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ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONSMENEDRICE "BAM" ADEBAYO, High Point Christian, PF/C, Sr., 6-10 — See player of the year nominations.THOMAS ALLEN, Garner, PG, Jr., 6-2 — Averaged 21.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 5.6 assists. Helped team go 29-3, with two losses coming to 4-A finalist Cary and the other to 3-A finalist Fayetteville Sanford. Was leading scorer (17.5 points) as starter on 2015...
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Associated Press | Apr 4, 2016ALL-STATE TEAM NOMINATIONS MEN EDRICE "BAM" ADEBAYO, High Point Christian, PF/C, Sr., 6-10 — See player of the year nominations. THOMAS ALLEN, Garner, PG, Jr., 6-2 — Averaged 21.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 5.6 assists. Helped team go 29-3, with two losses coming to 4-A finalist Cary and the other to 3-A finalist Fayetteville Sanford. Was leading scorer (17.5 points) as starter on 2015 state champion. Conference player of the year. Second-team all-state pick by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Drawing high-major Division I interest. PATRICK AUSTIN, Mt. Holly Mountain Island Charter, G/F, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds. Led team with 15 double-doubles. LAVAR BATTS JR, Concord Robinson, G, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 20.7 points and broke the school career scoring record of 1,501 points. All-district first-team pick. Three-time all-conference first-team pick, twice in the MECKA 4-A and one year in the SPC. MVP of the 3-A title game after leading team to win against Fayetteville Sanford. N.C. Basketball Coaches Assocaition first-team all-state pick. Conference player of the year. RECHON "LEAKY" BLACK, Concord, PG, So., 6-7 — Averaged 14 points, seven assists, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Led team to 23-5 record. All-conference and all-district pick. Regarded as the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 and ranked in the top 20 nationally. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Committed to UNC. DAXTON BOSTIAN, Morganton Patton, G, Sr., 5-9 — Averaged 19.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals. Helped team set single-season marks for wins and league wins. All-conference pick. All-county first-team pick. All-district third team pick. Milligan College recruit. KYRAN BOWMAN, Havelock, G, Sr., 6-2 — See player of the year nominations. IAN BOYD, Apex, G, Sr., 6-3 — See player of the year nominations. JONAS BRADSHAW, East Burke, G, Sr., 5-7 — Averaged 19 points, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game to lead 21-win team. Conference and county player of the year. All-district first-team pick. Has multiple Division II offers. JOSH BRODOWICZ, Charlotte Catholic, PG, Sr., 5-9 — Two-time all-conference pick and league player of the year. Second-team all-district pick. MVP of the 4-A final with 11 points, three rebounds, three steals. Had 30 turnovers for the season for team that finished 32-1. Led team to comeback from 19 down against Garner to win first state title. MAC BRYDON, Matthews Carmel Christian, C, Sr., 6-10 — Averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds. All-conference pick. JAMARIUS BURTON, Charlotte Berry, G/F, So., 6-4 — Averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. All-conference pick. Runner-up for conference player of the year. Led team to 21-8 record and second place in league. MYRON CARMON, Goldsboro, G, Sr., 5-9 — Averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 assists. Shot 81 percent from the foul line. Made 68 3-pointers this year to set a program single-season high. Finished with 1,385 career points. Four-time all-conference and two-time all-district pick. Led team to 24 wins, the most since a 2010 run to the 1-A title game. Helped team to share of conference regular-season title, the program's first since 2010. BRETT CARTER, Huntersville Southlake Christian, SG, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Had 10 20-point games with a 26-point game against Greensboro Day and 30 against Concord First Assembly. Two-time all-conference pick. TREY CARVER, Elizabeth City Northeastern, Sr., 6-5, 230 — Averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds. Career 1,000-point scorer. Led team to 27-3 record that included an unbeaten run to the conference regular-season and tournament titles. Team reached 2-A regional final in its first regional final since 1990. Area player of the year for the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City. Conference player of the year. All-district pick. Four-time all-area pick. Committed to Hampton. ZACH COTTRELL, Hayesville, G, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Four-time conference player of the year. N.C. Basketball Coaches all-state third-team selection. Set school record with 1,938 career points. Carolinas All-Star Classic selection. Appalachian State recruit. TANNER DILLINGHAM, McDowell County, F, Jr., 6-7 — Averaged team-high 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. All-conference pick who also shot 55 percent from the field, 78 percent from the line and 40 percent from 3-point range. TERRON DIXON, Matthews Queen's Grant, G/F, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 18 points and seven rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. MVP of Wake Christian Bulldog Classic. Team MVP for KSA Events Holiday Tournament. Has 852 points in three seasons. DEVON DOTSON, Charlotte Providence Day, PG, So., 6-1 — Averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals for team with five double-figure scorers. All-conference pick. NCISAA all-state pick. Shot 56 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line. Considered a top-3 player in the state for the 2018 class. Has offers from ACC and SEC schools. HAYDEN DUGGINS, East Lincoln, G, Sr., 6-4 — Averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals. Helped team reach 2-A NCHSAA final. All-conference and all-district pick. Set school record by shooting 48 percent from 3-point range and is the school's No. 5 all-time scorer. ACCHEAUS FIELDS, New Hanover County, F, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals. Helped team go 24-6 overall as 12-0 in league play. Team reached fourth round of 4-A playoffs. Conference player of the year. All-area player of the year by the StarNews of Wilmington. JOHN FULKERSON, Arden Christ School, F, Sr., 6-8 — Averaged 14.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.5 blocks. Shot 68.3 percent from the floor. Broke Duke's Marshall Plumlee's single-season record with 112 blocks. Conference player of the year. NCISAA 3-A all-state pick. Tennessee recruit. CORY GENSLER, Cary, G, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. MALIK GINGLES, Gastonia Ashbrook, G/F, Sr., 6-3 — Led team by averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Helped team reach 3-A final last year and sectional final this year. Seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Helped team win Big South Conference tournament title. Had 33 points in win against rival Gastonia Forestview. Two-time all-conference pick. ALEX GREER, West Wilkes, G, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 31.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals. Had 2,145 career points. DAVRION GRIER, Charlotte Myers Park, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists. Averaged two points per game as a junior but improved significantly to post strong numbers with plenty of consistency. Had at least 20 points in 10 of last 17 games. Scored in double figures for 24 straight games. All-conference pick. Shot 62 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. Urban Builders All Tournament pick. JA'HARI GUTHRIE, Bessemer City, G, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 13.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. All-conference pick. Bud Black/Dennis Tate Christmas Tournament All-Tournament pick. Team captain led team with 10 double-doubles. CAM HAMILTON, Charlotte Vance, PG, Jr., 5-10 — Averaged 20.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.2 rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. Averaged 14 points as a sophomore and increased numbers in every category to help team go from 6-18 last year to 14-13 this year. JAIRUS HAMILTON, Concord Cannon, F, So., 6-8 — Averaged 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals. Shot 46 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the foul line. First-team NCISAA all-state pick, receiving the most votes of any sophomore. All-conference first-team pick. Runner-up for league player of the year. Team's most outstanding performer. Three-time all-tournament pick in national events. Ranked in the top 50 nationally in recruiting. Was named Charlotte Observer player of the night eight times. Has offers from UNC, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Has interest from Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. Has 3.5 GPA. JUSTYN HAMILTON, Charlotte Independence, C, Jr., 6-10 — Averaged 9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. All-conference pick. Invited to participate in the USA Junior National Team Mini-Camp this past fall and will complete the tryout session this June. Ranked 11th in state for 2017 class according to Phenom Hoop Report. Led conference in blocked shots and double-doubles (eight) while his 130 blocks were third in the state. Named Charlotte Observer player of the week multiple times. Has eight Division I offers. TEVIN HEATH, Charlotte Berry, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 10 points and seven rebounds. All-conference pick. Helped team go 21-8 and finish second in the conference. JONATHAN HICKLIN, Charlotte United Faith, G, So., 6-3 — Averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. All-conference pick. ANTHONY HICKS, North Forsyth, G, So., 6-5 — Averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Shot 53 percent from the field. Two-time all-conference pick. MVP of Frank Spencer event. Drawing Division I interest. TY HILL, West Brunswick, G, Sr., 5-11 — Averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 assists and 3.2 steals. Led team to second place in conference race and third round of 3-A playoffs for third straight year. All-conference pick. All-area pick by the StarNews of Wilmington. NATE HINTON, Charlotte Northside Christian, F, So., 6-5 — Averaged 17.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.8 assists. All-conference pick. NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Led team to 21-7 record and 2-A final. ZACH HOBBS, Jacksonville Northside, G, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 19.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals. Shot 54 percent for team that went 23-4 while winning the conference regular-season and tournament titles. Team reached third round of state playoffs. Area player of the year for the Jacksonville Daily News. Shared conference player of the year honor with UNC Wilmington signee Matt Elmore of Dixon. All-district pick. Scored in double figures in every game and had best games against likes of Havelock, Clinton, New Hanover and East Carteret. JOSHUA HOWARD, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 steals. Three-time all-conference pick. Two-time NCISAA all-state pick. Has several Division I and II offers with more showing interest. Led team in scoring in league games at 18 points per game. JAY HUFF, Durham Voyager Academy, C, Sr., 6-11 — See player of the year nominations. JAIDEN HUNT, Cherryville, SG, So., 6-3 — Averaged 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals. High-energy athlete with a lot of potential. Was second on team in scoring and rebounding while leading the team in dunks. IKESTA JOHNSON, Farmville Central, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 15.3 points. Conference player of the year. Had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the 2-A state final. ISAAC JOHNSON, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-8 — Averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals. Shot 56 percent. Second-team all-conference pick. Averaged 16.3 points and shot 71 percent in 10 league games. Has offers from Hampton, St. Francis (Pennsylvania), Campbell and Winthrop with others showing interest. CHRISTIAN JONES, Cherryville, G, Sr., — Averaged 14 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals. Led team in blocked shots. Set school record by drawing 31 charges this season. A team co-captain. PARKER JULIAN, Charlotte Latin, F, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line. Cracked 1,000 career points. Four-year starter and three-time all-conference pick helped team finish second in league and quarterfinals in state tournament. TYRELL KIRK, Whiteville, G, Jr., 6-4 — Averaged 17.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. Helped team finish 17-6 overall and second place in conference. Team reached third round of 1-A playoffs. Conference player of the year. All-area first-team pick by the StarNews of Wilmington. JACK KONSTANZER, Kill Devil Hills First Flight, Sr., 6-1, 175 — Averaged 21.3 points and five rebounds. Career 1,500-point scorer with 240 3-pointers. All-conference pick. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association district player of the year. NCPreps.com all-state pick in 2015. Committed to UNC Greensboro. KAMERON LANGLEY, Southwest Guilford, G/F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 3.2 steals. Maybe the most dynamic, athletic player on a roster loaded with them, helping the Cowboys with the Sheetz Holiday Classic and a share of the conference regular-season title. Helped team reach fourth round of NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. All-area first-team pick for the News & Record of Greensboro. Two-time conference player of the year. Has surpassed 1,000 career points. Drawing interest from Elon, High Point, Maryland-Eastern Shore, N.C. A&T, Richmond, UNC Greensboro and VCU. RAEKWON LONG, Lincolnton, C, Sr., 7-1 — Averaged 16 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. N.C./S.C. all-star game pick. All-conference pick. Committed to Florida International. BJ MACK, Charlotte Catholic, C, Fr., 6-7 — Averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 54 percent. All-conference pick. Third-team all-district pick. Has SEC and ACC offers while being regarded by many as a top-100 prospect. JORDAN MACKENZIE, Concord Robinson, PG, Sr., 6-1 — Averaged 13.7 points, eight assists and two steals. Four-year varsity starter. Four-time all-conference pick, twice each in two different leagues. Finished with more than 1,300 points, 300 assists, 100 steals and 300 rebounds for his career for state champion. CHRIS MARTIN, Charlotte Northside Christian, G, Jr., 6-0 — Averaged 17.4 points, 4.7 steals, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds. All-conference pick. Impact player for 21-7 team that reached NCISAA 2-A final. CALEB MAULDIN, West Rowan, F, So., 6-7 — Averaged 23.5 points and 12 rebounds in strong league. All-conference and all-county pick. Had scoring games of 43, 36 and 39 points. TYLER MAYE, Farmville Central, PG, Jr., 6-3 — Averaged 23.6 points. First-team all-conference pick. Scored 18 of 25 points in fourth quarter of 2-A title game to earn MVP honors. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association second-team all-state pick. QUAN MCCLUNEY, Gaston Day, F, So., 6-5 — Averaged 22.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Helped team reach quarterfinals of NCISAA 2-A tournament. All-conference pick. Has offer from Charlotte. DARIUS MCGHEE, Roxboro Community, PG, 5-9, Jr. — Averaged 36.5 points to rank third in the nation according to MaxPreps, making him the first state player to score 1,000 points in a season (1,057). Set NCHSAA records for most 40-point games in a season (12), most consecutive 40-point games (four) and most 50-point games (four). Also tied record for 30-point games (22). Had a season-high 57 points against Graham River Mill. Also had 50 points against 4-A Raleigh Athens Drive. Had highest per-game scoring average in NCHSAA history. Had 21 30-point games to set an NCHSAA record and also had a game with 14 3-pointers against Raleigh Charter to tie an NCHSAA record. Being recruited by High Point. MYLES MCGREGOR, Charlotte Davidson Day, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 23 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Two-time all-conference and NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Has more than 1,200 points in two seasons. Had games of 37, 38 and 43 points this year. Signed with Presbyterian. TREY MCLEAN, Bessemer City, F, Jr., 6-1 — Averaged 19 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.4 steals. Team captain. Scored 45 points against Cherryville. All-conference pick. Bud Black/Dennis Tate Christmas Tournament MVP. Shot 38 percent from 3-point range with 51 makes on the year. JAYLEN MCMANUS, North Mecklenburg, F, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 dunks per game. Two-year varsity starter. All-conference pick. N.C./S.C. All-Star. First-team all-district pick. Hoop Group All-Star. MVP Leroy Holden Thanksgiving Classic Had more than 1,000 career points. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Has at least 20 Division I offers. JO'VONTAE MILLNER, Burlington Cummings, G/F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 20.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks. Area player of the year by the Burlington Times-News. Led team in scoring, rebounding and assists while shooting 53 percent from the field. After starting as team's center for previous two seasons before moving to the wing to take better advantage of his handling and shooting skills. Has interest from Division I programs including Maryland-Eastern Shore, College of Charleston and VMI. DAVION MINTZ, North Mecklenburg, PG, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. CAYSE MINOR, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor, G, Sr., 6-2 — All-conference pick. Made Frank Spencer event's all-tournament team. Averaged 33 points over his last nine games. MYLES MONROE, Huntersville Southlake Christian, PG, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Two-time all-conference pick. Had 14 double-figure scoring games. Scored 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds with five assists against Charlotte Christian. WENDELL MOORE JR, Concord Cox Mill, F, Fr., 6-6 — Averaged 17.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 blocks. Led team in every statistical category as a 14-year-old freshman. Shot a record 236 free throws, making 83 percent, to go with three 30-point games. Had 13 double-doubles. All-conference and first-team all-district pick. Rated a top-10 national freshman recruit. Has a 4.0 GPA. Has offer from UNC. SHAWN MORRISON JR, Charlotte Grace Academy, PG, Jr., 5-8 — Averaged 26 points, 5.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Shot 51.6 percent from the field. Shot 36.3 percent from 3-point range. Made 85 percent of his free throws. Broke school's single-game record with 46 points to go with 10 assists against Gastonia Victory Christian. Two-time scoring leader and team MVP. Fastest in school history to reach 1,000 points (46 games). CLAY MOUNCE, Mount Airy, SF, Sr., 6-7 — Averaged 25.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.0 blocks. Shot 62 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line. Had six 30-point games. Had 25 double-doubles. Statistically had the best season in program history in a do-it-all year. Conference player of the year. Conference all-tournament pick. Led team to second straight share of conference regular-season title. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association all-state third-team pick. Has 3.8 GPA. Furman signee. JUSTIN MYERS, North Iredell, F, Sr., 6-6 — Averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. MVP of Statesville Record & Landmark Christmas tournament. Conference and county player of the year. EMEKA NWANKWO, Charlotte Metrolina Christian, F, Sr., 6-5 — Averaged 17 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Two-time all-conference pick. NCISAA all-state pick last year. Two-time team MVP. MYLES PIERRE, Matthews Carmel Christian, G, Fr., 6-1 — Averaged 19 points, six rebounds and four steals. Conference regular-season MVP and league tournament MVP. NCISAA 2-A all-state pick. Led team to 23-8 record and 17-0 mark in league play. RAYMON PRATT, Greensboro Smith, G/F, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 21.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Strong, athletic wing who can score on anyone. Helped team win conference tournament and go to NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. All-area first-team pick by the News & Record of Greensboro. Conference player of the year. Committed to N.C. A&T. JORDAN RATLIFFE, Fayetteville Village Christian, G, 5-10 — Averaged 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Led team to first state title in school history in NCISAA 2-A division. Had season highs of 30 and 29 points. Only loss came to Cape Fear region school Fayetteville Sanford, an NCHSAA 3-A finalist. ORLANDO ROBINSON, Matthews Butler, G, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 14 points and 4.2 assists. Shot 83 percent from the foul line. Led team to conference title with 18 points and career-high 11 assists in league tournament. Two-time all-conference pick. Third-team all-district pick. Had 1,301 career points. JALEN SANDERS, North Rowan, G, Sr., 6-0 — Averaged 18 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals. Finished as school's No. 2 career scorer with more than 1,500 points. County and conference player of the year. Carolinas All-Star Classic pick. RYAN SCHWIEGER, Weddington, PG, Jr., 6-6 — Averaged 18 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Shot better than 60 percent from inside the arc. Conference player of the year. Second-team all-district pick. County player of the year. Has chance to break multiple school records entering senior season. Has offer from Presbyterian and interest from roughly 10 other Division I programs. KODY SHUBERT, Lincoln Charter, G, So., 6-0 — Scored 19.7 points, 6.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 steals. Helped team to conference title and 1-A regional final. Has more than 1,000 career points. First-team all-district pick. Conference player of the year. DARION SLADE, West Forsyth — Averaged 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. All-conference pick. Signed to play football and basketball at Campbell. BRUNO SOLOMUN, Forsyth Country Day, F, Sr., 6-9, 215 — Averaged 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. All-conference pick. NCISAA East team pick. DANIEL SPENCER, Concord Robinson, F, Sr., 6-3 — Averaged 17.2 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Two-time all-conference pick for state champions. Named MVP of state final. Scored 22 points with game winning basket in final minute of title game. Has cracked 1,000-point mark. ISAIAH STALLINGS, Fayetteville Sanford, F, Sr., 6-4 — Led team to 3-A final despite losing last year's title-game MVP Mark Gilbert to early graduation to play football at Duke. Averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds while playing for unselfish team that emphasized defense and kept scores low. MVP of Cumberland County Holiday Classic. First team all-conference pick. N.C. Basketball Coaches Association third-team all-state pick. Will attend N.C. State on football scholarship. All-area player of the year for the Fayetteville Observer in football. SAGE SURRATT, East Lincoln, SG, Jr., 6-3 — See player of the year nominations. PATRICK TAPE', Matthews Queen's Grant, F/C, Sr., 6-9 — Averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and four assists. Had 44 double-doubles, seven triple-doubles and two quadruple-doubles with more than 1,000 career points and 900 rebounds. Two-time all-conference pick. Columbia recruit. MARCUS THOMAS, Charlotte Independence, G, Sr., 6-4 — Averaged 19 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists. Shot 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. Made team-best 53 3-pointers. Named player of the week multiple times by the Charlotte Observer. Second-team all-district pick. Conference player of the year and two-time all-conference pick. Past team MVP and all-tournament pick at 2014 East Lincoln Winter Jam and 2015 Cleveland County Holiday Classic. Has offer from Winston-Salem State. Drawing interest from Division I and II programs. ANTHONY TURNER, Morganton Freedom, F, Sr., 6-2 — Averaged 18.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Helped team make push to regionals as a No. 12 seed, winning first two playoff road games in 24 seasons. All-conference pick. All-county first-team pick. All-district second-team pick. TRE' TURNER, Northwest Guilford, G, So., 6-5 — Combo guard averaged 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Has almost unlimited 3-point range and ability to slash to the basket or finish in transition. Helped team win conference tournament title and reach the third round of the NCHSAA 4-A playoffs. Will be News & Record of Greensboro's HSXtra public schools player of the year. All-HAECO Invitational. Also a big-time football recruit at wide receiver and earned all-conference honors in both sports. All-district pick. Has basketball offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore and early interest from Lipscomb, Maryland, N.C. State, Richmond, VCU, Wake Forest and Western Carolina, among others. Also has football offers from Duke, UNC, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia, among others. MALCOLM WADE, Indian Trail Metrolina Christian, PG, So., 6-0 — All-conference pick. Averaged 15 points and three assists. Got to foul line a team-best 183 times. TREY WERTZ, Charlotte Providence Day, G, So., 6-4 — Averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals for team with five double-figure scorers. Shot 51 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range with a school-record 77 3s this year. Had 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in NCISAA 3-A final to lead team to first state title since 1999. Led team in scoring for three of four games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Shot 54 percent from 3 in 10 league games. Has an offer from Richmond along with interest from ACC, SEC and Atlantic 10 teams. COBY WHITE, Wilson Greenfield, G, So., 6-4, 160 — Averaged 28.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Scored 40 or more points in five games this season, including 46 to break the school record by former Barton star and current Harlem Globetrotter Anthony Atkinson. His 960 points were also a school single-season record. NCISAA 1-A all-state pick. Conference player of the year. Also all-conference pick in regular season and league tournament. Ranked in top five of state's sophomore class. Invited to NC Top 80 event for the second straight year. MARION WHITELY, Gastonia Huss, PG, Sr., 5-10 — Averaged about 15 points per game while four of team's top eight players were out with injury after posting a three-point average for his career. All-conference pick who draws toughest defensive assignment and often takes top scorers out of their game. High-character and coachable player. Helped team stay afloat until it could get healthy to recover from a 2-9 start to finish second in the conference and reach state playoffs. In top 5 percent of his class. Being recruited by Harvard, Catawba, Wingate and West Virginia Wesleyan for either football or basketball. ALSHAQUAN WILLIAMS, Fairmont, F, Sr., 6-4 — See player of the year nominations. GRANT WILLIAMS, Charlotte Providence Day, F, Sr., 6-7 — See player of the year nominations. ZAIRE WILLIAMS, Winston-Salem Prep — Averaged 14.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Two-time all-conference pick. All-area pick by the Winston-Salem Journal last year. Has offers from Old Dominion, Georgia, Southern and Maryland Eastern Shore. Drawing interest from Charlotte, Appalachian State, UNC Wilmington and Elon. CRESS WORTHY, Gastonia Huss, G, Jr., 6-1 — Two-time all-conference pick who missed nine games with a broken wrist. Team went 1-8 during his injury and 13-5 after his return, with him averaging 12.5 points. Previous all-area pick by the Gaston Gazette.
Following are the North Carolina prep basketball players and coaches nominated for The Associated Press 2015-16 postseason honors.Please select ONE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONE COACH OF THE YEAR FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. Note that your selection for player of the year must be on your all-state team.Then, SELECT A 12-PLAYER ALL-STATE TEAM REGARDLESS OF POSITION FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.Please choose...
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Associated Press | Apr 3, 2016Following are the North Carolina prep basketball players and coaches nominated for The Associated Press 2015-16 postseason honors. Please select ONE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONE COACH OF THE YEAR FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. Note that your selection for player of the year must be on your all-state team. Then, SELECT A 12-PLAYER ALL-STATE TEAM REGARDLESS OF POSITION FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. Please choose only from the list of nominees. Write-in votes will not be counted. If there are any all-state caliber players left off the ballot, please contact Aaron Beard immediately at email@example.com. Ballots are due no later than TUESDAY, APRIL 5 BY 3 P.M. Please email ballots directly to Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org. The AP will release its all-state teams on Wednesday, April 6. The coaches of the year will be released Thursday, April 7. The players of the year will be released Friday, April 8. Please contact Beard by email if you have questions. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. ___ COACHES OF THE YEAR MEN KIRK ANGEL, New Hanover County — Team went 24-6 and won the Mideastern Conference with a 12-0 record. Team reached the fourth round of the 4-A playoffs before falling in overtime to eventual finalist Cary. AP men's prep coach of the year in 2012. BILL BOYETTE, Fayetteville Sanford — Team lost MVP of 3-A final from last year (Mark Gilbert) to early graduation to play football at Duke, but Boyette guided talented group of holdovers back to the title game. Team's only regular-season loss came to NCISAA 3-A semifinalist Raleigh Ravenscroft. Team endured foul trouble to leading scorer in the playoffs during championship game against Concord Robinson, but still got three good shots for the win on final possession of close loss. Might have been best coaching job of Boyette's distinguished career, which includes being AP men's prep coach of the year in 1995 at Cary. EVAN FANCOURT, Southern Guilford — Took over a program that was 1-23 in 2013-14 and guided the Storm to a 15-12 record and the Mid-Piedmont 3-A tournament championship with an upset of top-seeded Asheboro along the way. Led school to NCHSAA 3-A playoffs for first time in 10 years before losing in first round to Northern Guilford on 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left. BRIAN FIELD, Charlotte Providence Day — Led the Chargers to a school-record for wins in 30-3 season. Team ranked as high as No. 9 nationally and won the school's first state title since 1999 and were the first 3-A (large class) NCISAA champion from Charlotte in 12 years since area schools stopped allowing students to repeat grades in high school. Team won fourth straight conference title and went 9-2 against nationally ranked opponents and one of the nation's toughest schedules. Only area team the only N.C. team invited to the DICK'S national championships event in New York. ALLAN GUSTAFSON, Cary — Helped team go 31-2 and finish as 4-A runner-up. In 18th season, Gustafson led team to more wins than in their previous two seasons combined — using the same team as one that went 18-9 a year earlier. Cary won its first 26 games and went 16-0 in the Southwest Wake Conference, which includes 2014 state champion Apex. Team went 3-0 in overtime games. Conference coach of the year. MIKE KING, Charlotte Catholic — Led team to 32-1 record and the NCHSAA 4-A title, the school's first state title in basketball since opening in 1955. Only loss came against Charlotte Ardrey Kell, last year's 4-A finalist. MONTRELL MCNAIR, Fairmont — Led team to 26-1 record and unbeaten regular season in his second season at the helm. It was the program's best season since the 1994 2-A champions won 30 games. Team won Robeson County Shootout for first time since 2010 and sweet the Three Rivers Conference regular-season and tournament titles. That included a sixth straight regular-season crown. Team reached 2-A regionals for the third time in four seasons. LARRY WILLIFORD, Farmville Central — Led team to 28-0 record and program's first 2-A title since 1993. Team rallied from 14 down in the second half to beat East Lincoln 81-71 in state final. ___ WOMEN PATTY EVERS, East Bladen — Team went 31-1, including 27-0 entering the state playoffs. East Bladen won a third straight Four County Conference title and reached the 2-A East regional final for the first time since 2010. Dating to the 2013-14 season, East Bladen has gone 85-4 with one regular-season loss. DANNY GRAHAM, Lumberton — Led team to first Southeastern Conference title since 2010 and a first appearance in the 4-A regional semifinals since 2002. Team finished with 25-3 record. DARLENE JOYNER, Northwest Guilford — Led team to 30-1 record and appearance in NCHSAA 4-A final, where team lost on buzzer-beating putback to Raleigh Millbrook. School has gone 58-2 in the last two seasons, with only losses to eventual state champion both years. Joyner recently announced she is retiring from teaching and coaching volleyball (her team lost to Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons in 4-A title match in November) May 1 after 31 years at her alma mater. She is undecided whether she will continue to coach the Vikings in basketball. AMBER REDDICK, Morganton Freedom — Led team to 32-0 record and 3-A title, leading the five-time state champions to their first unbeaten title and first at the 3-A level. Team won Northwestern 3-A/4-A title. Has now won state titles with Freedom as a player (MVP in 1995), assistant coach (2002) and head coach. Two-time conference and district coach of the year. Coached N.C. team in Carolinas All-Star Classic and West in 2013 East-West all-star game. Has 256-84 record in 12 seasons with seven combined conference regular-season and tournament titles in the past seven years. Named state coach of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. JUAN SMITH, Gastonia Ashbrook — Led team to school-record 30 wins, most by any men or women teams, as team reached 3-A regional final before losing to eventual champion Morganton Freedom. Team finished 30-2 in earning its first trip to a regional final since North Carolina adopted the statewide tournament format. Team started 26-0 and won the regular season of the Big South Conference race before falling to North Gaston in the tournament final. JOSH SPRINGER, Charlotte Providence Day — Led team to 27-2 record, seventh straight NCISAA state title and No. 18 ranking nationally in USA today. Team was champion of Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 poll. Team has won 10 of last 11 state titles and has a 95-game conference winning streak. Providence Day is the only state team ranked nationally and was a finalist to compete in the DICK'S national championship event in New York.
The future of Big Country boys golf was in full view Wednesday in the final round of the District 6-4A tournament at Diamondback Golf Club.Though their teams won't be making the trip to the Region I-4A tournament April 11-12 in Lubbock, Brownwood freshman Jaryn Pruitt and Wylie sophomore Tyler O'Conner will be representing their respective programs as medalists.Pruitt carded the tournament's...
Youth served at District 6-4A boys golf tournament
Jonathan Marshall, Associated Press | Mar 31, 2016The future of Big Country boys golf was in full view Wednesday in the final round of the District 6-4A tournament at Diamondback Golf Club. Though their teams won't be making the trip to the Region I-4A tournament April 11-12 in Lubbock, Brownwood freshman Jaryn Pruitt and Wylie sophomore Tyler O'Conner will be representing their respective programs as medalists. Pruitt carded the tournament's lowest two-round total at 76-77—153, while O'Conner finished seventh overall with an 87-86—173. The top two teams — Graham and Stephenville — and the top two golfers not on one of the qualifying teams advance to the regional tournament. "It's exciting," O'Conner said. "It was a hard course. It came down to the end. It was a lot of fun." Pruitt, adorned with the first place medal, also was in a positive mood. "It's feeling pretty good," Pruitt said. "Hopefully I can go up there (to Lubbock) and put a couple good rounds up." Though only a freshman, Pruitt said the work put in allowed him to excel. "I put (in) a lot of hard work and dedication," Pruitt said. "Spent lots of hours on the course, just working on my weaknesses." Graham won the team title with a 328-325—653, followed by Stephenville (351-337—668), Brownwood (358-356—714) and Wylie (367-361—728). Stephenville II (380-400—780), Graham II (389-379—768), Mineral Wells (414-371—785), Brownwood II (462-447—909) and Wylie II (113-101—214) rounded out the field. O'Conner had to come through in the clutch to secure his regional spot. Jake Henriksen, playing for Stephenville's No. 2 team, finished one stroke behind O'Conner in eighth. After Henriksen made a 20-foot putt on the final hole to turn up the pressure, O'Conner sunk a 10-footer to hold on to his slight, but significant advantage. "I'm really proud of him and happy for him," Wylie coach Mike Campbell said. "He's worked hard. He's a football player, basketball player and as soon as he's come out here, he's gotten right into golf. He's been one of our hardest workers since that time. So I'm really happy for him and proud of him, especially the way he came through in the last few holes. "He actually made a clutch putt there on the last hole when he knew he was playing with a guy he was real close to. That's very impressive." The Wylie contingent also included Noah Houk (98-92—190), Joey Pedone (94-91—185), Ethan Stewart-Duke (92-101—193) and Jaden Speegle (94-92—186). This is Campbell's first year at the helm for Wylie, after replacing Terry Barrington, who retired last summer. He inherited a team without a single senior. Houk and Pedone are juniors while Stewart-Duke and Jaden Speegle are freshmen. "I was very happy with the way we developed from the beginning of the season to the end," Campbell said. "(We have) lots of young players and they've grown as young men. I've enjoyed watching them develop as players and as young men. I just encourage them to keep working hard throughout the summer and build on that for our future." O'Conner was on junior varsity a year ago. Now he finds himself a couple weeks away from competing against the region's best golfers at Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock. "It's a little scary," O'Conner said. "JV, it feels like you're just showing up and you're playing because you get to. Varsity, you're actually competing against all these teams trying to move on." Campbell already has a plan in place to prepare O'Conner. "We're going to work really hard on short game," Campbell said. "The courses now are starting to get greener, so better conditioned. So you can play different shots around the green. We're going to really work hard on short game. He's really striking the ball well, so we're going to try to maintain that and work hard on the short game so we can be ready to play in Lubbock in a couple weeks." DISTRICT 6-4A TOURNAMENT BOYS TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Graham, 328-325—653; 2. Stephenville, 351-337—668; 3. Brownwood, 358-356—714; 4. Wylie, 367-361—728; 5. Stephenville II, 380-400—780; 6. Graham II, 389-379—768; 7. Mineral Wells, 414-371—785; 8. Brownwood II, 462-447—909. TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — 1. Jaryn Pruitt, Brownwood, 76-77-153; 2. Coby Bryant, Graham, 74-80—154; 3. Baxter Loesch, Graham, 81-79—160; 4. Colten Jefress, Stephenville, 83-79—162; 5. Clay Kravse, Stephenville, 84-81—165; 6. Kolton Carmichael, Graham, 87-79—166; 7. (tie) Jack Lucas, Grahama, 86-87—173; Tyler O'Conner, Wylie, 87-86-173; 9. Jake Henriksen, Stephenville II, 85-89—174; 10. (tie) Bunker Funderburgh, Stephenville, 90-91—181; Grant Lewis, Brownwood, 94-87—181. TEAM SCORES STEPHENVILLE (351-337—668) — Colton Jefress 83-79—162; Kendall Roberts 94-88—182; Bunker Funderburgh 90-91—181; Clay Kravse 84-81—165; Luke Weber 100-89—189. BROWNWOOD (358-356—714) — Jaryn Pruitt 76-77—153; Grant Lewis 94-87—181; Miller Bavgh 93-96—189; Parker Doresette95-96—191; Ben Kalman 100-104—204. WYLIE (367-361—728) — Noah Houk 98-92—190; Tyler O'Conner 87-86—173; Joey Pedone 94-91—185; Ethan Stewart-Duke 92-101—193; Jaden Speegle 94-92—186. STEPHENVILLE II (380-400—780) —Tyler Lane 94-88—192; Jake Henriksen 85-89—174; Rosser Orr 101-102—203; Grant Isham 100—NS; Jaren Dahl 116-111—227. BROWNWOOD II (462-447—909) — Rylee Nunn 114-104—218; Tyler Chew 113-108-221; Quade Infinger 125-108—233; Jason McBride 124-NS; Caden Newbern 111-127—238. ——— ©2016 the Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas) Visit the Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas) at www.reporternews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State basketball players walked through a thick fog at dawn last April from their dorms to Redbird Arena.An adamant call from their coach around 6 a.m. had awakened them with orders to meet in an hour. Most expected to hear a teammate had broken a rule and figured they would be running sprints.When they arrived and saw coach Dan Muller’s tear-filled eyes, they knew it...
Illinois State still struggles with last April’s tragedy
By Shannon Ryan, Associated Press | Mar 27, 2016NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State basketball players walked through a thick fog at dawn last April from their dorms to Redbird Arena. An adamant call from their coach around 6 a.m. had awakened them with orders to meet in an hour. Most expected to hear a teammate had broken a rule and figured they would be running sprints. When they arrived and saw coach Dan Muller’s tear-filled eyes, they knew it was more serious. “Coach stood up in front of everyone and said, ‘There was a plane crash last night,’” guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell said. “Those were his first words.” Akoon-Purcell says he remembers scanning the room and noticed the only person missing was associate coach Torrey Ward. “Instantly everyone dropped their heads,” Akoon-Purcell said. “It was complete shock. It was … terrible.” Just hours earlier, Ward, Aaron Leetch, the Redbirds’ deputy athletic director for external operations, and five other men had been traveling from Indianapolis, where they had taken a trip to watch Duke beat Wisconsin for the NCAA Tournament championship. They were due to land shortly after midnight, but their Cessna 414 twin-engine plane crashed upon descent in a bean field just 21/2 miles from the airport. Onboard were Ward, 36; Leetch, 37; Thomas Hileman, 51, the pilot; Andy Butler, 40, a regional representative for Sprint; Scott Bittner, 42, who ran a family-owned meat company; Terry Stralow, 64, owner of a nearby popular pub; and Woodrow “Jason” Jones, 45, a senior vice president/investment officer. All seven perished in the crash, leaving behind five wives, two fiancees and 13 children. Ward’s daughter was born just three weeks after the crash on April 7. The Redbirds wore patches on their jerseys this season of a No. 7 surrounded by all the men’s initials. “Ward” was printed on the back of warm-up shirts. The green No. 3 Alabama-Birmingham jersey he wore as a college player hung in the locker room before games. A stone fountain with seven pillars and the names of the men sits outside the arena as a memorial. “It has become less about the grieving and more about the honoring,” Muller said. “There have been times guys have struggled, the guys who were closest to Torrey. I showed them it was OK to cry. We just try to help each other.” ——— No matter where Ward recruited, he bumped into someone he knew, someone who considered him a friend. He often was seen cellphone to ear, talking to a recruit, high school coach or junior college coach. “He could recruit anywhere in the country,” Muller said. “He knows like a million coaches. It could be in Wyoming and he’d be like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s my guy.’ “He had a thousand ‘guys.’ He just knew everybody, and everybody liked him because of that infectious personality.” Ward was considered a rising star in coaching. His attention to detail on scouting reports impressed Muller, who got to know Ward when they were both Southeastern Conference assistants. He was, Muller and athletic director Larry Lyons said, interviewing for head coaching positions shortly before his death. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward’s trademark jokes “never ever, ever” got old, Muller said. At least a few times a week, Ward would hike up his sweats to his chest, pull the drawstring around his neck, flip his cap backward and strut into Muller’s office. The stunt was so much part of Ward’s persona, the more-serious Muller played this character as part of the eulogy at Ward’s funeral. “Torrey had a smile that just made people smile,” Muller said with a laugh just thinking about it. “It comes easily, it comes often. It just makes you feel good.” His jokes put players at ease and helped them open up to him about shooting slumps or family problems. Many called him an older brother, father figure or best friend. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) “I could be having the worst practice in the world and he would just do something like go into dance mode and make me start laughing, and it would just change my whole practice,” said Akoon-Purcell, who had “T. Ward” tattooed on his wrist. “He was the only person who could understand where I was coming from, even when I was wrong.” The cruel irony is that now the one they relied on for advice and solace is not here when they need him most. “Now I just think, what would he tell me?” Akoon-Purcell said. “I can hear his voice. I just try to use that to help me get through stuff.” The months before his death, Ward was a bundle of nerves and excitement anticipating the birth of a baby with his fiancee. He had two children, Torrey and Tamia, from a previous marriage. “He made it to every doctor appointment he could,” fiancee Johnene Beisel said. “He was always rubbing my belly. He would’ve just eaten her up.” ——— Leetch got so caught up in football games he often wandered away from others on the sideline and watched from a crouched position at the 20-yard-line, where he could get a better view of red-zone plays. Always the 20. “Someone makes a great catch right in front of him and he runs back to us and it was, ‘I could have made that,’ ” Lyons said. Leetch’s ties to Illinois State were strong enough to lure him back for a second stint. He first was hired in 2005 and worked his way up to senior associate AD by 2008. He left in 2011 to become athletic director at Division III Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., before returning to Illinois State in 2013. “He had a gift,” said Lyons, who envisioned Leetch one day taking over his job. “His gift was developing relationships.” But nothing was as important to Leetch as his Christian faith and his family. He loved to play golf with daughter Avery, 7, and flew across the country to be there for the first day of preschool for his daughter Emmersen, 5. On one of the last full days the family spent together, they flew kites in the front yard. “They miss him terribly,” said Lindsay, his wife of 10 years. “He was so hands-on. He always made time for any of their things.” When Illinois State held a ceremony before a packed season-opening football game on Sept. 12 — Leetch’s birthday — Lindsay went to a place she felt connected to her husband. “I’ve had to carve out pieces of closure,” she said. “At the football game, they were gracious and let me stand on the 20. I felt like I was doing it for Aaron.” ——— (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward’s last tweet was a collage of photos: the crowd at the championship game, Lucas Oil Stadium and the plane with the caption “My ride to the game wasn’t bad.” The plane was scheduled to land shortly after midnight as dense fog settled in around Bloomington-Normal. The National Transportation Safety Board still is investigating the crash. When they learned of the crash, Beisel and Joan Stralow, Terry’s wife, drove around through the fog futilely searching for the site. “My heart just dropped,” Beisel said. “A lot of it was a blur.” Lyons drove to the airport to identify cars to figure out who was on the flight. On his way to the arena to meet with players, Muller received a call from Ward’s mom, Janice, and delivered the tragic news. At the arena, Muller brought a pastor into the locker room and counselors were available. He made that day’s workout optional, yet every player stayed. “We were all like Coach Ward would want us to do it,” guard Justin McCloud said. “We were grateful just to be on this earth and to play basketball.” ——— (END OPTIONAL TRIM) Ward told Beisel he didn’t want to know the sex or select a name for their baby until she delivered. Three weeks after the crash, Beisel had a girl: Audrey La’Kendrick Ward. She has her dad’s middle name, smile, raised eyebrows and always-on personality. “This is all I have. I held on to that,” Beisel said. “I went into mom mode. I just pushed through. It was so hard, but I received the gift of motherhood. I look at her every day and see him.” They stayed with the Mullers until Audrey was 3 months old. Beisel calls their support “a blessing.” Now living in Maryland, Beisel collects items for a “daddy box” and savors memories to share one day with Audrey. “He was an amazing father,” she said. Lindsay Leetch talks about Aaron often with their girls. “They have a very good understanding of where he is,” she said. “He is in heaven. We’ve leaned heavily on our faith. We still talk about him a lot and weave him into conversations.” The wives and fiancees will gather in Normal on April 7. They plan to share memories, draw support and release balloons. The basketball team will remember the day privately. Muller said he knows new players will come into the program, ones who didn’t know Ward. But the legacy of Ward, Leetch and the others will be carried on. “The program is about the players,” Muller said. “At some point, there won’t be any players here who knew Torrey, but he always will be a part of me. He always will be part of this program.” ——— ©2016 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— ARCHIVE PHOTOS on Tribune News Service (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Illinois State Muller _____ Topics: g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065659
Mar 16, 2016
Blackburn, a 2001 Syracuse University graduate, had a brief taste of the tournament in 2008 and 2009 doing two games each year, but he is getting a major dose this year calling eight games in five days.
Media: CBS' Carter Blackburn excited to get full dose of NCAA Tournament
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer email@example.com | Mar 16, 2016One of the reasons Carter Blackburn, 36, jumped to the CBS Sports Network in August 2014 to become its primary play-by-play announcer was for the opportunity to cover the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Blackburn, a 2001 Syracuse University graduate, had a brief taste of the tournament in 2008 and 2009 doing two games each year, but he is getting a major dose this year calling eight games in five days — two games from the First Four on Wednesday night and six games from the Oklahoma City regional on Friday and Saturday. He is working with analyst Mike Gminski, a former Duke and NBA center, and courtside reporter Jaime Maggio. Blackburn discussed his role in a phone conversation. Q: Are you excited about getting an opportunity to call the tournament? A: "The chance to do March Madness and be one of the eight play-by-play guys who gets to do March Madness on TV is a special group, and I have to say one of the things that makes it cool is among the first people who were reaching out and congratulating me were my colleagues. In 2008 and 2009, I did two games of the tournament. I was kind of the opening act for Dick Enberg. I would do the first two games of the tournament and then Dick Enberg and Jay Bilas did the rest of the tournament together. Then I was in the ESPN world for five years. This will be my first full tournament run." How did you get started in sportscasting when you were so young? "I was blessed to fail early. When I was in high school, getting cut from all your sports teams, so if you're going to continue with sports you got to find Plan B. I was blessed to find my Plan B early on. Beginning with doing high school sports at Kerrville, Texas, I just kind of kept on doing it. In a very strange way, it's like I've been doing it for 20 years. But it's a different level than high school sports at Kerrville, for sure." Why did you decide to attend Syracuse? "I was either going to do broadcasting or political science. Both programs at Syracuse were a draw. I went from south Texas to upstate New York, and it was a bit of an adjustment in weather and culture." What's your impression of No. 2 seed Oklahoma? "A couple of weeks ago I had an off-weekend, no assignments, no responsibilities. What did I do with my off Saturday? I went to the Oklahoma-Texas game at the Erwin Center, which was on CBS. Verne Lundquist and Jim Spanarkel were announcing the game. I sat in the stands with my wife and my daughter, and had a great time. It's a totally different experience when you can sit in the stands and watch the game. It was a ton of fun to just watch Buddy Hield work. It's a game where Texas came back and closed with a 22-0 run to win the game. The Erwin Center was as out loud as I ever heard it. I live in Austin, although I'm not a Longhorn. I think because of Oklahoma's success this year and the past couple of years that people are recognizing that Lon Kruger is unquestionably one of the best basketball coaches in the country. When that hire was made I thought what a phenomenal hire, and now they are reaping the rewards." Are you excited about the possibility of Texas and Texas A&M playing Sunday? I'm a native Texan so I know exactly what it means for the Aggies and the Longhorns to meet. I'm from a Baylor family, which is a little bit different. You grow up in elementary school and you either identify as an Aggie or a Longhorn. If you don't choose one of those, it's like irrevelant. Enjoy whatever team you got. Who knows if we'll get that matchup? I know what exactly what it would mean for the Aggies and Longhorns to play each other. It's like the matchup that the powers that be at those two schools can't give us, the NCAA tournament gives us. Maybe this will help broker a football game between the two at some point."
An oversized pair of silver salad tongs, salvaged from a nearby snack bar, served as the makeshift microphone.Situated on a sofa, Matt Gregory served as the spokesman for Notre Dame as Chad Holtz looked on inside the Irish locker room on Selection Sunday.The Irish had just learned they would be a No. 6 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and would play Michigan or Tulsa on Friday in...
Being a walk-on for NCAA Tournament teams not all work, no play
By Paul Skrbina, Associated Press | Mar 16, 2016An oversized pair of silver salad tongs, salvaged from a nearby snack bar, served as the makeshift microphone. Situated on a sofa, Matt Gregory served as the spokesman for Notre Dame as Chad Holtz looked on inside the Irish locker room on Selection Sunday. The Irish had just learned they would be a No. 6 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and would play Michigan or Tulsa on Friday in Brooklyn. Gregory, a sophomore walk-on, talked on while Holtz, a freshman walk-on, looked on. A teammate peppered Gregory with silly questions. There they were, two players with season tickets at the end of the bench, in the middle of the March madness. They were, they said, fulfilling one of their duties. “In practice, I fill in wherever they need me,” Gregory said. “In the locker room, I just try to be a calm voice of reason.” Or a team comedian. Life as a walk-on, Gregory proved, isn’t all work, no play and pay your own way. But why are they here? The answer for Gregory, a 6-foot-6 forward, is pretty simple. Sure, Division II schools such as the University of Indianapolis were interested. He could have gone to Cornell and played. But he wanted the experience and education Notre Dame offered. So he showed up for a tryout on a Monday and was told he had made the team that Friday. Seven months later, he was part of an Elite Eight team. “That was absolutely crazy,” Gregory said. “To think in August (2014) I was just walking into Notre Dame as a student. If you would have told me six months from then I would be part of an ACC championship team, I would have said you were crazy.” Gregory’s bio highlights read like a backup’s backup: “played in 11 contests … netted first career basket in win over Chicago State … also made a free throw (1-2) versus Fairleigh Dickinson … played a career-high five minutes versus Mount Saint Mary’s.” And that was his freshman year. He hasn’t scored a point this season, taking three shots in five appearances totaling six minutes. “There are times where I’m getting really emotionally invested (on the bench),” said Gregory, an ACC academic honor roll selection last year and valedictorian of his high school class. “I feel like my dad in the stands. Then I’m like, ‘All right, I’ve got to calm down, just in case something happens.’ ” Holtz, a grandson of former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, has logged one minute all season. He had his own reasons for choosing the Irish. The fact his father, Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz, played football at Notre Dame didn’t hurt. “Seeing my grandfather having the statue here, it’s a pretty big deal,” said Holtz, who added he briefly considered attending Texas, where his brother goes. “I’ve just grown up being around Notre Dame, pictures in my room. It’s just something that’s been ingrained in me.” Both Holtz and Gregory said the thought of being scholarship players rarely, if ever, crosses their minds. ——— Every minute — save for one — that Brennan Besser has spent on the court in a Duke uniform has come between whistles, when basketball time stands still. The 6-5 freshman walk-on from Chicago’s Latin School, whom no high-level Division I schools recruited, found himself filling in as the 10th man during summer workouts in Durham, N.C., because not everyone on the team was on campus yet. A reality check turned into comedy as he was being reprimanded by senior forward Amile Jefferson, a team captain and former McDonald’s All-American. “I started laughing,” Besser said. “(Amile) was like, ‘What’s so funny?’ I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe Amile Jefferson is yelling at me right now to crash the boards.’ I didn’t say that to him, but that’s what I’m thinking to myself.” People Besser had watched on television as a fan are now his teammates and coaches. He was swinging the ball to Matt Jones. He was being directed by Mike Krzyzewski. Jefferson was barking at him to rebound. He was beginning to fit in. The “wow” wasn’t wearing off, but it was becoming more real to Besser, who will be with the Blue Devils as they head to Providence, R.I., as a No. 4 seed. “Preparing McDonald’s All-Americans is part of his job,” said Besser’s high school coach, David VanderMeulen. “He could have gone somewhere else and played. That was tough for him. In the end, the life experience he’s going to get is, to him, more important.” As in Gregory’s and Holtz’s cases, Besser was interested in more than basketball when he chose to attend Duke. Basketball and school are means to an end. Whatever end that may be. “I might as well tell you I want to be an astronaut,” he said. “What would I ultimately want to do?” He paused for a moment, trying to think of the impossible. “Be a success in business, then run for president of the United States,” he said. Besser’s one official minute, during which he missed his only shot, a 3-pointer against Elon on Dec. 28, hardly is measly to him. “I basically told myself: ‘You’re a Duke basketball player. You’ve got to act like one; you’ve got to play like one. Be fearless and let’s see what happens.’ ” ——— Harrison Niego had the same attitude when he decided to become a preferred walk-on for Indiana. What has happened is the Hoosiers freshman has found himself on the court more than he had imagined when the season began. The 6-2 point guard is averaging 4.7 minutes and has scored 11 points in 23 games for the Big Ten regular-season champion Hoosiers, who play Chattanooga on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, as a No. 5 seed. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough for him to justify passing on some Ivy League and mid-major offers in favor of what he said is his dream school. “Indiana was the place I had my heart set on,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but I have no regrets. “It’s not much different (being a walk-on). … That’s what you want, the coaches to push you every day like the other guys.” Niego had a key basket and a steal during a victory against then-fourth-ranked Iowa. He handled the postgame attention like a veteran despite being absent from his opponent’s scouting report. “I always treat every time I’m getting in as the biggest minutes I’m getting,” Niego said that night. On and off the floor. ——— ©2016 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ————— ARCHIVE PHOTOS on Tribune News Service (for help with images, contact 312-222-4194): Amile Jefferson _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040506,t000404471,t000003183,t000008056,t000008064,g000065682,g000362661,g000066164
Mar 15, 2016
Beggs freshman Joe Martell III was named the Section 6 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations last week after he became what many believe to be the first double-amputee in Oklahoma high school football history last season. Martel, a defensive lineman, was born with tibial hemimelia, which caused him to...
High school notebook: Beggs double-amputee football player given Spirit of Sport Award
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Mar 15, 2016Beggs freshman Joe Martell III was named the Section 6 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations last week after he became what many believe to be the first double-amputee in Oklahoma high school football history last season. Martel, a defensive lineman, was born with tibial hemimelia, which caused him to have no shin bones. Both of his legs were amputated when he was 18 months old, but wearing prosthetic legs he played both varsity and junior varsity for Beggs last season. “Joe may not have legs, but he has the heart of a lion,” Beggs coach Lee Blankenship said in a release. “When others would make excuses, Joe makes tackles. When others say it's too tough, Joe goes harder. Joe inspires his teammates and coaches to have courage, character and commitment to the school that we love on a daily basis. He is our hero.” Martel was also voted the District 3A-6 Inspirational Player of the Year and Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year by his school. The award was created by the NFHS to recognize those who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of the sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics, according to the release. TULSA WASHINGTON PICKS CALIP AS FOOTBALL COACH College Football Hall of Famer Brad Calip has been selected as Tulsa Washington's new football coach. Calip replaces Marvin Dantzler, who left after four seasons to become the new head coach in Patterson, La. Calip, originally from Hobart, quarterbacked an East Central University team that set several NAIA records. He went on to play professionally in the USFL, CFL and Arena League. A long-time assistant in the high school and college ranks, this will be Calip's second stint as a head coach. He coached Tulsa Kelley for one season, going 8-4 in 2004. He had been on staff at Jenks since 2009. COLLEGE POSTCARD: HERITAGE HALL'S HIGGINS WINS CANADIAN WRESTLING TITLE Former Heritage Hall wrestler and Class 3A state champion Finn Higgins recently repeated as a Canadian national collegiate champion. Higgins won the 100 kg (220 pounds) gold medal, wrestling for the University of Winnipeg in the CIS National Championships. Higgins won every match in the tournament by first-period technical fall or pin, and did not have a single point scored against him. Following the tournament, he was named the CIS Outstanding Male Wrestler. CHICKASHA DOMINATES GIRLS SUBURBAN CONFERENCE AWARD LIST Chickasha senior Dominque Golightly was named Player of the Year in the Suburban Conference, being joined by two teammates for top conference awards for girls basketball. Another senior, Tandra King, was named Newcomer of the Year after moving from Anadarko. And senior Taylor Sylvester was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. Carl Albert's Tim Flanigan was selected as Coach of the Year. Here are the all-conference teams: First team: Micayla Haynes, Guthrie; Shamika Smith, Carl Albert; Taleigh Davis, El Reno; Maddison Sperle, Piedmont; Monica Brooks, Shawnee. Second team: Moe Tramble, Shawnee; Kelsey Simmons, Shawnee; Haley Hudson, Noble; Brittney Vince, Western Heights; Kasey Rice, Shawnee. Third team: Aaleyah Allison, Guthrie; Hannah Ferguson, Chickasha; Massey Beard, El Reno; Hayden Freeman, El Reno; Karissa Duke, Chickasha. Honorable mention Carl Albert: Charissa Price; El Reno: Rachelle RomanNose, Kayten Moore; Guthrie: Jillian Chappell; Noble: Baylee Brown, Skylar Lester, Kyrah Robinson; Piedmont: McKenna Kirkpatrick, Delaney Mitchell, Karlie Owens; Shawnee: Logan Bonner; Western Heights: Savannah Stanley, Laneshia Webster, Charon Cheatham.
Media notes: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio assigned to broadcast Oklahoma City tournament games
The new broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn, analyst Mike Gminski and sideline reporter Jaime Maggio have been assigned to broadcast the NCAA Tournament games from Oklahoma City on Friday and Sunday. The trio will make its tournament debut on Wednesday night, calling two First Four games from Dayton, Ohio.
Media notes: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio assigned to broadcast Oklahoma City tournament games
By Mel Bracht Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 14, 2016The new broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn, analyst Mike Gminski and sideline reporter Jaime Maggio have been assigned to broadcast the NCAA Tournament games from Oklahoma City on Friday and Sunday. The trio will make its tournament debut on Wednesday night, calling two First Four games from Dayton, Ohio. An Austin, Texas, resident, Blackburn began his broadcasting career while in high school in Kerrville, Texas at KERV-AM calling high school football. A Syracuse University graduate, he is broadcasting his first NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-11 Gminski is a former Duke standout who played 14 seasons in the NBA. Maggio, a native of Long Island, N.Y., who graduated from Cal-Santa Barbara, also works for the NFL Network. Other assignments this week: First Four, Tuesday, Dayton, Ohio — Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl. Providence, R.I., Thursday and Saturday — Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore and Evan Washburn. Raleigh, N.C., Thursday and Saturday — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Lewis Johnson. Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday and Saturday — Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson. Denver, Thursday and Saturday — Catalon, Lappas and Jamie Erdahl. St. Louis, Friday and Sunday — Brian Anderson, Steve Smith and Dana Jacobson. Brooklyn, N.Y., Friday and Sunday — Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce. Spokane, Wash., Friday and Sunday — Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Ros Gold-Onwude. Short takes •No. 2 seed Oklahoma will be one of five NCAA Tournament teams that will be spotlighted in NCAA March Madness Confidential, providing behind-the-scenes access. Also featured will be No. 1 seed Oregon, No. 3 seed Miami, No. 3 seed Texas A&M and No. 5 seed Purdue. Production crews have been embedded with the teams beginning Selection Sunday. Features will air during studio coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV throughout the tournament, as well as on NCAA.com. •ESPN will televise every match from the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships from Madison Square Garden this week. ESPN will televise the semifinals Friday and finals Saturday in prime time, and ESPNU will televise the first and second rounds Thursday, quarterfinals Friday and medal round Saturday. ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament allowing fans to choose which wrestlers and/or schools to follow at any time. Adam Amin and Shawn Kenney will call the action, and Quint Kessenich will be a reporter. Analysts include Jim Gibbons, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles and Billy Baldwin. •Fox Sports Southwest is scheduled to televise 155 Texas Rangers regular-season games, while the other seven games are slated for national broadcast on Fox (two games) and FS1 (five games). Steve Busby will continue his role as primary play-by-play announcer and will also serve as analyst on selected telecasts. Newcomer Dave Raymond will be the play-by-play announcer for about 45 regular-season games. Tom Grieve, who enters his 22nd season as a Rangers broadcaster, will once again be the primary TV analyst. Emily Jones is back as the field reporter for most home telecasts and a select number of road games, and Jim Knox will continue as the roving reporter on home games. John Rhadigan and Dana Larson will be the primary hosts on "Rangers Live" pregame and postgame shows. Serving as analysts will be Rangers Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, former Rangers infielder Mark McLemore and former pitcher Mike Bacsik.
Mar 10, 2016
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The ghosts of Dodgertown are everywhere.Along the narrow roads winding through the complex, named after Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and other Dodger greats. On the deck of the swimming pool, where the players relaxed and bonded once their work was done each day. At the tiny bridge they crossed for each spring training game, strolling right among the fans as they made...
Once on the verge of extinction, Dodgertown makes a comeback
By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press | Mar 10, 2016VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The ghosts of Dodgertown are everywhere. Along the narrow roads winding through the complex, named after Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese and other Dodger greats. On the deck of the swimming pool, where the players relaxed and bonded once their work was done each day. At the tiny bridge they crossed for each spring training game, strolling right among the fans as they made their way from the clubhouse to Holman Stadium. Now, a new generation is getting to discover this baseball gem. "It's like walking on hallowed ground," said Reid Wilkinson, a senior at Norfolk Collegiate School in Virginia, a private high school which is training and playing games at Dodgertown this week. The longtime spring training home of the Dodgers — starting in 1948 when they were still in Brooklyn, and continuing on after they moved to Los Angeles — was threatened with extinction after its namesake team moved its preseason operations to Arizona in 2008. But, thanks largely to former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, the sprawling complex located on a former World War II military base has made quite a comeback, serving as a training hub for hundreds of college and high school teams, as well as international squads and even the Canadian Football League. Working with his sister Theresa, O'Malley was determined to keep Dodgertown alive. "It gives me pleasure and enjoyment," O'Malley told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday, "to know we're doing something significant now and for the future." The place just oozes history. Holman Stadium, known for its barren dugouts (still covered by only a tarp) and palm trees just beyond the outfield wall (which used to be in play), remains the centerpiece of the complex. The sliding pits and batting cages and pitching area known as "The Strings" — a Branch Rickey creation, where up to six pitchers could warm up simultaneously and strings were held on poles in front of the catcher to simulate the strike zone — are still here. So are the 1970s-era villas and dining hall, where the Dodgers once slept and ate, as well as the pool and the tennis courts, where many a good time was had during spring training. "It was heaven," said former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, who began his playing career with the Dodgers in 1960. "They had this cafeteria. The major leaguers ate there. The minor leaguers ate there. One day, you might be having breakfast or lunch with Duke Snider or (Sandy) Koufax or just about anybody. I remember Mr. (Walter) O'Malley (the longtime owner of the Dodgers and Peter's father), he would eat in there. I remember him vividly. It was really close knit. You became an organization, with the loyalty and the friendship." Indeed, Dodgertown was the forerunner of the elaborate spring training complexes of today, with the stadium and back fields and training facilities all located in close proximity. But unlike the modern complexes, the players didn't scatter to their fancy condos and luxury hotel rooms at the end of each day. Everyone stayed right at Dodgertown, using old naval barracks in the early days. "You used to stay four and six to a room, with a common bathroom," Cox said. "It was the greatest thing." O'Malley remembers that camaraderie being the centerpiece of a philosophy known as "The Dodger Way," which helped build the close-knit teams that would go on to win six World Series championships. "We called it our secret weapon," he said. "We ate there. We slept there. We brought everybody together, from the scouts to the minor league managers, everybody. Everybody got a chance to cross paths. It felt like a college campus. There was no other facility like that." That's why O'Malley felt It was so important to save Dodgertown. After the major league team left for the Arizona desert, the facility sat vacant for more than a year. There was an attempt to lure in the Baltimore Orioles as replacement, but nothing came of it. Minor league baseball began using the complex in 2009, focusing on projects such as umpire training, only to abandon that money-losing venture after only three years. Making matters worse, the facility couldn't even keep its name — that belonged to the Dodgers, so it became the Vero Beach Sports Village. That wasn't much of a selling point when the facility tried to lure in new clients. "Nobody knew what the Vero Speech Sports Village was," said Jeff Biddle, the vice president of sales and marketing. At that point, it looked like Dodgertown was doomed. But O'Malley, whose father was vilified for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, stepped in to preserve another treasured piece of baseball history. "It was about to be shuttered for the second time," he said. "I told my sister, 'If it's shuttered for the second time, it's over. It will become light industry for the airport (next week).' It has too much history and is too unique to let that happen." O'Malley took over the complex in 2013 and, with financial assistance from the local government, set out to restore Dodgertown to its former glory. First, he worked out a deal with the Dodgers and Major League Baseball to restore the name. A lake was filled in, providing room for four new softball and youth baseball fields. A half diamond once used by the Dodgers was converted into a multi-purpose field, capable of hosting football, soccer and lacrosse. Lights were installed on the outer fields, giving the complex much more flexibility for luring in business. . This year, more than 200 high school and college teams from the North and Midwest are booked into Dodgertown, reveling at the chance to escape their cold-weather climates and recapture a little of the magic the Dodgers once had. "I love it," said Donovan Waefler, head coach of Norfolk Collegiate School. "Just the team unity, the whole baseball atmosphere. It's a blessing to come down here and get out of the 40-degree weather." Meanwhile, long-time baseball fans still pop in when they see the famous "Historic Dodgertown, Est. 1948" signs along the road. Many of the hallways and rooms are de facto museums, adorned with pictures and memorabilia donated by the O'Malley family. "This is phenomenal," said Jonathan Angell, wondering a hallway with his wife, Karen, who attended a game at Brooklyn's Ebbetts Field when she was a young child. "It brings back so many memories." Then they headed off to watch a college game at Holman Stadium, reveling in the chance to create some new memories. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .
So that’s it.Most every year is like this. You see the number of games dwindle. The occasional home-and-home series concludes, topped by a second meeting between Duke and North Carolina. Intellectually you know there’s not much time left, yet the end arrives with the unyielding suddenness of walking into a glass door.Just like that, the college basketball regular season is over. Tournament...
Barry Jacobs: The ACC and the basketball season that was
By Barry Jacobs, Associated Press | Mar 7, 2016So that’s it. Most every year is like this. You see the number of games dwindle. The occasional home-and-home series concludes, topped by a second meeting between Duke and North Carolina. Intellectually you know there’s not much time left, yet the end arrives with the unyielding suddenness of walking into a glass door. Just like that, the college basketball regular season is over. Tournament play, the one-and-done cliff of single-elimination, beckons and all the world is awash in talk of bubbles and seeds, like a Champagne toast at a gardeners’ convention. But before we rush on to the next thing, it’s worth taking a moment to recall and savor where we’ve just been. We can’t say it’s been a vintage ACC season, not with Boston College winless in conference play, just the sixth team to suffer that ignominy in conference history and the first since 1987 and a Maryland squad with a high school coach at the helm in the wake of Len Bias’ death. Not when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was benched for nine games early in the season as a result of an NCAA probation, and Louisville benched itself at the end in anticipation of NCAA punishment. Not when, despite protestations to the contrary from its coaches, the North Carolina program remains shadowed by ongoing NCAA scrutiny and the irreducible stain of academic fraud. Not when Notre Dame’s women, mimicking the ACC debut of Florida State football in the 1990s, again ran roughshod over the rest of the league. Because women’s basketball is not exactly high on the agenda of most media outlets and fans, Notre Dame’s remarkable dominance has gone largely unnoticed. Muffet McGraw’s Fighting Irish were unbeaten during the 2016 ACC regular season. Since joining the ACC their three-year conference record was 53-1 entering this past weekend’s ACC tournament. No other ACC basketball program ever imposed such suffocating control over so long a span. ——— Stalling and scoring On the men’s side four teams — Louisville, Miami, UNC and Virginia — had a shot at first place entering the final game of the regular season, upper echelon congestion unduplicated since 2007. As for unremarked changes among the men, we’d go with de facto abandonment of the 3-second call. Fully implemented in 1944-45, the rule limits offensive players’ time in the paint, reducing congestion that facilitates rough play, supposedly a recent point of emphasis. Readers are challenged to recall the last time they saw a player penalized for camping in the lane. One rule officially taken off the books was the five-second violation while closely guarded with the ball. The rule’s absence resulted in too much time occupied by dribblers seeking strategic advantage, a maneuver as exciting as watching someone tie a shoelace. Perhaps surprisingly, countenancing the stall tactic didn’t hurt offenses, even with the shot clock reduced to 30 seconds. In fact, increased scoring may be the most important development this season. Compared with final 2015 ACC totals, scoring was up an average of five points per team without noticeably distorting the game. Only Notre Dame did not increase its scoring from last season. One thing that hasn’t changed is that starting lineups rich in experience are apt to be rich in victories. Sure, Duke grabbed last year’s NCAA title while relying on a core of freshman starters, and Mike Krzyzewski continues to note the youth of today’s teams. But that is a basketball elitist’s worldview. Duke has recently relied on one-and-done freshmen more than any league program: Kyrie Irving in 2011, Austin Rivers in 2012, Jabari Parker in 2014, and Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones in 2015. This season’s best ACC freshman, Brandon Ingram, is also presumably an early departee. ——— Veteran leadership That’s not the path taken by most ACC teams, certainly not this year’s most prosperous ones. The first-place contenders in 2016 each started at least two seniors. A majority of starters on each squad in that group except Louisville are upperclassmen. The All-ACC first team celebrates seniors. Moreover, through March 4 seniors comprised half of the league’s top 20 scorers, its six leading rebounders, four official leaders in field goal accuracy, three of its five best foul shooters, and four of the top five in steals. Veteran leadership wasn’t the only ACC constant in 2016. Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils were good enough to earn NCAA Tournament inclusion for the 21st straight season, the most consecutive trips under any coach in history. Duke gets to the NCAAs, and prospers there, while employing a small cadre of players, so don’t be fooled by its modest numbers with Amile Jefferson apparently sidelined for the season by a broken foot. Krzyzewski rarely goes more than six deep in tight circumstances, even with more options at his disposal. In Duke’s half-dozen NCAA contests last year, only against Wisconsin in the championship contest did the Duke coach give seven players extended floor time. The meeting with the Badgers was among just three games in which Grayson Allen played 21 or more minutes as a freshman. This season Allen blossomed as an All-ACC performer and accounted for one of the most dramatic shots of 2016 in a one-point home win over Virginia. The sophomore’s driving basket at the buzzer balanced the scales of basketball justice as far as Wake Forest folks are concerned. In late January the Cavaliers capped a rally to similarly secure a one-point win at Winston-Salem on a banked three by Darius Thompson as time expired. The victory, Virginia’s first in its opening four ACC road games, keyed a seven-game winning streak that thrust the Cavs back into the race for the top spot they occupied in both 2014 and 2015. ——— Miami’s rise N.C. State, out of the NCAA Tournament picture for the first time in five years, also won twice at home in dramatic last-gasp fashion — on a Cat Barber three against High Point in mid-December and a layup by Maverick Rowan against BC last week. Barber, a junior likely headed for the NBA this spring, became the 10th Wolfpack player to lead the ACC in scoring and the second in three years after T.J. Warren in 2014. Barber also paced the league in minutes played, reflecting an overall lack of depth that helped N.C. State join Florida State as the ACC’s major disappointments. Virginia Tech finished at the other end of the spectrum of expectations, making a remarkable turnaround under Buzz Williams, at 43 the youngest coach in the league. Three coaches arrived in 2015 to take over struggling programs. Both Jim Christian at BC and Wake’s Danny Manning are still groping to find success. In contrast, Williams quickly elevated Virginia Tech — the last-place finisher at 2-16 last season — to the middle of the pack in 2016 along with Syracuse, Pitt and Clemson. Less surprising, but no less impressive, was Miami’s rise to the ACC’s front rank. Picked to finish fifth, Jim Larranaga’s mature Hurricanes ranked among the top eight in the national polls as the regular season ended, along with UVa and preseason media favorite UNC. Those three clubs have the best shot at carrying the ACC banner deep into the NCAA afterlife, where the league hasn’t placed members in consecutive Final Fours since UNC and Duke won national championships in 2009 and 2010, respectively. ——— ©2016 The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Visit The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) at www.newsobserver.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008058,t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000404496,t000404471,t000413007,g000065577,g000362661,g000066164,g000065650,g000220400,g000220201,g000065627,g000366003,g000065617
Feb 23, 2016
Spring comes early in college football — or at least spring practice does.Arizona, Duke and Northwestern have already started spring practice. Stanford does Tuesday. Soon after the calendar flips to March there will be football on college campuses all over the country.Off campus, too. Michigan opens its spring practice on Monday in Bradenton, Florida, at the IMG Academy. Maybe you have...
New coordinators in spotlight as spring football blooms
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Feb 23, 2016Spring comes early in college football — or at least spring practice does. Arizona, Duke and Northwestern have already started spring practice. Stanford does Tuesday. Soon after the calendar flips to March there will be football on college campuses all over the country. Off campus, too. Michigan opens its spring practice on Monday in Bradenton, Florida, at the IMG Academy. Maybe you have heard? Coaches get 15 practices to sort through their rosters and implement new schemes, leading up to a spring game which in some places will pack game day-sized crowds into stadiums. At Arizona, Rich Rodriguez has decided to take a different approach this spring. The Wildcats are focusing almost exclusively on fundamentals instead of schemes, and they won't be playing a spring game. "Half the scrimmages you have, or the spring game, you either don't play your top guys or you cross your fingers that nobody gets hurt," Rodriguez told reporters last month. "It's good to look at schemes, but what are you trying to win? Beat your own team? It's not nearly as important as teaching them how to play." At Pitt, the Panthers are taking their spring game back to the big stage. Pittsburgh will wrap up its workouts with an intra-squad game on April 26 at Heinz Field. It will be the first time since 2011 the Panthers have held a spring game at the home they share with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Construction at Heinz last year forced Pitt to hold its spring game at nearby Highmark Stadium, a 4,000-seat facility used by a professional soccer team. In three seasons under previous coach Paul Chryst, Pitt either played its spring game at local high schools as a way for the new staff to build relationships in the area or did not have one. The Panthers' average attendance last year was 48,150, up 17 percent from the year before as new coach Pat Narduzzi helped excite fans. Coming off an 8-5 season, Narduzzi hopes playing the spring game at Heinz helps Pitt develop a home-field advantage that has been challenging to cultivate off campus. "It's always important to get into your home field and get our kids comfortable with playing in that stadium," Narduzzi said. While Narduzzi and Rodriguez are taking different approaches to spring, they do have something in common: Both are breaking in new coordinators on the side of the ball that is not their specialty. Narduzzi, the architect of Michigan State's great defenses while working under Mark Dantonio, brought in former North Carolina State offensive coordinator Matt Canada to replace Jim Chaney, who left for Georgia. Rodriguez parted ways with longtime assistant Jeff Casteel, who had been his defensive coordinator at West Virginia, and brought in Marcel Yates from Boise State to fix an Arizona defense that ranked 93rd in the nation in average yards allowed per play. Here are six more teams breaking in coordinators for whom much will be expected next season. Brady Hoke, Oregon. Second-year coordinator Don Pellum, who has been on staff for 25 years, was demoted after the Ducks' defense finished 98th in the nation in average yards allowed per play. Oregon prides itself on being a promote-from-within program, but coach Mark Helfrich knew the Ducks were in need of a fresh perspective. Hoke, the former Michigan coach, came through the ranks as a defensive line coach but has never been a coordinator. Joe Moorhead, Penn State The Nittany Lions' first two seasons under James Franklin have produced some ugly offenses, despite having a quarterback with an NFL skill set in Christian Hackenberg. There was plenty of blame to go around, but offensive coordinator John Donovan was the one who got fired. In steps Moorhead, who spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Fordham, leading the Rams to three straight FCS playoff appearances with a high-powered spread offense. Noel Mazzone, Texas A&M The swag left Texas A&M's offense with Johnny Football. Highly recruited quarterbacks have not developed. The running game has been spotty at best. The overall inconsistency led to the dismissal of 30-year-old Jake Spavital, who as it turned out was not quite ready to be the next Kliff Kingsbury. Coach Kevin Sumlin hired the veteran Mazzone away from UCLA hoping to trade some swag for production. Bob Shoop, Tennessee. The Volunteers' defense was OK last season (39th in the country in yards per play) so it was a little surprising when coach Butch Jones fired coordinator John Jancek. Then it all made sense when Jones quickly pulled Shoop away from Penn State. Even burdened by limp offenses, Shoop's Penn State defenses were excellent. The Vols have talent (DL Derek Barnett, CB Cameron Sutton) and high expectations. There will be no patience in Knoxville. Sterlin Gilbert, Texas The Baylor offense has been ripping up the Big 12 for most of Art Briles' eight years as coach of the Bears. But can it save Charlie Strong at Texas? The Longhorns coach plucked the 37-year-old Gilbert from Briles' coaching tree, luring him away from Tulsa, where he was the offensive coordinator last season under former Baylor OC Philip Montgomery. One of the best parts of Baylor's offensive system is it usually doesn't take long to get it up and humming. For Strong's sake, that better be the case for Gilbert in Austin. Manny Diaz, Miami Diaz has fully rehabbed his reputation after it was dragged down by Mack Brown's sinking ship at Texas. The Hurricanes will have one of the best quarterbacks (Brad Kaaya) in the country, leading an experienced offense for new coach Mark Richt. If Diaz can fix a defense that has been an underachieving mess, maybe Miami can finally reach the ACC title game. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Walt Williams, 72, of Abilene, Texas. The hustling outfielder played the 1965 and 1966 baseball seasons for the Tulsa Oilers, then a St. Louis Cardinals farm. Williams batted .330 both seasons. He played in the majors, mostly for the Chicago White Sox. He coached in the big leagues and managed in the minors after a...
Tributes: Walt Williams, 72, played baseball for the Tulsa Oilers
By Scott Munn | Feb 8, 2016A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Walt Williams, 72, of Abilene, Texas. The hustling outfielder played the 1965 and 1966 baseball seasons for the Tulsa Oilers, then a St. Louis Cardinals farm. Williams batted .330 both seasons. He played in the majors, mostly for the Chicago White Sox. He coached in the big leagues and managed in the minors after a playing career that included stints in Mexico and Japan. *Richard Link, 85, of Broken Arrow was an All-State basketball player at Garber High School. He went on to play sports at Central State College in Edmond, and then went into funeral services. Link owned Memorial Park cemetery in Lawrence, Kan., where the father of basketball, James Naismith, is buried. Link commissioned a statue of Naismith that currently stands at Memorial Park. Link was an avid fisherman who traveled to Alaska, Canada and Central America to drop a line. *Kathi Hoagland Beckett, 64, of Norman was a synchronized swimmer. She was also a cheerleader and homecoming queen at Claremore High School. *Buddy Fleener, 83, of Oklahoma City was a Golden Gloves boxing champion as a young man. The 37-year OG&E employee loved to coach Little League baseball. *Paul Willis, 88, of Oklahoma City was an avid runner. Owned several medals from the Redbud Classic and the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon. *Jack Curran, 89, of Lawton was a letter carrier who was a top-notch golfer and bowler. Curran won a fourball Championship Flight title in 1971. As a bowler, he maintained a 190 average well into his 70s. *Lisa Cooper, 51, of Bartlesville participated in Special Olympics. She had a collection of medals for competing in the softball throw and bowling. *Joe Heselton Jr., 63, of Edmond. Played golf for SUNY College at Plattsburgh in New York. Also played baseball as a youngster. *Frances Duke, 95, of Oklahoma City had a passion for horses. She was an accomplished rider, winning several hunter jumper events. The World War II veteran taught fencing at the college level and competed nationally and locally. *Waymon Harrison, 80, of Oklahoma City. The retired printer coached youth softball in Moore for 20 years. *Bob Nation, 83, of Oklahoma City. Served as vice president of the Del City Sports Association. *Charles Schoenfeldt, 86, of Claremore played baseball at the high school, American Legion and collegiate (Oklahoma A&M) levels. *Judy Russell Harris, 78, of Tulsa was an accomplished bowler. She played with the Tulsa Women's Bowling Association and the Professional Women's Bowling Association. Also competed in third-level dressage. *Donald Chambers, 82, of Edmond played high school baseball and had a chance to play pro ball in the minor leagues. He instead opted to join the Navy, where he was a fireman. *Jim Filson, 86, of Oklahoma City raced boats. He won a 50hp powerboat national championship in 1969. *Dr. Maggie Parks Hayes, 90, of Oklahoma City played field hockey at Oklahoma A&M. *Clarence Maune, 94, of Yukon. Played four years of high school football and baseball for the Yukon Millers. Turned down football scholarship offers to help on the family farm. A World War II veteran who participated in the Battle of the Bulge. *Richard Baker, 55, of Tahlequah was a cyclist. He rode from the West Coast to Virginia, and then Tulsa to Alaska. Also rode across Oklahoma. *Frank Cissne, 76, of Oklahoma City was a track and field standout at Northwest Classen High School. The Air Force veteran had a long career in the fitness industry. *Edward Van Buskirk, 79, Oklahoma City. Raced cars at State Fair Speedway in the 1960s. The letter carrier had a passion for OU football, sports cars and the outdoors. *Valetta Cline Templeman, 96, of Oklahoma City played golf at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club until age 91. Also liked fishing and boating at Lake Eufaula.
Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams:___BOSTON COLLEGETop 25 Class: NoBest in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a...
ACC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams: ___ BOSTON COLLEGE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month. Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection. Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, New Jersey, changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers. Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class — including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery — could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers. ___ CLEMSON Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Lawrence picked Clemson over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. Best of the rest: Tavien Feaster, RB, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Tre Lamar, LB, Roswell, Georgia; Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jonesboro, Georgia; John Simpson, OL, North Charleston, South Carolina Late addition: CB Isaiah Simmons of Olanthe, Kansas, also was considering Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisville. One that got away: Defensive end Rashan Gary of Paramus, New Jersey. Gary, the nation's top prospect, had the Tigers has one of his two finalists before choosing Michigan. How they'll fit in: Lawrence will bid for immediate playing time with linemen Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd off to the NFL. Feaster has speed like former Tiger great C.J. Spiller, Swinney says, and could be the home run hitter Clemson has missed in recent years. ___ DUKE Top 25 Class: On the bubble. Best in class: Scott Bracey, WR, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Dylan Singleton, S, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Mark Birmingham, TE, Ashburn, Virginia; Brandon Hill, LB, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Late addition: Chidi Okonya, DL, Riverdale, Georgia. One that got away: Quarterback Chazz Surratt, the AP offensive player of the year in North Carolina, signed with the rival North Carolina. He had committed to Duke before switching to UNC over the summer. How they'll fit in: Duke brought in seven linemen — four offensive, three defensive — because Cutcliffe said those are the positions "you can't get short in." This class is marked by its versatility — most players play multiple positions and on both offense and defense. ___ FLORIDA STATE Top 25 class: Yes Best in class: Levonta Taylor, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the consensus top-ranked cornerback prospect in the country and committed early enough that he helped attract others to Florida State. He also could end up as a kick or punt returner. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Tyler lacks in size but Fisher said he has a unique skill set, including great ball skills. Best of the rest: Malik Henry, QB, Long Beach, California. Fisher usually has true freshmen run the scout team but the 6-foot-3, 184-pound Henry has enough athleticism and is an early enrollee, meaning he could challenge for the starting spot during spring practice. Late addition: Shevar Manuel, DT, Bradenton, Florida. Manuel had originally committed to Florida but was wavering. Florida State remained in contact with Manuel and convinced him to flip at the last minute. One that got away: Safety Jamel Cook was leaning toward Florida State but the Miami native ended up going to Southern California. How they'll fit in: With the signings, Florida State will have 18 offensive linemen on scholarship when preseason practices begin August. Fisher said that not only benefits the offensive line in terms of building a rotation but should help guys develop faster. ___ GEORGIA TECH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jordan Woods, DE, Citra, Florida. Woods picked Georgia Tech over Florida, Tennessee and Miami. Best of the rest: Parker Braun, OL, Hallsview, Texas; Jay Jones, QB, McCalla, Alabama; Xavier Gantt, RB, Buford, Georgia; Dedrick Mills, RB, Waycross, Georgia. Late addition: CB Ajani Kerr of Powder Springs, Georgia, also was considering Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, among other schools. One that got away: Safety Romeo Finley of Niceville, Florida, listed Georgia Tech as his leader before making a late switch to Miami. How they'll fit in: Johnson recruited for immediate help at wide receiver. Stephen Dolphus (6-5, 200) of Westside High in Macon, Georgia, was compared to former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. The other receivers in the class are Jalen Camp of Cumming, Georgia and Jair Hawkins-Anderson of Suwanee, Georgia. ___ LOUISVILLE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jawon Pass, QB, Columbus, Georgia. The Cardinals bolstered one of their strengths with the 6-foot-4 U.S. Army-All America quarterback, who ranked as the nation's 191st overall prospect by Scout. Pass may not supplant sophomore Lamar Jackson, who became Louisville's starter last season, but he joins his brother Khane, a safety who signed last year. Best of the rest: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Fitzpatrick committed to Louisville more than a year ago, reconsidered this winter before sticking with his original choice after an official visit last weekend. "He sure made us work hard," Petrino said of the recruitment. The Cardinals beat out Nebraska and Indiana for the 6-2 receiver ranked in the top 220 nationally by Rivals and Scout. Fitzpatrick is one of four receivers signed. Late addition: London Iakopo, S, Long Beach (California) City College. Iakopo is one of two four-star safeties in the class along with incoming freshman P.J. Blue, and could see early action at the back of the Cardinals' defense. "He's very, very mature and he's going to give us a lot of leadership," Petrino said of Iakopo. One that got away: Rodjay Burns, Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio State lured Burns, a two-way standout, away from his hometown in the final week. A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Football, Burns had 14 touchdowns as a receiver and four interceptions on defense as a high school senior. How they'll fit in: The Cardinals have seamlessly worked in youngsters and transfers on defense without missing a beat, so it wouldn't be shocking if their newcomers became contributors right away. Pass might be Louisville's quarterback of the future, the same thing that was said about Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon before both emerged as starting signal-callers. ___ MIAMI Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sam Bruce, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 5-foot-8 star from longtime powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High is considered to be a slot receiver, but the Hurricanes see him getting to the outside as well. Bruce seemed to be wavering on his commitment in recent weeks, but he was the one that Miami fans did not want to see get away. "Very explosive player," Richt said. Best of the rest: Jack Allison, QB, Parrish, Florida and Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Orange Park, Florida. Allison is the heir apparent to Brad Kaaya as Miami's starting quarterback and jumped at the chance to enroll at what he long considered his dream school. And Quarterman — along with fellow mid-year linebacker enrollees Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney — gives Miami immediate depth at that position and should be in contention for playing time in the fall. Late addition: Ahmmon Richards, WR, Wellington, Florida. He was a Miami commit before the Hurricanes fired Al Golden, and then re-opened his process to the point where some thought he would get away. One that got away: Tyler Byrd, CB, Naples, Florida. The consensus four-star prospect flipped his commitment to Tennessee — where former Miami interim coach Larry Scott is now on staff — on Tuesday night. Byrd was considered someone who would have been a key performer in 2016 for the Hurricanes. How they'll fit in: There's clearly spots to fill, and Richt didn't get all of Miami's needs taken care of in his first class. But there's a slew of talent returning, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Getting that trio of linebackers in early might be critical, and having Miami legacies like TE Michael Irvin Jr., S Jeff James (Edgerrin James' nephew) and DE Pat Bethel (son of former Miami TE Randy Bethel) in this class won't hurt. ___ NORTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kyree Campbell, DT, Woodbridge, Virginia. Best of the rest: Chazz Surratt, QB, Denver, North Carolina; Jay-Jay McCargo, OL, Alexandria, Virginia; Tomon Fox, DE, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Late addition: DB Patrice Rene (Alexandria, Virginia) originally committed to Rutgers but flipped to UNC in January. One that got away: WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Florida) chose Auburn over UNC on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: After a defensive turnaround last year under coordinator Gene Chizik, the Tar Heels loaded up on defense with 16 signees — including seven defensive backs and four linebackers — after losing seniors in the unit's back seven. ___ NORTH CAROLINA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Thaddeus Moss, TE, Charlotte. Best of the rest: Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra, New Jersey. Late addition: Harmon, originally a South Carolina recruit who decommitted amid the Gamecocks' coaching change to Will Muschamp. One that got away: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest, signed with Clemson. How they'll fit in: Doeren says he'd like to redshirt all but about six players. Moss and Harmon seem to be extreme talents who should have a chance to play soon. Frazier should be strong enough to make a quick impact. ___ PITTSBURGH Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Damar Hamlin, DB, Pittsburgh. Blazing fast with what Narduzzi called "the best feet, hips and most athletic corners you can recruit." Best of the rest: DL Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, Florida.), chose Pitt after originally committing to USC. RB George Hill (Youngstown, Ohio). Late addition: Rashad Weaver, DL, Cooper City (Fla.) One that got away: RB Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills) signed with Penn State. How they'll fit in: The beauty for Narduzzi is he's not quite sure. Though Whitehead made an immediate impact at safety last year — he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after leading Pitt with 99 tackles — but he also saw snaps on offense, averaging 10 yards every time he touched the ball. There are plenty of prospects who could get a shot at similar double duty going forward. ___ SYRACUSE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Moe Neal, ATH, Gastonia, North Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Neal was the nation's 43rd-ranked athlete in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He scored 103 TDs in high school. Best of the rest: DE Jaquwan Nelson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nelson is rated three stars and the No. 54 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. Late addition: Devin Butler, who had previously committed to Maryland, decided Wednesday morning to go with the Orange. The 6-foot, 185-pound Butler also plans to join the Syracuse track and field team. One that got away: Three-star OG Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Reese, rated the No. 19 offensive guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings, opted for Mississippi State of the Southeast Conference on Monday. Syracuse, Reese's other finalist, had visited him twice in the past three weeks in addition to hosting him on an official visit in mid-January. How they'll fit in: The big story for the Orange is how quickly Babers can install his offense and who he picks to lead it. Sophomore Eric Dungey, despite at least one concussion and several other hard hits to the head last fall, succeeded Terrel Hunt after the senior starter's college career ended with a torn Achilles in the season opener. ___ VIRGINIA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Tre Harbison, RB, Shelby, North Carolina. Ran for 5,770 yards and 100 touchdowns in a high school career that ended with back-to-back state championships and a 32-0 record his last two seasons. Best of the rest: Hasise Dubois, WR, Irvington, New Jersey. A 6-3 receiver who caught 97 passes for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns during his high school career and had nine interceptions as a defensive back. Late addition: Trysten Hill, DL, Lee, Florida. One that got away: Laderrian Wilson, RB, Kissimmee, Florida (went to Maryland). How they'll fit in: Mendenhall takes a unique approach to redshirting and want ___ VIRGINIA TECH Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Evans. He threw for 395 yards per game with 38 touchdown passes and just three interceptions last season, and has already enrolled at Virginia Tech. A dual-threat, he also ran for more than 400 yards. Best of the rest: Khalil Ladler, CB, Stone Mountain, Georgia. A four-star recruit who spent the past season recovering from a torn ACL. Late addition: Eron Carter, LB, Palatka, Florida was being recruited heavily by the service academies, Foster said, describing the 6-2, 230-pounder as "more of a thumper-type guy." One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: With Fuente bringing what Hokies fans hope will be the high-powered offense they have long craved, the quarterback battle will be crucial to how quickly they are able to meet those expectations. Evans and Joshua Jackson join three holdovers — Brenden Motley, Dwayne Lawson and Chris Durkin, and so the winter, spring and summer will be critical times. ___ WAKE FOREST Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sulaiman Kamara, DT, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Byrd; Taleni Suhren, OT, Charlotte; Emmanuel Walker, DE, Holly Hill, South Carolina. Late addition: None. All but a few players have been committed since last September. One that got away: LB Riley Cole, who decommitted late from Alabama and signed late in the afternoon with South Alabama. How they'll fit in: For Wake Forest, the better question is WHEN they'll fit in. The Demon Deacons are at their best when they're patiently redshirting players and allowing them to develop. But during the past few years, they simply didn't have enough bodies to do that, a big reason why they were one of the nation's most inexperienced teams in 2015. Clawson says he would prefer to redshirt 80 percent of the incoming freshmen.
Jan 30, 2016
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two years before the first football game was played at Hughes Stadium, students were lined up outside for two hours before the doors opened to Colorado State University's new basketball arena.It was Jan. 24, 1966, and everyone wanted to see coach Jim Williams' Rams play their first game inside Moby Arena."It was push and shove," said Jan Carpenter, a student at the...
At 50, Moby Arena endures as heart of CSU athletics
By KELLY LYELL, Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two years before the first football game was played at Hughes Stadium, students were lined up outside for two hours before the doors opened to Colorado State University's new basketball arena. It was Jan. 24, 1966, and everyone wanted to see coach Jim Williams' Rams play their first game inside Moby Arena. "It was push and shove," said Jan Carpenter, a student at the time and longtime fan of the Rams. "We wanted to be behind the coach ... so we'd rush down to get the best seats." The iconic arena, with a curved roof that was immediately likened to the shape of a whale and later named for "Moby Dick," was built for $2.2 million and has undergone numerous changes over the past 50 years. Changes that have made the 8,745-seat, multi-use facility one that should be able to serve Colorado State University for at least another 15 to 20 years, athletic director Joe Parker said. Hughes Stadium, which cost $2.8 million to build and opened in 1968 on a site 3 miles west of the school's main campus, underneath Horsetooth Reservoir's Dixon Canyon Dam, is being replaced in 2017 by a new $220 million on-campus facility currently under construction. Although it underwent major renovations in 2005-06, adding permanent seating to the north end zone, expanding the press box and booster gathering areas, and adding 12 new luxury boxes and replacing the natural grass playing surface with artificial FieldTurf, little has been done to modernize Hughes in the past decade. Its useful life, school officials have determined, is coming to a close following the 2016 football season, the school's 50th at the stadium. Moby Arena, built two years earlier as a replacement for the 1,500-seat South College Gymnasium, has a longer lifespan. It's not only usable, it's viewed as a treasure by the coaches and athletes of the teams who play there and the fans who pay money to come watch those games. "I think the look is old-school and kind of special," men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy said. Senior guard Joe De Ciman, a member of Eustachy's team, said: "When you've got it filled up, it's one of the loudest places in the country." To those close to CSU's basketball and volleyball programs, Moby Arena holds a special place in their hearts. They've watched the Rams win and lose hundreds of games in the building over the past 50 years. They've attended commencement ceremonies there, for themselves, for friends, for relatives and neighbors, some graduating from CSU and others from the Poudre School District high schools that rent the building out each year. People have packed the building to hear several notable speakers over the years: former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleeze Rice, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and South African activist and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Top musical acts, including the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Van Halen, have drawn sellout crowds to Moby. Many of the scenes in the 1976 movie "One on One," starring Robbie Benson, Annette O'Toole and G.D. Spradlin, were filmed in and around Moby. The facility has been home to first- and second-round games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, a Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament and an NCAA regional in volleyball. It served as the home gym for CSU's wrestling and gymnastics teams before those programs were eliminated in the mid-1970s. The women's swimming and diving team still holds its home meets in Moby Pool on the east end of the building that houses the main arena. "It's amazing what's taken place inside that facility that people don't realize," said Gary Ozzello, the school's sports information director for more than 30 years and now CSU's vice president for external relations and the director of community engagement. One that stands out to him was a men's basketball game in 1966, just weeks after the building opened, against the Texas Western team coached by Don Haskins that went on to win the national championship that season. Texas Western used a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat the Rams 68-66. "It's a wonderful facility that's been upgraded and renovated," Ozzello said. Basketball doesn't demand some of the fan amenities that football does, Parker said. Fans don't need luxury boxes, club seating areas or places to hold tailgate parties before or after basketball games. They don't need to make a day of attending a two-hour basketball game the way many do for football games that last 3 1/2 to four hours. At least they aren't as willing to pay for high-end amenities for basketball the way they would for football, Eustachy said. So old basketball venues are more likely to be renovated instead of razed and replaced. Even those that house some of the top programs in the country. Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940. Allen Fieldhouse at Kansas opened in 1955. The list goes on and on and on. "Basketball's just a very historic sport," De Ciman said. "Duke could expand numerously and still sell it out every night, but it just wouldn't have that kind of atmosphere and environment. Just knowing the people that have played before you, and they come back and see the same tradition, and they see the same floor that you just played on is just something that's very historic." Instead of replacing Moby Arena, CSU has continued to update it. "Moby's a facility that for its 50 years of service has been used year-round and not just for athletics, but there's a lot of academic programming that's taking place in that building," Parker said. "So I think for that reason there's been a different schedule of maintenance and the way they've addressed the care of the facility" compared to Hughes, which is "entirely mothballed" and "in a state of hibernation," with steam and water turned off for months at a time. "There's been as little as possible done on that facility (Hughes), where I think Moby has just had a consistent annual investment of, 'Let's make sure this thing is functioning at the highest level possible,' "Parker said. "I think the two biggest differences are just the location of the facilities and then the investment of a consistent maintenance program on both, to the point where, 50 years later, Moby stands ready to serve in a pretty sound way for the next few decades." ___ Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana athletic director Fred Glass liked the direction coach Kevin Wilson took the football program over the past five seasons.So he's giving Wilson a chance to finish the job.Less than two months after the Hoosiers ended an eight-year bowl drought, Wilson signed a six-year contract that will pay him $15.3 million. It replaces the final two years on the deal Wilson...
Hoosiers reward football coach with new 6-year contract
By MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana athletic director Fred Glass liked the direction coach Kevin Wilson took the football program over the past five seasons. So he's giving Wilson a chance to finish the job. Less than two months after the Hoosiers ended an eight-year bowl drought, Wilson signed a six-year contract that will pay him $15.3 million. It replaces the final two years on the deal Wilson originally signed after the 2010 season and will keep him in Bloomington through the 2021 season. There had been growing speculation about Wilson's future late last season after Indiana looked like it would miss out on the postseason again following losses to the Big Ten's two division champions, Michigan State and Iowa, last year's national champion, Ohio State, and conference contender Michigan. But as concerns grew among the fan base, Glass became increasingly optimistic about where Indiana was going. Winning the final two conference games on the road to become bowl-eligible only cemented his decision. "I will tell you after we played so well against those four top-10 or close to top-10 teams, I won't say we arrived but we were so competitive against those prominent teams that if those last two games hadn't gone the way they did, we might have ended up in the same place we are today (with Wilson)," Glass told The Associated Press. Wilson's less-than-stellar 20-41 record and 8-32 mark in league play wasn't a deterrent, either. When Glass hired Wilson, he said he would be patient with this team, noting it would take years for the Hoosiers to complete a major rebuilding project. Under Wilson, the Hoosiers have made steady progress. They went from one win in 2011 to 6-7 mark last season with three of the four losses to the ranked teams coming in either the final minutes of regulation or overtime. Indiana also lost in overtime to Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. In addition, Wilson has beaten Purdue three straight times — the Hoosiers' longest winning streak in the rivalry since the 1940s — and he's had three players declare early for the NFL draft over the past two years. That was enough to convince Glass that Wilson needed a longer deal to avoid the negativity about Wilson's future that could be used against him on the recruiting trail. "I think it was important to do that for that reason and also to reinforce our commitment to Kevin and our commitment to football," Glass said. "I think it represents another significant investment in improving Indiana football." Glass said the only reason the announcement didn't come sooner was because Wilson was busy with bowl preparations and recruiting. He said both men wanted to complete the deal before Monday night's national championship game. Wilson already has signed two highly-touted junior college transfers, including quarterback Richard Lagow of Plano, Texas, and he already has commitments from at least 10 high school players. But with a new contract, upgraded football facilities and renewed hope in the program, Indiana believes Wilson can continue to raise the profile of Indiana football nationally. "Coupled with an already solid foundation, this ensures stability as we continue to build a winning program in the Big Ten East," Wilson said in a statement. "The administration has shown a total commitment to our program development, continuity, staffing, recruiting and facilities, and has invested heavily in the development of and experience for our students. We are excited for the opportunity and embrace the challenge ahead." Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is the only other Big Ten coach signed through the 2021 season, Glass said, and Wilson is looking forward to the opportunity.
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman North
NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question.Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program.On Tuesday morning,...
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman North
Scott Wright, Associated Press | Jan 6, 2016NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question. Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program. On Tuesday morning, he re-enrolled at Norman North after the school approved his appeal of the disciplinary punishment. As far as the Norman school district is concerned, Waters is now in good standing. But since he played at Sunrise, though only briefly, he became ineligible for 365 days by OSSAA rules. Waters told the Norman Transcript that he returned to be back with his family, and in school with his longtime friends. “At the end of the day, I thought it's just much more than basketball,” he told the newspaper. “I'm not sure what my eligibility is, but if it works out, I'll definitely come back and play. If not, I'm fine with being a student.” Waters said he has been in contact with OSU coach Travis Ford and has the coach's support, regardless of what happens with the remainder of his high school career. Waters can apply for an OSSAA hardship to become eligible immediately. Norman officials reached out to the OSSAA to clarify Waters' current eligibility status, but as of Tuesday afternoon, no hardship paperwork had been filed with the organization. Waters told the Transcript that playing at Sunrise was “a lot like college, a lot of time in school and basketball. It's just a business.” Whether or not Waters gets to play another high school game, his story is a cautionary tale to high school students. For one, whether a student is a Division I-caliber athlete or not, decisions have consequences. And two, prep schools might be the right choice for some, and might be a necessary step for others. But they're not for everybody. BASKETBALL'S FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WEEKEND OF 2016 ARRIVES If you're looking for reasons not to watch Oklahoma high school basketball, you're running out of excuses fast — and Tuesday night was a prime example of the talent level around here. Edmond North is the hottest team around, following Old Dominion signee Tre Evans' 33-point outing to lead the Huskies to an 18-point win over No. 1 Mustang. Trae Young, with OU, OSU, Duke and Kentucky among the teams intensely recruiting him, had 34 points and 11 assists in a win over Edmond Memorial. SMU-bound Dashawn McDowell of Southeast had a triple-double, with 42 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Class 3A Heritage Hall out-dueled Class 4A Harrah in a tightly contested battle of No. 1-ranked teams. And that doesn't even touch on all the impressive performances from Tuesday night. With big tournaments all around the state Thursday-Saturday, there will be plenty of chances to see some quality hoop action. Norman North and Edmond Memorial, with OU signee Kristian Doolittle, will be in a stout field at the McGuinness Classic. The Putnam City Invitational is solid as usual, with the boys playing at PC North and the girls at PC West. Westmoore's girls have Tulsa Washington and Sapulpa coming in for their annual tournament, giving OKC-area fans a chance to see OU signee Chelsea Dungee of Sapulpa in person. HERITAGE HALL'S TERRELL LOVE COMMITS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love has found a college home. The 5-foot-9, 230-pound bruiser known as “Tank” by his teammates verbally committed to Texas Southern, a Division I FCS school, on Tuesday. Love confirmed his commitment to The Oklahoman along with Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert. The offer was his first from a Division I university. Love, who was on The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team, rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns while helping the Chargers win a second straight Class 3A state championship. He rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. For his career, he rushed for 3,548 yards and 67 scores. MILLWOOD'S MICHELBY DAVIS, ALTUS' TAVEN BIRDOW ADD OFFERS Millwood defensive end Michelby Davis added another Division I FCS scholarship offer this week, with South Dakota joining the mix. And Altus running back Taven Birdow, The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year, picked up an offer from Navy. Davis, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, had 48 tackles and 16 sacks in nine games during his senior season, also playing tight end for the Falcons. Western Illinois had previously offered Davis as well. Birdow rushed for 2,472 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading Altus to the Class 5A state championship. His offer list now includes all three service academies, along with Southern Miss and Richmond. The 2016 recruiting class has lived up to the expectation as one of the most talented in state history. It has elite prospects at the top, and incredible depth, with more than 60 players holding Division I offers right now. EDMOND NORTH'S AWEAU STEPS DOWN AS VOLLEYBALL COACH State champion Edmond North will be looking for a new volleyball coach. Kimo Aweau stepped down this week after leading the Huskies to the Class 6A title in October. Edmond North went 32-1, earning Aweau The Oklahoman's All-City Coach of the Year honor. The Huskies graduate some key players, but also return some talent, led by Grace Frohling. The 6-foot-3 freshman has already begun to draw recruiting attention on a national scale. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report. ——— ©2016 The Oklahoman Visit The Oklahoman at www.newsok.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003277,t000040508,t000003183
Prep Parade: OSU signee Lindy Waters' high school basketball future out of his hands with return to Norman NorthJan 6, 2016
Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program.
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Jan 6, 2016NORMAN — Lindy Waters III is back at Norman North, but his return to the basketball court is still in question. Waters, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard who has signed with Oklahoma State, left Norman North in October while facing disciplinary sanctions. He enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school in Wichita, Kan., and joined its highly regarded basketball program. On Tuesday morning, he re-enrolled at Norman North after the school approved his appeal of the disciplinary punishment. As far as the Norman school district is concerned, Waters is now in good standing. But since he played at Sunrise, though only briefly, he became ineligible for 365 days by OSSAA rules. Waters told the Norman Transcript that he returned to be back with his family, and in school with his longtime friends. “At the end of the day, I thought it's just much more than basketball,” he told the newspaper. “I'm not sure what my eligibility is, but if it works out, I'll definitely come back and play. If not, I'm fine with being a student.” Waters said he has been in contact with OSU coach Travis Ford and has the coach's support, regardless of what happens with the remainder of his high school career. Waters can apply for an OSSAA hardship to become eligible immediately. Norman officials reached out to the OSSAA to clarify Waters' current eligibility status, but as of Tuesday afternoon, no hardship paperwork had been filed with the organization. Waters told the Transcript that playing at Sunrise was “a lot like college, a lot of time in school and basketball. It's just a business.” Whether or not Waters gets to play another high school game, his story is a cautionary tale to high school students. For one, whether a student is a Division I-caliber athlete or not, decisions have consequences. And two, prep schools might be the right choice for some, and might be a necessary step for others. But they're not for everybody. BASKETBALL'S FIRST BIG TOURNAMENT WEEKEND OF 2016 ARRIVES If you're looking for reasons not to watch Oklahoma high school basketball, you're running out of excuses fast — and Tuesday night was a prime example of the talent level around here. Edmond North is the hottest team around, following Old Dominion signee Tre Evans' 33-point outing to lead the Huskies to an 18-point win over No. 1 Mustang. Trae Young, with OU, OSU, Duke and Kentucky among the teams intensely recruiting him, had 34 points and 11 assists in a win over Edmond Memorial. SMU-bound Dashawn McDowell of Southeast had a triple-double, with 42 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Class 3A Heritage Hall out-dueled Class 4A Harrah in a tightly contested battle of No. 1-ranked teams. And that doesn't even touch on all the impressive performances from Tuesday night. With big tournaments all around the state Thursday-Saturday, there will be plenty of chances to see some quality hoop action. Norman North and Edmond Memorial, with OU signee Kristian Doolittle, will be in a stout field at the McGuinness Classic. The Putnam City Invitational is solid as usual, with the boys playing at PC North and the girls at PC West. Westmoore's girls have Tulsa Washington and Sapulpa coming in for their annual tournament, giving OKC-area fans a chance to see OU signee Chelsea Dungee of Sapulpa in person. HERITAGE HALL'S TERRELL LOVE COMMITS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN Heritage Hall running back Terrell Love has found a college home. The 5-foot-9, 230-pound bruiser known as “Tank” by his teammates verbally committed to Texas Southern, a Division I FCS school, on Tuesday. Love confirmed his commitment to The Oklahoman along with Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert. The offer was his first from a Division I university. Love, who was on The Oklahoman's Little All-City football team, rushed for 1,670 yards and 31 touchdowns while helping the Chargers win a second straight Class 3A state championship. He rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. For his career, he rushed for 3,548 yards and 67 scores. MILLWOOD'S MICHELBY DAVIS, ALTUS' TAVEN BIRDOW ADD OFFERS Millwood defensive end Michelby Davis added another Division I FCS scholarship offer this week, with South Dakota joining the mix. And Altus running back Taven Birdow, The Oklahoman's All-State Offensive Player of the Year, picked up an offer from Navy. Davis, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, had 48 tackles and 16 sacks in nine games during his senior season, also playing tight end for the Falcons. Western Illinois had previously offered Davis as well. Birdow rushed for 2,472 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading Altus to the Class 5A state championship. His offer list now includes all three service academies, along with Southern Miss and Richmond. The 2016 recruiting class has lived up to the expectation as one of the most talented in state history. It has elite prospects at the top, and incredible depth, with more than 60 players holding Division I offers right now. EDMOND NORTH'S AWEAU STEPS DOWN AS VOLLEYBALL COACH State champion Edmond North will be looking for a new volleyball coach. Kimo Aweau stepped down this week after leading the Huskies to the Class 6A title in October. Edmond North went 32-1, earning Aweau The Oklahoman's All-City Coach of the Year honor. The Huskies graduate some key players, but also return some talent, led by Grace Frohling. The 6-foot-3 freshman has already begun to draw recruiting attention on a national scale. Jacob Unruh contributed to this report.
Jan. 11863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville.1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha.1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flagJan. 21939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa.1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska...
Today in Nebraska-January
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 29, 2015Jan. 1 1863 — The first homestead claim was filed at Brownville. 1891 — Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal and insurance organization, incorporated in Omaha. 1926 — More than 4,000 people attended a reception at the state Capitol for the first official display of the state flag Jan. 2 1939 — Gov. Kay Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa. 1984 — The Miami Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl to win the national collegiate football championship. Jan. 3 1949 — A huge blizzard that Gov. Val Peterson called one of the greatest catastrophes ever to hit Nebraska raged across the state. Twenty-five deaths were attributed to the storm. Jan. 4 1854 — A committee headed by Stephen Douglas reported to the U.S. Senate a bill creating the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Jan. 5 1937 — The first session of the unicameral Legislature began in Lincoln. Jan. 6 1910 — Novelist Wright Morris was born in Central City. Jan. 7 1870 — The first 10 miles of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad were completed. 1944 — Three seamen were killed in an explosion at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Hastings. Two more fatal explosions occurred later in the year. Jan. 8 1862 — Saunders County, formerly known as Calhoun County, was organized by an act of the Territorial Legislature. 1881 — Poet John G. Neihardt was born near Sharpsburg, Ill. 1910 — Chadron was chosen the site for the state's fourth normal school, now known as Chadron State College. Jan. 9 1866 — Territorial Gov. Alvin Saunders urged the Legislature to consider statehood. 1879 — A group of Cheyenne Indians broke out of Fort Robinson, leading Army troops on a chase that lasted several days in bitterly cold weather. 1953 — The state Supreme Court ruled that real estate should be assessed at actual value, touching off a controversy that lasted many months. Jan. 10 1917 — Buffalo Bill Cody died in Denver. 1975 — A blizzard driven by 60 mph winds struck Omaha, dumping up to 16 inches of snow. 1976 — An explosion and fire destroyed the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, killing 18 people. Jan. 11 1860 — Territorial Legislature authorized a special election to consider forming a state constitution. Jan. 12 1858 — William Richardson became governor of the Nebraska Territory. 1872 — Grand Duke Alexis of Russia arrived in North Platte for a bison hunt with Bill Cody. 1888 — The Schoolchildren's Blizzard. Jan. 13 1873 — Gov. Robert Furnas issued a proclamation organizing Sherman County. 1987 — Mayor Mike Boyle, of Omaha, accused of misconduct in office, was recalled in a special election. Jan. 14 1940 — Among manufacturing cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, Omaha is the country's first city in the manufacture of butter. Jan. 15 1919 — The people of Sidney threw a welcome-home victory dance for servicemen returning from World War I. Several foxtrots were on the program. Jan. 16 1855 — The first session of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature opened. Jan. 17 1965 — An early Omaha landmark, the Omaha Paper Co. building, was destroyed by fire. Jan. 18 1856 — The Territorial Legislature chartered the Bank of Florence, which failed three years later. 2008 — An 18-year-old North Platte man pleaded guilty to charges related to a double homicide. Michael Grandon admitted killing Lori Solie and 5-year-old Tiara Solie, the mother and half sister, respectively, of Grandon's teenage girlfriend, Alisha Ochoa. 2012 — President Barack Obama rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through Nebraska and other states on its way to the Gulf Coast. The decision didn't kill the project, however. Jan. 19 1874 — Settlers and a band of Sioux Indians were involved in a skirmish near Elyria that became known as the Battle of Pebble Creek. The Indians withdrew after an exchange of shots with the settlers that left one settler dead. Jan. 20 1965 — The Omaha Benson High School Band, in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade, experienced a brief period of panic when members learned that their instruments had not arrived in the Capitol with them. Musicians and instruments were soon reunited when the mix-up was straightened out. Jan. 21 1879 — Cheyenne outbreak at Fort Robinson ends with the Battle of Antelope Creek. 1930 — Longtime Omaha Mayor Jim Dahlman died. Jan. 22 1879 — Nine Northern Cheyenne Indians were captured and about two dozen killed at the end of the Battle of Antelope Creek about 40 miles northwest of Fort Robinson. 1893 — The Capitol National Bank failed in Lincoln during a financial panic. Jan. 24 1949 — The village of Terrytown was incorporated. Jan. 25 1940 — Shattering all records for a movie here, "Gone With the Wind" opened at the Paramount in Omaha, with an advance sale of 17,000 tickets. Jan. 26 1856 — Dixon County was organized. 1916 — Keya Paha High School opened in Springview. Jan. 27 1949 — Thirteen inches of snow fell in Omaha during a blizzard. 1958 — Police found the bodies of three people at a Lincoln home, the first victims discovered in a murder spree by Charles Starkweather. Jan. 28 1940 — John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was not available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library. The Library Board had not taken formal action after a discussion to ban the book, but the librarian said the book had been catalogued and then withdrawn from circulation. Jan. 29 1958 — Mass murderer Charles Starkweather, of Lincoln, was arrested in Douglas, Wyo. Jan. 30 1965 — Noting that it is difficult to determine where to draw the line in laws regulating exotic dancing, the Omaha city attorney told a council member that he didn't think it rational to write an ordinance permitting only one wiggle per drum beat. Jan. 31 1876 — The Sioux Nation was turned over to the War Department. The U.S. government issued a decree the month before requiring that all Sioux Indians in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana turn themselves in at reservations or be considered hostile.
Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics.Jan. 1 — Connor...
2015 At A Glance
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015Jan. 1 — Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 and three touchdowns and Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give Wisconsin a 34-31 victory over Auburn. Gordon finished with 2,587 yards in 14 games — second-most in FBS history. Barry Sanders gained 2,628 in 11 games in 1988, when the NCAA did not include bowl results in a player's statistics. Jan. 1 — Connor Cook threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds left to cap a three-touchdown, fourth-quarter comeback in No. 7 Michigan State's 42-41 victory over playoff-snubbed No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans, who trailed 41-21 after three quarters, got the winning touchdown after Marcus Rush blocked a Baylor field goal with just more than a minute left. Jan. 1 — Marcus Mariota and Oregon rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout. Jan. 1 — Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff. Jan. 2 — Greg Ward threw three touchdowns in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl, two after Houston recovered onside kicks, and completed a game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars beat Pittsburgh 35-34. Pitt led 31-6 with 14 minutes left in the game when Houston went on to the biggest comeback in an FBS game this season, and the third-largest in a bowl game. Jan. 3 — A month shy of 43, Jaromir Jagr scored three times to pass Gordie Howe and become the oldest NHL player to record a hat trick, leading New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Howe was 41 in 1969 when he had a three-goal game. Jan. 6 — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Jan. 6 — Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists to reach 1,000 NHL points, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1. The goal was the 399th for Elias. Jan. 7 — Golde State's Klay Thompson scored 40 points and Stephen Curry added 21 points and a season-high-tying 15 assists to put away the Indiana Pacers 117-102. Curry became the fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3-pointers. It was Curry's 369th game, 88 fewer than it took Dennis Scott (457 games) to reach the milestone. Jan. 10 — North Dakota State became the first team to win four straight FCS championships with a thrilling 29-27 victory over Illinois State. Bison quarterback Carson Wentz ran five yards for the winning touchdown about a minute after Tre Roberson's 58-yard run put Illinois State ahead. Jan. 10 — Tom Brady set a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore. Brady broke Joe Montana's record with 46 postseason TD passes and the Patriots reached their fourth straight AFC championship game. Jan. 11 — Roger Federer beat the up-and-coming Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to register his 1,000th career match and win the Brisbane International. Jan. 11 — Green Bay rallied from an 8-point deficit as Aaron Rodgers threw for two second-half touchdowns to beat Dallas 26-21 in an NFC divisional-round playoff. The Packers were helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining. Dez Bryant's leaping catch at the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 was reversed by referee Gene Steratore after Green Bay challenged. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas, the ball went over to the Packers. Jan. 12 — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20. Jan. 13 — Minnesota's Mo Williams scored a career-high 52 points and the Timberwolves Minnesota snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 win over Indiana. Jan. 16 — Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks was suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games for violating terms of the NBA's anti-drug program. The Bucks later waived Sanders on Feb. 21. Jan. 16 — The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the sanctions imposed in 2012. Jan. 18 — Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Outplayed much of the game and plagued by five turnovers, the Seahawks trailed 16-7 with 2:09 remaining. That's when Wilson ran 1 yard for a TD. Seattle recovered a bobbled onside kick at the 50, and Marshawn Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. Wilson's desperate 2-point conversion pass was hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19. But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, from 48 yards with 14 seconds to go. Jan. 18 — Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and LeGarrette Blount ran in three more to lead the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl with a 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jan. 19 — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G for her record 63rd World Cup victory. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Jan. 20 — Southern Mississippi administered a self-imposed a postseason ban for the current basketball season because of an ongoing NCAA inquiry into the program. The university did not play in the Conference USA postseason tournament or made itself eligible for NCAA tournament consideration. Jan. 20 — Claude Giroux scored 3:57 into overtime, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a fight-filled game. The throwback clash featured one ejection and 93 penalty minutes. Heated rivals for years, the teams fought four times in the second period for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Jan. 21 — Max Scherzer was introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract. Jan. 21 — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists in Detroit's 128-118 victory over Orlando, the NBA's first 20-point, 20-assist performance since Steve Nash on Nov. 9, 2009. Jan. 22 — Pau and Marc Gasol were voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star game. Pau of Chicago was elected to start up front for the East and Memphis' Marc for the West frontcourt. Jan. 23 — Roger Federer was ousted from the Australian Open in the third round, beaten by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5). This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001, when he also lost in the third round. Jan. 23 — Klay Thompson set an NBA record for the most points in a quarter, a thrilling 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Thompson made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from 3-point range, in the quarter and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span. He finished with a career-high 52 points on 16-for-25 shooting, including 11 for 15 on 3-pointers. Jan. 24 — Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. Figure Skating title. Her 148.98 points for the free skate and 221.02 overall were records for the event, beating defending champ Gracie Gold by a whopping 15.48. Jan. 25 — Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone, when No. 5 Duke surged past St. John's for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden. Krzyzewski reached four figures on his first try. He improved to 1,000-308 in a 40-year coaching career that began in 1975 at his alma mater, Army. Jan. 25 — Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. It marked the 15th time since the 1973-74 season — when blocked shots were first tracked in the NBA — in which a player recorded a "triple-dozen" in points/rebounds/blocks. Jan. 25 — John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game. The 29 goals were the most in the event's 60-year history, eclipsing the 26-goal burst in North America's 14-12 victory over the World in 2001. Jan. 25 — Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Aussie to reach the final eight in Melbourne Park men's draw since 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals. Jan. 25 — A capacity crowd of 63,225 in at Glendale, Ariz., watched Team Irvin beat Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl. The NFL tried new rules for the game. No kickoffs, no blitzing, alternate possessions to start each quarter, two-minute warnings for each quarter and stopping the clock when a running play doesn't gain a yard in the final two minutes. Jan. 25 — Jason Brown won his first U.S. men's figure skating title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Brown finished with 274.98 points to beat Rippon by 2.5. Rippon won the free skate with 187.77. Jan. 27 — Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin, becoming the first Russian to get a World Cup victory in more than three decades. Khoroshilov finished in a total time of 1:46.39, 1.44 ahead of second-place Stefano Gross of Italy. Russia's last victory came from Alexander Zhirov in a giant slalom in 1981. Jan. 28 — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as LeBron James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers. Jan. 30 — The Phoenix Open continued without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The biggest shock was Woods, who made bogey on his last hole for an 82, the worst score in his two decades as a pro. Mickelson shot 76 and missed the cut by two shots. Jan. 31 — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Jan. 31 — Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli became the first all-Italian team to capture a Grand Slam men's doubles title in more than 50 years after beating the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final. Jan. 31 — Teen star Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking. The 17-year-old blew a late lead and settled for a share of second place at the LPGA Tour's season opener, where she finished a shot behind Na Yeon Choi in the Coates Golf Championship. Jan. 31 — Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also included a pair of contributors, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, along with senior selection Mick Tingelhoff. Jan. 31 — Aaron Rodgers won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions. He threw 512 passes at home without a pick and led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury. Jan. 31 — Bibb County defeated Brookwood 2-0 in an Alabama high school basketball game, with the only score came in the opening 15 seconds. After two passes, Bibb County's Brandon Rutledge scored after rebounding a missed 3-pointer. It was the lowest scoring game since Durham Hillside (N.C.) defeated Roxboro Person (N.C.), 2-0, in 1977. MORE
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The quarterback for the Richmond Spiders is embracing the opportunity to play football in a building that has not been kind to opposing quarterbacks.Sophomore Kyle Lauletta will guide the upstart Spiders Friday night against four-time defending FCS winner North Dakota State. The Pennsylvania native says he followed NDSU when he was a high school student and calls the dome...
Spiders prepare for loud reception in semifinal against NDSU
Associated Press | Dec 17, 2015FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The quarterback for the Richmond Spiders is embracing the opportunity to play football in a building that has not been kind to opposing quarterbacks. Sophomore Kyle Lauletta will guide the upstart Spiders Friday night against four-time defending FCS winner North Dakota State. The Pennsylvania native says he followed NDSU when he was a high school student and calls the dome visit a dream come true. The 18,000-seat arena is tough for opponents. NDSU is 15-0 at home in the FCS playoffs. The No. 7-seeded Spiders have shown they can win on a big stage. They beat James Madison when ESPN's GameDay program featured the Dukes. And they shut down 2014 FCS runner-up Illinois State on the road last week, giving the No. 3-seeded Bison a bonus game at home.
Dec 10, 2015
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey celebrated with his teammates when he heard the news he was one three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, and quickly deflected the credit to his offensive line, other teammates and coaches.Stanford's do-it-all running back earned his trip to New York by being a tough between-the-tackles force, a dynamic returner, a lightning quick runner and a matchup...
HEISMAN PROFILE: McCaffrey does it all for Stanford
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Dec 10, 2015STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey celebrated with his teammates when he heard the news he was one three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, and quickly deflected the credit to his offensive line, other teammates and coaches. Stanford's do-it-all running back earned his trip to New York by being a tough between-the-tackles force, a dynamic returner, a lightning quick runner and a matchup nightmare as a receiver. He even threw a couple touchdown passes. About the only thing McCaffrey didn't do this season was brag. "It's still such a surreal moment for me," he said. "It's very humbling." The kid who grew up with Barry Sanders posters on his wall delivered a season that eclipsed Sanders' best in college when it comes to all-purpose yards. McCaffrey set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 3,496 this season. Even if it took McCaffrey two extra games to reach the mark, just being mentioned alongside Sanders' magical 1988 campaign is quite the accomplishment. "It's special," coach David Shaw said. "It's not a conference record. It's not just a really good year. This is an historic year. He did something that no one has ever done and has done it better than everyone who has ever won a Heisman. It's phenomenal." McCaffrey finished second in the nation to Alabama's Derrick Henry with 1,847 yards rushing. But it's in the all-around game where he truly excels. As a skilled pattern runner with great hands out of the backfield or from the slot, McCaffrey added 41 catches for 540 yards to give him the most yards from scrimmage in the nation with 2,387. He also had the second most kick return yards in the nation with 1,042 and 67 additional yards on punt returns to finish with over 1,000 more all-purpose yards than any other player in the country. Numbers alone fail to do McCaffrey justice. There was the tackle-breaking 49-yard catch-and-run against California, the 70-yard wildcat run against UCLA and the ankle-breaking cuts at full speed that leave defenders in the dust. "He's got one of the best one-step jukes in the world," Stanford cornerback Ronnie Harris said. "Honestly, I'm always star-gazing at him. I'm on the sidelines listening to coach (Duane) Akina with one eye and with the other eye I'm like, 'What is this dude Christian doing?' He's a spectacular treat." McCaffrey's greatness comes from hard work and good genes. His father, Ed, was a star receiver at Stanford who went on to catch 565 passes and win three Super Bowls in a 13-year NFL career. His mother, Lisa, played soccer at Stanford and is the daughter of Olympic silver medal-winning sprinter David Sime. McCaffrey's older brother, Max, is a wide receiver at Duke, and his two younger brothers play high school football in Colorado. While McCaffrey's teammates saw that talent in him as soon as he arrived as a freshman last summer for his first practices, opponents and those outside the program had to wait. McCaffrey got just 59 offensive touches as a freshman, and it took time for him to learn Stanford's playbook and get acclimated to the college game. The coaches told him to add weight in the offseason and learn patience from watching tapes of LeSean McCoy so they could tailor the offense around him. "Christian has been able to adopt that same running style," Shaw said. "And you see that flash of lightning and the kid explodes through the hole, it's just phenomenal. It's been fun to watch." ___ HEISMAN-DEFINING MOMENT: McCaffrey provided his highlight-reel play in the Big Game against California when he caught a screen pass from Kevin Hogan, broke two tackles in the backfield, juked three other defenders and outraced the rest of the defense on a 49-yard score. BEST GAME: McCaffrey set the school-record with 461 all-purpose yards in the Pac-12 title game against USC. He ran for 207 yards and a touchdown, added four catches for 105 yards and another score, had 149 yards in returns and even threw an 11-yard TD pass. WORST GAME: McCaffrey was held to 66 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving in a season-opening loss at Northwestern. It was his fewest yards from scrimmage all season. PRO POSPECTS: McCaffrey isn't eligible for the draft until 2017 at the earliest. While he might lack the size to be an every-down back, he should be able to thrive as a slot receiver, returner and change-of-pace back. ___ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf9tNrwHn9k ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Dec 5, 2015
WACO, Texas (AP) — No. 12 Baylor's season has gone from sweet to bitter and battered.Down to a fourth quarterback because of yet another injury, the Bears lost their Sugar Bowl chance after falling 23-17 to Texas on Saturday in their regular-season finale."We just have to try to salvage the year by going to a bowl game and winning the bowl game," Baylor coach Art Briles said.A picture-perfect...
No. 12 Baylor out of Sugar Bowl after 23-17 loss to Texas
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Dec 5, 2015WACO, Texas (AP) — No. 12 Baylor's season has gone from sweet to bitter and battered. Down to a fourth quarterback because of yet another injury, the Bears lost their Sugar Bowl chance after falling 23-17 to Texas on Saturday in their regular-season finale. "We just have to try to salvage the year by going to a bowl game and winning the bowl game," Baylor coach Art Briles said. A picture-perfect day on the banks of the Brazos River, which marked the final home game for 19 seniors and standout junior receiver Corey Coleman, was marred by their third loss in four games and a bench-clearing melee in the first quarter. "The crazy part, this is probably the best Baylor team that's been here, and the record doesn't say it," said Coleman, the FBS leader with 20 TD catches who was recognized with the seniors before the game and confirmed afterward that he plans to forgo his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Baylor (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) went into November undefeated after junior quarterback Seth Russell, then the top-rated FBS passer suffered a season-ending neck injury Oct. 24. Freshman Jarrett Stidham won his first start, but broke a bone in his ankle in his third one before Chris Johnson started the last two games — only to get hurt Saturday. Even after their rain-drenched, double-overtime loss at TCU the night after Thanksgiving, the Bears were in line to be the Big 12's representative in the Sugar Bowl against an SEC team, with the expectation that league champ Oklahoma (11-1) will get into the College Football Playoff. That would now be Oklahoma State (10-2). Tyrone Swoopes, making his first start for Texas since the opener, threw for 151 yards with a touchdown and ran for another score. The Longhorns (5-7, 4-5) held on after building a 20-0 halftime lead, but still have consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1988-89 in the old Southwest Conference. "We have something to build on that we can take into the offseason," second-year coach Charlie Strong said. "Not pleased with the year we had. You look at it, you go beat Oklahoma, you bounce back and go on the road and go beat Baylor. I don't have an answer for this team. I wish I did. I wish every week could have been like this." The NCAA approved a plan this week to make teams with 5-7 records eligible for at least two bowl bids, and as many as five, based on their Academic Progress Rates. Those selections will be made in order of best available APR, and there were at least seven teams above Texas on that list. Johnny Jefferson ran for 158 yards for Baylor, and had enough yards to convert a fourth-and-4 with 2:31 left before defensive tackle Poona Ford stripped the ball loose and fell on it. Baylor still had a chance after the Longhorns punted, but Jefferson's pass from the Texas 47 on the last play of the game was incomplete. Jefferson, a running back with a stronger arm, attempted the pass instead of Lynx Hawthorne, the fourth quarterback. Hawthorne, a junior receiver who last called signals in high school, ran for a touchdown. But he was only 10 of 22 for 64 yards with two interceptions after Johnson had concussion-like symptoms from a hard hit when he fumbled on a run in the first quarter. "The realization sets in that a lot of the gameplan's essentially out the window," said Briles, who went to mainly wildcat formations after halftime. The Bears were within 20-17 when Hawthorne scored on an 8-yard keeper with 9:40 left. He took off toward the right sideline, planted his right foot near the 3 and dived forward with the ball in his stretched-out left hand to break the plane for the score. After being intercepted by Duke Thomas late in the first quarter, Hawthorne made the tackle along the Texas sideline and was coming up off his knees when he got shoved back to the ground by safety P.J. Locke III. With Texas celebrating the play and Baylor players trying to protect Hawthorne, a melee ensued. The Bears came across the field from their bench, and there were several scuffles even with referees and coaches between them trying to keep the teams separated. Bears receiver Corey Coleman gave Locke a two-handed shove. The only penalty was unsportsmanlike conduct against Kevin Vaccaro, though it appeared the Texas safety tripped over Hawthorne after Locke's shove. Locke also caused the fumble with the hit the knocked Johnson out of the game. Anthony Wheeler's recovery at the Baylor 18 led to Swoopes' 9-yard keeper for a 17-0 lead. ___ AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era.They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons,...
After years of irrelevance, can college basketball in Chicago be revived?
By Philip Hersh, Associated Press | Nov 13, 2015One day last month, Chicago State basketball coach Tracy Dildy was sitting in his basement office, reminiscing about the sweet long ago of Chicago college basketball with two of the biggest stars of that era. They were talking about the late 1970s and early 1980s, when DePaul basketball was by far the biggest sports story in the city, Loyola was beginning a string of successful seasons, Illinois-Chicago was making a solid start as a Division I team and Chicago State was putting together such a strong NAIA record, it soon would move to the top NCAA division as well. The two former players in the office, Mark Aguirre (Westinghouse/DePaul) and Darius Clemons (Phillips/Loyola), were Chicago Public League products who had allowed their schools to stand tall in a winter sports landscape when the Bulls and Blackhawks were lost in the snowdrifts. “Back then, the kids coming out of high school had pride about wanting to represent their city,” Dildy said. “Mark’s sophomore year, DePaul had an entire great team from Chicago. Because of Darius, Chicago guys like Carl Golston, Greg Williams, Tim Bankston and Alfredrick Hughes went to Loyola.” The discussion soon turned from the happy past to the bleak present and the long, seemingly futile struggle to recapture the glory days of men’s college basketball in Chicago. This is a city that loves basketball and whose high schools produce one college star after another — for places like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis. Yet it has been more than a decade — and most of the last 25 seasons — since one of the four men’s Division I programs at schools with campuses in the city has had a team that compelled the attention of Chicago sports fans. The record is stark: Since 1991, the four teams have made a combined four NCAA Tournament appearances, two by DePaul and two by UIC, most recently in 2004 for each. Chicago State has had one winning season in those 24, Loyola just five. UIC has six straight losing conference seasons, DePaul and Loyola eight straight. Average home attendance at the schools last season numbered 411 (Chicago State), 1,745 (Loyola), 2,913 (UIC) and 6,238 (DePaul). The arenas they play in have capacities ranging from 4,963 to 18,500. “Success and non-success is cyclical,” said Dave Leitao, beginning his second go-round as DePaul’s coach this season. “But if all four are in a down cycle at the same time, you scratch your head and wonder why.” ——— The head-scratching extends across the city’s northern border to Northwestern, which never has made the NCAA Tournament, even if the Wildcats essentially are sui generis: a school with formidable academic standards in a Power Five conference and the only Division I school in the area with a football team. At the other four, basketball is the sport. “We want to be relevant in college basketball,” said fifth-year Loyola coach Porter Moser, an honest admission that his team, like the other three in Chicago, remains largely irrelevant in the city and beyond. That each school plays in a different conference makes their all being down so long together even more perplexing. There are few evident answers, save this one: Chicago-area high school players such as Aguirre and Clemons, those who might be “one-and-dones” in this era (one year of college, then the NBA draft), no longer think of staying home for college. “That’s on us as coaches,” Dildy said. “It should be easier to convince a guy who isn’t going to stay more than six months in college to stay home.” According to basketball-reference.com, Illinois high schools have produced more NBA and ABA players (253) than any state but California (417) and New York (326). Of the Illinois players, 113 went to Chicago high schools and nearly 50 more to Chicago-area schools. “At the end of the day, for our colleges to get national prominence, we need to keep our best players,” Whitney Young High School coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “Until we get the first one, that is going to be a challenge.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) It has become more difficult in the one-and-done era, which began in 2006 by allowing U.S. players to declare for the NBA draft only if they were 19 during the calendar year of the draft and one year out of high school. Before that, players could go to the NBA directly from high school, with no college or foreign way station. One-and-done prospects have gravitated toward colleges with marquee programs. The last Chicago-area players with lengthy NBA careers who also played college basketball in the city were Quentin Richardson (Young), Bobby Simmons (Simeon) and Steven Hunter (Proviso East), who were at DePaul from 1998 through 2001 — not all for that entire period, but each for at least two seasons. In those three seasons, the Blue Demons had an NCAA Tournament and an NIT appearance. “All I know is when I was growing up, I was going to the school that had the most interest in me, and that was Cal (then-Memphis coach John Calipari, now at Kentucky),” said the Bulls’ Derrick Rose (Simeon, Class of 2007). Rose would play a season for Calipari at Memphis. Other recent one-and-dones Jahlil Okafor (Young) and Jabari Parker (Simeon) went to Duke, Anthony Davis (Perspectives Charter) to Kentucky, Cliff Alexander (Curie) to Kansas. “Any one of those guys could change a loser into a winner,” said Aguirre, a national player of the year at DePaul and No. 1 pick in the NBA draft who averaged 20 points over 13 NBA seasons, made three All-Star teams and won two NBA titles. And the fan appeal of having a Chicago high school star become a standout at a local college, even for just one season, cannot be underestimated. (END OPTIONAL TRIM) “It’s a tough sell when you’re going up against Duke or North Carolina or Kentucky,” Simeon Career Academy coach Robert Smith said. “But if you get one or two guys to buy in, others will do it.” ——— That is how it was with Aguirre. As a freshman, he helped DePaul get to the Final Four in 1978 and made coach Ray Meyer into America’s grandfather. As a sophomore, he had a Chicago Public League all-star team playing with him for the Blue Demons, a group that included Terry Cummings (Carver), who would be the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and a two-time All-Star in 18 seasons. “Ray Meyer was the best thing that ever happened to Chicago college sports,” said Dildy, who went to King, played at UIC and spent 1997 to 2002 on the DePaul coaching staff. To any current Chicago high school player, even Aguirre’s name may not be well-known. And the idea of DePaul being bigger than the Bulls or Blackhawks may seem unbelievable. You had to be there. “By the time the Sun-Times made me DePaul’s beat writer for 1980-81, it was the most talked-about team in town, maybe the most talked-about in the whole USA,” said Mike Downey, later a Tribune columnist. “You heard a lot more people talking about the DePaul Blue Demons than the Duke Blue Devils.” (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) The story was so compelling: the school under the L tracks, with the lovable teddy bear of a coach who had coached game-changing center George Mikan at DePaul in the 1940s — what seemed like the peach-basket era. “The city couldn’t get enough of the Blue Demons … and pretty soon the national press picked up on it,” said John Schulian, then a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. “(Michael) Jordan would change all that — Jordan and the ’85 Bears and the Ozzie Guillen White Sox and now the Blackhawks. DePaul got there before all of them.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) But, save the two-decade continuation of the Meyer lineage under Ray’s son, Joey, the Blue Demons have had no consistent head-turning success since 1992, and the same fate has befallen their Chicago brethren. The prolonged down cycle has led the four schools to make six coaching changes in the last six years, with DePaul and UIC switching coaches twice. Dildy, beginning his sixth year playing Sisyphus at Chicago State, is the dean of the local Division I coaches and the one whose team has won a conference tournament. Loyola’s Moser seems to have his program closest to sustained success after winning 24 games last season. “Are we over the hump? Not my personal hump,” Moser said. “I think we’re over the hump of people not looking our direction in recruiting.” His current team includes two top players (if not one-and-done level) from Chicago: junior Milton Doyle of Marshall, who transferred home from Kansas before his freshman season, and sophomore Donte Ingram of Simeon. “The legacy of Kansas basketball is so great, it’s a no-brainer for any high school player to want an environment like that,” Doyle said, explaining his original choice. “But I got a little homesick. Transferring to Loyola, the thing we talked about was my coming here and changing a program, kind of putting it on my back, wanting to be a part of building a legacy.” Or, as Moser put it: “It’s not about making a statement on signing day, it’s about making a statement on game days. I don’t know how much of a splash Milton would have made at Kansas, but he has made a big splash here at Loyola.” ——— In the end, of course, it is all about recruiting. In the days before ESPN became a player in college basketball beginning in 1979 and taking off in the mid-1980s, DePaul had an enormous advantage in the city and beyond because nearly all of its games were telecast on WGN, which aired in many major markets. That exposure to the Aguirre-Cummings teams helped lure Tyrone Corbin from Columbia, S.C., and Rod Strickland from New York, both of whom went on to long NBA careers after playing in several NCAA Tournaments for DePaul in the 1980s. “ESPN became everybody’s WGN,” Joey Meyer said. “That neutralized our advantage.” Loyola has the distinction of being the only Illinois school to win an NCAA Division I title, but that was 52 years ago. The title is something to celebrate with pride, but it has little impact on current high school players, who weren’t even born when Jordan finished turning Chicago into the center of the basketball universe by winning his last of six NBA titles with the Bulls in 1998. Now the main things top recruits look at are NCAA Tournament appearances, won-lost records and, for better or worse, the performance of one-and-done players — even if such draft prospects are illusory for nearly all high school players, no matter what fast-talking agents, coaches and hangers-on may say. (EDITORS: BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM) “Somebody is going to dare to stay home, but they need a specific reason other than just staying home,” said Leitao, coach of the Blue Demons’ last NCAA Tournament team. “DePaul not being successful (recently) gives them a reason not to.” Beginning with the year before Aguirre’s arrival, DePaul, then an independent, made the NCAA Tournament 13 times in 15 seasons. Clemons, Loyola’s all-time assists leader, followed three years later by Robeson’s Hughes, a first-round NBA draft pick, sparked a turnaround under coach Gene Sullivan that got the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 in 1985 — their last NCAA Tournament appearance. “It’s a Catch-22,” Leitao said. “You’ve got to show success to gain the kind of recruits you need to sustain success, and you need those recruits to show success. “You are trying to sell the abstract, something for tomorrow, to 17- and 18-year olds who rely on the tangible, the here and now. That’s the challenge, and it’s not unique to me.” (END OPTIONAL TRIM) To Aguirre, it is not about getting the five-star recruit to build around but starting with less highly touted players who can attract the five-star, the way Ray Meyer had done with Dave Corzine and Gary Garland and Joe Ponsetto in the two seasons before Aguirre arrived. “I’d love to stand in front of all my backers and say we’re in the mix for an Okafor, but that’s not the reality,” Moser said. Both Moser and first-year UIC coach Steve McClain said many local high school coaches told them Loyola and UIC had not been visible enough on the recruiting trail for less-hyped players, especially in visiting high schools that might not have a potential recruit at the moment. That’s why McClain and his assistants visited 42 area high schools in the four days after he was named coach on March 25. In early May, McClain signed Dominique Matthews of St. Rita, whom ESPN.com had called the No. 1 shooting guard in Illinois in 2014. He spent a year at a prep school and seemed on his way to Ole Miss before choosing UIC. “Coach McClain came in and sold Dominique on staying home and jump-starting the program,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. Moser has brought area coaches to Loyola to show them a largely undiscovered campus that Cosmopolitan recently ranked seventh on a list of the 18 most beautiful college campuses in America. It is a lakefront campus that Benet grad Moser said he had no idea existed when he played in the Loyola Park summer league or coached Illinois State teams at Loyola. “We wanted to be an option for these kids to stay home,” Moser said. “Kids in the area were automatically looking outside the city. They had it in their mind, ‘They haven’t won in so long.’ “Breaking perceptions is harder than people think. We feel we have made a crack in the perception of what Loyola basketball can be in the city.” McClain believes all of the Chicago Division I schools will benefit if they all have success by “helping the perception of basketball in Chicago at all levels.” “Is it possible for all of us to be good at the same time? Probably not,” McClain said. “There is no question we can build these programs back to where — I’m not saying great — but very respectable, at the top part of our leagues, with the chance to win conference championships and go to the NCAA Tournament.” (EDITORS: STORY CAN END HERE) A successful DePaul team would find the road to the tournament easier than the others. Its conference, the Big East, had six NCAA entries last year. The Missouri Valley (Loyola) and Western Athletic (Chicago State) had two each, the Horizon League (UIC) just one. DePaul is counting on a new arena at McCormick Place to be a game-changer after it opens for the 2017-18 season. “With DePaul building the new gym at McCormick, that may change some guys’ minds about going there,” Rose said. “It’s huge for the city.” The city’s Division I coaches think an early-season tournament there involving all four schools would be good for everyone. “To stay in Chicago and build a program in Chicago is a huge thing,” said Aguirre, 55, a customer relations executive for AAR, an aviation services company headquartered in Wood Dale. “Every (high school) kid that had a big name and stayed has done that. “This is a great basketball town. Who wouldn’t want to play in Chicago?” ——— ©2015 Chicago Tribune Visit the Chicago Tribune at www.chicagotribune.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008056,t000003183,t000003277,t000040506,t000003278,t000404471,t000391287,t000391277,g000216305,g000065560,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634,g000065650
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 12, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 142-22 (86.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,394-329 (80.9) *All games Friday unless noted Class 6A-I Mustang 21, BROKEN ARROW 20 SOUTHMOORE 42, Edmond Santa Fe 38 TULSA UNION 50, Putnam City 21 JENKS 48, Norman North 35 Class 6A-II TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Choctaw 20 Sand Springs 28, STILLWATER 24 LAWTON 30, Bixby 21 (Saturday) BARTLESVILLE 27, Midwest City 20 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 33, Carl Albert 27 Tulsa Kelley 21, COLLINSVILLE 20 SKIATOOK 28, Pryor 7 DEER CREEK 24, Ardmore 20 McGUINNESS 35, Del City 32 McALESTER 40, Tahlequah 12 COWETA 28, Tulsa Memorial 21 ALTUS 21, Guthrie 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 42, Bristow 7 Cascia Hall 31, SALLISAW 30 WAGONER 35, Broken Bow 7 ADA 31, Clinton 28 TUTTLE 27, Weatherford 22 OOLOGAH 35, Metro Christian 20 POTEAU 34, Tulsa McLain 13 Harrah 28, CACHE 27 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 7 Plainview 28, SEMINOLE 24 HILLDALE 42, Sperry 10 STIGLER 22, Seq. Tahlequah 14 LONE GROVE 44, Pauls Valley 20 MEEKER 34, Perkins 26 LOCUST GROVE 50, Eufaula 14 BERRYHILL 35, Beggs 21 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Checotah 8 Idabel 28, WESTVILLE 22 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Kingfisher 13 SULPHUR 28, Purcell 18 ROLAND 27, Seq. Claremore 20 VICTORY CHR. 48, Verdigris 21 JONES 28, Marlow 10 CUSHING 28, Douglass 27 Class 2A CHISHOLM 28, OCS 7 LINDSAY 27, Coalgate 22 VIAN 34, Henryetta 16 NOWATA 20, Colcord 14 DAVIS 49, Lexington 12 MILLWOOD 28, Tonkawa 24 ADAIR 48, Chelsea 8 STROUD 21, Panama 20 OKEMAH 21, Antlers 18 HASKELL 32, Commerce 14 LUTHER 35, Alva 21 KINGSTON 30, Walters 22 WYANDOTTE 36, Hulbert 16 HARTSHORNE 33, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 42, Marietta 7 HENNESSEY 27, CHA 7 Class A MOORELAND 35, Mangum 6 Wynnewood 21, HEALDTON 14 HOMINY 30, Watonga 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 28, Fairland 20 STRATFORD 44, Rush Springs 14 Hooker 28, CARNEGIE 27 REJOICE CHR. 42, Quinton 12 CRESCENT 22, Drumright 18 CASHION 48, Morrison 21 KETCHUM 21, Porter 14 HOLLIS 35, Fairview 7 MINCO 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 26, Afton 12 KIEFER 34, OCA 24 RINGLING 27, Wayne 20 THOMAS 21, Cordell 13 Class B SEILING 48, Allen 20 DEWAR 56, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 52, Caddo 6 GEARY 48, Turpin 44 ALEX 58, Laverne 48 Weleetka 38, DEPEW 30 KEOTA 56, Woodland 8 PIONEER 34, Waurika 22 Class C CHEROKEE 40, Duke 16 Timberlake 28, WEBBERS FALLS 22 COYLE 54, Cave Springs 20 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 GRANDFIELD 60, Waynoka 16 DC-LAMONT 36, Thackerville 28 FOX 54, Bluejacket 6 SHATTUCK 42, Corn Bible 30 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 12, 2015
Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday.
OU football journal: Jordan Thomas says ‘playoffs have already started’
By Ryan Aber | Nov 12, 2015Several Oklahoma players this week compared the finishing stretch the Sooners will play to a high school football playoff run. Oklahoma starts the stretch at Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday. “This is what you live for,” Sooners center Ty Darlington said. “This is what you play for right here. This is like high school playoffs. I feel like I'm back in high school and it's one at a time. The next one doesn't matter without the first one and we can't look past or look ahead to anything. Even though we know there are gonna be some big ones coming, this one is so huge, and there's not gonna be anything more important than this game. “And I guarantee you, they will get our absolute best shot with all the preparation and intensity and focus that we can muster. Cornerback Jordan Thomas said there's been a different feel in practice this week. “In reality in the Big 12, the playoffs have already started with these last three games with us, Baylor, TCU and Okie State,” Thomas said. “This is the playoffs. There's no need to get anyone fired up for these practices. We're out there flying around and having fun. But also, we're focused.” STOOPS: BLOCKING TO BLAME FOR KICK RETURN WOES Last season, Alex Ross was one of the nation's top kick returners. He averaged 31.2 yards per return, had two return touchdowns and earned All-America honors from some outlets for his kick return prowess. This season, he's averaging 17.5 yards per return and has yet to have a return longer than 28 yards. “Blocking,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked about the reason for the struggles. We're teaching the same schemes that have been so successful for us not just last year, for several years. “We just haven't been able to execute it quite as well on the field with the players. We continue to push it and try and work it.” STRIKER NAMED LOTT SEMIFINALIST Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, recognizing college football's top defensive player who exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The award is named after hall of famer Ronnie Lott. Striker has 40 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery so far this season. Striker is one of two Big 12 players on the list of semifinalists. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the other. Other semifinalists include Duke's Jeremy Cash, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Temple's Tyler Matakevich, Penn State's Carl Nassib, Ohio State's Joshua Perry, Florida State's Jaylen Ramsey and Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith. The award winner will be announced Dec. 13 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runners up.
Nov 9, 2015
Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0) Sand Springs (5-4) at...
High school football: First-round playoff schedule
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Nov 9, 2015Here is a look at the first-round high school football playoff schedule. All games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday unless otherwise noted. CLASS 6A-I Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (9-1) Edmond Santa Fe (6-4) at Southmoore (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Putnam City (5-5) at Tulsa Union (8-2) Norman North (7-3) at Jenks (8-1) CLASS 6A-II Choctaw (5-5) at Tulsa Washington (9-0), 7 p.m., Friday Sand Springs (5-4) at Stillwater (5-5), 7 p.m., Friday Bixby (6-4) at Lawton (8-1), 2 p.m., Saturday Midwest City (6-3) at Bartlesville (9-1) CLASS 5A Carl Albert (6-4) at Lawton MacArthur (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Tulsa Kelley (7-2) at Collinsville (5-4) Pryor (4-6) at Skiatook (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Ardmore (8-2) at Deer Creek (7-3) Del City (6-4) at McGuinness (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Tahlequah (8-2) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Coweta (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Guthrie (6-3) at Altus (9-1) CLASS 4A Bristow (4-5) at Anadarko (7-2) Cascia Hall (5-4) at Sallisaw (5-5) Broken Bow (6-4) at Wagoner (10-0) Clinton (5-5) at Ada (6-3) Weatherford (7-3) at Tuttle (10-0) Metro Christian (7-2) at Oologah (8-2) Tulsa McLain (6-4) at Poteau (10-0) Harrah (6-3) at Cache (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS 3A Blanchard (7-3) at Heritage Hall (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Plainview (8-2) at Seminole (8-2) Sperry (3-7) at Hilldale (10-0) Seq. Tahlequah (6-4) at Stigler (7-3) Pauls Valley (5-5) at Lone Grove (7-3) Perkins-Tryon (6-4) at Meeker (8-2) Eufaula (3-7) at Locust Grove (10-0) Beggs (6-3) at Berryhill (6-3), 7 p.m., Friday Checotah (7-3) at Lincoln Christian (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Idabel (6-4) at Westville (8-2) Kingfisher (4-6) at John Marshall (9-1) Purcell (4-6) at Sulphur (7-3) Seq. Claremore (4-5) at Roland (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Verdigris (5-5) at Victory Christian (8-1), 7 p.m., Friday Marlow (5-5) at Jones (10-0) Douglass (7-3) at Cushing (8-1) CLASS 2A Oklahoma Christian (4-6) at Chisholm (10-0) Coalgate (6-4) at Lindsay (9-1) Henryetta (5-5) at Vian (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday Colcord (7-3) at Nowata (7-3) Lexington (5-5) at Davis (7-3) Tonkawa (6-4) at Millwood (5-2) Chelsea (4-6) at Adair (9-1), 7 p.m., Friday Panama (8-2) at Stroud (9-1) Antlers (7-3) at Okemah (7-3) Commerce (6-4) at Haskell (9-1) Alva (5-5) at Luther (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Walters (8-2) at Kingston (8-1) Hulbert (7-3) at Wyandotte (8-2) Prague (6-4) at Hartshorne (9-1) Marietta (5-5) at Washington (9-1) Chr. Heritage (5-5) at Hennessey (6-4) CLASS A Mangum (7-3) at Mooreland (10-0), 7 p.m., Friday Wynnewood (5-5) at Healdton (6-4) Watonga (4-6) at Hominy (9-1) Fairland (7-2) at Central Sallisaw (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Stratford (10-0) Hooker (7-3) at Carnegie (6-3) Quinton (5-5) at Rejoice Christian (7-3) Drumright (5-3) at Crescent (6-4) Morrison (6-4) at Cashion (8-2) Porter (4-6) at Ketchum (7-3) Fairview (6-4) at Hollis (10-0) Velma-Alma (8-2) at Minco (9-1) Afton (5-5) at Talihina (8-1) Okla. Christian Aca. (6-4) at Kiefer (9-1) Wayne (6-4) at Ringling (8-0) Cordell (8-2) at Thomas (8-2), 7 p.m., Friday CLASS B Allen (6-4) at Seiling (9-1) Garber (6-4) at Dewar (9-1) Caddo (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Turpin (8-2) at Geary (9-1) Laverne (8-2) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Depew (9-1) Woodland (6-4) at Keota (9-0) Waurika (8-2) at Pioneer (7-3) CLASS C Duke (5-5) at Cherokee (9-0) Timberlake (6-4) at Webbers Falls (8-2) Cave Springs (6-3) at Coyle (10-0) Boise City (6-4) at Tipton (7-2) Waynoka (5-4) at Grandfield (9-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Deer Creek-Lamont (9-1) Bluejacket (7-3) at Fox (10-0) Corn Bible (6-3) at Shattuck (8-1)
Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class...
High school football playoff pairings
Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Nov 7, 2015Here are the playoff pairings for the first round of the high school football playoffs. All games are at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-I Mustang at Broken Arrow Edmond Santa Fe at Southmoore Putnam City at Tulsa Union Norman North at Jenks Class 6A-II Choctaw at Tulsa Washington Sand Springs at Stillwater Bixby at Lawton, 2 p.m. Saturday Midwest City at Bartlesville Class 5A Carl Albert at Lawton MacArthur, 7 p.m. Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville Pryor at Skiatook Ardmore at Deer Creek Del City at McGuinness Tahlequah at McAlester Tulsa Memorial at Coweta Guthrie at Altus Class 4A Bristow at Anadarko Cascia Hall at Sallisaw Broken Bow at Wagoner Clinton at Ada Weatherford at Tuttle Metro Christian at Oologah Tulsa McLain at Poteau Harrah at Cache Class 3A Blanchard at Heritage Hall, 7 p.m. Plainview at Seminole Sperry at Hilldale Seq. Tahlequah at Stigler Pauls Valley at Lone Grove Perkins-Tryon at Meeker Eufaula at Locust Grove Beggs at Berryhill Checotah at Lincoln Christian Idabel at Westville Kingfisher at John Marshall Purcell at Sulphur Seq. Claremore at Roland Verdigris at Victory Christian Marlow at Jones Douglass at Cushing Class 2A OCS at Chisholm Coalgate at Lindsay Henryetta at Vian Colcord at Nowata Lexington at Davis Tonkawa at Millwood Chelsea at Adair Panama at Stroud Antlers at Okemah Commerce at Haskell Alva at Luther Walters at Kingston Hulbert at Wyandotte Prague at Hartshorne Marietta at Washington CHA at Hennessey Class A Mangum at Mooreland Wynnewood at Healdton Watonga at Hominy Fairland at Central Sallisaw Rush Springs at Stratford Hooker at Carnegie Quinton at Rejoice Christian Drumright at Crescent Morrison at Cashion Porter at Ketchum Fairview at Hollis Velma-Alma at Minco Afton at Talihina OCA at Kiefer Wayne at Ringling Cordell at Thomas Class B Allen at Seiling Garber at Dewar Caddo at Davenport Turpin at Geary Laverne at Alex Weleetka at Depew Woodland at Keota Waurika at Pioneer Class C Duke at Cherokee Timberlake at Webbers Falls Cave Springs at Coyle Boise City at Tipton Waynoka at Grandfield Thackerville at Deer Creek-Lamont Bluejacket at Fox Corn Bible at Shattuck
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good.His goal was simple."To get rich quick," Scott said.So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it,...
Scott took the long road to becoming Miami's coach
By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press | Nov 5, 2015CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Back in 2000, Miami interim coach Larry Scott convinced himself that he was done with football. He was taking his degree from South Florida, going into the workforce and leaving the game behind for good. His goal was simple. "To get rich quick," Scott said. So he got a job as a child protective investigator with a state agency that oversees at-risk kids. He enjoyed it, but it wasn't long before the lure of the game pulled him back — and now, after rising through the ranks of high school assistant, to low-level assistant in the college game, to a position now and now the interim boss at Miami he's in charge of trying to save the 2015 Hurricanes' season. He's 1-0 in his new role, and looks to go 2-0 Saturday when Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) can become bowl-eligible with a win over Virginia (3-5, 2-2) on the Hurricanes' homecoming weekend. "It's like he was born to do this," Miami safety Dallas Crawford said. That might not be too far from the truth. Scott's best friend growing up was the son of a varsity high school coach, so those boys were called upon to help with certain locker room duties — folding socks, putting together shoulder pads, tinkering with helmets. Some would call it menial labor but it's how Scott fell in love with football, and he's reaped the benefits ever since. "This game has been truly good to me," said the 38-year-old Scott. "If it wasn't for this game, I wouldn't be where I am now. I wouldn't have probably had a chance to go to college and play college athletics on a scholarship if it wasn't for the game of football. In the course of doing that I had an opportunity to meet my wife and have kids ... everything has come as a result of the opportunities that football has provided me." Make no mistake, though: He wasn't handed anything. His resume shows how many dues he paid along the way. He coached at three different high schools before returning to USF as its director of high school relations — where his skills as a recruiter started being forged. That was the first of five positions he held at South Florida before now-former Miami coach Al Golden brought him to the Hurricanes as tight ends coach in 2013. When Golden was fired last month, Miami athletic director Blake James quickly decided Scott was the right man to promote. And Scott's first win certainly didn't lack for drama, as the Hurricanes pulled off an eight-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the game to beat Duke 30-27. "Obviously, credit to Larry and all the coaches for really bringing the kids together," James said. "And credit to the kids. It was a great ending to a tough week." Virginia coach Mike London doesn't know Scott personally, and said he didn't see much of a schematic change from what Miami was doing under Golden to what the Hurricanes did with Scott in charge at Duke last weekend. "It's not like they went in and reinvented an offensive or defensive scheme," London said. "I'm quite sure that they've maybe limited the packages or whatever it might be. But still, they have very skillful players execute their plan." There is one change, Scott said. He felt that football wasn't fun for the Hurricanes, that they weren't enjoying it as they should. So he's being open with his emotions, hoping it helps the players be free with theirs. "A lot of my coaches always told me I was going to be a coach," Scott said. "I said, 'No way. No way.'" Scott changing his mind 15 years ago on that point is already paying dividends for the Hurricanes today.