I had the opportunity to watch the Girls and Boys Mclain Titans Wrestling team with Coach Orelious Steele (Girls) and Coach Yayon McNack (Boys) preparing to compete for OSSAA State Championship Regionals.
Preparing with a limited numbers on both squads, both coaches are in their inaugural seasons...and are both graduates of icCCentral Ce last week. GOOD LUCK TITANS
Tps athletics hall of fame inductS 4 northside GREATS
Felix Jones, Dale Hogg, Sean Jackson, and Popsey Floyd were recently inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Doubletree Tulsa Hotel at Warren Place
Article/Photo: LaMar Burks 6.23.2021
TULSA CENTRAL BRAVES in 2020 had one of their best seasons in the history of its 100 year old + football program.
The momentum hasn't shifted an inch in 2021. Unless, you count getting even better.
The 2021 Braves, again, won Tulsa Public Schools' All-City Grady Skillern Football Championship, then began posting TD after TD in the regular season...at the time of this post..in just two games they've outscored opponents 86-19.
All great reasons to fill the Braves' new football stadium when it opens, most likely, this October.
DALE HOGG, a1960 grad of Booker T.Washington,was a team captain in football and baseball.
In the early 1970’s, Hogg was the first black newscaster on Tulsa television, in his job as the news anchor on KOTV.
FELIX JONES was the Tulsa World's 2004 Oklahoma Player of the Year with 2,282 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns to help Booker T. Washington reach the class 5a finals.
He was also an All- American as a kick returner for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2007.
Jones went on to a stellar NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers from 2008-13.
POPSEY FLOYD, an East Central grad, was a First - Team All-State selection at defensive end,
He joined the Tulsa Police Department in 2011, and spent two years as TPD's first Community Resource Officer.
He was selected a 2017 Tulsa World Tulsan of the Year.
As a University of Tulsa Hurricane linebacker, he was the team's top defensive player in the 2012 Liberty Bowl win, and was selected 2013 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Titan Fieldhouse Dedication 2021
by LaMar Burks
Recently, the MCLAIN TITANS held the dedication for their new fieldhouse, the Titans Athletic Complex.
Honorees on the Saturday afternoon included former coaches Michael Bolton Luther Pegues, Joe Shoulders, and legendary player Tatia Brown.
MICHAEL BOLTON, whose overall career record while at McLain was 270-140, appeared in 9 Oklahoma state tournaments, winning a state title, also becoming the 1984 and 1990 Metro Coach of The Year, and selected Oklahoma All-State Coach in 1990.
LUTHER PEGUES, current Titans Athletics announcer, coached over 30 seasons. His boys made 10 state appearances in 13 years from 1993 to 2005. As head coach for girls basketball, Pegues' teams made 6 state appearances.
JOE SHOULDERS was an assistant for 3 seasons, before becoming the boys head basketball coach from 1962 to 1972. In 1967, Shoulders lead the then McLain Scots to their first state appearance, returning in 1968. Shoulders also served as McLain's first athletic director, before moving on to coach Collinsville.
TATIA BROWN,1984-Metro Girls Player of the Year, went on to an outstanding 4 years at Louisiana Tech, becoming a 1987 national runner- up, and a 1988 National Champion.
Throughout the ceremony honorees were greeted by former players and students, as well. After speaking to the Scots/Titans sports family, the honorees greeted the crowd of over 500 saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU..
Photos: LaMar Burks
In speaking with Coach Eli Brown III, Team Manager for the 2021 INDIAN NATIONS BASKETBALL CONFERENCE champions, TULSA ELITE, he mentioned the team's mission was to cultivate the players' games in a way that keeps it pure and fun and exciting.
"We want to teach first and coach second."
2021 INBC CHAMPIONS
By LAMAR BURKS
"Our goal is to have our players ready to contribute at the high school level, once they become freshmen. Our players should have mastered the fundamentals by the time they leave our program."
The team also finished first in the Spring Hoops Championship in OKC earlier this spring.
11 ISAIAH LUCAS 12 ADEN COVEN
4 EJ BROWN 3 KADE SHUEY
1O CHASE JONES 23 KOLE SANGO
24 DYLAN JARRETT
RAMON JONES ELI BROWN III JORDAN BROWN
JEREMY LUCAS RODNEY COWAN
Story: LAMAR BURKS
Photo: Randy Edwards
The Final Four
2020-2021 OSSAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
In the 4A-IV Area Playoff bracket, the TITANS advanced to the SWEET SIXTEEN with 4 wins in postseason games. The TITANS faced the same TUTTLE TIGERS they'd lost to in a regional battle, previously, in double overtime. MCLAIN prevailed 65-53 in the second meeting.
One game beyond the FINAL FOUR, a four-point heartbreaking loss to the BLANCHARD LIONS ended the TITANS' season.
And, what a season. Great job to MCLAIN HEAD COACH RANDY RUTHERFORD and his staff, COACH JAMAR LOUIE and COACH KONNER JOHNSTON.
Additional photos: LAMAR BURKS
we just have to meet the challenge every day
MCLAIN TITANS HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH
In 2021, McLain Basketball seniors celebrated Senior Night and played their last game in their new T-Mac Center.
Seniors, Tyree Brooks, Terron Buckley, Khalil Liggins, Kenyan McCall and Hay Phillips, Jamari Smith, Melo Taylor and Ke'Shayla Warrior competed at home.
Though the team finished the regular season with a 6-8 record, during the season the TITANS defeated 5A Regional Champion, Coweta, OSSAA Championship Series qualifier, Edison and 3A Regional Champion, Metro Christian along the way.
TITANS HEAD COACH RANDY RUTHERFORD commented "that because we play a 5A-6A schedule, people look at our record and say we can't be very good. We're not worried about who we're playing, we just have to meet the challenge every day, and have the right frame of mind!"
The season ended well...better than well. The TITANS will spend the year as the reigning 4A-!V Consolation Champions.
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