BROKEN ARROW — Before the snap, Zach Marcheselli tries to visualize the play the opposing offense will run.
It's a habit the Broken Arrow linebacker says he picked up in wrestling, trying to guess what his opponents' moves are going to be before they make them.
Always playing one step ahead.
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Aaron “Tricky” Stokes cut inside a Union receiver, who had a five-inch height advantage, leaped into an Air Jordan-like pose as he snatched and secured the football for an interception.
Plays like this were the norm on both sides of the ball for the Tigers during the seven-on-seven passing league this summer. Those high-energy, acrobatic, risk/reward moments are encouraging to Broken Arrow head coach David Alexander as the 2018 season’s first game is just six weeks away.
“This is not how anybody plays on a Friday night, but there is still individual competition and who is going to compete for the football when the ball is in the air,” Alexander said after the Tigers hosted the final seven-on-seven games of the summer Monday night. “Every time we went out there we were going against Jenks, Union and Owasso, really great football teams, and our kids just competed their butts off for an hour-and-a-half all four of those seven-on-seven days.”
Competing on the summer playing field is a holdover from what coaches saw on the practice field during spring workouts in May and team camps in June.
When the season kicks off Aug. 24 against Union, the Tigers will have their third different starting quarterback in three years. The summer league allowed coaches to evaluate options and have it narrowed down to two, Tate Robards and Quintevin Cherry, both of whom moved into Broken Arrow after last season was over.
“I see, starting the season, there will probably be a role for both of them,” Alexander said. “We’ll see how things play out through the non-district. I know that’s not how you want it to work out, but both those guys have kind of earned that.”
This weekend offers coaches another opportunity to evaluate the two quarterbacks. Broken Arrow will play 12 games in the Elite 7-on-7 Tournament in Springdale, Ark., Friday and Saturday.
Scattered in small pockets, approximately 80 high school and middle school athletes welcomed the last week of the month-long Broken Arrow Cross Country Camp by completing their longest sustained run on Monday.
After running the entirety of the home course at Oneta Ridge Middle School for the first time this summer, the final week of training continues with the same format as prior weeks. Tuesday is swimming at the BA Golf and Athletic Club pool for “mental confidence and a different way to train,” varsity cross country coach Shane Messigner said. “It’s really effective.” Two days of “intense speed work” and “hills, hills, and more hills” wrap up the camp at Ray Harrell Nature Park and the Creek Turnpike Trail on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Messinger is pleased with the number of runners and their dedication to the 6:30 a.m. start time. There is a correlation between having a large group of athletes and the willingness to work out every day.
“If you have more to train with, then there will be more people of similar ability,” the coach said. “There is someone for you to push yourself with. If I know I have someone I enjoy socially and that person is close to my same physical ability then the more I will enjoy running. And, the more I enjoy it the better I get.”
Tiger Cross Country opens the season Aug. 30 at Tahlequah. Messinger and his team will host the Broken Arrow Invitational on Sept. 8 at the Oneta Ridge course.
“Our theme for this year is ‘Expectations,’” Messinger said. “We’re going to expect more than we have before. Our kids have shown a whole lot of positivity and an exemplary work ethic.”
Matt Kaiser plays receiver like a lineman.
That's was the best and most accurate description Broken Arrow head coach David Alexander could come up with for his 6-foot-3, 205-pound wideout.
High praise too.
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BROKEN ARROW — Lying on the turf after his first week of spring conditioning, Demeco Roland croaked out the words every coach dreads.
“I want to quit.”
It had been a week of wind sprints, updowns, pushups and weight training for Roland, who had just ventured over to give high school varsity football a try.
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Out-of-state travelers who visit Mesa, Ariz., this time of year quickly discover that Salt River Tubing offers a relaxed floating respite from the desert’s 110 degree daytime heat.
TripAdvisor’s No. 2 recreational water sport in Mesa is a short drive east on Red Mountain Freeway from Shelby Park and the Chicago Cubs Spring Training facility – the work place of 2018 Broken Arrow High School graduate Kohl Franklin.
Selected by the Cubs in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, the sixth-round pick signed with the organization last week. A couple of days later he was off to Mesa.
“The day before I flew out it kind of hit me that I’m going have a chance to live my dream,” Franklin said. “After it all sunk in I knew was ready to start working on my professional career.”
One advantage of being a BA Tiger rookie in Mesa, Ariz., is the proximity of the home of BA alum and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. Franklin and a couple of fellow-Cub rookies spent their only day off “hanging out” in the pool at Bradley’s house.
Though work days are long, the true baseball activity is minimal. There’s stretching, conditioning and working out before Franklin dons a glove or picks up a baseball. Then it’s only 45 throws from 90 feet. After some down, the draftees watch a game of one or both of the Cubs teams that compete in the Arizona Rookie League. Of course, there are three nutritional meals along with sometimes a second workout and more catch. In all, it’s a nearly 12-hour work day.
“They are taking it slow with me since I was the only high school pitcher they signed,” Franklin said. “I am very ready to start playing. But I knew that being one of the younger players that it would take time getting on the field.”
Actually, Franklin has not played much baseball in 2018. Tiger Coach Shannon Dobson penciled Franklin in as the Tigers No. 1 starter after he went 5-2 with 40 strikeouts and a 1.85 ERA as a junior. However, Franklin fouled a ball of his foot the second game of the season. A fractured bone sidelined him until just a before regionals. He made only two starts his senior year, going 2-0 with 19 strikeouts to only four walks. He had a 1.90 ERA in his 11 innings pitched.
Franklin signed to play baseball at the University of Oklahoma last winter. The professional contract offered a signing bonus well above the guaranteed minimum for his selection round, as well as college tuition. Franklin chose to begin his professional career now. Had he chosen to play for the Sooners, he would not have been eligible for the MLB draft until after his third year in college.
“There are awesome people at OU. The coaches are great,” he said. ““It was a very tough decision.”
In just a week, his on-the-job training has been educational.
“Every single coach has been so good,” he said. “There is an element of communication that has been a contributed to learning. Coaches explain what do and how to execute the plan.”
Mentally, Franklin has crafted is own goal-oriented develop plan. He envisions playing AA ball in two years and making it to the majors a couple of years after that.
“I feel like the way I compete and the way I play that I can move up pretty quickly,” he said.
Don’t interpret Franklin as saying it’s going to be easy. With a father (Jay), who is a certified MLB Players Agent and uncle (Ryan), who played 12 years in the Majors, this rookie has had plenty of mentoring on what it takes to reach the pinnacle of his new profession.
Franklin is cognizant that he is just one of more than 100 players currently working out at the Cubs Mesa facility who are chasing the same dream. That has strengthened his competitive drive. He says improving each day will always come first.
When talking with Kohl Franklin it is obvious he is more focused on stepping atop the pitcher’s mound at Wrigley Field in four years than he is of traveling east on Red Mountain Freeway to spend the day tubing the Salt River.
A major league pitcher and the school’s first official state championship team will be part of Broken Arrow High School’s 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class.
The 1971 Cross Country Team, Arizona Diamondback pitcher Archie Bradley, two-sport standout Zach Mills, former PGA golfer Darren Ogee and Parade All-American soccer player Sarah (Salazar) Huxall will be inducted into the BA Athletic Hall of Fame at the Tigers season-opening football game on Aug. 24.
Bradley (Class of 2011) pitched Broken Arrow to a state baseball championship in 2011 - a 4-0 win, in which he struck out 14 and allowed just two hits. That team finished the season 36-2 and was the nation’s top ranked high school team. Bradley finished the season 12-1, allowing just three earned runs while striking out 133 batters in 71 1/3 innings. Bradley committed to play football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma, but after the Arizona Diamondbacks made him the seventh overall pick in the draft, he opted to begin his baseball career after graduating high school. Bradley is one of the top relief pitchers in baseball and finished 20th in National League MVP voting last year. He appeared in 63 games in 2017, recorded 25 holds and posted a 1.73 ERA in 73 innings.
Mills (2012) was a four-year varsity starter in baseball playing second base and centerfield. He was a member of the 2011 team and the 2012 state runner-up squad. Mills was starting quarterback for the 2011 state runner-up Tiger football team. He threw for 2,227 yards – fourth most in school history – as a senior, and engineered the 12-win team to school-record 586 points. He played baseball at Cowley (Kan.) County College before transferring to Oklahoma State University. He graduated with honors from OSU, earning a finance degree in 2017. He has a career in corporate compliance at BOK Financial Securities.
Ogee (1990) was a four-year golf letter winner, two-time state championship qualifier, two-time Tulsa World All-Metro Team member and an Oklahoma All-State golfer during his Broken Arrow career. Ogee lettered four years as a golfer at Oklahoma City University and played in four national championship tournaments. He had a 12-year professional career that included membership in the PGA of America. He was named Kansas Golf Professional of the Year when he served as golf professional at Hidden Lakes Golf Course in Derby. He currently lives in Guthrie and is area sales manager for Tuff Shed, Inc.
Salazar Huxall (2007) was a four-year starter and four-year all conference performer for the Lady Tiger soccer team. The 2007 All-State performer was listed as the nation’s No. 12 college prospect by RISE Magazine and in the top 25 by Soccer Buzz Magazine. She was named Parade All-American her senior year, as well as being crowned the 2007 Spring Sports Queen. Huxall played for the Under-15, U-16 and U-17 US National teams, with her highlight moment of scoring a goal against Germany in 2006. She earned a college letter as a freshman at UCLA and played in the College Cup Final Four. She transferred to the University of Kansas her sophomore season.
Coach George Blevin’s 1971 Cross Country Team won Broken Arrow’s first official Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s state championship. The program, started by Blevins in 1969, was just in its third season, and had finished sixth and fourth at state its first two years. Broken Arrow’s top five runners – Larry Lipford (2nd place), Larry McDonald (5th), Ralph Myers (8th), Gene Beckwith (13th) and Barre Kerr (15th) – all placed in the top 15 as the Tigers scored 43 points. Rick Sommers and Tommy Towry also ran in the state meet, however, the scores are based on the top five finishers of each team. Lipford was named to the Cross Country All-State team that season.
The 2018 inductees will be honored at a reception at in the Broken Arrow Varsity Club preceding the BA-Union football game. The group also will be recognized at halftime of that game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Parents of Broken Arrow High School, Freshman Academy and middle school student-athletes may go online to complete necessary forms to assure their child is eligible to begin participation in school athletics.
The completion of such forms as the Emergency Consent Form, Concussion and Head Injury Acknowledgement Form and the Risk/Insurance/Transportation Consent Form is required before a student is eligible to participate in Broken Arrow athletics. Other online forms parents are required to complete include the OSSAA’s Eligibility and Recruiting Forms, the Social Networking Form and the Drug Testing Consent Form.
To begin completion of the forms parents will need to include their child’s first and last names and know their child’s student ID number. An electronic signature of one parent is required.
Student-athletes are also required to have a current physical on file in order to participate in Broken Arrow school-sponsored athletics.
Online completion of the required forms is more convenient for parents and will streamline the process for Broken Arrow athletic department administrators, coaches and trainers. Visit RankOneSport's website to start the online forms process.