OKLAHOMA CITY – Judge Bernard Jones ruled on Dec. 11 to deny Oklahoma City Douglass High School’s request to replay the final minutes of their playoff game against Locust Grove High School.
Douglass filed the challenge in Oklahoma County District Court after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association voted against its request for a replay earlier this month.
Douglass lost to Locust Grove in a playoff game in November after a referee enforced a penalty incorrectly.
The court filing put a hold on part of the Class 3A playoffs until a decision could be made.
Scott has attended Sequoyah Schools since the eighth grade and is expected to sign an official letter of intent in February to play football at the University of Memphis.
While at Sequoyah, Scott was the starting quarterback on Team USA, and he holds Sequoyah Schools’ records for the most passing yards, 6,497, and 99 total touchdowns. As of press time, he had four games left in the regular season.
One hundred players have been nominated for this honor. In October, that list was expected to be narrowed to 50 players with the top 20 getting an automatic advance to the semi-finals. Finalists will be selected in November.
Anyone can go online to vote for a player. The number of votes that each player receives determines the winner. Each person can vote once daily until the contest ends. The winner will be announced in January.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Even Elena Delle Donne couldn't stop Kansas' improbable NCAA tournament run.
Delle Donne scored 34 points, but Angel Goodrich answered with 27 of her own for the 11th-seeded Jayhawks, who rallied in the second half for a 70-64 win over the Blue Hens on Tuesday night.
Delaware's (31-2) only other loss this season was to No. 5 Maryland on Dec. 29. The school entered the tournament having never won an NCAA game before its opening-round win over Arkansas-Little Rock, in which Delle Donne scored 39 points in 30 minutes of action.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nebraska's return to the NCAA tournament was a short one.
The sixth-seeded Huskers suffered through a dismal shooting performance and fell 57-49 to former Big 12 rival and 11th-seeded Kansas in the first round of the Des Moines Regional on Sunday.
Nebraska (24-9), which left the Big 12 for the Big Ten after last season, was making its return to the tournament after a one-year absence. The school had performed well in reaching the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Purdue, but it hadn't played since that double-overtime loss to the Boilermakers on March 4.
Paula Soap, 43, said she always wanted to fight professionally, so she began entering area Toughman Contests.
“I started in Toughman in 2001,” she said. “I continued on there, and they told me I couldn’t fight anymore because I won too many in Muskogee. That was my limit from what they said.”
With area contests closed to her, she competed in the Toughman World Championships, where she finished eighth out of 32 competitors.
Despite her success with a record of 5-1 and world championship appearance, Soap never formally trained in the sweet science of boxing. Melissa Drywater, trainer and owner of Dawg Pound Fight Academy in Tahlequah, said Soap’s success at the Toughman Contests is unheard of with no formal training.
Cherokee Nation citizen Paula Soap throws a punch during a sparring match with a Dawg Pound Fight Academy employee during a training session in Tahlequah, Okla. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Coming off its most successful year in five years of operation, WRD officials said they believe they have a new equation to make 2012 even better.
The thoroughbred spring meet will run at 12:30 p.m. every Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Each race day features 10 races.
In addition to a stakes schedule that features two new races bringing the total to eight, racing officials moved four of the stakes to Mondays and Tuesdays to benefit from a bigger worldwide simulcast audience.
“Our simulcast signal goes through the roof on weekdays,” Kelly Cathey, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs racing secretary, said. “We are up to nearly 700 locations showing our races, including tracks in Europe, Mexico and Canada. The more tracks that show our races, the bigger the handle, which means more money for the horsemen and more money for us to reinvest into our track.”
The Nike Air Native N7 is the result of years of collaborative research development and fit testing in partnership with the American Indian community, which determined that Native people on average have a wider and taller foot than most non-Natives.
Since its initial launch in 2007, the Nike Air Native N7 has been updated annually with new and improved features ultimately comprising today’s latest incarnation, the Tempo+ N7.
Nike Air Native Tempo+ N7 features include, outsole trail specific traction elements for enhanced traction, grip and performance over a variety of surfaces and conditions, design details and graphics such as a whip stitch around the Nike swoosh and embroidered eyelets for a hand crafted look and feel, a mid-foot lockdown system with interwoven overlays for custom fit and feel, laces made with 100 percent recycled material and colored aglets, pull tabs on the back of the shoe for ease of entry and reflective pill for visibility in the dark and the original Nike Air Native N7 shoe width.
The Nike Air Native Tempo+ N7 is only available through tribal wellness programs that are more specifically identified as health disease prevention programs, urban Indian health center and in Canada First Nation health centers, urban Aboriginal health centers and Aboriginal community wellness programs.
The 41-point effort allowed the Adair, Okla., native to finish the game with 2,120 career points, surpassing the Summit League record of 2,105 points, which was held by former ORU Golden Eagle Krista Regan.
Luper’s game-high point total also set the single-game scoring record for the arena, which had been intact for 27 years.
According to ORU’s website, Luper is just 72 points shy of former Golden Eagle Vivian Herron’s all-time ORU career scoring record of 2,192 points.
Kirkpatrick, who has played catcher since age 4, said playing at the college level is the next practical step in his baseball career.
“I’ve played in other positions but always came back to catcher,” the Cherokee Nation citizen said.
Connors baseball coach Keith Perry said he expects Kirkpatrick to fill an immediate need.
“He will be able to play for us and help us out as soon as he gets there,” Perry said. “I am looking forward to having him on the team.”
Sequoyah Schools senior Eric Kirkpatrick throws a pitch for the Indians baseball team. Kirkpatrick, who plays many different positions on the baseball field, signed with Connors State College as a catcher. COURTESY PHOTO