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May 7, 2016
MIDWEST CITY — Defenses who lined up against Okemah's football team this past season knew of Logan Dailey's speed. On Saturday, the speed of the offensive player of the year in District 2A-5 was on display at the Class 2A-A state track meet at Carl Albert High School. Dailey set two Class 2A state track meet records in winning both the 100- and 200-meter dash. His time of 10.66 seconds in...
Class A, Class 2A state track: A record-setting day for Logan Dailey of Okemah
By Ed Godfrey Staff Wright firstname.lastname@example.org | May 7, 2016MIDWEST CITY — Defenses who lined up against Okemah's football team this past season knew of Logan Dailey's speed. On Saturday, the speed of the offensive player of the year in District 2A-5 was on display at the Class 2A-A state track meet at Carl Albert High School. Dailey set two Class 2A state track meet records in winning both the 100- and 200-meter dash. His time of 10.66 seconds in the 100 broke the record that he set Friday in the preliminaries and bested the previous record of 10.71 set in 2011 by Michael Ervin of Millwood. Dailey defeated his teammate, Josh Whisnant, who recorded a time of 10.81 in the 100. Both were members of Okemah's winning 400 relay on Saturday, with Dailey running the anchor leg. In the 200, Dailey edged Jacob Johnson of Hooker by one-tenth of a second. Dailey said he didn't realize during the race that the finish was that close. “I was just trying to live in the moment and whatever happens, happens,” he said. . Dailey's winning time of 21.62 in the 200 also was one-tenth better than the previous state meet record of 21.63 set in 1984 by Ronald Breath of Fox. The titles are the first state championships in Dailey's career. A senior, he finished second last year in the 100 in the Class 3A state track meet, recording a time of 11.1. “His hard work has paid off for him” said Okemah track coach Frank Yazel. “He's a guy who works on his mechanics all the time. He works year-round. He does everything that he is supposed to do and more.” Dailey said he was not thinking of state records entering the state track meet. His main goal coming in was to win a state title in either the 400 or 800 relay. He nearly got both and another Class 2A state track meet record to boot. Okemah's time in the 800-meter relay on Friday broke the previous state record, but so did Hobart's. The Bearcats won the race. The Panthers finished second. But Dailey said he is pleased with winning three gold medals and one silver. “This is one to remember,” Dailey said of Saturday's track meet. “I have been truly blessed this whole season.” Dailey's track career started with the pole vault in the seventh grade before coaches discovered his real potential was in the sprint races. “He originally had some gift but he has developed his speed even more,” Yazel said. “He has gotten better and better every single year.”
Apr 26, 2016
"First Take" co-host Skip Bayless, a 1970 Northwest Classen High School graduate, is leaving ESPN after 12 years, the network confirmed Tuesday. He is expected to join Fox Sports. ESPN said in a statement: “Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on 'First Take' will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank...
Sports on TV: Oklahoma City's Skip Bayless leaving ESPN, expected to join Fox Sports
By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Apr 26, 2016"First Take" co-host Skip Bayless, a 1970 Northwest Classen High School graduate, is leaving ESPN after 12 years, the network confirmed Tuesday. He is expected to join Fox Sports. ESPN said in a statement: “Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on 'First Take' will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.” Fox Sports President Jamie Horowitz, who created "First Take" while at ESPN, said last month that he hoped to sign Bayless if he became available. “Yes, we're interested in all the superstars,” Horowitz told the Sporting News. Ratings for "First Take," in which Bayless and co-host Stephen A. Smith hotly debate sports topics, have risen steadily. Richard Dietsch of Sports Illustrated reported in November that ESPN was prepared to offer Bayless around $4 million annually. Bayless, 64, who worked for more than 20 years as a newspaper sports columnist, joined ESPN in 2004 as a writer for ESPN.com and a commentator on "Cold Pizza," ESPN2's former weekday morning show. In May 2007, the show moved from New York to ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and was rechristened "First Take." In 2012, Bayless' tweet about starting at guard for the 1970 Northwest Classen state runner-up team started a controversy. Although Bayless apparently started a few games as a senior, he averaged only 1.4 points a game. Tirico to join NBC Mike Tirico, ESPN's "Monday Night Football" announcer, is leaving the network to join NBC Sports, according to reports. Tirico, who has been on ESPN's flagship NFL broadcast since 2006, will leave after his contract ends this summer. Tirico, 49, has covered multiple sports for ESPN, including the NBA, college football, college basketball and golf. The Sports Business Daily reported that Tirico is expected to be the lead play-by-play announcer on NBC's "Thursday Night Football." Short takes • Griffin Communcations' KSBI-52, which has been airing the Oklahoma City Energy FC home games, has announced it has added the team's remaining 14 road games for the 2016 season. The first road broadcast will be a 9 p.m. Sunday game against Seattle.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Gary Shivers, 82, of Oklahoma City was a native Texan who starred in basketball at the University of Houston. Shivers was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1954 and was then drafted in the 10th round by the old Baltimore Bullets. He played for several teams in the National Industrial Basketball League,...
TRIBUTES: A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience
By Scott Munn Assistant Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org | Apr 26, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Gary Shivers, 82, of Oklahoma City was a native Texan who starred in basketball at the University of Houston. Shivers was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection in 1954 and was then drafted in the 10th round by the old Baltimore Bullets. He played for several teams in the National Industrial Basketball League, including the Goodyear Wingfoots. An avid golfer and Oklahoma State fan. Spent 35 years working in management for Goodyear Tire and Rubber. *Justin Lewis, 41, of Newcastle played on Merritt High School's first state tournament basketball team in 1992. The father of four was a Southeastern State graduate and worked as a production technician for Astellas Pharma Technologies in Norman. *Dan Dearing, 67, of Seminole was a 1967 graduate of Wewoka High School. Dearing was the center and punter for the '66 football team that won the Class A state title. The district all-star earned a scholarship to play football for Central Oklahoma. The OU football fan enjoyed golfing, fishing and boating. He was retired from Ford Motor Co. *Matt Crawford, 42, of Piedmont was a member of the U.S. National handball team. Also worked the starting gates at Remington Park. A Medford High School graduate who played college basketball. *Mark Payton, 95, of Tulsa. He beat polio as a child and became an All-State football player at Belle Plaine High School in Iowa. He liked to climb mountains as a youngster. *Roy Saunders, 85, of Tulsa was a stock car racer as a young man. *Robby Fox Jr., 50, of Newcastle. An Edmond native and Yukon High School graduate. He played football, basketball and baseball through the eighth grade. Competed in dirt bike racing. Also liked drag racing and attended many national events. The construction and trucking company owner was an OU football fan. *Dalton Blanche, 96, of Oklahoma City. He grew up fishing on the Mountain Fork River in the Broken Bow area. As a high schooler, he organized fishing trips for tourists. After high school, he moved to Wichita, Kan., and helped build bombers at the Boeing plant during World War II. *Olen Foley, 86, of Oklahoma City played softball until his 80th birthday. The retired TWA customer service agent was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Arkansas Razorbacks fan. Enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams. *Jim Miller, 87, of Oklahoma City. As a youngster, he was a pin boy at a city bowling alley. He earned extra money by staying after hours and setting pins for gamblers. The retired Air Force veteran and realtor was a standout bowler himself, carrying a 225 average as an adult. *Sue Burkdoll Ellison White, 82, of Edmond. As a high school girl, she spent fall football Fridays as a drum majorette at Pawnee High School. *Dr. J. Richard Hershberger, 83, of Oklahoma City. The minister was a world-class volleyball player. He played on six teams that won U.S. Volleyball National Championship Tournaments. The All-American also played on teams in the Senior Olympic Games. An avid fly fisherman.
Fees will remain the same for the 2016-17 school year for most USD 489 students.The Board of Education voted 4-2 Monday evening to approve the fees.President Lance Bickle and Vice President Josh Waddell voted against. BOE member Mandy Fox was absent.Like last year, all students, except those receiving free lunches, will be charged $135 for a workbook/material fee. Students receiving free...
489 fees will stay the same
Judy Sherard, Associated Press | Apr 19, 2016Fees will remain the same for the 2016-17 school year for most USD 489 students. The Board of Education voted 4-2 Monday evening to approve the fees. President Lance Bickle and Vice President Josh Waddell voted against. BOE member Mandy Fox was absent. Like last year, all students, except those receiving free lunches, will be charged $135 for a workbook/material fee. Students receiving free lunches pay no workbook/material fee. Other fees include kindergarten, activity and technology fees for some students. “We had talked about leaving everything as it was, adding the (Hays) Middle School technology fee,” said superintendent Dean Katt. “In May, we’ll have the middle school (staff) present on taking devices home.” The students will be charged a $25 technology fee if the board votes to allow those students to take their iPads home. That is expected to total a projected $15,075. Lunch prices will go up 10 cents, and breakfast prices will stay the same. The BOE postponed a decision on an addendum to its internet contract with Eagle Communications. Technology Director Scott Summers said Eagle has increased their school district’s speed at no additional cost to the district until the end of the school year, so he can monitor the district’s use of the extra speed. “We’ll collect as much data as we can in the next two months,” Summers said. In other business the board: Approved contract non-renewals for teachers Barbara Begler and Ian Santomi. Accepted resignations from Amanda Basye, Lincoln Elementary School ELL para and breakfast/lunch/recess supervisor; Jenna Witteman, Hays High School assistant cheer coach; Claudia Wright, O’Loughlin Elementary School ELL para; Becky Rogowski, Westside Alternative School para; Krystal Randa, O’Loughlin first-grade teacher; Melinda O’Hair, Hays High cheer coach and Victoria Rall, Hays High head girls and assistant boys swim coach. Approved retirements for Todd Taylor, Hays High welding/woodworking/driver’s ed teacher; Marcus Bishop, Hays Middle School band teacher; Mark Hauptman, district wide assistant superintendent of special services; Andrea Carmichael, district wide augmentative communication; Emily Jackson, Hays Area Children’s Center special ed teacher; Kelli Karlin, Hays High special ed teacher and Tom Meagher, Wilson Elementary School principal. Approved transfers for Sari Ashbaugh from The Learning Center/HMS to special ed teacher at HMS, and Betsy Forinash from Lincoln second grade to third grade teacher. Approved the termination of Leyila Pratt, HMS assistant cook. Approved employment of Debra Armknecht, O’Loughlin special ed para; Nathan Purdue, HMS science teacher; Troy Dale, HMS assistant football coach; Darian Housworth, O’Loughlin ELL para and Vicki Gile, O’Loughlin principal. ——— ©2016 The Hays Daily News (Hays, Kan.) Visit The Hays Daily News (Hays, Kan.) at www.hdnews.net Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000002776,t000002791,t000049132,t000166569
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:The Niagara Gazette on a constitutional convention in New York.April 9As the 2016 Legislature approaches its adjournment it was inevitable that we would hear talk of the need for another constitutional convention. The scandal-riddled atmosphere of Albany, too often known for its dysfunction instead of...
Editorials from around New York
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Apr 13, 2016Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Niagara Gazette on a constitutional convention in New York. April 9 As the 2016 Legislature approaches its adjournment it was inevitable that we would hear talk of the need for another constitutional convention. The scandal-riddled atmosphere of Albany, too often known for its dysfunction instead of accomplishments in dealing with state government matters, has sparked interest to take a closer look at the State Constitution and its impact on all New Yorkers. For the record, the last time such a convention was held (1967) Robert F. Kennedy was a U.S. senator from New York and Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Later, several proposed changes to the constitution were submitted for voter approval and each was defeated. In 1997, voters rejected the mere suggestion of having a convention. They were urged on by an odd coalition of environmentalists, conservative activists, and labor unions. At that time, the Senate and Assembly leaders joined forces with the opponents. Under the present constitution, Empire State residents are afforded an opportunity every 20 years to decide whether another such session should be convened. Now appears an appropriate time — some reform groups call it urgent — in the wake of a shameful period in New York history when the state's two top government leaders are facing prison terms for their crimes of corruption. How much their deplorable behavior and selfish actions have eroded the public trust has yet to be fully measured, but certainly it has been damaged extensively. Suffice to say, however, that significant change is needed to restore that confidence. It would be understandable if many New Yorkers had mixed feelings about the vote for another convention to be held in 2017. Some familiar with the previous gatherings question how it would be controlled. As Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters cautions, the process of selecting delegates is crucial. If it's not carefully structured, it could easily prove another monumental waste of time and money. "It needs to be clear that no one group will dominate the event. And it will be important to preclude any possibility that campaign funds will be used to influence the outcome." It needs to be "less of an insider, and more of a people's convention," Bartoletti adds. In the current format, state lawmakers are allowed to serve as convention delegates. That should end. What's not needed at this point is a fox-in-charge-of-the-chicken-coup approach. Earlier conventions seemed to come up short because as delegates the lawmakers were more concerned with protecting their own turf. To compound matters the lawmakers then were double dipping, adding to their $79,500 salary and pension benefits. Unless the proper guidelines are adopted and the needs carefully studied, a future constitutional convention is destined to fail. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/20zyW8S The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on education standards in New York. April 9 Every three years, a random group of 15-year-olds from across the United States takes a test called the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA. The results are useful for determining how the U.S. is preparing its youth to succeed in an increasingly global economy. If you are a parent in America, you should probably take a look at the latest scores. No matter how great of an education you think your child is getting, he or she is almost certainly trailing behind kids living in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Canada, Germany, Australia and 18 other countries where, according to Pew Research Center, young people did "significantly" better on the PISA math test than those in the U.S. New York's math proficiency rate was 30 percent, compared to 72 percent in Shanghai. Science scores were not much rosier. While PISA comparisons are not perfect, the U.S. is undeniably failing to keep up with a large portion of the developed world. That is why most of the heated arguments over opting in or out of standardized tests are missing the point. All of our schools, including yours, need to achieve much higher standards. And — since American students have been required to take standardized tests for more more than a decade — we also know which schools will need to stretch the farthest to get there. But it is simply a matter of degrees. Every parent needs to understand that an "A'' in your neighborhood could translate into a "C'' in Japan. The way to change that is threefold: Set higher national achievement goals. Find ways to help students meet those goals. Check to see if students are successful in doing so. Common Core sets higher national goals. Are they high enough? What should we be doing to get there? And how will we know we have arrived? Those are the questions parents, educators and policymakers should be steadfastly focused on. Instead, a bungled roll out of Common Core has us stuck, for the second year in a row, in an emotional debate over whether students should take this week's assessments. That's not to say we aren't making strides in education. There are plenty. For example, the New York state budget includes a nice chunk of change, $9.4 million, to further develop community schools in the city of Rochester. This acknowledges the fact that teachers and administrators cannot be solely responsible for the educational outcomes of students living in poverty and experiencing different types of trauma. By reaching beyond the classroom to provide health and social services to students and families, we might finally close the gap between urban and suburban students. But, even if that works brilliantly, it will only level the region's scores, which would all look lower in, let's say, the Swiss Alps. Whether you are choosing to opt your child out, or in, has little consequence if neither path makes your child a globally competent learner. ___ Online: http://on.rocne.ws/1MrMPUj The Wall Street Journal on the Federal Communications Commission's proposed internet rules. April 11 The Federal Communications Commission promised that managing the Internet like an 1890s railroad wouldn't result in a crush of new "net neutrality" regulations, but this claim keeps hitting the firewall of reality: Now the commission is proposing privacy rules that dump decades of successful policy and don't apply to the tech companies that profit off Web habits. The FCC recently passed new rules for how Internet-service providers collect customer data. In all but a few cases, consumers would be required to consent, or "opt-in," for a broadband company to use or share preferences to, say, sell targeted ads. The agency said in a fact sheet: "When consumers sign up for Internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." That sounds great, though this isn't the FCC's job, or at least not until recently. For decades the Federal Trade Commission managed such consumer protection, but the FCC phished this authority last year when it reclassified Internet providers as "common carriers" as part of imposing net neutrality. Yet instead of applying the FTC's privacy approach — which focuses on punishing deceptive or unfair practices — the FCC would default to barring nearly all uses of viewer preferences. This matters because consumers are usually willing to trade some data — not a Social Security number, but past purchases — for better and more tailored experiences, as Amazon and Google have shown. Customers who prefer to stay off the grid can almost always opt out of collection, but now that minority will dictate innovation for everyone else. Speaking of Amazon and Google, the rule doesn't cover tech giants, as Google managed to win a last-minute exemption to net neutrality for so-called "edge providers," even though their business model includes snapping up information on everything you buy. These companies are apparently too big to regulate. As a Moody's report put it, allowing such companies to stay regulated by the less meddlesome FTC would offer "a distinct competitive advantage" in online advertising, not that Silicon Valley needs it. The FCC says cable companies deserve special punishment because it's easier to switch websites than to rip out your connection. But the average Internet user moves among six devices and connects everywhere from cell service to coffee shop Wi-Fi, as a February report from Georgia Tech points out. A provider catches a fraction of these interactions, and that number is dwindling as some 70% of Internet traffic will be encrypted by the end of the year. It's harder to escape Google, which handles roughly 70% of Internet searches. Is Ask Jeeves still around? Google, Netflix and others have blown up the way Americans watch television, which makes it more bizarre that the FCC is trying to block the cable industry from competing with the companies that reinvented it. But a legal challenge to the net-neutrality rules that spawned this episode is awaiting a ruling at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Perhaps the court will notice the arbitrary rules rolling out of the commission since it clinched control of the Internet. ___ Online: http://on.wsj.com/1T2e9HK The Utica Observer-Dispatch on the death of former football player for the New Orleans Saints Will Smith. April 12 The tragic death of football great Will Smith certainly is a huge loss to his family, the NFL and Ohio State, his alma mater. But much of the pain is felt right here in the Utica community because big as Smith was, he never outgrew the love he held for his hometown and the people who showed him the way. Smith, a 2000 Thomas R. Proctor High School graduate and Pro Bowl defensive end who won a national championship with Ohio State and a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints, was shot and killed Saturday night in New Orleans in what appears to be a road rage incident. He was 34. A 28-year-old suspect is in custody, charged with second-degree murder. Smith became one of the NFL's best and the roots for that were put down right here in Utica by a no-nonsense grandmother who kept him on the right path in a tough Cornhill neighborhood. Smith was born in Queens and his grandmother, the late Nancy Smith, moved him and his sister to Utica after their mother died of breast cancer. That was in 1991. The streets were tough, but Grandma was tougher, and though she knew little about sports, she figured they'd keep him busy and out of trouble. And they did. But Smith wasn't one-dimensional. When he wasn't giving opponents fits on the gridiron, he was playing with the Proctor High concert band. And the care and commitment he was taught at home manifested itself in the band's trumpet section, where he helped an immigrant student learn the basics of English through the common bond of music. Andrey Andronovich had studied music in his native Belorussia, but knew no English. He sat next to Smith and using music as the common denominator, Smith laid down some English basics to help his seatmate adjust. "He keeps an English/Russian dictionary nearby, and I help him use it to learn new words as we go along," Smith, then a sophomore, said in a 1998 O-D interview. Smith was the O-D's All-Mohawk Valley Football Player of the Year in 1998. He was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and he will be inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame later this year. He also had been scheduled to appear Thursday for the eighth straight year at his Where There's a Will, There's a Way Foundation's annual Evening of All-Stars, a dinner honoring the Observer-Dispatch's 2015 All-Mohawk Valley Football Team. For years, Smith and his foundation have funded a youth football camp and clinic at Proctor. To be sure, Smith's loss is devastating. His accomplishments are to be admired, but beyond that, Will Smith should be remembered as a role model for young people in every corner of this community. He was a champion on and off the field, a Utican who loved his city and its people. And despite remarkable success, he never forgot where he came from. "I just want to give back to the community," he said after he started his foundation to help local kids. "I will never forget this is where it started." Neither will we. ___ Online: http://bit.ly/1V1jfYf The New York Times on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's response to former President Bill Clinton's 1994 crime bill. April 12 In 1992, Bill Clinton ran on the promise of "two for the price of one": If he was elected, Americans would also get Hillary Clinton, lawyer and activist Democrat, working for them in the White House. Mrs. Clinton advocated for some of the most significant initiatives of her husband's presidency, which were most often the product of compromise in a divided Congress. Indeed, many Democrats revere Mr. Clinton as the leader who brought the party back from the political wilderness by eschewing ideological purity in favor of a more incremental, politically centrist philosophy. That legacy and experience lies at the heart of Mrs. Clinton's approach as "a progressive who gets things done." And the 1994 crime bill, which has emerged as a hot-button issue in the current campaign, is a good example in both its substance and the style of the Clinton manner of policy making. The crime bill was a bipartisan legislative response to a surge in murders and other violent crimes linked to the drug trade that affected all Americans, but especially minority communities. The multipart legislation created programs to keep small-time drug offenders out of prison, financed drug treatment programs and put more cops on the streets in troubled communities. It also included a ban on certain types of assault weapons long sought by gun-control advocates, which has since expired. It played a part in reducing crime rates, but it also contributed to a rise in the prison population— of both violent criminals and low-level offenders — though it wasn't solely responsible for the phenomenon known as mass incarceration. Mrs. Clinton has said she regrets her past statements promoting the crime bill as a way to bring "to heel" the era's young "super-predators." Bill Clinton has reflected on the crime bill's legacy, and expressed regret at the havoc that harsher punishments and stricter sentences created in poor and minority communities. It's puzzling that Mrs. Clinton hasn't addressed in detail the trade-offs and the consequences, good and bad, of that legislation. That's a problem, because even though Bernie Sanders voted for the crime bill (it contained certain provisions he supported), some of his supporters view the bill as the type of compromise that they reject. Mr. Sanders's durability in this race is due in part to young, idealistic Democrats who weren't born before or don't remember the partisan battles of the 1990s. Indeed, 2016's newest voters only know the Obama-era Congress, and its near-constant state of confrontation. On the crime bill, as on the Iraq war, trade deals and gay marriage, some young critics view Mrs. Clinton's changes in position as politically convenient or unprincipled. The way to reach those voters is to acknowledge their objections and better explain what it takes to move an agenda through a hostile Congress. Lately, the Clinton campaign and these critics seem to be talking — or shouting —past each other, with Mr. Clinton implying that Black Lives Matter protesters were not interested in the truth. This, of course, further alienates young voters, who may well embrace a different version of the truth about that legislation. Mrs. Clinton's record as a senator is one of pragmatism, reflecting temperamental and philosophical differences with Mr. Sanders, whose reluctance to compromise contributes to his limited legislative record. She should take this opportunity to spell out what she would do with Congress to address mass incarceration as president. Young skeptics may not agree with her approach, but at least they would better understand why the Democratic Party acted as it did, and how its leaders aim to respond to their concerns. That's as important for uniting Democrats now as it was in the 1990s. ___ Online: http://nyti.ms/1VUW4xQ
Apr 8, 2016
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It happened more than a decade ago, but journalism professor John Nicholson vividly remembers criticizing verb tenses used by the sports department of Syracuse University's radio station and the intense stare he got from Jason Benetti in return."He was polite. He stood up for himself," said the director of the university's Newhouse Sports Media Center. "I admired the heck...
New 32-year-old White Sox broadcaster manages cerebral palsy
By JOHN KEKIS, Associated Press | Apr 8, 2016SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It happened more than a decade ago, but journalism professor John Nicholson vividly remembers criticizing verb tenses used by the sports department of Syracuse University's radio station and the intense stare he got from Jason Benetti in return. "He was polite. He stood up for himself," said the director of the university's Newhouse Sports Media Center. "I admired the heck out of him." Benetti developed that passion in college into his career. He worked for the Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team, and called baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey, and basketball for Time Warner, ESPN, Westwood One and Fox Sports. Now, at age 32, he has his dream job as the new member of the television broadcast crew for the Chicago White Sox — his favorite team. He joins the White Sox as Ken Harrelson winds down his long career. His accomplishments have come as he's managed cerebral palsy throughout his life, giving him a pronounced limp and a lazy eye. Benetti was born 10 weeks premature. He contracted a virus and lung disorder that required the aid of an oxygen machine, and his parents, Rob and Sue Benetti, didn't know if they'd be able to bring him home from the hospital. When they did, it was a struggle. He had to have surgeries on both legs and was in a wheelchair at the beginning of second grade. Not a problem. "All the kids liked to push me around in the wheelchair, which was fun," Benetti said wryly. "Generally, it was a comfortable childhood." Things got tougher in high school, where kids want to be cool and don't always react well to people with physical disabilities. "When you're the guy that's walking around with a limp, it's not easy to be cool and people don't necessarily gravitate toward you like they would, say, the quarterback of the football team," he said. "It wasn't necessarily the coolest thing ever to be around a guy who did radio or band or walked with a limp — I happened to do all three." Playing tuba in the high school band helped Benetti find his niche. At football games, the school band tried to perform with Benetti stationary with his tuba on a stand while everyone else rotated around him. "That didn't exactly work out. It's a little odd. It draws attention to you," he said. The band director had a better idea — play-by-play announcer for the band. Benetti grabbed a microphone and started announcing what the band was playing. "That's when I found that I had some interest in doing that," he said. Benetti began doing sports updates, a sports talk show, and some play-by-play on Homewood-Floosmoor High School's 1,500-watt radio station in suburban Chicago. After finishing college in 2005, Benetti quickly landed the job with the Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. When Chiefs play-by-play announcer Bob McElligott departed the next year, Benetti replaced him. "Here's this guy that has a physical disability, but he's working harder than anybody in the whole place. He's driven," said John Simone, the team's former general manager. "Other than his disability, he's not any different than any of us. He's probably smarter than all of us." Benetti got a dose of exposure when Washington phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper passed through Syracuse and national media descended on Alliance Bank Stadium to chart their progress. Benetti was everywhere, ready to accommodate every request. But that wasn't quite enough. In his spare time, Benetti did college basketball for ESPN, studio work for Notre Dame football, high school football for Time Warner Cable, taught television broadcasting at Newhouse, and also performed some disability policy research work for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse. And he regularly flew back and forth to North Carolina to attend law school at Wake Forest University. Yes, he has his degree. "You never know when somebody is going to have something taken away from them. I can get hit by a bus tomorrow," Benetti said. "You might as well live life to the fullest while you have the opportunity." Benetti says he never wanted to be an activist about disabilities because it's never been his personality. Still, because of what he's accomplished he's well aware that he's an example of how to manage tough circumstances. That hit home several years ago after he spoke to a group of Paralympic athletes in Florida. "The amount of people that came up to me afterward and said, 'Just because you're here, I feel like I can do something. I feel like I can fight this. I feel like I can smile a little bit more widely.'" Benetti said. "That's the moment I thought to myself: 'I've got to do this, especially on TV.' "To be visible and to bring some amount of joy and hope to a large group of people that has some sort of disability, to be able to do that and have that be a portion of a legacy whenever I leave the Earth, I have to. I have to," he said. "I've got to show that it's OK to look a little bit different and be on TV. I think that's part of why I'm here." ___ Follow Kekis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Greek1947
Mar 23, 2016
Texas A&M basketball rides high again. The Aggies play OU on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals at the Honda Center; Kennedy’s health is solid and so is the job status of all those families who followed him to College Station.
Burden has lifted from Parkinson's-stricken A&M coach
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Mar 23, 2016ANAHEIM, Calif. — Billy Kennedy couldn't sleep. That tends to happen when you're facing your own mortality. But it was more than that. Kennedy had picked up stakes and moved his family from Murray, Ky., to College Station, Texas. Which means a bunch of other families changed their lives, too. That's what happens in the coaching business. And before the Kennedy era even began at Texas A&M, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This was a program that had started to care a little about hoops. After one NCAA Tournament trip in 26 years, the Aggies had gone to six straight NCAAs under Billy Gillespie and Mark Turgeon. A couple of prideful programs, Kentucky and Maryland, had even come to Aggieland to whisk them away. So now the job was Kennedy's, and he couldn't even go to work. “It was crushing for him,” said assistant coach Kyle Keller, hired by Kennedy a week after he himself was hired. “You get hit with mortality, trying to figure out, ‘hey, I'm responsible for all these families that have moved to College Station.' Can you imagine the burden?” When Kennedy first revealed the Parkinson's at a staff meeting, concern spread. “First thing, everybody goes home, trying to read all about it,” said Darby Rich, Kennedy's strength and conditioning coach. But A&M basketball rides high again. The Aggies play OU on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals at the Honda Center; Kennedy's health is solid and so is the job status of all those families who followed him to College Station. That doesn't mean it's been easy. Kennedy took a leave of absence from the job, and when he returned after a few weeks, he still had to adjust to his new job. Still had to adjust to his new health status, which eventually required a totally different diet and better physical fitness. All the while adjusting to a new conference. Texas A&M jumped from the Big 12 to the SEC in Kennedy's second season. Aggie basketball suddenly was playing in a football-centric conference with a sick coach. “The combination of the Parkinson's and leaving the Big 12 was unbelievably tough,” Keller said. “It was killing us in recruiting.” Texans were hard-pressed to find the Aggies on television. Recruits were being asked to play road games in Auburn, Ala., and Athens, Ga., instead of Waco and Austin and Norman and Stillwater. A&M failed to make the NCAA Tournament in Kennedy's first four seasons. The Aggies' conference record was 30-42. But Kennedy was slowing building back the program while building back his body. And maintaining his calm demeanor. “No matter if we beat Kentucky in overtime or lose at Arkansas, the dude is the same guy,” Keller said. “He's a tough, hard-nosed guy. Not too high, not too low.” Want to know why the Aggies were able to rally from 12 points down to Northern Iowa in the final 35 seconds last Sunday night? They are the embodiment of their coach. Fighters who don't panic. “Probably in that last 35 seconds, that personality came into play and was very effective,” said A&M assistant coach Rick Stansbury. “His personality didn't allow our team to panic.” Maybe it didn't allow Kennedy to panic back in 2011. While coaching Murray State, Kennedy had stiffness in his shoulder. Doctors in Kentucky told him it likely was an old football injury. Maybe bone spurs. They told him he was getting old. But after arriving in College Station, doctors diagnosed the Parkinson's. Alex Caruso, now an A&M senior guard and one of the heroes of the comeback against Northern Iowa, was a College Station high school senior in October 2011, when the news hit. “Not knowing a whole lot about it, the only real reference I had was knowing Muhammad Ali had it, and shakes now because he's had it for awhile,” Caruso said. But Caruso signed on with Kennedy. “Since the day I've stepped on campus, he's been there, supporting, trying to build us as better men, better people, as much as better basketball players.” In some ways, the Parkinson's has made Kennedy a better coach. “Just the mental fortitude, to push through anything, it's inspiring,” Caruso said. The recruiting questions have withered. A&M has been signing premier players the last couple of years. No one wonders if Kennedy is long for the job. “He's full of energy all the time,” said senior Jalen Jones. “He's calm and laid back throughout the adversity and the crucial times throughout the game. He's just relaxed and chill about everything. I don't even think the disease really bothers him.” Stress sometimes can exacerbate Parkinson's symptoms, but Kennedy said he's always handled stress well and hopes that doesn't affect him in the future. “It's no different message than Michael J. Fox or Janet Reno or so many other people who have had the disease in stressful jobs,” Kennedy said. “I've been totally blessed that the symptoms aren't greater than they are, and I've got great doctors. “I am thankful that I'm in a position where I get the best care and best support, and my wife is awesome. She's a nutrition junkie, unfortunately, but it's helped me in fighting this disease, and we think it's a big part of why my symptoms are so mild.” So now the Aggies are in the Sweet 16. After that rally in Oklahoma City last Sunday, the Aggies celebrated wildly. They went into the crowd and locked arms with fans, singing the A&M alma mater, while their coach stood on the hardwood, calm and cool, but knowing the burden was lifted. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Mar 21, 2016
Today is the 10th anniversary of Twitter. the social media site that has changed the way so many of us consume and/or deliver our news and information. Twitter also has allowed us to gain more access to the people we're most interested in, be it a sports figure, an actor or a politician. The best use it to entertain, enlighten and engage us in ways that previously did not exist....
The first tweets of prominent Oklahoma sports figures
darnell mayberry | Mar 21, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4164949[/img] Today is the 10th anniversary of Twitter. the social media site that has changed the way so many of us consume and/or deliver our news and information. Twitter also has allowed us to gain more access to the people we're most interested in, be it a sports figure, an actor or a politician. The best use it to entertain, enlighten and engage us in ways that previously did not exist. To celebrate Twitter's 10th birthday, many people have shared their first tweet with their followers. Here are the first tweets of some of the most prominent Oklahoma sports figures. Former Sooners running back DeMarco Murray kept it simple in announcing his arrival. New at this twitter thing. Heard a lot about it for so long finally decided to check it out! Let's see how it goes...BOOMER! — DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) February 12, 2011 // Former Bishop Kelley standout Dallas Keuchel got creative with his announcement (and his Twitter handle) kidKeUcHy is now on this track — Dallas Keuchel (@kidkeuchy) June 18, 2010 // Brandon Weeden was still a student balancing books and football back when he signed up It's hard to go to class the day before a big Saturday! It's almost here! Go Pokes! — Brandon Weeden (@bweeden3) September 4, 2009 // Gerald McCoy really loved his cell phone On my new MOTOBLUR phone. I'm loving this phone bc it updated my numbers by itself!!! MOTOBLUR technology baby!!! — Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) April 6, 2010 // Wonder who Matt Kemp was rooting for at the College World Series in 2011... At CWS, we tryin to win some games! — Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 20, 2011 // Kevin Durant's first tweet apparently was a response to the person who got him to sign up. @itsmechaneliman yep finally....it seems like im very late though — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 28, 2009 // Billy Donovan was two years removed from his second consecutive national championship at Florida and out on the recruiting trail. (Of note: Donovan's Twitter account also is nearly a year outdated. C'mon, coach!) welcome everyone, excited to start this! back from Minnesota and getting ready to hit the road again soon. — Billy Donovan (@UFCoachBillyD) July 1, 2009 // Dez Bryant was dinged up. Getting treatment on my ankle....I'm ready to get back on the field!!! — Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 4, 2010 // All business Bob... OU and FOX Sports have agreed to a 10 year multimedia programming partnership featuring Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX Sports. — Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) September 12, 2012 // [pagebreak] Blake Griffin with a cool birthday shout out to his brother Taylor. out in L.A. for the weekend just had a late birthday celebration for my brother at my agents house. happy bday taylor. — Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) May 1, 2009 // Riveting first update from Rickie Fowler... watching tv — Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) April 18, 2009 // Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy got off to a great start. And he's still a good follow. Hey, this is Mike Gundy, Head Coach of Oklahoma State Football. Guess I am off and running with Twitter now. On (cont) http://tl.gd/8phevq — Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 12, 2011 // Mason Rudolph, not so much. What Is this thing they call twitter — Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) May 30, 2013 // Russell Westbrook loves him some bowling. Bowling!!!!How U Gon Act?? — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 29, 2009 // Serge Ibaka was a rookie making rookie mistakes choosing Rendezvouz over Central BBQ. just ate at rendevous in memphis — Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka9) October 7, 2009 // Sooners running back Joe Mixon was a high school star looking forward to the next game. Ayyye its bouta be live at Antioch High tomorrow foreal!!! — ⚡PRIMETIME!!!⚡ (@Joe_MainMixon) January 13, 2012 // Joe Mixon also was the first person Baker Mayfield retweeted Everybody S/o to the real @baker_mayfield6 had to re-up on the Twitter game! Follow 6 for me one time!!! — ⚡PRIMETIME!!!⚡ (@Joe_MainMixon) January 2, 2016 // Doug Gottlieb was promoting Doug Gottlieb. welcome aboard....guests for today's show coming within the hour. Doug Gottlieb Show 4 to 7p eastern time on ESPN Radio — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) May 6, 2009 // Boy, am I glad he chose to come to our state... im about to go off to school in 2 days — Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) August 4, 2010 //
Media notes: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio assigned to broadcast Oklahoma City tournament games
The new broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn, analyst Mike Gminski and sideline reporter Jaime Maggio have been assigned to broadcast the NCAA Tournament games from Oklahoma City on Friday and Sunday. The trio will make its tournament debut on Wednesday night, calling two First Four games from Dayton, Ohio.
Media notes: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio assigned to broadcast Oklahoma City tournament games
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Mar 14, 2016The new broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn, analyst Mike Gminski and sideline reporter Jaime Maggio have been assigned to broadcast the NCAA Tournament games from Oklahoma City on Friday and Sunday. The trio will make its tournament debut on Wednesday night, calling two First Four games from Dayton, Ohio. An Austin, Texas, resident, Blackburn began his broadcasting career while in high school in Kerrville, Texas at KERV-AM calling high school football. A Syracuse University graduate, he is broadcasting his first NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-11 Gminski is a former Duke standout who played 14 seasons in the NBA. Maggio, a native of Long Island, N.Y., who graduated from Cal-Santa Barbara, also works for the NFL Network. Other assignments this week: First Four, Tuesday, Dayton, Ohio — Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl. Providence, R.I., Thursday and Saturday — Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore and Evan Washburn. Raleigh, N.C., Thursday and Saturday — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Lewis Johnson. Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday and Saturday — Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson. Denver, Thursday and Saturday — Catalon, Lappas and Jamie Erdahl. St. Louis, Friday and Sunday — Brian Anderson, Steve Smith and Dana Jacobson. Brooklyn, N.Y., Friday and Sunday — Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce. Spokane, Wash., Friday and Sunday — Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Ros Gold-Onwude. Short takes •No. 2 seed Oklahoma will be one of five NCAA Tournament teams that will be spotlighted in NCAA March Madness Confidential, providing behind-the-scenes access. Also featured will be No. 1 seed Oregon, No. 3 seed Miami, No. 3 seed Texas A&M and No. 5 seed Purdue. Production crews have been embedded with the teams beginning Selection Sunday. Features will air during studio coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV throughout the tournament, as well as on NCAA.com. •ESPN will televise every match from the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships from Madison Square Garden this week. ESPN will televise the semifinals Friday and finals Saturday in prime time, and ESPNU will televise the first and second rounds Thursday, quarterfinals Friday and medal round Saturday. ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament allowing fans to choose which wrestlers and/or schools to follow at any time. Adam Amin and Shawn Kenney will call the action, and Quint Kessenich will be a reporter. Analysts include Jim Gibbons, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles and Billy Baldwin. •Fox Sports Southwest is scheduled to televise 155 Texas Rangers regular-season games, while the other seven games are slated for national broadcast on Fox (two games) and FS1 (five games). Steve Busby will continue his role as primary play-by-play announcer and will also serve as analyst on selected telecasts. Newcomer Dave Raymond will be the play-by-play announcer for about 45 regular-season games. Tom Grieve, who enters his 22nd season as a Rangers broadcaster, will once again be the primary TV analyst. Emily Jones is back as the field reporter for most home telecasts and a select number of road games, and Jim Knox will continue as the roving reporter on home games. John Rhadigan and Dana Larson will be the primary hosts on "Rangers Live" pregame and postgame shows. Serving as analysts will be Rangers Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, former Rangers infielder Mark McLemore and former pitcher Mike Bacsik.
Feb 7, 2016
Columnist Berry Tramel takes a look at 50 people that should make you interested in Super Bowl Sunday.
50 people who will define Super Bowl 50
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 7, 2016Super Bowl 50 arrives Sunday, sans the Roman numerals but with compelling storylines ranging from an ascending superstar in Cam Newton to an outgoing superstar in Peyton Manning. In honor of Super Bowl 50, here are 50 people that should make you interested in Super Sunday. 1. Cam Newton: The compelling question about the presumptive NFL MVP? How will he celebrate if he scores a touchdown? 2. Von Miller: In the discussion for the NFL's best defensive player is this Bronco pass rusher supreme. Miller vs. Cam Newton is the best Super Bowl matchup. 3. Lady Gaga: The NFL is getting bold. Twelve years after the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, it has asked the enigmatic Lady Gaga to sing the national anthem. 4. Peyton Manning: As popular as any American athlete, but still one Super Bowl ring behind his brother. 5. John Elway: The Bronco superstar quarterback-turned-general manager can join Jerry West as the greatest player/executive combination in sports history. 6. Jim Nantz: This is his fourth Super Bowl play-by-play assignment. Nantz also has been the primary voice of 25 Final Fours and 27 Masters. 7. Demaryius Thomas: The Bronco receiver is enjoying this postseason — his mother was released from prison in November, after serving 15 years for a drug conviction. 8. Luke Kuechly: This Panther is the NFL's best linebacker; he also can become the first player to return interceptions for TDs in three straight playoff games. 9. Beyonce: The singing star will team with Coldplay to provide the halftime act. Beyonce performed at Super Bowl 47. The NFL must have liked what it saw. 10. Josh Norman: Maybe Richard Sherman isn't the NFL's best cornerback. It might be this Panther. 11. Aqib Talib: 30 career interceptions for the Bronco cornerback, but his biggest play was tipping New England's two-point conversion pass at the end of the AFC title game. 12. Helen Mirren: The British star gives an anti-drunk driving speech for Budweiser that could go down as the greatest commercial of all time. 13. Ted Ginn Jr.: At Ohio State, Ginn returned the opening kickoff of a national championship game for a touchdown. Alas, Ginn only returns punts for Carolina. 14. DeMarcus Ware: The same force in Denver (17-½ sacks in 27 games) he was for nine years in Dallas (117 sacks in 140 games). Only this time, Ware is with a functional franchise. 15. Ron Rivera: The Panthers' head coach has a championship pedigree — he was a backup linebacker on the famed 1985 Chicago Bears. 16. Phil Simms: The worst analyst in major American sport calls his eighth Super Bowl as the main analyst. 17. Michael Oher: The man whose life inspired “The Blind Side” movie still plays left tackle, protecting Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. 18. Chris Harris Jr.: The Bixby High School graduate teamed with fellow cornerback Aqib Talib to give Denver two elite cornerbacks, just as they did at Kansas in the Jayhawks' magical 2008 season. 19. Kevin Hart: The commercials are a Super Bowl staple, and Hart's a hit in a Hyundai Genesis ad in which he plays a father tracking his daughter on a date. 20. Jared Allen: The NFL's active-player sack leader with 136 has found new life with Carolina but seeks his first Super Bowl ring. 21. Ryan Harris: The offensive lineman was out of football, living in suburban Denver, when injuries hit the Broncos in September. Now he's the left tackle charged with protecting Peyton Manning's blind side. 22. Harold Bryant: CBS Sports' executive producer and senior vice president, production, is under the gun. CBS's football production historically is inferior to NBC's and FOX's. Sometimes, you can't even hear the announcers very well. Of course, sometimes, you don't want to. 23. Gary Kubiak: The old Texas A&M quarterback can become a Rocky Mountain legend with a Super Bowl victory in his first year coaching the Broncos. 24. Ryan Kalil: The Panther center declined to give his brother a Super Bowl ticket, but that's OK. Matt Kalil, a left tackle for the Vikings, gets a comp ticket from the league. 25. T.J. Ward: The primary safety assigned to Rob Gronkowski (eight catches, 144 yards) in the AFC title game, Ward now has to corral Carolina tight end Greg Olsen. 26. Willem Dafoe: His Snickers commercial, playing the Marilyn Monroe role from “The Seven Year Itch,” will be a hit, because you can't miss with Marilyn Monroe. 27. Jerry Richardson: The Panthers' principal owner has a championship pedigree — he caught a touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL title game. 28. Brock Osweiler: Denver's 6-foot-8 quarterback of the stretch drive and quarterback of the future. If needed, could Osweiler produce in the Super Bowl? 29. Greg Olsen: Cam Newton's favorite target (77 catches, 1,104 yards) is proving a champion can have a tight end as its primary target. 30. Ed Mangan: The NFL's head of field operations is on the spot. The sod at 2-year-old Levi's Stadium has consistently been shaky. Super Bowl 50's turf is recently laid. Will it hold up? 31. Jonathan Stewart: The Oregon alum is carving out quite the career as a Carolina tailback — 5,814 career rushing yards over eight seasons, plus 189 yards in these playoffs. 32. Emmanuel Sanders: The Bronco receiver ignited a war of words with loquacious Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Didn't seem wise. 33. Bruce DeHaven: The Panthers' special-teams coach is still going strong, 16 years after being fired from that position by the Buffalo Bills, after the Music City Miracle. 34. Tracy Wolfson: The highlight of CBS's broadcast team, Wolfson has shined since moving up from the SEC Game of the Week. 35. Owen Daniels: Four touchdowns were scored in the Bronco-Patriot AFC title game. The Denver tight end had two of them. 36. Thomas Davis: The Panther linebacker plans to play despite suffering a broken forearm in the NFC Championship Game. 37. Wade Phillips: Thirty-eight NFL seasons, and no Super Bowl titles for one of the NFL's greatest defensive coordinators. That changes if Denver wins. 38. Graham Gano: The Carolina kicker was born in Scotland and lived there until his teen years. 39. Ronnie Hillman: The Bronco tailback is a veteran of Snoop Dogg's Snoop Youth Football League and has the rapper's unabashed loyalty. 40. Mike Shula: The Panthers' offensive coordinator seeks a Super Bowl ring, just like his dad got coaching the great Dolphin teams of the early 1970s. 41. Seal: The soulful British singer's “Kiss From a Rose” gets a rousing rendition from a choir of “Super Bowl Babies,” people of various generations conceived as their parents celebrated a Super Bowl victory. 42. Louis Vasquez: The Bronco guard blocked for Graham Harrell on Mike Leach's great 2008 Texas Tech team. 43. Roman Harper: The Carolina safety is renting out his Charlotte apartment for $5,000 on Super Sunday, to benefit his foundation. What will they think of next? 44. Mike Carey: The retired NFL referee has been solid in explaining calls and replay reviews from the booth. 45. Fozzy Whittaker: The Carolina kickoff returner once returned kickoffs for Texas touchdowns in back-to-back games against OU and OSU. 46. Antonio Smith: Quite a 12-year career for the Bronco defensive lineman who went to John Marshall and OSU. This is his second Super Bowl ('08 Cardinals). 47. Reggie Herring: The Bronco linebacker coach was a 23-year-old prodigy as Jimmy Johnson's linebacker coach at OSU in 1982. 48. Daryl Williams: Carolina's backup offensive tackle gets a Super Bowl trip in his rookie year out of OU. 49. Corey Nelson: The Bronco backup linebacker is in his second year out of OU. 50. Sam Mills III: The defensive quality-control assistant for Carolina is the son of an iconic Panther linebacker. Sam Mills Jr.'s number was the first retired in franchise history.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) 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Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams:___BOSTON COLLEGETop 25 Class: NoBest in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a...
ACC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams: ___ BOSTON COLLEGE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month. Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection. Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, New Jersey, changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers. Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class — including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery — could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers. ___ CLEMSON Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Lawrence picked Clemson over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. Best of the rest: Tavien Feaster, RB, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Tre Lamar, LB, Roswell, Georgia; Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jonesboro, Georgia; John Simpson, OL, North Charleston, South Carolina Late addition: CB Isaiah Simmons of Olanthe, Kansas, also was considering Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisville. One that got away: Defensive end Rashan Gary of Paramus, New Jersey. Gary, the nation's top prospect, had the Tigers has one of his two finalists before choosing Michigan. How they'll fit in: Lawrence will bid for immediate playing time with linemen Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd off to the NFL. Feaster has speed like former Tiger great C.J. Spiller, Swinney says, and could be the home run hitter Clemson has missed in recent years. ___ DUKE Top 25 Class: On the bubble. Best in class: Scott Bracey, WR, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Dylan Singleton, S, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Mark Birmingham, TE, Ashburn, Virginia; Brandon Hill, LB, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Late addition: Chidi Okonya, DL, Riverdale, Georgia. One that got away: Quarterback Chazz Surratt, the AP offensive player of the year in North Carolina, signed with the rival North Carolina. He had committed to Duke before switching to UNC over the summer. How they'll fit in: Duke brought in seven linemen — four offensive, three defensive — because Cutcliffe said those are the positions "you can't get short in." This class is marked by its versatility — most players play multiple positions and on both offense and defense. ___ FLORIDA STATE Top 25 class: Yes Best in class: Levonta Taylor, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the consensus top-ranked cornerback prospect in the country and committed early enough that he helped attract others to Florida State. He also could end up as a kick or punt returner. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Tyler lacks in size but Fisher said he has a unique skill set, including great ball skills. Best of the rest: Malik Henry, QB, Long Beach, California. Fisher usually has true freshmen run the scout team but the 6-foot-3, 184-pound Henry has enough athleticism and is an early enrollee, meaning he could challenge for the starting spot during spring practice. Late addition: Shevar Manuel, DT, Bradenton, Florida. Manuel had originally committed to Florida but was wavering. Florida State remained in contact with Manuel and convinced him to flip at the last minute. One that got away: Safety Jamel Cook was leaning toward Florida State but the Miami native ended up going to Southern California. How they'll fit in: With the signings, Florida State will have 18 offensive linemen on scholarship when preseason practices begin August. Fisher said that not only benefits the offensive line in terms of building a rotation but should help guys develop faster. ___ GEORGIA TECH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jordan Woods, DE, Citra, Florida. Woods picked Georgia Tech over Florida, Tennessee and Miami. Best of the rest: Parker Braun, OL, Hallsview, Texas; Jay Jones, QB, McCalla, Alabama; Xavier Gantt, RB, Buford, Georgia; Dedrick Mills, RB, Waycross, Georgia. Late addition: CB Ajani Kerr of Powder Springs, Georgia, also was considering Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, among other schools. One that got away: Safety Romeo Finley of Niceville, Florida, listed Georgia Tech as his leader before making a late switch to Miami. How they'll fit in: Johnson recruited for immediate help at wide receiver. Stephen Dolphus (6-5, 200) of Westside High in Macon, Georgia, was compared to former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. The other receivers in the class are Jalen Camp of Cumming, Georgia and Jair Hawkins-Anderson of Suwanee, Georgia. ___ LOUISVILLE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jawon Pass, QB, Columbus, Georgia. The Cardinals bolstered one of their strengths with the 6-foot-4 U.S. Army-All America quarterback, who ranked as the nation's 191st overall prospect by Scout. Pass may not supplant sophomore Lamar Jackson, who became Louisville's starter last season, but he joins his brother Khane, a safety who signed last year. Best of the rest: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Fitzpatrick committed to Louisville more than a year ago, reconsidered this winter before sticking with his original choice after an official visit last weekend. "He sure made us work hard," Petrino said of the recruitment. The Cardinals beat out Nebraska and Indiana for the 6-2 receiver ranked in the top 220 nationally by Rivals and Scout. Fitzpatrick is one of four receivers signed. Late addition: London Iakopo, S, Long Beach (California) City College. Iakopo is one of two four-star safeties in the class along with incoming freshman P.J. Blue, and could see early action at the back of the Cardinals' defense. "He's very, very mature and he's going to give us a lot of leadership," Petrino said of Iakopo. One that got away: Rodjay Burns, Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio State lured Burns, a two-way standout, away from his hometown in the final week. A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Football, Burns had 14 touchdowns as a receiver and four interceptions on defense as a high school senior. How they'll fit in: The Cardinals have seamlessly worked in youngsters and transfers on defense without missing a beat, so it wouldn't be shocking if their newcomers became contributors right away. Pass might be Louisville's quarterback of the future, the same thing that was said about Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon before both emerged as starting signal-callers. ___ MIAMI Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sam Bruce, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 5-foot-8 star from longtime powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High is considered to be a slot receiver, but the Hurricanes see him getting to the outside as well. Bruce seemed to be wavering on his commitment in recent weeks, but he was the one that Miami fans did not want to see get away. "Very explosive player," Richt said. Best of the rest: Jack Allison, QB, Parrish, Florida and Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Orange Park, Florida. Allison is the heir apparent to Brad Kaaya as Miami's starting quarterback and jumped at the chance to enroll at what he long considered his dream school. And Quarterman — along with fellow mid-year linebacker enrollees Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney — gives Miami immediate depth at that position and should be in contention for playing time in the fall. Late addition: Ahmmon Richards, WR, Wellington, Florida. He was a Miami commit before the Hurricanes fired Al Golden, and then re-opened his process to the point where some thought he would get away. One that got away: Tyler Byrd, CB, Naples, Florida. The consensus four-star prospect flipped his commitment to Tennessee — where former Miami interim coach Larry Scott is now on staff — on Tuesday night. Byrd was considered someone who would have been a key performer in 2016 for the Hurricanes. How they'll fit in: There's clearly spots to fill, and Richt didn't get all of Miami's needs taken care of in his first class. But there's a slew of talent returning, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Getting that trio of linebackers in early might be critical, and having Miami legacies like TE Michael Irvin Jr., S Jeff James (Edgerrin James' nephew) and DE Pat Bethel (son of former Miami TE Randy Bethel) in this class won't hurt. ___ NORTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kyree Campbell, DT, Woodbridge, Virginia. Best of the rest: Chazz Surratt, QB, Denver, North Carolina; Jay-Jay McCargo, OL, Alexandria, Virginia; Tomon Fox, DE, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Late addition: DB Patrice Rene (Alexandria, Virginia) originally committed to Rutgers but flipped to UNC in January. One that got away: WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Florida) chose Auburn over UNC on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: After a defensive turnaround last year under coordinator Gene Chizik, the Tar Heels loaded up on defense with 16 signees — including seven defensive backs and four linebackers — after losing seniors in the unit's back seven. ___ NORTH CAROLINA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Thaddeus Moss, TE, Charlotte. Best of the rest: Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra, New Jersey. Late addition: Harmon, originally a South Carolina recruit who decommitted amid the Gamecocks' coaching change to Will Muschamp. One that got away: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest, signed with Clemson. How they'll fit in: Doeren says he'd like to redshirt all but about six players. Moss and Harmon seem to be extreme talents who should have a chance to play soon. Frazier should be strong enough to make a quick impact. ___ PITTSBURGH Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Damar Hamlin, DB, Pittsburgh. Blazing fast with what Narduzzi called "the best feet, hips and most athletic corners you can recruit." Best of the rest: DL Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, Florida.), chose Pitt after originally committing to USC. RB George Hill (Youngstown, Ohio). Late addition: Rashad Weaver, DL, Cooper City (Fla.) One that got away: RB Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills) signed with Penn State. How they'll fit in: The beauty for Narduzzi is he's not quite sure. Though Whitehead made an immediate impact at safety last year — he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after leading Pitt with 99 tackles — but he also saw snaps on offense, averaging 10 yards every time he touched the ball. There are plenty of prospects who could get a shot at similar double duty going forward. ___ SYRACUSE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Moe Neal, ATH, Gastonia, North Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Neal was the nation's 43rd-ranked athlete in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He scored 103 TDs in high school. Best of the rest: DE Jaquwan Nelson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nelson is rated three stars and the No. 54 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. Late addition: Devin Butler, who had previously committed to Maryland, decided Wednesday morning to go with the Orange. The 6-foot, 185-pound Butler also plans to join the Syracuse track and field team. One that got away: Three-star OG Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Reese, rated the No. 19 offensive guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings, opted for Mississippi State of the Southeast Conference on Monday. Syracuse, Reese's other finalist, had visited him twice in the past three weeks in addition to hosting him on an official visit in mid-January. How they'll fit in: The big story for the Orange is how quickly Babers can install his offense and who he picks to lead it. Sophomore Eric Dungey, despite at least one concussion and several other hard hits to the head last fall, succeeded Terrel Hunt after the senior starter's college career ended with a torn Achilles in the season opener. ___ VIRGINIA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Tre Harbison, RB, Shelby, North Carolina. Ran for 5,770 yards and 100 touchdowns in a high school career that ended with back-to-back state championships and a 32-0 record his last two seasons. Best of the rest: Hasise Dubois, WR, Irvington, New Jersey. A 6-3 receiver who caught 97 passes for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns during his high school career and had nine interceptions as a defensive back. Late addition: Trysten Hill, DL, Lee, Florida. One that got away: Laderrian Wilson, RB, Kissimmee, Florida (went to Maryland). How they'll fit in: Mendenhall takes a unique approach to redshirting and want ___ VIRGINIA TECH Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Evans. He threw for 395 yards per game with 38 touchdown passes and just three interceptions last season, and has already enrolled at Virginia Tech. A dual-threat, he also ran for more than 400 yards. Best of the rest: Khalil Ladler, CB, Stone Mountain, Georgia. A four-star recruit who spent the past season recovering from a torn ACL. Late addition: Eron Carter, LB, Palatka, Florida was being recruited heavily by the service academies, Foster said, describing the 6-2, 230-pounder as "more of a thumper-type guy." One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: With Fuente bringing what Hokies fans hope will be the high-powered offense they have long craved, the quarterback battle will be crucial to how quickly they are able to meet those expectations. Evans and Joshua Jackson join three holdovers — Brenden Motley, Dwayne Lawson and Chris Durkin, and so the winter, spring and summer will be critical times. ___ WAKE FOREST Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sulaiman Kamara, DT, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Byrd; Taleni Suhren, OT, Charlotte; Emmanuel Walker, DE, Holly Hill, South Carolina. Late addition: None. All but a few players have been committed since last September. One that got away: LB Riley Cole, who decommitted late from Alabama and signed late in the afternoon with South Alabama. How they'll fit in: For Wake Forest, the better question is WHEN they'll fit in. The Demon Deacons are at their best when they're patiently redshirting players and allowing them to develop. But during the past few years, they simply didn't have enough bodies to do that, a big reason why they were one of the nation's most inexperienced teams in 2015. Clawson says he would prefer to redshirt 80 percent of the incoming freshmen.
Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City UniversityJan 30, 2016
Hub Reed attended Capitol Hill High School, then became one of Abe Lemons’ first basketball stars at Oklahoma City University. Reed starred on OCU’s 1956 and 1957 NCAA Tournament teams, then was drafted 14th overall by the Cincinnati Royals.
Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City University
By Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 30, 2016Hub Reed attended Capitol Hill High School, then became one of Abe Lemons' first basketball stars at Oklahoma City University. Reed starred on OCU's 1956 and 1957 NCAA Tournament teams, then was drafted 14th overall by the Cincinnati Royals. Reed played seven NBA seasons, then went into education, spending 26 years as a coach and administrator at El Reno. My dad deserted us when I was seven. Never saw him again. My grandparents stepped way up. And you learn, with older people, the work ethic. You get up and do what you need to do. Basketball wasn't on the menu. You came home, did your chores, go to bed, get up early and do it again the next day. I never really played basketball until my mother married my stepdad. We moved to the city (from rural Purcell). I wasn't an instant flash. I was tall, but I didn't know a whole lot about the game. I certainly wasn't very smooth. Being 6-foot-10, I'd have to say, did more than help. We lived at SW 19th and May Avenue. And thank goodness. When we moved in, it wasn't a big affair. Everything we owned in the back of one pickup. The North Canadian River was within a block and a half of the house. I spent a lot of time on that river. Always did my serious thinking and spent a lot of time. Me and a good friend would walk all the way up to the dam at Lake Overholser. Round trip about six, seven miles. The river was a very important part of my life. When I was in the ninth grade, I was 6-foot-9, and I couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. It was hard to find clothes that fit you. Matter of fact, it was almost impossible. We always came up with something, because the schools insisted you wear something. When I look back, I think of all the blessings along the road. People who took enough time to show interest in you and point out some of the rockfalls of a kid raised around Packing Town and Stockyards City. I went to the largest high school in the state. I remember the first football game I ever saw was Capitol Hill playing old Central. We had a quarterback named Bobby Burr. When they kicked the ball off, came time to run a play, Bobby called them back behind the line of scrimmage and they huddled. I was so self-conscious, I thought they were talking about me and got up and left. I was the tallest kid in school by far. I think we had 3,400 kids. Ray Vaughn was our athletic director. We had some athletes like J.W. Mashburn. Mr. Vaughn got me in his office and said, let me show you something. He had a film. He had attended the Olympics as a trainer. He had a film of that Olympics in Helsinki. When J.W. got the baton, he caught the Russian before he got to the first 100 yards of that quarter mile. It just put goosepimples on my arms. Then he told me a pearl of wisdom I never forgot. “Hubert,” that's before Ray Soldan changed my name to Hub, “the key to all athletics if the ability to move. I want you to go out for track.” I said you gotta be kidding, in my mind. “It'll help everything you do from henceforth.” When I got out there, training session with Mr. Vaughn, everyone had to run. No matter if you were throwing the shot, discus, whatever. You had to run 10 50s and five 100s. He called it running dry. I wasn't a flash. But when we was at OCU, we had a track meet. We marked it off ourself, and the guards on the team couldn't believe they couldn't beat me in the 100-yard dash. People like Mr. Vaughn took time to show me or tell me and encourage me, and it certainly helped my basketball. Abe Lemons, besides playing for him, we were friends. If he didn't send me on a recruiting trip, I'd go with him. Abe was a funny story every mile, I don't care how far we went. I thought the world of him. Paul Hansen, we called him the great fox. Between the two of them, we thought we had the two best coaches in the world. And between the two of them, we really did. Abe, he would joke and tell you jokes, but when you walked onto the court, it was a different thing. You had to adjust to that. On my recruiting trip … he said we've done this dance long enough, let's go up to the registration office and you sign. So we did. We walked out the west doors. He said, what in the heck is all the smoke about? Well, it was the fieldhouse. The day I signed a letter of intent to play at OCU, the fieldhouse burned down. Well, I had visited other places, but I just thought Oklahoma City was my home. And I was going to stay right where I was at. We practiced those four years, we had to be on the court at 6 o'clock, we walked off the court straight at 10. Twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. And we loved it. We'd start with 30 minutes of calisthenics. Then we practiced for three hours. Then we'd end with calisthenics for another 30 minutes. We were usually back at the dorm by 15 after 10. Today, I tell you what, I feel sorry for the youngsters. Being in the school business for 25-26 years at El Reno, being dean of boys and athletic director, I certainly saw the benefits of athletics in the high school program. Because there's so many factions pulling on a kid these days, at least athletics gives ‘em something with structure. The two basic needs of every human being, the first is security, the second is recognition. The second is the one that gets us in trouble. In athletics, there's a good way to get it, if you hoe all the rows and improve as you go. We go to watch the ballgames out here at a little district, Bethel Acres. I love the pep band. Always sit under ‘em in the bleachers, because they've got a good one. Probably 50 in it. Thing is, they didn't get that good without a whole bunch of practice. When they're with that band director, they're not doing anything they shouldn't be doing. I didn't get rich in the school business, but I loved every day of it. Best way I could describe it, it was a blast. I always loved to be around young people. I wasn't even looking for a job when I retired (from the NBA). I came home, I thought, I'm going to take off some time. Work on my bird dogs, get ready for quail season. Then Jenks Simmons called from El Reno. He said, would you consider coming out this direction and coaching basketball and teaching. I didn't think long about it. Sounded good. I made it there for all those years without missing a day of school. So I must have really liked it. Being around young people will keep you a little bit young, because you've got to stay ahead of ‘em. I just didn't think there was a better job than what I had.
Jan 20, 2016
State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville said Wednesday he believes the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has entered illegal media contracts and that the organization is generating revenue local school districts will never see.
State legislator says OSSAA TV contracts illegal, revenues not going to schools
Jacob Unruh | Jan 20, 2016An Oklahoma legislator said Wednesday he believes the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association has entered illegal media contracts and that the organization is generating revenue local school districts will never see. State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said the OSSAA will generate more than $800,000 in broadcast fees over the next 10 years from agreements with Fox Sports and the National Federations of State High School Associations Network. “In these down revenue times, I think we can all agree on the importance of revenue sharing with schools and clearly adhering to purchasing best practices and state law,” Cleveland said in a release. “The fact is, the OSSAA is able to generate this contract revenue at the expense of our schools, and they should be sharing some of that money with those schools.” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said the OSSAA does share that money with the schools. He said the money goes into a general fund along with other revenue and is reimbursed. Last year, the OSSAA reimbursed a little more than $1.5 million to schools for participation in the playoffs and hosting playoff contests. “All of our media rights contracts have been discussed in open session at our board meetings, they’ve been on our agenda,” Sheakley said. “When our media rights come up, we send out a request for a proposal to get people to bid on our contracts. We feel that if we go with a long-term contract we’ve got more continuity; we’ve got more support for our member schools and for our students. But to say that we’re not giving any of this back, that’s not true because we are giving money back to our membership.” The contract with Fox nets $225,000 over the five years. It is due to expire at the end of the school year, Sheakley said. The deal with the three-year-old NFHS Network, a pay-per-view website, is in its second year and will bring in around $555,000 over the 10-year commitment. Under that contract, schools receive a portion of net revenue from the subscription services and associated advertising generated. “This is more exposure for our students, for our member schools and it’s for people who can’t attend contests for whatever reason that might be,” Sheakley said. “It’s just a great chance for exposure.” Every football state championship last season was shown live on Fox Sports Oklahoma or streamed live on the NFHS Network. Sheakley said Fox has first choice of games and then the remaining games become NFHS options. Cleveland said in the release that the OSSAA has been labeled a “quasi-state agency” by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which would prohibit it from entering any contract that extends beyond the current fiscal year. He said he intends to request an opinion from the Attorney General’s office regarding the matter. Cleveland authored a law in 2014 that requires the OSSAA to adhere to the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act. He intends to file a second bill in the upcoming legislative session regarding the OSSAA. This bill would subject the organization to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, which would mean increased legislative oversight. “We just feel that all that does is add more cost to the organization to be in compliance with that, which is going to be less money back to the schools,” Sheakley said. “We’re open, we’re transparent. We’re a non-profit organization and we believe we’re transparent.”
Dec 28, 2015
She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State.
High school notebook: Westmoore's Ashley Gomez offered by Xavier
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 28, 2015Westmoore senior Ashley Gomez's college interest has expanded to the Big East. Xavier offered the sharp-shooting guard Tuesday, marking her fourth scholarship offer, according to basketball coach Andrea Guziec. Gomez was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City team last season after averaging 16.9 points per game. She is regarded by many as one of the best 3-point shooters in the area and is a big reason the Jaguars are undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Class 6A. She also holds offers from University of Portland, Southern Utah and Southwestern Oklahoma State. SOUTHMOORE'S THOMPSON, STARK AMONG HONOREES IN COAC Southmoore garnered a pair of the top awards on the All-Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference football team. Sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Stark was named Coach of the Year, the conference announced. Southmoore was the conference champion as well. Deer Creek linebacker Blake Landon was named Defensive Player of the Year. Here is the full list of conference honorees: Conference champion: Southmoore Coach of the Year: Jeremy Stark, Southmoore Offensive Player of the Year: Casey Thompson, Southmoore Defensive Player of the Year: Blake Landon, Deer Creek Offensive Back of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver of the Year: Dunya Rice, Southmoore Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jude Richardson, Norman North Defensive Lineman of the Year: Noah Jones, Southmoore Linebacker of the Year: Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Kiante Miles, Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year: Dalton Witherspoon, Moore First-Team selections Quarterback: Chandler Garrett, Mustang Running back: Darrian Moss, Southmoore; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial Receiver: Jordan Brown, Stillwater; Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North; Nathan Womack, Norman North; Dylan Williams, Edmond Santa Fe; DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore Offensive line: Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Walker Reed, Norman North; Jackson Denny, Norman North; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive line: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe; Corey Tipsword, Norman North Linebacker: Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Kaden Truelove, Mustang; Tyler Adkinson, Westmoore; Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Kyle Sander, Deer Creek; Antonio Williams, Edmond North; Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Ezra Harper, Mustang Kicker: Parker Noble, Deer Creek Punter: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial Return Specialist: Jordan Prince, Edmond North Deep snapper: Jonah Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial Second-team selections Quarterback: Cameron Hardesty, Norman North Running back: AaRon Kinchion, Mustang; Tahj Davidson, Deer Creek; J.R. Bryson, Edmond Santa Fe Receiver: Noah McGraw, Deer Creek; Cooper Coyle, Edmond North; Jack Fronheiser, Norman; Rylan Redding, Yukon Offensive line: Bryce Barker, Southmoore; Trace Pack, Norman North; Elijah Smith, Norman; Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe; D.J. Taylor, Yukon Defensive line: Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Parker Jurae, Edmodn North; Ethan Robinson, Norman North; Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe Linebacker: Cooper Stanley, Yukon; Cole Daniel, Mustang; Trey Carter, Stillwater; Dylan Hall, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive back: Jake Brewer, Norman North; Jase George, Edmond Memorial; Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe; Nick Farmer, Deer Creek; Hayden Fox, Deer Creek Kicker: Zach Bryant, Stillwater Punter: Preston Porter, Norman North Return specialist: Ryan Houser, Moore Deep snapper: Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe ADAIR'S EBY TOPS DISTRICT 2A-7 HONORS Adair senior Cody Eby was recently named the District 2A-7 MVP after helping lead his team to the school's first ever football championship. Eby accounted for 30 touchdowns — 17 receiving and 13 rushing — as a big part of Adair's high-powered offense that rolled to a Class 2A title. Adair coach Mark Lippe was also named Coach of the Year, Walker Graves was named Defensive Player of the Year and Bo Rogers was named Special Teams Player of the Year. Adair quarterback B.J. Bradbury, who is on The Oklahoman's All-State team as a defensive back, was named Quarterback of the Year. Another member of the All-State team, Tré Lang of Haskell, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District team as voted by the coaches: MVP: Cody Eby, Adair Offensive Player of the Year: Tré Lang, Haskell Defensive Player of the Year: Walker Graves, Adair Special Teams Player of the Year: Bo Rogers, Adair Newcomer of the Year: Jacob Bruce, Hulbert Coach of the Year: Mark Lippe, Adair Quarterback of the Year: B.J. Bradbury, Adair Running Back of the Year: Anthony Howard, Hulbert Wide Receiver of the Year: Brock Martin, Adair Offensive Lineman of the Year: McQuay Shaw, Haskell; Nick Richmond, Hulbert; Lane Yoder, Adair; Chance Brown, Colcord Tight End of the Year: Dexter Nichols, Kansas; Adam Davis, Hulbert Injured Athlete of the Year: Brandon Roeder, Adair; Cody Daniels, Salina; Chris King, Choteau Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kanyon Kelley, Haskell Defensive End of the Year: Bryce McCutceon, Adair Inside Linebacker of the Year: Caleb Crites, Colcord; Austin Junghans, Haskell Outside Linebacker of the Year: Jesse Copeland, Colcord; Ethan Autry, Hulbert Defensive Back of the Year: Will Hefner, Adair ALL DISTRICT Adair: Blane Dean, Alec Brand, Jason Kincade, Ben Woolman, Joe Smith, Noah McKnight, Heath Kerr, Nick King, Trevor Brachtenbach Choteau: Ben Cowan, Joe Quigley, Trevor Searcy Colcord: JJ Potter, Cash Hayes, James Parsons, River Craghead Hulbert: Jordan Gibson, Spencer West, Parker Taylor, Jon McGowan, Dillon Stanley, Greg Landaverde, Gunner Cleveland Kansas: Mark Blizzard, Jared Hogshooter, Jordan Robbins Salina: Billy Shea, Jared Mellowbug, Bryce Kerns, Matt Ogle HONORABLE MENTION Choteau: Curtis Smallwood, Justin Chupp, Tyler McMahan, Zac Primeaux Colcord: Mandan Shawver, Spencer Earp Hulbert: Noah Thompson, Trenton Justice, Josh Hardison, Gabe Scott Kansas: Cody Blackfox, Jon Noe, Ty Whorton Salina: Chase Mellowbug, Trenton Pritchett, Isaiah Sapp, Jake Sitsler
May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and...
2015 Notable Sports Deaths
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 22, 2015May 28 — Dai-Jon Parker, 22, University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned. Parker spent three seasons at Vanderbilt before transferring to Indianapolis. He started all 31 games for the Greyhounds last season, averaging 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. May 28 — Ron Bergman, 80, longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966. He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, "Mustache Gang," about the 1972 title team. He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports. May 29 — Doris Hart, 89, tennis great who won each Grand Slam tournament at least once. Hart won titles in 1954-55 at the U.S. Championships, which later became the U.S. Open. She won the French Open twice and Wimbledon and the Australian Open once each. She also totaled 29 major doubles titles and ranked No. 1 in the world in 1951. May 30 — Lennie Merullo, 98, the oldest former member of the Chicago Cubs and the last living person to play for them in the World Series. Merullo was a major league shortstop from 1941-47, all with the Cubs. He played three games in the 1945 World Series. May 30 — John Petersen, 86, retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife. The large gift helped fund the $119 million John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center. It opened in 2002. June 3 — Clarence "Bevo" Francis, 82, one of college basketball's great scorers, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game. Francis' landmark game came against Michigan's Hillsdale College on Feb. 2, 1954 and put his small Ohio college on the map. The school in southeastern Ohio is now called University of Rio. A year earlier, the 6-foot-9 center scored 116 points against Kentucky's Ashland Junior College, a record that was retroactively erased after the NCAA said it would recognize only games played against four-year, degree-granting institutions. During the 1952-53 season, he led his school to a 39-0 record. In 1954, Francis averaged 48.0 points a game. Francis played two seasons at Rio Grande, finishing with 3,272 points and powering the team to a 60-7 record. June 4 — Wayne Harris, 77, former Calgary Stampeders linebacker known as "Thumper" for his hard hits. Harris played his entire CFL career with Calgary from 1961-72. Harris was the MVP in Calgary's 1971 Grey Cup victory over Toronto. The CFL's top lineman a record four times an all-league selection eight times, Harris was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976. His No. 55 jersey was retired in 1973, and he was voted ninth among the CFL's Top 50 players in a TSN poll in 2006. As a senior in 1960 at Arkansas, Harris was selected the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference and played in the Cotton Bowl Classic and the All-American Bowl. June 5 — Alan Bond, 77, a polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory before going to prison over the nation's biggest corporate fraud in the early 1990s. Bond's proudest moment came in 1983 when he headed the Australia II syndicate that won the America's Cup from the New York Yacht Club that had held it since 1851. Australia II's then-revolutionary winged keel had ended the longest winning streak in the history of sport. June 5 — Jerry Collins, 34, professional New Zealand rugby union player. He played for New Zealand and most recently played for RC Narbonne, in the Rugby Pro D2. June 7 — John Derr, 97, golf reporter who covered the Masters a record 62 times. Derr covered the second Masters, in 1935, the year Gene Sarazen shot a 2 on the par-5 15th hole, helping to put the Masters on the map. Derr was part of the CBS team when the Masters was televised for the first time in 1956. He broadcast from the 15th green and kept that job through 1982. June 8 — Sergei Sharikov, 40, two-time Olympic fencing champion from Russia. Sharikov won gold in the team saber event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Games, as well as individual saber silver in 1996 and team saber bronze in 2004. Sharikov was also a three-time world champion in the team saber event. June 9 — Fred Anton Maier, 76, Olympic, world, and European speedskating champion in the 1960s. The Norwegian won the 5,000 meters at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics plus three other Olympic medals: 10,000 silver, 5,000 bronze in the 1964 Innsbruck Games, and 10,000 silver in 1968, and became world and European champion in 1968. He also set 11 world records. June 11 — Virgil Runnels, 69, a former professional wrestler known by his fans as Dusty Rhodes. Runnels, who also went by the nickname "The American Dream," was a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and held the NWA championship three times. He became famous during the height of wrestling's popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in signature yellow polka dot tights with his sidekick "valet" Sapphire. June 15 — Zito, 82, the leader of Brazil's World Cup-winning teams in 1958 and 1962. Zito scored one of the goals when Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the 1962 final. Zito was considered by many a mentor to the young Pele, and was also known as the man who first saw the talent of Neymar, when the current Barcelona forward was only 11. June 16 — Ron Clarke, 78, Australia's greatest middle distance runner. Clarke set 17 world records, including 12 during a 44-day tour of Europe in 1965, nine years after he had been invited as a 19-year-old to light the Olympic flame at the 1956 Melbourne Games. Clarke competed at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympics, but his only medal was a bronze in the 10,000 meters in 1964. June 16 — Nelson Doubleday Jr., 81, the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1896 and a descendent of Abner Doubleday, the mythical inventor of baseball. After taking over the company from his father, Doubleday partnered with Fred Wilpon to become a majority owner of the last-place Mets in 1980. He was bought out by Wilpon in 2002. June 17 — John David Crow, 79, a bruising running back who won the 1957 Heisman Trophy with Texas A&M before a Pro Bowl career in the NFL. Crow was the second pick in the 1958 NFL draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection in a professional career with the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Crow piled up 4,963 yards rushing, 3,699 yards receiving and threw for 759 yards in his 11-year NFL career. He coached with Bryant at Alabama and was the head coach at Northeast Louisiana University, now known as Louisiana-Monroe, from 1975-80, where he went 20-34-1. June 17 — Mike Hanson, 49, assistant athletic director of communications for Montana. June 18 — Danny Villanueva, 77, one of the NFL's first Latino kickers. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Villanueva also played with the Dallas Cowboys. His last game ended up being the championship against Green Bay at Lambeau Field in 1967. June 20 — William Brantley Aycock, 99, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964. Aycock headed North Carolina's flagship university through a basketball scandal that led to the hiring of Dean Smith. In 1961, Aycock suspended All-America basketball player Doug Moe for taking money from a gambler involved in point shaving at the annual Dixie Classic tournament. When coach Frank McGuire resigned, Aycock replaced him with Dean Smith. June 21 — Darryl Hamilton, 50, former major league baseball player. Hamilton played 13 seasons for five major league teams before retiring in 2001. He was part of the 2000 New York Mets team that went to the World Series. The .291 lifetime hitter was working as an analyst for the MLB Network. June 22 — Jeremiah Tate, 19, Wofford basketball player drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. A junior who played in 13 games, Tate was born in Germany but listed Columbia, South Carolina, as his hometown. June 22 — Derrick Nash, 20, Central Michigan cornerback. Nash was a freshman who signed with Central Michigan in February 2013. He was diagnosed with leukemia that May during his senior year at Carrollton High School in Saginaw. After undergoing chemotherapy, Nash joined the team in 2014 and took part in spring practice. Central Michigan says he was on schedule to claim a spot on the active roster for the 2014 season when doctors found the leukemia had returned. June 22 — "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel, 53, former pro wrestler. Landel was once among the superstars of the NWA but flamed out in a long-running battle with drug addiction. June 23 — Harvey Pollack, 93, last original employee of the NBA's inaugural season to still be working in the league. Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team's director of statistical information. In 1946, Pollack began his career with the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America, which later merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association, as the team's assistant publicity director. June 23 — James "Froggy" Williams, 87, a 1949 All-America end on Rice's 1949 Southwest Conference football championship squad. Williams led the Owls to a Cotton Bowl win over North Carolina, ending his career with 156 points that stood as a school record for 40 years. Williams was a consensus first-team All-American at end that 10-win season when Rice finished fifth in The Associated Press poll. June 23 — Tommy Hudspeth, 83, BYU's head football coach from 1964 to 1971. Hudspeth led the Cougars to a 39-42-1 record during his eight years as head coach. That included leading BYU to its first Western Athletic Conference championship in 1965. Following his career at BYU, he was head coach at UTEP and the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he had an 11-13 record in two seasons (1976-77). June 29 — Josef Masopust, 84, Czech football great who led the national side to the final of the 1962 World Cup. Masopust, who made 63 international appearances, was named the best Czech footballer of the century in 2000. Masopust is best remembered for the opening goal in the 1962 World Cup final in Chile against the heavy favorite Brazil. Brazil won 3-1. June 30 — Kauto Star, 15, two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who was one of Britain's greatest and most popular racehorses. Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase five times and became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won 23 of his 41 races, including 16 Grade One races, and won more than $3.15 million in prize money. June 30 — Michael DeGroote, 22, Northern Arizona football player who was killed after an accidental shooting. July 2 — Charlie Sanders, 68, Hall of Fame tight end who spent 43 years with the Detroit Lions as a player, coach, scout and broadcaster. Sanders caught 336 passes for 4,817 yards and had 31 touchdowns in a 10-year playing career that began in 1968. He returned to Detroit in 1983 as a radio broadcaster, a job he held until joining the coaching staff in 1989. After leaving the sideline in 1996, he returned to the radio booth for one more season, then was a Lions scout from 1998 until his death. July 2 — Jim Weaver, 70, former Virginia Tech athletic director. Weaver guided the Hokies' transition into the Atlantic Coast Conference and served as the university's for more than 16 years. Weaver arrived at Virginia Tech in 1997 when the school's athletic programs were spread over three conferences and led them into the Big East for all sports except wrestling for the 2000-01 season. In 2004, the school accepted an invitation to join rival Virginia in the ACC. July 2 — Forrest Behm, 95, first-team All-America tackle on Nebraska's first-ever bowl team that lost to Stanford, 21-13, in the 1941 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. July 3 — Phil Walsh, 55, coach of the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League, was killed in a domestic dispute. Walsh was a former Australian Rules player, and coach at Adelaide since 2014. July 4 — Scot Breithaupt, 57, BMX bike racing pioneer. Breithaupt was among the first to organize bicycle races on dirt motorcycle courses in the early 1970s, becoming first a founder of BMX — or bicycle motocross. Breithaupt became a BMX rider, winning several championships, and became an early voice for the sport, introducing it to the nation as a color commentator in the early 1980s when it was televised on ESPN. Later, he started manufacturing bikes, founding the company SE Racing and later started LM Productions, producing BMX and extreme-sport shows for ESPN and Fox. July 5 — Jack Steadman, 86, longtime Kansas City Chiefs executive. A longtime friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City. He became general manager in 1966, building the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl four years later. He became president of the Chiefs in 1976 and remained active on its board of directors until his retirement at the end of the 2006 season. MORE
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.”
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 13, 2015The Oklahoman's final high school football rankings Class 6A-I 1. Jenks (2) 11-1 2. Tulsa Union (1) 9-3 3. Broken Arrow (3) 11-2 4. Edmond Santa Fe (4) 7-5 5. Southmoore (5) 9-2 6. Norman North (6) 7-4 7. Mustang (7) 7-4 8. Putnam City (8) 5-6 9. Edmond Memorial (9) 4-6 10. Westmoore (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None Class 6A-II 1. Bixby (4) 9-4 2. Sand Springs (3) 7-5* 3. Tulsa Washington (1) 10-1 4. Bartlesville (2) 10-2 5. Lawton (5) 8-2 6. Midwest City (6) 6-4 7. Stillwater (7) 5-6 8. Choctaw (8) 5-6 9. Muskogee (9) 4-6 10. Putnam City West (10) 4-6 Dropped out: None *-Forfeited two games for using ineligible player. Class 5A 1. Altus (3) 13-1 2. Collinsville (9) 8-5 3. Lawton MacArthur (1) 11-1 4. Skiatook (2) 12-1 5. McGuinness (5) 10-3 6. McAlester (4) 10-2 7. Deer Creek (6) 8-4 8. Ardmore (8) 8-3 9. Coweta (7) 7-4 10. Tulsa Kelley (10) 7-3 Dropped out: None Class 4A 1. Wagoner (1) 14-0 2. Oologah (3) 11-3 3. Poteau (2) 12-1 4. Harrah (5) 7-4 5. Weatherford (6) 8-4 6. Cascia Hall (8) 7-5 7. Tuttle (7) 10-1 8. Anadarko (4) 8-3 9. Cache (9) 8-3 10. Clinton (10) 6-6 Dropped out: None Class 3A 1. Heritage Hall (1) 15-0 2. Lincoln Christian (3) 14-1 3. Jones (4) 13-1 4. Lone Grove (NR) 10-4 5. Locust Grove (2) 12-1 6. Roland (8) 11-2 7. Hilldale (5) 12-1 8. Plainview (10) 9-3 9. Sulphur (NR) 9-4 10. John Marshall (7) 10-2 Dropped out: Victory Christian (6) 9-2; Meeker (9) 9-3 Class 2A 1. Adair (1) 14-1 2. Haskell (7) 13-2 3. Chisholm (2) 13-1 4. Davis (5) 9-4 5. Washington (3) 11-2 6. Vian (6) 10-3 7. Kingston (8) 10-2 8. Luther (4) 11-1 9. Lindsay (10) 10-2 10. Prague (NR) 9-5 Dropped out: Millwood (9) 6-3 Class A 1. Stratford (1) 15-0 2. Cashion (8) 12-3 3. Hollis (2) 12-1 4. Ringling (3) 11-1 5. Hominy (6) 12-2 6. Mooreland (4) 12-1 7. Minco (5) 10-2 8. Talihina (9) 10-2 9. Kiefer (7) 10-2 10. Thomas (10) 9-3 Dropped out: None Class B 1. Davenport (2) 14-0 2. Keota (3) 12-1 3. Dewar (4) 11-2 4. Weleetka (7) 9-4 5. Alex (1) 11-1 6. Seiling (5) 10-2 7. Geary (6) 10-2 8. Pioneer (8) 8-4 9. Turpin (9) 8-3 10. Laverne (10) 8-3 Dropped out: None Class C 1. Shattuck (5) 12-1 2. Coyle (4) 13-1 3. Grandfield (2) 11-1 4. Cherokee (1) 11-1 5. Fox (3) 11-1 6. Deer Creek-Lamont (7) 10-2 7. Tipton (6) 8-3 8. Timberlake (8) 7-5 9. Webbers Falls (9) 8-3 10. Thackerville (10) 7-4 Dropped out: None
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Nate Craft kicked a 27-yard field goal in the second overtime as Salem beat Lake Taylor 17-14 to win the Virginia High School League's 4A state football championship for the seventh time.The Spartans (14-0) overcame blowing a 14-0 lead and fumbling the ball away in the first overtime. They also avenged a 41-16 loss to Lake Taylor in last year's championship and snapped the...
Salem beats Lake Taylor 17-14 for VHSL 4A title
Associated Press | Dec 12, 2015LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Nate Craft kicked a 27-yard field goal in the second overtime as Salem beat Lake Taylor 17-14 to win the Virginia High School League's 4A state football championship for the seventh time. The Spartans (14-0) overcame blowing a 14-0 lead and fumbling the ball away in the first overtime. They also avenged a 41-16 loss to Lake Taylor in last year's championship and snapped the Titans' 29-game winning streak. Donte Clayborne gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard run. Riley Fox's 2-yard plunge late in the first half made it 14-0. Lake Taylor (14-1) got on the board on a 12-yard pass from Tyrek Hughey to Jenkinson Wahee on the final play of the first half, and tied it on Hughey's 5-yard run in the third quarter. In the first overtime, Salem fumbled the ball away, but Hughey's 22-yard field goal try sailed under the crossbar.
The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team:CLASS 5AOFFENSEQB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New PalestineRB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., KokomoRB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus EastWR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne SniderWR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette JeffTE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus EastOL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur...
2015 Indiana All-State 5A high school football team
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015The 2015 Associated Press Indiana 5A All-State football team: CLASS 5A OFFENSE QB_Alex Neligh, 6-2, 195, Sr., New Palestine RB_Jeron Gray, 5-8, 160, Sr., Kokomo RB_Steven O'Neal, 5-9, 175, Sr., Columbus East WR_Mac Hippenhammer, 6-2, 180, Jr., Fort Wayne Snider WR_Daniel Ricksy, 5-11, 175, Sr., Lafayette Jeff TE_Rhett Myers, 6-5, 240, Sr., Columbus East OL_Trent Maynard, 6-5, 318, Sr., Decatur Central OL_Kenny Hurt, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider OL_Tyler Johnson, 6-4, 294, Sr., Whiteland OL_Spencer Stachyra, 6-4, 280, Jr., Westfield OL_Andrew Yazel, 5-11, 272, Sr., New Palestine K_Jacob Ballain, 5-11, 164, Sr., Whiteland DEFENSE DL_Rondell Weathers, 5-11, 245, Sr., Indianapolis Tech DL_Marcus Green, 6-2, 210, Sr., Fort Wayne Snider DL_Jordan Holley, 6-2, 205, Sr., Goshen DL_Colin Zeh, 6-2, 210, Sr., Harrison (West Lafayette) LB_Tommy Richardson, 6-1, 222, Jr., Bloomington South LB_Sam Dwenger, 5-9, 205, Sr., Columbus East LB_Kyle Edwards, 5-9, 165, Sr., Mishawaka DB_Nick Brickens, 5-9, 190, Sr., New Palestine DB_Justin Jenkins, 5-10, 185, Sr., Terre Haute South DB_Jordan Matthews, 6-1, 185, Sr., Kokomo DB_Cedric Mitchell, 6-2, 185, Jr., Concord P_Jon Hagee, 5-10, 140, Jr., Plainfield HONORABLE MENTION QB— Isaac Stiebeling, Fort Wayne Snider; Nick Barrett, Terre Haute North; Devon Colonis, Lafayette Jeff; Jason Grooms, Concord; Bryce Jefferson, Decatur Central; Dayne Keller, Castle; Ryan Pepiot, Westfield; Darian Phillips, Mishawaka; Brayden Tidd, Bedford North Lawrence; Gavin Yeskie, Bloomington South. RB_Gabe Brooks, South Bend Adams; Dawson Dahnke, Harrison (West Lafayette); Dylan Foster, Plainfield; Marcelle Kenner, Kokomo; Brenden Mikesell, Zionsville; LeVon Thompson, McCutcheon; Tyrone Tracy, Decatur Central. WR_Duke Blackwell, New Palestine; Malik Bramley, Fort Wayne Snider; Josh Emerson, Concord; Alex Garren, Castle; Evan Manley, Westfield; John Early Rochelle Manns, Bloomington South; Noah McLean, Castle; Charles Phinisee, McCutcheon; Drew Roberts, Bedford North Lawrence; David Turner, Fort Wayne Snider; Brandon Wadley, South Bend Adams. TE_Grant Dempster, McCutcheon; Matt Wilmore, Concord. OL_Quamielle Belt, Kokomo; Garrett Breneman, Harrison (West Lafayette); Harry Crider, Columbus East; Garrett Crowthers, Whiteland; Nick Derheimer, New Palestine; Nick Franklin, Bedford North Lawrence; Julius Gibbs, Lafayette Jeff; Ryan Harrison, Decatur Central; Mikey Hettinger, Terre Haute North; Jacob Kough, Castle; Jacob Spray, Plainfield; Andy VanDyke, Franklin. K_Spencer Corey, New Palestine; Will Harrison, Westfield; Adam Myers, Castle; Chace Pedigo, McCutcheon. DL_Bryce Biddle, Plainfield; Bryce Brown, Evansville North; Noah Daniels, South Bend Adams; Trent Dardeen, McCutcheon; Antonio Davidson, Decatur Center; Ryder Emberton, Whiteland; Cameron Fitts, Kokomo; Jonathan Mendoza, Westfield; Derek Paz, Goshen; Zaccai Robinson, Indianapolis Tech; David Small, Concord; Jordan Workman, New Palestine. LB_Coy Anderson, Plainfield; Tiger Baldwin, Bedford North Lawrence; Parker Caldwell, McCutcheon; Tanner Collins, Lafayette Jeff; Ethan Cox, Terre Haute South; Zach Dowell, Franklin; Jackson Garrett, Westfield; Sam Helm, Bloomington South; Joe Izbicki, New Palestine; Cage Street, Evansville North; Calvin Thomas, Decatur Central; Mitchell Thornbury, Castle; Cole Williams, McCutcheon; Daniel Williams, Concord. DB_Juchaun Fox, Concord; Logan Grim, Terre Haute North; Joe Jackson, Bedford North Lawrence; Hunter Warthan, Bloomington South; Keenen Wheeler, Kokomo.
With a trio of football state championship games left to be played, Fox Sports Oklahoma and the OSSAA announced the broadcast schedule for Saturday’s action. The Class 3A championship game between Heritage Hall and Lincoln Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stillwater will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. To accommodate the coverage, the Oklahoma men’s basketball game against Oral Roberts will...
OSSAA announces broadcast plans for Saturday's football championship games
scott wright | Dec 9, 2015With a trio of football state championship games left to be played, Fox Sports Oklahoma and the OSSAA announced the broadcast schedule for Saturday’s action. The Class 3A championship game between Heritage Hall and Lincoln Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stillwater will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. To accommodate the coverage, the Oklahoma men’s basketball game against Oral Roberts will be moved to Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus. Mike Ziegenhorn (play-by-play), Mark Rodgers (analyst) and Chris Callahan (sideline reporter) will call the game. The Class 2A title game between Adair and Haskell, set for 1 p.m. at Owasso, can be viewed for free online at FoxSportsOklahoma.com or on mobile devices using the Fox Sports Go mobile app. Al Jerkens (play-by-play) and Deer Creek head coach Grant Gower (analyst) will call the game. The Class A final between Cashion and Stratford at 1 p.m. Saturday from Choctaw High School will be available on the NFHS Network. Visit www.nfhsnetwork.com for information about the network’s subscription packages. Matt Jenkins will call the game.
Dec 8, 2015
Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to...
High school notebook: Lamar offers three local football players
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 8, 2015Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State. As a senior for the Wolves, Coats recorded 104 tackles, one sack and an interception. He also has multiple Division II offers. Westmoore defensive coordinator Ty Gower confirmed the offers for Towery and Loccident to The Oklahoman via text message. Towery is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman. Loccident, a defensive back, had 53 tackles and an interception this season. EDMOND NORTH'S FROHLING WINS GATORADE AWARD Edmond North senior Hannah Rose Frohling was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday. Frohling, who was announced as The Oklahoman's All-City Player of the Year last week, led the Huskies to a 32-1 record and the Class 6A state championship. The 6-foot senior recorded 408 digs, 330 kills and 104 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .438. She maintained a weighted 4.25 grade-point average and serves as a volunteer in her community. “Hannah Rose Frohling leads her team not only with her skill set, but also with a great attitude and tons of energy,” Norman North coach Stephanie Kane said. “She really stepped up this year in her senior role to help her team win a state championship.” JENKS' NUNLEY, BROKEN ARROW'S SHAW SHARE DISTRICT HONORS Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley and Broken Arrow running back Jamall Shaw were recently both honored as the District 6A-I-1 Players of the Year. Nunley just led Jenks to its fourth straight championship and third with him as the starting quarterback. Shaw led Broken Arrow to the state championship game, where it lost to Jenks. Nunley passes for 2,853 yards and 35 touchdowns, while Shaw rushed for 1,959 yards and 27 touchdowns. Edmond Santa Fe star running back Darran Williams was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished the year with 1,744 yards and 22 touchdowns on 248 carries. Jenks' Dillon Stoner, an Oklahoma State commitment, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Stoner had 50 tackles and an interception, while also catching 36 passes for 724 yards and 10 TDs. Broken Arrow coach David Alexander was named Coach of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Jamall Shaw, Broken Arrow Offensive Player of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive Player of the Year: Dillon Stoner, Jenks Coach of the Year: David Alexander, Broken Arrow Back of the Year: Braden Hudson, Putnam City Receiver of the Year: Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City Offensive Lineman of the Year: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Defensive Lineman of the Year: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow Linebacker of the Year: Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Special Teams Player of the Year: Allan Dinh, Putnam City; Devon Johnson, Broken Arrow Kicker/Punter of the Year: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial ALL-DISTRIC TEAM Edmond Memorial: Tate Troxell, Imani Woodley, Zeke Mammen, Jase George, Christian Gabriel, Evan Green, Grifffin Amen; Edmond Santa Fe: Grant Newton, Zeke Jenkins, Dillon Hall, Dustin Anthony, Jacob Goss, Jerome Bryson Jr., Vessy Parrish, Dylan Williams, Charles Gaines, Juan Johnson, Justin Richardson, Cameron Walker, Micah Gaston; Broken Arrow: Ethan Bullard, Andy Smith, Micah Mebane, Levi Vandeventer, Taylor Stines, Samuel Akem, Brendon Franklin, Israel Tristan, Jay Ivy, Michael Willis, Caleb Elder, Jordan Davis; Norman: Romero Gatewood, Jack Fronheiser, Riley McGill, Elijah Smith, Bryce Burkhart, Brandon Lee; Yukon: Cooper Stanley, DJ Taylor, Kyle Menge, Rylan Redding, JT Kearby, Parker Hodge; Putnam City: Ryan Brown, Austin Williams, Alonzo Fuller, Oscar Anyabola, Zach Hester, Dariyon Weeden;Westmoore: Tyler Addison, Desmond Vick, Noel Maul, DeShawn Lookout, Anthony Adams, Derek Loccident; Jenks: Andrew Wyatt, Austin Quillen, Stephen Lyles, T.J. Lynn, Antwan Woods, Abdul Alhou, Ryan Robinson, Carter Nelson, Zach Neal, Logan Corwin, Morgan Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Mason Minnix, Wyatt Scribner, Sam Wilson, Sheldon Barnes. HARRAH'S MARTIN NAMED DISTRICT 4A-2 PLAYER OF YEAR Harrah senior running back Grant Martin was recently named the District 4A-2 Player of the Year after leading Harrah to its first playoff victory in 21 years, Martin was on The Oklahoman's 2014 All-State team. He finished with nearly identical numbers to his junior season of 2,589 yards and 37 touchdowns. This season, he finished with 2,543 yards and 32 touchdowns in the same amount of games. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Tuttle coach Brad Ballard was honored as the Coach of the Year after the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Grant Martin, Harrah Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Gus Hall, Tecumseh Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Mason, Tuttle Special Teams Player of the Year: Jon Cain, Glenpool Coach of the Year: Brad Ballard, Tuttle OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Quarterback: Gabe Simons, Ada; Kostner Ingraham, Harrah Running back: Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Jason Biddy, Tuttle Receiver: Dalton Lewis, McLoud; Jake Martinez, Ada Tight end: Jeremy McDonald, Harrah Offensive line: Chandler Anthony, Tuttle; Logan Roberson, Harrah; Teague Fox, Tuttle; Kyle Townsend, Harrah; Jake Bailey, Ada; Andrew Sturm, McLoud; Trip Hall, Tecumseh DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Defensive end: Dalton Cooper, Tuttle; Michael Spencer, Bristow; Jon Cain, Glenpool Defensive tackle: Dalton Hanson, Harrah; Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh Inside linebacker: Blake Berryhill, Tuttle; Braden Hobbs, Harrah Outside linebacker: Cale Smith, Tuttle; Levi Grimes, Ada Safety: Dakota Buie, Tuttle; Braden Jennings, Harrah Cornerback: Hunter Hughart, Glenpool; Austin Steele, Harrah SPECIAL TEAMS Kicker: Rylee Jones, Harrah Special recognition: Bryce Remington, Glenpool; Dillon Briggs, Ada ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Tuttle: Keegan Riley, Trenton Slattery, Brecken Waitman; Ada: Avery Logan, Kane Moore; Harrah: Kevin Carroll, Drew Webster, Chase Smiley, Hunter Goodwin, Steven Byers, Wyatt Laymon, Colton Guinn, Preston Griffin; Bristow:Robert Chacon, Ryan Lee, Tyran Proctor, Trever Miller, Jacoby Gantz; Glenpool: Anthony Burns, Austin LaCroix, Colton Hughart, Andrew Gossett, Bailey Bennett, Nick Heck, Kyle Harders; Tecumseh: Jordan Brown, Triston Grayson, Brayden Begley; McLoud: Tristan Keith, Johnny Poff, Christian Alba, Will Carroll
When: 6 p.m., Saturday Where: Newcastle High School, 101 N. Main, Newcastle Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Shattuck 11-1, 6-1 District C-1 (second); Coyle 13-0, 7-0 District C-3 (first) How they got here: First round: Shattuck 42, Corn Bible 8 — Shattuck broke open a tie game in the second half for the rout with Skylar Pshigoda accounting for four touchdowns. Coyle 46, Cave Springs 0...
Guide to Class C championship: No. 5 Shattuck vs. No. 4 Coyle
Jacob Unruh | Dec 5, 2015When: 6 p.m., Saturday Where: Newcastle High School, 101 N. Main, Newcastle Online: www.nfhsnetwork.com Records: Shattuck 11-1, 6-1 District C-1 (second); Coyle 13-0, 7-0 District C-3 (first) How they got here: First round: Shattuck 42, Corn Bible 8 — Shattuck broke open a tie game in the second half for the rout with Skylar Pshigoda accounting for four touchdowns. Coyle 46, Cave Springs 0 — Coyle reached 46 points four minutes into the second quarter behind DeShaun Anderson, who rushed for three touchdowns and 210 yards. Quarterfinals: Shattuck 36, Fox 22 — The Shattuck defense held Fox quarterback Seth Argo to just two touchdowns on the night to advance to yet another semifinal game. Coyle 30, Tipton 24 — Coyle took down the defending champions when LaShay Johnson returned an interception for an 85-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Semifinals: Shattuck 14, Grandfield 0 — Shattuck won the battle of field position, keeping Grandfield from its side of the field throughout the night to come away with the narrow victory. Coyle 42, Cherokee 22 — Quarterback Jared Weathers rushed for three scores as the Bluejackets advanced to their first championship game in school history by taking down last year’s state runner-up. Players to watch: Shattuck — Skylar Pshigoda, QB. Pshigoda makes Shattuck go. He can beat teams with his arm or his legs, something that could give Coyle’s potent defense fits. Coyle — DeShaun Anderson, RB. Anderson has been electric in the posteason. Put him beside Weathers at quarterback, and the Bluejackets have one of the best 1-2 punches in eight-man football. Storylines: Shattuck — The defense has been spectacular in the playoffs. Shutting down Fox and Grandfield back-to-back weeks is impressive. Now, the red-hot Bluejackets’ offense poses a different threat with an impressive balance. Coyle — This is the school’s first championship game, while Shattuck has quite the history with eight state championships — seven since 2003. The trick for Coyle here will to not let the moment get the best of it. If it does, it could lead to sloppy play and turnovers. The pick: Coyle 38, Shattuck 30
In the 6A-I championship, Jenks will face Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday at TU's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Nathan Thompson, Mark Rodgers and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the game for FSOK.
High schools: FSOK to air Class 6A-I final between Jenks and Broken Arrow
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Dec 2, 2015Fox Sports Oklahoma plans to air the OSSAA Class 6A Division I football championship football game, and several other state finals will be streamed by the NFHS Network. In the 6A-I championship, Jenks will face Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday at TU's H.A. Chapman Stadium. Nathan Thompson, Mark Rodgers and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the game for FSOK. The NFHS Network will stream Class 6A-II, Class 4A and Class B state title games on Friday and Class 5A and Class C championships on Saturday. For more information, visit www.nfhsnetwork.com. Calling the games on the NFHS Network will be Joey Williams (Class 6A-II), Drew Brent (Class 4A, 5A and C) and Matt Jenkins (Class B). Television plans for next weekend's Class 3A, 2A, and A state championship games will be announced once matchups are set after this weekend's semifinal action.
The Class 6A-I state championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow is the lone high school football championship game fans will be able to watch outside of pay-per-view this weekend, according to a release from Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The game will be televised by FSOK at 7 p.m. Friday with Nathan Thompson doing play-by-play alongside...
Fox Sports Oklahoma to broadcast Class 6A-I football championship
Jacob Unruh | Dec 2, 2015The Class 6A-I state championship game between Jenks and Broken Arrow is the lone high school football championship game fans will be able to watch outside of pay-per-view this weekend, according to a release from Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The game will be televised by FSOK at 7 p.m. Friday with Nathan Thompson doing play-by-play alongside analyst Mark Rodgers. Mike Ziegenhorn will serve as the sideline reporter. The other six championship games both Friday and Saturday will be streamed on the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com. Fans can purchase a 24-hour pass to all live events on the site for $9.95, a monthly pass for $14.95 or a year-long pass for $119.95. On Friday, the network will stream four games at 7 p.m. In Class 6A-I, Sand Springs faces defending champion Bixby at Tulsa Union. In Class 4A, defending champion Wagoner faces Oologah at Owasso in a rematch of last year’s title game. In Class B, Davenport faces Keota at Muskogee. The network will stream both the Class 5A championship at 1 p.m. Saturday between Collinsville at Altus in Yukon and the Class C championship at 6 p.m. between Coyle and Shattuck in Newcastle. Broadcast plans for next week’s Class 3A, Class 2A and Class A championships will be announced next week.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Wednesday that tickets for next week’s Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games are now available online at www.ossaa.com. In Class 6A-I, three-time defending champion Jenks faces Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Class 6A-II matchup features defending champion Bixby against Sand Springs at Tulsa Union High School....
OSSAA announces online ticket sales for Class 6A football championships
Jacob Unruh | Nov 25, 2015The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Wednesday that tickets for next week’s Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games are now available online at www.ossaa.com. In Class 6A-I, three-time defending champion Jenks faces Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Class 6A-II matchup features defending champion Bixby against Sand Springs at Tulsa Union High School. Tickets for each game are $7. Fox Sports Oklahoma will televise the Class 6A-I game, while the NFHS Network will broadcast the Class 6A-II, Class B and Class C championship games on www.nfhsnetwork.com, which is a pay-per-view site.
Nov 20, 2015
STILLWATER — The red-headed quarterback has quite the backstory. Picked in the baseball draft. Decided to give college football a try when pro ball didn't work out. Walked on to the team right down the road. Became the starter and led his team to great heights. Now, he loves Oklahoma State. And lots of other Big 12 teams. No, we're not talking about Brandon Weeden. The former walk-on...
OSU football: If you love Cowboy football, chances are you love Joel Klatt, too
By Jenni Carlson Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 20, 2015STILLWATER — The red-headed quarterback has quite the backstory. Picked in the baseball draft. Decided to give college football a try when pro ball didn't work out. Walked on to the team right down the road. Became the starter and led his team to great heights. Now, he loves Oklahoma State. And lots of other Big 12 teams. No, we're not talking about Brandon Weeden. The former walk-on quarterback turned Cowboy lover in question is Joel Klatt. Before this season, Klatt was an up-and-coming analyst for Fox. Now, he's the guy taking dead aim at the College Football Playoff selection committee. He's claimed bias against high-scoring, pass-happy offenses. He's pointed out stats that favor SEC and Big Ten teams. In other words, if you love a team in the Big 12, you love Joel Klatt. "Kind of a rising star," Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. "I haven't heard all of it, but people have shared with me what he's said. If you just put things on a board and you look at what makes sense, he makes pretty good sense." No team stands to potentially benefit more from the patron saint of Big 12 football than the Cowboys. Most folks believe OSU will be in the Final Four if it keeps winning — a trend that must continue Saturday night against Baylor — but with a non-conference schedule that was embarrassingly easy and a slew of closer-than-expected wins, OSU should welcome each and every assist. No one is throwing more dimes than Klatt. So, who is this guy? The baseball-player-turned-walk-on-quarterback bit is absolutely true. Born and raised in Arvada, Colo., Klatt played high school football for his dad, but despite being one of the better quarterbacks in the state, he only got small-college offers. When the San Diego Padres selected him in the 11th round of the 2000 draft, he gave pro baseball a try. After two years, Klatt decided he'd had enough of the minor-league life, went home to Colorado and walked on to the football team in Boulder. A year later, he was the starting quarterback, and by the time his career was over, he held nearly two dozen school records. Klatt even led Colorado to back-to-back appearances in the Big 12 title game as the north division champ. A Big 12 alum who liked to throw it around? An underdog who had to prove himself? And now he works for one of the networks broadcasting the Big 12? No wonder Klatt is so strident about the league not getting enough love. In interviews, he's insisted he isn't advocating for any one conference. Rather, he is standing up for what he believes. The Big 12 is a big-time beneficiary. Joel Klatt happens to be calling Saturday's game in Stillwater. Cowboy fans who see him might want to shake his hand or pat his back or kiss the ground he walks on. Isn't that how you treat a saint? Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or email@example.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
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: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 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: 75-11 (87.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,469-340 (81.2 pct.) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe 28, Broken Arrow 24 (at Yukon) Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 31 (at Owasso) Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington 21, Sand Springs 17 (at Sapulpa) Bartlesville 42, Bixby 28 (at Owasso Saturday) Class 5A Quarterfinals LAWTON MAC 28, Collinsville 14 SKIATOOK 24, Deer Creek 21 McAlester 22, McGUINNESS 17 Altus 35, COWETA 28 Class 4A Quarterfinals ANADARKO 20, Cascia Hall 14 WAGONER 40, Clinton 31 Oologah 27, WEATHERFORD 24 POTEAU 35, Harrah 34 Class 3A Second Round HERITAGE HALL 42, Plainview 34 HILLDALE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 20 Meeker 42, LONE GROVE 38 LOCUST GROVE 49, Berryhill 35 LINCOLN CHR. 48, Idabel 13 JOHN MARSHALL 28, Sulphur 21 Victory Christian 38, ROLAND 34 JONES 21, Douglass 14 Class 2A Second Round CHISHOLM 28, Lindsay 7 VIAN 30, Colcord 20 DAVIS 40, Millwood 32 ADAIR 44, Stroud 34 Haskell 31, OKEMAH 26 LUTHER 42, Kingston 28 Prague 36, HULBERT 28 WASHINGTON 28, Hennessey 27 Class A Second Round MOORELAND 28, Healdton 8 HOMINY 24, Fairland 21 STRATFORD 45, Hooker 30 Crescent 26, REJOICE CHR. 21 CASHION 42, Ketchum 27 HOLLIS 35, Minco 28 Kiefer 28, TALIHINA 22 RINGLING 21, Thomas 14 Class B Quarterfinals SEILING 42, Dewar 36 DAVENPORT 56, Geary 48 ALEX 34, Weleetka 20 KEOTA 46, Pioneer 34 Class C Quarterfinals CHEROKEE 38, Timberlake 28 COYLE 42, Tipton 36 GRANDFIELD 28, DC-Lamont 26 FOX 48, Shattuck 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 16, 2015
Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0)...
High school football: Week 2 playoff pairings
scott wright,Jacob Unruh | Nov 16, 2015Here are the pairings for the second week of the high school football playoffs: Note: Class 6A neutral site, date and time TBA. Classes 5A-C games are 7:30 Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Semifinals Broken Arrow (10-1) vs. Ed. Santa Fe (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Yukon Tulsa Union (9-2) vs. Jenks (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso Class 6A-II Semifinals Tulsa Washington (10-0) vs. Sand Springs (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Sapulpa Bixby (7-4) vs. Bartlesville (10-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Owasso Class 5A Quarterfinals Collinsville (6-4) at Lawton Mac (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Deer Creek (8-3) at Skiatook (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday McAlester (10-1) at McGuinness (9-2) Altus (10-1) at Coweta (7-3) Class 4A Quarterfinals Cascia Hall (6-4) at Anadarko (8-2) Clinton (6-5) at Wagoner (11-0) Oologah (9-2) at Weatherford (8-3) Harrah (7-3) at Poteau (11-0) Class 3A Second Round Plainview (9-2) at Heritage Hall (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Seq. Tahlequah (7-4) at Hilldale (11-0) Meeker (9-2) at Lone Grove (8-3) Berryhill (7-3) at Locust Grove (11-0) Idabel (7-4) at Lincoln Christian (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Sulphur (8-3) at John Marshall (10-1) Victory Christian (9-1) at Roland (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday Douglass (8-3) at Jones (11-0) Class 2A Second Round Lindsay (10-1) at Chisholm (11-0) Colcord (8-3) at Vian (9-2) Millwood (6-2) at Davis (8-3) Stroud (10-1) at Adair (10-1) Haskell (10-1) at Okemah (8-3) Kingston (9-1) at Luther (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Prague (7-4) at Hulbert (8-3) Hennessey (7-4) at Washington (10-1) Class A Second Round Healdton (7-4) at Mooreland (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Fairland (7-3) at Hominy (10-1) Hooker (8-3) at Stratford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday Crescent (7-4) at Rejoice Christian (8-3) Ketchum (9-2) at Cashion (9-2) Minco (10-1) at Hollis (11-0) Kiefer (10-1) at Talihina (9-1) Thomas (9-2) at Ringling (9-0) Class B Quarterfinals Dewar (10-1) at Seiling (10-1) Geary (10-1) at Davenport (11-0) Weleetka (8-3) at Alex (11-0) Pioneer (8-3) at Keota (10-0) Class C Quarterfinals Timberlake (7-4) at Cherokee (10-0) Tipton (8-2) at Coyle (11-0) DC-Lamont (10-1) at Grandfield (10-0) Shattuck (9-1) at Fox (11-0)
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS