Several Edmond athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at the university level this week.
Edmond North had the most signees, with seven. Four athletes from Memorial and three from Santa Fe signed letters, and one Deer Creek player made the decision.
Deer Creek’s Caroline Goodin will play golf for Oklahoma City University. Goodin is the current Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Girls Champion. She is a four-year varsity golfer and was fifth at the 5A State tournament last year.
Jordan Woodard, who led the Bulldogs to a Class 6A state basketball championship as sophomore and to the title game as a junior, will play at the University of Oklahoma. Woodard averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game his junior year.
“Jordan is a terrific young guard who has played point all his life and can really shoot it, so that’s a good combination as he prepares to make that transition to college,” OU head coach Lon Kruger said in a university release. “... He’ll score a lot this year for Edmond Memorial and will be a great addition to our program.”
Shaquille Morris, a transfer from Edmond Santa Fe, will continue his basketball career at Wichita State.
Swimmer Naresh Naik is bound for Missouri State. He was a state champion in the 100 Freestyle as a junior, and holds three school records.
Pitcher Kyle Stephens will join the OU Sooners to play baseball. He went 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his junior campaign and was pivotal in the Huskies’ drive to the Class 6A state championship.
Golfer Allison Sell, the first Lady Husky to win a state golf title, is headed to Oklahoma Christian University. The All-Edmond Golfer of the Year in 2012 had a 76.6 stroke average as a junior and shot 73-74 in the state tournament.
Jordyn Altenburg will play golf at Rockhurst University. She was All-Conference and a big part of North’s runner-up finish at state.
North golfer Eli Armstrong will stay close to home at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Jordan Dixon will play softball at Marshall University. The four-year starter led Edmond North to the state title from the circle and from the plate, racking up a 23-1 record and 224 strikeouts as a pitcher and tying for the team lead in RBIs with 41.
Abby Taliaferro will stay close to home to play softball at Oklahoma Christian University. She was second for the Huskies in both RBIs and runs scored, while making the switch from third base to left field her senior year. Taliaferro was a big part of North’s state tournament run in 2011 and the Huskies’ state championship in 2012.
Allison Barr will play for former Edmond Memorial coach Edgar Miraku at the University of Central Oklahoma. Barr was the 2011 All-Edmond volleyball Player of the Year after a season in which she was first on the team in hitting percentage, blocks and block assists and was second in kills en route to leading the Huskies to the state title game.
State champion golfer Max McGreevy will play at the University of Oklahoma. McGreevy won the Class 6A state title last spring as a junior and was named the All-Edmond Golfer of the Year.
McGreevy is regarded by Golfweek as the country’s No. 11 recruit in the 2013 class.
“We are so excited to add Max McGreevy to our squad, as he brings great experience, athleticism and a great desire to win and to get better,” OU Head Coach Ryan Hybl said. “I will be looking forward to having him here with us next fall and it is always nice to bring an Oklahoman onto our roster.”
Breezy McComas will play softball at Cameron University in Lawton. The four-year starter hit .479 with an on-base percentage of .508, 58 hits, 39 runs and 18 RBIs compared to only four strikeouts her senior year. This season, she was a run-producing machine at leadoff, and stepped up to lead a young Santa Fe team as both a pitcher and position player.
Garrett Crain, a 2011 Santa Fe graduate who has been playing at Rose State College, signed to play baseball at Texas Christian University.
Crain hit .386, with 15 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 34 RBIs last season, was named to the second team 2012 Bi-State All-Conference at second base, and made the 2012 All Tournament Team in the Bi-State Championship Conference Tournament.
His Santa Fe club under coach Lonny Cobble finished 37-7, ranked No. 3 in the state, and included three future Major League Baseball draft picks and 15 players that signed with colleges to play baseball.
Several Edmond athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at the university level this week.
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.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
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