OU Football Commitment Jackson Arnold Named Elite 11 Camp MVP

Football commitment OU Arnold named MVP of Elite 11

Jackson Arnold, committed to Oklahoma football, was named Most Valuable Player at the Elite 11 Quarterbacks Camp in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Some of the best high school quarterbacks in the country attended the three-day camp, and Arnold, who will be a senior this season at Denton-Guyer High School, was the best of the bunch.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound player is a five-star prospect who led Denton-Guyer to the Texas State Championship game last season. He is also the first commitment under new OU head coach Brent Venables.

Texas commitment Arch Manning, considered by some to be the best QB in the 2023 class, did not attend the camp.

After:OU Football: Denton Guyer quarterback Jackson Arnold commits to Sooners for 2023 recruiting class

Stephensons pledges $1 million to Gautt Academic Center

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione announced that Sooner philanthropists Randall and Lenise Stephenson have pledged a million dollar donation to the Prentice Gautt Academic Center. The donation will fund OU Athletics’ new Growing Resilient Innovative Thinkers (GRIT) program.

The Stephensons’ extensive donations to academics and OU athletics have helped the student-athletes produce a school-record 21 consecutive semesters of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a streak that dates back to 2012.

The GRIT will be administered by staff at OU’s Prentice Gautt Academic Center. The center, located inside the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, is open more than 75 hours per week to student-athletes for academic assistance.

Those interested in supporting the academic excellence of OU student-athletes can visit TheSoonerClub.com/icf_academics.html.

Gasso will speak at the Sooners Helping Sooners Luncheon

OU softball coach Patty Gasso will be the guest speaker at a July 19 luncheon in support of the Sooners Helping Sooners. The event will take place at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club pavilion. Lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sooners Helping Sooners is an organization led by former OU assistant coach Jerry Pettibone and former Sooner quarterback Jay O’Neal. Its mission is to impact the lives of former OU athletes and their families by providing rewarding personal development, educational and career opportunities.

For lunch tickets, call 405-236-1636. …

Former Arizona State softball player Alynah Torres has been transferred to Oklahoma. She was an All-Pac 12 selection that season as a junior shortstop. Torres, who hit .339 with 16 homers, will have two more years of eligibility.

Hornets Bridges Stopped

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in Los Angeles after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Details of the arrest were not immediately available. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing domestic violence charges.

Bridges, the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, is set to become a restricted free agent and could command a max contract. The 24-year-old decks hit career highs with 20.2 points and seven rebounds last season for the Hornets in what amounted to a breakout season while playing alongside All-Star LaMelo Ball. Bridges is also a rapper, who goes by the name RTB MB.

COVID-19 sidelines three players at Wimbledon

Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic could be in his final Grand Slam tournament for a while as he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. And coronavirus has become a significant problem at the All England Club: three of the tournament’s top 20 seeds have withdrawn from the squad after testing positive. Players are not required to get tested for COVID-19, but are encouraged to do so if they develop symptoms. They are also encouraged to notify Wimbledon if this happens and withdraw from the tournament. No. 8 Matteo Berrettini, No. 14 Marin Cilic and No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut have done it so far. …

Rafael Nadal reached the third round of Wimbledon for the 11th time after beating Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Nadal looked far from his best at times, but won on center court in a match that ended under the roof after a rain delay in the fourth set. It was Nadal’s 307th Grand Slam victory. This led him to overtake Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list. He is still behind Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. Nadal is on the hunt for a record 23rd Grand Slam title and a third Wimbledon trophy.

Bonus Points

DODGERS OKC: Jason Martin gave Oklahoma City an early lead but failed to hold on as El Paso beat the Dodgers 14-3 Wednesday night in PCL baseball at Southwest University Park. El Paso (41-33) had 19 hits, including seven doubles and nine added hits overall. The 14 points allowed tied a season high for the first-place Dodgers (46-28).

OUR HOCKEY CLUB: Former Oklahoma City Blazers legend Peter Arvanitis is back to coach the OU club’s hockey team. Arvanitis, who played for former professional minor team OKC during the 1997-2007 seasons, left the OU program after the 2018 season. The Montreal native is the Sooners’ most successful coach with a record of 159-76-27. The OU club team plays its matches at the Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond.

HIGH SCHOOLS: The Tulsa Union’s Jayden Rowe, an elite football prospect and OU signee, was the state’s top sprinter this season and was recognized as the Oklahoma Gatorade Boys Track Athlete of the Year.

He won Class 6A state titles in the 100 meters (10.60 seconds) and 200 (21.09). Rowe was also a member of Union’s 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams which placed second with times of 41.58 and 1:26.99, respectively.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Rowe’s big frame made him a unique high school sprinter. Rowe, a defensive back in football, intends to compete in both sports for the Sooners. …

Broken Arrow’s Payton Hinkle has been named the 2022 Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The Oklahoma State signee had a historic senior season, becoming the first girl to win Class 6A state titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races. She set the state record in the 1,600 m finishing in 4:49.24 and broke the Class 6A state meet mark in the 3,200 m with a time of 10:35.29. Hinkle won the 800 in 2:09.47. She was a three-time state cross country champion in the fall and was twice named Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. …

Two high school swimmers from the Oklahoma City area received national recognition this week. Piper McNeil of Shawnee and Ryan Healy of Edmond North were named All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

McNeil, a commit from Missouri, was selected as an All-American in the 100-yard backstroke after breaking the event’s state record with a time of 55.41 seconds in the Class 5A state meet.

Healy, who recently signed up for Michigan, is an All-American in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. He won Class 6A state titles in those races with times of 1:49.90 and 4:30.68, respectively.

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