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The Shady Point Lady Warriors won the Big Time Challenge Basketball Tournament at Ripley High School (Stillwater Area) Saturday January 26, 2019.
The Lady Warriors went 3-0 beating Bartlesville, Chandler, and Oklahoma Dream Elite (Okeene/Lomega).
The Lady Warriors will now compete in the ORES State Playoffs at Krebs School in McAlester February 4th.
Team Members: Kara Albert, Karli Albert, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford , Brinklee Butler, Abbi Covey, Hannah Enkoff, Brailey Francis, Ariana Loggins, Ryleigh Pierce, Sophie Pulice, Alexis Smith
Congratulations to the Wister Wildcats.
The boys beat Arkoma 63 to 49 to win the LeFlore County Tournament’s Consolation prize.
Casey Hampton, Braeden Cepeda, Chayce Bingley, Tyler Word, Connar Hall, Rustin Sisson
Jake Lloyd, Colton Terry, Coach Derek Barlow, Kade Siler, Matt Holzhammer, Kaden McBeth and Konner Upton
LCT Tuesday’s Results
Spiro Boys 73 - Heavener Boys 31
LeFlore Girls 31 - Whitesboro Girls - 32
Whitesboro Boys 68 - Poteau Boys 72
Howe Girls 86 - Cameron Girls 32
Heavener Girls 40 and Poteau Girls 58
Talihina Boys 75 - Leflore Boys 50
Pocola 81 - Bokoshe 43
Pocola Girls 64 -Talihina Girls 35
Howe Boys 69 - Panama Boys 74
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday that quarterback Jalen Hurts has signed a financial aid agreement with OU and has enrolled and is attending classes. A December graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in communication (public relations) from Alabama, Hurts will participate in spring practice and will have one season of eligibility with the Sooners.
Hurts started 14 games in each of Alabama's 2016 and 2017 seasons and saw action in 13 games in 2018. He played in three College Football Playoff National Championships and helped the Crimson Tide to the 2017 national title. Alabama went 41-3 in his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
"(Jalen) certainly has the ability to be a really good leader for us," said Riley, who has coached OU to a 24-4 record and has produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in his two seasons. "He's got to get in here and learn this team, learn this offense. He's got to get in here and compete for this quarterback job. There are a lot of steps ahead, but there's no doubt, this guy's been in some of the biggest and best games in college football here over the last few years.
"As I've gotten to know him, I've been really impressed by the way he carries himself, the way he works. There's not going to be much that happens to this kid that he hasn't been through already."
Hurts led the Crimson Tide to a 26-2 record in his 28 starts over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He saw action in 13 games in 2018, including the SEC Championship when he replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa and rallied UA to a 35-28 win after it trailed 28-21 when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. Hurts threw a 10-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 left to tie the game at 28 and ran for a 15-yard score with 1:04 remaining for the game's final points.
From Channelview, Texas, Hurts owns the Alabama quarterback career record with 23 rushing touchdowns and ranks second in school history with 1,976 career rushing yards and 71 touchdowns responsible for. He amassed 7,602 yards of total offense and threw for 48 touchdowns, both good for third place in UA history.
Hurts recorded seven games of at least 100 rushing yards (high of 154 against Fresno State in 2017) and threw for at least two touchdowns in 12 contests.
"There's a great foundation here at Oklahoma, and Coach Riley does a great job," Hurts said Tuesday about why he chose OU. "He's very efficient in what he does. And for my last ride, my senior year, I want to be a part of it.
"Last year I was fully invested in the University of Alabama. And at the Orange Bowl I was fully invested in beating OU and getting to the National Championship. But now I'm part of the Sooner family and I'm thankful to be here."
Asked what excites him most about his opportunity at OU, Hurts was succinct.
"I want to go out with a bang," he said.
In his debut season of 2016, Hurts was named SEC Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American by ESPN and USA Today, a finalist for the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Davey O'Brien Award. That year he completed 240 of 382 pass attempts (62.8 percent) for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He also ran for an Alabama quarterback-record 954 yards (5.0 per carry) and 13 TDs. In the second game of the season, Hurts became the first UA freshman quarterback to start a game under head coach Nick Saban, and he went on to start each of the next 27 contests. The Crimson Tide won its first 14 games in 2016 before falling to Clemson in the CFP National Championship, 35-31.
Hurts set the Alabama single-season record with his 36 touchdowns responsible for in 2016, and his 3,734 yards of total offense were the second most in school history. Against Mississippi State, he became the first UA player to ever rush for at least 100 yards (100) and pass for at least 300 (347). It was one of four 100-yard rushing games for him that season.
Hurts' 2017 sophomore season saw him complete 154 of 255 pass attempts (60.4 percent) for 2,081 yards and 17 touchdowns versus just one interception. He rushed for 855 yards (5.6 per carry) and eight scores, and was named a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist. Hurts registered three games of at least 100 rushing yards and was named offensive MVP in Alabama's 24-6 win over Clemson in the CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
This past season, Hurts played in 13 games, completing 51 passes on 70 attempts (72.9 percent) for eight touchdowns with two interceptions, good for a 196.7 passing efficiency rating. He also ran for 167 yards (4.6 per carry) and two TDs.
"I think he's really progressed as a thrower with a lot of the film I've watched this year," added Riley. "I see a very, very capable thrower, a very good athlete. He's strong. He's going to have much different build than a couple of these (quarterbacks) we've had the last few years."
Riley also said Hurts' experience of preparing for and playing in six College Football Playoff games is invaluable.
"He knows how to prepare for those games, knows what to expect, all the buildup and being able to focus on what's really important," explained Riley. "I don't think there's any doubt that's one of the things he brings to the table. There's nothing to replace having been in those games. I think it will help him individually. It's going to make a big difference."
A unanimous four-star prospect out of Channelview High School under head coach Averion Hurts (his father), Jalen Hurts was ranked as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.
He threw for 2,384 yards and 26 touchdown passes in 11 games as a senior, and rushed for 1,391 yards and 25 TDs. He was named Texas District 21-6A MVP in his junior and senior seasons. Hurts chose Alabama over Florida, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
Games at CASC
Arkoma girls and Bokoshe Girls at 4 p.m. at CASC
Spiro Boys and Heavener Boys at 5:30 pm
LeFlore Girls and Whitesboro Girls at 7pm
Whitesboro Boys and Poteau Boys at 8:30 pm
Games at Panama
Howe Girls and Cameron Girls at 5:30pm
Heavener Ladies and Poteau Ladies at 7pm
Talihina Boys and LeFlore Boys at 8:30 pm
Games at Pocola
Pocola and Bokoshe 5:30pm
Pocola Girls and Talihina Girls 7pm
Howe Boys and Panama Boys 8:30pm
Good luck to all County Teams!
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week awards for the 11th week of the 2018-19 basketball regular season. Henderson State’s Mike Fofana won the Men’s honor and Harding’s Kellie Lampo claiming the Women’s accolade.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mike Fofana, Henderson State, F, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee
Fofana continued his stretch of terrific play as Henderson picked up wins against Ouachita and Arkansas Tech. Fofana poured in 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting on the road against the Tigers. He followed up with 20 points - 15 in the second half - and 13 rebounds against the Wonder Boys. He has averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds during the Reddies’ four-game win streak.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kellie Lampo, Harding, F, So., Jessieville, Arkansas
Lampo led the conference in scoring and rebounding for the week as she averaged 24.0 points and 14.0 rebounds against Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas. She grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against the Golden Suns and followed up with a career-high 30-points against the Lady Muleriders. She went 16-for-31 from the field, including 9-for-14 against SAU.
Treyvon Andres, C, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Led the GAC by scoring 25.0 PPG and grabbing 13.0 RPG); DeVante Brooks, F, Southern Arkansas (Helped SAU extend win streak to eight as he averaged 11.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG); Kevin Buckingham, F, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Registered a double-double in win vs SWOSU); Jhonathan Dunn, G, Southern Nazarene (In two wins, averaged 19.0 PPG and went 16-for-32 from the floor); Nick Shoemaker, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Became SWOSU’s all-time leader in made 3-point field goals); Kendarious Smith, G, Ouachita (Shot 52.9 percent from the field including 57.1 percent on 3-point tries); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Made a combined 8 3-pointers vs Southeastern and Southern Nazarene); JV Long, G, Harding (Became first Harding player with at least 20 points and 15 rebound in a game since 2012); Antonio Wade, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Posted his second 30-point game as he scored 36 vs Northwestern Oklahoma State)
Tyra Aska, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Scored 36 on 12-of-18 shooting in win vs Southeastern); Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 assists and 9.0 rebounds); Adrienne Berry, G, Southern Nazarene (Averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in two victories); Alyssa Crase, F, Southern Arkansas (Went 6-for-9 from the field and averaged 7.0 rebounds per game); Eden Crow, G, Ouachita (Shot 52.9 percent from the floor; averaged 12.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG); Hailey Estes, G, Henderson State (Hit 8 3-pointers vs Ouachita; double-double vs Arkansas Tech); Kalea King, G, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Hit game-winning shot vs Oklahoma Baptist); Sam Schwab, F, East Central (Career-high 15 points vs Southeastern; made 10-of-15 shots for the week)
Pocola High School is hosting the 2019 LeFlore County Basketball Tournament which begins on Monday.
Games will be played at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Panama High School and Pocola High School.
Howe Lady Lions are the top seeds for the girls, while the Spiro Bulldogs are the top seeds for the boys.
Monday game times are as follows:
Pocola vs. Panama 5:30 pm at Pocola
Cameron vs. Poteau 5:30 pm at Carl Albert State College
Heavener vs. Arkoma 8:30 pm at Carl Albert State College
LeFlore vs. Wister 8:30 pm at Pocola
Howe vs. Bokoshe 8:30 pm at Panama
Wister vs. Whitesboro 4 pm at Carl Albert State College
Bokoshe vs. Heavener 5:30 pm at Panama
Spiro vs. Cameron 7pm at Carl Albert State College
Poteau vs. Arkoma 7 pm at Pocola
Talihina vs. Panama 7 pm at Panama
By Patrick Dunn, Communications Assistant, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN — The No. 2 ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team opened its 2019 home slate with a victory over No. 11 Arizona State and No. 12 Air Force on Saturday inside McCasland Field House. The Sooners topped the Falcons and Sun Devils by a team score of 418.550-397.050 and 392.500. Sooner gymnasts claimed or earned a share of all six individual event titles. Senior Genki Suzuki took the all-around crown, registering a career-best 83.600.
"Tonight felt pretty good," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "We started better and kept the momentum going. We really did not have to count any mistakes tonight.
"I was really happy for Genki (Suzuki), he had a phenomenal night winning the all-around and being really consistent across the board. I saw some good things from a lot of guys that may have been a little bit unsettled last weekend, so I see that improvement. It is also nice to be at home because we have great support from our fans and a lot of energy in the building. It is really fun to do gymnastics in this environment."
Oklahoma started the meet strong on floor in the first rotation, totaling 71.100. The Sooners were led on the event by freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes, turning in a career-best 14.450 in his first meet at McCasland Field House.
The score took first out of all competitors on floor exercise.
The second rotation on pommel horse saw the Sooners tally a 66.350. Genki Suzuki, competing all-around, recorded the top score with a 13.700. Horse specialist Brian Schibler contributed with a strong 13.650.
The Sooners moved on to still rings in the fourth rotation, scoring a 71.200. Senior captain Yul Moldauer brought the crowd to its feet with a huge 15.100, the highest score on the event of the evening by a half point.
In the fifth rotation, Oklahoma logged a 68.450 on parallel bars. Suzuki led the Sooners on an event for the second time, tallying a 13.950. Junior Matt Wenske, who claimed the all-around title last weekend, recorded a career-high 13.600 to help the Sooners.
OU closed with another 68.450 event score, this one on high bar. Senior co-captain Levi Anderson anchored the rotation with a 14.100, including a stuck landing to finish the night for the Sooners. Sophomore Gage Dyer also put up a career-high 14.100 on the event.
Oklahoma continues its home slate next Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT when the Sooners welcome Ohio State to McCasland Field House. The meet will serve as Military Night.
NORMAN — Oklahoma's Kyler Murray has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Manning Award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to the top quarterback in the nation. Murray is the second straight Sooner to earn the honor, following last year's honoree Baker Mayfield. This marks Murray's fifth major end-of-season award, with him also claiming the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Year Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and AP Player of the Year award.
The Manning Award, now in its 15th year, was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. The award is voted on by a panel of local and national media, as well as each of the Mannings.
"Week-in and week-out, Kyler Murray made highlight-reel plays for one of the best teams in the country," said Archie Manning. "For the Sooners to lose Baker Mayfield and still make the College Football Playoff shows just how tough and talented he really is. Kyler proved to be a great leader and exceptional athlete and passer worthy of recognition as the top quarterback in the country this year.
"The Manning family is pleased to be able to recognize Kyler thanks to the generous and ongoing support of the Sugar Bowl Committee. The Bowl's role in making this award possible each year is greatly appreciated."
From Allen, Texas, Murray led the Sooners to a 12-2 record in 2018, a fourth consecutive Big 12 championship, a second straight appearance in the College Football Playoff and a No. 4 final AP ranking. The redshirt junior completed 260 of 377 passes this year for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, becoming just the second player in FBS history to throw for at least 4,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 in a season (Clemson's Deshaun Watson did it in 2015 with 4,109 passing and 1,105 rushing in 15 games as he also won the Manning Award).
"I'm humbled and honored to receive the 2018 Manning Award, and congratulate all of the other finalists on their great seasons," said Murray. "When it comes to quarterbacks, no family is more accomplished than the Mannings, and I will cherish this honor the rest of my life. I'd like to thank Coach (Lincoln) Riley and his staff at Oklahoma for their mentorship, as well as all of my teammates for their dedication to making our program one of the very best in the country. We had an incredible season and I share this award with all of them."
Murray led the nation in total yards (school-record 5,362), points responsible for (324; tied), yards per pass attempt (FBS-record 11.6) and yards per completion (16.8). He also ranked second in passing efficiency rating (school-record 199.2) and passing touchdowns (42).
Murray's 54 total touchdowns in 2018 were the second-most in program history, his 42 passing TDs were third-most in a season at OU and his passing yardage total ranks fifth in school annals. He became the first OU player to ever pass for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a game, and he accomplished the feat three times this season.
Murray is the first FBS player to average at least 300.0 passing yards (311.5) and at least 60.0 rushing yards (71.5) per game for a season. His 5,362 yards of total offense were more than 77 of the country's other 129 teams, including five squads that are ranked in the final AP Top 25 Poll.
Murray threw at least two touchdown passes in 13 of 14 games this season and threw at least three TD passes in 10 contests. He assembled a school- and Big 12-record streak of eight games with at least three TD passes and tied a Big 12 record by earning five conference offensive player-of-the-week honors this season. Former Texas running back Ricky Williams also accomplished the feat in his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 1998.
Other finalists for this year's Manning Award were: Ian Book (Notre Dame), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Will Grier (West Virginia), Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), D'Eriq King (Houston), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Drew Lock (Missouri), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Gardner Minshew (Washington State) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama).
In its first 15 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Murray, Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) leads the way with five Manning Award honorees, while the Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) have four Manning Award winners each. Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) are the only schools with two different winners.
Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Twelve of the Manning Award men threw for over 3,000 yards in their winning campaign, including 4,000-yard seasons from Murray, Mayfield, Griffin III, Marcus Mariota, Ryan, Watson (twice) and Winston. On the other hand, Murray, Watson (in 2015), Young, Manziel and Newton were all 1,000-yard rushers during their Manning years.
One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes account of the quarterbacks' bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Against No. 1-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl, Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns while running for 109 yards and a score. He became the first quarterback to ever rush for 100 yards against a Nick Saban-coached Crimson Tide defense.
All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for more than 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.