Owasso’s Isaiah Jacobs missed his third consecutive game Friday night while recovering from a knee injury. But that didn’t keep the senior running back from making headlines.
Jacobs announced his top five college choices on Twitter – Arkansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi and Oklahoma State. The 6-foot, 208-pounder is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Jacobs has rushed for 632 yards and six touchdowns, along with 160 receiving yards and two more scores. Jacobs has not played since the first
series against Edmond North Oct. 4. Owasso coach Bill Blankenship said Jacobs’ return to the lineup is uncertain and termed him “week-to-week” going forward.
Hendrix named to All-State team
To no surprise, Owasso setter/middle Mallory Hendrix was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State volleyball team last week. Hendrix finished her storied Ram career with a stellar senior season despite battling foot injuries.
Hendrix averaged more than 15 kills per match along with 2.5 blocks, nearly 10 digs and a .301 hitting percentage as she helped lead Owasso to 16-14 record this season.
During her four years on varsity, Hendrix was part of two state qualifying teams. She will continue her volleyball career next year at Central Oklahoma.
Leonard finishes runner-up at national meet
Owasson Jordan Leonard has etched her name in the record books at Oklahoma Wesleyan University as well.
Leonard, a senior at the Bartlesville-based campus, finished second individually at the NCCAA national championships last week at Hammock Beach Resort on the Ocean Course in Palm Coast, Florida. The Ram alum shot a 77-75-82-234 for her three-round total and earned All-American honors for her performance. OKWU finished third overall.
Leonard’s success on the collegiate level has been an extension of her impact at Owasso. Leonard was part of the Rams’ first state championship team in 2016, a squad that rallied from eight strokes down in the final round to claim the crown.
Shaw earns POY honors
Lily Shaw and Owasso softball had a postseason for the ages they advanced all the way to the state championship game. The Ram junior was recognized for her efforts as she earned Tulsa World Player of the Week honors. Shaw pitched 21 innings against Westmoore, Broken Arrow and Edmond Memorial at state, where the Rams finished runners-up to Edmond Memorial. At the plate, Shaw hit .700 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
Owasso coach Bill Blankenship received some exposure across North America during the ESPN2 telecast of the Canadian Football League game between Hamilton and Edmonton on Oct. 4. A photo of Blankenship with Hamilton starting quarterback Dane Evans was shown when both were at the University of Tulsa.
TV analyst Henry Burris then commented that he felt a connection to Evans because he also was coached by Blankenship — as a freshman at Spiro. Evans is one win away from reaching the CFL’s title game as he has helped Hamilton post the CFL’s top record at 13-3. He has a chance of becoming Blankenship’s second QB to win a Grey Cup as Burris won three during his career that ended with the title in 2016.
Tulsa World’s Barry Lewis contributed to this story.