Written Works

I’ve listed some of my best writing samples from The Oklahoman, DieHards and OU Daily. I’ve included features, game stories and notebooks, as well as a nontraditional article.

Mayfield wins Heisman after making best decision of his life | OU Daily

NEW YORK — Baker Mayfield needed two tries as a walk-on quarterback to find a home and a third try to win college football’s most-coveted individual honor.

So, once he finally walked on stage at PlayStation Theater in snowy Times Square on Saturday, the whip-hitting, flag-planting, ultra-competitive Mayfield read an emotional acceptance speech, which he admittedly prepared last minute as he dressed for the ceremony where he’d become the 83rd winner of the Heisman Trophy. [continue reading]

Sam Bradford works way to elite level | OU Daily

Kevin Wilson understood Sam Bradford was gifted.

Bradford showed glimmers of elite potential. However, during his second-career start in a 2007 clash with the Miami Hurricanes. Oklahoma was on the Miami 10-yard line in the fourth quarter when the inexperienced quarterback faked a handoff to DeMarco Murray, looked up and saw his intended receiver Malcolm Kelly get taken out of a play the team had practiced all week.

The poised 20-year-old quarterback immediately improvised to find his fullback, Dane Zaslaw, for an easy touchdown. [continue reading]

Oklahoma State recruiting: 2 defensive linemen round out Cowboys’ next class | DieHards

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Samuela Tuihalamaka didn’t go into his Oklahoma State official visit last weekend with the intention of committing at the end of it.

A week later, the 3-star prospect is all in on the Cowboys.

“They were one of the only big schools that gave me an offer, but now all of a sudden these other schools are trying to talk to me,” Tuihalamaka told DieHards in a phone interview. “But I’m kind-of already done.

“I’m 100-percent committed to Oklahoma State.” [continue reading]

Tuttle’s Tanner Litterell searches for fourth state title | The Oklahoman

TUTTLE — Old team photos and state championship banners decorate much of Tuttle’s spacious wrestling room.

The facility boasts two regulation mats with dark red padding covering parts of the practice area. “Room of Champions” is etched in large, white block letters along the north wall, staring at Tuttle’s wrestlers every time they enter the room.

“Walking in and seeing that, it’s like, you’re ready to go,” Tuttle senior Tanner Litterell said. “It gets your blood flowing.” [continue reading]

The Collected Wisdom of Scott Van Pelt | The Oklahoman

As Scott Van Pelt carried his 4-year-old daughter through the crowd at a Maryland lacrosse match, fellow Terrapin fans greeted the SportsCenter anchor with the nickname he’s come to embrace.

“Everyone just calls you ‘SVP,’” Van Pelt’s daughter said to him.

The Brookeville, Maryland, native asked if she knew why, to which she answered, “yeah, because you’re on TV.” [continue reading]

Landon Le comes up clutch in Union City win • The Oklahoman

Union City senior Landon Le stepped to the plate with his team down a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and all he was hoping for was to drive in the tying run on third.

With a little boost from a windy afternoon at Palmer Field, Le sent a two-run shot over the right field wall to help Union City top Stonewall 5-4 in the Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Thursday. [continue reading]

Energy FC notebook: Oklahoma City spoils Lamar Batista’s homecoming | The Oklahoman

The last time Lamar Batista played at Taft Stadium, the Portland Timbers FC 2 defender was a Heritage Hall senior competing for the Class 5A boys soccer state championship on May 14, 2016.

On Wednesday, Batista sported a different jersey and played his first professional game in Oklahoma City against Energy FC, since joining the Timbers organization after playing one season at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [continue reading]