Athletic achievements 2017-2018
More than 1,500 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 150 non-competitive teams and spirit squads.
Union High School was named a Safe Sports School 1st Team for a three-year period by the National Athletics Trainers Association.
Junior kicker Noah Rauschenberg set a school record by kicking 10 extra points in the Redskins’ 70-0 win at Moore.
Seniors Mo Garcia and Kailee McCrary were selected as Wendy’s Heisman Recipients.
Union athletic trainer Dan Newman was awarded the 2018 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. Gatorade partners with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to recognize 10 trainers from across the country who provide outstanding athlete care and have a profound impact on students, colleagues, and their community.
2017-2018 was the fifth time in Union’s history to have an undefeated football season, and the ninth time in eleven years in the state championship game. The football team academically held a 3.0 GPA.
Senior Josie Uerling won the state 200-yard freestyle swimming championship as well as third place in the 400- and 500-yard freestyle events. This was Union’s first state swimming title in five years.
Union’s baseball team entered the state tournament as an underdog, but dished out a 3-2 upset against Westmoore to take the 6A state championship, its first since 2010 and the seventh in school history.
Senior Ruben Carrasco was named to the Tulsa World All-World soccer team after scoring a school-record 27 goals, the most in Oklahoma.
Senior Raymond Farrell was named to the Tulsa World All-World baseball team.
Shawn Newkirk was the Tulsa World All-World baseball coach of the year.
Recognized as Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) Region 7 Coaches of the Year were Steve Patterson (track), David Lynn (swimming), Tyler Ashley (tennis), and Jana Patterson, Assistant Coach of the Year. • Baseball coach Shawn Newkirk and swim coach David Lynn were nominated for All-State Coach of the Year.
Scott Young was selected OCA Region 7 Representative for the OCA Board of Directors.
Twenty-three student athletes - four sophomores, five juniors, and 14 seniors comprised the Athletic Leadership Council. They mentored at the 6-7th Grade Center during lunch hours.
Union athletes continued Redskin Aid work by working at a stop at the Route 66 Marathon, volunteering at Grove, and attending an OKDHS Adoption Party