Area players, coaches in All State games
TULSA — Many of the state’s best recently-graduated high school athletes are being showcased here this week in the Oklahoma All State Games.
The All State Games feature competitions in baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf, tennis, swimming and volleyball.
Week-long events culminate Friday night with the All State Football Game. which run Monday through Friday at various Tulsa-area locations.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Coaches Association, the All State Game competitions are held each summer during the OCA’s annual convention. Coaching clinics began Sunday prior to the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet that evening.
This year’s 13-member class of HOF coaches included Mickey Ripley, a former Bartlesville High School football coach and athletic director. Before embarking on his long coaching career, Ripley — who was a prep star from Perry — had been a starting quarterback for the OU Sooners.
Other coaches named to the 2015 Hall of Fame Class included: current Jenks’ football coach Allen Trimble and basketball coach Clyde Barkley of Inola, as well as Jim Burton of OKC Bishop McGuinness, Ada’s Donald Lee Byrd, Dan Cocannouer from Edmond Santa Fe, Larry Derrick of Woodward, Mark Little from Putnam West, Warner’s Chris McMullen, Paul Meuser of Tuttle; Ty Prestidge from Choctaw, Jeff Wardlaw of Okeene and Duncan’s Burl White.
Sunday’s ceremony officially ended the year-long term as OCA president of Bob Craig, the recently-departed football coach/athletic director of the Pawhuska Huskies. Craig, a 35-year association member, resigned the local positions last spring due to family-related issues.
In Wednesday night’s All State Wrestling matches, Barnsdall wrestling coach Shawn Wilson — a former state champion wrestler for the PHS Huskies — will be in charge of the Small East team that will take on a Small West squad at Sapulpa High School.
Other Osage County All State Games’ selections included: Carson Cook of the Class B Shidler Tigers, who was named to the Small School East team in Tuesday’s All State Baseball games, and Woodland’s Raylee Conner, who was named to the Small School East basketball team for Wednesday night’s matchup.
Pre-game festivities for Friday’s All State Football Game begin at 6:15 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Union High School’s Tuttle Stadium. This will be the 68th year that the OCA has hosted the contest.
Defensive lineman Shaun Sykes of Hominy and Nowata’s Bryce Bell and Seth Glasscock are expected to be on the field for the East All State football squad.
The remaining schedule for the 2015 All State Games includes:
Wednesday — Wrestling at Sapulpa High School from 7-9 p.m.; Girls Basketball at ORU’s Mabee Center, with Small School Game from 7-8 p.m. and Large School Game from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Boys’s Basketball at ORU’s Mabee Center, with Small School Game from 7-8 p.m. and Large School Game from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Kick off will be at 7 p.m. for Friday’s All State Football Game, which is to be played at Union Tuttle Stadium in southeast Tulsa.