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Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on...
The Dallas Morning News Barry Horn column
Barry Horn, Associated Press | Jul 31, 2015Norm Hitzges was an out-of-work TV sportscaster when KERA-FM (90.1) offered him $15 for an hour of Saturday morning radio airtime back in August 1975. Hitzges grabbed the money and on April 9 was off and running on what has become an unparalleled sports-talk run along the Dallas-Fort Worth radio dial. As if anyone needs to be told, at 71, he’s still going strong as the mid-morning host on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket. In honor of Norm’s upcoming 40th anniversary on radio, here’s our first “40 for 40.” Best guest: Don Nelson. He always tried to be entertaining and funny. And, if you listened closely, he told you important things. One day I was pressing him about who the Mavericks might draft that night. He was very coy but as we said goodbye he said, "Auf Wiedershehen." That night German teenager Dirk Nowitzki became a Maverick. Worst guest: Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Just a few minutes before he was to go on the air he suggested he should get paid. I was stunned, politely declined and went to "open lines." Busiest year: In 1990, I was an ESPN baseball game analyst every Tuesday and Friday night and doing the morning show every day on KLIF from 5:30-9 a.m. I believe I worked in 23 parks that season. Weirdest thing that ever happened during a show: While doing an early morning show at Fenway Park, I accidentally set off the fire alarm. Within minutes, lots of guys in fire suits arrived and looked at me, certain I was a knucklehead. Best talk show host ever: Johnny Carson on TV. On radio, probably Larry King – great brain. Guest I’ve never been able to book: Either of the Rangers owners – Ray Davis or Bob Simpson. And, yes, we have asked. Favorite caller: Leon Simon, the barber. He became my friend and then co-host for a while. Worst-ever remote location: Outside a Texaco Mini-Mart at Northwest Highway and Abrams during rush hour with the traffic zooming past. And then the skies opened and poured down rain. Best Norm Hitzges imitation: Toss up between George Dunham and Gordon Keith. But Gordon has me saying much weirder things. Twitter or Cyber Dust: Yellow pad and flip phone. If I could attend only one more sporting event it would be: Game 7 of a Rangers World Series win. Favorite play-by-play voice: Four aces – Pat Summerall, Brad Sham, Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz. And I already miss Ralph Strangis. Favorite analyst: Howard Cosell, who broke ground for so many of us. Right now it's Troy Aikman. I learn something every time I listen to him. Vin Scully is truly one of a kind. Greatest career influence: Former local CBS news anchor and news director Eddie Barker who took a raw kid with a big nose, unusual voice and less-than-ideal hair and gave him his first TV reporting job in January 1972. Ever offered a network radio job: No, thank heavens. I might have actually taken it and left an area I've come to love very much. Last job before getting into TV-radio: Teaching journalism at San Antonio MacArthur High School. Best DFW athlete ever watched: Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Favorite sport: To announce it would be baseball. To watch on TV it's the NFL. To attend it's horse racing. Least favorite sport: That's easy -- boxing. Favorite racehorse: A cheap claimer named Steal Me Blind who won at huge odds at New Orleans Fairgrounds one day. He paid a huge price creating a very nice payday for my father Edgar and myself. It may have been the first time he'd smiled in the weeks and months since the death of my mom, Lillian, who'd been his wife and racing partner for decades. Sporting event never attended but would like to: Il Palio, a horse race held twice a year around the city square in Siena, Italy. It’s a huge spectacle. Did you think you would ever see another Triple Crown winner in your lifetime: No. Then I saw American Pharoah run with his hooves barely touching the racing surface. Sport most proficient in: Amateur, impromptu hot dog eating contests in ballparks. First time ever on radio: Did play-by-play of a Sul Ross State football games while I worked there as a teacher during the 1967-68 school year. Self-review of first radio talk show: It remains a blur. I was very nervous. I know I talked too fast, which makes my voice get even an octave higher and makes me sound squeakier. It must have been a joy to listen to. Number of times called into a talk show: Not once. Usual work attire: Sweat pants or shorts, a sometimes-color-coordinated T-shirt and sandals. When you dress in the dark in the early morning it's not always pretty. Most unusual idiosyncrasy: I'm anal about always trying to use a few minutes of time to do something, no matter how small that something might be. Initial reaction in 2000 when management informed I was moving to the Ticket: I didn't want to go. I was happy at KLIF. Last book read: God As He Longs For You To See Him by Chip Ingram. Best series on home DVR: House of Cards. The perfect Saturday night: The 3 M's -- Merlot, movie and (wife) Mary. For my last wedding anniversary: We planned our next journey to some place she'd always wanted to go --Tuscany. Best movie of 1939, Wizard of Oz, Mister Smith Goes to Washington or Gone With The Wind: Gone With The Wind. John Wayne, Jack Nicholson or Tom Hanks: Hanks by a nostril hair over Nicholson. Favorite all-time pro wrestler: The late Angel of Death, who was my friend. Next birthday wish: Another birthday. How many more years I have remaining on the air: How many more years do I have left? Message to listeners: I hope I always deserve you. Adios Ortegel: At least for now Bob Ortegel, who brought smarts and grace to every Mavericks broadcast with which he ever was associated, announced this week he will not be back for the 2015-16 season. Ortegel, 74, said he made his impromptu decision when he couldn’t sleep at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. He said he was up thinking about the great coaches he calls friends who have died, including Dean Smith, who passed earlier this year. In a conversation Friday, Ortegel emphasized he was not using the word “retiring” to describe his situation. “I’m taking the year off and I have no idea what will happen after that,” he said. Ortegel debuted as the Mavericks television analyst Nov. 26, 1988 on the cable network then known as HSE. He was hired to work alongside Allen Stone as a replacement for Bob Weiss, who had abruptly left to become assistant coach of the Orlando Magic. Ortegel broadcast Mavericks games on TV and radio until February 2011, when he was bounced from his television seat by owner Mark Cuban, who was looking to “refresh” the product. Ortegel joined Fox Sports Southwest’s Mavericks’ studio 10 months later. He called games worked by all nine Mavericks coaches. Ortegel coached college basketball for 18 seasons before sliding into a TV analyst seat on Missouri Valley Conference basketball in 1982. He worked alongside Ray Scott, better known nationally for his NFL work. Said Mark Followill, who worked alongside Ortegel for six seasons on Mavericks television and is 30 years his junior: “He has been a mentor on life, basketball and broadcasting. He is a friend who was always welcoming, nurturing and teaching, which must have come from his years coaching.” Talking Cowboys The team’s preseason television schedule belongs to KTVT (Channel 11). The station will air the four games with Bill Jones, Babe Laufenberg and Keith Russell behind the mikes. The Blue-White scrimmage on Aug. 9, which also will attract a lot of eyeballs to watch grown men run around in shorts, will be on sister station KTXA (Channel 21). Bryan Broaddus replaces Laufenberg alongside Brad Sham on the radio. Meanwhile ESPN decided that the 90 minutes it planned to allot for Tuesday’s training camp special with the Cowboys couldn’t possibly be enough. It has decided to expand to two hours beginning at 6 p.m. Kenny Mayne, John Gruden and Darren Woodson will serve as tour guides. And Fox Sports Southwest has a daily 15-minute training camp wrap at 10:30 p.m. or after Rangers’ post-game shows. Sham, Mickey Spagnola and Lindsay Cash cover the news of the day. Numbers game 3.0 and 1.4: Monday’s Dallas-Fort Worth ratings for Rangers 6-2 loss at home to the Yankees on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN, who shared the game. 2.3: Tuesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Fox Sports 1. 3.5: Wednesday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 5-2 win over the Yankees on FSSW. 3.9: Thursday’s D-FW rating for Rangers 7-6 win over the Yankees on FSSW. On Twitter: @bhorn55 ——— ©2015 The Dallas Morning News Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040350,t000002664,t000002672,t000003183,t000381949,t000002674,t000002409,t000002437
Jul 26, 2015
Tickets for all home games are available: Sept. 5 vs. Akron; Sept. 19 vs. Tulsa; Oct. 3 vs. West Virginia; Oct. 24 vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 7 vs. Iowa State; and Nov. 21 vs. TCU.
Oklahoma scene: OU single-game football tickets on sale Monday
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Jul 26, 2015A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2015 Oklahoma home football season will go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday. The tickets were originally reserved for opponents and returned to OU after going unclaimed. Tickets for all home games are available: Sept. 5 vs. Akron; Sept. 19 vs. Tulsa; Oct. 3 vs. West Virginia; Oct. 24 vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 7 vs. Iowa State; and Nov. 21 vs. TCU. Fans can purchase tickets online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU athletics ticket office at (800) 456-4668. OKC FC LOSES FINALE Ashley Henderson's goal in the 87th minute gave Motor City FC a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City FC in the third-place game of the inaugural Women's Premier Soccer League Under-20 National Championships at Tom Thompson Field in Edmond. Oklahoma City trailed 1-0 late in the first half until Jaci Jones of Mustang High School evened the game on a pass from Erin Eckhart two minutes into extra time. The teams remained even until Henderson's shot. Oklahoma City could not muster a tying goal in regulation or the additional five minutes of added time. Jones tied two other players for most goals in the tournament with three. In the championship game, the Chicago Red Stars Reserves outlasted SoCal FC, 2-1. GASTINEAU GETS LONG-AWAITED VICTORY Whit Gastineau of Oklahoma City won his first Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car event in more than a year Saturday night at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada. Gastineau passed pole-sitter Michael Bookout on the eighth of 25 scheduled laps and led rest of the way. The race was stopped with one lap remaining after Brett Wilson's car erupted in flames due to a blown engine. After an uninjured Wilson was taken to the pits, Gastineau hung on to the top spot and beat runner-up Shane Sellers of Oklahoma City by .650 seconds. Pauls Valley driver Gary Owens, Zach Chappell of Talala and Bookout rounded out the top-five finishers. Late Friday night, Robert Sellers passed his son Shane on the 17th lap and went on to win the inaugural Summer Sprint Shootout at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship.Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal.So which one has the best chance to win the big one?Before we get to that answer, let’s take a look at each case separately, then add up the chips when the dealing’s done.Let’s start with Aldridge,...
Austin American-Statesman Cedric Golden column
Cedric Golden, Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship. Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal. So which one has the best chance to win the big one? Before we get to that answer, let’s take a look at each case separately, then add up the chips when the dealing’s done. Let’s start with Aldridge, the former Longhorn who grew up a few basketball courts south of American Airlines Arena. Seagoville’s most famous product was easily the prized catch in the free agent sweepstakes this offseason, so much so that the Los Angeles Lakers tried to woo him with a push from Kobe and a nice marketing slogan (LA to LA). Easy decision. Shoot, Shaq is closer to making a good movie than the Lake Show is to another championship, so Aldridge turned them and six other teams down to join the San Antonio Spurs, in his mind a turn-key franchise when it comes to collecting hardware. It’s the ideal fit for the only player to average over 23 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last two seasons. How Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford continue to convince their core players to take less money to keep the franchise in the title chase year in and year out is something to behold. Aldridge joins Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, bargain-basement-priced free agent David West, and the newest superstar Kawhi Leonard to give San Antonio sole possession of second most dangerous team in the West, next to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Imagine Aldridge playing power forward with Duncan at center. That’s 35 points and 20 rebounds a night and we haven’t even gotten to the perimeter guys yet. Sticking with the hoops theme, let’s tackle Jordan. I’m sure Dallas owner Mark Cuban would prefer the word “strangle” after DJ reneged on an verbal agreement to sign. Jordan showed the maturity of a high school senior — what was this, national signing day? — in his handling of his free agency, but all things considered, his decision to return to the Clippers was the best he could make if we’re talking about title potential. The Mavericks weren’t going to win one with him and they’re certainly not going to win one without him in 2016. His original attraction to Dallas was the opportunity to become a franchise player after toiling as the third or fourth option with the Clippers. That said, a center who shoots 40 percent from the free throw line and is not named Shaq or Wilt won’t be leading any team anywhere. He’s best as the third option in LA, which gives him his best chance to win a title. With football season fast approaching, I saved the Dez for last. Before he got his $45 million guaranteed, Bryant’s threat to sit out the regular season put me in the mind of Emmitt Smith back in the day. The Cowboys had just won their first Jimmy-Jerry Super Bowl in 1992, and Emmitt led the league with 1,713 yards, but did it at a salary of $465,000, well south of the $1.8 million Barry Sanders pulled in that year. So Emmitt held out and Jerry held firm, that is, until the Cowboys started 0-2 with Derrick Lassic at running back. Emmitt eventually got his money, rushed for more than 1,500 yards in just 14 games, and the Cowboys became the first team to open the season with two straight losses and win a Super Bowl. Jerrah didn’t want to go through that sort of thing again. Bryant is the best player on this team and a top-five player at his position, right there with Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones and Antonio Brown. His three-year average of 91 catches for 1,311 yards and 13 touchdowns is proof enough. So which Texan will be wearing a title ring at season’s end? I love Dez, but Dallas’ problems at running back have cooled me on the thought of them having a better chance to win a Super Bowl than the Spurs do at winning the NBA Finals. Jordan going back to the Clippers still doesn’t guarantee them getting out of the West. That leaves me with Aldridge. His new team may be a little long in the tooth, but it’s built to win now. Aldridge is the missing piece and the Spurs will be in the mix for title number six. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000222672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
Jul 20, 2015
Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch.
OSU football: Collinsville junior Levi Draper verbally commits to Cowboys
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 20, 2015COLLINSVILLE — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer doesn’t usually follow head coach Mike Gundy’s lead on Twitter when welcoming a new commitment. Spencer was fired up Monday, though. “Shots heard across the nation, ‘Pistols Firing’ from Collinsville, OK,” he tweeted. “Cowboys got better today.” Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-star recruit holds nearly 20 Division I scholarship offers already — including schools like Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. “The kid is just a can’t-miss kind of kid,” Collinsville coach Kevin Jones said. “He’s absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime kind of kid at a smaller-level high school. I know we’re a 5A school, but we’re still a small town. It’s not like we’ve got a lot of Division I kids rolling through here.” The last Collinsville player to sign a Division I football scholarship was Ryan Garrett, who signed with Tulsa in 2002. Draper just fits the mold of a Division I player. Not only does he have the frame, he has the speed and strength. He runs a 4.58 40-yard dash. He bench presses 325 pounds and squats around 400 pounds. It’s a product of his family owning a gym, but also his desire to get better on the football field. Since about the fifth grade, there hasn’t been a camp he and his family have turned down that they could make. He also played in the Eastbay All-American Bowl as part of Team USA as a freshman just months after he took over the starting role in Week 5 and led Collinsville to the state semifinals. “We used it as a tool to get better,” Draper said. “We’ve been doing stuff like that since I’ve been younger. It’s always been a goal of ours. We work hard to make myself a better football player. It’s been a goal of our whole family and we’re just thankful.” Last season, he totaled 115 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery while leading Collinsville to the state quarterfinals. It didn’t take long for his whirlwind recruitment to begin. Draper toured the country during his recruitment. He visited various schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and Oklahoma. Still, he always knew OSU — which offered in May — was going to be one of his top schools. For the past three weeks, he’s been leaning toward the Cowboys. He brought his family on his second visit to Stillwater on Monday, this time sending the Cowboys to Big 12 Media Days with possibly the biggest junior commitment in Gundy’s tenure. “That’s where I felt most comfortable and it feels like a family there,” Draper said. “My family loves it and that’s where I feel like I fit best, so I made the decision. The last step was getting my whole family down there and letting them see it. Then I was ready. “I was thankful for every opportunity I had. Every one of them was exciting. They were all big-time offers. In my mind there was no reason to put it off. I knew where I wanted to play.”
Jul 20, 2015
Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech.
Super 30: Southmoore's Noah Jones following line of productive Oklahomans at Texas Tech
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jul 20, 2015MOORE — About once every other year, Texas Tech coaches sneak in and swipe an Oklahoma high school football player. And when they land one, it usually turns out to be a happy relationship. That trend lends itself to a promising future for Southmoore’s Noah Jones. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, who is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2016 class, committed to the Red Raiders in June. He’ll follow a line of productive Oklahoma City-area players to land in Lubbock. Millwood’s Cameron Batson is the only Okie on the Red Raiders’ roster now, but others like Tre Porter of Carl Albert, Tramain Swindall of Millwood, Colby Whitlock of Noble — all the way back to the most legendary of OKC-Lubbock connections, Wes Welker of Heritage Hall — have been big recruiting scores for Texas Tech. Jones is as excited about coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff as they are about him. “They’re trying to do something special,” Jones said. “I want to buy into that, too. They think I can get some playing time early and have a chance to be a part of something big.” The Red Raiders see Jones as a defensive end now, but potentially someone who could play all across the line as he physically develops. He has a powerfully built lower body with the possibility to add some significant upper-body mass in the future, increasing his weight to the 280 range. “Noah is big, strong, physical,” Southmoore coach Jeremy Stark said. “He moves well for as big as he is. And he’s smart. All of those things put together make for a good football player. “He’s still young, and he works his butt off in the weight room, so as he develops, he’ll be able to build up his upper body.” While his future is on the defensive line, Jones will get a little bit of work on the offensive side in his senior season at Southmoore. “Toward the end of the season last year, I played some tight end, and I might do a little bit of that again this year,” Jones said. “But defense is what I love. I think sacking the quarterback is great. Better than scoring touchdowns.”
Jul 11, 2015
Julie Cage isn’t a big sports fan, so she knows Lincoln Riley in a much different way.
Lincoln Riley stories from Muleshoe, Texas
By Jason Kersey | Jul 11, 2015JULIE CAGE MULESHOE, Texas — Julie Cage isn’t a big sports fan, so she knows Lincoln Riley in a much different way. Cage and her husband moved to Muleshoe more than 30 years ago, and quickly became friends with Mike and Marilyn Riley at First United Methodist Church. When Lincoln got to high school, he and Cage worked together narrating the cantata musical programs at church during holiday seasons. Cantatas mostly consist of a choir singing songs, but require narrators to read parts between songs to keep the story moving. Riley and Cage did the male and female readings, respectively. Despite his young age at the time, Cage called Riley “a very excellent narrator.” “Lincoln reads well, speaks well and they liked to have a masculine and a feminine voice in those things,” Cage said. “Everyone in Muleshoe is just very proud of his accomplishments and the fact that he’s kept an attitude of his roots. He doesn’t get carried away with what he has accomplished. “He is one of those hometown boys who has maintained that attitude, that frame of mind, and yet has the capability and the desire to grow, to learn, to achieve. He’s really well-rounded.” STACY CONNER MULESHOE, Texas — Stacy Conner grinned as he jokingly took credit for kickstarting Lincoln Riley’s coaching career. “I’m responsible,” said Conner, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Muleshoe. “His senior year, I needed an assistant for our Little Dribblers team, so I called Lincoln and got him.” Riley was already a popular guy in town, especially with young kids, because he was the quarterback who led the football team to unprecedented success. “All the little boys loved him,” Conner said. “He ran the practices. I just made phone calls and took care of everything else because the kids wanted to be around Lincoln.” Lincoln taught the 11- and 12-year-old hoopsters some simple plays, and during games, urged them to slow down instead of — as little kids are prone to do — just running down the floor and heaving layups. Conner chuckled at the irony of Lincoln Riley — purveyor of no-huddle, lightning-fast offensive football — coaching kids to play slow. “And now he wants his players to go fast.” BOB GRAVES MULESHOE, Texas — No one in town was happier than Bob Graves when Lincoln Riley was named Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator. Graves has lived in Muleshoe for nearly six decades, but is a die-hard Sooner fan. He grew up in Hollis — home of Bud Wilkinson-era Sooner football players J.W. Cole, Leon Heath, Leon Manley and Darrell Royal — and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford. He moved to Muleshoe in 1958 to take his first teaching job out of college and never left. He was a junior high principal and coached football and girls basketball in Muleshoe. One of his junior high football players was Lincoln’s dad, Mike Riley. Graves has done television announcing for Muleshoe football games on the local cable access channel for several years. Until his recent death, Graves’ nephew Ronnie Jones — also an OU fan from Hollis — announced the games with him. Graves has a room full of OU memorabilia, and everyone in town knows him as Muleshoe’s biggest Sooner fan. A few weeks ago when Lincoln Riley was recruiting in Dallas, he called Graves just to chat. “He just said, ‘I got thinking about it and wanted to talk to you a little while,’” Graves said. “Of course he knew that Ronnie and I were big OU fans.” DAVID WOOD MULESHOE, Texas — David Wood took over the Muleshoe football program as head coach in 1996, and his mark on the program has been evident. The Mules have only missed the state playoffs three times in his tenure, but Wood is quick to point out the impact Lincoln Riley had in those early years, too. Riley became the team’s starting quarterback his junior season in 2000 and led the Mules to a 14-1 record and a state semifinal appearance. “You only had to tell him things once,” Wood said “He would be an extra coach on the field for us. Things like that made it so much easier when he was at quarterback. “Lincoln was at the helm of the offense. He’s the one who made it go.” Of course, the offense Riley directed at Muleshoe is nothing like the one he coordinates now at Oklahoma. The Mules ran a pro-style, I-formation system that rarely had Riley taking shotgun snaps. After Riley had been at Texas Tech a few years working under Mike Leach, he went back to Muleshoe and helped Wood and the coaching staff install a version of the Air Raid. Two years later the Mules won a state title running that offense. “He was able to tell us just the bones of the offense and how simple it was, yet you have to remember all the intracacies of every little play,” Wood said. “There weren’t very many plays, but the way he was able to teach it to us, and how to start each practice and how to end each practice, it made it so easy to relate that to the kids.” TOWN OFFICIALS MULESHOE, Texas — Colt Ellis was six years younger than Lincoln Riley, but knew him well. Ellis and Lincoln’s brother, Garrett, were close. “We always looked up to Lincoln,” said Ellis, a Muleshoe city counciler and the town’s mayor pro tem. “I think the things that he’s done and achieved make us proud that we’re from Muleshoe. He was a good person to look up to. “I think Garrett has the same qualities of leadership. The Rileys have just meant a lot to Muleshoe. They’re such genuine people and good friends. They’ve been friends with my family for many years.” David Brunson, who has been Muleshoe’s city manager for 14 years, knows the Riley family well and said Lincoln’s success has been great for the town’s pride. “It gives us some more exposure,” Brunson said. “All of Muleshoe is really proud of Lincoln and what he’s done. We’re certainly proud to have him closer to Muleshoe.”
Billy Jones is disappointed, but not surprised. He’s disappointed it took until now for use of the Confederate battle flag to fall into broad disfavor in this country. He is not surprised, however, that the flag has been sanctioned in areas of public life from official settings to sporting venues for the half-century since he became the first black basketball player in the ACC.“It’s very...
Barry Jacobs: Confederate flag issue brings back bad memories for ACC’s first black athletes
By Barry Jacobs, Associated Press | Jul 6, 2015Billy Jones is disappointed, but not surprised. He’s disappointed it took until now for use of the Confederate battle flag to fall into broad disfavor in this country. He is not surprised, however, that the flag has been sanctioned in areas of public life from official settings to sporting venues for the half-century since he became the first black basketball player in the ACC. “It’s very disappointing we’re still kicking this around, very disappointing,” Jones says of debate over the flag with its 13-starred blue “X” on a red field. “It’s a sign of the whole time when one group was in control, one group was oppressed, and to me it’s like holding on to that. That was just part of that world. I get it, but we’re not in the ’60s anymore. We’re just not there anymore.” Jones quietly entered the ACC as a Maryland Terrapin in an era before intensive media coverage of sports and prior to the existence of common understandings for intelligent discussions of race. During the 1965-66 season, when Jones took the court for the Maryland varsity, the league was a quaint assemblage covering four states and eight schools between College Park, Md., and Columbia, S.C. Political correctness in many places the Terps traveled was not defined by respect for differences, but rather by minorities “knowing their place” at the bottom of the social pecking order. Overt segregation was dying a slow death, but not without stiff resistance. Jones routinely encountered racial snubs and slurs, punctuated by prominent displays of the Confederate flag. The image appeared on T-shirts, on bumper stickers affixed to cars and trucks. Fraternities, including at Maryland, hung the battle flag from chapter house windows. “It was very obvious,” Jones says of the unwelcoming message the flag conveyed. One pioneering African-American athlete, Duke’s Ernie Jackson, a native of Columbia, recalled his discomfort relying on teammates who displayed the Confederate flag outside their dorms. The sight made it “extremely difficult to have to go to war with those guys and play with them from a teammate perspective,” said Jackson, a consensus All-American and the ACC football’s first black Player of the Year in 1971. Jones had his own sour experience on a visit to Duke, when the snack bar operator at Durham’s train station refused to serve him with his teammates. In response, coach Bud Millikan’s Maryland contingent walked away. When possible, Jones and classmate Pete Johnson kept such episodes to themselves. The slights were so numerous they might appear to be “crybabies” if they kept telling Millikan, Jones said. The apparent lack of friction reinforced a narrative of smoothly achieved integration. The backstory was more complicated throughout the ACC, and not only for individual players. The 1963 court-ordered admission of a black student at Clemson was accomplished without violence. But within weeks of the enrollment of Harvey Gantt, later the mayor of Charlotte, South Carolina lawmakers made an unmistakably defiant declaration by voting to place the Confederate battle flag atop the State House in Columbia. Their disdain for federal mandates to promote racial equality was in keeping with the spirit of an S.C. Supreme Court ruling only six years earlier, which found it inherently libelous, and a basis upon which to sue for damages, to call a white person a “Negro.” Soon after gaining admittance, the handful of African-American students at Clemson, as elsewhere around the South, strongly objected to school functions featuring renditions of “Dixie” and displays of the battle flag as vestiges of a slave-era past. But those divisive symbols were celebrated then, as now, by many whites as links to a proud past. So, when Clemson’s cheerleaders ran onto the field before an October 1969 football game at Death Valley carrying a huge American flag as a substitute for the customary Confederate version, the crowd booed and jeered. The next day, citing ongoing harassment — including a blackface Homecoming skit and cars driven slowly across campus shadowing African-American students — some 60 black undergrads protested by leaving Clemson en masse, if merely overnight. “It was not only the flag, but the activities behind the flag that bothered us,” says Craig Mobley, who in 1971 became the first black varsity basketball player at Clemson. “We knew it meant intimidation. That was it. That was just the bottom line. The flag itself is neutral. It’s the hands of the people that use it that make a difference.” The flag’s current presence on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol building is defended by boosters as a tribute to the sacrifices endured by state residents during the Civil War. But that portrayal willfully distorts the flag’s modern provenance and ignores the silence of traditionalists when that symbol of Confederate pride was adapted for less savory purposes. The battle flag was embraced by groups such as the Dixiecrats, a breakaway strain of white supremacist Democrats led in 1948 by South Carolina’s then-Gov. Strom Thurmond. And of course the flag is routinely flaunted by the Ku Klux Klan, long classified as a terrorist organization. “That’s what the KKK had,” says Al Heartley, the first African-American basketball player at N.C. State in the late 1960s. Heartley played high school ball in Smithfield, a town that long sported a billboard on its outskirts proclaiming, “Welcome to KKK Country.” Adds Heartley: “The KKK and the Confederate flag were together. Yeah, they would try to intimidate black folks.” When segregationist George Wallace became Alabama’s governor in 1963, he ordered Confederate battle flag replicas affixed to the helmets of state troopers. Two years later, just as Jones and classmate Pete Johnson finished their barrier-breaking freshman season at Maryland, that emblem was prominently displayed by troopers during a savage attack on voting-rights marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. “As we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride,” President Barack Obama said last month while eulogizing pastor and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a shooting victim at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. “For a long time we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.” Certainly those who led the way from a divided society to a commingled one through sports are not blind to the darker aspects of what the battle flag represents. “The flag is just a symbol,” says Jones, whose race still attracts security personnel when he shops in high-end stores. “It’s the bigotry, the right of entitlement, the sense of superiority that’s the issue.” Heartley foresees Confederate battle flags increasingly relegated to museums. Beyond that, he is more resigned than hopeful. “When things happen, unfortunately like the nine folks killed in Charleston, we’ll have a lot of discussion about it and we’ll go back and forth. My thought is, it’ll be like the gun (control) situation — we’ll talk about guns, but eventually we won’t do much.” Mobley, a native of Chester, S.C., believes younger generations — already exposed to more ethnic and cultural diversity than their predecessors — will benefit from discussions of America’s racially fraught past. Jones sees a chance to promote change, declaring, “I honestly believe that, the more we understand the past, the better we’re prepared for the future.” ——— ©2015 The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Visit The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) at www.newsobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008058,t000008056,t000003183,g000362661,g000065792,g000066164,g000225474,g000065582,g000215818
Jul 5, 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):8:32 p.m.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final.Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson,...
The Latest: VP Biden dotes on grandson as he watches final
By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local): 8:32 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden played the role of fan and teacher while he watched the American victory in the Women's World Cup final. Biden kept a close watch on the United States' 5-2 win over Japan on Sunday, while also explaining the action or discussing the play with his grandson, Hunter. "Ten minutes, Hunt. Ten minutes," he said as the team inched closer to victory. Biden was asked by a pool reporter if he played soccer as a kid, and he marveled at the growth of the sport. "I played football," he said. "My boys were 5 and 6 and started in a county league. And it went from 50 kids to 600 in three years. I don't even think the high school that I went to had a soccer team." ___ 6:15 p.m. Carli Lloyd has won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player in the Women's World Cup. Lloyd had a hat trick in the final as the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 and finished with six goals in the tournament. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo won the Golden Gloves award as the top goalkeeper in the tournament. The United States defense was stellar throughout and went 540 minutes between the first match of the group stage and Sunday's final without giving up a goal. Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan won the Best Young Player award and Germany's Celia Sasic won the Golden Boot. ___ 5:51 p.m. The United States has won its third Women's World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became the first country with three women's titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what's expected to be their final World Cup appearances. Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in World Cup history, men's or women's, in the highest scoring Women's World Cup final. Lauren Holiday also scored in the first half and Tobin Heath added a goal in the 54th minute after Japan scored an own goal to cut the deficit to 4-2. ___ 5:36 p.m. Abby Wambach has come on for the United States in what is expected to be her final Women's World Cup appearance. Wambach subbed on in the 79th minute against Japan with the U.S. leading 5-2. Wambach has morphed from being a starter to a late sub off the bench during the tournament, a role that seemed to boost the American attack. Chants of "We want Abby," started around the 65-minute mark. The roar grew when she was called over to the bench in the 75th minute. Wambach isn't the only star making her World Cup farewell. Japan's Homare Sawa came on in the first half. Sawa is playing in her record sixth Women's World Cup. ___ 5:15 p.m. Just when Japan appeared to have a glimmer of hope, Tobin Heath answered back in a hurry for the Americans. Moments after Japan scored on an own goal, Heath scored off a scramble in the penalty area to give the United States a 5-2 lead. Japan had just cut the deficit to 4-2 in the 52nd minute when U.S. defender Julie Johnston's header went past goalkeeper Hope Solo and into the American net. But the U.S. responded briskly with Morgan Brian laying off a pass into the middle of the box where Heath was unmarked. The seven combined goals are the most ever in a Women's World Cup final. ___ 4:50 p.m. Carli Lloyd rewrote the Women's World Cup record book with three goals in the first 16 minutes as the United States took a 4-1 lead at halftime of the final against Japan on Sunday. Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra, both of which came during the 1991 tournament. Lloyd's hat trick was the fastest in women's or men's World Cup history. Lloyd is also the first American to score goals in four straight World Cup matches. Lauren Holiday's goal in the 14th minute gave the Americans a 3-0 lead and Lloyd scored from midfield moments later. She also had chances at a fourth and possibly fifth goal during the first half. ___ 4:31 p.m. Japan is on the board with a goal from Yuki Ogimi, cutting its deficit to 4-1 and ending the United States' streak of not allowing a goal at 540 minutes. Ogimi scored just before the half-hour mark in Sunday's Women's World Cup final. She out-positioned Julie Johnston for a cross into the U.S. penalty area and beat American goalkeeper Hope Solo with a left-footed shot. The U.S. had not allowed a goal since the opening match of the tournament against Australia. ___ 4:20 p.m. The rout is on. Carli Lloyd scored her third goal of the first half catching Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and scoring from midfield as the United States has taken a 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the Women's World Cup final. Lloyd scored the two fastest goals in Women's World Cup history, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the match. Lauren Holiday scored to give the U.S. a 3-0 lead when she volleyed a shot past Kaihori after a header from Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu went straight up in the air. Moments later Lloyd took a speculative shot from midfield and completed her hat trick. ___ 4:07 p.m. The United States has taken a 2-0 lead on two goals from captain Carli Lloyd in the first six minutes of the Women's World Cup final against Japan. Lloyd scored in the third minute off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe that was driven low into the penalty box. Lloyd made a run from outside the box and one-touched the shot past Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Moments later, Lloyd scored again off a scramble in the penalty area in the sixth minute after a free kick from the U.S. just outside the Japan penalty area. __ 3:55 p.m. Abby Wambach hopes the "fairytale-like ending," comes on Sunday for not only herself but her U.S. teammates. In an extended monologue interview with Fox Sports, Wambach says, "I hope this is it, not just for me but this entire group of women." Wambach fought back tears throughout the seven-minute interview that was shown prior to the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan. Wambach says she's not one to often show a vulnerable side but the days are ticking away for her pro soccer career. "I've had the best life and it's all in total because of the friendships I've made. I've literally grown up on this team and the good, the bad and the ugly my teammates have helped me through it all," Wambach said. Wambach was not in the starting lineup for the U.S., but is expected to be one of the first options off the bench. ___ 3:35 p.m. Jill Ellis has no doubt she's made her dad proud. John Ellis served as a commando in the British Marines, and had a long career as a coach, before moving the family to Virginia when Jill was a young girl. The U.S. coach has relied on her father's advice at the Women's World Cup. Ellis faced criticism early on for the team's stagnant offense. But step by step throughout the tournament, the Americans have come together. Now the United States is in the final facing Japan, the team that beat them four years ago at the World Cup in Germany. Ellis has proven adept at shutting out the noise, saying her dad told her when she got into coaching that "50 percent will be with you and 50 percent will be against you." John Ellis is not in Canada for the final. But the 76-year-old does send his daughter texts reading, "Three deep breaths. Keep going." ___ 3:05 p.m. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Vancouver around midday Sunday and met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prior to attending the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the U.S. Biden led a U.S. delegation to the final that included his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and two former U.S. soccer stars: Mia Hamm and Cobi Jones. Also traveling with the vice president: three of his grandchildren and President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha, according to a pool report. Jill Biden led the delegation to the final in 2011 in Germany which the U.S. lost to Japan, but her husband was absent from that trip. ___ 2:40 p.m. Japan was reeling in the wake of the destructive tsunami that struck the country in March 2011. Its women's soccer team had a World Cup in Germany to prepare for while the country was trying to rebuild. One of the opposing countries that became critical in helping Japan prepare for that World Cup it eventually won with friendlies and joint practices: The United States. Japan coach Norio Sasaki said before Sunday's final that he was thankful for how the U.S. helped Japanese soccer during a "tough situation." This will be the third straight major final between the countries with Japan winning the World Cup in 2011 and the U.S. winning the Olympic final in 2012. The Japanese women became stars and a rallying point for their country in the wake of the tsunami, but interest in the team has waned in the years since. "If we can win, we can make soccer a part of Japanese culture, not just a fad," Japan captain Aya Miyama said. ___ 2 p.m. Vancouver is awash in the stars and stripes. American fans filled the streets of Vancouver on Sunday ahead of the Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States. A large number of those fans came from the Pacific Northwest, with easy access from the soccer hotbeds of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Sounders, Timbers, Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns jerseys were scattered among the crowd of American jerseys with the names "Wambach," ''Leroux" and "Morgan" across the back. But not all were locals. One family riding the train Sunday morning decided to have a family reunion in Vancouver for the final. One part of the family was from Virginia, the other from California. They bought their tickets for the final at halftime of the U.S. semifinal match against Germany when the game was still tied 0-0 in the hopes the U.S. would prevail. They turned out to be right.
Jul 4, 2015
NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t...
OU football: Sooners making a strong in-state recruiting push
By Ryan Aber | Jul 4, 2015NORMAN — Logan Roberson might not have been speechless but he was awfully close last month when the Harrah offensive lineman committed to Oklahoma. Roberson grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners and hadn’t even allowed himself to think much of it being a real possibility until OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh extended the offer. Once the offer was there, though, Roberson didn’t need any time to think, committing on the spot. Roberson is one of three in-state players among OU’s six commitments for the 2016 class, joining Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry and NEO and former Lawton High cornerback Maurice Chandler. Whether it’s a renewed focus on recruiting the state or the high number of Division I-caliber players the state is producing in not only the upcoming class but the one after that, the Sooners are riding a wave of recruiting momentum in Oklahoma this year. They’ve even continued to strengthen their 2015 class within the borders as NEO defensive end Austin Roberts committed to the Sooners in early June, not long before Chandler officially jumped aboard. Chandler’s high school coach, Randy Breeze, said the Sooners’ never stopped pursuing the corner, even after he had to go the junior college route after signing with Texas Tech out of high school. “Every time they’d come by to look at someone, they’d ask how Maurice was doing and talk about him,” Breeze said. “They stayed with him the whole time. That was a big plus.” Oklahoma has offered at least two other state high school players from 2016 — John Marshall offensive lineman Tramonda Moore and Edmond Sante Fe defensive back Calvin Bundage. Several others, including Broken Arrow’s Rowdy Frederick, Southmoore’s Noah Jones and Idabel’s K.J. Wells, have stayed on OU’s radar despite not yet receiving an offer from the Sooners. “I think more and more, OU’s doing a better job of building those secondary relationships,” Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said. “It may not be be the first guys they offer, or the first guy they’ve wanted, but they are making sure those guys know that, ‘Hey, we like you,’ and if we have a spot open up or whatever the hangup they may have is — whether it’s grade issues or they don’t have a scholarship spot for them or whatever it may be — they’re communicating those things better to the kids. “I think it shows up more because you get less and less of these stories of kids that have animosity or are hostile about, ‘Why isn’t this school recruiting me when all these are other schools are?’” Breeze has seen that first hand, whether it’s with Chandler or other athletes he’s had in recent years. “They have broken down the recruiting, where I think each coach has a piece of Oklahoma now,” Breeze said. “I think that was a good change they’ve made to get coaches more involved in the state of Oklahoma.” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware is responsible for the Lawton area and Bedenbaugh spent plenty of time there when the Sooners made a strong push for lineman Jalin Barnett last year. Barnett eventually signed with Nebraska. At some points during the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have been criticized for not making the most of in-state recruiting opportunities or for “slow-playing” local recruits as they make offers to players in other states. “That’s a touchy situation,” Breeze said. “What people in Oklahoma have got to realize is that the program that the University of Oklahoma has now, they can recruit any kid in the country. They don’t have limitations. It’s danged if you do, danged if you don’t. “Our kids love Oklahoma. I’d like to see them stay close to home because maybe I can slip off and watch them on a Saturday if they’re fairly close.” That criticism has been at least partially unfair, McCuistion said. “If you’re recruiting in your own stats and you offer a kid, it’s probably a 50-50 bet right that minute that you get that kid,” McCuistion said. “I think some people forget and say, ‘Well, OU hasn’t offered that many guys.’ When OU offers an in-state kid, they have to be 100 percent they want to take that kid. You can’t just throw that offer out. When Arizona State comes to Oklahoma, for example, and offers a kid that kid’s not going to commit on the spot. They can offer a kid earlier so if a kid blows up, they can say they were on him from very early on. “That’s something out-of-state schools can do and Oklahoma does it in other states. But when you’re in-state and you’re the school that has the dynamic pull that Oklahoma does, you have to know that you want that kid and he’s as good as anybody you could go to Texas and get or go to California and get.” Staff changes the last few years — adding Boulware, Bedenbaugh and the now-departed Jerry Montgomery a few years ago and now adding Lincoln Riley, Diron Reynolds and Kerry Cooks this offseason — have helped as well. “It’s hard to argue that it’s coincidence,” McCuistion said. “Maybe it is but it’s really hard to make that case when the timing of everything matches up so perfectly. YOu just look at it and these things stopped happening or at least slowed down. You’re always going to have kids that are disgruntled but for the most part you don’t hear kids saying, ‘I haven’t heard from Oklahoma in a month,’ or, ‘They offered me and they never called me again.’ You don’t hear stuff like that. “It sounds so simple. It’s tough on the kids because it makes them sound petty. But this is the biggest decision in their lives. They want to communicate with the people that are going to be responsible for their future. That’s reasonable.”
Jun 25, 2015
Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor...
Readers lament the loss of Bob Barry Jr.
Berry Tramel | Jun 25, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3714772[/img] Reader responses to our Bob Barry Jr. tributes have been overwhelming. I thought I would share some with you: Bill Khourie: “Just finished reading your piece on BBJ and yes, so many thousands felt like they knew him and knew him well. I lost my only son over Christmas break while in his last year at OU, Jan. 6, 2009. Many of his friends started a memorial golf tournament and banquet to honor his life and his dedication to his younger sister that he dearly loved. She was born with a very rare syndrome that drastically altered her life. She graduated as a special education student, but her brother took her to the senior prom so she could enjoy the same experience as the other high school students. It was her only time to ever experience a prom. My son was an SAE at OU. BBJ caught wind of the event from SAE alumni and volunteered to emcee his memorial banquet fund raiser without compensation. I had never met him. However, when I introduced myself at the beginning of the banquet, I stuck my hand out to shake, but instead, he gave me a hug and said, ‘As a parent, my heart bleeds for you and I pray God will bring healing to you and your entire family.’ He asked to meet Billy's sister and mother to express his condolences to them as well. His kindness, compassion and generosity was only a part of what made him such an incredibly special husband, father, friend and professional. When my wife and I heard the news Saturday, like so many thousands, we were crushed. Even thou we only got to meet and spend time with him on the one occasion, we felt like we lost a loved one. Yes, you are correct, Berry, the condolences offered by thousands were perhaps for ourselves as well. He may have departed our Earthly life, but his incredible spirit, special smile and kindness to all will continue to loom larger than ever as he and Bob Sr. are broadcasting to a new audience.” Sounds like Bobby. I know he was a loyal SAE alum and was dismayed at the actions of the SAE knuckleheads earlier this year. Bobby also was dismayed at David Boren’s swift rebuke of the fraternity, closing the chapter and the house on the OU campus. Bobby believed that the actions of a few shouldn’t offset the actions of the many. Brent Taliaferro: “Very nice article yesterday — a good tribute. His smile and warmth came through the radio.” I agree. Bobby didn’t have the most provocative radio show. But he might have had the most pleasant. It’s kind of difficult to describe, but the melodic rhythm of Bobby’s voice served to almost relax the sports radio listener. Which is against the grain. Jim Snow: “I have loved your coverage on the loss of Bob Barry, Jr. I think many people, including me, forget how tight the sportscasting fraternity is. The unfortunate thing about losing BBJ is that he was not able to see and receive the accolades that were bound to come his way (even on top of what he has already received). He could have so easily ridden the coattails of his dad, but that was not his style, and you know that far better than me. I am sure that Crossings (church) will be standing room only come Friday. I feel so much for his wife and family. Such a premature loss. I am sure that there will be a lot of weeping on Friday, but I pray that BBJ’s service will truly be a celebratory one.” It is a shame that we wait until such a time as this to tell people how we feel. But maybe BBJ has had an impact on us. I did almost three hours of radio on the Sports Animal with Craig Humphries and Al Eschbach on Monday, and as we left, Craig told me that he loved me. Ben McCain: “Just watched your tribute to Bob Barry Jr. It touched me. You nailed it! My brother, Butch, and I worked with Bob and his dad for several years at Channel 4. We always had a good time on the air and off the air with both of them. They were great broadcasters and great people. Seems like we always ended up laughing about something when we talked to Bob Jr. When I think of Bob Barry Jr., I think of laughter and good feelings. That’s not a bad way to be remembered.” Butch and Ben McCain. The brother duo that news and weather and a variety of entertainment shows at Channel 4 from 1981-87, and at Channel 5 from 1987-94. They’ve been gone from the market 21 years. Gone from KFOR for 28 years. And yet they worked with Bob Barry Jr. That is a stout legacy. Jari Askins: “Count me among the many of your readers who say ‘well done’ on the tribute to BBJ.” Yep. The former lieutenant governor was a big fan of BBJ. More from NewsOK Tramel: I wish Bob Barry Jr. had stayed off 'the death machine' Wright: How Bob Barry Jr. kick-started my career What they're saying about the death of Bob Barry Jr. Carlson: People loved Bob Barry Jr. because he loved people Kevin Durant on Bob Barry Jr.'s death: "It just wont' be the same" Tramel: Fans came to know the real Bob Barry Jr. Verl Brorsen: “I remember when Junior came to Perry some years back playing on a Channel 4 basketball team against some put-together locals for a community fundraiser. He was raining in threes that night like an NBA 3-point champ. He had a great time loving every minute of it.” The Foul Shots, they called their team. I actually saw Bobby play high school basketball team. He was the seventh man in a six-man rotation at Norman High School, but he in all fairness was a solid player on a really good team. State semifinalist as a senior. Left-handed, and liked to shoot. Had quite the flair for fashion, even on the basketball court. Patty Cox Hampton Roloff: “I've enjoyed your writing regarding Bob Barry Jr. In the mid 1970s, Oklahoma City was on the verge of losing professional baseball. My late husband Bing and I appealed to the local sports media to help us find an investment group that would insure that the OKC 89ers would not just survive but thrive in the coming future. Having known Bob Barry Sr. ince our school days, he and other broadcasters jumped on the bandwagon, and our attendance at All Sports Stadium soared from 42,000 in 1975 to over 250,000 per season for the next 15 years. Bobby Jr. followed in his dad's footsteps, not just as an excellent broadcast journalist, but as an avid supporter, booster and true fan of local high school, college and minor league teams throughout the state. A hole was left in my heart after the passing of Bill Teegins, Volney Meece, Bob Hersom, Jerry Park, Bob Sr. and now Bobby Jr. I am thankful that our mayor, Mick Cornett, who was a friend and colleague of all of these great men, exemplifies what they all knew and believed: that no city becomes a great major League city without first being a GREAT minor league city. Bobby Jr. didn't just report Oklahoma sports news but made fans of Oklahoma sports teams in and out of the state through his enthusiasm, knowledge and love of Oklahoma athletes, coaches and administrators. My family's condolences go out to Bobby’s family, friends, colleagues and all of the people who watched, loved and will miss his broadcasts. He was a true ambassador of this great state and will always be greatly missed.” Patty and Bing Hampton indeed rescued baseball in the mid-‘70s. Interesting to know the credit she gives the media for the success of the 89ers. Larry Freeman: “Since Saturday, I have been in absolute mourning — for a man I never met. Your article was astute: we offer condolences not necessarily for you but for us. Bob Barry Jr. was pure joy....excitable...always optimistic. I always wanted to PROTECT him. Never have him change. Hated when people attacked Bob Barry Sr. in great part because I knew it would hurt his son. Loved the way he treated ALL people (just like his dad). Bottom line is this: for better or worse, you guys in the media are in our homes, our cars, our lives. You have been with us so long in great part, because we trust you. You are like family to us. Our connection to the sports world, and it hurts when something like this happens to family.” Exactly. And trust this, Larry. Most of us know it. Most of us know that we have a sacred trust to live up to. Bobby knew it for sure. Bill Plummer: “Excellent piece this morning on BBJ. Like father, like son. Bob was one of a kind and what a great loss. He will be missed by many people. Perhaps his high school would name an award or have a scholarship in his name. I would gladly donate to it.” Norman High School in BBJ’s day certainly was a bastion of future Oklahoma sports media. Dean Blevins was a ’74 grad. BBJ ’75. Me in ’79. Mike Steely, now with The Franchise, in ’81. Heath Holt: “Everybody here at the office is still in shock from the news of the passing of Bob Barry Jr. It is hard to believe that we won’t hear his Oklahoma twang voice over the airwaves each day. Just unbelievable. Most times when a person leaves, they just get replaced by somebody else and everything just keeps on rolling. Sometimes, though, it is just a loss. Things aren’t as good as they were before and we just live with less than we had. Bob Barry Jr. is one of those people that won’t be replaced. Several of us University of Texas graduates that reside around Oklahoma City and Norman feel that loss as well. The passing of Bob Barry Jr. isn’t just a loss for the state of Oklahoma, it is simply a huge loss.” I love the phrasing. Sometimes, you just have to live with less. Mike Skinner: “I know Friday will be a long, tough day. Sending a note now thinking there might be a ‘middle time’ of anguish as those close to BBJ felt he would have wanted you to carry on but feeling a group reluctance to be the first to step out to reach toward what might be a ‘new normal.’ All you've said and written is spot on. Senior and Junior were two in a million, yet we see many of these every day in the middle of America and take them for granted. Hoping we are all reminded of that and send more notes of thanks, etc. Hang tough. It's probably a generational thing (being almost 60), but can't help but think that good and greater times are yet to come as we continue to be better from knowing the best and emulating the best.” Interesting idea. We’ve talked incessantly about BBJ the last few days. So what can we learn from him? Enjoying what we do. Treating strangers well. Throwing ourselves into multiple endeavors. Lots of things are on the list. Coleen Adair: “You put into words exactly what I was feeling. That I had lost a friend. I can't even imagine the hurt all of you that knew him are feeling.” I remember something my friend Greg Blackwood said at Bill Teegins’ funeral. Greg was a long-time videographer for Teegins at Channel 9. Greg spoke and told everyone, “all of you who felt like you knew Bill? You did.” Same with BBJ. He was as he seemed. Scott: “Great article on Bob Barry Jr. I had met Bob but didn't know him. Your article described Bob as exactly the person I thought he was.” Thanks. Phillip Cody: “I went to OSU in 1969 to play football. Later on I remember how proud we were when Bob Barry Sr. became the voice of the Cowboys and still remember how heartbroken we were when he went back to the Sooners. Through the years I continued to respect Senior and then found an admiration for BBJ. Like you eluded to in the article, it's hard to be on a radio show three hours a day and not get to know someone. In essence, if you were passing through Oklahoma and happened to click on his radio show, I would guess most listeners would think this dude is all right. Always humble. That's the difference in BBJ and most of his peers. When you really get down to it, he had enough of his pops in him and I presume family, religion, etc., that he was a voice that from that perspective, was just different. From my perspective, it's something we could all learn from. A little less know it all, talk a little less, listen a little more, search others out who know more about what we talk about and be truly thankful for another day on this Earth to get to do it. I've always detested the way OU and OSU boo each other and how little respect can be shown to the ones that play the game. In regards to that lack of respect, the most decent thing OSU ever did was showing our great respect for Senior the last time he came to Stillwater. I know Junior was in that same mold, no doubt a chip off the old block, a very special individual. I also know he will be missed by so many and especially by people like you, who truly knew him.” Junior grew up in Norman and obviously was an OU graduate. But he never aligned himself with the Sooners at the expense of the Cowboys. He would be found at the best game. Or both games, if possible. Bowls for example. I think he had the respect of both OU and OSU fans. R.J. Johnson: “Listening to BBJ made me feel better about myself. He was the face up front for us average Joes who never had much success in sports. On the radio he wasn't the tough guy, the clown, the jerk, or the know-it-all. He just had a good time, treated everyone fair and gave us the inside scoop on the sports world.” I can’t disagree. Pat Ownbey: “Thank you for your article this morning on Bob Barry Jr. I believe you hit the nail squarely on the head. I am originally from OKC but have lived the last 40 years in Ardmore. When I was younger, I worked at KWTV as a film editor while I attended OU. I teamed with Bob Jr.'s brother, Frank, at KGOU. I did play by play and Frank did color. We broadcast several Norman High School games together and most of the time we would see Bob Sr. at some point in the pressbox. During my stint at Channel 9, I went to see Bob Sr. about sports broadcasting. Long story short, I didn't know him, but the moment I walked in he made me feel like he was my best friend. Bob Jr. was the same way. They didn't seem to ever take themselves too seriously in terms of who they were, and they loved people. I saw that over and over again in the times I was around Bob Sr. Most of the time that was a play by play seminar or at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters meetings. I stayed in the field for more than 35 years, later working as sports director at KXII-TV in Sherman before running and owning radio stations in the Ardmore market. Today I serve as state representative for District 48, in my eighth year. When Bill Teegins died and now Bob Jr., the shock and grief is that of losing a close friend. I made it a point to listen to Bob Barry Jr. on WWLS partly because of his attitude and his knowledge of sports. I really appreciated how he treated others no matter what the caller was like. I believe all of us would like our lives to matter, to make a difference in the lives of others, to touch people in a positive way. I believe Bob Sr. and Jr. have left a mark on many across this country, certainly here in Oklahoma. For me, as a young man, that message translated into treating everyone with respect, everyone matters. Don't take yourself so seriously and enjoy every moment. To many of us, we have lost a friend that can't be replaced. Our prayers go out to Bob's family and those of you who were close to him.” That’s another thing that can’t be replaced. The decades-long roots established by the Barrys. Robert Leslie: “Shocking and a truly sad moment for Oklahoma. You didn’t have to be only a sports fan for it to hit a nerve. Even if you didn’t really know Bobby, you felt you knew him. I knew Bob Barry Sr. better – what a gentleman and nice, classy person – but Junior was cut from the same cloth. My wife actually called Junior before her weight-loss surgery because he’d been through it, too. She said he was so nice and supportive on the phone and answered every single question she, a total stranger, had. It helped her decide also to have the surgery. Just another story pointing out what a good person Junior was.” That’s the thing about a lot of media people. We are accessible. That doesn’t mean we automatically are amenable to that access. Junior was. Robert Heard: “I too am one of those who never met Bob but feel the loss of such a fine and talented sports person. Most every day I looked forward to Bob and Coach Pat on the Animal. They were like a tag-team of greatness. I've learned at 68 that our life is very uncertain and bad things do happen to good people. Bob will be missed for a long time to come.” Jones and BBJ indeed were an excellent combo on the radio. Think about it. Bob Barry Sr. called the games of Jones’ great OSU teams from the 1980s, then Bob Barry Jr. teamed with Jones on the radio for many years. DeLinda Cole: “I wanted to write to express my condolences to you and the Sports Animal staff for the loss of BBJ. I also want to say that the tribute and expression of love and respect that has been shared about him throughout the past two days has been honoring, and I'm quite certain that BBJ is smiling down from heaven with pride. This is a horrible tragedy, but you all have done an excellent job in honoring him.” Thanks. The reaction from the Sports Animal personalities has been very telling to me. I’ve seen and heard things I never thought I would see and hear. And that’s a good thing. Jerry Isbell: “Oklahoma has lost a broadcasting legend and I’m mourning the loss of a dear friend. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. Bobby was a rock star. Surely he’d never leave us this soon. He was always the life of the party. Junior never needed sleep or an on-air script. He could ad-lib better than anyone. As a young journalist, Bobby taught me there were only three things to ask… Why, why and why? I can’t figure it out. ‘Why?’ He was killed on his motorcycle as a scumbag with no license, carrying drugs, made a U-turn in his pathway. As always, Bobby was full speed ahead and bringing it peddle to the metal. His heart and peddle were always jammed to the floorboard for us all. That’s why we loved him. I first met Bob Barry Jr. in 1985. I was a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and wanted to be in the TV sports business. But more importantly, I wanted to learn marketing. I realized he ‘had it.’ He knew marketing. I clung to his every move and knew I was watching a legend. Bobby took me under his wings and for some reason liked me. I was an 18 year-old punk from Broken Bow, OK. He treated me like royalty. Why? I made him laugh a lot…he loved to laugh. From scores of chuckles, a great friendship was born. I learned how to ask questions from him. I learned how to work a room from him. I learned how to speak in front of people from him. I learned how to deliver a sales pitch from him. I learned how to love people more… because of him. He always found something great in everyone. Bobby loved people. He craved interaction with others…he needed it like oxygen. No time for ‘downtime.’ He had to hang with folks. His father was the legendary Bob Barry Sr. He was born into Oklahoma broadcasting royalty but never showed it. Bobby worked his tail off. 18-20 hour days…I saw it. He’s helped me immensely through the years. A reference from Bob Barry Jr. was golden. Bobby helped me many times. Anything I needed, he’d do it. We enjoyed hundreds of hours together in news helicopters, satellite trucks, stinky vans and horrible press conference buffets. We spent time together with legends like Gary Player, Barry Switzer, Barry Sanders, Brian Bosworth, Monica Seles and James Garner. I could name drop hundreds more. He connected with them all and they loved him. Why? We last spoke a couple of weeks ago. He’d been wanting to play Cedar Creek Golf Course in Beavers Bend and take his wife to our Mountain Visa cabin. He was planning something great for her…only he knew why. I’ve been fortunate to be around many national media people through the years. None were better than Bob Barry Jr. Especially behind the scenes. He could prepare a sportscast in a matter of minutes. Bobby was lightning fast as a deadline approached. He could work under pressure like none other. There are so many emotions flowing now as tears pound my keyboard. I’d thought several times to tell him, ‘wear a helmet on your motorcycle.’ I was going to tell him the next time we spoke. Why didn’t I tell him sooner? Why did the guy with no license and dope in his vehicle make a U-Turn in front of him? Bobby, you’ve always had the scoop. We’re struggling. We need one last breaking story. Please help us understand ‘why?’” Not really any doubt that BBJ evoked passion and loyalty. Jay Badry: “Having just read of the untimely death of Bob Barry Jr., my heart sank. Of course, I had never met him personally, but he and his dad were such a part of my life as an Oklahoman and a lifetime OU fan. And then I thought of you and others who had a personal connection with BBJ and I can't imagine how this affects you. In the book of James we read that life is like the morning fog that appears for a short time and is soon gone. What a reminder to hold every moment and everyone we love close and never miss a chance to squeeze the very marrow out of life. Certainly, those of us who hope in Christ have assurance of a life beyond this one, yet it's hard to say goodbye, especially when those we love are taken so suddenly.” The suddenness of BBJ’s death is startling. To everything there is a season, but a 58-year-old man still in his prime — Bobby seemed a decade younger — makes us all take stock.
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
The Carolina Panthers joined the groundswell of support for removing the Confederate flag from grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.The Panthers, who since their inception have marketed themselves as a team for both Carolinas, indicated they have little tolerance for “divisive symbols and actions.”In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in...
Panthers support removal of Confederate flag from grounds of S.C. Statehouse
By Joseph Person, Associated Press | Jun 22, 2015The Carolina Panthers joined the groundswell of support for removing the Confederate flag from grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. The Panthers, who since their inception have marketed themselves as a team for both Carolinas, indicated they have little tolerance for “divisive symbols and actions.” In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the capital grounds in Columbia. The Panthers, who have held their training camp in South Carolina for their entire, 21-year history, back Haley’s efforts. But until Monday, they had never responded publicly to the flag issue. “Our organization prides itself on bringing people together,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer. “Divisive symbols and actions should not stand in conflict to progress, healing and the unification of all our citizens.” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last week donated $100,000 to the families of the Charleston victims — $10,000 to each of the nine victims’ families for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel AME as a memorial honoring the victims. In his letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, Richardson wrote: “Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.” As part of a legislative compromise in 2000, the flag was removed from the dome of the capitol as placed on permanent display alongside a Confederate soldier’s monument. Any changes to the placement of the flag would require a two-thirds majority in both houses of South Carolina’s General Assembly. But pressure to bring the flag down intensified after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white male, shot and killed nine members of Emanuel AME, a historic black church in Charleston, last Wednesday. Authorities have called the shooting a hate crime, and a white supremacist website has photos that appear to show Roof holding the Confederate flag. “We’re not going to allow this symbol to divide us any longer,” Haley said during an afternoon news conference. “The fact that people are choosing to use it as a sign of hate is something we cannot stand. The fact that it causes pain to so many is enough to move it from the capital grounds.” Several University of South Carolina athletics leaders voiced their support for taking the flag down, including athletic director Ray Tanner, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier in 2007 denounced the “dang, damn Confederate flag.” The Panthers have had strong ties to South Carolina throughout their history, incorporating the outlines of both states into their logo. The team played its home games during the 1995 inaugural stadium at Clemson and hold training camp in Spartanburg on the campus of Wofford, where Richardson was an Associated Press Little All-American receiver in 1957 and 1958. The Panthers in February extended their training camp agreement with Wofford for five years through 2019. Spartanburg leaders estimate 49,000 fans visited Wofford last year for the Panthers’ camp, generating a $5.2 million economic impact. Richardson’s donations have funded several buildings at his alma mater, most recently an arts center and basketball arena that are in the works. Panthers president Danny Morrison played basketball at Wofford and later served as the school’s athletics director. Panthers players were reluctant to jump into the divisive issue. The Observer reached out to 10 current or former players about the flag; none responded. New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, who went to high school in Rock Hill, wrote a long, poignant Facebook post about the Confederate flag Monday. Watson wants the flag to come down for the right reasons. “This is not the time for political statements and worrying about national perception. But if we … listen to the cries and concerns of those we say we care about, soften our hearts, and choose to lay our liberties aside to assuage the pain of our brothers, the only suitable option would be a unanimous decision to remove the flag from the public grounds at the Palmetto State Capitol,” Watson wrote. “The past and its people, as acclaimed or afflicted as they may be, should always be remembered. But it is difficult to completely ‘move forward’ if painful, divisive icons continue to stand unchallenged.” Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw, who played for the South Carolina Gamecocks, tweeted his views about the issue: “Any flag that contradicts everything our Country flag represents, it shouldn’t fly. We ALL stand united.” ——— (Staff writer Jonathan Jones contributed.) ——— ©2015 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) Visit The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) at www.charlotteobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007141,t000046469,t000007067,t000003194,t000007087,t000003183,g000362661,g000065792,g000066164,g000225960
Jun 19, 2015
The best ride we’ve had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up […]
D.C. travelblog: The charming city of Annapolis
Berry Tramel | Jun 19, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/downtown-annapolis.jpg]3708475[/img] The best ride we've had all week came in a golf cart Thursday. We had just parked near downtown Annapolis, paying $10 to pull our rented Hyundai into a space hard by an inlet of Chesapeake Bay, and were walking down Compromise Street, toward the historic downtown. A guy in a golf cart pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride. We said sure, and he spent the next 10 minutes zipping us around. Drove us past Annapolis harbor. Went through downtown and told us the various places to eat. Went up the hill to the State House and showed us the government section. Detoured over to the Naval Academy and showed us where to enter as civilians on foot. Then he dropped us off back downtown at a lunch spot he had recommended. Maybe it wasn't 10 minutes. Maybe it was 12. But no more than that. I gave him a $10 tip and marveled already at Annapolis. Historic downtown. The Naval Academy. America's oldest state capitol still in legislative use. All bunched together in a quaint tip of Maryland. All within quick walking distance. It's kind of hard to explain. It's so different from the wide-open West. Annapolis has its open spaces. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium isn't on the academy's campus, for lack of room. But there on the point, sharing a precious few blocks by the waters that lead to the Atlantic, is all the charm and history a city can stand. DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS Annapolis is a city of some 38,000, though there are surrounding municipalities that swell the area population to a much greater number. Annapolis sits about 30 miles east of D.C. and 25 miles south of Baltimore, so don't get the idea that Annapolis is secluded. There are about nine million people within an hour's drive, so long as you're driving in the middle of the night and don't have any traffic. But Annapolis is secluded in spirit. It's a little bit of a throwback in time. Main Street stretches a few blocks and houses buildings a couple of hundred years old. It includes touristy shops and high-dollar clothing stores and capital-related enterprises and law offices and restaurants and bars. Annapolis calls itself America's Sailing Capital, though Newport, R.I., does the same, and the harbor now is virtually all pleasure boats. The streets jutting off Main also are quaint lanes full of antique stores and retail shops and government enterprises supporting the capital, since the State House is just up the hill not two blocks away. I'm trying to give you a mental picture of our part of the country. Imagine if Guthrie had remained the state capital, only with a more opulent state house, and the U.S. had placed the Air Force Academy where Jelsma Stadium is. And then put a huge bay of an ocean up against it all. And instead of springing up in 1889, it sprang up in 1689 (actually 1649). That's Annapolis. Just a charming place. Very crowded, mind you. And expensive. The median home value in Annapolis is $386,000, according to Zillow. The median home value in Norman is $148,200. So you get the idea. We started off our day with lunch. We had slept in, and by the time we found downtown and parked, it was almost noon. Our golf-cart tour guide dropped us off at Market House, which has been in business since 1788. It's a collection of businesses that combine to make what I would a massive deli. A fish counter that serves crabcake sandwiches. A salad bar. A sandwich shop. An ice cream counter. A falafel stand (falafels are Middle Eastern; a deep-fried, pita sandwich). A friend-chicken stand. I had a crab cake sandwich and a cup of crab soup. The dish had a cup of clam chowder. She was going to eat half my sandwich but didn't care for it. It was good, but expensive. Mine was $16. We later walked through downtown, on bricked streets, and the Dish bought a couple of items. People everywhere. One-way driving. Tourists and locals. But the best parts of Annapolis are not on Main Street. ANCHORS AWEIGH [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-chapel.jpg]3708479[/img] The Naval Academy from the perimeter -- walking by the gates, or sailing past along the Severn River -- is nice but not gorgeous. You have to get in the middle to see the grandeur. And we did. We went to the Visitor's Center -- right next to the entrance is a vintage house that flew a Navy Brotherhood flag and an OKC Thunder flag -- and paid $10.50 each for a 75-minute walking tour of the campus. But you can stroll around yourself without the guide. Just go through security at the Visitor's Center, and you're in. I enjoyed the guide. I learned all kinds of things about the academy. Its history and its culture. The tour took us through the LeJeune Hall, which houses Navy aquatics plus the wrestling room. Every Midshipmen has to take classes in wrestling, boxing and judo, though I assume the varsity wrestlers get to test out. That building holds the Navy Athletic Hall of Fame and the two Heismans, won by Joe Bellino in 1958 and Roger Staubach in 1963. We walked through Dahlgren Hall, built as an armory and now used as a multi-purpose building. But still stately-looking. We walked into Bancroft Hall, billed as the largest dormitory in the world. All 4,400 Midshipmen, men and women, live at Bancroft, all four years. It looks like something out of Versailles from the outside and is as regal as one of the Smithsonian building in the U.S. Memorial Hall was closed to the public for renovation, but generally, tourists can walk into the midshipmen-maintained memorial to graduates who have died during military operations. Bancroft Hall serves all the Midshipmen's living requirements. Sleep there. Eat there. Clean clothes there. Purchase necessities there. Few Midshipmen are on campus this time of year, but during the school year, they meet for formation in front of Bancroft, which I'm sure is a sight to behold. Then they march into Bancroft's dining hall and stand at attention while announcements are made. They then take their seats, and within 2 1/2 minutes, all 4,400 Middies are served lunch. We did some quick math and figure it takes 400 civilians to serve a group that large that quickly. The most impressive building on campus at is the Naval Academy Chapel. Its dome is visible throughout Annapolis. The church, which serves both Protestant and Catholic Midshipmen, reminds me of the great Italian structures I saw in Rome. Fabulous architecture. Elaborate stain-glass. Ornate beauty. The chapel was featured on the U.S. postage stamp honoring the Academy's 150th anniversary in 1995. It seats more than 2,000 -- chapel attendance no longer is compelled at Navy, and a Jewish chapel has been built in recent years -- and is popular as a wedding venue for graduates. Midshipmen are not allowed to be married, but they often return for their nuptials -- but only an hour is allowed for the wedding. Which includes guests' arrival and departure. Below the chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones, who died not only before we had a Naval Academy, but before we had a real Navy. Jones, a hero of the Revolutionary War, was a Scotsman who was eager to fight the British. He was a skilled sailor and led a variety of American sea battles, all victorious, against the superior British brigade. Jones died in 1792 and was buried in France, but more than a century later, the Academy campaigned to find his remains and have them brought to Annapolis. Now he's interred below the chapel in a crypt which serves as a mini-museum to Jones and home to opulent casket. STATE HOUSE SUPREME [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/maryland-state-house.jpg]3708480[/img] I've always been interested in state capitols -- both the city and the building. A few years ago, I ranked the appearance of the state houses I've seen. Probably need to update the rankings. Maryland's would rank high. Maryland's state house served as the U.S. capitol for 10 months from 1783-84. It's the oldest state house still in legislative use. It sits high on a steep hill not three blocks from downtown Annapolis, surrounded by vintage streets and businesses. A few modern government buildings stretch out down the street from the capitol, but many others are sprinkled throughout Annapolis' quaint corridors. The state house is grand inside and out. It was there that George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief after the Revolutionary War, serving as the spark that we were not to be a monarchy. And the capitol's simplicity inside is fabulous. After winding up a sidewalk to reach the building atop the hill, you walk up 25 more steps to go in the front door. Security greets you, of course, but after clearing security, you're literally 20 steps from both the Senate chamber and the House chamber, which sit on opposite sides of the lobby. The chambers are tight quarters; the Maryland State Senate has 47 members, the Maryland House of Delegates has 141. And they serve in rooms that don't look large enough to house that many chairs and desks. It's all a very intimate setting. The old Senate chamber was open for viewing, too, on the main floor. It all seemed so much more accessible for visitors and voters than we have in Oklahoma. Of course, accessible after you arrive. Getting to Annapolis and parking is no easy thing. CHESAPEAKE BAY We took a boat ride out into Chesapeake Bay. Forty minutes, $15 each. Not a terrible price. We got to see a view of the Naval Academy you really can't see -- the academy sits at the mouth of the Severn River as it enters into the Bay. We viewed some fantastic houses that back up to the water. And we learned a little more history about the history of Annapolis. But it started raining on us the last half of the excursion, so we went down below deck and couldn't hear quite as well. KENT ISLAND [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/fishermans-inn.jpg]3708478[/img] For dinner, we drove over to Kent Island, which is 31 square miles and the largest island in Chesapeake Bay. It's the third-oldest English settlement in American, behind Jamestown and Plymouth. The island has a variety of unincorporated towns, with a total of 16,000 residents in the 2000 census. It's a haven for boaters and vacationers and the affluent. We found a seafood restaurant, Fisherman's Inn, that was very much like Mike's Crab House the night before in Annapolis. We sat outside by the water and had a seafood feast. It wasn't quite as good as Mike's but still enjoyable. I had some more of my new favorite food, crab soup, and a seafood medley of scallops, shrimp, flounder and crabcake. It was rather pricy, $29, but still good and worth it. It's about 18 miles from Annapolis to Kent Island. The only trouble is the Bay Bridge, a four-mile bridge high above Chesapeake Bay. My interest is not high in driving conditions in which I can plunge to my death. But we survived the four-mile bridge. Paid $6 to cross the bridge going, but there's no charge coming back. I guess they want to expedite the process during morning rush hour and make it up on the back end. NAVY-MARINE CORPS STADIUM [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/navy-stadium1.jpg]3708476[/img] I’ve always wanted to attend a game at Navy and Army. I’ve campaigned both Joe Castiglione and Mike Holder to get the Sooners and Cowboys to schedule the service academies. Joe C. got a deal done with Army; the Sooners play at West Point in 2020. Holder was interested in the idea, too, but Navy is a little harder to schedule. But at least now I can say I’ve been to the Midshipmen’s field. Navy's historic football stadium is not on campus. It's not far, maybe a mile or so away in Annapolis, but we drove by it as the sun set, and lucky us, the lights were on. A youth lacrosse game had just been played there. So we got out and walked around. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium seats 34,000, though as many as 38,000 have packed in. It hosts the Military Bowl and a professional lacrosse team. I liked it. Reminded me a little of Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium in design. The seats are painted to spell out GO NAVY. And ringing the field are not the names of Navy heroes, but of Naval battles. Normandy. North Africa. Iwo Jima. Okinawa. If that doesn't get everyone's perspective lined up, I don't know what will.
Jun 15, 2015
The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area...
Southmoore's Noah Jones commits to Texas Tech
Scott Wright | Jun 15, 2015The ball pops loose from Mustang's Chase Brown as Southmoore's Noah Jones defends during Friday night’s matchup. Photo by Hugh Scott, for The Oklahoman With more than 50 Oklahoma high school football prospects with Division I scholarship offers, those players are starting to settle in on their college decisions. For the second straight day, a top prospect in the Oklahoma City metro area announced his commitment. Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter that he has verbally committed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior was No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings. He picked the Red Raiders over Kansas State, Tulsa, Ohio, Toledo and a variety of other programs that had offered him. Jones is the 10th Oklahoma player in the 2016 class to verbally commit, and the seventh to go out of state. His commitment comes one day after Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett announced his commitment to Wyoming.
May 28, 2015
He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
High school basketball: Western Heights' Gerard Giles more comfortable playing basketball
By Jacob Unruh | May 28, 2015DEL CITY — Gerard Giles never felt comfortable with his decision to play junior college football. A standout on the football field for Western Heights, Giles’ first love is basketball. He remembers the moment he fell in love with the sport — the sixth grade. Since then, he’s wanted to make it his future, though that path didn’t look like it was possible when he signed to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. “I just didn’t really feel it no more,” Giles said. “I really like football, but I just felt like I needed to play basketball. I felt like it was going to be an easier road.” Giles was released from NEO and recently signed to play basketball at Redlands Community College in El Reno. He got a chance to show off his skills in the annual Big All-City basketball game at Del City on Thursday, scoring four points in the West’s 85-75 win over the East. “I think he’s one of the underrated players in the state,” Western Heights coach Brian Booker said. “Now that he’s going to be in the gym all the time instead of just part of the year, I think the sky is the limit for him basketball-wise.” Giles averaged 16 points last season. He’s a left-handed guard who can shoot the outside shot and has the speed to wreak havoc anywhere on the floor. His second basket Thursday was a driving layup over Bishop McGuinness’ Will Lienhard. Giles was free and happy on the court, which was something he didn’t feel he could be moving forward in football. “I felt like the basketball coaches were talking to me like they really wanted me,” he said. “The football coaches, they just wanted me to get there and they stopped talking to me after that. I just felt like it was going to be different. “It was hard telling them, but when I talked to them face-to-face it was better.” Now, Giles feels like he’s on the right path — one that can lead to big things on the basketball court. “I feel like it’s going to work,” he said. “I hope it’s going to work. I feel like it’s going to work. I just feel like I am going to do it the right way.” WEST GIRLS OVERPOWER EAST About the only thing that went the East’s way was the 3-point contest at halftime. The West used a 33-point second quarter to pull away for an 89-38 victory behind Southmoore guard Alyssa Jones’ 20 points, who was among three Southmoore starters. “It’s awesome just to come together and experience something like that,” Jones said. “I’m so used to being all together in a team sport. Right here, I got to show some abilities I don’t usually get to show.” Jones, who will play next season at Midwestern State (Texas), scored seven of her points in the second quarter and added nine more in the third quarter, overcoming some fatigue. “I’ve got to get back with it,” Jones said. “I’ve just got to get back in shape.” Putnam North’s Nakylia Carter added 18 points, while Southmoore’s Serithia Hawkins scored 15 and Deer Creek’s Dakota Vann scored 14. The East’s Tia Williams won the 3-point contest with 21 makes in one minute. She also made two treys in the game. Moore’s Allison Rogers led the East with eight points.
May 22, 2015
In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week.
High school football: Oklahoma is loaded with Division I prospects
By Scott Wright | May 22, 2015MOORE — It’s not unusual for 40 Oklahoma high school football players to get Division I scholarship offers in any given year. But it’s incredibly rare for that many players to have offers before the end of May. The state’s 2016 recruiting class has led to one of the busiest spring recruiting periods in years. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, a half-dozen players have picked up new offers this week. Southmoore has been as busy as any school around. Defensive end prospect Noah Jones, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, was offered by Tulsa this week, his ninth offer in all. And Wyatt Whitmarsh, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive lineman, recently broke through with an offer from Central Arkansas, a Division I FCS program. Yet with the SaberCats, it goes beyond next fall’s senior class. You might’ve already heard the name of Brey Walker, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman who just completed his freshman year of high school. He had already been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU before the week began. Then Jim Harbaugh and Michigan came into the picture with an offer. And it’s only just beginning for young Walker. He isn’t the only freshman at Southmoore making recruiting waves. Quarterback Casey Thompson — younger brother of Kendal and son of Charles — was offered by SMU last week as well. Thompson and Walker are the only 2018 prospects in the state with Division I offers to this point, and it might stay that way for a while. Back to the upcoming senior class, Illinois made an impact on Thursday with offers to a pair of big offensive line prospects from small schools — Lexington’s Tyler Brown, 6-6, 315, and Harrah’s Logan Roberson, 6-5, 310, who also got a New Mexico offer Thursday. John Marshall quarterback/athlete Lenard Leviston was offered by Air Force. Stillwater’s Jordan Brown, possibly the top receiver prospect in the state, added to his strong list of offers with one from Arkansas State. And Wyoming keeps increasing its pursuit of Oklahoma players. The Cowboys signed four last year, and have offered 12 in the 2016 class already. Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett, who previously had an Air Force offer, is the latest to join the list. Coincidentally, Garrett is coached by a former Wyoming quarterback, Jeremy Dombek. “I texted one of Wyoming’s coaches an old picture of me playing against Nebraska, and told him that Chandler runs this offense a whole lot better than the guy in that picture,” Dombek said with a laugh. The coach’s response: “I hope so!” Dombek hasn’t been surprised by Wyoming’s increased interest in Oklahoma players. “I’ve talked to some of their coaches, and I think they believe this is an under-recruited area,” he said. “So many people want to focus on Texas, but when you look at the number of Division I signings Oklahoma has had the last few years, it shows you the type of talent we’re producing.” Wyoming isn’t the only one taking notice. Schools from all of the Power Five Conferences have offered Oklahoma players, along with dozens of schools outside the power conferences and from the FCS level. With a wide range of summer camps and combines still on the horizon, the number of Oklahomans with major college football opportunities will only continue to grow.
Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and...
Oklahoma scene: UCO's Chris Watson a finalist for MIAA honor
From Staff Reports | May 22, 2015Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State (Kan.) along with track athlete Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, died in May 2004 and was inducted into the MIAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2010. Each nominee is judged in four areas: 2014-15 athletic accomplishments; career academic accomplishments; 2014-15 campus/community service; and career athletic and service achievements. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average as of February 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2014-15 academic year. Watson, a senior from Andover, Kan., put together a perfect 42-0 season in 2014-15, capturing the NCAA Division II championship at 165 pounds. He was the MIAA, West Region and NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year as well as earning first-team Scholar-Athlete honors from the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. COATS HONORED BY NCCAA The National Christian College Athletic Association has named Shea Coats as its National Pitcher of the Year after she led the Lady Eagles to a runner-up finish in the NCCAA Championship for the second straight year. She was joined on the All-America first-team list by OC shortstop Kendra Pierce, giving the Lady Eagles a pair of All-Americans for the second straight year. Coats is the first player in the 21-year history of OC softball to be named as a National Pitcher or Player of the year. She now is a two-time first-team NCCAA All-American as well. The Tuttle product closed the season with 18-9 overall record with four saves, a 1.70 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 1762/3 innings. Coats threw two no-hitters this season — one in the season opener against Mid-America Christian and one in the NCCAA Championship against the eventual third-place finisher, Lee (Tenn.). She finished with 22 complete games and 10 shutouts. Pierce, a senior out of Westmoore High School, hit .412 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. She hit 15 doubles, posted hitting streaks of 18 and 12 games and struck out only five times in 170 at-bats. OKLAHOMA CITY U. FINISHES EIGHTH Oklahoma City University ended the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships in a tie for eighth place Friday at the LPGA International Hills Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Anthony Marchesani and Garrison Mendoza led the Stars by tying for 23rd place. Second-ranked OCU posted a team score of 289-299-291-292 – 1,171 on the par-72, 6,947-yard course. EAGLES ELIMINATED Oklahoma Christian University’s baseball season ended at the hands of Fresno Pacific 4-3 in 12 innings on Friday in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series semifinals in Mason, Ohio. OC (35-22) was making its first NCCAA semifinal appearance in three trips to the tournament. The Eagles rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three seventh-inning runs. A suicide squeeze bunt by Cody Rosecrans scored Austin Peck with the tying run. The Eagles almost won the game in 10th. Rosecrans doubled and was on third base with one out when Jordan Lopez hit a line drive that caromed off Fresno Pacific pitcher Tanner Irwin, allowing the ball to stay in the infield. Shortstop Michael Tittle picked up the loose ball and fired home to retire a sliding Rosecrans. In the bottom of the 12th, Tittle's RBI single to right field scored Baron Bower from third base with the winning run.
Oklahoma State football recruiting roundup: A closer look at three of the Cowboys' recent scholarship offersMay 21, 2015
Just 105 more days until football season. It’s never too early to look ahead. Oklahoma State coaches have been plenty busy evaluating high school talent as spring games fire up this week across the Cowboys’ recruiting hotbeds. Here are a few prep stars who have recently reported scholarship offers from OSU: 2017 WR HEZEKIAH JONES […]
Oklahoma State football recruiting roundup: A closer look at three of the Cowboys' recent scholarship offers
Kyle Fredrickson | May 21, 2015Just 105 more days until football season. It’s never too early to look ahead. Oklahoma State coaches have been plenty busy evaluating high school talent as spring games fire up this week across the Cowboys’ recruiting hotbeds. Here are a few prep stars who have recently reported scholarship offers from OSU: 2017 WR HEZEKIAH JONES / 5-11, 185 / STAFFORD, TEXAS (STAFFORD HS) Rivals: 4 stars Scout: 4 stars 24/7: 4 stars Other offers include: TCU, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, UCLA, Texas A&M, Florida and Michigan. Synopsis: The Cowboys are jumping in early for one of the top Texas playmakers in the 2017 class. As a sophomore last year, Jones tallied 551 yards receiving and six touchdowns. At a Dallas Nike camp in March, he clocked the fastest 40-yard dash of any 2017 prospect and the 11th quickest time overall: 4.53 seconds. Jones would be a huge add to the Cowboys’ future recruiting class amid turnover in the receiving corps. David Glidden, Brandon Sheperd, Jhajuan Seales, Marcell Ateman and Austin Hays are all on pace to fulfill their eligibility prior to the 2017 season. — 2017 WR/RB KADARRIAN NIXON / 5-8, 170 / DESOTO, TEXAS (DESOTO HS) Rivals: 4 stars Scout: 4 stars 24/7: 4 stars Other offers include: Texas Tech, SMU, Arizona State, Louisville and Duke. Synopsis: As noted in this tweet, Nixon comes from the same Texas powerhouse program as current OSU wideout Chris Lacy. That connection should come in handy if the Cowboys land Nixon’s signature. He rushed for 110 yards on just 10 carries last season to go along with 623 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Nixon is also a sprinter/hurdler on DeSoto’s track team. — 2016 WR DEVIN DUVERNAY / 5-11, 195 / SACHSE, TEXAS (SACHSE HS) Rivals: 4 stars Scout: 4 stars 24/7: 4 stars Other offers include: Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Texas A&M. Synopsis: Duvernay showcased why he’s received more than 35 scholarship offers from across the country when he won the Texas Class 6A state championship in the 100-meter dash (10.27 seconds) last weekend. As a junior, Duvernay hauled in 62 passes for 990 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 290 yards and three more scores.
May 18, 2015
MIAMI (AP) — Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice.Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed."It is outside the box, I will not deny that," Jennings said at a news...
Marlins GM Dan Jennings becomes Miami's manager
By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press | May 18, 2015MIAMI (AP) — Even the mother of the Miami Marlins' new manager is questioning the wisdom of the choice. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings was selected Monday to replace Mike Redmond in the dugout. Jennings has 31 years of experience in professional baseball, but he never played in the majors and has never managed. "It is outside the box, I will not deny that," Jennings said at a news conference. "My mom, whom I love deeply, asked me, 'Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind?'" Redmond was fired one-quarter of the way into his third season Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. The defeat dropped Miami to 16-22, but team president David Samson said a change had been in the works since the Marlins started 3-11. Jennings' first game was Monday night, a 3-2 loss in 13 innings at home against Arizona. The shake-up was the latest orchestrated by owner Jeffrey Loria, reinforcing his reputation for impatience. Jennings is Loria's sixth manager since June 2010. "Jeffrey Loria makes me laugh!" former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tweeted. No other candidates were considered, Samson said, in part because the Marlins have gone through so many managers already. "There's nowhere else to look anymore," Samson conceded. "We're running out." The Marlins consulted with Commissioner Rob Manfred and complied with Major League Baseball's minority hiring requirements, Samson said. Former players have become first-time managers in the majors, but the move from the front office to the dugout is unusual. According to Baseball Reference, Jennings is the first major league skipper with no experience as a manager or big league player since Braves owner Ted Turner managed his team for one game in 1977. Outside observers weren't the only ones surprised by the choice of Jennings. "The first thought was, 'What's going on here?' It's only natural for the players to have that, too," slugger Giancarlo Stanton said. "But you've got to realize what's positive about this, and know he's a baseball guy who's here to turn us around." Jennings met with the team before batting practice Monday. "One of the questions was, 'Are you going to wear a hat?'" reliever A.J. Ramos said. "Because I've never seen him with a hat on. But he fills out the uniform." Jennings' father, who is 77, has been a high school football coach for nearly 50 years. But Jennings' only coaching experience was with a high school baseball team in Mobile, Alabama, in the 1980s. "There are going to be cynics," he said. "There are a lot of managers who arrive in that chair via a different path. We now have a new path." Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said he's optimistic Jennings will do well despite his lack of managing experience. "We wanted a leader," Hill said. "We wanted a motivator. We wanted someone knowledgeable in the game. There's no better person I can think of. There's no one who knew our players better than DJ." Jennings said he hesitated before agreeing to change jobs, and stipulated he wanted Mike Goff as his bench coach. Goff, who had been an advance scout, was a coach for the Mariners in 2005-2007. He replaces Rob Leary. The 54-year-old Jennings, who was in his second season as general manager, has been with the Marlins on the personnel side since 2002. The Alabama native had a brief tryout as a pitcher in the Yankees organization, and then paid his dues by driving up to 50,000 miles on his car every year while scouting 300 games before he joined the Marlins. "I feel like a rookie manager and an experienced baseball man," he said. By going with Jennings, Loria avoids the expense of adding someone to the payroll. Redmond was under contract through 2017, and the Marlins are also still paying Ozzie Guillen, who had three years left on his deal when he was fired as manager in 2012. Loria didn't attend the news conference. "Looking forward, we need a different set of skills to harness the potent combination of talent we've put together," Loria said in a statement. "We can't think of anyone better suited for the job than Dan Jennings." Jennings is under contract through 2018, and it's possible he'll return to the job of general manager after this season, Samson said. For now the GM duties will be delegated to others in the front office. The Marlins had the same 16-22 record in May 2003 when Loria fired Jeff Torborg as manager. Replacement Jack McKeon led a turnaround that resulted in an improbable run to the World Series title. The Marlins haven't been to the postseason since, but they began this year with high hopes after a busy winter. "In my heart, this is a playoff team," Jennings said. "That's the message that is now my job to convey to them."
May 2, 2015
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency.The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the...
No bluffing: Cowboys stick with defense as draft closes
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | May 2, 2015IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn't bluffing when he said getting a running back wouldn't be a top priority in the draft, even though the Cowboys lost NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in free agency. The Cowboys kept the focus on defense on the final day of the draft Saturday, taking linebackers Damien Wilson of Minnesota and Mark Nzeocha of Wyoming in the fourth and seventh rounds. Defensive end Ryan Russell of Purdue was picked in the fifth. Five of Dallas' top six choices were on defense, starting with Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones in the first round at No. 27 overall. Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was chosen late in the second round after the projected first-rounder dropped because of a failed drug test, missing a team meeting and canceling two others. Dallas added a second offensive lineman in Virginia Tech tackle Laurence Gibson in the seventh round and traded for another late choice, getting Texas tight end Geoff Swaim. After losing Murray to NFC East rival Philadelphia, the Cowboys signed Darren McFadden, a former top 10 pick by Oakland who had just one 1,000-yard season in seven years with the Raiders. Returning is third-year back Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, an undrafted free agent going into his fourth season. The defending division champions, coming off a 13-5 season, also have Ryan Williams, a second-round pick by Arizona in 2011. He was on Dallas' practice squad last season and has battled injuries throughout his career. "We weren't trying to make a point that we didn't need Murray," Jones said. "And we're not trying to make the point that we've got a crystal ball enough to know that we've maximized with the running backs we have." The Cowboys have one of the league's best blocking fronts after taking linemen in the first round three of the previous four years. Right guard Zack Martin, last year's pick, was the team's first rookie All-Pro since Calvin Hill in 1969. "We're going to run the football," coach Jason Garrett said. "The running back matters. We feel confident in the running backs we have on our roster right now. And we feel like us being able to run the football behind that line with the guys that we have is a good way for us to play." Dallas went into the draft in decent shape at linebacker by re-signing Rolando McClain after he revived his career with a solid 2014 season. Sean Lee returns after missing last year with a torn left knee ligament. But the Cowboys lost starters Bruce Carter and Justin Durant in free agency. Wilson, who started 24 of 26 games in two seasons with the Gophers after transferring from Jones County Community College in Mississippi, was the 127th overall pick Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was named first-team all-Big Ten in 2014 after leading Minnesota with 119 tackles, including 10 1/2 tackles for loss. It's the second straight year Dallas took a Big Ten linebacker in the fourth round. Last year, it was Iowa's Anthony Hitchens, who ended up starting 11 games and played all the linebacker spots as the Cowboys battled injuries. "We didn't really talk about how they would use me too much," Wilson said. "They just said it was good to develop how to play all three positions just in case we need to switch it up." The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Russell, who went to high school in the Dallas area, started 35 of 38 games for the Boilermakers. The Cowboys have taken four defensive ends in the two drafts since releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware last season. They traded up to get DeMarcus Lawrence early in the second round last year, and took Stanford's Ben Gardner in the seventh round. Lawrence missed the first half of the season with a broken foot and Gardner didn't play because of a shoulder injury. Dallas lost ends George Selvie and Anthony Spencer in free agency, though Jeremy Mincey returns for a second season. Mincey has the ability to play on the interior of the defensive line. The approach with defensive end is similar to what the Cowboys have done in rebuilding an aging offensive line over several years. "There's some teams in this league for years, that the essence of their team, everything they were all about, had everything to do with their defensive line," Garrett said. "We feel like you have to obviously allocate some resources to that. We've done it again this year and we'll continue to do that." Nzeocha is a 25-year-old native of Germany. He played club football and was a member of the national team in his home country. ___ Online: AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 2, 2015
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season.The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine...
Saints take 3 more defensive players on draft's last day
By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press | May 2, 2015METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints tipped the balance of their 2015 draft class decisively toward trying to fortify a defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL last season. The Saints, who began Saturday's final rounds of the draft with two fifth-round picks, traded for a third and used all three on defensive players, giving them a total of six defensive players among their nine total selections. It was the most defensive players the Saints have selected since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994. "We needed to improve our defense, clearly," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We needed to improve our depth on defense. I think all of us would have said coming into the draft that would have been a goal and yet we don't know that we can always achieve that. ... It worked out for us and I'd say we're pretty excited about it." New Orleans began the day by selecting Chattanooga outside linebacker Davis Tull at No. 148 overall, then took Fresno State defensive tackle Tyeler Davison with the 154th pick, which had been acquired in a March trade that sent former Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the Chiefs. The Saints then traded their sixth-round picks for this year and next to the Washington Redskins in order to draft Georgia cornerback Damian Swann with the 167th overall pick. They'll all join a defense ranked second-to-last in the NFL in yards allowed last season (384 per game) and 23rd in sacks per pass attempt. The Saints closed out the draft by selecting Missouri running back Marcus Murphy, who excelled as a kick and punt returner in college and initially will be a candidate for that role in New Orleans, coach Sean Payton said. Murphy said he liked the way the Saints once used small-but-speedy Darren Sproles out of the backfield and hopes he can play a similar role. New Orleans did not draft a new passing target, even after trading away start tight end Jimmy Graham and wideout Kenny Stills, who led the club in yards receiving last season. Payton said the Saints were interested in a couple receivers who were drafted before the Saints could take them, but added, "We didn't approach it like we had to get a receiver." Rather, Payton expressed confidence in several young receivers already on the roster, including 2014 undrafted free agents Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman, who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He added that the Stills trade to Miami, which brought the Saints veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick, "probably doesn't happen if we didn't have didn't have that same confidence about some younger (receivers) on the roster." The 6-foot-2, 246-pound Tull was named Southern Conference defensive player of the year three times. He was credited with 18 tackles for losses and 10 ½ sacks last season. He's had 37 sacks and 60 tackles for losses in his career in college football's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tull said he prides himself on the effort he exhibits on every play — the result of a drive which he said came from being lightly recruited by colleges after missing most of his senior season in high school with a broken leg. "We were just talking about losing scholarships in high school and having a broken leg and having people not believe in you and having that chip," Tull said. "You always want to prove other people wrong." Tull was the second edge pass-rusher drafted by New Orleans, joining Washington outside linebacker and second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha. The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Davison was credited with 8½ sacks last season and was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. But Davison, a former competitive wrestler, said his aggressiveness getting into the backfield won't undermine his ability to defend the run. "You don't want to be a one-trick pony," Davison asserted. "A lot of people attach the stigma to nose guards that they can't get after the quarterback. I think that you can't buy into that mindset." The 6-foot, 189-pound Swann was named an All-Southeastern Conference second-team player by The Associated Press last season, when his four interceptions tied for a team high. Swann also was fourth on the team in tackles with 65 and had a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Swann was the second cornerback drafted by the Saints, who also took Florida State's P.J. Williams in Friday night's third round. Swann said he was hoping to join a team with well-respected veterans at his position, and expects to learn a lot from starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis. "I'm in a great position," Swann said. "I'm going in eyes wide open, ears open, ready to work." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 1, 2015
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers.Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day.Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall...
Packers add to secondary, take CB Quentin Rollins
By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press | May 1, 2015GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The secondary is the first priority in the NFL draft this year for the Green Bay Packers. Another position of need on defense — inside linebacker — will have to wait at least another day. Quentin Rollins is the latest defensive back to head to Titletown after the Packers took the cornerback from Miami (Ohio) in the second round of the NFL draft with the 62nd overall selection Friday. Rollins was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished with 72 tackles and seven interceptions in 2014, his only year of college football at Miami. He was the first of two selections for the Packers on Day 2 of the draft. In the third round, Green Bay took receiver and return man Ty Montgomery from Stanford. Green Bay took defensive back Damarious Randall from Arizona State in the first round on Thursday night. He played safety in college but the Packers think his skills could translate well as a cornerback at the next level. Rollins will join him in the secondary. Rollins did play four years of basketball, finishing his career second in school history with 214 career steals. He played football in high school. Rollins thinks lateral quickness developed as a point guard helps in man-to-man coverage on the field, while the responsibility of seeing the whole floor helps with zone coverage. "I think the overriding theme for our tenure here has been competition is great," said Brian Gutenkunst, the team's director of college scouting. "I think anytime guys are challenged, you usually get the best out of them. So I think that's a positive." The back end of the defense has been replenished after Packers lost cornerbacks Tramon Williams (Browns) and Davon House (Jaguars). It was one of the Packers' biggest needs. Sam Shields is the starter at one corner. Casey Hayward seems likely to fill the starting job held by Williams. Micah Hyde plays safety and corner. "The best players will play. The next guys will sit there and work to get ready to play," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. "Are they going to play inside? Are they going to play outside? We'll let practice and all that figure that out. Inside linebacker is another big need on the defense after Green Bay cut ties with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones in the offseason. But that position will have to wait until Friday — the Packers next pick in the fourth round with the 129th selection. Sam Barrington, a seventh-round pick in 2013, passed Hawk and Jones on the depth chart and played well down the stretch. Pass rusher Clay Matthews played inside more in the second half of the season to help shore up the defense. Typically guarded general manager Ted Thompson isn't divulging much about his plan at inside linebacker, other than that he was confident with the team's options. Don't read the moves as signs that Matthews might play inside again, either. "I don't know if it means that, no. I'm not the defensive coordinator," Thompson said. Linebacker Carl Bradford, a fourth-round pick last year who didn't play in 2014, could also be an option on the inside. Paul Dawson was available for the Packers in both the second and third rounds, but the Packers passed on the inside linebacker from TCU. Three other linebacker prospects — Miami's Denzel Perryman, UCLA's Eric Kendricks and Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney — were taken earlier in the second round. Montgomery was the 94th overall selection in the third round. He led the Cardinal last season with 61 catches for 604 yards. He also has five career special teams returns for touchdowns. The senior missed two games last season with a shoulder injury. Montgomery will join a crowd of receivers in Green Bay led by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. The Packers also drafted three receivers last season, including second-rounder Davante Adams.
AUSTIN — It took three trips to the state tournament, but the Bronte boys golf team finally got its state medal.The Longhorns, who have appeared at the state tournament three of the last four years, fired a two-day score of 710 to place third Thursday in the Class 1A tournament held at Lions Municipal Golf Course.Throckmorton took first with a score of 663, while Happy took runner-up...
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Longhorns finally get their medals
Carlos Silva Jr., Associated Press | May 1, 2015AUSTIN — It took three trips to the state tournament, but the Bronte boys golf team finally got its state medal. The Longhorns, who have appeared at the state tournament three of the last four years, fired a two-day score of 710 to place third Thursday in the Class 1A tournament held at Lions Municipal Golf Course. Throckmorton took first with a score of 663, while Happy took runner-up accolades. “It makes us pretty happy,” Bronte senior Jared Scott, who shot an 88-89—177. “After going three of the last four years and coming home with a medal this time makes us pretty proud. Josh Puentez led the way, shaving six strokes off his first-day score of 86 to finish with a solid 166. Bronte head coach Rocky Rawls felt Puentez’s second-day effort may have been the difference between going home with or without a medal around their necks. “That was huge,” Rawls said. “We needed a senior to step up and he did by shaving his score down by six strokes. I felt the whole team really stepped up, but Josh really helped us out there.” Scott, another senior, followed Puentez with a two-day score of 177. Puentez felt the course conditions were just as difficult as Day 1, but a lack of wind helped players drive the ball further down the fairway and set up for easy putts. “It wasn’t as windy, and I felt like I had a better feel for the course on the second day,” Puentez said. “It feels really good to get this medal. I feel like we deserved it after coming here for three years. “We worked hard enough and we saw the reward.” Much of the hard work showed when the Longhorns reached the greens “We were able to shave off enough strokes to hold off Motley County,” Rawls said. “We were very fortunate. “These kids deserved to medal and the seniors deserved to end their careers in a positive manner.” Along with Scott and Puentez, Lance Burns will also graduate with a third-place medal. Burns finished with 90-90—180. Ean Ward (junior) and Ryan Jones (freshman) will return next year for the Longhorns. “It was good to see those guys get a medal because they’ve been at it for quite awhile,” said Ward, who shot 94-93—187. “It was really good to see.” ‘Kats End In Fifth The Garden City girls struggled on Day 2, but still finished fifth Thursday at the Class 2A state tournament. The Lady Bearkats struggled to make putts on the second day and shot 467, which ballooned their final tally to a 904. Wink took first with a team score of 405-471—822, while Utopia, Leakey and Motley County followed. “I was telling the girls if we could have two-putted a bit more, we might have been close to being on the medal stand,” Garden City head coach David Wood said. “Unfortunately, we’re not able to work on putting as much. And that hurt us.” Hope Halfmann led the team with a score of 207 and Holly Halfmann shot a 222. “When you play two days back to back like that, and you don’t play in a lot of pressure golf, it affects you,” Wood said. “I don’t think we played bad golf today. I felt like we played great golf Day 1 and we didn’t continue that momentum into Day 2.” Holly Halfmann, who helped lead the Lady Bearkats to the state basketball tournament last season, is set to graduate. Garden City was making its first state golf appearance since 2010. Clawson in Top 10 Robert Lee’s Brady Clawson had two goals in mind when she completed the Class 1A state tournament — shoot under a 90 both days and finish in the Top 10. The Lady Steers junior accomplished the latter with a 10th place finish, which makes her hopeful that another summer of practice will bear an even better finish. “I’m really happy about getting a top-10 finish,” said Clawson, who carded a 96-96—162. “I feel like I played well, but I did have a few shortcomings with my putter. That’s where I felt I struggled.” Taking away the putting, Clawson felt she played solid throughout her 36-holes — especially on par-3 holes. “I felt good about those par-3s,” Clawson said. “Those were the holes I felt the most good about because I was able to take advantage of the shorter distances.” Robert Lee head coach Austin Dunham was impressed with his junior’s moxie throughout the two-day tournament. More than anything, though, Dunham is excited to see how Clawson improves with another year of state experience under her belt. “She felt like she really competed with the players in her group,” Dunham said. “I believe she finished second each day, which was something I was hoping she would do. “There are a lot of positives she can take away from this tournament, especially knowing she has another year to get even better.” Hallmark Improves A day after firing a 97, Richland Springs’ Justin Hallmark shaved 14 strokes off his score to finish strong with a 180 in his first appearance at the state golf tournament. The Coyotes junior said he had problems putting and chipping, but felt his confidence built up toward the end of the throughout the 36-hole course. “Chipping and putting were not my strong points,” Hallmark said. “But I was able to do better on Day 2.” Barron Learns Rochelle’s Christian Barron can add another accolade to his ever-growing résumé — golf state qualifier. Barron, a freshman, ended the Class 1A tournament with a two-day score of 97-100—197. Head coach Jym Dennis felt the experience was “once-in-a-lifetime,” but hopes Barron is able to learn from the experience. “I think he learned a lot this time around,” Dennis said. “We were hoping he would shoot in the 80s, which is what he averaged throughout the year, but that didn’t happen.” Dennis felt Barron had a strong start to both of his days, but may have run out of steam after going through a grueling set of 36 holes. “He really did start strong, and I was proud of that,” Dennis said. “But for whatever reason, it looked like he grew tired as the tournament went on. “He can definitely build on it though.” Barron was also apart of the Rochelle football team, which earned the program’s first ever outright district title last season. ——— ©2015 the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) Visit the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) at www.gosanangelo.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Apr 20, 2015
Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level.
High school notebook: Southmoore's Noah Jones offered by Texas Tech
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 20, 2015You can usually look for Texas Tech to snatch an Oklahoma football prospect once every couple of years, and the Red Raiders have added Noah Jones to their target list. Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound Southmoore junior, posted on Twitter that Tech had offered a scholarship Monday. Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level. Tech is the sixth school to offer Jones, along with Kansas State, Toledo, Ohio, Army and Navy. YUKON HOLDS OFF CHOCTAW IN KEY DISTRICT MATCHUP At the plate with a full count and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Yukon senior Keegan Meyn didn’t flinch, delivering a two-run double with a line drive to right-center field. It was the second line drive in the middle of the field for a hit from Meyn and most crucial in Yukon’s 8-5 win over Choctaw in a District 6A-1 matchup for first place. “I was expecting fastball and he gave me one outside, so I really sat back on it,” said Meyn, who has signed with both Arkansas-Little Rock and Cowley County (Kan.) “I’ve been working a lot on my mental side this year. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’ve got all of the physical attributes, so I’ve just really been working this season on focusing at the plate.” Meyn finished 2 for 4 with the two RBIs that helped the Millers build an 8-0 lead and a stolen base, putting on display his abilities that have MLB scouts taking notice. Yukon (12-10, 8-1) nearly blew that eight-run lead, though. Choctaw (13-8, 8-3) scored five runs in the fifth, chasing left-hander Drake Norton. Yukon coach Kevin James turned to right-hander Tyler Benge in the final two innings to restore order and pick up the save. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out four. The two teams meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Choctaw to complete the series. BIG ALL-CITY GAMES SET FOR MAY 28 Del City will once again host the Big All-City boys and girls basketball games on Thursday, May 28. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m. With the boys to tip off at 8. The event includes 3-point and dunk contests as well. Rosters and coaches for the games will be announced at a later date. MUSTANG DUO ADDING OFFERS Mustang teammates Jakolby Long and Curtis Haywood II are catching the eyes of several recruiters on the summer basketball circuit. Playing together with Athletes First, both players picked up significant offers over the weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, has more than 10 offers already and added Auburn on Saturday. Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri, Wichita State and Kansas State are among the other programs to offer Long. Haywood, a lanky 6-5 shooting guard, received his first Division I scholarship offer when Western Kentucky offered Saturday. BLANCHARD’S RANEY GETS WIN NO. 200 Blanchard baseball coach Josh Raney recently picked up career win No. 200 in a win over McGuinness. Raney, who has been leading the Lions for eight years, now sits at 202 wins entering Monday’s game against rival Tuttle. “All that means is the quality of kids I’ve had over my time in Blanchard have been really good,” Raney said. “It’s all about talent and if you stay in it long enough and if you’ve got enough talent, you’re going to win a lot of games. To me it’s more about the community of Blanchard and the kids growing up here.” Blanchard beat McGuinness 9-5 in Carl Albert’s annual Bill Tipton tournament on April 10. Raney started his coaching career as an Edmond Santa Fe assistant under former coach Lonny Cobble. He then moved to Blanchard as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach one year later. WIDENER SIGNS WITH HENDERSON STATE Former Midwest City girls basketball standout Reagan Widener signed her National Letter of Intent with Division II Henderson State University (Ark.) on Monday. Widener played the past two seasons at Seminole State College. A 5-foot-5 guard, Widener averaged 5.5 points as a senior for the Bombers in 2011-2012.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game
Athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.) both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game
By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel | Apr 18, 2015Oklahoma State landed two verbal pledges for its 2016 signing class during Saturday’s spring game: athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.). Alexander — a 6-foot-1 and 175-pound, three-star rated prospect (Rivals) — held scholarship offers from 10 different schools, including Arkansas, Baylor and TCU. Williams — a 5-foot-11 and 165-pound, three-star rated prospect (Rivals) — has 14 listed offers, including Oklahoma, Missouri and Mississippi State. Both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season. They join quarterback Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian, Texas), cornerback Madre Harper (Arlington Lamar, Texas), cornerback Malik Kearse (Fort Scott CC, Kan.) and running back Justice Hill (Tulsa Washington) as verbal commits in the 2016 class. CHILDS MAKES HIS MOVE With Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill gone and junior college recruit Chris Carson yet to arrive, this spring offered Rennie Childs an opportunity to stake his claim on at least a significant share of the running back job. He lost a little weight, picked up a step of speed and according to coaches made an impression. Saturday, he ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, with 60 yards coming on one burst. “He’s accepted the challenge,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said of Childs. “He wasn’t as physical over his first few years here as he needed to be. We pushed him hard through the spring. He got hit more than what we would have wanted him to, but we felt like he needed to be in that role. He needed to get tired. He needed to get tackled. He needed to find a way to make some plays. “Des Roland was terrific for us the last couple years, but we didn’t get the breakaway (runs). We got a lot of 6- to 8- to 10-yard runs. There weren’t a lot of 25-, 30- and 50-yard runs. “Over 60 percent of the time, plays are blocked incorrectly. You have to have a guy who’s there running it or throwing it or catching it who can make a play.” HAYS LEADS OSU IN RECEPTIONS For the past two years, Cowboy receiver Austin Hays has shown flashes of talent only to have his season derailed by injury. That’s why he was all smiles following the spring game. “This is the first spring that I’ve been through and have had no injuries,” Hays said. “So this is by far the best I feel, my body, going through all of winter conditioning. I feel good.” His play on Saturday was good, too. Hays, a junior, was quarterback Mason Rudolph’s favorite target with four catches for 40 yards. “With David (Glidden) being out, Hays has really stepped in and done a great job catching balls and making plays,” Rudolph said. “He’s a real cerebral receiver. He knows where to be on the field. He knows what I’m thinking. He’s had a lot of experience. So he made some great plays today and kind of bailed me out of some bad situations.” ‘COWBOY’ BACKS OSU’s tight ends and fullbacks got a new position coach and a new meeting room this spring. Now, they got a new position, too. The Cowboys have adopted what they’re calling the “Cowboy back” position, a hybrid role that combines the duties of both a fullback and a tight end. They will block out of the backfield as well as on the line in addition to catching passes and occasionally running the ball. “We thought that over the last couple years by not having that position, that fullback and that tight end, that we struggled some running the football,” Gundy said. “And we feel like that can help us. We’ll find out. I don’t know if we’re right or not, but that’s why we made that change.” The current “Cowboy backs” are Jeremy Seaton, who was injured this spring but will return in the fall; Zac Veatch; Blake Jarwin; Jordan Frazier; and Britton Abbott. “We’ll continue to take one a year for that Cowboy back,” Gundy said of including that position in recruiting. “The 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, 260-pound, 265-pound guy. … It’s a really good opportunity for them if they desire to play in the NFL if they can play on the line and in the backfield.” TAYLOR EMERGING AT DT Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer spied his starting defensive tackles from last season, James Castleman and Ofa Hautau, on the sidelines during Saturday’s spring game. “Gosh, Coach,” they told him, “I wish we had one more year.” “You?” Spencer asked. The loss of Castleman and Hautau left a big hole in the Cowboy defense, but Spencer liked much of what he saw from their replacements this spring. Even though Vili Leveni was injured and missed the spring, Motekiai Maile and Vincent Taylor performed well. “If I had to give a most improved from the guys that were here last year … it would be Vincent Taylor,” Spencer said of the sophomore, who had five tackles, including three for a loss, and caused one fumble Saturday. “That was a guy that we had to have come on, to get in that rotation and show that he was a better player than he was last year and that, hey, we can win with this guy in the Big 12.” Gundy said, “Those guys inside … they’ll be relatively new players, and they have to hold their gap. We can help ‘em some because we have some depth at the end spot. We have some guys that can stand up and rush and some guys that have some experience. So, we can do different things with them on the edge, but those guys inside have to hold their gaps.” LAMPKIN HAS TO WIN BACK SPOT Cornerback Ashton Lampkin returned to action Saturday for the first time since an ankle injury sidelined him for much of last season. Even though he was a starter, that spot is not guaranteed. Ramon Richards replaced him and showed improvement as the season progressed, Michael Hunter is transferring from Indiana after starting 36 games for the Hoosiers, and Miketavius Jones and Darius Curry continue to make strides “He’ll have to compete,” Gundy said of Lampkin. “He won’t be able to walk right back in and be a starter on this team, and he’s competing right now.” The growing depth at cornerback may be tough on Lampkin, but it is a boon for the Cowboys. “It allows us to do what we couldn’t do last year, what we did two years ago,” Spencer said. “Just play some different sub packages in different situations. We just couldn’t do it last year. It hurt us against teams that spread the field. It hurt us a lot.” PETERSON MIGHT FRONT FLIP Cornerback Kevin Peterson returned J.W. Walsh’s second pass of the game 24 yards for a touchdown. He enjoyed the touchdown, since he hasn’t scored in his Cowboy career. “I would have celebrated some more, but I didn’t know if they were throwing excessive celebration flags,” Peterson said. “I should have done a front flip. It’s all good. I might do it next year in the season, if I get the opportunity.”
The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately.Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most...
Timeline Ties Newspaper, Community
Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately. Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most coming from the newspaper’s own pages. 1800s 1833: Martin Warren settled on land that would become Warrensburg. 1860, May 18: James D. Eads and J. Milton Bonham edited The Western Missourian, Warrensburg. The paper carried news and advertising, including about runaway slaves. 1861-1865: No one published a paper in the city during the war years. The county clerk, having lost an election to Marsh Foster, editor of the former Western Missourian, murdered Foster at the courthouse on Main Street in February 1861. 1865, April 17: The Journal opened under J.D. Eads. • July 20: Johnson County’s county records returned after being absent during the Civil War. • Sept. 20: “The first Pacific passenger train completed a trip across the state, leaving Kansas City at 3 a.m. and arriving at St. Louis at 5 p.m. on the same day.” 1867: (circa) Vigilantes who first put to death murderers then went after other people, with guards posted at The Journal office “as threats were made against that paper for counseling the vigilantes to disband.” • The newspaper reported the organization of the first teachers college in Warrensburg. 1868: The newspaper reported the organization of the first public schools in Warrensburg. 1870: George Graham Vest eulogized a dog, Drum, marking a milestone for animals. 1871: The Democrat newspaper opened in Johnson County. 1874, Oct. 4: Wallace Crossley is born. 1876, Oct. 27: The Journal and The Democrat merged as The Journal-Democrat. • David Nation, husband of Warrensburg’s nationally infamous bar basher, Carrie Nation, at one point served as a Journal-Democrat partner. 1878, Nov. 12: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union organized to address “drunkenness in our midst, notwithstanding that there are no licensed saloons,” but also expressed a belief that druggists in town sold alcohol and thus resolved to seek “suppression of the places of dubious character.” 1883, Nov. 22: Someone robbed the Hyatt and Boyle safe at Hazel Hill. • The Johnson County Star moved from Knob Noster to Warrensburg. 1886, Nov. 6: The newspaper advertised Superior cook stoves. 1892, Jan. 1: Downhome humor would spin within the pages of the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat: “Stranger: ‘You say the editor died with his boots on?’ Printer: ‘Yes, sir. You see, he knew the town so well he wouldn’t pull ’em off for fear they’d steal his socks.” 1894: Mrs. Joseph Carmack, who would become a long-term Star-Journal employee, set type by hand. 1895: The Missouri Press Association, including Warrensburg’s newspaper, met at Pertle Springs. 1896, April 18: The newspaper reported Cora Carter, a student at St. Cecelia College, Holden, visited her relatives in Warrensburg. 1897, June 7: Fire burned the Gordon House on South Normal Avenue, the paper reported. 1898: The editor/publisher of The Journal-Democrat, Maj. Henry Reed, started raising a company to serve in the Spanish-American War. 1899: Murray Reed served as the Journal-Democrat’s news staff. 1900s 1900, Nov. 18: The newspaper quipped: “The electric fan has long since ceased to put on airs.” 1901, Feb. 3: A man and wife argued about who should get up to make the fire and the man won by slapping his wife, who then took him to court where he received a $1 fine. 1902, June 29: The newspaper reported Col. H.P. Farris owned a cycle-auto. • Dec. 30: Wallace Crossley married Erma Cheatham. 1903: Wallace Crossley acquired The Star. 1905, June 15: James C. Kirkpatrick is born. • Crossley began his first term in the Missouri House. 1911: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri House. 1912: Negotiations to combine The Journal-Democrat and The Star got under way. • Crossley won election to the Missouri Senate. 1913: Crossley bought out his Star newspaper partner, W.C. Capp. 1914: Bill Tucker is born in Fulton, Mo. • Crossley’s newspaper started a half century-stay at 108-110 W. Culton St. 1915, April 17: The staff celebrated The Journal turning 50. • The newspaper reported that only the Dockery Gym survived a fire at the State Normal School, now the University of Central Missouri. 1916: Crossley became Missouri lieutenant governor. 1917: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri Senate and began serving as lieutenant governor. 1918, Feb. 6: Crossley combined the Journal-Democrat and The Star to create a single publication, The Star-Journal. 1921: Crossley became The Star-Journal’s sole owner. • Crossley finished his tenure as lieutenant governor. 1922: Crossley served as a member of the state’s constitutional convention. 1925: Mrs. Bert Thompson began writing what became a long-time Daily Star-Journal column, New Hope. 1926: The newspaper reported completion of the first concrete parts of U.S. 50 through the county. 1927, Sept. 20: In what may be the first “Backward Glances” printed in The Daily Star-Journal, the paper stated the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce planned to meet for lunch. “This is an important meeting and the committee hopes that at least 100 men will be present,” the newspaper reported. • Sept. 21: The college achieved a record enrollment of 900. • Kirkpatrick belonged to the first journalism class at Central Missouri State College. 1929: Tom Benton Hollyman moved to Warrensburg with his father, the Rev. John Hollyman, and family. • James C. Kirkpatrick, who previously worked for The Normal Student publication at the Normal School in Warrensburg, began working in November for The Daily Star Journal. He later became The Star-Journal news editor. 1930: The newspaper reported that Gas Service Co. had 100 customers in Warrensburg. 1931, Jan. 22: The newspaper began publishing “No Hard Feelings,” a serialized version of the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Holden. He became the most decorated American in World War I. The first column in the series states stuttering almost kept Barkley out of the war. • Feb. 6: The paper stated, “Born of high ideals and by able and efficient management, the paper has become indispensable to the reading and progressive families of Warrensburg and Johnson County.” 1932, June 7: The paper reported Warrensburg City Council would discuss having all electricians licensed. 1933: Crossley served as state relief administrator. 1934: Wallace Crossley finished his term as Missouri Press Association president. • Kirkpatrick interviewed Senate candidate Harry Truman at The Star-Journal. 1935: University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded general excellence to The Star-Journal. • “… Inside the door (to The Star-Journal) was the most bustle and urgency one could find in Warrensburg in 1935,” Tom Benton Hollyman wrote. A nationally recognized photographer, Hollyman early in his career “freelanced,” with the emphasis on “free,” for The Star-Journal. 1936, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported homes without water due to freezing temperatures. 1937, Feb. 17: The newspaper reported Warrensburg’s city marshal continued to investigate why fire claimed a 1927 Essex parked on Holden Street, on the wrong side, next to a fire hydrant. 1938, Nov. 9: The Star-Journal ran a national news story about Nazi violence against Jews, which became known as Kristallnacht; crowed at the success of the newspaper’s election night party; and reported doctors disagreed about the need for a Johnson County hospital. 1939, June: Hollyman took most of the photos for The Star-Journal’s modern publication, Photo News. In the 1939 section, Gov. Lloyd C. Stark remarked, “It is in keeping with the modern trend whereby newspapers keep their readers informed of current events not only through the medium of print, but by means of pictures.” • MU School of Journalism awarded Crossley a journalism medal of honor. 1940, April 15: The Star-Journal’s diamond jubilee, marking 75 years in business, came and went with nothing about the anniversary. The issue included information about the Rev. J.C. Hollyman, Warrensburg, being named a Presbyterian commissioner at a denominational meeting in Rochester, N.Y.; news snippets about fighting in Germany; and an advice column by Dale Carnegie, who as a younger man had attended UCM. • May 10: Robert Wadlow, 22, Alton, Ill., known as the Alton Giant for standing 8-11, visited Warrensburg. The newspaper reported he wore size 37 shoes. “Mr. Wadlow asked the tallest man in the crowd to get a silver dollar off Robert’s head. Donald Martin, a freshman at the college, surprised Mr. Wadlow and the crowd as well by standing on his tip-toes, and getting the silver dollar, which was presented to him by Robert Wadlow. Martin is 6 feet 8 inches tall and played on the basketball team at the college last year.” • June 17: The Daily Star-Journal’s 1939 Photo News, a publication devoted to community photos, took first place in the National Newspaper Contest. • July: Hollyman received recognition in print for his work on Photo News. He is described in personal terms: “fine, manly character, dependable, straightforward, enthusiastic, persistent…” The publication states further, “Tommy’s pictures have won numerous prizes for their quality and originality. Many have appeared in the rotogravure sections of metropolitan newspapers.” • Bill Tucker married Avis Green. • Kirkpatrick left The Daily Star-Journal to do publicity for a St. Louis brewery. 1941, Dec. 8: The Star-Journal’s banner headline roared “U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN.” 1942, Aug. 10: Nan Carnahan Cocke born. 1943: Wallace Crossley died. 1944, March 14: The newspaper reported that while stationed in the South Pacific, Cpl. Bert Brasington, a clarinetist and son-in-law of W.M. Foster, Warrensburg, won $50 and a case of beer, in a talent contest. • June 6: The newspaper announced, “ALLIES LAND IN NORMANDY,” making a same-day announcement of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Europe, marking the beginning of the Allied drive on Berlin. 1945, May 8: President Harry Truman declared victory in Europe, or V-E Day. • Aug. 6: Truman announced the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. • Aug. 15: The newspaper, using a 3-inch tall news headline, likely the largest headline in the paper’s history, yelled ecstatically, “JAPS SURRENDER.” Warrensburg held a noisy celebration. • Nov. 18: The Star-Journal offered this observation: “Doing business used to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys but we can hardly tell the difference anymore.” 1946, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported the college would become the location for 10 temporary federal housing units. 1947: Bill and Avis Tucker bought and began to operate The Daily Star-Journal. 1948, Oct. 1: The State Historical Society of Columbia announced plans to microfilm newspapers, including The Star-Journal. The society today has microfilmed copies of the paper available for viewing. 1949, Jan. 17: The newspaper reported polio coin boxes would be in stores so people could donate to end the disease. Since then, the disease has been wiped out in this country, and thanks in large part to the work of Rotary International and individual clubs in Warrensburg, most of the world today is polio-free. 1950, Oct. 2: The newspaper carried news of fighting in Korea, including sniper fire in Seoul. 1951: The Tuckers went for a carriage ride across their Sunrise Farm. 1952: Bill Tucker’s boyhood dream came true when he could buy horses, the Missouri Press News, a news association publication, reported. 1953: KOKO radio started. 1954, July 7: The newspaper announced community plans to integrate public schools. • Sept. 23: The football field at the college became named for Vernon Kennedy. 1955, July 1: The Daily Star-Journal published an issue touting the city’s 100th anniversary. Contents including a story about Warrensburg as a railroad town, identifying then-Mayor A.G. Taubert as the Warrensburg Standard-Herald’s editor and part owner; and noting the Christian Church in Warrensburg also had turned 100 years old. 1956, March 13: Missouri Senate members considered crowding a problem at the Warrensburg college. 1957, Feb. 17: The paper reported Warrensburg leaders considered a city manager form of government. 1958: Kirkpatrick spoke to Central Missouri State University students about his journalism career. 1959: Kirkpatrick, then of the Windsor Review, served as the MPA president. 1960, Oct. 14: Future Daily Star-Journal reporter Bill Dedman is born in Chatanooga, Tenn. • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and lost to Warren Hearnes. • The Tuckers bought KOKO radio. 1961, April 17: The newspaper reported on the Bay of Pigs, which resulted in disaster for Cubans opposed to the Castro regime. 1962, Oct. 18: Keith Sproat joined the newspaper and would become the chief press operator. 1963, Nov. 22: The newspaper reported on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 1964, July 14: The youngest full-time member on The Daily Star-Journal staff, Keith Sproat, worked on a Linotype machine. • July 15: Robert C. Jones wrote for The Daily Star-Journal about the new office at 115 E. Market St.: “The new building is an elegant, svelte-looking Colonial dame with four columns in front, a recessed walkway…” • September: Rea Wilson and Jean Smith, teenage girls who had won a contest and received Daily Star-Journal press credentials, interview The Beatles in Kansas City. The girls’ report includes: “From a picture of Paul’s father, it is evident that the elder McCartney has thinning hair. … ‘It ought to be, he’s 65!’ retorted Ringo. Scratching thick black hair, Paul smiled and said, ‘Well, if it thins, it thins.’” The interview predates the release of a 1967 Beatles’ hit, “When I’m Sixty-four,” written by Paul and starting, “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now. …” • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and, helped by Hearnes, the new governor, won. • A bank, wanting the space to build, demolished the old Star-Journal office, 108-110 W. Culton St. • Cocke graduated with a degree in math from Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville. • The Tuckers built a printing plant at 135 E. Market St. 1965, Dec. 7: The Tuckers printed The Daily Star-Journal’s 100th anniversary edition. A former employee, Mrs. Joseph Carmack, recalled having once set type by hand for about $4.50 per week; President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to The Daily Star-Journal, “A tradition of responsible journalism is a cause for pride and I hope that the years to come will add continued success to the fine record of a century”; and the issue contained history about the paper and the community. • In contrast to comments about the wonders of train travel in 1865, the biggest news of the year as of Dec. 7, 1965, involved Gemini Four orbiting Earth 62 times for a total of 1.61 million miles in 98 hours. 1966: Bill Tucker died of a heart attack and Avis Tucker took over as publisher. 1967, June 7: The Six-Day War ended with victory for Israel, the newspaper reported. 1968, Jan 31: North Vietnam began the Tet offensive, an incursion into South Vietnam, which failed, ultimately, but showed U.S. vulnerability. 1969: Avis Tucker maintained control of KOKO radio after her husband’s death. 1970, Oct. 14: The newspaper reported that hope ran high among community leaders that this area would become home to ballistic missiles, and homecoming marked the start of the college centennial, “which is as significant to the town of Warrensburg as it is to the college.” 1971, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported work continued on North Park Shopping Center on Business 50 near Route 13. 1972, June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. 1973, Jan. 29: The newspaper reported the government rested in the Watergate case (which would end in the resignation in shame of President Nixon), and the last American killed in Vietnam before the peace declaration came from Michigan. 1974, April 21: The Warrensburg Heritage Collection, a set of six sketches by James Barkarth, went on sale to benefit the Johnson county Historical Society. 1975, Dec. 13: Continuing a long focus on community news, the newspaper reported on meetings by the Sunshine and Centennial clubs. 1976, July 2: The Daily Star-Journal published a bicentennial issue recognizing the nation’s 200th birthday. The cover asked why the town is called Warrensburg rather than Groversburg. • Dedman worked as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. 1977, Oct. 25: The paper, long a friend to scouting, reported on the Boy Scout Troop 400 Court of Honor. 1978, April 9: Warrensburg junior high students took first-place honors at the college science fair. • Nov. 1: Cocke, after having worked for a typesetting business in Tennessee, and as a math teacher, joined The Daily Star-Journal staff. • Dedman graduated from Baylor University. 1979, Oct. 1: Kenneth L. Amos, a Central Missouri State University graduate, began work at The Daily Star-Journal. “I am looking forward to working with a professional staff in covering the news of the area,” he said. He replaced Bruce Reynolds. 1980, Dec. 22: The Daily Star-Journal suggested in an editorial that the Reagan transition team should engage in “a big dose of silence.” 1981, Feb. 25: The Daily Star-Journal suggested the Warrensburg City Council should control “rowdyism and the frequency of fisticuffs and brawls” in downtown bars. 1981, March 20: In a letter, Kirkpatrick suggested a Warrensburg street should be named for Crossley. • April 1: The paper stated, “We remain staunch in our support,” and noted, then as now, that a levy issue for improved facilities, including a track, failed twice before and a third time might be a charm. • April 14: An article in The Daily Star-Journal introduced Dedman, then 20, to the community, with him saying of his former part-time job at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There you don’t get a chance to know everyone in the building like you do here,” adding this about reporting, “It’s just something I felt suited for. I like writing and I like the atmosphere.” • Sept. 12: The newspaper on Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 1981, accidentally published with an 1881 date. A reader brought the error to the newspaper’s attention. • Nov. 3: The Daily Star-Journal endorsed Republicans and Democrats for national and statewide offices, including Ronald Reagan for president and Thomas Eagleton for U.S. Senate. • Nov. 18: “It is young people like Warrensburg’s David Pearce who stoke the fire of hope for a bright future in this community, the state and nation,” the newspaper wrote, and congratulated him on being named an FFA national vice president. Today, Pearce chairs the Missouri Senate Education Committee. • After less than a year on the job, Dedman quit and Cocke replaced him on the police beat. 1982, Feb. 17: Star-Journal reporter Jeff Murphy photographed country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, performing at the University of Central Missouri. • June 17: Boys State honored The Daily Star-Journal with a plaque for the newspaper’s support. • Aug. 11: The newspaper referred to the Hancock Amendment as a “smorgasbord of flaws.” • Oct. 18: The newspaper held an open house. “Seemingly, most popular with the crowd was watching our offset web press run.” • Dec. 23: Under the direction of Amos, The Daily Star-Journal printed the paper’s first color image. • Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female president. 1983, Dec. 30: The newspaper stated in the year-end issue, “We renew our pledge to do our best in fulfilling our obligation to serve you as individuals and the best interests of the community.” 1984, Jan. 31: Surveys showed “a groundswell of support” for removing the city’s parking meters. • March 19: The Star-Journal crowed “A salute to champions” when the Mules and Jennies basketball teams each won an NCAA Division II crown. “Never before have teams from the same school won both the men’s and women’s title in the same year.” • March: Amos left the newspaper. • March: Cocke replaced Amos as news editor. • Dec. 13: The paper marked the county’s sesquicentennial and included a quote from the man for whom the county is named, Kentucky Col. Richard M. Johnson: “Freedom of speech and the press, the rights of conscience, the responsibility of political agents to the people and the universal education – main pillars.” 1985, May 15: The Daily Star-Journal wrote, “Every letter to the editor received is given careful consideration. Unless it is in violation of one of our guidelines, it is printed.” • June 21: An editorial challenged the sense of creating the drink, New Coke, stating “all indications are there’s considerable rebellion out there.” • Oct. 28: On the World Champion Royals: “The heart and pride with which the Royals played was something to be reckoned with, perhaps underestimated by those even closest to the players.” • Kirkpatrick retired as secretary of state. 1986, July 14: Warrensburg marked the city sesquicentennial with an editorial explaining the city received the name in 1836, but did not incorporate until 1855, so that meant the city could celebrate one date in 1986 and another in 2005. 1987, Jan. 6: “Yesterday, 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton was a messenger with especially good news for this area. He made the first official announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been selected as the first base in the nation to receive the new stealth bomber.” • July 15: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that made 21 the drinking age for all states. • Nov. 16: Johnson County United Way reached the fundraising goal of $100,600. • Dedman, after working at several papers, went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1988, June 2: “Never have we been more pleased about being told we were wrong than when a group of fifth-graders did it this week.” Twenty-five Martin Warren Elementary School students wrote to say they disagreed with an editorial stating children put a low priority on reading. 1989, March 14: The newspaper reported Warrensburg advanced a plan to annex property north of Highway 50, which became the site of Wal-Mart. • April 12: “Foremost is the need for understanding by parents and some coaches that a newspaper of our size is unable to indulge in the luxury of maintaining a sports staff. Instead, one man serves the complex role…” • July 24: The Star-Journal opined that plans by TV networks to use actors to recreate news events represented bad journalism. • July 28: The Star-Journal recognized Civil War warrior Francis Cockrell, a lawyer in the Drum dog case and a U.S. Senate member, as deserving of Francis Marion Cockrell Day. • Dedman, while working at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He exposed racial discrimination practiced by Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. 1990, March 1: The Kansas City Times folded. • March 7: The Star-Journal participated in Newspapers In Education, a project that continues to this day, which involves newspaper-based student learning. • April 24: “Rumor, gossip, half-truths and misinformed individuals who think they are ‘in the know,’ but don’t know that they don’t know, are not the stuff that responsible newspapers use in publishing news.” 1991, March 25: “Surprising (is) the number of letters we receive that merely vent personal vendettas. They make charges of a vindictive nature. That sort of letter is material for the round file.” • April 26: “While some members of public boards may not fully understand what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors, there are those who, at times, attempt to hide some specific action under the guise of executive privilege. That poses dangers in a free society. … Some elected officials who lack conscientiousness would ransack the public store.” • Nov. 8: The Daily Star-Journal backed putting labels on food so that Americans could consider healthier diets. 1992: Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female Hall of Famer. 1993, Aug. 12: “Racism is an issue that must be addressed until the goal of eliminating radicalism and making consistent progress toward equality and a greater commitment to collective and individual responsibility is reached.” 1994, May 3: The Johnson County Courthouse on North Main Street and the Garden of Eden gas station, built around 1928, north of town, joined the National Register of Historic places. • May 30: Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a bill to make Warrensburg the site of a Missouri Veterans Home. • Dec. 13: Work began to revitalize downtown Warrensburg. 1995, Feb. 10: After running an unpopular editorial cartoon involving the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, the newspaper wrote that cartoons do not necessarily reflect the editor’s opinion and, “Distasteful as it sometimes is, freedom of expression must be enforced. And we defend it.” • June 20: Recognizing Kirkpatrick’s 90th birthday, the paper wrote, “A warm outgoing person throughout his life, he has built a huge network of admiring friends in Missouri and outside state borders.” • Oct. 2: The newspaper referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as a “courtroom circus.” • Nov. 20: In a case of “then as now,” due to a budget crisis in Washington, the newspaper observed, “Polls, political commentators and the general public have been derisive of the silly antics played out by the politicians in Washington. And rightly so.” 1996, June 5: Ground broke on the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. • July 12: A copper time capsule, which took six hours to chisel free from the granite cornerstone and open at the Old Johnson County Courthouse, contained 10 different newspapers published in the county in 1896. “It is noteworthy that all four of the county newspapers now published were in existence when the courthouse was built 100 years ago.” • Aug. 15: The 100-year-old time capsule, from Aug. 24, 1896, included information from The Johnson County Star and the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat, both forerunners of the Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 25: Kirkpatrick spoke at the groundbreaking for the James Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri. The Star-Journal headlined an editorial, “A singular honor richly deserved.” 1996: The National Local Media Association named Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia Journalist of the Year. 1997, Jan. 30: The newspaper noted the price of attending college is getting harder to pay. • July 14: A settlement between the government and tobacco companies meant an icon of tobacco marketing, Joe Camel, is dead. • Dec. 26: Kirkpatrick died. In addition to the UCM library, The James Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. 1998, Jan. 8: The newspaper bemoaned that children no longer played with corn husk dolls, and hoops with a stick to make them roll – such toys replaced by “dinosaurs with laser beams and missiles.” • March 10: Voicing a continuing complaint, the newspaper wrote, “Government entities are spending taxpayers’ money and making decisions on how they will spend it. This is the public’s business. Therefore, it must be conducted in the open.” • May 26: In a case of “when will it end,” the newspaper wrote, “In the latest episode, at a high school in Springfield, Ore., a 15-year-old boy with three guns devastatingly sprayed bullets into a crowd of students in the cafeteria.” The boy, Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School, killed one student and wounded 23 others at the school, and killed his parents at home. • Sept. 17: Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died and is remembered “as one who sincerely repented his racist views and tried to make amends.” • Dec. 23: Guests gave opinions about the call to impeach President Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton following his dalliance with Monica Lewisky. 1999, April 21: The paper reported on the murdered students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2000 2000, Dec. 13: The newspaper reported presidential contender Al Gore conceded the presidential race. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling making George Bush president; some still maintain Gore won. 2001, Sept. 11: The Daily Star-Journal reported heightened area security after terrorist attacks on East Coast sites, including the World Trade Center. 2002, Nov. 5: David Pearce won a Missouri House seat, capping a good night for Republicans, who also captured Congress. 2003, April 9: Baghdad fell, with dancing, cheering and looting. 2004, Sept. 16: Oil neared $50 per barrel. 2005, Sept. 1: After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, bringing death and criticism for a slow government response, Johnson Countains responded with aid. 2006: Dedman joined NBC News. 2007, March 29: Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia won the 2006 National Local Media Association Editor of the Year award.. • The News Press Gazette Co. bought The Daily Star-Journal from Avis Tucker. Longtime newspaperman and Missouri Press Hall of Fame member Bill James became The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. 2008, April: Ventimiglia, whose work as editor resulted in his news staffs winning the Southern Illinois Editorial Association’s General Excellence award, four Missouri Gold Cups and the Kansas Press Association’s Sweepstakes award – became The Daily Star-Journal’s editor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Central Missouri. 2009: Hollyman died.2010, June 5: The Kansas City Press Club named The Daily Star-Journal Newspaper of the Year. • June 16: Cocke died. • August: The National Newspaper Association awarded first place for a news photo to The Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 15: Keith Sproat retired as press man. • Dec. 17: Avis Tucker, 95, died. 2011, Feb. 2: The Great Blizzard of 2011 shut down the city, the post office and the newspaper. • May 2: For the only time known in the newspaper’s history, The Daily Star-Journal threw out an entire press run to cover President Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. • Sept. 9: The Daily Star-Journal captured the Missouri Press Association’s Gold Medal Newspaper award in the small daily circulation class. 2012, Feb. 18: Fire forced the evacuation and relocation of more than 65 Johnson County Care Center residents in downtown Warrensburg to The Daily Star-Journal; from there they went to nursing homes. No one suffered injuries. • Sept. 22: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Nov. 8: Inland Press Association, representing newspapers nationally, awarded Ventimiglia the Editorial Excellence Sweepstakes Award for best editorial writing among newspaper of all circulation classes. 2013, July 24: The Star-Journal for the first time presented live, streaming video to the public while covering President Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri. • August: The Missouri Press Association named the William E. James Outstanding Young Journalists of the Year Awards for William E. James, The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. • Sept. 7: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Sept. 29: Bill Dedman coauthored the New York Times best seller, “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugeutte Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” • November: James, 65, the newspaper’s publisher, died after battling lung cancer. A Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member, James marked a lifetime of service. 2014, Sept. 27: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • After replacing James, Brad Slater served a year as publisher before taking a new job and being replaced by Joe Warren. • Dedman joined Newsday, a Long Island paper, as a senior reporter. 2015, Feb. 13: The Daily Star-Journal won the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence award for small newspapers, continuing the award-winning tradition begun by Wallace Crossley. ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) 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The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools.
High school notebook: OSSAA looking further into private-school rules
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 14, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and take possible action at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting regarding an amendment to the rule that Bishop McGuinness High School officials unfairly targets private schools. In March, McGuinness officials presented 29 signed petitions from Class 6A and Class 5A schools asking that no school be moved up to Class 6A. The current rule forces private school athletic teams to move up a class in sports except football if they meet certain requirements. The OSSAA voted to send out surveys to member schools in Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A regarding the change to the rule. The board already accepted the members’ recommendation to uncouple boys and girls teams moving up a class. McGuinness filed a lawsuit against the OSSAA last fall regarding the issue. Also on the agenda: *Longtime Southwest Preparatory Conference member Holland Hall has applied for membership in the OSSAA. The board will vote to allow the private school in the association on a provisional basis along with Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences. *The board will vote on a new proposed board policy that requires game officials to undergo a background check. WELKER FOUNDATION GRANTS $115,000 TO OKC ORGANIZATIONS The Wes Welker Foundation named the recipients of $115,000 worth of grant awards to organizations in the Oklahoma City area on Tuesday. Douglass, U.S. Grant and Star Spencer high schools received funds for weight room and other training equipment. SeeWorth Academy was granted funds for football and other athletic equipment, as well as basketball uniforms. Centennial was awarded money for weight room benches, football training equipment and coaching head sets. And the OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation received funds for mats, dummies and athletic training equipment. The Welker Foundation has given more than $700,000 in grants to more than 30 OKC schools and organizations since 2006. The primary fundraising activity for the grant awards is the annual Cleats and Cocktails event, which is scheduled for April 17 at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. For more information, visit weswelkerfoundation.org. DEER CREEK’S AVANTS COMMITS TO NORTH DAKOTA Shortly after being released from his letter of intent at Air Force, Deer Creek forward Conner Avants settled on his new college home. Avants, a 6-foot-7 senior, committed to North Dakota after visiting the campus over the weekend. Avants averaged 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season, hitting 60.5 percent of his field goal tries and leading Deer Creek to the Class 5A semifinals. SEVEN EDMOND SANTA FE BASEBALL PLAYERS SET TO SIGN Edmond Santa Fe’s baseball team is off to a hot start this season, and now nearly the amount of the entire starting lineup will sign their National Letter of Intent next week. Seven different players will sign Wednesday, including three valedictorians. Zackery Bycko will sign with Army West Point, while fellow valedictorians Jake Martin and Tanner Kliewer will sign with Trinity University (Texas) and Princeton, respectively. Both Mike Jones and Zak Jurko will sign with Barton Community College (Kan.) and KJ Orr will sign with Central Texas. Ryan Huber is also slated to sign with Point Park (Pa.) University. The Wolves are 15-2 and 6-0 in District 6A-1 play.
Apr 12, 2015
Executive Q&A: Phillips Murrah Director Tim Kline was helping his dad teach a bankruptcy law course at Oklahoma City University when Penn Square Bank collapsed in July 1982. He and his father — the late David A. Kline Jr., an experienced bankruptcy judge who’d helped promote the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act — subsequently went into practice together.
Executive Q&A: Penn Square Bank collapse sparks counselor's career in bankruptcy law
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Apr 12, 2015The morning of the 1982 Penn Square Bank collapse, Phillips Murrah Director Tim Kline — then a young general litigation attorney — was asked by his firm to call on Oklahoma City oilman Carl Swan, who was a director of the bank. “It was the Monday following the July 4th weekend, and I was supposed to be off,” said Kline, who remembers he wasn’t too happy about the assignment. In their meeting, Kline asked Swan if the bank was OK and Swan, in his notorious gruff manner, reported that it was; that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation agreed to capitalize millions more and give the bank more time, he said. But when Kline arrived home and flipped on his TV, he learned the FDIC had pulled the plug on Penn Square Bank. The infamous bankruptcy is what sparked a nearly 33-year career in bankruptcy law for Kline, whose late father and former Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Kline Jr. served 14 years as a bankruptcy judge. At the time of the collapse, Kline was helping his dad teach a bankruptcy law course at Oklahoma City University — largely on the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act, which the senior Kline had helped promote. Tim Kline never intended to go into bankruptcy law but, following the oil bust, circumstances unfolded that way, he said. With so much demand for bankruptcy work, his dad left the bench and they formed Kline & Kline in February 1983, where they worked together for more than 25 years. Kline in 2011 joined Phillips Murrah, where he continues to specialize in bankruptcy law. From his offices on the 13th floor of the Corporate Tower, Kline, 65, sat down recently to talk about his life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: Of course, my father was an attorney and my mother was a homemaker. I’m the middle child of their three children. My brother is six years older and my sister is eight years younger. My father used to joke that he managed to raise three only children. But we were, and still are, close. In fact, we three and our mother, 94, all live within walking distance from one another on several hundred acres we bought in 1981 in the Jones Public Schools District in eastern Oklahoma County, 10 miles east of I-35, where we have dogs, chickens and horses. My brother-in-law raises cattle. When I was a bachelor, my home was like an overgrown cabin. But since Alyssa and I married, we’ve reinvented it three times. It’s three-storied and our second story overlooks a lake. Q: Where did you go to school? A: In elementary school, I was a Mayfair Chipmunk. We lived near 50th and May when Mayfair was a brand-new neighborhood. In the sixth- and seventh-grades, I attended Casady, after my brother was recruited there to play baseball. Once he graduated and went to OU on a baseball scholarship — and I lost my ride to school — I transferred to Putnam City, where I graduated. Growing up, I played baseball, football and basketball, but my siblings were far better athletes. My sister went to OCU on a tennis scholarship. I was into politics. At 7, I remember sitting up and crying when Adlai Stevenson lost; in 1960, I got to hear JFK speak in the municipal auditorium; and before I could vote, I was the Ward 1 campaign chairman for Eugene McCarthy. I also enjoyed speech, debate and plays. My favorite role was the lead my sophomore year in “Look Heavenward Angel.” Q: What were some of your first jobs and first cars? A: As a youth, I worked at the municipal ball park. My sophomore year in high school, I threw the first papers of the now-defunct Oklahoma Journal. By the summer of my senior year, I graduated to writing obits and writing some Friday night football stories. My freshman year of college, I was awarded a scholarship to UCO. My father told me if I took it, he’d get me a car, though it wasn’t a very nice car. It was a used light blue Ford Fairlane. When I was a junior, and doing well in school at OU, he bought me a purple Plymouth Road Runner. Q: Did you always plan on being an attorney? A: There was a time I considered becoming a philosophy teacher. At OU, I studied under the legendary J. Clayton Feaver and considered getting a Ph.D. in philosophy. I’d earned a graduate minor in it, along with a bachelor’s and master’s in polisci. But instead, I wound up taking the law school entrance exam. I like the problem solving in law, and helping people where they have a practical need. During law school, I interned with the U.S. Attorneys office and worked at the Redlands Racket Club and OKC Tennis Center. I got to play tennis with Colin Robertson. Before my father and I opened our own firm, I clerked for over three years for U.S. federal judge Luther Bohanon. He liked having me in the courtroom with him, so I got to see a lot of good lawyers at work in big trials. I worked the next three years for the firm of Jimmy Linn, a west Texas litigator who was a heavy hitter on the national level. Q: What do you like about practicing bankruptcy law? A: My work is really about avoiding bankruptcy as such. Whether I represent the debtor, creditor or a trustee, I try to bring together parties who are in financial stress and help them clarify what common interests are involved and how to maximize financial recovery. My goal is to do the most for the most people in the most efficient manner possible. Of course, like in all things in life, it takes two to tango. Sometimes, people aren’t cooperative and we have to go to a Plan B scenario and invoke legal remedies and be as confrontational as necessary. I’m as nice as the other side will allow. Q: How did you meet your wife? A: Alyssa is a native Canadian. We met at Christmastime 1976, when I went to British Columbia to visit relatives and friends, but then she was only a punk teenager. Her family and I kept in touch over the years and in the summer of ’85, she called to say she and her folks were going to Seattle and would I like to meet them there. She was 23; I was 36. I spent a couple days in Seattle, but had to fly back to Albuquerque for a big case. Three weeks later, I flew to British Columbia, where we wed and spent our honeymoon. She was shocked that it was 100 degrees in Oklahoma City, when our flight arrived home at 11 p.m. on Sept. 1. The next morning, she joked about getting an annulment. But this August, we will have been married 30 years. Alyssa earned an education degree at UCO and taught elementary school, before she had our daughters whom she home schools. After the girls were born, Alyssa’s parents moved to Oklahoma City. We’ve lost her mother, but her father lives in a retirement community. He’s 94 and was over for Easter.
Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected […]
Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge set for Saturday in Tulsa
Scott Wright | Apr 9, 2015The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected to attend are former Oklahoma State star Leroy Combs of Star Spencer, Douglass standout and current head coach Kendal Cudjoe and Tulsa Washington's R.W. McQuarters, who went on to play in the NFL. Shae Seals and William Tisdale are also expected to attend. Cudjoe played in the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry in the 1970s under his father, legendary Douglass coach Lawrence Cudjoe. "This was the oldest and most popular rivalry in the state," Kendal Cudjoe said. "It's unfortunate that it had to end in football and basketball. It goes back as far as the 1930s." Tulsa Washington alum Fred Jones has organized the event, which is in its fourth year. "We are celebrating 95 years of athletic tradition," he said. "Both schools truly bleed orange and black. We will have plenty of former players from all schools in the building, so this will be an awesome night."