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FALL GARDENING: Some local experts share their tips.
FOCUS Local man shot, killed by police in Pryor By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer
LOCAL HULBERT HOMECOMING The Hulbert Riders host their homecoming game Friday night. Check out the royalty and get ready for action!
PRYOR – A Tahlequah man was shot and killed Thursday after running from authorities in Mayes County. According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Dustin Shirrel, 30, was a passenger in a stolen vehicle
stopped by a Grand River Dam Authority police officer at about 9:30 a.m. Shirrel fled with a handgun and went into a wooded area, the OSBI said. TAYLOR GRDA officers, troopSHIRREL iff’s Office folers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and deputies lowed Shirrel about one mile from the Mayes County Sher- into the wooded area where
he headed after he bolted from the car. During the search, Shirrel reportedly pointed a gun at officers from each of the three agencies, who then shot at and killed the suspect. OSBI agents responded to the scene to investigate the shooting. The OSBI didn’t say whether Shirrel shot at
officers, or how many times Shirrel was shot. The OSBI said the GRDA officer had checked the vehicle’s tag and learned the Hyundai Sonata had been stolen from Tahlequah last week. When the officer tried to perform a traffic stop, the driver, Claudia Taylor, 32, of See Pryor, page 2A
School leaders mull challenges Despite competing demands of the school board, principals, teachers, parents, students and community, the direction of a school is set by the one in charge: the superintendent.
A FLAIR FOR THE FAIR
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Proctor man to face charges A Proctor man who allegedly crashed his truck head-on into another truck last Saturday is set to be charged in Cherokee County District Court. PAGE 3A
Reward offered for vandal info Lake Region Electric Cooperative and other cooperatives are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for $1 million in damage to substations. PAGE 3A
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With tractor-driving contest supervisor Darrell Hood observing, Peggs seventh-grader Denton Halpain attempts to back the tractor and seeder through the S-shaped course of street cones during the Cherokee Photo by Rob W. Anderson County Fair on Thursday.
A tractor-driving contest and the display of exhibits marked the opening day of the Cherokee County Fair. By ROB W. ANDERSON Press Staff Writer
Race for the Kids this Saturday Kiwanis Club of Tahlequah will host the second annual Race for the Kids, Saturday, Sept. 15. PAGE 10A
Big-top circus coming to town The largest traveling big top tent circus in America will visit Tahlequah, Monday, Sept. 24. PAGE 10A
Home openers for three schools Tahlequah, Sequoyah and Keys all play in their home openers Friday night. Read about each game, plus read about NSU’s game at Washburn. PAGE 5A
WEATHER Friday night: Most cloudy with a shower, 68 degrees. PAGE 5A
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The county fair is about time-honored traditions, when rural practices like raising beef, growing vegetables, preserving food or stitching a quilt are honored and put on display for others to see. It’s also customary to determine the county’s best tractor operator. Thursday kicked off the annual Cherokee County Fair, and contestants in two age divisions tested their skills at pulling a seeder with a tractor diago-
nally through a course line with orange-street cones. The fair runs through Saturday at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, just across from the Cherokee Casino on U.S. Highway 62. Contest supervisor and Keys School vo-ag teacher Darrell Hood said the contestants have seven minutes to drive the tractor and seeder attachment through an S-shaped course of cones. Deductions are made for mistakes like hitting a cone, jackknifing the tractor and equipment, and grinding the gears.
“We make sure they know how to start the tractor, put it in drive, and all that stuff, and operate it safely through the course,” Hood said. “Every time they change directions or get out of line with the cones, it’s a deduction. And it’s timed. Back when I did it, they’d find a gate and you’d just kind of back in between it or something. This is actually how they do it at the Tulsa State Fair. The only thing is we don’t have a four-wheel wagon, and if you can’t back up a four-wheel wagon, there’s no sense in going. I See Fair, page 2A
ATahlequah man is out of jail on a $30,000 bond after being booked for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Employees at the Cherokee County Detention Center said Brent Tschirhart, 19, was booked into jail last Friday on one count of rape by instrumentation, and posted bond the same day. Formal charges haven’t been filed. Tahlequah Police Detective Thomas Donnell, in an affidavit filed for a search warrant, said Tschirhart began communicating with the 13-year-old TSCHIRHART girl through text messages in early June. Tschirhart and the alleged victim continued to communicate by talking on the phone and texting each other until Tschirhart became “offensive” and began asking the girl for sex, Donnell’s affidavit said. At some point, Tschirhart allegedly went to the girl’s home and sent her a text message, saying he wanted to meet with her and have sex. When Tschirhart later sent a text to the girl saying he’d left her house, she went outside to check. Detectives said Tschirhart “came from out of nowhere” and conducted a lewd act in front of the girl. Donnell was granted a search warrant, and seized a cell phone Monday from Tschirhart’s home, according to court documents.
City rises and shines for breakfast By KOLBY PAXTON Press Staff Writer There may be no better way to wake up than with the aroma of freshly prepared bacon in the air. And fortunately for local residents, Tahlequah boasts an array of breakfast options to kick-start the day. Perhaps chief among the options for out-of-town visitors is Del Rancho, south of town on Muskogee Avenue. “We float the Illinois River every summer,” said Oklahoma City resident Krystal Bills. “This summer, we actually made three separate trips. All three times, we stopped off at Del Rancho on the way home. Its definitely a tradition.” Store Manager Jerri McCarter has been with the restaurant for 27 years, and
she has noticed the trend, too. “We have a lot of people who come in from out of town,” she said. “They’ll stop in for breakfast on the way in and tell us, ‘We’ll see you when we get off of the river.’ So we get them on the way in and on the way out.” McCarter walks the walk, commonly treating herself to a particular menu item. “I just think we have an awesome breakfast,” she said. “My favorite is the ranch breakfast. It comes with two eggs any way, bacon or sausage, biscuits or toast and gravy, and hashbrowns, all for $4.89. We also have the chicken and steak biscuit, and we can add egg and cheese, as well. It’s very popular.” As an added benefit, Del Rancho offers an option for diners who may be rushed: a push-button drive-through.
Del Rancho is among Tahlequah’s favorite breakfast spots, and its popularity soars with out-of-towners. Matt Hudson, left, and Emily Smith prepared meals Thursday.
“Its an all-day thing,” said McCarter. “They can also phone it in and we’ll have it ready at the window.” Locals, further seasoned to the nooks and crannies of Tahlequah, often opt for one of alternative diners along “main street,” Muskogee Avenue. “[My favorite] is the Hungry House,” said Northeastern State lecturer Tony O’seland. “Good food, great service, veteran-approved.” Tahlequah resident Linda Merrell agreed. “[It’s] Hungry House,” she said. “They are always friendly, and the food is always wonderful. It’s the best-kept secret in Tahlequah. The cartoon pancakes are great for kids.” For Velma Coon-Santos, the breakfast location of See Breakfast, page 2A
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School leaders discuss challenges ahead I This is the second in a two-part series spotlighting the county’s five new school superintendents. By ROB W. ANDERSON Press Staff Writer Despite the competing demands of the school board, principals, teachers, parents, students and community, the tone and direction of a school district is set by the man or woman in charge: the superintendent. Five area superintendents are doing just that as the new academic year unfolds to ever-increasing challenges from the State Department of Education in establishing a new performance evaluation system and paramount changes in curriculum, while facing severe budget cuts. And 2012-2013 marks year one for Tahlequah Public Schools Interim Superintendent Lisa Presley, Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Leroy Qualls, Woodall Public Schools Superintendent Linda Clinkenbeard, Hulbert Public Schools Superintendent Marilyn Dewoody and Keys Public Schools Superintendent Billie Jordan. With several irons in the fire, the superintendents try to stay connected with the people they’re serving, while meeting or surpassing expected goals. Presley said time management is a challenge for a superintendent, but that embracing personal ability and the skills and experience of others on the job can produce results. “It is rewarding to truly believe you can make a positive difference,” she said. “It is also rewarding to believe our district has outstanding students, a great and caring faculty and staff, and that we are part of an organization making a significant impact on the community. Become a
Breakfast choice is River City Cafe, inside of the Cherokee Casino, 16489 U.S. Highway 62. “You can get two eggs, hash browns, bacon, and a choice of toast or biscuits and gravy, for only $3.71,” she said. “I think it’s my [favorite] because of price and flavor.” In a poll conducted at tahlequahdailypress.com, 6 percent of voters said they usually eat breakfast at local “sit-down” restaurants. Other popular morning meal destinations, according to a Press Facebook survey, include B&J’s Grill, Iguana Cafée, Boomerang Diner and Restaurant of the Cherokees. But 48 percent said they simply enjoying breakfast from the comfort of their own homes. “Rarely do I ever have time to go eat breakfast somewhere,” said NSU graduate student Eric Jay. “My breakfast typically consists of Fruity Pebbles or a NutraGrain bar.” Another 16 percent of those polled were indifferent to the science behind the notion that breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day. “I really don’t like breakfast foods, and I never have time to
Pryor Tahlequah, led them on a pursuit, the OSBI said. The car later stopped on the south edge of Pryor, reportedly after crashing near the wooded area, and Taylor was taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle. The OSBI said once its investigation is complete, a report will be submitted to the Mayes County District Attorney, who will then determine whether the shooting of Shirrel was justified.
school administrator if you love students and learning, enjoy people, like a good problem to solve, and you like to work. Become a school administrator if you want to leave a legacy of hope.” Clinkenbeard intends to establish a tradition of academic diversity and excellence at Woodall, because she believes every student should walk away equipped with the skills to succeed in an evolving world. “A child’s success and quality of life later depends on the education a child receives today,” Clinkenbeard said. “I sincerely believe that public education, regardless of the size and location of the school, should provide all students with the skills and confidence needed to compete in our ever-changing global society. It is my mission to ensure that Woodall students receive an excellent and well-rounded education. Working with my principal and teachers to map our course of action is very rewarding now, but watching the students continue to be successful students at area high schools and beyond will be the greatest reward.” Dewoody views interacting with and seeing students succeed is the job’s greatest reward. Making an impact on their learning, while being received with a smile, keeps her passion alive. “It’s still exciting to have the kids be glad to see you. I try to go to their games, and I try to make sure I’m at every sport as much as I can be. They get excited to have me there, and it makes me feel good to feel wanted. I love being with the students,” Dewoody said. “And I just think no matter what school you’re in, there are teachers who are dedicated to their students or they wouldn’t be in this job, especially here at Hulbert. We pay the minimum salary.” From the time she was a teacher, Dewoody said, she loved teaching
and the classroom. “But I started getting into curriculum alignment as a teacher and saw I could impact the learning of more students than just mine, so made me want to branch out,” she said. “I got into administration because I found out not only could I affect those kids, I could affect a whole building of kids.” Qualls said he wouldn’t trade his experiences as an administrator for anything. He has enjoyed helping teachers guide young people to success in the classroom or in athletic competitions, and encourages anyone who wants to make a difference to get more involved in the academic process. “I appreciate our teachers doing an effective job of showing students how to work together for a common goal, and making a difference in the lives of our young people,” he said. “I look forward to contributing and being a part of the success of our students, faculty and our school in the year ahead. The administrator’s position is becoming more complex with each passing year. At the same time, it’s also a rewarding experience.” Jordan agrees with Qualls that there’s no other career field as rewarding or important as education. “Being an educator in any capacity is rewarding. I loved teaching – those moments when you know the students are connecting with what you’re saying and really learning. I loved being a principal and being able to help staff, provide them the resources they need,” she said. “As assistant superintendent [at TPS], it was rewarding to implement districtwide programs that really impacted children, to identify and overcome many barriers to learning, such as poverty and unstable home environments.” Though she’s only been at Keys a short time, Jordan said she loves being superintendent there.
“This is my home, my community, and I want to truly make a difference,” Jordan said. “Right now, the most rewarding part of my job is hanging out in the halls when I can, and messing with the kids. Nobody should be in this business if they don’t enjoy that.” According to the State Department of Education’s website, the Common Core State Standards have been developed through collaborative efforts shared by teachers, school administrators, curriculum experts and others to establish “a clear and consistent framework to prepare Oklahoma students for college, the workforce, and responsible citizenship.” The rigorous standards have been designed to reflect the real world. Presley said these benchmarks “will ask more of students than ever before,” expecting them to demonstrate what they’ve learned through application. Then they must appraise situations and be able to verbalize the thought processes used to deduce the expected outcome. “It has made the job tougher,” Presley said. “More instructional resources are required, and more time will be required to conduct evaluations. Fiscal and human resources will be taxed as teaching and learning shifts to higher rigor.” Jordan isn’t sure if the new standards will make things tougher on students, but believes the new curriculum will bring significant changes in education, which will be for the better. “We have to come together as teams at our schools – teachers, administrators and support staff – and collectively make decisions on how we’re going to fully implement the Common Core Standards by next year,” she said. “I believe that when the standards are fully implemented, teachers and students will see the value and be happy with the
change. Already I hear from students and teachers that they enjoy the Common Core classroom, with teachers requiring students to from their own opinions, based on what they learn and the evidence they gather.” Clinkenbeard and Dewoody each spent time in the Fort Gibson School District and share a similar view on the new standards. Dewoody was curriculum director at FGPS and enjoys recalibrating educational programs to provide the best learning experience. This is a source of confidence for Dewoody, who said implementing the new standards won’t faze her. She credits her mentor, Fort Gibson Superintendent Derald Glover. “When we went to the combination meeting of the school boards association and COSA, they asked us to pick out mentor, and Ms. Clinkenbeard and I picked Derald Glover because he was our superintendent at Fort Gibson,” Clinkenbeard said. “He is a very wise superintendent. I’ve learned a lot from him. Part of that meeting we spent at a kind of round table where [we shared one another’s expertise]. We taught each other what we knew, and we continue to talk all the time about issues that come up and how we should handle them.” Clinkenbeard shares the positive view on the Common Core Standards, and sees it as a chance to change everyone involved in the process. “With change comes challenges, but I don’t look at them negatively,” she said. “Instead, I choose to view them as opportunities to better our students, staff, and ultimately, our community.” Qualls said time will be the biggest challenge in taking on the new standards, but anticipates Sequoyah Schools will be ready. ““After the adjustment period, I
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eat, anyway,” said Tahlequah resident Josh McIntosh. “If I don’t have anything going on, I usually don’t wake up before 10 or 11, anyway.” Many, including Sue Webb Opp, are ready to claim a restaurant that does not yet exist in Tahlequah: the popular national chain, Jimmy’s Egg. “It will be Jimmy’s Egg when they get done,” said Opp. “But for now, B&J, because I can get eggs and grits.” According to a previous report by the Muskogee Phoenix, Dustin Van Voast, who opened Jimmy’s Egg in Muskogee, will soon introduce the chain to Tahlequah, as well. Van Voast’s addition will only enhance what is already an extensive breakfast scene, joining a number of proven commodities in a town set on proving it is never too early to
Continued from page 1A Shirrel was on probation for possession of a stolen vehicle, the OSBI said. Court records show Shirrel had previously been charged in Cherokee County with felony counts of knowingly concealing stolen property, accessory after the fact, three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding a police officer, and attempting to elude. He’s also had numerous misdemeanor charges in Cherokee County.
Samantha Lane, far left; Garrett Lane, center; and their mother, Candance, walk through the indoor exhibits Photo by Rob W. Anderson at the Cherokee County Fair on Thursday.
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Fair can’t even back up a fourwheel wagon. It’s like putting a little red wagon on your lawnmower and trying to back it up.” There are two age divisions: a junior division for ages 12-13, and a senior division for ages 14-19. Keys junior Maegen Wallace, who competed in the senior division, stressed that driving a tractor isn’t as easy as riding a bike. “Everybody thinks it’s easy to drive a tractor, but it’s really a lot more difficult than you think,” she said. “You have to drive it through here at angle and then you have to back it back through the same way. I can do a truck and trailer, but a tractor’s a lot different. You’ve got to weave it around, and you have to pay attention to where the [seed-
er’s] going. You get once chance, and you’ve got to do it without hitting any cones.” Peggs seventh-grader Denton Halpain competed in the junior division, and came in with a lot of experience driving tractors. “I drive a tractor every summer,” he said, noting the process of backing equipment as the hardest skill to learn. Halpain’s example is a rare one for today’s generation, as most learn how to drive on something other than a tractor, said County Extension 4-H Educator Carl Wallace. “Back in the day per say, every kid, when he was 6, 7 or 8 years old, was on the back of a tractor, trying to drive it. Nowadays, it’s a lot different,” Wallace said.
“For a lot of kids, the first time they ever get behind something to drive it may be a four-wheeler or something along that line. But to drive a tractor is not what it once was for kids. It’ll be a challenge for some. You don’t really see someone just jump in there and whiz in and whiz out. It takes some practice to do that.” Keys freshman Adison Hood agreed with Wallace that driving a tractor is a real test of ability. “All of it [is a challenge], but backing up mostly,” she said. “It’s the hand-eye coordination. You have to really watch what you’re doing.” The contest was Trevor Bailey’s first county fair outing, and he said the biggest difference in pulling a trailer in a contest like
Thursday’s is the in the action the equipment makes. “I don’t think it’s like a normal trailer,” he said. “It’s got like a swivel in it and it makes it harder to turn. When you turn with a normal trailer, it’s a different direction than this one.” Other county fair events held Thursday included the public’s first viewing of the indoor exhibits in Barn 2, and the horse show in the fairground arena. Friday’s lineup includes 4-H judging contests, the dog and cat shows, and the rabbit and poultry shows, while patrons can also enjoy the indoor exhibits. The 4-H steak dinner is also held Friday as the main fundraiser for the youth development organization. The $10 tickets can be pur-
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Local gardeners share fall care tips By RENEE FITE Press Special Writer Flowers and their blooms fascinate with intricate details, dazzle with their beauty, and enchant with their fragrance. This appeals to gardeners, whose passion is to tend to flora and fauna in every season. “It’s amazing how God has made everything so intricate, like the center of a rose,” said Marie LeDoux. She tends five acres, and loves the peace and beauty her landscape provides her from her front porch or new back deck. “Every morning, I get up early and go out on the porch, read my Bible then start watering,” LeDoux said. Gardens with roses surround the house, and beyond them are well-groomed, treelined fields, which she mows herself. The oaks were there when she moved in, but the California native, who was born in Java, planted lots of pine trees, pink and white dogwoods and crepe myrtle bushes. “I keep it like a park so I can play soccer with my grandson,” LeDoux said. Friends on Facebook can admire her talent with gardening and photography. “Knock Out roses and nandinas – the deer like it all, and think I planted it just for them. They were here first, and that’s why I moved here,” she said. “The only way I
shoot a deer is with my camera.” Roses are her favorites. “All us gals, my sisters and my mom, love them,” LeDoux said. A new favorite addition this year are a couple of giant Calla lilies that look like tall elephant ears, which she bought at the Farmers’ Market. “The grasshoppers eat everything. There are so many I can’t keep them off,” she said. Fertilizer is out of the question, because she wants to protect the many birds that hunt her land. A red-tailed hawk that nests on her brothers’ 10 acres also hunts on her five. “And it keeps away all the things I don’t like, rodents and snakes,” she said. “I pray every night no bugs, rodents or snakes will get into my home.” The crepe myrtles bloom spring, summer, and most of fall. But the summer’s been so dry, the blooms haven’t been as abundant this year. The 100-degree temperatures have challenged even the best of gardeners and landscapers. But those who watered twice daily have some gardens to enjoy and plants to prepare for the cooler temperatures autumn will bring. “In the fall, the leaves of the dogwoods turn blood-red before they fall off,” she said. “And the oleander should
Smoke shop hit with bogus check scam An employee of a local smoke shop reported receiving bad checks recently. A woman reportedly used three different checks, totaling more than $1,300, to purchase cigarettes at Briggs Tobacco Outlet. Employees said the checks were bad, and they haven’t been able to contact the woman. Deputies spoke to Allen Buckspan last month about a home burglary where around 200 DVDs were taken, along with Bose speakers, tools, a digital camera, Nintendo Wii, furniture, and many other items. Martha Moore spoke to
deputies recently about being threatened and about the theft of property. Robert Mathews reported a stolen four-wheeler this week. Danielle Coursey spoke to deputies this week about a man who applied for a job at a local company. The man who applied later sent several inappropriate emails and made several calls to the company. David Springer spoke to deputies Tuesday after his 10-year-old boxer/bulldog either wandered off or was stolen.
I Daily Log Court Report Civils Armstrong Bank vs. Foreman Lee Still et al – foreclosure Midland Funding LLC vs. Clifford Wayne Hobbs Travis Miller et al vs. North American Mortgage Co. et al – quiet title Paul R. Sheline et al vs. Robert V. Poole et al – quiet title Protective Orders Zachary Michael Sherrell et al vs. Jeff Don Robinson Janie D. Garza et al vs. Darlene Hummingbird Divorces Glenda J. Green vs. Danny W. Green Cheryl Jennings vs. Bryan G. Jennings – separate maintenance Marriages Maurice Wayne Stricklen III, 19, Rose, to Carina Lian Adelizzi, 18, Rose
Fire Runs Sept. 11 Tahlequah FD; 2:57 p.m. Grass Fire. 12460 W. 800 Road Tahlequah FD; 4:08 p.m. Semi Rollover. S.H. 51 Tahlequah FD; 8:10 p.m. Medical Assist. Sandstone Apartments Sept. 12 Tahlequah FD; 10:05 a.m. Hydraulic Spill. North Grand Tahlequah FD; 12:43
p.m. Outside Fire. 123 E. Delaware Sept. 13 Tahlequah FD; 5:50 p.m. Lift Assist. 604 Sooner Drive
Death Notices LEECH, Forrest, 101. Tahlequah farmer/rancher. Died Sept. 7. Services 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Reed-Culver Funeral Home Chapel, Tahlequah. DEPAULA, Sonya Kay, 75, Tahlequah registered nurse. Died Sept. 10. Memorial services 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah Church. ReedCulver Funeral Home, Tahlequah. HUTCHINSON, Dollie L. (Hefner), 85, Tahlequah medical/dental assistant. Died Sept. 10. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Tahlequah. ETZKORN, Emil, 76, Tahlequah carpenter. Died Sept. 11. Services 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Tahlequah. Hart Funeral Home, Tahlequah. OWL, Steven, 67, Stilwell laborer. Died Sept. 12. Services 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Stilwell. REID, Lunnie Mae, 69, Sapulpa nurses aid. Died Sept. 6. Services 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Roberts/ReedCulver Funeral Home, Stilwell.
Spending time tending her garden is a peaceful diversion for Marie LeDoux and many Photo by Renee Fite others.
survive the snow.” Elephant ear bulbs stay in the ground, and LeDoux mulches them with cedar mulch to keep the roots moist and protect them from the extremes in temperature. She’s put out about 30 bags of mulch in the garden. The roses get trimmed down quite a bit, and all the trees’ lower branches will get trimmed about the same height above the ground. Jim Roaix normally plants
extra, and he doesn’t weed. “I get less tomatoes, for example, but the critters are happy,” he said. “I plant lettuce and cabbage and peas for the rabbit family, and they leave the other stuff alone.” At the end of the season, he buys from the “ready to rot” section in stores, getting plants for 50 cents to $1 and nursing them back to heath. In the fall, he trims everything that doesn’t have buds, like trees and the grape arbor
with four types of grapes on it. And he doesn’t trim his Knock Out roses. “I cover the strawberry patch with mesh, and in the fall, I cut off runners for new starts. I put in peat pots that make it easy to water, and come spring, they’re easy to plant,” Roaix said. Gardening reminds him of the old days, when he was raising his children on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut.
“I used to can close to 1,000 jars of vegetables and fruits, and fish,” he said. Barbara Hutchinson is so passionate about gardening she winters over about 40 pots in her “Florida room.” Hibiscus, bougainvillea, weeping figs and ferns are among them. She does more gardening in pots since developing arthritis. She likes oleander and alstroemeria, commonly called Peruvian lily, which makes bouquets of blooms. Roses are a favorite, especially Palatine roses, which she has to order from Canada. “They’re disease hardy, especially for black spot,” she said. “I have some Knock Out roses and hybrid tea roses with long stems.” A new favorite is Duranta, a weeping blue flower a friend in Oklahoma City gave her. “I always like to use fall mums, purple, red, yellow and when I can find them in Arkansas, salmon-colored ones,” Hutchinson said. “And salvia blooms in the fall, and coleus lasts into the fall with pretty colored leaves.” Most of her tree-trimming is done between January and March, when the trees are totally dormant. “I love talking gardening, love everything about it – the process and the end results,” Hutchinson said. “When you weed, it’s you and the birds, peaceful and calming. I let my cares go.”
Proctor man to face charges after crash From staff reports A Proctor man who allegedly crashed his truck head-on into another truck last Saturday is set to be charged in Cherokee County District Court. An article in the Tuesday, Sept. 11 Daily Press indicated a vehicle driven by Maria Martin went left of center and struck a truck driven by
Jonathan Cochran on Old Toll Gate Road. But according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cochran’s truck actually was the vehicle that traveled left of center, striking Martin’s vehicle head-on. Assistant District Attorney B.J. Baker said Thursday the case on Cochran, 33, has been turned over for official misdemeanor charges related to driving without a license,
LREC offers reward for arrests in cases of substation vandalism By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer Lake Region Electric Cooperative is working with other cooperatives to offer a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for causing about $1 million in damage to area substations. LREC’s Chief Executive Officer Hamid Vahdatipour said Thursday that LREC’s board authorized a $10,000 reward, while KAMO Electric Cooperative and Grand River Dam Authority, which also use the substations, are each adding $5,000 to the fund. Vahdatipour said someone recently used a highpowered rifle to shoot a substation and two breakers on Mud Valley Road. Substation technicians from KAMO found more damage this
week at a Hulbert substation. “[The technician] reported all of our breakers at the Hulbert substation have been shot,” said Vahdatipour. “A close inspection by our crews indicated none of them were rendered inoperative, and they continued to operate. The transformer was also shot, but the bullet did not penetrate the transformer body.” Damage to the Tahlequah area substation earlier this month left about 2,000 customers without electricity for as long as two hours. Vahdatipour said inspections are now under way at all 18 substations in the seven counties served by LREC. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault at (918) 456-2583 or GRDA Investigator Lissa Brown at (918) 256-0911.
Storage unit burglarized Tahlequah police spoke to a woman Wednesday about theft from a storage unit. Kandice Branham said she went to her storage unit on North Grand and noticed several items were missing. David Harper reported two air conditioner units stolen from Scholars Inn Apartments Wednesday. Mary Wise told police Thursday that she’d been hit in the face several times by another woman. Police spoke to Josh Brig-
gs Tuesday about being threatened. Stella Braddock told police Wednesday about a tag decal being stolen from her vehicle.
causing a crash resulting in injuries, driving under the influence, and several others. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Cochran wasn’t wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, nor were any of the passengers in his truck, including a 6-year-old child. Martin, 22, of Tahlequah,
was wearing her seat belt and suffered several injuries. Cochran was flown to a Tulsa hospital and listed in stable condition after the crash, while the passengers in his truck were treated and later released with “minor” injuries, according to the OHP.
I Obituaries Items in this space are paid obituaries as submitted by funeral homes.
EMIL ETZKORN TAHLEQUAH – Emil Eugene Etzkorn was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Subiaco, Ark. His parents were Emil Daniel Etzkorn and Bertha Mary Bergup. Emil served in the Army from July 1958 until July 1960. Emil met Hazel Deboard and was married on July 20, 1962. Together they had two sons, David and Danny. A Rosary will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Brigid Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Holland Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home Emil worked for Southern Sheet Metal in Fort Smith, Ark., and then he joined the carpenter union 943, in Tulsa, where he worked for 35 years and retired.
When Emil wasn’t working on the construction site with his buddies, he enjoyed working his cattle ranch, the Triple E, west of Tahlequah. Emil loved his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Emil passed on Sept. 11, 2012, in Tahlequah, with his family at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Hazel in 2010; as well as sister, Catherine; and brothers, Ben, Leo, Rudy, Urban and Harry. He is survived by his two sons, David Etzkorn and wife Amy, and Dan Etzkorn and wife Brenda; six grandchildren, Sabrina Garner and husband Wesley, Jacob Etzkorn, Samantha Etzkorn, Jay Etzkorn, Benjamin Etzkorn, Joseph Etzkorn;greatgrandchild, Cade Allen Garner; sisters, Albetina and husband Bernard Vonhatten, Edna Geisbauer and Stella Blaschke and husband Kenneth. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.
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We just might use your videos
Candidates add email to arsenal
As small as we are, the Tahlequah Daily Press can’t be everything to everybody. But in today’s multimedia environment, our staff members – and those of other community newspapers across the state – have to at least try to offer something for everybody. The Press got a video camera a few years ago, and a couple of our newsroom staffers were trained to make videos. But the camera’s use, combined with the editing and processing requirements at that time for taking videos from inception to our website, precluded us from producing very many. Since then, our website platform, Zope, has developed its own video production process, and we’ve acquired a more user-friendly camera. We don’t claim to be a TV station, but we’re nevertheless committed to bringing you the “live action” whenever we feel it will be of value to readers. The Multimedia button on the left side of our homepage offers something we can’t offer in either full newspaper edition. It’s a little extra for our “paying customers,” and a bonus for those who rely solely on our website for information. If you go to the site now, at www.tahlequahdailypress.com, you’ll notice a flurry of recent activity. A couple of the offerings are slide shows, compiled from photos our staff took at the Cherokee National holiday, or a first look at the new Heritage Elementary School. But we also have three new videos. There’s another one of a recent meth bust, but it was attached to a story under our local button. A vid detailing the upcoming renovations to the NSU Fitness Center pool is both in the Multimedia section and attached to a story under our Local tab. There’s also a video detailing back-to-school activities at Briggs School. We’d like you to take particular note of this video, because it was supplied by the school itself. Many important events are occurring in Cherokee County, and with our small staff, we can’t possibly get to all of them – and even when we do, we might not be able to produce a video. That’s where you, our readers, come in. We welcome your videos from events of general community interest. We say “general interest,” because we’ve already had a mom ask if we’d put up a vid of her daughter’s wedding. The answer, of course, is, “Not unless something really out-of-the-ordinary happened”! The Briggs activities, on the other hand, fit the bill perfectly, as evidenced by the number of people who have commented on it. So if you’re an employee at a local school, a member of an organization, or just an individual who happens to be in the right place at the right time, and you have a video you’d like us to post, let us know about it, and we’ll see what we can do. You can call us at (918) 456-8833 and ask for Managing Editor Kim Poindexter (ext. 19, or email firstname.lastname@example.org), or Josh Newton (ex. 23, or email@example.com). Your vid doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just record the event with your camera, and let us know, in a general way, what’s going on. If you have the skills to make a more elaborate production, go for it! We also welcome your digital photos, for possible inclusion in upcoming slide shows. For close-up photos of people, we need a little more information – who they are, what they’re doing, etc. Those can be sent to us in JPEG (.jpg) format, but you’ll need to size them down so they’ll make it through our email system. And don’t send too many at once; send two or three emails if you have to. As we’ve always done, we at the Press are working to stay abreast of technology, and give our readers the information they want and expect. In today’s media environment, that means we’ll be giving you more visuals whenever we can.
Sept. 5, Michelle Cokie and Obama Steve sent a message to her Roberts husband’s email list with the subject line, “As always, thank you.” It was the morning after her speech to the Democratic convention, and she wrote: “I know your life is full – with work, or school, or family – and yet you still find the time to help out when you can. You may have a tight budget, but you give what you can afford.” In two short sentences, plus the subject line, she used some version of the word “you” seven times. Then she noted that one family recently “skipped pizza at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.” In a concluding P.S., she added: “It meant a lot to me to speak with you and everyone else last night. Thank you for everything you do.” Both candidates communicate with their followers in many ways – through speeches and interviews, commercials and videos. But the emails sent by both campaigns over the last two weeks offer a particular insight into their rival strategies. Team Obama places top priority on making supporters feel directly connected to the campaign effort, on making them feel that their contributions – in money, energy, effort – are invaluable. The most common word used in those emails is not “I” or “me” but “you.” Leading up to midnight on Aug. 31, the campaign’s fundraising pleas became increasingly fervent and frequent. At 9:58 that night, Barack Obama wrote: “After three straight months of being outraised and recently being outspent – in some key states more than 3-to-1 – your support before the deadline couldn’t be more urgent.” It worked. Obama raked in $114 million in August, barely edging Mitt Romney for the first time in three months and adding a boatload of names to a donor base that’s reached 3.2 million. Team Obama has always insisted that supporters should not be treated simply as ATMs, so the emails offer many ways for ordinary folks to get involved besides giving money. Join Michelle on a conference call for student volunteers. Attend a convention watch party in your neighborhood and bring a friend. This link will help you register to vote, that link will get you to a new video, and here’s one to an online shop where Vote Obama beach towels are on an end-of-season special. Recent polls reveal the reasoning behind this push to energize volunteers. In the new ABC News/Washington Post survey, Obama posts a 6-point lead among registered voters but is held to a virtual tie among likely voters. That puts a huge premium on efforts to identify and turn out folks on Election Day who already agree with you. Romney’s strategy is quite different. He uses email less often, and fewer communications are aimed at raising money. Instead, they’re aimed at raising temperatures. The most common word in his messages is “Obama,” and they’re designed to stoke anger and outrage among his backers. An email sent on Sept. 8, for example, is titled “The cold hard truth.” Communications director Gail Gitcho writes: “No amount of liberal mythology or political theater in Charlotte can mask the cold, hard truth: This president has not kept his promises, and America is not better off.” This is Team Romney’s strongest campaign theme, and the ABC News/Washington Post poll shows why. Only one in five voters say they’re better off financially than when Obama took office. Romney’s emails repeat many of his standard campaign riffs and are designed to portray government in the worst possible light. One on Sept. 6, titled “Scandals and cronies,” attacks Obama for backing Solyndra, a solar energy company that “went bankrupt and left American taxpayers to pick up the bill.” Another, on Sept. 5, insists the president has “effectively gutted” welfare reform. A third denounces the president’s stimulus bill for wasting federal money repairing tennis courts and studying honeybees. It’s a popular line of argument. By 53 percent to 40 percent, voters say government programs do more to interfere in people’s lives than to improve them. The Democrats’ core theme is: like Obama (and his wife) and work for them. The Republicans’ retort: hate Obama (and big government) and vote against them. It’s no wonder that 74 percent of Obama supporters say they’re voting for the president and not against his rival; only 35 percent of Romney backers describe their vote as a positive gesture of support. So which is more powerful? Admiration or animosity? That’s a key question voters will decide in November. Cokie and Steve Roberts are columnists with Newspaper Enterprise Association.
Romney’s message to Obama voters: He let you down, big time Mitt Romney has just one job going into the last stretch of the presidential campaign. He has to connect with people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but are disappointed with the president now. He has to assure them that they didn’t make a mistake back then, that it wasn’t crazy or stupid to believe Obama’s promises, but that things just haven’t worked out. And he has to convince them it’s OK to choose a new candidate this time around; they don’t owe Obama another vote. The situation facing Romney is hard for some Republicans to comprehend. They didn’t buy Obama’s bill of goods in the first place and find it hard to sympathize with anyone who did. But there are millions of people who voted for Obama who are not only disappointed in him but have come to the conclusion that he does not deserve to be re-elected. The problem for Romney is they might still be persuaded to vote for the president. Making them comfortable with the idea of leaving Obama is Romney’s job. Romney campaign advisers are very, very familiar with the type. They do polling, they do focus groups and they see the phenomenon everywhere. Says campaign pollster Neil Newhouse: “These voters are my mother-in-law. She’s a soft Republican and voted with pride for Barack Obama in terms of what it meant for the country. And now, every time she talks to me, she’s more than disappointed. She’s frustrated. She’s upset. She thought she was voting for a transformational leader and feels like we got just another politician.” You can bet Newhouse and the Romney campaign are not basing their strategy on one mother-in-law. They’re undoubtedly seeing the same thing all the time in their research. The important thing for Romney, aides believe, is not to rub the voters’ noses in their decision from four years ago. Don’t bash Obama, don’t even harp on how he’s not up to the job – that carries the implication they should have known that when they voted for him. Just focus on the point that his policies have not made things better. “You’ve got to be careful in terms of how you talk about the president,” says a top Romney campaign aide. “It’s his policies and performance voters are concerned about – that’s the focus.” On the afternoon before the Democratic
convention began in Charlotte, political messaging guru Frank Luntz convened a focus Byron group in a local office park. York He gathered 27 voters, 24 of whom had voted for Obama in 2008. Some were sticking with the president, but a larger number were undecided, and a few had already jumped to Romney. Luntz played some campaign commercials for them. The best-received ad was one produced by the pro-Romney super PAC Americans for Prosperity in which ‘08 Obama voters expressed disappointment with his performance in office. “I think he’s a great person; I don’t feel he is the right leader for our country,” said one woman in the ad. “I still believe in hope and change – I just don’t think Obama is the way to go for that,” said another. They reluctantly concluded that Obama has not earned another term in office. The focus group members liked the fact that, as one said, “it’s not a negative ad” and did not feature “dark music playing and black-and-white images of (Obama) on the screen.” Another liked that the ad makers “weren’t bashing him, weren’t being mean, weren’t being nasty.” The people in the ad seemed like real people, not political hit men. And they said what those voters were thinking. Luntz also played the group a few clips from Clint Eastwood’s much-discussed stand-up routine at the Republican convention in Tampa. (A significant number of them hadn’t seen it.) Eastwood was gentle with Obama voters, saying he felt good when Obama won, but high unemployment has gone on for so long that “it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.” The group watched a clip in which Eastwood said “You, we – we own this country ... Politicians are employees of ours ... And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.” The clip got a very positive reception from Luntz’s group, and not just from the few Republicans. That is not good news for the employee in the White House. Between now and Nov. 6, Romney has to reinforce those voters’ thinking about Obama – and give them a clear picture of what a Romney presidency would look like. The job will take care and hard work, but the voters are more than ready to go along. Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.
State fair proves if you can dream it, you can fry it I just got back from the state fair. You could tell it was the last day because people were winning big stuffed dolls on the midway. It seems that after two weeks of rarely winning a prize, yesterday’s suckers suddenly became expert marksmen and started shooting mechanical ducks right and left. If I didn’t know better, I’d think the games were rigged and the carnies simply didn’t want to pack up a lot of useless stuff at the end of their season. It had been a good many years since I’d been to the fair. Face it, there’s a limit to how many times in your life you want to eat funnel cakes and corn dogs. That limit for me was once – which cut out half the food wagons on this trip to the fairgrounds. The good news is that our state’s farmers are growing the most fabulous foodstuffs in the world, and those were for sale at the other half of the stands. I didn’t realize it until I strolled around the grounds, but we must grow huge quantities of Oreos and Snickers bars in this state, because that is what the rest of the food wagons were selling. All you have to do to make them edible is batter them and throw them in a deep-fat fryer. One vendor had a long list of things he would batter and fry – Twinkies, Reese’s Pieces, bologna, cheese curds, pizza and one that I had
to have – a banana smeared with peanut butter and The Village wrapped in bacon. Idiot “I’ll take one of those,” I told the heavily tattooed clerk. Jim Mullen As he took my money, he turned to the cook and yelled, “One Dead Elvis!” Now, I’m no food critic, so I may be talking through my hat, but this snack was not as good as it sounds. Hot banana and way overripe banana have a similar taste. Deep-fried, melted peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth like drying concrete. It makes you feel as if you are choking and thirsty at the same time. Your tongue is not a tough enough tool to remove it; you have to chisel it out with a spork. The only thing that was good about the Dead Elvis was the bacon, but not good enough to save it. You could get a similar effect by mixing cooked bacon into your pancake mix. Another agricultural breakthrough seems to have occurred in the potato industry. Apparently frying potatoes in hot oil does not deliver enough calories to the average fairgoer. The scientific, farm bureau extension-approved solution is to smother them in melted, processed cheese and call them “cheesy fries.” You can add toppings such as bacon, sausage and pepperoni to your cheesy fries. Has no one thought of topping them with a Dead Elvis? If not, I’m sure they will.
Of course, no one loves the state fair as much as 1-and 2-year-old toddlers – for about 15 minutes. After that, it is back to needy crying, diapering, breast-feeding, burping and rediapering. The fair is especially fun for toddlers who have toddling brothers or sisters, or even twins. I could not count the number of double strollers that ran over my feet or hit me in the shins. The one-kid-in-front, one-kid-behind strollers seem to be a thing of state fairs past. The preferred mode of transportation is now much wider, aisle-blocking, side-by-side strollers. They are the Hummers of strollers, and driven by the same type of people. I also don’t remember so many people in electric carts. The problem is the carts are electric and, unlike the toddlers, they barely make a sound. They are upon you before you notice. I think if they ran on noisy, two-stroke, exhaust-belching engines, there’d be fewer disasters involving human heels and cart bumpers. The highlight of the fair for me is always the butter sculpture. After all, what better thing can you do with butter than make large statues of historical scenes out of it? I’d like to see Rachael Ray try that with extra virgin olive oil. All you can do with that stuff is cook. Jim Mullen’s newest book, “How to Lose Money in Your Spare Time – At Home,” is available at amazon.com. You can follow him on Pinterest at pinterest.com/jimmullen.
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Romney returns to blasting Obama on economy FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of “failing American workers” by ignoring Chinese trade violations, and seized on new Federal Reserve attempts to boost the economy as proof the administration’s policies are not working. Obama campaigned as commander in chief after the violent deaths of four U.S. officials at a diplomatic post in Libya. “No act of terror will go unpunished ... no act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America,” he said. The president spoke in Colorado and Romney in Virginia with less than eight weeks remaining in a close campaign for the White House in tough economic times. The two states are
among a handful aboard Romney’s likely to settle the chartered jet, a donarace, and most polls tion was requested for rate Obama a shaky a chance to win. Only the fine print favorite. With campaign of both fundraising costs mounting, appeals made clear OBAMA Romney and Obama that no contribution competed for the most inno- was necessary to win. vative fundraising appeal. Romney’s focus on the The Republican chal- economy followed a one-day lenger’s campaign urged peo- campaign detour into a forple in an email to make a $15 eign-policy thicket that left donation for a chance to join him bruised and his quarry “Mitt on board the campaign largely unscathed. He made plane for an exciting day on little mention during the day the campaign trail at 30,000 of the events in Egypt and feet!” Libya that he had cited TuesSinger and actress Bey- day as evidence of national once Knowles and hip-hop- security weakness on the artist-hubby Jay Z countered president’s part. for the president. “Jay and I The issue intruded, will be meeting up with Pres- though, when a heckler at ident Obama for an evening in Romney’s rally yelled out, NYC sometime soon,” she “Why are you politicizing wrote. “And we want you to Libya?” The crowd respondbe there.” As with a day ed with chants of “U-S-A”
ABC News sued for ‘pink slime’ defamation NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub “pink slime,” claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 “false and misleading and defamatory” statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI’s Chicago-based attorney. The lawsuit filed in a South Dakota state court also names several individuals as defendants, including ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and the Department of Agriculture microbiologist who coined the term “pink slime.” The company’s reporting “caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it’s an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat,” Webb said before the company’s official announcement. ABC News, owned by The Walt Disney Co., denied BPI’s claims. “The lawsuit is without merit,” Jeffrey W. Schneider, the news station’s senior vice president, said in a brief statement Thursday. “We will
contest it vigorously.” The 257-page lawsuit names American Broadcasting Companies Inc., ABC News, Inc., Sawyer and ABC correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley as defendants. It also names Gerald Zirnstein, the USDA microbiologist who named the product “pink slime,” Carl Custer, a former federal food scientist, and Kit Foshee, a former BPI quality assurance manager who was interviewed by ABC. Richard McIntire, a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, declined comment.
and supporters tried to place a Romney/Ryan placard in front of the heckler’s face. “We’re going to crack down on China,” the former Massachusetts governor vowed in an appearance in the Virginia suburbs around Washington, D.C. He spoke after his campaign unveiled a television commercial claiming that China has outpaced the United States in new manufacturing jobs since the president took office. “Seven times Obama could have stopped China’s cheating. Seven times he refused,” it says. The president pushed back. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that all the actions the administration has initiated at the World Trade Organization to rein in China have been successful.
The president’s campaign said Obama has brought as many cases challenging China trade policies in 3 Ω years as former President George W. Bush did in eight. Inevitably, the Fed’s new attempt to intervene in the economy became enmeshed in the campaign. The nation’s central bank said it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it deems necessary to make home buying more affordable. It plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid2015 six months longer than previously planned and made clear it’s ready to try other measures to stimulate the economy if hiring doesn’t improve. “The idea is to quicken the recovery,” said Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke at a news con-
ference where he announced the latest attempts to jolt a slow-growth economy that has left joblessness at 8.1 percent. Carney, the White House press secretary, declined to comment, citing a long-standing policy when it comes to Fed actions. But Romney, in an interview for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” summarized the central bank’s moves as an admission of the failure of the president’s own steps to restore robust economic growth. “And now the Federal Reserve, it says, ‘Look, this economy is not going well. ... They’re going to print more money.” He added: “The president’s saying the economy’s making progress, coming back. Bernanke’s saying, ‘No, it’s not. I’ve got to print more money.”
House passes six-month spending bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to put the government on autopilot for six months, precluding a shutdown through the election and postponing a potential showdown on GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s agency budget cuts until next spring when Republicans hope to hold more power in Washington. Ryan returned to the Capitol from the campaign trail to vote for the half-year measure, even though it spends billions of dollars more than the Wisconsin lawmaker’s budget plan, which has helped define the tight race for the White House. The bipartisan 329-91 vote
for the measure sends it to the Senate, which is expected to clear it next week for President Barack Obama’s signature, capping a year of futility and gridlock despite a hardfought budget deal last summer. The measure funds the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies that are financed annually by Congress through 12 appropriations bills. It would fund the government through March 27 and relieve lawmakers of
the burden of trying to pass a catchall omnibus spending measure during a postelection lame duck session. While taking the possibility of a government shutdown out of the equation, Thursday’s measure leaves in place the so-called fiscal cliff — a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to slam the economy in January. More than $100 billion in cuts to defense and domestic programs alike are looming as
punishment for the failure of last year’s deficit-reduction supercommittee to strike a follow-up bargain to last summer’s debt and budget pact between Obama and Congress. The automatic cuts are set to hit at the same time that the Bush-era tax cuts, which were extended two years ago, are set to expire again. Passage is likely to be Congress’ last major act before lawmakers go home to campaign for re-election.
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Greenwood’s new café serves several purposes By MICHELLE MIRON Press Special Writer Greenwood Elementary School, a Tahlequah public school that offers grades K-4, recently opened a new cafeteria. Principal Susan VanZant said she’s thrilled about the new cafeteria opening, because students will use this area for eating, musical performances and events held during the school year. The café was part of a $30.3 million bond issue approved by TPS back in
2009. The café is twice as large as the one it replaces. “We’re very grateful to the community for supporting the bond issue for the cafeteria,” said VanZant. The café employees are excited about the new building and additional space that it offers. “The advantages of having a new cafeteria are numerous,” said Theresa Hawkins, Greenwood café employee. “We have all state-of-the-art equipment and a great salad bar that keeps the food cold. We have plenty of room for
the kids to sit.” The old café will remain an open space until the school finds a use for it. Glenda Green, Greenwood café employee, has been working for TPS for 23 years. Green is pleased to work at Greenwood and loves the new washer and dryer. “I have worked at Greenwood for 13 years and I love my job,” said Hawkins. Hawkins said the children enjoy the new cafeteria, and have plenty of room at the tables. Greenwood has to prepare
certain dietary food for the children to be compliant with the state. The school must prepare one protein, vegetable and fiber. “We have a cooler and warmer behind the serving line to restock hot and cold foods while serving,” said Green. The students have been using the new café for about two weeks, and have adjusted well to the changes. “It’s a big change,” said VanZant. “We’re very excited about the new faces and new students.”
The new Greenwood café is a comfortable space for students.
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Race for the Kids Saturday The Kiwanis Club of Tahlequah will host the second annual Race for the Kids, Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is a timed canoe race, with teams paddling a 6-mile stretch of the Illinois River. Prizes for the top finishers include a 32inch LED/HD TV, iPads, laptop computers and cash. Those interested in registering may do so at Arrowhead Resort at 9 a.m. on race day, or online at kiwanisraceforkids.com. For more information, contact Dwayne Thompson at (918) 457-7072, or Bob Parrish at (918) 453-1200.
Saturday, canoes will take off down the Illinois River as part of the Kiwanis Club’s Race for the Kids.
Carson & Barnes Circus coming to Tahlequah As part of its 76th consecutive year of touring the USA, Carson & Barnes Circus, the largest traveling big top tent circus in America will visit Tahlequah, Monday, Sept. 24, at New Life Worship Center on U.S. Highway 62. Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the circus to help raise money for Habitat House No. 20. Show times are scheduled on Monday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets purchased at local ticket outlets offer the best value. Patrons can buy tickets locally up to 24 hours before the first show at BancFirst, Arvest Bank, Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and Habitat Surplus Store. For the best value, fans should buy advance tickets from local outlets: Adult tickets are $10 (with coupon); children tickets are $6. At the gate, adult tickets are $12
The circus is coming to town, to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
(with coupon); children’s tickets are $8. Tickets can also be purchased online at BigTopShow.com. Tickets bought online incur a perticket charge of $1.50. Circus fans can get discount coupons at area retailers, or download a moneysaving $4-off coupon at BigTopShow.com, and apply that discount to the purchase
of all adult tickets at the gate, from local outlets, or when buying online. Carson & Barnes features everything fans expect to see under the big top: clowns, acrobats, aerial daredevils, spectacular pageantry and a cast of performing animals, led by the Carson & Barnes Asian elephants. Starring in this season’s show is “Alex
the Clown.” Alex has headlined in Las Vegas and appeared in many Latin American circuses. Carson & Barnes owner Barbara Miller-Byrd is the third generation of her family to run the circus. Daughters, Traci and Kristen, who also travel with the show, will be the fourth generation to run the nation’s largest touring
tent circus. After more than 60 years on the road as a performer and owner, Barbara, is still a fan of the show itself. “I remember getting on my first pony shortly after I started walking,” she said. “Seriously, I never considered doing anything other than being a part of the family business, but in those early days no one imagined a woman would ever be the boss in a male-dominated business, like ours.” One of the most popular attractions at the circus is actually prior to the start of the show. The circus travels with a menagerie of exotic animals including a rare Sicilian donkey, two llamas, a miniature zebra and a standard-sized zebra, an alpaca, two camels, a half-dozen pygmy goats, and Katy, the pygmy hippo. Find a complete tour schedule, show information, or purchase tickets online at www.BigTopShow.com.
Heritage Center enrolling for flat reed basketry class The Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, is now enrolling students for its upcoming Cherokee flat reed basketry class, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The history and making of baskets from flat reeds will be the focus of the class. Class registration is
required since attendance is limited. Children must be at least 12 years of age and an adult must accompany children between ages 12-17. The cost is $40 per student. For registration or additional information, contact the Cherokee Heritage Center education department at (888) 999-6007 or tonia-
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Save-A-Senior fundraiser slated The Tahlequah High School Save-A-Senior organization will host a baked goods/gift basket silent auction during the first THS home football game, Friday, Sept. 14. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Donated items may be delivered to the stadium from 66:30 p.m., or to Meigs Jewelry and the office of Williams and Williams, prior to the close of business on Friday. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (918) 931-0516.
Spay, neuter clinic scheduled The Humane Society will host a spay and neuter clinic, Sunday, Sept. 23. The clinic is for all cats and a limited number of female dogs, weighing no more than 35 pounds. Cost is based on an income-dependent sliding scale. Both clinics are open to pet owners who have a total household income of $25,000 or less per year. Pet owners must be residents of Cherokee County. To schedule a pet, call HSCC at (918) 457-7997 and leave a message that includes name and phone number. Those calling about a dog should know the exact weight, as well as total household income. For more information, visit humanecherokeecounty.com.
Lost City to host scrapbooking The Lost City Community Building will host scrapbooking, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants must furnish supplies. For more information, contact Louise at (918) 772-3070.
Auxiliary dinner, auction on tap The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 135 will host an Indian taco dinner and silent auction, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4-7 p.m. Tacos are $6 each. Auction items will be available for bid at 5 p.m. Bidding will conclude at 7 p.m. Auction winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m. All proceeds will be applied to the community Halloween carnival, as well as the purchase of Christmas gifts for veterans. Post 135 is at 1390 N. Legion Drive. For more information, call (918) 456-6768.
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Heritage Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. The center is open daily 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., between May 6 and Sept. 3. The center is closed the entire month of January. From Feb. 1–April 29 and Sept. 4–Dec. 31, the center is open Monday through Saturday.
For information on the 2012 season and programs, contact the Cherokee Heritage Center at (888) 999-6007, email at email@example.com, or visit CherokeeHeritage.org.
SPORTS FOCUS LOCAL
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
TPD to host softball tourney The Tahlequah Police Department will host a softball tournament at the Sequoyah High School softball fields (west of the high school and east of the casino) on Sept. 29. The entry fee is $150 per team. The tournament will be split into two divisions: co-ed and men’s slowpitch. There will be ASA umpires and a concession stand. T-shirts will be awarded for the first- and second-place teams. Fore more information, contact Jeffrey Phillips at (918) 931-8000.
Thunder to tune up in Bixby
NATION Calhoun to retire at UConn HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jim Calhoun is leaving Connecticut the same way he coached it to three national titles — on his terms. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Thursday to announce his retirement, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Calhoun’s move had not yet been made public. WVITTV in Hartford first reported the expected announcement. Assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who played for Calhoun and was his handpicked successor, will be introduced as the Huskies’ new coach. The person familiar with the deal said Ollie will receive a oneyear contract. Calhoun racked up 873 collegiate wins.
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Indians well rested for game vs. VC By KOLBY PAXTON Press Staff Writer
The Oklahoma City Thunder will participate in its annual Blue and White scrimmage on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby. The host venue is the home of the Tulsa 66ers, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Thunder. In addition to an allteam scrimmage, the open practice will include many Thunder game-night features, such as Rumble, the Thunder Girls, the Storm Chasers dunk team, Thunder Drummers and more. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of our Blue and White Scrimmage by taking it to Bixby this fall,” Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti said. “This year’s scrimmage not only allows the organization to continue to extend our reach to fans throughout the state of Oklahoma, it also gives us a chance to illustrate our integration with and commitment to the Tulsa 66ers as part of the Thunder program by holding the game at their new home, the SpiritBank Event Center.” Starting with the 201213 season, the Tulsa 66ers will play all their home games at the Bixby arena. The night following Oklahoma City’s scrimmage, on Oct. 19, the Thunder will take on the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game in Tulsa. That game will be held at the BOK Center and will tip off at 7 p.m.
Tahlequah’s Wesley Rivas (55) and Tyler Eisensmith (14) take down a Fort Gibson ball carrier in Week 1. The Tigers will take on Sallisaw at Doc Wadley Stadium tonight at 7:30. Photo courtesy of Justin Kennedy
Struggling Tahlequah defense set to take on another stout running offense in Sallisaw. By BEN JOHNSON Press Sports Editor Through two games in 2012, Tahlequah’s opponents have shared a common bond: plenty of yards
on offense. Picking up those yards has been relatively easy, too. The Tigers, in back-toback losses to Fort Gibson and Rogers (Ark.), have issued 825 yards of total offense, an average of 412.5 per game. And most of those have come on the ground. Fort Gibson, thanks in large part to J.R. Singleton’s 147 yards on the ground, amassed 246 rushing yards against Tahlequah. Rogers
followed that up with 386 last week. “Rogers was about 99 percent run on offense,” Tahlequah coach Brad Gilbert said of Rogers’ triple-option attack. “It was an offense hard to prepare for in four days.” Up next for the Tigers will be a Sallisaw team a little less predictable on offense. Still, though, the Black Diamonds will keep the ball on the ground.
“All three of our tailbacks are over 200 pounds,” said Sallisaw coach Craig Benson, whose team will kick things off at 7:30 tonight. “We’re pretty physical in the backfield and our offensive line is getting better and better every week.” Orchestrating Sallisaw’s run-first attack is quarterback Ben Oberste, who is verbally committed to the University of Tulsa. The See Tigers, page 2B
RiverHawks in need of a timely performance at No. 9 Washburn By BEN JOHNSON Press Sports Editor Northeastern State knew life in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association would be rough — especially on the road. But last Saturday’s game in Joplin, Mo., against Missouri Southern was worse than ever imagined. Well, actually, getting there was the issue. The RiverHawks arrived in southwest Missouri roughly a hour and a half later than anticipated, due to issues with one of the charter buses that NSU supposed to take. “It’s just one of those deals where I’m scrambling,” NSU head coach Kenny Evans said. See NSU, page 2B
NSU defensive back Kyler Harris brings down Missouri Southern quarterback Kellen Cox last Saturday during a MIAA game at MSSU's Fred G. Hughes Field. While Harris is now out for the year with a knee injury, the RiverHawks will be at Washburn on Saturday at 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of T. Rob Brown/CNHI
So much for attrition playing a role in the story of Sequoyah’s regular season — thus far, anyway. The Indians have played just five quarters in two weeks, cruising to a 40-20 victory over Okemah, and barely breaking a sweat during a 28-6 rain-curtailed rout of Beggs. The one-quarter washout vs. the Demons amounted to a weatherinduced waving of the white flag from a an opponent apparently disinterested in splashing around in puddles. “We’re not very happy about that, but that’s how it turned out,” said Sequoyah head coach Brent Scott. “We’re happy about being 20, though. You know, at the beginning of the year we were talking about how we’d like to be able to rest them, because we had little depth. So it’s tough to be upset about something that you’d wished for in the beginning.” While the conditioned reaction begs concern over a lack of clock time, pertinent to the make-up of this particular Sequoyah squad, Mother Nature’s impediment may well serve as the proverbial blessing in disguise. After all, SHS was on pace to build a 64-12 halftime advantage; a scenario that would have sent the likes of Brayden See Indians, page 3B
THS wins 2 cross country crowns From staff reports COLLINSVILLE — Tahlequah’s Zech Van Fleet ran 5,000 meters in 16 minutes, 39 seconds, leading the Tigers to a team title at the Collinsville Open on Thursday. Van Fleet was second overall to Cleveland’s Baylor Harvey. Tiger Ara Poteete was third at 17:10 and Mohamed Bassime was eighth at 17:57, giving the Tigers three top 10 finishers. Jayson Romero was 15th (18:42) and Seth Martin Local 16th (18:44). and Tahlequah’s 44 points were 18 area better than sec- briefs ond-place Skiatook. Mannford was third. Meanwhile, Tahlequah’s girls had four top-five finishers in winning its division. See Briefs, page 2B
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Cowboys look to Moore for leadership, production By JEFF LATZKE Associated Press STILLWATER — Tracy Moore wants to be the next great Oklahoma State receiver, following the likes of first-round NFL draft picks Justin Blackmon and Dez Bryant. His coaches want him to understand that there’s more to the job than just catching passes and scoring touchdowns. Coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Todd Monken both met with Moore after he caught four touchdown passes in Oklahoma State’s 59-38 loss at Arizona last week, discussing what he can do beyond producing on the field. “He’s a good player, he’s a good kid, he’s a good looking guy, he’s charismatic. He has all the things you’d want in a leader,” Monken said. “But that doesn’t mean you
can lead. Just because you have all those things doesn’t mean you can lead the right way. He’s going to lead. It’s just which way.” Moore had three run-ins with police this offseason, resulting in his suspension for the season opener against Savannah State. Once he was back, he put up big numbers in his season debut with eight catches for 106 yards. His four-touchdown performance matched the best of Bryant’s career, and he only did it once. Blackmon, a two-time All-American and two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, never did it. “If you’re one of the better players on the team, you automatically get that chance (to lead) because people and kids that are in society today see good players as role models. They don’t make the decision based on other things like we do,”
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senior quarterback is averaging 6.4 yards per carry this season. “Their offense is centered around Oberste,” Gilbert said. “He runs the ball a lot, but they’ll throw the ball, too.” Not much, though. Oberste — who has two rushing TD’s in two games — has only tossed the ball 21 times, completing 12 of those for 181 yards and two touchdowns. “When you get a player like him,” Benson said of Oberste, “you try and utilize him as much as possible.” Comparing Sallisaw’s rushing attack to Rogers, Gilbert said, “Sallisaw runs a more traditional high school offense. They’ll spread you out and run the football. It’s hard to stop.” In order to keep pace with Sallisaw’s high-scoring offensive attack, Tahlequah will rely quarterback David Dick and running back Mason McMillan to pick up large chunks of yardage. At Rogers, Tahlequah only mustered 249 yards of total offense. “We weren’t consistent on offense at all,” said Gilbert, whose team trailed Rogers 28-6 at halftime. “We have to be better in every area. We have to come out and move the football early.” Spelling Dick at quarterback, at times, against Rogers was Will Carlile, who was perfect on three pass attempts for 31 yards. Gilbert, though, said Tahlequah’s offense is still Dick’s to lead. “It is still David’s offense,” he said. “Will will play some, though. David is still the quarterback of this football team, though.” On plus for Tahlequah’s offense against Sallisaw is the young, inexperienced defense on the other side of the ball. The Black Diamonds’ defensive unit consists of an entirely new depth chart, compared to the team that went to the Class 4A quarterfinals last season. “We had to go back and retrain everyone,” Benson said of his defense. “If a business lost 10 employees, production would go down and you’d spend all your time training. We’re under a timeline to get better quickly. We have to teach these guys how to work and how to be efficient. We do have some good young players, and they keep getting sharper every week.” While going for its first win of the season, Tahlequah will be trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2008, when, ironically, the Tigers, under then-coach Tuffy Thornton, fell to Sallisaw 34-14 in Week 3. However, with District 5A-4 play around the corner, Gilbert said the goal every week is to improve. “It’s important to win going into district play, but as a team, we just want to play extremely well,” Gilbert said. “If we can walk away playing extremely well and injury free, we’ll feel pretty good about it.”
Gundy said. While Moore has been solid in games, his issues have come elsewhere. He got benched for the Fiesta Bowl last season because of practice issues, and Gundy said he’s been known to run his mouth from time to time. “Does he qualify in a lot of areas that we as parents would want him to? No. Does he qualify to help us lead out here on the football field? Yes,” Gundy said. “That doesn’t make him a well-rounded leader. Hopefully that’ll help him in the long run in the other areas.” Both Gundy and Monken believe Moore has made progress since he was forced to sit out the bowl game, to the point that he even approached Monken to talk about leadership on Monday morning. Monken issued him a challenge.
“Tracy’s got a little willpower. He just does,” Monken said. “Tracy likes having fun, he likes going out. So do I. That’s great. But then don’t say you want to be something that you’re not. Just say, ‘That’s what I am. I’m a hard-driving guy, I’m not a leader, I’m all about me. I like going out and having a good time and screwing stuff up. That’s just me.’ Just say that. “But if you want to be something different, then you’ve got to change.” At least at the receiver position, Moore is a natural to be the leader. He’s the top returning pass-catcher after both Blackmon and Josh Cooper left last season and he’s one of only two seniors, the other being the quieter Isaiah Anderson. Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, freshman Blake Jackson and others don’t have the experience that Moore
does. In his eyes, he’s just been waiting for his opportunity to follow Blackmon in the spotlight. Two years ago, Blackmon emerged after Bryant left for the NFL and became a sudden star. He opted to return last season instead of entering the NFL draft, delaying Tracy Moore’s time to be the No. 1 receiver. “I’ve definitely been wanting to do that, since he did it his first year. I was kind of hoping he’d have left so I could do it then,” Tracy Moore said. “Now it’s my chance, just like it’s Isaiah’s, just like it’s Charlie’s and everybody else’s, I feel like it’s my chance now.” He tried to take positive steps in the offseason, gaining size and strength and spending time studying with Oklahoma State’s defensive players so he’d better understand what he was up against.
NSU “We even considered some players driving to the game in their own cars.” Luckily Tahlequah Public Schools stepped in and provided one of its charter buses, allowing the RiverHawks to travel as a team for their first MIAA road game. However, NSU’s presence on the field against the Lions suffered a 90-minute delay, too. The RiverHawks trailed Missouri Southern 21-7 at halftime and never could catch up. “I think we finally showed up after a hour and a half,” Evans said. “It was a long day with a lot of breakdowns.” One facet of NSU’s game that failed to appear was the running game. The RiverHawks scraped together only 52 yards on 24 carries. “A lot of that is to (Missouri Southern’s) credit,” said Evans, whose team was led by Terrance Dixon’s 33
Continued from page 1B yards on the ground. “We weren’t able to knock the defensive line off the ball like the week before [against Pittsburg State].” It’s not likely to get any better against Washburn this week. The Ichabods are ranked ninth in the country and have breezed to a 2-0 start. Washburn’s strength thus far has been disposing of opponents in the first half. The Ichabods have outscored Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney by a combined total of 52-7. Not exactly stellar news for the RiverHawks, who have allowed long scoring drives to start both games against Pitt State and Missouri Southern. “That’s been our nemesis,” said Evans, who has seen his team allow 86.5 yards on drives by opposing teams to start the game.
“Both teams have had long drives to start the game. That’s definitely been an emphasis for us this week. Our guys have to relax and focus in faster; they can’t get caught in the moment at the
start of the game.” Asked if NSU wins the coin toss — rather than deferring to the second half — Evans said, “unless the wind is crazy, we want to start with the football.”
NSU at Washburn When: Saturday at 6 p.m. Where: Yager Stadium. Records: NSU 0-2; Washburn 2-0. Coaches: NSU (Kenny Evans, 16-31, fifth season); Washburn (Craig Schurig, 7444, 11th season). Series record: Tied 1-1. Last meeting: In 1988, NSU beat Washburn 35-30. Notes: NSU strong safety Kyler Harris is out for the season with a knee injury. Evans said Harris had “a cyst on his knee and it was eating away at the bone.” Harris missed most of his senior year of high school after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. ... Taking
Harris’ spot is linebacker Cayle Shambaugh, who played safety in 2011. ... With Shambaugh moving to safety, NSU’s starting rotation at linebacker will consist of Langston Jones, Chris Dinkins and Jack Gray. ... Terrance Leach returns this week for NSU after missing last week’s game due to a death in the family. ... The RiverHawks will add kicker Drew Patton to the special teams rotation. Evans was unsure if Patton will be the place kicker right away. Daniel Bond has been the kicker for the first two weeks. –––––––––––––––––––––– Ben Johnson Press Sports Editor
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Jessica Hembree was first (12:36) on the 2-mile course, with Gracie Medelin third (13:00), Amy Hembree (13:18) fourth and Lindsey Chafin (13:25) fifth. Breanna Duncan (14:08 was 15th. The Lady Tigers’ 28 points eased them past Collinsville, second at 60. Keys was fourth. Ali Andrews getting second overall at 12:53. Mylee Hewitt (11th, 13:55), Shauna Rucker (25th, 14:27), Sierra Cox (30th, 14:37) and Breanna Scott (38th, 15:19) rounded out the Lady Cougars’ scores. THS drops 2 OWASSO — Tahlequah’s 10-game winning streak came to a halt on Thursday in Owasso.
The Lady Tigers, No. 1 in Class 5A, lost to Collinsville (9-4) and Ponca City (5-3) at the Bartlesville/Owasso tournament. The Lady Tigers fell to 24-4 and will play Owasso and Bixby on Friday in the tournament. Tahlequah tops Lady Buffs Class 5A No. 11 Tahlequah coasted past McAlester on Thursday night at the TMAC, winning in straight sets, 25-11, 25-10, 25-18. The Lady Tigers were led by Casey Beaston and Gillian Tinnin, who both had 11 kills. Katie Schneider had five aces, and Morgan Anderson and Kalie Champlain both had four kills. Cham-
plain also added 27 assists. Tahlequah is now 7-8 and will play in the Coweta tournament on both Friday and Saturday. Keys goes 2-1 Keys’ softball team posted wins over Oaks (6-1) and Lincoln Christian (6-4) on Thursday at the Sequoyah softball tournament. The Lady Cougars’ only loss was to Fort Gibson, who won 6-0. Keys is now 13-18 and will play Sequoyah and Sallisaw in the tournament on Friday. Sequoyah played three games in the tournament on Thursday but scores and game information was not reported to the Tahlequah Daily Press.
AREA SPORTS CALENDAR Events listed are for the current week, unless otherwise noted (Weather permitting on all events) Friday (Sept. 14) High School Football (All games start at 7:30 p.m.) • Sallisaw at Tahlequah • Victory Christian at Sequoyah. • Eufaula at Keys. • Kiefer at Hulbert. High School Softball • Keys at Sequoyah tournament — TBA. High School Volleyball • Tahlequah and Sequoyah at Coweta tournament — TBA. Saturday (Sept. 15) College Football • Northeastern State at Washburn — 6 p.m. High School Softball • Tahlequah at Bartlesville tournament — TBA. High School Volleyball • Tahlequah and Sequoyah at Coweta tournament — TBA. Sunday (Sept. 16) College Soccer • Missouri Southern at Northeastern State — 1 p.m. College Golf • Northeastern State hosts Women’s Golf Classic — at Cherry Springs Golf Course. Monday (Sept. 17) High School Softball • Fort Gibson at Tahlequah — 5 p.m.
• Sequoyah at Haskell — 4:30 p.m. • Wagoner at Keys — 4:30 p.m. High School Volleyball • Regent Prep at Tahlequah — 4 p.m. College Golf • Northeastern State hosts Women’s Golf Classic — at Cherry Springs Golf Course. Tuesday (Sept. 18) High School Softball • Grove at Tahlequah — 5 p.m. High School Volleyball • Skiatook at Tahlequah — 4 p.m. College Golf • Northeastern State hosts Women’s Golf Classic — at Cherry Springs Golf Course.
Sports On Television (All times Eastern) Schedule subject to change and/or blackouts. Friday, Sept. 14 AUTO RACING 1 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for GEICO 400, at Joliet, Ill. 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Dollar General 300, at Joliet, Ill. 4 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, "Happy Hour Series," final practice for GEICO 400, at Joliet, Ill. 5:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for Dollar General 300, at Joliet, Ill. 7:30 p.m. NBCSN — IRL, IndyCar, qualifying for MAVTV 500, at Fontana, Calif. COLLEGE FOOTBALL 9 p.m. ESPN — Washington St. at UNLV GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Italian Open, second round, at Turin, Italy 9 a.m. ESPN2 — Women's British Open, second round, at Hoylake, England 5 p.m. TGC — Web.com Tour, Boise Open, second round, at Boise, Idaho 7:30 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Hawaii
Championship, first round, at Kapolei, Hawaii MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:10 p.m. WGN — Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs 7:30 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Washington at Atlanta or Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees (7 p.m. start) PREP FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 10 p.m. FSN — Bergen Catholic (N.J.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) SOCCER 8:30 p.m. NBCSN — MLS, Houston at Kansas City Saturday, Sept. 15 AUTO RACING Noon SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for Dollar General 300, at Joliet, Ill. 1:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for GEICO 400, at Joliet, Ill. 3:30 p.m. ESPN — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Dollar General 300, at Joliet, Ill. 6:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for American Ethanol 200, at Newton, Iowa (same-day tape) 7:30 p.m. NBCSN — IRL, IndyCar, MAVTV 500, at Fontana, Calif. 8:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Truck Series, American Ethanol 200, at Newton, Iowa BOXING 9 p.m. SHO — Champion Leo Santa Cruz(20-0-1) vs. Eric Morel (46-3-0), for IBF bantamweight title; welterweights, Marcos Maidana (31-3-0) vs. Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3); champion Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7-0) vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon (43-4-0), for WBC featherweight title; champion Canelo Alvarez (40-0-1) vs. Josesito Lopez (30-4-0), for WBC super welterweight title, at Las Vegas COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon
ABC — National coverage, California at Ohio St. ESPN — Teams TBA ESPN2 — Teams TBA FSN — La.-Lafayette at Oklahoma St. FX — TCU at Kansas NBCSN — William and Mary at Towson 3:30 p.m. ABC — Teams TBA CBS — National coverage, Alabama at Arkansas ESPN2 — Teams TBA FSN — Texas A&M at SMU 4 p.m. FX — Portland St. at Washington (CenturyLink Field) NBCSN — Miami (Ohio) at Boise St. 6 p.m. ESPN — Florida at Tennessee 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Arizona St. at Missouri FSN — North Texas at Kansas St. 7:30 p.m. FOX — Southern Cal at Stanford 8:07 p.m. ABC — Notre Dame at Michigan St. 9:15 p.m. ESPN — Texas at Mississippi 10 p.m. ESPN2 — BYU at Utah GOLF 7 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Italian Open, third round, at Turin, Italy 9 a.m. ESPN2 — Women's British Open, third round, at Hoylake, England 5 p.m. TGC — Web.com Tour, Boise Open, third round, at Boise, Idaho 7:30 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Hawaii Championship, second round, at Kapolei, Hawaii MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. WGN — Chicago White Sox at Minnesota 4 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, Detroit at Cleveland, or Colorado at San Diego 9 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers or Baltimore at Oakland SOCCER 3:30 p.m.
NBC — MLS, Seattle at Portland TENNIS 12:30 p.m. NBCSN — World Team Tennis, playoffs, conference final, New York vs. Washington, at Charleston, S.C.
PRO FOOTBALL National Football League Scores and scheduled at a glance All Times EST Week 2 Thursday's Game Green Bay 23, Chicago 10 Sunday’s Games Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Arizona at New England, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Oakland at Miami, 1 p.m. Dallas at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Washington at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m. Tennessee at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. Detroit at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Denver at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Scores at a glance All Times EST National League Wednesday's Games Philadelphia 3, Miami 1 San Diego 3, St. Louis 2 Cincinnati 2, Pittsburgh 1 Washington 2, N.Y. Mets 0 Chicago Cubs 5, Houston 1 Milwaukee 8, Atlanta 2 San Francisco 8, Colorado 3 Arizona 3, L.A. Dodgers 2 Thursday's Games Houston 6, Philadelphia 4 St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers Friday's Games Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 12-7) at Chicago Cubs (Rusin 0-2), 2:20 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 12-7) at Miami (Ja.Turner 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 9-6) at Atlanta (Medlen 8-1), 7:35 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 14-6) at
Houston (B.Norris 5-12), 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 10-9) at Milwaukee (Fiers 9-7), 8:10 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 13-5) at Arizona (Skaggs 1-1), 9:40 p.m. Colorado (Chatwood 4-4) at San Diego (Cashner 3-3), 10:05 p.m. St. Louis (J.Kelly 5-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 11-10), 10:10 p.m. Saturday's Games Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 1:05 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 8:35 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. American League Wednesday's Games Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 2 Seattle 3, Toronto 2 N.Y. Yankees 5, Boston 4 Texas 5, Cleveland 2 Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 10, Minnesota 5 Oakland 4, L.A. Angels 1 Thursday's Games Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 2, 14 innings L.A. Angels 6, Oakland 0 Toronto 8, Seattle 3 N.Y. Yankees 2, Boston 0 Cleveland 5, Texas 4 Minnesota 4, Kansas City 3, 10 innings Detroit at Chicago, ppd., rain Friday's Games Detroit (A.Sanchez 2-5) at Cleveland (Kluber 1-3), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 17-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 13-5), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Matsuzaka 1-5) at Toronto (Laffey 3-5), 7:07 p.m. Seattle (Iwakuma 6-4) at Texas (Darvish 14-9), 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Liriano 5-11) at Minnesota (De Vries 5-5), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 12-9) at Kansas City (B.Chen 10-12), 8:10 p.m. Baltimore (J.Saunders 2-1) at Oakland (Milone 12-10), 10:05 p.m. Saturday's Games Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Chi. White Sox at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. Detroit at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
Tahlequah Daily Press
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 ... Page 3B
Tahlequah Daily Press football picks
BEN JOHNSON, SPORTS EDITOR
JOSH NEWTON, STAFF WRITER
KOLBY PAXTON, STAFF WRITER
ROB ANDERSON, STAFF WRITER
Sallisaw at Tahlequah
Sallisaw 44, Tahlequah 17
Sallisaw 38, Tahlequah 14
Sallisaw 42, Tahlequah 21
Sallisaw 21, Tahlequah 10
Victory Christian at Sequoyah
Sequoyah 40, Victory Christian 13
Sequoyah 28, Victory Christian 20
Sequoyah 45, Victory Christian 14
Sequoyah 28, Victory Christian 21
Eufaula at Keys
Keys 23, Eufaula 12
Keys 20, Eufaula 6
Keys 20, Eufala 10
Keys 17, Eufaula 14
Kiefer at Hulbert
Kiefer 33, Hulbert 10
Kiefer 22, Hulbert 14
Kiefer 41, Hulbert 28
Kiefer 20, Hulbert 17
Muskogee at Fayetteville (Ark.)
Fayetteville 29, Muskogee 10
Fayetteville 28, Muskogee 21
Fayetteville 38, Muskogee 24
Fayetteville 24, Muskogee 27
Fort Gibson at Catoosa
Fort Gibson 23, Catoosa 21
Catoosa 24, Fort Gibson 21
Fort Gibson 31, Catoosa 28
Catoosa 17, Fort Gibson 14
Beggs at Hilldale
Hilldale 24, Beggs 6
Hilldale 28, Beggs 6
Hilldale 20, Beggs 16
Hilldale 17, Beggs 7
Broken Arrow at Union
Union 23, Broken Arrow 20
Union 14, Broken Arrow 10
Union 27, Broken Arrow 24
Broken Arrow 21, Union 17
Booker T. Washington at East Central
BTW 21, East Central 20
BTW 27, East Central 20
BTW 21, East Central 20
BTW 24, East Central 21
Jenks at Owasso
Jenks 17, Owasso 16
Owasso 17, Jenks 14
Jenks 35, Owasso 24
Owasso 21, Jenks 17
Sand Springs at Sapulpa
Sapulpa 34, Sand Springs 31
Sand Springs 30, Sapulpa 19
Sand Springs 28, Sapulpa 21
Sapulpa 28, Sand Springs 21
Wagoner at Grove
Wagoner 29, Grove 10
Wagoner 31, Grove 14
Wagoner 38, Grove 14
Grove 17, Wagoner 14
Northeastern State at Washburn
Washburn 30, Northeastern State 21
Washburn 30, Northeastern State 17
Washburn 41, Northeastern State 24
Washburn 28, Northeastern State 14
Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 22
Oklahoma State 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 10
Oklahoma State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 31
Oklahoma State 21, Louisiana-Lafayette 10
Nicholls State at Tulsa
Tulsa 37, Nicholls State 7
Tulsa 35, Nicholls State 3
Tulsa 48, Nicholls State 17
Tulsa, Nicholls State 0
Alabama at Arkansas
Alabama 30, Arkansas 14
Alabama 30 Arkansas 20
Alabama 42, Arkansas 24
Alabama 28, Arkansas 0
Southern Cal at Stanford
Southern Cal 30, Stanford 23
Southern Cal 28, Stanford 24
Southern Cal 52, Stanford 27
Southern Cal 14, Stanford 17
Notre Dame at Michigan State
Michigan State 22, Notre Dame 20
Michigan State 21 Notre Dame 17
Michigan State 24, Notre Dame 20
Michigan State 28, Notre Dame 17
Texas at Mississippi
Texas 13, Ole Miss 10
Ole Miss 20, Texas 14
Texas 38, Ole Miss 23
Ole Miss 35, Texas 14
Florida at Tennessee
Tennessee 24, Florida 22
Tennessee 31, Florida 24
Tennessee 34, Florida 21
Tennessee 24, Florida 17
Dallas at Seattle
Seattle 21, Dallas 20
Dallas 21, Seattle 13
Dallas 28, Seattle 24
Dallas 21, Seattle 7
Kansas City at Buffalo
Kansas City 24, Buffalo 20
Kansas City 21, Buffalo 20
Kansas City 30, Buffalo 28
Buffalo 21, Kansas City 7
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Cincinnati 20, Cleveland 13
Cincinnati 20, Cleveland 14
Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 21
Cincinnati 17, Cleveland 10
Baltimore at Philadelphia
Baltimore 23, Philadelphia 21
Baltimore 17, Philadelphia 13
Baltimore 34, Philadelphia 24
Baltimore 21, Philadelphia 7
Detroit at San Francisco
San Francisco 25, Detroit 20
San Francisco 24, Detroit 21
Detroit 34, San Francisco 30
San Francisco 21, Detroit 17
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants 27, Tampa Bay 24
Tampa Bay 17, N.Y. Giants 13
NY Giants 31, Tampa Bay 20
N.Y. Giants 28, Tampa Bay 14
Last week: 9-12. Overall: 23-18.
Last week: 9-12. Overall: 23-18.
Last week: 15-6. Overall: .27-14.
Last week: 16-5. Overall: 33-8.
High school preview capsules (Games Friday night at 7:30) Sallisaw at Tahlequah Where: Doc Wadley Stadium (at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Allen Road). Radio: Game will air live locally on KEOK, FM-102.1. Nicknames: Tahlequah Tigers; Sallisaw Black Diamonds. Coaches: Tahlequah (Brad Gilbert, 1-8, second season); Sallisaw (Craig Benson, 3912, fifth season). Records: Tahlequah 0-2; Sallisaw 1-1. Rankings: Tahlequah is not ranked in Class 5A; Sallisaw is No. 6 in the Associated Press’ Class 4A prep poll. Series record: Tahlequah leads 33-23-3. Last meeting: Sallisaw beat Tahlequah, 40-7, in 2011. Last week: Rogers (Ark.) 45, Tahlequah 13; Sallisaw 34, Claremore-Sequoyah 21. News to know: Tahlequah is trying to avoid an 0-3 start since 2008. ... Three of Tahlequah’s next four games will be played at home. ... Sallisaw was a quarterfinalist in the 4A playoffs last season, losing to Bishop McGuinness, 28-14. ... Sallisaw quarterback Ben Oberste has verbally committed to the University of Tulsa. ... Sallisaw running back Jadon Davenport won the 4A state championship at 195 pounds in wrestling last school year. Players to watch Tahlequah: Mason McMillan (RB), Will Carlile (FS/QB). • McMillan continues to be Tahlequah’s workhorse on offense, averaging 134.5 rushing yards per contest. • Carlile, who came on in relief of starting quarterback David Dick against Rogers, completed all three of his passes last week. He could end up splitting time with Dick
if the passing game doesn’t end up flourishing. Sallisaw: Oberste (QB), Davenport (RB). • Oberste, a 6-foot-2, 203pound senior, is leading Sallisaw in rushing with 242 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. He has also passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12 of 21 passes. • Davenport, a junior at 205 pounds, also has two rushing touchdowns, to go along with 128 yards, on 16 rushes. Looking ahead: Tahlequah continues at home in its District 5A-4 opener against Grove. Sallisaw will be at Poteau. Victory Christian at Sequoyah Where: Thompson Field (off Highway 62 just south of the high school). Radio: Game will air live on KTLQ, AM-1350, and it will stream online at www.sequoyah.cherokee.org. Nicknames: Sequoyah Indians; Victory Christian Conquerors. Coaches: Sequoyah (Brent Scott, 71-22, ninth season); Victory Christian (Brent Marley, 22-33, sixth season). Records: Both teams are 2-0. Rankings: Sequoyah is No. 5 in the Associated Press’ 3A prep poll; Victory Christian is not ranked in 3A. Series record: Sequoyah leads 4-2. Last meeting: In 2011, Sequoyah beat Victory Christian, 47-21. Last week: Sequoyah 28, Beggs 6 (1 quarter); Victory Christian 21, Regent Prep 0. News to know: Sequoyah’s game at Beggs in Week 2 was cut short in the first quarter by a thunderstorm. Game officials decided not to resume the game and give the win to
Sequoyah. ... Victory Christian has only allowed seven points this season, all coming in a 347 win over Webster in Week 1. Players to watch Sequoyah: Kyle Helsley (RB), Niko Hammer (WR/DB). • Helsley has excelled in the running game for the Indians, racking up 243 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries this season. So far, he’s posted 30.4 yards per carry and 121.5 rushing yards per game. • Niko Hammer has scored two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown this season. He also has an interception on defense. Victory Christian: Keats Calhoon (QB). • Calhoon has completed 18 of 26 passes this season for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Looking ahead: Sequoyah will play at Locust Grove on Sept. 14, while Victory Christian will take on Henryetta. Eufaula at Keys Where: Cougar Stadium (at Keys High School on the east side of campus). Radio: Game will air tapedelayed following the Tahlequah game on KEOK, FM102.1. Nicknames: Keys Cougars; Eufaula Ironheads. Coaches: Keys (Gary Willis, 69-43, 11th season); Eufaula (Larry Newton, 0-2, first season). Records: Keys 0-1; Eufaula 0-2. Rankings: Neither team is ranked in Class 3A. Series record: Keys leads 3-1. Last meeting: In 2011, Keys beat Eufaula 56-33. Last week: Keys at Checotah, postponed; Vian 62, Eufaula 6. News to know: Keys was
down 14-7 at halftime against Checotah last week before the game was called off at halftime due to rain. ... Eufaula is giving up an average of 46 points per game so far this year. Looking ahead: On Sept. 21, Westville will be at Keys while Eufaula will play Idabel. Kiefer at Hulbert Where: Rider Stadium (at Hulbert High School). Nicknames: Hulbert Riders; Kiefer Trojans. Coaches: Hulbert (Mitchell Crittenden, 7-14, second season); Kiefer (Josh Calvert, 3912, fifth season). Records: Hulbert 1-1; Kiefer 2-0. Rankings: Hulbert is not ranked in Class 2A; Kiefer is No. 12 in Class A. Series record: Kiefer leads 4-0. Last meeting: In 2003, Kiefer beat Hulbert 20-0. Last week: Warner 26, Hulbert 19; Kiefer 29, Liberty 0. News to know: Hulbert quarterback Chris Vance suffered an ankle injury last week against Warner. ... Kiefer joined Class A this season after playing eight-man football in Class B recently. Players to watch Hulbert: Brandon Thompson (RB). • Thompson could shift to quarterback and could lead the running game if Chris Vance sits out with an ankle injury. Kiefer: Carlos Capehart (LB). • Capehart has 23 tackles through two games this season. He also has a sack and two fumble recoveries. Looking ahead: Hulbert will begin 2A-8 play at Colcord, while Kiefer will take on Porter. –––––––––––––––––––––– Ben Johnson Press Sports Editor
Packers bounce back, leave Bears licking wounds GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — On a night when defenses dominated the NFL’s most storied rivalry, the Packers got creative — and it worked. Punter Tim Masthay and backup tight end Tom Crabtree combined for a touchdown on a fake field goal in the second quarter, and the Green Bay Packers rattled and robbed Jay Cutler in a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Thursday. Cutler threw four interceptions, including a pair to Tramon Williams. Facing a fierce Packers pass rush all night, Cutler was sacked seven times, including 3 1/2 for Clay Matthews. New Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to two catches for 24 yards. “Clay was incredible,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Defense causing turnovers, if they play like that we’re going to be tough to beat.” The Bears also lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury. The Packers rebounded from a season-opening loss to San Francisco. “We got kicked in the (rear end) four days ago,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “And we were motivated.” After Williams collected his second interception, Rodgers finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, hitting Donald Driver for a 26-yard touchdown and a 23-3 lead. Driver, who barely played in the loss to San Francisco, did a celebratory dance in the end zone, recalling his stint on the “Dancing With the Stars” reality television show. But Rodgers threw an interception to Tim Jennings and the Bears finally cashed in. Facing fourth-and-7 at the Green Bay 21, Cutler threw a touchdown to Kellen Davis, cutting the lead to 23-10 with 6:49 remaining. But the Bears couldn’t mount a comeback as Matthews and the Packers kept turning up the heat. Rodgers finished the game 22 of 32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He got roughed up, too, getting sacked five times. Green Bay got a scare when the NFL MVP appeared to hurt his right arm early in the game, but he stayed in. Cutler was 11 for 27 for 126 yards, and visibly expressed his frustration throughout the game. “If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care, they can find somebody else,” Cutler said. Earlier in the week, a confident Cutler wished the Packers’ defensive backs “good luck” in trying to match up physically with a new-look wide receiver corps led by Marshall. Stalked by Williams for much of the night, Marshall didn’t see much of the ball. And he couldn’t convert his one big opportunity, dropping a potential touchdown in the third quarter. “Well, we got to get better,” Rodgers said. “But our defense took a lot of trash in the media this week. They played incredible.” Forte provided much of what little offense the Bears could muster before leaving the game in the third. He appeared to twist his right ankle while being tackled by Charles Woodson. Mason Crosby hit three field goals for Green Bay, including a 54-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Indians Scott, Niko Hammer and Tanner Sheets to the sideline anyway. But, with minimal reserves on deck, others may have been required to remain on the field at unfamiliar positions; risking injury during meaningless minutes, on a sloppy surface, in a game that was over before it began. Despite the lack of of playing time, several Indians have, nonetheless, managed to post impressive statistics through the first two weeks of the season. Quarterback Brayden Scott has nearly as many touchdowns (four) as incompletions (five), connecting on 17-of-22 passes for 200 yards — including going 4-of-4 for 76-yards two touchdowns in last week’s cameo appearance. “He’s been really efficient,” Brent Scott said. “Our offensive line has been able to block and protect, the receivers are doing their job, and Kyle Helsley has done a good job of blocking, as well.” Equally impactful has been the emergence of Helsley, via the running game. Despite the reduced sample size, the senior running back ranks 13th in the state in rushing, with 243 yards and three scores on just eight carries. “Kyle has definitely run the ball very well for us,” said Scott. “The offensive line has done a tremendous job of picking up some of the new blocking schemes. When we’re in our one-back set, Kyle’s the guy, Carter (Woodruff)’s the guy. We have a lot of guys that have touched the ball.” The Sequoyah quarterback is among the worst kept secrets in the state, but the offensive balance that has come as a result of Helsley & Co.’s effectiveness on the ground has upped the degree of difficulty considerably for
Continued from page 1B coaches saddled with the chore of conjuring up an effective scouting report. For instance, coaches like Victory Christian’s Brent Marley. “(Victory Christian) has two hall of fame coaches on the staff, so they’re not going to panic,” Scott said. “They’ve been preparing for us for a while. They’ve got the Berryhill film. I think they’ll pick and choose their battles.” The Conquerors have taken a page out of Jimbo Fisher’s “Guide to Scheduling Cupcakes” thus far, leading off with powerhouses Webster (ranked 26th in Class 4A, outscored 71-15 through first two games) and Regent Prep — an independent school that began the season with a one-point loss to Class 2A doormat Pocola. Still, in spite of starting a freshman quarterback, Victory Christian returns eight starters from a season ago; a season during which the Conquerors qualified for the playoffs after reeling off the school’s first winning record since 2007. “They are very, very good defensively,” said Scott. “They have a good linebacking core and an aggressive style of defense. (Marley) is a heck of a coach, and he has a really talented team. I think they’ll win their district. It’ll be a good football game.” Early weather reports call for a 50 percent chance of ingame showers, but after consecutive weeks of braving the elements, Scott and the Indians should be largely unaffected. “It’s a mindset,” he said. “We can always go from a passing mindset to a twotight power set. We can do either, or. We are capable of both, we do a combination of run and pass.” In other words, bring the rain.