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UPDATED, 9 a.m.COLUMBIA, MO. • Having seen line drives drill two of his pitchers in the head in the past year, Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine has changed his stance on the idea of protective masks in the infield. While Mizzou pitchers Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary continue to recover from what Earleywine called “the demons of the shot to the face,” he’d like to see the NCAA require...
Mizzou pitchers deal with injury aftermath
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Apr 2, 2016UPDATED, 9 a.m. COLUMBIA, MO. • Having seen line drives drill two of his pitchers in the head in the past year, Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine has changed his stance on the idea of protective masks in the infield. While Mizzou pitchers Tori Finucane and Paige Lowary continue to recover from what Earleywine called “the demons of the shot to the face,” he’d like to see the NCAA require pitchers and corner infielders to wear masks like the ones Finucane and Lowary now use in the circle. “A year and a half ago, I would have said, ‘Nah, you don’t see it enough,’” he said this week. “But when two of your pitchers get clocked in the face and it changes the way you perform, it changes your stance.” In last year’s season-ending super-regional loss to UCLA, Finucane took a line drive to her face and had to leave the game to undergo tests at a Los Angeles hospital. The frightening scene also occurred against Oregon on Feb. 27 when a liner smashed into Lowary just above her left eye. “Your heart drops in your stomach,” said Mizzou catcher Kirsten Mack, who was behind the plate for both incidents. “When I went out there,” she added, “she was alert and talking. She kept saying, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.’ … She knew who she was. She knew exactly where she was. That was really reassuring.” With the game temporarily stopped, trainers checked out Lowary and decided she was fit to resume pitching. Earleywine later said she didn’t show signs of a concussion. Further tests revealed no structural damage other than bruising and a nasty cut along her eyebrow. Lowary insisted she stay in the game. “We told her, ‘Paige, you don’t have to do this,’” Mack said. “She said, ‘No, I want to go out there and compete.’” Mizzou led the Ducks 7-0 when the inning began, but Oregon stormed back with six runs in the inning and went on to win 8-7. Lowary, 13-4 with a 3.63 ERA after Friday’s series-opening 7-3 loss to Tennessee, has since struggled some with confidence and command but has shown glimpses of dominance with three straight wins in relief, enough to earn SEC pitcher of the week honors March 21. She averaged 1.5 walks per seven innings before the Oregon game — and 7.0 walks per seven innings over her next 13 appearances, including six walks in two innings against the Vols on Friday. “Mentally, I didn’t really have a choice to take it in and get scared from it,” she said. “I went right back in the (Oregon) game. The next couple games it was hard for me to find the strike zone. Honestly, ever since then I’ve had a little issue throwing strikes. But I’ve recovered a lot and gotten better.” Both pitchers have worked with the athletics department’s sports psychologists since getting hit. Finucane, also dealing with a minor arm injury, has struggled to crack the rotation this year, sporting a 5.07 ERA in 11 appearances and only three starts. Both pitchers now wear protective masks when they’re in the circle. “After I got hit I realized I don’t really want to die if I get hit again,” Lowary said. “It’s really life-threatening getting hit in the face like that.” Earleywine believes the Tigers will be a strong Women’s College World Series contender if both pitchers can get healthy by season’s end — both physically and mentally. “Those are our two studs,” he said. “They get hit in the face and they have a whole other battle that has nothing to do with the hitter. It’s just unfortunate for them. It really is. I wake up every day hoping today is the day they snap out of it.” Finucane had a promising performance Friday out of the bullpen, giving up one hit in a scoreless seventh inning. BALLARD SIGNS WITH MU On the final day for 2016 football recruits to sign national letters of intent, McCluer North wide receiver Harry Ballard submitted his paperwork to play for Mizzou. Ballard, the No. 3 player in the Post-Dispatch Super 30 for the 2016 recruiting class, did not sign with a college program on national signing day in February but gave the Tigers an oral commitment the following week. The 6-2, 205-pound receiver caught 32 passes for 606 yards and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior. There have been questions about Ballard’s academic status the last few years, but he said in February he expects to be eligible to enroll at Mizzou for the upcoming season. If he qualifies and makes it to campus this fall, Ballard will be Mizzou’s seventh newcomer from the St. Louis area, joining kicker Tucker McCann (O'Fallon, Ill.), running back Nate Strong (East St. Louis), safety Greg Taylor (East St. Louis), offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms (East St. Louis), cornerback Jerod Alton (Kirkwood) and tight end Brendan Scales (Lafayette.) ALDRIDGE COMING HOME As a basketball recruit in Marshfield, Mo., Lauren Aldridge went against the grain when she chose Kansas over her in-state school. Mizzou recruited the point guard, but midway through her junior year of high school she became smitten with the Jayhawks. She’ll soon become the rare Border War refugee. Aldridge, a 5-7 point guard, led KU in scoring (11.1 points a game) and assists (2.4) this season, but after visiting Columbia on March 25 she decided to transfer to Mizzou. She’ll become eligible for the 2017-18 season and have two years of eligibility at MU. Aldridge is close friends with Mizzou forward Cierra Porter, one of four returning starters from a team that won 22 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “They’re a program on the rise,” Aldridge said in a phone interview. “They went to the NCAA Tournament. They were ranked in the top 25. What girl doesn’t want to play for their home state? Like my mom told me, ‘I just love that you’re going to have Missouri across your chest.’” Conference realignment might have put the Missouri-Kansas Border War into hibernation, but Aldridge’s misdirection move wasn’t lost on social media. “Twitter has made it very aware that I’ve defied all the odds,” she said. ”But you know it’s a decision that makes sense for me because I am from Missouri. So I kind of defied all the odds coming to KU in the first place.” BASEBALL SKID CONTINUES A ninth-inning rally fell short for Tim Jamieson's baseball team Friday at Arkansas, where the Tigers lost their seventh straight conference game in the series opener in Fayetteville, Ark. Mizzou scored three runs in the ninth on Shane Benes’ solo home run and Brett Bond’s two-run homer, but with Kirby McGuire on second base with two outs, Ryan Howard flied out to end the rally in a 7-6 loss. The Tigers are 0-7 in SEC play with five of those losses coming by one or two runs. “We started the game well and we ended the game well," Jamieson said. "In between it wasn’t very good. We should have put up a huge number in the second inning and it’s a completely different game. But on top of that, we made too many little mistakes and created baserunners in scoring position for Arkansas. We had a runner picked off of second base with nobody out. It ends up being a one-run game, maybe one of those mistakes – we make the plays we are supposed to – it’s a different outcome.” Zach Lavy opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first, followed by a two-run second inning for the Tigers (15-13, 0-7). Mizzou scored on a Razorback throwing error and Bond’s RBI single. Arkansas (19-7, 4-3) took the lead in the sixth with four runs on five singles and an RBI groundout, with four of the five hits coming against starter Reggie McClain (3-1), who gave up six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. “Reggie wasn’t very sharp," Jamieson said. "He missed a lot of spots and if he had his good stuff, I think he would have cruised later into the game. He made a lot of mistakes. They had the leadoff man on seven innings in a row. It’s hard to win a baseball game like that.” Tanner Houck, coming off his 14-strikeout game against Vanderbilt, pitches for Missouri on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. start on SEC Network. 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Oct 29, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dre Greenlaw had his bags packed in junior high, ready to make yet another move to yet another group foster home. A ward of the state, Greenlaw had bounced from one home to another since he was 8.He knew the drill.He also knew a second chance when he saw one — finding a lifesaver from Brian Early and his family. Since being adopted as a ninth-grader by the Earlys,...
Arkansas LB Greenlaw right at home with Hogs
By KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Oct 29, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Dre Greenlaw had his bags packed in junior high, ready to make yet another move to yet another group foster home. A ward of the state, Greenlaw had bounced from one home to another since he was 8. He knew the drill. He also knew a second chance when he saw one — finding a lifesaver from Brian Early and his family. Since being adopted as a ninth-grader by the Earlys, Greenlaw has taken full advantage of his new lease on life and become one of the top freshmen in the Southeastern Conference. The 6-foot, 222-pound safety-turned-linebacker piled up 16 tackles against Auburn last weekend and is a bright spot in a mediocre year so far for the Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 SEC). "I think he's going to be a phenomenal player," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. The 18-year-old has loftier goals that have nothing to do with football, too. He considers himself a role model for neglected and forgotten children across Arkansas and beyond — an often-overlooked group in which he spent much of his life. Brian Early and his wife, Nanci, knew about Greenlaw's difficult childhood because of Early's job as the defensive coordinator at Fayetteville High School. They knew how drugs had led to prison for one family member, how others had been unable or unwilling to take care of him. There was temporary foster care for a time, an elderly couple that wasn't the long-term answer, a family shelter and eventually the boys' home they found him in at 13. Without thinking about the future, the Earlys began spending time with Greenlaw on weekends. They would take him to Arkansas football games on Saturdays and church on Sundays before feeding and sending him back to the group home. "He grew on us," Brian Early said. "My two girls fell in love with him, Nanci fell in love with him and we were just blown away at what type of kid he was despite the circumstances he had to endure." Early's plan to was serve as a mentor and father figure for Greenlaw, but the situation changed when the Fayetteville home where the boy was living announced plans to close. Without a family to take him in, Greenlaw was looking at a move to another home an hour away, in Alma, Arkansas. The Earlys stepped in and stepped up — initially considering becoming foster parents to Greenlaw before realizing what they really wanted was to adopt the young man who had become such an integral part of their family. "I was packing my bags, getting ready to move to Alma, and (Early) came and told me he wanted me to live with them," Greenlaw said. "Just looking back and seeing how things could have turned out, I just thank God." With his home life settled for the first time, Greenlaw flourished in high school. There were moments where he had to adapt at home — eating as much food as he wanted was a welcome change after limiting his portions at the group home — but he quickly found a place to shine on the football field. Greenlaw had played on a few youth teams when he was young, but never on a consistent basis until ninth grade. He started immediately as a sophomore at safety and helped Fayetteville to a state championship. Still, there was no scholarship offer from the Razorbacks as Greenlaw entered his senior season. Tulsa had offered, Georgia had offered, and Early said Ohio State would have offered if the coaches thought they had a chance to sign him. Nothing from Arkansas, where Greenlaw desperately wanted to play. Without an offer from the Razorbacks, Greenlaw committed to play at Arkansas State, where Early had taken a job as the defensive line coach. Things grew complicated during Greenlaw's senior season when first-year Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith saw him play for the first time. By the second quarter of that October game, Smith was on the phone to Bielema. "What are we doing?" Smith asked his boss. "This kid is everything that we want." A scholarship offer quickly followed, but Greenlaw had mixed feelings before he committed to the Razorbacks. "As much as I wanted to play for my dad, this is always where I wanted to go," Greenlaw said. "And he was all for it, telling me to do whatever was best for me and not for him." Arkansas has proven the best fit for Greenlaw, who is second on the Razorbacks with 53 tackles. He continues to feel at home, thanks to the support of his coaches, teammates and adopted family. He's also made progress at communicating with his birth parents over the years, with his mother even coming to watch Arkansas when it played in Little Rock last month. Greenlaw was never angry about his childhood, never felt like anyone owed him any sympathy for what he went through. It's a message he hopes his new platform helps spread to those going through what he did. "Dre kind of wants to be an example," Early said. "I think he wants to be an example of never give up and good things can happen."
Oct 14, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury did more than just draw a line around the fertile high school football fields of Texas when he called out Arkansas coach Bret Bielema last month.The Texas Tech coach also fired a shot heard across the country by noting that Arkansas had lost consecutive games to teams using a spread offense after Bielema allegedly favored pro offenses over the spread...
Spread offenses infiltrating even the traditional SEC
By KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Oct 14, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury did more than just draw a line around the fertile high school football fields of Texas when he called out Arkansas coach Bret Bielema last month. The Texas Tech coach also fired a shot heard across the country by noting that Arkansas had lost consecutive games to teams using a spread offense after Bielema allegedly favored pro offenses over the spread during a summer convention. It was a flashpoint in what has become nothing short of philosophical battleground over the evolution of offense in college football. It's difficult to watch high school football and not buy into Kingsbury's assertion that 90 percent of Texas high schools — and far beyond — use some form of spread offense every week. And while that number hasn't quite reached such heights in the land of Bear Bryant, even the Southeastern Conference has started to resemble its prep counterparts in recent years. From Auburn to Kentucky to Mississippi, with a dash of Alabama and others in between, the spread has become more than just a way of life for some coaches. It's the ultimate tool to counter the defensive talent so abundant in the SEC. "In this league, it's so difficult to just line up and say, 'We're going to block these guys and run the ball,'" Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. "The spread gives you some smoke and mirrors and some ways to maybe neutralize some of the talent we face on the defensive side of the ball. I think there's some evidence out there now that other (coaches) are starting to feel the same way." Freeze knows as much as anyone in the SEC about the league's slow adaptation to the spread. Like Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, Freeze's start came in the high school coaching ranks. The two have helped changed the perception that the spread was an offense best left to other leagues long thought of as breeding grounds for high-scoring innovation, including Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, Big 12 or Sun Belt — which makes use of the hashtag "FunBelt" on its Twitter account. Both Freeze and Malzahn have had immediate success in the SEC, with Ole Miss leading the league with an average or 46.8 points per game this season and Auburn having reached two national championship games under Malzahn. But his Tigers also serve as a cautionary tale. No position is more critical to a spread offense's success than quarterback, and lacking a playmaker at that position — whether because of youth, injury or lack of talent — can lead to the kind of turmoil Auburn is going through this season. It's a point not lost on former Arkansas and Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines, who retired following the 2009 season after a career that saw him prepare to face everything from the wishbone to the spread. He said the spread "took a while to cross the Mississippi" before eventually making its way into the SEC. "The fact that you line up in the spread doesn't mean anything, and the fact you try to go fast doesn't mean anything," Kines said. "You can draw that stuff up on the blackboard until you're blue in the face, but if you can't throw it and catch it, it (doesn't) really make a lot of difference." The difficulty in finding skill-position depth, specifically at wide receiver, is one of the reasons Georgia coach Mark Richt has stayed with a pro-style offense in his 15 seasons with the Bulldogs. It's also why he was forced to target former NFL coaches following last season while searching for an offensive coordinator, simply because there are "so many teams that are just spread." Georgia eventually hired Brian Schottenheimer, setting a school record by averaging 41.3 points per game last season. "We'll get into the spread to some degree, but we still want to have a physical running game to complement a play-action passing game and complement our ability to spread and do those kinds of things," Richt said. "It's kind of hard to find (enough wide receivers to play in four- and five-receiver sets in the college ranks." That link to the professional ranks is also a key point for pro-style teams such as Georgia, LSU and Arkansas as they recruit against spread teams selling wide-open offensive fun to skill-position talent across the country. Bielema told The Associated Press his belief in a pro-style offense began while playing under former Iowa coach Hayden Fry. He said he has stayed with it because many teams struggle to prepare for a traditional look in today's age of the spread. "What's really happening now is there's a groundswell from the NFL itself that's being very adamant about (how) over the course of time, how much they're seeing it set back players that come out of certain systems and their ability to jump into NFL positions right away," Bielema said. ___ AP Sports Writers David Brandt, John Zenor, Charles Odum, Brett Martel and Steve Megargee contributed to this report.
Sep 21, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema fired back at Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, suggesting the Texas Tech coach had done something "very, very weird" by bringing up old comments following the Red Raiders' win over the Razorbacks.Texas Tech beat Arkansas 35-24 on Saturday night in a matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals, after which Kingsbury delivered a sharp rebuke to...
Bielema fires back at criticism from Texas Tech's Kingsbury
By KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Sep 21, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema fired back at Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, suggesting the Texas Tech coach had done something "very, very weird" by bringing up old comments following the Red Raiders' win over the Razorbacks. Texas Tech beat Arkansas 35-24 on Saturday night in a matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals, after which Kingsbury delivered a sharp rebuke to what he said was Bielema's criticism of spread offenses during a Texas high school coaches' convention over the summer. The Red Raiders coach and former quarterback, a believer in his school's "Air Raid" offensive system, noted Arkansas' losses to Toledo and Texas Tech by saying Bielema "just got his (butt) kicked twice in a row and probably next week by (Texas) A&M as well." On Monday, Bielema said he was "shocked" by the tongue-lashing. The third-year Arkansas coach also said he hadn't spoken with Kingsbury following their "quick" postgame handshake. "No, we weren't talking before and probably won't talk now," Bielema said. He said he never directly called out Texas Tech's offense at the summer clinic, and only intended to state his belief in a pro-style system when facing off against spread teams. "If we start digging into what people say at coaches' clinics, and trying to use that as motivation, it's going to be a very, very weird world," Bielema said. Kingsbury turned the indirect conversation between two of college football's most outgoing and outspoken personalities into a personal one on Saturday by following his original criticism with, "(Bielema is) a prideful guy, and he says what's on his mind, but it just hasn't worked out for him (at Arkansas)." Kingsbury turned down a chance to discuss the incident during Monday's Big 12 coaches' call. The Razorbacks are 11-17 in their third season under Bielema, who arrived from Wisconsin following the 2012 season. Their 1-2 start to this season comes after a summer of lofty expectations following three of four wins to end last season, including a dominating 31-7 win over Texas in the Texas Bowl. One of those eleven wins was a 49-28 romp at Texas Tech a year ago, a point Bielema mentioned on Monday. "If (Saturday) was (a butt)-kicking, I'd love to see what last year was," Bielema said. He then tried to steer the conversation ahead to Arkansas' Southeastern Conference opener against Texas A&M this week, but not before one final parting shot at Kingsbury, who is 15-13 in his three seasons with the Red Raiders. "I'm happy he got to vent and feels a lot better," Bielema said. "You know, as a coach who's been in it for 10 years, I know better than to worry about somebody that's been (around) for a couple that are .500."
Sep 20, 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema's promise of winning the Southeastern Conference when he arrived at Arkansas has never seemed so far-fetched.And a Razorbacks team that appeared to have righted itself late last season again finds itself in a downward spiral — with seemingly no end in sight.Arkansas (1-2) lost its second straight game Saturday night, a 35-24 setback to Texas Tech that was...
Reeling Arkansas tries to recover with daunting road ahead
By KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Sep 20, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema's promise of winning the Southeastern Conference when he arrived at Arkansas has never seemed so far-fetched. And a Razorbacks team that appeared to have righted itself late last season again finds itself in a downward spiral — with seemingly no end in sight. Arkansas (1-2) lost its second straight game Saturday night, a 35-24 setback to Texas Tech that was as disheartening as any of the many losses in recent years. It's a long and growing list that includes smaller schools such as Louisiana-Monroe in 2012 and Toledo a week ago. None of the losses, however, was as potentially damaging to Bielema's long-term prospects with the Razorbacks as this latest one. "I wish I could say something to make everybody feel a little bit better, our fans, our players," Bielema said. "We're just at the point yet where we cannot play a perfect game and win." Arkansas did gain 424 yards of total offense, led by 170 yards rushing by running back Alex Collins. But the Razorbacks were unable slow an up-tempo Texas Tech offense that ran up 486 yards and was fueled by quarterback Patrick Mahomes' three touchdowns. It was enough to bring back memories of a combined seven wins during the 2012-13 seasons for Arkansas, as well as a year ago when the Razorbacks finally ended to a school-worst 17-game SEC losing streak and won three of four games to finish 7-6. "We don't want to slip back to where we were two years ago, or even a year ago," Arkansas cornerback D.J. Dean said. "We want to move on from that, and that's what we're going to do next week." Making Arkansas' regression more visible was the national attention the game received afterward when Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury called out Bielema for what he said were disparaging comments about spread offenses to Texas high school coaches last summer. Kingsbury said Bielema's team was beaten badly for the second straight game, and "probably next week by (Texas) A&M as well." The game Kingsbury referenced against the Aggies in Cowboys Stadium will be the SEC opener for the Razorbacks, who have gone from ranked 18th to open the season to now just hoping to reach their second straight bowl game. Texas A&M is the first of three straight road SEC games for Arkansas, which follows with trips to Tennessee and Alabama. It's a stretch that's gone from hopeful to daunting for the Razorbacks, who lost their third top wide receiver in the last week when sophomore Jared Cornelius broke his left arm in the first half on Saturday. Despite the setbacks, Bielema is confident a more balanced offense — with quarterback Brandon Allen averaging 305 yards passing per game — will help Arkansas bounce back. "We are 1-2 right now, but I think going into SEC play we are probably more prepared than we have been," Bielema said. ___ AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Jun 9, 2015
The University of Connecticut has established an official football rivalry with the University of Central Florida. UCF just didn’t know anything about it. UConn coach Bob Diaco commissioned a trophy, produced a name — “The Civil Conflict” — and is conducting a countdown clock marking the time until the teams meet Oct. 10 in Orlando. […]
10 best college football rivalries created by realignment
Berry Tramel | Jun 9, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/06/kenny-hill-bama.jpg]3696952[/img] The University of Connecticut has established an official football rivalry with the University of Central Florida. UCF just didn't know anything about it. UConn coach Bob Diaco commissioned a trophy, produced a name -- "The Civil Conflict" -- and is conducting a countdown clock marking the time until the teams meet Oct. 10 in Orlando. All for a rivalry dating all the way back to 2013. Welcome to the state of 21st-century college football, where rivalries have been torn asunder and some schools are scrambling to identify who they're supposed to hate. Connecticut, for example. The Huskies are in the American Conference; their Big East imploded, which means games against West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and Rutgers are gone. Fellow exiles South Florida and Cincinnati were in the Big East, but the Huskies apparently took a shine to Central Florida as a potential new arch-rival. Maybe it had something to do with UConn's upset of UCF last season, which was Connecticut's only American Conference win and Central Florida's only American Conference defeat. Diaco even put the score -- UConn 37, UCF 29 -- on the new trophy, but he didn't place the 2013 result (the Knights won 62-17). The reason? Diaco said he wasn't around then. The whole thing is silly. Central Florida said it didn't know anything about the name or the trophy, and UCF has South Florida as an obvious arch-rival. But it just goes to show you how the rivalry game has changed. Conference realignment cost college football not just some historic rivalries -- Texas A&M-Texas, Pitt-West Virginia, Kansas-Missouri -- but some less-intense but no-less important games like Penn State-Syracuse, Oklahoma-Nebraska, Maryland-North Carolina, Louisville-Cincinnati. Sometimes, though, we focus on what we've lost and now what we've found. I made a list of new college football rivalries, and the list isn't half bad. Some tradition was lost, but some was found. Some great games were lost, but some were found. Here are the top 10 rivalries produced by realignment: Alabama-Texas A&M: These schools had a long history anyway; the Aggies hired away Bear Bryant in 1958, Bama returned the favor with Dennis Franchione in 2003. Gene Stallings was an icon at both places. Then Johnny Manziel beat Bama in A&M's first SEC season, and the fuse was lit. Nebraska-Iowa: When the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, a natural geographic rivalry commenced, complete with hardware (Heroes Trophy) and a Thanksgiving Friday time slot. Ohio State-Penn State: The ancient heavyweights played just eight times before Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. You would think this would have been an Oklahoma-Texas type conflict; bordering states, with massive universities right in the middle of each. TCU-Baylor: This is great on a variety of fronts. It renews an old Southwestern Conference rivalry, it displays the sudden powers in the Big 12 and, best of all, the coaches don't seem to like each other at all. Brigham Young-Boise State: BYU became a Western power in the 1970s, then Boise State did the same in the 2000s. They met only twice, 2003 and 2004, before BYU went independent and Boise State joined the Mountain West. Now the teams have an annual series for Mountain Time Zone supremacy. Penn State-Maryland: The Nittany Lions and Terrapins played almost every season from 1960 to 1993, when Penn State joined the Big Ten. Then the series went dormant until 2014, when Maryland joined the Big Ten. Missouri-Arkansas: Fayetteville, Ark., sits about 25 crooked miles from the Missouri line. And yet the Razorbacks and Tigers hadn't played in football since 1928, except for two bowl matchups. Now they are an annual SEC rivalry. Nebraska-Wisconsin: Absolute twins. Similar cultures. Similar football. Similar geography. Same colors. Hard to tell these two apart. But the Cornhuskers and Badgers played only five times before 2011, when Nebraska joined the Big Ten. Texas A&M-Arkansas: Old rivals in the Southwest Conference who shared a hatred of Texas, the series went away for 18 years after the Hogs left for the SEC. It came back as a neutral-site game in 2009, then was sealed when the Ags joined the SEC in 2012. Texas Tech-TCU: A life lesson rivalry. The schools played 16 times before Tech joined the Southwest Conference in 1960, and TCU was the bigger power. But in the SWC era, the Frogs weren't much of a factor and the Red Raiders were solid. When Tech joined the Big 12, TCU slipped to mid-major status while Tech enjoyed the fruits of a major conference. But like the ugly duckling who returns to the high school reunion as a swan, TCU is in the Big 12 and is a big dog.