High school notebook: Broken Arrow to begin first girls varsity wrestling program in Oklahoma
Broken Arrow made Oklahoma high school wrestling history Monday.
The school announced it was starting the first girls varsity wrestling program in the state and announced the team's first coach, Cassidy Jasperson. She was a five-time All-American at Oklahoma City University while garnering a bronze medal in the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.
During the 2018-19 season, 87 girls participated in Oklahoma high school wrestling. Starting next season at Broken Arrow, girls will have an opportunity to be on their own team.
“Broken Arrow is setting the example I hope all schools in Oklahoma follow,” Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith said in a release. “I want to encourage all parents, coaches, student-athletes and athletic administrators in Oklahoma to join the wave for gender inclusion that is building across our country in the greatest character-building sport there is: wrestling.”
The team will build a schedule comprised of duals and tournaments beginning next school year.
“Wrestling has had such a positive impact on my life, and I am excited to have been chosen to lead the first girls program in the state of Oklahoma,” Jasperson said in a release. “I can’t wait to get started and introduce the female athletes in Broken Arrow to this amazing sport.”
Former Midwest City standout transferring to Tulsa
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson is returning to Oklahoma.
The former Midwest City standout announced Monday via Twitter his plans to transfer to Tulsa. Embery-Simpson spent his freshman season playing for Arkansas, where he averaged 4.1 points per game in 33 contests.
A 6-foot-3, 202-pound guard, Embery-Simpson left Midwest City before his senior year to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He averaged 26.8 points and 5.6 rebounds his junior year as a Bomber, earning him a spot on The Oklahoman's Super 5.
Embery-Simpson held offers from Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tulsa, Nebraska, Kansas State, among others, in high school before signing with Arkansas. He was a four-star prospect.
Deer Creek boys, Norman girls have successful weekends
In one of the state’s largest soccer tournaments of the season, local teams shined.
The Deer Creek boys captured a title at its home tournament while the Norman girls finished runner-up at the Deer Creek Invitational over the weekend. Deer Creek defeated Tulsa Kelley 3-1 to capture the title while Norman fell 4-3 to Jenks in overtime.
Matt McLaws of Deer Creek tallied three goals and two assists to help the Antlers defend their home pitch. Norman’s Kelbie Washington also scored three goals and had two helpers.
On the girls side, Deer Creek finished fourth, Westmoore came in fifth and McGuinness placed sixth. Norman’s boys finished third, Owasso tallied a fourth-place finish and McGuinness came in sixth.