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Wedman steps down as vice mayor By HAYDEN TUCKER

Jenks vice mayor Dr. Joshua Wedman informed city council members Tuesday of his resignation. Wedman, who has served on city council for six years, cited personal reasons for stepping down. During his tenure, Wedman has held three positions; mayor, vice mayor, and

city council member. “I am truly humbled to have served over six years on city council,” Wedman told the Jenks Tribune. “I’m very proud to have served in leadership for over two of those years. I am fortunate to have been part of moving this city forward. “Jenks has a lot to be proud of over the last several years. One

of this being the outlet mall, another the projects that will help Jenks progress toward the future. The expansions to the aquarium have been phenomenal for our city and region.” Wedman credits the ‘teams’ he’s worked with in the past for his success and community success. Continued to WEDMAN, Page 6A

Over the past six-plus years, Dr. Josh Wedman has served as mayor, vice mayor and a city council member. Photo/File


City council approves additional funding for engineering project

Innovative Air Pros values customer service above everything else. Read the story on Page 7A.


FULL THROTTLE The Jenks football team took care of business last Friday with a 62-10 romping of Enid. Read the story on Page 1B.

New Jenks flag flying at Jenks City Hall Jenks High School Class of 2015 graduate ,Mariah Scott, won a contest this summer, hosted by The Jenks Chamber of Commerce, to create a new Jenks flag. Jenks City Council approved the flag at the Sept. 3 City Council meeting. Scott’s design is inspired by the city’s levy system, the school system and has five stars on the flag which represent Jenks being founded in 1905 and the word “Jenks” is comprised of five letters. Photo/Courtesy

In May of 2016, the City of Jenks entered into an engineering contract funding agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for additional roadway design and survey in the downtown area. Monday, the Jenks City Council voted to approve additional funding to that original agreement. In 2016, the Continued to CITY, Page 6A

Hollywood actor Brian Presley returns to Jenks MAGNUSON SHINES IN ROLE Jenks High School senior Zach Magnuson performed the role of “Jim Casy” in “Grapes of Wrath”. Read the story on Page 7B.



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Actor and film producer Brian Presley made his return to high school last Thursday, telling his story and giving students advice. Presley visited Performing Arts students in the vocal music room where he talked about his life, his new movie and answered questions from students. Presley is a 1996 Jenks High School graduate. While attending, he was the starting quarterback for the 1993 state champion football team and was active in theatre and vocal

music. Presley talked with the Jenks Tribune as he walked through the school for the first time in decades. “I remember walking through these hallways with my backpack on,” Presley said. “The PAC (Performing Arts Center), doing different musicals. It’s fun being back. It brings back a ton of memories, good memories.” Presley has been featured in hit TV series “Beverley Hills 90210” and “7th Heaven”. He’s had roles in the films “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” and “Borderland”, among others. Presley is currently

touring the country promoting his new film, “The Great Alaskan Race”, premiering in theaters Oct. 25. Having started his performing career at Jenks, he hopes he can show students they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. “I remember being in those shoes and being curious about how it all works,” Presley said. “It seemed very overwhelming, very hard to fathom how you go from Oklahoma to Hollywood. There is a way if it’s a person’s passion and dream, they should go for it.”

Jenks High School 1996 graduate Brian Presley returned to his old stomping grounds last week to visit with current Jenks High School students and talk about his career in acting and film producing in Hollywood. Photo/Courtesy of Jenks High School



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Police officers complete advanced programs By KYLE SALOMON

Several Jenks police officers and Jenks fire fighters completed numerous programs that will enable the departments to function at a higher rate. Three police officers and two firefighters graduated from the drone program. Jenks police major Jason Jackson, sergeant Nick Chandlee and MPO Josh Semke were the three police officers to graduate from the program. Assistant fire chief Kyle Zickefoose and driver Josh Knoepfel were the two Jenks firefighters to

graduate from the program. “The drone program recently taught our officers necessary information to pass the drone test to receive their pilot’s licenses,” Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur said. There are four Jenks police officers that graduated from the SWAT program. MPO Kevin Nunnelee became an operator, sergeant Steve Wiley became an operator, sergeant Nick Chandlee became an operator and MPO Zach Stuckey became a negotiator. Also, the Jenks Police Department

hired two new officers recently. Trevor Hash was hired as an officer and John Fitzpatrick was hired as a reserve officer. Hash is an Air Force graduate and has worked for security forces for the past sixplus years. He also graduated from the Air Force Sniper School. Fitzpatrick previously worked for the Oklahoma Air National Guard for the past 14 years, where he was a captain and a pilot. He was also a reserve officer for the Tulsa Police Department for 11 years. He graduated from Top Gun in 1985.

Several Jenks first responders completed drone and SWAT program training recently. Jenks Police Department also added two new officers to the force. Photo/Courtesy of Katie Butterfield City of Jenks

Man threatens citizen with machete at local gas station By HAYDEN TUCKER

Jenks police are searching for a man who allegedly pulled a machete on another man at a gas station last week. On Oct. 3 around 8:30

a.m. Jenks police responded to a report of a man allegedly brandishing a machete at the gas station located at 1915 W. Main Street. According to a police report, the victim watched as the suspect

“aggressively” asked a woman for gas money. The victim reportedly grew uncomfortable watching the exchange and confronted the suspect, telling him to leave the woman alone. The victim and sus-

POLICE LOGS INCIDENT REPORTS Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 LARCENY- FOX RUN CIRCLE The suspect unlawfully took items belonging to the victim(s), with the intent to permanently deprive. BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE- 2100 BLOCK W 118TH ST The suspect stole multiple items from the victim. BOGUS TAG- 212 E MAIN The suspect was driving a vehicle that was not registered in their name, had a bogus tag that belonged to another vehicle, did not have insurance on the vehicle and had a suspended driver’s license. BURGLARY FROM AUTO- 1100 N RIVERWAL TERRACE Suspect smashed in the window to the victims Silverado and removed many items of value LARCENY-2700 BLOCK E 130TH ST Unknown suspect(s) unlawfully took possession of the victim’s

trailer and water tote. FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD NUMBER- 400 BLOCK OF E B ST An unknown suspect knowingly used the victims debit cards for the purchase of goods or services without the consent of the victim. LARCENY- 133RD & S 21ST ST Unknown suspect unlawfully retrieved the victim’s power washer from the front porch, and fled with possession of the power washer. LARCENY FROM THE HOUSE- 500 BLOCK N FOREST Suspect took misc. items out of the rental house when she moved out. LARCENY-AUTO AIRCRAFT OR OTHER MOTOR VEH- 500 W G ST Suspect unlawfully took possession of the victim’s vehicle with the intent to permanently deprive. WARRANT CHARGE (CITY) - 211 N ELM Zachary had three City of Jenks FTA war-


pect argued for a brief time before the suspect allegedly pulled a rusty machete and started toward the victim who retreated to his vehicle and called 911. The suspect was last seen driving westbound

toward Highway 75 in a silver Jeep Cherokee with the Florida tag 137PXN. As of now Jenks police are still searching for the suspect and an apparent passenger. Detective Sergeant Eric

Bowdle says there is a possibility that the owner of the vehicle and the driver are not the same person. If you have any information about this, contact the Jenks Police Department at 556-7489.

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Jenks leaders take educational trip to Minnesota By HAYDEN TUCKER

Jenks city leaders last week spent three days in Minneapolis as part of the Tulsa Regional Chamber intercity visit. Now former Vice Mayor Joshua Wedman, City Manager Christopher Shrout, councilwoman Donna Ogez, aquarium chief marketing officer Andrea Lietch, and Jenks chamber of commerce president Josh Driskell represented Jenks as over 100 area government and business leaders made the trip. The Tulsa Regional Chamber holds intercity visits each year to similarly sized metropolitan areas. In the past the group has visited Louisville, Nashville, Portland, Fort Worth, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. This was the 10th year. “The idea is, leaders in the Tulsa metro area visit other comparable metro areas and try to get ideas for how to make the Tulsa region better and more competitive,” Shrout said. “The goal is to say, what are these metro regions doing well and what can we bring back to the Tulsa metro region to make us better?”

From left, Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell, Jenks City Manager Chris Shrout, Jenks City Council Member Donna Ogez and now former Jenks Vice Mayor Josh Wedman were several of the Jenks leaders who recently traveled to Minnesota as apart of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Courtesy of Chris Shrout Attendees soaked in some of the Minneapolis culture. The group visited Walker Art Center, U.S. Bank Stadium, and Mill City Museum. Each place they visited along the way had different session themes. Session one was regionalism, session two about workforce attraction and retention, session three was

about diversity equity, and inclusion, and session four focused on inclusivity in action. The discussion of diversity and inclusion was most relevant to Jenks. “We think that’s important for the city of Jenks because we’ve been working to create a more diverse workforce and try to create more diverse applicant

pools,” Shrout said. “We think this was pretty applicable to what we are trying to do as a city and a community in getting ideas.” Minneapolis and St. Paul leaders shared ideas of how to accomplish more diversity. “They talked about different HR strategies, where you advertise for jobs and how you go

through the applicant pool to make it a more fair and competitive process,” Shrout said. “Some of those things we took away from and we’ll try to use. It’s identifying if we’re trying to get a more diverse pool, maybe advertise to more diverse groups of people.” Tulsa and Minneapolis are simi-

lar in size, the former’s population of 400,000, the latter 450,000. The metro population shows a larger disparity in population. The Tulsa metro houses around one million, Minneapolis has nearly four million. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum mentioned the population differences when he spoke at the conference. Shrout said Bynum’s words highlighted the importance of communities like Jenks to a metropolitan area. “His point was, Tulsa alone is the core city, but everyone needs to work together, the whole metro region needs to work together to make the region great,” he said. “That’s what makes Minneapolis great. It’s just barely larger than Tulsa, the city is but they have more amenities because they have a larger metro population. “I think the point is, when we all come together, we all make each other better. That’s why it’s important for the city of Jenks to be involved in the region and to collaborate with other communities to make this region competitive for more jobs and more economic development.”


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Friday, October 11, 2019

HEARING FROM THE OWNER’S BOX Hello Jenks, America. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week here in our great community. Finally, the weather has shifted to fall temperatures and it is feeling great outside. However, the one thing that comes along with cooler weather is the cold and flu season. Make sure to take care of yourselves and get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water to keep your body as healthy as it can be through these next few months. I want to personally thank Dr. Josh Wedman for his service with the City of Jenks. He has spent the last six-plus years serving as Jenks City Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Council Member. Dr. Wedman has sacrificed his time and energy to helping Jenks advance into one of the premiere places to live and work in the country. The decision he made this week to step down as Vice Mayor is admirable because he is doing it to spend more time with his family and focus on his chiro-

practic practice. Many people would ignore those reasons and keep on stretching themselves thinner and thinner until they eventually snapped. Dr. Wedman did not allow that to happen and the city is much better off now than it was when he first took the oath, so we thank you for your service Dr. Wedman and wish you knew nothing but the best in the next venture of your life. Hollywood actor and film producer, Brian Presley, made a stop at Jenks High School last week. Brian graduated from Jenks High School in 1996 and then went on to have an impressive career in Hollywood as an actor

and has now switched roles to becoming a film producer. Brian met with the Jenks High School vocal music students and shared advice as they begin to think about life after high school. It’s always great to see Jenks High School alums come back home and share their experiences with the current students. I had the opportunity to check out the Jenks High School theatre department’s production of “Grapes of Wrath” last week with my mother. We both enjoyed the performance and walked out of the Jenks High School Performing Arts Center impressed with what we had just watched. It never ceases to amaze me just how talented Jenks High School students are and to see them put their talents to action is a great thing. On the business front, I was able to recently sit down with Innovative Air Pros owner and CEO Gary Kirk and field supervisor Cody Dampf. Innovative Air Pros is

doing some amazing things in the heat and air business. Customer service is what they hang their hat on and that is the main reason they are thriving in the Jenks community. If you are looking for a fun event to do this evening, make sure to go and check out the Jenks High School Homecoming Parade on Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming is always a special time for current and former students to celebrate their time at Jenks Public Schools. Also, make sure to stick around and watch the Trojans take on the Yukon Millers at 7:30 p.m. in a district battle at Allan Trimble Stadium. Well, that is all for today folks. I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune and thank you for reading. Oh, and one more thing, Boomer Sooner and beat Texas! Sincerely, Kyle Salomon

KEEPING IT LOCAL WITH LAURI WHITE A young lady wakes up on a brisk Fall day, to the sound of an alarm going off. She jumps out of bed with excitement and anticipation. The biggest decision she is having to make today is what she will wear to represent her hometown pride as she sits on the back of a convertible, waving to fans. In another home, a tired mom rolls out of bed and begins getting kids dressed in their best fan gear while rushing around, sipping her coffee preparing to go watch a local parade with her children. In another home a young man is woken up by his dad and begins his day with a pep talk about this big day! Today is the day you will go out there and fight for a win, not for you but for your entire community to win. This is the day that the town will showcase their creativity and pride. It is a day

we call, Homecoming. People coming together with one common goal, showing the competition we have more Pride! People standing on sidewalks as a parade ensued, cheering for each car or float as it passed by. Little kids would rush to grab handfuls of candy being tossed from this years high school celebrities. Local businesses would take time to have their store front windows painted, cheering fans would have their faces painted holding signs of encourage-

ment to win. The high school band playing and their songs, as they marched in cadence down the streets. This is what hometown pride is all about and homecoming is the day it will be shown at its best. The bigger picture is seeing so many people in one community standing behind an entire football team, encouraging them to do their best is a beautiful thing. The energy buzzing in the stands during the evening game gives a heightened sense of awareness that creates a force to be reckoned with. The players on the field are amped up in such a way because they do not want to let down their community. They are guaranteed to show up and play this game until the final second expires. This is where the team will absolutely leave their hearts on that field. To all of our

boys playing this week, I want to say thank you! Thank you for the early morning practices, the dedication and the determination to win. Coaches, thank you for the time you spend away from your families teaching these young men how to improve their skills and keeping them safe. Cheerleaders, pom squads, band and all the support teams, thank you for the spirit and time that has been spent preparing for this big day. Trojans it is time to take that field and represent with all you have. You have worked for this moment and let nothing distract you tonight. On behalf of the Jenks Tribune, we all wish you the absolute best and thank you all for the hard work you have put in to making tonight so special. Now, let us all go out there and show that Trojan Pride.

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Jenks pedestrian bridge to be closed parts of Sunday, Monday The Jenks pedestrian bridge will be closed from noon Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday to allow for construction and maintenance on piping along the north side of the bridge. Photo/Courtesy

Jenks chamber to host Congressional representatives at monthly luncheon The Jenks Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon will feature a Congressional update from the offices of Congressman Kevin Hern and Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford on Wednesday. The program, sponsored by Utica Park Clinic, will take place at The Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks. The program begins at noon. Luncheons are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The Jenks Chamber’s Monthly Luncheons feature networking opportunities and a speaker targeting business development, legislative policy, career coaching and other important topics. For more information about the Jenks Chamber or to RSVP for the October Monthly Luncheon, visit or call 299-5005.



Friday, October 11, 2019

Art Guild up at the Hive

From page 1A

“I would say it’s always been a team effort, that includes past, present, and future members of council and staff. It’s been an honor to have been part of that team. The time is right for me to place greater attention to my growing family and our business.” Wedman will now focus his time on his family. When running for council in 2013, his oldest child, Tyler, was around a year-and-a-half and the Wedman’s have had two more children since. He also practices chiropractic care at Wedman Chiropractic on Main Street in Jenks.

The Hive in Jenks is playing host to the Tulsa Art Guild through the end of October. The Art Guild is on display Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Photos/Kyle Salomon


From page 1A

lump sum cost of the engineering design firm, McClelland Consulting Engineering Inc. was in the amount of $203,684. The agreement between Jenks and ODOT was that Jenks would pay 20% and ODOT would pay the other 80%. In 2016, the City of Jenks paid $40,737 for the project. The additional funding that was

approved by the council Monday was for $48,390, which meant the City of Jenks is paying another $9,600 to the engineering firm for more roadway design and surveying. The additional roadway design and survey is to include areas from Date Street to Elm Street and including a section of Date Street north of Main Street.

Additionally, survey along Birch Street from Main Street to Veteran’s Park Pond is needed to allow for improvements at each intersection along Birch Street. Horizon Jenks comprehensive plan seeing positive interaction The Horizon Jenks comprehensive plan that is set to take the City of Jenks to new heights over the next three decades is seeing solid interaction from the community. More than 400 Jenks citizens have offered input on multiple areas. They would like to see Jenks improved from an infrastructure standpoint to a general facelift in the town’s looks. More than 600 people have interacted through the Horizon Jenks website with more than 235 taking part in the workshops the City of Jenks has hosted to hear from its citizens. With the success of the interaction, consulting firm Houseal and Lavigne would like to see the process now streamlined, so they can present the first phase of the comprehensive plan to city council in January of 2020, according to Jenks City Planner Jim Beach. That would shorten the timeline by one month with the focus being on downtown, the river front and the Main Street and Highway 75 area. The initial proposal, if accepted by city council, would include graphics with urban design to provide visuals to show what exactly the plan is for Jenks’ future. There will be another Horizon Jenks workshop in the near future. As soon as those dates and times are released, the Jenks Tribune will alert the public.


TREATING CUSTOMERS THE RIGHT WAY Innovative Air Pros is more than a heat and air company By KYLE SALOMON

After being in the business for more than 40 years, Gary Kirk decided to get into the ownership game when it comes to heat and air companies. Gary Kirk and his son Cody Dampf started Innovative Air Pros April 1, 2016 in a Tulsa location by the Jones Riverside Airport and the Jenks Public Schools bus barn.

The company officially moved to a newer and larger location in Jenks on Sept. 27. “Everyone has more room to work now,” Kirk said. “It allows us to continue growing like we have, and it allows us to continue to serve our customers the way we expect.” Kirk and his wife are originally from Tulsa but had built a house in Jenks several years prior to Innovative Air Pros getting started, so

when they were deciding where to put the new business, Jenks was the logical choice. “It is exciting the way Jenks is growing,” Dampf said. “As Jenks grows, we will grow with it. We are heavily involved with the Chamber (of Commerce) and the schools. Being a part of the community is important to us. We want to treat our customers like friends and family. We have made

and developed relationships with customers. The word of mouth has been our biggest advocate right now.” Kirk said the heat and air industry has changed just like everything else in the past four decades. “The efficiency with the equipment is the biggest difference,” Kirk said. “The efficiency has just improved greatly over the years. Our goal is to make people more com-

fortable. I would like to see the company continue to grow. We have six employees right now, who all do a great a job for us. Taking care of the customer has always and will always be the No. 1 priority for us.” When asked why people who need heat and air work done should call Innovative Air Pros, Dampf said, “A lot of people are in the

same industry we are, but what differentiates us is the customer service level. This is a customer service-based business and our customer service is unmatchable. I will get out of bed at 2 a.m. to go help a customer if I have to. That does not bother me. Our customer service, quality of work and fair pricing is why people should always choose us.”

Smitty’s Garage looks to make impact in community By KYLE SALOMON

Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer, located in Tulsa just across the Jenks bridge, is eager to make an impact in the community.

Smitty’s Garage is looking for non-profits in the area, who are interested in participating in a benefit night hosted by the restaurant. It provides a way for members of the

non-profit to get together and raise money, while enjoying food and the family-oriented atmosphere the Garage employs. Benefit nights take place Monday through Thursday during the

three-hour dinner time slot and 10% of the food and beverage sales gets donated to that particular non-profit. The benefit night will be advertised on the Garage’s social media

accounts and in house. The dates of the benefit nights scheduled so far are from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 for Jenks Middle School pom and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 for Cub Scout Troop

585. If interested in having a benefit night at the Garage, call 918-2967239 or email and ask for Luther or Whitney.


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BancFirst Jenks is hosting a silent auction Monday through Oct. 25 to benefit United Way. Photo/Kyle Salomon

BancFirst to host silent auction to benefit United Way By KYLE SALOMON

BancFirst Jenks and BancFirst Glenpool will host a silent auction to help those in need beginning Monday. The auction will run through Oct. 25 at both locations. All of the proceeds earned from the fundraiser will go to United Way. The silent auction will be set up in the lobbies of both banks. People can come in during normal bank hours and place a bid on a particular item or

multiple items. Bank hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. “We want to invest in our local communities and help those in need,” Amy Southerland, Senior Vice President of BancFirst Jenks. “The holidays are a special time of year and we want to help those in need. This is an important time of year. We love to sponsor this program and love to help the United Way in whatever way we can.”

Items in the silent auction: -Oklahoma State wrestling singlet autographed by entire OSU wrestling team -Oklahoma State wrestling headgear autographed by Daton Fix, No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country -Two $50 gift cards from Got Wood -Basket of various kitchen items from Restaurant Equipment and Supply -$50 gift card from Restaurant Equipment and Supply -Coach large shoul-

der bag in signature Jacquard and gold accents from Kathy and Gary Head -Two tickets to see “A Christmas Carol” at Tulsa Performing Arts Center from Tulsa Metal Finishing -Pumpkin basket with a $50 gift card, four dog toys, dog treats, paw print tumblers, cologne and waste bags from U Dirty Dawg -Two hand-painted antique windows in fall and winter décor from Dee Christner and Melissa Owen

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Come back cut short for volleyball on senior night By HAYDEN TUCKER

From left: Kylie Rathbun, Sydney Williams, Emma Rhodes, Mia Burge. All four seniors played their final home game Tuesday. Photo/Drew Bethell

Marshall earns coach of the year honors By HAYDEN TUCKER

Being down 2-0 in the match didn’t waver the confidence of Jenks volleyball Tuesday against Union. The Lady Redskins (12-19) tried their best to spoil senior night early, but the Lady Trojans (15-14) had other plans. Jenks fought back to force the match to five sets but ultimately found itself on the losing side of a tight game. Union handled the first two sets with relative ease. The first set finished 25-17, the sec-

ond 25-21. Despite the shortcomings early, the Lady Trojans locked in to prolong the match. Jenks took the third set 25-19 and forced a fifth set with a 25-22 win in the fourth. The Lady Trojans seemed to have a handle on the fifth set, up 10-5 at one point. Union rallied to win the set 15-13. Bixby hosted Jenks on Oct. 10, before press time. The Lady Spartans were 5-23 going into the match. This was Jenks’ final game of the regular season.


uTrojans snap three game skid with blowout of Enid

Awards and accolades keep coming in for members of the boys soccer state championship team. Last week head coach Eric Marshall was named State Coach of the year for Oklahoma High School Boys Large School by the United Soccer Coaches. Marshall credits all involved with the program for the award. “To be quite honest I put the team and the boys before myself,” he said. “They’re the ones who have gotten this award for me with their play, their dedication in practice and all of those things coming into full play. I could not do anything without my players, assistants, and parents on board. It’s not just me, it’s a group effort to get all those achievements and accolades.” In his third season as head coach, Marshall and company secured an 18-0-1 record during the regular season and defeated Union 2-1 in the state title game. Before Jenks, Marshall served as assistant coach at Union for 14 years as the Redskins made two semi-final appearances and won two state championships. Marshall noted practice time was one of the key differences setting his team up for success. “It’s a byproduct of the fruits of our labor. Putting in the hours of practice, putting in those film times and film studies during the season,” he said. Though humble, he acknowledges the work it took to head a successful soccer program. “For me, personally, it is a pretty big accomplishment for my coaching career,” Marshall said. “Only to be coaching for three years and to have a semi-final and state championship after that, it does take quite a bit of effort and dedication to your trade.”


Jenks football squashed its threegame losing streak with a blowout 62-10 victory over Enid Friday. The Trojans (2-3) took tough losses at the hands of Bixby, Union, and Broken Arrow the last three games. Against the Plainsmen (0-5), Jenks got back on track. “It was really important for us to bounce back,” senior lineman Max Johnson said. “Going 0-3, those three games were really tough. It was really important to get the win especially for the young guys.” It seemed Jenks could do no wrong in the first half. Each time the Trojans possessed

Will Cox picks up a few of his 29 rushing yards against Enid last Friday. Photo/Hayden Tucker the ball it turned into points. Three touchdowns were scored in the first quarter, five in the second quarter, and one in the third. Jenks tallied 368 total yards of offense, 172 coming

‘El Caliente’ Jenks finished in 15th place in the ‘El Caliente’ race at the Chile Pepper Festival last Saturday. Avery Mazzei took fifth place, Ryann Barber took 85th, Deborah Mazzei finished 166th. There were 630 individual participants and 81 schools. Photo/Courtesy Rachael Graddy

through the air, 196 on the ground. Quarterback Stephen Kittleman was 7-for-11 with 146 yards and four touchdowns. Griffin Forbes led Jenks in rushing yards with 110 on three

attempts. Bo Estes pulled down five passes for 111 yards. The Trojans held the Plainsmen to just 19 rushing yards. Enid collected 168 total yards of offense. Any confidence

lost during the losing streak has surely returned. “It definitely bumps us all up in confidence,” Johnson said. “We definitely needed a confidence Continued to FULL, Page 2B


Friday, October 11, 2019

Yukon brings flexbone to homecoming bout By HAYDEN TUCKER

Justim Murphy (23) celebrates Bo Estes’ (87) touchdown against Enid. Photos/Hayden Tucker


In five weeks of action Jenks has seen some of the best teams in the state, now they’ll see one of the more unique offenses on homecoming. It’s year three for the Yukon Millers under head coach Jeremy Reed and his flexbone offense. This uncommon style is run heavy with the emphasis to drain the clock and throw off opponents. In the age of flashy, high-flying passes, the Millers are bringing football back to its roots with the option offense. The offense presents a multitude of problems for opponents but no matter what a defense might try, flexbone teams are typically prepared. “They have a few plays that look the same, but they block it different,” defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor said. “Coach Reed and those guys do a great job. Flexbone guys in general, they’ve seen every defense known to man. “If you think you’re tricking them, you’re not. They have answers for it.” Gaylor spent the last three years prior to Jenks at Mustang. The Broncos begin each season playing the Millers in one of the west side’s most heated rivalries. The Broncos have the luxury of spending the weeks leading up to the season readying for the flexbone whereas Jenks has just days. To prepare for the unorth-

odox offense, Gaylor removes the ball entirely from the equation in practice. “There are some drills we don’t use a football in because we don’t want those guys seeing the football. You’ve got a dive player, quarterback player, pitch player on all these plays. You’ve got to train your guys into making sure they’re seeing what they’re supposed to see.” Last season the Millers enjoyed more success than they had seen in six years with a 6-4 record. This year they’re nursing a 2-3 record. Yukon defeated Edmond North 21-13 week one and Edmond Santa Fe last week 31-21. Its three losses have come from Mustang, Moore, and Norman. Where defenses struggle against the flexbone is speed. Many teams aren’t prepared for the swift play calling by the Millers. Hurrying the ball up the field can make any defender’s head spin. “What’s difficult is that first series because those guys are so adept at the mesh point,” Gaylor said. “The speed of that offense, it takes your kids a bit of time to settle in, feeling the speed of the game. On the midline triple option, how quick that thing happens because it is quick. If you’re 3-4 front, they’re going to read your four high and they’re going to read inside linebacker. It’s boom-boom. It’s fast.” Gaylor says he wants his players to focus on their position and the task at hand.

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boost after last week’s game and the week before that. It just helps overall team morale.” For Johnson, there wasn’t much doubt heading into the game that Jenks would win. “I expected us all to come in and play angry, like we need this W, and we did,” he said. “I think our defense and our offense, we all balled out.” During the losing streak, Johnson made sure to stay calm. In his first season starting, Jenks

fell to 0-4 to start the season. When his team went down a similar path this year, he knew how to handle it. “I was part of that 0-4 group sophomore year, that was my first year starting,” Johnson said. “I knew how it happens, what goes on, how you fix it. So, it wasn’t very stressful, we just have to come in and get business done.” Jenks will host Yukon next week for homecoming. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Above, Will Cox picks up yards. Right, Kobey Rogers flips into the end zone.

“Don’t do other peoples’ jobs,” he said. “Play your responsibility because if you get your eyes in the wrong place, you start saying, “well he’s not doing it,” all the sudden the total structure breaks down and you’ve got issues all across the board.” Jenks fans in the stands may notice Yukon players attempting abrasive hits. Cut blocking is another Yukon signature. Instead of offensive linemen tackling high, the Millers will be seen tackling low, from the knee down. “I don’t mind cut blocking because it’s legal,” Gaylor said. “When we’re engaged and somebody cuts us, it’s not a scheme deal, it’s a player safety issue. It’s like helmet to helmet. We’ve had to change the way we teach tackling over the course of the last five years for the betterment of our players. It’s the same thing.” Though cut blocking can be a safety concern, Gaylor doesn’t believe there’s ill will behind it. “They’re not coaching their guys to hurt our guys,” he said. “They get caught up and things like that happen. It’s part of football. You want to keep your guys safe and you don’t want your guys to get hurt but at the same time those things happen even when you’re not playing flexbone teams.” Yukon plays visitor to Allan Trimble Stadium Friday, the game begins at 7:30 p.m. Homecoming festivities will take place beforehand.

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Volleyball senior night pregame festivities

Mia Burge and family. Photos/Drew Bethell

Emma Rhodes and family.

Sydney Williams and family.

Kylie Rathbun and family.


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Jenks defeats Enid 62-10 for second win

Griffin Forbes finds a hole in the defense to pick up yards. Forbes led the Trojans in rushing yards, three attempts for 110 yards.

Stephen Kittleman throws one of 11 pass attempts against Enid. Kittleman was 7-for-11 with 146 yards and four touchdowns. Photos/Hayden Tucker

Jayden Patrick (5) returns an Enid punt for a touchdown. Patrick returned three punts 80 yards.

Grant Lohr leaps to tackle the Enid ball carrier.

Glenver Jones returns a punt. Jones returned three punts for 64 yards.

Drake Vannoy (20) sacks the Enid quarterback. Jenks recorded two sacks for 29 yards.

Jayden Patrick returns an Enid punt for a touchdown.

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Lady Trojans drop senior night match

Jenks lost to Union in five sets Tuesday. Photos/Hayden Tucker


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Magnuson shines in star role By ELISE SIEBERT AND GRACE ABRAHAM Trojan Torch

Seconds before the curtains opened, his stomach was full of butterflies and his heart was racing. As the show started, the lights, sound, set, and the whole audience become one. Senior Zach Magnuson, who played Jim Casy in “The Grapes of Wrath,” is ready to tell the crowd a story. In the seventh grade, Magnuson had to join either boys basketball or theatre, he chose theatre. It is now his last year in the Jenks drama department, and he played one of the lead roles in its most recent performance. “It was a way to become a different person and to see how other people think and how they feel and how experiences drive us,” Magnuson said when speaking about drama. “It was a concept I really fell in love with.” For the first show of the year, Magnuson easily related to the character Jim Casy because they are both deep thinkers. Throughout the rehearsals, he had to find ways to take himself out of the character to result in a better performance. During this time, there are a lot of steps that have to come together to create the best show. “I have to figure out how does he walk differently, how do I show his age?” Magnuson asked himself. “It was just really hard to play things similar to me but not let it be the me

that I know I am.” Even as an experienced actor, Magnuson still gets nervous before every performance, but as soon as he steps out onto the stage and looks into the audience, he feels all his nerves go away and is ready to play the part. “Everything starts with the script but it goes beyond that,” Magnuson said. “One of the major themes of The Grapes of Wrath is what makes a family, and how does that correlate to us being humans.” Although Magnuson had many successful years in high school drama, his plan for being involved in theatre in the future is still up in the air. “I know I am going into the medical field but I started theatre for a reason,” Magnuson said. “Theatre has shown me a lot about how to be a person and what it is that makes us different people.” Magnuson had played different people from all walks of life, from a rich person living in eastern London, to a poor person who couldn’t afford to pay rent. Because of these roles, he has learned to see people from a different perspective, and that is a lesson that will never leave him. “Theatre is not a sport, but it is a competition. It is competitive, and it is hard, and it is exhausting,” Magnuson said. “But like any sport you’re gonna play, if you think there’s something there, do it. If you think theatre is right for you, then it probably is.”

Jenks High School senior Zach Magnuson played the role of “Jim Casy” in the Jenks High School’s production of “The Grapes of Wrath” last week at the Jenks High School Performing Arts Center. Photo/Drew Bethell

Grapes of Wrath takes us on rollercoaster ride

The Jenks High School theatre department knocked it out of the park with its “Grapes of Wrath” performance last week. Photo/Drew Bethell

Jenks theatre students showed off their talents last weekend with their production of the “Grapes of Wrath”. The Jenks High School theater department performed “Grapes of Wrath” on Oct. 3 through Oct. 5. This play was a surprising choice because the book is banned at some schools for causing political issues. The “Grapes of Wrath” is set during the Great Depression. It is about a family who travels from their small farm in Oklahoma to California in search of new jobs. It contains a couple fight scenes, a birth scene, and ends with a nice little segment of a woman breast-feeding a grown man in order to save his life. This play is depressing and painful, but the high schoolers somehow pulled it off. With the props that were provided and the fake accents they had to use; the actors did great. They somehow kept me engaged, even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the play itself.

Elise Siebert It was clear that the theater department worked very hard. It was easy to understand the conversations and to follow the storyline, which I struggled with. I have to say, I am a bit biased because my younger brother is one of the actors (he was the tall, skinny one who started the fights.) So, I must appreciate the play because I was the one driving him to the school at seven in the morning for rehearsals. They all put a lot of work and time into it, and that showed during the performance. Senior Caroline Henry, who played Rose

of Sharon, did an especially great job. In real life, Henry is the most joyful and positive person I have met, but she somehow played the part of a depressing character --- and she played it well. She was the big character in some of the most shocking scenes for me, such as the birth and breastfeeding scenes. Another memorable part for me was the gun shots. Yes, they did warn the audience about the gun shots before the play started, but they still got my heart racing a bit. I honestly liked that they sounded real, it gave the performance some highly needed energy. Overall, the students in Jenks theater department are very talented. They deserve a higher budget from the school for some better microphones, because they were constantly glitching throughout the performance. But I enjoyed it a lot, and due to the ending scene, I left the auditorium in shock.

Homecoming festivities set for today The Jenks High School Homecoming Week began Monday. There will be a Homecoming parade beginning at 5:30 p.m.

and will start near the intersection of Elm and Main and then proceed east down Main Street through downtown

Jenks before finishing near the Education Service Center. There will also be an assembly today at 1:28

p.m. and will be held in the Trojan Activity Center. They will announce candidates and escorts and

announce the Homecoming Queen and King at the football game Friday against Yukon. The

Homecoming Dance will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Dining Hall on the Central Campus.


PET OF THE WEEK Diesel Detective Sergeant Eric Bowdle made a little friend! This little guy’s CAT motor is always purring, so of course we named him Diesel. He’s just one of several kittens that are available for adoption; if you’d like to meet Diesel or any of his adoptable friends, call Jenks Animal Control at 918-299-6311. Photo/Courtesy of the Jenks Police Department

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Hallowmarine set for Oklahoma Aquarium Children can get their sea legs and their sweet tooth satisfied with the Oklahoma Aquarium’s Hallowmarine event. Aquarium guests can follow the Trick-orTreat trail for candy and see the marine life in the facility’s exhibits. There will be a cos-

tume contest with a chance to win prizes. Guests can also get their face painted with their favorite animal and interact with some of the ocean’s creatures. Young children can explore the Coral Cove, a sweet and spooky play area with

age-appropriate games, candy and prizes. The event will take place on Oct. 31 and members may enter at 6 p.m. with non-members allowed to enter at 6:30 p.m. Final admission will be sold at 8:30 p.m. with trick-or-treating concluding at 9 p.m.

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“Grapes of Wrath” takes center stage at Jenks High School The Jenks High School theatre department performed “Grapes of Wrath” last week at the Jenks High School Performing Arts Center. Photos/Drew Bethell


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Jenks Tribune Digital Issue 9 - October 12, 2019