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Feb 8, 2014
Mike Gundy hopes Polynesian recruits will see the parallels between their families and the atmosphere he's tried to build within his Cowboy program. And so far, that new recruiting focus has yielded results.
Oklahoma State football: OSU program developing a Polynesian foundation
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Feb 8, 2014STILLWATER — When Mike Gundy has taken certain recent in-home recruiting visits, he's felt like he's stepped into a totally different world. Different, yet familiar. The Oklahoma State coach has been surrounded by more and more large, yet fiercely close Polynesian families who are sending a son — or a nephew, or brother, or cousin — off to play college football. Gundy is hoping those recruits will see the parallels between their families and the atmosphere he's tried to build within his Cowboy program. And so far, that new recruiting focus has yielded results, with OSU bringing in two Polynesian players in each of the last two classes. “You're not going to break their family up,” Gundy said. “That's what we're trying to accomplish here. You bring young men in that the very most important thing is their family. The ones I've gone on home visits to have large families and they take care of their people. There is a genuine love and compassion in their family. “The way that we're all raised and the values that are instilled in us when they come here, then that will spread among our staff and players.” In 2013, OSU signed Ofa Hautau, a junior college transfer who became an immediate rotation player at defensive tackle, and Vili Leveni, a highly regarded defensive end who redshirted this past season. Last week, three-star running back Sione Palelei and three-star offensive lineman Lem Galea'i officially chose the Cowboys. OSU was also in play for three-star defensive end Sione Teuhema before he signed with LSU. A key link to landing those Polynesian players? Beni Tonga, OSU's first-year player development specialist who was able to recruit on the road. Gundy also alluded to bringing in another Polynesian staff member soon, though he wouldn't drop a name. “(Tonga) would tell me that they're trying to build a Polynesian foundation here,” Galea'i said, “like, start a ‘Poly group' like how other schools have done, like Utah and all them. “He talked to me about how (we) could be the first ones that start another Poly tradition here at Oklahoma State. I like that. I wanted to join that. I wanted to be a part of it.” Gundy joked that it feels like every recruit Tonga has brought to Stillwater has been a cousin. That's a bit of a stretch. But there are tons of connections. Tonga and Palelei's father go way back, as they played high school football together in Utah. Palelei also grew up in Utah with Hautau, who made sure to call Palelei during the recruiting process. And before arriving at OSU, Tonga was on the coaching staff at Snow College in Utah, where Hautau played before coming to Stillwater. “It wasn't the biggest part, but it's one (factor),” Palelei said of how much those relationships impacted his decision to come to OSU. “ … there's nothing like being able to feel like home and to be able to play something you love. It was a big part.” Additionally, Galea'i, a Euless (Texas) Trinity product, and Leveni, a Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell grad, played against each other in high school. And it turns out Palelei and Galea'i really are distant cousins. During the recruiting process, their families determined they're related through Galea'i's father's side and Palelei's mother's side. “I was like, dang, that's ironic,” Palelei said. Even crazier: Through Facebook posts and, yes, family stories, Galea'i discovered that his great uncle worked for the airline company that originally brought Tonga to the U.S. as a teenager. Now, that Polynesian presence is starting to make an impact in several areas of the OSU program, such as the food that is served at training table and during recruiting visit weekends. Yet it still comes back to the people and relationships. Gundy loves the way the Polynesians diversify his team, in the same way that football teaches city kids to mingle and bond with country boys. “College football breaks down a lot of barriers, and I get so much enjoyment watching it,” Gundy said. “ … It's been educating and interesting for me. I have a great interest in exploring options with what we've done with Beni. I enjoy that part of recruiting.” And Galea'i only hopes that Polynesian influence continues to grow. “We'll start little by little, just by putting the Polynesian people out there,” he said, “just to show what we're made of and what kind of characteristics we have toward our family, which is our team.”
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games of Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Jenks 38, Tulsa Union 34 Douglass 26, Millwood 23 Norman North 42, Del City 38 Bentonville, Ark.
High school football: Week 2 staff picks
Scott Wright | Sep 13, 2013Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games of Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Jenks 38, Tulsa Union 34 Douglass 26, Millwood 23 Norman North 42, Del City 38 Bentonville, Ark. 28, Broken Arrow 21 Lawton 28, Lawton Mac 22 Clinton 34, Heritage Hall 31 Southmoore 38, Westmoore 34 Shawnee 24, Deer Creek 21 Thomas 16, Okeene 14 Cascia Hall 35, Glenpool 34 Lock of the Week: Thomas over Okeene. Obviously, I think this’ll be a defensive battle. But I like the Terriers to hang on for the close win. Jacob Unruh Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 27 Douglass 13, Millwood 7 Del City 24, Norman North 21 Bentonville, Ark. 21, Broken Arrow 17 Lawton 35, Lawton MacArthur 24 Clinton 31, Heritage Hall 24 Southmoore 35, Westmoore 31 Shawnee 27, Deer Creek 24 Thomas 21, Okeene 18 Glenpool 28, Cascia Hall 26 Lock of the week: Jenks over Tulsa Union. You never know what will happen with this game, but the Trojans’ win against Euless, Texas Trinity last week was a statement for the Class 6A champions. They are too good on defense for the Redskins. Trent Shadid Jenks 35, Tulsa Union 34 Millwood 27, Douglass 21 Del City 34, Norman North 28 Broken Arrow 24, Bentonville, Ark. 21 Lawton 31, Lawton MacArthur 24 Heritage Hall 28, Clinton 21 Southmoore 28, Westmoore 27 Deer Creek 21, Shawnee 20 Okeene 27, Thomas 24 Glenpool 35, Cascia 24 Lock of the Week: Millwood over Douglass. The All-City Preview provided an early look at this year’s Soul Bowl matchup, with Millwood defeating Douglass 7-0 in the championship game. The Falcons won behind big plays from quarterback Cameron Batson and defensive back Alfonzo McMillian. Look for Batson and McMillian to star again in one of the top rivalry games in the state. Last week’s records Jacob: 6-4 (Lock: 1-0) Trent: 6-4 (Lock: 1-0 Scott: 5-5 (Lock: 1-0)
‘Backyard Bowl' also will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com
Cox to air Jenks-Tulsa Union game at 7 p.m. Friday
BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 12, 2013The Jenks-Tulsa Union game, generally considered the state's biggest high school football rivalry, will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) at 7 p.m. Friday from Tulsa's Chapman Stadium and will be webcast on www.CoxHSHub.com for the first time. Nathan Thompson, Rod Thompson and reporter Mike Ziegenhorn will call the “Backyard Bowl.” Defending 6A champion Jenks is ranked No. 1 after beating Euless (Texas) Trinity 27-23 in its opener. No. 2 Union lost its opener to DeSoto, Texas, 44-20. The teams split last year's meetings, with Union winning 14-7 in the regular season and Jenks rolling 41-10 in the 6A semifinals. Jenks has won seven of the past 10 meetings. CBS OPENS SEASON WITH A&M-ALABAMA CBS Sports kicks off its 13th season of SEC football coverage with No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the game. “College Football Today,” the network's pregame, halftime and postgame studio show, also will air from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Host Tim Brando is joined by Spencer Tillman and newcomer Brian Jones, a former NFL and Texas linebacker. Insider Tony Barnhart also will have reports. Danielson on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: “He is a fine thrower of the football, but it may be the least best thing he does as an athlete. His vision, competitiveness, leadership and ability to see plays before they happen all make him a tremendous weapon. You can't take your eyes off him when he's on the field, very much like a Joe Namath or Magic Johnson.” SHORT TAKES — KAKC-AM 1300 is the new Tulsa radio home of the Oklahoma City Thunder under a multiyear deal announced by the team and Clear Channel Communications Tulsa. KAKC replaces The Tulsa Sports Animal (FM 97.1). The Thunder has also added KKBI-FM 106.1 in Broken Bow and KMCO-FM 101.3 in McAlester as affiliates on its 13-station network. KAKC also broadcasts games of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder's NBA Development League team. — “Fox NFL Sunday,” 11 a.m. Sunday on KOKH-25, features a look at the paths of analyst Terry Bradshaw and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. In the 1960s, Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech for two seasons ahead of Bradshaw. Robertson walked away from his final year of eligibility to spend more time hunting and fishing, making Bradshaw the starter. They were both honored before the Tulane-Louisiana Tech game Thursday night. — The Dallas Cowboys no longer can be considered “America's Team” with their game at noon Sunday in Kansas City (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale) going to only 11 percent of the country. The main game will be Washington at Green Bay, which will go to 58 percent of the country. — The new season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, includes eight female and eight male bantamweight (135 pounds) fighters and two female coaches, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.
Sep 1, 2013
There's an abundance of big games awaiting fans in Week 1 alone — so many that picking a list of the top 10 wasn't easy.
High schools: Wealth of big games to open season this week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Sep 1, 2013In Sunday's Oklahoman, we looked ahead to the top 10 games of the high school football season in a week-by-week breakdown. But there's an abundance of big games awaiting fans in Week 1 alone — so many that picking a list of the top 10 wasn't easy. But nonetheless, here's our list of this week's must-see games: 1. Class 6A No. 16 Midwest City vs. 6A No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe at UCO (Thursday) Santa Fe has risen to the spot Midwest City once held as the westside's regular top contender. Are the Bombers on the way back? 2. Class 2A No. 2 Davis at Class A No. 1 Ringling Ranking-wise, the best matchup of the week with Class A's defending champ hosting last year's 2A runner-up. 3. Class 6A No. 6 Owasso at 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow A great opener for both teams, though it hardly registers on the scale of big games for either of them, when they have Jenks and Union waiting later in the schedule. 4. Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert at 6A No. 9 Southmoore (Thursday) Last year's 48-21 Southmoore win sent Carl Albert on its way to a 1-5 start before the Titans turned it around to win 5A. 5. Class 6A No. 26 Moore at 6A No. 11 Westmoore The competitive level of the Moore War should be up, and the significance of a loved community event is powerful for a town still trying to put the pieces back together since the May 20 tornado. 6. Class 6A No. 12 Norman vs. 6A No. 5 Norman North at OU (Thursday) Having put years of Norman domination in the past, the Crosstown Clash is raising its status as one of the metro area's top rivalry games. 7. Class 4A No. 1 Clinton at 5A No. 7 Lawton MacArthur Lawton Mac is working to fill some holes, and Clinton is out to show that it's prepared to repeat. 8. Class 5A No. 11 Del City at 5A No. 6 Tulsa East Central Two teams with just enough talent to be a potential contender in 5A, and just enough question marks to make you curious. 9. Class 3A No. 9 Metro Christian at Class 2A No. 3 Oklahoma Christian OCS gets quite a test to start its title defense, while Metro is trying to make itself known as a 3A contender again. 10. Class 6A No. 14 Tulsa Washington at 4A No. 4 Douglass This classic rivalry was reborn last year, and next year, it's expected to move to Langston University. But this year's game should be a showdown. Special recognition: Jenks vs. DeSoto, Texas, and Tulsa Union vs. Euless, Texas, Trinity (Saturday at Southlake Carroll, Texas) Both games — Jenks-DeSoto in particular — deserve some national attention, but viewing opportunities for the average fan around the state are limited. So it's hard to call them must-see games.
NOTEBOOK — Oklahoma's sophomore guard from Euless, Texas is returning from a knee injury. Now he has added motivation: to honor high school teammates who died in July car wreck.
OU Football: Sooner guard Nila Kasitati reflects on high school teammates who died in summer crash
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Aug 28, 2013KASITATI REFLECTS ON LATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATES Oklahoma sophomore offensive guard Nila Kasitati was already motivated for the season after returning from a 2012 ACL tear. But after two of his Euless (Texas) Trinity High School teammates died in a late July car accident, Kasitati has new motivation for 2013. Polo Manukainiu, a Texas A&M redshirt freshman defensive end, and Utah signee Gaius Vaenuku were both killed along with 13-year old Andrew Uhatafe in northern New Mexico. “It was a tough deal back home,” Kasitati said. “It was right around two-a-days, so I had to go home and miss some of two-a-days. If anything, that sort of just gave me a little more of a push that life is short, and if they had the chance to play, they would play hard.” Manukainiu committed to the Sooners in September 2011, but de-committed a few months later and eventually signed with the Aggies. NORVELL: REYNOLDS ‘LEARNED HIS LESSON' Senior receiver Jaz Reynolds is all set to return to game action this weekend against Louisiana-Monroe. “He's excited. He's worked hard. He's learned his lesson,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “He's made some mistakes, but he wants to do a good job.” Reynolds was OU's third-leading receiver as a sophomore in 2011, when he caught 41 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns. But after spring football a few months later, Reynolds, Trey Franks and Quentin Hayes were suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Receiver Kameel Jackson was also suspended and later dismissed from the team. Reynolds, Frank and Hayes served their suspensions throughout the entire 2012 season. SHANNON: FOOTBALL ‘A GLADIATOR GAME' Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon said he didn't target anyone last season, but he isn't crazy about the NCAA's new rules on the subject. “I feel like they're making it hard on the defense,” Shannon said. “That's what I feel like. Hitting is hitting. It's all a part of the game. It's how football got started. Hitting. It's a gladiator game. That's how I put it.” According to the new rules, if a player is penalized for targets and hits a ballcarrier above the shoulders, he must sit out the rest of the half and the next half, which can either be the second half of the current game or the first half of the next game. “We've gotta follow the rules, so if I lead with my head and I get kicked out of the game, it's my fault,” Shannon said. “I'm gonna do all I can in practice to not lead with my head, so in game time, I won't hit nobody on my head.” Shannon said it will be important to take an extra split second to think about a hit you're about to make, and against a fast, shifty player, that could mean missing a tackle. “I don't wanna say it takes a lot away from the defense, but it does kinda slow defensive players everywhere down — just a little bit — just because you have to think about how you're gonna hit the person instead of just, you see ‘em running and hit ‘em, boom,” Shannon said. QUOTABLE Senior receiver Jalen Saunders, asked if he's more at ease now that Trevor Knight has been named the starting quarterback: “It brings a little ease to it. We all didn't know who our quarterback was until Stoops told us. Even if we had to go with Blake (Bell) or Kendal (Thompson), we're all comfortable with each quarterback so it doesn't matter which quarterback we have on the field.”