Registration is open for the 18th Annual University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, an opportunity for athletes with physical disabilities to participate in various sporting events on a competitive level, June 8-11, on Central’s campus.
Retro Ridge rallied in the stretch to win the second race of the night Aug. 13 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.
Owned by Twister Chaps Racing Stables of Edmond, Retro Ridge is trained by Roger Engel and was ridden by Bryan McNeil. The victory is the sixth in the career of Retro Ridge.
The potent Edmond North Husky boys basketball team that ran roughshod through the Class 6A regular season undefeated in 2015-16 is replenishing its roster with more-than-proven transfers. Edmond North finished the season a stalwart 27-1 with its lone loss to Putnam West in the state semifinals in March.
Just after 2 p.m. today, Ardmore star Marvin Johnson was in the Edmond North counseling office enrolling as a Husky.
“What I understand he is in the counseling office enrolling here at Edmond North,” Husky head coach Terry Evans said. “I haven’t talked to them. All of this is a surprise to me.”
OKLAHOMA CITY — Bayerd, winner of the $250,000 Springboard Mile in 2014, will return to Remington Park for his first local race since winning the track’s top 2-year-old event. The 4-year-old colt is entered in a turf sprint, a $40,000 allowance race, Friday night.
Owned by Clark Brewster, of Tulsa, and trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen, Bayerd has made 15 starts since winning the Springboard Mile by a head over Shotgun Kowboy in 2014. Shotgun Kowboy, owned and trained by Edmond’s C.R. Trout, went on to win the Grade III $400,000 Oklahoma Derby last year, Remington Park’s top thoroughbred stakes race.
Bayerd has posted 14 top-three finishes from his 20-career attempts with four victories. However, he has just one triumph since winning the Springboard Mile at the end of his 2-year-old campaign. The Kentucky-bred by Speightstown from the Cherokee Run mare Cherokee Jewel will be ridden for the first time on Friday night by Iram Diego. Bayerd has earned $530,019 in his career and is the leading money-maker in the field on Friday night.
The University of Central Oklahoma athletic department shattered fundraising records during the fiscal year of 2015-16, raising $5,076,195 in gifts for its annual fund and Complete the Dream fundraising campaign. The previous fundraising record was $444,883 in 2013.
The Oklahoma INTENSITY girls 18-and-under fastpitch softball team won the Fastpitch American Softball Association (FASA) 18U World Series in Branson, Mo., July 23.
The INTENSITY posted a 7-1 mark in the series making it back-to-back world series champions. The INTENSITY championed 16U FASA World Series in 2015.
Five of the athletes are from Edmond Public Schools including Megan Mentzer, Emma Moreland and Maddie Langley of Santa Fe and Jillian Helsley of North. Rylee Rose is from Memorial along with former Bulldog Brenlyn McCoy. Coach Chris Rose is also of Edmond.
If the Thunder surpass expectations this season, it will be using a model teams have employed before. And if there's one team this Russell Westbrook-led squad could emulate, it's the 2001 76ers, who went all the way to the NBA Finals.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Caroline Goodin, Abby Thompson and Katie-Lee Wilson from Oklahoma City University took honors for their academic accomplishments. Both Goodin and Thompson are Deer Creek High School graduates.
Goodin, Thompson and Wilson collected NAIA scholar-athlete women’s golf awards, while Goodin and Wilson garnered CoSIDA academic at-large All-District 4 accolades.
Goodin, a junior, owns a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average majoring in accounting. She posted a 77.80 stroke average with 47 birdies this season. Goodin earned her first two tournament victories of her college career when she won the Sooner Athletic Conference individual championship April 18-19 in Fort Worth and the Claude Jacobs Invitational on Feb. 14-15 in Victoria, Texas.
We are all capitalists and still there is no currency like appreciation.
So yeah, Russell Westbrook has 8.5 million additional reasons to be thrilled about his next year of basketball in Oklahoma City — and maybe more than a quarter billion over the next seven seasons should he choose to stick around for the very long haul — but all of that seemed less important than the adulation flowing every direction Thursday afternoon inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
A scheduled press conference, what it really was, was a love-fest flowing every direction between Westbrook, the organization he works for and the fans that cheer them both.
Is there really any doubt that Oklahoma’s favorite son, should Westbrook remain longer than the two seasons his new contract guarantees, will be a Los Angelino who played two years of college basketball at UCLA?
WICHITA, Kan. — Jim Kane, of Edmond, won the South Central Section Senior PGA Professional Championship Tuesday at Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita. Kane will lead four Section PGA professionals Nov. 17-20 in the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship.
The national championship returns to PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Kane turned in a winning total of 4-under-par 140 to capture the crown. Kyle Flinton, of Oklahoma City, finished second.
The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide sections featuring a total purse of $285,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses.
CHICKASHA — University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma basketball coach Darrick Matthews has announced the signing of 11 players who will strengthen the team’s future roster with promising talent and depth including Edmond North’s Hayli Hoffman.
“This year will be a very exciting year for the women’s basketball program,” Matthews said. “We have a lot of new players dedicated to turning this program around and reaching elite levels. The expectations for this group is definitely high. I believe we will be surprising a lot of teams and putting USAO women’s basketball back on the map.”
Matthews signed five freshmen and another six who are transferring in from junior colleges.
The list of players and comments from the coach are as follows:
Synthetic turf for Edmond Santa Fe High School’s new stadium has been laid and according to the company’s vice president it is among the finest stadium surfaces in the nation.
Speed S5-M Series synthetic turf system from UBU Sports, a manufacturer and supplier of synthetic turf systems that optimize performance and improve safety, has been installed at Santa Fe’s new $10 million football stadium, set to open this football season.
Dan Collier and Mark Hill, both with UBU Sports, are Edmond residents and in charge of overseeing the turf for the new Santa Fe Stadium.
The University of Central Oklahoma announced July 26 that Josh Fosdick was taking over as the new men’s golf coach.
Fosdick brings eight years of coaching experience to UCO. He comes from Rogers State in Claremore, where he coached the men’s and women’s teams for two years and was the Heartland Conference Men’s Coach of the Year in 2014-15 leading the Hillcats to three tournament wins.
“We’re super-excited to get back to Edmond and UCO,” Fosdick said. “Edmond has always been a special place for our family and UCO is central to that city.”
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — On the scale of injury and illness to overcome when entering a major golf championship, Jason Day fell somewhere between a mild case of the sniffles and a mangled body part but still finished second to Jimmy Walker by 1 shot Sunday.
“Tiger won the U.S. Open on a broken leg,” Day said with a grin late on Friday evening at Baltusrol Golf Club. “I’ve got a cold. It’s not the same.”
Day was enough under the weather after playing in Canada last week that he didn’t practice here for the 98th PGA Championship until Wednesday. He had never seen the golf course before. He had no idea what kind of game he’d produce.
There’s the lesson: Beware of the great player with low expectations.
After giving himself a heated tongue lashing upon making a double-bogey on the 7th hole on Friday, Day went on a stunning tear. The defending PGA champ poured in seven birdies in an 8-hole stretch from Nos. 8-15 and shot 5-under-par 65 to be tied for third at 7-under with Emiliano Grillo.
Fairfax Golf Club recently purchased by Carey and Michael Henderson from Stillwater has a new name as well as new owners.
Now known as the Golf Club of Edmond, the facility was purchased July 22 through Henderson Acquisitions, LLC, a subsidiary of Henderson Golf Management, LLC from developer Rodney Armstrong’s family who took over ownership in 2002.
The Golf Club of Edmond will remain a family-owned business with plans to expand under Henderson Golf Management’s leadership.
David Lynn will serve as Oklahoma Christian University’s interim athletic director while the university conducts a national search to fill the position, OC President John deSteiguer said Wednesday.
“Coach Lynn has served the university well both with our championship level golf program and as assistant athletic director,” deSteiguer said. “The leadership and management of OC’s athletic program are in good hands with David as he serves as the interim AD while the national search is conducted.”
TULSA — The East topped the West 97-86 in the Large School Boys All-State Basketball game Thursday night at the ORU Mabee Center.
Kristian Doolittle of Edmond Memorial finished with five points and a game-high 15 rebounds along three blocked shots. The 6-8 Doolittle will play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma.
Edmond Santa Fe’s Tyler Williams, a late replacement to the game, finished with 14 points. Williams will also play collegiately at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
The West possessed a slim 20-18 advantage after the first quarter. Doolittle and Williams started and combined for the first six West points.
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday its state-by-state winners of the its third annual High School Coach of the Year Award for track & field.
Edmond Memorial boys coach Chris Lowrey and Lady Bulldog Head Coach Tim Grantham reeled in the honors for Oklahoma.
Started in 2014, the award is bestowed to selected coaches based on a number of criteria: their teams’ finishes at their respective state championships, the number of different events in which athletes were qualified, individual championships and how their teams’ performances stack up to previous years, among other criteria.
One boys coach and one girls coach from each state and the District of Columbia is selected, except in the case of Girls Coach of the Year in Georgia, where there were co-Coaches of the Year.
Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.
As a bonus, the winners from each state are now in consideration for the USTFCCCA’s National High School Track & Field Coach of the Year Award. One boys coach and one girls coach will be chosen by a panel of experts and announced at a later date.
The 2016 U.S. Paralympic sitting volleyball teams will go for gold in Rio de Janeiro in red, white, bronze and blue. The men’s and women’s team rosters include 11 University of Central Oklahoma athletes from the UCO-based USA sitting volleyball squads.
The No. 2-ranked women’s team is led by team captain, UCO student and 2016 ESPY finalist Heather Erickson, a three-year Paralympian, while the No. 9-ranked men’s team is led by UCO resident athlete Eric Duda.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Clever Trevor, winner of the inaugural Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in 1989, and the first Oklahoma-bred millionaire that actually raced in the state, passed away at Robin’s Nest Farm in Piedmont Friday night.
Bred and owned by the late Don McNeill of Edmond, Clever Trevor won four of his six career races at Remington Park in 1988 and 1989 as a 2- and 3-year-old. He had stakes wins in three of his four triumphs. A gelding by Slewacide from the Twice Bold mare Little Mary Beans, Clever Trevor won the first Oklahoma Derby (when it was known as the Remington Park Derby) in 1989. He then went on a national campaign that would bring both he and his trainer Donnie Von Hemel much notoriety. All the while, his success established Remington Park, which opened in the fall of 1988, as a prominent track in its initial years of operation.
Edmond North graduate Dalton Whitaker, seated right, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kansas Wesleyan. Seated with Whitaker is Coach Bill Neale. Standing are Whitaker’s parents, Emily and Ken Whitaker.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jared Baker, Edmond North High School graduate from Oklahoma City University, received Honorable Mention NAIA baseball All-American honors this summer.
Baker posted a .400 batting average, 13 home runs and 63 RBIs this season.
This year, the OCU Star also generated 64 runs scored, 82 hits, 27 doubles and six triples. Among the NAIA, Baker ranked second in doubles, sixth in doubles per game (0.47), ninth in slugging percentage (.780) and 10th in total bases per game (2.81).
He reeled in First-Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference along with two SAC Player of the Week nods, First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and Academic All-District in 2016. For Oklahoma City University, Baker is a two-time All-Conference choice, four-time SAC Player of the Week and an Academic All-Conference performer.
Central Oklahoma softball standouts Morgan Heard and JoBi Heath, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, accepted invitations to play on a United States all-star team that will travel to Aruba next June.
The two will be part of the USA Athletes International squad that will compete in the 2017 Aruba Friendship Series from June 5-12, playing five games in a seven-day span.
Central Missouri Head Coach Susan Anderson will direct the 14-player team on the tour, which is used to foster international goodwill and friendship among nations while also promoting the game.
Tyrek Coger, an incoming men's basketball player for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, died Thursday evening after he collapsed during team workouts.
Mitchell Stone, Deer Creek’s daunting 6-10 southpaw who pitched his way to a 9-1 record and an earned run average of below 1.00 in helping the Antlers reach the Class 6A state title game against Edmond Memorial this spring, is on the 2016 Under Armour All-America baseball team.
The contest is in Chicago at historic Wrigley Field and will be aired at 3 p.m. Saturday on MLB.com and MLB Network.
The All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day premier baseball experience, highlighted by a formal workout for Major League Baseball scouts and a home run derby, all while under the tutelage of some of the game’s best players and coaches.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Central Oklahoma’s Daniela Martinez and Marla Souvannasing were named to the NCAA Division II All-Central Region Team, it was announced by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
Martinez, who qualified as an individual for the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Aurora, Colo., posted a 76.15 scoring average in 12 tournaments.
The senior from Mexicali, Mexico, has had 10 top-20 finishes, including six in the top 10. She advanced to the national tourney with a third-place showing in the Central Regional Tournament after rounds of 71-73-74.
Souvannasing made the All-Central Region squad for the second straight year and ended the season with a 74.58 scoring average.
The Tulsa sophomore tied a school record with four tournament wins this year and had five other top-10 finishes.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian baseball player Robert Rosser was named to the Academic All-America District 6 Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The CoSIDA honor recognizes student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically, have legitimate athletic credentials and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.
Perennial NCAA Division II softball power Central Oklahoma has picked up a pair of Division I transfer pitchers, including one who helped Oklahoma to the national championship in 2016.
Jayden Chestnut is joining the Bronchos after playing her freshman season for the Sooners, while Peyton Walker spent two years at Oklahoma State before sitting out the 2016 campaign.
“Jayden and Peyton are big-time additions to our program and we’re really excited about what they can do for us,” UCO Head Coach Cody White said. “Jayden played a key role on a national championship team and can be a dominant force in the circle. Peyton didn’t play this past season, but has shown what she can do.”
Central Oklahoma’s Eric Kline and Russ Purser have been selected to the NCAA Division II All-Central Region Team announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
It’s the second straight year for both senior standouts to earn All-Central Region honors as the duo led the Bronchos to their fifth straight national tournament appearance this season.
Kline led the Bronchos with a 74.4 scoring standard and has had five top-10 tournament finishes. The Ponca City native notched six rounds in the 60s this year and captured one tournament title.
Purser carries a 75.17 average into the national tourney and has had six top-20 showings in 2015-16. The Edmond product owns one tournament victory and two other top-10 finishes.
Oklahoma City doesn’t have time to say goodbye. It has decisions to make.
With the fan focus on Kevin Durant, the man who announced Monday that he would leave the Thunder after agreeing to terms with Golden State on a two-year deal, the concentration of the front office has to turn to the roster.
Where does a once championship-caliber group and a still fully competitive one go from here?
It starts with Russell Westbrook, the 2017 free agent whose name was bound for trade rumors the moment Durant shook hands with Warriors officials.
Let’s be clear about one point. If you can keep Russell Westbrook, you keep Russell Westbrook. Done. It’s that easy.
WACO, Texas — Oklahoma Christian swept the Heartland Conference’s individual men’s golf awards for 2015-16, which were announced this spring by the NCAA Division II league.
OC senior Sam Johnston was named as the Heartland’s Player of the year for the second straight season, while his teammate, Alejandro Valenzuela, was recognized as the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Heartland coaches also selected Eagle David Lynn as the league’s Coach of the Year.
Johnston and OC sophomore Zac Schaefer also each received first-team recognition on the All-Heartland Conference honor list.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oklahoma City University men’s golf coach Kyle Blaser of Edmond notched his eighth Dave Williams NAIA Coach of the Year honor from the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Blaser picked up NAIA Central Region Coach of the Year. The Williams Coach of the Year award honorees from all levels of collegiate golf will be recognized during the Hall of Fame banquet at the GCAA convention Dec. 12.
In 2015-16, Blaser led Oklahoma City to its 10th national championship among six tournament victories. In winning the Sooner Athletic Conference title, the Stars set the program record for shots under par in 54 holes (34) and the SAC Championships scoring record (282-272-276—830). In 10 events, OCU also picked up two runner-up finishes. Oklahoma City’s worst finish was seventh place.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Sam Presti could have been salty. He went sweet, instead.
The Thunder general manager met with media Monday evening following the announcement that Kevin Durant would leave Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors.
On what was certainly one of the worst professional days in Presti’s recent history, the GM remained cool, which especially was impressive considering he was donning a cardigan in the middle of July in Oklahoma. You would never know that his organization, his company, the one he’s responsible for, was in possibly its darkest time since relocating from Seattle in 2008.
“None of us are under the illusion that Kevin Durant would be here forever,” Presti said during Monday’s presser, which you can read the full transcript of here. “We understood that this is a business, and he has to do what is best for him, but we also understand that part of the NBA and part of sports in general is change, even when you’d prefer that wasn’t the case.”
A surprising element following Durant’s Warriors announcement, something not many expected, was that Presti seemed to be in that “not many” category.
Reports were consistent leading into free agency that Durant would want to stay in Oklahoma City. So were people around the team and league. On top of that, remaining with the Thunder presented the greatest financial opportunity for the summer’s top free agent, too.
Just about everyone figured he was taking the one-year deal with a player option for the next one and doing it with the Thunder. Of course, he ended up signing a similarly structured contract in Golden State.
Presti may have had an inkling before the rest of us.
It sounded like when Durant made his call to Presti on Monday morning — the GM said, “I found out a few minutes before the media” — the Thunder already knew what team Durant was going to choose.
“We had a pretty good indication, I think, that this was a potential outcome,” he said.
He continued later, “I do feel so proud of the fact that even when we were relatively sure that it probably wasn’t going to go our way, eight staff members and our owner stayed in New York overnight just to be there to kind of finish it out. We’ve been at everything for Kevin.”
Thunder officials, of course, traveled to East Hampton in Long Island, N.Y. — where Durant was bunking at the summer home of his agent, Rich Kleiman — to have one last meeting with the offseason’s most prized free agent once he had already met with every team on his list.
Presti went on to list all the events, all the “firsts,” as he called them, of Durant he and Thunder officials had attended.
He was graceful, even if some amount of it was a facade on a day when he could have whipped out the comic sans and started typing.
Instead, he reiterated time and time again the good that Durant did for Oklahoma, on and off the court. He was reflective. He used the phrase “last eight years” or some variation of it five times.
And yet, he remained positive.
“It’s a really special thing to be a part of a team that walks into the season every year with a chance to win the title,” he said. “And with a group of guys that are passionate, that are hard-working, high-character, not perfect, you know, but putting ourselves in a position to have an enjoyable experience watching the team year in and year out. So, we have to be grateful for that.”
And as for Durant? Presti was still defending his legacy, even amidst questions in which he could have embedded some kind of shot on the now former Thunder great.
“How should they feel about him?” Presti repeated after being asked about Thunder fans’ mentality moving forward. “You know, listen, I’m not going to tell people how to feel or not to judge or what have you. I just think that what he represented for the city was something larger than basketball.”
The Oklahoma Coaches Association will have 10 coaches from across the state of Oklahoma to be inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame during the annual OCA Coaches Clinic and All State week in Tulsa this summer including former University of Central Oklahoma Football Coach Gary Howard.
The induction ceremony and banquet will be at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel at 1902 E. 71st St. in Tulsa on Saturday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m.
2016 OCA Hall of Fame Class
Danny Daniels, Hominy; Tony Duck, Sulphur; Jim Ferguson, Alva; Bruce Harrington, Lawton Eisenhower; Ron Lancaster, Tulsa; Clarence Madden, Lawton; Tim Reynolds, Chickasha; Doug Tolin, Oklahoma Baptist University and Larry Turner, Owasso.
Gary Howard, University of Central Oklahoma, will be inducted for distinguished service.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sherri Coale earned her fame as a successful coach at the University of Oklahoma, but she made sure to share the love with her alma mater as she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Coale mentioned five current or former Oklahoma Christian players or coaches during her 12-minute acceptance speech June 11 at the Tennessee Theatre, noting how each had helped her along the way as she developed into one of her sport’s top coaches.
“My journey has been one of serendipitous collisions with remarkable people, person after person who absolutely catapulted me to this place today,” Coale said, citing a list of influences from her days as a child in Healdton and a collegiate athlete at OC from 1983-87.
When Oklahoma City made a draft night trade forcing Thunder fans to leap from their seats in excitement, anger or shock, one man should have been standing still: Kevin Durant.
General Manager Sam Presti dealt Durant’s longtime teammate and friend, Serge Ibaka, to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11-overall pick Domantas Sabonis. And if there’s one thing we can be certain about, it’s that Presti already knew what Durant’s reaction would be.
Central Oklahoma national champion Mariah Garcia travels to Eugene, Ore., this weekend to compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
The Mustang sophomore is one of 24 competitors in the discus, with the top three finishers advancing to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5-21.
Preliminary action in the discus starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus, with the finals set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday Central Time.
Garcia enjoyed a fantastic spring season for the Bronchos en route to becoming the school’s first outdoor NCAA Division II national champion. She won the discus crown in five of the six meets she competed in and bettered the Olympic Trials qualifying mark with a meet- and school-record 192-8 heave at the prestigious John Jacobs Relays in Norman April 23.
Garcia won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title with a meet record 179-9 effort and claimed the national championship with a 172-8 throw.
Garcia is the first-ever University of Central Oklahoma woman student-athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Former Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Jordan Watson has started his career as a professional baseball player with the Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Watson, an All-American pitcher at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, was a seventh-round choice of the D’Backs in the MLB’s Amateur Baseball Draft June 12.
Also out of Deer Creek High School, left-handed slugger Caleb Eldridge was taken by Philadelphia with the 587th pick. Eldridge was playing for Cowley County Community College (Kan.).
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Former Penn State women’s volleyball student-athletes Micha Hancock (Edmond Memorial High School) and Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio) have been selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team Women’s Pan Am Cup roster.
Nittany Lion graduates Hancock and Courtney are both among just 12 athletes who are either still in college or recently graduated selected to the 12-person team. The 2016 Pan American Cup is scheduled for July 2-10 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Penn State’s two selections to the roster are tied for most for any program represented.
For the third time in his stellar Oklahoma Christian golf career, Sam Johnston is an All-American.
Johnston was named to the NCAA Division II PING All-America Third-Team list by the Golf Coaches Association of America, capping a career that ranks among the finest in the history of OC’s storied program.
The senior from San Diego became Oklahoma Christian University’s first Division II All-American in any sport as a freshman in 2013, making the GCAA’s Second-Team list, and again received that honor as a sophomore in 2014. Since OC began competing at the Division II level with the 2012-13 academic year, Johnston is the only student-athlete to have received All-America honors more than once.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Better early than late.
To paraphrase Boston General Manager Danny Ainge, “It’s always better to trade a player a year too soon than one too tardy.” That logic certainly applied when he gutted his core of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett before the 2013 season.
On a smaller scale, it applies to Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti sending Serge Ibaka to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11-pick Domantas Sabonis, too.
Ibaka is just 26 years old — he’ll be 27 at the start of next year — but his production had fallen off this past season. It could have been just an off-year for a player who had finished First-Team All-Defense on three separate occasions. It could have happened because he was becoming more and more disengaged as his offensive role diminished.
OKLAHOMA CITY —The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to forward Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Serge Ibaka, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced late Thursday night.
“Tonight represented an opportunity to build the versatility, depth and skill of our basketball team. Victor, Ersan and Domantas represent the character, work ethic and toughness that we relentlessly pursue with the Thunder.
TULSA — After not getting much playing time late in the spring for Oklahoma State, Edmond’s Alexis Sadeghy was ready to compete when the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship teed off Monday at Tulsa Country Club.
Sadeghy fired a 1-under par 70 in Tuesday’s second round after a 1-over 72 Monday to claim the championship by three shots over Nadia Majidizadeh of Tulsa, who shot a 3-over 74 despite an ace on the 117-yard par 3 17th hole.
“This meant a lot to me,” Sadeghy said. “I haven’t won a tournament in awhile and it feels really good.”
TOYOTA CITY, Japan — The United States (-36) shot its fourth-consecutive round below par to claim a nine-stroke victory over second place Germany (-27) in the Boys Division of the 2016 TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup June 17 in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. It is the Americans’ eighth title but their first since 2005. Thailand took third place at 22-under, two shots clear of Korea and South Africa (-20) who tied for fourth.
OMAHA, Neb. — Keeping one’s sanity in a 60-game season can be just as important as executing the fundamentals of the game.
That’s why the Oklahoma State baseball team has found ways keep their minds sharp, while preparing the product they take onto the field.
Whether it’s a dinosaur that has taken social media by storm, or pregame amusements like autographs for kids, intricate handshakes and backflips.
“Those handshakes before the game just kind of keep everybody loose and having some fun because if you watch our handshakes, they are all fun and relaxing,” Colin Simpson, who played at Edmond Memorial High School said. “We do them to have a good time. So it’s nice when you are 65 games into a season to have something that keeps everything fun.”
The Thunder may not have a pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find any value afterward. General Manager Sam Presti and the rest of the front office will certainly be on the lookout for talent that falls through the cracks, whether that means eventually signing players, inviting them to summer league or giving them partially guaranteed deals heading into training camp.
Here are five potentially undrafted players who could fit with the Thunder’s needs:
Michael Gbinije, Syracuse, SF
If Gbinije can maintain the foot speed to play the 2 position at the NBA level, he could end up having sneaky strong value at the end of the second round or after the draft is complete. The 6-7 wing can handle the ball and actually played in a pseudo point guard role for Syracuse this past season. If he can learn how to get out of the 2-3 zone that the Orange has made famous, he could contribute as a passer, shooter and situational floor general.
This Week's Circulars
LaFerne B. "Ferne" Bond, 96, of Edmond, Okla., passed away Nov. 10, 2019. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Crawford Family Funeral Service with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.
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