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May 23, 2016
Sutton, who coached eight seasons at Tulsa Central before embarking on a college career that included more than 800 victories, will be joined by Clyde Barkley, Ken Bruno, Robert Griffin and John Turney in the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
High school notebook: Eddie Sutton among OBCA Hall of Fame inductees
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | May 23, 2016Legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton is among five coaches who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sutton, who coached eight seasons at Tulsa Central before embarking on a college career that included more than 800 victories, will be joined by Clyde Barkley, Ken Bruno, Robert Griffin and John Turney in the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The coaches will be honored during a luncheon on June 4 at East Central University in Ada during the OBCA All-Star Weekend. The event also includes three all-star basketball games involving graduating seniors from every class. Barkley, still active as the Inola coach, has won 637 games, including the 1998 Class 3A state championship in 37 years as a head coach at his alma mater. Bruno's 33-year career was spent mostly in Bartlesville, with stops at Avant, Dewey, Metro Chrisitan, Hominy and Copan. Griffin coached at 10 schools during his career, eight of them in Oklahoma. He began at Morrison and also coached his alma mater, Tishomingo. He is best known for his 14 years at Guthrie, when he led the Bluejays to the 1967 and 1968 state titles. Turney, the father of OBCA Hall of Famer Randy Turney, coached at nine schools, Cooperton, Hollister and Ames among them. He won the 1971 Class A title at Wakita. He is the grandfather of new Northwestern Oklahoma State women's coach Tasha Diesselhorst, who won a state championship at Pond Creek-Hunter. BIG ALL-CITY BASKETBALL GAMES THURSDAY AT DEL CITY With several Division I recruits lined up to play, the Big All-City basketball games are set for Thursday night at Del City High School. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the boys to follow at approximately 8. The event, sponsored by Hudiburg Toyota-Chevrolet, will include 3-point contests at halftime of each game, and a slam dunk contest for the boys. Here are the rosters for the games: East boys: Quavon Pearson, Carl Albert; Braden Hicks, Choctaw; Neko Gordon, Del City; Elyjah Clark, Deer Creek; Tre Evans, Edmond North; Tyson Anderson, Edmond North; Richard Anderson, Midwest City; Quincy Dockins, Moore; Jalal Gondal, Noble; Coby Barham, Shawnee; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee; Jayquan Grant, Northwest Classen; Treson Valdi, Northwest Classen; Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial; Dashawn McDowell, Southeast. Coach: Brian Beale, Choctaw West boys: Conner Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Tyler Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; Christian Wassana, El Reno; J.D. Honeycutt, Guthrie; Curtis Haywood, Mustang; York Benjamin, Mustang; Jakolby Long, Mustang; Micah Speight, Putnam City North; Elijah Parks, Putnam City North; Marquis Johnson, Putnam City West; Isaac Leggins, Putnam City West; Kevin Rassatt, Western Heights; Dakota Foster, Westmoore. Coach: Lenny Bert, Putnam City West East girls: Ch9inna Fair, Midwest City; Asia Davis, Midwest City; Ireon Smith, Midwest City; Micayla Hanes, Guthrie; Breail Goodlow, Del City; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Moe Tramble, Shawnee; Adrianna Braxton, Northwest Classen; Azalariah Jones, Northwest Classen; Carrington Small, Putnam City; Nashyla Hammons, Putnam City; Morgan Crawford, Putnam City North; Zariah White, Choctaw; Jessica Fairley, Choctaw; Lindsey Hurley, Choctaw; Sidney Hurley, Choctaw. Coach: Katie Tompson, Midwest City West girls: Mk Brinska, Deer Creek; Ashley Gomez, Westmoore; Sydney Chastain, Westmoore; Kaci Richardson, Westmoore; Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial; Sydney Webb, Edmond Memorial; Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North; Kendall Burdge, Edmond North; Michaela Mack, Edmond Santa Fe; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Kayten Moore, El Reno; Tamera Shaver, Moore; Abby Lawson, Mustang; D'Angela Hunter, Southeast; Treasure Golden, Southeast; Charon Cheatham, Western Heights; Laneshia Webster, Western Heights. Coach: Paul Bass, Edmond Santa Fe MARK MORRIS STEPS DOWN, TIM LAVALLEY PROMOTED AS CARL ALBERT BASEBALL COACH Marc Morris has stepped down after one season as the Carl Albert baseball coach to focus on pressing family needs, according to Carl Albert athletic director Gary Rose. The school promptly promoted assistant coach Tim LaValley to head coach, announcing the moves Monday evening. “We're wishing Marc the very best,” Rose said. “He's got some family things to take care of that are very important. “He did a good job for us, and we felt like we already had a guy on staff who's gonna be very good, too. So we just moved Tim LaValley into the head coaching position.” Morris had been on staff at Carl Albert for 10 years as pitching coach under former head coach Wayne Dozier before being promoted last year. LUTHER SEEKING NEW FOOTBALL COACH Luther is in the market for a new football coach following the most successful season in school history. The Lions finished 11-1 under Shawn Meek last fall, but Meek has moved on, accepting an assistant coaching position at Kingfisher. Meek took over in 2012, when Luther went 2-8, gradually building toward last year's undefeated regular season and district championship. MUSTANG'S BROOKE IRWIN LANDS AT OCU Mustang graduate Brooke Irwin has signed with the women's basketball program at Oklahoma City University. The 6-foot-2 forward, who will be a junior, was named all-NJCAA Region II in her sophomore season at Redlands Community College in El Reno. Last season, Irwin averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 55.4 percent from the floor for Redlands.
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.———Capsule...
Movie guide: Capsule listings, reviews of current releases
Los Angeles Times (TNS), Associated Press | May 18, 2016Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. ——— Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.), Rebecca Keegan (R.K.), Mark Olsen (M.O.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Kevin Crust. ——— OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK ——— “Almost Holy” — Ukrainian pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko uses controversial means to rescue street kids in this documentary. Written and directed by Steve Hoover. (1:40) R. “The Angry Birds Movie” — Outliers Red, Chuck and Bomb must figure out what’s going on when mysterious green piggies arrive on their island. Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride. Written by Jon Vitti; story by Mikael Hed & Mikko Polla & John Cohen. Directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. (1:37) PG. “Back in the Day” — With the help of local mob bosses, a half-Italian, half-Puerto Rican Bensonhurst teen pursues his dream of becoming a champion boxer. With William DeMeo, Michael Madsen, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover. Written by DeMeo. Directed by Paul Borghese. (1:51) R. “Hard Sell” — On Long Island’s Gold Coast, a high schooler struggling to make ends meet at an elite prep school discovers inventive ways to profit off his classmates with the help of an attractive runaway. With Kristin Chenoweth, Katrina Bowden, Skyler Gisondo. Written and directed by Sean Nalaboff. (1:36) R. “Maggie’s Plan” — A young New Yorker falls in love with a married professor, but her plot to be with him goes comically awry. With Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller. (1:38) R. “Manhattan Night” — A tabloid journalist’s investigation of the murder of a filmmaker endangers his job, his family and his life. With Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott. Written by and directed by Brian DeCubellis. (1:53) R. “Margarita With a Straw” — An Indian teen with cerebral palsy leaves her home to study in New York and falls in love with a young blind woman. With Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta. Written and directed by Shonali Bose. Co-written and directed by Nilesh Maniyar. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. (1:41) NR. “The Measure of a Man” — An unemployed French mechanic finds morally challenging work doing security in a big-box supermarket. With Vincent Lindon. Directed by Stephane Brize. In French with English subtitles. (1:33) NR. “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” — Frustration with an insurance company over her husband’s cancer treatment leads a woman to a series of increasingly violent confrontations. With Jana Raluy, Sebastian Aguirre, Hugo Albores. Written by Laura Santullo. Directed by Rodrigo Pla. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:14) NR. “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” — Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne return in this sequel to the 2014 frat-boys-versus-new-parents comedy. Written by Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien. Directed by Stoller. (1:32) R. “The Nice Guys” — Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling team as a muscle-for-hire and a private eye in this 1970s-set action comedy. With Angourie Rice. Written by Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi. Directed by Black. (1:56) R. “O.J.: Made in America” — The rise and fall of football hero Orenthal James Simpson is chronicled in the 7½-hour documentary. Directed by Ezra Edelman. (7:30) NR. “Song of Lahore” — Documentary explores the changing lives of several Pakistani classical musicians when their new album earns them international accolades and a concert at Lincoln Center. With Wynton Marsalis. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken. (1:22) PG. “Weiner” — Documentary goes inside former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s failed mayoral campaign. Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. (1:40) NR. “Welcome to Happiness” — A children’s book author rents an apartment that contains a magical portal where people can pass through to erase mistakes from their past. With Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman. Written and directed by Oliver Thompson. (1:48) NR. ——— CRITICS’ CHOICES ——— Band of Outsiders From its opening, rapid-fire barrage of closeups to its sly parting gesture, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 gangster-musical pastiche is suffused with a strange and melancholy understanding of how irrevocably the movies have shaped our collective dream life. (Justin Chang, May 6) In French with English subtitles. (1:35) NR. A Bigger Splash Luca Guadagnino’s movie is a swooning cinematic appeal to the senses — two hours of al fresco lovemaking, gorgeous scenery and simmering erotic warfare with Ralph Fiennes’ acting on glorious, supremely uninhibited display. (Justin Chang, May 4) (2:04) R. Story on Page E4 Eye in the Sky Superbly acted this taut nail-biter starring Helen Mirren, the late Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, is a fully involving war drama about the new rules of engagement. (Sheri Linden, March 11) (1:42) R. Green Room A shabby white-power outpost in the Oregon boondocks becomes a grim last stand for a nomadic band of college-age punk rockers in the demonically gripping film, the latest tense, brutal genre triumph for writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (Robert Abele, April 15) (1:35) R. The Jungle Book By turns sweetly amusing and scarily unnerving, crammed with story, song and computer generated visual splendors, this revisiting of the old Rudyard Kipling tales aims to be a model of modern crowd pleasing entertainment. (K.Tu.) (1:51) PG. Rabin in His Own Words World-changing political assassinations leave scars that never go away, which is why, for the second time in as many months, an excellent new documentary on the murdered Israeli prime minister Rabin appears on the scene. (K.Tu., May 6) In Hebrew with English subtitles. (1:40) NR. Sing Street Writer-director John Carney nails that “happy sad” sweet spot his latest work, about a young man coming of age in Dublin in the 1980s, using the emotional, cathartic power of music to face the hardships of family, first love and school bullies. (Katie Walsh, April 15) (1:46) PG-13. Viva Emotional and effective, this is a torch song melodrama convincingly set in the very specific world of Havana’s drag performers even though it’s written and directed by a pair of Irishmen, Mark O’Halloran and Paddy Breathnach, respectively. (K.Tu., April 29) In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:40) R. Zootopia Bursting with a rich blend of timely themes, superb voice work, wonderful visuals and laugh-out-loud wit, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest is quite simply a great time at the movies. (Gary Goldstein, March 4) (1:48) PG. ——— ALSO IN THEATERS ——— “Asian Connection” — Bank-robbing American expatriates in Southeast Asia inadvertently steal money from a drug lord. With Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White. Written by Daniel Zirilli, D. Glase Leonard and Tom Sizemore. Directed by Zirilli. (1:30) R. “Barbershop: The Next Cut” — The new film manages to be entertaining and thoughtful, harmless fun but just serious enough not to seem frivolous. (M.O., April 15)) (1:51) PG-13. “Being Charlie” — The father-son collaboration from director Rob Reiner and co-writer Nick Reiner mines personal experience for this family drama about the plague of addiction, but a cinematic representation that is myopic with regard to the unexamined privilege of its main character fails to offer deeper insight into the motivation for his addiction. (Katie Walsh, May 6) (1:37) NR. “Belladonna of Sadness” — The controversial 1973 Japanese animated work, long out of circulation, about an innocent young woman and her pact with the devil. Written by Yoshiyuki Fukuda and Eiichi Yamamoto, based on a novel by Jules Michelet. Directed by Yamamoto. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:33) NR. “A Bit of Bad Luck” — A timber heiress, tired of her philandering attorney husband’s humiliating behavior, turns his latest weekend romp into a nightmare. With Cary Elwes, Agnes Bruckner, Teri Polo. Written and directed by John Fuhrman. (1:25) NR. “Captain America: Civil War” — It finally works its will on us, wearing us down with the weight of its self-importance as much as anything else. If you live and breathe Marvel, this is one of the MCU’s stronger offerings. (Kenneth Turan, May 5) Imax 3D. (2:27) PG-13. “The Congressman” — A U.S. congressman going through personal and professional turmoil connects with an eclectic group of constituents on a remote island. With Treat Williams, George Hamilton, Elizabeth Marvel. Written by Robert J. Mrazek. Directed by Mrazek and Jared Martin. (1:38) R. “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty” — A dark thriller inspired by the Brothers Grimm classic. With Ethan Peck, Natalie Hall, India Eisley. Written by Pearry Teo and Josh Nadler. Directed by Teo. (1:29 ) NR. “Dark Horse” — A sweet if underwhelming documentary with plenty of character but told in such a simple and gentle way it doesn’t quite grab audiences as it could. (Katie Walsh, May 6) (1:25) PG. “The Darkness” — Supernatural forces haunt a family after its return from a Grand Canyon vacation. With Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz. Written by Greg McLean, Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause. Directed by McLean. PG-13. “Dough” — Business suddenly picks up for a London kosher baker when his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops a stash of pot into the mixer. With Jonathan Pryce and Pauline Collins and Jerome Holder. Written by Yehudah Jez Freedman and Jonathan Benson. Directed by John Goldschmidt. (1:34) NR. “Dheepan” — Palme d’Or winner about Sri Lankan refugees trying to escape their violent past in France. With Antonythasan Jesuthasan Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby. Written by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre. Directed by Audiard. In English, French and Tamil with English subtitles. (1:55) NR. “Divine Access” — After embarrassing a minister on a public access TV show, a man takes his act on the road through the South and is bewildered by the faith people place in him. With Billy Burke, Patrick Warburton, Joel David Moore. Directed by Steven Chester Prince. (1:46) NR. “Eva Hesse” — A feature-length appreciation of the work of the pioneer sculptor, who died in 1970 at age 34. Featuring Hesse’s journals and correspondence with mentor Sol LeWitt and interviews with artists Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham. Directed by Marcie Berlieter. (1:48) NR. “The Family Fang” — For a project that is a showcase for his talents as both actor and director, Jason Bateman never gets too showy on either front, keeping the emotions of the film at something of a restrained simmer. (Mark Olsen, May 6) (1:45) R. “The First Monday in May” — A half-dozen fascinating stories intertwine in this fashion/art documentary that suffers from the diffusion — although director Andrew Rossi mostly stands accused of being overly attuned to his subject’s rich possibilities. (Noel Murray, April 15) (1:31) PG-13. “High Rise” — The residents of a luxury apartment tower experience vertical class warfare. With Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller. Written by Amy Jump, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard. Directed by Ben Wheatley. (1:52) NR. “A Hologram for the King” — Not even Tom Hanks can save this adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel, the story of an American salesman in Saudi Arabia that can’t hold our interest for very long. (K.Tu., April 22) (1:37) R. “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town” — When a sex columnist returns to her provincial small town for her estranged mother’s funeral, various locals plot to persuade her to stage the titular event. With Jewel Staite, Lauren Holly. Written and directed by Jeremy Lalonde. (1:41) NR. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” — In the pale update, a dreadful sequel to 2012’s darkly appealing “Snow White and the Huntsman,” nearly every major character dies and comes back to life at least once and a convoluted narrative yields not a single, palpable moment of drama. (R.K., April 22) (1:54) PG-13. “I Am Wrath” — John Travolta stars as a former black ops agent bent on revenge after his wife is murdered by a street gang. With Christopher Meloni, Amanda Schull. Written by Paul Sloan, story by Yvan Gauthier. Directed by Chuck Russell. (1:32) R. “Keanu” — Starring the comedy duo Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, written by Peele and “Key & Peele” alum Alex Rubens and directed by fellow “Key & Peele” veteran Peter Atencio, the hit-and-miss movie is funny for 45 to 50 minutes. Then it’s strained and abrasive and entirely too devoted to action-movie tropes. (Michael Phillips, April 29) (1:38) R. “Kill Zone 2” — An undercover cop is thrown into a Thai prison, a hotbed of corruption, riots and black-market organ transplants. With Tony Jaa, Zhang Jin, Simon Yam. Written by Lai-yin Leung, Ying Wong. Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang. In Thai and Cantonese with English subtitles. (1:58) NR. “Last Days in the Desert” — Jesus returns from his 40 days and nights to battle the devil over a family’s destiny. With Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. (1:38) PG-13. “The Lobster” — A man in the near future who flees into the woods rather than be turned into an animal because he is single illegally falls in love with a fellow rebel. With Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux. Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou. Directed by Lanthimos. (1:58) R. “Love & Friendship” — A young aristocratic widow is pursued by a disparate trio of gentlemen. With Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel. Directed and written by Whit Stillman, based on a Jane Austen novella. (1:32) PG. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” — In 1913 Cambridge, England, a young Indian math genius joins forces with an eccentric professor. With Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise. Written and directed by Matthew Brown. (1:48) PG-13. “The Meddler” — The nosy, needy, New Jersey transplant and title character is played with such instinctual warmth and comic verve by the estimable Susan Sarandon that it is the icing on a very well-baked cake, courtesy of writer-director Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”). (Gary Goldstein, April 22) (1:43) PG-13. “Money Monster” — A financial TV host (George Clooney) and his producer (Julia Roberts) are held hostage by a desperate man. Written by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, story by DiFiore & Kouf. Directed by Jodie Foster. (1:35) R. “Most Likely to Die” — When her peers are gruesomely murdered one by one, a high school student is forced to realize that one of her friends may be a serial killer. With Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Jake Busey. Written by Laura Brennan. Directed by Anthony DiBlasi. (1:30) NR. “Mothers & Daughters” — The emotions about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters are spot on, and there’s no shortage of star power. But there’s an insistently dour fog over the proceedings, and the film feels subdued and sedated without the levity to brighten up things. (Katie Walsh, May 6) (1:30) PG-13. “Mother’s Day” — From awkward start to merciful finish, Garry Marshall’s latest holiday-themed group therapy session is a grim, listless affair that may leave you pining for the relative pep and coherence of its predecessors, or at least a few of their incidental pleasures. (J.C., April 29) s(1:58) PG-13. “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” — Despite a colorful true story and a gorgeous setting, this is more tin than gold with a compelling central figure refracted through the perspective of a less interesting person. (Katie Walsh, April 29) (1:49) R. “Pele: Birth of a Legend” — The soccer superstar rises from the slums of Brazil to become the world’s greatest player. With Vincent D’Onofrio, Diego Boneta, Seu Jorge. Written and directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. (1:47) PG. “Ratchet & Clank” — The sci-fi animated feature feels like watching four episodes of a Saturday morning cartoon mashed into a feature-length film. (Katie Walsh, April 29) (1:34) PG. “Search Party” — Buddies botch a friend’s wedding, then must rescue him in Mexico after he is carjacked and left naked in the desert. With T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally. Written by Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller and Scot Armstrong; directed by Armstrong. (1:33) R. “Serial Killer I” — A rookie French homicide inspector uncovers a connection between a series of murders. With Raphael Personnaz, Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet. Written by David Oelhoffen and Frederic Tellier. Directed by Tellier. In French with English subtitles. (2:00) NR. “Starcrossed” — A young writer’s encounter with a mysterious woman changes his future over the course of one night. With Mischa Barton, Grant Harvey, Eric Roberts. Written and directed by Chase Mohseni. (1:18) NR. “Sundown” — A spring-break vacation in Puerto Vallarta turns ugly for two high school seniors when a sexy girl makes off with the Rolex belonging to one boy’s grandfather. With Devon Werkheiser, Sean Marquette, Camilla Belle. Written by Fernando Lebrija, Miguel Tejada-Flores. Directed by Lebrija. R. “Sunset Song” — British director Terence Davies’ adaptation of the Scottish novel depicts a young woman enduring life in the early 20th century. With Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie. (2:15) R. “Tales of Tales” — Diverting but rarely transporting, unpredictable yet strangely overdetermined, Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone’s film never conjures the sustained, enveloping magic promised by its extravagant design and its agreeably unhinged story sense. (J.C., April 29) (2:14) NR. “The Trust” — Corrupt cops unravel a mystery, hoping for a big score. With Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira. Written by Benjamin Brewer and Adam Hirsch. Directed by Alex Brewer & Benjamin Brewer. (1:32) R. “Under the Gun” — Political inaction is examined in this documentary on the gun control debate. Narrated by Katie Couric. Written by Brian Lazarte, Mark Monroe, Stephanie Soechtig. Directed by Soechtig. (1:50) R. “What We Become” — A virulent strain of the flu quickly turns a Danish family’s summer into a nightmare when it is attacked by a bloodthirsty mob. With Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Benjamin Engell. Written and directed by Bo Mikkelsen. In Danish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR. ——— ©2016 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000023019,t000002537,t000040350,t000002664,t000002667,t000002458,t000027866,t000149877,t000027879,t000033765,t000027855,t000003142,t000033770,t000002409,t000002424,t000040659,g000362659,g000364554
Apr 21, 2016
Putnam City stayed within the family to fill one of the voids left by A.D. Burtschi's retirement. PC boys soccer coach Eddie Wright was promoted to the position of athletic director, the school district announced Thursday. “It's a dream come true to be named as the athletic director at a place that I have called home for so long,” Wright said. “I appreciate the confidence administrators have...
Putnam City soccer coach Eddie Wright named school's athletic director
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 21, 2016Putnam City stayed within the family to fill one of the voids left by A.D. Burtschi's retirement. PC boys soccer coach Eddie Wright was promoted to the position of athletic director, the school district announced Thursday. “It's a dream come true to be named as the athletic director at a place that I have called home for so long,” Wright said. “I appreciate the confidence administrators have shown in me. I look forward to maintaining and enhancing our commitment to our student-athletes and pushing along with other coaches toward excellence in everything that we do.” Wright will remain in his role as soccer coach, leading a program that has seen participation numbers nearly triple since he took over. Wright was a football and soccer player at Putnam City, graduating in 1999. The school's boys basketball coaching vacancy hasn't been filled. FOUR CHOSEN FOR OKLAHOMA OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME The Oklahoma Officials Association announced four new inductees for its Hall of Fame this summer, including a basketball official from the final girls 6-on-6 basketball game in state history. The inductees include Phil Anderson of Lawton, Tom Clayton of Muskogee, Jerry Smith of Yuma, Ariz., and Paul Wilson of Norman. They will be inducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23 during the OOA Summer Conference at Westmoore High School. Each member selected was chosen by the OOA Executive Board. Anderson officiated the final 6-on-6 game, a 63-37 win by Stigler over Meeker in the 1995 state tournament. Anderson worked 17 state championship games in his career. Clayton officiated football, basketball, baseball and fastpitch softball for 37 years. He also started and led several local officials groups in Okmulgee and Tulsa. Smith is a native of Red Oak who officiated football, basketball and baseball for 35 years. He's trained more than 150 officials in southeastern Oklahoma currently working with the OSSAA. Wilson is already a member of the ASA Hall of Fame as an umpire. He served on the National Association of Sports Official Board in 1989 and officiated both college basketball and college softball. NOBLE SEEKING NEW BOYS BASKETBALL COACH Noble boys basketball coach Brian Sexton has stepped down after three seasons. Sexton took over the Bears for the 2013-14 season, winning seven games each of his first two years. He led them to a 17-10 record this past season, losing in the Class 5A area consolation game. MCDOWELL, MCKAUFMAN, ROBERTS TAKE ALL-CITY CONFERENCE HONORS Each coming off impressive seasons, Southeast's Dashawn McDowell and Douglass' Patrick McKaufman were named Co-Players of the Year in the All-City Athletic Conference. McDowell averaged 30.1 points per game as a senior while leading Southeast to the Class 5A state tournament. Also a senior, McKafuman averaged over 20 per game in helping Douglass to its sixth 4A title in the last seven years. On the girls side, Classen SAS junior standout Taylor Roberts was named the Player of the Year after posting nearly 30 points per game. Here are the full All-Conference rosters: BOYS Co-Players of the Year: Dashawn McDowell, Southeast; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass First team: Marquis Edwards, Northeast; Coryon Mason, Douglass; Ron Walker, Southeast; Patrick Atkins, Centennial; Brandon Kelley, Star Spencer Second team: Morris Wilson, Northwest Classen; Mekail Hall, John Marshall; Ruben Lasarge, Douglass; Damion Thornton, U.S. Grant; Clevanta Lee, Star Spencer Third team: Dea'Zhon Perkins, Capitol Hill; Richard Gray, Northeast; Deandre Knight, John Marshall; Clifford Harrison, Star Spencer; Keith Krouser, Centennial Honorable mention Capitol Hill: Keontre Lockhart; Centennial: Marcus Alexander, Quinton Johnson, Floyd Marshall, Devion Lacour, Derrick Coleman, Des'mond Cooper; Classen SAS: Miles King; Douglass: Treijon Edwards, Delmon Mask; John Marshall: C.J. Smith, Maleke Hall; Millwood: Michelby Davis; Northeast: Armoni Norton, Corey Harrison, Lincoln Seward; Northwest Classen: Jaquan Grant; Southeast: Chris Johnson, Malik Swain; Star Spencer: Jermaine Smith, Latarryus Smith, Mikael Hobby; U.S. Grant: Keith Prather. GIRLS Coach of the Year: Malcolm Roberts, Classen SAS Player of the Year: Taylor Roberts, Classen SAS Newcomer of the Year: Honesty Norton, Northeast First team: Shatoya Bryson, Star Spencer; Awreona Ranson, Millwood; Jeanna Dixon, Centennial; Kennedy Williams, Classen SAS; Adrianna Braxton, Northwest Classen Second team: Princess Williams, Douglass; Jaila Jordan, Millwood; Breanna Burnett, Centennial; Marshay Walker, John Marshall; Victoria Vickers, Classen SAS; Honesty Norton, Northeast Third team: Taliya Farry, Star Spencer; Nykiah Hines, Millwood; Azalariah Jones, Northwest Classen; Jasmine Richey, Douglass; Taliyah Wallace, Southeast Honorable mention Capitol Hill: Jhavonna Miller; Centennial: Dai-Quana Echo-Hawk; John Marshall: Myka Mullin, Joanae Vann; Northeast: Tashiana Easley, Lau-Ryn Moore; Northwest Classen: Meshiale Johnson; Southeast: D'Angela Hunter, Treasure Gordon; Star Spencer: Desiree Stephens; U.S. Grant: Brittany Hamilton.
Apr 9, 2016
In January 2007, mega-recruit Jimmy Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame, bypassing a final semester of high school to partake in spring practice with the Fighting Irish and get a jump on becoming the starting quarterback.Early enrollment was a rarity in college football at the time. Almost a decade later, it's commonplace.All but four teams in the Power Five conferences have at least one member of...
Fast track: Early enrollment now common in college football
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Apr 9, 2016In January 2007, mega-recruit Jimmy Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame, bypassing a final semester of high school to partake in spring practice with the Fighting Irish and get a jump on becoming the starting quarterback. Early enrollment was a rarity in college football at the time. Almost a decade later, it's commonplace. All but four teams in the Power Five conferences have at least one member of the 2016 freshman class already enrolled and practicing, a total of more than 250 players. West Virginia, North Carolina State and Florida have the most freshmen early enrolled this year with nine each. Now a highly touted quarterback recruit from Alabama is taking early enrollment a step further. Jake Bentley announced this week he will skip his senior year of high school altogether and enroll at the University of South Carolina this summer. While players who have enrolled early say it increased their ability to play as freshmen and gave them a head start on earning credits toward graduation, some in college sports wonder, what's the rush? "I don't think there's any way that it's in the best interest of quality preparation for college to go early," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, head of the NCAA's football oversight committee. "I think it's also fair to assert that not all of the kids that are doing this are excellent students. Just the fact that they were able to get out of high school early doesn't make them necessarily ready for college." At first, most early enrollees were quarterbacks. No position requires more mental preparation. Clemson star DeShaun Watson got on the fast track after his sophomore year of high school, with the encouragement of then-Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Watson had to give up a final season of high school basketball but knew football was his future. "I missed my friends, my last semester of high school and all the memories, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "I wanted to play as a freshman." Watson was Clemson's starter by game four of his freshman season. Only injuries held him back after that. Watson, from Gainesville, Georgia, about 90 miles from Clemson, South Carolina, attended prom and graduation, and every other weekend went home to watch the basketball team play during that first college semester. "Coach (Dabo) Swinney does a great job," Watson said. "He let all the mid-year guys go back and experience that." Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said he doesn't recruit players with early enrollment in mind, but "I don't see anything wrong with it." "It's obviously a boost for the colleges," Rodriguez said. "They get a player and get him acclimated to the college system. We like it, but we leave it up to (the players)." He said the greatest benefits to players enrolling early come in the weight room. "Being with 100 football players and lifting in that competitive environment accelerates the maturation process," Rodriguez said. Watson said he went from 181 pounds when he got to Clemson to near 200 by the start of his freshman season. Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi will work with players interested in early enrollment, but he isn't as positive about the trend. "There's no reason to push the envelope on this," Narduzzi said. "You just finished your senior year, you're just starting to wind down and finish the last half of your senior year, whether it's playing another sport or enjoying the prom, just really enjoying being a high school student for one half year." Early enrollment is not just for quarterbacks any more. Tennessee coach Butch Jones used early enrollment to give his team a fast infusion of talent after going 5-7 in 2013, his first season in Knoxville. The Vols had 24 players enroll early from highly rated recruiting classes in 2014 and '15. "A lot of times, just the growth in one semester is the equivalent of a redshirt year," Jones said. "It's really been beneficial for us in really flipping our roster and turning our football program around." Tight end Ethan Wolf, a three-sport athlete from Minster, Ohio, was part of Tennessee's 2014 early enrollee class and started 11 games as a freshman. "Being from a small town, there's a lot of camaraderie on those teams. To have to leave your senior year of baseball and basketball is kind of a tough decision," Wolf said. "But when I weighed the options of the situation — we needed a tight end — that this is a big-time opportunity that I needed to capitalize on, everything fell into place." Players who early enroll can count toward the previous year's signing class, allowing a team to sign more than the NCAA limit of 28 in a year. "It's a creative way to manage your roster, but on the flip side of that, you're always paying with a credit card, too," new Rutgers coach and former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash said. "I don't think you necessarily go out and say, I'm only going to recruit guys that are going to be mid-year (enrollees) because that pool shrinks pretty fast." Bentley's situation drew national attention, but the circumstances are atypical. Bentley first played high school ball for his father, Bobby, in Duncan, South Carolina. When Bobby Bentley got a job on Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn, the family moved to Alabama and Jake played the last two seasons at Opelika High School. New South Carolina coach Will Muschamp hired Bobby Bentley as running backs coach this offseason. Instead of choosing a new high school in South Carolina or maybe staying behind to finish at Opelika, Jake Bentley decided to join his father — and compete for a starting quarterback job that is wide open. Bowlsby said early enrollment is among the many issues the oversight committee will consider when it meets this month and takes a comprehensive look at recruiting. "I wonder where it stops and when you might have the entire recruiting class starting in January?" Bowlsby said. "It's a troubling trend that needs to be examined." ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — On a weekend dominated by the school's basketball teams, Dino Babers gave Syracuse football fans a first glimpse of his hurry-up spread offense, and the Orange didn't disappoint in a lively spring scrimmage that lasted around two hours Saturday.When it was over, the crowd of just over 4,000 offered an appreciative applause that didn't go unnoticed."Considering that we've...
Dino Babers gives Syracuse fans 1st glimpse of new offense
By JOHN KEKIS, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2016SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — On a weekend dominated by the school's basketball teams, Dino Babers gave Syracuse football fans a first glimpse of his hurry-up spread offense, and the Orange didn't disappoint in a lively spring scrimmage that lasted around two hours Saturday. When it was over, the crowd of just over 4,000 offered an appreciative applause that didn't go unnoticed. "Considering that we've got two teams in the Final Four — a lot of young people jumped on a bus for a 25-hour ride to Houston — for us to get a turnout out of the community without the student body, I thought it was outstanding," said Babers, who replaced Scott Shafer in December. "I just wanted to see the flow, I wanted to see the communication. You can close your eyes and hear a good football team. I just wanted to make sure that the communication was out there that gives us a chance." Babers thought it was, and it was indeed fast-paced, with the quarterbacks getting the plays from the sideline as Babers, whistle in mouth, watched from behind the action. Just like an NBA game, mood music played at low volume during the entire scrimmage, which featured little hitting and lots of fake passes to disguise runs. Overall, the offense ran 155 plays, with Eric Dungey, Zack Mahoney, Austin Wilson and freshman Rex Culpepper taking snaps. Although Babers insisted nobody wins a job in spring, Dungey stood out as the clear front-runner to continue as the starter after his injury-plagued freshman season. Adjusting to a new staff and a new system is not a big deal for the sophomore. "You've got to adjust on the fly," Dungey said. "A new coaching staff, learning a new offense, they expect the highest of us. That's the good thing about it. Every year in high school I had a new coach, new offense. Then last year a new coach, new offense, this year a new coach, a new offense. I've never really had a year where I've had two years under an offense, so I'm looking forward to it." Dungey was 27 of 33 for 296 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception and displayed a nice sliding touch that will help keep him out of trouble when he runs or scrambles. He suffered at least two head injuries last year and received several other hard hits to the head that forced him to sit out the final three games of the 2015 season. Alvin Cornelius paced the receivers with five catches for 85 yards and three TDs, Brisly Estime also had five catches, with two going for scores, and Kenterius Womack had five catches for 82 yards and one TD as seven receivers scored at least once on passes. George Morris had 99 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored once, while Dontae Strickland rushed for 84 yards and one score on 12 carries. Moe Neal, rated as the best prospect of the incoming class, dazzled, gaining 76 yards on 15 carries and scoring four times. "When we started, it was a lot to take in," said Strickland, who also caught three passes for 18 yards. "When game time comes around at the start of the season, we'll be 150 miles an hour. Right now, we're doing pretty good." Antwan Cordy had perhaps the most impressive play of the day, a diving over-the-shoulder interception at the goal line of a long pass from Dungey. More than 20 potential recruits were on campus to check out the facilities, and Babers is expected to add graduate transfer Gabe Sherrod as well as class of 2016 signees Jaquwan Nelson, Joshua Black and Kendall Coleman in May. It's only April, but the mood on the Orange was noticeably different after the season finale in November, when Shafer won his last game as coach. The locker room wasn't a happy place then. It seems to be now. "We definitely feel a lot more confident this year as opposed to last year," linebacker Shyheim Cullen said. "It's the type of coaches that they are. Coach Babers is all about winning. That's the way it was with the old coaching staff, but this coaching staff is different. You can feel that aura that they have." ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ; follow Kekis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Greek1947
Dylan Cantrell’s finally getting to compete for a starting job, seven months after he expected to.The Texas Tech wide receiver says he has a clean bill of health after lower-back problems that cropped up in August derailed his 2015 season. The junior from Whitehouse, having not previously sat out, used it as a redshirt year.“Just having the opportunity to come back and be able to get after it...
Texas Tech football notebook: Cantrell ready to go after dealing with back problems
Don Williams, Associated Press | Mar 9, 2016Dylan Cantrell’s finally getting to compete for a starting job, seven months after he expected to. The Texas Tech wide receiver says he has a clean bill of health after lower-back problems that cropped up in August derailed his 2015 season. The junior from Whitehouse, having not previously sat out, used it as a redshirt year. “Just having the opportunity to come back and be able to get after it with (teammates) and compete with them has been a lot of fun,” Cantrell said after Tuesday’s spring-football workout, the Red Raiders’ first in pads. Cantrell caught 20 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns two years ago as a sophomore, showing a knack for making spectacular catches. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury pitted Reginald Davis against Cantrell for the starting flanker job, but that went kaput in preseason practice. “I had a lot of problems with SI (sacroiliac) function and some soft tissue damage,” Cantrell said. “Coming into fall camp last year, I was feeling really good — feeling like the best I’ve ever been. I landed on it a couple of times and it started acting up from there. It’s all good now.” In the weeks afterward, Cantrell said he was bothered by his back tightness. “But it’s feeling good now,” he said. “It’s all gone, so hopefully we can keep it that way.” Kingsbury said coaches wanted to be smart and cautious with Cantrell and didn’t let him do much in practice, either late last season or in bowl workouts. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Cantrell can be a weapon with his size and ability to make difficult catches, and Kingsbury said that’s returning. “He hasn’t had any issues with his back at all,” Kingsbury said. “He’s been full speed, gone out and made some plays that we’re accustomed to seeing him make. I’d say he’s a hundred percent.” Sadler sidelined Inside receiver Ian Sadler won’t do much during spring workouts as a consequence of the knee injury that sidelined him for three games in October last season. Sadler described it at the time as a hyperextension. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Sadler had “a procedure” on the knee. Coaches, aware of what he can do, won’t push him in spring practice. “He’s running,” Kingsbury said, “but he won’t practice. We’ll be able to use him in some walk-throughs, things like that — try and keep him mentally locked in — but he won’t practice. ... We didn’t feel like he was a hundred percent the entire year last so we want to get him a hundred percent before summer workouts.” Sadler had 42 catches, 596 yards and three touchdowns last year as a sophomore, when he started six games. With him slowed this spring, the “Y” inside receiver spot’s manned by sophomore Jonathan Giles, junior Zach Austin and redshirt freshman Donta Thompson. Who’s next? Jakeem Grant made The Associated Press All-America team last year as the third-team all-purpose player, and his departure leaves a void in the Texas Tech attack. Grant caught 90 passes for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year, threw a touchdown pass in a win at Arkansas, ran for the final TD in a victory at Texas and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Now quarterback Patrick Mahomes has to find a new security blanket. “So far, Cameron Batson’s been a great, great replacement,” Mahomes said after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s kind of the same type of guy. He’s gotten a lot of the little shorter routes down. And outside-wise, Dylan Cantrell, I played with him in high school, so I have the comfort of being able to have great timing with him on any route.” The praise for Batson wasn’t the first lately for the junior from Oklahoma City Millwood. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris touted him last week. “Cam’s the guy who I thought came on at the end of the year last year,” Morris said. “He’s had an incredible offseason. It’s Cam’s job to lose right now.” Batson caught 29 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown last season. The competition at his spot, “H” inside receiver, comes from mid-term junior-college transfer DaQuan Bowman and sophomore Keke Coutee. Highlight catch Except for a couple of scrimmages, Texas Tech spring practices are closed to the public and media. So it’s up to Kliff Kingsbury and his players to share the highlights. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II didn’t have to think long to come up with the most impressive catch of the first few days. “So far, the best one has to be Zach Austin, actually today,” Mahomes said. “He ran a post over the middle, had a guy right on him and dove full out — had a one-handed catch for a touchdown. That was the main play that stands out.” First-semester freshman Jett Duffey made the throw. Austin made strides last season, advancing from walk-on to scholarship player to an eight-catch, 110-yard performance with a touchdown in the Red Raiders’ loss to Baylor and an eight-catch, 80-yard game in a win at Kansas. firstname.lastname@example.org • 766-8734 Follow Don on Twitter @AJ_DonWilliams ——— ©2016 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000158023,g000222672,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — As a boy, Joshua Smith played disc golf before he even knew what disc golf was."Growing up, I liked to throw Frisbees," Smith said. "I used to play Frisbee golf that my dad taught me. We would pick a spot where we would throw from, and we would pick a place that would be a hole, like a tree or a garbage can, and use those Wham-O Frisbees."These days, Smith, who is...
A hole in one: Fairmont holds annual disc golf tournament
By MARY WADE BURNSIDE, Associated Press | Feb 20, 2016FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — As a boy, Joshua Smith played disc golf before he even knew what disc golf was. "Growing up, I liked to throw Frisbees," Smith said. "I used to play Frisbee golf that my dad taught me. We would pick a spot where we would throw from, and we would pick a place that would be a hole, like a tree or a garbage can, and use those Wham-O Frisbees." These days, Smith, who is president of the West Virginia Disc Golf Association and a sponsored professional disc golf player, uses a selection of different-sized discs with names similar to golf clubs, such as drivers, midrangers and putters, instead of Wham-O Frisbees. In lieu of a tree or a garbage can, he and his fellow disc golfers aim to toss their drivers, midrangers and putters into baskets in as few throws as possible. And in February, even if the snow might be a foot deep, Smith and his fellow players prepared to participate in the 12th annual Fairmont Ice Bowl & Chili Cook-Off on Feb. 20. "We like to say, 'No wimps and no whiners,'" Smith said. "We played in a storm once. I was playing in 2 feet of snow. It was one of the most snowy Ice Bowls. It was a state of emergency, and we still played. f we can get there, we play." "No wimps, no whiners" is the slogan of the national Ice Bowl (icebowlhq.com), an organization that encourages disc golf events to be held in January or February with the specific goal of raising funds and awareness to combat hunger issues. The Fairmont Ice Bowl always has been played to support the Soup Opera, an organization in Fairmont that offers a hot meal and other daily necessities to homeless people. In 2015, there were 238 Ice Bowl events around the country — the most that ever had been held, according to the website. A total of 44,184 was raised. In 2015, $2,408 of that came from the West Virginia Disc Golf Association's event. Smith estimates that during the course of 12 years, about $16,000 has been raised for the Soup Opera. Disc golf is a fast-growing sport nationwide. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association's website, www.pdga.com/, although instances of people playing informally — as Smith did in his youth — can be found throughout the 20th century, disc golf seemed to get its start as an organized sport in the late 1960s and 1970s. The sport has become popular in the region in part because of the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Complex, which features two 18-hole courses — the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course and Orange Crush, the latter of which is in a more wooded area to make for a more challenging game. The complex and the first course were named for Seth Burton, a Fairmont Senior High School cross country runner, said his father, Phil Burton. Seth was killed in a car accident in 1998 on the day of a cross country meet when he was nearly 18 years old. Seth actually did not play disc golf, but he was a fan of Ultimate Frisbee, kind of a non-contact Frisbee type of football, his dad said. The idea took shape because Phil and his wife, Rebecca, wanted to do something to memorialize their son but realized that a teen center, their first choice, was out of reach financially. "So a friend, an avid disc golfer, suggested this would be an idea," Burton said. "We always wanted a place to remember him and disc golf seemed to fit everything we wanted to accomplish." The Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course was created in 2002; Orange Crush came five years later in 2007. "It's a continuing effort to memorialize our son," Burton said. "The city of Fairmont owns Morris Park, and they have let us do what we wanted to do." The course is well-known regionally and players come from out-of-state to play in PDGA tournaments. There will be four PDGA tournaments held this year there: Mellow Day in May on May 21; Fairmont Flyers Club Championship on June 18; West Virginia on July 16-17; and the Seth Burton Memorial on Sept. 17-18. Other disc golf courses in the area include nine-hole courses at Veterans Memorial Park in Clarksburg and at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, as well as 18-hole course at WVU Jackson's Mill and Dorsey's Knob Park in Morgantown. Burton plays disc golf and, like Smith, is a member of the Fairmont Flyers disc golf league. He noted that disc golf is a good activity for all ages. "It's good for almost anyone," he said. "It's a lifetime sport. My father-in-law plays and he's in his mid-80s. It can be competitive or it can be mostly for fun. If you can walk and throw a disc, you can do it." Smith got into disc golf when a course was built in his hometown of Parkersburg. Now he carries a bag that features about 16 discs of various sizes as he determines which would be the best one for a certain shot or hole. Unlike traditional Frisbees, the disc golf discs "throw further and allow for more control and allow for different shots," Smith said. "You can throw side hand, overhand, backhand, sidearm rollers. People throw rollers that go really far. You would be amazed." Smith has a job doing IT work for Pierpont Community & Technical College and also is good enough to have professional sponsors who support his play. "There are definitely people that don't have to work that play disc golf for a living," Smith said. And just like the discs take on similar names as golf clubs, so do the shots. "We use a lot of borrowed language from ball golf, from birdies to bogies to ace and hole in one." On that note, this year, taking advantage of that fact, another way to raise funds was added to allow players to buy as many "mulligans" — or do-overs — for $1 prior to the start of the Ice Bowl. "It's like insurance," Smith said. "We've added $200 or $300 in mulligans every year and maybe more because people are going mulligan crazy." ___ Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com
Feb 15, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Deshaun Watson is on schedule to have his communications degree in hand by this time a year from now, after his junior season.Clemson's dual-threat quarterback also hopes to take care of some unfinished business by then and have a national championship trophy to go with it.On Monday night, Watson accepted the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback. He was...
Clemson QB Watson has O'Brien Trophy and unfinished business
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Feb 15, 2016FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Deshaun Watson is on schedule to have his communications degree in hand by this time a year from now, after his junior season. Clemson's dual-threat quarterback also hopes to take care of some unfinished business by then and have a national championship trophy to go with it. On Monday night, Watson accepted the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback. He was the first player in FBS history with more than 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Watson had 478 total yards in the College Football Playoff championship game, but the Tigers went down 45-40 to Alabama for their only loss of the season. "That was our goal, we wanted to be legendary. There had never been a 15-0 team," Watson said. "We wanted to set a new standard. We were just a couple of plays away from against probably, they say, one of the best teams Alabama has ever had." The Tigers had talked about going 15-0 since the start of practice last fall. This time, they are already starting to focus on what they need to do to finish that goal next season. Watson said he hasn't decided yet if next season will be his last at Clemson before going into the NFL draft. "I won't make that decision until the end of the season, whenever that final game is, and depending on if I stay healthy and how good of a season this is," he said. "My main focus is training hard and putting on my weight and getting this whole team on the right page to finish that unfinished business we need to finish. The NFL and all that stuff, I'm not even going to worry about it. ... I only get to experience this college football once. I want to live it up while I can." After Watson arrived in North Texas on Sunday for the O'Brien ceremony, the first place he went was to the home of SMU coach Chad Morris, who before last season had been Clemson's offensive coordinator and recruited Watson to play for the Tigers. Morris arrived at Clemson in January 2011, and the first time he saw Watson was as a high school freshman while watching film of potential recruits. After watching one clip when Watson dropped back to pass, rolled to his right and extended a play with his feet, Morris was impressed enough to watch another clip. The coach noticed the zip on the ball when the prep freshman threw it, so he watched more and saw how Watson carried out his fake after handing off. "From that point, it was like this kid had something to him," said Morris, who attended Monday night's ceremony. And that was before Morris had even met Watson in person. They became so close that in the early-morning hours the eve of the national championship game last month, when Watson couldn't sleep, the quarterback called his former coach to talk about anything other than football. "He's special," Morris said. Notes: Craig Morton, the first NFL quarterback to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl (Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos), was honored Monday with the Davey O'Brien Legends Award. He was presented by Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, his former Cowboys teammate. ... Verne Lundquist, the current chairman of the Davey O'Brien national selection committee and lead play-by-play announcer for SEC games on CBS Sports, received the Charles Ringler Founder's Award.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Don't blame Bryan Howard if he savors the moment a little longer when he makes his debut as the head coach of the NOC Enid Lady Jets softball team today against Pratt, Kan., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Pratt, Kan., at Failing Field.He certainly paid his dues to make his living in a profession where he got a late start. He always dreamed of being a coach, but family obligations led him to...
Campbell: NOC Enid's Howard has come a long way
Bruce Campbell, Associated Press | Feb 6, 2016Don't blame Bryan Howard if he savors the moment a little longer when he makes his debut as the head coach of the NOC Enid Lady Jets softball team today against Pratt, Kan., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Pratt, Kan., at Failing Field. He certainly paid his dues to make his living in a profession where he got a late start. He always dreamed of being a coach, but family obligations led him to go into the tiling business he learned from his father growing up in Henryetta. Ten years after graduating from Henryetta High in 1991, he and high school buddy Corey Pitts (who once coached at Medford and now is at Canadian) decided to go back to school at Northeastern State to follow that dream. For years, he went to school in the day, was a volunteer football coach at Broken Arrow, coached his daughters traveling teams and then worked until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. setting tile. The sacrifices have been worth it so far as he's led Washington and Mustang to high school state championships. "I have a different level of appreciation of where I am because of what I went through,'' Howard said. "It was not easy, but I never stopped coaching. I did a lot of coaching for free ... whatever I could do to get my foot in the door.'' The work was worth it to get the degree to open more doors. "I was a lay coach at Broken Arrow (in football) and I would watch other guys that I would out-work,'' he said. "I knew the only difference between me and you is a piece of paper, that degree. It drove me nuts. I was motivated to keep pushing and I finally got it done.'' That experience caused him not to be the typical coach. "When you see me on the field, I won't be that quiet softball coach,'' he said. "Maybe that football attitude comes out. I've been told I have great passion in what I do and I think the players feed off that. I coach softball like I coach football. I don't hide anything. My girls believe I will coach them up and will get them do do things they normally couldn't accomplish.'' He believes that's the way his Mustang team, with five freshmen starters, was able to beat Broken Arrow in the 2014 Class 6A state finals. He said his No. 1 priority is creating a "family atmosphere'' where players put teammates above themselves. He said that translates into greatness. "Broken Arrow was probably more talented than we were, but we were the closer team and that's the team that wins,'' he said. That family atmosphere extends beyond in the field in helping each other in a team-mandatory study hall and community service. The team has visited residents in nursing homes and participated in Valentine's Day related activities there. He was ready for his biggest adjustment to college — recruiting — which he did while coaching traveling teams. He built up contacts at both the high school and summer ball level. Howard said as a coach he has to adjust to adapt to different trends. "I'm doing all the same things that I've done at the other places,'' Howard said. "There's a big difference in the level of maturity at this level. It makes coaching that much better. I'm really fortunate to have leaders like Jamie (Lowrie), Brooke (Tate) and Peyton (Calhoun) to show me stuff. They have coached me as much as I've coached them. I've been around good ball for a long time and I think I can recognize what good ball looks like. We definitely have it here.'' He is brash about recruiting for NOC Enid and the advantages it has been in a bigger area than most of his rivals. He likes having an artificial turf field and an indoor facility. "I'm not afraid to tell the other schools that we're better than Seminole State or Connors,'' he said. "Our city is better. We have a mall, a Buffalo Wild Wings ... a nice downtown .... it's easy to sell.'' Another big draw is the longevity of fellow coaches Scott Morris (women's basketball), Greg Shamburg (men's basketball) and Raydon Leaton (baseball) who have been at the school since Day 1. He grew up one of seven brothers, but now he's surrounded by women with two daughters — Kristan, 23 and Tymber, 20 and two granddaughters. "If I need advice, I can go to them,'' Howard said "Having two daughters that age has given me more of an edge and I use it in recruiting. It's more natural for me to work around.'' Campbell is a sports reporter at the News & Eagle.
Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams:___ILLINOISTop 25 class: No.Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland.Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida.Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon.One...
Big Ten football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams: ___ ILLINOIS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland. Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida. Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon. One that got away: Several players recently de-committed amid the turmoil in the program, among them Tre Johnson, OL, Orlando, Florida, who chose Miami. How they'll fit in: After playing essentially without tight ends last fall, Illinois signed three players at the position, including Holcombe, one of the top 40 or so in the country. If he can play right away, that could be a big help to the Illini attack. Also important will be the 13 defensive players and whether they can add much-needed depth. ___ INDIANA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron, Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. ___ IOWA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Nathan Stanley, QB, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Stanley will likely be the most scrutinized player in this class over the next few years. Stanley shunned his home-state Badgers for Iowa, and at 6-foot-4 he looks like a prototypical pro passer in Iowa's system. It could be years before Stanley sees the field, with Tyler Wiegers set to take over for Beathard in 2017 and second-year freshmen Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook behind him. Best of the rest: Defensive ends Cedrick Lattimore, a 250-pounder out of Detroit, and Illinois product Romeo McKnight, could be next in line to blossom along Iowa's front. Running back Toks Akinribade had plenty of offers and Alaric Jackson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle who also played basketball, soccer, baseball and track. Iowa's best linemen have traditionally been multi-sport stars in high school. Late addition: Alaric Jackson, OL, Detroit. He reportedly turned down a late offer from Michigan. One that got away: U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick John Raridon of West Des Moines, Iowa, turned down Iowa and Iowa State in favor of Nebraska. How they'll fit in: Iowa brings back a ton of talent from last season's Big Ten West-winning team and the Hawkeyes usually redshirt most of their freshmen anyway. But Iowa will likely look for a few of them to contribute on special teams. ___ MARYLAND Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Davis, OG, Hyattsville, Maryland Best of the rest: Tino Ellis, WR, Hyattsville, Maryland, Richard Merritt, OL, Silver Spring, Maryland, Adam McLean, DT, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Late addition: Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, Pinson, Alabama. Pigrome, the Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year, announced his decision Wednesday. One that got away: Recruited by former Maryland coach Randy Edsall, standout QB Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment to Ohio State last month. Returning QB Perry Hills threw 13 INTs compared to eight TD passes in 2015, so getting Pigrome and QB Max Bortenschlager (Indiana) was very important. How they'll fit in: Many of these players will have an opportunity to play immediately as new coach DJ Durkin looks to put his stamp on the struggling program. ___ MICHIGAN Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: DT Rashan Gary chose Michigan over Clemson and Southeastern Conference schools such as Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn. He is the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008, when Terrell Pryor went to Ohio State. Best of the rest: Devin Asiasi, who played for traditional power De La Salle High School in California, will get a chance to make a lot of plays because coach Jim Harbaugh loves having his quarterbacks throw to tight ends. The 6-4, 265 Asiasi is rated as one of the best players at his position in the country. Late addition: Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Georgia, was added relatively recently to the class. He will get a chance to play right away because Michigan will lose some linebackers to graduation. One that got away: Donnie Corley, a wide receiver from Detroit, chose to enroll at Michigan State last month. How they'll fit in: Even though Gary will be in the spotlight next fall, he will be able to ease into a role with a team that has a lot of depth on the defensive line. ___ MICHIGAN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Donnie Corley, WR-CB, Detroit Best of the rest: Josh King, DE, Darien, Ill. Late addition: Luke Campbell, OL-DL, Lewis Center, Ohio One that got away: Michael Jordan, OL, Canton, Mich., who signed with Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The Spartans have to replace QB Connor Cook after last season's run to the national semifinals. Although Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry have been with the program for a while, both are unproven. Michigan State added QB Messiah deWeaver of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Corley could provide immediate help to a receiving corps that loses Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings from last season's team. ___ MINNESOTA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Carter Coughlin, LB, Eden Prairie, Minn. Best of the rest: QB Seth Green, Allen, Texas; Tyler Johnson, WR, Minneapolis North HS; Garrison Wright, OL, Butler CC (Kansas); Sam Schlueter, OL, Victoria (Minnesota)/Mayer Lutheran HS; Kamal Martin, LB, Burnsville (Minnesota) HS; Philip Howard, WR, Minneapolis/Robbinsdale Cooper HS; Coney Durr, CB, Geismar (Louisiana) Dutchtown HS; Thomas Barber, LB, Plymouth (Minnesota)/Robbinsdale Armstrong HS; Vincent Calhoun, OL, Southwest Mississippi CC; Merrick Jackson, DL, Iowa Western CC. Late addition: Mark Williams, QB, Jackson (Alabama) HS. One that got away: Dedrick Snelson, WR, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Signed with Central Florida. How they'll fit in: Green will compete with sophomore Demry Croft to be the backup to Mitch Leidner. Calhoun (335 pounds) and Wright (318 pounds) could be in the starting lineup right away. Johnson and Martin are converted QBs marking a focus on athleticism. ___ NEBRASKA Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Lamar Jackson, CB, Elk Grove, California. He's a top-100 national recruit and Nebraska's highest-rated West Coast signee in more than a decade. With Jackson and safety Marquel Dismuke of Calabasas, California, among the five defensive backs in the fold, the Cornhuskers met their needs in the secondary. Best of the rest: John Raridon, OL, West Des Moines, Iowa. The 6-4, 271-pound guard is the top offensive line recruit and the son of former Nebraska offensive tackle Scott Raridon. Late addition: Matt Farniok, OT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bo Pelini staff started pursuing the 6-foot-5, 319-pounder two years ago and Riley's staff picked up the chase before landing his commitment a week ago. One that got away: Nebraska thought it had locked up four-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick of Waterford, Michigan. That was before Fitzpatrick took a visit to Louisville. He announced he would become a Cardinal on Tuesday. The Huskers are left with two receivers in the class. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on QB Patrick O'Brien in spring practice. It would be premature to say he could challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong, but he's well-positioned to be the No. 2 QB come fall. Raridon and Farniok beef up the offensive line, and Jackson and Dismuke could play right away. ___ NORTHWESTERN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Roderick Campbell Jr., DB, St. Louis. Best of the rest: Jeremy Larkin, RB, Cincinnati; Riley Lees, WR, Libertyville, Illinois; Bennett Skowronek, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Aidan Smith, QB, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Late additions: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, WR, Minneapolis. One that got away: Defensive tackle Jovan Swann from Greenwood, Indiana, picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: With the losses of receivers Miles Shuler and Christian Jones to graduation, Lees, Skowronek and Chiaokhiao-Bowman have the chance to get playing time early. ___ OHIO STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Nick Bosa, DL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The spitting image of his older brother, former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder may step right into the spot vacated by his sibling. Best of the rest: Austin Mack, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 6-2, 210-pounder can help fill the void following the loss of Michael Thomas, one of nine Ohio State underclassmen leaving early for the pros. Late addition: Malcolm Pridgeon, OL, Nassau County (N.Y.) Community College. The 6-8 303-pounder chose Ohio State over Baylor on signing day. One that got away: Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus, New Jersey. The nation's No. 1 recruit is headed to Michigan, a signing that Wolverines fans will undoubtedly tout as a victory over the Buckeyes as Harbaugh tries to close the talent gap between the bitter enemies. How they'll fit in: Coach Urban Meyer has already identified Bosa and Jonathon Cooper, a 6-2, 234-pound defensive end from Gahanna, Ohio, as freshmen who will get playing time next season. ___ PENN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: At 5-11, 200 pounds, four-star running back Miles Sanders of Pittsburgh is the key recruit in James Franklin's class. Best of the rest: Shane Simmons, a 6-4, 221-pounder, could make an immediate impact at defensive end and just might end up giving Sanders a run as the best player in the class. Late addition: Junior-college DT Brenon Thrift can help replenish reserves on defensive line with Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney moving on and recent decommitments from DTs Karamo Dioubate and Michael Dwumfour. One that got away: S Andrew Pryts of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, flipped to Stanford on signing day. How they'll fit in: Penn State had to tread water under Franklin in the waning days of the NCAA sanctions. With a full class and full complement of players available at every position, perhaps Big Ten contention is on the horizon. ___ PURDUE Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Landers, WR, Dayton, Ohio. The 6-foot-4 receiver could give the offense a new dimension in 2016, and if he does the Boilers will finally have a solid nucleus of skill position players. Best of the rest: Simeon Smiley, DB, Pensacola, Florida. The transition to college is easier for freshmen to make at safety than cornerback and at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Smiley has the build to make an impact. Late addition: Rob Simmons, DE, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 6-6, 216-pounder waited until the final week to pick Purdue. One that got away: Dylan Powell, OL, Hannibal, Missouri. Powell announced three weeks ago he was looking for other options and wound up choosing Stanford. How they'll fit in: The Boilermakers are losing both starting cornerbacks and may need some of those young DBs on the field in 2016. Barry Larkin and Lorenzo Neal won't be the only junior college players vying for playing time. Jalen Neal, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman, could, too. __ RUTGERS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Tylin Oden, QB, Columbia, Tennessee. While starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense. Best of the rest: Trey Sneed, RB, Orange Park, Fla. He had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. Late addition: Ahmed Bah, WR, New York City. He helped Grand Street Campus to a 13-0 record and the school's first-ever New York Public Schools Athletic League State Championship. One that got away: Patrice Rene, DB. He committed to Rutgers in early August but changed his mind after Kyle Flood was fired. He will attend North Carolina. How they'll fit in: First-year coach Chris Ash's guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who had character, intelligence, toughness and would compete. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams. ___ WISCONSIN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: DL Garrett Rand earned an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Rand, who had 92 tackles and 15 sacks as a high school senior, would also give a relatively young position group even more depth. Best of the rest: RB Sam Brodner of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was one of his state's top players last season. P Anthony Lotti was recruited from Flowery Branch, Georgia and figures to play right away. Late addition: DBs Caesar Williams and Deron Harrell. Harrell might not join the program until January 2017. One that got away: Touted running back prospect Antonio Williams dropped his verbal commitment to Wisconsin in October to commit to Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The sting of losing Williams is eased a bit with the late addition of Brodner, plus the return of Corey Clement to the Wisconsin backfield in 2016. There is depth at the position with Clement joining fellow returnees Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — With record-setting Nate Sudfeld graduating, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson needed to find a quarterback who could play right away and another he could groom one for the future.He got both in this year's 21-player recruiting class.Wilson signed one of the top junior college players, Richard Lagow, in December and got Patrick Ramsey, an incoming freshman from Cincinnati...
Hoosiers have 2 quarterbacks ready to replace Sudfeld
Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — With record-setting Nate Sudfeld graduating, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson needed to find a quarterback who could play right away and another he could groom one for the future. He got both in this year's 21-player recruiting class. Wilson signed one of the top junior college players, Richard Lagow, in December and got Patrick Ramsey, an incoming freshman from Cincinnati Elder, on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Lagow has a strong arm and can be an evasive runner and will be the front-runner to replace Sudfeld. If Lagow lives up to the hype, the Hoosiers should continue their steady ascent. That should give them enough time to help Ramsey figure out what it takes to become a Big Ten starter. The Hoosiers also signed Jayme Thompson, a 6-foot-2 junior college safety who started his career at Ohio State, and running back Kiante Enis, a late add who could play multiple positions. Enis rushed for 7,014 yards and 98 TDs in high school and is the nephew of former college star and NFL player Curtis Enis. Indiana signed four offensive linemen, all of whom weigh at least 270 pounds, and five defensive backs. And the Hoosiers improved their versatility by bringing in three players tabbed as athletes. Other things to know: Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. __ For the full list: http://iuhoosiers.com/index.aspx?path=football&
Jan 9, 2016
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Coker watched his last national championship game from the sidelines on crutches, and wouldn't have played anyway.Then the quarterback transferred from Florida State to Alabama and found himself effectively a spectator for another contender. Another lost position battle, with the clock ticking on his college career.That's Coker's backstory, an improbable journey to the brink...
Bama's Coker finally gets to play central role for contender
By JOHN ZENOR, Associated Press | Jan 9, 2016PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Coker watched his last national championship game from the sidelines on crutches, and wouldn't have played anyway. Then the quarterback transferred from Florida State to Alabama and found himself effectively a spectator for another contender. Another lost position battle, with the clock ticking on his college career. That's Coker's backstory, an improbable journey to the brink of college football's pinnacle: The national championship. This time he's QB 1 and a team captain heading into Monday night's title game against Clemson and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson. "I think it's made me appreciate this year way more than most guys appreciate it," Coker said Saturday. It's something he grew up dreaming of in his backyard in Mobile, Alabama, leading his boyhood team to a national title. Even for a one-year starter, that would mean a sacred spot in Alabama lore. The Tide arrived at this point in no small part because of Coker's season-long evolution as a quarterback. He's gone from a bit of a gunslinger throwing too many interceptions to more of the Alabama QB prototype with a pristine, playmaking turn in the semifinal rout of Michigan State. Switch his jersey number from 14 to 10, and it could easily have been fellow St. Paul's Episcopal School product AJ McCarron, who led the Tide to national championships in 2011 and 2012. When Michigan State loaded up to stop Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Derrick Henry, Coker delivered his best game. He went a Winston- and McCarron-like 25-of-30 passing for a career-high 286 yards and two touchdowns. Afterward, Henry gave the ultimate compliment on Twitter to a player who's been ostensibly the guy behind the guy to two Heisman winners: "#JakeCoker4Heisman!" Coker had lost out to Winston — the eventual No. 1 NFL draft pick — at Florida State. Hardly a knock on his own abilities. He was still recovering from a knee injury when Florida State beat Auburn in the 2013 championship game. Ask him about that experience now, and Coker mentions the similarities between those Seminoles and the current Tide team. He mostly skirts any frustrations or concerns about his career he might have been feeling, quickly turning the personal back to the collective. But there's no question he's happy with where his college days are ending. "Five years ago, I never thought I'd be in the position I'm in now," Coker said. "It's pretty special, and looking at it now there's no place I'd rather end up. I think it made me a lot better, a lot stronger, the things I've been through. "It makes things a little easier. Things that used to be a big deal aren't as big. I'm just having the time of my life right now playing for Alabama." That part didn't come easy, either. He lost another position battle to quarterback-turned-running back-turned quarterback Blake Sims, who wound up setting the Tide's single-season passing record but was mostly unknown at the time. That left Coker with one more chance. This time he came out on top. Coker forced the ball at times early in the season, throwing six interceptions in his first six games and even getting replaced as the starter in the loss to Mississippi. He's only thrown two picks in the last seven games. "I might have put a little bit too much pressure on myself because it was my last year," said Coker, who's completing 73 percent of his passes over the past 10 games. "If it didn't happen, it wasn't going to happen. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I just wanted to get the job done so bad. Thank goodness it's turned out the way it has." Along the way, Coker became respected enough that his teammates voted him one of the permanent captains, along with Henry, center Ryan Kelly and linebacker Reggie Ragland. "He had to earn the trust of other people, earn their respect," Kelly said. "He never pushed for it. That's just the kind of guy he was. It just kind of happened because of the moral character that he brings every day. As much success as he's had on the field, he's also grown so much off the field with the leadership. Everybody trusts him." David Morris, Coker's private quarterback coach since high school, doesn't think his pupil has even approached his talent ceiling yet, not with just one season as a starter. Coker's already dealt with the hard part: The waiting. "I think when you look back on those moments — I mean, it hurt, it wasn't easy — but you see a lot of patience, you see a great teammate and you see class," Morris said. "But you also see something brewing inside of him that's very unique and very authentic. And you kind of see that fire every week, in my opinion." Alabama's hoping it's on full display Monday night.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 29, 2015
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked if there are people in his life who talks straight to him. Mayfield was quick to answer. Ty Darlington.
Oklahoma football: Center Ty Darlington keeps quarterback Baker Mayfield grounded
By Ryan Aber Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org and Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Dec 29, 2015OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked if there are people in his life who talks straight to him. Mayfield was quick to answer. Ty Darlington. “Oh yeah, my center does a great job of that,” Mayfield said. “That's our relationship. We keep each other humble. We have fun with it.” Darlington said he's proud that he made the list. “That's what I'm trying to do here,” Darlington said. “I'm trying to keep his head from exploding. I tell him the simple things, like ‘you're not good-looking' or ‘you're not that good of a quarterback.' “We're very very mean and very personal to each other. You couldn't print some of the things he's told me on a daily basis. He hurts my feelings some times. He really does. It's all in fun. He's one of my very best friends. Love the dude to death.” In all seriousness, Darlington does keep Mayfield grounded. “So even though we make fun of each other and give each other a hard time, we know it's not all too serious,” Mayfield said. “We hold each other to a high standard. Every once in a while, he'll tell me I need to settle down on the field, but that's because he's a veteran, and I respect that.” MAYFIELD: ‘NOT PAYING ATTENTION’ TO PATTERSON A day after Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said TCU “hung me out to dry” in the recruiting process, he didn’t get drawn into a prolonged back and forth after Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson responded later Monday. “If he wanted to blame TCU for 128 BCS schools not offering him a scholarship, that’s fine,” Patterson told Campus Insiders’ Bonnie Bernstein. “But ask Kliff Kingsbury why he didn’t offer him a scholarship at Texas Tech. Ask about Baker’s dad. He’s an arrogant guy who thinks he knows everything. If people knew the whole story, they might not have a great opinion of Baker or his father.” Mayfield, who has a history of using slights as motivation, didn’t bite when asked about Patterson’s response. “I’m not paying attention to that,” Mayfield said. “This week is all about the Orange Bowl. Media asked me a question about my recruiting process and I answered it and I was honest. Today is all about the Orange Bowl and playing a good opponent.” CLEMSON PLAYERS SENT HOME ESPN Upstate and the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reported Tuesday night that Clemson players Deon Cain, Jay Jay McCullough and Ammon Lakip failed drug test and were sent home from the Orange Bowl. Cain is a freshman wide receiver who has 34 catches for 582 yards and five touchdowns this season. Lakip was Clemson’s primary place-kicker in 2014 but has served mainly on kickoffs this season. McCullough is a backup tight end with 11 career catches, but none this season. CLEMSON PUNTER SURVIVES TONGUE LASHING Clemson punter Andy Teasdall became famous during the ACC championship game, when he “went rogue” and ran with a punt snap on 4th-and-15 from the Tiger 30-yard line. Teasdall gained just four yards, and North Carolina scored five plays later. Clemson eventually won the game 45-37, but coach Dabo Swinney went ballistic on the sidelines, ripping into Teasdall. “He's done it to other guys,” Teasdall said Tuesday at Orange Bowl Media Day. “I've been yelled at before by other coaches. Won't be the first one, won‘t be the last one. We're good. We're on good terms.” “I made a mistake. It happened. I'm a pretty low-key guy, not one to be the center of attention or anything.” Teasdall certainly was the center of attention when Swinney continually ripped into him. So much so that the next week, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich felt the need to address it with Swinney. “My punter — I don't have an explanation — just decided to do something on his own and put us in a bad spot and it cost us a touchdown,” Swinney said after that game. “I don't have an answer for it; he doesn't, either. We had a little, ‘I love you,' and ‘I love you back,' session. He got dialed back in. But there was no fake punt. Holy cow. It was just a young man making a really bad play. That's all I can say.” STRIKER LAUDS HIGH SCHOOL COACH Sean Callahan, Eric Striker's high school coach at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., is getting married soon. Striker will be one of the few former players invited. “That means a lot,” Striker said. “Coach Cal has had a lot of great players come through that program. A lot of guys who have made it to the D-I level, great athletes, and for me to get picked out of many … all them guys are phenomenal guys. “I think he's banking on my personality. That's why I got there.” Several of Striker's former high school teammates have tattoos of the Armwood logo. “I keep it in my heart,” Striker said. “I'm not a tattoo guy, but if I was, I would definitely have a tattoo. He's had a big impact on a lot of our young kids' lives and putting us in a place to be the best that we can be and D-I ready. I always say Armwood was like a mini-college. It was, the way he ran the program. Guys weren't late. Guys were meant to be on time. It was a system that you had to follow in order to be successful. “He made me into a winner.” MAYFIELD NOT SURPRISED BY MORRIS' RISE When Mayfield was a freshman at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, the head coach at the school was Chad Morris. Morris spent 2011-2014 as Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before being hired as SMU's head coach before the Russell Athletic Bowl last year. Mayfield hasn't been surprised by his quick rise. “He was at Lake Travis for two years and went 32-0,” Mayfield said. “You look at the athletes that come out of Lake Travis and you have some college players, but ultimately you can look at a school like a DeSoto or Longview or Dallas Skyline (and) you'll find about 10, 15 or more D-I athletes on those teams. “It's about the coaching. Those guys know what they're doing down there.” ROMANCE OVER OU quarterback Trevor Knight met Clemson cheerleader Rachell Wyatt during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl, and a romance ensued. They spent the July 4 weekend back in Orlando, at DisneyWorld. Alas, Knight and Wyatt no longer are an item. “I've communicated with her a little bit on the way down here,” Knight said. “They'll be down here for the game, so I'm sure we'll get a picture or something. She's a great girl.” WATSON WEARS FULLER PATCH Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson wears a patch on his jersey that no other Tiger wears. Below a Tiger paw and above an orange 4 is “FULLER,” with “1975” and “1978” just below. The patch is in honor of Clemson all-American quarterback Steve Fuller, who played for the Tigers in the ‘70s. Clemson retired Fuller's No. 4 in 1979, but Swinney called Fuller in summer 2014 and asked if he could offer the number to Watson, a ballyhooed freshman who wore that number in high school.
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2015Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
Dec 23, 2015
You can debate the greatest OU football team ever. 1949 is in the running. Those Sooners weren’t voted No. 1, but they went 11-0 with a senior-dominated team of World War II veterans. Epic players like Wade Walker and Jim Owens and Darrell Royal and George Thomas and Stan West. The 1955-56 teams were the meat of the 47-game winning streak. The Sooners went 11-0 in ’55 and 10-0 in ’56, with...
100 years ago, the 1915 Sooners were something special
Berry Tramel | Dec 23, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3999017[/img] You can debate the greatest OU football team ever. 1949 is in the running. Those Sooners weren’t voted No. 1, but they went 11-0 with a senior-dominated team of World War II veterans. Epic players like Wade Walker and Jim Owens and Darrell Royal and George Thomas and Stan West. The 1955-56 teams were the meat of the 47-game winning streak. The Sooners went 11-0 in ’55 and 10-0 in ’56, with scant close games. Jerry Tubbs and Tommy McDonald and Bo Bolinger and Clendon Thomas and Billy Krisher and Ed Gray and John Bell and Jimmy Harris and Bob Burris and Cecil Morris and Calvin Woodworth and Tom Emerson. The 1974-75 Sooners, who won also won back-to-back titles and went a combined 21-1. Dewey and Lee Roy Selmon. Joe Washington. Mike Vaughan. Jimbo Elrod. Tinker Owens and Billy Brooks. Randy Hughes. Rod Shoate. Zac Henderson. Terry Webb. John Roush. The 2000 Sooners, who certainly sport the best record in OU history, 13-0. Josh Heupel, Rocky Calmus, Roy Williams, Torrance Marshall, Quentin Griffin, J.T. Thatcher, Frank Romero. But another team belongs in the discussion. You never think of them and don’t know a thing about them. The 1915 Sooners went 10-0. One hundred years ago, football excellence came to the prairie town of Norman. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000007[/img] Bennie Owen coached the Sooners from 1905-26 and was a pioneer in every way. As a 17-year-old, Owen participated in the 1893 land run that opened the Cherokee Outlet in northern Oklahoma. Thirteen years later, Owen was the football coach at OU when the forward pass was legalized. Step aside, Mike Leach. Owen introduced the new weapon to this part of the country. In 22 seasons as the Sooner coach, Owen went 122-54-16. He was no less an impactful figure in OU history than Bud Wilkinson or Barry Switzer or Bob Stoops. But Owen’s best team was 1915. The 1914 Sooners went 9-1-1, outscored foes 440-96 and set the stage for 1915. OU football historian Harold Keith, in his magnificent book Oklahoma Kickoff, wrote that the ’15 team “swept all ten games on its schedule amid scenes of student adulation at Norman that are unrivaled to this writing (1948).” Football in 1915 was the driving force of college life in Norman, Keith wrote. The students took great pride in OU’s newfound reputation as a passing-game power. They would give the team a royal sendoff from the train station for road games. Students would attend practices. Football, even aside from games, served as entertainment on a campus with no student union with a billiard parlor, no movie theater, no golf course. OU’s student support was so grand in 1915, a cheerleader became an icon. Leslie “Knee” High of Cushing, who stood all of 5-foot-7, began the tradition of singing “There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” at OU pep rallies. That tradition lasted for decades. One of High’s sidekicks was Josh Lee, who became a U.S. senator. The Ruf Neks, still going strong as an OU spirit fraternity, first appeared in 1915. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000016[/img] In 1915, Owen had senior Forest “Spot” Geyer, who was dubbed a fullback but was OU’s great passer. Geyer attended Norman High School, then became a rare four-year star in those early days. Geyer would make all-American in 1915, joining Claude Reeds in 1913 as the first two Sooners so honored. Owen had to replace two great halfbacks off his 1914 team, Neil Johnson and Trim Capshaw, though Capshaw was eligible in 1915 for non-Missouri Valley Conference games. OU had left the Valley for the Southwest Conference in 1915. Owen found halfbacks in Rayburn Foster, a law-school senior; Frank McCain, an East Central University freshman; and Mike Swatek of Oklahoma City, who spent the previous season as a freshman at Kansas. Owen found a left tackle in Big George Anderson, a medical student who had been a fullback at Ardmore High School. At guard was Leon Phillips of Arapaho, the checkers champion of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Owen temporarily benched Phillips in the Texas game, and Phillips was so agitated, he vowed to prove he was a 60-minute player. The next week, Phillips made the first three tackles of the Kansas game. Twenty-three years later, Leon Phillips was elected the 11th governor of the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners routed Kingfisher College 67-0, Southwestern State 55-0 and Northwestern State 102-0. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000009[/img] The exhibition season ended. The next game was at Missouri. At a Wednesday pep rally, football alum Neil Johnson made a plea for blankets for the varsity squad, and almost $40 was collected. At that pep rally developed a famous battle cry, honoring the brothers Hott of Wakita. They were popular linemen; Willis Hott was nicknamed “Big Hott” and Oliver Hott was “Little Hott.” Three days later, on Oct. 16, 1915, the Sooners played in Columbia, 500 OU students assembled in downtown Norman, in front of Barbour’s Drug Store, to listen to the telegraphed play-by-play of the OU-Mizzou game. A rain storm came through and scattered the crowd into stores and under awnings, but 100 loyalists stayed on the street so as to not miss any action. There was plenty to cheer on Main Street. The Sooners won 24-0, with Geyer’s passes described by the Kansas City Star as “forty-yard hurls that looked more like punts than forward passes. Geyer had an 80-yard completion to McCain. Foster flipped a 20-yard completion to Montford “Hap” Johnson, whose grandson, Monty, would become quite famous in Sooner lore. Monty Johnson is the recruit that then-OU coach Jim Mackenzie visited in April 1967, the day Mackenzie died of a heart attack. Monty Johnson would sign with Texas and play against OU in 1968. Then Johnson transferred to OU and played against Texas. He’s the only known player to be on both sides of the Cotton Bowl showdown. That day in Columbia, OU finished 16 of 33 passing for 260 yards, which would be the equivalent of throwing for 1,700 yards in a game today. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000010[/img] When Keith Nichol was a hot Sooner quarterback recruit a few years ago (before transferring to Michigan State), I nicknamed him Kid Nichol, as a salute to the great old baseball pitcher Kid Nichols, who won 361 major league games in a career that spanned 1890-1906. I never knew there was a Kid Nichols-OU tie. But Kid Nichols was an old friend of Bennie Owen; they had become acquainted in Topeka, Kan., when Owen coached Washburn. Nichols attended the OU-Missouri game in 1915. “Hell, Bennie,” Nichols told Owen after the game, “that isn’t fair. That Geyer throws a football around like I throw a baseball.” OU president Stratton Brooks declared Monday a student holiday, cancelling classes, so the students could celebrate. The Ruf Neks dragged the tin hose cart that served as OU’s fire department and led a downtown parade. The celebrants followed the band to the Armory, where a dance was quickly organized, with an admission of 10 cents per head, as a fundraiser to send the band to the Texas game. That dance was in the morning. In the afternoon, the band organized another dance, and all told raised $175. The 22-member band was able to make the trip to Dallas for the game, which would be just the third between the Sooners and Longhorns played in Dallas. Dozens of OU students suddenly wanted to go to Dallas, too, but the Santa Fe railroad wouldn’t provide a special train without an advanced deposit of $1,000. High, the cheerleader, and student leaders set up about some serious fund-raising. A variety of endeavors raised just $400. The students asked if they could ride a Saturday morning train in four box cars, at $2 a head. The railroad declined, citing Interstate Commerce Commission rules. Then Dell Marsh, manager of the Norman Milling and Grain Company, guaranteed the money for the special train. Still, the price per student was a ghastly $9.15. Not everyone could afford it. Some tried jumping the rails, riding inclandestine in box cars or atop coach cars. Some were apprehended, some not. The unfortunate had to resort back to the telegraph in front of Barbour’s Drug Store. The game at Fair Park drew a monster crowd of 11,000. The Sooners were 4-0. The Longhorns were 3-0. Neither team had been scored upon. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000008[/img] The game was a thriller. It resembled a modern game, in that OU had a 14-13 lead late and Texas resorted to the forward pass for a rally. Keith noted that it took seven real minutes to play the final two game minutes. OU forged a 7-7 tie on McCain’s TD pass to Hap Johnson. Texas took a 13-7 lead. The Sooners threatened relentlessly, with Geyer throwing the ball over the field. Seventy-two years later, OU would play for the national championship with a team that finished the season with 780 yards passing. Total. On Oct. 23, 1915, Spot Geyer threw for 140 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Geyer threw a TD pass to Hap Johnson in the corner of the end zone for a 13-13 tie. With the rules of the day, OU had to kick the extra point from the spot where the touchdown was scored. Basically from the sideline. Geyer, perhaps a better kicker and punter than even passer, calmly booted the extra point from the most severe of angles. It was an epic game for Geyer. He completed 10 of 30 passes for 232 yards, and even “those passes he failed to get gave Texas supporters a mighty scare before the ball was grounded,” wrote the Dallas Morning News. Texas outgained OU 206-100 on the ground, but the Sooners’ Willis “Big” Hott wall over the field, corralling the loose Longhorn runners. He made six consecutive tackles in one spurt. OU won 14-13. Texas coach Dave Allerdice called it “the most thrilling exhibition of forward passing ever seen in the West.” When the Sooners arrived back in Norman on Sunday afternoon, 4,000 fans greeted them at the train station, spilling far back into Main Street. President Brooks, fearing a trend, urged High, the cheerleader, to persuade the students not to demand a Monday holiday. They settled for a barbeque of a steer on Monday afternoon at Boyd Field, OU’s home football turf. The town closed down. Keith wrote that businessmen, fans and students attended. Every player got an ice cream cone and a longhorn sandwich neatly tied with red and white ribbon. Faculty members Roy Hadsell and Edward Everett Dale — for whom the iconic Dale Hall is named on campus — wrote poems in honor of the occasion. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000011[/img] The amazing season wasn’t close to over. The next week, homecoming was born. Kansas came to town, and though the Missouri game of 1914 had been designated the homecoming game, formal adoption of homecoming for alums didn’t come until 1915. Kansas, which had tied OU in 1914, also was undefeated when it met the Sooners in ’15. KU took an early lead, but Geyer threw a deep pass to T. Howard McCasland, 55 yards in the air, a play that Spalding’s Guide would judge the longest heave of the college football season. McCasland became an Oklahoma oilman, and his family later would donate money to OU for the renovation of the OU Field House. The McCasland Field House is named in honor of the 1916 basketball captain who caught that 55-yard aerial. McCasland’s catch set up McCain’s touchdown, forging a 7-7 tie. Geyer ran for a touchdown, Hap Johnson returned a punt for a touchdown and OU eventually won 23-14. Geyer passed for 288 yards. I’m telling you, Jack Mildren in 1971, Josh Heupel in 2000, Jason White in 2003, Sam Bradford in 2008 and Baker Mayfield in 2015 had nothing on Forest “Spot” Geyer in 1915. Against Henry Kendall College, which became the University of Tulsa, OU was without Homer Montgomery and McCain, both injured. Henry Kendall College dominated the first half, but Geyer threw a long TD pass to Hap Johnson just before halftime to give the Sooners a 7-6 lead. But the Tulsans took a 13-7 lead, and an upset seemed likely. Then the Sooners resorted to a long drive on the ground, using halfback Trim Capshaw, the player ineligible for Missouri Valley games, and on fourth-and-goal from the Kendall 1-yard line, Capshaw bulled across. Geyer kicked the extra point, and the Sooners escaped 14-13. OU went to the Ozarks and blanked Arkansas 24-0, won 21-7 at Kansas State mostly with a ground game and beat Oklahoma A&M 26-7 in Stillwater. Owen tried to arrange a post-season game with unbeaten Nebraska, champion of the Missouri Valley, but that conference prohibited such contests. [img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4000012[/img] So ended a 10-0 Sooner season that would rank as OU’s greatest ever, until at least 1949. Of the Sooners’ seven major opponents, six were on the road. All-victorious and innovative. Hate to break the news to everyone, but OU in 1915 used a spread offense. Decades later, Trim Capshaw described to Harold Keith OU’s offense: “…ends hepped out wide and three good receiving backs placed up close enough to the line to spread quickly into the open spots. That way we had five receivers, all close to the scrimmage line, and in Geyer a forward passer fast enough to run away from enemy rushers and a deadly accurate thrower up to 50 yards. What would you use against that?” Keith estimates that OU averaged 30 passes a game with Geyer. “Oklahoma appears to have been the first football team in America to go in consistently for mass production of aerial play and to prove that the forward pass could be made a major unit of the offense in every game on the schedule with the forward passing yardage usually surpassing the running yardage … Owen’s Oklahomans of 1914 and 1915 were the pioneers. It was a glorious era. From 1911-15, Owen’s teams went 38-7-1, with 26 of the 31 games against major opponents played on the road. Of the 16 lettermen in 1915, 13 graduated from OU. Owen’s popularity soared. The 1916 OU yearbook was dedicated to Owen. Noted academicians Brooks, Edwin DeBarr and Albert Van Vleet all had automobiles. Soon enough, Owen had one, too, a Hudson Super-Six, purchased by students and fans. Harold Keith notes that Owen used that old car well. During the tough 1916 season, Owen turned on the Hudson’s lights and illuminated Boyd Field so the Sooners could practice well after dark.
Dec 19, 2015
Williams’ versatility led to him being used as a receiver, blocker and running back in short-yardage situations.
High school notebook: Illinois offers Mustang's Blake Williams
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Dec 19, 2015Illinois became the second Division I football program to offer a scholarship to Mustang tight end Blake Williams, who has been a late-rising prospect in the recruiting world after missing two seasons in high school. North Carolina offered the 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior last summer. Williams' versatility led to him being used as a receiver, blocker and running back in short-yardage situations. He finished with 25 catches for 378 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for two more scores. Williams missed the previous two seasons because of rare medical condition that disrupts the automatic functions of his nervous system. With the condition finally under control, he was able to play his senior season. Williams is one of three Division I prospects for the Broncos. Quarterback Chandler Garrett is verbally committed to Wyoming, and tight end Bryce Roberts has offers from New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin. KETCHUM'S JANWAY CHOSEN FOR USA FOOTBALL UNDER-19 TEAM Ketchum senior Garret Janway will participate in the International Bowl as part of the USA Football under-19 team next month. Janway, a 6-foot, 260-pound lineman, was selected for the team, which will compete against the Canadian national team Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. USA Football fields teams in five different age groups, from under-14 to under-19. Players practice together for a week prior to the games. COACHES RECOGNIZE BETHANY'S HUDSON HAWS IN DISTRICT AWARDS With several important awards to give out, the top of the list for the coaches of District 3A-2 was an easy selection. Before they got around to naming the top offensive or defensive players in the district, the coaches chose to make special recognition of injured Bethany linebacker Hudson Haws with the Courage Award. Haws suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and back during a game at Blanchard in late October. He is currently paralyzed below the chest and is undergoing treatment at Craig Hospital in Denver with hopes of regaining movement in his legs. In addition to their recognition of Haws, the district coaches chose Meeker running back Jake Standlee as the 3A-2 Player of the Year. Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman was named the Offensive Player of the Year and John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore earned the top defensive honor. Here's the full All-District list for 3A-2: Courage Award: Hudson Haws, Bethany Player of the Year: Jake Standlee, Meeker Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick McKaufman, Douglass Defensive Player of the Year: Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Alex Williams, Mount St. Mary; Xavier Canady, John Marshall Receiver of the Year: Levi Bagwell, Meeker Offensive Lineman of the Year: Kasey Wagoner, Douglass Co-Quarterbacks of the Year: Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Michael Nolen, Meeker Offensive Back of the Year: Archie Browne, Mount St. Mary Tight End of the Year: Ryan Trevino, Meeker Defensive End of the Year: Xavier Mason, Douglass Defensive Tackle of the Year: Stephen Giggers, John Marshall Co-Inside Linebackers of the Year: Dajon Wilkins, Douglass; Will Moore, Meeker Co-Outside Linebacker of the Year: Parker Williams, Blanchard; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary Co-Safeties of the Year: Landon Stout, Bethany; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard Cornerback of the Year: Dez Jackson, John Marshall Special Recognition for injured athlete: Cole Pinion, Bethany; Anthony Jackson, Douglass Coach of the Year: Lonny Nolen, Meeker All-District selections by team Douglass: Quasean Sims, Dominique Jones Bridge Creek: Cade Mitchell, Gio Pantajoa, Brett Hodges, Joe Morris, Ryan Getner, Zack Hodges, Johnny Ojeda, Christian Longin Bethany: Graham Croslin, Rob Greer, Dakota Snow, Brock Holliday, Robert Melkovitz, Bryton Schmitt Blanchard: Ashton Yeargin, Dylan Mercer, Hunter McDonald, Garrett Wehrer, Austin Gee Meeker: Austin Roberts, Kayden Edmonds, Jarrod Speight, Mason Lucas Mount St. Mary: Jack Turner, Blaine Elder, Ethan Cooksey John Marshall: Charles Young, Malik Hall, London Matthews, Isiah Clark, Jeremiah Patton, Greg Wright, Elijah Jackson HERITAGE HALL DOMINATES DISTRICT 3A-1 AWARDS Class 3A state champion Heritage Hall took home three of the four major District 3A-1 awards recently, with star Tevin McDaniel being named the MVP. Coach Brett Bogert was named Coach of the Year and powerful running back Terrell Love was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Cushing's Levi Herren was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive Player of the Year: Terrell Love, Heritage Hall Defensive Player of the Year: Levi Herren, Cushing Coach of the Year: Brett Bogert, Heritage Hall Quarterback of the Year: Kyler Patterson, Cushing Running Back of the Year: Chrys Bell, Perkins-Tryon Wide receiver of the Year: George Carvijall, Mannford; Drew Shults, Kingfisher Tight end of the Year: ShaBryan Baker, Centennial; Cole McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman of the Year: Adam Loftis, Cushing; Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Defensive tackle of the Year: Daniel Wall, Perkins-Tryon; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall Defensive end of the Year: Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon Inside linebacker of the Year: Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Jaron James, Mannford Outside linebacker of the Year: Mike McCleary, Blackwell; Brandon Ezell, Heritage Hall Defensive back of the Year: Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall; Dillon Longbrake, Perkins-Tryon Kicker of the Year: Sean Bozworth, Cushing; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall Punter of the Year: Bryce Wells, Perkins-Tryon Snapper of the Year: Tyler Scott, Mannford Injured Athlete of the Year: Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Reid Trout, Kingfisher
Before coaches got around to naming the top offensive or defensive players in the district, they chose to make special recognition of injured Bethany linebacker Hudson Haws with the Courage Award.
High school notebook: Coaches recognize Bethany's Hudson Haws in District 3A-2 awards
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Dec 17, 2015With several important awards to give out, the top of the list for the coaches of District 3A-2 was an easy selection. Before they got around to naming the top offensive or defensive players in the district, the coaches chose to make special recognition of injured Bethany linebacker Hudson Haws with the Courage Award. Haws suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and back during a game at Blanchard in late October. He is currently paralyzed below the chest and is undergoing treatment at Craig Hospital in Denver with hopes of regaining movement in his legs. In addition to their recognition of Haws, the district coaches chose Meeker running back Jake Standlee as the 3A-2 Player of the Year. Douglass quarterback Patrick McKaufman was named the Offensive Player of the Year and John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore earned the top defensive honor. Here's the full All-District list for 3A-2: Courage Award: Hudson Haws, Bethany Player of the Year: Jake Standlee, Meeker Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick McKaufman, Douglass Defensive Player of the Year: Tramonda Moore, John Marshall Co-Special Teams Player of the Year: Alex Williams, Mount St. Mary; Xavier Canady, John Marshall Receiver of the Year: Levi Bagwell, Meeker Offensive Lineman of the Year: Kasey Wagoner, Douglass Co-Quarterbacks of the Year: Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Michael Nolen, Meeker Offensive Back of the Year: Archie Browne, Mount St. Mary Tight End of the Year: Ryan Trevino, Meeker Defensive End of the Year: Xavier Mason, Douglass Defensive Tackle of the Year: Stephen Giggers, John Marshall Co-Inside Linebackers of the Year: Dajon Wilkins, Douglass; Will Moore, Meeker Co-Outside Linebacker of the Year: Parker Williams, Blanchard; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary Co-Safeties of the Year: Landon Stout, Bethany; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard Cornerback of the Year: Dez Jackson, John Marshall Special Recognition for injured athlete: Cole Pinion, Bethany; Anthony Jackson, Douglass Coach of the Year: Lonny Nolen, Meeker All-District selections by team Douglass: Quasean Sims, Dominique Jones Bridge Creek: Cade Mitchell, Gio Pantajoa, Brett Hodges, Joe Morris, Ryan Getner, Zack Hodges, Johnny Ojeda, Christian Longin Bethany: Graham Croslin, Rob Greer, Dakota Snow, Brock Holliday, Robert Melkovitz, Bryton Schmitt Blanchard: Ashton Yeargin, Dylan Mercer, Hunter McDonald, Garrett Wehrer, Austin Gee Meeker: Austin Roberts, Kayden Edmonds, Jarrod Speight, Mason Lucas Mount St. Mary: Jack Turner, Blaine Elder, Ethan Cooksey John Marshall: Charles Young, Malik Hall, London Matthews, Isiah Clark, Jeremiah Patton, Greg Wright, Elijah Jackson HERITAGE HALL DOMINATES DISTRICT 3A-1 AWARDS Class 3A state champion Heritage Hall took home three of the four major District 3A-1 awards recently, with star Tevin McDaniel being named the MVP. Coach Brett Bogert was named Coach of the Year and powerful running back Terrell Love was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Cushing's Levi Herren was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive Player of the Year: Terrell Love, Heritage Hall Defensive Player of the Year: Levi Herren, Cushing Coach of the Year: Brett Bogert, Heritage Hall Quarterback of the Year: Kyler Patterson, Cushing Running Back of the Year: Chrys Bell, Perkins-Tryon Wide receiver of the Year: George Carvijall, Mannford; Drew Shults, Kingfisher Tight end of the Year: ShaBryan Baker, Centennial; Cole McDaniel, Heritage Hall Offensive lineman of the Year: Adam Loftis, Cushing; Luther Harris, Heritage Hall Defensive tackle of the Year: Daniel Wall, Perkins-Tryon; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall Defensive end of the Year: Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon Inside linebacker of the Year: Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Jaron James, Mannford Outside linebacker of the Year: Mike McCleary, Blackwell; Brandon Ezell, Heritage Hall Defensive back of the Year: Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall; Dillon Longbrake, Perkins-Tryon Kicker of the Year: Sean Bozworth, Cushing; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall Punter of the Year: Bryce Wells, Perkins-Tryon Snapper of the Year: Tyler Scott, Mannford Injured Athlete of the Year: Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Reid Trout, Kingfisher STRATFORD'S KYLER WADE WINS FINAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK POLL Stratford running back Kyler Wade ran away with The Oklahoman's final Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll this season. Wade received 664 votes, well ahead of Heritage Hall's Terrell Love's 204 votes. Adair quarterback B.J. Bradbury finished with 37 of the 905 votes. It was his third straight week on the poll. Wade rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching a TD, in Stratford's 67-28 rout of Cashion in the Class A championship. Here are the results of the poll: Kyler Wade, Stratford: 664 votes (73.37 pct.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: 204 votes (22.54 pct.) B.J. Bradbury, Adair: 37 votes (4.09 pct.) Total: 905 votes PONCA CITY'S BRENT WILSON NAMED D-II ALL-AMERICAN Ponca City native Brent Wilson's record-setting senior season at Emporia State (Kan.) was capped with an All-America selection on Tuesday. Wilson, who was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy — the NCAA Division II version of the Heisman — was a second-team choice on the D-II Conference Commissioners Association All-America team. Also named the MIAA Offensive Player of the year, Wilson completed 337 of 521 passes for 4,244 yards and 40 touchdowns. His 316 rushing yards gave him 4,560 total yards for the season. Both yardage totals rank second in MIAA history for a single season. He led the Hornets to an 11-3 record and their first-ever appearance in the national quarterfinals. KETCHUM'S JANWAY CHOSEN FOR USA FOOTBALL UNDER-19 TEAM Ketchum senior Garret Janway will participate in the International Bowl as part of the USA Football under-19 team next month. Janway, a 6-foot, 260-pound lineman, was selected for the team, which will compete against the Canadian national team Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. USA Football fields teams in five different age groups, from under-14 to under-19. Players practice together for a week before the games.
Nov 23, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock was scanning the country earlier this year, looking for a place to play while taking steps toward his goal of being a pediatric heart specialist.At Michigan, he got both.Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, became a starting quarterback for the 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) this season and is working on a master's degree in kinesiology.He will...
Rudock has rewarded Harbaugh's faith in him at Michigan
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Nov 23, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock was scanning the country earlier this year, looking for a place to play while taking steps toward his goal of being a pediatric heart specialist. At Michigan, he got both. Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, became a starting quarterback for the 12th-ranked Wolverines (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) this season and is working on a master's degree in kinesiology. He will likely have to play well for Michigan to beat No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) for the first time since 2011 and just the second time in 12 years on Saturday at the Big House. If Rudock makes more plays than mistakes, he will be following a recent trend. After a rocky start in which Rudock was among the nation's leaders in turnovers, he has validated Jim Harbaugh's faith in him by flourishing during the team's four-game winning streak despite taking some hard hits. "Tough as a $2 steak doesn't do it real justice," Harbaugh said Monday. "He has been a godsend for our football team." Rudock beat out Shane Morris, who had played in 10 games the previous two years, to be the No. 1 QB during Harbaugh's debut season as the leader of the program he starred for at the same position. Through the first two games, Rudock had six turnovers and only one player had more at the highest level of college football. Harbaugh steadfastly stuck by him, though, saying the competition wasn't even close to have a conversation about making a change. "When you hear your coach standing up for you like that, it gives you so much confidence," Rudock said in an interview with The Associated Press while sipping on a smoothie and holding a thick playbook. "I could just focus on improving and not looking over my shoulder." Rudock has been at his best when Michigan needed him most, coming off a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State on a botched punt. He has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just three interceptions over the last four games while completing 69 percent of his passes and averaging 293 yards passing. Harbaugh, a star signal caller with the Wolverines in the mid-1980s and a solid starter in the NFL, is regarded as a QB guru. He helped groom Andrew Luck for the league while he coached him at Stanford and played a key part in the success Colin Kaepernick had in San Francisco. Now, he is turning a relatively pedestrian QB into a standout. One of the reasons Rudock wanted to play at Michigan was because his high school coach heard Harbaugh had his eye on him while he was leading the 49ers. "When coach Harbaugh was at San Francisco, Jake was on the board (of NFL prospects) because of his intelligence," said George Smith, who coached Rudock at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and assisted him during his search for a school to transfer to this year. "Now, I've got three NFL scouts talking to me about how well he manages a game. The thing people don't seem to talk about is how tough he is. I talked to him the day after he took a brutal hit in Minnesota and he said it felt like he got hit by a truck." Rudock was knocked out against the Golden Gophers with what Harbaugh called a torso injury, then bounced back to play in the next week's win against Rutgers. The following game, he set a school record with six touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 440 yards against Indiana. Along the way, Harbaugh publicly said Rudock has developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback. "I was surprised that he would come out and say something like that," Rudock said. "I was like, 'Wow. All the work is paying off.' It was a tough transition coming here as the new guy who is supposed to lead, but it has definitely worked out." The 22-year-old Rudock is an elder statesman among his teammates, and he's referred to as "dad," by his fellow quarterbacks. "The QBs are kind of like 'Mean Girls,'" Michigan center Graham Glasgow said. "They talk about girls and stuff, they gossip. He doesn't want to be bothered by that. He's all business, all time." ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org __ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Nov 20, 2015
NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob...
OU football: The chip on Baker Mayfield's shoulder has more than a tint of crimson
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 20, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield and his father walked around Owen Field the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011. They had come up from Austin for the OU-Texas A&M game. Mayfield was a junior quarterback at Lake Travis High School and longed to be a Sooner; his dad had been fast friends with OU coaches going back to the 1970s. The Mayfields were in Norman as guests of Bobby Jack Wright, who then was a Bob Stoops assistant coach. The Mayfields watched pregame warmup, checking out quarterbacks Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel, a high school opponent of Mayfield who won the Heisman in 2012. Then Wright took the Mayfields into the Switzer Center. They met offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and long-time lieutenant Cale Gundy, both former OU quarterback stars. The coaches had heard of Baker Mayfield. What they met was a 5-foot-11, 185-pound kid. And the air went out of the room. “I could tell,” James Mayfield said. They were unimpressed. “Josh towered over him. Cale's no giant, but he was taller. We never heard from them again.” It's another Saturday at Owen Field, with Baker Mayfield in the house and quarterback talent galore on both sides of OU-TCU, only this time he's not the dreaming kid gawking at the college stars present and future. He's the star. He's the Heisman Trophy contender. He's the new Johnny Manziel. But Mayfield remembers the rejections of schools all over the Southwest. Literally half the Big 12 said no to Baker Mayfield, either with no scholarship offer or nary an invitation to join the team without financial aid. So with not just a spring in his step but a chip on his shoulder, Mayfield has ran and passed the Sooners into national championship contention. “I feel like I've had a chip on my shoulder,” Mayfield said. “If you guys haven't seen that, then I don't know what you're looking at. I've always played like that, no matter who I'm playing. That's just how I am. If it's something personal, I'm going to have a little bit bigger chip on my shoulder.” It's a chip well-earned. Coming out of Lake Travis, Mayfield's top scholarship offers were from Washington State and Southwest Conference expatriates Houston, SMU and Rice. Mayfield wanted a bigger stage than Texas mid-majors, and his parents didn't want him strolling a campus in Pullman, Wash. TCU had been recruiting Baker Mayfield, but no scholarship offer came. “If they would have just offered me, I would have gone,” Mayfield said this week. “But they didn't. Kind of been the story of my high school career. I was close. I wanted to go there. But it didn't happen.” So James Mayfield began marketing his son. He called his old OU pal, Johnny Barr, who then and now was on Mike Gundy's administrative staff at OSU. “He asked me, ‘how tall is he?'” James Mayfield said of Barr. “He said they were ‘stacked up' at quarterback.” James Mayfield called another former Sooner assistant, Mack Brown, who was coaching the Texas Longhorns. “Mack said he had five quarterbacks on scholarship,” Mayfield said. “I responded that he had five kids that could not play at Lake Travis. Turns out I was correct.” James Mayfield tried Bobby Jack Wright again. Never made connections. “Never talked to him,” Mayfield said. “We got complete rejection. I was just trying to secure a walk-on opportunity. The process was unbelievable, not to mention insulting. Not fun at all to watch your guy go through it.” You know much of the rest of the story. A Washington State assistant, Eric Morris, joined Kliff Kingsbury's staff at Texas Tech. Mayfield was invited to join the Red Raiders, sans scholarship. He famously won the quarterback job in August and played well, though injuries limited him to seven starts. Mayfield didn't like the direction of the December quarterback derby to start the bowl game, he decided to transfer and the school search resumed. And this time, Mayfield wasn't interested in OU. “He was angry with them,” James Mayfield said. “‘Dad, that's your vision. That's not mine.'” But James Mayfield was undeterred. “It was crushing to him that it didn't happen from the initial meeting, but I think that's where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. The Sooners seemed set at quarterback, with Trevor Knight becoming a Sugar Bowl hero literally the week before Baker Mayfield enrolled at OU. But James Mayfield said he encouraged his son to go to Norman and compete for the job. Compete Mayfield has. He was ruled ineligible for 2014 but won the job this August and has been a breakout sensation to rival any in Sooner history. The Heisman, the College Football Playoff, a national championship. Nothing seems out of the reach of Baker Mayfield, who might have grown a little from those days of being a 5-foot-11 reject but hasn't grown much. Except in status. That chip on his shoulder has a heavy tint of crimson. The rejection of Baker Mayfield? It's hard to blame anybody when you can blame everybody. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at email@example.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Nov 11, 2015
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed...
High school notebook: OSSAA to discuss public prayer policy
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Nov 11, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will discuss and possibly vote to take action regarding the organization's prayer policy at Wednesday's monthly meeting. What will be voted on or possibly changed has not been revealed. “It's just for discussion to see if we want to go a different direction with the policy,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told The Oklahoman. “I can't say anything as of right now.” The OSSAA's policy — which was adopted in 1992 — prohibits publicly recited prayers at playoff games and championship events. The OSSAA revised the policy in June to comply with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt said in October that prayer before high school sporting events can be done legally in his opinion in a response to a Rep. Bobby Cleveland's complaint about the school prayer ban. Following Pruitt's opinion, the OSSAA released a statement saying the policy would remain in effect while the opinion is reviewed. DEER CREEK'S KERSTETTER WINS FAN POLL In a tight race, Deer Creek receiver Zach Kerstetter edged Southmoore kicker Chris Nemecek to win The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Kerstetter won the vote 1,203-1,152. The junior receiver caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Antlers' 27-20 win over Guthrie last week to clinch a home playoff game. The Oklahoman's staff choice for player of the week, Braden Hudson of Putnam City, finished third with 243 votes. A total of 2,956 votes were cast for seven players. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for this week's poll from the first round of the playoffs. Here are this week's results: Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek: 1,203 votes (40.7 pct.) Chris Nemecek, Southmoore: 1,152 votes (38.97 pct.) Braden Hudson, Putnam City: 243 votes (8.22 pct.) Zack Tyler, Bethel: 155 votes (5.24 pct.) Caleb Powell, OCA: 93 votes (3.15 pct.) Terry Wilson, Del City: 61 votes (2.06 pct.) Chandler Garrett, Mustang: 49 votes (1.66 pct.) Total: 2,956 votes INVESTIGATION BEGINS IN MORRIS-OKMULGEE BRAWL A fight between Morris and Okmulgee players early in the second half Friday that led to officials ending the game is under investigation by both schools and the OSSAA. Early in the third quarter a fight broke out between two players and led to other players joining in the fight sparked officials to meet with school administrators and end the game with around 11 minutes remaining in the quarter. Morris won the game 30-0. An officials report has been filed to the OSSAA, which has sent the report to both schools and requested an internal investigation. “My official told me he collaborated with administration from both schools and it was a mutual agreement to stop the game at that point,” OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley said. “I don't know exactly numbers-wise” how many were involved. Under OSSAA rules, athletes involved in a fight are suspended the next two games. Any player who is not in the field of play that leaves the team bench is subject to a one-game suspension. Neither team made the football playoffs, which means suspensions would be applied to the next sport the athlete participates. JONES DEFENSE GOING STRONG After registering a few big wins early in the season, Jones has slipped under the radar, despite piling up more victories. The Longhorns closed the regular season undefeated behind a defense that proved difficult to score on. Jones allowed 7.7 points per game, with just three opponents scoring in double-digits. One of those was Bethel in Week 9, which scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after Jones built a 56-3 lead. Anchored by defensive tackle Ty Hughes up front, and with several talented athletes on the back end, Jones has allowed just 166.1 total yards per game. Fourth-ranked Jones will host Marlow in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. DEPEW'S QUINONES RUNS WILD In a win that helped Depew close out a 9-1 regular season, running back Steve Quinones piled up an impressive stat line last Friday. The sophomore rushed for 389 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries, eclipsing the 2,200-yard mark for the season. Depew defeated South Coffeyville 58-40 to seal up a home playoff game this week. Tenth-ranked Depew will host Weleetka at 7:30 p.m. Friday. COLLEGE POSTCARD: MOORE GRAD SHIELDS WINS HONOR AT ST. GREG'S Moore High School product Richard Shields was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in three games last week for St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. The 6-foot-3 senior guard averaged 24.0 points and 5.7 rebounds as SGU went 2-1 on the week. He made 50.0 percent of his field-goal tries and 78.6 percent of his free throws.
The term “blessing in disguise,” may be a cliche, but it’s the most accurate description of Toddrick Gotcher’s career at Texas Tech.His life has been full of blessings, but not because they’ve strictly been given.Gotcher has worked for them all — from earning a college basketball scholarship, to expanding the scope of his game under Tubby Smith to expecting to graduate in May with his third...
Gotcher teaching young Texas Tech team
Krista Pirtle, Associated Press | Nov 6, 2015The term “blessing in disguise,” may be a cliche, but it’s the most accurate description of Toddrick Gotcher’s career at Texas Tech. His life has been full of blessings, but not because they’ve strictly been given. Gotcher has worked for them all — from earning a college basketball scholarship, to expanding the scope of his game under Tubby Smith to expecting to graduate in May with his third Texas Tech degree. But the biggest blessing of all for Gotcher wasn’t realized until now. Gotcher understood the only way he was going to go to college was through a scholarship. As an eighth-grader, Gotcher set a goal to strive for over the next four years. “I worked hard every day to try to get to that point where I earned the scholarship to go to college for free, because I wanted to be debt free and not have a burden on my family,” he said. Gotcher’s father, Troy, played football at Baylor before graduating with a degree in kinesiology and a career as a middle school football and basketball coach. But Toddrick wanted to forge his own path. He mostly remembers some pictures his mom, Rachel, took when he was 2-years-old of him trying to make a little basket. “The teamwork (caught my attention) because in basketball you’ve got five players,” Toddrick said. “In football you’ve got offense, defense, both sides. You have to be a good athlete to play this game.” A few years into high school, Toddrick received the offer he was striving to get from Pat Knight and Texas Tech. Toddrick received offers from his father’s alma mater, as well as USC, West Virginia, SMU and San Diego, but he knew in his heart he was going to be a Red Raider. “As soon as I got that offer, me and my family sat down and talked about what I needed to do,” Toddrick said. “It was very emotional. I can’t believe it’s here now. The vision was there from the beginning. Now, it’s a reality.” New leadership Gotcher’s first season in Lubbock didn’t go like he expected. Instead, it was the first year of the revolving door of coaches for Texas Tech men’s basketball from Knight to Billy Gillispie his first season, then Chris Walker to finally Smith. Gotcher heard all the names considered to replace Walker. But he didn’t expect it to be Tubby Smith. “That was also a blessing,” Gotcher said. “He’s a legend. That made me happy to stay here, and I wanted to stay here and play for him for a couple of years. He’s one of the greatest coaches I’ve ever played for.” The summer before Gotcher’s junior year at Texas Tech, he received a phone call that caught him off guard. Morris Michalski was on the phone, coach of the Athletes in Action team, a strong Christian organization where international competing teams partner with in-country staff and other mission organizations to resource Christian ministry around the world. “Coach Mo” asked Gotcher if he wanted to go on a Philippine trip and play basketball against some of the top competition there. “My first thought was like, ‘Oh no. I wouldn’t even imagine I’d be in that position,’” Gotcher said. “It was amazing. It grew my faith and helped me express my faith to others. It was the best experience of my life.” Final preparations Gotcher’s first trip out of the country was recently followed by a trip to Canada this past August with his teammates. Now, he’s preparing for his final season at Texas Tech. Smith hopes to send the senior off in the right way. “He strives to do good things for people, for his teammates,” Smith said. “You just want a kid like him to leave on a good note and be successful. I’m his fourth coach in five years. He deserves better.” To say Gotcher’s first season at Texas Tech didn’t go as planned is an understatement. As a true freshman, Gotcher started eight games and averaged 30 minutes per contest before he was sidelined for the rest of the year with a broken foot. “That season was a learning experience,” Gotcher said. “It opened my eyes to life because I had choices to make.” Gotcher decided to stay at Texas Tech and not transfer, despite the coaching carousel happening. He also made the dedicated effort to fight back from injury, an experience he’s used to inspire one of his current teammates. When Justin Gray underwent season ending knee surgery this past January, Gotcher was there to help him through it. “He talked to me about how he took it and how frustrating it was for him trying to get back,” Gray said. “All those emotions he felt were the same ones I was feeling. Sitting out and watching the team play, he told me how to handle that, how to handle rehab and remain positive. He’s been there every step of the way.” The leader Gotcher’s effect isn’t limited to one player. His example is looked up to and duplicated each day by his teammates this season, old and new. “He’s really looking like a mentor to us,” senior Devaugntah Williams said. “He’s a great leader for the team to have.” Added junior college transfer Devon Thomas, “He’s definitely like a big brother on the team. He’s like everybody’s big brother. He always does the right thing.” Gotcher is such an influential leader for this squad, Smith thinks, because he’s not just saying the right things and doing something different. The way he leads his life is example enough to follow. “The effect is very visual in they see him doing all this,” Smith said. “He’s one of 10 athletes in the Big 12 to be named a ‘Champion for Life.’ There’s no one more deserving or who’s done more.” Gotcher possesses a 3.636 GPA and earned his undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science degree in only three years. He is scheduled to graduate with master’s degrees in sports management in December and in sports media next August. Gotcher wants to get into athletics administration, following in current Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt’s footsteps. Had he not injured his foot and received a fifth year of eligibility, none of this would have happened. “It’s been a tough road,” Gotcher said. “I ended out at a good spot where I am today. Texas Tech is a great school. I’m very fortunate and blessed this all happened. It’s once in a lifetime.” firstname.lastname@example.org • 766-8735 Follow Krista on Twitter @AJ_KristaPirtle ——— ©2015 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000143329,t000002786
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
NORMAN — I wrote about former Oklahoma All-American defensive back Rickey Dixon’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for Friday’s newspaper. You can read that article here. Dixon was a Jim Thorpe Award winning defensive back as a senior in 1987 and played six NFL seasons. Rickey now weighs about 130 pounds as the disease has progressively deteriorated his muscles over the...
Oklahoma football: More on Rickey Dixon, including his messages for some current Sooners
Jason Kersey | Oct 2, 2015NORMAN — I wrote about former Oklahoma All-American defensive back Rickey Dixon’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for Friday’s newspaper. You can read that article here. Dixon was a Jim Thorpe Award winning defensive back as a senior in 1987 and played six NFL seasons. Rickey now weighs about 130 pounds as the disease has progressively deteriorated his muscles over the past few years. He also has trouble talking because of the ALS, so I asked him questions and he answered them through email. Here are a few more things I learned in my reporting for the article. Some are extra thoughts/comments from Rickey Dixon that didn’t make it into my story, and others are tidbits I picked up from talking to other people like Barry Switzer, Rickey’s wife Lorraine, Keith Jackson and Tony Rayburn. (Also, if you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe that was set up to raise money for Rickey and his family, you can click here. Alternatively, you can donate to The ALS Association here.) Rickey Dixon has messages for some current Sooners Dixon set OU’s single-season interceptions record in 1987, when he picked off nine passes. He came one interception short of tying Darrell Royal’s career OU record. He wants his record broken this year, and he believes junior cornerback Zack Sanchez is the man to do it. Sanchez led OU with 6 interceptions last season, and has nine in his OU career. “Tell Sanchez to go get my record,” Dixon wrote. Here are some other messages Dixon asked to be delivered to current players. To junior quarterback Baker Mayfield: “Tell Baker Mayfield he don’t have nothing on my pop locking skills! To senior linebacker Eric Striker: “I love that energy.” To junior linebacker Dominique Alexander: “My wife loves your mom, you are from Booker T. (Washington High School) and her home town. We got you.” To true freshman safety Prentice McKinney: “Whoever is wearing my old number 29, you better bring the wood!” (I’m sure Rickey would bet thrilled to know that not only is OU’s current No. 29 a safety, but he’s also from Dallas.) To senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard: “To Shep’s son, your dad would be so proud of you.” (Dixon played with Shepard’s late father, Derrick, who was also an OU wide receiver.) To true freshman walk-on wide receiver Lee Morris: “Go get your spot!” (Morris’ father, Lee Sr., was an OU receiver and teammate of Dixon’s. He walked on from Del City High but earned a scholarship and played one season with the Green Bay Packers.) Dixon’s family has been huge Dixon met his wife, Lorraine, walking across the OU campus in 1986. “She is strong, smart and a faith warrior,” Rickey wrote in our email conversation. His oldest daughter, 25-year old Brittanney, put aside career goals to stay home and help her father. His 20-year old son Rickey Jr. went to The University of Tulsa for one year, but transferred closer to home because he didn’t like being so far away while his parents struggled with this. The Dixons’ 10-year old son Cameron is a special needs child. He suffered from a brain inflammation called encephalitis four years ago and had two strokes, was in a coma and is now developmentally disabled. “My son Cameron is a mini me and even though he is limited he is the most loving child you will ever meet,” Rickey wrote. His youngest daughter, 7-year old Alana, “just brings me so much joy,” Rickey wrote. “My main goal is to make sure they are taken care of.” Former teammates like Tony Rayburn and Keith Jackson speak with and visit Dixon frequently Rayburn remembers why he and Dixon clicked early on, despite Rayburn being a couple years older. “Rickey was smaller, but he had a knack for the ball,” Rayburn said. “Defensive guys are different than offensive guys. The offensive guys are the prima donnas. The defensive guys do the heavy lifting. When you do the heavy lifting, you get dirty. “I’m a hitter. So when you go out and hit as well, then you automatically become a friend of mine. That’s where it started.” Dixon and Rayburn remained close friends after their college football days ended, although they have mostly had to keep up via telephone and text messaging. Jackson, who went on to have a fantastic NFL career and become a Super Bowl champion, visits Dixon often. He always comes away amazed by how positive Dixon remains despite the hand he’s been dealt. “He’s really centered, and I think being centered is what’s helping him out,” Jackson said. Barry Switzer is doing everything he can for Dixon Switzer laughed as he remembered how skinny Dixon was when he came out of Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas. “He looked like a total reject,” Switzer said. “When you met him, he didn’t pass the eye test, but we’d look at film of him and he played so big. “Every time I talked to Rickey, I’d leave a note in the (Wilmer-Hutchins) football offices and tell him to eat two Big Macs every day. I wanted him to gain weight.” Switzer and his wife, Becky, have stayed in regular contact with the Dixon family. Alana Dixon — Rickey’s 7-year old daughter — loves talking to Becky Switzer. “Rickey once told me that Coach Switzer was a father figure to him, and I didn’t really understand that concept until recently,” Lorraine Dixon said. “When Coach Switzer came down, and has involved himself in Rickey’s life like he has, I just understand it now. “Rickey said that when he was growing up, he didn’t think about college. His options were, either go to the Army or go get a job. There’s no thought of going to college. The opportunity Coach Switzer gave him was life altering for him.”
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS