Gatorade honor goes to Norman ace Horton
Norman star baseball player and Oklahoma commit Cade Horton was named Gatorade’s 2019-20 Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year, the company announced Thursday.
Horton is the first Norman High baseball player to be selected for the award.
This year, the 6-foot-3 senior made an impact with both his arm and bat in the shortened season. A right-handed pitcher, he was 1-0 on the mound with a 0.00 earned run average for Norman (3-1-1). He posted five strikeouts in four innings pitched.
At the plate, Horton batted .375 with six runs scored and six RBI before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. He finished his high school baseball career with a .420 batting average, 140 hits, 128 runs scored, 87 RBI and 34 doubles.
“He is obviously gifted and able to do things other high school players cannot,” Norman coach Cody Merrell said in a release. “As a pitcher, he can throw in by any batter. Defensively, he has unbelievable range and the ability to make plays that will make you shake your head in amazement.”
Stitt signs Riley Boatwright Act into law
Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt signed the Riley Boatwright Act into law Thursday.
Named in memory of a Lexington Middle School football player who died because of injuries suffered during a game in 2019, Senate Bill 1198 directs all Oklahoma school district boards of education to coordinate with emergency medical service providers to develop a plan to provide emergency medical services at athletic events or activities held at school facilities.
Sherrie Conley (R-Newcastle) was the House author of the bill. It will go into effect July 1.
“Working with Riley’s family to craft this legislation that will hopefully save the lives of other young people was some of the hardest work I’ve had to do since my time in the legislature,” Conley said in a release.
Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Scholarship announced
Tulsa Regent Prep's James Roller and Duncan's Gentry Cox are the recipients of the 2020 Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Scholarship, it was announced Wednesday.
Both will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.
"The Hall of Fame is so happy to be able to help young men and women in Oklahoma continue their education,” Lew Erickson, who chairs the scholarship committee, said in a release. “Our 2020 recipients, J.P. and Gentry, have excelled in school, community and on the golf course."
Roller will play golf at Texas Tech in the fall. He helped lead Tulsa Regent Prep to the Class 2A state championship in 2018 and Class 3A state championship in 2019. He won four times on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, had three top 10s and a victory in AJGA events and was awarded the AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award in 2019. He also raised $18,000 for College Golf Fellowship as part of the Leadership Links program on the AJGA Tour.
Cox, who has a 4.0 GPA, will be a premed student at OU this fall. She helped lead Duncan to state championships as a freshman and sophomore. She is a member of OU President's Leadership Council and the Oklahoma and National Honor Society.