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Today is Wednesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2015. There are 120 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.On this date:In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out.In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established.In 1864, during the Civil War,...
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By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Sep 1, 2015Today is Wednesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2015. There are 120 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this date: In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out. In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1924, the Rudolf Friml operetta "Rose Marie" opened on Broadway. In 1935, a Labor Day hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.) In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. "The CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly newscast. In 1969, in what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed test data through a 15-foot cable. In 1972, Dave Wottle of the United States won the men's 800-meter race at the Munich Summer Olympics. In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.) In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard. Ten years ago: A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina. Scorched by criticism about sluggish federal help, President George W. Bush toured the Gulf Coast and met with state and local officials, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; at one point, Bush praised FEMA Director Michael Brown, telling him, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." During a live TV benefit concert, rapper Kanye West went off-script to sharply criticize President Bush, saying he "doesn't care about black people." The Labor Department reported the August unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, a four-year low. Machinists at Boeing Co. went on a nearly month-long strike. Actor Bob Denver, 70, died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Five years ago: Israeli and Palestinian leaders pledged in a first round of renewed peace talks in Washington to keep meeting at regular intervals. Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was selected the WNBA's most valuable player for the third time in her career. One year ago: Islamic State group extremists released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama against further U.S. airstrikes on the group. Apple said that hackers had obtained nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services. Today's Birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 96. Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., is 84. Actor-comedian Chuck McCann is 81. Former United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth is 78. Actor Derek Fowlds (TV: "Yes, Minister"; "Yes, Prime Minister") is 78. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 72. Singer Joe Simon is 72. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 67. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 67. Actor Mark Harmon is 64. Former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is 64. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 63. Actress Linda Purl is 60. Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) is 57. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 56. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 55. Actor Keanu Reeves is 51. International Boxing Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis is 50. Actress Salma Hayek is 49. Actor Tuc Watkins is 49. Actress Kristen Cloke is 47. Actress Cynthia Watros is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer K-Ci is 46. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 42. Actor Michael Lombardi is 41. Actress Tiffany Hines is 38. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 38. Actor Jonathan Kite is 36. Actress Allison Miller is 30. Rock musician Spencer Smith is 28. Electronic music DJ/producer Zedd is 26. Thought for Today: "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." — Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978). (Above Advance for Use Wednesday, September 2) Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen.
TRIBUTES: Jeri Cocannouer spent 36 years as a football coach's wife
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 24, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Jeri Burch Cocannouer, 58, of Weatherford spent 36 years as a football coach's wife. Husband Dan is the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State and also had stops at Edmond Santa Fe, John Marshall, Chandler, Alva, Pauls Valley and Walters high schools. But sports were nothing new to Jeri, who played for Elk City High's state championship basketball team in 1973. She was also the school's football queen. Don Fowler, 88, of Cleveland, OK, played football for Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of the 1944 Missouri Valley Conference championship team that whipped TCU 34-0 in the Cotton Bowl. Drafted into the Army and finished his football-playing days in the service. Worked in drilling by trade. Bobby Greenberg, 85, of Tulsa. He was a member of Oklahoma's 1950 national championship football squad. The Korean War veteran worked in the oil industry. Cole Fuller, 22, of Bartlesville was an All-State soccer player for Collinsville High School. He was working toward becoming a personal trainer. Perry Tennison Jr., 86, of Guthrie was an accomplished runner. A World War II veteran. Juanita Anderson Robertson, 94, of Oklahoma City was a Shawnee High School cheerleader. Met future husband, Dean Robertson, at a Frederick High football game in 1944. Bob Barr III, 75, of Dover quarterbacked the Hennessey High School football team in 1956. The attorney donated his body to medical research. Mary Jane Hinkel Holman, 97, of Norman was a tennis player and golfer. Attended many PGA tournaments and Grand Slam tennis events. Alvin Lawson, 78, of Edmond was a 1955 graduate of Putnam City High School. He wrestled and ran track for the Pirates. Katie Ranke Cole, 90, of Norman was the 1990 Special Olympics Coach of the Year. The former Trans World Airlines hostess was a teacher for special needs children. Ed Moore Sr., 96, of Muskogee was a Chilocco Indian School graduate who played football at Oklahoma A&M over the 1938-40 seasons. Moore was an All-Missouri Valley Conference receiver and honorable mention All-American. He held OSU season tickets for decades after his playing career. A World War II veteran who was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. An educator by trade. Donnie Bufford, 46, of Crescent. He starred in football and basketball for the hometown Tigers. An All-State guard in basketball. Bufford, who worked for Pioneer Telephone for more than 20 years, died a month after his brother, Terry, also a former Crescent sports hero, passed away. Loyd Garrison, 88, of Tulsa was an all-around sportsman who excelled in softball, basketball, table tennis and bowling. He worked for the John Zink Co. — and in 1962 was a pit crew member for Zink's entry in the Indianapolis 500. Active in the Oklahoma and National Senior Olympics. Walked 4 miles each day. Ronald Fox, 36, of Norman attended Carl Albert High School, where he wrestled and played football. Rebecca Lampton Bayless, 55, of Oklahoma City was an Arabian equestrian rider and trainer. She was awarded the national champion saddle seat equitation in 1978. Herschal Crow, 80, of Oklahoma City was a football and basketball star at Altus High School. He played basketball at Oklahoma A&M under coach Henry Iba and was also a member of the football team. After a brief stint coaching football and hoops in Altus, he began a career in politics. The former senator continued to follow OSU athletics. Joyce Mowdy Thomas, 81, of Oklahoma City was a Capitol Hill High School cheerleader. Jim Glasgow, 84, of Oklahoma City was a golfer who had six aces in his lifetime. Bill Davis, 99, of Oklahoma City was a tennis player. He and friend Dennis Ralston won the Oklahoma City Pro-Am in the 1960s. Linda Stevens Cradduck, 67, of Moore was a supporter of Special Olympics. She directed the Special Olympics for McCall's Chapel in Ada for four years. Darwin Waterman, 84, of Bethany was an educator who coached high school football in California. Ron Smith, 78, of Oklahoma City drove a 1932 Chevrolet factory stock race car at State Fair Speedway in the 1960s. A family obituary said Smith won "his share of trophies, including a rollover trophy or two." Brandon Lockwood, 37, of Edmond was an OU football and Thunder basketball fan. By trade, he was executive chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team. Emmett Marcum Jr., 68, of El Reno starred in football and set records as a trackster at Hominy High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma State football team. Jim Monroe, 89, of Norman was a journalist. His career began at the Norman Transcript, where he served as the newspaper's sports editor. Rachael Cooper Mason, 87, of Edmond was a cheerleader at the University of Kansas. Reid Mullins, 52, of Bethany was an Oklahoma City radio personality who once played trumpet in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band on Saturdays during football season. Jim Coulson, 65, of Tulsa. He was an accomplished bass tournament fisherman. His favorite fishing spots were Grand, Hudson and Fort Gibson lakes. An avid bowler. Held season tickets for the Tulsa Oilers hockey team for 19 years.
On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan.The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather...
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
Anthony Slater, Associated Press | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida. ——— ©2015 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002537,t000040342,t000023124,t000002774,t000002622,t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000221300,g000065627,g000065577,g000220964
Aug 15, 2015
For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice.
OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching
BY ANTHONY SLATER | Aug 15, 2015On most mornings, Billy Donovan arrived for class the same time Rockville Center’s local commuters gathered for their public shuttle into downtown Manhattan. The town's train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.” For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice. Those four months in a Lower Manhattan office are nothing more than a footnote in the iconic coach’s illustrious career. But in retrospect, they served as an important sparkplug for his second basketball life. The brief unhappiness bred both an appreciation for what he left behind and an extra boost of hoops passion that turned into one of Donovan’s best assets, paving his path to the Thunder organization. It wasn’t difficult to get his foot in the Wall Street door. Because of basketball, Donovan had a recognizable name and plenty of connections. While playing for the Knicks, Billy was introduced to the father of one of the team’s ball boys. He was starting up a brokerage. When Donovan was done playing, the two connected. The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.” For Donovan, it was a world too focused on material things. “It was all about making money,” he says. “Just money, money, money.” Meanwhile, his old life lingered and teased. Every time he entered the office, everyone wanted to talk sports with the former star. His old team, the Knicks, led by his old coach, Rick Pitino, played blocks away. Donovan found himself continually wandering uptown for games after work, watching his old teammates live the life he loved while growing cold about the new life he didn’t. Before Wall Street, Donovan never thought about coaching. But given time to reflect and something to pair it against, he realized he needed to get back in the game. Donovan revealed this desire to Pitino one night after a Knicks game. His old coach told Billy he was crazy. Stick to the business world. You don’t want to coach. “I’m like, ‘Listen, I’m not doing this. I don’t like it,’” Billy said. So Pitino opened up to him. The legendary coach’s employment swaps always had a way of lining up perfectly for Donovan. He showed up at Providence and turned Billy’s college career around. Then he took the Knicks job and gave Billy his one true NBA shot. Now he was planning to leave New York for the recently vacated Kentucky position. The timing, again, couldn’t have worked out better. In May of 1989, for the third time, Pitino tossed Billy a basketball life raft. But it didn’t come attached with an immediate job. Pitino could only make Billy a grad assistant, which came with mandatory grad school. Didn’t matter. Donovan accepted, leaving the financial security of Manhattan for an unpaid gig at the end of a Lexington bench, his start date set just weeks after his wedding. Donovan found a golden opportunity awaiting him at Kentucky, surrounded by the perfect tutors for a driven young coach. While at Providence, he played under a star-studded college staff, including Stu Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, two future NBA head coaches. In Lexington, Pitino flanked himself with another group of gems, including Ralph Willard, Herb Sendek and Tubby Smith. All three would go on to lead power conference teams. Tubby won a national title. At Kentucky, Pitino unofficially assigned him to be Donovan’s mentor. “We took a liking to each other,” Tubby said. “Great listener. Energy was off the charts. He just absorbed everything.” Though Donovan was a grad assistant, Pitino never treated him like one. “I was exposed to everything at a really, really young age,” Donovan said. More Donovan series from NewsOK Part 1: Donovan honed his game, made his name in the toughest of basketball environments Part 2: A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer Looking back on Billy Donovan's brief NBA career His early duties included recruiting, advanced scouting, travel planning, player development and film breakdown. “You just couldn’t overwork the guy,” Tubby Smith said. Pitino’s staff took over Kentucky at a vulnerable time. An NCAA scandal rocked the legendary program during the 1988 season. Eddie Sutton was forced to resign after an investigation into improper benefits and academic fraud. Kentucky was hit with hefty penalties, including a two-year postseason ban beginning Pitino’s first year. Despite the obstacles, they quickly pulled Kentucky out of probation and back to national relevance, popularizing an up-tempo style that galvanized the previously frustrated fanbase. The Wildcats made an Elite Eight his third season and a Final Four his fourth. Behind the scenes, Donovan served as an integral part of the rebuild. He related well with the players – including team captain John Pelphrey and future NBA star Jamal Mashburn – serving as a communication bridge between team and staff. He was professional and prepared but still athletically lively, able to construct practice plans and then, at only 25, take part in them. “He was practicing every day,” Pelphrey said. “And he was better than everyone.” Donovan also helped land some of the nation’s top talent. Relying on his personal success story, Billy helped recruit some of the key players for the 1996 national title team, which had three first round picks – Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty. “(Pitino) turned (Billy) into one of the best 3-point shooters, one of the best point guards in the country,” Tubby Smith said. “Who better to sell Rick Pitino than that guy?” Over the next few years, Billy rapidly rose the ranks. He was a paid assistant by his second season and the lead assistant by his fourth. Travis Ford, a player for those Kentucky teams, marvels at Donovan’s proficiency creating opposing scouting reports. Now the head coach at Oklahoma State, Ford splits that duty between his three assistants. At UK, there was a season Donovan formulated every one. “That’s just unheard of,” Ford said. “Absolutely unheard of.” By Donovan’s mid to late 20’s, it became clear Pitino was grooming him to be a head coach. Jerry Tipton, a Lexington-based sports writer who has covered Kentucky basketball since 1981, remembers Pitino subbing Donovan in for his media duties on multiple occasions. “That wasn’t by accident,” Tipton said. “He wanted him to get used to it.” “Everyone recognized it,” John Pelphrey said. “This guy was a young, bright star in the making. And that wasn’t easy to do. Because there were a lot of stars on that coaching staff.” Marshall sure noticed. In 1994, the program named 28-year-old Billy Donovan the youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Marshall went 9-18 the season before he arrived and 18-9 in his first year. The senior-laden team had talent. It just needed direction. “When you come in and establish a work ethic, you’re going to motivate a lot of guys who realize they don’t have a lot of time left,” Pelphrey said. “You can quickly turn things around. Billy recognized that.” To fill out his staff at Marshall, Donovan went young. Really young. For familiarity, he retained 27-year-old Donnie Jones from the previous regime. To help infuse that frantic Pitino pace, he hired 25-year-old John Pelphrey, the former Kentucky Wildcat. And for recruiting purposes, he plucked 27-year-old Anthony Grant from the talent-rich Miami area. Billy’s unlikely rise to the NBA was largely credited to his extreme dedication. Those soul-sucking four months on Wall Street only strengthened and crystallized his basketball passion. At Marshall, he recognized the benefit of that coaching trait and surrounded himself accordingly, formulating an energetic and hungry staff all within the same age bracket. “We were each other’s best friends,” Pelphrey said. “If you wanted to go to the movies, you could just call someone up. You didn’t have to say, oh, we’ll go next Thursday. It’d be, OK, I’ll see you in 15 minutes.” It translated to a productive work environment. They’d be in the office until 1 a.m. and back at the facility by 6 the next morning, battling each other in competitive pickup games. “Those were some fun times,” Grant said. It was an enthusiasm that seeped into their players and an energy that shined through their team’s transition style. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley took notice. Lon Kruger left for Illinois after the 1996 season and Foley was looking for a coach. Three seasons earlier, the Gators made a surprising Final Four run, but as Foley put it, they’d only experienced “pockets of success.” He wanted to build a consistent winner, a perennial basketball power in a football conference, similar to what Pitino had resurrected at Kentucky. So Foley locked in on his protégé. He flew to Huntington, West Virginia and interviewed Donovan. A few hours later, he flew back to Gainesville certain he found his man. Donovan and his staff of 30 and unders were soon on their way to Florida.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When a football player at Central High School in Little Rock began to overheat at practice earlier this summer, a certified sports medicine trainer from Arkansas Children's Hospital was on the field to help him into an ice bath immediately.A trainer has been stationed at each of the Little Rock School District's five high schools since July 1 as part of a new...
Hospital puts trainers in Little Rock high schools
By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press | Aug 12, 2015LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When a football player at Central High School in Little Rock began to overheat at practice earlier this summer, a certified sports medicine trainer from Arkansas Children's Hospital was on the field to help him into an ice bath immediately. A trainer has been stationed at each of the Little Rock School District's five high schools since July 1 as part of a new partnership between the hospital and the school district. The details of the partnership were announced at news a conference Wednesday at Hall High School. Jack Bryant, a 17-year-old kicker for Central High School, said the trainer acted fast when his teammate began to overheat. "It was quickly resolved; he was able to walk off the field," Bryant said. "They're making sure we watch out if we get too hot, getting us in the ice bath and making sure we have plenty of water." Hospital and school district administrators said Wednesday that having trainers on the field for immediate treatment is invaluable, but having those trainers in the field houses and in school before games will also offer a great benefit. David Berry, the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Arkansas Children's Hospital, said the partnership fulfills the hospital's motto of "making them better today and healthier tomorrow." "By having ACH trainers on the football field and other places, student athletes will have instant access to excellent medical services that aim to not only treat injuries sustained on the field, but also to provide education to teams to help injuries from ever occurring," he said. Little Rock School District Athletic Director John Daniels said the partnership took two years to develop. He said the trainers will come to the schools about lunchtime and stay through the end of games or practices. He said for the fall they'll be working with the football teams, but will be available for all of the other sports as needed. The hospital's Orthopedic Surgeon, Brant Sachleben, choked up as he told those gathered for the announcement how much the student athletes needed and deserved to have the care of the trainers. "I witnessed firsthand how they can save lives," he said, noting a girl who had suffered from heat stroke at a soccer tournament. One of the hospital's trainers put her in an ice bath quickly, which Sachleben said saved her life. "She spent 10 minutes in a pool of icy water and has no recollection of it because she was having mental status changes. And neither her nor her parents will ever know how close she was to having a bad outcome," he said. Joey Walters, deputy executive director of the Arkansas Activities Association, said the central Arkansas schools are lucky to have access to the hospital's trainers. He said the hospital's staff helps with regular trainings for coaches and volunteers who are required by the association to be trained to deal with concussions, heat issues and communicable diseases. Walters said the association is applying for a grant to use telemedicine to provide access to the trainers in more rural areas of the state.
Aug 6, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — On every team that Will Shields played, from high school in Oklahoma to college at Nebraska to the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, there was always someone better than him.More talented. More athletic. More important.But when he's asked to identify those players, the affable Shields runs into a flaw in his case. Most of the names he mentions never played 14 seasons in...
Will Shields latest Chiefs lineman to enter Hall of Fame
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Aug 6, 2015KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — On every team that Will Shields played, from high school in Oklahoma to college at Nebraska to the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, there was always someone better than him. More talented. More athletic. More important. But when he's asked to identify those players, the affable Shields runs into a flaw in his case. Most of the names he mentions never played 14 seasons in the NFL, or made 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, or paved the way for one of the best offenses in Chiefs history. None of them is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, either. "In high school, we had five or six athletes beyond compare," Shields told The Associated Press. "I was limited where I could go to college. I had four choices and that was kind of it. Then we had such great players at Nebraska, and everybody could play on the Chiefs." At least that much is beyond dispute. When he was chosen by Kansas City in the third round of the 1993 draft, Shields joined a team that included an eventual Hall of Fame quarterback in Joe Montana, a pass rusher in Derrick Thomas and running back in Marcus Allen. Over the years, he'd play with more Hall of Famers — Warren Moon spent time with the Chiefs, as did offensive lineman Willie Roaf. "Head coaches would say, 'Hey, you keep playing the way you are, you could get into the Hall of Fame,'" Shields said. "But Canton wasn't really in my mind for a goal. For me, it was the day in, day out. I couldn't look that far ahead. I was more or less worried about practice that day, or getting ready for the game that week." Each and every week. The only game Shields did not start was his first as a rookie, followed by a string of 231 appearances. During that time, Shields pried open running lanes for Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. He established a pocket for Montana, Moon and Trent Green. He played for coaches that included Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards. But for all that talent, the Chiefs continually fell short in the playoffs. To this day, they have not won a postseason game since 1993, the year Shields was drafted. It remains among his biggest regrets in a career with precious few of them. "I think I was pretty much ready," Shields said of his retirement in 2006. "I knew at that point the team was going to go young. I wanted an opportunity to play in a Super Bowl, and win a Super Bowl, but at that point I had to make the best decision for me and my body, and at that point it was time to move on. Nowadays, I think, 'Man, if I could just get a couple more plays.'" He is speaking in jest, of course. Shields never thought twice about hanging up his pads, just like he never thought twice about playing for another team. In an era in which players rarely stick around more than a few years, Shields spent his entire career in Kansas City. "When we draft a player, we hope they can become a contributing member of the franchise," said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, whose late father Lamar founded the team. "But to have somebody like Will make it to the Hall of Fame, they have clearly reached the pinnacle." When asked for a favorite memory of Shields, perhaps a notable play or game, Hunt steers the conversation in another direction. In 2003, Shields received the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in recognition of his play on the field and his charity work off it. "I think that ties it all together so well," Hunt said. Shields remains active in the Kansas City community these days. Along with serving on a bank board of directors, he owns and operates a training facility called 68 Inside Sports and spends time on his "Will to Succeed Foundation," which targets literacy and scholarship, seeks to foster creativity, and helps agencies that cater to abused and neglected women and children. "For me, being able to say, 'Hey, I played a professional sport and made a living out of it,' that to me is icing on the cake. The end-all, be-all," Shields said. "I got a chance to play a game I played as a little kid. I got to play it as an adult. You can't ask for more." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week.A few more start back next week, with most in session by the third week in August."There's always just a new energy at the beginning of a school year. We're excited to welcome new...
Back to School: Pikes Peak region districts offer new programs, new buildings
Debbie Kelley, Associated Press | Aug 3, 2015That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week. A few more start back next week, with most in session by the third week in August. "There's always just a new energy at the beginning of a school year. We're excited to welcome new families and returning families and look forward to a new start," said Jed Bowman, superintendent of Woodland Park School District RE-2 and president of the Colorado Association of Superintendents and Senior Administrators. Three districts - Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, Hanover School District 28 and Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 - begin the 2015-2016 year with new superintendents. "Options" is an operative word in 21st century education, with many districts giving more and more choices of how, when and where students learn. Concurrent enrollment, in which students can earn college credits while in high school, remains popular, and vocational and technical education is resurging. Three districts, Widefield School District 3, Harrison School District 2 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38, are updating their websites, and two, Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 and Edison School District 54-JT, are expanding buildings. On the state level, Colorado lawmakers reduced some requirements for standardized assessments, which "should make a real difference to parents," said Dana Smith, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Education. New testing that started last year expanded science and social studies tests to 11th and 12th graders, which led to criticism and concerns about over-testing. Two testing windows for English language arts and math have been shortened to one, and test lengths have decreased by about 90 minutes for all grades. For the most part, high school students will only take standardized English and math tests through the ninth grade. Schools will rotate social studies testing, once every three years. Lawmakers also decided that last year's tests won't count toward school accountability or teacher evaluations. That means there is a one-year hold on accreditation ratings and types of school plans the state assigns based on academic performance. Although the state allows districts to pilot new testing, officials from local districts said they are exploring what that might mean. This year, local school boards must adopt graduation requirements that either meet or exceed state guidelines adopted in 2013. Students who will graduate in 2021 are the first to be impacted by the new rules. Here are other developments in the Pikes Peak region: Academy School District 20 It's the year of expanded online learning in D-20. With a new virtual school, kindergartners through seniors can do online education through the district. Earlier this year, D-20 acquired Colorado Calvert Academy, which had operated as a charter school for five years in Colorado Springs. It's now called Academy Calvert K-8 Online School. Up to 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade can enroll, said Elizabeth Davis, principal. Nine staff members puts the student-teacher ratio at 1-to-30, she said. "One of the hallmarks is that the school is kept intentionally small so we can provide that high level of teacher-student interaction and create that feeling that students have access to their teachers when they need them," Davis said. Elementary and middle school students will have individualized learning plans using Calvert Education's curriculum, which is offered nationwide and overseas. Students also can go to the "blended-learning center" at 3475 Hampton Park Drive for personal support and interaction with classmates during science experiments, art lessons, tutoring and guidance. "It's a national model for what blended learning looks like; it allows for the freedom students want and provides an extra layer of face-to-face support that's still necessary," Davis said. Also new, all D-20 high school students can take online or hybrid courses through the Extended Studies at Academy Online program. Students can extend their schedules with hybrid and fully online courses that they may not be able to fit in or access at their regular high school. For most classes, dual high school and University of Colorado credits will be available. D-20 teachers will help students learn in the non-traditional environment. The Academy Online High School also is embarking on a pilot program for ninth graders. Students will have individualized curriculum with collaborative problem-solving activities. They also will conduct personal inquiry investigations under the supervision of D-20 teachers. The blended program combining on-campus activities and at-home work will operate out of two modular classrooms at Pine Creek High. Kindergarten through eighth grade homeschoolers will be able to take new math and English language arts curriculum with academic support through the D-20 Home School Academy at the administration building, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. Students also will receive instruction in visual arts and music. Parents will receive model lessons to support their student's learning goals and access English and math curriculum at no cost, said Nanette Anderson district spokeswoman. D-20 has seven new principals and two administrators, Bob Barros, executive director for special education; and Maureen Lang, director for professional learning. With the addition of the online school, enrollment is expected to be up over last year's 24,578 pupil count. Calhan School District RJ-1 "A lot" is going on in Calhan, said Superintendent Linda Miller. The school building for preschool through 12th graders soon will get a new roof. The district has been awarded its third Building Excellent Schools Today, or BEST, grant from the state, which helps fund capital improvements. The roof replacement will cost about $1.2 million, Miller said. Two previous BEST grants paid for air conditioning, energy efficient lighting and security upgrades. "We've been really lucky to get that help from the state," Miller said. Another grant from the Colorado Department of Education enables high school students to take Advanced Placement English, math, science and social studies. "It's something we haven't done in the past," Miller said, "and it gives high school students the opportunity to take advanced course work on our campus." The one-to-one iPad initiative that started last school year in partnership with Apple is expanding so every middle and high school student will be issued a personal electronic device. "Students are so well-versed in technology that this is a learning tool they're very comfortable with," Miller said. "We'll save on paper, no doubt - teachers can electronically submit their assignments and students can send the work directly to the teacher." Also expanding is the Parenting Matters program that kicked off last year for elementary school parents, who learned about literacy, fluency and reading with their child at home. This year, secondary school parents will learn about Internet safety, social media and other topics pertaining to teens. Enrollment should hold steady at about 475 preschoolers through seniors. Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 Cheyenne Mountain High School students will attend classes amid campus construction. The district's $42.5 million project to update its high school campus will continue throughout the school year, and Superintendent Walt Cooper said learning should continue as normal despite the inconvenience. The district will segregate the students and the construction, creating alternate pathways, ensuring student safety and minimizing any "construction zone" feeling in classrooms, Cooper said, adding that "one of the major focuses will be keeping interruptions to a minimum." Construction is expected to be finished in late 2016, but the parking lot renovation will be done before students start school this month and the baseball field will be completed by spring. To eliminate confusion, the district has released logistics and traffic plans for various periods of time through 2017. The fall plan includes clearly marked routes for construction delivery, pedestrian traffic and student drop-off and pick-up. The map also identifies construction zones, barricades and construction site fences. When finished, students will be able to use a main entrance and access any part of the building, uniting the several disjointed buildings on the high school campus. The construction will physically close the campus, but the environment will remain relatively open, so students will be able to leave for lunch, open periods or appointments. Administrators, however, will have more control over the high school campus. In the past, closing down the campus was difficult, even in the event of a security risk, and there was no real way to keep track of students throughout the day. Although eliminating open lunch or requiring students to sign in and out are not in the district's plan, they are options available to administrators. "We'll be able to have a very clear picture of who's coming and going, and we'll be able to secure the campus," Cooper said. The elementary schools and the junior high also are undergoing some construction, but nothing as dramatic as at the high school. Of the $45 million bond issue voters approved in November, $2.5 million was allocated to projects that will impact the entire district, including lighting, electrical and security system upgrades, boiler replacements and playground upgrades to accommodate children with disabilities. Elementary and middle schoolers won't see the construction - the changes in their buildings will occur during school breaks. The district also is considering a new elementary school literacy program, which Cooper emphasized is more all-encompassing than a reading curriculum. This process will not be quick, though: "We spend a lot of time and money when we go through a curriculum adoption process," Cooper said. D-12 has two new principals - Stacy Aldridge at Skyway Elementary and Michael Norris at Gold Camp Elementary. Enrollment has grown 13 percent since 2010, and is anticipated to top last year's count of 5,148 students. Colorado Springs School District 11 Six elementary schools in District 11 will add bus service when school re-starts. A desire to shorten walking distances by half a mile from home to school led to a $1.7 million expansion of the district's transportation program. In all, 32 new routes across elementary, middle and high schools are being added, and some existing routes are being extended. That will qualify an additional 1,600 students to ride a bus, which is free in D-11. The district is focusing on getting students to the handshake at graduation by adding value to their education, said Devra Ashby, spokeswoman. District training to help teachers collaborate and reboot "personal learning communities" has started. The new direction in professional development is based on teachers reflecting on what they've learned, providing feedback to one another and sharing best practices, Ashby said. A new literacy program, "Wonders," will roll out in all elementary schools to "put them all on the same page as far as literacy learning, rather than having different approaches to reading and writing," Ashby said. As part of a "Vision 2030" drive, district leaders are considering asking voters to fund a bond or mill levy override on the 2016 ballot. School staff and parent organizations gave input on needs; community comments also will be solicited. Ashby said the responses will be used to determine what, if anything, will be presented to the board for consideration to address future facilities, staffing, programs, technology and other needs. A "Did You Know" website is underway. Schools that have had declining enrollment or are struggling academically are under intensive plans to turn them around. "Some need marketing plans, some need curb appeal enhancements, some need one-on-one work with systems' improvements," Ashby said. Graduates of 2015 collectively earned $30 million in scholarships, which Ashby said was above the usual $20 million and the highest amount in five years. Six new principals join D-11 this year. In administration, Sherry Kalbach is a new K-12 executive director, one of three in that position. She had been principal at Sabin Middle School. Patricia Reitwiesner has been hired as director of grants. D-11 enrollment has declined by nearly 4 percent in the past five years and is expected to take another dip this year to just above 27,000 students. Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 In his second year as superintendent, Les Lindauer is bringing back a few defunct programs and introducing two new vocational training tracks. An alternative education program for students who have dropped out of school in recent years is returning. About 20 students are expected to participate. "We've lost students for various, and we want them to come back and finish their education," Lindauer said. Students will meet in two classrooms in the lower level of the junior-senior high school. "The program will be different from the conventional classroom, with a lot of hands-on activities," Lindauer said. Also making a comeback this fall are four Advanced Placement classes in English, math, science and social studies. "We had them years ago, and we're very excited to be able to bring them back," Lindauer said. Middle and high school students can enroll in design manufacturing and consumer and family studies. Each class, held in a shop environment with power tools and a computer-aided drafting and design program, can accommodate about 18 students. The district also has lowered its graduation requirements. It has had the highest in the state, Lindauer said, at 30 semester credits. That has dropped to 22, starting with incoming freshman. Doing so, Lindauer said, will free up students' schedules so they can take the new AP classes and vocational courses. "We looked at a lot of school districts' requirements, and we were way over the top," he said. "We're not lowering our standards, just our requirements." A proposal to expand the school-based health center for students to a community health center is under consideration. "We know there's a tremendous need in the community for health services," Lindauer said. Enrollment is projected to hold steady, with 350 kindergarten through 12th graders and another 50 preschoolers. Edison School District 54-JT Architectural engineering plans are getting underway for a 33,000-square-foot expansion of the middle school and high school building in Yoder. Voters in November approved a $275,000 bond issue, which the district used to secure a $15 million BEST grant from the state. "We're a growing district, which is a good problem to have. But we're out of space," said Superintendent Pat Bershinsky. More classrooms, a science lab, an autism room, a special education room, shop space, a gymnasium and a preschool will be added to the building, which opened in 1922. A 1960 addition that includes a commons area, gymnasium and locker rooms will be demolished. Enrollment has grown nearly 14 percent in the past five years, which Bershinsky said is due to academic improvement. Last year, 54-JT, the region's smallest district with 240 students, earned the state's highest ranking for performance and growth. "Our high academic record has attracted a lot of students," he said. "We're going to try to continue student improvement daily. That's our job." The expansion should be completed in July 2017 and eventually will lead to the schools all being connected. Ellicott School District 22 Improvements are happening throughout D-22. Additional staff for early interventions will help identify kindergarten through sixth grade students who have academic problems and need extra help with math and reading. Accelerated students also will get a boost with more staff for the gifted and talented program. A one-on-one technical initiative that started last year in the middle school with each student having an iPad will carry over to the high school this year. Each high school student will receive a laptop for school work. "We're building the program to integrate technology a lot more into our curriculum and expand that experience for our students," said Superintendent Pat Cullen. Advanced Placement courses in language arts, math, science and social studies also will be available for high school students. Vocational education is growing, too. Courses in woodworking and business are being added; the district has had a welding program. Students can receive dual high school and college credit from Pikes Peak Community College. "We're building on some of the things we've done in the past to improve curriculum and instruction, along with student achievement," Cullen said. A ball field has been renovated, and the classroom for students in the severe-needs program, which districts from around the area participate in, has been expanded to accommodate more students. Cullen expects nine students this year, up from seven. District-wide enrollment should remain stable, at nearly 1,100 students. Falcon School District 49 Stability seems to have settled in at D-49. Chief Education Officer Peter Hilts has his third annual contract in hand, the longest for the same person to hold the head position in more than a decade. Also for the first time in a while, the school board has had the same five members for two years in a row. "Many of the positive things I see happening are related to that board stability and commitment to strong governance," Hilts said. The focus since Hilts took over, primary literacy and "49 Pathways" to graduation, is continuing, with each school having a certain theme and new choices being added. New this school year is training to improve systems and procedures. D-49 has hired a Denver-based nonprofit, Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, to help improve performance. Hilts said enrollment, for example, has been streamlined and is more efficient. A mill levy override voters approved in November is paying for a district-wide patrol officer for all the schools. The money also gave teachers a "significant" boost in salaries, with another supplement to come for teachers whose salaries were frozen during the recession. More technology for students, including iPads and Chromebooks, is available. At Falcon High School, every student will get a Kindle, an e-reader. D-49's board is considering refinancing general bond debt and paying it off in 2016, to save nearly $16 million. Also in discussion is the possibility of presenting another mill levy override to voters next year to pay for school expansions and renovations. Voters this November will consider whether to change board representation from five at-large seats to representation by geographical boundaries. Crowding of school buildings is again a concern. Hilts said enrollment is capped at some buildings, with students enrolling after capacity being bused to another school. Enrollment this school year is expected to grow by another 1,000 students to just under 21,000. Pupil count has increased 33 percent since 2010. Over the summer, a new Peak Partners Initiative launched to develop a relationship with community leaders who don't have a connection to the district. Monthly meetings with 25 community leaders address school finance, facilities' plans, the new career academy and other aspects of D-49, with the idea that those who "graduate" from the leadership institute will volunteer in D-49. The school board also recently approved an application for authorization of a new charter school that will open in the fall of 2016. James Irwin Charter Schools, which has two elementary schools, one high school and one middle school in Colorado Springs, plans to develop a technical and trades academy. It will be housed at Patriot Learning Center, an alternative high school and middle school at 11990 Swingline NE Road in Peyton. Hilts said he approached officials at James Irwin after its attempt to open in another local school district fell through. "They are an entrepreneurial collaborative, and they wanted to work with us because of our history of innovation," he said. D-49 is one of nine districts in the state to have "innovation" status, meaning school leaders are allowed to make more decisions at the school level and try new practices. Hilts expects 200 to 400 students to enroll in the technical and trades academy, which will allow students to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma. Two D-49 "zones" of schools have new leaders. Andy Franko, who had been the head of school at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, is the new iConnect Zone superintendent. He replaces Kim McClelland, who has moved on to executive director of Colorado Digital BOCES. The Falcon Zone's new superintendent is Julia Roark, who came from the Aspen School District. Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 Keith Owen left the Department of Education as assistant commissioner of education to return to the district level as superintendent at Fountain-Fort Carson. He began July 1 and replaces Cheryl Serrano, who retired after a 27-year career with D-8. Owen said when he accepted the job in the spring that one of his goals is to "continue to build upon the great tradition of excellence," adding that D-8 has a "fabulous reputation." With about 75 percent of its students having a military connection, the district works closely with Fort Carson to ease the stress of military transfers, family deployments and reintegration so students can focus on their education, said Ty Valentine, director of human resources. New this year, a preschool, Conrad Early Learning Center, will open north of the district's administration building at 10665 Jimmy Camp Road in Fountain. It will start with eight classrooms and professional learning space but has the capacity to expand to at least 12 classrooms, Valentine said. The new building is dedicated to long-time D-8 teacher Yevonne Conrad, who spent her career teaching youngsters and dedicating her efforts to high-quality preschool and kindergarten instruction. All 12 building principals are returning. Seven new assistant principals have been hired. Although Fort Carson is expected to lose about 365 soldiers from a cut of 40,000 soldiers nationwide, district officials project an enrollment growth of 158 students, for a total of 8,278. Hanover School District 28 Grant Schmidt, who became superintendent in July in this district south of Fountain, has hit the ground running. Creating a district-wide strategic plan and facilities plan, with community and staff input, is on the agenda for this school year, along with developing standard operating procedures. In coming months, new policies or revisions to policies will be adopted to meet new legislation regarding student discipline and safety, portability of new staff, Internet and electronic device usage, curriculum and assessments. "The main goal for our district is to relentlessly meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of all students," said Schmidt, who also is continuing his job as principal at Prairie Winds Elementary School in D-28. In June, the Hanover school board voted to appoint Ofelia Gonzalez to fill the open position left by Cathie Wolff until the November election. Also over the summer, the district completed some improvements to its buildings and added a keyless entry system at both schools. Two new school buses are on the horizon. Enrollment is expected to remain around 260 students. Harrison School District 2 Sand Creek Elementary and Carmel Middle School were accepted as International Baccalaureate candidates and will start the program in the fall. Superintendent Andre Spencer said he anticipates that in 18 to 24 months, the schools will be "full-blown" IB. "It focuses on an international education perspective and looks at education from a global standpoint," Spencer said. These will be the district's first schools to adopt the IB program. "We want that exposure for every student at these schools," Spencer said, adding that the plan is to extend it in the future. Two elementary schools, Turman and Stratmoor Hills, are trying a year-round calendar and started classes July 8. Decreasing loss of knowledge over the summer break was among the reasons. More Advanced Placement courses for high school students are being offered, going from five to 19, Spencer said. That has more than quadrupled the number of students enrolled in the programs at the district's two high schools. Not only does D-2 have concurrent enrollment with Pikes Peak Community College, but also the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado State University-Pueblo. The latter starts in the junior year of high school, and after graduating, students enter college as a sophomore. Thirty-nine students participated in the SoColo REACH Summer Institute at UCCS. Students took a freshman-level college course, Academic Fitness, and earned three college credits and one high school elective credit for completing the course. A revamped district website that rolled out in July features a "Let's Talk" link that allows anyone to send questions or messages to D-2 officials. Answers will be sent within 24 hours, Spencer said. A first-ever D-2 teachers' job fair held in the spring drew 125 potential candidates. "We wanted people not just looking for a teaching position but specifically for a teaching position at Harrison," Spencer said. D-2 hired 152 teachers for this school year, down from 176 last year. Enrollment should continue its slight growth pattern and be up a little from last year's 11,441 students. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 An emphasis on educating the whole child and the 21st century learner, creating a safe environment and building community support are leading D-38 into the year. Establishing a "wellness team" in every school will get underway at back-to-school nights, and a district wellness group will offer instruction on mindfulness, healthy eating and movement in the classroom. The program is aligned with the Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. Prairie Winds Elementary earned a $500 grant for its wellness initiatives. Internet bandwidth for faster performance and improvements to technology infrastructure was expanded over the summer at the middle and high schools. The result: more classroom devices - cell phones, tablets and laptops, can access the Internet at any given time. "We will continue our improvement efforts to enhance the technology foundation and the instructional toolkit for all our teachers and students," said Liz Walhof, director of instruction and information technology. The old Palmer Lake Elementary School Library, which has a four-season sunroom, is undergoing a $56,000 renovation. Flexible, kid-friendly spaces that adjust to accommodate adult learners, such as shelving on rolling casters, new technology and energy-efficient windows are part of the plan. A parent group, Friends of Julie, named for former Palmer Lake Elementary School principal Julie Jadomski, who retired in May and is now a school board member, donated money to the project. "It's exciting. It's getting a whole new look," said Julie Stephen, D-38 spokeswoman. Summer maintenance projects have included replacing 1,000 feet of aging sewer lines, updating water heating systems, installing a back-up generator, replacing a cooling tower, updating electrical systems, installing classroom projectors and adding food service sinks. The Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program that was added at Lewis-Palmer High last school year had 80 students enrolled in the introductory course, principles of biomedical sciences, according to principal Sandi Brandl. This year, a second-level course is being offered, human body systems, which Brandl said will have more than 90 students. The plan is to add a third-year course, medical interventions, and a fourth year, biomedical innovation. The district's Business Advisory Council will host a first-ever Career Awareness Fair in the fall for middle and high school students. While D-38 has offered college fairs for years, Stephen said this is the first time for an event focusing on career opportunities. The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Lakes Cares, Integrity Bank and Trust and other local businesses will have representatives talking about lines of work and provide tips on resumes, interview skills and other aspects of job hunting. D-38 enrollment is expected to increase by 20 or so students over last year's October count of 6,207. Manitou Springs School District 14 A new district think tank called ManX is intended to inspire new programs that will enhance the schools' environment, academics and growth mindset. The group, established by Superintendent Ed Longfield and based on Google's technological advancement division called Google X, is made up of about 20 staff members who study important thinkers and aim to answer: "What if we could do anything we wanted to help children learn and be ready for the 21st century? What would those things be?" "We come around and we think about new idea around learning, new experiences for kids - just kind of brainstorm, how do we become more effective - losing old paradigms of, 'school has to be this way,'" Longfield said. Administrators are working to improve the district's varied programs, many of which encourage in students what Longfield considers to be the secret to success: a combination of innovation and grit. Students can take ballet classes in a studio on the high school campus, participate in smart design, a science class that teaches such topics as robotics and aerospace engineering, or take affordable after-school music lessons through the Fine Arts Institute of Manitou, a program that serves about 100 students per day. Sixth graders can opt in to the Mountain Academy of Arts and Sciences at Ute Pass Elementary, an outdoor, experiential learning program focused on math and science. Although Longfield said the district is experiencing budget strain, enrollment is at an all-time high, topping 1,500 students, and 42 percent of Manitou Springs students attend from outside the district. The high enrollment adds pressure to D-14's goals, Longfield said. "You have to be relevant for kids to choose to come to school here, and if you aren't, you're sort of like Kodak or RadioShack - you become less relevant and you have to close your doors," he said. "We really want to be responsive." Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 New superintendent Dwight Barnes is working to build relationships in the district and the community. He's hired several new staff, including a special education teacher, and will meet many families at the annual back-to-school barbecue Aug. 12. "We usually get a great response from the community," he said, "so I'll get a chance to network." Barnes came from nearby Falcon School District 49, where he was a high school assistant principal. He took over in Miami-Yoder July 1, after the school board in February terminated the contract of 10-year superintendent Richard "Rick" Walter. Barnes also is working as the district's secondary principal. "That's common for a lot of us out here on the plains, to be a principal and the superintendent," he said. A new reading program this year for elementary students "Core Knowledge Language Arts," will better align instruction with Common Core State Standards, Barnes said. Officials also will work on molding new graduation requirements impacting the class of 2021 into its system to "get ahead of the curve." The district is refinancing two bonds from 2005 and 2008, for a 7 percent, or $7,000 to $8,000 per year savings over the life of the bonds. The board will decide whether to pay off the bonds earlier with the extra money or return it to taxpayers, Barnes said. The district will replace two buses. Enrollment should be about the same as last school year, with about 280 students. Peyton School District 23-JT Big things are happening in this small eastern district. By the time school starts, the old Peyton Middle School will have a new mission as a woodworking, construction and automotive trades center. "With career technical education starting to resurface and having more importance, this is the right time and the right opportunity to reach students who want to go directly into the workforce after high school," said Superintendent Tim Kistler. The expansion is twofold. The district is bringing its first charter school on board, the Career Building Academy, which offers construction and automotive industry training. Last school year Peyton 23-JT contracted with the school to provide classes for its students and this year agreed to become the charter authorizer for the school, which has campuses in Peyton, Colorado Springs, Walsenburg and Pueblo. District 23-JT also is opening the Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program, which will offer entry level through advanced cabinet manufacturing for high school students. The Woods Manufacturing program originated in Salem, Ore., and became nationally renowned. Kistler initially hired the director, Dean Mattson, as a consultant to help figure out how to build a similar program in Peyton. Mattson now is serving as the director of the Peyton program. Students don't build standard shop projects like bird houses or tool boxes, Kistler said. "They're making furniture, curio cabinets and coffee tables with tapered legs and connecting dovetail drawers," he said. "The industry has gotten a lot more technical." Most of the equipment and materials are donated by manufacturing companies who hope to later hire graduates. "These machines are quite expensive, but we have companies willing to give in-kind donations to fill our facility because it's such a strong program," Kistler said. "We'll have over $2 million worth of machinery they'll let us use." Manufacturing workers are in demand, said Mark Schultz, a former 23-JT board member and owner of a millworking company. "There's definitely a shortage," he said. "It's gotten to where there's a whole generation missing out realizing you can make a living with the trades. Some kids just learn better with their hands." Woodworking incorporates principles of geometry and other math, reading, writing, drawing, teamwork and life applications, said Chris Harding, a 2014 graduate of the program in Oregon who is helping Peyton get its program going. The program is starting with about 40 students and will expand up to 120, including slots for students from other districts, Kistler said. Both the charter school and the woodworking program will be housed at the former Peyton Middle School, which is under renovation to construct a woodworking shop, reconfigured classrooms and replace the hail-damaged roof. The school has sat empty for six years, when the recession caused enrollment to drop enough that the district moved the middle school into the high school building. Kistler wants to build a national woodworking center to educate not only high school students but also adults, including military veterans looking for a new career. The expanded center could open in January 2017. Voters in November agreed to a second de-TABORing in 23-JT for seven years, meaning the district will seek grants and corporate donations. "Because of our decreasing student count, the direct money coming into the school was decreasing, and with TABOR limitations, we'd have to give the money from grants back to the state," Kistler said. A nonprofit foundation is being set up to handle contributions. Fall enrollment will be about 550 students and potentially grow to 650 with the new charter school. Widefield School District 3 A new STEM program will take center stage for sixth through 12th graders. The district received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to implement Project Lead the Way, a national science, technology, engineering and math program. D-3 introduced the curriculum in its three junior high schools last school year with full roll out this fall, said Samantha Briggs, spokeswoman. Over the summer, 12 teachers received training in biomedical science and engineering education. About 400 students have enrolled in the program at D-3's two traditional high schools, Briggs said, adding that she expects the junior high classes to fill as well. The material is experiential and project-based, Briggs said. "It's going to be an amazing program that gives hands-on learning and problem-solving," she said. "A lot of parents are looking for schools that have strong STEM programs." D-3 is known for its pride, tradition and innovation, she said, with Project Lead the Way being an innovation development that will "get students out of the box in science and math." District leaders also are gearing up for a first-time Spring Showcase, scheduled for April 23, 2016. "We're more than a number," Briggs said. "Test scores tell one small part of our story, and we want people to see the culture and talent of our award-winning music program, award-winning Navy Junior ROTC cadets, Project Lead the Way robots and experiments, and other achievements." A redesigned district website that's more user-friendly and visually appealing debuted July 1. D-3, along with Fountain-Fort Carson D-8, completed a second annual charity golf tournament in July. This year's event raised about $13,000, which, through a 22-year-old nonprofit organization called Fountain Valley Scholars, will provide scholarships at Mesa Ridge, Widefield and Fountain-Fort Carson high schools. The awards ceremony will be May 10, 2016, at Mesa Ridge High. The district's annual Widefield community parade and rivalry football game between the town's two home teams will be held Oct. 10. "Every year, the town shuts down, and every school makes a float related to Rachel's Challenge (an anti-bullying program), and we throw out T-shirts and candy," Briggs said. District officials expect enrollment to remain steady, with 9,300 to 9,400 students, Briggs said. Woodland Park School District RE-2 The town mayor will be in the dugout, elementary students will dig in the dirt and homeschool kids will have more chances to be in class in RE-2. Mayor Neil Levy has been hired as the high school baseball head coach. "He's going to be a great addition to our staff," said RE-2 Superintendent Jed Bowman. "He's very passionate about youth and baseball, and he's going to bring an enthusiasm and expectation of excellence." An experiential program for elementary school students that kicked off last school year will continue this fall. Elevate Environmental Education, in partnership with the Catamount Institute, gives kindergarten through fifth graders hands-on science curriculum outdoors, at Aspen Valley Ranch. The 300-acre ranch near Woodland Park is used for educational purposes as a program of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. "It's a fabulous addition. Students continually marvel at how great it is to be outside learning about science and the environment," Bowman said. New this year, the district's Homeschool Enrichment Academy is offering middle school students who are homeschooled the opportunity to take classes at Summit Elementary School and expanding elementary offerings at Summit and Gateway Elementary. "As education continues to evolve, flexibility for families is important," Bowman said, "and for homeschoolers, we provide one day a week where students can come in and have enrichment activities through our liaison teachers." Also, the concurrent enrollment program with Pikes Peak Community College is growing with the addition of college algebra to the list of classes students can take to earn college credit along with their high school diploma. Ashley Lawson, an instructional resource teacher at Woodland Park High, has been promoted to principal at Gateway Elementary. The RE-2 school board is exploring options for a "sustainable funding" proposal, including a possible ballot measure involving a sales tax increase. Enrollment is expected to decrease by 80 to 100 students this school year, for a total of about 2,400 pupils. "The fact that we're able to continue environmental education and free full-day kindergarten is significant," Bowman said. "They are not ongoing funds, they are funded year-to-year, so we are grateful to be able to do both." - Gazette reporter Ellie Mulder contributed to this report. ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los...
TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience
BY SCOTT MUNN | Jul 27, 2015A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Greg LaFever, 51, of Midwest City was a star athlete at Putnam City West High School, where he played football and baseball. LaFever was an All-City and All-State pitcher, leading the Patriots to the state championship game. He played at Wichita State (Kan.) and in minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Bill LeRoy, 75, of Oklahoma City. He was a Kansas native who played football for the KU Jayhawks. Also played football and boxed while in the Marines. Worked in the oil business. Tommie Holder, 81, of Snyder was a dirt car racer at old I-35 Speedway. He was a top 10 finisher in points during the 1973 season. A fly fisherman. J. David Lawson, 72, of Edmond was an engineer. Spare time was spent playing golf at Oak Tree, where he served as co-chairman of the cart committee for the 67th Senior PGA Championship. Doris Bruce Gramling, 85, of Oklahoma City played girls basketball at Olustee High School. Kenneth Deatherage, 91, of Hodgen coached Little League baseball. Dr. Kent Braden, 84, of Edmond played football for Elk City High School. He signed up to play ball at Oklahoma, and he was a member of the Sooners' national title team in 1950. But Braden would suffer a career-ending injury and remain with the team as its manager. He went on to become a neurosurgeon in Oklahoma City. Bill Rohrman, 87, of Edmond was a Doylestown, Pa., native where he played high school football, basketball and baseball. An all-conference third baseman as a senior. Worked with the Putnam City Optimist Club, starting the girls softball program. Also served with Golf, Inc., running the city's junior golf circuit for five years. Scored three hole-in-ones. Worked in the insurance business. Robert Ferrell, 83, of Luther taught hunter safety courses for the Oklahoma Department Wildlife Conservation. Frank Barnes, 88, of Longwood, Miss., spent part of the 1955 baseball season with the Oklahoma City Indians. The right-handed pitcher was 4-3 with a 3.78 earned-run average and 61 strikeouts in 69 innings. He spent most of 17 seasons in the minors, although he had a brief 15-game stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kenneth Riley, 76, of Blanchard was a Cement High School graduate in 1957. He lettered four years in basketball. Played independent basketball into his 30s just for the love of the game. Caitlin Doty, 19, of Bartlesville earned a black belt in karate. A Barnsdall High School graduate who volunteered to help people with disabilities. Richard Walton, 76, of Oklahoma City was a member of the OU baseball team after graduating from Norman High. A certified public accountant. John Roberts, 94, of Altus hopped a train at age 14 and wound up in Arizona, where he joined a traveling boxing team. Returned home five years later and finished school, then joined the service. Roberts received a Bronze Star with an Award for Valor after pulling a wounded soldier out of a burning halftrack during a mortar attack in Europe. Roberts liked the easy life, too -- he enjoyed a game of golf. Don Daugherty, 88, of Midland, Texas, was a native of Walters. He was a member of the Cameron Junior College basketball team. A geologist by trade. Kenneth Crossland, 78, of Mangum. Played football at Altus High School. He was a member of the Oklahoma football teams that won national championships in 1955 and '56. Worked in life insurance. Buddy Lively, 90, of Huntsville, Ala., played parts of three summers with the Tulsa Oilers baseball team. The Cincinnati Reds prospect had a spectacular 1948 season, going 15-4 with a 2.93 earned-run average. He earned a 10-game promotion to the Reds that season. A World War II veteran. Marion Satterfield, 81, was an accountant. As a young man, he played basketball and baseball at Locust Grove High School. While in the service, Satterfield was invited to play baseball for the Bremerton (Wash.) Naval Reserve Group; most of his teammates were former college and minor league players. Tommy Lott, 66, of Broken Arrow. He was executive director of Indian Nation Youth Sports and Broken Arrow Youth Football. Wayne Lorance, 86, of Hobart. He was a longtime educator who served as basketball coach at several schools in Oklahoma and Colorado. Jimmy Woodard, 69, of Guthrie coached Little League baseball. Rehbecca Teafatiller, 18, of Elmore City, was a cheerleader. Darrell Wiersig, 81, of Anthony, Kan., was an Alva High graduate who attended nearby Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While in college, Wiersig competed in gymnastics and swimming. Larry Miller, 57, of Bartlesville owned a fitness center. Joe Epperley, 90, of Spencer was an award-winning dog breeder. He had several Britney Spaniels that won trophies. An outdoorsman who served in World War II. Pastor Daniel Berg, 30, of Bartlesville played football at Calhan High School in his native Indiana. Marie Pearson Day, 91 of Moore. She played forward on the Paoli High basketball team. Daughter of a sharecropper who sometimes kept Day and her siblings home to pick cotton. Bill Grimes, 84, of Bartlesville judged girls gymnastics at the Phillips Gymnastics Center. He enjoyed racing Hobie Cat catamarans, archery and running. A federal reporting supervisor for Phillips Petroleum. Earl Bales, 69, threw the discus at old Berlin High School. Owned a construction company. BY SCOTT MUNN
Jul 17, 2015
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Sarah Thomas shared hugs and idle chatter at her first preseason clinic since the NFL made her the first full-time female on-field official.All of her colleagues were doing the same thing Friday in what amounts to the unofficial end of their offseason. The pharmaceutical representative and mother of three was just another one of the guys, which is how she hopes coaches and...
NFL's first full-time female official low-key as debut nears
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Jul 17, 2015IRVING, Texas (AP) — Sarah Thomas shared hugs and idle chatter at her first preseason clinic since the NFL made her the first full-time female on-field official. All of her colleagues were doing the same thing Friday in what amounts to the unofficial end of their offseason. The pharmaceutical representative and mother of three was just another one of the guys, which is how she hopes coaches and players see her when the regular season starts in two months. "I know it may be new for some, but I think being a part of the developmental program and going that way, maybe they'll see me just as an official," Thomas said. "That's how I want them to see me." The 41-year-old Thomas won't be the first woman to call a regular-season game. That was Shannon Eastin in 2012 when the NFL used replacement officials during a labor dispute. But she will be the first one getting a full season — and a lot of attention along the way. "I certainly wouldn't want that attention," said a chuckling Aaron Santi, one of nine other first-year officials likely to get that wish. "It's going to be tougher for her. She's going to be under the microscope a little more because the reality is this is a really difficult job and we all make mistakes. Hopefully the fans and the public and the media will allow her to make mistakes and not treat her with a different standard than anyone else." Thomas, who will be a line judge in 2015, is already the first female official in major college football, and the first to work a bowl game. She's been in the NFL's development program for two years, so she has done training camps and preseason games. As for the novelty of being an NFL regular, long-time referee Ed Hochuli says that will wear off fast. "It'll be a big deal for the first few games," Hochuli said. "Then it will go away. And then it's a matter of are you right or wrong in your calls and you're just another official out there and you get treated the same." Thomas, who grew up and still lives in Mississippi, recalled the story of her first game as an official, when she was asked to be the clock operator and told one of her mentors that she didn't even know where the clock was. Thomas was a basketball player in high school and college and never worried about finding the clock. "So he said, 'Well, we can train monkeys to do the clock, and we're just short of them tonight, so it's your job,'" Thomas said. "That's how I got introduced." Thomas said not much has changed since the NFL hired her three months ago — "working out and rules study, film review, talking to mentors that I have. Same thing." And she won't be expecting players to treat her any differently. "They just want the job to be done and be done consistently," Thomas said. "Done right." Referee Walt Coleman, getting ready for his 27th season, has another view of Thomas as one of the guys: her career path. "They work their way up," he said. "They work junior high. They work high school. They work college football. And so when they get the opportunity to work in the NFL, they're working with the best officials in the world." And that means she can expect the fans to hate her the same way they do every guy around her. "I can tell you, when you get out there, with all those guys in those striped shirts, and everybody's going to be after us," said Coleman, whose son Walt Coleman IV is among the first-year officials. "And it's going to be the same way for Walter and Sarah or whoever it is. Once that game starts, it's going to be back to the same old football." And Thomas is ready. For the grief. For the second-guessing. For the attention. "The spotlight is what it is and being a first, I know that's the reason this is," she said. "I get it. It just comes with the territory. So no big deal." She's used to it.
Jul 14, 2015
Oklahoma linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker are each on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football. Alexander and Striker are two of 51 players on the initial list. Also included is former Guthrie High School standout Kentrell Brothers, who is the leading returning tackler at Missouri. Alexander and Striker were also announced...
OU linebackers Alexander, Striker on Butkus Award Watch List
Jul 14, 2015Oklahoma linebackers Dominique Alexander and Eric Striker are each on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football. Alexander and Striker are two of 51 players on the initial list. Also included is former Guthrie High School standout Kentrell Brothers, who is the leading returning tackler at Missouri. Alexander and Striker were also announced Tuesday as Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) candidates. Preseason Watch List Calendar Tuesday, July 7: Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)/ Maxwell Award (player of the year) Wednesday, July 8: Mackey Award (tight end)/ Rimington Trophy (center) Thursday, July 9: Lou Groza Award (kicker) / Ray Guy Award (punter) Friday, July 10: Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)/ Outland Trophy (interior lineman) Monday: Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) Tuesday: Butkus Award (linebacker)/ Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman/linebacker) Wednesday: Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver)/ Wuerffel Trophy (exemplary community service, athletic and academic achievement) Thursday: Davey O’Brien Award (quarterback)/ Doak Walker Award (running back) Friday: Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The threat of severe weather has prompted officials to move up the start of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game.The game is now scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday at Estes Stadium at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The game was originally scheduled to begin a 7 p.m.Arkansas Activities Association executive director Joey Walters...
Time changed for Arkansas All-Star high school football game
Associated Press | Jun 26, 2015CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The threat of severe weather has prompted officials to move up the start of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game. The game is now scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday at Estes Stadium at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The game was originally scheduled to begin a 7 p.m. Arkansas Activities Association executive director Joey Walters says a severe thunderstorm with the potential for lightning is expected to enter the Conway area about 7 p.m. and that the coaches association and officials at UCA agreed to start the game one hour earlier than previously planned.
Jun 23, 2015
Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington,...
Football recruiting: Who has offers?
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Jun 23, 2015Here’s a list of known scholarship offers to Oklahoma high school football players from NCAA Division I FBS and FCS schools to date: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union, RB: Navy Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow, WR: Montana Abe Anderson, Metro Christian, LB: North Dakota Jordan Brown, Stillwater, WR: Arkansas St., Army, Navy, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming Tyler Brown, Lexington, OL: TCU (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Houston, Illinois, Memphis, North Texas, Sam Houston St., SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud, OL: Tulsa Manuel Bunch, Roland, QB: Air Force, Army Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe, DB: Arizona, Arizona St., Arkansas, Houston, Iowa, Iowa St., Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower, WR: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Davidson, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Missouri St., Navy, North Texas Garrett Collins, Beggs, WR: Air Force Caleb Colvin, Owasso, DE: Army Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Hawaii, Navy, Tulane, Vanderbilt Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville, DE: Central Arkansas, Illinois St., Missouri St., Wyoming Drew Dan, Checotah, WR: Air Force, Army, Navy, Wyoming Breyden DeSpain, Oologah, WR: Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur, OL: Arkansas St., North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St. Mason Fine, Locust Grove, QB: Austin Peay Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow, OL: Arkansas St., Houston, North Texas, Sam Houston St., Texas Tech, Tulsa Chandler Garrett, Mustang, QB: Wyoming (committed), Air Force Scotty Gilkey, Broken Arrow, QB: Eastern Illinois, UL-Monroe, Louisville Butch Hampton, Piedmont, K: Western Michigan (committed) Luther Harris, Heritage Hall, OL: North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington, RB: Oklahoma State (committed), Houston, Louisville Quan Hogan, Norman North, RB: Arkansas St., Colorado St., Ohio, Tulsa, Utah St., Wyoming Noah Jones, Southmoore, DE: Texas Tech (committed), Army, Houston, Kansas, Kansas St., Navy, New Mexico St., North Texas, Ohio, Toledo, Tulsa Lenard Leviston, John Marshall, QB/ATH: Air Force Jeremy Lewis, Lone Grove, RB: Arkansas St., Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Texas St., Tulsa, Wyoming DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore, WR: Arkansas St. (committed to OU for baseball) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington, DB: Arkansas St., Army, Austin Peay, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, Nevada, Sam Houston St., South Dakota, Stephen F. Austin, Utah St., Washington St., Wyoming Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall, ATH: Air Force Patrick McKaufman, Douglass, QB/ATH: Grambling St. Jimmy McKinney, Oologah, LB: Air Force, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Kansas St., Missouri St., Navy, North Texas, Ohio, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Utah St., Wyoming Tramonda Moore, John Marshall, OL/DL: Grambling St., Montana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. A.J. Parker, Bartlesville, DB: Air Force, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston St., Wyoming Austin Quillen, Jenks, DB: Vanderbilt (committed), Appalachian St., Arizona, Arkansas St., Army, Colorado St., Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Navy, Rice, Tulsa, Washington St., Wyoming Logan Roberson, Harrah, OL: Oklahoma (committed), Arkansas St., Illinois, UL-Monroe, New Mexico, North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo Brandon Scott, Owasso, OL: Army, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston St. Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw, ATH: Sam Houston St. Dillon Stoner, Jenks, WR/DB: Oklahoma St. (committed), Arkansas, Arkansas St., Kansas, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St., Wyoming Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian, LB: Oklahoma (committed) Corey Tipsword, Norman North, DL: Lamar Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady, DB: Iowa, Louisville, SMU, Tulsa, UCLA Walter Watson, Del City, OL/DL: Missouri State Jace Webb, Hollis, OL: Army, Louisville, North Texas, Ohio, Tulsa, Wyoming K.J. Wells, Idabel, ATH: Houston, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma St., Sam Houston St., TCU, UTEP, Wyoming Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore OL: Central Arkansas Blake Williams, Mustang, TE/FB: North Carolina Dae Williams, Sapulpa, RB: Army, Navy, New Mexico, SMU Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian, QB: Boise St. (committed), Colorado St., Harvard, Illinois St., Liberty, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, Yale Terry Wilson, Del City, QB: Nebraska (committed), Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico St., Oregon, San Diego St., Texas Tech, UNLV Shiloh Windsor, Ada, LB: Wyoming Compiled from staff and web reports
May 15, 2015
Eddie Foster, who was a captain on Oklahoma's undefeated Big Eight championship team in 1973, passed away, according to former OU coach Barry Switzer. Foster, a three-year letterman at offensive tackle, was named to Family Weekly and Walter Camp All-America teams in 1973. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1974. From Foster's All-American bio (via SoonerSports.com): "During that...
OU football All-American Eddie Foster dies
May 15, 2015Eddie Foster, who was a captain on Oklahoma's undefeated Big Eight championship team in 1973, passed away, according to former OU coach Barry Switzer. Foster, a three-year letterman at offensive tackle, was named to Family Weekly and Walter Camp All-America teams in 1973. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1974. From Foster's All-American bio (via SoonerSports.com): "During that year (1973), Foster scored for the first time since he was in high school. It was a lineman's dream scenario. With just a 7-0 lead against Baylor, OU quarterback Steve Davis was heading for the goal line when he fumbled the ball. As Foster waited near the end zone to block, he spotted the ball and pounced on it for a touchdown. Foster said that his roommate and he "had it all planned out how it would happen. The three-year letterman was a large part of what many consider to be one of OU's top offensive lines." In 2012, in honor of Switzer's 75th birthday, The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel ranked Switzer's greatest players. Foster came in at No. 44. Foster was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Here's a great story form Will Parchman of the Waco Tribune on Foster's background and growing up playing football in the West Texas town of Monahans.
Bob West has moved on in his life.Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee.It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words.So how did you get to...
Questions and Answers with Bob West on his career as News sports editor
Gabriel Pruett, Associated Press | Apr 11, 2015Bob West has moved on in his life. Thursday yhe Port Arthur News sports department for the first time since 1972 no longer had West as a full time employee. It was about a month ago when these questions were first presented to West and instead of a story it was correctly determined the best way for the answers is for Bob West to once again on a Sunday say it in his own words. So how did you get to Southeast Texas from Missouri? To make a long story short, I hated cold weather and wanted to move somewhere, anywhere away from snow and ice in the winter. I had a good friend and golfing buddy named Dave Wilson who felt the same way. We went to a guy named Al Chandler, who was the head pro at Columbia Country Club, as well as the golf coach at the University of Missouri, and asked him he if had any contacts in the South. Turns out, he’d played golf at Lamar in the 1950s. He set it up for us to attend Lamar. I never looked back. What were you first attempts at sports journalism? A part-time job at the Beaumont Enterprise in 1966, taking high school football calls on Friday night for their Louisiana edition. Did you start as sports editor or reporter? When did you become sports editor? Started full time as a reporter at the Beaumont Journal in 1967. Was also attending Lamar full time and writing for the school newspaper. Came to the PA News in August, 1971 as a reporter, mainly covering Beaumont’s six high schools. Became sports editor in June of 1972. Who was the most important person in your success at this job? That one’s easy. Bill Maddox was the managing editor in Port Arthur who hired me. Bill was the best newspaper person I’ve ever been around. What he did that was so important to my career was encourage me to take strong stands and give opinions. I would never have gotten established without Bill because a lot of folks weren’t ready for some of the things I had to say. Bill had only been here for a few months before I was hired, but he set the table for me with the stance he took on the football tab cover in August of 1971. Little Joe Washington was going to be a senior at Lincoln and was a high school All-America. Bill thought he should be on the cover of the football section but was told, “We don’t put ‘n-word’ on the cover of anything.” Bill said, “Well, that’s about to change.” Knowing how things were at that time, I feared he would get fired. But the publisher , a man named Jack Scott, gave him the green light. So Little Joe and Big Joe, who was the football coach at Lincoln, were on the cover of the tab that year. When Bill named me sports editor the next summer, I knew he’d have my back when I changed the entire approach to covering Lincoln’s teams. We both took some serious heat from readers who resented the attention being given to black athletes, but it was worth it. Why sports journalism? What drove you to this job? Just sort of fell into it. I was a pretty good athlete and sports nut as a kid. I devoured the sports section of every newspaper I could get my hands on in the small town of Centralia, Missouri. English was my best subject in high school and I got high marks in creative writing courses. For some reason I can’t explain, I enrolled in business school at Missouri and wound up hating every minute of it. I didn’t really move toward journalism until I was at Lamar. When I took the part-time job at the Enterprise, the light quickly went on that sports writing was the direction I needed to go. I started getting into all the communications courses I could take at Lamar. I learned a lot from a teacher named Bob Wilkerson. As good at this job as you are, were there ever times you almost left for a bigger paper? Why stay? I had a couple of interesting offers, including one in Mesa, Ariz., that I thought about it long and hard. But my wife was from Port Arthur and I preferred my kids attend schools that weren’t too big. A major factor in staying was that newspaper higher ups allowed me to branch out into radio and TV. My first talk show was at KTRH in Houston in 1980 -- four hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays with a guy named Jim Nantz. I also had the opportunity to do color on several Lamar basketball telecasts on Channel 6 in the early and mid ‘80s. My TV highlight was doing the Southland Conference championship game in 1983 with Bill Worrell. The game was shown on a network that was just getting established called ESPN. I also had a sideline writing gig with Pro Football Weekly covering the Houston Oilers. After KTRH, I did sports talk on KLVI in Beaumont for several years. The outside opportunities enabled me to feel comfortable staying at the PA News and helped me to build a treasure trove of contacts I don’t think many guys at small and medium size papers could match. I was also lucky to have good bosses who appreciated my skills and gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to do what I wanted as long as the nuts and bolts stuff were handled. To that end, it would have been a lot tougher if I hadn’t been able to hire some guys who were outstanding in their own right in the early years. Guys like Burt Darden, Howard Roden, John Curylo, Tom Halliburton and Anthony Andro. I also should mention two of the greatest “stringers” any sports editor could ever hope to have — John DeVillier and Larry Bodin. You have seen it all. Championships. Bad times and the good. What will you take away from the sports scene in our area? The unbelievable number of guys I was exposed to in Southeast Texas who have gone on to make a name for themselves, both as players and coaches. It’s amazing, really, that from a small town in Missouri I landed in one of the most prolific areas of producing sports talent you could find anywhere. Just getting the opportunity to cover the incredible success of Lamar basketball in the late 1970s and early 1980s under Billy Tubbs and Pat Foster was extraordinary. It’s mind boggling to think during one period I was covering Bum Phillips and the Luv Ya Blue Oilers, Billy Tubbs and a Lamar basketball team that was shocking the college basketball world, an innovative high school football coach named Ronnie Thompson at TJ who was changing attitudes about the passing game in Texas and maybe the best high school basketball coach in Texas during the 1970s and 1980s — James Gamble at Lincoln. You have seen great, great athletes perform in Southeast Texas. Which ones were the best of the best? In football, I always start with Little Joe Washington. For years and years I thought he’d be the greatest I’d have the opportunity to cover. But Jamaal Charles broke Joe’s records and is proving to be one of the premier running backs to ever play in the NFL. That’s terrific bookends to a writing career. In basketball, Lincoln’s Earl Evans, to this day, is far and away the best I covered.. His senior year he was ranked second in the nation to Moses Malone among high school players. In baseball, TJ’s Xavier Hernandez and Lincoln’s Chuck McElroy, as they would go on to prove in MLB, were the top two. And I certainly need to include two golfers — Bruce Lietzke and Chris Stroud — who made their mark on the PGA Tour. Bruce won 14 times on the PGA Tour which is pretty amazing. Friendships have been made with legends like Nantz, the Phillips family and Jimmy Johnson. What has that been like for you? It’s been pretty amazing, both professionally and personally. There was nobody like Bum. I learned so much from being around him, watching him and seeing the impact he had on professional athletes and people in general. I could never repay Bum for all he did for me, what I learned from him and what he meant to me. That’s why I pushed so hard to make the Bum Phillips trophy become a reality, and for it to be a really unique, really special trophy. I was probably closer to Bum than to Wade, although Wade and I are basically the same age, my wife was in his wedding and his wife was in my wedding. I have so much respect for Wade and what he’s accomplished as a football coach. I don’t think he gets proper credit for his genius as a defensive coach. Jim Nantz, to me, is too good to be true. I got to know him when he was a senior at the University of Houston doing that sports talk show with me at KTRH. From there, his ascent to being one of the top guys in network TV sports happened with stunning swiftness. But Jim never changed. He always returns my phone calls and e-mails and has been wonderful about offering a helping hand on special projects when I ask for his assistance. He was the emcee of the very first Homecoming Roast for Jimmy Johnson. He’s been terrific about using tidbits I’ve passed along when he’s doing a telecast involving a Jamaal Charles or a Chris Stroud. I was just amazed at the effort he made to get mention of the Bum Phillips trophy on a CBS national telecast. As for Jimmy Johnson, I didn’t start getting to know him until he won the national championship at Miami and we had that first roast. One year later, he was the head coach of the Cowboys and it put me in a position to witness and write about one of the most remarkable coaching jobs in NFL history. Jimmy is maybe the shrewdest, most intelligent guy I’ve ever been around. I was never as close to him as I was to Bum, but he provided me with amazing material as a columnist. I’ll never forget him mentioning me at the final press conference before the Super Bowl when the Cowboys beat Buffalo in Atlanta. Must have been 2,500 media people in the room and he singled me out in front of them and talked about the roast we had for him in Port Arthur after the first Super Bowl win. To this day, when I need his opinion on something in the NFL, he is quick to respond. The roasts became such a big deal and raised a tremendous amount of money for the Museum of the Gulf Coast. How did they get started? When Jimmy Johnson won the national championship at the University of Miami after the 1987 season, I wrote in a column that Port Arthur needed to put on a special event to honor him. I thought the city would be quick to follow up on the suggestion. When there was nothing but silence from city hall, Richard Marler, the football coach at Stephen F. Austin High School, suggested that I put something together. I loved the roast format and phoned Jimmy, who I didn’t know very well at the time, to see if he would be interested in being honored with a roast in his hometown. He jumped at the idea and said he would use his influence, which was considerable, to help get some big names involved. In that first one, the newspaper didn’t have a role. Marler was my right-hand man on the project, we got Sam Monroe involved and formed a committee. The way the thing came together was amazing, especially since we had no budget, no operating funds, nothing that you really need to pull off something like a big roast. Jim Nantz, who was then doing college football for CBS, agreed to be the emcee. Because Jimmy was such a hot name in the coaching profession, we had people all across college football eager to be a part of it. We probably had reps from half a dozen bowls make arrangements to attend. It got so big I wound up adding a golf tournament the day before the roast. When it was over, and things had gone so well, Marler said this is something you need to do on an annual basis. It seemed like a great idea, so I pitched it to Dub Brown, who was then the editor of the Port Arthur News. I told him the newspaper needed to get behind this as a civic project, that we could call it the Port Arthur News Homecoming Roast. Dub, who was one of the those terrific, old-time newspaper guys, said he thought it was a great idea. We decided we’d donate whatever funds were raised to the Museum of the Gulf Coast, singled out Bum Phillips as the next honoree and the rest, as they say, is history. I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with those roasts, the money we were able to raise for the museum and the big names who came to Port Arthur to be a part of them. I am just elated that as I go out the door of the newspaper I’m going to have the opportunity to do another roast to honor Jamaal Charles. Why the hate for Jerry Jones every week? Hate may be a bit strong. I have strongly disliked Jerry since he fired Jimmy, then said there are 500 coaches who could have done what he did with the Cowboys. My stance might have softened a bit if he’d put Jimmy in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not ever going to happen. Jones is obviously a very savvy individual who is a genius when it comes to making money. As an NFL general manager, he’s shown over and over that he’s an abysmal failure. What is it in the last 20 years, two playoff wins? Jethro is just such a perfect foil for somebody who does a notes column on a weekly basis, especially for somebody who grew up watching the Beverly Hillbillies. Every now and then, I try to see if I can go a few weeks without mentioning him in my Sunday column. That’s a real challenge because of the things he says and does, and because he’s just so damn desperate to convince people that he’s a real football guy. I have no doubt he’d make a deal with the devil if it could get him another Super Bowl. You and Tom Halliburton worked together for many years. How special did that working relationship and friendship grow to become? Tom is one of the people I mentioned earlier who made me look good and made my job so much easier. Tom and I were together for more than 30 years, and pretty much knew what each other thought and was going to do next. I don’t even want to think what it would have been like to not have Tom as my right-hand man. Tom had the journalistic background I didn’t. He worked for a newspaper while he was still in high school in Arkansas. He got a journalism degree at the University of Texas. Tom was an excellent writer and the kind of guy who would tackle any assignment. Tom did so much for the sports section that readers would never notice. I’ll always love him for his loyalty to me and for the things he did to make our sports section so strong for so many years. Over the years is there an interview subject that really stuck with you? There were many, but I think the two I remember most were an author named George Plimpton and the comedian, Don Rickles. You have to be a bit of an old timer to remember Plimpton. He was famous for what was called “participatory journalism.” One year he went to training camp with the Detroit Lions, actually played quarterback in a pre-season game and wrote a book about the experience called “Paper Lion.” The book was later made into a movie. Plimpton also wrote a book titled “Bogey Man” about playing on the PGA Tour during the glory days of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson and pitched in an exhibition game against Willie Mays and other National League stars at Yankee Stadium. All of it was done for books or magazine pieces he was writing. He was in Beaumont in 1972 for a piece he was doing on the great football player, Bubba Smith. I’d come to know Bubba pretty well, he told me about Plimpton being in town and I talked him in to bringing Plimpton to our home for dinner. Bubba, Plimpton and Tom Vance came down — Genie and I were living in Nederland at the time — and it turned into a fascinating interview. It was one of my favorite pieces ever. GOOGLE George Plimpton and you’ll be amazed at what you find. As far as Rickles, I got to interview him in his dressing room at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and I have Walter Umphrey to thank for that. Walter was our roastee in 1991. I wanted to get somebody really funny, along with Ann Richards, to roast him. Because of his status as a “whale” in Vegas, I knew Walter had considerable clout. So I asked him if he could lean on somebody out there and arrange to get Rickles for the roast. It was a done deal within hours, which was quite a tribute to Walter. Executives with the Mirage agreed to fly Rickles in on their private jet. To have Don Rickles coming to Port Arthur was off the charts, so I made the “sacrifice” of going to Vegas to interview him in advance of the roast. It was a little intimidating to be honest, but he was delightful. He must have spent an hour with me. Then, the week of the roast, I had Walter on my radio show and Rickles agreed to join us by phone from his home in Beverly Hills. I had to pinch myself. I had watched Rickles so many times when he was on with Johnny Carson and had seen his act several times in Las Vegas. To get a one-on-one with him, to be part of bringing him to Port Arthur, was such a thrill. And it made for a terrific piece in the Port Arthur News. You took on a lot of causes. Is there one that didn’t work out the way you wanted? For years, I advocated in columns that the Beaumont Independent School District needed to come to its senses, do the right thing and name its beautiful football complex after Jerry LeVias. Jerry was such a pioneer in breaking football racial barriers in the Southwest Conference and should be front and center in Beaumont as an inspiration to all young athletes. It was disgusting to see the stadium named after a superintendent who meant nothing to the city’s history. In light of all that’s gone down in that school district the past few years, I’d think this would be the perfect time for a name change. Who cares if the other guy gets his feelings hurt. At the very least, there needs to be a statue of LeVias inside or outside the stadium. How much golf do you plan to play now and will your wife really be comfortable having you home and not at the office? I only plan to play on days ending in “y.” Golf has long been my passion away from family and job. Writing about golf opened the door for me to play many of the world’s greatest courses and with people like Jack Nicklaus, Darrell Royal and astrounaut Alan Sheppard. My game isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but I enjoy playing more than ever. I’ll pretty much be on call seven days a week. Billy Tubbs is already licking his lips thinking about getting into my wallet. As for the second part, I’m pretty sure Genie will be quite comfortable with me being around. For the 46 years we’ve been married, my hours have been long and I’ve been gone a lot. Beyond that, I know our two boxers, Bogey and Champ, will be pleased to see me on a more regular basis. What do you say to all the readers and supporters through the years? I sincerely appreciate all the readers, even those who didn’t agree with a lot of the things I wrote. It’s always nice to get an e-mail or phone call from somebody who liked something I wrote, or somebody who wanted to challenge something I wrote. I didn’t mind criticism as long as it wasn’t nasty or personal. To me, one of the purposes of writing columns is to express opinions. As most folks know, I tended to have strong opinions and I think I backed them up with a degree of expertise. I never expected or wanted everybody to agree with me. That would be pretty boring. My goal with columns was to be informative and entertaining and to give people something to think about. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over the years is having some little old lady come up to me and say she enjoys reading my column. You would be surprised at how often that has happened. I’d also like to say how overwhelmed I’ve been with the e-mails and phone calls since my retirement was announced. They’ve come from all over and have been very humbling. ——— ©2015 The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) Visit The Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, Texas) at panews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003393,t000003183,t000046469,t000003194,t000003277,t000003270,t000160437,t000007488,t000007666,t000007466,t000007460,t000007684,t000008056,t000155475,t000040517,g000065659,g000219892,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000065614
O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years.
High school notebook: Scott O'Hara named Purcell's new football coach
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 9, 2015Purcell’s two-month search for its next football coach has ended. Scott O’Hara will be the Dragons’ next head man, the Purcell Register reported Thursday morning. O’Hara served as offensive coordinator at Newcastle the past two seasons, helping the 2014 Racers to one of their best seasons in recent years. He has also served as a head coach at Luther and Burns Flat-Dill City. O’Hara will be the fourth head coach in the last five seasons at Purcell. He replaces Greg Willis, who was not retained after going 13-9 in two seasons with the Dragons. OCA GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-STATE TEAM NAMED The Oklahoma Coaches Association released the rosters Thursday for the annual All-State girls basketball games, which will be played at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center on July 29 beginning with the small-school game at 7 p.m. Here are the rosters: Small East: Kylie Looney, Adair; Krisha Young, Latta; Addy Clift, Kiowa; Jordan Paige Campagna, Red Oak; Maddie Miller, Kiefer; Raylee Conner, Woodland; Shanessiea Walters, Vian; Jhonett Cookson, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Courtney Risenhoover, Verdigris; Bailey Wensler, Perkins-Tryon Small West: Dagan Lampkin, Washington; Sadie Mason, Fairview; Kenadey Grellner, Okarche; Hailey Duffy, Lomega; Lora Riley, Alva; Kate Sander, Cheyenne/Reydon; Carley Frymire, Thomas; Madison Lee, Okarche; Summer Pennington, Cheyenne/Reydon; Sydney DeVaughan, Ft. Cobb-Broxton Large East: Hailey Tucker, Bartlesville; Taylor Jones, Broken Arrow; Marcia Reed, Tulsa East Central; Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central; Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove; Desiree Phipps, Fort Gibson; Madison Davis, Locust Grove; Shaiann Tramble, Shawnee; Kendriana Washington, Tulsa Washington; Olivia Wells, Ada Large West: Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore; Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial; Dakota Vann, Deer Creek; Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower; Ashley Beatty, Anadarko; Blake Blessington, Harrah; Kyeria Hannah, Southmoore; Hayden Priddy, Piedmont; Jentry Holt, Elgin; Adrienne Berry, Mount St. Mary. PC WEST’S JOLLY, SANTA FE’S JEFFRIES LEAD OKLAHOMA FAITH 7 TEAM Putnam City West’s Tyson Jolly and Edmond Santa Fe’s DaQuan Jeffries highlight a talented Oklahoma roster for the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl, set for June 6 in Shawnee. Oklahoma Baptist University will host the game pitting Oklahoma stars against Texas stars at 7 p.m. on June 6. Verdigris coach Randy Upshaw will get the chance to coach his son, Cade Upshaw, one last time in the game as well. Randy Upshaw and Marlow’s Kirk Harris will serve as coaches for the Oklahoma squad. The Oklahoma roster also includes Conner Avants, Deer Creek; A.J. Cockrell, Tulsa Memorial; Chris Crawford, Victory Christian; Hayden Howell, Carl Albert; Cory Kilby, Ada; Ty Lazenby, Glencoe; and Curran Scott, Edmond Memorial. OKLAHOMA ALUMNI TURNPIKE CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY IN TULSA The Oklahoma Alumni Turnpike Challenge will reignite rivalries of old once again Saturday evening in Tulsa. Tulsa Washington High School will host the event, which begins at 5 p.m. with a game between Tulsa McLain and Star Spencer alums. Tulsa Washington and Douglass alumni will square off in the nightcap. Among the notable alumni expected to attend are former Oklahoma State star Leroy Combs of Star Spencer, Douglass standout and current head coach Kendal Cudjoe and Tulsa Washington’s R.W. McQuarters, who went on to play in the NFL. Shae Seals, who played at McLain and coached at Tulsa Washington, and William Tisdale are also expected to attend. Cudjoe played in the Douglass-Tulsa Washington rivalry in the 1970s under his father, legendary Douglass coach Lawrence Cudjoe. “This was the oldest and most popular rivalry in the state,” Kendal Cudjoe said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to end in football and basketball. It goes back as far as the 1930s.” Tulsa Washington alum Fred Jones has organized the event, which began four years ago. “We are celebrating 95 years of athletic tradition,” he said. “Both schools truly bleed orange and black. We will have plenty of former players from all schools in the building, so this will be an awesome night.” TOLEDO OFFERS HARRAH’S LOGAN ROBERSON Add Harrah offensive lineman Logan Roberson to the ever-growing list of Oklahoma players to add scholarship offers the past few weeks. Roberson was offered by Toledo on Wednesday, Harrah coach Phil Webb told The Oklahoman. The offer is the second for Roberson, who was offered by Arkansas State early in the offseason. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior is ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. TEAGUE’S HOMER LIFTS MOUNT ST. MARY Mount St. Mary’s Jeff Teague might have found a way to ignite his team. Teaque hit a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning at Heritage Hall on Monday, propelling the Rockets to a 10-8 victory to return to .500. “We haven’t had many of those kind of events happen this year, so naturally it’s an ignited of many sorts,” Mount St. Mary coach John Keilty said. Teague, a left-handed hitter, hit the three-run blast off last week’s Player of the Week, Joe Buckendorff. He allowed five earned runs in just 11/3 innings of work. Teague finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. The Rockets are now 8-8 and host Crossings Christian on Monday.
Feb 12, 2015
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — On a crisp February night at the rim of the forest behind New Hampshire's Newport High School, Ruby Spitz perches on long, wide skis at the edge of a steep ramp, 65 feet above the ground and peering down at a snowy, brightly lit landing hill.This is a rare bird: A ski jumper in the only state where high schoolers still compete in the leaning-in, gravity-testing sport. In...
High schoolers soar in New Hampshire; only ski jumping state
By RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | Feb 12, 2015NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — On a crisp February night at the rim of the forest behind New Hampshire's Newport High School, Ruby Spitz perches on long, wide skis at the edge of a steep ramp, 65 feet above the ground and peering down at a snowy, brightly lit landing hill. This is a rare bird: A ski jumper in the only state where high schoolers still compete in the leaning-in, gravity-testing sport. In their own version of Friday Night Lights, these athletes are more interested in catching air than passes and would much rather soar than score. About 40 of them will square off Friday night in the state championships at Newport. Ruby, a 15-year-old sophomore at Hanover High School, scoots forward and rockets down the in-run, hearing from teammates and rivals alike, "Have One!" — the jumper's creed for nailing it. At about 20 mph, she hits the end of the jump and soars past parents, athletes and coaches who've dug their feet firmly into shin-deep snow on the side of the hill. "Twelve!" comes the call from a hill marker, and a cheer goes up. She's just sailed 12 meters, almost 40 feet, before landing with a clatter of skis and sliding to a stop. "Once you do it, you get this crazy adrenaline rush," Ruby said. "And you just want to keep chasing that rush. It gives you a huge sense of confidence." Maybe for good reason. Her coach, Josh Flanders, describes jumping as: "Essentially, you're trying to throw yourself at the ground and miss." America has never embraced ski jumping, and when major colleges dropped programs about three decades ago, the last incentive for high school jumpers disappeared everywhere but New Hampshire, a state with a rich alpine history. For a time in the middle of the 20th century, it was the center of the nation's ski jumping community, luring Olympic tryouts, World Cup competitions and national championships to the historic Nansen Ski Jump in the North Country. Two current members of the U.S. team, Nick Fairall, who is sidelined due to injury, and Nicholas Alexander, are from New Hampshire. "Congratulations to New Hampshire," said Walter Malmquist, a spokesman for USA Ski Jumping. "Every year, despite the fact that they're the only state to conduct ski jumping championships, there are a lot of schools with athletes competing, which is pretty cool." Ski jumping does not get the financial support enjoyed by glamour sports like football. Parents and students from the seven schools that compete volunteer to be hill markers, the local ski area loans its compressors to produce manmade snow, coaches groom the hills and a warming hut was built with donated lumber and labor. Ron Beaudet has coached at Sunapee for 40 years and said the reason the sport has survived here while other states have dropped it is because of the volunteer work and the passion of the coaches. "It's a classic sport," he said. "I've seen kids who you never thought would do this. I'm all for keeping it if it only turns one kid around." Most of the kids have fallen; some have broken bones. Their reaction: Whatever. "You just have to give up your fear and push through," said 15-year-old Dylan Burbank of Concord High School. Beaudet said the future of ski jumping in New Hampshire is solid, with a core group, including the state high school athletic association, who are supportive and want to see the sport continue. Malmquist, a former coach at Hanover who jumped in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, said while there isn't a pipeline from high schools to the Olympic hills, the scholastic competitions are still valuable. "What our primary focus is, is to keep those kids on the hills," he said. "We want to have the programs to help them see that they have the talent to take it to the next level." That's the challenge: Keeping them on the hills. "There's just so many other things kids are doing nowadays," said Concord coach Rick Bragg who has a squad of just 13. Not these kids on this winter's night. In brightly-colored jumpsuits, helmets and goggles, about 50 competitors lug their skis up the snow-covered steps to get in a few practice jumps before the meet. There's banter, good-natured ribbing and encouragement from all. "It's a very supportive environment up there," said Sophie Pratt, a 16-year-old sophomore from Concord. After a practice jump, 15-year-old Anna Dickson from Hanover hollered up the hill at Flanders. "I am so happy!" she chirped. The coach smiled and asked why. "Because I did it!"
Feb 9, 2015
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams, an FCS All-American, said Monday he will transfer to Oregon, where he will be eligible to play next season and compete to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota."Oregon it is!" Adams posted on Twitter, with an Instagram of the Oregon logo.Adams has been a record-breaking, three-year starter at Eastern Washington and is on...
FCS All-America QB Vernon Adams to transfer to Oregon
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Feb 9, 2015SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams, an FCS All-American, said Monday he will transfer to Oregon, where he will be eligible to play next season and compete to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. "Oregon it is!" Adams posted on Twitter, with an Instagram of the Oregon logo. Adams has been a record-breaking, three-year starter at Eastern Washington and is on target to graduate in May with a degree in recreation management. NCAA rules allow players who have graduated to transfer to another school without having to sit out a season. The Ducks are looking to replace Mariota, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season, giving Adams a chance to start immediately. "I want to thank all of Eagle Nation for all the love and support," Adams wrote Monday. "Want to thank every single one of my teammates for pushing me to be a better man/athlete everyday these past 4 years." Adams also thanked coach Beau Baldwin "for being the first school to ever offer me." He said the move was best for himself and his family. Oregon and Eastern Washington will open the 2015 season against each other on Sept. 5. Adams has passed for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns, with 31 interceptions at EWU. He also helped the Eagles upset Pac-12 team Oregon State two seasons ago and nearly beat Washington last year. Oregon officials said little about the transfer. "As has been the case with all of our previous prospective student-athletes who have signed financial aid agreements, we choose to reserve comment until they have formally enrolled at the University of Oregon," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves wished Adams well and thanked him for his efforts with the Eagles. "The chance for him to pursue this opportunity is certainly a unique one given the fifth-year transfer rule," Chaves said. "We are not sure that this was the actual intent of the legislation when it was approved, but it is the rule currently in place that we and potentially other schools have to adhere to." Under the transfer rules, Eastern Washington had to sign off on the deal. Baldwin also expressed good wishes to Adams. "We are very confident in the quarterbacks in our program, and our expectations and goals are the same for what we are capable of accomplishing in the 2015 season," Baldwin said. Oregon was looking at its options at quarterback following the early departure of Mariota. He set a Pac-12 record for total touchdowns last season with 58, including 42 via pass, 15 on the run and one touchdown catch. He also set the conference mark for career touchdowns with 136. Mariota declared his eligibility for the NFL draft shortly after the Ducks fell to Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff championship game. Oregon finished the season ranked No. 2. Mariota's backup last season was Jeff Lockie, who attempted 27 passes, completing 21 for 207 yards and a touchdown. There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding Adams, a two-time runner-up for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the FCS. He will have one year of eligibility at Oregon. The 6-foot, 200-pound Adams was lightly recruited out of Alemany High School in Pasadena, California, but played immediately at Eastern Washington. The Eagles, a perennial FCS power, are left with only one returning quarterback with college experience. Jordan West started four games last fall, winning three, when Adams was sidelined with a broken foot. ___ AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo in New York contributed to this report.
COLUMBIA, Mo. • College football’s national signing day wasn’t as significant this time around for Chase Abbington. Two years ago the Fort Zumwalt South running back signed with Missouri and carried hopes of lugging the ball for the Tigers later that fall. Instead, he vanished from the spotlight and resurfaced at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College after not qualifying academically to enroll at...
Abbington could spark Mizzou
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Feb 9, 2015COLUMBIA, Mo. • College football’s national signing day wasn’t as significant this time around for Chase Abbington. Two years ago the Fort Zumwalt South running back signed with Missouri and carried hopes of lugging the ball for the Tigers later that fall. Instead, he vanished from the spotlight and resurfaced at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College after not qualifying academically to enroll at Mizzou. Two years later, signing day was just one more milepost on his road to major college football. Abbington re-signed with Mizzou last Wednesday, will earn his associate’s degree in May and expects to join the Tigers this summer for offseason workouts. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound tailback — make no mistake, he’s not moving to defense, Mizzou coaches insisted last week — played for Hutchinson in 2013 and redshirted last fall to preserve another year of eligibility at Mizzou. Freshman year “was way easier,” Abbington said. “Playing helps out a lot. You’re not as bored and your mind is occupied. This year I’ve been around football, and I’m still helping with the team, but it’s not the same when you’re not getting the rock every weekend. It’s just been boring as hell.” That should change this summer when Abbington joins a remodeled Mizzou offense that loaded up on receivers and running backs in Gary Pinkel’s latest recruiting class. The Tigers have to replace their four leading receivers from last year’s 11-3 season: outside receivers Bud Sasser and Darius White, slot receiver Jimmie Hunt and tailback Marcus Murphy, a first-team All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player and the league’s all-purpose yardage leader. Missouri returns 1,084-yard rusher Russell Hansbrough and tight end Sean Culkin, but the coaching staff will have to recast the ensemble around quarterback Maty Mauk, perhaps with some newcomers from the 2015 class. The Tigers signed four high school receivers and two high school tailbacks, all of whom could push for roles as rookies, especially projected outside receivers Justin Smith and Emanuel Hall and slot receivers Richaud Floyd and Johnathon Johnson. Other than Culkin, who caught 20 passes for 174 yards last season, no returning receiver or tight end caught more than five passes. An offense that ranked among the SEC’s bottom four in yards per game, yards per play, points per game and passing efficiency could use a few jolts from impact underclassmen. “We’ve got some guys on campus we feel really good about,” offensive coordinator Josh Henson said. “They’ve got to develop. They’ve got to get better. But all these (recruits) need to come in with the attitude that they’re going to play because they certainly could be playing very fast.” Hansbrough returns as the obvious No. 1 choice at tailback, but the Tigers have preferred a committee approach to the running game, especially since Henson began calling plays in 2013. Ish Witter (101 yards) got a taste of playing time as a freshman last year, and the group also returns redshirt freshman Trevon Walters and, possibly, sophomore Morgan Steward, who missed the entire season with a hip injury that required surgery in November. His prognosis for spring practices is unclear. MU’s first of 15 practices is March 10. Also at tailback, the Tigers signed a pair of Kansas City recruits: Ryan Williams from Lee’s Summit West and Marquise Doherty from Winnetonka, who also could play safety but probably will begin his career in the offensive backfield. Then there’s Abbington. “I think he’s a different flavor of running back for us,” said Mizzou cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, Abbington’s primary recruiter, “but one that’s needed in our program.” To get through two years of junior college, Abbington drew strength from Missouri defensive end Markus Golden, who required the same detour through Hutchinson before arriving at MU in 2012. The two talk at least once a week, Abbington said. He’s also grown close to MU safety Duron Singleton, another junior college transfer who, like Golden, just wrapped up his Mizzou career. For the last two years, fans have wondered if Abbington might make a better fit across the line of scrimmage at linebacker or safety at Mizzou — or perhaps become a wide receiver. Henson said the staff “kicked around the idea” of playing Abbington at receiver, but for now the plan is to keep him at tailback. Henson compared Abbington to New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who lines up at various positions in different formations and caught 52 passes last season. “We did some of those things with Murphy sometimes, with him coming out of the backfield,” Henson said. “You’re looking at Chase as a guy who has some of those same abilities.” “They’ve never had a back my size,” said Abbington, who ran for 832 yards and nine touchdowns for Hutchinson in 2013 and caught 19 passes for 133 yards. “I’m a bigger back, but I can catch passes, too, and make guys miss just like the little guys. “I’ve been used to catching passes out of the backfield or in the slot or even lining up as the lone guy outside. I can do it all.” An offense starved for playmakers to emerge might just need it all from the belated newcomer. ?Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter email@example.com ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000156678,t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000391285,t000391277,t000007073,t000007065,t000040517,t000003194,t000007095,g000218018,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164,g000065614
Jan 17, 2015
The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten Marlow, the town where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. And this week, a street was renamed after him.
Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Jan 17, 2015Terry Brown’s buddies were giving him the business Wednesday at the Marlow Lions Club meeting. Brown’s hometown had renamed a stretch of South 7th Street. Terry Brown Avenue now runs a couple of blocks alongside Outlaw Stadium. Brown shut them up by telling his pals to be careful, else he’d put up a toll booth. It was an empty threat. This half-a-century relationship between a man and his hometown has been about giving, not taking. A toll booth on Terry Brown Avenue would hand out quarters, not require them for passage. The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. “I loved the community,” said Brown, a 1965 Marlow High School graduate. “When they do things, they do it right.” A Christmas parade. A Fourth of July parade. Fireworks displays that rival far bigger cities than this town of 4,662 in Stephens County, between Duncan and Chickasha on Highway 81. The community loves Brown back. He’s been in business for 35 years, the State Farm Insurance agency on North Broadway. Been a civic leader and a contributor to causes and the radio voice of Outlaw football for three decades. A Minnesota Viking safety from 1972-75, the glory days of Bud Grant. Played in two Super Bowls. Recovered a fumble for a touchdown in Super Bowl IX, the Vikes’ 16-6 lost to the Steelers. Minneapolis is a nice place. Brown was a hero. When he finished his football career with the ’76 Cleveland Browns, Brown could have chosen to live anywhere. He picked Marlow. Here’s why. In 1961, John Junior Brown moved his family from Walters to Marlow, to take a job as head electrician for the city. His wife, Kate, saw after their three children. Karen, Jim and Terry. Karen had just graduated high school and was on her way to Central State College. Jim was a high school sophomore, Terry a freshman. The Brown brothers jumped into athletics, but “I don’t think they expected much out of us,” Terry Brown said. One coach suggested they’d make good managers. Might have been a little motivation. In 1964, tragedy struck. John Junior Brown, 43 years old, underwent open heart surgery to repair a valve. He never got off his back and he never woke up. Brown died of pneumonia three weeks later. Kate Brown took a job in a laundry at Fort Sill, about 25 miles to the west. Terry got a job at the Marlow Review, pouring lead in those prehistoric printing days, and building advertisements, often a letter at a time. Kate wasn’t sure she wanted her boys to play football. Marlow coach Sevil Pickett was Old School. A great coach — Marlow won the 1959 state championship — but Old School. “Coach Pickett had a reputation in southern Oklahoma as a tough, no-nonsense, rough-talking, stern, taskmaster,” said Mickey Hoy, who grew up in Marlow, became a high school football coach himself, coaching Davis to two state championships, and recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with the former Karen Brown. For the Brown brothers, Sevil Pickett stepped into the void created by the loss of their father. “Coach Pickett was a great coach,” Terry Brown said. “Back then, they coached a little different. He was pretty tough. But he had a way of getting the most out of you. He was almost like a dad to us.” Pickett consoled Kate and her grieving sons. He was there when their house burned. There when Terry Brown needed advice for college. There to offer an idea that changed Brown’s life. Before Brown’s senior season, he was called to Pickett’s office. Brown had been an end in Marlow’s single wing. Pickett wanted to move Brown to fullback. “He knew something I didn’t know,” Brown said. The move ignited the Outlaws. They beat Bixby for the 1964 state championship and Brown became a star. He drew a variety of scholarship offers. Even asked Pickett where he should go. Pickett wouldn’t say. Pickett had played at Oklahoma A&M in the 1930s but didn’t want to steer his young charge one way or the other. But Brown indeed chose Stillwater, playing for Phil Cutchin at OSU, then getting chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft. Soon enough, Brown was a Viking. And just as soon as he could, Brown and his wife, Ann, returned to Marlow with children Kristen, Suzzane and Greg. “He could have moved anywhere in the world, but he chose to come back and raise his family there, because he liked what it was all about,” said Greg Brown. “He’s had his business there. Supported things financially as well as supporting everything in the town. Just been a mainstay in the town for a really long time.” And so last Monday, Terry Brown’s hometown gathered to honor him. A couple of former Sooners, Chuck Bowman and Clendon Thomas, made the trip. So did former Cowboy Derrel Gofourth. And OSU associate athletic directors Larry Reece and Kevin Klintworth. The family of Brown’s OSU quarterback, Bob Cutburth, was there. So was the widow of Wally Hilgenberg, the great old Minnesota linebacker who died in 2008 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. “It turned out quite a deal,” Terry Brown said. “Marlow does things right.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Dec 14, 2014
Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night and in the process achieved these notable accomplishments:—The first Oregon player to win the Heisman. He was the third finalist from Oregon. Quarterback Joey Harrington finished fourth in the voting in 2001, and running back LaMichael James was third in 2010.—The first Heisman winner from Hawaii, but he is the third player from Saint...
Marcus Mariota 's Heisman accomplishments
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 14, 2014Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night and in the process achieved these notable accomplishments: —The first Oregon player to win the Heisman. He was the third finalist from Oregon. Quarterback Joey Harrington finished fourth in the voting in 2001, and running back LaMichael James was third in 2010. —The first Heisman winner from Hawaii, but he is the third player from Saint Louis High School in Honolulu to finish in the top 10 in Heisman voting. Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser finished seventh in 2002, and. St. Mary's (California) tailback Herman Wedemeyer was sixth in 1946. —Received the second-highest percentage of possible points in Heisman history with 90.92. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith received 91.63 percent in 2006. Southern California running back Reggie Bush received 91.77 in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for NCAA rules violations. —Received 788 first-place votes, the third-best total in Heisman history. —Scored a victory of sorts for the Pac-12 and West Coast football. The last Heisman winner from the conference who did not play for Southern California was Stanford's Jim Plunkett in 1970. USC has had five Heisman winners since then but the rest of the conference has been shut out. — The first player since Cam Newton of Auburn in 2010 to win the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp player of the year awards in the same season. Mariota also won the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top quarterback. —The fifth consecutive quarterback to win the Heisman.
Nov 24, 2014
The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7.
Big 12 notebook: Bedlam football time, TV channel still to be decided
By Erik Horne | Nov 24, 2014The big questions: What time will Bedlam start, and what channel will televise the game? It’s a “wait-and-see” approach in regard Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State. The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7. The Big 12 says it's anticipated that it will know the kickoff times and TV listings for all of its Dec. 6 games following Saturday's games. Networks are exercising six-day selection for Dec. 6's TV designations/times. Other Dec. 6 Big 12 games with TV designations/times to be determined are Iowa State at TCU and Kansas State at Baylor. Those games have the same TV/time possibilities as OU vs. OSU. BOWEN, SNYDER REFLECT ON ‘SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN’ Kansas State and Kansas will meet for the 112th time on Saturday in a continuation of one of the nation’s longest football rivalries – The Sunflower Showdown. Kansas is having another down year, but the Jayhawks lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 65-41-5. On the other hand, K-State enters with five consecutive wins in the series. “Through the years there’s been a lot of great matchups, and some stories and history behind it,” Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen said. “I remember all of my games playing in it. They were all fun games to play in, fun to be a part of. Obviously, this is one that’s important to the people of Kansas.” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder says that, taking OU (and Samaje Perine’s record performance) out of the equation, there’s been improvement across the board from KU under Bowen. Snyder said he talked to Bowen at one time about the possibility of coming to coach at Kansas State. “It’s probably because he’s a KU guy,” Snyder joked of why Bowen never made it to Manhattan. “I’ve known Clint for some time. He’s a young coach I admire. He tries to do it the right way and I always have a great appreciation for that.” LOCKET, OAKMAN JOIN PERINE AS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OU’s Perine, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett were selected as Big 12 Players of the Week. Perine earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors by rushing for a single-game FBS record 427 yards against Kansas in a 44-7 win for the Sooners. The true freshman added touchdown runs of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards. Perine was also named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week. Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior scored on a 43-yard punt return touchdown in Kansas State's 26-20 win at West Virginia, and added 196 yards receiving on 10 receptions. Oakman, a junior, was named the Defensive Player of the Week for recording six tackles, two sacks, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in Baylor's 49-28 win against Oklahoma State. WVU’S HOLGERSON WAITING ON TRICKETT Some turbulence at quarterback doesn’t mean West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is ruling out Clint Trickett this week. The senior suffered what Holgorsen said was a concussion against Kansas State. Trickett struggled in the 26-20 loss, forcing Holgorsen to go to junior college transfer Skylar Howard, who filled in impressively with 198 yards passing and two touchdowns in about a quarter-and-a-half of work. Trickett is No. 1 in the Big 12 and seventh nationally in passing yards (3,285), but hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in 10 quarters. Holgorsen said Howard sparked WVU in limited action, but didn’t have any information on who will start at Iowa State on Saturday in the Mountaineers’ regular-season finale. It appears that if Trickett is cleared, he’ll be the starter. “Clint’s done a good job for the majority of the year,” Holgorsen said. “He didn’t have his best game, but Clint has been our starting quarterback, has played at a high level. I’m not in the business of just replacing people because of a bad game, or because of an average performance.” CAN TEXAS PLAY SPOILER TO TCU? No. 6 TCU still has a chance of making the College Football Playoff. But first up is a Texas team that enters its Thanksgiving matchup against the Horned Frogs with momentum. In addition to keeping up with Baylor, TCU has extra incentive. The Horned Frogs lost 30-7 against Texas at home in 2013. “You’re playing Texas, but you’re also playing for the things you’re trying to accomplish,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Also you’re playing to keep yourself in playoff contention.” Texas’ defense has turned into the Big 12’s best, holding opponents to 16 or fewer points in three consecutive games – all wins. It’s also Senior Night in Austin on Thursday. “TCU’s playing well, but we’ve been playing well ourselves,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. K-STATE’S BRITZ OUT AGAINST KANSAS Kansas State defensive tackle Travis Britz will be out against Kansas with a left ankle injury, according to Snyder. Britz, a junior starter for the Wildcats, had to leave in the first quarter against West Virginia. He has 27 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks on the season. “Replacing Travis is not an easy thing to do,” Snyder said. “But we’ve had more young guys at that position get on the field and garner experience through the course of the year than any other position on the field.” SIX UP FOR EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD The Big 12 has six semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive players in Division I football who also exhibits characteristics that define former legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell. Baylor has three players to lead the conference – receiver Corey Coleman, quarterback Bryce Petty, and running back Shock Linwood. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and receiver Josh Doctson are also on the list, along with OU’s Perine. Nominees must have been born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year Texas Division I school. The Big 12’s six semifinalists are more representatives than any other conference. Finalists will be announced Dec. 10, with the winner announced Jan. 14. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Regardless of how poorly we played, I don’t want to take anything away from that kid. With his size, his natural strength and explosion, you see a lot of people just bounce off of him. We call those “roadkills,” where he can take a shot … it’s kinda like on defense when you talk about kids who have that natural hip explosion. There have been some pretty good players in this conference who get some shots on him and just bounce off.” – Bowen when asked about what makes Perine special.
Nov 14, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon college football player charged with killing a 66-year-old man was being held without bail Friday following a court appearance that shed no light on the circumstances of the alleged crime, which has shocked and baffled many in the student's school and hometown.Beau Wesley Smith, 21, of Willamette University in Salem, did not enter a plea or say anything at...
No bail for Oregon college athlete in man's death
STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | Nov 14, 2014PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon college football player charged with killing a 66-year-old man was being held without bail Friday following a court appearance that shed no light on the circumstances of the alleged crime, which has shocked and baffled many in the student's school and hometown. Beau Wesley Smith, 21, of Willamette University in Salem, did not enter a plea or say anything at Thursday's hearing. Police arrested the senior chemistry major Wednesday, about a half-mile from where Michael Hampshire's body was found at 3:40 a.m. An autopsy showed the retired airplane mechanic died of blunt-force injuries to the head, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. Police and prosecutors have yet to divulge the alleged chain of events, or say if a weapon was used. It does not appear that Hampshire and Smith knew each other, said Doug Hanson, a deputy district attorney. Oregon Department of Corrections records show Hampshire completed probation last year for menacing. Smith, who lives off campus, has no criminal background. He plays wide receiver for Division III Willamette, a small private university about 50 miles south of Portland. Willamette concludes its nine-game season Saturday. Smith caught 25 passes and scored three touchdowns in the team's first eight games. Smith is originally from Roseville, California, a Sacramento suburb. Former Roseville High Principal Brad Basham told the Sacramento Bee that Smith graduated in the top 5 percent of his class and was never in trouble. News that the former high school sports star was charged with murder is "almost unbelievable," Basham told the paper. Smith's next court date is Dec. 11. "My client fully cooperated with the police investigation on the night of the incident, and we agree with the state that we need to continue this matter for 30 days, so that I can provide information about my client's character and background, and the state can further investigate," said Walter Todd, an attorney hired by Smith's family. Todd said Smith's parents, Rod and Julie, flew in from Northern California and met with their son Friday at the Marion County Jail. Though the death occurred away from campus, Willamette has begun a student conduct investigation, university spokesman Adam Torgerson said. "Our community is struggling to grapple with this tragic situation," he said. Hampshire lived a short walk from where his body was found. Dallas Yetter, a pastor who lives across the street from Hampshire, described Hampshire as someone who enjoyed talking with neighbors. Hampshire volunteered with a food share program and passed his time doing remodeling projects on his home, the Salem Statesman Journal reported. "He would catch me out in the yard working and just come over and talk," Yetter told the newspaper. "He liked working with his hands. He was innovative and liked to try new things. He liked a challenge." As for why Hampshire would be out in the middle of the night, Yetter said his neighbor sometimes took walks when he had trouble sleeping.
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS
Nov 8, 2014
First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at...
Oklahoma high school football first-round playoff pairings
Nov 8, 2014First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at Coweta (5-5) Tahlequah (5-5) at Skiatook (9-1) Altus (8-2) at Guthrie (9-1) Del City (5-5) at Deer Creek (7-3) Tulsa Edison (6-4) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Collinsville (7-2) Carl Albert (7-3) at Lawton MacArthur (9-1), Thursday Class 4A Tuttle (6-4) at Anadarko (10-0) Catoosa (5-5) at Metro Christian (8-2) Sallisaw (6-4) at Wagoner (6-4) Weatherford (6-4) at Ada (8-2) Clinton (5-5) at Harrah (7-3) Poteau (6-4) at Oologah (8-2) Cascia Hall (8-2) at Fort Gibson (10-0) Glenpool (5-5) at Newcastle (9-1) Class 3A Blanchard (5-5) at Heritage Hall (9-1) Plainview (4-6) at Purcell (7-3) Verdigris (7-3) at Beggs (9-1) Seq. Claremore (4-6) at Eufaula (8-2) Jones (6-4) at Lone Grove (8-1) Perkins (7-3) at Douglass (8-2) Spiro (7-2) at Locust Grove (10-0) Victory Christian (8-2) at Berryhill (9-1) Hilldale (4-6) at Lincoln Chr. (8-2) Idabel (8-2) at Westville (8-2) Cushing (6-4) at Bethany (8-1) Little Axe (6-4) at Marlow (6-4) Seq. Tahlequah (4-6) at Roland (9-1) Sperry (7-3) at Checotah (7-3) Sulphur (4-6) at Seminole (9-1) John Marshall (8-2) at Kingfisher (8-2) Class 2A Luther (6-4) at Hennessey (9-1) Coalgate (5-5) at Lindsay (8-2) Wewoka (6-3) at Hartshorne (9-1) Haskell (7-3) at Wyandotte (6-4) Walters (6-4) at Davis (10-0) Perry (6-4) at Chr. Heritage (8-2) Commerce (3-6) at Adair (10-0) Panama (7-3) at Chandler (7-3) Antlers (6-4) at Stroud (8-1) Pawhuska (5-5) at Colcord (9-1) Newkirk (5-5) at Oklahoma Christian (10-0) Dibble (5-5) at Kingston (8-1) Salina (6-4) at Nowata (10-0) Prague (6-4) at Vian (7-3) Hugo (4-6) at Washington (9-1) Millwood (6-4) at Chisholm (8-2) Class A Carnegie (4-6) at Thomas (10-0) Minco (7-2) at Healdton (8-2) Oklahoma Bible (5-4) at Kiefer (10-0) Rejoice Christian (5-5) at Savanna (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Wynnewood (10-0) Mooreland (7-3) at Hollis (9-1) Quinton (6-4) at Ketchum (8-2) Hominy (7-3) at Crossings Christian (7-3) Mounds (6-4) at Cashion (10-0) Central Sallisaw (8-2) at Afton (8-2) Texhoma (5-5) at Apache (9-0) Velma-Alma ( 7-3) at Stratford (9-1) Quapaw (5-5) at Talihina (9-0) Okeene (6-4) at Morrison (8-2) Elmore City (6-4) at Ringling (8-1) Cordell (8-2) at Fairview (6-4) Class B Geary (6-4) at Laverne (9-0) Garber (8-2) at Keota (9-1) Wetumka (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Seiling (7-3) at Maysville (9-1) Turpin (7-3) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Oaks (8-2) Depew (8-2) at Dewar (10-0) Maud (8-2) at Pond Creek-Hunter (9-1) Class C Mt. View-Gotebo (6-4) at Cherokee (9-0) Deer Creek-Lamont (7-3) at Cave Springs (9-1) Webbers Falls (6-4) at Bluejacket (9-1) Shattuck (6-2) at Grandfield (9-1) Boise City (7-2) at Tipton (10-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Coyle (8-1) Covington-Douglas (6-4) at Fox (9-1) Ryan (6-4) at Balko (8-2)
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Nov 3, 2014
Brian Hill showed a glimpse of what he was capable of when he ran for 121 yards in a loss at Colorado State last week.The Wyoming running back followed with some eye-popping numbers Saturday in his first college start, breaking the Mountain West and school game records for all-purpose yards with 387 from scrimmage in a 45-17 victory at Fresno State.The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Hill had the most...
Wyoming's Hill shines in all-around effort
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Nov 3, 2014Brian Hill showed a glimpse of what he was capable of when he ran for 121 yards in a loss at Colorado State last week. The Wyoming running back followed with some eye-popping numbers Saturday in his first college start, breaking the Mountain West and school game records for all-purpose yards with 387 from scrimmage in a 45-17 victory at Fresno State. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Hill had the most rushing yards of anyone in the country for the week, finishing with 281 yards on 23 carries. He added 107 yards receiving on three catches, topping Fresno State's entire offensive output of 318 yards by himself. The former Belleville, Illinois, high school star scored on runs of 32 and 66 yards in the romp, and added an 89-yard run in the fourth quarter — earning the second-best rushing performance in Wyoming history behind Kevin Lowe's 302-yard effort in 1984. "On the last one, I felt like I was slow because I got brought down," Hill said, smiling. The 387-yard effort topped the previous Mountain West mark of 378 yards was set by New Mexico's Deon Long in 2011. Hill, who had a season total of 20 carries for 50 yards rushing prior to last week's game against Colorado State, has 402 yards rushing in his last two games. He earned the Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors with his performance, but more importantly, he helped the Cowboys (4-5) snap a four-game losing streak. "I'm always confident," Hill said. "Right now, I'm just confident about the (offensive) line. I have all the confidence in the world, and I know the sky's the limit if we keep on playing like that." A look at some of the other outstanding performances around the country in college football's 10th week of the season: OUTSTANIDNG OWLS: Temple had never beaten a ranked opponent at home before Saturday. Thanks to the effort of Praise Martin-Oguike, and an overall defensive effort that forced five East Carolina turnovers, the Owls shocked the Pirates 20-10. The win was the third for Temple over a ranked opponent, and first since 1998 against Virginia Tech. Martin-Oguike, a junior defensive end, was the catalyst for much of the defensive effort caused by the Owls — finishing with 1 1/2 sacks, 3 1/2 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles and a blocked field goal. PANTHER POWER: Pittsburgh's slide continued in a double-overtime loss to Duke, the Panthers' fifth loss in their last six games. Running back James Conner, however, starred despite Pittsburgh's woes — taking over the national rushing lead with a 263-yard effort in the loss. Conner, a sophomore who ran for 799 yards last season as a freshman, has 1,342 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns this season, 12 yards ahead of Western Michigan's Jarvion Franklin. HALLIDAY'S END: Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday has been a regular all season when it comes to statistical highlights. The senior's college career appears to have ended when broke his right leg in the first quarter Saturday in a 44-17 loss to Southern California. Halliday still leads the country in total offense with an average of 415.8 yards through nine games for the Cougars. He also leads the country at 430.3 yards passing per game, nearly 55 yards ahead of second-place Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky. AGUAYO'S SHOCK: Only five kickers who have attempted at least one field goal per game this season remain perfect. Florida State stalwart Roberto Aguayo is no longer on that list after his 41-yard miss in a 42-31 win over Louisville on Thursday night. The sophomore had made 23 consecutive field goals before the miss, dating to a win over Wake Forest last season. He 14 of 15 this year and 35 of 37 in his two seasons for the Seminoles.
Nov 2, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored.So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach."We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than...
Lynch's 2 TDs lead Seattle past Oakland 30-24
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2014SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored. So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach. "We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than I should have with our team so they realize how tough it is. ... I know you all would like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it's a battle. Suck it up." Fortunately for the Seahawks, they still have Marshawn Lynch to lean on. Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks (5-3) jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half. Lynch carried tacklers and teammates into the end zone in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run, but was an important option for Russell Wilson as a pass catcher. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving, and his day could have been far more productive if not for gains of 43, 20 and 11 yards on either runs or passes called back by penalties. His 5-yard run at the end of the first half gave the Seahawks a 21-point lead that seemed plenty comfortable at the time. "I think maybe six of them was my own team, so it's all good," Lynch said of his first TD. Not all was perfect for Seattle. Wilson struggled through one of his worst passing games and the Seahawks failed to capitalize on numerous chances to rout the winless Raiders. It made for an uncomfortable final minutes as Derek Carr's second TD pass to Mychal Rivera with 1:52 left pulled the Raiders within six. Sebastian Janikowski's onside kick was misplayed by Seattle's Cooper Helfet, but Jermaine Kearse fell on the loose ball and Seattle ran out the clock to hand the Raiders (0-8) their 14th straight loss dating to last season. "I don't think I played well at all for whatever reason," said Wilson, who finished 17 of 35 for 179 yards. "Usually I know why something was off ... but I just felt like I was in it and whatever I was trying to do didn't work." Part of Wilson's problem was the continued shuffling on Seattle's offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung was inactive. Patrick Lewis made his first start at center with Max Unger and Stephen Schilling injured. Left guard James Carpenter suffered an ankle injury in the second half and undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam — a tackle — was his replacement. Injuries were an issue for Seattle's defense, but clearly not as much of a factor. Linebacker Brock Coyle and safety DeShawn Shead made their first career starts, but Seattle still allowed only 226 total yards. Seattle also got turnovers to bounce its way. Irvin tipped Carr's pass intended for James Jones, located to the ball in the air then beat Carr to the pylon for his first career touchdown. Later in the first half, Richard Sherman got his first interception of the season, getting better position than Andre Holmes on a back-shoulder pass and pulling in the pick with his left hand. T.J. Carrie also fumbled a kickoff that kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. Sherman held the ball on his way out of the locker room to add to his collection. "Just waiting. There hasn't been a year yet I haven't got one," Sherman said. "I knew eventually; if you're out there long enough and you're in position and you're playing the game the way you are supposed to, the football Gods will get what you need." Denico Autry blocked Jon Ryan's punt on the first possession of the second half and Brice Butler recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to spark Oakland. It was the first punt block for a touchdown against Seattle since 2003 and the second for Oakland in the past two seasons. Carrie later had a 27-yard punt return to set up Carr's first TD toss to Rivera late in the third quarter. Carr, who finished 24 of 41 for 194 yards, gave the Raiders a chance late with his second TD toss. "This thing is starting to turn," interim Oakland coach Tony Sparano said. "We're playing better and better here as we go on. We've just got to get all phases to play better, so that we can get the feeling of what it's like to be in their locker room right now." NOTES: Seattle paid tribute to the recent school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School with a moment of silence before the game and "MP" decals on the Seahawks helmets. DE Greg Scruggs also ran out of the tunnel during pregame intros carrying an "MP" flag. ... Oakland is off to its worst start since 1962. ... Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 25, 2014
Class 6A-II No. 1 Tulsa Washington fell to No. 4 Bixby, 27-10, and Class 5A’s top-ranked Ardmore fell to unranked Altus in overtime 21-14. In Class A, No. 1 Hollis fell to sixth-ranked Apache 22-19 as well, meaning the top of that poll is in for some major shuffling.
High school notebook: Three No. 1s fall in week of upsets
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Oct 25, 2014Week 8 of the high school football season only jumbled up the postseason outlook even more than it already was. Three top-ranked teams were defeated, among several other upsets on Friday night. Class 6A-II No. 1 Tulsa Washington fell to No. 4 Bixby, 27-10, and Class 5A’s top-ranked Ardmore fell to unranked Altus in overtime 21-14. Ardmore’s defeat leaves defending 5A champion Guthrie as the only undefeated team above Class 4A. In Class A, No. 1 Hollis fell to sixth-ranked Apache 22-19 as well, meaning the top of that poll is in for some major shuffling. Class 6A-I nearly saw a big upset until No. 2 Owasso erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 5 Mustang 28-24. Edmond Memorial jumped back into playoff contention with an upset of No. 6 Westmoore. In 5A, Deer Creek knocked off Carl Albert in a game that will have major playoff implications in District 5A-2. The Oklahoman’s class-by-class rankings will see some major changes heading into Week 9. The rankings will be released online hourly throughout the day Monday, starting with Class 6A-I at 9 a.m. at NewsOK.com/Varsity. WASHINGTON GETS BIGGEST WIN IN SIX YEARS Washington coach Brad Beller called the Warriors’ 41-12 win over Lindsay the biggest for the program since it moved to Class 2A in 2008. That came courtesy of an all-around team effort that saw Luke Ladlee shine on offense and a stout defense step up to slow down previously unbeaten Lindsay’s potent offense. “I think the biggest deal was us defensively we didn’t give up the big plays,” Beller said. “Lindsay is so explosive offensively and we held them to 207 yards. I know in some era that’s not very good, but against that team I thought it was a very good defensive effort.” Ladlee rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Beller also said defensive ends R.J. Vaughn and Gage Mainus played well up front, as well as defensive backs Brandon Frizell and Collin Andrews, who recently tied a national record by returning three fumbles for touchdowns against Frederick. “It was such a team effort,” Beller said. “We didn’t really have that one guy who took the game over.” Washington travels to Walters this week, and a win gives the Warriors the District 2A-3 title. FREEMAN RALLIES NEWCASTLE PAST WEATHERFORD An early 14-point deficit to Weatherford didn’t bother Newcastle. In fact, it woke the Racers up. Newcastle rallied for a 42-21 win to remain undefeated this season and set up a huge district showdown with No. 1 Anadarko next week that’s likely to decide the district championship. “I never saw any fear or hesitation or anything else,” Newcastle coach Keith Bolles said. “They stayed focused, they stuck to the game plan and we just executed.” Quarterback Casey Freeman was again solid, throwing for around 320 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll need to be that impressive against the Warriors, who have allowed just 12 points all season. “There’s multiple challenges we face this week and we’re excited about it,” Bolles said. “This has a chance to be for the district championship and two home games in the playoffs. “Win or lose, we’ll tell our kids we’re going to get better each game and if we can get better that’s all we can ask.” APACHE’S DOMEBO HAS BIG NIGHT, AVOIDS SCARE Apache senior Jalen Domebo had another big night for the Warriors, scoring three touchdowns and kicking a field goal in a 22-19 upset of top-ranked Hollis. But he also had a bit of a scare late in the game when he suffered a lower leg injury on the next-to-last play. X-rays were negative, and Apache coach Larry McDaniel hopes it’s just a bruise. “Below his knee had a big knot on it,” McDaniel said. “Went to emergency room, but everything came out good. That was a big blessing for us right there.” Domebo may get some time to rest. Apache (7-0) just needs to beat Hinton or Carnegie to win the district outright. But he likely won’t want to rest since he plays all over the field. To go along with his scoring output, he totaled 12 tackles at free safety while limiting Hollis’ ground attack. “After watching the film last night after we got home, what he did from the free safety position was amazing,” McDaniel said. “We were forcing Hollis to pitch the ball, which they hadn’t had to do any this year, and he was able to come off from the free safety position and tackle the pitch players on the corners.” BARCHEERS PASSES 4,000 CAREER YARDS Poteau running back Roger Barcheers is now a member of the 4,000-yard club. He rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown in Poteau’s 48-14 win over Sallisaw, giving him 4,113 yards for his career. Poteau quarterback Ben Klutts also had a ncie game, completing 16 of 25 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS