Skordle, OSN joining together this football season
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 8/10/2018 11:30:59 AM
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Class 4A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:16:01 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs4A-1: Heritage Hall - Everyone should have seen it coming from the start. Heritage Hall took down John Marshall -- who went on to win the Class 3A title -- in the first week of the season, and the ...
Class 3A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:14:49 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs3A-1: Oklahoma Christian School - Kingfisher gave OCS a run for its money in district play, but the Saints marched to a 28-22 victory against the Yellowjackets to close out the regular season. In the pla...
Class 2A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:13:39 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champs2A-1: Chisholm - The Longhorns were golden when they weren't facing Washington in 2017. Luckily for them, Washington was in a different district, so Chisholm made an unbeaten 6-0 run through A-1 las...
Class A preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 7/6/2018 1:11:09 AM
Look back at 20172017 district champsA-1: Thomas - The Terriers hit the half-century mark in district titles with an unbeaten run against A-1 foes. A 20-0 win over Hooker set the stage for a district crown, and that was part of the Ter...
SKORDLE SHOWDOWN: Norman North hosting top teams in 7-on-7 action
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/22/2018 2:54:03 PM
Justin Jones has been on the job a little more than two months at Norman North. Needless to say, he's still getting acclimated to his surroundings.And that includes his new players.That makes opportunities like Saturday even more im...
SKORDLE SHOWDOWN: Top tier talent will meet in Bixby
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/20/2018 11:52:20 AM
Even as it evolves, 7-on-7 football continues to have its detractors.But don’t count Loren Montgomery among them.“I think it’s extremely important,” said Bixby’s head coach. “Some don’tlike it and call it basketball on grass, but it gives t...
Broadbent tabbed to lead Leedey girls
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 6/15/2018 8:54:28 PM
He’s not returning home - or even that close - but Luke Broadbent’s next coaching stop will certainly feel that way.Broadbent last Tuesday was approved as the next girls’ basketball coach at Leedey.Carpenter succeeds Lance Carpenter, who ha...
Garber lures Lamle away from Shattuck
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 6/8/2018 1:36:08 PM
The allure of being closer to home is real and that helped Will Jones land the coach he thinks will get Garber football and baseball back on the map.Garber’s board of education Friday afternoon unanimously approved Blake Lamle as the school...
OSSAA June meeting roundup: Holland Hall gains full OSSAA membership
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/8/2018 9:06:03 AM
Holland Hall is officially official now.The Dutch, after joining the OSSAA ranks following a departure from the Southwest Preparatory Conference, had to go through a two-year provisional period before the Oklahoma Secondary School Activitie...
Walden named Red Oak boys basketball coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/6/2018 10:31:11 AM
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Chicago Cubs draft Broken Arrow's Kohl Franklin
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 6/5/2018 11:19:50 PM
Baseball scouts didn’t many chances to see Kohl Franklin in 2018. The Broken Arrow senor was nursing a fractured foot while his Tiger teammates were making a run to the Class 6A state tournament.But was he worried about his name being c...
Skordle Showdown: State's best 7-on-7 coming soon
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/30/2018 2:49:46 PM
Work don’t stop.Beast don’t rest.Football is life.Swisher reigns supreme.Three of those slogans will be on full display the fourth weekend in June when the Skordle Showdown lands on both sides of the state, bringing you the biggest and best...
Union rallies for 6A crown
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/16/2018 10:05:12 AM
6A: Union rallies late, walks it off for state title TULSA — Zack Doak’s stuff wasn’t working against Westmoore. Yet, the Union senior ended up with gold in his hands following Union’s 3-2 dramatic victory in the Cl...
Who picked it best?
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/14/2018 9:27:04 AM
If you’re a loyal Skordle reader, you know Ben Johnson and myself recently made our picks for the winners of the state slowpitch softball and large-school baseball tournaments.How’d we do?Well, with some picks, we looked like geniuses (Ft. ...
Skordle Staff State Baseball Tournament Predictions
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 5/10/2018 8:29:43 AM
Ben Johnson and Michael Swisher are back at it again as they've put together their predictions for this weekend's large-school state baseball tournaments, which begin Thursday.For the record, Swisher picked Leedey to win Class B and Roff to...
Assistant Keith Riggs to take over at Jenks
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/4/2018 4:06:01 PM
Jenks has found Allan Trimble’s heir apparent. On Friday afternoon, Jenks football’s Twitter account announced that the school district had selected Keith Riggs as the new head football coach.“Excited to announce that Asst. HC &am...
Girls Golf: State Tourney Preview
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/1/2018 9:48:06 PM
State golf tournaments will begin Wednesday across the state, from Bartlesville to Norman. The best girls golfers in the state will play a two-day, 36-hole tournament at each site.The forecast should allow for no problems on Wednesday, but ...
Skordle's State Slowpitch Softball Selections
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 5/1/2018 9:57:17 AM
The oversized staff at Skordle put some exhaustive research into this year's slowpitch softball state tournament, which take place Tuesday and Wednesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.Take these picks to the bank because THEY ARE MONEY:SWISHER...
New High School Athletics Classification
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/30/2018 8:24:21 PM
A new classification in Oklahoma high school athletics is on the docket on Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City this week.An amendment to a Senate bill, SB1599, is proposing that “district alignments, tournaments or contests in which the largest c...
Shidler beats Dover twice in same game after OSSAA calls for resumption of contest
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 4/27/2018 5:01:43 PM
Dover’s baseball season ended Friday afternoon when Dylan Walker struck out to end a 5-2 defeat to Shidler in a Class B regional consolation game in Drummond.It ended the same way thousands and thousands of games before it had ended…only it...
Eric Smith to take over Dale girls program
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 4/27/2018 7:22:07 AM
One of the top names in Oklahoma high school girls basketball coaching circles is heading to one of the state’s most tradition-rich programs.Eric Smith has accepted the girls basketball position at Dale. He made the decision earlier this we...
Duncan tabs Cobble as new head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/26/2018 4:47:55 PM
DUNCAN — J.T. Cobble is the new head football coach at Duncan High School, after the school board approved the hire at Thursday night's special meeting.Cobble takes over for Craig Benson, who was at the helm for Duncan the past four seasons...
Victory Christian 'Dubs' Maddox as next coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/23/2018 1:48:40 PM
TULSA — Cross Dub Maddox’s name off the list of potential replacements for Allan Trimble at Jenks. On Monday, Victory Christian named Maddox as its new head coach, replacing Ron Smith who stepped down in late March.The school confirmed...
Boone twins commit to Oklahoma State
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/17/2018 8:16:17 PM
Joey and Stephen Graham had cornered the market on basketball-playing twins at Oklahoma State. That was until this week.On Monday, Memorial’s Kalib and Keylan Boone announced their verbal commitments to Oklahoma State, h...
Justin Jones to be named North North’s head coach
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/17/2018 8:38:24 AM
Norman North is slated to name Justin Jones as the Timberwolves’ new head football coach at Monday night’s board meeting, several sources have indicated.The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh first reported Norman North’s intention to hire Jones on Mo...
Former assistants, players reflect on time with Trimble
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/14/2018 2:03:13 PM
Loren Montgomery wanted to coach, but he didn’t have anyone to turn to. His playing days at Northeastern State had expired, and he found himself buried at the bottom of any kind of coaching hierarchy.Enter, Allan Trimble.“He gave me my...
Okmulgee coach Carl Lee passes away
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/13/2018 9:56:08 AM
OKMULGEE — Carl Lee, who had returned to his alma mater as head football coach, died on Thursday. He was 35.The 35-year old head coach at Okmulgee High School was diagnosed with kidney cancer during the most recent football season, and he r...
Trimble makes retirement official
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/12/2018 3:47:36 PM
JENKS — Allan Trimble has acquired plenty of hardware throughout his coaching career. But he’ll treasure the sentimental items more as he ventures into retirement, which for him begins June 30.“It’s not the trophies,” Trimble said when aske...
Jenks' Trimble officially announces retirement
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/12/2018 2:47:25 PM
JENKS — Allan Trimble has acquired plenty of hardware throughout his coaching career. But he’ll treasure the sentimental items more as he ventures into retirement, which for him begins June 30.“It’s not the trophies,” Trimble...
Thoughts on Allan Trimble Retiring
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 4/11/2018 10:28:13 AM
Right off the top, I should apologize to Allan Trimble. Broken Arrow upended Jenks 24-23 in 2002, and I was one of the first spectators on the field at Hunter Dwelley Stadium to celebrate the Tigers’ victory. It shouldn’t come as a surpr...
Ron Smith steps down at Victory Christian
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/26/2018 1:31:33 PM
TULSA — Ron Smith’s return to coaching was a successful one. After initially retiring after stepping down at Bartlesville, Smith returned to coaching at Victory Christian in 2015, and the Conquerors never missed a beat.Smith, though, has st...
Eli Hale Wins National Title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/22/2018 2:38:56 PM
Leaving Oklahoma State to transfer to Central Oklahoma wasn’t easy for him. But Eli Hale made the move with one thing in mind: being a national champion.He accomplished exactly that when he dominated Upper Iowa’s Maleek Williams in the Divi...
Owasso goes from second to champion after taking down PC West
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/17/2018 8:26:42 AM
TULSA — Putnam City West’s Ce’Nara Skanes game-tying shot was off the mark, and the celebration was one for Class 6A No. 3 Owasso.Two years after losing to Midwest City in the championship game, Owasso seniors, Terryn Milton, Mya Bhinhar an...
PC North knocks off Edmond Santa Fe for first basketball title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/17/2018 8:24:04 AM
TULSA — The first one never comes easy. Putnam City North now knows that.After being ranked atop Class 6A to start the season and then finishing the regular season ranked third, PC North captured its first championship in the program’s hist...
Booker T. Washington rallies late, knocks off Pryor in overtime for 5A supremacy
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/16/2018 5:18:42 PM
TULSA — Pryor’s first championship since 2003 was right there for the taking. Yet, it was Class 5A No. 3 Booker T. Washington that exited the Mabee Center for the gold ball, beating Pryor 56-49 in overtime on Saturday.Pryor led the Hornets ...
Chargers take down Booker T. Washington for second straight championship
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/16/2018 5:14:24 PM
TULSA — James Alexandre’s stat line shows zero assists in the Class 5A state championship. That’s not exactly trueThe junior guard was handing out celebratory Skittles after 5A No. 1 Memorial wrapped up second straight state championship wi...
New coach, same old championship-winning Fort Gibson
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/15/2018 4:02:09 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Win championships — that’s what the Glover family does. On Saturday at State FairArena, Kayci Glover joined the long lineage of title winners in her family when Class 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson hauled in its fourth championship in...
Chargers thwart Kingfisher's repeat bid, win program's second gold ball
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/15/2018 3:57:33 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Heritage Hall had not forgotten. Ever since Kingfisher dispatched of the Chargers in last year’s area tournament, Heritage Hall had wanted to repay the favor.It just so happened that Class 4A No. 4 Heritage Hall got its reve...
Tahlequah Sequoyah rallies late for 2nd straight title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 7:14:40 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Larry Callison went to bed Friday night terrified. The sleep that he did get was filled with horrifying visions of Kingston in Saturday night’s Class 3A championship game.“They scared me to death when I saw them play the way...
Smith, Star Spencer overcome Kingston in OT for 9th state title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 7:11:48 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Latarryus Smith got hot, and he quickly remembered instructions from Star Spencer coach Lance Cudjoe.“My coach always tells me, ‘if they don’t have a hand in your face, shoot the ball,’” Smith said. “So I kept shooting the b...
Christian Heritage finishes off perfect season for 2nd straight title
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 3:13:23 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Christian Heritage decided it had to tighten the screws on defense in the second half. It did, and sure enough, the results were golden — again.The Class 2A No. 1 Crusaders allowed only six Cashion field goals in the second ...
Golden town: Wright City locks up school's first championship of any kind
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/12/2018 3:05:26 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Right or wrong, perhaps Wright City was best known for intervening and delaying the 2013 state baseball tournament in the state courts system.No more.Now the Class 2A No.1 Lumberjax can be known for being state champions fol...
Oologah football coaching hire
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/11/2018 8:50:14 PM
OOLOGAH — Chase Kime is set to become Oologah’s next head football coach, according to multiple sources this weekend. The decision could be finalized as soon as Monday with Oologah’s school board set to meet at 6 p.m.Under “action items to ...
Booker T Washington Advances to State
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/10/2018 7:30:50 AM
Booker T. Washington 56, Coweta 42TULSA -- Booker T. Washington coach Rabu Leyva kept sending waves of players at Coweta, and the Tigers were powerless to hold on to the basketball. The Hornets forced 31 Coweta turnovers and rolled to a 56-...
Kirckhart steps down
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/8/2018 6:47:39 PM
Chad Kirkhart has stepped down as head football coach at Hilldale High School. Kirkhart confirmed the move on Thursday afternoon.He steps down after compiling a 74-23 record in eight seasons. The Hornets picked up district titles on Kirkhar...
HS football coaches on the move
by Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTUL) 3/7/2018 4:50:50 PM
Davis High School, in an effort to fill the vacancy left by long-time football coach Jody Weber, tabled the hiring of a head football coach on Tuesday night at a special board of education meeting. Weber stepped down in January after leadin...
It's Playoff Time!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 2/12/2018 3:48:36 PM
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It's January. Let's Get Married.
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 1/3/2018 1:27:10 PM
It’s January, which means if you blink, basketball season will be over.Sure, the calendar says there are two more months, but look more closely.This, of course, is the first of two big tournament weekends in the month.Next week we will catc...
SWEET HOME...
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/25/2017 3:02:14 PM
Had to take a week off from the Suite last week as I had to play catch-up after a return trip to Alabama the week before.My stepfather passed away in July and we returned to his hometown for a memorial service.He was the reason I moved to A...
WE WERE ON A BREAK!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/12/2017 8:57:03 AM
WE WERE ON A BREAK!In case you missed it, the OSSAA has a series of area meetings planned all across the state this month with an eight-item agenda.Perhaps the most interesting that will be discussed is implementing a "dead period" for summ...
We're Going Streaking!
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 10/4/2017 6:53:33 PM
We're going streaking...Wagoner is going to break the state's 11-man win streak this week when it hosts McLain on Friday night.A likely win will give Dale Condict's program its 43rd straight victory since losing to Cascia Hall on Oct. 3, 20...
See...I Told You So
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/27/2017 2:46:13 PM
See, I told you so...Last week I made of list of teams and laid out why most of them were looking forward to getting into district action for this football season.For the most part, it held true:Jenks beat Norman 58-7. No surprise here.Brok...
District Play Can't Get Here Soon Enough
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/21/2017 2:43:03 PM
District play can't get here soon enoughIt's not uncommon for teams to cut their teeth on a brutal schedule to start their seasons.Good teams will enter district play with multiple blemishes, but battle-tested. It serves them well in the "s...
And the Answer Is...
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/13/2017 3:29:02 PM
And the answer is....I posed the question last week and my research staff soon had an answer.When was the last time the Jenks football program lost four games in a row?It was a realistic chance of it happening entering last week's Backyard ...
Barry Said It Would Happen
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 9/6/2017 2:46:04 PM
As I said in last week's column, "Swisher's Suite" has made its return. If you're a former reader of CoachesAid, you probably have an idea of what I'm talking about. If you're under 21, you probably just googled "CoachesAid" to figure out w...
Swisher's Suite is Back
by Michael Swisher (@michaelswisher) 8/30/2017 9:13:00 PM
Same name, different site (and app). Swisher's Suite was first featured on CoachesAid.com and even on the pages of the Kingfisher Times and Free Press. But like a bad reputation, the name of my column follows me everywhere. I hope you enjoy...



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