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18 | Triple Play Bishop Kelley senior Cameron O’Brien is this months Triple Play player. Coach Ellis and Cameron’s cousin Jake O’Brien are competing for Triple Play glory. Who will win? Who can step up to the plate and knock it out of the park?
22 | The Tate Family The first family of basketball in Sand Springs is the Tate’s. Both Nick and Nicole are big-time contributors on the court and off the court they are model citizens. Take a closer look at the first family of Sandite Basketball.
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| The Naturals Every year Eastern Oklahoma turns out an incredible crop of talented baseball players and this year may top them all. Find out what makes these guys tick and who else will make the list of the top players in Eastern Oklahoma.
36 | Dance at Duals Broken Arrow had a dancing partner in Muskogee at this year’s Class 6A Dual State. But what about the other classes? How did Collinsville fair and what about Vian? Find out what went down at this year’s Dual State!
44 | State Swim Meet The 2011 state swim meet was held on the campus of the Oklahoma City Community College and the results may surprise you. Find out more right here as VYPE was there to cover all the action.
Next Month... We’ll look back at a great season of basketball, tell you who came out on top as wrestling crowned their individual champions and spring sports are taking the field. 4
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F E AT U R E
A Letter from the Editor
Spring Fever February can go on record as the craziest month of all time. How much snow did we get? Enough to delay our trucks carrying precious cargo by several days. But have no fear the wonderful people that distribute our magazine worked day and night to fill the racks and get it out to everyone. Cheerleaders don’t get enough respect for the job they do, so we felt it was necessary for them to get some love and respect from VYPE. Now we look forward to things like Spring Break (assuming your school is giving it to you after Snowmageddon 2011). And with spring comes baseball. As the players take their first cuts of the season and pitchers are working their arms into throwing shape, VYPE takes a look at some of the best players in Eastern Oklahoma. We gathered six of them for a photo shoot, but have many more to mention in the feature titled The Naturals: Dugout Diamonds from Eastern Oklahoma.
Swimming has wrapped up their season and VYPE covered all the action from the Oklahoma City Community College swim facility. See if Jenks kept the gold standard and how Fort Gibson faired? We recap Dual State, bring you a new Flashback Photo from Vera, Oklahoma and Cameron O’Brien sits down for this months Triple Play.
If you haven’t looked at the new website then you’re missing out. We are live streaming basketball games from the state tournament and archiving them for you to watch at a later date. This is something we are extremely excited to be doing. Our goal is to bring the VYPE nation the most comprehensive coverage of high school sports in the state. Visit us at www.vypeok.com. •
We’re in the Game
What prompted you to run such a big cheer story? We loved it! My daughter has cheered for eight years and I’m amazed that local media give them no credit for what they do. We understand that the boys sports are king, but it would be nice to see someone give the cheerleaders an award on T.V. or special recognition for going to college on a scholarship. We do appreciate everything VYPE does and that article was fantastic. We had several friends in that photo. Thanks!
Cynthia M. Tulsa
I know you covered Dual State, but are you going to cover the state tournament in Oklahoma City?
Hank C. Broken Arrow
Editor’s Note: (Yes we had photographers covering all of the action. Check vypeok.com for photo galleries featuring wrestlers that made it to the tournament.)
Can’t Find Your Mag Where can I pick up a copy of VYPE in Owasso? I’ve checked numerous locations and they don’t have any. I also come to Tulsa about once a week and usually find them at QT.
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Editor’s Note: (Laura check with the Quick Trip in Owasso. I know we send magazines there often. Also there is a Wendy’s next to the QT. Check inside Wendy’s at several of their locations in Tulsa. Or you can always have it mailed directly to your house.)
Slow Pitch Please I think VYPE does a great job covering high school sports, except slow pitch softball. Can we please see an article on slow pitch this season? Maybe some player profiles or team profiles. These girls work really hard and they deserve it. Thanks.
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Editor’s Note: (It’s been discussed and we’ve got it on the board. Thanks, Cammy!)
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01 01 RUMBLE WINS THE DUNK CONTEST VYPE COVER SHOOT
PHOTO: RIP STELL
PHOTO: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHOTO: KIRK WELLS
11 WES HARDING AT DUAL STATE
02 VIAN WRESTLING IS BACK!
04 JENKS BOYS WIN A STATE TITLE IN SWIMMING
06 BROKEN ARROW SWIMMING
08 COLLINSVILLE CHEERLEADERS MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHoto: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHOTO: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHOTO: CARRIE CRONK
03 BEHIND THE SCENES AT A 05 BISHOP KELLEY SWIMMING
07 FORT GIBSON GIRLS BRING HOME GOLD
09 SAND SPRINGS GOING BIG PHOTO: KIRK WELLS
PHOTO: KT KING
PHOTO: BRETT ROJO
PHOTO: CARRIE CRONK
10 BISHOP KELLEY BACKSTROKE
12 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON OFF THE BLOCKS
PHOTO: CARRIE CRONK
12 MARCH 2011
PICTURE THIS 01 STILLWATER SWIMMERS AT STATE CRONK
02 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PUSHING FOR THE PHOTO: CARRIE CRONK
03 JEREMY DAVENPORT
FROM SALLISAW AT DUAL STATE
PHOTO: KT KING
THE LONG WAIT FOR SAND SPRINGS 05 CLAREMORE BENCH
PHOTO: KIRK WELLS
07 COMET BUTTERFLY
08 RUMBLE ON WHEELS HORNET SWIMMER T. SUPERMAN
PHOTO: KIRK WELLS
BOBBY JEFFERESON FROM MUSKOGEE WELLS
PHOTO: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHOTO: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
PHOTO: MICHAEL MAYBERRY
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Vera Baseball - For whatever reason VYPE seems to have a connection to teams north of Tulsa. Vera, Oklahoma is located about 5 miles north of Collinsville on Memorial Drive. Being such a small rural town in Oklahoma our hope is that someone can recognize the photo or the people in it. Maybe the old fence in the background or the man in black that appears to be the coach. The last time we ran a photo of this nature was from Ramona High School, dated 1915 and that turned into a big feature story. Maybe this incredible photo will do the same. We believe the photo was taken between 1917 and 1924. Records show that Vera had a high school at one time, however, today they are a part of the Caney Valley school system. If you can provide us with any information on this photo or would like to submit a photo for us to review, please send your photos and comments to email@example.com. I trust the VYPE nation can pull off another miracle and tell us when and who is in this photo!
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at the BOK CENTER GETTING CLOSER
Tickets still on sale by going online a www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets
ulsa, Oklahoma – “The NCAA Final Four Goes Through Tulsa” has been a common theme in the northeastern Oklahoma community the last six months. Why? Tulsa is one of eight sites nationwide to host the 2011 NCAA Second & Third Rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in March.
Tulsa will host eight teams in second and third round action. Who will be making the trek to Tulsa? The teams destined for Tulsa will be revealed on Sunday, March 13th, as the 68-team field will be announced on CBS Television that night.
The BOK Center will serve as the host site, March 17-20. Four games will be played on Thursday, March 18th, with two games scheduled for Sunday, March 20th. Open practice sessions on Thursday, March 17th will allow fans to visit the BOK Center free of charge to see the teams work out.
No matter what teams are assigned to Tulsa, it is a major sporting event the likes of which this city has not seen. Fans from eight schools will converge on Tulsa, transforming the community into a basketball hotbed for the week, thus having a huge economic impact on the city. “Having the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament
in Tulsa is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. “With an estimated $13 million economic impact, community support is such an important factor when a tournament of this magnitude comes to town. Many businesses are already planning for special events during the tournament and we expect high traffic volumes at our many arts, entertainment and shopping districts. “We hope with Tulsa’s strong community spirit that NCAA representatives will keep Tulsa on their radar screen and return to Tulsa in the near future.”
Tickets for second and third round games – a total six contests – are available for the one-time price of $237. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets.
“The NCAA Tournament is one of the largest events downtown Tulsa has hosted in the recent past. While our VisitTulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission programs work diligently to bring conventions, meetings and events to town that will have a positive economic impact on our city, like the NCAA Tournament with an estimated $13 million economic impact, we are also extremely thrilled at the opportunity to show off Tulsa to thousands of visitors,” added Mike Neal, President and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Tulsa has not hosted an NCAA Tournament game since 1985, when the ORU Mabee Center was the host site. •
NCAA TOURNAMENT FACTS
What: 2011 NCAA Second & Third Round Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Dates: March 17-20
Open Practice Date: March 17 (Free admission)
Game Dates: Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20
Game Times: TBA (will be announced Monday, March 14) Cost: $237 (all-session ticket includes 6 games)
To Purchase Tickets: www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets
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Cameron O’Brien is a senior at Bishop Kelley High School. Cameron is the starting catcher for the varsity baseball team and has signed to play college ball for Louisville. Cameron is one of the cover guys for this issue and you can learn more about him by checking out the feature. Would Cameron’s answers trip up coach Ellis and Jake O’Brien? Coach Ellis has coached Bishop Kelley baseball for 11 years, four of which he has served as head coach. A Kelley grad himself, coach Ellis played his college ball at the University of Arkansas. Jake O’Brien is the cousin of Cameron and like Cameron, Jake has signed to play at the next level. Can Jake handle the pressure or will the coach turn this into another lesson on the diamond?
Broken Arrow Cheerleader
Bishop Kelley Baseball Coach
Favorite subject in school?
English with Mrs. Sutton
English with Mrs. Sutton
Favorite pregame or post game meal?
Grandpa’s post game chicken fried steak
One thing you can’t live without?
BK weight room
Comedian or politician?
Cameron’s room: disaster area, controlled chaos or neat and clean?
What reality TV show would Cameron win?
Before every game Cameron does what?
Listen to slow jams
Listen to music
Red Dirt music on the iPod
Favorite place to eat?
Leon’s on Brookside
What actor would play Cameron in a movie about his life?
Sylvester Stallone – Rambo He’s all shredded up!
5 Correct Not Bad, Jake!
4 Correct Nice Try, Coach!
TOTAL POINTS: 18
March 1st, 1988 Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record by scoring his 1,050th assist of his Hall of Fame career. Gretzky, an Edmonton Oiler Center, did it in nine seasons while it took fellow Hall of Famer Gordie Howe 26 seasons to set the record Gretzky broke.
March 6th, 1981 Kris Anderson left Lakeland, Minnesota in a hot air balloon called Knight Hawk and 600 miles later he landed in West Virginia setting a new record for the greatest distance traveled in a hot air balloon.
March 11th, 1892
The first public basketball game was played between students and teachers at the YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. The students beat the teachers, 5-1. A gym teacher at the school had invented basketball a few months prior to the game.
March 20th, 1948
The first college hockey playoffs were held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The University of Michigan defeated Dartmouth, 8-4 to win the championship.
March 22nd, 1969 UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (Kareem AbdulJabbar) was named the MVP of the NCAA basketball championship for the third year in a row.
March 27th, 1949 The University of Kentucky became the second team in NCAA basketball history to repeat as tournament champions. They beat the only other team to win it twice, the Oklahoma State University Aggies. The final score was, 46-36 and Kentucky’s Alex Groza was named tournament MVP.
March 29th, 1976
Indiana University beat the University of Michigan, 86-68 to win the NCAA basketball title and complete a perfect season. The Hoosiers became only the seventh team in history to take the championship without losing a game. VYPEOK.COM
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TRAINERS TABLE Training the Sprinter Many techniques go into training your short distance sprinters. Power and a quick burst are just two essential elements of the sprinter, but much more goes into creating a true sprinter.
Many experts believe it starts with a good posture and stability of the trunk. Some believe this is more important than leg and arm strength. Improved balance is a crucial element of a sprinter. If you are unable to maintain balance while running at top performance levels your speed will decrease and you will never reach your full potential. Jogging can actually serve a good purpose for the sprinter, especially before competing. Having the muscle warm and ready to go is one of the more underrated techniques sprinters use in competition. Many times a sprinter will use this as an opportunity to mentally view the race and go over his or her techniques, but a good sprinter will also use this as a time to focus on their muscles and warming up. That includes all of the muscles from your abs and back to legs and arms.
Practice relaxing while running. A good sprinter can run fast and make it look easy. Most are taught at a young age to relax when running, whether it’s a short distance or a long distance. Relaxing is another important element to becoming an outstanding sprinter. Overall fitness is critical when preparing for events. What you fuel your body with can be the difference between first and second place. Also use different techniques when training. For example a sprinter can use medicine balls, skip jumping, sand boxes, dancing and progressive circuit training to improve his or her numbers. Learning to be flexible and stretching is another aspect of the total package. Every sprinter should have a daily stretching program. Even when you are not preparing for an event, you should still stretch and keep your muscle from tensing up. Muscle elasticity is extremely important and can make the difference in running several events in one day or limiting yourself to one or two.
The main thing is to not create bad habits and then continue to practice those habits. Once a sprinter has developed these habits and their muscles are repeating these actions, he or she can develop slower than their competitors and subsequently have less than desirable performances.
By Malik Montgomery
Athlete theYear of
S C H O L A R S H I P
MARCH 2011 Mazzio’s Corporation and VYPE have teamed up to grant a $2,000 Scholarship for one boy and one girl to be presented in the June issue of VYPE. Here is how it will work: • Each month, VYPE will take nominations for an Athlete of the Month and a boy and girl will be elected the Mazzio’s Athlete of the Month. This will be a chance for boys and girls of all sports to be recognized for their performances. • Nominees can be mailed to scholarship. easternoklahoma@VYPE.com. Give the nominee’s name, school, sport and reasons you believe the athlete should be awarded the scholarship. • The nominees will need to be seniors this season but keep in mind that their accomplishments as juniors will be taken into consideration as well. • Each monthly recipient will be a candidate for the scholarship that will be awarded in June. • All sports will be eligible to have a nomination. • The male and female athletes who are chosen each month will have a pictured bio, highlighting their accomplishments, placed on this page.
Victory Christian High School
Claremore High School
Ashley Smith was born to lead, and
Dakota Caudill loves one sport
the Year in 2010 as well as serving as
averaging 17 points per game and
not just in soccer. She was named the All -District and Defensive Player of
Executive Student Council President and the Vice President for the Pre-
Med Society. Ashley has also been the football manager since 2008.
above all others: basketball. He
is a center for the Zebras and is
11 rebounds this season. Dakota
has been named Player of the Year, Disctrict All-Star was nominated
for the Elite 8 and was Player of the Week for the Tulsa World.
To say the Tateâ€™s are a basketball family is an understatement. Nick and Nichole Tate are becoming basketball royalty at Charles Page High School.
L O C K E R TA L K By Wayne Bunch Photo by Kirk Wells
wins are not unique, it’s a common occurrence in everyday life, but when twins play athletics it’s very unique. But when the twins are of the opposite gender and play the same sport and are extremely talented, it may be a onein-a million occurrence. That’s the case at Sand Springs’ Charles Page High School. The Tate twins, Nick Tate and Nichole Tate are truly outstanding basketball players and more importantly outstanding students and individuals. The 17-year-olds were born just one-minute apart, with Nick being the oldest and as Nichole said, “He’s the better player.”
Sandites’ coaches Mike Bynum (boys) and Bob Banfield (girls) said the twins are “very special people and outstanding basketball players.”
“Nick is one of those once in a decade player,” said Sandites’ Bynum. “He’s the best kid I’ve been a part of in my 16 years here at Sand Springs. Inside the lines he’s the guy that plays with passion. He leads our team in every statistical category.” Nate is the leading scorer for the Sandites with a 23.4 scoring average, tops in Class 6A, while pulling down 10.4 rebounds. He is shooting 45.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc and has connected on 73 percent of his shots at the free throw line. While he is outstanding between the lines on the court, Bynum added, “Outside the court Nick is amazing. Off the court he not only
leads by example he makes the kids around him better.”
Sand Springs’ Banfield says much of the same about the younger Tate, Nichole, who leads the lady Sandites in scoring with a 13.7 scoring average and assists with 34. “Nichole is a better person than basketball player,” said Banfield, adding, “That’s the neat thing about her. She always has a smile on her face and always has something positive to say. I have really enjoyed coaching her the last four years.”
Both Nate and Nichole admit they are “best friends” and are typical brother and sister, “who help each other both on and off the court. “From day one when we started playing basket we would play against each other,” said Nate. “We both liked athletics and helped each other. It would make it easy for us
and not to have call any friends over to play. We would just go against each other. “We have a great relationship, we are really close. It’s cool being a twin. We are best friends off the floor and hang out together and for the most part have the same friends.” Said Nichole about her brother, “Our relationship….I just can’t describe it. I know I’ll never let go. We tell each other everything, even boyfriend-and girlfriend stuff. But we do we have some secrets,” said Nichole “But he protects me like a big brother. I know he always has my back.”
While watching her brother on the basketball floor Nichole said, “He’s a great example for me. I Iike everything he does on the court so I try to follow him as much as I can. He’s a real supporter for me. We first started competing against each other when we where little by playing PIG and one-on-one. There
is no big rivalry between us.”
She said she hasn’t given her brother any “pointers: along the way”, adding “I do try to encourage him. He helps me on defense, and in using my left hand to score more, especially with layup. He’s a good defense for me because he is taller in getting my shot off quicker.”
Athletics runs deep in the Tate family with an outstanding pedigree that begins with their mother (Kim), a registered nurse, who played basketball at Sand Springs, and father (David), Associate Pastor at New Beginnings Community Church, who played football at the University of Texas, along with an uncle (Rodney), who also played football at the University of Texas. The twins are both involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), mission and church camps during the summer, according to Nichole. “We both love to work with little kids and that’s important for both of us,” said Nichole. While both are concentrating on Sand Springs basketball right now, they both admit they are looking ahead to the next step in life, selecting a college to attend. And that may result in the twins going their separate ways. Something that may be difficult. “We may go to different schools, depending on the offers we get,” said Nichole. “It will be difficult, but I will have to deal with it. It will be hard. But we’ll always be in touch by cell phone and we do a lot of texting.”
Concerning the next move, Nick said, “I think we’ll go our own way, but it’s going to be hard for us. I am always going to have my eye on her. I’ve made her tough. She knows she can come to me at any time and that I have her back. We always come to each other with our problems.”
“These are just outstanding couple of kids and make other people smile,” said Bynum. • MARCH 2011
P hysician S potlight
The Brad Boone File: Education & Training: M.D.:
University of Oklahoma, 1985 Residency:
Specializing in YOU BRADFORD L. BOONE, MD Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center As a team Physician for the University of Tulsa athletics Dr. Brad Boone has been renowned as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the entire region. Specializing in shoulders, knees, and elbows, Boone has operated on some of the best (professional and amateur) athletes in and around Oklahoma. Boone studied under one of the most famous orthopedic surgeons in the world, Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Institute. Perhaps the best attribute of Dr. Boone and the physicians at EOOC is their relentless pursuit of making sure the same care and treatment for high-end athletes is provided to everyday people. “I have had the best of both worlds,” said former Tulsa University football player Austin Chadwick. “I was treated by Dr. Boone during my playing career, and now he takes care of me in my everyday life. The best part is that when I see him with other patients,
he is the exact same way. Extremely friendly and always wanting what is best for his patients, no matter who they are.” Boone is one of many physicians at EOOC who specializes, not only in many different facets of medicine, but ultimately specializing in the health of the patients.
With children growing up in Tulsa, Boone understands the importance of family and community. That is why he, with the physicians at EOOC, is working on the cutting edge of health care. “There are ongoing efforts in sports medicine throughout Green Country and the nation,” said Boone. “We strive to be on the forefront of these advances in medicine.”
The motto at EOOC is “Specializing in YOU.” And with the kind of care that is expressed from Boone and the fellow physicians at EOOC, that care is apparent to all their patients.
Campbell Clinic, Orthopedic Surgery, 1990 Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute, Alabama, 1991 Certification:
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Memberships:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Arthroscopic Association of North America American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine American Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship Society, Past President Saint Francis Hospital, Past Board of Directors Sub-Specialty: General Orthopedics Sports Medicine
Joint Arthroscopy & Reconstruction Knee, Shoulder, Elbow
Brentom Todd Union High School
For some high school football stars it’s all about the lights, but not for Brentom Todd. For him, every day is a chance to thank God for all of his gifts. Todd got 60 tackles and got 6 quarterback sacks this season and was an honorable mention for All-State and All-Metro — not to mention he played for three Class 6A championship teams in a row. But this 6’3 Union senior doesn’t let it go to his head. Instead he stays humble and credits God for his success. One of the guides he lives his life by is that in happy moments-praise God, difficult moments-seek God, quiet moments-worship God, painful moments-trust God, and to every moment-thank God.
And although he’s graduating, he’s not leaving the Tulsa area yet. Todd has committed to play football for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes next season.
The 2011 Casica Hall Baseball Schedule for March
MARCH 1 4:00 LINCOLN-AWAY MARCH 2 4:30 WEBSTER-AWAY MARCH 3 4:00 BERRYHILL-AWAY MARCH 4 4:00 HOLLAND HALL - HOME MARCH 5 12:00 GROVE-HOME MARCH 7 4:00 MEMORIAL-HOME MARCH 8 4:30 CANEY VALLEY-AWAY MARCH 11 4:00 SPERRY-AWAY MARCH 15-18 FORT LAUDERDALE TOURNAMENT MARCH 22 4:00 EAST CENTRAL - HOME MARCH 23-26 OOLOGAH TOURNAMENT MARCH 29 4:00 HOLLAND HALL-AWAY MARCH 30 4:00 BTW-HOME MARCH 31 4:00 EDISON-AWAY
2011 Cascia Hall Tennis Schedule for March MARCH 1 MARCH 2 MARCH 4 MARCH 5 MARCH 8 MARCH 8 MARCH 10 MARCH 22 MARCH 24 MARCH 25 MARCH 26 MARCH 29
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2011 Cascia Hall Track Schedule for March MARCH 10 MARCH 14-18 MARCH 26 28
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Girls Basketball For the ninth time in school history, a program has won three consecutive SPC Championships. The girls basketball team has now won a school best, 11 SPC Championships, finishing the season at 22-0 and riding a 32 game winning streak dating back to last season. In the three tournament games, the Dutch beat Houston Episcopal on their home court 54-31. In the semi-final game versus St. John’s, the girls wore down their opponent to post a 49-36 victory. In the final, Houston Kinkaid was the opponent. Playing a third Houston team in Houston, they had to take on not only a strong team, but also a partisan crowd. Not to be denied, the Dutch brought home the banner, defeating Kinkaid by a score of 50-36.
Two of the three soccer games played boys came down to the last minute or to one shot. The Dutch prevailed in the first game, 2-0 versus Kinkaid. Nathan Stewart and Jackson Buchanan scored goals. In the semi-final game against Episcopal School of Dallas, Tommy Hart scored early on a penalty kick. ESD came back and tied the game. Jackson Buchanan scored the game winner with less than 30 seconds remaining to give the Dutch a 2-1 victory. In the finals, St. Mark’s was the opponent, a rematch of the 2008 SPC Championship. Nick Rohleder scored a goal in the first three minutes of the game only to have St. Mark’s tie it less than a minute later. The score remained knotted 1-1 and into an overtime period forcing the game into penalty kicks. Holland Hall missed on its first two PK’s, while St. Marks put their first shot in the net. Down 2-1, Nathan Stewart, Austin Miller and Quinn Starker nailed their PK’s and Will Wright in goal held St. Marks to preserve the victory for the Dutch and their 3rd Championship in four years, finishing with a fine 18-0-1 record.
The boys brought home third place, defeating Houston Kinkaid 67-49 in the first round. In the semi-final game, the Dutch took an EHS in front of a full house of Episcopal students falling 67-61. On Saturday, the Dutch went into overtime but pulled out the victory 77-74. The Dutch were led by seniors William Tisdale and Kwame Sexton, who had 51 points in the three games. Sophomore Zack Rogers tossed in 45 the tournament. The boys ended the season at 18-7.
Participating in his fourth SPC Swimming Championship was Senior Taylor Moult, placing 12th in the 100 free and 16th out of 50 in the 50 free. Freshman Savannah Smith and Bailey Tulloch participated in the diving competition and competed well. MARCH 2011
Owasso Rams » Senior – RHP/3B » Bats: Switch » Throws: Right “Our team can win it all this season. We have great team chemistry and we’re always together. Our goal is a state championship. Look for guys like Phillip Wilson and Drew Stiner to have big seasons.” Bundy on advice; “My brother Bobby gave me the best advice, he said get ahead of every batter and locate the fastball.” Superstitions? “I don’t have any, I just go with the flow!” Favorite opponent? “Has to be Broken Arrow!”
Favorite place to play? “The Ballpark at Arlington.”
Report Card: Bundy is expected to go in the MLB draft this summer. He’s committed to play baseball at the University of Texas, but if the major leagues come calling he’ll have a big decision to make. He can lead the Rams to a state title if that right arm stays healthy. Bundy throws hard and is very consistent. Underrated at third base. He could play either position at the next level.
Broken Arrow Tigers » Senior – RHP/1B » Bats: Right » Throws: Right
“We have a chance to win a state title this season. We have great team chemistry and we really are a family. I have two goals this season; first to win a state championship then get drafted. We have so many great players on this team. Two guys to look for include Mason Hope and Dylan Delso.” Bradley on advice; “Jay Franklin gave me the best advice when he said to slow the game down.” Superstitions? “I pray before each game and chew orange Trident gum.” Favorite opponent? “The MARCH 2011
Owasso Rams.” Favorite place to play? “Petco Park in San Diego!”
Report Card: Bradley has received the most interest of any player in the state. He’s committed to the University of Oklahoma for both football and baseball. Throws with serious velocity and plays outstanding at first base. Bradley is another player expected to be drafted and like Bundy will have a big decision to make. If he goes the college route can he play both sports? We think he’s capable.
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Bishop Kelley Comets » Senior – C » Bats: Switch » Throws: Right
“If things go well and we play well at the right time then yes, we have a chance to win it all. A state championship is our goal and to get better for next year, possibly earn a starting spot. Two guys for the Comets you’ll hear a lot from this year are Jake O’Brien and Chris Rhoads.” O’Brien on advice; “My dad Charlie O’Brien said, “Don’t get too excited or too down on yourself because baseball is a game of ups and downs and the good players can keep those emotions in check.” Superstitions? “I play better
when I wear my yellow socks!” Favorite opponent? “Owasso!” Favorite place to play? “TCU!”
Report Card: O’Brien has been on the scouts radar for a long time. This switch hitting catcher is all the tools to become an outstanding college baseball player and does project to the pros. The type of catcher coaches dream of having. O’Brien has committed to play at Louisville, but could find himself in the MLB draft in some later rounds.
Oklahoma high school baseball has become known for producing players with incredible work ethic and outstanding skills. This group is simply off the charts in both categories.
Union Redskins » Senior – 1B/P » Bats: Left » Throws: Right “Our goal is to win it all every year. We have a shot this season. Back-to-back would be great. We have a lot of good players like Josh Whisler and Justin Harris. Kremers on advice; The best advice came from my dad when he said, “quit thinking and just go do it.” Superstitions? “I don’t really have one.” Favorite opponent? “Broken Arrow, I know most of the guys on the team.” Favorite place to play? “Baum Stadium at George Cole Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas.”
Report Card: Outstanding first baseman and pitcher Kremers is deadly at the plate batting lefty. Could be the smartest player on the field, Kremers has committed to Harvard. Expect this heady ballplayer to get it done at the plate for the Redskins and give the coaching staff an AllState type effort at first base. MARCH 2011
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Booker T. Washington » Senior – CF/2B » Bats: Switch » Throws: Right “My goal this year is to be the best teammate I can be and help us get back to the state championship and win it! We have a shot as long as we stay healthy and catch the right breaks. Jon Davis and Dylan Seibert are two players you need to keep an eye on.” Terry on advice; “Relax and play your game, from my mom.” Superstitions? “I don’t really have one. I like to switch it up.”
Matt Brauer – Jenks Trojans Matt Brown – Stillwater Pioneers Jon Davis – Booker T. Washington Hornets Dylan Delso – Broken Arrow Tigers Stephen Foster – Bishop Kelley Comets Justin Harris – Union Redskins Mason Hope – Broken Arrow Tigers
Tyler Kruse – Broken Arrow Tigers Kirby Kunka – Verdigris Cardinals Griff Lafitte – Jenks Trojans Tyler McKinzie – Broken Arrow Tigers Mak Monckton – Broken Arrow Tigers Riley Norton – Cleveland Tigers Jake O’Brien – Bishop Kelley Comets
Favorite opponent? “Deer Creek.” Favorite place to play? “Coweta!”
Report Card: Sammy Terry is a quick center fielder who makes plays when you least expect him to get to the ball. Quick on the bases as well. Terry has committed to play at Missouri State. This switch hitting has centerfielder can play some second base. Look for Terry to have a highlight reel type season.
Jordan Pendergraft – Haskell Haymakers Nick Pettus – Broken Arrow Tigers Tyler Rolland – Broken Arrow Tigers Buddy Shanks – Owasso Rams Phillip Wilson – Owasso Rams
Jenks Trojans » Senior – RHP » Bats: Right » Throws: Right “Our goal, like every season is to win state. We have the talent to win it if we can come together as a team. With guys like Ryan Justus and Dillon Argo, I think we have a shot at a title.” Keys on advice; “Compete a little bit, from Dennis Keeley.” Superstitions? “I have to eat two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and drink a Monster before each game.” Favorite opponent? “Broken Arrow.” 34
Favorite place to play? “Jenks.”
Report Card: Keys possesses one of those arms that makes you scratch your head and wonder were that pitch came from. He throws hard and has improved and located his pitches every year. Good enough to pitch at the next level, Keys has a bright future in baseball.
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The dominant forces in wrestling stayed that way during Dual State. Perry, Tuttle, Collinsville and Broken Arrow proved they are the teams to beat.
Class 3A Perry has more championships than they can count. Head coach Scott Chenoweth is no stranger to the spotlight of dual state and neither is his team. Perry only gave up 28 points heading into the finals of Class 3A. Hinton lost to Perry, 65-10 in the quarterfinals while Vian defeated Geary, 60-15. Newkirk beat Little Axe, 43-27 and in a back and forth battle Comanche beat Pawhuska, 43-30. That set up Perry to face Comanche in the Semifinals and Vian to square off with Newkirk. Comanche and Newkirk didn’t have enough in the tank to make the finals as Perry and Vian rolled to victory. That set up the match-up everyone wanted to see. Perry versus Vian. In the finals both teams won seven matches, but in the end it was Perry on top, 30-26. Perry’s two pins to Vian’s one helped them come out on top despite giving up a point during the 152-pound match. Colton Leach, Tyler Adams and Groom contributed wins to help Perry to the title.
Perry 65 Hinton 10 Vian 60 Geary 15 Comanche 43 Pawhuska 30 Newkirk 43 Little Axe 27
Perry 49 Comanche 18 Vian 36 Newkirk 28
Perry 30 Vian 26
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Class 4A Tuttle was on a collision course with Sallisaw in Class 4A, but both teams had to make it through a tough bracket to get to the finals. Tuttle would face Catoosa in the quarterfinals and Cushing in the semifinals, while Sallisaw took on two tough opponents in Weatherford and Blackwell. Catoosa did a good job early but they didnâ€™t have enough to hold off Tuttle as the Tigers went on to win that match, 52-18. Sallisaw was looked into a battle with Weatherford, but the experience of the Black Diamonds was too much and they pulled out a ten-point win, 40-30. The semifinals for Sallisaw were a nail bitter. Blackwell took the Black Diamonds to the final match, but lost, 30-27 and the win sent Sallisaw to the finals to face the favorite in Class 4A, Tuttle. After defeating Tuttle the Tigers turned their attention to Sallisaw and when the final bout was over the Tigers had a dual state championship. Gunner Laffoon, Doherty and Berry were major players in the Tigers victory.
Tuttle 52 Catoosa 18 Sallisaw 40 Weatherford 30 Blackwell 50 Bristow 18 Cushing 46 Vinita 24
Tuttle 37 Cushing 15 Sallisaw 30 Blackwell 27
Tuttle 46 Sallisaw 16
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Class 5A Could two teams just a few miles a part be this good? Collinsville was surprising opponents all season while Claremore showed they had dominating wrestlers at several weight classes. Deer Creek and Harrah were no pushovers either. In the quarterfinals Altus made a big statement by defeating Tahlequah, 5715. Collinsville was able to just get by Deer Creek, 3127, while Claremore had a nice performance against Harrah, 53-18. The semifinals were set and the Claremore versus Altus match was very intriguing, but when it was over the Zebras left no questions unanswered as they won, 45-23. The Cardinals of Collinsville took care of Duncan, 42-18, which set up the finals for the two rivals. In the closest dual state match this year regardless of Class, Collinsville edges Claremore, 27-25. Dylan Helm, Zach Abkemeier and Will Steltzlen all recorded big wins for Collinsville.
Collinsville 31 Deer Creek 27 Claremore 53 Harrah 18 Duncan 50 Shawnee 15 Altus 57 Tahlequah 15
Collinsville 42 Duncan 18 Claremore 45 Altus 23
Collinsville 27 Claremore 25
Class 6A Despite a few bumps in the road both Muskogee and Edmond North were feeling confident about their chances this season. And rightfully so. Both teams have excellent talent and seniors that know how to win. The Broken Arrow Tigers were poised and ready to strike and thatâ€™s exactly what they did. In the quarterfinals the Tigers defeated Westmoore, 61-6. Edmond North knocked the Sandites of Sand Springs out of the tournament, 45-16 and Muskogee sent Moore home, 59-10. Sapulpa picked up a nice win over Yukon, 40-16, but the reward for that win was facing Broken Arrow. The Tigers beat Sapulpa, 41-15, while Muskogee beat the Huskies of Edmond North, 40-18. In the finals Broken Arrow and head coach Shawn Jones made all the right moves and calls to pick up the victory and the title over Muskogee, 3022. Zach Skates, Cody Johnson and Caleb Clark all had big wins for Broken Arrow.
Broken Arrow 61 Westmoore 6 Muskogee 59 Moore 10 Sapulpa 40 Yukon 16 Edmond North 45 Sand Springs 16
Broken Arrow 41 Sapulpa 15 Muskogee 40 Edmond North 18
Broken Arrow 30 Muskogee 22
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VYPE Oklahoma invited all area spring sports teams, coaches and athletes to take part in the Spring Sports Media Day February 27th at Midwest Sporting Goods in Tulsa, OK
has developed the first of three installments of VYPE Media Days. The 2011 Spring Sports Media Day was an absolute success with more than 650 athletes coming to celebrate the upcoming season. Each school in the Eastern Oklahoma part of the state, were invited to bring any and all spring sports teams to get interviewed for the magazine, have a photo shoot done, and to conduct TV and radio interviews. All teams from sports like tennis, golf, track, soccer, softball, and baseball were present and each team was treated like the superstars they are. “We thoroughly enjoyed media day,” said Wagoner golf coach Robert Schaefer. “Thank you for putting it together. Your people were courteous and professional, and the boys were at ease and all had a blast.” Coaches from all over attended with a handful of players and were able to take part during the hectic day. All
athletes participated in one-on-one interviews, radio and TV interviews, and high-quality photo shoots. “Our kids were amazed at how cool the event was,” said Lincoln Christian baseball coach Pat Foster. “We never get to do much stuff like this and it is great to allow them to get highlighted like this.” “We brought four seniors and have had a great time,” said Drew Boone, Cascia Hall senior baseball player. “We look forward to the season and this event is a great way for us to get seen.” In partnership with TTCU The Credit Union, Osage Million Dollar Event Center, and Excel Physical Therapy, VYPE Oklahoma was able to conduct the first-class event on February 27th. Interviews from the event will be used for future publications. Athletes also got a chance to nominate themselves and others for monthly sponsored awards for VYPE High School Sports Magazine. “This was such a great event for us to get involved with because working with high school athletes
is something that we do every day,” said Kristi Brooks from TTCU. “We are a credit union who focuses on schools and families and we want to continue marketing around such great community-oriented platforms.” VYPE also streamed the entire event live on VYPEOklahoma.com where everyone can check out all the interviews and highlights. “This was much larger and successful that we had anticipated for our spring sports media day,” said VYPE publisher Austin Chadwick. “Being able to highlight these athletes and coaches every month in the magazine is very special and now we have an event like this that these athletes will never forget.” VYPE Oklahoma will be conducting the second media day in 2011 for the Football/Fall Sports Media Day (July 2011). The last installment will be for the Basketball/Winter Sports Media Day in October 2011. To RSVP your school or team, send your requests to Oklahoma@VYPE.com. MARCH 2011
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Edmond North girls win a state title, while the Jenks boys prevent the Edmond North sweep of Class 6A. Fort Gibson girls do what was expected and Harrah claims the boys championship in Class 5A. Photos by Michael Mayberry
Edmond North Lady Huskies knew coming into the state meet the competition would be tough with Jenks, Union and Enid all bringing great swimmers and cross-town rivals Edmond Memorial having a shot at upsetting the field. Edmond North’s 200 Medley Relay team hit the wall at 1:54.65 to finish first as Union came in a second behind the Lady Huskiees. Jenks was disqualified in the race and that could have been the difference between finishing fourth or third in the team points.
Enid went on a run of gold medal winners as Meagan Holthoff won the 200 Freestyle, Sara Nazari won the 200 IM and Hunter McEachern pulled out a victory in the 50 Freestyle over
Kimmie Reneau from Westmoore with a time of 24.45 for McEachern to 25.14 from Reneau.
Abbie Imes from Edmond North won a close race in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 59.17, which was good enough to beat Sara Nazari from Enid. Erin Beu from Owasso placed third. Jenks took the gold medal in the 100 Freestyle as Montana Gaffney beat Hunter McEachern from Enid and Madison Myers from Ponca City. Gaffney finished with a time of 53.50.
The Lady Redskins of Union walked away with two gold medals. The first came with Megan Myers winning the 500 Freestyle over Jacque Medina from Norman. Then Erika McGovern won the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:08.42. Hailey Bozeman from Edmond Memorial placed second.
Enid dominated the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay defeating Edmond North in the 200 and Jenks in the 400.
Jenks kept Edmond North from sweeping the meet by winning the team state title with 298 points to Edmond North’s 244. But the story everyone was talking about were the two state records set in the 200 Freestyle and the 50 Freestyle.
Eastman Holloway from Union blazed to a 1:39.97 gold medal and state record in the 200 Freestyle and Jenks swimmer Jacob Pearce set a new record in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.25. Wilson Wei from Norman North brought home a gold medal in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.75, better than second place finisher Chase Davis from Union with a time of 1:56.00. Southmoores’ Paul Le won two gold medals; one in the 100 Butterfly and the other came in the 100 Backstroke. Le cruised to victory in both with the
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Matt Veneklasen from Heritage Hall won gold in the 200 IM with Mason York from Kingfisher placing second. But York would bring home a gold medal in the 100 Breaststroke. Brady George of Altus dominated the water in the 50 Freestyle swimming a 22.92 good enough to beat Braden Hobaugh from Harrah. Ft. Gibson won the 200 Medley Relay over Harrah and Altus with Bishop McGuinness placing fourth.
competition two seconds behind him.
Holloway from Union won his second gold medal by defeating Dylan Anderson from Edmond North in the 500 Freestyle. Pearce from Jenks also picked up his second gold medal as he beat teammate Colby DeWeese in the 100 Freestyle. Bartlesvilleâ€™s only gold medal came in the 100 Breaststroke when Trevor Rietfors touched the wall with a time of 58.77 over Davis from Union with a time of 1:00.19. In the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay Jenks won gold as they defeated Bixby in the 400 by 13 seconds.
There was no stopping Ft. Gibson as the Lady Tigers cruised to a state title, but several state records fell and NW Classen showed they are capable of big things. Hannah Cantrell of Ft. Gibson won their only individual gold medal when she touched first in the 100 Freestyle.
Lilly Thomas of Altus brought home two gold medals; the first in the 200 Freestyle then she won the 50 Freestyle. Altus continued winning with a gold medal in the 200 Medley Relay.
NW Classen placed second in points as a team, but Chelsea Ye broke two state records winning gold in both. Ye set a new record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.11 then set another record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 57.50. Classen wasnâ€™t done. Annah Baykal won
the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke. Then in team relays, (200 Free and 400 Free) Classen won gold in both over Altus and Ft. Gibson.
Bishop Kelley swimmer Brendan Dolan posted a 5:05.47 time in the 500 Freestyle, which was good enough to defeat Nick Lawson from Ft. Gibson and Dalton Walker from Byng who finished second and third.
Newcastle swimmer and now state record holder Jessi Hildebrand won the 500 Freestyle and set a new record with a time of 5:16.16.
Harrah edged Altus in the boys standings as two state records fell and the competition in Class 5A reached new levels. As a team Harrah won the 200 Free Relay over Tulsa Memorial with a time of 1:34.14. Harrah did place second in the 400 Free Relay behind Altus who finished the 400 with a time of 3:30.75. Miami swimmer Khyle Hill set a new state record in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 52.38, while Nate Yokell from Bishop McGuinness placed second. Hill went on to win his second gold medal in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 54.05. Isaac McKnight, the standout from Chickasha set a state record in the 100 Freestyle with a time of
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Edmond North 295.5, Union 241.5, Enid 210, Jenks 203, Edmond Memorial 183.5, Bartlesville 164, Norman 135, Norman North 110, Edmond Santa Fe 86. Jenks 298, Edmond North 244, Bartlesville 236, Union 204, Norman 190, Norman North 177, Edmond Memorial 139, Bixby 128, Edmond Santa Fe 90, Stillwater 81. Fort Gibson 252, NW Classen 188, Altus 157, MacArthur 127, Kingfisher 112, Booker T. Washington 105, Harrah 104, Heritage Hall 78, Shawnee 63, Metro Christian 59. Harrah 302, Altus 282.5, Fort Gibson 197, Bishop McGuinness 174, Booker T. Washington 151, Tulsa Memorial 136, Heritage Hall 101, Duncan 95.5, Byng 81.
VYPE has combed through everyone’s schedules to give you all the big games and events that you don’t want to miss. Check out the calendar to set up your playbook every month.
• Oologah @ Catoosa-TR • Jenks Tennis Tourney • Class A-B State Basketball
• Glenpool @ Ft. Gibson-S • Cl. Sequoyah @ Oologah-BS • Claremore @ Bartlesville-BS
• Bishop Kelley @ Broken Arrow-BS • Sapulpa @ Sand Springs-BS • Owasso @ Muskogee-BS
• Glenpool @ Cascia Hall-S • Union @ Bishop Kelley-BS
• Class A-B State Basketball • Memorial @ Bishop KelleyBS • Bixby @ Sand Springs-BS
• McAlester Festival-BS • Jenks @ Southmoore-BS
• 6A-2A State Basketball
• Sperry @ Nowata-BS
• Bishop Kelley @ Union-T • Coweta Invitational-G • Owasso @ Metro Christian-S
• Sperry @ Inola-BS • Bishop Kelley @ NOAH-T • Sand Springs @ Muskogee Girls-G • Oologah @ Berryhill-BS • Hale @ Owasso• Verdigris @ SP Claremore-S
24 • Sand Springs @ Jenks-SP
• Jenks Invitational-G • Claremore/Pryor Tourney-BS • Bixby @ JenksBS
Key: BS=Baseball, T=Tennis, G=Golf, TR=Track, S=Soccer, SO=Softball 48
• Owasso @ Ed. Memorial-TR • Bishop Kelley Girls Soccer Tourney
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