The Norman Transcript

Sports

January 17, 2013

North newcomer Rutledge lauded for paint presence

NORMAN — The two most prominent new faces for Norman North this season have been freshmen guards Lindy Waters and Marcus Dickinson, who have earned starting roles on the team in just their first season.

But the freshmen aren’t the only new starters for the T-Wolves. Junior Kairo Rutledge moved into North this year and has come on strong for North in the last few weeks.

With the departure of Quan Hogan from the starting lineup, Rutledge has earned the lion’s share of those minutes. The 6-7 center has dealt with some lingering knee injuries that are still bothering him, but he’s given the Timberwolves something that was at times missing from the lineup — an inside post presence.

“Kairo’s coming along little by little,” coach Butch Roberts said. “He’s become a much better practice player and that was something he recognized he had to do to get more minutes.”

Besides the injury troubles, the biggest problem Rutledge has is that the gameplan at times dictates how much he sees the floor. North, a team filled with quick and athletic guards, has had to play without Rutledge when the T-Wolves are forced to get into a press and running offense.

“There are situations where we can’t take advantage of his size advantage because we’re down and have to chase them around,” Roberts said. “But he’s been a very effective low-post scorer for us when we are able to use him.”

Ely to try return Friday: Norman High’s leading scorer Taylor Ely has been out the two weeks with a badly sprained ankle, and the Tigers have clearly missed her during that stretch. The good news for both is that Ely is set to try and return for Friday’s 6:15 p.m. game at Moore.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • APTOPIX British Open Golf Rory McIlroy wins British Open for third major title

    HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson....

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kristoff wins Tour stage; Nibali keeps yellow jersey

    NIMES, France — Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming — their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way....

    July 21, 2014

  • Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough non-conference

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Tour leader Nibali says he’s ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    CARCASSONNE, France — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague....

    July 22, 2014

  • Commish forecasts end of college sports as we know them

    You really have to read everything Bob Bowlsby said Monday, because kicking off Big 12 Football Media Days, all the conference commissioner did was not only predict the end of college sports as we know them, but explain with fairly ...

    July 22, 2014

  • McIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever

    HOYLAKE, England — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug....

    July 22, 2014

  • Petrino ushers Louisville into ACC

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference....

    July 22, 2014

  • Bowlsby:Changes come with a price

    DALLAS — Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke in a reserved tone Monday. But what he said to begin the Big 12 Football Media Days news conference painted a bleak future for college athletics....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart still riding high

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing. Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Witness: Sterling must sell to pay debts

    LOS ANGELES — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell ...

    July 22, 2014

Facebook