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The Golden Norsemen enter the 2017 season with a raised level of expectations. NEO is looking to make the jump to a conference title contender with help from returning

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performers at key positions. Head coach, Clay Patterson, enters his second season coming off a successful maiden campaign that produced the second winning season for the program since claiming the Southwest Junior College Conference title in 2012. Cordale Grundy (6-1, 190, Tulsa Washington) projects to start the season behind center with plenty of fire-power to go around. Kobe Bryer (5-10, 180, Del City) returns after hauling in 50 catches in 2016. Darwin Thompson (5-10, 205, Jenks) rushed for 1,029 yards a year ago and provides a homerun threat out of the backfield. The Norse boasts a stable of high quality tight ends with returners Jake Ross (6-6, 245, Coweta) and Lonell Burris (6-3, 250, Choctaw) leading the way. With Jace Sternberger (6-5, 240, Kingfisher) transferring from Kansas this off-season, there should be opportunities to gain match-up advantages

against opposing defenses. Right tackle Judge Hartin (6-4, 280) is the anchor and only returning starter to the offensive line. If the Norse can

get a few of their young talented linemen to step up, there should be plenty of fireworks in Miami this season. Youth is abundant after the Norse lost seven defensive starters to D1 scholarships since last season. Being young does not mean that depth has become an issue. Kevion McGee (5-11, 185, Ardmore) will lead a talented secondary that include redshirt freshmen Greg McCalister (5-10, 175, OC Millwood) and Antonio Williams (5-10, 175, Edmond North). Darreyl Patterson (5-11, 180, Lawton) and Wyoming transfer Davion Freeman (5-9, 185, Del City) will compete for the other corner spot as well as providing big play potential in the return game. Up front the Norse welcome back Isaiah Johnson (6-4, 285, Warner Robins, GA) after missing last season with injury and will look to Worren Davis (6-2, 305, Midwest City) and Cade Baumann (6-5, 240, Walters) to solidify the front level.

Things are looking up on the banks of Tar Creek as there have been plenty to cheer about. NEO set six school records on offense a year ago including total team offense and passing yards. The Norse defense has built a reputation of being a menace to opposing quarterbacks as they have finished in the top 10 nationally in sacks four out of the last five years including a school record 57 in 2016. Along with that success on the field, 37 Norsemen have signed to play Division 1 football in the last two seasons. Tennessee, Oklahoma,

Clay Patterson Oklahoma State and Texas are among those that carry former Norsemen on their rosters. There is plenty of talent on this 2017 squad, with a few fortunate bounces 2017 could be the year that puts NEO in conference title contention if not further.


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Hayden Billingsley - Bartlesville Bartlesville High School student-athlete Hayden Billingsley is a member of the varsity cheer squad and is excited to get the 2017 season underway. The squad finished second at Nationals, now entering the new school year they team has set their sights on the state competition.

“Our expectations have certainly risen for our upcoming ’17-’18 year. We took second place at Nationals this past season and our goal is to reach the top spot by raising the difficulty of our routines and tumbling at a higher level,” said Billingsley.

With cheer taking up most of his time, Billingsley have little time for other activities or clubs at Bartlesville.

“Cheerleading along with my job as an assistant tumbling instructor takes up most of my time,” said Billingsley. “My passion for the sport drives me to push hard every day. I push myself by going as hard as I can at team practices, putting in extra hours of practice at home, and going to private tumbling and partner stunting classes. I have a strong support system in my family and friends. They remind me every day that I can do anything I put my mind on.”

As one of the leaders on the team Billingsley sets the example for sportsmanship in and out of competition.

“Sportsmanship means always staying positive with your teammates and competitors, as well as, treating them with respect at all times. As a cheerleader, we are a representative of the school and the community,” said Billingsley.

Hayden Billingsley second family,” said Billingsley.

Once his time at Bartlesville High School comes to an end, Billingsley would like to continue cheering at the next level.

“My goal is to try out for the Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma coed cheer squads. I am undetermined at this time but leaning towards the medical or business field.”

The relationship and family atmosphere he shares with his teammates pushes Billingsley to be the best. “They are list a

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Caden Bendabout

Parker Ward

Matt Williams

Casey Armstrong

Kyle Jobe

Bradley Crawford

Race Kinzer

Jake Sitsler

Caleb Jones

Mickey Bywaters

Fan’s Choice All-NEOK Football Team QB Caden Bendabout – Locust Grove 37,015 votes QB Parker Ward – Vinita 32,261 votes RB Matt Williams – Locust Grove 10,203 votes RB Casey Armstrong – Oklahoma Union 9,097 votes RB DeAndre Young – Bartlesville 6,741 votes WR Kyle Jobe – Sperry 22,146 votes WR Bradley Crawford – Bartlesville 18,050 votes WR Nathan Blackbear – Locust Grove 15,084 votes WR Koda Levan – Chelsea 13,875 votes OL Race Kinzer – Oklahoma Union 20,328 votes OL Jake Sitsler – Salina 14,755 votes OL Skyler Hernandez – Grove 12,753 votes OL Zaine Cheater – Commerce 5,813 votes OL Travis Owens – Dewey 5,799 votes DL Caleb Jones – Grove 13,843 votes DL Mickey Bywaters – Claremore 9,550 votes DL Trenton Gaines – Afton 8,696 votes DL Korben Budder – Salina 6,073 votes LB John Michael Floyd – Vinita 12,254 votes LB Austin Hines – Adair 11,010 votes LB Gus Spence – Foyil 9,026 votes LB Tyler Gillette – Bartlesville 8,416 votes DB Toby Cearley – Grove 4,328 votes DB Jalen Allen – Locust Grove 1,854 votes DB Nick Phillips – Locust Grove 603 votes DB Lane Enyart – Vinita 186 votes All-NEOK Editor’s Choice QB Wil Amos 6-2, 180, Sr. Afton QB Gabe Simpson 6-4, 205, Sr. Jay

RB TK Wilkerson 6-3, 215, Sr. Skiatook RB Stormy Taylor 6-0, 210, Sr. Jay RB Jesse Tramel 5-7, 170, Sr. Salina WR Brandon Fogle 5-8, 155, Sr. Caney Valley WR Nathan Blackbear 6-2, 165, Jr. Locust Grove WR Cole Dunbar 5-10, 160, Sr. Oologah WR Matt Amos 6-2, 215, Sr. Grove OL Travis Owens 6-3, 245, Sr. Dewey OL Dylon Carnegey 6-1, 290, Sr. Skiatook OL Cody Keesling 6-3, 240, Jr. Bartlesville OL Logan Carter 6-5, 290, Sr. Oologah OL Jake Sitsler 6-6, 320, Sr. Salina

the Editor’s team, but we’ve also pulled some guys that should become household names in 2017. Quarterback Gabe Simpson of Jay threw for more than 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns a year ago. Look for Simpson’s stock to rise as the season wears on. At 6-foot-4 he has the size and arm to play at the next level. Cody Keesling of Bartlesville is a two-year starter for the Bruins and a player that continues to get better with every outing. Keesling, only a junior, has the tools to be a great lineman this year.

DL Baylor Bedsworth 6-0, 220, Sr. Sequoyah Claremore DL Mickey Bywaters 6-2, 240, Sr. Claremore DL Tristan Davis 5-10, 225, Sr. Welch DL Hunter King 6-2, 220, Jr. Jay LB Gunter Pearson 6-0, 215, Sr. Oologah LB Chandler Perigo 5-11, 212, Sr. Skiatook LB Peyton Cox 6-1, 205, Sr. Verdigris LB Dalton Dash 6-1, 200, Jr. Grove DB Miguel Fulgencio 6-1, 190, Sr. Sequoyah Claremore DB Garret Moore 5-10, 190, Sr. Miami DB Beau Teel 6-2, 180, Jr. Sperry DB Colby Williams 6-2, 165, Sr. Dewey K/P Ryan Lewis 6-0, 210. Sr. Ketchum

Do not sleep on wide receiver Nathan Blackbear of Locust Grove. In his sophomore season Blackbear accounted for 350 yards of offense and five touchdowns. Those numbers should increase, as he gets more comfortable in the offense.

On the defensive side of the ball it may not get any better than Gunter Pearson of Oologah. The linebacker made 112 tackles last season making him one of the top LBs in the class.

Northeast Oklahoma is loaded with great talent this season from quarterbacks that can sling it to hard-hitting linebackers and electric running backs; these guys are going to make the 2017 season exciting. Division I guys like Wil Amos of Afton, Miguel Fulgencio of Sequoyah Claremore and TK Wilkerson of Skiatook are easy selection for

If I can add a “player to watch” it would be quarterback Nathan Steidley of Verdigris. Steidley threw for over 1,500 yards and seven TDs in 2016 as a junior. With another year under his belt I look for Steidley to become one of the dominant quarterbacks coming out of the Northeast area. The fans did a great job voting for their favorite players. Locust Grove fans came strong with five players on the list, while other schools like Bartlesville, Commerce, Vinita, Sperry and Claremore had big vote getters added to the team.

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CANEY VALLEY TROJANS :

Coach: STEPHEN MITCHELL LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 4-6 2015 - 1-9 2014 - 1-9 2013 - 2-8

OFFENSE Caney Valley comes into 2017 with things to improve on, and the talent to make that happen. Coach Stephen Mitchell enters his second season at Caney Valley, and his team will have a great mixture of experience and youth. Starting wide receiver Brandon Fogle (5-8, 155, Sr.) will be a great two-way player for the Trojans in his senior season after a productive 2016. Last season Fogle had 800 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a primary threat for this offense. Christian Ballew (6-5, 240, Sr.) will see time at both tight end and on the offensive line this fall. A superb athlete, Ballew’s dual-threat capabilities will help to usher in a new quarterback. Zac Foster (5-7, 180, Sr.) will play center this season for the Trojans and his coach expects him to be a key player in making sure this offense runs smoothly.

DEFENSE On defense, Brandon Fogle’s play at defensive back will be crucial for Caney Valley, as they look to get off the field fast. With three interceptions in 2016, Fogle is a pure ball hawk with phenomenal cover skills. Zac Foster will be playing on both sides of the ball as well, as he will anchor this defensive line. Looking to slow down the run in this 3-5 formation, Foster’s tenacity on defense will be helpful for a side that has several new starters. At linebacker, Brayden Keith (5-8, 160, Sr.) has a work ethic that will be a great example

for his teammates and should motivate them to compete at the same level. Mitchell knows he has a special group of players with great mindsets this time around. The Trojans will come into 2017 with the goal to fight to the end and never give up.

On the line, Race Kinzer (6-0, 290, Sr.) comes into his senior season with a responsibility to open running lanes for his teammates.

DEFENSE Race Kinzer also will be crucial for the Oklahoma Union defense as he lines up at the nose tackle position. Winbigler said this unit will be a lot more aggressive than in past years, as they will send more pressure to make offenses uncomfortable. Seth Long is another solid two-way player, as he will play outside linebacker to go along with his responsibilities at quarterback. Long’s ability to play multiple positions as a sophomore is impressive, but it makes it even more critical that he stays healthy for this Oklahoma Union squad. With five returning starters on the defensive side of the ball, Winbigler expects his team to fight for a playoff spot in Class 2A District 8.

SCHEDULE 8-25 - OPEN 9-1 - vs. Barnsdall 9-8 - vs. Liberty 9-15 - vs. Drumright 9-22 - at Nowata 9-29 - vs. Oklahoma Union 10-6 - vs. Commerce 10-13 - at Adair 10-19 - vs. Wyandotte 10-27 - at Kansas 11-3 - at Chelsea

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Coach: RICHARD WINBIGLER LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 5-5 2015 - 0-10 2014 - 2-8 2013 - 3-7 2012 - 3-7

SCHEDULE 8-25 – vs. Kansas 9-1 – vs. Quapaw 9-8 – at Barnsdall 9-15 – at Fairland 9-22 – vs. Wyandotte 9-29 – at Caney Valley 10-6 – vs. Chelsea 10-20 – at Commerce 10-27 – at Adair 11-3 – vs. Nowata

OFFENSE Coach Richard Winbigler leads the Oklahoma Union Cougars into the 2017 season following a 5-5 finish last season. With seven returning starters on offense, quarterback Seth Long (6-1, 205, So.) will be at the helm of the flexbone attack, as the Cougars will look to keep defenses off-balance. In year two of the option offense, coach Winbigler believes the execution will be much smoother. Oklahoma Union had four games with over 400 yards rushing last season, and Winbigler expects more of the same as Long looked particularly good in team camp this season. Alongside Long will be running back Casey Armstrong (6-2, 205, Sr.), who ran for 580 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016 after spending most of the time as the backup.

BARNSDALL PANTHERS

COACH: KYLEE SWEENEY LAST 5 YEARS: 2012 - 4-6 2013 - 5-6 2014 - 4-6 2015 - 4-6 2016 - 7-4

OFFENSE If the 2016 season was any indication as to how good the Panthers of Barnsdall can be in 2017, the fans are in for a real treat. Last season they went 7-4 and return nine starters off

Jacob Kelley the offense and nine starters off the defense. James Cole (5-10, 175, Sr.) will quarterback the Panthers after throwing for 1,920 yards on 101 completions with 17 touchdowns through the air a year ago. He also carried the ball 128 times for 1,170 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Simply put, Cole gets it done. One of his main targets is Jacob Kelley (6-2, 180, Sr.) at wide receiver. This combo connected for 822 yards and six touchdowns last year and Kelley added nine punt returns for 256 yards and a score. His production is crucial to the team’s overall success. Paul Schmidt (6-1, 160, Sr.) is another weapon in the passing game. Schmidt accounted for 635 yards and scored four TDs. Running back Michael Marin (5-8, 160, So.) rushed for 757 yards and six TDs as a freshman. He’s also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Eli Shaw (6-3, 265, Sr.) and Chance McGill (5-10, 220, So.) will anchor a good offense line unit that gets better every time they take the field. “We return a very solid core of starters on both sides of the ball that made the playoffs,” said head coach Kylee Sweeney. “So the expectation for our seniors and this football team is not to just make the playoffs this year but to make a deep run in the playoffs and hopefully be competing in December.”

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James Cole DEFENSE James Cole gets the start at outside linebacker playing opposite Joe Cole (5-10, 170, So.). Joe is a young star in the making and has a bright future ahead. James had 103 tackles last season and Joe, as a freshman, had 97. Both guys are quick with a nose for the ball. James picked off two passes last year and returned them both for scores. Ky Allen (5-10, 165, Jr.) will play middle linebacker, where he recorded 106 tackles and two sacks. Wesley Yarber (5-10, 175, Jr.) joins the linebackers, bringing 84 tackles to the field with two sacks Joe Smith (5-9, 165, Jr.) is a speedy defensive end that had 7.5 sacks and 54 tackles in 2016. Christian Warford (5-11, 160, Jr.) is the team’s best cornerback, picking off two passes last year and adding 41 tackles. The defense will base in the 4-3 and play a very aggressive brand of football. SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Yale 9-1 – at Caney Valley 9-8 – vs. Oklahoma Union 9-15 – vs. Woodland 9-22 – vs. Rejoice Christian 9-29 – at Afton 10-6 – vs. Hulbert 10-12 – at Fairland 10-19 – vs. Quapaw 10-27 – at Foyil


DEWEY BULLDOGGERS Coach: TYLER CAID LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 6-5 2015 - 2-8 2014 - 2-8 2013 - 5-6 2012 - 5-5

OFFENSE The Bulldoggers are looking to “leave no doubt,” according to head coach Tyler Caid, who enters his second season at the helm of the Dewey football program. With nine returning starters, Dewey appears to have the upper hand coming into the season. Blake Timmons (6-1, 190, Sr.) returns to quarterback the Bulldoggers after throwing for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Consistency on the offensive line will help as Travis Owens (6-3, 245, Sr.) returns after starting every game in 2016 at right tackle. Owens recorded 24 pancake blocks and is one

of the top tackles in the class. Nathan Sloan (6-4, 230, Sr.) started every game at left tackle last season, but will move to tight end this year. Taking his spot at tackle is Ryan Haney (6-3, 300, Sr.). Haney is a move-in from a Class 6A school and has several universities looking to add him to their roster. Grant Schreppel (6-2, 250, Sr.) will start at one of the guard positions, giving Dewey one of the top offensive lines in the class. Falon Kight (5-10, 160, Sr.) is the running back that will benefit the most from having a veteran line to run behind. DEFENSE Ten starters are back on the defensive side of the ball. Corner Colby Williams (6-2, 165, Sr.) has played two seasons at the position with six interceptions, 12 pass breakups and 24 tackles a year ago. Tyler Conley (6-1, 170, Sr.) is a three-year starter at free safety and had 34 tackles to his credit last season. Chase Revard (6-0, 170,

Jr.) has played two seasons at safety, but will move to outside linebacker. Drake Shull (6-0, 205, Sr.) is a hard-hitting middle linebacker that accounted for 48 tackles in 2016. Two-year starter Cole Brown (5-11, 200, Sr.) will remain at Will linebacker, where he added 42 tackles and two sacks to the defensive effort last year. Sloan will go both ways, playing tight end and defensive end. The coaching staff includes Scott Benne, Bobby Holmes, Chase Stookey, Ryan Staudar and Geoff Beaty. SCHEDULE 8-25 – vs. Adair 9-1 – at Nowata 9-8 – vs. Pawhuska 9-15 – at Vinita 9-22 – vs. Mannford 9-29 – at Berryhill 10-6 – BYE 10-13 – at Tulsa Webster 10-19 – vs. Verdigris 10-27 – at Sequoyah Claremore 11-3 – vs. Sperry

NOWATA IRONMEN Coach: JEREMY GRAY LAST 5 YEARS: 2015 -7-4 2014 - 14-1 2012 - 10-2 2012 - 9-3

OFFENSE Coach Jeremy Gray takes over the helm in Nowata after coming from Owasso, where he was the defensive coordinator and coached the secondary. On both sides of the ball, Gray is looking to build a physical team. The Ironmen have three returning starters on offense to build around; junior Jacob Johnson joins seniors Bryce Hewitt and Hunter Bell. The coaching staff is evaluating positions and where everyone will best be suited for the spread-option they are going to run. They do expect Bell to be locked in at wide receiver and Johnson to anchor the offensive line.

DEFENSE Look for Nowata to run a 4-2-5 base defense. Bell will be lined up as a defensive back along with Hewitt at corner with Johnson on the line. Gray said, “We are excited to build a new culture in Nowata, based upon physical play and teamwork.” Joining Gray on the sidelines will be Bob Craig and Larry Caton. SCHEDULE 8-25 – vs. Salina 9-1 – vs. Dewey 9-8 – at Vinita 9-15 – at Verdigris 9-22 – vs. Caney 9-29 – at Wyandotte 10-6 – OPEN 10-13 – at Chelsea 10-19 – vs. Adair 10-27 – vs. Commerce 11-3 – at Oklahoma Union

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Currently Lawrence is not committed to a university, but she does have an offer from Lyon College and is hopeful she gets an offer from an in-state school like Northwestern Oklahoma State. Her plan is to become a Chemical or Plastics Engineer. In her free time Lawrence enjoys spending time with family and doing volunteer work. “Softball really takes up most of my time so I’m not really in any clubs through the school, but in offseason I volunteer as a tutor at “On the Rock Ministries.”

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Bartlesville Bruins Q&A Tyler Gillette and DeAndre Young are leading the Bruins this season as they look to make a statement in the tough district of 6AII-2.

VYPE: Tell me about the team. What can we expect from Bartlesville this season and who are a couple of players we should watch besides you two this season?

Young: You’ll expect us to compete against every team we play. There are a lot of people that have really showed that they will be huge this year. Hunter Marquez, Mason Mantooth, Tyler Gillette, Cole Williams, Lukas Hammack. Every time they step on the field, they bring it with everything they have and it will be great. Gillette: You can expect this team to give 100% every play and play with heart. A couple teammates to watch are corner Cole Williams and running back DeAndre Young.

Gillette: I started playing football when I was 10 years old, our team name was the Bruins and our head coach was Brad Cobb.

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VYPE: What age did you start playing football? What was the team name and who was your coach?

VYPE: What advice would you give the youth players that are watching you guys play varsity on Friday night?

Young: Just keep with it and keep having fun. Football isn’t something that lasts forever so cherish every last bit of it. Gillette: My advice would be to enjoy every moment. It’s crazy how fast high school goes.

VYPE: Lets talk about some of your teammates. Who is the fastest player? Who hits the hardest? Who has the dirtiest locker? And who keeps everyone laughing? Gillette: The fastest player is always a debate between Cole Williams and Bradley Crawford. I say Cole is faster. Lukas Hammock hits the hardest; there’s a reason we call him Ben Boulware. Dirtiest locker would be Robert Boyle. DeAndre young is always making everyone laugh. Young: Fastest player would probably have to be Cole Williams. Hardest hitter; it’s probably a tie between Tyler Gillette and Lukas Hammack, they can bring the heat. Dirtiest locker, Robert Boyle, hands down. Team clown would probably be Sam Martin, always making me laugh. I’ve never had a dull moment with him, he’s a good kid. VYPE: What is the funniest thing someone has said to you on the field during a game?

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Young: I was about six when I started playing football in Muskogee with Dolphins coached by Donald Mayes, Ronal Mayes (currently coaches at Muskogee High School), my dad, Lee Young, and Earenest Grayson.

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Young: We were playing Owasso I believe and I threw a ball to the end zone to Taylor Cobb, and someone from Owasso

DeAndre Young asked if I was Ladainian Tomlinson and I just laughed.

Gillette: During a field goal attempt the lineman across from me looked up and said, “If you stand here and don’t do anything I’ll do the same.”

VYPE: If coach would allow you to play any other position, what you play? Gillette: I would go back to playing running back because I miss playing it.

Young: I would want to play middle linebacker, Tyler and Lukas make it look fun and easy, but I know coach McKee would never let that happen. VYPE: What are the best three things about going to BHS?

Young: The three best things about BHS would be the off campus lunch for juniors and seniors, the student section on Friday nights, and the basketball games. Gillette: The three best things are, off campus lunch, student section during football games, not having a first hour.

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SCHEDULE: 8-25 – at McAlester 9-1 – vs. Owasso 9-8 – at Cascia Hall 9-16 – OPEN 9-22 – at Muskogee 9-29 – vs. Ponca City 10-6 – OPEN 10-13 – vs. Sapulpa 10-20 – vs. Bixby 10-27 – at Sand Springs 11-3 – vs. Booker T. Washington

QUICK HITS: Running back DeAndre Young had a combined 104 yards plus a rushing touchdown and an interception in a 42-20 win over Ponca City.

Bartlesville and Ponca City play annually for the Conoco-Phillips trophy. Bartlesville has won the last nine games in the series. Wide receiver A.J. Archambo has graduated but his efforts on November 3rd against Booker T. Washington will not soon

be forgotten. Archambo caught 16 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in a 57-39 loss to the Hornets. LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 3-6 2015 - 10-2 2014 - 5-6 2013 - 5-5 2012 – 6-4

OFFENSE The top priority for the Bruins this offseason is finding a quarterback. Graduation has taken several key starters, but the Bruins do return running back DeAndre Young (5-10, 205, Jr.), who carried the ball 79 times for 360 yards with three touchdowns last season. Young will be a key component as the Bruins look to get the offense rolling. TJ Donelson (6-0, 190, Jr.) could figure into the scheme as well. Donelson is a pure athlete and can make plays on special teams and possibly at receiver. Bradley Crawford (6-1, 185, Sr.) and John Cone (6-0, 180, Sr.) are wideouts the

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Deandre Young Bruins will utilize in the passing game. Cone caught 25 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns last season. Look for the pair to become the go-to receivers. The line is anchored by Cody Keesling (6-3, 240, Jr.), a two-year starter who will be called upon to help some of the underclassmen mature quickly. New offensive coordinator Ryan Nolan takes over after coaching at Broken Arrow last season. DEFENSE The strength of the team is clearly the defense.

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John McKee Head coach John McKee will deploy a 4-2-5 this season under new defensive coordinator Terry Reynolds, who coached defensive line last season. Reynolds has plenty to be excited about with seven starters returning. Cornerback Colton Williams (6-1, 170, Sr.) had 26 tackles and one interception last season. Williams is a three-year starter and has the talent to play at the next level. Linebacker Tyler Gillette (61, 220, Sr.) is fun to watch for fans of guys who are not afraid to get in the mix.

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Gillette finished the 2016 season with 50 tackles and two sacks. Another linebacker to watch is Lukas Hammack (6-1, 225, Jr.), who recorded 39 tackles last season. Brady Wano (6-0, 235, Sr.) is a two-year starter at defensive end, while Howard Thill (6-2, 260, Sr.) has his number called at nose guard. Joining Wano and Thill on the line is Rylan Reynolds (6-2, 240, So.), an athletic beast who explodes off the line and loves to pressure the quarterback.


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BARTLESVILLE ATHLETES

Bartlesville Softball Players to Watch The Lady Bruins enter the 2017 season with high expectations for the upcoming year with several young, talented players making the roster mixed with the seasoned veterans. Shelbie Roberson – Outfielder

A left-hander at the plate, Roberson batted .297 last season and scored 23 runs with 25 stolen bases. Roberson has excellent speed that allows her to get to balls that most players can’t track down. Also an all-star in the classroom, Roberson is a complete player. Kimalee Lawrence – Utility

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coaches at the next level. Lawrence expects to see time at 2B and in the circle when the team needs someone to pitch. Maggie Largess – Catcher

One of the top players at the plate, Largess batted .308 last season scoring 10 runs and knocking in 10 RBIs. The junior certainly has a bright future ahead as one of the top defensive catchers in the class. Her fielding percentage last year was .980 and she caught 10 runners trying to steal. Jaycee Hampton – Outfielder

A prolific hitter, Hampton sets the tone at the plate for the Lady Bruins. In 2016 she hit .340 with 15 RBIs and scored 18 runs. She’s also versatile enough to play shortstop in the

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infield. Another left-handed hitter that throws right, Hampton enters her sophomore season looking to help this team reach post-season play. Caroline Pattison – Pitcher

This right-handed hurler finished her sophomore season with a record of 4-3 and an ERA of 3.71. Pattison has continued to work hard in the offseason and is expecting solid performances this year as a junior.


PAWHUSKA HUSKIES Coach: JOE TILLMAN LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 2-7 2015 - 2-8 2014 - 5-6 2013 - 4-7 2012 - 4-7

OFFENSE The Huskies might be a little young and inexperienced, but they will make up for it with speed on both sides of the ball. Head coach Joe Tillman returns four starters to the offensive unit with Brian Jeffers (6-2, 175, Sr.) leading the way. The running back is a big, powerful runner that’s capable of playing wide receiver if the offense calls for it. The offensive line may be the strength this season. Kienan Cheeves (6-0, 245, Sr.) is one of four offensive

lineman the Huskies are going to ride this year. Nick Green (6-0, 226, Jr.), Jet Thomas (5-11, 240, Sr.) and Rocky Murray (5-9, 235, Sr.) make up the O-line unit that the Huskies are excited to see get after opposing defenses. One player that will benefit from such a solid group up front is Peyton McCarty (5-6, 165, Sr.). McCarty is a versatile athlete that makes contributions from several positions. McCarty is tough to cover in the spread offense. “Ten seniors will be relied upon to carry us through the season,” Tillman said. “Offseason workouts are key, we have to get stronger in the weight room. A new weight room should help. District 2A-1 is tough.”

positions from linebacker to the secondary. The defensive line features Gabe Letzkus (6-0, 250, So.) and Tristian McCartney (5-6, 220, So.). Another versatile player in Forrest Drummond (5-10, 215, So.) could find a home at linebacker or end. Look for the coaching staff to implement the 5-2 and focus on controlling the line of scrimmage. SCHEDULE 8-25 – vs. Kellyville 9-1 – vs. Morrison 9-8 – at Dewey 9-15 – at Hominy 9-22 – BYE 9-29 – vs. Tonkawa 10-12 – at Hennessey 10-19 – at Alva 10-27 – vs. Chisholm 11-3 – at Perry

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DEFENSE Jeffers will lead the defense from his safety/corner position. His play will set the tone for the defense as a young group looks to make this unit their own. Hunter Reed (5-9, 185, So.) gets the nod at linebacker, while senior Blue Starr (5-9, 155) can play multiple

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repeat in 2017, but going back-to-back in Class A is no easy task. The last team to do so was Okeene a decade ago. But the Bucks do return several key players that have playoff and championship game experience. Ryan Tilley (6-1, 190, Sr.) will start at fullback giving the Bucks a hard runner and excellent blocker in the backfield. Peyton Unap (6-3, 190, Sr.) is a big-bodied receiver that makes a nice target in the passing game for quarterback Blake Hipp (61, 185, Jr.). Hipp has another target in Tommy Hayes (5-9, 155, Jr.). Both receivers have big play capabilities. Blocking up front are Luke McFarland (6-2, 235, Jr.) and Tanner King (5-11, 250, Sr.). King started all 14 games last season and is a fixture on the offensive line. “We’re coming off of a great season and our kids are excited to start a new season,” Christian said. “We lost a lot of great players, but we have an opportunity to prove people wrong that already count us out. It started with a great offseason and we need to have a great summer pride.”

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DEFENSE Tilley will go both ways for the Bucks, starting at middle linebacker on defense. Tilley had 56 tackles last season as he looks to fire up the Bucks and get the defense back to dominating opponents like they did in 2016. Casey Edwards (6-1, 170, Sr.) will play end/outside linebacker. Edwards had 51 tackles and seven sacks a year ago. Unap grabbed 38 tackles from his strong safety spot, while Cliffy Hayes (5-9, 160, So.) gets the nod at corner, bringing some speed to the defense. Amos Satepauhoodle (6-6, 273, So.) is a big nose guard the coaching staff is looking forward to turning up the heat on opposing offenses. SCHEDULE 8-31 – at Cleveland 9-8 – BYE 9-15 – vs. Pawhuska 9-22 – vs. Mounds 9-29 – at Woodland 10-6 – vs. Porter 10-13 – at Summit Christian 10-19 – vs. Liberty 10-27 – at Kiefer 11-4 – vs. OKC Patriots


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young age of seven and now entering his junior year of varsity Tanner is 6-foot-1, 215-pounds. His athleticism allows the coaching staff to do things with the offensive line that many other teams can’t accomplish.

Grove High School varsity football player Dawson Tanner is no stranger to hard work. As one of the starting offensive linemen for the Grove Ridgerunners, Tanner has spent his summer improving in the weight room and working on his technique for the upcoming season. Head coach Ron Culwell said the team will look to have a balanced attack, which means players like Tanner will need to open holes in the run game and pass block giving the quarterback enough time to get the ball away. Tanner has developed into one of the leaders on the team, something he shows through his work ethic. “To me it means that I have a good work ethic and a good attitude towards what he coach expects from us,” said Tanner. “I believe that I can help the younger guys, or

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With the start of the season kicking off in late August, Tanner and the Ridgerunners are excited to finally take the field and get things underway.

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“I’m really looking forward to our first game against Sequoyah Claremore. It’ll be a tough game and should be an exciting one so I’m looking forward to seeing how it will go,” said Tanner. The Ridgerunners went 6-4 in 2016 and the preseason rankings has them making the playoffs in the toughest district in Class 4A.

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GROVE RIDGERUNNERS Coach: RON CULWELL

SCHEDULE: 9-1 – at Sequoyah Claremore 9-8 – at Jay 9-16 – vs. Stilwell 9-22 – vs. Catoosa 9-29 – vs. Vinita 10-6 – at Oologah 10-13 – at McLain 10-20 – at Wagoner 10-27 – at Cascia Hall 11-3 – vs. Miami

QUICK HITS: Quarterback Toby Cearley showed great improvement through 2016, Cearley ran for scores of 59, 63 and 5 in a narrow loss at Cascia Hall on October 28th. Grove defeated Vinita 54-26 on September 30th. It was the fourth straight win for the Ridgerunners against the Hornets. Vinita last won 27-15 in 2006.

Catoosa defeated Grove 10-6 on September 23rd. Grove has still won eight of the last ten meetings with the Indians. LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 6-4 2015 - 5-4 2014 - 3-7 2013 - 2-8 2012 - 1-9

OFFENSE Ron Culwell enters his first season as head coach after

spending nine years as an assistant. As this season inches closer, Culwell is looking for leaders to step up and take on the responsibility of holding their peers accountable. “We have some good players coming back,” Culwell said. “Key will be who steps up to be a leader on offense and defense.” Matt Amos (6-2, 215, Sr.) could be one of those leaders Culwell is looking for this season. Amos had 16 receptions for 240 yards as a junior from his tight end position. Davis Dill (6-2, 190, Sr.) returns to the field after suffering an injury that kept him off the field last season. Dills has a good arm and should see time at quarterback. Toby Cearley (5-10, 155, Jr.) is another quarterback the Ridegerunners will use in 2017 to move the ball and keep the defenses guessing. Skyler Hernandez (6-3, 220, Sr.) is a three-year starter at center and the anchor of the offensive line. Dawson Tanner (6-1, 215, Jr.) and Caleb Jones (6-1, 240, Sr.) are a pair of athletic guards that can move people and open holes. Dalton Dash (6-1, 200, Jr.) will start at fullback, where he accounted for 300 yards on the ground and 100 through the air in 2016.

Dills and Cearley will start in the secondary for the Ridgerunners. Cearley had 20 tackles as a sophomore. Dash was the team’s top tackler with 100 stops last season. Dash is quick to the football and makes great decisions in traffic. Tanner and Amos are bookend defensive ends who will pressure the quarterback and set the edge. Dalton Tanner (5-10, 170, Jr.) joins Dash at linebacker, bringing his athleticism to the 4-4 set. Tanner had 75 tackles last season. The smartest player on the field could be nose guard Dalton Henderson (6-2, 210, Sr.). Henderson is a heady player that understands what it means to flip the switch. Caleb Jones (6-1, 210, Sr.) will start at tackle where he recorded 50 tackles a year ago.

JAY BULLDOGS

Coach: WARREN KIRK LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 1-9 2015 - 2-8 2014 - 1-9 2013 - 6-5 2012 - 7-4

OFFENSE The Jay Bulldogs are looking forward, not back, as the 2017 season rapidly approaches. Head coach Warren Kirk returns several key seniors that could be the difference for the Bulldogs this season. “We will bring back 14 seniors

DEFENSE Eight starters return to the defensive side of the ball the season. That’s important for this defense as they look to run the 4-4 and stuff the run at the line of scrimmage.

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that have played a lot of football in their careers,” Kirk said. “They are excited about the upcoming season, wanting to turn Jay football around and have a great year. The kids are working very hard and can see how good they can be.” Quarterback Gabe Simpson (6-4, 205, Sr.) is a three-sport star and someone the college ranks will want to take a look at. Last year he threw for more than 1,600 yards and rushed for more than 400 yards and accounted for 24 touchdowns. Stormy Taylor (6-0, 210, Sr.) is a 1,000-yard rusher who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Four wide receivers will make their presence felt as Brenden Ryan (6-5, 200, Sr.), Keng Vang (5-7, 170, Sr.) and Daylon Simpson (5-10, 170, So.) are all capable of big plays. Ryan finished 2016 with over 500 yards of offense and six touchdowns. Jaden Shotpouch (58, 160, Sr.) is the fourth receiver the Bulldogs will utilize out of the spread formation. Look for John Culver (6-2, 275, Sr.) on the line. Culver has the tools to play at the next level. DEFENSE Hunter King (6-2, 220, Jr.) gets the crowd fired up with his relentless pursuit of the quarterback from his defensive end spot. Last year he recorded 60 tackles with two sacks. Vang and Daylon Simpson will start in the secondary. Vang had 100 tackles and two

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Stormy Taylor interceptions last season. Gabe Simpson returns to free safety, giving the Bulldogs one of the best secondary units in the class. Trader Osburn (6-2, 185, Sr.) is the team’s top linebacker. Osburn accounted for 90 tackles and a pick last year. Kobe Budder (5-11, 210, Sr.) joins Osburn at linebacker. Budder, who also plays H-back on offense, returns to the field after breaking his leg in the fourth game last season. Coach Eric Kirkpatrick replaces Miguel Oritz on the coaching staff and will coach running backs and linebackers. SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Verdigris 9-1 – vs. Vinita 9-8 – vs. Grove 9-15 – at Gravette, AR 9-22 – at Inola 9-29 – vs. Lincoln Christian 10-6 – at Westville 10-13 – vs. Locust Grove 10-19 – at Keys 10-27 – vs. Sequoyah Tahlequah

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Like many other softball players, Fields got her start in the sport at a very young age.

“I started out at the age of four playing t-ball, and then moved to softball in 8 & under. My parents gave me the opportunity to play many sports, but softball was the one I loved the most,” said Fields.

Now playing varsity for the high school, Fields is looking forward to taking the field with this group and competing. The players have high expectations for the upcoming season. “I expect us to go to the state tournament this year. Five of us juniors have been playing since freshman year, we know each other really well and since we come back as upperclassmen, with the help of

our seniors, we’ll be able to lead our team to a successful season,” said Fields. “My team is a very close team, and we’re all passionate about the game. We’re always here to fight for one another.” As a student-athlete at Grove, Fields is quick to point out the school spirit that’s contagious and the support they faculty and student body gives all of the teams.

“I love the amount of school spirit in GHS, from the students to the teachers and staff, everyone is always supportive,” said Fields. She’s also a member of the Grove FFA where she shows livestock and works on the family farm.

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Vinita Area Athlete of the Month: Aislynn Garrett In the seventh grade Aislynn Garrett started running cross-country thanks to her mother and father getting her involved in the sport. Today Garrett is a sophomore and a member of the varsity cross-country team at Vinita High School.

During the spring track season Garrett was sidelined due to some injuries she suffered, but she was able to battle through them and make the two-mile relay team, which finished fourth at state. “Its was a struggle because I had to watch my teammate run in the relays and knowing they needed me their and that I couldn’t run was hard,” said Garrett. “For me to come back and get that spot was a big accomplishment for me because it meant a lot to me to be able to run on the state qualifying relay team and knowing I could help my teammates have a better chance of placing at state.” As a student-athlete at Vinita High School there are many things Garrett enjoys about

competing and representing the Hornets on and off the track.

“I love the sports, coaches, and people at my school that I’m surrounded by because they make me a better athlete,” said Garrett. Not only does she run track and cross-country for Vinita, Garrett plays basketball in the winter and is a member of the Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Garrett credits many people in her life that have influenced her to not only be a person of character, but to always give her best at everything she tries to accomplish. “I don’t have just one person that helps me, my parents, coach Reed and my close friends help me all the time and coach Reed helps me

outside of track with basketball and many other things, he’s a great coach! He’s also made me a better athlete all around,” said Garrett. For her commitment to Vinita High School, coaches and teammates, Aislynn Garrett is the Vinita Athlete of the Month.

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VINITA HORNETS Coach: MATT SUFFAL

SCHEDULE: 8-24 – vs. Glenpool 9-1 – at Jay 9-8 – vs. Nowata 9-15 – vs. Dewey 9-22 – at Oologah 9-29 – at Grove 10-6 – vs. Catoosa 10-13 – at Cascia Hall 10-19 – vs. McLain 10-27 – at Miami 11-3 – vs. Wagoner

QUICK HITS: Vinita allowed a Class 4A most 52.7 points per game in 2016.

The Hornets last playoff win was a 47-8 anihilation of Roland in 2007. Quarterback Billy Carter threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in the first round victory. Vinita’s mark of 1-9 in 2016 was the lowest win total dating back to 1957. The Hornets have won three or more games in 49 of the past 55 seasons. LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 1-9 2015 - 5-5 2014 - 3-7 2013 - 2-8 2012 - 3-7

OFFENSE Four quarters. That’s what head coach Matt Suffal wants out of his players this season. The Hornets will play a physical brand of football and will spread the ball around to several LOCATIONS:

of their key players on offense. Elliot Keene (6-0, 180, Sr.) is one such player. Keene is a dynamic receiver with excellent speed and vision. Quarterback Parker Ward (6-0, 185, Sr.) can get the job done on the ground or through the air. His ability to find the open man in the spread offense is critical to the overall success of the program this season. Mason Babcock (5-10, 165, Jr.) is another receiver in the mix and is expected to have a breakout season. Nathan Zickafoose (6-0, 205, Sr.) will handle to rock as the team’s best running back. The offensive line is built to run the ball with Beau Curry (6-4, 250, Jr.) at left tackle and Dylan Davis (64, 295, Jr.) at right tackle. DEFENSE The Hornets want to run the 3-4 in 2017, giving guys like John Michael Floyd (6-0, 185, Sr.) the opportunity to make plays from his linebacker spot. Lance Mason (5-10, 175, So.) and Anthony Nash (5-10, 190, Jr.) join Floyd giving the Hornets a formable trio at the position. Lane Enyart (5-10, 170, Jr.) will start at strong safety and is one of the quickest players on the team. Up front, look for Joe Dan Hicks (6-1, 245, Sr.) at nose guard and Aiden Hicks (6-2, 205, Jr.) at end. “Defensively we will bring

Lane Enyart pressure and look to vary where we are coming from,” Suffal said. “We will force the hand of the offenses who play us.”

AFTON EAGLES

COACH: ZACH GARDNER LAST 5 YEARS: 2012 - 5-7 2013 - 11-2 2014 - 9-3 2015 - 5-6 2016 - 12-1

OFFENSE A trip to the semifinals last year has whet the appetite of the Afton Eagles. Head coach Zach Gardner led the Eagles to a 12-1 season, but faced the eventual champions one game too soon. Now the team is focused and ready for the challenge of making another run at a state title, which would be Afton’s first in school history. Wil Amos (6-2, 180, Sr.) put up All-State type numbers last year when he rushed for 2,247 yards and accounted for 32 touchdowns. He totaled 3,094 all-purpose yards and was named to the VYPE Top 100 list this

spring. Amos is being recruited by the Air Force Academy and Army. Briar Julian (6-0, 190, Sr.) and Kyle Corley (5-9, 155, Sr.) are two more skill players Gardner will use in the multi-set offense the Eagles will run this year. Clay Mitchell (5-10, 165, Sr.) figures into the passing game and Zach Henry (5-7, 215, Sr.) will go both ways playing running back and linebacker. Trever Pendergraft (6-1, 275, Jr.) gets the nod at center giving the Eagles a solid blocker on the line.

DEFENSE Trenton Gaines (5-9, 220, Sr.) will start on the defensive line with Seth Miller (6-2, 280, Sr.) and Travis Lukens (6-0, 220, Sr.) making up part of the 4-3 scheme. Miller will also play on the offensive line. Jacob Barton (6-0, 185, Sr.) gets the nod at linebacker. Barton has good speed and finds the ball in traffic. Braeden Gaines (6-1, 225, So.) joins Barton at linebacker. Brett Hollon (5-7, 145, Sr.) is another two-way player for the Eagles, playing receiver and corner on defense. SCHEDULE 9-1 – at Colcord 9-8 – at Commerce 9-15 – at Ketchum 9-22 – OPEN 9-29 – vs. Barnsdall 10-6 – vs. Fairland 10-13 – at Rejoice

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COACH: RYAN GLEAVES LAST 5 YEARS: 2012 - 6-5 2013 - 2-8 2014 - 0-10 2015 - 0-10 2016 - 4-6 OFFENSE If there was a group that had the talent to take Welch back to the playoffs, it’s this one. Head coach Ryan Gleaves agrees. “We expect to get back to the playoffs this year. It has been a long time coming, but this group can get us back to the postseason,” said coach Gleaves. Gunner Johnson (6-0, 175, Sr.) is the leader that can command this team to reach their goals. He threw for more than 1,000 yards last year and rushed for 659 yards. This kid can get it done. Johnson has weapons at running back including Josh Baker (5-2, 195, Sr.) and Tanner Maple (5-9, 170, So.). Baker

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rushed for 452 yards on 114 carries last season. The offensive line is one of the strengths of this team. Tristan Davis (5-10, 225, Sr.) is the leader of the group with Ty Earp (6-4, 295, Jr.) starting at center. Ethan Clark (5-9, 225, Jr.) had five pancake blocks last season and completes the trio of salty linemen.

DEFENSE With four returning starters back on defense the Wildcats have an opportunity to be head and shoulders above the competition come opening night. Jake Davis (5-9, 170, Sr.) had 71 tackles and 11 sacks last year while playing linebacker. He returns to the defense as does Levi Street (6-1, 205, Sr.) at tackle. Street accounted for 21 tackles with three sacks. Johnson will start at defensive back where he picked off six passes last season. Davis and Clark are two defensive ends that are tough to get a clean block on and will spend most of their time on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Maple returns as well to play linebacker with Davis. Maple had 20 tackles last season. SCHEDULE 9-1 at Watts 9-8 – at Oaks 9-15 – vs. Wesleyan 9-22 – at Medford 9-29 – vs. Bluejacket 10-6 – vs. DC-Lamont 10-13 – at Pond CreekHunter 10-19 – vs. CovingtonDouglas 10-27 – at Copan 11-3 – vs. Regent Prep

ADAIR WARRIORS :

Coach: ROB GILSTRAP LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 12-2 2015 - 14-1 2014 - 12-1 2013 - 11-2 2012 - 12-1

OFFENSE Three starters return from a Warrior offense that reached the Class 2A semifinals with three 42-plus point outputs before falling to eventual champion Millwood. Center Levi Shaw (5-10, 220, Sr.) is among those returning starters and should provide a solid presence up front. Talent at the skill positions is important in the Warriors’ spread attack and Adair returns a pair of starters at wide receiver. Bryce Martin (6-2, 185, Sr.) brings solid size on the outside while Austin Hines (5-10, 170, Jr.) returns at the receiver spot. Look for Barrett Bradbury (5-11, 140, So.) to step up at receiver along with Brock Borin (6-3, 210) at tight end. Senior Justin McCutcheon (5-8, 220) will be a player to watch along the offensive line for the Warriors in 2017. “We will be a young team with a lot of new faces in spots for the first time,” head coach Rob Gilstrap said. “It will be exciting to see how they progress with experience.”

9-29 – at Chelsea 10-6 – vs. Wyandotte 10-13 – vs. Caney Valley 10-19 – at Nowata 10-27 – vs. Oklahoma Union 11-3 – at Commerce

KETCHUM WARRIORS :

Coach: JUSTIN BROWN LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 5-6 2015 - 9-3 2014 - 9-3 2013 - 3-7 2012 - 2-8

OFFENSE The Warriors will operate out of a spread look this season but will try to stay as balanced as possible according to head coach Justin Brown. The head of the snake this year for the Ketchum offense will be Ryan Lewis (6-0, 210, Sr.) playing either quarterback or running back. Lewis missed two and a half games last season but still threw for 942 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for 198 more yards and four more touchdowns. Cauy Brewer (6-0, 210, Sr.) and Vince Vaughn (5-9, 165, So.) will also line up at running back at times this year. In 2016 Brewer had 21 carries for 82 yards along with catching nine passes for 84 yards. Vaughn isn’t an old school type talent either and along with his duties at running back fans may also see him lining up at receiver at times. On the offensive line Ketchum will have a veteran group led by Trevor VanPool (6-1, 250, Sr.) who graded out at 85 percent last season with nine pancake blocks and 12 knockdowns. Willy Prine (6-5, 300, Sr.) and Zach VanPool (6-1, 250, Jr.) will also be key figures up front this season for the Warriors.

DEFENSE The Warriors’ 3-4 defense will start up front with Shaw at tackle. At linebacker, Hines and Gunner Rader (5-9, 195, So.), will be a big part of the swarming attack that Gilstrap expects from his defense this fall. McCutcheon will be called upon on the defensive line as well, while the defensive backfield will be anchored by the senior Martin at cornerback. At free safety, Bradbury will need to step up quickly for the Warriors to be competitive in Class 2A District 8 once again. SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Dewey 9-1 – vs. Sperry 9-7 – at Locust Grove 9-15 – vs. Colcord

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defensive scheme the Warriors will be very strong on the defensive line and at the linebacker spots, hoping to turn that experience and savvy into pressure on opposing quarterbacks and less stress on their secondary. On the line Trevor VanPool comes back after making 53 tackles and recording two sacks and three fumble recoveries a year ago. Prine will also start on the defensive line this season after coming in with 30 tackles in 2016. Meanwhile at linebacker Lewis will lead the way trying to improve on his 69 tackles and one forced fumble from a year ago. Brewer will also be a major piece of the Ketchum defense this year at outside linebacker where he made 64 tackles, had two sacks, two fumble recovieres and two forced fumbles last year. Vaughn will also play linebacker this year as will Bo Walker (5-8, 175, So.).

SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Chelsea 9-1 – vs. Haskell 9-8 – at Fairland 9-15 – vs. Afton 9-22 – at Holland Hall 9-29 – vs. Victory Christian 10-6 – vs. Kansas 10-13 – OPEN 10-19 – vs. Colcord 10-27 – at Chouteau 11-3 – at Salina

FAIRLAND OWLS

COACH: KENT MARSHALL LAST 5 YEARS: 2012 - 6-4 2013 - 4-6 2014 - 3-7 2015 - 7-4 2016 - 3-7

OFFENSE Jose Garcia (5-9, 165, Sr.) had 17 receptions for 396 yards and carried the ball 21 times for 107 yards last year. Garcia is one of the catalysts on offense with fellow wide receiver Cole Cawlfield (5-11, 160, Jr.). The offensive line may be

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the strength of the offense for the Owls as Josh Roberts (6-0, 190, Sr.) and James Morris (6-0, 240, Sr.) are back and ready to take on the grind of a long season. Brendan Foust (5-9, 175, Jr.) is another lineman the Owls will lean on this season. “We will be very young once again,” said head coach Kent Marshall. “We will be stronger and more aggressive. Leadership will be key in how well we progress.”

DEFENSE Garcia will play in the secondary, where he grabbed two interceptions last season. Brendan Foust and Michael Foust (5-9, 170, Jr.) both had over 20 tackles at linebacker this season and return for their junior season more prepared and experienced. Jay Padberg (6-0, 225, Jr.) also will play linebacker and tight end on offense. Grant Harden (6-0, 220, Jr.) had 25 tackles on the defensive line and also will go both ways, playing on the offensive line. Morris is another D-lineman in the 4-3 scheme coach Marshall will run this season. Look for an aggressive style of defense from the Owls as they look to win the field position battle and create turnovers. Coach Jordan Alexander joins the staff and will coach DBs and receivers. SCHEDULE 8-24. - at Colcord 9-1 - at Wyandotte 9-8 - vs. Ketchum 9-15 - vs. Oklahoma Union 9-22 - at Quapaw 9-29 - vs. Foyil 10-6 - at Afton 10-12 - vs. Barnsdall 10-27 - vs. Rejoice Christian 11-3 - at Hulbert


MIAMI WARDOGS Coach: ANDREW RICE SCHEDULE: 8-25 - OPEN 9-1 - at Hilldale 9-8 - vs. Verdigris 9-15 - vs. Pryor 9-22 - at McLain 9-29 - vs. Wagoner 10-6 - at Cascia Hall 10-13 - vs. Catoosa 10-19 - at Oologah 10-27 - vs. Vinita 11-3 - at Grove

QUICK HITS: Lane Giles was active all night on defense in the WarDogs 59-7 loss to Oologah. Giles recoreded 18 stops and is the only returning player to make a tackle in all ten games last year.

First year head coach Andrew Rice coordinated the offense at Bartlesville in 2016. The Bruins averaged 30 points per game in district play last fall. Miami’s last playoff victory came on the road against East Central in the first round of the 2008 Class 5A playoffs. Quarterback Trent Turner threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more in a 35-28 overtime win. LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 1-9 2015 - 3-7 2014 - 4-6

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OFFENSE First-year head coach Andrew Rice is looking to turn the Wardogs football program around after the team went 1-9 last season. His goal for the offense is to spread the ball around and play fast. Brevin Randle (6-0, 205, Jr.) is one target the quarterback will look for this season as Randle has the ability to stretch the field and move the chains. The quarterback position has not been decided, but whoever takes the job will love having Randle in the scheme. Caden Folks (5-10, 185, Jr.) is a versatile back with the ability to run the football or become a receiver on passing downs. But everything may hinge on the play of the boys up front. Callen Cox (6-3, 225, Sr.) and Brad Hartman (5-10, 205, Jr.) must help some of the younger offensive linemen get up to speed as they mature into roles as starters. “We look to change the culture and get Miami football back to what it has been in years past,” Rice said. DEFENSE The Wardogs want to play aggressive in their 3-4 scheme. Randle will start at linebacker, giving the defense someone that will relentlessly pursue the football. Austin

Dobbs (5-9, 180, Jr.) is a big hitter with closing speed at linebacker. Garret Moore (5-10, 190, Sr.) shores up the secondary for the Wardogs and his play will be crucial to the success of the program. Lane Giles (5-9, 190, Jr.) is another secondary player not afraid to stick his head in there and make a play. Tasi Peter (6-1, 255, Jr.) needs to be the dominant player the coaching staff believes he can be in the middle of the defensive line. Jackson Satterwhite (6-2, 230, So.) joins Peter on the line giving the Wardogs two big cats that love to mash in the trenches. Look for the Wardogs to turn up the heat and get this program back on the right track.

COMMERCE TIGERS :

Coach: STEVE MOSS LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 6-5 2015 - 6-5 2014 - 3-7 2013 - 11-1 2012 - 11-2

OFFENSE Early in 2016 it looked as if Commerce would be a team that could go deep in the playoffs. The train derailed in late October however and the Tigers finished their year much earlier than they had hoped. That disappointment has only fueled the work this

offseason for the Commerce players and coaches, according to head coach Steve Moss. “We were 6-1 at one point and were feeling pretty good about our season,” Moss said. “We had several key injuries though that were just too hard to overcome; all three of our running backs were slowed by major injuries, two requiring surgery after the season ended. Finishing with a winning record was good, but losing four of our last five left a hungry taste in our mouths.” Offensively, Moss expects to have a strong offensive line with Zaine Cheater (5-10, 240, Sr.) returning at guard and Kiante Edwards (5-10, 225, Sr.) coming back at center. Brandon Brown (5-9, 190, Jr.) is also back on the line this year. Running behind that line will be a fantastic running back in Chris Ibarra (5-9, 190, Jr.), who carried the ball 256 times for 1,866 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Also running the ball this year will be fullback Ryan Dunbar (6-1, 195, Jr.), who carried the rock 123 times last year for 962 yards. Hayden Moss (5-11, 175, Jr.) will hand the ball off to Ibarra and Dunbar, but although the Commerce offense will be built on the run, Moss can throw it as well, completing 90 passes for 1,187 yards and 11 touchdowns.

DEFENSE Look for Commerce to feature a very strong group of linebackers made up of Cheater, Ibarra and Dunbar. In 2016, Cheater had 67 total tackles while Ibarra and Dunbar bring a physical presence and are willing to come up and hit a ball carrier. Also look for Brown to get time at linebacker this year after recording 20 total tackles last year. In the defensive backfield, Moss will bring a good amount of football IQ and will pair with the two players who will likely be his top receivers on offense, Lupe Prado (5-8, 160, Sr.) and Hunter Burkybile (5-8, 155, Sr.). On the defensive line, Edwards will be the team’s leader in the trenches. In 2016, Edwards recorded 41 total tackles and could easily see those numbers go up this year. SCHEDULE 8-25 - at Sarcoxie, MO 9-1 - vs. Central Sallisaw 9-8 - vs. Afton 9-15 - at Henryetta 9-22 - vs. Chelsea 9-29 - OPEN 10-6 - at Caney Valley 10-12 - at Wyandotte 10-20 - vs. Oklahoma Union 10-27 - at Nowata 11-3 - vs. Adair

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Northeast Tech Student-Athletes Gervace & Kaleb Aguila The Aguila brothers, Gervace and Kaleb, are football players and wrestlers at Inola High School and students at Northeast Tech. The brothers started wrestling at the age of four, but did not start playing football until much later.

Now juniors at Inola, the Aguila brothers are valuable members of the varsity football team and getting the season started is something they have looked forward to all summer. “I am going to be a junior this year and I am playing right guard and defensive end,” said Kaleb. Gervace is locked in at left guard and defensive tackle for the Longhorns.

Competing for Inola and being held to a high standard is something the brothers embrace. It’s one of the things they love the most about being part of the athletic department at Inola. “I feel like we’re held to a pretty high

standard and people expect us to do what’s right. And with Inola being a smaller school, we’re able to get great guidance from our teachers, coaches, and friends,” said Gervace.

Kaleb had a similar take on what it means to be part of the program.

“We are held to a pretty high standard. We are expected to do what’s right and to always be there for our teammates and friends.” The pair are enrolled and taking classes at Northeast Tech in the Health Careers Program. Both brothers would like to eventually become physical therapists and the Health Careers Program is the first step in that process.

“I’ve always been interested in health careers. Northeast Tech gives people hands on training and I love that. We are able to get a jumpstart into the career that we choose and we get to find out more about the careers that we want,” said Kaleb. “With Northeast Tech available, high schoolers are able to get a great head start in the book work, and also allows us to get

hands on training so that when we go to college, we will feel more comfortable and ready for the challenges ahead,” said Gervace. The hands-on training the brothers are receiving from Northeast Tech provides them with training and experience that translates to real-world jobs.

“Like I said before, the hands-on training and amazing education will have us prepared for college level classes. The teachers are extremely nice and know what they’re doing,” said Gervace. The bothers offer some advice to any student looking to pursue a higher education in the field that interests them. “My advice is to take it. Not everyone is able to have a place that prepares you for college and gives you the hands on training they have available,” said Gervace. “Follow what you love and do what makes you happy. You will get a head start for your college and you will be able to get a good job right out of high school,” said Kaleb.

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SEQUOYAH CLAREMORE EAGLES Coach: MATT HAGEBUSCH LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 8-4 2015 - 4-6 2014 - 4-7 2013 - 6-5 2012 - 7-6

OFFENSE To say the Sequoyah Claremore Eagles look good on paper is an understatement. With nine returning starters on the offensive side of the ball and nine coming back on defense, the Eagles look like a team ready to take on all comers. VYPE Top 100 selectee Miguel Fulgencio (6-1, 195, Sr.) has received several Division I offers to play at the next level. The tailback carried the ball 129 times for 901 yards and 16 touchdowns. Fulgencio also caught 16 passes for 386 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Tristan Diaz (5-11, 205, Sr.) had a great junior campaign, throwing for 2,413 yards on 137 completions with 25 touchdowns. Diaz also rushed the ball for 1,076 yards on 122 carries and 12 touchdowns. Another skill position player in the run game is Nathan Stritzke (6-0, 175, Sr.). Strizke carried the ball 32 times for 393 yards and one touchdown in the

Wing-T offense. He added 27 receptions for 558 yards and six touchdowns. Collin Tucker (6-2, 190, Sr.) adds another element to the run game. Wideout Daike Cummings (6-1, 175, Jr.) was effective when the Eagles threw the ball, making 27 receptions for 499 yards scoring four touchdowns. Center Levi Gill (6-3, 285, So.) is young but talented and should open plenty of holes for the running backs.

DEFENSE Leading the defense is Jake Wilhite (5-10, 210, Sr.) from his linebacker spot. Last season he recorded 164 tackles with six sacks and two interceptions. Another returning starter expected to have a big impact is defensive lineman Baylor Bedsworth (6-0, 220, Sr.). Bedsworth grabbed 106 tackles with an amazing 13 sacks. Fulgencio will also play in the secondary, where he recorded 72 tackles and five sacks last year. Cummings will start at corner after snagging four interceptions last season and Strizke will bounce to free safety where he recorded 77 tackles and picked off two passes. “We are really excited to see what another year of preparation will do for us on both offense and defense,” said coach Matt Hagebusch. “Last year we made some costly

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Miguel Fulgencio mistakes in big games and we hope that experience will pay off for us this year. We have a number of guys that are exciting to watch with the ball in their hands as well as some guys that love to play physical on the defensive side of the ball.” SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Inola 9-1 – vs. Grove 9-8 – at Fort Gibson 9-15 – vs. Locust Grove 9-22 – vs. Verdigris 9-29 – BYE 10-6 – at Sperry 10-13 – at Mannford 10-19 – vs. Berryhill 10-27 – vs. Dewey 11-3 – at Webster

VERDIGRIS CARDINALS

Coach: TRAVIS EAST LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 3-7

OFFENSE The Verdigris Cardinals head into the 2017 season after going 3-7 in 2016, but have cause to be positive. Quarterback Nathan Steidley (64, 200, Sr.) is coming off a solid junior campaign in which he threw for 1,567 yards and seven touchdowns while also running for 125 yards and seven more touchdowns. A true dual threat, Steidley will lead the spread offensive attack that has eight returning starters. Peyton Cox (6-1, 205, Sr.) will be the top dog in the running game for his senior season. In 2016, Cox showed his ability as a runner and receiver out of the backfield, rushing for 691 yards and nine touchdowns and hauling in in 136 receiving yards. Stone Shew (5-10, 175, Sr.) leads a receiving corps that is a mixture of veterans and younger talent. Going into his sixth season in charge at Verdigris, coach Travis East said his team will have a good combination of running and passing, and talented players to make things happen. DEFENSE The Cardinals’ defense also

will have some experienced players returning this year, as seven starters from 2016 will be featured in this unit. A strong two-way player, Peyton Cox will star on defense as well, playing linebacker in the 4-2-5 formation. Like he did at running back, Cox’s production on defense will be critical for his team if they hope to compete in 2017. Recording 153 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and two picks, Cox’s defensive nature is second to none. Defensive tackle Brandon Beasley (5-10, 270, Jr.) will anchor the D-line for Verdigris, coming off a productive sophomore season of 31 tackles and one sack. East expects his defense to be aggressive and make plays all over the field. East also said his team is full of grit and determination, and if the talent can meet maturity, then this season at Verdigris can be a success. SCHEDULE 8-25 – vs. Jay 9-1 – at Inola 9-8 – at Miami 9-15 – vs. Nowata 9-22 – at Sequoyah 9-29 – vs. Sperry 10-6 – at Mannford 10-13 – vs. Berryhill 10-19 – at Dewey 10-27 – vs. Webster

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SCHEDULE: 9-1 – vs. East Central 9-8 – at Rogers Ark. 9-15 – vs. Edison 9-22 – at Nathan Hale 9-29 – vs. Memorial 10-6 – at Bishop Kelley 10-13 – vs. Tahlequah 10-19 – at Skiatook 10-27 – vs. Collinsville 11-3 – at Pryor LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 6-5 2015 - 2-8 2014 - 2-8 2013 - 7-4 2012 - 10-2

OFFENSE After a very strong 2016 season in which the Claremore Zebras nearly knocked off Class 5A powerhouse McAlester in the first round of the playoffs, the Zebras are hungry to prove they are truly one of the top teams in the class. With seven starters back on offense, look for the Zebras to be a balanced team capable of running and passing out of a base I-formation. Noah Grimett (5-11, 220, Sr.) provides a dual threat at quarterback with a tough and gritty mindset. Last year Grimett threw for 1,482 yards and 10 touchdowns but also ran in seven more giving him 17 total touchdowns on the year. On the outside, look for dynamic athlete Ben Jones (6-3, 185, Sr.)

to be Grimett’s top target after pulling in 10 catches for 99 yards and one touchdown last year. Anthony Salazar (5-10, 160, Sr.) also will be a threat at wide receiver this year coming off a 2016 season in which he pulled in nine catches for 121 yards and one touchdown. In the backfield, Josh Teague (5-11, 215, Sr.) and Montana Huffaker (5-10, 220, Sr.) will give the Zebras two very powerful and talented fullbacks capable of running the ball in short-yardage situations and taking on blocks to open up massive holes for speedier ball carriers. Claremore turns to Coby Williams (5-11, 280, Sr.) and Liam Johnson (6-2, 280, Sr.) to lead the way in the trenches. In a district that will have several strong teams in Skiatook, Bishop Kelley, Collinsville and Tahlequah, having an experienced offensive unit will definitely help make the Zebras a strong playoff contender this year.

Huffaker to make their presence known. Last year Cook had 30 tackles and one tackle for loss from his spot at defensive tackle while Huffaker, who will play defensive end this year, had 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. Jack Meisinger (5-9, 170, Sr.) is another player that will make plays from sideline to sideline this year as a starting linebacker for the Zebras. Not afraid to come up and hit opponents in the mouth, Meisinger made 81 tackles, made seven tackles for loss and had two sacks in 2016. In the secondary, look for Jones and Salazar to have a massive impact this season. Jones had 46 tackles and two interceptions last season from his free safety spot, while Salazar added 36 tackles and three interceptions at corner. Overall Claremore head coach Jarrett Hurt said that one word has been hammered into the minds of his players this year: finish. “Our motto this season is to finish,” Hurt said. “We didn’t finish several games last year like we could have.”

DEFENSE The Claremore defense won’t be quite as experienced as the Zebras’ offense, but they have plenty of players who can turn the tide of any game at any time. The first is Mickey Bywaters (6-2, 240, Sr.) at defensive end. Bywaters is exactly the type of player that will make opposing players nervous as he comes off the edge. In 2016, Bywaters made made 67 tackles, had 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception. Also on the defensive line, expect Dakota Cook (6-1, 265, Sr.) and

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Coach: BRANDON CRAIG SCHEDULE: 9-1 – at Collinsville 9-8 – at Skiatook 9-15 – vs. Glenpool 9-22 – vs. Vinita 9-29 – at Catoosa 10-6 – vs. Grove 10-13 – at Wagoner 10-19 – vs. Miami

10-27 – at Mclain 11-3 – vs. Cascia Hall LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 12-2 2015 - 11-3 2014 - 8-6 2013 - 8-4 2012 - 6-5

OFFENSE After three straight trips to the Class 4A finals, Oologah fans have become used to seeing their team make deep playoff runs. This season fans should expect nothing less, according to head coach Brandon Craig. “We have 19 seniors retuning and feel that their experience and leadership should help us to continue our success,” Craig said. On offense, it will all start with a strong offensive line for the Mustangs. Logan Carter (6-5, 290, Sr.) and Chase Vance (6-2, 275, Sr.) will lead the group of big men in the trenches at the two offensive tackle positions. In the backfield, look for Gunter Pearson (6-0, 215, Sr.) and Ty Dixon (6-0, 165, Jr.) to split the workload at running back. In 2016, Pearson had 879 yards and 20 touchdowns on 139 carries while Dixon added 46 carries for 400 yards and seven TDs, giving the Mustangs two players who they can feel very confident handing the ball to. At quarterback, Chance Deitz (6-0, 220, Sr.) will be the new triggerman of the Mustang offense. His top target in the passing attack will be Cole Dunbar (5-10, 160, Sr.), a receiver who caught

Chance Deitz 27 passes for 533 yards and four touchdowns.

DEFENSE On defense Pearson will be the heart and soul of the Mustangs at linebacker. A year ago, Pearson made 112 tackles and had one sack and could improve on those numbers this year. Seth Franzen (5-11, 205, Sr.) also comes back at linebacker after picking up 99 tackles and two sacks as a junior. At defensive end, Thomas Wolters (6-2, 240, Sr.) will also be a major piece of the Oologah defense after a junior season in which he had 46 tackles and three sacks. Deitz also will play defensive end this year along with his duties at quarterback. In 2016, Deitz recorded 54 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery. Rounding out a talented group of defensive returners will be Ty Dixon at cornerback and Dunbar at free safety. Last season the duo combined for over 100 tackles and Dunbar added four interceptions.

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Claremore High School junior Kaleigh Schumacher is the Farm Bureau Claremore Athlete of the Month. If you talk to head coach of the fastpitch softball team Keeli Garroutte, the first thing she will mention about Schumacher is her commitment to her academics and the team. Schumacher carries a 4.0 GPA, 4.3 weighted and takes several honors courses.

“Academics have always been important to me. My goal is to be Valedictorian of my class. All of my high school coaches and competitive coaches have put a strong emphasis on not only being great athletes but also being responsible students. My favorite subject would have to be math. It’s always been a subject I’ve excelled in and I enjoy it. I’m planning on going into the medical field to become an ophthalmologist after high school. So continuing to keep my academics at their highest level will be even more important as I continue through my education,” said Schumacher. An 11-year veteran of the diamond, Schumacher started her softball career playing for the Fillies. Her teammates over the years have served as surrogate siblings including her current teammates at Claremore.

As a pitcher Schumacher enjoys controlling the pace and playing defense. “I like pitching the most because I enjoy challenging myself to find ways to keep batters off balance. If i can do this it allows my defense to make great plays behind me, which allows us to control the game. Being in the circle gives me the opportunity to keep the intensity up. I try my hardest to hit my spots every pitch and make it easier on my defense.”

Schumacher has been a member of the Claremore golf team for three years and is a member of the National Honor Society. “What I love most about being a student-athlete at CHS is the support that the whole school shows. The athletes at Claremore get shown a lot of love from the other students, our faculty, and our community and we are extremely thankful for that,” said Schumacher.

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“I’m an only child so I look at my teammates as sisters. They’re like family to me so I try to look out for them and have their backs on and off of the field. Every play that I make, every

pitch I throw, and every at bat I get I try my best not only for myself but for my entire team,” said Schumacher. This year the team returns several key players with a few underclassmen that could find themselves in important roles once play begins. “The team this year is bonding really well. Everyone is doing really good about picking each other up and talking positively on and off of the field. We have so many talented underclassmen, and I think that’s what I’m most excited about is watching them progress and helping us in the upcoming season. Our returning starters are stronger than ever. They’re all still working hard and are setting a great example for the underclassmen,” said Schumacher.

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“I like being a student-athlete at Sequoyah because we are a smaller school and it allows us to have a closer bond with our teammates, our coaches, and our peers,” said Bryant. It was an easy decision for Bryant to

take classes at Northeast Tech because she knew entering the Health Careers Program would help her achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse.

“I decided to take the Health Careers program because I wanted to start my health education early so I can become a nurse practitioner,” said Bryant. “The things I like most about the program are being able to attend while still in high school and the experience I will get from it.” Bryant has made the most of every

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CHELSEA GREEN DRAGONS :

Coach: ADAM ANDERSON LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 0-10 2015 - 4-7 2014 - 2-8 2013 - 3-8 2012 - 2-8

OFFENSE Chelsea looks to bounce back in 2017 after an unfortunate record last season. Chelsea had a young group of players in 2016 that got valuable experience and will bring a competitive spark to this campaign. Coach Adam Anderson’s side will have a lot of experience at the skill positions and good size on both the offensive and defensive lines. Running back John Humler (5-10, 175, Sr.) will be the workhorse on offense after carrying the ball 48 times last season for 315 yards and eight touchdowns. Koda Levan (5-8, 160, Sr.) will see time at multiple positions in 2017, as he plays wide receiver and will carry the ball now and

again. In his junior season, Levan had 22 catches for 250 yards and 20 carries for 164 yards and four touchdowns. Chandler Hurst (5-10, 200, Jr.) will be the starting quarterback for the Green Dragons this fall, making the switch from tight end. Hurst will have solid experience around to him to make the transition a little easier, as Chelsea has eight starters returning on offense.

DEFENSE The Green Dragon defense comes into 2017 looking to be physical and fast to the ball to make plays. Chelsea will play a 3-5-3 defensive formation and will try to take advantage of an athletic group of guys. As on offense, John Humler will be a key player at the linebacker position. In 2016, Humler had an impressive 96 tackles with 22 for loss, as well as four fumble recoveries. On the defensive line, William Haley (6-0, 200, Jr.) will look to get some much needed pressure on opposing quarterbacks,

coming off an excellent sophomore season of 58 tackles and seven sacks. Anderson said his team will be ready to compete this time around after the 0-10 finish last year. He said this offseason has been very productive and they are ready for the challenge. SCHEDULE 8-25 - vs. Ketchum 9-1 - vs. Gore 9-8 - at Foyil 9-15 - at Salina 9-22 - at Commerce 9-29 - vs. Adair 10-6 - at Oklahoma Union 10-13 - vs. Nowata 10-19 - OPEN 10-27 - at Wyandotte 11-3 - vs. Caney Valley

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COACH: LANCE WILLIAMS LAST 5 YEARS: 2012 - 1-9 2013 - 1-9 2014 - 0-10 2015 - 0-10 2016 - 2-8 OFFENSE Coach Lance Williams takes over as the head

coach of the Foyil high school football team, looking to bring a competitive edge with him. With eight returning starters, the Panthers’ offense should have a great amount of experience for coach Williams first campaign. Lloyd McKnight (6-0, 170, Jr.) will be the starting running back for Foyil this fall, as he comes in off a nice sophomore season. McKnight ran for 388 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, to go with seven catches for 25 yards. Caden Miller (5-11, 160, Jr.) will also be a key player for Foyil in 2017, as he will see time at both quarterback and running back. A true dual threat, Miller threw for 243 yards, ran for 83 and two touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 162 yards and a score.

DEFENSE On defense, Foyil will also have a great amount of experience to lead them into battle, with seven starters returning. Gus Spence (6-1, 220, Jr.) comes in off

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an impressive sophomore season, with a stat line that jumps out at you. At the middle linebacker position Spence will need to be consistent all season long if his team wants to be competitive. Jacob Compos (6-2, 210, So.) will team up with Spence in the middle of the defense, as both look to be leaders for this unit. Coach Williams said his defense will be aggressive and swarm to the ball in hopes of avoiding big plays. SCHEDULE 9-1 – at Chouteau 9-8 – vs. Chelsea 9-15 – vs. Porter 9-22 – vs. Hulbert 9-29 – at Fairland 10-6 – at Quapaw 10-13 – at Woodland 10-19 – at Afton 10-27 – vs. Barnsdall 11-3 – vs. Rejoice Christian


10-6 – vs. Tahlequah Sequoyah 10-13 – at Jay 10-19 – at Inola 10-28 – vs. Lincoln Christian 11-4 – at Westville

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is outside linebacker Matt Williams (6-0, 185, Sr.). Williams lives in the opponent’s backfield, as he picked up 111 tackles, 14 for loss, and five sacks. Holman and Williams will be looked to as the leaders of this unit, as they hope to compete for a playoff berth. As for the ballhawks on this defense, Jalen Allen (6-1, 205, Jr.) and Nick Phillips (6-1, 215, Sr.) combined for seven interceptions in 2016, and will be looking for more this time around.

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OFFENSE The Locust Grove Pirates head into the 2017 season off the backs of a 5-5 record in 2016, hoping to turn around their fortunes. After a season of ups and downs, Matt Hennesy has his group ready to compete on both sides of the ball. On offense, senior running back Matt Williams (6-0, 185, Sr.) leads the charge after rushing for 330 yards and five touchdowns on 67 carries last season. A powerful runner, Williams will be the workhorse for an offense that has only five returning starters. Nathan Blackbear (6-2, 165, Jr.) will be one to keep an eye on at wide receiver after catching five touchdowns and recording 350 yards in his sophomore campaign. On the offensive line, Justin Littlebear (6-2, 285, Jr.) and Caleb Bates (6-1, 280, Jr.) come into their junior seasons with a big responsibility to protect young quarterback Caden Bendabout (5-10, 165, So.) and open lanes for the running backs.

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OFFENSE In 2016, the Salina Wildcats were young and inexperienced. With a full season under their belt, the team returns nine starters on offense and eight on defense. That experience will help and head coach Matt Williams is excited to see what they can do. “We were a young team last year,” Williams said, “and we’re excited about returning so much experience.”

SCHEDULE 8-31 – vs. Salina 9-7 – vs. Adair 9-15 – at Claremore Sequoyah 9-22 – vs. Berryhill 9-29 – vs. Keys

Jesse Tramel (5-7, 170, Sr.) rushed for 1,044 yards on 180 carries last year with 10 touchdowns. Daten Daniels (5-11, 155, Jr.) had 237 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns, while Bronson Littlefield (5-10, 155, Jr.) added 226 yards receiving and 157 yards rushing with a total of five touchdowns. Jet Rogers (6-0, 170, Sr.) figures into the passing game as well after rushing for 135 yards last year. The offensive line features Jake Sitsler (6-6, 320, Sr.) and Michael Shea (6-0, 215, Sr.). Sitsler is a preseason All-VYPE nominee. DEFENSE Bobby Goins (6-1, 215, Jr.) had 94 tackles last year from his inside linebacker spot, while Tramel grabbed 71 tackles as an outside linebacker. Ruston Williams (6-0, 180, Jr.) was a beast in 2016 accounting for 68 tackles and five sacks. Korben Budder (5-10, 215, Sr.) logged 51 tackles as the team’s top defensive end.

DEFENSE Locust Grove’s defense will have a bit more experience than the offense, and will look to create havoc this season. After averaging four turnovers per game over the past three years, this defense could be a nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. Austin Holman (6-3, 225, Sr.) is coming in after offseason shoulder surgery, looking to make as big an impact as he did in 2016. Recording 105 tackles at

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Jesse Tramel Littlefield and Daniels are the teams two best defensive backs. Daniels had four picks, while Littlefield had two. Last season the team was plus-11 in takeaways and Williams wants more in 2017. SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Nowata 8-31 – at Locust Grove 9-8 – vs. Inola 9-15 – vs. Chelsea 9-22 – vs. Chouteau 9-29 – at Kansas 10-6 – BYE 10-13 – at Colcord 10-19 – at Holland Hall 10-27 – vs. Victory Christian 11-3 – vs. Ketchum


PRYOR TIGERS Coach: JERAMY BRANCHCOMB SCHEDULE: 9-1 – at Bentonville West 9-8 – vs. Wagoner 9-15 – at Miami 9-22 – at Tulsa Memorial 9-29 – vs. Bishop Kelley 10-6 – at Tahlequah 10-13 – vs. Tulsa Hale 10-19 – vs. Collinsville 10-27 – at Skiatook 11-3 – vs. Claremore

QUICK HITS: The Tigers defense was stout in 2016. Pryor held opponents to two touchdowns or less in seven of its ten games, including two shutouts.

Pryor couldn’t get over the hump in close games. The Tigers dropped their last three contests by a combined nine points.

After defeating Bentonville, ARWest 33-12 in the Wolverines first ever football game, Pryor will travel to Arkansas to open the season on September 1st. The Wolverines finished 3-8 in 2016 but did make the Class 7A playoffs. LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 4-6 2015 - 4-7 2014 - 5-5 2013 - 8-4 2012 - 4-6

OFFENSE The Pryor Tigers head into the 2017 season with a chip

716 S Mill Pryor, OK 74361 Bus: 918-825-4000 on their shoulder after a 4-6 finishrhett.minson.mdjt@statefarm.com in 2016. Coach Jeramy Branchcomb’s squad is looking to take the next step up, and his team has a solid amount of talent to make it happen. Will Considine (6-3, 210, Sr.) P097314.1 is hoping to make his senior season memorable, as he will play quarterback for the Tigers this fall. Pryor’s attack will consist of a heavy dose of running, but Considine will allow the team to stretch the field for some big plays. In the running game, Elijah Jarboe (5-10, 190, Sr.) will be the workhorse in the backfield, as he will also want to make an impact in his senior campaign. Coach Branchcomb, who is heading into his ninth season in charge of the Pryor football team, said the offense will use a mixture of screens and short passes to balance out their running game. Receiver Max Jordan (5-11, 185, Sr.) will be the main receiving threat in the passing game. Overall, the Tigers have five starters returning to the offense, and if the senior leaders can keep the team on the right track this could be a special year in Pryor. DEFENSE The Tigers will put a lot of attention on limiting the opposition’s success in the running game. Trey Carnes (61, 265, Sr.) will be a key player up the middle at nose guard, and will play a big role in that. Trent Bryan (5-10, 195, Sr.) is another big part of this defensive unit at the inside

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Will Considine linebacker spot. Along with Carnes, these two seniors will need to set an example and make plays for a defense with some inexperienced players. Like the offense, the Tigers’ defense has five starters returning from last season, which is a solid amount of experience and youth. In the secondary for Pryor, safety Nick Sizemore (5-9, 170, Jr.) will be the eyes for this squad, surveying everything offenses will throw at them. Coach Branchcomb said his defense will look to bend but not break as the season moves along.

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Coach: MIKE INGLETT LAST 5 YEARS: 2016 - 4-6 2015 - 3-7 2014 -3-7 2013 - 4-6 2012 - 2-8

OFFENSE In his second season as head coach, Mike Inglett returns

Wildcats. Tyler McNahan (6-0, 210, Sr.) is the leader of this team and will get the start at fullback on offense. His ability to pound the ball and move the chains makes him the go-to player when the Wildcats have mustget yardage. Daylen McCrary (5-8, 175, So.) is another running back in Inglett’s arsenal. McCrary could have a breakout season in 2017 with more responsibilities in the run game. Caleb Applegate (5-9, 170, Jr.) is a big-play threat as a wide receiver, while Blayton Starr (510, 180, Jr.) is a quick running back with good speed and elusiveness. Trenton Chandler (6-2, 235, Jr.) and Tyler Applegate (5-9, 235, Jr.) anchor the offensive line, giving the Wildcats a solid unit up front. The Wildcats look to utilize the wishbone as they hope to keep defenses guessing and move the chains.

DEFENSE Coleman Ragland (5-9, 165, Jr.) starts at strong safety, where his speed to the ball and ability to help stop the run come into play. Eddie Burkholder (5-9, 160, Sr.) joins Ragland in the secondary as one of the corners. Starr will

Coleman Ragland play on the defensive line with Chandler at nose guard. McNahan and Dylan Reider (6-0, 170, Sr.) are the teams two best tacklers and will play linebacker. Reider returns to football for the first time since his freshman year. Also this season look for Jacob Graham, whom Inglett calls the “pound for pound toughest kid on the team.” His attitude and desire sets him apart from his peers. The Wildcats will base out of the 4-3 and will need a few young players to step up and mature into starting roles. SCHEDULE 8-25 – at Summit Christian 9-1 – vs. Foyil 9-8 – vs. Quapaw 9-15 – at Warner 9-22 – at Salina 9-29 – vs. Colcord 10-6 – at Holland Hall 10-13 – vs. Victory Christian 10-19 – at Kansas 10-27 – vs. Ketchum

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MOM OF THE Mayes County

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Chouteau’s head volleyball coach Teanna Tramel said Kim is someone the players and coaches count on and her home has become central station for the volleyball team.

At any give time we have eight to 20 kids extra at our house. There are quite a few kids that come over after the games and hang out by the outdoor fire pit. We just recently added a new game room with a pool table to give them a place to be when they can’t be outside.”

“Kim is a mom to all Chouteau athletes and students. Her house is always full of athletes especially on game day when they do not have time to run home! She feeds them and makes sure they are where they need to be. She is always willing to help out at the drop of a dime. She takes care of the coaches just as much as the athletes. She is very deserving of Mayes County Mom of the Month,” said Tramel.

But her involvement with the community does not end with her game room. Kim also volunteers her time at the church nursery and the two older kids are active in the church youth group. Her husband Nathan is the president of the Chouteau Little League and Kim helps with the paperwork and organizing the teams in the league. A graduate of Chouteau High School, Kim was not involved in sports, but participated in the choir.

Kim explains how her house became the meeting place for so many.

With five children in the school system it’s obvious that her house will be full for several years to come. “I am originally from here and grew up in the Chouteau-Mazie area so it’s an honor to be recognized,” Kim said.

Kim Graham is the mother of five and her oldest is a football and baseball player at Chouteau High School. The oldest, Jacob, is entering his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “We have five children that attend Chouteau schools. Jacob is 15 and is a sophomore. He plays baseball and football. Alexis is 14 and is in the 8th grade. She plays volleyball and basketball. Gavin is 10 and is in the 5th grade. He plays baseball and football. Abigail is six and in the 1st grade. She enjoys gymnastics on the trampoline and doing art. Logan is five and started K-4 this year. He enjoys any sport that his big brothers play. He thanks he’s as big as the older kids,” said Kim.

“I guess being so close to the school was one of the reasons our house became the hang out before games. It all started with my younger brother when he was in high school eight or nine years ago. My brother and his friends would come over and I would fix them something to snack on before their basketball games. As my kids have grown up it has just continued with their friends and teammates,” Kim said. “Parents and kids know that our house is always open.

For opening her home to the students and athletes of Chouteau and her support of the baseball league and her church, Kim Graham is the Mayes County Mom of the Month.

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