SKORDLE SAMPLER - Whataburger
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/16/2019 4:12:30 PM
By John HardawaySpicy Ketchup HoarderYou might be asking yourself…Why Whataburger on the food blog? I ask you….Why NOT Whataburger on the food blog? Whataburger is the best drive through “fast food” restaurant on the planet, plain...
WEEK 7 RANKINGS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/14/2019 3:41:20 PM
(____) - previous rankClass 6AI1. Owasso (1) - 6-02. Broken Arrow (2) - 5-13. Jenks (3) - 3-34. Union (4) - 2-45. Norman (5) - 5-16. PC North (4) - 5-17. Moore (8) - 4-28. Westmoore (7) - 5-19. Mustang (9) - 4-210. Edmond Santa Fe (10) - 4-...
Week 6 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/13/2019 6:08:19 PM
FINALISTSDae Dae Leathers (Tahlequah) - Senior tailback carried the ball 33 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 35-28 victory over Collinsville in a top-10 matchup in District 5A-4.Jakoby Gouldsby (Haskell) - Senior quarte...
SKORDLE SAMPLER - Greazy Steve's in Pond Creek
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/9/2019 11:32:49 AM
By Andy CampbellSkordle's #1 FanIf you’re craving beet burgers and quinoa, this probably isn’t the blog for you. However, if you want to eat the best Oklahoma style cooking in the state before watching Skordle’s Game of the Week betwee...
WEEK 6 Rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/7/2019 11:46:32 PM
(__) - previous rankClass 6AI1. Owasso (1) - 5-02. Broken Arrow (2) - 4-13. Jenks (4) - 2-34. PC North (5) - 5-05. Union (3) - 1-46. Norman (6) - 4-17. Westmoore (7) - 5-08. Moore (8) - 3-29. Mustang (10) - 3-210. Edmond Santa Fe (9) - 3-2C...
Week 5 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/7/2019 9:40:35 PM
FINALISTSTe’Zohn Taft (Sapulpa) - Junior running back had 14 carries for 208 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to four catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Sapulpa’s 55-40 victory over Bartlesville. He also had three tackles on ...
SKORDLE SAMPLER - El Vaquero in Stillwater (RIP)
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/3/2019 8:53:26 AM
In Memoriam: El VAQ (El Vaquero - Stillwater, OK) By John HardawayConsumer of White QuesoIn early September, “El Vaq” fans were shocked by the news of the sudden closing of the longtime Stillwater Mexican restaurant favorite. ...
Week 5 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/30/2019 1:32:26 AM
(___) - previously rankedClass 6AI1. Owasso (1) - 4-02. Broken Arrow (2) - 3-13. Union (3) - 1-34. Jenks (4) - 1-35. PC North (5) - 4-06. Norman (6) - 4-07. Westmoore (7) - 4-08. Moore (9) - 2-29. Edmond Santa Fe (10) - 3-110. Mustang (8) -...
Week 4 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/29/2019 9:08:39 AM
FINALISTSAsher Link (Metro Christian) - Senior quarterback completed 24 of 45 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, plus 17 carries for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots in their 41-20 victory over Adair in district play.Ca...
SKORDLE SAMPLER: Cafe Bahnhof in Waynoka
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/27/2019 11:57:35 AM
(Ed. note: With regular contributor John Hardaway still recovering from his State Fair food coma, we called in a pinch hitter this week. We turned the Sampler over to Piedmont Athletic Director Layne Jones, an accomplished smoker of meats i...
WEEK 4 PICKS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/27/2019 10:10:31 AM
Swisher is still in the lead, and blah blah blah. Whitt and I need to step it upWeek 3 picksMichael Swisher - 9-6Whitt Carter - 12-3Ben Johnson - 13-2Overall standings Michael Swisher - 46-13Whitt Carter - 41-18Ben Johnson - 43-16Broken Arr...
WHAT WE'VE LEARNED SO FAR
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/26/2019 10:37:46 PM
It’s time for most teams to embark on district games. Let’s take a look at what’s become apparent so far…Mansfield, Texas teams stinkEveryone hypes up Texas football, but wow, the teams in Mansfield are ……. ungood. I mean, sure, Union lost ...
WEEK 4 RANKINGS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/22/2019 10:36:40 PM
(____) - previous rankWeek 3 scoreboard6AI6AII 5A 4A3A2A A B C Class 6AI 1. Owasso (1) - 3-02. Broken Arrow (2) - 2-13. Union (3) - 1-24. Jenks (4) - 1-25. PC North (5) - 3-06. Norman (6) - 3-07. Westmoore (7) - 3-08. Mustang (8) - ...
Week 3 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/22/2019 7:54:41 PM
FINALISTSColeman Stastny (Luther) - Senior running back had 287 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in the Lions’ 35-20 victory over Prague.Nathan Malchaski (Dibble) - Senior two-way player had 17 rushes for 178 yards and three touchdo...
WEEK 3 PICKS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/20/2019 6:29:01 PM
Here’s how things stand through Week 2 and 44 games picked by the Skordle fellas (and a few wives).Last weekMichael Swisher: 11-2Whitt Carter: 8-5Ben Johnson: 11-2Alicia Johnson: 11-2Madison Carter: 9-4OverallSwisher: 37-7Whitt: 27-17Ben: 3...
SKORDLE SAMPLER: The State Fair of Oklahoma
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/18/2019 11:49:50 AM
By John HardawayResident Fair Goer/Food ExpertThe No. 1 reason to go to the State Fair of Oklahoma is the food, closely followed by people watching and trying to conquer the rigged hoop shoot contest.When you walk in the fair and that first...
WEEK 3 Rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/16/2019 12:01:08 AM
(___) - previous rankWeek 2 scoreboard6AI 6AII 5A 4A 3A 2A A B C Class 6AI1. Owasso (2)2. Broken Arrow (1)3. Union (3)4. Jenks (4)5. PC North (5)6. Norman (6)7. Westmoore (8)8. Mustang (9)9. Moore (10)10. Edmond Santa Fe (7)Class 6AII1. Bix...
Week 2 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/15/2019 4:36:06 PM
FINALISTSJace Horton (Prue) - Senior quarterback was 10 of 16 passing for 251 yards and 5 TDs. Also had 5 rushes for 118 yards and 1 TD. On defense, he had 1 fumble return for a TD and 10 tackles to lead the Rockets to an 84-34 win over Dee...
Week 2 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/13/2019 2:10:20 PM
That noise you heard following the games in Week 1 was Michael Swisher shouting for joy. The oldest of the bunch is proving to be much wiser than those going against him so far. But we’ll see if we can’t gain some ground on him with a solid...
SKORDLE SAMPLER: The Flamingo Lounge in Enid
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/12/2019 9:01:51 AM
Week 2: Bethany at ChisholmBy John HardawayResident Pork Burger Griller/Food ExpertPerhaps the most important aspect of a football road trip beyond the game itself is food.“Where are we going to eat?” is usually the second question asked ri...
Week 2 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/8/2019 9:35:25 PM
(__) - previous rank - Week 1 resultClass 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - Beat Union, 14-02. Owasso (3) - Beat Fayetteville (Ark.), 51-193. Union (2) - Lost to Broken Arrow, 14-04. Jenks (4) - Lost to Bixby, 57-75. PC North (5) - Beat Putnam City,...
Week 1 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/8/2019 9:59:04 AM
FINALISTSCash Ramsey (Chelsea) - Sophomore tailback rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns to propel the Green Dragons to a 52-13 victory over Ketchum. The win is Chelsea’s first since October of 2017.Ben Webb (Southwest Covenant) - Senio...
CLASS PREVIEWS - 2A through C
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/5/2019 8:42:34 PM
Rankings2A1. Millwood (1)2. Metro Christian (2)3. Sperry (3)4. Vian (4)5. Holland Hall (5)6. Jones (6)7. Beggs (7)8. Washington (8)9. Kingston (9)10. Eufaula (10)Class A1. Cashion (1)2. Stroud (2)3. Thomas (3)4. Pawhuska (4)5. Rejoice Chris...
Week 1 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/5/2019 7:19:56 PM
Zero week was all about Swisher flexing on both myself and Whitt. Let’s see if we can’t bring him back down to earth this week….Zero WeekMichael Swisher: 11-3Whitt Carter: 7-7Ben Johnson: 8-6(Should mention that my wife and Whitt’s wife are...
SKORDLE SAMPLER: Week 1 features Yukon's Green Chile Kitchen
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/5/2019 9:43:19 AM
Friday nights are here. Fall is around the corner. Food is never far from my mind no matter what time of year it is.There are the usual spots that people are familiar with. The ones that have a wait and the ones that seem to be closed every...
Week 1 - Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/4/2019 8:04:50 PM
An absolutely tremendous slate of games this week. Let’s get to it…1. Millwood at Heritage HallOne team was thought to be the preeminent favorite in its class last year until it was upset in the playoffs by Vian. That was Millwood i...
WEEK 1 RANKINGS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/1/2019 11:50:36 PM
Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (2)2. Union (1)3. Owasso (3) 4. Jenks (4) 5. PC North (5) 6. Norman (6) 7. Edmond Santa Fe (7) 8. Moore (8)9. Westmoore (9) 10. Mustang (10)Class 6AII1. Bixby (1) 2. Stillwater (2)3. Booker T. Washington (3) 4. Del ...
Week 0 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/1/2019 10:04:57 AM
Our player of the week poll is back for the 2019-2020 season and the zero week candidates are listed below. Vote early, vote often!Have a player of the week candidate? Email them each week to ben@skordle.com FINALISTSMason Williams (Bi...
ZERO WEEK PICKS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/30/2019 1:38:26 AM
Union at Mansfield (Lake Ridge)Michael Swisher: UnionWhitt Carter: UnionBen Johnson: UnionNorth Little Rock vs. Booker T. Washington (in Bentonville, Ark.)Michael Swisher: North Little RockWhitt Carter: Booker T. Washington Ben Johnson: Boo...
ZERO WEEK: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/29/2019 7:06:42 AM
1. Union at Mansfield (Lake Ridge)Union won the matchup between the two clubs last year 36-30, thanks to Darius Boone’s 26-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Union went on to be a Class 6AI semifinalist, and Lake Ridge was a Region 1 sem...
CLASS 3A PREVIEW
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/28/2019 9:51:22 PM
Class 3A previewRankings**1. Heritage Hall2. Lincoln Christian 3. Plainview4. Berryhill 5. John Marshall 6. Sulphur7. Kingfisher 8. Seminole 9. Cascia Hall 10. Perkins-Tryon **Last year’s championOur best guess(es)Michael Swisher: Heritage ...
CLASS 4A PREVIEW
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/28/2019 9:50:47 PM
Class 4A previewRankings1. Bethany - Declaring 2019 the year of Sam Brandt. He’s improved his quarterbacking skills as the years have gone along, and last season he rushed for 1,262 yards and 25 touchdowns, in addition to 2,615 yards and 27...
CLASS 5A PREVIEW
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/28/2019 9:50:23 PM
Class 5A previewRankings**1. Carl Albert - Dadrion Taylor ran for 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, but now he passes the torch to Javion Hunt, who holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and several more (only...
Class 6AII SEASON PREVIEW
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/27/2019 8:17:02 PM
STATE OF THE PROGRAMBIXBY SPARTANSIf it’s another year of Class 6AII football, you can bet that Bixby will be in the mix. The Spartans secured another 6AII title in 2018 -- their fourth overall.However, Bixby did lose several key pieces fro...
Class 6AI SEASON PREVIEW
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/27/2019 6:23:53 PM
STATE OF THE PROGRAMBROKEN ARROW TIGERSThe trophy made the rounds all across Broken Arrow. The Tigers showed up off the Class 6AI championship trophy all over town for the first time in program history, after Broken Arrow took down Jenks fo...
Skordle Sampler
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 8/27/2019 9:04:42 AM
(Ed. note: We here at Skordle fancy ourselves aficionados in many areas. Sports. Scores. Blogs. Podcasts. Food. Ah, yes. Food. We fry it. We grill eat. We smoke it. We bake it. We eat it. Judge us not by the ridiculousness of our weekly foo...
NEW PODCAST: Football is back
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/22/2019 6:55:04 PM
We're now a week away from real-life, actual football. (Well, games that actually count) This week we pay tribute to one of the state's best, Mr. Ray West, who passed away recent. Swisher shares several great stories about West and wha...
Remembering Ray West
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 8/14/2019 3:29:54 PM
(Ed. note: The basketball world was left with a huge void Sunday morning when Ray West passed away. His passing put to an end a 45-year career that left him second on the all-time list of wins in Oklahoma high school boys basketball games.&...
PODCAST: Time to tackle some public/private discussion
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/18/2019 11:01:33 AM
We finally took the plunge and did a deep dive into the long-standing public schools vs. private schools debate in Oklahoma. Cashion head football coach (and athletic director) Lynn Shackelford (24:45) joined us to share his thoughts from t...
BA's Andrew Raym commits to Oklahoma
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/9/2019 3:41:55 PM
Andrew Raym is headed to Norman. Broken Arrow’s highly sought-after offensive lineman on Wednesday night committed to the Sooners on Twitter..2352342Raym, a Rivals four-star prospect, held offers from just about every major program in the n...
Verdigris two-way standout commits to Arkansas State
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/26/2019 4:11:28 PM
Verdigris’ offense took a drastic leap forward in 2018. A big credit for that goes to the offensive line, especially offensive tackle Austin Woods.On Tuesday, Woods announced his commitment to Arkansas State on Twitter.“Without the help of ...
Skordle Showdown arrives in Bixby again
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/21/2019 12:06:48 AM
The Skordle Showdown is back again in 2019. Some of the state’s premier teams will be in Bixby on Friday. Take a look at all the teams that will be there.Large school teamsBroken Arrow TigersHead coach: David Alexander Players to watch - CB...
PODCAST: It's Skordle Showdown time!
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/20/2019 9:12:04 AM
FOOTBALL'S BACK!! Well, not really. But kind of.Skordle is hosting two different 7-on-7 football tournaments, all thanks to wonderful sponsors, Tulsa Tech and Charleston's.The guys break down both Showdowns, and chat about players to watch ...
Andrew Crow commits to OU
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/6/2019 9:38:35 AM
Brent Marley worked tirelessly to circulate Andrew Crow’s game film. Rejoice Christian’s head coach wanted Crow, his star running back and defensive back, to receive the attention he was due.It finally paid off Wednesday.Crow’s accomplishme...
PODCAST: Summer is coming
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/4/2019 12:52:24 PM
It's that time of year again. Summertime has arrived, and high school sports fans are left waiting for more games in August. But fear not! The Publics and Privates OKpreps Podcast will help get you through the slow months.This week the guys...
Delk leaving Perry wrestling for Bentonville job
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/3/2019 4:34:50 PM
The state’s flagship wrestling program will have a new coach when the 2019-2020 season begins.Perry’s Ronnie Delk was hired as an assistant coach at Bentonville High School, after the school board in Arkansas approved the move Monday.Delk t...
Timmerman tabbed to lead Jenks baseball
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/31/2019 10:28:29 AM
Jenks has hired Justin Timmerman as its new baseball coach, according to a release from the school on Friday."I am extremely excited to be the next head baseball coach at Jenks High School," Timmerman said in statement. "This has been a dre...
SKORDLE SHOOTOUT is Saturday in Cushing
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/30/2019 10:08:28 AM
If you need to get your basketball fix early this summer, Cushing might be just the spot for you this Saturday.The inaugural Skordle Shootout team camp will take place Saturday, June 8, at Cushing Middle School and will feature 12 straight ...
Jade Jones takes over reins at Burlington
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/29/2019 3:50:14 PM
Basketball has been a part of Jade Jones’ life as long as she can remember.That’s not going to change anytime soon.The point guard who led Pond Creek-Hunter to a state championship and set records at Northwestern Oklahoma State University n...
Tim Holt Jr. steps down at Coweta
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/13/2019 9:54:21 AM
As spring football begins, there’s now a head-coaching vacancy at Coweta. Early Monday morning, Tim Holt Jr. submitted his resignation to athletic director Tim Johnson.Holt ends a three-year run at Coweta, where he went 19-15 with a distric...
NEW PODCAST: Spring sports spotlight and much more
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/10/2019 9:48:07 AM
It's hardware galore as spring sports wind down. Michael and Ben dissect baseball, slowpitch softball, golf, track & soccer as teams and individuals enter the final weekend of competition for this athletic season.Find out which performances...
SPRING SPORTS: State golf recaps (boys and girls)
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/7/2019 11:24:14 PM
Girls golf - state championship resultsFIND FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS HEREClass 6ATeam1. Edmond North - 621 - Huskies second straight championship and ninth overall2. Jenks - 6293. Edmond Memorial - 649Individual1. Sydney Hermann (Ponca City)...
McKinley Whitfield headed to NY Giants mini camp
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/2/2019 10:36:36 AM
Fort Coffee is headed for the big stage.Wait, Fort Coffee? Where is that? Is it in Oklahoma?It’s a town that might go unrecognized, outside of severe weather coverage in Oklahoma, but Fort Coffee sits in the Arkansas River bend near Skullyv...
Koy Hughes headed to Garber
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 4/29/2019 3:52:40 PM
Five generations of Koy Hughes’ family have graduated from Garber High School.He didn’t want his son to break that tradition.With that in mind, Hughes is leaving his post as head football and baseball coach at Waukomis High School to return...
NEW PODCAST: Break out the baseball bats...it's spring sports season
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/6/2019 1:15:19 AM
Michael and Ben return with a quick glimpse into spring sports across Oklahoma. The guys talk about some recent news items in Oklahoma, and spend some time talking about Broken Arrow's announcement of a girls varsity wrestling team - the fi...
Catoosa hiring Medrano as next head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/27/2019 4:32:20 PM
Catoosa is expected to hire Muskogee offensive coordinator Jason Medrano as the Indians' next head football coach at a special board meeting on Thursday. Medrano, a West Texas A&M alum, has been at Muskogee for 15 seasons, serving on the of...
WRESTLING NEWS: Shawn Jones steps down at Broken Arrow; Rodney Jones takes over
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/26/2019 1:22:58 PM
Shawn Jones is going out as a champion. On Monday, the Broken Arrow wrestling coach announced he is stepping down in order to try a new employment venture.“I meant business when I got here,” Jones told Skordle. “We didn’t go 14 for 14, but ...
PODCAST: Goodbye Basketball
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/13/2019 5:40:52 PM
The guys put a bow on the high school basketball season & recap the weekend that was from State Fair Arena and the Mabee Center. Both Michael and Ben also name their tournament MVPs for each class.Then they spend a few minutes talking a...
WRESTLING: All-State rosters announced
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2019 12:32:04 AM
The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced the 2019 All-State wrestling rosters on Tuesday morning.Here are the rosters and some notes on the honorees:Large East113: David Boucher (Bartlesville)120: Laif Jones (Bartlesville)126: Ty Nohelty ...
STATE TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS!
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/6/2019 11:59:16 PM
No introduction needed. Here are the "expert" picks for state tournaments taking place this weekend. (Oh, and listen to the podcast while you're at it!)Class 6ABoysBen Johnson - Edmond Memorial: There are so many players to love in this fie...
PODCAST: More basketball on tap this week
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/6/2019 12:00:57 PM
Made a big podcast addition this week. Ben & Swisher are joined by the Oklahoman's Jacob Unruh.Jacob & Swisher recap the highlights and the championship moments from the Class A & Class B state tournaments.Then the guys break down the state...
PODCAST TIME! Wall to wall basketball and wrestling
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/28/2019 12:28:23 PM
Medals and trophies have been handed out to wrestlers across the state. Now it’s time for basketball teams to start claiming hardware.Ben and Michael dive into Class A & B state basketball tournaments on tap this week, and they guys also ma...
STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT: Hicks makes Durant history
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/26/2019 4:21:49 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Time had not completely elapsed off the clock. Yet, Cody Hicks didn’t care.As the final seconds ticked down, Hicks exploded off the mat and ran toward his coaches. One just so happened to be his brother, Colby, standing alo...
STATE TOURNAMENT WRESTLING: Complete class-by-class roundup
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/25/2019 3:39:38 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Zane Coleman stepped off the podium and started fielding multiple requests. Everyone inside Jim Norick Arena wanted to snap a photo with the newest member of the four-time state champion club.The Choctaw senior joined the e...
STATE WRESTLING: Drake Barbee's story of survival
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/21/2019 11:41:15 PM
EMAIL ME - ben@skordle.com   |   RELATED - State tournament wrestling predictionsDrake Barbee will take the mat at Jim Norick Arena on Friday. Impressive for someone who was near death 14 months ago.“It was as severe as it co...
STATE TOURNAMENT WRESTLING: Weight by weight predictions
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/21/2019 10:03:31 AM
State tournament wrestling is back. It's the weekend that every high school wrestler circles on the calendar. Now time to make predictions for every single weight class inside Jim Norick Arena.Class 6ABrackets posted here106: Cruz Aguilar (...
NEW PODCAST: Talkin' Wrestlin' ..... (and lots of hoops)
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/21/2019 9:25:09 AM
The winter sports season is winding down, so we dissect playoffs happenings in Class 4A through Class B basketball. Swisher breaks down what happened on the hardwood, and what to look forward to this week. Then we shift gears and Ben...
3A/4A dual state roundup: Tigers’ Ten: Tuttle breezes to another dual title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/10/2019 5:20:00 PM
SHAWNEE -- Every wrestling team that entered FireLake Arena on Friday and Saturday scored teams points somewhere along the way. Except for the three that faced Tuttle. The Tigers put a chokehold on the Class 4A field and breezed to the...
5A/6A dual state roundup: Taylor sends Skiatook to first title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/10/2019 4:54:13 PM
SHAWNEE -- It all came down to Mitchell Lance or Josh Taylor. Fortunately for Skiatook, it had a state champion ready to roll with a Class 5A dual state championship on the line.Taylor, last year’s 5A champion at 120 pounds as a freshman, s...
PODCAST: Signing Day Special
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/8/2019 9:41:35 AM
Break down signees on Signing Day, plus a. look at upcoming basketball playoffs. Then quick mention of dual state. Also, sit-down interviews in Bixby with the Spartans' Ainslie Lane, Cade Cavender & Noah West....
DUAL STATE: Previews and class predictions
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/8/2019 12:38:13 AM
Postseason wrestling is here. The dual state tournament kicks things off this weekend in Shawnee at Firelake Arena. Here’s everything you need to know before the first dual begins.*All championship duals will be at 6:30 p.m. SaturdayClass 6...
PODCAST: Best Playoff System in the Country
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/6/2019 11:49:02 AM
We breakdown the OCA All-State football rosters.Talk some Tuttle wrestling and chat briefly about former Adair great Kevi Luper and her jersey being retired at ORU.Finish with an interview of the OSSAA's David Glover about what goes into th...
Trent Worley named head coach at Kiefer
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 2/5/2019 3:42:33 PM
KIEFER -- Trent Worley is a small-town kid at heart. Plus, he and his wife Ashley have most of their family living in northeast Oklahoma.That made the head coaching vacancy at Kiefer so intriguing.And sure enough, Worley was named the Troja...
SKORDLE NOTEBOOK: Tuttle wins big in California
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/30/2019 4:38:09 PM
Tuttle went west and struck gold over the weekend. Not far from gold rush areas in northern California, the Tigers won the 2019 MidCals Tournament in Gilroy on Saturday.Luke Surber (152), Dustin Plott (170) and Carson Berryhill (195) each w...
Aaron Meier steps down as Catoosa head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/29/2019 12:36:16 PM
Aaron Meier, the longest-tenured head football coach at Catoosa in three decades, stepped down as the Indians’ coach on Monday. Meier will continue working for Catoosa Pubic Schools in an upper administration role.Both Meier and athletic di...
Gaylor taking over as Jenks DC
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/26/2019 10:20:02 AM
A familiar defensive presence is returning to a traditional Class 6AI power for the 2019 campaign.Adam Gaylor, most recently the defensive coordinator at Mustang, is joining the Jenks football staff to serve as defensive coordinator under h...
PODCAST: Analyzing All-State teams
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/25/2019 9:50:11 PM
Introducing our first Publics & Privates OKpreps Podcast episode by breaking down the Skordle All-State football teams. Mix in some public-private debate opinions, and a glimpse into small school basketball with postseason play on the h...
SKORDLE NOTEBOOK: Vannoy piling up victories for Jenks; Watch out for Clinton boys
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/25/2019 9:42:31 AM
Drake Vannoy was pressed for time with wrestling season around the corner. Jenks’ football season didn’t end until Nov. 30, and the Trojans were slated to open their wrestling campaign less than a week later.Good thing Vannoy had a champion...
SKORDLE NOTEBOOK: Bixby's Blankenship bursting onto the scene
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/16/2019 4:49:34 PM
Bixby has been stingy when it comes to hoarding football championships. The Spartans have won four of the past five Class 6AII championships, and don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon.What Bixby hasn’t claimed often since the turn of ...
COACHING NEWS: New coaches hired at Harrah, McAlester, Okmulgee
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/14/2019 4:44:54 PM
The high school football coaching carousel was in full motion Monday night. School board meetings were held at McAlester, Harrah and Okmulgee -- with all three locations listing “head football coach” as a position that would be filled. ...
SKORDLE ALL-STATE: Small school team and top honors
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/11/2019 2:01:18 PM
Putting together an All-State team sounds like fun and games, but when you start narrowing down the field, you hate yourself for leaving off a player here or a player there. Trust me when I say it was not pleasant leaving off guys like Linc...
COACHING NEWS: Rashaun Woods next head coach at Enid, per sources
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/9/2019 4:07:27 PM
Rashaun Woods is in line to become Enid’s next head football coach, according to multiple sources on Thursday afternoon. The Oklahoman first reported Woods to Enid.Attempts to reach Woods for confirmation have been unsuccessful.One source i...
SKORDLE ALL-STATE: Large school team and top honors
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 1/4/2019 9:26:21 AM
The high school football season can’t come to a close until awards are handed out. Over the next week, Skordle will issue its first All-State football teams for large and small schools.The large schools consist of teams in Classes 6AI throu...
SIGNING DAY COLUMN: Clay signs with Arkansas, out-recruits TU, OSU
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 12/20/2018 4:10:30 PM
Some startling news on National Signing Day.The University of Tulsa football staff was out-recruited by a singular defensive end out of Oklahoma City.Facts are facts: Phillip Montgomery and Co. watched as Putnam City’s Collin Clay recruited...
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDUP & FINAL RANKINGS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 12/11/2018 2:09:39 PM
David Alexander sought out his family with pure pandemonium all around him. While players, fans and coaches started celebrating Broken Arrow’s 28-20 victory over Jenks in the Class 6AI title game, Alexander scanned the Chapman Stadium crowd...
PIRATES TREASURE: Sperry wins first gold ball
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 12/7/2018 9:38:54 AM
OWASSO -- Friends and family members had premonitions about Kohlby Foster. They knew he was about to be a standout in Thursday’s Class 2A championship game at Owasso Stadium. And sure enough, they were exactly right.Foster hauled in two int...
CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS: CLASSES 2A, A & B
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 12/5/2018 1:21:20 AM
When Sperry and Beggs met the first time this season, it was an extremely emotion affair. News broke the day before the two met that Beggs running back Kayson Tolliver has been gunned down in his bed. It was as tragic as it gets.But Beggs o...
Week 14 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 12/4/2018 9:10:21 AM
The Week 14 Player of the Week is sponsored byThe FinalistsQuintevin Cherry (Broken Arrow) - Senior quarterback ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Tigers to a 28-20 victory over Jenks for the Class 6AI championship, th...
PLAYOFF PICKS: Week 4 edition
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/30/2018 12:45:10 AM
There's no catching him now. Randy Turney will end up being the Skordle picking champion for 2018.Playoff picks - Week 3 - Coach Turney 15-5 | Whitt 15-5 | Swisher 15-5 | Ben 14-6Overall - Turney 212-73 | Whitt 196-89 | Swisher 195-80 | Ben...
PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Classes 2A, A & B QUARTERFINALS and C FINALS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/30/2018 12:42:52 AM
Christian Heritage’s coaching staff wanted to give Zach Hale a break. The Crusaders’ senior quarterback/safety had Christian Heritage leading Stroud late in the second quarter, so his coaching staff wanted to give him a moment to catch his ...
CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS: Classes 5A, 4A & 3A
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/28/2018 3:30:20 PM
It's time to break down championship games for Classes 5A, 4A and 3A -- or I like to call it, the “no east side teams allowed” preview. For real, just look at whose left in these three championship games.As for the quality in these three ga...
CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS: Classes 6AI & 6AII
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/27/2018 10:54:18 AM
Not to worry, the track is not set to repeat. It only feels like that. Jenks is going after another Class 6AI gold ball this Friday. This time, it’s not against Union, but instead against a Broken Arrow team that was been on a roll ever sin...
Week 13 Player of the Week
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/26/2018 9:27:39 PM
The Week 13 Player of the Week is sponsored byThe FinalistsDadrion Taylor (Carl Albert) - Senior running back rushed for 313 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries in the Titans’ 37-20 win over Collinsville in the Class 5A semifinals.Conne...
PLAYOFF PICKS: Week 3 edition
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/21/2018 3:54:06 PM
Time to schedule the Randy Turney championship parade. He's all but wrapped up the Skordle picking crown for 2018.Playoff picks - Week 2 - Coach Turney 16-9 | Whitt 16-9 | Swisher 15-10 | Ben 15-10Overall - Turney 197-68 | Whitt&n...
PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Class A & B QUARTERFINALS & CLASS C SEMIFINALS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/21/2018 3:31:18 PM
Class AQuarterfinal matchupsNo. 3 Rejoice Christian (12-0) at No. 8 Crossings Christian (10-2)Last week: Rejoice Christian 40, Gore 14; Crossings Christian 28, Hooker 0Players to watch- Andrew Crow (Rejoice Christian): Senior tailback has r...
PLAYOFF PREVIEW: 3A SEMIFINALS & 2A QUARTERFINALS
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/21/2018 3:21:24 PM
It’s a new age for Class 3A. No longer are there five rounds to navigate to win the championship. Heritage Hall, Lincoln Christian, Sulphur and Kingfisher are all one win away from the 3A title game. As for Class 2A and Class A, it’s busine...
SEMIFINAL PREVIEWS: Classes 5A & 4A
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/21/2018 12:50:30 PM
Four teams have punched their tickets to state championship games. Bixby and Stillwater rallied to claim their spots in the Class 6AII title game, and Jenks and Broken Arrow pulled off some heroics of their own to set up a 6AI title clash. ...
Week 12 Player of the Week
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/20/2018 2:03:29 PM
The Week 12 player of the week is sponsored by:The Finalists:Easton Francis (Poteau) - Finished with 121 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries, and also had 1 66-yard reception for a touchdown. He also finished the game at quarterback aft...
PLAYOFF PICKS: Week 2 edition
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/16/2018 11:59:27 AM
At this point, Randy Turney is just showing off. He went 23-7 last week and has all but sewn up his title as Skordle's premier picker this year. The rest of us are not worthy! And spinzone: I wasn't horrendous at picking games last week, so...
PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK: Classes 2A, 3A & 4A
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/16/2018 10:53:58 AM
Class 2AFirst round rewind•    Kellyville 41, Perry 21: Hayden Hutchins rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries with the Ponies being the only team to knock off a district champion in the first round. It was the...
PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK: Classes A, B & C
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/14/2018 4:14:19 PM
Class AFirst Round Rewind•   Hooker 19, Mangum 6: The Bulldogs picked up where they left off from last year’s postseason. Hooker beat Mangum, 26-13, in the first round last year, and this season Lakon Lynch collected 11 tackles an...
BRUCE IN THE RECORD BOOK: Hulbert tailback sets state mark
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/12/2018 12:07:15 AM
Jacob Bruce arrived at preseason camp in 2015, mostly eager to learn and admittedly oblivious.“As a freshman, I was young and didn’t know what to do,” the Hulbert running back said. “The coaches then just said I was a fast kid and to use my...
Week 11 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/11/2018 6:32:07 PM
The Week 11 Player of the Week is sponsored by:The FinalistsSam Brandt (Bethany) - Completed 13 of 21 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Brandt had two interceptions in Bethany’s ...
Class B & C playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/9/2018 12:57:14 PM
Players to watch- Braden Gilbert (Regent Prep): Junior quarterback has passed for 2,176 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. - Tatton Anderson (Alex): Sophomore tailback has rushed 137 times for 1,350 yards and 26 touchdowns, he's also caug...
PLAYOFF PICKS: Week 1 edition
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/9/2018 12:48:10 AM
All hail Randy Turney and his picking skills. He made it look easy while beating the snot out of Swisher, Whitt and myself. He spent 11 weeks picking games and gradually putting all of us away -- well, most of us. Swisher might have an outs...
Class A playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/8/2018 3:41:11 PM
Players to watch- Grant Elerick (Stroud): Junior quarterback has completed 69.2 percent of his passes (139 of 201) for 2,218 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.- Zach Hale (Christian Heritage): Senior QB has 1,647 yards and 21 touchdowns w...
Class 2A playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/8/2018 8:55:25 AM
Players to watch- Laike Wilhelm (Newkirk): Perhaps the most widely unknown player to put up the best numbers this season. The senior tailback has rushed for 2,051 yards and 21 touchdowns on 261 carries this season.- Jaxon Canard (OCS): Juni...
Class 3A playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/8/2018 8:10:50 AM
Players to watch- Conner Carey (Heritage Hall): If you stop the senior running back who has 1,229 yards and 16 touchdowns on 139 carries this season, nice job. Then you get to deal with Billy Ross who is equally as explosive out of the Char...
Class 4A playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/7/2018 4:08:03 PM
Players to watch- Gunnar Thompson (Poteau): A 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end who is starting to get recognition by Division I coaches has wrecked havoc on opposing offenses all year long with 74 tackles and nine sacks. He's also chi...
Class 5A playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/6/2018 4:10:30 PM
Players to watch- Tero Roberts (Ardmore): The Tigers' vaunted rushing attack comes in many waves, but it's Roberts leading the team with 785 yards on 77 carries. - Izaiah Hall (Altus): Senior tailback is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing th...
Class 6AII playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/5/2018 11:34:18 PM
Players to watch- Miles Davis (Lawton): Win or lose, there has been a constant for Lawton this season and it's been Davis' playmaking ability on the ground. The senior tailback has piled up 1,911 yards and 20 touchdowns on 280 carries....
Class 6AI playoff preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/5/2018 8:35:56 PM
Players to watch- Noah Cortes (Broken Arrow): Now the all-time leading rusher in Broken Arrow history, the senor tailback has been on cruise control for the Tigers this season. Cortes has racked up 1,331 yards and 26 touchdowns and often ti...
Week 10 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/5/2018 3:37:49 PM
The Week 10 Player of the Week is sponsored by:The FinalistsJoey Fowler (Dewar) - Sophomore quarterback completed 11 of 21 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Also had 14 ta...
Week 11: Playoff rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/4/2018 11:42:04 PM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 10Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 10-02. Jenks (2) - 9-13. Union (3) - 8-24. Owasso (7) - 6-45. Norman (9) - 6-46. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 7-37. Moore (6) - 5-58. PC North (5) - 8-29. Yuko...
Week 10 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 11/1/2018 1:04:00 AM
Life sure is lonely at the bottom. Coach Turney has decided to leave the rest of us in the dust, and I find myself way off the winning pace right now. Not good, but every great comeback needs a story.Week 9 picks - Coach Turney 18...
Week 10: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/30/2018 11:52:10 AM
The playoffs are here! Well, not quite but for some teams it will feel that way. Some teams are playing to extend their seasons while some are playing to better position themselves for long postseason runs. Week 10 is always a whirlwind, so...
Week 10 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/29/2018 4:02:45 PM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 10Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 9-02. Jenks (2) - 8-13. Union (3) - 7-24. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 7-25. Putnam City North (6) - 8-16. Moore (8) - 5-47. Owasso (5) - 5-48. Yukon (9) - 5-49. No...
Week 9 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/29/2018 7:43:53 AM
The Week 9 Player of the Week is sponsored by:The FinalistsDonavan Yarbrough (Hooker) - Completed 12 of 18 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns to help Hooker beat Mooreland 34-0 and win its first district championship since 1985.TJ Rob...
Week 9 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/25/2018 12:10:24 AM
Well, it happened. My free fall to last place in the picks is upon us. But, spin zone: There's nowhere to go but up now. Better pack a lunch pail; it's time to go to work.Week 6 picks - Coach Turney 15-4 | Whitt 15-4 | B...
Week 9: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/24/2018 8:21:48 AM
We are two weeks away from playoff games starting. But for now, it's time to hand out playoff berths and district titles.Here's what's on tap for week nine:1. 5A No. 4 Bishop McGuinness (7-1) at 5A No. 6 Guthrie (7-1): Laying low and waitin...
Week 8 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/22/2018 8:38:52 PM
The Week 9 Player of the Week is sponsored by The FinalistsTrae Washington (Central) -  Junion tailback exploded with 12 carries for 317 yards and four touchdowns and also had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Braves...
Week 9 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/22/2018 11:45:38 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 9Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 8-02. Jenks (2) - 7-13. Union (3) - 6-24. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 7-15. Owasso (5) - 5-36. Putnam City North (6) - 7-17. Westmoore (7) - 5-38. Moore (8) - 4-49....
Week 8: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/16/2018 12:15:45 AM
It's time for fall break, and some district titles could be decided this week.Here's what's on tap:1. 6AII No. 4 Midwest City (5-2) at 6AII No. 3 Del City (6-1): District 6AII-1 has become a three-team race, and this one will go a long way ...
Week 8 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/15/2018 11:30:31 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 8Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 7-02. Jenks (2) - 6-13. Union (3) - 5-24. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 6-15. Owasso (5) - 4-36. Putnam City North (6) - 6-17. Westmoore (7) - 5-28. Moore (8) - 4-39....
Week 7 Player of the Week Poll
by Korry Rogers (@KorryRogers) 10/15/2018 10:13:00 AM
The Skordle Week 7 Player of the Week Poll is sponsored byWeek 7 FinalistsKarder Neville (Hooker) - Senior wide receiver had five catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns on offense. Finished with 12 tackles and an interception return for a...
Week 7 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/10/2018 11:47:45 PM
Well, what we have here is two hotly-contested showdowns for first and third place. Swisher and Coach Turney are locked in a battle for first place, while Whitt and myself charge hard after the bronze.Week 6 picks - Coach Turney 1...
Week 7: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/9/2018 11:26:28 AM
Some rock-solid games this week as district races tighten up.Here's what's on tap this week:1. 5A No. 1 Carl Albert (6-0) at 5A No. 7 Guthrie (6-0): Bluejays beat Carl Albert every year from 2010 to 2015, but the Titans have posted back-to-...
Week 7 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/8/2018 12:36:25 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 7Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 6-02. Jenks (2) - 5-13. Union (3) - 4-24. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 6-05. Owasso (5) - 3-36. Putnam City North (7) - 5-17. Westmoore (9) - 4-28. Moore (10) - 4-29...
Week 6 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/7/2018 9:59:02 PM
The Week 6 Skordle Player of the Week Poll is sponsored by:Week 6 FinalistsWeek 6 Player of the Week PollSevion Morrison (Edison) - Junior running back rushed for 419 yards and six touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-20 win over Coweta.Jacob Bruce...
Week 6 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/4/2018 10:24:41 AM
Phew, what a relief for myself and Whitt in week 5. Swisher and Coach Turney were leaving us in the dust. But we were able to gain a little bit of ground in the overall standings. Just have to ride the wave of momentum now.Week 5 pi...
Week 6: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/2/2018 10:07:00 AM
There are some quality games to be had in week 6, but nothing like the run of games recently.Here's what's on tap this week:1. 5A No. 3 Collinsville (5-0) at 5A No. 5 Tahlequah (5-0): District 5A-4 supremacy is on the line, and another big ...
Week 5 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/1/2018 9:11:21 PM
The Skordle Week 5 Player of the Week poll is sponsored by:Week 5 FinalistsEli Williams (Sapulpa) - Junior quarterback rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Also passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the Chieftains’ ...
Week 6 Rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 10/1/2018 12:37:08 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 6Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 5-02. Jenks (2) - 4-13. Union (3) - 3-24. Edmond Santa Fe (4) - 5-05. Owasso (5) - 2-36. Putnam City North (7) - 5-07. Westmoore (9) - 4-18. Moore (10) - 3-29...
Week 5 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/27/2018 10:18:52 AM
Whitt and I have reached red-alert status for this season. If we're not careful, we may be stripped of our picking duties. Either that, or our picks will be distributed for pure comedy.Week 4 picks - Swisher 15-3 | Coach Turney 16-2 | ...
Week 5: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/25/2018 12:16:54 AM
District play has arrived in full force, and there are great games all over the state this week.Narrowing down the list to the top 10 games wasn't easy, but here it is:1. 6AII No. 2 Midwest City (3-1) at 6AII No. 1 Stillwater (4-0): In a lo...
Week 4 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/24/2018 1:41:37 PM
The Skordle Week 4 Player of the Week poll is sponsored by:Week 4 FinalistsDarius Boone Jr. (Union) - Senior tailback rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in Union’s 21-0 victory over Owasso.Jamoni Jones (Memorial) - Seni...
Week 5 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/23/2018 11:46:45 PM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 3Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 4-02. Jenks (2) - 3-13. Union (4) - 2-24. Edmond Santa Fe (5) - 4-05. Owasso (3) - 1-36. Yukon (6) - 4-07. Putnam City North (7) - 4-08. Mustang (8) - 1-39. W...
Skordle shorts: Davenport sets scoring mark, Dax Hill commits and more
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/20/2018 12:42:04 AM
Orr, Acord power Davenport to school recordSenior tailback Jake Acord rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Class B No. 2 Davenport's 80-58 victory over fourth-ranked Alex last week. For the Bulldogs (3-0), 80 points is t...
Week 4 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/19/2018 11:46:31 PM
Well, I can't lie, my performance in Week 3 was disgraceful. It's been a rough go of it for myself and Whitt this season. But we're just waiting for district play to kick it into gear.Week 3 picks - Swisher 11-3 | Coach Turney 10-4 | W...
Week 4: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/18/2018 6:52:52 AM
District play has arrived in full force, and there are great games all over the state this week.Narrowing down the list to the top 10 games wasn't easy, but here it is:1. 6AI No. 2 Jenks (3-0) at 6AI No. 1 Broken Arrow (3-0): This game...
Week 3 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/17/2018 12:18:53 PM
The Week 3 Player of the Week is sponsored byThe finalists are:Jake Acord (Davenport) - Senior tailback rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the Bulldogs’ 80-58 win over Alex. Ryker Hughes (Morrison) - Senior tailba...
Week 4 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/17/2018 6:42:08 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 3Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 3-02. Jenks (2) - 3-03. Owasso (3) - 1-24. Union (4) - 1-25. Edmond Santa Fe (7) - 3-06. Yukon (8) - 3-07. Putnam City North (9) - 3-08. Mustang (10) - 1-29. ...
Week 3 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/13/2018 8:56:47 AM
Coach Turney got tired of Old Man Swisher's winning ways every week, so he did something about it. Randy dropped off a 15-4 mark in Week 2, one game better than Swisher. Whitt wasn't too far off with a 12-7 record, and then there was yours ...
Skordle shorts: Piedmont, Midwest City, Crossing Christian, Grove post big wins, plus news and notes
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/12/2018 11:17:49 PM
Piedmont upends WeatherfordQuarterback Dylan Hampton scored on a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Piedmont was able to hang on for a 21-10 victory over the Eagles in Week 2. The win over Weatherford was Piedmont's first...
War on 74 Has Huge Rivalry, District Implications for Cashion, Crescent
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/11/2018 3:18:43 PM
The trophy reads “Cimarron River Rivalry,” but nobody except a corporate sponsor goes with the politically correct name.It’s the War on 74 and it resumes Friday night when unranked but ever-dangerous Crescent travels to No. 2 Cashion in a h...
Week 3: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/11/2018 12:03:34 AM
Week 3 is upon us. I'd be lying if I said there were a lot of stellar games. But there are some solid matchups here and there.Here are this week's top 10 games:1. 3A No. 5 Cascia Hall (2-0) at 2A No. 1 Millwood (2-0): This is becoming a mai...
Week 3 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/10/2018 6:36:24 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 3Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 3-02. Jenks (2) - 3-03. Owasso (4) - 1-24. Union (3) - 1-25. Westmoore (5) - 2-06. Norman (6) - 2-07. Edmond Santa Fe (7) - 2-08. Yukon (8) - 3-09. Putnam Cit...
Week 2 Player of the Week Poll
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/9/2018 7:52:26 PM
The Week 2 Player of the week is sponsored byTrey Kiser (Sulphur) - Senior tailback finished with 403 yards and six touchdowns on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ 47-9 victory over Davis.Ryan Johnson (Metro Christian) - Rushed for 302 yards and ...
Week 2 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/6/2018 1:18:01 AM
Can't sugarcoat the truth: it was a rough go of it for everyone not named Michael Swisher last week. Old man Swisher managed to pull off a 16-8 slate with Week 1 picks, but we can all assume he cheated somehow. As it stands now, Swisher lea...
Skordle Snippets: Trace Ford commits, Stillwater rolls
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/6/2018 1:17:02 AM
Wild Friday for FordEdmond Santa Fe's pep assembly last Friday couldn't start soon enough for Wolves standout Trace Ford. After all, he had a secret to let out.In the hours before Edmond Santa Fe was slated to take on Edlam rival Edmond Nor...
BREAKING NEWS: Oologah ousts head coach, per sources
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/5/2018 10:09:12 PM
Oologah has removed Chase Kime as head football coach, Skordle has learned through multiple sources on Wednesday night.Attempts to contact Oologah superintendent Max Tanner were unsuccessful to confirm the change. One source indicated ...
Week 2: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/3/2018 11:58:59 PM
Week 1 offered up a tremendous slate of games. This week doesn't provide near as many spectacular games, but still solid nonetheless.Here are this week's top 10 games:1. 6AI No. 1 Broken Arrow (2-0) at 6AI No. 4 Owasso (1-1): One thing is b...
Week 1 Player of the Week Poll
by Korry Rogers (@KorryRogers) 9/2/2018 5:41:29 PM
The Week 1 Player of the week is sponsored byTo nominate a player for player of the week tweet their name, school, and game stats to @Skordle or email information to benjohnsondp@gmail.com Here are the Week 1 Player of the Week ca...
Week 2 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 9/2/2018 12:30:16 PM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 2Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (1) - 2-02. Jenks (3) - 2-03. Union (4) - 1-14. Owasso (3) - 1-15. Westmoore (7) - 1-06. Norman (8) - 1-07. Edmond Santa Fe (9) - 1-08. Yukon (10) - 2-09. Southmoor...
Week 1 picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/30/2018 3:38:06 PM
Full slate of games greets us on this last week of August. Rejoice! Also, fans of Swisher, Coach Turney and myself will be happy to know we tied at 11-5 last week. Whitt is lagging way behind at 10-6.OK, let's do this. Week 1 picks fo...
Stroud's Elerick bulks up for junior year
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/30/2018 9:28:21 AM
Grant Elerick's measurements won't jump off the page at you -- but he's working on it. Following a sophomore season, where he passed for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, Elerick is all about sizing up."Putting weight on and getting stronger a...
Week 1: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/27/2018 11:06:00 PM
It's here. A full slate of games greets high school football fans before September even arrives. And boy, there are some great games this week.Here are this week's top 10 games:1. 3A No. 1 Heritage Hall (0-0) at 2A No. 1 Millwood (0-0): A b...
Week 1 rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/27/2018 12:55:59 AM
Here's the top 10 in each class heading into Week 1.Class 6AI1. Broken Arrow (3) - 1-02. Owasso (2) - 1-03. Jenks (3) - 1-04. Union (4) - 0-15. Norman North (5) - 0-06. Mustang (6) - 0-07. Westmoore (7) - 0-08. Norman (8) - 0-09. Edmond San...
Zero Week notebook: Several coaches debut at new schools, pick up victories
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/27/2018 12:42:59 AM
Wardogs win in Gardner's debutIt took 17 years, but a Miami coach won his coaching debut on Friday night. Zach Gardner, at the helm in Miami after going 96-32 in 11 season at Afton, guided the Wardogs to a 24-10 victory over Claremore Sequo...
Week 0 Player of the Week
by Korry Rogers (@KorryRogers) 8/25/2018 3:42:25 PM
Skordle will be hosting a player of the week poll each week for the 2018 football season. The poll will be open until midnight each Tuesday night. You can vote once per hour, so vote for your favorite candidate and tell your friends! Week ...
Zero Week picks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/23/2018 9:44:57 AM
High school football is back. Check out this week's picks from Michael Swisher, Whitt Carter, Randy Turney and myself.Union at Broken ArrowMichael Swisher: Union 27, Broken Arrow 13Ben Johnson: Union 24, Broken Arrow 17Whitt Carter: Union 2...
Class B preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/22/2018 10:47:38 AM
Looking back at 20172017 district champs B-1: Laverne - Camden Cayot led the Tigers with 1,277 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season. The Tigers rattled off 14 straight wins before falling to district mate Shattuck in the ...
Zero Week: Top 10 games
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/21/2018 11:30:20 AM
The calendar hasn't flipped to September yet, but high schools across Oklahoma are officially footballing this week. Zero Week is here, and it's offering up some solid matchups to get the season rolling. Here are this week's top 10 games:1....
Zero Week rankings
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/19/2018 2:48:50 AM
Skordle will provide rankings each week throughout the football season. Here are the top 10 in each class before action starts in Zero Week...Class 6AI1. Union2. Owasso3. Broken Arrow4. Jenks5. Norman North6. Mustang7. Westmoore8. Norman9. ...
Skordle, OSN joining together this football season
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/10/2018 11:30:59 AM
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Class 6AI preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:19:01 AM
Look back at 20176AI-1: Jenks - It was a brutal stretch for the Trojans to start the 2017 season. They suffered stinging defeats at the heads of Owasso, Bixby, Union and Springdale Har-Bar (Ark.), but working in Jenks' favor was none ...
Class 6AII preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:17:57 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs6AII-1: Midwest City - The Bombers parlayed a narrow overtime loss to Booker T. Washington into an unbeaten run through 6AII's District 1. Midwest City's only challenge in district play was a six-point v...
Class 5A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:16:47 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs5A-1: Ardmore - The Tigers held the inside track in 5A-1 with a six-point victory over Altus in early October. From there, Ardmore claimed its first district crown since 2014, despite a loss to Law...
Class 4A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:16:01 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs4A-1: Heritage Hall - Everyone should have seen it coming from the start. Heritage Hall took down John Marshall -- who went on to win the Class 3A title -- in the first week of the season, and the ...
Class 3A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:14:49 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs3A-1: Oklahoma Christian School - Kingfisher gave OCS a run for its money in district play, but the Saints marched to a 28-22 victory against the Yellowjackets to close out the regular season. In the pla...
Class 2A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:13:39 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs2A-1: Chisholm - The Longhorns were golden when they weren't facing Washington in 2017. Luckily for them, Washington was in a different district, so Chisholm made an unbeaten 6-0 run through A-1 las...
Class A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:11:09 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champsA-1: Thomas - The Terriers hit the half-century mark in district titles with an unbeaten run against A-1 foes. A 20-0 win over Hooker set the stage for a district crown, and that was part of the Ter...
SKORDLE SHOWDOWN: Norman North hosting top teams in 7-on-7 action
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/22/2018 2:54:03 PM
Justin Jones has been on the job a little more than two months at Norman North. Needless to say, he's still getting acclimated to his surroundings.And that includes his new players.That makes opportunities like Saturday even more im...
SKORDLE SHOWDOWN: Top tier talent will meet in Bixby
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/20/2018 11:52:20 AM
Even as it evolves, 7-on-7 football continues to have its detractors.But don’t count Loren Montgomery among them.“I think it’s extremely important,” said Bixby’s head coach. “Some don’tlike it and call it basketball on grass, but it gives t...
Broadbent tabbed to lead Leedey girls
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 6/15/2018 8:54:28 PM
He’s not returning home - or even that close - but Luke Broadbent’s next coaching stop will certainly feel that way.Broadbent last Tuesday was approved as the next girls’ basketball coach at Leedey.Carpenter succeeds Lance Carpenter, who ha...
Garber lures Lamle away from Shattuck
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 6/8/2018 1:36:08 PM
The allure of being closer to home is real and that helped Will Jones land the coach he thinks will get Garber football and baseball back on the map.Garber’s board of education Friday afternoon unanimously approved Blake Lamle as the school...
OSSAA June meeting roundup: Holland Hall gains full OSSAA membership
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/8/2018 9:06:03 AM
Holland Hall is officially official now.The Dutch, after joining the OSSAA ranks following a departure from the Southwest Preparatory Conference, had to go through a two-year provisional period before the Oklahoma Secondary School Activitie...
Walden named Red Oak boys basketball coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/6/2018 10:31:11 AM
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Chicago Cubs draft Broken Arrow's Kohl Franklin
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/5/2018 11:19:50 PM
Baseball scouts didn’t many chances to see Kohl Franklin in 2018. The Broken Arrow senor was nursing a fractured foot while his Tiger teammates were making a run to the Class 6A state tournament.But was he worried about his name being c...
Skordle Showdown: State's best 7-on-7 coming soon
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/30/2018 2:49:46 PM
Work don’t stop.Beast don’t rest.Football is life.Swisher reigns supreme.Three of those slogans will be on full display the fourth weekend in June when the Skordle Showdown lands on both sides of the state, bringing you the biggest and best...
Union rallies for 6A crown
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/16/2018 10:05:12 AM
6A: Union rallies late, walks it off for state title TULSA — Zack Doak’s stuff wasn’t working against Westmoore. Yet, the Union senior ended up with gold in his hands following Union’s 3-2 dramatic victory in the Cl...
Who picked it best?
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/14/2018 9:27:04 AM
If you’re a loyal Skordle reader, you know Ben Johnson and myself recently made our picks for the winners of the state slowpitch softball and large-school baseball tournaments.How’d we do?Well, with some picks, we looked like geniuses (Ft. ...
Skordle Staff State Baseball Tournament Predictions
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/10/2018 8:29:43 AM
Ben Johnson and Michael Swisher are back at it again as they've put together their predictions for this weekend's large-school state baseball tournaments, which begin Thursday.For the record, Swisher picked Leedey to win Class B and Roff to...
Assistant Keith Riggs to take over at Jenks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/4/2018 4:06:01 PM
Jenks has found Allan Trimble’s heir apparent. On Friday afternoon, Jenks football’s Twitter account announced that the school district had selected Keith Riggs as the new head football coach.“Excited to announce that Asst. HC &am...
Girls Golf: State Tourney Preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/1/2018 9:48:06 PM
State golf tournaments will begin Wednesday across the state, from Bartlesville to Norman. The best girls golfers in the state will play a two-day, 36-hole tournament at each site.The forecast should allow for no problems on Wednesday, but ...
Skordle's State Slowpitch Softball Selections
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/1/2018 9:57:17 AM
The oversized staff at Skordle put some exhaustive research into this year's slowpitch softball state tournament, which take place Tuesday and Wednesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.Take these picks to the bank because THEY ARE MONEY:SWISHER...
New High School Athletics Classification
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/30/2018 8:24:21 PM
A new classification in Oklahoma high school athletics is on the docket on Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City this week.An amendment to a Senate bill, SB1599, is proposing that “district alignments, tournaments or contests in which the largest c...
Shidler beats Dover twice in same game after OSSAA calls for resumption of contest
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 4/27/2018 5:01:43 PM
Dover’s baseball season ended Friday afternoon when Dylan Walker struck out to end a 5-2 defeat to Shidler in a Class B regional consolation game in Drummond.It ended the same way thousands and thousands of games before it had ended…only it...
Eric Smith to take over Dale girls program
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 4/27/2018 7:22:07 AM
One of the top names in Oklahoma high school girls basketball coaching circles is heading to one of the state’s most tradition-rich programs.Eric Smith has accepted the girls basketball position at Dale. He made the decision earlier this we...
Duncan tabs Cobble as new head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/26/2018 4:47:55 PM
DUNCAN — J.T. Cobble is the new head football coach at Duncan High School, after the school board approved the hire at Thursday night's special meeting.Cobble takes over for Craig Benson, who was at the helm for Duncan the past four seasons...
Victory Christian 'Dubs' Maddox as next coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/23/2018 1:48:40 PM
TULSA — Cross Dub Maddox’s name off the list of potential replacements for Allan Trimble at Jenks. On Monday, Victory Christian named Maddox as its new head coach, replacing Ron Smith who stepped down in late March.The school confirmed...
Boone twins commit to Oklahoma State
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/17/2018 8:16:17 PM
Joey and Stephen Graham had cornered the market on basketball-playing twins at Oklahoma State. That was until this week.On Monday, Memorial’s Kalib and Keylan Boone announced their verbal commitments to Oklahoma State, h...
Justin Jones to be named North North’s head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/17/2018 8:38:24 AM
Norman North is slated to name Justin Jones as the Timberwolves’ new head football coach at Monday night’s board meeting, several sources have indicated.The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh first reported Norman North’s intention to hire Jones on Mo...
Former assistants, players reflect on time with Trimble
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/14/2018 2:03:13 PM
Loren Montgomery wanted to coach, but he didn’t have anyone to turn to. His playing days at Northeastern State had expired, and he found himself buried at the bottom of any kind of coaching hierarchy.Enter, Allan Trimble.“He gave me my...
Okmulgee coach Carl Lee passes away
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/13/2018 9:56:08 AM
OKMULGEE — Carl Lee, who had returned to his alma mater as head football coach, died on Thursday. He was 35.The 35-year old head coach at Okmulgee High School was diagnosed with kidney cancer during the most recent football season, and he r...
Trimble makes retirement official
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/12/2018 3:47:36 PM
JENKS — Allan Trimble has acquired plenty of hardware throughout his coaching career. But he’ll treasure the sentimental items more as he ventures into retirement, which for him begins June 30.“It’s not the trophies,” Trimble said when aske...
Jenks' Trimble officially announces retirement
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/12/2018 2:47:25 PM
JENKS — Allan Trimble has acquired plenty of hardware throughout his coaching career. But he’ll treasure the sentimental items more as he ventures into retirement, which for him begins June 30.“It’s not the trophies,” Trimble...
Thoughts on Allan Trimble Retiring
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/11/2018 10:28:13 AM
Right off the top, I should apologize to Allan Trimble. Broken Arrow upended Jenks 24-23 in 2002, and I was one of the first spectators on the field at Hunter Dwelley Stadium to celebrate the Tigers’ victory. It shouldn’t come as a surpr...
Ron Smith steps down at Victory Christian
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/26/2018 1:31:33 PM
TULSA — Ron Smith’s return to coaching was a successful one. After initially retiring after stepping down at Bartlesville, Smith returned to coaching at Victory Christian in 2015, and the Conquerors never missed a beat.Smith, though, has st...
Eli Hale Wins National Title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/22/2018 2:38:56 PM
Leaving Oklahoma State to transfer to Central Oklahoma wasn’t easy for him. But Eli Hale made the move with one thing in mind: being a national champion.He accomplished exactly that when he dominated Upper Iowa’s Maleek Williams in the Divi...
Owasso goes from second to champion after taking down PC West
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/17/2018 8:26:42 AM
TULSA — Putnam City West’s Ce’Nara Skanes game-tying shot was off the mark, and the celebration was one for Class 6A No. 3 Owasso.Two years after losing to Midwest City in the championship game, Owasso seniors, Terryn Milton, Mya Bhinhar an...
PC North knocks off Edmond Santa Fe for first basketball title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/17/2018 8:24:04 AM
TULSA — The first one never comes easy. Putnam City North now knows that.After being ranked atop Class 6A to start the season and then finishing the regular season ranked third, PC North captured its first championship in the program’s hist...
Booker T. Washington rallies late, knocks off Pryor in overtime for 5A supremacy
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/16/2018 5:18:42 PM
TULSA — Pryor’s first championship since 2003 was right there for the taking. Yet, it was Class 5A No. 3 Booker T. Washington that exited the Mabee Center for the gold ball, beating Pryor 56-49 in overtime on Saturday.Pryor led the Hornets ...
Chargers take down Booker T. Washington for second straight championship
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/16/2018 5:14:24 PM
TULSA — James Alexandre’s stat line shows zero assists in the Class 5A state championship. That’s not exactly trueThe junior guard was handing out celebratory Skittles after 5A No. 1 Memorial wrapped up second straight state championship wi...
New coach, same old championship-winning Fort Gibson
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/15/2018 4:02:09 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Win championships — that’s what the Glover family does. On Saturday at State FairArena, Kayci Glover joined the long lineage of title winners in her family when Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson hauled in its fourth championship in...
Chargers thwart Kingfisher's repeat bid, win program's second gold ball
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/15/2018 3:57:33 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Heritage Hall had not forgotten. Ever since Kingfisher dispatched of the Chargers in last year’s area tournament, Heritage Hall had wanted to repay the favor.It just so happened that Class 4A No. 4 Heritage Hall got its reve...
Tahlequah Sequoyah rallies late for 2nd straight title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 7:14:40 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Larry Callison went to bed Friday night terrified. The sleep that he did get was filled with horrifying visions of Kingston in Saturday night’s Class 3A championship game.“They scared me to death when I saw them play the way...
Smith, Star Spencer overcome Kingston in OT for 9th state title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 7:11:48 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Latarryus Smith got hot, and he quickly remembered instructions from Star Spencer coach Lance Cudjoe.“My coach always tells me, ‘if they don’t have a hand in your face, shoot the ball,’” Smith said. “So I kept shooting the b...
Christian Heritage finishes off perfect season for 2nd straight title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 3:13:23 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Christian Heritage decided it had to tighten the screws on defense in the second half. It did, and sure enough, the results were golden — again.The Class 2A No. 1 Crusaders allowed only six Cashion field goals in the second ...
Golden town: Wright City locks up school's first championship of any kind
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 3:05:26 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Right or wrong, perhaps Wright City was best known for intervening and delaying the 2013 state baseball tournament in the state courts system.No more.Now the Class 2A No.1 Lumberjax can be known for being state champions fol...
Oologah football coaching hire
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/11/2018 8:50:14 PM
OOLOGAH — Chase Kime is set to become Oologah’s next head football coach, according to multiple sources this weekend. The decision could be finalized as soon as Monday with Oologah’s school board set to meet at 6 p.m.Under “action items to ...
Booker T Washington Advances to State
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/10/2018 7:30:50 AM
Booker T. Washington 56, Coweta 42TULSA -- Booker T. Washington coach Rabu Leyva kept sending waves of players at Coweta, and the Tigers were powerless to hold on to the basketball. The Hornets forced 31 Coweta turnovers and rolled to a 56-...
Kirckhart steps down
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/8/2018 6:47:39 PM
Chad Kirkhart has stepped down as head football coach at Hilldale High School. Kirkhart confirmed the move on Thursday afternoon.He steps down after compiling a 74-23 record in eight seasons. The Hornets picked up district titles on Kirkhar...
HS football coaches on the move
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/7/2018 4:50:50 PM
Davis High School, in an effort to fill the vacancy left by long-time football coach Jody Weber, tabled the hiring of a head football coach on Tuesday night at a special board of education meeting. Weber stepped down in January after leadin...
It's Playoff Time!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 2/12/2018 3:48:36 PM
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It's January. Let's Get Married.
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 1/3/2018 1:27:10 PM
It’s January, which means if you blink, basketball season will be over.Sure, the calendar says there are two more months, but look more closely.This, of course, is the first of two big tournament weekends in the month.Next week we will catc...
SWEET HOME...
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/25/2017 3:02:14 PM
Had to take a week off from the Suite last week as I had to play catch-up after a return trip to Alabama the week before.My stepfather passed away in July and we returned to his hometown for a memorial service.He was the reason I moved to A...
WE WERE ON A BREAK!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/12/2017 8:57:03 AM
WE WERE ON A BREAK!In case you missed it, the OSSAA has a series of area meetings planned all across the state this month with an eight-item agenda.Perhaps the most interesting that will be discussed is implementing a "dead period" for summ...
We're Going Streaking!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/4/2017 6:53:33 PM
We're going streaking...Wagoner is going to break the state's 11-man win streak this week when it hosts McLain on Friday night.A likely win will give Dale Condict's program its 43rd straight victory since losing to Cascia Hall on Oct. 3, 20...
See...I Told You So
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/27/2017 2:46:13 PM
See, I told you so...Last week I made of list of teams and laid out why most of them were looking forward to getting into district action for this football season.For the most part, it held true:Jenks beat Norman 58-7. No surprise here.Brok...
District Play Can't Get Here Soon Enough
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/21/2017 2:43:03 PM
District play can't get here soon enoughIt's not uncommon for teams to cut their teeth on a brutal schedule to start their seasons.Good teams will enter district play with multiple blemishes, but battle-tested. It serves them well in the "s...
And the Answer Is...
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/13/2017 3:29:02 PM
And the answer is....I posed the question last week and my research staff soon had an answer.When was the last time the Jenks football program lost four games in a row?It was a realistic chance of it happening entering last week's Backyard ...
Barry Said It Would Happen
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/6/2017 2:46:04 PM
As I said in last week's column, "Swisher's Suite" has made its return. If you're a former reader of CoachesAid, you probably have an idea of what I'm talking about. If you're under 21, you probably just googled "CoachesAid" to figure out w...
Swisher's Suite is Back
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 8/30/2017 9:13:00 PM
Same name, different site (and app). Swisher's Suite was first featured on CoachesAid.com and even on the pages of the Kingfisher Times and Free Press. But like a bad reputation, the name of my column follows me everywhere. I hope you enjoy...



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