OKLA. CITY —
Oklahoma Christian has produced another professional basketball player.
Will Reinke, the Eagles’ standout 6-foot-10 center from Lawton, has signed with Aires Trikala BC, a team that during the 2013-14 season will compete for the first time in Greece’s A1 division, which consists of 15 teams. The team went 21-5 last season in the European nation’s A2 division.
Reinke entertained offers from pro teams in Germany and Austria before deciding to sign with the Greek team. He also had a pre-draft workout with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Reinke joins a long line of former OC standouts who have played professionally overseas, including Cory Cole, Brad Wedel, John Nottley, Fred Garcia, Brandon Kephart, Jon Jonnson, Michael Hill, Jacques Vandescure, Keith Harris, Lionel Saban, Casimiro Laguna and, most recently, Jarred Merrill, who retired from professional hoops in 2011.
Reinke will report to the Greek team later this week.
“We are very proud and happy for Will and his signing in the Greece professional league,” Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays said. “He has worked hard and progressed yearly. I feel he will continue to improve his game.”
Reinke will be one of four former U.S. collegiate players on the Aires Trikala squad, along with Khalid Mutakabbir (who played at NCAA Division I Presbyterian), Drew Maynard (NAIA Rochester, Mich.) and Stefan Perunicic (Division I St. Francis). Reinke already is listed as a projected starter on the Aires Trikala website.
Reinke was the most dominant post player last season in the Division II Heartland Conference, averaging 19.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 58.4 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line. He led the Eagles to a 19-12 record and a berth in the National Christian College Athletic Association championship game.
Reinke earned All-Heartland Conference first-team honors, although the league refused to allow him to be considered for Player-of-the-Year honors because of OC’s first-year status in the Heartland. He also was an NCCAA All-America first-team pick.
As a junior, Reinke earned NAIA All-America second-team honors and was a first-team All-Sooner Athletic Conference pick while leading the Eagles to an SAC tournament title and a berth in the NAIA Division I tournament.
In just three seasons with the Eagles, Reinke scored 1,527 points, good for 20th on Oklahoma Christian’s career list. His 220 blocks ranked him second on the Eagles’ career list in that category.
Aries Trikala BC was founded in 1993 under the name Aeolus Trikalon. In 2012, the club changed its name to Trikala BC. It competed in the Greek A2 division for the first time during the 2012-13 season.
OKLA. CITY —
Oklahoma Christian has produced another professional basketball player.
Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.
Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.
McKey to compete in North American final
Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet June 28.
McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter champion.
The North American final will run Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners
The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
“That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
So, the answer is no.
Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens
During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.
Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint
The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140
Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes
Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.
Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play
James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
The Trails Golf Club
Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list
Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.
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