth leagues. Whitewolf knew very little about soccer at first, but he decided to contribute to kids' lives because the organization needed coaches. • Nick White, 33, of San Marcos, Texas, played football for four seasons at Davis High School. At the time of death, White was head coach of a Texas team in the Crossroads Amateur Football League. • Frank Patterson, 83, of Oklahoma City. A three-year letterman in football at Northeast High School. Selected by The Oklahoman to the All-City team. Enjoyed fishing and hunting. • Vern Rapp, 87, of Denver managed the Tulsa Oilers baseball team in 1965. He guided the St. Louis Cardinals' Texas League affiliate to an 81-60 record. Although Rapp's 16-year playing career — he was a catcher and first baseman — did not include any time in the majors, he did coach and manage on the big-league level. Rapp was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1984, when he was fired in August so the Reds could bring in Pete Rose as player/manager. • Bob Somerhalder, 84, of Ada was girls basketball coach in the Allen school system for several years. The Navy veteran went into adminstration as Allen's high school principal. • Betty Squires Foster, 83, of Guthrie was MVP of the Geary High basketball team as a senior. Followed Guthrie High School athletics for many years; she had a lifetime all-sports ticket. Named honorary assistant athletic director in charge of softball operations by then-athletic director Gary Boxley. Foster rode the bus with the softball team to all out of town games. She was also an avid OSU supporter. • Don Bachman, 78, of Oklahoma City was a Tennessee native. He attended Dillard University in New Orleans, where he was a guard on the football team. An avid tennis player who also enjoyed 5K and 10K runs. • Ann Spelleri, 81, of Oklahoma City was an accomplished athlete, participating in skiing, tennis and golf. She had three holes-in-one. • Herb Mee Jr., 87, of Oklahoma City started playing golf at age 12. He played three years for the Classen Comets high school team and four years at Harvard. One of Mee's fondest memories was playing a 1949 match against Wake Forest and a future star in Arnold Palmer. Mee was a passionate fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma football and the Dallas Cowboys. • Bob Cail, 74, of El Reno played golf at East Central University. The highlight of Cail's summers was playing in the OG&E Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley in Guthrie. A tournament champion.
Having a freshman as the team’s leading scorer isn't unusual in college basketball. However, it's an anomaly in high school. The Kingfisher Yellowjackets are going into what they hope is their third straight championship run in the Wheat Capital Tournament with freshman point guard Jett Sternberger as their leading man.“He’s got all the potential in the world,” said Kingfisher head coach Jared...
Kingfisher's Sternberger not a typical freshman
By Tony Capobianco Staff Writer, Associated Press | Jan 8, 2016Having a freshman as the team’s leading scorer isn't unusual in college basketball. However, it's an anomaly in high school. The Kingfisher Yellowjackets are going into what they hope is their third straight championship run in the Wheat Capital Tournament with freshman point guard Jett Sternberger as their leading man. “He’s got all the potential in the world,” said Kingfisher head coach Jared Reese. “He’s actually our leading scorer. He’s averaging 18 points per game.” Sternberger topped his average by scoring a game-high 20 points in the Yellowjackets' opening round 69-44 win over Perry (2-8) Thursday at Chisholm High School that improved Kingfisher's record to 5-2. Sternberger comes from an athletic family. His older brother, Jace, played for the Yellowjackets football and basketball team and just completed a redshirt season on the University of Kansas football team. He is listed at 6-4, 225 lbs. If Jett is anything like Jace, he’ll grow from a high scoring point guard to a dominating power forward. "When he grows, he’s going to end up as an exceptional player,” Reese said. “He hasn’t hit that growth spurt yet. More than likely, he’s going to be a really big kid. Hopefully he keeps his point guard skills.” Sternberger’s fast start is a surprise to everyone except Reese, who has seen him play in middle school and saw a prodigy in him. T “If he keeps working,” Reese said, “there’s a chance he can be pretty special." The Wheat Capital Tournament is a big deal to Reese. He played and coached in the tournament for Blackwell before joining Kingfisher and winning it. For him, this tournament is like an annual holiday for him. “It’s special to me because I played in it,” said Reese. “I’ve been in the Wheat Capital Tournament my whole life, so it means a lot to me.” Next up for the Yellow Jackets are the host Chisholm Longhorns, who defeated Santa Fe South in the opening round, in the semifinals tonight at 7:50 p.m. “Chisholm has a really good team this year,” Reese said. “Their record (3-2) doesn’t indicate it because of the late start. They had a lot of success in football this year. I know what they have back and they’re really well-coached.” Sternberger would have to go through Chisholm's experienced backcourt of Luke Ball and Tommy Grebe. Ball remembers playing against Jace and sees a similarity between the two brothers after observing the freshman play Perry on Thursday. "Both of them like to shoot," Ball said. "Jett is kind of like a "let the game come to him" kind of guy. Jace could dominate the game anytime he wanted to. We need to keep him in front of us and make him prove that he can shoot like he has so far." "If we can shut (Sternberger) down," Grebe said, "it makes it a lot easier for us to win." A Kingfisher win over Chisholm could set up a potential title game against Alva for a possible Yellowjacket three-peat. The Goldbugs are a team Reese and the Yellowjackets are very familiar with. “We played Alva in the finals when I was at Blackwell and they beat us,” Reese said. “In my first year at Kingfisher, we beat Alva in the finals. So I have a history with Alva in this tournament."
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 4, 2015
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — At the outset of training camp for the Washington Redskins, Quinton Dunbar was an undrafted rookie wide receiver with little-to-no chance of making the roster.These days, he's a cornerback playing key minutes — and he owns an end-zone interception of Eli Manning, no less.Back when the first practices of the preseason were unfolding, DeAngelo Hall was a cornerback, just as he...
Dunbar from WR to CB, Hall from CB to S for shuffled Skins
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Dec 4, 2015ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — At the outset of training camp for the Washington Redskins, Quinton Dunbar was an undrafted rookie wide receiver with little-to-no chance of making the roster. These days, he's a cornerback playing key minutes — and he owns an end-zone interception of Eli Manning, no less. Back when the first practices of the preseason were unfolding, DeAngelo Hall was a cornerback, just as he had been throughout his 12-year NFL career. And now? He's a starting safety. When the regular season began, Will Blackmon was a man without a team, a free agent hoping for another chance. On Monday night, when the Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys, he'll be a starting cornerback, probably helping cover Dez Bryant. Mainly because of a series of injuries, the Redskins have been shuffling around their defensive backs, changing starters and shifting players' positions. The team is coming off a strong-enough, three-interception showing in last weekend's 20-14 victory over Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the rest of the New York Giants, who were shut out until the fourth quarter. "It's been a hard challenge, but at the same time, we've got guys who know football," said Bashaud Breeland, Washington's top cover corner now that big-money free-agent addition Chris Culliver is done for the season with torn knee ligaments. "It's not easy to plug somebody in here and there, with the chemistry and whatnot, but we work at it." Washington has allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in a game — Manning, as it happens — and opponents are completing only 62.1 percent of their passes, which ranks 13th in the 32-team league. The most surprising development has to be the 6-foot-2 Dunbar's move from pass-catcher to pass-defender since arriving from the University of Florida. Early in camp, he was put on special-teams duty and caught head coach Jay Gruden's eye. "He was like: 'You ever played cornerback before?' And I was like: 'Nah. The last time I played it was in high school,'" Dunbar recalled Friday. "So the next day, we were doing 1-on-1s. He was like: 'Hey, Dunbar, come get a rep at defensive back.' And I did pretty well, so I guess they decided they wanted to make the switch." Was he OK with that? "I was all for it," said Dunbar, who dislocated his left index finger against New York last week but is hopeful of playing Monday. "I'm a competitor. If that was my shot to make the team — to play defense — I was going to go out there to give a full effort." At this point, Dunbar said, he has no interest in going back to offense. "I'm in love with 'DB' right now," he said. "I like 'DB' better." He credits teammates such as Hall, whose been making his own adjustments to a new spot, with offering pointers and easing his transition. And the other members of the secondary are impressed by Dunbar's progress. "He showed me a lot. He's getting better every day. He works at his craft," Breeland said. "He improved on his football IQ. ... He's a great athlete. He can be a great corner, as well, with his physical attributes and his speed and his knowledge of being a receiver." There have been other adjustments. Breeland and Blackmon both spent time at nickelback. Kyshoen Jarrett has played nickelback and safety. Trenton Robinson and Jeron Johnson have started at safety. Hall began the season at cornerback, missed time with a sprained toe, then came back as a safety. "It makes it a lot easier for a coordinator to call defenses ... when the defensive backs know exactly their zones and where they're supposed to be," Gruden said. "And I think we're to a point now in the season where we feel good about the corners, we feel good about the safeties, we feel good about the nickel and all that stuff so we can be a little more diverse in what we do." Notes: LB Perry Riley Jr. needs surgery for a broken bone in his right foot and could miss the rest of the season. Gruden said Riley is expected to be sidelined three to six weeks; Washington has five regular-season games left. Mason Foster is expected to start in Riley's place at middle linebacker against Dallas if Keenan Robinson can't return from a lingering shoulder injury. ... TE Derek Carrier (left ankle, Achilles) missed practice again; if he can't play Monday, TE Je'Ron Hamm would make his NFL debut. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich
CHICAGO—The helmet-wearing Spartans of Michigan State will play an all-or-nothing game Saturday at Ohio State.Tom Izzo’s crew faced no such pressure Tuesday night when it took the floor against Kansas in the Champions Classic at the United Center.“The one advantage of basketball over football,” Izzo said on the eve of the game, “is that you play these games and it doesn’t ruin the year (if you...
Michigan State rallies from nine-point deficit to top Kansas 79-73
By Teddy Greenstein, Associated Press | Nov 18, 2015CHICAGO—The helmet-wearing Spartans of Michigan State will play an all-or-nothing game Saturday at Ohio State. Tom Izzo’s crew faced no such pressure Tuesday night when it took the floor against Kansas in the Champions Classic at the United Center. “The one advantage of basketball over football,” Izzo said on the eve of the game, “is that you play these games and it doesn’t ruin the year (if you lose). Sometimes it makes the year. You figure out what your deficiencies are and move forward.” Any deficiencies were overshadowed by having the best player on the floor — Denzel Valentine. The senior guard led the Spartans to a stirring 79-73 victory after they trailed by nine points in the second half. By finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, Valentine became the fourth player in school history to notch a triple-double, joining Magic Johnson, Draymond Green and Charlie Bell. “The kid, he’s like Draymond,” Izzo said. “There are a million things that he’s not good enough at. But winning, work ethic and basketball IQ, those are all things he’s good at. “Everyone will be impressed with the triple-double. I’m impressed with the one turnover.” Valentine, destined to be a Player of the Year candidate in the Big Ten, credited his teammates for hitting shots to boost his assists total. He also praised fellow guard Bryn Forbes for keeping his energy up in the game’s final minutes. “I was tired and ready to quit but he stayed in my ear,” Valentine said. The No. 13 Spartans took the floor as five-point underdogs to fourth-ranked Kansas, which started seniors Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor (Julian High School), juniors Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III and sophomore Devonte Graham. Ellis scored 21 to lead the Jayhawks. “A mature Bill Self is tough to beat,” ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg said. So is any kind of a Tom Izzo team. After trailing by almost double digits, the Spartans cut it to 49-46 on a nifty reverse layup by Eron Harris, the 6-foot-3 guard who transferred from West Virginia. That followed a sweet play, as Valentine hit Matt Costello on a lob. Give Costello extra points for toughness: A few plays earlier, he landed hard after going up for a rebound. He couldn’t come down on his feet because Traylor was sprawled out on the floor. Valentine’s corner 3-pointer gave his team a 65-64 lead, and freshman guard Matt McQuaid hit a 3 off the dribble for a 68-66 edge. McQuaid hit another huge 3 to put his team up 75-71 — and followed that with a rejection of Mason on a drive. “Who would come into the United Center and knock down two gigantic 3s on an NBA floor?” Valentine said. “I wouldn’t have done that as a freshman. I was shocked. Wow. He said, ‘I got you, big bro.’” The victory certainly should only strengthen Izzo’s resolve to schedule “up.” “It’s what we do — and it has been successful for us,” he said before the game. “But you do have to win some of these games.” They got it done Tuesday in extremely impressive fashion. “Hopefully,” said Izzo, a huge football fan, “we’re leading the way for a phenomenal week for the Spartans.” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000065634,g000065571,g000362661,g000066164
Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett is back at quarterback for top-ranked Ohio State after a one-game suspension.Coach Urban Meyer had said Barrett would regain the starting job over Cardale Jones if he practiced well, and Barrett came through."He's looked sharp," Meyer said Wednesday. "J.T.'s a unique guy, a guy who's an extreme competitor. He's a very focused guy. It's not like, 'Boy, he's...
No. 2 Ohio State expects no letdown against Illinois
By CRAIG MERZ, Associated Press | Nov 11, 2015COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett is back at quarterback for top-ranked Ohio State after a one-game suspension. Coach Urban Meyer had said Barrett would regain the starting job over Cardale Jones if he practiced well, and Barrett came through. "He's looked sharp," Meyer said Wednesday. "J.T.'s a unique guy, a guy who's an extreme competitor. He's a very focused guy. It's not like, 'Boy, he's working much harder this week.' He's a professional who's going to work to play quarterback for Ohio State." The second-ranked Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten; No. 3 CFP) are at Illinois on Saturday. They are trying to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games and avoid looking ahead to the final two games of the regular season against Michigan State and Michigan. "We have a fairly mature team so letdown is probably not the proper word; (it's) execution and doing the right things, just the grind involved in college football right now," Meyer said. "I don't think there's a chance of a letdown." The defending national champions will play their second noon Eastern game this season and first since Oct. 10. "The atmosphere might not be what we're used to the past couple of weeks, a few nights games, and this being our first noon game in a long time, and actually being 11 o'clock their time," defensive tackle Tommy Schutt said. "That's something we had to address this week to really get up and being ready for that noon kickoff." Linebacker Joshua Perry loves playing under the lights like he did in high school outside of Columbus but said the early start has a benefit. "Generally they're not as juiced up in terms of fans and all that stuff, but it's fun to get out there early and get the anticipation out of the way," he said. "Obviously, a night-game atmosphere is second to none. We know it's going to be a little bit different of an atmosphere, so we're preparing for that now." Another factor could be the wind at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Not that Ohio State's kickers need more of a challenge. Meyer this week replaced Jack Willoughby with Sean Nuernberger for field goals and extra points, although Willoughby will retain the kickoff duties. It's something you have to evaluate," Meyer said. "We made the decision to go with Jack and he struggled. So when he struggles, the other guy you give him chances." ___ AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason.
High school football: Class 2A and A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Nov 3, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We've covered Class 3A-6A, and continue with Class 2A and A: CLASS 2A District 2A-1 Key Games: Alva at Perry, Chisholm at Hennessey, Pawnee at Tonkawa. Chisholm: First with win. Second with loss. Hennessey: First with win. Second with loss. Tonkawa: Third with win. Third with loss of 10 or fewer points and Alva win. Fourth with loss of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Pawnee: Third with win and Alva loss. Third with win of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Fourth with win of 10 of fewer points and Alva win. Alva: Fourth with win and Tonkawa win. District 2A-2 Key Games: Christian Heritage at Northeast, Luther at OCS. Luther: First. Millwood: Second. Christian Heritage: Third with win or OCS loss. Fourth with loss and OCS win. OCS: Third with win and Christian Heritage loss. Fourth with loss or OCS win. District 2A-3 Key Games: Frederick at Dibble, Lexington at Hobart, Walters at Lindsay Washington: First. Walters: Second with win. Third with loss. Lindsay: Second with win. Third with loss. Lexington: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Dibble win where Lexington loses eight or fewer district points to Dibble Hobart: Fourth with win and Dibble loss. Fourth with win of seven or more points and Dibble win where Hobart gains six or more district points on Dibble. Dibble: Fourth with win and Hobart win where Dibble loses five or fewer district points to Hobart and gains nine or more district points on Lexington. District 2A-4 Key Games: Coalgate at Marietta, Kingston at Davis, Kingston: First with win. Second with loss. Davis: First with win. Second with loss. Coalgate: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Marietta: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 2A-5 Key Games: Henryetta at Prague, Okemah at Holdenville, Wewoka at Stroud. Okemah: First with win. First with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains seven or more district points on Stroud. Second with loss, Stroud win and Henryetta win. Second with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains six or fewer district points on Stroud. Third with loss, Stroud win and Prague win. Stroud: First with win and Okemah loss. First with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses six or fewer district points to Okemah. Second with Okemah win. Second with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses seven or more district points to Okemah. Henryetta: Third with win and Stroud win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 13 or more district points on Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 12 or fewer district points on Wewoka. Wewoka: Third with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka loses 12 or fewer district points to Henryetta. Third with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains nine or more district points on Prague. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka gains 13 or more district points on Henryetta. Fourth with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains eight or fewer district points on Prague. Prague: Second with win, Stroud win and Okemah loss. Third with win, Stroud win and Okemah win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses eight or fewer district points to Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses nine or more district points to Wewoka. District 2A-6 Key Games: Hartshorne at Pocola, Vian at Panama. Vian: First with win or Hartshorne win. Second with loss and Hartshorne loss. Hartshorne: Second with win. Second with loss and Vian win. Third with loss and Panama win. Panama: First with win and Hartshorne loss. Third otherwise. Antlers: Fourth. District 2A-7 Key Game: Colcord at Haskell. Adair: First. Haskell: Second with win. Third with loss. Colcord: Second with win. Third with loss. Hulbert: Fourth. District 2A-8 Key Game: Commerce at Chelsea. Wyandotte: First. Nowata: Second. Commerce: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Chelsea: Third with win. Fourth with loss. CLASS A District A-1 Key Games: Fairview at Thomas, Texhoma at Hooker. Mooreland: First. Fairview: Second with win and Texhoma win. Second with regulation win of five or more points and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker. Third with win and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker or wins by five or more in regulation. Fourth with loss. Fourth with regulation win of four or fewer points or overtime win and Hooker win where Fairview gains three or fewer district points on Hooker. If win of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding for second spot would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Fairview would be fourth. If Hooker wins lot, Fairview would be third. Thomas: Second with win. Second with regulation loss of four or fewer points or overtime loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Third with loss and Texhoma win. Third with loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses in regulation by four or fewer points or in overtime or Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Fourth with regulation loss of five or more points and Hooker win where Thomas loses eight or more district points to Hooker. If loss of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Fairview win lot, Thomas would be third. If Hooker wins lot, Thomas would be fourth. Hooker: Second with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview and gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Third with Thomas win. Third with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview or gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Fourth with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses four or more district points to Fairview and gains seven or fewer district points on Thomas. If win of two points and Fairview win of five points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Hooker would be third. If Fairview wins lot, Hooker would be fourth. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Fairview win. District A-2 Key Games: Apache at Carnegie, Hollis at Cordell. Hollis: First with win. Second with loss. Cordell: First with win. Second with loss and Apache win. Second with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 23 or fewer district points to Carnegie. Third with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 24 or more district points to Carnegie. Mangum: Third with Cordell win. Third with Hollis win and Apache win. Fourth with Hollis win and Carnegie win. Carnegie: Second with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 24 or more district points on Cordell. Third with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 23 or fewer district points on Cordell. Fourth with win and Cordell win. Apache: Fourth with win. District A-3 Key Game: Ringling at Healdton Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Rush Springs: Fourth. District A-4 Key Games: Elmore City at Minco, Stratford at Wynnewood, Wayne at Konawa. Stratford: First. Minco: Second. Wynnewood: Third with win. Third with loss and Elmore City loss. Third with loss, Wayne win and Elmore City win. Fourth with loss, Wayne loss and Elmore City win. Wayne: Fourth with win and Wynnewood win. Fourth with Wynnewood loss and Elmore City loss. Fourth with loss, Wynnewood win and Elmore City loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Elmore City win where Wayne gains nine or more district points on Elmore City. Elmore City: Third with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood win and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne win where Elmore City loses eight or fewer district points to Wayne. District A-5 Key Games: Okeene at Crescent, Watonga at Crossings Christian. Cashion: First. Crescent: Second with win and Crossings Christian loss. Fourth with loss and Watonga win where Crescent loses 16 or fewer district points to Watonga. Fourth with Crossings Christian win. OCA: Second with Crescent loss or Crossings Christian win. Third with Crescent win and Watonga win. Crossings Christian: Third with win or Crescent loss. Watonga: Fourth with win and Crescent win. Fourth with win and Crescent loss where Watonga gains 17 or more district points on Crescent. District A-6 Key Games: Hominy at Morrison, Kiefer at Drumright. Hominy: First. Kiefer: Second with win. Third with loss. Drumright: Second with win. Third with loss and Morrison loss. Fourth with loss and Morrison win. Morrison: Third with win and Kiefer win. Fourth with loss or Kiefer loss. District A-7 Key Games: Afton at Fairland, Foyil at Ketchum. Rejoice Christian: First. Fairland: Second with win. Third with loss and Ketchum loss. Third with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 19 or fewer district points to Ketchum. Fourth with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 20 or more district points on Ketchum. Afton: Second with win. Fourth with loss. Ketchum: Third with Fairland win. Third with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 20 or more district points on Fairland. Fourth with loss and Afton win. Fourth with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 19 or fewer district points on Fairland. District A-8 Key Games: Quinton at Warner, Talihina at Central Sallisaw. Central Sallisaw: First with win. Second with loss. Talihina: First with win. Second with loss. Porter: Third with Quinton win. Fourth with Warner win. Warner: Third with win. Quinton: Fourth with win.
Nov 2, 2015
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Before Toledo coach Matt Campbell meets with the media on Monday, he first faces about 175 Toledo fans, most old enough to be his father or grandfather. And they have questions.At the weekly luncheon held in the lobby of the basketball arena, Campbell gets grilled about the Rockets' recent 51-35 victory against Massachusetts.Coach, why so many penalties?Coach, why are the...
Toledo's Campbell rockets up coaching ranks
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2015TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Before Toledo coach Matt Campbell meets with the media on Monday, he first faces about 175 Toledo fans, most old enough to be his father or grandfather. And they have questions. At the weekly luncheon held in the lobby of the basketball arena, Campbell gets grilled about the Rockets' recent 51-35 victory against Massachusetts. Coach, why so many penalties? Coach, why are the kickoffs so short? Coach, why do we use only one running back at a time? Those multimillion dollar coaches in the Power Five don't have to run this gauntlet every week. But Campbell, the 35-year-old fourth-year Toledo coach, doesn't miss a beat. Campbell gives detailed answers that seem to satisfy the questioners. And why not? He's had all the answers this season for the 20th-ranked Rockets (7-0), who play Mid-American Conference rival Northern Illinois at home on Tuesday night. The Ohio native isn't climbing the career ladder as much as he is bounding up the stairs to success. He caught the New England Patriots' attention as a 23-year-old graduate assistant. Urban Meyer tried to hire Campbell before he had ever met him. Instead of rushing toward the big time, Campbell stayed close to his roots and still he is on the verge of becoming one of the most wanted coaches in college football when the hiring season starts in about a month. Campbell grew up in Massillon, the son of a coach. Rick Campbell chose not to coach his son, though, instead working at rival high school Jackson. Matt Campbell played at Perry High School for coach Keith Wakefield, an Ohio high school Hall of Famer. The lessons Campbell took from his father and Wakefield made him a young coach with an old football soul. "Really learned the value of a very old-school, principled coach. Attitude and effort. The ability to come every day with a purpose. I still use a lot of that today when I coach our teams," Campbell said. Campbell won three conference championships as a player in high school and played on three national championship teams at Division III Mount Union. In between, Campbell got a taste of what it was like to be part of losing team. He went to Pittsburgh out of high school and was part of a fractured team in 1998 that went 2-9. Campbell did not see the attitude and effort he was accustomed to seeing in high school. If this was Division I football, it was not for him. "I draw so much today on that nine months at Pitt that I never want a kid in our program to feel or to touch what I really feel like now, as I look back, didn't look right or feel right," he said. On the drive home from Pitt the following July, he stopped off at Mount Union, the Division III powerhouse and his father's alma mater. "There's 60, 70 Division III football players and they're all working out. I'm thinking, this is amazing," said Campbell, who transferred to Mount Union and played for two national championship teams. He immediately jumped into coaching after he was done playing as a graduate assistant with Bowling Green. The former defensive lineman immersed himself in the spread offense that Meyer had left behind after his brief stay at the school. During a scouting visit to Bowling Green by then New England Patriots director of player personnel Scott Pioli, Campbell was assigned to make sure the VIP had everything he needed. Pioli came away impressed enough to offer Campbell the opportunity to interview for a job with the most successful team in the NFL. Campbell passed. He instead returned to Mount Union with boxes of VHS tapes to help transition the Purple Raiders to a spread offense. "Matt really jumped in and did the pre-planning. And he would come to each staff meeting with an agenda and ideas," said former Mount Union coach Larry Kehres, who is now the school's athletic director. "He showed me that he wanted to be the offensive coordinator and perhaps the playcaller, but I didn't just say, 'Do that.' He showed that he wanted to and then he showed that he could." Campbell was part of two more Mount Union championships as a coach. Then it was back to Bowling Green and eventually to Toledo, where coach Tim Beckman made him a 30-year-old offensive coordinator in 2010. "As an assistant coach, you could tell this is going to be a guy who's going to move," Toledo athletic director Mike O'Brien said. The big move came after the 2011 regular season. Beckman was hired by Illinois and O'Brien turned to Campbell to be at first the interim head coach as Toledo prepared for a bowl game, and then the permanent replacement. "Went to the first practice not to check up on Matt, just to check the temperature in the room," O'Brien said. "We had not missed a beat." Toledo beat Air Force in the Military Bowl and at 32 years old Campbell was the youngest head in major college football. "He was born, in my view, to be a head football coach," O'Brien said. Before Campbell said yes to O'Brien, he had to say no to Meyer. Campbell popped up on his radar after he got the Ohio State job. "Someone recommended him to me and I started asking my friends who were high school coaches in the state and to a man they loved the guy," Meyer said. "Then I started doing my homework on his football acumen and it all came back plusses." Now in his third full season at Toledo, Campbell has the Rockets rolling and that Mount Union culture of player ownership in place. There will soon be opportunities for Campbell to leave Toledo, which launched the careers of Nick Saban and Gary Pinkel. Power Five schools will call, looking to quadruple (or more) the $495,000 salary he made last year, according to USA Today's coaches' salary data base. That's for later. For now, Toledo has not won a MAC title since 2004 and his job is to change that. "My dad, he said 'Matt, football's a funny thing. If you just work really hard and do what you're asked to do, then everything always takes care of itself. You don't have to worry about those things," Campbell said. "And I don't." ____ AP College Football: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 26, 2015
Haws, a senior linebacker, has been hospitalized since Friday night when he broke three vertebrae in his neck and back during a football game at Blanchard. The injury required emergency surgery at the OU Medicine trauma center in Oklahoma City.
High school notebook: Bethany's Hudson Haws shows more improvement Monday
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Oct 26, 2015Injured Bethany football player Hudson Haws showed another significant sign of improvement on Monday when his breathing strengthened to the point that he could be taken off a ventilator. Haws, a senior linebacker, has been hospitalized since Friday night when he broke three vertebrae in his neck and back during a football game at Blanchard. The injury required emergency surgery at the OU Medicine trauma center in Oklahoma City. He still has no feeling or movement below his chest, but his arm strength has improved in the last couple of days. Being taken off the breathing machine is a major step. As the swelling in his spinal cord continues to recede, it will become easier for doctors to determine the extent of the injury to his spinal cord. LAWTON MAC'S FIAILOA INVITED TO POLYNESIAN ALL-AMERICAN BOWL Lawton MacArthur offensive lineman T.J. Fiailoa was invited to play in the annual Polynesian All-American Bowl game. The game is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2016, at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, Calif. Fiailoa said he has not accepted the invitation yet. “It means a lot,” Fiailoa said. “My family is proud, and I'm just humbled to be recognized. It's not one of those big bowls like Under Armour, but as a Samoan it means a lot.” Fiailoa is one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He holds scholarship offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin and Utah State. He's ranked No. 27 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 rankings of the state's top college recruits for the 2016 class. The event is sponsored by the Aiga Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, according to its website, assists student-athletes from across the mainland United States, Hawaii and American Samoa in acquiring football athletic scholarships. Aiga means “family” in the Samoan language. RECORD CHASE UPDATE It's rare to have one quarterback challenge a state record, but this season two quarterbacks are chasing former Atoka star L.T. Pfaff's record of 11,357 career passing yards. On Friday, that mark was eclipsed by Locust Grove's Mason Fine, who threw for 457 yards to bring his career total to 11,658 yards. He also holds the career mark for touchdowns. Next up is Victory Christian's Keats Calhoon, who sits 342 yards away from Pfaff's mark. Each week, The Oklahoman will update the chase between Fine and Calhoon. Mason Fine, Locust Grove Total entering week: 11,201 This week: 457 Career total: 11,658 Yards past record: 301 Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian Total entering week: 10,672 This week: 343 Career total: 11,015 Yards to Pfaff: 342 BRAD DALKE NAMED ALL-AMERICAN FOR FIFTH TIME Though he's been in college for two months now, Brad Dalke added one more record to his decorated junior golf career on Monday. The Oklahoma freshman and Hobart native was selected a first-team Rolex Junior All-American on Monday, his fifth time to receive the honor. He's the first player ever to be a first-team selection five times. Dalke concluded his illustrious high school career by winning the Junior PGA Championship in August. He already has a top-10 finish and a stroke average of 72.4 through four college tournaments. Edmond North's Austin Eckroat and Norman's Yujeong Son were second-team All-American selections. SOFTBALL ALL-DISTRICT 6A-2 TEAM ANNOUNCED The All-District team for District 6A-2 was recently announced with Putnam City standout Alexis Perry taking home the top honor of Player of the Year. Perry is verbally committed to Nebraska. Putnam City North's Stephanie Giggers was named Pitcher of the Year. Mustang's Mackenzie Donihoo and Westmoore's Sydnee Ramsey were named the offensive and defensive players of the year. First-year Mustang coach Jamie Roberts was named the Coach of the Year after leading Mustang to the Class 6A state tournament. Here is a full breakdown of the team: Player of the Year: Alexis Perry, Putnam City Pitcher of the Year: Stephanier Giggers, Putnam North Offensive Player of the Year: Mackenzie Donihoo, Mustang Defensive Player of the Year: Sydnee Ramsey, Westmoore Coach of the Year: Jamie Roberts, Mustang FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Kylie Dodson, Mustang; Makayla Jackson, Putnam City; Mckenzie Smith, Westmoore Catcher: Madison Perrigan, Mustang; Hannah Salmon, Putnam City First base: Julie Minter, Edmond North Second base: Josie Tofpi, Westmoore Third base: Alexus Bailey, Putnam North Shortstop: Caleigh Stevenson, Midwest City Outfield: Mason Andrews, Westmoore; Taunna Jefferies, Midwest City; Lorren Kromer, Putnam North Utility: Brookyln Sparkman, Mustang; Ashtyn Crouch, Edmond North; Kennedy Thomas, Edmond North; Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial; Kendall Murphy, Edmond Memoriall Ashlynn Williams, Midwest City HONORABLE MENTION Mustang: Lexi Vargas, Zoe Jones, Audrie Morrison Putnam North: Caroline Hamblin, Kelsie Villabos, Meridee Lawson Westmoore: Alanna Leisy, Erycka Pierce, Bailey Gilliam Edmond Memorial: Crimson Davis, Karsen Heron Edmond North: Kamri Heath, Amy Crabaugh, Katlyn Jones, Jillian Helsley Putnam City: Danielle Stover, Jessica Holt, Sara Price Midwest City: Kylie McCoy, Kierra Williams, Maddi Thompson U.S. Grant: Lexi Merino
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 16, 2015
With the game and perhaps their season on the line, the Douglass Trojans needed a big play late in their District 3A-2 matchup with the undefeated Bethany Bronchos at Miller Stadium on Thursday. They got one from quarterback Patrick McKaufman. On a third-and-9 with just under two minutes left, the senior quarterback reversed field three times and retreated nearly 30 yards before finding Darius...
High school football: Douglass uses big play late in the game to down Bethany
By Richard Stroud, For The Oklahoman | Oct 16, 2015With the game and perhaps their season on the line, the Douglass Trojans needed a big play late in their District 3A-2 matchup with the undefeated Bethany Bronchos at Miller Stadium on Thursday. They got one from quarterback Patrick McKaufman. On a third-and-9 with just under two minutes left, the senior quarterback reversed field three times and retreated nearly 30 yards before finding Darius Hawkins wide open for the game-clinching 54-yard touchdown pass that helped the Trojans hold on for a 22-14 win. “He made a play,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. “That's something you don't draw up.” McKaufman's pass put the final touch on a wild sequence in the final period of what had been a defensive struggle. The Trojans scored on their opening possession of the game and added a field goal early in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead. But the Bronchos (6-1 overall, 2-1 in District 3A-2) put the clamps on Douglass running back Chris Friday, holding him to 41 yards in the second half after the junior had 125 in the first two quarters. Bethany's offense finally broke through late in the third period. A long punt return gave the Bronchos the ball at the Douglass 29, and Bryton Schmitt found Brock Holliday with a touchdown pass on the first play of the drive to make it 10-7. McKaufman and the Trojans countered with a 59-yard touchdown by Perry Johnson on a third down screen pass to make it 16-7 with 6:23 left. Bethany's Landon Stout immediately countered by returning the ensuing kickoff to the end zone to make it a two-point game. The Douglass offense, stagnant throughout the second half, picked up two first downs to near midfield before McKaufman's scramble and throw created the final margin. Douglass (5-2, 2-1) climbed back into the thick of the district race with the win, forging a three-way tie for second with the Trojans, the Bronchos and Blanchard all one game behind undefeated John Marshall. Douglass travels to John Marshall next Friday. “Every game is big,” Alexander said. “It doesn't matter where you're at in the standings. Every game in district play is important, regardless.” Douglass held Bethany to 206 yards of total offense and forced three interceptions from Schmitt, two of those inside the Trojan 5-yard line. “We pride ourselves on defense,” Alexander said. “They made plays when they had to.”
Oct 15, 2015
Just as Marvel subplots and teen-angst driven fare have been popular on TV in the past, so have rewrites of popular films. The formula of the big screen to the small has worked before to great effect.
Now streaming: 5 great TV series that were movies first
Angela Treasure, KSL.com | Oct 15, 2015TVLAND — The graveyard of network and cable television alike is littered with the carcasses of failed ideas. Superhero concepts, secret agent shows and sitcoms about that manboy millennial moving back in with mom and dad seem to show up and fall off as quickly as they come. Just as Marvel subplots and teen-angst driven fare have been popular on TV in the past, so have rewrites of popular films. While Fox’s “Minority Report,” an adaptation of Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller, is getting critically panned, the formula of the big screen to the small has worked before to great effect. Here are five such series that have proved that the cart can come before the horse. 'Friday Night Lights' This series, which bafflingly never seemed to find a strong viewership during its five-season run on NBC, has to be up there in the conversation of great Americana television. Debuting in 2006, it launched two years after the film of the same name starring Billy Bob Thornton and featuring Tim McGraw as an angry drunk football dad. The movie was critically acclaimed and opened a window for a TV show shortly thereafter. “Friday Night Lights” the series is at its best when tackling love, heartbreak and ambition all rooted in the high school football-obsessed fictional town of Dillon, Texas. For that reason, we forgive the misguided efforts of the show’s second season that meandered through story lines involving meth-dealing ferret owners and resident scumbag booster Buddy Garrity taking in a juvenile delinquent and turning him into a football star (who then mysteriously disappeared from the show altogether). FNL was great at tugging the heartstrings and famously portrayed the most realistic on-screen marriage: Coach and Tami Taylor. Do yourself a favor and watch or rewatch a few episodes (or seasons) this fall. Clear eyes, full hearts, y’all. Where to watch: All five seasons are streaming on Netflix. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Before Sarah Michelle Gellar took up the mantle of “The Chosen One” in 1997, Joss Whedon tested the feature waters with a super campy iteration of the iconic role. Whedon made the original “Buffy” in ’92 with the likes of Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry, although he said the movie was reshaped by the studio so much that it did not honor his original vision, which was much darker. Enter Gellar and company in what is considered the premier female protagonist-driven fantasy saga of the 20th century. OK, that is a lot of qualifiers, but “Buffy” did cement Whedon as a storytelling genius and eventually led to him being handed the keys of the “Avengers” franchise. “Buffy” enjoyed a seven-season long run due to great writing, a special dynamic between a beloved cast and relationship archetypes that still make the hearts of 90s girls everywhere go pitter-patter (Angel, forever). Though Whedon has since racked up an impressive resume, it’s safe to say a big piece of his legacy will be as the man who created the realm of Sunnydale, and we’re thankful for that. Where to watch: All seven seasons are streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime video and Hulu. 'Parenthood' Some fans of the 2010 family drama “Parenthood” may not realize the series about the Braverman clan is actually based on a the 1989 movie “Parenthood” profiling the Buckman’s, the patriarch portrayed by Steve Martin. Executive producer Jason Katims, also responsible for adapting “Friday Night Lights” for TV, spearheaded the revamping of the box-office hit once he got permission from director Ron Howard. The Bravermans’ plight is more drama than comedy than its predecessor, following Zeek and Camille Braverman, their four children and their families. The show allows flawed characters to work through impossible situations, whether it’s complicated parent-child dynamics, problematical romances or anything else in between. Surviving for six seasons, “Parenthood” enjoyed critical acclaim as well as claiming audiences’ favor. It was regularly praised for its treatment of Asperger’s syndrome, a condition examined in both in young Max Braverman and middle-aged adult Hank Rizzoli (played by Ray Romano). Fans of the show will decry the program’s lack of awards, going six seasons with the academy only coughing up one Emmy nomination, which may not seem so bad until you remember “Two and a Half Men” has 47. Fun fact: Almost every episode of “Parenthood” features someone making waffles or pancakes. Strange, yet true. Where to watch: All six seasons are streaming on Netflix. 'Fargo' Nearly 30 years after Coen brothers made this small North Dakota town infamous, FX reimagined its frozen landscape with a similar tone to great success. Taking over for William H. Macy as the mild-mannered yet poorly intentioned protagonist Jerry Lundegaard is Martin Freeman whose Lester Nygaard experiences many of the same gruesome pitfalls. Everything that is great about the dark comedic film is resurrected for the series, from the very, very pregnant police officer on the case (skillfully played by Frances McDormand and Allison Tolman in respective renditions) to the chilling cinematography and effective injection of local color. Billy Bob Thornton is excellent as hitman Malvo just as Steve Buscemi was memorable in his iconic role as inept lackey Carl Showalter. The TV series is brutal and funny, and all of the things you’d hope for as a fan of the original film, all while carving out its own space in the upper-echelon of television strata. Adhering to a recently popular format, Season 2 of “Fargo” will occupy the same theoretical universe but will be populated with a whole new cast and plot line. The sophomore season is already getting rave reviews, premiered Monday night on FX. Where to watch: The 10-episode first season can be viewed on Hulu. 'M*A*S*H' Can you hear that? Just covering the sound of buffeting chopper blades, your brain should have played the uber-famous theme music to “M*A*S*H” as soon as you read the series title. But did you know that “M*A*S*H” was a movie before it began its 11-year run on CBS? Before Alan Alda became an American television icon, Hawkeye Pierce was originated by Donald Sutherland in 1970, two years before Alda. Perhaps more than any of the other movie to TV adaptation, the original plot and overall intention remained the most intact. The genius of “M*A*S*H” is that it takes place in such a somber and heartbreaking world — a field hospital during the Korean War. What both iterations of “M*A*S*H” were so successful at doing was bringing humor to an entirely unfunny situation, and doing it well as evidenced by the movie’s success and the TV show’s lengthy run. There can be no conversation about great American television without the mention of “M*A*S*H.” In fact, the nation was so broken up about the series’ ending that the series finale racked up an unprecedented 125 million views in 1983. We certainly salute the fact that the movie was brought to the small screen and into the homes of American homes everywhere. Where to watch: All 11 seasons are streaming on Netflix.