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Great Crowds See Oilers’ Topsy-Turvy Season

By GLENN HIBDON

This is a classic tale of two seasons. For the Tulsa Oilers, it was the best of times and the worst of times.

The ECHL saw coach Jason Christie put together perhaps the league’s best team when the 2016-17 campaign began in October. By April, the Oilers were sixth from the bottom, losing 12 of their final 13 games.

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Scott Sutton’s Release Ends a Family Legacy

The recent Oral Roberts University announcement by Athletic Director Mike Carter about the release of Scott Sutton as the University’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach came as a surprise to many Tulsa-area sports fans. For the first time in decades there will not be a Sutton coaching in Oklahoma.

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Tom Ososkie’s Amazing Career Continues

By TERRELL LESTER

For Tom Ososkie, his is a life of numbers. A life divided by two. One part of Ososkie is defined by his standing as a higher-education math instructor. The other, more public annotation of Ososkie’s being is that of football coach. In the world of Tom Ososkie, football and math are the sum of two primes.

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Cascia, BK Wrestlers are Headed to D-I Institutions

By MIKE MOGUIN

Tanner Skidgel of Cascia Hall and Matt Smith of Bishop Kelley have some things in common. Both are seniors about to graduate from Catholic schools, have state championships in wrestling and are bound for D-I programs.

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River Parks is Tulsa Run Beneficiary

Tulsa Sports Commission has named the River Parks Foundation its primary charity beneficiary for the 2017 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run, the organization has announced. The Tulsa Run will be held Oct. 28. As the race’s primary beneficiary, the River Parks Foundation will receive $25,000 from the Tulsa Run.

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Success Parallels Union’s Rudy Garcia

By TERRELL LESTER
Back in 1995, Rudy Garcia found himself at a crossroads. He was facing a decision that would define his career. Would he coach basketball? Would he coach baseball?

The athletics director at Union High School, Benny Dixon, left the resolution in Garcia’s hands.

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Keynote Speakers, Master of Ceremonies Announced for Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

Shannon Miller, the most decorated Olympic gymnast in American History, and Chris Herren, former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, will be the keynote speakers at this year’s Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. Sportscaster Chris Lincoln has been named Master of Ceremonies at the prestigious black-tie-optional event to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on June 26.

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Chris Ratcliff Full Speed Ahead at RSU

By TERRELL LESTER

Chris Ratcliff talks like he’s running a fast break.
Up-tempo. No hesitation. Full speed ahead.
Quick. Quicker. Quickest.
Reach the goal. Make a point.

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Drillers Manager Ready for Season

Tulsa Drillers manager Ryan Garko was at ONEOK Field for a media luncheon recently.
Garko and the Drillers will open spring training workouts next month at the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league complex in Glendale, Arizona.

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Tulsan Turns to Boxing for Midlife Boost

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

Approaching 50 and navigating a divorce, Otis Hurst knew he needed a change. With 20 years of military service, he was accustomed to hard work and discipline, so he took up boxing. It seemed like a good fit.

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Rugby Gaining in Popularity in Green Country

By GLENN HIBDON

Move over football. At last there is another way for Green Country high school athletes to find fame and glory playing a collision sport in college. It’s called rugby and it’s still seeking an identity in Tulsa.

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Oilers Tweak Roster During All-Star Break

The Tulsa Oilers announced a series of roster moves over the course of the league’s three-day All-Star Break. Tulsa traded defenseman Samuel Noreau to the Rapid City Rush for 2015 All-Star defenseman Garrett Haar. The Moose also recalled Oilers goaltender Jamie Phillips and signed forward Kale Kessy to a professional tryout agreement in separate transactions.

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Regent Prep School Becoming Impressive in Sports

By MIKE MOGUIN

One school that has risen to excellence in the athletic realm is Regent Preparatory School, a private Christian institution with high academic standards.

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TPS to Hold Hall of Fame Ceremony Jan. 19

Twelve individuals with wide-ranging talents and a common cultural bond will be inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Hall of Fame on Jan. 19.

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Flying Tee Hosts Miss United States

FlyingTee, Tulsa’s premier golf entertainment venue, teamed up with Miss United States, Alayah Benavidez, to benefit the No Kid Hungry initiative on Dec. 7.

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