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Participating in team sports has taught me that it’s not all about what I can do, but about how I can contribute to help others accomplish what they need to accomplish. It’s also taught me to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable; we are capable of so much more than we lead ourselves to believe.

Who are your role models in life What are your future goals for and in sports? Why do you look up college and beyond? to them? In the future, I plan on going to OU to One of my biggest roles models is Emily major in Physical Therapy and minor in Helms. I ran with her for three years, and music. although she graduated last year, I still use the advice she used to give me. Emily is What is your favorite movie? one of those people that starts something I absolutely love Frozen! One of the best and sees it through to the finish. Her animated movies I’ve seen in quite a determination and positive attitude is while. very admirable. Who is your favorite sports What is your favorite memory figure? from a game/tournament? Most people won’t know who Dan Martin My favorite memory comes from the is, but this man was our inspiration for Metro Conference meet this past cross at least the past two years of my cross country season. We were tied with country career. Dan wasn’t worrying Edmond North for first place, and I, the about anything but pushing himself as sixth runner to cross the finish for my hard as he could, and because of this ran team, was the tie breaker with North’s straight into a fence. He lost the use of sixth runner. My team and I were his legs, so he gets around by wheelchair overjoyed to maintain the title of Metro now. Therefore, any workout or race we Conference Champions for the third year ran, we “did it for Dan”; the passion and in a row. dedication he had motivated us to be What has sports and participating passionate and dedicated to each other in team sports taught you about and to push ourselves past what we yourself and about life? believed to be our limits.

Who is your favorite sports team? My favorite collegiate team is OU, primarily their football team. OU football has always been a big deal in my house. It’s become even more important to me over the past few years as I’ve gotten more into football and decided that I’ll be attending OU in the fall of 2014. Who is your favorite Super Hero? My favorite Super Hero is a toss up between Batman and Iron Man. Batman gets the job done and doesn’t even have to try. Iron Man is a super hero that was created from Tony Stark’s imagination, which sets him apart a little more from other super heroes. April 2014

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Norman High School senior Cole Ridgway is the Oklahoma Natural Gas Male Athlete of the Month. Ridgway placed fourth in the discus at the Class 6A state meet last year and has already put together several top finishes this year as well. At the OU Indoor meet on Jan . 31 Ridgway started his season with a fourth pla ce finish in the shot put. Ridgway then finished fifth in the shot at another indoor meet held at OU on Feb. 14 . When outdoor season began Ridgway was already in midseason form placing first in both the shot put an d discus at Putnam City West’s Patriot Open on March 1. Just six days later at the Norman Meet Ridgway placed fifth in the shot put and third in the disc proving that he will be a consistent performer in both events thi s season.

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Armed with six seniors – each of whom as started for three years – Tuttle is looking to improve on last year’s state semifinal finish. The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A and faced their biggest test of the season in the Owasso Pro Nine Tournament April 7-12. Pitching ace Connor Litterell already has a no-hitter this season, unfortunate that it came in a 1-0 loss to Catoosa in the Anadarko Tournament. “Connor makes us a legit contender,” head coach Travis Owen said. “We can match him up with anybody. He’s been our No. 1 pitcher the last two years. He won our first game at

the state tournament last year.” Litterell’s classmates Erik Bradshaw, Tanner Brannon, Tyler McIntosh, Zac Wall and Dalton Secrist are all playing roles in the team’s success this season. Wall, who bats left, hits leadoff and sets the table for Tuttle. Brannon, a centerfielder, is the two-hole hitter and possibly the fastest player on the team, said the coach. McIntosh – the team’s first baseman – has taken over the four-hole spot. “He’s batting .452 this year after never hitting above .250 the last two years,” Owen said. “These seniors are really stepping up as leaders.”

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Coaches of the Year Boys: Lenny Bert – Putnam City West Girls: Totsy Manning – Deer Creek First Team Boys Chauncey Collins – OKC Storm Austin Garner – Centennial Omega Harris – Putnam City West Torey Noel – Midwest City Will Lienhard – McGuinness Antonio Wilson - Douglass

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Second Team Boys Ashford Golden – Millwood Trey Sanders – Douglass Brian Canfield – McGuinness Cameron Warren – Carl Albert Stephen Edwards – Putnam City West Curran Scott – Edmond Santa Fe First Team Girls McKenzie Cooper – Shawnee Erika Wakefield – Heritage Hall Whitney Jones – Deer Creek Dakota Vann – Deer Creek Tamera Lee – Edmond Santa Fe Ana Lluansa - Choctaw

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Putnam North is looking for a new head football coach. Bob Wilson resigned his post after 22 seasons with the Panthers. Wilson finished with a record of 150-95 and led the school to runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2001.

The Blanchard Lions have put together a bear of a schedule for 2014. The defending Class 3A runner-up will open the season with Tri-city rival Tuttle followed by a game against blue-chip rich Casady. District play brings contests against Class 2A quarterfinalist Meeker and powerful Douglass which drops down from Class 4A. Other non-district games pit Blanchard against an up and coming Marlow team and familiar foe Newcastle.

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Westmoore hired former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator Adam Gaylor to replace Billy Langford as its head coach. The Jaguars won ten games and figure to be competitive in a super-tough Class 6A-Division 1, district one where Gaylor will get to knock heads against his old team and former rival Jenks. The Trojans eliminated the Jaguars in last year's 6A semi-final. The video of the year in high school sports may have come from a recent soccer match between Edmond Memorial and Norman North. Oklahoma High School Sports Express' Van Shea Ivan captured an amazing bicycle kick of the foot of Mauro Cichero to give Norman North a 3-2 double overtime

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the Edmond North golf team. The Huskies have won nine straight state championships and have a roster littered with Division-I signees. Senior Sam Humphreys has signed with Tulsa. Seniors Nick Heinen and Hayden Wood will play at Oklahoma State with Griffin Pierce going to Oklahoma. Junior Tyson Reeder and freshman Austin Eckroat are also destined for stardom, literally making ranking matches as difficult as the state tournament.

win over the Bulldogs. The goal has gone viral and been featured on ESPN's Sportscenter and Fox Sports 1.

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The top Oklahoma prospect in the Class of 2014 appears to be Lawton High's Jalin Barnett. He's listed as the top offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com and has offers from Alabama, Oklahoma and others. Midwest City tackle Demikal Harrison is rapidly rising up the recruiting rankings in the spring. At 6-4, 280, Harrison certainly has the frame for the collegiate game.

If you develop an appetite traveling around the I-35 corridor watching your favorite high school sports, two great spots stand out. Sooner Legends at I-35 and Lindsey has a wide variety of great foods. The mexican dishes are outstanding and the first Monday of every month features Val's famous fried chicken. A few miles down the road, Libby's sits just off the Goldsby exit and serves up a tremendous chicken fried steak dinner. You won't be disappointed.

Another large metro area school has a vacancy. Todd Wilson leaves Yukon behind for Class 4A Cleveland. Wilson took over at Yukon in 2005 and finished with a record of 43-52 and two winning seasons. Yukon last made an appearance in the state championship game in 1997.

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The battle extends far past the middle between Lawton and Midwest City. It's likely that the Wolverines and Bombers will be #1 and #2 in Class 6A-Division 2 when the VYPE pre-seaon poll is released. The two teams are positioned in the same district with Stillwater, Choctaw, Putnam West, Lawton Ike and Enid. If you are looking for a dominant group in high school sports, look no further than

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Duncan has a new head football coach. Craig Benson left his alma-mater in Sallisaw to battle in the harrowing west side of Class 5A. The Demons will once again battle traditional southwest Oklahoma district foes plus Del City. Benson won 53 games in six seasons with the Black Diamonds while Duncan has recorded just one playoff win since 2008.

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Headed into the homestretch of the 2014 baseball season, Oklahoma Christian is a program with some serious momentum.

Brandon Pierce In less than two seasons under coach Lonny Cobble, the Eagles have developed into one of the top teams in the NCAA Division II South Central Region and have started to turn heads at the national level as well after posting impressive wins over local rivals like Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Baptist as well as against elite Division II programs such as St. Edward’s (Texas). Cobble guided the Eagles to a 2626 record in his rookie season as a college coach and continued beefing up the OC roster during the offseason with the additions of NCAA Division I transfers such as Brandon Pierce (Nebraska), A.J. Florence (Texas Tech), Cameron Keener (New Orleans) and Matt Brown (Arkansas-Little Rock), as well as top local junior-college and

high school products. One sign of OC’s turnaround under Cobble is the Eagles’ record against in-state competition this season. After beating OCU on April 8, the Eagles are a stellar 9-2 against other Oklahoma smallcollege programs, a mark that includes a two-game sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma State, a road win over a rejuvenated East Central squad and a three-game sweep at Rogers State. OC (21-12 through April 8) has established itself as one of the top programs in the Heartland Conference and sat in fourth place in league play through early April. The Eagles have had two conference hitters of the week this season in second baseman Cory Eastwood and catcher Caden Cleveland, while first baseman Blake Stringer is one of the league’s best hitters, batting .357 with five home runs and 36 RBIs. On the mound, Pierce (6-2, 2.47 ERA, 55 strikeouts in 51 innings) has thrown four complete games this season while Dillon Endecott

of McLoud, a transfer from Rose State, has turned into a standout closer, recording five saves so far with an ERA of 1.73. The Eagles have become a fixture in the South Central Region rankings, rising as high as No. 7, and received votes in the Division II national poll earlier this season. As OC continues its transition into the NCAA, the Eagles also will host the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament for the second straight season, with an eye on again qualifying for the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio. The regional event at Dobson Field on the OC campus is scheduled for May 7-10.

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Deer Creek, Douglass claim titles. PC West completes stellar season.

Deer Creek 5A State Champions Union Holds off Patriots In an upset bid, the Union Redskins succeeded by defeating top-seeded Putnam City West to capture their third Class 6A state championship. The No.3 Redskins won their 13th straight game by relying heavily on inside play to win 72-64 at the Mabee Center.

In a previous meeting earlier in the season, PC West claimed victory in the finals of the Putnam City Invitational. Unfortunately for PC West, Union learned its lesson and wasn’t going to let them get away with that again.

One of the biggest contributions to Union’s win was rebounding, in which they outdid PC West 38-29. Shawn Olden led the charge for the Redskins, finishing the game with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Another Redskin player the team relied on was big man Carson Meier, who contributed with 16 points. Jeff Mead chipped in 14. Both Meier and Mead will head to Oklahoma to play football. In their first appearance in a state

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with their only two losses coming at the hands of Broken Arrow.

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In a rematch of last year’s state championship game, the Chargers proved to Bishop McGuinness this season that once again that they are the team to beat.

Before escaping with a 69-66 win in the semifinals game against No. 2 Midwest City, Union blew a 16-point lead. Union defeated Eisenhower 73-56 in the quarterfinal game. Oh, what a season it’s been for the Broken Arrow Lady Tigers.

The Tigers recently capped off an undefeated season by winning the Class 6A state championship in a 70-51 win over No.2 Edmond Santa Fe. The win also marks the school’s first state title since 1983.

“This is something we’ve wanted all year long,” head coach Mike Hughes said. “The feeling is really indescribable. I’m just really happy with this group of kids in achieving something so great.” Going into halftime up 34-32, senior Toree Thompson found her groove and scored most of her game-high 23 points in the second half.

Halftime didn’t suit the Wolves’ senior Tamara Lee. Before half, she went 5-of-9 from the field and scored 12 points. Once Lee came back onto the court, however, she went 1-of-7 from the field and ended her night with 16 points.

On their path to capture the gold ball, the Tigers defeated Norman North 56-46 in the opening round, but in the semifinals matchup against Choctaw, the Tigers clawed their way back with 30 seconds left to stamp their ticket to the final game with a 65-63 win. Thompson sealed the win by making the game-winning layup at the buzzer. It seemed the Tigers had Santa Fe’s number

Tulsa Memorial found itself in a familiar place

Led by senior R.J. Diggs, the Chargers defeated the Irish 59-52 at the Mabee Center.

Diggs led the charge with 12 points in the fourth to finish the night with a game-high 20 points.

The Irish didn’t go quietly into the night. They entered the fourth quarter with a 3634 lead, but with 3 minutes left to play, the Chargers responded strongly and reclaimed the lead for good. Both teams exchanged the lead 15 times and tied it up eight times.

As the clock kept winding down, junior A.J. Cockrell headed to the free-throw line to shoot his one-and-one after he was fouled on a shot and put the Chargers up 46-44. On the next possession, Chargers senior MikeQuan Deane stole the ball and quickly scored a layup.

Not to be outdone, McGuinness senior Brian Canfield quieted the Chargers fans with a 3-pointer. Canfield finished the night with 19 points and made four 3-pointers. To defend their gold ball, the Chargers defeated Piedmont 65-55 in the opening round and annihilated El Reno 80-49 in the semifinals. Deer Creek Makes it Two

It took overtime for Deer Creek to capture its second straight Class 5A championship in a 31-28 battle against No.2 East Central


at the Mabee Center.

Only twice had the Cardinals been held to under 40 points this season. The game also marked the first time they’ve scored less than 35. The Antlers’ Dakota Vann had a great game defensively, rebounding 17 times and finishing the night with 17 points.

The only points for the Cardinals came from Janee Arnold, who finished with 16 and Sharayla Brown, who had 12. Before making its way to the title game to defend their gold ball, Deer Creek started off on the wrong foot by losing its first two games. It then went on lose four of its first 11 games.

Deer Creek was able to bounce back and lost only one time in the last two months. When it reached the championship tournament, it defeated Piedmont 55-36 in the quarterfinals and beat Shawnee 33-29 in the semifinals Winning a championship is a huge accomplishment To win five straight championships is unprecedented.

No. 5 Douglass Trojans (22-4) capped off their record-setting season with a 78-50 victory over No. 11 Stillwell (25-6).

Stillwell star Matt Lea was making a name for himself in the Class 4A tournament, putting up a combined 50 points in the team’s two prior tournament matches. Douglass’ defense, however, had no problems keeping Lea quiet. Lea finished the night with a team-high 19 points.

While Douglass focused on shutting down Lea, Chase Littlejohn had the chance to shine. The junior forward finished the night with 12 points. It seemed, though, Douglass had Stillwell’s number this season. The Indians lost to Douglass 77-72 in the regionals and then were again defeated by the Trojans in the championship game.

Douglass’ stellar tournament run came from a 75-66 quarterfinals win over McLain and in the semifinals, the Trojans were able to defeat Elk City 58-47. Lady Tigers of Ft. Gibson Back on Top

Over on the girl’s side of the bracket, No. 1 Ft. Gibson brought the gold ball back to their school, again, by knocking of No. 3 Anadarko 50-47 in a nail-biter and clinching their second straight Class 4A state championship. Not since 1981, has a 4A girls team recorded back-to-back state championships. It also marks the first time ever that such a feat has been accomplished in 5-on-5. Ft. Gibson’s win was solidified by Allie Glover, who knocked down a 25-foot jump shot as the clock winded down.

Anadarko did not make the win easy for the Tigers, for they were down by as much as 16 points late in the third quarter. Glover finished the night with 8 points and junior

Desiree Phipps finished with a team-high 17 points.

Anadarko’s Ashley Beatty finished the game with 18 points. Ft. Gibson beat Elgin 61-45 in the opening round and defeated Vinita 45-38 in the semifinals. Okemah, Alva come out on top in Class 3A

It took two overtimes for Okemah to come out on top against Oklahoma Centennial and claim their first Class 3A state championship.

Okemah’s Austin Guinn saved his best for last, ending the night with 30 points and sealing the win up with a lone free throw in double overtime. Trailing 49-46 with 37 seconds left in regulation, Guinn’s 3-point shot sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, Guinn was the go-to guy for Okemah and hit a game-tying 3-point shot to send the game into double overtime. It was there that Guinn’s sole free-throw shot sealed the win for Okemah. Centennial’s Malcolm Mitchell had an opportunity to win with a game-winning layup, but the shot didn’t go in. Mitchell finished with a team-high 14 points.

Austin Garner finished the night with 11 points. On the path to the championship, Okemah squeezed by Heritage Hall 42-41 in the quarterfinals and defeated SequoyahTahlequah 59-54 in the semifinals. Over on the girl’s side, Alva sophomore Jaden Hobbs put up a game-high 32 points to help No. 2 Goldbugs beat No. 1 Adair 4940 in the Class 3A state championship.

Adair entered halftime up 20-18, but Hobbs was just getting started. Hobbs had a strong second half by helping her team out by scoring 23 of the team’s 31 points. Whitney Randall finished the night with 17 points for Alva. Verdigris’ Baileigh O’Dell scored a teamhigh 21 points.

In a record-setting season, Hobbs accomplished to score 107 points in three tournament wins, most in 5 on 5 girls basketball. The record was originally set in 2004 by Howe’s Stephanie McGhee, whom scored 98 points that year. Hobbs sure put on show during this year’s tournament. In the quarterfinals matchup against Verdigris, Hobbs scored 30 points and finished with 45 points against Washington in the semifinals. Latta strikes it rich with state championship

The Latta Panthers’ lucky number Saturday night of the state basketball tournament was two. It took a rally in the second half for the second-ranked Panthers to clinch its second straight Class 2A championship.

The 57-50, win over the No.3 Haworth Lions

also marked the Panthers’ second title in school history. Haworth and Latta are no strangers to each other. Latta had Haworth’s number in the area final, and also in last year’s championship game. Haworth, however, wasn’t going away from this title game quietly.

At halftime, Haworth was up 26-19, but Latta answered back by pulling within two, 33-31, late in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Panthers never looked back by distancing themselves with a 49-37 lead on the back of Kade Hayes, whom finished the night with 22 points. Latta’s Treston Tully also shined brightly against Haworth, shooting 56 percent. Oscar Rivera led the Lions with 18 points, but he fouled out with 1:42 remaining. Unfortunately for the Lions, they’ve have finished the last three seasons as runnerups.

Latta closed out their season with a 54-49 win over Pawnee in the quarterfinals and defeated Thomas-Fay-Custer 54-39 in the semifinals.

Preston Finishes; Cordell Doesn’t Go Away Easy In 2009, the Preston Lady Pirates got their first taste of winning a state championship. Four years later, No.3 Preston ended its basketball season in style by being crowned Class 2A state champions by defeating the No.5 Cordell Blue Devils 45-41 at the State Fair Arena.

In a back-and-forth matchup, No.5 Cordell was not going down without a fight against Preston sophomore and Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year Chelsea Dungee and the Pirates.

Cordell senior Gabbie Parsons opened the game up by raining buckets and scoring the Blue Devils’ first 10 points. By the end of the first quarter, Cordell was up 16-7. Not to be outdone, Preston went on a 21-5 run in the final 10 minutes of the second quarter to clinch a 28-21 lead at halftime.

After extending to a 38-25 lead by the start of the fourth quarter, Preston looked to have sealed the win. Cordell, however, had other plans. With 1:30 left in the game, Preston saw a 13-point lead dwindle down to a 4339 lead. As the time slowly ticked away, the Pirates relied on Dungee to hold off Cordell’s rally and get the job done. With 8.4 seconds left in regulation, Dungee sealed the Pirates’ fate by knocking down two crucial free throws. The free throws were also Dungee’s only points in the quarter. Dungee, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma, finished the night with a gamehigh 23 points. Parsons finished the night with 22 points. April 2014

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Chauncey Collins-SR: OKC Storm – Chauncey Collins averaged 27.2 points per game in 38 games this season and led the Storm to a homeschool league national title for the second straight season. Regarded as one of the top guards in the state of Oklahoma, Collins was named to the VYPE Top 100 before the season started and was named 1st Team All-VYPE. Collins had a season high 50-point game against Midwest City and is considered one of the top performances of the year. Collins committed to play at TCU next season.

#2 Shake Milton – Owasso

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#5 Matt Lea – Stilwell

Toree Thompson-SR: Broken Arrow – Toree Thompson averaged 21.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season for the Broken Arrow Tigers. Thompson was chosen as the Oklahoman’s MVP of the 6A girls state tournament after scoring 22 points a game in the Lady Tigers three wins at state culminating in the Gold Ball and an unblemished season. Thompson was a preseason VYPE Top 100 selectee and was named to the All-VYPE 1st Team. Thompson has committed to play at Ole Miss next fall.

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Character is a combination of qualities that distinguishes one person or group from another. We celebrate achievements of local high school athletes by presenting the monthly “Character Counts Award.”

Jacob Bishop - Edmond Memorial Edmond Memorial senior Jacob Bishop is one of the top high school golfers in the state. When Jacob isn’t playing for the Bulldogs you can find him on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour or the Texas Junior Golf Tour and is a member of the American Junior Golf Association. As a senior at Edmond Memorial, Jacob belongs to several organizations including the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and DECA. He’s also involved in indoor soccer and Crossings Christian Community

Church.

Jacob excels in the classroom posting a GPA of 3.96, while taking AP Physics B and AP Government. In his free time Jacob enjoys playing soccer, golf and hanging out with friends. After graduation Jacob will attend Wichita State University where he will play golf for the Shockers.

Jacob Bishop is an excellent example of someone that displays the qualities you expect from an Edmond Memorial student athlete.

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Antlers Ready For Deep Playoff Run Deer Creek Baseball Uses Potent Offense to Start Season Strong The Deer Creek Antlers baseball team is no stranger to success. In fact the Antlers are one of the perennial top teams in Class 5A and that is no different this season. Deer Creek has stood behind team leaders Caleb Eldridge and Jordan Boyer, both of whom were VYPE Top 50 selections prior to the season, to win 15 of their first 21 games of the year. Another key fact of the Deer Creek season has been that the Antlers have yet to lose to a team in the 5A ranks. Instead, all six of the team’s early losses have either come from teams out of state or in Class 6A. As part of the Antler’s 15 early wins the team has also started the year 7-0 in district play placing them in a tie at the top of District 5A-1 with Bishop McGuinness. Powerhouse Guthrie is also undefeated in district play but at 6-0, leaving them just behind Deer Creek and McGuinness in the standings (As of April 15th). A major factor in the Antlers’ success this season has been an extremely potent offense. Deer Creek is averaging a whopping 9.5 runs per game and has scored 12 or more runs in a game seven different times this season. The Antlers aren’t just some onetrick pony though, and have been very good in the areas of pitching and defense this season. Overall Deer Creek is allowing an average of just over four runs per

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game and have posted six total shutouts this season, including four in a row from March 24-28. The Antlers will be able to make a bigger step toward claiming a district title in midApril when they play two games against McGuinness and if they can get through those tough games the district will most likely be decided on April 28 and 29 when the Antlers have two games scheduled with Guthrie.

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Edmond North is considered the favorite to capture its 10th straight state championship. Hayden Wood (OSU), Nick Heinen (OSU), Griffin Pierce (OU) and Sam Humphreys (TU) each signed D-1 scholarships. In addition, junior Tyson Reeder has verbally committed to OSU and, freshman Austin Eckroat is on pace to be the top freshman golfer ever at

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North. “It’s a nice problem to have,” head coach Jeff Doherty said. “This is a group I will never forget. I’m enjoying the season. The freshman is the best I’ve ever seen. He won the Edmond Memorial tournament and beat all the D-1 guys.” To understand the dedication all of Doherty’s golfers have to the sport, one needs only to realize the hours they put in. “We were practicing one Friday and I went out on the course with a young player and when we got back in at 8:15 everyone of my guys was still there on the putting


green,” Doherty said. “All this means something to them.” In all, Doherty has 10 seniors, most of who would start at other schools. “I’m fortunate to have really good academic students,” Doherty said. “They plan to go to school for mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering or premed. They are going to go on to be doctors. Lawyers, engineers.” What Doherty appreciates most about his team is their unselfish attitudes. “If they get the spot (to play), it’s because they played well, not because another guy played bad,” Doherty said, “They are always picking each other up. They’re all grinding for the same purpose. Whoever plays the best, gets to play.” Case in point the play of Eckroat, who has emerged as the No. 2 player in the mix, Doherty said.

“The guys know if you earn it, you get to play,” said the coach. “Austin has already broken every freshman record here. We’ve never had a freshman finish in the top three of a varsity tournament. He’s done it four straight times.” Eckroat has some mentors to look up to in Heinen, Wood, Pierce and

Humphreys. “The older guys have done a great job of leading all our young players,” Doherty said. “I will miss that senior leadership. If we were to win state this year, Nick would be only the second player at Edmond North to be a state champion all four years.”

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marathon though and we just have to try and keep improving everyday when it comes to executing the little things.”

The hot start has given Guthrie an undefeated record in district play and poised them for yet another title in a very competitive district that contains top teams like Deer Creek and Bishop McGuinness along with solid teams like Piedmont. The Bluejays have navigated the ultrachallenging district slate with near perfection the last two seasons losing just two district games during that span.

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Alex Forget Last season the Guthrie Bluejays baseball team fought its way to the Class 5A state tournament but were bounced in the first round by Coweta 11-8 leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of the Bluejays players. This season Guthrie has nearly everybody back losing just two seniors from last year who received significant playing time last year.

Coach Chappell added that the district schedule has forced the various coaches

“One thing about our district is that everyone prepares for Monday and Tuesday then uses these tournament weekends to get better and improve on various things,” Chappell said.

The district standing will get much clearer for Guthrie when they play two games against McGuinness and two more against Deer Creek from April 21 through April 29. All three teams are currently undefeated in district play and winning a district title will set one of the dangerous trio up with that much of an easier path to the state tournament.

Leading the team this year are seniors Blaze Hastings, Reed Roberts, Jacob Chappell and Donovan Jordan. All four seniors have a great deal of varsity experience under their belts as Chappell is a four-year starter, Jordan and Roberts are now three-year starters and Hastings is a two-year starter. Guthrie head coach Jon Chappell said that having the experience that his team boasts is a major advantage.

“I think anytime guys have been exposed to those pressure type situations you hope they get better each time they are in those situations,” coach Chappell said.

A perennial powerhouse the Bluejays have obviously continued to improve evidenced by Guthrie starting the season strong winning 20 of its first 24 games. “I am more than pleased with how we have started. I think anytime you start the year 20-4 you have to be pleased,” coach Chappell said. “The season is a

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A quick glance at the top five golfers for Heritage Hall boy’s golf and one might think with four sophomores and a freshman that head coach Andy Bogert is building for the future. Well, the future is now. Bogert’s young golfers already have one tournament title under their belt after winning the Enid Tournament by 35 strokes. The Chargers collected the top three overall scores in the tournament. Freshman Beau Turrentine shot two rounds of 72 to earn low medalist honors at 144. Sophomore teammates Tripp Harris and Andrew McDonald followed with two-round totals of 146 and 149, respectively. In addition, sophomore Sam Jackson shot a 154 to finish tied for fifth and sophomore Blake Brigham fired rounds of 81 and 77 for a 158. “The season has gone pretty well,” Bogert said. “These kids have been playing together for a long, long time. They’ve got a friendly competition going between them. It’s pretty exciting having so many young golfers. I don’t know that we’ve ever shot this well this early in the season. These guys grew 22

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up together, they are like golf course rats. They challenge each other all the time. That makes for a good team atmosphere.” The rivalry has at times extended onto the course

during tournaments. “Trip and Beau were tracking each other,” Bogert said. “They kept asking how the other was doing. I try to keep them focused.” That and the average median age of the five are about the biggest obstacles Bogert faces as head coach. “Out of the group, only two are driving now,” Bogert said with a laugh. “Being that young, as a teenager, you can wander a little bit. The challenge is keeping them focused. They’re doing that pretty well right now. And getting them to the course is another challenge.” Like all programs, Bogert, who has coached golf since 2005, is gearing his golfers for the state

tournament. That means playing Lake Hefner North – the site of state - whenever possible. “We play Hefner whenever we can to get ready for state,” Bogert said. “Elgin hosts a 4A preview at Hefner the week before regionals. That helps a lot.” Boget likes the Chargers chances at state. “I feel like we have a chance to win it,” Bogert said. “We’re probably the favorite. We’re in an even year and we won state in ’08, ’10 and ’12. So I think 2014 is going to be a good year.”


have on the field,” he said. “It is all about problem solving. For me, it’s nice to let them play occasionally. I will coach but I find myself sometimes just enjoying watching them play.”

Heritage Hall picked up where it left off last season – winning. The Chargers finished 17-0, winning the school’s first boys soccer title with a 1-0 shutout of Booker T. Washington in the Class 5A championship match.

The carryover has continued with a 9-0 start in 2014. “I’m very happy with our play at this point of the season,” said Heritage Hall coach Tommy Riley. “To be 24-0 over the last year until now is phenomenal. Our sophomore group has not lost a game yet. We have a really solid team. We have a nice combination of senior leadership and young talent.”

Through its first seven games, Heritage Hall outscored opponents 54-9. Making that stat all the more impressive is that the Chargers have just 358 students.

“We’re playing up a class under the OSSAA rules,” Riley said. “To go from two years ago and not make the playoffs to winning a title last year and this year where we are, speaks volumes about our kids.” Seniors Austin Gordon, Davis Angel, Will Snoddy, Stefan Dolese and

Daniel Paugh provide leadership and experience. Gordon and Angel start at forward while Snoddy and Dolese key the play at midfield and on defense. Paugh starts in the net.

Connor McGinnis missed the Chargers’ first three matches due to the basketball team’s run in the playoffs. Still, he is tied for the team lead in goals with eight after scoring 29 a year ago. Gordon joins McGinnis with eight goals followed by Garrett McLaughlin with seven.

Sophomore defender Lamar Batista was selected to the Region III team that left recently to play in Barcelona, Spain. “We have kids in our program who are the best of the best and kids who excel in other sports,” Riley said. “Lamar is a solid, solid defender. He’s one of several kids in our program that can play at that level. For me, it’s nice to show up for practice and watch that level of athlete. I don’t take a lot of time to just sit back and enjoy it but I try.” Riley said he tries not to over coach.

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In the Spring 2014 season, varsity players and coaches in five sports took to their fields of play hoping they were among the best in the state. They were. Teams won district, regional, and state titles. Players earned individual honors and caught the attention of college coaches. With success comes high expectations. This year, well before the opening pitch, swing, kick, serve, or jump, Charger fans were fired up and ready to cheer on our spring sports athletes; they haven't been disappointed. Baseball

Ranked #15 in the pre-season, the Chargers have moved up to the #8 spot thanks to an impressive resume that includes the Stroud Tournament championship (3-0 record) and wins over ranked teams in classes 2A, 3A, and 4A. Coach Breck Draper attributes the strong start to determination and attitude: “To win my first 12 games as a head coach is a true testament to the players buying into a simple philosophy: play team baseball. This game can wear you down mentally; these guys have learned how to come together and prepare themselves for the task at hand.” Preparation and teamwork will serve the team well as they strive to reach their season goals of hosting a regional playoff tournament and advancing to the state tournament. Golf

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played thus far, the team has won three outright and tied for first in the other. Not bad for a team that starts four sophomores and one freshman.

Given the talent of these young players, coach Andy Bogert is optimistic about the future: “Last year, our three seniors ended their HH golf careers with two state and two runner-up titles. This group has the drive and skill set to continue that success.” Soccer

What could be more exciting than an undefeated state championship run? A repeat! In their quest to retain the title, the boys have defeated top-ranked 6A teams en route to a 9-0 record. The Chargers have been dominate over the past two seasons, building a 26-0 record. Remarkable though it may be, coach Tommy Riley says these boys aren’t resting on their laurels: “These guys come to practice each day wanting to improve on what they did the day before; they love the game and they bring it every time they step on the field. They want to succeed for themselves, for their school, and for their families.”

The girls are no strangers to the playoffs, either, and are looking to get back into title contention. At 2-0 in conference play, the Chargers are making great strides.

With strong leadership guiding young talent, coach Robyn Brewster sees a bright future for the program: “As a team, we are playing and growing together. Individually, we have talented players who are ready to step up at a moment’s notice. These girls strive for greatness and they have the determination to get there.” Tennis

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Moving up last year to class 5A proved no problem for Heritage Hall’s powerhouse tennis program with both

the boys’ and girls’ teams winning regional titles and finishing in the top 3 at State. Both teams look to be atop the State podium this season. Impressive performances have made coach Brian Bogert ’95 confident in his team’s ability to get there: “Although the talent on our team is as strong as ever, we’ve yet to put together a perfect tournament in all four divisions. If we can find a way to get our team clicking at the same time, we’ll be in a great position to contend for another state title.”

Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96 believes the girls have the potential to reach the top as well: “We’ve shown great mental and physical toughness this season. At the 5A East/West Showdown, we lost by one point to reigning champs, Cascia Hall, proving that we are a contender for this year’s title.” Track

Thirteen members of the track team qualified for the 4A State Meet last year; several came away with titles and are looking to repeat. Already showing their mettle, each of the boys’ relays (4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800) are ranked in the top three in the state, and HH has two of the top three runners. Coach David Crynes says the key to continued success is training: “When you’re competing against the best you rely on your mental and physical training to give you the edge. Our kids believe in their training and it has helped them to excel.”


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Soccer City Has it All Indoor leagues, camps, a great time with friends and family. Check out Soccer City.

With the recent addition of a professional soccer team making its home here in Oklahoma City, the sport is making an even bigger footprint all over town. One place that is primed and ready for the continued growth is Oklahoma City’s own, Soccer City. Located at 4520 Old Farm Road, it too has seen its facility and offerings grow and they look to continue growing into the future to meet the demands of the region. “Soccer is a growing sport all over the US. In Oklahoma, we not only continue to grow in numbers but also in quality. Since OKC now has a professional soccer team, OKC Energy, players and fans will be able to see the game at an even higher level,” said Matt Fansher, General Manager of the Soccer City location in Oklahoma City. Soccer City has also made a great effort to make their facility accommodating to players and spectators of all ages according to Fansher.

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in OKC and since starting in here, we have grown to over 400 kids a week. Our Lil’ Kickers Director, Yolanda Odenyo-Thomas has done a fantastic job recruiting and training the best Lil’ Kickers coaches and making sure that every child that comes has a tremendous experience.”

The Lil’ Kickers program mentioned by Fansher is a nationally recognized child development soccer program for kids ages 18 months to 9 years. New customers can get a free trial class to come meet the coach, participate in the class and see the facility. Along with the Lil’ Kickers program Soccer City also has Summer Indoor Soccer sessions (Summer 1 & Summer 2) that will begin May 19th & July 14th. Registration for those leagues will open approximately one month prior to the start of the season according to Fansher. The facility will also be hosting four summer camps throughout the coming months and a couple of dodgeball tournaments

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In regards to the future, Fansher said, “A big majority of our business in the soccer leagues is the adult teams. We hope to continue to reach all types of groups and levels so that everyone can find soccer as a lifetime sport.” With the summer right around the corner, go the Soccer City website;

www.soccercityokcity.com and see what interests you. With everything they have going on, you are bound to find a few things that would be great for you and your family.


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Good Samaritans come in many shapes and forms Kaylee Kramer, JR., Yukon HS Track - Cross Country

Early Care & Education Canadian Valley Technology Center, Yukon Last summer, overseers at Church of Christ South Yukon came to the rescue of Canadian Valley Technology Center's El Reno childcare facility after it was destroyed by a May 31 tornado.

The church has offered its facility at no cost until Canadian Valley's campus can be rebuilt. School officials moved quickly to get the child center re-opened just one week after the storm. As a result, dozens of children still had a safe place to be cared for while parents worked. Later in August, dozens of high school students who had enrolled in CV Tech's Early Care and Education program also still had training facilities, again, thanks to the generosity of the church. Kaylee Kramer, a Yukon High School junior and track and field athlete, enrolled in the program with hopes of laying a foundation for becoming a school teacher. Canadian Valley

Student athlete Kaylee Kramer of Yukon (pictured with parents Bill and Debra), was named to the National Technical Honor Society at Canadian Valley Technology Center during a ceremony this year.

uses its top-rated child care center as a working laboratory for students like Kaylee, who want to learn how best to care for and interact with young children. "I was on vacation with my family in south Texas when the tornado hit," Kramer said. "We listened to reports of the tornado on 'I Heart Radio,' and I knew things were pretty bad. The next morning, I watched as CNN reported from our school parking lot. The whole campus was pretty much wiped out. I figured there was no way that I would still go to Canadian Valley." What ensued is a remarkable example of overcoming tremendous

odds. Staff set a plan into motion to re-open school in just 75 days. The church was not the only saving grace. Administrators signed a contract to lease a former Chevrolet dealership building in nearby Yukon. The building would serve as the temporary home of 16 other programs. The school's Aviation Maintenance program was relocated to Will Rogers World Airport. Canadian Valley's nursing program was moved to the school's Dr. Earl Cowan Campus, a site just a few miles southeast.

A major reconstruction effort will soon be underway in El Reno. By fall 2016, school officials hope to reunite their programs back under one roof. Kramer, however, hopes to be in college by that time.

"We have everything we need here," she said of the church site. "I am happy to have a place to go. I love my teacher (Deborah White), and I'm learning so much. It really doesn't matter to me where we have class." Kramer starts each day with a math class at the aforementioned Chevy building. The Holt Campus is named

A diesel truck suffers a similar fate to the tilt-wall concrete maintenance building directly behind it after a massive May 31, 2013 tornado struck Canadian Valleyยนs El Reno Campus.

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All automobiles belonging to staff and students were destroyed by the powerful May 31, 2013 tornado that hit Canadian Valley Technology Centerยนs El Reno Campus.

for John Holt, who lost his Yukon car dealership in the nationwide General Motors reorganization of 2009. Kramer then goes to the church site for two hours of Early Care and Education class before spending the remainder of her school day at Yukon High School.

"My schedule is full," Kramer said. "Track is after school during my seventh hour. I love to run, and I am privileged to be with great coaches and athletes. I go back to the church each day after school and work for a couple hours as a paid child care provider. My schedule is the same, but each day is different. Working with children is very rewarding for me, and I know God has gifted me with the ability to love people." Kramer said she thoroughly enjoys high school, but she knows that she is preparing for life afterward. A straight A student, she will receive 21 hours of college credit in Early Care and Education through

Canadian Valley's partnership with Redlands Community College in El Reno. She hopes to finish an associate's degree before completing a bachelor's degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

"Then, I want to teach and give back to children," Kramer said. "I am very blessed to enjoy the life I have, but ultimately, it's not really mine. My pastor, Dan Fisher, reminds us often of something his mentor Adrian Rogers used to say: 'You can give your life away, or you can throw it away, but you can't keep it.' I have every intention of giving it away." Looks like Good Samaritans are contagious in the Yukon community.

Voters in Canadian Valley's district approved an April 1 bond issue that provides $12 million in gap funding between what the insurance settlement is and estimated construction costs of $44.7 million.

The Precision Machining shop (pictured here) was also the location of a gun reloading class that was meeting for the final time the evening of the tornado. Fifteen students and staff took shelter in a nearby basement classroom as the storm roared overhead.

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Mustang Track Building For Big Finish

Like most programs, Mustang track has hit the ground running literally as the Broncos are trying to make up for lost time due to inclement weather. “The season is going pretty well,” said Mustang girls track coach Eric Peterson. “It’s been kind of a rougher start than we are accustomed to but the weather has affected everyone that same. “We’ve tried to find alternative ways to train and get in shape. We’ve had to approach the early season a little different. Actually, we have used early meets with the mindset that it is more practice time.” The goal, Peterson said, is to build to a crescendo with regionals and state. Through early meets at Norman, Edmond Santa Fe and PC West, the Broncos have recorded better times with each meet. “We’ve seen some times drop,” Peterson said. “We’re working the girls pretty hard. Our times may not be where the girls want just yet but we have a plan and the times will get better.” Amirah Jones runs the lead leg in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and also competes in the 400 meter. The sophomore sets the tone in the relay events. “She’s done well for early in the season. She’s a big key to our success,” Peterson said. “We have more of a distance tradition here so with Amirah on the sprints, it’s been good.” Junior Kyra Fuller is a returning state placer in the mile and two-mile. She also runs the 4x800. “She’s probably our fastest girl in the 4x800,” Peterson said. “She’s working really hard to get the speed aspect. She has a chance to compete and get on the medal stand in the mile.” Athletes to watch include freshman Logan Haller and senior Rachel Burchill. Haller just joined the team after basketball. Peterson contends that Haller is “one

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of if not the most athletic girl” in the school. Despite the late start, she has run well in the 4x400, 4x800 and the open 400, Peterson said. He is also looking at her for the open 800. Burchill anchors the distance events in the mile and two-mile. “Rachel has a chance to qualify for state in both events,” said the coach. Senior discus thrower Paige Ketch is another athlete Peterson is counting on for points at regionals and state. “Last year she had a tough regional. Maybe she can sneak in there and get us some points at state.” On the boys side, Lance Frost recorded a second place finish in the 3,200 run and finished fifth in the 1,600 run at Santa Fe last month. Josh Griffin and Ben Brackett finished in the top 10 in the 800 run. Jayden Ray placed sixth in the discus and Garrett Hudson was seventh in the shot put.


Mustang Athletes Character Counts Austin Roberts – Mustang Baseball Mustang senior baseball player Austin Roberts is the Mustang Athlete of the Month. Roberts has already signed to play baseball next year at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus. This year however Roberts is trying to lead the Broncos to the state tournament and a chance at a Class 6A state title. Roberts has dominated opposing pitching this year batting a jaw–dropping .509 with 29 total hits and 18 runs batted in. A pitcher himself, Roberts has been just as dominant on the hill this season as he has been at the plate. Roberts has thrown a total of 39.2 innings this year and holds a 4-1 record with a sparkling 1.58 earned run average and 46 strikeouts.

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Savannah Cottom Westmoore High School

How long have you been involved with FCA? I have been involved in FCA since my seventh grade year.

Who influenced you to join? I first heard about FCA at a FCA banquet my family attended. They talked all about FCA and had Michael Oher (The man The Blind Side is based on) there to speak. It was a great experience, and it really made me want to join FCA.

How has FCA made an impact in your life on and off the field? Many of my teammates are members of FCA. It is great to have a group of such great like-minded individuals focused on Christ. Seeing my friends at FCA provides a greater sense of “team.”

How have your beliefs helped you as an athlete? I often think of the lessons we learn at FCA throughout the week and especially at practices. Because I am a runner, I often have a lot of time alone with my thoughts. During this time I like to think of ways to improve myself and the team, or even just spend that time praying to God. FCA also has helped me to be a better person to opponents, to always show good sportsmanlike conduct and to represent God while competing.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why? “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalms 18:2. This is My favorite verse because I know that in everything God will always be there. I can always lean on him. It lets me know that he is constant and neverchanging. April 2014

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Titan Tennis Team Hoping For Hardware

Carl Albert Boys Tennis Team Should be a Contender in Class 5A The Carl Albert Titans boys tennis team will have its hands full competing in an extremely tough Class 5A but the Titans have what it takes to be a contender according to head coach Shane Farley. “Although our Class is very tough with teams like Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Booker T. Washington and Metro Christian we feel like we can be in the mix at the state tournament,” Farley said. Guiding the team through such rugged competition this year is senior Bryce Hebrink. Last season as a junior Hebrink placed fourth at state in the No. 2 singles division and moves up to No. 1 singles this year. The Titans also have a strong pair at No. 1 doubles in juniors Harrison Hightower and Michael

Moody. Last season the duo placed fourth at No. 2 doubles and will be looking to improve that finish this year as they stay together to compete as a team again. Senior Chance Nichols will also be a key contributor this season as he works his way into the No. 2 doubles division. Last season Nichols paired with Robert Lolofie at No. 1 doubles but with Lolofie focusing on his upcoming college football career Nichols will need to find a new running mate this season. Check Out This Q&A With Carl Albert No. 1 Doubles Team Harrison Hightower and Michael Moody VYPE: Do you have any prematch rituals? Moody: Not really. Warm ups are really pretty normal. Hightower: I did have a pair

of lucky socks last season but I lost one the Saturday of the state tournament so I’m looking for a new pair. VYPE: How often do you guys practice or workout together to build chemistry? Hightower/Moody: We go hit for two to three hours everyday after practice and we normally spend most of practices working together. Then on the weekends we will go hit together for up to four hours. VYPE: Have you guys ever used hand signals or keywords to communicate on the court? Hightower/Moody: When we first started playing doubles together we had hand signals but now we have pretty set things that we do and know where each other will be at during the match. VYPE: If you guys had to play in a singles tournament against each other who would win? Hightower/Moody: Last summer we probably played each other three or four times. VYPE: And what was the record in those matches? Hightower/Moody: (Laughs). Harrison won them all but they are normally really good matches and a lot of fun to play.

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