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Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 3
Trent Shadid | Sep 18, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage 22, Talihina 14 Midwest City 24, Del City 22 Edmond Memorial 28, Mustang 24 Lock of the week: Wagoner over Fort Gibson. Fort Gibson played well in its first game without starting QB J.R. Singleton, defeating Hilldale last week. But the experience of the four-year starter will be missed this week against a Wagoner team that won’t make many mistakes. Jacob Unruh Norman North 45, Westmoore 38 Heritage Hall 31, Davis 28 McAlester 21, Pryor 17 Cascia Hall 28, Millwood 21 Tulsa Union 35, Broken Arrow 21 Jenks 28, Owasso 20 Wagoner 28, Ft. Gibson 24 Talihina 35, Christian Heritage 21 Midwest City 21, Del City 18 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 17 Lock of the week: Talihina over Christian Heritage. Talihina quarterback Alan Lockhart had crazy numbers last season and is off to another strong start this season. He’ll be too much for the CHA defense. Trent Shadid Westmoore 35, Norman North 28 Davis 21, Heritage Hall 20 McAlester 27, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 20, Millwood 13 Tulsa Union 38, Broken Arrow 28 Jenks 35, Owasso 24 Wagoner 22, Fort Gibson 20 Talihina 30, Christian Heritage 28 Midwest City 20, Del City 14 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 13 Lock of the week: Westmoore over Norman North. Both teams are loaded on offense, and Norman North quarterback John Kolar may be the best player on the field. But defense will be needed to win this Class 6A-I showdown, and Westmoore appears to be the better team on that side of the ball. Here are the standings after Week 2: Scott (11-9, 1-1) Jacob (10-10, 2-0) Trent (8-12, 0-2)
[brightcove]3792580777001[/brightcove] Welcome to our first NewsOK Varsity podcast. Each week The Oklahoman‘s Varsity crew will talk about the hot topics around the state’s high school sports scene. This week we started with a focus on Class 3A football. Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert joined to talk about the Chargers’ 2-0 start and upcoming game with […]
NewsOK Varsity podcast: Talking Class 3A football
Jacob Unruh | Sep 18, 2014[brightcove]3792580777001[/brightcove] Welcome to our first NewsOK Varsity podcast. Each week The Oklahoman‘s Varsity crew will talk about the hot topics around the state’s high school sports scene. This week we started with a focus on Class 3A football. Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert joined to talk about the Chargers’ 2-0 start and upcoming game with Class 2A defending champion Davis. Kingfisher Times and Free Press’ Michael Swisher also joined to talk about Kingfisher’s loss to county rival Hennessey and what that means for both Class 3A and 2A. Also, the staff talked about this week’s huge slate of games and Midwest City’s Will Sunderland verbally committing to Oklahoma last weekend. Watch the video above to listen.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, […]
Prep football picks: Week 2 staff has split opinions on Union-Jenks
Trent Shadid | Sep 11, 2014Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Heritage Hall 24, Clinton 21 Oklahoma Christian 24, Metro Christian 20 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 22 Lock of the Week: Tulsa Union over Jenks. Last year, Jenks made an early statement with a big win against one of Texas’ best teams. Union didn’t pull off the win last week, but took Southlake Carroll to overtime. Last year’s Backyard Bowl came down to playmakers, and the team with the most won. Right now, I think Union has the most. Jacob Unruh Tulsa Union 35, Jenks 28 Lawton 35, Lawton MacArthur 34 Douglass 21, Millwood 14 Midwest City 17, Carl Albert 15 Edmond Memorial 28, Edmond North 20 Kingfisher 27, Hennessey 17 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Clinton 21, Heritage Hall 20 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian School 31 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 24 Lock of the Week: Edmond Memorial over Edmond North. The Bulldogs’ defense was very impressive last week against Southmoore, and if it plays nearly that well it will be enough to slow down a gritty Edmond North team. Trent Shadid Jenks 27, Tulsa Union 24 Lawton 34, Lawton MacArthur 30 Douglass 22, Millwood 20 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 14 Edmond Memorial 14, Edmond North 13 Kingfisher 35, Hennessey 20 Pryor 37, Wagoner 30 Clinton 28, Heritage Hall 27 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian 28 Broken Bow 20, Idabel 19 Lock of the Week: Kingfisher over Hennessey. The Yellowjackets defeated Class 4A preseason top-10 Woodward 38-0 last week. While Hennessey is expected to contend for a title in 2A, don’t expect the Eagles to pull off an upset over the top team in 3A. Here are the standings after Week 1: Jacob (6-4, 1-0) Scott (5-5, 0-1) Trent (5-5, 0-1)
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 1
Trent Shadid | Sep 4, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 38 OCS 24, Ringling 20 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Brad Ballard era at Tuttle gets off to a roaring start with a win over a nearby rival and top-10 opponent. Jacob Unruh Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 17 Davis 27, Vian 24 Lawton MacArthur 35, Clinton 28 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 28, Tulsa Union 20 Kingfisher 28, Woodward 21 Tuttle 35, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 24 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 15 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Woodward. The Yellowjackets looked impressive in a scrimmage against Blanchard last week and have key weapons like Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger back on defense that will cause problems for any offense. Trent Shadid Midwest City 20, Tulsa Washington 13 Davis 35, Vian 34 Lawton MacArthur 28, Clinton 22 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 24, Tulsa Union 21 Kingfisher 27, Woodward 21 Tuttle 38, Blanchard 28 Casady 37, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 30 Southmoore 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Broken Arrow 28, Owasso 13 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Tigers are going through their first coaching change in 21 years, but the Lions have much more to overcome early in the season after graduating nearly every key contributor from last season’s Class 3A runner-up squad. *Heritage Hall at Casady and Edmond Memorial at Southmoore will be played on Thursday night. All the other games, excluding Davis vs. Vian on Saturday afternoon in Choctaw, will be played on Friday night.
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 3, 2014
COMMENTARY — The former Heritage Hall standout will miss the Broncos’ first four games this season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. But the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City.
What do we think of Wes Welker now?
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Sep 3, 2014Shannon Hayes heard the news about the Wes Welker suspension. He also heard the crashes and clinks of the new equipment in Millwood High School’s weight room. What does the latter have to do with the former? Plenty. Hayes is the athletic director at Millwood, and earlier this year, the school received a grant from the Welker Foundation that, among other things, allowed it to add to the weight room. Every athlete at the school will use it at some point during the year. Every athlete will benefit from that grant. “It puts us in a whole different league,” Hayes said of the additional funds. The folks at Millwood aren’t the only ones in Oklahoma City who’ve become fans of Welker, on the cusp of his 11th season in the NFL. He gives lots of money here. He spends lots of time here. He does lots of good here. The hometown boy has made his hometown proud. Then on Tuesday, he got suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy — the wide receiver must sit out Denver’s first four games — and everyone in Oklahoma City is left trying to figure out how we’re supposed to look at Welker now. How do we wrap our heads around the good guy getting a black mark? How are we supposed to balance this first transgression with what we know of Welker? The NFL doesn’t provide details when it suspends a player, but reports have indicated that Welker had amphetamines in his system. The Denver Post reported the amphetamine was Adderall, while Pro Football Talk reported that while attending the Kentucky Derby, Welker took Molly that had been cut with amphetamines. Molly is the street name for MDMA, which is an active ingredient in Ecstasy. But Molly is rarely pure MDMA. It is most often cut by amphetamines, which could include Adderall. Welker was adamant Tuesday that he never took anything knowingly, telling the Denver Post that he wondered if someone put something in one of his drinks at the Derby. “I wouldn’t have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. We want to believe that. I’ll admit, I want to believe that. But what if Welker had grown up in Kansas City or Cleveland or San Francisco? What if he wasn’t our guy and we were reading his denials in Oklahoma City? We’d laugh and roll our eyes and say, “Just another athlete making an excuse.” Listen, I don’t know what happened, if Welker knowingly took something that he should’nt have or if someone trying to be a wisenheimer got him suspended. But I know this — this suspension puts a cloud over Welker. A massive, ominous thunderhead? No. More of a stray, gray nimbostratus. After all, this isn’t an arrest, isn’t Welker doing something that harms someone else. What’s more, this is very much out of character for him. Welker has been a straight-and-narrow character, and that has only added to his feel-good story. The undersized guy who became a superstar at Heritage Hall. The lightly recruited receiver who became an All-American at Texas Tech. The undrafted free agent who became one of the most productive receivers the NFL has ever seen. What’s more, Welker has been known as a guy who does things the right way, busting his butt and outworking his competition. That endeared the masses, whether he was in West Texas or New England, but here in hard-working, blue-collar-wearing Oklahoma City, it was particularly powerful. Thing is, Welker has loved on Oklahoma City almost as much as fans here have adored him. He often wears a hat adorned with Bronco Drilling, an Edmond company now owned by Chesapeake. He regularly professes his love of the Thunder, even wearing Thunder cowboy boots while playing for the Patriots and living in Celtics-crazy Boston. It’s been sweet. A violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy sours that. Not entirely. But some. It has to. No two ways around that. But for all that we don’t know about what got Welker into trouble, here’s what we do know: the cloud of his violation doesn’t overshadow all the good that he has done and will continue to do in Oklahoma City. Not even close. His foundation alone has given grants to 30 schools and groups around Oklahoma City over the better part of a decade. The money is given in an attempt to level the playing field for at-risk kids through sports, encouraging their full potential and exposing them to positive role models. Capitol Hill, John Marshall, Millwood and Cleats for Kids, which provides equipment to low-income kids, received grants this year. Combined total: $173,200. Average grant: $43,300. That’s significant. Just ask someone like Hayes at Millwood. The small independent district is a sports power, bringing home two or three state titles just about every year, but drawing from neighborhoods on the city’s northeast side, the school isn’t flush with funds. “We have a lot of inner-city kids and low-income families that we deal with,” Hayes said, “so we don’t always have the money for athletics.” With its Welker grant, Millwood not only bought that additional weight room equipment but also purchased a projector and screen so it could have a film room; water coolers that could be wheeled to and from practices and games; and nets to be placed behind the north end zone at the football stadium. A deep ravine at that end of the field has been gobbling up footballs for years. Millwood purchased some additional football helmets. It didn’t have enough to outfit all the kids who wanted to come out for the team before. Who knows the impact that could have? A boy who now gets to play might be motivated to keep his grades up and stay in school. He might graduate and increase his chances of being a productive citizen. Hypothetical, yes, but entirely possible, too. There is no doubt that Welker’s drug suspension taints things. His legacy isn’t as pristine. His career isn’t as feel-good. But in Oklahoma City, our well is deep where Welker is concerned. It took more than one good deed to fill it up, and it will take much more than one unsavory one to drain it. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Sep 1, 2014
Scary memories from Oct. 30, 1988 — when she watched her husband Derrick knocked unconscious during a kick return — are why Cheri Shepard is uneasy about her son Sterling taking over as Oklahoma’s punt returner.
Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard's biggest fan isn't crazy about his new role in the return game
By Jason Kersey | Sep 1, 2014NORMAN — Cheri Shepard had only been married a few months when she sat in Houston’s Astrodome on Oct. 30, 1988, watching her husband Derrick play for the Washington Redskins in a Sunday night football game. Midway through the second quarter that night, Derrick Shepard fielded a kickoff and sustained a brutal blow from the Houston Oilers’ Eugene Seale that knocked Shepard unconscious. “He was just lying there,” Cheri Shepard remembered. “He wasn’t moving. “I kept thinking, ‘Is he paralyzed?’ There were no cell phones then, so I didn’t find out how he was doing until a lot later that night.” Scary memories from that night are why Cheri isn’t wild about her son Sterling’s newest role on Oklahoma’s football team. The junior wideout and Heritage Hall product took over as the Sooners’ punt returner this fall. “My mom tells me all the time she hates that I’m doing punt return,” Sterling Shepard said. Cheri found out that Sterling would return punts several months ago, and while she’s never been the type of parent to interfere, the whole thing has definitely made her uneasy. Sterling returned punts and kicks in high school, but that never really bothered his mom. After all, facing the likes of Casady and Kingfisher isn’t the same as returning punts against Tennessee and Texas. Cheri spent the days and weeks before Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana Tech praying for Sterling’s safety and asking everyone she knows to do the same. After all, Sterling has already suffered one concussion since becoming a Sooner. Last November in Waco, Texas, Shepard caught a pass coming across the middle, turned upfield and was met by Baylor defender K.J. Morton, whose high hit knocked Shepard out of the game. Cheri rushed from the stands onto the sideline and stood nearby while doctors asked Shepard to repeat some numbers backward. His mom didn’t hear the “backward” part, and assumed he was in much worse shape than he was. “I thought, ‘Oh my poor child!’” Cheri recalled. “I rushed over and yelled, ‘I love you Sterling!’ “He was mortified.” Cheri can laugh about that moment now, but that doesn’t make the idea of another concussion any less frightening. She said she was surprisingly calm the three times her son lined up to return punts against Louisiana Tech. Shepard only fielded two of them, averaging 17.5 yards per return. He’d been eager to return punts since arriving on campus in 2012, but had to wait his turn behind veterans Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. “It was great,” Sterling said of returning punts Saturday. “Got some really good blocks. It’s exciting being back there again. “Just got some of the first-game jitters out, and now I'm ready to roll.” Still, when her son backs up deep Saturday morning the first time Tulsa lines up to punt, Cheri probably will have a few jitters. Derrick Shepard played three more NFL seasons after sustaining the concussion that night in Houston, returning 57 more punts and 34 more kickoffs before retiring. The former OU standout died of a heart attack at the age of 35 on Aug. 4, 1999. Fifteen years later, Sterling Shepard wears his dad’s Oklahoma jersey No. 3. Against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sterling even passed his dad and now ranks 22nd on Oklahoma’s career receiving yards list. And now, Sterling is also returning punts like his old man, even if it makes mom a little uncomfortable. “She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I'm not worried about it,” Sterling said. “That's the name of the game. You're gonna get hit.”
The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.
Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2014The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries. Here are the top 10 games of the season’s first week: No. 1 Class 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City No. 2 Class 2A No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian, 3 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw No. 3 Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur at Class 4A No. 3 Clinton No. 4 Class 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union at Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas No. 5 Class 4A No. 5 Woodward at 3A No. 1 Kingfisher No. 6 Class 3A No. 6 Blanchard at 4A No. 6 Tuttle No. 7 Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hall at Casady (1-0), Thursday No. 8 Class 2A No. 10 OCS at Class A No. 2 Ringling No. 9 Class 6A-I No. 6 Edmond Memorial at No. 9 Southmoore No. 10 Class 6A-I No. 10 Owasso at No. 5 Broken Arrow *-All games Friday unless noted
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
Aug 30, 2014
Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would...
OU football notebook: Sooners' Blake Bell makes debut at tight end
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers | Aug 30, 2014Quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell didn’t get onto the stat sheet, going without a catch in his first game at the position. But Bell did a solid job blocking, including a couple blocks that sprung Sooners running backs for long gains in Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. After the game, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he would have to evaluate film before making a final determination on how Bell performed. “It seemed to me like he played pretty well though,” Stoops said. The Sooners looked Bell’s way in the end zone late in the second quarter but Louisiana Tech defender Lloyd Grogan interfered with Bell and Bell drew the flag. SOONERS GET FIRST BLOCKED FG IN DECADE Big-time special teams plays were a calling card for Oklahoma in Bob Stoops’ early years. But the Sooners hadn’t blocked a field goal for nearly a decade before cornerback Zack Sanchez slipped through to stop Jonathan Barnes’ 51-yard attempt late in the first quarter. The block was picked up by Eric Striker, who brought it back 20 yards to set up a touchdown that put the Sooners up 21-0. “I found a crease there and fortunately I got my hand on it,” Sanchez said. “Striker made a play and returned it, and it created some momentum for us on offense.” Oklahoma’s last blocked field goal came Sept. 18, 2004 against Oregon in Norman by Brodney Pool. TYLER EVANS GETS START IN COMEBACK In his first three years in Norman, Tyler Evans made 29 starts at right guard. After missing the last two seasons with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, Evans made start No. 30 Saturday night. Evans was as the third-string left guard on Oklahoma’s depth chart but started on the right side in place of Nila Kasitati. Kasitati was dressed but it was posted on OU’s official Twitter account before the game that he was being held out for “precautionary” reasons. The start was Evans’ first since the 2011 Insight Bowl. JOHNSON, RUSSELL NO SHOWS When the Sooners released their depth chart earlier this week, neither cornerback Cortez Johnson nor defensive tackle Quincy Russell were listed. Saturday, neither was in uniform and afterward Stoops said he wasn’t sure whether either would be part of the team moving forward. “We’ll find out Monday whether he’s with us or not,” Stoops said of Johnson, who started two games last season. “He kind of went missing the last couple of days. He may have quit.” MIXON TWEETS SUPPORT BEFORE GAME Suspended OU freshman Joe Mixon reactivated his Twitter account a couple weeks ago, but hasn’t sent out very many tweets. A couple hours before kickoff Saturday, though, Mixon tweeted, “Man this hurt … Goodluck 2 my brothers out there in Oklahoma. … Go Crazy I'll be watching! #LetsGetIt #BoomerSooner” Mixon, a five-star running back prospect from Oakley, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor stemming from a late-night, off-campus altercation with a female OU student. The university suspended Mixon for this season from all football activities. It is unclear if Mixon attended Saturday’s game. Mixon later deleted his pregame tweet. SHEPARD DISPLAYS RETURN SKILLS Receiver Sterling Shepard was impressive in his collegiate punt-returning debut. The junior from Heritage Hall picked up 17 yards on his first punt return of the game in the first quarter, and added an 18-yard return in the third quarter. After that second return — with the game well in hand — OU coaches replaced Shepard at punt returner with true freshman receiver Michiah Quick. Shepard’s weren’t the only big returns for the Sooners against the Bulldogs. Alex Ross added an 80-yard kick return that gave OU the ball inside the 15 in the second half. Shepard was a standout return man in high school, but hadn’t had the opportunity to return punts so far in his OU career. He waited two years behind Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. Saunders, who was named to the New York Jets roster over the weekend, was in Norman for the game Saturday night. SWITZER MAKES GRAND ENTRANCE AFTER THIRD QUARTER During the break between the third and fourth quarters, a video featuring legendary former OU coach Barry Switzer appeared on the Jumbotron. Switzer spoke during the video about protecting OU’s tradition and never quitting. The 76-year-old then ran through smoke onto the field out of the northwest tunnel to thunderous applause. According to OU spokesman Pete Moris, the Sooners will welcome back a different legend to begin the fourth quarter at every home game this season. SHEPARD DOES ‘SUPERMAN’ AGAIN Shepard got some advice from the coaches after his 16-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight early in the first quarter. The words didn’t have anything to do with Shepard’s catch or the route but his celebration. After scoring, Shepard pulled on his shirt, mimicking Cam Newton’s Superman celebration. Shepard has a history with the celebration and it figures that’s why Bob Stoops said something to him about it. Shepard was penalized for doing the move in January’s Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, though the call was incorrect. Shepard was called for doing the banned “throat slash” gesture after a touchdown late in the second quarter of the bowl game. REPLAY SCHEDULED, TV FOR TULSA SET The game, which was broadcast on pay-per-view, will be replayed on Fox Sports Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Monday. The broadcast will be squeezed into a three-hour window. The kickoff for next week’s game at Tulsa has long been set for 11 a.m., but the network was unknown until Saturday night. ABC and ESPN2 will broadcast the game in a reverse mirror. The game will be broadcast in ABC in some markets and ESPN2 in others. ABC will carry the game in the Oklahoma City metro area. EXTRA POINTS Michael Hunnicutt extended his school record for made field goals to 64 with a pair of field goals. Hunnicutt has made nine in a row dating back to last season’s win over Iowa State. … Sooners Dimitri Flowers, Samaje Perine, Daniel Brooks, K.J. Young, Jordan Smallwood, Jeffery Mead, Michiah Quick, Josiah St. John, Sam Grant, Jonathan Alvarez, David Driskill, D.J. Ward, Charles Walker, Matt Romar, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Devante Bond, Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas and Wesley Horky made their OU debuts. … The Sooners are now 20-0 against current members of Conference USA.
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
1. Kingfisher (15-0): The defending champions are primed for another title run with a strong defense and championship game star Nick Smith at RB. 2. Douglass (11-2): One of Class 4A’s top teams could be a powerhouse with the move down to 3A. 3. Victory Christian (11-1): Junior QB Keats Calhoon led the state as a sophomore last season with 3,350 yards through the air. 4. Seminole (13-1): Senior...
Class 3A football: Preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings
BY TRENT SHADID | Aug 26, 20141. Kingfisher (15-0): The defending champions are primed for another title run with a strong defense and championship game star Nick Smith at RB. 2. Douglass (11-2): One of Class 4A’s top teams could be a powerhouse with the move down to 3A. 3. Victory Christian (11-1): Junior QB Keats Calhoon led the state as a sophomore last season with 3,350 yards through the air. 4. Seminole (13-1): Senior QB Doc Harvey is one of just two returning starters on an offense that must replace star RB Papi White. 5. Locust Grove (12-1): QB Mason Fine returns after leading the Pirates to one of their most successful seasons. 6. Blanchard (13-1): Replacing RB Braden Stringer won’t be easy, but the Lions return most of their offensive line. 7. Heritage Hall (6-5): The Chargers are looking to contend behind highly touted QB Connor McGinnis. 8. Plainview (13-1): Inexperience is Plainview’s biggest concern after losing 16 starters from last season’s run to the semifinals. 9. Beggs (10-3): RB Kerry Daniels is expected to have another big season after rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2013. 10. Bethany (7-4): QB Kyle Duke is entering his third year as a starter and threw for 1,587 yards last year. 11. Lincoln Christian (8-5): QB Micah Wilson and WR Alec Davidson lead one of 3A’s top passing attacks. 12. Lone Grove (8-3): Junior RB Jeremy Lewis, who rushed for 2,176 yards last season, is one of 19 returning starters. 13. Marlow (6-5): Dual-threat QB Braeden O’Dell gives the Outlaws a versatile athlete to lead Rob Renshaw’s offense. 14. Roland (6-5): QB Manuel Bunch and TE/DE Austin Cantrell make the Rangers a potential sleeper. 15. Berryhill (9-3): Ty Walker returns at QB after accounting for 2,400 yards of offense last season. 16. Stigler (8-3): The Panthers may throw 40-plus times a game this season with senior QB Dylan Bryant. 17. Jones (7-5): Junior DT Ty Hughes will anchor a solid defense while the offense aims to find an identity with a new QB. 18. Spiro (8-3): Senior QB/DB McKinley Whitfield is one of the most talented playmakers in the state. 19. Hilldale (10-3): The Hornets hope to continue their recent success as they’ve won at least nine games in three straight seasons. 20. Cushing (8-3): The Tigers have several holes to fill offensively. 21. Purcell (6-5): The Dragons will look for a repeat playoff appearance behind nine returning starters on defense. 22. Madill (4-6): After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, the Wildcats are looking for a bounce-back season. 23. Meeker (12-1): The Bulldogs are coming off the best season in school history but are moving up to 3A. 24. Sequoyah-Claremore (6-5): The Eagles are looking to make the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. 25. Verdigris (2-8): The Cardinals return QB Reece Phillips and leading tackler Seth McLaughlin at LB. 26. Checotah (10-2): Wildcats come to District 3A-6 after winning 3A-8 looking for the same success. 27. John Marshall (4-6): Looking to break through into the postseason in Rashaun Woods’ second year as coach. 28. Sequoyah-Tahlequah (4-6): Talented duo of RB Justin Hooper and QB Zach Parish returns after combining for 2,700 yards last season. 29. Jay (6-5): QB Brandon Weaver leads the way after throwing for 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. 30. Dewey (5-6): Defense is the biggest concern for the Bulldoggers, who gave up at least 34 points in seven games last season. 31. Sulphur (5-6): Senior RB Nate Johnson and junior QB Cole Palmer have the Bulldogs expecting a second straight playoff trip. 32. Perkins-Tryon (5-6): The Demons are shifting to the spread offense under new coach Bruce Williams. 33. Little Axe (3-7): The Indians return experience at the skill positions led by senior QB Keith Robertson. 34. Centennial (6-5): The Bison are looking to build on their first playoff appearance last season. 35. Inola (5-6): Former Wagoner offensive coordinator Jeff Williams is taking over the Longhorns’ program. 36. Star Spencer (3-7): LB Milon Smith anchors the defense as a four-year starter. 37. Mannford (6-4): The Pirates have to find replacements at QB and RB to build on a winning season last year. 38. Okmulgee (3-8): The Bulldogs return QB Brad Bell and all four members of the starting secondary. 39. Mount St. Mary (4-6): Dual-threat QB Matt Peace is a third-year starter on offense, fourth-year starter at DB. 40. Dickson (6-4): The Comets are looking to build on their first winning season since 2003 under new coach David Gilliam. 41. Eufaula (5-5): The Ironheads are looking for their first winning season since 2008. 42. Pauls Valley (2-8): Senior Coleton Jolley is expected to once again be an impact player at multiple positions. 43. Tulsa Rogers (4-6): The Ropers have dropped from Class 5A to 3A in a span of three years and haven’t had a winning record since 2006. 44. Heavener (2-7): New coach Sam Hembree takes over at his alma mater. 45. Keys-Park Hill (1-9): RB Dakota Matlock is the top returnee for the Cougars’ uptempo offense. 46. Idabel (1-9): Speedy WR K.J. Wells is moving to quarterback for his senior season. 47. Sperry (1-9): The Pirates will need to show improvement on offense after scoring just 87 points last season. 48. Comanche (2-7): Making the transition to 3A under new coach Micah Mashburn after struggling in 2A last season. 49. Tulsa Webster (0-10): The Warriors are moving down a class after going 1-20 in Class 4A over the past two seasons. 50. Kellyville (2-8): Coach Scott Robb takes over a program that hasn’t been to the playoffs in a decade. 51. Valliant (2-8): RB/LB Kaleb Clardy is expected to do it all as a two-way standout. 52. Bethel (0-10): The Wildcats, led by junior QB Caleb Smith, will be looking to snap a 13-game losing streak. 53. Morris (1-9): After winning just one game last season, the Eagles won't have it any easier in 2014 with four 10-win teams in their district. 54. Blackwell (0-10): The Maroons are aiming to snap a 23-game losing streak that goes back to 2011. 55. Westville (0-10): The Yellowjackets surrendered 49 points per game last season. 56. Bridge Creek (0-10): Looking for a turnaround in coach Greg Wallis’ second season. By Trent Shadid, Scott Wright, Jonathan Greco and Chris Brannick
Aug 25, 2014
All three teams that won state titles last year — Edmond Santa Fe in Class 6A, Heritage Hall in 5A and Mount St. Mary in 4A — are back in pursuit of repeat titles. The new champ will be in Class 3A, which was created this season to help narrow the gap between the largest and smallest schools in last year’s Class 4A.
High school volleyball: A new volleyball champion is guaranteed this season
By Scott Wright | Aug 25, 2014There’s going to be a new state champion in Oklahoma high school volleyball this season. All three teams that won state titles last year — Edmond Santa Fe in Class 6A, Heritage Hall in 5A and Mount St. Mary in 4A — are back in pursuit of repeat titles. The new champ will be in Class 3A, which was created this season to help narrow the gap between the largest and smallest schools in last year’s Class 4A. Much like the 6A split in football, the average daily attendance difference between the top and bottom of 4A last season was significant. Schools with an OSSAA Average Daily Membership of less than 50 students were competing for the same gold ball as schools with 600 or more students. The new class will help to narrow that gap, and create four classes of similar size. Class 6A, 5A and 4A will each have 32 teams, with the remainder — about 30-32 — making up the new 3A. The OSSAA doesn’t know exactly how many teams will be in 3A yet, because Monday was the deadline for schools to file the necessary paperwork to compete in volleyball. The new classes are expected to be released Wednesday. “The 6A football split has really driven other sports to look at their classifications,” said OSSAA staff member Mike Clark, who oversees volleyball. “One of the reasons that the volleyball advisory board was able to sell this idea of a new class was the student ratio between the largest school and the smallest school in the bottom class.” Not only does the new class give a group of smaller schools a better chance at a state title, it also cuts the 4A field in half. “We have a good young team that is very athletic and competitive,” John Marshall coach Ebony Williams said. “We’re looking at going through regionals and all the way to state. “The addition of 3A helps us out, because it breaks up the class and gives us a better chance to compete for that opportunity to get to state.” For defending 4A champion Mount St. Mary, the change means fewer teams will be trying to knock the Rockets off their perch — not that it matters much. “Last year, we worked really hard to get where we were,” St. Mary senior setter Sarah Jekel said. “But this year, we have to work even harder, because we have a target on our backs.”
Aug 22, 2014
The Sooners are replacing all of their returners in 2014. Gone are 2013 kick returners Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, as well as Jalen Saunders, who returned three punts for touchdowns over the past two years.
Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard likes 'adrenaline rush' of return game
By Jason Kersey | Aug 22, 2014NORMAN — Sterling Shepard is finally getting his shot to make an impact in the return game. “I've sat behind in that for a little longer than I'd like,” Shepard admitted. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound wide receiver excelled as a return man throughout his illustrious high school career at Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hall, but spent the last two seasons patiently waiting behind Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders for a shot to return punts at the next level. The Sooners are replacing all of their returners in 2014. Gone are 2013 kick returners Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, as well as Saunders, who returned three punts for touchdowns over the past two years. Oklahoma running backs Daniel Brooks, Keith Ford and Alex Ross are all possible kick returners, with Brooks and Ross believed to be the top two choices at the moment. Despite Shepard having no collegiate punt return experience, though, he’s the clear choice at that spot. “I kind of like that adrenaline rush, that type of deal,” Shepard said of returning punts. “It's just another way to help out the team. … I'm not worried about getting hit or anything like that. That's the name of the game so I'm not worried about that.” Shepard has caught 96 passes for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns in two years as a Sooner.
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
Aug 19, 2014
WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood,...
Oklahoma football: Breaking down the wide receivers and tight ends
By Jason Kersey | Aug 19, 2014WIDE RECEIVER No.#Name#Height#Weight#Class#Hometown 3#Sterling Shepard#5-10#195#Oklahoma City Shepard is by far the most experienced wide receiver back from last year’s team. The former Heritage Hall star has also taken on a leadership role within this position group. After playing the slot most of his collegiate career thus far, he’ll move outside in 2014. 12#Derrick Woods#6-1#186#Inglewood, Calif. Woods only caught two passes last year, but one was huge. He went up and grabbed a critical 20-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that converted a third-and-12. SLOT RECEIVER 1#K.J. Young#6-0#177#; RFr.#Perris, Calif. After redshirting a year ago, Young appears to have firmly inserted himself into the starting lineup. Coaches and teammates have frequently praised him this preseason. 2#Michiah Quick#6-0#170#Fr.#Fresno Calif. The true freshman will push for immediate playing time after dazzling everyone with his physical ability throughout fall camp. WIDE RECEIVER 5#Durron Neal#5-11#201#Jr.#St. Louis Neal hasn’t exactly torn it up through his first two seasons, but by all accounts, he’s stepped up in a big way since last spring. Will this finally be the year he breaks through? 17#Jordan Smallwood#6-2#212#RFr.#Jenks A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt in 2013, but he’s made a splash so far and will definitely have lots of opportunities to contribute this year. RESERVES 81#Mark Andrews#6-6#236#Fr.#Scottsdale, Ariz. The big, tall wideout could have a bright future, but likely redshirts in 2014. 83#Nick Basquine#6-0#170#Fr.#Norman This walk-on from Norman North was mentioned specifically by Trevor Knight at Big 12 Media Days as someone who had impressed him this summer. 8#Austin Bennett#6-0#175#So.#Manvel, Texas Bennett saw limited action as a true freshman and could easily work his way into the regular rotation. 84#Grant Bothun#5-11#186#Jr.#Rowlett, Texas The team’s holder, Bothun’s claim to fame is a fake field goal touchdown pass to kicker Michael Hunnicutt in last year’s Bedlam thriller. 7#Dannon Cavil#6-4#214#RFr.#San Antonio Cavil redshirted last season, somewhat surprising considering he enrolled early and went through spring football in 2013. Still, he’s absolutely talented enough to get plenty of opportunities this year. 88#Cody Chancellor#6-1#184#So.#Oklahoma City Chancellor walked on after his standout high school career at Bishop McGuinness ended two years ago. 11#Dorial Green-Beckham#6-6#225#Jr.#Springfield, Mo. If Green-Beckham wins his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he instantly becomes a starter and supplants Shepard as the Sooners’ most seasoned wide receiver. If he doesn’t get a waiver, will he ever play a down in an OU uniform? 15#Jeffery Mead#6-6#184#Fr.#Tulsa Receivers coach Jay Norvell has specifically mentioned Mead as someone worth keeping an eye on. The former Tulsa Union standout has already impressed Norvell with his route running. 16#Dallis Todd#6-5#204#Fr.#La Mirada, Calif. The former four-star prospect was expected to see early action — and still may — but it sounds like he might need a little more time to adapt to the college game. TIGHT END 10#Blake Bell#6-6#259#Sr.#Wichita, Kan. First, he was the Belldozer. Then he was the Sooners’ starting quarterback for eight games in 2013. Now, everyone inside the program insists he really is a tight end — and that he really is good at it. Knight-to-Bell for a few touchdowns in 2014 would make for a pretty neat story considering how the two were in a season-long quarterback battle last year. 88#Taylor McNamara#6-5#245#So.#San Diego McNamara caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl, and grabbed two touchdowns in April’s spring game. After some injury problems cost him early playing time, is McNamara finally ready to showcase his talent at this level? RESERVES 80#Isaac Ijalana#6-4#247#So.#Mount Holly, N.J. Ijalana, a junior-college transfer, might have a hard time seeing much playing time on offense in 2014 behind Bell and McNamara. 89#Connor Knight#6-4#244#So.#San Antonio Trevor Knight’s twin brother, an OU walk-on, plays a lot of special teams and is a hard worker. 45#Carson Meier#6-6#226#Fr.#Tulsa The former Tulsa Union standout has the potential to be a great OU tight end eventually, but will likely redshirt this year.
Aug 18, 2014
It appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles.
High school notebook: Kelyn Hinds looking like old self for Guthrie
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Aug 18, 2014Even with the top defense in Class 5A last season, Guthrie was still missing a key player the majority of the season. Safety Kelyn Hinds missed all but the final three games of the Bluejays’ championship run after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring practice as a sophomore. Now it appears he is fully healthy for his senior season. That could mean similar numbers to his sophomore season when he led the Bluejays in tackles. “He’s a dynamic player that’s a really good tackler,” Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby said. “He’s the communication guy for our secondary. We may have to have him help us a little bit offensively either as a part of the running game or receiving game. We expect good things from him as the year goes on.” PUTNAM CITY HAS OFFENSIVE WEAPONS As the smallest school in Class 6A-I, Putnam City knows the challenges it faces. But the Pirates have a set of offensive skill-position players prepared to compete at the top level. Braden Hudson returns at quarterback after starting as a sophomore, and Denzel Dean heads a committee of running backs that bring a physical attack. Chris Pogi, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, will be an intriguing player in the passing game. Pogi sat out last year after moving in, but the big, athletic wideout already has a scholarship offer from Tulsa. DEFENDING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS MEET TUESDAY The volleyball season is only a week old, and fans already have a championship-level match in store. Defending Class 5A champion Heritage Hall, currently ranked No. 4 in the class, is scheduled to visit reigning 4A champ and top-ranked Mount St. Mary at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both programs are undefeated on the season. The match can be viewed via webcast at www.msmrockets.com. FALL SPORTS MEDIA DAY SET FOR WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at the McGuinness High School gym from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Participants are urged to take the I-44 East access road to the gym entrance. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 7, 2014
The Chargers, who went 6-5 and made the second round of the playoffs last season, have just 36 players on the roster entering the season. In the season finale against Seminole, they suited up just 29 players.
District 3A-1 football preview: Health key for Heritage Hall
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 7, 2014After losing 11 players to season-ending injuries last season, Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert is hoping that doesn’t happen again this season. The Chargers, who went 6-5 and made the second round of the playoffs last season, have just 36 players on the roster entering the season. In the season finale against Seminole, they suited up just 29 players. But there is something to be gained with so many young players seeing significant playing time. “We played so many young kids that probably wouldn’t have played,” Bogert said. “Obviously experience is going to help for sure. A lot of those guys played all year long that might have been playing JV instead of varsity. The experience is going to help for sure.” Bogert was also happy to not open district play against Kingfisher like the past two seasons. The two teams will meet in Week 9. Heritage Hall does open with rival Casady before playing perennial powers Clinton and Davis, the Class 2A defending state champion. SMITH READY TO TAKE OVER IN KINGFISHER BACKFIELD For the first time in four years, Kingfisher will have a new running back in the backfield. Landon Nault has graduated after rushing for more than 7,000 yards and 121 touchdowns during four highly celebrated seasons. Junior Nick Smith is set to take over, and if last season’s Class 3A championship game is any indication, the Yellowjackets will be just fine. He accounted for all 30 points in the win over Blanchard. He rushed for just more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns on 101 carries last season. WILLIAMS TAKES OVER AT PERKINS-TRYON Change is happening at Perkins-Tryon, and it’s not just a coaching switch. New coach Bruce Williams brings with him a pass-oriented offensive philosophy, much different than the run-based schemes of former coach Lloyd Wertman. Williams has spent the last 10 seasons at Broken Bow, the last two as the team’s offensive coordinator. He took over in May and began installing his spread offense. “We’ll have a lot of formations, spread the ball around a little bit,” Williams said. “We won’t be slinging it every down, but we’ll have a vertical passing game.” CENTENNIAL BUILDING ON PLAYOFF APPEARANCE Coming off its most successful season to date, Centennial has some challenges ahead in coach Don Willis’ third season. First will be replacing quarterback Malcolm Mitchell Jr., who guided the Bison to a 6-5 record and their first playoff appearance. Centennial defeated Star Spencer and John Marshall in the final two weeks of the regular season, with the win over John Marshall clinching the school’s first-ever playoff berth. EXTRA POINTS With only four starters returning on offense, Cushing will rely heavily on junior linebacker Josh Houtchins after he recorded 89 tackles, four sacks and one interception last season. … After going 0-10 last season, Blackwell will lean heavily on senior quarterback Sam Schuerman. Coach Graham Snelding said Schuerman “brings a tough, hard-nosed attitude and a great work ethic.” … Mannford went 6-4 last season, narrowly missing the playoffs but posting its first winning record in six years. The Pirates last made the postseason in 2007. DISTRICT 3A-1 COACHES’ POLL 1. Kingfisher (15-0) T2. Cushing (8-3) T2. Heritage Hall (6-5) 4. Mannford (6-4) 5. Perkins-Tryon (5-6) 6. Centennial (6-5) 7. Blackwell (0-10) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 3, 2014
On media day, he talked about Dorial Green-Beckham, the leadership lessons he’s learned from past OU wideouts and playing both the inside and outside receiver positions in 2014.
Oklahoma football: Sterling Shepard's time at OU is flying by
By Jason Kersey | Aug 3, 2014NORMAN — Sterling Shepard stood in front of reporters at Oklahoma’s football media day Saturday, answering questions about his new leadership role within the OU offense and — more specifically — the Sooners’ inexperienced wide receiver corps. Several minutes into Shepard’s media session, I asked if it seemed strange that he’s already a junior in college. “Man, yeah,” Shepard responded. “I feel like I was just talking to you last week when I was at Heritage Hall.” The feeling is mutual. Three years ago, I was on the high school sports beat at The Oklahoman, covering Shepard’s senior year at Heritage Hall. I was moved onto the OU football beat before the 2012 season, so I’ve watched as the former high school superstar became arguably the best player on a college football team with a legitimate shot at winning the national championship. Shepard, The Oklahoman’s 2011 Little All-City Player of the Year has caught 96 passes for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons at OU. On media day, he talked about Dorial Green-Beckham, the leadership lessons he’s learned from past OU wideouts and playing both the inside and outside receiver positions in 2014. Q: How is Dorial Green-Beckham fitting in with the receiver group? A: “Great; Dorial’s a great receiver and we love having him in the meeting room. He’s a real funny guy and a great person when you get to know him.” Are you hopeful he’ll be able to play this year? “Oh yeah, for sure. He’ll be a great piece to the puzzle so we’re looking forward to seeing the results of that.” What’s the biggest thing you took away from Kenny Stills and Jalen Saunders? “Just how to play faster. This game is about speed and getting open fast, so I definitely wanted to perfect that. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it, but I’ve gotten the hang of it, so that’s what I’ve tried to teach the young guys. Just get open fast and the ball will start coming your way.” Is the idea of playing both inside and outside this year exciting for you? “I played a little outside (last year), but not as much as I’d like to. In high school I was always on the outside, and I told them I could do it. They gave me a little shot last year, and now I feel like that’s where I’m gonna be a lot.” How does switching between the two spots change things? “I had to work on my route running this summer. That’s what I focused on a lot; just running outside routes and getting the feel for outside, because I haven’t run it in a long time. I feel like I’ve adjusted a lot better. I had the slot down pat, so I kinda steered away from it a little bit and just focused on the outside.”
Other players with state ties in the NFL TULSA QB G.J. Kinne (Philadelphia): The former Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year will attend his third NFL camp after stints with Omaha in the United Football League and San Antonio in the Arena Football League. Kinne went to camp with the Jets two years ago and made the Eagles practice squad last season. Kinne is battling former USC...
Oklahomans in the NFL: Okies in NFL training camps
Jul 27, 2014Other players with state ties in the NFL TULSA QB G.J. Kinne (Philadelphia): The former Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year will attend his third NFL camp after stints with Omaha in the United Football League and San Antonio in the Arena Football League. Kinne went to camp with the Jets two years ago and made the Eagles practice squad last season. Kinne is battling former USC quarterback Matt Barkley for the No. 3 job. WR Demarius Johnson (Philadelphia): The NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and kickoff return yards. An undrafted free agent, Johnson has compiled only 21 receptions in two seasons with the Eagles. His nitch is he’s averaged 10.3 yards on punt returns, 25.9 yards on kickoffs. DE Tyrunn Walker (New Orleans): An undrafted free agent, Walker made the Saints roster two years ago but never appeared in a game. Last season, he made his NFL debut, playing primarily on special teams, accumulating 12 tackles in seven games. RB Trey Watts (St. Louis): The son of the famous OU quarterback-turned-politician, Watts was an undrafted free agent. There’s a buzz the third all-time leading rusher in TU history might surprise and make the roster with a solid training camp. OTHER COLLEGES DL Armonty Bryant, East Central (Cleveland): Appearing in a dozen games with the Browns, Bryant, a seventh-round pick, recorded 12 tackles and a dozen quarterback hurries last season. DS Bryce Davis, Central Oklahoma (Pittsburgh): After spending two years on the Bengals practice squad, Davis attempts to make the Steelers roster. WR Caleb Holley, East Central (Buffalo): An Alaska native who earned a training camp invite after a strong tryout last spring. Holley hopes to turn some heads during camp. OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS RB Felix Jones, Tulsa Washington (free agent): After playing four years in Dallas, Jones saw limited action (48 carries) last year with the Steelers. He has 2,912 career yards rushing but is looking for work. CB Bryan McCann, Putnam City (Arizona): Signing late in the season with the Cardinals, McCann recorded two special teams tackles in six games. In 35 NFL games, undrafted four years ago, McCann has totaled 29 tackles in 35 games with the Cowboys, Ravens and Raiders. WR Robert Meachem, Tulsa Washington (New Orleans): Age (29) isn’t an issue, but Meachem recorded only 16 catches last season. He’s been bypassed on the depth chart by Kenny Stills and other Saints wideouts. It’s a big camp for Meachem. WR Wes Welker, Heritage Hall (Denver): The Broncos put up video-game like numbers in Welker’s first season with Peyton Manning. The consummate slot receiver, Welker (83 catches, 778 yards, 10 TDs) has compiled 841 career receptions and is only 642 yards shy of becoming the 41st player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. The primary focus is to get that elusive Super Bowl ring.
Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4:...
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Full list for the Class of 2015
Jul 26, 2014Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4: Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks No. 5: Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore No. 6: John Kolar, QB, Norman North No. 7: Darryel Patterson, DB, Lawton No. 8: Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland No. 9: McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro No. 10: Josh Little, DE, Millwood No. 11: Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial No. 12: Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso No. 13: Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton No. 14: Davion Freeman, WR/DB, Del City No. 15: Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko No. 16: Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling No. 17: Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison No. 18: Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee No. 19: Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher No. 20: Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall No. 21: John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee No. 22: Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial No. 23: Denver Johnson, WR, Casady No. 24: Dameko Doddles, DB, Douglass No. 25: Aaron McKinney, DB/LB, Midwest City No. 26: J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe No. 27: Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North No. 28: Kalin Sadler, WR, Lawton No. 29: Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City No. 30: T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington
Jul 22, 2014
George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to […]
Oklahoma football: A tribute to George Brewer
Berry Tramel | Jul 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/07/george-brewer.jpeg]2874321[/img] George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to do a better story about Brewer, who had been one of the few players remaining from the ’40s-era Sooners. Then I received an email from Kyle McCord, Brewer’s grandson. McCord and Curtis Fitzpatrick of the Sports Animal and Fox-25 are good friends, and I asked Curtis to have Kyle email some information about his grandfather. Kyle did more than that. I don’t know if he meant to, but he wrote a great tribute to George Brewer. It was so good, I thought I would share it with you: “My grandpa, George W. Brewer, Jr., was the patriarch of my family for many years and is literally why I grew up in Oklahoma and have been a Sooner fan since birth. My first memories are going to Norman as a 5-year-old with him and watching the ’85 Sooners. I haven’t missed many home games since and he even gifted me his seats as a wedding present eight years ago. “George has deteriorated in health these past few years, suffering from early dementia and Parkinson’s. His passing, while sad, is truly a blessing. “George was the middle of three brothers. Robert (two years older) was the best athlete of all and after one semester at Texas Tech, went to serve in World War II. He was shot down and was missing in action for four years until eventually his body was recovered. “His younger brother, Charlie, was the Texas player of the year in 1951 and went on to start at QB for Texas (’54-’57). Charlie’s son, Robert, played QB for Texas in ’81-’82, upsetting Bear Bryant in the Cotton Bowl. Robert’s son, Michael, was a four-time state champion at Lake Travis in Austin, and just left Texas Tech as QB and is competing at Virginia Tech this fall. (I was the disappointment you could say, but I did start in the same backfield as Wes Welker for two years at Heritage Hall and threw him his first few TDs, haha). “George Brewer graduated from Lubbock High (The Westerners) in spring 1945 (Texas high schools only went to grade 11 at the time). Enrolled at Texas Tech (to follow in his brother’s footsteps) in fall 1945 and ran track that following spring, winning the 100-yard dash in the Border Conference with a time of 9.7 seconds. He wanted to go to Notre Dame, but his Southern Baptist mother wouldn’t let him. “Caught the eye of Eddie Chiles, a Sooner booster from Texas. He flew him into OKC and was picked up by Bud Wilkinson. Not knowing who Bud was, he asked ‘what position do you play?’ only to be embarrassed upon finding out the answer. (He loved telling that story). “George got to campus and participated in a team practice. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. The Daily Oklahoman had an article the next day titled ‘Texas Gridder Catches Fire at OU Drill.’ He was one of (if not the first) OU running back recruited by Bud from the state of Texas. “He was 16 that fall and played with all the returning vets from World War II (Darrell Royal, Buddy Burris, Jack Mitchell, Dee Andros, Jim Owens, Wade Walker, etc….). Royal took him under his wing and remained one of his best friends until his death a few years ago. “George’s first game was against Army at Yankee stadium in 1946. It was the first time an Oklahoma team had traveled to an away game by airplane. They flew two DC3′s and had to stop in Pittsburgh to refuel. The team saw the play ‘Oklahoma’ on Broadway after the game and were introduced on stage. “Started in 1947 and was a part of the first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game in OU history. He had 135 yards on 22 carries along with Buddy Jones’ 115 yards on 19 carries again K-State. OU went 7-2-1 with a controversial loss to Texas. “1948, broke his leg in a scrimmage after getting hit by a teammate. Due to X-ray technology, he didn’t know it was broken for a week. He played against Santa Clara and scored the first touchdown, but couldn’t play much after that. He played as a backup to Junior Thomas in the ’49 season. “Between 1948 and 1949, OU was 21-1 which springboarded Bud’s first 31-game win streak. “Drafted by Detroit Lions in 1950 but went to work for his dad back in Lubbock. “Entered the Air Force and served as the Air Provost Marshall in Chun Chon Korea during the Korean War. “Worked for Conoco Oil and Lion Oil in Liberal, Kan., between 1953-1969. Returned to OKC in 1969 and worked in real estate and uranium exploration. “He as served on the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is also a lifetime member of the Varsity O-Club and served on the Board of OU Ex-Lettermen. “He would have been 86 on Aug. 14 and was proud to have been the ‘voice’ these past 20 years for the original ‘Bud’s Gang.’ “Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Barbara. Daughters Pam Jaax (husband, Mike) of Kansas City, Debbie McCord (husband, Ron) of OKC, and Becky Brewer of OKC. He had seven grandkids whom he proudly bragged about all graduating from seven different universities. (I am the third, and only OU grad). He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren. “Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at All Souls Episcopal church in northwest Oklahoma City.”
EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 3
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New student mentor. Swine Week leader. Mercy Hospital Community Champion Award. Quote: “I have always admired Maddi’s ability to roll with the punches and keep her cool in challenging situations.” — Amanda Fairbairn, tennis coach College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Charlie Dutton, Ricki Scheef EDMOND SANTA FE: GARRETT GREENWOOD Athletics: Three-year varsity baseball starter. Team captain as a senior. Perfect Game USA Underclass All-American. Academics: Scored 34 on the ACT, 2140 on the SAT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Valedictorian. National Merit Scholar finalist. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team. Quote: “He long ago earned the respect of his peers and teachers. Garrett is one of the most outstanding young men I have known in my 18 years as an educator.” — Deanna Fleck, counselor College choice: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Also nominated: Karlie Hamman GUTHRIE: CONNER HOWARD Athletics: Second-team All-City in wrestling as a senior. Third place (185 pounds) at state as a senior, second (220) as a junior. Member of two state championship teams in football. Member of four state qualifying teams in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. Scored 25 on the ACT. Activities: Student council. Senior class president. Junior Prom Committee. United Week leader. Think Pink Week leader. Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader. Boys’ State. Quote: “He is the best role model of a student that a school could want.” — Annie Chadd, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None HARDING CHARTER PREP: SAIBRA JOURNEY Athletics: Received the track team’s Most Versatile Athlete Award. Three years varsity track. One year varsity basketball. Also played volleyball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scholastic Achievement Award. Activities: Key Club. Teen Service Board of Youth Services of Oklahoma County. Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled. Muscular Dystrophy Association camp counselor. Quote: “I know that Saibra has faced adversity and has continued to show her will to drive and stride forward and not accept failure as an option.” — Joe Hughes, counselor College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None HARRAH: CARLI BISHOP Athletics: Placed in the top 10 in three events at the state swimming meet as a senior when her team finished third. Placed in the top 10 in two events as a junior. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society service officer. Mu Alpha Theta president. Academic All-State. OU Freshman Engineering Scholarship. OU Distinguished Scholar. Activities: Saxophone. Community service. Quote: “She is a mentor and a leader to her teammates with her attitude and dedication.” — Gwena Dixon, swimming coach College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: Riley Bunyard, Darian Hill HERITAGE HALL: MEREDITH ZERBY Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City in cross country. Finished in the top 20 at state every year, including fourth place as a sophomore. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City track in the 3,200 meters. Member of state qualifiying basketball team as a senior. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Class treasurer. Pep Club president. Peer leader. Quote: “In spite of her many responsibilities, Meredith regularly honors friends with her elaborate, homemade birthday cards.” — Donna Giasson, math teacher College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Lindsey Grace, Peter LeForce JOHN MARSHALL: MALIK FOXX Athletics: Honorable mention Class 4A All-State and honorable mention Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Member of two state championship teams and one state runner-up in basketball while attending Centennial. Honorable mention Little All-City high jump in track as a junior when he finished third at state. Varsity cross country for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.3. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. National Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Quote: “He is always kind and courteous to others.” — Chad Campbell, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Jabril Clay JONES: TEDDI HOMAN Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City. Honorable mention All-City in cross country as a senior. Medalist at state track meet. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Key Club. Jones Against Drugs. Planet Earth. Quote: “The trait that sets Teddi apart from others is her character. In my 18 years at Jones, I have truly never met a young person with the determination and work ethic that she possesses.” — David Quinn, track coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None
Jun 19, 2014
The star receiver decided Thursday that dedication was enough for him to verbally commit to the Cardinals.
High school notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green picks Louisville
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jun 19, 2014Louisville was there from the very beginning for Dahu Green. The Westmoore star receiver decided Thursday that dedication was enough for him to verbally commit to the Cardinals. “They were my first offers, so I had real high interest in them right off the bat,” Green said. “Learning about the program and stuff like that, and meeting the coaches, it was the right fit for me.” The 6-foot-3 Green, who is ranked No. 5 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, caught 10 touchdown passes among his 40 receptions and 700 yards last season for the Jaguars’ Class 6A semifinalists. He said he hopes to be playing around 200 pounds once this season starts, a 10-pound increase from last season. Green said he’s looking forward to playing for Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, who was hired in January for his second stint with the team as it enters the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I want to be part of something special,” Green said. “I feel like Bobby Petrino is a great offensive mind. I feel like (the) offense is going to be unstoppable and all of the weapons on offense are going to make it great.” Green had 14 scholarship offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Washington State. LAVALLEY NAMED TO ALL-USA BASEBALL TEAM Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley brought in another honor after his impressive senior season Thursday when he was named to USA Today’s American Family Insurance All-USA Baseball Team. LaValley, who is The Oklahoman’s All-State and Big All-City Player of the Year, is listed as the first-team first baseman after hitting .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs. He was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this month. He signed two days later and is currently in Arizona in the Low Rookie League. LaValley helped lead Carl Albert to its third straight Class 5A championship this season. Left-hander Brady Aiken of Cathedral High School in San Diego was named the Player of the Year. He was selected No. 1 overall in the draft by the Houston Astros after compiling a 7-0 record with a 1.06 ERA. SANTA FE’S PRESTON, CHOCTAW’S LLANUSA PICK UP FIRST OFFERS Two state football prospects broke through with their first Division I offers this week. Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Ashton Preston’s offer came from North Texas on Wednesday. Preston, who is 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds, announced the offer via Twitter. “Finally Just received my First offer from The University of North Texas!” he tweeted. Preston had 18 tackles and an interception last season for the Wolves. And Choctaw’s dual-threat quarterback Jonah Llanusa was offered by Navy on Thursday morning. Llanusa is 6-1, 200 pounds and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He threw for 2,155 yards and rushed for 626 with 24 total touchdowns as a junior. OSU JOINS PROGRAMS IN PURSUIT OF NORMAN NORTH’S YOUNG Over the course of this week, Norman North sophomore-to-be Trae Young has made trips to all four of the state’s Division I basketball schools, and the 6-1 point guard came away with scholarship offers from all four. Oklahoma State was the latest to join the list, with the offer Thursday afternoon. Several out-of-state programs, including Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State and Creighton, have offered Young as well. HERITAGE HALL’S MCGINNIS ADDS EMPORIA STATE OFFER After a strong showing at Oklahoma’s camp recently, Heritage Hall’s Connor McGinnis added his second Division II offer Wednesday. Emporia State joined Central Oklahoma as the schools to offer the 6-5 dual-threat quarterback. Offers could continue piling up, including Division I offers, should he continue his strong summer at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend in Little Rock, Ark. The Chargers reached the finals of the tournament last summer.
May 25, 2014
Here’s a look at our updated Super 30 as of Monday, May 26.
Oklahoman Super 30 list of the state's top high school football recruits
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 25, 20141. Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, 6-4, 310 Top programs coast to coast are still pursuing the giant Wolverine. 2. Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady, 6-3, 310 Still piling up offers since his decommitment from OU. 3. Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, 6-3, 194 Named the top DB at the Rivals camp in Dallas this spring. 4. Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks, 6-2, 300 The OU commitment can plug the middle as well as anyone. 5. Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 After his breakout junior year, Green has remained on the rise, with Tulsa and Southern Miss among his 15 offers. 6. John Kolar, QB, Norman North, 6-4, 190 In September, he was starting at receiver. In February, he committed to OSU as a QB. 7. Darreyl Patterson, DB, Lawton, 6-0, 165 Like Green, Patterson has been gathering offer after offer, with Memphis the latest to come. 8. Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland, 6-3, 220 Landed an Arkansas offer and promptly committed. 9. McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro, 6-4, 195 Ten offers in the last two weeks for the freakishly athletic Whitfield. 10. Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial, 5-7, 170 (UP) Southern Miss, New Mexico and Arkansas State have extended offers to the class’ most explosive RB. 11. Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko, 6-3, 200 Tulsa was the first to offer a scholarship to the head hunter. 12. Josh Little, DE, Millwood, 6-4, 230 Another fast riser on the recruiting scene, with more big-school offers looming. 13. Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton, 5-10, 185 Recruitment had gone quiet but is picking back up again with Southern Miss extending an offer recently. 14. Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling, 6-6, 310 Making his case as the top OL in the class with Tulsa and North Texas offers already. 15. Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison, 6-2, 190 Incredibly athletic, Mayfield recently got his first offer from Arkansas State. 16. Davion Freeman, DB, Del City, 5-10, 160 His speed and versatility make Freeman desirable. New Mexico is the latest to extend an offer. 17. Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, 6-5, 290 The Wolves’ big, talented tackle recently received an offer from Tulsa. 18. Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall, 6-5, 190 His big body, good arm and athletic ability keep McGinnis on the recruiting radar, though no offers have come in yet. 19. John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee, 6-1, 220 Jacobs settled on East Carolina earlier this month. 20. Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial, 5-10, 170 Speedster has Tulsa and South Dakota offers, with more programs lurking. 21. Aaron McKinney, ATH, Midwest City, 6-4, 190 One of three Bomber defensive players with an offer already, McKinney likely is a LB at the next level. 22. Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North, 6-3, 205 A physical specimen, Booze is still waiting for that first offer. 23. Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher, 6-2, 265 New Mexico and North Texas have extended offers to the powerfully built Jackson, who is on his way to being a four-year Yellowjacket starter. 24. J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-4, 285 Hensley’s big body continues to draw plenty of interest from a variety of programs. 25. Dameko Doddles, ATH, Douglass, 6-2, 185 Emerged as a playmaker down the stretch last season and has continued to impress with his athletic ability this offseason. 26. Denver Johnson, WR, Casady, 6-3, 205 Good size in a recruiting class without many big receiver prospects. 27. Roscoe Gatewood, DB, Midwest City, 5-9, 185 Height could bring some questions, but his strength and speed certainly don’t. 28. Dillon Lohr, ATH, Carl Albert, 6-1, 195 Physically impressive athlete with a versatile skill set that will keep him prominent in the recruiting game. 29. Dakota Troglin, TE, Southmoore, 6-4, 240 No offers yet, but drawing interest from a variety of big programs. 30. Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City, 6-0, 280 Strong defensive tackle just broke through with his first offer, from Air Force.
Apr 30, 2014
RAY WESTBROOK — The Westbrook brothers stick together, all the way from Los Angeles to Oklahoma, where Russell stars at point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Ray is still dreaming his own athletic dream, and offering GM Sam Presti some unsolicited advice.
Thunder-Grizzlies: Meet Ray Westbrook, the brother behind the Scott Brooks tweet
By Jenni Carlson | Apr 30, 2014Ray Westbrook was sweating. And it had nothing to do with a certain tweet calling for a certain coach’s head. He reclined on a red padded weight bench with a 70-pound dumbbell in each hand. As rap music thumped out of the gym’s sound system, he lifted the weights above his head, opened his arms, then raised the weights above his head again. One. Two. Three. ... After the last one, Ray tossed the weights onto the padded floor with a dull thud. “Woo!” he exclaimed, standing up from the bench and smiling. He’s always smiling. Saying hello. Shaking hands. Waving. Would you guess he is Russell Westbrook’s brother? For several years, Ray has been living in Edmond, going to college, trying to play football and riding shotgun with his brother. He wasn’t hiding, but he was content to do his thing. Then, he took a turn into a very public spotlight a week ago when he tweeted during the Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies that the Thunder needed a new coach. Pretty sure that made him a hero to a segment of Thunder Nation. But for a franchise that abhors anything that even hints at public dissension, this was DEFCON stuff for the Thunder. The delete button was hit. An apology was made. A chance encounter on the streets of Memphis with Oklahoman writers, however, made it clear that Ray still believes Scott Brooks should go. It was no surprise that he stopped and chatted and shared his two cents. Ray is as friendly as they come. Hang out in the arena after Thunder games, and you will see players’ families and friends. Ray might be the last guy who you would pick out to be Russell’s brother. They don’t look alike. They don’t act alike. You mean, this is Westbrook’s brother? On the day that this first-round playoff series between Oklahoma City and Memphis returns to the scene of his 140-character crime, it seems appropriate to pull back the curtain on this personality. Meet Ray Westbrook. * Shannon and Russell Westbrook always encouraged their boys, Russell and Raynard, to stick together. They lived in Los Angeles neighborhoods where drugs, fights and gunshots were part of the fabric of their lives, so knowing who to trust was difficult. “You’ll always have your brother,” Shannon often told them. The brothers became inseparable. They looked to each other for advice, inspiration, even tough love. Ray’s freshman year at Leuzinger High School was rough. He wanted to fit in and spent his time trying to be popular, and his academics suffered. His classes were a struggle. His grades were a mess. Then a senior at Leuzinger on his way to play basketball at UCLA, Russell took his little brother into his bedroom one day and had a heart-to-heart about how Ray was acting. “That’s not what you want to do,” Russell lectured. “If you want to get to the next level like I’m going, you’ve got to do this.” Ray took notice, getting his grades right and getting his eligibility back. Even though he was only 5-foot-8, he worked his way onto the football team. He played running back, linebacker, even some special teams. He looked a little like a bowling ball crashing into guys, but even at 220 pounds, he was a bowling ball with pretty darn quick feet. Search for “Raynard Westbrook #4” on YouTube, and you can see for yourself. Before Ray’s senior season, Russell got drafted by the Thunder and wanted little brother to move to Oklahoma. The brothers were always together, so neither like the idea of being 1,400 miles apart. They looked into Ray finishing high school at Heritage Hall, but because of transfer rules, he wasn’t going to be able to play football, so he decided to stay in California. It was a difficult decision. “We never really spent that much time apart,” Ray said. “From us being together every day to us not really seeing each other was hard.” Even when Russell had been in college, he didn’t leave town. He was only half an hour away at UCLA. So, Ray flew to Oklahoma every chance he got. A long weekend. A school break. Even if it was only for a couple days, Ray would travel half way across the country to see Russell. Ray finished his senior year, then went to El Camino College, a junior college in nearby Torrance, to play football. During his freshman season, a few colleges started recruiting him. Among them was Central Oklahoma, of all places. The Bronchos wanted him in Oklahoma. So did big brother. But Ray decided to stay for a second season at El Camino. He liked his team. He had good friends. And what if he played well enough to catch the eye of a Division-I school? His sophomore season got off to a good start for both him and the team, but then midway through the season, one of the players was ruled ineligible and the team had to forfeit all of its games to that point. It knocked the season off the tracks. But UCO’s interest in Ray continued, so he signed with the Bronchos. Like his brother, he moved to Oklahoma to play ball. * Ray ended up being ineligible to play in 2011, his first season at UCO, but he was expected to be a back-up running back the next season. After spring classes finished and before offseason workouts began, he went home to see family and celebrate his 21st birthday. His mom threw a big party. Everyone was having a great time. But Ray was a little worried about one of his best friends, Ken McRoyal. They met during summer football camps, and even though they went to different high schools, they became close. Then, they went to El Camino together. Both were undersized. Both had doubters. And both had big, engaging personalities. But that night at the birthday party, Ken seemed a little off. Ray knew he had been drinking, and when Ken said he was going out after the party, Ray was skeptical. “I don’t think you should go,” Ray told him. “Just come with me. Let’s go eat.” But Ken waved him off and headed out. Less than an hour later, Ray got a phone call from a friend. “Ken got shot,” he told Ray. Soon, the phone rang again. This time, it was Ken’s girlfriend. She was hysterical, crying and screaming. “He’s dead!” Ken’s death became a national story. He was a wide receiver at Idaho, and his journey there resonated with people everywhere. His family had moved to California after Hurricane Katrina flooded their New Orleans home. They carried out some of personal possessions, but as flood waters continued to rise, they eventually had to abandon everything. They were left with only the clothes on their backs. They waded through reeking waters, past dead bodies. He graduated high school, went to junior college, then walked on at Idaho. After paying his own way for a year, he finally learned that he was getting a scholarship, then left for California a few days later. He never made it back to campus. “It changed my whole life,” Ray said. “It changed me to who I am today.” * Ray Westbrook was sweating again. After nearly two hours of lifting weights of all shapes and sizes at Athletic Republic, a gym just down the street from the Thunder’s old practice facility, his black shirt with the white Jordan logo was sticking to his barrel chest. But there was still work to do. On a hardwood surface painted with numbers and color blocks for plyometrics, he hopped for 30 seconds, his purple and neon pink Jordan 28s moving as fast as he could make them. He went from number to number, then block to block. Thirty seconds never lasted so long. Who knows what’s next for him. He never did play football for UCO, but he is on track to get his bachelor’s degree in communications later this month. Then, he would like to walk on to the football team at Oklahoma State and start work on a master’s degree in the fall. Until then, he’ll keep riding shotgun with his big brother. Yes, they make for an odd couple, Russell in his designer duds and Ray in his Russell Westbrook replica jerseys. Sure, they seem an unlikely pair, Russell so brooding and Ray so happy-go-lucky. But don’t expect any more headline-grabbing tweets from little brother. Ray Westbrook is staying off the social media site for awhile. Too bad. Things were just getting good. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.
Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19
Apr 19, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors St.) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Connor Finkhouse, PC North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Austin Kretchmar, Okarche/Redlands CC (William Jewell) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Lane Ramsey, PC North (Newman) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Brett Cannon, Del City (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Dexter Dean, Edmond Santa Fe (NOC) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Jacob Essman, Edmond Memorial (East Central) Tripp Fuller, Westmoore (OC) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Xavier Hunter, Del City (Fort Scott CC) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Michael Majors, Enid (Hillsdale) Torey Noel, Midwest City (NOC-Tonkawa) Jake Seagraves, Choctaw (Hillsdale) Mitchell Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Aaliyah Blakely, Ada (OBU) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Sidney Carolina, PC North (Redlands) McKenzie Cooper, Shawnee (OBU) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Sara Fountain, Stilwell (NSU) Daniela Galindo, Shattuck (Seward County) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Blaire Hall, PC North (OC) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Jetta Smith, Classen SAS (Colby CC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) Mariah Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (Redlands) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Dakota Kappelle, Anadarko (Tabor) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Brenon Smith, Hinton (OBU) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) Schuyler Wood, Putnam City (OU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Evan Lashar, OCS (OBU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Tyler Buchanan, Midwest City (Mid-America Chr.) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Mauro Cichero, Norman North (SMU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue De Paz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abbey Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Brenna Cooper, Westmoore (Tabor) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Shianne Donato, Westmoore (Eastern) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Lauren Martin, Newcastle (SWOSU) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Shelley Mueller, Enid (SWOSU) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) JuliAnne Williamson, Noble (ECU) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Courtney Anderson, Piedmont (Rose St.) Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Paige Finney, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Jamie Lowrie, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Allison Smith, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Mycah Smith, Plainview (Mid-America Chr.) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Bethany Sullivan, Lexington (Cisco College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Lara Gatton, Westmoore (OBU) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Tim Hyland, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) Jaedon Roe, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) TENNIS Travis Christianson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hays, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) Stormi Tipton, Westmoore (Cowley) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville (OSU) Clayton Lamb, Del City (OCU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (OSU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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