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While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:1. Texas will begin its hunt for a permanent athletic director sometime this fall to succeed interim boss Mike Perrin, a high-profile school official tells me. “I think the AD search will start late in the year,” the source said. Will Texas use an executive search firm as it did for both the Steve Patterson and Charlie Strong hires?...
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Kirk Bohls, Associated Press | May 3, 2016While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas will begin its hunt for a permanent athletic director sometime this fall to succeed interim boss Mike Perrin, a high-profile school official tells me. “I think the AD search will start late in the year,” the source said. Will Texas use an executive search firm as it did for both the Steve Patterson and Charlie Strong hires? “Not sure.” That represents progress as Texas searches for stability and strong leadership. 2. As egregious as the officiating was Monday night in the controversial ending of Oklahoma City’s squeaker over San Antonio, the Spurs had plenty of opportunities to pull out a victory despite not really deserving it. The Thunder outplayed the Spurs, and OKC’s post man Steven Adams’ play was stellar, especially in the closing seconds when he deterred Patty Mills from a layup and a three-pointer. Still, it is astounding that no whistles were blown. The NBA admitted a whopping five missed calls in 13.5 seconds. That’s got to be a record. But San Antonio got possession of the ball with a fast-break chance and didn’t get it done. I’m all about letting the players determine the outcome, but fouls are fouls and should be called. That crew should not work again in the post-season this year. And I favor a visible 5-second clock in arenas. Right, Rick Barnes? 3. This promises to be an interesting month as the Big 12 prepares for a meeting of athletic directors at the end of May to discuss the conference’s future concerning expansion and a possible television network. I still see no willingness on Texas’ part to fold the Longhorn Network into a Big 12 network, even if the league gives the Longhorns an extra $15 million share to cover its LHN income, because, the Texas source said, “we would get the same money, but lose our branding and having our own channel? Not very compelling. If we get rid of LHN, it will be to change conferences, in my opinion.” 4. Augie Garrido again has put himself in a very tenuous position. By falling to 20-24 and a disappointing 9-9 in the Big 12 after getting swept at home by Oklahoma State, his Texas baseball team is on track to miss the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, barring another miraculous performance in the league tournament. Garrido has always said going to Omaha is mandatory at this school, which of course is not true. But making the NCAAs should be, and Texas is falling way, way short of that minimal standard. The Texas source said, “I think he should take the high road and resign, but these guys never seem to want to do that.” 5. Yet another reason college athletes must look after themselves and put their own best self-interests first is Cardale Jones. The one-time Ohio State hero might have been a first-round pick had the quarterback come out after leading the Buckeyes to three straight wins and the 2014 national championship. But he stayed on campus and slipped all the way to the fourth round, where the Buffalo Bills took him with the 139th pick. Phil Savage said 31 percent (30 of 96) of the underclassmen who declared for the draft were not selected. He didn’t say how many of those have no interest in classwork. 6. Who knows what Kevin Durant has in his mind as he approaches free agency this summer. I can’t see him in big media markets, and it’s obvious that Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook have issues with the media. Some at Oklahoma City predict he’ll remain with the Thunder at least for a season to see if he can win it all there with Westbrook, who becomes a free agent next year. I’m also told it’s unlikely he’ll return to his home roots and sign with the Washington Wizards in part because of the demands on him by family and friends. Whenever the Thunder play there, Durant is hit up for ticket requests approaching 100 each game. That could be suffocating. I’d guess he stays at OKC or looks at San Antonio or Miami. You know it has to be a franchise with a chance at a championship soon. 7. Westlake High School sold its allotment of football season tickets for 2016. In one day. The Chaparrals will face a 2015 state champion and two state runner-ups next season, playing at home against Class 6A Division II winner and eight-time state champion Katy as well as the Liberty Patriots, a defending state runner-up to national No. 1 Bishop Gorman in Nevada. And the Chaps catch Lake Travis, a Katy victim in last year’s final, on the road. 8. Former Longhorns running back Duke Catalon is tearing it up at Houston, his new school. “Duke is going to be the real deal,” one Cougars insider says. “He tore up our defense last year in practice with a scout team O-line and has looked good all spring. He’s very tough to take down and can make moves in space.” 9. In general, I love disaster movies and did like “Everest.” Loved the cinematography. Gave it 7 ducks. 10. Crazy prediction: The first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft will be Aggies defensive end Myles Garrett. HOW CRAZY WAS HE? Looking back at Kirk’s crazy prediction from May 6, 2015 — that Josh Hamilton would end up leading the Texas Rangers in home runs. One year later, how did that work out? Just ask Prince Fielder or Mitch Moreland, who led the team with 23 homers — 15 more than Hamilton’s eight. BOHLS, GOLDEN CHAT Join columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden at 11 a.m. Wednesday for their weekly live chat, at hookem.com. And catch their weekly “On Second Thought” podcasts on Thursdays. ——— ©2016 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008060,t000008056,t000003183,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164,g000222672,g000065627,g000065603
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 contest.The awards were announced at the annual broadcast awards banquet Saturday.Thirty-one broadcast organizations submitted a record 327 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as feature, investigative, and public interest reporting. Awards...
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Associated Press | Apr 23, 2016CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 contest. The awards were announced at the annual broadcast awards banquet Saturday. Thirty-one broadcast organizations submitted a record 327 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as feature, investigative, and public interest reporting. Awards were also given for photography, video, and website. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters winners list in Television - Small Market: Spot News: SUPERIOR: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell Announces Retirement," WTAP News; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "House Fire Heroes," Jaclyn Piermarini, Rachel Ryan Mike Fisch; MERITORIOUS: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "Mineral Wells Flooding," WTAP News. Continuing News: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "ABC Arrest of Martese Johnson," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Martese Johnson Arrest," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "The Mitchell Ruble Murder Trial," WTAP News. Outstanding Sports Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "WCAV Sports," Damon Dillman, Zach Maskavich, Bridget Condon; MERITORIOUS: WCYB-TV, Bristol, VA, "WCYB Sports," Casey Goetz, Heather Williams; MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "WHSV Outstanding Sports Operation of the Year," David DeGuzman, Andrew Clay. Documentary or In-Depth: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Change After Tragedy," Morgan Donnelly, Ryan Fletcher; MERITORIOUS: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "The Drug Deal: Uncovering Local Addiction," David Carl; MERITORIOUS: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "Seeking Justice: Death of a Deputy," Rachele Mongiovi. Feature or Human Interest: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Mini's Mission," Andrew Clay; MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Blackhawk Down," Isabel Rosales, Ryan Fletcher; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Virginia's Heroin Epidemic," Colleen Quigley. Sports Feature: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Learning To Win," Andrew Clay, Ryan Fletcher; MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "A Girl Named Muff," Andrew Clay, Ryan Fletcher; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Gooch's Comeback," Damon Dillman. Individual Reporter: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Channing Frampton"; MERITORIOUS: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, " Henry Graff: Huguely Interrogation"; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Colleen Quigley." Editorial or Editorial Series: SUPERIOR: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, WV, "Roger Sheppard's Editorial," Roger Sheppard. Spot Photography: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "March Snow, " Staff. Feature Photography: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "WWII Bomber Flight over DC," Patrick Huddleston, Sean Cudahy; MERITORIOUS: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "UVA Marching Band Readies for Macy's Parade," Matt Talhelm, Patrick Huddleston; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Strike Zone," Mike Fisch. Investigative Reporting: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Police Staffing Shortage on Downtown Mall," Henry Graff; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Hazing Lawsuit," Colleen Quigley; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Dominion Donations," Dan Schutte. Website: SUPERIOR: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Newsplex.com," Sharra Klug, Staff; MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "WHSV.com," Jeff Williamson; MERITORIOUS: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV, "WVVA.com," Paul Hess. Newscast: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "NBC29's News at Six," Saff; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "6pm News on August 26, 2015," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV, "WVVA News at 6," Staff. Weathercast: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "WHSV Best Weathercast of the Year - Snow storm on March 5, 2015," George Hirschmann, Laura Mock, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Jay Webb; MERITORIOUS: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV, "February 16th Snowstorm Coverage," Katherine Thompson, Janna Brown, Travis Roberts; MERITORIOUS: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Storm Team 29," Norm Sprouse, Eric Pritchett. Individual Weathercaster: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Eric Pritchett;" MERITORIOUS: WVNS-TV, Ghent, WV, "Erik Taylor;" MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Aubrey Urbanowicz." TV News Anchor: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Steve Rappaport;" MERITORIOUS: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, WV, "Courtney Clark;" MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Channing Frampton." TV Sports Anchor: SUPERIOR: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Damon Dillman;" MERITORIOUS: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Marty Hudtloff;" MERITORIOUS: WCYB-TV, Bristol, VA, "Heather Williams." Individual Producer: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Amanda Williams;" MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Tyler Hawn;" MERITORIOUS: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "Channing Frampton." Douglas Southall Freeman Award: SUPERIOR: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "Charlottesville City Spending on Outside Consults Adds-Up Quickly," Henry Graff. Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, VA, "WHSV Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "CBS19 News," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA, "NBC29 News," Staff. Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters winners list in Television - Large Market: Spot News: SUPERIOR: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "Charter Bus Crash," NBC12 Staff; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "School Bus Crash," NBC12 Staff; MERITORIOUS: WCHS-TV, Charleston, WV, "Backpage Murder," Leslie Rubin. Continuing News: SUPERIOR: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA, "Natural Bridge Zoo," Suri Crowe, Kody Liebowitz; MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Journalists Killed - The First Week," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Disappearance of Noah Thomas," Staff. Outstanding Sports Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA, "WDBJ7 Sports Department," Travis Wells, Karen Loftus, Zac Glover, Kim Eller, Lynn Eller, Sam Doyle, Justin Ward, Adam Ward; MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "WSLS 10 Sports," John Appicello, Alyssa Rae; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "WRIC Outstanding Sports Operation Entry," Mitch Carr, Chip Brierre. Documentary or In-Depth: SUPERIOR: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA, "Hooked on Heroin: Virginia's Growing Killer," Janet Roach, Jon Goodwin; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV. Richmond, VA, "Smoke Detectors Put to the Test," Rachel DePompa; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Living Transgender in RVA," Amy Lacey, Forrest Shelor, Abraham Stubblefield, Brad Davis. Feature or Human Interest: SUPERIOR: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "The Decision Between Life and Limb," Parker Slaybaugh; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "Jacob Walker," Kelly Avellino; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "The Friendship Rock," Kristin Smith. Sports Feature: SUPERIOR: WAVY-TV, Hampton Roads, VA, "Manteo's Miracle Make," Nathan Epstein; MERITORIOUS: WAVY-TV, Hampton Roads, VA, "Just One of the Guys," Nathan Epstein; MERITORIOUS: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Mojo Nixon's Musical Memory of Wendell Scott," Zac Glover. Individual Reporter: SUPERIOR: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "Rachel DePompa;"; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Kristin Smith;" MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Dawn Jefferies." Editorial or Editorial Series: SUPERIOR: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA, "Education in Virginia: Our Kids, Our Future," Staff; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "NBC12 Viewpoints," Kym Grinnage. Spot Photography: SUPERIOR: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Boat Fire," Parker Slaybaugh; MERITORIOUS: WOWK-TV, Charleston, WV, "Yeager Airport Landslide," Nicky Walters, John Haulotte; MERITORIOUS: WCHS-TV, Charleston, WV, "Fayette Train Explosion," Troy Morgan. Feature Photography: SUPERIOR: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA, "Smartphone Separation Anxiety," Marcella Robertson, Mike Nicolas; MERITORIOUS: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA, "Heat and Practice," Tony Day; MERITORIOUS: WCHS-TV, Charleston, WV, "Traveling West Virginia/Brad Rice," Brad Rice. Investigative Reporting: SUPERIOR: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Veteran's Hospital Investigation," Jenna Zibton, Greg Moore; MERITORIOUS: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA, "13News Now Investigates: Touchy Tutor," Laura Geller, Jon Goodwin; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "Police Department Investigation," Rachel DePompa. Website: SUPERIOR: WAVY-TV, Hampton Roads, VA, "WAVY.com," Jane Alvarez-Wertz, Kevin Green, Stephanie Ballesteros, Jesse Varner; MERITORIOUS: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA, "WDBJ7.com," WDBJ7 Newsroom; MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "WSLS.Com," Staff. Newscast: SUPERIOR: WAVY-TV, Hampton Roads, VA, "WAVY News 10 At 6:00," Bob Bennett, Tom Schaad, Nicole Livas, Don Slater, Bruce Rader; MERITORIOUS: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA, "5pm Newscast - WDBJ Shootings August 26, 2015," WSET News Staff; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "NBC12 News," NBC12 Staff. Weathercast: SUPERIOR: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA, "WDBJ7's Weather Team Forecasts for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015," Brent Watts, Leo Hirsbrunner, Robin Reed, Lindsey Anderson; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Rain to Sleet to Snow Changeover Makes for a Tough Day," Katie Dupree, Matt DiNardo, John Bernier, Tim Pandajis; MERITORIOUS: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "September Flooding," Jeff Haniewich, Alan Auglis, Kristina Montuori, Jonathan Kegges. Individual Weathercaster: SUPERIOR: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Jeff Haniewich;" MERITORIOUS: WOWK-TV, Charleston, WV, "Erik Taylor;" MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Katie Dupree." TV News Anchor: SUPERIOR: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Lindsey Ward;" MERITORIOUS: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA, "Jean Jadhon;" MERITORIOUS: WVAH-TV, Charleston, WV, "Whitney Wetzel." TV Sports Anchor: SUPERIOR: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Chip Brierre;" MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Mitch Carr;" MERITORIOUS: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA, "Dennis Carter." Individual Producer: SUPERIOR: WSAZ-TV, Charleston, WV, "Mary Tignor;" MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Erika Stein;" MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Jacqui Sweigart." Douglas Southall Freeman Award: SUPERIOR: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "12 On Your Side," Diane Walker, 12 On Your Side Team ; MERITORIOUS: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, VA, "Untested Rape Kits," Laura Geller, Charlie Hatfield, Jon Goodwin; MERITORIOUS: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "Preacher to Predator," Kelly Woodard, Kerri O'Brien, Forrest Shelor. Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WRIC-TV, Richmond, VA, "WRIC, Richmond, VA," Kelly Woodard, Victoria Regan, Erika Stein; MERITORIOUS: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA, "WSET-TV, Lynchburg, VA," News Staff; MERITORIOUS: WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA, "WWBT-TV, Richmond, VA," NBC12 Staff. Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters winners list in Radio - Non-Metropolitan: Spot News: SUPERIOR: WRNR-AM, Martinsburg, WV, "Proctor and Gamble Announcement," Al McGilvary, Rob Mario, Emily Mann; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "Foundation Hall Renaming," Braxton Crisp. Continuing News: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Jesse Matthew," Rob Graham; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "The Flag Comes Down," Chuck Vipperman. Outstanding Sports Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "WINA, Charlottesville, VA," Jay James; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "FM88 Sports Team," James Collier; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "WBTM Sports," Chuck Vipperman, Don Robertson, Clarke Whitfield. Documentary or In-Depth: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Multiple Starving and Dead Animals at Horse Rescue," Rob Graham; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Stop and Frisk, a FOIA Refusal," Les Sinclair; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Islamic-Themed Lesson in Augusta County Classroom Sparks International Outrage," Rob Schilling. Feature or Human Interest: SUPERIOR: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "The Coke Plant Dance Returns," Jack Garrett; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "College Football Head Impact Study," Les Sinclair; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, " Pearl Harbor Attack Survivor Shares Her Harrowing Story," Rob Schilling. Sports Feature: SUPERIOR: WAKG-FM, Danville, VA, "Nascar Noise With Barry Richmond," Barry Richmond; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "Aretha Sings the National Anthem," Luke Creasy; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "Jack Lengyel," Gabi Warwick. Sports Play-by-Play: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "College Baseball National Championship Game," Channing Poole; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "Marshall Football v. Purdue," James Collier, Adam Rogers, Gabi Warwick, Alec Hildebeidel, Nathan Thomas; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "G.W. High School Football," Chuck Vipperman, Don Robertson, Clarke Whitfield. Individual Reporter: SUPERIOR: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "Rebecca Turnbull"; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, " Rob Schilling: Show Sues Greene County Over FOIA Violation." Editorial or Editorial Series: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Jefferson Madison Library's Pornographic Display," Rob Schilling. Investigative Reporting: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Where in the World is Chris Dumler," Rob Schilling. Website: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, www.WINA.com, Rob Graham; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, www.wbtmdanville.com, Chuck Vipperman, Jack Garrett; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, www.marshall.edu/wmul, Nancy Peyton, Braxton Crisp. Newscast: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "WINA-AM," Rob Graham; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "The Flag Comes Down," Chuck Vipperman; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "NewsCenter88 10-9-15," Gabi Warwick, Kyra Biscarner, Alec Hildebeidel, James Collier, Sage Shavers. Radio News Anchor: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Dori Zook;" MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "Chuck Vipperman;" MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Rob Graham." Radio Sports Anchor: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Luke Neer;" MERITORIOUS: WRNR-AM, Martinsburg, WV, "Matt Miller: Daily Sportscasts." Douglas Southall Freeman Award: SUPERIOR: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "WBTM's Health Beat," Kathryn Davis; MERITORIOUS: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "Cybersecurity," Les Sinclair. Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, VA, "WINA-AM," Rob Graham; MERITORIOUS: WMUL-FM, Huntington, WV, "NewsCenter88 Team," Amanda Reesman, Aundrea Horsley; MERITORIOUS: WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, "WBTM News," Chuck Vipperman, Jack Garrett. Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters winners list in Radio - Metropolitan: Spot News: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Blankenship Verdict," Ashton Marra; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Farmington Remembered," Roxy Todd; MERITORIOUS: WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, "Metro Smoke," WTOP Staff. Documentary or In-Depth: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "The Needle and the Damage Done," West Virginia Public Broadcasting News Department; MERITORIOUS: WVTF-FM, Roanoke, VA, "Marijuana Reform in Virginia: High Times or Up In Smoke?" Sandy Hausman; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Inside Appalachia: When Strangers Take Our Picture," Jessica Lilly, Roxy Todd. Feature or Human Interest: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "A Civil War Christmas," Liz McCormick; MERITORIOUS: WVTF-FM, Roanoke, VA, "All-But-Forgotten Cemeteries," Mallory Noe-Payne; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Girl STEM Camp," Ashton Marra. Individual Reporter: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Ashton Marra;" MERITORIOUS: WVTF-FM, Roanoke, VA, "Sandy Hausman;" MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Roxy Todd." Editorial or Editorial Series: SUPERIOR: WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, "Core Values," Chris Core; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "The Front Porch," Scott Finn. Investigative Reporting: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Well Communication," Glynis Board. Website: SUPERIOR: WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, "WTOP.com," WTOP.com Staff; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "WVPublic.org," Dave Mistich. Newscast: SUPERIOR: WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, "September 23rd, 2015 4 p.m.," WTOP Staff; MERITORIOUS: WHRV-FM, Norfolk, VA, "Morning Edition, WHRV," Sondra Woodward; MERITORIOUS: WFIR Radio, Roanoke, VA, "WFIR Radio," Joey Self, Starr Anderson, Ian Price, Gene Marrano, Cory Walker, Evan Jones. Radio News Anchor: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "Jessica Lilly;" MERITORIOUS: WHRV-FM, Norfolk, VA, "Sondra Woodward." Douglas Southall Freeman Award: SUPERIOR: WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, "Dealing Death: Our Heroin Epidemic," Jamie Forzato; MERITORIOUS: WVTF-FM, Roanoke, VA, "Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech," Sandy Hausman; MERITORIOUS: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "The Needle and the Damage Done," West Virginia Public Broadcasting News Department. Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias: SUPERIOR: WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, "West Virginia Public Broadcasting," West Virginia Public Broadcasting News Department. Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters winners list in College Radio: New Story - Radio: SUPERIOR: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "Getting Around Liberty," Charae McQueen. Feature Story - Radio: SUPERIOR: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "Spring Coffee House," Caleb Barefoot; MERITORIOUS: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "Rest Easy," Andrew Claudio; MERITORIOUS: WWVU-FM, Morgantown, WV, "Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls," Diana Payne. Sports Story or Sports Program - Radio: SUPERIOR: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "John Lunsford, Kicker and Husband," Andrew Claudio; MERITORIOUS: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "Average Joes Sports Show," Joe Mixie, Denton Day, Jeremy Fitch, Adam Fornwalt. News Program - Radio: SUPERIOR: WWMC-FM, Lynchburg, VA, "90.9 FM The Light Newscast (Liberty Univ.)," Matthew Carns.
Apr 17, 2016
KOUNTZE, Tex.—The cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, have been painting Bible verses on the banners they hold up at football games for nearly four years. Players line up on Friday nights behind a big stretch of unrolled butcher paper, busting through it as they run onto the field. Instead of a negative slogan, along the lines of “Kill the Tatum Eagles,” the girls wanted to write messages that were...
How One Texas Cheerleading Squad Started a Huge Religious-Liberty Fight
By EMMA GREEN, The Atlantic | Apr 17, 2016KOUNTZE, Tex.—The cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, have been painting Bible verses on the banners they hold up at football games for nearly four years. Players line up on Friday nights behind a big stretch of unrolled butcher paper, busting through it as they run onto the field. Instead of a negative slogan, along the lines of “Kill the Tatum Eagles,” the girls wanted to write messages that were more positive, ones “that were really encouraging and honorable to God,” as one of them put it. They proposed this at their cheer camp in the summer of 2012. After the moms who sponsored the club got sign off from the school principal, the girls made their first signs, sporting messages like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” from Philippians, or “A lion, which is strongest among beasts and turns not away from any,” a Proverbs verse. (Kountze High is home to the Lions.) Ever since, they have been embroiled in the high-profile legal battle those banners sparked. Early in the 2012 season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Kountze Independent School District’s superintendent alleging that the district was violating the Constitution by allowing a student group to hold up religious messages at a school-sponsored event. After consulting counsel, the superintendent told the town’s high-school principal to shut down the Bible-verse banners. Some of the girls and their parents decided to sue the district and won a temporary injunction. Since then, the case has been bouncing around the Texas state-court system, mostly on a series of procedural claims. The Texas Supreme Court heard the case and sent it back to the Court of Appeals in January; that court is set to consider the case again any day now. Meanwhile, almost all of the cheerleaders involved in the case have graduated; only one is still on the high-school squad. The girls are no longer girls; they’re women, many of whom are working near Kountze or going to school in nearby Beaumont or Houston. The case isn’t much a part of their lives anymore, aside from periodic updates on its status and the occasional reporter who calls them up. Some of them still hang out on breaks, getting together in Kountze to commiserate about professors and gossip about who’s getting married. Read more from The Atlantic.
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From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The following is the text of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's 2016 State of the State speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night:Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, members of the Alabama Supreme Court and My Fellow Alabamians.July 1969, the State of Alabama stood...
Text of Alabama governor's State of the State speech
Associated Press | Feb 2, 2016MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The following is the text of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's 2016 State of the State speech prepared for delivery Tuesday night: Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard, President Marsh, distinguished guests, members of the Alabama Legislature, Chief Justice Moore, members of the Alabama Supreme Court and My Fellow Alabamians. July 1969, the State of Alabama stood midway through a year of celebration, playing host to a collection of events commemorating our state's 150th birthday. From the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast, festivals, plays, parties and ceremonies marked 150 years of Statehood. Those celebrations paused briefly on the night of July 20, 1969, as Alabamians along with our fellow Americans stood breathless, watching and waiting for man to take that first historic step on the moon. With that first giant leap for mankind, America achieved the unthinkable, the incredible, the unbelievable. And it was Alabama that made the impossible, possible. The powerful Saturn V rocket that took man to space, to new heights, was imagined, engineered and built by a brilliant team of scientists right here in Alabama. It was Alabamians who dared to believe they could do the improbable. It was Alabamians who challenged themselves to find a way, where there had never been one before. It was those Alabamians who inspired America and stunned the world when they proved they were worthy of the words of a fallen President, who years earlier challenged us to do things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. It was their moonshot. Their one chance to set their aim on a lofty target, to do something no one could have possibly imagined, and to ultimately change the world. Our great state's rich history is made up a series of Alabamians thinking audaciously and courageously in confronting even the most painful problems and the most overwhelming obstacles. We are a people who bravely take up arms to defend our nation's freedoms, and a people who courageously, yet peacefully, confront injustice when those freedoms are compromised even among our own fellow citizens. We are a people who will not be content to see a neighbor in need and not offer an opportunity for help. Where there is urgency, we respond. Where there is a challenge, we accept. Where there is threat, we protect. Where there is scarcity, we provide. And where there is need, we create opportunity. When all children need access to a quality early education, we give them that chance. When our poorest, most vulnerable and most marginalized seek hope, we will lend a hand. Where we fall short of providing even the most basic services to the incarcerated, we will rise up and fulfill our obligation. When access to an education or the ability to learn a viable job skill are hindered, we will clear the path. And when jobs are needed, we will bring industries along with brighter opportunities to our communities and families. Last year alone, Alabama added over 52,000 jobs. So convinced are top industries that our state is the place to grow, they invested over $2 billion to create good, high-skill, well-paying jobs for our people. As many as 2,000 new jobs are coming to north Alabama where Polaris is building a $127 million ATV factory at a new production hub in Huntsville. Three hundred more jobs are coming as Mercedes, the automaker that put Alabama on the world map as an industry contender, is seeing dramatic growth at its Tuscaloosa plant. With its latest expansion, the hands of over 3,400 Alabamians will proudly assemble Mercedes vehicles for the world. This year skilled Alabamians will proudly deliver the first Alabama-made Airbus A320 jetliner off the assembly line of the $600 million Mobile plant. By the end of next year, 50 of the high-tech jetliners will roll off the line, proudly stamped Made in Alabama. GE Aviation has chosen Alabamians as the ones who will revolutionize how jet engines are manufactured at two new plants to be built this year. The Alabama-made Honda Ridgeline truck will make its debut during the Super Bowl and in showrooms across the country this spring. And global giant Google decided in June that Jackson County, Alabama is the best place in the world to locate a $600 million dollar call center. It is no wonder, then, that Alabama's impressive string of coveted economic development projects have rightfully earned us the title "State of the Year" by Business Facilities magazine. The world has discovered what I know and what everyone in this room knows: That of all the rich resources Alabama is blessed to have, there is no greater asset than the skilled hands of the men and women who get up every day - our hardworking Alabamians. Our aggressive efforts to draw industry to Alabama are reflected in the unemployment rate 33 percent lower than when we first took office. Not since 2008 has the State of Alabama seen more of our people employed. And never before have we been so intentional in our efforts to ensure that every Alabamian who wants a job can get a job. Through a series of job fairs conducted across the state by the Alabama Department of Labor, counties with the highest unemployment rates have seen a marked decrease. We've brought business and industry directly into the neediest communities to meet face to face with men and women looking for a job. We've held workshops to teach basic interview and job skills, so men and women in these communities have their best chance to land a good job. The results have been remarkable, counties have seen double-digit unemployment rates go down and jobs are being filled. In Alabama the coal industry has suffered tremendously, leaving thousands of Alabamians looking for work, no thanks to the job-killing policies of the Obama Administration. Over a thousand people poured into a job fair held two weeks ago in Walker County. Fifty-four companies were there meeting with the men and women who need a good job. One of those companies was a Japanese automaker, which days before, had announced it was bringing 300 jobs to the area. This is how we put Alabamians back to work. And I want to commend Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington for his innovative and tireless efforts to connect our people with good jobs. In schools all across our state, teachers and principals have challenged themselves and their students to aim higher, to work smarter, to strive to meet higher standards. Alabama's students have risen to the challenge, and the results are astounding. Alabama's high school graduation rate jumped an impressive 17 percent in the last four years. Today, Alabama's high school seniors are graduating at a rate of 89 percent, up from 72 percent just four years ago. This is a testament to hardworking teachers, principals and support staff who encourage and help our students meet their education goals and graduate. And I appreciate their hard work. That is why in the balanced-budget I will present, I will include a pay-raise for teachers and school support personnel, as well as all state employees - with no strings attached. Twenty-five thousand businesses in Alabama are small businesses and many of those are owned and operated by men and women who have bravely served our country. Alabama has and always will be a state that takes great pride and great care of our men and women who proudly call themselves veterans. With over 420,000 veterans in Alabama we want to make sure we give them every opportunity to succeed. Our veterans have given so much, yet they ask for so little. Working with the Alabama Small Business Commission and the Alabama Veterans Network, we have developed a way for customers to identify a veteran-owned business. Simple stickers displayed in veteran-owned businesses statewide are aimed at helping us know that small business is owned by someone who sacrificed for our country. One of those Alabama veteran business owners is here with us tonight. Clayton Hinchman is the Founder and CEO of USi, an IT company that supports government, private and non-profit clients. Clayton Hinchman served in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. He medically retired as a Captain due to the wounds he sustained during an improvised explosive attack while he was conducting a night raid in Iraq. He is a West Point graduate; he has been awarded the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star. He's also an Alabamian. Tonight Clayton represents all the men and women who not only served our country, but the veterans who are now helping our economy grow. And tonight, Clayton, all our veterans, and our men and women serving in the Military, deserve our thanks and our support. The men and women, who so bravely defend our nation, do not risk their lives or their livelihood so that our freedoms can be easily ignored. Our Founding Fathers did not dedicate themselves to chart a course for democracy so that 200 years later our Constitution could be circumvented or worse, neglected by the power of any one person. I have twice taken the Oath of the Office of Governor. Twice I have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Alabama. It is my solemn duty, as one called by God to this office, and elected by the people I serve, to support the Constitution, and the principles that laid the very foundation for our nation, not to find a way around them, should I ever disagree. We are all endowed by Our Creator with certain, specific rights. Our Constitution serves to protect those rights. It guarantees individual rights and serves to stop any government - especially our own - from taking them away. The right of the people to keep and bear arms, guaranteed by our Second Amendment, shall not be infringed, not by any government, not by any individual, and not by any stroke of a Presidential pen. The United States of America remains, as it has been since the foundation was formed, a national government with limited, enumerated powers. And the Tenth Amendment guarantees not only the limits of those powers, but the broader powers of each one of the fifty states. The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in state governments are numerous and infinite. In declaring our nation's independence our great country dedicated itself to liberty, and equality and declared its sovereignty over other nations. In turn, that same sovereignty belongs to the states, to Alabama, and must be recognized by the federal government. By abandoning sovereignty, we abandon democracy. And worse we undermine a state's reserved right to protect life and liberty of our citizens. The threat of terrorism on U.S. soil is as real today as any time since 9-11. Radical Islamist carry out carefully planned attacks on innocent lives from Paris to California - and our people, finding little comfort from our federal government, wait and worry for our safety. The federal government's Refugee Resettlement Act has failed America and its citizens. The outdated program - which pre-dates any recent acts of radical terrorism - allows refugees from the most radical nations to enter countries including the US with little known about them. Among those refugees are those who would commit the most violent, deadly and extreme acts of terrorism. When 130 people were slaughtered, in Paris at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists, among those killers was a refugee from a terrorist nation. My number one concern is always for the safety and security of the people of Alabama. Following those attacks my administration immediately took a long hard look at the federal government's refugee resettlement process. What we, and dozens of other states discovered, is unsettling and alarming. From the moment a refugee from any country sets foot on American soil, in our borders, we have found the State of Alabama is completely excluded from knowing the first piece of information about that person. No past health status is divulged. No names. Very little background. Virtually nothing is known about refugees, once they are here. Many have entered our state, from terrorist nations. Some, single-adult males, leaving no trace, have out-migrated to other states, their whereabouts still unknown. That, my fellow Alabamians, is absolutely unacceptable. We simply cannot have a federal program that greatly impacts states yet does not allow states access to critical information. The federal government shall not, and cannot be allowed to ignore states or their governments. And in Alabama we will not stand by while our citizens are placed at risk. We will not place our people in harm's way. I have made my deep concerns well known to the Obama Administration. And those concerns have fallen on deaf ears. In an effort to reform the Refugee Resettlement Act, my administration filed suit last month against the federal government demanding the involvement of the states in this critical program. By filing suit, my goal is to completely reform the Refugee Resettlement Program. For the safety and security of our citizens, we must ensure an outdated, archaic and dangerous process that excludes the states is eliminated. In addition we will ask the Legislature to introduce a joint resolution in this session calling on Congress to reform the Refugee Resettlement Act. My gratitude goes to the resolution sponsors, who will join me in this fight. They are State Representative Connie Rowe and State Senator Clyde Chambliss. Please join me in thanking them. And in the meantime, you can rest assured that my administration will always place the safety and security of our people first. Even if the federal government does not. Led by Secretary Spencer Collier, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency works tirelessly to protect our people, whether it is increased security measures at large gatherings, or identifying and investigating potential terrorist threats, our men and women in law enforcement will always stand to protect the people of this state. One year after its full implementation, ALEA has become one of the most efficient and effective agencies in the state. At a time when the threat to our own safety and security is at risk, I am convinced the men and women in Alabama's law Enforcement will work tirelessly to keep Alabamians safe and secure. And just as we must adequately fund our military to protect our nation, we must adequately fund ALEA to protect our state, and our people from harm. In Alabama we will always support the men and women who serve and protect and put their own lives on the line every day for our safety. I will do everything as Governor to protect those who cannot protect themselves. And protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. I will always firmly uphold these truths which are self-evident, that all men are created equal. They are the most vulnerable, the most helpless, the most abused and the most oppressed. They are the elderly, the ill, and especially the unborn - everyone has been endowed with the right to a life. Everyone has been endowed with the right to pursue happiness. And no one may rightfully deny us those things. No man, no government, no state should impede someone's ability to make a better life, for themselves, for their families and for their children. I was born the youngest of six children to parents who lived in a small house on a piece of land in rural Alabama. My family didn't have electricity or even indoor plumbing until I was around six-years-old. I didn't even own a toothbrush until it was time to start school. Neither of my parents had a high school education. By any standard I could have been one of the statistics that has become too common in this country and especially in this state. I could have been the child of a family not able to afford an education, not able to gain the skills needed to hold a well-paying job, not even able to support a family. But I was given two things every child needs and deserves; unconditional love and opportunity. And thankfully, I accepted both. All children, their parents and all our people must be able to find their opportunity in Alabama. While good jobs are coming, industries are growing and education is improving - we cannot continue to ignore persistent problems. Alabama is the sixth poorest state in the country. While we rank number one in football teams and economic development accolades, our state consistently falls dead last in virtually every quality of life ranking from infant mortality to obesity. While we excel in job recruitment, on average we have more people in poverty than the country as a whole. Too many Alabamians are under-educated, under-trained, unhealthy and unable to break the cycle of poverty and the cycle of dependence. It drains our state resources, it drains our hope and it stymies our state's growth. Year after year, Alabama continues to find itself in 48th, 49th or 50th place. I'm not OK with that. And no one in this room should be satisfied with last place, especially when it comes to our people. If we are ever going to go from being a good state to a great state, we first must resolve to reverse the problems that have plagued Alabama for decades. Poverty does not discriminate. In Alabama, it knows no race, no region and no political party. The poverty rate is in double digits in Winston County just as it is in Dallas County. So hear me on this: every person in this room, Democrat and Republican, represents the poor, the uneducated, the unhealthy. Whether adults or children, urban or rural, black or white. We are all Alabamians. It's time we take a hard look at our problems, own them, and work toward a solution. To care about Alabama is to care about her people - every last one. I wanted to be the Governor of this state because I wanted to help people and to make their lives better. I also want Alabama to be known as the best state in the nation. Together we have a chance, an opportunity to fundamentally change those things that hold our state back, that stand in the way of greatness. It's time we do the impossible. The improbable. The unbelievable. It's time we shoot for the moon. In the Year 2019, The State of Alabama will celebrate its 200th Birthday. Fifty years after Alabamians made history with the lunar landing. That same year I will have completed my service to this state as its 53rd Governor. I want to leave this office, able to say with confidence that Alabama is truly a great state. Today we launch an ambitious course of action aimed at fundamentally changing Alabama, opening doors of opportunity, clearing the path to prosperity and solving decades old problems. Today we launch Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan, our strategic three year course of action. Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan sets its sights on educating and training our people, while connecting and constructing basic opportunities for all our citizens. This bold course of action will guide us over the next three years. It will address long-standing problems from health care to prison reform with cost-effective, common sense solutions. Specifically focusing on Alabama's approximately 55 rural counties, we are directly addressing obstacles that stand in the way of our state's potential for greatness, in education, health care, access to technology, job growth and economic opportunity. Once again in Alabama, we will do what we've never been done before, not because it is easy - but because it is hard. And we begin with some of our state's youngest citizens, in one of our state's greatest success stories. Alabama's First Class Voluntary Pre-K is a shining star of success in Alabama. Through the Office of School Readiness, Alabama's First Class Pre-K Program is consistently ranked among the best in the nation and serves as a model for other states. We are working to give young children a 'new, strong foundation' with the opportunity for a good education in a voluntary Pre-K program. Children who attend Pre-K are more likely to read at grade level quicker, their math scores are higher and they are less likely to need special education services. We know this program works, we've seen the statistics, but more importantly we've seen the results in the lives of our students. I'd like for you to meet one of our students. Miracle Scott is a senior at Eufaula High School where she is in the National Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. She has been accepted to, and will attend Auburn University this fall. Twelve years ago, as a 4 year old, Miracle was given a great opportunity when she was enrolled in one of our earliest Alabama First Class Pre-K programs. Today Miracle is an outstanding student, and able to get a good college education. I am proud of our First Class Pre-K, and Miracle I am proud of you. Every four year old in Alabama should have the same opportunity Miracle has had. That is why in this year's balanced budget I will present, we are doubling the amount of funding for First Class Pre-K. By the year 2019, we will be able to tell every parent in Alabama, there is a Pre-K classroom available for your child. Education is the basis for the future growth of Alabama's economy. We must build a solid foundation for our children, set them up to succeed so they are better prepared for post-secondary education and to join the workforce. Industries have told us they need more highly trained, educated workers than we have. Yet, the number of Alabama students who are choosing to go to college is declining. Our goal by the year 2019 is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Modeled after the GEAR Up Program launched last fall by UAB, Alabama's own FUTURE Scholarship Plan, will identify 7th graders beginning in the state's poorest counties. Through Alabama's Community College System, those students will receive tutoring, summer-help programs, visits to college campuses and financial planning to make sure they not only want to go to college, but that they can and will succeed. By the time they graduate high school, after they've met strict criteria, kept their grades up, and tapped into all available financial aid, we will pay their two-year college tuition. Offered as a "last dollars" incentive, the FUTURE Scholarship Plan will not only educate and train our students, it will produce a pipeline of well-trained, well-educated talent for industries so those businesses can expand and grow. We will be able to fund these scholarships and this plan through money we save by the streamlining measures we have already put in place in the community college system. The money we save through consolidation and by finding efficiencies will pour back into the system to help students get a good education and be better prepared for the workforce. Launching as a pilot program, by the Year 2019 our goal is to expand the plan statewide. The results will be a well-trained, well-educated new generation of Alabamians. For the first time in Alabama, we will allow business and industry to drive our workforce development system. This year we will restructure, streamline and clarify Alabama's Workforce System to improve how we train workers for Alabama's businesses. The new Alabama Workforce System will be driven by business and industry demand, and what skills and talents those industries need. In turn Alabama's K-12 system, community colleges and 4-year institutions, AIDT, ATN and private training companies will all work together to not only educate, and train but to also create a talent-supply chain of hardworking Alabamians to business and industries. Essential to economic growth, job creation and the overall quality of life in Alabama is access to technology for all our citizens. Today over one million Alabamians do not have access to even the slowest and most basic high-speed wireless technology. Technology is growing at lightning speed, changing the way we educate, deliver health care, and even start a business, yet our communities and rural areas cannot tap into the potential that broadband access would bring. We are embarking on an ambitious plan to provide rural and under-served communities access to broadband - high speed, high capacity - technology. Working with private sector providers, we will first begin by cutting the bureaucracy that stands in the way of providing broadband access. We will first work to provide the infrastructure needed to provide broadband. Private providers will then be able to provide access and offer it at a more affordable and manageable cost to our communities. Promoting a robust broadband network will lead to a stronger education system, increased capabilities for health care, a more efficient connected law enforcement and enhanced economic development opportunities. We cannot talk about fundamentally changing Alabama without addressing what has become a very difficult and growing problem in our state. For decades, Alabama's prisons have become increasingly overcrowded, dangerous to both inmates and our corrections officers and incredibly costly to taxpayers. But that's going to change beginning now. Alabama is about to embark on a complete transformation of the state's prison system. Led by Department of Corrections Commissioner Col Jeff Dunn, we will permanently close the doors to decades old facilities where maintenance costs have skyrocketed and increased staff are needed. These aging prisons will be consolidated and replaced by four, newly constructed state of the art facilities. And by constructing a brand new female prison facility, the State of Alabama will permanently slam the door shut on Tutwiler Prison for Women. Funded by an adequate bond issue, we will begin this process within the year. The consolidation and closing of aging facilities will produce immediate savings for the state with less operational costs, and higher efficiencies in staffing and maintenance. These larger, more efficient facilities will meet all necessary standards and, along with prison reform measures put into place by the Legislature last year, it will drastically lower Alabama's prison overcrowding. The money we save with the more efficient prisons will in turn be used to pay off the debt of the construction. This innovative concept will not only provide more secure, safer prisons, it will also ensure the safety of our citizens, and corrections officers. Alabama's prison system will go from being an outdated, inefficient overcrowded system to being the best. And Alabama will become the model for the rest of the nation. In 65 of Alabama's 67 counties, there is an undeniable shortage of doctors. Alabama ranks 40th in the number of physicians per capita and we rank last in the number of dentists. It is no wonder then that we see rising rates of preventable and manageable disease, especially among rural, low-income counties. The majority of Alabama is rural, yet rural physicians make up less than 10-percent of the physician workforce. Under Alabama's Great State 2019 Plan, we will increase the number of doctors serving rural areas, especially in the state's poorest counties. Those who are classified as rural health care providers must be able to adequately support their practice and make a decent living. To make this possible, we will increase funding for medical scholarships and loan forgiveness for medical students who commit to serving a period of time in one of our underserved communities. This applies to physicians, physician assistants, advance-practice nurses and dentists. We will also work to create a state tax-credit of up to $5,000 dollars and working with our Congressional delegation we will push for a federal tax credit of up to $50,000 dollars for those classified as rural health care providers. It's the first step toward reversing alarming health problems that have not gone away in Alabama. Having a doctor in a small, rural community, changes a community and it saves lives. Dr. John Waits is proof it can be done. Bibb County hasn't had local labor and delivery services at its hospital in nearly 20 years. Women in the area have to drive 30 to 45 minutes so they can safely deliver a baby. Dr. Waits has worked as a family doctor and obstetrician for the past 12 years at Cahaba Medical Care in Centreville. Last November he helped open Bibb Medical Center's first Labor and Delivery hospital. And not only that, he also helps train future doctors who will follow in his footsteps. Dr. Waits, we thank you. In this year's budget we will increase funding to lay the foundation for 12 new residency programs across our state similar to the Bibb County model. Primary care doctors are critical to improving the health and well-being of the chronically sick, and the chronically poor. Greater access to good health care can be achieved. Our communities need it and our people deserve it. No pageant, no festival no celebration will better commemorate Alabama's 200th birthday in the Year 2019 than for our people to be living a more prosperous, and healthy life. In 2019, let's commemorate our state's humble beginnings by celebrating greater opportunity and access to a good strong education, quality health care and game-changing technology for all Alabamians. There is no better way to mark the 50th anniversary of the time Alabamians set their mind to achieving the impossible, than for Alabamians to once again prove we can do this. In 1961, when President Kennedy challenged America to travel to space, no one knew how to land on the moon because no one ever had. Alabamians figured it out. Once again we accept an impossible challenge, and like our scientists in 1969, once again we will succeed. This is our moonshot. This is our great state. God Bless you all. And may God continue to Bless the Great State of Alabama.
Jan 19, 2016
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's search for a scholarship quarterback in its 2016 class took a minor hit late Monday when Devon Modster (Tesoro High School, Calif.) announced he was verbally committing to UCLA. Modster received an OSU scholarship offer shortly after rescinding his pledge to Arizona last month, joining Keondre Wudtee (Parkway High School, La.) and Tony Polijan (Catholic Central...
Oklahoma State football: Six quarterbacks the Cowboys might be interested in for their 2016 class
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 19, 2016STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's search for a scholarship quarterback in its 2016 class took a minor hit late Monday when Devon Modster (Tesoro High School, Calif.) announced he was verbally committing to UCLA. Modster received an OSU scholarship offer shortly after rescinding his pledge to Arizona last month, joining Keondre Wudtee (Parkway High School, La.) and Tony Polijan (Catholic Central High School, Mich.) as decommitted quarterbacks with OSU offers after longtime Cowboy quarterback pledge Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian High School, Texas) reopened his options. With Wudtee and Polijan yet to announce their decisions, where does OSU turn from here? Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich's Twitter profile might lend a clue. Here are six 2016 quarterbacks Yurcich recently followed, proving at least an inkling of interest from the Cowboys, despite none currently having OSU scholarship offers. Lindsey Scott Jr. (Zachary High School, La.) — Decommitted from Syracuse Size: 6-foot, 205-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Dual threat. Scholarship offers include: Harvard, LSU, Maryland, Rutgers and Air Force. Ian Book (Oak Ridge High School, Calif.) — Committed to Notre Dame Size: 6-foot, 193-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV and Washington State. Jordan Love (Liberty High School, Calif.) — Committed to Utah State Size: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Dual threat. Scholarship offers include: Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. Peyton Ramsey (Elder High School, Ohio) — Committed to Indiana Size: 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Boston College, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Wake Forest. Garret Morell (Lee County High School, Ga.) — Committed to Marshall Size: 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. Rivals rating: Two stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss and Troy. Gunnar Hoak (Coffman High School, Ohio) — Committed to Kentucky Size: 6-foot-4, 192-pounds. Rivals rating: Three stars. Style: Pro style. Scholarship offers include: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kent State and Toledo. UTSA TO HIRE ERIC HENDERSON AS DEFENSIVE LINE COACH OSU defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson will be hired as defensive line coach at UTSA, per a source. Henderson, who joined the program in 2013 as a graduate assistant, was among the key forces in establishing a southeastern recruiting pipeline to OSU. The Cowboys landed 11 players from the combined states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia from 2013 to 2015 after signing just three players from the region between 2010 and 2012. For its 2016 class, the Cowboys currently have verbal commitments from cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Baptist, Louisiana) and linebacker Devin Harper (Karns, Tennessee). Henderson was a three-time All-ACC defensive end at Georgia Tech from 2003 to 2005 where his position coach was current OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Henderson also spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free-agent. UTSA hired former LSU assistant Frank Wilson last week after reportedly considering Spencer for the job. FootballScoop.com was the first to report Henderson's addition to the staff. GUNDY PLEASED WITH DEFENSIVE LINE DEPTH ENTERING 2016 OSU enters the 2016 season without both its starting defensive ends from a season ago, but don't expect much panic from coach Mike Gundy. It's unknown if the Cowboys' four sophomore-to-be defensive ends — Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and Cole Walterscheid — can match the production of Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. But each possesses the frame to potentially fill their shoes. “Size wise,” Gundy said, “they are further along than what we've had." Before another offseason working with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass, Owens checked in at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Brailford at 6-3 and 240 pounds, Carter at 6-4 and 267 pounds, and Walterscheid at 6-6 and 242 pounds. In reserve roles, Brailford and Owens combined for 34 tackles, four sacks and five quarterback hurries, and appear in line to start next fall. Carter tallied one tackle, and Walterscheid missed most of 2015 with injury. “Walterscheid should develop,” Gundy said. “We need to get Trey Carter to develop there as a backup." However, the strength of the defensive line will undoubtedly be inside. OSU returns starting defensive tackles Vincent Taylor and Maile Motekiai, along with reserves Darrion Daniels and Eric Davis. The Cowboys also bring back Vili Leveni, slated to start at defensive tackle last season before tearing an Achillies over the summer.
2015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAMPLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, WestlakeWestlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP...
2015 All-Central Texas football team
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Dec 26, 20152015 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Ehlinger, jr., QB, Westlake Westlake's first All-Central Texas player of the year since 2006, Ehlinger became the leading choice here after the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors tabbed him as the state's top high school football player for the 2015 regular season.. A haul of accolades — Ehlinger also was named the District 14-6A MVP — was backed up by a stat line that included an area-high 3,833 yards passing, 1,419 yards rushing and 71 total touchdowns, one of which was a reception. Ehlinger led Westlake to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Class 6A, Division I championship game. His whirlwind year also featured a commitment to the University of Texas, a championship at the state 7-on-7 tournament in July and his surpassing of Nick Foles and Drew Brees on Westlake's all-time passing chart. Also in the mix: Vandegrift RB Travis Brannan; Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer; La Grange RB JK Dobbins; Vista Ridge QB Matt Snow NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Herman, jr., QB, Georgetown Herman completed 13 of 17 passes in his varsity debut, and he totaled four touchdowns in his second start. En route to leading Georgetown back into the postseason, Herman threw for 2,719 yards on 222-of-334 passing and eight of his 24 TD passes were compiled over the Eagles' two playoff games. This probably isn't the last time that you'll hear about Herman during the 2015-16 school year. The Georgetown basketball team's leading scorer as a sophomore, Herman is averaging 7.4 points per game this season. Also in the mix: Lake Travis K Cameron Dicker; Hendrickson RB DJ Jackson; Liberty Hill DB Dyllon Joiner; Cedar Park QB Mak Sexton COACH OF THE YEAR: Carl Abseck, Cedar Park Under their first-time head coach, Cedar Park knocked off Aledo, Class 5A's top-ranked team, in Abseck's debut, and the Timberwolves then held the No. 1 ranking throughout an undefeated season. Cedar Park's 16 victories came by an average of 31.9 points and included a triumph in the Class 5A, Division II championship game. Formerly the Timberwolves' offensive coordinator, Abseck took charge of a team that lost five offensive starters in the off-season — including the 2014 All-Central Texas player of the year plus the team's starting quarterback — but Cedar Park showcased its depth while averaging 45.8 points per game. Also in the mix: Hank Carter, Lake Travis; Todd Dodge, Westlake; Chris Jones, Gidding; Rodney Vincent, Vista Ridge FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB: Sam Ehlinger, jr., Westlake All-Central Texas MVP led Chaps to title game with 5,257 total yards, 71 TDs. RB: JK Dobbins, jr., La Grange Put together area's second-best rushing season in only 11 games (2,740 yards). RB: Travis Brannan, sr., Vandegrift Navy pledge scored 47 times, topped 2,600 rushing yards for second straight year. WR: Josh Wainwright, sr., Bowie Deep threat averaged 18.6 yards per catch and scored on 16 of his 57 receptions. WR: Steven Gallardo, jr., Burnet Turned 84 catches into 1,212 yards, and scored 12 of his 16 TDs through the air. WR: Paxton Segina, sr., Vandegrift Rice recruit played in only eight games this season but recorded 48 catches, 16 TDs. OL: Holton Greenfield, jr., Vandegrift APSE all-state honoree recorded 105 knockdowns and a 94 percent grade. OL: Shea Baker, jr., Cedar Ridge Top lineman in District 13-6A helped Raiders to share of district championship. OL: Harper Geracci, sr., Vista Ridge Repeat All-Centex pick blocked for two 1,800-yard rushers from his center position. OL: Jack Merrill, sr., Cedar Park Returning starter earned all-district nod and state title with offense that averaged 45.8 PPG. OL: Brycen Foreman, sr., Westlake All-state honoree helped keep Ehlinger upright for much of this past season. K: Cameron Dicker, soph., Lake Travis Varsity-debut season included 11 FGs, 74 PATs and APSE all-state honors. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL: Anthony Ekpe, sr., Hendrickson Rice recruit recorded 15 sacks and blocked three punts during all-state campaign. DL: Denton Meiske, sr., Thrall Small-school standout posted huge numbers in 2015 (123 tackles, 13 sacks). DL: Elias Garcia, sr., Westlake Had nine sacks and recorded 11 of his 87 tackles in 6A-I championship game. LB: Mac McCaskill, sr., Cedar Park Defensive MVP of 5A-II title game finished year with 130 tackles, 16.5 sacks. LB: RJ Phillips, sr., Vista Ridge District 25-5A defensive MVP in hoops was a force in football, too (162 tackles). LB: Chris Sanders, jr., LBJ Piled up 16 sacks on way to winning 26-5A's defensive MVP award. LB: Aidan Estrada, jr., Lake Travis Recorded 162 tackles, forced seven fumbles for unit that allowed 13.4 PPG. DB: Jordan Williams, sr., Hendrickson Future Toledo Rocket was tabbed 13-6 MVP after a 101-tackle season. DB: Dyllon Joiner, jr., Liberty Hill Newcomer was district MVP after debut season included nine INTs, 13 PBUs. DB: Austin Hiller, jr., Lake Travis Blocked three kicks and had six INTs as Cavs allowed two passing TDs in playoffs. DB: Jav Guidry, jr., Cedar Park Rushed for 707 yards, but did most damage as champ's shutdown CB (12 PBUs). P: Smith Carlton, soph., St. Michael's Preseason All-Centex pick delivered with average of 38.6 yards over 47 punts. UTIL: Mulbah Car, sr., Reagan City's all-time leading rusher scored 34 times, had 70 tackles as 7-4 Raiders' LB. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB: Matt Snow, sr., Vista Ridge Topped 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing while accounting for 47 TDs. RB: Isaiah Vilaire, sr., Vista Ridge Other half of 5A-I semifinalist's 1-2 punch had 1,856 yards, 25 TDs on 173 attempts. RB: DJ Ellison, sr., Lockhart Rushed 238 times while leading area finalist's Slot-T offense with 1,754 yards, 22 TDs. WR: Jo'Vonta Grimble, sr., Georgetown Area leader in receptions (87) added 1,229 yards, 14 TDs to All-Centex rèsumè. WR: Chase Cokley, sr., Westlake Explosive North Texas recruit converted 67 catches into 1,281 yards, 17 TDs. WR: Kadarius Daniels, sr., Cedar Ridge Led Raiders to a share of 13-6A title with 84 catches, 1,112 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Travis Arroyo, sr., Hendrickson Contributed 107 knockdown blocks as Hendrickson rushed to postseason's second round. OL: Jacob Seggern, sr., Thrall Earned a 94.2 percent grade and all-state honors as Thrall qualified for playoffs. OL: Ian Burnette, soph., Wimberley Second-year starter led Texans to a surprising third-round playoff appearance. OL: Justin Wilson, sr., Liberty Hill Had 46 pancake blocks and a 90 percent grade as Panthers rushed for 4,624 yards. OL: Fabian Becerra, sr., Giddings Turned in a blocking grade of 96 percent on a line that allowed 11 sacks in 13 games. K: Luiz Diaz, jr., Georgetown Kicked three of his 10 FGs in the bi-district round, and had 32 touchbacks in 2015. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL: Tevin Paul, sr., Lake Travis Cal pledge posted eight sacks, 68 tackles for 6A-II finalist's dominating defense. DL: James Lynch, jr., Round Rock District 13-6A's defensive lineman of the year had six sacks, 24 QB pressures. DL: Corbin Truslow, sr., East View Had 82 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 17 QB pressures during a down year at East View. LB: Keith Bazzle, sr., Cedar Ridge 6A-I area finalist received 120 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT from all-district honoree. LB: Darien Townsend, sr., St. Michael's Led Crusaders' defense with 108 tackles, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles. LB: Augustine Tambe, sr., Cedar Park Injury ended year in Cedar Park's 11th game, but 21 of 88 tackles were for a loss. LB: Adrian Hunter, sr., Manor Defensive MVP of 17-5A had 97 tackles, two fumble recoveries for 7-4 Mustangs. DB: Deon Collins, soph., LBJ Emerged as a threat to opposing QBs (six INTs) and punters (two punt-return TDs). DB: Matthew Wright, sr., McNeil Offensive duties didn't hinder defensive production in 2015 (152 tackles, 4 PBUs). DB: Alex Shillow, sr., Pflugerville APSE all-state honoree recorded five interceptions, 14 PBUs, two defensive TDs. DB: Damarcus Fields, sr., Taylor Texas Tech recruit led Ducks' defense with 96 tackles, four INTs, five forced fumbles. P: Culver Sumner, sr., Vandegrift All-district honoree at DB, WR positions landed 13 of his 23 punts inside the 20. UTIL: Tony Brown, sr., Jarrell Cougars QB rushed for 2,363 yards, accounted for 44 TDs and had 5 INTs on defense. THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB: Charlie Brewer, jr., Lake Travis Threw for 3,426 yards, 42 TDs while completing 68.4 percent of passes for 6A-II finalist. RB: Cole Baker, sr., St. Andrew's Crusaders posted an 8-1 record as Baker ran for 1,574 yards, 25 TDs on 174 attempts. RB: Jon Shannon, sr., Liberty Hill Top Centex newcomer in 2014 missed three games this fall, but ran for 1,399 yards, 19 TDs. WR: Cade Green, jr., Lake Travis Led Cavaliers in receptions (72), receiving yards (1,172) and TD catches (16). WR: Tommy Lavine, sr., Cedar Park Topped 1,000 receiving yards in run-first offense and scored in each of team's final 10 games. WR: Reed Klubnik, sr., Westlake Ehlinger's top target had 75 receptions, and he also contributed 1,228 yards, 12 TDs. OL: Jake Helton, jr., Vandegrift Had 103 knockdowns and 41 pancake blocks as Vipers averaged 46.1 PPG this fall. OL: Ryan Becker, sr., Marble Falls After winning bronze in the Class 5A discus in May, SMU recruit had 74 pancake blocks. OL: Dan Babyak, jr., Lago Vista Vikings offense received a 91 percent grade and 83 knockdown blocks from its top lineman in 2015. OL: Ian Moore, sr., Lockhart Had 105 knockdown blocks as 5A-I area finalists exceeded 4,500 rushing yards. OL: Kade Clapper, sr., Georgetown All-district honoree allowed only one sack and exited his senior season with 92 percent grade. K: Chris Orocio, sr., Giddings Buffaloes kicker made six of his eight FG attempts as team reached postseason's third round. THIRD TEAM DL: Dylan Hudson, jr., Vandegrift Unanimous all-district honoree had 74 tackles and eight sacks for the Vipers this year. DL: Carter Ware, jr., Liberty Hill Fourteen of his 60 tackles were for a loss, and he also scored once for the Panthers. DL: Tim Douglas, jr., Stony Point Coin-toss result thwarted Tigers' playoff plans, but Douglas contributed 77 tackles, 5 sacks. LB: Elijah Lewis, sr., Giddings Buffaloes' leading rusher also anchored the regional qualifier's defense with 120 tackles. LB: Joseph Wilburn, sr., San Marcos Had 107 tackles, three fumble recoveries as Rattlers reached playoffs for first time since 2007. LB: John Garza, jr., La Grange Returns to All-Central Texas team after recordeding 123 tackles, 2 sacks during 2015 season. LB: Matthew Long, sr., Leander Had 68 tackles and a defensive TD to complement offensive work (seven TDs, 6.9 YPC). DB: Dawson Solis, sr., Thrall Scored 10 times on offense, but his 106 tackles, 3 INTs also boosted the Tigers this fall. DB: Mack Kelley, sr., Westlake Piled up 101 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns as Chaps reached 6A-I finale. DB: Peyton Tuggle, jr., Cedar Creek First-time playoff qualifiers received four interceptions, 12 PBUs from cornerback. DB: Brian Bullock, sr., Round Rock Had 81 tackles and three INTs as Dragons grabbed a share of 13-6A championship. P: Josh Marini, sr., Bowie Bulldogs' all-district punter also earned first-team honors as a kicker. UTIL: Ethan Fernea, sr., Dripping Springs First-team all-district pick at WR, DB positions also returned three kickoffs for TDs. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007241,t000007235,t000007060,t000007261,t000046469,t000003183,t000040517,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year.The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015.Instead of...
Rank the top Wichita and Kansas sports stories of 2015
Joshua Wood, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year. The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015. Instead of just choosing one top moment, we’re asking Eagle readers to rank their top three selections at Kansas.com/sports. We want to find out why you selected the stories you did and what you’ll remember the most. As with previous years we include stories about the Royals and Chiefs as they are the most popular teams in their leagues within Kansas. Leave a comment in the form online and we’ll run some of the best ones in a later story. Did we miss a big moment? Let us know that as well. Here are the nominees in chronological order: January Jim Mora Jr.-Bill Snyder handshake takes surreal turn at Alamo Bowl – Remember UCLA’s 40-35 victory over Kansas State? Not likely. A video of the terse postgame handshake went viral online and through social media. Some questioned K-State’s play at the end of the game. Others questioned Mora’s sportsmanship. Mourning high school coaches – Beginning with the Jan. 7 death of Carl Taylor, the City League’s winningest basketball coach, Wichita and Kansas lost many influential coaches in 2015, including Kapaun’s Alan Shepherd, Carroll’s Roger Robben, East’s Bob Timmons and Lawrence’s Bill Freeman. Two other Kansans made their mark in college: Emporia’s Dean Smith and Parsons’ Bill Guthridge. NCAA hands down WSU baseball sanctions – Players utilizing improper discounts on non-baseball merchandise led to big sanctions by the NCAA, including vacating 69 victories in 2012 and 2013 and the 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance. Former coach Gene Stephenson, whose appeal was denied by the NCAA, slipped to third in career coaching victories due to the penalties. February K-State basketball tops KU in Manhattan; highlight of dismal season – In the midst of the Wildcats’ first losing season in 12 years, K-State came up with its best game against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The 70-63 win over No. 8 KU added a chapter to the rivalry and the national debate on courtstorming. College GameDay comes to Wichita as Shockers clinch MVC title – Wichita State’s sports management class got its message out on social media with #GameDayinWichita. The ESPN crew was on hand for the Shockers’ 74-60 win over No. 10 Northern Iowa in the de facto MVC title game. March KU wins 11th straight Big 12 title – A season after losing the players picked No. 1 and 3 in the NBA Draft, the Jayhawks did what they seemingly always do under Bill Self – win another Big 12 title. Their streak is tied for the second-longest streak in any conference in NCAA history. KU is two titles short of UCLA’s record set in the ’60s and ’70s. WSU women win third straight MVC title; cheerleading squad picks up opponent – The Shockers reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, but the Shocker cheerleaders and yell leaders received national attention at the women’s MVC tournament as they invited Loyola’s lone cheer squad representative to join them. In December the team received a Musial Award for their sportsmanship. Wichita-area teams win state basketball titles – The Wichita East and Heights boys took the Class 6A and 5A crowns, while McPherson won 4A-Division I. The Wichita South girls won their third straight 6A championship. The Hesston girls captured 3A. Hoxie girls, St. John boys set state records – In winning their fourth straight Class 1A-Division I title under coach Shelly Hoyt the Hoxie girls broke Little River’s record of 91 straight wins set in the 1990s. Hoxie has pushed the streak to 100 to begin the 2015-16 season. In December the St. John boys under Clint Kinnamon took down Wichita Heights’ record of 62 straight. Hutch women reach NJCAA final again; sanctions wipe out team's record – The Blue Dragons have reached basketball’s final game three of the past four seasons, but an NJCAA investigation and its fallout marred the 2015 season. Excess benefits cost Hutch all of its victories from 2014-15 and some scholarships. Shockers defeat KU to reach Sweet 16 – Wichita State fans finally got their wish – a shot at the state’s perennial power. Thirty-four years after their last NCAA Tournament meeting, the Jayhawks and Shockers met again with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. The Shockers took the game and bragging rights for the foreseeable future with the 78-65 win. April Gregg Marshall stays at WSU after serious push by Alabama – The Crimson Tide led this year’s edition of the The Annual Courting of Marshall. He decided again to remain with the Shockers, receiving a pay bump to $3 million annually before bonuses. That continuity helped Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet postpone pro careers for their senior seasons. Players desert WSU women's basketball, leading to president-ordered investigation – Four players who left the Shockers were critical of Jody Adams’ coaching style and treatment of players. The university’s investigation brought about some promised changes by Adams. Parents of the players asked the NCAA to step in. May Kansans in the NFL Draft – The Miami Dolphins selected Circle’s Jordan Phillips in the second round, kicking off a flurry of Wichita-area picks including Carroll’s Blake Bell, Hutchinson’s Geneo Grissom and Blake Heeney. Seattle drafted K-State’s Tyler Lockett in the third round. Lockett was named to the Pro Bowl as a returner. FC Wichita’s inaugural season – Complete with a logo adorned with the city’s flag and stalks of wheat, Wichita began its most organized chapter of outdoor soccer yet. With names familiar to the soccer community such as Larry Inlow and Kevin Ten Eyck the team had a successful debut, capturing its conference of the NPSL. The team frequently sold out its games at Stryker Soccer Complex. July KU-lead Team USA wins World University Games gold; Ron Baker plays on Pan Am team – Team USA won its first gold medal at the World University Games since 2005 with a team made up nearly exclusively by Jayhawks. In the Pan American Games, WSU’s Ron Baker impressed scouts, helping lead the team to a bronze medal. Four Royals voted to start All-Star Game; KC goes all-in with trades – After a month of hand-wringing by some in the baseball world bemoaning the possibility of an entire All-Star lineup of Kansas City players, fans ultimately selected four Royals to start the game. Later in the month KC showed another sign of its dominance by being buyers at the trade deadline to acquire Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. August Bat boy Kaiser Carlile dies after accident at NBC World Series – Struck in the head by a practice swing in the on-deck circle, the Liberal Bee Jay’s 9-year-old bat boy died from his injuries a day later. The Bee Jays, other teams at the NBC World Series and strangers from across the country mourned the child who was called the team’s spark plug. September St. John teen tags world-class Kansas whitetail buck – Clayton Brummer, 16, bagged a non-typical buck in Stafford County. Initial measurements placed the buck’s gross score at more than 230 inches. K-State sanctions marching band director after halftime show – Everyone agrees the marching band performed a “Star Trek”-themed show at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against South Dakota. Everyone agrees there was a Jayhawk involved. After that, disagreement. Some saw the Starship Enterprise, some saw a sex act. Band director Frank Tracz was fined and suspended for the KU game two months later. Sporting KC wins U.S. Open Cup – Sporting Kansas City became the fourth franchise in MLS history to win the tournament for a third time. It was Sporting’s third major trophy in the past four seasons, the 2012 Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup. November Royals win the World Series on yet another comeback – Coming up 90 feet short of a possible title the year before, the Royals left no doubt about their resilancy en route to the team’s first World Series title since 1985. Comeback after comeback sank the Astros, Blue Jays and Mets to take the crown. In Game 5 of the World Series the Royals faced a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning before Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain from first on a double. Hosmer then scored when Lucas Duda failed to throw him out on Perez’s groundout. The Royals scored five times in the 12th to guarantee a victory parade and rally witnessed by hundreds of thousands in KC. Wallace County football player Luke Schemm dies after collapsing in game – A standout in football, basketball and track and field, the senior from Sharon Springs collapsed in a playoff game against Otis-Bison. Larry O’Connor, the school’s athletic director: “He had time for everybody. … He was a friend to everybody. The little kids looked up to him. He spent time with them.” KU finishes football season at 0-12 – The expectations weren’t high for David Beaty’s first season as KU’s coach, but even Turner Gill and Charlie Weis had won a game in their first year. The possibility of the Jayhawks’ first winless season since 1954 became real after an opening-day loss to FCS opponent South Dakota State. The team balanced close calls against Texas Tech and TCU with drubbings by OU, Baylor, West Virginia and K-State. Emporia State wins first NCAA playoff football games – Behind quarterback Brent Wilson’s season that earned him a spot as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, the Hornets reached the NCAA Division II playoffs, winning games in that tournament for the first time. Emporia State defeated Minnesota State and Henderson State before falling to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals. Derby wins Class 6A football title – Derby quarterback Brady Rust rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 27-14 championship game victory over Blue Valley. It was the Panthers’ third title in school history and second in three seasons. December KU volleyball reaches Final Four – All three Kansas schools made the NCAA volleyball tournament – with the Shockers beating the Wildcats in the first round – but it was the Jayhawks who had the staying power. KU upset top-ranked Southern California in San Diego before longtime Big Eight/Big 12 nemesis Nebraska beat the Jayhawks in a national semifinal in Omaha. Bill Snyder inducted in College Football Hall of Fame – The author of the “greatest turnaround in college football history” became the fourth active coach to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Snyder received the honor in New York days after the Wildcats won their third straight game to clinch another bowl bid, this time to the Liberty Bowl. Eric Berry returns from cancer treatment to have Pro Bowl season – Nearly a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Chiefs safety Berry was back at the top of the NFL, earning another Pro Bowl selection. In addition to surviving cancer, Berry helped the Chiefs to eight straight wins. WSU reopens discussion of football, conference affiliation – President John Bardo announced the university would re-examine all aspects of the school’s athletic department, including the 30-year absence of a football program. “Everything is on the table. The sports we offer, facilities, conferences,” Bardo said. Joshua Wood: , ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000008056,t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000046469,t000003194,t000003195,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000404736,t000404471,t000405348,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867,g000065627,g000065659
Dec 24, 2015
Oologah was selected among national pool of candidates and has previously performed in halftime shows at the Liberty, Alamo and Holiday Bowls.
Oklahoma State football: Oologah High School marching band to perform at halftime of Sugar Bowl
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 24, 2015STILLWATER — The halftime musical performance inside the Superdome for Oklahoma State's Jan. 1 matchup with Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl will feature some local flavor. The Oologah High School marching band will join other prep groups from across the country as part of a mass performance and it will be the lone Oklahoma representative. Its director, Jon Matthews, is a 2000 OSU alum. “Of course, I had no clue who would be playing in it,” Matthews said. “I just liked the fact that it had a Big 12 tie-in, so I knew that there would be at least some familiar football team.” Oologah was selected among national pool of candidates and has previously performed in halftime shows at the Liberty, Alamo and Holiday Bowls. It will travel more than 100 people, students and parents included, to New Orleans for the event. The band will have two days of rehearsals and sightseeing before taking the field. “I've got a few OU fans that are less than excited,” Matthews said. “But once they get there, they'll really enjoy it.” COWBOYS REFLECT ON FAVORITE BOWL GIFTS The NCAA grants college football players in postseason play up to $550 worth of gifts provided by their bowl and schools can also provide up to $400 in gifts. OSU recently visited its Sugar Bowl gift suite where options included a Fossil watch, a New Era cap and a commemorative coin, according to sportsbusinessdaily.com. Cowboy players were asked about their favorite bowl gifts from previous trips. Senior cornerback Kevin Peterson: “My Beats headphones that I got last year, because I've always been a big music listener. My girlfriend had some and I had to borrow hers for the longest (time). But then I had the opportunity to get some. I've still got them. They still look brand new sitting in my locker right now. I use them every day.” Senior quarterback J.W. Walsh: “A recliner. They ship them in. It was one of the things in the gift suite. You can plug your phone charger into it. It's got two cup holders. It's a pretty sweet recliner.” Junior safety Jordan Sterns: “My favorite was probably the iPad from the Cotton Bowl.” MEDIA REPORT: OSU TO HIRE NEW GA TO COACH SPECIAL TEAMS Following the departure of OSU graduate assistant Robby Discher, who accepted a full-time assistant position at Toledo in November, the Cowboys have reportedly found a replacement. Steve Hauser, an offensive quality control coach at OSU in 2013, will rejoin OSU's staff in Discher's former role, according to a report from FootballScoop.com Hauser confirmed the news on his twitter account (@CoachHauserOSU) on Saturday: “Excited to rejoin @CowboyFB. Great People, Talented Players, Unmatched Facilities. #PistolsFiring.” He lists himself as the “Offensive GA (WR) & Special Teams Coordinator” on the account. Hauser was previously employed in the personnel department with the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 2014-15. USHER TO HOST FREE CONCERT IN NEW ORLEANS BEFORE SUGAR BOWL Multiplatinum R&B recording artist Usher is set to host a free concert prior the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The performance is part of the Allstate Fan Fest and will take place at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 30 in Jackson Square, located in the French Quarter. It will also be livestreamed on Tidal.com. OSU will also host a pep rally as part of the pregame festivities at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the same location.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offer scholarships to 2016 quarterbacks from Michigan and Louisiana
Although NCAA rules prevent coaches from making in-person recruiting visits until Jan. 14, the Cowboys have reportedly offered scholarships to two notable passers.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offer scholarships to 2016 quarterbacks from Michigan and Louisiana
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 20, 2015Oklahoma State has been hard at work securing a scholarship quarterback for its 2016 signing class following the decommitment of longtime verbal pledge Nick Starkel (Liberty Christian High School, Texas) last week. Although NCAA rules prevent coaches from making in-person recruiting visits until Jan. 14, the Cowboys have reportedly offered scholarships to two notable passers. Tony Poljan — a 6-foot-7, 230-pound, quarterback from Lansing, Mich., and former Minnesota pledge — tweeted Wednesday (@TPoljan1) he received an OSU scholarship offer. Poljan is the 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan and was a two-way athlete that tallied 1,907 yards passing and 40 total touchdowns last season. He also reported scholarship offers from Nebraska and Michigan State among others. Keondre Wudtee — a 6-foot-4, 195-pound, quarterback from Bossier City, La., and Louisiana Tech commit — tweeted Saturday (@K_wudteeQB) that the Cowboys offered a scholarship. Wudtee was named the 1-5A offensive MVP last season after throwing for 3,466 yards and 34 touchdowns. COWBOY BACK BLAKE JARWIN HAPPY TO MAKE RETURN FROM INJURY OSU junior Cowboy back Blake Jarwin was unable to play while reportedly recovering from multiple fractured ribs suffered at Iowa State when the Cowboys finished their season with consecutive losses. “It definitely hurts not being with the team win or lose,” said Jarwin, a first-team All-Big 12 selection at tight end. “You work with these guys 24/7. You always want to be with them.” But those weeks of rehab paired with an extended break before OSU's Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl matchup against Ole Miss has provided a timeline that should allow Jarwin to make his return the field. “I've been trying to recover the best I can,” Jarwin said. “I'm confident I'll be able to go full speed when the game comes around.” QUOTABLE OSU coach Mike Gundy on former Cowboy defensive backs coach Jason Jones who is now co-defensive coordinator at Ole Miss: “He was a very high energy, enthusiastic, loyal, bright, up-and-coming coach. He's somewhat of a veteran now, but we were glad to have him. He really worked hard and was committed to Oklahoma State football at the time he was here.”
Oklahoma State football: Rash of decommitments increases need for strong recruiting finish for Cowboys' 2016 classDec 14, 2015
The Cowboys were far from the only victims of fluid decision making across the college football recruiting landscape early this month.
Oklahoma State football: Rash of decommitments increases need for strong recruiting finish for Cowboys' 2016 class
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 14, 2015STILLWATER — Oklahoma State capped its regular season in late November with 10 wins and a 2016 recruiting class shaping up to mirror that success. Then the calendar flipped to December and winter blues seemingly crashed the party as OSU lost three of its highest-rated prospects within a span of two weeks. Ryan McCollum — a 6-foot-6, 270-pound, offensive tackle from Klein Oak High School (Texas) who committed to OSU in August — changed his pledge to Texas A&M on Dec. 11. Nick Starkel — a 6-3, 185-pound, quarterback from Liberty Christian High School (Texas) who committed to OSU in April — announced late Sunday he was “open to looking at other colleges.” Tramal Ivy — a 6-4, 215-pound, defensive end from Butler Community College (Kan.) who committed to OSU in August — said on Monday he will “be looking at other schools.” However, the Cowboys were far from the only victims of fluid decision making across the college football recruiting landscape early this month. “This is the time of year where most kids who have been committed are starting to get the pushes from schools that weren't pushing once upon a time,” said Damon Sayles, a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. “Or this is a time where a lot of these kids are just seeing what else is out there.” It's awful timing for coaching staffs assembling a class with less than two months until signing day (Feb. 3). It sets up a mad dash to the recruitment finish line as the NCAA imposes a no in-person contact period between college coaches and recruits from Dec. 14 to Jan. 13. “Direct messaging (on social media) could be a way for some coaches to get in touch with these kids,” Sayles said. “It's a dead period, so technically they're not supposed to be reaching anybody anywhere, but I'm sure that stuff happens. I think everybody would be a little bit naïve to think that it did not happen. But there are some guys who play it by the books.” So, what's next for the Cowboys? Their 2016 class is now 17-members strong. While the departures of McCollum and Ivy sting, OSU currently has three offensive tackles — Teven Jenkins (Topeka High School, Kansas), Dylan Galloway (Coppell High School, Texas), Larry Williams (Hutchinson Community College, Kansas) — and defensive end Tralund Webber (Blinn Community College, Texas) verbally committed. The Cowboys' greatest challenge will be replacing Starkel. OSU has received a commitment from Nyc Burns (Berryhill High School), but as a preferred walk-on. With the majority of elite-level quarterbacks currently committed to major programs, OSU will likely work to sway prospect's decision based on the promise of being the passing centerpiece of a recruiting class for a high-tempo spread attack. “The one thing that Mike Gundy and his staff preach is that they win football games in Stillwater,” Sayles said. “When you put yourself in that predicament, sometimes you don't have to say a whole lot. Just show them the records. Show them the statistics.” Here's a closer look at three committed 2016 quarterbacks with previous interest from OSU that would rank high on any Cowboy fan's wish list. Terry Wilson (Del City High School) — Oregon: Wilson already changed his mind once, flipping from Nebraska to Oregon in September. On Monday, longtime Ohio State quarterback commit Tristen Wallace (Desoto High School, Texas) flipped to the Ducks. That could potentially lead to another change of heart for Wilson, who comes in at No. 3 in The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the class of 2016. Dillon Sterling-Cole (Westfield High School, Houston) — Arizona State: Sterling-Cole put up eye-popping numbers over an acclaimed career at Westfield, accounting for 99 total touchdowns passing and rushing. He committed to Arizona State in July, but Sun Devils' offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has since taken the head coaching job at Memphis. Might that lead to Sterling-Cole reconsidering his options? Cole Kelley (Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette, La.) — Arkansas: Kelley has the size (6-foot-7) and arm strength (2,987 passing yards and 31 touchdowns) to thrive in an up-tempo spread offense that he won't find in Fayetteville. OSU has made major recruiting in-roads in Louisiana over the past few years, too.
Dec 13, 2015
The Cowboys were the first Division-I program to offer Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, quarterback at Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — back in January and Starkel verbally committed in April.
Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Nick Starkel decommits from Cowboys
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 13, 2015STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has lost its lone commitment from a scholarship quarterback in its 2016 class with less than two months left until signing day. The Cowboys were the first Division-I program to offer Nick Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, quarterback at Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — back in January and Starkel verbally committed in April. However, Starkel announced through Twitter (@nstarkel2) late Sunday that he will reopen his options: “Playing college football has always been a dream of mine. Over these past couple of weeks I have spent time praying and discussing with my family about my college decision. We have decided that it is best for me to open up my recruitment. Therefore I am decommitting from Oklahoma State and am now open to looking at other colleges. I would like to thank everyone at OSU for recruiting me and being my first DI. The coaches and the relationships I made in Stillwater will last forever.” Starkel's announcement comes on the eve of a month-long dead period in recruiting with no in-person contact until Jan. 14. OSU now has just one quarterback committed to its 2016 class in preferred walk-on Nyc Burns (Berryhill High School). The Cowboys are expected to return scholarship quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and John Kolar next year. Liberty Christian finished 6-5 this season. Starkel — a 2015 Elite 11 camp invite — completed 55 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also reported scholarship offers from Indiana State, Old Dominion, Texas A&M and Tulane. OLE MISS DEFENSIVE TACKLE REPORTEDLY FALLS FROM HOTEL WINDOW One of the most dominant defensive players from OSU's Sugar Bowl opponent has reportedly suffered injuries from an unusual incident. Ole Miss junior defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche — projected as a top-five 2015 NFL Draft pick — is believed to have fallen from a fourth-floor window and suffered multiple cuts, according to Cody Chaffins of FOX 5 Sports in Atlanta. The Clarion Ledger later reported Nkemdiche, 6-foot-4 and 296-pounds, was found conscious and in stable condition after falling from a hotel window and that a small amount of marijuana was also allegedly found in the room. “It appears that the victim broke the window and then walked approximately 15 feet and climbed over a wall and fell approximately 15 feet,” according to the report. Nkemdiche was named second-team All-American by the Associated Press on Sunday. His 2015 statistics in 11 starts: 29 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and seven quarterback hurries. “We are still learning about the matter, but obviously Robert's well-being is our greatest concern,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement released by a team spokesman. No. 16 OSU (10-2, 7-2 Big) 12 faces No. 12 Ole Miss (9-3, 6-2 SEC) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 (7:30 p.m., ESPN). QUOTABLE OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson on being named first-team All-Big: “I really don't look into awards and things like that. That's more for my parents … I didn't even know about it until probably two hours after it got announced. My phone started blowing up. I'm proud that I got the recognition and stuff, but at the same time, I don't really look too much into it.”
Dec 8, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame."My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday.Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he...
Bosworth becomes Hall of Famer the 'Boz' never could be
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015NEW YORK (AP) — The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame. "My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday. Bosworth was an All-America linebacker and two-time Butkus Award winner at Oklahoma from 1984-86. He helped the Sooners win a national title in '85. He should have been a Hall of Famer a long time ago, but the obnoxious persona he created, the brash-talking Boz, was not so well-received. He failed a drug test that got him suspended from a bowl game. He taunted the NCAA. After he left Norman, Oklahoma, for an NFL career that flamed out quickly, he was not welcomed back. The Boz is gone now, replaced by a 50-year-old man who has reconnected with his school, developed spirituality and found humility. That's the guy who is going into the Hall of Fame, part of a class of 15 former players and two coaches who were set to be inducted Tuesday night by the National Football Foundation at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. "I've lived my life so impatiently, and I fought to hurry things up and not allow God to let things happen in God's time. And I wanted it to happen more in Brian's time," Bosworth said. "As long as I continued to try to fight that battle, I knew my life was always going to be in a sense of frustration and high anxiety." The players heading into the hall with Bosworth were Trev Alberts from Nebraska, Bob Breunig from Arizona State, Sean Brewer from Millsaps College, Ruben Brown from Pittsburgh, Wes Chandler from Florida, Thom Gatewood from Notre Dame, Dick Jauron from Yale, Clinton Jones from Michigan State, Lincoln Kennedy from Washington, Michael Payton from Marshall, Art Still from Kentucky, Zach Thomas from Texas Tech, Heisman Trophy winner Rick Williams from Texas and the late Rob Lytle from Michigan. The coaches were Jim Tressel, who led Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, and 76-year-old Bill Snyder, who has won 193 games in 24 seasons with Kansas State. "It's strange coming to me under any circumstances," Snyder said of the honor while still active. The NFF allows coaches who are 75 and older to be inducted while they are still coaching. In 2006, the late Joe Paterno was inducted while at Penn State and Bobby Bowden went in while coaching at Florida State. Kansas State won its last three games to become bowl eligible this season at 6-6 and will play Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2. "If they had to re-vote today, they probably wouldn't vote that way considering the past season," Snyder said. "Obviously, it's special, and I've tried to put it all off, just because of being in the season and not get wrapped up in it at all. I'm honored." Snyder took over at Kansas State in 1989 when it was maybe the worst program in major college football. He built it into a Big Eight and Big 12 power, a transformation dubbed the Miracle in Manhattan. As for coming back for a 25th season, Snyder said: "As of right now, I have no reason not to, but I take some time after each season and process that and go from there." Thomas, a three-year starter at linebacker for the Red Raiders, said Bosworth was one of the players he tried to emulate when he was playing high school ball in Texas. "He was the prototypical linebacker," said Thomas, who was Southwest Conference defensive player of the year in 1994 and '95. Bosworth played for another Hall of Fame coach during his time at Oklahoma. Barry Switzer won three national titles with the Sooners. He was in New York on Tuesday to attend the induction ceremony, and nothing meant more to Bosworth than sharing the moment with his old coach. "That's why it was so emotional," Bosworth said. "Because it's really all about him. Without him believing in me as a high school kid, giving me that chance, reaching down and telling me you're good enough and I'm proud of you and I love you; those are things I didn't get when I was growing up with my father. Being able to share that with him and really express how much I loved our football team." ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has received a verbal pledge from an in-state quarterback for its 2016 recruiting class. Nyc Burns — a 6-foot-4, 175-pound senior from Berryhill High School (Class 3A) — made his decision via Twitter (@BycNurns13) late Thursday: "I've decided to commit to Oklahoma State! #gopokes." Burns will join the program as a preferred walk-on, according to a report in the Tulsa...
Oklahoma State football: Berryhill quarterback Nyc Burns to join Cowboys as preferred walk-on
Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 3, 2015STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has received a verbal pledge from an in-state quarterback for its 2016 recruiting class. Nyc Burns — a 6-foot-4, 175-pound senior from Berryhill High School (Class 3A) — made his decision via Twitter (@BycNurns13) late Thursday: "I've decided to commit to Oklahoma State! #gopokes." Burns will join the program as a preferred walk-on, according to a report in the Tulsa World. Burns, who recently finished his first and only season as a starter at Berryhill with a 7-4 record, passed for 2,860 yards with 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions to go along with 706 rushing yards for 11 more scores. “I knew I put in the work the past three years, but this season was crazy,” Burns told The Tulsa World. “A year ago, I was thinking, ‘Now I get to be the starting quarterback.’ The way everything turned out, I definitely shocked myself a little bit. “The second I get to OSU, I’m going to work my tail off until I’ve proven I deserve a scholarship.” OSU currently has five quarterbacks on its roster. Senior J.W. Walsh will fulfill his eligibility after the bowl game pending an unlikely application for a sixth-year of eligibility. The Cowboys are expected to return sophomore Mason Rudolph, redshirt freshman Taylor Cornelius, freshman John Kolar and freshman Gabe Neph. The Cowboys have one scholarship quarterback committed to its 2016 recruiting class — Nick Starkel from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas).
PLAYERS TO WATCHSt. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season.St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season.Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3...
Players, teams to watch this prep basketball season
Danny Davis, Associated Press | Nov 15, 2015PLAYERS TO WATCH St. Stephen's senior forward Jarrett Allen — Reigning All-Central Texas MVP is a top recruit who averaged 21.4 points per game last season. St. Dominic Savio senior guard Logan Blow — Captain of a young Eagle team hit 182 free throws and scored 648 points during all-state season. Lanier sophomore guard Davion Buster — District 26-5A's Co-Newcomer of the Year contributed 18.3 points per performance. Cedar Park junior forward Keaton Hervey — Memorable highlight of All-Centex sophomore season was dunk in Class 5A semifinal game. Hays senior forward Jake Krafka — University of Denver recruit scored 11.5 points per game during last season's all-district campaign. San Marcos senior guard Steven Price — Rattler shot 51 percent from the field during a junior year in which he averaged 17 points per game. Taylor senior guard B.J. Tealer — Ducks' fourth-year point guard has been district's unanimous offensive MVP in two straight seasons. Stony Point senior forward Alkaly Traore — Set school's single-season (603) and single-game (33) points records during junior year. Vandegrift senior guard Drayton Whiteside — Area's top newcomer in 2014-15 tallied 15.6 points, 5.0 assists per games as Viper point guard. Reagan junior guard Mark Wilson – Scored 17 points per game and started all but one of Reagan's games during last year's varsity debut. TEAMS TO WATCH Vista Ridge (24-11) — Regional quarterfinalist should improve once RJ Phillips and Tyler Harris return from the football team. LBJ (25-7) — The Austin school district's premier program is looking for its 17th district championship in an 18-season run. Jarrell (24-7) — A regional quarterfinalist in five straight seasons, Cougars return District 25-3A co-MVPs Tucker Sansom and Trevor Ledbetter. Cedar Park (28-7) — Head coach Blake Brown must replace four starters from a Timberwolf team that won the Class 5A, Region IV title. Thorndale (28-7) — Bulldogs graduated three all-district picks, but 2015 regional finalists retain 25-2A honorees Americo Vazquez and Bradley Betak. Cedar Ridge (18-14) —Junior Tim Holland among the returners to a team that missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker in a rebuilding year. Pflugerville (20-13) — The Panthers last missed the playoffs in 2000, but can this team overcome the loss of four all-district hoopsters? Westlake (19-11) — Sophomore Luke Pluymen and senior Mack Kelley both earned District 14-6A superlatives in 2014-15 season. Liberty Hill (32-1) — Unbeaten through the 2014-15 regular season, Panthers have reached 30 wins in six of last seven seasons. St. Stephen's (27-6) — With Jarrett Allen in the middle, Spartans should contend for another SPC championship this winter. ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040508,t000003183
OSU football: Cowboys radio crew pulls double header, calls men's basketball game and win over Iowa StateNov 15, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The voices of the Cowboys — Dave Hunziker and John Holcomb — delayed their trip to Ames for the good of the program. The men's basketball program. A day before calling the OSU football team's 35-21 win over Iowa State, Hunziker and Holcomb called the OSU basketball team's season opening 91-57 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday night, then climbed in the car for the eight-hour drive...
OSU football: Cowboys radio crew pulls double header, calls men's basketball game and win over Iowa State
By John Helsley, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 15, 2015AMES, Iowa — The voices of the Cowboys — Dave Hunziker and John Holcomb — delayed their trip to Ames for the good of the program. The men's basketball program. A day before calling the OSU football team's 35-21 win over Iowa State, Hunziker and Holcomb called the OSU basketball team's season opening 91-57 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday night, then climbed in the car for the eight-hour drive up I-35. Typically a part of the travel party on the team charter flights, they arrived safely and timely, calling the football game for what amounted to a night-day doubleheader. “It was a four-four-four,” Hunziker said. “We drove four hours to Liberty, Missouri, we slept four hours, then we drove four more. So it wasn't bad.” Understandably, Hunziker and Holcomb worked fast, leaving Stillwater at 9:45 following the 7 p.m. tip. The duo had pulled similar doubleheaders before, so the experience wasn't new. Still, for Hunziker, a Missouri native, this was a trip he'd been looking forward to, despite the grind. “This one was better for me, because we got to drive through some parts of the country that are very familiar to me,” Hunziker said. “I grew up in northwest Missouri. Even driving on I-35, there's some old-stomping grounds. It makes me think about playing high school sports. I was looking forward to the drive and seeing places.” The trip home was better for the radio tandem, as they joined the charter flight back to Stillwater.
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy. Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado. Here's a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night's main event on CNBC: DONALD TRUMP Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, "You're fired!" A quick sketch: —Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens —Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania —"The Donald" gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world —Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012 —Starred in reality TV shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" Also of note: The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. Might Trump be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official. Some other distinguishing issues: —Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration —Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls 'the good ones' to return legally —Renegotiate international trade deals to bring jobs back to the U.S. In a nutshell: Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire. ___ BEN CARSON Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie. A quick sketch: —Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother —29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired —First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head —Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom —Enhanced his conservative cred with politically charged remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast Also of note: Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on "incredible fairy tales." He's a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. Might Carson be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation's health care policy. Perhaps no, if you're looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama's health care law to slavery. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose the same flat income tax on everyone —Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest —Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender. ___ MARCO RUBIO Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. A quick sketch: —His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid —Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree —Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker —Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat —Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife Also of note: Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. Might Rubio be for you? Perhaps yes, if you think it's time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead. Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming. Some other distinguishing issues: —Reverse President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba —Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break —Freeze federal spending except on the military In a nutshell: Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful. ___ JEB BUSH: Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he's a former Florida governor. A quick sketch: —Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb —Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably —Worked for father George H.W. Bush's 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns. —Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency —Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case Also of note: Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he's not his father or his brother, however: "I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience." Might Bush be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status. Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties. Some other distinguishing issues: —Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core —Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe —Block tax increases, although he won't sign a no-tax-increase pledge In a nutshell: Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite. ___ CARLY FIORINA Key features: She's a businesswoman — a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — who's run for Senate but never held public office. A quick sketch: —Daughter of a law professor-turned-federal appeals judge and an abstract painter —Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard —In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board —Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign —Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010 Also of note: Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina's campaign. In the second debate, however, she described seeing a graphic scene in secretly recorded footage of Planned Parenthood that isn't actually in those anti-abortion videos, and refused to acknowledge the mistake. Might Fiorina be for you? Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose "zero-based budgeting" that evaluates each federal program's spending annually —Shrink the government workforce and base federal workers' pay on performance, not seniority —Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP's only female contender. ___ TED CRUZ Key features: He's a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight "Obamacare." A quick sketch: —Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor —Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law —Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court —Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office —A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots Also of note: Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He's formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He's not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign. Might Cruz be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama's health care law at all costs. Perhaps no, if you're looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration. Some other distinguishing issues: —Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices —Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage —Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax In a nutshell: Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic. ___ MIKE HUCKABEE Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues. A quick sketch: —Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas —Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention —Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007 —Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News —A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense Also of note: Huckabee's numerous books include a diet guide called "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork," published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight. Might Huckabee be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage. Perhaps no, if you're a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Some other distinguishing issues: —Replace income tax with a national sales tax —Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion —Import lower-priced medicines from Canada In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around. ___ CHRIS CHRISTIE Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. A quick sketch: —Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily —Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey —Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009 —YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens "idiots" or tell them to "shut up" —Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in "Bridgegate" case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial. Also of note: Christie isn't shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he's talked about: his mother's last words to him ("there's nothing left unsaid between us"). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, "and not just the rhythm method," even though he's Roman Catholic. Might Christie be for you? Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools. Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Some other distinguishing issues: —Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job —Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals —For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost In a nutshell: Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor. ___ JOHN KASICH Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor. A quick sketch: —Son of a Pennsylvania mailman. —Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio's Senate —Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver —Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget —Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010 Also of note: Kasich opposes President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio's Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says "real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives" are more important than ideology. Might Kasich be for you? —Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor. —Perhaps no, if you don't want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants. Some other distinguishing issues: —Allow some immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine —Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage —Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around. ___ RAND PAUL: Key features: He's NOT Ron Paul. That's his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian. A quick sketch: —Helped in his father's campaigns from age 11 —Raised in Texas, settled in his wife's home state of Kentucky —Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor —Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office —Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans' phone records Also of note: Rumors aside, he wasn't named for "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him "Rand." But he is a fan of her books. Might Paul be for you? Perhaps yes, if you're upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens' private communications. Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world. Some other distinguishing issues: —Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve —End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception —Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote In a nutshell: Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice.Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease.Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say...
Autopsy: Football player's death due to heart disease
Associated Press | Oct 8, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice. Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease. Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday. Funeral arrangements for Williams are set for Saturday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams.
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice.Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro.Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because...
Burke County football player dies 2 weeks after collapsing
Associated Press | Oct 7, 2015WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Burke County High School football player has died after collapsing during practice. Multiple media outlets report that Roddrick "Rod" Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro. Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi says she suspects Williams died because of a heart condition. Salemi says an autopsy has been performed on Williams' body, but the results were not yet available, as of Tuesday. Students and staff gathered at the school's flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams. Williams' teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 16, 2015
Most college football fans know Trevone Boykin, the record-setting dual-threat Heisman Trophy hopeful for third-ranked TCU.So this is an introduction to the other Big 12 quarterbacks, including four players who rank ahead of Boykin in the conference in total offense and passing.OK, it's only two games into the season and Boykin barely played into the second half of a blowout victory last week....
An introduction to Big 12 QBs other than TCU's Boykin
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Sep 16, 2015Most college football fans know Trevone Boykin, the record-setting dual-threat Heisman Trophy hopeful for third-ranked TCU. So this is an introduction to the other Big 12 quarterbacks, including four players who rank ahead of Boykin in the conference in total offense and passing. OK, it's only two games into the season and Boykin barely played into the second half of a blowout victory last week. But Patrick Mahomes, Seth Russell, Skyler Howard and Mason Rudolph are in the same position as Boykin was this time a year ago, before he almost got the Horned Frogs into the first College Football Playoff and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. That quartet went into the season as full-time starters — their team's No. 1 — for the first time. A look at them and other Big 12 quarterbacks: —Mahomes is the latest in a long line of big-passing quarterbacks at Texas Tech. He started four games as a freshman last season, and won the job this year over Davis Webb, who also started multiple games in 2014. Mahomes is the Big 12's leading passer at 393 yards per game, with eight touchdowns and only one interception. He has also run for two scores. He set a Big 12 freshman record with 598 yards against Baylor last year, along with six TDs in that game. —Russell had to wait his turn to run fifth-ranked Baylor's big-play offense. In his only start before this season, he threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns — in only one half filling in for injured Bryce Petty. With Petty now with the New York Jets, Russell has an FBS-best nine TDs this season, but also five turnovers (four interceptions, one lost fumble). The Bears' 785 total yards last week was the second-highest total in school history. —Statistically, West Virginia junior Skyler Howard is the conference's most efficient passer (622 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions). Coach Dana Holgorsen said Howard, a Texas high school player who went to Riverside City College, is playing with confidence and wanting to prove people wrong. "He just wasn't a recruited kid, always been told too slow, too short, and not strong enough to be able to play the game at this level," Holgorsen said. Howard started the Liberty Bowl for injured Clint Trickett, throwing for 346 yards passing and three TDs in a 45-37 loss to Texas A&M. —Mason Rudolph became Oklahoma State's starter the final three games last season as a freshman. After a loss at Baylor, Rudolph led a comeback victory at Oklahoma and then threw for 299 yards and two TDs against Washington to win the Cactus Bowl. In his first home game for the Cowboys on Saturday, he threw for 401 yards with 23 completions (to 11 receivers) in a 32-8 win over Central Arkansas. —Former Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield is now at Oklahoma and earned the No. 1 job over returning starter Trevor Knight. Mayfield started seven games for the Red Raiders a freshman before having to sit out a season. Mayfield has thrown for six TDs and is tied with Boykin for fifth in the Big 12 with 314.5 total yards per game. —Kansas State junior Joe Hubener hadn't started a game at quarterback since junior high before last week's win at Texas-San Antonio. He was a receiver and defensive back in high school before walking on at Kansas State. Jesse Ertz emerged from the quarterback competition as the starter, but hurt his knee on his first play. —After starting five games for Kansas State last season, Montell Cozart was benched for Michael Cummings, who likely would have started this season had he not torn up his knee in the spring game. Cozart could get replaced again after an open date since junior college transfer Deondre Ford finished the last game. —Iowa State's Sam Richardson is the only senior starting quarterback in the league other than Boykin. The only freshman is redshirt Jerrod Heard, who threw two long TDs and ran for 96 yards in his first career start last Saturday in a win over Rice. ___ AP Sports Writers Dave Skretta, Cliff Brunt and John Raby, and AP Writer Betsy Blaney contributed to this report. ___ Online: http://collegefootball.ap.org ___ This version corrects to West Virginia losing Liberty Bowl.
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 15, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger published a book focusing on a handful of players and coaches at a West Texas high school, lone stars among a thousand teams and 126,000 young Texans who donned helmets and shoulder pads in 1988, grains of sand amid a hundred years and a million tales of Texas football.He called it "Friday Night Lights," and with almost 2 million...
Remembering 25th anniversary of book 'Friday Night Lights'
By DAVID BARRON, Associated Press | Sep 15, 2015HOUSTON (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger published a book focusing on a handful of players and coaches at a West Texas high school, lone stars among a thousand teams and 126,000 young Texans who donned helmets and shoulder pads in 1988, grains of sand amid a hundred years and a million tales of Texas football. He called it "Friday Night Lights," and with almost 2 million copies in print, it remains arguably the most well-rounded examination ever written of topics that Texas and Texans continue to hold dear — as well as subjects with which they continue to struggle. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MpSOYk ) reports such an accomplishment deserves a 25-year victory lap. So Bissinger returns to Texas this week, with a Wednesday stop in Houston, to reminisce about those who admired and still admire "Friday Night Lights" and to recall those who were sufficiently offended in 1990 to threaten lawsuits and, in some case, threaten his life. "I am proud of the book, and I am proud of its legacy," Bissinger said. "I'm lucky that I was in the right place at the right time to write a book that really isn't about sports but is about the impact of sports and that is more true than ever today." "Friday Night Lights" chronicles the 1988 season at longtime high school football powerhouse Odessa Permian, focusing on, as its subtitle states, "a town, a team and a dream." From that narrow focus, however, came a larger narrative in which practically every reader could find things to admire or decry and any number of elements with which to identify. "That was the secret sauce," Bissinger said. "I knew there were excesses in the program and the town that had to be pointed out. But all over the country, not just in Texas, it became a parable of what was happening with high school football, both the great part and the scary part. "The book has become timeless, and I know this based on thousands of comments from readers who identify with the book: 'This was my high school.' 'I remember these kids.' 'I was one of these kids.' 'I remember the Friday night lights.'?" In the wake of the "no-pass, no-play" furor of the mid-1980s, some readers focused on Bissinger's descriptions of education taking a backseat to football at Permian. Others marveled at the intensity of Permian fans, including the man who said, "Life really wouldn't be worth living if you didn't have a high school team to support," as West Texas struggled through the aftermath of the oil bust of the mid-'80s. As Bissinger wove personal stories into the larger narrative, many readers focused on the sad tale of running back James "Boobie" Miles, who began the season as Permian's best-known player but, after a season-ending injury, faced ridicule and scorn, some of it of a racial nature, as his importance to the Panthers' football machine faded. Don Billingsley, one of the featured students in the book, said a few weeks before its release, "I think there's too much truth in there for people to handle." Indeed, Bissinger received death threats that prompted his publisher to cancel a book-signing stop to Odessa. In fact, this Texas tour, with stops in Odessa, Midland, San Antonio, Abilene, Dallas and Austin — in addition to his Wednesday night appearance at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston — re-creates his planned 1990 book tour. Time, though, has healed most wounds. In 2004, when the movie based on the book was released, students in Permian's hallways regularly sported "Friday Night Lights" T-shirts. These days, when Bissinger talks to younger men and women about the book, he said a common response is, "There was a book? I thought it was just a movie." "When I've been back to Odessa, people have been friendly and cordial," he said. "I know there have been changes. When you walk into Permian High School now, you don't see flags commemorating football championships. You see flags of colleges that kids have attended, including Harvard." The film, which took generous liberties with the truth, and the TV series, with which Bissinger was not involved, both drew mixed reviews. The book remains a classic, cited in the recent anthology "100 Essential Texas Books" for its mixture of sports and sociology. "It was the first of its kind that explored the whole phenomenon of football and a community and the whole social spectrum rather than just the players and the games," said Carlton Stowers, the former sportswriter and award-winning true crime author who helped compile "100 Essential Texas Books." ''It was an honest book. And, sometimes, that will make you some enemies." In 1990, some of those enemies contacted Gerald Treece, a Houston attorney and Odessa Permian graduate, to explore legal action because they felt betrayed by the manner in which Bissinger portrayed them and their city. "They thought it was going to be 'Hoosiers,'?" Treece said. "The problem was that the story was accurate. Truth is a pretty strong defense." Bissinger acknowledges that he lucked into a treasure trove of material of personalities and circumstances. Permian was not ranked in the Class 5A Top 10 before the 1988 season and required a coin flip to break a three-way tie for the district title to make the playoffs, but the Panthers made it within one game of the championship game before losing to Dallas Carter, which had controversies of its own in 1988 that added to the tense times described in the book. "I had nothing to do with it being such a great story," he said. "There were more twists and turns than you can imagine." The twists continued after the 1988 season and, in some ways, continue today. Permian won a state championship in 1989 but in 1990 was barred from the playoffs because of improper preseason practices. The Panthers won a division title in 1991 and lost in the 1995 division finals and have not played for a championship in 20 years. In fact, Permian has become a relative afterthought, in terms of statewide significance, in the last two decades. After making the playoffs 20 times in 26 years from 1970 through 1995, Permian has made the playoffs only nine times in the last 19 seasons, five times advancing as far as the third of six rounds but no further. Instead, much as Permian emerged in the 1960s as a force, the Panthers specifically, and West Texas football in general, have been overshadowed by Dallas-Fort Worth teams as Texas' population has shifted to the DFW-Houston-San Antonio triangle. "People have assumed I would be happy about that. I wasn't happy about that," Bissinger said. "The landscape changed. I don't get the sense they're committing the excesses of the past. Now it's Katy and Allen and Euless Trinity. "Permian won (in the 1970s and '80s) with undersized, tough kids. Those days are over. It's hard to compete against schools with great facilities and big kids and private trainers. That storybook ending isn't going to happen anymore." While Bissinger senses that football and academics are now more in balance in Permian than they were in the 1980s, he cocks a skeptical eye toward the likes of Allen and Katy, each of which spent or plans to spend nearly $60 million on new stadiums. "Do you need (a $60 million stadium)?" he said. "People need to ask that question. Is that what it's all about? I don't think it is, but I'm not a taxpayer." Bissinger went on to professional success and a degree of personal turmoil in the wake of "Friday Night Lights." He recently wrote one of the year's most-anticipated stories, the tale of 1972 Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner's transformation into Caitlyn Jenner, for Vanity Fair, and a personal confession of sorts about a shopping addiction that cost him a half-million dollars and, along with other issues, led to a stint in rehab. "There was a time when I was burned out and tired of hearing about 'Friday Night Lights,'?" he said. "Then I went into rehab and got a grip and realized, as my father told me, 'that a book like this is a great problem to have. Shut up and feel good that you wrote something that people cared about and that still sells.'?" Just as he delved so thoroughly into the inner life of Odessa, Bissinger did not spare himself in disclosing the "variety of compulsive and dangerous behavior" that led to rehab. He wrote that using men's and women's clothing "became my venue," as he described it, "into the sexual unknown." "It was part of me believing we are in a profession where we ask people to be honest so you have to be honest about yourself," he said. "Maybe people can derive some benefit from my talking about what I've been through and how I got through it." Similarly, he was impressed with which Jenner shared her story. "I found Caitlyn a flawed person, with a difficult relationship with the four Jenner children," he said. "But she was impeccably honest; I found her candor appealing. People like honesty, even though it's not practiced very much anymore." Still, despite the recent attention surrounding the Jenner story, and even though he thinks he's written better books (notably "A Prayer for the City" about Philadelphia's city government), Bissinger acknowledges that it is "Friday Night Lights" for which he will remain known. "For a lot of writers, the best book you write is not the book that people cling to," he said. "It's been 25 years, and I still get two or three emails a week about 'Friday Night Lights.' I don't get that many on Jenner." He is discouraged by the emphasis that many continue to place on high school football and the occasional off-kilter moments it produces, including the recent attack on a game official by two players in Texas, and said he would hesitate to let his children play the game because of injury concerns. But Bissinger also remains spellbound by the spectacle of it all. "My most indelible memories of Permian are the games and those noble, gladiatorial kids," he said. ". I love the game. I like the violence. The hits are exciting, and you're never going to get them out of the game. "You have to accept football for what it is or get rid of it. We're not going to get rid of it, and I don't think that we should." ___ Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.