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Sports

September 2013

Norman High School

The Tiger Tribune

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After dominating in the Crosstown clash football game against Norman North, the Norman High team has proved to be very successful this season. With much dedication and practice, the team has grown stronger and intends to continue growing.

405 students prepare for active Fall sports season By Curtis Green Sports Editor Norman High School’s student population contains 405 active student athletes as of Fall of 2013, and all of them play with passion and loyalty. Currently active Fall sports include Football, Cheer, Pom, Softball, Swimming, Cross Country and Volleyball. The football team, led by Head Coach Greg Nation, has started off the season on the right foot, with a convincing win against rival Norman North High School. The Tigers won the Crosstown Clash 38-31. The Tigers performance in the season opener showed that the team will be a very defensive minded team. Senior Cade Parker became The Oklahoman’s Player of the Week with five sacks against Norman North. The Cheer team with coach Lynsee Leemaster had two contests to attend; the regionals competition on Sept. 21 and the state competition on Sept. 28. The Pom squad is very young this year, the only veteran voices come from the juniors and they must recall all the experience they learned from the last set of seniors to dance with the squad. “ It

makes us closer as a team and we don’t have to compete for spots with the seniors,” junior MaKenzie Millsap said. The Swimming team has been practicing ferociously and is ready to start its season, which doesn’t start until November. The Lady Tigers Softball team led by Head Coach Andrea Harrison and a platoon of seniors Kiyana Hibbert, Heather Jones, Becca Maeder and Ashton Maga, the Lady Tigers are at a record of 7-12. The Cross Country team’s season is off the starting blocks and blazing along, with the second largest amount of seniors among NHS fall sports, only behind football, the team is ready for all 11 of their meets. The Volleyball team will finish its season at the beginning of October. cgreen@nhstribune.com

The 2013-2014 Norman High School Lady Tigers Softball Team poses for its team picture. Seniors are wearing the black polos, underclassmen are in white

Lady Tigers fastpitch softball swings through Fall schedule By Ashton Maga Reporter Norman High School fastpitch softball opened the season under new coaching staff this season is to be a promising one for the fastpitch Lady Tigers. With the Lady Tigers already played seven games in the season, with six more games to go not including regionals districts and state tournaments. Two-time All American Andrea Harrison, formerly a UCLA Bruin opened the new season as the head coach of the Lady Tigers with two new assistant coaches Sarah Jones and Adika Snider. “It is really nice having a young coaching staff and coaches who have been there at this level,” senior Kiyanna Hibbert said . So far the Lady Tigers are 7-12, Being in a 6-A division they are put up against some of the best teams in the state. “Though going into my senior year of softball with a new coach it ended well. Crying the first day of practice because I knew I had my work cut out for me and all the challenges I was about to face. But through it all my coaches have pushed me, I’ve never quit. I’ve bonded with all the girls on the team, and though our

record may not prove it, we’ve come so far and accomplished many things,” senior Heather Jones said. Harrison holds the team to the standard she was held to in college, preparing the girls not only to be great softball players, but to grow into great women. “The first year as head coach of [the Lady Tigers] is exciting because the new mentality I’m bringing to this program is the foundation of Tiger softball,” Harrison said. Fast-pitch Softball is the most competitive version of softball according to the International Softball Federation. It is also the form of softball that was played in the Olympic games in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Softball is played on every continent with a rapidly growing popularity. With 12 freshman, six sophomores, four juniors and four seniors, the Lady Tigers softball team has come to show it is a young team but it is not scared. “The sport doesn’t know your age,” Harrison said. With only four more home games remaining for the Lady Tigers including a rematch of the NHS and Norman North softball game on Sept. 26. amaga@nhstribune.com

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