NORMAN — District football awards for Norman High and Norman North have been announced, and the list is filled with players and coaches from both schools.
In District 6A-3, Second-year coach Wade Standley earned Coach of the Year honors, while Oklahoma commit Jordan Evans was named MVP and quarterback Peyton Gavras earned the title of offensive player of the year.
Several North players were named co-winners as well. Jake Higginbotham was one of two players to split wide receiver of the year honors, while Jaxon Uhles did the same as defensive player of the year and Evan Coles was one of two to earn defensive lineman of the year honors.
Rounding out the awards for North were Beau Proctor, who was named linebacker of the year, DJ Hicks was named co-defensive back of the year and Redford Jones was one two players to be named kicker of the year.
A number of players were also named to the all-district team. Bryan Payne, Channing Meyer, Keaton Haney, D.J. Gasso, Zeke Burns, Preston Couch, Jack Davis, Lavonte Doxey, Justin Martin, and Corbin Cleveland were all named to the district team.
In District 6A-4, NHS quarterback Zach Long was named one of two players named co-offensive players of the year. Zach Uhles was named co-offensive lineman of the year, and Blake Dean was named linebacker of the year.
The players named to the all-district team were Zach Long, Imond Robinson, A’erion Hines, Zach Uhles, Blake Dean, Patrick Murray, Ayo Oyesanya, Blake Hull, Boston Lewis,Tywon James and Michael Beard.
Freshman makes impact at North: Norman North’s Marcus Dickinson produced one of the best freshman introductions in some time last week, coming up with two big games for the Timberwolves.
Dickinson was forced to wait an extra week to start the season after North’s football team’s run to the state championship pushed the season state date back a week. But he made up for time lost in games against Moore and Westmoore.
Dickinson’s debut against Moore was a spectacular game for anyone. But his 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists was especially impressive coming from a kid playing his first-ever varsity game. He scored the first eight points of the game in a big win for the Timberwolves. He followed that up with 23 points in a losing effort to Westmoore on Friday.
Dickinson, along with fellow freshmen Quan Hogan and Lindy Waters III has brought an influx of young talent to coach Butch Roberts’ T-Wolves program.
“They were impressive,” Roberts said of the newcomers. “I wasn’t surprised by what they did. I’ve seen them do it in practice.”
North, High post strong results at swim meet: Norman North and Norman High both competed in swimming duals last week, and both team did encouragingly well.
North’s girls defeated Owasso 113-42 and Broken Arrow 104-55 in the dual meet, while NHS’ girls fell 85-64 to Broken Arrow and 80-67 to Owasso. North’s boys defeated Owasso 122-44 and Broken Arrow 130-40. NHS’ boys beat Owasso 93-65 and Broken Arrow 103-65.
Both schools performed strongly in the individual events, with swimmers or relay teams from NHS or North winning 17 of the 22 events.
Thornton utilizing bench: It’s understandable that Norman High is trying to establish its identity under new coach Matt Thornton. The Tigers (3-3) are adapting to a new offensive and defensive schemes, and Thornton hasn’t been afraid to give everyone on his roster a chance to earn their spot.
Thornton has used three different starting lineups so far this year, with Boston Lewis earning his first start of the year Friday against Edmond Memorial. In all, 12 players have seen significant minutes for the Tigers.
“We have a bunch of guys on this team that can go off and have a big night,” Thornton said. “Everyone on this team can contribute something.”
Laffoon commits to ORU: North senior Trent Laffoon committed last week to play for Oral Roberts University.
Laffoon, a defender on the defending soccer state champion Timberwolves, will join the Golden Eagles next year playing the same position and try to help turn the program around. ORU finished 9-12-1 last year and 5-13-1 this season.
NHS announces team awards: District 6A-4 awards have been announced, but Norman High’s football coaches have also handed out their internal team awards.
Quarterback Zach Long, who led the Tigers’ triple option attack that keyed them to a 9-3 record this year, was named team MVP. Zach Uhles and Imond Robinson split offensive player of the year honors, and Blake Dean was named the defensive player of the year. Kicker Matt Hockett earned special teams player of the year honors.
Basketball games rescheduled: North has announced the date of its rescheduled games with Del City. The contests were suppose to take place two weeks ago, but the football team’s run to the state title game caused them to be delayed.
The varsity games, originally scheduled for Dec. 4, will be played on Monday, Jan. 14 at North. The games will supersede the Clash sophomore game that was scheduled on that date. That game has not yet been rescheduled.
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