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Checkmate!

Chess has been a popular game of strategy for over 500 years. But with the release of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, this activity has had it’s second coming for younger generations. Chess enthusiasts are seeing a surge in online games, and while clubs are currently taking a time-out from in-person meet-ups, they’re seeing the potential for more growth when...

A Community of Acceptance and Support

With parks dedicated to skateboarding popping up across Oklahoma, this sport is slowly moving into the mainstream.  The community that skaters have created is one of acceptance and support. There is typically an anticipation of perceived intimidation before a skater tries a park for the first time, says Jake Shelton, owner of Core Board Shop in Oklahoma City. But that...

A Great Escape

Martial arts training is defined as codified systems and traditions of combat, practiced for a number of reasons, such as self-defense. Training requires frequent and close contact.  But in this era of COVID-19 protocols, with some people isolating and independently training, martial arts training has given an opportunity for academy operators to focus on presenting a regime that is mentally...

Adjusting to Big Changes

Thanks to COVID-19, every sector of society has been upended. But for Locust Grove native Jason Pirtle, a tight end at North Texas, 2020 has been even weirder. That’s because for the first time he can remember, he’s not catching passes from longtime friend and now-former teammate Mason Fine, who left UNT holding many of the school’s career passing marks...

More than Football

Dan Bitson is one proud Tulsan. A three-sport athlete (basketball, football and track) at Booker T. Washington High School, the talented wide receiver then played for the University of Tulsa between 1987 and 1991. In 1989, he sustained serious injuries in a car accident, but returned to the field and finished his collegiate career as the Golden Hurricane’s No. 2...

Sports in the COVID Era

By Stephen Hunt and Mary Willa Allen The Life of a Student Athlete Collegiate student athletes are creatures of habit, with lives featuring rigid in-season schedules on top of classes, meetings, study halls, practices and games.  However, when COVID-19 struck in mid-March, seasons were canceled, immediately sending collegiate athletes into a state of flux.  “That’s been weird for sure,” says Dylan Gardner, a...

A Seamless Transition

Some might call Zach Loyd’s professional soccer career short, since the Tulsa native spent only eight seasons in the Major League Soccer before retiring in 2017. The Verdigris High School product – who was the fifth pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft – played seven of those seasons with FC Dallas before finishing with Atlanta United SC, where he...

Moving Up the Coaching Ranks

Time spent in Oklahoma as a collegiate basketball player and a minor league assistant coach has helped Tyrone Ellis work his way into the head job of the Stockton (California) Kings of the NBA G-League. The Dallas native, 42, competed at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, graduated in 2001 and embarked on an 11-year career that spanned the United States...

A Natural Progression

Ethan Chargois admits that his first two seasons playing basketball at Southern Methodist University flew by. Taking those experiences and learning opportunities to heart, he has become a leader for the Mustangs. As a freshman, the Tulsa Union product averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds; last season, as a starter in 31 of 32 games, he averaged 12.4 points, 6.2...

A City of Sensations

“Chicagoans love their city” is a pervasive impression one gets when visiting America’s third-largest burg. Throngs of people enjoy, celebrate and participate in their energetic metropolis. Walkable highlights include downtown amid the skyscrapers, the streets beside and over the Chicago River, and nearby Lake Michigan, which creates a massive backdrop for the city. Chicagoans create a “happy hour” that lasts...