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Sports in the COVID Era

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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. 

A Seamless Transition

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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...

Moving Up the Coaching Ranks

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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...

A Natural Progression

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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...

A City of Sensations

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“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...

Sooner State Sports Shrines

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The exploits of Jim Thorpe, Shannon Miller and Mickey Mantle, among the highest-profile athletes in state history, are chronicled in numerous forms. However, they are not Oklahoma’s only notable sports stars, whose stories are told at a variety of museums and halls of fame. The Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, in Oklahoma City, offers a shrine...

Cowboy Up … Again and Again

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It appears that Blake Jarwin is simply destined to remain a Cowboy. The Tuttle native first walked on at Oklahoma State University as a blocking tight end who dabbled on special teams. By his junior season, he became a starter for Mike Gundy’s Cowboys and earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference recognition. “I’ll cherish that time forever,” Jarwin says of his years...

A Racial Separation of Paths

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Once again, we’re deep into another season of baseball, and for those of us who love the sport like no other, much of its charm lies in its timelessness. It’s not just that baseball is one of the few sports with no clock, meaning that any game could theoretically go on forever (just as they sometimes seemed to do during...

Baseball and Softball Elites

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It’s a big month on diamonds in Oklahoma City as the Big 12 Conference’s softball and baseball championships unfold. May 10-11 features the softball finals at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. The baseball championships run May 22-26 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. For a full schedule for both, visit big12sports.com. The fun continues with the NCAA Women’s College World Series...

A Fine Shade of Green

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Peggs native and Locust Grove High School graduate Mason Fine, a junior at the University of North Texas, has become one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Mean Green history. Fine’s strong play has been a big reason why UNT, in its third year with Muskogee native Seth Littrell as head coach, has played in consecutive bowl games. In September,...