Offensive Player of the Year
Deer Creek - Senior - Quarterback
Sports in Edmond seems to go in cycles. A few years ago the city was full of basketball players who would star in the Division I college ranks, and a couple who would go on to the NBA; in the last few seasons we’ve seen the best girls basketball players in the state. Seems like a couple of MLB draft picks come out of the city each year. We’re a perennial champ in golf and tennis, a perennial contender in ... you name it. It might lead one to wonder, what’s next?
2012 was the Year of the Quarterback.
Three Edmond quarterbacks turned in stellar stats — two as they led their teams deep into the playoffs, and one who ended holding the gold ball.
So who would you pick as the All-Edmond player of the year?
The reigning All-Edmond POY? Just a junior, Santa Fe’s Justice Hansen threw for 36 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards, and scored 14 more on the ground with close to 775 yards. His team finished 10-2 and went to the state semis.
The small-school kid, the baseball pitcher who only got recruited to play football his sophomore year? Oklahoma Christian School’s Austin Brooks threw 54 touchdowns and almost 3,600 yards this year. Five of those touchdowns and 387 yards came in the Class 2A state title game against Davis at Oklahoma State, including the game winner in the fourth quarter.
The QB who took Deer Creek to the next level? The Antlers’ quarterback threw for more than 2,450 yards and 32 TDs, and ran for close to 650 yards and nine scores.
When it comes down to it, you give it to the guy who meant the most to his team. Coaches — his own and opposing teams’ — say that player is Deer Creek’s Joel Blumenthal.
His numbers are lower than the other QBs, but he was pulled in the second half of about half the Antlers’ games. Out of 44 quarters, he played in about 30.
And the only thing people talk about more than the D-I looks he’s getting is the kid’s character.
Defensive Player of the Year
Edmond North - Senior - Linebacker
Byford’s numbers — 119 tackles, two sacks — put him among Edmond’s elite defensive players this year, but what puts him over the top is his team’s production: 108 rushing yards allowed on average, third in the state in Class 6A; 194 total points allowed, also third in 6A; and a 10-2 record that saw the Huskies into the state semifinals.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Justice Hansen — Santa Fe junior quarterback — 3,852 total yards, 50 touchdowns
Austin Brooks — Oklahoma Christian senior quarterback — 3,765 total yards, 55 touchdowns
Warren Wand — Memorial sophomore running back — 1,812 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns
Brennan Miyake — Deer Creek senior running back — 1,104 total yards, 18 touchdowns
Blake Barnes — Oklahoma Christian senior receiver — 1,289 yards, 24 touchdowns
Trevan Smith — Santa Fe senior receiver — 1,333 yards, 15 touchdowns
Jared Rayburn — Deer Creek senior receiver — 902 total yards, 11 touchdowns
Luke Rossi — North junior receiver — 634 yards, 7 touchdowns
Heath Newland — North senior offensive lineman — The Huskies averaged 221 rushing yards a game.
Brandon Wackerly — Deer Creek senior offensive lineman — Antler runners put down 2,127 yards on the ground.
Jason Goff — Oklahoma Christian senior offensive lineman — The Saints’ QBs were rarely touched.
Lucas Gerdes — Memorial senior offensive lineman — Memorial had Class 6A’s second-leading rusher.
Trevor Moore — North junior kicker — 12-14 on field goals; 46 touchbacks on kickoffs
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Alvin Bazley — Santa Fe senior defensive lineman — 58 tackles, 13 sacks
Tyler Follis — Deer Creek senior defensive lineman — 66 tackles, 1 sack
Andrew Dixon — North junior defensive lineman — 49 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions
Austin Loomis — Deer Creek senior linebacker — 225 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception
Phillip Sumpter — Santa Fe senior linebacker — 123 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception
Sam Delzell — North senior senior linebacker — 86 tackles, 8 sacks
Kooper Ruminer — Deer Creek senior linebacker — 150 tackles, 1 sack
Luke Frankfurt — Oklahoma Christian sophomore defensive back — 128 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions
Caden Sander — Deer Creek junior defensive back — 79 tackles, 7 interception, 1 TD
Khari Harding — Santa Fe senior defensive back — 109 tackles, three interceptions
Eric Davis — Santa Fe senior defensive back — 28 tackles, 7 interceptions
Austin Smotherman — Deer Creek senior punter — 36-yard average; 3 punts of 50+ yards
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Luke Hoskins, North QB
Michael Farmer, North RB
Luke Frankfurt, OCS RB
Garrett Kilborn, OCS WR/RB
Dale Jefferson, Santa Fe WR
Connor Sikes, OCS WR
Jarech Page, North WR/RB
Brandon Garrett, North OL
Kaleb Prough, North OL
Zach Medeiros, Memorial OL
Cole Hatchel, OCS OL
Dillon Noble, Deer Creek K
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Eli Hooks, Deer Creek DL
Isaac Nolan, Memorial DL
Jason Ihekona, Santa Fe DL
Jason Hand, Memorial LB
Carlos Washington, Santa Fe LB
Austin Mack, Santa Fe LB
Chad Draper, Deer Creek LB
Braden Werner, OCS LB
Dhaniel Bly, Santa Fe DB
Dante Sanders, North DB
Jared Goff, OCS DB
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
Marque Depp, North RB
Cameron Westbrook, Santa Fe RB
Will McKinnis, OCS WR
Cornelius Fugett, Santa Fe WR
Kale Jackson, Deer Creek WR
Alec James, Deer Creek WR/RB
Christian Aduddell, OCS OL
Christian Sigler, OCS OL
Nathan Blakely, OCS K
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
Joel Dixon, North DL
Michael Onwuchuraba, Santa Fe DL
Jake Mammen, Memorial LB
Sam Brown, North LB
Garrett Kilborn, OCS LB
Curtis Woods, North DB
Sam Kreutzer, Memorial DB
Offensive Player of the Year
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Memorial Booster Club postpones Taste of Memorial
Because school has been canceled for today, the Taste of Memorial has been rescheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. Taste of Memorial has food from more than 30 local restaurants such as Alvarado’s, Flatire Burgers, Fish City, Boulevard Steakhouse, Garbanzo, Chicken Express, The Meat House, Panera and Earl’s to name just a few. A silent auction will be held with more than 140 auction items from local and regional merchants. The tickets are $10 from a Memorial athlete or $15 at the door. The money raised goes to Edmond Memorial Booster Club to help support Edmond Memorial athletics.
Basks, Watson claim individual titles for UCO
Jordan Basks and Chris Watson claimed individual titles in dominating fashion to lead five Central Oklahoma placers in the Fort Hays State Open Saturday.
Basks (149 pounds) and Watson (165) — both ranked second nationally and seeded first in the one-day tourney — each went a perfect 5-0 on the day for the No. 2-ranked Bronchos, who also got a runner-up finish at 174 in Colton Gallo and fourth-place efforts from 125-pounder Ryan Brooks and heavyweight Cody Dauphin.
Tyler Tustin and Kaleb Cradduck both won four matches at 141 and came within one match of making the placement round. Top-ranked Cory Dauphin and No. 5 Casy Rowell didn’t wrestle because of minor injuries.
Edmond basketball tourney tips off Thursday
On Thursday-Saturday the Edmond Open basketball tournaments will be played, with Edmond North High School hosting girls contests and Edmond Memorial conducting the boys bracket.
At Memorial Thursday, Edmond Santa Fe will tip off with Stillwater junior varsity at 5 p.m. ensued by host Memorial versus Putnam North at 6:30 and Edmond North versus Tulsa Washington in the 8 o’clock nightcap.
At North in girls action, Memorial will face Anadarko at 5 p.m. followed by host North versus Tulsa Washington (6:30) and the late game in Santa Fe versus McGuinness (8 p.m.).
Edmond trainer pointing Walt to stakes races
The $250,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park is set for Dec. 15 as the top 2-year-old race of the season. The big race may be lacking one specific 2-year-old who obviously has talent and may be heard from in stakes events down the road. Walt made his second career start and flashed brilliance Dec. 4, winning by 9 3/4 lengths while never encouraged by the whip, hand-ridden throughout the entire race.
Owned by Black Hawk Stable of Elk City and trained by Edmond’s Chris Hartman, jockey Ken Tohill guided Walt to the front of the eight-horse field immediately from the start and easily handled the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.67 over the fast track. The 2-year-old colt broke his maiden status at first-asking in early November and displayed an even better performance in his second attempt.
“If there is any way possible, the owners want to run in the Springboard,” Hartman said. “We just hope we can get on the racetrack (due to inclement weather) before too long and make sure he can go around.”
2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship holiday gift packages available
2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship holiday gift packages available
The 35th U.S. Senior Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association will begin July 7-13, 2014 at Oak Tree National.
There are two unique gift packages being offered this holiday season. The holiday gift packages are available now and include the following options:
Holiday Package 1: Two tickets good for any one day of the championship; One $10 merchandise gift card for $89.
Holiday Package 2: Four tickets good for any one day of the championship and one $20 merchandise gift card for $139.
Package quantities are limited and will only be sold through Dec. 31, 2013. Packages can be ordered at the Uptown Grocery and Buy for Less locations or online at www.2014ussenioropen.com
Weekly ticket packages and Trophy Club ticket packages remain on sale at a special price of $125 and $225, respectively.
OSU clears field for Bedlam game Saturday
Oklahoma State University crews are clearing snow from Boone Pickens Stadium to make sure the field and stands are ready for Saturday’s Bedlam Rivalry football game, Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations Gavin Lang said.
No. 6 OSU hosts No. 20 Oklahoma. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.
OSU crews started removing the snow Friday morning. The process is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Bulldogs use extra period in conquest of Norman North
Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
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