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8 | Bartlesville Basketball The Bartlesville Bruins and head coach Tim Bart are looking to shake things up in Class 6A. Jackson Bart leads the way with Nick Shoemaker and Antonio Castillo. VYPE Top 100 selectee Hailey Tucker looks to lead the Lady Bruins to another 20-win season.
15 | Area Basketball Preview If basketball is your sport, you’re going to love the Area Basketball Preview. From Nowata to Vinita, Barnsdall to Woodland, VYPE has all of the area teams in this issue.
19 | Dewey Bulldoggers Lance Knight will feature a senior laden team this year with returning starter Carson LaRue leading the way. LaRue has an outstanding cast of players around him making the Bulldoggers a contender this season. Also check out coach Scott Neighbors and the Lady Doggers featuring Jessie Garcia.
22 | Tri County Tech The Tri County Technology Athlete of the Month is…Wes Lawthorn of Copan. This junior football player had an outstanding season and is looking forward to stepping on the court Hornets.
It’s time to take the court as the Statewide Basketball Preview hits the news stands featuring teams from Class 6A-B. VYPEOK.COM
Arthur Agee and William Gates may have been from Chicago but the North Region of the state boasts plenty of hardwood stars of their own. With football season winding down, we here at VYPE use this issue to give you an inside look at the basketball teams in the region and some key players to watch out for. If you are a basketball fan this issue is for you. Check out what teams from all over the region have back and how several teams will try to fill large voids left by graduation. Can the Glencoe boys repeat as champions in Class A? Can the Frontier girls make it back to the top of the mountain? What about teams like Perkins-Tryon and Tonkawa who both lost all-state caliber players to graduation? VYPE answers all of those questions in this issue. The region does boast several VYPE Top 100 basketball players in Derek Reeves of Cleveland, Marissa Goodman of Frontier, Hailey Tucker of Bartlesville and Ty Lazenby of Glencoe. Being chosen to the prestigious list makes all four players eligible to win either the Mr. or Mrs. Oklahoma Basketball award so make sure you take time to cast your vote on our online poll at www.vypeok.com. Also make sure you follow us on Twitter @VYPEOK to get the most recent and up to date info from across the state.
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Boosting Self-Esteem Healthy self esteem is a difficult characteristic to come by. Every individual needs to have self-esteem because it affects many aspects of one’s life. It allows one to live up to their potential throughout life. The following are tips to boost not only your self-esteem, but your child’s selfesteem as well.
How to boost your self-esteem
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1. Embrace your positive qualities. Make a list of your skills, talents, abilities and anything else that makes you feel good about yourself. Try writing out a list of compliments that others have given you as well; reminding yourself that you are important.
2. Remember that you are a desirable package rather than any one individual quality. See the attractive package that you are and write down your best qualities. Hang them on your mirror for a reminder of how great you are! 3. Do not let any one mistake define you. Think back to when you messed up, felt small, or unsure. Force yourself to identify five things that went well in spite of your “mistake.” We are not defined by any one circumstance, but rather by a collection of our experiences.
4. Understand that mistakes make you who you are. Remember the phrase, “When one door closes, another one opens.” When you have made a mistake and believe your life is over, typically, you have another opportunity to make things right. 5. Believe in yourself. Remember to make yourself a priority some of the time. Ask for what you want or get into a position to make it happen. Understand that you cannot make everyone happy. Understand that at times you must disappoint others for the sake of taking care of yourself. How to boost your child’s self-esteem ! to 1. Be a positive role model. This is an important! factor
imply when caring for children. If you are hard on yourself or pessimistic about your own abilities, your child might eventually copy you. Stay positive and nurture your own abilities and they will have a wonderful role model. 2. Identify irrational beliefs. It is important to recognize your child’s irrational beliefs about themselves. Assisting children with more accurate perceptions, whether it be their abilities or attractiveness, help them be more realistic in analyzing themselves.
3. Give positive and realistic feedback. For example, your child might not be good at math. If they get a problem incorrect, reassure them in their academic ability. Tell them that some children have to work harder than others on certain subjects. This does not mean they are not capable, it only means that they might need extra practice. 4. Cooperation over competition. Mentoring programs in which older children help younger children with academics or sports can boost self-esteem in both children. Activities that support cooperation instead of competition are benefiting towards self-esteem. Not only does it benefit the child who might be struggling with reading, it also boosts the abilities in the child who is teaching. 5. Create a safe environment. Be sure that your home is as safe and loving towards the child as possible. Children who are neglected and abused are at greater risk for low self-esteem. They might start to believe that they have no control of their surroundings and develop a helpless feeling. Sources:
Fox, M., Sokol, L. (2012, January 17). Think Confident, Be Confident: Six Ways to
Boost Your Self-Esteem. Psychology Today. Retrieved From
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/think-confident-beconfident/201001/six-ways-boost-your-self-esteem New, M. (2012, March). Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem: How Parents Can Help. Kid’s Health. Retrieved from http://www.kidshealth.org.
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Bartlesville Bruins Boys Coach: Photo by Michael Mayberry Tim Bart (14th year) 12-13 Record: 16-19 Roster:
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Boys When coach Tim Bart is asked about what to look for from the Bruins this year, he quickly responds “scoring…this team can shoot the ball from the 3 point line.” The Bruins return three starters from a team that went 16-9 a year ago, falling just short of a
trip to the state tournament. Forward Jackson Bart (6-5), guard Nick Shoemaker (64), and point guard Antonio Castillo (6-0) are all back this season after being a part of last seasons starting group. Rounding out the top five will be sophomore guard A.J. Parker (6-0), and junior forward Hayden Bryant (6-4). Coach Bart knows the Bruins have lost a lot of rebounding strength, graduating Jakob Hartsock and Quinton Smith last year, and will spend the early part of the season filling the spots. “We’re still trying to put the parts of the puzzle together,” says Bart. If the Bruins can find a way to put that puzzle together under the basket and rely on their outside shooting ability then fans can expect the Bruins to make a deep playoff run this season.
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Bartlesville Lady Bruins Girls Coach: Terry Rogers (7th year) 12-13 Record: 20-4 Roster:
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Girls The Bartlesville Lady Bruins came up one game short of a state tournament appearance last year. With four returning starters, the Lady Bruins should be ready to reach state this year. “We’re very excited,” says coach Terry Rogers. “We lost some really good players but we’ve got some younger kids with good playing experience so we are going to
pick up where we left off, we’ve got a bad taste in our mouth from that area final so we are kind of hungry.” The Lady Bruins are led by 6-foot-2 guard Hailey Tucker. A VYPE Top 100 selectee, Tucker enters her junior after averaging 17 points per game in her sophomore season. Other returners for the Lady Bruins include Gabby (5-4) and Olivia Culver at the guard positions. Gabby averaged three points four assists a game last season while
Olivia averaged seven points per game. On the inside the Lady Bruins will get a big boost from Julie Benysheck (5-8), a move in from Oologah, and center Ali Nakvinda (6-0).
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Academic Athlete of the Month Bartlesville Lady Bruins junior forward Hailey Tucker is the Bartlesville Female Athlete of the Month. On the floor Tucker is a scoring dynamo that causes matchup problems for nearly every opponent the Lady Bruins face. Off the floor however Tucker carries a 4.0 grade point average and takes AP classes in English, Math and Science. After high school Tucker wants to play college basketball and is already being recruited by Kansas State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, New Mexico, Missouri State, Colorado State, Wichita State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Bartlesville Bruins shooting guard Nick Shoemaker is the Remax Academic Athlete of the Month. A sharpshooter by trade, Shoemaker is known for hitting shots from all over the court. A leader on the court, Nick averaged 15 points per game last season and is on his way to improving that this season. After he graduates from Bartlesville, Nick plans to study business and play basketball in college. Nick is involved in numerous activities and is also involved with K-Life at Bartlesville.
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The “Driven” Athlete of the Month Greg Schultz - Bartlesville High School Due to his ascension to prominence as a member of the Bartlesville Bruins wrestling team, senior Greg Schultz is the Tate Boys Driven Athlete of the Month. Entering his first year in varsity wrestling, Schultz began flying under the radar, he’s on it now. Despite his absence from the sport, head varsity coach Martin Parks was not concerned. “He’s been away from wrestling for three years, but he’s going to surprise some people.” After an impressive overtime victory against Muskogee, Schultz proved that he is a fixture in the Bruins wrestling lineup and has projected the pre-season expectations placed on his shoulders. “It was not a shock to see him do so well. Grant is big and strong and he’s got a strong physique. He’s the real deal,” said Parks.
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How long have you been involved in FCA? I joined FCA my freshman year.
Who influenced you to join? When I was a freshman I had two seniors that I looked up to who influenced me in joining. Candace Caldwell and Andrea Gimondo were great team members and role models. How has FCA made an impact in your life on the field and off the field? As a captain of my softball team we say a prayer before every game for the safety of both teams and to keep our head up no matter the outcome. How have your beliefs helped you as an athlete? You can do anything through Christ. God blessed me with my talent to play softball and has helped me reach my goal of playing college at a D1 School. Go WSU Shockers.
How have you used your beliefs or association with FCA to help others or spread the word? Each member of my team participates in our team prayer by choice. I started this tradition to help show other teammates who they can turn to when all else fails. What is your favorite Bible verse and why? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13. It’s my favorite because a big part of the game is to be mentally tough. I pray for strength before each game to help lead my team and be a good role model.
Character Counts Athlete of the Month
ConocoPhillips is proud to highlight the great student-athletes who uphold the fabric of character on and off the field and court. by teammates as just an overall good person, Brurud is heavily involved in several clubs and activities. Brurud is the student body president, and plays the flute in the Bruin Brigade Marching Band. Brurud is also a member of the Bailey Brurud leadership team at Bartlesville Volleyball Bartlesville and involved in several activities outside of school as well. Bartlesville Lady Bruins After high school Brurud senior basketball player plans to attend Oklahoma Bailey Brurud is the University and major in Bartlesville Female either Public Relations or Character Counts Athlete Broadcast Journalism. of the Month. Described
Bartlesville Bruins forward Jackson Bart has been chosen as the Character Counts Athlete of the Month. As one of the returning starters for the Bruins, Bart brings savvy and experience into the team captain role. Jackson also takes the statistics for the Bruins’ football team and is an active member on the student council. After high school, Jackson intends to play basketball in college; though he hasn’t decided where yet.
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Area Basketball Previews Nowata Ironmen Website: www.nowataps.k12.ok.us GIRLS Glen Hass (6th year) 2012-13 Record: 7-16 Outlook: There is reason for optimism for Coach Glen Hass and the Nowata Lady Ironmen this season. With a good group of returners leading some underclassmen, Nowata looks to improve on last year’s 7-16 record. “We have a very good sophomore group that should blend with the group from last year. They all should improve and develop throughout the season. This group will be in contention and will be in the hunt at the end of the season,” Hass said. Senior post player Josey Hale (6-0) is one that Hass will depend on heavily this year. Hale averaged 10 points and 8 boards per game last year. She will be joined by senior Aeschli Truesdell (5-9) and be counted on to provide the leadership for three sophomore starters. Guards Reva Smith (5-7), Halley Hewitt (5-5) will also be a part of the starting lineup this season. Forward Alexis Mayhew (59) is another projected starter for Nowata. Alexis’ twin sister Alecia (5-9) is also expected to see big minutes this year. Josey Hale 6-0 C/F Aeschli Truesdell 5-9 F Reva Smith 5-7 G Halley Hewitt 5-5 G Alexis Mayhew 5-9 F Alecia Mayhew 5-9 F
Head Coach Gary Hollingshed says, “these kids work hard, play hard, and are ready to make that jump in basketball. Over the last couple of years they have taken off in football and are ready to do the same in the gym.” Hollingshed has been an assistant in Vinita for five years and now takes over the program in Nowata. Welcoming Coach Hollingshed to Nowata will be seniors Tyler Brock, KC Boultinghouse, Justin Stark, and Nate Moore. Boultinghouse averaged 15 points and 7 boards per game last year, while Brock scored 10 per game while dishing out 4 assists. Joining them on the roster will be junior Scott Pruett, and junior Matt Price. Hollingshed is blessed with a
talented group that is very capable of getting out and running with a smaller squad and also has the size to go inside. Tyler Brock KC Boultinghouse Justin Stark Nate Moore Scott Pruett Matt Price
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GIRLS Scott Reed (19th year) 12-13 Record: 22-9 A tradition rich program, the Lady Hornets return four starters from last season’s 22-9 team and are an
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BOYS Gary Hollingshed (1st year) 2012-13 Record: 9-13 Outlook: The Nowata Ironmen head into the season with a new head coach, a new gym on the horizon, and a new attitude. First year
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early favorite to compete for the Class 4A gold ball. Along with the four returning starters, the Lady Hornets also have several other key players who give Vinita some of the best depth and balance in the state. Senior guards Kamry Chamberlain (5-3), Kenzie Baker (5-4) and Megan Woodward (55) lead the way on the perimeter for the Lady Hornets. Last season Baker averaged 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while also racking up 69 total steals. Other key players in the backcourt this year will be juniors Baylee Mendell (5-7) and Sydney Hopwood (56). In the paint the Lady Hornets won’t be quite as deep as they are on the perimeter looking to junior forward Taylor Steinhoff (5-8) and sophomore Carsyn Spurgeon (510) to do most of the heavy lifting. As a freshman Spurgeon averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Spurgeon also earned totals of 57 steals and 47 blocks last year.
Kamry Chamberlain 5-3 G Kenzie Baker 5-4 G Megan Woodward 5-5 G VYPEOK.COM
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Baylee Mendell 5-7 G Taylor Steinhoff 5-8 F Carsyn Spurgeon 5-10 F Sydney Hopwood 5-6 G
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BOYS Tony Roach (6th year) 12-13 Record: 20-8 With their sights on their fourthstraight conference title and past that a spot in the area and state tournament the Hornets will lean on three returning starters. Chief among that group will be junior point guard Phillip Willis (5-10). Last season Willis averaged 15 points, 2.2 rebounds and three assists per game. Joining Willis in the backcourt will be senior guards Zac King (6-3) and Brandon Bump (6-2). King and Bump combined to average 10 points and eight rebounds per game last year giving the Hornets some true scoring balance. On the inside Vinita will turn to forwards Wyatt Spear (6-3) and Kyle Carrier (6-3). “Even with the loss of two quality seniors we will carry on our winning tradition with hard work and defense,” coach Roach said.
Phillip Willis 5-10 Zac King 6-3 Wyatt Spear 6-3 Brandon Bump 6-2 Kyle Carrier 6-3
Oklahoma Union Cougars
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BOYS Brad Hall (24th year) 12-13 Record: 22-5 Outlook: With three starters back from last season’s 22-5 team the Cougars are expecting nothing less than a trip to the Big House this season. Senior forwards Kody Webb (5-11) and Caleb Peck (6-0) provide two major scoring options on the interior as does junior center Bryson Shelton (62). On the perimeter Oklahoma Union also has a pair of talented
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Area Basketball Previews upperclassmen. Senior Matt Kuehn (6-2) is the team’s leader on the perimeter and has the capability to do damage from anywhere on the court. Junior guard Kolten Stacy (6-0) is also a dynamic playmaker whose length provides a large number of mismatches throughout the year. “We are excited about this group of kids. They are very coachable and will work hard,” coach Hall said. Kody Webb 5-11 Matt Kuehn 6-2 Kolten Stacy 6-0 Caleb Peck 6-0 Bryson Shelton 6-2
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Website: www.woodland.k12.ok.us GIRLS Teresa Bledsoe (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 19-7 Outlook: Last season the Lady Cougars found their stride and made it all the way to the area tournament before having their season fall just short of a trip to the Big House. This season Woodland will rely on an experienced lineup led by junior RayLee Conner (5-8). Last season Conner averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game while spending most of her time in the post as a forward, but this season the versatile athlete will be moving to the perimeter where she will start at guard. Also starting at guard this season will be junior Sarah Ben (5-6). A player that isn’t afraid to get dirty Ben will key the team with her ability to hustle after loose balls and rebounds as much as her ability to shoot the ball from outside. Senior Alexis Mashburn (5-7) will round out the starting backcourt for the Lady Cougars. Working on the block this season will be junior center Shelbi Gordon (5-10) and sophomore forward Presley Tucker
RayLee Conner 5-8 Sarah Ben 5-6 Shelbi Gordon 5-10 Presley Tucker 5-8 Alexis Mashburn 5-7
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BOYS Brady Goad (4th year) 12-13 Record: 13-12 Outlook: Sharpshooting senior forward Hayden Hadlock (6-3) will lead the way for the Cougars this season after averaging 13 points per game last year as the team’s starting shooting guard. While Hadlock will be outsized by most of the forwards he goes up against he will definitely be able to force opponents into bad matchups with his speed and ability to shoot from long range. Providing the thunder to Hadlock’s lightning will be junior center Ethan Burns (6-3). On the perimeter sophomore point guard Gage McKinney (5-6) will handle the bulk of the ball handling duties while twins Cole (5-8) and Lane Brumley (5-8) start at the shooting guard and small forward spots. Hayden Hadlock 6-3 Gage McKinney 5-6 Ethan Burns 6-3 Cole Brumley 5-8 Lane Brumley 5-8
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GIRLS Austin Minshall (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 3-15 Outlook: A strong resolve to continue to improve through hard work along with being well conditioned and fundamentally sound will define the Lady Huskies this year. Senior Haley Malaske (5-7) will start at forward this
season but will also spend some time at guard utilizing her skill set to create mismatches. Junior Guard Andie Sweeden (5-5) is the only other upperclassman in the Lady Huskies top rotation and will be called upon to provide a good deal of leadership in the backcourt. Sophomores Keylee Kirk (5-4) and Kailee Hambright (5-6) will work with Sweeden on the perimeter meanwhile sophomore Sarah Phillippi (5-5) will start at forward. Also battling for playing time will be sophomore Genie Herren and freshman Sidney Sellers. Andie Sweeden 5-5 G Haley Malaske 5-7 F/G Keylee Kirk 5-4 G Sarah Phillippi 5-5 F/G Kailee Hambright 5-6 G Genie Herren Sidney Sellers
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Marcus Young 5-10 Trey Redeagle 6-1 Trent Barnett 6-0 Hayden Henley 6-2 Tyler Culver 6-2
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BOYS Monty Unruh (6th year) 12-13 Record: 8-16 Outlook: A young and inexperienced team the Huskies bring back just two starters this season but the team does have a large number of upperclassmen who should make a big impact this season. Chief among those upperclassmen is senior point guard Marcus Young (5-10). Senior center Tyler Culver (6-2) will give the Huskies a strong rebounding and scoring presence in the paint. Junior shooting guard Trey Redeagle (6-1) and junior power forward Trent Barnett (6-0) will also provide some key leadership for the Huskies. Sophomore Hayden Henley (6-2) will round out the Huskies starting lineup and give the team solid depth in the paint.
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Area Basketball Previews Hominy Bucks Website: www.hominy.k12.ok.us GIRLS Michael Nordquist (5th year) 12-13 Record: 14-12 Outlook: A young roster and just one returning starter has Hominy head coach Michael Nordquist prepping for rough waters early but hoping for smooth sailing late. “We need to make it through the first part of the year and learn from it. Then we hope to put ourselves in a position to play better by districts,” Nordquist said. Senior small forward Hunter McElyea (5-6) averaged 12 points, six rebounds and six assists per game last season and is the team’s lone returning starter. Sophomores Cassie Owens (5-5), Christian Supernaw (5-9) and Kaylee Bobitt (5-3) will all figure heavily into the Hominy rotation this season. Another key player for the Lady Bucks will be freshman point guard Madison McClatchey (5-3). Hunter McElyea 5-6 SF Cassie Owens 5-5 SF Christian Supernaw 5-9 PF Kaylee Bobbitt 5-3 SG Madison McClatchey 5-3 PG
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BOYS Jason Bates (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 5-16 Outlook: “We should be drastically better. We played almost all sophomores and freshman last season. We return virtually everyone and add a talented freshman class,” was what Hominy head coach Jason Bates said fans can expect from his team. Junior guard George Fields (6-0) leads the team into this season after averaging 15 points per game as a sophomore. Junior Hayden Carns (5-10) will start at the other VYPEOK.COM
guard spot for the Bucks. Inside Hominy fans can expect junior center Jalen Alexander (6-3) to improve on his average of eight points per game from last year. Junior forward Conner Edwards (6-0) will also play a major factor as will highly touted freshman forward Kolton Reed (6-2). Last season Reed scored an average of 18 points per game in the junior high ranks and his scoring potential will be a welcomed addition for the Bucks.
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GIRLS Joe Gilbert 12-13 Record: N/A Outlook: Joe Gilbert has been coaching in Barnsdall for 58 years and the excitement
level is always high for Coach Gilbert. “I’m always excited” says Gilbert, “the first game every year excites me a lot.” The Lady Panthers have several returners with experience, four of those were starters last year. Brandi Gay is a 5-foot-3 senior guard averaging 7.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game a year ago. Lakeesha LeFlore returns to action after knee surgery kept her from the softball field in the fall for Barnsdall. LeFlore is a 5-foot-6 senior forward that averaged 6.8 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game last year. Five other players on the roster have experience for Barnsdall, Ciara McCabe is a 5-foot-7 forward, Alyssa Babb (5-4) plays guard, Courtney Swift (5-7) at center, Kori Hatfield (5-1) guard, Makaylan McCabe (5-8) center, and new to the Barnsdall roster this year is move in Skyler Graham, a 5-foot-8 forward. “We’re not big, but we are quick” said Gilbert. Loaded with experience, coach Gilbert says he definitely will not have the same five starters each night. Gilbert looks to run an eight player rotation and says that might be one player too many. “It’s kind of hard to run an eight player rotation and get enough things done that you want.” Gilbert knows a seven player rotation would be ideal but is excited to have this many capable players. Brandi Gay 5-3 Lakeesha LeFlore 5-6
Ciara McCabe 5-7 Alyssa Babb 5-4 Courtney Swift 5-7 Kori Hatfield 5-1 Makaylan McCabe 5-8 Skyler Graham 5-8
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BOYS Jake Christenson (1st year) 12-13 Record: N/A Outlook: Jake Christenson heads to Barnsdall as the new head coach of the Panther boys, a team his dad Dale led to a 7-17 record last year. Christenson was the head coach at Shidler last year. “You know the Panthers the last couple of years have been coached by my dad so those guys have got a pretty good background fundamentally and a lot of the things we are doing this year, they have kind of got the experience already so that makes it kind of nice for me coming in” says coach Christenson. Barnsdall returns Cody Klutts for his senior year. Klutts (5-11) is a power forward. The other senior on the roster is center Hunter Hansen is 6-foot-3 and will be a starter for the Panthers this year. Tyler Swift also returns with experience for his junior season. Joe Gott (5-6) is expected to get playing time as a sophomore guard, and Tyler Wilson joins the varsity as a freshman and goes 5-10 at the forward position. “Look for us to run and really get up and down the floor” says Christenson, “we will play a much faster game than in years past. Hopefully we can build a system and style. We have good hard working kids that will surprise some people”.
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Website: www.copan.k12.ok.us GIRLS Gary Askew (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 19-11 Outlook: A team that has been a contender for the past several years the Lady Hornets are back again this year. Senior guard Amber Bonham (5-9) leads the way in the Copan attack this season and has a chance to reach some major career milestones this year. A lethal long-range shooter Bonham has scored 939 total points in her time at Copan and should reach that elusive 1,000 mark four games into the season if she equals her 16 points a game average from last year. Bonham also has 249 total career steals and should easily reach 300 in that category if not 350 this year. Other key players for the Lady Hornets this year will be senior Abby Bryon (5-9) and
Bulldoggers Boys “Excited”…one word says it all when Dewey Bulldogger head coach Lance Knight is asked about this season. With two returning starters and five seniors on the floor to start the season, coach Knight has an experienced club. Knight says this is an athletic group that likes to run, good shooters and rebounders. Returning for the Bulldoggers is 6-foot-1 guard Carson LaRue, who averaged 12 points per game and 8.0 boards last year. Joining LaRue will be 5-foot-8 Justin Davis at point guard, 6-foot-4 senior forward Stevie Payne, 6-foot-4 senior forward Caleb Harp, and 6-foot-1 senior forward Alec Pierce. Coach Knight also expects good play from the bench with senior guard Nick Garrett and senior guard Collin Wood. Competing in the Will Rogers Conference with the likes of Sperry, Verdigris, Adair, and Inola, Coach Knight knows
the Doggers will have to work hard this year but is excited to face the challenge. Dewey had 16 wins last year yet finished conference play at 0-8. “They were good games, we’re competing with them but it’s a tough conference,” said coach Knight. Girls
Dewey Lady Doggers first year head coach Scott Neighbors is ready for a new challenge with his new school. “This will be my first year with the girls, I was lucky enough to get in early and we were able to play in a summer league which started out kind of rough but things have started to come together now,” said Neighbors. “We don’t have a lot of varsity experience, a lot of the girls that are going to be seeing floor time played none or very little last year.” Coach Neighbors will be looking for leaders like Jessie Garcia to step up this year. “Jess is a great leader, she is by far my best leader on the team,” according to
freshman Winter Williams (59). Both Bryon and Williams will both primarily work at guard this season but both have the ability to play inside on the block as well. Sophomores Bethany Bates (5-9) and Allison Hunt (5-8) will also both be key contributors this year rounding out the starting five for Copan. Amber Bonham 5-9 G Sr. Abby Bryon 5-9 G/F Sr. Winter Williams 5-9 G/F Fr. Bethany Bates 5-9 F So. Allison Hunt 5-8 G So.
BOYS Kevin Foreman (Roster provided by ossaa.com) Austin Long 5-9 G Fr. Zack Trimble 5-7 G Fr. Jeff Carver 6-2 F Jr. Austin King 5-9 G Jr. Joseph Phelon 6-2 C Fr. Eddy Taylor 6-2 F Jr. Kirk Foreman 6-0 F Fr. Dylan Williams 5-9 G Fr. Wes Lawhorn 5-11 F Jr.
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Girls Coach: Scott Neighbors (1st year) 12-13 Record: N/A coach Neighbors, “I’ve been lucky enough to know Jess for a long time, she actually played for me at Osage Hills when she was in junior high.” Coach Neighbors expects good play from Lauren Washington and Kaylee Hinkle as well and refers to Washington as perhaps the best athlete in this part of the state. Coach Neighbors says the one thing they may fight all season long a lack of height. “We are going to have to work hard on transition and some hard nosed defense,” says Neighbors.
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Skiatook ABulldogs victory every time. Boys With a team motto of “No Quit” the Bulldogs will be looking to improve on last season’s 11-14 record. The teeth of the Bulldogs’ offense this year will be junior guard Garrett Massey (6-1). As a sophomore Massey averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game and will be expected to improve those numbers this year. Also back at guard this year is senior Tyson Lester (5-10) who averaged five points per game. Sophomore guards Jake Surritte
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A fairly young team, the Lady Bulldogs will use an aggressive defensive style this season to trigger the team’s offensive attack. Senior forwards Madison Stuckey (6-0) and Kourtney Lincicome (5-8) will not only anchor the frontcourt but also be counted on to provide leadership both on and off the floor. Sophomores Mikayla Shulanberger (5-10) and Charity Burdette (5-9) are both expected to start at
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and work hard on the floor despite beginning the year 0-7 (as of Dec. 17). The team is very young without a single senior on the roster so early season missteps aren’t too much of a surprise. Fans can look to key games at the Caney Valley Invitational Jan. 20-24 to see the improvement and knowledge the team has taken from their early season losses. Lawhorn, along with juniors Jeff Carver, Austin King and Eddy Taylor are the only upperclassmen on the team and provide the bulk of the leadership on and off the floor. Carver, Taylor and Lawhorn all are listed as forwards while King does the majority of his work at guard.
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