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 By Jenni Carlson    Local    May 10, 2020

Pane of separation

(Editor's Note: Troy O'Hair is best known by many Alvans from his role as principal at Alva Junior High School. This story first appeared in the Oklahoman and is reprinted by permission.) EDMOND, Okla...


Meet the man rebuilding fields in Oklahoma City schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tommy Noble hates sitting still. He's a construction man who regularly wakes at 5 a.m. and heads to a site, hops on a tractor and gets dirty. But as much as he prefers busy days to lazy ones, this summer has tested him. "It's... Full story


Capitol Hill hires veteran football coach Dan Cocannouer as athletic director

Former Alva High School football coach Dan Cocannouer has been retired about six months and he already knows it doesn’t work for him. So, the longtime football coach is making a comeback to the high school level, this time as the athletic...


Astros manager's sister inspires success

DEL CITY, Okla. (AP) — Angie Wages occasionally tells her students the story about her brother's first baseball team. Their family had just moved from Iowa to Oklahoma, and her brother wanted to play for a certain third-grade team. He'd never...


Oklahoma girl with cerebral palsy finds passion in cheer

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) — The fight song starts up, and so do a couple dozen girls in the blue and gold of Kingfisher High. Arms extend. Hands clap. Legs kick. Bodies spin. Cora Beth Taylor knows every move by heart, but she only does some. The...


Oklahoma boys use raggedy field for baseball dreams

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Wearing a fluorescent orange shirt that rivaled the vibrancy of the pink cast on his left arm, Kaden Twyman marched to the plate with a bat held only in his right hand. After watching a couple pitches and missing a couple...

 By Jenni Carlson    Regional    May 7, 2017

Family has special reason for running memorial marathon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Keri Young locked eyes with her husband as they stood amid the starting line chaos of the kids' marathon with their 2-year-old. "I'm probably going to cry through the whole thing," she said. He nodded knowingly. "I haven't...


Football players who broke color barrier talk about past

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The black-and-white photo of Dick Soergel popped onto the screen, a football raised above his blond head of hair, a pose struck for the high school yearbook six decades ago. He chuckled at the image. So did Russell Perry. "Oh,...


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