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High school sports: The Oklahoman's Players of the Week for Jan. 23-29, 2020



Brennan Burns, Bethany

Brennan Burns couldn't miss.

It seemed as if every shot he put up was going in the hoop. And most of them did.

Burns, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, scored 41 points in the championship game of the Jones Invitational to help the Class 4A No. 9 Bronchos knock off No. 7 John Marshall to win the tournament crown. He made 16 of 17 free throws as well.

All of that happened only a day after he could hardly play a full game because he was sick.

"If we would've played eight quarters instead of four, he would've kept scoring the same way," Bethany coach Quinn Wooldridge said. "It's hard to guard him one-on-one."

Wooldridge said Burns was effective at getting into the paint against the zone defenses John Marshall and Woodward, who Bethany defeated in the semis, employed to try to stop its offense.

Burns and the Bronchos (11-4) play again Friday when they travel to Weatherford.


Kaylee Nero, Edmond Santa Fe

The powerful senior was named as the Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe to the championship.

She put together a 14-point performance in the championship game to lead Santa Fe past Class 5A No. 1 Piedmont. With the win Tuesday over Southmoore, the Wolves are on a five-game win streak.


Kylie Catton, Harrah

Catton had an impressive showing Saturday at the Rose Invitational in Oologah.

The senior won the 100-meter butterfly and 100 breaststroke, leading Harrah to a second-place finish.

Catton made The Oklahoman’s All-City honorable mention list last year after transferring from Shawnee. Catton, who plans to swim at Oklahoma Baptist University, has been a key leader at Harrah since she arrived.

“She’s a good teammate besides a good swimmer,” Harrah coach Gwena Dixon said. “Swimming is her passion.”


Jonathan Tang, Norman North

The Dartmouth signee was dominant as the Norman North boys defeated Tulsa Union on Friday.

Tang won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke while also leading the Timberwolves to a pair of relay victories.


Gabe Johnson, Choctaw

Coming off a pair of tournament victories, Johnson recorded a fall to help Choctaw beat Edmond Memorial on Tuesday.

Johnson, a 152-pounder who also starred on the football team as a wide receiver, is signed to wrestle at Central Oklahoma.

"He's a defending state champion," Choctaw coach Benny Coleman said. "He's the kind of kid you want in the room."

James D. Jackson, Cameron Jourdan and Nick Sardis, Staff writers

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›