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ENID HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
The Enid High School Plainsmen football team went on the road and beat Putnam City West 52-20 in their final game of the football season. The Plainsmen got a big game from junior Devin Pratt who scored two touchdowns, passed for another one and rushed for a two-point conversion. The Plainsmen end their season 4-6.
The Enid Pacer cross country team finished 10th at the State cross Country Meet.
The EHS Pacer softball team lost to Sand Springs 11-1 in five innings yesterday in regional action to end their season 10-29.
The EHS Pacer volleyball team lost to Tulsa Union in regional play Thursday. Enid ends their season 17-14.
The new Enid High School Pacer basketball coach is Jennifer Burch. Enid High School Pacer basketball coach Robb Mills has accepted an assistant principal position at Longfellow Middle School and will not coach the Pacers. Mill was 51-19 in three seasons as head coach. The Pacer basketball program is looking for a new head coach this summer.
Enid High School Athletic Director Bill Mayberry announced that Carl Gaebler is the new head tennis coach next season. Darrell Herndon is retiring after this season. Gaebler has been the assistant the past eight years.
Enid’s Trent Holland is the new wrestling coach at Enid High School. Outgoing coach Corey Clayton is entering private business and will help with the program.
There are some good area games tonight in week ten of the football season. Hennessey plays at Chisholm for the District 2A-1 championship. Cashion plays at OBA, Thomas plays at Fairview for the District A-1 Championship. Boise City at Cherokee for the District C-1 Championship. Get out and enjoy some high school football. It’s a great way to spend a Friday night with the family. High School football playoffs begin next week.
The OBA Prep Classic powered by KGWA Sports will be December 11-13 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the garfield County Fairgrounds.
OSU and OU SPORTS
The OSU Cowboys lost at Kansas State 48-14 Saturday night. The Cowboys took an early 7-0 lead but gave up an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and it was ll K-State. The Cowboys, 5-4 and 3-3 in the Big 12, have a bye week and host Texas on November 15th trying to get bowl eligible with their sixth win.
The OU Sooners went on the road to Ames, Iowa and beat the Cyclones 59-14 behind quarterback Trevor Knight and a good offensive line. Knight rushed for three touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns in the game. OU had 751 yards of total offense and are 75-5-2 against Iowa State. The Sooners, 6-2 and 3-2, host Baylor Saturday at 11 a.m. on FoX Sports .
The NCAA and OSU issued a joint statement yesterday concerning an inquiry in to the OSU football program after a series of articles by Sports Illustrated last year alleging serious improprieties. After a through review by the NCAA and by an outside consultant hired by OSU, the issues were fundamentally unfounded.
According to the latest information from the NFL, the OU Sooners have 29 players in the NFL, OSU has 18 and Tulsa has 3, one each for NWOSU, ECU and UCO.
Some additional thoughts on the planned upgrades at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium that will affect Oklahoma’s football program on almost every level. The improvements will begin after the 2015 season and will be dependant on fundraising efforts. Two areas will be heavily affected…the south end zone will be enclosed and the west upper deck will have a new press box. There will be 43 restrooms, 11 elevators, 16 escalators, a new elevated concourse on the west side, 69 new concession points of sale and added wifi and cellular capabilities. All significant improvement to a great stadium.
OSU football player Tyreek Hill was voted the 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Hill transferred from Garden City Community College where he made 32 catches for 532 yards and six touchdowns plus he rushed 101 times for 659 yards and five touchdowns. Hill is also an outstanding trickster placing second in the 60 meters Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship.
OSU and Tulsa have announced a series in both football and basketball. The two year basketball agreement has the two schools playing at OSU in December 2015 and at Tulsa in December 2016. The three game football series begins in 2019 with the first game in Tulsa and the final two games at OSU. Tulsa plays at OSU in 2017 too.
The NCAA announced that OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione has been named the chair of the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee for the 2015-2016 season. Castiglione will be the vice-chair of the committee this season. Castiglione is entering his 17th year as director of athletics at OU.
The Cowgirl basketball program announced the signing of Rylie Swanson from Northern Oklahoma College-Enid (Alva) and Roddricka Patton from Trinity Valley Community College. The Cowgirls also have a verbal committment from Alva's Jaden Hobbs.
The Red River Rivalry…OU vs. Texas…will be played in the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park through 2025. The contract extension did not include any new incentives for the schools but improvement to the Cotton Bowl will be on-going.
Former OSU running back Barry Sanders has been named the winner of ESPN.com’s “The Season”, a fan poll to determine the player who had the greatest season in college football history. Sanders’ 1988 season included 373 carries for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns. He averaged 237.5 rushing yards per game and had four games of 300+ rushing yards.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their rankings. No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Alabama. Teams ranked five and six are TCU and K-State…they play each other Saturday.
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dropped their seventh game in a row losing to Memphis 40-20 last Saturday. Tulsa, 1-7, hosts SMU Saturday at 11 a.m.
The NOC-Enid Jets got win No. 3 on the season beating Hesston College JV 93-65 last night. The Lady Jets, 2-0, host Allen County Friday at 7 p.m.
The NOC-Enid Jets won one game and lost two games in the 2014 NJCAA Division II World Series at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Great season for the Jets. The NOC-Enid Jets baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA Division II World Series with a thrilling 1-0 win over Hesston College in 12 inninngs. Jeramey Littell hit a walk off home run to send the Jets to the World Series.
The NOC-Enid Lady Jets softball team finished 38-20 on the year after losing to No. 1 Seminole 4-1 and to Rose State 3-2. Solid first season for the Lady Jets softball program!
The NWOSU Rangers host Southern Nazarene Saturday at 2 p.m.
The NWOSU Rangers announced that Alan Hall has relinquished his position as head football coach immediately due to health reasons.
NWOSU got their first win of the season beating Arkansas Monticello 34-28 in Alva. The Rangers were down 28-27 with 1:56 left in the game. NWern went 75 yards in six plays to score the winning touchdown. Alva grad Ty Hooper completed 10 of 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. NWOSU, 1-2, plays Southern Arkansas in Magnolia Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost 100-88 last night in Toronto. The Thunder, 1-4, host Memphis Friday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook broke his right hand early in the second game of the season and will be out 4-6 weeks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant has a broken right foot and will be out 6-8 weeks. It will be interesting to see what adjustments the Thunder make without the NBA’s leading scorer. The Thunder plays a pre-season game against Memphis in Oklahoma City Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
OKC Thunder forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the USA Men’s National Team this summer. Durant in a prepared statement said it was an extremely difficult decision because he takes great pride in representing our country. Durant said he needed to take some time away from the game, both mentally and physically, to prepare for the NBA season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced that their NBA Developmental Team based in Tulsa will be moving to OKC and will play their games in the Cox Center. They will share the Arena will the OKC Barons. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced their D-League team will be named the Oklahoma City Blue.
The OKC Thunder’s NBA Schedule is out and single game tickets go on sale September 30th. Schedule highlights: 18 back-to-backs, 12 single game road trips, 11 Sunday home games, 70 games on Fox Sports Oklahoma and 32 games on national television. It all begins on October 29th at Portland.
Kevin Durant was named the NBA MVP last season. Lebron James was second and Blake Griffin was third in the voting. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant had a MVP season. A look at his numbers shows how good a season he had. NBA MVP, 2-50 point games, 14-40 point games, 12 consecutive 30 point games, 41 consecutive games of 25 points or more, 32 points per game, a league high (Durant has led the NBA in scoring four out of the last five years) 3-triple doubles, 5.5 assists per game, a career high, 805 free throws, 15 technical fouls in 3,937 minutes. Oklahoma, you are getting to see one of the soon-to-be all-time NBA greats play the game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted a big man in the first round, Michigan's 6-foot-10 Mitch McGary who is 255 and has good feet and is a good passer. He can play center or power forward. The Thunder also drafted Stanford's 6-foot-7 Josh Huestis who is 230 and was on the Pac-12 All- Defensive team. Thunder GM Sam Presti made two solid picks.
OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS
The Oklahoma City Barons, 4-4, host the Marlies Saturday night and play at San Antonio Sunday afternoon.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series in seven games.
OKLAHOMA CITY REDHAWKS
The OKC RedHawks are now the AAA farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS…November 7…1963, Yankee Elston Howard becomes first black man voted AL MVP…and in…1991, Magic Johnson announces he has HIV and retires from the Lakers..
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