He got a 35 on his ACT.
Whenever you talk about senior Cody Crow’s football skills, that’s the first thing you’ll hear. The superstar athlete, who received interest from Division I schools like Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UTEP among others, is even better in the classroom.
That’s what led to Crow’s decision to focus on going to school instead of playing football. He knew he was good at football, but after a lot of thought he decided taking a scholarship to play wasn’t for him.
“Having that opportunity, I know its not something that everyone has,” Crow said. “It’s not something that I took lightly. It’s just the decision that I thought was best for me.”
Besides being a four-year starter on the offensive line, Crow plays basketball, baseball and serves on the academic team.
Comanche Athletic Director Aaron Weast said he is a leader in everything he does.
“I’m just happy for him and the decision he made to not play. I think that’s a good decision,” said Weast.
Weast pointed out all that Crow could accomplish as an academic, but also talked about the physical pounding that takes place. Crow’s older brother Brandon dealt with that burden. Crow said and dealt with injuries throughout. However, the physical toll was not the prime motivation for Crow’s decision. Crow said it didn’t make too much of an impact on his decision. The boy’s father, Brent, added that the brothers are in different situations.
“Brandon and Cody are two different people, and Brandon’s experience was really good,” Brent said. “He played on a team that has four Big 12 championships and contributed... If you asked Brandon today ‘would you do it again,’ without hesitation (he’d say) ‘you bet.’”
Cody would have played offensive line had he continued playing football. A quiet but effective leader on the field, coach Steve Justus called Crow a “constant.”
“It’s like when you wake up in the morning, and you don’t have to worry about the sun coming up in the East,” Justus said. “You didn’t have to worry about whether he was going to show up, or whether or not he was going to give you 100 percent.”
Crow relished his role on the offensive line. Instead of asking to be a runningback or tight end, he quickly realized the best way he could help his team was in the trenches. His ability combined with his intelligence set him apart, even when he wasn’t the six-foot six-inch wrecking ball that he is today. Justus thinks it was a display of that intelligence that Crow didn’t ask to play at a position he knew he wasn’t suited for.
“He knew from an early age what he was, and he worked hard to be that and not something else,” Justus said. “(I tell kids) ‘really you are a lineman’... Sometimes it breaks their hearts, but really, they don’t know how valuable they are.”
Crow never needed to hear that. He saw it as a challenge and took the time to learn what he called an extremely complicated position.
“I always was interested most in what would help us win,” Crow said. “I knew that was the role that I suited best on the team.”
Now, the All-District left tackle will turn his attention to a different field. His intial plans are to attend the University of Oklahoma and learn about computer science. He is also interested in the field of teaching. On Monday, he was named a Jim Thorpe Scholar Athlete, which came with a $1,500 scholarship prize.
Brent works as the principal of Comanche Middle School and his mother Jan works at Halliburton. Whatever Crow decides to do, his father knows it was hard work that led him to have the many options he has today.
“He’s always been very passionate about all areas, academics, athletics, everything he has done,” Brent said. “I think because of that passion and hard work that’s why these opportunities have come about.”
Might one of those opportunities be as a walk-on football player? Crow dismissed the option, saying he doesn’t think he’ll play football in that type of setting again.
He got a 35 on his ACT.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
Four named to DHS Athletic Hall of Fame
A star on two state champion football teams, two females who will set precedent for their sports and a Velma native who is a mover and shaker in the tennis program comprise the 2014 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame class to be inducted when DHS holds its annual All-Sports Assembly on Monday, May 19.
Four stand out for Indians at Marietta
Several Comanche track athletes had good showings at a meet in Marietta Friday.
Braden Ledford placed second in the high jump, despite being limited with a hip flexor injury. Track coach Steve Justus said he has been taking it easy with Ledford so he will be healthy for regionals. Ledford has the potential to clear 6 feet, 2 inches, Justus said.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
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