High school notebook: Tuttle names Breck Draper new baseball coach
Breck Draper is back in high school baseball.
Following a year coaching at the college level, Draper was recently named the head coach at Tuttle High School.
“I felt like this was somewhere I can be and be there for a long time,” Draper told The Oklahoman. “They want to win. It’s one of those places I’ve always been jealous of the community and the town. It’s similar to growing up in Shawnee.”
Draper spent this season as a volunteer assistant coach at Central Oklahoma. That followed a highly successful tenure at Heritage Hall, leading the Chargers to back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016 across two classifications. Heritage Hall also made the state tournament in 2017 and 2018.
“I got an opportunity to come here, and it’s been awesome,” Draper said about UCO. “My wife and I talked that there’s probably two or three places in the state that I would look at going back to high school. Tuttle was probably No. 1 on that list just because of the community and having a chance to be good. And it’s a place where my kid can grow up and my family can be.”
Tuttle also hired Draper’s wife, Lauren, as a middle-school teacher.
Draper replaces Travis Owen, who led the Tigers to the 2014 Class 4A state championship. This season, Tuttle finished 29-9, but did not make the state tournament.
Westmoore’s Davis named state’s Gatorade Player of Year
Westmoore ace pitcher Kale Davis was nearly flawless this spring, and now he’s being recognized nationally.
Davis, an Oklahoma State signee, was named the state’s Gatorade Baseball Player on Thursday after leading the Jaguars to the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
A 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, Davis was dominant on the mound. He finished 9-1 with a 0.36 ERA in 58 innings. He struck out 94 and walked just 17. He also batted .329 with 17 RBI.
“Kale Davis is one of the most competitive high school players I have ever been around as a coach,” Westmoore coach Joe Patterson said in a release. “He was always prepared every time his number was called, and he expected to win. Even though he was considered an elite player, he always put the team first and was a great leader for us the last two seasons.”