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Apr 26, 2015
NORMAN — The start of Oklahoma's fall football season is a hugely important day for Bob Stoops and the rest of the Sooners team. It's also a big day for Jeff Salmond and his groundskeeping crew, who spend several months getting Owen Field's grass ready both practically and aesthetically for the season. “You're on display for national audiences,” said Salmond, OU's director of athletic fields....
Working for the weekend
By Jason KerseyNORMAN — The start of Oklahoma's fall football season is a hugely important day for Bob Stoops and the rest of the Sooners team. It's also a big day for Jeff Salmond and his groundskeeping crew, who spend several months getting Owen Field's grass ready both practically and aesthetically for the season. “You're on display for national audiences,” said Salmond, OU's director of athletic fields. “You're on display for recruits. You're on display for fans that come and walk through the stadium. The joy is at the end of the game, seeing how the field has performed.” Salmond and his staff manage all of the University of Oklahoma's athletic fields and much of the grounds surrounding them, but nothing they do is more visible and important than their work inside Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, which houses one of the Big 12 Conference's three remaining natural grass football fields. Oklahoma switched back from artificial turf in 1994, and while many high school and college football stadiums are going the other direction, OU seems committed to sticking with natural grass. Salmond, who studied agriculture at Missouri for his undergraduate degree and then Iowa State for his master's, said natural grass fields can handle lots more action than people think — as long as they are properly maintained. “I think grass is always the safest,” Stoops said. “We've got a great field. It ranks there with any field in the country.” Among the most important things Salmond's crew monitors is the field's hardness, which is measured in a numerical value called “Gmax.” A field's Gmax is determined by dropping a weight onto the field and measuring how fast it stops after hitting the surface. A higher Gmax means the weight stopped quickly. The National Football League requires all fields be below 100 Gmax, and although the NCAA doesn't have similar requirements, Salmond said his staff holds itself to that standard. Salmond, from Kansas City, Mo., grew up a big-time sports fan — his favorite football player was OU legend Brian Bosworth — and also farmed. He has worked on field-management teams with the Baltimore Ravens, the University of New Mexico and Northwestern University. Last year was his eighth year in Norman. Efforts gear up Because the football stadium is probably the biggest visitor attraction on the OU campus, the groundskeeping crew focuses year-round on maintaining the field, but really amps up its efforts after the annual spring game in April. “We know that we're on display 365 days a year, really,” Salmond said. “It's not like we can go, 'It's just football season.' “We take pride in all of our fields that we manage for the University of Oklahoma and the athletic department.” In a typical game week, Salmond said his staff uses roughly 300 gallons of paint on Owen Field over three days. They paint the endzones and logos on Wednesday; paint the yard lines, numbers and hash marks on Thursdays; and finally add a second coat over the end zones and logos Friday. “They go above and beyond, and hours really don't matter to them,” Stoops said. “I appreciate Jeff Salmond, that whole crew. They do an incredible job and take a lot of pride in it.”
Staff Writer | Apr 26, 2015
Staff Writer | Apr 26, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
New defensive backs coach is from Irving, Texas and coached at Notre Dame before taking Sooner job
OU football: Job in Norman gets Kerry Cooks close to home
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | Apr 25, 2015NORMAN — Kerry Cooks didn’t seem to have much need to find a new job. He’d been at Notre Dame for five seasons, helping coach the Fighting Irish to the national title game after the 2012 season and bowl wins in each of the last two years. But when Bob Stoops needed to shake up his coaching staff and then-defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery started feeling out Cooks to see if he’d be interested, Cooks jumped at the chance to be the Sooners’ new defensive backs coach. The reason was more than 20 years coming. Cooks left his hometown of Irving, Texas after high school to play football at Iowa. What followed were coaching stops around the midwest — Kansas State, Western Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin before landing at Notre Dame in 2010. “I haven’t been home since I was 18,” Cooks said. “I’ve been very fortunate to coach at some tremendous places under some tremendous coaches. But one of the major moves for me was location. My mom’s getting older. I’ve got two girls. They see their grandparents twice a year right now. So that was one reason why.” But he wasn’t about to leave Notre Dame for just anywhere. “I’ve had other opportunities in the past and I’ve turned them down,” Cooks said. “The reason why I took the Oklahoma job is it has very similar history and tradition as the place I just came from. They’ve proven to be winners here. They’ve won championships here.” Cooks had known Montgomery since not long after he arrived at Iowa. “We’ve been very close,” Cooks said. “He reached out to me a few times and I guess was kind of gauging my interest really without me knowing because he didn’t give much insight.” Montgomery, though, left for a job with the Green Bay Packers not long after Cooks arrived. In Cooks’ first meeting with his players, the coach wrote “114” on a sheet of paper and put the number on the projector for them to see. “That’s what you guys finished in pass defense this past year,” Cooks told them. “We attacked that right off the get-go.” Cooks followed up that number with something that was much easier to digest for the players — video clip after video clip of the plays that helped contribute to that stat. A 68-yard touchdown from Clint Trickett to Kevin White in the win over West Virginia. A 39-yard scoring pass from Trevone Boykin in the loss to TCU — one of seven pass players of 20 or more yards for the Horned Frogs that day. A 62-yard touchdown by Glenn Gronkowski from Jake Waters in the loss to Kansas State. Plays of 48 and 41 yards from Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman in the loss to Baylor. A 43-yard touchdown by Brandon Sheperd from Mason Rudolph against Oklahoma State that helped set up Tyreek Hill’s heroics that forced overtime and led to another Sooners’ loss. Several more big passing plays by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, including a 65-yard scoring pass from Cole Stoudt to Artavis Scott. “I can’t even count how many it was,” Cooks said. “We sat down and watched the clips and talked about why those big plays happened. And then we started coaching those things throughout the spring.” Cooks’ approach has been quite a bit different from Mike Stoops’. Stoops teamed up with Bobby Jack Wright to coach the secondary last year but now coaches outside linebackers in addition to his defensive coordinator duties. “Coach Cooks is a quiet guy,” Jordan Thomas said. “He tells, but it’s when something big happens. All the little stuff, he’ll talk you through it. It’s a lot of constructive criticism.” Stoops has never been accused of being a “quiet guy” and though the players who have now been under both say Stoops’ coaching worked, they also said the fresh voice has helped. “I feel like it’s just a different tempo,” Dakota Austin said. “Coach Cooks brings a lot of energy. Just change gives a lot of people a lot of chances. … It’s a fresh start with Coach Cooks coming in with all the DBs. You just feel like you have a new start to get it going again.” It’s also been a rejuvenation for Cooks. Though he’s spent plenty of time recruiting and trying to build the Sooners’ secondary back to where it was early in Stoops’ tenure, he’s also had plenty of time to get back home. “We’ve been here for two months and my baby girl, Kenadee, who’s 5, has been home four times,” Cooks said. “That’s more than what she would go in a year from South Bend. So that answers that. My decision, at the end of the day, was the right decision just from that standpoint. “They love it. Family, at the end of the day, is all that matters. When you’re thousands of miles from those guys since I was 18, at some point you’ve got to come back home.”
The Grove Education Foundation For Excellence (GEFFE) Auction Committee has been working to secure items for the 2015 Gala, set for Saturday, April 25, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 S. Main, Grove.The gala will include more than 20 live auction packages. A sampling of the items are listed below to give supporters a sneak peek of some the packages that will be offered.1. Back Page of Football...
GEFFE gala set for Saturday in Grove
Staff Reports firstname.lastname@example.org, Associated Press | Apr 20, 2015The Grove Education Foundation For Excellence (GEFFE) Auction Committee has been working to secure items for the 2015 Gala, set for Saturday, April 25, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 S. Main, Grove. The gala will include more than 20 live auction packages. A sampling of the items are listed below to give supporters a sneak peek of some the packages that will be offered. 1. Back Page of Football Program: “Advertise here!” The back page of the Grove High School Football Program in full color is sure to get everyone’s attention. The 2015 program will be distributed at Grove High School home football games. Donated by GHS Varsity Cheerleaders. 2. Catered Dinner for 25 by Timbered In Catering: Let Kim & Shane Berry cater your party at the location of your choice. With a generous range of delectable cuisine and themes to choose from, you can perfect any style you please. Donated by Shane and Kim Berry of Timbered-In Catering. 3. Five Live Trees: How about five live trees? Each tree is 10 – 15 feet tall. You choose the variety. Donated by Honey Creek Nursery. 4. Kansas City Trip: This overnight trip includes hotel accommodations at the InterContinental on the Kansas City Plaza, a delectable dinner and concert tickets to see Jimmy Buffet live at the Sprint Center. Donated by First Bank & Trust. 5. Plane Ride for Two over Grand Lake. Enjoy the beauty of Grand Lake from the sky and make a stop at Shangri La’s The Summit for lunch. Donated by Ferguson Chiropractic and The Summit. 6.Steaks on the Lake: Take your lake life up a notch with a Yeti cooler, a Smoke Hollow Combination Grill Gas/Charcoal/Smoker and fresh steaks. Donated by Riggs Tree Service and The Rancher’s Wife. 7. Backyard BBQ: This package is the epitome of summer fun with friends, a Traeger grill, 20 pounds of ground beef and a jumper rental for the kids. Donated by the Rx Shoppe, Grand Rental Station and The Rancher’s Wife. 8. Ridgerunner Football Package: This package is for the true Ridgy fan, four reserved seats at football games, Ridgerunner gear, a handmade Ridgerunner sign by the FFA and an autographed poster of the Grove Football team. Donated by Grove Athletic Department. 9. Patio Set: Breathe new life into your outdoor space with a new patio set complete with umbrella and outdoor rug. Donated by Grand River Abstract and Lowe’s. 10. Spa Day for Two: Treat yourself and a friend, sibling, daughter or mother to day at the spa at Illusions. Enjoy a mani/pedi, facial and massage and take a break for lunch while getting pampered. You’ll wrap up your day of relaxation with a shopping spree at the Muddy Pearl. Donated by Illusions Day Spa and The Muddy Pearl. Businesses and individual donors wishing to donate to either the live or silent auction may contact Danielle Decker at 918-540-4120. Corporate tables are being sold and can be purchased for $750. Those can be purchased by calling Benee Masri at 918-645-9896. Individual tickets are $75 each and will be sold at local banks at least three weeks before the Gala. For more information, persons interested may visit www.geffe.org or the group's Facebook page, or contact Kristi Wallace at 918-791-1974.
Apr 20, 2015
Oklahoma State University has named Kenneth Sewell vice president for research to lead the planning, coordination and growth of research programs and funding universitywide.
OSU names new research vice president
By Oklahoma State University | Apr 20, 2015Oklahoma State University has named Kenneth Sewell vice president for research to lead the planning, coordination and growth of research programs and funding universitywide. Following a national search and campus visits by four finalists, Sewell was named OSU's new chief research leader subject to approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents at its next regularly scheduled meeting April 24. He will start July 1. "He has experience as a vice president and associate vice president of research at two institutions," said Gary Sandefur, OSU provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. "Personally, I was impressed with his reflections about the challenges and opportunities that research universities face." Sewell is currently the vice president for research and economic development and the executive director of the Graduate School at the University of New Orleans. He has spent a majority of his career as a clinical psychologist, a teacher and a researcher in behavioral sciences. Previously, Sewell served as director of the nationally accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of North Texas. In 2008, he was named the associate vice president for research and then interim vice president for research at UNT before he joined the University of New Orleans as vice president of research in 2013. Sewell received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Kansas State University and master's and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. He played on the Kansas State football team in the early 1980s. An Oklahoma native, Sewell graduated from Coweta High School. [tweetquote]"I was impressed with his reflections ... "[/tweetquote] In his new position, Sewell will work on a number of issues involving the research program at OSU, including a need to enhance the university's research infrastructure, according to Sandefur. "We have some things we want him to work on, but he'll have his own opportunity to think about directions he would like to go and what he might want to do with research here at OSU," Sandefur said. Sewell takes over from Sheryl Tucker, who returns to her position as dean of the OSU Graduate College. Tucker was appointed interim vice president in 2013 in addition to being Graduate College dean. "We appreciate Dr. Tucker's leadership and commitment to OSU research and the Graduate College as we filled this vital position. I have really enjoyed working with her in both of her roles," Sandefur said. Sewell will administer a research program that in recorded expenditures of more than $134 million according to the latest National Science Foundation report. OSU is in the top 20 percent of institutions ranked by the NSF. As one of the three essential roles of a land-grant university, research provides a key foundation for OSU's teaching and outreach missions.
Apr 20, 2015
Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level.
High school notebook: Southmoore's Noah Jones offered by Texas Tech
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Apr 20, 2015You can usually look for Texas Tech to snatch an Oklahoma football prospect once every couple of years, and the Red Raiders have added Noah Jones to their target list. Jones, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound Southmoore junior, posted on Twitter that Tech had offered a scholarship Monday. Jones, No. 11 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, is primarily a defensive end prospect but could play a variety of positions at the next level. Tech is the sixth school to offer Jones, along with Kansas State, Toledo, Ohio, Army and Navy. YUKON HOLDS OFF CHOCTAW IN KEY DISTRICT MATCHUP At the plate with a full count and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Yukon senior Keegan Meyn didn’t flinch, delivering a two-run double with a line drive to right-center field. It was the second line drive in the middle of the field for a hit from Meyn and most crucial in Yukon’s 8-5 win over Choctaw in a District 6A-1 matchup for first place. “I was expecting fastball and he gave me one outside, so I really sat back on it,” said Meyn, who has signed with both Arkansas-Little Rock and Cowley County (Kan.) “I’ve been working a lot on my mental side this year. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’ve got all of the physical attributes, so I’ve just really been working this season on focusing at the plate.” Meyn finished 2 for 4 with the two RBIs that helped the Millers build an 8-0 lead and a stolen base, putting on display his abilities that have MLB scouts taking notice. Yukon (12-10, 8-1) nearly blew that eight-run lead, though. Choctaw (13-8, 8-3) scored five runs in the fifth, chasing left-hander Drake Norton. Yukon coach Kevin James turned to right-hander Tyler Benge in the final two innings to restore order and pick up the save. He retired all six batters he faced, striking out four. The two teams meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Choctaw to complete the series. BIG ALL-CITY GAMES SET FOR MAY 28 Del City will once again host the Big All-City boys and girls basketball games on Thursday, May 28. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m. With the boys to tip off at 8. The event includes 3-point and dunk contests as well. Rosters and coaches for the games will be announced at a later date. MUSTANG DUO ADDING OFFERS Mustang teammates Jakolby Long and Curtis Haywood II are catching the eyes of several recruiters on the summer basketball circuit. Playing together with Athletes First, both players picked up significant offers over the weekend. Long, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, has more than 10 offers already and added Auburn on Saturday. Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Missouri, Wichita State and Kansas State are among the other programs to offer Long. Haywood, a lanky 6-5 shooting guard, received his first Division I scholarship offer when Western Kentucky offered Saturday. BLANCHARD’S RANEY GETS WIN NO. 200 Blanchard baseball coach Josh Raney recently picked up career win No. 200 in a win over McGuinness. Raney, who has been leading the Lions for eight years, now sits at 202 wins entering Monday’s game against rival Tuttle. “All that means is the quality of kids I’ve had over my time in Blanchard have been really good,” Raney said. “It’s all about talent and if you stay in it long enough and if you’ve got enough talent, you’re going to win a lot of games. To me it’s more about the community of Blanchard and the kids growing up here.” Blanchard beat McGuinness 9-5 in Carl Albert’s annual Bill Tipton tournament on April 10. Raney started his coaching career as an Edmond Santa Fe assistant under former coach Lonny Cobble. He then moved to Blanchard as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach one year later. WIDENER SIGNS WITH HENDERSON STATE Former Midwest City girls basketball standout Reagan Widener signed her National Letter of Intent with Division II Henderson State University (Ark.) on Monday. Widener played the past two seasons at Seminole State College. A 5-foot-5 guard, Widener averaged 5.5 points as a senior for the Bombers in 2011-2012.
A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason.The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason...
MIAA notebook: NFL offseason moves have connections to the MIAA
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Apr 19, 2015A few National Football League players with MIAA connections have seen their name pop up in the transaction wires, while others will be impacted by moves made this offseason. The only MIAA player to change teams since free agency started is Cary Williams, who signed a three-year, $18M deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He played with the Eagles the past two years but was part of an offseason shakeup by Chip Kelly. The reigning NFC champions will be the fourth team for the Washburn product that entered the league as a Tennessee draft pick in 2008. He has also played for the Ravens. Former Nebraska-Omaha quarterback Zach Miller has re-signed with the Chicago Bears. The 2009 draft pick hasn't played in an NFL game since 2011 but showed flashes of his talent with the Bears last year by catching six passes and two touchdowns in the preseason opener, but suffered a torn ligament that ended his season and landed him on the injured reserve. Miller, an option quarterback at the now-defunct Mavericks program, played for Jacksonville between 2009 and 2011, hauling in 45 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns. In the years since a shoulder injury, a torn Achilles tendon, torn calf muscle ended his Jacksonville tenure and a concussion ended his 2013 season with Tampa Bay and led to an eventual release. Miller's signing gives three NFL teams two MIAA players on the roster. The Bears have Miller and David Bass (Missouri Western); Cleveland has Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) and Michael Bowie (Northeastern State) and the Rams have Mason Brodine (Nebraska-Kearney) and Greg Zuerlein (Western). A pair of defensive stalwarts were impacted by other moves. Baltimore traded Haloti Ngata to Detroit, opening up a spot for Missouri Southern's Brandon Williams to become a starter on the Ravens' defensive line. The Sacramento Bee reported in early March that San Francisco had shopped Washburn product Michael Wilhoite, but since then the linebacker has seen teammates Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retire, which essentially pulled him from the trading block. MIAA coaching additions New Missouri Southern football coach Denver Johnson has hired his coordinators, including one very familiar with the MIAA. The Lions' new defensive coordinator is Kenny Evans, who spent six years as the head coach at Northeastern State. He posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2010 and 2011, while winning the Lone Star North Conference and earning a bowl bid. However, the school struggled with the move to the MIAA and Evans was let go following the 2013 season. This past season Evans coached East Central High School in Tulsa. He returns to Joplin, where he served as an assistant coach on the staff from 1989-1997. He has also had stints as an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Southern's new offensive coordinator is Corey Fipps, who coached at Bellhaven last year, which ran a similar high-octane passing attack that new coach Johnson ran at Tulsa. Fipps' offense at Bellhaven passed for 337 yards per game, while his passing attack at NAIA Montana Tech finished 15th in the country in 2013. Two MIAA men's basketball coaches quit on same day In the leaving department, Southern, Southwest Baptist, Central Oklahoma and Lindenwood all have openings. The MIAA lost a pair of men's basketball coaches on Friday, just hours apart. In the early morning hours, Central Oklahoma announced the resignation of Terry Evans, who stepped down after 13 years of guiding the Bronchos program. Evans went 263-124 and led Central Oklahoma to the playoffs seven times, including a pair of Elite Eight trips. He had eight 20-win seasons and set the school record with a 30-4 mark in 2010-11. Evans, a former Oklahoma basketball player, leaves UCO as the school's winningest coach. The school's press release said he is pursuing other coaching opportunities. Lindenwood issued a press release late in the afternoon announcing the resignation of men's basketball coach Brad Soderberg, who accepted an assistant job at Division I Virginia. In six years at the St. Charles school, Soderberg racked 127 years and leaves as the Lions' all-time winningest coach, as well as the school's highest winning percentage at .690. Soderberg racked up 47 wins in MIAA play. Prior to Lindenwood, he has served as the head coach at South Dakota State, Loras, St. Louis and as an interim coach at Wiconsin – where he worked with current Virginia coach Tony Bennett. Nick Bradford, a two-year assistant basketball coach at Southern, resigned to pursue other professional goals according to the school's press release. He played collegiately at Kansas before a professional basketball career that spanned eight years. Baptist is looking for a new women's soccer coach following Rob Podeyn's resignation. The Bearcats had advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament the past two years, while winning the MIAA postseason tournament in 2013. Podeyn coached at the Bolivar, Mo.-school for the past six years. Fast Football If you've caught yourself flipping through the TV lately you may have stumbled across an Arena Football League game on ESPN. This year, there are four MIAA football players in the league, including two on the Orlando Predators. Lincoln's O'Hara Fluellen was recently named the team's defensive player of the game for the Predators after a win against Jacksonville. He is in his second year in the league and is two years removed from being a first-team All-MIAA defensive back. A newcomer to Orlando this year is Central Missouri's Paul Stephens. A four-year veteran in the leauge, the former All-MIAA pick has snared 18 interceptions in three years playing with Spokane before moving over to Orlando in the offseason. He graduated from Central Missouri in 2010. Another Central Missouri product is Jamar Howard, a wide receiver for the Portland Thunder. The ex-NFLer has 34 catches for 447 yards and 9 touchdowns on the young season. A newcomer to the league is former Northwest Missouri State kicker Tommy Frevert. He connected on 263 PATs and 41 field goals in his career as a Bearcat and has kicked in various leagues since leaving Maryville in 2008. He played recently in the CPIFL for the Kansas City Renegades in 2013 and the Oklahoma Defenders last year, but impressed the Philadelphia Soul in an open tryout. When starter Carlos Martinez was injured in the season opener, Frevert signed and has made 15 PATs for a team co-owned by ESPN announcer Ron Jaworski. Hall is calling The NJCAA announced its 2015 Hall of Fame baseball class and one of the inductees has roots in the MIAA. Southwestern (Iowa) baseball coach Bill Krejci was one of the four selections. A Chicago native, Krejci played baseball at Northwest Missouri State from 1971-73 and in 1996 was inducted in the school's M-Club Hall of Fame. He racked up a 558-495 records in 22 years coaching the school in Creston, Iowa. After stepping down from that baseball position, he served as the athletic director until 2014. He has also been involved working with USA Baseball for more than two decades. Extras: Central Missouri basketball player Brennan Hughes played in the Division II All-Star game held last month during the Division II Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind. … Nebraska-Kearney softball coach Holly Carnes earned her 300th career win on April 14, when the Lopers swept Hastings. … Former Emporia State basketball player Spencer Allen has started working as the assistant director of athletic development at his alma mater. His new position is to build support for athletic fund-raising as the school works towards a goal of $45.3M. … Mississippi State women's basketball team went 27-7 this year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. One of the Bulldogs' assistant is Elena Novato, who played and earned MIAA newcomer of the year at Missouri Southern. She served as a graduate assistant at Pittsburg State before an stint as an assistant at Houston that led to her posting a 113-8 record with a pair of NJCAA titles at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. 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The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately.Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most...
Timeline Ties Newspaper, Community
Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Associated Press | Apr 17, 2015The newspaper and community are bound inextricably one to another, with The Daily Star-Journal today continuing the work of the newspaper’s forebearers by holding up a mirror into which the community sees its reflection, good or ill, accurately. Dates and events provided herein – each footnoted and provided to the Johnson County Historical Society – are taken from a variety of sources, with most coming from the newspaper’s own pages. 1800s 1833: Martin Warren settled on land that would become Warrensburg. 1860, May 18: James D. Eads and J. Milton Bonham edited The Western Missourian, Warrensburg. The paper carried news and advertising, including about runaway slaves. 1861-1865: No one published a paper in the city during the war years. The county clerk, having lost an election to Marsh Foster, editor of the former Western Missourian, murdered Foster at the courthouse on Main Street in February 1861. 1865, April 17: The Journal opened under J.D. Eads. • July 20: Johnson County’s county records returned after being absent during the Civil War. • Sept. 20: “The first Pacific passenger train completed a trip across the state, leaving Kansas City at 3 a.m. and arriving at St. Louis at 5 p.m. on the same day.” 1867: (circa) Vigilantes who first put to death murderers then went after other people, with guards posted at The Journal office “as threats were made against that paper for counseling the vigilantes to disband.” • The newspaper reported the organization of the first teachers college in Warrensburg. 1868: The newspaper reported the organization of the first public schools in Warrensburg. 1870: George Graham Vest eulogized a dog, Drum, marking a milestone for animals. 1871: The Democrat newspaper opened in Johnson County. 1874, Oct. 4: Wallace Crossley is born. 1876, Oct. 27: The Journal and The Democrat merged as The Journal-Democrat. • David Nation, husband of Warrensburg’s nationally infamous bar basher, Carrie Nation, at one point served as a Journal-Democrat partner. 1878, Nov. 12: The Women’s Christian Temperance Union organized to address “drunkenness in our midst, notwithstanding that there are no licensed saloons,” but also expressed a belief that druggists in town sold alcohol and thus resolved to seek “suppression of the places of dubious character.” 1883, Nov. 22: Someone robbed the Hyatt and Boyle safe at Hazel Hill. • The Johnson County Star moved from Knob Noster to Warrensburg. 1886, Nov. 6: The newspaper advertised Superior cook stoves. 1892, Jan. 1: Downhome humor would spin within the pages of the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat: “Stranger: ‘You say the editor died with his boots on?’ Printer: ‘Yes, sir. You see, he knew the town so well he wouldn’t pull ’em off for fear they’d steal his socks.” 1894: Mrs. Joseph Carmack, who would become a long-term Star-Journal employee, set type by hand. 1895: The Missouri Press Association, including Warrensburg’s newspaper, met at Pertle Springs. 1896, April 18: The newspaper reported Cora Carter, a student at St. Cecelia College, Holden, visited her relatives in Warrensburg. 1897, June 7: Fire burned the Gordon House on South Normal Avenue, the paper reported. 1898: The editor/publisher of The Journal-Democrat, Maj. Henry Reed, started raising a company to serve in the Spanish-American War. 1899: Murray Reed served as the Journal-Democrat’s news staff. 1900s 1900, Nov. 18: The newspaper quipped: “The electric fan has long since ceased to put on airs.” 1901, Feb. 3: A man and wife argued about who should get up to make the fire and the man won by slapping his wife, who then took him to court where he received a $1 fine. 1902, June 29: The newspaper reported Col. H.P. Farris owned a cycle-auto. • Dec. 30: Wallace Crossley married Erma Cheatham. 1903: Wallace Crossley acquired The Star. 1905, June 15: James C. Kirkpatrick is born. • Crossley began his first term in the Missouri House. 1911: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri House. 1912: Negotiations to combine The Journal-Democrat and The Star got under way. • Crossley won election to the Missouri Senate. 1913: Crossley bought out his Star newspaper partner, W.C. Capp. 1914: Bill Tucker is born in Fulton, Mo. • Crossley’s newspaper started a half century-stay at 108-110 W. Culton St. 1915, April 17: The staff celebrated The Journal turning 50. • The newspaper reported that only the Dockery Gym survived a fire at the State Normal School, now the University of Central Missouri. 1916: Crossley became Missouri lieutenant governor. 1917: Crossley finished his tenure in the Missouri Senate and began serving as lieutenant governor. 1918, Feb. 6: Crossley combined the Journal-Democrat and The Star to create a single publication, The Star-Journal. 1921: Crossley became The Star-Journal’s sole owner. • Crossley finished his tenure as lieutenant governor. 1922: Crossley served as a member of the state’s constitutional convention. 1925: Mrs. Bert Thompson began writing what became a long-time Daily Star-Journal column, New Hope. 1926: The newspaper reported completion of the first concrete parts of U.S. 50 through the county. 1927, Sept. 20: In what may be the first “Backward Glances” printed in The Daily Star-Journal, the paper stated the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce planned to meet for lunch. “This is an important meeting and the committee hopes that at least 100 men will be present,” the newspaper reported. • Sept. 21: The college achieved a record enrollment of 900. • Kirkpatrick belonged to the first journalism class at Central Missouri State College. 1929: Tom Benton Hollyman moved to Warrensburg with his father, the Rev. John Hollyman, and family. • James C. Kirkpatrick, who previously worked for The Normal Student publication at the Normal School in Warrensburg, began working in November for The Daily Star Journal. He later became The Star-Journal news editor. 1930: The newspaper reported that Gas Service Co. had 100 customers in Warrensburg. 1931, Jan. 22: The newspaper began publishing “No Hard Feelings,” a serialized version of the story of World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Holden. He became the most decorated American in World War I. The first column in the series states stuttering almost kept Barkley out of the war. • Feb. 6: The paper stated, “Born of high ideals and by able and efficient management, the paper has become indispensable to the reading and progressive families of Warrensburg and Johnson County.” 1932, June 7: The paper reported Warrensburg City Council would discuss having all electricians licensed. 1933: Crossley served as state relief administrator. 1934: Wallace Crossley finished his term as Missouri Press Association president. • Kirkpatrick interviewed Senate candidate Harry Truman at The Star-Journal. 1935: University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded general excellence to The Star-Journal. • “… Inside the door (to The Star-Journal) was the most bustle and urgency one could find in Warrensburg in 1935,” Tom Benton Hollyman wrote. A nationally recognized photographer, Hollyman early in his career “freelanced,” with the emphasis on “free,” for The Star-Journal. 1936, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported homes without water due to freezing temperatures. 1937, Feb. 17: The newspaper reported Warrensburg’s city marshal continued to investigate why fire claimed a 1927 Essex parked on Holden Street, on the wrong side, next to a fire hydrant. 1938, Nov. 9: The Star-Journal ran a national news story about Nazi violence against Jews, which became known as Kristallnacht; crowed at the success of the newspaper’s election night party; and reported doctors disagreed about the need for a Johnson County hospital. 1939, June: Hollyman took most of the photos for The Star-Journal’s modern publication, Photo News. In the 1939 section, Gov. Lloyd C. Stark remarked, “It is in keeping with the modern trend whereby newspapers keep their readers informed of current events not only through the medium of print, but by means of pictures.” • MU School of Journalism awarded Crossley a journalism medal of honor. 1940, April 15: The Star-Journal’s diamond jubilee, marking 75 years in business, came and went with nothing about the anniversary. The issue included information about the Rev. J.C. Hollyman, Warrensburg, being named a Presbyterian commissioner at a denominational meeting in Rochester, N.Y.; news snippets about fighting in Germany; and an advice column by Dale Carnegie, who as a younger man had attended UCM. • May 10: Robert Wadlow, 22, Alton, Ill., known as the Alton Giant for standing 8-11, visited Warrensburg. The newspaper reported he wore size 37 shoes. “Mr. Wadlow asked the tallest man in the crowd to get a silver dollar off Robert’s head. Donald Martin, a freshman at the college, surprised Mr. Wadlow and the crowd as well by standing on his tip-toes, and getting the silver dollar, which was presented to him by Robert Wadlow. Martin is 6 feet 8 inches tall and played on the basketball team at the college last year.” • June 17: The Daily Star-Journal’s 1939 Photo News, a publication devoted to community photos, took first place in the National Newspaper Contest. • July: Hollyman received recognition in print for his work on Photo News. He is described in personal terms: “fine, manly character, dependable, straightforward, enthusiastic, persistent…” The publication states further, “Tommy’s pictures have won numerous prizes for their quality and originality. Many have appeared in the rotogravure sections of metropolitan newspapers.” • Bill Tucker married Avis Green. • Kirkpatrick left The Daily Star-Journal to do publicity for a St. Louis brewery. 1941, Dec. 8: The Star-Journal’s banner headline roared “U.S. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN.” 1942, Aug. 10: Nan Carnahan Cocke born. 1943: Wallace Crossley died. 1944, March 14: The newspaper reported that while stationed in the South Pacific, Cpl. Bert Brasington, a clarinetist and son-in-law of W.M. Foster, Warrensburg, won $50 and a case of beer, in a talent contest. • June 6: The newspaper announced, “ALLIES LAND IN NORMANDY,” making a same-day announcement of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Europe, marking the beginning of the Allied drive on Berlin. 1945, May 8: President Harry Truman declared victory in Europe, or V-E Day. • Aug. 6: Truman announced the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan. • Aug. 15: The newspaper, using a 3-inch tall news headline, likely the largest headline in the paper’s history, yelled ecstatically, “JAPS SURRENDER.” Warrensburg held a noisy celebration. • Nov. 18: The Star-Journal offered this observation: “Doing business used to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys but we can hardly tell the difference anymore.” 1946, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported the college would become the location for 10 temporary federal housing units. 1947: Bill and Avis Tucker bought and began to operate The Daily Star-Journal. 1948, Oct. 1: The State Historical Society of Columbia announced plans to microfilm newspapers, including The Star-Journal. The society today has microfilmed copies of the paper available for viewing. 1949, Jan. 17: The newspaper reported polio coin boxes would be in stores so people could donate to end the disease. Since then, the disease has been wiped out in this country, and thanks in large part to the work of Rotary International and individual clubs in Warrensburg, most of the world today is polio-free. 1950, Oct. 2: The newspaper carried news of fighting in Korea, including sniper fire in Seoul. 1951: The Tuckers went for a carriage ride across their Sunrise Farm. 1952: Bill Tucker’s boyhood dream came true when he could buy horses, the Missouri Press News, a news association publication, reported. 1953: KOKO radio started. 1954, July 7: The newspaper announced community plans to integrate public schools. • Sept. 23: The football field at the college became named for Vernon Kennedy. 1955, July 1: The Daily Star-Journal published an issue touting the city’s 100th anniversary. Contents including a story about Warrensburg as a railroad town, identifying then-Mayor A.G. Taubert as the Warrensburg Standard-Herald’s editor and part owner; and noting the Christian Church in Warrensburg also had turned 100 years old. 1956, March 13: Missouri Senate members considered crowding a problem at the Warrensburg college. 1957, Feb. 17: The paper reported Warrensburg leaders considered a city manager form of government. 1958: Kirkpatrick spoke to Central Missouri State University students about his journalism career. 1959: Kirkpatrick, then of the Windsor Review, served as the MPA president. 1960, Oct. 14: Future Daily Star-Journal reporter Bill Dedman is born in Chatanooga, Tenn. • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and lost to Warren Hearnes. • The Tuckers bought KOKO radio. 1961, April 17: The newspaper reported on the Bay of Pigs, which resulted in disaster for Cubans opposed to the Castro regime. 1962, Oct. 18: Keith Sproat joined the newspaper and would become the chief press operator. 1963, Nov. 22: The newspaper reported on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 1964, July 14: The youngest full-time member on The Daily Star-Journal staff, Keith Sproat, worked on a Linotype machine. • July 15: Robert C. Jones wrote for The Daily Star-Journal about the new office at 115 E. Market St.: “The new building is an elegant, svelte-looking Colonial dame with four columns in front, a recessed walkway…” • September: Rea Wilson and Jean Smith, teenage girls who had won a contest and received Daily Star-Journal press credentials, interview The Beatles in Kansas City. The girls’ report includes: “From a picture of Paul’s father, it is evident that the elder McCartney has thinning hair. … ‘It ought to be, he’s 65!’ retorted Ringo. Scratching thick black hair, Paul smiled and said, ‘Well, if it thins, it thins.’” The interview predates the release of a 1967 Beatles’ hit, “When I’m Sixty-four,” written by Paul and starting, “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now. …” • November: Kirkpatrick ran for secretary of state and, helped by Hearnes, the new governor, won. • A bank, wanting the space to build, demolished the old Star-Journal office, 108-110 W. Culton St. • Cocke graduated with a degree in math from Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville. • The Tuckers built a printing plant at 135 E. Market St. 1965, Dec. 7: The Tuckers printed The Daily Star-Journal’s 100th anniversary edition. A former employee, Mrs. Joseph Carmack, recalled having once set type by hand for about $4.50 per week; President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote to The Daily Star-Journal, “A tradition of responsible journalism is a cause for pride and I hope that the years to come will add continued success to the fine record of a century”; and the issue contained history about the paper and the community. • In contrast to comments about the wonders of train travel in 1865, the biggest news of the year as of Dec. 7, 1965, involved Gemini Four orbiting Earth 62 times for a total of 1.61 million miles in 98 hours. 1966: Bill Tucker died of a heart attack and Avis Tucker took over as publisher. 1967, June 7: The Six-Day War ended with victory for Israel, the newspaper reported. 1968, Jan 31: North Vietnam began the Tet offensive, an incursion into South Vietnam, which failed, ultimately, but showed U.S. vulnerability. 1969: Avis Tucker maintained control of KOKO radio after her husband’s death. 1970, Oct. 14: The newspaper reported that hope ran high among community leaders that this area would become home to ballistic missiles, and homecoming marked the start of the college centennial, “which is as significant to the town of Warrensburg as it is to the college.” 1971, Feb. 3: The newspaper reported work continued on North Park Shopping Center on Business 50 near Route 13. 1972, June 29: The U.S. Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional. 1973, Jan. 29: The newspaper reported the government rested in the Watergate case (which would end in the resignation in shame of President Nixon), and the last American killed in Vietnam before the peace declaration came from Michigan. 1974, April 21: The Warrensburg Heritage Collection, a set of six sketches by James Barkarth, went on sale to benefit the Johnson county Historical Society. 1975, Dec. 13: Continuing a long focus on community news, the newspaper reported on meetings by the Sunshine and Centennial clubs. 1976, July 2: The Daily Star-Journal published a bicentennial issue recognizing the nation’s 200th birthday. The cover asked why the town is called Warrensburg rather than Groversburg. • Dedman worked as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. 1977, Oct. 25: The paper, long a friend to scouting, reported on the Boy Scout Troop 400 Court of Honor. 1978, April 9: Warrensburg junior high students took first-place honors at the college science fair. • Nov. 1: Cocke, after having worked for a typesetting business in Tennessee, and as a math teacher, joined The Daily Star-Journal staff. • Dedman graduated from Baylor University. 1979, Oct. 1: Kenneth L. Amos, a Central Missouri State University graduate, began work at The Daily Star-Journal. “I am looking forward to working with a professional staff in covering the news of the area,” he said. He replaced Bruce Reynolds. 1980, Dec. 22: The Daily Star-Journal suggested in an editorial that the Reagan transition team should engage in “a big dose of silence.” 1981, Feb. 25: The Daily Star-Journal suggested the Warrensburg City Council should control “rowdyism and the frequency of fisticuffs and brawls” in downtown bars. 1981, March 20: In a letter, Kirkpatrick suggested a Warrensburg street should be named for Crossley. • April 1: The paper stated, “We remain staunch in our support,” and noted, then as now, that a levy issue for improved facilities, including a track, failed twice before and a third time might be a charm. • April 14: An article in The Daily Star-Journal introduced Dedman, then 20, to the community, with him saying of his former part-time job at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There you don’t get a chance to know everyone in the building like you do here,” adding this about reporting, “It’s just something I felt suited for. I like writing and I like the atmosphere.” • Sept. 12: The newspaper on Sept. 4, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, 1981, accidentally published with an 1881 date. A reader brought the error to the newspaper’s attention. • Nov. 3: The Daily Star-Journal endorsed Republicans and Democrats for national and statewide offices, including Ronald Reagan for president and Thomas Eagleton for U.S. Senate. • Nov. 18: “It is young people like Warrensburg’s David Pearce who stoke the fire of hope for a bright future in this community, the state and nation,” the newspaper wrote, and congratulated him on being named an FFA national vice president. Today, Pearce chairs the Missouri Senate Education Committee. • After less than a year on the job, Dedman quit and Cocke replaced him on the police beat. 1982, Feb. 17: Star-Journal reporter Jeff Murphy photographed country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, performing at the University of Central Missouri. • June 17: Boys State honored The Daily Star-Journal with a plaque for the newspaper’s support. • Aug. 11: The newspaper referred to the Hancock Amendment as a “smorgasbord of flaws.” • Oct. 18: The newspaper held an open house. “Seemingly, most popular with the crowd was watching our offset web press run.” • Dec. 23: Under the direction of Amos, The Daily Star-Journal printed the paper’s first color image. • Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female president. 1983, Dec. 30: The newspaper stated in the year-end issue, “We renew our pledge to do our best in fulfilling our obligation to serve you as individuals and the best interests of the community.” 1984, Jan. 31: Surveys showed “a groundswell of support” for removing the city’s parking meters. • March 19: The Star-Journal crowed “A salute to champions” when the Mules and Jennies basketball teams each won an NCAA Division II crown. “Never before have teams from the same school won both the men’s and women’s title in the same year.” • March: Amos left the newspaper. • March: Cocke replaced Amos as news editor. • Dec. 13: The paper marked the county’s sesquicentennial and included a quote from the man for whom the county is named, Kentucky Col. Richard M. Johnson: “Freedom of speech and the press, the rights of conscience, the responsibility of political agents to the people and the universal education – main pillars.” 1985, May 15: The Daily Star-Journal wrote, “Every letter to the editor received is given careful consideration. Unless it is in violation of one of our guidelines, it is printed.” • June 21: An editorial challenged the sense of creating the drink, New Coke, stating “all indications are there’s considerable rebellion out there.” • Oct. 28: On the World Champion Royals: “The heart and pride with which the Royals played was something to be reckoned with, perhaps underestimated by those even closest to the players.” • Kirkpatrick retired as secretary of state. 1986, July 14: Warrensburg marked the city sesquicentennial with an editorial explaining the city received the name in 1836, but did not incorporate until 1855, so that meant the city could celebrate one date in 1986 and another in 2005. 1987, Jan. 6: “Yesterday, 4th District Congressman Ike Skelton was a messenger with especially good news for this area. He made the first official announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been selected as the first base in the nation to receive the new stealth bomber.” • July 15: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that made 21 the drinking age for all states. • Nov. 16: Johnson County United Way reached the fundraising goal of $100,600. • Dedman, after working at several papers, went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 1988, June 2: “Never have we been more pleased about being told we were wrong than when a group of fifth-graders did it this week.” Twenty-five Martin Warren Elementary School students wrote to say they disagreed with an editorial stating children put a low priority on reading. 1989, March 14: The newspaper reported Warrensburg advanced a plan to annex property north of Highway 50, which became the site of Wal-Mart. • April 12: “Foremost is the need for understanding by parents and some coaches that a newspaper of our size is unable to indulge in the luxury of maintaining a sports staff. Instead, one man serves the complex role…” • July 24: The Star-Journal opined that plans by TV networks to use actors to recreate news events represented bad journalism. • July 28: The Star-Journal recognized Civil War warrior Francis Cockrell, a lawyer in the Drum dog case and a U.S. Senate member, as deserving of Francis Marion Cockrell Day. • Dedman, while working at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He exposed racial discrimination practiced by Atlanta’s leading financial institutions. 1990, March 1: The Kansas City Times folded. • March 7: The Star-Journal participated in Newspapers In Education, a project that continues to this day, which involves newspaper-based student learning. • April 24: “Rumor, gossip, half-truths and misinformed individuals who think they are ‘in the know,’ but don’t know that they don’t know, are not the stuff that responsible newspapers use in publishing news.” 1991, March 25: “Surprising (is) the number of letters we receive that merely vent personal vendettas. They make charges of a vindictive nature. That sort of letter is material for the round file.” • April 26: “While some members of public boards may not fully understand what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors, there are those who, at times, attempt to hide some specific action under the guise of executive privilege. That poses dangers in a free society. … Some elected officials who lack conscientiousness would ransack the public store.” • Nov. 8: The Daily Star-Journal backed putting labels on food so that Americans could consider healthier diets. 1992: Avis Tucker became the Missouri Press Association’s first female Hall of Famer. 1993, Aug. 12: “Racism is an issue that must be addressed until the goal of eliminating radicalism and making consistent progress toward equality and a greater commitment to collective and individual responsibility is reached.” 1994, May 3: The Johnson County Courthouse on North Main Street and the Garden of Eden gas station, built around 1928, north of town, joined the National Register of Historic places. • May 30: Gov. Mel Carnahan signed a bill to make Warrensburg the site of a Missouri Veterans Home. • Dec. 13: Work began to revitalize downtown Warrensburg. 1995, Feb. 10: After running an unpopular editorial cartoon involving the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, the newspaper wrote that cartoons do not necessarily reflect the editor’s opinion and, “Distasteful as it sometimes is, freedom of expression must be enforced. And we defend it.” • June 20: Recognizing Kirkpatrick’s 90th birthday, the paper wrote, “A warm outgoing person throughout his life, he has built a huge network of admiring friends in Missouri and outside state borders.” • Oct. 2: The newspaper referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as a “courtroom circus.” • Nov. 20: In a case of “then as now,” due to a budget crisis in Washington, the newspaper observed, “Polls, political commentators and the general public have been derisive of the silly antics played out by the politicians in Washington. And rightly so.” 1996, June 5: Ground broke on the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. • July 12: A copper time capsule, which took six hours to chisel free from the granite cornerstone and open at the Old Johnson County Courthouse, contained 10 different newspapers published in the county in 1896. “It is noteworthy that all four of the county newspapers now published were in existence when the courthouse was built 100 years ago.” • Aug. 15: The 100-year-old time capsule, from Aug. 24, 1896, included information from The Johnson County Star and the Warrensburg Journal-Democrat, both forerunners of the Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 25: Kirkpatrick spoke at the groundbreaking for the James Kirkpatrick Library at the University of Central Missouri. The Star-Journal headlined an editorial, “A singular honor richly deserved.” 1996: The National Local Media Association named Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia Journalist of the Year. 1997, Jan. 30: The newspaper noted the price of attending college is getting harder to pay. • July 14: A settlement between the government and tobacco companies meant an icon of tobacco marketing, Joe Camel, is dead. • Dec. 26: Kirkpatrick died. In addition to the UCM library, The James Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. 1998, Jan. 8: The newspaper bemoaned that children no longer played with corn husk dolls, and hoops with a stick to make them roll – such toys replaced by “dinosaurs with laser beams and missiles.” • March 10: Voicing a continuing complaint, the newspaper wrote, “Government entities are spending taxpayers’ money and making decisions on how they will spend it. This is the public’s business. Therefore, it must be conducted in the open.” • May 26: In a case of “when will it end,” the newspaper wrote, “In the latest episode, at a high school in Springfield, Ore., a 15-year-old boy with three guns devastatingly sprayed bullets into a crowd of students in the cafeteria.” The boy, Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School, killed one student and wounded 23 others at the school, and killed his parents at home. • Sept. 17: Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died and is remembered “as one who sincerely repented his racist views and tried to make amends.” • Dec. 23: Guests gave opinions about the call to impeach President Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton following his dalliance with Monica Lewisky. 1999, April 21: The paper reported on the murdered students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 2000 2000, Dec. 13: The newspaper reported presidential contender Al Gore conceded the presidential race. The Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling making George Bush president; some still maintain Gore won. 2001, Sept. 11: The Daily Star-Journal reported heightened area security after terrorist attacks on East Coast sites, including the World Trade Center. 2002, Nov. 5: David Pearce won a Missouri House seat, capping a good night for Republicans, who also captured Congress. 2003, April 9: Baghdad fell, with dancing, cheering and looting. 2004, Sept. 16: Oil neared $50 per barrel. 2005, Sept. 1: After Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, bringing death and criticism for a slow government response, Johnson Countains responded with aid. 2006: Dedman joined NBC News. 2007, March 29: Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia won the 2006 National Local Media Association Editor of the Year award.. • The News Press Gazette Co. bought The Daily Star-Journal from Avis Tucker. Longtime newspaperman and Missouri Press Hall of Fame member Bill James became The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. 2008, April: Ventimiglia, whose work as editor resulted in his news staffs winning the Southern Illinois Editorial Association’s General Excellence award, four Missouri Gold Cups and the Kansas Press Association’s Sweepstakes award – became The Daily Star-Journal’s editor. He holds an M.A. from the University of Central Missouri. 2009: Hollyman died.2010, June 5: The Kansas City Press Club named The Daily Star-Journal Newspaper of the Year. • June 16: Cocke died. • August: The National Newspaper Association awarded first place for a news photo to The Daily Star-Journal. • Oct. 15: Keith Sproat retired as press man. • Dec. 17: Avis Tucker, 95, died. 2011, Feb. 2: The Great Blizzard of 2011 shut down the city, the post office and the newspaper. • May 2: For the only time known in the newspaper’s history, The Daily Star-Journal threw out an entire press run to cover President Obama’s announcement that Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. • Sept. 9: The Daily Star-Journal captured the Missouri Press Association’s Gold Medal Newspaper award in the small daily circulation class. 2012, Feb. 18: Fire forced the evacuation and relocation of more than 65 Johnson County Care Center residents in downtown Warrensburg to The Daily Star-Journal; from there they went to nursing homes. No one suffered injuries. • Sept. 22: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Nov. 8: Inland Press Association, representing newspapers nationally, awarded Ventimiglia the Editorial Excellence Sweepstakes Award for best editorial writing among newspaper of all circulation classes. 2013, July 24: The Star-Journal for the first time presented live, streaming video to the public while covering President Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri. • August: The Missouri Press Association named the William E. James Outstanding Young Journalists of the Year Awards for William E. James, The Daily Star-Journal’s publisher. • Sept. 7: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • Sept. 29: Bill Dedman coauthored the New York Times best seller, “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugeutte Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” • November: James, 65, the newspaper’s publisher, died after battling lung cancer. A Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame member, James marked a lifetime of service. 2014, Sept. 27: The newspaper repeated as an MPA Gold Medal Newspaper. • After replacing James, Brad Slater served a year as publisher before taking a new job and being replaced by Joe Warren. • Dedman joined Newsday, a Long Island paper, as a senior reporter. 2015, Feb. 13: The Daily Star-Journal won the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors General Excellence award for small newspapers, continuing the award-winning tradition begun by Wallace Crossley. ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) 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The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided.So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards.———Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5....
Ira Winderman: Curry spices NBA award possibilities
By Ira Winderman, Associated Press | Apr 12, 2015The award ballots are due Thursday, the day after Wednesday’s close of the regular season. Like the standings, plenty remains to be decided. So, for now, one man’s view at the moment, very much subject to change, of the NBA’s postseason awards. ——— Most Valuable Player (weighted ballot on 10-7-5-3-1 basis requires five names): 1. Stephen Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Chris Paul, 4. LeBron James. 5. Anthony Davis. Thoughts: The best player on the best team is never a bad way to go, especially when that best team put together a season like the Warriors’ season. Yes, Curry had more in support than Harden, but he still stood as the definitive face of the Warriors. All of that said, LeBron James remains the best player in the game, but he also played in the Eastern Conference, where value is relative. ——— Defensive Player of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Draymond Green 2. Kawhi Leonard, 3. Rudy Gobert. Thoughts: The Warriors played defense this season, really good defense. Andrew Bogut was a big part, but Green was the face of the defensive consistency. Given a few more weeks at his currently ridiculous defensive pace, Leonard likely would have been the choice. And Gobert was Whiteside-like in the middle, just more consistent. ——— Coach of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Steve Kerr, 2. Mike Budenholzer, 3. Jason Kidd. Thoughts: A truly loaded field, with Kerr the pick by the slightest of margins over Budenholzer, with both accomplishing the same wonderful objective: getting their teams to play like a team. Any other year, Kidd might rank higher for merely keeping the Bucks afloat, no matter where the Bucks finish. ——— Sixth Man Award (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Mo Speights, 2. Isaiah Thomas, 3. Lou Williams. Thoughts: Another case of when it doubt, return to the Warriors. By the slightest of margins. Thomas has been exactly what a sixth-man should be, a fuse that sizzles and often leads to an explosion. Williams has experienced a revival in Toronto. ——— Most Improved Player (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Jimmy Butler, 2. Draymond Green, 3. Hassan Whiteside. Thoughts: Amid the constant uncertainty with Derrick Rose, Butler continued to rise as arguably the Bulls’ most essential player, a two-way force. Green similarly went from role player to invaluable amid the Warriors’ ascent. And coming back from nowhere deserves notice for Whiteside. ——— Rookie of the Year (weighted ballot on 5-3-1 basis requires three names): 1. Andrew Wiggins, 2. Nikola Mirotic, 3. Elfrid Payton. Thoughts: This is among the toughest calls, because Mirotic’s contributions came in minutes that mattered. But do you penalize Wiggins because he was traded to the Timberwolves from the Cavaliers (where he might have offered more than Kevin Love)? Payton proved to be a difference maker, with an impressive motor. As for Nerlens Noel, the stats just seem empty, like the 76ers’ season. ——— All-NBA teams (three teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: DeMarcus Cousins, F: LeBron James, F: Anthony Davis, G: Stephen Curry, G: James Harden. Second team: C: Marc Gasol, F: Blake Griffin, F: LaMarcus Aldridge, G: Chris Paul, G: Russell Westbrook. Third team: C: Tim Duncan, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Pau Gasol, G: Damian Lillard, G: Klay Thompson. Thoughts: Hate the fact that this not only is position-specific, but that it’s not even like the All-Star ballot, with three front-court players, but rather comes with a specific position designation at center. ——— All-Defensive teams (two teams, position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: C: Andrew Bogut, F: Kawhi Leonard, F: Draymond Green, G: Tony Allen, G: Trevor Ariza. Second team: C: Rudy Gobert, F: Tim Duncan, F: Anthony Davis, G: Patrick Beverley, G: John Wall. Thoughts: As the game moves to the perimeter, never have wing defenders been more important. This was an impressive class this season. As with so many of these awards, just difficult to find a place for any Hawks. ——— All-Rookie teams (two teams, not position specific, five points for first-team vote, three for second-team vote, one for third-team vote): First team: Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Elfrid Payton, Nerlens Noel, Marcus Smart. Second team: Jordan Clarkson, Jusuf Nurkic, Zach LaVine, Langston Galloway. Bojan Bogdanovic. Thoughts: What a middling rookie class. The injuries to Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle made it difficult to come up with 10 names. ——— IN THE LANE PLAYERS CHOICE: All of that said when it comes to awards, there is no issue here about the union having their own “Players Choice” awards. In fact, the players could trump the NBA by including the postseason in their balloting, something that is not the case with the official NBA awards, where ballots are void if not received by Thursday. In a league where the postseason lasts as long as a third of the regular season, why not count the most significant portion? Yes, not everyone makes the postseason, but so many of the awards are based on team success, such as those championing Mirotic over Wiggins for Rookie of the Year, so why not factor in ultimate success (or, quite possibly for awards like Coach of the Year, when falling short should matter, ultimate failure)? The NBA points to its Finals MVP award as its postseason honor, but that factors in only one round and two teams. The NBA’s official awards would be so much more relevant if every game, regular season and postseason, counted, with an offseason televised ceremony to announce them, as the NHL does. IRONY: League executives, not the media, vote for Executive of the Year, but the irony is that a case could be made for Danny Ferry, the in-limbo Atlanta Hawks general manager, who built the roster and made the coaching hire that produced the surprise story of the league this season. David Griffin probably will be the winner for the moves he made with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ferry has been on a leave of absence since his racially questionable comments about Luol Deng became public during the offseason regarding his free-agency recruitment of the now-Heat forward. HALL OF SHAME?: First, congratulations to the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame announced during the Final Four. Second, it is time for the NBA to have its own Hall of Fame. Like the NFL does with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sarunas Marciulionis in but Tim Hardaway still waiting? There is a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. There is a FIBA Hall of Fame for international basketball in Alcobendas, Spain. There is a College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. And there are, of course, various state high school halls of fames throughout the country. But the NBA, with its propping up of the Basketball Hall in Springfield, has no such stand-alone facility. So there is a separate path for those from the international game, for those from the women’s game, for those from the college game, but domestic NBA players basically fall into the toughest of entry brackets, left with only a single Hall option. NUMBER 22. Years since both Florida NBA teams missed the playoffs in the same season, with the Magic and Heat both failing to advance in 1992-93, an outcome that could be repeated this season, with Orlando already out. ——— ©2015 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at www.sun-sentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003278,t000003183,t000040506,t000045865,t000045869,t000045810,t000045804,t000045812,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164
Apr 7, 2015
Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa.
High school notebook: Heritage Hall's Luther Harris, Southmoore's Noah Jones add offers
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Apr 7, 2015Scholarship offers just keep pouring in for Oklahoma prospects in the 2016 football class. Two of the metro area’s top prospects picked up offers on Monday, with Ohio continuing to pursue Oklahoma kids. The Bobcats offered Heritage Hall offensive lineman Luther Harris, a 6-foot-6, 360-pound junior who also has an offer from Tulsa. And Southmoore defensive end Noah Jones posted on Twitter on Monday night that Army had offered him. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones now has four offers, headed by Kansas State. The class continues to show its depth and positional variety as well. Oologah linebacker Jimmy McKinney reached double-digit offers with Toledo becoming the 10th program to extend an offer to the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior. Last week, Lone Grove running back Jeremy Lewis added an offer from Nebraska to go with Ohio and Tulsa. WESTMOORE THROWS BACK-TO-BACK NO-HITTERS Westmoore pulled off a rare feat Monday behind its two ace pitchers. The Jaguars threw back-to-back no-hitters in a doubleheader sweep of Lawton Eisenhower behind Oklahoma signee Kyle Tyler and Connors State signee Austin Harris. The accomplishment was even a surprise to the coaching staff. “It was one of those nights you didn’t even realize what we did until we sat down in the coaches office and started looking at everything,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “They both threw great. It didn’t really matter who they were facing hitting-wise. They were both on and lights out.” Tyler, who was on The Oklahoman’s All-State team last season, opened the day by striking out nine and walking two in the 10-0 run rule in five innings. He threw just 66 pitches. Harris then followed with a 62-pitch performance in which he struck out seven, walked one batter and hit another in another 10-0 run-rule victory. Westmoore is now 14-3 and 7-1 in District 6A-2 play, which puts the Jaguars atop the district standings. They have won 11 straight games entering Carl Albert’s Bill Tipton Tournament this weekend. The no-hitters continue a recent trend across the Oklahoma City metro. Noble pitcher Nathan Hayes threw one last week and so did Bethany’s James Stillings. MCALESTER’S PRATT TAKES COACHING JOB IN ARKANSAS McAlester becomes the latest big-name football program in the state to be in need of a new head coach. Bryan Pratt was approved by the Bentonville, Ark., school board on Monday night as the new coach at Bentonville West. The newly constructed school will not begin varsity play until 2016, with Pratt to serve as head coach of the freshmen who will feed into Bentonville West the following season. Pratt, who was 85-27 in nine seasons at McAlester, reportedly had been a finalist for the head coaching job at Bentonville High, one of the state’s top programs.
Apr 7, 2015
NORMAN — Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma’s starting quarterback last season. Now, he’s one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Seven things to know about Cody Thomas
Ryan Aber | Apr 7, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-4.jpg]3626944[/img] NORMAN -- Cody Thomas got a taste of being Oklahoma's starting quarterback last season. Now, he's one of four candidates to take over as the full-time starter this season, joining Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Justice Hansen. On Monday, Jason Kersey gave you 10 things to know about Hansen (you can read that here). Here are seven things to know about Thomas: [pagebreak] 1. Thomas brings back experience [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-3.jpg]3626946[/img] Thomas started three games last season, throwing for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 2-1 in his starts, beating Kansas and Texas Tech but falling to Oklahoma State. He was elevated to starter after Trevor Knight’s injury against Baylor. [pagebreak] 2. Thomas was a big-time baseball prospect in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-6.jpg]3626939[/img] Thomas wasn’t drafted until the 30th round by the New York Yankees as a senior but that late pick was largely because he made it known that he was going to go to Oklahoma to play both football and baseball. He was determined to be a quarterback in college. Seeing him follow through with that was a welcome sight for Sooners fans, as the MLB Draft claimed another OU quarterback signee just a few years ago when Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley signed with the Diamondbacks. Thomas, an outfielder, wasn’t going to go as high as Bradley did but he would’ve been picked up somewhere along the way. He hit .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs as a senior. [pagebreak] 3. Thomas gave up baseball this offseason [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-1.jpg]3626940[/img] Thomas played for Pete Hughes’ OU baseball team last year but played sparingly. He played in 14 games, starting one, with an .083 batting average, going 1 for 12 with an RBI. Thomas quit baseball to focus on earning the starting quarterback nod. Last year, football got top priority but baseball was still a pull. It was a difficult balance to pull off. [pagebreak] 4. Thomas put up huge numbers in high school [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-71.jpg]3626947[/img] As a senior, he threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions. You can read about his demeanor here from Jason Kersey. Check out some of Thomas’ high-school highlights below. [pagebreak] 5. He’s multi-dimensional [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-8.jpg]3626949[/img] While Thomas throws right-handed in both football and baseball, he hits left-handed. Here’s a high school highlight film that includes a bit of both: [pagebreak] 6. Thomas turned down top schools for OU [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-5.jpg]3626943[/img] Thomas chose the Sooners over offers that included Alabama, Oklahoma State, USC, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon and TCU. He was the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 125 overall player in the nation. [pagebreak] 7. He’s friends off the field with his fellow QBs [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Cody-Thomas-9.jpg]3626945[/img] His Twitter username is @codythomas_12, though he rarely posts. One of his most recent posts, as of Tuesday, was a retweet of a recent photo of Thomas with fellow quarterback candidates Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield along with Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. #mentality pic.twitter.com/PBdfaRrAsV -- Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) March 18, 2015
Apr 6, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma’s spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster — Trevor Knight, Baker […]
Oklahoma quarterback battle: Ten things to know about Edmond Santa Fe product Justice Hansen
Jason Kersey | Apr 6, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2015/04/Justice-Hansen.jpg]3625854[/img] NORMAN -- Oklahoma's spring game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and you might have heard, but a quarterback battle is brewing in Norman. OU coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley have repeatedly said the position battle is wide open, and between all four signal callers on the roster -- Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield, Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen. This is the first of four posts this week in which Ryan Aber and I will get you up to speed on all four quarterback candidates. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond Santa Fe, is the dark horse in the race, and by far the least experienced OU quarterback. Here are 10 things to know about Hansen. Shattuck roots Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach at Oklahoma eight-man powerhouse Shattuck and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All Stater at Shattuck and his uncle, Troy Bullard, coached Shattuck to seven Class C state championships. Bullard also led the Indians to a national eight-man record of 93 consecutive wins. Hansen grew up dreaming of playing for Shattuck. Dad was a Sooner national champion -- in baseball After his incredible high school sports career, Dusty Hansen played baseball at Oklahoma. He was an outfielder on the Sooners' 1994 national championship squad. A sophomore phenom Hansen became Edmond Santa Fe's starting quarterback his sophomore season, and it was evident even in the first game that he had special talent. In the Wolves' 2011 season opener, he threw for 123 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 60 yards and a score as Santa Fe routed Edmond Memorial 31-6. Not great individual numbers, but it was his first career start -- and he was already 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He fueled Edmond Santa Fe's resurrection Edmond Santa Fe -- a football program with a proud history since the school's founding in 1993 -- went 1-9 the season before Hansen took over as starting quarterback. Then the school hired Lance Manning as head coach, Hansen became the quarterback and things instantly got better. The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011 and won a district championship, then won another district title the next year. Hansen was injured much of his senior year in 2013, but Santa Fe still made the playoffs. He can punt Hansen was fantastic as a junior, throwing for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns -- and also rushing for 773 yards -- that season in leading the Wolves to a second straight district championship. He was named to The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State team as the punter (he averaged 36 yards per punt that year); Carl Albert's Steven Thompson was the All-State quarterback. He committed to OU before the 2013 spring game Hansen picked Oklahoma over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M. He ended up naming OU and Texas A&M as his finalists, and committed to the Sooners a few hours before the 2013 spring game. Hansen vs. Cornwell Hansen and Norman North's David Cornwell were considered two of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the recruiting class of 2014. Rivals ranked Cornwell as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and Hansen at No. 6. Cornwell never received an OU offer and committed to Alabama. The two faced off in a preseason scrimmage before their senior seasons -- and both got hurt. He enrolled early Hansen missed five games of his senior season in 2013 with a high ankle sprain, so he ended up with only 966 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He enrolled early at Oklahoma, so he went through 2014 spring football and participated in last year's spring game, completing 4 of 8 pass attempts for 58 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He's a dual threat Despite Rivals considering him a "pro-style" quarterback, Hansen is very much capable of making plays with his legs. Oklahoma coaches seem to be moving away from the designed quarterback runs that they'd installed over the past couple of years, but Hansen's athleticism adds an element to his game that could make him dangerous to defenses if the pocket collapses. Quotable Here's a cool quote I found in the archives about Hansen from his high school coach, Lance Manning, in 2013. "I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice, to be honest with you." More OU from NewsOK Why the coaches are getting creative with Eric Striker's unique talent D.J. Ward turning heads at DE for Sooners Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall has OU, Auburn, Kentucky in final three
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Apology accepted.Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night.A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur.“I got a text message ,and he said he...
Final Four notes: Kentucky's Andrew Harrison apologizes to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky for postgame remark
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 5, 2015Apology accepted. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky said he received a call from Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison early Sunday morning, apologizing for a slur that was muttered after the Wildcats’ loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. A question was asked to a teammate about Kaminsky, and Harrison, under his breath, could be heard expressing an expletive and racial slur. “I got a text message ,and he said he wanted to talk to me,” Kaminsky said. “I’m glad he reached out. He’s nice kid. He said he really respects me and apologized for what he said. I could tell he was sincere about it. “Things are said all the time, on the court, when microphones aren’t on. It’s not that big a deal to me. The situation is completely diffused.” The rematch On Dec. 3, Duke traveled to Madison, Wis., and thumped the Badgers 80-70. The Blue Devils led by three at halftime. Four players scored in double figures for the Blue Devils, led by Tyus Jones with 22 points. Wisconsin got 25 from Traevon Jackson and 17 from Kaminsky. That game means … nothing. “Totally different teams now,” Duke guard Quinn Cook said. But it was a huge victory for the Blue Devils and their three freshman starters. It was the team’s first true road game. “I remember we weren’t nervous,” guard Matt Jones said. “And we got a lot of confidence from that game.” One difference from then to now is the health of Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker. He played on an injured ankle and scored five points in the earlier game. “We didn’t play well in that game,” Kaminsky said. “Hopefully we can take some stuff from that game and use it this time.” Big Ten success In the last several years, the Big Ten has been first in realignment, first in creating a leaguewide network but not first in winning national championships in football or men’s basketball. Now, the conference has put itself in a position for a sweep. Ohio State beat Oregon in the first College Football Playoff championship game in January, and now Wisconsin has a chance in NCAA men’s basketball. Before this year, the last titles in those sports were the Buckeyes’ 2002 football championship and Michigan State’s 2000 basketball title. Since 2002, the SEC has piled up titles in football (eight) and basketball (four). The Big 12 and ACC have won championships in both sports. The Big Ten now has that opportunity. Calipari in Hall of Fame, Ryan not John Calipari will be introduced as a Naismith Hall of Fame member today. Several outlets reported Sunday that Calipari received enough votes to be inducted, but fellow finalist, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, did not. Wonder if the outcome would have been different had the voting occurred after the Badgers’ victory over Kentucky on Saturday? Other Hall of Fame finalists among players include former Kansas and Boston Celtics guard Jo Jo White, Spencer Haywood, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Dikembe Mutumbo and Lisa Leslie. In addition, NBA coach Bill Fitch, NBA referee Dick Bavetta and high school coach Robert Hughes are finalists. ? Also Sunday, Calipari was chosen winner of the Naismith Coach of the Year, his second major coaching honor announced during the Final Four. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000008064,t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000404496,t000169039,g000362661,g000066164,g000065586,g000065650
Apr 4, 2015
O-State claims a Heisman Trophy winner and football heroes galore. The world’s greatest wrestler and golfing champions. Even a transcendent giant on the hardwood half a century before Big Country. But no OSU athlete ever resonated with Cowboy fans like Bryant Reeves.
Oklahoma State basketball: Why the legend of Bryant 'Big Country' Reeves lives on
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Apr 4, 2015Eddie Sutton prophesized as he sat in the lobby of his Seattle hotel 20 years ago this week, back when the world was young. The day before, Sutton’s Cowboys had been eliminated from the Final Four. Seventeen days later, a bomb would explode in downtown Oklahoma City. Six years later, the rest of America would be similarly jarred. Three years after that, the Cowboys would make another Final Four. Not too many years after that, football would replace basketball as OSU’s primary passion. Much can happen in 20 years. Much can fade from memory. But Sutton proclaimed that Bryant Reeves would stand the test of time. “The legend of Big Country will be told for years to come,” Sutton said. He got that right. We’re still telling the tale. Still telling the story of a 7-foot country boy who started out bumpkin and finished up icon. Still remembering the tall tale of an Oklahoma kid who became the favorite Cowboy of them all. O-State claims a Heisman Trophy winner and football heroes galore. The world’s greatest wrestler and golfing champions. Even a transcendent giant on the hardwood half a century before Big Country. But no OSU athlete ever resonated with Cowboy fans like Bryant Reeves. “That haircut,” said 60-year-old OSU fan Mike Skinner of Oklahoma City, the memories flooding as he starts talking about Big Country. “Those facial expressions from Eddie when asked how raw he was when he first showed up. “To me, he, OSU, Eddie/Mr. Iba, is the best America success story there is around. Kid comes from the sticks, works hard, finds good coaching that came back to OSU to redeem himself and the school he loved, overachieves. “But maybe it's still clear in my mind because Rodman was around to put the extremes in such perspective. You got what you saw with Big Country.” No, no one ever confused Reeves with Dennis Rodman. Big Country was the ultimate substance over style ballplayer. “I never got to see Big Country play in person,” said Dave Kroeger, a 1987 OSU grad who now lives in Arizona but lived in California during the 1995 Final Four. “I was happy to represent OSU sports with my wardrobe and the Industrial Engineering department with my work. I got ribbed for not having a flat top like Big Country. People joked about small-town Oklahoma with me, even though I was from Midwest City. Big Country basically picked up the Oklahoma State mantle for me after Barry Sanders went to the NFL.” The 1995 Final Four reinvigorated OSU fans with a pride that has not wavered. Big Country became a national sensation, and Cowboy Nation reveled in knowing that its star was homegrown and homespun, from the Sequoyah County hamlet of Gans, having arrived on campus with little fanfare and little potential. “That boy’s got a long way to go,” Henry Iba famously told Sutton during Reeves’ first practice in Stillwater. And a long way Reeves went. To All-American. To the Final Four in Seattle, leaving Antonio McDyess and Tim Duncan and Marcus Camby in his dust. To a lottery pick selection in the NBA Draft, where Reeves played well enough and long enough to fund his dream. A ranch back in Gans, a quintessential goal for someone called Big Country by his fans and Country by his teammates. “I’ve been away since 1978,” said OSU alum and Stillwater native Phil Rogers, now a reporter for NBC Chicago. “But I will tell you that the exploits of Big Country, Eddie and Co. engendered so much pride in this transplanted Poke that it was hard to contain. He just had so much incredible talent, encased in an almost impossible structure, presented with such disarming innocence. I loved that run.” Grant Bergman was a high school senior in Lawton, sitting in a completely dark bedroom, listening to Bill Teegins’ radio broadcast in 1993, when Big Country hit the halfcourt shot that sent a game against Missouri into overtime. “GIA sounded deafening, and I officially adopted my new favorite Cowboy,” said Bergman, who eventually went to OSU and played baseball for Tom Holliday. Still to come were Big Country’s 33-point, 20-rebound game against Kansas and the shattered backboard in Seattle’s Kingdome during the Final Four public practice. “Another reason I revered him is because my Sooner friends all hated him,” Bergman said. “He was their version of Lurch mixed with Jed Clampett and Greg Ostertag.” Brett Davis was seven years old in 1995, growing up in Davis. He eventually went to Oklahoma City University; an older brother went to OU, and crimson dotted much of Brett Davis’ closet. But there never was a question about his hero. The first two jerseys he ever owned were an OSU No. 50 and a Vancouver Grizzlies No. 50. “I loved Bryant and the attitude he played the game with,” Davis said. “I even had my school picture taken in that OSU jersey. “The NCAA tournament run in ’95 was my first experience with being a fan of a team. When the Cowboys fell short against UCLA in the semifinals, there was not much my parents could do to console me.” Pizza eventually soothed Davis’ dismay. But time has not soothed his devotion to his first athletic hero. Davis still is good for a Bryant Reeves story or two. Eddie Sutton was right. The legend of Big Country lives on. 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.
A look at Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports as of April 4.
Oklahoma high school sports signing list: April 4, 2015
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Apr 4, 2015BASEBALL T.J. Black, Stillwater (NOC-Enid) Brayden Blaylock, Tulsa Union (NEO) Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aidan Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Wade Hanska, Edmond Memorial (NOC-Enid) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Kale Keith, Verdigris (Connors St.) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Blake Shepard, Ponca City (Fort Scott CC) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Madison Watkins, Sperry (Cowley County) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Harrison Whitworth, Broken Arrow (Fort Scott) Ryan Wieligman, Stillwater (Cowley County) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Will Lienhard, McGuinness (Navy) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Alyssa Jones (Southmoore (Midwestern St.) DeRae Lewis, Millwood (North Texas) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Hayden Priddy, Piedmont (SWOSU) Raven Prince, Millwood (North Texas) Bre Reid, Piedmont (Southern Utah) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Don Berger, Owasso (St. Mary’s) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Feather River) Bryson Bowers, Deer Creek (McPherson) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Dominique Briggs, Tulsa Union (Coffeyville CC) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Daulton Cardwell, Glenpool (Evangel) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Nathan Christmon, Carl Albert (OSU)* C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Derek Cole, Cascia Hall (Drake) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Isaac Dake, Tulsa Memorial (Langston) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Danny Donley, Jenks (Drake) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Joe Erwin, Jenks (William Penn) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Mason Farquhar, Tulsa Union (SW Baptist) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Omorrie Franklin, John Marshall (Langston) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Tim Giddings, Casady (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Jaymes Ginn, Owasso (William Jewell) Malik Givens, Tulsa Washington (Drake) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Maleek Greenlee, Tulsa Memorial (NSU) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Razhon Hines, Tulsa Washington (SW Baptist) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Daniel Hubler, Bartlesville (Evangel) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Nick Jackson, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Baylor Jenkins, Skiatook (Haskell) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Roderick Kirby, Muskogee (NSU) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) A.J. Lewis, Tulsa Rogers (Langston) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Ryan Martin, Tulsa Kelley (Air Force) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Rasha McKnight, Tulsa Washington (Midwestern St.) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa Webster/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Michael Ott, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penney, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Jared Ragland, Fort Gibson (SNU) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Roman Rodriguez, Wagoner (NSU) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) Grant Scherber, Deer Creek (UCO) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Matt Tate, Tulsa Union (SWOSU) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Darwin Thompson, Jenks (NEO) Dylan Thompson, Skiatook (Haskell) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) William Wampler, Broken Arrow (William Penn) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Chance Wenglewski, Tulsa Union (Lindenwood) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) BOYS GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) John Bonaobra, Tulsa Union (Central Missouri) Cody Burrows, Chickasha (ORU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) J.T. Neuzil, Bixby (UCO) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) GIRLS GOLF Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Corey Perron, Edmond Memorial (Missouri Valley) Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Junior Andrade, Santa Fe South (OBU) Jake Burger, Edmond Memorial (Fort Lewis) Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Wyatt Carroll, Putnam City North (Barton County) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Cooper Mosely, Chickasha (Harding) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Keegan Radichel, Mustang (SNU) Munashe Raranje, Jenks (Tulsa) Martin Romero, Southmoore (OBU) Cutter Smith, Mustang (SNU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Skylar Bozarth, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Bianca Cardenas, Piedmont (USAO) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (OCU) Bri Demuth, Jenks (OCU) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Catlin Harris, Piedmont (USAO) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Brandi Hutchison, Mustang (USAO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Alina Magruder, Mustang (Iowa) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Addy Pritchard, Oologah (Rogers St.) Victoria Segui, Putnam City North (Cowley County) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Samantha Snow, Lawton Eisenhower/NEO (Rogers St.) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Tayler Stover, Broken Arrow (Rogers St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Taylor Williams, Claremore (Rogers St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Michelle Brandon, Piedmont (ECU) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Casey Jones, Mustang (Seminole St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Dagan Lampkin, Washington (Seminole St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Madison Morris, Piedmont (SWOSU) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kaylee Sallee, Noble (Cowley County) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Kasady Uhr, Mount St. Mary (St. Gregory’s) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Casady Webb, Davis (North Texas) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) 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Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory.The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for...
Willie Cauley-Stein's path to Final Four with Kentucky started in small Kansas town
Blair Kerkhoff, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2015Late in the first half of Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Cincinnati, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein found an open alley, took a pass in stride and finished a flying slam dunk that became the signature play of the Wildcats’ victory. The path that led to this beautiful basketball moment and so many others created by Cauley-Stein has reached Indianapolis, where the Wildcats are preparing for the Final Four and becoming college basketball’s first 40-0 men’s team. But the path to Cauley-Stein becoming one of the nation’s top players and NBA prospects started in a tiny town in western Kansas, where he was raised by his grandparents, and traversed through Olathe, where he got an assist from one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ greatest players. “He’s had a lot of people looking out for him and caring for him,” said Valen “Val” Stein,” Willie’s grandfather. “He probably wouldn’t be where he’s at now if it weren’t for that.” Most of Cauley-Stein’s Kentucky teammates are products of a system that identifies talent at an early age and grooms players for big-time college and professional basketball. Cauley-Stein grew up mostly outside of that world, even as he grew tall and agile in Spearville, Kan., where much of working population in a town of about 800 commutes to Dodge City, some 17 miles to the west. Not ticketed for basketball stardom at an early age, Cauley-Stein’s development may have been delayed. It caused others to question his love for the game, a notion that brings a sharp response. “If I didn’t love the game, why would I play at the University of Kentucky? Why would I ever come here? Cauley-Stein said. “That bugs me when people ask me that, ‘Why don’t you love the game?’” But because he was not immersed in the youth basketball culture, Cauley-Stein was free to set his priorities, which helped shape his personality and world view. Kentucky lists Cauley-Stein’s major as art studio, and when the team played in the Bahamas before this season, he showed up in a T-shirt with his initials in block letters across his chest. Later he said it was his own design and has admitted to a yen for fashion. “If you focus on one thing, you’re going to get bored with it or eventually get burned out if it,” Cauley-Stein said. “My grandparents taught me when I was younger to be involved in a whole bunch of different things.” This was no problem for Kentucky. “You know what that makes him?” said Orlando Antigua, the South Florida coach who recruited Cauley-Stein as a Kentucky assistant. “A unique person. That doesn’t mean he’s not a great basketball player, because he is.” During his interview to become the basketball coach at Spearville High School, Jerrod Stanford got a rundown of the roster he’d inherit. The overall talent was good and an athletic, growing freshman was arriving. “But, I remember being told he also had a lot of other interests and he might not go out for basketball,” Stanford said. Sports were merely another diversion for a young Willie Cauley-Stein and his other brother, Bryce, who grew up in the home of Val and Norman Stein. The boys lived with their mother, Marlene, in Oklahoma City when they were younger, but her long working hours made her life difficult. The boys went to live with their grandparents in Spearville and that became their home. Marlene remains a large part of the boys’ lives, and gets to as many games as she can, Val said. She and Cauley-Stein’s father, Willie Cauley, were basketball standouts, she at St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, which has since closed, and he at Dodge City Community College and for one season at the University of Pittsburgh. Cauley-Stein entered the eighth grade standing 6 feet 2. When Stanford met him for the first time in June before his freshman year, Cauley-Stein had grown to 6-6. When he suited up for the first time that season, he was 6-8. “We printed a game program with the roster with heights one day, and the next day it was wrong,” Stanford said. Under Kansas High School State Athletic Association rules, basketball players can play as many as six quarters per day, and Spearville got the most from Cauley-Stein, using him for half of the junior varsity game and the entire varsity contest. By the end of the year, Cauley-Stein was a varsity-only player and made all-conference. His sophomore season would be even better. Cauley-Stein averaged 13.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, and one game in particular stood out to Stanford, who is now an assistant coach at Fort Hays State. Spearville’s Royal Lancers played Hoisington, which featured freshman big man Cody Stetler, who would go on to play at Houston Baptist. In a big test, Cauley-Stein had perhaps the best game of his high school career, certainly his best in a Spearville uniform, with 34 points, 22 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 65-44 victory. “He’d block a shot, get the rebound, start the break and hit anybody who was open or take it in for a dunk,” Stanford said. “It was one of those days when you knew he was going to be a special player.” And it marked one of those moments when Stanford believed an earlier conversation with Cauley-Stein had paid off. Before the budding star ever put on a Spearville uniform, Stanford had mapped out a course of action. “That first year, we had upperclassmen who could score, so I wanted for Willie to work on his defense and fundamentals,” Stanford said. “My thinking was, if he could become a great defensive player, learned the right way to block shots, guard ball screens in different ways, then he could be an average scorer and still get his college paid for.” The idea would be to use the final two years of Cauley-Stein’s Spearville career to hone his offensive skills and bring it together in a total package. It never happened. The Royal Lancers, in their first state tournament since 1997, went 21-1 during the season but were upset in the Kansas Class 2A first round. Cauley-Stein had played his final game for Spearville. Even with Spearville on the jersey, basketball prospects don’t go unnoticed. But they have to travel. A big moment for Cauley-Stein occurred in the summer after his freshman season. Stanford took seven Royal Lancers to a team camp at Kanas State, and they knocked off several large class schools from Kansas and Missouri, including a Raytown South team with Division I prospects, including future Baylor signee Ish Wainright. That’s where Matt Suther, founder of the Overland Park-based MoKan Elite AAU program, first saw Cauley-Stein. “You saw the raw athletic talent,” Suther said. “He hadn’t played a ton of ball in his life, but you could see the athleticism. He could run like a deer. He wasn’t very confident in his offensive game, but he could block shots with agility.” Cauley-Stein joined MoKan and became good friends with one of his teammates, Shavon Shields, the son of former Chiefs star offensive lineman Will Shields, who’s headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Cauley-Stein would stay with the Shields’ on weekends. The occasional visitor soon became a resident. Cauley-Stein moved in with the Shields family and attended Olathe Northwest for his junior and senior seasons. The primary reason: Academics. “I needed what the (Olathe) classes offered,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s why I moved.” Cauley-Stein buckled down in the Shields’ home and was treated as one of the children, along with Shavon, Solomon and a daughter, Sanayika, There were curfews and discipline, and above all there was studying, guided by Senia, Will’s wife. “She made all of the kids work hard in school,” Will Shields said. “There was no messing around with that.” Shavon Shields and Cauley-Stein helped Olathe Northwest to a 20-2 record and a sub-state final in 2012. By then, Shields had signed with his father’s alma mater, Nebraska, and Cauley-Stein with Kentucky, although Kentucky coach John Calipari’s first impression wasn’t a memorable one. He had visited an AAU game with Antigua, who along with current aide Kenny Payne had done the early recruiting of Cauley-Stein. “I saw him at an AAU game and he got two points and, like, a rebound,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘He’s got a chance, but my gosh, two points in an AAU game,’ and other team wasn’t that good.” Calipari’s subsequent trips to see Cauley-Stein changed his mind. It wasn’t a basketball game. There was a whiffle ball game (“He was a helluva whiffle ball player,” Calipari said), a kickball game and a football game. He saw Cauley-Stein play wide receiver for the Ravens, and playing it well. Transfer rules caused Cauley-Stein to miss the football season and first five basketball games of his junior year at Olathe Northwest, but he was terrific on the gridiron as a senior, catching 57 passes and 14 touchdowns. He was chosen to The Star’s All-Metro team and was a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award as the best wide receiver in the Kansas City area. For Spearville’s eight-man team, Cauley-Stein caught seven touchdown passes in two seasons. Had he stopped growing in the eighth grade, Cauley-Stein might have become a Heisman Trophy candidate. “I love football,” Cauley Stein said. “Still do.” While at Spearville, Cauley-Stein took unofficial visits to several colleges, including Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. His official visits taken in fall of his senior year were to Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida and Alabama. Kansas wasn’t in the picture. The Jayhawks signed Perry Ellis that year and had targeted Kaleb Tarczewski, who signed with Arizona, and were set with big men for the next couple of years with Jeff Withey in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014. Kansas State was Cauley-Stein’s last official visit, and he committed to Kentucky soon after. By the Rivals.com prospect rankings system, Cauley-Stein was the lowest-rated player of the four in Kentucky’s recruiting class, behind Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, No. 40 nationally. “The way he moved his feet, run and jump the way he did for his size, you don’t see that every day,” Antigua said. “You saw tremendous upside.” From Cauley-Stein, there were nerves. The Wildcats were coming off the Anthony Davis-led NCAA championship victory over Kansas. Expectations are enormous for any player recruited by the program. The team floundered to an NIT season, but Cauley-Stein had a promising year, getting 14 starts and making the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The next season, he blocked 106 shots, the second-most in Kentucky history and missed the team’s final three NCAA Tournament games after suffering an ankle injury. After the NCAA championship game loss to Connecticut, Calipari fully expected Cauley-Stein to depart for the draft, bum ankle and all. “I hugged him and said, ‘Hey, congrats man,’” Calipari said. “The next day he came in said, ‘I want to come back.’ “I asked him why? He said. ‘I can graduate, I’m not ready to go to the league, and the third thing, I want to win a championship.’ Three very good reasons.” Barring a major upset, the last one is about to become the first to happen. As for the NBA, the early projections have Cauley-Stein, a unanimous first-team All-American, as a top-10 selection, which would make him the earliest draft call by a former Kansas high school player since Danny Manning of Lawrence was drafted first overall in 1988. Wherever he ends up, an NBA team will get a 7-footer from a small Kansas town who didn’t build his life around basketball but is playing about as well as any college player in the game and enjoying every moment. “I couldn’t imagine not playing this game,” he said. To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @BlairKerkhoff. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003277,t000003183,t000046469,t000040506,t000003278,t000391277,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000404471,t000391287,t000003195,t000404496,t000404736,g000065634,g000065650,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000223654,g000364614,g000362659
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USD 457 Deputy Superintendent Steve Karlin will be the second and final candidate interviewed for the district’s superintendent post, which is being vacated by the departing Rick Atha.The Board of Education will interview Karlin at 4 p.m. today. The interview will not be open to the public, but from 3 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a question-and-answer session open to the community and local...
USD 457 deputy superintendent Karlin to be interviewed Tuesday
Angie Haflich, Associated Press | Mar 31, 2015USD 457 Deputy Superintendent Steve Karlin will be the second and final candidate interviewed for the district’s superintendent post, which is being vacated by the departing Rick Atha. The Board of Education will interview Karlin at 4 p.m. today. The interview will not be open to the public, but from 3 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a question-and-answer session open to the community and local media. Both interview sessions are being held in the board room of the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming St. The school board, community and media interviewed Fred Dierksen, current superintendent of Sterling USD 376, on Monday. Karlin graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s of science degree in secondary science education in 1988. He earned a master’s of science degree in secondary education from Kansas State University in 1994, and in 1998, received his building leadership endorsement from Fort Hays State University. In 2005, he earned his doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Kansas State University. In 1988, Karlin began his teaching career as a computer studies and science teacher at Kenneth Henderson Middle School. From 1989 to 1993, he served as a computer studies and science teacher at Garden City High School. From 1993 to 2000, Karlin served as the district technology coordinator. He was then appointed as the director of technology and mediated instruction and served in that role until 2005, when he was appointed to his current position as deputy superintendent. Throughout his career with USD 457, Karlin also has coached golf, basketball, football and track and served as junior class sponsor and computer club sponsor. Karlin is active in the local community, serving on several boards and committees including those through the Garden City Family YMCA, Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce and Garden City Information Technologies Cooperative. The two finalists were chosen by the board at a special meeting held March 23. USD 457 contracted with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) to conduct the search, shortly after Atha submitted his resignation to the board Feb. 2. As part of the process, USD 457 and KASB conducted an online survey of community members, students and district staff who shared what qualities and characteristics they want a new superintendent to possess. Since gathering that information, KASB has been screening candidates based on those qualities and characteristics. Respondents indicated they are seeking a skilled communicator, a visionary leader who has a passion for student learning and putting students first, someone who has demonstrated knowledge and skills in working with school finance and budgeting, as well as curriculum and instruction, and someone who is honest and ethical. Atha, who has been hired as assistant superintendent of instructional services at Shawnee Mission School District, has been USD 457’s superintendent since 2005. His resignation from USD 457 is effective June 30. ——— ©2015 The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) Visit The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) at www.gctelegram.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002776,t000166569,t000403939,t000183934,t000183404,t000002537,t000040342
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Sitting in a hospital in Joplin, nothing needed to be said.Robert McField knew the news would not be good."About five doctors walked in, and when I saw that, I knew it wasn't right," he said. "One of them, his eyes were as big as a grapefruit. I looked at him, he looked at me and said, 'Man, we have to get you out of here fast.'"He said, 'Don't get me wrong, I trust the...
Pittsburg State football player fighting cancer
By JIM HENRY, Associated Press | Mar 29, 2015PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Sitting in a hospital in Joplin, nothing needed to be said. Robert McField knew the news would not be good. "About five doctors walked in, and when I saw that, I knew it wasn't right," he said. "One of them, his eyes were as big as a grapefruit. I looked at him, he looked at me and said, 'Man, we have to get you out of here fast.' "He said, 'Don't get me wrong, I trust the people here. But there are specialists, and I've seen some things in you that need (immediate attention).' " An ambulance took McField to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and there he learned he had cancer — more specifically, non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "It was like my whole world turned around," he said. "I cried. I cried. I didn't know what I was going to do. I didn't know anything about what I had. I went there and had five surgeries done within eight days. "The first diagnosis they told me is that in (the next) five years, I had a 45 to 50 percent chance to live. Medically they told me that was great ... but it didn't sound great to me. "After that I got a specialist at the KU Cancer Center. He broke things down to me a little better in a way where I understood exactly what I had. He told me it was a freak accident. There was nothing I could have done about it. He showed me the tumor in my neck. He showed me the tumor in my stomach. He showed me the masses in my shoulders, and the one in my stomach was humongous." The tumor in his neck — about the size of a softball — was surgically removed. Then McField started receiving chemotherapy, The Joplin Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1IzlicI ). "That's the worst part about everything," McField said. "Chemotherapy, it breaks you down. I've lost 25 pounds so far, and I have to look forward to it every three weeks. But it's either that or not be living. I'll take the bad part of it now." During the football season, McField, a two-time all-state defensive player at Normandy High School in St. Louis, saw his 6-foot-6, 268-pound body slowly break down. "It started in segments," he said. "My body, my neck and my shoulders started aching and hurting. It really got bad in November. I went to the emergency room. I remember throwing up and having to take pills, ibuprofen and Tylenol, to make it through the day. As a football player, they tell you to be tough ... and I kind of brushed it off. They let me go and told me to take Tylenol, ibuprofen, and I could make it through." McField certainly didn't feel like celebrating on Nov. 15 when the Gorillas won at Central Missouri to secure a share of the MIAA championship. "Every play was horrible to go through," he said. "I kept going to the sideline asking for stomach medicine. I can definitely say before that it was manageable. I was just exhausted every single play that I did, but after that, everything started getting painful, especially in my neck and my stomach." Despite the pain, McField played in the Gorillas' two playoff games, and he caught the 2-point conversion pass at Minnesota State-Mankato that sent the game to overtime. It was his only catch — and target — of the season. "I'll never forget," he said. "They called the play, and I think that was the only time my sickness went away, my pain went away. I don't recall being nervous or scared. I just remember as soon as they called it I was like it's time to go to overtime." McField attempted to resume offseason workouts in January, but that didn't last long. His body changed from that of a big, strong college football player to one that sometimes couldn't get out of bed without help. "One morning I woke up and my whole right arm went numb. I went to the emergency room and they told me that I have masses in my stomach and my neck that were there in November but they were very small. Then I went to the Joplin emergency room to get a second opinion, and they told me that it was looking like cancer. I had to leave and go to KU Medical Center immediately because these (masses) were getting really big. The thing about non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 100 percent of the cells spread. So in a matter of months it can start diminishing your body, and that's what it did. I was a firsthand witness to it. I couldn't run, I couldn't lift my arm up, my right arm went numb. It can eat you up pretty fast." Once the initial shock of the cancer diagnosis wore off, McField's outlook changed. "When he got used to the idea — this is what really was going on — he kind of encouraged the rest of us," said his girlfriend, Kaylee Kinsch. "Me and his mom (Denise McField), we were obviously very distraught. He was like I'm going to fight this thing. He knew he was going to be strong. Obviously that was before we hit chemo, but before we hit chemo, he was ready ... let's do everything we can." As a registered nurse, Kinsch fought some frustrations. "When I can't fix him, that's the hardest part because that's my job," she said. "We have medicines at home. I'll give him all the medicines, and sometimes he's still (nauseated), he's still hurting. I've depleted all my sources, and I'm like now what do we do. Sometimes I just have to walk out of the room and say OK, I can't fix you right now." "I lean on her so much," McField said. "I gripe sometimes ... but any chance I get I try to tell her I appreciate her. I love her to death. She is what's keeping me up. There are times I can't get out of bed, and she runs to get the medicine for me without question, without being upset, without being angry, without showing any sign of frustration. She's my teammate definitely." The family also includes their daughter, Kassidi, who is almost 2 years old. "She's a little ball of energy," McField said. "She doesn't understand that I'm sick (she's been told that daddy has a boo-boo), but sometimes she makes it better because she climbs in bed with me and I watch Power Rangers with her. She just lays there for about 45 minutes at a time, and that's unusual for her. ... I think sometimes she does get that I don't feel well." McField's family has developed a lot of faith. "It's definitely brought me close to God," McField said. "Days where I have good days when I'm able to get up and walk around, I say this is a great day, I appreciate doing this. ... I have to have a bottle of hand sanitizer, a mask over my face, but definitely I won't be taking my health for granted no time soon." McField has the faith that one day he will be playing for the Gorillas again. "Football is one of the main things that keeps me going, knowing that I could be back out there on Saturdays with the best fans in America," he said. "That's definitely one thing without a doubt that I envision. That's one thing that keeps me positive." ___ Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
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Sitting in a hospital in Joplin, nothing needed to be said.Robert McField knew the news would not be good."About five doctors walked in, and when I saw that, I knew it wasn't right," he said. "One of them, his eyes were as big as a grapefruit. I looked at him, he looked at me and said, 'Man, we have to get you out of here fast.'"He said, 'Don't get me wrong, I trust the people here. But there...
PSU's Robert McField battling for his life
Jim Henry, Associated Press | Mar 26, 2015Sitting in a hospital in Joplin, nothing needed to be said. Robert McField knew the news would not be good. "About five doctors walked in, and when I saw that, I knew it wasn't right," he said. "One of them, his eyes were as big as a grapefruit. I looked at him, he looked at me and said, 'Man, we have to get you out of here fast.' "He said, 'Don't get me wrong, I trust the people here. But there are specialists, and I've seen some things in you that need (immediate attention).' '' An ambulance took McField to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and there he learned he had cancer — more specifically, non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "It was like my whole world turned around," he said. "I cried. I cried. I didn't know what I was going to do. I didn't know anything about what I had. I went there and had five surgeries done within eight days. "The first diagnosis they told me is that in (the next) five years, I had a 45 to 50 percent chance to live. Medically they told me that was great ... but it didn't sound great to me. "After that I got a specialist at the KU Cancer Center. He broke things down to me a little better in a way where I understood exactly what I had. He told me it was a freak accident. There was nothing I could have done about it. He showed me the tumor in my neck. He showed me the tumor in my stomach. He showed me the masses in my shoulders, and the one in my stomach was humongous." The tumor in his neck — about the size of a softball — was surgically removed. Then McField started receiving chemotherapy — two treatments so far with another scheduled in about 10 days. "That's the worst part about everything," McField said. "Chemotherapy, it breaks you down. I've lost 25 pounds so far, and I have to look forward to it every three weeks. But it's either that or not be living. I'll take the bad part of it now. "I also have another CT scan to re-evaluate how everything is doing ... should I go to a more intense level or stay where I'm at because it's working. I'm on a really aggressive chemo ... a total of six or seven drugs, and it takes its toll. I'm just praying that next Wednesday that everything will start getting better after that." Progressive pain Late in Pittsburg State's football preseason workouts last August, the coaching staff decided to move McField from defensive end to tight end. McField, an two-time all-state defensive player at Normandy High School in St. Louis, wasn't thrilled about the change, but now he admits that the coaches were right. During the season, McField saw his 6-foot-6, 268-pound body slowly break down. "It started in segments," he said. "My body, my neck and my shoulders started aching and hurting. It really got bad in November. I went to the emergency room. I remember throwing up and having to take pills, ibuprofen and Tylenol, to make it through the day. As a football player, they tell you to be tough ... and I kind of brushed it off. They let me go and told me to take Tylenol, ibuprofen, and I could make it through." McField certainly didn't feel like celebrating on Nov. 15 when the Gorillas won at Central Missouri to secure a share of the MIAA championship. "Every play was horrible to go through," he said. "I kept going to the sideline asking for stomach medicine. I can definitely say before that it was manageable. I was just exhausted every single play that I did, but after that, everything started getting painful, especially in my neck and my stomach." Despite the pain, McField played in the Gorillas' two playoff games, and he caught the 2-point conversion pass at Minnesota State-Mankato that sent the game to overtime. It was his only catch — and target — of the season. "I'll never forget," he said. "They called the play, and I think that was the only time my sickness went away, my pain went away. I don't recall being nervous or scared. I just remember as soon as they called it I was like it's time to go to overtime." Kaylee Kinsch, McField's girlfriend, was listening to the game on the radio while working at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I was like oh my God! I told all my co-workers, and I think I even told a few patients ... my boyfriend plays for Pitt State and he just caught the ball and they are going to overtime! It was very, very exciting. It was in Joplin ... all the (Missouri Southern) fans, they were like 'oh, cool.' " Looking like cancer McField attempted to resume offseason workouts in January, but that didn't last long. His body changed from that of a big, strong college football player to one that sometimes couldn't get out of bed without help. "I kind of took the whole Christmas break off," McField said. "I came back in January, and my body just started shutting down. After workouts my neck would be throbbing, my shoulders would be throbbing. I'm trying to fight my way through it, but I'm knowing something is not right. "One morning I woke up and my whole right arm went numb. I went to the emergency room and they told me that I have masses in my stomach and my neck that were there in November but they were very small. Then I went to the Joplin emergency room to get a second opinion, and they told me that it was looking like cancer. I had to leave and go to KU Medical Center immediately because these (masses) were getting really big. The thing about non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 100 percent of the cells spread. So in a matter of months it can start diminishing your body, and that’s what it did. I was a firsthand witness to it. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t lift my arm up, my right arm went numb. It can eat you up pretty fast." Family strength Once the initial shock of the cancer diagnosis wore off, McField's outlook changed. "When he got used to the idea — this is what really was going on — he kind of encouraged the rest of us," Kinsch said. "Me and his mom (Denise McField), we were obviously very distraught. He was like I'm going to fight this thing. He knew he was going to be strong. Obviously that was before we hit chemo, but before we hit chemo, he was ready ... let's do everything we can." As a registered nurse, Kinsch fought some frustrations. "When I can't fix him, that's the hardest part because that's my job," she said. "We have medicines at home. I'll give him all the medicines, and sometimes he’s still (nauseated), he’s still hurting. I’ve depleted all my sources, and I’m like now what do we do. Sometimes I just have to walk out of the room and say OK, I can’t fix you right now.” "I lean on her so much," McField said. "I gripe sometimes ... but any chance I get I try to tell her I appreciate her. I love her to death. She is what's keeping me up. There are times I can't get out of bed, and she runs to get the medicine for me without question, without being upset, without being angry, without showing any sign of frustration. She's my teammate definitely." "Since this has happened, it's really kind of helped us as a family pull together and be stronger as a team," Kinsch said. The family also includes their daughter, Kassidi, who is almost 2 years old. At times during Tuesday afternoon's media session, Kassidi walked around the room and put a little dab of hand sanitizer on everyone's hands. "She's a little ball of energy," McField said. "She doesn't understand that I'm sick (she's been told that daddy has a boo-boo), but sometimes she makes it better because she climbs in bed with me and I watch Power Rangers with her. She just lays there for about 45 minutes at a time, and that's unusual for her. ... I think sometimes she does get that I don't feel well." Full of faith McField's family has developed a lot of faith. "Am I scared now?" Kinsch said. "No. I have faith in his doctor. The doctor is very confident that he can take care of this with chemotherapy. "And I have faith in God. He has carried us through this far. When this all happened … it has brought us a lot closer to God. It’s really strengthened our faith in Him. I’m not scared. I have faith.” "It's definitely brought me close to God," McField said. "Days where I have good days when I'm able to get up and walk around, I say this is a great day, I appreciate doing this. ... I have to have a bottle of hand sanitizer, a mask over my face, but definitely I won't be taking my health for granted no time soon." McField has the faith that one day he will be playing for the Gorillas again. "Football is one of the main things that keeps me going, knowing that I could be back out there on Saturdays with the best fans in America," he said. "That's definitely one thing without a doubt that I envision. That's one thing that keeps me positive." "Obviously he has to be cleared first," Kinsch said. "Yes, I have to get cleared by my doctor and by her," McField said. "What's she's going to watch for the most is the signs and symptoms, and make sure I don't ignore them. She has the right. I listen to her. Her medical clearance is just like the doctor's clearance. But if I get cleared and every thing is a go, without a doubt I'm out there full steam ahead. ... I look forward to that day." ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002832,t000002828,t000002827,t000412858,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
In a two-year span, Hiawatha High School has produced a pair of Division I athletes — and both picked out-of-state colleges.While Peyton Newell had a much ballyhooed recruiting process that led the football star to Nebraska, Emily Gartner's recruitment ended before her junior season ended.The RedHawks' basketball standout recently verbally committed to Missouri State, where she will play for...
Hiawatha's Gartner commits to play basketball at Missouri State
Cody Thorn, Associated Press | Mar 25, 2015In a two-year span, Hiawatha High School has produced a pair of Division I athletes — and both picked out-of-state colleges. While Peyton Newell had a much ballyhooed recruiting process that led the football star to Nebraska, Emily Gartner's recruitment ended before her junior season ended. The RedHawks' basketball standout recently verbally committed to Missouri State, where she will play for the Missouri Valley Conference runners-up and WNIT qualifiers. “I chose Missouri State because I loved the players and the coaches,” said Gartner, who averaged 21.4 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game this year. “The whole environment down there is just so awesome. MSU is more focused on their basketball program, so if I ever need extra help, there's always a person I could go to.” The 6-foot-4 center is taller than any current player on the Bears roster and she will likely help fill the void of senior-to-be Hillary Chvatal, a 6-2 post who is also a Kansas native. Missouri, Nebraska, Washburn and Benedictine were among the schools to look into Gartner, who shot 69 percent from the field (186 of 268). Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper and assistant Jackie Stiles recently drove to a sub-state game in Sabetha, Kan., to watch Gartner play. “I never thought I would ever have to choose between so many schools or ever get the opportunity to be recruited by the big schools,” said Gartner, who is also an accomplished shot put and discus thrower for Hiawatha. Volleyball signings A handful of area volleyball players have received opportunities to continue playing at the next level. Central outside hitter Megan Kneib is headed north to become a Graceland Yellowjacket. Kneib was a two-year captain for the Indians and also was the team's most valuable player twice during her career. Her performance on the court garnered Kneib all-city, all-conference and All-News-Press honors. She is also an accomplished track athlete, a state qualifier as part of the Central 4X400 relay team that won the Class 4 District 8 championship last year. ACCHS volleyball standout Shailey Caudle is heading to nearby Highland Community College to be a Scottie. Caudle, an all-Big 7 Conference selection at outside hitter each of the past two years, will join Highland first-year coach Jon Bingesser's first recruiting class. Atchison's Laurene Cushinberry signed with Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College last month, becoming the second Lady Red to sign with a Kansas JUCO. Hannah Liggett signed with Allen County Community College in January. More 1,000-club additions After the end of the season wrapped up, Albany coach Kurtis Cox found out that Drew Cottrill joined the 1,000-point club very early in the past basketball season. The senior did so in the season-opener against Northeast Nodaway and finished with 1,254 career points. It had been quite some time since a Warrior had reached that mark, Cox learned. After a bit of research, the last to hit the mark was Jeff Adkins, a 2002 graduate. Also joining that club was Fairfax's Ryan Hopkins. The junior put together the best scoring season in the girls' program history with 503 points and reached her 1,000th point on Feb. 10. The daughter of Savannah coach Terry Hopkins, she helped boost her total way over a century with a 47-point outing against West Nodaway on Feb. 20. Number 1 Kelly Warford did what she normally did — drive to the hoop and score. However, a bucket against Worth County on Feb. 19 gave her eight points in the game and in the process moved her into No. 1 on Pattonsburg's all-time scoring leaderboard. The senior broke Nena Wood's record and Warford finished with 1,677 points. The four-year starter averaged 20.8 points per game in her final season. While the 5-foot-10 guard earned all-state accolades on the hardwood, her future will lie on the softball diamond after she recently decided to play for Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. Warford had offers from Maple Woods Community College and a dual offer to play basketball and softball at North Central Missouri College. “The size of the school and town reminded me a lot of home and their softball program as well as their athletic training program is very well-known,” said Warford, a three-time unanimous all-HDC softball pick. “The coaches are outstanding and made me feel at home when I was there on my visit.” All-Stars South Park Christian Academy in St. Joseph recently had three players picked to play in the MoKAN Regional Conference All-Star Game, held last month in Belton, Mo. Harold Simpson, Marissa Gris and Hannah Spiegel were chosen to play in the game that featured players from seven other schools in the conference. Simpson and Gris each took part in a 3-point shooting contest at the event. Gris made the final round, but finished as the runner-up. Simpson hit 10 out of his 15 attempts to claim the title. Extras: Brant Faulkner finished with 1,685 points in his career at Princeton, good enough for third all-time on the boys basketball leaderboard. … Speedster Erica Whitlow has signed to run for the William Jewell track and field team. The Lathrop product — part of last year's Class 2 seventh-place 4x100 team — will reunite with former teammate Gretchen Mayes, a sophomore at the Liberty, Mo., school. … Platte County's Lexi Hanson signed to play softball at Butler (Kan.) Community College. The All-News-Press catcher became the third and final senior on the team to sign a scholarship to continue at the next level. … Smithville offensive lineman Nick Martinez recently played in the Diamond All-American game in South Carolina, according to the Smithville Herald. ——— ©2015 the St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, Mo.) 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Mar 24, 2015
First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]
Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton
Berry Tramel | Mar 24, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/nfl-jerseys.jpg]3612481[/img] First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that's your first clue that we didn't make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it's 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn't 80 in Cleveland. Wasn't Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. See, that's the worse news. It snowed on us Monday night in Cleveland, and we're headed somewhere far worse. We're driving to Syracuse. When the Sooners were sent to the Northeast -- Columbus first, which is Midwest from a historical perspective but in truth is in the middle of the state that is the gateway to the American northeast, and then Syracuse -- we decided that if OU won two games and reached the Sweet 16, we'd just stay. Economically, it made sense. We were scheduled to arrive back in Dallas at 7 p.m., then drive home, which would have made it around 10:30. We'd have flown back to Syracuse sometime around noon Wednesday, which meant leaving home at 10 or 10:30. So for one full day and one partial morning back home, we'd have needed another round-trip ticket to a place that's expensive and difficult to reach. So we're driving to Syracuse, where the temperature was 11 degrees when I checked Monday morning. It looks like it might warm up into the 40s by the time the East Regional gets started. Which will be balmy by upstate New York standards. Until we get there, there are a few things to see along the way. CANTON PALACE The Pro Football Hall of Fame sits in Canton, about an hour south of downtown Cleveland, about 90 minutes north of Columbus. I'd been to Canton thrice, for the induction ceremonies of Tommy McDonald (1998), Barry Sanders (2004) and Troy Aikman (2006). I was scheduled to come in 1995, the year Lee Roy Selmon, Steve Largent and Tulsa U.'s Jim Finks were inducted, but I needed a pinch-hitter after a broken leg on the softball diamond the night before my flight. So I'd been to Canton during the fussle and bustle of Induction Weekend, when the grounds are covered with literally tens of thousands of football fans. The induction ceremony just gets bigger and bigger. When I first came, the festivities were conducted on the Hall of Fame's veranda, which is where McDonald gave his famously goofy speech and tossed his Hall of Fame bust into the air to show he still could catch. Fans spilled out on the grassy knoll below the veranda. By 2004, the inductions had moved to Fawcett Stadium, which is adjacent to the Hall of Fame grounds and part of famed Canton McKinley High School. For Sanders' induction, I had a seat in the Fawcett pressbox. Two years later, the party had gotten so big, there was a pecking order for media, and I didn't make the cut. I wasn't in the pressbox; my work space was a room with televisions in the Hall of Fame, though I could roam the stadium during the ceremony. So I was looking forward to seeing the Hall of Fame under a little more sedate conditions. I had come away impressed with the Hall on my previous visits. Even wrote that I thought it was better than the Baseball Hall of Fame, which I visited in 1976 and again in 2000. But I don't know. Didn't wow me this time. Maybe because I had been so much. It's still good. Still a must for NFL fans. Just nothing spectacular. And they got me started with a bad attitude on the opening kickoff. Tickets are $24, which is fine, and for $43, you get a two-day pass that includes admission to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which we plan to go through Tuesday. Seemed like a fine deal. But the gougers at Canton charge you $10 to park. I can understand paying to park. If you're in Midtown Manhattan. If you're in an urban downtown. If you're on a college campus. If you're on Main Street in Hometown, America, and the meter needs a quarter. But $10 to park in a spacious lot on an Ohio hillside? The Hall of Fame fundamentally is a place of business. You are there to spend money. They are not doing you a favor by letting you come on their land. You are doing them a favor. Sort of like the parking charge at Frontier City in OKC. Drives me nuts. Anyway, we went through the Hall of Fame, and here are my impressions on my first leisurely stroll through the Canton shrine: * The most interesting room is the Hall of Fame Gallery, which includes the busts of all the inductees. Do you remember the M*A*S*H episode where Frank and Hot Lips give Col. Potter an anniversary gift of a wooden bust of Potter? The Korean sculptor, who doubles as a trinket salesman, makes the Colonel look a little too Korean. I thought of the episode when I walked through the Hall's gallery. Some of those guys didn't look much like themselves. We started a playing a little game. Someone would cover the name, and I'd try to guess who the inductee was. I got Frank Gifford, and some of the later guys. But man, this wasn't a tiptop job. Some of that can be blamed on the lighting. The gallery is darkened, with individual lights shone on each bust, but not a bright light. More like a pinball light. As if they don't want fans to be able to see the unlikenesses. Some were OK. Tom Landry, sans fedora, looks just like himself. Jerry Rice. A few others. * The best part of the Hall of Fame is the uniforms. From old to new, uniforms are the best part of football memorabilia. In fact, I have a suggestion for the Hall of Fame. Dedicate a room to the uniform progression of each team. Showing the Packers through the years. The Broncos. The Buccaneers. That would be the most popular exhibit by far. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/ssu.jpg]3612527[/img] * Lots of artifacts, which generally don't do much for me. A football shoe in 1952 compared to a football shoe in 2012 doesn't do much for me. But you still find nuggets. Like this: Larry Allen's football helmet from Sonoma State, an sUs type logo on the helmet that looks exactly like the vintage oSu logo on Oklahoma State helmets from the '70s. Somebody was trademark infringing, I promise you. This would be the second OSU/Sonoma State connection I know. Our man A.C. Slater of Thunder writing fame grew up in northern California and attended Sonoma State before transferring to OSU. * The Hall of Fame doesn't have nearly enough interactive video. Some, but not enough. You'd think you could go to a kiosk, punch up a team and view the 10 most memorable plays in Kansas City Chiefs history. But no. There's a big theater room that repeatedly plays "The Road to the Super Bowl," a 17-minute video that is falseness in advertising. It's not the road to anything. It's the Super Bowl itself. A 17-minute video about the most recent Super Bowl, except I guess we're a little too close to last Feb. 1, because they don't have the new video completed. We sat through a 17-minute video of the Seattle-Denver rout of 14 months ago. I thought the video was good, but nothing you can't see on NFL Network several times a day. A far better video was a seven-minute video shown while you're waiting in line to enter the theater room, this one about training camp. Lots of vintage footage of Vince Lombardi and Tom Coughlin and the like, from training camps through the years. I thought that was interesting. * To show you how the nation is spiraling into a place it doesn't want to go, the bottom level is billed as an interactive gallery. Ryan Aber remembers it as a place where kids could go and throw football and kick footballs and such. Now, it's all video-game based. You don't go onto a set and feel like you're throwing a football in Lambeau Field. You sit down with computer controls and simulate on a screen. I swear, if our nation ever falls, it's going to be computer-based. A foreign power will infiltrate our computer systems and we won't even know it. We'll be sitting inside somewhere, not paying attention. * I asked each of my pals what they thought of the Hall. Aber had been once, as a young adult. John Shinn had been as a kid. Guerin Emig never had been. Aber: Good, since it had a lot of Packers stuff. Shinn: Too much Packers stuff. (He's a Bears man.) "A lot of cool artifacts, and I like artifacts." Shinn liked Joe Namath's knee brace from Super Bowl 3 and seeing old logos, like a goofy Cleveland Browns from what I assume was the '50s. Emig: "Helps to be a Steelers fan." He liked the game-worn jerseys. Maybe it helps to have devotion to one team. Then you can revel in all the aspects of that team. All the guys took photos of the busts and memorabilia associated with their favorite team. I don't have a favorite team. I just like the NFL. Like the games. I almost always pick out somebody I want to win, but it's not like I'm a Packer fan, or a Ram fan, or a Giant fan. At the admission desk, they ask your zip code and your favorite team. I said, 73071 and whoever's playing the Redskins. I don't like Daniel Snyder. * The gift shop is big-time good. I could spend a lot of money in there. Old-fashioned pennants and banners for each team were unbelievably cool. A vintage Joe Namath jersey. Lots of good stuff. But I'm never tempted. Didn't buy anything. * The Hall seems to have moved away from some of its ties to the prehistoric era. When I first came 17 years ago, there was a ton of tribute to Jim Thorpe. I even wrote a column about it. Now a huge Thorpe mural adorns the wall and a big Thorpe statue sits in the rotunda, but that's about it. Thorpe was huge in Canton, because he signed with the Canton Bulldogs and helped found what became the NFL. So all in all, I'd have to say I was disappointed. Maybe the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame will be better. PRESIDENTIAL MISFIRE When we were down in Columbus, something made us think of President William McKinley and made us assume he was from Ohio, even though we didn't really know. And I forgot to look it up. Then we drove to Canton, and presto, it made sense. Canton McKinley High School. Then we saw the signs. McKinley Library and Museum. So I hatched a plan when we got to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I told the guys I would take the car, go through the McKinley museum, then come back and get them. That way, I'd see something I'd never seen, and we could save that ridiculous $10 parking charge. But they talked me out of it. Said we'd go through the Hall of Fame, then go to the presidential library. OK. But we left the Hall at 3:50 p.m., looked up the McKinley library, and it closed at 4 p.m. Bummer. As you know, I went to the Truman Library a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City and enjoyed it. And I knew quite a bit about Harry Truman. I don't know much of anything about William McKinley, other than he was assassinated and he was president through the Spanish-American War victory. So I looked it up. Here's a quick history lesson. McKinley was the 25th president, serving from March 4, 1897, to September 1901, six months into his second term. He was assassinated in Buffalo. His vice president, Teddy Roosevelt, became president. McKinley raised protective tariffs (I'm against that) and maintained the gold standard for the U.S. (I'm for that). Even cooler, McKinley was the last president to have served in the Civil War, after which he settled in Canton, practiced law and eventually was elected to Congress. McKinley eventually became Ohio's governor and ran for president in 1896, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. McKinley was generally a popular president, economic growth marked his years in the White House and the Spanish-American War brought the U.S. all kinds of territories, including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii to some degree. But on Sept. 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American, who was part anarchist, gunned down McKinley in Buffalo. I wish I had gone through the museum, so I could know why we remember John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald but not Leon Czolgosz. Next time I'm in Canton, I'll be at the McKinley library, not at the hall of fame that sits next to McKinley's football field. OHIO HILLS Eastern Ohio is not flat. It's hard to find level ground. Lots of rolling hills. The drive from Columbus to Canton was nice, with lots of scenic farms and the such. After we left Canton, we drove through Akron, and the University of Akron's new football stadium (constructed in 2009) sits hard by the interstate. The Zips play at OU in September, and their football stadium is very nice. Looks much more traditional (which means better) than, say, North Texas' new stadium at the I-35 fork in Denton. Akron is coached by Terry Bowden, so there's that angle. Akron played in the historic Rubber Bowl -- Firestone Tires, remember, is headquartered in Akron -- but it was miles from campus and in need of constant renovation. So the school built a new stadium. I've never heard that Akron had a big rival, but Kent State is only 10 miles away. I never realized Kent was so close to the Cleveland/Akron area. I looked it up, and yep, Kent State is the big rival for Akron. I guess I could have asked Darnell Mayberry; he once covered the Zips for the Akron Beacon Journal. Traffic wasn't bad through the Canton/Akron area, despite it being 4-5 p.m. I would have guessed we'd have hit some bad traffic. Akron is a big place. The fifth-largest city in Ohio, trailing the big C's (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati) and Toledo. (Dayton ranks sixth, Canton eighth, Youngstown ninth). The Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, which I assume includes Canton, had a 2010 population of 703,000. And of course, Akron and Canton are included in Cleveland's metro population, which counts 3.5 million residents and ranks 18th in America. We were headed to a Fairfield Inn in Streetsboro, Ohio, a southeast suburb of Cleveland. Got an $82 rate. We all had some work to do, and Ryan said he needed a drink before we checked in. So I looked it up, and there was a Sonic right across the street from our hotel. Sometimes clean living pays off. LOCAL FARE We had no dining knowledge. None. We could go chain, or go adventuring. So we went adventuring. Walked into a place called Jerzees, a sports grill near the Hall of Fame. It was pretty desolate, but turns out a good choice. They had a chicken wing special; 49 cents each. I got eight wings and fries. Ryan and I ate for $15 combined. Can't beat that. And it was good. For a late dinner, Guerin, Ryan and I drove down the road to a place called Rockne's. Sort of a local Chili's type place. Except I hate Chili's, so don't judge it by that. Yep, the place is named after Knute Rockne, for no good reason that we could tell. Rockne grew up in Chicago, got famous at Notre Dame and was killed by a plane crash in Kansas. Don't know what any of that has to do with Streetsboro, Ohio. The girls working at Rockne's were nice. One of them's grandmother lives in Oklahoma, but she didn't know where. Which I thought was both sad and illuminating. I had a steak salad, which was decent. I wish I had ordered the pork wings. I didn't know pigs had wings. Sort of gives new meaning to the term, when pigs fly. The place was decent. We could have gone to an Applebee's or a Ruby Tuesday, but what's the fun in that? MORE STREAMING In my hotel room, I watched the OU-Stanford women's game on my computer. The internet connection was hit and miss. When I put the game on full screen, it often got fuzzy. When I kept it partial screen, I had a tougher time seeing. I also got a good email from reader Curtis Ray, who tried to educate me on watching games while travelling. I appreciated his suggestions and thought I would pass them on: "I travel a lot and have the regular League Pass through Cox that also includes League Pass Broadband. Good hotel internet equals good quality playback. Obviously, your hotel’s internet was indeed terrible if it was buffering like you described. If the hotel is still using DSL, you’ll have issues. DSL is cheap compared to cable and FIOS, so many hotel owners choose it at their properties to save themselves money as well as force their guests to purchase their overpriced Lodgenet movies they offer instead of allowing guests to stream their own using Netflix, Hulu. Etc. "Now, if the Thunder game is also being shown on NBATV that night, keep in mind that it will not be available on League Pass. Silly rule, but it has something to do with the NBA’s blackout policy. To combat this problem since the Thunder has several NBATV games, I purchased a SlingBox that you can easily connect to your cable or satellite box. I bought mine at Best Buy, but you can get it at other places as well. You can then connect remotely via broadband and stream, watch and control your own TV from anywhere, in HD. So if the Thunder is on NBATV, no problem. I tap into the Slingbox and turn the channel to Cox 722 and watch It on Fox Sports Oklahoma. "Slingbox also has an app so you can watch your home TV from a smartphone or tablet. I sometimes watch local news, an OU or OSU basketball game, or pretty much anything I would watch at home that I cannot get on the hotel TV in whatever city I’m in. "One important detail, though. Whatever TV at home that you hook the Slingbox up to will be the one you control remotely. I now connect mine to my home office TV cable box since no one in my family is watching that one when I’m gone. I used to have it on my bedroom TV, but my wife isn’t a big basketball fan and didn’t want to be forced to watch the Thunder game on that TV when I was connected and watching from out of town. (I still love her though.) "I saw you mention watching the game and the limited screen size of your computer. I always bring an HDMI cable and connect my laptop to one of the hotel TV’s HDMI ports and change the input. Now, you can watch the game on league pass or through the Slingbox on your hotel TV! It’s now like having Fox Sports Oklahoma right there on your hotel TV. There are a handful of hotels that have disabled their remotes or use universal remotes that don’t have the input selector. But you can typically find it the side of the TV itself near the volume and power buttons. "I especially love the league pass app while in Vegas. I can place very small wagers on various NBA games that night and watch them all in my hotel room upstairs instead of having to sit in the sports book with all the idiots. I also like that league pass archives the games, so if I fly or drive at night during a game, I can watch the archive from the start on league pass after arriving at my hotel…that hopefully has decent internet of course. "I’ve been doing this double tiered League Pass/Slingbox method since 2005-2006 when the Hornets were here. Hotel internet was horrific than and is still awful at some properties today. However, if you are fortunate to stay at a hotel with a decent internet speed, you won’t have the buffering and start/stop/start problems." Now that's what I call information. I'm going to be lost for awhile on Slingbox and HDMI cables and the such. But League Pass comes with an archive function? That means when I get to my hotel room Tuesday night, I can hook up and watch Thunder-Lakers from the beginning? It's like DVR on the road. Great information, Curtis.
Smiles as big hardly appear unless warranted, and a childhood dream becoming reality is a perfect reason for grinning from ear-to-ear.Central Missouri Mules running back LaVance Taylor, smiling wide, inked a professional deal in February to play with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.“It’s something I dreamed of all my life,” he said. “The fact that it’s happening is...
Big-time back signs big-dog deal
Dustan Sedgwick, Associated Press | Mar 20, 2015Smiles as big hardly appear unless warranted, and a childhood dream becoming reality is a perfect reason for grinning from ear-to-ear. Central Missouri Mules running back LaVance Taylor, smiling wide, inked a professional deal in February to play with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League. “It’s something I dreamed of all my life,” he said. “The fact that it’s happening is surreal.” The Mules legend rewrote history during the 2014-15 season by rushing for a school-record 1,918 rushing yards, racking up a school-record 2,618 all-purpose yards, ranking atop NCAA Division-II athletes with 218 all-purpose yards per game. His efforts placed him among candidates vying for the Harlon Hill Trophy, an award given to the best player in D-II football. Taylor is Central Missouri’s sixth player under head coach Jim Svoboda to sign a professional football contract. Ranking atop the annals of school history was hardly a motivator to Taylor’s drive. He began at 5 years old playing in a flag football league in Raytown, a rough area clinging to Kansas City’s outskirts. Cracking shoulder pads and weaving between opposing tacklers quickly became an addiction. Even during time off the field, Taylor spent time playing catch and running in one-on-one drills with his father, LaVoid. “He used to throw me the ball and run after me,” LaVance said. “I used to do moves on him.” The duo partook in weekly Monday Night Football broadcasts and LaVance mimicked pregame highlights in his living room. Football immediately became LaVance’s one true love. On his way to high school his workout routines became more rigorous, his work ethic more entrenched and his goals grew seemingly exponentially. But playing at Raytown High School had its distractions, LaVance said. “I never even thought I was going to make it to college, he said. “It wasn’t because my talent (but) my situation I was in.” The star’s friends tugged at LaVance to join them in passing blunts and boosting department store merchandise – some of the milder illegal activities his crew took part in. Tempted, if only to fit in with Raytown’s roughneck crowd, Taylor shied away. He feared being caught or arrested, either of which would result in termination from the high school football team. “I got a lot of friends that do a lot of crazy stuff,” he said. “I could say that football saved my life. ... I loved (football) so much that I would do anything to keep playing.” By staying away from the law, working harder than any of his teammates and loving so passionately the gridiron, LaVance busted out with the Raytown Bluejays. LaVance set the school’s single-season rushing record as a senior and was a third-team All-State selection, despite his squad losing to crosstown rival Raytown South in the Class 5, District 10 Tournament in 2010. “I hate Ray South still more than I hate Northwest (Missouri),” he said. “They beat us every year.” Central Missouri’s coaching staff plucked LaVance from Raytown in the spring and he immediately had an impact. Taylor, who cried tears of joy upon stepping onto Kennedy Field for the first time, led the pass-heavy Mules with 630 rushing yards on 99 carries. He bettered his numbers in each of the following seasons and finished his career second among Central Missouri running backs with 3,941 rushing yards. “It’s a luxury as a coach when your best players also happen to be your hardest workers,” Svoboda said. “It’s no accident that he leaves this program so highly decorated and having rewritten the record book. Svoboda and LaVance went through the signing process as a team. “He wanted me to make the best decision possible for me and my family,” LaVance said. “He was there the whole time.” The Redblacks begin its preseason slate against Hamilton in early June. Prior to seeing playing time, LaVance said he expects to be the low man on the totem pole, but also said he understands his role as a rookie. “You’re right back at the bottom,” he said. “I’m going to take that mindset in there and learn as much as I can.” LaVance said he spoke with Redblacks offensive coordinator Jordan Maksymic, who said LaVance will primarily be spotted as a scat back and slot receiver, something he’s familiar with. The Canadian game, however, has its quirks, primarily with four major differences from American football: 12-man teams, wider and longer fields, no motion penalties and three offensive chances. And no golden cleats. “Other than that, when I go watch film it looks the same to me,” LaVance said. “It’s not as crazy as I thought it was.” Ottawa’s three-day minicamp is set for April 27. “I’m about to go up there, have my nose to the grind and really get after it,” he said. I’m my biggest critic. I feel like I’m the best.” ——— ©2015 The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) Visit The Daily Star-Journal (Warrensburg, Mo.) at www.dailystarjournal.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000046469,t000040517,t000003183,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164
Good morning! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email email@example.com. Jamie Stengle is on the desk after 6 a.m.A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change....
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Associated Press | Mar 20, 2015Good morning! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Jamie Stengle is on the desk after 6 a.m. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. TOP STORY: TEXAS-HIGH SCHOOL STEROIDS AUSTIN, Texas — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroids testing program over fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow. But almost no one did. And after spending $10 million testing more than 63,000 students to catch just a handful of cheaters, Texas lawmakers appear likely to defund the program this summer. If they do, New Jersey and Illinois will have the only statewide high school steroids testing programs left. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 1100 words, photos by 6 a.m. Moving on general and sports news services. STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. At a court hearing in Brownsville, a Justice Department attorney apologized to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen for any confusion after the U.S. government revealed 100,000 individuals were granted three-year reprieves before the injunction. Hanen didn't seem to buy the explanation, saying the three-year reprieves were part of the contested action. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 600 words, photos. GOP 2016-PERRY-IOWA WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry touted his record of tax cuts and job creation during a return trip to Iowa. The Republican appeared at an event sponsored by a county GOP organization held in suburban Des Moines. He told the more than 50 people gathered in a hotel conference room that wage growth has slowed over the past decade and argued that lowering taxes, limiting business regulation and improving educational attainment would help reverse that trend. SENT: 270 words. MEXICAN CARAVAN AUSTIN, Texas — A man who escaped death because he didn't fit in vehicles used to abduct his fellow students in Mexico met with lawmakers in Austin to raise awareness about the case. Omar Garcia Velasquez told state senators he was among 50 students stopped by police in the southern, violence-torn state of Guerrero last September. By Eva Ruth Moravec. SENT: 410 words, photos. Also: — BORDER SECURITY — Plans to hire hundreds of new state troopers for the Texas-Mexico border is part of a sweeping border security measure that has cleared the state House. — CAPITOL ALMANAC — Highlights from around the Texas Capitol. SENT: 690 words. AROUND THE STATE & NATION: POLICE SHOOTINGS-MENTALLY ILL DALLAS — A fatal shooting last year by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of a homeless man with a history of schizophrenia triggered large demonstrations. A month later, Milwaukee police shot a mentally ill man 14 times. In Dallas, a person with mental health problems that included bipolar disorder was killed by officers responding to a disturbance call, while another was seriously wounded in a separate shooting. By David Warren. SENT: 700 words, photos. SXSW-MOTHER & SON DUO AUSTIN, Texas — Even though Madisen Ward is in a band with his mother, when the duo performs onstage he sees her as something else: a musician. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear consist of 26-year-old Madisen and his mother, Ruth. The duo has been building buzz at coffee houses for nearly six years in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri with their striking, folk-roots sound. It led to a recording contact, signed in October, with Glassnote Records — the home label to Mumford & Sons and Phoenix. They've already performed on "Late Show with David Letterman" and will release their debut album on May 19. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 500 words, photos. AUSTIN-WHITE PEOPLE STICKERS AUSTIN, Texas — Employees at several businesses in Austin have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. SENT: 300 words, photos. YELLOWSTONE SPILL-EXXON PENALTY BILLINGS, Mont. — Exxon Mobil Corp. has completed $1.3 million in environmental projects as part of its settlement of water-pollution violations from a 2011 pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River, state regulators announced. SENT: 190 words. CONSTITUTION PIPELINE SCRANTON, Pa. — The companies backing a 124-mile pipeline designed to ferry cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas to New York and New England can build across seven northeastern Pennsylvania properties whose owners had not agreed to it, a judge ruled. The lead partners in the Constitution Pipeline are Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners LP and Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. SENT: 330 words. IN BRIEF: — OBIT-OLDEST FEMALE VETERAN — The nation's oldest female military veteran is dead. She was 108. SENT: 130 words. — FERAL SWINE — A Broken Bow man has been arrested and charged with illegally transporting 117 feral swine from Texas to Oklahoma. SENT: 130 words. — TUBERCULOSIS EXPOSURE-TEXAS — Health officials say they found no active tuberculosis cases among infants possibly exposed to a TB-infected El Paso hospital worker. SENT: 130 words. — GRADUATION RATES — Federal figures show that Texas had the nation's highest high school graduation rate for black and Hispanic students in 2013. SENT: 130 words. — ILLEGAL BUTTOCKS INJECTIONS — Dallas police have issued arrest warrants for two people accused of providing illegal buttocks injections. SENT: 130 words. — KIDNAPPED CLERK — A clerk abducted from a Central Texas gas station who was found in the Fort Worth area is in critical condition. SENT: 130 words. — GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices in Texas have dropped two cents this week for an average of $2.23. SENT: 130 words. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to email@example.com. 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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 5 pm, TX
Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email email@example.com. Terry Wallace is on the desk. A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central. TEXAS-HIGH SCHOOL STEROIDS AUSTIN, Texas — When Texas officials launched a massive public high school steroids testing program amid fears of rampant doping from the football fields to the tennis courts, they promised a model program for the rest of the country to follow. But almost no one did. And after $10 million spent testing more than 63,000 students caught just a handful of cheaters, Texas lawmakers appear likely to defund the program this summer. If they do, New Jersey and Illinois will have the only statewide high school steroids testing programs in the country. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 1100 words, photos by 6 a.m. — UPDATES Immigration Lawsuit. — UPDATES Police Shootings-Mentally Ill. — UPDATES Mexican Caravan. — ADDS South Dakota Polygamists. — ADDS Tuberculosis Exposure-Texas. — ADDS Graduation Rates. — ADDS Kidnapped Clerk. — UPDATES North Texas-Teens-Car Chase. — ADDS SXSW-Mother & Son Duo. — ADDS Yellowstone Spill-Exxon Penalty. — ADDS Gas Prices. TOP STORY: IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. At a court hearing Thursday in Brownsville, a Justice Department attorney apologized to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen for any confusion after the U.S. government revealed 100,000 individuals were granted three-year reprieves before the injunction. Hanen didn't seem to buy the explanation, saying the three-year reprieves were part of the contested action. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. POLICE SHOOTINGS-MENTALLY ILL DALLAS — A fatal shooting last year by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of a homeless man with a history of schizophrenia triggered large demonstrations. A month later, Milwaukee police shot a mentally ill man 14 times. In Dallas, a person with mental health problems that included bipolar disorder was killed by officers responding to a disturbance call, while another was seriously wounded in a separate shooting. By David Warren. SENT: 700 words, photos. STATE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: MEXICAN CARAVAN AUSTIN, Texas — A man who escaped death because he didn't fit in vehicles used to abduct his fellow students in Mexico met with lawmakers in Austin Thursday to raise awareness about the case. Omar Garcia Velasquez told state senators Thursday he was among 50 students stopped by police in the southern, violence-torn state of Guerrero last September. By Eva Ruth Moravec. SENT: 410 words, photos. Also: — BORDER SECURITY — Plans to hire hundreds of new state troopers for the Texas-Mexico border is part of a sweeping border security measure that has cleared the state House. — GUNS ON CAMPUS — The Texas Senate has given final approval to a proposal allowing people with proper licenses to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. Thursday's 20-11 party line vote came one day after senators spent hours debating and preliminarily passing the bill. It now heads to the GOP-controlled House. SENT: 130 words. AROUND THE STATE & NATION: REAL ESTATE HEIR-UNSOLVED MURDER HOUSTON — A document examiner's erroneous handwriting analysis 14 years ago delayed authorities in linking millionaire Robert Durst to a friend's death until after he was accused of killing someone else, according to a search warrant. Durst, a member of a wealthy New York real estate family, was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend and charged with murder in California for the December 2000 shooting death of Susan Berman. By Juan A. Lozano and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 750 words, photos. FRATS UNDER FIRE Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of "Animal House." Despite a major national push to reduce drinking and sexual assault on campus and increase diversity, some fraternity chapters have failed to clean up their acts. Universities and the fraternities' national offices are quickly punishing the offenders amid more promises of reform. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 980 words, photos. SOUTH DAKOTA POLYGAMISTS SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The brother of a polygamous sect leader imprisoned in Texas wants to double the amount of water available to the group's compound in South Dakota, prompting concern by neighbors and law enforcement about a possible influx of members being displaced from an enclave on the Utah-Arizona border. By Kevin Burbach and Brady McCombs. SENT: 850 words, photos. AUSTIN-WHITE PEOPLE STICKERS AUSTIN, Texas — Employees at several businesses in Austin have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. SENT: 300 words, photos. IN BRIEF: — TUBERCULOSIS EXPOSURE-TEXAS — Health officials say they found no active tuberculosis cases among infants possibly exposed to a TB-infected El Paso hospital worker. SENT: 130 words. — GRADUATION RATES — Federal figures show that Texas had the nation's highest high school graduation rate for black and Hispanic students in 2013. SENT: 130 words. — ILLEGAL BUTTOCKS INJECTIONS — Dallas police have issued arrest warrants for two people accused of providing illegal buttocks injections. SENT: 130 words. — KIDNAPPED CLERK — A clerk abducted from a Central Texas gas station who was found in the Fort Worth area is in critical condition. SENT: 130 words. — TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — A 30-year-old Fort Worth man on death row for an assistant manager's slaying during a robbery at an amusement center more than eight years ago has lost a federal court appeal. SENT: 130 words. — SAME-SEX BENEFITS-LAWSUIT — The Texas attorney general is suing the federal labor department over a plan that would extend family and medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples. SENT: 130 words. — MURDER-SUICIDE-BEXAR COUNTY — The Bexar (bayr) County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide and the stabbing of a teenager. SENT: 130 words. — GROUP HOME KILLING — Police say a man is charged with murder in the death of another man who lived in the same north Austin group home. SENT: 130 words. — COCAINE SEIZED — The Texas Department of Public Safety says state troopers have seized about $2.1 million worth of cocaine during a traffic stop near Jarrell. SENT: 130 words. — NORTH TEXAS-TEENS-CAR CHASE — Police say five people were injured after the pickup they were traveling in wrecked as they chased a group of people in a sedan in North Texas. SENT: 130 words. — SHERIFF'S DEPUTY-INJURED — A Harris County sheriff's deputy was injured in a crash while heading to an area where officials were chasing a suspected car thief. SENT: 130 words. ENTERTAINMENT: SXSW-MOTHER & SON DUO AUSTIN, Texas — Even though Madisen Ward is in a band with his mother, when the duo performs onstage he sees her as something else: a musician. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear consist of 26-year-old Madisen and his mother, Ruth. The duo has been building buzz at coffee houses for nearly six years in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri with their striking, folk-roots sound. It led to a recording contact, signed in October, with Glassnote Records — the home label to Mumford & Sons and Phoenix. They've already performed on "Late Show with David Letterman" and will release their debut album on May 19. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 500 words, photos. SXSW-IGGY AZALEA AUSTIN, Texas — Missing Iggy Azalea on social media? You may have to get used to it. The rapper, who has spent the last week off of Twitter and Instagram, said she may not return to the popular networks. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 560 words, photos. BUSINESS: — YELLOWSTONE SPILL-EXXON PENALTY — Exxon Mobil Corp. has completed $1.3 million in environmental projects as part of its settlement of water pollution violations from a 2011 pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River. SENT: 130 words. — GAS PRICES — Retail gasoline prices in Texas have dropped two cents this week for an average of $2.23. SENT: 130 words. SPORTS REFER: SMU-UCLA LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bryce Alford made four 3-pointers in the final 3:40, his last on a rare goaltending call with 13 seconds remaining, to push 11th-seeded UCLA to a 60-59 upset of sixth-seeded SMU on Thursday in the teams' NCAA opener. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING. 600 words. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday:___BUFFALO MOJOOne thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia.Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52."It's like have you seen...
Notes and tidbits from around the NCAA Tournament
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015Notes and tales from around the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ BUFFALO MOJO One thing is for certain about Buffalo coming into the NCAA Tournament: There is no reason for the Bulls to be intimidated by any opponent, including fifth-seeded West Virginia. Buffalo played at Kentucky in its second regular-season game and led the Wildcats 38-33 at half before losing 71-52. "It's like have you seen "Space Jam?" Buffalo's Xavier Ford said. "It's like playing against the Monstars." Beating Kentucky for a half didn't provide the Bulls a blueprint for finishing the job. "You got to do everything right against a team like that," Ford said. "No mistakes It's basketball. Any team could get beat on any given night. But a team like that you would have to be doing everything right. I don't know if anybody can answer that question." The Bulls also played at Wisconsin, and led at the half before losing by 12. "We feel like we played the best of the best," Shannon Evans said. "So going into this tournament, we know that we can hang with the best." — Ralph D. Russo ___ CAMEROON TO LAS CRUCES It was only three years ago that Pascal Siakam got serious about basketball, and now he's the second-leading scorer for New Mexico State and the Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year. The native of Douala, Cameroon, thought his future was in soccer until he attended a basketball camp on a lark. Turns out he was a natural, so he dropped soccer and turned his focus to basketball. In 2012, he moved to the United States to attend God's Academy near Dallas, where he played organized ball for the first time. "I was OK," Siakam said Thursday. "It wasn't something real serious. I was playing to have fun, and it gave me an opportunity to come to the United States and continue my education, so I just took it." Siakam knew he could get his education paid for if he were good enough at basketball. His brother James played basketball at Vanderbilt until last year. Pascal has a bright future. The 6-foot-9 forward averages 13 points, a team-best 7.7 rebounds and is one of the top big men in Division I in shooting, at 57.7 percent. "I didn't have a lot of offers," he said. "A lot of people didn't know about me. New Mexico State came, and it's been a great fit for me. There are a lot of international students there, and I felt it could be good for me." — Eric Olson ___ WELCOME HOME, DAMON Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire came home for the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener. Stoudamire was born Portland and was a standout at Wilson High School before playing for Arizona from 1991-95. He spent eight seasons playing for the Portland Trail Blazers as a pro. Arizona senior guard T.J. McConnell credited Stoudamire, coach Sean Miller and his father with making him into the point guard he is. "I'm the luckiest guy to have him as a coach," McConnell said about Stoudamire. "Glad we have a chance to let him come back home." The second-seeded Wildcats faced No. 15 seed Texas Southern at the Moda Center, which is the Trail Blazers' home court. — Anne M. Peterson. ___ INJURED RAM Virginia Commonwealth standout guard Briante Weber is not letting a season-ending knee injury stop him from being part of the NCAA Tournament. Weber was as active as anybody during the Rams' practice at Portland's Moda Center a day before seventh-seeded VCU faced No. 10 seed Ohio State in the round of 64. He broke down team huddles and hobbled around the court on crutches, talking to coaches and giving teammates advice. The senior suffered a season-ending right knee injury in a loss to Richmond on Jan. 31, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Even without the face of its havoc-causing defense, VCU got hot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and beat Dayton in the title game. The Rams dedicated the championship to their injured leader, who helped cut down the nets during an emotional celebration. Despite his injury, Weber wants to do everything he can to give his team a lift. "It's not easy. There's days where I get down and want to just think about myself," Weber said. "It's definitely bigger than me right now." — Antonio Gonzalez. ___ BO AND BRACKETS Bo Ryan clearly knows basketball. On Tuesday, he was named one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award. Don't, however, ask the Wisconsin coach for help filling out your bracket. First off, he's busy getting the top-seeded Badgers ready for their first NCAA tournament game on Friday night against Coastal Carolina. He wouldn't have much in the way of valuable advice, either. "Have I been asked? Yeah, I've had people ask, but I tell them to just talk to the secretary at the office that won it four of the last five years," Ryan said Tuesday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. "She's better at it then all these experts." Ryan did admit to having students in a class on basketball he once taught at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville fill out brackets "for bragging rights." Ryan would grade them and tell them who won. But he's never filled out a bracket or doled out any serious guidance. "Some people did, like it was a Catholic school, 'Oh, they're going to win.' If it was an animal — a nice cute animal — they were going to pick that team. And those people have won." — Genaro C. Armas. ___ TOURNAMENT POLITICS Everyone knows that politics can be every bit as cutthroat as sports. When you combine the two? Well, you get the spat between New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Kansas counterpart Derek Schmidt that erupted this week. Balderas brazenly predicted that New Mexico State, the No. 15 seed in the Midwest, would not only knock off second-seeded Kansas in its tournament opener Friday, but then beat seventh-seeded Wichita State — another school from the Sunflower State — to reach the Sweet 16. The Shockers play No. 10 seed Indiana in another second-round game in Omaha, Nebraska. That certainly didn't go over well with Schmidt, who graduated from tradition-rich Kansas. Schmidt called the prediction "baseless" and said that Balderas has much to learn since taking office in January. "As a new attorney general, Mr. Balderas clearly has much to learn about Kansas basketball," Schmidt said. "I wish him all the best in pondering these philosophical matters at length during the free time he will have next week after his team has departed the tournament." — Dave Skretta. ___ HOBBLED GEORGIA Kenny Gaines sat at his locker, his left foot bundled up in a heating pad and warm towels. Yes, the injury bug that plagued Georgia much of the season has followed the Bulldogs to Charlotte for the NCAA Tournament. Gaines sprained the foot in practice and missed the regular-season finale against Auburn. He returned to the lineup against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, only to re-aggravate the injury and miss the semifinal loss to Arkansas. He said he's day to day, and it's unclear how effective he'll be if he plays Friday in the East Region opener against Michigan State. "It's just something that comes with the game," Gaines said. "I mean, it is what it is. You've just got to play through it. We've got a couple of more weeks in the season and I'll be able to find a little rest." Coach Mark Fox said Gaines had treatment when the team arrived at the hotel Wednesday night, then again before breakfast and once more by trying to keep the foot warm before Thursday's practice. Gaines looked OK while shooting with the team at the end of practice, working on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and one-dribble pull-ups. His status will depend on how his foot responds, though Fox said he expected Gaines would be able to play. Gaines is the team's No. 2 scorer at 11.6 points per game. He's had a bumpy year that included missing much of the preseason due to illness, then suffering a shoulder injury in December that fortunately coincided with a two-week break and didn't keep him out of any games. In all, regular starters have combined for 20 missed games due to injury this year. "I feel like one of these days," Gaines said, "things will turn around for us." — Aaron Beard. ___ BYRDS OF A FEATHER Belmont Bruins coach Rick Byrd's father, Ben, was a former sportswriter whose career helped shape his life — eventually leading to him becoming a basketball coach. Ben Byrd worked for the Knoxville Journal as a beat writer covering Tennessee basketball and SEC football, and he'd regularly bring young Rick to college basketball and football games. As a young boy, Rick would eat it up. He'd sell programs before Tennessee men's basketball games and then scramble just before tipoff to find a seat under the press table by his father's feet, where he would settle in to watch games. "I would go sit under my dad on the edge of the court and watch great basketball games with Adolph Rupp's Kentucky teams and Pete Maravich and that kind of stuff," Byrd said. "I have to give him credit — or blame — for what I ended up doing." — Steve Reed.
Mar 9, 2015
OSU lost its starting tailback from last season and added three assistants with strong influence on the run game in 2015
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys open spring football with retooled run game
By Kyle Fredrickson | Mar 9, 2015STILLWATER — The first day of Oklahoma State spring football practice was met with light rain and heavy optimism. Still riding the momentum of Bedlam and Cactus Bowl victories, the Cowboys return a wealth of experience across the roster. OSU must replace just 19 lettermen from a year ago — a stark contrast from the 33 lettermen lost entering the 2014 season. With sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph in the lead, OSU will feature 11 additional returning starters on offense to go along with eight on defense. But any way you slice it, there’s one area of uncertainty that stands alone this spring: the Cowboys’ retooled run game. Starting tailback back Desmond Roland fulfilled his eligibility and three of OSU’s four new assistant coaches — Marcus Arroyo (running backs), Greg Adkins (offensive line) and Jason McEndoo (tight ends/fullbacks) — are tasked with finding and developing the right pieces to make the Cowboy rushing attack flourish. In 2014, OSU ranked No. 102 in rush yards per game: 136.62. For coach Mike Gundy, improvement starts up front. “In all positions, other than offensive line, I’m really comfortable with our football team,” Gundy said. The good news for Adkins, OSU’s third offensive line coach in three years, is there are a plethora of options. Of the 13 offensive linemen on the spring roster, five made at least one start last season. And two transfers — Brandon Pertile (Mesa CC, Ariz.) and Victor Salako (UAB) — also enter the mix. But a new coach doesn’t play favorites. Consider spring an open tryout. “I’m ultimately in charge of putting the best five football players on the field at that position,” Adkins said. “Regardless of what they’ve done in the past, what they have done in high school or whatever it might be.” McEndoo joins the Cowboys’ staff after 12 seasons as the offensive line coach at Montana State. That expertise will be key in Stillwater, as McEndoo says he’ll work “hand-in-hand” with Adkins. “One of the things Coach Gundy wants here is to be able to run the ball,” McEndoo said. “Tight ends are going to be an intricate part of that, and fullbacks, also.” Now, to a bigger question: Who carries the ball? Junior Rennie Childs is the springtime frontrunner. As the third option behind Roland and since-dismissed Tyreek Hill last season, Childs tallied 78 carries, 314 rushing yards and three touchdowns. “Rennie has a choice now to step up,” Gundy said. “He’s got to make those plays. We have to trust him to carry the ball 20 times a game. He has to be physical. He has to be reliable. And he’s going to have every opportunity to take that.” But the OSU run game will need more than one featured tailback. The spring contenders include junior Raymond Taylor (a walk-on from Kansas State who carried the ball 18 times last season), redshirt freshman Sione Palelei (a Louisiana native who returns from a season-ending injury) and first-year transfer Todd Mays (E. Mississippi JC). The Cowboys must wait until summer workouts for 2015 signees Chris Carson (Butler CC, Kan.) and Jeff Carr (Temple HS, Texas) to arrive on campus. It’s up to Arroyo, one-year removed from calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to put the right parts in place. “I have not coached running backs specifically at any time,” Arroyo said, “and I’m more excited about it than probably anything.” Arroyo certainly did his homework before arriving in Stillwater. In discussing the rich history of OSU running backs, he rattled off the names of Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Dantrell Savage, Kendall Hunter — and even Bob Fenimore. “This is Tailback-U,” Arroyo said. “And to get back to those 2,000-yard categories and 35 touchdowns, that’s where we’re headed.”
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Approximately every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, from leukemia to lymphoma to myeloma. Last year, those diagnoses totaled 156,420.This year, one of the first to be diagnosed was Alex Talbott, a native of Webb City, Missouri, who had everything going for him: He was a talented athlete and always on the honor roll in...
Nursing students conduct bone marrow registry in honor of Webb City, PSU grad
Andra Bryan Stefanoni, Associated Press | Mar 6, 2015PITTSBURG, Kan. — Approximately every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, from leukemia to lymphoma to myeloma. Last year, those diagnoses totaled 156,420. This year, one of the first to be diagnosed was Alex Talbott, a native of Webb City, Missouri, who had everything going for him: He was a talented athlete and always on the honor roll in high school. Likewise, when Talbott attended Pittsburg State University, he was active in football, track and honor organizations while completing a bachelor’s in 2010 and a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology in 2012. Today, he’s a third-year student in the Dentistry School at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, but the acute form of leukemia he’s battling has taken him out of school while he undergoes intensive treatments. Should a bone marrow match be found via the international bone marrow registry, it could be life-saving. It was this thought that inspired members of PSU’s chapter of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students on Thursday during their bone marrow registry drive in the Overman Student Center. The drive was held in Talbott’s honor. He’s the brother-in-law of senior nursing student Kylie Kunshek, and Talbott’s wife, Jamie Kunshek Talbott, is a graduate of the nursing program and has returned to campus to speak about her career. “I think doing it in Alex’s honor provides a personal connection," said Jennifer Martin, a senior from Pittsburg and one of the event's organizers. "I also think it helps us reinforce that it doesn’t have to be a relative who is a match for him, or for anyone. “There are a lot of misconceptions about bone marrow. I think most people think a relative is your best chance for a match. That’s actually not true; 70 percent of the time you need a non-family member to match. “Also, a lot of people don’t know that you can give bone marrow without actually taking it from your bones. They give you a medicine that helps your body produce stem cells, and then they will draw your blood, pull out those stem cells, and give you the rest of your blood back.” Joining the registry takes about five minutes: a few minutes to fill out a form, 30 seconds to rinse your mouth and then 30 seconds to swab the inside of each cheek to capture cells to test. One PSU student, Wichita freshman Britta Hess, stopped by the drive Thursday but didn’t need to register; she had done so last year at the urging of a friend. A few months later, she was found to be a match to a 6-year-old with leukemia and in February was flown to Washington, D.C., to donate bone marrow. While Hess concedes that the surgical procedure she underwent, which involved using needles to extract the marrow, was not without some pain, she said she’s happy she registered and donated. “It’s really cool to know you gave someone a second chance at life,” she said. “It’s really so much simpler than people think. I had pain for a few days, but she has life.” It’s the third year the nursing students have held such a drive; last year they registered 100. On Thursday, they registered 60. They’ll hold one more drive on March 10 in the Weede Physical Education Building from noon to 2 p.m. so that friends, acquaintances and former co-workers of Talbott’s can register. “For lots of people with blood cancer, a bone marrow transplant is their only option,” Martin said. Details: Kate Overman, Jennifer Martin or Barb McClaskey, 620-235-4443. Just one project KANS adviser Barb McClaskey said the bone marrow registry is just the latest in a long list of community service projects the students have organized in recent months. Those range from providing first aid at the Special Olympics basketball tournament to teaching elementary school students good hand-washing techniques to teaching sorority members about breast cancer detection and fraternity members about testicular cancer. ——— ©2015 The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) Visit The Joplin Globe (Joplin, Mo.) at www.joplinglobe.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000002832,t000002828,t000002827,t000412858,t000171279,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634
Imagine March Madness without the usual fab freshmen.No Karl-Anthony Towns leading unbeaten Kentucky. No Jahlil Okafor acting as Duke's double-double machine. Kansas unable to count on Kelly Oubre and Devonte Graham, who helped the Jayhawks clinch their 11th straight Big 12 men's basketball title on Tuesday.Myles Turner? He might be the star of the Longhorns' junior varsity.It sounds...
A freshman freeze: Far-fetched or fair game?
Kevin Lyttle, Associated Press | Mar 5, 2015Imagine March Madness without the usual fab freshmen. No Karl-Anthony Towns leading unbeaten Kentucky. No Jahlil Okafor acting as Duke's double-double machine. Kansas unable to count on Kelly Oubre and Devonte Graham, who helped the Jayhawks clinch their 11th straight Big 12 men's basketball title on Tuesday. Myles Turner? He might be the star of the Longhorns' junior varsity. It sounds far-fetched to turn back the clock to 1971, when freshmen were ineligible for varsity college teams, but several conference commissioners, including the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby, have said the concept needs to be considered for some sports. The idea is that freshmen would better adapt academically and socially to college life if they weren't immediately thrown into Division I athletics. There is pressure from outside to consider reforms, too. A recent lawsuit brought against the NCAA and North Carolina questions how much of an education athletes in high-profile sports actually are receiving. "I think freshman ineligibility would have a profoundly positive effect on men's basketball and football because it would ease the transition from high school," Bowlsby said. "We need a robust debate on the issue, and I think we should consider it any way we can." Commissioners from the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC said freshman ineligibility has strong merits, but SEC commissioner Mike Slive isn't buying it. "Many student athletes come to college prepared both academically and athletically, and to penalize them with a universal policy may create unintended consequences," Slive told reporters Monday. Many Big 12 basketball coaches agree with the SEC boss. "If you're a good student, your field is music and you're considered one of the great vocalists of your era, why should you be held back from it for a year?" said Texas' Rick Barnes. "In basketball and football, the time for earning income is up front in your life. I've watched kids do it, leave after their freshman season, make good money and be set up for life. Look at Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge." Barnes questioned whether there should be a blanket rule on freshman eligibility because "academic time-management issues are not confined to sports but other activities, too." West Virginia's Bob Huggins pondered other issues. "You'd need to have a freshman or JV team like we did back in the day," he said. "Those cost money. Obviously you'd need more scholarships. We had 18 back then, we have 13 now. Then you'd need more women's scholarships for gender equity. "You'd have travel expenses for the freshman team. Would we play local colleges like Pitt and Duquesne or would we take nine Big 12 trips? We're probably not going to charter (flights for) those. Can you imagine the number of classes they'd miss?" The freshman eligibility issue will be addressed at least partially, Kansas coach Bill Self noted, because academic redshirt years are on the way. In 2016, the NCAA is stiffening eligibility standards for all athletes, including freshmen. The minimum high-school GPA bumps up from 2.0 to 2.3. Early academic progress in core courses also will be emphasized. The changes could result in many athletes sitting out their freshman year while they get their classroom work in order. "I understand the argument about freshmen getting a year under their belts to figure out college," Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg said, "but we've been throwing more and more resources into tutors, academic counselors and getting kids on campus early." Lon Kruger of Oklahoma echoed other coaches who said they can't picture freshmen sitting out. "Guys come in more ready than ever, and I don't know that you take away from them the one thing they love most," he said. "On the whole issue, I just think it would be hard to turn back the clock." ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000008060,t000008056,t000003183