Athletic achievements 2016-2017
Senior Carlos Barrios was the first-ever recipient of a $1,000 James W. Sanders Memorial Scholarship given by Union alumni in memory of the highly respected teacher, administrator, and football coach who led Union to its first state football championship in 1963.
More than 1,600 students (grades 7-12) were involved in Union’s 23 competitive athletics and spirit programs, and participation was more than 2,800 in K-12 in the district’s 167 non-competitive teams and spirit squads.
The varsity football team (11-2) won the 6A state championship and brought the Gold Ball back home with a 57-43 victory over Norman North. The Redskins finished the 2016 season No. 49 nationally in the MaxPreps high school rankings.
The girls’ soccer team finished the season with their third consecutive Class 6A state championship and their fifth overall. They were ranked #1 nationally.
The boys’ track team won the state championship.
The boys’ basketball team was undefeated in the regular season and was ranked number one in the state, but they lost the state championship game in overtime.
The varsity cheer squad won regional competition and placed third in the state. Twelve members received NCA All-Star, and senior Skylar Palmour was named Top All-American at camp for the second year in a row.
Varsity pom took third at state, 9th grade took third, and 8th grade took second place. Varsity Pom placed fifth in the nation in the large varsity pom category at Dance Team Union (DTU) Nationals.
Varsity Highsteppers were named State Champs in the 6A Kick category and second place in the 6A-1 Jazz category.
Nineteen students were selected to the Student Athletic Leadership Council.
Senior Tre Brown was selected for the nationally televised 2017 Under Armor All-American High School football game.
Senior football player Shamari Brooks was named NewsOn6 Bob Hurley Auto Family Athlete of the year.
Senior football player Peyton Morrison and football coach Kirk Fridrich were recognized during state honors by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Morrison was named a 2017 Oklahoma State Athlete and Fridrich was named FCA All-State Coach.
Senior soccer player Parker Goins was named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship and was also selected to participate in the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team invitational training camp.
Two-sport standout Taylor Malham was selected Gatorade Oklahoma Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year and was also named All-State basketball.
Senior Stephanie Royer was named All-State golf.
Senior Payton Dill was named to the All-State pom squad.
Senior Haley VanFossen was named All-State soccer.
Senior Grady Davenport received All-State honors in baseball.
Senior Rebekah Chong made Oklahoma Cheer Coaches Association All-State.
Seniors Ethan Chargois & Adrian Rodriguez were basketball All- Staters and McDonalds All-American Nominees.
Senior swimmer Noah Nelson (All-State) and junior Josie Uerling placed at State, and Josie set a district record.
Senior Tyzriah Stinson ranked #1 in the state in shot put and discus and was named All-State.
Lady Redskin senior Taylor Malham was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) All-State basketball team.
Seniors Devon Bajek and Jordan Starks made the OCA All-State football team.
In boys’ track, junior Keviyon Cooper was ranked #1 in the state for the 400m run and set a school record of 47.99. Junior C. J. Moore set a school long-jump record of 23’ 11”.
Senior outfielder Lexy Dobson and senior catcher Makenzie Addis made All-State softball for the second time.
Track seniors Devontae Armstead and Aaliyah Villalobos received the Zach Monaghan Scholarship Award.
The baseball team earned a Distinguished Academic Plaque for a GPA of 3.50 and ranked in the top five of Class 6A, andA cademic Achievement Certificates (GPA of 3.25 or above and upper 1/3 of Class 6A) went to volleyball, boys’ and girls’ swimming, girls’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ tennis.