Grant ‘Boomer’ Calcaterra was born to be a Sooner

BY JOHN ROHDE Special to SoonerSports.com Nov. 18, 2017 Last weekend was the first time the entire Calcaterra family had been together since June, and their timing couldn’t possibly have been better. They gathered at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial … Continued

Caitlin Riley has two girls … and roughly 115 boys

BY JOHN ROHDE Special to SoonerSports.com Oct. 27, 2017 Lincoln and Caitlin Riley have two daughters, but you’ll frequently hear Caitlin refer to “the boys.” In her eyes, her husband doesn’t coach the Oklahoma Sooners. He coaches the boys. And … Continued

Oklahoma-Texas rewind: Jump in front, fall behind, and win

BY JOHN ROHDE Special for SoonerSports.com Oct. 14, 2017 For the third straight game, the Oklahoma football team pounced early on its opponent for an early lead, only to eventually end up trailing. This Saturday was the same, yet different, … Continued

Sooners survive Bear attack to keep winning streaks alive

BY JOHN ROHDE Special to SoonerSports.com Sept. 24, 2017 Oklahoma’s collection of various winning streaks remained intact Saturday night. “Bearly.” The winless Baylor Bears were four-touchdown underdogs at home, but continually clawed at the No. 3-ranked Sooners before eventually succumbing … Continued

Oklahoma struggles, then scores 49 straight against Tulane

BY JOHN ROHDE Special to SoonerSports.com Sept. 16, 2007 NORMAN – In the post-game huddle after last Saturday night’s 31-16 triumph at No. 2-ranked Ohio State, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley instructed his team to put the historic victory behind them because … Continued

No longer boxed in, Emmanuel Beal returns to Columbus

  BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor Sept. 7, 2017 A pint-sized Emmanuel Beal thought boxing might be his destiny while growing up in Grand Rapids, Mich. Beal was determined, energetic, tough and athletic, but he also was on the small … Continued

Baker Mayfield spreads the wealth in season-opening rout

BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor Sept. 2, 2017 Last month, Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield tweeted the following: “Y’all are going to have to show some respect for my receivers. People saying I don’t have help, say what you want about me. … Continued

OU’s deep pitching staff clinches another NCAA crown

BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor June 7, 2017 Before her team began its quest to defend its 2016 NCAA crown, Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso knew she potentially had the deepest pitching staff in her 23 seasons at OU. Final … Continued

Oklahoma softball maintains its championship mindset

BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor June 1, 2017 Featuring a roster with eight freshmen and four sophomores, the 2016 Oklahoma softball team won the NCAA championship much earlier than anticipated. With an apparent dynasty looming, the 2017 Sooners became just … Continued

Three state schools advance to NCAA baseball tournament

NCAA.com May 30, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS – Three schools from the state of Oklahoma — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts — are among those who will compete in the 64-team field for the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball championship. No. … Continued

Never too late: Quentin Griffin finishes his quest for a diploma

  BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor May 16, 2017 When diminutive Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, he left as the school’s fourth-leading rusher with 3,938 career yards. Griffin only … Continued

Renae Martinez takes road less traveled to find OU

BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor May 10, 2017 In 2014, Renae Martinez was a redshirt freshman catcher for UC Irvine, which ended its season playing at the College World Series in Omaha. Three months later, Martinez had relocated to the … Continued

Jim Mackenzie: The OU football coach you barely got to know

  BY JOHN ROHDE SoonerSports.com Contributor April 28, 2017 The first college football coach Steve Owens ever met was Arkansas assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Jim Mackenzie in the summer of 1964. At the time, Owens was a junior running back/roving … Continued

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