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Apr 28, 2016
Names like Larry Rose of U.S. Grant — one of the state’s greatest 1-mile runners ever — or Glen Long of Douglass, who is part of two such forgotten records, or Nina Thompson of John Marshall, who had a hand (foot?) in four of them.
Prep Parade: Remembering Oklahoma's forgotten state record holders
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Apr 28, 2016The spring of 1982 was quite a year for high school track in Oklahoma. Four state records were broken that year — three by girls and one by a boy. Records that will never be broken. If you browse the current state records in track and field, you won't see the names of Laura Blackburn or Rhonda Lewis. You'll see Bixby hurdler Victor Moore, but not for what he did in 1982. Those runners and several others are part of a list of the state's forgotten record holders. Names like Larry Rose of U.S. Grant — one of the state's greatest 1-mile runners ever — or Glen Long of Douglass, who is part of two such forgotten records, or Nina Thompson of John Marshall, who had a hand (foot?) in four of them. They're the names of the pre-metric track and field world. After the 1982 season, Oklahoma and the rest of the country switched from yardage distances for running events to metric measurements. The 100-yard dash became the 100-meter dash. The 2-mile run became the 3,200 meters. And with that, the slate of state records was wiped clear. It's hard to say how many of the old records would still be standing today. All but six records set between 1983-1990 have been broken. Sixteen of the 34 current state records were set in the last 10 years. Four — two for boys and two for girls — of the marks set in 1983 still stand. One of those belongs to Moore, a Bixby hurdler who has the unique distinction of being on both lists. In 1982, he set the record in the 120-yard high hurdles at 13.6 seconds in the OSU Relays. In 1983, he set the 300-meter hurdle record at 36.80, which still stands as the metric record. Yet 30 records will stand forever in yardage-measured events. At least for a day, let them not be forgotten. Here are Oklahoma's yardage-distance track record holders: BOYS Yardage Distances 100: 9.48, Jim Evans, Tulsa Washington, 1980, State meet at Western Heights. 220 Straightaway: 20.5, Glen Long, Douglass, 1965, State meet at Choctaw. 220 Curve: 21.0, William Snoddy, Tulsa Hale, 1975, State prelims at UCO. 440: 47.4, Jody Jimerson, Norman, 1976, Moore Invitational. 880: 1:51.7, Jim Davis, Lawton, 1975, State meet at UCO. Mile: 4:11.2, Larry Rose, U.S. Grant, 1967, Meet of Champions at Northeast. 2-Mile: 9:03.4, Greg Avery, Ponca City, 1979, Indian Nations Conference at Tulsa Webster. 120HH: 13.6, Victor Moore, Bixby, 1982, OSU Relays. 180LH: 18.2, Robert Derrick, Woodward, 1953, Regional at Tonkawa. 200LH: 22.4, Willie Powers, Lawton, 1937, OSU Interscholastic. 220LH: 24.0, Phil Cope, Classen, 1933, OSU Interscholastic. 330IH: 37.41, Steve Bloom, Enid, 1980, State meet at Western Heights. 440 Relay: 41.4, Douglass (Al Hughes, Connie Sledge, Wayne Long, Glen Long), 1965, Meet of Champions at Northeast. 880 Relay: 1:28.0, Harding (Norman Neaves, Mark Sullivan, Bill Townsend, Richard Sinclair), 1958, State meet at OSU. 2-Mile Relay: 7:52.2, Putnam City (Rosie Nixon, Ken Murphey, Fred Mills, Mike Ruggles), 1976, State meet at UCO. GIRLS Yardage Distances 75: 8.8, Betty Peffer, Elk City, 1973, State meet at Star Spencer; Dana Horseman, Caney Valley, 1974, State meet at Putnam City. 100: 10.5, Nina Thompson, John Marshall, 1979, Regional at Edmond. 220: 24.11, Nina Thompson, John Marshall, 1980, State meet at Western Heights. 440: 56.6, Theresa Brantley, John Marshall, 1980, Regional at Chickasha. 880: 2:13.6, Karen Robinson, Owasso, 1979, Regional in Tulsa. Mile: 5:07.4, Denise Weeden, Edmond Memorial, 1980, Mid-State Conference at Edmond. 2-Mile: 11:37.1, Laura Blackburn, Moore, 1982, State meet at Moore. 70HH: 9.05, Suzi Winingham, Hennessey, 1972, State meet at Star Spencer. 80HH: 10.3, Lettie Starr, John Marshall, 1981, Tulsa Memorial Invitational prelims. 110HH: 14.4, Rhonda Lewis, John Marshall, 1982, Regional at Edmond. 220LH: 29.35, Rhonda Lewis, John Marshall, 1982, State prelims at Moore. 440 Relay: 47.21, John Marshall (Denise Staton, Valerie Armstrong, Nina Thompson, Lorna Tucker), 1979, State meet at Moore. 880 Relay: 1:39.13, John Marshall (Denise Staton, Valerie Armstrong, Nina Thompson, Lorna Tucker), 1979, State meet at Moore. Mile Relay: 3:49.5, John Marshall (Theresa Brantley, Rochelle Armstrong, Valerie Armstrong, Lorna Tucker), 1978, State prelims at Carl Albert. 2-Mile Relay: 9:51.3, Edmond Memorial (Nancy Faulk, Lee Ann Hamilton, Bridget Felix, Denise Weeden), 1980, Edmond Relays. MUSTANG'S THOMAS TO ANNOUNCE COLLEGE CHOICE SATURDAY Mustang defensive tackle Deontre Thomas has been one of the more surprising football recruits in the 2017 class to burst onto the scene. And the 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive tackle exploded. Now, he says he's ready to make his college decision. He announced Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Texas A&M as his final five schools, and will make his commitment on Saturday. The announcement is expected to be posted on his Twitter page around 1 p.m. Thomas had more than a dozen schools to pick from, though neither Oklahoma nor Oklahoma State offered. A 265-pound defensive tackle might sound undersized for Power 5 conferences, but his technique, along with a frame that can carry another 30 pounds make him attractive to recruiters. “He's an every-snap guy,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “He's quick, he plays with great hands and great leverage. “He's not huge, but they see the potential with his frame to get him up to 285 or 290.” Dombek says everything seemed to change for Thomas late last season. “The last four or five weeks, the light bulb came on for him,” the coach said. “If you watched him against Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow, they couldn't block him. He was splitting double-teams and chasing down screens. That's what the college coaches have seen — a guy who is a relentless pursuer of the football and very athletic.” MCGUINNESS' CONDON GAINING MAJOR COLLEGE INTEREST Michigan became the latest school to visit McGuinness sophomore offensive lineman Owen Condon as he continues his rapid rise on the recruiting circuit. Irish coach Justin Jones confirmed Michigan's visit Wednesday to see the 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle who recently picked up scholarship offers from Ohio, SMU and Tulsa. “It's hard to find a guy that is that big that moves as well as he does,” Jones said. “Not only does he move he's a bender who has flexibility and he moves his feet really well, which makes him a perfect tackle at the next level. I think he'll be recruited by a lot of guys across the nations just because of that.” Michigan also visited Southmoore, which has a pair of sophomore stars, quarterback Casey Thompson and offensive lineman Brey Walker, an Oklahoma commitment. Condon has rapidly added weight in the offseason, going from 275 pounds last season to his current weight. That's why Jones feels recruiters are paying more attention. “He's just developing every day as far as being a football player and he's hitting that maturity to where he's starting to grow into his body as well,” Jones said. “Those 35-40 pounds that he's put on shows that he can carry that frame.” HARDING PREP'S ANSELM UZUEGBUNEM SIGNS WITH NOC-TONKAWA After helping Harding Prep to one of its best basketball seasons, finishing the regular season ranked in the Class 4A top 10, senior forward Anselm Uzuegbunem has signed to continue his career at Northern Oklahoma College of Tonkawa. Uzuegbunem signed his letter of intent on Wednesday. The powerfully built 6-foot-7 forward averaged 19.1 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior. *Staff writer Jacob Unruh contributed to this report
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Associated Press | Apr 28, 2016Here's a look at AP's Indiana news coverage at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or email@example.com. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. All times EDT. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. NEW TO THIS DIGEST: — MARION-HIT-AND-RUN, SEVERE WEATHER-INDIANA, KEYCORP-FIRST NIAGARA TOP STORIES: GOP 2016-CRUZ-BOEHNER FORT WAYNE — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that former House Speaker John Boehner let his "inner Trump come out" when he called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" during a talk to students at Stanford University. Responding to comments made by Boehner in the town hall-style event Wednesday, Cruz attempted to turn Boehner's graphic criticism into a slam on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump before a campaign stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana Thursday. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 565 words, photo. CAMPAIGN 2016 WASHINGTON — An astonishing Republican presidential primary season has taken another unusual turn, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate — even though he's mathematically unable to become the GOP nominee through the regular voting process. It was the move of a candidate desperate to block Donald Trump, a front-runner who is only growing stronger as the primary contest presses deeper into the spring. Cruz's White House hopes now rest largely on Tuesday's primary in Indiana. By Julie Pace. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos. With: — CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST. Will be updated throughout the day. The AP is staffing campaign events by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Indiana on Thursday. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: INDIANA EARLY VOTING INDIANAPOLIS — More early voters have cast their ballots for the May 3 primary than the previous presidential race without an incumbent in 2008 when Hillary Clinton won Indiana over Barack Obama. By Aric Chokey. SENT: 355 words. AROUND THE STATE: DRUG OFFENDER PROGRAM RICHMOND — An eastern Indiana prosecutor is starting a new treatment program for drug offenders that he hopes will end the cycle of addiction. The Palladium-Item reported Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman's program will offer certain drug offenders a chance to participate in intensive treatment. If they successfully complete the program, Shipman will dismiss their cases. SENT: 300 words. STATE FAIR CONCERTS INDIANAPOLIS — This year's state fair will no longer host live music at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Indiana State Fair Lesley Gordon said exhibitors of draft horses, cattle and goats requested more flexibility in a coliseum schedule that's been split between music and animals. Instead of a concert series in 2016, an uninterrupted slate of 17 days of livestock shows will be held. SENT: 240 words. EXCHANGE-LOVE OF MUSIC FORT WAYNE — Eli Arnold just can't resist. As he's leaving a meeting at Fort Wayne's Mynett Music store carrying a silver tuba that stands nearly as tall as he does, he turns around and plays a comic riff. "Ba, da, da, da, da. Da dum!" went the tuba. "That's Tessie!" he said with a goofy smile. "That's the tuba!" Around the Northwest Allen County School District, where the 71-year old drives a school bus, Arnold is known as "Eli the Tuba Guy" - a champion of a giant-sized musical instrument that has given him a huge amount of satisfaction over the years. By Rosa Salter Rodriguez. The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. SENT: 850 words, photos pursuing. EXCHANGE-DAY AT THE RACES HAUBSTADT — "Attention in the pits. Attention in the pits. Modified drivers start making your way to the staging light," Tri-State Speedway's announcer told the drivers and their crews before each heat of the opening night of the race track. "We've had some problems tonight with the cars," rookie pit crew member Drew Winters, 10, said. "This one got hit and you have to push-start this one. That's a beat-up car," Winters said of the #14 modified car with the sheet metal body crumpled with its rivets popped. "They won't fix that until tomorrow." By Dennis Simmons. Evansville Courier & Press. SENT: 350 words, photos pursuing. IN BRIEF: — MARION-HIT-AND-RUN: Police in Marion say they've arrested a man in connection with the death of a teenager in a hit-and-run collision. — SEVERE WEATHER-INDIANA: Authorities say a tornado damaged two homes and a metal barn northwest of Indianapolis. — KEYCORP-FIRST NIAGARA: KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group have agreed to sell 18 of First Niagara's western New York branches to satisfy antitrust issues arising from the planned combination of the banks. — INDIANA TORNADOES: The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 100 mph carved a 7½-mile path north of Evansville. — INDIANA LANDMARKS: A Ford plant in Indianapolis and the Washington County courthouse are among ten sites on Indiana Landmarks' annual list of most endangered buildings. — AMERISTAR-UNION: A Lake County judge has upheld a ruling by the Indiana Gaming Commission allowing Pinnacle Entertainment to sell the Ameristar Casino gambling boat in East Chicago to a real estate investment trust and then lease it back. — MUNCIE HOSPITAL-LEGIONELLA: An Indiana University hospital in Muncie is keeping water restrictions in place after tests last week found a positive test for the Legionella bacteria. — SUBWAY-SPOKESMAN-APPEAL: A federal appeals court in Chicago has set a May hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's appeal of his more than 15-year sentence in a child sex abuse and pornography case.AP Photo CER601. — BASKETBALL TEAM-BUS CRASH: A northwestern Indiana high school basketball team whose bus overturned in March has been honored by Gov. Mike Pence. — VANDALIZED EAGLE CARVING: Nappanee police believe vandals are to blame for a wing being knocked off a beloved 9-foot-tall wooden eagle that had been carved from a tree outside the city's post office. — FUNERAL HOME EMBEZZLEMENT: A northwestern Indiana funeral home bookkeeper employee faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $340,000. — CAR--INDY 500-POET: An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century. AP Photo. SPORTS: FBN--DRAFT-COLTS INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts are expected to use the No. 18 overall selection in Thursday's NFL draft to on solidifying the team's offensive line. Potential candidates include tackle Taylor Decker and center Ryan Kelly. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words. Draft begins at 8 p.m. BKN--TIPOFF Once halfway to elimination, Portland and Charlotte are now on the verge of advancing. The Trail Blazers and Hornets can complete their comebacks from 2-0 deficits Friday, when Toronto also can win its series. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. FBC--NCAA-SATELLITE CAMPS The NCAA Division I Board of Directors is expected to address the ban on satellite football camps. The Division I Council's vote to end the camps three weeks ago created an outcry from coaches across the country. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 750 words, photo. Also: — CAR--INDY 500 COUNTDOWN-RACE 72 — Highlights from the 72nd running of the Indianapolis 500. AP Photos. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. 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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN
Associated Press | Apr 28, 2016Here's a look at AP's Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or email@example.com. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. All times EDT. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: GOP 2016-CRUZ-BOEHNER FORT WAYNE — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that former House Speaker John Boehner let his "inner Trump come out" when he called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" during a talk to students at Stanford University. Responding to comments made by Boehner in the town hall-style event Wednesday, Cruz attempted to turn Boehner's graphic criticism into a slam on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump before a campaign stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana Thursday. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 200 words, photo. Developing. AP Photo INDC108. CAMPAIGN 2016 WASHINGTON — An astonishing Republican presidential primary season has taken another unusual turn, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate — even though he's mathematically unable to become the GOP nominee through the regular voting process. It was the move of a candidate desperate to block Donald Trump, a front-runner who is only growing stronger as the primary contest presses deeper into the spring. Cruz's White House hopes now rest largely on Tuesday's primary in Indiana. By Julie Pace. SENT: 900 words, photos, videos. With: — BC-US--CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST. Will be updated throughout the day. The AP is staffing campaign events by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Indiana today. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: INDIANA EARLY VOTING INDIANAPOLIS — More early voters have cast their ballots for the May 3 primary than the previous presidential race without an incumbent in 2008 when Hillary Clinton won Indiana over Barack Obama. By Aric Chokey. 300 words. AROUND THE STATE: DRUG OFFENDER PROGRAM RICHMOND — An eastern Indiana prosecutor is starting a new treatment program for drug offenders that he hopes will end the cycle of addiction. The Palladium-Item reported Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman's program will offer certain drug offenders a chance to participate in intensive treatment. If they successfully complete the program, Shipman will dismiss their cases. SENT: 300 words. STATE FAIR CONCERTS INDIANAPOLIS — This year's state fair will no longer host live music at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Indiana State Fair Lesley Gordon said exhibitors of draft horses, cattle and goats requested more flexibility in a coliseum schedule that's been split between music and animals. Instead of a concert series in 2016, an uninterrupted slate of 17 days of livestock shows will be held. SENT: 240 words. EXCHANGE-LOVE OF MUSIC FORT WAYNE — Eli Arnold just can't resist. As he's leaving a meeting at Fort Wayne's Mynett Music store carrying a silver tuba that stands nearly as tall as he does, he turns around and plays a comic riff. "Ba, da, da, da, da. Da dum!" went the tuba. "That's Tessie!" he said with a goofy smile. "That's the tuba!" Around the Northwest Allen County School District, where the 71-year old drives a school bus, Arnold is known as "Eli the Tuba Guy" - a champion of a giant-sized musical instrument that has given him a huge amount of satisfaction over the years. By Rosa Salter Rodriguez. The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. SENT: 850 words, photos pursuing. EXCHANGE-DAY AT THE RACES HAUBSTADT — "Attention in the pits. Attention in the pits. Modified drivers start making your way to the staging light," Tri-State Speedway's announcer told the drivers and their crews before each heat of the opening night of the race track. "We've had some problems tonight with the cars," rookie pit crew member Drew Winters, 10, said. "This one got hit and you have to push-start this one. That's a beat-up car," Winters said of the #14 modified car with the sheet metal body crumpled with its rivets popped. "They won't fix that until tomorrow." By Dennis Simmons. Evansville Courier & Press. SENT: 350 words, photos pursuing. IN BRIEF: — INDIANA TORNADOES: The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 100 mph carved a 7½-mile path north of Evansville. — INDIANA LANDMARKS: A Ford plant in Indianapolis and the Washington County courthouse are among ten sites on Indiana Landmarks' annual list of most endangered buildings. — AMERISTAR-UNION: A Lake County judge has upheld a ruling by the Indiana Gaming Commission allowing Pinnacle Entertainment to sell the Ameristar Casino gambling boat in East Chicago to a real estate investment trust and then lease it back. — MUNCIE HOSPITAL-LEGIONELLA: An Indiana University hospital in Muncie is keeping water restrictions in place after tests last week found a positive test for the Legionella bacteria. — SUBWAY-SPOKESMAN-APPEAL: A federal appeals court in Chicago has set a May hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's appeal of his more than 15-year sentence in a child sex abuse and pornography case.AP Photo CER601. — BASKETBALL TEAM-BUS CRASH: A northwestern Indiana high school basketball team whose bus overturned in March has been honored by Gov. Mike Pence. — VANDALIZED EAGLE CARVING: Nappanee police believe vandals are to blame for a wing being knocked off a beloved 9-foot-tall wooden eagle that had been carved from a tree outside the city's post office. — FUNERAL HOME EMBEZZLEMENT: A northwestern Indiana funeral home bookkeeper employee faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $340,000. — CAR--INDY 500-POET: An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century. AP Photo. SPORTS: FBN--DRAFT-COLTS INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts are expected to use the No. 18 overall selection in Thursday's NFL draft to on solidifying the team's offensive line. Potential candidates include tackle Taylor Decker and center Ryan Kelly. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words. Draft begins at 8 p.m. BKN--TIPOFF Once halfway to elimination, Portland and Charlotte are now on the verge of advancing. The Trail Blazers and Hornets can complete their comebacks from 2-0 deficits Friday, when Toronto also can win its series. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. FBC--NCAA-SATELLITE CAMPS The NCAA Division I Board of Directors is expected to address the ban on satellite football camps. The Division I Council's vote to end the camps three weeks ago created an outcry from coaches across the country. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at email@example.com or 877-836-9477. 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Apr 1, 2016
BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — George Curry, the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, has died, months after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.Berwick School District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said he wasn't told the exact cause of Curry's death. He was 71.Curry had 455 victories and coached the Berwick Bulldogs High School football team for decades.He led the...
Winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania dies
Associated Press | Apr 1, 2016BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — George Curry, the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, has died, months after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Berwick School District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said he wasn't told the exact cause of Curry's death. He was 71. Curry had 455 victories and coached the Berwick Bulldogs High School football team for decades. He led the Bulldogs to six AAA state championships and was twice named USA Today's High School Coach of the Year, in 1992 and 1995. He ranked in the top five in career victories nationally. "He leaves a great legacy," Brookhart said. "It's a tremendous loss for the community, but his impact was felt statewide and nationally. He was a mentor and resource for coaches all over the United States." Curry retired in November, his 46-year coaching career ending with a 37-7 loss to Scranton Prep in the District 2 Class AAA championship game. In February, Curry described his battle with ALS to the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader. "I'm going to try to beat it," he told the newspaper. He said he was diagnosed during the past football season, but told only a few people about it. However, he said word of the disease spread quickly. He had trouble standing at times late in the season, often sitting on a Gatorade cooler to coach. Curry also had to delegate coaching duties to his assistant coaches. His once powerful voice had been reduced to a raspy whisper, a side effect of medication. During his last season's games he used a voice amplifier — a device with a small microphone attached to a speaker on his belt — so he could be heard. "The voice is shot. I'm not as good with my movements," Curry to the newspaper. "But the brain is sharp." He was due to conduct his annual quarterback camp in May.
Feb 26, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jack Conklin walked to the podium in Indianapolis, glanced down at the surrounding crowd and shook his head in disbelief.Four years ago, Conklin had only one scholarship offer and was ready to attend prep school. Now the left tackle from Michigan State, who started his college career as an invited walk-on, is one of the most coveted offensive linemen in the nation."It's...
Lightly recruited players now turning heads at NFL combine
By MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Feb 26, 2016INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jack Conklin walked to the podium in Indianapolis, glanced down at the surrounding crowd and shook his head in disbelief. Four years ago, Conklin had only one scholarship offer and was ready to attend prep school. Now the left tackle from Michigan State, who started his college career as an invited walk-on, is one of the most coveted offensive linemen in the nation. "It's crazy just to see how far I've come," Conklin said at the NFL scouting combine. "It's hard to think about to go from being four years ago to have no idea if I was going to be on a Division I team going into the fall. It's hard to take in how far I've come as a person and a player." The odds were certainly stacked against Conklin making it this far. He played for his father, Darren, at a small Michigan high school, where the staff was not well-schooled in the art of selling recruits to college coaches. The book on Conklin was he was too light and not strong enough to be a college lineman, and his resume supported the notion. He played mostly defensive end and tight end in high school and could lift only 225 pounds on the bench press about 10 times in succession. His skill set appeared to be translated better to basketball, where he averaged 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior, and if he had taken up Wayne State on its scholarship offer, Conklin might have fallen through the cracks in Division II football. Instead, Conklin bet on himself — just like a surprisingly high number of other big-name players in this year's draft class. "It was always a dream," North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz said. "I didn't think that today, this is where I was going to be. I didn't think like that. It was a goal." Wentz was lightly recruited after moving from receiver to quarterback as a high school senior. His only FBS offer came from Central Michigan, so he wound up staying in his home state and playing for a school that has won five straight FCS national championships. Wentz could be the first quarterback taken in April, but he won't be the only one with this kind of story. The only scholarship offers fielded by Connor Cook, Conklin's college teammate, came from Michigan State, Miami (Ohio) and Akron. He wound starting three years and played on two Big Ten championship teams. Paxton Lynch initially drew interest from schools such as Bethune-Cookman, Florida Tech and Florida A&M until he was chosen MVP of the 2011 Central Florida All-Star game. Then Indiana and Florida jumped on board, but his home state Gators only wanted him as a walk-on. So when Lynch got a late scholarship offer from Memphis, he took it. Both could be first-round picks in April. It's not just a quarterback thing. Some thought Derrick Henry would move to defense in college. Alabama coach Nick Saban kept him at running back and after two seasons as T.J. Yeldon's backup, Henry became the school's second Heisman Trophy winner and led the Crimson Tide to the national championship. Receiver Josh Doctson wanted to play college football in his native Texas, but spent his freshman season at Wyoming. He transferred to TCU, going from walk-on to All-American and now to one of the top receivers in this year's draft. To Doctson, the chance of a combine invite seemed so remote he didn't even consider it until he played his final college game. "I'm not supposed to be standing here in this stadium ... not really being recruited out of high school," Doctson said Friday. "I'm fortunate to be standing here in these shoes." Sure, there are stories like this at every combine. This year, they are more commonplace, more compelling and more eye-popping to those evaluating the prospects, who put a premium on the steady progression in college. "It's a positive evaluation," Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian said. "What it tells you is that the guy has tremendous drive, and in some cases, you see that on tape. What's the difference between Jack Conklin and (former Colts center) Jeff Saturday? Jack's going to get drafted a little higher because he's a little taller." Four years ago, such a comparison seemed improbable. Today, Conklin just smiles, nods his head and appreciates how much has changed. "Four years ago, I was thinking, I had no idea where I was going to be," he said. "To be here now four years later, training for the combine and possibly being a first-round pick, it's crazy." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Feb 6, 2016
J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to...
Oklahoma ScissorTales: Feed the Children in good hands with J.C. Watts
The Oklahoman Editorials | Feb 6, 2016J.C. Watts is the ideal person to lead Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children — he's a man with a high public profile and a shining reputation and, as a former Baptist youth minister, understands the concept of doing the Lord's work. That's what Feed the Children has done since 1979, providing food and care to people across the country and around the world. Yet the charity has struggled to recover from the poor publicity that accompanied the ousting of founder Larry Jones in 2009. Several leaders have followed. Watts, 58, provides potential long-term stability at the top as president and CEO, which is highly important to any organization. Through his eight years as a member of Congress, and 15 more as head of his own consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Watts has amassed considerable contacts in the corporate and faith communities that will help his efforts to build new support for Feed the Children. He's also a dynamic public speaker, a skill that will only help his cause. Watts told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay this week that Feed the Children has sound infrastructure and organization. His immediate goal, he said, is to spread the word to others “that we're good, fertile soil that they can sow into … and we would love to have them join us.” We wish him and Feed the Children only the best. Caucus chaos Every now and then, some politico will suggest that Oklahoma should shift from presidential primaries to presidential caucuses. Yet the recent outcome in Iowa's Democratic presidential caucus highlights why a simple primary vote may still be the better option. The Des Moines Register reports that in a handful of Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss. In one precinct, the coin toss was chosen due to a dispute over the results “after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings.” Statewide, Hillary Clinton won five delegates via coin toss. (Given the amount of luck involved in that outcome, Clinton might have better spent her time in Vegas that night.) While many romanticize the town-hall style democracy of a caucus, the chaotic reality can lend itself to outcomes that appear far less democratic or fair than those generated by a simple primary vote system. Hashtag diplomacy fail When the Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls, it became trendy to use the #bringbackourgirls hashtag on social media. First lady Michelle Obama even tweeted a photo of herself holding up a sign with that message. What was the result of the Obama administration's “hashtag diplomacy”? The Daily Mail in Britain bluntly noted in a recent article, “The Nigerian girls never were rescued despite high-profile displays of support for military intervention from the first lady and celebrities like Amy Poehler.” And what has become of Boko Haram? The Associated Press reports its latest atrocity involved firebombing huts in Dalori, Nigeria, killing 86 people. A survivor described hearing the screams of children being burned alive. To the surprise of no one (other than perhaps some officials in the Obama administration), barbarians are not impressed by social media prowess, and tweeting is still no substitute for action. Absentee minded Don't like standing in line on Election Day? You can always cast an absentee ballot, and this week the state Election Board made it easier to obtain one. Instead of filling out a printed form requesting an absentee ballot, which has been the norm, registered voters can now submit their requests online via the board's website, http://elections.ok.gov. “This new system will make voting by mail easier than ever,” said Paul Ziriax, Election Board secretary. Those who choose to vote by mail will receive a ballot in the mail, usually at least a month before the election. Voters can then, at their leisure, fill out the ballot, get it notarized and mail it back. Long road ahead Does the outcome of this week's Iowa presidential caucuses, particularly on the Republican side, truly indicate who the “top” contenders are? Is this race really down to Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida? History suggests you can't read too much into the Iowa results. In 2000, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came in fifth in Iowa, trailing Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer (remember them?). McCain went on to easily win the New Hampshire primary and gave George W. Bush a run for his money for the next several months. The same thing holds true for New Hampshire's primary. In 1992, Bill Clinton declared himself the “comeback kid” after coming in a distant second in New Hampshire's Democratic primary. There's still many votes to be cast and a long way to the finish line in the presidential nominating process. Keep it civil There will plenty of debate this legislative session over education funding, school choice and other issues. Here's a call for voices on both sides to keep the rhetorical low blows to a minimum. Our concern stems from some of the things written by bloggers at #OklaEd, a site that allows educators to use Twitter to “share ideas, resources and inspiration.” One English teacher attached a graphic to his anti-education reform post that said, “Admitting you're an a--hole is the first step.” Writing about Education Savings Accounts, an administrator at Sand Springs said, “If you are a parent who wants to use the Bible as your child's Biology text, ESA's are for you.” Passionate defense of education and educators in Oklahoma is one thing. But such uncivil discourse does little to help the cause. Greener pasture Altus won the Class 5A state football championship in December. This week it lost its coach, Jeremy Reed, after two years on the job. Reed said that as “more and more was talked about with the condition of our state education,” he felt he owed it to his three young children to move to Lake Hamilton High in Pearcy, Ark. That high school and district are rated among the top 25 in Arkansas. However, those who would point to this story as a prime example of Oklahoma's education woes would be off base. Coaches move all the time — Lake Hamilton will be Reed's fifth career stop in nine years. And public education in Arkansas certainly has its concerns. As the Tulsa World's Wayne Greene wrote recently, Oklahoma's ACT results are slightly higher than Arkansas, as is Oklahoma's high school graduation rate. Education Week gives both states Ds in kindergarten through 12th-grade achievement; overall, it ranks Oklahoma a D-plus, Arkansas a C-minus.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at email@example.com.
Fifty years ... half a century ... the better part of a lifetime ... and it can slip past in the blink of an eye.The El Paso and UTEP families will celebrate a special championship this weekend, remember a special group of young men, a group of young men who banded together and conquered the college basketball world 50 years ago.These special men are no longer young. They can no longer run and...
50 years of pride, 50 years to celebrate
Bill Knight, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Fifty years ... half a century ... the better part of a lifetime ... and it can slip past in the blink of an eye. The El Paso and UTEP families will celebrate a special championship this weekend, remember a special group of young men, a group of young men who banded together and conquered the college basketball world 50 years ago. These special men are no longer young. They can no longer run and jump and make a basketball court their own personal playground the way they did half a century ago. A dozen young men — seven black, four white, one Hispanic — bonded and banded together. Nevil Shed, one of the black players, said, "We were brothers." It was a beautiful time but it was an ugly time. Racial tension screamed across the land. But not with that band of brothers. And not within this university, this city. Nolan Richardson once said, "No town is colorless. But El Paso might be about as close at it comes." Upon moving here nearly four decades ago, someone greeted me with this advice: "Just show people in this city that you want to be here and they will welcome you with open arms." Perhaps that sums up the heart of this old city about as well as possible. El Pasoans welcomed that band of brothers in 1966. They welcomed Richardson, a native El Pasoan, before that. They welcomed Charles Brown, a gifted basketball player, way back in 1957. Brown is recognized as the first black athlete in a major sport at a major university in the old Confederate south. To put things in perspective, Brown played for Texas Western in the final three years of the 1950s. The old Southwest Conference, featuring all the major universities in Texas and the University of Arkansas, did not have a black scholarship athlete until Jerry LeVias played football for SMU in 1966. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas high school athletics, said they did not keep such records. But one UIL representative once told the El Paso Times that Richardson was believed to be the first black head coach at an integrated high school in the state of Texas. That is not to say there was no racism. There was. But it does say that El Paso and Texas Western/UTEP embraced their own — regardless of skin color. Of course, that band of brothers in 1966 has been a well documented story — documentaries by CBS, HBO and ESPN and now another by CBS Sports and that successful movie "Glory Road." The mastermind for this band of brothers, the man who put them all together and made them one, was the man whose name adorns the UTEP basketball arena these days: Don Haskins. He was a unique personality, a hard-as-nails with a hidden heart of gold cowboy from Oklahoma. Haskins, too, was embraced by this city and will forever be known as one of El Paso's own. Haskins was a larger than life figure, the John Wayne of college basketball coaches ... a man who could intimidate a fence post and charm the families of recruits. He put this team together piece by piece and never wavered. "I was just playing my best players," he said a thousand times. That March night in College Park, Md., was the first time five black players had faced down five whites in the NCAA Championship game. Texas Western dusted the University of Kentucky 72-65 ... and it was not as close as that final score indicated. It has been a wonderful story, a wonderful source of pride for this university, this city, a wonderful 50-year ride. The win was special. When is a national championship not special? The history has made it more special. The band of brothers was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 ... the first college team ever to be inducted into that international hoops hall. But what truly puts an exclamation point on this story is the ending, the denouement, the falling action. All these men have led good lives, been successful at a variety of things. There is, after all, no ending like a happy ending in this big, beautiful, bustling musical we call life. And these men, these brothers, will forever be remembered in this old border city. It is announced before every UTEP basketball game in the Don Haskins Center that this is "the only men's national championship team in the state of Texas." Perhaps that will change one day. But, as Shed says in his booming voice, "That's OK. Let somebody else from Texas win it. Let the Mother Ship (University of Texas) win it. But even if they do, we will always and forever be the FIRST." That 50 years has inched by, step by step over a half century. That 50 years has flown by, months flying off the calendar as in one of those old movies. But the pride has always been there ... the best of co-pilots for 50 years, for a lifetime. Bill Knight may be reached at 546-6171; firstname.lastname@example.org; @BillKnightept on Twitter. ——— ©2016 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) Visit the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) at www.elpasotimes.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000223484
Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams:___ARIZONATop 25 Class: No.Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense.Best of...
Pac-12 football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Pac-12 Conference teams: ___ ARIZONA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: QB Khalil Tate. While the Wildcats put a lot of focus on defense, Tate has a chance to be the game-changer in this class. The native of Gardena, California, is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks and could be the prototypical quarterback for Rodriguez's zone read offense. Best of the rest: OL Michael Eletise. The 4-star recruit from Hawaii is considered one of the best guards in the country. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Eletise should give the Wildcats some much-needed depth on the offensive line. Late addition: WR Shawn Poindexter. Arizona got a last-second flip on this one. Poindexter, of Glendale Community College, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, but changed his mind a day later and signed with the Wildcats. One that got away: QB Victor Viramontes whittled his decision down to Arizona and California, ultimately signing with the Bears on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: Arizona has had one of the Pac-12's worst defenses over the past few years and the new recruits should help provide the Wildcats with some size and depth. The Wildcats also signed receiver Devaughn Cooper and running back J.J. Taylor, adding to their cache of offensive playmakers. ___ ARIZONA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. "I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy," coach Todd Graham said. Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame — 6-foot, 170 pounds — Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler High School. Late addition: none. One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary. ___ CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: No Best in class: WR Melquise Stoval, California Best of the rest: CB Nygel Edmonds, Tennessee Late addition: RB Zion Echols, California. One that got away: Three-star offensive guard Francisco Perez had verbally committed to Cal before switching plans and instead signing with UCLA. How they'll fit in: Because he arrived on campus in September, three-star early enrollee Max Gilliam has a slight edge on the starting quarterback job but don't make too much of it just yet. Three-star signee Victor Viramontes is a 240-pound athlete who has a strong arm and is a capable runner, two traits that fit in well with coach Sonny Dykes' Bear Raid offense. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster, including Luke Rubenzer who was Jared Goff's backup in 2014 before switching to defense in 2015. ___ COLORADO Top 25 class: No Best in class: Beau Bisharat, RB, Sacramento, California. Best of the rest: WR Johnny Huntley III, Plantation, Florida; Anthony Julmisse, WR, Plantation, Florida; Ronnie Blackmon, DB, Atlanta; Drew Lewis, LB, Coffeyville; Juwann Winfree, WR, Coffeyville One that got away: Craig Watts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Signed with South Florida. How they'll fit in: Bisharat and Winfree could step in and start right away. A three-year starter in high school, Bisharat rushed for 4,130 yards along with 43 TDs. Winfree had 55 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Coffeyville. ___ OREGON Top 25 Class: Yes. No. 23. Best in class: Tristan Wallace, an athletic 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, hails from DeSoto, Texas. He could make an impact right away. Coach Mark Helfrich said Wallace wants to play at receiver, so the Ducks will go with that at the start, but he did not rule out moving him in the future. "I don't know what he is, but he's great," Helfrich said, adding that the position coaches will likely fight for him. Best of the rest: Dillon Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of Memphis, Tennessee, was wooed by many elite programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State. Part of his appeal is that he also plays basketball, although it's not certain that he'll double up at the college level. He's already enrolled in classes. Late addition: Four-star linebacker Keith Simms of Maryland had offers from Stanford, Cal, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, among other schools, but over the weekend committed to the Ducks. One that got away: Running back Vavae Malepeai verbally committed to Oregon but signed with USC. Malepeai holds the career prep rushing record for the state of Hawaii. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on the quarterback situation at Oregon and how it evolves over the next few years. But the Ducks got a solid recruiting class that included 17 high school players and a junior college transfer. While some fans grumbled that there were no five-star recruits and that most national class rankings put the Ducks in the 20s, Helfrich maintained the importance of signing players who will enroll at Oregon and play, as opposed to players who won't ultimately qualify. ___ OREGON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Shurod Thompson, a safety out of Brentwood, California, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, the speedy Thompson was considered among the top 10 players in the nation at his position. Best of the rest: Christian Wallace, a cornerback out of Sealy, Texas, was considered among the top 25 prospects out of Texas. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and Andersen said he will also carry for the Beavers. Late addition: Defensive tackle David Fangupo, a 350-pound JC transfer from Cerritos College who signed with the Beavers after earlier committing to Utah. One that got away: Four-star offensive lineman Frederick Mauigoa, who decided to go to Washington State. How they'll fit in: Coach Gary Andersen addressed his needs on defense, but the Beavers remain short at quarterback after both Seth Collins and Nick Mitchell decided to transfer. Marcus McMaryion will return and Andersen announced Wednesday that Utah State transfer Darell Garrettson, who had to sit out last year under NCAA rules, had earned a scholarship. The only quarterback in the recruiting class is Mason Moran out of Arizona's Chandler High School, who was recruited as a defensive player by other schools. Andersen said that the Beavers may have to bring in a walk-on at the position. ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena, California. The Trojans plugged a hole on their line with the commitment of a powerful prospect joining the pipeline of talent running a few miles north from Serra High School to USC. Best of the rest: Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente, California, and WR Michael Pittman Jr., Westlake Village, California. USC landed two of the top receiving prospects in the country to bolster their enviable depth at the skill positions for the next starting quarterback. Late addition: Jack Jones, WR/CB, Long Beach, California. The Trojans' next possible two-way star chose to stay close to home on decision day, announcing it with a video featuring fellow LBC denizen Snoop Dogg. "I thought it was absolutely awesome," coach Clay Helton said. "I'm amazed how creative it gets every year." One that got away: Jonathan Kongbo, DT, Arizona Western College. The junior college standout passed on a chance to contribute immediately for the Trojans, choosing Tennessee instead. How they'll fit in: USC has rarely hesitated to play freshmen during Helton's six seasons in the program, and this class should be no exception. The Trojans are flush with speedy juniors at their skill positions, but the new recruits will help out until it's their turn to shine in 2017. ___ STANFORD Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Curtis Robinson, OLB, Irvine, Calif. Best of the rest: K.J. Costello, QB, Coto de Caza, California; Clark Yarbrough, OT, Rumson, New Jersey; Kaden Smith, TE, Flower Mound, Texas; Scooter Harrington, TE, Riverside, Connecticut.; Andrew Pryts, S, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.; Treyjohn Butler, CB/S, Rancho Cucamonga, California; Obi Eboh, CB, Southlake, Texas; Richard McNitzky, LS, San Antonio. Late addition: Jet Toner, P/K, Honolulu One that got away: OLB Jeffrey McCulloch. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen signed Wednesday have termed themselves the 'Phat Five,' and several of them will have a chance to help remake the line in their first years. Outland Trophy winner Joshua Garnett was the last true freshman to start at Stanford. Cardinal coach David Shaw also stressed the importance of signing four defensive linemen. That was Stanford's most worrisome position after losing Harrison Phillips to a season-ending injury in the first game of the season and having to convert offensive players to fill in. Shaw also expects Costello to have an impact. Stanford will carry three scholarship quarterbacks next year, none of whom have ever started a game. ___ UCLA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Mique Juarez, LB, Torrance, California. Juarez, who was previously committed to the Trojans, could replace Myles Jack as a versatile outside linebacker capable of defending slot receivers and tight ends. Best of the rest: Brandon Burton, DB, Gardena, California. Mora finally cracked the Serra-to-USC pipeline by landing Burton, a four-star prospect who could contribute on offense or defense. Making recruiting inroads into a high school that has produced Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Adoree Jackson can help UCLA vault into college football's elite. Late addition: Boss Tagaloa, DL, Concord, California. UCLA struggled to stop the run even before standout lineman Kenny Clark declared for the NFL draft, so there will be opportunities for the 6-foot-1 300-pound Tagaloa to help shore up the middle of the Bruins defense. One that got away: Devin Asiasi, TE, Concord, California. New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu plans to feature tight ends and fullbacks in a more physical scheme that could echo defending Pac-12 champion Stanford, but that wasn't enough to keep Tagaloa's high school teammate from signing with former Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. How they'll fit in: After losing four of the top five receivers from quarterback Josh Rosen's promising freshman season, UCLA will need immediate contributions from early enrollee Theo Howard and the other new receivers. Coach Jim Mora also identified tight end Jordan Wilson and the special teams battery of snapper Johnny Den Bleyker, punter Austin Kent and kicker JJ Molson among players who should see the field early. ___ UTAH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Garett Bolles, OL, Snow College, Lehi, Utah Best of the rest: Troy Williams, QB, Santa Monica College, Carson, California Late addition: David Luafatasaga, LB, Arizona Western, Honolulu, Hawaii One that got away: Wayne Kirby, DT, Pocatello, Idaho How they'll fit in: All eyes are on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Travis Wilson and running back Devontae Booker gone. As junior college transfers, both Williams and Bolles are expected to contribute immediately. But coach Kyle Whittingham is all about defense and the linebacker corps got an infusion with Luafatasaga, Davir Hamilton, Snow College transfer Kurtis Taufa and Donovan Thompson. Luafatasaga "is exceptional at rushing the passer," Whittingham said. "He can also play inside linebacker. His real strength is coming off the edge." ___ WASHINGTON Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Byron Murphy, DB, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rated a four-star cornerback, Murphy was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona and heavily recruited by Arizona State. He decided to leave the desert for the Pacific Northwest and a chance to contribute early in his career. Best of the rest: Outside linebacker Camilo Eifler was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at his position coming out of Bishop O'Dowd High School in the Bay Area. Right behind Eifler is RB Sean McGrew from Torrance, California. McGrew was the Gatorade state player of the year for California after rushing for 5,762 yards and 76 touchdowns in his prep career despite being undersized at 5-foot-7 and 173 pounds. Late addition: Jordan Chin, WR, San Fernando, California. Chin was more of a track and field athlete in high school and ran the leadoff leg for the reigning state champions in the 4x100 meter relay. Washington is hoping that speed will translate to wide receiver. One that got away: Washington made a late run at QB Jacob Eason, the top player in the state of Washington, but Eason stuck by his verbal commitment to Georgia. How they'll fit in: The depth of Washington's class is in the secondary with Murphy, Kentrell Lowe, Isaiah Gilchrist and Taylor Rapp. They'll be joining an already talented secondary that returns three starters, but someone out of that group is likely to make contributions in 2016. ___ WASHINGTON STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Receiver Isaiah Johnson of Belle Glade, Florida, was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, and among the top 20 receivers in the state. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound product of Dwyer High School caught 44 passes for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Best of the rest: Running back Romello Harris rushed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior, and is rated the No. 57 running back prospect in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder totaled 7,311 rushing yards in his prep career at Tulare Union High in California. Late addition: Linebacker Suli Tamaivena of Kirkland, Washington. His father, Levi, was a national rugby star in Fiji. One that got away: Athlete Tayler Hawkins of Palm Springs, California, who chose San Diego State. How they'll fit in: Washington State has plenty of returning veterans from a nine-win season that was the best in more than a decade. The new players should have time to learn the system and earn playing time without being rushed into the breach. With three quarterbacks on the roster, the Cougars apparently did not feel the need to sign a top passer this year to run the Air Raid down the road.
Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams:___ALABAMATop 25 Class: Yes.Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott.Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB...
SEC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Southeastern Conference teams: ___ ALABAMA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Ben Davis of Gordo, Alabama. The 10th-rated player nationally and top inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Best of the rest: Lyndell "Mack" Williams (enrolled), Jonah Wilson, Charles Baldwin; RB B.J. Emmons, DB Nigel Knott. Late additions: Davis, Wilson, DB Shyheim Carter, Knott, DE Terrell Hall, Jamar King. One that got away: OL Landon Dickerson (to Florida State). How they'll fit in: Davis, whose father Wayne is Alabama's all-time leading tackler, and Wilson could help fill the void left by All-America middle linebacker Reggie Ragland. There's room for instant contributions elsewhere, too, including at safety and on the defensive line. ___ ARKANSAS Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: McTelvin Agim, DE, Hope (Ark.) Best of the rest: Devwah Whaley, RB, Beaumont, Texas; Austin Capps, DT, Star City, Ark.; Briston Guidry, DT, Metairie, La. One that got away: Running back Kyle Porter, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Agim was an early enrollee with the Razorbacks, and he hopes to play as a freshman. However, Whaley carries with him more than hope and is expected by himself and Arkansas' coaches to take the field in place of Collins and Williams in 2016. ___ AUBURN Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: DT Derrick Brown, Sugar Hill, Georgia is rated as the nation's ninth-best prospect overall in the 247Sports composite rankings. Best of the rest: DE Marlon Davidson, WR Nate Craig-Myers, OL Prince Michael Sammons. Late addition: Derrick Brown, Nate Craig-Myers. One that got away: Auburn recruited LB Ben Davis, who is heading to Alabama. How they'll fit in: The Tigers will have a defensive line rotation featuring five five-star recruits. JUCO quarterback John Franklin III, an early enrollee listed as an athlete, will likely compete with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White for the starting spot during the spring, and multiple receivers need to make impacts. ___ FLORIDA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Antonneous Clayton, DE, Vienna, Georgia. The Gators needed to add depth on the defensive front after losing talented linemen Jonathan Bullard and Alex McAlister to the NFL draft. Clayton had 77 tackles, 27 tackle for loss, 13 quarterback hurries, nine sacks and a forced fumble last year at Dooly County High. Best of the rest: Feleipe Franks, QB, Crawfordville. Franks might just be the pocket-passer McElwain is looking for. The 6-foot-6 Franks threw for 2,766 yards with 35 touchdowns as a senior at Wakulla High last year. Late addition: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Houston. Cleveland caught 46 passes for 982 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. One that got away: Shavar Manuel, DT, Bradenton. Manuel de-committed Wednesday and later signed with rival Florida State, leaving the Gators with just three defensive lineman and no defensive tackles in the signing class. How they'll fit in: Florida can only hope the offensive additions boost a unit that ranked 100th in the nation in scoring last season. Franks and Trask are expected to battle incumbent starter Treon Harris, Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio and Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby for playing time right away. ___ GEORGIA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Jason Eason, QB, Lake Stevens, Wash.; Mercole Hardman Jr., ATH, Elberton, Ga.; Isaac Nauta, TE, Buford, Ga. Best of the rest: Michail Carter, DL, Jackson, Ga.; Ben Cleveland, OL, Toccoa, Ga.; Chauncey Manac, OLB, Fargo, Ga.; Julian Rochester, DL, Powder Springs, Ga.; Javon Wims, WR, Miami. Late addition: Hardman was a huge coup for the Bulldogs, giving them one of the nation's top-25 prospects to go along with early enrollees Eason and Nauta. Hardman, who has been compared to Southern Cal cornerback Adoree Jackson, picked his home-state school over SEC rivals Tennessee and Alabama. One that got away: DT Derrick Brown, the state's top prospect, went with Auburn over Georgia and several other SEC schools. While Smart was pleased with the players he got on the defensive line, Brown would've made Georgia's class truly special. How they'll fit in: Eason will compete for the starting quarterback job right away. The Bulldogs struggled mightily on offense last season, largely because of their struggles at the most visible position on the field. Incumbent starter Grayson Lambert returns, but it will be an upset if he keeps the job over Eason. Hardman will be expected to start at cornerback and likely handle kick return duties. Depending on how quickly he adapts to the college game, he could work his way into the mix at receiver, as well. ___ KENTUCKY Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Landon Young, OL, Lexington, Kentucky. Rated as a five-star prospect by at least two recruiting services, the 6-foot-7, 305-pounder is considered the state's top player. Best of the rest: Jordan Griffin, DB, Jonesboro, Georgia. Considering the Wildcats' secondary started three freshmen last season, the 6-foot, 175-pound, four-star prospect could quickly become part of the mix as well. He's among a trio of defensive backs Kentucky signed. "I think those guys will have an opportunity to compete for playing time and I look forward to working with them," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. Late addition: LB Jordan Bonner. The JUCO transfer committed in December but made it official this week. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining. One that got away: Kentucky had pursued DT Kobe Smith before the Lawrence, Georgia, native chose South Carolina. How they'll fit in: Though it takes time for linemen to develop, Kentucky's offensive line issues last season create a chance for Young and 6-6, 310-pound Tate Leavitt to become part of the rotation. ___ LSU Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Saivion Smith, DB, St. Petersburg, Florida. Best of the rest: Rashard Lawrence, DT, Monroe, Louisiana. Late addition: Kristian Fulton, DB, Metairie, Louisiana. One that got away: Erick Fowler, LB, Manor, Texas. How they'll fit in: The secondary has been an area of strength for LSU in recent seasons. With three starters returning, players like Smith and Fulton will be able to contribute immediately in the nickel and dime packages. "We have some lockdown corners who are going to be able to be impact players right away," Miles said. "They will give us a lot of flexibility when we move people around in the secondary." ___ MISSISSIPPI Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport, Louisiana. Freeze said his opinion of Patterson continues to grow now that he's on campus: "I love everything about that kid." Best of the rest: Greg Little, OL, Allen, Texas. The 326-pound Little could be an immediate replacement for Tunsil at left tackle. Late addition: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. Ole Miss managed to coax Brown away from Starkville, which is the hometown of rival Mississippi State. The Rebels hope Brown can turn into the team's new Treadwell, who had the most receiving yards in the SEC last season. One that got away: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Ole Miss had hoped to bolster its defensive line with one of the Magnolia State's top prospects, but Simmons chose Mississippi State over the Rebels and Alabama. How they'll fit in: Patterson will probably get a year of seasoning behind rising senior Chad Kelly, who threw for more than 4,000 yards last season. Others like Little, Brown and Jones could play right away. ___ MISSISSIPPI STATE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Macon, Mississippi. Best of the rest: Kobe Jones, DL, Starkville, Mississippi. Said Mullen: "We are looking for work ethic and high-character young men and he fits that for us." Late addition: Simmons. One that got away: A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville, Mississippi. The Bulldogs couldn't grab an elite prospect at a high school just a few miles from their campus. Instead, he went to rival Ole Miss. How they'll fit in: Simmons and Jones are two guys who could contribute immediately, but Mullen has a reputation of bringing young players along slowly. ___ MISSOURI Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Tre Williams, DL, Columbia, Missouri, Rock Bridge. Four recruits are among the St. Louis Post-Dispatch top 30 list — TE Brendan Scales, P-K Tucker McCann, OL Tre'Vour Simms and RB Jerod Alton. Best of the rest: Christian Holmes, CB, Atlanta, Georgia., McNair High Late addition: QB Micah Wilson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln Christian High One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: Odom was under the gun to produce after replacing Gary Pinkel in early December. It's not a wow class but it should help the school regain its footing in the SEC. ___ SOUTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Brandon McIlwain, QB, Newton, Pennsylvania. He turned down first-round MLB money to go to college and is already scrimmaging with the Gamecocks baseball team. Best of the rest: Bryan Edwards, WR, Conway, South Carolina; Jamarcus King, DB, Mobile, Alabama Late addition: WR Kiel Pollard of Moultrie, Georgia, was pledged to Arkansas before turning to the Gamecocks last week. One that got away: DT Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia. Was considered a strong lean to South Carolina. No word yet on where he signed. How they'll fit in: McIlwain should get a chance to show if he can start. Edwards and Pollard will see early playing with receiver Pharoh Cooper off to the NFL. King is expected to bulk up the secondary. ___ TENNESSEE Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Nigel Warrior is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout, which had him as the nation's No. 20 overall recruit. 247Sports and ESPN also had him in their top 100. He's the son of former Tennessee and NFL defensive back Dale Carter. Jonathan Kongbo, who redshirted one year at Wyoming before transferring to Arizona Western College, is rated as the nation's No. 1 overall junior-college prospect by 247Sports. Kongbo has three years of eligibility remaining. Best of the rest: Tyler Byrd is rated as a top-100 recruit by most recruiting services. Jarrett Guarantano of Lodi, New Jersey, is rated among the nation's top five dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. Late additions: Warrior's morning announcement gave Tennessee a good start to signing day. The addition of Byrd and Latrell Williams shows that Tennessee's hire of former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott already may be paying off. Scott joined Tennessee's staff as a tight ends coach last month. Kongbo verbally committed to Tennessee in November, reopened his recruitment last month and then announced Wednesday he'd be joining the Vols after all. How they'll fit in: Kongbo could contribute as a pass-rushing complement to Derek Barnett, who has recorded 10 sacks each of the last two seasons. Tennessee replaces its two starting safeties from last season, so Warrior will have a chance to contribute right away. Byrd also has a chance to play immediately, whether it's on special teams or defense. Tennessee didn't get huge production from its wideouts last season, so junior-college receiver Jeff George could get an early look. ___ TEXAS A&M Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kellen Diesch, OL, Trophy Club, Texas. Best of the rest: Clyde Leflore-Chriss, WR, New Orleans. Late addition: Clifford Chattman, S, New Orleans. One that got away: Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, Texas, who chose Texas. How they'll fit in: Coach Kevin Sumlin has long said that he doesn't recruit players to sit on the sidelines, so expect to see many of these players fill big roles this season like freshmen WR Christian Kirk and DL Daylon Mack did in 2015. ___ VANDERBILT Top 25 Class: No Best in class: JoeJuan Williams, a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Nashville, Tennessee, is a consensus four-star recruit. Williams was rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Tennessee according to composite rankings of recruiting websites by 247Sports. Williams already has enrolled at Vanderbilt. Best of the rest: Quarterback Deuce Wallace, a consensus three-star recruit, passed for 3,505 yards and 37 touchdowns last season while leading Sevier County to the Tennessee Class 5A state championship game. Wallace, who had been committed to Northwestern at one point, has already enrolled at Vanderbilt. Sean Auwae, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports,. Auwae didn't allow a sack or a tackle for loss his senior year at Kapolei (Hawaii) High School. Late addition: Josiah Sa'o, a defensive tackle from San Diego, announced Wednesday he was signing with Vanderbilt. The addition of Sa'o helped the Commodores absorb the loss of defensive tackle Brandon Adams, who flipped his verbal commitment from Vanderbilt to Georgia Tech in late January. One that got away: Bradlee Anae, a defensive end from Hawaii, selected Utah over Vanderbilt. Anae was rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. How they'll fit in: Wallace adds immediate depth to a quarterback position following the transfer of Jonathan McCrary, who lost his starting job to Kyle Shurmur last season. Williams has the talent to make an immediate contribution, and his status as an early enrollee should only help in that regard. Mason is a former Stanford defensive coordinator, and this staff showed its West Coast ties by landing kicker/punter Sam Loy and Sa'o from California as well as Auwae from Hawaii.
Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams:___ILLINOISTop 25 class: No.Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland.Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida.Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon.One...
Big Ten football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Big Ten Conference teams: ___ ILLINOIS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Dele Harding, LB, Elkton, Maryland. Best of the rest: Zarrian Holcombe, TE, Houston; Eli Peters, QB, Jacksonville, Florida, already enrolled; James McCourt, K, Parkland, Florida. Late addition: Izon Pulley, DL, Olney, Maryland. Cubit expects he will be a defensive end and could play soon. One that got away: Several players recently de-committed amid the turmoil in the program, among them Tre Johnson, OL, Orlando, Florida, who chose Miami. How they'll fit in: After playing essentially without tight ends last fall, Illinois signed three players at the position, including Holcombe, one of the top 40 or so in the country. If he can play right away, that could be a big help to the Illini attack. Also important will be the 13 defensive players and whether they can add much-needed depth. ___ INDIANA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Richard Lagow, QB, Plano, Texas. Over the past two seasons, he threw for 4,496 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left. Best of the rest: Jonah Morris, athlete, Akron, Ohio. In high school, Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-4, 190 pounds could play either position at Indiana. The Hoosiers must decide where he fits best. Late addition: Shaun Bonner, TE, Moultrie, Georgia. At 6-3, 250, Bonner is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman. One that got away: Jovan Swann, DT, Greenwood, Indiana. The Hoosiers only had two in-state players, and they didn't get Swann, who picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: Lagow and Thompson should make immediate impacts. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future. ___ IOWA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Nathan Stanley, QB, Menomonie, Wisconsin. Stanley will likely be the most scrutinized player in this class over the next few years. Stanley shunned his home-state Badgers for Iowa, and at 6-foot-4 he looks like a prototypical pro passer in Iowa's system. It could be years before Stanley sees the field, with Tyler Wiegers set to take over for Beathard in 2017 and second-year freshmen Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook behind him. Best of the rest: Defensive ends Cedrick Lattimore, a 250-pounder out of Detroit, and Illinois product Romeo McKnight, could be next in line to blossom along Iowa's front. Running back Toks Akinribade had plenty of offers and Alaric Jackson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound tackle who also played basketball, soccer, baseball and track. Iowa's best linemen have traditionally been multi-sport stars in high school. Late addition: Alaric Jackson, OL, Detroit. He reportedly turned down a late offer from Michigan. One that got away: U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick John Raridon of West Des Moines, Iowa, turned down Iowa and Iowa State in favor of Nebraska. How they'll fit in: Iowa brings back a ton of talent from last season's Big Ten West-winning team and the Hawkeyes usually redshirt most of their freshmen anyway. But Iowa will likely look for a few of them to contribute on special teams. ___ MARYLAND Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Davis, OG, Hyattsville, Maryland Best of the rest: Tino Ellis, WR, Hyattsville, Maryland, Richard Merritt, OL, Silver Spring, Maryland, Adam McLean, DT, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Late addition: Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, Pinson, Alabama. Pigrome, the Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year, announced his decision Wednesday. One that got away: Recruited by former Maryland coach Randy Edsall, standout QB Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment to Ohio State last month. Returning QB Perry Hills threw 13 INTs compared to eight TD passes in 2015, so getting Pigrome and QB Max Bortenschlager (Indiana) was very important. How they'll fit in: Many of these players will have an opportunity to play immediately as new coach DJ Durkin looks to put his stamp on the struggling program. ___ MICHIGAN Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: DT Rashan Gary chose Michigan over Clemson and Southeastern Conference schools such as Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn. He is the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008, when Terrell Pryor went to Ohio State. Best of the rest: Devin Asiasi, who played for traditional power De La Salle High School in California, will get a chance to make a lot of plays because coach Jim Harbaugh loves having his quarterbacks throw to tight ends. The 6-4, 265 Asiasi is rated as one of the best players at his position in the country. Late addition: Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Georgia, was added relatively recently to the class. He will get a chance to play right away because Michigan will lose some linebackers to graduation. One that got away: Donnie Corley, a wide receiver from Detroit, chose to enroll at Michigan State last month. How they'll fit in: Even though Gary will be in the spotlight next fall, he will be able to ease into a role with a team that has a lot of depth on the defensive line. ___ MICHIGAN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Donnie Corley, WR-CB, Detroit Best of the rest: Josh King, DE, Darien, Ill. Late addition: Luke Campbell, OL-DL, Lewis Center, Ohio One that got away: Michael Jordan, OL, Canton, Mich., who signed with Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The Spartans have to replace QB Connor Cook after last season's run to the national semifinals. Although Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry have been with the program for a while, both are unproven. Michigan State added QB Messiah deWeaver of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Corley could provide immediate help to a receiving corps that loses Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings from last season's team. ___ MINNESOTA Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Carter Coughlin, LB, Eden Prairie, Minn. Best of the rest: QB Seth Green, Allen, Texas; Tyler Johnson, WR, Minneapolis North HS; Garrison Wright, OL, Butler CC (Kansas); Sam Schlueter, OL, Victoria (Minnesota)/Mayer Lutheran HS; Kamal Martin, LB, Burnsville (Minnesota) HS; Philip Howard, WR, Minneapolis/Robbinsdale Cooper HS; Coney Durr, CB, Geismar (Louisiana) Dutchtown HS; Thomas Barber, LB, Plymouth (Minnesota)/Robbinsdale Armstrong HS; Vincent Calhoun, OL, Southwest Mississippi CC; Merrick Jackson, DL, Iowa Western CC. Late addition: Mark Williams, QB, Jackson (Alabama) HS. One that got away: Dedrick Snelson, WR, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Signed with Central Florida. How they'll fit in: Green will compete with sophomore Demry Croft to be the backup to Mitch Leidner. Calhoun (335 pounds) and Wright (318 pounds) could be in the starting lineup right away. Johnson and Martin are converted QBs marking a focus on athleticism. ___ NEBRASKA Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Lamar Jackson, CB, Elk Grove, California. He's a top-100 national recruit and Nebraska's highest-rated West Coast signee in more than a decade. With Jackson and safety Marquel Dismuke of Calabasas, California, among the five defensive backs in the fold, the Cornhuskers met their needs in the secondary. Best of the rest: John Raridon, OL, West Des Moines, Iowa. The 6-4, 271-pound guard is the top offensive line recruit and the son of former Nebraska offensive tackle Scott Raridon. Late addition: Matt Farniok, OT, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Bo Pelini staff started pursuing the 6-foot-5, 319-pounder two years ago and Riley's staff picked up the chase before landing his commitment a week ago. One that got away: Nebraska thought it had locked up four-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick of Waterford, Michigan. That was before Fitzpatrick took a visit to Louisville. He announced he would become a Cardinal on Tuesday. The Huskers are left with two receivers in the class. How they'll fit in: All eyes will be on QB Patrick O'Brien in spring practice. It would be premature to say he could challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong, but he's well-positioned to be the No. 2 QB come fall. Raridon and Farniok beef up the offensive line, and Jackson and Dismuke could play right away. ___ NORTHWESTERN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Roderick Campbell Jr., DB, St. Louis. Best of the rest: Jeremy Larkin, RB, Cincinnati; Riley Lees, WR, Libertyville, Illinois; Bennett Skowronek, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Aidan Smith, QB, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Late additions: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, WR, Minneapolis. One that got away: Defensive tackle Jovan Swann from Greenwood, Indiana, picked Stanford. How they'll fit in: With the losses of receivers Miles Shuler and Christian Jones to graduation, Lees, Skowronek and Chiaokhiao-Bowman have the chance to get playing time early. ___ OHIO STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: Nick Bosa, DL, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The spitting image of his older brother, former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa, the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder may step right into the spot vacated by his sibling. Best of the rest: Austin Mack, WR, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 6-2, 210-pounder can help fill the void following the loss of Michael Thomas, one of nine Ohio State underclassmen leaving early for the pros. Late addition: Malcolm Pridgeon, OL, Nassau County (N.Y.) Community College. The 6-8 303-pounder chose Ohio State over Baylor on signing day. One that got away: Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus, New Jersey. The nation's No. 1 recruit is headed to Michigan, a signing that Wolverines fans will undoubtedly tout as a victory over the Buckeyes as Harbaugh tries to close the talent gap between the bitter enemies. How they'll fit in: Coach Urban Meyer has already identified Bosa and Jonathon Cooper, a 6-2, 234-pound defensive end from Gahanna, Ohio, as freshmen who will get playing time next season. ___ PENN STATE Top 25 class: Yes. Best in class: At 5-11, 200 pounds, four-star running back Miles Sanders of Pittsburgh is the key recruit in James Franklin's class. Best of the rest: Shane Simmons, a 6-4, 221-pounder, could make an immediate impact at defensive end and just might end up giving Sanders a run as the best player in the class. Late addition: Junior-college DT Brenon Thrift can help replenish reserves on defensive line with Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney moving on and recent decommitments from DTs Karamo Dioubate and Michael Dwumfour. One that got away: S Andrew Pryts of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, flipped to Stanford on signing day. How they'll fit in: Penn State had to tread water under Franklin in the waning days of the NCAA sanctions. With a full class and full complement of players available at every position, perhaps Big Ten contention is on the horizon. ___ PURDUE Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Terrance Landers, WR, Dayton, Ohio. The 6-foot-4 receiver could give the offense a new dimension in 2016, and if he does the Boilers will finally have a solid nucleus of skill position players. Best of the rest: Simeon Smiley, DB, Pensacola, Florida. The transition to college is easier for freshmen to make at safety than cornerback and at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Smiley has the build to make an impact. Late addition: Rob Simmons, DE, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The 6-6, 216-pounder waited until the final week to pick Purdue. One that got away: Dylan Powell, OL, Hannibal, Missouri. Powell announced three weeks ago he was looking for other options and wound up choosing Stanford. How they'll fit in: The Boilermakers are losing both starting cornerbacks and may need some of those young DBs on the field in 2016. Barry Larkin and Lorenzo Neal won't be the only junior college players vying for playing time. Jalen Neal, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman, could, too. __ RUTGERS Top 25 class: No. Best in class: Tylin Oden, QB, Columbia, Tennessee. While starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense. Best of the rest: Trey Sneed, RB, Orange Park, Fla. He had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. Late addition: Ahmed Bah, WR, New York City. He helped Grand Street Campus to a 13-0 record and the school's first-ever New York Public Schools Athletic League State Championship. One that got away: Patrice Rene, DB. He committed to Rutgers in early August but changed his mind after Kyle Flood was fired. He will attend North Carolina. How they'll fit in: First-year coach Chris Ash's guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who had character, intelligence, toughness and would compete. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams. ___ WISCONSIN Top 25 class: No. Best in class: DL Garrett Rand earned an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Rand, who had 92 tackles and 15 sacks as a high school senior, would also give a relatively young position group even more depth. Best of the rest: RB Sam Brodner of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was one of his state's top players last season. P Anthony Lotti was recruited from Flowery Branch, Georgia and figures to play right away. Late addition: DBs Caesar Williams and Deron Harrell. Harrell might not join the program until January 2017. One that got away: Touted running back prospect Antonio Williams dropped his verbal commitment to Wisconsin in October to commit to Ohio State. How they'll fit in: The sting of losing Williams is eased a bit with the late addition of Brodner, plus the return of Corey Clement to the Wisconsin backfield in 2016. There is depth at the position with Clement joining fellow returnees Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal.
Feb 3, 2016
The competition between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh never ends.Meyer signed the class rated best in the Big Ten on Wednesday, just ahead of Michigan's. Harbaugh, however, landed the best player in the country.Meyer's Buckeyes brought in 25 players, including 17 four-star prospects and five-star defensive end Nick Bosa. Harbaugh's Wolverines had signed 28 by late afternoon, including 14...
Ohio St., Michigan classes show most star power in Big Ten
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016The competition between Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh never ends. Meyer signed the class rated best in the Big Ten on Wednesday, just ahead of Michigan's. Harbaugh, however, landed the best player in the country. Meyer's Buckeyes brought in 25 players, including 17 four-star prospects and five-star defensive end Nick Bosa. Harbaugh's Wolverines had signed 28 by late afternoon, including 14 four-stars and the nation's consensus No. 1 player in defensive tackle Rashan Gary from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. Michigan State assembled a national top-25 class, one of its best under 10th-year coach Mark Dantonio, and Penn State's James Franklin and Nebraska's Mike Riley showed off their recruiting chops. As expected, Ohio State and Michigan brought in the biggest bounties of talent. Meyer put the finishing touches on a class that's No. 4 nationally, according to the 247sports.com composite rankings, when 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle Malcolm Pridgeon decided to sign with the Buckeyes. Harbaugh didn't disappoint with his first full class. His quirky antics on the recruiting trail played well on social media, and the glitzy "Signing of the Stars" production on Wednesday commanded national attention. By day's end, the consensus of analysts was that the Wolverines were No. 5 in the country. Some things to know about Big Ten recruiting: STRONGEST CLASS: Ohio State. Headlining the class is Bosa, a top-five national prospect who committed to the Buckeyes in July and then had a monster season to help lead St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale to a Florida state championship. No surprise he's a Buckeye. He's the brother of NFL-bound Ohio State star Joey Bosa. ROSE MO MUST WAIT: Iowa's first appearance in the Rose Bowl since 1991 generated minimal recruiting momentum. That's because the class was mostly assembled before the 2015 season even kicked off. Kirk Ferentz and his staff eschew the star system and look for players they can develop. After loading up on linemen the last cycle, the Hawkeyes went for more skill, speed and athleticism. Best of the bunch is Nate Stanley, a 6-4, 207-pound quarterback from Menomonie, Wisconsin, who has been committed to Iowa since November 2014. COOK'S REPLACEMENT? Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry combined to beat Ohio State last season, but with the prolific Connor Cook gone, Michigan State fans are feeling a lot better with the signing of QB Messiah deWeaver. The four-star prospect from Huber Heights, Ohio, fits well into the pro-style system, and he also can hurt opponents with his legs. LIONS ROAR, BUT QUIETLY: One of the Big Ten's best but most overlooked classes belongs to Penn State. That's life in the loaded East Division. Franklin upgraded his offensive line, where three of the four signees are four-stars, and picked up four-star running back Miles Sanders of Pittsburgh. FIRST-YEAR COACHES: A half-dozen players de-committed from Illinois after the school removed the interim tag from Bill Cubit's title and gave him only a two-year contract. The Illini still signed 25 players, and the class was ranked higher than those at Indiana, Rutgers and Purdue. Minnesota's Tracy Claeys had some players de-commit after Jerry Kill's retirement, but he kept the prize of the class, four-star linebacker Carter Coughlin of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Maryland's DJ Durkin strengthened his secondary but was smarting after losing QB Dwayne Haskins, who was recruited by former coach Randy Edsall and flipped to Ohio State last month. Rutgers coach Chris Ash signed 17 players, nine from New Jersey. REST OF THE WEST: Nebraska mined California for four players, including three four-star prospects, and Riley put together the Huskers' best class in years. Northwestern hopes receivers Riley Lees from Libertyville, Illinois, and Bennett Skowronek of Fort Wayne, Indiana, can help perk up the offense. Wisconsin loves homegrown offensive linemen, and it picked up a four-star recruit in Cole Van Lanen of Green Bay. FUNNIEST MOMENT: No doubt, it was Harbaugh's attempt to climb a tree. According to media reports, Harbaugh was visiting cornerback David Long in Los Angeles when Long's little sister asked the coach to climb a tree in the family's front yard. Harbaugh obliged, though he didn't make it all the way up. Long ended up signing with the Wolverines. ___ Online: AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org
In the early stages of its development, Shadrick Taylor got a close look at what Baylor Mitchell was working on at his home computer.At first, to an outsider, it seemed ultra-complicated.“Just lines of code,” Taylor said. “F.G.H.2. Just random code and parentheses. Things that no one else could read.”Now, the project that Monterey’s standout quarterback was tinkering with is complete and known...
Taking over in 2D: Monterey quarterback designs iPhone game
Phil Terrigno, Associated Press | Jan 28, 2016In the early stages of its development, Shadrick Taylor got a close look at what Baylor Mitchell was working on at his home computer. At first, to an outsider, it seemed ultra-complicated. “Just lines of code,” Taylor said. “F.G.H.2. Just random code and parentheses. Things that no one else could read.” Now, the project that Monterey’s standout quarterback was tinkering with is complete and known as Color Runner — a registered game on Apple’s App Store that he coded and designed. “It was crazy — something I didn’t even think Baylor would be able to do,” Taylor, a Plainsmen defensive back, said. “When we made the game, everyone was really into it. The game is really addicting.” In the game, the user has to match a colored circle on the bottom of the screen with the corresponding color from a group of other circles rushing down the screen vertically. The game has been downloaded roughly 700 times in 40 countries and Mitchell estimated that about 500 users have the most updated version. “I was so used to it,” Mitchell said about creating an updated version to slow the game down. “I was able to score over 100. And my little brother scored 300 or 400. And my friends that I sat down and showed, they got the hang of it quicker. But people who didn’t have any idea and hadn’t seen it, it was a little bit tougher. So I figured I’d start it to where it was really easy and then it speeds up.” Two summers ago, Mitchell explored coding for the first time and this past summer, he enrolled in online courses with a UK-based instructor. “I thought it would be simple,” Mitchell said. “It’s not a super advanced app to make. It’s on the simple side of some of these 3D games. I just figured that would be a good starting point.” The 6-foot-2 Mitchell started working on Color Runner in November and said that now, “it wouldn’t take me as long to make it again. But I was still learning as I’ve went. I’m already working on the next one. It’s not a game — but it’s cool to make stuff that you think of. I think I’ll keep it rolling. And think of another one.” Mitchell finished the regular season with 1,753 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 919 yards and 20 touchdowns with an average of 91.9 rushing yards per game. Currently, he holds several Division II scholarship offers and recently was called by Toledo. Oklahoma has also gauged his interest in a walk-on spot. But, his foray into varsity football two seasons ago was on defense: Hunter Spaeth was Monterey’s starting quarterback and Mitchell played corner until a knee injury sidelined Spaeth and thrust Mitchell into the role. “When I first got here, he had a really big, tall quarterback that was a dual-threat,” Plainsmen coach Wayne Hutchinson said. “Baylor hadn’t developed his throwing and he’s not improved in that area. So it was kind of like, we have to get you on the field somewhere. “I can’t have a backup quarterback standing on the sideline as athletic as you are. We put him at corner and he’s really good at corner.” In the same week in late September, Mitchell and Muleshoe’s Danny Campos were named Built Ford Tough winners. Mitchell won the award after completing 13 of 27 passes for 285 yards and three passing touchdowns and 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 37-29 win. The last Plainsmen to win the award before Mitchell was running back Vincent Johnson in the fourth week of the 2014 season. “At some points, our (teammates) are like, he’s the star quarterback to the star developer,” Taylor joked. Philip.email@example.com 766-2166 Follow Phil on Twitter: @philterrigno ——— ©2016 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Jan 12, 2016
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year.It's more than just wishful thinking on their parts.Led by the transcendent Watson, the Tigers seem like a strong bet to return to the College Football Playoffs.Clemson came up one game short in its...
No. 2 Clemson planning quick return to football playoffs
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Jan 12, 2016GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year. It's more than just wishful thinking on their parts. Led by the transcendent Watson, the Tigers seem like a strong bet to return to the College Football Playoffs. Clemson came up one game short in its quest to make history and go 15-0 with a national title, cut short by Alabama's 45-40 defeat in the title game Monday night. "There's no doubt that we will be back," Swinney said. "It won't be 34 years before we're going to be back, I promise you that." Of course not all the current Tigers will be back. All-American defensive end Shaq Lawson, who notched two more sacks against the Crimson Tide to finish the season with 12.5, has declared for the NFL draft. Clemson also loses linebacker B.J. Goodson, the team's top tackler with 156 stops. On offense the losses are mostly along the offensive line where left guard Eric Mac Lain and right tackle Joe Gore are graduate students. Receiver Charone Peake, second on the Tigers with 44 catches this season, is also a fifth-year player. But with Watson in control, the Tigers will have a chance to be legitimate contenders. Watson was this season's ACC player of the year, eclipsing the conference mark for total offense that was held the past 13 years by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who set the record while at North Carolina State. Watson turned in another stellar performance Monday night on the biggest stage of his career. He threw for four touchdowns and 405 yards. He also rushed for 73 and directed Clemson to its 11th straight game with 500 or more yards. Watson had to go through surgery rehab last offseason. He's got no such restriction this year and expects to return to the practice grind as quickly as he can. Watson wants to get stronger and improve his accuracy, which sometimes led to costly interceptions — like his first-half pick that set Alabama up for a tying TD when Clemson had seized momentum. Watson expects things to fall into place again next season — and the Tigers to once again be playing for the title. "You'll see us in Tampa next year," Watson said. ___ Things to watch for Clemson in 2016: NFL DECLARATIONS: Clemson has several third-year players considering declaring for the NFL draft, and defensive end Shaq Lawson has already said he is going to turn pro. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander and safety Jayron Kearse could go, as could running back Wayne Gallman, who set Clemson's single season rushing mark with 1,527 yards. Defensive end Kevin Dodd, who had three sacks against Alabama, is also considering a move to the pros. Clemson got good news when junior tight end Jordan Leggett, who led the team with seven TD catches, said he'd return next season. WILLIAMS RETURN: Clemson's best receiver, sure-handed deep threat Mike Williams, missed all but the first quarter of the first game with a neck injury. But Williams chose to return next season and should quickly become Watson's favorite long-ball target. DEFENSE REBUILDING: Clemson should be stout again up front with players like Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins and Albert Huggins playing a larger role. The Tigers also brought in five-star defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence from North Carolina as an early enrollee. LOOKING FOR LINEBACKERS: Clemson relied on B.J. Goodson and Ben Boulware to carry the load at that position, but will have to plug some holes next season with Goodson's departure. Backups Dorian O'Daniel and Kendall Joseph got more playing time as the season wore on. Clemson also added highly sought linebackers Rahshaun Smith and Tre Lamar as early enrollees. GOING YOUNG: If Gallman returns, he may get some company as Clemson's featured back. Speedy five-star running back Tavien Feaster of nearby Spartanburg, South Carolina, is a commit who rushed for more than 2,000 yards his senior season in high school. Gallman's grinds with Feaster's break-away talent could make for a crowded backfield next fall.
Chen helped bring professional hockey back to Oklahoma City in 1992.
Tributes: Former Blazers owner Horn Chen dies at 83
By Scott Munn | Jan 4, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: • Horn Chen, 83, of Bannockburn, Ill., owned the Oklahoma City Blazers of the revived Central Hockey League. In 1992, longtime hockey executive Ray Miron approached Chen about reviving hockey in the south. Not only did Chen agree to fund the league operations, he owned and operated its original six franchises — the Blazers, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder, Memphis RiverKings, Fort Worth Fire, and Dallas Freeze. The businessman later owned CHL teams in San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Topeka. Chen also owned several teams in minor league baseball and basketball and arena football. Chen also owned the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Roughriders and was a minority investor in the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. • Wayne Heath Sr., 79, of McLoud. Served 25 years as the McLoud police chief. He boxed as a young man, finishing with a 36-7 record. At one time, Heath was ranked in the top 10 in the world. Heath, whose boxing trunks and shoes were recently added to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in October 2016. Also captained the McLoud High School basketball team as a senior in 1955. • Larry Brett Sr., 63, of Oklahoma City was a Portland, Maine, native. He helped his high school to three consecutive state swimming championships. • Gus Gil, 76, played 20 years of professional baseball, 16 of those in the minors. The Venezuelan spent the 1972 season with the Oklahoma City 89ers. Gil, an infielder, had a .238 batting average with two homers and 36 RBIs. • Bill Mace, 65, of Okarche played high school football for the Midwest City Bombers. • Richard Flud, 80, of Tulsa coached girls basketball at Bixby High School. Flud is in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Hall of Fame. Loved to raise and race thoroughbred horses. • Tanner Sadler, 27, of Yukon was a pro paintball player. He played on six semi-pro teams during his career. Also coached Little League sports. • John Davenport, 79, of Edmond was a scratch golfer with more than 20 holes-in-one. The banking executive qualified for the British Senior Amateur. In the last 10 years, he shot his age more than 50 times. • Jeannine Horn Flow, 81, of Oklahoma City enjoyed playing golf at Westbury Country Club. The retired Southwestern Bell employee had three holes-in-one. • Lance Nichols, 23, of Norman spent 12 years in judo training. He won several state championships. • Bobby Roberts, 44, of Ada built race car engines. • Charles Turnbull, 91, of Edmond was an avid cyclist who took several long-distance rides across the U.S. • Joseph Driver, 20, of Custer City played high school basketball at Arapaho. • Alfred Adams, 85, of Moore. He captained the Moore Lions football team in 1947. • Travis Doherty, 38, of Quapaw loved martial arts. A second-degree blackbelt in Go Jue Ryu. A brownbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Hapkido. • Richard Turpen, 68, of Tulsa. Attended McLain High School, where he lettered in tennis and swimming. Also a member of the Tulsa Figure Skating Club. • Gerald Parker, 75, of Garber mowed the baseball and football fields as a youngster. He later starred on that baseball diamond, helping the Wolverines to 33 consecutive wins and a state runner-up finish in 1958. Parker went on to play baseball at old Phillips University in Enid. The retired aircraft mechanic and volunteer firefighter was a fan of Garber High sports, the OU Sooners, Chicago Cubs and the OKC Thunder. • Ivan Munoz, 19, of Oklahoma City played baseball at Vici High School. He won several awards, including Freshman of the Year and Most Improved Offensive Player. • Larry Dobbins, 69, quarterbacked Thomas High School and Northwestern Oklahoma State. • Jamie Monroe, 42, of Ardmore played high school baseball for the hometown Tigers. He was named Player of the Year by the Daily Ardmoreite newspaper. An Oklahoma Sooners and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. • Ramon de los Santos, 66, was a pitcher and shortstop for the '72 Oklahoma City 89ers. The Dominican Republic native was 0-1 on the mound with 38 strikeouts in 52 innings. • George Burpo, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., was a professional baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds organization. His first assignment was to a ballclub in Muskogee — and his last assignment as a player was with the Tulsa Oilers. Burpo, who retired after the 1948 season, was a salesman for a business forms company.
A longtime U.S. representative who defeated Bill Clinton in the future president's first race for public office and a Little Rock native who taught the Tuskegee Airmen are among notable Arkansans who died during 2015.Republican Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1 at age 92, was first elected to Congress in 1966 and served 26 years before retiring in 1993. He also handed Clinton a...
Longtime congressman, renowned poet among Arkansas deaths
By KEN MILLER, Associated Press | Dec 30, 2015A longtime U.S. representative who defeated Bill Clinton in the future president's first race for public office and a Little Rock native who taught the Tuskegee Airmen are among notable Arkansans who died during 2015. Republican Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1 at age 92, was first elected to Congress in 1966 and served 26 years before retiring in 1993. He also handed Clinton a defeat in 1974. Hammerschmidt was often the only Republican among the Arkansas delegation and told the Arkansas Democrat newspaper in 1991 that he did not intend to remain in Congress for 13 terms. "I really thought when I went that I might not stay over a term or two," but he stayed out of an obligation to the party, he told the newspaper. "I don't want us to lose our little toe-hold we have in Washington." Milton Pitts Crenchaw, 96, a Little Rock native who trained the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-Americans to fly combat airplanes in World War II — died in Georgia in November. He was among the last surviving instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen, according to his daughter, Dolores Singleton. Miller Williams, 84, who became the third inaugural poet when he read his "Of History and Hope" in 1997 at Clinton's second swearing-in in Washington, died in January. Williams was a longtime University of Arkansas professor who helped found the University of Arkansas Press in 1980 and directed it for almost 20 years. Albert Witte, 92, who taught for many years at the University of Arkansas and helped hire the then-26-year-old Clinton to the law school faculty in 1973, died in December. The former president said in a statement that Witte was a "wise counselor" to both him and Hillary Clinton, who was also on the law school faculty at the time. Civil rights activist Ozell Sutton, 90, a Gould native who grew up in Little Rock, died in December in Atlanta. Sutton assisted the Little Rock Nine during the integration of Central High School, marched for equal rights alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was at the Memphis hotel where King was assassinated in 1968. In the business world, longtime Riceland Foods president and CEO Richard Bell, 81, died in March, and John Correnti, 68, the CEO and chairman of Big River Steel died in August. L.T. Simes II, a longtime circuit court judge and co-owner of the first black radio station in Arkansas' Mississippi Delta region, died in October at age 65. Former Sen. David Wyatt, a Democrat, also 65, died in January, and longtime Craighead County Judge Roy "Red" Bearden, 85, died in June. In sports, Bill Valentine, 82, the colorful former general manager of the minor league baseball Arkansas Travelers, died in April. Darrell Brown, 67, the first black member of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team, died in October, while former UA linebacker Wayne Harris, 77, died in June. Former major league baseball player Jeff McKnight, 52, from Conway, died in March. Jim Ed Brown, 81, a Sparkman native and longtime Grand Ole Opry member died in June. In the media world, Larry Fugate, 69, a longtime Arkansas newspaper editor died in March and KASU radio news director Greg Chance, 63, died in April.
Clemson junior Jordan Leggett has 34 catches for 442 yards and seven touchdowns. He was one of the finalists for the John Mackey Award and was named second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation.
OU football journal: Clemson's secret weapon is at tight end
By Jason Kersey and Berry Tramel | Dec 27, 2015The Associated Press picked OU's Mark Andrews as the All-Big 12 tight end. Andrews had 17 catches for 286 yards this season. Big 12 coaches voted OSU's Blake Jarwin the all-conference tight end. Jarwin had 14 catches for 190 yards. AP picked Kansas State's Glenn Gronkowski as the second-team all-conference tight end. Gronkowski had five catches for 76 yards. So it's simple to see that Big 12 defenses don't see a ton of tight end usage. That changes for the Sooners in the Orange Bowl. Clemson junior Jordan Leggett has 34 catches for 442 yards and seven touchdowns. He was one of the finalists for the John Mackey Award and was named second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. “He gives them variety,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “He gives them a lot of different sets, and they move him around and put him in a lot of different positions to make plays, to be a blocker, to be a receiver. He's a very multiple player, so that's what he creates for you, and how are you going to match up. Are you going to play nickel, are you going to play regular? Those are all what they're trying to see, how we're going to play with this guy in the game.” Leggett is a chain-mover for Clemson. Twenty-eight of his 34 catches have produced first downs. SANCHEZ COMPARES, CONTRASTS BOYKIN AND WATSON Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez was asked Sunday morning to compare Deshaun Watson with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykins. The Sooners lost to Boykin last season, and didn't have to face him this season. Boykin was injured when the Horned Frogs traveled to Norman last month. “I think Trevone is the best athlete we've ever seen,” Sanchez said. “I think he's the best athlete we'll probably see. They're just different. Deshaun's a bigger guy. He's not as swift on his feet as Trevone is. There's not a lot of guys that are. “Not to say anything about Deshaun or that he's a bad athlete, but Trevone's a different animal, man. Trevone is somebody I've been friends with for awhile. He just brings a whole bunch of different things to the game. Their games are different.” Boykin was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate through most of this season until he threw four interceptions in a Nov. 7 loss at Oklahoma State. Watson finished third in this year's Heisman voting. STOOPS: KYLER MURRAY ‘FITS' After Sunday's practice, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops briefly addressed the recent news that he added former Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray for the spring 2016 semester. “Just saw a whole bunch of tape as a high school player that was great,” Stoops said. “Also a championship program he comes from and what he played at A&M I thought he did a really good job. I thought and he thought he fits with what we're trying to do here.” Murray started three games — and appeared in eight — as a true freshman for the Aggies this season. He completed 59.5 percent of his pass attempts, threw for 686 yards and rushed for 335 more. Murray threw five touchdown passes and seven interceptions. A five-star prospect out of Allen (Texas) High School, Murray led the Eagles to three state championships and a 43-0 record as the team's starting quarterback. He will sit out next season, per NCAA rules, and be eligible as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. WHAT MADE MIKE STOOPS DIFFERENT? Oklahoma safety Ahmad Thomas said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has been noticeably different this year. “I think he's more happy now,” Thomas said. “He has a situation now … I think he's more happy. He's not aggressive, none of that. He just wants to talk to you. ‘OK, this play, this play, this play.' “Last year, I just felt like he was missing something. He got that, and now he's more calm.” What is Thomas talking about? Mike Stoops' new girlfriend. Asked about that, Stoops laughed and said, “Right, and I've got a great corner out there, too.” CLEMSON'S ‘K-STATE GAME' WAS VS. MIAMI The Sooners had Kansas State. Clemson had Miami. OU's 55-0 rout of the Wildcats on Oct. 17 was a turning point in the Sooner season. But a week later, Clemson had equaling impressive road domination. The Tigers whacked Miami 58-0, in the same SunLife Stadium where the Orange Bowl will be staged Thursday night. “Miami was really when we got really all in, and the plan really started to just flow together,” Clemson tailback Wayne Gallman said Sunday. “We were good on both sides of the ball, so I think that's what we started to get good. Everything just clicked. The game plan was right. Everybody came to play, and we played perfect.” The numbers from those two games are eerily similar. First downs: OU 30-7 edge, Clemson 33-6. Total offense edge: OU 568-110, Clemson 567-145. Takeaway edge: OU 3-0, Clemson 3-1. Halftime score: OU 35-0, Clemson 42-0. One big difference in the two blowouts — Clemson was not coming off a loss. The Tigers are 13-0. The Sooners were coming off a 24-17 loss to Texas. QUOTABLE Leggett, on OU linebacker Eric Striker: “Striker is definitely a phenomenal athlete. It's going to be fun to play against him, and he has a pretty bada-- name.”
May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and...
2015 Notable Sports Deaths
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 22, 2015May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966. He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, "Mustache Gang," about the 1972 title team. He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports. May 29 — Doris Hart, 89, tennis great who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once. Hart won titles in 1954-55 at the U.S. Championships, which later became the U.S. Open. She won the French Open twice and Wimbledon and the Australian Open once each. She also totaled 29 major doubles titles and ranked No. 1 in the world in 1951. May 30 — Lennie Merullo, 98, the oldest former member of the Chicago Cubs and the last living person to play for them in the World Series. Merullo was a major league shortstop from 1941-47, all with the Cubs. He played three games in the 1945 World Series. May 30 — John Petersen, 86, retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife. The large gift helped fund the $119 million John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center. It opened in 2002. June 3 — Clarence "Bevo" Francis, 82, one of college basketball's great scorers, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game. Francis' landmark game came against Michigan's Hillsdale College on Feb. 2, 1954 and put his small Ohio college on the map. The school in southeastern Ohio is now called University of Rio. A year earlier, the 6-foot-9 center scored 116 points against Kentucky's Ashland Junior College, a record that was retroactively erased after the NCAA said it would recognize only games played against four-year, degree-granting institutions. During the 1952-53 season, he led his school to a 39-0 record. In 1954, Francis averaged 48.0 points a game. Francis played two seasons at Rio Grande, finishing with 3,272 points and powering the team to a 60-7 record. June 4 — Wayne Harris, 77, former Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as "Thumper" for his hard hits. Harris played his entire CFL career with Calgary from 1961-72. Harris was the MVP in Calgary's 1971 Grey Cup victory over Toronto. The CFL's top lineman a record four times an all-league selection eight times, Harris was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976. His No. 55 jersey was retired in 1973, and he was voted ninth among the CFL's Top 50 players in a TSN poll in 2006. As a senior in 1960 at Arkansas, Harris was selected the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference and played in the Cotton Bowl Classic and the All-American Bowl. June 5 — Alan Bond, 77, a polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory before going to prison over the nation's biggest corporate fraud in the early 1990s. Bond's proudest moment came in 1983 when he headed the Australia II syndicate that won the America's Cup from the New York Yacht Club that had held it since 1851. Australia II's then-revolutionary winged keel had ended the longest winning streak in the history of sport. June 5 — Jerry Collins, 34, professional New Zealand rugby union player. He played for New Zealand and most recently played for RC Narbonne, in the Rugby Pro D2. June 7 — John Derr, 97, golf reporter who covered the Masters a record 62 times. Derr covered the second Masters, in 1935, the year Gene Sarazen shot a 2 on the par-5 15th hole, helping to put the Masters on the map. Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982. June 8 — Sergei Sharikov, 40, two-time Olympic fencing champion from Russia. Sharikov won gold in the team saber event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as individual saber silver in 1996 and team saber bronze in 2004. Sharikov was also a three-time world champion in the team saber event. June 9 — Fred Anton Maier, 76, Olympic, world, and European speedskating champion in the 1960s. The Norwegian won the 5,000 meters at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics plus three other Olympic medals: 10,000 silver, 5,000 bronze in the 1964 Innsbruck Games, and 10,000 silver in 1968, and became world and European champion in 1968. He also set 11 world records. June 11 — Virgil Runnels, 69, a former professional wrestler known by his fans as Dusty Rhodes. Runnels, who also went by the nickname "The American Dream," was a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and held the NWA championship three times. He became famous during the height of wrestling's popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in signature yellow polka dot tights with his sidekick "valet" Sapphire. June 15 — Zito, 82, the leader of Brazil's World Cup-winning teams in 1958 and 1962. Zito scored one of the goals when Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the 1962 final. Zito was considered by many a mentor to the young Pele, and was also known as the man who first saw the talent of Neymar, when the current Barcelona forward was only 11. June 16 — Ron Clarke, 78, Australia's greatest middle distance runner. Clarke set 17 world records, including 12 during a 44-day tour of Europe in 1965, nine years after he had been invited as a 19-year-old to light the Olympic flame at the 1956 Melbourne Games. Clarke competed at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympics, but his only medal was a bronze in the 10,000 meters in 1964. June 16 — Nelson Doubleday Jr., 81, the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1896 and a descendent of Abner Doubleday, the mythical inventor of baseball. After taking over the company from his father, Doubleday partnered with Fred Wilpon to become a majority owner of the last-place Mets in 1980. He was bought out by Wilpon in 2002. June 17 — John David Crow, 79, a bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL. Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Crow piled up 4,963 yards rushing, 3,699 yards receiving and threw for 759 yards in his 11-year NFL career. He coached with Bryant at Alabama and was the head coach at Northeast Louisiana University, now known as Louisiana-Monroe, from 1975-80, where he went 20-34-1. June 17 — Mike Hanson, 49, assistant athletic director of communications for Montana. June 18 — Danny Villanueva, 77, one of the NFL's first Latino kickers. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Villanueva also played with the Dallas Cowboys. His last game ended up being the championship against Green Bay at Lambeau Field in 1967. June 20 — William Brantley Aycock, 99, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964. Aycock headed North Carolina's flagship university through a basketball scandal that led to the hiring of Dean Smith. In 1961, Aycock suspended All-America basketball player Doug Moe for taking money from a gambler involved in point shaving at the annual Dixie Classic tournament. When coach Frank McGuire resigned, Aycock replaced him with Dean Smith. June 21 — Darryl Hamilton, 50, former major league baseball player. Hamilton played 13 seasons for five major league teams before retiring in 2001. He was part of the 2000 New York Mets team that went to the World Series. The .291 lifetime hitter was working as an analyst for the MLB Network. June 22 — Jeremiah Tate, 19, Wofford basketball player drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. A junior who played in 13 games, Tate was born in Germany but listed Columbia, South Carolina, as his hometown. June 22 — Derrick Nash, 20, Central Michigan cornerback. Nash was a freshman who signed with Central Michigan in February 2013. He was diagnosed with leukemia that May during his senior year at Carrollton High School in Saginaw. After undergoing chemotherapy, Nash joined the team in 2014 and took part in spring practice. Central Michigan says he was on schedule to claim a spot on the active roster for the 2014 season when doctors found the leukemia had returned. June 22 — "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, 53, former pro wrestler. Landel was once among the superstars of the NWA but flamed out in a long-running battle with drug addiction. June 23 — Harvey Pollack, 93, last original employee of the NBA's inaugural season to still be working in the league. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team's director of statistical information. In 1946, Pollack began his career with the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America, which later merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association, as the team's assistant publicity director. June 23 — James "Froggy" Williams, 87, a 1949 All-America end on Rice's 1949 Southwest Conference football championship squad. Williams led the Owls to a Cotton Bowl win over North Carolina, ending his career with 156 points that stood as a school record for 40 years. Williams was a consensus first-team All-American at end that 10-win season when Rice finished fifth in The Associated Press poll. June 23 — Tommy Hudspeth, 83, BYU's head football coach from 1964 to 1971. Hudspeth led the Cougars to a 39-42-1 record during his eight years as head coach. That included leading BYU to its first Western Athletic Conference championship in 1965. Following his career at BYU, he was head coach at UTEP and the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he had an 11-13 record in two seasons (1976-77). June 29 — Josef Masopust, 84, Czech football great who led the national side to the final of the 1962 World Cup. Masopust, who made 63 international appearances, was named the best Czech footballer of the century in 2000. Masopust is best remembered for the opening goal in the 1962 World Cup final in Chile against the heavy favorite Brazil. Brazil won 3-1. June 30 — Kauto Star, 15, two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who was one of Britain's greatest and most popular racehorses. Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase five times and became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won 23 of his 41 races, including 16 Grade One races, and won more than $3.15 million in prize money. June 30 — Michael DeGroote, 22, Northern Arizona football player who was killed after an accidental shooting. July 2 — Charlie Sanders, 68, Hall of Fame tight end who spent 43 years with the Detroit Lions as a player, coach, scout and broadcaster. Sanders caught 336 passes for 4,817 yards and had 31 touchdowns in a 10-year playing career that began in 1968. He returned to Detroit in 1983 as a radio broadcaster, a job he held until joining the coaching staff in 1989. After leaving the sideline in 1996, he returned to the radio booth for one more season, then was a Lions scout from 1998 until his death. July 2 — Jim Weaver, 70, former Virginia Tech athletic director. Weaver guided the Hokies' transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference and served as the university's for more than 16 years. Weaver arrived at Virginia Tech in 1997 when the school's athletic programs were spread over three conferences and led them into the Big East for all sports except wrestling for the 2000-01 season. In 2004, the school accepted an invitation to join rival Virginia in the ACC. July 2 — Forrest Behm, 95, first-team All-America tackle on Nebraska's first-ever bowl team that lost to Stanford, 21-13, in the 1941 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. July 3 — Phil Walsh, 55, coach of the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League, was killed in a domestic dispute. Walsh was a former Australian Rules player, and coach at Adelaide since 2014. July 4 — Scot Breithaupt, 57, BMX bike racing pioneer. Breithaupt was among the first to organize bicycle races on dirt motorcycle courses in the early 1970s, becoming first a founder of BMX — or bicycle motocross. Breithaupt became a BMX rider, winning several championships, and became an early voice for the sport, introducing it to the nation as a color commentator in the early 1980s when it was televised on ESPN. Later, he started manufacturing bikes, founding the company SE Racing and later started LM Productions, producing BMX and extreme-sport shows for ESPN and Fox. July 5 — Jack Steadman, 86, longtime Kansas City Chiefs executive. A longtime friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City. He became general manager in 1966, building the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl four years later. He became president of the Chiefs in 1976 and remained active on its board of directors until his retirement at the end of the 2006 season. MORE
Imagine a 15-year-old child, a lone figure standing outside an airport in the West African city of Bamako, Mali. He is toting one duffel bag and only the clothes on his back, no coat for the frigid New York winter and no backpack for classes at his new American high school. He is tall and skinny with a boyish face and pointy shoulders and a mouth that, on instinct, will form a wide smile.On...
Highly touted Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo has come a long way in a short time
By Rustin Dodd, Associated Press | Dec 17, 2015Imagine a 15-year-old child, a lone figure standing outside an airport in the West African city of Bamako, Mali. He is toting one duffel bag and only the clothes on his back, no coat for the frigid New York winter and no backpack for classes at his new American high school. He is tall and skinny with a boyish face and pointy shoulders and a mouth that, on instinct, will form a wide smile. On this day, however, the morning of Feb. 11, 2012, Cheick Diallo can barely muster one. Three weeks earlier, his journey had begun. He had boarded a bus in his hometown of Kayes, a small city in the west of Mali, and traversed 14 hours to Bamako, the capital city of nearly 2 million, where he was taking classes as a high school freshman. It was, in most respects, a holding pattern. For months, he had waited for a student visa, his pathway to a new life in America, an opportunity to chase a basketball dream. He had little time to waste. Soon, Bamako would be gripped by war. A collection of soldiers would stage a coup d’etat, attacking the presidential palace in Bamako and sending the city into lockdown. “If I was still there for like two weeks or three weeks, I’m not going to be here today,” Diallo says now. “You could not go anywhere. It was a war.” Finally, the paperwork went through. Diallo’s father booked his son a flight to New York and told Cheick he needed to leave. Two days later, Diallo stood on the curb at Bamako-Senou International Airport. Imagine a 15-year-old child, spending days in airports, flying across the world, standing alone in the international terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Imagine Cheick Diallo, speaking no English, having no coat to protect him from the cold, just two years from picking up a basketball, meeting a high school coach in front of the airport and heading east to Long Island. By now, you might know a little bit about Cheick Diallo, the freshman big man turned sympathetic figure after a long and contentious clash with the NCAA. You know about his eligibility fight and the potential in his longish 6-foot-9 frame, the talent flashed during his college debut against Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 1. You know how his presence might change the Kansas men’s basketball team, a missing piece transforming the Jayhawks into a possible NCAA title favorite. But four years ago, few saw this future for Diallo, the fifth son of a middle-class utilities worker in Mali. He was a gangly teenager who focused on basketball when he became too tall to play soccer. He was an athletic specimen who could use his potential as collateral for an American education, and if he was lucky, maybe play for a low-level Division I school some day. “We never thought for a second that Cheick was going to be this big,” says Tidiane Drame, a Malian-American turned amateur basketball scout and talent broker who discovered Diallo four years ago. “I was garbage,” Diallo says. “I was not even good.” It’s a Wednesday in early December, the day after Diallo’s season debut, and he is sitting inside the players’ lounge at Allen Fieldhouse, leaning forward in a plush leather recliner. The NCAA drama is behind him now, and he is ready to tell his story, how he grew to become one of the most intriguing players in college hoops. It is the story of Diallo telephoning Drame, his mentor and handler, during his first months in the United States, begging to quit and go home. It is the story of Diallo, nearly four years later, showing up 15 minutes early to everything — from summer tutoring sessions, to practice, to even an interview for this story — because, well, he’s wired that way. He’s a 19-year-old who spends his nights peppering Bill Self with text messages, looking for ways to improve. He is also a growing talent who fills up his Instagram account with quotes from his chosen sages, from Nelson Mandela to Gregg Popovich. The reason? Why take any of this for granted. “That’s the dream — to come here,” Diallo says. “Every African kid, if you start playing basketball, it’s the first thing in your mind: I want to come to the United States. That’s it. That’s what you think. So as soon I started playing basketball, I said: ‘One day, I want to come here.’ “As soon as I got the opportunity, I said: ‘I know exactly why I’m here. I don’t want to let it go.’ ” The tip came in the early months of 2011. But at the time, Tidiane Drame says, it was more like a request. That year, Drame had arrived home in Bamako for his fifth annual summer basketball camp. Standing 5 feet 11 with roundish cheeks and a friendly smile, Drame hardly looks the part of a serious basketball coach or scout. He never played the sport at a high level. He was introduced to the sport like most African kids, by watching the NBA in the late 80s and early 90s. But in 2007, he had launched a summer basketball camp as part of a broader mission to help kids in his native country. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) The son of a Malian mother and a Guinean diplomat, Drame grew up in an affluent family that carried plenty of weight in West Africa. (“People know my father,” Drame says, before declining to reveal his father’s first name.). In the mid 1990s, when Drame was in his early 20s, he came to America to finish a college degree at Mercer University in Atlanta. The American education would open doors, and Drame would eventually settle in northern California, falling in love with Michael Jordan and the game of basketball. When Drame hit his mid 30s, he began looking for a way to give back to his homeland. The result would become the Mali Hope Foundation, an after-school program that would, in part, provide school supplies and tutoring sessions to impoverished kids in Mali. That was one phase of the plan. The other part would incorporate a basketball academy to the after-school academic help. There would be an annual camp, the one started in 2007, and an opportunity to scout some of the best local players in Mali. “That’s how the whole thing started,” Drame says. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) In the beginning, Drame says, the goal wasn’t to mine the country for future basketball stars. But in a country of 14 million people, yes, there were young boys and girls with basketball skills and athletic potential. There were kids, in other words, who could use basketball to pay for an American education. “In Mali, we have a lot of private schools,” Drame said. “But if your family doesn’t have the money to send you to private school, you’re going to be left behind.” By the summer of 2011, Drame was prepping for another camp. In grassroots basketball circles, Drame had become known as the self-anointed “King of Mali,” a man with an instinct for finding players. He scored a sponsorship from Under Armour and enlisted American high school coaches to travel to Africa and teach fundamentals. As the camp loomed, his uncle approached him with the name of his best friend’s 14-year-old son. Cheick Diallo was tall and raw. Drame remembers his slight frame and his awkward movements, like somebody fumbling around in the darkness. From the start, Drame says, helping Cheick felt like helping a family member. And the kid did have some size. “I watched him a little bit,” Drame says. “And I invited him the next day to my camp.” In the months after attending Drame’s camp, Cheick Diallo sat down with his parents, Mamadou and Ramata, for a family discussion. Drame had broached the idea of sending Diallo to an American high school. The family, Diallo says, was split about sending their youngest son halfway across the world. “I’m the baby of my family,” Diallo says. “So my mom said, ‘No, Cheick.’ I don’t want you to go to the United States. I said: ‘No, everything will be fine.’ She said, ‘No, I don’t want you to go.’ “But my dad said, ‘Cheick you gotta go.’ ” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Years earlier, Mamadou Diallo, 6-foot-4 with the body of an athlete, had been a competitive handball player in Mali. He had settled in Kayes, a important transport hub in West Africa, and found work at a local utilities company, dealing with the local water supply. The family would eventually grow to include five boys, who on most days could be found playing soccer at a local field. “Wake up, eat breakfast, go play soccer all day,” says Diallo, who idolized German midfielder Michael Ballack. By 2010, though, Mamadou Diallo began to worry. His son was growing, closing in on 6-3 at age 13, and soccer was no sport for a giant. Madamou came to his Cheick with an idea: “OK, Cheick,” Mamadou said. “You need to choose new sport. You’re getting too tall.” In Mali, basketball has long had an intriguing relationship with the populace. In the 1990s and 2000s, the women’s national team solidified itself as an African power — so much so, in fact, that Diallo associated the sport with women as a child. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) In Africa, soccer remains king; basketball is a growing sport, the fuse lit by the globalization of the NBA, a proliferation of media and the Internet. As a boy, Diallo remembers staying up late, watching live NBA games that came on at 1 a.m. In Mali, Diallo says, Michael Jordan remains a household name, even if younger players today were barely alive when he retired for the final time in 2003. “I didn’t really know who was Michael Jordan,” Diallo says. “But as soon as I started playing basketball, I said: ‘Wow, that’s Michael Jordan? I want to be like him.’ ” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) By the winter of 2012, Diallo had been playing basketball for nearly two years. The transfer to Our Savior New American, in Centereach, N.Y., a hamlet about 60 miles east of New York City, was set. In a matter of months, he would be in America. As Diallo pondered his future, he spoke to his parents in his native language, Bambara. At school, he would speak French. At other times, he was exposed to a collection of other tribal languages. Well, Diallo thought, I guess it’s time to learn English. “Damn, can I go back?” In the spring of 2012, Tidiane Drame picked up a phone and heard a teenager’s voice on the other end. It was Cheick. He was crying. Diallo had been living in New York for a few months with his host parents, Mike and Cathy Fortunato, a couple in Coram, not far from school. After arriving in February, he joined the basketball team, but played less than one minute per game as a freshman. Diallo enrolled in hours of English-as-a-second-language courses, but for months he lacked the ability to converse with others. The semester was isolating. He imagined returning home to Mali. He toted a cell phone with him everywhere, using Google Translate to help him survive the day. “I just wanted people to know exactly what I want to say,” Diallo says. “But it’s hard.” As Drame listened to Diallo’s frustration, he could relate. Years earlier, he had come to America and experienced the same feelings of isolation. You want to fit in, Drame explained, but you are different. “No,” Drame told Diallo, “you cannot go back.” Diallo found other ways to cope. He would speak French with his foreign teammates. To help learn English, he listened to American rap music — Lil Wayne and Kanye West — and watched American movies. He particularly liked “The Blind Side,” the story of Michael Oher, a top high school football recruit who is taken in by an affluent family. A few years later, a KU staffer would ask Diallo to name his favorite American sports movies. “The one with ‘Big Mike,’ ” Diallo responded. Diallo also would spend hours inside the gym. He was mesmerized by the sight and feel of real snow. (“Just like on TV,” he says.) He found an older mentor in teammate Chris Obekpa, a shot-blocking center from Nigeria who would sign with St. John’s. During his first month on the team, Diallo says, he’d match up against Obekpa during practices and one-on-one scrimmages. “I thought I was really good,” Diallo says. “But I was not. Every shot I took is blocked. Everything is blocked.” Diallo was a blank canvas. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Obekpa was the model. Diallo watched Obekpa play defense, imagining moves that would work, then trying them out during practice. “I was watching him every day,” Diallo says. “That’s what I got to do.” In the summers, Diallo began playing for Team Scan, a Nike-sponsored AAU program based in New York City. The experience expedited his growth. “He has a motor that you might see once in a lifetime,” says Terrance “Munch” Williams, the head coach of what is now known as the PSA Cardinals organization. By his sophomore season, Drame realized his expectations for Diallo were evolving. One night, Drame phoned Diallo, who had been stressing about a high school course and staying up until close to 2 or 3 a.m. to study. “Cheick,” Drame told him, “you have to sleep.” “I said, ‘This kid works so hard,’ ” Drame says now. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) In the weeks after arriving in Lawrence last summer, Cheick Diallo headed off campus and slipped inside The Salty Iguana, a Mexican restaurant on the west edge of town. Even after three years in America, Diallo had never taken a liking to traditional fast food. Too much salt. So as Diallo dined with some KU staffers, he asked for a specialty order: A plate with just steak and rice, piled high. Lots of steak and rice. Around the KU basketball offices, the meal became known as the “Triple Diallo,” a staple of his first summer in Lawrence, a “Cheick story” that soon joined a list of others. When Diallo arrived on the KU campus, the rest of the Kansas basketball program was in South Korea for the World University Games. It was a quiet introduction to college, and Diallo passed the time by working out with strength coach Andrea Hudy and enrolling in summer classes. On most days, he camped out with KU’s academic staff. One Saturday, Diallo says, he called a tutor, asking if they could meet. “No, Cheick,” the tutor said, “It’s Saturday. Take the day off.” “He’s one of the best role models we’ve had,” Self says, “because nobody — nobody since I’ve been here, for 13 years — tries harder academically than he does. Nobody.” The last part is perhaps a little ironic. It was a review of Diallo’s academics, of course, that delayed the start of his freshman season. To Diallo, the whole process is still confusing. His high school was under review by the NCAA, but what did that have to do with him? He still did the work. And then the NCAA suspended him five games for accepting “extra benefits” from Drame, his legal guardian. “I’m kind of mad …” Diallo says. “I don’t even know what I did.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) On a Tuesday in December, Tidiane Drame sat inside a quiet coffee shop in Lawrence. In six hours, Diallo finally would make his college debut. Drame would take his seat in Allen Fieldhouse and watch Diallo score 13 points and grab six rebounds against Loyola (Md.). Drame had come from his home in Richmond, Calif., to check in on Diallo, and Drame was still steaming over the NCAA’s decision to suspend Diallo for purportedly taking extra benefits. During the investigation, the NCAA had labeled Drame as an “agent,” questioning his relationship with Diallo and other players he has helped bring to the United States, including St. John’s freshman Kassoum Yakwe, who also attended Our Savior New American. The benefits in question — which led to Diallo’s five-game suspension — came in the weeks before Drame officially became Diallo’s guardian. According to Drame, they included payment of a cell-phone bill, a trip to Wal-Mart and some travel expenses. The total: $165. Drame insists that his motives are pure, that he started his foundation to help kids, that nobody from the NCAA was all that suspicious when the players he helped ended up at junior college or the low Division I level. “I’ve been doing that for (almost) a decade,” Drame said, speaking of his foundation. “Do you think I would wait a decade for someone to go pro? I might be the worst businessman in the world. That’s ridiculous.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) The day after his debut, Cheick Diallo was back inside the players’ lounge in the Kansas locker room, relaxing in a recliner. He pulled out his cell phone: There was something he wanted to share. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) During the next four months, Diallo could become the linchpin member of this Kansas team, the most complete Jayhawks squad in five years. He could grow into the rim protector that Self covets, the defensive anchor that Kansas needs, the inside presence this program has been missing for the last two seasons. If all goes as planned, Diallo will help the Jayhawks to the Final Four in April and then ponder a jump to the NBA draft. Already, he says, people ask him when he will leave. For now, he is not sure. “In my opinion,” Diallo says. “I don’t really think about whether I want to stay here for two or three years, because in my opinion, maximum is two. Maximum. I’m not going to stay here for three.” That’s the future, though. This is the present. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Diallo holds up his cell phone and pulls up his Twitter account. He wants to show you the words on his bio. “Don’t ever forget where you come from,” he reads aloud, He speaks softly, with his high-pitched accent punctuating the sentence. Sometimes people ask why he plays so hard, Diallo says, why he shows up early for tutoring sessions, why he texts his head coach late at night, asking for advice. Sometimes, Diallo says, he will say he does not know the answer. This is just who he is. But that’s not totally true. The real answer begins with a skinny teenager, standing on a curb, preparing to board a plane in Bamako. When you come from where he came from, Diallo says, when you have a chance to dream, you don’t want to let it go. “Don’t ever forget where you come from,” he says. “That’s it. Don’t ever forget where you come from. That’s the key. That’s my mind. I don’t want to forget where I come from.” ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) 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The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team:CLASS 5AOFFENSEQB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New PalestineRB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., KokomoRB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus EastWR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne SniderWR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette JeffTE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus EastOL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur...
2015 Indiana All-State 5A high school football team
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team: CLASS 5A OFFENSE QB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New Palestine RB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., Kokomo RB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus East WR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne Snider WR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette Jeff TE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus East OL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur Central OL_Kenny Hurt, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider OL_Tyler Johnson, 6-4, 294, Sr., Whiteland OL_Spencer Stachyra, 6-4, 280, Jr., Westfield OL_Andrew Yazel, 5-11, 272, Sr., New Palestine K_Jacob Ballain, 5-11, 164, Sr., Whiteland DEFENSE DL_Rondell Weathers, 5-11, 245, Sr., Indianapolis Tech DL_Marcus Green, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider DL_Jordan Holley, 6-2, 205, Sr., Goshen DL_Colin Zeh, 6-2, 210, Sr., Harrison (West Lafayette) LB_Tommy Richardson, 6-1, 222, Jr., Bloomington South LB_Sam Dwenger, 5-9, 205, Sr., Columbus East LB_Kyle Edwards, 5-9, 165, Sr., Mishawaka DB_Nick Brickens, 5-9, 190, Sr., New Palestine DB_Justin Jenkins, 5-10, 185, Sr., Terre Haute South DB_Jordan Matthews, 6-1, 185, Sr., Kokomo DB_Cedric Mitchell, 6-2, 185, Jr., Concord P_Jon Hagee, 5-10, 140, Jr., Plainfield HONORABLE MENTION QB— Isaac Stiebeling, Fort Wayne Snider; Nick Barrett, Terre Haute North; Devon Colonis, Lafayette Jeff; Jason Grooms, Concord; Bryce Jefferson, Decatur Central; Dayne Keller, Castle; Ryan Pepiot, Westfield; Darian Phillips, Mishawaka; Brayden Tidd, Bedford North Lawrence; Gavin Yeskie, Bloomington South. RB_Gabe Brooks, South Bend Adams; Dawson Dahnke, Harrison (West Lafayette); Dylan Foster, Plainfield; Marcelle Kenner, Kokomo; Brenden Mikesell, Zionsville; LeVon Thompson, McCutcheon; Tyrone Tracy, Decatur Central. WR_Duke Blackwell, New Palestine; Malik Bramley, Fort Wayne Snider; Josh Emerson, Concord; Alex Garren, Castle; Evan Manley, Westfield; John Early Rochelle Manns, Bloomington South; Noah McLean, Castle; Charles Phinisee, McCutcheon; Drew Roberts, Bedford North Lawrence; David Turner, Fort Wayne Snider; Brandon Wadley, South Bend Adams. TE_Grant Dempster, McCutcheon; Matt Wilmore, Concord. OL_Quamielle Belt, Kokomo; Garrett Breneman, Harrison (West Lafayette); Harry Crider, Columbus East; Garrett Crowthers, Whiteland; Nick Derheimer, New Palestine; Nick Franklin, Bedford North Lawrence; Julius Gibbs, Lafayette Jeff; Ryan Harrison, Decatur Central; Mikey Hettinger, Terre Haute North; Jacob Kough, Castle; Jacob Spray, Plainfield; Andy VanDyke, Franklin. K_Spencer Corey, New Palestine; Will Harrison, Westfield; Adam Myers, Castle; Chace Pedigo, McCutcheon. DL_Bryce Biddle, Plainfield; Bryce Brown, Evansville North; Noah Daniels, South Bend Adams; Trent Dardeen, McCutcheon; Antonio Davidson, Decatur Center; Ryder Emberton, Whiteland; Cameron Fitts, Kokomo; Jonathan Mendoza, Westfield; Derek Paz, Goshen; Zaccai Robinson, Indianapolis Tech; David Small, Concord; Jordan Workman, New Palestine. LB_Coy Anderson, Plainfield; Tiger Baldwin, Bedford North Lawrence; Parker Caldwell, McCutcheon; Tanner Collins, Lafayette Jeff; Ethan Cox, Terre Haute South; Zach Dowell, Franklin; Jackson Garrett, Westfield; Sam Helm, Bloomington South; Joe Izbicki, New Palestine; Cage Street, Evansville North; Calvin Thomas, Decatur Central; Mitchell Thornbury, Castle; Cole Williams, McCutcheon; Daniel Williams, Concord. DB_Juchaun Fox, Concord; Logan Grim, Terre Haute North; Joe Jackson, Bedford North Lawrence; Hunter Warthan, Bloomington South; Keenen Wheeler, Kokomo.
Dec 6, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Deshaun Watson did everything in his power to ensure Clemson's perfect season continued. But the unbeaten Tigers might have gotten a little help from the officials, too.The Heisman Trophy hopeful threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 1 Clemson stayed unbeaten by holding off eighth-ranked North Carolina 45-37 Saturday night in the ACC championship...
Playoff bound: Clemson beats UNC 45-37 for ACC title
By STEVE REED, Associated Press | Dec 6, 2015CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Deshaun Watson did everything in his power to ensure Clemson's perfect season continued. But the unbeaten Tigers might have gotten a little help from the officials, too. The Heisman Trophy hopeful threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 1 Clemson stayed unbeaten by holding off eighth-ranked North Carolina 45-37 Saturday night in the ACC championship game. Watson's 420 total yards and five total touchdowns set ACC championship game records and assures the Tigers (13-0) a spot in the College Football Playoff. "I wanted to prove that we were one of the best teams in the country and that we deserved to be in the top four," Watson said. The win didn't come without controversy. North Carolina's Ryan Switzer hauled in his second TD catch of the game with 1:13 left to cut Clemson's lead to eight. The Tar Heels appeared to recover the onside kick, but were called for being offside — although replays didn't show any player in a blue jersey being offside — and had to kick again. North Carolina attempted another onside kick and this time Clemson recovered and ran out the clock. "I had a chance to look at it and they missed it. They were wrong. That's all I'm going to say about it. They were wrong," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. Fedora said with three timeouts and the ball near midfield with 1:08 left on the clock he was confident North Carolina could have scored and had a chance at a 2-point conversion to send the game into overtime. "It isn't going to change," Fedora said. "It doesn't matter one way or the other, so I'm going to have to swallow it like a man and just take it." Now, the only suspense left is whether Clemson or No. 2 Alabama is in the top spot when the playoff pairings are revealed Sunday. "We've got three top 10 wins. Anybody else got that? And we're 13-0," a grinning Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. Clemson racked up a conference championship game record 608 yards, eclipsing the 500-yard mark for the ninth consecutive game. Wayne Gallman ran for 185 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns and Artavis Scott had seven catches for 96 yards and a score. "They stretch you with their receivers, horizontally, and created seams in the defense," Fedora said. "And if you don't fit exactly where you're supposed to or you miss a tackle, they're going to have a big play, and that's what happened." Marquise Williams threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 81 yards and a score for the Tar Heels (11-2, No. 10 CFP), who were trying to win their first ACC title in 35 years. Williams said he was proud of how his team played. "A lot of people thought we were going to come out here and just lay an egg, but we didn't," said Williams, who played high school football in Charlotte. The Tigers outgained the Tar Heels 309-103 in the first half, but needed a jump pass touchdown from Watson to tight end Jordan Leggett with two seconds left in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead into the locker room. Clemson's lead might have been bigger had it not been for a curious decision by Tigers punter Andy Teasdall, who decided to take matters into his own hands and take off running on fourth-and-15 at his own 30. He picked up just 4 yards before being dragged down and received an earful from coaches when he returned to the sideline. The Tar Heels took advantage right away, quickly moving 34 yards in four plays with Williams finding Switzer in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass to give the Tar Heels a 16-14 lead. "There was no fake punt, that was just him losing his mind," Swinney said. "He went Superman on me. I have no answer." However, Watson put the Tigers back in front with two seconds left in the first half on a 1-yard jump pass to tight end Jordan Leggett. Watson was named the game's Most Outstanding Player while continuing to build his case to become the first Heisman Trophy winner in school history. He struck the Heisman pose after the game. "I feel like I'm one of the best in the country because of the players I have (on the team) with me and the coaches on this staff," Watson said. "If you sit down and watch our 13 games, he's the best player in the country — and there is no doubt about it," Swinney said. "This guy beats you not just with his legs, but his arm, his mind, his heart, his guts and his toughness. He's a great champion." ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Dec 1, 2015
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.To keep his business operating with such a paltry amount of coal, Asbury has to do everything himself. He...
Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip
By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press | Dec 1, 2015WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day. To keep his business operating with such a paltry amount of coal, Asbury has to do everything himself. He has no use for the shiny, multimillion-dollar mining machines on display this fall at the biannual coal show nearby. His equipment is secondhand stuff that he repairs and refurbishes. The coal he and his workers scrape out of the mountain is washed and prepared for sale in a plant Asbury and a colleague built themselves. "It's how we survive," says Asbury, 66, a miner since 1971. Even coal is barely surviving in coal country — and coal is about the only thing that Central Appalachia has. West Virginia is the only state in the country where more than half of adults are not working, according to the Census Bureau. It is tied with Kentucky for the highest percentage of residents collecting disability payments from Social Security, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. And the death rate among working-age adults is highest in the nation, 55 percent higher the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And now the one main source for decent-paying work, the brutal life of coal, seems to be drying up for good. The thick, easy, cheap coal is gone, global competition is fierce, and clean air and water regulations are increasing costs and cutting into demand. Central Appalachia's struggle is familiar to many rural regions across the U.S., where middle-class jobs are disappearing or gone and young people have no other choice than to leave to find opportunity. But the problems are amplified in coal country, where these difficult economic and social conditions have gripped the region for decades and where there is hardly any flat land to build anything. Every year since 1979, West Virginia has led the country in the percentage of people who are either not working or looking for work. But businesses are reluctant to come set up shop in Central Appalachia and take advantage of the available labor in part because education levels are so low. Forty-two percent of prime-age West Virginians have no more than a high-school degree, nearly double the national average. "We have a mismatch between the job skills that employers want and the job skills West Virginians have," says John Deskins, director of the Bureau for Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University. "It's a little bit grim. You can cut the data in multiple ways, and West Virginia still lags the nation." But this crisis — and the realization that there won't be another coal boom in these parts — is leading to a growing understanding that new approaches are needed to help Central Appalachia emerge from decades of deep poverty, under-education and poor health. Big federal and state programs and initiatives, some dating from the Lyndon Johnson administration, have failed to help the region diversify its economy much beyond digging or blasting coal out of mountains. If anything is going to help the people of Appalachia, poverty experts and residents of West Virginia now say, it's themselves: local entrepreneurs who know their communities and customers well, and are committed to them. "We need to have some urgency and look at other possibilities because coal may not be here," says Dr. Donovan "Dino" Beckett, CEO of the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, who also is supporting a range of programs to help boost health and entrepreneurship. "But that's a controversial subject here because coal is a way of life." Success, if it can come to coal country, will be the result of thousands of big risks taken by small-scale business people. It will be halting and arduous and it will come with failure. Many will have no choice but to leave, as tens of thousands already have in recent decades. And West Virginia may continue to lag the nation in social and economic demographics in the years to come. Central Appalachia is not out of ideas, though, and it has not given up. Grass-roots approaches like Dino Beckett's programs to improve health in Mingo County, an apprentice program in Wayne County designed to give high school kids a better chance at a good job, and even Eddie Asbury's small-but-determined coal operation in McDowell County show how Central Appalachia may slowly begin to remake itself. DARK TIMES FOR COAL For more than a century, the coal seams that run through Appalachia have made the steel used to build U.S. cities and the electric power to light them. As technology has improved, though, it has taken fewer and fewer workers to mine that coal. Coal employment and population in Appalachia were at their highest in the middle of the last century. West Virginia coal employment peaked at 130,000 miners in 1940 and is now under 20,000. The same trend played across the nation. There are fewer than 80,000 coal miners in the U.S. — less than half the number of new jobs the U.S. economy adds every month. That's one-tenth the number of coal workers in the 1920s, and those fewer workers now produce nearly twice as much coal. Most of those job losses happened long before coal's latest downturn. Mechanization began slashing the number of workers needed to mine coal in the 1960s, and then a collapse in the U.S. steel industry in 1980s further decimated miners' ranks. Now employment is falling further because the world is trying to turn away from coal in hopes of protecting the environment and human health. Coal is by far the biggest source of carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants among fuels used to make electricity. Coal will not go completely away anytime soon — it's the cheapest way to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people who lack access to it, and even developed nations will still need to burn it as they transition to cleaner fuels. The carbon in coal will still be needed to mix with iron to make steel. But there is so much more coal than the world needs that only the cheapest global producers will survive. In the U.S., where natural gas has become a cheaper alternative to coal to generate electricity, miners are facing an especially difficult market: Four major U.S. coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection in the last 18 months. Mining a thin seam of coal takes nearly as much labor, time and cost as mining a thick seam, but it yields a lot less coal. That makes the thin seams left in Central Appalachia too expensive to compete with cheaper coal being mined in places like Illinois, Wyoming, Australia and Indonesia. The industry will persist here, driven by small, determined operators like Asbury, but as a niche no longer able to support a region's economy. "There's a reluctant realization that this is different," says Keith Burdette, West Virginia's commerce secretary and head of the state's economic development office, of the latest coal bust. COAL COUNTRY About the only flat land to build anything among the jumble of mountains in Southern West Virginia is in the hollows traced by small rivers, and that land sits in dangerous flood plains. This unavoidable geography has hampered efforts to diversify the economy, despite decades of effort. There's one stoplight in all of McDowell County, and there isn't a four-lane highway to be found. John F. Kennedy stopped in Welch, McDowell's county seat, as a presidential candidate in May 1960 and railed against the "poverty and hunger, the destroyed health" of children there. The first food stamps were given out in McDowell County, and Congress launched the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1965 to help increase job opportunities and make the region economically competitive. Poverty experts say these efforts helped relieve the most acute conditions, but did little else. As coal employment declined, people fled because there was little else for them to do. McDowell County had a population of just under 100,000 in 1950. Since then, the county's population has fallen by four-fifths, to around 20,000. "All we've got is coal," says Randy Campbell, one of Asbury's mine superintendents. Even when land is found and developed, it can be hard to attract businesses. Tazewell County, across the border from McDowell in Virginia's coal country, built a 680-acre business and technology park and dangled incentives to try to entice companies to move in. It sits empty, five years after the county started marketing it. To many, it is a massive failure of government at federal and local levels that a trend of declining employment, under-education and poor health has been allowed to continue for half a century without a comprehensive overhaul of development policy. For example, many states that rely on natural resource production have permanent funds created with taxes or royalties from resource production that can be tapped during downturns. West Virginia set one up only last year, and because of restrictions on when and how it can be funded, it is empty. "Our policy makers haven't grappled with the realities, and it's to the detriment of coal communities," says Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. "When the new economy started taking off, it left West Virginia behind." That may be starting to change. Burdette, the state's commerce secretary, says the state is considering approaches as radical as starting a homesteading program to attract people to the enormous number of abandoned buildings and empty lots. "This is going to force us to do some things that maybe we wouldn't do otherwise but we probably should," he says. "It's going to take some real creative thinking." JOBS AND LIFE SKILLS IN THE COALFIELDS After Josh Napier graduated from high school in Wayne County, West Virginia, in 2011 with a major in building construction, all he could find were jobs at fast food restaurants. After stints at Taco Bell and Long John Silver's, he was working at Wendy's in the spring of 2012, his first child on the way, when he heard about Brandon Dennison. "Every construction job I applied for required two years of experience," Napier says. "Brandon was the first person to give me the chance to actually work on a job." Dennison wants to reduce poverty in his home state, so he devised a business plan in graduate school that uses some of the state's disadvantages, like its abandoned buildings, to create jobs. His creation, Coalfield Development Corp., hires graduates of high school vocational programs to restore, repurpose or tear down old buildings, use old building materials to make furniture, or build new homes on reclaimed coalfield land. Employees also are also required to take six hours of community college courses a week and three hours of life skills classes that help them with things like money management and healthy eating. "If you don't have a job lined up, that 18-to-19 age becomes a cliff, and we see a lot of bad decisions," Dennison says. Napier got hands-on construction experience working on several types of projects, including installation of solar panels, a skill he'd like to pursue in the future. He also took classes in parenting and anger management that he says have made him a better father. The program is getting such a good response that Dennison plans to expand early next year to start similar businesses focused on agriculture, tourism and retail. "We're trying to change mindsets in coal country, from 'the world is out to get me' to 'the world is full of opportunity,'" he says. "A huge focus of the training we do is around entrepreneurship and how to start a business." Ron Haskins, a former White House and congressional adviser on welfare and poverty now at the Brookings Institution, says apprenticeship programs — especially ones that help workers pursue a degree — are desperately needed in rural regions nationwide. They are among the best ways to foster an economy, based on businesses created by local residents who know the area and are committed to stay. HEALTH, WELLNESS AND NEW BUSINESS A sign entering Williamson, West Virginia reads "Heart of the Billion Dollar Coal Field," but the state of the sign is evidence that the billions have long left Mingo County. It's faded, and the "Welcome to Williamson" part of the sign is broken. Residents still talk about how popular performers came through town in the 1920s and luxuries found only in a few places in the U.S. were sold in downtown shops. Dino Beckett's parents told him those stories, and he's determined to get some of that vibrancy back. It starts with improving the health of the residents. Fourteen percent of West Virginians in their prime working years have a disability that keeps them from working or limits what they can do, double the U.S. rate of 7 percent. And the state has by far the highest rate of death from drug overdoses in the nation, two and a half times the national rate, according to the CDC. Beckett, 46, runs the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, which is working to address many of these issues. But the center also functions as a downtown engine of hope for the county. "We wanted to start a clinic, but we wanted to be an economic driver for the area, too," he says. He started a free clinic under a federal program to encourage treatment of underserved populations to go along with his more traditional doctor's office, and a Diabetes Coalition to address the extremely high rates of diabetes patients in the county. Beckett also created a project called Sustainable Williamson that helped set up a farmer's market to provide access to healthier food and also runs programs to foster and support entrepreneurship. This summer, Sustainable Williamson opened a space for budding entrepreneurs in a converted old furniture store called The Hub, where people with ideas for businesses can get support and advice. They sponsor training sessions and contests that help people refine their business pitches and compete for start-up money. His groups try to get people to be more active by promoting and sponsoring daily lunchtime walks and monthly 5K runs. Among the most popular is the Coal Dust 5K, which took place for the third time in September. By the end of the race, it looks a little like Williamson is teeming with miners again because the runners are doused with "coal dust" along the route. Of course, the "coal dust," like a Williamson full of miners, isn't real. TRYING ANYTHING TO STAY HOME After years working as a contractor and temporary worker in the coal industry, Mark Muncy finally landed a permanent job, with benefits, working for a mine owned by Alpha Natural Resources in the fall of 2013 near his home in Welch. A year later, Alpha closed the mine and Muncy was out of work. Alpha, one of the country's biggest coal companies, is now in bankruptcy. Muncy didn't want to go back to working a long-haul truck driver, as he had done years before, because it kept him away from his family too much. His daughter Ashleigh loved to bake so he raised some money from a local acquaintance, got a government-backed economic development loan and opened the Riverside Cafe and Bakery in June. "I didn't know what else to do," he says. The plan was to run it with just his wife and four children. But the only salad bar in town proved too popular, and customers fell in love with Ashleigh's pizza rolls. By customer request, Muncy agreed to extend the restaurant's hours and stay open until midnight on nights when there's a local football game with hungry fans. The restaurant is bringing in three times what Muncy's loan officer predicted it would — and he's had to hire three people. Ashleigh's original plan was to keep her job at the local supermarket and bake on the side, but her baking just got too popular. Some of Ashleigh's biggest fans: the region's remaining miners, like those who work for Asbury, who come early in the morning and ask her to wrap the pizza rolls individually so they can eat them for lunch down in the mine. Miners like Asbury and his workers won't disappear completely from the Riverside Cafe or from coal country, despite the region's dark future. The coal they mine is high-quality stuff, used for making steel, not electricity. It may even be used to build the frames for solar panels that Napier has learned to install, and that could further reduce demand for coal used for electricity. Asbury is negotiating a lease for a new mine even now, in the depths of a bust. He also is trying to work with the state on a plan to build a surface mine that would flatten a stretch of mountains but also create enough space for a highway to connect McDowell County with the two interstates that meet in Beckley — and perhaps spur some economic development unrelated to coal, finally, in Central Appalachia. ________ AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this story from Washington. Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jonathan-fahey.
CHICAGO—The helmet-wearing Spartans of Michigan State will play an all-or-nothing game Saturday at Ohio State.Tom Izzo’s crew faced no such pressure Tuesday night when it took the floor against Kansas in the Champions Classic at the United Center.“The one advantage of basketball over football,” Izzo said on the eve of the game, “is that you play these games and it doesn’t ruin the year (if you...
Michigan State rallies from nine-point deficit to top Kansas 79-73
By Teddy Greenstein, Associated Press | Nov 18, 2015CHICAGO—The helmet-wearing Spartans of Michigan State will play an all-or-nothing game Saturday at Ohio State. Tom Izzo’s crew faced no such pressure Tuesday night when it took the floor against Kansas in the Champions Classic at the United Center. “The one advantage of basketball over football,” Izzo said on the eve of the game, “is that you play these games and it doesn’t ruin the year (if you lose). Sometimes it makes the year. You figure out what your deficiencies are and move forward.” Any deficiencies were overshadowed by having the best player on the floor — Denzel Valentine. The senior guard led the Spartans to a stirring 79-73 victory after they trailed by nine points in the second half. By finishing with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, Valentine became the fourth player in school history to notch a triple-double, joining Magic Johnson, Draymond Green and Charlie Bell. “The kid, he’s like Draymond,” Izzo said. “There are a million things that he’s not good enough at. But winning, work ethic and basketball IQ, those are all things he’s good at. “Everyone will be impressed with the triple-double. I’m impressed with the one turnover.” Valentine, destined to be a Player of the Year candidate in the Big Ten, credited his teammates for hitting shots to boost his assists total. He also praised fellow guard Bryn Forbes for keeping his energy up in the game’s final minutes. “I was tired and ready to quit but he stayed in my ear,” Valentine said. The No. 13 Spartans took the floor as five-point underdogs to fourth-ranked Kansas, which started seniors Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor (Julian High School), juniors Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III and sophomore Devonte Graham. Ellis scored 21 to lead the Jayhawks. “A mature Bill Self is tough to beat,” ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg said. So is any kind of a Tom Izzo team. After trailing by almost double digits, the Spartans cut it to 49-46 on a nifty reverse layup by Eron Harris, the 6-foot-3 guard who transferred from West Virginia. That followed a sweet play, as Valentine hit Matt Costello on a lob. Give Costello extra points for toughness: A few plays earlier, he landed hard after going up for a rebound. He couldn’t come down on his feet because Traylor was sprawled out on the floor. Valentine’s corner 3-pointer gave his team a 65-64 lead, and freshman guard Matt McQuaid hit a 3 off the dribble for a 68-66 edge. McQuaid hit another huge 3 to put his team up 75-71 — and followed that with a rejection of Mason on a drive. “Who would come into the United Center and knock down two gigantic 3s on an NBA floor?” Valentine said. “I wouldn’t have done that as a freshman. I was shocked. Wow. He said, ‘I got you, big bro.’” The victory certainly should only strengthen Izzo’s resolve to schedule “up.” “It’s what we do — and it has been successful for us,” he said before the game. “But you do have to win some of these games.” They got it done Tuesday in extremely impressive fashion. “Hopefully,” said Izzo, a huge football fan, “we’re leading the way for a phenomenal week for the Spartans.” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: g000065634,g000065571,g000362661,g000066164
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2015
Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason.
High school football: Class 2A and A district playoff scenarios
By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Nov 3, 2015Throughout the week, The Oklahoman staff will break down the playoff scenarios for every high school football team still mathematically eligible for the postseason. We've covered Class 3A-6A, and continue with Class 2A and A: CLASS 2A District 2A-1 Key Games: Alva at Perry, Chisholm at Hennessey, Pawnee at Tonkawa. Chisholm: First with win. Second with loss. Hennessey: First with win. Second with loss. Tonkawa: Third with win. Third with loss of 10 or fewer points and Alva win. Fourth with loss of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Pawnee: Third with win and Alva loss. Third with win of 11 or more points and Alva win. Fourth with loss and Alva loss. Fourth with win of 10 of fewer points and Alva win. Alva: Fourth with win and Tonkawa win. District 2A-2 Key Games: Christian Heritage at Northeast, Luther at OCS. Luther: First. Millwood: Second. Christian Heritage: Third with win or OCS loss. Fourth with loss and OCS win. OCS: Third with win and Christian Heritage loss. Fourth with loss or OCS win. District 2A-3 Key Games: Frederick at Dibble, Lexington at Hobart, Walters at Lindsay Washington: First. Walters: Second with win. Third with loss. Lindsay: Second with win. Third with loss. Lexington: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss of six or fewer points and Dibble win where Lexington loses eight or fewer district points to Dibble Hobart: Fourth with win and Dibble loss. Fourth with win of seven or more points and Dibble win where Hobart gains six or more district points on Dibble. Dibble: Fourth with win and Hobart win where Dibble loses five or fewer district points to Hobart and gains nine or more district points on Lexington. District 2A-4 Key Games: Coalgate at Marietta, Kingston at Davis, Kingston: First with win. Second with loss. Davis: First with win. Second with loss. Coalgate: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Marietta: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District 2A-5 Key Games: Henryetta at Prague, Okemah at Holdenville, Wewoka at Stroud. Okemah: First with win. First with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains seven or more district points on Stroud. Second with loss, Stroud win and Henryetta win. Second with loss and Stroud loss where Okemah gains six or fewer district points on Stroud. Third with loss, Stroud win and Prague win. Stroud: First with win and Okemah loss. First with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses six or fewer district points to Okemah. Second with Okemah win. Second with loss and Okemah loss where Stroud loses seven or more district points to Okemah. Henryetta: Third with win and Stroud win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 13 or more district points on Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Henryetta gains 12 or fewer district points on Wewoka. Wewoka: Third with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka loses 12 or fewer district points to Henryetta. Third with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains nine or more district points on Prague. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win and Henryetta win where Wewoka gains 13 or more district points on Henryetta. Fourth with win and Prague win where Wewoka gains eight or fewer district points on Prague. Prague: Second with win, Stroud win and Okemah loss. Third with win, Stroud win and Okemah win. Third with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses eight or fewer district points to Wewoka. Fourth with win and Wewoka win where Prague loses nine or more district points to Wewoka. District 2A-6 Key Games: Hartshorne at Pocola, Vian at Panama. Vian: First with win or Hartshorne win. Second with loss and Hartshorne loss. Hartshorne: Second with win. Second with loss and Vian win. Third with loss and Panama win. Panama: First with win and Hartshorne loss. Third otherwise. Antlers: Fourth. District 2A-7 Key Game: Colcord at Haskell. Adair: First. Haskell: Second with win. Third with loss. Colcord: Second with win. Third with loss. Hulbert: Fourth. District 2A-8 Key Game: Commerce at Chelsea. Wyandotte: First. Nowata: Second. Commerce: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Chelsea: Third with win. Fourth with loss. CLASS A District A-1 Key Games: Fairview at Thomas, Texhoma at Hooker. Mooreland: First. Fairview: Second with win and Texhoma win. Second with regulation win of five or more points and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker. Third with win and Hooker win where Fairview gains four or more district points on Hooker or wins by five or more in regulation. Fourth with loss. Fourth with regulation win of four or fewer points or overtime win and Hooker win where Fairview gains three or fewer district points on Hooker. If win of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding for second spot would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Fairview would be fourth. If Hooker wins lot, Fairview would be third. Thomas: Second with win. Second with regulation loss of four or fewer points or overtime loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Third with loss and Texhoma win. Third with loss and Hooker win where Thomas loses in regulation by four or fewer points or in overtime or Thomas loses seven or fewer district points to Hooker. Fourth with regulation loss of five or more points and Hooker win where Thomas loses eight or more district points to Hooker. If loss of five points and Hooker win of two points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Fairview win lot, Thomas would be third. If Hooker wins lot, Thomas would be fourth. Hooker: Second with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview and gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Third with Thomas win. Third with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses three or fewer district points to Fairview or gains eight or more district points on Thomas. Fourth with win and Fairview win where Hooker loses four or more district points to Fairview and gains seven or fewer district points on Thomas. If win of two points and Fairview win of five points, playoff seeding would be determined by lot. If Thomas wins lot, Hooker would be third. If Fairview wins lot, Hooker would be fourth. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Fairview win. District A-2 Key Games: Apache at Carnegie, Hollis at Cordell. Hollis: First with win. Second with loss. Cordell: First with win. Second with loss and Apache win. Second with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 23 or fewer district points to Carnegie. Third with loss and Carnegie win where Cordell loses 24 or more district points to Carnegie. Mangum: Third with Cordell win. Third with Hollis win and Apache win. Fourth with Hollis win and Carnegie win. Carnegie: Second with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 24 or more district points on Cordell. Third with win and Hollis win where Carnegie gains 23 or fewer district points on Cordell. Fourth with win and Cordell win. Apache: Fourth with win. District A-3 Key Game: Ringling at Healdton Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Rush Springs: Fourth. District A-4 Key Games: Elmore City at Minco, Stratford at Wynnewood, Wayne at Konawa. Stratford: First. Minco: Second. Wynnewood: Third with win. Third with loss and Elmore City loss. Third with loss, Wayne win and Elmore City win. Fourth with loss, Wayne loss and Elmore City win. Wayne: Fourth with win and Wynnewood win. Fourth with Wynnewood loss and Elmore City loss. Fourth with loss, Wynnewood win and Elmore City loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Elmore City win where Wayne gains nine or more district points on Elmore City. Elmore City: Third with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood win and Wayne loss. Fourth with win, Wynnewood loss and Wayne win where Elmore City loses eight or fewer district points to Wayne. District A-5 Key Games: Okeene at Crescent, Watonga at Crossings Christian. Cashion: First. Crescent: Second with win and Crossings Christian loss. Fourth with loss and Watonga win where Crescent loses 16 or fewer district points to Watonga. Fourth with Crossings Christian win. OCA: Second with Crescent loss or Crossings Christian win. Third with Crescent win and Watonga win. Crossings Christian: Third with win or Crescent loss. Watonga: Fourth with win and Crescent win. Fourth with win and Crescent loss where Watonga gains 17 or more district points on Crescent. District A-6 Key Games: Hominy at Morrison, Kiefer at Drumright. Hominy: First. Kiefer: Second with win. Third with loss. Drumright: Second with win. Third with loss and Morrison loss. Fourth with loss and Morrison win. Morrison: Third with win and Kiefer win. Fourth with loss or Kiefer loss. District A-7 Key Games: Afton at Fairland, Foyil at Ketchum. Rejoice Christian: First. Fairland: Second with win. Third with loss and Ketchum loss. Third with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 19 or fewer district points to Ketchum. Fourth with loss and Ketchum win where Fairland loses 20 or more district points on Ketchum. Afton: Second with win. Fourth with loss. Ketchum: Third with Fairland win. Third with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 20 or more district points on Fairland. Fourth with loss and Afton win. Fourth with win and Afton win where Ketchum gains 19 or fewer district points on Fairland. District A-8 Key Games: Quinton at Warner, Talihina at Central Sallisaw. Central Sallisaw: First with win. Second with loss. Talihina: First with win. Second with loss. Porter: Third with Quinton win. Fourth with Warner win. Warner: Third with win. Quinton: Fourth with win.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title....
Nov 3, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Wayne Merryman, 84, of Talihina was a Korean War veteran who would spend more than 30 years as a high school basketball coach. Merryman coached both boys and girls, mostly at Colbert. The girls' program won more than 800 games and four state championships under Merryman; the boys program won a single state title. Merryman was The Oklahoman's Super 6 Coach of the Year in 1979 and the National Coach of the Year in 1984. He is a member of the National High School and Oklahoma basketball halls of fame. *Lee Oliver, 81, of Brooksville. A halfback for Dunbar High School's Class B Negro state championship football team in 1950. Before the integration of the state's school systems in 1955, Oliver and the Bears played exhibition games against all-white Tecumseh teams in 1949, ‘50 and ‘51. He served six years in the Army before entering the ministry. *Ray Leyba, 54, of Choctaw. President of the Nicoma Park basketball organization. A family obituary said: “His true calling was coaching ... every minute he spent motivating kids from the sidelines contributed to the happiest moments of his life.” *George McGuire, 56, of Stigler was a bullrider. He had a passion for training horses. *William Brown Jr., 86 of Ardmore drove a commercial bus. One of his trips was to Mexico with the Harlem Globetrotters. *Mary Bright Porter, 69, of Oklahoma City was an educator, teaching in Oklahoma and her native Montreal. She attended McGill University, where she played women's hockey and was a cheerleader. She was a cyclist and a runner; Porter participated in several Oklahoma free wheel rides and ran her first half-marathon at age 65. *Bill Broughton, 82, of Oklahoma City. The Konawa native attended high school in Kansas, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. Played tennis as an adult. Broughton was a geologist. *David Fisk, 62, of Edmond. A longtime editor at The Oklahoman who loved baseball, particularly the Texas Rangers. After leaving the newspaper business, Fisk, a native Texan, opened Images Gallery, The Art of Sport in Edmond. An avid photographer and past president of the Oklahoma Blues Society. *Jack Phillips, 78, of Joplin, Mo. A Miami High and Northeastern A&M graduate who was an Oklahoma state champion skeet shooter. *Mike Fruitt, 57, of Oklahoma City. He played high school basketball in his native Redkey, Ind. The former General Motors worker liked to watch his grandkids play baseball. *Bobby Yadon Sr., 81, of Waynoka lettered in football and baseball at Northwestern State. He spent one summer playing Class D baseball. Yadon went into coaching and spent many years in Kansas before a move to Waynoka, where he led the Railroaders to the Class C state football championship in 1976. *Harold Cook, 69, of Moore coached Little League sports for many years. He also enjoyed playing pool and softball. *Johnny Walker, 64, of Durant was a former high school and middle school coach in the El Paso, Texas, area. *Huston Parkhurst, 88, of Arapaho spent several years coaching Little League baseball. *Melvin Worcester, 88, of Ada was a saddle bronc rider as a young man. He became a deputy sheriff for Pontotoc County. *Alan Roberts, 68, of Ringling. He was an All-Area football player for Ringling High School. He remained a Blue Devils fan as an adult. An iron worker by trade. *Lauren Swanson Ridener, 33, of Edmond was a Putnam City North High School graduate who enjoyed softball, swimming, diving and gymnastics. An OU football fan. *Kenneth Aaron, 80, of Guymon was a Woodward High School graduate who played center for the Panhandle State football team. A fan of both the OU Sooners and OSU Cowboys. *Rebecca VanderMerwe, 15, was a Texhoma High School student who loved to play softball. *Bernie Duvall, 67, of Miami, OK, played football for Cherokee County High School in his native Kansas. A fan of the Pittsburg State Gorillas, one of the most successful small-college football programs in the country. *Allan Long, 94, was a teacher and wrestling coach for Geary schools. *Gordon Gibson, 67, of Oklahoma City was an avid golfer who liked to play courses all over the state. Gibson had two holes in one at Cedar Valley. Coached wrestling and golf. Worked security for Thunder home games. BY SCOTT MUNN, STAFF WRITER