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Oklahoma Christian High School Varsity Boys Football
BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics:...
Scholar-Athlete: Bios of all the school winners
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 20, 2015BETHANY: KYLE DUKE Athletics: First-team Little All-City and coaches’ all-state in football as a senior. Second-team all-conference in soccer. Also played varsity baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. ACT score of 24. National Honor Society. Special Olympics volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Dustin Bielich, Maddie Flemmons BETHEL: CLINT SIMMONS Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Varsity letterwinner in baseball and football, too. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Presidential Academic Excellence Award. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Rylee Steward BLANCHARD: DAVID UMMEL Athletics: Second-team all-district in football as a senior. Member of state championship teams in football and powerlifting. Academics: ACT score of 32. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society president. Student council. Class officer. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. College: Undecided Also nominated: Sierra Bailey BRIDGE CREEK: RAEGAN ROGERS Athletics: First-team All-City softball as a junior, second-team as a senior. Coaches’ all-state. One season varsity basketball. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Spanish Club. Helmets of Hope volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jimmy Wynne CARL ALBERT: KALEY HALLMARK Athletics: Honorable mention Big All-City in basketball as a junior and senior. All-state in cross country as a senior. One season varsity soccer. Academics: ACT score of 30. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. National Honor Society. Eco Club. College: Undecided Also nominated: Harrison Hightower, Justin Humphrey CASADY: ELLEN PAYNE Athletics: Four-sport athlete who earned 16 varsity letters combined in field hockey, soccer, softball and track. Will play field hockey at North Carolina. Academics: ACT score of 29. National Science League Award. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student council. College: North Carolina Also nominated: Yogaish Khastgir CASHION: BRETT WILSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-State and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Member of state runner-up teams in football and baseball. Will play football at Oklahoma State. Academics: ACT score of 31. Academic Team captain. Student council. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Peyton Maroney, Alix Robinson CHOCTAW: JACOB RAPP Athletics: Coaches’ all-state, honorable mention All-State and honorable mention Big All-City in football as a senior. Honorable mention Big All-City baseball. Academics: ACT score of 27. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Mackinsey Jo Archer CHRISTIAN HERITAGE ACADEMY: CREED HENDRICKSON Athletics: All-district football as a senior. Crusader Award, the school’s highest athletic award. Academics: ACT score of 27. Christian Citizenship Award, the school’s highest honor. Salt & Light Leadership Program. Will spend a gap year with Impact 360. Also nominated: Jacquelyn Holdridge CLASSEN: TYLER DANG Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City tennis . Placed eighth in lightweight 8+ at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Academics: ACT score of 36, a perfect score. Weighted grade point average of 4.5. National Merit Finalist. Youth Council of Oklahoma City. Debate Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None DEER CREEK: BRYCE BALENSEIFEN Athletics: Three-time state cross country champion. All-City cross country runner of the year as a senior. Multi-time state track champion. Three-time Big All-City. Won eight total team titles. Will run at Oklahoma State. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None DESTINY CHRISTIAN: DALLAS BIDDLE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City in football as a junior and senior. Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state twice in football, three times in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.7. National Honor Society. Robotics Club. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Kylie Bowdler, Lynsi Stanley DOUGLASS: CHRISTIAN LUPER Athletics: All-district and all-conference football. All-conference baseball. Two years varsity track and soccer. Team captain football and baseball. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Student council. Yearbook. Douglass Youth Leaders. Special Olympics volunteer. Gates Millennium Scholarship. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: La'Di'ne Thompson EDMOND MEMORIAL: JACLYN HUMMEL Athletics: Two-time first-team All-City cross country. Honorable mention Big All-City track. Member of state championship teams in cross country and track, state runner-up in soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Food Bank volunteer. Bulldog Mentor. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jordan Reed, Kayla Utsch EDMOND SANTA FE: JOBI HEATH Athletics: Second-team Big-All City softball. First-team All-City golf. Member of state title team and state runner-up in basketball. Will play softball at Central Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 26. ACE Program, working with special needs students. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: Tanner Kliewer, Jake Martin GUTHRIE: ALEX NELSON Athletics: State wrestling runner-up at 138 pounds as a senior. Second-team All-City wrestling as a freshman, honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior. Four-time state qualifier. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Beau Davis, Bailey Shaffer HARRAH: RYLAN BOYER Athletics: Three-time state swimming qualifier, two-time finalist. Member of state runner-up team. Academics: ACT score of 30. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. Scholars Club president. Reading Club founder and president. Mu Alpha Theta math club. College: Rose State Also nominated: Jena Graves, Rachael Wright HERITAGE HALL: CONNOR McGINNIS Athletics: Little All-City defensive player of the year and first-team All-State in football. Second-team All-City soccer. Won state titles in football and soccer. State basketball qualifier. Will play football at Oklahoma. Academics: ACT score of 27. Spanish Honor Society. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Jessica Borsky, Avery Niemann KINGFISHER: BROOKE BOECKMAN Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 4A All-State basketball as senior. Multiple top-five finishes at state track. Two seasons varsity tennis. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National English Honor Society. Student council president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Garrett Yost LIBERTY ACADEMY: KELSEE CRAWLEY Athletics: Four-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association all-state in basketball and volleyball. Won three OCSAA state basketball titles, two volleyball. Varsity track. Varsity golf. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Society. Choir. Gordon Cooper STEM Scholar Award. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None LITTLE AXE: KEITH ROBERTSON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state in football. Played three years of varsity football, one year each of varsity basketball and baseball. Voted school’s athlete of the year. Academics: Grade point average of 3.4. Business Professionals of America. Geography Bee. College: Undecided Also nominated: Katherine Johnston, Nik Storm MACOMB: SHANIA PACE Athletics: Honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class A All-State in basketball as a junior. Three-time all-conference. Four-year varsity starter in basketball and softball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Undecided Also nominated: Jose Chavez McLOUD: AUSTIN ROOKS Athletics: All-district in football. State qualifier in powerlifting. Varsity football three years. Varsity powerlifting two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Student council treasurer. People to People ambassador. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None MINCO: ASHER BAADE Athletics: Coaches’ Class A all-state football as a senior. Honorable mention Class 2A All-State basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-State baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Gifted and Talented. Student council. Yearbook. College: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: None MOORE: COLBY MOATES Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City wrestling. Four-time state qualifier. Three-time state placer, including third as a senior. Academics: Scored 32 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.7. Academic All-State. Award of Excellence Scholar. FIRST Robotics Team. Campfire USA volunteer. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: JOE CASTIGLIONE JR. Athletics: Two-time honorable mention Little All-City football. Three years varsity football. Four years varsity baseball. Academics: Scored 26 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. Oklahoma National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. National Honor Society. Student council. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Diana Andrade, Tesa Danusantoso MUSTANG: JAYDEN CHESTNUT Athletics: Big All-City softball player of the year as a senior when her team won state. Gatorade Oklahoma player of the year. Will play softball at Oklahoma. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Students Assisting Students. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Lance Frost, Brandi Hutchison NEWCASTLE: PARKER BOLLES Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and second-team Little All-City in football as a senior. Two-time state qualifier in powerlifting. Two years varsity soccer. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Scored 27 on ACT. National Honor Society. College: Undecided Also nominated: Madison Granger, Shane Martin NOBLE: BRADY BRADSHAW Athletics: Second-team Big All-City baseball as a senior, two-time reserve. Three-time honorable mention All-State. Honorable mention Big All-City football. Two years varsity basketball. Will play baseball at Crowder (Mo.) College. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Boys State. DECA. College: Crowder (Mo.) College Also nominated: Kodi Holloway NORMAN: GRACIE KOONCE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer. Honorable mention All-City cross country as a sophomore. One year varsity track. Will play soccer at Oklahoma. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Student Congress president. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: None OKARCHE: MADISON LEE Athletics: Coaches’ all-state and first-team Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Played for state title every year, winning two. Three years varsity slow-pitch. Two years varsity softball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society treasurer. Student council vice president. College: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: EMILY ROBERTS Athletics: Two-time honorable mention All-City in volleyball. Honorable mention All-City tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 34 on ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. National French Exam Honor. Academic Team. Book Club. Band. Baylor President’s Gold Scholarship. College: Baylor Also nominated: None PAULS VALLEY: KAYLIE UPTON Athletics: Coaches’ all-state alternate and honorable mention Little All-City in softball as a senior. State qualifier in cross country and track. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Oklahoma School of Science and Math Regional School. College: Northern Oklahoma Also nominated: Treston Williams PERKINS-TRYON: BAILEY WENSLER Athletics: Coaches’ all-state basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City and honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Honorable mention Little All-City track. Will play basketball at South Carolina Upstate. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Student council. Academic Team. College: South Carolina Upstate Also nominated: None PIEDMONT: CONNER ST. JOHN Athletics: Five-time state swimming champion. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City as a junior, second-team his three other seasons. Will swim at Saint Louis University. Academics: Scored 27 on ACT. Key Club. USA Swimming Central Diversity High Point Award. College: Saint Louis University Also nominated: Brody Largent PUTNAM CITY: BOLU ONIFADE Athletics: Second-team Big All-City football as a senior. Earned three varsity football letters, four track, one wrestling. Will play football at Abilene (Texas) Christian. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Senior class president. Elementary school mentor. College: Abilene (Texas) Christian Also nominated: Logan Jegelewicz, Zachary Moore PUTNAM CITY NORTH: KATRINA DWYER Athletics: Four-year state swimming qualifier. Honorable mention All-City. Will swim at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Band. Received $100,000 President Scholarship from Beloit College. College: Beloit (Wisc.) College Also nominated: Casey Herndon, Dylan Rodolf PUTNAM CITY WEST: EASTON RODGERS Athletics: Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star. Four-year starter in baseball. Three-year starter in football. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. Scored 24 on ACT. National Honor Society. DECA. Mr. Patriot finalist. College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None SHAWNEE: GARRETT McDANIEL Athletics: State golf champion as a senior. Led team to first title since 1934. Coaches’ all-state. First-team All-City. Will play golf at Northeastern State. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Junior Investor’s Challenge Team. Christmas Connection volunteer. College: Northeastern State Also nominated: None SOUTHEAST: PAULA CARDENAS Athletics: All-conference in cross country. Voted “most dedicated” by the soccer team. Three years varsity soccer, two years varsity cross country. Academics: Grade point average of 3.6. National Honor Society. Key Club. Business Professionals of America. Student council. College: Central Oklahoma Also nominated: None SOUTHWEST COVENANT: JOSH McMINN Athletics: Two-time first-team Little All-City and Class B All-State in basketball. First-team All-State baseball as a senior. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Will play baseball at Oral Roberts. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Grade point average of 3.5. Yearbook Club. College: Oral Roberts Also nominated: None TUTTLE: TYLER LESTER Athletics: Little All-City Player of the Year and Class 4A All-State in basketball as a senior. Led Tuttle to its first state appearance. Will play at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. National Honor Society. Alternative Education math tutor. College: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: Lexi Rumbaugh WASHINGTON: KAILEE ORR Athletics: First-team Little All-City in both softball and slow-pitch as senior. Won back-to-back state titles in both, too. Member of two state basketball teams. Academics: Scored 29 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. National Honor Society president. Science Club. College: Oklahoma Also nominated: Kyler Barker WELLSTON: BEAU DANKER Athletics: Basketball team captain senior year. Earned four varsity letters. Started one season. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society. Class president. Family Career and Community Leaders of America vice president. Coached middle school basketball and little league soccer. College: Undecided Also nominated: None WESTERN HEIGHTS: ALI MIX Athletics: Coaches’ Class 5A all-state and honorable mention All-City in soccer as a senior. Will play at Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Academics: Ranked in top third of class. Class officer. Business Professionals of America officer. Choir. Elementary reading volunteer. College: Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) College Also nominated: None WESTMOORE: REBECCA RANDOLPH Athletics: Coaches’ all-state soccer as a senior. Two-time honorable mention All-City. Two-time cross country state qualifier. Will play soccer at Adams (Colo.) State. Academics: Scored 31 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. Class officer. Scholastic Team. College: Adams (Colo.) State Also nominated: Calvin Miller, Savannah Waddell YUKON: KEEGAN MEYN Athletics: Reserve All-State, first-team Big All-City and coaches’ all-star in baseball as a senior. Two seasons varsity football. Will play baseball at Arkansas-Little Rock. Academics: Scored 28 on ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. College: Arkansas-Little Rock Also nominated: None
Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and...
Oklahoma scene: UCO's Chris Watson a finalist for MIAA honor
From Staff Reports | May 22, 2015Central Oklahoma national champion wrestler Chris Watson has been named one of three finalists for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Ken B. Jones Award. Joining Watson as men’s finalists are football players Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney and Keeston Terry of Pittsburg State (Kan.). The three women’s finalists are basketball players Lizzy Jeronimus of Pittsburg State and Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State (Kan.) along with track athlete Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, died in May 2004 and was inducted into the MIAA’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2010. Each nominee is judged in four areas: 2014-15 athletic accomplishments; career academic accomplishments; 2014-15 campus/community service; and career athletic and service achievements. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average as of February 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2014-15 academic year. Watson, a senior from Andover, Kan., put together a perfect 42-0 season in 2014-15, capturing the NCAA Division II championship at 165 pounds. He was the MIAA, West Region and NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year as well as earning first-team Scholar-Athlete honors from the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. COATS HONORED BY NCCAA The National Christian College Athletic Association has named Shea Coats as its National Pitcher of the Year after she led the Lady Eagles to a runner-up finish in the NCCAA Championship for the second straight year. She was joined on the All-America first-team list by OC shortstop Kendra Pierce, giving the Lady Eagles a pair of All-Americans for the second straight year. Coats is the first player in the 21-year history of OC softball to be named as a National Pitcher or Player of the year. She now is a two-time first-team NCCAA All-American as well. The Tuttle product closed the season with 18-9 overall record with four saves, a 1.70 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 1762/3 innings. Coats threw two no-hitters this season — one in the season opener against Mid-America Christian and one in the NCCAA Championship against the eventual third-place finisher, Lee (Tenn.). She finished with 22 complete games and 10 shutouts. Pierce, a senior out of Westmoore High School, hit .412 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. She hit 15 doubles, posted hitting streaks of 18 and 12 games and struck out only five times in 170 at-bats. OKLAHOMA CITY U. FINISHES EIGHTH Oklahoma City University ended the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships in a tie for eighth place Friday at the LPGA International Hills Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Anthony Marchesani and Garrison Mendoza led the Stars by tying for 23rd place. Second-ranked OCU posted a team score of 289-299-291-292 – 1,171 on the par-72, 6,947-yard course. EAGLES ELIMINATED Oklahoma Christian University’s baseball season ended at the hands of Fresno Pacific 4-3 in 12 innings on Friday in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series semifinals in Mason, Ohio. OC (35-22) was making its first NCCAA semifinal appearance in three trips to the tournament. The Eagles rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three seventh-inning runs. A suicide squeeze bunt by Cody Rosecrans scored Austin Peck with the tying run. The Eagles almost won the game in 10th. Rosecrans doubled and was on third base with one out when Jordan Lopez hit a line drive that caromed off Fresno Pacific pitcher Tanner Irwin, allowing the ball to stay in the infield. Shortstop Michael Tittle picked up the loose ball and fired home to retire a sliding Rosecrans. In the bottom of the 12th, Tittle's RBI single to right field scored Baron Bower from third base with the winning run.
May 9, 2015
Retiring Oklahoma Christian track and field coach
Collected Wisdom: Randy Heath
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | May 9, 2015Randy Heath started coaching at Oklahoma Christian the same year Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, The Beatles released “Abbey Road” and gas cost 35 cents a gallon. Much changed in the world since 1969, but Heath remained at OC. This spring, he retired after 46 years coaching cross country and track and field. He was the longest-serving head coach at any four-year college in Oklahoma. I was a baseball player and basketball player at U.S. Grant High School. I ran to get in shape. Don Brown ... he was my baseball and basketball coach. His preseason was to have us run on our own around the practice football field. And I excelled at it. But I never ran cross country. It was when I moved to Florida my junior year that I didn’t know a soul that I went out for cross country. That got me a scholarship to Oklahoma Christian. Coach (Ray) Vaughn ... he approached me with the idea. After my senior year, if I were to get a job in the area, would I be willing to come back and help him with cross country? So, I got a job at what’s now Centennial High School, but it was Eisenhower Middle School back then. It was very close, and I had a principal at that time, Ed Berry, that was a very good principal and allowed me to ... come in early and do recreation for the early bus people that came in. Then I got to come out (to Oklahoma Christian) during my planning period, which was the last period of the day. As I was teaching eight years of middle school math and PE, there were no openings out here to work full-time. Coach Vaughn … he got a position for me where I would work 12 months for eight months’ salary. This was my dream job. He was the athletic director, so I helped him a lot in terms of just grunt work and extra hands and all that type of thing. He was a delegator deluxe. I got involved with AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field at his insistence. So, I started putting on meets the latter part of the mid-70s. I even hosted the Region 8 Junior Olympic Championships out here. Probably didn’t do a very good job. I still can remember lessons from some things I learned. Not that I thought I deserved it, but it was a special honor for me to be put into the NAIA Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Fame. I didn’t win any national championships in the NAIA team-wise. We would be second one year, fourth one year, eighth or ninth. We never dominated team scoring. But I had one coach tell me … “You know, we’re really happy for you to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame because you’re one of us.” I wasn’t a dominating coach; I got involved in the association, and I worked hard, and I did a lot of things behind the scenes. The last three years ... I didn’t have as many athletes to coach. I had Coach (Wade) Miller keeping up with those distance people, Coach (Jeff) Bennett had the field event people, so I said to myself, “I’m just not going to sit here.” So at meets … I would go around and help set up hurdles, move hurdles, pull up tape from the 4x1, just to give them a hand. I wanted that meet schedule to run. I didn’t want delays. I wanted to make Sirloin Stockade before they closed. Based on my experiences and my personality and my background, I really feel like this was the place God wanted me. The Christian values. The opportunity to work with Christian athletes in a sport that I learned to love and appreciate. I felt like this was really my dream job. And I felt like I was making a difference not only athletically but a lot of ways academically and spiritually and socially for the men and the women that I recruited and brought in. My age and where we’re at in our move to (NCAA Division II), it’s just a very good time for me to get out. I could’ve gone out before the transition, but I felt like with my experience and my leadership, I wanted to lead the program through the transition because I knew it would be a difficult time. I feel real good about being finished with what I said I would do. It’s hard to believe sometimes I’m actually going to be done. Because there’s always next year. There’s always looking at the next year’s schedule. There’s always wrapping up the current year. There’s always who are you recruiting or who’s new. I want my weekends. When I was coaching, I’d have eight or nine meets in cross country. I’d have five or six or seven indoor meets, and I’d have as many as eight or nine outdoor meets. And they’re all on weekends. I have a great family. I’ve got four grandchildren in Austin, Texas, with my son and his wife. My daughter lives in Oklahoma City, and her and her husband have two little boys. So, I’ve got six grand kids to keep up with. That’ll be a lot of fun. I’m going to teach two more years. I’m a professor in sports wellness/recreation management. I’m chair of the department, and I’m going to be on a three-quarter load for two more years, and then retire completely from Oklahoma Christian. I may go and watch a few meets. But as far as all my weekends and working them and being an official? Nah. I’ll miss it occasionally, but not much. What’s best for me is to totally get out now. Pass the baton. I’m not going to be in D-II officially, and that’s fine with me. Coach Vaughn went 21 years, and I went 36 (in track and field), and that’s plenty.
Apr 29, 2015
Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district...
High School Athletes of the Week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 29, 2015Baseball Kyle Tyler, Westmoore Tyler, an Oklahoma signee, was masterful on the mound in two starts over the past week, striking out a total of 28 batters. He allowed just one run as Westmoore ran its winning streak to eight games. Girls soccer Haley Woodard, Norman North The Oklahoma State signee delivered two second-half goals Tuesday against Mustang to help Norman North clinch the district title and a fifth straight win. Boys golf Lance Gregory and Bryce Fanning, Southmoore The pair of SaberCats tied for first at the Ardmore Invitational, each shooting 73 to lead Southmoore to the team victory. Girls golf Elizabeth Freeman, Casady The Oklahoma Christian signee fired back-to-back rounds of 68-73 to win the Southwest Preparatory Conference Tournament by 10 strokes on Tuesday, her fifth win of the year. She led Casady to its third consecutive SPC Tournament team title. Boys track Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher The senior, who has signed to play football at Wyoming, swept the throwing events at the 89er Conference meet on Saturday. He won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 9 inches and the discus at 146-2. Girls track Morganne Mukes, Edmond Memorial The sophomore sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters at the Edmond North meet last Friday, taking the 100 in 12.08 and the 200 in 25.48. Boys tennis Sam Atkinson and Brett Bormann, Edmond North The sophomore No. 1 doubles pairing defeated a stout field at the Tulsa Union tournament Tuesday. Girls tennis Lauren Harvey, Heritage Hall The freshman continues to establish herself as a No. 2 singles favorite in Class 5A. She won the Ponca City Tournament Saturday and is 14-4 on the year. Slowpitch softball Rachel Stark, Bethel Stark had a big district tournament for Bethel, driving in six of the Wildcats’ 42 runs over three games against Seminole and McLoud. She hit an inside-the-park homer and a three-run double in two games against McLoud.
High school basketball: His look may have changed, but Edmond Santa Fe assistant Tommy Griffin's coaching message stays the sameMar 10, 2015
Tommy Griffin is assisting Lenny Hatchett at Edmond Santa Fe, which plays Jenks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. Griffin coached Classen to state titles in 1975 and 1980; coached John Marshall to state championships in 1996 and 2000; coached his sons Blake and Taylor to state titles at Oklahoma Christian School in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
High school basketball: His look may have changed, but Edmond Santa Fe assistant Tommy Griffin's coaching message stays the same
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Mar 10, 2015The Ada Cougars walked into an empty State Fair Arena, an hour before tipoff of the 1975 Class 3A state championship game, all wearing matching maroon blazers. The Classen Comets arrived about the same time, dressed not so uniformly. Jean jackets. Some bell bottoms. A tie-dye or two. Classen’s coach arrived in style. A short-sleeved white vest, with a wide-collared, bright shirt, leisure suit style, and tight, white pants. The bearded 26-year-old was all Richard Roundtree as he coached the Comets to a 62-49 victory, Classen’s first gold ball in a quarter century. Forty years later, Tommy Griffin still coaches. Retired from 43 years in the classroom, with plenty still to keep him occupied considering his son is an NBA superstar, Griffin still scratches the coaching itch. No longer a head coach, because he doesn’t need the headaches. No longer dressed like Shaft, because fashions change. No longer at Classen, because the school long ago closed, then re-opened with Griffin coaching elsewhere. No longer high-fiving, because fist bumps are the new rage. But still teaching basketball and demanding discipline and impacting lives of Oklahoma youth. The 66-year-old Griffin, who could pass for 51, is assisting Lenny Hatchett at Edmond Santa Fe, which plays Jenks at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. Griffin coached Classen to state titles in 1975 and 1980; coached John Marshall to state championships in 1996 and 2000; coached his sons to state titles at Oklahoma Christian School in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. With eight state championships, Griffin is among the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history. But eight years after his final game as a head coach, Griffin remains in the gym. He spent a few years as an assistant girls coach at Midwest City, and the last two seasons, he’s been Hatchett’s lieutenant. “I love it,” Griffin said. “I have a passion for the game. I really do. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than coach.” Head coaches deal with fundraisers and eligibility and parents. Griffin, hired as a Classen assistant coach in 1970, has had his share of that. Now he just wants to coach the kids. Teach them fundamentals and dedication and discipline and all the other things that have produced good people and good teams for almost half a century. “He’s a disciplinarian first,” said Joe Adkins, the former OSU sharpshooter who played for Griffin at John Marshall in the mid-1990s. “He commanded respect, but he’s also a guy that gave a great amount of respect. You were all held accountable. That’s why it was so fun to play for him.” Kids from the ’90s knew Griffin as the coach of John Marshall’s great 1996 state champion, which went undefeated and had seven Division I players. Kids from this century know Griffin as the father of Blake. But before John Marshall and the Griffin boys at OCS, there were the great Classen teams, the Prince Bridges-led ’80 squad and the ’75 champs, who were led by a coach who seemed not much older than the players themselves. “It’s a great memory,” Griffin said of that first Classen championship. “Our kids played really hard. They did everything we asked.” The Murphy triplets — Harold, Ronald and Donald — were on that squad, along with football player Fred Gordon and scoring whiz Joshua Shepherd, whose 12 first-quarter points propelled Classen in the title game. Griffin became the first black coach in Oklahoma to win state at an integrated school. And 40 years later, he’s still showing up in gyms, coaching up 16-year-olds. “He’s a great coach,” said Santa Fe star DaQuan Jeffries. “In practice, he doesn’t allow any playing around. He just wants us focused.” That’s Griffin’s calling card. He’s serious. “Any era, kids want discipline,” Hatchett said. “They need discipline. These kids thrive for discipline. That’s how they gravitate towards him.” Griffin defers to Hatchett. Griffin doesn’t act like a head coach. Keeps his seat during games. Doesn’t inject himself into timeout huddles. Mostly ignores the referees. But Griffin’s voice echoes throughout the gym during Santa Fe games. “Find the ball, find the ball.” “Step up!” “Watch for the trap. Watch for the trap. Watch for the TRAP!” Nothing complicated there. Just fundamentals. Same thing he taught the Murphy triplets 40 years ago, he’s teaching Jeffries today. “He taught more fundamentals than probably any other coach I’ve played for,” said Adkins, who played for Eddie Sutton. “We were always prepared. The way he taught the game was very simple.” And Griffin, who grew up Oklahoma City, was a swimming star at Douglass in the 1960s, a basketball player at Northwestern State in Alva, a football assistant for 29 seasons at every high school stop until Santa Fe, still can’t get enough. Griffin even volunteered to help Hatchett for free. “Tommy’s very humble,” Hatchett said. “He doesn’t talk about the things that he’s accomplished. He’s all about wanting to improve these kids, to be better men, to have better character.” So Thursday night in Skiatook, Griffin, wearing a conservative dress shirt and necktie, will walk into yet another state-tournament venue, chasing not so much another gold ball, but the potential of kids who never heard of Shaft or leisure suits but most definitely hear the words of a man who cares. 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.
Feb 28, 2015
Dave Dravecky grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, with a huge passion for baseball and dream of being the next Sandy Koufax. The road to the major leagues was far from easy.
Collected Wisdom: Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky
INTERVIEWED BY JACOB UNRUH | Feb 28, 2015Dave Dravecky grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, with a huge passion for baseball and dream of being the next Sandy Koufax. The road to the major leagues was far from easy, especially with a lofty goal such as that. Dravecky, who did not attend Cardinal Mooney High School because it did not have baseball, was not recruited in high school and had to walk on at Youngstown State, where he finally caught a break with a no-hitter in his first start. He eventually was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to San Diego, where he debuted in the majors. Later, he was dealt to the San Francisco Giants where he suffered a life-changing turn of events. In 1988, Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer in his throwing arm. He returned to the mound in 1989, but in just his second game he threw a pitch and his humerus bone snapped. Months later, he retired after breaking his arm again in while celebrating with teammates in the playoffs. After retirement, the cancer returned and he had to have his left arm, shoulder blade and left side of his collarbone amputated. Dravecky, a devout Christian, now travels as a motivational speaker and is a community ambassador for the Giants. He recently spoke with The Oklahomanabout his journey while speaking at Oklahoma Christian. I was raised Catholic and I loved football, but I was a little runt. I was a middle linebacker and I was a fullback. I played for a guy named Tony Gambrel, who was an architect in town and a big alum of Cardinal Mooney High School. After my eighth grade year, Mr. Gambrel offered me a full ride to Cardinal Mooney. That’s the only time I was offered a full ride to anything. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one university. Nobody wanted me. There wasn’t one school in the entire country that recruited me. So, I lived in Youngstown, Ohio, I was a 20-minute drive to Youngstown University so I thought I would walk-on there and play baseball because I love baseball. It’s very simple, if you love playing baseball and you want to keep on playing, give it a shot. You don’t know unless you try, and as a result of that you just might get your chance. How many stories are out there of guys that have walked on? If you have a passion and a love for something, pursue it until somebody that knows better than you do says it’s done. Then listen to them and go find another dream. We were on a road trip to Akron University and it’s a doubleheader (coach Dom Rosselli) comes up to me and says I’m starting in the second game. The game comes around and I end up throwing a no-hitter. After that, we were in our patented postgame dinner at McDonald’s. He sits down with me and said, “I can’t give you a scholarship for the rest of this year, but we’re going to give you a scholarship for the rest of your time here.” I was so happy for my parents. In my junior year, at the end of the season my record is 7-1 with a 0.88 ERA and we’re being invited to the NCAA Division II Tournament playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. I’m opening the tournament up against Wright State University and the newspapers back in Youngstown are billing me to go in the top-10 rounds. Man, I’m (feeling like) the best thing since sliced bread. It’s unbelievable how I’m thinking about myself. That’s pretty much that season; it became about me. All of a sudden, we got beat 26-1 in that first game. Wright State University was smart enough to be able to calculate my ERA as each run crossed the plate and then yelled it at me. Needless to say the top-10 rounds became no rounds at all and no opportunity to get signed. I’ll never forget my dad taught me when I was growing up. “There’s two things I ask you to do with no matter what it is you choose to do in life. I don’t care if you dig a ditch, I don’t care if you teach, I don’t care if you’re a doctor, I don’t care what you are, if you work as hard as you can to be the best you can be and more important than that you better have fun doing what you’re doing.” I forgot that my junior year. I lost sight of enjoying the game for what it is and letting all the other stuff fall into place. I loved the bus rides (in the minor leagues). That’s because it was my dream. That’s something I wanted from the time I was 7 years of age. Now all of a sudden it’s a reality. I was fully engaged in that and I loved every moment. Were there moments you wondered if you were going to be able to keep going? Absolutely, but in the end the overall experience I wouldn’t trade that in for anything because it helped my wife and I grow up in many respects — how to handle failure, how to handle failure together as a couple. I was diagnosed with cancer in September of 1988 and went into surgery on my 10th wedding anniversary, Oct. 7, 1988. They said outside of a miracle I’d never pitch again. My wife said, “Could you say that again?” They just said outside of a miracle you’ll never pitch again. She said, “Can you say that one more time?” He said it and I was thinking, “OK, God, I don’t know what you’re up to, but I am not about to walk away from the game now and wonder for the rest of my life if I’m going to be able to pitch just because some guy says outside of a miracle I’ll never be able to pitch again.” There were good moments, there were bad moments and there were ugly moments. I dealt with it like every human being deals with pain and suffering, only I tried really hard for a while to hide the ugly side and eventually you end up realizing you don’t have the strength to hide it anymore and it gets exposed — that’s probably the greatest gift in the universe. Once it got it exposed, I began to heal. One of the things I love to encourage people with on the journey is our stories are very important and as a result the things we experience we can make two choices. We can allow that to affect us in a negative way or we can allow it to be our teacher and help us mature in this thing called life. When you take the experiences of wearing a Giants uniform and all that that encompassed for me, a big part of that experience was hoping and trusting that God would give us the strength to endure the journey and in fact he did. Playing for the Padres and the Giants during the time I did when the “God Squad” was a big deal, the reality is that my teammates were extremely respectful of where we were at on our journey. I’m very grateful for the respect that my teammates showed us as we were attempting to lead out our lives as Christians, which we didn’t do perfectly. If I were to do anything different, I would have probably spent more time in bars. Often I got invited by guys who simply wanted to go out, grab a beer, get something to eat — usually that was at the bar — and just hang out. I said, “No, cant’ go there.” And that’s exactly where Jesus went and that’s exactly where I should have been because I didn’t have an issue with whether or not I was going to drink too much. I knew when to say no. And quite frankly, here’s a guy who wants to spend time with me and I’m saying I can’t go into the bar. “Well, here we go the Holy Roller.” If there’s any regret it would have been engaging more with everybody in the clubhouse. That was just a period of time in my life where I was young and dumb. I didn’t get it.
By Eric SwansonThe Ada NewsWhen Larry Mahsetky played football for Oklahoma State University, he got used to seeing his name on ESPN, in magazines and on newspapers’ sports pages.Mahsetky had another moment in the spotlight in 2014, when The Oklahoman published a story about him graduating from OSU. His decision to finish his degree, 21 years after he started college, lifted an NCAA penalty...
Former OSU football player shares story of addiction, recovery
Eric Swanson, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2015By Eric Swanson The Ada News When Larry Mahsetky played football for Oklahoma State University, he got used to seeing his name on ESPN, in magazines and on newspapers’ sports pages. Mahsetky had another moment in the spotlight in 2014, when The Oklahoman published a story about him graduating from OSU. His decision to finish his degree, 21 years after he started college, lifted an NCAA penalty against the Cowboys’ football program. Mahsetky, who struggled with substance abuse during college and afterward, said the most recent burst of media attention helps him stay off drugs. “Being named one of the top five walk-ons in the history of Oklahoma State football is huge, and I could go out like this rather than that guy who went back to jail over and over and over and over again just because he couldn’t clean up,” he said. Mahsetky told his story to a group of collegiate student athletes Monday night at East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center. His story was part of a presentation titled “Oklahoma Life of an Athlete,” designed to educate athletes about the ways drugs and alcohol can affect their lives. The nonprofit organization Fighting Addiction Through Education works with the Oklahoma City-based Whitten-Newman Foundation to offer the presentation to schools throughout Oklahoma. Telling his story A football star at Westmoore High School, Mahsetky arrived on the OSU campus as a freshman in 1991, according to the July 31, 2014, edition of The Oklahoman. He could have gotten a scholarship to any number of small colleges in Oklahoma, but he had always dreamed of playing for the Cowboys. He played for OSU from 1991 to 1995 and was put on scholarship after an outstanding performance in the Cowboys’ 1992 spring game. Mahsetky was enjoying a college athlete’s life at OSU, but he also developed a taste for drugs and alcohol. That combination eventually went to his head. Over two years, Mahsetky went from being Oklahoma’s Christian athlete of the year to sitting in an Oklahoma City parking lot in a BMW with his friends and two women, sharing lines of cocaine. “I thought I was invincible,” he said. “I thought nothing could touch me, nothing could bring me down. So that quick thought of people dying after doing a line of cocaine quickly went out, and it was back to having a good time and living my life.” Mahsetky spent five years at OSU, but he left college when he was still three classes short of graduation, according to the Oklahoman. He had a job offer from an information technology company in Austin, Texas, so he moved to Texas in hopes of turning his life around. Since Mahsetky didn’t know anyone in Austin, he thought he had found a way to leave drugs and alcohol behind. But he was wrong. He spent the next 13 years in Texas, working for various companies. He was making $80,000 to $90,000 a year, but he was spending all his money on cocaine. “My friend used to say, ‘You’re like a broke Charlie Sheen. You have great parties and a great time. You just do all this stuff, but you don’t have the money like Charlie Sheen does, because you blow it all on coke,’” Mahsetky said. “And she was right. That’s exactly what I did.” In 2008, Mahsetky returned to Oklahoma and opened his own business in Purcell, thinking that would help him break his cocaine habit. He didn’t know anyone who used cocaine in Purcell, but he was introduced to methamphetamine one night. “My thinking was, ‘I’ve done cocaine for 17 years. What’s one night of meth going to do? I can handle this,’” he said. “I do meth. The next thing I know, I’m addicted to meth.” Three years later, a law enforcement officer pulled Mahsetky over with meth and marijuana in his possession. Now, he was facing felony drug charges. Mahsetky was booked into the Oklahoma County jail, but his mother would not bail him out. He finally hit bottom when he was assigned to mop the floor in the jail kitchen, outfitted with a hairnet, apron and rubber boots. “It hit me: You used to play on ESPN. You’ve been in all these magazines. You’ve done all this stuff. Now look at you, mopping the floor of the Oklahoma County jail,’” he said. Back to school Mahsetky got clean two years ago and decided to put his life back together. Armed with his sobriety, he decided to go back to OSU and finish his degree. “I mean, why wouldn’t I?” he said. “I was three classes short. It’s pretty stupid not to get your degree if you’re that close.” In the fall of 2012, Mahsetky enrolled in classes at Oklahoma City Community College that would transfer as OSU credits, according to The Oklahoman. All he needed were passing grades in three classes — Native American studies, algebra and another history course. He had passed three classes easily by December 2012 and earned his degree in university studies. The NCAA had previously penalized OSU because its football team had failed to meet academic standards, known as the Academic Progress Rate, when averaged over a four-year period. As a result, the Cowboys were set to lose two hours of practice time a week. The Cowboys needed a 930 APR score to pass in 2014, but they posted a 929.41, according to The Oklahoman. So the compliance office started scouring old football rosters and graduation lists in hopes of recovering one more point. Under APR guidelines, colleges receive a single point if a scholarship student-athlete leaves school without graduating, then returns later to earn a diploma, according to The Oklahoman. The point applies to the school’s APR score for the term when that person graduates, not when he or she was on scholarship. The compliance office was searching for an answer in the summer of 2014 when they found Mahsetky’s name. Without realizing it, Mahsetky had saved his former school from NCAA sanctions. In November 2014, The Oklahoman named Mahsetky one of the top five walk-ons in OSU football history. Mahsetky said Tuesday he wasn’t telling students not to drink or smoke, but he was reminding them to seize the opportunity to get an education. “Take your education serious,” he said. “Scholarship or not, do what you’ve got to do to graduate. That’s what you’re here for.” Reach Eric Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. ——— ©2015 The Ada News (Ada, Okla.) Visit The Ada News (Ada, Okla.) at theadanews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000391283,t000003183,t000046469,g000362661,g000065603,g000066164,g000065562
Dec 4, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for this week’s games.
Oklahoma Week 4 high school football playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Dec 4, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 15-5 (75.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,568-344 (82.0 pct.) All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless noted Championships Class 6A-I Tulsa Union 34, Jenks 31 Class 6A-II Lawton 42, Bixby 38 Class 5A Lawton MacArthur 35, Skiatook 34 (Saturday) Class 4A Oologah 28, Wagoner 24 Class B Laverne 48, Alex 34 (Saturday) Class C Tipton 54, Cherokee 48 (Saturday) Semifinals Class 3A Kingfisher 34, Cushing 21 Class 2A Davis 28, Hennessey 27 Oklahoma Christian 38, Nowata 30 Class A Thomas 21, Wynnewood 20 Cashion 40, Talihina 32 *All games at neutral sites
Only five teams remain from the Oklahoma City metro in the high school football playoffs, and there was a dominant performance for each team that advanced to next week. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll for the Oklahoma City-area is […]
Vote: The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh | Nov 29, 2014Only five teams remain from the Oklahoma City metro in the high school football playoffs, and there was a dominant performance for each team that advanced to next week. Fans can now voice their opinion on who had the best performance. The weekly Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll for the Oklahoma City-area is live online at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Pick one of the selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. Voting ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the results of the poll will appear in Wednesday's Oklahoman. Here are the candidates: Kaleb George, Cashion: The senior had his best game of the season, and it couldn't have come at a better time in a 20-13 win over Stratford. George scored two touchdowns, had seven tackles and sealed the game with a big fourth-down run late in the game. Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: Just another day at the office for "Tank." Love rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns as Heritage Hall rolled to a 49-0 lead and eventual 49-30 victory over Beggs. Tony Mendoza, Hennessey: Normally a run-heavy team, Hennessey turned to Mendoza and the passing game to get past Hartshorne in the Class 2A playoffs. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Conner Sikes, Oklahoma Christian School: His third week at quarterback might have been his best. Sikes threw four touchdown passes and was 18 of 20 for 317 yards in a 35-25 win over Colcord to advance to the Class 2A semifinals. Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher: Sternberger scored twice, including the game's opening touchdown in the 35-6 rout of Roland. But it was his final touchdown that had the crowd buzzing in which he caught a shovel pass, ran backwards, hurdled a defender among other missed tackles, reversed field, ran into an official and broke free for a 27-yard score.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams […]
OSSAA sets championship, semifinal locations, dates
Jacob Unruh | Nov 29, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week's state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur is Saturday at Yukon. A time has not yet been announced. Also on Saturday, the Class B and Class C title games will be played in a doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Class C between Tipton and Cherokee is at 1 p.m.. Class B between Alex and Laverne is at 7 p.m. The Class 4A championship involving Wagoner and Oologah will be played Friday at Broken Arrow High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Class 3A semifinals will be played at Sapulpa and Stillwater High School. Top-ranked Locust Grove and No. 2 Heritage Hall play at 7 p.m. Friday in Sapulpa, while Kingfisher and Cushing meet at the same time in Stillwater. The Class 2A semifinal between Davis and Hennessey will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Putnam City Stadium, while the Oklahoma Christian School and Nowata game will be at Owasso. In Class A, the Cashion and Talihina game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool and the Thomas and Wynnewood game will be at Cache. The Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games were set last week. Jenks and Union will play Friday at 7 p.m. at Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Bixby and Lawton will play at Moore High School.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship...
High school notebook: OSSAA sets championship, semifinal sites, dates
BY JACOB UNRUH | Nov 29, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the sites and dates for next week’s state championship and state semifinal football games across the state. No games will be played at Oklahoma State this season due to the contract expiring following last season. Instead, games are placed in neutral locations determined by the location of teams playing. The Class 5A championship between Skiatook and Lawton MacArthur is Saturday at Yukon. A time has not yet been announced. Also on Saturday, the Class B and Class C title games will be played in a doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Class C between Tipton and Cherokee is at 1 p.m. Class B between Alex and Laverne is at 7 p.m. The Class 4A championship involving Wagoner and Oologah will be played Friday at Broken Arrow High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Class 3A semifinals will be played at Sapulpa and Stillwater High School. Top-ranked Locust Grove and No. 2 Heritage Hall play at 7 p.m. Friday in Sapulpa, while Kingfisher and Cushing meet at the same time in Stillwater. The Class 2A semifinal between Davis and Hennessey will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Putnam City Stadium, while the Oklahoma Christian School and Nowata game will be at Owasso. In Class A, the Cashion and Talihina game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool, and the Thomas and Wynnewood game will be at Cache. The Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games were set last week. Jenks and Union will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium. Bixby and Lawton will play at Moore High School. WASHINGTON’S KULBETH RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL Washington senior running back Brady Kulbeth was released from the hospital early Saturday morning following an injury he suffered against Nowata that delayed the playoff game for more than 25 minutes Friday. Kulbeth suffered an injury around his spine and neck that caused him to initially lose feeling in his upper body late in the second quarter. He regained feeling and movement before leaving the field. “It was mainly precautionary,” Washington coach Brad Beller said. “They wanted to check for any major damage and they were able to let him go.” Washington lost the game 42-35. Part of the delay was due to an ambulance not being on site when the injury occurred. Beller said that’s the first time the entire season that has happened and that he was told an emergency call was placed that required the ambulance just before the start of the game. “It still was a scary situation that we need to make sure next year we’ll have one there for sure at the start of each game,” Beller said. SIKES FINDS RHYTHM IN OCS WIN Oklahoma Christian School senior Conner Sikes appears to be getting more and more comfortable each week he plays quarterback. Sikes threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns in OCS’ 35-25 win over Colcord in the Class 2A semifinals, dishing out his best performance in the past three weeks he’s filled in for injured Thomas Qualls. “He threw some really, really pretty passes,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “He really did a phenomenal job and led the team well.” Each touchdown pass went to a different receiver, including a 52-yard strike to Luke Frankfurt and a 65-yard pass to Andrew McKinnis. Receiver Callen Crockett also had a big night, catching seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception on defense. OCS travels to Owasso on Friday and will play undefeated Nowata in the Class 2A semifinals. CASHION GETS ANOTHER CRACK AT TALIHINA For the third straight year, Cashion will face Talihina in the Class A playoffs. After falling last year, the Wildcats are looking to win for the second time in that span and advance to the championship game. The semifinal game is 7 p.m. Friday at Glenpool. “We definitely are familiar with each other,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “They do a lot of good things and they’ve got some talent. We need all hands on deck for the remainder of the year.” Cashion (13-0) got help from an unexpected place Friday in a 20-13 win over Stratford when senior Kaleb George scored twice and had a big game defensively with seven tackles. George, a senior, was due for a breakout game. “He’s really good,” Shackelford said. “I think it probably helps too that we’ve got so many other kids that have had good years he was probably not somebody Stratford was keying on last night.” HENNESSEY TURNS TO PASS TO ADVANCE Throughout the week, Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen noticed some opportunities on film that would allow the Eagles to throw the ball against Hartshorne. It’s a different pace for Hennessey and it’s normal run-heavy offense, but it worked well as the Eagles won 28-14 to advance to the Class 2A semifinals Friday in Putnam City against No. 1 Davis. “We ran into a very, very tough, physical football team real similar to what we are,” Luetjen said. “We knew that going in and they were able to force us to throw the football a little bit more and spread some things out. We were able to capitalize on some things we saw going into the game. “But we were still able to sustain a couple big drives with our run game, which I thought put them behind the eight ball.” Hennessey quarterback Tony Mendoza threw three touchdown passes, completing 9 of 17 passes for 123 yards. The different element of the offense may benefit the Eagles against Davis, too. At least, that’s what Luetjen hopes. “I think this gives us an opportunity going into that game that’s going to make them think a little bit more about loading the box because we have the ability to throw the football around a little bit,” he said.
Nov 27, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his predictions for this week’s games.
Oklahoma high school football third-round playoff picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 27, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 42-4 (91.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,553-339 (82.1 pct.) Friday’s games Semifinals Class 5A At Yukon Skiatook 24, Ardmore 21 At Choctaw Lawton MacArthur 35, McAlester 34 Class 4A At Glenpool Metro Christian 35, Wagoner 28 At Sapulpa Fort Gibson 35, Oologah 21 Class B At Enid Laverne 34, Davenport 28 At Del City Alex 48, Dewar 36 Class C At SWOSU, Weatherford Cherokee 38, Grandfield 20 At Cache Tipton 50, Fox 34 Quarterfinals Class 3A Heritage Hall 31, BEGGS 28 Locust Grove 35, DOUGLASS 28 Lincoln Christian 28, CUSHING 27 KINGFISHER 27, Roland 17 Class 2A Hennessey 34, HARTSHORNE 30 Davis 35, ADAIR 21 Oklahoma Christian 28, COLCORD 24 WASHINGTON 21, Nowata 20 Class A Thomas 27, KIEFER 22 Wynnewood 32, HOMINY 28 Cashion 42, STRATFORD 30 RINGLING 28, Talihina 27 *-Home team in CAPS. Semifinal games at neutral sites.
Nov 24, 2014
Quiet or not, Van Meter has become a force for the second-ranked Saints in the absence of injured quarterback Thomas Qualls, and that was evident during Friday’s 34-15 win over Kingston in which Van Meter returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a long touchdown pass.
High school football: OCS receiver Kade Van Meter does his talking on the field
By Jacob Unruh | Nov 24, 2014EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian School coach Derek Turner likes to joke about how much Kade Van Meter speaks. “I think I’ve heard him say 10 words in the four years he’s been here,” Turner said. “He’s one of those silent leaders.” Quiet or not, Van Meter has become a force for the second-ranked Saints in the absence of injured quarterback Thomas Qualls, and that was evident during Friday’s 34-15 win over Kingston in which Van Meter returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a long touchdown pass. It was his second touchdown reception and the team’s second punt return for a score in as many weeks. “I was put in a position where I was forced to step up and I expect it from myself every night now,” said Van Meter, who is The Oklahoman’s staff pick for Player of the Week. OCS (12-0) hits the road this week, facing upstart Colcord (11-1) in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday. It’s the first time OCS has traveled without Qualls, whose status remains uncertain moving forward. That leaves playmakers like Van Meter and Luke Frankfurt to step up to help fill-in quarterback Connor Sikes, who normally plays receiver. “It’s going to put added pressure on you because you’re down one really quality receiver,” Turner said. “In our particular case, that’s what we’re looking at. But we’ve got some kids who can really fill in. “It’s more pressure on Van Meter, but he’s handled that.” Van Meter now has three touchdowns on special teams, having returned two kickoffs earlier in the season for touchdowns. Last week, Callen Crockett joined the mix with a punt return for a touchdown. Frankfurt also has four touchdowns in the past two games, bringing his season total to 23. “It’s just our reaction to adversity,” Van Meter said. “All of us can make a play anytime, and that keeps teams on their heels having to guard a lot of playmakers. It helps us out a lot.” Van Meter said the Saints’ early four-game schedule prepared them for the challenge of the playoffs. In that span, OCS beat Ringling, Metro Christian, Lincoln Christian and Millwood. Three of those teams remain in the playoffs in their respective classes. But even he’s a little surprised how well the team has responded the past two weeks. “A little bit,” he said. “But we’re used to it now.”
Nov 24, 2014
Chris and Sarah Roberts use the words interchangeably. Team is family. Family is team. But over the past few months, team and family intertwined in a way that the football coach at Crossings Christian School and his wife never would’ve imagined. They have expanded their home team by adding a member of their football family. Crossings linebacker Christian Osterhout is now part of Team Roberts....
Crossings Christian football coach adds a member of his team to his family
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Nov 24, 2014Chris and Sarah Roberts use the words interchangeably. Team is family. Family is team. But over the past few months, team and family intertwined in a way that the football coach at Crossings Christian School and his wife never would’ve imagined. They have expanded their home team by adding a member of their football family. Crossings linebacker Christian Osterhout is now part of Team Roberts. After his dad died a few years ago, Christian became a regular at Chris and Sarah’s house. An already solid relationship was cemented earlier this fall when Christian’s mom died, too. “Nobody said it would be easy,” Sarah said of expanding a family that already included three biological children and one foster child. “They just said it would be worth it.” Chris nodded as they sat in the deserted Crossings locker room Monday afternoon. “It’s not easy,” she said, “but it’s definitely worth it.” “That’s right,” he said. During a holiday week in which family and football will be front and center, no one exemplifies that combination better than Team Roberts. Football brought together their family. Theirs is such a perfect marriage that the kings of football have taken notice. Christian and Team Roberts have been named one of six finalists for the NFL's "Together We Make Football" contest. Win an online vote, and they’ll be headed to the Super Bowl. Team Roberts wants to win the contest — this is a competitive lot; Chris and Christian helped get Crossings from a start-up program to the playoffs for the first time this season — and yet, something feels different about this competition. The outcome doesn’t weigh on them. The final score doesn’t matter all that much. They feel like they’ve already won. * * * The summer before Christian’s freshman year, his dad died after a battle with ALS. Christian had been in Crossings’ middle-school football program, so Chris quickly heard about what had happened. He called Christian soon after the funeral. “Hey, let’s go have lunch,” the coach said. One lunch turned into weekly lunches turned into dinners at the Roberts’ house. Chris and Sarah had three kids under the age of 7 at the time, and since Christian didn’t have younger siblings, he felt uncomfortable at first. “What is this place?” Christian wondered. Eventually, he started to enjoy the insanity. Craved it, actually. It was a diversion from everything happening at his house. His mom had gotten sick, too. She was battling scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes extra collagen to form and impede organ function. Her lungs took the brunt of it, and she eventually needed an oxygen tank. Watching his mom struggle and doing so without his dad was difficult for Christian. The Roberts’ house was a haven. When the doctors began talking about a lung transplant — often seen as a last-resort option — Christian and his mom had a conversation that no parent wants to have. No child wants it either. What would happen if she died? They agreed that the Roberts were a great family. Would they make Christian part of their team? “Hey, Coach, my mom’s not doing very well,” Christian told Chris the next time he visited. “If something were to happen, could I come live here with you?” “Of course,” Chris said. End of discussion. Three days before Crossings’ season opener in September, Christian’s mom died. He spoke at the funeral, telling about his mom’s quirky but loving personality, about how she was as joyful through her illness as his dad was strong through his. Chris and Sarah marvel at how he handled that day and every day since. “He’s not bitter, he’s not angry, he doesn’t pout around saying, ‘Why me?’” Chris said. “He plays the cards that have been dealt to him. It’s a great testament to how his parents were, how his parents raised him. “Their legacy lives in him.” And now it’s part of their family. “We couldn’t ask for a better influence on our kids than him,” Sarah said. For Team Roberts, the storybook ending has already happened. This NFL deal? It’s a fairytale. * * * Listening to both Christian and Chris speak at Kathy’s funeral, Sarah felt a tugging in her heart. The daughter of a high school football coach, she’d been around the game all her life and seen the way the players became family. Football even brought her and Chris together; he had played for her dad at Turpin High School. Still, she never expected the game to bring her a new son. After she got home from the funeral, she went into the bedroom, shut the door, held up her cell phone and spoke from her heart. Still wearing her funeral clothes, she told the story of Christian and Team Roberts, then sent it to “Together We Make Football”, a promotion she’d heard mentioned during NFL games. “Didn’t think about it,” she said. “Didn’t watch it.” “Didn’t tell us,” Chris said, chuckling. A few weeks later, Sarah, who is the director of women’s ministry for Oklahoma FCA, got an email from the NFL wanting to chat on the phone and get more details. After that interview, she got another call asking to talk to Chris. “I should probably tell him that this is going on,” she thought. The next week, NFL Films sent a crew to spend three days with Team Roberts. The family wasn’t given any details about how the footage would be used, but they figured something must be afoot if the NFL was spending that much time and money. JOIN TEAM ROBERTS Want to help Christian Osterhout and Team Roberts win the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” contest? Go to www.togetherwemakefootball.com and vote for “Christian”. You can vote once daily until Jan. 4. Team Roberts got its answer a couple weeks later. Crossings was having a pep rally before its first-ever playoff appearance, and as Chris introduced the players to a packed gym, the school’s headmaster walked over, took the microphone and began talking about Team Roberts. “You know who loves your story?” the headmaster said. “Deion Sanders.” On cue, the former NFL great strolled through the doors and presented Christian with a silver football signifying his status as a finalist in the “Together We Make Football” contest. Last week, Christian, Chris and Sarah spent two days in New York with the other finalists. The trip included an appearance on the Today Show, a trip to NFL headquarters and a meeting with Roger Goodell. “Rog?” Christian deadpanned. Chris and Sarah nearly doubled over in laughter. “I’m just kidding,” Christian said, smiling. “Commissioner Goodell … he seemed like a really cool guy.” Christian might see the commish again if he wins this contest and goes to the Super Bowl. But take note, Oklahoma — Christian is the only finalist who doesn’t live in an NFL city. All the other finalists have the marketing muscle of their hometown team, who can encourage fans to vote online. Christian doesn’t have that advantage and needs plenty of homegrown help. (Anyone willing to make a call to Dez Bryant or DeMarco Murray on this kid’s behalf? Maybe they could take this up with their boss down there in Dallas.) But even if Christian doesn’t win the contest, Team Roberts feels fortunate that their story has been shared and their testimony has been told. “I have been through a lot,” Christian said. “Everybody goes through many hard things in life. I just want people to see that no matter what happens, God is always faithful. “He’s never left me through any of it.” Christian’s mom always used to joke about his love of sports. No one else in their family even liked sports, much less played them like he did. He had athletic ability. He had competitive juices. “You must’ve gotten switched in the hospital with a coach’s kid,” his mom would say. Christian told that story at his mom’s funeral, then looked heavenward. “Mom, you’re right once again,” he said. “I’m a coach’s kid.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.
High school football: Predictions for week 2 of the playoffs
By Scott Wright | Nov 20, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 72-16 (81.8 pct) Overall record: 1,511-335 (81.9 pct.) All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I semifinals Jenks 21, Owasso 7 Tulsa Union 31, Mustang 28 (Saturday) Class 6A-II semifinals Bixby 38, Sand Springs 34 Lawton 24, Tulsa Washington 21 Class 5A quarterfinals ARDMORE 30, Shawnee 28 Guthrie 28, SKIATOOK 22 McAlester 49, DEL CITY 38 Lawton MacArthur 28, COLLINSVILLE 14 Class 4A quarterfinals ANADARKO 35, Metro Christian 28 WAGONER 27, Weatherford 20 Oologah 21, CLINTON 18 FORT GIBSON 28, Newcastle 27 Class 3A second round HERITAGE HALL 35, Plainview 20 BEGGS 26, Eufaula 22 Douglass 32, LONE GROVE 28 LOCUST GROVE 42, Berryhill 27 Idabel 34, LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 28 CUSHING 21, Marlow 14 ROLAND 34, Checotah 30 Kingfisher 21, SEMINOLE 17 Class 2A second round HENNESSEY 28, Lindsay 20 HARTSHORNE 40, Wyandotte 18 DAVIS 42, Christian Heritage 30 ADAIR 44, Panama 14 Colcord 28, STROUD 21 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Kingston 7 NOWATA 20, Vian 16 WASHINGTON 28, Chisholm 24 Class A second round THOMAS 34, Minco 20 KIEFER 38, Rejoice Christian 14 WYNNEWOOD 21, Hollis 14 Hominy 33, KETCHUM 28 CASHION 49, Afton 20 APACHE 22, Stratford 18 TALIHINA 35, Morrison 24 RINGLING 28, Fairview 12 Class B quarterfinals LAVERNE 44, Keota 14 DAVENPORT 36, Maysville 16 ALEX 42, Weleetka 20 DEWAR 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 34 Class C quarterfinals CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 28 Grandfield 34, BLUEJACKET 28 TIPTON 56, Thackerville 8 FOX 44, Balko 36 *-Home team in CAPS
Byron Cordell and his family recorded a parody to Taylor Swift’s Billboard Top 100 song “Shake It Off” as a comeback and posted it on YouTube over the weekend. You can watch the video at NewsOK.com/Varsity.
High school notebook: Durant coach parodies 'Shake It Off' after firing
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Nov 17, 2014Two days after being fired from his alma mater, former Durant football coach Byron Cordell had a response to his ousting — and it was especially entertaining. Cordell and his family recorded a parody to Taylor Swift’s Billboard Top 100 song “Shake It Off” as a comeback and posted it on YouTube over the weekend. You can watch the video at NewsOK.com/Varsity. Cordell’s two daughters, son and wife all sing along to the song with him while they pack up his belongings. But they also dance and have a little fun in the school’s facilities during the process. The school informed Cordell he would not return for his 10th season Thursday, just days after Durant ended its season 1-9 following a 2-8 campaign last season. “We just weren’t successful enough in the last few years,” Cordell told the Durant Democrat. “We didn’t win enough games. It’s part of the profession. I’m disappointed, but I understand. “I had a great time in my nine years here in Durant. It was an honor and privilege to coach in my home town. I would like to thank everyone for the support, not just me, but the kids in the program. I had a lot of good times.” Cordell told the paper he has not decided what he’ll do next. The video suggests he’ll bounce back just fine. NEWCASTLE DEFENSE WILL BE KEY VS. FORT GIBSON Newcastle’s defense has been one of the best in Class 4A this season, allowing 14.5 points per game, with only No. 1 Anadarko managing to score more than 21 points on the Racers. But second-ranked Fort Gibson offers a challenge to the third-ranked Racers defense in this week’s playoff game. Fort Gibson is averaging 40.9 points per game and has been held below 35 only once all season, a 28-14 win over Sallisaw. Fort Gibson sophomore Chris Walker has been one of the top running backs in the state, rushing for 2,121 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. SPENCE GETS TOP COAC VOLLEYBALL HONOR Edmond Santa Fe’s Jordan Spence was named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Year on a list of honorees dominated by the Wolves. Santa Fe’s Kaitlin Dillion and Sam Ethridge were co-Defensive Players of the Year, while Edmond North’s Hannah Rose Frohling was named the conference’s top offensive player. Spence and Frohling were joined on the All-Conference First team by Audrey Alford of Norman North, Livi Schiffner and Alli Evans of Edmond Memorial, Taylor Horton of Edmond Santa Fe and Morgan Turner of Deer Creek. CASADY’S FREEMAN SIGNS WITH OC GOLF Elizabeth Freeman has helped the Casady girls golf team to a pair of Southwest Preparatory Conference championships, and her play has earned Freeman the opportunity to continue golfing at the next level. Freeman signed a letter of intent with the Oklahoma Christian women’s golf team last week. WINTER MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Winter Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 NW 50 Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in basketball, wrestling and swimming is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Nov 15, 2014
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations, date and time Saturday morning for all four Class 6A semifinal football games next week, with three of the games being played in the Tulsa metro.
High school notebook: Class 6A semifinals set for next week
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 15, 2014The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the locations, date and time Saturday morning for all four Class 6A semifinal football games next week, with three of the games being played in the Tulsa metro. In Class 6A-I, Jenks and Owasso will play Friday night at 7 p.m. at Tulsa’s H.A. Chapman Stadium. The other semifinal between Mustang and Tulsa Union will be played at the same stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. The Division II semifinals are both set for 7 p.m. Friday. Bixby and Sand Springs will play at Broken Arrow, while Lawton and Tulsa Washington will play at Yukon. Winners advance to the state championship games two weeks later, which will be played at a site and time to be determined. Last year, the OSSAA approved a bye week following the semifinals to accommodate the smaller brackets with the Class 6A split and avoid Thanksgiving week serving as a championship week. ROAD WINS AT A PREMIUM IN FIRST ROUND A playoff road win never comes easy, and Friday night further proved the theory. Only 16 road teams survived out of 88 first-round games, slightly less than a 20-percent success rate. District champions were 41-3 in the opening round. Class 2A had the strongest home-field advantage with only one road victory, Panama’s 35-21 win at Chandler. Class A and 3A each had three road teams win, the most of any class. Oddly, the 16 road winners on Friday night won by an average of nearly 12 points, with just five of those games being decided by fewer than seven points. “When you go on the road, you’re already about seven points down,” said Minco quarterback Hunter Jones, who guided the Bulldogs to the biggest blowout among road winners, a 36-point win over Healdton. “It’s tough to win on the road this time of year, so if you can get it done, it’s pretty big.” DISTRICT 4A-1 PULLS OFF SWEEP In the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, only two teams won on the road — Clinton and Weatherford, both from District 4A-1. With Anadarko and Newcastle picking up home victories, 4A-1 pulled off the rare playoff sweep in the first round, defeating all four opponents from 4A-2. The most notable such sweep in recent years was District 5A-2’s sweep of 5A-1 in 2012. That year, fourth-seeded Carl Albert opened the playoffs with an upset of 5A-1 champion Del City and the Titans rolled on to the state title. HENNESSEY’S JOHNS SETS SCHOOL RECORD Hennessey junior Tabor Johns’ journey from third-string receiver to starting running back added a school record Friday. Johns scored six touchdowns in a 41-6 rout of Luther to set a single-game record for rushing touchdowns. “He was big for us because we felt like we could run the football,” Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen said. Johns finished with 209 yards on 23 carries, a number much lower than his average of more than 30 per game the past few weeks with Abe Ortega dealing with an ankle injury. Ortega is expected to be back to 100 percent in time for the second-round game against high-powered Lindsay, which would be huge as Hennessey looks to control the game with its rushing attack. “It’s just magnified against a team like Lindsay that is so talented and can score so quick with the offense they run,” Luetjen said. “Tabor’s going to have to be able to run it up in there, get positive yards and then Abe’s really coming around to give us some spell back there, too. That gives us a better 1-2 punch with those guys back there.” LOSS OF QUALLS DOESN’T STOP OCS Even without starting quarterback Thomas Qualls, Oklahoma Christian School continued rolling in a 35-6 rout of Newkirk to open the Class 2A playoffs. Qualls suffered an injury in the Week 10 win over Luther. His status remains uncertain for next week. But if Friday is any indication, he might be able to take another week off to heal. Receiver Connor Sikes moved to quarterback, throwing four touchdown passes, and the Saints’ defense allowed just 29 yards in the first half. “We just keep doing what we do,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “We handled it well.” Turner said Sikes had not played quarterback in a few years, but he was impressed with how well he handled the new duties. That will make preparing for Kingston (9-1) next week even easier. “He’s a great ballplayer, great receiver and he understands our offense,” Turner said about Sikes. “He throws a nice ball and he’s got nice touch.”
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS
Darkhorse Oklahoma Christian: Nobody expected the Saints to go undefeated with their grueling schedule, but they did. Now, not many expect them to win a second championship in three years, which would possibly include taking down favorite Davis. Best first-round matchup Millwood at Chisholm: It’s the second straight year Chisholm has hosted a playoff game […]
Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 2A bracket
Scott Wright | Nov 9, 2014Darkhorse Oklahoma Christian: Nobody expected the Saints to go undefeated with their grueling schedule, but they did. Now, not many expect them to win a second championship in three years, which would possibly include taking down favorite Davis. Best first-round matchup Millwood at Chisholm: It's the second straight year Chisholm has hosted a playoff game against a District 2A-2 power, falling to OCS last season. It still has its hands full with Millwood this week, but it might also be better prepared after last season. Player to watch Blake Summers, Davis: Summers has been extremely impressive all season, putting up better numbers than last season's title run with 1,453 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in the triple-option offense. Class 2A Scott Wright: Davis Jacob Unruh: Davis Trent Shadid: Davis
Nov 8, 2014
First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at...
Oklahoma high school football first-round playoff pairings
Nov 8, 2014First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at Coweta (5-5) Tahlequah (5-5) at Skiatook (9-1) Altus (8-2) at Guthrie (9-1) Del City (5-5) at Deer Creek (7-3) Tulsa Edison (6-4) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Collinsville (7-2) Carl Albert (7-3) at Lawton MacArthur (9-1), Thursday Class 4A Tuttle (6-4) at Anadarko (10-0) Catoosa (5-5) at Metro Christian (8-2) Sallisaw (6-4) at Wagoner (6-4) Weatherford (6-4) at Ada (8-2) Clinton (5-5) at Harrah (7-3) Poteau (6-4) at Oologah (8-2) Cascia Hall (8-2) at Fort Gibson (10-0) Glenpool (5-5) at Newcastle (9-1) Class 3A Blanchard (5-5) at Heritage Hall (9-1) Plainview (4-6) at Purcell (7-3) Verdigris (7-3) at Beggs (9-1) Seq. Claremore (4-6) at Eufaula (8-2) Jones (6-4) at Lone Grove (8-1) Perkins (7-3) at Douglass (8-2) Spiro (7-2) at Locust Grove (10-0) Victory Christian (8-2) at Berryhill (9-1) Hilldale (4-6) at Lincoln Chr. (8-2) Idabel (8-2) at Westville (8-2) Cushing (6-4) at Bethany (8-1) Little Axe (6-4) at Marlow (6-4) Seq. Tahlequah (4-6) at Roland (9-1) Sperry (7-3) at Checotah (7-3) Sulphur (4-6) at Seminole (9-1) John Marshall (8-2) at Kingfisher (8-2) Class 2A Luther (6-4) at Hennessey (9-1) Coalgate (5-5) at Lindsay (8-2) Wewoka (6-3) at Hartshorne (9-1) Haskell (7-3) at Wyandotte (6-4) Walters (6-4) at Davis (10-0) Perry (6-4) at Chr. Heritage (8-2) Commerce (3-6) at Adair (10-0) Panama (7-3) at Chandler (7-3) Antlers (6-4) at Stroud (8-1) Pawhuska (5-5) at Colcord (9-1) Newkirk (5-5) at Oklahoma Christian (10-0) Dibble (5-5) at Kingston (8-1) Salina (6-4) at Nowata (10-0) Prague (6-4) at Vian (7-3) Hugo (4-6) at Washington (9-1) Millwood (6-4) at Chisholm (8-2) Class A Carnegie (4-6) at Thomas (10-0) Minco (7-2) at Healdton (8-2) Oklahoma Bible (5-4) at Kiefer (10-0) Rejoice Christian (5-5) at Savanna (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Wynnewood (10-0) Mooreland (7-3) at Hollis (9-1) Quinton (6-4) at Ketchum (8-2) Hominy (7-3) at Crossings Christian (7-3) Mounds (6-4) at Cashion (10-0) Central Sallisaw (8-2) at Afton (8-2) Texhoma (5-5) at Apache (9-0) Velma-Alma ( 7-3) at Stratford (9-1) Quapaw (5-5) at Talihina (9-0) Okeene (6-4) at Morrison (8-2) Elmore City (6-4) at Ringling (8-1) Cordell (8-2) at Fairview (6-4) Class B Geary (6-4) at Laverne (9-0) Garber (8-2) at Keota (9-1) Wetumka (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Seiling (7-3) at Maysville (9-1) Turpin (7-3) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Oaks (8-2) Depew (8-2) at Dewar (10-0) Maud (8-2) at Pond Creek-Hunter (9-1) Class C Mt. View-Gotebo (6-4) at Cherokee (9-0) Deer Creek-Lamont (7-3) at Cave Springs (9-1) Webbers Falls (6-4) at Bluejacket (9-1) Shattuck (6-2) at Grandfield (9-1) Boise City (7-2) at Tipton (10-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Coyle (8-1) Covington-Douglas (6-4) at Fox (9-1) Ryan (6-4) at Balko (8-2)
The NAIA ratings voters have noticed. Langston (5-3) is No. 23 in this week’s football rankings, putting itself in decent position to make the playoffs.
Oklahoma state college notebook: Langston sneaks into NAIA rankings at No. 23
By Scott Munn | Nov 7, 2014A look around the state college sports scene: GRID BITS The NAIA ratings voters have noticed. Langston (5-3) is No. 23 in this week’s football rankings, putting itself in decent position to make the playoffs. The Lions need to beat Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Saturday and Bacone on Nov. 15 to win the Central States Football League championship — and then crack the top 20 to qualify for the postseason. If the opportunity arises, expect Langston to keep the hammer down on offense to impress voters. Central Oklahoma goes for win No. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Lindenwood of St. Charles, Mo. UCO has not won eight games in a season since 2004, when then-coach Chuck Langston’s club finished with an 8-2 record. JOB FAIR St. Gregory’s basketball coach John Martin was named the NAIA school’s athletic director. He will continue as men’s basketball coach while serving as AD. Martin has been a head coach for 12 years, including three seasons at Moore High School and two years at John Marshall High. He guided John Marshall to the Class 5A state championship in 2003. HOOPS Willie Holley of Mid-America Christian and Dan Hays of Oklahoma Christian have a combined 77 years of coaching experience and 1,500 victories. The two small college coaching legends squared off in a season-opening men’s basketball game recently, with host Mid-America Christian winning 73-67. Reggie Davis led Mid-America Christian with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. HONOR ROLL Former Midwest City High football star Vershon Moore was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Offensive Player of the Week. Moore, now a senior running back at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., had a school-record 331 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns during a 36-10 victory over Emporia State (Kan.). He ran for 171 yards and three TDs and returned a punt 85 yards for a score. Marty Wilkerson of St. Gregory’s was named Sooner Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior averaged 28.5 points and 4.5 assists during wins over No. 20-ranked Evangel (Mo.) and Bacone. Wilkerson had 34 points against Evangel; he has scored more than 30 points in a game five times during his career at St. Greg’s. Jeff Ricker of Oklahoma Baptist was named to the 2015 NAIA Preseason All-America Baseball Team. The senior infielder/designated hitter from San Bernardino, Calif., hit .349 last season while helping the Bison reach the NAIA World Series. Ricker drove in 35 and scored 61 runs. BY THE NUMBERS 576 — Season rushing yards for Central Oklahoma quarterback Chas Stallard. Last Saturday, during a 28-10 victory over Northeastern State, the redshirt freshman from Cleveland, OK, broke the single-season record of 574 set in 1979 by now-Edmond North football coach Scott Burger. 3-6 — Final season record for the once-mighty Northeastern A&M football program. 221-15 — Combined score for five duals won by the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City University women’s wrestling team at the recent Cliff Keen Duals inside Abe Lemons Arena. The Stars beat Missouri Baptist 48-0; Lyon (Ark.) 46-1; Missouri Valley 39-6; Life (Ga.) 47-1; and Cumberlands (Ky.) 41-7. HOOK, LINE & SINKER Lamar won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational last Sunday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The winning team of Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie caught 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 5 ounces. They won $4,000. The Southeastern State team of Jonathan Furlong of Bixby and Dwight Camp of Talihina finished seventh (10 bass, 24-8). The East Central duo of Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, finished in 10th (10 bass, 22-5).
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Crossings Christian quarterback Noah Niederschuh had a good week on the football and a good week online. Niederschuh was named The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week on Tuesday, winning by more than 100 votes over Heritage Hall’s Terrell Love. Last week, Niederschuh tossed five touchdowns in a 51-34 win over Oklahoma Christian Academy. […]
Crossing Christian's Noah Niederschuh wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll
Jacob Unruh | Nov 4, 2014Crossings Christian quarterback Noah Niederschuh was named The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week. Photo provided Crossings Christian quarterback Noah Niederschuh was named The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week. Photo provided Crossings Christian quarterback Noah Niederschuh had a good week on the football and a good week online. Niederschuh was named The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week on Tuesday, winning by more than 100 votes over Heritage Hall's Terrell Love. Last week, Niederschuh tossed five touchdowns in a 51-34 win over Oklahoma Christian Academy. He finished with 427 votes. The Oklahoman's staff pick for Player of the Week Tori Martin of Pauls Valley finished with just 111 votes. A total of 1,428 votes were cast. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the final regular season poll. Here are the results from the Week 9 poll: Noah Niederschuh, Crossings Christian: 427 votes (29.9 pct.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall: 317 votes (22.2 pct.) Preston Porter, Norman North: 218 votes (15.27 pct.) Idae Alexander, Guthrie: 197 votes (13.8 pct.) Luke Frankfurt, OCS: 158 votes (11.06 pct.) Tori Martin, Pauls Valley: 111 votes (7.77 pct.) Total: 1,428 votes
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 9: Scott Wright Anadarko 20, Newcastle 13 Midwest City 28, Lawton 27 Kingfisher 28, Heritage Hall 27 Oklahoma Christian 28, Christian Heritage 21 Purcell 28, Seminole 24 Ft. Gibson 42, Poteau 28 Tulsa Washington 34, Sand Springs 17 Guthrie […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 9
Trent Shadid | Oct 30, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 9: Scott Wright Anadarko 20, Newcastle 13 Midwest City 28, Lawton 27 Kingfisher 28, Heritage Hall 27 Oklahoma Christian 28, Christian Heritage 21 Purcell 28, Seminole 24 Ft. Gibson 42, Poteau 28 Tulsa Washington 34, Sand Springs 17 Guthrie 35, Carl Albert 28 Tulsa Union 35, Mustang 21 McAlester 28, Shawnee 27 Lock of the week: Purcell over Seminole. This Seminole team isn’t quite what the last couple Chieftain squads have been. Meanwhile, Purcell is playing strong football right now. Jacob Unruh Anadarko 24, Newcastle 14 Lawton 28, Midwest City 20 Kingfisher 28, Heritage Hall 24 Oklahoma Christian 35, Christian Heritage 28 Purcell 27, Seminole 21 Ft. Gibson 34, Poteau 21 Tulsa Washington 31, Sand Springs 27 Guthrie 35, Carl Albert 24 Tulsa Union 27, Mustang 20 McAlester 21, Shawnee 17 Lock of the week: Lawton over Midwest City. The Wolverines have a solid defense that can slow down the Bombers’ rushing attack and too many weapons on offense that can score just enough. Trent Shadid Anadarko 35, Newcastle 21 Midwest City 21, Lawton 20 Kingfisher 20, Heritage Hall 14 Oklahoma Christian 42, Christian Heritage 35 Seminole 22, Purcell 20 Ft. Gibson 34, Poteau 28 Tulsa Washington 37, Sand Springs 27 Guthrie 24, Carl Albert 21 Tulsa Union 42, Mustang 28 McAlester 35, Shawnee 24 Lock of the week: Anadarko over Newcastle. A road game against a solid Newcastle team will serve as top-ranked Anadarko’s toughest test so far this season. But the Warriors haven’t lost since the 2012 state title game and they’ve shown no signs of weakness this season. Here are the standings after Week 8: Scott (48-32, 6-2) Jacob (47-33, 7-1) Trent (45-35, 4-4)
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 29, 2014
When the Saints returned to the field for the first time since Goff’s unexpected death two days earlier, the emotion hit them harder than a 300-pound nose guard.
High school football: Jason Goff still had a presence with the OCS football team
By Scott Wright | Oct 29, 2014EDMOND — Cole Holleyman didn’t cry until he got onto the football field last Friday night. After all, that’s where he and many of his Oklahoma Christian teammates became brothers with Jason Goff. And when the Saints returned to the field for the first time since Goff’s unexpected death two days earlier, the emotion hit them harder than a 300-pound nose guard. “I think that’s why we had such a tough time that first quarter,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “Some of the guys probably couldn’t see through all the tears.” Goff’s last football season at OCS was 2012 when his play on the offensive line was a crucial part of the Saints’ Class 2A state championship run. A natural leader, all the players on the team back then looked up to the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Goff — and still did, two years later. “He was at our game against Millwood earlier this year and he was still getting on me just like he did when we played together,” Holleyman said with a laugh. “He was my mentor. He was like the team dad. He could say something and have every player’s attention with just one word.” After OCS, Goff played one year of football at Oklahoma Baptist. He wanted to go into medicine, and left football behind to focus on his pre-med course work at OU. Last month, he was diagnosed with a rare infection that attacked his heart, causing it to swell. Doctors were getting his condition under control, and last week, he was scheduled for an MRI that could have led to him being put on the list for a heart transplant. But days before the MRI, on Oct. 18, he was driving with his friend Nick Lovelace in Edmond when Goff collapsed at the wheel of his pickup, which was pulling a trailer down Memorial Road. His foot pressed hard on the accelerator and the pickup was traveling at over 70 miles per hour as Lovelace unbuckled from the passenger seat and tried to get control of the vehicle. Lovelace was able to steer the pickup through on-coming traffic and into a field. The trailer swung out of control and caused the pickup to roll at least twice. Lovelace suffered minor injuries, but Goff was still unconscious when paramedics arrived. “There could’ve been a lot more people really hurt,” Turner said. “Nick was a real hero to a lot of people.” Paramedics revived Goff on the way to the hospital, but his brain had been without oxygen for too long. He died four days later, on Wednesday, Oct. 22. “I actually thought he was gonna come out of it,” OCS senior lineman Asher Martel said. “When he did pass, I didn’t know what to think. I was shell-shocked for a while. “When he was a senior and I was a sophomore, I was a lot smaller than I am now, and I played right next to him. So the defenses would always say, ‘Hey, let’s go after the smaller guy.’ Jason always protected me and helped me out. I would get angry, and he would calm me down.” The Saints had been honoring another former player, Wilson Holloway, this season, carrying one of his University of Tulsa jerseys onto the field before each game. The jersey was a gift from Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship when OCS took part in Tulsa’s summer camp. Holloway died in 2011 from Hodgkins lymphoma. Last Friday, next to Holloway’s jersey, was Goff’s No. 66 Saints jersey. “It was just surreal,” Holleyman said. “The same way we play for Wilson and his memory, that’s what we’ll do for Jason. It’s just fuel to the fire for the next state championship.” Playing to honor their former teammate wasn’t so easy at first. OCS led Crooked Oak 15-0 after the first quarter last Friday night. That’s when Turner told his team to start having fun and playing the way Goff would want them. “We scored 42 points in the second quarter,” Turner said. “We had some fun.” The Saints will wear a No. 66 sticker on their helmets the rest of the season as well, a small way to honor the memory of a young man who was loved and respected teammate and friend. “A lot of us learned so much from Jason out on that field,” Martel said. “He taught me how to be a man through football. And he did the same for a lot of guys. That’s what I’ll remember most about Jason.”
Oklahoma state college notebook: Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State have gone in different directions
In 2014, the Bronchos and RiverHawks have been polar opposites. Central Oklahoma has ridden the backs of a bevy of talented underclassmen and will post the program’s first winning season since 2008. Northeastern is 0-8 and assured of a third consecutive losing season.
Oklahoma state college notebook: Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State have gone in different directions
BY SCOTT MUNN | Oct 26, 2014Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State have been down the same old dirt road. New to the powerful Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. A recent coaching change. Loss after loss after loss — and most of those not even close. “They’ve kind of been the same as us the last few years,” UCO football coach Nick Bobeck said. But in 2014, the Bronchos and RiverHawks have been polar opposites. Central Oklahoma has ridden the backs of a bevy of talented underclassmen and will post the program’s first winning season since 2008. Northeastern is 0-8 and assured of a third consecutive losing season. At 2 p.m. Saturday at Wantland Stadium, the two old in-state rivals will hook up for the 74th time since 1912. And Bobeck hopes Northeastern, a victor in the President’s Cup Series the last four years, doesn’t play well enough to notch season win No. 1 this weekend. After all, the once-struggling Bronchos still have a slight chance at qualifying for the NCAA Division II playoffs. “We’ve got an opportunity in the next three games to finish the season on a high point,” Bobeck said. “We’ve just got to build toward that. If you get to eight wins this season, that equals the (combined) total from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. We’re excited about that.” Bobeck has already made a point to his football team. Washburn (Kan.), which is in the lower echelon of the MIAA standings, put a scare into UCO last week until losing 35-26. There’s no reason why Northeastern can’t do the same. “Teams that are near the bottom, they’re still good teams in our league,” said Bronchos quarterback Chas Stallard. “You’ve got to show up every week in the MIAA to compete to win.” GRID BITS Panhandle State has scored 361 points this season, breaking the school record of 343 set in 1961. The current Aggies (6-2) have two games remaining this season; the ’61 team scored its 343 points in 11 games. Oklahoma Baptist had 35 yards in penalties during its 62-0 rout of Texas College on Saturday. That’s quite an improvement over the 214 penalty yards the Bison had during a similar easy win Oct. 18 over Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.). “That's just a matter of focus,” OBU coach Chris Jensen said. “We corrected that.” Layton Dworaczyk of Southeastern returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown during the Savage Storm’s 45-7 win over Northwestern on Oct. 25. The last time a Southeastern player returned a punt or kick for a TD was in 2009. JOB FAIR St. Gregory’s basketball coach John Martin was named the NAIA school’s athletic director. He will continue as men’s basketball coach while serving as AD. Martin has been a head coach for 12 years, including three seasons at Moore High School and two years at John Marshall High. He guided John Marshall to the Class 5A state championship in 2003. HOOPS Willie Holley of Mid-America Christian and Dan Hays of Oklahoma Christian have a combined 77 years of coaching experience and 1,500 victories. The two small college coaching legends squared off in a season-opening men’s basketball game Thursday night, with host Mid-America Christian winning 73-67. Reggie Davis led Mid-America Christian with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. HONOR ROLL Oklahoma Baptist running back Dawson Myers was chosen as Central States Football League Offensive Player of the Week. The junior from Cushing rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. BY THE NUMBERS 707 — Total yards for Panhandle State during its 45-7 football rout over Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) last Saturday in Goodwell. Quarterback Caleb Holbrook passed for 337 yards and five touchdowns as the Aggies moved to 6-2. 221-15 — Combined score for five duals won by the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City University women’s wrestling team at the recent Cliff Keen Duals inside Abe Lemons Arena. The Stars beat Missouri Baptist 48-0; Lyon (Ark.) 46-1; Missouri Valley 39-6; Life (Ga.) 47-1; and Cumberlands (Ky.) 41-7. HOOK, LINE & SINKER Lamar won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational last Sunday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The winning team of Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie caught 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 5 ounces. They won $4,000. The Southeastern State team of Jonathan Furlong of Bixby and Dwight Camp of Talihina finished seventh (10 bass, 24-8). The East Central duo of Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, finished in 10th (10 bass, 22-5). JUST FOR KICKS Northeastern won the MIAA regular-season men’s soccer championship last weekend with its 1-1 tie against Fort Hays State (Kan.). Northeastern improved to 12-3-1 overall and 10-0-1 in the league. The RiverHawks, who have won 18 consecutive matches away from Tahlequah, will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIAA Championships tournament Nov. 6-8 in Olathe, Kan. “It’s a fantastic feeling,” Northeastern coach Rob Czlonka said. “The guys are pumped to get through all their conference matches so far without a loss. We’re excited to win our first title outright.”
Oct 26, 2014
The ninth week of the high school football season brings the potential to win a district championship or be eliminated from the race for it.
Top 10 Oklahoma high school football games of Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 26, 2014The ninth week of the high school football season brings the potential to win a district championship or be eliminated from the race for it. All of the following 10 games involve one or both story lines, headed by a matchup of top-three teams in Class 4A. Here’s The Oklahoman’s list of top 10 games for Week 9: No. 1: Anadarko (8-0, 5-0) at Newcastle (8-0, 5-0) No. 2: Lawton (7-1, 4-0) at Midwest City (7-1, 5-0) No. 3: Kingfisher (7-1, 4-0) at Heritage Hall (7-1, 5-0) No. 4: Christian Heritage (7-1, 4-0) at Oklahoma Christian (8-0, 4-0) No. 5: Seminole (7-1, 4-0) at Purcell (7-1, 5-0) No. 6: Poteau (5-3, 4-1) at Fort Gibson (8-0, 5-0) No. 7: Tulsa Washington (7-1, 4-1) at Sand Springs (7-1, 5-0) No. 8: Carl Albert (6-2, 4-1) at Guthrie (8-0, 5-0) No. 9: Tulsa Union (7-1, 5-0) at Mustang (6-2, 4-1) No. 10: Shawnee (6-2, 4-1) at McAlester (7-1, 4-1)
Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0.
High school football roundup: Kyle Duke's five touchdowns leads to Bethany rout
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 25, 2014Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke completed four touchdown passes, three to Trenton Hattler, as the Bronchos blasted Blanchard 49-0. Hattler had touchdown receptions of 2, 6, and 63 yards from Duke, who also connected on a 78-yard scoring strike to Bryton Schmidt. Duke also had a 5-yard scoring run in the game as the Bronchos rolled up 526 yards of total offense, 335 passing and 191 on the ground. Bethany led 35-0 at halftime. DEL CITY DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT, SCORES THREE TIMES Terry Wilson rushed for two scores, including a 79-yard touchdown run, and passed for two more as Del City routed El Reno 69-0. Kobe Bryer caught both scoring strikes from Wilson from 54 and 28 yards. The Del City defense had three pick sixes in the game. Davion Freeman returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 60 and 50 yards. Matt Lamb returned a pick 25 yards for another score. The Eagles’ defense recorded three quarterback sacks and held El Reno to 104 yards of total offense, YELLOWJACKETS BLANK PERKINS BEHIND STERNBERGER Kingfisher romped to a 37-0 win over Perkins as senior Jace Sternberger had a strong game on both sides of the ball. Playing tight end on offense, Sternberger caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Playing defensive end, Sternberger returned a fumble 21 yards for a score and had three pass deflections plus a quarterback sack. Senior wide receiver Brady Smith caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Docker Haub, who threw for three scores and was 15 of 19 in the game for 149 yards. The Yellowjackets improved to 7-1 on the season. Perkins fell to 5-3. McGUINNESS ROLLS TO EASY WIN OVER GUYMON Sophomore Zach Segell and senior Jennings Jarman each ran for two scores as McGuinness dumped Guymon 62-8. Segel rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries while Jarman gained 110 yards on just three carries, one of which was a 95-yard touchdown run. Senior Braden Roy had two receptions for 59 yards for the Irish, including a 54-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mullins. Rubell Goe also caught a 41-touchdown pass from Mullins. McGuinness had 538 yards of total offense in the game, including 380 through the air. CASTIGLIONE, TURNER SPARK MOUNT ST. MARY Joe Castiglione Jr. rushed for two touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries as Mount St. Mary cruised to a 54-22 victory over Dickson. The Rockets’ Jimmy Turner rushed for one score and had a touchdown reception. On defense, Turner intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Dickson running back Chris Bamburg rushed for 99 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOMINATES CROOKED OAK Oklahoma Christian School erupted for 42 points in the second quarter as the Saints crushed Crooked Oak 70-7. Luke Frankfurt rushed for three touchdowns on runs of 42, 14 and 18 yards. Quarterback Thomas Qualls had a 16-yard touchdown pass to Connor Sikes and also scored on a 45-yard run. Kade Van Meter returned a kick 82 yards for a touchdown for the Saints. BLACKWELL’S SCHUERMANN THROWS SIX TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST CENTENNIAL Sam Schuermann tossed six touchdown passes to lift Blackwell to a 54-18 victory over Centennial. Schuermann completed three scoring strikes to Johnny Strahorn of 15, 10 and 14 yards. Steven Perry scored all three touchowns for Centennial. He returned a kick 93 yards for one score and caught two touchdown passes from Kahlan McDaniel of 34 and 46 yards. WHITFIELD, STANDLEE HAVE BIG NIGHT FOR MEEKER Senior running back Tim Whitfield rushed for 308 yards and quarterback Jake Standlee accounted for six touchdowns as Meeker rolled over Bridge Creek 49-21. Whitfield scored two touchdowns in the game, one on a 55-yard run and the other on a 24-yard pass reception. Standlee ran for three scores, passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 85 yards to the end zone. Meeker totaled 703 yards of offense in the game, including 565 on the ground. Bridge Creek rolled up 453 yards of offense, 359 rushing. MORRIS LEADS CASADY TO VICTORY Casady rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arlington Oakridge 41-24. Quarterback Collin Morris rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores to lead the Cyclones. He also had two interceptions in the game. Denver Johnson caught three passes, including a 66-yard scoring strike from Morris. Junior running back Jay Bozalis rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries. Gary Woods had touchdown runs of 10 and 4 yards for Casady. The Cyclones trailed 17-7 after the first quarter before scoring 34 consecutive points. MARTIN RUNS WILD FOR HARRAH Harrah running back Grant Martin rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns as Harrah defeated Tecumseh 52-13. Martin also had a 63-yard reception in the game, giving him 423 yards of total offense.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
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By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS