Vista Prep Eagles finish season 14-2

first_imgThe Vista Prep Eagles seventh grade boys basketball team just concluded one of its more successful seasons in recent years, finishing 14-2 on the campaign. The Eagles defeated teams from Chico, Paradise, Corning and Cottonwood. Their season finale in Paradise was a 46-45 late-game thriller on Feb. 28. In addition, the boys won the Maywood Tournament in January, one of the highlights of the season. Another great moment was Royce Vaught hitting two free throws with 0.4 seconds left in a win …last_img

Catcher chaos nets Giants minor league pitcher, Bart to open in San Jose

first_imgSAN DIEGO–Tom Murphy didn’t have much of a chance to crack the Giants’ Opening Day roster.Barring an injury or surprise decision to keep three catchers on the team, Murphy was destined to hit the waiver wire shortly after the Giants found him there on Monday.The Giants announced Tuesday that Murphy would not make the club, but a tenure in San Francisco that lasted fewer than 48 hours was not completely insignificant. After acquiring Murphy for free, the Giants announced Friday that he was …last_img

Long, complex process leads Giants to a big gamble: Gabe Kapler

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In the technologically-advanced, analytically-driven world of baseball, decisions are rarely, if ever, made without a thorough review of data.If the Giants polled their fan base on the idea of hiring former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler to replace Bruce Bochy, the numbers would have been overwhelming.There’s no conceivable way the data would suggest the organization should hire Kapler, whose mediocre record as Philadelphia’s manager mattered far less to most fans than his …last_img

Kickoff Time for Kansas State Game Announced in Afternoon Window

first_imgKiss the 11:00am kickoff slot goodbye for a week. The Big 12 conference released kickoff times and the television schedule for week 10 next weekend, and Oklahoma State-Kansas State is in a 2:30 or 6:00 window that will either be picked up by ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2.#Big12FB: Kickoff times and television designations for week 10 action announced. pic.twitter.com/Yd6pxeGXtv— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 24, 2016It’s probably best to not be an 11:00am kick, but considering OSU will travel to the Little Apple, where the fighting Snydercats are a tough oust at home, the Cowboys will have a tough challenge ahead of them. The television and kickoff time will be announced after this upcoming weekend’s slate of games, and could depend on the results of whether OSU can take down No. 10 West Virginia for homecoming on Saturday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State QB Pledge Spencer Sanders Leads Denton Ryan to District Title

first_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Denton Ryan Raiders secured their second consecutive unbeaton regular season this past weekend, with a 38-14 win over the Wichita Falls Riders on Friday night. The win boosted the Raiders to a perfect 10-0 record on the season as they captured the District 5-5A title.Oklahoma State quarterback commit Spencer Sanders lead the way on the night on offense, throwing for 296 yards and accounting for four touchdowns. As a team, Ryan earned nearly 500 yards and jumped out to a commanding 38-0 lead.Sanders showed off a few tools in the arsenal that has earned him a four-star ranking from 247sports, and one of the top dual-threat quarterback recruits in the country. When he has time in the pocket and a chance to step into the throw, he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks throwing down the field. He’s perfected the run-pass-option offense for Ryan, something that OSU will almost certainly be able to utilize him in during his time in Stillwater.And he’s a heck of a competitor who isn’t afraid to pull it down and call his own number, as you can see around the 4:00 minute mark where he tucks it to run from about 35 yards out:Here’a a recap of Sanders’ scores from the game (via Sportsday Dallas):54-yard TD pass24-yard TD pass32-yard TD pass33-yard TD runRyan will travel to Fort Worth Brewer at 7 p.m. Thursday for its first-round game. The Spencer Sanders Raider team has not lost a regular season football game dating back to Nov. 7, 2014, per the Denton Ryan Chronicle. Sanders is currently the only player committed to Oklahoma State in their 2018 recruiting class.last_img read more

Poll: Which Player Do You Most Enjoy Watching?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With basketball and football colliding this time of year, I thought it would be fun to get a poll question in about which player you enjoy most.I tried to include players who have the spotlight similarly. That is, it would be unfair to include Mason Rudolph or Jeffrey Carroll or Victor Salako because they get a wide variety of attention whereas I think these four get about the same amount across the boards.Today’s poll: Which player do you most enjoy watching?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 22, 2016Commentary and my opinion coming tomorrow.last_img read more

Jordan Sterns is Oklahoma State’s Most Irreplaceable Senior

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns is a hard hitter. He has been since he got to Stillwater. An attribute that his head coach will miss about the senior safety.“I think his demeanor, his willingness to strike the other team” Gundy said. “It goes against human nature to want to collide with another human body, and I don’t think he gives a second thought about it. He brings a toughness to our program, and especially our defense.”Sterns has led the team in tackles each of the last three years and is just four stops away from his third straight triple-digit season. That didn’t look a realistic feat three weeks ago. That was until Sterns churned out a 19-tackle performance in Norman, tying an OSU single-game record.Junior defensive back Ramon Richards, like many members of the Cowboy defense, will be losing a leader.“Jordan has had more impact on me than anybody since I’ve been here at Oklahoma State,” said Richards, “He’s been a guy who’s led by example. He doesn’t talk the most, but when he does talk, it’s very impactful. If he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He’s just a great leader.”Glenn Spencer’s has had Sterns in his lineup his entire tenure as defensive coordinator.“He comes in every day, he’s just a ballplayer,” Spencer said. “He’s always wanted to be good, always has brought an intensity to our room that you’ve got to have. I wish there was a lot more like him.”Now Sterns heads to San Antonio (the area where he grew up) to finish out his Cowboy career.Hopefully on a good note.last_img read more

Porter: My 5 Questions for Fall Camp

first_imgOver the next few weeks our writers will present to you five questions they personally have about Oklahoma State’s 2017 fall camp this year. There will probably be a bit of crossover, but we all have different aspects of this team that intrigue us so we’ll run the gamut as we hurtle toward the most anticipated lead-in to a college football season since 2011.First up, me!1. Who Plays Corner?This is probably the No. 1 storyline going into fall camp. With Darius Curry and Ramon Richards out at CB, are Adrian Baker and A.J. Green the guys? Or does Rodarius Williams get himself in the mix? Does Lamarcus Morton get a little run? Does Jacob Lacey have any eligibility left?AdChoices广告Mike Gundy has been insistent on his confidence in the defense, but I’m fascinated to see what the depth chart at CB looks like come August 31.2. How Much Buzz Does Patrick Macon Get?I had one person who knows things recently tell me that Macon is “a badass,” and I believe it. You don’t total 130 tackles in any league if you don’t have at least a little badass to you. I asked Chad Whitener about Macon during Media Days last week, and he said he had a pretty steep learning curve in the spring. But I think he’s going to be a righteous addition to a group that already includes some studs (like Calvin Bundage).3. Can Keondre Wudtee Overtake Taylor Cornelius?I suspect Cornball will get the nod as Mason Rudolph’s go-to guy in 50-point blowouts, but Gundy talked up Wudtee at Media Days. He said he’s smart and even though he didn’t play as well as he would have liked in the spring game, that wasn’t 100 percent his fault. This one should be pretty tight for the first few weeks before we get separating at the end.(hopefully none of it matters anyway).4. Is Justice Hill 100 percent?This has sort of flown under the radar, and I suppose there is no reason to presume otherwise, but after an offseason shoulder surgery, I’d like to hear that No. 5 is ready to rock against TU. We may or may not get that info during fall camp, but I do know the question will be asked of Gundy.5. What Does the OL Depth Chart Look Like?This is more for my own sake than anything. We’ve been like Stevie Wonder with a Rubik’s Cube in trying to decipher the offensive line depth chart. We know the starters — Aaron Cochran, Marcus Keyes, Brad Lundblade, Larry Williams and Zach Crabtree — but who will emerge to fill out the rest of the chart?Arlington Hambright could get playing time as a JUCO transfer, and there is a whole host of backups readying themselves to play in this fast-paced offense. This is not a point of dismay — there aren’t many of those — for OSU this fall, but I’m certainly intrigued to see how it shakes out.(you know you’re setting yourself up for a good season if backup OL is one of your biggest questions going into August). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Boone: What I Love (and Hate) About OSU Headed into 2017

first_imgSunday marked day one of the start of fall camp for OSU, so before we get into the weeds of who will start at right guard and which wide receiver will benefit least from OSU’s 40-deep talent group, let’s take a step back from a higher level and discuss some things that I feel are the most (and least) pressing for OSU to address before the season.Similar to our five things series where we all talked about the five main storylines we’re interested in following, I’ll outline the things I love and hate about this team and define some of the biggest question marks as camp kicks off this week.Love: The Mike Gundy swaggerYou know that feeling when you’ve got the slickest lawn mower on the block and you try to play it cool when you’re cutting the grass but you totally know everyone is envying your ride because it has a 60-inch deck and two cupholders? That’s kind of how I imagine Mike Gundy right now with his team. He’s certainly got some team issues to shore up – namely cornerback, backup running back and backup quarterback – but he remains the most confident coach in the country. He’s got a senior quarterback, an All-American tailback, and the deepest receiving corps this side of the Mississippi. Why wouldn’t he flaunt his mullet around like his butch wax don’t stink?AdChoices广告Hate: Confidence in OSU’s young cornerbacks versus actual experienceDespite moving both Darius Curry and Ramon Richards to safety, Glenn Spencer remains confident – almost too confident – in the players he’s likely to roll out on the first snap of the season.Don’t get me wrong: I love that a coach is confident in his players. But considering that OSU is likely to start a transfer (Adrian Baker) and a guy with little to no experience at corner at this level (Madre Harper, Rodarius Williams or A.J. Green), I’m curious to see if this is real confidence or coach-speak. Going against the best receiving corps in the country on a daily basis in practice can’t hurt.Love: Depth at linebackerHeck, I like the entire front line — from defensive end, to defensive tackle, to linebacker, I think OSU is firm. Linebacker is what I love because I totally trust where they’re at and the personnel expected to contribute.With Chad Whitener holding things down in the middle, I think the bunch has plenty room to grow around him. I think junior college transfer Patrick Macon makes an impact at middle linebacker. I think Calvin Bundage takes a step forward at star linebacker. And I love Kenneth Edison-McGruder’s move from safety to linebacker. He’s a big hitter and I think he’ll make a Josh Furman-esque impact as a pass rusher.Add in Gyasi Akem, Kirk Tucker, Justin Phillips (who should start), and Kevin Henry, and you’ve got one of the deepest position groups from top to bottom on the team. This group is equipped to go eight deep. The boys are back. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OjDqmbjEvd— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 31, 2017Hate: Uncertainty behind Justice HillLook, we all know Justice Hill is the dude. But we also know that behind him is a bunch of unproven talent — Chuba Hubbard, J.D. King, LD Brown — who haven’t contributed at the Division I level.Yes, Jeff Carr is in the mix. But beyond him and Hill, there are three completely inexperienced players who will be heavily relied on in 2017.Are we comfortable with Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King — two true freshmen — toting the rock a combined 15 to 20 times per game? Because at this point, I think that might be where we’re headed. Regardless of the buzz surrounding their recruitment and their talent that had plenty of other schools clamoring to land them as recruits, that’s a lot of trust in two 18-year-olds. Especially for a team that has CFP playoff aspirations. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img Love: OSU’s graduate transfer additionsWhere would OSU be had it not added Cal left tackle Aaron Cochran or Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker? Those are questions that might have Gundy itching his mullet for days.Seriously, OSU’s two biggest concerns for 2017 were replacing Victor Salako at left tackle, and replacing Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins at corner. With Cochran and Baker, OSU now has two experienced players who I think will start for the Cowboys from day one. And the best part: Cochran has proven he’s willing to work to earn his stripes.“He is a really big, good-looking athlete,” Mike Gundy said of the 6-foot-8 big man earlier this week. “What I’ve been most impressed with about Aaron is – I said this a few months ago – when he visited here he weighed about 365 pounds. We told him then that if he decided to come to Oklahoma State he was really going to have to trim down because of the style of offense that we play. When he came back he weighed in at 342 pounds and I think he’s 332 today. That tells me that football is important to him, the team is important to him and that he has a great attitude. We’ve got four to five guys coming back that are pretty experienced in our opinion. He has started over 20 games in the Pac-12 and so he does have some experience playing at this level and that is an area where he can really help us.”Hate: The backup quarterback raceOSU is in a rather precarious situation when it comes to the backup quarterback competition. Walk-on Taylor Cornelius is a solid option, and so too is Keondre Wudtee. But if Cornelius wins it, would the second-year Wudtee consider a transfer? I have no reason to think he would. But that’s a potential risk in tabbing the backup QB this fall.Maybe Wudtee wouldn’t transfer regardless of whether he wins the job or not, but that’s an actual conversation that most players in his same spot would likely have. So there’s a nuance to the decision that carries some risk that I don’t much like.The best way to sort all this out is on the field, but it is a bit concerning that there still doesn’t seem t0 be a clear-cut option at QB2.Whoever wins the job will likely know within the next two weeks, as Gundy has made it clear he wants to get that competition out of the way early to distribute practice reps accordingly.“You would like to do it within two weeks, but I don’t have think a timetable really fits in this criteria because it has to be the right guy,” Gundy said on Sunday. “They’re all going to get a lot of reps like you saw today. Each of them will get a lot of work and somebody is going to have to go out and make some plays because once we get into the final 10 practices before the game there is not enough reps to share at that position.”last_img read more

Five Future Stars on This Year’s Oklahoma State Team

first_imgThis upcoming 2017 season is set to be an all-timer. Oklahoma State is ranked as a preseason top 10 team for just the third time in its 100+ year history, and it has two potential first round picks manning the ship. But it also has a bevy of young talent that will contribute. Guys that we might look back on in two or three years and think, “Wow, so and so was on that team.”So I put together a list. To qualify, players had to be classified as sophomores or younger. So you can say Justin Phillips is a future superstar, but I would say this is his fourth year on the Oklahoma State roster so let’s look elsewhere.I’m thinking about Justin-Gilbert-in-2011-type guys. Gilbert went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was a key playmaker on that elite 2011 team. When you look back on that 2011 team, it’s stunning to see that it had three future pros total on both sides of the ball. Who are the candidates to be those players on this team?AdChoices广告Here are the ones I came up with (I’m excluding Tyron for now just because, well, my kids could tell you that Tyron Johnson is going to be a star … I wanted to dig a little deeper).Calvin Bundage — So.I’m all in. I have purchased all of the stock and have rented a yacht to celebrate on when the IPO drops. He has all the qualities you want in a Star linebacker. Vicious hitter. Uber athletic. His only downside might be that he’s a sliver undersized. Thankfully, #BodyByGlass is a thing.J.D. King – Fr.Listen to what Gundy is saying. If you read between the lines — and you don’t even have to read that far between the lines — he’s hitching his wagon to No. 27. In recent weeks he has said King will probably play as a freshman and that the running back position is going to be “a special position” for OSU for the next 3-4 years. Even I can deduce what that means.Brock Martin – Fr.Another true freshman Gundy expects to play. If that’s the case with this defensive line, in this season, I think he has a chance to be something special eventually. Oklahoma State has sort of quietly been churning out high-quality DEs for quite a while. You know Gundy loves himself a top-notch wrestler, and Martin was a great one in recent Oklahoma High School wrestling history. He also seems like he has a little badass to him.This is targeted at the kids posting videos lifting and don’t do anything else and are soft on the field https://t.co/YzqB67jY6d— Brock Martin (@btmartin40) July 28, 2017 Marcus Keyes – R-So.Depth chart enthusiast Adam Lunt has talked me into this one.On the tape that I watched last year (5 games or so) he was the most physical at the point of attack and was only beat a handful of times.I don’t know the ins and outs of how the NFL Draft works when it comes to linemen — Keyes seems a little short at 6’3, I guess — but it seems like he is OSU’s best shot to make it at the next level from this line (depending on how you feel about Aaron Cochran).Side note: Josh Henson is a stud. I think he’s going to have OSU operating at a Wickline-like level on the OL again. Maybe not this year or next, but as long as he stays around for a while, I think that’s coming fairly soon. Gundy might try and run it 65 times a game!A.J. Green – So.Green seems to have been bitten by the Tyron Johnson bug this fall because of OSU’s lack of visibility at cornerback. That’s not his fault of course, but now I’m expecting a Darrelle Revis-Champ Bailey hybrid to take the field next Thursday. Regardless, he’s one of only six true sophomores with a letter under his belt already. That’s meaningful when you’re coming off a 10-3 season, and if Green makes the leap everybody is saying he’s going to, we could have another Gilbert-like situation on our hands. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more